Saturday, December 14, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 41
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Last-Minute Gift Guide 2019

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Last-Minute Gift Guide 2019

By Sun Staff

The Central Coast has no shortage of things to do. Hiking, biking, beach walking, and more are right outside your front door. And there’s also no shortage of all of those “specialty,” “artisan” tchotchkes that so often get thrown into a drawer somewhere after the gift-giving season is over. This year for the Sun’s annual Last-Minute Gi... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Santa Maria moves forward with art plan but rejects measure to pay for it
Music: Happy anniversary: Naughty Oak turns 3
News: County supervisors declare climate emergency
News: Political Watch: December 12, 2019
Art: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea discusses evocative new memoir
 

News

Caldwell Rally kicks off campaign

By William D'Urso

Andy Caldwell held his first campaign rally on Dec. 7, under overcast skies, scattered rain showers, and a massive flag whipping in the wind. His path to Salud Carbajal&rsq...

County supervisors declare climate emergency

By Zac Ezzone

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution declaring an emergency following the release of new information on the extent climate change is affecting par...

Local nonprofit casts light on renters plight

By William D'Urso

A regional advocacy group released a report Dec. 10 painting a stark picture for renters in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.  In the report, the Central Coast Allianc...

County bans flavored tobacco products

By Zac Ezzone

In an attempt to curb the number of kids using electronic cigarettes or vaping, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted to prohibit businesses from selling flavore...

Santa Maria moves forward with art plan but rejects measure to pay for it

By ZAC EZZONE

Increasing the number of public art pieces in Santa Maria could make the city more beautiful and walkable, encapsulate its rich heritage, and boost the city’s economic v...

The city of Solvang attempts to boost the marketing potential of a long-held tradition

By WILLIAM D'URSO

Julefest has long been a staple of Solvang’s tourism experience. It’s one of the events the City Council wants to use to boost the city’s marketing potentia...

Political Watch: December 12, 2019

• In a Dec. 5 Facebook post, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) reflected on the Thomas Fire, a 2017 blaze that counts among the most destructive in recent ...

Spotlight

A child advocate organization is struggling to meet the community's needs

By ZAC EZZONE

In the midst of facing a rapidly growing need, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County received some much-needed assistance through a $56,000 grant fr...

Cannabis Corner

County changes framework for cannabis retail stores application process

By ZAC EZZONE

Following a year of nonstop conversations over cannabis cultivation, residents and stakeholders in Santa Barbara County will have a new marijuana-related topic to discuss in 2...

Commentary

When it comes to the Oceano Dunes, regulatory bodies and state agencies aren't doing their jobs

By EVELYN DELANY

Years ago people smoked everywhere, in bed, driving their cars, at work, in restaurants. Now, not so much. Laws have been passed, and now smoking is prohibited on public trans...

Letters

Guadalupe's gentrification is at hand

By Stephen Siemsen, Orcutt

In response to: “After years of stalled growth, the city of Guadalupe is rapidly adding homes and inching toward future commercial development” (“Building up...

Canary

CANARY: Aurora contrarialis

By THE CANARY

Good news everyone! Santa Maria City Council finally approved its public art master plan. The proposed plan divided the city in 2016/2017, pitting developers and conservatives...

Arts

Valley Art Gallery holds Art Squared exhibition

Art Squared opened at Valley Art Gallery in Orcutt on Friday, Dec. 6, and will remain on display through Saturday, Dec. 28. This exhibition showcases 50 abstract paintings by ...

AHC Youth Dance presents 'The Nutcracker'

Allan Hancock College Youth Dance presents its production of The Nutcracker at Ethel Pope Auditorium in Santa Maria on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 ...

Santa Maria Library hosts 'Green Book' screening

The Santa Maria Public Library hosts a screening of the Academy Award-winning drama, Green Book, on Monday, Dec. 16, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The film follows the true story of an ...

Little Orphan Annie finds new home at Orcutt Community Theater

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

"You’ll stay up till this dump shines like the top of the Chrysler Building,” a six-year-old orphan, Molly (Stella Sarvis), sings during “It’s the...

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea discusses evocative new memoir

By PETER JOHNSON

There’s a particular Red Hot Chili Peppers song lyric that has always stuck in my mind as the perfect encapsulation of the story and spirit of maybe the rock band of my ...

Music

Happy anniversary: Naughty Oak turns 3

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Celebrate Naughty Oak Brewing Co.’s third anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 10 p.m. I know! I can’t believe it either. This squirrelly little brewery tha...

Film

Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, I’m Not There) directs this historical legal thriller about corporate defense attorney Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) who takes on an environ...

Eats

New Orcutt boutique inn offers guest chef opportunities and serves up a wide beverage selection, house-made light bites

By MALEA MARTIN

It’s all in the name at the Wine Stone Inn: The brand-new boutique hotel features a Vintage Room with a wine option for everybody. But Wine Stone isn’t just servin...

Hot Stuff

LANDSCAPE ESCAPE

Solvang Antiques Fine Art Gallery hosts its annual Holiday Art Show through Tuesday, Dec. 31. This group exhibition features works from Sheryl Knight, Mary Kay West, Joe Barbi...

WINTER WONDERLAND

Winter Salon, a salon style group exhibition, opened at Gallery Los Olivos on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and will run through Thursday, Jan. 30. This showcase features works from more...

DECK THE HALLS

The historic Fabing McKay Spanne House in Lompoc hosts its Christmas Open House event on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests can enjoy a tour of the home, which h...

NO CHAIN, NO GAIN

Let’s Do the Holidays, a seasonal group art show, runs through Sunday, Dec. 29, at Cypress Gallery in Lompoc. Presented by the Lompoc Valley Art Association, this exhibi...

PUT ON A HAPPY FACE

The Chumash Casino Resort hosts comedian Felipe Esparza on Friday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. Esparza rose to stardom after competing on season seven on NBC’s Last Comic Standin...

HARK TO SPARKS

Certain Sparks Music presents its 2019 Winter Recitals with the adult recital on Friday, Dec. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m., and the youth recital on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 5 to 9 p.m...

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What do you think of Santa Maria's decision to approve a public art master plan, without a fee to fund projects?

It's pointless. Why approve a plan without a way to pay for it?
It's great. It would be unfair to add an art fee to development permits.
I'd rather the city focus on issues more important than public art.
The city would feel more vibrant and walkable with additional public art.

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