The Indy is the Santa Barbara Independent’s podcast, hosted by Molly McAnany. On this week’s episode, we’re covering stories about student life as this school year begins to wrap up. 

Our host speaks with Kendall Pata and Emily Engel, co-leads of Moms Demand Action in Santa Barbara, to share their thoughts as mothers and activists fighting for stricter gun regulations. This week, the organization gathered more than 200 members to speak out for their children, encouraging those who own guns to practice safe storage and educate themselves on gun safety. 

Reporter Jennifer Yoshikoshi then takes an in-depth look at the housing crisis for students in Isla Vista and Goleta. She speaks with Valerie Sweatt, the owner of the SFM Vista Del Mar property management group, about Santa Barbara County, the city of Goleta, and UCSB’s long-range development program — which was developed in 2010 to combat the issue of over-enrollment by 2025.

Show Notes:

All music for this episode written by Molly McAnany.

Further Reading:

Relationship Between Mass Shootings and Suicide

Sources referenced in this episode:

Moms Demand Action

Moms Demand Action California Meeting

Ghost Guns

California Legislation Limiting Unserialized Firearms

California’s Red Flag Law

Red Flag Laws by State

Data on Arming Teachers

Data on Mass Shootings

School Shootings 2022

UCSB Long-Term Development Plan

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