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We have a new name! After careful consideration, American Principle Bank has selected a name that better reflects our commitment to offering a new perspective on banking, and to seeing the world from our clients’ perspectives. Effective June 10, 2010, American Principle Bank (APB) became American Perspective Bank, a change in name only. This legal name change will affect our Internet and Email addresses, but nothing else. All of our accounts, services, and personnel will remain the same, as will the five core values that have guided us from the beginning:

I N T E GR I T Y C Om m I T m E N T E X PE RT I S E COmmUNICATION SERV ICE Please take a look at our new website: We welcome your calls and questions at (805) 547-2800. Cordially,

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am proud to say that I have been a supporter of the La Clinica de Tolosa Children’s Dental Clinic for the past several years. Each June they have a Sunset BBQ fundraiser and for the past four years the 60s Rock and Roll Band, Unfinished Business, has played at the event. Several thousand dollars are generated to help pay the dental service for our children in need. You can get a taste of the event by viewing the photo collage on page 47.

July is the busiest month of the year for special events. Two of my favorites include the Mid-State Fair and the Renaissance Festival. The Mid-State Fair opens July 21st and this year’s programs are the best yet. We didn’t do a full story this year but did list the bigname entertainment on page 8. You can also go to and get all the information you need to prepare your day. The 26th Annual Renaissance Festival runs the weekend of July 17th and 18th. More than 800 costumed entertainers, three stages of events and a real joust await you. See page 55 for more information. Two of our people profiles include Tom Beene and Cathy Ahearn. Tom is the president of American Perspective Bank, and we give you a look at what he does to give back to our community. I have known Cathy most of her life. Her parents, Dennis and Sandy, have been personal friends for more than 30 years. Cathy is a teacher at Laguna Middle School in San Luis and was recently named teacher of the year. Needless to say, we are almost as proud of Cathy as her parents. Finally, we’d like to remind you that our entire magazine is on our website at This makes it easier for friends and family out of the area to catch up on what’s happening on the Central Coast. Several of our past issues are also on the site. Enjoy the magazine,

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thomas J. beene from the heat of the orchard to the beat of the board room By Susan Stewart


very summer, ’till he turned 16, Tom Beene waded through waist-high grasses rife with mosquitoes, and climbed a high ladder to pick peaches in California’s Central Valley. Along with the rest of his family, Tom hefted heavy sacks in 100° + heat, and battled great clouds of flying peach fuzz … for $10 a day. And that was just for the month of August. Earlier in the summer, the Beene family – mother Dovie, father Marion, and six children (three boys and three girls) – followed the crops from California to Oregon as migrant farm workers, picking green beans, cherries, prunes, and oranges. When we think of migrant farm workers, two images commonly come to mind: The depression-era families depicted in The Grapes of Wrath, and the Mexican-American families who make up the majority of today’s migrant farm workers. We tend to forget the thousands of other ordinary families from Arkansas and Oklahoma who annually trekked along Route 66 to make their living for part of the year on the farms and orchards of California and Oregon, before returning home to plant their own crops. For Tom and his siblings, the way they were raised is filled with many more good memories than bad; more valuable life lessons than hardship; far more joy than sorrow, and a great deal of pride. Their story is the American Dream-come-true: a story of hard work, close families, and strong values that made it possible for two people who didn’t go to school past the third grade, to raise children who would grow up to be a decorated police captain, a successful business executive, and a president.

“Dad was an independent, free-spirited man,” wrote Donald. “He liked having his own place, even if it was just a tent. Of course, Dad never figured living in a tent without running water inside was a hardship, especially when he had a house full of kids to pump water and do other household chores.” [Strickland] As the youngest of six, Tom had the advantage of learning from his older brothers and sisters and the luxury of a more stable home life. When he was 16, his parents started a tree pruning business in Visalia, and the family stayed put for awhile. Tom was a very good student. At Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, he was Vice President of the Future Farmers of America and a recipient of the club’s prestigious State Farmer Degree. Tom earned a scholarship from the Cargill Grain Company and attended the College of the Sequoias, where he met his future wife, Janice. In 1970, he transferred to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He and Janice were married, and the adventure began. “Those were some of the best years of my life,” Tom recalls. On weekends, he got to know SLO County by riding his motorcycle out on the back country roads. He had a favorite loop that started in SLO and went south to Lopez Lake, over Hi Mountain Road, out to Pozo, on to Santa Margarita Lake, then back over the grade to town again. Janice worked as a hostess at the Madonna Inn, and they both enjoyed the Cal Poly experience, hanging out at Avila Beach on the weekends. Tom graduated in 1971 with a B.S. in Agriculture, and was immediately hired by the Bank of America. “They needed someone with agricultural knowledge who was also familiar with the Central Valley,” said Tom. “That interview was the most stressful of my life!” Nervousness notwithstanding, Tom got the job as a loan officer and so began his career in banking.

No, Tom Beene did not become a U.S. president, but he did grow up to become president and CEO of the award-winning Visalia Community Bank, and in late 2009, he took over as president and CEO of San Luis Obispo’s American Perspective Bank (formerly American Principle Bank). His parents were born in Arkansas and moved to Oklahoma soon after they were married. “Dad started jumping on freight trains in the late 1930s,” wrote Tom’s brother Donald. “When he first went, it was just to earn money and buy seed, to come home and plant a crop.” [excerpted from a book by Elizabeth Strickland titled From the Arvin Migrant Camp to the American Dream.] But in the Spring of 1944, the Arkansas River flooded and washed the crops away. Marion Beene joined the Navy that year, leaving his family to live at Stover’s Camp, three miles West of Visalia, California, where they worked in the fields during his two-year absence. Upon his return from the service, Marion moved his family to the Yuba City area for a short time where he built a tent for them to live in. J U L Y

