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Volume 9
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Issue 23
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April 30 - May 13, 2015
YOUR COMMUNITY IN YOUR HANDS
The Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County opened
the doors to its new thrift store in Downtown SLO at 667A
Marsh St. Dignitaries, business leaders and members of the
community attended a ribbon cutting held last week. The
Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County provides new,
school-appropriate clothing to disadvantaged K-12th grade
students in schools throughout the county.
SLO Airport Hosts
Airline Expo
Suit Filed Against SLO
Nursing Home
By Camas Frank
By Camas Frank
I
t wasn’t too long ago that
the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport took a minor
hit in passenger numbers when
carrier SkyWest switched from
turboprop commuter planes to
jets.
The switch happened in early
April and resulted in an 8-percent reduction of available
seats on the route to Los Angeles’ LAX. In the grand scheme
though, said, Phil D’Acri, airport business development
manager, he’s too busy to worry
about industry trends.
Instead he and County Airports Director, Kevin Bumen,
are counting the opportunities and telling anyone they
can about how lucky SLO is.
For one thing they didn’t lose
tolosapress.com
service from SkyWest, as some
other regions did in the switchover, and for another they’ve
got plenty of attractive options
to expand.
The duo had abundant chances to show off their grand vision for travel out of the Central
Coast while hosting the soldout, Sixel Airports Conference,
April 21-23.
The 12th annual event, run by
the aviation industry firm Sixel
Consulting Group, “brought the
mountain to Mohammed” for
SLO, gathering analysts and
managers from 36 airports and
15 airlines.
Earth Day at
El Chorro
Page 11
State Treasurer
Visits SLO
Page 13
See Airport, page 8
A
national law firm specializing in cases of nursing
home neglect and elder
abuse has filed a class action
lawsuit against the SLO nursing home, “Village at Sydney
Creek,” and it’s backers, Westpac Investment, Inc.
Garcia, Artigliere & Medby
filed the class action on April 6
on behalf of what they estimate
to be more than 1,000 current
or former residents in Westpac affiliated homes. Alleging
violation of business and professions code, and violation of
the Consumer Legal Remedies
Act, Stephen Garcia, a partner
in Garcia, Artigliere & Medby,
said the case came to light after
a single incident in which one
of his clients allegedly suffered
a fall with injuries. The circumstances surrounding the event
were, “covered up,” according
to Garcia.
During a deposition in that
case, the then director of wellness from the Village at Sydney
Creek testified to staffing policies the firm believes to be illegal and unsafe.
“I was shocked at what she
[Corina Segundo] told us in deposition,” Garcia said. “I waited
until the transcript was corrected after 30 days to see if I was
right. You get 30 days to edit
your responses for accuracy.
This person clearly had the time
See Suit, page 8
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April 30 - May 13, 2015 • SLO City News
Bret Colhouer
publisher
[email protected]
Neil Farrell
managing editor
The Bay News
[email protected]
Table of
Contents
Theresa-Marie Wilson
managing editor
The Coast News
[email protected]
Morro Bay Car Show ..........................................3-5
Home and Garden Expo .................................25-36
Police Blotter ......................................................6-7
Central Coast Life ...........................................37-46
Camas Frank
section editor
SLO City News
[email protected]
SLO Man Arrested ................................................ 9
Sports Shorts ...................................................... 47
SLO Woman Dies After House Fire ......................... 9
75th Annual Poly Royal Rodeo ............................ 48
Michael Elliott
sports reporter
[email protected]
Caltrans Commemorates Its Fallen ........................ 10
Berllerinas Dance Away with Scholarships ............ 49
Earth Day Celebrated at El Chorro .......................11
Katcho Enters Congress Race ............................... 50
Cal Poly and Science Guy Wait for Project to Sail ..12
Farmerʼs Concert Series .......................................51
State Treasurer Visits SLO .....................................13
County Hires IT Chief........................................... 52
Home Invader Sought ..........................................13
Cuesta Tax Levies Set .......................................... 52
Christy Serpa
editorial design
Police Dog Gets New Partner ...............................14
Fire Season Decared on April 13 ......................... 53
Kathrene Tiffin
copy editor
Central Coast Life ...........................................15-24
Business Matters .............................................54-60
Gareth Kelly
business / lifestyle reporter
[email protected]
Michelle Johnson
art director
Jessica Padilla
marketing coordinator
[email protected]
ADVERTISING
Zorina Ricci
coast news advertising executive
[email protected]
Carrie Vickerman
bay news advertising executive
[email protected]
Dave Diaz
internet, text & loyalty marketing
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS &
PHOTOGRAPHERS
Teri Bayus
Michael Gunther
King Harris
Vivian Krug
Evanne Mingori
Betsey Nash
SLO Nightwriters
Ray Ambler
Ruth Anne Angus
Amy Joseph
Carrie Jaymes
Erin O’Donnell
Paul Winninghoff
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Jamie Maraviglia and her son Rhone at the March of Dimes March for Babies event last year.
The March for Babies
Raising money to fight against birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality
Every year, about 450,000 babies are born
too early in the United States. Premature
birth costs society more than $26 billion a
year and takes a high toll on families; it is
the number one killer of newborns.
The March of Dimes is a non-profit organization
whose mission is to improve the health of
babies by supporting research, pushing for a
core set of newborn screenings for all babies,
supporting families with infants in intensive
care and more.
The March of Dimes funds their mission
through “The March for Babies,” fundraising
walks around the nation. Many who participate
in these walks have been touched by
prematurity or infant loss. Local resident
Jamie Maraviglia is one of these people.
In 2011, Maraviglia’s two-month-old daughter
Naya passed away due to an illness she
acquired shortly after birth. She created
Naya’s Papayas in order to hosanor her
daughter and the March of Dimes fundraising
team has raised over $45,000. This year,
Maraviglia is organizing a local March for
Babies event in Arroyo Grande on May 30.
For information on creating a team or sponsorships,
contact Jamie Maraviglia at 805-801-6211 or
email her at [email protected], or visit
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Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show
April 30th through May 3rd – Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show returns for the 18th time in 2015! Starting Thursday
evening, rare cars will begin arriving in Morro Bay for registration. On Friday, secure a spot on Main Street for CRUISE
Night as classics and other rare cars cruise past. Continue the party on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and talk
with the car owners. The event wraps up on Sunday morning with the announcement of the best cars.
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A Brief History
C
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Morro Bay
had
it’s
beginnings
in
1993 over a couple
of cups of coffee,
as Ocean View
Garage
owner
Ron
McIntosh,
and Professional
Engineer
Steve
Carnes,
both
antique car buffs,
began discussing
the idea of a car
show in Morro
Bay. They thought Morro Bay
would be an ideal location, given
the size and layout of the downtown
area, as well as the attractions of
the weather, beaches, golf course
and natural surroundings.
Over a number of cups of coffee
during the following three years,
McIntosh and Carnes promoted the
idea to their friends and business
associates. Local businessman and
Chamber of Commerce member
Dave Tope and then Rotary
President, Don Doubledee, both
approved the idea and Contacted
their respective organizations. The
City, the Police Department and
Chamber of Commerce also offered
their support for the car show.
The Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show
Volunteer Committee is composed
of citizens and representatives from
the Morro Bay Rotary Cub, Police
Department and the Chamber
of Commerce. Profits from the
show activities are divided among
these three recipients. The Police
Department share is used to support
Police Explorer youth activities.
The first Cruisin’ Morro Bay
Car Show in 1997 had 125 entries
from various parts of California.
The 2004 show had over 500
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Over time the club has become
more hot rod than racer oriented,
but the club still
has a Number of
members that race
in NHRA and in
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with numerous other
types of organized
racing organizations.
Racing aside… It is
very common for 20
to 30 cars to go for a
long weekend to taste
wine, enjoy dinner,
and even display their cars at a car
show.
The Club produces two charity
car shows a year to benefit the
high school auto shop programs,
community-based
help
organizations and other recognized
charities. Donations from the Road
Kings events have topped $375,000
in the last decade alone.
We offer quality childcare with an emphasis
on acceptance, family, and community
In 1999 at the NHRA Hot Rod
Reunion, The Road Kings were
recognized as the Justice Brothers
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of Burbank and others, for the
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Airport, from page 1
“You know we go to these with our
portfolio and lots of pictures of our
facilities and the area,” said D’Aacri,
“but usually they’re held in large
metropolis and you’re one of dozens
of regional representatives. Hosting
an event gives the airline planners a
chance to see what we’re all about.
“They can taste the wine of SLO
County and Edna Valley right where
it’s produced. They can see the tourist
options that would be offered first hand
and go through the experience of flying
in, the same as their passengers would.”
Bumen added that they hoped the
conference would be a nudge needed
to, “tip the scales in our favor and help
us secure more air service.”
All of the airport reps, including D’Acri
and Bumen are focused at swaying
representatives from those 15 airlines
and convincing them to consider their
destination. For SLO the goal is to build
relationships with carriers who can
provide one of the wish list destinations
the airport has worked on since losing
Delta as a carrier in 2008.
“Delta was a popular carrier, a popular
route, but in 2008 they couldn’t afford
the fuel,” said D’Acri.
Fuel is still an issue but times have
News
changed, with carriers now more
focused on maximizing the value of
pilot time in larger flights, something,
which SLO can accommodate.
In announcing the event D’Acri
gave credit to community partners
which “helped the County bring
this conference to San Luis Obispo
County, including the Avila Beach
Tourism Alliance, City of San Luis
Obispo, ACI/San Luis Jet Center, Fly
This Sim, SLO Wine Country, Paso
Robles Wine Country Alliance, and
Visit San Luis Obispo County.”
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10:30 AM–2:00 PM
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We invite the community as well as our physicians, employees, volunteers,
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beginning at 12:30 PM. BBQ catered by G. Brothers Smokehouse.
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Suit, from page 1
to make sure it was accurate. I honestly
believe [Sydney Creek] thought we
would just look the other way after the
individual case we were working on
was resolved.”
A lawsuit filing describes only one side
of a case or event, however, as of press
time neither Westpac Investments nor
Sydney Creek responded to repeated
interview requests.
At the time when Garcia spoke with
the SLO City News there were 15 days
left on the discovery period during
which he hoped to have details on all
of the individuals affected through
the records provided by the Westpac
subsidiaries The Village Pacific
Management Group, LLC and Sydney
Creek, LP.
In sum, the lawsuit alleges that the
group set a companywide budget target
with set staffing levels rather than
attempting to meet day-to-day needs of
patients.
“This is our area of law and over the
last 25 years I’ve become very well
versed in multiple state [codes]. The
simple goal of this suit is to bring their
standards of care up to California law,”
added Garcia. “Something was odd the
whole time we were working on the
case but I couldn’t figure out what until
I heard what they were doing in their
own words. Staffing to a budget is just
not done, it can’t be done and provide
the care.”
Segundo’s deposition, excerpted in
the suit, quotes her as saying that if
the acuity of an individual resident
changes beyond what the staffing levels
are set for at the beginning of the year,
Village staff “meets with the family and
discuss we can no longer meet their
needs here at this community and we’ll
move them on.”
The lawyer’s interpretation of that
simple exchange coupled with an
examination of the home’s recruitment
process an extrapolated sequence
of events in which “they go out and
recruit the sickest individuals they
can find, so they can charge the most,”
Garcia said. “The justification for the
charge is that you’re paying for more
care. Then they turn around and staff
to a number, which doesn’t make sense
at all. That’s how they operate it as an
investment company. They’re giving a
low standard of care while patients pay
for the highest.”
Garcia did not discuss attorney’s fees
that his firm would stand collect, but
noted that the best-case scenario for
the case rests on the Village’s response.
“It’s the difference between an
investment company and a company
set up to care for people,” he said,
relaying a similar case in Southern
California that resulted in a no fee outof-court settlement. “The lawyer for the
nursing home convinced their company
president to fly in from Oregon and
after a tour they went over a check list
of everything we wanted taken care of.
No arguing they just did it. I waived my
fees for that kind of response.” While
employees at Sydney Creek did not
comment on the case, they did confirm
that Corina Segundo has not worked at
the home for over a year.
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•
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SLO Woman Dies After House Fire
By Neil Farrell
SLO Man Arrested After DUI
S
an
Luis
Obispo
P o l i c e
arrested a Cal
Poly
football
player
for
suspicion
of
felony DUI after
he
reportedly
rolled his car
into a parked
vehicle injuring
two passengers.
On April 19,
shortly
after
1 a.m., police
said emergency
personnel
responded to an injury traffic
collision in the 2100 block of
Loomis St.
The preliminary investigation
indicated that Marvin Mahir
Abou, 22, was driving a 2004
Jeep Wrangler eastbound on
Loomis when he lost control of
the vehicle, police said in a news
release. The Jeep overturned and
struck a parked
1997
Lexus
sedan. Two of
the passengers
in
the
Jeep
sustained minor
injuries and were
transported by
private party to
the hospital for
treatment.
Abou, police
said,
was
determined
to
have
allegedly
been
driving
under
the
influence
of
alcohol at the time of the collision
and was arrested for felony DUI
causing injury. He was booked
into the SLO County Jail with bail
set at $100,000.
SLOPD ask that anyone with
information regarding this case
to call the Police Department at
(805) 781-7317 or Crime Stoppers
at (805) 549-STOP.
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Ì
A
local woman died last week after
her home caught fire and she
was trapped inside.
According to the SLO Fire
Department, they responded to 125
S. Tassajara St., at 1:47 p.m. Monday,
April 20 for a report of smoke coming
from a home.
Battalion Chief Ray Hais said, “This
was quickly upgraded to a structure
fire response based upon information
relayed to the 9-1-1 dispatcher. The
first SLO City Fire Department unit
[Engine 2] arrived within 3 minutes of
being dispatched and found heavy fire
throughout the upper level of a 1,500
square foot, split level single-family
residence. A neighbor met Engine-2
as it arrived and indicated the strong
possibility of a resident still inside.”
Engine-2’s crew burst through
the front door and attacked under
conditions that Chief Hais said were,
“very hot, difficult conditions while
conducting a primary search for the
resident.”
A second crew cut through the roof
venting the hot smoke enough that the
first-in crew located the woman in a
corner bedroom. She was in extremely
critical condition, Chief Hais said, but
still alive. She was rushed via ambulance
to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center
but died from her injuries.
Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Gater said
they had trouble getting in the front
door. “The front door had a large
accumulation of combustible objects
directly behind it,” he told SLO City
News. “Out of respect for the deceased,
I will just say the load of objects and
belongings was profound, contributed
to the rapid spread of fire, and made
access/progress through the structure
while firefighting and conducting
the initial search very challenging.
Overhaul was time consuming.”
Firefighters had control of the fire
within 10 minutes of arrival. No injuries
occurred to firefighters and the loss/
damage to the structure and contents
is estimated at over $150,000. The
fire was fueled by and rescue efforts
hampered because the home was filled
with items, as would be the home of a
hoarder.
The City responded a battalion chief,
a deputy chief, a ladder truck, and three
fire engines. Cal Fire also sent a battalion
chief, an EMS Captain, and a fire engine
as part of the automatic aid agreement.
Two City fire investigators and four
SLOPD officers also responded, as well
as San Luis Ambulance.
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Community
Caltrans Commemorates Its Fallen
By Camas Frank
I
t’s been a full 10 years since
Caltrans Dist. 5 suffered its last
employee fatality, but it was nonethe-less a solemn occasion for the 24th
Annual Worker Memorial Ceremony
on April 23 that Caltrans Offices
commemorated statewide.
Caltrans spokesman, Colin Jones,
noted that while the state’s transit
employees have benefited from
increased training and safeguards
on major construction projects, the
majority of people exposed to danger
on the roads work as contractors,
California Highway Patrol officers, or
your local tow truck driver.
Caltrans Dist. 5 Director, Tim
Gubbins, said the annual ceremony
helps to remember all sacrifices and,
“honor our highway workers who have
lost their lives while working on the
state highway system.”
SLO County Supervisor Debbie
Arnold, CHP Capt. Mike Bueno and
Alicia Alfaro, sister of a fallen highway
worker, spoke at the event, which drew
a crowd of about 150 people at the Dist.
5 headquarters on Higuera Street.
Similar events were held across the
state, with the largest in Sacramento as
part of the official, “Worker Memorial
Day.”
Caltrans places the names of all 183
of its employees who have died in the
line of duty on a memorial plaque in
the lobby of Caltrans headquarters in
Sacramento.
Eight of those workers have died
in Dist. 5 since the agency’s founding
in 1924. Dist. 5 includes SLO, Santa
Barbara, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San
Benito Counties (see: www.dot.ca.gov/
dist05). The local ceremony includes
placing a rose
on each marker stone for them.
Jones noted that it’s remarkable
that figures have remained so low
considering that there are now more
cars on California roadways than ever
before.
Announcing the memorial, Caltrans
noted that: “Highway construction
and maintenance work is one of the
most dangerous occupations in the
United States. In addition to the danger
workers face, an estimated 85 to 90
percent of people who are killed in
highway work zones are drivers and
passengers. Most of these fatalities
are caused by rear-end collisions, with
speeding, distracted and aggressive
driving the most common causes.”
So as the agency is often wont to say,
“Flashing Lights Means Move Over!”
and “Slow for the Cone Zone.” Photos
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Earth Day Celebrated at El Chorro
Photos by Erin O’Donnell
B
usiness representatives, non-profit organizations
and students got together at El Chorro Regional
Park to network and share their environmental
messages, causes, and solutions for the annual Earth Day
celebration.
On April 19, passengers were ferried from Downtown
SLO to Cuesta College and over to the park with a free
ride on the City’s double decker bus. Features of the event
included a Kid’s Zone, bodywork & yoga, environmental
group gatherings, stargazing, Marketplace, food and
beverages, and beer and wine. Music was provided by
Captain Nasty, Samba Loca, Guy Budd and the Gypsy
Souls, Resignation and Maheyla & The Ritual.
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April 30 - May 13, 2015 • SLO City News
News
Cal Poly and Science Guy Wait for
Project to Sail
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Bill Nye with the bench test LightSail. Photo by Loren Roberts The Planetary Society.
H
ey there science fans. It looks
like a May 6 preliminary launch
date for the Planetary Society’s
Solar Sail Spacecraft has been pushed
to May 20.
Built and tested in a lab on SLO’s
Cal Poly campus, the mini-satellite
prompted a visit from the CEO of the
non-profit Planetary Society, Bill “The
Science Guy” Nye, last year.
The delay is the latest to affect the
mission, but would-be solar system
explorers are nothing if not patient.
A successful deployment of the four
reflective sails was carried out in a Cal
Poly clean room in front of a crowd
of happy observers in Sept. 2014
and testing of the actual hardware
concluded in Dec. 2014.
The whole bundles was packed off
to Florida in March of this year to be
loaded onto an Atlas V rocket carrying a
primary payload for the U.S. Air Force.
It was the Air Force that initiated the
delay for their secret payload. The
mission logo from the Air Force Space
Command features an illustration of
their small reusable space plane, so
speculation about their cargo ranges
from another routine spy satellite to
something a little more exciting.
