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Sweet Bungalow with room to expand. 2 Bedrooms 1 Bath on a spacious lot. Older home with hardwood floors in a great location just off Foothill Blvd. $569,000

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This is definitely not a drive by. You really need to come inside to appreciate this beautifully remodeled home. Granite counters, bamboo flooring, plush carpeting, crown molding and the list goes on and on. This open floor plan offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 car garage. Large back patio with a brick BBQ. $519,500

Coveted Dove Creek: Turn-key, Single-Level, 3+ bedroom home in South Atascadero, just a few short minutes from SLO: 2,130 sq. ft. of ideal open floor plan with living room, family room, fireplace, a huge extra room for office or 4th bedroom. Large entertainer’s kitchen with island and nice finishes. Built-in storage, indoor laundry room. Lovely rear patio & yard. Attached 2-car finished garage. Come see this quality-built, well-maintained home for yourself. $469,000

Centrally located in River Bluff single story 3 bed, 2 bath home awaits your visit! Spacious Open Concept Floor Plan ,Vaulted ceilings in each room. Kitchen boasts high ceilings, skylight, breakfast bar. Living room & den are separated by a see thru fireplace, backyard views of mountains. $408,000

Future development opportunity!

Another unit in the popular Woodbridge complex. 2 bedroom 1 and 1 1/2 bath with a single car garage with washer and dryer. Upgraded tile floors downstairs and in bath area. $399,000

Attention investors and contractors! Small clean 2/1 cottage built in the 1940’s and sold in as is condition. Nice large open kitchen with refinished cabinets and cozy dining area plus bonus room. Back yard is fenced for pets or hobbies. Easy access to HWY 101 and close to downtown. Subject property has lots of potential with Residential Multi-Family MF20 zoning to build income units. Buyer to verify with the City. $339,000

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his issue is packed with people who are making a difference on the Central Coast. We start out with our cover story on the Food Bank. The people at the Food Bank and its hundreds of volunteers continue a much needed service to this community. They are in the middle of their capital campaign, please help them if you can. We also update you on what’s happening at the Morro Bay Estuary in a question/ answer profile with the Estuary’s Executive Director, Lexie Bell. You will also enjoy Deborah Cash’s interview with one of the Central Coast’s radio icons, Garry Brill. He is still on the air after decades of entertaining us.

We also write about the upcoming Morro Bay’s Art in the Park program. It’s their 61st year and they have added some pleasant surprises this year.

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Finally, May brings us Memorial Day and we allow extra space for the Veterans each year. The Call To The Colors Column gives us all an update on what’s happening on the Central Coast. Plenty of good reading again this month.




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Lexie bell

keeping morro bay’s estuary healthy for all By Charmaine Coimbra


n estuary formed where the Euphrates River met the Persian Gulf and brought about one of our earliest civilizations. More than 5800 years ago, the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur, in what is now modern Iraq was geographically perfect: Fresh water for drinking, wetlands and flood plains for wild game and agriculture, and access to a shipping port and seafood. Cities around the world have historically developed around estuaries: New York City, Tokyo, San Francisco, and our own Morro Bay.

While Morro Bay is far from the size of San Francisco in both population density and environmental impact to the estuary, the Morro Bay estuary has its challenges, which led me to an informative email question and answer communique with Lexie Bell, executive director of Morro Bay National Estuary Program. Charmaine Coimbra: Were there definitive threats to the estuary that led to the formation of Friends of the Estuary and eventually to become a part of the national estuary program? Lexie Bell: In the late 1980s, thousands of people joined in the effort to protect Morro Bay. They came together to form the Friends of the Estuary Program and the Bay Foundation in order to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary for future generations. One of their main concerns was that, while estuaries naturally fill in over time, Morro Bay was filling in at a dramatic rate. In the late 1980s, it was estimated that 45 tons of silt were entering the bay each year as a result of erosion. This was causing the salt marsh to build up and encroach on the bay, among other issues. Another concern was the possibility of increasing development near the bay. The Friends of the Estuary and the Bay Foundation wanted to address the causes of the erosion, and preserve open

lands so that Morro Bay would be here in an unspoiled state for many years to come. Together, these groups worked tirelessly until Morro Bay was recognized as a State Estuary in 1994, and accepted into the National Estuary Program in 1995. Then, they collaborated to create a management plan that guides our work today. You can find this document on our website at CC: Are there any new threats that the estuary is working to deflect now? I ask this with the consideration of the current condition of



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since World War II. After weathering decades of use and storms, they are in danger of failing and sending large amounts of sediment into nearby streams and down to the estuary. When the project is complete, we will have addressed 47 sites along over 10 miles of roads, keeping about 9,300 cubic yards of sediment from entering creeks and streams, and ending up in the estuary. This is good news for the plants and animals that live in our waters and depend on clear, clean water in order to thrive. We are also working to address the threat of eelgrass decline. Unfortunately, eelgrass beds are diminishing worldwide. Since 2007, about 97% of Morro Bay’s eelgrass beds have been lost. While eelgrass acreage fluctuates naturally, this decline is significant. For the past four years, we have worked with our partners and many dedicated community members to address this issue.

the oceans, which includes acidification, marine debris, plastic waste/pollution, etc. LB: The Estuary Program continues to address the core concerns shared by its founders. One of our current projects is to control erosion on some of the rural roads that run along Chorro Creek and its tributaries. Many of these roads have been in service

Another current focus is working to understand climate change dynamics locally. This year, we drafted a Climate Vulnerability Assessment Report to help us identify and address the potential ways in which climate change may affect our ability to meet the goals set for conservation and management of the estuary. Now, we have an idea of what impacts we might expect to see, based on different climate change models. The report will be available on our website in the next few weeks. Clean water is important to all of us, since the bay’s waters provide recreational opportunities, fresh seafood, and a livelihood for many locals. We are always working to keep our waters clean and healthy by addressing the threats of bacterial contamination and toxic pollutants. Our Mutt Mitts program helps to cut down on the amount of bacteria entering the streams and the estuary by providing pet owners with free bags to pick up their furry friends’ waste. Disposing of pet waste properly keeps the bacteria it contains safely out of our waters. Our Clean Boating program addresses both issues by providing boaters with the knowledge and tools that they need to find leaks in their onboard toilet systems, find pumpout stations, locate hazardous waste drop-off sites, and even participate in an oil-absorbent-exchange program run by the City of Morro Bay’s Harbor Department. CC: What would the Morro Bay program consider as its greatest success? LB: The Morro Bay National Estuary Program has enjoyed success in all three of its programs—Monitoring and Research, Conservation and Restoration, and Education and Outreach. Monitoring and Research: With the help of a large and dedicated volunteer base, we have monitored water quality and bacteria levels at local creeks and in the bay for over 20 years. This long-term data set allows us to track trends in data as well as identify potential problem areas that could be addressed with projects or educational campaigns. We also share this information with agencies, nonprofits, landowners, and private citizens in order to increase understanding of how our activities impact the natural world. Conservation and Restoration: In total, about 4,000 acres of habitat within the watershed have been conserved and protected through land acquisition and conservation easements, and over 400 acres have been restored or enhanced.



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PEOPLE This helps ensure the health of local plant and animal populations, keep our waters clean, and allow the public to continue enjoying this special place. Education and Outreach: The Morro Bay National Estuary Program’s free Nature Center was established over a decade ago. Since then, hundreds of thousands of visitors (more than 30,000 per year) have come to the center to learn about the estuary, the birds and other animals that depend on it, the challenges it faces, and what they can do to help preserve it.


As always, our role will be to continue fostering collaboration between citizens, local governments, nonprofit organizations, state and federal agencies, and landowners in order to support a healthy environment and vibrant local communities. These partnerships will become even more important as we work together to understand and address the potential effects of climate change.

CC: What is the foreseeable future for the program and the estuary, especially when considering the inevitable growth and popularity of the Central Coast region, and the impact of tourism in Morro Bay? LB: The people who live on the central coast as well as those who come to visit do so because they love the estuary—the natural beauty of it, the recreation opportunities it provides, and the role it plays in maintaining the health of the ecosystem overall. They want to take care of the estuary. This makes our job a joy. Moving forward, we need to continue to reach out to locals and visitors alike to help them see what they can do to keep our waters clean and healthy. Simple habits like watching what goes down the drain, using native drought-tolerant plants in landscaping, keeping trash in the can, and turning off the tap to conserve water can make a big difference for our estuary.









• Knowing how to respond should a disaster strike is an important step to keeping yourself and your family safe. Do not dial 9-1-1 unless you are in need of immediate lifesaving assistance. • First identify if you need to take protective actions by tuning to a local radio or TV station for emergency information. Emergency officials will use the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to direct protective actions such as evacuations or sheltering in place. It is important to only take action if it is directed. Evacuating when it is not ordered may put you or others in harm’s way. • Only pick up children from school if you are directed to do so. • Evacuation routes and shelters will also be broadcast on the EAS. • During a large emergency, the county will activate a phone assistance center to answer questions regarding the emergency and actions you should take. • For more information, contact the County Office of Emergency Services at (805) 781-5011, or visit








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on the “record” about a lifetime over the airwaves By Deborah Cash


s a young teen, Garry Brill couldn’t have known that a chance assignment at a public event would be the “wave” of his future leading him to follow a love of radio and broadcast. During this interview, held in his backyard studio where he records his weekly radio show, Brill—sitting among thousands of archived vinyl and taped past shows—recounted his history in the industry and displayed his ongoing enthusiasm for a desire to reach the ears and hearts of his listening audiences. “At lunchtime, I played music for the students at the Junior High Canteen,” Brill shared of his early experiences as a 14-year-old DJ in Pennsylvania. About that same time, he worked at an amusement park in the arcade. One Saturday night Brill had off and went to a record hop called “Saturday Night Swingout” where he met DJ Bill Schmeer who showed him the equipment used for the dance. The following week the show was shorthanded and Brill offered to help; after working the show and closing down, an enthusiastic Brill missed his bus ride home. Garry at his station in Vietnam, circa 1969-70



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DJ Garry in 1958, 14-years-old.

wasn’t much to do around there.” Good for him, though, that Brill enjoyed bowling and nightlife; during his evening outings he met his wife-to-be Virginia, a schoolteacher originally from Tulare, CA. The couple married in 1968 back in her hometown. “Then I got drafted,” he said. After basic training, his first assignment was the Presidio in San Francisco where, working in communications, he produced tapes for US western stations about “Why you should join the Army.” His next post was Vietnam. “My new assignment was 71R20, broadcast specialist. They gave me a mic, amp and a speaker. I was assigned to go out into the jungle to meet with an ex-Viet Cong contact and give him equipment so he could coax others to come over to our side,” Brill recounted. Hardly something you’d want to write home to mom about. But, once it was learned that Brill could type, he found himself working in inventory: a much safer—yet far from radio—place to be.

