SLO City News

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Volume 9

Issue 16

January 8 - 21, 2015

YOUR COMMUNITY IN YOUR HANDS More images of Cal Poly universities’ award winning Tournament of Roses Parade float, “Soaring Stories,” provided by Tom Zasadzinski of Cal Poly Pomona can be found on page 25.

Tools for Democracy Project Facing Deadline

The Best of 2014’s Police Blotters

By Camas Frank


al Poly SLO has a reputation for being among the best schools in California for engineering and science, but under the State University system, faculty and students haven’t gotten the kind of marathon research projects that go to Cal Berkley or UCLA. That’s all changing with the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy’s presence on campus. The Institute is housed in the Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics but the public policy think-tank isn’t actually part of the school. They’re not a typical research foundation either and they’re not about publishing white pa-

By Theresa-Marie Wilson and Neil Farrell

pers on a predictable basis. Instead, they’ve been coming up with hands-on solutions to specific issues. And for 2015, they’ve got major development milestones lined up for all of their projects, which include technology in education, energy sustainability for California and an ambitious open government project. Cal Poly computer science professor, Foaad Khosmood, is working on his biggest project so far at the university, as one of two institute senior research fellows. It’s the Digital Democracy –


ne of the favorite features of our readers is the weekly Police Blotter. These series of reports from various cities give some insight into the sometimes silly things that local police and sheriff’s deputies are called on to do in an area that thankfully, is largely free of actual serious crimes. So as a final send-off to 2014, we present the Best of the Police Blotters, as chosen by Theresa-Marie Wilson and Neil Farrell (who also write them). Enjoy.


Arroyo Grande • Jan. 9: A caller thought they had seen a black or brown bear on The Pike. Police did not see any bear or a picnic basket for that matter in the area. • Jan. 10: A man was reportedly stripping off clothes on the sidewalk in front of 7-Eleven and making obscene gestures at passing cars. Magic Mike was warned about having an open container of some sort or another.

See Tools, page 8

See Blotter, page 4

A Bold New Future

Early New Year

We Need To Fly

Brewer at Unity

Goshi Rolls Sushi Right

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January 8 - 21, 2015 • SLO City News

Table of


Bret Colhouer publisher

Happy Noon Year Kids! ................. 3

Restaurant Month..................... 12-13

Dinner and a Movie ..................... 24

Police Blotter ʻYear in Reviewʼ Cont. .4-7

Lifestyle ................................... 14-17

Polys Rose Parade Float .......25Police

Opinion - King Harris ..................... 9

805-Sound............................... 18-21

Blotter ʻYear in Reviewʼ Fin .......26-28

Community Calendar................ 10-11

Entertainment ..........................22-23

In The Black .............................29-31

Neil Farrell managing editor The Bay News Theresa-Marie Wilson managing editor The Coast News Camas Frank section editor SLO City News

A Bold New Future For Tolosa Press


y stepfather was an old school Italian, a family man, an entrepreneur, and a man of principle. He once gave me three simple rules in life that I have often reflected on, and at times acted on. 1. Be true to yourself, making the most of who and what you are. 2. Be bold and step forward in confidence, trusting what you know and adapting to your circumstances. 3. Go after what you want, believing it will happen is always the first step in making it happen. This past year has been a wild ride for my wife and I and by association our Tolosa Press and Simply Clear Marketing teams. After buying out both sets of partners in each business, we decided to combine the businesses into one office. Obvious advantages of sharing infrastructure were initially attractive but opportunities to capitalize on and leverage against the strengths and weaknesses of both companies soon became our focus. Through the process of change, the realization of our future began to take shape. We have two great businesses, two great sets of staff, a menu of marketing services, and, combined, a substantial amount of local market share in our industry. A unified vision and purpose became our goal and a refinement of our current products, services and operations became our focus.

Tolosa Press has always been true to itself as a set of newspapers personally connected and accessible to the community. Focused on celebrating all that is special about our cities on the Central Coast and proud of the microlocal news and feature stories we bring to our readers. Over the years we have watched closely as the print media landscape has changed, always posturing and positing for success. Community newspapers have faired well over the past decade, growing year after year, even through the recession, in readership, advertising revenues and relevance. Tolosa Press is no exception, doubling in size over the past five years has been a lot of fun. That being said, some of our success has come in the form of 5,000 people reading us online each week (at: and more following us on Twitter and Facebook. These digital compliments to our three, printed community newspapers have been necessary, as we have adapted to the current circumstances of the digital age we live in. Knowing this, I am compelled and able to trust that we need to do more, both with the printed newspapers we publish and the digital avenues in which we disperse our news. That is why, as we embark on this New Year, I am proud to announce that we will be spending more time producing each issue, as we move to a bi-weekly

publication. This extra time will allow us to print a bigger, more robust set of newspapers, with new contributing writers, a new look to engage our readers, and new perspectives brought through investigative reporting, community impact editorial series, and in-depth feature stories written by our talented Tolosa Press editorial staff. This will also allow us to do more with the thousands of digital readers in our community by engaging them where they are throughout the day and being there when they want to read us in a more comprehensive and user-friendly form. To accomplish this we’ve created a new Tolosa Press Digital Publishing Team and a new Tolosa Press Website:, both focused on engaging our digital readers every day, throughout the day, with relevant microlocal news links to stories based on our new user-friendly interactive website. To get connected to our daily updates and news feeds, follow us on Twitter@tolosapress, on Facebook at facebook/tolosapress or subscribe to our free email service at: I believe this new print/digital business model is the future of the Tolosa Press and hope you are excited as I am about its potential to impact and grow our relevance to you the readers, as we boldly step forward together. Bret Colhouer Publisher

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• January 8 - 21, 2015 • Tolosa Press

POLICE BLOTTER Blotter, from page 1

block of Kern said someone stole the handle off his refrigerator, proving once again that people will steal anything.

Jan. 11: A man on James Way reportedly jumped out of a car with a rifle and entered the green belt area. The driver of the car was wearing rubber boots, glasses, and jogging shorts. Police caught up with the dynamic duo and issued a warning for what turned out to be a pellet gun. Hopefully, the fashion police were close behind with a warning for the driver. Pismo Beach • Jan. 16: Police were unable to locate a man reading a newspaper in a condo overlooking an elementary school playground. Apparently he’d violated some obscure municipal code against minding one’s own business. • Jan. 21: A man was arrested after police were called to the Shore Cliff to check on him after he was in the bathroom for about 25 minutes. Perhaps prunes are in order. • Jan. 22: A caller reported driving on the freeway when someone threw a bag of excrement on his vehicle, which is a really crappy way to commute to work. San Luis Obispo • Jan. 7: A citizen told police that he or she couldn’t remember where they left a Sandisk 32G memory card. • Jan. 21: Someone called from the 900 block of Palm to report a guy in a sports jersey with the No. 7 on it was “acting disoriented.” If he were choking as well, he might’ve been a 49er. • Jan. 22: Someone complained because a transient man had been camping down by Laguna Lake for two days and if he’d used his car, he’d have gotten three days to move. • Jan. 22: A woman called at 7:30 p.m. to report that a man in a gray four-door BMW had driven by slowly with his hand around his “special purpose” exposing his shortcomings to her. Naturally, this occurred at Palm and Broad.

FEBRUARY Los Osos • Feb. 10: Deputies were asked to check the welfare of someone at 3:26 p.m. in the 900 block of Nipomo. They couldn’t find them, so great, now they’re lost too!?!

Pismo Beach • Feb. 9: Police were called out by Harry’s where four men were jumping a brick wall and a woman was lifting her shirt showing her brick house. • Feb. 11: A caller reported a man sitting on the beach in some brush. If that isn’t odd enough he was under an umbrella with nothing on but a towel. • Feb. 16: A woman selling sand dollars near the pier decided to take a nap on the boardwalk. She was advised to move along and no doubt questioned as to why she wasn’t as successful as her sister who sells seashells by the seashore. • Feb. 17: A caller on the 800 block of Taft said that he had swept in front of his home and then the neighbor moved her car and swept her stuff in front of his yard. He swept it back. The neighbor then whipped out a leaf blower beginning decades of herbicidal actions. • Feb. 24: A female student got busted smoking weed in the girls’ locker room at Judkins Middle School proving that not everybody knows that smokin’ ain’t allowed in school. San Luis Obispo • Feb. 6: Police went to the Albertson’s Shopping Center on Foothill where they said some juice weasel was outside a donut shop making a nuisance of himself. The 40-year-old glazed fellow was dunked in the County mug. • Feb. 12: A citizen in the 200 block of Hermosa called at 11:05 p.m. to complain because mooing cows on the hill had been keeping him or her awake for the past two nights, a case of “Welcome to the

sticks buddy.” • Feb. 24: Police got a call at 8:30 a.m. from Higuera and Broad where someone said there was a transient man yelling at people walking by. Logs said it was “Some weird voodoo thing.” Ol’ chicken bones was gone when they arrived. • Feb. 27: A citizen in the 1400 block of Phillips called at 6:33 p.m. to report a suspicious man. Logs indicated the only description was, “old, drunk and staggering,” which pretty much says it all. Police couldn’t find the stumblebum.

MARCH Avila Beach • March 25: Some chicken hawk burgled a coop in the 6100 block of Kestrel Rd., and ah-say, ah-say, deputy Foghorn Leghorn is on the case. Los Osos • March 12: A family feud erupted in the 1300 block of 15th at 5 p.m. Name the person who most likely went to the hoosegow… Survey says… junior! • March 23: Sheriff’s deputies stopped a suspicious fellow out traipsing along at 2 a.m. at Los Olivos and Fairchild. The swizzle stick was shaken not stirred into a County bucket. Morro Bay • March 5: Police responded to a smoke shop in the 300 block of Morro Bay Blvd., where some apparent pothead stole a marijuana water pipe, and reefer madness begins to take hold. • March 16: A guy in the 400

Pismo Beach March: 2: Police were unable to locate a woman who was no doubt abashed because she was smashed and got her face bashed when she crashed the caller’s bicycle. March 3: A portable toilet went on the lam on Bello Street. The runaway crapper had reportedly been in the area for a couple of weeks and did not appear to have a permit associated with it. • March 12: A caller on Panorama at Shamrock reported a bird in cage with a sign on it that said “free bird.” The remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd were nowhere to be found. • March 12: Some hammered guy refused to leave the front of Giuseppe’s and refused a cab. He was taken to Denny’s where drunks are part of their profit margin. • March 15: Police were unable to locate transients using a shower at Pismo Creekside RV Resort. Obviously, they made a clean get away. San Luis Obispo • March 12: A fat, transient man with a “thick tuft of hair on the top of his head” like a mushroom was loitering at 12:23 p.m. at the Creamery in the 500 block of Higuera. Police had a chat with ol’ fungus head and sent him packing. • March 12: A citizen in the 1600 block of Tanglewood called at 11:47 p.m. to report a strange man knocked on his or her door and asked for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He’d made like jelly and jammed before officers arrived. • March 19: At 1:51 a.m., someone in the 100 block of Longview got quite a view of a naked man running down the street towards Slack. Police streaked to the scene but couldn’t catch the Flash. • March 21: Someone reported a prowler at 1 a.m. in the 1300 block of Chorro scratching at one of the windows trying to get in (hey it worked for the cat). The 21-yearold Tomcat was taken to the County litter box to sleep it off. • March 27: Someone called at 4:37 p.m. from Bubble Gum Alley because a transient man was actually being more disgusting than the walls. • March 27: A citizen called at 8:23 p.m. to report several teenaged boys were smoking pot and drinking beer across from Mission College Prep, yeah, they’re prepping for college alright.

