'I DON'T THINK OUR TEACHERS HAVE EVER WORKED HARDER'

Dos Pueblos High School Principal Bill Woodard

Dos Pueblos High School Principal William Woodard talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted his school, DP's innovative parking lot graduation plans, the credit/no-credit grading policy, Just Communities' implicit bias training, district leadership and his former life as a journalist.

'MY BIG CONCERN IS HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL WE LOSE'

GEOFF GREEN

Santa Barbara City College Foundation CEO Geoff Green talks about how the Foundation awarded students more than $2 million in emergency grant funds after the COVID-19 pandemic. Geoff also talks about the state of downtown, the effects of the shutdown on the economy, and life as a father.

'KIDS DIE NEEDLESSLY AND MOMS DIE FROM PREVENTABLE CAUSES'

THOMAS TIGHE

Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief, talks about his organization's response during COVID-19, his thoughts on the Lompoc prison outbreak, and Direct Relief's other big mission: supporting midwifery and helping to prevent the unnecessary deaths of mothers and children during labor.

'I WOULD RATHER HAVE SECTIONS OF STATE STREET CLOSED DOWN'

Michael Jordan

Santa Barbara City Councilman Mike Jordan talks Paseo Nuevo, closing State Street to cars, downtown building heights, City Hall turmoil, his jump from planning commission to City Council, and his thoughts on City Administrator Paul Casey and the community development department. 

'WE NEED TO GET OUR CITY OPEN'

Jason Jaeger

 Jason Jaeger, founder and principal of Jaeger Partners, believes Santa Barbara should be open for business now. Jaeger also talks housing in the downtown, the need for Santa Barbara city officials to work with the business community, and his vision for Santa Barbara's future.   

'I AM NOT A PERSON WHO REALLY LIKES TO BE TOLD NO'

MEAGAN HARMON

Santa Barbara City Councilwoman Meagan Harmon swept into office 16 months ago and is now the talk of City Hall. She talks about assisting the business community, rebuilding downtown, life as a mom during the pandemic and the pressures of being a parent while being committed to public service.

'I DON'T KNOW WHEN WE WILL OPEN; THAT KEEPS US UP AT NIGHT'

Bob Stout

Downtown Association chairman and acting executive director Bob Stout has owned the Wildcat Lounge and downtown clubs for nearly 40 years. We talk surviving the pandemic, saving downtown, his views on housing, and why LGBTQ+ acceptance matters at the Wildcat.

'I WANT TO HELP SHEPHERD OUR CITY'

BARRETT REED

Rising political star and co-founder of the Miramar Group, Barrett Reed talks about his views for revitalizing Santa Barbara and the downtown area. Reed was recently appointed to the Planning Commission to replace Mike Jordan. (Recorded prior to the shelter in place order)

'SCHOOLS ARE AN ANCHOR IN THIS COMMUNITY'

WENDY SIMS-MOTEN

The executive director of First 5 Santa Barbara County talks about equity, closing the achievement gap and how kids and families are struggling with the impacts of the coronavirus. Wendy also explains what "uncommon courage" means to her. 

'STOP BLAMING AMAZON FOR EVERYTHING'

JARRETT GORIN

Developer and principal of Vanguard Planning, Jarrett Gorin is one of Santa Barbara's sharpest planning minds. He talks about ways City Hall should help facilitate business and housing. Jarrett talks about his views on the slow-growth mentality and the need for Santa Barbara to change its outlook.

'WE DON'T NEED TO BE SEPARATE AND WE SHOULDN'T BE'

BEN ROMO

Grab a cup of coffee and listen to Josh and Ben break down the polarizing First District Santa Barbara County Supervisor's race, and talk housing, homelessness, poverty, racism, the achievement gap, journalism and public service. 

'THERE NEEDS TO BE A PLAN, A VISION THAT EVOLVES OVER TIME'

Brian Cearnal

Architect Brian Cearnal opens up about downtown housing, development in Santa Barbara, district elections, Gov. Gavin Newsom's political leadership and his hope for Santa Barbara. 

'SANTA BARBARA IS AT A CROSSROADS'

Jerry Roberts

If you think you know Jerry Roberts, think again. The longtime journalist talks behind the scenes of his news blog, his political coverage in San Francisco and the lessons Santa Barbara can learn from San Francisco's mistakes in planning and development.

'THE LONG GAME IS WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO GET WINS'

ED FRANCE

Santa Barbara's most prominent bicycle advocate left his longtime job to become the first permanent executive director of Leading From Within. Hear the eloquent Ed explain what leadership means and how Santa Barbara's leaders can come together to solve the region's problems.