School Board Candidate Kate Smith.

Ben Preston

School Board Candidate Kate Smith.

Kate Smith Sings for Public

Disqualified School Board Candidate Airs Her Grievances

At the polls yesterday, the ballot was dispensed with a special notice that School Board Candidate Kate Smith had been disqualified because she had moved out of the School Board’s jurisdiction. Despite the caveat, Smith garnered more than 13,000 votes-nearly 3 percent more than Jaqueline Inda. Smith appeared in front of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art this afternoon to protest her ejection from the race, and to sing a very heartfelt rendition of “God Bless America” for passersby. “I ran for the Santa Barbara School Board to expose corruption in our schools!” she shouted, catching the attention of a couple of people who stopped for a couple of minutes to listen politely. “I was disqualified illegally, and they cannot violate the peoples’ rights with impunity!”

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Goleta Library May Expand by Two, or Four If You Count the Twigs

City Council approves fee allocation; goes next to branch library cities.

Foodbank Turkey Drive Suffers from Truck Accident

Nonprofit is trying to replace $145,000 in equipment and food lost in accident last month.

County Eyeing Private Montecito Land to Build New Debris Basin

Supervisors have started the negotiation process with Randall Road parcel owners.

Increase in H2A Farmworkers Raises Housing Concerns

Santa Barbara County supervisors moving to streamline permit process.

Cannabis Taxes Generate $1.8 Million

Santa Barbara County releases first quarterly report.