Collapse of Goleta-based cannabis business shows need for reform

OPINION by HIRSH JAIN The recent collapse of HERBL is a warning signal to state policymakers about how urgently reform is needed to prevent a collapse in the California cannabis market. HERBL is a leading California cannabis distributor based in... (Continue reading)

King Harris, in his own words

OPINION By DAVE CONGALTON Many of us first came across King Harris while he was the anchor and news director at KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara. He became more of a local San Luis Obispo presence in 1998 after joining KVEC... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo needs to do better on safe parking for homeless

OPINION by LYNN HAMILTON An open letter to the San Luis Obispo City Council: I am writing with deep concern about the insensitive, inept and insufficient means of informing residents of the Palm Street neighborhood of the city’s plans to... (Continue reading)

Division, disenfranchisement, potential dissolution in San Simeon

OPINION by HANK KRZCIUK Last year, the San Simeon Community Services District, under strong recommendations of District Counsel Jeffery Minnery, who said, or implied, the district was under the imminent threat of litigation, was divided into five voting areas to... (Continue reading)

Time for a new perspective on the Oceano Dunes

OPINION by ADAM VERDIN For years, the public discussion regarding the Oceano Dunes and vehicle access has been binary: four wheelers versus environmentalists. But it’s not as simple as one would think. Not every person who accesses and recreates on... (Continue reading)

Time to cast away stones

OPINION by RICHARD SADOWSKI These words are the title of Stephen Kaltenbach’s fountain sculpture outside the Sacramento Convention Center where the Pacific Wind Farm Summit was held in May 2023. Carved in the water fountain stones are these three questions; What... (Continue reading)

Franklin’s Hot Springs, a Paso Robles treasure

OPINION by GLEN O’HAGAN Franklin’s Hot Springs in Paso Robles has been a local staple for over 60 years. It all began with an oil company, the discovery of the springs and an old man named Franklin who had an... (Continue reading)

Will Morro Bay wind farms be the demise of Port San Luis?

OPINION by ROBERT SIDENBERG I heard about the proposed Morro Bay Offshore Wind Farm awhile back but didn’t really think too much about it. It would supposedly be out of sight and didn’t seem to have any affect on my... (Continue reading)

You can’t hide an elephant in a mousehole

OPINION by JEFF EDWARDS On June 15, the San Luis Obispo Superior Court heard two and one-half hours of arguments in connection with closing the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA) in Oceano to off-highway vehicles. The Friends of... (Continue reading)

Please help a Syrian refugee reunite with her dog

OPINION by DAVE CONGALTON Nour is a young 19-year-old woman who has been forced to grow up far too quickly due to the ongoing war in Syria. She and her family had to flee earlier this year, leaving most of... (Continue reading)