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  • Santa Maria Fire trains new firefighters

    October 10, 2012 9:34 PM

    The Santa Maria Fire Department is in the middle of training 10 new firefighters. This week marks their third week of training. A couple of months ago, the fire department received a SAFER grant, which is a federal grant, worth $1.6 million. The money from the grant will... more »
  • Some locals turn to public transportation amid gas price hike

    October 8, 2012 9:34 PM

    The high cost of gas prompted people to change their driving habits. From carpooling, to riding the bus, some people are doing whatever they can do to avoid spending money at the pump. Santa Maria Transit said, so far, they haven't seen any big increase in their numbers... more »
  • Father of alleged victim in St. Joseph High School sexual assault case breaks silence

    September 27, 2012 8:40 PM

    The father of one of the alleged victims in the St. Joseph High School sexual assault case sat down with KSBY's Nikki Ibarra Thursday. Chris, whose last name KSBY is not reporting because his daughter is an alleged rape victim, said the principal and former dean of students at... more »
  • Kelli Groves returns to the Central Coast, thanks rescuers

    August 20, 2012 1:41 PM

    It's been seven months since Kelli Groves and her two daughters were trapped inside their car, hanging over a bridge, in Buellton. On Sunday, Groves returned to Santa Barbara to give thanks to the first responders who helped save their lives. This was the first time Groves and... more »
  • Local teachers prepare for the first day of school

    August 13, 2012 8:50 PM

    It's back to school time for some Central Coast students. But what actually goes in to preparing for the big day? "They come in just with their eyes open, all excited about school, asking questions," said Rosalie Jones. For Jones, this is her favorite day of the year.... more »
  • Former Santa Maria police officer sues city, former chief

    August 10, 2012 8:39 PM

    For the second time this week, the city of Santa Maria has been hit with a lawsuit. This time by a former police officer, who said he was fired after, what he called, "a manufactured internal investigation" led by former chief Danny Macagni. "This had nothing to do with... more »
  • Former Santa Maria police explorer files lawsuit against city, Covarrubias estate

    August 10, 2012 12:58 AM

    In an exclusive interview with KSBY, we heard, for the first time, from the attorney of the former Santa Maria police explorer, who allegedly had a sexual relationship with Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr. KSBY has learned a federal lawsuit has been filed by the former explorer. Officer Covarrubias... more »
  • Central Coast 4-H, FFA students weigh livestock for qualification at Santa Barbara County Fair

    July 9, 2012 10:28 PM

    The Annual Santa Barbara County Fair kicks off its 5-day run Wednesday at the Santa Maria Fairpark. Live music, food, petting zoo and rides will be there for your entertainment. Doors open from 11 AM to 10 PM, but the carnival is open a little later, and closes... more »
  • Locals react to officer-involved shooting in Santa Maria, say crime is becoming too common

    June 28, 2012 10:36 PM

    UPDATE: We now know the identity of the man who was shot and killed in Santa Maria Thursday morning. Police say he is 22 year old Jose Luis Ortega, from Santa Maria. Ortega was killed after an officer-involved shooting this morning in Santa Maria. Police said the... more »
  • Family of Santa Maria Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr. responds to Santa Barbara County District Attorney's report

    June 26, 2012 9:23 PM

    The Covarrubias family breaks their silence Tuesday in their first TV interview since the Santa Barbara County District Attorney found the shooting death of Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr. by another officer as legally justified. KSBY spent more than an hour with Officer Covarrubias' father, as well as his widow.... more »
  • About 125 Central Coast businesses take part in Santa Maria trade show

    June 21, 2012 10:52 PM

    It's billed as the largest trade show between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and it happened here on the Central Coast. About 125 local businesses, including KSBY, were at the Santa Maria Fairpark for the 27th Annual Business Trade Show. For many of the businesses, this was a... more »
  • Santa Maria police looking for person responsible in the stabbing death of man

    June 20, 2012 8:44 PM

    Santa Maria police are looking for the person responsible for fatally stabbing a man early Wednesday. KSBY has learned the victim, who was in his late 40's, was stabbed in the chest. It happened on North Broadway and Bunny Street. Police got a call around 2:45 AM... more »
  • New Fire Station No. 3 dedicated in Santa Maria

