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No free rides: Detainees released late at night from Santa Barbara County Jail don't get a ride home anymore, including those from North County

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No free rides: Detainees released late at night from Santa Barbara County Jail don't get a ride home anymore, including those from North County

By KASEY BUBNASH

It was almost midnight, Dan was 7 miles from home, and all he had was his wheelchair. He didn’t have a phone, money, or a coat. He had just spent almost all of Aug. 9 in Santa Barbara County Jail sobering up, after being caught, yet again, drinking a beer on West Carrillo Street in Santa Barbara when most people were just heading to work. Now, it was time for Dan t... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: The growing dilemma: Some residents believe Lompoc public safety officials' concerns about marijuana are overblown
News: Santa Maria sees first Pride celebration
News: Santa Maria defends youth task force criticisms
Cover Story: No free rides: Detainees released late at night from Santa Barbara County Jail don't get a ride home anymore, including those from North County
Art: Santa Maria Civic Theatre realizes 'Hairspray' with heart and soul
 

News

Santa Maria sees first Pride celebration

By JOE PAYNE

Hundreds of local residents, families, and couples descended on the parking lot of Santa Maria’s Town Center West on Aug. 12 to celebrate the city’s first ever Pri...

Santa Maria defends youth task force criticisms

By KASEY BUBNASH

The city of Santa Maria recently posted its proposed response to a Santa Barbara County grand jury report on the city’s Task Force on Youth Safety, and in short, the cit...

Apio employee abuse lawsuit reaches proposed settlement

By KASEY BUBNASH

Guadalupe’s Apio Inc. recently reached a proposed $5.9 million joint settlement with several employees who claimed the vegetable shipping company had abused workers&rsqu...

Solvang's Bacon and Brine suddenly closes its doors

By REBECCA ROSE

On Aug. 11, a short message posted on the Facebook page of a popular Solvang restaurant sent shockwaves through Santa Barbara County’s foodie community. Bacon and Brine...

Clarifications

• The Sun incorrectly listed the address of Ah Sir Bounce A Lot in its Best Of Northern Santa Barbara County readers poll (“The Robo-Best,” Aug. 10). The busi...

The growing dilemma: Some residents believe Lompoc public safety officials' concerns about marijuana are overblown

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

To hear Lompoc’s top two public safety officials talk about the legalization of cannabis is like listening to tales about a green-leafed apocalypse. “People are g...

Hobnobbing with Helen: Active with age

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

Who would have thought that hanging out at a health fair could be so enjoyable? The Elwin Mussell Senior Center was the scene of an “Active Aging Health Fair” o...

Political Watch 8/17/17

• Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill authored by California State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) on Aug. 7. Senate Bill 725 was written to clarify California law ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Black Bear Diner

By JOE PAYNE

Kevin Fitzpatrick and his wife visit Truckee a lot, and no matter which route they take, they can always find a Black Bear Diner somewhere along the way. They’ve always ...

Commentary

Politics, symbols, liberty, and immigration

By SCOTT FINA

Immigrants are an irreplaceable source of labor for the United States. They are essential for many regional economies, and the support of our aging society over the long term....

Letters

Carbajal turned his back on veterans

By George Croll - Santa Maria

Congressman Salud Carbajal ran on the promise that he would help veterans. Considering he is a veteran himself, he should fight harder than anyone to ensure they get the care ...

Lompoc in trouble again

By Justin and Ann Ruhge - Lompoc

A few months ago the Lompoc City Council stopped the disastrous John Linn-sponsored racetrack in the middle of town. But today, the council is faced with another challenge wit...

Oceano needs environmental justice

By Lucia Casalinuovo - Oceano

The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines environmental justice as, “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, colo...

Drought far from over

By Robert McHale - San Luis Obispo

The recent lifting of our drought emergency designation by the California state government was alarmingly pre-mature and reckless. We’ve had one sort of decent rainy sea...

Central Coast residents support the monument

By Neil Havlik - Carrizo Plain Conservancy president, San Luis Obispo

The Carrizo Plain Conservancy announces that it has donated a 42-acre parcel of private land with a quarter mile of shoreline on Soda Lake to the United States of America for ...

Sports

Lompoc welcomes skaters to College Park for annual skateboard competition

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

College Park in Lompoc occupies the same land where the original Lompoc Airport once stood, which was also used as a Navy blimp base during World War II. Although planes no lo...

