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Goleta Water Board Cuts Carryover, Seeks Review by Outside Attorney

The tempest-tossed Goleta Water District (GWD) will hire an outside attorney to advise its board of directors as to whether district counsel Chip WullÂ-brandt is beset by conflicts of interest. In addition to the GWD, Wullbrandt serves as counsel to two other water districts, Carpinteria’s and Montecito’s.

Global Feet on Last Legs

Global Brands Marketing, Inc. (GBMI), which abruptly terminated its remaining 70 employees in early November, appears to be dead and without any hope of revival. All that remains is for a few global corporations to squabble over the carcass of the Santa Barbara-based footwear giant.

Santa Barbara Writers Strike, Too

“Don’t be greedy, don’t be petty. You won’t get your Ugly Betty!” -Striker’s slogan heard outside the gates at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood

Prodded by PETA, Carl’s Jr. Takes First Step Away from Factory Farming

Fast-food giant Carl’s Jr., whose parent company CKE is headquartered in Carpinteria, has agreed to improve the quality of life and death for chickens and pigs. The agreement was announced on September 25 by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which had been in negotiations with CKE since June. The animal welfare organization gained notoriety in the 1980s for its undercover videotaping of abuse in a range of industries, from circuses to furriers to university research.

Feds Target S.B. Medical Marijuana Shops

After enjoying years of relatively hassle-free business, Santa Barbara’s medical marijuana scene is feeling the heat this week, with a distinctly ganja-scented cloud of uncertainty hanging over its future in the wake of a federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) letter-writing campaign.

Immigration Crackdown?

As the country awaits an October 1 hearing in which a U.S. district judge is expected to decide the legality of a new federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule that could force businesses to fire employees whose documents don’t match federal records, immigrant advocates in Santa Barbara are focused on keeping immigrant families united.

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