Saturday, February 23, 2019     Volume: 19, Issue: 51
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Government closed: How did Central Coast cities, nonprofits, and workers cope with the partial government shutdown?

Cover Story

Government closed: How did Central Coast cities, nonprofits, and workers cope with the partial government shutdown?

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

It was nearing noon outside the Internal Revenue Service’s branch office in Santa Maria. After weeks of wet weather, it was sunny again, and the bright light coming from a cloudless sky warmed the cracked black asphalt of the building’s mostly empty parking lot. An American flag hung limply from a tall pole. There was no wind to lift it. Like the parking lot, ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

School Scene: Little has changed since Parkland
News: Bob Nelson announces run for supervisor seat
News: Rumors of homeless person starting Shaw's Steakhouse fire illuminate bigger issue
Cover Story: Government closed: How did Central Coast cities, nonprofits, and workers cope with the partial government shutdown?
News: Camp 4 taken from Chumash reservation in federal court ruling
 

News

Bob Nelson announces run for supervisor seat

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Kicking off his official bid to replace his current boss as Santa Barbara County’s 4th District supervisor in 2020, Bob Nelson echoed a sentiment that’s probably o...

Camp 4 taken from Chumash reservation in federal court ruling

By KASEY BUBNASH

A ruling by a federal judge on Feb. 13 overturned the 2017 decision to take Camp 4 into trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, pulling the land off the Chumash rese...

Santa Maria high school district and Faculty Association reach tentative agreement

By KASEY BUBNASH

After more than a year of contract negotiations, Santa Maria's high school district and its teachers union reached a tentative agreement on Jan. 31, during a fact-finding hear...

Rumors of homeless person starting Shaw's Steakhouse fire illuminate bigger issue

By KASEY BUBNASH

Shaw’s Steakhouse and a neighboring furniture store, Sergio’s Furniture and Mattress, have both been closed since Jan. 3, when a fire that started just outside the...

Political Watch 2/21/19

• On Valentine’s Day, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson introduced legislation that would assist older and disabled adults with home modifications to help reduce the r...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Santa Maria Connect

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

For young local professionals, specifically under age 40, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce offers a unique networking opportunity every other month, starting with th...

Commentary

Green dreamin'

By MARK HENRY

Wow! The Democratic Party is taking on a new face: young ambitious faces, many of them women and persons of color, arrayed in new ideas, grand plans, and endowed with a passio...

Letters

Oceano needs a safe beach

By Lucia Casalinuovo - Oceano

Last week, State Parks disclosed its proposed new general work plan for the management of Pismo State Beach and the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.  Good...

How to train a terrorist

By Larry Schiffer - Paso Robles

With the full admission of departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, and the seeming unwillingness of those agencies to make a fulsome attempt to reunite...

Marlen Carrillo

By KASEY BUBNASH

On average, it takes Lompoc High School wrestler Marlen Carrillo about 30 seconds to pin her opponents. And on average, she wins every match.  Coach Cheyenne Amaro sai...

School Scene

Little has changed since Parkland

By KASEY BUBNASH

When 17 students and adults were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a year ago, students across the nation staged school walkouts to...

Canary

Technically, a win

Well, well, well.  Looks like a little bird stuck its tiny talon in its teeny beak. It’s time for a reckoning! Only it wasn’t the one-legged barn owl from ...

Arts

About this life: Artist Bob Nichols unveils a ceramic mural that tells a complex story

By REBECCA ROSE

Bob Nichols was in his second year of architecture school at Cal Poly when he noticed a friend wearing an unusual ring.  The year was 1967. The friend told Nichols he ma...

The play's the thing: PCPA celebrates the Bard with 'Shakespeare in Love'

By REBECCA ROSE

Not everything comes easy to writers. Not at first, anyway.  This is one of the central ideas tackled by playwright Tom Stoppard and his screenwriting partner Marc Norma...

CORE Winery to host Los Angeles and Santa Maria poets

By REBECCA ROSE

CORE Winery’s Second Saturday poetry series will feature Los Angeles poet Laurel Ann Bogen as well as Santa Maria poet Dorothy “Dot” Winslow. Winslow rece...

Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation to honor Pryor Baird

By REBECCA ROSE

The Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation will honor The Voice contestant Pryor Baird, who originally hails from Orcutt, at its annual fundraiser on Feb. 23 The foundation's prim...

Humor

Pay for pain

By ROB KRIDER

I consider myself a fairly confident man. I have confidence because I am a bit delusional. I choose to look the other way and ignore the things that might shake my confident w...

Music

Soprano Maria Jette joins the Santa Maria Philharmonic for Masters in Vienna concert

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Unlike fellow Minnesota-born musician Prince, soprano Maria Jette never changed her name to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince—or The Artist Formerly Known as Maria Jet...

Film

'Isn't It Romantic' simultaneously makes fun of and celebrates the rom-com genre

Todd Struass-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, The Final Girls) directs this fantasy-comedy about Natalie (Rebel Wilson), a woman disenchanted by romance who f...

Eats

Ménage a trois: Presqu'ile Winery offers a trio of special vintage wines meant to be sipped, not saved

By REBECCA ROSE

I used to have a friend who delighted in collecting vintage toys and collectibles. He spent every spare penny he had snapping up everything from original Star Wars toys to com...

Hot Stuff

House arrest

The Fabing-McKay-Spanne House hosts its next monthly open house event on Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests visiting this 1875 Victorian farmhouse can tour the museum, carr...

Elephant in the room

Orcutt Community Theater presents its production of The Elephant Man on Feb. 22 through March 9 at KDA Studios, located at 3546 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria. Performances are fro...

Daytripper

The Wildling Museum, the Elverhoj Museum, and the Solvang Parks and Recreation Department co-host a day trip to the Broad, a contemporary art museum in Los Angeles, on Feb. 26...

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Did the federal government shutdown impact you or your family?

Yes. We missed paychecks and had to make some tough decisions.
I don't work for the government, and it didn't impact me at all.
I don't have a government job, but I still missed out on important services.
I'm glad it happened. Who needs airport security anyway?

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