Tuesday, June 30, 2015     Volume: 29, Issue: 48
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We're number ... whatever: The best and worst of SLO County, as determined by people who don't actually live here

BY KYLIE MENDONCA

Since 2011, when Oprah decreed it, the city of San Luis Obispo has been the reigning happiest town in America. In fact, SLO County frequently tops lists of best weather, best places to drink wine, best places to commute, best places to vacation, and best places to live. Locals know this already, that’s why they’re here. SLO may be the happiest, sunniest, wine-friendlie... [ Read More ]

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News

Chuck Liddell KO's escrow company in lawsuit

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

One of Kelly Gearhart’s most famous victims will recover nearly all of the $2 million he lost to the disgraced Atascadero developer’s Ponzi scheme. But the money won’t c...

MindBody stock drops after public offering

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of successful wellness- and fitness-based tech companies like Fitbit, SLO-based MindBody Inc. filed to become a publicly traded company in Ma...

Avila pier closed indefinitely

BY JONO KINKADE

Sorry kids, fishermen, whale gawkers, and Avila Beach aficionados—the Avila Beach pier will be closed for the summer. Following concerns about the pier’s highly questiona...

Elderly man killed by alleged drunk driver

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

An 89-year-old man struck by an allegedly drunk driver in downtown SLO on June 20 succumbed to his injuries on June 22. SLO police announced June 24 that Alvino Figueroa was ...

Santa Margarita-area fire now only smoldering

BY JONO KINKADE

A fire that began 10 miles east of Santa Margarita on June 20, and quickly spread to 1,800 acres along the Parkhill Road area, was all but extinguished by firefighters as of J...

Sheriff's Office urges vigilance after Avila trail attack

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

The SLO County Sheriff’s Office is telling people to hike area trails with safety in mind after a report of an attempted kidnapping on a trail in Avila Beach. The incident ...

DUI 'challenge' not quota, SLO police say

BY CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Earlier this year, some SLO police officers were rewarded with a pizza party for making DUI arrests on one night in February. Some community members called it an illegal quota...

The heroin factor: Unavailability of prescription painkillers is leading to a rise in use

BY DAVID MINSKY

On June 4, a 27-year-old Lompoc man was found dead inside his home; that same day, a 32-year-old man was found dead inside a Solvang hotel room; and three days later, a 31-yea...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

I’d like to begin our session today by correcting an error I made not once but twice in a row over the last two weeks: Cal Poly is not, in fact, a University of California (...

Commentary

Save water, go vegetarian

BY ZAF IQBAL

Editor’s note: Included in this commentary are numbers associated with agricultural water use. That information was sourced from a variety of sources: Worldwatch Institute, ...

Letters

Raising SLO's water rates was the wrong move

Robert McHale - San Luis Obispo

On June 16 the SLO City Council voted to increase the water bills of you and me. The rationale was that since SLO residents are doing so well at water conservation, we must no...

Nuclear energy is the future

David Deick - Atascadero

Railing against Phillips 66’s rail spur suggests abundant energy from other sources; this is not the case. Terrible as fossil fuel is, modern society has no choice, at this ...

Balconies collapsing and government regulations

Gary L. Kirkland - Atascadero

After the recent tragedy in Berkeley, Calif., and other similar instances around the country, it is long past time to either ban or pass sensible balcony control legislation. ...

Shredder

Cruz missile fizzle

God, I love America! Where else could a Latino who was born in Canada to a Cuban father who fought alongside Fidel Castro grow up to be an anti-immigration, anti-Communist, sc...

Street Talk

What top 10 list do you think SLO would top?

Amanda Collison Maddie Chane Alyssa Larson Joshua Compton

Strokes and Plugs

Halting the summer slide: SLO County Library offers education and entertainment with the Summer Reading Program

BY ANNA HOERNELL

A library might not sound like an ideal place to spend the hottest time of the year, but for decades the Summer Reading Program has made the San Luis Obispo County Library com...

Arts

Portuguese street artist GonçaloMAR tags Paso Robles

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

Riding my bike down Madonna Road toward my house on Oceanaire Court, I always look forward to seeing a familiar face. Not a real face, but a face nonetheless. It's the black a...

Art for your (online) cart: Click your way to local masterpieces at the ARTshop

BY KAT SCHUSTER

If ever there were a person with enough gumption to create the Central Coast’s very own version of Etsy, it would be local busybody Robin Smith.  Imagine a boutique where ...

Wilshire Health and Community Services and Festival Mozaic screen 'Alive Inside'

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

From Joan Jett’s rebellious sneer to George Jones’ iconic wail, music has influenced my life in more ways than I can count. As a banjo frailer and guitar shredder myself, ...

Santa Margarita's Art Before Dark happening June 27

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

It must be summer. How do I know? Well, Santa Margarita’s free annual Art Before Dark bash is coming up June 27. From 6 to 9 p.m., join painters, potters, glass artists, scu...

Live Oak Music Festival 2015 was filthy fun over Father's Day weekend

BY GLEN STARKEY

I’m reminded of the shower scene in Psycho when the dark blood swirls down the drain as Marion Crane breathes her last. Except it’s not blood; it’s Live Oak dirt, and I'...

Music

Seven Sisters Fest happens July 10 to 12 at El Chorro Regional Park

BY GLEN STARKEY

It’s officially summer, which means music festival season is in full swing. I’m still buzzing from last weekend’s Live Oak Music Festival, but it’s already time to pla...

Film

Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ gives you all the feelings as the studio’s best film in recent years

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, R...

Flavor

Summer means concerts and good grub at Vina Robles

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

I remember the first time I saw my favorite radio personality in the flesh. It’s always a shock, isn’t it? Garrison Keillor had just taken the stage at the Hollywood Bowl...

Hayley's Pick

Beda's Stiegl Radler and Figueroa Mountain Lizard's Mouth IPA

Beda’s Biergarten has become my new happy place (the currywurst and pork schnitzel will make you dance on your barstool). And, like any respectable German beer joint worth i...

Hot Dates

Homegrown

Families can learn about indigenous crops and help plant summertime staples like corn, beans, and squash at the Kids’ City Farm Day, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Centra...

Artful homage

Local artist and Cuesta College instructor Leslie Sutcliffe pays respect to the artists who inspired her in a new exhibit of etchings titled What the Others Taught Me, on disp...

One and only

Don’t miss your shot to see Allyson Magda’s exhibit of images photographed in a single exposure, aptly titled Single Shot, on view at Studios on the Park in Paso through J...