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Tom Beene and family

PEOPLE At the time, Bank of America was renowned for its world-class training program, and he finished it while continuing to play baseball with local semi-pro teams. And then children came along and the baseball career was over. By the mid-1980s, Tom had worked his way up to Vice President of B of A’s Kern County Corporate/Agribusiness Banking Group and earned his Graduate Banking degree from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. By then, Tom and Janice’s three children were entering their teens and, based on lessons from Tom’s own childhood, they made a pact to stay in one place once their children were in high school. In 1987, Tom joined the Valley National Bank of Arizona Corporation, becoming president and CEO of its California subsidiary, California Valley Bank located in Fresno. California Valley Bank was sold to Valliwide Bank in 1994 where Tom was a Senior Vice President in charge of 21 of the bank’s 58 branches for two years. Tom left Valliwide in November of 1996 when he heard about an opportunity to return to his hometown, Visalia, which turned out to be one of the biggest but most rewarding challenges of his career. In a move reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart’s character in “It’s a Wonderful Life,â€? Tom took the helm of this troubled bank in 1996 and personally visited each and every one of its business clients as he hand-delivered their statements. Building on a mixture of good will, charisma, and sound, honest banking principles, Tom turned things around. During his tenure, Visalia Community Bank came back from the brink of failure to become a multi-award-winning institution, including the 2004 Central California Excellence in Business Award and the Best Company to Work For Award in 2009. Later that year, when he was offered the chance to head up a new bank in San Luis Obispo, Tom did not hesitate. Their children were now grown and long gone. Daughter Kari is a UCLA grad and a supervising paralegal for a large law firm in San Francisco; son Travis, who played soccer for Cal Poly and ultimately graduated from Fresno State, is now raising his own family on the East Coast; and son Josh is a Cal Poly grad and local deputy sheriff. So he and Janice moved into the weekend home they’d purchased here and went about doing what Tom does best: making friends and building trust. “I’ve worked for all sorts of banks,â€? said Tom. “Local, regional, troubled, successful ‌ but

never a new bank. It’s the most energizing job I’ve ever had. The staff is so bright, energetic, supportive. With so many opportunities, I want to see how much we can accomplish. What a great chapter in my 35-year career in banking.�


also found time for his family. We always came first.� On weekends, Tom likes to get out his motorcycle and take that same back country loop he used to take when he was a student here. Only now, he rides with his son Josh, and in Tom’s mind, it doesn’t get much better than that.

When asked to recall the value of his upbringing and the influence of his parTom in FFA - 1965 showing his shorthorn steer ents, Tom said his mother taught him to persevere through the tough times. “Quit your whining,â€? she’d say when adversity struck. “That’s life ‌ just keep working and you’ll get through it.â€? And from his father? “Dad had one of the strongest work ethics I’ve known,â€? said Tom. “He worked hard, long, and often. But he


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ost of us have at least one terrific memory of our favorite teacher. Perhaps he or she was the person who introduced us to the best book ever, or maybe was the one who helped us figure out that convoluted math theorem. Or it might have been this simple: finally, someone was listening.

Laguna Middle School students lucky enough to have Cathy Ahearn as their teacher know that Sunday, Monday and Tuesday these kinds of happy occurrences are just part and parcel of attending class. But there’s more: 4:30 - close Ahearn’s peers think she’s pretty special, too Traditional family dinner, large portions to be shared – the San Luis Coastal Unified School District has recently named Ahearn its Teacher of the Year. With this honor, Ahearn will next compete for San Luis Obispo County Teacher of the Year. If selected for that award, she’ll have the chance to vie for one of five spots for California Teacher of the Year. What makes Ahearn so adored by students and administrators alike? J U L Y

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“I believe that students love me because I respect them,” says Ahearn, who has taught English language development, English learner reading and leadership classes at Laguna since 2006, the same year she was hired full time by San Luis Coastal. “I also hear what they want to say and provide them with the opportunity to share,” adds Ahearn. “And, it’s also important that I create an environment in which my students realize the vast extent of their abilities. With these tools, and hard work and dedication, they can all accomplish great things.” Ahearn says she enjoys teaching middle school kids because “it’s a crucial and tough time for these young people. They need a teacher who understands, listens and cares about them. Plus, they’re going through so many changes, both personally and academically.” A fourth generation SLO local – “I was born right at Sierra Vista Hospital” – Ahearn previously taught in Palm Springs, Atascadero and

PEOPLE San Lucas (a small town seven miles south of King City). Prior to those assignments, she earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from San Diego State University, and four years later, a teaching credential from Cal Poly. Ahearn estimates that in her 15 years of teaching, which includes summer school classes, she has worked with about 1,000 kids.

Cathy in 2nd grade

“I still keep in touch with many of them,” says Ahearn. “I’ve attended quinceaneras, graduations, a wedding and unfortunately, a few funerals as well. And many students have come back to visit and share what they’ve been doing over the last few years.” Ahearn is as passionate about education and service outside of the campus as she is inside her classroom. “I absolutely promote being involved in the community,” explains Ahearn, “and I do practice what I preach.”

Graduation from San Luis High School


we graduated from high school we were off to college,” says Ahearn. “Even today, my parents are still very supportive of education, often donating to my school for events.” What’s the best part of her job? “That would be watching students succeed both academically and professionally,” says Ahearn. “I really enjoy it when former students return to share their accomplishments. In fact, I’ll often ask them to be guest speakers, so they can share what helped them succeed in high school, and beyond.” Those achievement stories buoy Ahearn up, too – helping her balance the many challenges of her chosen profession. “Students seem to have more needs than ever,” explains Ahearn. “More children are from broken homes, and are dealing with challenges like learning disabilities, struggling to read, and coping with a lack of support in their own homes.

To that end, she has been an Edna 4-H chapter vol- “I want to be able to reach every child, and I want to be able to save every one. unteer for the last decade; serves on the TEACH (short for The Endowment for the Advancement But I also realize that’s difficult, so I do the of Children) Foundation Board, an independent best I can… making sure that every student community fund for education, and is a member feels validated, important and special.” of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship ComFind out more about Laguna Middle School at mittee, which raises money for high school seniors to help them further their educational goals. In addition, Ahearn is an active after-hours volunteer at Laguna, serving on the school’s Site Council, attending PTA get-togethers and coordinating ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) meetings several times a year.

Ahearn says she wanted to teach from the time she was 14 years old.

Graduation from SDSU – celebrating with the family

“That’s when I started babysitting for families around town, and became close with so many of them,” explains Ahearn. “Even then, it was great to be able to encourage and teach those children.” Later, as a YMCA counselor and camp director in La Jolla, “I encouraged kids to work hard and dream big!” Ahearn says that much of her positive spirit comes from her heroes – parents Dennis and Sandy Ahearn. “They’ve always encouraged and supported me, and taught me to work hard, follow through and give 110 percent,” she says. “My mom was a room mom for me and my siblings [older sister Tracy, brother J.D. and little sister Megan], and was also our taxi driver, taking us to sport events and other activities around town.” Ahearn’s father didn’t slack off either: he served as PTA President at Teach School, as well as being a Black and Gold Booster President for SLO High School.

