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Ready, willing, and cable: Is SLO County on the verge of a fiber-optic revolution?

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Ready, willing, and cable: Is SLO County on the verge of a fiber-optic revolution?

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Grover Beach is a city of roughly 13,000 people, 2.3 square miles, limited means, and exceptional ambition. “By the year 2030, the City of Grover Beach has successfully developed a municipal fiber network that extends throughout the City,” reads the vision statement in Grover’s 2010 Technology Master Plan. “As a result, the City has developed into a major telecomm... [ Read More ]

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News

Supporters rally behind the de Groot Home

BY NEW TIMES STAFF

Sjany de Groot wasn’t expecting a visitor, and when a public official showed up at her door, she assumed it was another inspection. But the man who showed up at the door ...

Jury awards $6.7 million in Cliffs lawsuit

BY RHYS HEYDEN

After a nearly three-week trial, a San Luis Obispo County jury awarded a total verdict of $6,709,300 in the wrongful death case of Tricia Rittger, a Los Osos woman who was str...

Residents appeal a Pismo Beach hotel project

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Just when it seemed Pismo Beach was set to move ahead with plans for a 104-room hotel opposite the Pismo Pier, an eleventh-hour appeal will likely send the project to the City...

San Luis Obispo County will restrict outdoor water use in Avila Valley, Cayucos, Santa Margarita, and Shandon

BY JONO KINKADE

Come September, home gardeners and lovers of lawns will have their irrigation use restricted in four San Luis Obispo County towns, preserving a few drops in the bucket of coun...

Legislation for a proposed Paso basin water district goes to the governor

BY JONO KINKADE

After several rounds of amendments, preliminary legislation for the formation of a North County water district has passed both the state Assembly and Senate, and is headed for...

Grover Beach's Jim Copsey is set to retire this December

BY CLIFF MATHIESON

On Aug. 8, Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey announced his intention to retire later this year. In addition to his 10-year tenure at the police department, Copsey has been ...

Bill may require sexual harassment prevention training for farmworkers and contractors

BY JONO KINKADE

A bill created to address ongoing problems of sexual harassment among farmworkers in California may soon become law, if Gov. Jerry Brown is so willing. Sen. Bill Monning, who...

Signs of the times: Under threat of legal action, the Morro Bay Aquarium removed misleading signs

BY COLIN RIGLEY

After receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the operators of the Morro Bay Aquarium have removed signage that poten...

The living dead: Morro Creek Ranch is stumping its avocado trees, but they will rise again

BY TREVER DIAS

The hillsides of Morro Creek Ranch off Highway 41 in Morro Bay are normally shaded by the greenery of 225 acres of avocado orchards. But in severe drought conditions, those ...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

San Luis Obispo didn’t invent the wheel. It supposedly invented the Jamba Juice, but the wheel? That was Vanna White’s doing. Despite this, however, San Luis Obispo has be...

Commentary

Reawaken Muhammad's words

BY RUSHDI CADER

A 4th century Christian saint once declared, “The world is a book ... and those who do not travel read but one page.” Over the years, my eleemosynary wanderlust has led me...

Letters

Draw your own conclusions

Charlee Smith - Templeton

On Monday, Aug. 18, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that last month was the fourth-hottest July on record. They included a world map showing th...

That wave was needlessly exaggerated

Marty Wright - Atascadero

Regarding the New Times cover page from Aug. 7 (“Diablo and the deep blue sea”), I want to admonish New Times for once again placing the citizens of San Luis Obispo County...

Shredder

Something there is

So there I was, naked in the desert, riding a pink bicycle with a unicorn tail through a dust storm. Hopped up on Dum Dums and peyote. In that moment, I was infinite, free, on...

Street Talk

What's your favorite piece on exhibit at SLOMA, and why?

Erica Ellis Sally Tippman Doña Deack Charles Quinlan

Strokes and Plugs

Dorothy's fight

BY KYLE McCARTY

Her bright blue eyes and expressive features were intent on a video playing on her mother’s iPhone; crayons were scattered on the table in front of her. She looked every b...

Arts

Central Coast native Christy Heron pens new novel, 'Unrequited'

BY JESSICA PENA

There are reasons that women love Fifty Shades of Grey. It offers dangerous, titillating shock, where other romance novels offer only mundane, pool-boy fantasies; it provide...

The Great American Melodrama awakens old Ireland in 'The Shaughraun'

BY JOE PAYNE

The immediate efficacy of a melodramatic play becomes apparent when you find yourself empathizing with characters from a wholly other time and place. The Great American Melo...

Sierra Club hosts historical walk through downtown SLO

BY JESSICA PENA

I’ve lived in San Luis Obispo County my entire life. Minus the five years I spent in college, mostly eating fried foods. I’ve muddled about the many cow fields, shopping...

Via dei Colori calls for artists for annual street painting festival in SLO Mission Plaza

BY JESSICA PENA

Chalk of the town The street painting festival, I Madonnari, has been a staple of downtown SLO for the past 13 years. For two days each year, both local and visiting artists ...

Music

Country music legend and actor Dwight Yoakam plays Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Aug. 24!

BY GLEN STARKEY

To get a feel of what to expect from Dwight Yoakam’s show this Sunday, Aug. 24, at Vina Robles Amphitheatre (8 p.m.; $45.95 to $66.45; vinaroblesamphitheatre.com), I’ve ...

Film

'The Giver' stays true to the message if not the story in Lois Lowry's popular adolescent novel

Based on the novel by Lois Lowry, The Giver is the story of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who lives in a perfect world where everyone is happy. At his coming-of-age ceremony, he...

Flavor

Meet the dynamic trio behind Toro Creek Brewing Company's 'estate grown' philosophy

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

Not all hops are created equal. This statement was clearly evident as I surveyed the 13 lush, leafy green varieties growing tall at Toro Creek Brewing Company on a balmy Au...

Hayley's Pick

Steamers of Pismo's Bird of Paradise Cocktail and Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards & Winery's 2011 Golden Delicious

  Steamers of Pismo's Bird of Paradise Cocktail Steamers of Pismo floor and bar manager Jay Britton is an artist. He does not wield paintbrush or pen, preferring instead ...

Hot Dates

The soup is on

Look at this dog. Look at it! If you’re the kind of person that does this to your dog, your dog wants to kill you. The only reason it hasn’t is because it knows it’s rel...

Hit the streets

Walk over to The Photo-Shop at 1027 Marsh St. in SLO, and check out Calles de la Habana, a photo exhibit by Dave Coronel of his walking tour of the streets of Havana, Cuba. Th...

Watch your tone

Earth Tones, a collection of photographs by native artist Bob Helfert will be on display at Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay through Sept. 29, with an opening reception S...