Thursday, September 29, 2022     Volume: 23, Issue: 31
Candidates for the 37th Assembly District race describe what they will do if elected

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Candidates for the 37th Assembly District race describe what they will do if elected


Second District Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gregg Hart will face off against environmental attorney and previous county Supervisor Mike Stoker for a seat in the state Assembly to represent California’s 37th District.  #info18392 After redistricting, the new 37th District now encompasses all of Santa Barbara County and southern San Luis Obispo County, promp... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Art: Hilary Baker brings animal-themed art exhibit to Solvang
News: Santa Maria greenlights new parking bans, renames one street
Cover Story: Candidates for the 37th Assembly District race describe what they will do if elected
News: Chumash advocate for new state sports betting bill
News: Political Watch: September 29, 2022


Slow The Virus

Lompoc pays $260,000 to address toxic wastewater problem

By Taylor O'Connor

The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) sued the city of Lompoc after it reported discharging toxic pollutants into San Miguelito Creek and the Santa Ynez River more than 3,000...

Santa Maria greenlights new parking bans, renames one street

By Caleb Wiseblood

Parking overnight will no longer be an option on four streets in Santa Maria, thanks to a new ruling from city officials.  Members of the Santa Maria City Council recent...

Chumash advocate for new state sports betting bill

By Taylor O'Connor

Two gambling propositions on California’s ballot this November created a more than $400 million campaign showdown—the most expensive in U.S. history, according to ...

Political Watch: September 29, 2022

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) voted with a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to advance a collection of bills that would improve fed...


A Santa Barbara County law enforcement program for youth offers new scholarships

By Taylor O'Connor

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse was founded to help the Sheriff’s Office maintain efficiency, improve morale and effectiveness, and help come u...

Cannabis Corner

Guadalupe discusses eligibility list for denied cannabis applications

By Taylor O'Connor

The SLO Cal Roots and Element 7 cannabis dispensaries will eventually open their doors in Guadalupe, filling the city’s two permit spots after a 4-1 approval at an Aug. ...


New bike path in the Santa Ynez Valley fosters stronger community


My first day of first grade is still vividly etched in my memory—the day I rode my bike to school for the very first time. I grew impatient as my dad reviewed the lesson...


Give us a better school bond; A2022 deserves a no vote

By Justin Ruhge, Lompoc

Lightning does strike more than once in the same place. Once again, the Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD) has placed a bond measure on the ballot, this time for $125 milli...


No stopping


Seems like the Santa Maria City Council is setting itself up for a game of Whac-A-Mole with unhoused residents living in vehicles.  Councilmembers unanimously approved c...


Flower City Ballroom brings new entertainment opportunities to Lompoc


Most live music and stand-up comedy events in Lompoc take place in taverns and tasting rooms. It’s a norm Dominick Balsamo and his family set out to change when they dev...

Orcutt Community Theater presents 'Deliver Us From Mama'

By Caleb Wiseblood

Orcutt Community Theater’s production of Deliver Us From Mama is scheduled to premiere at KleinDance Studios on Friday, Oct. 7, and run through Sunday, Oct. 23, with per...

Hilary Baker brings animal-themed art exhibit to Solvang

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature presents Wildlife on the Edge, an exhibition of animal-themed works by featured artist Hilary Baker (pictured), which is scheduled to deb...


‘Don’t Worry Darling’ is a heady thrill ride

Editor’s note: New Times Staff Writer Bulbul Rajagopal and Arts Editor Caleb Wiseblood wrote Sun Screen this week while Glen and Anna Starkey took a break. Olivia Wilde...


New Solvang eatery combines Mexican cuisine favorites with 'deep cuts'


Darting between two places of work on a golf cart has become a daily occurrence for one pair of local restaurateurs. Luckily for business partners Anthony Carron and Steven Fr...

Hot Stuff


Gallery Los Olivos presents 2022 Blooms, a new duo exhibition scheduled to debut on Saturday, Oct. 1, and remain on display through Monday, Oct. 31. The exhibit showcases a co...


The 13th annual Solvang Scarecrow Festival, scheduled to kick off on Saturday, Oct. 1, will include scarecrow entries from businesses and organizations across the Santa Ynez V...


The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art presents Breaking Point, an exhibition of artworks by Nicole Irene Anderson, which is currently on display and scheduled to run through Monda...


Participating storytellers will be sharing true, personal stories during the next iteration of The Reboot: Storytelling Reimagined, which takes place at Top Dog Coffee Bar in ...


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What are some of the priorities you want candidates to address this election?

Homelessness. Our state needs to address this growing issue and come up with creative solutions.
Mental health programs. We need more investments in programs to address staffing shortages and growing needs.
Climate change. I'd like to see initiatives like clean energy and wind farms move forward.
Our state is beyond fixing and there's nothing we can do.

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