Tuesday, January 27, 2015     Volume: 29, Issue: 26

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Are there adequate services in SLO County for people with mental illnesses?

Not even close.
People mean well, but are hampered by insufficient resources.
This is normally where the joke answer goes, but why would you joke about it?

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The born identity: Why it's so important for transgender people to change their documents, and how it's now easier to do so

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The born identity: Why it's so important for transgender people to change their documents, and how it's now easier to do so


The one thing Aaron has been asked about that most other people will never have to answer is the shape and condition of his genitals. It’s a question he clearly doesn’t like to answer, but it’s a question he’s been all but forced to answer almost any time he’s had to use any form of ID. When he was going through airport security, he was pulled aside because the ... [ Read More ]

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Santa Margarita resident arrested in child pornography possession case

A Santa Margarita resident and Santa Maria High School teacher was arrested on Jan. 22 for alleged possession and distribution of child pornography, according to a press...
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Cambria flips the on switch for Emergency Water Supply Project


The parched coastal community of Cambria has turned on its water supply’s backup plan. The Cambria Community Services District (CSD) brought the Emergency Water Supply (EWS...

Arroyo Grande City Council set to debate severance for Steve Adams


In the latest twist of an Arroyo Grande saga that refuses to end, the City Council will meet in closed session on Jan. 22 to discuss potential litigation arising from former C...

Cal Poly robbery case progresses, but charges are reduced for two defendants


After nearly 12 hours of arguments, cross-examinations, and legal bantering, a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge ruled on Jan. 15 that the bulk of a case accusing five Cal ...

A new San Luis Obispo IT temporary staffer has drawn criticism


About two months after an unceremonious departure from his position as Carmel-by-the-Sea city administrator, Jason Stilwell landed a new temporary gig in San Luis Obispo, and ...

As Grover Beach's mayor critiques stagnation, the city progresses with streets


Grover Beach’s City Council is getting the ball rolling on the city’s long-awaited street repair project. At its Jan. 20 meeting, the council unanimously approved a motio...

Paso Robles City Council votes to reconsider cardroom rezoning


The Paso Robles City Council will once again endure a discussion about particulars of the city’s zoning code, and the blurred lines that go with it. The council voted Jan. ...

Peaks that pique: A guide to hiking and exploring SLO County's Nine Sisters


Stretching between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, the craggy peaks of the Nine Sisters—a chain of hills dividing the Chorro and Los Osos Valleys—provide some of the most i...

Use martial arts to shape the mind and body


Before a small crowd of onlookers and guests at the Rising Sun Martial Arts Academy in Santa Maria, owner Jim Risinger puts on a demonstration with each of his students on Jan...

Cougars & Mustangs


Philosopher Bas van Fraasen, the McCosh Professor of Philosophy, emeritus, at Princeton University and the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State, will b...


A local State of the Union address for 2015


Thank you. I thank you very much, and now I ask that you please be seated. 2014 and its predecessor were amazing years in history as is well known by all who shared them, no...


There's no food shortage--just a healthy food shortage

Robert Sachs - San Luis Obispo

About a month ago, on Dec. 15, 2014, NPR reported something that is significant to all of us locally and nationally. The Obama Administration is going to fund a number of expe...

There were many reasons Hill won

Ron Holt - Arroyo Grande

The commentary by Bob Cuddy in the Jan. 8 New Times (“Jan. 1 didn’t erase 2014’s wounds in Arroyo Grande”) contains so much derp that it would take an equally long res...

The proposed quarry will negatively impact safety

Elisabeth Rathjen, Stephen Gonzales - Santa Margarita

The proposed Las Pilitas Resources LLC mine location would create a significant safety hazard on S.R. 58. There has been much discussion about how many truck trips there will ...

Disassociate from Supervisor Adam Hill

Bev Phifer - Creston

I am part of a group of concerned SLO county citizens who attended the latest Board of Supervisors meeting (Jan. 13). We are dedicated to represent our neighbors who cannot ta...


The magic number

After what feels like at least 10 lifetimes as a “newspaper” “columnist,” I’m pleased to announce that fate has finally gotten off her lazy, wrinkled ass and opened ...

Street Talk

How much are tickets to your gun show?

Richard Alan Brian Swenson Angellia Moore Karen Staeheli

Strokes and Plugs

Adventure time: Vista Lago Adventure Park challenges and delights


View a slideshow of Vista Lago Adventure Park. Let me just get this out there: I hate heights. That’s mostly because I’m deathly afraid of them, but I feel like I have a ...


Cal Poly's Orchesis Dance Company celebrates 45 years with new show, 'Release'


View a slideshow from Orchesis' 45th anniversary concert, 'Release.' Dance is an art form all its own. Unless you count competitive air guitar, no other performing art offers...

Shell Beach artist Jayne Schelden exhibits vivid landscapes at Linnaea's Cafe


"We were outside of town and no one else was around for miles. We thought we were alone when, out of nowhere, this lady came hiking out of the deeper, harder to hike part of t...

The Laguna Lake's fitness course is a great way to keep that New Year's resolution!


It’s Friday night, Jan. 9, and my friend Kristen texts me: “I hope you are resting up!” Man, am I dumb! For the Health and Fitness issue, I had the swell idea to do t...

The Palm's Take Two Live series screens David Lean's classic romantic drama 'Brief Encounter'


“I didn’t think such violent things could happen to an ordinary woman; I’ve fallen in love,” says Laura Jesson, the female lead in David Lean’s 1945 romantic drama B...


Punk-Americana trio The Devil Makes Three plays the Alex Madonna Expo Center on Jan. 30


Stories of DIY bands abound, ramshackle groups that climbed to the top through hard work and determination. Most of the time its hyperbole and a last-ditch grasp at relevancy ...


Pathological patriotism: 'American Sniper' paints a portrait of a deadly sniper unencumbered with critical thinking

Nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Academy Awards, American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, whose memoir is the basis for this film directed ...


Foremost Wine Company: Where the farm comes first


Despite what you’ve heard, the magic of Foremost Wine Company isn’t in the chic, modern styling, state-of-the-art charcuterie bar or even the gleaming wine bottles lining ...

Hayley's Pick

Alta Colina's 2012 Claudia Cuvee and Four Lanterns' 2013 Apricity Picpoul Blanc

Paso’s Alta Colina Winery is all about simplicity. Estate-grown Rhônes are farmed organically and produced with a gentle, no-nonsense finesse that speaks volumes in the gla...

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Wise guy

Wildlife Wisdom & Whimsy, a collection of drawings, paintings, and ekphrastic poetry (poetry describing a work of art) by George Asdel will be on display in a new exhibit ...

Into the wood

Do yourself a favor and check out Hands on Wood III, a multi-artist exhibit of woodwork at The Gallery at the Network in SLO, running Feb. 1 to March 31. The exhibit will feat...

Bruce's-eye view

See things from a different viewpoint at an exhibit of oil paintings by Bruce Everett, on view at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles through Feb. 1. Everett’s paintings are ...