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Reclaiming a community: Santa Maria's skyrocketing street gang violence is met with resilience and hope by local government, organizations, churches, and citizens converging in the One Community Action Coalition

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Reclaiming a community: Santa Maria's skyrocketing street gang violence is met with resilience and hope by local government, organizations, churches, and citizens converging in the One Community Action Coalition

By JOE PAYNE

The boardroom of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District was packed wall to wall with people on Jan. 28. They gathered there in an attempt to address a dire situation in Santa Maria: the eruption of street violence leaving local youth and adults bleeding in the streets.  It was the first One Community Action Coalition gathering of the new year and included s... [ Read More ]

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News: Community Notebook 2/4/16 - 2/11/16
Cover Story: Reclaiming a community: Santa Maria's skyrocketing street gang violence is met with resilience and hope by local government, organizations, churches, and citizens converging in the One Community Action Coalition
News: Asian citrus psyllid treatment kicks up controversy in Santa Barbara County
News: Area farmworkers demand existing protections be enforced
News: Santa Barbara County grants ExxonMobil emergency permit to truck crude
 

News

Area farmworkers demand existing protections be enforced

By DAVID MINSKY

In what some consider nothing more than a media stunt, area farmworkers and advocates from North County gathered by the dozens in front of the Joseph Centeno Administrative Bu...

Santa Barbara County grants ExxonMobil emergency permit to truck crude

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Department approved ExxonMobil’s (Exxon) emergency permit application Feb. 1, granting the company permission to truck 425,...

Federal agencies halt offshore fracking permits pending review of environmental impact

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Federal agencies will be reviewing the environmental impacts of offshore oil well stimulation—which includes acidizing and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”)&...

Santa Barbara Animal Services to fix, microchip cats for free

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is offering free spay, neuter, and microchip services to cat owners for the month of February, thanks to the county’s Project PetSaf...

Asian citrus psyllid treatment kicks up controversy in Santa Barbara County

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) treatment for the Asian citrus psyllid is underway in Santa Barbara County, drawing mixed responses from affec...

Hobnobbing with Helen: Saying goodbye

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

The often-seen-about-town Georgia Shore is retiring as general manager of the Sun. This is not the kind of upbeat, fun news that readers have come to expect from Hobnobbing. ...

Community Notebook 2/4/16 - 2/11/16

MONDAY, FEB. 8 • The Santa Maria City Block Grants Advisory Committee has its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room, 110 E. Cook St., Santa Maria...

Political Watch 2/4/2016

• The city of Santa Maria is currently accepting applications for the Recreation and Parks Commission until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Appointments...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Medical cannabis dispensary drivers

By DAVID MINSKY

Editor’s note: The last names of delivery drivers were withheld. The Compassionate Use Act (CUA), or Proposition 215, gives medical marijuana patients an exemption from...

Commentary

How you can help someone at risk for suicide

By LISA FIRESTONE

One of the scariest things you can experience is the fear that someone you know may be suicidal. When a friend, family member, or associate shows some of the warning signs for...

Letters

CrossFit is the best choice for some athletes

By Andrew "Bull" Klein - Orcutt

As I was sitting down next to my wife on Saturday night, she pointed out an article in the Sun, “Too much CrossFit?” (Jan. 28). She was a bit concerned about how ...

Guadalupe needs to ask more questions

By Manny Estorga - Guadalupe

When I wrote a letter around Oct. 22, 2015, the city administrator said there was no city funds, but he got a big pay raise making his salary $105,000 plus $2,500 plus 2.44 pe...

Sports

Pick-up sticks: Lacrosse grows in popularity on the Central Coast thanks to the efforts of dedicated community members

By PETER JOHNSON

If you thought lacrosse was a sport reserved for the East Coast Ivy League elite and not California’s Central Coast—then think again. Come out to the Pioneer Vall...

Tiffany Santana

By PETER JOHNSON

Pioneer Valley High School senior Tiffany Santana is wrapping up her Panthers wrestling career in dominating fashion. Santana helped Pioneer Valley take first place at the Ce...

School Scene

Santa Maria High School Robotics Club teams with Zodiac engineers for competition

By SHELLY CONE

The Santa Maria High School Robotics Club and a few engineers from Zodiac Aerospace participated in the Lego NXT Sumo Competition on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Members were divided i...

Sandoval reappointed to California State Board of Education

By SHELLY CONE

Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed Nicolasa “Niki” Sandoval, the education director for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, to the state Board of Education. San...

Laurus College holds commencement

By SHELLY CONE

Laurus College held its semi-annual commencement Jan. 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, located next to Laurus College’s campus, in Oxnard. The ceremony recognized...

Canary

Let's celebrate youth

I like to think of myself as a forward-thinking bird. A bird of vision.  Admittedly much of that vision is limited to planning out what I am going to do for summer vac...

Street Wise

What is your biggest fear right now?

Alma Miranda Marcus Perez Jeff Kerley Christy Love

Arts

Elverhoj Museum shares a career-spanning exhibit by Joseph Knowles

By JOE PAYNE

When local artist Joseph Knowles left his career in architecture in the 1980s to focus solely on his art, he plunged head first into abstract gestural work. But as time went b...

The space between: SLOMA's exhibit Eye Matters explores spatial relationships

By RYAH COOLEY

In the mundane moments of everyday life, as a bus races by or a child jumps off a swing, art can be found if you look closely, or in between the lines as they say.  Erik...

Schoolhouse Music in Los Olivos begins with a bang

By JOE PAYNE

The Schoolhouse Music chamber concert series in Los Olivos begins its season with the rumble of three concert grand pianos at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church o...

Valley Art Gallery has handmade cards for Valentine's Day

By JOE PAYNE

Nothing says true love like a handmade gift, but a handmade card on top of that? The Valley Art Gallery is holding a fundraiser with a sale of member-created Valentine’s...

Santa Ynez Valley Arts calling for artists

By JOE PAYNE

Santa Ynez Valley Arts has issued a call to artists to join the Art in the Courtyard events beginning in March. The organization has partnered with the Santa Ynez Valley Histo...

Humor

His pain is her pain

By ARIEL WATERMAN

I’m typing out my column in protest. Well, in truth, my body is protesting. My right shoulder and arm have been throbbing for a couple of weeks with some kind of infla...

Music

Joelyn Lutz shares songs of healing in Santa Maria

By JOE PAYNE

Sometimes, all we can do during tough times is what comes most natural. For local singer/songwriter Joelyn Lutz, that’s her music, which is penned to inspire and lift up...

Film

‘Anomalisa’ is a touching, perplexing look at relationships, depression, and the human existence

In this stop-motion animated featured, a man named Michael Stone (David Thewlis) trudges through a mundane world. Every person he meets is a bland repetition of every other pe...

Eats

The Food Archivist: Preserving the food-family connection

By SHELLY CONE

It seems like every family has that one signature dish that brings everyone together. It’s treasured like a priceless jewel. And more often than not, it’s a secret...

Hot Stuff

Young perspective

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley shares the work of kids who take art classes at the club’s dedicated locations and after-school sites in its first Photo a...

Get oriented

Allan Hancock College welcomes all incoming and new students to take advantage of its Bulldog Bow-WOW! school orientation event on Feb. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event...

Cross your path

The Chumash Casino Resort welcomes longtime contributor to adult contemporary music, including hits like “Ride Like the Wind” and “Sailing,” Christophe...