Friday, July 29, 2016     Volume: 17, Issue: 21
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How do you feel about the Chumash tribe expanding their casino without county oversight?

They shouldn't be allowed to expand their casino without proper permits.
They can do whatever they want on their ancestral land.
I feel sorry for the residents of Santa Ynez.
I can't wait to try the new buffet.

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Santa Maria Sun / Street Wise

Could the Santa Maria Police Department have handled the July 20 shooting of Javier Gaona differently?


Brielle Casillas

Brielle Casillas

student at Pioneer Valley High School

“Being that I want to be a police officer, I feel the officers felt their lives were threatened, but they didn’t all have to shoot at once.”

Nathan Padilla

Nathan Padilla

student at Pioneer Valley High School

“I think they did what they had to do. You’d be panicking in that situation.”

Jordana Juarez

Jordana Juarez

unemployed

“They could’ve tried talking to him more before shooting him to see if they can change his mind.”

Jarett Rodriguez

Jarett Rodriguez

manager at a golf course

“Instead of going straight to their guns, they should have talked him down more.”