Tuesday, July 28, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 20
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Growing pains: Proposed changes to the county's wine ordinance have the wine industry and residents up in arms

Cover Story

Growing pains: Proposed changes to the county's wine ordinance have the wine industry and residents up in arms

BY SEAN MCNULTY

The spill On a recent clear summer afternoon, Ross J. Rankin wears a short-sleeved white button up and black slacks. He owns and operates a tasting room in Santa Ynez called Imagine Wine. The business, which was once a mechanic’s garage, is quiet and comfortable—a spacious room decorated in hardwood and flooded with natural light. Rankin speaks slowly and car... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Canary: Contract for auction
School Scene: Fun at the Fair
Art: Santa Barbara County Arts Commission showcases the work of Graphic Design students from Allan Hancock College
Cover Story: Growing pains: Proposed changes to the county's wine ordinance have the wine industry and residents up in arms
News: A group accuses contractor of providing substandard medical care to Santa Barbara County inmates
 

News

Maldonado family sued for alleged labor violations

BY JONO KINKADE

A prominent Santa Maria Valley farming family is facing a class-action lawsuit filed by former employees for allegedly violating several labor laws. The complaint alleges t...

Santa Barbara County fire department reports oil spill near Cuyama

BY DAVID MINSKY

It seems like the oil spills don’t stop in Santa Barbara County. First, there was the Refugio State Beach pipeline rupture on May 19. Then, on June 3, a teeny pipeline b...

Conviction overturned in 2010 Arroyo Grande vehicular manslaughter case

BY DAVID MINSKY

The last five years of Rene Rosas’ life have left him in states of confusion and despair, but he’s finally able to start rebuilding his life. On July 2, Rosas was ...

Santa Barbara County bans plastic bags

BY SEAN MCNULTY

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 for a single-use plastic bag ban in unincorporated areas of the county during its meeting on July 21. It’s an is...

Lompoc moves toward affordable housing program

BY SEAN MCNULTY

The Lompoc City Council didn’t meet before the Sun went to press, but on the docket for that July 21 night was a discussion to kick $42,500 toward the Lompoc Homebuyer A...

The Sun earns accolades from National Newspaper Association

BY JOE PAYNE

The National Newspaper Association (NNA) announced the winners of its 2015 Better Newspaper Contest, and the Sun earned a few noteworthy distinctions. The judging period cover...

A group accuses contractor of providing substandard medical care to Santa Barbara County inmates

BY DAVID MINSKY

The final moments of Raymond Herrera’s life were written in a coroner’s report released by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff on July 8. Details outlined in the re...

Hobnobbing with Helen

BY HELEN ANN THOMAS

If you were a dog or cat with nowhere to go and no one to love you, you would want to be at the Santa Maria Humane Society’s new facility on West Stowell Road. The Hu...

Community Notebook 7/23/15 - 7/30/15

MONDAY, JULY 27 • The South County Advisory Council has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nipomo Community Services District Headquarters, 148 S. Wilson St., Nipom...

Political Watch 7/23/15

• In the race to fill the 24th Congressional District seat in the United States House of Representatives, it’s all about the money as contenders stack their chips...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Bargain Warehouse

BY DAVID MINSKY

Don’t call Bargain Warehouse a thrift store, or else owner Ronald Lloyd will promptly correct you. He prefers to compare his shop to an old mercantile exchange.   ...

Commentary

Dust, energy bills, and you

BY PAUL MENCONI

See that dust building up on your nightstand? Well before you reach for a rag, you may want to make a run to the hardware store for a caulking gun and a new filter for your fu...

Letters

Don't forget about soft water

Russ Gordon - San Luis Obispo

Thank you for your article on recycling water for use in gardens (“Save some for the peaches,” July 16). There is one major concern your article doesn’t addr...

Gray water and soft water don't mix

Larry Miller - Paso Robles

The article (“Save some for the peaches,” July 16) on gray water was informative, but appears to have left out a major issue. Gray water systems are not appropriat...

