Sunday, October 19, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 32
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Financial tightrope: Guadalupe looks to DJ Farms and increasing taxes as the keys to fixing the city's financial woes

Cover Story

Financial tightrope: Guadalupe looks to DJ Farms and increasing taxes as the keys to fixing the city's financial woes

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Guadalupe City Hall’s expansive walkways echo with footsteps that reverberate off bare walls with high ceilings as you make your way from one end to the other. The historic building’s halls are wide, tiled, and largely empty. The u-shaped former-grammar-school campus contains only the basics: city administrative offices in the middle, a police department on on... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Financial tightrope: Guadalupe looks to DJ Farms and increasing taxes as the keys to fixing the city's financial woes
Humor: A man for all seasons
News: Well drilling in Santa Barbara County has tripled during the drought
News: Group sues Bureau of Reclamation over steelhead losses
News: Santa Maria-Bonita focuses on healthy food through a federal program
 

News

Santa Maria firefighters respond to a fire in an unoccupied home

BY MICHAEL MCCONE

At 1 a.m. on Oct. 9, a mass of fire fighters descended on a burning house on South College Avenue. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Mike Barneich, a Santa Maria ...

Group sues Bureau of Reclamation over steelhead losses

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

On Oct. 6, a watershed and fish advocacy organization filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, alleging that the bureau violated the federal Endangered Species ...

Well drilling in Santa Barbara County has tripled during the drought

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

In a normal, non-drought water year, Santa Barbara County gets 50 or so applications for new well drilling permits. In the first quarter of the 2014-2015 fiscal year, Santa Ba...

Santa Maria-Bonita focuses on healthy food through a federal program

BY MICHAEL MCCONE

Fighting the good food fight isn’t always easy, but that doesn’t stop the Santa Maria-Bonita School District from trying. This year, eight of the district’s...

Was an Independent Peer Review Panel cut out of PG&E's seismic review?

BY COLIN RIGLEY

Several emails made public as part of a recent legal filing have provided a rare glimpse into internal conversations between Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) officials at...

Community Corner: Stand down comes to the Fairpark on Oct. 18

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

A  stand down for homeless and at-risk veterans will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Santa Maria Fairpark from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homeless and at-risk veterans will h...

Hobnobbing with Helen

BY HELEN ANN THOMAS

Downton Abbey, one of the most popular television series ever, was the inspiration for the delightful and elegant Downton Affair Mayors’ Ball held on Saturday, Oct. 11, ...

Community Notebook 10/16/14-10/23/14

TUESDAY, OCT. 21 • The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Santa Ba...

Political Watch 10/16/14

• The Office of National Drug Control Policy recently awarded a $125,000 grant to Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People, a group dedicated to improving the lives of peo...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Nagy Wines

BY MICHAEL MCCONE

Clarissa Nagy grew up trying to trade her preservative-free cheese and roast beef sandwiches and her all-natural fruit leather for other kids’ white bread and bologna sa...

Letters

Measure P measures opportunities

Ali Fakhreddine - Santa Maria

I am writing this letter to share my perspective on Measure P. I was born and raised in a war-torn country in the Middle East, where oil is very abundant but jobs are very sca...

Big Oil is paying cash; what will we pay?

Rebecca Carey - Santa Maria

It’s hard not to notice all of the “No on P” signs plastered all over town. Big and small, they are everywhere. Signs are expensive. Big oil has bankrolled...

Stop the oil and gas takeover

Emily Houlik-Ritchey - Lompoc

These companies are fighting Measure P because they want to ramp up high-intensity extraction all around us in Santa Barbara County. Regardless of whether they use fracking, o...

Oil is under assault

Robert Barnes - Santa Maria

With the introduction of SB 1096 to prohibit drilling in the Tranquillion basin along with Measure P and the 3-2 County Supervisor vote to support 1096, it is obvious to even ...

Sports

Indian summer: Dancers competed under a hot October sun at the Chumash Inter-Tribal Pow Wow

BY AARON SALAZAR

Plumes of feathers and colorful streaks of ribbon swirled in the hot afternoon air as the sun beat down on the dancers like the steady thump of the drum. On Oct. 4 and 5, t...

Elisa Baro

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

When Elisa Baro first started working for the Sun, she would sometimes run home after work. She didn’t live down the street, mind you; she lived in Guadalupe. Her sligh...

