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.

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