Thursday, July 28, 2016     Volume: 31, Issue: 1

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What should we do to curb domestic violence in SLO County?

We need harsher punishments for abusers.
We should provide more resources and tools for victims to get out of abusive relationships.
Let’s focus less on punishing abusers and more on reforming them.
The justice system as it is doesn’t work for victims; we need policy changes.

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Decommissioning Diablo

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Decommissioning Diablo


Since the day its construction was announced, the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant was a magnet for controversy. Opposition to the plant, which sits along a scenic stretch of coastline in Avila Beach, sprang up almost immediately. Those who opposed the plant vowed to one day close it. As the years dragged on, so did their efforts to shutter Diablo Canyon. They got their ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles



Sheriff pushes for supes urgency ordinance halting medical cannabis grows

By Jono Kinkade

What was planned as a preliminary discussion about a potential medical marijuana ordinance at the July 26 San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors meeting morphed into a push for ...

SLO DA drops case against sex offender


SLO County prosecutors dropped a nearly yearlong criminal case against a registered sex offender the day it was scheduled to go to trial. The case against Fabian Robert Grijal...

Justin Winery-involved development to go to Paso City Council


As SLO County continues to reel from the revelations of mass deforestation by Justin Vineyards and Winery on property outside of Paso Robles, plans for expanding a business p...

Convalescent home sued over wrongful death of patient


An Atascadero nursing facility is facing a lawsuit over the death of an elderly client, whom attorneys claim died due to neglect, abuse, and poor hiring practices. The suit, f...

Hotel faces lawsuit over hot tea spill


A woman is suing a San Luis Obispo hotel after she claimed she was scalded by some very hot tea. The lawsuit, filed July 22 in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, is seekin...

Is the sheriff a comin'?


In common fashion, it didn't take much for Morro Bay citizens to peer into the most recent controversial proposal to come out of City Hall and start asking questions. This tim...

Cougars and Mustangs


Beloved Cuesta College students, only two weeks remain until your classes begin. If you have not already signed up for your classes, please do so now! But as we get closer and...


Liberty and justice

The American Civil Liberties Union, the nation's greatest defender of constitutional rights, is closing in on its 100th anniversary. As it does so, the newly rebuilt San Luis ...


Same ol' election rhetoric

By Alan Thomas • San Luis Obispo

Dan Carpenter is at it again. He lost to Adam Hill by more than 10 points in the primary election for 3rd District supervisor, so you'd think he'd try something new. But once ...

Caren Ray is back in local politics

By Istar Holliday • Arroyo Grande

It heartens me that former SLO County 4th District Supervisor Caren Ray is throwing her hat back in the political ring. During the time we were privileged to have her in count...

Another response to oil train slights

By Sam Meyers

Again, I feel compelled to reply to a letter submitted to New Times. In the letter by Madeline Palaszewski ("It's not if but when with oil trains," July 21) asking elected off...


Welcome to the Wild West

Thar's gold in them thar hills! Well, technically it's green, not gold, but it's still worth a lot of dough! Yes, gold's still king at $1,300 an ounce, but high quality weed a...

Street Talk

What’s your favorite fair food?

Brooke Ashley Jill Whinnery Larry Cornett Serena Mueller

Strokes and Plugs

A place to play


For children with disabilities, many simple things that most of us take for granted, such as spending time at a playground with other children, are very challenging or even do...


Close to home


The sounds of the ocean waves crashing against the shore whirl about and hit the ear in a melodic way. Their siren song is both enchanting and indecipherable, with a pull as s...

Journey through art


His reaction was immediate and visceral. The first time Dale Evers stepped onto San Luis Obispo County soil, he knew he wanted it to be the last place he ever stepped. Evers,...



Because I'm lean, blondish, and look and act like a California kid, I often get asked: "Do you surf?"My answer has always been, "yes!" "Yes, I love to surf," I eagerly tell pe...


A strange and wondrous trip


What happens when you get two talented musicians who are used to working on the fringes of mainstream music and throw them together with absolutely no agenda and no pressure t...


Take flight!

Justin Lin (The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) directs the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek series starring Chr...


Mamma knows!


If anyone has the moxie to take over what was once known as a white tablecloth, fine dining establishment and spin it into a casual, down-home hangout, it's probably Esther ...

Hayley's Pick

Lone Madrone's 2012 'The Will'

Where there's a will, there's a way. Grenache, zinfandel, and petite sirah splash together to create this earthy, rich, concentrated red that calls out for meat, meat, and mo...

Upper Crust Trattoria's 'Shawn's Quarter'

Cards Against Humanity"he's probably sipping on an Old Fashioned made with bitters, muddled orange, and maraschino cherries. Lately, Hafley and his wife, Darci, have been han...

Hot Dates

Sip and turf

A bounty of beef, a whole lot of local wines, and helpful healthy cooking tips will be on the menu at the Central Coast Beef and Wine Festival, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Halter ...

Pretty wild

A “wild” themed, multi-artist exhibit featuring George Asdel, Jeri Edwards, Mary Kopecky, Frank Rocha, and Cheryl Strahl will be on display at the Atascadero Library, Aug....

Tricked out

BMX winners of the X Games will perform stunts at the Atascadero Library, July 30, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The show is free and for all ages. To find out more, email mkens...

All Hart

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart will bring his act to the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. Hart is known for his roles in movies such as Ride Along and ...

Out in the yard

Take a break from the BBQ and let the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo do the cooking at one of their Backyard Winemaker Dinners, July 29, in the garden patio. The dinners pair f...

Artful anniversary

The GALA Center Gallery in SLO celebrates 20 years of pride with a multi-media anniversary exhibit of work from LGBT artists, through Aug. 19, with a reception on Aug. 5 from ...