Schmeer offered the ride-less Brill a lift back. “On the way, we stopped and he gave me a tour of the radio station and that was it,” Brill said emphatically. “I’ve been in radio ever since.” Born to Robert and Margaret Brill in Hazleton, PA, Brill said the family, including a brother and sister, lived in the coal-mining region in the eastern area of the state. Graduating high school, Brill secured his first full-time job in radio in Berwick, PA. “I learned quickly, from there, that in radio you move around a lot,” he said. Breaking into bigger markets and advancing in the industry, Brill moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan and then Omaha, Nebraska. “Wherever I was, I loved the communications part of my job,” he said. “Even today, when I sign on, I love it. I love talking about the music you’re about to hear and the songs I’m going to play.” While Brill said his career was possible without a college education, he’s convinced it was learning to type that “saved my rear end in Vietnam!” The story goes that in the mid1960s, Brill, who’d always wanted to work in San Francisco, drove across the US hoping to land a job there. “I couldn’t even get an interview,” he lamented. But Brill heard about a job opportunity in Alaska, where he would be on the air in the morning and sell advertising in the afternoon and he placed a call, scoring a round-trip ticket for the interview. He got the job and fell in love with the beauty of the area but realized quickly that “there really

Always one to seek opportunity, Brill signed up for a refresher course in Business Management at the base. “I was the only one who showed up,” he said. The instructor was a Major who could not understand how I was in inventory with a broadcast background. Brill said, “One morning soon after at 4 AM they woke me up and said ‘pack your duffle bag; you’ve been assigned to Saigon’ and off I went.” Once billeted in a hotel in the then-capital of South Vietnam, Brill listened to the AM and FM radio programs aired from the local military base where at the time, Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune), was the announcer at the station. “I went to the Colonel and asked Garry at Hearst Castle in 1998.



him if he liked the music being played,” Brill said. “He replied it was a little too ‘rock-y,’ so I suggested a softer blend of music on the FM station—Sinatra, Percy Faith, Streisand— and I made a sample tape.” The Colonel loved it and Brill started his new program “Sunrise in Saigon” that ran from 1969 -1970. “It sounded like a stateside radio station,” he reminisced proudly, adding that the program received excellent feedback. Upon his return, Brill and Virginia went back to Alaska and daughter René was born in 1971. Brill managed a station there but over time decided it was time to be his own boss. “I had enough experience,” he said, “and I heard of a station in Atascadero, CA that needed a manager.” He went on to purchase the Central Coast stations KIQO 104.5 FM oldies station and KWSP Whisper 106 in 1990 and sold them both about a decade later. Since then, Brill has set about archiving more than 10,000 45s, 3,000 LPs and “thousands upon thousands” of CD cuts. He is active in the community and hosts the Veterans Day Dinner at the Elks Club in Atascadero and also gives talks throughout the year to groups about his radio days in the military and even plays commercials they aired back then. His current show, “Juke Box Saturday Night,” runs Saturday nights from 7 – 10 PM on station 1230 AM. Brill remains active in Atascadero Rotary and is a 20-year member and past president. Daughter René graduated from Atascadero High School and later USC and works as a civil engineer for the county of Los Angeles. Brill and Virginia have travelled extensively since his retirement in 1999 and boast visiting at least 80 countries. While Brill took a five-year hiatus from radio right after retirement, he’s back behind his studio control panel putting together his weekly show and sells and produces Atascadero Greyhound Football programming for KIQO. Today, he says, the Brills live a quiet life. “We’re proud of what we’ve done, we’ve seen what we wanted to see.” Brill predicts the future of radio will be tough. “There’re so many ways to get entertainment now,” he said. “A lot of young kids aren’t interested in radio. They like their music without interruption, without narrative.” Brill remembers the early days in Juneau when, during earlymorning drive time, “We’d talk with our listeners who were heading to work along the long, dark, solitary stretch of road just outside our station windows. We’d say ‘Good Morning Juneau, flash your lights for us’ and boy, did they!” For Garry Brill, this wave’s been a good ride. M A Y


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art tabuenca founder of Earthfolio By Will Jones Sustainable (or socially) responsible impact investing (SRI) is an investment discipline that considers environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact. —The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing When Art Tabuenca, San Luis Obispo resident and founder of EarthFolio, graduated from Loma Linda University in 1991 with a degree in business, his plan was to take a year off and then attend law school. However, “Bank of America came knocking looking for investment advisors. I said I’d do it for a year. After a year they offered me a pretty significant contract so I kept postponing law school.” Art was mostly interested in the humanities, but “I had to graduate with a degree in something, so it ended up being business. It was kind of a default major.” Art’s candid response to my question about his education was typical of our relaxed conversation in his modest, well-lit office on Monterey Street. The walls and book shelves are decorated with photographs of places around the world that he has visited. There is also a framed copy of “Earthrise,” the famous photograph of Earth taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts in 1968, referred to as the Blue Marble, the name of the socially responsible investment firm Art started after leaving Bank of America. Both of Art’s parents are educators, and after a childhood spent in Miami, his family moved to Loma Linda where his father taught at Loma Linda University. His parents are originally from Argentina and his grandparents from Spain. Spanish was Art’s first language. In describing his initial assignment with Bank of America, he mentioned an expression he had heard in Barcelona by architect and founder of the Modernist movement, Antoni Gaudi: “The straight line belongs to man and the curved line belongs to God.”

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avoided tobacco companies or companies that employed sweat shops. “I started doing library research because there was no internet really, and I discovered this parallel universe called socially responsible investing. Personally, due to my travels and studies abroad, I had a global, earth first and equality point of view, but I hadn’t considered integrating it into what I did.” Art started Blue Marble in response to the increased demand for SRI and because SRI matched his values and interests.

“We’re very linear, we plan things out and more often than not they don’t work out that way. Because I was bilingual, my first assignment was in south Los Angeles near Watts. After a year I was transferred to Pasadena.”

“At the time socially responsible investing was about negative screening, avoiding things like tobacco, gambling, firearms, excluding things from the investment universe. Now it’s proactive investing, inclusionary screening, seeking companies that are leading the way when it comes to issues like hiring practices, transportation and energy, or women’s issues, for example.”

Near the end of his ten years with B of A, Art was working with high net worth clients who began inquiring about investments that

Art and his wife, Lana, married in 2002 and moved to San Luis Obispo in 2007. Their daughters, Stella, 11, and Leila, 9, attend



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PEOPLE Pacheco School. Lana is both a teacher and a school counselor. She is currently in a long term substitute position at Pacheco as a counselor, where both Lana and Art are active with PTA. Each year the family sponsors a red carpet movie event at the Fremont Theater for Pacheco students who can’t afford to attend movies. The whole family volunteers at the Prado Day Center, and Art is also heavily involved with Get on the Bus, a program that provides transportation for children to visit their fathers at CMC on Father’s Day.

tors, seeking short term gain. SRI allows us to take a longer, more sustainable view. How do I become part of something that makes sense financially over the long term but also makes the world a better place?” In a time where doom and gloom can dominate the media, Art finished our discussion with a story about his then 8-year-old, Stella. “She saw a book title, The Future is Better Than You Think, and her exact words were, ‘Daddy, I don’t understand this. I think the future is awesome.’ I think


to make the world a better place we have to work as insiders, not as outsiders. We’re all stakeholders, whether it’s in our school, our community, justice, you name it. We all have a voice and there is no more active or pragmatic way to use our voice than in the way we invest.” Through his work and his involvement at Pacheco and in the community, Art is living his beliefs, another example of the kind of responsible citizen who makes the Central Coast a great place to live.

Due to technology, investing, like travel, is going away from the advisor/agent model. Instead of investors sitting down with an advisor to make investment decisions, there are companies that do it all online. Art’s company, EarthFolio, is the first and, currently, the only exclusively online SRI/ ESG investor. “EarthFolio vets you, finds out what your goals are, finds out what your risk tolerance is, without having to sit across a desk or on the phone. You can do it at home in your pajamas; you can do it anywhere. We refer investors to existing investments that meet their needs and goals and it’s all done online. There’s a large menu of SRI choices, but until now there was no portal for it.” Art pointed out that one of the drivers for SRI is millennials. “We’re seeing the biggest wealth transfer ever in the United States, from boomers to millennials, trillions of dollars, and the vast majority of millennials, 80% according to Morgan Stanley, are saying this is how they want their money invested. On the other hand, 60% of advisors say they have little or no interest in SRI. The consumers are way ahead of the providers.” Socially responsible investing has increased by 76% since 2012 and now constitutes almost 20% of all dollars invested. “It’s happening significantly on the institutional side as well as the retail. For instance, pension funds like CalPERS and CalSTRS are among the biggest investors, a reflection of the interests of the people on their boards.” The City of SLO and Cal Poly have been leaders in divesting from fossil fuel investments, and Art’s partner, Scott Secrest, has been active in encouraging that effort. “We’re gradually going back to the origins of investing, when investment was for the long haul. You bought General Electric, or Ford, or Johnson and Johnson. It wasn’t just an investment but something you were invested in personally. Over time we became speculaM A Y


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dennis eamon young writer, photographer, artist By Ruth Starr Then they would set the old planes on fire to practice their fire fighting techniques. Following his Air Force days, Dennis went to San Diego where he stayed for three and a half years. At that time he was doing photography of weddings and portraits. Besides his own personal work in photography, he worked with a chain camera store as a manager. The company moved him to Connecticut where he managed camera stores and oversaw a chain of photo studios. Dennis managed the work of 250 wedding and portrait photographers. While still in Connecticut, he also was employed as a journalist for two newspapers. Dennis and Carol met when they were both 27 years old living in New York. They drifted apart until he came to the Central Coast of California in 2007. Carol was program director for Senior Peer Counseling in San Luis Obispo. It is part of Wilshire Home and community services. They rekindled their relationship and married in 2008. Recognizing Dennis’ love of story writing, Carol introduced him to her friend Judy who was in San Luis Obispo Nightwriters. He joined the group and quickly began taking photographs and volunteering for a variety of activities. He soon became vice-president and then President of the organization. Dennis has been involved with the group since 2007. SLO Nightwriters is open to any writer whether the person is a serious writer or just for enjoyment. It has flourished in San Luis Obispo County since 1988. It is a non-profit volunteer-run organization. During his time it has gone from a group of sixty to over two hundred members. A believer in giving back to the community, Dennis does pro bono photography for the Children’s Resource Network, People’s Self Help Housing, and United Way. He has also donated his talent for Opera SLO, SLO Symphony and the Arts Obispo fundraiser.


assionate about story writing since he was a teenager, Dennis Eamon Young never stopped to pursue it as a career. It took him years to embrace his talent and finally dedicate himself to his art.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dennis attended two photography schools in his hometown, in addition to a photojournalism course. One of his courses was with a famous photojournalist who worked for Life Magazine. Photography has been his choice of occupation since 1969. In New York City Dennis was working in the fields of fashion and advertising photography. Prior to his career, in the early ’60s, he was enlisted in the Air Force as a fire fighter. Based in Tucson, AZ., he was stationed where they had all the B47s lined up and ready to go. The guys had to keep their eyes on them in the event any of the jet fuels spilled. M A Y


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Writing about travel adventure in fiction appeals to Dennis, as well as fantasy. He grew up enjoying Lord of the Rings and science fiction stories. Dennis says he is a voracious reader with one of his favorite authors being Ursula LeGuin, who mostly writes science fiction and fiction. On the other end of the spectrum, Dennis likes to read Hemingway. He is most comfortable and considers himself a short story writer rather than a novelist. He recently had a story published in the February/March issue of Coast News. Dennis is very proud of his two daughters by a previous marriage who are both in their thirties and very accomplished. The oldest has the Irish and Celtic name of Eireann Boudicca and lives in Portland and is a graduate of Portland State University. The other daughter, Cassandra Morgan with Greek and Celtic names worked her way up in Apple Computers, then took off for two and a half years backpacking around the world. She took photos on this great adventure. She now lives in Pennsylvania. Proving that it is never too late to pursue a passion, Dennis continues to read and write stories and take photographs, as he helps build the nonprofit NightWriters of SLO.

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art in the park morro bay art in the park undergoes changes By Heather Young photos by Steve Powers


he Morro Bay Art in the Park festival is 61 years old, the second oldest art show in California. This year, Steve Powers, who has been professionally organizing art and craft shows since 1975, has taken over management and promotion of the annual festival. The Morro Bay Art in the Park shows are held every Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend from Saturday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. The festival is owned by the Morro Bay Art Association, whose purpose is to promote the arts in San Luis Obispo County, and the money raised from the shows go toward scholarships for high school students. Most recently, different people from the art association organized the show, after Allan Cook could no longer do it as he got older. He said it’s a lot of work, especially for it to change hands every year or so. Powers puts the show together on his own: the bookings, budgeting, promotions and production, though he has a group of vendors that help him with set up, put up decorations and more. “I compensate them with lodging and booths,” Powers said, adding that the local Boy Scouts from Los Osos and Morro Bay also comes out Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Monday when the festival ends to help vendors bring in their wares and take it out. Powers gives the troop a $300 donation and exhibitors give tips. No more than 108 booths are allowed; half of them tend to be from within San Luis Obispo County, filling the small park in the middle of Morro Bay. Artists wanting to participate submit an application and photos of what they produce and their display with a $50 per event

deposit. The applicants are juried by Powers and then receive confirmation on whether or not their applications were accepted. “We don’t take everybody,” Powers said, adding that he looks to make sure that the person applying for the booth is the artist. Additionally, to make it more attractive and lucrative for vendors, vendors of particular mediums are limited. “It’s a small show, we can be real selective.” As of early April, four booths were open for the May show, 16 for the Fourth of July show and 20 for the September show. A 10-foot by 10-foot booth is $250 and a 10-foot by 20-foot space is $500. No more photography booths are available for all three shows this year and jewelry is full for May and July. “We keep [the cost] low so we can get more local participation,” Powers said, adding that one battle he has for out of town vendors are the high hotel rates over the holiday weekend. Powers started promoting and organizing art and craft shows in San Diego when he started producing a craft show. In the 1980s, he expanded his work to produce 10 shows a year around the country. He said he got into it because of his background in advertising and marketing. Now, he’s nearing the end of his career and only puts on two other shows a year, a craft festival in Las Vegas in April and November. The shows take place in Cashman Center, a 100,000-square-foot conventional hall. This year, the Craft Festival will take place Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17 and Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6. “I’ve been putting that show on for 31 years,” Powers said.



