Tuesday, May 23, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 43
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Does the Las Pilitas Quarry project deserve the second chance?

No. The Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission already shot it down the first time.
Yes, but only if the county approves the smaller, alternative proposal for the quarry.
The county should approve the quarry project at its full size.
I don't care either way.

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Path less traveled: SLO weighs risks and benefits of allowing recreation in its open spaces after dark

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Path less traveled: SLO weighs risks and benefits of allowing recreation in its open spaces after dark

By PETER JOHNSON

It’s 7:30 on a misty April evening in San Luis Obispo, where Madonna Road dead-ends into the Irish Hills Natural Reserve. The sun is beginning to disappear behind the mountainside. SLO resident Christie O’Hara, clad in a spandex jersey, methodically straps on her helmet, adjusts her gloves, and places a big pair of athletic glasses over her eyes. She then reaches forw... [ Read More ]

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News

Grover Beach gives the 'green light' to marijuana industry

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

After nearly a year of work, the city of Grover Beach officially opened the door to the medical marijuana industry. At their May 15 meeting, members of the Grover Beach City ...

Santa Margarita quarry application re-filed

By PETER JOHNSON

The Las Pilitas quarry proposal in Santa Margarita is back from the dead. Two years after the SLO County Board of Supervisors shot down the project amid intense community opp...

Local foundation buys the Atascadero Printery

By KAREN GARCIA

After a nail biting online tax auction on May 15, the Atascadero Printery Foundation finally took ownership of the historic building. Foundation President Karen McNamara said...

Health care repeal-and-replace could cost SLO County $6 million

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

As they move toward finalizing a $590 million budget for 2017-18, SLO County officials are unsure exactly how the potential changes to federal heath care laws could impact the...

Morro Bay city manager resigns

By KAREN GARCIA

After applying for employment in two other cities, Morro Bay City Manager David Buckingham announced his resignation May 12, ending his three-year tenure. Buckingham’s resi...

County becomes groundwater agency for Paso and Santa Maria basins

By PETER JOHNSON

On May 16, the SLO County Board of Supervisors approved resolutions to become Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) for large swaths of the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin ...

Buckshi resigns: County supervisors pick up pieces as top administrator leaves for Walnut Creek

By PETER JOHNSON

SLO County’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Dan Buckshi often plays the role of peacemaker and mediator in Board of Supervisors disputes. When board members refuse to co...

Seeking support: SLO High controversy highlights challenges for LGBT youth

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

It was just 659 words of white text on a black background. A letter to the editor of Expressions, the student newspaper for SLO High School, published on the paper’s website...

Commentary

Deadly message

By DANIEL PFAU

I  was born and raised in San Luis Obispo. I love many people there and have many happy memories of my times in SLO. I currently live in Michigan with my partner of three yea...

Should we tolerate religious immorality?

By MICHAEL LATNER

Special education teacher Michael Stack resigned from San Luis Obispo High School last week as a result of public outrage against his criticism of the LGBT community in the ...

Letters

In defense of history (and Eva Ulz)

By Z. Daniel McKiernan - Los Osos

Dana Parker dismissing Eva Ulz’s history lesson and public work as propaganda (“A different internment lesson,” April 27) is a disservice to SLO’s citizenry and histor...

Christianity doesn't judge

By Todd R. Long, Ph.D. - Arroyo Grande

SLO High School teacher Michael Stack’s letter to Expressions commits two common but grave errors in interpreting the apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans. First, Stack’s...

Dunes pollution needs solution

By Dorothy Modafferi - Nipomo

It has been years since it was determined that Nipomo Mesa residents were, and still are, being subjected to a significant health hazard: silica dust from the Oceano Dunes. It...

'RVs for Vets' up for grabs

By Becky Jorgeson - Santa Margarita

Fellow homeless veteran advocates: Hope’s Village needs someone to take over our very successful “RVs for veterans” program. We’ve now passed on 65 RVs to homeless vet...