    May 30, 2012 9:12 PM

    Santa Maria has a new fire station. Fire Station No. 3 on the northwest side of town was officially dedicated Wednesday. Construction took a little more than a year to complete. The new $2.1 million facility on Preisker Lane will replace the old Fire House Three on College Drive. It's... more »
  • Jury finds Lee Leeds sane in Black Road Auto murders

    May 23, 2012 9:59 PM

    Four years after the crime, a jury has decided Lee Leeds was sane when he killed four people at Black Road Auto in Santa Maria back in 2008. Leeds went on a shooting rampage at the Black Road Auto shop four years ago. He admitted he killed his father... more »
  • Marian Regional Medical Center officially opens its doors; first baby born

    May 22, 2012 11:25 PM

    The new Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria is finally open for business. The hospital's emergency room started to see patients at 7 am Tuesday morning. And by 2 pm, all 110 patients from the old hospital were transferred to the new one. The 'Patient Move Team' has... more »
  • Marian Hospital set to open Tuesday

    May 21, 2012 11:52 PM

    The anticipation has been building for months. The new Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria will finally open its doors tomorrow. The original move-in day was set for March 27 but had to be pushed back until a state agency could finish inspecting the building. The emergency room... more »
  • SMBSD remains focused on education, despite board distractions

    May 17, 2012 10:09 PM

    If you missed it on our late news Wednesday night, a lot of people were pretty fired up at the Santa Maria Bonita School Board Meeting. Their target? Outspoken School Board Member Will Smith. Community members packed Wednesday night's board meeting to show their disapproval with Smith. Board President... more »
  • Santa Maria Aiport announces direct service to Hawaii

    May 15, 2012 10:04 PM

    The wait is over. Pack your bags. The Central Coast is getting direct service from Santa Maria to the Aloha State. Flights will start November 17 on Allegiant Air between Santa Maria and Honolulu. The airline will offer one flight each way on Saturdays only. Fares start at about... more »
  • Allegiant likely to announce direct flights from Santa Maria to Hawaii

    May 11, 2012 9:27 PM

    It would be huge if the talk is true. A direct flight to one of the most popular tourist destinations around, right in our own backyard. How does hopping on a plane from Santa Maria to Hawaii sound? The whispers have been going around town in Santa Maria for... more »
  • Special Report: From Stem to Store

    May 11, 2012 9:08 AM

    They are some of the most popular fruit on the Central Coast. We're talking, strawberries, of course. The berries earned the top crop crown in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County this year and some of the best come from Santa Maria. You'll likely have some... more »
  • Group pushes to recall local school board member

    May 11, 2012 8:54 AM

    Some community members in Santa Maria have launched a campaign to recall Santa Maria Bonita School Board Member Will Smith. Smith was elected to the school board in November 2010. Since then, district officials say he has caused disruptions in school board meetings, and the police have been called... more »
  • City to beautify empty lot in front of Town Center Mall

    May 3, 2012 10:07 PM

    A longtime eyesore for the city of Santa Maria could soon be gone this summer. The Recreation and Parks Department wants to landscape the corner at Broadway and Cook, in front of where the Gottschalks Department Store used to be. The mall keeps hoping to replace it with... more »
  • San Luis Obispo shelter encourages public to not give money to panhandlers

    May 3, 2012 9:45 PM

    You see a panhandler on the corner begging for money, or just holding up a sign. So, do you give them money? Well, a San Luis Obispo homeless shelter is encouraging you not to do so. According to the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo, there are about... more »
  • San Luis Obispo shelter encourages public to not give money to panhandlers

    May 3, 2012 9:45 PM

    You see a panhandler on the corner begging for money, or just holding up a sign. So, do you give them money? Well, a San Luis Obispo homeless shelter is encouraging you not to do so. According to the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo, there are about... more »
  • Officials ease enforcement for some illegal immigrants

    May 3, 2012 1:25 AM

    Federal immigration officials are easing up on illegal immigrants who commit minor traffic violations, and that includes DUIs. The move reflects the Obama administration's recent efforts to crack down on high-risk or violent illegal immigrants as opposed to those with clean records. Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court is... more »
  • 8th graders take up hair care challenge to fight cancer

    May 2, 2012 2:38 AM

    Eighth graders at St. Mary's school in Santa Maria are challenging themselves when it comes to hair care. They have decided not to use any hair products for an entire month. A student came up with the project she's calling "Step Towards Beautiful" with money benefiting cancer patients. Remember... more »
  • Bicyclist killed co-founded cycling club in Orcutt