As Nye has explained in several recent
media appearances, Planetary Society
is “happy” to wait since it means that
the test craft will be going up on a “real
rocket” this time. A previous attempt
to send a larger test satellite into orbit
ended in failure when a converted
Russian ICBM deposited the payload at
the bottom of the Bering Sea.
The LightSail is one of several other
CubeSats (a class of small satellites
pioneered at Cal Poly and a number of
other universities worldwide) hitching
a ride on the Atlas V. Although the
original has already been bolted into
place waiting for launch, an Earthbound
duplicate has been running tests
simulating the mission on Cal Poly’s
computer servers through April.
The May scheduled launch won’t
deposit the LightSail high enough in
orbit to actually sail, but it will test
all of the systems for another mission
planned in 2016.
For more info about the mission and
Cal Poly involvement search LightSail
at : www.planetary.org.
SLO City News • April 30 - May 13, 2015
Community
C
alifornia
State
Treasurer,
John
Chiang, paid a visit
to SLO in April; the guest
of the San Luis Obispo
Property and Business
Owners’ Association.
Chiang would not be
drawn out by the group
about the vagaries of
policies at the municipal
level, but he spent the
hour-and-a-half luncheon
giving some background
on how he came to be “the most
unpopular person in Sacramento”
during the recession, serving as
state controller from 2007-14 then
bringing his sensibilities to his new
position as the “state’s banker.”
Sales of bonds and managing the
State’s investments are in his realm
and Chiang discussed some of the
measures he’s spearheaded to save
money, such as refinancing bonds
that were dependent on tobacco
tax revenue, a dwindling source. Of
chief concern to him in the treasury
position is managing a payment plan
for the California Public Employees
Retirement System or CalPERS.
Current plans at the State level call
for the unfunded liabilities to be paid
off in that system over 30 years.
Organizers of the luncheon see
municipal debts in SLO as a threat
to the City’s long-term finances and
were eager for Chiang to comment.
Estimates prepared by City staff at
the end of 2014 placed the unfunded
liability at $115.6 million and $12
million was put forward for partial
payment during recent budget
discussions.
Work on that will continue through
May and June before the
SLO City Council is ready
to adopt a final, 2-year
2015-17 budget.
Chiang
primarily
focused on the necessity
of
open
government
and placing document’s
online for public scrutiny
and review, noting that
while he butted heads
over his public disclosure
of information at the
controller’s office, first
with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
(who Chiang said called him a
“Debbie Downer” for not signing
off on budget payments) then with
members of the State Assembly.
He noted that public audit of
documents was an important step
in unraveling the now infamous
finances at the City of Bell. As
controller, Chiang started a task
force to monitor such activity as in
Bell, where millions of dollars were
taken out in bonds then placed in
non-interest bearing accounts, while
the city continued to pay interest to
creditors.
Ironically, during the recession,
the State Treasury’s computer
systems have not been upgraded in
seven years and he is unable to enact
some of the openness in the new
office that he would like.
While state level reforms take time,
he urged citizens that are involved
with local government to focus on
issues that affect income long term
in the economy: drought and climate
change, healthcare and pensions all
being costs that impact the size of the
State economy.
A
n alert cabbie may have prevented
an intoxicated woman from
being attacked last week, and
police are asking for help in identifying
the suspect, who also invaded a second
home that same night.
According to SLOPD Sgt. Gillham,
shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday,
April 18, a cab driver dropped off an
“intoxicated female fare” at her home
in the 900 block of Peach St. The cabbie
waited to make sure she got inside
safely, and Sgt. Gillham said as she was
closing the front door, “An unidentified
male unknown to the female came up
to her outside and walked her into her
residence, closing the door behind
them.”
The woman screamed and the cabbie
ran to the door “and began pounding
on it,” Sgt. Gillham said. “The suspect
was briefly face to face with the cab
driver then fled the area.”
The suspect was described as a white,
male, adult, 5-foot 10-inches tall and
possibly “mute” and wearing a baseball
cap with the logo “CHP” on it. “It does
not appear the female was assaulted,”
he said. Police are seeking the suspect
for possible burglary charges.
The suspect apparently then invaded
a second home a short distance away. “A
little over an hour later,” Sgt. Gillham
said, “a resident in the 100 block of
Verde found a male in his home. The
male was described as wearing a “CHP”
logo hat. The suspect was further
described as tall, white, male adult with
a large build. He had red or brown curly
hair and was wearing a baseball cap
with a CHP logo. He was wearing an
orange zip-up jacket and tan or beige
corduroy pants.” That suspect drove
away in a light colored sedan, he added.
Bomb Squad Called for
“Pressure Cooker”
By Camas Frank
A
ccording to a statement released
by the San Luis Obispo Police
Department near 4 a.m. on the
morning of the SLO Marathon officers
had disposed of, “what appeared to
be a pressure cooker” reported on
Santa Barbara Street the night before.
The release, prepared by SLOPD Sgt.
John Villanti says that, “ On April 25,
around 8:38 p.m. the San Luis Obispo
Police Department responded to the
1900 block of Santa Barbara Street for
a suspicious device. The device was in
the middle of the sidewalk in front of
the Del Monte Café.
“The area was cordoned off and the
street was closed between High and
Upham. The San Luis Obispo County
Bomb Task Force was called to take over
the investigation. The County Bomb
Task Force responded and rendered
the device safe then disposed of it.”
In this case the County and the
SLOPD responded with an abundance
of caution, not least because pressure
cookers are often used to make
improvised explosive devices, similar to
the ones that were used in the domestic
terror attacks on the Boston Marathon
in 2013.
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Police Dog Gets New Partner
By Neil Farrell
O
ne County Sheriff’s Office police
dog has a new partner, after
his old one retired, making for
a rare change-up of duties in the K-9
corps. On April 22, the Sheriff’s Office
officially designated Deputy Joshua
Peet the new handler of “DJ,” a Belgian
malinois, who is trained in narcotics
detection, tracking and apprehension,
the department announced. Dep. Peet
is taking over for Dep. Steve Faeth
who retired in January. DJ is one of
six, highly-trained police dogs in the
Sheriff’s Department ranks. When
Sheriff Ian Parkinson took office in
2010, there was just one K-9 in the
department. The present contingent
of six is part of Parkinson’s efforts to
improve the department’s capabilities,
and the dogs have been busy. ‘Last year
alone,’ said spokesman Tony Cipolla,
‘the K9’s were called out for service
more than 1,800 times. This resulted
in 169 suspect apprehensions, and the
detection and recovery of more than
1,587 grams (3.5 pounds) of cocaine,
more than 2,700 grams [5.9 pounds]
of methamphetamine and 446 grams
(almost one pound) of heroin.’
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Dep. Peet and DJ. Submitted photo.
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Sports
Sports Shorts
Colin
Cowherd
By Michael Elliott
S
ports
BouquetAh, spring is in the
air and the sports
world has blossomed.
NBA basketball playoffs,
NHL hockey playoffs, a
plethora of professional
golf playoffs, Major League
Baseball starting up—
sports in general. What
say we tap into the aromas
of a few of those varietals?
Don’t forget your Claritin!
Hock It Up- I’m going to spew forth a
personal belief of mine: Playoff hockey
is the bomb! There is quite possibly no
better playoff scenario around than a
seventh game on ice where it’s all on
the line. The drama is quite gripping
throughout as bodies fly and sticks are
high. Those hockey dudes are pound
for pound the toughest men alive on the
planet. Check some of this compelling
action out if you dare, eh?
Department Of Youth- How
refreshing it is to see new life being
pumped back into the Ladies
Professional Golf Association this
season. Youth is definitely being
served as teenage phenoms are
capturing the headlines.
Just
this past week 17-year-old Brooke
Henderson was atop the leaderboard
after the third round of the Swinging
Skirts tournament held just outside
of San Francisco. Henderson showed
poise and skill but, alas, she was run
down by 18-year-old Lydia Ko, the No.
1 ranked golfer on the women’s circuit
who captured the title in a playoff on
Sunday. Um, Lydia turned 18 during
the event! Reader’s disclaimer: If you
are privy to the Alice Cooper song which
has the same name as this paragraph’s
title then you were probably spending
way too much time listening to his
“Welcome To My Nightmare” album
instead of doing your homework or
chores back in the day.
Potpourri- The Cal Poly baseball
team has climbed two games above
.500 in the Big West Conference.
Kevin Love’s dislocated shoulder is
going to be troublesome to the Cleveland
Cavaliers’ chances for an NBA title.
Duh New Yawk Mets ah stahtin’ ta
look amazin’ early on. The
most mouthed cuss words
not picked up by television
microphones emanate from
hockey coaches’ mouths. Is
there a better defensive/
offensive baseball catcher
than St. Louis’ Yadier
Molina? The recent rap
on golfer Jim Furyck not
being able to close out
tournaments was put to
rest as he showed major
stones in winning the RBC Heritage in
a playoff.
The Cuesta College Cougars baseball
team holds its breath while hoping to
get into the playoffs. Stephen Curry is
the popular choice for NBA MVP, but
I’m backing Houston’s James Harden
as he carried a less-talented team into
the playoffs.
Beware of Cali’s only NHL
playoff team as the Anaheim Ducks
convincingly flew past Nashville in the
first round.
The inter-league play in baseball
feels weird. Put up your dukes (and
your pay-per-view money, if you dare)
as Pacquiao-Mayweather launches this
Saturday.
Boston Celtics’ coach Brad Stevens
jumped from Butler University’s frying
pan into the NBA fire two years ago but
he is bringing that team along in fine
fashion.
Hold the presses: At press time
the Houston Astros were leading the
American League West by 2.5 games!
Got a chuckle out of the Lakers’ final
box score this year as two of the starters
had last names of Black and Blue.
Sow Your Seeds- Time is ripe
all, for getting out and enjoying this
magnificent weather we are blessed
with. It’s amazing what a jog on the
beach or a hike on a trail or a walk
around the neighborhood can do for
your health and soul. Exercise and
a healthy diet are the keys to a longer
and fuller life. Spring into action if so
inclined. Smell the roses along the way.
You’ll be glad you did.
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75th Annual Poly Royal Rodeo
Photos by Erin O’Donnell
T
he National Anthem was kicked off in style with an extra
large U.S. flag delivered via skydiver to open the 75th Annual
Poly Royal Rodeo, April 16-18.
Dating back to 1939, the rodeo program at Poly has won 45
National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Championships and
the Poly Royal event was held just a year later. The school dates to
1901, so despite rich agricultural roots the cowboys were a little too
busy to compete in the University’s first few years. On April 18, the
teams showed their skills with short round roping and Kelly O’Day
even staged a mock fight with a rodeo clown for a little humorous
respite.
SLO City News • April 30 - May 13, 2015
Community
Ballerinas Dance Away with
Scholarships
T
he Community Foundation San
Luis Obispo County has named
Lauren Wood of Paso Robles and
Virginia Harding of SLO this year’s
recipients of the Third Annual Jennifer
Thoma Memorial Ballet Scholarship.
The scholarship was established in
2012 by the Thoma Family to help local
dancers by providing support to attend
intensive summer ballet programs. Each
award was for $2,500. Wood, 16, is a
student at Mission College Preparatory
High School, and has studied dance
for 7-½ years. She’s
performed with the
North County Dance
& Performing Arts
Foundation.
The
Thoma Scholarship
will enable her to
participate in this
summer’s
Long
Beach
Ballet’s
Summer Intensive
and
Dresden
Tour. Harding, 16,
attends the Classical
Academy in SLO.
She has trained as a
dancer for 11 years,
starting at the age of 5. She has performed
with the Civic Ballet and the Santa
Barbara State Street Ballet. Harding will
attend the summer program at Ballet
Magnificant in Jackson, Miss. “It is truly
inspiring to see the level of commitment
these young people have to their art”,
said Community Foundation CEO,
Heidi McPherson. “The decision was so
difficult for the committee this year that
they decided to award two scholarships
rather than one, as they have in the
past.”
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Chinese Group Donates to BBBS
T
he Central Coast Chinese
Association recently donated
$834 to Big Brothers Big Sisters
to support the local agencies youth
mentoring programs. The money
was raised via a Chinese New Year
celebration in February. Anna BoydBucy, the organization’s executive
director said. “The generous donation
from the Central Coast Chinese
Association will support eight children
enrolled in our program for a month.
The Central Coast Chinese Association
is helping us fulfill our mission is to
provide children facing adversity with
strong and enduring, professionally
supported one-to-one relationships
that change their lives for the better,
forever.” In the photo from left to
right are: Anna Boyd-Bucy and Patty
Carpenter of BBBS and C.C. Chinese
Association members Jennifer Harris,
Charlotte Chang, Wenhui Zhou, Mai
Wilson, Katherine Hudson and Mike
Chen. Submitted photo
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he dash to run for Congress,
in the wake of Lois Capps’
announcement that she is
retiring, got a little more crowded,
when the local State Assemblyman
tossed his hat into the ring.
Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian
(R-SLO) on April 17 officially
announced that he will run for
Capps’ 24th Congressional District
seat. Katcho has been the local State
Assemblyman since 2010. Prior to that
he was a three-term County Supervisor
and before that was on the Arroyo
Grande City Council.
He is in his third and final term as the
35th Assembly District Assemblyman
and is being term limited out in 2016.
The 35th District includes SLO County
unincorporated areas, and the cities
of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover
Beach, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Morro
Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San
Luis Obispo, and Santa Maria.
Katcho made his announcement on
the steps of the Santa Barbara County
Courthouse to a crowd of supporters.
“For over a decade,” he said, “I have
had the privilege of serving in both
local and state government. I have
found common sense solutions to the
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Among
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Barbara County Supervisor Brooks
Firestone, who said, “The people of
San Luis Obispo County have strongly
elected him three times as Supervisor
and three times as Assembly member.”
Katcho was born in Lebanon, moved
to California as a student, and has
been a naturalized
U.S. citizen since
1982. He attended
Cuesta College and
graduated
from
Cal Poly with a
degree in business
administration. He is
a businessman with
gas stations in the
South County. He
and wife Araxie were
married in 1984 and
have a son, Hratch,
and daughter, Nyri.
As for Katcho’s
Assembly
seat,
Democrat
Heidi
Harmon, who lost to
Katcho in 2014, has
said she will try once
again for the seat.
The race to replace
Capps already has Santa Barbara Mayor
Helene Schneider and Republican
Justin Fareed announcing that they
will run. Fareed challenged Capps in
the 2014 June Primary Election but
finished in the middle of an 8-person
race.
SLO City News • April 30 - May 13, 2015
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Farmer’s Concert Series in Situ
Photos by Erin O’Donnell
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T
he Damon Castillo Band
kicked off the “Downtown SLO
Farmers’ Market Fresh Picked
Concert Series” putting in motion
six months of monthly concerts
and celebrations. The series runs
through September at the “Harvest
Stage” located in the Union Bank
parking lot, 995 Higuera St., from
6:30–8:30 p.m. Future shows
include: Ragged Jubilee on May 7;
Diego’s Umbrella June 4; TROPO
July 9; Moonshiner Collective Aug.
6; and Fialta Sept. 3.
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County Hires IT Chief
S
an Luis Obispo
County has a
new
director
of
information
technology,
giving
the permanent job to
the guy who’s filled in
as interim since last
October.
Daniel
Milei
was
named
IT
director
effective
April 7, according
to a news release
from the County
Administration
Office. He was given
the job, “after an
exhaustive search.”
“Mr. Milei,” County Administrative
Officer Dan Buckshi said, “is highly
qualified for this role and we’re proud
to have him join the County’s executive
leadership team.”
Milei has 20 years of public and
private experience in IT, and will
manage the Department with an annual
budget of some $13.6 million and
approximately 73 full-time employees.
He is responsible for planning,
organizing and directing the activities
of the department and leading the
County’s IT strategic plan.
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Milei
has
a
bachelor’s degree in
computer
science
and
mathematics
from California State
Northridge and has
worked
for
SLO
County for nearly
three years.
“We started the
recruitment process
for this position back
in November 2014,”
Buckshi said, “and
attracted
several
qualified applicants,
including
Mr.
Milei. The top two
candidates met with IT management
staff and interviewed with County
stakeholders, and Mr. Milei was
ultimately our top choice. We know
he’ll continue to do great work for the
County in this role.”
The IT Department was spun out of
the General Services Department last
October when County Supervisors split
it into four parts.
County Parks and Recreation was
returned to an independent department
in that move and the County Airport
became a separate department along
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Fire Season Declared on April 13
By Neil Farrell
F
ire season has officially opened
from Ventura to San Benito
counties and throughout the
national forest, with Cal Fire ramping
up its readiness and shutting down the
burn season, as well.
On April 13, the Cal Fire Departments
in Ventura, Santa Barbara, SLO and
San Benito-Monterey counties, as
well as the Los Padres National Forest
increased staffing, levels, fire engines,
bull dozers, fire crews, helicopters and
air tankers for this fire season, Cal Fire
announced.
With all the dry weather, the wildfire
danger on the Central Coast “has
unprecedented conditions” which
are exasperated by the extremely dry
vegetation (fuel conditions), steep
slopes in coastal hills (burn quick and
hot), and the hot, dry, windy weather.
“While we do not know what the
weather will bring this summer,” reads
a news release from Cal Fire, “we do
know that our fuel conditions are
severe with significant mortality in our
brush, oaks and timber. Fire season is
always difficult on the Central Coast,
but under bad weather conditions
this year the burning conditions will
substantially challenge our firefighters,
and threaten our communities.”
The fire service has a slogan for being
prepared in case of wildfires — “Ready,
Set, Go!”
“Being ‘Ready’ for a wildfire starts
by maintaining 100-feet of defensible
space and hardening homes with fire
resistant building materials,” Cal Fire
recommends. “Being ‘Set’ by having
an evacuation plan and wildfire action
plan. Lastly, when a wildfire strikes put
your evacuation plan in effect and ‘Go!’
evacuate early.”
People cause 95% of wildfires, and one
of the leading causes is outdoor, power
equipment. Use power equipment
before 10 a.m. and never on hot and
windy days. When clearing dead or
dying grass, don’t use a lawn mower or
weed trimmer with a metal blade.
Make sure your vehicle is properly
maintained with nothing dragging
on the ground like trailer chains or a
muffler. All residents and vacationers
need to be extra cautious outdoors
because one less spark means one less
wildfire.” See: www.ReadyForWildfire.
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With fire season comes some new
rules. Burning restrictions in all four
counties are again in place. For details
contact your local fire department and
the local air pollution control agency.
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following requirements:
Spark arresters are required on all
off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and
other internal combustion engines and
equipment. A permit is required for
all welding, grinding, cutting, or use
of explosives. Tracer ammunition is
prohibited at all times. Fireworks are
prohibited at all times and in all places.
And burn permits are required where
burning is allowed (contact your local
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now required to maintain 100-feet of
defensible space around all structures
on their property. Failure to comply
with these requirements may result in
a fine. Visitors to the national forest
can call the local ranger station for
more information on conditions and
campfire restrictions in the Los Padres
Forest. Locally, that’s the Santa Lucia
Ranger District, 925-9538.
