Monday, March 27, 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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Nighttime no-no

I urge the San Luis Obispo City Council to oppose any change in city policy that allows hiking in our open spaces after dark. The prohibition on nighttime hiking has been in place since the inception of the city’s open space program and is fundamental to its protection. The city’s standards of environmental protection should not be lowered, especially given the stress on wildlife and habitat resulting from climate cha... [ Read More ]

Factual knowledge

Al Fonzi has apparently been awarded a bi-weekly editorial in New Times, and his columns are certainly provoking, but the one entitled "Truth as casualty to public policy" (March 16) cannot go unchallenged. Granted, it was written before he had any facts about the SLO County Board of Supervisors decision on the Phillips 66 application to build a railroad/terminal/depot on the Nipomo Mesa to unload mile-long trains of tank... [ Read More ]

A new center

On March 21 of 1965, after months of state obstruction, violence, court orders, and federal intervention, thousands of soldiers of democracy began a historic march for freedom from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Eventually, the ranks of the marchers swelled to more than 30,000, reaching the state capital in defiance of the populist Gov. George Wallace. Republicans and Democrats, people o... [ Read More ]