About Us

Raiza Giorgi – Owner | Publisher
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Raiza has lived in the Santa Ynez Valley since she was 3 years old and knew from a young age she wanted to be a writer. After her beloved family dog Taxi passed away she wrote a story and had it published in the local paper and sparked her interest in Journalism. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with her degree and started writing for the Santa Ynez Valley News. Since marrying her best friend Toby Giorgi in 2011, she switched to freelance writing and photography to stay home with their two children Reagan and Sloane.
Her passion for the Santa Ynez Valley and writing never faltered and Raiza decided to create her own paper to highlight the wonderful communities and people that make this place the perfect place to live. She is shooting for the stars!

Amberly Lahr – Advertising Sales

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Mike Chaldu – Copy Editor

Mike moved with this family in 1982 to Lompoc and, aside from a decade spent in the San Diego area, has been a Central Coast resident ever since. His love for news and journalism emerged at an early age as he developed a heavy interest in current events (especially sports-related) and read his newspapers and magazines daily. After graduating from San Diego State University with a journalism degree, Mike gained experience as a writer/editor in many media, including newspapers (Lompoc Record, San Diego Union-Tribune and Santa Maria Times), sports magazines for DirecTV, the San Diego Padres and SDSU, and even trading cards for Upper Deck. When he’s not busy fine-tuning a story and polishing off a headline for the Star, Mike enjoys curling up with a good book (usually a detective thriller) and following the exploits of his favorite sports teams: the Angels, Chargers and SDSU Aztecs.

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Ebers Garcia – Graphic Designer/Pagination

Ebers Garcia is an award-winning photographer and visual designer based in Santa Barbara. With a degree in Graphic Communications from Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, México, he launched his career more than thirty years ago working at a newspaper where he became the chief of staff of design, overseeing the digital graphics production department. Described “a creative visionary” and “wonderfully talented,” Ebers spends each and every day of his life enjoying what he loves most, designing. An avid cyclist, you’ll find him discovering the back roads and trails of California’s Central Coast.