Thursday, January 19, 2017     Volume: 17, Issue: 46
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Illness, incarcerated: As residents with mental illnesses cycle from the streets to cells, county officials struggle to create a new system

Cover Story

Illness, incarcerated: As residents with mental illnesses cycle from the streets to cells, county officials struggle to create a new system

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The dimly lit hallway seems to grow narrower as I pass through it, trying to ignore the balmy air’s musty stench. I fix my gaze on the grimy-looking floor as I step past a row of metal doors, barring inmates in their isolation cells. They bang on their windows, yelling at me and my escorting officers: “Hey, bitch! Come back here!” We pause at the end of ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Illness, incarcerated: As residents with mental illnesses cycle from the streets to cells, county officials struggle to create a new system
News: Local pet advocacy group strives to rid Central Coast of retail pet shops
News: New county supervisors to tackle Chumash negotiations
News: Court upholds county closure of recreation complex
News: Hancock students push to make campus a 'safe haven' for undocumented peers
 

News

Second trial scheduled for Orcutt rapper accused of threatening victims in a song

By DAVID MINSKY

A second criminal trial was scheduled in the case of Anthony Murillo, the Orcutt rapper accused of making threats to two victims of sexual assault in a song he posted to the i...

New county supervisors to tackle Chumash negotiations

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The county has a new team negotiating in future discussions with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, following the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors’ Jan. 10...

Environmental groups aim to get Phillips 66 lawsuit dismissed

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Environmental groups were granted permission on Jan. 12 to intervene in a lawsuit by Phillips 66 against the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission, which in October denie...

Buellton passes moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses

By DAVID MINSKY

Buellton adopted an emergency ordinance on Jan. 12 that placed a 45-day moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses. All five City Council members voted for the ordinance...

Court upholds county closure of recreation complex

By DAVID MINSKY

A bid by Lompoc City Councilmember Jim Mosby to operate a sports/recreation complex on a piece of land zoned for agricultural use was denied by an appellate court on Jan. 17. ...

Local pet advocacy group strives to rid Central Coast of retail pet shops

By BRENNA SWANSTON

View a slideshow of animals available for adoption at the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society. Cristine Collier, founder of a new Central Coast-based pet advocacy group, has on...

Hancock students push to make campus a 'safe haven' for undocumented peers

By DAVID MINSKY

On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump promised to terminate an executive order made by President Obama, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which ...

Hobnobbing with Helen

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

Hold on to your hats, folks. A great new exhibit is coming to the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. The exhibit is designed and intended for children, but I am ...

Political Watch 1/19/17

• California 24th District Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) announced his appointment to the House Committee on Budget on Jan. 13. Carbajal proposed an amendment that day t...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Birchwood Garden Barn & Home

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

It all started with a big idea at an unexpected time and place. Lauren Withers had an epiphany one Sunday morning shortly after breakfast, when she headed to Old Towne Nurser...

Commentary

'Safe havens' good for Santa Maria

By PEDRO REYES

First of all, I want to thank our local school board for passing and adopting the “Safe Haven” policy for the safety and well-being of all our children, but most o...

Letters

Liberal hysteria

By Larry Bargenquast - Paso Robles

The leftist tide of anti-Trump loathing and hatred has turned into a tsunami of hysteria that Michael Goodwin says is like sounding five alarms for a dumpster fire. These peop...

Nuclear is the best clean energy

By William Gloege - Santa Maria

Wind and solar for energy are said to be “carbon-free.” In other words, they don’t contribute to global warming. But hold on. They are both “backed up&...

DANA makes learning fun for kids

By Marina Washburn - executive director for the DANA Cultural Center, Nipomo

I am truly grateful for our many Dana Adobe friends. Your generosity and kindness allows us, in our own small way, to introduce and inspire children by engaging them with the ...

Sports

The Benchwarmer: Shame on body shaming

By KRISTINA SEWELL

I don’t know how else to say it so I’ll just be direct: QUIT F***ING BODY SHAMING FEMALE ATHLETES! For those of you who don’t know, body shaming is defined a...

Malina Bourbon

By KRISTINA SEWELL

Malina Bourbon off the wrestling mat is a polite, responsible, and respectful young lady. But once she hits the mat, Bourbon becomes a fierce competitor whose legacy at Pionee...

School Scene

Santa Maria High School District moves to protect undocumented students

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Santa Maria high schools are now safe spaces for undocumented students, following the passage of a “safe haven” proclamation at the Santa Maria Joint Union High Sc...

El Camino Junior High to celebrate 85th anniversary

By BRENNA SWANSTON

El Camino Junior High School is turning 85 years old this year—about seven times the age of your average middle schooler. To celebrate, the district is hosting an annive...

Public Works pushes for no-stopping zones at Adam and Oakley elementary schools

Santa Maria Public Works’ traffic committee recommended that the city establish no-stopping zones at Adam and Oakley elementary schools, following parking lot constructi...

Canary

How things get worse

Don’t be rude, and don’t ask the wrong questions. That’s what I learned from Donald Trump’s recent press conference, anyway. As a bird, I know that...

Street Wise

What’s a good place to get a pet?

Ariel Gonzalez Chelsea Gallagher Brent Parker Justin Castillo

Arts

Hancock's annual Fine Arts Student Art Show to open January 24

By EDEN HOOD

The paintings are hung and the sculptures sit on pedestals at Allan Hancock College, where Gallery Director Marti Fast organized the annual Fine Arts Student Art Show. Loca...

Color your world at Santa Maria Public Library's adult coloring program

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. The philosophy behind the Santa Maria Public Library’s adult coloring program says that coloring provides a creative and arti...

Santa Maria Public Library seeks artists for Shepard Hall

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The Santa Maria Public Library is seeking artists interested in exhibiting their work in the Shepard Hall for up to 10 to 12 months. Artists are encouraged to apply at any tim...

The Santa Ynez Valley Classical Music Series presents solo violin concert

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church hosts a solo violin concert on Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. as a part of the Santa Ynez Valley Classical Music Series. Los Angeles Philhar...

Santa Maria seeking bands for Concerts in the Park

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The city of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is looking for bands and musicians to perform during the upcoming 2017 Summer Concerts in the Park series. Family-frien...

Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum offers Saturday science programs

The Santa Maria Utilities Department announced the start of three new educational programs for Science Saturdays at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. The subjects inclu...

Humor

Taco theft

By SHELLY CONE

There are four things a mom never gets: credit for what she does, enough rest, a hot meal, and time to herself. On the eve of an important morning for me, I decided I was go...

Music

Douglas Tomooka explores other realms as Saiku Sapien

By JOE PAYNE

Music has evolved much like life, in familial fashion. Genres inspire others, with the common ancestry of styles apparent in their sound. That’s why when an artist come...

Film

'Silence' examines the line between faith and ego

Martin Scorsese (Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Departed, Shutter Island, Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Str...

Eats

Northern Santa Barbara County wineries see a sunny 2017

By REBECCA ROSE

Your Christmas tree is in a pile in the garage and you’re still trying to find the cellphone you lost during that New Year’s Eve party. But that was last year&mdas...

Hot Stuff

Bow master

The Santa Ynez Valley Classical Music Concert Series welcomes the celebrated Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Paul Stein for a performance the program Violin Soliloquy on Ja...

Jammin' at the Moxie

The Moxie Café in Santa Maria now features live music three nights a week, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The café features singer-...

Living legend

The Chumash Casino Resort features the stand-up comedy of legendary performer Bob Newhart on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Newhart has been a best selling stand-up comedian since the 1960...