Monday, April 24, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 39
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Are you concerned about the recent deaths in the SLO County jail?

Yes, there are obviously some very severe problems and we need a change in leadership.
Yes, but more people die in local hospitals than in our jail. A few deaths per year is to be expected.
No, I think the press is exaggerating. These things happen.
No, I'm not concerned. These people are criminals.

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Between land and sea: Morro Bay's eelgrass population needs help

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Between land and sea: Morro Bay's eelgrass population needs help

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Each slow, carefully placed step forces saltwater to ooze from volcano-shaped holes about the size of a thumbnail. Gingerly, Faylla Chapman moves through the mud flats exposed at low tide, heading toward Windy Cove’s temporary shoreline and trying not to lose her shoes in the process. The Morro Bay State Park docent, who was once a biology teacher, has her face firmly f... [ Read More ]

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News

Jail deaths spark independent investigations

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

After two recent inmate deaths placed the SLO County Jail under a public microscope, Sheriff Ian Parkinson has called for an independent investigation. Parkinson made the ann...

SLO 'non-discrimination' housing ordinance heads to special election

By PETER JOHNSON

A ballot initiative to repeal and replace San Luis Obispo’s rental housing inspection program is headed for a special election. The City Council unanimously decided against ...

Fledgling Shandon water district under FPPC investigation

By PETER JOHNSON

The dust just refuses to settle in North County water politics. Less than a week after 68 landowners around Shandon held an election to form the Shandon-San Juan Water Distri...

Grover Beach approves memorial for man killed in dog attack

By KRISTINE XU

“Hero,” is how David Fear’s family remembers him. The word stood out on the backs of the white T-shirts they wore to the April 17 Grover Beach City Council meeting; Fea...

Poly pays security fees for Muslim Student Association event

By KAREN GARCIA

Cal Poly’s taken a small step toward changing the way it supports vulnerable groups on campus. That’s according to religious studies professor and advisor to the Cal Poly...

Arroyo Grande is crowdfunding for new police dog

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

The Arroyo Grande Police Department is looking to add another K-9 officer to it roster and is turning to a popular fundraising website to ask the public for help. The departm...

Missing links: Hundreds of Los Osos properties are not yet connected to new sewer

By PETER JOHNSON

If everything went as planned in Los Osos, all 5,000 or so properties mandated to connect to the new Los Osos Wastewater Plant would have done so as of a March 18 deadline. B...

In the zone: Grover Beach expands the size of its cannabis business district amid fears of pot biz bubble

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

The city of Grover Beach makes no bones about wanting to become a welcoming place for California’s bourgeoning marijuana industry, but finding the physical space to accommod...

Commentary

Increased cost

By MICHAEL SOUTHERN

I read because of Senate Bill 1, California's tax on gasoline is going to be raised by 12 cents per gallon; the diesel excise tax will be increased by 20 cents per gallon with...

Safeguards against insurrection

By MICHAEL LATNER

Last week, my colleague Al Fonzi claimed that my questioning whether our constitutional democracy would survive President Trump’s authoritarianism was “absurd in the ext...

Letters

Not a 'natural' death

By Nancy Dahl - Los Osos

I am shocked by Sheriff Ian Parkinson’s statement concerning the death of Andrew Holland. The sheriff states in his report that, “though the seated position, dehydration, ...

Hell awaits

By Emily Gold - Paso Robles

There is currently the idea in our culture that it is all right not to practice or to believe in human birth control. That is insane. Until the last 200 years, our species ha...

Automatic opposition

By Boris Roberts - Santa Maria

I can agree with Al Fonzi about the political parties of this country (“When words become weapons,” April 13). Notice I said parties; it’s not just one party. Especial...

Fast and loose facts

By Richard Neidhardt - Los Osos

In his April 13 op-ed “When words become weapons,” Al Fonzi has once again dipped into his inkwell of alternative facts. One in particular stands out: his claim that Hilla...

Oceanfront property in Arizona

By Bev Phife - Creston

Yes, California could fall into the Pacific but not from any earthquake. As of Nov. 1, 2017, we could all be sucked into Senate Bill 1 quicksand. In effect, the program is no...

