Fee increases – SLO County’s self fulfilling prophecy

OPINION by MIKE BROWN The annual San Luis Obispo County fee increase ritual will be celebrated during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The county negotiates higher salaries and then pleads the need to raise the fees to cover some of... (Continue reading)

Blowing the whistle on State Parks

Opinion by Will Harris, geologist An open letter to State Parks: Dear Director Armando Quintero, We initially met at Oceano Dunes. I was just up from the shoreline, tending air sampling equipment. That was Oct. 2020 and you, newly appointed... (Continue reading)

Farewell Tribune, hello CalCoastNews

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE As a subscriber to The Telegram Tribune for decades, I’ve just canceled my subscription to what used to be my primary source for local news. After doing so, I’ll confess to some nostalgia about this... (Continue reading)

Do you believe SLO County Supervisor Paulding or the Supreme Court?

Opinion by Andrea Seastrand and Chuck Bell President of the Central Coast Taxpayers Association Andrea Seastrand and Chuck Bell, a board member and local lawyer who represents the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, provided the following response to San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

SLO parking, one hour is not enough

OPINION by PETE EVANS The San Luis Obispo City Council decided to provide immediate relief from the new parking rates. Starting Nov. 23, parking downtown will be free of charge in the following ways: For one hour every day in... (Continue reading)

The demise of the happiest place on Earth

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE In 2011, just 12 short years ago, Oprah Winfrey went on national television to pronounce that San Luis Obispo had become “The Happiest Place in North America.” SLO no longer deserves that honor. While approving... (Continue reading)

SLO’s draconian parking measures harm our community

OPINION by PETE EVANS There has been growing outrage at the new draconian parking measures put in place by the San Luis Obispo City Council to pay for their past mistakes. Lots of average Joes (like me) and many local... (Continue reading)

SLO County residents do not want more marijuana shops

OPINION by JOSEPH R. ROULEAU The majority of San Luis Obispo Country residents don’t want to expand the sale of marijuana to include dispensaries in the unincorporated area. Marijuana (with the exception of limited medical use) is a dangerous substance... (Continue reading)

It is time to support new housing opportunities in SLO County

Opinion by REACH Housing Advocacy Team Open letter  to San Luis Obispo County Supervisors, mayors, council members, planning commissioners, and all interested in creating more opportunities for housing: SLO County’s persistent housing shortage has become a fundamental threat to our... (Continue reading)

Say no to REACH’s plan to industrialize Morro Bay, protect our coastline

OPINION by GAIL JOHNSON An open letter to REACH, a regional economic action coalition: Recently, you invited citizens of the San Luis Obispo County to offer public comments regarding your “economic development” strategies.  I would like to comment on your... (Continue reading)