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Room to grow: SLO looks to build new art museum

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Room to grow: SLO looks to build new art museum

By RYAH COOLEY

Plip, plop. One fat raindrop after another noisily drops into a bucket placed atop the reception desk at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art on a particularly wet and windy day in January. It's not the first time. "It's always like this, every time it rains," said Jody Kocsis, the museum's public relations manager. It is an old building, likely constructed sometime in th... [ Read More ]

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News

Former KPRL host appointed to county Planning Commission

By PETER JOHNSON

An outspoken opponent of environmental regulations is joining the SLO County Planning Commission. The SLO County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Feb. 21, with Supervisor Ad...

Pismo raises stink over RV dumpsite expansion

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

The city of Pismo Beach isn’t taking any crap from neighboring municipality Grover Beach. Literally. The Pismo Beach Planning Commission voted 4-1 to deny a permit to expan...

Supes name road maintenance as budget priority

By PETER JOHNSON

Roads in unincorporated areas of SLO County will receive a larger chunk of discretionary funds from the county than ever, potentially at the expense of other needs, after the ...

Community raises concerns for air quality over fire pits

By KAREN GARCIA

A future of smoky skies is what some Morro Bay residents are worried about as the city works on a pilot project to put fire pits on Morro Strand Beach. Retired surfer and bea...

Arroyo Grande seeks sanitation district's help in Hill investigation

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Arroyo Grande wants to partner with another local agency as it moves forward with an investigation into allegations of misconduct made against the city’s mayor. In addition...

Corrections

• The Feb. 16 article “Big trouble in little AG” incorrectly described a letter from Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill to the Federal Trade Commission. The letter was not wri...

Repeal and replace: SLO city halts rental inspection program, will consider alternate enforcement strategies

By PETER JOHNSON

San Luis Obispo inspected 915 rental units in the nine-month life of the Rental Housing Inspection Program (RHIP). But the city’s done with that; it won’t inspect one mor...

Respite from winter: Harsh weather stretches SLO County's minimal homeless resources/warming shelters

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Battery-powered camping lanterns and their packaging are strewn across a plastic folding table in the Department of Social Services Building on Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande. ...

Commentary

Get out of my party

By MATT FOOTE

Well, I suppose this was inevitable. Since I moved to the Central Coast of California from Arizona in 2009, my historical political affiliation is something I’ve kept close ...

Pushing back

By MICHAEL LATNER

There is a growing sense among the people in our community, on the left and the right, that something has gone horribly wrong with our democracy. People are disgusted, and t...

Letters

The phoenix will rise from Obama's disaster

By August Salemi - Atascadero

Thousands of words of political verbiage spew from these hallowed pages of New Times. Trump is Satan. Trump is the savior. An endless back and forth. But all are wrong. Presid...

A response to 'Remnants of offshore oil disaster'

By Peter D. Tillman - retired geologist-geochemist, Cambria

In the Feb. 16 issue, a writer decried tar balls on the beaches around Santa Barbara, but misunderstands their origin. These (and those we get on SLO beaches) are from natural...

Inappropriate behavior from a protester

By John Monfield - Atascadero

A person in our community, Danny Ehinger (I got his name from a front page article in The Tribune), participated in the protest against Planned Parenthood. This man is against...

Oil seeps are natural

By Steve Rebuck - San Luis Obispo

Tim Bennett (“Remnants of offshore oil disaster,” Feb. 16) makes a mistake blaming oil on his feet in Santa Barbara as some remnant of an oil spill that happened more than...

A disaster nobody wanted to pay to prevent

By David Broadwater - Atascadero

Al Fonzi’s commentary, “The disaster that wasn’t,” in the Feb. 16 paper is just another attempt at diversion and scapegoating. He blames bureaucrats and politicians fo...

Who is Al Fonzi?

By Bill Emerson - Atascadero

I always enjoy New Times, even issues where it seems the entire staff either went on a mental sabbatical or had a momentary implosion. But the one thing I can’t seem to wrap...