North County treasures

By Gidi Pullen - Templeton

We who live in the North County are blessed with a wildly beautiful coastline, seemingly endless skies stretching over rolling hills dotted with rangelands and vineyards—and...

Self-reflection

By Donald Merrill - Arroyo Grande

In reading Mr. Fonzi’s latest missive (“When words become weapons,” April 13), I must admit that I totally agree with his premise. Words can result in events spiraling o...

Shredder

Whereas, we're idiots who don't know what we're doing ...

Petitions are great. They allow regular Joe and Jane Q. Citizen to effect real change in government when their elected officials would rather sit on their hands. Petitions a...

Street Talk

What do you think of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to federally funded science programs (like the EPA and the National Health Institute)?

Martin Klassen James Dodge Scott Johnson Karolyn Liljeberg

Strokes and Plugs

Volunteers for the earth

By KRISTINE XU

On April 22, 41 state parks will be participating in the 19th annual California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day. Since 1998, Earth Day has allowed the community to give b...

Arts

Planting Inspiration: Kids Art Smart program exposes students to the arts

By RYAH COOLEY

Long after the pitter patter of little feet dissipated, signaling the end of art class, Veda Baker, a first grader from Virginia Peterson Elementary School in Paso Robles, dil...

Young at heart: Los Osos author Robin Mellom pens children's novels

By RYAH COOLEY

Ah, middle school. It was the worst of times, it was … well it mostly just sucked. But Los Osos middle grade and young adult author Robin Mellom (who also works as a para-ed...

A real good time: SLO Tease Burlesque builds up the heat at Transformations show

By RYAH COOLEY

On Easter’s eve, my friend Nicole and I are pulling up to a pitch-black church parking lot in Los Osos. Then, we promptly walk down the street to catch SLO Tease Burlesque's...

Thoughts from Earth

By RYAH COOLEY

It’s never too early to instill a love of nature and poetry into the next generation. That’s why Cayucos-based author Kime recently published a book of poems called Our E...

Her story

By RYAH COOLEY

It’s easy to overlook marginalized perspectives, but Cal Poly’s Gender Equality Center aims to change that on April 28 with the production of OWN: Original Women’s Narra...

Buy that DIY

By RYAH COOLEY

You may not have what it takes to craft DIY Pinterest-worthy creations, but you can buy it from those who do at the Mojo Flea + Makers Market on April 29 in SLO. The event wi...

Underrated: Only God Forgives

By GLEN STARKEY

When? 2013  |  What’s it rated? R  |  Where’s it available? DVD, Streaming on Amazon. Writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn re-teams with Ryan Gosling (Drive) in thi...

Music

Folk rock legend David Crosby plays Vina Robles Amphitheatre on April 25

By GLEN STARKEY

Writing about David Crosby always feels fruitless. Everyone knows who he is; knows he’s the founder of both The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, & Nash knows he’s a two-time ...

Film

'Gifted' is a manipulative, calculating weep-fest that also happens to be wonderful

Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man) directs this screenplay by Tom Flynn (Watch It, Second String) about 7-year-old Mary (Mckenna Grace), a mathematical p...

Flavor

Magically nutritious: Planted to open in the Village of Arroyo Grande

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

What words would you use to describe a carrot to an alien from a distant planet? Orange? Crunchy? Nutritious? By comparison, Planted owner/chef Jessie Essen, 26, sees the hum...

Hayley's Pick

Eat less meat for Earth Day

Are you composting, recycling, upcycling, and using reusable bags each time you shop your local farmers’ market? Good. Whew. Now, it’s time to enjoy the Earth Day festivit...

Hot Dates

Biofeedback

In celebration of Earth Day, the Central Coast Bioneers will be offering three screenings featuring keynote speakers from their 2016 conference, April 25 through 27 in room 17...

Wild show

Recent rains should make for an impressive display at the 12th annual Cambria Wildflower Show, April 29 from noon to 5 p.m. and April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Veterans...

Gone golfin’

Help raise funds for local nonprofit Achievement House at its 2017 Charity Golf Tournament, April 29 at Laguna Lake Golf Course in SLO. The funds will go toward a new computer...