Friday, September 20, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 29
Community Choice Energy arrives on the Central Coast

Cover Story

Community Choice Energy arrives on the Central Coast


The expansion happened fast. In the span of a year, 10 Central Coast cities and Santa Barbara County all had voted, one after the other, to join as members of Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a growing Community Choice Energy (CCE) utility that currently serves Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. It started with San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay in late 2018... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Community Choice Energy arrives on the Central Coast
News: County delayed cannabis-permit appeal hearings
News: County moves to loosen solar panel regulations
Commentary: Five decades later, biologist Rachel Carson's writings still resonate
News: Peoples' Self-Help Housing is concerned census numbers could affect its ability to provide services


County moves to loosen solar panel regulations

By Zac Ezzone

There’s enough private and public land in Santa Barbara County to install solar panels that could generate power for up to 1 million homes. But so far only a small perce...

County delayed cannabis-permit appeal hearings

By Zac Ezzone

It will be almost another two months before the county Planning Commission hears appeals filed over two cannabis cultivation projects.  The appeals, filed by winemaker B...

Solvang hires acting city manager

By William D'Urso

Just days after removing its old city manager in a “mutual agreement,” the city of Solvang has an acting one in place. Xenia Bradford is the acting city manager, ...

Investigators release preliminary report on Conception boat fire

By Zac Ezzone

The investigation into the boat fire that killed 34 people on Sept. 2 reached a turning point on Sept. 12, a day after divers found the body of the final victim and the U.S. C...

Farm groups hold first cannabis, wine panel to promote tourism

By Zac Ezzone

Despite the tension between the wine and cannabis industries in some parts of Santa Barbara County, the two share many similarities, from their customer bases to regulatory bu...

Peoples' Self-Help Housing is concerned census numbers could affect its ability to provide services

By William D'Urso

John Fowler likes numbers.  As a certified public accountant, they’re kind of his thing. Spreadsheets, tax credits, mortgage rates, all of it.  But as the pr...

Political Watch: September 19, 2019

• The House Judiciary Committee passed the Extreme Risk Protection Act of 2019 on Sept. 10, which U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) authored with representatives...


Marian Regional Medical Center will use donated building for mental health treatment facility


David Ketelaar went to the Santa Maria City Council to ask for help.  As director of emergency services at Marian Regional Medical Center, he’s seen a growing nu...


Five decades later, biologist Rachel Carson's writings still resonate


I was on vacation walking down a wooded road in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania on July 20, 2019, 50 years to the day after the first moon walk in 1969. I was remembering...


CANARY: It's complicated


Who wants to talk about Community Choice Energy? I know, nobody’s hand went up. Because it’s freaking complicated. And who actually understands it, anyway? ...


Arts Council holds seventh annual Birdhouse Fundraiser

Local artists created 10 birdhouses over the summer as contributions to the Santa Maria Arts Council’s (SMAC) seventh annual Birdhouse Fundraiser. Some of this year&rsqu...

Book Loft hosts signings with Gay Browne, Barbara Greenleaf

Author Gay Browne will be signing copies of her self-help book, Living with a Green Heart: How to Keep Your Body, Your Home, and The Planet Healthy in a Toxic World, at the Bo...

Melodrama hosts benefit performance of 'Drac in the Saddle Again'

The Great American Melodrama hosts a benefit performance of Drac in the Saddle Again on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Zach Elliot Memorial Scholarshi...

Grossman Gallery screens insightful short films created by local youth, all under age 14


I used to love “borrowing” my parents’ camcorder to record my own horror movies, often using my siblings and neighbors to play zombies, Martians, murderous b...

Ann Foxworthy Gallery hosts new figurative exhibition, Pilgrimage, from local artist Joanne Beaule Ruggles


“There is a pure joy in playing like a child who does not need to look over her shoulder to see who is watching,” said Joanne Beaule Ruggles, describing her artist...


Singer-songwriters Coby Brown, Brad Byrd, and Greg Felden unite for collaborative tour


Sharing the same backing band, three eclectic singer-songwriters are hitting the road for a collaborative tour that will stretch from Portland, Oregon, to Ojai, California. Th...


Love in this club

Editor’s note: Arts Editor Caleb Wiseblood and New Times Staff Writer Karen Garcia took over Split Screen while the Starkeys enjoyed the week off. Writer-director Loren...


Learn a little something about Allan Hancock College's viticulture program, tasting room, and commercial winery


It’s immediately apparent that Alfredo Koch knows what he’s talking about. He’s a professor and coordinator for the agribusiness/viticulture and enology prog...

Hot Stuff


The Elverhoj Museum of History and Art hosts its Living History Festival, as a part of Danish Days Weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 22...


Feathers and Fur, a duo show featuring animal paintings by Santa Barbara-based artists Emil Morhardt and Claudia Chapman, runs at Gallery Los Olivos through Monday, Sept. 30. ...


CovenTree Books and Gifts in Santa Maria hosts its next Psychic Fair on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The date was chosen as the closest Saturday to the autumnal ...


The eighth annual Orcutt Children’s Art Foundation (OCAF) Chalk Festival takes place in Old Town Orcutt on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitors are wel...


Santa Maria Ameriprise Financial will be showcasing landscapes and abstracts by local artist Mikel Naccarato through Friday, Sept. 27. Most of Naccarato’s works were ins...


Country star and Orcutt native Pryor Baird will perform at Presqu’ile Winery on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. Fellow country artist Kaleb Lee will open for Baird during ...

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