Atascadero News • March 28, 2024

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Atascadero Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Jr. CEO Business Day is a big hit



Sunday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce’s Jr.


CEOs took The Plaza across from Sunken Gardens for the second annual Jr. CEO Business Day. There, the youngsters showed off the businesses they worked six weeks to build while attending the Chamber’s digital program. The community came out even in the rain, and sales at the Jr. CEO’s

booths were high, with some of the participants selling out of items before the day was over.

This year, almost double the child-built businesses were out selling their goods.

The Chamber’s president and CEO, Josh Cross, said that last year they had 25 booths at the Business Day, but this

year brought 42 to the space.

“The Jr. CEOs are happy. Their families are happy, and all the people shopping are happy,” added Cross.

City Council moves forward with General Plan Update

Draft resolution and ordinance for Sales Tax Measure for consideration at June 11 meeting approved

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero City Council met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 12, at 6 p.m. The hybrid meeting was held in the City Council Chambers.

The evening’s main topic of discussion was the General Plan Update Project. The project was presented by both city staff and MIG, Inc. consultants who have been working on the project.

“We’re really proud to present to you another significant phase of the General Plan Update tonight,” said Community Development Director Phil Dunsmore.

“Consider tonight a check-in.

COUNTY — The final results are in for the March 5 Presi-

dential Primary Election and we now know who will be taking the San Luis Obispo County District 5 Supervisor seat now held by Debbie Arnold. With 56.38 percent of the vote, current Atascadero Mayor Heather Moreno will serve as your next District 5 Supervisor. Regarding her election win,


ATASCADERO — The sixth annual Central Coast Craft Beer Fest (CCCBF) took over the Sunken Gardens on Saturday, March 23, from 12 to 4 p.m. Even though rain was in the forcast and made an appearance on the day, over 2,300 guests braved the spratic rainfall for a chance to taste the best adult beverages on the Central Coast.

“We did get some in-climate weather. We got some rain,” said the CCCBF’s emcee and Traffic Records owner, Manuel Barba. “Right when the gates opened at noon, the sky opened up, and I thought it was going to be a deterrent to people coming out and enjoying the festivities. However, from my understanding, it was a stronger turnout, significantly stronger turnout this year than last

The Jr. CEO program teaches kids from elementary school through junior high skills to start their own businesses. Cross led all five virtual workshops that made up the course. Rhyan Kendrick, whose business was called Rhyan Knits, had knit beanies and made pompom keychains. And with her tenacious spirit, she was diving into the crowd and drawing people’s attention to her booth.

A check-in of several checkins that we’re going to be doing throughout this process. Tonight’s not a night where we’ll be making any final decisions, but tonight is a night where we will be giving some significant direction on the future of our city.”

“I’m actually empty-ish


The main focus was to go over the General Plan Map, which will designate what will


Central Coast Craft Beer Fest brings in record-breaking crowds

year, and the rain played zero factor in having people come out. It was packed.”

Traffic Records was primary sponsor and DJ’d for two of the four hours of the event.

With Barba and DJ Chad Fortin (Speakeasy Chad) at the turntables. Silk Ocean and Carbon City Lights also played live sets. “It’s really fun to be able to

partner up with local businesses. So on our end it’s really an important part to what the Central Coast Brewers Guild wants to do, which

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because I got so much people. I kept gathering them and some people just kept walking up,” said Kendrick.

Natural Properties’ young owner, Danika Cox, sold items using plants she found on her parents’ property, including lemons, sage sticks, and a specialty salt mixture.

“I made, I know, over $100,” Cox said. “I counted over $100. I’ve sold a lot of stuff. Plus, I started out with like, about 18 of these



go where in the city, with key land use strategies. Dan Amsden from MIG, Inc. stated that the night’s core discussion would be the starting point to prepare more detailed policies, goals, and actions for the draft General Plan and will allow them to start the environmental analysis. It will all come back for additional review in the future.

“So the key policy considerations when we look at different housing types, we have to go inward a little bit in Atascadero,” Dunsmore said. “We don’t have a lot of buildable land, we have a lot of typography, we have the Salinas River that kind of restricts us on one side, we’ve got Highway 101, we have a certain capacity for our wastewater treatment plant, and we have a certain amount of water in our community. But we still have room for addi -


(salts), I have three now.”

Ayden Kneeskern created a free recycling pick-up business called Recycling is Fun. He created business cards and a signup sheet, and once residents are signed up, he will pick up their recycling on the first Sunday of every month. He also said that he could not have gotten to where he is with Recycling is Fun without the Jr. CEO program.

“There’s classes, like Zoom calls, and they really help you expand your business. I made like 20 clients with them and I wouldn’t be

tional housing.” The updated land use designations or placetypes presented at the meeting are as follows:

Rural Residential

Very Low Density Residential (1-4 units per acre)

Low-Density Residential (5-12 units per acre)

• Medium Density Residential (13-24 units per acre)

• High-Density Residential (25-36 units per acre)

Mixed Use (20-36 units per acre)

Downtown Mixed Use Commercial

• Community Recreation (indoor and outdoor recreational use)

• Innovation/Flex (mix of business and pedestrian uses)

Industrial Conservation/Parks/Open Space

Public/Quasi Public (fire stations, City Hall, schools...) “If you look at this map, a vast

is have the community behind the event and supporting and want to be a part of what they do,” said En Fuego Events owner and Event Director Andres Nuno.

On top of working with Traffic Records, they also worked with Culligan, who supplies all the free water at the event, and Ancient Owl Beer Garden, who poured beer that breweries couldn’t be there to supply them -


Moreno told Atascadero News, “I am deeply honored by the trust and confidence the voters have placed in me. It is the unwavering support, dedication and shared vision of so many in our community that have propelled us to this remarkable achievement.”

Moreno is currently serving as the Atascadero mayor and is the second mayor in the city’s history. She was first elected to Atascadero City Council in 2012 and was then first elected as mayor in 2018 and re-elected in 2020 and 2022. Her opponent in the supervisor race was fellow Atascadero City Council member Susan Funk, who came out of the election with 43.62 percent of the vote. Funk was first elected to council in November, 2018 and was re-elected in November 2022.

able to do it without them,” added Kneeskern.

Faithful Cowboy Farm Goods was Jr. CEO Abraham Frankel’s dive into starting his own business. Selling everything from goat milk’s soap from goats he milked himself to herbs and plants from his family’s garden.

“It was really fun. I learned how to have your first business and how to deal with it,” Frankel said of the program.

Giada Pipan of Giada Jewell Designs, her jewelry company, said she started making earrings and the like at her grandma’s house,

majority of Atascadero is that rural residential, and we’re not losing that,” stated Mayor Heather Moreno. “I know sometimes, when we start looking at density, people think, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re becoming LA.’ We’re not becoming LA; that’s not happening. We’re keeping that rural kind of feel, that rural residential area.”

The council then went over specific community focus areas within the map. Starting with the north end of town and heading south: Ramona Road

Del Rio

• San Benito

• San Anselmo

• Traffic Way/Sycamore Road

• Downtown Core

Infill Flex Morro Road

Triangle Neighborhood South Atascadero Commercial South Gateway

selves, as well as many other great local companies.

This time around there was a total of 57 breweries, cideries, and wineries participating at the fest. They even added mead into the mix this year.

“We want to make sure that somebody that doesn’t enjoy craft beer that there’s other options for them to enjoy too from independantly owned brands that make ciders and meades or wine,” Nuno added. “It’s great

Atascadero News reached out to Funk for comment on the election results and whether or not she plans to throw her hat into the mayoral ring. She provided the following statement:

“I called Mayor Moreno last week and congratulated her on her victory in this race. She and I both expressed appreciation for our mutual commitment to keeping the dynamics and issues of the campaign out of our shared work as members of the Atascadero City Council.

election staff and volunteers, who worked hard to deliver a free and fair election. It is essential for our democracy that we ensure fair and accurate elections and respect the results.”

The council wanted nine of the items changed or looked at closer, including a redefinition of low-density, how to deal with the land around the Salinas River, and how to deal with the land around non-city-maintained roads.

The next step will be starting the environmental impact report. There will also be another round of community engagement in the fall of this year.

Planning Manager Kelly Gleason then presented the council with the General Plan & Housing Element Annual Progress Report 2023. The council reviewed and accepted the item.

At 10:45 p.m. Moreno asked that the council pass a motion that the meeting could go past 11 p.m.

Deputy City Manager Lara Christensen presented the council with the consideration of a new sales tax measure. Back in November 2014, the City Council voted to

having them on site. They’re a great addition to the event.”

“I had a great experience. One of my favorite breweries there was Third Window [Brewing Co.]. Their beer was very tasty,” stated resident Anthony Atkins. The CCCBF also had more merchants and food vendors this year than in years past, including a couple of local nonprofits.

Every year, the Central Coast Brewer’s Guild waves the fees for any nonprofits who want

but with the help of the Jr. CEO program she was able to turn her hobby into a business. “It’s really fun and you get to learn a lot of things about business,” added Pipan. She also said that she loved learning how to deal with her money and how to open a bank account. Jr. CEO Business Day will be back again next year. Cross did mention that they will be on the lookout for a new place to hold it as they’ve grown out of The Plaza and have plans to have even more kids participating in 2025.

place Measure F-14 on the ballot. It was a 0.5 percent sales tax increase to fund infrastructure repairs. The measure passed with over 58 percent voter approval. It went into effect April 2015 and generates $3 million annually. The measure will sunset on March 31, 2027.

Council was recommended to direct staff to prepare a draft resolution and ordinance for City Council’s consideration for the June 11 meeting. To continue to place a 0.5 percent sale tax measure (which will be new, but be a complete rollover of the current F-14, with no additional taxes added to what residents are already paying). The measure would go on the November 2024 ballot and, if voted on in the affirmative, would go into effect on April 1, 2027.

The motion passed unanimously.

The next Atascadero City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9, at 6 p.m.

to participate. “We were so excited on the turnout and how it went,” Nuno said. “It’s been incredible that this event just continues to grow in popularity and more independantly owned breweries and wineries want to join us, and more vendors want to be on site to sell their items. It was a really awesome day.”

Next year, the CCCBF will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2025. To find out more about the fest go to,

this city as mayor.”

and 32 percent, respectively.

“I want to express my deep appreciation for all the volunteers and supporters of my grass-roots campaign. Since the election, many people — supporters and opponents alike — have reached out to me to express respect and appreciation for the campaign we ran. I look forward to building on the relationships we developed and continuing the important work of shaping the future of our community. “I also want to acknowledge

As for Moreno’s next chapter of public service, she says, “I’m optimistic about the future we will create together and there’s a lot of work to do on important issues, like housing and homelessness. I see opportunities to make county government more efficient and streamlined, to move good projects forward that benefit the entire community. I look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues on the board to accomplish good things for our residents.”

Moreno will be representing Atascadero, Cal Poly State University (portion), California Valley, Creston, Garden Farms, Pozo, San Luis Obispo (portion), and Santa Margarita with her District 5 seat.

Moreno thanked everyone who contributed time, energy and resources to her campaign and offered her deepest gratitude.

making phone calls, and hosting events to delivering signs and spreading the word, everyone’s combined efforts were invaluable,” she said. “And to my core team and trusted advisors: I am grateful beyond words at the level of commitment and support you provided over the past year. Our success would not be possible without you.”

