Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Just Another Morning In Paradise

Having my morning coffee while wondering if there were any movies that didn't get nominated for best picture.

The new year is barely a month old and already political races are dominating the local headlines.

Santa Barbara DA Christie Stanley made her resignation official over the weekend, and the race between Joyce Dudley and Josh Lynn to succeed her has turned particularly nasty. The Daily Sound has the details.

How many Brinks trucks will it take to carry the cash being raised by Das Williams and Susan Jordan in their Democratic primary race for State Assembly? Josh Molina counts the money in his DS article today.

Oscar nominees were announced this morning and, the winner is, Roger Durling. The Exec. Director of the Santa Barbara Film Fest which begins a 10-day run on Thursday has succeeded in having no less than 24 nominees lined up to appear at this year's fest.

What does this say about the economy? A bank in town is closing branches while new bars are springing up downtown. "Restuarant Guy," John Dickson reports that "The Marquee," a martini bar located next door to the Granada Theater, will open its doors tonight. Biggest plus for me, it's in my new neighborhood.

This morning the LA Times introduced a new section to the print edition of its paper. Called, "LATExtra," (as in, LA Times Extra) it's purpose, according to the announcement on the front page of today's paper, is to feature late-breaking stories primarily from California. Funny, but LATExtra looks an awful lot like the old "California" section that used to make up the "B" section of the paper.

Thought of the day: Unless you're a police officer or a security guard, there's no reason to bring a gun to work with you. (Inspired by TJ Simers in the LA Times.)
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