Tolosa Press • January 8 - 21, 2015


POLICE BLOTTER APRIL Los Osos • April 18: Deputies stopped a suspicious bicycle rider at 12:50 a.m. in the area of LOVR and Fairchild but he was allowed to pedal on, Wayne. Morro Bay • April 5: Police responded at 1 p.m. to the 900 block of Embarcadero where a parked car jumped in front of a woman driver. • April 8: Someone found a bag of crank in the parking lot at Rite Aid and turned it over to police to sniff out the situation. • April 18: Police got a report at 9:22 p.m. of a fight at a bar in North Morro Bay and when they got there they found a guy with a fat lip, yeah but you shoulb hab seed da udder guy… Pismo Beach • April 5: A woman on the 600 block of Cypress appeared to have urinated. The caller said that she looked pregnant but when asked she said that she was just fat. • April 10: A slowpoke in the middle of the road in front of the train station was trying to get a turtle off the street. • April 19: A caller on the 600 block of Vista Pacifica said her neighbor walked by and spit on her car and called her foul names. He then threw a tennis ball at her and missed hitting his own wife for a new meaning of unforced error. • April 22: Some pinhead at the Pismo Bowl refused to pay her bill. She couldn’t split before police arrived and had to pay up. San Luis Obispo • April 7: A citizen in the 3000 block of Augusta reported the theft of Vicodin back in November 2013, as apparently the fog of prescription meds finally lifted. • April 9: Police got a report from a citizen in the 300 block of Tassajara who reported an ongoing problem with their pig neighbor who keeps throwing feces over the fence, a grand example of the kind of crap police have to deal with. • April 10: Police got a call at 4:45 p.m. of a crazy man who stole a lighted candle running amok inside the Old Mission Church, who looked like he was under the influence of more than the Holy Spirit. • April 17: Some whiner in the 1300 block of Ella complained because his car cover had a coffee stain on it. • April 18: Police responded at

12:52 a.m. to the 600 block of Stanford after a woman said some weirdo had approached her window and taped a quarter to the glass with a Band-Aid. • April 23: Police responded at 11:32 a.m. to the Madonna Inn where some homeless guy keeps prowling around. It was the second time in two days that presumably the same Phantom of the Inn had been reportedly upsetting the local one-percenters. • April 30: A citizen called 9-11 at 9:34 a.m. from Trader Joe’s to report that he or she was “intentionally bumped” by another customer, reason No. 46 for getting a Taser. • April 30: Police got a report at 12:23 a.m. of shots fired at the SLO Donut Shop in the 700 block of Foothill and the shooters had the parking lot blocked off, too. It was apparently a prank, as no one is crazy enough to try and block cops from the donut shop.

MAY Cayucos • May 13: Deputies stopped a suspicious vehicle at noon in the area of Hwy 1 and Cayucos Drive and made an arrest, a possible case of arrive on vacation — leave on probation. Pismo Beach • May 1: Police were unable to locate a possible drunk driver. The female driver was bleeding from her head after falling out of the car at 1st Stop Liquor, which was obviously not her first stop. • May 6: A caller reported four people with backpacks sitting all day by the bathrooms on Addie Street. The caller thought that they might be setting up camp, apparently a day at the beach is not allowed anymore. • May 18: Police were unable to locate the source of a report of “cats going crazy” on the 2300 block of Price Street. The female caller said that something was going on but that she couldn’t explain it. No doubt catnip was brought to the scene. • May 21: A caller on the 1400 block of Ocean Boulevard reported that someone had called his cell phone three or four times in the last half hour. The caller didn’t answer it and didn’t know who was calling. Further, he didn’t want an officer to contact him. That pretty much ends another pointless 9-1-1 call

Morro Bay • May 3: Someone found a camouflage backpack and boots by City Park, so we’re looking for a barefoot Rambo? San Luis Obispo • May 7: Someone called 9-1-1 at 9:54 p.m. from the 3500 block of Higuera because a Coastal Peaks Coffee van was parked in Coastal Peaks Coffee’s lot. • May 8: Police were called at 3:55 p.m. to the 1000 block of Peach after a man wearing a Superman T-shirt barged into Dr. Demaris’ office. Police spoke to him before he went up… up… and awaaay! • May 22: Police responded to Sports Authority in the 200 block of Madonna for a report that an employee had tried to steal cash eight times, as he clearly needs more training. A crime report for embezzlement was started. • May 29: Someone called at 5:24 a.m. to report approximately 20 naked men “streaking” towards a nearby sorority house. Police couldn’t find them, as they no doubt shrank away. • May 30: Someone at Taco Bell in the 3800 block of Broad called police because two freeloaders were using water cups to drink soda.

JUNE Avila Beach • June 14: Deputies got a report of fireworks going off at 10:46 p.m. on Cave Landing Road, at Pirate’s Cove Nude Beach. Four deputies responded but the whistling Petes got away. The same deputies popped over to a report of fireworks at 11:38 on Avila Beach Drive and again missed the finale. The hunt sparkled briefly when they stopped a vehicle at 11:58 on Avila Beach Drive at Ontario Road, but the call fizzled, and so the firecracker chase was apparently a dud. Cayucos • June 16: A disturbance was reported at 1:30 p.m. in the first block of St. Mary. And sweet Jesus, a second complaint came in at 5:54 and by God there was a third at 9:30. And thank the Holy Ghost, no arrests were needed. Amen. Los Osos • June 24: Deputies were alerted to a human dinghy floating on a sea of suds at 4:40 a.m. on Pasadena Drive. He or she went to the County B&B to sleep it off. • June 18: Someone in the 700

block of LOVR reported vandalism at 3:20 a.m., as it apparently couldn’t wait ‘til morning. Deputies arrived to take a report at 3:42 p.m., so it apparently could wait ‘til after lunch. Morro Bay • June 6: Police responded to the 700 block of Embarcadero for a report of someone stealing fishing poles, proving the new adage that if you teach a man to fish he’ll eat forever, but just stealing what you want is easier. • June 25: The store Dick at Albertsons Market caught a live one, as a 31-year-old sticky-fingered woman was arrested for suspicion of shoplifting, possessing drug paraphernalia and the devilish PC 666, theft with prior convictions. She was tossed into the hoosegow to contemplate the errors in her techniques. Pismo Beach • June 8: Police were unable to locate a man that a caller on the 300 block of El Portal said pulled out a “two-barreled pistol” on him and demanded money. The caller said that ol’ Jesse James might be a drug dealer with the rarest weapon on earth. • June 29: Some slob who was reportedly pickled in front of the Cliffs and later face planted in a field was arrested. • June 28: A recently fired employee at Wheel Fun Rentals reportedly pushed a current employee, which isn’t real fun at all. The pushy one was advised against trespassing. San Luis Obispo • June 18: Someone in Santa Rosa Park called at 11 a.m. because there was a naked man in the creek, no doubt fishing with a wiggly worm. The crack in the crick, was gone. • June 19: At 1 p.m., someone at City Hall called 9-1-1 because a man there was going through withdrawals, though not from budget cuts. • June 25: Some smooth talker called police at 10:56 a.m. to report that he was talking to a girl on the phone and she started to choke and then the line went dead, the 52nd way to leave your lover… • June 26: Someone called police at 12:11 p.m. from outside Sears on Madonna because two donkeys were tied up outside for an hour and the jacka** owner was nowhere to be found. • June 26: Someone called police at 6:50 p.m. from Broad and


• January 8 - 21, 2015 • Tolosa Press

POLICE BLOTTER Higuera to report a man with a boa constrictor had set up a booth at Farmer’s Market without a permit. The sideshow sneak snaked off with his serpent in hand.

JULY Avila Beach • July 7: Deputies responded at 10:18 a.m. to Cave Landing Road and the Pirate’s Cove Nude Beach for a reported case of brandishing a weapon. No word on how big of a rod was brandished, snicker, snicker… Cambria • July 24: A grand theft was reported in the 800 block of Main and the Bobbies’ll ‘ave a jolly good time roustin’ the rotter. Cayucos • July 5: Suspicious circumstances were reported at 12:30 p.m. down by the pier. Some naughty boy got hauled to the county ATM, which collects, instead of dispenses, cash.

Los Osos • July 14: Petty theft was reported at 2:52 a.m. in the 1600 block of 11th. Deputies took a crime report when they arrived at 3:14 p.m. now how’s that for service. Morro Bay • July 6: Police got an emergency call of an overturned skiff in the bay off the 500 block of Embarcadero with four people in the water. The Coast Guard responded and the four were apparently fished out of the bay. USCG then conducted a

boating-while-tanked investigation on the dinghy operator. Meanwhile, at the scene, another suspected drunk driver backed his SUV into a parked MBPD patrol car. The Highway Patrol responded to investigate and determined no damage was done to either car and perhaps the unluckiest driver in the world hadn’t been drinking. • July 24: Police responded to a hardware store in the 500 block of Atascadero Rd., where they arrested a 32-year-old man for suspicion of embezzlement, because Ace is the place with the sticky-fingered hardwaaare man… Pismo Beach • July 9: Guests at the Sea Crest Resort called the front desk asking for assistance because things were moving around the room by themselves. They no doubt had the

mushroom special for dinner. • July 18: A person on the 200 block of Five Cities Drive was vomiting. No further information was regurgitated. • July 19: A man with a moustache, which narrows down the suspect pool, was cutting people off and speeding on Hwy 101. Speedy Gonzales got away no doubt exclaiming, “¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! Yeehaw!” • July 29: A man standing in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 100 block of Boeker was wearing a blonde wig and high heels with nothing on from the waist down. The caller said she was unsure if she’d seen the family jewels or if the guy was merely scantily clad? Extra patrol was requested either way. • July 29: A caller on the first block of Whitecap reported that someone may have entered her yard and sprayed her dog with something. The poor pooch was “throwing up and pooping and had a yellow substance on his face.” San Luis Obispo

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POLICE BLOTTER • July 1: A woman reported a prowler at 12:32 a.m. in the 600 block of Palm. Logs indicated a face was seen pressed against the bathroom window, which would scare the sh*t out of anyone. • July 1: Police got a report from the SLO Swim Center pool on Southwood at 7:06 p.m. reporting that “low pH balance in the pool” was causing them to pull people out, though low pH beats a high pee-H every time. • July 2: Police got a call at 4:23 p.m. from the 600 block of Higuera from someone who said a transient named “Simba” who was just “talking to a cat” when he or she allegedly grabbed their cell phone, the ol’ acting purrr-fectly crazy to throw ‘em off guard trick. • July 9: A citizen in the 2000 block of Meadow called at 1:15 p.m. to report a couple doing the hunkachunka behind her house. Police arrived for some coitus interuptus at 1:27 but were too late. • July 10: A driver at Higuera and Osos called at 6:54 p.m. to report a suspected DUI driver almost hit several people and was having a hard time shifting gears. Police stopped the car but the let the driver go as they apparently weren’t drunk, just couldn’t drive a stick. • July 23: Someone called at 11:46 a.m. from Morro and Marsh about an aggressive transient yelling in a restroom, who then left his soiled britches behind, like who hasn’t done that? • July 23: Police responded at 2:44 p.m. to Taco Bell on Santa Rosa for a report of some wacko sitting against the back utility door masturbating. Logs indicated it was a false alarm, or perhaps a premature alarm. • July 28: Police responded to Albertson’s in the 1300 block of Johnson after some transient man stole a jar of pickles. A store employee was following the pickle thief and police arrested the dill weed, who is indeed in a pickle now. • July 31: Police got a complaint at noon regarding an antiPresident Obama protester on the Hwy 101 overpass on Santa Rosa who was dancing around naked. And he thinks Obama should be impeached?

