Liberal columnist Joe Tarica is Tribune’s new editor

June 29, 2018

Joe Tarcia

A longtime journalist for The Tribune who has recently penned columns advocating for liberal policies and supporting liberal politicians in SLO County has been named the new editor of San Luis Obispo’s daily newspaper. [Cal Coast Times]

Joe Tarica will serve as the editor of both the print and digital versions of The Tribune, according to a McClatchy news release. He will not be The Tribune’s top executive, though, as the newspaper has an out-of-town publisher, as well as a regional editor based in Sacramento.

Tarica has been with The Tribune for more than 25 years. He started with the newspaper in 1991 as an intern while a student at Cal Poly and has since worked as a copy editor, page designer, assignment editor, reporter, photo editor and senior editor.

Early this year, McClatchy, which owns The Tribune, announced a nationwide reorganization of its newspapers. McClatchy decided to have one editor based in Sacramento who is responsible for all five of the company’s California newspapers, as well as a paper in Idaho.

McClatchy announced the individual papers would retain a “local editor” who is committed to producing journalism that matters to the local community. The Tribune says Tarica is replacing its former executive editor, Sandra Deurr, who retired late last year.

In recent years, Tarica has written a column called Joetopia. Tarica’s columns have slanted left-of-center politically.

Tarica argued in a Joetopia column that Grover Beach should become the “pot capital of the Central Coast,” and he defended officials in the South County city against allegations of them being swayed by financial interests when making decisions on pot regulations. Tarica has also used his column to support policy initiatives of Supervisor Adam Hill, such as a cleanup of Pirate’s Cove, while criticizing conservative Supervisor Lynn Compton’s efforts to secure parks funding for Nipomo.

More recently, Tarica wrote that Cal Poly needs to address its “whiteness” problem and that gun control activist David Hogg should come attend the university and continue throttling the NRA.

In a statement released by The Tribune, Tarica said, as editor, he will hold leaders accountable and defend responsible journalism.

“I am truly honored to lead such a talented and committed group of journalists in a newsroom that’s been home for my entire career,” Tarica said in a statement. “I know this county and the issues that are important to the people who live here, and I will work with passion and dedication, using all of the tools at our disposal, to tell great stories, hold our leaders accountable and defend responsible journalism on the Central Coast at time when it’s never been more vital.”


KEEP WRITING, JOE! If you are making these pseudo-conservative commenters cringe and complain then you must be doing something RIGHT.


Once again the Tribune has endorsed a loser.


Congrats Joe…. you get to preside over the last whimper of a truly terrible rag. And you helped cause it. Goodbye. And take Fulks with you.

George Bailey


Our ‘friend, Joetopia Tarcia, has just become the captain of the Titanic, and I guess he will oversee the shutdown and bankruptcy of the once-fine San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune.

His advocacy of liberalism and progressive ideas tells me he was poorly educated, and why does Cal Poly-SLO seem to specialize in educating imbeciles? The last election cycle saw the SLO TT endorse several liberal losers, and Joe’s links to deranged Supervisor Adam Hill indicates that he has chosen political ideology over producing trustworthy news stories.

I predict the SLO TT will continue to endorse extreme liberals and the viewership will continue to decline.

Wanna bet?



Congratulations Joe.

Your years of devoted studying at Cal Poly (*cough cough*) and your dedication to your duties at the Tribune have earned you the much deserved position as editor of a third rate newspaper the occupies a rented building and has an in county staff of 3. No doubt you will be busy supervising the arrival of each day’s papers sent from the presses in Fresno, filled with stories direct from the AP. Once in awhile you may get to sit with your editorial staff of Me, Myself and I, to review locally generated news, but I suggest you find a hobby to fill the rest of your time. Might I suggest scrapbooking. You can start by memorializing all your many accomplishments, that should take up about four pages and one afternoon..


This story isn’t geared to bait the right wingnuts is it?


One step closer to the cliff…CHAAAAAAARGE!


All this concern and hand wringing from calcified people who don’t read the tribune.

Settle down or you’ll get the vapors.

The Telegram Tribune lost me when they went to morning delivery of yesterday’s news.

This guy would do well to make it an afternoon paper again, employ some paper boys and girls, and give us a fresh take on the news cycle that happened when we went to bed at 10 pm. By the time it shows up I have already read it elsewhere.

I’d subscribe again if the news was “fresh”…liberal..conservative or in between.


It’s not like it can go much further to the left…