Wednesday, July 23, 2014     Volume: 28, Issue: 51
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The lawsuits against Chipotle.
The ongoing drama over fences at Ontario Ridge.
The spread of failed attempts to ban medical marijuana mobile dispensary services.
The proposal to prohibit people from setting up seats for the Cayucos Fourth of July parade.

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Masterpiece classical: Festival Mozaic brings diverse and high-quality music to the Central Coast

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Masterpiece classical: Festival Mozaic brings diverse and high-quality music to the Central Coast

BY JESSICA PENA

Back in January, Slate magazine made a bold declaration: “Classical music in America is dead.” The author’s reasons included the genre’s niche appeal, lack of funding, and perceived inaccessibility, as well as the scourge of any self-respecting American: “fancy clothes.” Yes, it would seem that classical music is now among the ranks of vaudeville and competi... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

 

Breaking News

Conner drops out of SLO mayor race

BY COLIN RIGLEY

One of San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx’s only competitors announced he is dropping out of the race. In an email, John Conner, who owns Petit Soleil bed and breakfast in SL...
Monday, July 21, 3:08pm

 

News

Cayucos officials consider prohibiting early set up for the town's annual Fourth of July parade

BY CLIFF MATHIESON

Most of the time, the small beach town of Cayucos is known as a laid-back surf town, but on the Fourth of July, tens of thousands of people flock to the downtown area to wat...

Paso Robles City Council kills proposed ban on mobile medical marijuana dispensaries

BY JONO KINKADE

The political winds surrounding marijuana shifted a bit at the July 15 Paso Robles City Council meeting; city staff were unsuccessful in an attempt to pass a ban on mobile med...

San Luis Obispo City Council approves a Laguna Lake conservation plan

BY KYLE MCCARTY

The video showed a happy boy, swimming in the waters of Laguna Lake. The colors were oversaturated, the picture grainy—the type of quality now most associated with Instagram...

Coastal Commission cracks down on Ontario Ridge

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Siding with local hikers, county officials, and staff recommendations, the California Coastal Commission unanimously voted during its July 11 meeting to issue a cease and desi...

San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello has resigned

BY COLIN RIGLEY

Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello has resigned from his position in San Luis Obispo County and transitioned to a new role with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney...

John Shoals announces his candidacy for Grover Beach mayor

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Longtime Grover Beach politico John Shoals will be running for the city’s mayoral seat in the upcoming Nov. 4 general election. Shoals debuted the news in a July 14 press r...

Clarifications

• In the July 10 article “Anti up,” New Times used an incorrect homophone in a quote from Paso Robles City Councilman Steve Martin. The correct quote should read, “I t...

Fed up: A former Chipotle employee is suing over allegations of racial discrimination

BY COLIN RIGLEY

It was mid afternoon and Janeka Samuels had her first opportunity to take a break since starting work at 7:30 a.m. As the only manager working at one of two Chipotle locati...

Coastal intervention: Pirate's Cove is staying exactly the same

BY RHYS HEYDEN

From the outset, the message from those who love and frequent Pirate’s Cove was simple: Keep it the same. The secluded stretch of coastline between Avila Beach and Shell ...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

The rumor is that rain is on its way to the Central Coast, but the rumors I hear are usually just from eavesdropping on people who happen to be walking outside of my apartme...

Commentary

It's time to fight

BY HEIDI FLANAGAN

A few months ago, the city of Pismo Beach voted to end invocations during their council meetings, buckling to legal pressure by Freedom From Religion Foundation and the San ...

Letters

Bring on the compost (and food and wine)!

Laurie Fraser - San Luis Obispo

Much thanks for the article about composting a couple weeks ago (“Anatomy of a compost pile,” July 17)! Black Diamond Vermicompost is awesome stuff. (And I immediately bou...

We do need panhandler handling in SLO

Julia Pavelko - San Luis Obispo

Dear Shredder, The Shredmeister, His Shredness, El Shredderino, if you're not into brevity: While I agree with your opinion of downtown security being the pedantic and litigi...

I've been waiting for this strategy

Judy Weiss - Brookline, Mass.

Heidi Harmon wrote an informative commentary explaining why a carbon tax charged on all fossil fuels and rebated to the public would serve as the best solution to climate chan...

Increase climate change understanding

Dr. Ray Weymann - Atascadero

California students will soon be learning science and critical thinking under the Next Generation Science Standards. It is unfortunate that Mr. Gary Wechter (see his July 3 c...

Shredder

Bigotry and beans

Just when you thought the worst thing you could get from Chipotle was a generic pile of rice and beans and some intestinal complaints, a lawsuit filed by a former local Chip...

Street Talk

What fair food would you invent?

Hector Rodriguez Dee Wilson Sandra Cruz David Atkinson

Strokes and Plugs

The new generation: Exploration Station in Grover Beach offers Science 4 Girls Camp

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

Everyone knows that boys are made of slime, and snails, and puppy dog tails, and girls are made up of sugar, and spice, and everything nice. While boys are encouraged to exp...

Arts

Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' gets a local twist.

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

Beauty and the Beast has always been a favorite movie of mine. This is partly because I was a total bookworm growing up, like my soul sister Belle, and partly because the so...

Adopt a cat or kitten July 19 or 26 outside PETCO in SLO Town!

BY GLEN STARKEY

As my wife and I pull into the PETCO parking lot, I can see crates of kittens set up under a white pop-up. It’s just 11 a.m., opening time, but there are already people so...

Revel in the merriment of two upcoming fairs on the Central Coast

BY JESSICA PENA

Here ye! Here ye! Fair maidens, noble vassals, and even thou motley-minded serfs! By my troth, it is mine duty to announce the coming tidings. Gather thy codpieces, festooned ...

Music

Dulcie Taylor delivers an emotionally affecting new album

BY GLEN STARKEY

When Dulcie Taylor speaks, there’s no hiding her South Carolina roots, reflected in both her drawling accent and her unrelenting southern charm. After establishing her sin...

Film

'Sex Tape' goes for cheap raunch and bland jokes

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz are a married couple, Jay and Annie, who, to spice up their flagging sex life, decide to make a sex tape. Unfortunately, when they wake up the n...

Flavor

Kreuzberg's new lounge is still poor, more sexy

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

To understand Kreuzberg, CA’s new lounge, we must first jet set to Kreuzberg, Berlin. Every time Kreuzberg, CA Coffee Company Co-owner James Whitaker returns to the eclect...

Hayley's Pick

Mitchella Winery's 2011 'Shameless' GSM and Folkway Winery's 'Deviator'

Mitchella Winery’s 2011 “Shameless” GSM Would you like some cheese with that whine? To that age-old question, I will forever proclaim, “Bring it on, baby!” If you g...

Hot Dates

Dream weaver

Weaver Michele Pike and photographer Kabe Russell will join The Painted Lily Art Gallery in Cambria, accompanying existing artists Skip Moss, Lucia Capacchione, Lynn Rathbun, ...

Heart-healthy

The Aschmerican Schmeart Schmassociation recently certified bacon hearts as a heart-healthy food, and now you can learn to make your own bacon at Makin’ Bacon with Chef Jaco...

Acrylic and Rosemary

Figures, seascapes, and abstracts by Cambria artist Rosemary Pisciotta will be on display at the Cambria Library through July 31. Pisciotta works in acrylic and mixed media, u...