Public defenders need support

OPINION by STEPHEN COOPER “In our adversary system of criminal justice, any person hauled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him,” Associate Justice Hugo Black... (Continue reading)

Los Osos fritters away pool fund

OPINION by JULIE TACKER In 1996, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, after an advisory vote from citizens of Los Osos, passed and collected a $40 assessment from each developed residential parcel intending to fund parks and recreation... (Continue reading)

Papp responds to History Center allegations

OPINION by JAMES PAPP It would be hard to imagine a greater concentration of false statements than in Kevin Rice’s recent opinion piece “History Center Allowing SLO County archives to rot.” First, Rice exaggerates the size of the History Center... (Continue reading)

History Center allowing SLO County archives to rot

OPINION by KEVIN P. RICE The History Center of San Luis Obispo County is treating our county history like trash. Each year, the History Center receives a large public subvention to archive and store historic county documents dating back to... (Continue reading)

California public pensions are not bullet proof

By MIKE BROWN One of the paradoxes of current California state and local politics is the continuing support by public employee unions of left progressive candidates and their policies. This emerging and expansive Democratic Party faction has recently been restyled... (Continue reading)

The Tribune and Tom Fulks

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE What is it about this pairing? Since the San Luis Obispo Tribune’s decision some months ago to “balance” conservative and liberal commentary between Andrea Seastrand and Tom Fulks, the Trib seems to have clearly favored... (Continue reading)

Sanitation district board’s failures costing rate payers

OPINION by RON ARNOLDSEN At the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Board meeting on June 21, Chair John Shoals said that he relies on the advice of “professionals” when making decisions. We are on a similar course in... (Continue reading)

Carrizo on the chopping block, need your help

OPINION by BRYANT BAKER In April, you probably saw pictures of the California super bloom – massive fields of yellow and rolling hills covered in patches of purple and orange. These pictures were shared across the globe on social media... (Continue reading)

The public union negotiation trap

OPINION by MIKE BROWN The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors’ recent ratification of several expensive employee labor contracts reminds us that the process is devastating for the taxpayers and the public interest. The problem is that the contracts... (Continue reading)

The Tribune’s misguided misrepresentation campaign

CCN EDITORIAL A few weeks ago, The Tribune wrote that a CalCoastNews reporter appeared to be missing, in the follow-up to the $1.1 million libel judgment against CalCoastNews and two staff members, Karen Velie and Dan Blackburn. The Tribune claimed... (Continue reading)