Saturday, February 13, 2016     Volume: 30, Issue: 29
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What are your 2016 Valentine's Day plans?

Dinner, movie, chocolate, and smooching. The whole nine yards!
I'm not sure yet, I always wait until the last minute.
I'm keeping it low key this year. Just Netflix and chill.
Nothing. It's a dumb holiday and a drain on my wallet.

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Taking back a city: A community mourning those lost to increasing gang violence organizes to protect its youth

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Taking back a city: A community mourning those lost to increasing gang violence organizes to protect its youth

By JOE PAYNE

The boardroom of the Santa Maria Join Union High School District was packed wall to wall with people on Jan. 28. They gathered there in an attempt to address a dire situation in Santa Maria: an eruption of street violence that’s left young adults and teenagers bleeding in the streets.  It was the first One Community Action Coalition meeting of the new year and included... [ Read More ]

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News

Phillips 66 rail spur hearing draws hundreds

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Check out the protesters who rallied against the Phillips 66 rail project. They packed the county building in downtown SLO, filled the overflow room at the Fremont Theater, a...

Murder-for-hire suspect engaged in bitter dispute

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

A Los Osos man accused of attempting to hire someone to murder another man was involved a bitter dispute with a former business acquaintance and competitor, according to court...

Morro Bay declares shelter crisis

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

There are no shelters—warming or otherwise—on the North Coast of San Luis Obispo County. So it makes sense that on Feb. 9, the Morro Bay City Council voted unanimously to...

Source of TCE contamination in SLO remains unknown

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

County and state water officials are still trying to discover how high levels of a toxic industrial solvent got into some San Luis Obispo wells. Representatives from the Cent...

County, Atascadero to craft medical marijuana cultivation ordinances

By JONO KINKADE AND PETER JOHNSON

On Feb. 9, the San Luis Obispo County supervisors gave county staff the unanimous go-ahead to begin working on a comprehensive ordinance to regulate medical marijuana. In res...

Battle for the bluffs: Coastal Commission steps in to settle Pirate's Cove access dispute

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

On Feb. 2, Brian LoCante hopped the wooden fence that stood between him and the thickly vegetated bluff top that overlooks Pirate’s Cove in Pismo Beach. He moved along a nar...

And they're off! The first major 24th District congressional debate sees wide array of issues, ideologies, and approaches

By JONO KINKADE

From here, it can only get more interesting. Cal Poly hosted the first major debate of the 24th District congressional race on Feb. 4, where KCBX-FM News Director Randol Whit...

Cougars & Mustangs

By LOLA WHITE-SANBORN

Hey there, ladies, gentlemen, and all other gender identities! You’re part of the way into the semester now, but there is still far more to discover at Cuesta College. Tha...

Commentary

Concerned about SLO

By KEVIN MATEA

A few years back, I remember, SLO was voted the best place to live on the West Coast. Today, I heard of a lady recently getting a $500 ticket for walking her dog on one of our...

Letters

The Flood Control District is right for Paso

By Inge Meinzer - Paso Robles

Unlike many opponents of the proposed water district, we are not opposed to metering and regulating groundwater use. However, we want local control exercised by the local Floo...

Shredder: I'll tell you who a real patriot is

By Marcus Karr - San Luis Obispo

The Shredder shreds, but the insights are not very piercing. I refer to the latest piece in the “REAL PATRIOT department” (“False advertising,” Jan. 28), and specifica...

Keep Big Grape out of your wallet

By Maria Lorca - Paso Basin Advisory Committee alternate member, Creston

Between now and March 8, when water district ballots are due, you will have your last chance to keep Big Grape out of your well and your wallet. If this district is establishe...

Don't paint over the art on utility boxes

By Che Miller - San Luis Obispo

I saw a call for artists to paint over existing art boxes in San Luis Obispo. I don’t understand why the city of San Luis Obispo is having artists paint over 17 utility boxe...

Let's end the tobacco epidemic

By David Clous - co-chairman, Tobacco Control Coalition of SLO County San Luis Obispo

The Tobacco Control Coalition of San Luis Obispo County would like to thank you for running the story about Darin Dyroff and the e-cigarette explosion (“Pismo man sues after...

Shredder

Hello kitty!

I almost didn’t make it into work today. I was doing my usual early morning workout of parkour and urban spelunking when I was set upon by a sprawl of feral street marmots...

Street Talk

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

Emily Majzoub Beth Hatchard Jason Moore Kayla Steinorth

Strokes and Plugs

The Cuesta Crankers unite hobbyists with their love of the Ford Model A

By PETER JOHNSON

Feel like brushing up on your mechanical skills and falling in love with a classic American car? Then consider checking out the Cuesta Crankers, a local nonprofit organization...

Arts

Author of 'The Glass Castle,' Jeannette Walls, discusses overcoming hardships Feb. 21 at the PAC-SLO

By RYAH COOLEY

One Christmas, there was simply no money for presents, but Jeannette Walls’ dad didn’t want his kids to feel gypped. So on Christmas Eve, he took them all out one by one a...

If looks could feel: The Texture brings art to life at Studios on the Park

By RYAH COOLEY

The cold, moist sensation of a plump raindrop unexpectedly hitting your nose. The rough, gritty give of sand beneath your toes. Texture and touch are inexplicably linked, but ...

Come dance to The Tipsy Gypsies and see a performance by Ballet Theatre SLO on Feb. 12 and 13

By GLEN STARKEY

It’s Sunday, Feb. 7, and I’m standing in Ballet Theatre SLO’s black box theater and dance studio. Ballet bars line the walls, and hung high along the back of the room is...

The Cabaret Circus performs Valentine's weekend at Suspended Motion Aerial Arts

By RYAH COOLEY

Change it up this Valentine’s Day. Instead of the typical and tired flowers and chocolates, take your sweetheart out for a night on the town he or she won’t soon forget. ...

Serenity Tea House in Paso Robles hosts Valentine's afternoon tea

By RYAH COOLEY

Feeling up for something fancy and proper this Feb. 14? Put on your finest frock or top hat and head on over to the Serenity Tea House in Paso Robles for Valentine’s Day Aft...

Music

LeAnn Rimes plays a Rotary Club fundraiser on Feb. 13 at the PAC-SLO

By GLEN STARKEY

About 20 years ago, a 13-year-old girl from Texas instantly became the most famous country singer in America when her first single “Blue” debuted at No. 3 on the pop chart...

Film

'Hail, Caesar!' should appeal to most film junkies

The Coen brothers (Fargo; The Big Lebowski; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; No Country for Old Men; True Grit) helm this new farce about a day in the life of 1950s Hollywood “...

Flavor

Brunchables: The secret life of brunch

By HAYLEY THOMAS

Brunch, like twilight, is a sacred  time of day. If you move too fast, you could miss it. Brunch isn’t experienced by the go-getters or the healthy juicers. It is reserved...

Hayley's Pick

Liberty School 2013 Merlot and Eureka Burger's FBO cocktail

Just like the uncool kid in class, merlot has had its fair share of “kick me” signs taped to its back. I say, enough of this ridiculous childishness! Merlot, with its smoo...

Hot Dates

Musical muse

Music inspires art at Studio on the Parks in Paso Robles with SoundScapes, on view through Feb. 28. The exhibit features paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and more, all created ...

French flora

Take a “tour” of two well-known French gardens via a presentation led by garden educator Ken Levine at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, Feb. 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. The p...

Eastern ensemble

Traditional and contemporary music and dance originating from the Eastern Mediterranean region will be showcased by the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m., at the...