Wednesday, January 18, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 25
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Getting by: Helping the Central Coast's working poor survive

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Getting by: Helping the Central Coast's working poor survive

By RYAH COOLEY

Between the holiday good will and cold weather, winter is a time when the plight of the homeless population is on our collective consciousness—even in sunny San Luis Obispo. As the rainfall increases, warming shelters spring up across SLO County for the season. But inside apartments and houses across the Central Coast, a different kind of hardship can be found. From a ... [ Read More ]

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News

Peschong elected chairman of SLO's bitterly divided board of supervisors

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

A  newly cemented conservative-leaning majority on the SLO County Board of Supervisors flexed its muscles during a Jan. 10 meeting when it elected freshman 1st District Super...

Paso's two fire chiefs leave the city

By PETER JOHNSON

A month after the Paso Robles City Council heard a report that its emergency services department is severely understaffed, longtime Fire Chief Ken Johnson announced his retire...

Los Osos to get water conservation rebates, but who will fund it?

By PETER JOHNSON

Los Osos residents hoping to cash in on rebates for outdoor water conservation measures to help restore the community’s troubled water source—the Los Osos Valley Groundwat...

Accusations fly in supes spat over Nipomo substation

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

The acrimony between members of the SLO County Board of Supervisors didn’t end with the divisive vote over who would serve as chairman. Supervisors Bruce Gibson (2nd Distri...

Revolution: SLO progressives look to shake up the Democratic establishment

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

It's hard to find a more demoralizing scene than the one that was supposed to be an election day victory party for the SLO County Democratic Party.  What was initially slate...

Meaningful connections: Volunteers offer friendship to isolated seniors through Wilshire's Caring Callers Program

By PETER JOHNSON

At first, the two men didn’t quite know what to say to one another. The situation was a little uncomfortable—after all, they were essentially strangers. But after a few...

Connecting through art: Achievement House class creates coloring book style pieces

By RYAH COOLEY

Editor’s note: Only first names of students from Achievement House were used in this story to protect their privacy.  Broke and unemployed isn’t an unusual combination...

Coast Guard, most guard: Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers share the burden of protecting the Central Coast by sea

By DAVID MINSKY

Volunteers appointed to the service of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) are often paid, but there are also those who aren’t, like the men and women in the USCG Auxiliary.  Es...

Fresh air: Elephant seals and the volunteer docents who watch over them

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Even on a blustery, wet, low-visibility day, tourists want to see the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas.  It’s something that’s on many a Central Coast visitor’s to-...

Commentary

Trump and the new Republican Party

By KATHY RIEDEMANN

I am writing to response to Al Fonzi, who wrote an opinion piece, “Trump and progressive defeat,” in the Dec. 22, 2016, issue of New Times. Al, you say it’s the “alt-l...

Vouching for democracy

By MICHAEL LATNER

In his nomination of executive cabinet positions, President-elect Trump, who rallied support from a disaffected working class and railed against the privilege of Washington ...

Letters

Plastic water bottles and natural disasters

By Charles Bird - San Luis Obispo

I am writing in response to the article about SLO plastic bottle ban in the Jan. 5 issue, “SLO city looks to go plastic bottle-less.” The concern I have is the availabilit...

School districts should stay out of banking

By Michael Botwin and Caroline Botwin - San Luis Obispo

We think that the low-interest mortgage that the San Luis Coastal Unified School District board is offering the superintendent is ill advised. If board members feel that he c...

Personal responsibility

By Andrea Rule - Paso Robles

I want to comment on Charmaine Combra’s intelligent opinion article, (“Make us great again,” New Times, Jan. 5). She pretty much summed up many of the ingredients in the...

Mentoring someone who deserves it

By Madge Morningstar - Morro Bay

January is National Mentoring Month. Please help me say thanks to all the local people who made my amazing mentor experience possible. For the last few years, I was a voluntee...

Shredder

Majority rules

One of the things I—and no doubt all SLO County citizens—admire about the SLO County Board of Supervisors is that it’s a nonpartisan governing body that’s only conce...

Street Talk

SLO’s talking about banning plastic water bottles on city property, what do you think?

Heidi Rhys Collin Fitz-Gerald Anika Narula Patricia Eperjesi and her daughter

Strokes and Plugs

Rallying for unity: Local event supports Women's March on Washington, D.C.

By KAREN GARCIA

On Jan. 21, SLO County residents can support the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., by joining the Women’s March in San Luis Obispo.  Dawn Addis is one of the organizers...

Arts

A different perspective: Joe Schwartz's photos look at lives of everyday Latinos

By RYAH COOLEY

Paula Motlo knew her father would have crawled to be there with her at the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in September. ...

An 'atmospheric river' delivers much needed rain to the Central Coast

By GLEN STARKEY

Even though I ordered them more than a month ago, I finally set-up my three faux terracotta rain collection cisterns this past week, a somewhat tricky endeavor since they have...

Celebrating culture and diversity: SLO Jewish Film Festival starts Jan. 14

By RYAH COOLEY

This coming Martin Luther King Day weekend, take part by learning a little more about two different cultures. Take in a screening of Rosenwald, as part of the seventh annua...

Just the essentials: 'Minimalism' screens at Downtown Centre Jan. 16

By RYAH COOLEY

Ever feel overwhelmed by the clutter of too much stuff and too many things to do? Catch a special screening on Jan. 16 of Minimalism at 7:30 p.m. at Downtown Centre Theatre in...

DIY metal jewelry: Jan. 23 workshop at Left Coast Art Studio shows you how

By RYAH COOLEY

Always eyeballing those gorgeous metal stacking rings on Etsy or wishing for a pair of dangly earrings in an out-there shape? Well, pick up the soldering iron and get to work....

Blast from the Past: Jaws: The Revenge

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

When? 1987  |  What’s it rated? PG-13  |  Where’s it available? DVD. You can never have too much of a good thing. In the world of film, it’s a maxim that’s bot...

Music

Dawes plays Fremont on Jan. 13 in support of new album, 'We're All Gonna Die'

By GLEN STARKEY

Dawes has always made great music, but on their fifth album We’re All Gonna Die, they’ve become masters of melody, sultans of story, and philosopher kings. Look no further...

Film

‘A Monster Calls’ examines the complicated emotions surrounding loss

J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) directs this young adult fantasy drama about Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall), a young boy dealing with his mum’s (Felicity ...

Flavor

OGG caramel cred: Sugar + Spoon caramels made just like great-granny did (minus the butter churning)

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

Adult rule for keeping your sanity: Don’t believe everything you see in Martha Stewart Living magazine. Like me, you probably find yourself throwing up your hands and exclai...

Hayley's Pick

Bodega de Edgar's 2015 Albariño and Oso Libre's MV Carnal Red Rhone Blend

Ceviche, guac, and good conversation flowed during an early 2017 meetup of the minds at Fish Gaucho in Paso Robles. The more my friends and I sipped of this crisp white wine, ...

Hot Dates

Still standing

Locals who’ve traveled to the Standing Rock reservation to join the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline will unite for a special event titled Standing SLO: The Movement...

Artful legacy

The work of former Cal Poly Art and Design Department faculty member Michael Miller will be showcased at the Cal Poly University Art Gallery through Feb. 10, with an opening r...

Divert your attention

Castoro Cellars in Paso Robles will host an exhibit of paintings by Kristopher Doe titled Highway 395 and Other Diversions, on view through Jan. 31. For additional info, Casto...