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Phillips 66 refinery employee appointed to APCD hearing board in 6-5 vote, leading to concerns about potential conflict of interest

Cover Story

Phillips 66 refinery employee appointed to APCD hearing board in 6-5 vote, leading to concerns about potential conflict of interest

By KASEY BUBNASH

For the last two decades, Cal Poly environmental engineering professor Yarrow Nelson has served as a member of the SLO County Air Pollution Control District’s (APCD) hearing board, using his background in scientific research to help the district navigate air pollution conflicts and emergencies, including the ongoing dust mitigation efforts at the Oceano Dunes.  ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Phillips 66 refinery employee appointed to APCD hearing board in 6-5 vote, leading to concerns about potential conflict of interest
News: PETA protests Solvang Trolley, owners blame City Council member
Commentary: Lompoc City Council member receives funds from city homebuyers loan program
Spotlight: Things are looking sunnier for Central Coast tanning salon owners who are finally getting back to business
News: Congressional candidates Carbajal, Caldwell face off in virtual debate
 

News

Slow The Virus

Congressional candidates Carbajal, Caldwell face off in virtual debate

By Malea Martin

U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal, the 24th Congressional District incumbent who represents San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, faced off against challenger Andy Caldwell in an...

PETA protests Solvang Trolley, owners blame City Council member

By Karen Garcia

The Solvang Trolley and Carriage Company is again at odds with City Council member Chris Djernaes, as the business’s owners claim Djernaes is the reason PETA protested o...

County supervisors vote to target large gatherings with administrative fines

By Camillia Lanham

After a COVID-19 update on Oct. 20 discussing outbreaks in Isla Vista, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted to pass an ordinance allowing the county to levy fin...

Propositions 20 and 25 would impact sentence lengths, DNA collection, parole, and cash bail system

By Malea Martin

California voters will have the opportunity to vote on criminal justice reforms through two separate measures on the ballot this November: Propositions 20 and 25. Proposition...

Rideshare companies dump $180 million into Yes on Prop. 22 campaign; drivers urge a no vote

By KAREN GARCIA

Proposition 22 on this year’s California ballot reexamines whether gig workers for app-based transportation and delivery are independent contractors or if they’ll ...

Political Watch: October 22, 2020

• Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Oct. 16 the release of more funds for the state’s fifth round of Homekey awards, a program that allows jurisdictions to purchase and r...

Spotlight

Things are looking sunnier for Central Coast tanning salon owners who are finally getting back to business

By MALEA MARTIN

Cristin Nightingale, owner of Sunkissed Tanning Salon in Santa Maria, had always wanted to own her own salon, “even since high school.” In mid 2019, she decided to...

Cannabis Corner

An ag panel discusses present challenges, potential for the future

By ZAC EZZONE

Labor shortages and government regulations tied to groundwater usage continue to hinder local farmers, but technological advancements could ease some of these concerns, accord...

Commentary

Lompoc City Council member receives funds from city homebuyers loan program

By RON FINK

 I have been following Lompoc politics for about 30 years; anytime an elected official had a monetary interest or conducted business with the city, he/she would always re...

Letters

Vote yes on Prop. 15 if you care about our future

By Luis Catalan, Santa Barbara High School junior

I am very unsure about the future of my education right now. The only thing I do know is that we will need more funding for our schools and communities as we move past COVID-1...

Canary

Party hardly

By THE CANARY

 I love nothing more than the drama of a good ol’ local government meeting. But what I can’t stand is when someone on a dais doesn’t get the opportunity...

Arts

Ann Foxworthy Gallery showcases artist and photographer Marcos Dorado with first virtual exhibit

The Ann Foxworthy Gallery at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria presents its first virtual exhibition, a showcase of works by artist and photographer Marcos Dorado, which ...

Coalition of Arts Leaders addresses exclusion of performing arts in state, county reopening plans

Thirty-eight leading members of the Central Coast Coalition of Arts Leaders have signed a letter urging state and county elected leaders and health department officials to pri...

Healing Justice Santa Barbara promotes voter empowerment through new campaign, Art is Activism

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Described as a visual representation of solidarity, a new virtual, multimedia campaign from Healing Justice Santa Barbara—a countywide, Black-led and Black-centered orga...

Visit five different destinations of live performances during SMCT's Drive Up Theatre Spooktacular

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

”You may be wondering why I’m sitting in an empty theater. Perhaps it’s because I like large, dark, empty spaces,” a mysterious, masked vigilante tells...

Film

The Boys turns the superhero genre on its head

What if superheroes were actually corrupt and arrogant jerks who were owned by a corporation that monetizes them through films and merchandizing while carefully crafting their...

Eats

Since 1979, Tom's Burgers has served meals with an ample helping of community outreach to the Lompoc Valley

By KENNY CRESS

The words on the window to the left of the Tom’s Burgers entrance, and on the window to the right of it, read, “Lompoc Strong.” Those words signify a commit...

Hot Stuff

BOOK SMART

The Grover Beach Community Library hosts its last book sale of the year on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees can expect to browse through or make purchases ...

GARDEN GATHERING

The Santa Ynez Botanic Garden hosts its next Art in the Garden meeting on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artists of every medium are welcome to join the group&mdash...

TANGLED UP IN BLUE

Studios on the Park in Paso Robles presents its latest fiber art exhibition, True Blue: Sew to Speak, through Monday, Nov. 2. This group show explores women’s history, e...

MERRY POP-UP

Glasshead Studio in Atascadero presents its Outdoor Studio Sale and Pop-up Art Fair on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale will feature a variety of locally produc...





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