Monday, May 28, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 12
Making room: Santa Maria allows accessory dwelling units for the first time

Cover Story

Making room: Santa Maria allows accessory dwelling units for the first time


A few curious neighbors watched as carpenters pieced together the wooden skeleton of a 2,138-square-foot house on the corner of South Bradley Road in Santa Maria’s Sunrise Hills neighborhood on May 8. The finished product would one day include a spacious kitchen, lower and upper level living rooms, three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a two-car garage, acco... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Making room: Santa Maria allows accessory dwelling units for the first time
News: Santa Maria to increase food truck enforcement in June
News: Two Republican candidates hope to challenge incumbent Salud Carbajal for 24th Congressional District
News: Santa Barbara County District Attorney declares officer-involved shooting of armed robber justifiable homicide
News: Political Watch 5/24/18


Santa Barbara County District Attorney declares officer-involved shooting of armed robber justifiable homicide


An officer-involved shooting that led to the death of an armed bank robber in August 2017, was deemed a justifiable homicide by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Of...

NASA and Iridium, with help from SpaceX, complete launch


The first phase of a joint mission run by NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences—or GFZ—successfully detached from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on May 22,...

Former Santa Maria City Councilmember and county Supervisor Tom Urbanske passes at 88 years old


Former Santa Maria City Councilmember and 5th District County Supervisor Thomas "Tom" Urbanske passed away on May 17, leaving those in local government reflecting on...

Santa Maria to increase food truck enforcement in June


Santa Maria city officials plan to crack down on food trucks and enforce regulations in June after receiving an influx of food truck-related complaints. Since the beginning...

Two Republican candidates hope to challenge incumbent Salud Carbajal for 24th Congressional District


Local Republicans are hopeful that they can unseat incumbent Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) at the ballot box come November, but first they need to choose the candidate...

Political Watch 5/24/18

• Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order on May 10 designed to address forest recovery and wildfire prevention, and support forest management. The order includes doub...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Lompoc Valley Cannabis Association


A new association of business owners and activists in the the cannabis community say they want to help improve relations with skeptics and opponents of the plant in general. ...


AERA Energy's efforts at greenwashing don't fool cancer survivors


As someone who has watched her mother battle breast cancer twice, I am outraged by polluters that try to greenwash their image by donating to charities that fight the disease&...


Only one auditor-controller candidate is qualified

By Theo Fallati, CPA - Santa Barbara County Auditor-Controller

There are two candidates running for auditor-controller, and I have supervised both the candidates. After six years working in the office, one candidate left to become the tre...

Theft of $2 million from county is cause for concern

By Hector S. Navarro - Carpinteria

Lynn Hogan, a county employee since 1988, has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $2 million from the county. Over the past nine years, an employee with a drug addiction ou...

Hillary won

By Libby Breen - Orcutt

When will any journalist say that, while Hillary Clinton was being dragged through every investigation invented by Republicans in Congress and the media, the FBI, CIA, and NSA...

Vote Betsy Schaffer for auditor-controller

By Jim McClure - Santa Barbara

Betsy Schaffer is the best choice for county auditor-controller. My name is Jim McClure, and I spent almost 30 years in the Navy as a supply corps officer and have an MBA fro...

Oil is OK

By Roy Reed - Santa Maria

As three area oil companies prepare to submit their plans to upgrade oil production in the East Cat Canyon oilfield, a growing chorus of familiar voices has appeared in local ...

Gabriela Rivas


After four years of varsity wrestling at Pioneer Valley High School, senior Gabriela Rivas plans to continue her career at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa, next fall. ...

School Scene

Future Leaders of America call on district officials to align A-G and high school graduation requirements


Shortly after Dioceline Araujo moved from New Cuyama to Santa Maria during her freshman year of high school, a guest speaker visited one of her classes to discuss college. &l...


Get a whiff

It’s barely election season, and you can already smell the piles of platitudes pouring out of the mouths of hopeful politicians, much like the manure scent that wafts ...


Photography of Dugan Aguilar, on display at DANA Adobe, chronicles California's Native American population


Liz Aguilar has become comfortable talking about her husband and his visionary photography. She has been married to photographer Dugan Aguilar for 44 years, a fact that still...

Artists Debby Fuller and Gabriel Bustamante feature art inspired by a wooden world at the Cypress Gallery


Artist and wood turner Gabriel Bustamante has no plans to put his work online. He politely brushes off questions about where one can see photographs of his exquisite wooden p...

Wildling Museum hosts workshop for children


Artists Jill Littlewood and Pamela Zwehl-Burke will lead a workshop for children ages 6 and older on June 3 at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang. The class s...

Youth Arts Alive presents free summer arts classes


Youth Arts Alive, a free arts education program for Santa Maria youth, returns this summer to the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center and Grogan Park from June 11 through Ju...


Drag racer


There is a new phenomenon at my house. A new craze has taken over. All the women in my house—my wife, my daughter, and even our dog—began religiously watching a ...


Quire of Voyces features sacred music composed by women at St. Mark's in Los Olivos


The classical music world has been dominated for decades, if not centuries, by the image of a lone, baton-wielding figure. And that figure is almost always white and almost al...


‘Deadpool 2’ breaks the sequel curse

David Leitch (Atomic Blonde) directs this sequel about irreverent former mercenary-turned-mutant superhero Wade “Deadpool” Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who this time ar...


Leonardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria in Solvang is a perfect spot for a luxurious lunch


Tucked in the corner of the Nielsen's shopping center in Solvang, it might be easy to miss Leonardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria. It's separated from the busy tourist-heavy st...

Hot Stuff

Through the grapevine

The second annual Fiesta in the Vines takes place June 2 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Pence Vineyards and Winery, located at 1909 W. Highway 246, Buellton. Proceeds of this fundraiser...

Buckaroo banzai

Camp Buckaroo and Lil’ Rodeo will be open to Santa Maria Elks Rodeo attendees throughout the entire rodeo weekend, May 31 through June 3. Kids of all ages can enjoy boun...

Riding wildfire

The Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary is hosting a docent-led tour on May 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy exploring the sanctuary and meeting some of the mustangs th...

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Who do you want to see represent California's 24th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives?

Re-elect Salud Carbajal!
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