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Santa Maria is close to passing an H-2A housing ordinance, but the issue isn't settled yet

Cover Story

Santa Maria is close to passing an H-2A housing ordinance, but the issue isn't settled yet

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Main Street Produce was expecting its first crew of H-2A workers to arrive when the conversation over the federal foreign worker program exploded in Santa Maria. “We were just kind of dipping our toes in the water to try it last year,” Alexandra Allen said. “I was just kind of struck by what seemed to me to be the fundamental unfairness with which we w... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Santa Maria is close to passing an H-2A housing ordinance, but the issue isn't settled yet
News: Public opinion split on Cat Canyon aquifer exemption
News: Judge orders Guadalupe to give employees salary increases
News: Local jurisdictions oppose plan to restore endangered trout population, raise water rights concerns
News: Recipients of supplemental income payments are now eligible for CalFresh for the first time in decades
 

News

Judge orders Guadalupe to give employees salary increases

By KASEY BUBNASH

A judge recently ruled that the city of Guadalupe acted unlawfully when it suddenly announced in 2017 that employees would no longer be eligible for merit-based salary step in...

Public opinion split on Cat Canyon aquifer exemption

By ZAC EZZONE

Hundreds of people filled the Santa Maria Veterans Memorial Building on June 5 to voice their opinion on a proposed aquifer exemption that would expand the area in Cat Canyon...

Grand jury releases two reports on Santa Barbara County Jail

By KASEY BUBNASH

The Santa Barbara County grand jury released reports on two of its investigations into the Santa Barbara County Jail on June 11—one looking into the prevalence of contra...

'Meaningless vote' sparks contentious conversation among county supervisors

By ZAC EZZONE

A purely symbolic vote to support the Green New Deal, proposed federal legislation aimed at limiting climate change, sparked a tense conversation between Santa Barbara County ...

Open Streets event returning in 2020

By ZAC EZZONE

Santa Maria residents will have a second opportunity to run, walk, bike, and skate on a portion of Main Street next year when it closes for an Open Streets event in late March...

Recipients of supplemental income payments are now eligible for CalFresh for the first time in decades

By KASEY BUBNASH

There are roughly 8,388 Santa Barbara County residents who receive supplemental income payments from the government because they are either disabled, over the age of 65, or bo...

Local jurisdictions oppose plan to restore endangered trout population, raise water rights concerns

By ZAC EZZONE

An attempt to restore the population of endangered Southern California steelhead trout living in the Santa Ynez River is being opposed by some jurisdictions that rely on the r...

Political Watch June 6, 2019

• Two bills aimed at addressing human trafficking, authored by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo), passed out of the Assembly on May 31. Assembly Bill 662 ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Med Plus Central Coast

By KASEY BUBNASH

Before there were walk-in clinics and urgent care centers, there were family doctors—the doctors grandma talks about, who spent years looking after the health needs of e...

Commentary

Finding common ground and hope for Santa Maria

By SCOTT FINA

Cities are difficult to govern. They are not empowered, protected, or even recognized by the U.S. Constitution. They cannot print money or set interest rates. They cannot cont...

Canary

CANARY: Word problems

By THE CANARY

How often do you think Santa Maria City Councilmember Michael Moats brings up the house he lives in when discussing city issues?  I know it’s a weird question, b...

Arts

Solvang Antiques hosts demo, reception for Joe Mancuso

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

A champagne reception and artist demonstration for Solvang Antiques Fine Art Gallery’s featured artist, Joe Mancuso, takes place on Wednesday, June 19, from 3 to 7 p.m. ...

Sarah Allred paintings showcased at Flying Goat Cellars

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

An artist reception for Flying Goats Cellars’ featured artist, Sarah Allred, takes place on Saturday, June 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Lompoc-based artist is also a longtim...

Wildling Museum holds ceremony to remember artist Ray Strong

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature hosts a program to celebrate the life and legacy of artist Ray Strong (1905-2006) on Sunday, June 23, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Collector David...

Supernatural creatures inhabit Los Angeles in Kathryn Blanche's post-apocalyptic fantasy series

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Vampires, dragons, and elves, oh my! It’s safe to say we’re not in Kansas anymore, but we certainly aren’t in the merry, old land of Oz either. Laila Eyvindr...

Cypress Gallery showcases metal prints by retired photojournalist Bill Morson

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Throughout childhood and up until college, future photographer Bill Morson was never dead set on a specific career.  “I would tell my friends that, if possible, ...

Music

Standing Sun Winery hosts country stars Kevin Galloway and Celeste Kellogg

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

At age 25, Kevin Galloway made a life-altering decision. Tired of pursuing a career in banking, Galloway decided the time had come to chase his true dream. After relocating fr...

Film

The Biggest Little Farm inspires and instills hope for a sustainable future

John Chester (Lost in Woonsocket, Rock Prophecies) directs this documentary about his and his wife’s developing a sustainable farm on a 200-acre patch of depleted ground...

Eats

Papa Jay's Southern Quezine is well worth the trip to Guadalupe

By NICK POWELL

I knew it would be good the moment I heard about it. My wife and I ran into her co-worker at Home Depot in Lompoc, and this good ol’ boy from Louisiana couldn’t st...

Hot Stuff

LIMITLESS

The Santa Ynez Valley Performing Arts Company, under the sponsorship of Art Without Limits, presents An Invitation to Dance at the Santa Ynez High School Little Theater, start...

SPARE NECESSITIES

Rancho Bowl and Lounge hosts its 60th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 15, from noon to 5:30 p.m. The event features Santa Maria-style barbecue, carnival games, live ...

TO DIE FOR

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) presents its production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at Solvang Festival Theater from Thursday, June 13, through Sun...

RISE AND SHINE

CCSPA hosts Summer Fun Day at Oso Flaco Lake on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Attendees can enjoy learning cultural history about the area while strolling through t...

TICKET TO WINE

Wineries located along the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail are participating in Summer Sipping on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m...

JUST DANCE

The PODs, aka The Politics of Dancing, perform at Maverick Saloon on Saturday, June 15, from 8 to 11 p.m. This dance band covers hits from the ’70s to present day. The s...

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Weekly Poll
Should the proposed aquifer exemption in Cat Canyon be approved?

Yes—the water from the proposed area can't serve as drinking water.
No—oil containments could still pollute usable groundwater.
Additional oil and gas projects can create more jobs.
We need to move away from oil and gas and look at renewable energy projects.

| Poll Results