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Solvang-area residents continue clashing over greenhouse project, Board of Supervisors asks for environmental review

Cover Story

Solvang-area residents continue clashing over greenhouse project, Board of Supervisors asks for environmental review

By MALEA MARTIN

A battle between neighbors over whether one landowner should be allowed to build a greenhouse just north of Solvang rages on, despite the project being unanimously denied by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission in October 2020. Steve Decker, who wants to build a nearly 16,000-square-foot greenhouse on his agriculturally zoned land, was initially successful in obta... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Solvang-area residents continue clashing over greenhouse project, Board of Supervisors asks for environmental review
News: Solvang approves regulations for sidewalk vendors without community input
Commentary: Is Lompoc's water quality in danger because of homeless camps?
News: Farmworkers receive payment as part of settlement agreement
Canary: Greenhouse politics
 

News

Slow The Virus

County approves second phase of plan to address homelessness

By Kasey Bubnash

A recent conversation regarding Santa Barbara County’s efforts to address homelessness repeatedly came back to the area’s lack of affordable housing and its strugg...

New state guidelines allow for youth sports return

By Malea Martin

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released new guidance on returning to competition for youth and recreational adult sports, but Assemblymember Jordan Cunningh...

Solvang approves regulations for sidewalk vendors without community input

By Karen Garcia

Solvang adopted rules for future sidewalk vendors during a Feb. 22 City Council meeting, citing sidewalk accessibility and social distancing concerns, but the decision lacked ...

Farmworkers receive payment as part of settlement agreement

By Malea Martin

Months after a farmworker strike ended in alleged employer retaliation and an ensuing investigation by the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), more than 200 ...

Political Watch: February 25, 2021

• Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Feb. 17 that he along with Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) rea...

Spotlight

Painted rocks bring the community together in Nipomo

By Kasey Bubnash

Before the pandemic hit, Nipomo resident Lynn Borges had an abundant social and work life. Despite her age—she describes herself only as “old, old, old”&mdas...

Cannabis Corner

Orcutt school district has no stance on proposed cannabis dispensaries

By Kasey Bubnash

Several cannabis companies are vying for retail space in Orcutt, and although some community members had hoped the local school district would weigh in on proposed dispensary ...

Commentary

Is Lompoc's water quality in danger because of homeless camps?

By RON FINK

On Feb. 2, the Lompoc city manager tried to justify using fees collected to operate and maintain the drinking water utility to pay for homeless camp cleanups in the riverbed b...

Canary

Greenhouse politics

By THE CANARY

Who knew building a greenhouse on agriculturally zoned land could be so controversial?  Ooh, pick me! Pick me!  It’s definitely not surprising that the sam...

Arts

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle to judge the Wildling Museum's Earth Day Poetry Contest

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang is inviting residents of Santa Barbara County to enter its Earth Day Poetry Contest. Submissions are due no later than Monday,...

Gallery Los Olivos holds new duo show, Color and Light, with Vicki Andersen and Neil Andersson

By Caleb Wiseblood

Gallery Los Olivos presents Color and Light, a new duo exhibition showcasing oil and acrylic paintings by local artists Vicki Andersen (whose work is pictured above) and Nei...

Cupid's arrow points to the recently reopened Santa Barbara Zoo for a Valentine's Day adventure

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

A few clicks and a debit card number hold my online reservation for two at the Santa Barbara Zoo, which officially reopened to the public on Jan. 30. But today happens to be F...

Film

‘Euphoria’ explores youth and addiction

Created by Sam Levinson (Assassination Nation, The Wizard of Lies), Euphoria follows the lives of a group of high school students as they deal with friendship, love, identity,...

Eats

February marked the debut of Trattoria Uliveto's new spacious patio setting in Old Town Orcutt

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

"I’m going to be honest with you, even when they let us back inside, we might just stay outside,” said Alfonso Curti, chef and co-owner of Trattoria Uliveto, ...

Hot Stuff

PLAYWRIGHT MAKES RIGHT

As part of its InterPlay series, the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) will stream two live readings of The Mountaintop, via Zoom on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. and Saturday,...

AVIATION AND INNOVATION

Cuesta College presents a virtual program on the history of local aviation, Central Coast Aviators in World War II, which will become available online starting on Monday, Marc...

BIG BLUE

The city of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is seeking local artists to beautify five different utility boxes located throughout town. Artist applications are due ...

ROSE-COLORED GLASSES

Art Central Art Supply in Downtown SLO presents its latest showcase, Rosey ‘N’ Barb: Still At It After All These Years, through Monday, March 29. This duo exhibit ...





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