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Do police and the public have the same perception of use of force?

The police are generally too aggressive.
Police do what they have to in order to make arrests, and it’s not always pretty.
Some police are good; others are far too quick to violence.
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No more, no less: What's the state of SLO County homelessness in 2015?

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No more, no less: What's the state of SLO County homelessness in 2015?


View a slideshow of San Luis Obispo's Prado Day Center. If you’ve spent much time on the Central Coast, you’ve probably heard of the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. Adopted in 2008, the much-ballyhooed and boldly titled San Luis Obispo County-wide plan outlines an ambitious, multi-pronged strategy to take a bite out of what was then a escalating homelessness issue.... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles



South County Advisory Council recommends rejecting a Nipomo medical marijuana dispensary


Ethnobotanica representative Stephanie Kiel took a deep breath as she walked outside of the South County Advisory Council (SCAC) meeting on Feb. 24. “That was rough,” she...

Morro Bay city officials debate the future of the Morro Bay Power Plant


One year after the Morro Bay Power Plant’s closure, city officials are again planning how to handle the property formerly occupied by Dynegy. On Feb. 24—the same day Dyn...

SLO County Supervisors move forward with exploring a permanent ordinance to stabilize pumping from the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin


Coming to yet another tight vote on the topic, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors reached a decision that could clear the most recent logjam in the arduous proces...

Supervisors approve San Luis Obispo to Avila Beach trail


In a Feb. 24 hearing filled with optimism, grand plans, and neon bike jerseys, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously gave the green light to a planned 4 ...

Local officials are hoping social media will help engage more citizens


It’s going to take a custom piece of software running all day, every day, for about three months to convert AGP Video’s archives into the new file format. “When I start...

Game, set, pickle: Pickleball is creating a multi-use crunch on other sports


On a cool February afternoon shaded by the lingering Morro Bay fog, almost 50 people and about four dogs gathered at Del Mar Park to play or watch pickleball. Pairs of pickleb...

Cougars & Mustangs


Lover of wordplay and rhetorical snark that I am, it is taking me an immense deal of restraint to not explode into ridiculing laughter at the following announcement because I'...




Dear Californians: Please stop making smug Facebook posts about your January trips to the beach when you know the East Coast is getting the crap beat out of it by a storm. Ple...


50 Shades of No Way

Victoria Grostick - San Luis Obispo

I do not think I have ever read a funnier or more honest review of a movie than Cliff and Jessica’s commentary on 50 Shades of Grey (“Coming attractions,” Feb. 19). It ...

The Dreamers deserve better

Richard Miller - Los Osos

Well, the Do-Nothing Republicans in the Do-Nothing Republican-controlled Congress in Washington have, with the help of a racist conservative judge in Republican Texas, finally...

Please do run for office, women!

Angie King - San Luis Obispo

The editors blew the strength of Heidi Harmon’s exhortations in her opinion piece in last week’s New Times because of the misplaced comma in the last line (“Run like a g...

Support public art!

Heidi Petersen - Santa Margarita

Don’t let Peg Pinard and other self-proclaimed art critics dominate this conversation (“Arts and crass,” Feb. 19). There’s a small campaign in progress to show support...


And the award goes to ...

It’s that beautiful time of year when celebrities throw on their sequins and high heels and congratulate each other for their willingness to bring laughter and tears into th...

Street Talk

If you could invent a sport, what would you call it?

Kara Leonard Martha Cody Jacqui Diaz Alex Mendoza

Strokes and Plugs

Loving cup: Spearhead Coffee in Paso Robles sees coffee as an experience


The owners of new Paso Robles café, Spearhead Coffee don’t just see coffee as work fuel, they see it as an experience, even a worldview—something with every bit as much ...


Cal Poly stages experimental play about human behavior, 'The Other Shore'


Here’s a rope. Let’s play a game.” This is how The Other Shore, the latest production from Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department, begins. Just moments before, the ...

Pas de dudes: Acclaimed transvestite ballet troupe Les Ballets Trockadero return to the PAC


In 1962, Lariska Dumbchenko made history as “the first ballerina to be shot into orbit.” According to legend, when she was up in space, she “delivered handy make-up tip...

A couple dozen film fans braved the rain to attend a food- and drink-filled Oscars party at the SLO Elks Lodge!


It’s Sunday, Feb. 22, and the SLO Elks Lodge is slowly filling up with film fans as the red carpet Academy Awards pre-show screens on the many flat screen TVs in the bar. ...

Acclaimed local poet Glenna Luschei holds free writing workshop


For nearly 50 years now, Glenna Luschei has been writing poetry. In the late ’60s, she began publishing poetry on the Central Coast and founded her own poetry journal, Solo ...


Local emcee James Kaye brings his laidback lifestyle music to SLO Brew on Feb. 26


Some guys know how to have fun, and James Kaye is one of them. His most accomplished video is One of Those Days, a song with an amazing hook and a video that depicts a leisure...


'Still Alice' is an honest look at the devastation wreaked by Alzheimer's

Renowned Columbia University linguistics professor Alice Howland (Julianne Moore, who won a Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award for her performance) slowly begins f...


'Hey, it's Kiwi Bob!': An exotic fruit is a Central Coast staple thanks to three generations of green dreamers


One dark and stormy Wednesday morning in Nipomo, Bob “Kiwi Bob” Criswell found out just how akin to family his farmers’ market customers truly are. At daybreak, his son,...

Hayley's Pick

Firestone Walker UDBA and Donati Winery's 2012 Immigrant

I don’t care how many Firestone Walker Brewing Co. “805” handles pop up across the land. “What we drink around here” will always, irrefutably be Double Barrel Ale. I...

Hot Dates

On the range

Cartoonist and painter Jerry Scott captures images of animal life outside his studio window in Free Range, an exhibit of oil paintings on display at Frame Works in SLO through...

Fresh prints

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast in SLO will showcase the work of three local printmakers, March 1 through April 3. Opening receptions will be held on March 6...

Like a living stone

Described as “a fusion of observation and revelation,” the work of Louise Luthi will be on view at Gallery at Marina Square, March 1 to 29, in a new exhibit titled Living ...