Friday, December 2, 2022     Volume: 23, Issue: 40
New state program to fund housing navigation, medical services raises vacancy and start-up concerns

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New state program to fund housing navigation, medical services raises vacancy and start-up concerns


Less than 2 percent of the homes in Santa Barbara County are vacant. This makes it extremely challenging to find rentals for anyone, especially those experiencing homelessness, said Sylvia Barnard with Good Samaritan Shelter.  “We find that for anyone experiencing homelessness, it’s over 120 days to get into housing,” Barnard said. “Having th... [ Read More ]

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Art: Wildling Museum announces mortgage payoff, hosts Holiday Market


Slow The Virus

County supervisors move forward with farmworker resource center grant

By Taylor O'Connor

More than 20 farmworker families and advocacy groups demonstrated their support for a new farmworker resource center by sharing the challenges they face during the Nov. 29 San...

Solvang officials consider new stormwater management measures

By Caleb Wiseblood

Solvang’s Public Works Department predicts the city will need to increase inspections of local businesses’ stormwater management practices, starting in 2024. &ldq...

Voters pass abortion, arts education, anti-tobacco propositions

By Peter Johnson

California and Santa Barbara County voters both said “yes” to abortion protections, arts education funding, and a flavored tobacco ban, but soured on the remaining...

Political Watch: December 1, 2022

• The U.S. Department of Energy conditionally selected Diablo Canyon Power Plant to receive the first round of funding from the Civil Nuclear Credit Program, according to...


The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County hosted its annual holiday food drive, but it needs more to keep up with demand

By Taylor O'Connor

Until 2020, the Letter Carriers Food Drive—a drive that used the U.S. Postal Service to pick up nonperishable foods from residents’ homes—was a major source ...

Cannabis Corner

County greenlights 60-acre cannabis cultivation near Orcutt

By Caleb Wiseblood

After two hours of deliberation, one Santa Barbara County planning commissioner stood firm about denying a local grower’s cannabis permit, which would have otherwise bee...


Try to think positively and give thanks beyond Thanksgiving


Last week was Thanksgiving. The day represents a couple of things; one is that we give thanks for having a warm, dry place to sleep and food to eat. We are also thankful for t...


Poop city


Solvang is in deep doo-doo. Technically, it’s not deep yet, but it could be if it actually rains.  On Dec. 3, the city’s Julefest Parade hits the streets com...


Santa Maria Arts Council holds Community Arts Mixer


Members of the Santa Maria Arts Council hope to see some new faces at an upcoming mixer event—and bring some new artists into the fold. Gale McNeeley, one of the even...

Wildling Museum announces mortgage payoff, hosts Holiday Market

By Caleb Wiseblood

In 2017, the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature purchased its current facility on Mission Drive in Solvang with a $1.6 million loan from the Adams Legacy Foundation, and planne...

Gallery Los Olivos presents annual Winter Salon

By Caleb Wiseblood

Gallery Los Olivos’ 2022 Winter Salon group exhibition is scheduled to open on Thursday, Dec. 1. The annual showcase features a collection of artworks—including W...


'Spirited' is a charming and funny adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol'

Co-writer Sean Anders (Daddy’s Home, Instant Family) directs this modernized musical take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the 1843 novella about miserly Ebe...


California franchisees bring Nothing Bundt Cakes to Santa Maria


Slot machines. Poker tables. Bundt cakes.  Husband and wife Tom and Terre Downey hit the jackpot in one of these arenas during a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, when they wer...

Hot Stuff


The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society presents its next live concert, Baroque Jubilee, at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Maria on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The o...


The Solvang Senior Center hosts its next chair cycling session on Friday, Dec. 2, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Participants of this weekly exercise program enjoy some pedal-powered, ...


Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes (pictured) will join accompanying musician Diego Amador Jr. for Rayn: Flamenco for a New World, a dance showcase at the SLO Guild Hall on Frid...


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What do you think about a farmworker resource center in Santa Barbara County?

It's a great way to create a network of collaboration and reach people in need.
It's been needed in the county for a long time and should have been made earlier.
We don't have the funding now, but we should come up with ideas in the meantime.
We don't need it. There are plenty of resources readily available.

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