Monday, May 25, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 11

Weekly Poll
Should Plains All American Pipeline face penalties following the Santa Barbara oil spill?

Government should follow current penalty procedure.
Damages should be payed to SB County residents.
They should pay for all coastal cleanup.
They don't deserve extra penalties.

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Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

Berry boycott: Labor disputes in Baja California spill onto the Central Coast

Rows of green-topped fields are a staple on the Central Coast, and as soon as red starts showing up between the forest-colored leaves, those acres flood with workers running empty boxes to spots where they hover with hands that deftly seek out tart, sweet berries the color of blood. It’s part of the landscape, commonplace, so blended into the sights of every day that the scene blows by your periphery as you drive, lost in thoughts you can’t see with your eyes.  Those strawberries hit the shelves of local grocery... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


A never event

More than 1,500 Californians, patients at a pain clinic operated by Dr. Allen Thomashefsky in Santa Barbara, have been notified by local public health officials that they may have been affected by hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV while receiving medical treatment. The possible route of transmission of those blood borne pathogens, at this stage, is unknown. So far, seven of the people who were patients of Dr. Thomashefsky... [ Read More ]