Atascadero News • June 13, 2024

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Over 250 Greyhounds get their diplomas

The Atascadero High School Class of 2024 graduated on June 6

ATASCADERO — On the warm evening of Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m., Atascadero High School’s (AHS) graduating Class of 2024 stormed Memorial Stadium in celebration. Two hundred and sixty-one students filled up the center of the football field as their family and friends filled the bleachers on both sides of the stadium to cheer on the students in their

last step to leaving high school behind and heading out into the great big world of opportunity.

“Hello and welcome to the 103rd Commencement Ceremony for Atascadero High School,” stated Principal Nikki Baca at the start of the ceremony. “Please stand and help me welcome the graduating Class of 2024.”

The graduates were accompanied by the Greyhound Band playing “Pomp and Circumstance” and were followed by the senior choir singing the national anthem. The United States Armed Forces also presented the colors at the graduation.

City Council livestream stops near the end of intense Community Forum

Draft ordinance for Objective Design Standards approved

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero City Council met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. The hybrid meeting was held in the City Council Chambers. Councilmember Heather Newsom attended via Zoom and due to a bad connection was absent for the second half of the meeting.

During his Updates from the City Manager, Jim Lewis gave an update on kicking off the El Camino Real Downtown Safety and Parking Enhancement Project on Monday, June 10. They’re currently working on putting in an updated sewer line. Sewer main replacement work started on Wednesday, June 12.

“They’ll work their way from south to north, beginning at the intersection of El Camino Real and West Mall,” said Lewis.

During Community Forum, residents came forward to invite and speak to the council about Atascadero’s first-ever Pride Festival, which will take place at the Atascadero Zoo Garden Events Center this upcoming Sunday, June 16. Members

of the community, including youth, also asked that the council revisit last year’s proclamation to declare June Pride Month in Atascadero and make it official again this year.

All three of the speakers also commented on the discrimination that the LBGTQ+ community faces.

Three speakers entered the meeting via Zoom to make statements in opposition to the Pride Festival, a proclamation, and the lifestyle they promote.

One of them stated she was a local resident. Two of the three Zoom speakers went as far as to state a desire for “European standards” and white pride to be celebrated instead. Other statements of white pride were made by the last speaker before the livestream abruptly ended, with the Community Forum having under two minutes left. Atascadero City Council’s Community Forum lasts 30 minutes, and each speaker has three minutes.

As of Wednesday, June 12, both parts of the recording, including Community Forum, have been removed from the City’s YouTube Channel. At the time of going to press, the city has yet to respond to when it will be available to the public. Below is the official statement the City of Atascadero made on Wednesday in

2024 Senior Class President Aurora Perry gave the opening speech.

“To our families, thank you for your endless patience and your unwavering support. To our teachers, coaches, and mentors, you didn’t just teach us. You inspired us. You challenged us to think differently, to question, and to dream. You have been committed to furthering our education since day one. Thank you to the AUSD dignitaries and our board of trustees for always putting in the work behind the scenes,” Perry said. “We have spent the last four years together side by side through sporting events,

school activities, and in the classroom, watching each other grow into who we are today. I’m proud to stand before you as our class president, so here’s to us. Let’s go get our diplomas and become one degree hotter.”

Superintendent Tom Butler then presented the Salutatorians, of which there were two this year, and the Valedictorian to the enthusiastic crowd.

“It is my honor to present to you the students who have achieved the highest GPAs for the class of 2024,” said Baca as the three students took to the stage.

Atascadero community gathers to celebrate the life of Adrian Gaona

Gaona passed away at his home on May 17

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero community showed up in a big way to celebrate the life of Adrian “Bubba” Gilberto Gaona on Sunday, June 9, at Rocky Canyon Ranch. Gaona passed away on May 17. It was clear from the stories told and the tears shed at his celebration of life that his life had a huge impact on the Atascadero community as a whole.

At the start of the celebration, where people shared their memories of Adrian, his father, Gilbert Gaona Sr., rang the Greyhounds bell that was made for Adrian to ring at all the Atascadero High School (AHS) games 35 times. Once for each year of Adrian’s life.

“We’re very, very grateful for your love for Adrian, and we’re grateful to be able to celebrate his life today. Today’s going to be a good day. It’s going to be a day where we can share memo-

ries, and it’s going to be a sad day, too,” said Adrian’s brother, Jerry Gaona.

Adrian’s best friend, Joseph Harms, gave the eulogy. The two met when they were both being fostered by the Gaonas.

“We were finally both in a loving home together and as time went on, we got closer. There wasn’t ever a time when we were out that I wasn’t behind Adrian pushing him. Those hills got tough sometimes. That never changed no matter how old we got,” added Harms. Adrian was born with spina bifida and used wheelchairs throughout his life. Harms also reminissed that when Adrian would get new one, they would both ride around and pop wheelies together. Adrian was with multiple foster families before the Gaonas started fostering him when he was 11. The family already had six children of their own by then.

“He [Adrian] bonded with us right away. When he went

anthem by the Wallace brothers. A highlight of the event was the flyover tribute by the Estrella Warbird Museum, adding a memorable touch to the celebrations.

Templeton High School

nity for supporting the students throughout their educational careers.

TEMPLETON — Templeton High School celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2024 on Thursday, June 6, at Volunteer Stadium. The event was marked by nearly 200 students receiving their diplomas from the Templeton Unified School District (TUSD) Board of Trustees.

The ceremony began with a rendition of the national

Principal Jessica Lloyd welcomed students and their families in the crowd on Thursday night.

“As we gather to honor the achievements of our seniors, I am filled with immense pride and admiration for each one of these young adults. They have reached a significant milestone,” said Lloyd.

She continued by thanking family, friends, and the commu-

Lloyd then recognized some THS employees who were also graduating into retirement: Coach Phil James, Matt Macfarlane, Chris Hildebrand, and Cindy Deazer.

She again addressed the graduates sitting on the stage:

“I hope you look back fondly on your time at Templeton High School and your years in Templeton Unified School District. More importantly, my hope is that you have grown into young adults with character, motivation, and resilience.”

Senior Class President James Black presented the senior gifts,

which included new benches for the campus and a red carpet emblazoned with their class year.  Eagle of the Year and Salutatorian Walker Craven addressed his fellow classmates: “The Class of 2024 did not become so superb without trial and error. Life ebs and flows. It has its ups and its downs. Life is not always easy, nor should it be.”

“All of us on this stage know how hard life can be. But as the old addict states, ‘this too shall pass,’” Craven added. “The hard times do come to an end and result in personal growth and strength. This class is the most respectful, loving, caring and supportive class I have seen.”

In a Templeton High School tradition, Lloyd introduced the

Eagles soar to next chapter at Class of 2024 graduation
Nearly 200 students receive diplomas in memorable ceremony featuring flyover and heartfelt speeches (From left) School Board Trustee President Terri Switzer, Trustee Denise McGrew-Kane, Trustee Vy Pierce, School Board Treasurer Tracy Ellis-Weit, Commencement Speaker Sebastian Marano, Trustee Matt Pennon, AHS Principal Nikki Baca, Trustee Rebekah Koznek, and Superintendant Tom Butler are shown as Marano give his Commencement Speech. Photo by Rick Evans The community showed up to remember Adrian Gaona and his lasting impact on Atascadero. Photo by Rick Evans
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Newly graduated students toss their mortarboards in the air at the end of the Templeton High School graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 6. Photos by Matt Macfarlane

This year’s Co-Salutatorians were Mia McKrell and Isabella Pecharich, with matching GPAs of 4.48. Margaret Uceda took the top spot as Valedictorian with a 4.5 GPA.

Commencement Speaker Sebastian Marano then took to the podium to deliver his speech. The entire address was sprinkled with references to fire and the Class of 2024 being a light throughout their years on campus and onward.

“My favorite interpretation of fire is one of limitless potential and change bringing light,” Marano said. “My friends, today, our school reveals itself to be a dazzling beacon, and as I stand here, not only am I literally blinded by the sun, I am blinded by a field of shining futures. Each and every one of you holding a burning flame of passion. How you have nurtured that flame these past four years, I may not know, but today, we gather to celebrate our accomplishments and prepare to share our light with the world.”

He also spoke about achievements throughout the school in drama, swimming, football, band, the wellness center,

and so much more in their four years.

“We’ve let our true selves shine through and made AHS even brighter than it was before. Of course, we would not have made it this far without our teachers, our friends, and our family,” added Marano. “For all of those in attendance, I would be willing to wager that you played some role in the jour-

ney that led to these graduates to be baking in their caps and their gowns before me today. I would like to take this moment to thank you all for raising, supporting, teaching, and guiding the class of 2024.”

He also thanked Vice Principals Miss Williams, Mr. Shorba, and Mr. Spiller, who are leaving AHS

and hard work. The night was a celebration of achievement, community, and the bright futures ahead for the graduates.

class’ foreign exchange students. Each student exchanges their home flag with an American one to commemorate their time here.

“We greatly value what they have added to our campus and how they have served as a reminder to all of us of a much bigger world. A world beyond our community,” said Lloyd before the three students, who came from Italy and Germany, were introduced and happily exchanged their flags.

The academic achievements of the class were highlighted by the recognition of the Valedictorians and Salutatorian. Serafina Jarboe and Tatyana Ilieva were named Co-Valedictorians, and Craven was honored as the Salutatorian. These three students collectively completed 152 semesters of weighted honors, Advanced Placement, and college coursework, showcasing their dedication

back to the last family that he was with before he came to us, he just made it a living hell for them so he could move in with us,” said Adrian’s dad, Gilbert.

“We had him when he was 11 years old, and he was getting to be about 17 years old, and I told his siblings, I said, ‘we’re going to adopt Adrian. Is it okay with you guys?’ They said, ‘adopt him? What do you mean? We thought he was adopted already,’” continued Gilbert about when they officially adopted him.

Adrian’s mom, Jan who was also adopted, always looked at herself

response to comments made by the public during the meeting and the reasoning behind suspending the live stream.

“Unfortunately, like many cities across the state, Atascadero experienced hateful and derogatory comments towards members of our community via the Zoom platform. The speech last night was painful and hurtful to the public, council, and staff and does not reflect the values of our community. However, because a topic

Ilieva recalled a class experiment where two plants received the same treatment except one of them received positive affirmations and the second did not. The one that received positivity grew taller.

“I firmly believe that the way we preserve our lives and ourselves has a great impact on what and who we become,” said Ilieva.

Following Ilieva was her co-valedictorian Jarboe, who reminisced on the students starting high school as they went from awkward masked freshman to confident seniors.

“Regardless of the path we take, we will be guided by our shared history at Templeton,” Jarboe said. “The memories we have made together, cheering for the football team, doing group projects, playing music in front of peers, or simply the nostalgic taste of chicken strips

and Adrian as being chosen by their families instead of adopted. The two of them shared a special bond.

At the celebration, everyone expressed how Adrian prioritized relationships and staying connected to the people in his life. Adrian’s fiance, Claudia Lopez, gave a moving speech expressing her love for the man she was going to spend the rest of her life with.

Friends and family also told many a story about times when Adrian would go out of his way to make sure that he was there for them, from small things like sharing memes to showing up at their kid’s sports games.

Adrian was a huge fan of sports, and

was brought up by those supporting a proclamation and an event that were both arguably within the subject matter jurisdiction of the council, it opened the matter to comments from all, including those not in favor of it. We are a country of rights and laws, and while we were shocked and repulsed by the content of what a handful of speakers said, they have a right to speak.

“Free speech, protected by the First Amendment, allows those comments, however the Zoom link was temporarily suspended after a third commenter made comments

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and moving to new positions within AUSD.

“Now it is time to show the world just exactly what we are capable of. The world we inherit can be at times a dark one with age-old flaws and emerging imperfections, despite this, I enjoying upon you to continue ever forward with purpose and compassion to illuminate a

from the market, these memories will stay with us each connecting us to each other.”

She continued, “Take a mental picture now. Look to each other. Find the people who supported you most if not in this audience then in your heart. Let’s take a few seconds to appreciate them and remember how they have helped us. Keep this picture in your mind as a reference image for where you came from. Cherish it with pride, then go forth into the world unafraid to create change and to embrace growth. Remember who you are and become who you want to be.

And even if we grow apart or who we are meant to be is unrecognizable, when the time comes I will be so excited to meet you all over again.”

As the 2024 Eagle of the Year, Craven had the honor of performing the traditional turning of the tassels, symbolizing the graduates’ transition from students to alumni.

Congratulations graduates, and good luck on your next phase of life.

his favorite teams were the Raiders, Dodgers, Lakers, and USC. But many people knew him for always being at the Atascadero Greyhound games every Friday. In fact, there were small bells on all of the tables for guests to take home in memory of Adrian. A special bell was made and given to AHS football coach Vic Cooper, who was the one who made Adrian the bell that he would ring every Friday night during football season. Cooper said that they would continue with the tradition in honor of Adrian going forward.

“He’s taught my kids that it was Taco Everyday, not just Taco Tuesday.

disruptive to the meeting and not within the subject matter jurisdiction/purview of the City Council. The Zoom link was reinstituted as soon as possible.

“Numerous social groups approached the City that want recognition or affirmation of their cause. In Atascadero, our priorities are on the services that local government commonly provides and that benefit all such as public safety, homelessness, housing, public infrastructure, and economic development.

“The City of Atascadero is a loving community where people


better tomorrow,” he concluded.

The Senior Choir returned to the stage to perform a moving version of the equally moving “For Good” from the famous Broadway musical, “Wicked.”

The Presentation of the 2024 Class by Principal Baca was touching and filled with multiple references to Taylor Swift lyrics and praise for the AHS graduating students.

“Once a Greyhound, always a Greyhound. Class of 2024, your future ‘era’ is yours to create, with a blank space or a blank canvas. That begins today. Congratulations and long live,” were the last words Baca said in her speech.

All 261 graduates then lined up to receive their diplomas. The Board of Trustees was split along with the students on each side of the field to hand out the student’s futures.