She will serve the remainder of her term as Atascadero mayor through the end of this year before taking her seat as District 5 Supervisor. She will be joining John Peschong (D-1) and Dawn Ortiz-Legg (D-3), who both ran in this March 5 election unopposed.

On March 17, SLO County Clerk Recorder Elaina Cano announced the election had been certified. In her press release, she stated that the county’s voter participation rate in the March 5 election was officially 52.34 percent of registered voters, which was well above the statewide average of 34 percent.

Of the 92,526 ballots cast and counted, 94.28 percent of SLO County voters opted to use their vote-by-mail (VBM) ballot and 5.72 percent cast a poll ballot on Election Day.

With Moreno taking the District 5 seat, the mayoral position is up for grabs. Current Atascadero City Councilmember Charles Bourbeau has already announced his bid for the seat — his term on council also expires in 2024. No other candidates have announced their bid for the mayoral seat yet. However, the nomination period for local elections will open later this year.

“Throughout the canvass, we also had several community observers on hand to witness the process,” Cano said. “Those who came in to observe were able to see our work as we did it and ask questions about each step.”

Cano stressed that the counting process is always open to community observers, provided they check in and adhere to the office’s conduct guidelines.

“SLO County voters did a good job turning out for the primary, and we look forward to even more participation in the November General Election,” said Cano. “We are also happy to be able to certify this election more than a week ahead of schedule.”

For voting inquiries, contact the Elections Office at (805) 781-5228 or elections@co.slo. Additional information can be found on the Voter FAQ page, and detailed election information at slovote. com/March2024. JR CEO CONTINUED FROM A1

“From knocking on doors,

“I am excited to continue as mayor of Atascadero for the rest of this year. Our staff at the city is incredible; a team dedicated and motivated to serve the public at a high level,” said Moreno. “We have a community that pulls together — from businesses to residents, from government to nonprofits … things happen in Atascadero because of our spirit of volunteerism and collaboration. It is the honor of a lifetime to serve

Not only was local voter participation higher than the statewide average, SLO County’s turnout was higher than counties of comparable size and population, including neighboring Santa Barbara and Monterey, which had turnout of about 42 percent

Now that certification of the primary election is complete, the Elections Office will turn its attention to the November 5 General Election. Among several other efforts, Cano plans to hold a candidate information session over the summer; the goal of that event will be to walk participants through the steps and timing of running for elected office in the fall.

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2024 marks a decade of landmark SGMA regulations

The regulations were first passed during the 2012-2015 drought

CALIFORNIA —California’s landmark 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which requires local agencies in affected basins to develop and implement plans that identify a roadmap to protect groundwater for generations to come, turns 10 this year.

“If you think of the last 10 years when SGMA was first passed, a lot has happened,” said E. Joaquin Esquivel, chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board, during a webinar kicking off National Groundwater Awareness Week last week. “It was a historic drought that we had just experienced, and it was the impetus for the passage of SGMA.”

During the 2012-2015 drought, a lack of surface water and depleted groundwater supplies left some state residents without access to drinking water. This period brought agriculture — especially California’s citrus belt on the east side of the San Joaquin Valley — to a near halt. In Tulare County, blocks of citrus trees were abandoned or removed. For-sale signs and well-drilling rigs were common.

Tulare County farmer Zack Stuller recalls the summer of 2015, when he and area farmers had to make tough choices about what crops to irrigate and what to leave behind or remove.

“I know it was bad everywhere, but here in Tulare County, we were ground zero,” said Stuller, who farms citrus and custom-farms 3,000 acres of permanent crops. “We had to pick and choose.

On the 100-acre ranch, I only had enough water to irrigate 30 acres.”

At that time, he said, the state’s surface water supply was depleted with low storage in reservoirs and little precipitation.

“Back then, I knew something needed to be done. We can’t bleed our valley dry,” he said.

“SGMA is a huge change to California water law, but what it did is it made people aware.”

This Sept. 16 will mark 10 years since former Gov. Jerry Brown signed three pieces of legislation known collectively as SGMA. Under the 2014 law, local agencies must implement groundwater sustainability plans that demonstrate how they will balance challenged groundwater supplies within a 20-year timeframe.

It could be a difficult adjustment for California agriculture. Researchers studying the implementation of the groundwater law say they anticipate SGMA will result in the fallowing of between 500,000 to 1 million acres of farmland.

Located in the Kaweah subbasin, Stuller said he works primarily with three groundwater sustainability agencies and 27 irrigation districts, all of which have different SGMA requirements.

“It’s very, very complex,” Stuller said. “The rules are changing day by day, so I’m contemplating hiring a person just to work on this, because if you pump too much, you may get fined, so it is critical.”

Paul Gosselin, California Department of Water Resources deputy director of sustainable groundwater management, said “local agencies are on the ground in their communities, progressing towards a sustainable groundwater future for California, with support and guidance from DWR.” He said the milestones of the regula-

tion have been met, and the next step is SGMA implementation.

“Now that all the high- and medium-priority basins have adopted plans, we’re making a transition towards basin stewardship. It is going to be our ongoing responsibility to assure that basins are on track to sustainability and in compliance,” Gosselin said.

DWR approved plans for 71 basins. For the 13 basins rated as incomplete, the agency is working with agencies to address recommended corrective actions. In addition, DWR found that sufficient action has not been taken to address one or more deficiencies in the following six subbasins: Chowchilla, Delta-Mendota, Kaweah, Kern County, Tulare Lake and Tule.

DWR said plans must show how the basin will achieve long-term sustainability by limiting overdraft, land subsidence and impacts to drinking water. An inadequate determination triggers state intervention and authorizes the state water board to step in to manage the basin. The state water board is set to consider designating the Tulare Lake subbasin as a probationary basin at its April 16 meeting.

Under SGMA, local agencies must implement near-term actions, such as expanding monitoring programs, reporting annually on groundwater conditions, implementing aquifer recharge projects and designing allocation programs.

San Joaquin County farmer Joe Valente, who is president of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District, said the district plans to keep working to meet the goals of SGMA. The district has been recharging groundwater since 2018, when it flooded a vineyard in Acampo. This year, he said the district is taking advantage of

flood flows for flood-managed aquifer recharge, or flood-MAR.

“Our district has a challenge, which is we have a junior water right, so we may have water six out of 10 years,” said Valente, a San Joaquin County vineyard manager. “Growers are seeing the value of groundwater recharge. We have been doing groundwater recharge all winter.”

The district has also taken advantage of grant funding through the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, or SWEEP.

“There’s always a line in the sand about this is my district or this is your district, but now we’re looking at it as our basin, so how can we work together?” Valente said. “We talked to Stockton East Water District and South San Joaquin Irrigation District, and both agreed to partner with us. We got about $5 million.”

The California Department of Food and Agriculture said it has paused the solicitation for SWEEP due to the state’s significant budget deficit.

As local agencies and the state transition to SGMA implementation, Alexandra Biering, senior policy advocate for the California Farm Bureau, said, “we’re starting to see people and organizations who are saying, ‘Maybe SGMA’s not working; maybe it needs to be changed.’”

“Some outside of the SGMA world are anxious to change the way the regulatory framework is implemented, but doing that is not going to be effective or help us to achieve sustainability any faster,” Biering said. “If you add new additional requirements to move the bar or change what locals are supposed to do midstream, it is going to make it a lot more challenging for people to achieve that sustainability benchmark.”

CDCR investigating incident resulting in one death at Correctional Training Facility

Inmate Joseph Altamirano attacked an officer at the

after being released from his cell

SOLEDAD — The Correctional Training Facility (CTF) Investigative Services Unit in Soledad is investigating the death of an inmate who died after he attacked correctional officers during an altercation.

According to a press release

from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), on Thursday, March 21, at approximately 11 a.m., when officers were releasing people from their cells, one of the inmates, Joseph Altamirano, “yelled at and then struck an officer with his fist.”

The press release continues to say that when the officer struck Altamirano, who then fell to the ground, they attempted to reengage against the officer. Staff then activated their personal alarm devices

and gave verbal orders to the inmate to “get down” and then used pepper spray when Altamirano continued to try to assault an officer. Officers held Altamirano to the ground and put him in restraints to stop the attack.

However, shortly after, Altamirano began having difficulty breathing. Staff immediately began life-saving measures and transported him by ambulance to an outside medical facility. At 12:36 p.m., Altamirano was pronounced deceased by a hospital doctor.

The press release from CDCR said Altamirano attacked one staff member during the incident. That staff member was evaluated and treated at CTF. Additionally, two responding staff members were transported to outside medical facilities.

Both staff members have since been treated and released from the hospital.

Altamirano was most recently admitted from Santa Clara County on Nov. 24, 2003, to serve life with the possibility of parole for attempted carjacking and attempted

kidnapping as a third-striker, with enhancements for prior felony convictions of a serious offense.

An investigation of the scene has since ensued. The Office of the Inspector General, the Office of Internal Affairs, and CDCR’s Deadly Force Investigation Team were notified.

The Coroner’s Division of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office will determine Altamirano’s cause of death. CTF houses minimum and medium-security male inmates.

The prison opened in Monte-

rey County in 1947, houses more than 4,000 inmates, and employs 1,189 staff.

No further information on the incident is available at this time.

Teen arrested for possession of a stolen firearm

On Friday, March 22, the Paso Robles Police Department responded to the report of a large physical altercation in the 1900 block of Riverside Avenue.

cabinet at Barney Schwartz Park on Thursday, April 4, at 2 p.m.

The AED cabinet was donated by the Rotary Club of Paso Robles in honor of the late Dr. Scott Davis of Paso Robles.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) provide immediate assistance in the event of a cardiac emergency and reduce the time it takes to access life-saving defibrillation to someone experiencing cardiac arrest. If an AED is near someone having ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia, a bystander in a public place or a family member can use it to convert the fatal rhythm to a regular rhythm.

AED cabinets are strategically located in our local parks, including Downtown City Park, Centennial Park, and Barney Schwartz Park. This new equipment increases our community’s ability to protect and empower its residents.

It is Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services’ goal to install an AED in all city parks.

Officers located a 29-year-old male on the ground with moderate head injuries as a result of being struck by a vehicle. The suspect and suspect vehicle fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.

A teen was contacted nearby the victim and found to be in possession of an unloaded 9mm handgun that was determined to be stolen from another state.

The teen was arrested for being in possession of a stolen firearm and booked at the San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Detentions Center. The 29-year-old male was conscious and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

This is an ongoing investigation, and the Paso Robles Police Department is requesting anyone with any information to call the PRPD at (805) 237-6464 or persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers’ 24hour hotline at (805) 549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

Vehicle rollover results in one pronounced deceased on scene

Paso Robles Police Department Traffic Division responded for a ve-

hicle rollover with fatality. On Saturday, March 23, at approximately 9:30 p.m., PRPD dispatch received a call of a single vehicle rollover down an embankment in the area of Buena Vista Drive and Highway 46 East. When officers arrived on scene it was determined to be a traffic collision which involved a white Dodge Ram pickup with three occupants.

One of the occupants was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased on scene. The other two occupants were transported to an area hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. During the preliminary investigation, it was determined that alcohol was believed to be a factor in this collision, and it was determined none of the occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

This is an ongoing investigation, and the Paso Robles Police Department Traffic Division is requesting anyone with any information to call the PRPD at (805) 2376464 or persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour hotline at 805-549- STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).

