Friday, July 31, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 21

Weekly Poll
Should local rapper Anthony Murillo be charged for marking threats in a song?

Yes, a threat is a threat.
No, the First Amendment protects speech.
Maybe, depends on how serious the threat was.
If he made the threat in person, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

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Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

Battling the city: A Lompoc resident fights with code compliance over what he sees as 'un-American' treatment of a homeowner

It’s 11 a.m. and Sterling Ranft steps out of a mobile home trailer in his yard and into the daylight, eyes squinting after waking up from a deep slumber. He stuffs a 700-page California Penal Code book into his armpit and cracks open a Miller Genuine Draft tall boy. He takes a swig, opens the book, and begins telling his story about how the city of Lompoc is trying to force him out of his own house.  “I am just a damn nuisance,” Ranft said with a wry smile, as he scanned through the pages of the book. T... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


Standards of care

The Sun’s July 23 article, “A group accuses contractor of providing substandard medical care to Santa Barbara County inmates,” contains many unfounded allegations regarding Corizon Health, which provides medical care to Santa Barbara County inmates.  Regarding the quality of care that Santa Barbara County inmates receive, we pride ourselves on using evidence-based medicine that meets the highest st... [ Read More ]