    May 1, 2012 2:28 AM

    An elderly driver crashed into and killed bicyclist from Santa Maria over the weekend. James Hamlin, 58, was bike riding on the shoulder of Highway 1 near Vandenberg Air Force Base when he was hit from behind. The California Highway Patrol says the 84-year-old driver came out of a... more »
  • SMBSD board member wants meetings translated in Spanish

    April 27, 2012 2:22 AM

    A highly controversial school board member in the Santa Maria Bonita School District is making waves again. Recently, the school board voted to videotape its board meetings. Board member Will Smith says proposed the meetings also be translated in Spanish, but so far district leaders have denied his request.... more »
  • Family of train crash victims prepares to bury loved ones

    April 25, 2012 10:50 PM

    It's been one week since a Santa Maria father and his daughter were killed in a deadly car crash with an Amtrak train near Guadalupe. Antonio Garcia Ortiz and his one-year-old daughter Azulmi were killed when their car backed onto the train tracks last Wednesday. None of the 132... more »
  • Survey: Local business owners optimistic about future

    April 10, 2012 10:29 PM

    Some local business owners in Santa Maria are feeling rather optimistic about how business is going. This, according to a new survey, conducted by the Economic Development Commission. Although the results showed things are looking up, there are some areas that aren't doing so well. The survey showed... more »
  • Allegiant passengers now have to pay $35 for overheard carry-ons

    April 4, 2012 10:27 PM

    You might have to pay an extra $35 when you fly Allegiant Air. Starting Wednesday, passengers who chose to bring carry-on bags that need to go in overheard bins, will have to pay up to $35. Passengers will still be allowed to bring one personal item with them, like... more »
  • Local Mexican restaurants say Chipotle is no competition

    March 28, 2012 10:24 PM

    When Chipotle recently went looking to hire staff for 30 positions for their new restaurant in Santa Maria, about 1,000 people applied to work there. A couple of the people who managed to get jobs lived at local homeless shelters. The national chain officially opened their first Santa... more »
  • Spring cleaning could save your home

    March 26, 2012 10:40 PM

    Spring is here, and with this season comes lots of cleaning. De-cluttering and maintaining your home could save it from a fire. Central Coast fire departments are speaking out about the importance of making sure your home is clean, and fire proof. "It's just a matter of doing... more »
  • Cancer center opens in Santa Maria

    March 26, 2012 9:58 PM

    The Central Coast is home to a new cancer treatment center, aimed at making patients feel more comfortable. The Mission Hope Cancer Center opened Monday in Santa Maria. It is located on the Marian Regional Medical Center campus. The center includes accommodations for patients families who want to... more »
  • Car fire becomes house fire in Santa Maria

    March 24, 2012 2:48 AM

    Firefighters responded to a house fire in Santa Maria on the 3500 block of Bedford Place just after 6:30 Friday night. Fire officials say it started in the garage and quickly spread to the rooftops. Smoke blanketed Bedford Place as more than a dozen firefighters fought back the flames.... more »
  • Locals react to new study about marriage

    March 22, 2012 10:07 PM

    A new government study that came out Thursday said only half of first marriages last 20 years. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there is a 52% chance that a first marriage for a woman will survive 20 years. For men, the number is a little higher... more »
  • City will consider further studies before deciding on recycling facility

    March 22, 2012 2:49 AM

    The Santa Maria Planning Commission said it will not make a decision on a controversial recycling center until city staff determines whether further studies are necessary. SA Recycling wants to build the facility near Fesler and Depot streets. Last month, the planning commission postponed its decision on whether to... more »
  • Local family shares personal story about suicide

    March 20, 2012 8:25 PM

    The mother of a 12 year-old Santa Maria girl who died by suicide last week is speaking out. She hopes her story will shed light on this social problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 36,000 people in the United States die by suicide each... more »
  • Study: High school dropout rates high in California

    March 19, 2012 8:41 PM

    A new study shows California as one of the top 10 states where high school graduation rates are declining, but there are positive signs on the Central Coast. The study by "America's Promise Alliance" shows 71% of high school students in California received their high school diplomas in 2009.... more »
  • California rent among highest in nation

    March 14, 2012 10:14 PM

    A new study shows California has the third highest rents nationwide. But, in terms of cities, San Francisco tops that list. According to the National Low Income Coalition, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the city is about $1,900 a month. The hourly rate needed to make... more »
  • California rent among highest in nation

