Is the SLO City Council on the side of out of town developers?

OPINION by ALLAN COOPER Loren Riehl’s under-parked, overly-dense and poorly designed student apartment complex at 71 Palomar could have gone through without clearcutting 55 old growth trees (including one national champion in height and age), without moving and possibly delisting... (Continue reading)

The latest gas tax is patently unfair

Opinion by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham released a statement Thursday following the passage of SB-1, related to tax increases for transportation funding:  Today I voted against the biggest gas tax hike in California’s history. The fact is, taxpayers don’t... (Continue reading)

Old boss, same as the new boss

OPINION by STEW JENKINS Editor’s note: A column by Democrat Stew Jenkins will run in CalCoastNews every other week, rotating with a column by Republican Mike Brown. On March 28, at 9 a.m., the San Luis Obispo City Council met... (Continue reading)

Where will our children and grandchildren live?

OPINION by MICHAEL F BROWN Long-term Santa Barbara County homebuilder and philanthropist Mike Towbes has wryly pointed out that opposition to development of new housing is usually based either on dislike of urban sprawl or on dislike of density. Taken... (Continue reading)

History is repeating at South County sanitation district

OPINION by PATRICIA PRICE Until four years ago, I was not involved in local government. After hearing about problems at the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District, I started going to meetings. The plant has served Arroyo Grande, Grover... (Continue reading)

When “collaboration” feels against the grain

OPINION by STEW JENKINS My dad and granddad showed me early in life how to pet a strange dog. In first grade this just seemed like a way to have more fun making friends with other folks’ pets and herding... (Continue reading)

Sanitation district board fails to protect rate payers

OPINION by RON ARNOLDSEN There is a lot of crap going on at the South County Sanitation District. The Sanitation District’s Superintendent and the sanitation district’s bookkeeper have been placed on paid leave for unspecified reasons. There is a bogus... (Continue reading)

Are fleeting architectural fads marring SLO?

By David Brodie, Allan Cooper, Sandra Lakeman, Jim Montero, Judy Rowe, Elbert Speidel and Mary White We have recently noticed that black and middle gray buildings are sprouting up all over San Luis Obispo. We are particularly concerned as fashion... (Continue reading)

Did the county help a future Phillips 66 appeal?

By MICHAEL F. BROWN The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor’s reasons for denying the Phillips 66 permit will provide fertile ground for a reversal of that denial in the Superior Court. Last Tuesday the Board of Supervisors denied... (Continue reading)

Adam Hill: “Forget civility”

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE A few days ago, San Luis Obispo County District 3 Supervisor Adam Hill wrote “forget civility” on a Facebook post in response to an article by yours truly in the New Times last week. Interesting.... (Continue reading)