Monday, September 26, 2016     Volume: 31, Issue: 9
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Rooted beneath: Cuyama Valley's water  basin problems put big carrot growers at odds with area  residents and small landowners

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Rooted beneath: Cuyama Valley's water basin problems put big carrot growers at odds with area residents and small landowners

By DAVID MINSKY AND CAMILLIA LANHAM

Cuyama Valley is the “gem” of carrot growing regions. It’s got that fertile soil with all the right minerals and nutrients. It’s got that climate with hot days and cool nights.  Grimmway Farms has plucked little orange jewels—and other veggies—out of the arid region for more than 30 years, and Bolthouse Farms coaxes those fern-topped root veggies to life on m... [ Read More ]

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News

SLO supes pass urgency ordinance limiting pot cultivation

By PETER JOHNSON

In a change from the norm, the SLO County Board of Supervisors didn’t give Sheriff Ian Parkinson a marijuana policy he requested: a prohibition on cultivation. Last Novembe...

Coastal Commissioner Howell named in lawsuit

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

As Erik Howell fights to get re-elected to his seat on the Pismo Beach City Council, he’ll also be battling on a second front in the California Court system. Howell is one ...

Pismo reverses course on Bluffs bike path reroute

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Outdoor enthusiasts might be feeling a little dizzy after watching the Pismo Beach City Council’s 180-degree turn on a decision in the ongoing battle over access to the Shel...

Laguna Lake dredging project gets go-ahead

By PETER JOHNSON

Laguna Lake has a major sediment buildup problem, and it might finally get some long-overdue relief from the city of San Luis Obispo with a $10 million dredging project. On S...

Construction industry bets big on Measure J

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

The campaign to convince voters to support a half-cent transportation sales tax ballot measure is getting a little help from companies that could land lucrative contracts shou...

Seeing green: Local cities take differing stances on recreational marijuana while county addresses cultivation

By PETER JOHNSON

The possibility of legalized marijuana makes Paso Robles so nervous that the city’s banning every recreational pot thing it legally can before California voters get to make ...

Arroyo Grande City Council candidates debate solutions for homelessness

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Five candidates are competing for just two seats on The Arroyo Grande City Council. The contenders pitched themselves to voters at the South County Government Center during ...

Commentary

It's not just about trees

By ALLAN COOPER, CAMILLE SMALL, AND DAVID BRODIE

Picture a grove of 49 beautiful, large old trees surrounding a stately historic house. Imagine gazing through multiple layers of branches in various shades of green to the azu...

Letters

Cunningham's attack ads don't tell the truth

By Anne McGlynn - San Luis Obispo

Both 35th District Assembly candidates are airing negative commercials.  Dawn Ortiz-Legg’s ads chastise Jordan Cunningham for running as the “law and order” candidate ...

Ortiz-Legg's attack ads are in poor taste

By Karen S. Gray - Avila Beach

Dawn Ortiz-Legg’s negative ads against Jordan Cunningham in the upcoming state Assembly race tell us much more about her than about him. I have known Jordan for many years, ...

Measure J is a conundrum

By Steve Ryburn - Atascadero

I’m not sure what to make of Measure J. This is the measure asking the citizens of San Luis Obispo County to pay an additional half-cent in sales tax for the next nine years...

Harmon cares about people and SLO

By Elaine Stewart - San Luis Obispo

As a former elementary school teacher and now a small business owner and stay-at-home mom, I deeply care about our city and our future as a community. That is why I am support...

Marx has a proven track record

By Evelyn Greenwald - San Luis Obispo

Brenda Holmes’s claim (“Harmon would give SLO a fresh start,” Sept. 8, New Times) that Mayor Jan Marx has done nothing to help SLO city residents is completely out of to...

The rental ordinance is class warfare

By Marty U'Ren - San Luis Obispo

The city of San Luis Obispo has a problem of its own making. Or I should say SLO has made a problem worse. Too many people without adequate resources live on the streets and i...

