Cover file photo by Camillia Lanham / Cover design by Alex Zuniga

Nov 9-19, 2023

Vol. 24, No. 37

As the Dana Reserve project moves through the planning process, oak trees are one of the development’s big controversies for locals: as in how many will be removed from the 288-acre parcel in Nipomo to make way for new housing. Project developers have reduced the number of trees the project will cut down and committed to planting and protecting thousands of trees. But opponents say the 3,000-oak-tree price tag is still too high and are pushing for developers and SLO County to choose an alternative plan. Staff Writer Samantha Herrera from the Sun’s sister paper, New Times, writes about the oak tree debate as the project heads to the SLO County Board of Supervisors [6].
In addition, you can read about why local environmental organizations are suing the regional water board [4]; Maryvonne LaParlière’s painted furniture [22]; and Kings Carey on Mission in Solvang [25].

Sticking point

The Dana Reserve in Nipomo wants to cut down about 3,000 oak trees to build more than 1,300 units

By Samantha Herrera



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