Saturday, May 30, 2015     Volume: 29, Issue: 44

Weekly Poll
Should Cal Poly sacrifice its productive agricultural land to expand its campus?

Yes, we must create the space to educate and house our growing college-age population.
I'd rather see the students stay on campus then be able to buy avocados and oranges.
Can't they just relocate the trees to another area?
So much for 'learn by doing.'

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Drone Republic: As drones invade California air space, two bills try to set limits on their use

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Drone Republic: As drones invade California air space, two bills try to set limits on their use


Martin Bialy never expected to become a drone enthusiast. About a year ago, Bialy’s uncle bought a basic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)—as they are officially called—but didn’t know how to use it. So he loaned it to his nephew to figure out and then teach him. During that time, Bialy grew attached, and now he can’t get enough airtime. “I didn’t think I wo... [ Read More ]

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Email: SLO Police chief confident of job months before ousted


When San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell officially ends his employment with the city at the end of the month, he won’t walk away with empty pockets. According to doc...

SLO City Council considers compensation increases for two top employees


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SLO garage sale goes viral


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Morro Bay hikes up water rates


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The devil's in the details of NRC Diablo ruling


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Andrews' mother faces wrongful death suit


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An ongoing movement: Cal Poly student organization highlights bathroom inequality


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SLO Grand jury report raises mental health service concerns


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Cougars & Mustangs


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Crude protection


The most recent oil spill in Santa Barbara is another stark reminder that oil and oceans don’t mix. After the spill, the owners of the pipeline said they were sorry. While...


Support the proposed mental health facility in Templeton

Marilee Hyman - president, League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County

The League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County supports the construction of the proposed Behavioral Health Hospital in Templeton. We recognize the need for more and bett...

We need more local mental heath support

John Klimala - Nipomo

Unfortunately stigma is alive and well against those living with mental illnesses in our county. The furor against the development of a Behavioral Health Hospital in Templeton...

Dear Shredder: You're wrong about DUIs

Dr. Steven Sainsbury - San Luis Obispo

It would seem to me that The Shredder’s own blood alcohol level is far above the legal limit when he wrote his unbelievably uninformed column, “Quota Pie” (May 21), on d...

Dear Shredder: 'Quota pie' missed the mark

Very soon after moving to the Central Coast five years ago I quickly recognized the New Times as a must-read, cutting edge, informative news source that was taking important r...

SLO needs to ban Styrofoam

Gina Whitaker - Arroyo Grande

I am a resident of Arroyo Grande, but I frequent all sorts of businesses in SLO and have been following the issue of polystyrene and its role in compromising our environment. ...


Strange days

Is there something in the water? Is SLO County in the midst of one of those Jacob’s Ladder-type experiments where we’ve all been dosed with some experimental induced-psych...

Street Talk

In honor of Bike Month, where’s the last place you’ve biked to?

Alex Blom Kristen Mireles Diandra Marshall Brittin Burnworth

Strokes and Plugs

Open Canvas Tattoo Removal uses lasers to fade away ink and more


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The Izzard King: Eddie Izzard to bring his delightfully absurd wit and wisdom to Cal Poly PAC June 10


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Bike-themed fashion hits the runway


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Spoken word artist Rachel Kann presents two free shows


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Exhibit celebrating the beauty of Morro Bay Estuary on view in Los Osos


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SLOMA auctioning art June 5 and July 3

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Stuart Mason plays two shows in support of his new album Tradition


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‘Tomorrowland’ is a terrific kids’ story filled with adventure and morality

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Gaviota Grill in Morro Bay rockets revamped Mexican flavors to fresh heights


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Hayley's Pick

Creeky Tiki's Big Stick Margarita and Ancient Peaks 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

I haven’t enjoyed a real Big Stick Popsicle since I was a teenager, and that is a sad, sad fact. However, I did recently slurp down a Creeky Tiki Big Stick Margarita (or thr...

Hot Dates

All the best

Check out some choice nature photography at Nature’s Best, an exhibit of photos by Alice Cahill, on display June 1 through 29 at Gallery at Marina Square. An opening recepti...

Earth-friendly fashion

In an effort to raise awareness about environmentally and socially responsible fashion available in SLO, HumanKind Fair Trade presents its fifth annual Eco Fashion Show, May 2...

Set in metal

Scope out some full metal photos at an untitled photography on metal exhibit by Bill Sima, June 1 through 29 at Gallery at Marina Square. An opening reception will be held fro...