SLO’s downtown needs to appeal to residents, not just tourists

OPINION by ALLAN COOPER and DAVID BRODIE Should our downtown serve only tourists rather than residents? Believe it or not, years ago, San Luis Obispo had all the necessary ingredients to make this happen. These so-called ingredients included easy pedestrian... (Continue reading)

Can SLO County staff competently construct rural camping ordinance?

OPINION by CLIVE PINDER Thank you for prioritizing this issue and placing on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor agenda for the Jan. 25 meeting. I have no personal dog in this fight but know of several neighbors... (Continue reading)

State agency recognizes SLO County Supervisor Bruce Gibson

OPINION by GRAHAM KNAUS The California State Association of Counties (CSAC), the voice of California’s 58 counties, would like to thank San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson for his thoughtful leadership and continued advocacy on CSAC legislative priorities. Supervisor... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo’s streets and walkways are becoming more hazardous

Opinion by KEN HERRMANN Simple and safe? Not in San Luis Obispo. Have you noticed changes as you move around in SLO lately? There are a lot of them! The city has done some repaving and realigning of roadways, and... (Continue reading)

SLO County food bank employee critiques agency, gets fired

OPINION by KODY CAVA The open letter that got me fired, and why “anti-hunger” organizations have become part of the problem. The following is an open letter I wrote to my (now previous) employer, the SLO Food Bank. Four hours... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly’s booster mandate goes too far

OPINION by BEN DI GUGLIELMO In another step signaling the university’s commitment to endless COVID-19 mandates, California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo has officially required that all eligible students, staff, and faculty take a booster shot, or else be considered... (Continue reading)

Keep Diablo Canyon power plant open, support clean energy goals

Opinion by Jordan Cunningham and Dawn Ortiz-Legg to CalMatters California has established itself as a global leader in the fight against climate change. It has set ambitious, economy-wide emission reduction targets and mandated that all of the state’s electricity come... (Continue reading)

SLO County clerk’s hidden poll tax

OPINION by STEW JENKINS The evil of the poll tax was that it stifled a voter’s ability to vote. The SLO County clerk’s practice of overcharging school districts to subsidize the county in an election the clerk is already conducting... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay violated laws in approval of wastewater treatment plant

Writer’s Note: This is part seven of a story, told in seven installments, about the corruption involved in Morro Bay’s water reclamation facility. Part one is about Morro Bay City Council’s bait-and-switch. OPINION by CYNTHIA HAWLEY Since my earlier reports... (Continue reading)

San Simeon CSD refuses to apologize to owners of Hearst Ranch

OPINION by HANK KRZCIUK In 2016, San Simeon Community Services District negligently constructed part of a water treatment building on Hearst property and the Hearst Ranch conservation easement. Then they concealed the encroachment for years from Hearst and State and... (Continue reading)