Sunday, March 26, 2017     Volume: 18, Issue: 3
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They should be sanctuary cities, all the way.
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Welcome to Sanctuary Valley: Undocumented immigrants have a safe haven in Northern Santa Barbara County

Cover Story

Welcome to Sanctuary Valley: Undocumented immigrants have a safe haven in Northern Santa Barbara County

By DAVID MINSKY

Feb. 6 was a confusing and worrisome day for undocumented peoples in Santa Barbara County. The Los Angeles Field Office of Enforcement and Removal  for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) swept a seven-county area and arrested at least 160 undocumented immigrants, including five in North Santa Barbara County. The operation coincided with raids throughout the co... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: SMPD receives fake news award
Cover Story: Welcome to Sanctuary Valley: Undocumented immigrants have a safe haven in Northern Santa Barbara County
News: Orcutt rapper found not guilty of making threats in song
Athlete of the Week: Josiah Gonzales
News: Open and closed: Ad hoc committees are often exempt from California's open meetings law
 

News

Orcutt rapper found not guilty of making threats in song

By DAVID MINSKY

On March 16, a Santa Barbara County jury found Orcutt rapper Anthony Murillo not guilty of making threats in a song he posted to the internet in 2013. Going by the moniker of...

Proposed bill would confirm Camp 4 as part of Chumash reservation

By BRENNA SWANSTON

New federal legislation was introduced earlier this month in an attempt to uphold the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) Jan. 19 decision to place Camp 4—a hotly deba...

SMPD receives fake news award

By DAVID MINSKY

In an era when journalists are easily accused of reporting fake news, government agencies get some of that credit, too. On March 13, San Francisco’s Electronic Frontier...

Minors get prison time for stabbing homicide

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Three teenagers who were arrested last year in connection with the Jan. 25, 2016, stabbing homicide of a Pioneer Valley High School student were handed state prison sentences ...

Correction

In the March 16 story, “Spotlight on: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Santa Maria,” the Sun misspelled the last name of the owner, Gary Chhina.

Open and closed: Ad hoc committees are often exempt from California's open meetings law

By DAVID MINSKY

On March 14, the Allan Hancock College board of trustee members unanimously censured fellow trustee Dan Hilker, who they say violated the board’s standards of practice. ...

Political Watch 3/23/17

• President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget isn’t getting much love from California Sen. Kamala Harris (D). The budget, which Harris describes as ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Shuggies

By DAVID MINSKY

Not all medical marijuana edibles are made the same, but Carol Draeger thinks the ones available on the Central Coast seem to be. Because so many of the edibles on the market...

Commentary

Help our leaders to create fair districts

By GALE MCNEELEY

Something important is happening in Santa Maria. We are about to elect our city leaders in a new way. Instead of city-wide campaigns, where we seldom get to know all the candi...

Letters

Carbajal, the radical democrat

By Justin Ruhge - Lompoc

This guy Carbajal does not represent the majority of the people in the 24th District. We support President Trump’s program to replace the dictatorship of Obamacare with ...

Preserving the valley

By Penny Knowles - President, WE Watch, Santa Ynez

I am writing on behalf of WE Watch, an environmental watchdog group in the Santa Ynez Valley formerly known as Women’s Environmental Watch. The organization was founded ...

Applause to SLO Planning Commission

By Martin Akel - Mesa Refinery Watch Group

The unsung heroes of the Phillips 66 rail terminal application is the Planning Commission’s staff, headed by project lead Ryan Hostetter. Across multiple EIRs and years ...

Sports

The Benchwarmer: Speak up about sexual assault in sports

By KRISTINA SEWELL

Admittedly as a teacher and a coach, I have very little sympathy, tolerance, or understanding for any individual who chooses to harm a child through sexual means of molestatio...

Josiah Gonzales

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Nine-year-old Josiah Gonzales fell in love with basketball the moment he took his first free throw at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley. He fell in love again, ...

School Scene

Righetti student scores $20,000 scholarship

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Zoi Urban, a student at Ernest Righetti High School, has been named a Coca-Cola scholar, making her one of 150 students to earn the $20,000 scholarship—out of an applica...

Former astronaut to speak at Hancock

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Jose Hernandez, a former NASA astronaut, will speak at Allan Hancock College on Tuesday, March 28, as part of the college’s Launching the Next Generation event. The pres...

California proposes new rules for pesticide use near schools

By BRENNA SWANSTON

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation released revised proposed regulations on March 16 for the use of agricultural pesticides near school sites and day care facil...

Canary

Nothing to hide?

Oh man, did you hear what happened to CalCoastNews? It totally got Gawkered! That’s a reference to the news media website Gawker, which suffered a blistering legal de...

Street Wise

Should local law enforcement cooperate with ICE?

Alexander Lopez Trulia Calderon John Rogers Chase Roy-Bush

Arts

Photographer Jeffrey Bloom's new exhibit features haunting shadows

By REBECCA ROSE

A distorted shadow encased in an icy blue field hangs on the screen for a moment, then dissolves into a jagged image, where the shadow of a man is barely identifiable between ...

Daytripper: Dogs are welcome in Atascadero's vibrant vintage shopping community

By REBECCA ROSE

My idea of a perfect day trip involves three things: Wine, shopping, and being able to enjoy the trip with my dog. BB, my real true human daughter who only looks like a rat t...

Strawberry Festival holds kid's art contest

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The deadline to enter the 2017 Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival Kid’s Art Contest is April 14 this year. The competition, sponsored by the Sun, is open to all firs...

Lompoc Library and In-N-Out Burger team up for kid's book club

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The Lompoc Public Library System is participating in In-N-Out Burger’s Cover to Cover Club, a children’s reading program in which, for every five books read, parti...

Guadalupe and Los Alamos libraries host Peeps on Parade contest

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The community is invited to participate in the Peeps on Parade Contest at either the Guadalupe Branch Library or the Los Alamos Branch Library on March 17. Participating grou...

Humor

Closet chaos

By REBECCA ROSE

Last week a shipment from eBay arrived. It was three pairs of shoes, a hat, a bottle of perfume, and some other stuff I’ve already forgotten about. When my fiancé...

Music

Righetti Marimba Band and Ballet Folklórico presents annual Big Show

By JOE PAYNE

The Marimba Band and Ballet Folklórico program at Ernest Righetti High School was founded in 1975 and has performed an annual concert ever since then. The program bega...

Film

‘Beauty and the Beast’ charms, entertains, and enlightens

Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters. Dreamgirls, The Fifth Estate, Mr. Holmes) directs this live action adaptation of Disney’s animated musical fairytale about a young prince...

Eats

Ethnic food fair in Santa Maria celebrates culinary diversity

By REBECCA ROSE

The first thing that hit me when I walked into the Ethnic Food Fair at the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation was the aroma. It was familiar and comforting, a scent that seep...

Hot Stuff

Art for teacher

Allan Hancock College presents the annual fine arts Faculty Art Show, featuring the work of teachers from the college’s fine arts department. The exhibit runs from March...

Pitch perfect comedy

The Lompoc Civic Theater presents Glorious!, a comedic take on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins. Jenkins (recently portrayed on screen by Meryl Streep) was a wannabe opera ...

Big band

The Central City Swing Band performs their annual Spring Concert on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. The concert highlights swing and modern jazz style songs. The band features 20 big ba...