In a race that comes down to political ideology, 5th District Supervisor Debbie Arnold faces a challenge from a single candidate, organic farmer and retired nonprofit housing official Eric Michielssen.
The superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is impressively diplomatic when he talks about drone operators who fly equipment too close to protected marine mammals, possibly breaking the law. (The sanctuary includes four overflight restriction zones.)
Nobody expects haute cuisine at a campus dining hall, but with all the emphasis on good-for-you eating these days, we assumed students would at least be able to grab a healthy bite or two before class.
Given local interest in PG&E’s leasing of coastal land for the nuclear power plant, it’s been suggested the commission convene in San Luis Obispo in June. We believe a meeting in SLO is an excellent idea.
Each and every member of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors deserves a bouquet of common sense and compassion for voting in favor of the psychiatric hospital proposed for Templeton. The fact that both the Board of Supervisors and county Planning Commission unanimously approved the project sends a powerful message of support for increasing mental health services in our county.
It may have been symbolic, but we believe the Grover Beach City Council did the right thing in declaring a shelter crisis Monday, even though its staff recommended against it. We’re impressed, too, that the council did not include a sunset clause in its declaration, as other agencies have done.
We’re not sure if the stunningly low turnout for the Paso Robles groundwater district election is a sign of voter apathy or voter confusion. Either way, it’s a huge disappointment, and we have a ballot box of brickbats for those who sat out the election.
Here’s our review of the new and improved Los Osos Valley Road: It’s a little piece of highway heaven. Widening the infamous bottleneck between the Calle Joaquin intersection and South Higuera Street to four lanes has made a huge difference. But don’t take our word for it. Think back to when it took 37 minutes (it was probably only 11 minutes, but it seemed so much longer) to travel a few measly miles on LOVR. Well, we just made that same trip in three minutes! Tops! And we hit a red light!
The county Planning Commission made the right decision when it unanimously approved an application for a psychiatric hospital in Templeton. We urge county supervisors to do the same when they hear the case on appeal Tuesday.
We toss a big bouquet of patience and perseverance to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission as it heads into its fourth day of public testimony on the rail spur proposed for Phillips 66’s refinery on the Nipomo Mesa.
It was an impressive bit of data: Cal Poly added 21 management positions between October 2014 and October 2015, yet spent $71,000 less on administrative salaries. That’s something to brag about — which Cal Poly did — until it redid the math and discovered a slight problem: The information wasn’t accurate. As we now know, Cal Poly miscalculated; it actually spent $93,000 more on administrative salaries.
We toss bouquets of SLO County wildflowers to the volunteers creating a system of hiking, biking and equestrian trails on the 900-acre Pismo Preserve. This is not a job for slouches. Volunteers sign on for four-hour shifts, Tuesday through Saturday. Some do multiple shifts in a single week, using hand tools to cut hillside trails.