Sunday, December 8, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 40
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After years of stalled growth, the city of Guadalupe is rapidly adding homes and inching toward future commercial development

Cover Story

After years of stalled growth, the city of Guadalupe is rapidly adding homes and inching toward future commercial development

By WILLIAM D'URSO

On the outer edges of a swath of homes—some finished, some nearly there, others meandering toward completion, purchase, and the American dream—Craig Smith pointed at a hand-drawn home on transparent vellum paper.  “Nobody draws them anymore, but I do,” he said, pointing to his right middle finger. “You know when someone draws by this i... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: After years of stalled growth, the city of Guadalupe is rapidly adding homes and inching toward future commercial development
News: Supervisor Hartmann urges Aegis clinic to seek new location
News: Political Watch: December 5, 2019
News: Salud Carbajal talks changes to H-2A program with farmers
News: Santa Maria settles with men hurt in police vehicle accident
 

News

Salud Carbajal talks changes to H-2A program with farmers

By William D'Urso

Central Coast farmers are looking for an answer to labor shortages, and U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal is determined to give it to them. The Santa Barbara Democrat held a ...

Local agencies look for solutions to DUIs, crashes on highways

By Zac Ezzone

Weeks after a mother and her two children died in a car crash on Highway 154, the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) unanimously established a committee t...

Teenager injured in Lompoc shooting

By Zac Ezzone

Around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, a teenager was shot near the 500 block of North L and M streets in Lompoc.  Following the incident, a family member transported the juvenile ...

Santa Maria settles with men hurt in police vehicle accident

By Zac Ezzone

After battling the matter for more than two years in court, the city of Santa Maria is settling a lawsuit filed by two men who were in a vehicle hit from behind by a police ca...

Supervisor Hartmann urges Aegis clinic to seek new location

By William D'Urso

The proposal to locate a methadone treatment center in Vandenberg Village appears to be dead following sharp pressure from residents and local politicians. Santa Barbara Coun...

Santa Maria moves forward with model lease agreement despite residents' concerns

By ZAC EZZONE

Gary Hall started his 20-slide PowerPoint presentation during the Nov. 19 Santa Maria City Council meeting with a joke. He told the council, “Yes, you’re getting t...

Female veterans are more likely to become homeless after their time of service is up, and one Central Coast organization is working to change that

By KAREN GARICA

For 12 years, Sandy Blair served on active duty in the United States Air Force. In 2005, her time with the Air Force was up, but Blair describes that separation as abrupt. The...

Political Watch: December 5, 2019

• In a 24-10 vote on Nov. 21, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that calls for decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level. In addition to removing marijuan...

Spotlight

After most of a century, the Guadalupe restaurant is still family owned and going strong

By WILLIAM D'URSO

Forty-three years ago Rosa Quiroga was wiping down countertops, cutting meat, and taking orders at La Simpatia. And she’s still doing that, only now she’s the owne...

Cannabis Corner

County changes framework for cannabis retail stores application process

By ZAC EZZONE

Following a year of nonstop conversations over cannabis cultivation, residents and stakeholders in Santa Barbara County will have a new marijuana-related topic to discuss in 2...

Commentary

With the proposed Bailey Avenue annexation, could expansion of city limits actually be approved?

By RON FINK

Extending the boundaries of the city of Lompoc west to Bailey Avenue has been a dream of politicians, property owners, and developers for several decades. Going back over 50 ...

Canary

THE CARNARY: Enemy of what?

By The Canary

"Perfect is the enemy of good.”  I had to rack my bird brain for where I’d heard that before. I know it wasn’t from my eagle-eyed copyediting pr...

Arts

Cypress Gallery holds holiday exhibition

The Lompoc Valley Art Association presents Let’s do the Holidays, a new art exhibition, at Cypress Gallery through Sunday, Dec. 29. The exhibit showcases the works of th...

Elverhoj Museum presents The Spirit of Solvang

The Spirit of Solvang: From Danish Roots to California Colony, a historical photography exhibition, opened at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art on Saturday, Nov. 23, and ...

Solvang Antiques Fine Art Gallery holds annual Holiday Art Show

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Game of Thrones is allegedly over, but winter is still coming. And for Solvang Antiques Fine Art Gallery, the season arrived earlier than its designated start date (Dec. 21). ...

Great American Melodrama kicks off the Christmas season with annual Holiday Extravaganza

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s finally publicly acceptable to stretch out the fashionably ugly holiday sweaters and blast Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for C...

Music

Pop and R&B group 98 Degrees brings U.S. tour to Santa Ynez

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The rain might be coming down but the temperature is going up, at least in the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom on Friday, Dec. 6, when 98 Degrees claims center s...

Film

Writer-director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi) helms this whodunit about Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), who’s investigating the ...

Eats

Santa Maria couple's new frozen treat shop has options for every dessert lover

By MALEA MARTIN

For Santa Maria-based couple Natalie and Victor Bryson, ice cream has always been a shared love in their relationship. “My husband loves ice cream; I love ice cream. Ou...

Hot Stuff

CHEER UP

The annual Old Town Orcutt Christmas Parade takes place on Saturday, Dec. 14, at noon. Guests will be treated to a variety of floats and entertainment. Live music will be prov...

THE COLD NEVER BOTHERED ME ANYWAY

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature hosts its Holiday Family Day on Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy meeting some of their favorite fairy tale characte...

RISE FROM THE ASHES

Allan Hancock College hosts its Fine Arts Faculty Art Show in the Ann Foxworthy Gallery through Thursday, Dec. 12. Hancock instructor Amiko Matsuo, creator of the Platters and...

HOUSE PARTY

St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church hosts its seventh annual Gingerbread Wonderland event on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. Dozens of handcrafted gingerbread h...

ONLY A DAY AWAY

Orcutt Community Theater presents its production of Annie at Klein Dance Arts Studio through Sunday, Dec. 22. The cast includes Frida Vega as Annie and Todd Buranen as Oliver ...

SINGING LOUD FOR ALL TO HEAR

The Santa Ynez Valley Chorale presents Christmas Around the World at Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15, from 3 to 4...

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Weekly Poll
Guadalupe is in the midst of new development, but is that a good thing?

No. The new homes will expand the town too much and run the small-town vibe.
No. Commercial development will follow and destroy all the local businesses.
Yes. The town can't survive another economic downturn without more business and residents in town.
Yes, but the town has to steer development toward tourism and the hospitality industry.

| Poll Results