'Fox' in the 'hen house'

By Robert McHale - San Luis Obispo

There are many things to be against and to be angrily aroused about concerning Donald Trump and his administration. One of the major areas to me and to many others is the wea...

Shredder

The mighty pen!

Social Justice Warriors descended like a thunderbolt on SLO High School special education teacher Michael Stack last week after the devout Christian teacher wrote a negative...

Street Talk

What is your reaction to the SLO High teacher's anti-gay letter published in the school paper?

Libby York Susannah Bee Andy Marquardt Jill Jacobson

Strokes and Plugs

Lawyer on wheels

By KRISTINE XU

The silver chrome shell glints in the sunlight as the aerodynamic shape of this 1978 Airstream overshadows all the other vehicles in the parking lot. Upon entering, the oval...

Arts

Full circle: Little Theatre's production of 'Our Town' gets to the meat of life

By RYAH COOLEY

The niceties of a play—that is a set and props, elaborate costumes, and the creation of a world the audience can seen but remains invisible to—are all stripped aside in fa...

Details in the patterns: Artist Adrienne Allebe crafts ethereal paintings

By RYAH COOLEY

About five years ago, artist Adrienne Allebe just didn’t know what to draw anymore. After the death of her dad, she simply hit a creative wall. “I had no idea what to mak...

Assembly required: Trivets, Steamers, and Spare Forks exhibit on view at Linnaea's

By TREVER DIAS

It’s May 14, Mother’s Day, and after making sure to call my mother I decide to check out the Trivets, Steamers, and Spare Forks exhibit by local artist Janelle Younger, cu...

Beauty and the bike

By RYAH COOLEY

Cap off Bike to Work Day on May 19 by stopping by the Bikes and Beauty Fashion Show at the SLO Guild Hall. The event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and includes free admission, ...

Moon power

By RYAH COOLEY

Everything feeling just a little off? Blame it on the moon. May 25 is a night of the new moon, or the night where the moon is completely aligned with the sun and invisible fro...

It's all Greek

By RYAH COOLEY

When in SLO, do as the Greeks do at the SLO Greek Festival June 3 and 4 at Mission Plaza. Enjoy homemade Greek food and pastries, local beer and wine, authentic Greek music, ...

Bingeable: The Handmaid's Tale

By KAREN GARCIA

When? 2017  |  What’s it rated? NR  |  Where’s it available? Streaming on Hulu. Picture this: An ultra conservative group dominates the rights of women and ultimate...

Music

Santa Margarita native Jade Jackson releases her major label debut, 'Gilded,' at Boo Boo Records on May 19

By GLEN STARKEY

Not so long ago, when I wanted to speak to Jade Jackson about her newest recording or her next show, I’d just call her up, but these days the Santa Margarita native has “p...

Film

‘Snatched’ is raunchy farce with a enough laughs to make it worth a matinee

Jonathan Levine (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness, 50/50, Warm Bodies, The Night Before) directs Katie Dippold’s (The Heat; Ghostbusters, 2016) script about Emil...

Flavor

Let them eat cake! (and macarons): Say bonjour to Pardon My French Bakery in Grover Beach

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

Believe it or not, the perky, rainbow colored macarons so many of us love to Instagram, were not, in fact, born in France. Sacre bleu! I’ll let that sink in for a moment. T...

Hayley's Pick

Join a cult!

Usually, your gut instinct will tell you to run as far away as you possibly from anyone even remotely giving off that Jonestown “cult leader” vibe. However, this is a cult...

Hot Dates

Art by the bay

Morro Bay City Park will host Morro Bay Art in the Park on Memorial Day weekend, May 27 through 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mon...

Prickly situation

The Central Coast Cactus and Succulent Society will hold its annual show and sale on May 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and  May 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ludwick Center i...

Lightning strikes

Take a trip out to Bradley for Lightning in a Bottle, the annual arts and music festival held at the San Antonio Recreation Area, May 24 through 29. The festival features a va...