Gregg Hart
Gregg Hart

Santa Barbara County Second District Supervisor Gregg Hart is accustomed to being in the spotlight.

Prior to his 2018 election to the county Board of Supervisors, he served on the Santa Barbara City Council and often was at the forefront of Highway 101 widening project developments in his former full-time job as deputy executive director of the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments.

Now, as chairman of the Board of Supervisors, he’s seemingly the public face of the county’s efforts to contain the coronavirus, and regulary leads the daily news conferences intended to keep the community up to date on the progress.

At 12:30 p.m. Friday, I’ll be talking with Hart in an exclusive half-hour Zoom interview that will be livestreamed on Noozhawk’s homepage, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

We’ll be discussing the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex, what it will take to reopen Santa Barbara County and restart the economy, the county budget outlook, health-care impacts and expectations, and opportunities for regional coordination with neighboring San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.

I’m also compiling questions from readers for possible inclusion in the interview. Click here to pose your question through our Noozhawk Asks platform. Be concise; we only have 30 minutes.

Friday’s Noozhawk Talks webcast is a follow up to the widely watched April 13 interview I did with local public policy expert Brian Goebel, whose columns on Noozhawk have drawn national attention for the accuracy of his predictive modeling of California Department of Public Health data in the COVID-19 crisis.

Please join us. I promise to click the record link when we start this time.

— Bill Macfadyen is Noozhawk’s founder and publisher. Contact him at, follow him on Twitter: @noozhawk and Instagram: @bill.macfadyen, or click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

Bill Macfadyen is Noozhawk’s founder and publisher. Contact him at, and follow him on Instagram: @bill.macfadyen. The opinions expressed are his own.