Tuesday, September 16, 2014     Volume: 29, Issue: 7
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Should police be allowed to use surplus military equipment?

Cheap or free gear for local police? Sounds good to me.
No. Police are meant to serve the people, not to threaten them.
If they use it properly I don’t see any reason why not, but I don’t feel comfortable seeing cops with assault rifles.
Nothing says democracy like a bayonet to the butt.

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Beneath the surface: Above the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin, new wells are being dug while residents and agriculturalists worry about the uncertain future

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Beneath the surface: Above the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin, new wells are being dug while residents and agriculturalists worry about the uncertain future


The ailing Paso Robles Groundwater Basin has become a common talking point at local public meeting halls and across the area’s dinner tables. It’s often spoken of in the same breath as the oft-mentioned drought, and the two subjects are certainly linked, in as much as any issue related to a drying up of liquid resources is connected to the state’s—and nation’s—... [ Read More ]

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Citizens ask for maximum punishment in an animal cruelty case


When he first arrived, he was still covered in scars and had to have his burns treated daily with a variety of salves. Both his ears were burned at the top, and his left corn...

San Luis Obispo man arrested on suspicion of torture


As of press time, 33-year-old San Luis Obispo resident Timothy John Hayes was in jail after being arrested on Sept. 8 for a variety of suspected crimes, including torture and ...

The Arroyo Grande City Council declines to further investigate an 'incident'


Despite receiving scathing criticism and strongly worded accusations of a “cover-up” from locals, the Arroyo Grande City Council declined during their Sept. 9 meeting to f...

A second defendant is charged in a rape case


On the afternoon of Sept. 4, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office charged Richard Scott Brooks, 38, of San Francisco, with 15 felonies associated with his a...

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Pacific Gas & Electric say all is well at Diablo Canyon


A Nuclear Regulatory Commission independent review panel has ruled against the opinion of NRC Senior Reactor Technical Instructor Michael Peck, who had argued that the Diablo ...

Morro Bay officials oppose Dynegy wave parks


Morro Bay city councilmembers voiced unanimous opposition to two proposed wave-power-generation facilities off the coast. “It looks to me, in the proposal … that they ...

Field laws: A recently passed bill tightens sexual harassment regulations for field contract laborers


In August, state regulators passed a bill designed to address sexual harassment in California’s agricultural fields—something the bill’s proponents say is far too common...

Cops or troops?: Just how militarized are SLO County's law enforcement organizations?


Ferguson, Mo., is roughly 2,000 miles away from San Luis Obispo, but the reverberations echoing from the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent protests have re...

Cougars & Mustangs


For even now, my friends, I craft a spell, ensnaring those who wander in its core, some caught off guard by the ethereal knell, some there on purpose, always craving more. ...


The name of the band that won the Best Rock Alternative category at the New Times Music Awards was misidentified in a photo in the Sept. 4 article “The Big Winners.” The c...


The latest gadgets cost more than money


Hey, you! Yeah, with the iPhone. Did you know that people may have been murdered so that you could use that gizmo to send a message to your BFF? And you with the laptop. Wo...


The law is the law--and for good reason

Jean Iacino - Sacramento

Regarding the Hodin cartoon in the Sept. 4 issue of New Times: The California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification Program makes patient safety its No. 1 pr...

SLO city officials are despicable

Lawrence Pennington - San Luis Obispo

Try to get some basic service in the city of SLO, and staff will tell you there is not enough money. Try to reason with the council about their responsibility, they will say h...

Safety first?

Medusa Ward - Los Osos

Yeah. Me, too. Like Marty Wright (“That wave was needlessly exaggerated,” Aug. 21), I’m going to run to Diablo Canyon when the Big Quake comes. What could be better than...

Support Sjany De Groot

John & Andrea Euphrat - Atascadero

We strongly support Sjany de Groot and the work her loving family and staff does for children with special needs. Our granddaughter has a serious genetic disorder that affects...

Let the Atascadero elections go forward

Jerry Clay - Atascadero

Atascadero is having a meaningful City Council election for a change. We have six creditable candidates running for three council seats. I thank them all for taking this chall...

Two counties should have learned from each other's mistakes

Chuck Levin - Los Angeles

Since 1970, for as long as I have visited Santa Barbara, the No. 1 issue has been water. Meanwhile, the No. 1 issue in Los Angeles has been traffic. That is all still true,...


Bayonet of pigs

Yeah, I used the word “pigs.” No, I’m not calling all cops pigs. But if you’re more concerned by that term than what you’re about to read, you need to reasses your p...

Street Talk

Which two presidents would you pick to fight each other and why?

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Strokes and Plugs

Local restaurant Wineman Grillhaus serves up a fusion of German and American dishes


Wunderbar! A new restaurant has taken up residence in downtown San Luis Obispo’s historic Wineman Building. Wineman GrillHaus opened its doors officially on Sept. 5, and spe...


Class act


It can be an extremely strange and unnerving experience to run into people from your past. One day, you’re grocery shopping, checking if they still sell Butterfinger ice cr...

Cuesta College's new art exhibit features the enigmatic sculptures of Christopher Miles


"As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer,” Victor Hugo said in the preface to his 1827 play, Cromwe...

September's Art After Dark dazzles with diverse and whimsical exhibits


Thursdays in downtown San Luis Obispo can be an overwrought affair. Sure, Farmer’s Market is nice. I like the combination of bratwurst and Beach Boys covers as much as the n...

SLOMA screens PBS documentary about origami, Between the Folds


No matter where you went to school as a kid, you more than likely encountered origami. Whether it was building leapfrogs for fun or cranking out 1,000 paper cranes in a factor...


Weezer takes us back to the garage for Vina Robles debut on Sept. 12


Something truly magical happens when any song from Weezer’s 1993 self-titled debut record, known universally as The Blue Album, hits any jukebox at any bar across Ame...


‘Life After Beth’ is a waste of your time

Writer-director Jeff Baena helms this story about Zach Orfman (Dane DeHaan), whose girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) has died. Soon, however, she returns from the dead, but Zac...


Are you ready for juicy, just-picked heirloom bliss?


There is nothing quite like the satisfying goosh of a fallen tomato exploding under foot. I’m head-deep in Windrose Farm foliage, crouching on my haunches with my trusty ...

Hayley's Pick

New Frontiers' 'Perfect Blend' Juice


Regardless of how you feel about the New Frontiers-to-Whole Foods switchover, there is one thing you should know: Now is the time to enjoy the freshly juiced concoctions...

Vina Robles Winery's 2011 Estate Petite Sirah


Guitars, cadillacs, and ... petite sirah? Yeehaw! I recently revisited the wines of Vina Robles after a bang-up concert at the winery’s state-of-the-art amphitheater f...

Hot Dates

Fold it together

Between the Folds, a documentary that profiles 10 origami artists and explores the relationship between math, science, and art, will be screened at the San Luis Obispo Mus...

Somewhere to be

According to painter Marie Ramey, “the one thing an artist must do is to continually change.” The most recent incarnation of Ramey’s work, an exhibit titled Out of Nowhe...

Change it up

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art will host 100 Thousand Poets & Musicians for Change, Sept. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will feature Celeste Goyer, Paul Lobo Portugues...