Monday, June 18, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 15
Growing pains: From cut flowers to cannabis, Lompoc grapples with its past while eyeing economic opportunity

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Growing pains: From cut flowers to cannabis, Lompoc grapples with its past while eyeing economic opportunity


Dan Vordale’s boots crunch loose dirt and crumpled dead grass as he stomps through a neat row of waist-high flowers.  “Ever since we came into this valley, the one flower we’ve grown is called stock,” he says. “It’s a big part of our company’s sales.” Vordale is a vice president for Ocean View Flowers, a locally owned... [ Read More ]

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Cover Story: Growing pains: From cut flowers to cannabis, Lompoc grapples with its past while eyeing economic opportunity
Art: Mural installation set for iconic Guadalupe building
News: County launches cannabis regulation and licensing website
School Scene: Santa Maria-Bonita School District hosts first meeting in Mixteco
News: Political Watch 6/14/18


Supervisors adopt balanced budget for 2018-19 fiscal year

By Spencer Cole

Santa Barbara County's Board of Supervisors adopted its recommended budget of $1.1 billion for the 2018-19 fiscal year on June 11, a 2.5 percent increase from last year's iter...

Oxnard's Chief Financial Officer tapped to manage Lompoc

By Spencer Cole

The search for Lompoc's new city manager is over.  Jim Throop, formerly the chief financial officer for Oxnard, will take over the position vacated by Patrick Wiemiller,...

Santa Maria-Bonita School District and employee union reach tentative agreement

By Kasey Bubnash

The Santa Maria Elementary Education Association (SMEEA) and Santa Maria-Bonita School District reached a tentative agreement on June 1, after months of negotiations and spats...

Orcutt teens suspects in rash of car vandalism incidents

By Kasey Bubnash

Three Orcutt teens are being investigated by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office for their suspected involvement in a recent string of car vandalism incidents in Santa M...

County launches cannabis regulation and licensing website

By Spencer Cole

There's now another resource prospective cannabis business owners in Santa Barbara County can utilize to get their operations up to snuff.  The new website, cannabis.c...

Sun and New Times win honors in national newspaper contest

By Joe Payne

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Race for the fourth

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Recent announcements from current and potential City Council members made the first week of June an important one for Santa Maria's upcoming elections—the first round of...

Political Watch 6/14/18

• Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers reached a $200 billion budget agreement on June 8, which Brown's office stated "makes record investments in schools and univer...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: RATP Dev USA

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There's a new manager in town for Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT). RATP Dev USA, an international transportation systems company, will manage transportation services in Santa ...


Lompoc, a city in decline

By Ron Fink

I keep trying to remain optimistic that there will be a dramatic turnaround of new growth and an influx of prosperity and wealth in Lompoc, but all the signs point in the oppo...



By Kim Pendleton - Nipomo

People are worried that President Donald Trump's economic policies could overheat the economy. When he was elected, the stock market exploded. Now, many economists fear runawa...

Law Enforcement Torch Run

By Kasey Bubnash

More than 30 local law enforcement officials recently participated in the last leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, an annual event that kicks off the Special Olympics Southe...

School Scene

Santa Maria-Bonita School District hosts first meeting in Mixteco

By Kasey Bubnash

Roughly 10 percent of families with children attending schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District speak Mixteco as their primary language. That’s about 1,800 San...


Ballot boxed

We made it through the June 5 primary without any too-close-to-call races, recounts, or tantrums thrown by the losers. Whew, now we get to do it all again in November! Whil...


CORE Winery hosts annual art show for VTC artists

By Rebecca Rose

Artists from the Vocational Training Center (VTC) in Santa Maria will participate in an art show at CORE Winery, with a reception set to take place June 30. The event feature...

Mural installation set for iconic Guadalupe building

By Rebecca Rose

The Squire Foundation’s Artist in Residence, Ruben Espinoza, will begin working to install a new temporary mural on the side of the former Far Western Tavern building in...

Dance divas: Santa Ynez Valley Performing Arts Company launches its 31st season of dance in the valley

By Rebecca Rose

Christine Fossemalle is looking forward to the future. As the director of the Santa Ynez Valley Performing Arts Company, she’s spent 30 years on the Central Coast teach...

New beginnings: Jody Williams takes on the role of assistant director at the Elverhoj Museum

By Rebecca Rose

On May 30, the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art announced that Jody Williams, co-owner of the Wandering Dog winery in Solvang, was hired to fill the newly created position o...


Generation X-It: From the archives


Award-winning writer Rebecca Rose once had her heart broken by a cat named Mr. T and clearly has not gotten over it. 6/7/18: Cozy up  5/10/18 Procrastination station ...


The Lompoc Pops Orchestra to close season with guest soloists for 'Pops Extravaganza'

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There is something unique that sets Jen and Grant Sanregret's business apart from the others in Los Olivos.  It's not just their physical location—a giant, bright ...

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County hosts an informational session on how to become a CASA volunteer on June 14 at 5:30 p.m. After completing 30 h...


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