    March 14, 2012 10:14 PM

    A new study shows California has the third highest rents nationwide. But, in terms of cities, San Francisco tops that list. According to the National Low Income Coalition, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the city is about $1,900 a month. The hourly rate needed to make... more »
  • Low income Santa Maria students receive free dinners through government-funded program

    March 13, 2012 10:08 PM

    About 300 students in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District are now receiving free dinners, through a government-funded program. The "Supper Program" gives needy students free and healthy dinners. According to school administrators, about 80% of the students in Santa Maria come from low-income families. Right now, only three... more »
  • High gas prices forces locals to take the bus

    March 8, 2012 11:03 PM

    As gas prices remain high, some people on the Central Coast are now finding ways to avoid those trips to the gas pump. According to AAA, the national average cost of a gallon of unleaded gas is $3.75. Here in California, things are a lot higher. On average,... more »
  • Awards dinner honors outstanding women in Santa Maria

    March 7, 2012 10:10 PM

    The Santa Maria Women's Network is honoring eight women Wednesday at its Women of Excellence dinner at the Santa Maria Inn. The women are being recognized for showing strength of character and work ethics, personal growth, and vision for the future. The theme of this year's event is "An... more »
  • Strawberry growers ahead of the game this season

    March 1, 2012 9:56 PM

    Strawberry season doesn't officially start on the Central Coast until spring. But some growers are getting ahead of the game. According to the California Strawberry Commission, California produces almost 90% of the nation's strawberries. About 25% of the strawberries in California are grown in Santa Maria. Strawberry picking... more »
  • Predator could be paroled in San Luis Obispo County

    March 1, 2012 1:52 AM

    San Luis Obispo County is on the list of places, where a sexually violent predator could be headed. No decisions have been made, but the news is already raising red flags in the community. Tibor Karsai, 59, was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in northern California in 1980.... more »
  • Santa Maria woman dead after being struck by car

    February 29, 2012 9:50 PM

    A Santa Maria woman is dead and her boyfriend is in jail after his vehicle somehow struck her Tuesday night. The victim, 20 year-old Antoinette Raygoza, was a part-time employee at the city's Department of Recreation and Parks. The driver is 30 year-old Jack Misiaszek. It happened on... more »
  • City councilman and police chief react to "no confidence" vote

    February 28, 2012 2:41 AM

    Just three days after the majority of the Santa Maria police union members said they do not have confidence in Police Chief Danny Macagni, the chief gives his response. On Friday, the voting results were released. 93 members of the Police Officers Association returned their ballots. Of those, 85... more »
  • 85 percent vote "No Confidence" in Santa Maria police chief

    February 25, 2012 2:24 AM

    A key vote tonight shows the majority of the Santa Maria Police Department is not happy with Chief Danny Macagni's leadership. The Police Officers Association counted the ballots and released the results shortly before 6:15 Friday night. The vote comes after two officers were shot by friendly fire three... more »
  • Police Union vote expected Friday

    February 24, 2012 2:16 AM

    Results of a "No Confidence Vote" against Santa Maria Police Chief Dan Macagni are expected tomorrow. The chief has faced some tough questions recently regarding his leadership. Three months ago, two police officers were shot when they attempted to arrest a suspect who was eventually shot and killed. Just... more »
  • Project Change works to change lives

    February 24, 2012 1:49 AM

    A sober-living facility in Santa Maria is reaching out to people who need help getting back on their feet. Project Change takes in the homeless, those with alcohol and drug addiction, and ex convicts. For ex-convict Frank Pintye, Project Change is his labor of love. "We house them,... more »
  • Spanish emergency preparedness class graduates first group of instructors

    February 22, 2012 3:01 AM

    A emergency preparedness program in Santa Maria graduated its first class of instructors ready to help educate the Hispanic community. The Listos program started in Santa Maria about a year ago and so far, around 200 people have completed the 12-hour course. It's run by the Santa Maria Fire... more »
  • Santa Maria business owners to take survey about local economy

    February 21, 2012 8:38 PM

    The Central Coast is showing some signs of economic growth. Large chains, like Chipotle and David's Bridal, will open their doors this spring in Santa Maria. The city's Economic Development Commission is taking a survey to see how local businesses are doing, and how they feel going into the... more »
  • Political candidates take questions at local forum