Shredder

Fabio goes to Washington

Have you seen the new Justin Fareed political commercial? It’s awesomely tacky! Watch as the 24th District congressional candidate rides a horsey! He’s one shirtless pose ...

Street Talk

What your favorite thing about fall?

Jennifer Scott John Cummings Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Katelin McCullough

Strokes and Plugs

Left behind: California Coastal Cleanup Day nets 5,445 pounds of trash

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Cracked earth and dead brown grasses and shrubs barely hanging on to their existence lead from a parking area to the Estero Bluffs shoreline. The land is so thirsty, and peop...

Arts

Pain and pleasure: SLO Tease Burlesque brings edginess Los Osos show

By RYAH COOLEY

Sometimes the sexiest thing you can do is keep those clothes on. Hear me out: No, this isn’t some cross-your-legs-for-Jesus thing; this is burlesque.   Ash Rexford (Se...

PCPA closes season with shows that feature small casts, big drama

By JOE PAYNE

If you’ve ever attended a Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) production in the company’s Severson Theatre, then you are probably familiar with the uniquely intimate and c...

SLO resident Bernd Schumacher sets a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of Z-gauge model trains on Sept. 17 at Beda's Biergarten

By GLEN STARKEY

It’s Saturday, Sept. 17, and I have an excuse to drink beer at 10:30 in the morning! I’m at German pub Beda’s Biergarten near Broad and Orcutt, the site of an official G...

The Gallery at the Network presents fall-themed exhibit

By RYAH COOLEY

The days are cooler and the baristas are serving up pumpkin spice lattes; fall has arrived. Welcome the new season by perusing The Gallery at the Network’s Autumn Blaze, Har...

ARTS Obispo's Open Studios Art Tours lets you see how the artists live

By RYAH COOLEY

Ever wondered where and how the local art of the Central Coast is made? Get a look behind the scenes with the upcoming Open Studios Art Tours on Oct. 8, 9, 15, and 16. Nearly ...

Support art and play with watercolors at Studios on the Park's COLORbar

By RYAH COOLEY

Sometimes it feels good to paint with abandon, skills be damned. But the resulting gloopy mess of paint is a bummer. Fear not, experience (guaranteed to turn out well) waterco...

Bingeable: The Night Of

By GLEN STARKEY

When? 2016  |  Where? HBO, Streaming on HBO NOW. HBO has done it again with this crime drama based on the BBC’s Criminal Justice. The eight-part series follows the murd...

Music

There are a zillion concerts this week! A zillion!

By GLEN STARKEY

Even though school’s started, we’re still in peak concert season, and this week is packed with a ton of great shows. Up at Vina Robles you’ve got a choice of three iconi...

Film

‘The Hollars’ sweetly sums up family, growing up

John Hollar (John Krasinski), a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home...

Flavor

Star sisters of Baywood: Noi and Doi Klinpratoom reel in local love at 2nd Street Cafe

By HAYLEY THOMAS

When I suggest to Noi Klinpratoom that she's a fine example of a true Baywood celebrity, she lets out a birdlike chirp of a laugh. Although she’s a humble chef, she doesn’...

Hayley's Pick

Field Recordings 2014 Fiction Red Four Pack and Spearhead Coffee's Decaffeinated Blend

New, off-the-rack fur coat or vintage, well-worn jean jacket with that perfect fit? Shiny limo or well-made Italian bike complete with custom drink holder? If you prefer the l...

Hot Dates

Delicious duo

Celebrate the Jewish new year with traditional apple and honey tastings at the first annual Apples and Honey Festival, Sept. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the JCC Federation in San...

Save the mammals

If you want to donate some time to your fellow mammals, consider becoming a volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center in Morro Bay. An instruction and orientation session will be ...

Painted past

Take a look back at late 19th- and early 20th-century SLO through the art of SLO native Cen Dallidet in an exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art titled, Cen Dallidet: A...