Tuesday, September 2, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 25
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What are you most sick of hearing about?

The ice-bucket challenge—that's the only thing I see on my Facebook feed!
Measure P—and there's still two months left till the election.
Challenges to anything the Chumash try to do.
Drought—we either have water or we don't, we'll know when the tap runs dry.

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Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

Santa Barbara County debates the future of oil

For most Santa Barbara County residents, it’s easy to pick a side on Measure P: Either oil is bad or oil is good. In essence though, the measure is about more than oil; it’s about defining the future of the county. It’s about figuring out what’s most important to county residents—allowing the wave of oil projects coming down the pike to continue or preventing them from ever starting. #info7819 Opponents accuse one another of using scare tactics, exaggerating the truth, and outright telling lies to... [ Read Article ]

 

Santa Maria Sun / Opinion

Commentary

Farewell to Alex Bar-B-Q

There’s a sadness that comes with the closure of legendary gathering places. Such iconic places as Delmonico’s in New York City, the Las Vegas Sands Hotel and Casino, Los Angeles’ famed Cocoanut Grove, and Hollywood’s Brown Derby have all passed into memory. Four years ago, Shell Beach’s own Old Vienna Restaurant and Beer Garden closed its doors after more than 40 years. Now another historic... [ Read More ]