Laguna Middle School photo

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jay horn

on a spiritual mission By Ruth Starr


inger/Songwriter Jay Horn flirted with the idea of becoming a Priest as a young man. He was appreciative of the moral environment he experienced being raised in a religious home. He eventually worked as a lay minister in the Catholic Church for ten years where he ran the Youth programs. However, as he grew older, he became interested in other forms of spirituality. He was impressed with a Jesuit Priest, Anthony D’Mello, from India, who brought an Eastern perspective to his understanding of Christianity. D’Mello’s book The Song of the Bird, was a turning point for Jay. Jay’s new found views of spirituality lead him to a metaphysical approach. He began playing inspirational music for Religious Science and Unity Church. It was at 18 that he first learned guitar and began singing for friends and at youth group meetings. “I always felt I had the music in me,” explains Jay. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Jay went on to San Jose State where he studied Behavioral Science and Counseling with a minor in Religious Studies. A self-taught musician, in time Jay began writing his own songs. Creating music that inspires people to live life fully, Jay’s subtle “musical ministry” brings together his beautiful tenor vocals with heart-felt original songs. A blend of Kenny Loggins, James Taylor and Rocky Mountain’s John Denver, Jay combines diverse musical styles, including rock, folk, country, blue-eyed soul, and spiritual new-age, to uplift and connect to his wide-range audience. After two years as musical director of the Circle of Spiritual Enlightenment, Jay recently decided to go out on his own. His new group, UPLIFT Spiritual Community of San Luis Obispo, is a weekly Sunday evening gathering of people interested in personal and spiritual growth. His vision of positive consciousness transformation combined with music and meditation, comes together with inter-faith, non-denominational viewpoints. “I believe that people can grow and learn in an atmosphere of positive interactive energy,” explains Jay. “I encourage everyone to participate, whether in song or meditation.” “There is power in upliftment. It creates broader, deeper and higher forms of thinking and feeling.”

Creating music that inspires people to live life fully, Jay’s subtle “musical ministry” brings together his beautiful tenor vocals with heart-felt original songs. Jay is currently working on a pop chants CD of original inspirational songs. The producer is Kenny Lee Lewis, the guitarist for the Steve Miller band. The CD is nearing completion, and plans are to tour once the CD is finished. Jay’s view that there are many paths to find a spiritual connection, making his songs accessible to a wide range audience. In addition to leading UPLIFT Spiritual Community, Jay is currently working toward his Divinity Doctorate from the Awakenings Institute, where he is studying marriage and family counseling. “I find that my J U L Y

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education is a strong complement to my musical world,” says Jay. “It helps me better understand the impact of my songs and the healing that is possible through music.” As a Holistic Healing Minister, Jay also provides individual and couple’s counseling, officates at ceremonies and leads workshops and retreats, in addition to his dedication to his music career. Jay muses that at every turn of the path, there are detours that can take one off the track. Jay freely admits he has taken some of these wrong paths in life, but feels that people can get back on the right track. His work as Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice Partners of the Central Coast taught him that being present with people who were dying, helped them transition in a positive way. It also taught him gratitude for the gift of life. About five years ago, Jay met Esther Rigoni. She put him to work raising vegetables and flowers that she sells at Farmers’ Markets. They have about twenty acres of farmland in Arroyo Grande. When he was a little boy, he always liked growing things and wanted to be in 4-H. His farming is a joyful calling for him. Jay also loves raising animals as a hobby. He has hundreds of rabbits and poultry that he shows at special gatherings and shows. In addition, he and Esther have a dog they rescued from Animal Services and three cats. Jay is a man who loves the variety of things that occupy his life, and it is easy to see the positive energy emanating from him. Whether rescuing animals or saving souls, Jay Horn has a big heart and a lot of compassion. His passion for life, love and understanding continues to touch thousands of lives. UPLIFT meets at the SLO Senior Center Sundays at 6 p.m. (www.

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the poetic justice project Crime and Punishment, pain and redemption By Susan Stewart


he inmate crowd cheered the heroes, jeered the villains, laughed at the jokesters, and wept when they died, during the first performance of Blue Train at the California Men’s Colony (CMC) back in 2003. Then artist facilitator Deborah Tobola produced the poignant prison play about life behind bars, and mounted it with an all-inmate cast. After one performance, a lieutenant at California Men’s Colony asked her, “What are you doing this in here for? You ought to be doing this out there!” And in that moment, the seeds of The Poetic Justice Project were planted. The Poetic Justice Project is a program of the Williams James Association, whose Prison Arts Project has provided arts programming in California prisons since 1977.


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The cast of Blue Train

After nine years, Tobola left her job of managing the Arts in Corrections program at CMC to start the Project. With a cast comprised of formerly incarcerated actors, she debuted Blue Train in San Luis Obispo’s Little Theater last year to rave reviews. Audiences were wowed – not only by the talent in this musical drama – but also by its heart-rending message, made stronger still during the question-and-answer session between audience and players immediately following the show.

PEOPLE Chaney is an ex-con who experienced a profound transformation in prison and since his release, has started a series of recovery homes – there are eight now – for formerly incarcerated men. Leonard Flippen IV, a former L.A. gang member, plays “T-Bone” with remarkable grace and credibility. Other Blue Train alums include Patrick Germany, Julio Mora, Jonathan Esguerra, Jonathan Felch, C.J. Goodwin, and Nik Johnson. New to the production are Paul Delgado, Cooper Wise and Chris Brasket. Shawn Collins is composing music for the show, which includes salsa, rap, R & B, pop, and rock.

Founder, Deborah Tobola

This summer, the Project’s second play, Off The Hook, is currently in rehearsal and will go on tour in August. A musical ensemble piece, Off The Hook weaves together four separate plot lines, with racial segregation, violence, separation from family, and the danger of becoming too close to others as themes – all resolved by the triumph of the human spirit at the play’s startling end. Once again, all 15 cast members have experienced life behind bars – some in prison, others in jail, juvenile lockup, or military prison. “I wrote Off The Hook with many of the cast members from Blue Train in mind,” said Tobola. “They are so talented and so committed to this project, I wanted to include them all.” Directed by veteran professional actor and teacher Bill McLaughlin, Off The Hook will start its California Prison Town Tour in Tehachapi on August 7th. Other stops include Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The Poetic Justice Project Prison Town Tour is supported in part by a Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dedicated to the creation of original theatre that examines crime, punishment and redemption, the Poetic Justice Project collaborates with formerly incarcerated writers, artists, musicians and actors, to produce groundbreaking theatre that challenges and transforms our culture – a culture badly in need of transformation, according to Tobola. Consider this: One in every 31 adults in America is incarcerated or on supervised release. The New York Times puts the number of ex-offenders in the U.S. in the “tens of millions.” Each year, 700,000 Americans return home from prison. Twenty-five percent of the world’s prisoners are in U.S. institutions. California has added 21 prisons in 30 years, with the prison population expanding from 23,000 to 170,000. California’s recidivism rate is 70%—twice the national average. Taxpayers pay $11 billion per year to operate the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Comparatively little of California’s prison budget goes toward rehabilitation. “It costs too much to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Tobola. “And not just in dol-


