Sunday, January 22, 2017     Volume: 17, Issue: 26
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Do you agree with U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal's (D-Santa Barbara) decision to attend Trump's inauguration?

Yes. He should definitely go and show respect for the new president.
I agree that he should attend to show Trump that Latinos have a strong voice in our government.
No. He should stand in solidarity with U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) and other congressional members who aren't attending.
I don't care what he does on inauguration day, as long as he does a good job as a congressman.

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A quiet epidemic: SLO County's opioid problem

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A quiet epidemic: SLO County's opioid problem

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

What does a drug addict look like? For most people, the words conjure up images gaunt and hollowed-eyed men and women in dirty clothes, ragged and shaking on the sidewalks of massive metropolitan cities. It’s an image more likely cribbed from old episodes of The Wire or Law and Order than from real life. But Lois Petty knows better. “They have this movie idea of wh... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

 

News

SLO embraces party registrations, not higher fines

By PETER JOHNSON

On Jan. 17, the new San Luis Obispo City Council took a big step away from using increased fines to crack down on unruly partying. It voted 4-1 to reject a SLO Police Departme...

Pismo Beach revives pot ban

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

After a two-month long back and fourth, the Pismo Beach City Council finally settled on a decision to prohibit large swaths of commercial activity relating marijuana. During ...

SLO 'Walkouts' and marches planned for inauguration

By PETER JOHNSON

As Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the next President of the United States on Jan. 20, a coalition of Cal Poly students will be marching through the streets of San Luis Obispo ...

HASLO creates affordable housing for veterans

By KAREN GARCIA

Construction of a 20-unit apartment complex to house low-income, homeless veterans on Humbert Avenue in San Luis Obispo is nearing completion, and the applications are floodin...

Renewed push for Grover Beach polystyrene ban

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

A small but vocal group of Grover Beach residents wants the city to follow the example of other SLO County municipalities and ban the use of polystyrene food and drink contain...

Building unity: Republican Party of SLO County elects new leadership, turns focus to protecting local power

By PETER JOHNSON

Riding a wave of election victories, the Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County voted an odd couple into its top two leadership roles on Jan. 13, continuing an effort to ...

Less water, more problems: Some SLO residents question the city's ability to develop with its current water resources

By KAREN GARCIA

Rain was pouring down, much to the delight of a group gathered at the Steynberg Gallery on Jan. 8 to hear another argument against future development in San Luis Obispo.  Re...

Commentary

Smoke and fire

By ROBERT C. CUDDY

“Why,” my wife asked, “would she say something like that if it weren’t true?” Gayle was referring to failed candidate for county supervisor Debbie Peterson’s Nove...

President-elect Trump and Republicans

By AL FONZI

The hysteria on display by the left regarding Trump, their refusal to acknowledge that he was legitimately elected under our system of electing presidents, and their overt t...

Letters

Good riddance, Obama

By Scott C. Presnal - Morro Bay

I am so glad that we have elected a president of the United States that will help in two areas, I believe:  1. Supporting the nation of Israel (when it comes to Bible prophe...

We made this political mess

By Kevin Alf Lee - Santa Margarita

What can I say, what is there to say, and to whom am I to say it?  “Surrealistic” is the only word I can think of! I’m not gonna point fingers because that just causes...

Liberal protest could crash on itself

By Larry Bargenquast - Paso Robles

The leftist tide of anti-Trump loathing and hatred has turned into a tsunami of hysteria that Michael Goodwin says is like sounding five alarms for a dumpster fire. These peop...

The real anti-Semites

By Barry A. Price - San Luis Obispo

A full rebuttal to all the falsehoods, fabrications, and deliberate distortions in Al Fonzi’s recent opinion piece “Can we skip to 2018?” (New Times, Jan. 5) would fill ...

The terrifying dawn of new unity

By John Lalley - Los Osos

So, speaker of the U.S. House of Represententatives Paul Ryan says, “Welcome to the dawn of a new unified Republican government” and the first thing this new government tr...

Shredder

The Apocalypse cometh?

Good news, Cal Poly Party Animals! Under new leadership, the SLO City Council has decided to stop putting the screws to you! Yay! The council, under leadership from new Mayo...

Street Talk

What’s your opinion on the Trump/Russia documents?

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Strokes and Plugs

Lake love affair: Friends of Atascadero Lake propose aeration project

By KAREN GARCIA

A staple in the community of Atascadero is a body of water that provides a serene view of nature. But that wasn’t always the case for the Atascadero Lake.  About three yea...

Arts

What once was: Vanished art project, on display at Cuesta, connects to former California icons

By RYAH COOLEY

How do you take a photo of something that doesn’t exist anymore? What sounds like a batty Mad Hatter-esque riddle is one of the challenges photographer Byron Wolfe set for ...

What's in a name? Little Theatre kids tackle 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

By RYAH COOLEY

As author and playwright Oscar Wilde wrote, “The truth is rarely pure and never simple,” and the same can be said of love, at least the way this Irish man tells it in the ...

Food for miles: SLO restaurant month brings tasty deals to Milestone Tavern

By RYAH COOLEY

We’re several weeks into January and the typical resolutions of eating better and spending less money abound. That usually translates into eating out less and ignoring the s...

Singin' with the choir

By RYAH COOLEY

Got a mini-American idol on your hands? The Central Coast Children’s Choir (CCCC) is welcoming new members. San Luis Obispo County boys and girls can join Debut Choir (grade...

Get wild

By RYAH COOLEY

Get in touch with the elements at the 12th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival on Jan. 19 at the San Luis Obispo Guild Hall. The event is a celebration ...

Know your #slohistory

By RYAH COOLEY

Once upon a time, the city of SLO was formed! But there's much more to the story than that. Get all your basic and random history questions about our small Central Coast town ...

Underrated: Heavyweights

By KAREN GARCIA

When? 1995  |  What’s it rated? PG  |  Where’s it available? Streaming on Netflix, DVD. When you hear the name Judd Apatow, you’re reminded of the adult humor he ...

Music

SLO's Women's March on Jan. 21 to be followed by music in Mitchell Park and the Fremont Theater

By GLEN STARKEY

Barring the world bursting into flames upon Cheeto Mussolini, uh, I mean President-elect Donald J. Trump's inauguration as our 45th president, life will go on come Saturday, J...

Film

'Silence' examines the line between faith and ego

Martin Scorsese (Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Departed, Shutter Island, Hugo, The Wolf of Wall S...

Flavor

Six plates, infinite possibilities: Six Test Kitchen is the coolest local cooking class you've never heard of

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

From the outside, the home of Six Test Kitchen looks like a humble suburban garage nestled against a welcoming Arroyo Grande home. There’s the traditional green lawn, an una...

Hayley's Pick

Halter Ranch's 2014 Ancestor Estate Reserve Blend and Bliss Cafe's Mega Greens Smoothie

Halter Ranch’s flagship red wine isn’t just a badass Bordeaux-style blend of the very best cabernet sauvignon, malbec, and petit verdot. It is also a testament to the wine...

Hot Dates

Killer show

Linnaea’s Café in SLO is showcasing the work of local artist Jami Ray through Jan. 31. Ray is a painter, installation artist, muralist, and does live paintings for local ba...

Foreign affair

Larry Shue’s The Foreigner returns to the Great American Melodrama in Oceano, through March 5. After Charlie Baker retreats to a rural fishing lodge in Georgia, its occupant...

Stellar citizens

Distinguished contributors to the local community and economy will be recognized at the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner, Jan. 20 at the Morro Bay Community C...