“Principal Baca, Superintendant Butler, and members of the board of trustees, on behalf of the class of 2024, I accept the diplomas of graduation. Seniors, please rise. Move your tassels to the left. Graduates, please remain standing. Family and friends, I present to you the graduating class of 2024. Congratulations,” said Perry to end the ceremony.

Congratulations to the AHS Class of 2024. May your next steps be magical.

So today, we will honor him and have tacos,” said his sister Katherine Belt. Before the tacos were consumed, more stories were shared that showed off Adrian’s funny and snarky side. Including jokes he would play on his family and friends. People also remininced on how Adrian remembered people. It didn’t matter if he met you through friends, his job at Colony Cinemas (formerly Galaxy), or at football games, if he saw you in a crowd he would go out of his way to say hello. Adrian also had special relationships with not only his siblings, their spouses, and his parents but also with all of his nieces and nephews. He

are appreciated, valued, and all are welcome. We will continue to focus on serving, building community, and enhancing quality of life.”

When the livestream started up again, around 20 minutes later, the first Public Hearing of the night, Objective Design Standards, was already underway. The item included a first reading of the Draft Ordinance, establishing objective design standards, and updating existing development standards in Title 9.

“These objective stan -

spoiled them with love, attention, and just the right amount of constant teasing and pranks.

“One thing that I would like to share about Adrian that stands out to me most importantly is how he cared so much for every single person in our family. He had his own unique relationship with everybody, including me. It has taught me specifically how to unconditionally love people,” said Adrian’s nephew, DaVanté Morrison. During the celebration of life, the family also collected money, which will be used for a remembrance memorial in Adrian’s honor at Memorial Stadium at Atascadero High School.

dards are to be relied upon.

An objective standard should really be one that you can read without having two different people interpret it differently,” stated Project Manager at MIG Genevieve Sharrow. “So often these have pretty specific measurements, such as 2 feet by 10 feet, or they could be a performance measurement.”

State law says that the objective design standards should apply to all new multi-unit residential projects and any mixed-use projects that include at least two-thirds of the project as residential.

The city team also created a checklist with these design objectives, which have been used and tried by the city’s local architect. And the checklist worked well and the development community is excited to move forward with it. After much deliberation and discussion, the motion passed unanimously with a 4-0 vote. Newsom was still not able to join back into the meeting. The next Atascadero City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 25, at 6 p.m.


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Bigger state blueberry crop pressures markets

CALIFORNIA — Thanks to favorable growing conditions, California blueberry farmers appear on track to harvest what could be their largest crop ever. They are not alone. Greater production is also coming out of other blueberry-growing regions, flooding markets with the fruit and lowering prices for growers.

“The price is not where we would like to see it,” Fresno County grower Jon Marthedal said. “I think there’s a fair amount of fruit on the market, and there’s going to be more. Mexico is still sending quite a bit of fruit our direction.”

California’s 2024 blueberry crop is estimated at 74.5 million pounds, with 53 million going to the fresh market and 21 million pounds going to processors, according to the California Blueberry Commission. That’s up from last year’s 71 million pounds but down from an initial estimate of 80 million pounds, which was adjusted due to some rain damage during bud break that affected fruit set, said Todd Sanders, the commission’s executive director.

State plantings are estimated at 8,900 acres, up from 8,750 acres last year, according to the commission.

Don Bowden, senior vice president of blueberries and nuts for Stockton-based AC Foods, said mild temperatures in December and January helped produce plenty of blossoms on the plants, but some cold and rainy days in early spring slowed fruit sizing and ripening.

This year’s crop not only represents a record for the state, but the fruit is of “amazing” quality, Sanders said. That should help California growers distinguish their product from the increasing volumes of fruit being shipped from Peru, Mexico and Chile, he added. The three countries account for 88 percent of the fresh blueberry imports that come into the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Mexico — the world’s fifth-largest blueberry producer — continues to extend its blueberry

season well into California’s, “and their fruit is significantly cheaper,” Sanders said. That has diminished much of the early-season advantage for California growers, whose harvest increasingly bumps into Mexico’s peak season. Rising prices for blueberries have encouraged Mexican growers to expand their production more than 80 percent between 2017 and 2022, USDA reported.

The U.S. remains the top export market for Mexican blueberries, with a nearly 97 percent share, according to USDA. Mexico’s 2024 blueberry production rose 8 percent compared to last year, the department reported.

It doesn’t help that other blueberry-producing states — including Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas, Oregon and Washington — also have bigger crops this year.

Growers in the San Joaquin Valley, who produce the bulk of the state’s commercial blueberries, are expected to hit their peak production next week, with harvest running through June. Other state growing regions such as the Central Coast have been harvesting berries since last fall, while growers with production in hoop houses also pick fruit before the San Joaquin Valley crop ramps up.

Prices will dictate whether growers will switch to harvesting more of their fruit mechanically in the coming weeks, as the market may not justify the high cost of hand labor, said Jayson Scarborough, a fruit marketer in Fresno County. That

could lower the overall pack-out by 10 percent to 20 percent, he said, as the machines tend to beat up some of the fruit and harvest unripe ones, all of which must be sorted out during packing.

At this point in the season, growers are more concerned about a potential heat wave that could soften the berries, making them unsuitable for the fresh market, Scarborough said. Last year, fresh blueberries were valued at $4.83 a pound compared to 48 cents a pound for berries going to the freezer or processing, according to USDA.

With San Joaquin Valley’s blueberry season typically lasting six to eight weeks, Mandy Critchley — who grows blueberries with her husband Scott in Tulare, Fresno and Kings counties — emphasized the importance of daily communications with buyers about the status of their crop, harvest timing and peak volumes. Having this dialogue, she said, also allows her to understand buyers’ needs.

Because blueberries are grown year-round worldwide and California’s season sometimes overlaps with other growing regions, Critchley said her farm uses the California-grown license plate logo on packaging so that retailers can promote the local berries when they’re in season. Many of her customers “truly do value” local agriculture, she said, and they will shift to buying from California when the local product is available.

Though most of the state crop is sold domes-

tically, Sanders said the commission has been developing and expanding export markets. With a bigger crop this year, he said California will “lean on” overseas markets even more. Canada remains the state’s top export destination for blueberries. Japan, Taiwan and Southeast Asia also buy U.S. and California blueberries, while the Philippines is a newer market that opened to American blueberries during the past few years.

With so many countries growing blueberries, marketer Scarborough said the export arena has become more challenging and “not as strong for California as it used to be.” He noted California has lost a lot of its market share in countries such as Spain and Morocco, both of which have the same harvest season as the Golden State, sometimes harvesting sooner, with “very cheap fruit.” Australia is a target market for California, but it remains closed, he added.

To be competitive against imported fruit, Sanders said more California blueberry growers have become certified organic. Organic blueberries now make up 45 percent of the state crop. AC Foods, for example, markets its regenerative organic certified blueberries — grown in California and Oregon — under the brand Betterful.

Grower Marthedal said he tried to grow organic blueberries but found that his operation was not well suited for the practice. Because of the added cost, he said, “we didn’t feel like we were geared up appropriately to continue with organic production.”

With Mexico’s increased production and berries entering the market ahead of California, he said growers here have begun to move away from what was once a more lucrative early market. Instead of planting varieties that allow California to start earlier, he said he thinks growers will be driven more by varieties that lend themselves to better mechanical harvesting.

Plant breeders will help facilitate the move, he said, as blueberry harvesters continue to improve and packing equipment becomes better at sorting.

“If you develop a variety that you can go in and machine pick from day one,” Marthedal said, “that’s going to be much more important than anything as far as timing goes.”

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California Mid-State Fair rodeo finals and Monster Truck Madness


The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce that tickets to the Country Rodeo Finals, presented by Hearst, and the Monster Truck Madness, presented by Zero Nox and Slime, are on sale now.

The Country Rodeo Finals will take place on Saturday, July 27, and the Monster Truck Madness will take place on Sunday, July 28. Both shows will start promptly at 7 p.m. and will take place in the Main Grandstand Arena.

Pricing for the Country Rodeo Finals is $40 for all ages reserved tickets, adult (13+) general admission is $30, youth (3-12) is $25. Day of for all ages is $40.

Pricing for Monster Truck Madness is $35 for all ages reserved tickets, adult (13+) general admission is $25, youth (3-12) is $20. Day of for all ages is $35.

Seating maps for both shows can be found at

The Country Rodeo Finals is the culmination of hard work and stellar performances during the morning’s rodeo events. It is your chance to see some of the best and brightest cowboys and cowgirls. Featured events include match roping, team penning, double mugging, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and more. This year’s show will feature an American Freestyle Bullfighting competition featuring world champion bullfighter Alex McWilliams. Another highlight will be the 2023 PRCA Announcer of the Year, Anthony Lucia, calling the action.

PBR Entertainer Matt Merritt will keep the crowd laughing all night. The beloved parachute flag drop will also make areturn to open the show.

Extreme Monster Trucks with the Flying Cowboyz will feature nonstop thrills and four monster trucks: “Obsessed,” piloted by 2022 West Coast Nationals Champion Eric Swanson; “Pretty Obsessed,” driven by Meesha Pharis; the “Unique Hillbilly,” piloted by Tim Manchester; and fan favorite and 2023 All-Star and Alaska State Champion “First Responder,” representing all the heroes on the front line, piloted by Kylie Thurber.

Fans will have a chance to be a part of the up-close-and-personal 5:30 p.m. pre-show “Pit Party” where they can walk into the arena and stand next to these mechanical giants, plus take part in the monster truck ride. In addition, fans will be treated to freestyle motocross featuring the “Flying Cowboyz” brought to you by Flying U Rodeo Company. Lucia will be calling the action and Merritt will keep you laughing all night. Tickets for both shows are on sale now and can be purchased online at The 2024 California Mid-State Fair runs July 17 through July 28, and this year’s theme is “Wide Open Spaces!”

Non-injury residential structure fire in Paso Robles

On Monday, June 10, at approximately 8:13 p.m., Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services responded to a report of a residential structure fire in the 300 block of Camino Lobo in Paso Robles.

Firefighters arrived within three minutes and found smoke coming from the attic vents of a one-story residence. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic and prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the structure.The residents were out of the home upon the fire department’s arrival, and no one was injured during the incident.

Three fire engines and a battalion chief from Paso Robles responded. Two additional engines and a battalion chief responded as part of the city’s automatic-aid agreements with Cal Fire and Atascadero Fire.


A total of 13 firefighters responded to the incident with additional assistance from both Paso Robles Police Department and San Luis Ambulance Service.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services reminds all residents to ensure they have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their residence.

Online applications now being accepted for Junior Fairboard

Online applications are now being accepted for the California Mid-State Fair’s “Junior Fairboard” volunteer program. The Junior Fairboard consists of young people between 16 and 25 years of age living in San Luis Obispo County. Members assist with the day-to-day operations of the annual fair, including events such as assisting in livestock and equestrian support, pageant setup, public judging, market research, and any other duties/committees as assigned by fairstaff, management, or Fair Board. In addition, members help in the livestock area during weigh-in and auction day, act as ushers in the Main Grandstand and scan tickets.

Junior Fairboard members receive a jacket/T-shirt (to be worn at all Main Grandstand events and all committee activities), a photo ID badge granting admission to the fair, meal tickets redeemable at designated California Mid-State Fair food vendors, and one free guest pass per night valid for Main Grandstand events (upon artist approval). Applications are due by Friday, June 28, and can be found online at Applicants will be interviewed and voted on by a committee comprised of Junior Fairboard officers and the Board of Directors Junior Fairboard Committee. If selected, members are required to attend all Junior Fairboard meetings, participate in at least one committee, attend all committee meetings and events, as well as attend all Main Grandstand events as an usher.

THE SANDBOX launches new 805 Plan for companies to offer their employees flexible alternative workspaces

THE SANDBOX, a shared office and meeting space with locations in Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, and Goleta, has launched THE SANDBOX 805 Plan, giving small and large teams access to all three SANDBOX locations for a great price.

THE SANDBOX is the only Central Coast coworking space with locations in multiple Central Coast cities, with three locations now in Paso Robles, Goleta, and Santa Barbara. Their memberships have typically been focused on individuals, but with the need for local companies to offer remote solutions and more perks for their employees, small businesses and larger companies can now add an 805 membership and offer additional workspaces for their employees at an affordable cost. 805 Plan members can access any of three SANDBOX locations at any time.

THE SANDBOX’s modern industrial design style featured in all three locations features open floor plans, natural-lit workspaces and phone booths for private calls. All three spaces have recently added additional rooms that can be accessed on demand for private calls. All locations also offer meeting space that companies purchasing the 805 plan can reserve at half off normal rates.

THE SANDBOX locations also offer individual office spaces that are reservable by day if individuals need additional privacy for their team. Members can also leverage their SANDBOX membership to access additional partner workspaces throughout North America at no additional charge.

“We created THE SANDBOX 805 Plan as we saw more companies shifting to a hybrid office model.

The plan allows companies and organizations an easy and affordable way to provide their employees with locations to work, meet, makeand make phone calls in multiple Central Coast locations,” shared founder Kyle Ashby. “The three SANDBOX locations provide employers a solution for their remote employees that is less distracting and more productive than their home workspaces. Our amenities, like free parking, great coffee, and proximity to things like shopping, schools, and restaurants, make dropping in for a couple of hours of private calls or a full day of work easy.”

The 805 Plan is priced at $805 a month for three company employees. Additional employees can be added for $200 a month. For additional details please visit THE SANDBOX

Emma Barker becomes new Pat Butler Elementary Principal

The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (PRJUSD) is pleased to announce that Emma Barker has been selected as the principal of Pat Butler Elementary School, pending school board approval. The appointment is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2024.

Barker was introduced to the Pat Butler staff on Friday morning, June 7, and took the time to socialize with them. She has had the pleasure of serving school communities for more than 20 years. She began her career by teaching elementary grades and later moved on to teaching middle school English in Compton, California.

Over the last seven years, Barker transitioned to instructional leadership as a K-8 school principal in Compton and Orange County. Barker’s school received two California Education Awards in 2022 and 2023.

