Friday, March 24, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 35

Weekly Poll
Should SLO allow night hiking in public spaces?

Yes, I need my fix of night hiking and biking, especially during the short winter days.
No, I think that might disturb the wildlife that occupy those open spaces at night.
No, have you not heard of mountain lions?
People hike at night anyway so might as well make the change.

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Unclaimed property: Nobody wants to take responsibility for maintaining a little piece of no man's land in Cambria

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Unclaimed property: Nobody wants to take responsibility for maintaining a little piece of no man's land in Cambria


Tucked away beneath the vast heights of Monterey pine trees sprawls the community of Cambria. Between those towering pines is “the pink house,” which sits beside an unmaintained piece of no man’s land. Carol Flash took New Times on a tour of her home of 20 years and pointed out land to the left of her house—it’s 10 feet wide and runs the length of her property (... [ Read More ]

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Shredder: Amateur hour


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Proposed HUD cuts concern local nonprofits


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Central Coast mourns death of SLOStringer Matthew Frank


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Forden's to leave downtown SLO


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SLO City Council shows support for night hiking


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Rolling stoned: Setting DUI limits for marijuana in California could prove difficult


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Nighttime no-no


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Factual knowledge


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A new center


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Applause to county staff for the Phillips 66 project

By Martin Akel - Mesa Refinery Watch Group

The unsung heroes of the Phillips 66 rail terminal application are the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission staffers, headed by project lead Ryan Hostetter. Across multi...

Republican health care: Is it for you?

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For all of you who feel safe with your health care coverage now, think about your future trip to the emergency room and having to wait, literally, more than 24 hours to see a ...

A typical political rant

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I'm not a particularly ardent fan of Donald Trump, nor of Hilary Clinton. But Kathy Riedman ("Assigning blame," March 16), I get that your hatred of him is extreme—you attac...

Human misery's part of the GOP platform

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Once again I find myself responding to Al Fonzi, this time to his March 16 column entitled, “Truth as casualty in public policy.” I won’t address the substance of his p...

There's no debate over rental housing inspections

By R. Andriola - Cambria

Debate over San Luis Obispo's mandatory rental housing inspections every three years to enforce health and safety code compliance? What an excellent idea! How could there pos...

Riedman's got my vote

By Jennifer Taft

Kathy Riedman's “Assigning Blame” (March 16) is uber-excellent, covering every inch of the road to hell Garbage Dump Trump has us on, with all the right, common sense ques...


Amateur hour

Did they or didn’t they? That’s the question! After its March 7 meeting, the SLO County Board of Supervisors—in particular, three of ’em—were accused by members o...

Street Talk

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Tony Hackworth Christa Lee Michael Foster Ed Griffith

Strokes and Plugs

Connecting with nature


It started with a glass of whiskey and a couple of trips to Sidecar in downtown San Luis Obispo. Scott Romaine was a bartender and Daniel Torres frequently came in to enjoy a ...


Street ads to high art: Vintage European Posters displays collection in Paso


It all started with a young girl falling in love. It seemed impractical, but eventually Elizabeth Norris decided to just go for it. The 1890s poster, with the words “When ...

Intense post-Civil War drama 'The Whipping Man' ignites the Pacific Conservatory Theatre


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Vines and fine art


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Making space for all


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Searching for Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges at the SLO Film Fest


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Guilty Pleasures: Beverly Hills Ninja


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Alt-country progenitors the Old 97's play the Fremont Theater on March 25


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‘Beauty and the Beast’ charms, entertains, and enlightens

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Feel-good gardening: Growing Grounds Farm nurtures plants and good spirits


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Hayley's Pick

Wine, firefighters, and A-Town

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Spring singing

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Nerd alert

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