Wednesday, April 16, 2014     Volume: 28, Issue: 37
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Your private public life

BY COLIN RIGLEY

On a rainy Tuesday morning, Susan Matherly was hefting large stacks of paper and dropping them on a long desk in her office. “This is six months’ worth of stuff,” she said before returning to a corner of the room to retrieve a white cardboard box, about the size of a microwave, packed with hundreds of similar documents. “It’s so heavy I can’t even pick it u... [ Read More ]

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News

Supes OK drive-thru McDonald's in Los Osos

BY RHYS HEYDEN

A multi-year march has ended under the Golden Arches. On April 8, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved a contentious proposal to build a drive-thru McDo...

Grover council approves lodge project for a second time

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Once again, the Grover Beach City Council unanimously approved plans for a long-awaited 121,370-square-foot lodge and conference center project at West Grand Avenue and Highwa...

Pay hike for SLO?

BY COLIN RIGLEY

San Luis Obispo city councilmembers are scheduled to vote on whether to give a pay increase to themselves, city planning commissioners, and architectural review commissioners....

Trash talk

BY JONO KINKADE

Atascadero City Council opened a can of worms April 8 when members discussed the possibility of renegotiating a long-held contract for waste collections. The current contract...

Advisable or not?

BY JONO KINKADE

Nothing involving the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin is routine anymore. Much of the discussions surrounding the sprawling basin—which has seen declining water levels—and ...

Morro fixes a chamber mix up

BY COLIN RIGLEY

After discovering a bureaucratic oversight that allowed the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce to collect funds on an expired contract, city and chamber officials have cinched up a...

Split decision: Despite vocal protests, a new ICE processing facility is coming to the Central Coast

BY AMY ASMAN AND RHYS HEYDEN

After a months-long maelstrom of meetings, speeches, protests, and emotions, the Santa Maria City Council put an end to what has been an extremely divisive issue—the plann...

An uncivil psyllid: SLO County gets a jump on a bug recently discovered in Arroyo Grande

BY JONO KINKADE

One tiny bug recently found on a sticky paper trap hanging from a lemon tree in Falcon Ridge Estates in Arroyo Grande has caused a big stir. The Asian citrus psyllid, a lit...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

Strange, but true: I spotted a discarded Cal Poly Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering shirt in a large recycle bin the other day. Jokes about “going green” aside, I...

Commentary

Support the benefit assessment measure

BY TERRY FIBICH

Having served for the last years of my career as the fire chief of the Arroyo Grande/Grover Beach Fire Department, I would like to share some of the historical perspective, go...

Letters

Money talks, apparently

George Robertson - Morro Bay

The Supreme Court has just ruled that there should be no limit to the amount of campaign funds one may contribute. That sounds pretty innocuous until you consider that those w...

Shredder

Lost in translation

Nyob zoo, Pismo Beach! Kuv lub npe hu ua Shredder. I’m taking a poll to determine the extent of support for this column in Pismo Beach. If it’s high enough, I’m going...

Street Talk

If you could do a background check on anyone, who would it be and why?

Andrew Kassouf Mickey Julian Janelle Paramoure Ellen Ray

Strokes and Plugs

Two bits: Shave, haircut, and haberdashery at The Ritual in SLO

BY RYAN MILLER

Past the containers of moustache wax, past the Pabst sign, back, back, behind even the racks of shirts and bomber jackets, wait two barber chairs, one of which is presided o...

Arts

Local publisher Outland Pictures' new graphic novel, 'Monkey Room,' explores the collective unconscious

BY ERIN C. MESSER

"I had a college professor who often quoted the million monkey scenario,” Monkey Room’s protagonist, Joshua Kettermen, tells us early on in his first-person narration. ...

San Luis Obispo Little Theatre faithfully renders Auburn's award-winning 'Proof'

BY ERIN C. MESSER

According to Aristotle, “there is no great genius without a touch of madness,” and in this highly Aristotelian drama, the intersection of inspiration and insanity is exp...

Civic Ballet's 'The Crucible' brought the Devil down to SLO Town

BY ERIN C. MESSER

The Spanos Theatre filled up fast Saturday night for the world premiere of The Crucible, Civic Ballet’s latest creation. SLO showgoers came out in force in a mix of party ...

Lifting the Vale: Vale Fine Art reveals 3rd Annual Group Show

BY ERIN C. MESSER

If, like me, you’re still mourning the March 30 closing of the “Savages” exhibit at Studios on the Park, then your Paso prayers have just been answered. Around the corne...

Music

Café Musique's new album will amaze and delight!

BY GLEN STARKEY

Just when I thought Café Musique couldn’t get any better, along comes Half Step Behind, their third album that was two years in the making. “We should have called it S...

Film

Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom) adds to his highly stylized collection of comedies with the story of M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel in the...

Cuisine

Earth Day is so much more than recycling bottles

BY KATHY MARCKS HARDESTY

I like to think of myself as green. I recycle constantly and conserve water, but I know I could do so much more. So can you. That’s why we greens appreciate the annual Ear...

Kathy's Pick

Belle Glos 2012 Pinot Noir Blanc Sonoma Coast and Meiomi 2012 Pinot Noir Central Coast

  Belle Glos 2012 Pinot Noir Blanc Sonoma Coast This pretty pink wine is exquisitely dry yet expressively fruity. Named oeil-de-perdrix (French for eye of the partridge),...

Hot Dates

Arty animal

Check out this divine bovine in Dana Hooper’s painting Holy Cow  (pictured here), as well as imagery of other livestock and wild creatures at Studios on the Park’s “Ani...

Wild wild estuary

Estuaries are places where rivers and streams meet the sea. Tidelands Park is where you should meet on April 12 to volunteer for the Morro Bay National Estuary Program’s Sta...

Clay date

Sculptor Stephan Juel of Dancing Dog Clayworks in Cambria believes that art can be both work and play, and that his best work stems from the latter. You can get in on the fun ...