Barker is a mom to her 6-yearold Maui rescue dog, a Rhodesian ridgeback named Carl. She joyfully embraces her identity as a Duck and an Aztec because of her cherished alma maters, the University of Oregon and San Diego State University. Barker loves to watch teachers and students engage in learning. Baker enjoys strolling along the beach with her daughter and dog, finding serenity in yoga, and letting her voice shine through karaoke.


Final days to purchase tickets to the Atascadero Wine Fest

The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest is just around the corner and attendees are encouraged to secure tickets for the highly anticipated event. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at or by calling the Atascadero Chamber at (805) 466-2044. A large portion of the proceeds will benefit the Charles Paddock Zoo.

The festival will be held Saturday, June 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the picturesque Atascadero Lake Park.

Celebrating its 27th year, the event showcases an impressive selection of premier wines, brews, ciders, and spirits from both the Central Coast and beyond. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a low-back chair to relax and savor the scenic ambiance of the lake park while enjoying live music by the Joy Bonner Band and Dulcie Tayor.

A highlight of this year’s festival is the unique “Roar-and-Pour” experience, which allows attendees to savor exquisite wines while getting up close and personal with the animals at the Charles Paddock Zoo, the only zoo on the Central Coast.

“The Atascadero Wine Fest is a unique event, different from other wine festivals, offering a picturesque setting by the lake, creating a relaxing beautiful atmosphere for wine tastings. This event places an emphasis on showcasing local flavors

of the Central Coast. There is truly something or everyone,” said Event Organizer Gail Kudlac.

Festival sponsors include Caliber Collision, Central Coast Moving Co., Chalk Mountain Golf Course, City of Atascadero, Grocery Outlet, Lucky Oak Laundry, REMAX Success, DiBuduo & DeFendis, Waste Management and Williams Cleaning Systems, Solarponics, Trailer Hitch RV Center, Two Knights Insurance, and Home & Ranch Sotheby’s International Realty, Francesco Pierini.

For more information, visit or contact the Atascadero Chamber at (805) 466-2044.

New programs come to the Atascadero Library in July

The Atascadero Library is pleased to let the community know of their upcoming programming for July 2024.

Children’s programs will include three different storytimes. Bilingual Storytime will take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Storytime at Sunken Gardens will be on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. English Storytime will take place on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Storytimes welcome youngsters five and under.

The library will also host a bilingual concert with Ms. Nathalia. The creative and fun-filled bilingual music concert will take place on Saturday, July 13, at 2 p.m.

Scholastic cartoonist Kane Lynch (and P-nut the cartoon cat) will be hosting a cartooning class for tweens.

The comic-making adventure will take place Thursday, July 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Teens have the oppurtunity to explore healthy friendships and relationships while doing crafts and activities, with the library’s Relationships 101 Series. The workshop will be lead by Lumina Alliance July 12, 19, and 26 at 2 p.m. Ages 13 through 17 are welcome.

Ages 10 to 17 are also invited to the Make Your Own Notebook workshop. There they will use old books, magazines, and their creativity to make a spiral-bound notebook to take home. The workshop will take place Wednesday, July 24, at 2 p.m.

For more info on the library’s children and teen programs reach out to Sally LaPorte at (805) 461-6163 or

The Transition-Mental Health Association (TMHA) Library Outreach will be back. On Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. residents can get connected with primary care, recovery, clothing, food, Medicare, shelter, mental health, showers, health insurance, and more. No appointment is needed.

All ages are encouraged to join the library for floral clay pot painting.

The interactive craft features painting primed clay pots. All supplies are provided and the workshop will take place Thursday, July 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. Interested parties are encouraged to register.

Read-A-Latte Book Group is back and will be discussing “The Power” by Naomi Alderman on Saturday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and tea will be provided.

College students can get together on Thursday, July 25, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to decorate college boxes with mod-podge. Registration is required.

For more information on Adult Programs, contact Melanie Bales at (805) 461-6162 or Mbales@


Andrea Bowengardner, former owner of Timeless Treasures, sentenced for embezzlement

District Attorney Dan Dow announced June 10 that Burbank resident Andrea Ruth Bowengardner, 53, has been sentenced to felony probation and 1,040 hours of commu-

nity work service following her pleas of no contest on March 27, to three felony counts of embezzlement, and one felony count of passing a check with insufficient funds.

Bowengardner owned and operated Timeless Treasures, a consignment store located in San Luis Obispo from 2016 until she abruptly closed the business in May 2019. When Bowengardner shuttered Timeless Treasures, many consignors had property on consignment at the store. Despite their efforts, dozens of consignors never received their property back from Bowengardner or were never paid for items which Bowengardner sold.

Bowengardner will be subject to standard terms and conditions of felony probation and was also ordered to complete 1,040 hours of community work service — the equivalent of six months of full-time work. Moreover, Bowengardner was ordered to pay restitution to 69 victims in a total stipulated amount of $338,764.71. The court set a Restitution Status Determination hearing on Aug. 14 to address potential additional restitution claims.

Superior Court Judge Crystal Seiler imposed Bowengardner’s sentence. If Bowengardner violates her probation, she faces a maximum sentence of five years confinement. The case was investigated by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Ben Blumenthal.

Ragged Point Inn demonstrates resilience despite long-term Highway 1 closure

Even in the face of Big Sur’s recent Highway 1 closures, Ragged Point Inn & Resort continues to thrive, enticing visitors with its million-dollar view and providing convenient access from Southern California locations and nearby San Joaquin Valley cities like Bakersfield and Fresno. The Inn’s resilience, magical ambiance, and unwavering commitment to hospitality make it the premier travel destination on California’s Central Coast.

The current 18-month closure of Highway 1, detailed on Ragged Point Inn’s travel updates page, has presented significant challenges. Still, Ragged Point Inn remains a symbol of continuity, welcoming all guests to experience the stunning ocean vistas and natural beauty that define its unique southern Big Sur Coast location.

“Ragged Point’s allure goes beyond its picturesque scenery,” says Jim Ramey, general manager of Ragged Point Inn & Resort. “Our strategic location ensures accessibility even when parts of Highway 1 are closed. Guests from Southern California, the San Joaquin Valley, and beyond can reach us with ease, making Ragged Point the perfect getaway for individuals, couples, and families.”

In addition to the breathtaking views, visitors can explore nearby attractions like Hearst Castle, San Simeon Beach, and the village of Cambria, all short drives from Ragged Point. These iconic landmarks, nearby unblemished hiking trails, and Ragged Point’s exceptional hospitality combine to create an unforgettable experience.

“We pride ourselves on offering an escape that blends natural beauty with rich cultural experiences,” Ramey adds. “Our guests can enjoy the tranquility and magic of Ragged Point while being just minutes away from the historical, cultural, and natural treasures of the Central Coast.”

Ragged Point Inn’s sustained success amid road closures underscores its position as a resilient and premier destination.The Inn’s dedication to providing exceptional service and unforgettable experiences remains unwavering.

For more information, visit Ragged Point Inn’s website at raggedpoin

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Chris was born in Spokane, Washington, in 1951 to Lavern and Betty Lou Drechsel. At ten years old, she moved to Sunnyvale, CA, where she later worked as the counter girl at the Ole Station House, a restaurant that her parents ran. Some of Chris’ favorite memories of her youth were playing and making mischief with her brothers and sisters.

In 1967, her family moved again, and Chris completed

Our beloved husband, father, father-inlaw, and grandfather, Richard “Dick” Yost, a lifelong resident of Paso Robles, California, passed peace -

Ronald Ray Richardson was born on April 19th, 1968, in Bellflower, California.

Sadly, he passed away on May 26th, 2024, in a motorcycle accident near his home in Paso Robles, California, at the age of 56 years old.

His Mother, Valery Strang, loved sharing the story of how her Son introduced himself to the neighbors in Atascadero, California. “My name is Ronnie Ray Richardson, and I can do whatever I want!”

Family and friends called him Ronnie. Professionals called him Ron. He was also called Uncle, Brother, and Fiancé. Three beautiful girls called him Grandpa. My Brother and I called him

Jhigh school in Atascadero, CA, where she played basketball, bowled, and was a carhop waitress at Jolly Jack’s Drive-in. After graduating high school in 1969, she enrolled in Cuesta College’s Nursing Program in San Luis Obispo, CA. Although Chris fainted the first time learning to give shots, she persevered and became a Registered Nurse (RN) in two years, graduating in 1971. Chris loved being a nurse, initially at Children’s Hospital in Fresno, CA, and then spent the majority of her nursing career at Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton, CA. She worked in Labor & Delivery, Emergency Room, and Surgery & Recovery. Although she worked as a manager at times, she much preferred working as a hands-on nurse. She was fulfilled contributing to the well-being of others, including as a member of the Flying

fully at home, surrounded by family, on May 28, 2024. Dick was born November 25, 1933, in Paso Robles, to Donald and Frances (Clevenger) Yost. Dick graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1951 and was a member of the high school band. After graduation, he helped with the family store and gas station in San Ardo before enlisting in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He served his country for four years as a member of the 2347th Air Reserve Flying Center in Thule, Greenland. Upon returning home, Dick went

Dad. He called me Kiddo.

Dad LOVED people, especially the ones he worked with. He entered the workforce Monday after his high school graduation in 1986. He started at Interface Manufacturing Inc. and was welcomed by the crew, who treated him like family. They affectionately called him “The Kid.”

Dad LOVED Coca-Cola Enterprises. During his 15-year employment with Coca-Cola, he was promoted from Night Loader to Delivery Driver and finally Operations Manager. Dad taught me everything I know about working with people. He genuinely cared for everyone he worked with, and they loved him, not only for who he was but for how he worked with them.

Dad LOVED Producers Dairy. He was employed by Producers Dairy for 17 years. His Latest title was Regional Manager. His territories included the Bakersfield, Castroville, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Branches. He was dedicated to his company, employees, and the community he served.

Dad LOVED baseball. “GO

They moved to Santa Margarita in 1945 and owned McBurney Motor Court/Diner. John was a USAF postal clerk/driver when he married Rebecca (Beckie) Epperly at the Arroyo Grande Courthouse on May 16, 1953. They had met at an outdoor movie at Santa Margarita School. He enlisted as a senior, entering basic training before graduating from Atascadero High School. They had two sons, William (June 1954) and Robert (March 1957).

John worked at ASH, Hitchin’ Post liquor, and

Samaritans, and enjoyed the sense of community serving alongside doctors and other nurses.

In 1977, Chris married and had two daughters, NikiAnne (1979) and KelliJo (1981). They enjoyed life on the horse and cattle ranch where the girls grew up in Paso Robles, CA. She took pride in working hard and loved having a good time. As accomplished as Chris was in her life, she was most proud of her daughters and of being a mother. Chris guided them to excel at whatever they set their minds to.

Chris later divorced, and in 1989, she took her girls on a group ski trip where she met James (Kimo) Pankey. They fell in love and got married in 2000. Chris and Kimo enjoyed exploring the world and having adventures when they weren’t working–on the farm, at the hospital, or on

to work in the San Ardo oil fields, where for thirty-three years, he worked for Texaco. Dick and Peggy (McMahan) began dating in 1958 after a mutual friend and lifelong resident of Paso Robles told Peggy that he knew this sweet guy he wanted her to meet. That could not have been a truer statement about Dick! After a short courtship, Dick and Peggy were married on May 31, 1958, in Paso Robles and made their first home in San Ardo. Their daughter, Bonnie, was born a year later. A short time after, Dick moved his family to Paso Robles, and he and

YANKEES!” His Grandfather, Melvin Joseph Queen, was signed by the New York Yankees in 1938. His Uncle, Melvin Douglas Queen, had an amazing baseball career and was signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 1964.

Dad LOVED the United States of America. He was a proud citizen of this great country. He had a deep respect and admiration for our military service men and women. He was passionate about U.S. history, WWI, and WWII.

Dad LOVED films. He acquired this love from his Father, William Rae Richardson. When Dad was a young boy, his Father introduced him to the legendary John Wayne. Films by Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and old Humphrey Bogart classics were a few of his favorites. Dad’s favorite Halloween movie was Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. He was an encyclopedia of film lines and great at impressions.

Dad LOVED FAMILY. He was married to Tamara Lynn Richardson, the mother of his children, for 24 years. With a deep respect for one another

Cal Poly SLO until being injured. He sold Kirby vacuums, then bought Green Acres Rest Home in 1968. They sold out to travel in 1977, returning to Atascadero months later and starting his abalone jewelry business. They sold souvenirs at The Chuckwagon Restaurant in Cambria and holiday jewelry at Sears Stores. They built a home at Santa Margarita Lake in 1981, moved near Atascadero Lake in 1987, and to Santa Maria in 2017. John sold handbags, accessories, and jewelry

other business endeavors. They were a great team.

Some of the things Chris enjoyed in life were traveling the world, gardening, playing games (especially Scrabble), being with family and friends, sitting out on her patio, and taking in the view of her exquisitely beautiful roses. She was also blessed with being a grandmother. She loved hosting her three grandchildren for weeks at a time at “Camp Keke and Pops.”

Her relationship with and faith in God uplifted and supported her in her life and through her death. After living with breast cancer for six years, it metastasized, and she returned home into the arms of God on May 9, 2024.

Chris was preceded in death by her parents, mother Betty Lou Mensing, father Lavern Drechsel, stepfather Gerald Mensing, and brothers

Peggy soon welcomed a son, Michael, to their family.

Dick continued to call Paso Robles home until his Lord called him home. He was proud to share his rich family heritage of the Paso Robles community and be a lifelong member of St. James Episcopal Church with their daughter Bonnie, son Michael (Cynthia), and grandchildren Ashley and Troy Morris. He loved doing his woodcrafts and working in his yard, as well as having been a Boy Scout, attending Teen Canteen at St. James, a local after-school hangout for kids in the 1950s, and his time

and love for their children, they celebrated family events joyfully together while maintaining a true friendship.

