Tuesday, February 25, 2020     Volume: 20, Issue: 51

Cover Story



  The Kaleidoscope Inn offers a unique setting for a wedding with a Victorian house surrounded by gardens BY ZAC EZZONE Tucked in behind a tree-lined lawn in Old Town Nipomo sits a 130-year-old blue and white Victorian house with stained glass windows, a house that looks unlike any other on Dana Street.  The aptly named Kaleidoscope Inn and Gar... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: WEDDINGS 2020
News: County volunteers look for answers in animal services director firing
News: Concerts, festivals at former Santa Maria Raceway stir controversy
Spotlight: Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Humane Societies announce merger
News: Political Watch: February 20, 2020


County volunteers look for answers in animal services director firing

By Zac Ezzone

Santa Barbara County has fired its Animal Services director less than a year after she was appointed, and volunteers aren’t happy with the decision. During the county...

Assembly Bill 5 hinders local independent contractors

By Karen Garcia

Sarah Levanway has been a sign language interpreter on the Central Coast for more than 15 years. She provides her service primarily in medical and educational settings. Her jo...

Coastal Commission approves amendment streamlining county housing permit process

By Zac Ezzone

Santa Barbara County is attempting to overcome some of its existing labor and housing shortages by streamlining its process for developing homes for agricultural employees. T...

Concerts, festivals at former Santa Maria Raceway stir controversy

By Kasey Bubnash

Nearly three months after a group of about 10 Nipomo residents voiced concerns about what they see as the nuisance and safety hazards caused by the non-racing events at Stadiu...

Political Watch: February 20, 2020

• On Feb. 12, U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act, a bill pac...


Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Humane Societies announce merger


Amid financial challenges, and a week after its executive director stepped down, the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society announced it’s merging with the Santa Barbara Huma...

Cannabis Corner

An ag panel discusses present challenges, potential for the future


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


Bruce Porter's potential policies would harm the local climate goals


With a wide-open field of contenders in the Democratic presidential primary and with California’s primary election moved up to March 3 (mail-in voting started Feb. 3), C...


No-party voters can vote for president

By Gale McNeeley, Santa Maria

What if you are a registered voter, but not registered with a political party? Can you still vote in the March 3 Democratic presidential primary? You can. If you signed up to...

Joan Hartmann truly cares

By Judith Dale, Buellton

As a daughter who took care of aging parents until their passing, I saw firsthand how dedicated Joan Hartmann is to our senior citizens. Joan worked closely with the staff of ...

Campaign cash speaks for itself

By Seth Steiner, Los Alamos

Follow the money. We can all access official campaign contribution information by going online. It’s at sbcvote.com. When I did recently, it became clear that Joan Hartm...

Re-elect Supervisor Hartmann

By Carole Bloom, Los Alamos

Please join me in voting for Joan Hartmann in the upcoming election for the 3rd District supervisor.  I have known Joan for several years and have found her to be a cari...


CANARY: Chopping block

By The Canary

I know the Santa Barbara County Animal Services shelter primarily deals with our four-legged and a few feathered friends, but something smells fishy in that department.  ...


Santa Maria Ameriprise showcases local artist Irina Malkmus

Ameriprise Financial in Santa Maria hosts an opening reception for its next featured artist, Solvang resident Irina Malkmus, on Thursday, March 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. This showca...

Solvang Folk School Talks series debuts with 'The Liturgists'

Bethania Lutheran Church will host a group panel and workshop series with the hosts of The Liturgists—a popular podcast that features discussions of topics on race, sexu...

Allan Hancock College's student exhibition showcases provocative digital paintings, among several media


During the opening reception for Allan Hancock College’s annual Fine Arts Student Art Show, featured artist Victoria Alvarez tried her best to remain incognito while cas...

PCPA presents Neil Simon's richly complex coming-of-age tale, 'Brighton Beach Memoirs'


Teenage New Yorker Eugene Morris Jerome (Isaac Capp) doesn’t hold back when it comes to discussing his favorite daydreams, from playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers someday ...

OCT holds auditions for 'Lot's Wife'

Orcutt Community Theater (OCT) is seeking actors to join its upcoming production of Lot’s Wife, which is scheduled to open on Friday, April 17. Auditions for the show wi...


Festival Mozaic presents Bach tribute with solo cellist Jonah Kim in Nipomo


Guess who’s Bach? Bach again. The Monarch Club, at Trilogy Monarch Dunes in Nipomo, hosts solo cellist Jonah Kim on Friday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 p.m. Presented by Festival M...


Birds of Prey delivers a blast of confetti violence

Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) directs this comic book action-packed crime adventure featuring Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), who joins forces with The Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead...


Santa Maria's new Thai spot serves up perfectly seasoned, complex food with an authentic twist


Sonya Ela keeps her pad thai recipe close to her chest. So close, in fact, that she hasn’t taught her chefs at Baan Thai how to make it yet—and probably never will...

Hot Stuff


Shepard Hall Gallery holds its latest solo exhibition, showcasing the silk paintings of local artist Esther Bartlett, through Thursday, March 5. The exhibit is part of an ongo...


The Central Coast State Parks Association hosts History of the Oceano Dunes: Geology, History, and People at Oso Flaco Lake on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Guests a...


The Santa Maria Public Library Garden Club hosts its Succulent Exchange on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring pest-free clippings ...


The 34th annual Lompoc Rotary Wine Tasting and Auction takes place at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event features more than 3...


Gallery Los Olivos holds its New Visions exhibition through Saturday, Feb. 29. This duo show features a variety of landscapes from local painters Sheryl Knight and Britt Fried...


The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society presents Spirited Symphonies: Es Muss Sein at Grace Baptist Church on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Led by maestro Michael Now...

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