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Morro Bay
• April 18: Yet another citizen fell and
was injured walking down the street,
this time at Monterey and Morro.
Injuries were minor.
• April 18: At 7:51 p.m. police
contacted a stumblebum in the 300
block of Morro Bay Boulevard. The
29-year-old fellow was taken to the
County B&B to sleep it off.
• April 16: Police responded to Main
and the Boulevard after a City tree
dropped a branch onto someone’s
vehicle, to document the perils of the
urban forest.
• April 15: Police responded at 2:19
p.m. to Reno Court for a disturbance.
A man was taken to County Mental
Health for a little 72-hour timeout.
• April 15: Police stopped a suspicious
vehicle at 8 p.m. at San Jacinto and
Ironwood. Logs indicated the 38-yearold fellow driving got the unholy
quartet — DUI, attempting to evade
the cops, a suspended license and a
probation violation.
• April 14: Police took a couple of
hit-n-split reports in the 300 block of
Tulare, as some fiend must have passed
that way in the night.
• April 14: Police took a grand theft
report in the 900 block of Pacific, and
will no doubt have a jolly good time
solving the case.
• April 14: At 4:12 p.m. police and
firefighters responded to the 300 block
of the Boulevard, where someone
fell on the sidewalk and landed in a
potential lawsuit.
• April 14: Another model citizen,
age 20, was contacted at 5:44 p.m.
on Kennedy Way and was nicked for
suspicion of drug possession and
being higher than the stacks. He was
cited and released, and could probably
have really used a bong hit about then.
And apparently that’s what happened,
when at 9:14 p.m. police responded to a
disturbance in the 400 block of Avalon
and guess who was there? The second
time was apparently a charm, as he
was hauled to the hoosegow for alleged
possession, and people wonder why
they call it dope.
• April 13: Police contacted a
suspicious subject in the 700 block of
Quintana at 2:50 p.m. The 28-yearold all star was busted for suspicion of
petty theft, and of course possessing
drug paraphernalia and drugs, she
apparently being caught before the
stash could go up in smoke.
• April 13: Police contacted another
likely suspect at 4:37 p.m. in the 700
Police Blotter
block of Quintana. The 33-year-old
scofflaw had a warrant and went to
the hoosegow. At 5:11 p.m. in the
same spot, they caught a third keeper
in what must be a good fishin’ hole.
This 28-year-old miscreant allegedly
also had paraphernalia and was a tad
cock-eyed but was cited and released,
a bench warrant no doubt in his future.
Pismo Beach
• April 23: Three dim bulbs were
warned not to walk in the bike lane
near Pismo Coast Village.
• April 23: Police were asked to
check the welfare of a woman at North
Beach Campground who had called
her parents in Idaho to say that she
had locked herself in a restroom.
Everything appeared to be okay, but
two hours later police returned to the
campground for a report of a possible
physical altercation between the
woman and her male companion.
• April 23: A caller on the 100 block
of Irish Way reported that his very
pregnant wife had taken the kids to
school and her car was back at the
house, but she wasn’t. She was located
with a friend, still pregnant.
• April 23: An arrest was made
following a high-speed car chase that
started on Price Street and reached 100
miles-per-hour. The CHP took over
and the would-be Dale Earnhardt Jr.
was pulled over in Santa Maria.
• April 23: A caller reported a woman
at the bus stop at the Outlet Center
who was screaming fell down on her
back, got back up and continued her
rant. She was hauled in for being a DIP
(drunk in public).
• April 23: A man at Pismo Laundry
was reportedly going through mail
and trying to get in the office. He was
busted for being a little too nosey.
• April 23: A female caller on the 300
block of El Portal reported that a man,
who had been drinking, wouldn’t let her
in their bedroom, but she wouldn’t tell
dispatch where the home was located.
She did, however, provide the man’s
cell phone number. When police called
it, she answered. They agreed to play in
separate rooms for the night.
• April 23: A caller reported that
while at the Post Office some creep was
taking photos of her and her car.
• April 22: A caller at Shell Beach
Road and Seaview reported suspicious
circumstances and said that someone
was casing the area in a car with a bike
on the back.
• April 22: A caller at 7-Eleven
reported that a male
had driven in front
of the store about 30
“Police got a call at 11 p.m. from minutes prior and
the 1500 block of Madonna where a had crawled into the
passenger seat. The
woman said she found some marijuana caller, who thought
in her daughterʼs backpack and the guy had been
drinking, had tried
decided to rat her out to the fuzz.”
to get him to move
on. Everything was
“A caller on the 100
block of Irish Way
reported
that
his
very pregnant wife
had taken the kids to
school and her car was
back at the house, but
she wasnʼt. She was
located with a friend,
still pregnant.”
okay.
• April 22: A caller on the 100 block
of Park was upset that construction
was being done on the lifeguard towers
at 7 a.m., which, as it turns out, is legal.
• April 22: A caller on the 100 block
of Calle Corea reported that the night
before she had seen two men looking
at her house taking pictures. She
asked if they needed any help and they
motioned with a paintbrush and roller
and went back to taking photos. The
caller’s friend, who spoke Spanish,
talked to the guys who said that they
wanted to build a house in Mexico just
like the caller’s. It isn’t clear what role
the paint supplies played in the whole
scenario.
• April 22: Trouble was brewing at
the Moose Lodge. A man, who had
been drinking, wanted to drive his
motorcycle home and refused to get
in the car with the caller. He ended up
leaving on four wheels.
• April 22: Police were unable to
locate a guy trying to open car doors
on the 100 block of Esparto. When the
caller asked the guy what he was doing,
he replied that he thought the car was
his buddy’s.
• April 21: Extra patrols were
requested on the 300 block of Wilmar.
The caller said that there were
ongoing problems with construction
trucks blocking his driveway. In more
construction news, a caller on Cliff
Avenue reported construction noise at
8:30 p.m. The caller had asked them
to stop, but they refused. The crafty
workers were gone when police arrived.
• April 20: A caller on the 1900 block
of Shell Beach Road requested officers
drive by when kids get out of school.
The caller had received a report that
one hooliganwas seen urinating in the
area as kids left. Police were unable to
locate the boy or his little hose.
San Luis Obispo
• April 22: A citizen in the 500 block
of Hathway called at 4:35 a.m. because
their boozed-up 22-year-old son was
knocking on their front door, and
they apparently didn’t want to let the
prodigal swizzle stick inside.
• April 21: Starbucks on Higuera
called at 7:32 a.m. to report some pesky
fellow in a wheelchair was passed out in
the bathroom and needs to pinch it off
and skedaddle.
• April 21: Someone called police from
Pismo and Morro and said the steel pole
with a “One Way” Arrow was probably
hit by a car as it was completely bent
over; that or Superman’s been doing
shots and showing off again.
• April 21: Conserve Fuel on Santa
Rosa called at 9 a.m. to complain about
a transient man panhandling out front
of the store, and they’ve no doubt
begged him to leave.
• April 21: Someone called at 10 a.m.
to report a sex offense — some jerk-off
in a green hoodie and blue jeans was
sitting on a bench playing pocket pool.
He was done and gone when police
arrived 10 minutes later.
• April 21: Morgan Stanley in the
700 block of Santa Rosa called at 11:24
a.m. to report some strange transient
man was squatting between cars in the
parking lot. The little sh*t was gone
before police arrived. In a similar but
unrelated call, at 1 p.m. someone at
Damon Garcia Sports Fields off Broad
said a transient woman has now taken
a crap twice in the park and has been
told to take her filthy self somewhere
else.
• April 21: A woman called at 6:41
p.m. from the 1800 block of Garnette
and said her neighbor was brazenly
dumpster diving in her recycle bin, and
normally she does it very much more
discretely.
• April 20: Police were called at
7:57 p.m. to the 2100 block of Story at
Hawthorne School because someone
abandoned a boat on the street. The
called thinks the sailors live across the
street, having apparently abandoned
ship.
• April 20: Police were called at 8:35
a.m. to Santa Rosa at the 101 South off
ramp because two boys on roller blades
were crossing the street and not using
the crosswalk, in the latest example of
why we need SWAT.
• April 20: At 10:13 a.m., some
sorority girl at Alpha Gammo Rho on
California called the police because
there was a strange PT Cruiser in
their parking lot. And she’s got the car
pinned in with hers.
• April 20: Someone called at 10:14
a.m. from the 3200 block of Higuera
at Adobe Systems, Inc., who said there
was a suspicious man standing in front
of the bank down the street. He was of
course gone, as apparently there’s a bus
stop nearby.
• April 20: Someone called at 11 a.m.
from the 300 block of Higuera at Cal
Sun Cleaning to report two ruffians
were down in the creek fighting. No
report, so it was apparently a draw.
• April 20: Police were called at 11:23
p.m. to the 1000 block of Olive where
some transient cucumber was passed
out in the bushes behind Mr. Pickles
Sandwiches.
• April 20: Someone got into an
unlocked car in the 600 block of Toro
Police Blotter
and stole a horseback
riding helmet, proving
“Trouble was brewing at the
once again that people
Moose Lodge. A man, who
will steal anything.
• April 20: Police
had been drinking, wanted to
responded at 12:16 p.m. to
drive his motorcycle home and
Sierra Vista for a patient
that was dropped off by
refused to get in the car with
the ambulance who might
the caller. He ended up leaving
be drunk, which ought to
be an easy diagnosis.
on four wheels.”
• April 20: At 2:41
p.m. someone called in a
didn’t like what she saw.
missing person after some
• April 20: Police were called at
juvenile hooligan got off the school bus
7:40p.m. to the 800 block of Monterey
at the wrong stop and took off.
• April 20: Police got called at 3:24 after they discovered a hole in a window
p.m. because a transient man was at Moondoggies’ surfboard shop, a
toes up on the sidewalk by West End bummer fer sure man.
• April 20: Police responded at 8:47
Espresso in the 600 block of Higuera.
Then at 3:46, a transient woman had p.m. to Frog & Peach Pub on Higuera
outworn her welcome at Marsh and for some tadpole refusing to leave, who
Johnson. Logs said she needed to be also asked the caller to “rib-bit” police.
• April 20: A citizen in the 700 block
moved along. And at 3:46, someone
in the 500 block of Higuera at PB of Pepper called at 10 p.m. to report
Company said another transient man some dude sitting in a parked car for
in his 40s was out back smoking a the past 4 hours, and for some reason
pipe. Ol’ Sherlock Homeless was told they think that’s suspicious.
• April 20: Police got a call at 11
to scram.
• April 20: Police were called at 5:17 p.m. from the 1500 block of Madonna
p.m. to the 100 block of Casa at Dr. where a woman said she found some
Applegarth’s Office because someone marijuana in her daughter’s backpack
was banging on the outside wall. The and decided to rat her out to the fuzz.
caller investigated and apparently
Tolosa Press • April 30 - May 13, 2015
•
Celebrity Golf
Tournament & Dinner
Friday, May 29, 2015
Avila Beach Golf Resort
Registration/Check-In - 8:00 AM
Shotgun Start - 10:00 AM
Register as a Threesome at $200 per golfer ($600 total)
Price covers tee fee, lunch, and two dinner tickets for each golfer.
Each Threesome will be joined by a celebrity golfer.
Celebrities include San Diego Charger and NFL Pro Bowler, Anthony Miller;
Pittsburgh Steeler and NFL Pro Bowler, Mike Merriweather; Olympic Gold
Medalist and LA Ram, Ron Brown; LA Raider, Mervyn Fernandez; LA Ram,
Leroy Irvin; New England Patriot, Sam “Bam” Cunningham; and San Francisco
49er, Eric Heitmann. Also playing in the tournament is “one of Hollywood’s
most iconic character actors,” Burton Gilliam.
Contests include a Hole-in-One, Long Ball
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Social and Silent Auction at 4:00 PM
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Dinner at 5:30 PM
Guest Speaker—Steve Miller, CEO of the
Andre Agassi Foundation for Education
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Dinner available at $50 per person
To register a threesome or purchase dinner tickets:
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On Assignment
Then and Now
By Judy Salamacha
H
iking up the Pecho Coast Trail, it
is easy to imagine you’ve crossed
over into another dimension.
Only seaside can you spy, the carved,
flattened space seemingly suspended
three-quarters up the jagged cliff.
The precipice houses a light station
compound built 125 years ago to protect
Port Harford and San Luis Bay. It might
have been lost to decay, vandalism or
demolition, but for the efforts of PG&E
and other corporate and individual
supporters who donated money and
85,000 hours of sweat equity to preserve
the Central Coast treasure, now listed
on the U.S. National Registry of Historic
Places.
Built by Ah Louis, a Chinese-American
banker, labor contractor, farmer, and
shopkeeper from San Luis Obispo,
the three buildings reveal docent-told
secrets during public tours. Would that
the original walls, staircases, fireplaces,
two 50,000-gallon water cisterns or the
dazzling Fresnel lens could ooze-out more
stories about the 1800 to 1900 lifestyles
of the families tending the lighthouse,
the World War II Army regiment on
protective assignment, or daily duties of
U.S. Coast Guard officers — all residents
of the light station at some point during
its active history from 1888 to 1974.
Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers
is a non-profit organization that’s been
restoring and maintaining the light
station since 1995. Future projects and
ongoing activities could use more help
from new volunteers, groups who want
to book an event or tour, or supporters of
their upcoming fundraisers. For example,
Saturday, May 9 attend a traditional
Victorian tea at the lighthouse the day
before Mother’s Day.
Aug. 14 will be the party of the year
when 125 guests will celebrate a 125th
anniversary with dinner, auction,
and music by Louie Ortega. Tours
and activities can be booked a: www.
sanluislighthouse.org or call 540-5771.
“It is the most beautiful setting on
the Central Coast with a history we
should all be familiar with,” said PG&E
meteorologist, John Lindsay, president
of the Lighthouse Keepers board. The
stunning view is available any day of the
week for hikers of the 3.75-mile Pecho
Coast Trail or kayakers who join the trail
from the bay.
However, Wednesdays and Saturdays
are tour days. Visitors can schedule
guided hikes with PG&E docents or
take an adventurous trolley ride to the
lighthouse after PG&E paid to pave the
roadway that winds up the mountain. The
lighthouse sits on 30 acres surrounded
by PG&E’s Lands Stewardship Program,
which manages 12 miles of coastal
lands between Point San Luis and Point
Buchon.
Lindsay credits the Point San Luis
Lighthouse education program developed
for 4th grade students as one of the
reasons PG&E received the 2014 Wildlife
Council’s Corporate Lands for Learning
Award. All expenses for lighthouse
tours and transportation are funded for
qualifying schools through a grant gifted
by the Harold J. Miossi Trust.
Executive Director, Kristi Balzer, said
lighthouse history comes alive through
the interpretations of the volunteer
docents. “Each of us have our favorite
stories,” she said, “but we all talk about
Lucy Brohard, who lived in the keeper’s
home. The rooms were decorated with
the help of Questers de Tolosa based
on Lucy’s girlhood memories. We know
she was an avid reader who anxiously
anticipated quarterly boat delivery of
books.”
Today the bay is sleepy, but 125 years
ago it was a thriving commercial port.
In the 1870s, it averaged 400 ships a
year and exported more crude oil than
anywhere in the United States. Realizing
a light station was needed, Congressman
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Romualdo Pacheco introduced a first
funding bill in 1877, but funds were not
authorized until 1886 and it took a near
disaster to finally start construction.
In 1888 a ship named the Queen of the
Pacific was about 15 miles out from the
harbor when it began to take on water.
Fear of the rocks at the harbor entrance
made it slow going until the ship hit
bottom in 22-feet of water about 500
feet from the pier. Luckily, no lives were
lost and Congress was finally convinced
to start the project that was finished in
1890.
Each lighthouse has its unique signal.
The Point San Luis Light Station received
a 4th Order Fresnel lens that flashes
alternate red and white light every
30 seconds indicating “welcome, safe
harbor.” It can be seen 17 nautical miles
out to sea.
In 1969, the Fresnel lens was retired
and replaced by an automated electric
light. It continues to be a welcome light
to the harbor although the Coast Guard
decommissioned the light station in 1974.
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her at: [email protected] or
801-1422.
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April 30 - May 13, 2015 • Tolosa Press
Nightwriters
15 Minutes in Purgatory
By Liz Regan
“Y
ou have fifteen minutes to
write a story in the third
person point of view. Begin
now.” The writers scramble to
position their keyboards, papers, pens,
eager to launch their electrifying tales—
all except one—Tabula Rasa.
“Anyone home?” she thumps her
forehead. No response, empty, a whirl
of dust bunnies. Tabula Rasa wipes her
brow, scattering droplets. She’s new
to the writing class, a toddler among
the mature. Third person POV? She
reminds herself, a story told through
the eyes of the main character. Tabula
doodles a hangman. She frowns,
grasping for a start. Panic looms.
Tabula studies the writers sitting
around the table. The man next to her
is Homerun Writer Ace. He wields
writing much like a homerun hitter
wields a baseball bat. His digits sprint
across the keyboard, the words chiding
his fingers to move faster. The Ace once
shared an account of a lad who lived a
B+ life but had A- moments. The youth
sat in a tree playing his guitar. A hippy
girl came by, climbed up and joined
him with her guitar. Together they
strummed chords and sang Leonard
Cohen and Judy Collins. The lad asked
her to dinner. The girl accepted. Maybe
they married. The Ace didn’t say.
On Tabula’s right is Psychmaster,
game-girl of story construction. The
Psychmaster uses a ballpoint blue
ink pen. Her pages are a sea of cobalt
waves on white. Neat work, schoolgirl
penmanship, three overflowing pages,
fifteen minutes. How does she do it?
Spinning stories about the homeless
with such intensity, Tabula can smell
them, see them and wishes she didn’t
have to be concerned. But Psychmaster
draws her in and Tabula finds herself
liking the hairy and earnest characters
even though she doesn’t want to.
Next to Psychmaster, sits the
Artist. She paints magical pictures
with sensual words, and creates walkright-in, sit-right-down settings. Her
dialogues speak of the nether world,
her characters dance with fairies
and butterflies and her plots court
wickedness, adversity and bravery. The
Artist fashions the fantastical as real
as is breathing. Now she sits, done,
sipping Perrier.
Nine minutes left and Tabula’s page
remains terminally Rasa. She peeks
around the group frantic for any
inspirational handout. She spies the
Character Writer who celebrates people
and families, and mixes eccentrics with
atonement and salvation. The Character
Writer’s heritage draws on Ann Tyler
and John Steinbeck—her words always
worth the read. Seconds tick.
“DO
SOMETHING!”
Tabula
reprimands herself. The words “blank
slate” explode in her mind and she
moans. She looks to the head of the
table. There sits the Commander-inChief, the master teacher, the midwife who births the group’s creativity.
Scores of little people, all sizes, all ages,
all colors, all abilities pour out of her
ears, nostrils and mouth. The little
people clamor and shout “Me first. Put
me in your story. It’s my turn!” They’re
like spoiled children, elbowing each
other out of the way, demanding to be
included on her page.