One arrested on charges of elder abuse

On Monday, March 25, around 10:15 a.m., the Paso Robles Police Department received a 911 call

from a 71-year-old victim, who reported his 42-year-old son assaulted him inside his home. Officers responded to the 2300 block of Oak Street and located the victim outside the home, suffering from injuries to his face and arm.

While the victim was being treated by the Paso Robles Fire Department, the suspect, Brian Andres, walked out of the residence but quickly returned inside once he noticed law enforcement personnel on scene. Andres barricaded himself inside the home and after over an hour of attempted negotiations, PRPD officers forced entry into the home, and Andres was taken into custody without further incident.

Andres was arrested for felony elder abuse, with an enhancement due to the victim’s age, and a probation violation. Andres was booked at the San Luis Obispo County jail.

Prize money increased for Miss California Mid-State Fair Scholarship Pageant

The California Mid-State Fair announced that the Miss California Mid-State Fair Scholarship Pageant prize money has increased. The Queen will receive a $2,500 cash prize (previously $1,000), first Princess will receive $1,000 (previously $500), and second Princess will receive $500 (previously $250). Newly added cash prize winnings will also include Miss Congeniality $250, Interview $100, and Talent

$100. Contestants also receive swag and prizes from local businesses. Contestants must be between the ages of 17-24 on the opening day of the fair, Wednesday, July 17, and be a current resident (at least six months) of San Luis Obispo County and have never been married.

Each contestant will compete in the following four categories: Interview, Fair/Pageant Platform, Talent, Final Question and Evening Wear. If selected as Queen or Princess, they must be able to attend every day of the 2024 fair, participating in numerous public events, such as introducing performers, taking pictures and meeting with various dignitaries. Applications are due Friday, April 12, by 11:59 p.m. and are available online at on the Applications page. For more information, contact pageant coordinator Patti Lucas at (805) 612-6971 or via email at pglucas19@gmail. com.

The first pageant meeting is on Wednesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. Contestants meet every Wednesday, and after that, at 6 p.m., they go through workshops to help make this the best experience. The pageant takes place on Wednesday, July 17, at 6 p.m. on the Frontier Stage. This show is free to watch with paid fair admission.

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Student comment leads to investigation of threat at Saint Rose Catholic School

Paso Robles Police officers were called to the Saint Rose Catholic School on Wednesday, March 20, at about 10 a.m., where it was reported that a student at the school made possible threats towards other students on campus. Campus staff called the PRPD and separated the student, according to the press release from PRPD. A school resource officer responded and investigated the matter.

Investigators determined that the student made an inappropriate comment but did not intend to threaten any students or staff on campus.

19-year-old arrested for DUI and driving the wrong way on the road

Early Friday morning, March 22, California Highway Patrol arrested a wrong-way driver for driving under the influence (DUI).

That morning, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP received several calls of a wrong-way driver traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of US 101 from the San Miguel area. Another witness of the wrong-way driver updated law enforcement of their location. Templeton CHP officers then responded to the area where the driver was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes north of Stockdale Road.

The officers then attempted to get the driver’s attention with lights and sirens but were unsuccessful. According to the press release from CHP, officers then used their patrol vehicle to implement legal intervention to force the vehicle to stop which was successful and both passenger and driver were apprehended.

The 19-year-old driver, Manual Francisco Ortiz of Paso Robles, was arrested for a DUI, driving unlicensed, and driving the wrong way. No further information is available at this time.

Live cooking show to support local nonprofit Indulge in a culinary extravaganza while supporting a cause at the Paso Robles Live Cooking Show, hosted at Idler’s Home, 2361 Theatre Drive. This event, organized by Central Coast Party Helpers and Central Coast Cooking Show, promises an evening filled with tantalizing flavors, local wines, beers, and heartfelt community support.

What to expect at the event:

Five-course interactive meal: Get ready to witness culinary magic unfold as local chefs Mike & Lisa, owners of Thomas Hill Organics, craft a delectable fivecourse meal right before your eyes.

• Local flavors: Discover the essence of Paso Robles through dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients, paired perfectly with regional wines and beers.

• Supporting SabesWings: Your ticket purchase supports SabesWings, a local nonprofit dedicated to assisting cancer patients with everyday living expenses.

Informative and entertaining: Gain insights into the local food scene as you sip and savor, with each course presented alongside engaging commentary and information.

The event is scheduled for April 9 from 4:30 to 6: 30 p.m. There is limited seating to this event. Tickets are available

Cooks wanted for annual Dutch oven event at Nacitone Museum

The Nacitone Museum is seeking


cooks, helpers, and demonstrators to participate in its Annual Dutch Oven Event on Saturday, May 11, coinciding with Mother’s Day weekend. The event will take place at the Nacitone Museum located at 68901 Jolon Road, Lockwood (Bradley).

The event will kick off at 12 p.m. with Dutch oven demonstrations, followed by dining starting at 4 p.m. Cook registration is open from March 15 to May 1. To register go to, dutch-oven-annual-event-tickets-860530839907

Cooks are required to arrive by 12 p.m. or earlier to reserve their spot. Charcoal will be provided, and Dutch ovens may be available upon request.

In addition to the cooking festivities, the museum welcomes displays such as leather tooling, antique cars, wagon displays, and more from the 1800s to 1920s era.

For those interested in participating in the displays, please contact Lester Patterson, director, and Dutch oven cook chairman, at (831) 235-7358

Please note that no pets are allowed at the event.


Spring Festival & Party for the Planet scheduled at Charles Paddock Zoo

Spring is here and if you are looking for fun-filled family activities during Spring Break, come check out all the fun at the Charles Paddock Zoo. Its Spring Festival has kicked off with a variety of fun things to do from baby chicks to scheduled animal feedings happening March 24 through April 7. On Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., enjoy the Zoo’s 13th annual “Party for the Planet” Earth Day Celebration.

The Charles Paddock Zoo’s baby chicks are back along with the scheduled animal feedings that take place during their annual Spring Festival running March 24 through April 7. The Spring Festival Animal feeding schedule takes place every day at 11 a.m. within the following schedule. Monday: Aldabra Tortoises; Tuesday: Meerkats; Wednesday: Malayan Tiger; Thursday: Mongoose Lemur; Friday: Red Pandas; and weekends have surprise feedings planned.

On April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., “Party for the Planet” will be a family event that focuses on natural resource conservation and the global and local protection of animals and plants. A fun day for children of all ages, with interactive adventures, hands-on activities, exhibits by sustainability-conscious businesses, the event will also provide many educational demonstrations like water conservation, beekeeping, and more. Food trucks will be on-site.

A special thank you goes out to the zoo’s sponsors, which include Atascadero Mutual Water Company, Solarponics, and Waste Management.

There are over 200 animal species to enjoy at the zoo, with many of the zoo’s residents being part of a globally managed program to preserve animals and their habitats.

The zoo features several unique species not often seen in facilities of its size, including fossa, red pandas, a Malayan tiger, lemurs, and meerkats, as well as many other exciting and interesting mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects.

Unique gifts, as well as refreshments and strollers are available at the zoo gift shop. Adjacent to the Atascadero Lake Park, the zoo is the perfect destination for a day of fun, education, and relaxation.

Platinum sponsors are Atascadero Mutual Water Company; our gold sponsor, Waste Management; and our silver sponsor, Solarponics. Spring Festival and Party for the

Planet are included with General Admission. Tickets are $13 for adults age 13+, $11 for seniors age 65+, $8 for children 5-12, $5 for children 3 to 4, and free for kids 2 and under. The Charles Paddock Zoo is SLO County’s only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The Charles Paddock Zoo is open daily and located at Atascadero Lake Park on Highway 41/ Morro Road, one mile west of Highway 101. For information, go to or, or call the zoo at (805) 461-5080.

City of Atascadero receives project awards for Santa Lucia Road Bridge and Via Avenue Bridge

The City of Atascadero was recently awarded both the 2023 Transportation Project of the Year ($5 million to $25 million) and Overall Project of the Year to the Via Avenue and Santa Lucia Road Bridge projects from the Central Coast Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).

The Project of the Year award is selected from the five category winners as the single Central Coast project that best exemplifies APWA’s intention to “promote excellence in the management, administration, and implementation of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/ architect/engineer, and the contractor who work together to complete public works projects.”

“We are extremely proud of the final projects, along with the coordination of staff and the work that went into the planning and design of each bridge,” said Mayor Heather Moreno. “These bridges also add positively to the safety and aesthetics of each area.”

APWA awarded the Via Avenue and Santa Lucia Bridges as a combined project, although they were formally two separate projects. Both were funded by grants through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Highway Bridge Program, which is administered by the Caltrans Local Assistance District 5 office, and were initiated in March of 2014, with construction completed in late 2023.

The concurrent design and construction for the two projects, along with the consistency of the core project team members throughout allowed for excellent efficiency and communication. While there were nearly 20 different consultants, subconsultants, contractors, and subcontractors involved over the course of the projects, the core team consisted of city and Caltrans local assistance staff, Consor as the design engineer, Souza Construction as the construction contractor, and Filippin Engineering providing construction management services.

Ryan Hayes, deputy public works director/engineering and utilities manager, served as the city’s project manager for both bridge projects and was instrumental in keeping these projects moving forward over the past nine years. Although there were challenges throughout, even including last-minute changes to the stream channel as a result of the January 2023 storms, the entire project team worked together to deliver bridges that aesthetically fit the community, met current and future transportation needs, improved public safety, and complied with strict environmental requirements from three separate regulatory agencies. Ultimately, the bridges were able to be completed within a tight (four and a half month) construction window and under budget.

Finally, the city is incredibly appreciative of the various community members and residents that have played a key part in these bridge

projects. From those who attended early public outreach meetings and provided valuable input, to adjacent property owners who provided temporary construction easements and were most impacted by construction noise, to all those with extended travel times over the last year due to detours and delays, you also have played a key role in the completion of these bridges. Thank you for your patience during the construction of these projects.

City announces summer concert series band lineup

The City of Atascadero announced the bands that have been selected for the “Saturday in the Park” Summer Concert Series. The concert series takes place at the Atascadero Lake Park Bandstand from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will include a total of eight concerts to enjoy throughout the summer.

‘Saturday in the Park’ Summer Concert Series Line-up:

• June 15: Rock Odyssey (Classic rock of the ‘70s, ‘80s & ‘90s)

June 29: The Cinders Blues Band (Blues)

July 6: The Rockin’ Bs Band (Rock, country and more)

• July 20: Garden Party (Classic soft rock)

• July 27: Erin & the Earthquakes (Dance rock, funk and soul)

August 3: Josh Rosenblum Band (Pop/rock blues)

August 10: Stellar (Classic hits through the decades)

• August 31: The JD Project (Rock, blues and country)

• All of the concerts are outdoors at the Atascadero Lake Park Bandstand and free to attend. They recommend that you bring a low-back chair and if you would like to purchase any food, bring your wallet.

There are Concert Series Sponsor opportunities still available. If you are interested in more information regarding sponsor programs, contact Terrie Banish at (805) 4703490 or


Local nonprofits partner for City Farm SLO Tour for at-risk children

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County are introducing a tour of City Farm SLO to volunteer mentors and their mentees on Saturday, April 6. City Farm SLO is located at 1221 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo.

The morning will kick off at 10 a.m. with planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, and then tasting the vegetables grown on the farm. The attendees — volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and their mentees (“Littles”) and the Littles’ families — will have lunch after participating in the farm’s fun activities.