Elections are for you to decide

Norm Jackson - Atascadero

It offends me to the core each election cycle that a few powerful individuals decide who can run for the President of the U.S., according to the candidate’s willingness ...

Storing rain should come before gray water

William L. Seavey - Cambria (formerly of Orcutt)

Kylie Mendonca’s piece (“Save some for the peaches,” July 16) on gray water usage was excellent, distilling the intricacies of a water conservation approach ...

Sports

No reservations: Going on a last-minute Big Sur trip is harder than it used to be

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

It’s Thursday night, and you’re feeling antsy. Your legs are dying for a little weekend adventure with ocean views, redwood forests, and a campfire. It’s Jul...

Ethan Usher

BY SEAN MCNULTY

In Wyoming for the 2015 National High School Finals Rodeo in mid-July, Ethan Usher of Santa Ynez shot 92 out of 100 clay pigeons with a .22 rifle. That put him in the top 11 ...

School Scene

Fun at the Fair

PHOTOS BY KAORI FUNAHASHI

The Santa Barbara County Fair included five days of activities for local youth and families, from carnival games and rides to livestock and agricultural competitions, vendors,...

Canary

Contract for auction

Though attendance numbers to this year’s Santa Barbara County Fair were slightly less than last year’s, livestock numbers were up, generating more than $2.9 millio...

Street Wise

Should the county prohibit wineries from having restaurants?

Jerry Plowman John Mehm Ron Baird Shawna Aranda

Arts

Santa Barbara County Arts Commission showcases the work of Graphic Design students from Allan Hancock College

BY JOE PAYNE

The square, open lobby of the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Center echoed with the eager voices of a well-dressed family, obviously awaiting their turn for a marriage c...

PCPA's 'Man of La Mancha' reaches the unreachable stars in Solvang

BY JOE PAYNE

A few unobtrusive raindrops punctuated the opening scenes of the Solvang Festival Theater premier of Man of La Mancha by PCPA The Pacific Conservatory Theatre, helping to tran...

Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara awarded local impact grant

BY JOE PAYNE

The California Arts Council announced plans to award ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! $8,040 as part of its Local Impact grants, which serve programs that foster equity, ...

Santa Maria Arts Council creates public art committee

BY JOE PAYNE

Santa Maria Arts Council member and past president Craig Shafer called for a motion to create a Public Art Committee at the council’s meeting on July 15, which was appro...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre announces upcoming season

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre announced its 57th season of live community theater, including audition and performance dates for four full productions and two readers theater e...

Humor

Hers is the face that loaned a thousand bucks

BY ARIEL WATERMAN

Move over Alexander Hamilton! Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has announced plans to redesign the $10 bill to replace Mr. H’s image with that of a woman. The new bills are s...

Music

DANA Cultural Center welcomes cowboy singer/songwriter Dave Stamey for a benefit concert

BY JOE PAYNE

Listen to the full interview with Dave Stamey. The tradition of the traveling musician goes back far in time, from the medieval troubadours to the more recent Californio era,...

Film

'Ant-Man' is good for a few laughs

Glen: This new installment of the Marvel universe seems to want to flip the shtick on Iron Man. Instead of a brash, irreverent, rich genius with an awesome suit, we have a bra...

Eats

Mason Bar mixes new age bartending with old school cocktails in Arroyo Grande

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The rattling tinkle of ice furiously tumbling in a metal shaker is drowned out by voices colliding against the tall rough-hewn timber and brick walls of a cozy cocktail bar in...

Hot Stuff

Local sights

The Artist Guild of Santa Ynez Valley is currently showing the work of Lauren McFarland in the show Images of the Central Coast. Stunning renderings of local landscapes featur...

Learn to uke

The Luis Oasis Senior Center Ukulele Band (pictured) meets every Wednesday at noon. Not familiar with the uke? Well, ukulele class meets at 11:30 a.m. just before the band beg...

Ruffle your feathers

The Wildling Museum continues its mission of celebrating wildlife and wilderness preservation with the exhibit Birds in Art 2014, showing through Aug. 10 at the museum. The ex...