“Wait! Everyone will have a chance,”
the Commander tells them. She types
away, 500 words, 15 minutes. The
Commander should be canonized for
such a feat.
Two minutes left. Tabula senses
defeat, no words, red face, humiliation.
She checks her mind… not even a
blip. In haste, she scribbles a sign in
bold black letters For Rent. Throwing
caution to the wind, she hammers the
sign to her forehead. Maybe a family
will move in or a circus. Seeing no one,
Tabula Rasa snatches the marker and
in desperation adds, First Month Free.
Liz Regan is a member of SLO
NightWriters, the premier writing
organization on the Central Coast of
California. She lives in Morro Bay and
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Beware Those Side-Effects
Good to be King
By King Harris
D
on’t you just love all the
pharmaceutical ads you see
on TV these days? All of them
are pushing drugs or medications or
prescriptions that guarantee your life
will immediately improve no matter
what impairment you might have,
if you are willing to risk all the side
effects which ultimately might include
insanity or death.
y “Ask your doctor if this drug is right
for you,” the announcer concludes.
“Hey doc, if I take this will I live
longer or die trying?”
The big pharmas don’t care. Better
living through chemistry, right?
The reason this has come to my
f attention is that I’m watching way too
d much television these days, and the
r reason for that is that I can’t walk. The
reason for that is because I ruptured
my left Achilles tendon several weeks
ago, and I’d like to say it was a result
of a skiing accident on the Alps, or a
surfing mishap off the coast of Maui.
But the cause of my injury was far less
romantic than that.
In mid-March, I started noticing that
I began to limp, and couldn’t come
to a full stride. So I went to see my
primary doctor, who observed that my
Achilles tendon wasn’t performing as
it should. “Did you injure or aggravate
it by exercising or playing sports?” she
asked. “No,” I replied. “No running or
jumping or lurching. It just seemed stiff
when I woke up one morning recently.”
“Were you taking any drugs or
medication you don’t normally take?”
“Yeah, about 10 days ago a doctor
prescribed me some antibiotic to help
ward off an infection that he thought I
might have.” Suddenly her eyes lit up.
“Did you condition begin just about the
time you started taking the antibiotic?”
“Now that you mention it, yes it did.”
“Was the antibiotic called Cipro?”
“Yes, indeed.” She rolled her eyes,
and now I know why.
According to the manufacturer,
“Cipro may cause swelling or tearing of
a tendon [the fiber that connects bones
to muscles in the body], especially in
the Achilles’ tendon of the heel. This
can happen during treatment or up to
several months after you stop taking
ciprofloxacin. Tendon problems may
be more likely to occur if you are over
60, if you take steroid medication, or if
you have had a kidney, heart, or lung
transplant.”
Right after I saw my doctor for all
this, my Achilles tendon popped,
sending me to the floor. So I went to
Med-Plus the next day, where doctors
there told me I had a ruptured Achilles
tendon, advised I see a podiatrist, and
gave me a pair of crutches and a special
boot to limit my mobility.
Something told me I might not be
walking for a while. I was hoping I could
let it heal on its own and avoid surgery.
I could put up with trudging along like
Captain Ahab.
But this scenario was not to be. My
foot doctor told me in no uncertain
terms that surgery to repair the tendon
would be needed, and that I would have
to not use my left leg for at least six
weeks, possibly longer.
“How do I get around?” I asked him.
“You don’t, at least not very easily.”
I thought of all the alternatives, like
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The walker. I could and did borrow
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By the time I
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the store would
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The hospital finagled me a wheel
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navigate most of our house, it was too
big and cumbersome for any bathroom
we have. So I settled for one of these
knee-scooters, a four-wheeled gizmo
where you put the knee of your limp leg
on a pad and scoot it along with your
other leg.
It, too, has its drawbacks, but at least
it turns and has a brake. And I’m happy
to say that my homebound dilemma
doesn’t come without a nurse who
happens to be my wife, Sara, who I shall
praise while I’m undergoing therapy
and long after.
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Community Calendar
The Grover Beach Community Library
will hold their annual Community
Appreciation Day on Wednesday, May
at 5 p.m., at the library, 240 N 9th
Street. The highlight of the event include
presentsenting the Mary Lee Clark
Award recognizing a person, persons,
organization, agency or entity that has
significantly contributed to the goals,
enhancement,
promotion,
success
and continued growth of the library.
According to Nan Fowler, the president
of the Library Board of Directors, the
library was the brainchild of Mary Lee
Clark who convinced her husband,
Cliff Clark, to give up space in his law
office for the library. Fowler said, “We
invite you to attend, share some snacks
and Champaign with us, see our cozy
little library and meet this year’s award
recipient”.
•••
The Grover Beach Parks, Recreation &
Beautification Commission will present a
Water Conservation & Drought Tolerant
Landscaping workshop, featuring Tami
Reece, UCCE Master Gardener. The
presentation will provide tips and
strategies to help you conserve, capture
and use water wisely for your home
and yard. This free event takes place at
the Ramona Garden Park Center, 993
Ramona Avenue on Saturday, May 2.
There will also be a free prize drawing
of items related to water conservation.
Anyone wishing to attend is requested
to RSVP to the Grover Beach Parks &
Recreation Department, so that sufficient
materials can be made available. For
more information, please contact the
Grover Beach Parks and Recreation
Department at (805) 473-4580.
•••
Kentucky isn’t Too Far: Ready for the
Derby? The folks over at CASA, the Court
Appointed Special Advocates volunteer
program-serving children in need, are
trying something new to raise funds.The
San Luis Obispo organization is hosting
a live streamed viewing of the Kentucky
Derby, “A Day at the Races,” May 2, from
1 p.m. - 4 pm at Loma Grande Ranch,
2455 Corbett Canyon Rd, in SLO.
It’s their first time trying this scale of
daytime fundraiser and guest will get the
virtual experience of partying at the track
with real-time updates and viewing a large
screen inside the barn at Loma Grande
Ranch. Employees from the Sidecar in
Downtown SLO will be manning the bar
where mint juleps, whiskeys, beer, wine,
and sweet tea will be served. “Southern
fare will be passed and lawn games will
be played to the tune of a live jazz band.”
A hat contest and horse betting will
round out the afternoon with fabulous
prizes including a cruise to the Bahamas!
Tickets are $50 and $75 for VIP.
The CASA of San Luis Obispo County
mission is to protect children abused and
neglected by other guardians and to be
their voice in a uncertain legal system.
Most of these children have been
removed from their homes, are living
in foster care, often separated from
their siblings and experience lives of
instability and uncertainty. According
to the organization, there are currently
450 children in SLO County under the
jurisdiction of the Juvenile Dependency
Court. CASA represents 30 percent
of them. Their end goal is to have an
advocate for every child entering the
system. For more information go online
to: www.slocasa.org. On Twitter or
Instagram check out: #slocasaderby.
•••
San Luis Coastal Adult School offers
Aikido Class starting May 5 - Enroll
now. Classes take place Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., May 5 to
August 6.
Aikido, a martial art for modern times,
starts May 5 at the San Luis Coastal Adult
School. The class is designed for Beginners
through Black Belts. Beginners learn
Basic Aikido techniques for redirecting
attacks into throws or pins. Experienced
students add complexity and speed, and
learn more new techniques. Classes will
be instructed by Mary Tesoro Sensei, a
5th degree black belt and co-founder/
chief instructor of Aikido of San Luis
Obispo since1987. Enroll by calling the
SLO Coastal Adult School at 549-1222.
You can learn more, see a map,
or link to Online Enrollment at
aikidosanluisobispo.com
•••
Morro Bay Friends of the Library is
resuming free Wellness Wednesdays
Programs from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday,
May 13 in the library programing room.
Betsy Bettencourt, a state certified
massage therapist and Reiki practitioner
and teacher, will speak on “The Healing
Benefits of Massage Therapy and Reiki
Energy Balancing.” You can learn
how massage can help one alleviate
stress, as well as gain a sense of peace,
relaxation and a healing of the body,
mind and soul. For more information
contact Karen at 225-3131 or see: www.
morrobaybookdiscussiongroup.org.
•••
New to Medicare? An upcoming
seminar on better understanding the
system is set for 10 a.m. Friday, May 8
at the Paso Robles Public Library, 1000
Spring St. Sponsored by the library,
Paso Robles senior Center, CAPSLO
Adult Day Center anmd HICAP, the free
seminar will include a comprehensive
introduction to Medicare including what
it covers, supplemental insurance, Part
D prescription coverage, Medicare and
employer group health plans and retiree
health plan considerations. For more
information about the “New to Medicare”
presentation and to reserve a seat at this
seminar, contact the local HICAP office at
1-800-434-0222, (805) 928-5663, email
to: [email protected], or register online
at www.centralcoastseniors.org.
•••
Wanna be a happy camper? The
Avila/Pismo Beach KOA Campground
is offering camping on Saturday, May 9
for just $10 as part of Kampgrounds of
America’s Annual KOA Care Camps Big
Weekend to benefit KOA Care Camps for
children with cancer. Avila/Pismo Beach
KOA Campground is located at 7075
Ontario Rd., in Avila Valley (rural SLO).
Campers who stay as paying guests on
Friday, May 8 will get a night of camping
for $10, the company said in a news
release. The entire $10 fee will benefit
KOA Care Camps. See: www.koa.com/
campgrounds/avila. Wanna get out of
town that weekend? See: www.KOA.com
and click on the “Big Weekend” button
for a complete list of KOA Campgrounds
across the country taking part in the
promotion. Kampgrounds of America
(KOA) is celebrating its 53rd Anniversary
in 2015. KOA is the world’s largest
network of family-friendly campgrounds
with 485 locations in North America.KOA
was born on the banks of the Yellowstone
River in Billings, Mont., in 1962
•••
The Five Cities-Pismo Beach Branch of
the American Association of University
Women is collecting used books for its
20th Annual Book Sale set for May 16.
Donations of gently-used books are
needed. Proceeds from the book sale help
fund scholarships for local students. To
donate books, call Linda at 929-6958.
•••
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital
is holding its 8th Annual Comedy Night
fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at
Loriana Ranch. Comedian and guitarist
Mark Eddie will perform. Sponsors
include: AG/MRMC Medical Executive
Committee, Alan Roinestad Const., The
Gillespie Family, NKT Commercial, and
Robin and Stephanie Ventura. With
theme “Around the World,” tastes of local
treats from AGCH Café, Café Andreini,
California Fresh Market, Comfort
Market, Jaffa Café, Mason Bar, Me-nEd’s Pizzeria, Optimist Club of Arroyo
Grande, Old Juan’s Cantina, Pacific
Coast Produce, Palo Mesa Pizza, Seaside
Café, Shell Beach Brewhouse, Splash
Café, Ventana Grill, and Vons in Grover
Beach. To register for the event see: www.
supportarroyogrande.org or call Karen
Ross at 994-5484.
•••
The Paso Robles Cabernet And
Bordeaux
Collective
(see:
www.
pasoroblescab.com) will hold its annual
CABs of Distinction Grand Tasting with
more than 75 different Cabernet and
red Bordeaux wines to taste from 2-5
p.m. Saturday, May 2 at River Oaks Hot
Springs in Paso Robles. Early admission
VIP tickets are $90 a person but you’ll get
early access to the winemakers, and the
wine (1 p.m. entry). General admission is
$65 and doors open at 2 p.m. Designated
drivers can get in for $35. For tickets, see:
www.pasoroblescab.com/events.
Fine
wines and gourmet food will be on tap.
•••
The Cayucos Historical Society
is teaming with the Cass House for
“Cayucos Heritage Weekend,” set for
May 15 and 16. The Historical Society is
hosting a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday,
May 15 for its new exhibit, “James Cass,
Founder of Cayucos,” at the Cayucos
History Museum, 41 S. Ocean Ave., inside
the Cayucos Visitor Center. For more
information on the exhibit, call (805)
235-8552. On Saturday, May 16 from 1-4
p.m., there will be a tour of the grounds
and the rooms of the Cass House located
at the corner of Cayucos Drive and Ocean
Avenue. A complimentary shuttle service
for the tour will be provided from the
Cayucos Post Office at 97 Ash Ave.
•••
The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce,
SLO Regional Rideshare, The Bike Shop,
The Rock 97.3, and Lolo’s are hosting a
celebratory bike breakfast on May 15
for Bike to Work Day, from 7-9 a.m. at
Morro Bay City Park on Harbor Street.
Commuters, visitors, and community
members are invited to enjoy a free
breakfast, giveaways, live radio, bike
safety checks, and tickets for a chance to
win a free bike at Rideshare’s Bike Month
Blowout on June 4. See: rideshare.org/
bike-month.
•••
The Lifelong Learners of the Central
Coast is offering seven new classes in
May. They include: “A Day with Mozart,
Prokofiev, & Revueltas” on May 2;
“Learn How to Use PowerPoint for
Effective Presentations” on May 5; “An
Introduction to HeartMath & the Art of
Appreciation” on May 13; “How to Avoid
Brain Drain As You Age” on May 15 and
29; “A Little Theatre Adventure-Music
Man” on May 16; “Tour of the Diablo
Canyon Power Plant” on May 21; and
“Keeping Bees for Fun & Pollination” on
May 27. Courses are open to the public
and cost very little. For more information
see: www.lifelearnerscc.org and register
for classes or become a member at $25 a
year.
•••
Get a closer look at San Luis Obispo
County schools and the unique programs
available to students by watching, “Your
Students, Your Schools,” a new television
show hosted by County Superintendent of
Schools, Dr. James Brescia. It can be seen
on Charter Channels 19 and 2, and online
on YouTube. Sponsored by the County
Office of Education, the ongoing series
features a different school each month,
and is one of many educational television
programs available to local parents,
students, and community members. The
first episode features the Atascadero
Fine Arts Academy, a unique 4th-8th
grade school. The show highlights the
correlation between the arts and core
subjects; including the confidence and
self-esteem that is built through this kind
of curriculum. Watch for Dr. Brescia
teaching and performing a song in Italian
with members of the choir. The episode,
featuring the Atascadero Fine Arts
Academy, will air through April. Check
out this episode and others at: www.
youtube.com/watch?v=aVZWCaLL6Xw.
The YouTube channel name is “San Luis
Obispo County Office of Education.”
The shows also will air on Charter Cable
Channels 19 and 2. In the photo are: Fine
Arts Academy students with , County
Superintendent of Schools Dr. James
Brescia. Submitted photo
•••
SLO Skiers, a local non-profit sport and
social club, is having its next monthly
meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at
the Elks’ Club Lodge at 222 Elks Ln., in
San Luis Obispo. Meetings are free and
membership is $40 a year and is open
to all adults. Sports activities and social
events are held all year long. See the
Tolosa Press • April 30 - May 13, 2015
website at: www.sloskiers.org or phone
528-3194 for more information.
•••
Art Central Gallery, 1329 Monterey St.,
a SLO presents, “Small Artists, Big Ideas,”
5 a show featuring works by young artists
t in celebration of Children’s Day in the
Plaza, set for Friday, May 1 during Art
y After Dark. A reception is set for 6-8 p.m.
e May 1, free and open to the public, and
e the show will run through June 2. See:
for
o www.artcentralslo.wordpress.com
h more information.
/
•••
The Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers
present a Mother’s Day Victorian Tea,
l set for noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday,
n May 9 at the Point San Luis Lighthouse
in Avila Beach. Cost is $50 a person,
and tickets available online at: www.
r sanluislighthouse.org or call 1-855-533n 7843. Seating is limited so order early.
f The Victorian Tea features exquisite teas,
d delightful edibles, Alapay Cellars wines,
d live music, and a keepsake corsage for all
c moms. The noon and 2 p.m. teas will be
o in the Events Hall and will feature Midori
d Feldman on Harp, and the 1 and 3 p.m.
n seatings will be in the Horn House with
c music by Bob Liepman on Cello.
n
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r
a
The Child Development Resource
Center of the Central Coast is hosting a
family-friendly benefit barbecue set for
o 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at the
s Center, 1720 Bishop St., San Luis Obispo.
r Lunch tickets are $10 and include a
n quarter barbecue chicken, rice, beans
f and salad. Families are encouraged to
n bring their children to enjoy kid-friendly
e activities and crafts. Get advanced tickets
y online at: www.childresnsresource.org or
s by calling (805) 544-0801. All proceeds
benefit the Center and the families who
n rely on its support, child-care programs
and therapy services. For more than
e 40 years, the CDRC has provided early
o child development, bilingual childcare
h and preschool education, and services
e to strengthen families and prevent child
e abuse or neglect in SLO County.
•••
d
d
a The San Luis Obispo Blues baseball
n team is holding a “Summer Solstice
Art Show Fundraiser,” a silent auction
s benefit exclusively featuring local artists
k at the team’s June 21 game at Sinsheimer
Stadium in SLO. There will also be a
wine and cheese reception before the
s game from noon until the opening pitch
” for those participating in the fundraiser.
e The auction will continue until the end
e of the 8th when winners are announced.
y The proceeds will be split between Blues
s baseball and the artists. Need not be
present to win. “It’s a pleasure to be able
to combine some of the unbelievable,
local art talent in the community with
d some of the nation’s best collegiate
y baseball talent,” commented Blues
t General Manager, Adam Stowe. “We’re
n looking forward to bringing a little more
d culture to the ballpark and helping
n these resident artists to get more public
l exposure.” Tickets for the event are on
e sale now. Full season ticket plans, as well
as mini plans and group rates are also
now on sale at: www.bluesbaseball.com.
The Blues’ season starts Friday, May 22.
•••
The Morro Bay Community Foundation
has launched a new website and everyone
is encouraged to log on and check it
out. The website was made possible by
a donation from Spark Inbound and is
at: morrobaycommunityfoundation.org.
The Foundation raises money to provide
scholarships to local children so they
can participate in the City’s recreation
activities and sports leagues. The
Foundation has provided over $270,000
in support to local families since 1992.
•••
Cal Poly’s Center for Sustainability
in the College of Agriculture, Food &
Environmental Sciences will host a 2-day
“Resilient Food Systems Conference”
Friday-Saturday, May 8-9 in the MultiUse Activity Center in the ASI Recreation
Center on campus. Keynote speaker on
Friday will be Karen Ross, California’s
secretary of agriculture, joined by former
Secretary A.G. Kawamura and other
leading policy makers, producers, authors
and academics, who will share innovative
advances in food-system development
from multiple perspectives. Saturday’s
speakers include Paula Daniels, founder
of the L.A. Food Policy Council, Luis Sierra
of the California Center for Cooperative
Development, Adam Kesselman from the
Center for Ecoliteracy, and others working
to strengthen regional food systems. The
conference is free and open to the public,
however, registration is requested.
Tickets are required for Friday’s luncheon
and for the Saturday afternoon reception.
Detailed agenda information, exhibitor
and sponsor forms, and registration links
are available at: www.cfs.calpoly.edu/
conferences. The conference was made
possible by funding from the Harold J.
