Congressman Elton Gallegly, the Republican who represents much of Santa Barbara County, was inducted into the Border Control Hall of Fame this week by the U.S. Border Control, a nonprofit organization that believes the United States’ sovereignty is threatened by illegal immigration.

A fracas over Little League baseball and AYSO soccer erupted at Carpinteria City Hall Monday night. At issue was alleged baseball favoritism by Carp mayor Brad Stein, whom Carpinterians for Ethical Government (CEG) have accused of inappropriate conduct in a clash between AYSO and the Carpinteria Valley Little League over use of sports fields. CEG spokesmen Alan Alpers said the mayor – also a Little League board member – persuaded policymakers to favor baseball over soccer. A number of Stein supporters responded by accusing Alpers and the CEG of politicizing the soccer/baseball issue, since the complaints come just as Stein stands for reelection on November 7.

Gubernatorial hopeful Phil Angelides rolled through Santa Barbara this week, stopping at Oak Park Monday evening for a campaign rally. Joined by Pedro Nava, Congresswoman Lois Capps, Jack O’Connell and several local educators, Angelides promised the 80 people in attendance that a “Democratic tidal wave” will sweep the nation on November 7. As for the particulars of his own race, Angelides accused Governor Schwarzenegger of continued negligence toward public education, the environment, and energy issues.

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