This event is sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.

County sees cases of tuberculosis rise in SLO County and across the state

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health announced that the number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in California and here in San Luis Obispo County is increasing, though numbers remain low. Ten cases of active TB were identified in SLO County in 2023, after more than a decade of case counts in the single digits. Cases of latent TB — in which the bacteria “hibernate” in the body without yet causing illness — have also increased in recent years.

When the bacteria that causes TB was first identified in 1882, TB killed one in every seven people living in the U.S. and Europe. Decades of research led to effective, widely available testing and treatment so that today, most people in the U.S. never encounter the dis-

ease. Those who encounter it for an extended time are at risk for becoming infected. In most cases, exposure causes people to develop latent TB, which does not cause symptoms and cannot spread to others. It stays in the body and can later develop into active TB disease if it is not treated. About 85 percent of TB cases in California are caused by latent TB developing into active TB disease.

Treatment is available for both active and latent TB. Symptoms of active TB include severe cough (sometimes with blood), night sweats, fever, weight loss, and weakness or fatigue. People who have active TB in their lungs or throat can spread the infection by coughing, talking, or singing. TB spreads when people spend extended time together, such as living in the same household or sitting together on a long flight or car ride, not by spending a few minutes in the same room or having a short conversation on the street.

The Public Health Department follows up on all cases of active TB in SLO County. When patients come to the Public Health Department with active TB, they begin a treatment regimen with support from the nursing team. Public Health nurses observe patients taking their medicine five days a week to ensure they fully complete the treatment.

For more information about TB testing and treatment with the Public Health Department, visit For more information about tuberculosis, visit

Seeking volunteers in kayaks and SUPs to protect wildlife

Morro Bay State Park is looking for volunteers who love to kayak and stand-up paddle (SUP) board. The SeaLife Stewards program is beginning this May and is encouraging paddle recreating nature-lovers to fill out an application.

SeaLife Stewards will receive one in-person training and one on-the-water training and evaluation. The training by subject matter experts includes learning how to prevent wildlife disturbance, record community science data, identify wildlife, practice boating safety, and share relevant information with kayakers, surfers, boaters, and stand-up paddle boarders.

Morro Bay State Park is celebrating the ninth year of the SeaLife Stewards program. SeaLife Steward volunteers are out on the waters of Morro Bay every weekend during the summer, having fun and sharing information with visitors about the estuary and the wildlife that live there. They help people to understand why keeping a respectful distance from wildlife is important. Join us for this fun and successful volunteer program on the waters of Morro Bay.

Many of the local species of wildlife that are in Morro Bay are sensitive to casual repeated disturbance by watercraft. SeaLife Stewards will learn to share safe viewing distance guidelines for Southern sea otters, harbor seals, California sea lions, and the birds that rely on Morro Bay for food, shelter, and a resting place during migration.

SeaLife Stewards must be able to swim and kayak. SUP boarders must bring their own SUP board. A minimum commitment of two shifts a month (four hours per shift) is expected.

For more information and to submit an application please contact Robin Hazard call (805) 712-4776.

ACI Jet San Luis Obispo earns IS-BAH Safety Rating

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John W. Drake, 85, passed away on March 11, 2024, in San Luis Obispo, surrounded by his family. He was born March 5, 1939, in Whitley Gardens, California, the youngest of six children to Charles and Lisle Drake.

Iregretfully announce the passing of my mother, Esther McILwain, on March 18, 2024. After suffering from a stroke on December 15, she never recovered. However, as she slipped into heaven, she was surrounded by family who loved her very much.

Esther is survived by her daughter, Celia; grandchildren, Noah, Jacob, and Caitlyn; and great-granddaughter, Camila. She was preceded in death by her mother,

Raised in the Paso Robles area, he attended the local Phillips School and later graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1956. In his sophomore year, he met Alberta Colburn, the love of his life. They married on May 12, 1957, at St. Rose Church in Paso Robles.

John and Alberta began their lives together in Whitley Gardens, starting Drake Farm Eggs. They produced and distributed eggs to local grocery stores and restaurants along the Central Coast of California. John was drafted into the U.S. Army on February 14, 1962, leaving Alberta and the chicken ranch behind to begin basic training at Fort Ord, California. After basic

its San Luis Obispo FBO (SBP) has achieved the IS-BAH (International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling) certification, reaffirming its commitment to safety and excellence in aviation operations.

ACI Jet SBP conducts over 20,000 aircraft handling and fueling operations annually, delivering more than 5 million gallons of Jet-A and Avgas for general, business, military, and airline operations. This achievement underscores the robust and fully-customized training and safety programs ingrained within the company’s culture.

The IS-BAH certification process entails rigorous audits conducted

Esther Summers, and father, Emmanuel Jackson. Esther was the oldest of 10.

Esther was one of the strongest, kindest, smartest women you could ever meet. She loved her family and friends, but mostly God. She never wavered in her faith and is now in God’s presence. She will be missed but never forgotten.

Esther graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1967 and shortly after married Cleveland Mc

training, he was stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and then Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he served as a military policeman. John ended his tour back at Fort Ord, California.

Upon returning from the Army, John and Alberta continued in the egg business under the name Drake Royal Farms. As the business grew, they acquired two more ranches in San Luis Obispo and Atascadero. The poultry operation the two of them created provided many first jobs to young kids from local families on the Central Coast.

After years of demanding work, John and Alberta retired from the egg busi -

by industry experts. Jim Bennet and Bill McBride, representing Pennsylvania-based Sundog Aviation, spearheaded the audit at ACI Jet SBP. With decades of experience managing leading flight departments and advocating for aviation safety best practices, Bennet and McBride provided invaluable insights during the evaluation process.

Distinguished by its range of services, ACI Jet SBP caters not only to general aviation but also serves the United States military and provides fuel for scheduled airline flights at San Luis Obispo County Airport.

Additionally, ACI Jet SBP offers ground handling and fuel services for ACI Jet MRO’s Bombardier Authorized Service Facility (ASF) and Repair Station, enhancing the re -

ILwain, welcoming a baby girl the following year. Tragically, her husband died in 1973. However, that did not stop Esther from working full-time, attending college, and raising her daughter on her own. Esther began her career working for the state of California in 1972 at California Polytechnic University, then working at Avenal State Prison, the California Men’s Colony, and Pleasant Valley State Prison. She began as a clerical staff member, rising

ness in 1989. At this time, they began a new venture working alongside their sons, Barry and Steven, who started Drake Farms Trucking. John and Alberta continued the Drake’s Royal Farm name by owning trucks that operated under Drake Farms Trucking. John mentored his sons, Bill, Barry, and Steven, in all the business ventures they took on throughout the years. He was not afraid of hard work, and he ingrained this trait in his family. John was a family man who enjoyed many years with his children and grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his kind heart, work ethic, and love for the people closest to him.

gion’s aviation infrastructure.

Andrew Robillard, Vice President of FBOs at ACI Jet, emphasized the company’s unwavering commitment to safety, stating, “A culture of safety doesn’t just mean deciding to operate safely. It means operating safely by habit and by design. Our internal Safety & Quality Management System (SQMS) goes far beyond establishing safety standards and proactively seeks out better ways of doing things.”

With this milestone achieved,

ACI Jet’s Paso Robles (PRB) FBO is ready to pursue IS-BAH certification pending the outcome of the City’s assessment of a long-term lease option.

up the ladder to vice principal of adult education. She was a force to be reckoned with. Esther was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. We will miss you, mommy!

On April 28, 2024, Esther’s 75th birthday, a celebration of life service will be held at the Celebration Worship Center Church, located at 988 Vineyard Dr. in Templeton, CA, at 2 PM. Food will be served after the service. If you knew

John is survived by his beloved wife Alberta of 67 years, son Bill (Adelina), son Barry (Deanna), son Steven (Susan), five grandchildren, Jonathan, Logan, Kellie (Joseph), Derek (Hannah), and Desirae, and many nieces and nephews.

Please join us in celebrating John’s life on Friday, April 5, from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Hunter Ranch Golf Course, located at 4041 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles, CA 93446.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a charity of your choice. A few charities John frequented were Wounded Warrior Project, Tunnel to Towers, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For more information about ACI Jet and its comprehensive aviation services, visit

About ACI Jet Headquartered on California’s Central Coast since its founding in 1998, ACI Jet is a recognized leader in private aviation services. Led by founder and avid aviator William “Bill” Borgsmiller, ACI Jet’s aviation ecosystem includes aircraft ground support services, aircraft maintenance, private jet charter services and aircraft management.


Esther and would like to come and pay your respects, you are very welcome!