Miossi Charitable Trust.
•••
The Morro Bay National Estuary
Program will continue it’s 20th
Anniversary celebration with a special
screening of a series of interviews with
local folks who were instrumental in
getting the estuary onto the federal
list and setting up the NEP, 6:30-8:30
p.m. Thursday, May 14 at the Los Osos
Library. This Bay Story Videos Viewing
Party and Q&A will feature heartfelt
interviews captured by local filmmakers
Simo Nylander and Tom Wilmer. NEP
staff and Wimer will answer questions
from the audience after the screening,
about the film and the NEP’s work to
protect the National Estuary. Free. The
Los Osos Library is at 2075 Palisades
Ave. Find out more about the NEP and
20th anniversary events at: www.mbnep.
org. If you have questions, contact Rachel
Pass, communications and outreach
coordinator at: [email protected] or call
772- 3834.
•••
The Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades
Ave., has several free special events
planned for May and sponsored by the
Friends of the Library. It starts with
a tradition, Derby Day, at 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 2. Come down and watch
the most exciting 2 minutes in sports the
Kentucky Derby. Faux mint juleps will
be served and you can cheer for your
favorite horse.
For Asian-Pacific American Heritage
month, Naomi Shibata author of “Bend
with the Wind,” will discuss her family’s
history on the Central Coast at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6.
Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. is Read
Together Night. The group will read “The
Matchmaker,” by Thornton Wilder. No
auditions, all voices welcome.
On Friday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m.
musicians Stanley Stern and Marti
Lindholm will show why Walt Disney’s
changes to compositions worked so well,
even though he couldn’t read music
or play an instrument. Following is a
screening of classic Disney film (call 5281862 for the film).
Thursday May 14 at 6:30 p.m. is a
viewing party for “Bay Stories,” interviews
with people who helped to establish the
Morro Bay National Estuary, part of
the National Estuary Program’s 20th
Anniversary. Q&A with the director, Tom
Wilmer, follows.
Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. watch
the film adaptation of “The Incredible
Journey” from the best-selling novel by
Sheila Burnford. The story is about a team
of animals trekking across the wilderness
searching for their homes. Rated G and
free popcorn courtesy of Friends of Los
Osos Library.
•••
Los Osos Middle School is hosting the
Second Annual “Tough Two Obstacle
Course” to test 2-person teams with
mental and physical obstacles, all for
charity and fun, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 6. Register now, $20
for students and $25 adults and all
participants get an official Tough Two
T-shirt. P.E. chairman Cole Nagler said
last year’s event had 600 participants
and was so successful they’re back again
with a new and tougher course that
wends its way throughout the campus.
The Tough Two course includes over 20
obstacles, including messy crawls, dirty
walls and some challenges that can only
be overcome with teamwork. Nagler said,
“This year we’ve added five new obstacles
and we hope to double the number of
participants from last year.” Proceeds
benefit the LOMS PTA. See: www.
toughtwo.com for information.
•••
Forever Stoked in Morro Bay is hosting
its annual Spring Art Show from noon9 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at its world
headquarters, 1164 Quintana Rd., Morro
Bay. You’ll see amazing art work from
Ken Christensen, Charlie Clingman,
Paul Dollins, Jordan Haughey, Chris
Pedersen, Peter Pierce, R.T. Myers, Sam
Bernal, among others. Jon Milsap and
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Coastal Culture
Drepung Gomang Monks Visit Central Coast
Story by Gareth Kelly
Photos Courtesy of Anet Carlin
A
net Carlin, herself a Buddhist,
received a phone call more
than a year ago asking if she
would be willing to host a group of
monks from the Drepung Gomang
Monastery in southern India as they
spent four weeks touring the Central
Coast sharing their culture, their
traditions and their sand mandalas.
She was delighted to be asked, said
yes and today is enjoying their tour
and their presence.
A sand mandala is a beautiful,
colorful
mosaic
produced
by
spreading fine granules of colored
sand around in a specific pattern.
The sand is hand made by the monks
themselves and was brought by them
all the way from India. Each mandala
symbolizes the Buddhist doctrinal
belief in the transitional nature of
material life.
They began their tour with a Green
Tara Mandala at Steynberg Gallery in
San Luis Obispo. Each monk spends
about four to five days working to
complete the mandala. At the end,
after hours and hours of intricate
work the mandala is swept away like
it never even existed. The sand is
collected and is dispersed in many
different ways. For this particular
mandala the sand was put into the
San Luis Obispo creek.
“A mandala is a form of meditation.
A path to future enlightenment,” said
Geshe, one of the monks who was
manning their merchandise table
covered with traditional pieces of art,
scrolls from the Dalai Lama and Free
Tibet stickers.
“I have been a monk since I was
11- years- old,” said Geshe. “I was
born in India and chose to become a
monk. There are about ten thousand
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build mandalas. They are not allowed
to talk of politics.”
Their tour of the Central Coast will
run through May 8. After SLO the
monks moved on to the Earthtones
Gallery in Paso Robles before arriving
at the Oceano Train Depot April 29
through May 3. They will finish their
tour at Allan Hancock Art Gallery in
Santa Maria May 4 through 8.
“Our monastery is like a school,”
Geshe said. “Some people choose to
become monks others are sent by
their family or because they are sick.
We provide all the education and
all the teachings to become a monk.
In order to do this we must raise
funds. These tours overseas and our
merchandise help us do this.”
With their traditional robes and
humble demeanor the monks have
been exploring the Central Coast
when not building the mandalas and
have also offered personal blessings
or pujas. I asked Geshe what he
enjoyed about the Central Coast.
“I like the food especially buffets,”
he said. “Also the cars are very nice.
People here value education, but
school here does not use a stick to
teach. I also will be taking a big broom
back with me to India. We have to
sweep the monastery but have no big
brooms like this.”
The sand mandalas really are
incredible things to watch being
made. Luckily you still have time.
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schedule and go check them out for
yourselves.
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Framed
Keep your Back in Action
By Michele S Jang, PT
Can you bend over and touch your
toes without bending your knees? Did
you know that the inability to do so
can indicate your risk of developing
back pain? If you can’t, you probably
have tight hamstrings, which
increases your risk of injury. Many
of our daily duties that are sedentary,
can precipitate tight muscles; such as,
sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. A
flexible core is critical to perform any
recreational activity while reducing
back strain. Many muscles that
encourage a flexible back are actually
in the hip and lower extremities.
Here are a few stretches that you can
perform daily to reduce your risk of
developing back pain.
First, let’s review how to properly
stretch. Warm up with 5-10 minutes
of low intensity exercise prior
to stretching. Muscles are more
pliable when warmed up due to
increased circulation. Aim to hold a
comfortable, not painful, stretch for
at least 30 seconds. Flexibility gains
are increased with stretches of a
longer duration.
Hamstring
stretch: Sit near
the edge of a chair.
Straighten one leg
while the knee of
the other is bent to
support you. Keep
your back straight
and lean forward
slowly at the waist,
bringing
your
chest
towards
your thighs until
you feel a stretch
in the back of your
thigh or knee of
your straightened
leg.
Piriformis
stretch: Sit near the edge of a chair
with your knees bent at 90 degrees.
Cross one of your legs; resting that ankle
just above the knee of your opposite leg.
Allow your top bent knee to relax out
to the side. While
sitting tall, slowly
lean your torso
forward until a
stretch is felt in
the hip/buttock
area of the bent
leg.
Hip
flexor
stretch: Stagger
your stance so
that your feet
are at least 2
feet apart into
a forward lunge
position.
Hold
onto a wall or
chair for support if
needed. Keeping
your torso facing
straight
ahead,
bend your knees
and lower your torso directly down
towards the floor until a stretch is felt
in the front hip of the back leg. Your
back heel will come up.
Be sure to perform each of the
stretches on both sides. Use of proper
technique is essential, as stretching
incorrectly can do more harm than
good. Please contact our clinic if
you have any questions or concerns
regarding proper technique.
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KELLI’S CANDIES & FAMILY FUN
ZONE is a fun place to bring the entire family after dining
at Rose’s Landing, or just to stop in for a quick treat. We offer
a wide selection of candy including: gourmet chocolates from
local Chocolate maker’s Gerald and Beatrice Gerard, Ice cream
from SLO county’s very own SLO Made Ice cream, and a stocked
bakery. The Candy Store is covered wall to wall in candy, with everything from Salt water
taffy, Famous Dewar’s Chews, and our Jelly Belly rack filled with 75 different flavors of Jelly
Bellys. Our Arcade is just through our back double doors! Visit Us Today! 725 Embarcadero,
Morro Bay, CA 93442 • (805) 772-4441
LOLO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Great Mexican
food, served in a warm and friendly atmosphere at a reasonable price.
Reservations and credit cards gladly accepted. Daily drink and food
specials and patio dining. Brunch, lunch, and dinner served 7 days a
week 10:00 to 9:00 pm. Located at 2848 N. Main St., Morro Bay • (805)
772-5686
Rose’s Bar & Grill is a family friendly Restaurant
& Sports bar that sits directly on the Bay
Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 3-6pm
$1 Off Draft Beers, $4.50 Well Drinks, $6 Mai Tais & Margaritas
All-You-Can-Eat Crab Tuesdays!
9 Hi-Def Flat Screens! Watch Every Sport, Every Game!
Rose’s Family Fun Zone & Arcade next door is fun for the whole family!
OFF THE HOOK New seafood grill and sushi bar on the Em-
barcadero offers modern and traditional seafood dishes at reasonable
prices. Magnificent rock and Bay views from every seat in the house. An
amazing dining experience in a beautiful setting. Open Tues-Thurs 12-8,
Fri-Sat 11:30-9, Sun
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is located in the heart of downtown SLO with a creekside patio facing the
historic SLO Mission. Serving delicious, energizing & empowering foods
ranging from sandwiches, burritos, tacos, bowls, salads, live desserts,
smoothies, juices and much more! Sourcing local & organic ingredients
to give you the best quality & flavors. 778 Higuera St. SLO, Ca. 93401
www.blisscafeslo.com <http://www.blisscafeslo.com (805) 547-0108
DEL’S FAMOUS PIZZERIA & ITALIAN
RESTAURANT Are you in the mood for some hearty Italian food?
You are invited to Del’s Pizzeria, where you smell the home baked bread
when you arrive. Feel the warm and cozy ambience, reminiscent of an old
Italian farmhouse, as you dine here. Since 1973 we have been hand crafting
our world famous pizzas and pastas and serving our loyal patrons with
warm personalized service is a top priority at Del’s. Come enjoy our award
winning wine list, tasty cuisine and enjoy our spectacular ocean sunsets.
Call for take-out & local delivery. Located in Shell Beach, Del’s is right off
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Highway 101 on the Central Coast of California. 401 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, CA 93449
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DIVINE THAI CUISINE Enjoy the Exotic flavor and spice
of Thailand and South East Asia. The finest authentic Thai Cuisine: Pad
Thai Noodles, Spicy Eggplant with Shrimp, Homemade Thai Dumplings,
Charbroiled BBQ Chicken and much more. Family oriented atmosphere
too. We cook with our hearts and delicious, authentic meals are the result.
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7 days a week
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805-772-2269
www.dutchmansseafoodhouse.com
has been a favorite
destination in Pismo
Beach since 1989,
specifically
for
our award-winning
clam chowder served
in a freshly baked bread bowl. Our customers
drive from miles away to come to our cafes
for our fresh clam chowder. No wonder we
serve more than 30,000 gallons of clam
chowder per year! We also have two San Luis
Obispo locations - the bakery on Monterey
& California features artisan breads, pastries
& desserts with a larger selection of salads
& specialty sandwiches, and our downtown
location next to Barnes & Nobles features
daily fresh fish specials and specialty wraps.
All three locations serve our signature Clam
Chowder in the bread bowl & Fish & Chips.
ZORRO’S
CAFE
&
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Is located in
shell
beach
and has been a
local favorite for over 10 years. Awarded
people’s choice for best clam chowder
2012, 2013 and 2014 and recently voted
best restaurant 2015 at the taste of pismo.
Dog friendly patio and an excellent
happy hour everyday from 4:00-6:00pm.
Serving traditional american and mexican
breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. When
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ALOHA SHIRT SHOP An island paradise of items for men,
women and kids. All the best brands: Tommy Bahama, Reyn Spooner,
Tori Richard, Kahala, Paradise Found, Go Barefoot, Rum Reggae, Jams
World, Iolani and Bamboo Cay. Sizes XS- 7XL including big and tall.
Over 12,000 shirts in stock. Can’t visit us in person? Visit our website
at www.AlohaShirtShop.com. 458 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay • (805)
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Town Center
Transforming Shopping Into An Experience
GARDEN STREET GOLDSMITH This side street
jeweler transports you back to the old heart of SLO with their eclectic
collection of new and vintage jewelry as well as local art. Established
in 1974, and still operated by the same family, they offer not just a
showroom but also onsite jewelry and watch servicing in their custom
workshop. Come by Tuesday through Saturday to meet the three
craftsmen in person, located at 1114 & 1118 Garden Street, San Luis Obispo, 805-543-8186.
LADY SPENCER For creative, unusual and
unexpected treasures, Lady Spencer Galleria and Distinctive
Gifs is your destination. You will find American made items,
Fire & Light hand poured glass tableware, sea glass art and
jewelry, ceramics, soy candles, and garden items. 148 N
Ocean Ave Cayucos, CA 93430
(805) 995-3771
POPPY has been delighting customers for 18
years. Located on Morro Bay’s Embarcadero, we
offer a vast selection of casual but stylish clothing,
shoes, handbags, accessories, soaps, candles and
many wonderful gift items. Poppy is the “go to”
shop for locals of the central coast and visitors from far and near. Wed love to meet you,
so come on down and experience shopping at it’s “funnest”! Open everyday 10-6 pm. 911
Embarcadero, Morro Bay 805/771-9750
SMOOBAGE, which means “something that
you really love” is a delightful store that will peak
your senses as you search for the perfect item or gift.
You will find Artistic pieces from a variety of local
artists as well as a quaint store that houses a paradise
of colorful palettes & textures. From leather goods to
jewelry, greeting cards & a children’s section there are treasures abundant. 591 Embarcadero,
Morro Bay. (805) 459-5751. Mention this ad to receive 10% OFF your next purchase!
SLO GOOD GARDEN & GIFTS is the
best place to find San Luis Obispo souvenirs and “Life
is Good” attire for the entire family. From clothing,
postcards, Pillow Pets & beautiful Garden décor. The
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We carry high quality toys, books and activities
for children that encourage creativity and skill
building. We also carry many more items online, so come on in, give us a call or visit our website and let us help you choose the perfect
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BEACH BUTLERZ is here to make your beach experience
unforgettable! Beach Butlerz will set up your space and provide
you with all you need to enjoy your time at the beach. From beach
loungers, umbrellas, tables or logs and a bonfire to volleyball nets,
and more! Call today to enjoy an unforgettable beach experience!
(805) 878-4283.
CENTRAL COAST BREWING is Celebrating 16 years of
hand crafting beers on the beautiful Central California Coast. CCB is
your neighborhood brewery. Enjoy Daily happy hour and guest food
trucks. Enjoy our beers in a “living room of stainless”, or sit out on the
newly refurbished patio. We offer 10-13 beers on tap, and there is always
something new to try at the bar. Free WiFi, board games, sports and more.
Located at 1442 Monterey St. b100, SLO 783-2739 centralcoastbrewing.
com, facebook.com/CentralCoastBrewing
THE MORRO BAY SKATEBOARD
MUSEUM opened in July of 2012. Our mission is to
share skateboarding’s history and culture with all ages of
skateboarders. See the complete history of skateboarding from the early 1930’s to present day. Over 200 skateboards
from all eras with rotating exhibits from extensive private
collections. Open Daily, 10 A.M. to about 5 P.M. Morro Bay
Skateboard Museum 601 Embarcadero (Marina Square) Morro Bay 805-610-3565
ROCK KAYAK CO. offers safe, natural, and healthy
adventure on the water; where you can rent your own kayak and
adventure alone with family or with friends. With our rentals we
offer free lessons with first time customers. We can also assist you in
purchasing a kayak or any equipment we sale. We’re passionate about
the sea and really look forward to making your next kayak outing one
you won’t forget! 845 Embarcadero St, Morro Bay • (805)-772-2906 •
www.rockkayak.com
THE SEWING CAFE Located in
the awesome Pismo Beach Shopping Center
and offers a unique experience. Sewing and
Seamstress Classes, a variety of amazing
machines to work on or buy, some even offer
embroidery applications. There’s an array of fine fabrics and supplies and have a great staff to assist
you as well. They also offer a seminars on health & good eating habits. A variety cooking lessons
are done in the well appointed “Cooking Cafe”.. Here you can see the chef create healthy and easy
to make meals, book ahead a cooking date for your family and friends or even for date night!. The
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THE SAN LUIS OBISPO CHILDREN’S
MUSEUM provides a unique place for children and
families to explore, discover and learn through hands-on
exhibits and programs. Three floors and an outside playscape
are jam packed with exhibits for children ages 1-10. Fun,
educational programs and activities are scheduled throughout
each week. Visit slocm.org for prices, hours, directions and program schedules. Imagination
welcome!
THE VILLAGE OF ARROYO GRANDE, the Central Coast’s unique turn-of-the-
century downtown village. You’ll find an array of antique & specialty shops plus fine dining nestled
within the scenic atmosphere of historic buildings and natural beauty. The Village is a true picture of
Americana on the Central Coast. Stop by the Visitors Center upon your arrival at 214 East Branch
St., Arroyo Grande
BUTTONS
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CLOTHING STORE Great quality gifts for baby
showers, birthdays, special occasions or just because...Beautiful,
clothes and quality toys. It’s fun to browse and chat with the
owner as she wraps the gifts and they’re very accommodating!
119 E Branch St. Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 805-473-9186
DOC BURNSTEIN’S ICE CREAM LAB Experience our
new “Ice Cream Wonderland” located in downtown San Luis Obispo. Enjoy
the fun and wacky flavors made in Doc’s lab, while watching the train travel
through tunnels, around the giant ice cream waterfall, and through the
wall of flavors. Enjoy our Nostalgic Ice Cream Parlors in The Village of
Arroyo Grande and Old Orcutt. Watch award winning ice creams made
on-site, follow the model trains into tunnels and over bridges. Enjoy the live
performance of the “Ice Cream Lab Show” in Arroyo Grande, Wednesday
evenings at 7:00 pm, where the audience helps create a unique flavor. Each
parlor is truly a one-of-a-kind Ice Cream experience!
For fundraisers, birthday parties and catering visit www.docburnsteins.com. 114 W. Branch St.
