This might be the kind of questions you don't want. I will actually be passing by Santa Maria thursday afternoon next week. Have considered to overnight, but think it could be nice to bring my two teenagers to Santa Barbara and the beach. We have a relatively tight time schedule. We don't want to contribute to the frenzy around the Michael Jackson trial, still it is tempting to get a glimpse of the courthouse or to feel the atmosphere. Would that be possible without spending hours - and 10.000 bucks to park the car?
Or could the fuzz around all this make it wiser to avoid Santa Maria these days because of traffic and chaos.(or maybe there is a break - I don't know)
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