Veterans Treatment Court graduates three from latest class

Three Santa Maria veterans pledged to live a drug- and substance-free future Friday afternoon, marking the latest group to successfully complete the Santa Maria Veterans Treatment Court. Established November 2011 in Santa Maria by retired Superior Court Judge Rogelio Flores, the 12-month program helps veterans who were struggling with substance abuse, addiction, mental health issues…

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Lompoc’s Homeless Triage Center for Riverbed Dwellers Closes Amid Successes

More than 60 people were served, well beyond the expectations of city officials. When the city of Lompoc evicted homeless residents from the Santa Ynez Riverbed, Police Chief Pat Walsh wasn’t sure how many would show up at a triage center aimed at getting them help. That center’s 30-day mission ended Wednesday, and Walsh said he considered it…

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