Thursday, May 19, 2022     Volume: 23, Issue: 12
PRIDE 2022

Cover Story

PRIDE 2022


Our annual Pride issue is coming a little early this year, but is it ever really too early to celebrate the activism and visibility of the LGBTQ-plus community? We talk to the Pacific Pride Foundation about the upcoming summer of in-person events, why it’s important to remember the activist roots of Pride, and the current legislative threats facing the LGBTQ-plus com... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: ExxonMobil sues Santa Barbara County, claims constitutional rights violation
Art: Kerrie Smith develops a new multisensory installation, Portals and Pathways, in Solvang
News: Buellton City Council green-lights proposed community garden
Commentary: South County exploitation of North County resources has been going on for more than 100 years
Cover Story: PRIDE 2022


Slow The Virus

ExxonMobil sues Santa Barbara County, claims constitutional rights violation

By Taylor O'Connor

After the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors’ rejected ExxonMobil’s proposal to truck crude oil from its Las Flores Canyon processing facility to Santa Mari...

Buellton City Council green-lights proposed community garden

By Caleb Wiseblood

The vacant lot on the corner of Second Street and Central Avenue in Buellton will be the future home of a community garden for city residents to grow their own fruit, vegetabl...

High school students advocate for Levee Trail expansion

By Taylor O'Connor

Pioneer Valley High School senior Casey Mata Garcia said he began advocating for more community green space because of the access inequalities he saw between his community in ...

Political Watch: May 19, 2022

• The U.S. House of Representatives voted 288-131 to approve and advance the Federal Firefighters Fairness Act—a bipartisan measure authored by U.S. Rep. Salud Carb...


Orcutt teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing honored as Santa Barbara County's teacher of the year

By Taylor O'Connor

When Joanna Hendrix was nominated to apply for the Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year award, she had a hard time deciding whether she’d move forward with the proce...

Cannabis Corner

County struggles with unpredictable cannabis cultivation tax revenue

By Camillia Lanham

Santa Barbara County is anticipating a $6 million shortfall in the cannabis cultivation tax revenue it predicted for this fiscal year, thanks to an oversupply of wholesale can...


South County exploitation of North County resources has been going on for more than 100 years


This is the story of how early Santa Barbara’s moneyed ranchers forced their will upon the more rural ranchers and farmers who lived and ranched in the Santa Ynez River ...


Where is Christy Lozano on the issues?

By Joseph Cortez, Santa Maria

Citizen Christy Lozano is vying to replace current Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido with the aid of County Clerk Joseph Holland. A lawsuit has been filed against Ms. Lo...


Fighting words


Maybe Buellton has it figured out. The city recently approved forward momentum on a project intended to bring more life into the town along Highway 101, and increase accessibi...


Kerrie Smith develops a new multisensory installation, Portals and Pathways, in Solvang


Santa Barbara resident Kerrie Smith used to specialize in transporting theatergoers into the worlds of plays and operas. The former set designer took a similar approach with h...

Gallery Los Olivos showcases artists Britt Friedman and Gerry Winant in new duo exhibit

By Caleb Wiseblood

Friendly Conversation, a new duo exhibition at Gallery Los Olivos, debuted in early May and is scheduled to remain on display through the end of the month. The exhibit showcas...

Great American Melodrama presents its latest original comedy, 'The Mark of Morro'

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Great American Melodrama in Oceano premiered its current production, The Mark of Morro, at the beginning of May. Performances of the show are scheduled to run through Satu...


‘Firestarter’ is an unnecessary remake

Keith Thomas (The Vigil) directs Scott Teems’ (Halloween Kills) script based on Stephen King’s novel about a young girl with the power to ignite fire through telek...


COLD Coast Brewing Company in Lompoc hosts grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony


The letters in COLD Coast Brewing Company don’t spell the temperature of the beer it serves. It’s actually an acronym from each of the brewery’s four owners&...

Hot Stuff


The Elverhoj Museum of History and Art in Solvang celebrated the premiere of its latest exhibition, Greenland—Land of the Midnight Sun, in mid-May. The exhibit is schedu...


The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society presents Spring Recital: Central Coast Music Teachers Association, a live concert at the Santa Maria Public Library, on Sunday, May 22, at...


The SLO Blues will play against the Coastal Dodgers at Sinsheimer Park Baseball Stadium on Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. Early purchases are recommended, as tickets to the upcomin...


Convergence—Wax on the Water, an exhibition of encaustic artworks at Art Center Morro Bay, will remain on display through Monday, May 23. The exhibit showcases a collect...


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