Friday, April 27, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 8
Captive patients: Central Coast jails struggle to care for sick inmates

Cover Story

Captive patients: Central Coast jails struggle to care for sick inmates


Kevin Lee McLaughlin woke up in the early morning hours of April 13, 2017, feeling unwell. The 60-year-old inmate had been in custody in the SLO County Jail since late January awaiting sentencing on an assault charge. At 2:30 a.m., he saw a jail nurse for an evaluation. He complained of numbness, tingling, and pain in his left shoulder and arm. "I'm clammy," he... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Jordan Cunningham hosts talk on human trafficking
Cover Story: Captive patients: Central Coast jails struggle to care for sick inmates
Art: Author Tony Piazza celebrates 50th anniversary of 'Bullitt' at Santa Maria Public Library
Commentary: Time for a new sheriff in Santa Barbara County
News: Carbajal touts new grant program for 'resilient' water systems


Jordan Cunningham hosts talk on human trafficking


California Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) came to Santa Maria on April 20 with one goal in mind—to spread awareness about human trafficking. "It...

Five Oceano men arrested after alleged kidnapping outside Santa Maria nightclub


Five Oceano men were arrested on April 22 after Santa Maria Police responded to an alleged kidnapping with intent to rape early that morning. Santa Maria Police were dispatch...

More than 50 poll workers still needed in Santa Maria for June 5 election


Nearly 80 volunteers are still needed to work at Santa Barbara County precincts and polling places during the June 5 Statewide Direct Primary Elections, according to the Santa...

Carbajal touts new grant program for 'resilient' water systems


There's not a single group in California more aware of the state of its aging water systems than its local agency water managers. It's part of the reason why Congressman Salud...

Santa Maria city manager gives presentation on district elections


As Santa Maria prepares to enter its first November using a district election formula, city officials and council members are attempting to show signs of unity. "The dis...


In the April 19 Eats story "Ch-ch-changes," the Sun incorrectly stated the name of the food truck BBQ in the Stix. Also, Chef James Gentry used to co-own the food tr...

Gray area: Santa Maria City Council votes against urgency ordinance restricting residential H-2A housing


Local farmers and property owners housing H-2A workers in residential neighborhoods can breathe easy—for now. The Santa Maria City Council voted on April 17 not to exte...

Hobnobbing with Helen: Rain won't cancel


April showers bring May flowers, as well as popular and fun hobnobbing opportunities. An event that I call “Twenty Shades of Teal” was held on Saturday afternoo...

Political Watch 4/26/18

• Gov. Jerry Brown ordered up to 400 California National Guard troops to deploy to the U.S.-Mexico border to “combat transnational crime” on April 18 after a ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Homes N Land and Treasures 1


Pure Saturday-morning light poured through the tall stained glass windows, casting magenta hues across the small crowd gathered in the sanctuary hall to listen to the speaker ...


Time for a new sheriff in Santa Barbara County


The men and women of the Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs Association spoke loud and clear when they chose to endorse another candidate for sheriff. The men and women of t...


Congress, do your job!

By Betty Faas - Orcutt

Congress needs to repeal the Authority for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which was passed by Congress giving the president the authority to attack Afghanistan after the 9/11 a...

A reply to Fina and Ford

By Boris Roberts - Santa Maria

To Sean Fina, the school shootings are a very despicable act ("Students want safety," April 12). You want to "ensure" that you are safe at school. How is b...

Boycott the NRA

By Jeff Goddard - Los Olivos

Recent arguments that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is not to blame for the mass shootings plaguing our schools and country are full of holes. How? Because whenever sen...

To drivers on Highway 1

By Jim Stegall - Lompoc

Every workday, I commute from Lompoc to Santa Barbara via the Clean Air Express. I usually sit on the left side of the bus. I sit comfortably during the commute listening to m...

Reply to Canary

By Justin Ruhge - Lompoc

The Yellow Canary seemed to be  very concerned about housing for farmworkers in Santa Maria in its April 12 column ("Making it Worse"). Yes, we need the workers...

Feds should enact gun control

By Robert. P. Sutton - Lompoc

A recent opinion article in the Sun's March 29 issue ("Not the NRA") blamed those "liberal Democrats" for the recent protests and opposition against gun vi...

Ricky Smith


It's been less than a year since 12-year-old Ricky Smith's grandfather, Mike Smith, died. Growing up in Cooperstown, New York, made Mike an avid Yankees fan and a lover of bas...

School Scene

Teens share personal experiences with gun violence at April 20 protest in Santa Maria


The group was small, but their voices were loud. Although only about 20 Santa Maria Valley high school students gathered at the intersection of Clark Avenue and Bradley Road ...


The whole picture

Some problems are so big, you need a wide-angle lens to see them. That's how bad conditions are at the Central Coast's county jails. The Sun and New Times examined both the...


Author Tony Piazza celebrates 50th anniversary of 'Bullitt' at Santa Maria Public Library


It is one of the greatest car chase sequences in the history of filmmaking. Approximately an hour into the film Bullitt, two cars begin a dangerous race down the streets of S...

Three artists share paintings of local birds in new Wildling exhibit


At first glance, the painting of a quartet of wild turkeys looks out of place on the walls of the Wildling Museum in Solvang. The new exhibit, Our Feathered Friends, featur...

Santa Maria Arts Council to host presentation for grant winners


The winners of the annual Santa Maria Arts Council Individual Grants in the Arts are set to receive recognition on May 7 at the Marian Theater at Allan Hancock College. Twelv...

Allan Hancock College hosts community poetry event


The Allan Hancock College Bookstore, in partnership with the college's English Department, is celebrating National Poetry Month with a community event on April 26 from 3 to 5 ...


Driver carries no cash: Krider misses the days when cash was king


I  grew up with money. Now, when I say I grew up with money, I don't mean I actually had money. As a kid, my family was solid lower middle class, complete with a broke...


Local singer/songwriter Chris Lambert cuts to the heart of creativity with release of his 11th solo album


Almost every year since he graduated high school, Chris Lambert has released a new album of original music. But his latest album is different—it was a struggle. The C...


‘Super Troopers 2’ doesn’t live up to its predecessor

Co-writer and director Jay Chandrasekhar helms this sequel to the 2001 comedy classic from the Broken Lizard comedy crew. This time around the Vermont State Troopers are taske...


Owners Gregory and Daisy Ryan launch Bell's in Los Alamos


It's hard to grab a word with Greg and Daisy Ryan. That's not just because their new restaurant, Bell's, in Los Alamos, is so busy (customers were piled into every table an...

Hot Stuff

Saved by the bell-ringer

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame April 26 through May 13 at the Marian Theatre, located at 800 S. College Drive, Santa Maria. The cast inc...

A man named Brady

Actor, singer, and comedian Wayne Brady performs an improv show on April 27 at 8 p.m. in Chumash Casino’s Samala Showroom. Tickets range from $45 to $65. The Chumash Cas...

Top dollar

The last chance to view Reopening The Book, a collaborative art exhibit, is through April 29 at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, located at 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang. ...

Weekly Poll
What should be done to improve conditions at county jails on the Central Coast?

Easier access to healthcare.
Newer facilities.
Funding for more staff.
Meh, they're fine.

| Poll Results