Soon after Teamster organizers launched a subscription cancellation campaign against the Santa Barbara News-Press, newspaper management agreed to a September 27 date for a union election. Teamster organizers expressed surprise at what they termed the News-Press’s sudden change of tactics. The union had previously filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, charging the daily sought to delay the elections as long as possible as part of a campaign to shake union sympathizers from the payroll. The News-Press denied this, countering that union supporters within the paper have sought to intimidate newsroom workers.

Speaking before the City Council, Steve Cushman, Chamber of Commerce president, blasted the public art piece on State Street featuring McDonald’s golden arches. Cushman and others – including McDonald’s restaurateur David Peterson – argued that public funds should not be used to make political statements criticizing a prominent and generous downtown business enterprise.

KTYD morning DJ Matt McAllister hopes to make his own contribution to the pantheon of great human deeds this Friday by breaking the Guinness Book of World Records record for most T-shirts worn at one time. The event will take place on Friday morning at the Earl Warren Showgrounds.

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