AUGUST Avila Beach • Aug. 3: Deputies responded to Avila for a report of two people dinning and dashing in the 200 block of Front St. They got arrested. While there, deputies came upon a

drunk in the area of Front and San Francisco who also got arrested, quite the parlay — two cheapskates and a swizzle stick. Cayucos • Aug. 25: Deputies got a report at 4:08 a.m. of indecent exposure at 3rd and Pacific. According to logs they arrested some apparently nasty wanker. Los Osos • Aug. 5: Deputies responded at 12:33 p.m. to the 1900 block of Tapidero for an animal cruelty report. No word on what type critter the animal abused. • Aug. 15: Deputies were asked to check the welfare of a suspicious person at 1 p.m. in the 1900 block of 13th. He or she was arrested, and has no doubt had more fun at the dentist. Morro Bay • Aug. 3: A man told police that some scoundrel stole the motor from his dinghy. • Aug. 11: Police got a report of a reckless driver on Hwy 1 who was unable to stay in his lane and kept driving onto the shoulder. The potential drunken driver was contacted while pumping gas at the Mobil Station and the 88-year old was ordered to have his driver’s license re-examined, as he wasn’t drunk — just old. • Aug. 16: Police got a call at 9 a.m. from the 700 block of Quintana where they said some perv exposed his dinky-winky. • Aug. 25: A man reported his 16-year-old daughter as missing. Officers found the little impudent enchilada hanging with her saucy friends at Taco Bell. Pismo Beach • Aug. 19: A woman reported that her sister walks her dog around 6 a.m. in the Esparto area. A man approached her and asked if she was “looking for a good time.” He claimed to be a plumber from New York. • Aug. 23: A drunken man in front of Hot Shots was yelling at a woman and punching the windows of a car. He was wearing a shirt that fittingly said, “Explosive” on it. He was arrested for being bombed. San Luis Obispo • Aug. 7: Police were asked at 1:30 p.m. to check the welfare of a man sitting outside Banana Republic in the 900 block of Higuera with his luggage strewn about and wearing only green boxer shorts. Police

said he was OK, though a tad underdressed. • Aug. 14: A burglar alarm sounded at 7:38 a.m. in the 1100 block of Orcutt at Unity Church. Human error was of course the cause, as God doesn’t need a pass code. • Aug. 14: Police were called at 12:31 p.m. by County Mental Health and told to be on the lookout for one of their in-patients that reportedly jumped the fence and took off, a case of one flew over the coo-coo’s fence. • Aug. 14: Police were called at 7:13 p.m. to the YMCA swim center on Southwood, where they said a man with a black hat and white shirt pulled his pants down and exposed his shortcomings. • Aug. 19: And capturing the irony-of-the-day award — at 7:24 a.m. police got a complaint from the 100 block of Tank Farm Rd., of a homeless man sleeping in the entryway of Habitat for Humanity. • Aug. 19: Police got a call at 2:28 p.m. from the 1100 block of Tank Farm Rd., of a man walking down the street with his penis dangling out of his pants. The caller said he’d just turned onto Islay. Police decided the call was unfounded, no doubt just taking little Willie out for some fresh air. • Aug. 20: Someone called at 9:21 a.m. with a news flash that 20 dead fish were floating in Laguna Lake, as the lake lacks what fish need — water. • Aug. 26: A citizen in the 500 block of Hill called at 6:47 p.m. to report a neighboring house was a “college house,” his first clue being six drunken idiots up on the roof. • Aug. 28: A woman called at 4:23 a.m. from the 2100 block of Florence and said she’d just gotten home and found a man in her garage, and the suspect apparently ran off. To which her mom will no doubt ask, “Where were you ‘til 4 in the morning?”

SEPTEMBER Avila Beach • Sept. 14: Someone called at 11:08 a.m. to report animal cruelty at San Miguel and Avila Beach Dr. A second cruelty call came in at 5 p.m. at San Luis and Front Sts., as the beach tends to make some animals lose their minds, and dogs like it too. • Sept. 18: Someone reported an odd duck quacking about on Canvasback Pl.

Cambria • Sept. 25: Vandals struck in the 1000 block of Main, which is good for 20 lashes in Singapore. Morro Bay • Sept. 9: Police went to the aptly named high school at 3:12 after they caught a 15-year-old pothead in possession of the evil weed, a case of don’t ya’ know to smoke AFTER school boy? The Los Osos lad was cited and released to his no doubt proud parents. • Sept. 12: Police contacted another suspicious subject cruising down the Boulevard at Shasta Ave., and tossed the 26-year-old transient tosspot into the County melting pot for being butt toasted. • Sept. 26: Police did a little night fishing at Lila Keiser Park at 1:36 a.m. and hooked up a couple of keepers for warrants. They were taken to the County B&B for a descaling and fileting. Pismo Beach • Sept. 1: Police checked on someone under the boardwalk. They were OK and were apparently just having some fun, under the boardwalk, down by the sea-e-e, yeah… • Sept 21: A 24-year-old man dislocated his hip halfway down the beach access stairs behind the Tides Motel. Apparently the stairs aren’t very accessible after all. • Sept. 27: Two people sleeping behind Golden Donut were told to hit the road, no doubt to make room for more police officers. • Sept. 27: A fight broke out at Spyglass Park. One caller reported

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fellows. It’s the Digital Democracy – Open Government Program — that’s had him, along with three other faculty and 20 master’s degree students, working through the academic break to have a sophisticated language recognition and user interface (Online Transparency Platform) up and running in time for the next legislative session in Sacramento. The platform is designed to convert existing video files of State Legislature hearings, plus all future ones, into “accurate and searchable transcripts that are freely available to the public.� It’s more than a simple computerized stenographer — the software is designed to be “context sensitive,� and offer information on who’s talking at the moment, what they’re talking about, voting records in the chamber. The Institute’s founder, former State Senator Sam Blakeslee noted the program will help the public recognize the paid professional witnesses that show up week-to-

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week without the general public being any the wiser. The platform has been in beta testing as a concept for some 200 current and former staffers, members of the lobbying industry, journalists and non-profit executives to collect feedback on what features work, and what needs work. However, the heat is now on with a $1.2 million grant propelling the program towards an even tighter delivery deadline. The money came from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation specifically for the Digital Democracy platform, with the caveat that they get it up and running for the public by spring of 2015. Indeed, Blakeslee said, there was a sense of urgency when they went looking for funding; more that donors wanted to see the product out already than wondering if it was useful. Kelli Rhee, vice president of venture development at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation explained their donation in a press statement, “State and local

issues have become increasingly significant in today’s gridlocked Federal Government. Digital Democracy provides the tools and information needed to search and follow relevant statehouse legislation, allowing the public to better understand how state policy decisions are being made.� Statistics released by Cal Poly in announcing the grant estimated that “California’s 120 full-time lawmakers introduce an average of 5,000 bills each legislative session.� While all of the debates and information in those bills, along with the registered client lists of lobbyists and the names and affiliations of everyone speaking on record has theoretically been public information, Khosmood and the team are the first people ever tasked with actually placing the information in one unified format. It speaks volumes about the disorganization of the current record keeping and just how hard it is for the public to know what’s going on that they found it easier to work in an emerging field of artificial intelligence. “This isn’t Siri or Google,� he

explained. “It’s more difficult than asking a computer to understand a core set of common commands,� adding that their innovation is coming from a dedicated group of individuals rather than crowd sourced content and numbercrunching. “We’re creating multidisciplinary teams and giving them real world experience to create a solution. The students here are doing actual work through the quarter that can be built on.� As the first of three core projects to come all the way to having a finish date in sight, the Online Transparency Platform is a challenge and a test for the Institute as well. “What’s next is delivery,� Blakeslee said. “We’re going to be stretched. This isn’t easy work. The timetable has been compressed with the donation.� “We actually have to be ready by February,� Khosmood added. “The data collection has to start this year for the next legislative session, so if we missed that we’d be in real trouble.� ✤


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OPINION Future Flights of Fancy Good to be King By King Harris I don’t know about you, but I’m not a great fan of flying, partially because of the language used by the airline industry, which includes macabre expressions like “terminal,� “final approach,� and “non-stop.� Nonetheless, I am an advocate of our regional airport because simply put, success there means a stronger local economy. While other regional airports in California are suffering from permanent flight cancellations, the County Airport in San Luis Obispo seems to be bucking the trend. Yes, while SLO currently offers flights only to SFO, LAX, and Phoenix, talks continue with Alaska Airlines and United Airlines for flights in the future to Seattle and Denver respectively. But that’s not the major news, as we hear from Airport Director, Kevin Bumen. “We have been very busy,� he said. “There are a number of things going on. We are submitting the application for the funding for a new terminal so that project is taking another step forward. We will be putting that out to bid this spring. “The final decision to build or not to build has not been made yet. But we are getting all the pieces together and we’ll go back to the Board of Supervisors in June or July once we have more information on the grant in hand and then make a final decision to move forward at that point.� Is it a question of money? “It is,� he said. “Money and all the circumstances that surround the project in the industry. It’s a pretty dynamic industry by now, within the regional airports. We want to keep a close eye on that and make sure all of our assumptions we are making stay relevant.� The project consultants, RS&H, “have submitted two separate designs,� he continued. “The board

accepted one final design in August. One was very ambitious with a parking structure and multi-level terminal much more than what we’re proposing at this point. The design now is a single-level building just over 50,000 square feet, four gates, so that we could have four planes at once. “Right now we have 12,000 s.f. “We have a single gate that we service three aircraft through at once. Of those 12,000 s.f., less than 9,000 of it is public space. That is so far below what a typical airport should handle. Our building is 45-years old. We’ve been through 9/11 in that facility and all of the security requirements that have been implemented since then, so we’ve used a significant amount of that floor space for security equipment.� That building has seen a number of changes but it’s been expanded modestly but it’s a difficult building to expand. It was never built with that in mind. Right now we have airlines, airport offices, we have the sheriff’s office, TSA, and we have operations and maintenance in that building. We would move all of those functions into the new building. It’s on an entirely new site because the current facility sits too close to the runways. As we’ve grown over the years the aircraft have gotten bigger, the runway has gotten longer.� I asked Bumen how he decides what he thinks he’ll need? “That’s the art of the science, that’s for sure. There’s a lot of analyses and looking back to what we had years ago in terms of type of aircraft, the number of people per flight, flights per hour, flights per day. There are a number of sources that look forward to forecasting for an airport of our size and our region that

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR SLO Little Theatre’s Academy of Creative Theatre presents a young performers’ adaptation of The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s heartwarming tale of hope and the transformative power of love. Performances run January 9-25, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the SLO Little Theatre, 888 Morro Street in San Luis Obispo. Tickets at or call 786-2440. Tickets are $13 students and $20 adults.

