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Vape, smoke shops on edge as Santa Maria mulls ban of flavored tobacco products

The city of Santa Maria could soon be among the dozens of municipalities across California that have moved to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, leaving local smoke and vape shops worried about the future of their businesses.

Projected population growth will be major factor in general plan update

With Santa Maria expected to add over 35,000 people to its population in the next three decades, city officials are set to begin the next stage of the comprehensive general plan update to prepare for the growth.

Santa Maria Police reviewing viral video of man's arrest at gunpoint

The Santa Maria Police Department is in the process of reviewing a cellphone video that recorded the violent arrest of a man following a brief vehicle pursuit on Sunday. 


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Salvation Army kicks off annual Red Kettle campaign in Santa Maria

Bell ringers for The Salvation Army will once again carry red kettles in front of Santa Maria’s retail outlets during its five-week holiday fundraising campaign, but this year's kettles also will accept cashless donations.

'Historic night': Lompoc school board approves final steps for Huyck Stadium renovation; project to break ground this month

After more than two years of planning and fundraising, the community partners behind the planned renovation of Lompoc’s Huyck Stadium are set to finally break ground on the multimillion-dollar project.

'Reach for the stars': STARBASE program to give Lompoc students STEM training at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Vandenberg Air Force Base was recently selected as the newest location for the Department of Defense’s STARBASE program, an educational initiative that focuses on STEM outreach. Fifth-grade students from throughout Lompoc Unified School District are set to benefit from the move.

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