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he should promote the show. At first he said no, but then he signed a four-year contract with the art association. “My goal is to double the attendance,” Power said. “We want to make it more visited.” He said that in the past the show has averaged 1,000 to 1,500 people per day with a total of 3,000 to 4,500 people. His goal is to have 6,000 to 7,000 people visiting the show over the three-day weekend. “There’s nothing else at all that compares to the quality of the Morro Bay Art Festival,” Powers said. “There are a lot of people who have moved in over the last couple of years who don’t know about the event. I think they’ll be pretty impressed.” He adds that in addition to the tourists who come to the area for the holiday weekends, there are people who travel from the Central Valley for a day. At the Memorial Day show, the event will debut a food court with Mia Casa restaurant anchoring it. “I worked hard to find someone who would do it,” Powers said. Additionally, the layout of the artists will be changed to allow shoppers to easily flow through shows without hitting a dead end. “We wanted to make everything customer-friendly,” he said. “There are open areas where we’ll have musicians play acoustically.” Powers was a vendor, showing his photography, at the Morro Bay art festival in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Word got out among the other vendors that he professionally managed art shows and they told him

“We’re always looking for more local exhibitors,” Powers said. “A lot of the local artists do the show over the years. … It’s a very viable outlet.” He’s added $4,000 to the advertising budget and created an online presence for the festival with its website and Facebook page. Powers designed the website himself and has added paid targeted Facebook ads. Powers lives in Templeton with his wife of 35 years, Laura, who is also an artist and interior designer. They’ve been in Templeton for four years and in Arroyo Grande for 16 years. Before moving to SLO County in 1996, they lived in northern San Diego County, Powers having grown up in San Diego.







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the haunted swing It was the scariest ride in the world By Richard Bauman


oward the end of the 20th century and into the 21st century, there was a lot of hoopla about “virtual reality.” Computer scientists, using electronic wizardry, could trick human minds into believing they were experiencing some daring or exciting activity when in reality they were just hooked up to a computer. Alfred Pitzer never heard of computers or virtual reality, yet in 1908 he designed an amusement ride called the “Haunted Swing” that was a kind of virtual reality. It was so bizarre and unnatural that most people who rode the swing wouldn’t take a second ride. Yet it was one of the safest rides ever built. Pitzer introduced his Haunted Swing at the 1909 Midwinter Fair in San Francisco, Calif. He promised that anyone willing to pay the 25-cent admission would experience the wondrous sensation of weightlessness. Those who dared to ride the Haunted Swing came away convinced Pitzer had made good his promise. One hundred-plus years ago the idea of weightlessness was a foreign concept to everyone. Airplanes were in their infancy. High speed automobiles were just a dream. Space travel was pure fantasy. And here was Pitzer offering the chance to experience something out of this world. Patrons got their first inkling of what lay ahead as they waited in a darkened hallway for their turn to ride the Haunted Swing. They could hear shrieks of fear seeping through the darkness from those riding the swing. A few minutes after the screams subsided, a man appeared at the ride’s entrance and told them the ride was not for the weak-hearted, or those prone to fainting. He advised such persons to leave and get their money back. Pulling back a curtain, and sliding open a door a few feet beyond, he ushered 16 people into what looked like a small room that could easily have been anyone’s parlor of that period.

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Common household items and furnishings filled the room. There were large paintings on the walls, a baby carriage with a blanket tossed casually over its handle was in one corner. Along another wall was a bookcase partially filled with books. A small table occupied another corner of the room draped in a heavy tablecloth. A lighted lamp sat on it. There was an open book, too. Dozens of other objects filled the room including a high-backed chair and even a small organ. There were delicate lace curtains over the windows, and rich carpeting covered the floor. The one odd thing in the room was the Haunted Swing. A huge cylindrical beam stretched between two walls of the room, midway between ceiling and floor. Nearly a foot in diameter, it was polished to a mirror finish. Suspended from the beam by four, 2-inch diameter iron rods was a rowboat-like contrivance with four bench seats. Riders must have wondered what could be so terrifying about all of this? After seating everyone in the swing, the attendant gave a little speech. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he said, almost breathlessly, “you are now about to embark on one of the strangest journeys mortal man has ever undertaken. Let me assure you that the swing is perfectly safe as long as you sit back and relax.” With a note of forewarning in his voice, he went on: “If anyone should try to jump out of the swing, that would be a different matter. May I caution you to hold tight to the children. And now, I bid you adieu. You will enter an enchanted land in which the law of gravity has been repealed.” He flashed the riders a smile, bowed, and walked to the rear of the swing. He gave it a strong, steady shove. Like all swings set in motion it began moving in pendulum fashion. As he scrambled from the room, closing the door and locking it, the swing began acting strangely. The motion of a swing diminishes when there’s no force to keep it going. Not the Haunted Swing. It did just the opposite. On one backward sweep it shot several feet further toward the ceiling. On the forward swing, it went even higher. There were no restraining devices such as safety belts or even hand grips. The riders simply sat on wooden benches—seemingly free to fall should the swing go too high. With each back and forth cycle, it climbed higher and higher. In dream-like slow motion, it would reach its zenith of movement, hang for an instant, then the cycle would begin again. At each pause, screams of panic filled the tiny room. Riders were sure they were about to fall from their seats.

HOME/OUTDOOR What every rider feared most was the instant the swing would stop at the point directly over the axle, when they would be completely upside down. Yet when that moment came, not one rider lost his hat, let alone fell from the swing. The earth simply didn’t pull on them. They knew, then, with certainty they were weightless. Somehow, in the Haunted Swing, gravity was turned off. With eerie slowness the swing made a half-dozen complete revolutions around the gleaming steel beam. Then, the Haunted Swing slowed and glided to a stop. Only the slightest motion remained when the attendant opened the door. Dizzy riders staggered from the ride. A few fainted from the experience. Still others anxiously bounded for the door only eager to be away from the devilish contrivance. And occasionally a person would smile, having solved the enigma of the Haunted Swing.


normal, it wasn’t. Everything in the room except for the swing was nailed, glued or stapled in place. The mechanism for rotating the room was uncomplicated, and enhanced the illusion.

When the fair concluded its run in San Francisco, Pitzer packed up his Haunted Swing and toured the country. Stopping at every major city, the Haunted Swing thrilled thousands more people.

The ride was hand operated. There was no power system, except human power. Thus there was no sound of an engine or electric motor to ruin the effect.

Pitzer eventually set up the swing permanently on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He operated it there for another dozen years or so before it finally closed down.

The brilliantly polished steel beam was an axle, for the room, not the swing. Riding on the smoothest bearings available, and being relatively lightweight, a couple of workers set the room in motion by simply swinging it back and forth, eventually getting it to turn over completely.

While relatively few people figured out how the Haunted Swing worked, thousands more speculated about its mysterious powers. And, without a doubt those who rode the Haunted Swing remembered it for the rest of their lives.

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What was the secret of Pitzer’s crazy ride? Do you know how it really worked? You can bet the law of gravity wasn’t repealed in Pitzer’s creation. Like a good magician, Pitzer had created a marvelous illusion—a fantastic trick on the minds of riders. The illusion was simple in execution, yet convincing. Most people were positive they had been upside down and weightless several times. But the effect and feeling of motion and weightlessness were “virtual reality.” They took place only in the minds of the riders. Except for the initial motion of the swing caused by the attendant giving it a push, the swing never moved! It was the room that rotated, not the swing!

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nourishing our future

The food bank

Launches its capital campaign By Susan Stewart


t a recent dinner with four of my lifelong women friends, the topic turned—as it inevitably does—to food, health, and diet. One of us announced she would soon embark on a 30-day cleanse that would restrict her food choices and fix her troubled digestive system. As I prepared for my interview with Carl Hansen, CEO of our county’s Food Bank Coalition, I was struck by how often I had engaged in such discussions over the years as food fads and new diets came and went. The talk was always about what to eat, when to eat, or how to eat. Not once did we worry about whether we could eat … or not. None of us had ever been faced with going hungry or not being able to feed our families. We are the lucky five out of six who can take having enough healthy food to eat every day for granted. But one out of six people can’t. Take Scarlet, for example. Raised with three siblings by her hardworking mother in a public housing project in the North County, Scarlet relies on fresh vegetables and other healthy choices from the Food Bank to feed herself and her family so they don’t have to go hungry in order to pay the bills. Or Dan, a middle-aged man who was first laid off and then diagnosed with cancer. The Food Bank provided the essential nutrition he and his wife needed, not only to make ends meet, but also to give his body the strength to endure chemotherapy. And then there’s Maria, who receives regular food distributions from the Food Bank and enjoys cooking for herself and her husband as well other residents at a senior residential community in SLO. Maria often makes soup from the produce she receives, sharing it with her housebound neighbors. In our county, 46,000 people are “food insecure,”—a continuum of hunger ranging from going without enough food during certain times of the year to going hungry on a daily basis. For them it’s not about portion control, or whether to go vegan or vegetarian; it’s not about cutting out fats and sugars or swearing off processed foods forever.

For them, it’s about finding enough nutritious food to meet their most basic of human requirements. In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs, the physiological bar at the bottom of the pyramid lists breathing first and food second. Since 1989, with the formal establishment of the SLO County Food Bank Coalition, a tireless cadre of leaders, staff, and thousands of volunteers, has worked to meet this most fundamental need from two distribution warehouses—one in Paso Robles and one in Oceano. In January of last year, the Food Bank board decided to consolidate those two locations in favor of one larger, more central one in San Luis Obispo. The Nourish Our Future campaign was launched in November, a plot of land on Kendall Road was purchased, and ground was broken on the new warehouse. The facility will include loading docks, increased storage space, and refrigeration for fresh produce, making food distribution much more efficient for Food Bank programs and the agencies it serves. The building will be complete sometime this fall. The agency has come a long way since its inception in 1989 when members of the Paso Robles-based organization, Loaves and Fishes, recognized the need to coordinate efforts around the county in order to bring food to more of those who needed it, more efficiently. Loaves and Fishes was an ecumenical food pantry with roots in the Salvation Army and local churches. Carl Hansen was one of the pastors who founded Loaves and Fishes in 1984.

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“From the beginning, the Food Bank was intended to serve the whole county,” Hansen explained, “finding ways to bring food resources to the county that could not be achieved by individual agencies, and would serve all the hunger-fighting non-profits. Their foresight allowed contracts with the USDA Commodities Program, and a Brown Bag program for seniors contracted through the Area Agency on Aging.”



The Food Bank’s Nutrition Education Program for elementary students.

The Food Bank partners with more than 200 community and agency partners in SLO County helping our neighbors in need.

In the early days, the goal was to obtain and rescue (mostly from grocery stores) as much food as possible with little attention to its nutritional value. But, says Hansen, “Most of our nation has come to realize that there is an obesity epidemic, and that low-income households are more vulnerable because of low access to more expensive nutritious food. We wanted to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Now, 49% of all the food we distribute is fresh produce, and we have a strict nutrition policy that governs the rest.”

serve their constituents—churches, schools, homeless shelters, recovery homes, programs for recently released prisoners, CapSLO, the Senior Nutrition Program and the Access Support Network among others. And in recent years, it has added yet another tier: piloting universal healthy school breakfasts, summer lunches, and after-school snack programs that address the needs of some 16,000 students who rely on schools for meals when schools are in session, and especially when they’re not.