Dad LOVED Elizabeth Ann Carrillo. He was 40 minutes late for their first blind date in October of 2012. Later that night, there was an earthquake. He told Elizabeth, “I really enjoyed our date, and I didn’t expect you to rock my world.”

Over the years, he continued to show her his love with gifts of flowers and “Love is…” clippings from the local newspaper. He proposed to her in March of 2016. She said, “Yes!” He loved her affectionately and with a mature heart.

Over his lifetime, Ronald Ray Richardson had many titles. The title he loved the most was DAD. He would smile every time he talked about “the best day of his life,” referring to the days Jake and I were born.

Dad LOVED Jake. Jacob Ray Richardson was born on July 5th, 1991, and tragically passed on December 15th, 2019. They shared a love of transportation. They attended Tractor Pulls, Car Shows, Monster Truck Rallies, Air Shows, and Cruise

Joseph Mensing and Daniel Mensing.

Chris is survived by her husband Kimo Pankey, siblings Sandra Broeder (John), Frederick Mensing (Patti), Susan Thompson (Kent), Timothy Mensing (Darla), Xena Wickliffe (Eric), daughters NikiAnne Feinberg (Chris Farmer) and KelliJo Glienke (Kalvin) and their three children, plus numerous nieces and nephews.

May Chris’ legacy live on by us tending to our relations and matters with care and excellence.

A Celebration of Life for Chris will be held on Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. at Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, CA.

Donations in Chris’ honor can be made to Patriot Paws, (, an organization Chris donated to herself.

serving his country. That twinkle in Dick’s eyes is already seriously missed! Dick is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Frances, and his brother Robert Yost. As well as grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to donate to Wilshire Hospice, 277 South St., Ste R, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at St. James Episcopal Church, 1335 Oak St., Paso Robles, CA.

nights. They bonded under the hood of a green 1972 Chevy truck. Sometimes, it seemed like they had a language of their own, full of movie quotes and vehicle mechanics.

Dad LOVED me, Kaye Lynn Richardson, his firstborn. My dad and I had many discussions about loss. He suffered many losses of loved ones, as we all do. The best way to honor Dad is to be happy and embrace life. I want to make him proud by carrying on his legacy of being happy, enjoying life, working hard, and LOVING EVEN HARDER! I LOVE YOU DAD!!!

Ronald Ray Richardson was preceded in death by his Father, William Rae Richardson, his Mother, Valery Strang, and his Son, Jacob Richardson.

Ronald Ray Richardson is survived by his Daughter Kaye Lynn Richardson, his Fiancé Elizabeth Carrillo, his Sisters Natalie Bolla and Amy Strang, his Brothers Marty Richardson and Gary Richardson, his Stepfather Larry Strang, three beautiful Granddaughters, and many Nieces and Nephews, all of whom DAD LOVED dearly.


SHARON JOAN NEGRETE, 78, of Arroyo Grande passed away on May 30th 2024.

Services are in the care of MarshallSpoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover Beach.

SHERYL LYNN GODDIN 65, of Atascadero passed away on May 28th 2024.

Services are in the care of MarshallSpoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover Beach.

CHRISTINA JOY MENGHRAJANI, 39, of Goleta passed away on May 31st 2024.

Services are in the care of MarshallSpoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover Beach.

PAULINE MARGARET FURTADO, 95, of San Luis Obispo passed away on June 9th 2024.

Services are in the care of MarshallSpoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover Beach.

SALLY ANN REALY, 88, of Arroyo Grande passed away on June 3rd 2024.

Services are in the care of MarshallSpoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover Beach.

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throughout SLO County. He enjoyed gardening, barbecuing, fishing, hunting, dancing, RVing and cruises. He seldom missed a grandchild’s sport, band/ choir concert, ballet recital, play, birthday, or field trip and attended one birth! John was well-known, well-loved and well-missed. Predeceased by his parents, brothers, great-grandson and sister-in-law. Honoring his memory with Beckie are William (Christine), Robert (Carolyn), Grandchildren Amber (Erik) Johnson, Travis (Alli) McBurney, Katy (Chuck) Smith, Aaron McBurney, Randy (Chelsey) McBurney, Great Grandkids Andrew, Madelyn & Abby Joy (Johnson), Patrick, Kimberly, Ryan & Adeline (Smith), Brandon, Dylan & Megan (McBurney).

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 2-4:30 at Colony Park on Traffic Way in Atascadero. No formal service; please come greet the family, share some memories of Dad, and enjoy refreshments. More Information: grammakitty@

ohn Robert McBurney was born July 5, 1933, in Hemet, CA, to James Robert and Lena Eiland, and died April 12, 2024, in Santa Maria. CHRISTINE A. PANKEY 1951-2024 RICHARD “DICK” YOST 1933-2024 JOHN R. MCBURNEY 1933-2024
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Pot lounges? Why expand a destructive business?


Since California voters legalized cannabis via a 2016 ballot initiative, the weed has evolved into something like a normal business. It’s complete with webcasts on how to operate efficiently, disputes over where to place stores and gripes about black marketeers siphoning off too much of the multibillion-dollar take.

Now the state Assembly has decided the marijuana trade, with retail outlets in almost every corner of the state, is not yet big enough. The lower legis-

lative house voted by a huge margin (49-4, with almost half its members not voting) to expand the business even farther by allowing Amsterdam-style lounges that could serve food and drinks along with varieties of the weed.

The large number of non-voters (more than one-third of Assembly members) was a clear sign that many did not wish to make an enemy of the powerful pot lobby, but also did not want to go on the record favoring expanded cannabis use.

Perhaps that was because polls taken as recently as last year indicate about one-third of voters here believe the pot industry has grown too large and ubiquitous.

The Assembly majority, however, wasn’t worried about that, nor is it likely the state Senate will pause very long, either. An almost identical bill passed both houses last year,

only to be vetoed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who cited state laws requiring smoke-free workplaces.

But there are stronger reasons than that for questioning expanded pot use in California.

For one thing, while laws control the purity of alcoholic beverages, nothing ensures the quality of marijuana. The ill effects of cannabis use have been well known for generations: spaced-out behavior, impaired judgment, both clouded and heightened senses depending on your personal biology, a distorted sense of time, slower reactions, lower motor skills, reduced inhibitions, less mental focus and memory. On the positive side, there’s pain reduction and better tolerance for some prescription medications and their side effects, especially among anti-cancer drugs.

But just last year, a peer-re-

viewed report in a journal of the American Psychiatric Association made it definite that if you want to be mentally sharp in middle age and beyond, don’t smoke pot regularly.

Concluded the report: “At age 45, people who (said they used) cannabis weekly or more frequently over the past year showed greater cognitive decline than those who never used cannabis.”

In short, if you want to avoid dementia as you age, forget the weed.

Now there’s even more bad news for frequent cannabis users, also tied to advancing age.

This time, it’s the Journal of the American Medical Assn. publishing a peer-reviewed Canadian study showing use of dried marijuana flowers and edible pot products by those aged 65 and up could lead to acute cannabis toxicity, causing

coordination problems, muscle weakness and unsteady hands, lethargy, decreased concentration, slowed reaction time and slurred speech. Large doses of cannabis extracts often produced confusion, amnesia, delusions, hallucinations, anxiety and agitation.

The good news is that most episodes reported by the Sinai Health and University Health Network in Toronto were short.

But long-term pot users also experienced paranoia, panic disorder and generalized fear.

That’s what you’d risk by going to a newly-legalized pot lounge if they were authorized in California, as the majority of legislators appears to want.

Which leads to a logical question: What are those so-called state leaders on?

The same for union leaders who moved the United Food and Commercial Workers Union

Western States Council (UFCW) to back this legislation, known as AB 1775, sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Matthew Haney of San Francisco.

Said John Frahm, president of UFCW’s Hayward-based Local 5, which covers most of Northern California, “We need to be doing all we can to strengthen California’s legal cannabis industry while it battles high taxation, restrictive regulations and competition from the illicit cannabis market.”

He did now explain why that’s needed, but it’s safe to say he’d like to unionize any new pot lounges legalized by AB 1775. That might be good for the UFCW, but plainly not for the mental or physical health of pot users.

Thomas Elias is an independent opinion columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email him at

Solstice, when a Midsummer dream becomes reality

Time to find your sunglasses and sunblock, put on your swimming suit, and hit the beach. Later you can fire up the barbecue — it is June and summer is finally here and with it, the Summer Solstice. This year, the Summer Solstice is on Thursday, June 20. It is often called Midsummer, and is one of four major solar events during the year that mark our seasonal changes.

You know, there is no world organization that designates the official day a new season begins. In fact, there are different ideas about how to define the seasons. When I was a child,


JUNE 3, 2024

09:03 — Carlos Escobedo Jr. of Kern County was on view arrest on the 2400 Block of Golden Hill Rd. for POSSESS NARCOTIC


10:08 — Jorge Castaneda, of Paso Robles was summoned/cited on the corner of 32nd and Spring Streets for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FOR DUI [14601.2(A)VC], Case no. 241808

14:15 — Victor Hugo Mandujano, of Salinas was on view arrest on the 600 Block of Spring St for WILLFULLY RESISTS,DELAYS,OBSTRUCTS…[148(A)(1)PC], DISTURBING THE PEACE WITH OFFENSIVE WORDS


15:27 — Fermin Pacheco, of Paso Robles was summoned/cited on the 3200 Block of Spring St for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FOR DUI [14601.2(A)VC], Case no. 241814

18:17 — Ronald Lee Coates, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1900 Block of N. River Rd. for POSSESSION OF SPECIFIED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11377(A)H&S], POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], Case no. 241816

summer began, for my friends and me, at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of school. Meteorologists and climatologists will tell you that summer begins on June 1. Astronomers, however, use the summer solstice, which falls this year on June 20, to mark the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the onset of winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

Throughout our human history, the Summer Solstice has been celebrated by cultures around the world, and is perhaps still the most widely recognized day as the arrival of summer in our part of the world. For many of Earth’s creatures, nothing is so fundamental as the length of the day. June 21 will also be the longest day, and the shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. On the solstice, the sun will not rise precisely in the east, instead it will rise to the north of east and set to the north of west, allowing it

to be in the sky longer. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin “sol” (sun) and “stitium” (to stop), and on the solstice the noon sun appears to hang stationary in the sky.

Our ancient ancestors were keen observers of the world around them. They noted that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of both sunrise and sunset shifted throughout the year. Around the world, you can still visit many ancient structures that are associated with observing the summer solstice. Perhaps the most famous, and one of my favorite places, is Stonehenge, on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge’s main axis is aligned to the solstice sunrise, an orientation that was probably for ritual rather than scientific purposes.

Today, we can only speculate on the significance that the summer solstice had for our ancestors. But, we know

that the solstice is determined by the tilt of Earth’s axis and the sun’s alignment over the equator. In summer, the Northern Hemisphere tilts toward the sun at an angle of 23.44 degrees, making the sun appear high in the sky; in winter, it tilts away, making the sun appear much lower. This affects both the length of day and the angle at which sunlight hits Earth’s surface, which varies the amount and intensity of sunlight hitting Earth’s surface at different latitudes throughout the year.

Because Earth’s orbit is elliptical, our planet’s speed as it travels around the sun also varies during the year. This means that our seasons are not of equal length. The period of time from the Northern Hemisphere spring equinox to the summer solstice, to the autumn equinox, to the winter solstice and back to the spring equinox are roughly 92.8, 93.6, 89.8, and 89.0 days respectively. In

the Northern Hemisphere, our spring and summer seasons last longer than autumn and winter.

Although the summer solstice occurs on what we think of as the beginning of summer, for farmers it is the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvesting — which is why it is often referred to as “Midsummer.” As the name suggests, the day is considered the height of summer and an occasion for celebration. Yet there is also an undertone of darkness. On the solstice, ancient peoples celebrated the power of the sun, but they were also noting its decline. From the summer solstice on, the hours of sunlight each day will decrease.

This leads many to wonder: If June 21 is the longest day of the year, why does the hottest summer weather occur in late July and August? This arises from the so-called lag of the seasons, which is essentially the

same reason it is often hotter in the late afternoon than it is at noon. Earth takes a while to warm up after a long winter. As I write this, ice and snow still blanket the ground in some places. Meltwater and rainwater have been percolating down through snow on the tops of glaciers. But the runoff from glaciers isn’t as great now as it will be in another month, even though sunlight is striking the Northern Hemisphere most directly now. The sun has to melt the ice and warm the oceans and then, after that happens, we will experience sweltering summer heat. So wait another month. The heat will come when the days are already beginning to shorten again, as Earth continues its annual trek around the sun, bringing us closer to yet another winter.

John Copeland is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email them at

Case no.