    February 17, 2012 1:50 AM

    Two Santa Maria city councilmembers campaigning to be the city's next mayor attended a candidates forum this evening at the Santa Maria Library. Public safety will be a top priority for both candidates, but nobody at Thursday night's forum asked any questions about the recent officer involved shooting. It... more »
  • Hearing on proposed recyling center postponed as crowd gathers

    February 16, 2012 2:48 AM

    150 people showed up with a lot to say, but they didn't get the chance. No public comment and no decision over whether a proposed recycling plant should be allowed in Santa Maria. Opponents say it will create more traffic for an already dangerous intersection at Fesler and Depot. That's... more »
  • Officer memorial grows while investigation continues

    January 31, 2012 1:53 AM

    The officer-involved shooting in Santa Maria has gained national attention. The police chief there says Albert Covarrubias Jr. was shot and killed when two supervisors tried to arrest him. He was under investigation for sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old girl. A lot of people are curious to see how the... more »
  • Much needed rain causes inconvenience for locals

    January 23, 2012 10:08 PM

    The much needed rain storm has come and gone. It was a short stay for the first rainfall of the new year, but it was just enough for Central Coast residents. According to Santa Maria city officials, there were no problems on the roads. The California Highway Patrol said... more »
  • Winter weather raises concerns about homeless shelter overcrowding

    January 19, 2012 9:50 PM

    The closure of two homeless shelters in Lompoc earlier this week could pose challenges for the Good Samaritan Shelter in Santa Maria. The Lompoc Housing Community Development Corporation closed the Marks House and the Bridgehouse shelters on Tuesday after running out of money to operate them. Now, the city... more »
  • Workers recover thousands of abandoned shopping carts each year

    December 23, 2011 9:05 PM

    With more people shopping around the holidays, abandoned carts have become a bigger problem this time of year. Workers in Santa Maria used to pick up shopping carts daily, but with budget cuts, they've scaled back to just one day a week. Some call it the broken window effect.... more »
  • New Santa Maria fire chief prepares to lead the way

    December 20, 2011 9:38 PM

    Dan Orr will officially take the reins as Santa Maria's new fire chief at Tuesday night's city council meeting, but he faces a challenging transition. Orr has been with Santa Maria fire department for 10 years. He was most recently the Battalion Chief and previously worked as the Fire... more »
  • Affordable rentals open doors to low income and homeless

    December 14, 2011 10:09 PM

    New affordable rental housing in Santa Maria is helping the homeless get back on their feet. The Santa Barbara County Housing Authority held a ribbon cutting today to unveil the Rancho Hermosa development, located on the 100 block of Inger Drive. They say you can build a house. It... more »
  • Survey finds 71 percent support tax hike to improve public safety

    December 6, 2011 10:09 PM

    Here's something you don't hear very often. There is overwhelming support for a sales tax increase in one local city. Santa Marians say they're willing to pay up to improve public safety in the city. A recent research poll by the consulting firm Godbe Research found 71 percent of... more »
  • Sexually violent predator will not reside in Santa Maria

    December 5, 2011 9:35 PM

    A Placer County judge has ordered Liberty Healthcare to find someplace other than Santa Barbara County to house a sexually violent predator. 58-year-old Tibor Karsai was convicted of rape and false imprisonment and served 26 years in prison. He also spent time in a mental hospital. Both the city... more »
  • Sexually violent predator will not live in Santa Maria

    December 5, 2011 5:23 PM

    A judge in Placer County has decided not to allow a sexually violent predator to be placed with his family in Santa Maria. Tibor Karsai, 58, was convicted of rape and false imprisonment more than 30 years ago and sentenced to prison. Both the Santa Maria City Attorney's Office... more »
  • Hancock College expands textbook rental program

    December 1, 2011 8:14 PM

    More students are renting their textbooks at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria to save money and the program continues to grow. The books cost about half the used book price and about 60 percent less than a new book. The program started in 2008 after a state initiative... more »
  • Gun tax triggers controversy

    December 1, 2011 12:43 AM

    Some gun dealers are up in arms over a sales tax they say California has recently decided to enforce. Now, if you buy a gun from out of state, you will be required to pay sales tax on it. The tax law has actually been in the books since... more »
  • Local hatchet killer sentenced to state mental hospital