Shredder

The Department of Crappy Ideas

It makes perfect sense that 1st District Supervisor John Peschong would select Dan Del Campo as his pick for the SLO County Planning Commission. I mean, why not? President D...

Street Talk

How do you feel about the opposite political party?

Denise Smith Charlie Doty Greg Smith Moo-nipero Serra

Strokes and Plugs

Second chances

By KAREN GARCIA

Having a midlife crisis at the age of 50 can mean buying a red sports car, but Sean O’Brien bought a lumber mill instead. He runs Pacific Coast Lumber, a mill that speciali...

Arts

Sinners and saviors: Little Theatre brings seedy underworld of 'Guys and Dolls' to SLO

By RYAH COOLEY

Fast talking hustlers, beautiful dames, and the supposed balance of a soul teetering on the edge between heaven and hell; what more could one want from a musical? Throw in a ...

Piecing it together: Paper cutting artwork comes to Morro Bay

By RYAH COOLEY

Two years ago, lab assistant Ryan Carroll didn't even know what paper cutting was. But he'd grown up crafting origami into everything from geometric shapes to animals, so when...

Break in the storm: Last weekend's rain stopped just in time for a Sunday getaway in Cayucos

By PETER JOHNSON

Yes, my weekend plans were ruined by last week’s almighty storm. I bet yours were too! My Plan A for Feb. 18 and 19 was a long-planned, two-day camping trip with my girlfri...

Slumber party!

By RYAH COOLEY

It’s time to—dare we say it?—get a little loud in the library, sleepover style. The Atascadero Public Library will host a pajama party and author reading event on Feb. ...

Seeking artists with studios

By RYAH COOLEY

Got a cool art scene happening in your pad? Well the people of SLO want to see it. The SLO County Open Studios Art Tour is slated for Oct. 14, 15, 20, and 21 this year. The t...

A celebration of art and faith

By RYAH COOLEY

For a whole month, revel in art and history at SLO United Methodist Church’s 150th Anniversary Celebration and its 10th annual Beacon Art Show. From March 3 through April 2...

Underrated: Bunheads

By RYAH COOLEY

When? 2012-13  |  What’s it rated? NR  |  Where’s it available? Streaming on Free Form, purchase on iTunes. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the cherished world t...

Music

Próxima Parada releases their new album on Feb. 24 in the Fremont Theater

By GLEN STARKEY

Próxima Parada opens their new album, Big Seven, with “Tossin’ My Troubles,” a song whose lyrics were written by keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist Nick Larson’s mo...

Film

'I Am Not Your Negro' is a powerful examination of America’s race problem

Director Raoul Peck (Lumumba, Sometimes in April) directs this documentary about gay, black, public intellectual, activist, and author James Baldwin’s last unfinished novel,...

Flavor

Let a little sunshine in: Sunshine Bottle Works is naturally yummy, fizzy, and fresh

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

These days, soda is deemed a four-letter word. Sugary, fizzy pop is blamed for everything from childhood obesity and diabetes to rotting the teeth right out of our heads. But...

Hayley's Pick

Silva Brewing Co.'s 525 Pine Golden IPA and Sunshine Bottle Works' Cream Soda

It’s not often that a brand new brewery has a lineup of amazing beers to offer folks straight out the gate. As it turns out, former Green Flash brewer Chuck Silva knows what...

Hot Dates

Pure gold

Witness the fearless feats of The Golden Dragon Acrobats at a performance on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center in SLO. Tickets are $17 to $24 and may be...

Painting pairings

Appetizers and Cass Winery wines will be paired with presentations by artists Deladier Almeida and Karl Dempwolf at an Artists Talk and Tasting held March 2 at 6 p.m. at Cass ...

Sew your wild quilts

Cartographic quilts by fiber artist Ellen November will be on view at the Steynberg Gallery in SLO, March 3 through 31. An opening reception will be held March 3 from 6 to 9 p...