lars, but in human lives. The system doesn’t work. Part of our mission is to bring these stories to the larger world; to inspire people to think about prison differently. And to empower people who have been in jail or prison and want to stay out to find the way back to their communities.” The Poetic Justice Project will soon sign the lease on a brand new home, where cast and crew will have a large rehearsal space, and where shows will eventually be mounted. Located in the historic Railroad Building, the space was built in 1926 by Captain Hancock to house Santa Maria’s first Little Theater. And that CMC lieutenant whose comment started it all? His name is Michael Samaniego, and he now serves on the Poetic Justice Project Advisory Board. Tobola is grateful to all her advisory board members, which also include: actor and director John Battalino; retired Juvenile Services nurse Milly Benson; Gryphon Society Executive Director Bull Chaney; Men’s Counselor Leonard Flippen IV; artist Guillermo Willie; theater and film producer/director Julio Mora; prison educator Cynthia Semel, director of dramatic studies at Cuesta College bree valle; and Judge Charles Porter. Find tickets, locations, and show times at the website, as well as clips from rehearsals, portraits of the cast and donation information. Since the project is funded solely from grants and donations, your contributions are most welcome. Off The Hook is the second production from this ground-breaking group of talented performers. Poetic Justice Project Founder and Artistic Director Deborah Tobola has plans to mount one play each year. Because, “Redemption is possible,” she says. “Even in prison.”

“Bill is such a gift to this project,” said Deborah. “He’s so generous, gentle but authoritative. Our cast really responds to him.” Cast members, who are profiled on the website include Tina Freeborn, a newcomer to the project with “incredible stage presence.” Guillermo Willie plays a character called Sparrow Hawk, the prison poet. Willie spent 38 years in prison and has just been released from parole. Bull Chaney plays “Running Bull,” the wounded warrior of the prison. In real life, J U L Y

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Central Coast Olive Growers part 1

the next big thing By Natasha Dalton


t’s really surprising that Hollywood – which is usually quick to jump on a reality-based story about international high-profile crime involving really, really big money, hasn’t yet made a Syriana-type movie about the European Olive Oil industry. Because the more you learn about the history of the European Olive Oil production, the more it sounds like a thriller dealing with risky operations, price-gouging, corruption, and fraud. Olive oil is almost as hot a commodity as petroleum is (with none of the downsides), and the demand for it makes it an irresistible target for those looking to turn a quick buck. As more Americans discover the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, their consumption of imported (mostly Italian) olive oil doubled in the last decade. What we unfortunately don’t realize is that most of the imported oil, in spite of being sold under Italian labels, is actually grown elsewhere. Besides, importing companies are free to label their products “extra-virgin olive oil” – even though the same oils wouldn’t qualify for that label in Europe. Nancy Loseke, editor of Fresh Press newsletter, laments that, unbeknownst to them, “Americans mostly shop the world’s olive oil dregs, the low-rung stuff.” And that’s not the worst of it. Olive oil was a treasured commodity even in ancient times. In fact, the name Christ comes from the Greek christos, meaning “the anointed one,” i.e. “anointed with olive oil.” Ancient Greeks and Romans treated olive oil as liquid gold, and revered its magnificent nourishing, cleansing and healing properties. But the ancient manuscripts also contain stories about the unscrupulous merchants mixing high-quality olive oil with substances like lard, minced herbs and roots, as well as calls for strict measures against such fraud. It was obvious even then that in order to prevent substituting excellent oils with inferior surrogates en route, an explicit labeling system was a must – and such system was developed. Then, each oil amphora arriving in Rome acquired a clear marking indicating the exact weight of the oil it contained. It also stated “the name of the farm where the olives were pressed, the merchant who shipped the oil, and the official who verified this information before shipment. Reverse checks were… performed when the amphorae were emptied.”* Astonishingly, today’s olive oil imports don’t require (or use) the safeguards employed by the ancient Romans. And because the magic words – “extra virgin” – help raise the price ten-fold, fraud among today’s olive oil imports is rampant. Consumer watchdogs believe that olive oil is the most adulterated agricultural product in the European Union, with “profits comparable to cocaine trafficking, with none of the risks”.* In order to be certified as extra virgin, each batch of olive oil must pass extensive analyses in its country of origin. Only the oils that J U L Y

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meet all of the 26 testing criteria can be sold as extra virgin; those that don’t, get labeled as virgin, pure, pomace or refined oils.

dard in 1994, turned out not to be quite so a decade later,” Susan says. The methods have changed and so did technologies.

However, the growing demand brings in more adulterated product. Canadian investigators find that over 1/3 of all extra virgin olive oil sold in its supermarkets actually isn’t extra virgin at all. Instead, it contains soybean, sunflower, peanut, canola, or low-grade olivepomace oil as well as “color enhancers,” such as chlorophyll or carrot juice.

Another goal for the group is to push for an extension university program that will specifically target research in our area. Several other counties have olive-grower consultants available locally, but for our growers the only academic support available is through workshops at UC Davis. But different areas in California have their own unique requirements, and a Central Coast specialist would be indispensable.

And it’s not only the money that we lose while buying adulterated oils. Those who switch to olive oil in order to boost their intake of the heart-healthy omega-3, end up consuming increased amounts of omega-6 instead. Not to mention that for people with food allergies, even a small amount of nut oils can be fatal. So serious is the problem that several states in the US are working to enact standards protecting the purity of olive oil. The European Union toughened up its rules as well, finally making origin labeling compulsory for virgin and extra-virgin olive oils, although experts agree that these measures are still inadequate.