School Scene

Pioneer Valley students clean house

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

More than 120 students invaded Pioneer Valley High School’s campus on Oct. 4 to participate in a campus beautification day—they picked up trash, cleaned windows an...

McKenzie students are racing for funds and fitness

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Kermit McKenzie Junior High School in Guadalupe is having its annual Jog-A-Thon on Oct. 17 in an effort to raise money and promote healthy lifestyles. The funds, raised throu...

Adam Elementary talks about bullying

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

On Oct. 20, children’s author and inspirational speaker Sarah Ketsy will visit Adam Elementary School to speak to students about embracing differences and overcoming cha...

Hancock refinances, saves money on long-term bonds

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Allan Hancock College recently resold a portion of its outstanding Series A bonds, a move the college said will save taxpayers nearly $6 million over the life of the Measure I...

Discovery Corner: Whooose poop is that?

BY AMY ASMAN BLASCO

Those of you who have hopped aboard the museum’s U.S.S. Discovery know that different kinds of birds leave different kinds of poop! (For those of you who haven’t b...

Canary

Remember this suit?

Way, way back a long time ago--all the way in May, which seems like it was practically a different decade at this point--I asked you whether you’d heard of a particular ...

Street Wise

What was the best Halloween costume you ever had?

Stephanie Ward Adam Jackson Jason Adams Guadalupe Fajardo

Arts

Bats, spiders, and snakes: The Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake holds a creepy crawly event for all ages

BY JOE PAYNE

October is typically the month when kids and adults alike embrace the morbid, outlandish, and creepy side of life. Several critters from the natural world tend to come to the ...

Going back for more: The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes center completes its second excavation of Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 Ten Commandments set

BY JOE PAYNE

In 2012, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center excavated a piece of Hollywood history from underneath the dunes sand that was the location for Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 produc...

All holidays at the Santa Maria ElksElks

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Elks present a Holiday Craft, Art, and Gift Fair on Oct. 26 at the lodge in Santa Maria. A wide array of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas décor an...

Pumpkins go pink to benefit Marian Foundation

BY JOE PAYNE

A special Pinktober pumpkin patch is open in Santa Maria through Oct. 31. All of the proceeds from the pumpkin patch benefit the Marian Foundation, and the patch is sponsored ...

Experience the country in Los Olivos

BY JOE PAYNE

Los Olivos is holding its popular Day in the Country Festival on Oct. 18, with special events happening throughout the small community. The day begins with early morning fun r...

Standing Sun celebrates freedom with art

BY JOE PAYNE

Standing Sun Wines holds an art show tited Freedom—a showcase of impressionist art by Liz Bristow and symbolic archetype sculpture by Joseph Castle—showing through...

Michaels offers a pumpkin challenge

BY JOE PAYNE

Michaels arts and crafts store is offering its annual Great Pumpkin Event and the launch if the new Trick Your Pumpkin sweepstakes. Every Friday through Oct. 31, Michaels will...

Humor

A man for all seasons

BY ARIEL WATERMAN

Last month, I wrote about the changes autumn brings and how I was changing in the autumn of my life. I wrote about my graying mane of hair and how I relied on the expertise of...

Music

Temple Beth El presents a coalition of classic rock singers

BY JOE PAYNE

Music has a powerful connection to our memories, so much so, that everyone holds an inner catalogue of their favorite songs from growing up. These could be the chart-topping s...

Film

'Dracula Untold' sucks the lifeblood out of vampire movies

In this origin story set in 1462 in Transylvania, Vlad III (Luke Evans), Prince of Wallachia, has ruled for 10 years of peace with his wife Mirena (Sarah Gadon), but then Sult...

Eats

Barbieri Wines: One of the most successful Master Sommeliers in the U.S. leaves Vegas for Santa Barbara County

BY WENDY THIES SELL

Considered one of America’s greatest Master Sommeliers, Paolo Barbieri has served wine to the biggest stars and wealthiest wine connoisseurs in the world. For more than...

Hot Stuff

Fill bowls and bellies

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County provides healthy and sustaining foods to families in need throughout the community and calls on the help of the rest of the community only...

Find your character

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) presents its annual costume shop sale in the spirit of Halloween and the costume-culture around it. The sale simultaneously helps the s...

Veteran pickers

Bluegrass West is excited to return to the Santa Ynez Valley Grange for another concert featuring Peter Feldmann and the Very Lonesome Trio. The Americana and bluegrass ensemb...