Cover photo courtesy of Nicole Bryant / Cover design by Alex Zuniga

Feb 15-25, 2024

Vol. 24, No. 51

Santa Maria city employees and firefighters are asking for more money as part of contract negotiations, most recently picketing outside a City Council meeting on Feb. 6 to advocate for themselves. While the city concluded negotiations with its employees, firefighters are still waiting for a chance to fight for more. They say the city’s Fire Department pays about 14 percent less than surrounding areas, which has caused firefighters to leave and is making it hard to hire. Staff Writer Taylor O’Connor speaks with both unions about what they’re asking for [6].
This week, you can also read about what’s happening with pickleball in Solvang [4], the Great American Melodrama’s latest production [20], and a new café sliding into Nipomo [24].

Cost of living

Santa Maria city employees, firefighters want more money than the city is bargaining for

By Taylor O'Connor



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