Still, even without a consultant, our growers are doing remarkably well. “Olive trees actually grow best in poor soils,” Susan smiles. “They don’t like to sit in water, and our soils, which are on the porous side, are good for them.” That realization evokes a lot of enthusiasm in Californian producers who hope one day to overtake the European import market. 99.9% of olive oil still comes from abroad. “There is no reason for it,” local producers agree.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom out there. Fortunately for us, California is experiencing a boom in its olive oil production, and American growers don’t need to mislabel their product: its quality speaks for itself. What they need though is to make sure that the American consumers learn to recognize the treasure we have right here, in our own country, and begin buying local not only because it’s a nice thing to do, but also because – at least in the case of olive oil – it simply makes sense. “We need to convince Americans that we can make our own oils, and that our oils are good,” emphasizes Susan O’Reilly, a co-owner, with Ron Sanders, of Alta Cresta Orchard in Paso Robles. “The growing demand for quality oils tells us that we ought to expand production in our country,” says Gidi Pullen, who last year started an orchard in Templeton. “At the same time, we’ll be preserving our ag land and open spaces. Once land goes ‘urban’, the quality of its soil, its biological diversity diminishes.” And she has a point. There is a significant difference in the amount of water used by grapes and fruit trees as compared to that used by olive orchards. “They’re the way of the future for California, with farmers switching from growing tree fruits to growing olives because of water concerns,” explains Carolyn Shaffer, an organic producer from Rancho Rendezvous in Paso Robles. “These are the people who have been farmers historically (not like many of us, who got into this business after we retired).” Recently, local olive oil producers formed an alliance called Central Coast Olive Growers. It’s a functioning body of olive-oil-producing growers who share their common interest in the field. “The main reason why the group was started was to share information,” Susan O’Reilly explains. “Besides, there is power in numbers; if you want to do an outreach to the community, whether it’s olives’ nutritional value or teaching people how to start olive orchards on their own, it’s easier to do through an organized group,” adds Gidi Pullen. Even though California has been producing table olives from the 1770s, many new orchards were planted in the 1990s. Since then, an understanding about growing olive trees in California has changed. “It’s a rapidly growing industry, and what was thought to be a stan-

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Unlike wines, bottled olive oil only lasts 18-24 months. Then it begins to deteriorate. It’s not that it becomes rancid, but with time it begins to lose its flavor intensity. “Too many people have experienced oils that aren’t prime quality. Too often restaurants put out oil that should’ve been retired – but instead becomes the experience for too many people,” laments Carolyn Shaffer. True extra virgin oil has a freshness that causes a slight burn at the back of your mouth, whereas the oils sitting in the supermarket tend to be bland. “In our tasting room we’re doing side-by-side comparisons with ’08 and ’09 crops to show people how the oil changes; it loses its flavor, and people are just amazed by that,” Susan O’Reilly says. The new group’s mission is to teach us what fresh olive oil really tastes like. There’re 35 members in the group, and several of them are medal winners whose product is sold at local supermarkets and in tasting rooms. Local producers will offer their oils for tasting at the Olive Festival in Paso Robles on August 21st. I say: give them a try! * fact_mueller


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bass lake getaway By Sherry Shahan and Phillip Cole


’ve reached an age when camping on the cold, hard ground is about as attractive as picking gnats from my teeth. Still, I enjoy time in the wilderness where the loudest sound is a noisy chipmunk. But after a long dusty hike? Give me a jacuzzi and chilled glass of wine.

Although best-of-both-worlds is a used phrase, it aptly describes The Pines Resort, the core of the Bass Lake community, which lies 14-miles from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Since it was off-season and midweek during my visit, I could afford a multi-room suite with two fireplaces (living room and bedroom) and functional kitchenette. At sunrise the wrap-around deck was the perfect spot to sip coffee and watch gliding ducks and geese. Cranes and herons stalked fish from the docks. A family of mule deer wandered down for a drink. The man-made lake is also used for recreation, hydroelectric power and farm irrigation. It’s easy to imagine the Western Mono Indians, a semi-nomadic hunting and gathering society, thriving in this fruitful valley in centuries past. They traveled to different elevations, depending on the season and availability of food sources. The men fished, using spears or setting weir traps in creeks, and hunted deer with bows and arrows. Women and children gathered manzanita berries, seeds, mushrooms, beetles, and various larvae. Pine nuts and acorns were important staples. From Pines Resort it’s a 30-minute stroll to the northwest point of the lake, where massive slabs of granite are pocked with grinding holes the diameter of a saucer and depth of a coffee mug. The Mono people stored acorns in conical granaries, and later crushed them using rock pestles.

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HOME/OUTDOOR Everyone I chatted with recommended the moderate Willow Creek Trail hike. The trailhead is a few steps off a nondescript dirt turnout, approximately 1 1/2 miles from Pines Village on Rd. 274. The root-studded trail wound around oaks and shrubby manzanita with their bellshaped flowers. Mushrooms decorated decaying logs. The biggest reward is Angel Falls (a half-mile from the parking area), a dramatic torrent of blue-black water that tumbles into swirling pools. Don’t forget to look over your shoulder for an “ah” some view of 4 1/2 mile long Bass Lake. This is a popular swimming hole, but be careful. The rocks are slippery and can be dangerous.


of the original lodge. The wooden structure burst into flames, leaving nothing but a rock chimney and memories of happier times. Fortunately the sign out front survived and now hangs near the old photos. Then it’s time to settle on a rustic bench on the deck with a glass of wine. Sunset on the opposite side of the lake is worth a postcard home. Even the big-leaf maples and dogwood dance in yellows, oranges, and reds.

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The trail narrows above fat water pipes and crosses the creek, then climbs up, up, up. There aren’t many hikers on the steeper section, making it a good choice for a picnic. Further on, Devil’s Slide Falls rumbles in a 100-foot long cascade. There’s a less strenuous, self-guiding interpretive trail in Nelder Grove (take Sky Ranch Rd. off Hwy. 41 N.). This 1,540acre tract is home to giant sequoias and crowded stands of incense cedars. The Grove was named for a miner with gold fever who built a log cabin on homestead land. Unlike Mariposa Grove in Yosemite with its bus loads of visitors, no one will block your view of the Bull Buck tree, once considered a contender for the title “The World’s Largest Tree.” When I learned that the center of California is less than 10 miles from the resort on the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway, I thought Why not? Years of lively debates were ended in 1993 when satellite technology verified the exact center at N 37° 13.232 Latitude and W 119° 30.454 Longitude, which as far as I could tell was in the middle of nowhere. The site has an official brass plaque imbedded in granite, if you’re into that sort of thing. Resort employee and local historian Dwight Samuels told me about Jones Store, located in Beasore Meadows. It’s well worth the winding, pine-studded drive for a glimpse into its 100-year-old history. In the early days, owner and packer Tom Jones led outdoor enthusiasts into the high country. It was a first-class operation, packing beds and portable toilets. Cows provided fresh milk. Later, his son Johnny Jones took over, guiding literary giant Edgar Rice Burroughs, and radio celebrities Fibber McGee and Molly. J U L Y

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zen & the art of health Part 1 By Julian J. Varela


was driving to work the other day and was thinking about the variety of health-related non-profit organizations out there; the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Lung Association, American Diabetes Association, etcetera, etcetera. It’s amazing when we think about how much time, effort and resources each of these organizations contribute. What’s also interesting to me is just how closely many of these disease processes are related. Granted, I understand that cancer is different than heart disease, yet how different are they really?

