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Follow the money: The Sun takes a look at who's funding whom in the 24th Congressional District race

Cover Story

Follow the money: The Sun takes a look at who's funding whom in the 24th Congressional District race

By JONO KINKADE AND CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Everybody wants a piece of California’s 24th Congressional District. Last April, longtime Congresswoman Lois Capps announced that she would retire at the end of her term. Political jockeying and campaign fundraising didn’t hesitate. Within a few days of her announcement, contenders were already proclaiming their intentions to grab the seat, and additional cand... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Can't-abis: Santa Maria issues injunction against a 'dispensary' operating in the city
News: Groundwater basin laws raise concerns in Santa Barbara County
News: Hobnobbing with Helen
News: Santa Barbara supervisors move forward with North County Jail despite a nearly $15 million shortfall
News: Two men found guilty in Santa Maria human trafficking case
 

News

Santa Barbara supervisors move forward with North County Jail despite a nearly $15 million shortfall

By DAVID MINSKY

Construction for the North County Jail might actually end up happening after the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the project during a special me...

Lompoc City Council votes to continue motorsports park discussion

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Lompoc City Council changed course in a vote on May 17 to continue discussion on the controversial Lompoc Valley Motorsports Park. Councilman Jim Mosby told the Sun the motors...

Betteravia Farms aims to build facility to house farm laborers

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Betteravia Farms has applied for a conditional use permit to build a 30-unit “farm labor camp” on nearly 400 acres of land along Highway 1 west of Orcutt, vying to...

Two men found guilty in Santa Maria human trafficking case

By DAVID MINSKY

Two men were found guilty on May 18 in what’s being described as one of the county’s first human trafficking trials.  A jury found both defendants, 24-year-o...

Voter registration surges in the 24th District

By DAVID MINSKY

Voter registration for California’s 24th Congressional District rose by 11 percent since Jan. 1, according to a report issued May 17 by Political Data Inc., a Los Angele...

Groundwater basin laws raise concerns in Santa Barbara County

By BRENNA SWANSTON

You’ve probably heard: Year five of the drought is upon us, and it’s bringing along a flurry of state-mandated water conservation measures. California Gov. Jerry B...

Can't-abis: Santa Maria issues injunction against a 'dispensary' operating in the city

By DAVID MINSKY

On May 17, an injunction was filed in the Santa Barbara County Superior Court Cook Division against David Melena, a food truck owner and a medical marijuana events promoter wh...

Hobnobbing with Helen

By HELEN ANN THOMAS

Several years ago, Jared Bailey (owner of Santa Maria Physical Therapy Group) and his friend Danny Sheridan were sitting in a garage talking about—well—things, and...

Community Notebook 5/26/16 - 6/2/16

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 • The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E. Anapamu St., Santa Bar...

Political Watch 5/26/16

• It’s been a year since a ruptured pipeline spilled nearly 143,000 gallons of crude oil onto land and into the ocean at Refugio State Beach. On May 19, Sen. Hanna...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce

By DAVID MINSKY

When taking a drive through Northern Santa Barbara County, one thing becomes clear: This place is freakin’ beautiful.  From mountains, hiking trails, and wineries,...

Commentary

Public education is necessary for a successful society

By BILL CIRONE

Public education has always been the glue that binds our citizens together and forms the foundation for our democracy. The very birth of our nation was created on the premise...

Letters

SB County shouldn't fund Diablo Canyon study

By Joseph Riloquio - Santa Maria

Diablo Canyon Power Plant is the last remaining nuclear power plant operating in California. The plant lies just 30 miles up the coast from Santa Maria, well within the range ...

Don't let people outside of the district elect our next representative

By John Kelly - San Luis Obispo

Now more than ever, it’s important for voters to do their own research when it comes to choosing your next representative. However, research doesn’t stop at what t...

Porter and Christensen for supervisor

By Jim Thomas - Santa Barbara County Sheriff, Ret.

With the recent announcement that the Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association is backing Bruce Porter for 3rd District Supervisor and Jennifer Christensen for ...