00:00–Simon Roy Lynch, of Paso Robles for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FOR DUI [14601.2(A)VC], Case no. 241809

JUNE 4, 2024

00:30 — Casey John White, of Atascadero was on view arrest on the corner of SR 46 E and Buena Vista Dr. for FALSELY PERSONATING WHERE OTHERS BENEFIT [529(3)PC], Case no. 241820

00:34 — William Dean Logsdon Jr., of Templeton was on view arrest on the corner of SR 46 E and Buena Vista Dr. for POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S], POSSESSION OF SPECIFIED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11377(A)H&S], Case no. 241820

01:22 — Jason Anthony Horning, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 100 Block of Niblick Rd. for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 241821

01:41 — Sara Ann Osorno, of Santa Maria was taken into custody on the 100 Block of Niblick Rd for CHILD ABDUCTION [278PC], CASE NO. 241804

10:48 — Joseph Oliver Godfrey, of Atascadero was taken into custody for OUTSIDE WARRANT-MISDEMEANOR [O/WM], WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 241824

11:32 — Albert Julian Francis, of Paso Robles, for UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT

PRESCRIPTION [11550(A)HS], Case no. 241827

13:13 — Matthew Thomas Smith, of Paso

Robles was on view arrest on the 2000 Block of Riverside Ave. for DISORDERLY CONDUCT/PUBLIC INTOXICATION [647(F) PC], Case no. 241829

13:08 — Elijah Daniel Kulinski, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 2700 Block of Riverside for RECEIVING/CONCEALING STOLEN PROPERTY,ETC [496(A)PC], Case no. 241828

19:08 — Vennise Annette Miller, of Atascadero was taken into custody on the 1100 Block of Park St. for DISORDERLY


22:18 — Daniel Joseph Fitzpatrick, of Paso

Robles was taken into custody on the 2700


[11377(A)H&S], BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 241836

JUNE 5, 2024

05:19 — Tricia Ann Dallman, of Paso


11:17 — Audrey Bridget Michelson, of Paso

Robles was taken into custody on the 1100 Block of Black Oak Dr. for WILLFULLY TO


JUNE 6, 2024

11:20 — Michael John Sidney, of Paso Robles for HIT AND RUN [20002VC], Case no. 241852

20:33 — Fernando Gonzalezsanchez, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 800 Block of Niblick Rd. for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI

ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 241856

22:50 — Samir Kumar K Vazir, of San Jose was on view arrest on the corner of Spring and 36th Streets for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 241860

JUNE 7, 2024


09:57 — Ruth Vasquez, of Shandon for OUTSIDE WARRANT-MISDEMEANOR [O/WM], BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 241863

14:59 — Edgar Stanley Canales, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 800 Block of 34th St. for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 241866

22:50 — Jesus Guadalupe Chavarria, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 3200 Block of Spring St. for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 241874

JUNE 8, 2024

09:08 — Alina Rene Scovell, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 400 Morgan Ln. for INFLICTING CORPORAL INJURY ON SPOUSE/COHABITANT [273.5(A)PC], Case no. 241855

13:46 — Elijah Daniel Kulinski, of Paso Robles for TRESPASS [602PC], UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION [11550(A)HS], Case no. 241879

22:27 — Kerry Lunn Allison, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 600 Block of Pine St. for DISORDERLY CONDUCT/PUBLIC INTOXICATION [647(F)PC], POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], Case no. 241884

22:56 — Christopher Shawn Boerner, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of Spring and 20th Streets for POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S], POSSESSION OF SPECIFIED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11377(A)H&S],

2024 01:59
Eva Sofia Debroycordova,
Malibu was on view arrest on the corner 11th
Pine Streets
PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 241887 00:29 — Julian Garcia, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of Park and 34th Streets for WILLFULLY RESISTS,DELAYS,OBSTRUCTS…[148(A)(1)PC], BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 241886 11:47 — Audrey Bridget Michelson, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of Spring and 9th Streets for PETTY THEFT [484(A)PC], Case no. 241890 10:00 — Vicente Franciscolopez, of Paso Robles was summoned/cited on the corner of 22nd and Pine Streets for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FOR DUI [14601.2(A)VC], Case no. 241889 17:59 — Amy Elizabeth Levin, of Paso Robles for UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION [11550(A)HS], POSSESSION OF SPECIFIED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11377(A)H&S], Case no. 241895 23:40 — Cheyenne Marie Shawnee Boggs, of Fresno County was summoned/cited on the corner of US RT 46 E and Airport Rd for OUTSIDE WARRANT-MISDEMEANOR [O/WM], Case no. 241898 CRIME DATA LISTED BELOW IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE UPON THE RECEIPT OF UPDATED INFORMATION. ALL SUSPECTS ARE INNCOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW. TO READ THE FULL WEEK’S REPORT, GO TO OUR WEBSITES: ATASCADERONEWS.COM • PASOROBLESPRESS.COM
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PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Lions Club has awarded scholarships to deserving graduating seniors at Paso Robles High School for the 2023-2024 school year.

The Lions Club, with the motto “We Serve,” has been dedicated to serving the community since its inception in 1917. The scholarship committee carefully considered financial need and involvement in school and community activities when selecting the recipients who maintained a non-weighted GPA of 2.7 to 3.7.

The following students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships:

• Sayuri Berenice Martinez Rodriguez

NORTH COUNTY — On Saturday, April

27, The Optimist Clubs of Paso Robles and Atascadero held their annual Optimist Kid’s Fishing Derby at Atascadero Lake. A total of 41 kids, all under the age of 15 years old and from all over San Luis Obispo County, arrived with their parents in hopes of landing the “Big One” and taking home the grand prize, chosen from a large selection of new fishing rods and reels, tackle boxes, and assorted fishing tackle.

Beginning at 8 a.m., with onsite registration and pre-registered sign-ups on Eventbrite, some of the contestants were attending the Optimist Kid’s Fishing Derby for the first time after hearing of the event through flyers, word-of-mouth, and social media.

Starting at 9 a.m., the fishing lines were in the

Joshua Cantrell

Kayla Degnan

• Georgia Domenghini

• Brittany Navarro

Additionally, one student has been awarded a $1,000 Lions Club Scholarship in honor of Ole Viborg:

• Nevaeh Dyer

“We are proud to support these exceptional students as they pursue their educational goals,” said Ted Weatherwax, the scholarship presenter for the Paso Robles Lions Club. “The dedication and commitment shown by these students to their academics and community involvement truly embody the spirit of service that the Lions Club stands for.”

The Paso Robles Lions Club remains committed to making a positive impact in the community and supporting the educational pursuits of local students.

water, and each child was ready for that familiar tug on the end of their pole with anticipated high hopes of winning the event. Almost immediately, the first fish was brought to the scales, and a long list of names of those who caught fish was started. By the 12 p.m. deadline, 73 fish were weighed, measured, and listed on the weigh-in sheets. A variety of rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, perch, and catfish were caught and mostly

PASO ROBLES — Hope Family Wines is opening its second tasting room, Hope on Park — an experiential tasting room where nearly 50 years of heritage, hospitality, and winemaking find a whole new flavor in downtown Paso Robles.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the world of Hope Family Wines to downtown,” said Owner-Winemaker Austin Hope. “It puts us at the heart of what Paso Robles is all about.”

Located at 1140 Pine St., right across from the Paso Robles City Park, Hope on Park features a casual sidewalk tasting bar as well as three distinct interior “creative spaces,” providing patrons with a range of immersive tasting environments within a single location.

The sidewalk tasting bar is now open, while the creative spaces will open their doors June 22. Hope on Park features a variety of favorite wines from the Hope Family Wines portfolio as well as limited releases that are exclusive to the downtown tasting room. Hope on Park lands as a complement to the Austin Hope & Treana Tasting Cellar, the estate that started it all for Hope Family Wines in the Templeton Gap District.

ATASCADERO — On May 28, the Atascadero City Council unanimously approved a construction contract for the El Camino Real Downtown Safety and Parking Enhancements Project (The ECR Project), a key milestone to breaking ground on this community-driven initiative to improve safety in and revitalize the city’s downtown core.

Council’s approval of construction contracts with Souza Construction and Filippin Engineering, Inc. is the culmination of years of public engagement efforts, planning and analysis to enhance the safety and economic vitality of the downtown core. Since the project’s inception in 2017, the objective has been to develop a holistic corridor that considers the needs and goals of all multimodal users, residents, businesses, and visitors.

“We are thrilled to start work on the downtown streetscape and turn seven years of community vision into action,” said Atascadero Mayor Heather Moreno. “Economic and community

released back into the lake.

After the final weigh-in, the biggest fish of the contest was a 1 lb., 10 oz. catfish, caught by Grayson Maguire, 10, of Paso Robles. Holding down second place was a 12 oz. rainbow trout, caught by Lizzie Legaspi, 13, of San Luis Obispo. The heaviest stringer was caught by Vivian Willmon, 8, of San Jose, who caught a total of 4 lbs., 2 oz. of rainbow trout. The smallest fish was also recognized and given a prize, caught by Abigail Newsom, 5, of Atascadero. Even though some of the contestants were shut out at the scales, all the kids and their parents were treated to a free BBQ Hot Dog lunch. After lunch, every child participated in the Kid’s Raffle for a huge assortment of fishing prizes. Every contestant went home with an Optimist Frisbee and some happy memories of the day’s events.

The Optimist Kid’s Fishing Derby has become a biannual event in the North County. Event coordinator and Paso Robles Optimist Club Member Chuck Sawyer was very happy with the turnout and commented, “This is a great event for parents to spend some time with their kids, sitting by the lake, and enjoying a friendly competition. Fishing

“Hope on Park is the next chapter in our guest experience,” said Director of Hospitality Jo Armstrong. “You can now enjoy two distinct points on the journey of Hope Family Wines.”

Hope on Park’s sidewalk tasting bar is a communal tasting space where guests can savor the energy of downtown Paso Robles while enjoying a tasting flight from Hope Family Wines. Walk-ups are welcome, no reservations are necessary.

Hope on Park also features three private creative spaces, where the vibes are as incomparable as the wines. Here, guests step into a world of unexpected luxury and enjoy a guided tasting of rare Austin Hope exclusives, by reservation only. Upcoming offerings include Treana library flights, Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon vertical flights and the all-new Treana Red Reserve, a commemorative red blend that is exclusive to Hope on Park. Artisanal food plates will also be featured.

Each creative space boasts its own distinct ambiance. One space reflects the colorful aesthetic of the “Summer of ’69,” while another evokes the feel of a classic dining club. Finally, the Discrete Lounge draws from Asian art influences with a focus on Discrete, a new brand of ultra-limited wines from Austin Hope.

Hope Family Wines’ investment in downtown Paso Robles is an extension of Austin Hope’s longtime ambassadorship for his home region. His parents, Chuck and Marlyn Hope, began planting vineyards in Paso Robles in 1978 and later became one of the

vibrancy is a top priority for the council, and this project will foster economic revitalization, increase the availability of free parking downtown and, above all, improve public safety, especially for our local students attending nearby schools.”

Construction on The ECR Project formally began on Monday, June 10, starting with utility upgrades. Throughout the duration of construction, the city will use both in-person and virtual channels to proactively communicate about potential traffic impacts to residents, businesses, and schools within the downtown core. Additionally, a construction manager will be onsite to answer questions from the community.

Once complete, The ECR Project will deliver the following improvements and benefits to a 0.6-mile stretch of El Camino Real between Highway 41 and Rosario Avenue:

• Limit traffic to one lane each direction to improve safety, increase parking, and enhance the Downtown experience

Additional crosswalks with higher visibility

A full overhead signalized pedestrian crossing at East Mall to expand safety

• Over 100 new free parking spaces, including

ADA accessible spaces

• ADA accessibility improvements including new driveways and sidewalks

has always been a part of my life, and I’m glad to be able to share my passion for the outdoors with these kids and their families.”

The event is provided free of charge by the Optimist Clubs of Paso Robles and Atascadero, with some assistance from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The next Optimist Kid’s Fishing Derby is planned for sometime in the Fall. Watch for announcements in the local newspapers, the Optimist Club of Paso Robles Facebook page, or Eventbrite. The Optimist Club is an International Service Organization dedicated to improving the lives of youth in the community. Anyone who wishes to join the club, or interested in finding out more information can call Jerry Tanimoto (805) 423-3364 or Chuck Sawyer (805) 591-9590.

“The Optimist Clubs can put your passions to work in the community. I’ve been a club member for 17 years and helping to make the world a better place for youth in the community is what the Optimist Clubs are all about. I love being a part of this organization and I encourage anyone who has a passion for helping youth, or fishing, to become a member today,” Sawyer added.

region’s largest growers of wine grapes. In 1983, the Hopes helped spearhead the creation of the Paso Robles AVA, and 10 years later, helped establish the Paso Robles Vintners & Growers Association (now the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance).

Hope Family Wines today spans six brands that exemplify the world-class quality and diversity of Paso Robles: Austin Hope, Treana, Quest, Austin, Liberty School, and Troublemaker. Hope Family Wines was named “2022 American Winery of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast.

• Over 25 new street trees for shade and aesthetics

In-ground planters along a center median with potted planters along the sidewalk

Hanging pendant lights and streets lights throughout the project area

Storm runoff planters to capture and treat water

• Designated loading zones for deliveries, dropoffs, and pickups

The primary goal of The ECR Project is to improve public safety. The enhancements will provide a positive impact by reducing vehicle speed, improving visibility for roadway users, expanding walkability, and accommodating multimodal transportation.

The project is also designed to boost economic development. Over the past five-plus years, Atascadero has experienced significant development downtown, and construction of this project is anticipated to accelerate the growth of the downtown core. The project’s improvements will enhance aesthetics and create a safer, easier-to-access area that increases foot traffic and business growth.

Construction is expected to last through Summer 2025. Community members can sign up for construction news by visiting Atascadero. org/News-List. For more information about

The ECR Project, and to stay informed on project construction, please visit ECRProject.

“Maintaining quality of life for our residents and businesses is vital. This means we commit to keeping our community updated on project progress as well as any temporary impacts to our residents, businesses, and visitors,” Moreno continued. “I encourage everyone to subscribe to Atascadero’s social media pages, bookmark our project website, and sign up to receive email updates through the News and Alerts portal on the

city’s website to stay informed about project progress.” The biggest fish of the contest was a 1 lb., 10 oz. catfish, caught by Grayson Maguire, 10, of Paso Robles Unanimous vote selects construction firm to break ground on June 10 Over 40 kids try to catch the ‘Big One’ at the annual Optimist Kid’s Fishing Derby City starts El Camino Real Downtown Safety and Parking Enhancements Project STAFF REPORT STAFF REPORT STAFF REPORT ‘Hope on Park’ welcomes wine lovers to downtown Paso Robles New Austin Hope tasting experience features sidewalk bar and private creative spaces Six students were awarded $1,000 each Paso Robles Lions Club awards scholarships to deserving Paso Robles High School graduates STAFF REPORT The recipients of $1,000 scholarships from the Paso Robles Lions Club are shown at a recent reception. Photo provided by Paso Robles Lions Club Optimist Club members were on hand to serve food and refreshment to people at the Optimist Club Fishing Derby, held at Atascadero Lake. Photo provided by The Optimist Clubs Hope on Park is Hope Family Wines’ newest tasting room with a sidewalk bar and private creative spaces. Photo provided by Hope on Park Atascadero City Councilmembers (from left) Heather Newsom, Mayor Heather Moreno, Mark Dariz, Charles Bourbeau, and Susan Funk gather at the intersection of El Camino Real and West Mall to herald the start of the downtown ECR Project. Photo provided by City of Atascadero B Section THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2024 • Making Communities Better Through Print. WHAT’S INSIDE Section NORTH COUNTY LIFE Nonprofit B2 Class/Legals B3 Comics B6 Events B8

Third annual fundraiser to support From the Heart Animal Sanctuary

Nonprofit rescues, rehabs, and provides forever homes for animals that have been marginalized STAFF REPORT

PASO ROBLES — Join animal lovers of all ages, for the Third Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 12 to 3 p.m. benefiting local nonprofit From the Heart Animal Sanctuary. The event will be held at 580 Linne Road (The Iron


Jungle Parking Lot). Nonprofit owners Leslie and Joe Thomas rescue, rehab, and provide forever homes for animals that have been marginalized (Siberian huskies) or given up due to owner circumstances.

