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A-Town 2.0? Atascadero ushers in plans to grow downtown

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A-Town 2.0? Atascadero ushers in plans to grow downtown

By PETER JOHNSON

Atascadero Community Development Director Phil Dunsmore sits back in a chair on a Monday afternoon and looks around his City Hall office. Scattered and leaned up against the walls of his office are poster boards of color-coded city zoning maps, schematics of upcoming development projects, and a printout of Atascadero’s “Downtown Revitalization Plan” that was adopte... [ Read More ]

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News

Fish and Wildlife investigates dye in Atascadero Lake

By PETER JOHNSON

Atascadero Lake was bluer than usual on April 18—too blue, actually. If its brightness looked unnatural to lake enjoyers that day, it’s because it was. Sometime on or bef...

Another complaint filed against Erik Howell

By JONO KINKADE

A local politician and California Coastal Commissioner entangled in controversy following the firing of Coastal Commission Director Charles Lester now has one more thing hangi...

Victim of alleged murder-for-hire plot sues suspect

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

The man who police say was the target of an alleged murder-for-hire plot filed a civil lawsuit against the man accused of trying to order the hit. Aaron Stireman filed the su...

A tale of two Haggens

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

While SLO city residents can celebrate the opening of a new grocery store to fill the former Haggen location off Foothill Boulevard, Arroyo Grande shoppers continue to wait fo...

Man convicted of 2005 'skateboard murder' released

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

After spending 10 years in prison, the man convicted as a teenager for the brutal bludgeoning death of an elderly SLO man has been released from custody. SLO County Superior ...

SLO City Council will hear The Rock, again

By JONO KINKADE

For SLO Brew owners and local music fans rejoicing after a key approval for the company to once again host live music, a case of the old time blues might be coming. That fami...

Military's use of SLO Airport may have played a role in groundwater contamination

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Rumors that the SLO County Regional Airport might be responsible for a toxic chemical found in private wells in the Buckley Road area began immediately after the problem was f...

California prison realignment has left Dairy Creek Golf Course thirsty for water

By JONO KINKADE

For most people who watched the green grass at Dairy Creek Golf Course turn brown, it’s easy to blame the typical suspect—California’s drought. And it’s true: Around ...

Cougars & Mustangs

By LOLA WHITE-SANBORN

Today’s installment of Cougars and Mustangs is brought to you by the biological need to excrete matter. That’s right, it’s time to talk about bathrooms. Bathroom policie...

Commentary

A media challenge

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

In January, the Hagadone-owned community weekly I started my newspaper career at closed. The Bigfork Eagle kept its website, which is no longer populated by a staff of two ded...

Letters

Proposed Cayucos fire tax is absurd

By Jenny L. - Cayucos

I recently purchased a home in Cayucos and my special district fire tax is $103 a year. My parents own a home in Los Osos and their special district fire tax is $80. I asked a...

Who needs to house the workforce?

By Devon Morgan - San Luis Obispo

It was heartwarming to read that at least one Nipomo resident was able to see the bright side to an otherwise vicious felony arson. Eleanor Haber need not worry that the hard-...

A clouded view of water and housing

By Susan Pyburn - San Luis Obispo

To: Honorable Mayor Jan Marx and City Council members: The water forum held in mid-April promulgated numerous questions and various responses, which I will not attempt to ref...

Shredder

Fight, fight, fight!

Wow! Just wow! I’m really getting a run for my money as the most childish voice in the political conversation. In fact, I feel like a giddy grade school kid watching the sch...

Street Talk

What is your farewell to Prince?

Gio Espinosa Cyd Scarpella Karen Powers Gabriel Olivarria

Strokes and Plugs

SLO High School students tackle mental health issues

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

While youth mental health continues to be a growing concern for adults, a group of local students decided to take it upon themselves the help raise awareness about the issue. ...

Arts

Cal Poly professor Kelly Moreno offers an insider's account of psychosis in debut novel 'A Duty to Betray'

By GLEN STARKEY

The human mind can be a very strange place. Nobody knows that better than psychologist and forensic examiner Dr. Kelly Moreno, whose debut novel, A Duty to Betray, explores th...

A dog-gone good time: Stunt Dog Experience comes to Cal Poly PAC

By RYAH COOLEY

It all started with a mutt of a dog and a Frisbee.  Years ago, in the late ’90s, Chris Perondi was just another guy doing the 9-to-5 grind when he decided to get a dog fro...

SLO hacks into new potential at Central Coast Youth Hackathon

By ALEXANDER DAVIDSON

In high school, I didn’t do space camp; I didn’t do school band; and I definitely didn’t do drama club. I thought I was too cool to do anything that wasn’t screaming i...

Captain Nemo Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day on May 7

By KAT SCHUSTER

Calling all nerds! Captain Nemo Comics can help you celebrate your love of sequential art on Free Comic Book Day with—you guessed it—free comic books.  “Free Comic Boo...

Canvas + Craft Beer brings art class to Libertine Pub in Morro Bay

By KAT SCHUSTER

The opportunity to drink cold beers while painting a masterpiece has just arrived in Morro Bay. Canvas + Craft Beer will allow you to awaken your inner artist and paint under ...

Bingeable: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

By RYAH COOLEY

Where? Netflix. Women get a bad rap for a lot of things, but specifically women are often characterized as the emotionally weaker gender that’s always about to cry when t...

Music

Parkfield Bluegrass Festival offers family fun over Mother's Day weekend, May 5-8

By GLEN STARKEY

According to the sign outside Parkfield, its population is 18 souls, but come Mother’s Day weekend, the little unincorporated hamlet dubbed the “Earthquake Capital of the ...

Film

‘Miles Ahead’ is wild glimpse into Miles Davis’ volatile personality

The life and music of iconic jazz trumpeter Miles Davis explored in this biopic co-written and directed by Don Cheadle, who also stars in the title role. (100 min.) Glen: I...

Flavor

Heirloom walnuts at Limerock Orchards in Paso burst with better, buttery flavor

By HAYLEY THOMAS

If the family farm has fallen by the wayside, Limerock Orchards is a working museum piece, frozen in time. Deanne and Richard Gonzales purchased their sprawling Paso Robles p...

Hayley's Pick

Stephen Ross' 2014 Pinot Gris and Sidecar's Naked Fox

Poolside white wine spritzers have met their match! This crisp refreshment is here to cool your jets, whether you’re hanging by the Elks Lodge pool or on the beach on a perf...

Hot Dates

Noah's art

The colorful abstract and word paintings of local artist Noah Erenberg will be on display at the Tri-Counties Regional Center in San Luis Obispo, through June 30. Erenberg’s...

Watercolor feature

Take a walk along the water in Morro Bay and check out an exhibit of watercolors by Hope Meyers, on view May 1 through 29 at Gallery at Marina Square. For further details, cal...

Best in class

The work of Cal Poly art and design students will be on display at the annual Juried Student Exhibition, running through May 13 at the University Art Gallery. A variety of med...