Over time, the food bank has formed important collaborations with other agencies to provide food to non-profits who have pantries that

“We are constantly looking for ways to go deeper,” said Hansen. “I mean, if we’re providing one bag of nutritious food per month, we’re



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Volunteers rescue Iceberg Lettuce and other foods through the SLO Glean program. More than 3 million pounds of food was rescued last year from going to waste.

not having much impact. But if we’re giving three or four per month, then the impact is more significant.” A Nutrition Education Program taught by Food Bank personnel at the individual distribution sites introduces fresh foods to recipients who may not be familiar with them, much less know how to prepare them—kale, for example. It motivates children to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, and teaches their parents new ways to serve them. Today, the Food Bank has 75 direct distribution sites and serves 200 other agencies and organizations. It also helped to establish GleanSLO, dedicated to gleaning from the abundance of fresh foods from local farms and personal gardens. “It is officially part of the Food Bank,” explained Hansen, “but operates as a grass-roots movement

The Groundbreaking ceremony held last November for the new Food Bank facility on Kendall Rd in SLO.

representative of several organizations with its own steering committee. … It allows families to volunteer with children, learning where their food comes from and enjoying the magic of eating what nature provides for us fresh from the ground it grows on.” And that’s what Hansen likes best about his position. Stepping into the top job at the Food Bank in 2005, he was initially tasked with bringing stability, professional leadership, and public awareness to his growing agency, plus educating the public about the reality of hunger in our county. Hansen loves to be the “connector.” He is good at finding those who can help—people with both the capacity and the generosity—together with those who need it in a way that brings hope, not discouragement. Hansen believes in educating people and agencies so that they do not bring any hidden judgements to their recipients. “The experience of having to ask for help can be humiliating,” Hansen explains. “As important as the food we bring is the attitude we bring with it, the way we treat people. We want to make it an uplifting experience … the idea that we are one.” Which brings us back to Scarlet, Dan, and Maria. Scarlet is now a vivacious young woman of 20 who attends college and works helping families at the Housing Authority. Dan has recovered from his illness and now volunteers with the Food Bank. And Maria can continue to reach out with love to her neighbors because of what the Food Bank brings (20% of people served by the Food Bank are seniors). Add to these the smiling faces of thousands of children served by the Food Bank (they make up a whopping 40% of its clients) and you have an irresistible reason to support their efforts to Nourish Our Future. “The new building will increase our capacity by 78%,” said Hansen. “ … Operating two facilities simply isn’t practical anymore … so it made sense to sell the Paso facility, use the equity to get us into a new and efficient facility designed just for us, centrally located, and make sure that our lower costs frees money to go into more service to the community.” The significant cost savings in overhead expenses will allow the food bank to apply more donor funds to providing nutritious food to the people it serves. To make the new facility a reality, the Food Bank secured a low-interest, long-term loan. Carl Hansen hopes to pay that mortgage off soon so that donor dollars can go directly to the hungry instead of to the bank. To date, our generous community has paid $700,000 toward a $2.6 million loan. Hansen hopes to be free and clear by the time his staff moves in to the new building this fall. To donate, please visit or call 805-235-2851 and see how easy it is to give.



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at the market

dark chocolate zucchini muffins By Sarah Hedger


ay is here! Which means, Summer is near! May marks the real beginning of Summer at the markets which leaves an absolute abundance of delicious options to choose from. During this time of year, Summer produce approaches its prime as the warmer weather and longer days provide great sunshine and growing time. Early season tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash, as well as the first stone fruits, raspberries and boysenberries is just a sampling of the goodness out there.

This month’s recipe is a baked treat ... a bit of chocolate and a bit of something from the garden. What?! Zucchini is the vegetable that often ends up in great abundance, whether it’s being grown in a pot, or in the backyard garden, as it is one of the most easily abundant things to grow. Just a day or so of forgetting about a squash plant and it can get out of control in a hurry, often resulting in the BIGGEST squash ever! I remember once a large amount of zucchini growing in the field next to my dad’s house and after they were harvested, the owner



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told us we could have what was left, which were some zucchinis that exceeded (in my memory) a couple feet long! I was determined for them to not go to waste so I found all kinds of ways to enjoy them, most notably delicious was roasting them for a long time and stuffing them—what a treat! While it is easy to forget how versatile zucchini is, it can be used in nearly everything from grilled zucchini with pesto, to sweet treat recipes such as zucchini bread and these little gems, Dark Chocolate Zucchini Muffins. This recipe started with wanting to use up some past-their-prime zucchinis in the refrigerator, while wanting a somewhat healthy snack, and craving a bit of dark chocolate. The last couple weeks I’ve been on a bit of a personal mission to remove all forms of sugar from my life. It’s just a little experiment as I felt sugars, in their many mesmerizing forms, easily get out of control. Needless to say, there have definitely been some hits and misses as I reduce sugars while incorporating more whole food ingredients such as coconut and almond flours, which contribute more macro and micronutrients. While increasing the quality and quantity of whole food ingredients such as nut flours over refined, white, wheat flours, it not only adds nutrients but also adds another level of flavour often overlooked. It’s like the difference of using the standard of white sugar with that of a muscavado, agave, or coconut sugar. So in this recipe, instead of using white flour, we use a nut-based flour such as almond or coconut, changing the macronutrient profile of being one of straight, refined carbs, to being one with fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Instead of using refined cocoa, we use cacao, which has substantially more antioxidants and fiber than cocoa, as well as adding more depth of (chocolate) flavor, which is a very good thing! Instead of using butter, which has health benefits if it is from grass-fed cows, we use coconut oil as its medium-chain triglycerides are easier to digest, being sent straight to the liver to be utilized, instead of being sent to the fat storage tanks. Walnuts are a great source of proteins and fats, full of good antioxidants and good for the heart, all while adding a nice crunch to baked goods. And, lastly, dark chocolate. If you’re going to eat chocolate, let it be dark chocolate over 70% as it has less sugar, more magnesium, more antioxidants, and less chance of sending the old sweet tooth into a tangent. Thus, a healthy, somewhat sinful treat from the 805 Aerovista #103, San Luis Obispo garden. Enjoy!

Dark chocolate zucchini muffins Makes 9 For the Muffins: 1 cup almond flour (or ½ cup coconut flour + ½ cup tapioca starch) ½ cup cacao or cocoa powder Pinch of sea salt ½ tsp soda ½ tsp baking powder 3 free range happy eggs 2 T hot water 3 T agave or local honey or (1 large tablespoon of natural vanilla protein powder, if looking for a lower sugar/higher protein option) 3 T coconut oil, melted 1 cup zucchini, grated ½ cup walnuts, chopped ¾ cup 70% dark chocolate, in chunks *Glaze option: melt more of the dark chocolate above and drizzle over cooled muffins Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 9 muffin tins with paper liners. Place almond flour, cacao, salt, soda, and baking powder in medium bowl, mixing to incorporate. Add eggs, water, sweetener, and coconut oil, mixing till smooth. Fold in zucchini, walnuts, and dark chocolate. Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake till slightly firm, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. If taking the chocolate glaze option, drizzle over muffins and enjoy!



Paso Art Scene

Judy lyon:

watercolorist at studios on the park By Robert Simola


ave you ever walked in a garden and smelled the soft, seductive, scent of a rose where the smell was just a background accent enhancing the beauty of the garden? This is what it is like when you walk into Judy Lyon’s studio at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles except Lyon isn’t working with scents but with the soft, seductive tints she achieves in her watercolor paintings.

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The effects achieved in a watercolor painting can’t be achieved with any other medium, and while the brush work of an oil painting can range from almost invisible to textured to a bold, layered, almost slash-and-burn feeling, when it comes to creating a sense of softness and immediacy, the work of an expert watercolorist can’t be beat. And Judy Lyon is an expert when it comes to watercolors. Lyon has been both a studio artist and a plein-air painter, but probably the most unusual thing she has done as an artist was to be a police artist sketching images from the memories of victims to help the police catch criminals.

White Moth Orchid

“I guess I have been an artist all my life, but for the last twenty-five years I have concentrated in painting watercolors. I like to paint local landscapes, close-ups of unique or sculptural plants and flowers, and wildlife.” A past vice-president of the National Watercolor Society, whether she creates a single flower or a landscape, one of the first things you notice is the glorious delicacy she achieves by using watercolor paints containing ground jade, lapis, malachite, pipestone, tiger’s eye, turquoise, and other semi-precious stones so that the granular nature of the watercolor paint gives a textural interest to the finished work. White Orchid and Bee

“There are so many more artist products available today than there were when I was a student. It’s pretty exciting. I love to buy different papers and brushes. I have about three experimental palettes, and I’m always searching for the ‘secret’ that will give me the exact result I see in my mind.” Lyon uses different palettes of paint for different projects. Her watercolor palettes include a plein air palette, a studio palette, a primatek palette, and a granulating palette. For her granulating palette, she uses, “Eight of the heaviest pigments I can find and still have a complete color wheel represented. When using these on textured paper, the heavy pigment granules settle in the low spots and give a speckled appearance to the painting.”

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But even with all of her different palettes, and all of the colors created by the various paint companies, she still has to mix her own colors to meet her needs. “Since I love green, and because landscape painting usually requires some green, I have bought so many tubes of various greens that I have a whole green palette, but I seldom use it. None of the greens in it are ever the right green. To get the ones I want, I usually have to mix two different blues and two yellows.” Her process is the same for each of the colors she uses.



palm street perspective the “Better Angels of our Nature” versus the “Blood Dimmed Tide” By SLO City Councilman, John Ashbaugh


very two weeks at the beginning of our Council meetings, we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and dedicate our loyalty to “one nation… indivisible.” Lately, however, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to believe that our nation is indivisible.

In 1919, the Irish poet William Butler Yeats penned these lines as he surveyed the devastation to Europe in the wake of the Great War in which over 15 million had died: Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned. The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. In 2016, as I survey the raucous crowds and poisonous rhetoric engulfing the nation in this Presidential election year, I keep bringing up the image of a “blood-dimmed tide.” This election is easily the most divisive and polarized campaign in all the 50+ years that I’ve followed politics. I am bewildered, and frankly ashamed, at what I’ve seen in the “passionate intensity” of so many voters in the early primary elections—especially the anger, bellicosity, racism, and outright violence in some of the rallies for a certain Republican candidate. For most of the last five years in Washington, the leadership of Congress has succumbed to hostile partisan politics, and conducted open rhetorical warfare with the Obama Administration. They have strangled reasonable policy initiatives in the cradle—and the real victims have been the American people. Virtually all progress has been stalled on important issues such as climate change, health care, foreign policy, and even the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee.

Thankfully, those of us who have had the privilege to serve on the Council of the City of San Luis Obispo can tell a different story about our local politics. At each Council meeting, after saying the Pledge, your City Council goes about conducting the people’s business in an atmosphere of openness, transparency, and civility—for the most part—with the support of a professional staff who are dedicated to the same principles. Anybody can address the Council on any issue, whether or not it is on our agenda—and many people take advantage of this opportunity. We have our critics, and I know that a few people regularly castigate us for a “failure to listen”—but I can assure you that I do hear every word, and consider carefully every speaker’s point of view. We know that we cannot please everyone all the time. That, after all, is the very essence of politics at any level. Aristotle once said that “Politics is the art of the possible,” and when the Council faces a tough issue that has polarized the community, I try to engage in a “search for the center,” for consensus, for a solution that reflects our values but lies with the realm of the possible. All parties need to feel that their elected representatives have listened to them and tried very hard to achieve a balance. And, except for the occasional outburst of caustic or un-

guarded rudeness, I believe that our Council generally does operate with due regard for the principle of civility and compromise. In his first Inaugural Address in 1861, President Lincoln did his best to cool the heated rhetoric of rebellion that had already led seven Southern states to secede. Lincoln intoned the atmosphere that we need to consider today when he said, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Whether the issue is how best to manage our water supply, whether to dredge Laguna Lake, how best to develop our downtown, or how to balance our budget, I hope that San Luis Obispo will continue to be blessed by elected officials—and candidates—who know how to find that “center of gravity” that represents the best thinking of all of our citizens. Having said that, this is an election year. Let’s keep an ear tuned for those “mystic chords of memory” as they are sounded by the “better angels of our nature,” rather than the “blooddimmed tide.”

