All seven members of the Santa Barbara City Council announced their endorsement of Janet Wolf for 2nd District Supervisor. The endorsement was a slap in the face to her rival, Dan Secord, who served on the council for eight years, until 2005. Councilmembers said they want to work with Wolf on open space preservation, creek restoration, traffic solutions, homelessness, and social justice issues. Although all seven are Democrats, as is Wolf, they insisted party affiliation had nothing to do with the endorsement; noting that some of them had endorsed the Republican Secord for councilmember rather than Democratic rivals in the past. Wolf has also won the endorsement of four out of five Goleta City Councilmembers.
Campaign financial statements released last Thursday showed Janet Wolf ahead of her rival Dan Secord in fundraising for the 2nd District supervisorial race. He reported $330,306 in contributions and loans; she reported $347,465. Wolf’s campaign accused Secord of accepting Gaviota Coast developer money. The largest such contribution was $4,000 from John Vallance of MAZ Properties, a Los Angeles-based firm that owns more than 3,600 acres on the Gaviota Coast. Timothy Doheny, an owner of Las Veras Ranch, which is in the process of estate planning and possible development, contributed $1,000. Secord declined to comment.
A record high of 88,488 absentee ballots were sent out to Santa Barbara County residents at home and abroad last Monday. This mailing marked the first of many shipments of absentee ballots that will be sent out through October 31. This week’s load alone nearly surpassed last June’s primary election record of 89,480 absentee ballots (out of 176,000 voters countywide), with most of the ballots arriving at county addresses.
KCSB radio — 91.9 on your FM dial — will simulcast Bill Clinton’s and Paul Orfalea’s discussion about global leadership live this Friday afternoon from Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre. The event — which runs from 1:15-2:15 p.m. — will also be Webcast live on kcsb.org.