DR. CHARLES “BILL” WILSON O’BRIEN, 90, of Nipomo passed away on March 21st 2024. Services are in the care of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover Beach. PASO ROBLES POLICE DEPARTMENT MARCH 17, 2023 00:00 — Valentine Chary, of Paso Robles was summoned/cited on the corner of Creston and Trigo for DRIVING WITH A LICENSE SUSPENDED FOR A DUI [14601.2(A)VC], DRIVING WITHOUT PROOF OF VALID REGISTRATION [4000(A)(1)VC], Case no. 240857 MARCH 18, 2024 14:01 — Robert William Dantonio, of Paso Robles, was on view arrest on the corner of HWY 46W and Theater for POSSESSION OF SPECIFIED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11377(A)H&S], POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], Case no. 240873 15:19 — Angel Garcia, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 100 Block of Niblick Rd for POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S], BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 240874 10:05 — Jamie Donovan Ferguson, of Cayucos for POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], Case no. 240868 10:05 — Wesley Matthew Hart, of Paso Robles for OUTSIDE WARRANT/FELONY, Case no. 240868 MARCH 19, 2024 02:44 — Dyllon Thomas Robbins, of San Miguel was on view arrest for POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], POSSESSION OF SPECIFIED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11377(A)H&S], Case no. 240877 06:02 — Miguel Zeferinogalvez, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of HWY 46E and Airport Rd for DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED FOR DUI [14601.2(A)VC], SPEEDING OVER 65 MPH [22349(A)VC], Case no. 240878 12:43 — Kenneth Arthur Frautschi, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 100 Block of Niblick Rd for POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], Case no. 240882 14:14 — Kody Cotta Santos, 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. 240884 21:45 — Hector Joel Barahonasalguero, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of 34th and Spring Streets for POSSESSION OF SPECIFIED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11377(A)H&S], Case no. 240886 March 20, 2024 11:10 — Gabriel David Canaday, of Templeton was on view arrest on the 2700 Block of Buena Vista Dr for TRESPASS: UNLAWFULLY OCCUPYING PROPERTY [602(M)PC], PROBATION VIOLATION:REARREST/REVOKE [1203.2(A)], Case no. 240891 12:09 — Rebecca Ann Hurl, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the corner of 9th and Park Streets for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 240894 15:22 — Marcella Arisbelle Reyes, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of Niblick and River Roads for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS [23152(F)VC], POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S], Case no. 240899 13:54 — John Raymond Ybarra, of San Miguel was on view arrest on the 1000 Block of Spring St for VIOLATING A RESTRAINING, PROTECTIVE OR STAY AWAY ORDER [273.6(A)PC], Case no. 240897 MARCH 21, 2024 13:23 — Frank Luis Reyes, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the corner of Spring and 16th Streets for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 240895 00:15 — Danielle Helene Mitchell, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of Riverside Ave and 24th St for POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S], BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 240902 01:54 — Andresambrocio Delacruzprimo, of Paso Robles was on via arrest on the 1300 Block of Creston Rd for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 240905 00:32 — Christopher Lawrence Thatcher, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on Niblick Bridge for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 240903 10:20 — Bacilio Miguel Mejia, of San Luis Obispo for UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION [11550(A)HS], Case no. 240906 13:59 — Adan Francisco Chavarriaestrada, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of HWY 101 and 24th St for UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION [11550(A)HS], Case no. 240908 16:00 — John Raymond Ybarra, of San Miguel was on view arrest on the 1000 Block of Spring St for VIOLATING A RESTRAINING, PROTECTIVE OR STAY AWAY ORDER [273.6(A)PC], Case no. 240911 22:49 — Raul Hernandez, of Paso Robles for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 240924 23:37 — Mark Paxton Dino Furtado, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the 1800 Block of N River Rd for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 240925 MARCH 22, 2024 03:09 — Stacy Marie Davis, of Paso Robles for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 240927 02:34 — Phillisia Loretta Siddons, of Paso Robles was summoned/cited on the 1100 Block of Spring St for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 240926 19:00 — Rodolfo Camilogalvez, of San Miguel was on view arrest on the 2000 Block of Riverside Ave for CARRYING A CONCEALED FIREARM [25400(C)(2)PC], Case no. 240940 21:43 — Rhylee Ann Eickholdt, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of 28th and Spring Streets for EVADE PEACE OFFICER WITH WANTON DISREGARD FOR SAFETY [2800.2(A)], ABANDONMENT AND NEGLECT OF CHILDREN [273A(A)PC], Case no. 240941 19:00 — Rodolfo Camilogalvez, of San Miguel was on view arrest at Pioneer Park, Case no. 240943 03:09 — Stacey Marie Davis, of Paso Robles on the block 2000 Block of Theater Dr for WILLFULLY TO VIOLATE A WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR IN COURT [853.7PC], Case no. 240927 MARCH 23, 2024 00:10 — Christopher Dale Smith, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of 10th and Railroad for DISORDERLY CONDUCT/DRUNK IN PUBLIC [647(F)PC], Case no. 240944 01:50 — Kevin Tracy Garcia, of Paso Robles for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 240945 03:43 — Jude Hugo Barry, was on view arrest on the 1400 Block of Creston Rd for INFLICTING CORPORAL INJURY ON SPOUSE/COHABITANT [273.5(A)PC], Case 240946 12:25 — Ashley Denise Pearce, of Paso Robles was taken into custody on the 700 Block of 20th St for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 240949 MARCH 24, 2024 20:15 — Brianna Mae Thomas, of Paso Robles for BENCH WARRANT [978.5PC], Case no. 240952 01:53 — Ian Lance Hoose, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of Creston Rd and Ferro Ln for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL/0.08 PERCENT [23152(B)VC], Case no. 240954 03:09 — Astaushia Marie Witherspoon, of Paso Robles was on view arrest on the corner of Riverside Ave and 14th St for DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL [23152(A)VC], DUI ALCOHOL & DRUGS [23152(G)VC], Case no. 240955 14:34 — Henry Theodore Lee Long, of Atascadero, for POSSESSION OF UNLAWFUL PARAPHERNALIA [11364(A)H&S], POSSESSION OF SPECIFIED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11377(A)H&S], Case no. 240957 14:29 — Sierra Raelynn Shaw, of Santa Margarita for POSSESS NARCOTIC CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE [11350(A)H&S], Case no. 240957 16:24 — Eric Woods, of Redondo Beach for SHOPLIFTING UNDER $950 [459.5(A)PC], OUTSIDE WARRANT/MISDEMEANOR, Case no. 240958 CRIME DATA LISTED BELOW IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE UPON THE RECEIPT OF 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Congress compromise: When is cost too high?

From the Left

Six months ago, Congressman Kevin McCarthy was unceremoniously relieved of his position as Speaker of the House. Now Speaker Mike Johnson is in the sights of angry Republicans who are similarly flirting with relieving him of his duties as well. There is an intra-party divide within the GOP that threatens to open a pathway to relinquishing either practical or de facto political control to Democrats.

At present there is about to be a one-vote margin of error that threatens either relinquishing power or total legislative paralysis. Either capitulation is unacceptable and compromise is the order of the day, especially in matters of grave international consequence, i.e., Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, or the southern border.

Chief among critics of compromise is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia, who has filed a resolution with the House clerk known as a motion to vacate, which was so successfully engineered to oust former speaker McCarthy.

Assuming that all 213 Democrats in the House will vote and they pick up either two or more votes from the Republican side the GOP could lose effective control of the policy agenda, or even loss of control of the House.

While Greene did not force the resolution to be taken up immediately and Congress is currently on a two-week recess she has let it be known “we’ve started the clock to start the process to elect a new speaker.”

The mere mention that potentially such chaotic maneuvering could result in loss of the House is enough to send shivers

into the spines of House veterans, but it reflects the degree to which our democratic functions of governing have been practically eviscerated by the obstinance with which the divisions among the party in power have opened the door for a historical reorganization of policy and process.

The potential for ousting two Speakers within the six months would be something that Capitol Hill veterans would shudder to think of. The degree to which adherence to bipartisanship in the formulation and implementation of important legislation is a time-honored practice that allows for, if not speedy change, then at least steady progress.

Not only have we veered away from decorum and adherence to respect for differences and the need to work across the aisle in order to make even the most minimal progress but we have seemingly lost respect and insight into the huge role that compromise plays in our democratic structure. I worked on and with the Hill for over two decades and learned to appreciate the debate and give-andtake that was required in order to reach consensus.

My Capitol Hill experience allowed me to witness both the difficulty of negotiating difficult decisions and the need to allow room for realizing when to exercise creativity that allows for reaching consensus that is not optimal but acceptable. There is always time to fight another day.

I would like to offer two instances where I have found courage to prevail on potentially critical policy making and even though I am writing from the left, both examples involved key Republican senators.

On March 25, 1986, an amendment to the Constitution calling for a mandatory balanced federal budget was being debated on the Senate floor under the guise of Senate Joint Resolution 225. The proposed resolution would require passage by two-thirds of the Senate. Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, cast a vote in

opposition to the legislation, the only Republican to do so and the legislation failed 66-34, falling one vote short of the two-thirds needed.

At the time, I was budget counsel to Senator Jim Sasser (D-Tenn.) on the Senate Budget Committee, and I had not been able to persuade my boss to vote against the legislation. However, as I sat on the floor and watched the vote fall short by one vote, I was overtaken by pride that took this important act of courage. As the senator was leaving the floor, I introduced myself, shook his hand, and told him while a Democrat I was awed by the courage he exercised that day. He looked me in the eyes and said “Thank you very much, that means a lot to me.”

The other instance I watched from afar, and it involved Arizona Senator John McCain, who cast the deciding vote against legislation that would have effectively repealed Obamacare. McCain explained that it was a matter of principle, and he objected to the process by which the bill made its way to the floor.

“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of the aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people,” he said. “We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”

Two profiles in courage where politics took a backseat to principle and process, the benchmarks for sound policy making. We need more examples of bipartisanship, compromise, and consensus rather than political saber rattling. The need for profiles in courage is needed now more than ever.

Lance Simmens is an independent columnist for Atascadero News / Paso Robles Press, he alongside Don Schmitz write a bi-weekly column on national topics from the perspective of their political leanings. You can forward any comments you have to

Daylight Saving Folly

Dear Editor, Once again we engage in the annual ritual of the ridiculous, the “Spring Ahead” into Daylight Saving Time. However, a new California bill has been introduced that would finally put an end to this time-changing fiasco. The bill, entitled “Ditch the Switch” recently introduced by state Senator Roger Niello, would repeal Daylight Saving Time in California and require

the state to observe year-round standard time. May sanity finally prevail with the passage of this bill.

Respectfully submitted, August Salemi Atascadero

Changes in Atascadero City Council

Dear Editor,

From the Right

Compromise in the legislative process is important, and we used to be better at it in America. Over the last few decades, Congress has grown increasingly gridlocked along party lines, with both parties more interested in partisan gain rather than doing the people’s work.

Legislative gridlock has doubled in the last 65 years. The 80th Congress in 1948 passed legislation on 70 percent of their significant issues, but the 112th Congress in 2012 passed only 29 percent of their major items, according to the Brookings Institute. In 2023, the 118th Congress passed the fewest bills in modern history.

It is true that things are more partisan gridlocked today than historically, but what happened? Polarization between the parties, which is reflective of the polarization of the American people, is the obvious catalyst for this trend. Although America enjoyed a political center in the ’50s, polarized politics has historically been the norm for our country. In fact, there are many who believe the less that Congress does to spend money and pass more regulations, the better.

Take, for example, the $1.2 trillion spending bill Congress passed this weekend. It averts a government shutdown, which is proper, funding 70 percent of the government until September. It was passed by the House 286-134, with more Democratic votes than Republicans. Many Republicans voted no, as did some Democrats. Nothing wrong with that, it is the

legislative debate process in action. However, the spending bill is unfunded, fueling the deficit runaway train ballooning a debt that is bankrupting our country. We are currently $35 trillion in debt, which is 129 percent of our GDP. Interest on the debt will cost us $870 billion this year, larger than the entire defense budget of $822 billion. On our current spending path, we will be $54.39 trillion in debt by 2034.

According to the University of Pennsylvania, on this current path without painful corrective measures like huge tax increases and spending cuts in programs in the next few years, the United States will default on its debt. Our economy, and the world economy, will crash. Even without that cataclysmic outcome, fixing this will certainly mean draconian cuts in federal programs, and tax increases on the already struggling middle class. Strident calls are already being made to increase taxes on corporations which currently taxed at a global average. Of course, corporations simply pass on their costs to consumers, spiking our cost of living, and over-taxing them means they leave America for other countries more businessfriendly. It’s a helluva thing that we are doing to our children and grandchildren.

Fiscal conservatives, of which there are very few in either party, are furious at this spending bill. Actually, there are only 10 “Blue Dog” Democrats of the 218 in the house that take a fiscally responsible balanced budget position, while many Republicans talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk. Everyone else is giving each other high fives and congratulatory backslapping for not shutting down the government via this spending bill. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene filed a motion to kick out. the Republican Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, because he didn’t demand more spending cuts, although she left out a component that would have

required a vote within two days. It was a symbolic shot across the bows.

I’m no fan of Rep. Greene, who has threatened a “national divorce” over our current path. Anyone who suggests succession is my avowed enemy, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. I don’t believe in refusing to compromise on legislation, but what is a principled elected official to do when they see unending deficit spending bankrupting our children? Some have concluded that they cannot in good conscience vote for more debt. Some politicians, and many voters, albeit not close to a majority, have concluded that it would be preferable to stop funding the government with deficit spending bills and require it to run off the billions in taxes it already receives monthly, without borrowing more money. Some are willing to play the part of spoilers and take the heat for not compromising and being “bipartisan.” Although it has shaped up to be the Republicans demanding cutting the deficit, the aforementioned hard line shouldn’t be a partisan issue, unless Democrats want to admit that they don’t care about the debt. Is it truly partisan gridlock to demand that we don’t bankrupt our children? Yes it is, because the fiscal hawks want deeper “cuts” than those agreed to by President Joe Biden and then House Speaker Kevin McCarthy last May. That agreement was bipartisan. But the cuts weren’t in spending, they were cuts in the growth of spending. The feds deficit spending in February alone was $296 billion, in just one month. Legislative compromise is laudable, but not when it constitutes national suicide.

