Opinion


Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong requests privacy

OPINION by TOMMY GONG My wife, Sherry Gong, is being charged for some criminal actions. I was not aware of this matter until I received a call from an Atascadero Police Department detective recently, and I am not implicated in... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo should not be voting on downtown property tax

OPINION by WENDY SPRADLIN Downtown SLO, an organization that is funded by our business license fees, is spearheading an effort to have certain areas of our downtown deemed a PBID District — a Property Based Business Improvement District. Property owners... (Continue reading)

California’s attack on local governments

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE It’s amazing how few Californians realize that California’s State Legislature is declaring war on its cities and counties with punishing legislation that is currently pending hearings. Their excuse: the state’s housing crisis which the state... (Continue reading)

Time to run for SLO County judge

By STEW JENKINS An engaged, effective and resilient San Luis Obispo County Bar Association should make a version of this announcement for its member early in every odd numbered year. Superior court judges are elected at the primary; or in... (Continue reading)

San Francisco vape ban embraces harm over science

OPINION by YAËL OSSOWSKI In an attempt to curb youth vaping, the Board of Supervisors of the city of San Francisco voted yesterday to ban all sales of vaping devices and e-cigarettes. The ban was passed unanimously and will apply... (Continue reading)

Proud to say I have committed to play baseball for my dad at Cal Poly

OPINION by BROOKS LEE Cal Poly is an amazing school with resources that apply to everyone who goes there. For me, the one resource I look forward to the most is my father, Larry Lee. He has contributed more than... (Continue reading)

Governor Newsom and the sanctuary state

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE Gov. Gavin Newsom, having recently released his revised 2019-2020 California budget with its highly touted $21.5 billion surplus, is doubling-down on welcoming thousands of undocumented immigrants flooding across our border. Not only is Newsom throwing... (Continue reading)

Oppressed by cannabis cultivation

OPINION by RENEE O’NEILL It was perplexing but not entirely surprising to read, one of our supervisors attempting to discredit Ann Louise Bardach, who is a respected, PEN Award-winning author and journalist. This prompted me to respond: As a result... (Continue reading)

Cry for San Luis Obispo

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT Once upon a time, writing about a place since destroyed by human greed, a guy wrote a chapter in a book called Thrive that claimed the burg San Luis Obispo was the happiest place, with the... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit delaying closure of dangerous Arroyo Grande intersection unacceptable

OPINION by JAMES GRANT A lawsuit filed by a winery company that put on hold the El Campo and US 101 safety improvements that were to be started on May 13, came as an unexpected and crushing disappointment to us.... (Continue reading)