Sunday, March 29, 2015     Volume: 29, Issue: 35

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Are invasive species problematic?

Oh yes; humans need to be more careful in how we impact the environment.
Nah, it’s survival of the fittest, bro.
No more so than all the other things humans do.
Only when they try to butt in on my private conversations at parties.

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Party foul: Finals, threats of fines, and St. Fratty's Day make for a slow St. Patrick's Day

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Party foul: Finals, threats of fines, and St. Fratty's Day make for a slow St. Patrick's Day


View a slideshow of St. Patrick's Day 2015 in downtown San Luis Obispo. Bruce is having a rough morning. It’s a little after 9:30 a.m. when Lt. Bill Proll arrives at a small parking lot that juts off an alley near City Hall in downtown San Luis Obispo. The first thing we see are the shoes peeking out from behind a nearby parked car. “Yup,” Proll says, “looks lik... [ Read More ]

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Lucia Mar Unified School District teachers, students, and parents rally ahead of a planned 'grade-in'


Amid the sounds of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up,” a gymnasium full of Lucia Mar Unified School District teachers...

A fifth inmate dies 
at SLO County Jail in 
just more than a year


At about 3 a.m. on March 24, correctional deputies at the San Luis Obispo County Jail noticed that Sean Michael Alexander, 33, had stopped moving in his single cell. At 3:47 ...

Supervisors debate, ultimately punt on authorizing Nipomo development plans


What was scheduled to be a key referendum on the viability of development in water-starved Nipomo ended up being more of a false start. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Su...

San Luis Obispo City Councilman Dan Carpenter announces his candidacy for supervisor


City Councilman Dan Carpenter could be defined by a few things these days, including his proclivity to go against the majority as a member of the San Luis Obispo City Council ...

SLO County clears the way for a program that will fast track permitting for small-scale solar projects


The final vote needed to clear the way for a program designed to fast-track small-scale solar project approvals in San Luis Obispo County has been cast. The SLO County Superv...


A recent article (“Cambria CSD receives Notice of Violation from water board over Emergency Water Supply project”) incorrectly characterized the well levels and the status...

Never mind: Where on Earth is Janeka Samuels?


Janeka Samuels wants to put her past behind her; she wants to put San Luis Obispo behind her; she wants to put the media behind her. The problem is that her lawsuit against C...

Swirling sands: A tragic death on the Oceano Dunes has led to a torrent of investigations, lawsuits, restraining orders, and fights


Bryon Tatum, 52, was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle on the Oceano Dunes as daylight was fading on Dec. 28, 2014. His death was a tragedy. Everybody agrees on that. ...

Cougars & Mustangs


The information is simple. Cuesta Gaming Club, zombies of the Cougar cafeteria, known for spreading their Magic: the Gathering-laden diseases into the darker corners of the ca...


A change is coming


A funny thing happened to the Tea Party juggernaut on its way to finalizing its churlish, mean-spirited coup d’etat against local government in San Luis Obispo County. It r...


Why are you picking on us, New Times?

Mary Riley - San Luis Obispo

When we first saw the utility box covered with weird, dripping paint at Broad and Pismo, we assumed it was graffiti. We waited for the city to paint over it. Only upon close e...

Yes, these two projects are one

Andrew Christie - Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club director, San Luis Obispo

Thanks to Rhys Heyden for hitting the nail on the head in his report on the wider implications of the proposed Phillips 66 refinery rail terminal and the company’s stonewall...

Oppose the 
Oceano water 
service increase

Lucia Casalinuovo - Oceano

I protest the proposed increase in water service charges planned by Oceano Community Services District. Contrary to what it claims, the increase would do nothing to help us wi...

Don't forget cloud seeding

Greg Larson - San Luis Obispo

Why, as California is running out of water, have we not demanded that a cloud-seeding regimen be implemented, publicly or privately?! It has been known since Project Storm Fur...

Talk directly to the supes about Wild Cherry Canyon

Debbie Highfill - Morro Bay

Talking with neighbors and letters to the editor are good, but I urge everyone who is concerned about the Wild Cherry Canyon development to address their concerns to the Board...


Oh, the smells you can't smell

Hide your dance shoes and turn that rock ’n’ roll down! Those of you who thought we weren’t living in the film Footloose might want to re-evaluate based on the lengthy l...

Street Talk

How are you celebrating the first day of spring?

Erin Lake Aja Gerardis Carol Belmore Lars Johnson

Strokes and Plugs

Jog wild: SLO Marathon returns for a fourth year


Running. You either really, really love it, or you hate it with the fire of a thousand burning suns. There is no middle ground. Because running is the worst. It’s not overdr...


SLO Civic Ballet stages Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible'


Inspiration can come from the strangest of places. It’s well known (because I’m just now making it up) that Orson Welles came up with the idea for Citizen Kane when he saw...

SLOMA showcases world-renowned photographer Arthur Tress


For more than 50 years, Arthur Tress has been intriguing and captivating audiences with his photography. His latest exhibit, About Morro Rock: 100 Views, is being shown at the...

The Rides of March vintage scooter rally descends on SLO County March 27-29


Don’t be surprised if you hear the wing-ding-ding-ding of a few dozen two-stroke motors this weekend. Local “bike gang” the PushStart Motor Scooter Club will host its an...

The Palm's Take Two Live series screens Italian classic 'Umberto D.'


There’s nothing extraordinary about the life of Umberto D. Ferrari. He goes about his day, caring for his dog, selling a watch at one point, and talking to a maid. However, ...

SLO Little Theatre stages reading of 'Cyrano de Bergerac'


Man loves woman; man has bulbous nose; man seduces woman by having another man recite his poetry to her. It’s a tale as old as time. Well, almost. It’s a tale as old as th...


A trio of amazing singer-songwriters--Tyrone Wells, Dominic Balli, and Emily Hearn--plays SLO Brew on March 27th


Some singer-songwriters become ingrained in our culture, people like Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell—they’re simply too good to ignore. Tyrone Wells is like th...


'The Wrecking Crew' offers a behind-the-scenes look at the session players who made hits for everyone from Frank Sinatra to The Beach Boys

What do The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, The Mamas & The Papas, and The Righteous Brothers all have in common? They used a group of session ...


Mom and poppin': Lincoln Market kicks it old school


If television and movies have taught us anything, it’s that a gang is only as cool as its home turf. With its row of flashing vintage pinball machines, killer made-to-order...

Hayley's Pick

Upper Crust Trattoria's Adult Root Beer Float and Creekside Brewing Company's Roberto Roy

As long as I can remember, root beer floats have always been my favorite of all desserts. Maybe it’s because my dad liked to call my eyes “root beer brown” or the specia...

Hot Dates


Get a glimpse of the creative process of local artist Lena Rushing at her latest exhibit of paintings and shadowboxes, Methods of Madness, on view at Steynberg Gallery in SLO,...

Leading the way

The drama continues to unfold at The Great American Melodrama in Oceano with their latest production, Leading Ladies, onstage through April 26. Leading Ladies tells the tale o...

A fine example

Four Fine Craft Artists and Their Inspirations, an exhibit of fine craftwork by local artists Toni Bouman, Ann Bonestell, Larry Le Brane, and Barry Lundgren, will be on displa...