Sunday, April 30, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 40
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Religious misperceptions: Local Muslims work to educate the public about Islam

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Religious misperceptions: Local Muslims work to educate the public about Islam

By KAREN GARCIA

Signs that say, “we love our neighbors” (written in crayon) and, “we support you, we love you, we embrace you,” decorate the open metal gates of the Mosque of Nasreen in San Luis Obispo. Men young and old are chatting behind the big glass doors that lead to the main room for prayer. Others take their spots on a dark red rug, getting ready for prayer on a rainy Apri... [ Read More ]

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News

Trump directives target the Carrizo Plain, offshore drilling

By KAREN GARCIA AND PETER JOHNSON

This spring, the Carrizo Plain National Monument’s super bloom is drawing visitors from near and far, but now it’s under review by a Trump administration looking to limit ...

Anti-rental inspection petitioners seek compromise with SLO city

By PETER JOHNSON

The leaders of an initiative to replace San Luis Obispo’s rental housing inspection ordinance with a “non-discrimination in housing” ordinance are now lobbying the city ...

Lawsuit claims ASH ignored employee concerns prior to patient's murder

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Atascadero State Hospital has been accused of trying to cover up its role in the 2014 murder of one patient by another, according to a lawsuit filed by one of the institution...

Atascadero City Council still discussing marijuana

By ERICA HUDSON

While Atascadero city staff believes that beginning with tighter restrictions on marijuana is best, the City Council is taking its time making a decision on a new ordinance. ...

Cambria woman faces charges for allegedly embezzling $1 million

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

A 68-year-old woman is facing serious jail time for allegedly embezzling more than $1 million from her employer. The SLO County District Attorney's Office announced that it f...

Solar farm at Paso Robles airport gets approval

By PETER JOHNSON

Paso Robles is getting its first bonafide solar farm. On April 25, the city Planning Commission signed off on the permits and environmental documents for a 25-acre, 4-megawat...

San Simeon bar sued after flaming drink burns man

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

A San Simeon bar is under legal fire after a patron claimed he was burned and severely injured by a flaming drink, according to a recently filed lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed i...

Clarifications

• In the April 13 news brief, “SLO city manager, fire chief fined for offensive video,” City Manager Katie Lichtig and Fire Chief Garret Olson both received one-time $2,...

Offshore energy: A state task force is in the preliminary stages of creating a wind farm off the Central Coast

By KAREN GARCIA

Off the coast of Morro Bay, you may be able to one day see (far out in the distance) the blades of wind turbines moving in the breeze. At least that’s what a state task forc...

The funding game: After decades of work, the Bob Jones Trail needs a little more money to get it ready for construction

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

To really understand the Bob Jones Trail, you need to start with the man who had the vision: Bob Jones. Jones, who passed away in the mid-1990s, was a champion of San Luis Ob...

Snubbing Uncle Sam: Local resident touts tax resistance as protest

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

This year, San Luis Obispo resident David Gross signed and mailed his tax return forms just like any other red-blooded American citizen. The only thing he didn’t sign or se...

Commentary

Yes, call me a snowflake

By CHARMAINE COIMBRA

The irony of the massive snowfall in California this winter and the trend of calling liberals snowflakes, won't melt. In a season where divisiveness continues its exponential...

A different internment lesson

By DANA PARKER

While it’s easy to see the link between Eva Ulz’s internment history presentation and the bias put into the New Times article about Japanese internment (“Imprisoning our...

The racist roots of Earth Day

By AL FONZI

We’ve just celebrated another “Earth Day,” an annual event requiring the political class to demonstrate their commitment to protecting the environment from humanity. O...

Letters

A lot of nothing

By Gary Wechter - Arroyo Grande

Blah, blah, blah is all I get from Michael Latner’s 700-plus word rambling commentary (“Safeguards against insurrection,” April 20). Nothing new, sadly misleading, and v...

Dear supervisors and fellow citizens,

By Lucia Casalinuovo - Oceano

I support the Bob Jones Trail Expansion Project, and I encourage you to keep supporting it as you have done in the past. It is an enchanting walk through spectacular countrysi...

