Liberal columnist Joe Tarica is Tribune’s new editor

June 29, 2018

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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.”


Unlike other comments, this could be a good thing. Forget the political label and think about what’s wrong with the Trib’s NEWS coverage. Well, basically there isn’t any, and that’s a large part of why things here are such a mess we have to write what we write about local politics and development in these comments.

This guy is a NEWS person — unlike Duerr, who didn’t know much about anything, and certainly not about news, who almost singlehandedly destroyed the paper. If his bosses will let him, he might even recreate a NEWSpaper out of the currently moribund rag. Maybe they’ll actually inform us the junk that’s going on in city halls instead of providing a chamber of commerce newsletter and meaningless “news you can use.” So, let’s give him a chance before denouncing.


And the wipe goes on.

Jorge Estrada

I now have a reason to adopt a puppy, the first order of business will be to paper train him.


Congrats Joe!!!!!!!!!! keep up the work so we can insure the trib and its like minded bird cage liners will fade away into never never land.


2018 News Agencies = Propaganda

Exempt News Agencies: CalCoastNews!


This guy’s about as fair and ethical as Ilya Ehrenburg. Soon we’ll have Antifa political officers checking to make sure that we’re all diligently studying Comrade Tarica’s wisdom. No wonder the media rate lower than Congress in popularity. Wow.


OHHHH a “Liberal” … BOO! Mental midgets use political labels. Better to think!

fat chance

So what is new….. Liberal rag already.

Mitch C

In the past I’ve read some of this guy’s opinions. He is so far in left field he is in the bleachers. This is the end of this newspaper; make an out-of-touch liberal an editor and there no longer a chance for balanced news. News will bea thing of the past, liberal viewpoint will be promoted. Will the last one to leave please turn out the lights.

Black Copter Pilot

This is affirment, make no mistake about it