Arroyo Grande 860 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo (805) 474-4068
RALPH & DUANE’S Fun In The Sun! 2014 Summer
Series!!! Sunday, September 28- MGB. Music from 2-6 and BBQ
Served: 4ish. Thereafter every Thursday-Sat our DJ’s hookin’ you
up with Dance Music/Hip Hop & Daily Drink Specials. Every
Sunday 2-6 come enjoy our Live Music and Santa Maria BBQ
on the patio. Wi-fi available. 108 W. Branch St. Arroyo Grande,
CA (805) 481.2871 www.RalphandDuanes.com
THE CHOCOLATE SHEEP Gourmet chocolate, travel
games, gifts, retro toys & candy await you at The Chocolate Sheep! Across
from the swinging pedestrian bridge & free range roosters we make sea
salt caramels, peanut butter bark, creamy fudge and carry Arroyo Grande’s
own Rooster Eggs. Come play in the village & treat yourself to something
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YOGA CENTER OF MORRO BAY Don’t miss your
yoga practice just because you’re on vacation. With daily classes and $10
drop ins, our variety of experienced, certified teachers will give you a
memorable experience at an affordable price. We welcome all levels and
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Join us for the championship round of Idler’s Mom
& Apple Pie contest!
1:45pm
DIY Succulent Container Gardening
Claudette Rettig with Garden Enhancements
Succulents are perfect, low-maintenance plants for
container gardening! Learn how to do it yourself in
this workshop!
2:30pm
How You Can Invest in
Art & Why You Should!
Come visit us at booth #166 and let
Atascadero Glass open your world to
help visualize new ways of thinking.
Tom B. Burgher,
Co-Owner/CEO: Seaside Gallery
Learn several strategies and insights for acquiring
art that will enhance your life, beautify your home,
and appreciate in value.
3:15pm
Straw Bale 101: The Basics
of Building Houses with Straw
David Arkin, Director of CASBA
The California Straw Building Association presents
the history, basics, and benefits of building homes
with straw bales, including a gallery of inspiring examples. All of your questions will be answered!
4:00pm
Quick and Easy Meals
Lauren Persall of Dream Dinners
Dream Dinners makes healthy, delicious meals
quick and easy! Come and see a demonstration in
action and try it for yourself!
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Q&A Panel from CLCA
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Come to this Q&A panel and learn best practices to drought tolerant landscaping and how to retrofit your current yard.
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Storing Fruits and Veggies
to Make Them Last the Longest!
Andrea Chavez, Talley Farms Fresh Harvest
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design around the acquisition of fine art so that
a growing collection of investment art is showcased to enhance the entire home. This is how the best-decorated homes are
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H
ow can you become a VIP ticket holder without paying full
price? The secret to becoming a
VIP is revealed here…
The Mercedes-Benz SLO Jazz Festival, powered by Alfano Motors, is
painting the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza this May 16th with vibrant
colors and the sounds of American
jazz for hundreds of kids and adults
to engrave into their SLO culture.
A limited number of VIP tickets are
for sale. Butlerz Events assisted this
non-profit event in 2014 by providing upscale lounge furnishings for
VIP ticket holders. We saw the genuine passion of event producer Scott
Andrews and knew this event would
impact the musical soul of all that attend for years to come.
Butlerz Events is a new event company established in 2013 and is the
sister company to Beach Butlerz (if
you don’t know of them, check out
www.BeachButlerz.com) We often
get asked to provide comfortable
modern lounge furnishings for private celebrations and music festival
VIPs. The Butlerz setup and break-
A Strategic Way to obtain
VIP tickets and all that Jazz!
down all the furnishings and always
provide outstanding personal service to our clients. Long story short,
we now know the secret on how to
become a VIP ticket holder for the
SLO Jazz Festival and other San Luis
Obispo County events and we’re here
to reveal it to you.
First, find an event featuring Butlerz Events furnishings. Now this
type of intel won’t necessarily get
you a VIP ticket, but
it certainly isn’t
worth the effort
unless the VIP
lounge is featuring Butlerz Events
furnishings. Just
saying…
S e c ond, find
out if the
event has
a
nonprofit status. We
can almost
guarantee that a wine or music festival is associated with a non-profit organization. The odds are with you. If
it is, then make sure you are comfortable with the non-profit’s goals and
mission statement.
For the third step, you have options:
Option No. 1: Give the non-profit a
call and ask to talk with the event production manager. Explain to them
that you would like to
obtain a VIP ticket
to their event
and would like
to trade your
time and resources for
the ticket.
This will
get their
attention
for sure!
Negotiate time,
trade,
and
a
fee
that
works with
your time and budget.
Option No. 2: Give Butlerz Events a
call. We may have some VIP tickets to
offer for trade of services. Just have
to ask.
Option No. 3: Buy the tickets. Yes,
we know, it’s the obvious answer but,
if you believe in the non-profit, then
the price is worth it. PLUS, you’ll
typically have exclusive “goodie bag”
amenities such as seating near stage,
food and beverage exquisiteness, and
unique take home gifts. The value of a
VIP experience goes well beyond the
price paid for the ticket.
Hope this helps in your next event
adventure and we hope to see you in
the VIP lounge. If you don’t see Butlerz Events furnishings or banners
there, then be sure to let the event
producer know that Butlerz Events
lounge furnishings are known for
their signature luxury feel. VIPs know
the difference and deserve the experience.
Cheers,
Cecile DeMartini, Chief Luxe DesignerButlerz Events
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Mission
CLCA’s mission is to serve and protect
the interests of its members, promote
professionalism, and advance public
awareness of the landscape industry.
Vision
The California Landscape Contractors
Association members will be recognized
by the public as the best qualified professionals of the landscape industry.
Core Goal
The association’s Core Goal is to support CLCA members as they create beautiful, enduring landscapes that improve
the quality of life.
Core Values
Commitment to honesty, integrity, and
ethics at all costs;
Devotion to excellence in craftsmanship;
Living the entrepreneurial spirit;
Reverence for the Earth and respect for
its resources; and
Relationships are everything.
Public Significance
Contractor members are licensed by
the state of California. CLCA educates
consumers about the dangers of hiring
unlicensed contractors and maintains an
Operation Helping Hand Program to encourage and help unlicensed individuals
become licensed landscape contractors.
CLCA is an active force in the statewide
effort to conserve water. As water-efficient irrigation experts, many members
are invaluable sources for consultations
on planning and installing water-saving
irrigation systems. CLCA also conducts
an active public information program on
landscape water management.
Benefits
The association’s state and local activities provide members with a forum for
open discussion, networking and learning. The association provides a large
menu of services to its members, including educational resources, contract forms,
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A-1 Concrete • 33
A-American Sliding Door • 30
Abbey Carpet • 174
Acme Stucco & Venetian Plastering • 141
Addison Landscapes, Inc. • 71
Air Vol Block • 59
All Seasons Landscape • 69
Apex Auto Glass & Tinting • 127
Archie’s Aloha Pest Mgmt. • 23
Artisan Builders • 192
Artista, Inc. • 118
Assurance Alarms • 3
Atascadero Glass • 166
B&B Garage Door • 15
Best Value Home Remodeling • 191
Brad’s Overhead Door • 125
Brandt House Movers • 148
Browder Painting • 117
Bruno’s Greenhouses • 73
Brykalski Builders • 50
Burke & Pace Lumber • 55
C&S Shower Door • 13
Cal Deals Furniture • 42
Cal Paso Solar Electric • 143
California Straw Building Association • 38California Deluxe Windows • 53
Carefree Pools • 136
Cascade, Inc. • 131
Center for Sustainable Energy • 64
Central Coast Drinking Water • 25
Central Coast Landscape Products • 39
Central Coast Synthetic Turf • 35
Chris Construction & Design, Inc. • 24
Cinnamon Cleaning Company • 31
CLCA • 45
Clear Captions • 25
Clearview SLO Retractable
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Comfort Zone • 130
Communications for Less • 77
Culligan San Paso • 123
Custom Canvas • 9
Cutco Cutlery • 187
Danican • 52
Danmer Custom Shutters • 20
Diamond Resorts • 4
doTerra Essential Oils • 183
Dream Dinners • 197
Dusty Lady Cleaning • 21
Edward Jones • 12
Electronic Gate Systems • 139
Ember’s Fireplaces & Grills • 121
Empower SLO • 26
Emser Tile • 49
Fantastic Finishes • 168
Fence Factory • 176
Ferreira, Inc. • 119
Forden’s • 5
Grover Beach Door • 155
Hague Quality Water • 154
Handy Home • 78
Heacock Elevator • 14
Health Wristband • 175
Healthy Avenues • 58
Holland Distributing • 137
Home Star Construction • 43
Home Star Construction • 150
House of Moseley • 195
Idler’s Home • 172
Idler’s Outdoor • 48
Ingham Painting Inc. • 173
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Jack Handley Construction • 19
James V. Shepard Inc. • 142
Kelly Moore Paints • 149
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Kitchen Pro • 6
LifeSource Water Systems • 157
Magic Masseuse • 158
Mesa Design Group • 170
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Osler Construction • 27
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Presidio Tile & Stone • 41
Rainscape • 134
Relax the Back • 114
REM Sleep Solutions • 160
Rendezvous Shutters - Shades Drapery • 140
RRM Designs • 51
Sage Ecological Landscapes • 29
Salad Master • 11
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Sears • 180
Seaside Gallery • 181
Second Nature Landscapes • 138
Sentinel Security Solutions • 158
Sheet Guys • 40
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Sleep Number • 199
SLO Dryer Vent Cleaning • 196
SLOCo Heating & Cooling, Inc. • 16
SLO Public Utilities • 75
Smart 72 • 128
Smith’s Alarms & Electronics, Inc. • 185
Smitty Built Construction • 159
Softubs • 66
Solar City • 124
SolaraloS • 28
Solarponics Inc. • 1
Solatube Skylights by Tubular George • 22
Steven Rogall Painting • 133
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Summerwinds Resorts • 198
Sunrun • 7
Synlawn • 57
Tailored Living • 162
Talley Farms Fresh Harvest • 178
Tandy Leather Factory • 164
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The Tribune • 32
Thiessen Design • 120
Tolbert Painting • 8
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Traeger Pellet Grills • 13
Troesh Supply Company • 72
Tuff Shed-Bakersfield • 163
Tuff Spas • 190
Wes Martin Seal Coating
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Wick’s Roofing • 186
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Color Is A Key
Element Of Design
H
ues (color) vary from light to dark
and from intense to dull and can
be mixed with one another and
combined in color schemes to create
the most beautiful interior and ex-terior spaces. Color is the most personal
and emotional element of design.
The psychology of Color is the reaction of people around world in regard
to color hue, value, and intensity.
Hues such as reds, oranges, and yellows are stimu-lating; blues, greens,
and violets are calming. Hues on a
standard Color wheel can be divided
into two groups, warm colors which are
stimulating, friendly, cozy and inviting,
and the cool colors which are calm-ing
and suggest restraint, dignity and formality.
Values are the relative lightness and
darkness of the hues. For example, a
high-value, light red is a pink; a lowvalue, dark red is a burgundy. A well
designed space is one where some values of light, medium and dark hues are
carefully placed to achieve the desired
effect. When placed next to each other,
light and dark values (high contrast)
can be dramatic, whereas hues close in
value (low contrast) create a more subtle, well blended, calming environment.
Intensity is the brightness versus
dullness of a hue. Pure colors can be
lowered in intensity by adding white,
black, gray or any combination of these.
Bright, bold pure colors are exciting
and happy and need.
WHERE WILL COLOR TAKE
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careful placement so that they don’t
become overbearing. Dull colors can
be dark, medi-um, or light in value and
generally easy to live with. A good balance is found in rooms that utilize the
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dulled and neutralized,
and the smaller areas are
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announce that they are celebrating
their 50th expo this spring. This year
marks their tenth year in business.
They produce two home expo events a
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ronment and increase the value
of their homes. The health
expo provides a location for
residents to meet face to
face with a variety of health
providers in the area.
Each event provides the
opportunity for locals to meet
contractors, garage door companies
and more before they come to their
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Goddess of Groove
Crooning for a Cause: Irene Cathaway
The Goddess of Groove
By Mad Royal
S
ultry-voiced
and
softspoken, with big, brown
eyes,
Irene
Cathaway’s
appearance hides her inner diva
songstress. Her singing voice is
both sweet, and a little rough, just
like life. Muscian Dorian Michael
calls her “the best female vocalist
I have ever worked with.” That’s
why, when I asked if he had a band
for a new club three years ago, I
hired the band he put together
for the event sight unseen and
music unheard. When you work
with people whose opinion you
trust, that’s what you do. If
Dorian says it’s good, it’s good.
He went down to L.A. with Ken
Hustad to rehearse with Irene
and her drummer, Bill Severance
(something they were going to do
for fun, anyway), and the band
Just for the Night was born. The
evening in question ended up
being the best night that venue
ever had, and a lot of people and
their dancing feet left happy.
Eventually, the band name changed
to the Irene Cathaway Rhythm and
Blues Band. As Dorian says, “It’s really
all about Irene.” The band has since
opened for the SLO Blues Society,
performed at D’Anbino’s, an excellent
little club in Paso Robles, numerous
dances, and the Smoky Hill Music
Festival in Kansas. Irene belts out
soul and R&B tunes with knowledge
of dynamics, phrasing, and excellent
tone. Her voice is authentic, with that
big little something we call “soul.”
Dorian Michael, on guitar, “fills in
the corners completely,” Irene said,
eliminating the need for a keyboard.
Dorian also lends his warm, raspy
voice to the occasional lead vocal. Bill
Severance on drums is “impeccable,
with lots of soul.” The band’s usual
bass player is locally renowned Ken
Hustad, but Billy Baxmeier will
be filling those shoes at the band’s
upcoming performance a benefit for
the SLO NOOR Foundation on May 2.
More about that later.
Irene Cathaway was born in Phoenix,
Arizona, but she and eight siblings and
half-siblings moved to Bakersfield to
live with their grandmother after their
mother died, just three weeks after
Irene was born. When she was eight
months old, Irene was adopted by an
aunt and uncle, and moved with them
to North Hollywood. Her adoptive
parents were traditional Catholic
Hispanics, so Irene’s mom was a stayat-home mom. Her mother’s happiest
day was when she could purchase
tortillas at the store, instead of making
them by hand. Irene’s mom used to
sing to the radio around the house,
and had sung three-part harmony with
her sisters when she was younger. She
played opera on the phonograph on
Saturdays, and that, along with firstpressings from Capitol Records, where
her dad worked as a carpenter, formed
Irene’s early musical influences.
Irene attended St. Genevieve’s
parochial school in Panorama City for
twelve years. She studied tap, ballet,
and acrobatics from age ten, and later
sung in the choir. “Mom really wanted
me to be a ballerina. I kind of fell into
singing.” She took private lessons from
a singing coach at 16, who brought her
to audition for Phil Spector to sing
backup for Jackie DeShannon. She
didn’t get the job.
Irene listened to all kinds of music
growing up, but it was soul and R&B
which drew her in. Some of her favorites
were Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin,
Etta Fitzgerald and the Temptations.
Especially Aretha. “She was IT.”
At nineteen, Irene married Rick
Cathaway, a marriage that lasted 8
years, and resulted in two daughters,
April and Michelle. She and Rick
met in a band they were both in, the
DuShaynes. The marriage was dotted
with Rick’s frequent road trips, the first
only a month after they were married,
which was a month in duration. He
played bass touring with the Osmonds,
but usually played guitar. The family
made their home in Van Nuys.
Back in the mid-60s, Bob Eubanks
had a series of clubs in Studio City,
Anaheim, and San Bernardino. The
latter club is where the DuShaynes
opened for, and were able to hang out
with such musical acts as The Righteous
Brothers, The Coasters, Paul and Paula,
The Beach Boys, Cathy Young, and the
Kingsmen. One night, coming home
on the windy mountain roads, the
DuShaynes’ drummer and saxophone
player were seriously injured in a car
accident. Although neither one was
killed, the group did not re-form.
For a while, Irene and her husband,
Rick, played in clubs around the L.A.
area, such as the Sagebrush Cantina in
Calabasas. “It was easy in those days,”
she says. “You just called up the clubs
and said you wanted to play there.”
Irene got her driver’s license at age 27.
After Irene and Rick divorced in the
1970s, Irene started singing on the road,
backing such acts as Charlie Daniels,
Helen Reddy, Bill Cosby, The Babys,
Ann Margret, and Robert Goulet. She
went to a cattle call for background
singers for Connie Stevens, and was
hired for a job that lasted 10 years, and
was on and off for the next 20 after that.
She and Connie had children around
the same age. Irene counts herself as
fortunate that her mother was able to
take care of her children when she was
touring.
Besides singing, Irene had one day
job: at a mortgage broker. She lasted 8
months.
Another band she was in was the
Sunday Sunday band. In 1988, she
met her current husband who she was
in her band, a keyboard player named
Phil Eichholtz. They married in 1991.
They have a trio with Chris Fenick on
guitar, perform around Ventura
and Los Angeles.
One story of note: Irene
recorded a couple disco songs in
1977: “Disco Madness” and “You
Can Ring My Bell”. When the
latter was ready for release, Anita
Ward’s “Ring My Bell” came out, so
“You Can Ring My Bell” was never
released. The songs are currently
being released in England, mostly
as a collector’s item, and are
getting some airplay over there
as well is in the states. The songs
are available on Amazon.com and
iTunes.
Irene met the Irene Cathaway
Band’s drummer, Bill Severance,
and they played gigs in Long Beach
on the Queen Mary for 6 months.
She met Dorian Michael in the
80’s, and has performed with both
of them from time to time. She
currently resides in Burbank, but
loves visiting the Central Coast.
The Irene Cathaway Rhythm
and Blues Band is a special kind of
dance band, performing authentic, inyour-face R&B, blues, and soul tunes.
It’s a real treat anytime you get to see
and hear them. Their next appearance
will be at a fundraiser for the SLO
Noor Foundation, which provides free,
quality healthcare to those who cannot
otherwise afford it. The Foundation
provides those services solely from
grants, donations, and fundraisers.
The fundraiser will be at the SLO Vet’s
Hall in San Luis Obispo, and is in two
parts. The first part is the “50 Shades
of Color Thrift and Consignment Style
Revue” featuring a silent auction,
raffle, finger foods, and a full no host
bar. Tickets are $20-35. Doors open
at 1 p.m., and the fashion show starts
at 1:30 p.m. That evening, there will a
cocktail party and a dance, featuring
the Irene Cathaway Band. Doors open
at 6 p.m. for a cocktail party with a
full no host bar, and appetizers from
Giancarlo’s Ristorante in Morro Bay.
During the cocktail hour, from 6:15
p.m-7 p.m., Liliana Graham will be
teaching free dance lessons. From 7
p.m. to 10 p.m., the Irene Cathaway
Band will be performing for your
listening and dancing pleasure. This
will be something fun to attend both as a
participant and as a spectator, as lots of
the local ballroom dancers are expected
to show up. Tickets for the evening event
are $30. Everything except drinks is
included in the ticket price. Tickets are
available at the door, or in advance at
www.slonoorfoundation.org/50shades.
See you on the dance floor!
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inspire young performers to artistic
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creative potential which in turn fosters
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Brian Jeffrey’s second album, “Living
the Dream,” is now available
American roots music band,
Patchy Sanders, brings its unique
style to Coalesce Bookstore Chapel in
Morro Bay at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8.
