On this week’s episode, The Indy host Alexandra Goldberg sat down with The Starfish Connection, a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit that provides emergency gap grants to families in need. 

The nonprofit partners with Hospice of Santa Barbara, Teddy Bear Cancer Pediatric Foundation, and Bethel House, providing financial assistance— one starfish at a time. Hear from the founder, Virginia Benson Wigle, and executive director, Sarah Abrams, who joined us on the show to talk about how The Starfish Connection is helping residents with sudden financial crises.

The Indy reporter Rebecca Fairwether then spoke with UC Santa Barbara’s Environmental Affairs Board to discuss the environmental impacts of the Santa Barbara pipeline, if it reopens on the coastline. 

Members of the Santa Barbara community are worried that the reemergence of pipeline 901 could mean environmental degradation and loss of marine life for the Santa Barbara coastline. The Plains Pipeline Development project seeks to revive line 901, looking to install safety valves to ensure oil containment and prevent a spill from occurring. Environmental organizations and climate activists have begun advocating for the dismissal of this project. Joining us on the show is president of UCSB’s Environmental Affairs Committee, Kat Lane, and the group’s program advisor, Sarah Siedschlag.

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