Welcome to the Slo Coast Journal. Published monthly, the Journal brings you information about California's Central Coast and surrounding area.
"How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" Dr. Seuss
Photographs Wanted for Underwater Parks Day, January 18, 2014
California State Parks, in conjunction with Central Coast State Parks Association, Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation, and other organizations, propose to develop a photography exhibit celebrating underwater parks, to be displayed at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. The date for the 6th annual Underwater Parks Day will be Saturday, January 18, 2014. This date coincides with the Saturday of the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival. Toward this end, we are seeking photographs that fall into one or more of the following categories. Please read instructions entirely. Photos not in one or more of the listed categories will not be considered for the exhibit. Read More
Brune to Students: Occupy the Sierra Club
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune came to the Central Coast on November 4 for an address at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Chumash Auditorium that focused on climate change and a shift to a clean energy economy. Read More
San Luis Obispo Rejects Faulty NRC "Waste Confidence"
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace
At least 230 people attended an important meeting of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the evening of November 20. They came to voice their opinions on the NRC's Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) and proposed Waste Confidence Rule. The GEIS is anassessment of the environmental impacts associated with the continued storage of spent nuclear fuel after the closure of nuclear plants. The Waste Confidence Rule states that the NRC has confidence that, even though it has failed to figure out what to do with radioactive waste for the 60 years of commercial reactors, it will solve the problem "in time" to continue allowing the creation of more radioactive wastes. Read More
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Flyer Promoting Irons Recall Falls Flat
by Jack McCurdy
Advocates of recalling Morro Bay Jamie Irons have mailed to most if not all residents a glossy flyer that uses misleading statements, misinformation and often blatantly false claims to accuse Irons of a whole range of charges, ranging from doing a disservice to the city by his efforts to remove city attorney Rob Schultz to spending money frivolously and exorbitantly to plan and build a new wastewater treatment plant and hire new attorneys. One problem is they claim the city hired four attorneys to replace Schultz when it actually hired two — and just temporarily. (It claims sewer bills will rise $100 per household when no one in the city has compiled any such estimates – because no one has settled on the construction or operating costs of the new sewage plant.) Read More
Power Plant to Close: What Next?
by Jack McCurdy
With the Morro Bay Power Plant scheduled to close next February, the City of Morro Bay is faced with some momentous decisions: what should be done with the beautiful 107-acre site on the north shore of the Morro Bay National Estuary that the plant has occupied for 58 years, and what role should the community play in making that decision for its own best interests, both aesthetically and economically, that could be significant for the future health and welfare of the city as it approaches its 50th birthday. Read More
Effects of Bad Consultation With the Chumash in the City of Morro Bay
by Fred Collins
The City of Morro Bay was built on, around, and near the Chumash Village of Chicqwat'. The beautiful and peaceful village of Chicqwat' has been broken apart, chopped up, built upon, dug up, had sewer plants built upon, had Chumash cemeteries built upon, and displaced the Chumash native peoples. Now, once again the wheels of disrespect are grinding out their words of abuse and destruction, for the new "Number One" prospect for the proposed waste water treatment facility. Read More
Are Politics in Our Food Bank Programs?
by Elise Griffith
Bill "Boomer" Huntington has been a dedicated, reliable volunteer with Morro Bay's senior food bank program for more than 30 years. In his nineties, he's watched it grow from a simple distribution of day-old bread and baked goods to adding canned, boxed, and other nonperishable foods. In recent years they've also been supplying fresh produce, eggs, meat, and even over-the-counter medications several times per week at the Morro Bay Veteran's Hall. Read More
Shutterbugs by Cheryl Strahl
It may have all started when a submitted photo of my dog's nose appeared in the Tribune in June, 2008. I was ecstatic . . . I was published! Little did I realize that I had started on an incredible photographic journey. To this day that journey continues to amaze me! Read More
Artist's Concept for Morro Bay's Infamous Stacks
The Palms of Love is a 550-foot monument in Morro Bay, California. Clad in colorful anodized aluminum and built on top of existing 450 foot smokestacks, it is the tallest man-made palm tree monument in the world. Built to celebrate immigration and love between all cultures through peace and understanding here in the United States, it is the centerpiece of the California Central Coast and will become an internationally famous symbol of California. By artist John Landon
Do you have a suggestion for what to do with our (in)famous stacks? Send it along. We're all ears.