A donation of $10 per person (discounts for families) entitles attendees to an ice cream cone. Entertainment includes bounce houses, a bounce arcade, and obstacle course. There will be an interactive roping demonstration and a balloon animal artist. Games include a water balloon toss, a cornhole contest, and face painting. The fun includes a raffle/silent auction, animal appearances, live music, and a Paso Robles firetruck. Food is available for purchase by the Yabba Dabba Dogs food truck. Wine and beer are available for sale.


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About From the Heart Animal Sanctuary

The From the Heart Animal Sanctuary is home to unwanted or medically fragile animals in peril. The sanctuary is the forever home to these animals. The animals also serve as models for children’s art classes. Joe Thomas uses the animals to reach and teach kids ages 5-12 the physical and behavioral characteristics of each animal they draw and paint at Paso Robles Youth Arts Center. Thomas imparts knowledge and compassion to the children through this outreach. From the Heart Animal Sanctuary is on Fat Goat Farm in Paso Robles. From the Heart Animal Sanctuary is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses from the community. For more information, visit



About: The Atascadero Greyhound Foundation has been serving the Atascadero community for more than 20 years, gradually adding more events that serve its mission. We have grown, and continue to give because of the generous donors, sponsors and participants of our events. Our events are a benefit to the community in healthy activity — either athletically, musically, educationally, or in the fight against addiction. Donations: Our support comes from generous donors and sponsors. To make a difference, visit:

ALF Food Pantry

OUR MISSION: ALF Food Pantry is dedicated to providing nutritious groceries to the food-insecure residents of the communities we serve. ALF Food Pantry (formerly known as Atascadero Loaves and Fishes) is celebrating 40 years of service to our community, providing groceries to families and individuals. The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce honored ALF as the 2024 Community Organization of the Year. With an all-volunteer workforce, we distributed nearly 600,000 pounds of food in 2023, the equivalent of 360,000 meals. We provide quality fresh and shelf-stable ingredients to food-insecure people in Atascadero, Templeton, Santa Margarita, Creston, and California Valley. Clients have increased by 20% each year since 2020 and food costs are dramatically higher.

Donations: We need your help to allow us to continue our vital work. Donate today using our QR code or mail a check to ALF Food Pantry, 5411 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422.

United Way of San Luis Obispo County


CONTACT INFO (805) 541-1234


Offices in Atascadero, Paso Robles & SLO (805) 543-6000


1000 Spring Street Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 237-3870

CONTACT INFO Operation Surf 80 San Francisco St. Avila Beach, CA (805) 544-7873

CONTACT INFO 6875 Union Road Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 237-3751 redwingshorse

United Way of San Luis Obispo County’s programs deliver the education and resources that can help families succeed, in the present and for the next generation. Our work is centered on three impact areas that give people the best start for a successful life: Early Childhood Education, Family Financial Stability and Community Strengthening. Please join us! Together we can do our part to make a stronger community in SLO County that benefits us all.

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TREE OF LIFE Pregnancy Care Center


Tree of Life has been helping women and families in our community for over 39 years. All services are FREE and confidential. Women facing pregnancy decisions can find compassion, hope, positive options, and practical help from our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our goal is to provide resources to assist a woman in choosing life for her baby and then to parent or place for adoption. We also offer compassionate help for women struggling with the mental and emotional effects of a previous abortion. Donations: We’re grateful that all of our support comes from generous individuals here in our community.


of the Paso Robles Library


Support the Library through a Friends of the Library membership, starting as low as $10/year. The Friends of the Library appreciates donations, which are either added to the Library’s collection or used to generate considerable funds toward the purchase of new books, library materials, programs, services, etc. Support the Library in a 100% volunteer-run retail environment. We are seeking volunteers to assist with Gift Shop sales, book donation sorting, and to provide book sale support. Due to limited storage space and staff, we are only able to accept two boxes or two bags of materials per household per day. Cash donations always welcome!

BOARD MEETINGS: Call (805) 237-3870 for information

Operation Surf


Our mission is to channel the healing powers of the ocean to restore hope, renew purpose, and revitalize community. Operation Surf’s curriculum-based programs aim to inspire injured military and veterans to seek wellness in all aspects of their lives while providing the necessary resources, tools, and peer-to-peer support to continue this mindset indefinitely. By staying true to our core values of care, inclusion, commitment, integrity, and communication, we change participants’ lives – one wave at a time. Local Veteran Opportunities: OS3- Three Month Surf Program Application is Open! Apply via the website OS3 is a three-month, locally-focused program that provides veterans with an opportunity to bond through surfing, keep each other motivated, and move forward in life with a new perspective. Focused on four key pillars of mentorship, unity, family, and the peace of surfing, Operation Surf inspires to make lasting change in the lives of our community.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

For information about making donations, adoptions, etc, visit For upcoming events, visit


Redwings is always looking for volunteers to help us provide the highest standard of care for our horses and burros. You do not need to have any prior horse experience to volunteer at Redwings. If you would like to work with our horses, the first step is to take a Volunteer Training Class. This class covers sanctuary rules, basic safe horsemanship skills, and an introduction to some of the horses that you will be working with. After completion of the class you are welcome to come volunteer and help with the horses any time during our volunteer hours. Volunteer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 8am to 3:30pm, and we are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Note: We do not allow volunteers to ride the horses at Redwings. There are other ways to get involved and volunteer at Redwings too. We have opportunities to help in our rose and memorial garden, volunteering in the office, helping with events and fundraising, and more. Please submit the form below to schedule a volunteer training or contact our office: or (805) 237-3751.

Atascadero Elks Lodge


1516 El Camino Real,  Atascadero, Ca 93422 805-466-3557

ATASCADERO LODGE NO. 2733 Since 1987, the Atascadero Elks have contributed over $1,000,000 to local community-based programs, non-profits, youth groups, local sports teams, programs for handicapped and needy children, patriotic programs, veterans’ programs and many, many community activities. Our mission as Elks is to inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize our belief in God; to promote the welfare of our community; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; and to cultivate good fellowship.

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If Corporation or LLC- CA State of Incorporation/Organization CA I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows is false is guilty

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CERTIFICATION: I hereby certify that this copy is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. ELAINA CANO, County Clerk By ATRUJILLO, Deputy New Fictitious Business Name Statement, Expires 05/13/2029 PUB: 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13/2024 LEGAL CM 303

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CERTIFICATION: I hereby certify that this copy is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. ELAINA CANO, County Clerk By MSTILETTO, Deputy New Fictitious Business Name Statement, Expires 05/01/2029 PUB: 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13/2024 LEGAL CM 304


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Auctioneer: S.C. Hinckley Bond #69522777 LEGAL CM 312

PUBLIC NOTICE T.S. No.: 24-10441 Notice of Trustee’s Sale Loan No.: ******7623 APN: 080-055-017 You Are In Default Under A Deed Of Trust Dated 4/22/2021. Unless You Take Action To Protect Your Property, It May Be Sold At A Public Sale. If You Need An Explanation Of The Nature Of The Proceeding Against You, You Should Contact A Lawyer. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: Robert A Ortiz Jr, A Single Man Duly Appointed Trustee: Prestige Default Services, LLC Recorded 4/27/2021 as Instrument No. 2021031487 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of San Luis Obispo County, California, Date of Sale: 7/5/2024 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: Breezeway facing Santa Rosa Street County of San Luis Obispo General Services Building, 1087 Santa Rosa St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93408 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $265,932.37 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 7855 Running Deer Road Paso Robles, CA 93446 A.P.N.: 080-055-017 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common

designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. Notice To Potential Bidders: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. All checks payable to Prestige Default Services, LLC. Notice To Property Owner: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (800) 793-6107 or visit this Internet Website www., using the file number assigned to this case 24-10441. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Notice To Tenant: You may have a right to purchase this property after the trustee auction pursuant to Section 2924m of the California Civil Code. If you are an “eligible tenant buyer,” you can purchase the property if you match the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. If you are an “eligible bidder,” you may be able to purchase the property if you exceed the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. There are three

steps to exercising this right of purchase. First, 48 hours after the date of the trustee sale, you can call (800) 793-6107, or visit this internet website www., using the file number assigned to this case 24-10441 to find the date on which the trustee’s sale was held, the amount of the last and highest bid, and the address of the trustee. Second, you must send a written notice of intent to place a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 15 days after the trustee’s sale. Third, you must submit a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 45 days after the trustee’s sale. If you think you may qualify as an “eligible tenant buyer” or “eligible bidder,” you should consider contacting an attorney or appropriate real estate professional immediately for advice regarding this potential right to purchase. Date: 5/17/2024 Prestige Default Services, LLC 1920 Old Tustin Ave. Santa Ana, California 92705 Questions: 949427-2010 Sale Line: (800) 793-6107 Patricia Sanchez, Trustee Sale Officer PUB: 6/6, 6/13, 6/20/2024 LEGAL CM 321

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE SALE Trustee Sale No: 132547-11 Loan No: 197-3443161 Title Order No: 2466243CAD APN 012-325-049 WHEREAS, on 05/27/2004, a certain Deed of Trust was executed by URSULA H.G. SHELEHOV, an unmarried woman, as trustor in favor of WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. as beneficiary and FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY as trustee, and was recorded on 06/04/2004 as Document No. 2004048929, and WHEREAS, the Deed of Trust was insured by the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (the Secretary) pursuant to the National Housing Act for the purpose of providing single family housing; and WHEREAS the beneficial interest in the Deed of Trust is now owned by the Secretary, pursuant to an assignment recorded 11/05/2018 in document no. 2018046125, of Official records in the office of the Recorder of SAN LUIS OBISPO County, CA, and WHEREAS a default has been made in the covenants and conditions of the Deed of Trust PURSUANT TO SECTION 9 (A)(i), OF THE LOAN DOCUMENTS “AN IMMEDIATE PAYMENT IN FULL. AS DEFINED, THE LENDER WILL REQUIRE IMMEDIATE PAYMENT IN FULL OF ALL OUTSTANDING PRINCIPAL AND ACCRUED INTEREST IF; A BORROWER DIES AND THE PROPERTY IS NOT THE PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE OF AT LEAST ONE SURVIVING BORROWER.” INCLUDING ALL FORECLOSURE FEES, ATTORNEY FEES AND ADVANCES TO SENIOR LIENS, INSURANCE, TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS.

WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Deed of Trust to be immediately due and payable; NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to powers vested in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, 12 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR part 27, subpart B, and by the Secretary’s designation of me as Foreclosure Commissioner, recorded on 01/07/2016 as Document No. 2016-000716, notice is hereby given that on 07/02/2024, at 11:00 AM local time, all real and personal property at or used in connection with the following described premises (“Property”) will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: The Real Property in the Unincorporated Area of the, County of San Luis Obispo, State of California, described as: Lot 252 of Tract No. 452, Twin Lakes Unit No. 2, in the County of San Luis Obispo, State of California, according to Map recorded May 23, 1973 in Book 8, Page 31 of Maps and Certificate of Correction recorded March 25, 1982 in Book 2396, Page 48 of official records, in the office of the County recorder of said County. Excepting therefrom 1/2 of all Minerals, Hydrocarbons, Precious Metals, Valuable Substances and Mineral Rights below a depth of 500 feet without the Right of Surface Entry as reserved by Carla Lee De Vries, a widow in Deed recorded September 17, 1971 in Book 1632, Page 636 of official records. Also excepting therefrom all Oil, Gas, Gasoline and other Hydrocarbon Substances and all other Minerals underlying and within the boundaries of such Lot below a Depth of 100 feet, without the Right of Surface Entry (subject however, to Existing Reservations, if any, which are valid and of record) as reserved in Deed from Six Corporation, a Corporation, recorded May 12, 1978, as Instrument No. 22147 of official records. Commonly known as: 1987 GREEN BROOK LANE, PASO ROBLES, CA 93446 The sale will be held: In the breezeway adjacent to the County General Services Building, 1087 Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408 The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development will bid $398,711.62. There will be no proration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before closing, his pro rata share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making their bids, all bidders except the Secretary must submit a deposit totaling $39,871.16 [10% of the Secretary’s bid] in the form of a certified check or cashier’s check made out to the Secretary of HUD. A deposit need not accompany each oral bid. If the successful bid is oral, a deposit of $39,871.16

must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within 30 days of the sale or at such other time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a certified or cashier’s check. If the Secretary is the highest bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveying fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery date of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time within which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be for a 15-day increments for a fee of $500.00, paid in advance. The extension fee will be in the form of a certified or cashier’s check made payable to the Secretary of HUD. If the high bidder closes the sale prior to the expiration of any extension period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder may be required to forfeit the cash deposit or, at the election of the foreclosure commissioner after consultation with the HUD representative, will be liable to HUD for any costs incurred as a result of such failure. The commissioner may, at the direction of the HUD representative, offer the property to the second highest bidder for an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as provided herein. HUD does not guarantee that the property will be vacant. The scheduled foreclosure sale shall be cancelled or adjourned if it is established, by documented written application of the mortgagor to the Foreclosure Commissioner not less than 3 days before the date of sale, or otherwise, that the default or defaults upon which the foreclosure is based did not exist at the time of service of this notice of default and foreclosure sale, or all amounts due under the mortgage agreement are tendered to the Foreclosure Commissioner, in the form of a certified or cashier’s check payable to the Secretary of

