Ian Parkinson is my sheriff but he does not speak for me when he opposes gun control.
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OPINION by ALLAN COOPER On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the San Luis Obispo City Council denied an appeal of the city’s Architectural Review Committee’s Dec. 5th approval of 22 Chorro Street. Before their vote, the council received 48 letters of support and one letter in opposition. Letters of support came from all of the University Square... (Continue Reading)
OPINION by ALLAN COPPER On Jan. 3, the San Luis Obispo City Council voted 3-2 to deny an appeal of a four-story motel project proposed to be located at 1042 Olive Street. This project is an architectural misfit in height, color and style. There was no attempt to fit into the neighborhood and approval of... (Continue Reading)
New Year’s wish by Allan Cooper Imagine if you will a world transforming All news is upbeat, good humor abounds We bring an end to global warming Wars finally end, good will resounds Imagine if you will a world of surprises Announced daily are medical advances A new clean source of energy arises Poverty wanes... (Continue Reading)
OPINION by ALLAN COOPER I was horrified to read that Milo Yiannopoulos has been invited by the Cal Poly College Republicans to speak at the Spanos Theater on January 31. This self-described “alt-right” conservative has engaged in hate speech against Muslims, minorities, immigrants and women. Cal Poly Public Relations Director Matt Lazier stated in response... (Continue Reading)
OPINION by ALLAN COOPER Over the past several years, I and a not-very-small group of registered Democrats here in San Luis Obispo have been fighting our City Council over their loose interpretation of the general plan. This has resulted in “spot zoning” and incompatible development. Four of the five members on the Council are also... (Continue Reading)
OPINION by ALLAN COOPER I woke up this morning thinking about Donald’s slogan and Hillary’s use of the word “deplorable.” Permit me to share with you what I was thinking. Let’s make America great again! Let’s return to the times when we were flushing raw sewage into creeks, let’s return to the time when there... (Continue Reading)
OPINION by ALLAN COOPER In urban “heat islands,” vast stretches of asphalt magnify and reflect sun, sending CO2 directly skyward and creating “dead zones” below. Adding street trees can actually lower summer temperatures through evaporative cooling. A tree forms an oasis of shade, provides wildlife habitat, and improves air quality. Forest soil acts as a sponge for water... (Continue Reading)
OPINION by ALLAN COOPER Many residents in San Luis Obispo who work to preserve the quality of their environment support increasing the supply of so-called “work force housing.” This is fundamentally good for the environment because it could reduce long commutes in and out of our work centers. However the SLO City Council holds these... (Continue Reading)
OPINION by ALLAN COOPER On Tuesday, July 5, at 5 p.m., a group of residents will be standing on the San Luis Obispo City Hall steps with signs reading “Resident Voices Matter.” Why? Because over the past two years our collective voices, particularly within the context of SLO City Council appeals, are not being heard.... (Continue Reading)
OPINION by ALLAN COOPER Welcome to San Luis Obispo, the “happy city of denial” where city officials, the Downtown Association and the police department annually produce self-congratulatory crime reports. Just the other day, the city informs us that DUI’s aren’t really going up. There are merely more cops on the beat. Last year we heard... (Continue Reading)