Articles From : Jerry Roberts

  • SBUSD Board Wannabes Debate Hilda, Equity & Racism, Charters, Literacy & Qualifications

    The three contenders for the District 1 seat on Santa Barbara Unified's school board on Monday night sparred over whose life experience best qualifies them to help address the seemingly intractable disparity in education achievement between Latino and white students.

  • Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

    Jerry Roberts interviews Rep. Salud Carbajal on his recent "Central Coast Community Project Victory Tour" and accomplishments in Congress.

  • Contenders for Cold Spring School District Board Talk Finances, Facilities and Political Factions

    The Cold Spring School District, a basic aid, single elementary school district located on Sycamore Canyon Road, may be small in size, but in recent years has encountered a large amount of controversy.

  • Online Forum Spotlights Candidates for School Board Seats in SB Unified and Goleta Union Districts

    Jerry Roberts details Monday night's forum with ten candidates vying for five seats in two local school districts.

  • Candidate Conversations: SBUSD, SBCC & County Ed Board Hopefuls Talk Schools, Safety & Test Scores

    Jerry Roberts of Newsmakers writes that seven weeks before the Nov. 8 election, the most consequential and competitive campaign contests in Santa Barbara center on public education.

  • Kate Ford Won't Seek Re-Election to SBUSD Seat: Scramble for Successor

    Jerry Roberts reports career educator Kate Ford has decided not to run for re-election to the Santa Barbara Unified School District board of education.

  • Exit Interview: Retiring SBPD Chief Says "Work is Not There" to Warrant Full-Time Watchdog for Cops

    Jerry Roberts interviews Santa Barbara Police Chief Barney Melekian on the recent police oversight commission and much more.

  • Hilda Speaks: SBUSD Superintendent Responds to Onslaught of Teacher Criticism, Demands and Anger

    Santa Barbara Unified Superintendent Hilda Maldonado says the biggest mistake she made during the just-completed school year was expecting that, after a year of pandemic shutdown, things would return to "normal."

  • Salcido, Lozano Clash on Covid, Learning Loss, Race & Gender Teaching

    Nearly 300 people watched the first and only campaign forum in the race for County Superintendent of Schools live online Tuesday night, as incumbent Susan Salcido and challenger Christy Lozano differed sharply on the direction of public education in local districts.

  • County Schools Supe Rivals Agree to Campaign Forum, Salcido-Lozano Zoom Event on Tuesday

    Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Salcido and PE teacher Christy Lozano will jointly appear to answer questions at an online election forum on Tuesday.

  • Scott Wilson, WashPost Correspondent and SB Guy, Has the Best Job in Journalism

    Jerry Roberts interviews Scott Wilson, a Santa Barbara native who works for the Washington Post covering foreign affairs, the White House, and now the West Coast.

  • Santa Barbara Mayoral Debate Video Wins National Award

    Newsmakers with Jerry Roberts’ Mayoral Debate program has won first place recognition for best Virtual Event video in the Hometown Media national contest.

  • Why County Schools Supe Challenger Lozano Wants Race, LGBTQ and Transgender Issues Out of Classrooms

    PE teacher Christy Lozano has mounted a conservative electoral challenge against Santa Barbara County's incumbent Superintendent of Schools, a local microcosm of national battles over racial, LGBTQ and pandemic policies and programs in public education.

  • Seeking New Term, County Schools Supe Decries "National Playbook" Fueling "Educational Divisiveness"

    Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido frames her campaign for re-election as a choice between “bringing folks together” on local education concerns and a “national playbook” wielded by conservatives in the politically polarized culture wars.

  • A Political Plagiarism Mystery; Wussup with Mollie? Doomsday Looms for House Dems

    Journalist and local political commentator Jerry Roberts is back to size up the latest County Superintendent race and more. 

  • District Attorney Dudley Announces She Won't Seek Re-election

    Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced Thursday she will not seek re-election and Jerry Roberts has her first interview on the topic.

  • Santa Barbara and Beyond: Mike Eliason's Spectacular New Photography Book Has Landed

    Santa Barbara's most storied photojournalists Mike Eliason dropped by "Newsmakers TV" to preview his just-published new book of engaging, remarkable, and spectacular images.

  • Mr. Cranky Pants' Winners & Losers from SB City Election

    Jerry Roberts breaks down the winners and losers from Santa Barbara's recent elections.

  • SB's Next Mayor Randy Rowse: When It Comes to Local Politics, We Need to Get Away from Politics

    Randy Rowse says his "message rang true" in the Santa Barbara mayor's race, crediting his apparent victory in the contest to his call to replace partisan ideology at City Hall with non-partisan pragmatism.

  • Very Low Turnout Will Shape SB Results, Cathy's Last Stand, Matt Caught in Act

    Voters are staying away in droves from Santa Barbara's historic city election, with a mere one-fourth of those registered having returned ballots 36 hours before polling ends at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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