Don Schmitz is an independent columnist for Atascadero News / Paso Robles Press, he alongside Lance Simmens write a bi-weekly column on national topics from the perspective of their political leanings. You can forward any comments you have to

As a concerned resident of Atascadero, I am writing to express my thoughts on the recent election of Heather Moreno as the County Supervisor and the potential implications for the Atascadero City Council.

With Heather Moreno’s victory over Susan Funk, there is a natural curiosity about the future of the Atascadero City Council. Will Susan opt to run for mayor, or will she choose to retain her seat? This ques-

tion is in the minds of many residents, as it has a significant impact on the governance and direction of our city.

Additionally, we have seen Charles Bourbeau express his intent to run for mayor. As a non-partisan observer, I believe he presents himself as a promising candidate. However, the field may not be limited to him alone. There is speculation about the possibility of a rerun candidacy by Jerry Tanimoto, or perhaps Geoff Auslen might step up to the plate. Geoff’s

consistent presence at council meetings and his active participation suggest that he could decide to run. It appears that Atascadero is set up for a year of change and upheaval in our political landscape. It is imperative for residents to engage in thoughtful consideration of the candidates and their platforms as we go through this change in our city’s governance.

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ATASCADERO — On Thursday, March 21, StoryLabs’ new co-working space, The Co-Op, opened its doors and hosted the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce mixer. Atascadero News attended to get the scoop on the new business and to see how co-founders Greg Squires and Josh Berg turned the building, which used to house a furniture store and, before that, a hardware store, into a place for life and work stories to bloom.

“We’re really looking to build community here. People come for co-working to be productive because you need something more productive than home with the kids or more productive than the coffee shop,” said Squires about The Co-Op, which is located at 8965 El Camino Real. “But it’s not just about heads-down-work. It’s about connecting with others and learning from others. We do all kinds of lunch and

learns and story hour where people can share their journey.”

He also said that StoryLabs makes sure to hold pitch sessions where people renting space

can help each other think-tank upcoming presentations and ways to expand business ideas.

“We believe that the North County and the region need places where new things can be incubated, but at a human individual level,” added Squires.

The Co-Op isn’t StoryLabs’ first foray into co-working spaces. They also started one at Atascadero Bible Church (ABC), now called Bloom. They also used to have a space in San Luis Obispo (SLO) that is currently being rented out to a single tenant.

“The main co-working for StoryLabs is happening right here in Atascadero now,” continued Squires.

The Co-Op, has been in construction mode since August 2023, but now after six months and a bright and colorful overhaul, it’s open. Inside, North County residents will find community, mentorship, and support.

“Our tagline is discover a bigger story for your life and work. What you do in a lab is you go work on things and cook up different concoctions and we all live stories, and share stories, and relate to stories. In a way it [The

Co-Op] is a place to kind of work on our stories,” Squires stated.

Squires and Berg are both Atascadero residents, with Berg living here for seven years and Squires being here for 15 years, respectively. In that time they’ve already made a huge impact on the area.

“We only met a couple of years ago and getting to know each other there was this shared vision we had, [it] sort of collided and percolated at the top there. We wanted to have our businesses in Atascadero where we live and we wanted to find a place that was an asset to this city,” said Berg at the event.

Berg owns a homeschool curriculum publisher and retailer, and StoryLabs also has plans to host some small micro-school groups inside its walls.

Currently, The Co-Op is more than three-quarters full and most of their suites are already spoken for. There’s also a waiting list for members wanting flex-desks, where they can come and work anywhere in designated areas.

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Winners announced for the for local DAR chapter’s essay contests

Templeton High School student Bianca Nunez won this year’s Good Citizen Award

NORTH COUNTY — The El Paso de Robles Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has announced the winners of the Good Citizen, American History and the Patriots of the American Revolution essay contests for 2023.

Good Citizen

The Good Citizen award is open to all accredited North County high school students. Schools are asked to nominate one student who exemplifies a Good Citizen’s qualities. Each entry must submit their high school activities, including how they serve the community, their future plans, extracurricular activities, and how they have exhibited the Good Citizen qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. They must also submit their grade transcripts and two letters of recommendation. Once a student is chosen, they are asked to write a timed and proctored essay. A panel of three community members who do not belong to NSDAR review all entries and select a winner. All panel members have backgrounds as teachers, newspaper writers, and public service.

Three students entered the competition this year:

Tiffani Santoro, Paso Robles High School, daughter of Tim and Fatima Santoro

• Samantha Legorreta, Shandon High School, daughter of Hilda Guzman

Bianca Nunez, Templeton High School, daughter of Mario

Nunez and Bianca Cecila and Luis Alberto Garcia.

Winning this year’s Good Citizen award was Nunez of Templeton.

Patriots of the American Revolution

The Patriots of the American Revolution essay contest is open to students in the ninth through 12th grades. Only one winner is selected. For this year’s topic, students were to select a figure from the era of the American Revolution (1773-1783) and discuss who he or she was and the contribution that historic character made to the founding of a new nation. The figure must have been an actual person, either one who is well-known or an everyday man, woman, or child who supported the Revolution in any way.

This year’s winner was Katherine Nicholson, Templeton High School, daughter of John E.D. and Cynthia Nicholson. Katherine also won the District VII contest.

American History

The American History essay contest is open to students in the fifth through

eighth grades in all accredited schools in North County. The topic of the American History contest this year was “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Each student was to imagine they were a newspaper reporter and write an article about the first performance of the song that day. The students were to also include information about John Philip Sousa’s life and the story behind the song.

The entries are judged by grade level.

The winners of the contest are:

Fifth grade: Vivian Giese, Almond Acres Charter School, daughter of Christopher and Laura Giese. Vivian also won at the District VII level.

Sixth grade: Anna Ferrera, St. Rose Catholic School, daughter of Chris and Adrienne Ferrara.

Seventh grade: Matilda Meacham, St. Rose Catholic School, daughter of Kim Meacham. Matilda also won at the District VII level.

Eighth grade : Cameron Hubert, son of Kent Hubert and Estera and Alex Gonzales.

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance announces new marketing director

Krista Smith rejoins PRWCA to spearhead marketing efforts

PASO ROBLES — Increasing its ability to meaningfully connect with consumers and industry members alike, the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA) welcomes back Krista Smith as its new marketing director. Smith brings over a decade of marketing and communication experience to the role. Smith will focus on expanding awareness and deepening consumer engagement with Paso Robles wine country through a strategic approach

to social media, elevated event experiences, advertising, and content creation for the blog and “Where Wine Takes You” podcast, among others.

“We are excited to welcome Krista back to the Wine Country Alliance as our marketing director,” said PRWCA Executive Director Joel Peterson. “Her intimate knowledge of the organization and our members paired with a fresh perspective from her recent experiences outside of the wine industry, make her a valuable addition to the team.” Smith previously supported consumer engagement efforts for the PRWCA from 2011 to 2016.

During that time, she helped amplify the region through a number of successful marketing programs and events, including the launch of the Paso Uncorked

blog and the inaugural BlendFest on the Coast event.

Most recently, she spent two years with Cal Poly Partners, formerly Cal Poly Corporation, where she managed marketing and communications efforts for multiple entities across the university including the Administration and Finance division, Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub, California Cybersecurity Center, and Campus Dining.

During her time away from the PRWCA, Smith also worked in public affairs and communications for the Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts and served agrifood clients at San Diego-based public relations firm Nuffer, Smith, Tucker (NST). While at NST, Smith expanded her expertise in both the agri-food and nonprofit sectors, supporting industry outreach for the California Department of Food Agriculture’s California Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program, and Ag Vision, the

California State Board of Food and Agriculture’s 10-year strategic plan, along with the Conrad Prebys Foundation’s inaugural $1 million grant cycle.

Smith holds a Master’s degree in public policy and a bachelor’s degree in journalism, both from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Smith officially rejoined the PRWCA in October 2023 and aspires to help fulfill the organization’s mission to promote and protect the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area, bringing visitors to the area and awareness to potential customers in markets around the region, state, and country.

“It’s a privilege to return to an organization that is making such a significant impact within our local Paso Robles community and in agriculture and tourism more broadly,” said Smith. “I’m excited to bring my expertise and passions back to the PRWCA and continue to advance Paso Robles wine country.”

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About Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance is the official trade and marketing organization that represents wineries, growers, and businesses in the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area.

Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country encompasses more than 40,000 vineyard acres and 200 wineries.

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Three students from North County entered into the Good Citizen essay contest (from left): Tiffani Santoro, Samantha Legorreta, and Bianca Nunez, who was named the winner. Photo courtesy of NSDAR

Children’s Author Week at Paso Robles City Library


local authors will host book readings, book signings and activities at the Paso Robles City Library next week, April 1-5, for Children’s Author Week.

Monday, April 1 at 10 a.m.

Vanessa Salas will read from her book “Calm McYogi’s Farm.” The book teaches young readers how to move their bodies in a safe and fun way with breathing exercises, guided visualizations, and kid-friendly affirmations while exploring themes of animals and nature the yoga way.

Salas is a proud Mexican-American wife, mother, and entrepreneur. She has dedicated herself to the nurturing development of kids and families through yoga and mindfulness practices. Her continued goal is to bring happiness, confidence, mindfulness, and inner strength to youth.

Tuesday, April 2 at a.m ., Ashley Howard-Walter will read from her book “Let It Bee.” The story follows Wee Bee, who finds her purpose when she takes the time to quiet her busy mind. It teaches readers about self-awareness and intentional action.

Howard-Walter is a former school counselor, school administrator, and mother of two. She brings her innate emotional intelligence and experience to an inspiring story with a powerful message for creative problem-solving.

Wednesday, April 3 at 1 p.m. , Shanda Renee will read from her book “The Little Blue Bird: Flying in the Sky.” The book tells the story of Little Blue Bird, who leaves its nest for the first time and gets lost in the rain, but with a little help along the way, finds its way safely back. This first book in the series teaches readers that good things can come from difficult challenges.

Renee is a writer, filmmaker, entrepreneur and

philanthropist. The book was inspired by her lifelong passion for caring for and raising children. The concept of the book started as a song Renee would sing on one of the many walks she took with a little girl named Bohdi. She would sing to Bohdi, and together as they walked, day after day, week after week, the story grew, and the book series was born.

Thursday, April 4 at 1 p.m. , Jasmine Pickett will read from her book “The Adventures of Jaz and Lulu: Chasing the Moon.” The story of Jaz, a spirited girl with a heart full of dreams, and her faithful companion, Lulu, an adventurous unicycle, was inspired by true events from the author’s childhood.

Pickett’s grandmother would often take her and her brothers on long car rides in the evening to chase after the moon. This chase was such a monumental experience for Pickett that it planted a seed within her to go after those things that seem impossible or just out of reach.

Friday, April 5 at 1 p.m.

authors Kimmil Hollis and Crystal Lopez will read from their book “Anger Turns Imotakon.” This graphic novel follows the adventures of Atomic, a fearless hero that lands on Earth to guide children through real-life challenges, revealing the secrets of their Coping Powers and teaching the essential tools of anger management.

