Sunday, January 17, 2021     Volume: 21, Issue: 46

Cover Story



Santa Barbara County Foodbank volunteers reflect back on what it was like to serve the community during unprecedented times of need BY MALEA MARTIN Sherri Ederer started volunteering at The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County about a year and a half ago, meaning she was well-acquainted with what typical operations looked like pre-pandemic. So when the public health cris... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: District attorney won't file charges related to December gathering in Solvang
Art: Local pastelist Jim Tyler discusses New Perspectives, an upcoming trio show at Gallery Los Olivos
Commentary: Pay equity is essential in local government jobs
Spotlight: CenCal Health earns top marks among Medi-Cal providers statewide for its local prenatal and postpartum care
Cover Story: VOLUNTEERS 2021


Slow The Virus

Northern Santa Barbara County public schools are back in session, at a distance

By Malea Martin

Public schools in Northern Santa Barbara County started back up during the week of Jan. 11, but will remain at a distance for the time being due to the ongoing surge in COVID-...

District attorney won't file charges related to December gathering in Solvang

By Karen Garcia

During the Jan. 11 Solvang City Council meeting, a resident called on the city to condemn one of two large gatherings that took place over the Dec. 19 weekend at Solvang Park....

Health officials say after-holiday COVID-19 surge is happening

By Malea Martin

The fears of a post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases that public health officials warned about in December are coming to fruition as Santa Barbara County faces “off-the-c...

County puts funding toward meal deliveries for seniors

By Kasey Bubnash

Santa Barbara County is offering about two months’ worth of emergency funding to several local organizations that are providing daily meal and grocery delivery services ...

Political Watch: January 14, 2021

• Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced two action items in his 2021-22 state budget proposal that aim to help low-income Californians struggling from the pandemic. The fi...


CenCal Health earns top marks among Medi-Cal providers statewide for its local prenatal and postpartum care

By Malea Martin

For all the parts of everyday existence that were put on pause during COVID-19, one didn’t go anywhere: the miracle of life. “Our number of in-hospital deliveries...

Cannabis Corner

An ag panel discusses present challenges, potential for the future


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


Pay equity is essential in local government jobs


Anyone who works for a living gets paid to do it; the amount they receive depends on what the employer feels the job is worth. Most employee unions, large employers, and gover...


County let Oceano down

By Patrick Fitzgerald, Oceano

I completely agree with the letters by Cynthia Replogle (“A coming flood in Oceano,” Dec. 24) and Lucia Casalinuovo (“State Parks’ survey was phony,&rd...

Trump followers need to grow up

By Christopher Hamma, Arroyo Grande

I have a few thoughts regarding the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Congress coordinated by Donald Trump and his team, and carried out by his supporters. First, to the sad...


Hand in hand


I hope you all had a Merry MAGA Christmas! And a Happy Trump New Year! And after last week’s mess at the U.S. Capitol where five people died, and another extremely &l...


NatureTrack offers resources online, announces plans for next film festival

By Caleb Wiseblood

NatureTrack Foundation founder Sue Eisaguirre recently announced some changes to the foundation’s annual film festival. This year, the festival will be referred to as th...

Lompoc artist Kathy Badrak collaborates with Wildling Museum on virtual workshop

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang will host a serenity stone wrapping workshop on Sunday, Jan. 24, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., via Zoom. This virtual class is led by...

Local pastelist Jim Tyler discusses New Perspectives, an upcoming trio show at Gallery Los Olivos


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


'Bates Motel' offers a compelling origin story for 'Psycho'

This contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror classic, Psycho—which was based on Robert Bloch’s 1959 horror novel about isolated motel caretake...


Dutch Bros Coffee marks its Central Coast debut with a new drive-through location in Santa Maria


“One of the most rewarding things in this change of occupation was going from smelling cow manure to smelling coffee,” said Dutch Bros Coffee co-founder Dane Boers...

Hot Stuff


ZFolio Gallery in Solvang presents an exhibition of painted silks by Santa Ynez-based artist Belinda Hart, which is scheduled to remain on display through Sunday, Feb. 28. Har...


SunWork hosts its next volunteer training webinar on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants of this virtual workshop will learn the basics of installing rooftop ...


The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden (SLOBG) hosts Mushroom Discovery, a virtual multi-day workshop and lecture series, starting on Friday, Jan. 22, and running through Monday...


The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) hosts a virtual, live panel discussion on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 7 p.m., in conjunction with its inaugural mural project, Pacif...


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