Cannabis Industry Figures Launch Campaign Attacking Laura Capps

••• “Federal agents served search warrants at San Ysidro Pharmacy in Montecito’s Upper Village on Wednesday, but it’s unclear what the Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating, and the business was open as usual the next day. […] There is a pending accusation against the pharmacist in charge, Raymond Hoyt, from the state Board of Pharmacy, but it is unclear whether it is related to the federal investigation.” —Noozhawk

••• From a Los Padres ForestWatch press release that ran on Edhat: “Today, in a historic vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act, which will protect forests, shrublands, grasslands, and wild rivers in the Los Padres National Forest and the Carrizo Plain National Monument in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. […] Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is expected to introduce companion legislation in the Senate soon. After advancing through the Senate, the bill will await signature by President Trump, whose office yesterday threatened to veto the measure.”

••• I missed an important part of the proposed changes to Cliff Drive last week. Besides adding a bike lane and pedestrian crosswalks, the city’s proposal “would build medians to eliminate left turns onto the busy street […] and install traffic lights at Santa Barbara City College entrances.” —Noozhawk

••• The Independent endorsed Steve Bennett for state assembly and Joan Hartmann for 3rd District county supervisor.

••• “Three veteran Santa Barbara political consultants—two Democrats and one recovering Republican—are operating the pro–Das Williams independent expenditure committee that is now attacking Laura Capps in the mail and on radio, Newsmakers has learned.” Culver “was a key figure in passage of the disputed cannabis ordinance, meeting at various times with Williams and other county officials, testifying at public meetings and writing letters in her former role as an advocate for the Santa Barbara Cannabis Business Council.” [….] And then there’s “Bantilan, chief of staff to Fifth District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino, who worked closely with Williams in drafting the cannabis ordinance, during a time when the two elected officials were jokingly referred to around the county building as ‘the Doobie Brothers.'”

••• “The Montecito Fire Department launched an interactive Story Map [that] will show [its] numerous wildfire mitigation projects.” —KEYT

••• Only on Edhat: “Trespassing male with no pants in his 60’s on the property of the Carrillo Rec Center.”

••• Only in the Montecito Journal: “How the Montecito Sanitary District turns our fecal matter into brand-name fertilizer.”

••• Edhat ran a press release from state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, who “introduced legislation [last week] to ensure newlyweds are aware of the legal and financial commitments they agree to when they say ‘I do.’ Senate Bill 927 creates a ‘marriage fact sheet,’ which outlines the rights and responsibilities associated with marriage and domestic partnership in the state of California.” OK, but how do you force people to read it?