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Home again: A glimpse of the final days of the De Groot Nursing Home for Children

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Home again: A glimpse of the final days of the De Groot Nursing Home for Children

BY COLIN RIGLEY

In a lot of ways, Sjany de Groot is back where she was more than 30 years ago, when she and her husband began caring for sick children when they left Holland after the war. “It’s over,” de Groot said now. “I’m free.” There was a restrained sadness beneath those words, however. The De Groot Nursing Home for Children is noticeably emptier these days. All the... [ Read More ]

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News

SLO Brew project is downscaled and owners will part ways

BY NEW TIMES STAFF

SLO Brew, the iconic downtown San Luis Obispo bar and music venue, is scheduled to shift locations in mid-2015, but on a smaller scale than originally planned. The business ow...

Grover Beach's plans for a fiber-optic network inch forward

BY RHYS HEYDEN

After years of discussion and planning, the Grover Beach City Council unanimously approved a major part of a long-awaited municipal fiber-optic network during its Oct. 6 meeti...

Members of the Diablo Canon Independent Safety Committee want more analysis about proposed cooling towers

BY COLIN RIGLEY

Members of the Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee have asked for further analysis on a new proposed cooling system at Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) nuclear p...

Atascadero promises it won't use potential sales tax revenues to pay for cost overruns in Walmart/Annex Project road improvement

BY JONO KINKADE

The untimely intersection of two hot-button issues led to a not atypical late-night meeting at Atascadero City Hall. On Oct. 14, the Atascadero City Council untangled how exa...

A Phillips 66 project is back up for public review

BY RHYS HEYDEN

After causing a ruckus when it first debuted in late 2013, a proposed project by oil giant Phillips 66 that would bring crude oil by rail through San Luis Obispo County is bei...

Another small step for the Paso basin water district

BY JONO KINKADE

Proponents for the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin Water District have won yet another small victory. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors decided on Oct. 14 to dire...

Was an Independent Peer Review Panel cut out of PG&E's seismic review?

BY COLIN RIGLEY

Several emails made public as part of a recent legal filing have provided a rare glimpse into internal conversations between Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) officials at...

Uprooted: Neighbors say a landowner in rural A.G. has been destroying nature and causing problems

BY RHYS HEYDEN

As Jacqui McChesney tells it, it only took a few months for the land to go from an untouched paradise to a man-made problem. McChesney and her family live on a 46-acre parcel...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

For as long as you or I can remember, mankind has looked to the milk of the cow for nourishment and aid in the process of cooking delicious foods. This famed, cud-chewing gent...

Commentary

Measure G is just more broken promises

BY KEITH GURNEE, DIA HURD, LESLIE HALLS, AND DODIE WILLIAMS

Measure G is NOT an “extension” of Measure Y. Measure Y was a temporary half-cent sales tax placed on the ballot by the San Luis Obispo City Council in 2006 with a promise...

Letters

Spend money on our home, not war

Jim Griffin - San Luis Obispo

We are constantly told we don’t have enough money as a society to pay for various social programs, fix the roads, fund schools, rebuild infrastructure, etc. And yet when it ...

Debate is healthy

Charley Brown - Santa Maria

It is a sad commentary on our times that someone living in the USA, Steve Pax (“There is no debate,” Oct. 2) demands that the news outlets censor their product. Two remark...

Clean up your streets, Morro Bay

Jeanette Batelin - Clovis

My family visited Morro Bay several times a year with our friends, neighbors, and grandkids for the last 24 years. The Harbor Festival was our favorite event—until this year...

We only need one election

Susan Heinemann - Morro Bay

Morro Bay’s two-election system was one of those ideas that sounded good on paper, but in reality has not worked out. It has cost the city taxpayers dollars, and contrary to...

Don't reward negligence

Tom Comar - Atascadero

Now that a more accurate cost—$12 million vs. $4.5 million—is known for the projected roadwork for the Del Rio Road project, it is clear there is only one party that has t...

Vote this way for a better Atascadero

Ron Walters - A Better Atascadero president

Atascadero has shown significant progress since the days of long, contentious meetings with a divided council. Our current council has changed that previous culture and is wor...

Shredder

Uh-otis

It’s that time of year again—the temperature hovering in the sweltering 90s, the parched landscape beaming its autumnal glow, and my favoritest holiday right around the co...

Street Talk

What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

Randi Sokoloff Jill Stollmeyer Jonathan Olcott Bob Ellis

Strokes and Plugs

The art of healing: The Women's Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo celebrates their 35th anniversary

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

October marks the beginning of the fall season, Halloween, and all things pumpkin spiced. On a slightly more serious note, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month. T...

Arts

SLO County artists open their homes and studios for annual Open Studios Art Tour

BY JESSICA PENA

There are endless ways to experience art. There are, of course, the standard methods—go to a gallery, drink some wine, visit a museum, drink more wine, or sneak into said mu...

SLO Little Theatre stages Steve Martin's comedy, 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile'

BY JESSICA PENA

Let’s play a game. If you could pair any two historical characters and have them chat in a bar, whom would you pick? Sure, you could go the serious, important route and thro...

SLO Little Theatre debuts new late-night comedy series, After Hours

BY JESSICA PENA

Laugh-in Nothing says late night like live comedy. OK. Real talk. Nothing says late night like live comedy and a greasy bag of Taco Bell in the passenger seat of your car. I'...

Iconic local puppeteer Don Wallis will read from his new collection of poetry on Oct. 19 at Linnaea's Café

BY GLEN STARKEY

You’ve seen him. If you’ve lived in SLO Town for more than a year or two, you can’t help but to have run across Don Wallis, with his broom-like mustache, twinkling eyes,...

Music

Four great acts play a cancer fundraiser Oct. 23 at Fremont Theater

BY GLEN STARKEY

Cancer sucks. It robs vital, wonderful people of their energy and their future. It takes family members and friends from those who love them. It has hit close to home for me r...

Film

'Dracula Untold' sucks the lifeblood out of vampire movies

In this origin story set in 1462 in Transylvania, Vlad III (Luke Evans), Prince of Wallachia, has ruled for 10 years of peace with his wife Mirena (Sarah Gadon), but then Su...

Flavor

So a German and an American walk into a GrillHaus ...

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

When cultures collide—say spicy, vibrant Mexican cuisine with charred cowboy Texas barbecue or Japanese fare with California’s obsession with kale and chipotle aioli—thi...

Hayley's Pick

James Brown Hard Cider's Horse Thief and Joe Bella Coffee Roaster's Latte

James Brown Hard Cider's Horse Thief I need to talk about James Brown. No, not the sweaty, booty-shaking founding father of funk music, but the truly complicated guy who se...

Hot Dates

Hit the road

Take a road trip to Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay, and check out Off the Road, a mixed-media painting exhibit by Linda Loebs, through Oct. 29. For the past year, Loebs...

Sound off on cancer awareness

An All-Star Benefit Concert to SLO Down Cancer will take place at the Fremont Theatre in SLO, on Oct. 23. Violinist Patrick Contreras will headline, and New Times Music Awards...

A natural pairing

Make the right selection, go see Natural Selections: Smith and Wessels in Evolution, an exhibit by sculptor Henry Wessels and printmaker Donald E. Smith, through Nov. 2, at th...