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honoring Our Veterans

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telling the stories of military veterans so that all generations may more fully understand the costs of peace and realities of war By Gail Pruitt Museum OFFERS New Service Need help sorting out and understanding military ribbons and medals and their order of precedence and placement on a uniform? Staff at the Museum are available to help veterans and family members in identifying their own or their family member’s military ribbons and medals and to insure they are displayed in the proper order of precedence. Assistant Curator Dennis Enos will meet with a veteran or family members to identify the name of each ribbon and the service or award it represents. Dennis is also a long-time collector of militaria and he is well versed in the history of the various services and the differences between ribbons and medals. He can share important information and insights about a veteran’s service through his or her individual decorations giving family members a fuller story of the veteran’s military service. Frequently families have very little understanding of their loved one’s military service and are amazed by what they learn. Dennis will also insure the ribbons and medals are in the proper order of precedence for display.

Charlotte Milch of Los Osos and Bob and Linda Milch of Buffalo, NY came in recently wanting to research and identify medals and ribbons left by Linda’s father, a World War II veteran. They sat down with Dennis as he went through the collection, explaining the significance of each ribbon and connecting each with the event it represents. Dennis will also clarify other uniform insignia and shoulder patches. Consultations with Dennis are free and available by appointment. Call the Museum at 805-543-1763 on Tuesday or Thursday.

Museum Welcomes the New Director of the County Veterans Services Office The Museum staff and docents would like to welcome Chris Lopez, the new Director of the Veterans Services Office for San Luis Obispo County. The Veterans Services Office occupies the office space immediately adjacent to the Museum in the Veterans Memorial Building in SLO.

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Lopez took time out of his very busy schedule recently to come into the Museum to meet with Harry Hoover, Museum Director/ Curator and others. Among other topics they discussed the missions of both the Museum and the Veterans Services Office and how each can continue to support the other. Museum staff look forward to a renewed sense of partnership with the staff of the Veterans Services Office in our shared goal of providing service to veterans.


Sally Woelper, now a Museum member, received assistance with her father’s ribbons in May, 2014. Sally wrote us recently saying, “My friend Meg Spierling would like help putting her dad’s ribbons and medals in order for display for his celebration of life ceremony like you did for my dad Art Corwin.” Meg came into the Museum in January and Dennis helped her to do just that.

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COMMUNITY The Museum Reference Library Is Open to the Public For casual reading or research. CDs, DVDs, video also available. Whether you are a student enrolled at one of the area colleges, universities, or high schools or are a history aficionado, you can avail yourself of the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum’s extensive research library of more than 3,500 books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and videotapes. Our collection also includes accounts of the personal experiences of local veterans. Our holdings cover both World Wars, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The library contains histories of the operations in these conflicts and first person accounts of participants’ experiences. Interesting books about the Korean Conflict include Inchon Landing: MacArthur’s Last Triumph by Michael Langley and Such Men as These by David Spears which tells about the amazing courage of American pilots. In the section of the library that holds books about the Vietnam War are Vietnam Diary by Richard Tregaskis and We Were Soldiers Once...and Young by Harold Young and Joseph Galloway. We also have biographies, autobiographies, and volumes that fall under the general category of Military Art and Science, which includes strategy and tactics and military equipment such as Those Army Engineers by John Larson and Building a Strategic Air Force by Walton S. Moody. Although we are currently rebuilding the Museum website, you can continue to peruse the majority of the library’s holdings at On the home page, just above the first picture, click on the button that says, “Special Feature Library.” There you can search a partial list of the library’s contents by title, author, or subject. If you would like to use the Museum’s library or need additional information, contact Librarian Sandra McGregor at (805) 5431763 on Tuesday or Thursday between 10am and 3pm to set up an appointment.

Spotlight—Dennis Enos, Assistant Museum Curator Dennis Enos, the Museum’s Assistant Curator and designer of our fascinating historic displays, has been part of the Museum family since 2003. He was born and raised in Tulare, CA. In 1975 he received his Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Although Dennis never served in the military, he was interested in World Dennis Enos, Assistant War II since boyhood. Two of his uncles served in the war, and one of his aunts was a “Rosie the Riveter” in the Richmond, CA shipyards. While his grown-up relatives were talking about wartime rationing and how the war affected their lives on the home front, Dennis remembers playing with his uncles’ helmets they brought back.


He started collecting military shoulder patches and other small items as a hobby in the 1960s, but he started seriously collecting militaria in 1989. At first he collected almost anything from World War II, but the difficulty of finding storage and display space for the items, and, of course, limited finances, caused him to limit his collection to American items from that war. In his own extensive collection, Dennis has items from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as items from the Merchant Marines, Red Cross, and wartime items from the home front, since as he says, “Civilians helped win the war as much as those serving at the front lines. I get especially excited about any item I can link back to my relatives, friends, or local citizens. I feel those artifacts give me a real connection with the time and have even more historical significance for me. I have the most fun finding equipment related to the U.S. military use of carrier pigeons during World War II.” Dennis has been on our staff since Harry Hoover, the Museum’s Director/Curator, invited him to a Museum event in 2003. After spending time with Docent Coordinator Al Kelley, Dennis was hooked. Although he at first served as a docent, he realized he was more interested in the hands-on, mechanical aspects of the Museum. And because he was the youngest staff member, he was the only one able to safely climb ladders and move heavy objects. Then he was named Assistant Curator. Now Dennis works with Hoover to design and construct the Museum displays. He also performs minor re-pairs, helps to identify donated items, and helps Museum visitors to identify artifacts, ribbons and medals that belonged to relatives and he recommends ways to display them in their homes. Some of Dennis’s favorite displays are those pertaining to WWII U.S. submariners and Japanese Army and U.S. uniforms. Displays, both in the Museum and in his own collection, are always works in progress, he said. They all take time. It is rare that he can work on a single display, from conception through research and the gathering of artifacts to the actual set-up. Instead, he is often simultaneously working on a number of displays. “The Museum,” Dennis says “has provided me with the opportunity to work with some of the finest, most dedicated people I’ve ever known. Am I an expert? No, but this ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ learns more and gets closer to history each day I serve at the Museum.” And the admiration is mutual. Dennis’s sense of history, his fine eye for design, and his engaging personality make him a highly valued member of the Museum family as he contributes to making the Museum a small, but mighty treasure in SLO county, on the Central Coast and in the state.

“Tanks”...for the Memories The M-60 Tank

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particular that have special meaning to the Museum and to me in particular. “The first is the tank situated at the entrance to the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot. It is the Model 60 (M-60) main battle tank from the Vietnam era and is still in service in many of our ally nations around the globe. The Museum received the M-60 more than ten years ago from the US Army Tactical Command via Camp Roberts. It was decommissioned there and all the hydraulics, motor, transmission and machine guns were removed and the main cannon was rendered inoperable. The instruments from the interior of the tank are on display in the Museum and includes the radio, steering yoke, instrument panel and other memorabilia. After decommissioning the tank was moved on a flat-bed trailer from Camp Roberts to its present location. You can visit the Museum and learn other fascinating facts about this seasoned veteran of years past. “The second tank is located about two miles west of Cuesta College on Highway 1 just prior to the public shooting ranges. It sits on a raised cut in the side of a hill about 300 yards north of the entrance to the ranges although it is now difficult to see because of the overgrowth. The tank, or more precisely, what remains of it, is the iconic Model 4 (M-4) Sherman tank from WWII and Korea. This tank has a personal connection with me. “In 1949, as an officer in the U.S. Army, I was sent to Camp San Luis Obispo for summer training. Part of that training was for marksmanship with the 2.36mm rocket launcher, also known as the ‘Bazooka.’ I vividly recall learning how to use that weapon. I fired ten rounds at the tank that day and hit it six times. Over the years the tank had hundreds of rounds fired at it and is now a mass of holes held together by rusty strands of steel. It was used by many Army units stationed at Camp San Luis Obispo during WWII including the 86th Division. The 86th is the only U.S. Army division to serve in both the European Theater (Germany) and the Pacific Theater (Philippines) in WWII. “Camp San Luis Obispo and Camp Roberts both had important training responsibilities during WWII and the Korean War. The M-60 and the M-4 played a part in fulfilling them.”

In Memory Day, sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) In Memory honors Vietnam vets who are ineligible for inscription on The Wall From the VVMF website: “VVMF’s In Memory program honors Vietnam veterans whose lives were cut short as a result of their service in Vietnam, but are not eligible for inscription on The Wall under Department of Defense guidelines. In Memory is a way that all Vietnam veterans can be honored on the National Mall. “The plaque that honors these veterans was dedicated as a part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 2004. It reads: In Memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice. “In Memory began in 1999 and has since honored more than 2,500 veterans. Examples of causes of death that do fit the criteria for M A Y


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inclusion in VVMF’s In Memory program: PTSD related illnesses, exposure to Agent Orange and similar chemicals, Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Attack.” This year the In Memory weekend is Friday June 17, 2016 – Sunday June 19, 2016 See more at:

“HONOR VETERANS. VOTE.” Program From the Office of the California Secretary of State comes this message about a program to honor veterans. The “Honor Veterans. Vote.” program provides California citizens the opportunity to pay tribute and dedicate their vote to a veteran or active duty service member. By submitting your dedication, you can choose to receive a certificate or a lapel pin to proudly display appreciation for your honored veteran or active duty service person. You can also choose to have an email notification sent to the veteran/service member you are honoring, notifying them of your tribute. You may honor more than one veteran/service member, but only one lapel pin will be issued per voter. We encourage you to show your appreciation for our service members by wearing the lapel pin when you vote. Remember. You can register to vote online (it’s quick and easy) and encourage your friends and family to do the same. The deadline to register to cast a vote for the June 7, 2016 California Presidential Primary is May 23rd. Visit for more information.

Cemetery Plots in Los Osos Cemetery The Museum owns several burial plots in the Los Osos Cemetery. They were donated by a Museum supporter and thanks to the generosity of that donor, the Museum can make them available to veterans in need. Family of a deceased veteran in need of a burial plot and unable to afford one can contact the Museum at 805-543-1763 (preferably on Tuesday or Thursday) to speak with Harry Hoover, Museum Curator/Director.



the greatest athletes on the central coast By Dr. Don Morris

and was one of the first players in NCAA history to do so. Heitz was a 6’3” guard/forward and at Righetti H.S. he earned honors as high school All-American and was the CIF player of the year in his senior season.

Editor’s note: The reader response to the question “Who are the Greatest Athletes in the history of the Central Coast?” has been overwhelming. More than 100 nominations have been received from readers from Ventura to Salinas and almost all the high schools and various sports were represented. (Many of the nominations were about central coast men and women athletes who have gone on to compete professionally in sports like Olympic events, football, baseball, track and field, golf, boxing, ultimate fighting, tennis, kick boxing, basketball, rodeo, race-car drivers, etc). So far the following athletes have been featured: Ed Brown, Stephanie Brown Trafton, Chuck Liddell, Loren Roberts, Steve Patterson, Gene Rambo, Robin Ventura, Jordan Hasay, Chuck Estrada, Mike Larrabee, Ron Capps, Jamie Martin, Rusty Kuntz, Randall Cunningham, Jim Lonborg, Kami Craig, John Rudometkin, Ivan Huff, Chelsea Johnson, Michael Louis Bratz, Frank Minini, Scott McClain, Mel Queen, Napoleon Kaufmann, Katie Hicks, Mark Brunell and Gene Romero. Please send nominations to Dr. Morris at

He went to UCLA in 1965 as a part of a legendary recruiting class of head coach John Wooden including classmates Lew Alcindor, Lynn Shackelford and Lucius Allen. Heitz played on UCLA teams that went 88-2 over three years and was the first school to capture three consecutive national championships. In the national championship game, Heitz received consideration as the contest’s most valuable player for his defense against Purdue’s high-scoring Rick Mount, who shot just 12-for-36, Heitz was known for his tenacious defense. Following graduation, Heitz, in 1969 was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the fifth round. He participated in the Bucks’ summer training camp, but he never played professional basketball. He instead went to Harvard Law School and graduated in 1972. He became a senior partner specializing in commercial litigation and corporate law. He

was also executive vice president and general counsel of Columbia Savings and Loan from 1988–91 and was briefly its CEO. Heitz was inducted into the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Roundtable Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, he was inducted into the first class of the Righetti Athletic Hall of Fame. The L.A. Times said Heitz died of cancer at age 65 on July 9, 2012 and the Times also said “He wore dark-rimmed glasses that made him look like Clark Kent and he played defense like Superman.”


