Saturday, May 27, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 44
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Should SLO County ban marijuana cultivation in the California Valley?

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They should allow very limited cultivation.
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It's legal! Get over it and stop picking on Cal Valley!

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All grown up: The evolution of the SLO Little Theatre to SLO Repertory Theatre

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All grown up: The evolution of the SLO Little Theatre to SLO Repertory Theatre

By RYAH COOLEY

After two days of auditions, only 15 actors had shown up. Only four of them were men, and no one was quite right to play the male leads of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in the upcoming production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile. So Kevin Harris, managing artistic director for the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre, picked up the phone and called every local actor he could t... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

 

News

Air pollution officials threaten violation over dunes dust

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

SLO County's Air Pollution Control District is mulling slapping the California Department of Parks and Recreation with a formal violation for failing to properly enact dust mi...

Cayucos struggles to hang on to its fire department

By KAREN GARCIA

The Cayucos Fire Department is hanging by a thread, combatting alleged Brown Act violations as it weighs what options are left to keep things afloat. The Cayucos Fire Protect...

County to slap Cal Valley pot growers with lawsuits

By PETER JOHNSON

SLO County is serving five marijuana growers in the California Valley with lawsuits for allegedly violating the county’s cannabis urgency ordinance, which put a moratorium o...

San Luis Ranch goes to SLO Planning Commission

By PETER JOHNSON

The 580-unit San Luis Ranch housing development is one step away from going in front of the SLO City Council for final consideration. The SLO Planning Commission will hold tw...

Better internet coming to Shandon schools

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

After years of struggling with sub-par internet service, students and staff at the Shandon Joint Unified School are finally getting an upgrade. The district is getting assist...

Morro Bay's emergency fund pays for open space

By KAREN GARCIA

On May 23 the Morro Bay City Council voted to purchase the eucalyptus-covered Cerrito Peak, also known as Eagle Rock, with $350,000 from the city’s general fund emergency re...

County declares end to drought emergency

By PETER JOHNSON

After spending 38 months in a state of emergency due to the drought, the SLO County Board of Supervisors finally lifted that designation on May 23, marking a local conclusion ...

Correction

In the May 18 cover story “Path less traveled,” SLO Natural Resources Manager Bob Hill was incorrectly quoted. Policy changes to open space hours would first require an en...

In constant flux: SLO County's ever-changing draft marijuana ordinance causes confusion, ruffles feathers

By PETER JOHNSON

The winding, rocky road to establishing marijuana regulations in SLO County continued with the release of a new draft ordinance on May 1—which looked nothing like the previo...

Nowhere to go: Gaps in resources for homeless services highlight SLO's geographical divide

By KRISTINE XU

Little pieces of tape marked off space on the floor of a 20-by-30-foot room at the Department of Social Services in Arroyo Grande, dividing the room into equal portions for sl...

Commentary

Monument defenders unite!

By JEFF KUYPER AND BRYANT BAKER

The Carrizo Plain National Monument is one of the crown jewels of San Luis Obispo County. It’s a place where pronghorn antelope and tule elk roam the landscape. Where ancie...

Neither bigots nor haters

By AL FONZI

The former SLO High School instructor who wrote an opinion piece for the student paper should be chided for submitting an article expressing his religious beliefs in what is...

Letters

Protect SLO's natural resources

By Christopher Hamma - Arroyo Grande

Thank you for publishing “Path less traveled” (May 18), regarding the proposal by certain members of the community to allow nighttime recreational access to San Luis Obisp...

SLO County has the power to stop dust pollution

By Lucia Casalinuovo - Oceano

The air downwind from the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area has been especially awful during this season. Yet, state park’s Off Highway Vehicles Division has comp...

Resist greedy urges, save the planet

By David Deick - Atascadero

I resist writing a response to Al Fonzi’s opinion pieces, and someone usually says it for me, but this week I cannot. Al, you are not a climate scientist, you have proven yo...

