Tuesday, March 19, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 2
Sunshine Week:  Breaking down public access to government records

Cover Story

Sunshine Week: Breaking down public access to government records

By Various Authors

You’d be surprised at the documents, emails, text messages, and more that you can request from your local government. And most of the time, that entity will acquiesce. I’ve received emails between city council members and constituents, property tax records for oil companies, letters to the Environmental Protection Agency, calls for public safety service in cert... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Art: Painter Rachel Lee's new exhibit embraces her California roots
News: Santa Barbara County issues sixth annual homeless death report
News: Former Olive Grove employee files wrongful termination suit
Cover Story: Sunshine Week: Breaking down public access to government records
Art: Former Allan Hancock College student Jesslyn Brundy wins design contest with LA Opera


Former Olive Grove employee files wrongful termination suit


A Central Coast charter school system is facing legal trouble again, this time in the form of a lawsuit recently filed by a former employee alleging wrongful termination. The...

Santa Barbara County issues sixth annual homeless death report


Heart disease and overdoses remain the top killers of homeless individuals in Santa Barbara County, according to health officials. The information was included in an annual r...

Santa Maria Public Library now accepting passport applications


After more than six months of preparation, the Santa Maria Public Library officially began accepting passport applications on March 11. The move, which took months of plannin...

Santa Maria makes plans for Measure U revenue


Santa Maria plans to use revenue from a recently approved sales tax hike to beef up its police and fire departments, among other enhancements. Members of the City Council dir...

Lompoc passes new parking rules on two troublesome streets


As the cost of living in California continues to skyrocket, a growing population of people in the state are living in their vehicles. The trend has led to clashes between thos...

Proposed plans for the southern end of the Oceano Dunes have environmentalists up in arms


Although eight projects are currently proposed for Pismo State Beach and the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, only one is stirring up trouble with the Central Coa...

Political Watch 3/14/19

• State Sens. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) convened a joint informational hearing of the state Senate Committees on Judiciary and ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: The Hourglass Project


Under the shared belief that the economy's problems are too big for any individual community to solve on its own, a coalition of Central Coast-based business and civic leaders...


A bad Band-Aid


On Tuesday, March 5, the Lompoc City Council discussed the ongoing problem of the homeless using the streets of the city as a campground for their mobile residences. The city...


A warning to Congressional Dems and the irrelevant media

By Ellis Romero - Santa Maria

There is an age-old tactic employed by insecure people. Try in every way to belittle another person in order to make yourself look better, smarter, or more important. I hav...

Oceano is in dire straits

By Lucia Casalinuovo - Oceano

Since State Parks disclosed its intention to add an off-roading campground and access road by Oso Flaco Lake, people in that area have mobilized against it: the residents of N...

Monique Gomez


It's been a slow start to the high school softball season so far thanks to the rainy weather, but Pioneer Valley High School student Monique Gomez is already showing a lot of ...

School Scene

Community college programs offer financial paths to higher education


Current Allan Hancock College student Kailia Villanueva has big dreams for her future. "I see myself down the line as an entrepreneur, and I want to own a business,"...


Bird's eye

My fair-weathered feathered friends are looking forward to their trips north along the Pacific Flyway. They can hit the Central Coast with a glance toward the ocean and sett...


Former Allan Hancock College student Jesslyn Brundy wins design contest with LA Opera


Jesslyn Brundy has a good reason to celebrate these days. The Cal State Northridge student, a former Allan Hancock College design student, recently won $5,000 as part of a des...

Painter Rachel Lee's new exhibit embraces her California roots


In food writing, the word succulent conjures up images of something juicy, ripe to the point of perfection, or beautifully fork-tender. In nature, it evokes a sense of heartin...

Gallery Los Olivos presents For the Joy of Painting


Artists Sheryl Knight and Linda Mutti are featured through April 30 at Gallery Los Olivos in an exhibit called For the Joy of Painting. Knight and Mutti will feature work i...

Solvang Library presents History Alive lecture

The Solvang Library will present a first-person dramatic history presentation on librarian Frances Burns Linn on March 19 at 5:30 p.m. Linn was inducted into the California L...


Celtic punk band Flogging Molly to perform at Chumash Casino


A concert series taking place on a pirate ship during a four-night Caribbean cruise sounds like a scam of Fyre Festival proportions. Getting scammed over a failed music fest o...


‘Captain Marvel’ puts women in the pilot seat

Co-writers and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) helm this new installation in the Marvel Universe. In 1995, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Da...


Celery root is a unique root vegetable to try during late spring


I have an unabashed love for ugly produce. For decades, Americans have been trained by commercials and mass marketing to believe that the best vegetables are the ones that lo...

Hot Stuff

Mission possible

Traditional Mission Life Day takes place on March 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Purisima Mission, located at 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc. The event features tours, costumed d...

Royal throne

The Royal Family KIDS Benefit Dinner takes place on March 23, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Santa Maria Fairpark, located at 937 S. Thornburg St., Santa Maria. The event includes a bar...

Shapes of water

Zest it Up Inc. presents a watercolor and wine workshop on March 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Zaca Mesa Winery, located at 6905 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos. Guests can enjoy prac...

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Weekly Poll
The Santa Maria Library can now help you with getting a passport. What other services should it add?

It should let me rent video games.
Extend the hours it's open.
Offer yoga classes so I can stretch out while I read.
Put in a bar!

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