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Longtime Giavanni's employee Eric McDaniel becomes the Orcutt pizzeria's new owner

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Longtime Giavanni's employee Eric McDaniel becomes the Orcutt pizzeria's new owner

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Eric McDaniel was 18 when he started his first job, working in the kitchen of Giavanni’s Pizza in Orcutt. Could he have predicted owning the joint about two decades later? “It kind of is a little bit of a dream come true,” said McDaniel, who bought the pizzeria with his wife, Brittany Jones-McDaniel, in early June. McDaniel has worked for the restaura... [ Read More ]

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A new grant program allows Santa Maria to provide outdoor recreation opportunities

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Arts

Local author Lida Sideris releases fifth mystery novel, 'Gambling with Murder'

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

While working full time as a lawyer, Lida Sideris relied on nights, weekends, and scattered pockets of spare time—usually in the form of 5 a.m. writing sessions—to...

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Eats

Longtime Giavanni's employee Eric McDaniel becomes the Orcutt pizzeria's new owner

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Eric McDaniel was 18 when he started his first job, working in the kitchen of Giavanni’s Pizza in Orcutt. Could he have predicted owning the joint about two decades late...

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