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Are you comfortable with prayer in public meetings?

Yes, atheists have too much control over what's allowed.
No, keep church and state separate.
Let anyone from any religion pray in public and that will make it fair.
I'm more uncomfortable with the fact that local politicians think they need divine assistance.

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Three for 4

Cover Story

Three for 4

BY RHYS HEYDEN

This race was never supposed to happen. San Luis Obispo County’s 4th District—which includes Arroyo Grande, Oceano, Nipomo, and small communities along Highway 166—was firmly in the grasp of Supervisor Paul Teixeira. Like Katcho Achadjian before him, Teixeira was a beloved South County moderate Republican who represented his district with folksy aplomb. It was wide... [ Read More ]

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Cover Story: Three for 4
 

News

No more prayer in Pismo Beach

BY RHYS HEYDEN

After deliberating for more than five months, the Pismo Beach City Council unanimously agreed during its April 15 meeting to settle a lawsuit objecting to the city’s public ...

A solar company sues ... itself?

BY COLIN RIGLEY

On April 9, High Plains Ranch filed a lawsuit against High Plains Ranch. Specifically, High Plains Ranch II filed a complaint with the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court...

Feds continue to seek a five-year minimum sentence against former medical marijuana dispensary operator Charles Lynch

BY COLIN RIGLEY

A federal appeals court has accepted the government’s “oversized brief” of 32,951 words in defense of the U.S. government’s position that former medical marijuana disp...

Pickleball fever hits Paso Robles

BY JONO KINKADE

After considering a series of serious matters involving infrastructure and city repairs, the Paso Robles City Council welcomed a bit of levity. The council chambers were crow...

SLO will decide if and how to vote on a Measure Y renewal

BY COLIN RIGLEY

Members of the San Luis Obispo City Council are scheduled to hammer out details over a potential ballot measure to renew a one-half percent sales tax, and whether to invoke ca...

Skateboarding is not a crime; it's a project

BY COLIN RIGLEY

After a relatively short public hearing, capping off years of work and the hopes of local skateboarders, San Luis Obispo city staffers displayed the final slide of their prese...

Paso Robles City Council approves a series of infrastructural improvements and plans

BY JONO KINKADE

The Paso Robles City Council moved through a series of agenda items at its April 15 meeting for some fine-tuning and grand scheming on the city’s infrastructure. In just ab...

Pismo ballot initiative moves forward

BY RHYS HEYDEN

After three weeks of successful signature gathering, members of Pismo Beach activist group Save Price Canyon officially submitted 919 signatures to Pismo Beach City Clerk Elai...

Organized opposition: Phillips 66 health and safety specialists allege they were punished for unionizing

BY COLIN RIGLEY

On a late Monday afternoon in January 2012, a group of five health and safety shift specialists were called to meet with four managers of the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery....

Firefight: After months of sparring, critics and supporters of a fire assessment await the final outcome

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Depending on where you stand, the proposed assessment district for the Five Cities Fire Authority (FCFA) is either an essential step to maintain vastly improved fire services ...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

Well, Cuesta, you finally made it. It may be several years too late, (or is it weeks? I can’t tell these days), but here it is, your very own Spring Break! Now, unless I’m...

Commentary

Numbers don't lie

BY JULIE TACKER

Retired since 2006, former Arroyo Grande/Grover Beach Fire Department fire Chief Terry Fibich (“Support the benefit assessment measure,” April 10) attempts to “clear up ...

Start your adventure

BY JOE LAURENZI

Now that I have worked in libraries for more than 10 years, I thought I would share my thoughts that not being a library patron anymore makes me slightly envious. Sure, I have...

Letters

We could talk to Cal Fire

John Bridgeman

The misnamed Five Cities Fire Authority, which represents the cities of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, and the community of Oceano, is a newly formed bureaucracy that is asking ...

Shredder

It's 2014; do you know what year your senators are living in?

THE SHREDDER

I don’t like to talk about national politics—not because I’m writing for a local newspaper, not because I feel it’s above my pay grade or interest level, but bec...

Street Talk

What would you most like to find in an Easter egg?

Katy Gray Teresa Cortes Colin O’Shaughnessy Tucker Jenny Gosnell

Strokes and Plugs

What's all the HUBbub?

BY BEN SIMON

Among the new additions to ThreadHUB’s inventory are brands like HUF, 10 Deep, Pink Dolphin, Popular Demand, Young and Reckless, Dimepiece, Joyrich, Forte, and Cote de Nuits...

Arts

It's a group thing: The "VFA 3rd Annual Group Show" brings the Paso Robles village vanguard back to Vale Fine Art

BY ERIN C. MESSER

When you arrive at a gallery to see paintings by Bret Brown and Lena Rushing standing guard on opposite sides of the entrance, you know you’re in for something good. Neal B...

Phonetography: The Central Coast Photo Society's "Going Mobile" at SLOMA moves photography out of the pocket and onto the gallery wall

BY ERIN C. MESSER

From Instagram to Tumblr, selfies to sexting, we all know that the revolution won’t be televised—it’ll be shot on a smart phone and streamed live. Answering this relat...

Pulitzer Prizes are announced, and Cuesta students read polyglot poems at the 11th Annual Poetry in Translation event

BY ERIN C. MESSER

As you may remember from our April 3 National Poetry Month roundup, the announcement of the Pulitzer Prizes coincides with “the cruellest month.” On Monday, April 14...

In the house

BY RYAN MILLER

It’s Saturday, April 12, 2014, and I’m back at Cal Poly.   It’s like I never left.   On my way to the Open House opening ceremonies, I run into my friend and...

Music

Organ grinder!

BY GLEN STARKEY

If you’re like me, the pipe organ reminds me of either going to church or watching horror movies like Phantom of the Opera—either way, there’s something stodgy about the...

Film

Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom) adds to his highly stylized collection of comedies with the story of M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel in the...

Cuisine

Red king crab rules

BY KATHY MARCKS HARDESTY

If you love crab as much as I do, you’ll be eager to tackle the delicious big boy pictured above. And don’t let those sharp-spiked thick red shells scare you off. With the...

Kathy's Pick

Baileyana 2012 Pinot Noir Firepeak

BY KATHY MARCKS HARDESTY

This tasty Edna Valley grown pinot noir is a lovely wine for sipping and pairing with food. It’s produced by winemaker Christian Roguenant who was born and raised i...

Felten Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir San Luis Obispo County

BY KATHY MARCKS HARDESTY

Winemaker Steve Felten has been making wine and consulting for his peers in Paso Robles for 40 years. This handcrafted wine, made like a good French Burgundy, offers t...

Hot Dates

Get organized

He’s been described as having “scintillating showmanship” and “undeniable virtuosity.” He’s been compared to Vladimir Horowitz, Fred Astaire, and David Bowie...

Art imitating life

Making it onto the cover of Life magazine may not be quite as prestigious as making it onto the cover of New Times, but no one has written a play about that yet, so chec...

Cavort by Northwest

Check out some cutting-edge cutting the rug on April 18 at 8 p.m., when Northwest Dance Project will perform at the Spanos Theatre in SLO. Dedicated to creating and perf...