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Election Coverage, 2009

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This is a mail only election! (Further information is here.)

Whole New Ballgame

"Tonight we celebrate," said an ebullient Schneider while standing atop a chair at Dargan's Pub & Restaurant. Read story.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Updated Election Results

City of Santa Barbara's latest figures on the 2009 ballot show the same results from last night. Read story.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Reflecting on Electing

UPDATED AT 12:15 a.m. Comments and color from 2009's election night parties. Read story.

Originally published 10:04 p.m., November 3, 2009
Updated 12:18 a.m., November 4, 2009

2009 Election Results Roll In

UPDATED AT 9:30 P.M. Measure B losing; Helene Schneider on top in mayor's race; City Council run led by House, White, Self, and Hotchkiss. Read story.

Originally published 8:43 p.m., November 3, 2009
Updated 9:34 p.m., November 3, 2009

Hey Brother Can You Spare $700,000?

Polls close at 8 p.m. in knock-down drag-out knuckle-biter for City Council. Read story.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Van Wolfswinkel Exposed

With the last day to vote upon us, combined city campaign spending exceeds $1 million mark. Read story.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Who Will Bang the Gavel?

Santa Barbara's mayoral contest underscores power grab at City Hall. Read story.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Low Voter Turnout Cause for Concern

A huge percentage have not sent ballots yet in the City of Santa Barbara's first all-mail election Read story.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Santa Barbara City Elections Drowning in Cash

Texas billionaire Randall Van Wolfswinkel spends half a million to change council. Read story.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Measure B Advocates Fire Back

Supporters of Measure Bdisputed opponents' claims that, if B passed, many of the city's most iconic buildings could not be rebuilt without a popular vote should they be destroyed by natural disaster. Read story.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Nice Try, but No Cigar

Mayoral candidate Steve Cushman has urged rival Dale Franciscoto drop out of the race so he can have a clean shot at beating out Democratic mayoral candidate Helen Schneider Read story.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Backlash Blues

Cash and confusion reign in City of Santa Barbara's first mail-in only election. Read story.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sides Being Chosen in D.A. Contest

Josh Lynn's official announcement ensures a fierce battle for the District Attorney's office. Read story.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

City Endorsements

The magic number unifying these three essentially housekeeping measures is seven, as in a workably broad number of public representatives on three of the city's more important advisory commissions. Read story.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Outsiders

Every two years, Santa Barbara voters find themselves confronted by a host of mayoral and city council candidates who did not rise through the ranks of established political organizations. Read story.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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