Split The Difference

The movement to cleave Santa Barbara County in two took a blow this week when county supervisors roundly criticized the proposal and voted to draft an official ballot argument against the split. The motion nominating 3rd District Supervisor Brooks Firestone to author the specific ballot language, however, divided the board along north/south lines, and Firestone narrowly got the nod with a 3-2 vote. Opposing the motion were South County supes Susan Rose and Salud Carbajal, who pushed for a more unified stance than a single author. Seeking to remedy the narrow margin, boardmembers voted unanimously that Carbajal would co-author the ballot language with Firestone. The supervisors are expected to approve a final draft of the anti-split argument early next month.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

County Redistricting Measures Head to Ballot

Voters will decide on a commission to change supervisor district boundaries.

Lompoc Approves Cannabis Lounge

City location allows on-site consumption.

Police Dog Subdues Domestic Disturber

Carpinteria argument resolved with help of K9.

Fire Breaks Out near Las Cruces

[Update] Cruces Fire at 150 acres, County Fire reported. Northern edge difficult; State Route 1 "looking better."

Drugs Discovered in Woman in Jail

Brought to Santa Barbara County Jail on drug charges, she was ordered to remove them from concealment.