Before I delve into answering this question, let me share a little about my past. My parents’ divorced when I was young, so I spent time between my mom and step-dads in Oregon and visited my father in Ventura County during the summer and holiday season. I grew up in a fairly conservative religious household with my mom and step-father, and my dad was…well…not what you’d call conservative. Year after year I grew up with mixed messages; you should believe this, you should believe that, this is wrong, this is right, don’t do this or else, don’t worry about that, that’s OK. Are you getting my point? A few weeks ago I asked a member

of our club (who happens to be Muslim) a couple questions regarding her religious beliefs. At the end of the conversation she said, “You know, we all have much more in common than we do differences.” I couldn’t agree more. While some may disagree, if you spend any time studying religious history and philosophy, you may find yourself surprised. It’s taken me years to finally become comfortable with developing my own belief system, and I think my experience has also shaped my view on health. This article is not an attempt to tout my personal religious philosophy; rather, it’s an attempt to set the stage for a larger concept. Given that we have limited space, I’ll continue this column in the next issue. We’ll continue by discussing the concept of health and then consider how our concept may limit or hinder our ability to attain optimal health. We’ll then discuss some other viewpoints that may help us to expand our perception, assisting us in creating a more holistic approach to our personal wellness.

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HOME/OUTDOOR I know plenty of thin people who can eat and drink whatever they want, never had braces, have perfectly straight teeth, no cavities, don’t exercise and have good skin. Yes, I know, these people are quite annoying to us regular folks, but just because they look good without trying it doesn’t mean their insides look pretty. On the other hand, I know of several people who I considered to be the epitome of health who succumbed to cancer or a sudden heart attack. Health is not just the absence of disease. True health permeates all levels of being and includes how we deal with stress, how we communicate, how we accept love, what we accept in general, our level of education, our social circle, how we treat others, how we deal with how they treat us…and then of course our lipid profile, nutrition and exercise. I’m not trying to minimize the importance of exercise and a balanced diet; I’m simply suggesting that it’s wise to realize how our thoughts, emotions and fears impact our health. Let’s take a little quiz to explore. Scenario A: You’re unhappy with your job. Everyday is boring and you simply can’t wait to get home. Weekends are the only thing you can think about since it means being away from work. If you could, you’d quit at the first opportunity, but it just doesn’t seem like the best move right now, so you just suck it up and deal day in and day out. If one word could sum up your emotion, it may be “numb.” Does this seem eerily familiar? If so, how is your situation affecting other aspects of your life? Do you feel a sense of unhappiness, fear, frustration or disappointment? Have you looked into how these emotions affect your level of stress or health? I have a close family member of mine who has been a business owner for years and over the last 6-8 years has absolutely despised going into work every day. This lack of connection with his career has seeped into his relationships with family and friends. While it’s easy for me to see where he may be able to improve things, he isn’t comfortable asking for help and generally turns down any offer to do so. So where has this left him? He’s unhappy, has had a heart attack, and has high-blood pressure and Type II diabetes. He’s miserable in his career and unwilling to do something about it. He’s afraid of change and this fear is killing his opportunity to truly be happy and live a life where work ceases to be work and becomes a passion. If you’ve managed to create a quite different scenario, one where you’ve found yourself in a meaningful career, a circle of close loving friends, a beautiful family, challenge yourself intellectually, find time for your own health, exercise and communicate well than you deserve a pat on the back. Be proud and grateful of what you have and where you are as many people haven’t yet realized this potential. The point thus far is that everything is connected. We tend to forget that this world has been here a lot longer than we have and will continue to be here a lot longer after we leave. Sometimes we view life, health and spirituality through a finite lens rather than viewing life as one with infinite possibilities. In my first paragraph, I discussed many different health-related organizations and that each has a very specific focus on health. Wouldn’t it be interesting if we just had one organization such as the Worldwide Institute for Health & Happiness? Certainly


within this organization we’d be forced to contemplate not only our health but also our happiness and everything that true happiness entails. They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world; someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. I will argue that these three things will also lead one to optimal health. In our next article we’ll continue to discuss more in depth some of the key areas of Zen and how they are related to wellness. Julian J. Varela holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Julian co-owns Equilibrium Fitness and Equilibrium Fitness for Women. Julian can be contacted at with questions or comments. Follow Julian’s Blog at


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SAN LUIS COUNTY LIBRARY programs for kids By Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer, Youth Services SLO County Library


his summer, kids will have the chance to learn about earthquake science with hands-on workshops at several of the San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries. The programs are offered in partnership with 4-H and local charitable organization Rita’s Rainbows. These science programs, entitled “Beyond Duck, Cover, and Hold,” will be open to kids ages 7-12. They will offer kids the chance to create earthquake simulations with real scientists from the 4-H SLO Scientist group. The workshops are free of charge because Rita’s Rainbows will be covering the costs of the programs. The local 4-H SLO County Scientist group will be donating their time and expertise. Our County Public Libraries will provide the venues. Each workshop is limited to 20 spots so please call 781-5775 or contact your local library to make a reservation. Dates and locations are as follows:


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Arroyo Grande: July 15 at 2 p.m. Atascadero: August 13 at 10:30 a.m. Los Osos: June 30 at 6:00 p.m. Nipomo Library: July 24 at 11:00 a.m. San Luis Obispo: July 24 at 10:30 a.m. Shell Beach: July 14 at 2 :00 p.m. Santa Margarita: August 12 at 12:00 p.m. To find out more about Rita’s Rainbows, check out the website, To find out more about the SLO County Library’s free summer reading programs, shows and science workshops, check out the website,, or call 781-5775. Another great program for kids is a San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library-sponsored reading program at Hawthorne Elementary. Now wrapping up its first year, the program was the idea of Friends member Jack Daily. It was initiated when the group received a donation from the estate of former teacher Lucile Hale. The program works with school reading curriculum to help elementary students in the first and second grades enhance their reading skills and develop early success, desire, and joy in reading. Friends of the Library volunteers work under the guidance of teachers to give more individual reading support to students than the teacher alone could provide. Typically, this involves a volunteer coming to the school twice a week for one-hour sessions to work with five or six individual students selected by the teacher. The volunteer listens to the student read one of the books he or she has been studying, offers encouragement and checks for comprehension. “We have had nothing but positive responses from students and teachers for our program,” said SLO Friends of the Library President Linda Thompson. “One of the volunteers says students always beg her to ‘Choose me!’ when she gets to the classroom. Our work with the children has been especially helpful for students for whom English is a second language. The teachers and administration are so pleased with the program that we plan to expand it to the summer session and the third grade next year.”