The Los Osos Library has several events in January. From noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, is a free workshop to teach folks how to use do digital downloads. Get help with your device to download free eBooks and other eMedia resources from the library. And all day Saturday, Jan. 17 it’s Adult Winter Reading Kickoff. Celebrate the beginning of the library’s adult reading program with delicious warm beverages and treats. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of Los Osos Library. And at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 library will have a sing-a-long to a “chilly,” Oscar-winning Disney movie. Popcorn provided. The film is rated PG, call 528-1862 for movie title. The Los Osos Library is located at 2075

Palisades Ave. For more details call 528-1862.

Local physician, Dr. Lisa Molin, will kick off the 2015 Greenspace Speaker Series with a lecture on how you can help the earth while improving your health, from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 786 Arlington St., Cambria. Cost is $5 at the door and proceeds benefit Greenspace, a nonprofit organization working to protect the North Coast of SLO County. Molin will discuss three New Year’s resolutions to reduce your carbon footprint — eat local; eat less meat; and eat less processed foods. Light, healthy refreshments will be served. For more information, call Greenspace at 927-2866 or email to: connie@

Morro Bay Art Association will host the Third Annual “For the Birds” exhibit of paintings, photographs, drawings, and 3-D works, all depicting birds, in the Main Gallery at the Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St. The exhibition/sale will hang form Jan. 15-Feb. 23 and there’s an opening reception set for 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan.

18. Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. daily. Call 772-2504 during business hours for more information. Pictured here is a photo by Ralph Wessel.

The Estero Bay Republican Women’s Federated’s next monthly luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 at The View, at Morro Bay Golf Course, with the guest speakers Greg McGill and Bruce McGrath of Honor Flight, who will be on hand to accept a donation form the club. Cost is $15 members and $20 non-members. Members come from Morro Bay, Los Osos and Cayucos and new members are welcome. The club promotes a Republican platform. Call Carolyn Atkinson at 528-6208 or email to: if you’d like to join.

SLO Little Theatre presents another in their series of After Hours @slotheatre late night comedies, We Canceling Cable (and other empty threats). Written by Michael Kaplan, the show is a hilarious look at parenthood and the sometimes cringe-worthy moments that go along with it. Performances are January 1625, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 pm and Sundays at 7 pm at the SLO Little Theatre, 888 Morro Street in San Luis Obispo. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at or call 786-2440.

SLO Downtown Association is accepting applications from local bands for its Concerts in the Plaza concert series, which runs from 5-8 p.m. Fridays, June 12-Sept. 11 at Mission Plaza. Bands get $500 a show and applications are available online at: Applications will be reviewed Feb. 18 by the promotions committee, sound and event technicians, staff and volunteers. Deadline for applications is Friday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m.

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Seven Sisters Gallery, 601 Embarcadero Ste. 8 in Morro Bay is featuring the photography of Ronnie Goyette, with an opening reception set for 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 during Art Walk Friday. Goyette focuses on the many birds that call the Morro Bay Estuary and local environs their home. This is Goyette’s third onewoman show at Seven Sisters Gallery and coincides with the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival, thereby giving bird-watching visitors a chance to see the talented work of an extraordinary new nature photographer. Show runs through Feb. 12.

The Central Coast Women for Fisheries’ yummy albacore enchilada fundraiser is taking

orders now with Jan. 31 the date to pick up the orders. Advanced orders are $10 for a tray of four albacore enchiladas featuring West Coast trawl-caught fish. Green sauce with corn tortillas or red sauce and flour tortillas. Order from Jackie at 7728281 or Sharon at 674-4854. They are also selling 50/50 drawing tickets the day of the pick up ($1 each or six for $5), which will be at the Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way. See:

Birders from far and wide will converge on Morro Bay and the surrounding environs Jan. 1619 for the 2015 Winter Bird Festival. The weekend is filled with special events, presentations a vendors’ fair and field trips to birding spots throughout SLO County. Among the special events is keynote speaker, Scott Weidensaul, author of the wonderful Living




on the Wind and other award-winning books on birds, nature and history, will speak Saturday, Jan. 17. His talk is titled, “Messing Around with Birds (For Fun and Science).� And on Sunday, Jan. 18 is Shawneen Finnegan, the first ever festival artist, on “The Insanity of Obsessive Birders� (according to her, and she would know). Also, Family Day, with free or low cost events for families, will be Saturday the 17th. See: www.morrobaybirdfestival. org for a complete listing of birding walks and events. ✤

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833 Embarcadero, Morro Bay Seafood with a special twist is the name of the game where you dine overlooking the water at Off The Hook. Chefs at Off The Hook add some Asian fusion flair to their cuisine. This is a restaurant that is neither American nor Japanese, but is a combination of the two bringing out unique flavors. Freshly caught fish such as Pacific snapper, salmon, and Alaskan halibut are on the menu and are pan seared and paired with rich seafood broths and Asian sauces. Charbroiled New York steaks come with a Unagi sauce and charbroiled fillet mignon with seared scallops is served with jasmine rice and an Asian sauce. If you like traditional fish and chips you won’t be disappointed and may be delighted with these tempura battered fillets of snapper and shoestring fries. Off The Hook has two sushi chefs preparing a full sushi/sashimi menu for very reasonable prices. All the classic rolls are available as well as some interesting Asian fusion rolls. There are appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers, soups, and desserts – something for everyone with that special fusion flair.

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anuary 2015 holds the promise that we can dream, start over and reinvent ourselves in some, new, way. It is the month that we start diets and join gyms, again. This is when we promise ourselves to stop impulsively spending. Then we fall off the kitchen chair opening a credit card statement from December. We use the beginning of the year to start new projects and avoid finishing the ones left over from last year. They are hiding, stuffed in the back of the closet or out in the corner of the garage. Why do our dreams, sometimes, get stuck in neutral when we have such good intentions? A cliché that I tell myself, and my clients, when struggling to get unstuck is ‘failure to plan is planning to fail.’ Dreams only materialize when we turn them into goals. Then we make a plan and take steps, consistently in that direction. An inspirational speech I recently heard on this subject came from the actor Denzel Washington. He was speaking to a group of teenage actors. His motivational talk must have impacted a lot of people as it, quickly, went viral. Here are a few of Denzel Washington’s comments that I think can help us as we begin a new year. “Dreams without goals remain dreams. And they ultimately fuel disappointment. Between goals and achievement are discipline and consistency. Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.” January 2015 is a brand new year; what is new about you? What could be new about me? We are glad for a new year, but what we really desire is that we would be different than last year. We want to be fit, so we write our meal plan and our exercise schedule and do what we record, daily, until it becomes automatic. We don’t skip because we know the consequences. That is how fitness becomes a lifestyle. We want to save money. We put cash in an envelope, for each purchase we refuse to make, when we are out shopping. Then, we reward ourselves, by putting it all in the bank at the end of the month. What about those unfinished projects? They can go to the Goodwill, where someone else will appreciate accomplishing what we started. Then we avoid new projects until a deadline can be determined. The change we may want the most is to be better people. For example, if we hope to be kinder we


can curb our tongue, today, and practice patience. We will shift our perspective by getting into someone else’s world, the next time someone bends our ear. We will listen without distraction. We won’t say hurtful things that can’t be taken back or forgotten. And if we do, no pride will keep us from saying how, very, sorry we are for the hurt we have caused. We will consistently do what we need to do now, so we can become the people we always wanted to be. A new year is just a date on a calendar. What will change the course of our lives is the lasting change we make in ourselves. I am ready for a change. How about you? ✤

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Lifestyle A Sweet Debate By Michelle S. Yang


ave you ever seen a child’s mood, temperament, and ability to concentrate change when they’ve consumed sugar? Have you ever given a child sugar at night? Do they ‘bounce off the walls’? Usually in a few hours the sugar wears off and then they may experience a sugar crash. Sugar’s effects are easily seen with children, but how do they affect adults? We checked out They have a team of health scientists who review thousands of scientific papers regarding the role of sugar and our health. Researchers have revealed overwhelming evidence that overconsumption of added sugar contributes to diabetes, heart and liver disease. If the risk of these diseases isn’t motivation enough to alter your diet, consider the effect sugar has on your performance. Some studies show demonstrate that certain sugars; particularly processed fructose, can raise blood triglycerides resulting in a delay of oxygen delivery to mus-

cle cells due to red blood cells sticking together and moving slower. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men. The average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) every day. How can we reduce this? Drink water, avoid sugary beverages. I’ve said this before, but this one tip cannot be stressed enough! Purchase locally grown, organic foods. Grab a fruit versus a candy bar! Eat things that are perishable. A good

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How Does Obamacare Affect How I File? By Gretchen Ross, CRTP


here is a lot of press of how Obamacare is going to be confusing many filers this year-but most people won’t see any effect at all. Yes, it is an added layer to some people›s tax return but it is not that complicated. This year, the only change is for those who purchase their own health insurance. Along with Obamacare comes a new tax credit: The Premium Tax

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did not receive a lower premium throughout the year, you can claim the credit on your 2014 tax return. The great news about the Premium Tax Credit is that it is a refundable. That means, even if you owe nothing in taxes, you will still receive the credit as a tax refund. What every self-insured taxpayer needs this year in order to file an accurate return is form 1095A. This will be sent to you by your health insurance provider. If you receive a 1095-A, you must file a tax return even you have not needed to file in the past. With the information on the 1095A, use form 8962 to reconcile the Premium Credit. You must report any funds owed or credited to you on the second page of form 1040. There will be no change in filing for California. More information is available on the website The IRS will begin accepting tax returns this year on January 20th.

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’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Those of us who live here on the Central Coast are fortunate for many reasons. We have great weather, gorgeous surroundings, and friendly people. We are also blessed with many great musicians who could hold their own on the world stage (some of them have). If you like to dance, there are almost daily opportunities to dance to a live band. To have a good dance band, you need at least a guitar, bass, and drums, but sometimes other instruments are added to make the band more memorable and add dimension to the music. And, after all, what is sexier than a saxophone? Scott Andrews grew up in Arroyo Grande listening to his father’s big band music. He would listen to the records and spin around in circles in the living room (sound like a Billy Preston song?). When he was in fourth or fifth grade at Ocean View Elementary, the Paulding Band came to the school, and Scott decided he wanted to play the saxophone. He quickly moved up to

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first chair. When Scott himself attended Paulding Middle School, Eric Stever was a year ahead. Eric is currently in Big Daddy’s Blues Band, among others. Scott and Eric had a bit of a rivalry then, although they are friends now. When Eric won the Louie Armstrong Jazz Award in eighth grade, Scott was determined to do the same, and he did achieve the award the next year. Rick Calder, another local sax player, used to sit next to Scott all through school. In high school, at AGHS, Rick continued on alto sax and Scott decided to specialize in tenor sax, so they wouldn’t have to compete for first chair. Scott was

in the AGHS Band, the Jazz Band, the choir, and the Eagle-Aires, a song and dance group. Local legend Lee Statom was a huge influence during Scott’s childhood years, as Scott played in his bands in all three schools, Scott learned about the blues from him, and took his improv

