Santa Barbara City Councilmember Das Williams has confirmed that he’ll be running for State Assembly in next year’s Democratic primary against former ally Susan Jordan. Williams had been positioning himself to run for the past two years, but was surprised when Jordan and her husband, Assembly incumbent Pedro Nava, announced she would run. Williams had expected their endorsements. When Jordan found herself at odds with area environmental-ists over the proposed PXP oil project, Williams reconsidered his initial support of her. (/williams42)
The 25-foot gray whale that first visited the Santa Barbara Harbor three weeks ago has finally departed, allowing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin a scheduled semi-annual dredging of the harbor’s entrance channel. The whale has not been spotted by authorities since 3/20, prompting the Corps’ decision to move forward with the $500,000 dredging project, which was supposed to have started on 3/13.