Santa Maria men arrested for robbing 65-year-old man, breaking his skull

Two Santa Maria men showed up at the home of a 65-year-old man early in the morning, claiming to be sheriff’s deputies, then robbed and brutally beat the victim, fracturing his skull, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. Read More …

Lompoc moves closer to permitting pot businesses, while Santa Maria opts for ban

In Northern Santa Barbara County, the city of Lompoc is proceeding with its “free market approach” to marijuana, while Santa Maria is in the process of adopting much tougher regulations.

Last November, the Lompoc City Council approved an ordinance that City Manager Patrick Wiemiller described as a “free-market approach.” Read More …