18 hrs ago
Santa Barbara Independent
Man Found Murdered Near Guadalupe Beach
A Santa Maria man was found murdered just outside the entrance of Guadalupe Beach on Tuesday morning, Sheriff's officials announced.
22 hrs ago
Cal Coast News
SLO Council discusses employee pay study
The San Luis Obispo City Council has weighed and accepted the validity of a study that suggests 50 percent of city employees are underpaid.
Lompoc Kidnap-Torture Retrial Continues with Defense Opening Statement, First Witness
The case against Raymond Daniel Macias involving a gang-related kidnapping and torture in Lompoc relies on testimony of felons motivated by lighter sentences and lacks any proof Macias ordered the attack, defense attorney Michael Scott said Tuesday afternoon.
Tue Aug 19, 2014
Santa Maria Council Shelves Proposed Library Rule Restricting Belongings
A proposed rule to limit the size of items people can take into the Santa Maria Public Library unfairly targeted the homeless population, several speakers told the City Council on Tuesday night.
Investigation into Bicyclist's Death Continues
The fatal traffic accident in Santa Maria involving the son of Abel Maldonado and a UCSB doctoral candidate, is still under investigation, reports The Independent.
Cal Coast News
City study suggests SLO employees are underpaid
The chief building official for the city of San Luis Obispo receives a base salary of more than $100,000 a year.
Mon Aug 18, 2014
Retrial Under Way for Gang Member Accused in Lompoc Kidnapping and Torture Case
Raymond Daniel Macias, right, with his attorney in court on Monday, is charged in connection with the Jan. 3, 2013, kidnapping and torture of a fellow gang member known as "Sicko," who reportedly owed Macias hundreds of dollars in taxes.
Santa Barbara County Unemployment Inches Up in July
Unemployment rose slightly in Santa Barbara County last month, although the percentage of jobless residents was a full point lower than a year ago.
Sat Aug 16, 2014
Porter family hopes to find oil on ranch it's owned for generations
Dero Parker, left, points out where on an existing pad hisexploratory oil and gas well would go to Joe Doud, right, Bryce, Charlie and John Porter.
UCSB, Bicyclists Remember Rider, Disability Advocate Killed in Crash
Matthew O'Neill, who was killed Aug. 10 while riding his bicycle east of Santa Maria, was a graduate student at UCSB.
Fri Aug 15, 2014
Judge OKs Court-Appointed Attorney For Lead Defendant in Santa Maria Murder-Torture Case
A judge on Friday allowed the lead defendant in a Santa Maria gang-related torture and slaying case to again have a court-appointed attorney five months after Ramon David Maldonado requested to represent himself.
Santa Maria Medical Facility Evacuated Due to Possible Hazardous Incident
A medical facility on East Main Street was evacuated Friday afternoon after five people complained of stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea - "all the same time, unrelated," according to Battalion Chief Mike Barneich of the Santa Maria Fire Department.
Robin Williams among notable alumni of Santa Maria's PCPA
Robert Serva, left, and Robin Williams playing Marcellus Washburn in the "Music Man" in 1973 or '74 at Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria.
Abel Maldonado's son was passenger in truck that killed cyclist, CHP says
Abel Maldonado answers questions during a "Meet the Candidates" forum put on by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce in 2012.
Thu Aug 14, 2014
Santa Barbara-Based Developer Buys 80-Acre Site In Orcutt
A Santa Barbara-based investment group, Bradley Ventures, LLC, recently purchased an 80-acre site proposed for single-family homes and apartments in Orcutt.
Ronald Edward Steinfelt of Santa Maria, 1940-2014
Ron Steinfelt joined our Lord and Savior peacefully on Saturday Aug. 9, 2014. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Carmela Denise Crow of Santa Maria, 1951-2014
Carmela Denise Crow, 62, of Santa Maria, CA passed away on Aug. 12, 2014. Carmela was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on Sept.
Day Reporting Centers Graduations
More than 70 formerly incarcerated Santa Barbara County residents are better equipped to be in society after completing a comprehensive reentry program at the Day Reporting Centers in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara.
Santa Maria Chamber Honors Top Citizens, Business
A longtime public servant, a homegrown bank and a veteran volunteer were recognized Wednesday night by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Wed Aug 13, 2014
Child Ejected, Suffers Major Injuries in Highway 101 Crash
A child suffered major head injuries Tuesday night in a vehicle accident on Highway 101 in Santa Maria, according to the California Highway Patrol.