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Santa Maria residents express concerns about new housing proposal from Santa Barbara County supervisors, nonprofit leaders

Cover Story

Santa Maria residents express concerns about new housing proposal from Santa Barbara County supervisors, nonprofit leaders

By TAYLOR O'CONNOR

Neighborhood safety, home value, drug use, and density concerns met local leaders on Jan. 25 as they introduced Santa Maria residents to a new proposal to put an interim housing facility near the Betteravia Government Center.  At the community meeting, one neighbor shared worries about loitering in nearby parks, neighborhoods, and shopping centers. “The peop... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Santa Maria residents express concerns about new housing proposal from Santa Barbara County supervisors, nonprofit leaders
Commentary: Santa Maria needs options beyond developer paybacks to create affordable housing
Art: Cypress Gallery holds new photo exhibit, The Quest for Hidden Gems of California
News: Storm disaster assistance centers open in Santa Barbara County
News: County Planning Commission denies appeal of Cat Canyon cannabis project
 

News

Slow The Virus

New state legislation could require Narcan at schools

By Taylor O'Connor

The Santa Maria-Bonita School District got ahead of a new state legislation by taking the steps to have naloxone hydrochloride, a medication that reverses an overdose’s ...

County Planning Commission denies appeal of Cat Canyon cannabis project

By Caleb Wiseblood

An appeal filed against a cannabis cultivation project—with a proposed site in the Cat Canyon area—recently met with unanimous denial from the Santa Barbara County...

Storm disaster assistance centers open in Santa Barbara County

By Taylor O'Connor

Santa Barbara County residents can visit a Disaster Assistance Center as a one-stop shop to get all of the resources they need while recovering from the storms that drenched t...

Political Watch: February 2, 2023

• The California Department of Water Resources announced that recent storms will allow the State Water Project to boost deliveries to 29 public water agencies serving 27 ...

Spotlight

The Boys and Girls Club can serve more kids through its new, third location in Guadalupe

By Taylor O'Connor

Through a partnership between the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast and the city of Guadalupe, the newly renovated community center at LeRoy Park will now serve as the...

Cannabis Corner

Cannabis' stinky growing season is coming again in Lompoc, and the county should care

By RON FINK

The stench of cannabis from county-permitted grows east of Lompoc and other areas of the county will soon return. Spring is just around the corner, and if the history of this ...

Commentary

Santa Maria needs options beyond developer paybacks to create affordable housing

By SCOTT FINA

The Santa Maria City Council recently approved a Disposition and Development Agreement with Vernon Property Group, for a revitalization project at Main Street and Broadway. Th...

Letters

Your local vote and participation help on many levels

By Virginia Perry Souza, Santa Maria

The League of Women Voters, Santa Maria Valley (LWVSMV) joins with the LWVCalifornia in condemning senseless gun violence as evidenced very recently in Monterey Park and Half ...

Canary

Better than nothing

By THE CANARY

Do you know how to put your political career at risk in Santa Maria? All you have to do is support a homeless housing program, apparently. At least, that’s according to...

Arts

Searching for Snow exhibit highlights icy photographs by Lee-Volker Cox

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow has kept one local photographer—usually armed with a camera everywhere he goes—from adding to his body of work on a near daily basi...

Cypress Gallery holds new photo exhibit, The Quest for Hidden Gems of California

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Lompoc Valley Art Association presents The Quest for Hidden Gems of California, a new photography exhibition set to premiere at the Cypress Gallery on Thursday, Feb. 2, an...

Chumash Casino Resort presents Paul Anka live in concert

By Caleb Wiseblood

On Saturday, Feb. 11, Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka will perform at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez. Tickets to the concert, which will start at 8 p.m., range b...

Film

‘Missing’ offers enough twists and turns to keep most viewers puzzled to the end

Nicholas D. Johnson and Will Merrick (Searching) co-direct this cyber mystery about June (Storm Reid), whose mother, Grace (Nia Long), goes missing during a trip with new boyf...

Eats

Buttonwood Farm's new sous chef spills the beans about his culinary journey

By BY CALEB WISEBLOOD

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Before moving to Santa Barbara County in 2018, prolific chef Lee Gottheimer spent years perfecting his cooking chops ...

Hot Stuff

THE MAN, THE LAKE, THE LEGEND

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center hosts the annual Huell Howser memorial walk at Oso Flaco Lake on Saturday, Feb. 11, starting at 9 a.m. This docent-led walk retraces the step...

GUARDIANS OF THE GARDEN

The public is encouraged to volunteer during Lompoc Botanic Garden Day, scheduled to take place on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Burton Mesa Chaparral Garden i...





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What do you think about new legislation that would require Narcan at all public school sites?

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