Saturday, February 13, 2016     Volume: 30, Issue: 29
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What are your 2016 Valentine's Day plans?

Dinner, movie, chocolate, and smooching. The whole nine yards!
I'm not sure yet, I always wait until the last minute.
I'm keeping it low key this year. Just Netflix and chill.
Nothing. It's a dumb holiday and a drain on my wallet.

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Taking back a city: A community mourning those lost to increasing gang violence organizes to protect its youth

The boardroom of the Santa Maria Join Union High School District was packed wall to wall with people on Jan. 28. They gathered there in an attempt to address a dire situation in Santa Maria: an eruption of street violence that’s left young adults and teenagers bleeding in the streets.  It was the first One Community Action Coalition meeting of the new year and included school educators and administrators, local politicians, law enforcement, community group members, church leaders, and concerned citizens—more people than hav... [ Read Article ]