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California in 1814 Part 2 – Hunger By Joe Carotenuti

Mission San Luis Obispo in 1820 – by Chesley Bonestell


he gnawing, developing and enveloping desperation plagued the earliest California pioneers as food became increasingly scarce. With seeds, berries, an occasional rabbit or squirrel, the struggle for survival of the Spanish in 1769 was an overwhelming reality. What food had sustained the men whether on land or sea was rapidly diminishing and Captain Gaspar Portola finally made the decision to return home before starvation made any trip impossible. It would be a career-ending move. Joseph Galvez, the visitador-general to New Spain and Portola’s commander, tolerated nothing less than success. In an episode worthy of an adventure novel, Padre Junipero Serra begged to delay any departure until a novena (nine days of prayer) was invoked to seek divine assistance. On day nine, a ship was seen offshore having been gone for months to replenish supplies. The Monterey Expedition to establish a colony on the Pacific Rim (leading in 81 years to the State of California) had been saved…but barely. Foraging for food and the generosity of local natives had limits and each primitive mission establishment practiced prayers and good will with more expertise than growing and gathering crops. For the Franciscan friars, they were obligated to feed both the body and soul with spiritual and common nourishment. Thus, deserving of its own history, the M A Y


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agricultural enterprises were essential as the newly baptized (neophytes) literally needed to earn their daily bread. The efforts of all are reflected in yearly records of cattle and crops. History by statistics may be passionless, but still provides graphic indications of growth and decline. Thus, the year 1814 was neither the most nor least productive for the missions as most all continued to prosper (at least statistically) with little awareness of the destruction on the horizon heading their way as the war for independence in Mexico would dramatically change the northern reaches of the Iberian Empire. Within 20 years, the missions would be in a state of decline, the padres banished or dead and the natives struggling to survive in a new economy. In a rare and remarkable volume As the Padres Saw Them, edited and compiled by Maynard J. Geiger, O.F.M., Spanish authorities posed 36 questions to the leaders at 18 missions seeking to understand what was happening in the remote outpost of the shrinking empire. One inquired about food. Here’s the story. Question 17 asked: “How many meals do they eat in a day? What sort of food do they use? What does it cost per person?” Given the earliest years of desperation and struggle, the answers demonstrate nobody faced starvation.

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Padre Luis Martinez answered for Mission San Luis after having served for 16 years. His response is basically the same for the remaining answers. “There are three meals a day,” he wrote. Served in a common area and/or time, atole was served for breakfast. Mission San Diego described the meal as “mush made of barley, wheat or corn.” Pozole defined by Martinez as “composed of wheat, corn, beans or horse-beans” was the entrée at noon along with “rationed meat.” Dinner was atole again. A seemingly bland and repetitious menu was augmented he wrote by “countless kinds of wild seeds” prepared in their “private homes.” Cost could not be calculated but yearly “2000 and some odd head cattle are slaughtered for food and all that is harvested is consumed.” In 1814, crops are recorded at over 2000 bushels and animals over 17,000 for a native population of 638. San Luis Rey wrote while the neophytes had three meals a day, there was no fixed meal times for the unbaptized who “eat when they wish and when something is at hand.” A similar response was reported by Santa Barbara: “The number of meals these Indians eat is beyond count for it can be said that the entire day is one continuous meal.” For a neophyte population of 600, “sixteen choice head of cattle” are slaughtered each week. Santa Clara counted 40 head of cattle used weekly for food and 50 to 60 fanegas of wheat cooked for the atole and pozole. A fanegas is a little more than a bushel and one-half. “For even when he is at work he is eating,” wrote San Cruz and so there was one long meal a day. San Juan Bautista commented so much was eaten that many “suffer a great deal of indigestion.” While the padres primarily reported the major items eaten, some mentioned other, less palatable choices. The supplemental diet was compared to foods eaten while the natives were in their “pagan state.” Extra choices listed included rabbits, deer, squirrels and rats while San Fernando added “dog, all birds, mole, snake, and rattlesnakes.” San Buenaventura relates that costs were not easy to track as the additional food kept in homes and eating “at all hours” made computation difficult. In Carmel, San Carlos reported the three usual meals plus the natives were “free to eat in their huts” with no way “of making them use moderation.” Added selections included “all living things except frogs, toads, and owls which are the only animals they are afraid of.” San Jose had no set times for community meals but weekly supplies were distributed on Saturdays.

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the importance of a fine arts education By James J. Brescia, Ed.D. County Superintendent of Schools

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” —Pablo Picasso An integral part of our human development must include education in the arts. Educational research that examines the learning processes throughout the ages, even those beginning with Plato, has emphasized the importance of the arts as part of our development and scholarship. Humanities are described as academic disciplines that study human culture. Humanities researchers detail the arts as one of the defining characteristics of the human species and conclude that every culture has a distinct artistic aspect. Our cognitive ability to create art separate from the body is thought to have originated in Africa, but the practice may have begun at different times both genetically and culturally across the globe (Morriss-Kay, 2010). Today the humanities are more frequently contrasted with natural, physical, and social sciences as well as professional training. However, we must consider fine arts as a critical component of our academic experience. The visual arts are present in music, dance, language and rituals that mark many different aspects of our lives such as birth, marriage, death, religion, and politics. Animal courtship, competitions, as well as modern day communications, all include aspects of vocalization, ritualized movement and visual displays. Anyone who has watched turkeys or peacocks during spring can validate art in animal courtship. I was recently enjoying a jazz concert at D’Anbinos in Paso Robles and observed many of the patrons expressing emotions through dance, tapping of feet, clapping of hands, shaking of bodies and bobbing of heads. Is this a form of art as well as the expression of emotion? Many opinions exist on how we define art, but without academic consensus (Layton, 1991). We tend to identify art in a formal sense related to what we find aesthetically pleasing. Can we claim that what is considered positive and evokes emotion resonates as an art form rather than something that is solely pragmatic? Do we know if prehistoric art was created for art’s sake or did it represent

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Arts education refers to education in the disciplines of music, dance, theater, and visual arts. A study in the arts is integral to our society and our human spirit. The arts have connected with many parts of the cultural heritage of Americans. Philosophers state that the arts are what make us most human, and most complete as a people. Research teaches us that the arts cannot be learned through occasional or random exposure any more than we can acquire math or science through osmosis. Education and engagement in the fine arts are an essential part of the school curriculum and an important component of the educational program for every student. Sufficient data exists to support the study and participation in the fine arts as an essential element in improving all academic areas of study. Involvement in the arts has been shown to reduce student dropout, raise student attendance, develop better team behaviors, foster a love of learning, improve student dignity, enhance student creativity, and better prepare citizens for the workplace. Evidence from brain research is only one of many reasons education and engagement in fine arts is a vital component of the educational process. The arts develop neural systems that produce a broad spectrum of benefits ranging from fine motor skills to creativity and improved emotional balance. We must realize that these systems often take months and even years to fine-tune. In a study conducted by Judith Burton, Columbia University, research evidenced that subjects such as mathematics, science, and language require complex cognitive and creative capacities “typical of arts learning” (Burton, Horowitz, & Abeles, 1999). “The arts enhance the process of learning. The systems they nourish, which include our integrated sensory, attentional, cognitive, emotional, and motor capacities, are, in fact, the driving forces behind all other learning” (Jensen, 2001). During the past several decades, numerous articles have been published that examine the extent and value of the arts. This valuable body of research has informed the public and educators as to the positive effects of arts education on student learning. This type of research has provided much-needed data for informing future curricular decisions and for enhancing arts education in our State’s schools. It is my hope that this article will provide an impetus for continued discussion about the benefits of an education that includes the fine arts (music, art, dance and theater). Why is it so important to keep the arts strong in our schools? How does the study of the arts contribute to student achievement and success? These are just a few of the discussion topics I hope to spark from this article. We must maintain or expand levels of fine arts education in our schools, including in schools with high percentages of poor and

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minority students. In the face of economic stress, schools and districts may be tempted to reduce their investment in anything that appears to be “extra” or unnecessary; but as previously mentioned, the arts play a significant role in supporting student learning beyond the boundaries of the fine arts classroom. In line with maintaining or expanding arts education, we must work together to see that all students have equal access to courses in various arts disciplines, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds. We need to recognize fine arts classes as core aspects of the academic curriculum rather than as merely “addons” or “feel-good” electives. The research is clear in indicating that students at all grade levels (including middle school or junior high) should be required to study fine arts. To increase student opportunities, we should assure that funding for arts education in our schools is maintained or expanded. Ongoing maintenance of funding is necessary to continue the positive relationships between arts education and student learning as identified in the research literature.


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eye on business What’s your story?

By Maggie Cox, Barnett Cox & Associates


here aren’t many New York Times best-selling authors on the Central Coast, but Cayucos resident Franz Wisner is one of them. Franz is the author of Honeymoon With My Brother, an engaging read that started with him being left at the altar and ended with a two year, 52-country travel adventure with his brother. Franz has since published two more books. He is also a prolific travel writer, was a an executive with one of the world’s leading public relations firms and was press secretary for then-California Governor Pete Wilson. Franz has been on Oprah and the Today Show, been profiled on NPR and published in the SF Chronicle, LA Times, Redbook and other leading publications. At the heart of it all, Franz Wisner is a storyteller, and he’s using that talent and perspective to help businesses communicate better with customers, clients and the public at large. He believes that in having a story to tell, we have a way to connect with each other in a meaningful way. Franz did a training recently for our staff and he mesmerized the group with examples and details of just how it all works. He spoke of the importance of being

authentic and of having one’s own voice. He noted the mistake businesses make when they simply list accomplishments and accolades and never get to the human side of what they do and how they do it. That kind of presentation lacks human-ness and heart. It offers nothing relatable. Instead, Franz said, think in terms of having a real story to tell. Maybe it’s one of overcoming adversity or failures. Maybe it’s focused on a great multi generation tale. It can be a story of success but it has to be people focused. I was reminded of his counsel when I read a recent Fortune Magazine profile of the new CEO for JC Penney. Penney’s, of course, is famous for its devastating company challenge in the last few years. An attempt to rebrand Penney’s into a younger, hipper retailer failed miserably. Customers fled, stock prices plummeted, 40,000 jobs were lost and a CEO was ousted. The new CEO is Marvin Ellison, a self-proclaimed data wonk who insists on having information to make good decisions. He came to JC Penneys from Home Depot, where he was credited with streamlining supply side operations. Doesn’t sound very interesting to the reader, does it? But in fact Ellison, who is 51 years old and one of only five African-American CEOs in the


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Fortune 500, has an utterly compelling story. He grew up Brownsville, Tennessee, a tiny, segregated town, where he was one of seven children in a poor family. His father was a high school honor student who was passionate about education, but had to drop out of high school to help farm when his own father had a heart attack. Ellison’s father worked three jobs to avoid accepting government help. The new Penney’s CEO recalled in the Fortune article that his family would go to JC Penney’s twice a year—once for school clothes and once for Christmas shopping. That school clothes reference got my attention—it took me back to my own childhood, when the white blouses, saddle shoes and socks that were part of my Catholic school uniform were purchased at JC Penney’s. What was a business article I’m reading has taken a bit of a turn. I find myself connecting to Marvin Ellison’s story—although our backgrounds have little else in common. Point taken! Ellison’s story goes on—he worked at in store security at Target as a student to help pay for his education. He advanced through the store security ranks while graduating with an MBA. He moved on to a position at Home Depot. He learned about customer behavior by observing it, and by getting feedback from other employees. He listened and learned and made no assumptions about what people want. I’m noticing that now a profile on a successful retail leader has become even more human, and with it has come credibility. I’m hooked. I feel like I am getting to know the Penney’s leader. I’m paying attention to the story and I’m rooting for the store’s success. While Marvin Ellison’s story is unique to Penney’s, the idea of connecting with customers is a given for every business. Franz Wisner suggests that success begins with finding the story that works for each of us. We need to take time to develop a clear vision of who we are, what we do and what we value, and then share it—first with employees, then with customers and potential customers. It’s in the making a story real that we connect and build the relationships that drive business success. What a great lesson from a most engaging teacher. Read more about Franz Wisner and sign up for his Cal Poly Extended Education classes at http://www.extended.calpoly. edu/lifeandculture/writing.html. The Fortune Magazine article on Marvin Ellison is great reading:



