Sunday, April 26, 2015     Volume: 29, Issue: 39
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Big plans in little Avila: Important development decisions loom  for the Avila Beach community

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Big plans in little Avila: Important development decisions loom for the Avila Beach community

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Avila Beach is beautiful, but it isn’t big. There’s the eponymous beach, three piers, a golf course, some hot springs, and a small downtown. The 2010 census listed Avila’s population at 1,627, and many of those people live in developments tucked back into the hills. No highways enter Avila Beach. The rolling hills that surround the tiny community are mostly full ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

 

Breaking News

Arroyo Grande instructor accused of teaching creationism

BY RHYS HEYDEN

After receiving complaints from parents in Arroyo Grande and both local and national atheist organizations, the Lucia Mar Unified School District has launched an investigation...
Friday, April 24, 5:30pm

 

News

SLO County Supervisors will submit a Paso Robles Basin Water District to LAFCO

BY JONO KINKADE

After yet another fiery meeting on the perennial issue of the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted to move forward with submitt...

Arroyo Grande suspect has bail revoked, faces more allegations

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Lenny Jones, 63—a prominent Arroyo Grande real estate agent and the city’s 2015 Citizen of the Year—is facing a mounting series of child molestation allegations. The Sa...

Yanaga to be tried for murder, also charged with attempted murder

BY JONO KINKADE

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office announced on April 20 that Thomas Nolan Yanaga will stand trial for murder. Yanaga is alleged to have shot and killed ...

Cal Poly football player arrested on suspicion of felony DUI

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Early in the morning on April 19, Marvin Abou, 22, lost control of his 2004 Jeep Wrangler on a residential San Luis Obispo road, struck a parked car, and flipped the Jeep onto...

Cal Poly takes Greeks off social probation

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Fraternities and sororities at Cal Poly were officially removed from an almost three-month-long social probation on April 17, according to university administrators. The prob...

Correction

The April 16 Strokes & Plugs, “Celebrate the good Earth,” incorrectly stated the location of the Branch Mill Organics farm. It is in Arroyo Grande.

Can't get no satisfaction: A local bus company allegedly fired an employee when he tried to disclose an unsatisfactory CHP inspection

BY COLIN RIGLEY

On an early afternoon in November 2013, a passenger bus was about 40 miles along its approximately 330-mile route from Goleta to Oakland when it ran into trouble. That troubl...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

We’re approaching the end of April, and therefore the beginning of May. “The year is advancing!” the masses cry, “How much closer we are to the seventh episode of Star...

Commentary

Character counts, even downtown

BY SANDRA DAVIS LAKEMAN AND DAVE LOPES

On Nov. 25, 2014, The Tribune posted an article showing the latest architectural rendition of the Chinatown Project that contains a 76-room hotel, the Piazza Hospitality Group...

Letters

Most of us weren't on the roof

JARED OLSON - BAKERSFIELD

This letter is written to answer with a strong “yes” those who ask if college students have ethics/values—especially to Carol, author of the letter “Wake up to ethics,...

Why not hire homeless youths?

WILLIAM L. SEAVY - CAMBRIA

I was, frankly, surprised to learn that the young adults referred to as “unaccompanied minors” (also known as “travelers”) are not able to even avail themselves of the...

Supes should OK Las Pilitas quarry

JIM PHILSON - NIPOMO

Supervisors will soon weigh in on the Las Pilitas Resources proposal and whether we embrace local residents wanting to do business here or send our dollars to businesses that ...

Don't deny our safety; deny the permit

PEARL MUNAK - PASO ROBLES

The only way to keep our county safe from fires and explosions caused by oil train derailments—with their accompanying clouds of oily, toxic smoke that sticks to everything ...

Shredder

A bail of a tale to tell ya, lads

Who’s got a weekly column, a wicked peppermint Schnapps and pickle juice hangover, about $35 spread across three checking accounts in two states, and a brilliant idea for ca...

Street Talk

What is your weirdest celebrity crush?

Gabbi Sanchez Kellie Ulrich Hannah Sidaris Evan Dobkin

Strokes and Plugs

Sowers Education Group works to eradicate human trafficking

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

Rachel Thomas said she was just 20 years old when she was forced into sex work. A native of Pasadena, she lived a happy childhood with supportive, loving parents. Her father ...

Arts

Cal Poly University Art Gallery presents annual juried student exhibit

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

Stark white walls hold a small collection of art: traditional photographs and paintings as well as slightly nontraditional graphic design posters featuring a rainbow of typogr...

Studios on the Park features three figurative artists with its In a New World exhibit

BY JESSICA PENA

There’s a whole crowd of people at Studios on the Park right now. There are the usual throngs of people visiting the art gallery, of course, people painting in the studios, ...

Veteran singer-songwriter Phil Lee performs songs from his new album on April 25 at Steynberg Gallery

BY GLEN STARKEY

One-of-a-kind performer Phil Lee is a character—the kind of guy who, when his wife Maggie tells him he needs a hobby, takes up knife throwing. The sort of fellow who has a h...

Neil Young, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real play surprise show at SLO Brew!!!

BY GLEN STARKEY

Todd and Korie Newman of Good Medicine Presents dropped a super secret show on SLO Town on April 16 when they welcomed Neil Young to SLO Brew. Young, backed by Willie Nelson...

The Palm Theatre screens 1962 Western, 'Lonely Are the Brave,' as part of monthly Take Two Live series

BY JESSICA PENA

There are few images as iconic as that of a lone cowboy riding across the American plains on his trusty steed. When you think of the West, you think of this scene. You think o...

Music

Alt rock singer-songwriter Pete Yorn makes his SLO Town debut on April 26 at SLO Brew

BY GLEN STARKEY

Alt-rocker Pete Yorn was an immediate favorite of mine when he first released Musicforthemorningafter, his 2001 debut. I wasn’t alone in my appreciation of the New Jersey-bo...

Film

'What We Do in the Shadows' is amusing but not quite laugh out loud funny

Housemates Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonny Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) are three vampires who are trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doi...

Flavor

A memoir of mythic vines: 'Mad Crush' digs deep into ancient Arroyo Grande soil

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

Chapter three: “The first time Bill made wine, he was buck naked. Clothing wasn’t optional at the communal grape stompings on Mountain Drive above Santa Barbara …” C...

Hayley's Pick

ManRock Brewing Company's Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout and SLO Brew's Rye Whiskey

My husband and I both agreed that this beer should be called a “sour,” due to its delightfully tart pucker. However, it’s always cool to experience a surprise in your gl...

Hot Dates

Difficult times

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Time Stands Still will be on stage at SLO Little Theatre through April 26. Time Stands Still follows a foreign correspondent and a photojournalist a...

Alternate universe

See the world as imagined by three oil painters in Studios on the Park’s In a New World exhibit, on display through April 26. Hüicho Lé, Harold Muliadi, and Michael Pearce...

Let’s dance

Check out the SLO Farmers Market on April 23 for the second annual National Dance Week Kickoff. This event will feature performances by local dance groups in various genres su...