Tickets are $20 a person and available
at Coalesce, 845 Main St. Call 772-2880
to reserve tickets. Patchy Sanders’
sound is influenced by traditional Irish,
and old-time Americana music genres,
but the band has managed to weave a
new musical tapestry from these roots.
opening for Chris Rock,
Andrew Dice Clay, Joe
Rogan, Caroline Rhea,
and
Carlos
Mencia.
There will be a Catskillsthemed dinner at Lido for
major donors. Limited
seating available.
Fiddle
music
phenoms,
Natalie
MacMaster
and
Comedienne,
Amy
Ashton, Donnell Leahy, will
The Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast presents
will perform a benefit comedy show play a powerhouse
the 17th Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival
to modern music. For
Saturday, May 2 at Lido Restaurant, Celtic
showcase,
a sample seee: http://
2727 Shell Beach Rd., Pismo Beach. “Visions
of
Cape
Tickets are $30 a person and available Breton and Beyond” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Wolf, at 6 p.m. in the PAC’s Philips sfcrook.com/steve_project/music.
online at: www.jccslo.com or call May 3 at the Performing Arts Center at Lecture Hall. Show sponsored by Linda html. St Benedicts Episcopal Church
Lauren Bandari, Jewish Community Cal Poly. Student and adult tickets range McGregor, Dr. Marianne and Mitchell is at 2220 Snowy Egret Ln., Los Osos
(across from the cemetery).
Center Federation of SLO executive from $24 to $48 and may be purchased Wolf, KCBX 90.1 FM.
in advance at the
PAC Box Office,
Cal Poly music faculty member
Brian Jeffrey’s second album,
M o n d a y s –
Saturdays, noon “Living the Dream,” is available and percussionist, John Astaire,
to 6 p.m, The now for digital download and the CD will present a recital featuring jazz
box office also will be released on May 9. The album vocalist, Inga Swearingen, at 7:30
opens at noon features 11 new songs and some of the p.m. Thursday, May 14, in Rm. 218 in
on performance finest musicians on the central coast the Davidson Music Center (Building
days. Or call including: Michael Claire from The 45) on campus. Admission is $5 at the
(805) 756-4849 Kicks, Josh Barrett and Brianna Lee door. The recital is the culmination of a
or online at: from Girls & Boys, Jimi Macon from The song cycle project in which Astaire and
www.calpolyarts. Gap Band and The Gardners (Hayden Swearingen gathered songs spanning
org. MacMaster and Bart), who perform regularly with centuries and genres. Titled, “Dear
is a globally- Brian Jeffrey. A CD Release Party is I of That Day: Remembered Songs
acclaimed fiddle being held on Saturday, May 9 from of a Distant World,” includes songs
player from Cape 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Branch Street by Schubert, The Beach Boys, Merle
Breton and has Deli in Arroyo Grande. Everyone is Haggard, and others — songs separated
by time or genre but linked by mood
appeared
on welcome.
and memory. Astaire will accompany
numerous
TV
Swearingen on the cimbalom, a
shows and sold
The
St
Petersburg
Men’s Hungarian hammered dulcimer. Both
over
200,000
albums.
Leahy Ensemble returns to St Benedict’s Astaire and Swearingen are Cal Poly
is the musical Church in Los Osos for a free a cappella music alumni. The recital is sponsored
leader of double musical performance, set for 7:30 by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts
p l a t i n u m - p.m. Saturday, May 9. The first half of and Music Department. For more
selling, festival- the show will feature Rachmaninov’s information, call the Music Department
Comedienne, Amy Ashton
headlining Celtic “Vespers,” considered his finest work, at 756-2406.
family
group, The second half of the 4-man musical
director at: (805) 426-5465, [email protected] Leahy. The two musical prodigies vocal ensemble’s performance includes
The Bluegrass Music Society of
jccslo.com. Ashton is a stand-up turned met as teenagers, found individual a program full of Russian folk songs,
executive producer for several TV massive career success, and eventually secular and ecclesiastic music, and the Central Coast presents the 17th
shows that she wrote and created that reconnected, married, and have become modern compositions. The group’s Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival,
air on E! Television. Chosen by Mitzi known as the “First Couple of Celtic repertoire encompasses various epochs set for Mother’s Day weekend, May
Shore to develop her standup act, she’s Music. A free, pre-concert lecture will and styles - from ancient Russian 7-10 in the “Earthquake Capital of the
became a favorite at the Comedy Store be held by Cal Poly professor Mitchell chants, to Western European chorales, World.” For advance ticket purchases
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and other details, see the Parkfield
Bluegrass Festival’s new website at:
www.parkfieldbluegrass.org. Tickets
are also available by mail or call (805)
994-0929 with questions. Check out
the Festival on Facebook as well. See:
www.bmscc.org for Bluegrass Music
Society information.
The festival includes four days
of concerts, workshops, children’s
activities, camping and round-the-clock
music jams. Attendees are welcome to
come for the weekend with their RVs
or tents. Single day admissions are also
available for day-trip outings.
Headlining is Joe Craven and the
Sometimers and the internationallyknown Bluegrass, Etc. Also playing
will be Snap Jackson & The Knock On
Wood Players, and The Hay Dudes,
with Kenny Blackwell, Mike Mullins
and Wally Barnick. Others include The
Sonoran Dogs, Next Generation, Steep
Ravine, Bean Creek, The Honeysuckle
Possums, The Brothers Barton,
Sidesaddle & Co., Amaya Rose, Amber
Cross and a reunion show with Wild
Sage.
Fiddle music phenoms, Natalie MacMaster
and Donnell Leahy
Cuesta College drama students will
present an evening of one-act plays,
set for 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May
8-9 at the Cuesta PAC.’s Experimental
Theatre. Seating is Limited. All seats $5.
Buy tickets online at: www.cpactickets.
cuesta.edu or call 546-3198. Free
parking in Parking Lot 2. These plays
may be short, but they pack a ton of
fun and laughs into a small span of
time. Directed, performed, produced,
and sometimes even written by Cuesta
College
students,
these shows will
leave you laughing,
crying, for more.
Cal Poly music faculty member and
percussionist, John Astaire, will present a recital
featuring jazz vocalist, Inga Swearingen
The
next
Downtown
Brown
Bag Concert at SLO’s
First
Presbyterian
Church features singer/guitarist Les
Beck, at noon Friday, May 1. The free
show will be in the church’s Wilson Hall,
corner of Marsh and Morro streets. Fair
trade coffee and chocolate available.
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Los Osos’ Back Bay Betty has its
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soon and the band has several special
dates in May. They play Barrel House
r Brewing Co., 3055 Limestone Way
in Paso Robles from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 1; a CD release party
is 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at
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7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15 is 97.3 The
Rock’s fundraiser at Central Coast
Music, 365 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro
Bay; Saturday May 23 BBB plays Morro
Bay High School’s Bands On The Run
music booster fundraiser at the school
football field, 235 Atascadero Rd. See:
www.backbaybetty.com or friend the
band on Facebook.
Community Radio, 97.3 FM The
Rock, is celebrating the end of its
annual fund-raising drive with a free
concert featuring some of the great
local bands set for 6 p.m. Friday, May
15 at Central Coast Music, 365 Morro
Bay Blvd. Admission is free and they’ll
have beer and wine for sale plus an
auction of cool stuff. The show will have
live performances by Kenny Taylor,
Robert Herrera, Mud On The Tire
(with Frankie Paredes, Tommy Nunes,
Bruce Sorensen, and Alberto Parra);
Back Bay Betty, Vincent Bernardy, and
Travis Warren of Blind Melon and his
band, Texas Lights. So bring a valid ID
and your best friends and support SLO
County’s only commercial free public
radio station.
GNP Crescendo Records and Cheap
Thrills are sponsoring a special
showing of “The Seeds: Pushin’ Too
Hard,” a Rock-u-mentary film by Neil
Norman, at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at
the Fremont Theater, 1035 Monterey
St. The film follows The Seeds’ rags
to riches to rags again odyssey and
the pioneering band’s rediscovery by
new generations of garage rock fans.
The film uses vintage TV and concert
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APRIL 29
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MAY 3, 2015
Wednesday April 29
Saturday May 2
Feature Film: Attractive Distractions
6:30pm | $10 admission price
Celebrate the Harvest with GleanSLO | Featuring Cass Winery
5pm | $85 admission price | limited seating
HISTORIC FREMONT THEATRE, SLO
SYCAMORE MINERAL SPRINGS RESORT
Thursday April 30
Sunday May 3
9am check-in | 11am tee time | $100 admission
Men, Women, Challenged Athlete & Winemaker
& Brew Master Heats
7am – 3pm | $30 entry fee
BIG WAVES ON THE BIG SCREEN
CENTRAL COAST VETERAN’S GOLF CLASSIC
DAIRY CREEK GOLF COURSE, SLO
STILL FROTHY’S LONGBOARD SURF CLASSIC
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Friday May 1
RABOBANK’S BARREL TO BARREL
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Local Restaurants | Travel & Lifestyle Auction
Live music by Girls + Boys
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Dinner & A Movie
Wine, Waves & Beyond Delicious
By Teri Bayus
A
re we all ready to take it back to
the beach? Remember the reason
we all moved here? Wine and
Waves! Or was that just me?
The 6th Annual Wine, Waves and
Beyond, the Central Coast Longboard
Surfing Classic returns April 29-May 3
in Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, and San
Luis Obispo. Wine, Waves & Beyond is
a classic surf, wine and food event that
celebrates the best of SLO County.
Combining the fun, laid-back
atmosphere of the wine country and
unique surf culture, guests enjoy five
days of unforgettable events evoking
the magic of wine and waves. These
events take place at numerous scenic
venues throughout the county.
We (the press and food writers)
were invited to sample a bit of the
winemaker’s dinner that will be held
Saturday, May 2 at Sycamore Mineral
Springs Resort in Avila Beach.
We started in the garden with
Bellini’s and passed appetizers of
beet vegetable wrap. We toured the
garden and learned of the benefactor,
GleanSLO, an organization that strives
to collect fresh, local produce for the
San Luis Obispo Food Bank.
It was a warm day in the Avila
sunshine, so we moved inside for an
outstanding five-course, gourmet meal
created by the culinary team lead by
Chef Wangard.
The winery pairing with the food
was Cass Vineyard and Winery
that is located in the rolling, oakstudded hills between Paso Robles
and Creston (www.casswines.com).
The wine maker introduced all the
wines with each course, as did the
chefs.
Our first course, and my favorite,
was called Stone Fruit and was
created by Chef Wangard. It
was candied pecans and walnuts
speckled on the plate with chucks
of fresh peaches Crème Casa (a
cow’s milk soft cheese), radishes
and herbs and flowers strewn with
Champagne vinaigrette and a touch
of cayenne pepper. As beautiful as
it was tasty, I tried to duplicate this
amazing salad that weekend.
Next was Chef Walcott with a panfried abalone resting on a butter citrus
nape and raspberry puree smattered
with Bloom micro greens. I was so
pleased that my dining partner did
not want her abalone, so I gobbled
two, which went perfectly with a Cass
Rockin One Blanc.
David Schmit is a saint and a fantastic
chef, leaving the high-end restaurants
in L.A. to work for the homeless shelter
trying to teach the less fortunate about
healthy eating.
He collects what fresh produce is left
at the food bank and makes delectable
meals for the needy. For us he prepared
grilled baby leek ravioli with a carrot
Romesco sauce, covered in a Cyprus
Grove Chevre. Topped with shredded
carrots and leek tops, it was enchanting
and picturesque.
Chef Smeets surprised us all with a
spring vegetable wonder. Grilled grit
cakes sandwiched around snow peas,
topped with asparagus and lay on a
bed of shredded rabbit. The vegetable
timbale with purple flower buds
brought out all the flavors of this wild
and fresh dish.
Next came the dessert offerings from
Hannah Ingham and Willie Vey. A
Meyer lemon and vanilla bean layered
pana cotta with sugared blueberries.
This gelatin type of lemon shocked your
taste buds back to life. The Chocolate
Strawberry Bombe with a chocolate
mousse and strawberry filling, and
a touch of chocolate chiffon cake all
wrapped in a semisweet chocolate
coating, was the best thing I ever put in
my mouth.
This dinner is a must-do event for any
foodie. Tickets are $85 and available
online at: www.winewavesandbeyond.
com and it’s all for a good cause, as
Glean SLO and Still Frothy will be the
benefactors. Over the past five years,
WW&B has raised $100,000 for local
non-profit organizations.
Other events include Surf Movie
Night, Central Coast Veterans Classic
Golf Tournament, Rabobank’s Barrel
to Barrel Winemakers’ Dinner, Central
Coast Longboard Surf Contest, and the
805 Classic BBQ featuring the Firestone
Walker Brewing Company, a vintage
VW display and concert. Tickets and
more details are available at: www.
winewavesandbeyond.com or by calling
Event Manager, Amanda Gill, at (805)
556.3306
Special Showing of ‘Attractive Distractions’ at the Fremont
By Teri Bayus
P
art of lineup for Wine, Waves and
Beyond is a showing of the surf
movie, “Attractive Distractions,”
at the Fremont Theater in SLO. This
feature film that was created by Albee
Layer and will be shown Wednesday,
April 29 with tickets at just $10 each.
There will also be a special
presentation from Chris Burkard, who
recently presented a TED talk called,
“Surfing In The Ice.” Burkard is a local
surf photographer who found himself
burnt out on tropical locations.
“I began craving wild open spaces,”
he said. “So I set out to find the places
people had written off as too cold, too
remote, too dangerous to surf.”
How does he get to such remote
locations? Well, he said that’s half the
fun. Only a third of the earth’s oceans
are warm, he explained, showing
photos snapped while on a surfing trip
to Norway, on a fjord with a greater
population of sheep than people. That’s
where he found himself in the water
when a blizzard hit.
“Every photo, I was forced to earn,”
he said. “All this shivering taught me
something: in
life, there are
no shortcuts to
joy. Anything
w o r t h
pursuing
requires us to
suffer just a
tiny bit.”
Attractive
Distractions
follows 12 of
today’s most
progressive
young surfers on a journey from their
hometowns to far-off destinations,
capturing surfing at its highest
level. Showcasing scenic landscapes
from Maui, Portugal, New Zealand,
Mentawais Islands, Indonesia, South
Australia to West Australia — each
unique location is more captivating
than the next. Attractive visuals
constantly distract a surfers mind; this
film highlights the surfer’s world of
attractive distractions and the emotions
it entails.
Created by Layer, Matt Meola
and
Dan
Norkunas, the
film has been
heralded as
an absolute
g a m e c h a n g e r
that has had
little to no
commercial
support, but
contains some
of the best
surfing
you
have ever seen. They were on a mission
to capture surfing at its highest level,
from paddling Jaws at 50 feet, to airs
that have yet to be seen and they have
succeeded.
With appearances from some of your
soon-to-be favorite surfers (Nick Von
Rupp, Ryan Hipwood, Kai Barger,
Hank Gaskell, Ricardo Cristie, Tyler
Larronde), some of your already favorite
surfers (Meola, Clay Marzo, Chippa
Wilson), and one of the gnarliest airs
is seen stuck by John John Florence,
there is no shortage of high action in
this film. Offering deep surfer poetry,
beautiful scenery and live music by the
Lily Meola Band, this is a unique movie
that even non-surfers will enjoy.
One of the crowd favorites is a scene
where they go to Indonesia with Wilson
and Marzo, and the waves that they got
were pretty ideal for their approach.
They all do similar maneuvers but with
really different styles, and you can tell
in the footage that they were really
pushing each other.
Not wanting to focus on just big
waves, they wanted progressive new
riders trying new things. Sighting the
best waves was caught in the desert
in Australia it was all about barrels.
Even though the air sessions are super
fun to watch, and the big waves pump
adrenalin, this full time surfer believes
it is all about the barrels.
See Attractive Distractions at The
Fremont Theater in Downtown SLO on
Wednesday April 29. Tickets and more
details are available online at: www.
winewavesandbeyond.com or by call,
(805) 556-3306.
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Cal Poly Baseball
Player Profile
Kyle Smith
S
mith has been the
Saturday
starter
since the second
week of the season,
compiling a 3-5 record
and 3.51 ERA. Opponents
are hitting just .249
against the left-hander
and he has struck out 38
batters over 48 innings.
Colin
Cowherd
Jim
Rome
Dan
Patrick
Scott
Van Pelt
AMERICA’S
BEST
SPORTS TALK
LINEUP
High School – Smith
posted an outstanding
senior season under head
coach Ollie Turner at
Torrance High School in
2014, compiling a 13-1
record and 0.47 ERA en
route to CIF-Southern
Pitcher, 5-10, 165, Freshman, Torrance, CA
Section Division IV most
valuable player accolades
… made 15 appearances on the mound record and 3.87 ERA in 11 appearances
and notched 10 complete games, on the mound ... struck out 30 batters
striking out 115 batters and walking in 34 1/3 innings and earned the team’s
just 16 in 89 2/3 innings … struck out Cy Young Award ... Torrance was 15-13
12 in CIF-Southern Section Division in 2013, finishing in a tie for first place
IV championship playoff game against in the Pioneer League with a 7-3 record
Pioneer League rival South Torrance, and qualifying for the CIF-Southern
earning 11-0 victory with two-hit Section Division IV playoffs, winning
shutout … also struck out 11 in two a wild-card game before falling in the
other games and 10 in another … earned first round … also played football as
a pair of one-hitters and a pair of two- a quarterback in his freshman year
hitters … threw 24 shutout innings in … played summer ball for the North
the playoffs and recorded four wins -- County Indians, posting a 1-0 record and
three as a starter and one in relief ... also 0.00 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10 1/3
played in first base and in the outfield, innings … chose Cal Poly over UC Irvine
hitting .345 with three doubles, 13 RBI because of its “great coaches and team.”
and six steals … earned first-team AllPersonal – Son of Jon and Tina Smith
Pioneer League (co-MVP) and All-CIFSouthern Section Division IV honors … one brother, Konnor, and one sister,
and second-team Cal-Hi Sports all- Kaitlyn … sister Kaitlyn and cousins
state accolades … Torrance was 27-8 Kyle Smith and Ryan Smith played
in 2014, shared first place with South sports in college … born November 11,
Torrance in the Pioneer League and 1995, in Torrance, Calif. … majors in
claimed the CIF-SS Division IV title … kinesiology.
as a junior in 2013, Smith posted a 4-2
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What is V=RTI?
Bottom Line
By Michael Gunther
T
ime away from the office is a
necessary and often critical factor
in the success of leaders as well as
team members.
Yet, I often find many organizations
have created a culture that vacation
or time off is frowned upon or even
discouraged.
In addition, I have recently seen
employees at firms afraid to take time off
because they felt no one could do their
role or that someone might try and take
over their functions.
This is truly an unfortunate dilemma
facing both employees and employers.
The reality is productivity and efficiency
actually spiral downward without
sufficient breaks and time away from the
office. More hours worked doesn’t always
equate to greater output.