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interest in Dungeons and Dragons. His parents made a deal with young Scott that they would buy him a tenor sax he had his eye on if he got his grades back up. In two weeks, Scott’s math grade went from a D to an A-, and he never looked back. He was able to earn the sax, which he still plays, a year ahead of schedule in his junior year. After high school, Scott attended Cuesta College for two years, with scholarships from the Basin St. Regulars and the Women Soroptomists. Scott was in the Jazz Band under the leadership of Warren Balfour. Scott participated in the Montreux Jazz Festival, and was in the 1985 North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, when the headliners were Miles Davis, James Brown, and Ray Charles. Two of Scott’s major musical influences were Wayne Shorter and David Sandborn. If you are familiar with their music, you can definitely pick that up when you hear Scott play. Eventually Scott burned out, and stopped playing. Then, after a divorce at the tender age of 25, he went back to his first love. He started practicing 8 hours a day, and eventually formed the band The Olive Club in the Bay Area, along with David “Dino” Palizzolo, Sergio Arrande, and David Sandborn. They performed covers of Sinatra, Sting, and Tom Waits. He then did a recording project with his brother, Craig, appropriately called the Andrews Brothers Project. Scott moved back to the Central Coast in 2004, and was in a band called Goza with Tim Costa and Bobby Santa Cruz. The band broke up, but Tim and Bobby went with Scott as part of the original lineup of BODY, along with Matthias Clark and Greg Garman. Later members were Forrestt Williams and Jim Stromberg. Scott spent a few years as an integral part of Burning James and the Funky Flames, and is currently leader of Scotty O’Graci’s Soul Explozion, Black Market Trio (with Joe Duran and Abe Robles), and has a duo with piano man Mark Pietri. Scott has a passion in particular for jazz, and in educating the music-loving public to the wide variety of music which falls under that category. He is the director of the SLO Jazz Festival, which has aspirations to create wonderful jazz related concerts, education, and festival events on the Central Coast. 2014 was the first year that the festival came to fruition, with

sponsorships from the City of San Luis Obispo and Alfano Motor Cars/Mercedes-Benz. This year’s SLO Jazz Fest is set for May 16, 2015, with hopes for three new stages, including a youth stage and a swing dance stage. If you have board experience, Scott is looking for you to join his team. Check out What would he like you to get from his music? “I’d like you to go on a journey with me, and feel something awesome. I want you to have fun. If someone walks away from a show or the Jazz Fest and says ‘That was fun!’ or ‘That was some awesome music!’, then I did my job.” Scott’s next gig is at Frog and Peach in San Luis Obispo on January 22 with Scotty O’Graci’s Soul Explozion. The band plays primarily disco and funk, and other dance music. Check them out at D

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South County THE CLIFFS RESORT: 2757 Shell Beach Road, 773-5000 or F. MCLINTOCKS SALOON: Two locations: 750 Mattie Road in Pismo Beach and 133 Bridge St. in Arroyo Grande. 773-1892 or Live music at the Pismo Beach location every Fri. and Sat. from 6-9pm. Tennessee Jimmy Harrell and Doc Stoltey play on alternating weekends. HARRY’S NIGHT CLUB AND BEACH BAR: Cypress and Pomeroy, downtown Pismo Beach, 773-1010. Every Thu. Front Row Karaoke. ½ Theese & The Sweetness 9pm-1am 1/3 Mid Life Crisis 9pm-1am LAETITIA WINERY: 453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive, Arroyo Grande, 805481-1772. Live Music Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm. LIDO RESTAURANT AT DOLPHIN BAY: 2727 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, 773-4300 or Join ThreeMartini Lunch every Thurs. and Fri. from 6-9pm. Live Music Every Tues. from 5:30-6:30 and Thursdays and Fridays 6-9 MANROCK BREWING CO.

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Ynana Rose, Jill Knight, Nicole Stromsoe, Karen Tyler, Holly Ann Phillips, Aaron Porter, Steve Key, Dorian Michael, Jude’s daughter Ray Duncan, and a closing set by Jude herself. Jude’s songs have been recorded by pop stars Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler, Johnny Cash, Jennifer Warnes, Emmylou Harris, and Bonnie Raitt. Country star Trisha Yearwood cut several of Johnstone’s songs, Jude Johnstone’s songs to be performed by the beginning with the Central Coast’s best scoustic artisits intimate ballad, and number one Cambria resident Jude country hit, “The Johnstone has played several Woman Before Me.” Jude is also a Songwriters At Play tributes, covering recording artist with six CDs in release. songs by Jackson Browne, Joni Advance tickets are available at the Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen. On Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St., January 10 the tables are turned and an San Luis Obispo. Or call 805-547evening of her songs will be performed 0278. Tickets are $12. Come early for at the Steynberg Gallery by some of the a good seat -- show begins at 7:30pm. Central Coast’s best acoustic artists. The Steynberg Gallery cafe serves beer The lineup includes Bob & Wendy, and wine, dinner and dessert items,

This year’s theme is “Tolerance and acceptance.” A highlight of the festival is the “Lifetime Achievement Award,” presented to a member of the Jewish community who has made an outstanding contribution to the film industry. This year’s honoree is Academy Award The Terence Brewer Trio winning sound editor David E. Stone. Stone has 110 major motion gourmet coffee and tea. For more info picture credits to his name including go to Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, The Green Mile, Die Hard, Top Gun, The Fifth Annual San Luis Beetlejuice, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Obispo Jewish Film Festival will Reservoir Dogs, Stand By Me, and come to the Palm Theater Jan. 10 and Ocean’s Twelve. See the website for a 11 and tickets to screenings and special complete list of events and screenings. events are on sale now, see: The Film Festival is dedicated to screening short and feature films that celebrate the diversity of the Jewish experience from around the world. The filmmakers and local experts who share their insights with the audience in Q&A sessions after each screening, accompany the carefully selected films.

The country music recording artists, Randy Rogers Band, will take the stage at SLO Brew set for Friday, Jan. 16. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. Order online at: www. The Randy Rogers Band released a two disc, live album “Homemade Tamales” in 2014 at the

Eat - Play - Shop BAYSIDE CAFE is a wonderful find if you are looking for fresh food and something off the beaten track where the “Locals” love to eat while looking over the Back Bay. A restaurant with a casual dinning experience, great home cooked food from the farm and the sea. Homemade desserts are a must try. Open 7 days a week for lunch featuring fish and chips, soups, salads, sandwiches and some Mexican items. Try our dinners served Thursday through Sunday featuring fresh seafood items as well as tri tip, hamburgers, pastas and more…Dog friendly heated patio too! Located in the Morro Bay Marina directly across the road from Morro Bay State Park Campground at #10 State Park Road in Morro Bay! 805-772-1465 GRANDMA’S FROZEN YOGURT AND WAFFLE SHOP Morro Bay’s newest downtown business, GRANDMA’S FROZEN YOGURT & WAFFLE SHOP is open and offering Old Fashion specialty waffles, Real frozen yogurt, and refreshing sorbet. Nonelectronic activities are available throughout the week, including board and card games. Located on the corner of Morro Bay Blvd. & Main Street, they also provide a public restroom for downtown guests. Come and enjoy the newly created courtyard as you watch downtown come alive during the Saturday Farmers Market. Live music is available periodically. Be sure to Facebook us for daily yogurt flavors and activity updates! Hours: 10am-7pm Sun-Thurs and Fri- Sat till 10pm. Come see us after the show! 307 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA Call (805) 704-YUMM (9866) NATIVE HERBS & HONEY CO opened a new shop in Los Osos. A locally owned beekeeping company specializing in raw-local honey, 100% pure beeswax candles, handcrafted soaps, herbal & natural skin care, gifts & Custom orders. 1001 Santa Ynez St. Los Osos (805) 534-9855. Tue.-Sun.. 12-6pm 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. Text SMOOBAGE to 56955 to Join & receive 10% OFF your next purchase!

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Central Coast Women for Fisheries presents an

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Stand-up comedian, Kathleen Madigan, brings her nationwide tour, “Madigan Again,” to the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. Student and adult tickets range from $22.40 to $40 and may be purchased in advance at the PAC Box Office, Tuesdays–Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Call 756-4849 or order online at: Over Madigan’s 25-year career she has performed on nearly every standup gig on TV; is a frequent headliner on Comedy Central specials and a returning favorite on “The Tonight Show,” Letterman, Conan, and Craig Ferguson’s show, among others.

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The Lonesome River Band will play the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande at 8 p.m. on Jan. 17. Lonesome River Band is one of the most popular, influential and respected acts in bluegrass music. Lonesome River Band’s long career is filled with a multitude of Awards and Recognitions from the International Bluegrass Music Association including Album of the Year, Bluegrass Band of Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Banjo Player of the Year. The Band just celebrated their 30th Anniversary with three 2012 album releases that have strengthened their reputation and displayed the distinctive LRB sound fans love. Tickets range in price from $35 to $42 and can be purchased at

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Join Emily Yurcheshen, Gail Brooks, Lulu Orozco and Scott Killion for the Odyssey of Song music and book talk at 3 p.m. Sunday Jan. 11 at Coalesce Chapel, 845 Main St., Morro Bay for the celebration of Yurcheshen’s book, “An Odyssey of Song, Musical Journey into your Creative Heart.” This creativity workbook leads readers on a musical adventure through sound, songwriting, story, and character play. Yurcheshen is a singer/songwriter, speaker, teacher, travel writer and director of Peaceworks Communications, an organization that promotes personal and planetary peace through music, creativity and communication.

members and $10 students. Tickets available at Boo Boo Records in Downtown SLO and online at: www. Unity Concert Hall is located at 1130 Orcutt Rd., SLO. Doors open at 7. This is the Annual Marilyn Greenberg Concert. Guitarist Brewer and his trio are winner of the SF Weekly Music Award for Best Jazz Artist and the Oakland Chamber Of Commerce Artist-Of-The-Year Award. The Bay Area jazz guitarist is making his first appearance in SLO and Brewer, who is also an accomplished educator, will be conducting a free jazz workshop/ clinic at the Cal Poly Music Building, 45-216 at 1:15 p.m. the 17th. All are invited. For information call 546-3733 or see:


legendary Texas honkey-tonk, “Floore’s Country Store,” before thousands of fans. The live the album is the follow up to the critically acclaimed, chart topper, “Trouble.” A seasoned band of road warriors, The Randy Rogers Band has played more than 200 shows a year, every year, for the past decade.



