Santa Barbara Sheriff Jim Anderson snagged the endorsement of the Santa Barbara police union this week, as well as a nod from all of the county supervisors except for Joni Gray. Supervisor Salud Carbajal said of Anderson’s challenger, Lompoc Police Chief Bill Brown, “I’ve got nothing against Brown; he’s a smart, decent guy, but I have a relationship with Anderson. He’s always been there for me when I needed him.” Police union spokesperson Sgt. Mike McGrew stressed the good working relations between city cops and sheriff’s deputies in his endorsement of the incumbent.
Billy Connell, owner of Carpinteria’s Surf Dog hotdog stand, defied conventional wisdom in proving there is such a thing as a free lunch. On Monday afternoon, he offered dogs, cake, and Coke on the house to all attendees of his political candidates meet-and-greet. Carpinteria City Council candidates Greg Gandrud, Gregg Carty, and Ron Hurd shared their views on mobile-home park rent control, freeway widening, and Venoco’s proposal to install an oil rig off Carpinteria’s coast. School Board member Ron Pulido explained his position against a proposal to close one of Carpinteria’s elementary schools. Lompoc Police Chief Bill Brown pressed the flesh, as did Congressional candidate Jill Martinez, the Democrat challenging incumbent Republican Elton Gallegly.
Contrary to reports in this paper last week, the final day for voters to register for the upcoming November election is Monday, October 23. The three county election offices will remain open until 8 p.m. on that day to accommodate last-minute registrations. October 31 is the last day that voters who are already registered can request an absentee ballot.
A showdown is looming between the City and County of Santa Barbara over the cost of elections; both sides anticipate litigation. The city is chafing at having to pay overhead costs the county now charges along with fees for counting city votes. The extra overhead charges boost the cost of elections from roughly $92,000 to $321,000.
Second District Supervisorial candidates Dan Secord and Janet Wolf have each been critical of the other’s supporters. While the Wolf campaign criticized Secord for accepting contributions for Gaviota Coast development interests, Secord faulted Wolf for accepting the endorsement of the Home Builders Association, which is interested in high-density condo projects.