Confessions of a former Democrat

T. Keith Gurnee

By T. KEITH GURNEE In today’s bitterly divided national government dominated by the hardening extremes of each party, where are we headed? Whatever happened to the reasonable moderates of this world? Have we witnessed the death of common sense? If... (Continue reading)

Why SLO does not have affordable housing

OPINION by ALLAN COOPER The regulatory process has universally been blamed for the high cost of housing. This is a myth. Even if, here in San Luis Obispo, we eliminate all regulatory constraints in the permitting process and new housing... (Continue reading)

Adam Hill strikes again, claims detractor is homosexual

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE By now, CCN readers must know that I’m not an Adam Hill fan. My previous opinion pieces as published in CCN are ample testimony to this fact. Hence, as a recent Facebook subscriber, I was... (Continue reading)

Our Democratic city needs a rebirth of democracy

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. I have to start by telling you a story about growing up in... (Continue reading)

Trump’s ruthless war on drugs

OPINION by ALLAN COOPER Drug use, particularly opioid use, has gone on unabated (in fact increased) in this country in spite of draconian laws criminalizing its possession or use. More than 2 million people are incarcerated in the United States... (Continue reading)

The hubris of Gerhardt Hubner

OPINION by JULIE TACKER Hubris is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “exaggerated pride or self-confidence.” In the case of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Administrator, Gerhardt Hubner, the shoe couldn’t fit any better. Hired on April 20,... (Continue reading)

After the new gas taxes, just say no

OPINION by MICHAEL BROWN Surprise, surprise – San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Debbie Arnold and Lynn Compton and the Central Coast Taxpayers’ Association were absolutely right in opposing the 2016 Measure J countywide sales tax increase.  At the time, they... (Continue reading)

South County sanitation district need new leadership

OPINION by RON ARNOLDSEN My 8th grade teacher Mrs. Goss had two favorite sayings: 1. The empty wagon rattles the loudest. 2. A wise man changes his mind and a fool never does. There are people who rattle on and... (Continue reading)

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)