If I were asked to use one word to describe the annual Pride Event in Santa Maria, the answer would be a no-brainer: Joy.
When Germany invaded Russia 77 years ago today, the largest land battle in history began, as did the worst mass murder in history.
When Phillips Petroleum decided to begin transporting highly flammable crude oil to its refinery on the Nipomo Mesa, it had no idea of the kind of determined opposition it would stir up, nor that a small but determined group of citizens would ultimately prevail and send its plan back to the drawing board.
During World War II, 425,000 German soldiers taken prisoner by American forces in Africa and Europe were sent to the United States. Most of the prisoner-of-war camps were located in the East and South. But some were built in the West as well, including a small one in Goleta, California.
On this day in 1942, the Germans destroyed the tiny Czech village of Lidice. The men were all shot, the women and children taken to concentration camps. It must not be forgotten.
Avila Beach was the perfect spot for this gathering.