Hollis and Lopez are both licensed marriage and family therapists. Lopez has more than seven years of experience treating trauma in children, families and adults.

Hollis has more than nine years of experience working with children in the education system and mental health clinics. Their aim was to create a fun and engaging book to help kids learn how to regulate their emotions.

All events are free to attend.

Authors may have their books for sale but purchase is optional. All activities will be held in the library’s story hour room.


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TREE OF LIFE Pregnancy Care Center


About: 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.

Friends 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!


Call 805-237-3870 for info


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Redwings Horse Sanctuary

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(A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows is false is guilty of a crime.) /S/ RACHELE DICKSON This statement was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo County on 03/08/2024 TRANSACTING BUSINESS DATE: 03/10/2020 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 OPALMA, Deputy New Fictitious Business Name Statement, Expires 03/08/2029 PUB: 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4/2024 LEGAL CM 149 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No 20240599 THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS/ARE DOING BUSINESS AS: A-LIST PRESSURE WASHING, 63 8TH ST, TEMPLETON, CA 93465, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY: A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY: A-LIST PRESSURE WASHING LLC, 63 8TH ST, TEMPLETON, CA 93465 If Corporation or LLC- CA State of Incorporation/Organization CA I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. 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(A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows is false is guilty of a crime.) /S/ JUNE GENTRY This statement was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo County on 02/22/2024 TRANSACTING BUSINESS DATE: 02/01/2024 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 02/22/2029 PUB: 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4/2024 LEGAL CM 151 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No 20240338 THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS/ ARE DOING BUSINESS AS: 43 U-CART AND LANDSCAPE SUPPLY, 43 FARMS, 6501 VIA AVE, ATASCADERO, CA 93422, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY: A CORPORATION: 43 HOLDINGS, INC., 6501 VIA AVE, ATASCADERO, CA 93422 If Corporation or LLC- CA State of Incorporation/Organization CALIFORNIA 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/ 43 HOLDINGS, INC, ERRICK HICKS, CFO This statement was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo County on 02/05/2024 TRANSACTING BUSINESS DATE: NOT APPLICABLE 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 MKATZ, Deputy New Fictitious Business Name Statement, Expires 02/05/2029 PUB: 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4/2024 LEGAL CM 152 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No 20240422 THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS/ARE DOING BUSINESS AS: CAPE D’OR WINES, 6465 VON DOLLEN RD, SAN MIGUEL, CA 93451, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY: A CORPORATION: CASTORO CELLARS, 6465 VON DOLLEN RD, SAN MIGUEL, CA 93451 If Corporation or LLC- CA State of Incorporation/Organization CA I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. 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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.


535 Creston Road., Paso Robles ; (805) 238-3549 ; Dr. Gary M. Barker, Pastor; Goal of church: To teach Believers to love God and people.; Sundays: 9 a.m. Sunday School; 10 a.m. Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Service; 6 p.m. Eve Service; Wednesdays: 7 p.m. prayer meeting.


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.


820 Creston Road., Paso Robles; (805) 238-2218- Parish Office open Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; website:; Mass times;Daily Mass- 12:00 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.; Tues. 7 p.m. Spanish; Saturday 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Spanish Vigil Mass; Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at 12:30PM. Father Rudolfo Contreras.


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

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Ialways like to hear how well our nonprofits do with their fundraisers. For instance, Quota of Atascadero netted over $2,000 with their St. Patrick’s Bunco event, which will be used for philanthropic projects in the community. P.E.O. netted $2,067, working with Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Atascadero. Their funds will go toward scholarships for women. Naturally, bigger events net more dollars, but the dollars from small events are equally important when it comes to giving back to the community to help those who need a boost. So whether it’s buying a ticket to play Bunco, or saying “P.E.O.” when you order pizza so that Mountain Mike’s will donate 30 percent of your order to the local chapter for it’s scholarship fund, you are also involved in help -

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In my younger years, I fantasized about becoming fabulously wealthy as an artist. There was only one thing standing in my way ... I couldn’t draw. Oh, that’s not entirely correct, as I could draw farm animals, but I simply couldn’t draw people. My men all had faces that resembled Berkshire hogs, a breed known for being especially ugly; my women all had horse faces, and my children all had countenances that only a nanny goat could love. I also couldn’t draw clouds, and no matter how hard I tried, they invariably ended up looking like exploding bags of flour.

I’d have to say that my artistic masterpiece was probably a wood carving I did using my mother’s brand new coffee table as my pallet on which I carved my troop number using my Cub Scout knife. I made the mistake of signing my name on the masterpiece and I’ve never made

ing your community. Thanks to the many businesses in our communities who help support our nonprofits and their events.

Since Easter is this Sunday, and many of you may have family and friends visiting over the weekend, I thought you just might need some breakfast ideas. The recipes this week are easy to prepare, delicious, and simple to serve for an early breakfast or a casual brunch.

French Toast Strata with

Apple Cider Syrup



1 (1-pound) loaf French bread, not sliced 1 package (8-ounce) cream cheese, cubed

8 eggs

2 1/2 cups milk

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 cup maple syrup


1/2 cup sugar

4 teaspoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup apple cider

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons butter


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When Jesus learned that his friend Lazarus had passed away, it saddened him. The shortest verse in the King James Version of the Bible, John 11:35, states: Jesus wept. Those two words are powerful, and the symbolism of words and how much weight they can carry for us is so amazing.

For example, years ago, in ministerial school, I sought and went deep into different spiritual practices. I took some time off of school to travel to India. My heart was open, and I was getting closer to the Divine. I was courting the God of my

For syrup, combine all ingredients except butter. cook over medium heat until thickened. Whisk in butter.

Strawberry Cake Bread


3 cups flour

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger

3 eggs 3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup water

3 cups quartered, fresh strawberries

For toast, grease a 3-quart serving dish. Cube French bread. Layer 1/2 bread cubes, cream cheese cubes, and 1/2 bread cubes. Combine eggs, milk, butter and syrup; pour over bread. Use spatula to moisten all bread. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours or bake at 325 degrees uncovered for 35-40 minutes (until center is set and edges are golden). Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with Apple Cider Syrup. Serves 6-8

Coloring outside the lines

that faux pas again, no sirree. I take solace in the fact that my artistic efforts will one day be fully appreciated because Van Gogh sold only one painting while he was alive. Of course, when he died his pieces sold for what are called “dead men’s prices.” I didn’t fail as an artist for lack of trying. Did you know that the average kid between the ages of 2 and 8 spends 28 minutes of their day coloring? I easily tripled that. I attribute any artistic shortcomings to the fact that I was a deprived kid who had only the pack of eight Crayolas®. And please note that I included the ® thingy and that’s because I wrote the word Crayola® without it once and got a nasty letter from Binney and Smith threatening legal action. I was quite honored to receive such a letter to think that the people who made Crayolas® actually read my column. That company got bought out by Hallmark in 1984, and ever since then, they don’t seem to be so uptight about the ® thingy because I’ve never received such a letter from them. Just for fun, let’s see if Hallmark reads my column or takes legal action this time ... Crayola, Crayola, Crayola.

I was jealous of the kids who had the 64-piece set of Crayolas® and attributed my shortcomings in the art department to not having the other 56 colors. I probably should be getting reparation payments for being deprived of the full color spectrum.

I enjoy painting with oils, and I’ve done two pieces that deserve the space they take up on our walls. One is of a Hereford cow, and the other is of a sea otter and her pup. The rest of the wall space in our house is covered with cowboy art. I have originals from people you’ve heard about, like Will James and Joe Beeler, and two pens and ink from Edward Borein. Then there are all my originals from artists who are still alive, including Phil Tognazzini, Vel Miller, and Jerry McAdams, who all happen to be friends of mine. My favorite all-time cowboy artist is Tim Cox, and years ago, I asked Tim and his wife Suzie if I could use a favorite of mine on the cover of one of my books called Essays From God’s Country. Not only did they give permission they also gave me a large artist proof of the piece which takes center stage in our home.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 2 loaf pans. Mix dry ingredients. Make a well in the center. Lightly beat the eggs and add the oil, butter and water. Stir well. Gently fold in quartered strawberries. Bake 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in middle of a loaf comes out clean.

Cherry Cobbler Smoothie


2 cups vanilla yogurt

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 cups ice cubes

2 cups frozen pitted dark sweet cherries


In a blender, combine all ingredients; cover and process for 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses and serve immediately. Makes 5 servings.

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

My favorite dead artist is Georgia O’Keefe and her work borders on modern art, which I usually hate. I agree with Al Capp who drew a comic called “Lil’ Abner” when he said modern art was, “A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.”

Some of the stuff being called “art” these days is a real travesty. Like the 10-foot round circle of manure that was shown at the San Francisco Art Institute that was taken down after only one day because it stunk up the place ... both artistically and aromatically. Then there was the air conditioning vent that wasn’t even entered in the show that got top prize at a different modern art show.

I shouldn’t leave you with the impression that I have zero artistic talent. I love airbrushing some of my leather creations, but as for drawing the human form, I agree with the anonymous art critic who said, “His illustrations were horribly executed, and the artist should be.”

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

Embodying Christ consciousness

understanding and cultivating a relationship with It, really understanding what that meant to me and what my place in the world was. In doing so, a spiritual practice that came into my life was called “The Gospel on my Knees.”

The instructions for this high and holy practice are to kneel and begin with the Lord’s prayer, read through the Gospel of John each day for twenty-one days, and then say a series of forgiveness prayers seventy times for seven days, starting a new one each week. During the reading portion of the practice, the instructions are to read through the entire gospel aloud as if you are the one delivering the words rather than reading to understand it or get it. This practice proved extraordinarily powerful for me in a most surprising, unexpected, and fulfilling way.

I knelt down and, as instructed,

read the gospel aloud as if I were delivering a sermon. About midway through the gospel, I began to cry. Stopped by my tears, I wondered what I had just read. I went back to re-read the previous line: “Jesus wept.” Instantly, I felt a deep connection with the Divine.

Waves of love flowed through me as I understood and embodied what happened. I cried at that precise moment because I had connected to the Consciousness of Jesus Christ or Christ Consciousness. The same Consciousness that is within me was also in Jesus. We are one. It was like a mystical Union with the Divine—a connection between now and then, a path to unconditional love, accessible in the here and now.

After taking some time to dwell in my mystical experience, savoring the waves of unconditional love flowing through me, I continued reading and concluded

my daily practice.

It was an influential moment of awareness for me: the profound realization and embodiment of oneness, that yes, there is only one thing happening, and it is Spirit and the Consciousness of Jesus within me, within all.

Christ Consciousness promotes self-love and self-acceptance, as well as loving and accepting others. This Consciousness speaks of the Truth with words of peace. As we embody this Consciousness, our minds and hearts are in harmony and alignment with the mind and heart of the Divine Universe.

Christ Consciousness is in all of us, accessible to us all the time! You are the light. Shine, shine, shine!

And so it is.

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley Hogue is an independent columnist for the Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email her at • Making Communities Better Through Print. Thursday, March 28, 2024 • PAGE B-5
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Paso Robles community scores big: Girls beach volleyball team celebrates new home sand courts

Community-driven effort brings sand courts to PRHS, signaling a bright future for district athletics

PASO ROBLES — With driving efforts from the community, the Paso Robles High School (PRHS) girls beach volleyball team now has its own courts to call home. On Saturday, March 23, the team hosted a home tournament and ribbon-cutting for the new sand beach volleyball courts.

