By Nick Welsh, Santa Barbara Independent.
Two of the highest ranking officials in state government descended on Santa Barbara County this Monday to assure local politicians and water agency directors they recognize the severity of the county’s drought-inflicted water shortage and that help — in the form of grants, bonds, and low-interest loans — was available for water infrastructure solutions. But they made it pointedly clear that unless Santa Barbara politicians got far more involved than they have been and that managers from multiple water agencies cooperated with one another far better than they currently do, Santa Barbara’s chance of successfully competing for limited state funds hovered somewhere between zilch and nil. Read more here . . . Santa Barbara Independent