FROM Kathryn Barnes
Building a memorial for Montecito Will more granny flats fix Santa Barbara’s affordable housing problem, or just overcrowd neighborhoods and make parking impossible? We speak with a reporter tracking the story. New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof comes to town to speak about building resilient communities after disasters - both at home and abroad. And a stone cutter and artist wants to build a memorial for Montecito.
Frankland’s, a contemporary seafood shack opens in Montecito Roll up your sleeves. The newly opened Frankland’s Crab and Co at the Montecito Inn offers raw, steamed and fried seafood alongside chowder-smothered fries and corn-on-the-cob with lobster butter in what chef Phillip Frankland Lee dubs a “modern American shell shack.”
In Santa Barbara, a clinical trial addresses early childhood adversity A clinical trial in Santa Barbara is testing intervention techniques for children experiencing toxic stress. Vandenberg Air Force Base is going green with one of the largest solar farms in the county. And videos of people swimming through trash will be projected on the Santa Barbara County Courthouse this weekend.
Ojai wines make a comeback The Ojai Vineyard promised great things for wine growing in the Ojai Valley when it was founded in 1983. But a grape virus called Pierce’s disease soon began ravaging the region’s vines. Now, wineries and vineyards are returning, using better viticultural techniques to track and control the disease.
Who’s jumping aboard the new commuter train? There’s finally a morning commuter train between Ventura and Santa Barbara, but how many people are taking it and will it reduce traffic along Highway 101? San Luis Obispo braces for the closure of Diablo Canyon, and the loss of 1,500 jobs, while a Congressman tries to help mitigate the economic blow it’ll have on the county. Winemakers along the Central Coast worry about Chinese tariffs. And public art is popping up along State Street.
As Santa Barbara’s sheriff faces re-election, the union calls for change Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown is up for re-election, and a larger group of deputies have decided to support one of Brown’s competitors. Recent ICE audits in the Central Valley have farmworkers and farm owners along the Central Coast worried they may be next. And as Women's History Month wraps up, a story of a Mexican orphan who became one of the first female landowners in California.
New culinary hot spots in Santa Barbara There are always new restaurants popping up in Santa Barbara. Some make it, but others are gone before the end of the year. Local food and wine writer Matt Kettmann dined at a couple spots recently that he thinks have what it takes to last.
Angry parents pledge to recall Santa Barbara's school board Another winter storm prompted the fourth round of evacuations this year, but the “atmospheric river” that hit Southern California did not pack the expected punch. Did it help fill local reservoirs and put a dent in the drought? Angry parents are planning to recall at least two school board members at the Santa Barbara Unified School District. And a historian is fighting to preserve the story of a nearby Japanese detention facility.
Who benefits from a protected coastline? One tech billionaire sets aside thousands of acres on Point Conception for environmental research, while another near San Francisco wants a popular surfing beach all to himself. And, it’s yoga, but with goats - that sometimes pee on people.
Summerland’s leaking oil well finally gets capped After years of legal and legislative battles, an abandoned, leaking oil well off Summerland Beach has been capped. A new fund is helping undocumented immigrants who can’t access federal disaster assistance. There’s some major political upheaval stirring in Oxnard. And we tour an alternative living space in Santa Barbara.
Breaking the rules of Old World wine From sourcing top-quality grapes to creating an alluring label, winemakers around the world work hard to make sure their brand stands out. Matt Kettmann from the Santa Barbara Independent has been following one particular guy in Buellton who’s putting a new spin on the industry by super-macerating his wines.
Evacuating before storms is the new normal Another storm swept through Santa Barbara and Ventura counties Thursday night, and many had to evacuate. We get an update and learn how rain gauges can help prepare us for the next storm. Plus, a surprise drop out this week means there’s now only one candidate running for a seat on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.
Should sheriff deputies patrol our high schools? As the nation wrestles with another school shooting, we visit an active shooter seminar in Goleta. Also, does having a cop on high school campuses make students safer? We ask two parents with two very different opinions. Plus, one author thinks conserving water doesn’t start with shorter showers, but with looking at the foods we eat.
Post disasters, Santa Barbara’s wine industry bounces back The Thomas Fire and mudslides in Montecito weakened Santa Barbara’s tourism industry and impacted local businesses. But, it hasn’t been all bad. Matt Kettmann from the Santa Barbara Independent says some wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley saw more foot traffic than usual, and rescheduled charity events are packed.
As housing prices soar, so do evictions It’s not cheap to live in Santa Barbara. Even low-income housing can stretch a family’s budget - and when there’s simply not enough money to write that rent check, a landlord will often issue an eviction notice. For families facing that situation, what happens next?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?