- Newsmaker: Hahn Gives Contract to Company He Once Barred
In the 1990-s, when Tutor-Saliba failed to meet specifications in MTA subways and was judged to have made false claims against the MTA, City Attorney Jim Hahn prevented the company from getting LA contracts. Now, Mayor Hahn has awarded a new contract to the company that has become a major contributor to his campaigns. Bob Stern of the Center for Governmental Studies says, though not particularly ethical, the contract is not illegal.
- Reporter-s Notebook: Santa Barbara Secession Bid
Different economic interests, diverse cultural profiles and accusations of unfair domination have Santa Barbara County-s northern and southern regions considering a political divorce. Nora Wallace of the Santa Barbara News-Press says that, too impatient for the political balance to shift, northern secessionists are pushing for a, distinct new political jurisdiction to be known as Mission County.