Wednesday, October 18, 2017     Volume: 19, Issue: 31
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This land is yours

Cover Story

This land is yours

By BY KAREN GARCIA

The earliest memories Erik Garcia has of growing up in California are of living in Oakland and then later in Modesto. He remembers going to flea markets where his dad had a stand selling a number of goods. “We tried to have our own business, but obviously like with most businesses there are hit and misses, but that was what we could do to support ourselves,”... [ Read More ]

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News: Residents criticize Santa Maria youth safety task force
Cover Story: This land is yours
News: County and city fire agencies respond to fires across state
News: The art of funding
News: Punching back
 

News

Residents criticize Santa Maria youth safety task force

By KASEY BUBNASH

Another in a series of public meetings on the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety went awry on Oct. 9 after a string of community members criticized the city of Santa M...

County and city fire agencies respond to fires across state

By SPENCER COLE

As thousands of acres in California burn, firefighters from across the state are scrambling to douse the flames, including some from Santa Barbara County and city fire agencie...

Lompoc City Council grants city manager vote of confidence

By SPENCER COLE

Following months of public feuding, Lompoc City Council members unanimously agreed in closed session on Oct. 3 that they had confidence in their city manager, Patrick Wiemille...

Solvang City Council ends deadlock, appoints new member

By KASEY BUBNASH

Solvang City Council appointed Karen Waite to its recently vacated seat on Oct. 6, ending a weeks-long debate over protocol codified in 2009 that outlines ways to fill a prema...

SpaceX launches satellites from Vandenberg, completes landing

By SPENCER COLE

Another SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted into low-earth orbit just after 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base. After delivering its payload of Iridium Communicatio...

The art of funding

By SPENCER COLE

The Santa Maria City Council is in agreement for the need of a public arts master plan. What council members cannot agree on is how to fund it. “That’s what ...

Punching back

By KASEY BUBNASH

Javier Solis has lived in La Plaza Villas Apartments for nearly eight years. The complex, a series of cream-colored stucco buildings at the end of Olivera Street in Guadalupe,...

Hobnobbing with Helen

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

The Minerva Club, founded in 1894 by a small group of pioneer women, held its traditional Opening Day luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Radisson Hotel. \More than 130 l...

Political Watch

• U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) announced via social media that she would seek re-election for California’s open Senate seat in the 2018 election. &ldqu...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight On: Studio 8

By SPENCER COLE

When Berta Cabrera first started cutting hair, she wasn’t sure how long she would stick with it. “I wanted to be a police officer, but my parent’s didn...

Commentary

The time to act is now

By KEN MCCALIP

We all in America need to put gun violence in perspective. Most Americans do not realize that we have nearly twice as many guns at 88.8 per 100 citizens as any other nation. ...

Letters

Enhanced oil recovery blues

By LARRY BISHOP

Recently, I and other North County residents have written letters opposing dramatic and dangerous expansion of steam injection/oil extraction projects proposed by big oil cons...

Santa Maria City Council caves to developers

By GALE MCNEELEY

After two years of planning, community meetings, and a formal recommendation from the Planning Commission, our City Council decided not to listen to the community, the Plannin...

California, a sanctuary state

By ALAN EFT

On Oct. 5, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation (SB 54) that makes California a sanctuary state, protecting illegal immigrants living in California. An Associated Press article...

Canary hits new low

By STEVE CRUZ

The Sun has hit a new low with the Canary’s “Divided we stand,” (Sept. 28). The biggest reason? His continued attacks on President Trump are not only tiresom...

Sports

Special Olympians to compete in divisional games in Santa Maria

By PETER JOHNSON

Kristy Soriano, 39, was 9 years old when she first enrolled in a Special Olympics competition. Her sport of choice at the time? Track and field. “My parents got ...

Dino Maldonado

By PETER JOHNSON

For Dino Maldonado, transferring from Ernest Righetti High School to St. Joseph High School two years ago and joining the Knights football team was like getting adopted into...

School Scene

Pioneer Valley's Performing Arts Center to open its curtains in November

In celebration of the grand opening of Santa Maria Joint Union High School District’s new Performing Arts Center, Pioneer Valley High School students will stick it to th...

Canary

Townie politics

By the canary

There’s nothing quite like city politics. All politics are local, they say, and you don’t get more local—or heated—than that! Of course the Lompoc C...

Street Wise

What is your favorite style of beer?

Doug Dougherty Gloria Vanhirtum Mason Frakes Tim Rooney

Arts

Women's equestrian fashion featured at historical exhibit in Santa Ynez

By REBECCA ROSE

A cowgirl refused to wear a corset during a competition and helped change the way women equestrians dressed forever.  That’s just one small nugget revealed in a ...

Community theater group launches in Orcutt

By BY REBECCA ROSE

Community theater may have a new home in Orcutt. If the people behind the Orcutt Community Theatre group have their way, it will eventually be a permanent fixture in town...

Humor

Humor: Ariel is a ghoulish grandma

By BY ARIEL WATERMAN

My God! Is it already October? Is Halloween really almost upon us? It is my favorite holiday because I love a good fright! Give me the scary and I’m there! My love ...

Music

Local Notes: Local remembers Tom Petty's legacy and last show

By BY JOE PAYNE

Josh Kitchen grew up in Santa Maria to parents who always cranked the great American songbook of the 1960s and ’70s. They also took him along to concerts, often, and h...

Film

‘American Made’ is a story of American hubris

Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) directs Tom Cruise as Barry Seal, a pilot contracted by the CIA to run drugs in the late-’70s and ’80s...

Eats

Ca' Del Grevino's Cafe and Wine Bar offers fine dining in a casual package

By REBECCA ROSE

For some reason this week, I have “Food Glorious Food” from the musical Oliver! stuck in my head. I’ve been singing it nonstop for two days (much to the &l...




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