“It’s actually improved team morale a lot,” explained head coach Vickie Werling on welcoming the new courts for the team’s second season.

Prior to the new sand courts, the team practiced on a grass field at Sherwood Park and traveled as far as Pismo Beach to play. Having grass as their main practicing turf proved to be challenging when they finally competed on a sand court.

Junior at PRHS and beach volleyball player Ava Friedling spoke to the team’s playing skills since getting the sand courts, “I feel like our confidence has gone not only up but also just our competition. I feel like we’re a more competitive team to other schools, whereas in the past couple years we haven’t been a challenging school to play. But now we have more experience and a really nice facility to up our game on that point.”

Approved quickly by the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (PRJUSD) board of trustees in October 2024, the courts broke ground last November with the estimated cost to build at $120,000. What makes this project different from others, though, is the fact that it was spearheaded by the community and paid for by donations from Garrett Thiessen Construction, Advanced Concrete Construction, and The Bowman Family, along with program sponsorships from Borjon Auto Center, Paso Robles Waste & Recycle, Bearcat Boosters, and Paso Robles High School Athletic Department. The courts are located across the street from PRHS, between the District Office and the softball field.

PRJUSD Board President Nathan Williams praised the community effort that made the courts happen as quickly as it did.

“Our Paso Robles community is amazing especially when we put our kids first, when we put our kids first and we put politics aside, we make amazing things happen,” he said. “And this is just one, one of those many, many examples of exactly that.”

Upkeep for the courts, however, will be paid for

by the district or further donations if available. The district is also looking into providing beach volleyball programs for younger players or even availability for the court to be used for club teams.

The new sand courts are just the start of new athletic facilities coming to the district. With the long-awaited Aquatics Complex finally approved by the district this year, PRHS Athletic Director Michael Sauret and Williams agree this is a new era for the district’s athletics.

“I think it shows the importance of athletics,” said Sauret. “But you know, having been a teacher through COVID and a coach through COVID,

we saw kids insulate themselves and shy away from being outside ... We want our kids to get outside.

“I think it’s [the courts are] a physical, tangible representation of what the community can do. This community has, has always been a pillar of athletics.”

When hearing about the efforts being made to build the court, sophomore player Kailea Stoltzfus knew that they would be able to pull it off.

“Everyone [said] I don’t think it’s going to happen ... I’m like, just you wait like it’s going to work,” she said. “And they did and they pulled it together. And then we got these beautiful courts

and it’s so amazing.”

Williams and Suaret hope that the courts stand as a tangible example of what the district’s future holds.

“I think it’s an example of what can happen right now and what is happening,” said Sauret, referring to the nearing future of the Aquatics Complex that is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2025.

“I think [the courts are] a reflection of what we [Paso Robles] could get back to. Paso has always been a homegrown community, and these are examples of what it was, what it can be, and what it can still aspire to be even more so,” added Williams.

Week of March 28 - April 3

EACH WEEK, A LOCAL STUDENT ATHLETE IS CHOSEN BY COACHES OR THE ATASCADERO NEWS/ PASO ROBLES PRESS SPORTS STAFF FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE. HAVE AN AOW NOMINATION? LET US KNOW! EMAIL OFFICE@13STARSMEDIA.COM For full details on games, locations, etc. please visit: For full details on games, locations, etc. please visit: For full details on games, locations, etc. please visit: The Paso Robles High School beach volleyball team celebrates its new sand courts with a ribbon cutting on March 23. Photos by Camille DeVaul
Paso Robles High School beach volleyball players held a mini-tournament match at their new courts on March 23.
Baseball 4/1-3 | TBA | Tourney (V) Boys Golf 3/28 | 1 pm | Paso Robles Boys Tennis 3/28 | 3:30 pm | Paso Robles (V) Boys Volleyball No Games Softball 3/28 | 4:30 pm | Atascadero (JV/V) Swim No Meets Track No Meets Baseball 3/28 | 4:30 pm | St Joe (JV/V) 4/1-3 | TBA | Tourney (V) Boys Golf No Games Boys Tennis 3/28 | 3:30 pm | Morro Bay (V) Boys Volleyball 3/28 | 5 / 6 pm | Cabrillo (JV/V) Softball 3/28 | 4:30 pm | Templeton (JV/V) 3/30 | TBA | Righetti (JV) Stunt No Games Swim 3/28 | 2 pm | Arroyo Grande (JV/V) Track No Meets Baseball 3/28 | 4:30 pm | Nipomo (JV/V) 4/3 | 6 pm | Westlake (V) Boys Golf 3/28 | 2 pm | Templeton Boys Tennis 3/28 | 3:30 pm | Templeton (V) Boys Volleyball 3/28 | 5 / 6 pm | Nipomo (JV/V) 4/3 | 5 pm | Bakersfield Christian (V) Softball No Games Girls Beach Volleyball No Games Stunt No Games Swim No Meets Track No Meets PASO ROBLES TEMPLETON ATASCADERO - Coach James Silva SCHOOL: SPORT: STATS: Atascadero High School Boy’s Volleyball Last week against Paso & Nipomo, he led the team in serve rating at 2.36 as well as passer rating at 2.56. He also recorded 17 kills during that same time and a hitting percentage of .286. Senior DAVID LINES David is consistently a great player, applying good pressure from the service line, passing well and hitting the ball hard when appropriate but taking smart shots that stay in when the situation is less than ideal. PAGE B-6 • Thursday, March 28, 2024 Making Communities Better Through Print. • Good News • Real News • Your Hometown News SPORTS


APRIL / MAY Calendar of Events



APRIL 19-22



invites you to the Annual Awards Dinner and Gala at Rava Wines on April 20. This event is the Chamber’s largest and most prestigious event of the year! Celebrate the accomplishments of the local business community and those who make a difference.

APRIL 20-21



With each purchase from over 80 wine, cider, and olive oil producers throughout SLO County, 10% of sales will go to

Woods Humane Society. It is a win-win helping local homeless animals all the while supporting local businesses. For a map of participating vendors and more information, go to





Celebrate Earth Day in Cambria at Greenspace Creekside Reserve! The Cambria Land Trust is hosting a familyfriendly afternoon centered on this year’s international theme, “Planet vs Plastic.” Local eco-organizations will raise awareness of Cambria’s unique ecosystems, attendees can meet a live bird of prey from Pacific Wildlife Care, and the Chinese Temple will be open for a docent-led tour. Local food from Soto’s True Earth Market, Robin’s Restaurant, and Plantae & Fungi, complemented by wine and beer, will be available for purchase. Explore the kids’ zone for fun with science and nature, or enjoy live music, storytelling, and mini-classes at the learning center.





New this year is our Paso Robles Evening Reception hosted by Studios on the Park. Enjoy an evening of soup tastings, curated wine selections, studio art and live music. Take home an artisan ceramic bowl.

APRIL 26-28



Be enthralled by a high-flying weekend of family fun at the beloved annual event for kite flyers of all ages. For information, visit

APRIL 27-28



Immerse yourself in the vibrant display of hundreds of fresh wildflower bouquets, sponsored by Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Saturday, April 27, from 12 to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April

28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., explore the diversity of the Central Coast’s flora. The flowers are labeled by both botanical and common names, highlighting rare, endangered, invasive, and poisonous species.




Go back in time at the vintage sidecar rendezvous, recycled treasures, vintage motorcycles, electric vehicles and PR comic book Expo.




Dinner and auction hosted by the Trinity Lutheran School Boosters benefiting Trinity Lutheran Schools.






Food, dinner, and entertainment to raise funds for the Paso Robles High School Athletics.




CITY OF ATASCADERO (805) 470-3490

The City of Atascadero is pleased to announce the return of the Atascadero Tamale Festival on May 4. Enjoy a variety of delicious traditional, gourmet, and sweet tamales from local restaurants, as well as restaurants from across California. The event features margaritas and other adult beverages, merchandise vendors, live music, “best” tamale, tamale eating, pet costume contests, photo opportunities, and more! This funfilled event is free to attend and suitable for all ages. For more information, visit or email

MAY 11


Join us on Saturday, May 11, at City Park for the Paso Robles Olive & Lavender Festival. From 10 am to 5 pm, savor olive oil and olive tastings, explore art and crafts, and indulge in wine, beer, and spirits tastings. Admission is free for all. Visit for details.

MAY 15




The EXPO at the Expo is the Central Coast’s largest business trade show, featuring 100+ local exhibitors and drawing a crowd of 2,000 attendees annually. It’s not just about exposure; it’s a chance to network with local businesses, find essential services, and offer support. Contact Kaila at kaila@ or call (805) 786-2774 for inquiries.

MAY 12



Make Mother’s Day special at Charles Paddock Zoo from 11 am to 2 pm. Explore the zoo while savoring delicious cookies from local bakers. Cookie Adventure included with regular admission. For information, call (805) 461-5080 or visit Celebrate with family at Atascadero Charles Paddock Zoo.

MAY 18


ATASCADERO LAKE PARK Join the 7th Annual Friends of Atascadero Lake LakeFest on May 18, 10 am - 4 pm at Atascadero Lake Park. Enjoy activities like the Cardboard Boat Regatta, fishing derby, music, and vendors. Proceeds support Atascadero Lake improvements and the LINK Family Resource Center. Visit or linkslo. org for details.

MAY 25, 26, 27


The 68th annual Morro Bay Art in the Park showcases 125 independent artists and craft workers in a picturesque outdoor setting at Morro Bay Park, San Luis Obispo County. Event dates:

May 25-27, 10 am-5 pm (May 27: 10 am-4 pm). Enjoy food, beverages, and creativity at

MAY 31 - JUNE 2



Immerse in Pismo Beach’s grand classic car show, “The Classic.” Hundreds of cars, live music, food, vendors, and beachfront lodging. Attracting car enthusiasts worldwide, sponsored by major companies, and supporting charities. Held in June, open to all car makes/models. Explore downtown and wineries. Unforgettable experience at



Date to be Determined




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.






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.





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

Easter Coloring Contest Honorable Mentions
delectable soups, artisan breads and take home a handmade ceramic bowl as your souvenir. Enjoy music while you visit with community members and supporters of ECHO. Celebrity servers will reprise their role to serve you. Take home an artisan ceramic bowl.
workshops, local artisan vendors, garden demonstrations, and more
educate the community about sustainable living and gardening practices.
Join in the festivities at the Earth Day Festival for weekend-long
celebration featuring
YARD SALE 8am-2pm 7th Annual Event, with 120+ yard sales and bargain hunters from throughout California. Digital map and printable list of locations will be posted on the week of the event. Printed map will be available in the April 18th issue of Atascadero News.
WINES + EVENTS 5 p.m. The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce • Making Communities Better Through Print. Thursday, March 28, 2024 • PAGE B-7 Good News • Real News • Your Hometown News

Easter Coloring Contest Winners

We extend our congratulations to our winners and express our gratitude to all who participated!

We are delighted to announce the winners of our annual

Easter Coloring Contest! The contest featured three age categories: 1-3 years old, 4-6 years old, and 7-16 years old. Each category will receive a $10 gift certificate to Huckleberry’s, and our honorable mentions will also receive a $10 gift card!

Winners, please contact our office at (805) 466-2585 to claim your Huckleberry’s gift certificates.

A big thank you goes out to our generous sponsors listed below! Thank you all for participating; we hope you have a wonderful Easter and Spring!

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