    November 29, 2011 9:24 PM

    22-year-old Nicholas Bendle is headed to a state mental hospital, but it's unclear how long he'll be there. Bendle previously plead guilty to one count of murder. He was found to be insane at the time he killed 69-year-old Frederick Holgate who was out for a morning walk in... more »
  • Keep your kitchen drain happy this holiday season

    November 28, 2011 9:26 PM

    The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for many of us in the kitchen. That means it's also a busy time for plumbers as they try to fix the mess that some of us pour down our drains. It's a part of your holiday meal you... more »
  • Veterans Court starts tomorrow in Santa Maria

    November 22, 2011 9:12 PM

    The Central Coast's first court designated just for veterans will start tomorrow in Santa Maria. An inaugural ceremony was held today at the Veterans Hall in Santa Maria. The court is geared toward vets who have committed non-violent crimes and have alcohol and drug problems or mental health issues.... more »
  • Police: Teen shooting victim was a local gang member

    November 21, 2011 10:10 PM

    Police have released the name of the teenager killed in a shooting in Santa Maria over the weekend. Santa Maria police say 15-year-old Juan Montar was a local gang member. He was sitting in a parked car with a 26 year old man in the 1000 block of West... more »
  • Tracking sex offenders in your area

    November 16, 2011 9:52 PM

    As Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County leaders fight to keep a sexually violent predator out of the city, we're taking a closer look tonight at how law enforcement officers keep track of sex offenders. Hoping to keep 58-year-old Tibor Karsai out of the community, the Santa Maria city... more »
  • City leaders pass local law to try and keep out sexually violent predator

    November 16, 2011 1:48 AM

    Leaders in Santa Maria have passed a local law, taking emergency action as they try to stop a sexually-violent predator from moving into their city. Both the city attorney and the Santa Barbara County District Attorney are fighting a Placer County judge's decision to allow 58-year-old Tibor Karsai to... more »
  • Sexually violent predator could be released in Santa Maria

    November 14, 2011 9:54 PM

    A sexually violent predator could be released next month into the Santa Maria community. Both the city attorney and the Santa Barbara County District Attorney are fighting the decision of a superior court judge in placer county. That's northeast of Sacramento. 58-year-old Tibor Karsai was sentenced to 26 years... more »
  • Thousands honor veterans in Santa Maria

    November 11, 2011 9:34 PM

    Veterans in Santa Maria were honored with an annual barbecue and a Run to Remember. Both events encouraged the public to never forget those who served and those who gave their lives while defending the freedoms we enjoy every day. From celebrations to reflections, Santa Maria paid its respects... more »
  • Solvang woman accused of trying to buy a car with food stamps

    November 10, 2011 10:04 PM

    It's an unusual case for prosecutors. The Solvang woman accused of trying to buy a car using food stamps appeared in a Santa Maria courtroom Thursday. 22-year-old Krystal wood is being charged with felony welfare fraud. Her arraignment today was pushed back until November 15th, so she can get... more »
  • Local WWII paratrooper shares his war stories

    November 10, 2011 9:37 PM

    Veterans Day is tomorrow and December 7th will mark the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. That infamous day threw the U.S. into World War II, ultimately claiming more than 400,000 American lives. Today, there are about two million World War II veterans left nationwide. One... more »
  • City council to consider police review board

    November 1, 2011 9:27 PM

    Should the Santa Maria city council create a citizens review board to help oversee the Santa Maria Police Department? That's one of the questions city leaders will discuss tonight. In August, Councilmember Alice Patino proposed the idea and asked for more information. A citizens review board is generally... more »
  • Residents rally to restore bus service

    October 26, 2011 9:20 PM

    Hundreds of people in Santa Maria are fighting to restore bus service to their neighborhood. The Santa Maria transit center opened in June and bus routes changed throughout the city. Among the differences, Route 20 used to run on Western Avenue and was replaced with Route 2, which runs on... more »
  • Governor signs controversial law protecting unlicensed drivers from impounds

    October 10, 2011 10:03 PM

    Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that restricts local police from impounding vehicles at DUI checkpoints if the driver's only offense is not having a license. The controversial law allows sober, unlicensed drivers to have a licensed driver remove the vehicle from the checkpoint. The new law also... more »
  • Santa Maria councilmembers kick off campaigns for mayor

    October 4, 2011 9:52 PM

    Two city councilmembers in Santa Maria have announced they're throwing their hats into the race for mayor. Alice Patino and Mike Cordero would like to be the city's next leader. The news came just hours after Mayor Larry Lavagnino announced yesterday he will not seek re-election. Lavagnino has been... more »
  • Officials break ground on Santa Maria bridge expansion

