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  • Teen Driver Sentenced After Pleading Guilty in Fatal Speed-Racing Crash in Santa Maria
    published on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:33:34 GMT
    Boy admits to charges under a special program for juveniles and must perform community service warning others against reckless driving Mourners gather in January around a makeshift memorial on East Donovan Road in Santa Maria where Righetti High School senior Breanna Rodriguez crashed into a light pole while racing a teen boy. Rodriguez later died of her injuries....
  • Mark James Miller: California Federation of Teachers Convention Another Sign of Unions' Revival
    published on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:13:08 GMT
    More than 600 delegates, staff and guests. Fifty-four different union locals represented, from one end of California to the other....
  • Howard Cunningham of Santa Barbara, 1919-2015
    published on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:07:53 GMT
    Santa Barbara native son Howard Andrew Cunningham passed peacefully into God's care on March 10, 2015, at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria. Howard was born June 21, 1919, at Cottage Hospital, attended Hope School, Santa Barbara Junior High and graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1938, then began working as an aircraft mechanic at Lockheed in Burbank....
  • Air Force Reservist with Santa Maria Roots Searching for Girl He Saved in Hurricane Katrina
    published on Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:51:20 GMT
    Mike Maroney, captured in an iconic photo with the youngster during the rescue 10 years ago, posts a video to YouTube that goes viral In September 2005, a young Hurricane Katrina survivor hugs her rescuer, then-Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney, who grew up in Santa Maria, after she was relocated to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Louisiana....
  • Teen Driver in Fatal Crash Recommended For Special Probation Program
    published on Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:52:10 GMT
    A teen driver charged in connection with a Santa Maria crash where a 17-year-old girl died may enter a guilty plea to lesser charges under a special probation program that, if successfully completed, would lead to having his juvenile record expunged. On Friday, Santa Maria Juvenile Court Judge Arthur Garcia reluctantly continued the suitability hearing against the boy, whose name has not been released by authorities due to his age, at the request of prosecutors until March 27. The teen boy, a Pi...
  • Former Pioneer Valley High Teacher Accused of Sex with Minor Enters 'Open Plea'
    published on Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:09:38 GMT
    A former Pioneer Valley High School teacher and coach entered a plea Thursday in a Santa Maria courtroom to four felony charges related to having a sexual relationship with a then-16-year-old female student. Brian Thomas Hook is scheduled to return to Santa Barbara County Superior Court on April 2 for sentencing before Judge John McGregor....
  • Presidio Residential Capital and Coastal Community Builders to Hold...
    published on Thu, 19 Mar 2015 23:39:40 GMT
    Legacy at La Ventana, located on East Main and Dressler Avenue, is offering 120 single-story and two-story Spanish colonial, contemporary and French country homes ranging from 1,600 to 2,758 square feet on 6,800 to 13,000 square-foot lots from the $400,000s. The homes, featuring seven different floor plans, have three-car garages, casitas and optional ensuite....
  • Say no to whiny, childish behavior
    published on Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:24:50 GMT
    We can all remember that whiny kid in school who could not get along with the other children and would exit the play yard saying loudly, "I am going to take my marbles and go home." Chris Mitchum's latest antics remind me of this childish behavior....
  • Santa Maria-Bonita Superintendent Phil Alvarado Retiring
    published on Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:11:33 GMT
    Santa Maria-Bonita School District Superintendent Phil Alvarado announced to district staff on Thursday that he will retire at the end of the current school year. Alvarado has been superintendent for more than six years and has nearly 38 years of service to SMBSD, where he started his career in education as a bilingual instructional aide....
  • Community, Business Leaders Walk the Halls of Schools as Principals for a Day
    published on Thu, 12 Mar 2015 03:50:42 GMT
    In a short time on the job at Alice Shaw Elementary School in Orcutt, Michelle Tabisola read to first-graders, awarded certificates to fourth-graders and answered questions from sixth-graders, all some of her duties as principal for a day. The Rabobank employee shadowed Shaw's full-time leader, one of nearly 40 pairings made Wednesday throughout the Santa Maria Valley to give business people and community leaders a peek at the challenges facing local educators....