January 8 - 21, 2015 • Tolosa Press

Dinner and a Movie SLO’s Goshi Offers Up Sensational Sushi By Teri Bayus


ucked deep in San Luis Obispo’s Creamery Building is the intimate sushi maven that draws me in when I want adventurous, fresh, and full-of-flavor sushi. Goshi has offerings not seen in other sushi restaurants, like sardines, local salmon and halibut. They have Ashi on draught, lychee sake and the Santa Barbara uni is the star of the show. We called ourselves dolphins and proceeded to order nearly everything on the menu, especially if it is unusual. Gary started with his dessert-first ordering, Mochi ice cream balls — a traditional Japanese New Year’s dish made from soaked glutinous rice,

which is pounded with mallets and formed into a sticky cake. Goshi has taken a pasta-thin sheet of mochi and molded it around a core of vanilla ice cream; the dish contains a half-dozen or so oval globes. We loved the textural play between the rich ice cream and the chewy, sticky rice. The menu has a full complement of sushi, sashimi, hand rolls, and maki, with all of the usual suspects well represented. I ordered the albacore tataki, six thick, buttery, and delicious slices served on a bed of slivers of white radishes, red onions, micro greens and a vinegar, sweet soy sauce (that we poured over a bowl of rice and

demolished). We sampled the Juni Sushi plate comprised of 12 pieces of succulent and fresh nigri including three different kinds of salmon, yellowtail, roe, striped sea bass, tako and tamago (Gary calls this nigri Japanese French toast). It also came with a spicy scallop roll that was filled with cut scallops and crab, served with a spicy pepper paste and Japanese mayo. It is then topped with masago and fish skin crinkles. After that it was a nigri parade. Nigri is a thumb size piece of vinegar rice (sushi means vinegar rice in Japanese) with a slice of raw fish resting on it. Some fish come with a dab of wasabi, a horseradish like root that is made into a paste to stimulate the palate. We ordered the local salmon first and there was only three pieces left, each tasted impeccable. On to the Santa Barbara uni, a sea urchin that

challenges even the most advanced penchants, but this possessed the sweetest flavor. I always try something new and this time it was seared squid with a mint leaf drizzled with a fermented plum sauce. This dish defied my expectations and I dreamt about it that night. We begin to talk about how aquariums make us hungry, as we devoured the octopus, ono, sardine and scallops and watched the chef take the beak out of the squid to serve us. We finished with a salmon skin roll and a Gobo treat (Gobo is pickled mini carrots and I love them). For rolls we tried the spicy albacore with garlic chips, a crunchy exterior yielded to the succulent core, a nice combination of flavors. The peppered tuna roll is a blend of spicy tuna, peppercorn-seared tuna, and avocado, served with ponzu and sesame oil. Both are works of art on the plate and delicious. Goshi Japanese Restaurant is located at 570 Higuera St., Ste. 20 in San Luis Obispo. Call them at 543-8942. Open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and 5-9:45 p.m. daily except Mondays. ✤

Big Eyes Surprisingly Funny and a Little Creepy By Teri Bayus


hose of us who create know the self-doubt and questioning we experience with each conception. No matter how famous or wealthy the creator becomes, there is still a nugget of “I am faking this” that sneaks into their thoughts. I saw this profoundly when I heard an author who has 82 New York Time’s Best sellers say she thought that maybe nobody would read her 83rd book. The movie, “Big Eyes” was a testament to not only that artistic self doubt, but also of the plight of many married women, who went along with what their husbands decree. It is about art and how talent is in the eyes of the beholder. My grandma had Keane’s and they scared me. I hated them. She said it was the beginning of her art appreciation that became her ultimate joy (besides me). Already nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, Big Eyes is a strange and wonderful drama. Directed and produced by Tim Burton, this is his second biopic (his previous was 1994’s Ed Wood). Both films are wonderfully written by the team of Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski who take amazing risks with subtly and character. Amy Adams plays Margaret Keane, a 1950’s housewife who likes to paint

in her spare time. She has a daughter and an abusive husband. She leaves him and with her daughter moves to San Francisco, where she meets an artist, Walter (Christoph Waltz), at a flea market where she is trying to sell her paintings. He is a natural salesman. She has a passion for creating, although it’s the same character over and over. After they get married, Walter tries selling his paintings but discovers that Margaret’s are popular with housewives. He creates a market using the paintings as gifts to famous people and takes credit as the artist. It is a believable tale because in the 50’s women were not thought of as being on an equal scale of employment. Margaret is a shy person with only one friend and fears losing her child (the angry ex-husband was trying to declare her unfit). This went on for about 10 years then Margaret found religion, community and friends in Hawaii and took Walter to court to win back her name and fortune. This film focuses on plagiarism, lying for money and marital abuse, uncomfortable subjects for anyone. Walter and Margaret’s journey’s is about a person defying the trends, becoming a creative hero willing to take a risk to get “their” paintings recognized.

They were he first artists to mass-produce paintings, thus bringing it to the multitudes and for that, I thank him. The real Margret helped with the film and is seen reading a book on the park bench when Margaret and Walter are painting in front of the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts. Margaret said she loved the film because it gave her two more hours with Walter. The strength of the film is the thematic depiction of the role of many women in mid-20th Century, which is not the aggressive feminist campaign of recent years. Rather, Burton takes care gently to bring the moment to its crisis late in the film. I loved this movie. It was a fantastic insight on art, becoming famous, then becoming kitsch, all under the shadow of sexism. Big Eyes was surprisingly funny and a bit creepy like the paintings

of Keane. It’s a little removed from Burton’s typical eccentric crew, but you still sense him in the shadows. ✤ Teri Bayus can be reached at: or follow her writings and ramblings at: www. Bayus is also the host of Taste Buds, a moving picture rendition of her reviews shown on Charter Cable Channel 10. Dinner and a Movie is a weekly feature of Tolosa Press. See this and future columns online at:

SLO City News • January 8 - 21, 2015


COMMUNITY Polys Rose Parade Float Wins Again By Camas Frank Photos by Tom Zasadzinski, courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona


al Poly’s annual entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade has again come out smelling like, well, roses. The collaborative float, constructed by students at Cal Poly SLO and Poly Pomona, won the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for the most beautiful non-commercial float at the New Year’s Day iconic parade. “Soaring Stories” was the name of their float, which literally brought to life the pages of a fairy tale based on this year’s parade theme, “Inspiring Stories.” Tiffany Geery, the design chair and a fourth year industrial engineering student said that the final design was miles away from how they started out, but everyone was pleased with the result. “The initial concept had a volcano and a dinosaur on it,” she said in a statement released by Cal Poly SLO’s press officer. “The design team took the idea of books coming to life from the concept and brainstormed ideas for stories, which is how we ended up with our design.” The finished float featured a storybook-inspired castle and a humongous griffin making his escape from the pages that support the scene. The 18-foot wide by 55-foot long float brought together a wide cross section of the disciplines offered at both schools, using solar panels to animate castle and the winged griffin powered by the float’s engines. A circulating waterfall added to the feat of whimsy with other flower-covered creations animated for their scene including the castle’s drawbridge and fish in the moat,

flickering flames and a moving writer’s quill. In a first for the schools, the float included a wall of living flowers instead of cut flowers that traditionally adorn Rose Parade floats. Cal Poly President Jeffrey


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POLICE BLOTTER Blotter, from page 7

that her friend might have a broken jaw, which can happen when you lead with your chin. • Sept. 28: A fisherman and a surfer got into a spat over water rights at the pier. Surfers were told to stay 100 feet from the pier. Meanwhile, Pacific Wildlife Care was called out to help a seagull with a fishhook in its mouth that apparently missed the 100-foot warning, too. San Luis Obispo • Sept. 3: A citizen in the 400 block of South called at 12:46 a.m. to report a raccoon was stuck in a storm drain and was screaming. The masked weasel was gone when officers arrived. Then at 2:48 a.m. someone in the 300 block of Broad reported a man was screaming, no word on whether he too was stuck in a storm drain, or had simply drained a bottle. • Sept. 4: A man called police to say his mother was acting strangely. She was angry but reserved, which apparently scared him. • Sept. 11: And in news from Little Italy… La policia dey go to Louisa’s’s Place for some crazy momma-luke making like he’s a maniac o’ someting. He’s a yellin’ and a screamin’ and da officeria dey tell ‘im to a shadd-up already. • Sept. 11: Police were called at 2:11 p.m. the 1400 block of Royal where a tenant said a non-resident was using the washer and dryer, and now you know why we need SWAT. • Sept. 11: A horde of union agitators showed up on Elks Lane and naturally, police were called. Fifteen “protesters” were blocking the entrance to the Elks Lodge, which is good work if you can get it, though probably not a union gig. • Sept. 16: Police responded at noon to Firestone Grill on Higuera after someone called and said he or she was eating outside and asked this person who was smoking to move away from them and was apparently huffed, puffed and rebuffed, a hanging offense in San Loco. • Sept. 16: Police got a 9-1-1 call at 10:17 a.m. from Holiday Inn Express in the 1800 block of Monterey. Dispatch spoke with a desk clerk who told them, “It’s the ghost room problem,” a clear case for Peter Venkman. • Sept. 17: Police responded at 11:20 a.m. to a bus stop in the 1000 block of Orcutt for an assault, which

might explain why people don’t ride the bus. • Sept. 22: Police were called to the 1600 block of Hillcrest because a lazy and apparently illiterate man had been sitting under a “No Trespassing” sign for 4 hours. • Sept. 23: A citizen called to report a red Prius parked for a week on Farmhouse with the license plate “42MPATHS” in a tow away zone, as apparently the psychics didn’t sense that one coming. • Sept. 24: Someone in the 1500 block of Cordova reported a pit bull dog had been left in a vehicle for three days, and people wonder why they get vicious. • Sept. 30: Police were sent at 9:38 a.m. to the 700 block of Higuera outside Fanny Wrappers’ lingerie shop where some transient man was standing on the corner yelling, his panties no doubt in a bunch. • Sept. 30: Someone in the 1700 block of Osos called at 8:48 p.m. to report loud noise coming from the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority house. Logs indicated there were some 100 girls there, no alcohol was found, and they cited a 19-yearold sister for a noise violation — chanting. At 10, they went to another loud, sorority house chant fest, in the area of Grand and Abbott. No alcohol was found, there were about 50 girls, and again one was picked to win the noise ticket lottery, as those sorority sisters are real wild and crazy.

OCTOBER Cambria • Oct. 2: A grand theft had folks seeing red in the 2300 block of Green. • Oct. 8: Deputies stopped a suspicious vehicle at 6:14 p.m. in the 800 block of Main, and the apparently stuffed scarecrow was hauled to the County cornfield awaiting a brain. Cayucos • Oct. 10: Some scoundrel burgled a car parked at the Estero Bluffs Park natural area on Hwy 1 at San Geronimo Road, as a love of nature meets human nature. Los Osos • Oct. 1: Someone in the 1600 block of 4th had his or her identity stolen and we have no idea who they are now. • Oct. 19: Someone reported some suspicious joker at 7:12 a.m. in the 1300 block of 2nd. The clown was whisked off to the funny house, no

foolin’. Morro Bay • Oct. 3: Now here’s a new one, police documented a “general incident” at 3:12 p.m. on Shasta Avenue of a “Vehicle vs. Asphalt” crash, as some folks are just accidents waiting to happen. • Oct. 5: Police contacted a man at 2:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Front St., and arrested the fooligan for suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, and possession of paraphernalia, as the FruitLoop Dingus’ stash had apparently already gone up in smoke. • Oct. 10: Police arrested a stickyfingered man in the 1600 block of Main for suspicion of petty theft with a prior conviction for petty theft, a violation of the space-time continuum. • Oct. 12: At 8:13 a.m. police were sent to Albertson’s for a disturbance in the parking lot. A man told officers that some unknown ruffian had threatened to shoot him and then threw a block of cheese at his arm, an apparent case of assault with a deadly snack food. • Oct. 16: Police responded at 7 a.m. to Del Mar Elementary as some scoundrel had burgled the school overnight, a case of do you know where your hooligans were? • Oct. 18: Police were called at 7:54 p.m. to the 400 block of Morro Ave., where an unknown crispy carnivore left a nylon bag containing a bottle of Captain Morgan’s and raw meat. • Oct. 21: At 1 a.m. police contacted a man camping in the 800 block of Quintana and naturally, the squatter, 42, had an out-of-county warrant. He was cited and released, under the new catch-n-release job security program. Pismo Beach • Oct. 5: Things were jumping on the 200 block of Wadsworth. A man and woman were fighting and the woman threatened to jump off the balcony. When she was attempting her descent, the man pulled her back. When police arrived it was determined that it was a family fighting and they were getting ready to leave the area, no doubt before they kill each other. • Oct. 12: Some bundle of joy tried kicking in a neighboring room a Motel 6. When that didn’t work she tried another room. She was mad because her room key didn’t work, as it was apparently idiot proof. • Oct. 14: A caller reported a driver was drinking Budweiser on Hwy 101, which isn’t very wise, Bud. • Oct. 21: Some uncouth guy on

