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)

Building the bridge to a national health service

OPINION by STEW JENKINS In their head-over-heals rush to throw the nation backwards, Republicans are about to provoke the California bear out of hibernation to build its own model for a national health service, like every other industrialized nation has... (Continue reading)

To SLO County, from your Muslim neighbors

Letter to the editor from the Muslim Community of SLO Thank you for supporting the “Get to know your Muslim neighbors” event Feb. 24. The 600 attendees included many San Luis Obispo County leaders who represented the diverse groups of... (Continue reading)

SLO County supervisors weigh in on CEQA reform

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE Late last month, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors considered the Planning Priorities Report as prepared by the Planning and Building Department that outlined what the department felt those priorities should be. That... (Continue reading)