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Top 10 Ways to Go Green This Summer By Statepoint Media


ith summer upon us, it’s easy to approach your favorite activities and those routine chores with a little more thought towards the environment.

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at the market By Sarah Hedger


s we get into the full swing of summer, there is no denying the endless benefits for those of us who enjoy fresh seasonal produce at its best. There really can’t be much more selection than what we are fortunate enough to witness at the Central Coast markets in the middle of summer. For chefs and those of us who love to eat, it is like a painter having their dream palate – in one spot! Fortunately, many of our local farmers are resourceful at learning how to utilize the seasons while increasing the varieties of fruits and veggies offered. While there is no denying the peaches, nectarines, berries, corn, tomatoes, and summer squash are amazing, and there is a recent influx of varieties of each individual fruit or vegetable. No, I am not talking about any genetically modified or biologically altered organism; I am talking about the resurgence of beautiful heirloom produce. From heirloom tomatoes to beans to ancient corns, the heirloom varieties add a new depth of flavor that cannot be denied. While farmers have their own reasons for growing heirlooms, some prefer them as they grow best in the natural, sustainable way produce is supposed to be grown. While there are becoming more and more labels on what our produce is or isn’t – be it “organic,” “GMO-free,” “biodynamic,” the bottom line is going back to

the way the produce is grown best, where it is sustainable for everyone involved – free of pesticides and chemicals and boasting a natural beauty and flavor that leaves many of us wanting more. Heirloom produce tends to lead our taste buds on an epic journey to our past – before the industrialization of food and before tomatoes stopped tasting like tomatoes and became available in the middle of winter from Chile. What make the heirlooms so brilliant is they grow best in the simple way they were originally grown and that tends to result in a unique flavor that is uncompromised (and often indescribable in a good way). They are…worthy. The recipe for this month is a summer standby. It is simple and beautiful and there is no right and wrong when making it. It can be

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made in the oven or if you have a good roasting pan for the BBQ (and a good BBQ’r), they can be easily barbecued. The recipe is a personal favorite – Southwestern Roasted Veggies with Summer Corn, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Cilantro. The recipe leaves little to the imagination as it is a sampling of all things good in the summer. As it is using the freshest, seasonal, summer ingredients, it is packed with nutrition and will leave you feeling good. I have included some pairing options for the veggies as well. They are delicious on their own or as a side to just about anything grilled. The pairings include toppings for the veggies as well as supplemental options, turning the veggies into a complete meal. Use this recipe as a starting place and feel free to improvise using ingredients you prefer to put your own spin on it. And, get out there and find an heirloom to enjoy. Taste the difference. Happy Summer!

southwestern roasted veggies with summer corn, heirloom tomatoes and cilantro

Nutrition By Shelley A. Matson

eating out for the nutrition conscious


any of us enjoy eating out, whether it is for a quick bite or a fine dining experience. Approximately 57 percent of Americans eat snacks or meals away from home on any given day. Although there has been a slight break through with the advent of new “health restaurants”, organic food stores, and smoothie shops, it is still common to hear people complain about staying on track with healthy eating while dining out. Here is the simple truth: most restaurants serve large portions and offer an abundance of dishes that are high in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Butter and cream are often present in large quantities; meats are frequently prime cuts (higher in fats) and vegetables are often sautéed, fried, or sauced. Do you need to avoid restaurants entirely to stay on track with healthy eating? With the correct planning and mental attitude, eating out can be both enjoyable and healthy. Here are some bite-sized ideas for ordering: · Avoid arriving hungry. We tend to save our calories when we know we are eating out. Snack on fruit and a handful of nuts an hour before. · Looking at the menu ahead of time will remove one of the major pitfalls of restaurant eating- ordering on a whim. · A phone call to the restaurant before will help determine what a restaurant offers and whether they are willing to fulfill special requests. · Choose broiled, steamed, braised, roasted, grilled and stir-fried foods. · The simpler the preparation, the less fat it will contain. · Béchamel, béarnaise, hollandaise sauce, Thousand Island, Alfredo sauce and creamy Italian salad dressings are made of high cholesterol ingredients. · Sautéed usually means cooked in butter. · All friend food, no matter what oil is used, is high in calories. · Ask for dressings and sauces on the sides. · Finally, check out the nutrition facts beforehand at:

FOR THE ROASTED VEGGIES 1 large onion, cut into ½ inch pieces 1 red bell pepper, cut into ½ inch pieces 3 medium heirloom tomatoes (about 1-1 ½ pounds), cut into ½ inch chunks 2 corn cobs, peeled and kernels sliced off 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch ½ moons 3-5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced (The amount of garlic you prefer is your personal preference.) 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 T. fresh oregano, minced 2-3 T. fresh cilantro, finely chopped 2 tsp. ground cumin 1 T. sea salt or kosher salt ½ tsp. freshly ground pepper PAIRING OPTIONS: ½ cup roasted pepitas ½ cup Queso fresco cheese ¼ cup pickled jalapenos Corn tortillas and jack cheese, making the roast veggies into a quesadilla filling Cooked brown rice sautéed in a little garlic butter, using the roast veggies as a topping Position racks bottom third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Line one large rimmed baking sheets with foil or a sheet of parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss all roasted veggie ingredients until thoroughly incorporated. Spread the vegetables evenly on baking sheet. Roast, stirring the vegetables a few times until the veggies are shriveled, starting to brown, and very tender, roughly 45 minutes. Season to taste. Top with any of the accessory options or use the roasted veggies as a filling for quesadillas, tacos, or even darn good nachos. Another healthy option is to cook some brown rice and sauté in a little fresh garlic butter, then top this with the roasted veggies, pepitas, cheese, pickled jalapenos…Enjoy the taste of Summer!



Kitchen Ideas

The luxury kitchen in a traditional home Part 2 By Lee Anna O’Daniel


ast month we talked about the basic architectural elements of space, form, balance and line in a traditional kitchen setting. This month, we explore color, texture, detailing and ornamentation.

Color: The traditional palette generally favors sophisticated neutral

colors (tans, taupe, beige, white, black) or “jewel tones” – rich burgundy, gold, and dark green. Dark woods with even darker glazing to bring out the detailing, dark green granite, or as a contrast limestone or white Carrera marble. All are reminiscent of classical architecture. Painted cabinets are also important, often with added glazing to give an antiqued appearance. What would not be found are the primary (pure yellow, blue and red) or bright colors (lime green, orange) as these would be too modern, informal and brash in this setting.