HUD, before public auction of the property is completed. The amount that must be paid if the mortgage is to be reinstated prior to the scheduled sale is $398,352.08 as of 07/01/2024, plus all other amounts that would be due under the mortgage agreement if payments under the mortgage had not been accelerated, advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner’s attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recording documents, a commission for the Foreclosure Commissioner, and all other costs incurred in connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. Tender of payment by certified or cashier’s check or application for cancellation of the foreclosure sale shall be submitted to the address of the Foreclosure Commissioner provided below. DATE: 05/20/2024

FORECLOSURE COMMISSIONER: MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES 7844 Madison Ave., Suite 145 Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (916) 9623453 Fax: (916) 962-1334 Sale Information Line: 916-939-0772 or Tara Campbell, Foreclosure Commissioner Officer NPP0461321 To: PASO ROBLES PRESS 06/06/2024, 06/13/2024, 06/20/2024 LEGAL CM 327

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Independence Ranch Community Services District board of directors will hold a public hearing on June 26, 2024, at 3:30 p.m. at the San Miguel Senior Center, 601 12th St, San Miguel, CA 93451,

By MSTILETTO, Deputy New Fictitious Business Name Statement, Expires 06/06/2029 PUB: 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/4/2024 LEGAL CM 347 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No 20241190 THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS/ARE DOING BUSINESS AS: LAGUNA TERRACE APARTMENTS, 3408 SPRING STREET, PASO ROBLES, CA 93446, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY: A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP: GLEN DENNEE COMPANY, LLC, 3620 CHARTER PARK DRIVE, SAN JOSE, CA 95136 If Corporation or LLC- CA State of Incorporation/Organization CA I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows is false is guilty of a crime.) /S/ GLEN DENNEE COMPANY, LLC, MARK BRADINGMANAGER This statement was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo County on 06/03/2024 TRANSACTING BUSINESS DATE: 5/1/1990 CERTIFICATION: I hereby certify that this copy is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. ELAINA CANO, County Clerk By ATRUJILLO, Deputy New Fictitious Business Name Statement, Expires 06/03/2029 PUB: 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/4/2024 LEGAL CM 348 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF LIENED PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will sell the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said property pursuant to Sec. 21700-21716 of the CA B & P Code, Sec. 2328 of the UCC, Sec. 535 of the Penal Code and provisions of the Civil Code. NAME/UNIT/SIZE: Paul Smaglik/#74/10X15 CONTENTS: wheelchair, small shelf unit, step stool, tent, lots of boxes, mattress and box springs, small refrigerator, misc. tools, propane tank, metal detector, framed pictures. This sale will be by competitive bidding at 10:00 a.m. on the _22nd day of June, 2024_ on the premises where said property is stored which is located at Templeton Mini-Storage, 38 Gibson Rd., City of Templeton, County of San Luis Obispo, State of Calif. No one under the age of 18 is allowed to participate in the sale. The Landlord reserves the right to bid at the sale. Purchases must be made with cash and paid for the time of sale. All purchased goods are sold “as is” and must be removed by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the sale. This sale is
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EN THAT THE San Miguel Community Services District Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on: Thursday, June 27, 2024,
601 12th Street, San Miguel California 93451 , to consider adopting a resolution adopting the 2024 Report of Delinquent Water & Sewer Charges and authorize delinquent Water & Sewer service charges to be collected on the 2024-25 County Tax Roll pursuant to Government Code section 61115(b). You can view the 2024 Report of Delinquent Water & Sewer Charges, at the San Miguel Community Services District office located at 1765 Bonita Place, San Miguel CA 93451. Interested persons are invited to be present at the public hearing at which time all interested persons will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony for or against said report. If you elect to attend the Public Hearing, please be advised that any written info to be given to the Board of Directors must be provided to the District on or before June 20th 2024. For additional information please contact Board Clerk Tamara Parent at tamara.parent@ This notice is published pursuant to Government Code section 6066. BY ORDER OF THE SAN MIGUEL COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS. Information available at Kelly Dodds, District General Manager LEGAL CM 340 San Miguel Community Services District NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEARBY GIVEN THAT THE San Miguel Community Services District Board of Directors will hold a public hearing pursuant to Article XIII(D) of the California Constitution. The District Board will conduct a public hearing on this matter, which will be held on: Thursday, June 27th at 6:00 P.M. at 601 12th Street, San Miguel CA. 93451. The proposed rate increase by San Miguel Garbage Company is for customers receiving solid waste, recycling, and green waste services within the San Miguel Community Services District. At the time of the public hearing, the Board will hear and consider all protests and objections concerning these matters. If the rates are adopted, the proposed changes will become effective on July 1, 2024. For additional information please contact Board Clerk Tamara Parent at tamara. BY ORDER OF THE SAN MIGUEL COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS Information available at Kelly Dodds, District General Manager LEGAL CM 341 SAN MIGUEL COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING APPROVING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH WEED ABATEMENT CONDUCTED BY THE DISTRICT AS APPROVED BY RESOLUTION NO. 2024-23 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE San Miguel Community Services District Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on: Thursday, June 27, 2024, at 6:00 P.M. at 601 12th Street, San Miguel, California 93451 to consider approving costs associated with weed abatement conducted by the District as approved by Resolution No. 202421. Approved costs will be liened against the affected parcels through the County tax roll for their respective assessment amount. Pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 14905 the District accounted for the cost of abatement for each affected parcel of land. The itemized report will be presented to the District Board of Directors at the June 27, 2024 hearing. A copy of the itemized report will be posted at least three (3) days prior to its submission to the Board, with a notice of the time and place the report will be submitted to the District Board for confirmation. BY ORDER OF THE SAN MIGUEL COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS Scott Young, San Miguel Community Services District Fire Chief Final List - Tax Roll Weed Abatement 2024 1: 021-112-002 - 16th - St - TN SAN MIGUEL BL 67 & PTN ABD RD - 0.19 3: 021-171-012 - 1417MISSION - ST - TN SAN MIG BL 56 LT 10 - 0.23 4: 021-231-005 - 590 14TH - ST- TN SAN MIGUEL T25S R12E PTN SEC 16 - 2.66 5: 021-302-010 - NONETN SAN MIGUEL BL 31 LTS 10 TO 12 - 0.16 6: 021-322-015 - 939 - LST - TN SAN MIGUEL MCD ADD BL 30 LTS 12, 13 & N 1/2 LT 14 - 0.18 7: 021-331-001 - 0 - L - ST - TN DAN MIGUEL BL 61 LTS 30 TO 32 - 0.25 8: 021-331-019 - 0 - MISSION - ST - MCD ADD BL 61 LT 4, 5, PTN LT 3 & PTN ABD RD - 0.17 9: 021-331-034 - 966 - L - ST - TN SAN MIGUEL MC D ADD BL 61 LTS 23 THUR 24 - 0.11 LEGAL CM 342 Need to publish your Legal Notice OR FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME? CALL 805-466-2585 ‧ EMAIL • Making Communities Better Through Print. Thursday, June 13, 2024 • PAGE B-5
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8205 Curbaril Ave. (corner of Curbaril & Atascadero Ave.): Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Ted Mort, Pastor. (805) 466-0175.

Awakening Ways Center for Spiritual Living

A New Thought Spiritual Community. Living the Consciously Awakened Life. Rev. Elizabeth Rowley Hogue Sunday 10:00am at the Pavilion 9315 Pismo Way, Atascadero (805) 391-4465.

St. William’s Catholic Church 6410 Santa Lucia Road, Atascadero, CA (805) 466-0849 www. Weekday Masses : 10:30 AM Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 PM Sunday Masses: 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM Spanish


9925 Morro Road, Atascadero; "The Church on the Hill"; An independent church committed to the teaching of God's Word.; Praise and Prayer–10 a.m.; Morning Worship–11 a.m.; Evening Worship–6 p.m.; Wednesday Prayer–6:30 p.m.; Nursery care and children's classes provided.; Pastor Jorge Guerrero; (805) 461-9197.


A place of hope! Join us for in-person worship on Sundays at 9 A.M. Services are also streamed on our YouTube channel, Hope Lutheran Church Atascadero. We offer Sunday School for all ages after worship. Learn more at 8005 San Gabriel Road, Atascadero. 805.461.0430.


4500 El Camino Real, Atascadero; 466-9350; Morning Bible class at 9 a.m. Sunday; Coffee and Sunday Worship with Holy Communion at 10 a.m. Sunday; Thursday morning Bible class 10 a.m. followed by refreshments and fellowship; Developmentally disabled Bible class 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings;;; Pastor Wayne Riddering.


We honor ancient scriptures, responding to God’s contemporary call to be just and kind.; Join us for Worship Sunday, 10 a.m.; Church School Sunday, 10:15 a.m.; Coffee Fellowship 11 a.m.; Men’s Bible Study, Wednesday, 8 a.m.; Women’s Bible Study, Friday, 10 a.m.; Youth Group; 1301 Oak St., Paso Robles; (805) 238-3321.


940 Creston Road, Paso Robles; has Sunday worship services at 9:30 a.m; For more information, call the church at (805) 238-3702. Ext. 206.


2100 Ramona Road. Sunday service at 10am. Will & Lori Barrow, Pastors; (805) 466-3191;


4500 El Camino Ave (Downstairs, Rear Parking Lot) // info@ Sunday Service at 9am, Children’s Ministry provided for ages 2yrs–6th grade. Pastors Chris Vanoli & Ben Eisenman // Love God, Love Others // Abiding closely with Jesus and teaching others to do the same.


A division of Alpha Beth Ministries; 3850 Ramada Drive (corner of Ramada and Cow Meadow), Paso Robles; 805-434-5170; Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz; a charismatic non-denominational fellowship; Reaching People, Building Homes; Sundays 10am, Wednesday 7pm;,; Instagram @the_ revival_center


5850 Rosario Ave. Service 10 a.m. (in person and on Zoom) Pastor Heather Branton (805) 466-9108


820 Creston Road., Paso Robles; (805) 238-2218- Parish Office open Mon-Fri 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; website:; Mass times; Daily Mass- 8:30 a.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.; Tues. 7 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass 5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. Father Rodolfo Contreras.


22515 “H” St, Santa Margarita (805)438-5383 Parish Office

hours:Wed-Thur 9am-12pm Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass:5pm Sunday:10am Wed-Fri 10am Adoration Wed following Mass Confessions: Saturday 4pm and Sunday 9am

Be included in the Atascadero News & Paso Robles Press Worship Directory for an entire year at $175

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Father’s Day breakfast

The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival, voted “Best Outdoor Experience” in 2018, will be presented this year on June 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Atascadero Lake Park. There will be live music, wine tasting, beer and spirits tasting, a “roar and pour” area at the Charles Paddock Zoo, art and craft vendors, and so much more.

Buy your tickets now and save some money. General Admission tickets are $75 now. Tickets at the gate on the day of the event, will be $90. For more information regarding this great event, visit

Vin13 Wine Bar of Paso Robles is announcing a special Winemakers Dinner in partnership with ECHO (El Camino Homeless Organization). The

Iwas born at the wrong time but then, my timing has always been off. At the tender age of 21, I was hired as a field editor for a livestock weekly, and there were eight of us all together. Every other man was at least 20 years older than me, and most were 30 years older. The editor, publisher, and owner were also at least 30 years older, so everything that went wrong was obviously my fault. When I started work in 1973, the price of feeder calves was 70 to 80 cents a pound, and within my first year, prices for the same weight and age of cattle dropped to 30 cents per pound! Naturally, this was all my fault too.

Due to my youth, my fellow field editors thought they had the right to boss me around. One of them, who I thought was my friend, came to me and said that one of his contacts had asked him to find 40 Polled Hereford heif-


God is able to do the miraculous with what we allow Him access to.

In Genesis 4, we find Moses already having had an encounter with the Lord through a burning bush. God had called him to go back to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let His people go. Moses responded with his valid arguments of “What if they will not listen or believe me?” The Lord responded to him and said, “What is in your hand?” Moses answered, “A staff.” God told him to throw it on the ground. The staff instantly turned into a snake. The Lord told him to reach

extraordinary event will take place on Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m., offering an evening filled with fine wine, gourmet cuisine, and charitable giving. Guests are invited to take part in an unparalleled culinary experience at the charming venue of the home of the owners of COPIA Vineyards. The gourmet dinner will be presented by chef Candice Custodio, and will be paired to complement the wine selection.

The Winemakers Dinner is an opportunity to support a worthy cause. For tickets and more information, please visit

ECHO’s mission since 2001 is to empower people in SLO County to make positive change by providing food, shelter, and supportive services. ECHO operates two facilities in Atascadero and Paso Robles with a total bed capacity of 130, including a 60-bed shelter in Atascadero and 70-bed shelter in Paso Robles, and a daily community dinner program, and shower program for individuals and families through-

out San Luis Obispo County. For more information, visit the website at

I recently had an omelet at Joe’s in Templeton that was one of the best I’ve eaten in a long time. It was called Lorraine and included diced tomatoes, spinach, bacon and Swiss cheese. The recipe this week is similar and would make an easy breakfast dish for Father’s Day this weekend. Include a fresh fruit bowl and toast or English muffins on your menu, and you’ve got it made!

Gruyére, Bacon, Spinach and Tomato Scramble


8 large eggs

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard Kosher salt and pepper

• 1 tablespoon olive oil or unsalted butter

• 2 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and broken into pieces

2 cups fresh spinach, torn

1 medium tomato, seeded and diced

2 ounces Gruyére cheese, shredded


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ers to be shipped to Japan, but there was one condition: they had to come from Arizona, which just happened to be part of my territory. They had to come from a desert environment because cattle from California tested positive for blue tongue even though they didn’t have the disease. My friend said that this would be a big feather in my cap and the grateful breeders would probably buy a big thank you ad on which I’d get a commission. Plus, I’d get to write a fascinating story.

