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Tally of  two cities: Santa Maria and Lompoc candidates prepare for  first district-based  city council elections

Cover Story

Tally of two cities: Santa Maria and Lompoc candidates prepare for first district-based city council elections

By Joe Payne

More than 50 senior citizens sat in rows listening intently as candidates presented their platforms, speaking in six-minute chunks with a wood-grain patterned wall and bingo board serving as a backdrop. The Sept. 10 forum at the Casa Grande Mobile Estates clubhouse in Santa Maria was like many candidates forums of years past, ending with an ice cream social, conversation,... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Founder of Flutes Across the World indicted on child sex charges
Cover Story: Tally of two cities: Santa Maria and Lompoc candidates prepare for first district-based city council elections
News: County warns cannabis growers of increased enforcement for out of compliance operators
Athlete of the Week: Mayley DiBernardi
News: Lompoc Police Chief asks for donations for homeless emergency shelter
 

News

Founder of Flutes Across the World indicted on child sex charges

By Kasey Bubnash

The founder and leader of a music program that contracted for years with Santa Ynez Valley's Circle V Ranch Camp was recently indicted and charged with several sexual crimes a...

Lompoc Police Chief asks for donations for homeless emergency shelter

By Spencer Cole

Just a few days after opening an emergency shelter for displaced homeless in Lompoc, the city's police chief called on its citizens to do more.  On Sept. 14, Police Chie...

County warns cannabis growers of increased enforcement for out of compliance operators

By Spencer Cole

In a meeting designed to provide an update for cannabis operators, Santa Barbara County's pot czar gave a stern warning: Get up to date with your documents or face the consequ...

Catherine Farley named Hancock's newest police chief

By Kasey Bubnash

At the beginning of this year, it was unclear whether the Allan Hancock College Police Department would continue to exist. Now, the department has a new permanent chief. ...

BLM says its acting under federal directive for shortened comment period

By Spencer Cole

A spat over oil drilling on public lands pitted local environmental groups and a collection of California lawmakers against a federal agency in early September. Critics of th...

Political Watch 9/20/18

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) faced criticism in mid September after reports that she had received a letter in late July regarding an alleged attempt at sexual a...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Flower Carriage

By Spencer Cole

Susana Cardel never thought she'd own a flower shop.  But after 10 years of being the sole owner of the Flower Carriage at 2255 S. Broadway, she said she looks back on h...

Commentary

Millennials must vote Democratic

By Michael Smith

Platinum-selling millennial rapper Post Malone muses on his latest album, Beerbongs and Bentleys, "Politicians and their lies, tell me what's the point in pickin' sides.&...

Letters

Congressional leaders must support environmental program

By Dr. Gerald Meral, director of California Water Program - National Heritage Institute

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides critical funding for California's open spaces, parks, rivers, and wildlife habitats. Unfortunately, this vital program is...

The Russians are coming!

By Jan Lipski, Vandenberg Village

It's happening again! The Russians are trying to "influence" the next election in our country. Strike that, "overturn" our election. No, hang on a minute, they're trying to "...

FEMA money for barbed wire camps?

By Libby Breen, Orcutt

So, FEMA just transferred $92-plus million out of its coffers, as a major hurricane approaches the central eastern coast, to build internment camps for people seeking asylum....

Mayley DiBernardi

By Kasey Bubnash

On the volleyball court, Valley Christian Academy senior Mayley DiBernardi certainly knows how to dig deep.  As her team's main passer and digger, she gets roughly 85 ...

School Scene

Transitions-Mental Health brings suicide prevention program to Santa Maria

By Kasey Bubnash

"I'm not smart." "I'm not good enough." "I can't."  Those are the sentences written in boldly drawn thought bubbles stemming from...

Canary

Fear of access?

Journalists are in the business of asking questions. So when someone–especially those in a public office or agency–won't bother to answer, it ruffles our feather...

Arts

Dunes Center hosts rummage sale

By Rebecca Rose

The Dunes Center in Guadalupe is planning a rummage sale on Sept. 22. The sale will feature used items such as clothing for adults and children of all ages, toys, home goods,...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre to hold auditions

By Rebecca Rose

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre is holding auditions for lead and supporting roles in an upcoming production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.  The organi...

Artist and writer Susan Rowland to give talk at Wildling Museum

By Rebecca Rose

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature will host a talk by artist Susan Rowland (Ph.D.) titled Art as Alchemical Portal to Nature on Sept. 23. Rowlad will discuss elements f...

Zoƫ Nathan's work celebrates romantic realism

By Rebecca Rose

Even upon a quick glance, Zoë Nathan's portraits cling to a viewer. Beautifully understated, gracefully executed, and filled with nuanced introspection, the artist's wor...

From the grave: Central Coast author delves into the insanity of grief

By Ryah Cooley

"We don't say died anymore, we say passed." Just that one sentence shook Central Coast author Christine Bell's world a bit when her neighbor said it in the midst ...

Humor

Under pressure: Krider laughs in the face of a cardiac 'episode'

By Rob Krider

Like most men, I'm not a huge fan of going to the doctor. I don't enjoy sitting in waiting rooms, I don't like being poked with needles, and I'm not a big fan of having a fi...

Music

Famed blues duo Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan are right at home at Cold Spring Tavern

By Joe Payne

A syncopated rhythm blends with the smell of barbecue and other kinds of smoke under the eaves of the oak trees. A wailing harmonic melody flies like a bird over the earthy gu...

Film

Hustle for life

Editor’s Note: Glen and Anna Starkey were out this week, so you have to deal with a review from Executive Editor Camillia Lanham and New Times Staff Writer Karen Garcia ...

Eats

Valle Eatery is a perfect new addition to Lompoc

By Rebecca Rose

When I walked into Conrad Gonzales' Valle Eatery and Bar in Lompoc's Hilton Garden Inn, I felt a huge wave a relief come over me. It was like the feeling of walking into yo...

Hot Stuff

CALLING ALL BIKES

The Vivid Cycle Club hosts Coffee and Go every Tuesday and Thursday morning at Vivid Financial Management, located at 340 E. Clark Ave., Orcutt. Bikers meet for coffee at 5:15...

TUNEFUL TRIO

The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and the Santa Maria Valley Senior Club host Boogie on Down on Sept. 23 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Elwin Mussell Senior Cente...

RELAX AND UNWIND

Hidden Canyon Ranch hosts one of its Yoga and Wine Tasting events on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. This beginner/intermediate class, led by Sarah Allred of Hunny Fly Yoga, is...

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