Thursday, July 30, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 21
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Battling the city: A Lompoc resident fights with code compliance over what he sees as 'un-American' treatment of a homeowner

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Battling the city: A Lompoc resident fights with code compliance over what he sees as 'un-American' treatment of a homeowner

BY DAVID MINSKY

It’s 11 a.m. and Sterling Ranft steps out of a mobile home trailer in his yard and into the daylight, eyes squinting after waking up from a deep slumber. He stuffs a 700-page California Penal Code book into his armpit and cracks open a Miller Genuine Draft tall boy. He takes a swig, opens the book, and begins telling his story about how the city of Lompoc is trying t... [ Read More ]

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Cover Story: Battling the city: A Lompoc resident fights with code compliance over what he sees as 'un-American' treatment of a homeowner
Commentary: Standards of care
Canary: DT shuffle
News: Santa Maria takes another stab at the Downtown Specific Plan
News: Political Watch 7/30/15
 

News

Nipomo dispensary appealed to SLO County Supervisors

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Will Nipomo be the home of SLO County’s only brick-and-mortar medical marijuana dispensary? Looks like that decision will be up to the five members of the SLO County Boa...

Santa Ynez Chumash expand land holdings with additional 350 acres

BY DAVID MINSKY

As federal bill that could allow the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to annex 1,400 acres of land—also known as Camp 4—is running the gauntlet in Congress, trib...

Orcutt rapper accused of threats could go to California Supreme Court

BY SEAN MCNULTY

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office is back at it against Orcutt rapper Anthony Ray Murillo, accused of threatening two sexual assault victims in a song ...

Fifth arrest made in Javier Limon murder case

BY DAVID MINSKY

Arrests in the Javier Limon murder case keep coming. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced on July 24 that detectives arrested 21-year-old Bryan Rios of Sa...

Incoming Lucia Mar superintendent's contract released

BY SEAN MCNULTY

The Lucia Mar Unified School District (LMUSD) published the details of incoming Superintendent Raynee Daley’s contract July 24. LMUSD met that night after the Sun went t...

Domestic disturbance shuts down block in Santa Maria

BY DAVID MINSKY

One man was arrested in Santa Maria on July 27 during a domestic violence incident that ended up shutting down an entire block for several hours, according to the Santa Maria ...

Santa Maria takes another stab at the Downtown Specific Plan

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Santa Maria’s public library—a big, handsome building that smells like an airport—was built the last time the city tried to re-vamp its downtown. Under an ov...

Community Notebook 7/30/15 - 8/6/15

MONDAY, AUG. 3 • The Solvang Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang. TUESDAY, AUG. 4 • The Van...

Political Watch 7/30/15

• California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced on July 24 that she plans to review two videos released by anti-abortion activists aimed at discrediting Planned Par...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: RDO Water Supply

BY DAVID MINSKY

What company sells automated John Deere tractors, automated irrigation systems, and is the largest potato producer in the United States? It’s North Dakota-based RDO Equi...

Commentary

Standards of care

BY DR. WOODROW MYERS

The Sun’s July 23 article, “A group accuses contractor of providing substandard medical care to Santa Barbara County inmates,” contains many unfounded allega...

Letters

A marine sanctuary's the answer to ocean woes

Joey Racano, Director - Ocean Outfall Group

The idea that we need a reason to protect the sanctity of our sea is preposterous. However, allow me to address it if only to humor the detractors, and their benefactors, thei...

Say no to rail or create enforceable mitigation

Marguerite Bader - President, League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County

The League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County shares the deep concerns of many in our community regarding the Phillips 66 rail spur project and the risks to the public ...

Sports

Cottage Hospital organizes summer sports camp for wheelchair athletes

BY SEAN MCNULTY

The athletes came from all over—from Los Angeles and Bakersfield, from Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties, and from Santa Barbara as well. For a week, armed with hocke...

Noah Solis

BY SEAN MCNULTY

Street Fighter V (SFV), the latest in an iconic series of fighting games, is still in development. The planned launch is in 2016, and developer Capcom hopes to move more than ...

School Scene

Hancock's college achievement program gets a funding boost

THE SUN STAFF

A program assisting Allan Hancock College students who are the first members in their families to attend college will continue for at least another five years. The U.S. Depart...

Road washout delays Camp Natoma campers

THE SUN STAFF

Eighty-seven disappointed campers, including nine campers from the Good Samaritan Shelter in Santa Maria, couldn’t make it to Camp Fire’s Camp Natoma week-long sum...

Canary

DT shuffle

Fallas. Did you shudder? Did you roll your eyes?  That word inspired many emotions two summers ago. A discount store. Ooooh. Mayor Alice Patino and City Councilmembers B...

Street Wise

Why are you involved with the Santa Maria Arts Council?

Hattie Stoddard Clare Terrill Dennis Smitherman Judy Frost

Arts

C Gallery owner Connie Rohde showcases her gesture drawings

BY JOE PAYNE

The boxy, bright inside of the C Gallery in Los Alamos was already beginning to buzz with the energy of an art opening when owner and currently showing artist Connie Rohde too...

Daytripper: Eating and biking in Monterey equals a great day

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Each pedal push and creak of my old-school Italian racer lifts me higher, salt-tinted wind brushes past my cheeks, and the warmth of Pacific Grove’s sunset-lit corner of...

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County seeking ceramic bowls for fundraiser

BY JOE PAYNE

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is asking the community for help in providing the namesake of the annual Santa Maria Empty Bowls fundraiser. The event pairs custom cerami...

Cultural art faire at CovenTree Books features music, authors and more

BY JOE PAYNE

CovenTree Books and Gifts in Santa Maria holds a cultural art faire and open house event on Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include book signings by local authors...

'Made in the Santa Maria Valley' logo design contest still accepting entries

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and its Economic Development Commission are accepting entries into the “Made in the Santa Maria Valley” logo design cont...

DANA Cultural Center showcases new exhibit

BY JOE PAYNE

The DANA Cultural Center announced a new exhibit, titled Rancho Life, currently showing at the historical adobe. The exhibit features photography and more, highlighting local ...

Humor

Automation nation frustration

BY ROB KRIDER

I swear on everything that I love and care about in the world that I am not a crazy person. I make this proclamation of sanity because sometimes, in certain situations, I appe...

Music

G. Allan Hancock helped form a music scene in Santa Maria

BY JOE PAYNE

George Allan Hancock still looms as an impressive figure in the Santa Maria Valley. The multifaceted magnate, whose birthday passed by on July 26, made his fortune in oil, agr...

Film

‘Southpaw’ is melodramatic but thoroughly engaging

Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) directs Jake Gyllenhaal as boxer Billy Hope, whose life falls apart after losing his wife, Maureen (Rachel McAdams), to a tragic ac...

Eats

Bars of health: Local baker Taino Sweets takes a new direction with Nutri-U

BY SHELLY CONE

Quinoa, edamame, and dark chocolate have become buzz words in the health food industry appearing on dinner plates increasingly often. They generally don’t appear in cand...

Hot Stuff

Songs of the rancho

Cowboy singer/songwriter Dave Stamey gifts his talent to the Dana Cultural Center for a fundraiser concert, performing his signature tunes about rancho and vaquero life on Aug...

Season of landscapes

Gallery Los Olivos is currently featuring the art of pastel artists Deborah Breedon and Terri Taber along with the work of jewelry artist Patricia Watkins in the Main Room of ...

Drama for and by kids

The Lompoc Youth Theater is bringing another live musical theater classic performed by talented local youth. Fiddler on the Roof Jr. shows July 31, Aug. 1, 7, and 8 at 7 p.m. ...