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Santa Maria council majority supports increasing street vending regulations, but community members voice opposition

Cover Story

Santa Maria council majority supports increasing street vending regulations, but community members voice opposition

By MALEA MARTIN

Street vendors in Santa Maria may soon be required to obtain a permit and undergo a background check under a new ordinance that has support from the majority of City Council but garnered significant community opposition. The ordinance would require street vendors to obtain a permit to vend from public sidewalks. Permit applicants must have a Santa Maria business license... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Santa Maria council majority supports increasing street vending regulations, but community members voice opposition
News: Hundreds in rural SLO County and Santa Maria lose power in PG&E shutoff
Spotlight: Santa Maria, Guadalupe, and Solvang among communities joining Central Coast Community Energy this month
News: Santa Barbara County has one of state's highest COVID-19 spread rates
Commentary: Local media host spreads lies about Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill
 

News

Slow The Virus

Santa Barbara County has one of state's highest COVID-19 spread rates

By Malea Martin

While the state recently announced that residents 65 and older would be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, public health officials say Santa Barbara County isn’t ...

Carbajal's office can help residents with stimulus check questions

By Karen Garcia

On Jan. 14 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced guidance for individuals who qualified for a stimulus check and didn’t receive one, and U.S. Rep Salud Carbajal&r...

Hundreds in rural SLO County and Santa Maria lose power in PG&E shutoff

By Peter Johnson

Gusty winds and dry conditions caused PG&E to preemptively cut power to hundreds of households in rural southern San Luis Obispo County and Santa Maria on Jan. 19—pa...

Political Watch: January 21, 2021

• Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Jan. 14 the launch of additional measures for his Safe Schools for All Plan, which was first released on Dec. 30 as “California’...

Spotlight

Santa Maria, Guadalupe, and Solvang among communities joining Central Coast Community Energy this month

By Peter Johnson

More than 100,000 residents and property owners on the Central Coast will start service with a new power provider this month. Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) is launching...

Cannabis Corner

An ag panel discusses present challenges, potential for the future

By ZAC EZZONE

Labor shortages and government regulations tied to groundwater usage continue to hinder local farmers, but technological advancements could ease some of these concerns, accord...

Commentary

Local media host spreads lies about Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill

By JOE PAYNE

Local right-wing media host, lobbyist, and failed candidate for Congress, Andy Caldwell, sunk to even lower lows on his radio show on Jan. 6, after far-right domestic terroris...

Letters

Time for new leadership

By Michael Southern, Santa Maria

Has anyone noticed the state is operating at a deficit? Has anyone noticed Gov. Newsom tapping into state slush funds? Has anyone noticed the sales taxes most cities rely upon...

Vehicles, pedestrians are incompatible

By Lucia Casalinuovo, Oceano Beach Community Association

The California Coastal Act of 1976 protects our shoreline and guarantees beach access for all. Off-roaders are using the Coastal Act’s intent to justify their destructiv...

Beware of specious allegations of Trump conspiracy

By Ron Fink, Lompoc

I’ll begin this by saying that the attack on the House of Representatives on Jan. 6 was not something that I ever expected to see in the United States; but, the last rio...

Canary

Conflicted

By THE CANARY

 I know I’m the most opinionated yellow-feathered fiend you know, but it’s so hard to know how to feel sometimes. The nuance of life is lost in political deba...

Arts

Allan Hancock College produces original podcast, Hancock Conversations

By Caleb Wiseblood

At the start of 2021, Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria premiered its first original podcast, Hancock Conversations, which airs on the first and third Tuesday of each month...

New York performance artist Carlos Martiel joins Central Coast-based Zoom program

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Laboratory Series, an ongoing Black-identified artist showcase co-hosted by R.A.C.E. Matters SLO and the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery, holds its next virtual program with ...

Lompoc-based oil painter Neil Andersson showcases local landscapes in Gallery Los Olivos' next group show

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Editor’s note: This story is the second installment in a series profiling the three featured artists of New Perspectives, a biennial group exhibition at Gallery Los Oliv...

Film

Uncle Frank offers nuanced family drama

Writer-director Alan Ball (screenwriter of American Beauty) helms this comedy-drama about the Bledsoe family of Creekville, South Carolina. Set mostly in the early 1970s, it&r...

Eats

Orcutt retiree Brad Bunkelman scores Best of Rosé at Mid-State Fair's 2020 Home Wine Competition

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Throughout his teaching career of 35 years, lifelong Orcutt resident Brad Bunkelman taught classes for two departments at Santa Maria High School, science and fine arts. &...

Hot Stuff

READERS NEEDED

Literacy for Life in San Luis Obispo hosts its next two-part training session through Zoom on Saturday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both days. P...

MUSIC MONTHLY

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society presents Fridays at Four, a monthly virtual concert series on YouTube, which premieres its next video on Friday, Feb. 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. ...

BOOK YOUR SPOT

The San Luis Obispo Library presents an online author talk with novelist Alyssa Sheinmel on Friday, Jan. 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. This virtual event is part of the library’s...

THE WHY IN WINE

Cass Winery in Paso Robles hosts its next in-person wine seminar, Taste Like a Pro, on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. Host and wine specialist Katie Gebauer will guide p...





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