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Lompoc grapples with long-term solutions to its budget shortfalls, burgeoning pension debt

Cover Story

Lompoc grapples with long-term solutions to its budget shortfalls, burgeoning pension debt

By ZAC EZZONE

The city of Lompoc is somewhat isolated, located about 20 miles off of Highway 101. This seclusion prevents the city from receiving the same sales tax revenue generated in most other Santa Barbara County cities by traffic passing through. In addition, Lompoc has the second lowest median home value in the county behind Guadalupe—the only other city in the county ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Lompoc grapples with long-term solutions to its budget shortfalls, burgeoning pension debt
News: Cal Fire awards Santa Barbara County grant funding for fire prevention
News: Future Leaders call for changes to graduation requirements in rowdy forum
News: Animal Kingdom closes stores in Santa Maria, Pismo Beach
News: Santa Barbara County update on dispatch center
 

News

Future Leaders call for changes to graduation requirements in rowdy forum

By KASEY BUBNASH

A community forum hosted by Future Leaders of America (FLA) went awry on May 13, after students presenting on university entrance requirements cut off a school board member&rs...

Santa Barbara County update on dispatch center

By ZAC EZZONE

Almost two years after receiving a report on ways to improve its emergency dispatch services, Santa Barbara County is still narrowing down which option to pursue. At a coun...

Cal Fire awards Santa Barbara County grant funding for fire prevention

By ZAC EZZONE

Next year, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will begin removing shrubs and trees in the Lompoc Valley to reduce fuel for wildfires. This effort is part of a four-y...

Animal Kingdom closes stores in Santa Maria, Pismo Beach

By KASEY BUBNASH

A chain of Central Coast pet stores announced it would no longer sell puppies in early April, and now it’s closing store locations in Santa Maria and Pismo Beach. On...

Central Coast cities crack down on fireworks

By ZAC EZZONE

With the Fourth of July approaching, some local cities are attempting to deter the widespread use of illegal fireworks and the use of legal fireworks outside of designated tim...

Santa Marians weigh in on city's effort to improve biking, pedestrian, and bus systems

By KASEY BUBNASH

When Ana Jacobo-Anaya was growing up, she wasn’t allowed to ride her bike to school, around town, or even too far from home. Her parents didn’t think the Santa Mar...

Political Watch May 16, 2019

• On May 10, U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) and U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Depa...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Business and Education Partnerships Luncheon

By KASEY BUBNASH

Not everyone knows all of the ins and outs of adequately running a school district, but in most cases, the old adage “it takes a village” is fitting. Aside f...

Commentary

Expedited logging projects won't protect communities from wildfire

By BRYANT BAKER

The May 2 column by the anonymous Canary (“Spinning and spinning”) took aim at environmental groups for informing the public about two commercial logging projects ...

Canary

CANARY: Future leaders of 'Merica'

By THE CANARY

Apparently Santa Maria’s Future Leaders of America (FLA) members do have what it takes to be the politicians and lobbyists of tomorrow: unwillingness to compromise, ap...

Arts

Planet Lucha applies comic book storytelling to lucha libre while showcasing local wrestlers

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Imagine an alternate universe where pop culture ceased to evolve past 1987, a world entirely populated by costumed characters with intimidating nicknames. Sounds like the pl...

Nipomo High School Theatre finishes 2018-19 season with Disney's Newsies

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

There’s no such thing as untimeliness when it comes to Newsies, nor any other musical where characters fight for basic rights and freedoms. Inspired by the Newsboys&rs...

Levity Aerial Arts benefits Humane Society

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Levity Aerial Arts presents Paws and Claws Go to the Circus at the Edwin and Jeanne Woods Animal Care Complex on Saturday, May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. The SLO-based aerial acroba...

Wine and Design hosts open studio workshop

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Wine and Design in Orcutt hosts its adult open studio on Saturday, May 25, at 1:30 p.m. Participants will get to choose a painting from off the wall that they would like to ...

Buellton Library celebrates 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The Buellton Library holds its 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten celebration on Wednesday, May 22, from 4 to 5 p.m. This afternoon event is open to all children who have parti...

Music

Indie/folk artist Conner Cherland performs back-to-back in Orcutt and Los Olivos

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

I try not to let first impressions get the best of me—but anyone willing to compare their upbringing to the plot of Disney Channel’s High School Musical gets a g...

Film

For fans only

Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Gulliver’s Travels) directs this adventure comedy about Detective Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), who comes to the aid...

Eats

Stefono's Sapori D' Italia slings Chicago-style street food

By NICK POWELL

California is great at a lot of things, but by and large, Italian food is not on that list, much to Chicago native Dante Stefono’s dismay. He landed on the West Coast a ...

Hot Stuff

PIXAR PRINCESS

A kids meet-and-greet with Princess Merida at Emma’s Cottage in Orcutt takes place on Sunday, May 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. Guests are welcome to take photos with the Scottis...

TAKE FLIGHT

The sixth annual Airport Day takes place at the Santa Ynez Airport on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dozens of small aircraft will be on display and pilots will be o...

SPEAK OUT

CAPSLO Youth Programs presents its annual Teen Monologues event at Santa Maria Civic Theatre on Friday, May 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The performance is made up of scenes and mo...

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Weekly Poll
How should the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District improve its A-G completion rates?

Align graduation requirements with university entrance requirements.
Ensure that students and parents are well aware of A-Gs and what they are before high school.
Improve support services and summer school classes for students who fall behind.
Completion rates are fine as is. Not everyone wants to go to a four-year college!

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