• LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cunningham, Monning deserve thanks for securing Chalome 'Y' funding

    Editor, Our local Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham and State Senator Bill Monning both deserve a great deal of credit for their role in securing $197 million in state transportation dollars for San Luis Obispo County to fund key improvements to the Cholame “Y” intersection of Highways 41 and 46. This section of highway is ominously known as “blood alley” due to the alarming number of fatal car crashes that have occurred there over the years and has badly needed upgrades for quite some time.

  • Immigration, politics and hope?

    Today’s column is on immigration, its importance to the country, the humanitarian side of it, how it’s being politically exploited, and hope for the future. We are a country of immigrants, from the Mayflower onward, waves coming from every corner of the world, always in search of a better life. Seeking religious freedom, economic improvement, searching for gold, fleeing famine, or fleeing tyrants, these are our citizens. Even forced immigration, i.e. slavery, was a migration. And every group faced challenges when they arrived, and every group made us more diverse, brought greater strength to the nation, and has made us who we are. Immigrants bring economic health to our country, from the labor force that works the less desirable jobs (the farm fields, construction, restaurants, packing houses, maids, et al) to the cream of the intelligent tech workers and students from diverse countries. They pay taxes (and Social Security that most will never see again), buy groceries, rent homes, buy cars, send their children to school, etc. And by being a willing labor source, they allow entrepreneurs with new business ideas to create new jobs and hire workers. Remember, its hard to be a boss if you can’t find any workers.

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Take to the water on July 7 for Free Fishing Day

CALIFORNIA — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is having Free Fishing Days on July 7 and Sept. 1. CDFW annually offers two Free Fishing Days, typically around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. On these two designated days, people can fish without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days also provide an easy opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors.

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Paso Robles rejoins animal control project

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles is again supporting a new San Luis Obispo County animal shelter after previously backing away from the project due to concerns about operational costs and control. The Paso Robles City Council approved an “Animal Services Memorandum of Agreement” between the county and the cities, which reduces the one-time project costs to be charged to the cities by $1 million, commits to reductions in animal intakes and animal nights at the shelter to target a reduction of costs averaging 5 percent per year for the first five years of operation, and sharing governance of the shelter with cities.

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Seven mayors sign SLO County Civility Promise

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Every mayor in San Luis Obispo County and the Chair of the Board of Supervisors came together on Thursday, June 21, and promised each other, and the people and institutions they serve, to always strive to conduct debates — whether in person, online, or in written communication — in ways that allow for the widest range of opinions on ideas and policies, yet also respect the dignity, integrity and rights of those with whom they might disagree. Elected leaders from of every political party and throughout SLO County worked together over the last few months to craft a Code of Civility.

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Paso Teen still missing after two weeks

PASO ROBLES — Missing for more than two weeks, Joshua Newsome, 15, from Paso Robles, hasn’t been seen by friends or family. Newsome has been missing since Monday, May 21. This is the longest time he has been away from friends and family and they are concerned for his well being.

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On June 5 the Paso Robles City Council approved a $120,000 Wayfinding Signage Program designed to unify the municipal brand across diverse neighborhoods. Pierre Rademaker Design, the same San Luis Obispo-based firm and designer tasked with the same job there in 2014, has worked with a Paso Robles stakeholder group since last year on a unique design.

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