300 block of Wilmar was smoking a cigarette and urinating in public, which is a two-handed job. Police located him taking a stroll on the beach and hauled him off to jail. San Luis Obispo • Oct. 2: Someone reported a tipsy fellow at 8:07 a.m. at Broad and Marsh and the 51-year-old regular customer had some bench warrants and was of course three sheets past a full deck. • Oct. 2: Police went at 8:53 a.m. to the 1000 block of Higuera at Black Horse Espresso for a transient man in the patio who wouldn’t giddyup when asked. At the same time across town at McDonald’s they had some Big Mac refusing to leave, who of course turned McChicken when police were called. • Oct. 2: Police were called at 8:38 p.m. to Sierra Vista Hospital because an elevator was stuck up at the colonoscopy lab. Police turned that crap over to hospital maintenance. • Oct. 5: It’s either a dream come true or a nightmare, but the traffic signals at Santa Rosa and Marsh were simultaneously green in all directions. • Oct. 5: A woman called police at 9:17 p.m. from Hathway at Carpenter to report a man with binoculars looking into a neighbor’s window. The brazen peeper beat it before police arrived. And speaking of pervs, at noon the Apple Store on Higuera reported some Sheldon was getting a big bang out of watching porn on their gadgets and won’t leave, a case of “It isn’t logical. If I want to test their products, I should be able to test it on what I want to watch…” • Oct. 6: The clerk at 7-Eleven on Marsh called at 8:45 a.m. to report an irate woman came in and threw an apple at him or her. The 31-year-old wildcat was arrested for resisting arrest and battery, for an apple a day might keep the doctor away, but pitching one brings the cops every time. • Oct. 13: Someone at a mattress store in the 1100 block of Roundhouse reported a transient man was sleeping on a discarded mattress on the side of the building, a case of if you leave it, he will come. • Oct. 14: Police were called at 1:31 p.m. to Whole Foods Store on Froom Ranch Road where some apparent narcissist filming himself with a video camera was very agitated, yelling and screaming. Ol’ Cecil B. Demented split before cops called it a rap. • Oct. 14: A citizen called at 3:26 p.m. to report a guy walking

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Fitness Revolution Center towards Eto Park with a rope around his neck, as he or she no doubt thought he might be intending to hang around the park. Police couldn’t find him. • Oct. 14: A motion alarm at the planning department counter at City Hall went off at 2:36 a.m. Human error was the cause, no word on whether the city council has refused to hire an independent investigator to confirm that nothing happened. • Oct. 22: Police were called at 8:33 a.m. to Emerson Park after they found a transient man passed out where they’d just applied bug spray, an apparent case of using the wrong pesticide. • Oct. 29: Police were called at 2:05 a.m. to the 2000 block of Chorro for some type of loud, drunken “Cheerleading.â€? Police advised a man and four pom-poms that the pep rally was over.

NOVEMBER Avila Beach • Nov. 5: At 12:11 p.m. at 1st and Avila Beach Dr., a bomb scare was a dud, as blowing up Avila would be the waste of a perfectly good bomb. • Nov. 10: Deputies were called at 11:40 a.m. to the 1200 block of Avila Beach Dr., to check the welfare of some shady character. He or she was arrested, so from one to 10 today was probably a minus-two. Cambria • Nov. 3: Grand theft was reported in the 6300 block of Moonstone Beach Dr., and no doubt Deputy Dawg’s, a gonna git dat mush-grat! Cayucos • Nov. 4: Deputies responded at 2:30 a.m. as some a** on Cass was talkin’ trash. He or she (probably he) went to the nick to sleep it off. County Jail • Nov. 10: The crime lab boys returneth, this time carrying away 15 jars of irrefutable evidence of guilt or innocence. Los Osos • Nov. 10: A burglary was committed in the 1400 block of 7th. No word on witnesses, as neighbors may spy on each other incessantly,

but no one ever sees the burglars. Morro Bay • Nov. 3: Police contacted a woman in the 900 block of Morro Bay Blvd., at 8 p.m. and arrested her for suspicion of possessing drugs, holding medicinal weed without a medimota card, and perhaps most seriously, possession of an allegedly stolen shopping cart. The master criminal was tossed to the nick. • Nov. 4: Police responded to a liquor store in the 300 block of Atascadero at 12:55 p.m. after some she devil grabbed a bottle of hooch, jumped into a car and put the place in her rearview. • Nov. 7: A citizen in the 1400 block of Teresa left his or her vehicle unlocked and some scoundrel ransacked it, taking a wallet, jewelry, a USB cable, a credit card and even a pair of shoes. • Nov. 7: At 3:57 p.m. in the 500 block of Quintana, police contacted a transient man who they then arrested for suspicion of making threats to an officer, the ol’ sticksand-stones retort having been tossed aside. • Nov. 7: A caller on the 100 block of Boeker reported eating two brownies possibly laced with cocaine. He had a rapid heart rate and was vomiting. Medics were called to the scene. • Nov. 12: Some unhappy harpy was throwing all of her things out of an apartment and breaking items. She refused to talk to police, so they left after confirming that she was OK. Not long after, another call came in reporting that the woman had slapped the caller’s husband and was throwing things at him now. County Mental Health was called in. • Nov. 17: Police responded at 4:11 p.m. to the 2900 block of Sandalwood for a report of two swine guzzling booze and using the bushes for a toilet. A 20-yearold was arrested for minor in possession of hooch and a 21-yearold was cited and released for open container, and in a month he’ll no doubt have a warrant. • Nov. 21: A business in the 500 block of the Boulevard said someone stole a $40 watch the

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POLICE BLOTTER day before, hardly worth the risk of doing time. Pismo Beach • Nov. 17: A man, possibly high on something, was reportedly defecating on a dumpster at the Outlet Center. He had feces all over him following his personal outlet. He was advised against trespassing, the least of his worries. • Nov. 19: A mother and daughter on the 600 block of Joyce got into a spat when the daughter found out that the mother had been taping her doing you-know-what. The issue was resolved, but keep an eye on You Tube. • Nov. 23: A man with duct tape covering his mouth was protesting something in front of Splash Café. He was advised to move on, to which he no doubt responded “Hmmfgrgh.” • Nov. 24: A caller reported an old man staggering on the 1100 block of Price wearing a coat, shorts and one shoe. • Nov. 24: At the request of her boyfriend’s family, a woman went to check on him in the 2000 block of Costa Del Sol. When she showed up at his house he was standing naked at the front door and yelled at her to leave. The poor naked guy was suffering from PTSD. San Luis Obispo • Nov. 5: A citizen called at 5:05 a.m. from Johnson and Lizzie and said he or she had just hit a deer and a guy came up with a knife and said he was a hunter… As road kill’s a delicacy in some states. • Nov. 5: Someone in the 500 block of Dana reported a car was parked in front of a hydrant with the license plate, “JOOWISH.” And “joo-best-move-it.” • Nov. 6: A citizen in the 2100 block of Huton had a real howdydo morning, when at 7:25 he or she found a transient man curled up in a blanket in their backyard, a case of “Mildred, we gots to get us a dog!” • Nov. 6: A citizen called at 12:23 a.m. from Morro and Pacific to report a red Mustang in a parking lot with someone having sex in the car. Their first clue a pair of women’s shoes lying by the door. Police arrived 10 minutes later and of course the deed was over by then. • Nov. 7: Some poor schmoe called 9-1-1 at 12:30 a.m. from the 1000 block of Chorro and said someone took $1,000 off of him. Perhaps it was the bartender, as the 40-yearold besotted fellow was arrested. • Nov. 13: County Mental Health called at 9:37 a.m. from the first block of Tassajara to have police

past a snoot full in public. Pismo Beach • Dec. 5: At 7:51 a.m., A caller on the 1600 block of Costa Brava reported that his ex-girlfriend was three sheets to the wind after drinking a bottle of vodka earlier. She refused to leave. It was agreed that she could stay until a friend cam to pick her up. At 8:33 a.m., the guy called back to report that little Miss Fatal Attraction had punched him in the groin a few times. • Dec. 9: A man wearing a cowboy hat was walking around the Shell Café pointing at employees like he had a gun. No arrest was made, as ol’ Tex was apparently not loaded.

check someone’s welfare. Then at 10:07 CMH called again because there was a fellow there who wanted to check himself in but his blood alcohol was .25%, apparently too drunk for the loony bin. • Nov. 13: At 10:27 a.m. someone at Morro and Pacific reported hearing screams coming from the women’s public restroom, with grunts and farts no doubt coming from the men’s. Police found nothing wrong. • Nov. 19: A woman in the 900 block of Felicia told police that a truck driving down Tank Farm dropped some of its items in her front yard, a case of why Lord couldn’t it be a Brinks truck? • Nov. 20: Someone called 9-11 at 1:07 p.m. from Bev Mo on Froom Ranch Road because some transient in the parking lot was cooking breakfast. • Nov. 20: Police were called to French Hospital because a discharged patient was refusing to leave, nothing that showing him the bill mightn’t cure. • Nov. 21: A man in trailerwood in the 500 block of Higuera called at 2:17 a.m. to report some goofball was in his front yard yelling and screaming. The town crier was gone. At 5:10 a.m. in the 700 block of Marsh, a man was in the alley yelling about the CIA and the “mission…” Officers had a chat with agent double-o-zero. • Nov. 25: Someone in the 200 block of California called at 9:24 a.m. and said the frat house “is making the whole bock smell.” • Nov. 25: A man called at 10:33 a.m. from the 600 block of Tank Farm and said a “deranged, lunatic, psychopath” was threatening him. No report was done, as apparently the guy’s mostly a BS’er. • Nov. 25: Police were called at

6:39 p.m. to Albertsons on Johnson for an unresponsive man slumped over behind the wheel of a car with a needle sticking out of his arm (you really can’t make this up folks). The 24-year-old apparent hype was arrested for suspicion of being fuzzucked up on drugs. • Nov. 26: A woman in the 1300 block of Nipomo called at 12:41 a.m. and said an unknown subject opened her bedroom door, shined a flashlight in her room and then ran off, apparently not liking what he saw.