Those high school tennis courts are indeed open

By Ryan Pinkerton - San Luis Coastal Unified School District

In a recent letter to the editor, Maurice Gendron (“Morro Bay High tennis courts aren’t always open,” May 11) discussed the high school’s tennis courts not being open ...

Night hiking isn't restricted in national parks

By Frank Zika - San Luis Obispo

Let me get this straight. Currently the city of San Luis Obispo has more than 60 development projects under review or under construction. These will potentially add more than ...

Shredder

Read the First Amendment, dummies

Politics have become toxic. The left claims the right is racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and misogynist. The right claims the left is intolerant of divergent views, overly p...

Street Talk

What’s your favorite play?

Trista Noland Kenzie Montagna Kathy Puglisi Kathleen Hollenbeck

Strokes and Plugs

Nurturing our land

By KAREN GARCIA

If you look at an aerial view of Our Global Family Village, the quarter-acre is split into four sections. Founder Teresa Lees has set up her farm to correspond with the four c...

Arts

New Waves: SLO local Chris Burkard's film explores surfing in Iceland

By RYAH COOLEY

A storm was brewing. The ice cracked and broke as the ship made its way across the ocean. It was September 2015 in Iceland with temperatures hitting anywhere from 20 to minus ...

Blurred lines: Dirty Pictures gives abstract expressionist take on the landscape

By RYAH COOLEY

It all started with painting sports murals for teams like the Minnesota Vikings back in the 1980s. That led artist Tom Shultz to painting retro cars, and then his focus contin...

Wine not? Boozing it up at Paso Wine Fest

By RYAH COOLEY

It’s only noon on Saturday, May 20, in Paso Robles, but the sun’s rays are already oppressively warm, clocking in at around 91 degrees as I drive around downtown, looking ...

A night in old Vienna

By RYAH COOLEY

Enjoy a night out at the New York City's Met Opera with out ever leaving home on May 27 with a live screening of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Cen...

Unleash the truth

By RYAH COOLEY

We’ve all been there. Everything is fine—until it’s not. Explore what happens when the past resurfaces at a staged reading of The Great God Pan at the SLO Repertory Thea...

Self-love

By RYAH COOLEY

For artist Adriana Lemus, the term selfie takes on an all-new meaning. Lemus has been drawing and sketching nude models for more than three years and came to value the beauty...

Blast from the Past: Matewan

By GLEN STARKEY

What’s it rated? PG-13  |  When? 1987  |  Where’s it available? DVD and Blu-ray. Writer-director John Sayles (Eight Men Out, The Secret of Roan Inish, Lone Star) he...

Music

Punkified roots trio The Devil Makes Three returns to the Alex Madonna Expo Center on May 26

By GLEN STARKEY

The Devil Makes Three has become a staple around here, at first a hard-to-categorize trio that played the old SLO Brew location, delivering a mix of ragtime, roots blues, jazz...

Film

'Alien: Covenant’ is a bloody good continuation of the Alien mythos

Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Black Hawk Down) helms this sequel to his 2012 film Prometheus, part two of a three-part prequel to his original 1979 film Ali...

Flavor

Tasty barrels, brah: Wine, Waves, & Beyond is more laid back than ever June 2 to 4

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

What makes up a classic VW bus? If you grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, you’ll probably say way more than four tires, a bright coat of paint, and some fuzzy dice. For many ...

Hayley's Pick

If it grows together, it goes together

Everyone keeps telling us to “dine with the seasons,” and there’s a big reason why. First, seasonal produce is peak produce, so it just tastes better. Second, eating loc...

Hot Dates

What a brush

Check out some fine examples of artist Jarien de Ham’s work at an exhibit of fine art Chinese brush paintings, on display at Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay, June 1 th...

Art by the bay

Morro Bay City Park will host the first of three Morro Bay Art in the Park weekends, May 27 through 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on...

Woven wares

Learn some new skills to put that pile of pine needles to use at a pine needle basket-weaving workshop with Elizabeth Bear, June 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the San Luis ...