At
Collaboration,
we
recently
implemented a vacation policy similar
to progressive organizations such as
Zappos, where we have an open time
off policy. Employees are able to take as
much time off as they like, so long as they
are achieving their outcomes.
In addition, every employee has to take
at least two, 1-week breaks a year. Many
outsiders have questioned how this is
working out? Aren’t people abusing the
system? It may be too early to tell, but the
initial results have been positive.
Through this outcome-focused vacation
policy, we have begun to see Vacation =
Return to Innovation (V=RTI).
Our team has had flexibility in their
schedules but, as adults, they have
also managed their outcomes and
performance metrics to ensure they are
completing their roles effectively.
We have noticed an increase in the
level of innovation and ideas once they
return from their time off. The break is
providing them an opportunity to step
away from their daily routines, assessing
things from a different point of view and
providing them unfiltered thinking time.
They have an elevated sense of
achieving their goals, as they know that
this privilege, managing their own time
off, is based on the quality of goals being
achieved and not the quantity of hours
worked.
I have seen many organizations
struggle with the idea of implementing
this type of time-off program. I realize
many organizations may not be able to
employ this type of program based on
their service or production needs, but
many other firms could employ a similar
program.
My experience is that if the leaders
feel like they can’t take time off, their
employees feel the same way. My belief is
it has to start at the top. Leaders need to
understand that a lack of time away from
the office, over time, leads to burnout,
turnover and lower performance.
Some leaders feel like they can’t get
away because things will fall apart
without them. Well, this is actually a
different issue called “poor management”
or “lack of effective time management.”
If as a leader, you or anyone on your
team believes they can’t take time off
because they feel things will crumble
without them, there is a larger, systemic
issue happening within your organization.
Bottom Line
High performing teams and leaders
understand the concept of work smarter,
not harder. They similarly believe time
off is a powerful tool to encourage new
ideas as well as maintaining a refreshed
and re-energized workforce.
When was the last time you took time
off? Have you created a culture that is
prioritized by work or motivated and
empowered by work-life balance? You
may be missing out on amazing ideas for
your business because “vacation = return
to innovation.”
This is another article in a series on
Michael’s entrepreneurial story and how
being raised in a large family and his
belief in creating a growth company with
a work-to-live mentality has influenced
his career. To read the previous articles
in this series, visit his blog at: www.
Collaboration-llc.com.
Michael Gunther is Founder and
President of Collaboration LLC, a team
of highly skilled business professionals
who are dedicated to assisting proactive
business owners to build profitable,
sustainable businesses through resultsoriented education and consulting
services. Learn more at: www.
Collaboration-llc.com. Bottom Line is a
regular feature of Tolosa Press.
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Working Together = Success
By Kelly Wells
Henry Ford once said, “Coming
w together is a beginning. Keeping
d together is progress. Working together
is success.”
e The Morro Bay Chamber of
Commerce is about people with vision
d working together to accomplish
u more than individually possible.
r The Chamber, and our community,
n succeeds when you succeed.
Congratulations and kudos to all
who worked together on the downtown
tree-lighting project. Who knew that
s lighting trees in April would be such
a challenge! Apparently tree lights
d are not easily found after the holiday
s season.
But thanks to the persistence of John
Weiss of Coast Electronics, lights were
d found, thanks to Woody Wordsworth,
s electric boxes were repaired, and a
e team including members of Rotary,
Eco-Rotary, the Guerrilla Gardeners,
and Morro Bay in Bloom installed
and re-hung lights on the trees in the
Downtown area.
The Morro Bay Chamber would
especially like to recognize and thank
our local Rotary Clubs and the following
businesses who each contributed at
least $35 towards the purchase of
lights:
Main Street: The Bike Shop,
Grandma’s Yogurt, Legends/Fuel
Dock, Ruby Dragon, Summer Cottage,
Top Dog Coffee, and Coalesce Book
Store.
Morro Bay Boulevard: Mike’s
Barber Shop, Founders Community
Bank, Ciano Realty, Castaways and
Castaway’s 2, Aloha Shirt Shop,
Mikkleson’s Antiques, John Ramos
Gallery, Beads by the Bay, Queen’s
Closet, Bayrock Property Management,
Christine Johnson, and Don Maruska.
Well done and much appreciation
to all who contributed their time and
their money for the betterment of our
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We have a trio of new members —
House of JuJu, 945 Embarcadero,
Harborview RV Park, 1078 Monterey
Ave., and Atascadero North Morro
Church, 330 Panay St.
And several businesses have renewed
their memberships —
DiStasio’s,
The Historical Society of Morro Bay,
Pleasant Inn, Cookie Crock, Patterson
Realty, Pacific Heating & Sheet Metal,
Rock Solid Plumbing, HB Design, Back
Bay Inn, French Hospital Lab Draw
Station, Dean and Carol McGougan,
Central Coast Optometric Center,
CCAD, Art Center of Morro Bay and the
Embarcadero Inn.
Please take the time to visit and
support
these
businesses.
Our
community thrives when you shop
locally and make Morro Bay a better
place, inside and out!
Kelly Wells is the executive director
of the Morro Bay Chamber of
Commerce. The Chamber office is at
695 Harbor St., (805) 772-4467, see:
www.morrobay.org for more on the
Chamber.
Editor’s Note: This column was
submitted a couple of weeks ago and
was inadvertently not placed in the April
16 newspaper. It was also submitted
before Kelly Wells left the chamber’s
employ, which was announced Tuesday
with the following:
“The Morro Bay Chamber of
Commerce is seeking a new Director
to be in charge of the Chamber
administration
and
membership,
upon the departure of Kelly Wells,
who served in the position since
2014. For information about the job
requirements and applications, please
call the Chamber office at 772-4467
between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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and feel the textures of what could be
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cabinets, and find necessary resources
to keep your house safe and clean such
as heating and air professionals, water
filters, alarm companies, and more!
Your dream home can become a reality
all at the Inspired Home and Garden
Expo of SLO.
This bi-annual event brings together
more than 100 local home and garden
professionals throughout San Luis
Obispo County. Vendors and products
will include landscapers, contractors,
kitchen, bath, and cabinetry experts,
interior designers, roofers, spas, alarm
systems, solar energy professionals,
and much more! This event is a perfect
weekend activity for new and current
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updating or remodeling their home,
and anyone interested in resources and
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May 3rd 10am-4pm
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1:45pm DIY Succulent Container
Gardening with Claudette Rettig,
Garden Enhancements
2:30pm How You Can Invest in Art
for Your Home and Why You Should
with Tom Burgher, Co-owner/CEO of
Seaside Gallery
3:15pm Straw Bale Building 101 with
David Arkin, Director of CASBA
Sunday, May 3rd
12:00pm Water Management and
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Q&A Panel from CLCA (California
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12:45pm Personalize the Interior of
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1:30pm Storing Fruits and Veggies
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2:15pm Hand-Lettering Workshop
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3:00pm How to Get Exactly What
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April 30 - May 13, 2015 • Tolosa Press
Top 3 Things That Turn Sellers Off
On The Market
By Nancy Puder
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they do make a counter offer,
they will usually respond with a
higher price than if the offer came
in at a reasonable price to begin
with. Once the seller feels that the
buyer is being disrespectful and
wasting their time, the chances of
successful negotiation are reduced
substantially.
1. Unjustified low-ball offer The market has turned around
and is up! The days of low-ball
offers being accepted are behind
us. Buyers should ask themselves
why someone would give their
house away when someone else
may and probably will be willing to
pay market price?
A seller’s response will often
be to ignore an offer that comes
in extremely low and then not
even make a counter offer. If
2.
Verbally bashing the
house Pointing out everything that
is negative about the property,
especially within hearing distance
of the seller, is not a good idea. The
seller is usually aware of the
negatives and if he needs to be
made aware, it should be done
carefully. This is one of the reasons
that you should hire a highly skilled
agent who will negotiate for you.
Buyers who think they should do
their own negotiating are like people
who decide to represent themselves
in court. I work with attorneys who
uying a home is an emotional
decision which is later
rationalized by the parties
concerned. Sometimes a buyer can
self-sabotage when caught up in the
transaction. Here are some ways
that buyers might turn-off a seller.
hold real estate licenses that still
hire me to represent them in their
real estate transactions for this
same reason.
3. Failing to obtain financing Not only should a buyer be
pre-approved by a lender before
making an offer, they should use
a lender that has a good track
record of actually funding the loan
when it is time to close. You can
only imagine the stress it causes
a seller to find out a week before
closing that the buyer’s lender is not
going to perform for one reason or
another. Don’t be fooled. In almost
all cases, a good lender will see any
potential problems ahead of time
and have a couple of backup plans
in place should the problem arise
before closing.
There are literally thousands of
lenders advertising low rates that
may seem more attractive on the
front end, but my advice is to be
careful. It is not unusual for less
than reputable companies to bait
and switch you to another interest
rate close to your closing date or
to reject your loan entirely. If this
happens, there is no guarantee that
the seller will wait until you find
another lender who will do the job
correctly.
If you have questions concerning
a purchase or sale of your home, call
or text me 710-2415. I always enjoy
hearing from you!
Nancy Puder is a real estate broker
in Arroyo Grande, CA with Nancy
Puder & Associates. If you have any
questions or concerns regarding
your own property, call or text
her at 710-2415 or email [email protected]
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GH Sports Celebrates First Year in New Location
Story and photo by Gareth Kelly
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here are many ways to grow
our businesses, develop our
business, or take our business
to the next level and generate
more revenue. For many business
owners becoming a huge brand
with millions in revenue, hundreds
of employees and a great reputation
is a goal. Some will make it. Some
will not. Sometimes a company will
make it then realize life at the top is
not all its cracked up to be.
Many years ago Greg Hind a
former Olympic water polo athlete
started and built a “great” company,
Hind Sports. With more than 500
employees and operations in three
states, Hind realized he wanted to
spend more time with his family
in his beloved San Luis Obispo, so
he walked away from the company
selling it to Saucony.
Hind passed away in 2012 but
his vision still lives on in the
smaller company he and his wife
started in the mid 1990s, GH
Sports. Celebrating their one-year
anniversary at their new location
at 3765 South Higuera Street,
suite 100, GH Sports is a leader in
swimming, running and triathlon
apparel.
“This has almost been a
homecoming for us,” said General
Manager, Garret Long. “This is
where Hind sports used to be
located. For years we were about 70
yards down the street, hidden away
where no one could find us. The
new location has been great. We are
more visible from the road and have
more people just stopping by.”
Supplying swim wear to the
women’s Cal Poly water polo team
along with many high school swim
teams from around the local area,
GH Sports continues their long
standing tradition of quality locally
manufactured apparel.
“Our seamstress has been here
since the original Hind sports,”
Long said. “We have a smaller
operation these days but we still
make some of our swim wear in
house. We really hope to continue
building relationships with not only
local teams but hopefully further
afield around the state.”
GH Sports also sells numerous
running shoes, cycling equipment,
fins, snorkels and a vast assortment
of t-shirts, jackets and shorts. They
also have an in-house gait checking
system—the gate of one’s feet, not
the one at the end of one’s driveway.
“We like to help our customers
find the best shoes to fit them,” said
Long. “With our gait check system
we can identify problem areas in
your feet and find you the best shoe
to help. You simply step barefoot
onto our plate, which gives us an
imprint of your foot, and then go for
a quick jog on our treadmill, which
we video. With this we can then look
at any areas of concern and suggest
the best shoes be it for running or
hiking.”
So next time you drive down
South Higuera and happen to
notice a large collection of shoe
boxes outside a large building
pull on in. You will find a friendly
attentive staff and will, of course, be
shopping local. GH Sports is open
Monday through Friday from 10am
to 5.30p.m. and 10am to 5p.m. on
Saturdays. They are located at 3765
S.Higuera Street, Suite 100 in SLO
or on the web at www.ghsports.com
Gareth has a medium arch with
a medium width foot. Pretty much
he’s right down the middle. What
stories from the middle do you
have? Email [email protected]
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New Offices for Law Firm, HotHouse, and The Mortgage House
Biz Briefs
Compiled by Camas Frank
our County,” said Judy Mahan,
director of the SLO HotHouse,
“We are incredibly excited with the
opportunity to continue increasing
our impact with access to more
space for more startups to launch
and grow locally.” SLO HotHouse
programs, currently housed in a
roughly 6,000 s.f. space on Morro
Street in Downtown, will be moved
to the new location gradually
beginning in June through early
fall. For more information on the
SLO HotHouse programs and
the Center for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship, see: cie.calpoly.
edu.
The SLO Chamber welcomed Foremost Wine Company
EmPower San Luis Obispo
County is hosting workshops in the
Second Supervisorial District (North
Coast) and attendees can sign up
for a home site visit and hear about
common issues that lead to higher
energy bills, such as the condition
of the heating system, ventilation
and air conditioning systems,
insulation, water heaters and other
major appliances. They will also
learn about utility incentives and
low-interest, unsecured financing
that are available to complete
qualifying energy-efficient projects.
Workshops are: Wednesday, May
5, 5:30-7:30 Coast Union High
School, 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Rd.,
Cambria; and, Friday, May 7 5:307:30 Cayucos Elementary School,
301 Cayucos Dr. The emPower
program, part of the County
Planning and Building Department,
Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County received a $5,000 grant
offers
voluntary
incentives,
financing and other services to
help single-family homeowners in
Santa Barbara, Ventura and San and Wagner are law faculty at Allan Roberts. Submitted photo
Luis Obispo counties make home Hancock College. Their website is
energy upgrades easier and more at: ComstockAndWagner.com.
Cal Poly has leased a 15,000
affordable. Get more information
square-foot
space in Downtown
at: www.empowersbc.org.
The SLO Chamber welcomed San Luis Obispo to relocate and
Foremost Wine Company as a expand its SLO HotHouse — a
Comstock
&
Wagner new member, with a ribbon cutting collaborative effort with the City
Attorneys are opening a new office ceremony in the historic Creamery and local business community. The
at 775 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo. building, 570 Higuera St. For more university recently signed a 10-year
Partners Marie Comstock and information see: foremostwineco. lease for the space in the 800 block
Stephen Wagner have been in Santa com. Pictured are left to right: of Higuera St, directly above the
Maria and are expanding. Comstock Foremost Wine Company owners, Ross Dress for Less store. “With
and Wagner specialize in family law, Rob and Nancy Murray, Steve Polk, the help of the City of SLO and the
divorce and child custody cases. Carlee Porter, Robin Puricelli, Julie local business community, the SLO
Attorney Bill Bixby handles criminal Simon, Johnny Kenny, Autumn HotHouse has become a key player
cases for the firm. Both Comstock Clark, Denise Layaye and Sue in the economic development of
Assistance League of San
Luis Obispo County received
a $5,000 grant from the Union
Pacific Foundation to help provide
new school clothes to low-income
students from all 10 school
districts in SLO County. At a
recent breakfast meeting hosted by
Lisa Lawson Stark, Union Pacific
Railroad’s director of public affairs
and corporate relations. Assistance
League was one of several local nonprofit organizations recognized for
their work to improve the quality of
life for families in San Luis Obispo
County. Accepting the contribution
was Assistance League president
Gail Stoneburg, who said, “We
are sincerely appreciative of the
generous support from the Union
Pacific Foundation, which enables
our membership to provide new
school clothing to approximately 50
students in need who otherwise may
not have sufficient school clothing.”
To learn more about Assistance
League, see: www.alslocounty.org.
The Community Foundation
San Luis Obispo County
announced that Chief Executive
Officer, Heidi H. McPherson,
has been named one of the Top
50 Women in Business in the
tri-counties of San Luis Obispo,
Santa Barbara, and Ventura by the
Pacific Coast Business Times. “We
are so pleased that Heidi is being
honored. She brings her passion for
a relationship-based culture, along
with her national experience and
expertise. This will help us to build
on the good work that has been
accomplished by the Foundation.”
said Steve McCarty, foundation
board president. The Foundation’s
assets under management have
grown to more than $48 million,
and provide support to all aspects
Tolosa Press • April 30 - May 13, 2015
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The 26th Annual
Entries Accepted April 1-July 15, 2015
This year’s theme: Transformation
3 categories
Short Fiction Prose (1000 – 1200 words)
Poetry (Up to 40 lines)
Flash Fiction (Up to 500 words)
Flash Fiction is a brand new category added this year!
Morro Bay’s Bayfront Inn was recently recognized
as one of “Fido’s Favorites
of the community in perpetuity.
For more information or to donate
to any fund, see The Community
Foundation’s website or call 5432323.
West Coast regional grocery
chain Haggen (pronounced “haygunn”) took ownership of three
local Albertsons and Vons branches
in April. Two of the branches in
SLO were converted over 36 hour
shifts and were part of a deal
between the companies to convert
83 stores in California. Haggen
will expand from 18 stores with 16
pharmacies to 164 stores with 106
pharmacies; from 2,000 employees
to more than 10,000 employees;
and from a Pacific Northwest
company with locations in Oregon
and Washington to a major regional
grocery chain with locations in
Washington, Oregon, California,
Nevada and Arizona.
Morro Bay’s Bayfront Inn,
located on the waterfront, was
recently recognized as one of
“Fido’s Favorites in 2015.” Dog
owners have given their paw-stamp
of approval to the Bayfront Inn
because the little motel achieved
superior pet-friendliness ratings
by its viewers because of the Inn’s
“welcoming environment for guests
traveling with pets.” Fewer than 10
percent of Bring Fido’s pet friendly
accommodations can claim this
distinction. What sets the Bayfront
Inn apart from other Morro Bay pet
friendly stay choices is the attitude
of the management towards pets,
their one time low pet stay fee,
and the fantastic welcome bag
presented to every dog traveler that
includes made-in-the-US doggie
snacks. The Bayfront Inn is owned
and operated by dog loving family
members. Ten of their 16 rooms
are pet friendly. The Bayfront Inn
is at 1150 Embarcadero, see: www.
bayfront-inn.com or call (805) 7725607.
The Mortgage House has
added a new office in Atascadero.
The regional mortgage banker’s
new location at 7340 Morro Rd.,
joins The Mortgage House’s
offices in SLO and Santa Maria.
Senior Vice President and Division
President, Roxanne Carr, said that
increasing rent costs combined
with historically low interest rates
are generating new homebuyer
demand. “Many renters are
rethinking home ownership,” she
said. “With today’s low rates, it is
often less costly to own a home
than to rent one, though careful
consideration should be given to
making this move.” Carr added
that the Mortgage House does a
great deal of business in the North
County and wanted a centralized
location to support clients. Loan
officers Kathy Rogers and Maurica
Anderson are located in the
Atascadero office, and plans call
for two more loan originators to be
added soon. For more information,
see: TheMortgageHouse.com.
Send your biz briefs for
consideration to [email protected]
tolosapress.com.
Short Fiction/Prose
{$20 entry fee}
1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $100
Fees and Prizes
Poetry
{$20 entry fee}
1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $100
Flash Fiction
{$15 entry fee}
1st Place $500
2nd Place $100
3rd Place $50
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