  • Karen Rotondi Named Principal of Ernest Righetti High School in Santa Maria
    published on Thu, 12 Mar 2015 02:40:15 GMT
    A familiar face has been named principal of Ernest Righetti High School after holding the job on an interim basis since the summer. Karen Rotondi's promotion was announced Tuesday night during the Santa Maria Joint Union School District board of education meeting....
  • Naming Ideas Plentiful for Santa Maria's Newest School
    published on Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:16:51 GMT
    Fallen warriors, former educators and field worker activists are some of the name ideas submitted for the Santa Maria-Bonita School District 's new campus. A naming committee will present its top 10 recommendations to the board of education during a meeting set to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Souza Student Support Center, 708 S. Miller St. Fallen military members, Marine Gunnery Sgt....
  • DUI Trial in Death of Santa Ynez Valley Teacher Enters Fifth Week
    published on Wed, 11 Mar 2015 03:40:49 GMT
    The drunken-driving trial for a Santa Ynez Valley man accused of critically injuring a friend who later died entered its fifth week in Santa Maria on Tuesday afternoon, with testimony centered on blood testing, the vehicle's condition and the defendant's own words. Benjamin Bettencourt, 39, is charged in connection with the Nov. 24, 2012, crash on Highway 246 between Solvang and Buellton....
  • Former Allan Hancock College Colleague to Walk 500 Miles for Scholarship in Memory of Fidel Herrera
    published on Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:31:21 GMT
    For more than 20 years, Fidel Herrera taught English as a second language classes at Allan Hancock College . He led the charge to develop the college's ESL credit program....
  • UCSB, Entire UC System Requiring More Student Vaccinations by 2017
    published on Sun, 08 Mar 2015 05:42:35 GMT
    UC will require incoming students to be screened for tuberculosis and vaccinated for measles , mumps , rubella , chickenpox , meningococcal disease , tetanus and whooping cough , under a plan set to take effect in 2017. Individual campuses are allowed to implement the plan sooner....
  • Santa Maria-Bonita School District Seeks Applicants for Measure T Oversight Committee
    published on Sat, 07 Mar 2015 01:28:26 GMT
    With the passage of the Measure T construction bond last fall, the Santa Maria-Bonita School District is seeking people to serve on a committee to ensure the funds are spent properly. The state requires districts to create a Citizens Oversight Committee to review the construction process and ensure the bond funds are spent correctly....
  • Defendant Takes Witness Stand in Own Defense in Ibarra Murder Trial
    published on Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:06:37 GMT
    A defendant in the gang-related torture-slaying trial of Anthony Ibarra in Santa Maria two years ago denied having any affiliation with gangs and avoided involvement in hard drugs until becoming an adult. Solis is one of six men charged with the killing of the 28-year-old Ibarra in March 2013 in a house on West Donovan Road....
  • Yet Another Bomb Train Goes Up in Flames.
    published on Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:53:13 GMT
    A BNSF Railway train loaded with crude oil derailed and caught fire on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, according to local officials and the company... About 40 to 50 oil trains come through the area each week , Jo Daviess County Emergency Manager Charles Pedersen said. If planes crashed at the rate these trains are derailing their would be a major Federal investigation and planes under suspicion of faults would be grounded....
  • An impasse continues between teachers and district officials of the Lucia Mar Unified School District
    published on Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:45:30 GMT
    With two groups no closer to breaking a months-long stalemate in contract negotiations, a strike is still very much on the table for teachers of the Lucia Mar Unified School District. "Teachers definitely don't want to strike, but they're willing to do it if that's the only way we can get a good deal," said Donna Kandel, president of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association, which represents teachers from the largest school district in San Luis Obispo County....
  • Driver in Alleged DUI Crash Showed Signs of Intoxication, CHP Officer Testifies
    published on Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:54:46 GMT
    The California Highway Patro l officer who investigated a Santa Ynez Valley crash that critically injured a local woman who later died in 2012 said he smelled alcohol in the van and on the driver. Officer Cliff Powers testified Wednesday afternoon in the Santa Maria trial of Benjamin Bettencourt, 39, who is charged in connection with the Nov. 24, 2012, crash on Highway 246 between Buellton and Solvang....