Monday, November 18, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 37
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Don't like the NRA but love the Second Amendment  and liberal ideals? There's a club for that

Cover Story

Don't like the NRA but love the Second Amendment and liberal ideals? There's a club for that

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Depressing the trigger, kickback hammers my body as the bullet exits the barrel.  The polished wooden stock jams into the part of my shoulder where it’s nestled, rocking me back as I open my closed eye, hoping to catch a glimpse of what I hit more than 300 yards away.  There isn’t a dust cloud, and the men at my back nod their heads in approval.&n... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: After years of construction, Santa Maria Joint Union's long-awaited Career Technical Education Center nears completion
News: Sears to close Santa Maria location
Cover Story: Don't like the NRA but love the Second Amendment and liberal ideals? There's a club for that
News: New urgent care proposal in Buellton could bolster health care services
News: County Planning Commission gives two cannabis projects the go-ahead
 

News

Women's March SLO co-founder announces run against Jordan Cunningham

By PETER JOHNSON

Greeted by a raucous San Luis Obispo Guild Hall crowd of more than 100 people, Dawn Addis opened her run for state Assembly on Nov. 7 like she did her political life in 2017 a...

County Planning Commission gives two cannabis projects the go-ahead

By ZAC EZZONE

After numerous hearings, the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission recently approved two cannabis cultivation projects and denied one. On Nov. 6, the commission discussed ...

New urgent care proposal in Buellton could bolster health care services

By WILLIAM D'URSO

The Buellton Planning Commission approved an item on Nov. 7 allowing a new urgent care facility into town. The proposal came from Cottage Health, a 125-year-old nonprofit wit...

Rep. Carbajal holds fundraising lead over Caldwell

By PETER JOHNSON

With a year to go in the 2020 election, 24th District Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) is off to a big financial head start against his Republican challenger, radio host ...

Sears to close Santa Maria location

By WILLIAM D'URSO

Sears may be shutting the doors on its Santa Maria Town Center location in February 2020, but leaders of the city’s business community say retail is still going strong. ...

County changes framework for cannabis retail stores application process

By ZAC EZZONE

Following a year of nonstop conversations over cannabis cultivation, residents and stakeholders in Santa Barbara County will have a new marijuana-related topic to discuss in 2...

After years of construction, Santa Maria Joint Union's long-awaited Career Technical Education Center nears completion

By WILLIAM D'URSO

The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District’s nameless new high school is nearing completion. It’s 72 percent of the way there, according to the school distri...

Political Watch: November 14, 2019

• State Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) released a statement on Nov. 6 condemning Facebook’s refusal to respond to a subpoena California Attorn...

Spotlight

Nearing a year in business, Cosmoton Academy adds a new certificate program

By William D'Urso

In a Lompoc strip mall next to a pizza shop and a vacant Chinese buffet is the Cosmoton Academy. It’s a starting point for people who want careers in hair styles gear...

Cannabis Corner

Planning commission chair asks for significant changes to cannabis project

By Zac Ezzone

After a nearly nine-hour meeting on Oct. 30, the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission delayed making a decision on an appeal of a land use permit for a cannabis farm in Bu...

Letters

Lompoc, get in line with your fiscally sound neighbors

By Michael Donohue, Lompoc

Lompoc is facing a severe budgetary problem, and as a result, vital services like police protection are severely curtailed. So far, there have been seven murders in Lompoc, pe...

Celebrate women's right to vote

By Virginia Souza, Santa Maria

The national anniversary of women’s suffrage will be celebrated in August of 2020. Did you know that women in the state of California voted on state matters eight years ...

Cannabis planting is taking over the Santa Ynez Valley

By JB Baker, Buellton

I live in Buellton and have lived in the Santa Ynez Valley for more than 50 years and have never been so sick with allergies as I have this fall. Thanks, cannabis growers who ...

Aera dreams for Cat Canyon would be our nightmare

By Seth Steiner, Los Alamos

Aera Energy wants us to green-light its plan to radically ramp up oil operations in Cat Canyon. The company is jointly owned by Exxon and Shell. As you read this, Exxon is awa...

Canary

CANARY: Money talks

By THE CANARY

The fundraising race for November 2020 is off to a roaring start! You know elections, for the people, by the people, don’t really matter, right? It’s all about tha...

Arts

Solvang Antiques holds annual Holiday Art Show

Solvang Antiques Fine Art Gallery’s annual Holiday Art Show opens on Friday, Nov. 29, and will run through Tuesday, Dec. 31. A special champagne reception to celebrate t...

Heart of the Valley series hosts guest speaker Joe Dana

Heart of the Valley, a free monthly history series presented by the Santa Maria Public Library, hosts its next event on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 10:15 a.m. This month’s mee...

Orcutt Community Theater presents 'Annie'

Orcutt Community Theatre’s production of Annie opens at Klein Dance Arts Studio on Friday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. This classic Tony Award-winning musical is based on the pop...

Wildling exhibition showcases landscapes from George Rose's new book, Wine Country: Santa Barbara County

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Starting Nov. 16, guests of the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature can expect to find a new photography exhibition inside the museum’s Valley Oak Gallery. The showcase, t...

Gallery Los Olivos hosts pastel and watercolor duo show, Home and Away

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Central Coast-based artists Kris Buck and Karen McLean-McGaw have been friends and painting partners for more than two decades, but this month’s exhibition at Gallery Lo...

Music

Punk and reggae group Mad Caddies kick off 25th anniversary tour at Solvang Fall Festival

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

More than 25 bands will shift on and off two stages—Solvang Park and the Copenhagen stage—during Solvang’s inaugural Fall Festival, which runs Friday, Nov. 1...

Film

Jojo Rabbit delivers a pointed and topical satire

Writer-director Tailka Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows) helms this adaptation of Christine Leunens’ satirical novel about a young boy (Roma...

Eats

Cured and Cultivated online deli now delivers gorgeous meat and cheese 'tables' to Central Coast foodies

By BETH GIUFFRE

About the same time their 15-month-old daughter, Zoia, took her first steps, Anatoly and Katherine Vorontsov launched the most happening cheese and charcuterie business around...

Hot Stuff

IT’S NEVER TOO SOON

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature will host its ninth annual Holiday Marketplace on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several local artisans have supplied a variety o...

BREW CREW

The Naughty Oak Brewing Company hosts its next Beer Yoga workshop on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Admission includes one hour of yoga and one complimentary pint ...

VINEYARD VIEW

Landscape paintings by Orcutt-based artist Sheryl Knight are on display at Solvang Antiques Fine Art Gallery through Sunday, Nov. 17. The exhibition includes Vineyards in the ...

POOR UNFORTUNATE SOULS

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s (PCPA) production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid will run through Sunday, Dec. 22. The cast includes Kitty Balay as the villaino...

DENTAL AWARENESS

Toby Tropper (left) portrays a bumbling dentist during a recreation of “The Dentist,” a popular sketch from The Carol Burnett Show. The skit is part of the Great A...

TAKE ME TO FUNKYTOWN

Lydia Pense and Cold Blood perform at Rancho Nipomo Deli and Barbecue on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. This ensemble group performs funk, soul, R&B, and other genr...

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Should school districts invest more into vocational and career technical programs?

Yes. Students need to get on a career path as soon as possible.
No. It's more important for students to learn study skills than specific disciplines.
No. District should save money by partnering with businesses to offer more internships.
Yes, but only if these programs also count for college credit.

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