Cambria • Nov. 28: A disturbance was reported at 11:35 a.m. in the 6600 block of Moonstone Beach Dr. An arrest was made when they got there at midnight, how’s that for service, eh? Los Osos Dec. 10: Someone called at 3:18 a.m. to report a suspicious subject sneaking around the 300 block of LOVR. He was of course gone when deputies arrived at 3:24 p.m., shoot a dune snail could have gotten away. Morro Bay • Dec. 12: Police contacted a disorderly fellow at 10:55 a.m. in the 900 block of Embarcadero and discovered he had a warrant, so off to the nick he went, for as Confucius never said, “When man have warrant, best to keep big mouth shut.” • Dec. 14: Police rolled at 11 p.m. to the 400 block of Orcas for a woman causing a scene. Logs indicated they arrested a 42-year-old hellcat for suspicion of being three sheets

San Luis Obispo •Dec. 4: Police responded at 1:11 p.m. to the 2900 block of Augusta after the break-in alarm went off at Break Through Ministries. Human error was the cause, but they will no doubt be forgiven. • Dec. 4: A citizen in the 4500 block of Wavertree said a remote controlled drone helicopter crashed in his or her front yard and burst into flames, and let’s hope they find the little black box. • Dec. 4: A citizen called at 11:30 a.m. from the 3300 block of Bullock who said she was the caregiver for a man or woman who “deceased” that morning and her relatives were already at their home, no doubt dividing up the spoils before the poor chap is even cold. • Dec. 11: Police got a call at 11:53 a.m. from Santa Rosa Shell about a transient man who is having trouble keeping his pants up, and he’s not wearing any underwear. Police couldn’t find the Copertone Kid. In an unrelated call, at 12:05 p.m. there was a boozer sitting at Higuera and Madonna with a tall boy beer talking to himself, and no doubt he still doesn’t make any sense. • Dec. 11: A woman called police at 5:32 p.m. from Marsh and Morro who believed a group of people were selling drugs, this after she heard them talking about “grams,” no doubt because only drug dealers use the metric system. • Dec. 12: Someone called at 12:17 a.m. from Domino’s on Foothill because there was a drunken fool inside arguing with the employees. The cheesy crust was tossed into the County oven to stew a while. Then at 1:09 a.m. someone reported a McDingus inside McDonald’s cursing and making a McFool of himself. He was McGone when Chief Big Mac arrived to cook his fries. ✤

Tolosa Press • January 8 - 21, 2015


In the Black Are New Year’s Resolutions Really Worth It? By Michael Gunther


s we start another year, it is interesting to hear all the talk about New Year’s resolutions. F r o m conversations at parties, to the media discussing goals for this coming year, they all ask, “What are you going to do different or improve this year?” It is as if Jan. 1 provides us the ability to step into life with a blank slate and begin making the changes we want. It is also intriguing the number of resolutions people choose to take on and wonder how many will actually be achieved? Don’t get me wrong — I am a big believer in goal setting to achieve the things you want to accomplish or change in your personal or professional life. My whole business is based on helping businesses achieve their goals and transforming performances. My struggle is the propensity to create a list of resolutions once a year, and then by the end of March, many of the

resolutions have fallen by the wayside. This along with the conversations that may ensue, like, “I will wait till next year to make the changes,” and so the cycle starts all over again. If you are going to create resolutions this year, I recommend starting with just one — learn how to create and achieve the goals you want in your life by creating and implementing one goal at a time. I encourage you to live in a constant state of evaluating where you are in life against where you want to be, and create new goals throughout the year. To achieve this, focus on one goal at a time. I have been on the resolution-setting merry-go-round many times in my life. I get excited about a fresh, New Year and all the things I want to do different. I make my list of personal and professional goals that I want to focus on to take my life to the next level. Then, with so many goals and changes happening at once, I slowly begin to drop off the implementation phase. Then, I have some success on a few goals and mediocre, if any, movement on others. I have learned to focus on no more

than one or two goals at a time, even though I still have a long list of goals to pursue. With those one or two goals, I truly concentrate on changing my behaviors and actions necessary to accomplish these goals. Then, every three months, I step back and assess how I am doing on my goals. Some I may have achieved, others I may still need to work on and then, I reestablish my goals for the next three months. This ongoing process allows me to narrow my energies on making changes, assess on an ongoing basis, and revisit my goals at least four times a year. An article published many years ago suggested taking just one action every week towards your goal. If you did this every week, within one year, you will take 52 steps towards your goal and will be much further along than if you try to rush into goal achievement and get burned out or overwhelmed along the way. Bottom Line I think setting goals and resolutions are important elements in changing aspects of our life that we want to grow

or develop. I recommend evaluating your goal-setting process if you feel like you start with the best of intentions, but never seem to make the changes you want to make in your life. Focus on fewer items and take small steps each week that will move you forward and before you know it, you will be achieving what you want. ✤ This is another article in a series on Michael Gunther’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 Michael Gunther is founder and president of Collaboration, LLC, a team of highly skilled business professionals dedicated to assisting proactive business owners to build profitable, sustainable businesses through results-oriented education and consulting services. Learn more at: www.Collaboration-llc. com. Gunther’s column appears regularly in Tolosa Press. See this and future columns online at: www. ✤

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Business News and Announcements Compiled by Camas Frank SLO County’s Public Works and Transportation Department was recently awarded a prestigious American Public Works Association Accreditation. The accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally, as contained in the APWA Public Works Management Practices Manual. “This award demonstrates that our department is dedicated to continuous improvement and assessment of our policies, procedures, and practices,� said Public Works Director, Wade Horton. “The heroes of this prestigious award are the public works staff, who work diligently to make San Luis Obispo County a great community.� For the department’s accreditation review, a team of public works professionals from Bettendorf, Iowa; Fairfield, Ohio; Eugene, Ore.; and Kansas City, Mo., completed a thorough evaluation of operations during an October 2014 site visit. Wells Fargo recently presented a $25,000 donation to the nonprofit Peoples’ Self-Help Housing designated

developer on the Central Coast with offices in Santa Barbara and SLO. For more information, see: or call 781-3088.

for affordable housing for low income households in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The check was presented to PSHH’s Monica Scholl by Wells Fargo Assistant Vice President, Raul Lorca, along with Wells Fargo Regional President, Joe Mathai and District Manager, Kathleen Voss. “We are proud to partner with Peoples’ Self-Help Housing as you work toward achieving our shared goals in the community,� said Sandy Cha, Wells Fargo VP and community affairs officer. PSHH President/CEO, John Fowler, said, “This gift will go a long way to help ensure our residents and people in need have safe and secure homes and programs that lead them to greater self-sufficiency. We are truly thankful for Wells Fargo’s generous support.� PSHH is the largest affordable housing

Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County received a $2,500 grant from the Vons Foundation and its employees to support the agency’s youth mentoring programs and associated group activities. Anna Boyd-Bucy the agency’s executive director said, “We are grateful for Vons’ investment in our community and our mission, to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.� Concerts in the Plaza, the largest free concert series in the County is looking for bands to play in the SLO Downtown Association’s next series. Applications are sought from local talent to entertain the crowds in the Mission Plaza, Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. between June 12 and September 11. The application can be found at www. The deadline for application submission is Friday,

January 30 at 4 p.m. Bands receive $500 for each performance along with marketing and promotional coverage and may sell CDs and merchandise at their event. Bands must be local (live and play in San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara counties) and dates for selected bands will be determined approximately by March 18, 2015. Twin Cities Community Hospital is hosting another free seminar on, “The Diagnosis and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.� The seminar will be taught by Twin Cities’ neurologist, Dr. Nelson Yamagata, M.D. from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13. The seminar will answer why Parkinson’s disease is not a terminal disorder; why Parkinson’s is more than a tremor; movement, cognitive and balance issues; treatments available and a Q&A segment. The seminar is at the Morgan Conference Center, 1220 Las Tablas Rd., in Templeton. The “Founder’s Pavilion� is located west of the main entrance at Twin Cities Community Hospital. To RSVP, call 434-4965. For information about Twin Cities Community Hospital see: ✤


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In the Black Biz Briefs Highlights of 2014 Business News and Announcements Compiled by Camas Frank


ere’s a look back at highlights from the world of local business, as reported in the Tolosa Press’ Biz Briefs Column in 2014. Blackhorse Espresso and Bakery expanded into to a new location, 12300 Los Osos Valley Rd., and then celebrated with the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony. Blackhorse offers a relaxed and upbeat environment along with expertly made beverages, panninis and baked goodies. “We pride ourselves in friendliness, efficiency, quality, and care,’ Manager Keri Wilmore said. “Everything we craft is done to the best of our abilities. Whether a cappuccino, mocha, or coffee and a muffin, you can rest assured that it will be the best drink or pastry money can buy.” See: www. for hours and more information. Keeping with the coffee theme, Local Coastal Peaks Coffee Roasters got a new barista trainer, Rachelle Stepro, a former Peet’s Coffee & Tea National Barista Champion. When she’s not busy training the Coastal Peaks team, Stepro trains baristas at restaurants and coffee shops around the Central Coast that carry the Central Peaks brand. Her training surrounds the precise techniques for brewing and serving Coastal Peaks Coffee. Coastal Peaks wholesale customers can schedule training sessions with Stepro and have experts come to their businesses and work with the team. Call 543-0179 for more information. Digital West Networks, Inc., a SLO-based data infrastructure provider, signed with Southern Cross

Cable Network for connectivity in Australia and New Zealand. The contract provides Digital West with the opportunity to set up a new point of presence (POP) in Equinix’s Sydney data center. Digital West’s larger customers include Mindbody, Inc. “Australia is one of the fastest growing marketplaces for health, wellness and beauty providers worldwide. To better support our customers and grow our client base we knew we needed to open an office in Sydney,” said Jeff Darnton, IT director for Mindbody. SESLOC Federal Credit Union announced plans to lease 8,858 square feet of its new headquarters to Pacific Eye Surgeons. The Docs moved in later in the year. SESLOC built a 39,000 square foot building at 3855 Broad Street (at Industrial Way) in Southern SLO. Pacific Eye Surgeon, a local medical practice specializing in ophthalmology and optometry services is moving in. The practice has eight offices from Paso Robles to Lompoc. Congresswoman Lois Capps issued a statement on the infamous, “Hobby Lobby” ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court: “The United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide birth control coverage as part of their employee health plans if the corporations’ owners have religious objections to contraception. The ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, with five men in the majority, severely undermines women’s health by allowing corporate employers to block employee access to critical preventive services, like birth control. This is in direct contrast to protections already in place in California state law and

opens a Pandora’s box of allowing employers to dictate which medical services their workers can access.” The Libertine Pub, 801 Embarcadero in Morro Bay, hosted a special event Sept. 13 to celebrate International Sour Beer. Billed as the “ultimate sour beer fest the Central Coast has ever seen,” multiple “rad-rare” sour beers were offered on draft and in bottle from all over the globe, including: New Belgium Brewing, Bear Republic, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Lost Abbey, Telegraph Brewing Company, Heretic Brewing Company, Crooked Stave, Boulevard, Castle Brewing, Kasteel Brewing, and more. The Pub was responsible in asking guests to book a hotel room in Morro Bay for the night.

qualify for the Mission Main Street Grant, to buy electric bicycles, trikes, scooters and safety accessories, they needed to obtain 250 votes on the www. website to make the whole thing work. The grant was issued by Chase Bank, “to spark citizen engagement in small business lending.” Buffalo Wild Wings, winner of several “best wings” and “best sports bar awards,” opened its newest location in SLO on Nov. 3 at 309 Madonna Rd. To celebrate, the sports bar and grill offered weekly vouchers for free wings over the next year to the first 100 guests in line for the restaurant’s 10 a.m. opening. They apparently have a lot of TV’s open for a sports bar experience and will clean up for the Super Bowl (sources speculate).

On Aug. 19 the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County was presented with a $3,000 donation from the Janssen Youth & Youth Sports Fund, held at the Community Foundation of SLO County. The funds supported a “Sports Enrollment Project” to provide access to organized fitness programs for low income, traumatized children and adolescent victims of domestic violence and abuse. Celebrating its 35th year, the Women’s Shelter Program has been providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, child abuse treatment, counseling, case management, outreach/education and Latina services. For more information see:

In December, Heritage Oaks Bank announced the opening of the bank’s relocated Downtown San Luis Obispo branch at 1144 Morro St. The branch was previously located at, 1135 Santa Rosa St. “We are very excited to welcome our customers to this beautiful new office,” said Terry Detrick, vice president and SLO branch manager. “Our entire team is looking forward to being even more accessible and to increasing our relationships here in San Luis Obispo. We invite community members to come in and see our new branch.” For further information, see: www. or call the SLO branch at 5447200. ✤

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