    September 30, 2011 7:16 PM

    Federal, State, and Local leaders broke ground today on a $35 million project to widen the Santa Maria river bridge. The bridge on Highway 101 will expand from two to three lanes in each direction. It connects San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Flat Iron West is the contractor... more »
  • Santa Maria students without TDAP costing district thousands

    September 20, 2011 9:36 PM

    Hundreds of high school students are being kept out of school in Santa Maria because they have not turned in a proof of vaccination for whooping cough or a waiver not to have it. The deadline to get your TDAP vaccine for high schools in Santa Maria was Friday.... more »
  • State legislation could ban checkpoint impounds

    September 6, 2011 10:10 PM

    Controversial legislation could have huge impacts on towing companies and cities across California. If signed, Assembly Bill 353 would eliminate a city's ability to impound vehicles of unlicensed drivers at DUI checkpoints. The bill has already passed the Assembly and the state Senate. It's now headed to Governor Jerry... more »
  • Labor Day redefined for local job seekers

    September 2, 2011 9:11 PM

    Unemployment remained flat last month, spelling more bad news for the nation's economy. The jobless rate stayed at 9.1 percent in August and no new jobs were added. 14 million people across the country are out of work. Six million of them have been without jobs for at least... more »
  • More people choosing cremation over burials

    August 31, 2011 9:15 PM

    Consider it a part of the high cost of dying. Death is something many of us don't like to think about, but eventually, there's a decision to make--cremation or burial? Well, a growing number of people are choosing cremation and it's generally much less expensive. "I've been coming out... more »
  • Barbecue to benefit Maria Martinez's five children

    August 20, 2011 12:12 AM

    A Santa Maria mom gunned down two weeks ago leaves behind five children. A memorial barbecue benefit will be held for Maria Martinez's children Saturday afternoon. Martinez's estranged husband has been charged with her murder. He is in Arizona waiting to be extradited to California. The benefit gets underway... more »
  • First day of school for Santa Maria Bonita

    August 15, 2011 8:56 PM

    It's back to school for kids in the Santa Maria Bonita School District. Some school offices were flooded with parents enrolling their kids at the last minute. Others were late turning in paperwork. As the district continues to grow, administrators expect to see about 200-300 more kids this year,... more »
  • Deputy concessions restore funding for Santa Maria Jail

    August 9, 2011 9:21 PM

    Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies are giving up their three percent pay raises until 2015, saving the county millions of dollars. Santa Barbara County Supervisors approved the move at today's meeting. The Deputy Sheriffs' Association has been in talks with the county to minimize some of the impacts from... more »
  • Credit downgrade could have local impacts

    August 8, 2011 9:46 PM

    Many Central Coast residents are wondering how the trickle down effects from the U.S. credit downgrade could impact them. California's treasurer says there's no reason the ratings downgrade of the federal government should have an immediate effect on California. As the numbers take a dive on Wall Street, what... more »
  • Officers searching for man they say robbed a Taco Bell at gunpoint

    August 6, 2011 11:50 AM

    Officers are searching for the man they say robbed a Taco Bell at gunpoint early Saturday morning. It happened in the 1500 block of South Bradley just before 1:30 a.m. Officers say it was closing time when a man wearing a black nylon stocking over his face broke... more »
  • Woman arrested, accused of assaulting 18 year old with a machete

    August 6, 2011 11:42 AM

    A woman is behind bars and an 18-year-old man is in the hospital after officers say he was assaulted with a machete early Saturday morning. It happened around 5:45 a.m. near the Laz E Daze in the 1300 block of North Broadway. Officers say 39-year-old Christina Summers of... more »
  • Officers searching for armed robbery suspect

    August 6, 2011 11:35 AM

    Officers in Santa Maria are searching for the man they say robbed a man at gunpoint near Sheila and Lincoln just after 11:30 Friday night. Officers say a man was walking in the area when the supsect pulled out a handgun and robbed him. The man was not hurt... more »
  • School board drama intesifies in Santa Maria

    August 1, 2011 9:38 PM

    It's getting ugly among some school board members. An ongoing feud between Santa Maria Bonita School District leaders and board member Will Smith has escalated after Smith files for a restraining order against the school board president. Now, Smith filed for a restraining order today against School Board President... more »

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