The Magazine of Downtown San Luis Obispo

May 2016

Inside: Downtown Perspec t ive Downtown B usiness Spo tlights

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I love Downtown and having been a business owner n San Luis Obispo, there is a handful of people that previously, I understood the feelings of people who have dedicated much of their lives to creating the have invested time and money into their dreams. warm and inviting place that we affectionately call I also knew that dreams can become nightmares Downtown. Last month I had an opportunity to meet if things do not go well and I was determined to with one individual who undoubtedly played a big help those people. When I did help someone it role in shaping the present state of our community. was amazingly gratifying. I have always been an Deborah Cash spent nearly 20 years at the helm of energetic and creative person and those attributes the Downtown Association and as my predecessor typically provide the will to succeed but there were she navigated some difficult times and exciting times times that I did cry. Fortunately I had a great support but always stayed on course to building a better network at the office and among the Board and Downtown. Needless to say, I had some questions Dominic Tartaglia, Executive Director business owners. When I retired, I was so grateful for for Deborah that I hoped would shed some insight so many wonderful people who helped me on the into what her career looked like, through her eyes. journey. I once heard the ‘burnout’ of a Main Street manager If memory serves me well, you owned a wine shop prior to is about three years. Since I made it through six of those, I acting as our Executive Director for 18 years. How did you guess I had a penchant for that kind of work. make that transition? In looking for a career change, I wanted to use my combined As Downtown matured and evolved you surely saw a lot of education, work experience and love of Downtown to find highs and lows. Would you mind sharing a moment in time a career path that provided both fulfillment and, being a that reflects those times? What saved Downtown from the single mom, a little more security. Having lived through the hard times? ups and downs of owning a business, and also wanting to The week that I started in July 1995, three things happened: expand into other areas like event production and business The Marsh Street Makeover where most of Marsh Street administration, when the position came available, I felt very from Santa Rosa to the freeway would be limited access or ready to bring the organization—and the Downtown—to the closed for the majority of Summer, the Prado Day Center next level. So I would say the stars were aligned! was turning dirt for its new facility and we had been notified by Main Street [program of the National Trust for Historic That must have been a very exciting and nerve racking Preservation] that our Main Street status was in jeopardy due time, what motivated you to persevere?

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and enjoyed the benefits of the high times. to delinquent reports. Ken Schwartz refers to SLO’s “happy accident” For the construction project, I worked of being a naturally beautiful, historically with the City to develop a public relations relevant, college town with lots of energy and plan that included signage, having project much more that contributes to the charm and representatives visiting businesses and feel of this place. providing regular updates. It made a huge difference and even when the project stalled, Now that you have retired, how are you people were grateful for the association’s adjusting? Are you enjoying a more laid back intervention and support on their behalf. slower paced life or are you keeping pace The Prado Day Center was, in the end a huge with your career and filling your schedule success. Initially, it started out as a pledge from with new activities? the then – Business Improvement Association Everyone said, “You will wonder how you (Downtown Association) and the Chamber of ever had time to work.” That is so true. I do Commerce to donate materials and labor to some volunteer work and a little bit of writing, help build a serving site for People’s Kitchen Deborah with her two sons Ian, left, including for the SLO Journal. Mostly I’m trying outside of the Downtown core. It took several his daughter Mayzie and Quillan, to tackle all those things I said I would get to years but it all worked out. right enjoying retirement. some day like reading novels again, tending to As for Main Street, I called the state program my garden and orchard, spending time with director and explained that there had been a several month family and friends, chickens, dogs and cats. Oh and cleaning period without an Executive Director and pledged to comply the garage. I also get to spend more time with my husband with all of the necessary reports and attend the next annual and I’m now “Mama” to our two grandchildren. conference. Fortunately, I had done previous work for the BIA and was familiar with the program. At the conference Looking back, would you do it again? If so, what piece of I felt at home with the people from other communities wisdom would you take back to the beginning? who had very similar experiences, many of which I knew I would definitely always seek doing what I love for a career. that I would eventually encounter. We went on to win the I don’t think it is possible to know what you would do Great American Main Street Award in 1999 and I became a differently until it is over so I wouldn’t offer any advice along Certified Main Street Manager in 2001. those lines. Just be true to yourself and be grateful. Those are Through the years, there were disappointments and the top two things you can do for yourself in all areas of your wonderful accomplishments but in balance, that is life and life. Downtown has always bounced back from the low times Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page After talking with Deborah it was apparent just how much love and care she put into her career at the Downtown Association. As a new director on my third year at this office, I can see how statistics like a three-year burnout cycle and an ever-

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changing business environment would have been daunting but absolutely worth it in the end. I just hope that at the end of my career in Downtown I will be able to handoff a legacy as graciously as Deborah Cash did to me and that my legacy will be as equally well-regarded as hers.

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Foundation. After being on display from September 2016 to April 2017, the cows will be auctioned in May, with the net proceeds going to these charities.

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There are several options for businesses to sponsor a cow, they can invest in a full sponsorship, or split it with another business. For businesses that are part of the SLO Downtown Association, there are other exclusive sponsorship opportunities as well. From there, the business can supply their own artist or use one of the artists that have applied through CowParade SLO.


his September, you may begin to spot decorated cows in Downtown and throughout SLO County. If this happens don’t be worried, you aren’t going insane. Rather, the global art exhibit CowParade, which first started in Chicago in 1999, is making its way to the beautiful Central Coast. Tom Halen, a local of San Luis Obispo, and Alan Vander Horst were the ones who initially proposed the idea to bring the exhibit to San Luis Obispo, citing the strong heritage component and the relevance of arts in the area. “With SLO having such a strong history in agriculture and dairy, there’s definitely an intriguing juxtaposition between this and the art scene in the county,” Halen said. For the event in SLO County, there are 101 cows up to be sponsored, representing Highway 101 that runs through the area. The cows will stretch from San Simeon to Nipomo, each one unique. Currently, there are two-dozen spaces that have been identified as potential spots for cows in the Downtown area. You can find one of the cows, Thumbelina, at CowParade’s booth at our Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market every Thursday night.

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“This really is a unique event,” Halen said. “It’s an opportunity to raise money and awareness for a number of non-profits, to showcase local talent in arts on an international level, and it draws people’s attention to our area.” Over 5,000 cows and 10,000 artists have been a part of CowParade, and now the people of SLO County have an opportunity to get involved with this event. If you’re interested in sponsoring a cow within the Downtown area or would like more information, visit By: Jackie Steele

In addition to being an incredible display of art, this event also benefits local charities, specifically the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, Arts Obispo and the California Mid-State Fair Heritage

JCC Federation

Lauren Bandari, Executive Director 578 Marsh Street (805) 426.5465 When JCC Federation opened its doors on Marsh Street last February, San Luis Obispo gained another invaluable addition to its local color. The non-profit Federation offers several programs, including children's camps on their Laureate Lane grounds, Jewish family services, educational and cultural programs and Holocaust remembrance each year. They also host the Hannukah Downtown event, as well as put on the annual San Luis Obispo Jewish Film Festival. As their mission states, they aim to build locally and connect globally. "We want to bring together the community to celebrate Jewish life," says Executive Director Lauren Bandari. "We also work to foster diversity, celebrating all of those who make up the San Luis Obispo area." With their prime Downtown location, the Federation is able to be visible to the community, allowing them to maintain a strong presence and keep an active conversation going about

diversity and its importance in the community and world. "JCC Federation strives to build closer ties with the San Luis Obispo Downtown and greater community, and we really believe in our programs, people and relationships as the foundation of all that we do," Bandari said. The office has hundreds of members that regularly volunteer, but they're always looking for more Downtown businesses to partner with. Additionally, JCC Federation works with Hillel, the Jewish student group on Cal Poly's campus along with the Cal Poly Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi and sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi to organize and volunteer to clean up their grounds, as well as putting on their phonathon event. If you're looking for a welcoming, diverse community right here within San Luis Obispo look no further than JCC Federation. By: Jackie Steele

For more information on Downtown Association events, programs and activities, or to sign up for our weekly Deliver-E newsletter, visit

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Visit with law enforcement officers from all over the Central Coast at our Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market.

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community foundation adds 4 new boardmembers

The Community Foundation SLO County (CFSLOC) has announced the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors: (pictured L-R) Jeff Buckingham, Grenda Ernst, Gwen Erskine, and Ben McAdams. The Community Foundation has supported our county with grants totaling more than $28 million. The Foundation’s assets under management have grown to more than $52 million, and provide support to all aspects of our community in perpetuity. For more information or to donate to any fund, visit The Community Foundation’s website at www. or call (805) 543-2323.

New red cross regional disaster officer

Jessica Wishan has joined the American Red Cross Central California Region as the Regional Disaster Officer. As the Disaster Officer, she will serve in a leadership role to support the region’s ability to respond to and recover from disasters as well as build volunteer capacity and relationships. Wishan will be based in the Santa Barbara Red Cross office and serve all ten counties in the Central California Region.

slo american legion post 66 pancake breakfast

The SLO American Legion Post 66 is hosting its Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 1st from 7am-noon at the Legion Hall at 1661 Mill Street. Tickets are $4 and extra donations are always accepted and encouraged. All proceeds support local Veterans Programs, Youth Scholarships, ROTC and Cuesta Automotive.

free senior health care screening

Community Action Partnership, Adult Wellness & Prevention Screening offers health screening for adults throughout SLO County. Free services include: screening for high blood pressure, weight and pulse. Finger prick screening tests for: high cholesterol, anemia and blood sugar. Counseling and referrals as needed. Please call 544-2484 ext. 1 for dates, times and locations.

St. Patrick school 3rd graders make big donation

The third graders at St. Patrick Catholic School collected and donated more than 10 pounds of aluminum pull tabs to the Five Cities Optimist Club to be given to the Ronald McDonald House to raise money for childhood cancer research. Debi Dykzeul, a faculty member at St. Patrick School, as well as a Five Cities Optimist Club representative, presented the students’ pull tabs to the Pacific Southwest District of Optimist International. The aluminum pull tabs are melted down and the money raised from selling the aluminum goes toward cancer research. Collecting pull tabs teaches kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling while raising money to help children and their families. For more information on St. Patrick School please call (805) 489-1210 or visit For more information on RMHC, please visit

Quota sponsors exhibits at SLO children’s museum Quota International of San Luis Obispo has partnered with the SLO Children’s Museum to sponsor two unique exhibits aimed at raising awareness about hearing loss, furthering the mission of Quota. “Our Quota Club of San Luis Obispo is proud to support the great work the SLO Children’s Museum is doing to educate our children. Part of Quota’s mission is to promote hearing health and education. We felt there was no better way than providing two exhibits to teach children about their hearing. Hearing is a precious gift that you need to protect from a young age,” said Chesterlyn Becerra, president of Quota. Both The Hearing Challenge and Virtual Barber Shop are unique, hands-on, experiential exhibits designed and built by Museum staff.


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Afternoon of epicurean delights

Afternoon of Epicurean Delights, will be held on Sunday, June 5th. The historic Chapman House by the Sea in Shell Beach will open its gates and welcome guests from 11:30 to 3:30. You are invited to stroll through the gardens of the estate, enjoy panoramic ocean views, or sit poolside and listen to great music, all while tasting over fifty of SLO County’s most renowned and award winning restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries, and confectioners, all of whom give of their time, their food, and drink to benefit premium and reserve wines, get-away weekends, gift baskets, and much, much more. Tickets are $125.00 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets on our website or directly from the Community Action Partnership Health & Prevention office: phone 805.544.2498. The City of Pismo Beach requests that guests shuttle to the event. As in past years, there will be shuttle service from Shell Beach Elementary School.


heartfelt contributions raise $16,729

Recently, Food 4 Less collaborated with the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County for their 8th annual “Have A Heart” campaign. Generous community members purchased pink paper hearts at their local Food 4 Less stores in Paso Robles, Atascadero, and SLO to show their commitment to end hunger. In SLO County, 1 in 6 of our neighbors face hunger, that’s over 46,000 children, seniors, families, and individuals who are unsure of where their next meal will come from. Thanks to heartfelt contributions from community members, the 2016 Have A Heart campaign raised $16,729 from heart sales! The Food Bank is grateful for the generosity of their supporters and for their continued partnership with a community centered business like Food 4 Less. Together we can alleviate hunger and build a healthier community.

