Tuesday, October 15, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 32
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Residents, park owners split on key terms  in city's mobile home model lease

Cover Story

Residents, park owners split on key terms in city's mobile home model lease

By ZAC EZZONE

There are 14 mobile home parks within the city of Santa Maria with more than 1,500 housing units. Each park differs in how it’s run and what amenities are included. Some of the newer parks in the city have nine-hole pitch-and-putt golf courses and pools, while older ones offer little more than a place to live. But all parks share a few similarities. Chief among th... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Residents, park owners split on key terms in city's mobile home model lease
News: The city of Guadalupe weighs its future and how to build it
Art: LA-based screenwriter and yoga instructor hosts experimental journaling workshop in Orcutt
News: County holds preliminary hemp regulation discussion
News: County supes give themselves a raise
 

News

Plover violation limits won't cause Surf Beach closure

By Zac Ezzone

For the first time in almost two decades, Surf Beach will remain open throughout the next Western snowy plover breeding season, regardless of the number of trespass violations...

DA's Office settles with local auto dealer on alleged environmental violations

By William D'Urso

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office recently announced a resolution with a Buellton auto dealer that didn’t include an admission of guilt, accordin...

County holds preliminary hemp regulation discussion

By Zac Ezzone

While the federal government is still crafting a regulatory framework for industrial hemp, Santa Barbara County is beginning to figure out how the crop will become part of the...

Santa Maria passes water, sewer rate increases

By Zac Ezzone

Water users in Santa Maria will have to pay higher rates over the next four years after the City Council approved water and sewer rate increases proposed by the city’s U...

County supes give themselves a raise

By William D'Urso

The Santa Barbara County supervisors voted 4-1, with 2nd District Supervisor Gregg Hart dissenting, to increase their pay and other benefits at their Oct. 8 meeting in Santa M...

The city of Guadalupe weighs its future and how to build it

By WILLIAM D'URSO

At the edge of Guadalupe’s downtown, plywood and two-by-fours stand nailed together—the skeletal structures of new homes, a glimpse of a future not yet realized. ...

Political Watch: October 10, 2019

• Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s (D-Santa Barbara) Senate Bill 160, her office announced on Oct. 2. The bill aims to combat the threat of wildf...

Spotlight

Longtime Santa Maria wig shop owner prepares for retirement

By ZAC EZZONE

After 31 years of owning and operating A Touch of Elegance, a wig shop on South Broadway in Santa Maria, Vicki Stovall-McKinley is looking forward to retirement.  She ...

Commentary

Lompoc residents finally get a say on bringing more tax revenue to the city

By RON FINK

For the past several months, more than 100 public speakers in Lompoc have been asking for the right to vote on a general sales tax measure that would add revenue to the genera...

Letters

Bring transportation into in the 21st century

By Rachel Altman, Santa Barbara

After an event such as the Climate Strike, we inevitably see critical letters asking, “How many people drove cars to this event?” or, “How many rode their bi...

Cannabis Corner

County holds preliminary hemp regulation discussion

By Zac Ezzone

While the federal government is still crafting a regulatory framework for industrial hemp, Santa Barbara County is beginning to figure out how the crop will become part of the...

Canary

CANARY: Control that rent

By The Canary

When I hear the words “rent control,” I think about housing units. Apartments, studios, houses, mobile homes. What I don’t think about is the ground beneath ...

Arts

Wine festival marks Sideways' 15th anniversary

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Sideways—the Oscar-winning 2004 comedy-drama filmed primarily on location in the Santa Ynez Valley—the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Al...

Gavin's Books holds poetry night

Gavin’s Books in Santa Maria hosts a poetry night event on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Featured poets Judith Chumlea-Cohan and Molly Fisk will read, which will be fo...

Santa Maria Arts Council celebrates Arts and Humanities Month

The Santa Maria Arts Council (SMAC) hosts a meeting to celebrate October as Arts and Humanities Month at Santa Maria City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m. Artists, art s...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre presents Lucky Stiff

Santa Maria Civic Theatre’s (SMCT) production of Lucky Stiff opens on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. Performances will continue every Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and every...

LA-based screenwriter and yoga instructor hosts experimental journaling workshop in Orcutt

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Fond memories of the Elks Rodeo, Strawberry Festival, and other definitive Santa Maria Valley gatherings race through yoga instructor Natalie Zimmerman’s mind as she ret...

OCT's The Haunting of Hill House offers chills and thrills just in time for Halloween

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Last October, I totally missed the boat on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, the popular 2018 adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name—the ...

Music

Chumash Casino Resort presents Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

A stage name can be a powerful thing.  If I was ever compelled to take one on—or make up an alias for a Dear So-and-so column—I’d probably take the eas...

Film

Joker is a disturbing origin story and comment on present-day America

Co-writer Todd Phillips (Old School, The Hangover, War Dogs) directs this character study and origin story of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), who after being rejected by socie...

Eats

Firestone Walker blends the best of both worlds in one can

By BETH GIUFFRE

Lobster corndogs. Ramen burgers. Ice-cream-cone cannoli. Foodies far and wide are being treated to boundary-pushing hybrids on their plates, and now two Central Coast beverage...

Hot Stuff

CREATURE FEATURE

The Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake hosts Creepy Creatures on the Lawn on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event offers close-up encounters with owls, ...

ON TRACK

The Los Olivos Day in the Country 5K Run and Kids’ Mile takes place at Lavinia Campbell Park on Saturday, Oct. 19. The 5K run for youth and adults begins at 8 a.m., and ...

MUSEUM MANIA

The Natural History Museum hosts its Open House on Sunday, Oct. 20, from noon to 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy refreshments while viewing the museum’s various exhibits. The ev...

AUTUMN BREEZE

Luminous Landscapes, a duo show at Gallery Los Olivos, runs through Thursday, Oct. 31. This pastel and oil exhibition features landscapes from local painters Terri Taber and C...

COMEDY CORNER

The Great American Melodrama presents its Classic Comedy Vaudeville Revue, which follows each performance of Drac in the Saddle Again, through Nov. 17. Performances take pla...

SOUL SEARCHING

The Naughty Oak Brewing Company presents Soul Explozion on Friday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. This eclectic band performs a variety of genres including disco, funk, and dance....

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Weekly Poll
Should Santa Maria implement rent control for residents living in mobile home parks?

Yes. Residents in mobile home parks need some sort of protection.
No. The city shouldn't interfere with lease negotiations.
All housing within the city should under rent control.
Rent control hasn't worked in other cities.

| Poll Results