WEATHER »

Conservative Group Hires Obama Impersonator


COLAB, the conservative North County group headed by Andy Caldwell, has come under scrutiny— specifically within the San Luis Obispo New Times‘s “Shredder” column—for inviting Steve Bridges, a white man, to perform as President Barack Obama at its annual dinner. Bridges is a longtime presidential impersonator, and also impersonated Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. COLAB had Bridges perform a few years ago as Bush, and Caldwell said his act, while filled with digs at each of the presidents, is “respectful of the office.”

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Dyer Returns as Interim Fire Chief

When Eric Peterson steps down, Mike Dyer will fill in for County Fire.

Santa Barbara Bodybuilder Wins Mr. Olympia Competition

At 43, Shawn “Flexatron” Rhoden ties for the oldest champ in the contest's history.

Renovated Cabrillo Ball Park Now Open

The park got new exercise equipment, multi-use grass turf areas, and an upgraded softball field.

UCSB Researcher Charged with Molesting Child on Campus

Dr. Hongjun Zhou was arrested September 6.

Teen Serial Robber Caught and Confesses

The suspect was identified through an anonymous tipster.