Erik Kinnebrew

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

During the 2016 to 2017 basketball season, Allan Hancock College’s Erik Kinnebrew played in all 30 of the school’s games. Kinnebrew averaged 7.2 points, 7.2 reboun...

School Scene

Santa Maria-Bonita School District continues free meal program

By KASEY BUBNASH

The Santa Maria-Bonita School District recently announced its plan to once again offer free breakfast and lunch to all students through the federal Universal Free Meals Progra...

Santa Maria High School agricultural program wins state awards

By KASEY BUBNASH

The Santa Maria High School agricultural program recently won two state awards at the California Teachers Association Annual Awards Banquet at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obis...

Orcutt students to watch total solar eclipse

By KASEY BUBNASH

Orcutt Academy High School (OAHS) students will have an opportunity to break one of the fundamental rules of childhood on Aug. 21—they’ll look straight at the sun....

Hancock College offers scores of online courses this fall semester

By KASEY BUBNASH

More than 100 online credit classes are now available at Allan Hancock College. Registration will be open until the day before fall semester starts on Aug. 21. The courses ar...

Canary

Crime of silence

You can tell a lot about what someone thinks by what they say. Well, what about what somebody doesn’t say? Do you think we might be able to learn something from that? ...

Street Wise

What makes someone a great cook?

Melissa Garia Amanda Marsh Cassandra Wilson Scott Sampler

Arts

Santa Ynez Valley artists make moves in juried show Motion

By REBECCA ROSE

Think about the word “motion.” Does it bring forth memories of driving in a car? Throwing a ball? Watching the waves crash on the beach? Dancing? The question was...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre realizes 'Hairspray' with heart and soul

By REBECCA ROSE

In 1988, John Waters unveiled one of his finest films, Hairspray. It was hailed as a masterpiece, an oddball romp through Baltimore’s proudly unfit and unwanted, tacklin...

Wildling Museum hosts creative arts workshops

By REBECCA ROSE

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature announced two arts workshops available in September. Exploring Color with Cynthia DeVine happens Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. and features an explo...

Cypress Gallery presents the work of Neil Andersson

By REBECCA ROSE

The Lompoc Valley Art Association presents painter Neil Andersson as August’s featured artist. “For me the landscape is a source of incredible beauty—a plac...

Young actors sought for 'A Christmas Carol'

The Great American Melodrama will audition young local actors for the 2017 production of A Christmas Carol. Auditions will be held at the theater on Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. The Mel...

Humor

Shopping with Joe Cool

By ARIEL WATERMAN

August has arrived and school is about to commence. So start your motors, moms and dads, and rev up your charge cards—we’re all going shopping! There’s sc...

Music

The Tepusquet Tornadoes perform customer appreciation concert at Presqu'ile Winery

By JOE PAYNE

A group of wine industry professionals came together years ago to talk shop, but they discovered grapes weren’t all they had in common. Talk turned to music, and friend...

Film

‘Annabelle: Creation’ offers spooky atmospherics but few true scares

David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) directs Annabelle (2014), screenwriter Gary Dauberman’s prequel script about a possessed doll. After dollmaker Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaP...

Eats

Battle of the Chefs at Dierberg Vineyard celebrates burgeoning food scene on Hwy. 246

By REBECCA ROSE

When I was handed my judging card for the Battle of the Chefs at Dierberg Vineyard on Aug. 9, I gasped in slight horror. My panic was because at the end of the evening I woul...

Hot Stuff

World traveller

Allan Hancock College presents Myanmar: Moments in Life, Aug. 23 through Sept. 29. Photographer Theresa Gingras travelled to Southeast Asia to capture images for the exhibit. ...

Prickly plants

Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) invites the community to the annual Summer Succulent Sale at Growing Grounds Farm in Santa Maria. This celebration features an ext...

Something’s buzzing

Celebrate National Honeybee Day in Lompoc with speakers, book readings, and honey on Aug. 19. The theme is “For a Natural High Smoke Some Bees.” Event is free and ...




Weekly Poll
Who should pay for rides home for detainees released late at night from the Santa Barbara County Jail?

The Sheriff's Office
The county Board of Supervisors should earmark funding
Nonprofits should take it on.
The detainees themselves.

Vote! | Poll Results