Cover photo courtesy of Thomas Brandeberry / Cover design by Alex Zuniga

Jun 27 - Jul 7, 2024

Vol. 25, No. 18

For the past several years, Guadalupe has been dreaming of preserving and renovating the historic Royal Theater. All that stands in the coastal ag city’s way is a $3 million gap in funding. The City Council is poised to put on the November ballot a bond measure asking residents to bridge that gap. But is a state-of-the-art events center and renovated theater necessary? Some residents think not, especially in the face of two other bond measures on the ballot and rising costs of everything. Staff Writer Taylor O’Connor speaks with city representatives and a local resident for the story [6].
This week, you can also read about how Santa Maria tackled its budget issues [4]; the macabre musical Little Shop of Horrors onstage in Solvang [22]; and Santa Maria’s new hot dog and shave ice drive-through [25].

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