Wednesday, August 27, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 24
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Reuniting sideways: The cast and crew of 'Sideways' return to celebrate the film's 10th anniversary and its lasting impact on the Central Coast

Cover Story

Reuniting sideways: The cast and crew of 'Sideways' return to celebrate the film's 10th anniversary and its lasting impact on the Central Coast

BY WENDY THIES SELL

When Paul Giamatti arrived in the Santa Ynez Valley 11 years ago to portray a pretentious wine aficionado in the dark comedy film Sideways, he relied on his considerably gifted acting chops, because he had little interest in wine. “I just drank beer at that point,” Giamatti admitted. “I still wouldn’t know that much about [wine], but I enjoy it n... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Reuniting sideways: The cast and crew of 'Sideways' return to celebrate the film's 10th anniversary and its lasting impact on the Central Coast
Art: The Dana Adobe premiers a gallery space with works of local artists
Art: ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! announces its upcoming season
News: Cachuma's emergency pumping system is ready to deliver
News: Political Watch 8/21/14
 

News

Cachuma's emergency pumping system is ready to deliver

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

As the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation gifted emergency drought relief funding to the Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board (COMB), things were wrapping up on an emergency pump...

Water rights releases are flowing from Bradbury Dam

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

On Aug. 18 at 8 a.m., the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation started releasing water into the Santa Ynez River from Lake Cachuma’s Bradbury Dam. But before you get all bent out ...

Supervisors get behind Jackson's bill to ban drilling in the Santa Barbara Channel

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted on Aug. 19 to back state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s (D-Santa Barbara) bill to ban offshore drilling along the Tranqui...

More financial scrutiny is coming for Guadalupe

BY RYAN MILLER

Guadalupe City Administrator Andrew Carter doesn’t mince words when describing the current state of the city’s money situation. “We are in severe financial ...

Corrections

• The article on Mayor John Linn in our Aug. 14 issue (“Linn responds to his challenger’s claims”) referred to the wrong meeting in relation to allegati...

Best Of corrections

• The write-up for Omakase, winner of Best New Restaurant of 2013 in our Aug. 14 Best Of issue, reported the wrong city and incorrectly spelled the owner’s last nam...

Five candidates vie for two Santa Maria City Council seats

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Two incumbents are among the small herd of Santa Maria residents who want to ring in 2015 with a seat on the City Council. Five candidates signed up by the Aug. 8 filing deadl...

Community Corner: Restored ReStore

BY RYAN MILLER

Habitat for Humanity operates a shop where home-builders, DIY types, and anyone working on a project from full-on construction to remodeling to some light sprucing up can find...

Hobnobbing With Helen

BY HELEN ANN THOMAS

Here’s the lowdown on the hoedown: It was hobnobbing with the hounds, and it was a hoot and a half.  Santa Maria’s celebrity canine, Targa, the Santa Maria...

Community Notebook 8/21-8/28/14

MONDAY, AUG. 25 • The South County Advisory Council has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nipomo Community Services District Headquarters, 148 S. Wilson St., Nipom...

Political Watch 8/21/14

• After months of party-line squabbling that followed January’s drought emergency declaration, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Aug. 13 to put a comprehensive...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Patricio's Pizzeria

BY JOE PAYNE

Years ago, during the heralded pizza wars of yore, a line was drawn between those with toppings above their cheese, and those with cheese on top. To be honest, pizza wars d...

Commentary

Parents: Pitch in for children's education

BY BILL CIRONE

Some children get excited about a new school year beginning, while others seem to dread the end of summer vacation. Either way, parents have an important role in preparing chi...

Letters

We can't afford Measure P

Terri Stricklin - Nipomo

It appears there is a new “F” word in the language of Californians, especially here on the Central Coast. The proponents of Measure P have used it so much most peo...

We have been desensitized

Sharon Harris - Santa Maria

I have been pondering this subject for sometime—“desensitization of our population.” Enjoyed reading your column (“All the world’s a stage?&rdquo...