So I paid all my expenses, motel, gas, and food, and crawled all over Arizona to find six people in the whole state who had Polled Herefords for sale. After weeks of work, I finally found 45 head of Polled heifers and arranged for them all to be blood tested, gathered up at one central location to be loaded on a truck and hauled to the port of Oakland, California. There, they were inspected by Japanese health officials who found a wart on one heifer the size of a pencil eraser, and they grounded her.

I was not privy to the selling price. All that was handled by my fellow field editor who I sensed

out and pick it up by its tail and it turned back into his staff. That was the beginning of many miracles with Moses’ staff. Later that same staff was the tool that was used to bring about some of the plagues, water coming out of a rock for the desert-wandering Hebrew children, and splitting the Red Sea.

In the book of 2 Kings we find a widow who was in desperate need to pay her creditors back before they took her children as slaves. God’s prophet Elisha asked her, “What do you have in your house?” She said she had nothing except a jar of oil. Elisha commanded her to go get as many vessels as she could from her friends and neighbors, and as long as she was pouring from her little pot of oil, vessels kept being filled. She then got to sell the oil to pay off her debts.

Elisha’s predecessor Elijah

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, mustard, 1 tablespoon water, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat oil or butter in 10-inch skillet on medium. Add eggs; cook, stirring to desired doneness; 3 minutes for medium-soft eggs. Fold in bacon, spinach, tomatoes and cheese. Serves 4

Note: You could substitute diced ham for the bacon, and grated swiss for the Gruyére. Next time you want a handful of walnuts try this next recipe for something different.

Maple-Chili Walnuts


Warm 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, and a generous pinch of sea salt in a small skillet over low heat. Add 12 walnut halves. Toss to coat. Heat 1 to 2 minutes longer. Cool before serving.

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads out there. Cheers!

Barbie Butz is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email her at

was making money off my hard work.

This was all part of the massive sale of Polled Herefords around the world, 10,000 of which were exported in 1968 and 1969 to Chile alone. The world wanted our Polled Herefords because they had none of their own as the breed was started in the United States.

To write my story, I went to the Port of Oakland on the departure date, where I was allowed inside the stretched jet that would take the heifers to Japan. My tour guide called the jet “four engines mounted on a coffin” and told me of an earlier shipment of 30 heads from the U.S. to South America that had been improperly secured; the load shifted forward, the pilot lost control, and everything died. I did a little investigating for my story and also learned about a planeload of hogs en route from Chicago to Europe that suffocated on the ground in New York. One of the pilots going to Japan with the Polled Herefords called his beat-up airplane “The Vomit Comet.”

There was another load of cattle from New York to Europe

that expelled so much moisture that everything froze up inside the plane, and they had to make an emergency landing. Initially, I thought I could write a better story if I went with the Polled Hereford heifers I’d hand-picked to Japan, just like the old-time herdsmen who accompanied their cattle on the train trip to Chicago for the International. After much consideration I had “reservations” about my reservations for the flight and canceled at the last minute. The whole thing was pretty sketchy, and I thought it prophetic that we’d be leaving from a place called a “terminal.” I didn’t want the last thing to go through my mind to be a load of Polled Herefords.  To make a long story short, afterward, none of the Arizona Polled Hereford breeders would speak to me, my editor never did run my story, and I was later told that my “buddy” who gave me the assignment got two free plane tickets and a week’s stay in Tahiti for all his hard work.

Lee Pitts is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email them at leepitts@

had a situation with a widow of Zarephath during an extreme drought in 1 Kings. He asked her to bring him some water and some bread. She bemoaned that all she had was a little handful of flour and a little oil, and she was going to make herself and her son something to eat, and then they would die. He told her to feed him first. That made no sense to her, but in her obedience to the Lord, she did, and because of that obedience, her flour and oil were never exhausted during the drought.

In John chapter 2 is the well-known first miracle of Jesus turning water to wine. What did they have in their hand? They had water pots. Jesus did the miraculous with that!

In the gospels, there are a few instances where Jesus multiplied fish and bread.

But the most famous one was when the disciples brought a

young boy who had his lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish. The young boy gave it to the Messiah. Jesus took that little bit of food and literally fed thousands and thousands of people with it. Now, you need to understand that even though God is Divine and our Creator, He would not have been able to do these miracles if people weren’t obedient and brought what they had and used what was in their hand. Do not underestimate what you have. Whether it’s a little or a big thing. When you bring whatever you have to God in faith, He is now free to do something far beyond what you could ever do with it. Get in business with God, and your success is inevitable.

Sarah-Kate Duran is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email them at • Making Communities Better Through Print. Thursday, June 13, 2024 • PAGE B-7
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JUNE 18, 25


Lake Park Bandstand


Weekly free concerts will run from June 11 through August 20 this year, every Tuesday evening at the Atascadero Lake Park bandstand. It’s a wonderful small-town happening.

JUNE 13, 20, 27

CONCERTS IN THE PARK City Park, Downtown Paso Robles


Enjoy listening to live music under the evening sky. June 13: JD Project (rock, country), June 20:

(rockin’ Americana roots), and June 27: Monte Mills & the Lucky Horseshoe Band (country, rock n’ roll).


KIWANIS & MAYORS 14TH ANNUAL WINEMAKER DINNER Pavilion on the Lake, Atascadero 5 to 10 p.m.

Thirty-two wineries will participate in a tasting on the pavilion deck overlooking the lake and then with a sit-down gourmet dinner that includes both a live and silent auction. The silent auction goes online June 1.


ATASCADERO LIBRARY 10 YEAR CELEBRATION 6555 Capistrano Avenue 11am-2pm

The Atascadero Library is

celebrating the 10 year anniversary of it’s new location..

JUNE 15 AND 20


Atascadero Lake Park

6:30-8:30pm Sit and dance by the lake listening to live music by various artists. June 15Rock Odyssey and June 29Cinders Blues Band.



Enjoy live music every Friday evening from June 21 to September 6 at San Luis Obispo’s Mission Plaza. Concerts in the Plaza, presented by Sunset Honda and hosted by Downtown SLO, is the Central Coast’s top free concert series. Email or visit for details.




Pavilion on the Lake 9315 Pismo Ave, Atascadero

The upcoming 14th Annual Atascadero Kiwanis & Mayors’ Winemaker Dinner on June 21 is dedicated to raising support for ECHO (El Camino Homeless Organization). Visit atascaderokiwanis. org for more information.



Stay tuned for more details Join the 27th Anniversary of Atascadero WineFest at Atascadero Lake Park from 4 pm to 8 pm. Over 100 wines from 50+ wineries, breweries, artisans, and artists by the lake. Enjoy unlimited tastings, live music, and a unique “roar-and-pour” experience with zoo animals. Proceeds support Charles Paddock Zoo. Details at



JULY 4 IN PASO Barney Schwartz Park,

2970 Union Road, Paso Robles 2–10 p.m.

The City of Paso Robles, along with Travel Paso, is offering a family-friendly event throughout the day and culminating with a fireworks show at night.


Downtown Templeton 7am-3pm

Details: Start the day with the Pancake Breakfast at 7am, and then grab a seat for the hometown parade at 10am


Atascadero Lake Park, Atascadero 2–8 p.m.

Presented by Colony Days and the Printery Foundation, the 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival will o ff er music, boating, bounce houses, games and more. There will be food, bear and wine available for purchase. For information, visit atascaderofourthofjuly. com.




Templeton Library 1173 S. Main Street, Templeton 8am-2pm

Over 30 vendors of Western silver, saddles, vintage clothing, wine decor, jewelry, books, collectibles and crafts will be displaying their wares. There is a co ff ee truck and always a burger, pizza or burrito food truck on hand. Join us for these events.




Avila Beach

Over 2,000 attendees expected! Enjoy Mac & Cheese from over 25 of the most talented chefs, restaurants and caterers on the Central Coast and beyond! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite as they compete for the best mac and cheese! Sample beer, wine, spirits. Live music. 21+. Visit for details

Rock/country band JD Project to kick off Paso Robles Summer Concerts in the Park on Thursday, June 13

Music series will continue weekly on Thursday nights, June 13 through Aug. 22

PASO ROBLES — JD Project, a Central Coast band performing rock and country music, will kick off this summer’s Concerts in the Park season on Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m. in City Park (Spring Street and 12th Street) in Paso Robles. The four-piece band, comprised of a group of talented musicians, is a local favorite known for its high-energy, fun show. The JD Project concert is sponsored by RE/MAX Success, Henry Elisarraraz State Farm Insurance, and The Blueprinter & Graphics.

Each summer, the Paso Robles REC Foundation and the City of Paso Robles collaborate to host a free concert series on Thursday evenings in the City Park gazebo.

Hundreds of locals, along with savvy visitors, flock to the park for great music, food, drink, and dancing in a charming setting. Concerts in the Park will continue weekly on Thursday nights, June 13 through Aug. 22 (except for July 4 and 25).

“Our concert series has become a favorite summer tradition among locals and visitors alike,” commented Lynda Plescia, manager of recreation services for the City of Paso Robles. “We are so excited for the fantastic and diverse musical lineup that we have planned this season. There’s no doubt that City Park is the place to be on Thursday evenings this summer.”

Peschong, Pacific Premier Bank and Placer Title Company

• Aug. 1: Earls of Tuesday (rock, soul, blues) Sponsored by Mari Landscaping, Inc. and North Coast Engineering

• Aug. 8: Red Oak Country (’80s and ’90s country) Sponsored by Paso Robles Vacation Rentals and Visiting Angels

• Aug. 15 : Club Dv8 (’80s rock classics) Sponsored by Stifel Financial Services and Pacifica Commercial Realty Aug. 22: Joy Bonner Band (rock, pop) Sponsored by RE/MAX Parkside Real Estate, CrossCountry Mortgage and First 5 SLO County

Season sponsors J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines and Firestone Walker Brewing Company will be providing wine and beer. Water and soda will also be available for purchase during the concerts. All net proceeds from beverage sales support the Paso Robles REC Foundation, whose mission is to enhance parks and recreation in the city of Paso Robles.

The 2024 summer Concerts in the Park lineup will feature: June 13: JD Project (rock, country) Sponsored by RE/MAX Success, Henry Elisarraraz State Farm Insurance and CrossCountry Mortgage

• June 20: Dulcie Taylor (rockin’ Americana roots) Sponsored by Rental Depot

• July 11: Josh Rosenblum Band (pop, rock, soul) Sponsored by Howard Products, A Heavenly Home and Megan’s Organic Market

• July 18: 90s Babiez (’90s R&B, pop) Sponsored by First District Supervisor John

• June 27: Monte Mills & the Lucky Horseshoe Band (country, rock ’n’ roll) Sponsored by Paso Robles Rotary Club & Pioneer Day Committee, Country Real Estate and The Blueprinter & Graphics

This event will take place on Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m.

Additional season sponsors include Howard Products, RE/MAX Parkside Real Estate, Coldstone Creamery, New Times, Travel Paso, and Paso Robles Magazine. Visit or for concert updates.

The mission of Paso Robles Recreation Services is to partner with the community to provide high quality, accessible, diverse experiences for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Paso Robles Recreation Services is located at Centennial Park (600 Nickerson Drive) in Paso Robles.

wine, gourmet cuisine, and charitable giving. Guests are invited to COPIA Vineyards to enjoy local wines and a gourmet dinner by chef Candice Custodio. Each course has been expertly paired to complement the wines. Enjoy an array of local wines from their sponsors including COPIA, The Royal Nonesuch Farm, Cordant, Volatus, and VIN13. Support ECHO’s mission of aiding the members of the community who need it most on their journey back into stable housing. Tickets are $250 per person and includes wine, dinner, and entertainment. This is a 21-and-over event. Space is limited. For tickets and more information, visit vin13andechowinemakersdinner2024

About El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO): ECHO’s mission since 2001 is to empower people in SLO County to make positive change by providing food, shelter, and supportive services. ECHO operates two facilities in Atascadero and Paso Robles with a total bed capacity of 130, including a 60-bed shelter in Atascadero and 70-bed shelter in Paso Robles, and a daily community dinner program, and shower program for individuals and families throughout San Luis Obispo County. For more information, visit

Paso Robles City Park will be the place for live music on Thursdays throughout the Summer, during the Summer Concerts in the Park. Photo provided by City of Paso Robles STAFF REPORT
Dulcie Taylor
SAN LUIS OBISPO Every Thursday Five blocks of Higuera Street between Osos Street and Nipomo Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 6 to 9 pm. ARROYO GRANDE Every Saturday and Wednesday Saturday; Olohan Alley in the Arroyo Grande Village 12 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday; Smart & Final parking lot at 1464 East Grand Avenue from 8:30 to 11 am. MORRO BAY Every Saturday Main St. & Morro Bay Blvd from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. MORRO BAY Every Thursday 2650 Main St. Spencer’s Parking Lot from 2 to 4:30 pm. CAMBRIA Every Friday 1000 Main St., Veterans Hall Parking Lot from 2:30 to 5 pm. BAYWOOD / LOS OSOS Every Monday 668 Santa Maria Ave, San Luis Obispo from 2 to 4:30 p.m. AVILA BEACH Every Friday Avila Beach Promenade from 4 to 8 p.m. PASO ROBLES Every Tuesday 11th and Spring, from 9:30 am to noon. PASO ROBLES Country Farm & Craft Market 1st Saturday of the month 11th and Spring, from 9 am to 1 pm. TEMPLETON Every Saturday Crocker St. and 6th St from 9 am to 12:30 pm. ATASCADERO Every Wednesday 6505 El Camino Real from 3 to 6 p.m. SAN
PASO ROBLES — VIN13 Wine Bar of Paso Robles will be hosting a special Winemakers Dinner in partnership with ECHO (El Camino Homeless Organization). This event will take place on Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m.
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Vin 13 Wine Bar to host winemakers dinner supporting ECHO

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