Opinion


It is time to address SLO’s skyrocketing crime rates

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE Our current San Luis Obispo mayor would have us believe that crime has gone down between 2017-2018, but it belies a disturbing truth. Our Police Department’s own published crime statistics for the first three-quarters of... (Continue reading)

Landowners victorious in North County water trial

OPINION by  GREG GREWAL All citizens pay attention. The jury’s decision on Sept. 24 was a devastating blow to the governmental agencies who are claiming a “win.” Here is a bit of history for context, important details and a call... (Continue reading)

Start by believing sexual assault victims

OPINION by DAN DOW There are countless reasons why people who are sexually assaulted or abused do not report what happened. Lack of a “timely filed” report does not mean the abuse did not happen and those who do bravely... (Continue reading)

Keith Gurnee vows to stay above the fray

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE As a candidate for mayor of San Luis Obispo, I want to bring your readers awareness of what I’ll be doing to “stay above the fray” in conducting a positive campaign for elected office: I’ll... (Continue reading)

Mayor Jim Hill schools the Tribune

OPINION by MAYOR JIM HILL The Sept. 16 Tribune editorial referred to an accusation that was lodged against me on the evening after the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney filed multiple criminal conflict of interest charges against John Wallace,... (Continue reading)

As a supporter of Wallace, Caren Ray is unfit to be mayor

OPINION by JULIE TACKER At the recent City of Arroyo Grande candidate’s forum, mayoral candidate Caren Ray said she believes Mayor Jim Hill is “no longer effective” at the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District. Having attended sanitation district... (Continue reading)

Simple question to SLO staffers, weird answers

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT It seemed a simple question my brain said I needed to ask. After being in the middle of San Luis Obispo’s Anholm Bikeway insanity for more than a year, I had the impression the city’s bike... (Continue reading)

California lawmakers urge Gov. Brown to stop new oil and gas projects

Statement from 240 California lawmakers: We, the undersigned elected officials of California, are deeply concerned about the impacts of climate change and pollution caused by the extraction, processing, and burning of fossil fuels on the people we represent. We applaud... (Continue reading)

Why is the middle class fleeing San Luis Obispo County?

OPINION by SUE RODECK I recently read an article that the Central Coast is one of the worst places in the United States for small business owners. As a small business owner myself, I have at times assumed as much,... (Continue reading)

Harmon and Christianson’s poorly made plans for SLO

OPINION by ALLAN COOPER Mayor Heidi Harmon and Council Member Carlyn Christianson are campaigning on the premise that they have made significant strides in addressing San Luis Obispo’s “climate action plan” by adopting the Community Choice Energy program, by forcing... (Continue reading)