Leave the EPA alone

By Dean Arrighi - San Luis Obispo

I am opposed to any EPA regulatory reform that sacrifices public safety, health, and environmental protection. Making such sacrifices goes against the EPA's mission and purpos...

A hidden gem

By Ethel 'Tink' Landers - Nipomo

Sometimes you find a hidden gem just around the corner, and this is the case at 1060 Palm St., San Luis Obispo. The GALA Center is a nonprofit organization offering support an...

Shredder

What's brown and runs downhill?

Remember the good old days when people pooped wherever was handy and wiped their behinds with leaves? Yeah, me neither. Humans have had sewer systems since Asia’s Indus ...

Street Talk

What is your opinion on people who don’t pay taxes as a form of protest?

Norm Corwin Andrea Derrick Don Campbell Geronimo Desiderio

Strokes and Plugs

Save a life with jazz

By ERICA HUDSON

On May 7, two local nonprofits will come together for an evening of jazz hosted by the Atascadero Community Band. Jazz Horns-A Plenty will take over the Atascadero Bible Churc...

Arts

Palm Theatre hosts sneak previews of comedy-drama 'Welcome to the Men's Group'

By GLEN STARKEY

What does it mean to be a man in the 21st century? Has feminism emasculated men? How can men be both authentically male and authentically sensitive? And what happens when eigh...

Earth 2.0: Author T.C. Boyle to talk 'Terranauts' novel and writing at Cal Poly

By RYAH COOLEY

Willingly signing up to start a new colony of humans on say, Mars, seems pretty crazy. But volunteering to give it a go living in a re-created Earth, which is actually under a...

Rooting for the game: A day to honor Jackie Robinson at Dodger's Stadium

By KAREN GARCIA

It’s been a while since I’ve made my way down the 110 freeway and exited on Dodger Stadium Way. It’s April 15, a monumental day for all baseball fans—the 70th annivers...

Nearly picture perfect

By RYAH COOLEY

Oh, the things we do for love. The San Luis Obispo Little Theatre is serving up a tale of trying to please the people who love us most: our parents. In a staged reading of Be...

Maker magic

By RYAH COOLEY

What could be better than science, art, and food? Head on down to Templeton High School on May 3 to enjoy all three at the THS Engineering and Art Maker Faire. This year's fa...

Lunch with a side of art

By RYAH COOLEY

Elevate your simple PB&J lunch by bringing it (and yourself) to Art High Noon at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art on May 4. Everyone is welcome to bring their own lunch ...

Blast from the Past: Apollo 13

By PETER JOHNSON

When? 1995  |  What’s it rated? PG-13  |  Where’s it available? DVD, Streaming on Amazon. Houston, we have a problem.” That famous line uttered by Tom Hanks play...

Music

Micky & The Motorcars bring their Americana sounds to BarrelHouse in Paso

By GLEN STARKEY

It’s should be clear, mild, and maybe a little bit breezy when Americana band Micky & The Motorcars takes the stage at BarrelHouse Brewing Company’s Paso Robles locati...

Film

'Free Fire' delivers gleefully vacuous Tarantino-lite fare

Director and co-writer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, High-Rise) helms this action-packed crime thriller about an arms deal gone wrong. Set in Boston in 1978, two riva...

Flavor

What's Kraken? Sea adventures and lattes await at Avila's new nautical coffee shop

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

Behind every so-called “tourist” town, there lies a real, thriving life force. This is something Avila Beach residents know well. Beneath the façade of this perfect littl...

Hayley's Pick

Saunter through the super bloom

Chances are, everyone and your grandma has now posted an amazing wildflower pic on social media. You might think this trend is getting old, but I promise you, these expanses o...

Hot Dates

Educational program

Don’t miss your last chance to see The Pewter Plough Playhouse’s production of 'Educating Rita,' April 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and April 30 at 3 p.m., in Cambria. The play ...

Oceanic ceramics

Ceramicist Patricia Griffin captures life on the Central Coast in an exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art titled By the Sea, on view May 5 through July 2. An opening r...

Ranch life

Local artists pay homage to SLO County’s pastoral landscapes in Homage to the Ranches, an exhibit at Art Center Morro Bay on display May 4 through June 12. A reception and b...