Friday, May 22, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 11
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Berry boycott: Labor disputes in Baja California spill onto the Central Coast

Cover Story

Berry boycott: Labor disputes in Baja California spill onto the Central Coast

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Rows of green-topped fields are a staple on the Central Coast, and as soon as red starts showing up between the forest-colored leaves, those acres flood with workers running empty boxes to spots where they hover with hands that deftly seek out tart, sweet berries the color of blood. It’s part of the landscape, commonplace, so blended into the sights of every day that... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Commentary: A never event
Canary: Regulatory, schmegulatory
News: California Nurses Association speaks out against Phillips 66 refinery rail spur
Cover Story: Berry boycott: Labor disputes in Baja California spill onto the Central Coast
News: Man found shot to death in parked car in Santa Maria
 

News

Nipomo will be getting its supplemental water this summer

BY DAVID MINSKY

The first phase of a multi-million dollar pipeline project will be delivering water to thirsty Nipomo residents by mid-summer. Michael LeBrun, general manager of the Nipomo C...

Santa Maria company dissolves after paying $1 million in fines

BY DAVID MINSKY

A Santa Maria landscaping company paid $1 million to the federal government to settle an allegation that it fraudulently obtained federal contracts by claiming ownership by a ...

Man found shot to death in parked car in Santa Maria

BY DAVID MINSKY

Several reports of gunshots on the night of May 16 led authorities to a residential area in the 400 block of West Williams Street, where police said they found a man inside a ...

Santa Maria City Council considers synthetic drug ban

BY SEAN MCNULTY

The Santa Maria City Council was scheduled to vote on an ordinance to ban the possession, distribution, and sale of synthetic drugs within city limits on May19. The results of...

California Nurses Association speaks out against Phillips 66 refinery rail spur

BY SEAN MCNULTY

The California Nurses Association (CNA) joined parents and students in a rally on May 19 outside of the Lucia Mar Unified School District’s board meeting to continue pro...

Correction

In the story, “Water for life,” published on May 14, the Sun reported that Santa Maria Director of Community Development Larry Appel said water resources haven&rsq...

Bug vs bug: A foreign predatory wasp is released in Santa Maria to help fight citrus tree-loving pest

BY DAVID MINSKY

When you see the fruit on a citrus tree turn from orange or yellow to green, the tree isn’t growing limes. It’s most likely a sign that the tree has a disease call...

Community Notebook 5/21/15 - 5/28/15

MONDAY, MAY 25 • The South County Advisory Council has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nipomo Community Services District Headquarters, 148 S. Wilson St., Nipomo...

Political Watch 5/21/15

• The California Senate passed a contentious bill on May 14 that would get rid of the state’s religious and personal belief exemptions for vaccines. Essentially, th...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Curt's Plumbing and Heating

BY DAVID MINSKY

Ever heard that phrase: “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down?” What does it mean? Think the contents of a toilet bowl. And now...

Commentary

A never event

BY EVELYN MCKNIGHT

More than 1,500 Californians, patients at a pain clinic operated by Dr. Allen Thomashefsky in Santa Barbara, have been notified by local public health officials that they may ...

Letters

Salamanders don't need to be saved

Justin Ruhge - Lompoc

When I recently read that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was promoting the idea of protecting the “endangered” tiger salamander in a project of condemning 30,0...

Sports

The Mission Hope Cancer Center puts on yoga classes for restorative and fundraising efforts

BY KRISTINA SEWELL

The “C” word. The “Big C.” Cancer. This is not a diagnosis any of us want to hear during a trip to the doctor’s office. Cancer kills an astronom...

Torey Barrett

BY KRISTINA SEWELL

Long-time Pioneer Valley wrestling coach and social science teacher Kevin Ilac said senior female wrestler Torey Barrett is a great example of how commitment and sacrifice can...

School Scene

Santa Maria high school students receive new Dell tablets

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (SMJUHSD) distributed more than 5,000 Dell Venue Pro tablet computers to students at Pioneer Valley, Ernest Righetti, and Sant...

Santa Barbara County preschools get national accreditation

BY JOE PAYNE

The National Association of Educators of Young Children (NAEYC) awarded every state preschool in Santa Barbara County with full accreditation in April, according to a release ...

Classified employees reach tentative agreement with Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

BY JOE PAYNE

The California School Employees Association (CSEA) and the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (SMJUHSD) recently reached a tentative agreement in the 2015-2016 contr...

Canary

Regulatory, schmegulatory

Last summer (2014) the California Department of Conservation discovered a little hiccup in the regulatory oversight of one of its agencies (a department within the department)...

Street Wise

Should Central Coast produce pickers receive better wages and working conditions?

Nick Presher Robert Hill Lisa Lansing Rachele Adkins

Arts

St. Joseph High School reboots its drama program with comedic mystery 'Where There's a Will, There's a Murder'

BY JOE PAYNE

St. Joseph High School is one of numerous educational institutions forced to pull art programs during the budget struggle of the last decade. The private school in Orcutt rece...

It's time to get briefs with 55 fiction

BY JESSICA PENA

Boxers or briefs? Come on. You know the answer. It’s not even a question. You go with the latter. You go with the tighty-whities. And if you just can’t, your only...

Santa Maria Public Library kicks off summer reading program

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Public Library—along with its Orcutt, Guadalupe, and Cuyama branches—will kick off the Read to the Rhythm summer reading program on June 15. The pr...

Poetic Justice Project actors to perform at Alcatraz

BY JOE PAYNE

The Poetic Justice Project, along with collaborator and director Gale McNeeley, will perform the production Inside Out during the Arts in Prisons Conference at Alcatraz happen...

Hugh Jackman documentary needs ticket sales to show in Santa Maria

BY JOE PAYNE

A special screening event for the film Dukale’s Dream, featuring actor Hugh Jackman’s visit and subsequent mobilization of aid in Ethiopia, is scheduled for June 4...

Artists Guild of Santa Ynez Valley announces scholarship winners

BY JOE PAYNE

The Artists Guild of the Santa Ynez Valley announced the winners of its 2015 scholarship cycle, recognizing three local art students for achievements in visual arts. The winne...

Humor

Etiquette du toilet

BY ROB KRIDER

The men’s restroom has rules. These are strict procedures not to be broken under any circumstances, even if there is a fire. There are certain things men do not do in th...

Music

Unfinished Business explores the British Invasion

BY JOE PAYNE

The driving, dominant chords that open the song “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” heralded the beginning of something big when The Beatles strummed them over the screams...

Film

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is a feminist manifesto wrapped in an incredible action film!

Welcome to the post apocalypse. It’s 2060, and our planet has become a dystopian nightmare in which civilization has been replaced by utter chaos. Tyrannical leader King...

Eats

Orcutt fusion: Niya restaurant brings contemporary Asian-style cuisine to old town

BY SHELLY CONE

Walk into Niya Restaurant in Old Orcutt and a stately elegance is immediately apparent. Suddenly, any illusion a visitor may get from the “old” in Old Orcutt fades...

Hot Stuff

A night of tribute

The Chumash Casino Resort presents a double-bill performance featuring two beloved tribute groups, Queen Nation and Space Oddity, who perform works by Queen and David Bowie, r...

Link by link

How do you make a cool, colorful chainmaille bracelet? One link at a time. Coventree Books and Gifts plays host to a chainmaille class on May 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the store, 722...

Rocker for a cause

Glen Phillips, performer and songwriter for Toad the Wet Sprocket, will perform a solo concert to benefit the Lompoc Theatre Project on May 23. Phillips will follow local perf...