Observe, don’t disturb the humpback whales off Pismo and Avila beaches

Public service announcement from Port San Luis The Humpback whales are back at Port San Luis and everyone wants to be a part of the story, I mean, we all love whales, right? Their songs have made them the musical... (Continue reading)

Will SLO successfully deceive voters that taxes are an investment?

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT Question: What kind of city asks its voters to approve tripling its sales tax without mentioning the words “tax” or “sales tax” on the ballot where they must decide? Answer: San Luis Obispo. To me, this... (Continue reading)

Don’t fall for the hype – Prop 15 hurts businesses, farms, ranches

OPINION by BRENT BURCHETT You guys really seem to hate your farmers and ranchers here. Coming to California from Kentucky a year and a half ago, the only thing I really knew about California was its world-renown ag industry. Sadly,... (Continue reading)

It’s time to defund the SLO Chamber of Commerce

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE Thanks to Jeff Buckingham’s recent opinion piece in CCN calling for approval of Measure G-20 to increase our sales taxes, there’s something else to think about: the inordinate influence that the San Luis Obispo Chamber... (Continue reading)

Political correctness during racial unrest

OPINION By MICHAEL RIVERA I’m Michael Rivera. I’m an American citizen. When it comes to how much to value my political opinion, that’s all you need to know about me. If you want to call me Latino or Hispanic, go... (Continue reading)

SLO Democrat voting for Cherisse Sweeney for mayor

OPINION by MELISSA TUNNELL I am a San Luis Obispo resident and registered Democrat proudly supporting Cherisse Sweeney for mayor. I have read some of the lies being told about this candidate and cannot remain silent. I have met Mayoral... (Continue reading)

What the San Luis Obispo mayoral race says about us

OPINION by BLAKE BELTRAM Imagine you’re in a ship, and it’s beginning to sink. Never mind. You don’t have to imagine anything. Just look around. Tune into the news, scroll through Facebook, or perhaps reflect on the personal friendships and... (Continue reading)

SLO Mayor Harmon’s rhetoric is dangerous and divisive

OPINION by DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAN DOW It has come to my attention that a local incumbent mayoral candidate pulled a political campaign stunt over the weekend by using my name and office to make preposterous false allegations. The San Luis... (Continue reading)

A sales tax increase will generate enormous benefits to all SLO residents

OPINION by JEFF BUCKINGHAM Anybody who knows me might expect me to agree with Keith Gurnee’s opposition to San Luis Obispo City’s Measure G-20. Indeed, as a registered Libertarian, I generally lean against taxes. But I couldn’t disagree more with... (Continue reading)

How can Atascadero city officials help their residents financially?

OPINION by BRAD GOODROW Atascadero city leaders have identified a budget problem, they can’t operate within theirs. Have they looked at cutting back or placing contracts out to bid to lower costs for their residents? No, they are focused on... (Continue reading)