Tuesday, September 30, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 29
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Should Buellton put an electronic billboard along Highway 101?

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Aren't there laws against that?
Yes: Buellton needs to bring in more tourists.
I don't live there; I don't care.

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The writing on the wall: Santa Maria City staffers stay vigilant in the daily battle against graffiti

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The writing on the wall: Santa Maria City staffers stay vigilant in the daily battle against graffiti

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria River bed holds a clear record of who’s been through recently. The tracks of deer, blue belly lizards, and mice wind through the gravely sand alongside footprints from walkers or joggers, sometimes with dogs. Underneath the bridge, sneaker prints reveal fewer athletic treads, and the towering concrete pillars that hold up the road above are surrounded... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Political Watch 9/25/14
Art: PCPA explores authenticity, art, and betrayal in '36 Views'
Cover Story: The writing on the wall: Santa Maria City staffers stay vigilant in the daily battle against graffiti
News: Buellton's bitter digital billboard debate takes over its city council race
News: Santa Maria City Council candidates talk issues
 

News

Guadalupe's future as a city hangs in the balance

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The three measures that Guadalupe residents will vote on in November need to pass in order for the city to stay financially afloat, but that outcome will only keep Guadalupe f...

Visitors give Santa Maria revenue a bump

BY MICHAEL MCCONE

All the beans have been counted, and the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce and the Visitor and Convention Bureau say that transient occupancy tax collection is up 12.34 percent....

Santa Maria City Council candidates talk issues

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The candidates in this year’s Santa Maria City Council race each failed to answer at least one question in the time allotted at a Sept. 20 forum hosted by the League of ...

Cyclists get a legal force field

BY CLIFF MATHIESON

Starting in mid-September, California’s bicyclists have been theoretically surrounded by a 3-foot bubble of legal protection. Under a new law called the Three Feet for S...

Buellton's bitter digital billboard debate takes over its city council race

BY MICHAEL MCCONE

Rarely since Moses and the burning bush has a sign been more influential to a people than the sign that appears will be the deciding factor in the upcoming Buellton City Counc...

Community Corner: Raising rescue resources

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Wildlife rescue efforts take skill, volunteers, and cold hard cash, and this year, Solvang-based rescue workers are seeing a record-breaking number of animals that need help. ...

Community Notebook 9/25/14-10/2/14

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1 • The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E. Anapamu St., Santa ...

Political Watch 9/25/14

• The League of Women Voters is holding one more forum in September regarding the 2014 election; it will be held at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside Pa...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Rooney's Irish Pub

BY MICHAEL MCCONE

Tucked away in the back of Old Town Orcutt, in the middle of what was once pretty much nothing, rests Rooney’s Irish Pub. Rooney’s opened in the summer of 2010, m...

Commentary

One veteran's final flight

BY KEN PALOS

My dad, Alexander Palos, formerly of Camarillo, enlisted in 1942, shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack. He was assigned to the 9th Air Force, 50th Fighter Group in the Army A...

Sports

From the sidelines

BY THE SPORTSMAN

I started writing for the Sun a month ago. Since then I’ve been very busy running around, talking to people, and attending sporting events. It’s crazy to think tha...

Kennedy Klusendorf

BY AARON SALAZAR

Kennedy Klusendorf tried a lot of sports before finding the right one. She gave everything a chance—basketball, tennis, softball, but none of them could satisfy her hung...

School Scene

Righetti teacher presents to Royal Geographic Society

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Ernest Righetti High School teacher David Preston recently became the first American high school teacher to present to the Royal Geographical Society since it was founded in 1...

Computers for Families is looking for donations for the coming school year

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Computers for Families is asking local businesses and individuals for donations of dual core or Pentium IV PCs capable of running Windows 7, as well as USB mice and keyboards ...

Youth Making Change program starts a new grant cycle

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The Fund for Santa Barbara is accepting applications for funding through the Youth Making Change program through 5 p.m. on Oct. 24. Youth Making Change is a year-long, youth-...

Discovery Corner: Get fit and raise funds for two important causes

BY AMY ASMAN BLASCO

Attention, super heroes big and small: The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum needs your help! Lace up your running shoes, put on your best mask or cape, and zip over on Sept...

Canary

Sign them up! Or not ...

So Buellton is all in a buzz about a sign. 
A digital sign. A big, flashy, billboard-sort-
of sign to promote the city. The sign itself has become a major wedge of conten...

Street Wise

Would you like a large, digital billboard along the freeway telling you what Santa Maria has to offer?

Shaka Dezzy Boo David Blaylocku Baily Hall

Arts

Unique perspectives of place are showcased in the Betteravia Gallery's latest exhibit

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The white tiles leading away from the back hallway of the Betteravia Government Building mimic the way colorful photos of Morro Bay are lined-up, hanging on the wall. The cont...

PCPA explores authenticity, art, and betrayal in '36 Views'

BY JOE PAYNE

Art is an illusion. What shimmers across the surface can barely evoke the roiling factors hidden beneath; thus, a piece comes to mean much more than it presents. The same can...

Santa Maria Philharmonic Society offers an elegant evening event

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society is celebrating the start of its 15th season with a benefit kick-off event, An Elegant Evening of Dinner and Dancing, on Oct. 4. The fundra...

Santa Barbara County Arts Commission is accepting grant applications

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission is currently accepting Community Arts Enrichment Grants for its fall cycle, with a deadline of Sept. 30. This is the Commission’...

Lompoc Valley Art Association opens annual fall competition

BY JOE PAYNE

The Lompoc Valley Art Association (LVAA) is preparing for the Cypress Gallery’s annual fall open competition show. The exhibition will show competing pieces from Sept. 3...

Gallery Los Olivos debuts new show

BY JOE PAYNE

Gallery Los Olivos presents its featured artists for the month of October with the works of Jill Targer and Julie Fish showing in the gallery’s main room. Above, Below, ...

Humor

Doom at the dunes

BY ROB KRIDER

Just so we are perfectly clear on this subject: I don’t want to die. That may seem like a pretty obvious statement to make, however, I was recently enjoying some slightl...

Music

Standing Sun Winery celebrates the harvest, wine, food, and live music

BY JOE PAYNE

Standing Sun Wines owner and winemaker John Wright is up past his feet in work right now, literally. The harvest season is nonstop work for local winemakers, and Wright’...

Film

'A Walk Among the Tombstones' is a serviceable noir crime drama

Writer-director Scott Frank (The Lookout, writer for Out of Sight, Minority Report, Marley & Me, The Wolverine) adapts Lawrence Block’s novel to the big screen in th...

Eats

Casa Manana celebrates its golden anniversary, serving Mexican food to multiple generations in Santa Maria

BY WENDY THIES SELL

It’s a rare business that survives 50 years, run by the same family, in the same location, no less. And when it happens, it’s worthy of acknowledgment. This month...

Hot Stuff

Join the club

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre’s first production of its new season is a cocktail mixture of laughs, conflict, and heartfelt moments shared by a group of old friends. The...

Chalk it up

The Orcutt Children’s Art Foundation invites local families to come out and enjoy the annual street art festival that celebrates getting down and dusty with art. For a s...

Sounds that sizzle

A group of musical ambassadors have been welcomed by the Lompoc Concert Association for an upcoming concert at the First United Methodist Church in Lompoc. Habañeros is...