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rios-Caledonia research library grand opening

The public is invited to attend the grand opening of the Rios-Caledonia Research Library on Sunday, May 1 from 1-4pm, located at the RiosCaledonia Adobe just south of the Mission in San Miguel. The Research Library is built around the large collection of books, documents and photographs bequeathed to the Friends of the Adobes by historian and educator Wally Ohles, who passed away in 2013. Additional materials have been donated by the estate of Wilmar Tognazzini, the Friends of the Adobes, and many local families. The Library, which will be dedicated to the memory of Wally Ohles, focuses on the history of California, SLO County, and the West. Contact the Rios-Caledonia Adobe for more information at 805-467-3357.

Atascadero summer concert series

The City of Atascadero is excited to announce the band line-up for the 2016 Saturday in the Park Summer Concert Series! June 18th – Oasis (Jazz Night). June 25th – no concert-Atascadero Wine Festival. July 2nd – The Jammies. July 9th – The Brass Factory. July 16th – The Guy Budd Band – NEW! July 23rd – Michael D. Keeney (Country Night). July 30th – Martin Paris Band. August 6th – JD Project. August 13th – Proxima Parada. Due to overwhelming demand, there will be an increased number of concerts this season! With the exception of June 25th, the 2016 Saturday in the Park Summer Concert Series will be held every Saturday evening throughout the summer! All concerts are held at the Atascadero Lake Park Bandstand from 6:30-8:30 pm and are free for the entire community to attend. For more information please contact Terrie Banish at 805-470-3490 or

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casa hosts a day at the races

Join CASA of San Luis Obispo County for an afternoon of food, drinks, and friendly competition at A Day at the Races on Saturday, May 7 from 1-5pm. Enjoy the beautiful Loma Grande Ranch, sip mint juleps, and listen to the Cuesta College jazz band while you nosh on delicious southern cuisine by SLO Provisions. Compete in the “cornhole” tournament, enter the hat contest, and bid on the Kentucky Oaks and Derby races to vie for fabulous raffle prizes. Do all of this and more at A Day at the Races—a benefit for CASA of San Luis Obispo County. Get tickets at or call 805-541-6542. Pictured in photo: SLO CASA’s Board of Directors at A Day at the Races 2015 Back Row: Jeri Roberts, Jessie Marino, Chris Smith, Kelly Sanders, Javier Cadena, Stephanie Meyer Front Row: Amy Daane, Juliette Duke, Andi Cummins, and Debbie Peterson.

slo train day may 7th

The SLO Railroad Museum will host Train Day on Saturday, May 7, 2016 to celebrate the rich history of trains and tracks on the Central Coast. Train Day celebrations are held nationwide near the anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, and the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad on May 5, 1894. The Train Day event runs from 10am to 4pm and features food, wine tasting by Pomar Junction Winery, a railroad swap meet, children’s activities, railroad photography, art and the Museum’s world-class model railroad. The event will feature speakers on local rail history and current operations by the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, Amtrak and more. This year a “Wine-Rail Excursion” on Amtrak to Pomar Junction Winery in Paso Robles will be held on Friday May 6th as part of this celebration. The event is free on May 7; admission for inside the museum is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 4 and older. Contact the Museum at (805) 548-1894 for Wine Rail Excursion tickets. Tickets are limited.

THE BULLETIN BOARD jeff thoma joins family business

Jeff Thoma, a senior engineer for Apple Inc., is leaving Silicon Valley to return to Thoma Electric, the business his grandfather created more than a half-century ago and is now led by Thoma’s father and uncle. Returning to the family business brings Thoma’s career full-circle: His affinity for engineering came from his father, Bill, the president and CEO of Thoma Electric. “At Thoma Electric, there is easily over 200 years of electrical design and construction experience,” he said. “I’m looking forward to adding my own unique experience to help it grow even more.” Thoma returned to San Luis Obispo for the quality of life—he and his wife, Alexis, are expecting their first child—and to be near family. Thoma Electric, which now has 62 employees, began when Clarence “Bud” Thoma, now 96, launched Thoma Electric Company as a contracting business in 1962. The company expanded to include consulting, engineering and design.

slo parks receives marketing excellence award

The City of SLO Parks and Recreation department received an Award of Excellence from the California Park & Recreation Society for the #PixOnPeaks Campaign. The City’s recognition in the category of Marketing and Communications was honored at the 68th Annual California Parks & Recreation Society Conference & Expo, held recently. #PixOnPeaks is an Instagram based social media campaign geared at making the public aware of many of the City of SLO’s lesser known open spaces and trails. According to Jamie Bell, Communications and Marketing Specialist with the SLO Parks and Recreation Department, “The CPRS awards program is the highest recognition our agency can receive and our

45 award is a credit to the staff and active community of San Luis Obispo that made this happen. We are honored to receive this award on behalf of our residents.”

slo farmers’ market concert series

The SLO Downtown Association and The San Luis Collection are excited to announce the incredibly successful Fresh Picked Concert Series will be returning to the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market this year. The concert series kicked off on April 7 at the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market starting at 6:30 PM and ending at 8:30 PM in the Union Bank Parking Lot located at 995 Higuera Street. May 5th Makeover June 2nd Box the Oxford July 7th Burning James and the Funky Flames August 4th Babylon Rockers September 1st Occasional Mustache October 6th Fialta For more information about Fresh Picked Concert Series, please visit call 541-0286.

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jennifer thoma memorial ballet scholarship

Jack Ready, the late son of Jack’s Helping Hand co-founders Bridget and Paul Ready. The Jack Ready Imagination Park will be a place for children of all abilities, enhancing the development of youth with special needs. The only park of its kind in our community, the Jack Ready Imagination Park will be universally accessible and will include themed play structures, sensory gardens, a therapeutic equestrian center, sports fields and picnic areas. The site of the park is on the beautiful Nipomo Mesa.

18th annual parkfield bluegrass festival

A’lia Martin, a Morro Bay High School freshman who has been dancing since she was four years old, has been awarded the Jennifer Thoma Memorial Ballet Scholarship. A’lia, 14, will use the $2,500 award to help pay for a 6-week summer intensive with the Houston Ballet. She hopes her training will lead to a career in dance. The scholarship is named after Jennifer Thoma, a longtime San Luis Obispo resident who passed away from cancer in 2012. After her death, her husband, Bill Thoma of Thoma Electric, and their two children, Jeff and Jessica, established the scholarship in Jennifer’s name to honor her passion for dance. Friends and peers of Jennifer were on the judging committee. Bill Thoma attended the presentation of A’lia’s award. A’lia is the fifth dancer to receive the scholarship since 2012.

janssen foundation gives $50,000 to JHH

On May 5-8, in the picturesque hamlet of Parkfield, CA, the Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast (BMSCC) proudly presents the 18th Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. Parkfield, known as the “Earthquake Capital of the World,” springs to life every Mother’s Day Weekend with the best little bluegrass festival anywhere. Bluegrass music fans take over this small country village once a year for four days of concerts, workshops, children’s activities, camping and round the clock music jams! Attendees are welcome to come for the weekend with their RVs or tents. Single day admissions are also available. Headlining Parkfield 2016 will be Crary, Evans, and Surgin, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado and Gold Heart. For advance ticket purchases and other details, please refer to the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival’s new website at www.parkfieldbluegrass. org/ Tickets are also available by mail. Call 805-994-0929 with questions. Check out the Festival on Facebook as well. For BMSCC information see We’ll see you at Parkfield!

dog fest 2016:

The Janssen Foundation, in its 20th year, presented Jack’s Helping Hand with a check for $50,000. This check was the first part of a two-year commitment, which includes $50,000 to the Jack Ready Imagination Park and another $50,000 to start an endowment for the Jack Ready Imagination Park. The second $50,000 will be given in 2017. For more than six years, Jack’s Helping Hand has been working toward the goal of building a 30-acre park in memory of M A Y


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Dogs for Clean Water invites people to bring their families— dogs included—for a day of fun and learning in Morro Bay’s City Park. Attendees can play dog-themed games (including a quiz and a fake dog poo pickup race), watch demonstrations, visit vendor booths, and learn how they can help keep water clean in local creeks and the Morro Bay estuary just by picking up after their dogs. People who want to share their dog’s cutest costume or coolest trick can enter the Morro Bay Dog Show. Prizes will be given for Best Trick, Best Dressed, and Best Dog and Owner Look-Alike. Interested dog owners can sign up when they arrive, or send their name and their dog’s name to to reserve a spot. Local vendors will showcase dog-related items and services, and light snacks will be available (donations accepted). All dogs in attendance must be on leash and well-behaved. Dogfest 2016: Dogs for Clean Water will be held Sunday, May 15th from 10 am to 1 pm at City Park in Morro Bay (on the corner of Morro Bay Blvd. and Harbor St. in Morro Bay).

central coast funds for children 2015 donations

Central Coast Funds For Children (CCFC) recently held their annual supporter luncheon at the SLO County Club and honored 22 non-profit organizations with $75,000 in donations for 2015. More than 200 people attended. Several of the non-profit leaders spoke at the meeting telling everyone where the funds were headed. CCFC President, Claudia Grant welcomed all guests along with 2015 Grant Review Chair, Chris Poe and 2016 Grant Review Chair, Susan Murray. Total donations throughout their 21-year history have reached almost 1.5 million dollars.

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on active duty, March 9. Hynes was assigned to the Cougars of VAQ 139, a Navy tactical electronic attack squadron with five EA18G Growlers, based at Whidbey Island, Wash. She was directly responsible for maintaining 21 sets of aircrew survival equipment, a role which was vital in the execution of 1,001 missions against ISIS during the Cougar’s 2014-2015 combat deployment to the Arabian Gulf in the Middle East. In addition to her professional activities, Hynes dedicated countless hours conducting community outreach events as a member of the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Ceremonial Guard. Prior to her tour of duty with VAQ139, Hynes served with the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard in Washington, DC where she represented U.S. Navy in Presidential, Joint Armed Forces, Navy, and public ceremonies in and around the nation’s capital. “Petty Officer Hynes is the true embodiment of our squadron’s motto, ‘Cougars taking care of Cougars.’ Her hard work and dedication to the squadron was evident throughout her time with VAQ-139,” Cmdr. Lewis W. Callaway, VAQ 130 commanding officer extended his congratulations. “On behalf of the entire Cougar family, we wish Petty Officer Hynes the best of luck in her new career.” Hynes will work for the Bureau of Land Management with a helicopter-crew fighting wildfires out of Las Vegas, Nev. this summer, and will start flight school in autumn.

union pacific invests in Big Brothers/sisters

Juvenile Court Judge Linda Hurst recently swore in 11 new CASA volunteers. The advocates will be assigned to an abused, neglected or abandoned child or sibling group or a young adult who has recently left foster care and has requested a mentor. All of the children and young adults live in San Luis Obispo County. CASA provided the new volunteers with 30 hours of initial training which contained an online training component. Each volunteer also completed a thorough screening and background check. Volunteers are recruited from all areas of San Luis Obispo County. For more information, visit Photo left to right: Rachel Ryan, Sue McKee, David Hughes, Dianne Cruce, Maria Roberts, Zaf Iqbal, Judge Linda Hurst, Kathy Hennekey, Sean Pellerin, Lisa Bugrova, Charlene Bucis, and Sarah DeYoung.

Paso robles native awarded navy medal

Paso Robles Native Completes Her Naval Service, Awarded the Naval Achievement Medal by Lt. j.g. Grant Parks, VAQ-139 Public Affairs Officer (WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash.) – With her father and squadron mates in attendance, Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 3rd Class Kassidie M. Hynes, received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, in recognition of her more than two years of service with Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139. The ceremony also marked Hynes’ last day

Union Pacific Railroad Foundation awarded a grant of $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters in support of the agency’s youth mentoring programs. In the photo above from left to right are, Lance Fritz, Chairman, President and CEO of Union Pacific Railroad, Anna Boyd-Bucy, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Francisco Castillo, Director of Public Affairs at Union Pacific. Anna Boyd-Bucy, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters said “The funds from Union Pacific will help ensure that enrolled children grow up to be better educated, wealthier, and have stronger relationships with their spouses, children, and friends.”

Pg&E $50,000 grant for cpr training

The French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) Foundation is pleased to announce that a $50,000 grant from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will help equip a CPR training classroom in the Copeland Health Education Pavilion at FHMC with the most advanced medical equipment and technology. These resources in the new CPR training classroom will enable FHMC educators to provide superior training and education to medical and emergency personnel. M A Y


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