Sports

Draft drama: The Benchwarmer loves football but would rather skip the draft

By KRISTINA SEWELL

The NFL draft annoys me, I find it quite dumb. Phew, I finally said it. Before I continue, let me preface this by saying my future brother-in-law is a HUGE football fan, albe...

Dylan Maiden

By PETER JOHNSON

When everybody was looking for the Santa Ynez Valley Unified High School baseball program to continue dominating the Los Padres League (LPL) this spring, Cabrillo High School ...

School Scene

Santa Maria school district board appoints new member

By SHELLY CONE

At a special meeting May 17, the Santa Maria-Bonita School District Board of Education selected Santa Maria native and retired teacher Vedamarie Alvarez Flores as a new board ...

Saint honored with Champion Award

By SHELLY CONE

Santa Maria High School (SMHS) student Cristal Robles-Flores was recently honored with the Champion Award for using her youth leadership skills to selflessly help others&mdash...

Students to participate in drumming event

By SHELLY CONE

On June 3, kindergarten through sixth grade students at Taylor Elementary School will come together from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. to make music and experience the power of teamwork i...

Canary

It's not a matter of want, but need

I hate paying bills. I can’t stand to see my paycheck go toward something as mundane as the electric or water bill when I’d much rather know that I worked hard and...

Street Wise

Who do you want to vote for in the June 7 primary?

Emiliano Escamilla Ulises Perez Mario Portanova Ursula Portanova

Arts

Teen Arts Mentorship program shows results at Betteravia Gallery

By JOE PAYNE

The Betteravia Gallery North and South—located at the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building—buzzed with the excited chatter of teenagers and...

The Great American Melodrama presents a production of 'Across the River' that would make Mark Twain proud

The Great American Melodrama has always had a down-home, old-timey feel to it, so when the Oceano theater produces a play set in the frontier times or the American South, it j...

Chumash Casino Resort unveils bronze sculptures

By JOE PAYNE

The Chumash Casino Resort unveiled six new bronze sculptures during a tour and celebration for tribal members at the newly expanded resort. The tribe commissioned nature and w...

Santa Marian appears on special 'The Price is Right' episode

By JOE PAYNE

Inge Garvin is a self-described “super fan” of the show Survivor, so how did that lead her to appear on an episode of The Price is Right? The Santa Marian was invi...

Solvang named 'Best Historic Small Town' in travel poll

By JOE PAYNE

The Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau announced that Solvang was voted as a winner in the 10 Best Reader’s Choice 2016 travel contest sponsored by USA Today. Solvan...

Humor

Swedish Fish and Styrofoam

By ARIEL WATERMAN

My husband, The Brit, and I have lovingly been raising our grandson, The Briteen, since he was 3 years old. This sweet little boy has been a joy and a blessing in our lives. U...

Music

The First United Methodist Church of Lompoc welcomes the Ohio Northern University National Tour Choir for May 26 concert

By JOE PAYNE

The First United Methodist Church of Lompoc is well known in the town as a great musical hub. The chapel seats more than 400 and offers an acoustic clarity that makes it the h...

Film

'The Nice Guys' is fun romp through the seedy side of '70s L.A.

Lethal Weapon (1987) writer Shane Black (who also wrote and directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3) co-writes and directs this action comedy set in 1977 L.A. about a pair...

Eats

First & Oak, Solvang's fine French dining spot, will hook you with each plate

By BRENNA SWANSTON

This week’s review is more than that. It’s a story. But first, take note: I approach this food column not as a platform to showcase the pretentious musings of a f...

Hot Stuff

Steel wings

The CAF Airpower History Tour comes to the Santa Maria Airport on May 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. and May 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring the FIFI this year, the only flying B-29 ...

Winning whiskers

The Santa Maria Elks Lodge is getting ready for the rodeo, and a beloved event is the annual Beard-A-Reno and Miss Wrangler contest happening May 28. Men compete in several ca...

Cruisin' for a cause

The annual Labor Day Weekend tradition comes to Santa Maria again with shiny roadsters and customized American-made cars. West Coast Kustoms presents the 37th annual Cruisin&r...