Sports

ESPN televises the Chumash Casino's Friday Night Fights

BY HENRY HOUSTON

The Chumash Event Center is buzzing on Aug. 15, even more so than it usually does during Friday Night Fights. Camera crewmembers are wildly running around putting wires wher...

Emily Mathis

BY HENRY HOUSTON

Emily Mathis, who graduated from Orcutt Academy in June, left for Boise State on Aug. 20, but even with a big move looming, she decided to train with the Santa Maria Swim Cl...

School Scene

Righetti gets a new music director

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

As Ernest Righetti High School plows into the school year, a new face is helping students perfect their instrument playing. Nicholas Burdick is taking over the school&rsquo...

Santa Maria is hosting another cardboard boat race

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The fifth annual Teen Cardboard Boat Regatta will take place on Sept. 13 at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center from 1 to 5 p.m. It’s a free event hosted by the S...

Former prisoners graduate from the county's reentry program

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

More than 70 formerly incarcerated Santa Barbara County residents are better equipped for society now that they’ve completed a reentry program at the Day Reporting Cente...

New faces at the Discovery Museum

BY AMY ASMAN BLASCO

Hello, Sun readers! For the past seven years I’ve used the byline Amy Asman, but I’ve decided that in my new capacity as program director at the Santa Maria Valley...

Canary

Let's have another round!

Labor Day is right around the corner, and with it comes the end of summer. By that point, all of the “non-harmful algae compounds” that recently found their way i...

Street Wise

What is the most important issue that Santa Maria City Council needs to tackle?

Miguel Cardenas Alma Marquez Debbie Haldeman and George Haldeman

Arts

The Dana Adobe premiers a gallery space with works of local artists

BY JOE PAYNE

After the immense success and interest in the recent Gold Rush Fever! exhibit in July, the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (DANA) opened up space in the historic building for local...

Theaterfest awakens the past in 'The San Patricios' by Jose Cruz Gonalez

BY JOE PAYNE

One hundred and sixty-seven years ago, on a blisteringly hot Mexico day in Chapultapec, the remaining members of St. Patrick’s Battalion stood sweltering in the backs ...

Santa Maria Civic Ballet holds auditions

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Civic Ballet is a coalition of advanced dancers in the Santa Maria community, all meeting to work together for professional dance recitals. Founding artistic d...

Discovery Museum fires up the grill

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum is celebrating local rancher and museum donor R.H. Tesene with a barbecue cuisine and ranching event on Aug. 21. The day will include f...

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! announces its upcoming season

BY JOE PAYNE

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! is bringing its 10th season of free, family-friendly professional Latin American music and dance ensembles to Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, ...

Humor

Veni, Vidi, Vegas

BY ARIEL WATERMAN

What a month July was here at Waterman Estate! It started off with a bang to remind my husband, The Brit, why his people lost the war. I must say, he does look good in red! ...

Music

Circle V Ranch kids help craft gifts for Flutes Across the World

BY JOE PAYNE

Examples of the flute—possibly the oldest instrument, other than the human voice—can be found in cultures across the world and time. There’s a good argumen...

Film

'The Giver' stays true to the message if not the story in Lois Lowry's popular adolescent novel

Based on the novel by Lois Lowry, The Giver is the story of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who lives in a perfect world where everyone is happy. At his coming-of-age ceremony, he&r...

Eats

Vintage 2014: Unique project documents Santa Barbara County's grape growing season

BY WENDY THIES SELL

For several years, Wil Fernandez crisscrossed the country in an RV, trying to figure out where he wanted to live. He returned to Santa Barbara County, intrigued by the landsc...

Hot Stuff

Dinner and drama

The Lompoc Civic Theatre is presenting its last summer dinner-theater production of Miracle on South Division Street on Aug. 23. The production relates the story of a family r...

Local wildlife

Wildlife photographer Donald Quintana has spent hours walking through the Guadalupe-Nipomo dunes complex, swiftly and silently snapping shots of local creatures. Quintana&rsqu...

Heads up

The Santa Maria Museum of Flight is prepped and ready for the annual air show Thunder Over the Valley, which will feature historic airplane exhibits, live aerobatic shows, and...