Santa Maria City Reporter
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Laura Place covers city government, policy and elections in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County. Follow her on Twitter @itslaurasplace
"As we were doing the cleanup here and getting everything ready [Tuesday], I got a call from my attorney that, 'Yes, we’re reopening,'" Old Orcutt Barber Shop's Albert Licerio said. "That was at noon, and I started getting calls at 2:10. There were 60 messages from people."
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department confirmed 20 additional cases among residents Wednesday, with 12 of the new cases located in Santa Maria.
After two months of operation, serving up to 71 people a night, the emergency homeless shelter in the Santa Maria High School gym closed as of Wednesday.
As Santa Barbara County implements a health order requiring the use of face coverings, Santa Maria law enforcement officials said they will fo…
Face coverings will be mandated in public places throughout Santa Barbara County beginning Tuesday with exceptions for children under 13, in a…
The Santa Maria City Council has taken the first step towards adopting new regulations for conduct at public parks, plazas and facilities, with council members discussing how discretion and enforceability would be used for minor violations.
Alfonso Curti will open his Orcutt restaurant Trattoria Uliveto next week after the county received permission from the state to move further into the state's second stage of reopening Wednesday.
Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties both received approval from the state Wednesday to reopen dine-in services at restaurants and in-store retail after pushing for the ability to move ahead in the state's COVID-19 reopening process.
Leaders from Santa Maria, Lompoc, Guadalupe and communities in the Santa Ynez Valley have launched a campaign urging residents to wear masks in order to protect their neighbors as businesses slowly reopen in Santa Barbara County.
Santa Maria agricultural education program The Patch is kicking off its third season this week in partnership with the Santa Maria Recreation …