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)

Our awful sacred civic duty

OPINION by MICHAEL F. BROWN The Democratic Party’s alternative left regressive movement is suffering Tea Party envy. Democrats, the mainstream media, self- styled Hollywood pundits, academics, and legacy baby “smart set” sophisticates from West Hampton Beach to Westwood demonize Tea... (Continue reading)

Undocumented children are part of our nation and need your support

OPINION by ANDREA DEVITT In 2011, Jerry Brown signed the Dream Act, which made California the first state in our nation to allow undocumented students to apply for and receive state-administered college financial aid. This was groundbreaking legislation. Sadly, the applications... (Continue reading)

Imagining how Andrew Holland felt

Letter to the editor by Sarah Jakle I was diagnosed with rapid cycling and mixed state bipolar disorder in 1997, at age 22. I felt like something was trying to claw its way out of my body, which I would... (Continue reading)

Staff hires mediators for city council meetings: Is it time for a divorce?

OPINION by STEW JENKINS A special San Luis Obispo City Council meeting on Feb. 16 revealed such a serious rift between the city’s voters and its administration that professional mediators were hired to preside. The city originally had a commission... (Continue reading)