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  • Levee at the center of government dispute

    November 29, 2010 9:39 PM

    There's a lot of finger pointing tonight as to why the Santa Maria levee will not be fully completed by the end of the year. The Army Corp of Engineers began construction about a year ago. It's all part of a $40 million project to strengthen 6.5 miles of... more »
  • Levee delayed due to government mixup

    November 29, 2010 5:41 PM

    Construction on the Santa Maria levee was supposed to be finished by the end of the year, but a change in plans will delay the completion date. Last year, local officials received $40 million to strengthen nearly six and a half miles of levee, but FEMA now requires the... more »
  • Local agencies get long-awaited funding after state budget passes

    October 8, 2010 9:11 PM

    California Lawmakers have finally passed a state budget after a record 100 day impasse. The state senate passed the budget 27-9, bridging a 19 billion dollar budget deficit. The budget package contains no new taxes or fees, but the plan also *delays nearly two billion dollars in payments to... more »
  • Balancing budget doesn't solve city's problems

    June 9, 2010 10:09 PM

    While economists say the recession is over, Santa Maria city leaders don't expect the budget picture to improve anytime soon. The city council is expected to approve the 2010-2012 budget next Tuesday. The city is currently in a hiring freeze and says employee furlough days will likely continue through... more »
  • Sexual assault survivors rely on local crisis center

    April 14, 2010 9:39 PM

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and local survivors are speaking out about the importance of the local crisis center. The North County Rape Crisis Center has been serving Santa Barbara County for more than 84 years. It provides free support and educational services to sexual assault survivors. This... more »
  • Sexual assault Survivors speak about importance of local crisis center

    April 14, 2010 1:50 PM

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the North County Rape Crisis Center is asking for your support to help keep its doors open. The center has offices in Santa Maria and Lompoc, where they help more than 15,000 people each year, offering free support, education, and prevention services. ... more »
  • Local teens help support mentoring program

    April 8, 2010 5:05 PM

    Two high school students help earn funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County. On March 17, Reshmee Patel and Jasmine Medizade were presented with United Way youth grant funds to help support an after school mentoring program. The girls are two of 50 mentors... more »
  • City leaders face $8 million budget gap

    March 16, 2010 9:25 PM

    Santa Maria city leaders have a big budget battle ahead of them. City councilmembers are meeting tonight to figure out how to close an $8 million budget gap. Cutting department budgets and more furlough days are among the possible options. While nothing is final, the cuts are concerning city... more »
  • $8 million deficit means more cuts for Santa Maria

    March 16, 2010 1:33 PM

    Santa Maria city leaders must find a way to fill an $8 million dollar budget gap by the end of June. Tonight, the city council will look a various options to cut costs. Some of those options include new planning fees, cutting department budgets by three, six, or nine percent,... more »
  • Census forms hit mailboxes today

    March 15, 2010 1:24 PM

    Ten questions. Ten minutes. That's been one of the catchphrases from the U.S. Census bureau. More than 210 million U.S. census forms have been sent out nationwide. The census is taken every ten years as written in the Constitution. It will divvy up congressional seats, allocate more than $400 billion... more »
  • Hancock College rallies against state budget cuts

    March 5, 2010 12:25 AM

    Students and staff at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria are fighting back and speaking out. The college is facing more than $2 million in budget cuts for the upcoming year. That's in addition to a $4.5 million dollar cut from last year. Student services have been slashed and... more »
  • California shut out of federal "Race to the Top" funding

    March 4, 2010 1:38 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California has been shut out for the first round of a $4.3 billion school-funding competition promoted by the Obama administration. Thursday's announcement by the U.S. Department of Education is a blow to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and reform supporters in the state Legislature. Other states... more »
  • Guadalupe considers building its first skatepark

    March 3, 2010 10:03 PM

    Skaters in Guadalupe may have a new place to play in the future. The city is looking at building its first skatepark. Several locations are on the table, including local schools and parks, but the idea is an expensive one and likely still years away. Kids looking to... more »
  • First skate park proposed for Guadalupe

    March 3, 2010 1:36 PM

    Guadalupe city leaders are scouting potential sites for the city's first skate park. Possible locations include O'Connell Park, Central Park, Leroy Park, McKenzie Junior High School, Buren School, and the proposed DJ Farms housing project at the southeastern corner of Highway 166 and Highway The city doesn't currently have the... more »
  • School districts work to fill budget holes

    February 18, 2010 6:02 PM

    Santa Maria schools are facing more cuts this year, but district leaders say it's too soon to tell exactly what those might be. The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District has put together a budget advisory committee examining more than 200 possible options. Those include everything from program cuts,... more »

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