Texture: Layering can add complexity – A swag or valance over

the window, with draperies and sheer curtains underneath; Cabinets should have a hand-rubbed ultra smooth feel, or a multi-step distressed finish which looks as if it has been around for centuries. Counters can be either polished, or “honed” which is a non-shiny texture with a more natural feel to it. Wallpaper or distressed painting techniques can add depth, giving a more three-dimensional look to the walls. Bar stools and chairs should have cushions with a tapestry feel, or rich leather upholstery. Floors should be medium to dark hand hewn wood, or be stone tiles set in interesting patterns (such as

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Detailing and ornamentation: Here comes the decorative

backsplash, with a mural or “rug” pattern above the range; with the rest of the backsplash consisting of a patterned border with a mixture of staggered bond and diagonal field tile with a few distressed metallic or hand-painted feature tiles inserted at regular intervals. A similar treatment can be done to the tile or stone floors, with a “rug” pattern in the middle, or a border around the cabinets and against the walls. Large crown moldings prevail, both on top of the cabinets and where the walls meet the ceiling. Cabinet doors are usually framed panels, often of inset type construction where the face frame is flush with the doorframe and may have an applied molding on the inner profile of the door frame to add more depth. Mullion or leaded glass doors showing off pretty dishes will add character, and a built-in wine and stemware rack will invite your guests to relax and have a glass of wine. In short, the luxury traditional kitchen relies on layered complexity and order, and captures images of old-world elegance through a thoughtful combination of historical, tried and true architectural elements. Don and Lee Anna O’Daniel have owned and operated San Luis Kitchen Company for the last 25 years. Both are architecture graduates from Cal Poly.

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SLO county art scene cuesta college industrious for art By Gordon Fuglie


his coming Fall, the Fine Arts Department at Cuesta College marks another milestone in its history. Last May, Guyla Amyx completed seven and a half years of service as visual arts division chair, handing the reins to Margaret Korishelli. Amyx is a ceramist who makes both traditional vessels and sculptural work rich in symbol and metaphor. Korishelli oversees the sculpture studio, or lab, and is known for her delicate, lace-like vertical bronzes. I visited the campus just after the Spring semester ended to get a tour of Cuesta’s studio facilities, and was escorted by both women. As we strolled through the department, we – two seasoned artist/administrators and a museum curator/art writer – were surprised to learn that each of us began our careers as students in community college art departments. This realization sparked an insightful exchange about the vital role community college art departments play in setting students on the path to professional accomplishment (or, if nothing else, a life of art appreciation) in the visual arts, as well as serving their art publics in locales distant from urban art centers. Given the diminishment of preliminary art education in middle and high schools, community colleges have become for many aspiring artists the first serious engagement with the history, practice and discipline of art, along with the challenges and rewards that such study brings. I may be old fashioned, but I cannot conceive of the artistic journey without the humbling, focused control imposed by placing oneself – drawing tablet and charcoal pencil in hand – before a still life or a nude model; or sitting at a spinning potter’s wheel with a lump of wet gray clay that awaits the adroit touch of one’s hands. An art historian friend once told me that just about anyone could be taught the basics of drawing if he applied himself, though only a few will be able to elevate their practice to artistry. Whether the outcome is basic competency or artistry, both must start at square one, that first day of class when the initial mark is made on the first sheet of paper of one’s drawing tablet.

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Cuesta’s Fine Arts Department began in the pre-computer days in 1965 with Chet Amyx, a young painter, as its sole faculty member. He added the ceramist and sculptor, Barry Frantz, two years later. In 1973, Bob Pelfrey was recruited as a sabbatical replacement for Amyx and wound up becoming the third faculty member, teaching drawing, printmaking, art history and appreciation. Of this “foundational trinity,” Pelfrey continues to teach part time at Cuesta. Frantz is retired, as is Chet Amyx (who met and married Guyla when she came to the department much later); all did extensive stints as division chairs and continue to produce and exhibit work. While each of the original three were crucial to the growth of the department, Frantz is also credited with encouraging a more progressive engagement with the art world beyond San Luis Obispo County, a prophetic voice against self-satisfied provincialism. In 2010, the Fine Arts Department enjoys robust enrollments of high school graduates, returning students and retirees, representing a cross section of the area’s populace. Guyla Amyx and Korishelli, however, note the recession’s budgetary challenges and devise tactics to keep at bay “the wolf at the door.” So far, they’ve succeeded. Speaking as a curator, I also hope that Korishelli and her colleagues will persist in their advocacy of Cuesta’s art gallery. It is the best exhibition space in the county, and under its director. Tim Anderson, has consistently presented important contemporary art from Southern and Northern California, along faculty and student shows. Unfortunately, the art gallery has a history of struggle for adequate resources and offering longer and more convenient public hours. I’m crossing my fingers and lofting a few prayers on its behalf. I hope you will do the same. Cuesta College, Fine Arts Department, 805.546.3201,

Possibly excepting the recent additions of computer and digital labs, community college classrooms and studios for drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, metal work/jewelry, and darkroom (chemical) photography have always evidenced handwork, equipment, tools and industry – and they are in constant need of sweeping up! Real art making is messy, far from the tidy romantic notion of a photographer clicking the shutter on his subject in pristine solitude, or the painter perched before an idyllic landscape with his easel, canvas and pigments. Training in art making also requires administrative support of facilities and their skilled technical monitoring. Labs with kilns and foundries need maintenance just like athletic fields. No one knows this better than the incoming chair, Korishelli. Even those neater, cleaner (and hugely popular) computer labs will ding your budget: Amyx recalled paying $2700 for each set of eleven ink cartridges for their large Epson printers. J U L Y

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the women’s legacy fund By Sandy Baer

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Moreover, there are more than 23,159 children ages 0-13 in SLO County with parents in the labor force, and an only estimated 8,176 number of childcare slots. In 2008, 37% of homeless people in SLO County were female, and an additional 33% were children or teenagers.

Board member Jane Sinton brought these statistics and her commitment to provide an ongoing grant program to support women and girls’ needs to the Community Foundation Board of Directors for their approval. “She felt we should do this as a much-needed community resource,� Janice Fong Wolf, Director of Grants and Programs says, “And the Board of Directors agreed.�

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Why was the Women’s Legacy Fund created as an adjunct of the San Luis Obispo County Foundation? Because 110 women entered domestic violence centers, bringing with them 159 children, according to the Women’s Shelter Agencies in South and North Counties, 2008 survey.

Additionally, according to a San Luis Obispo County Health Department, during 2008 a total of 217 babies were born to teenagers 12-19. The real wake-up call for the Community Foundation was to learn that 91% of victims of rape and assault are female. The statistics proved the need for a specific women and girls perpetual endowment.

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ission for Women’s Legacy Fund: Building a permanent endowment to support programs and projects of local organizations that address the issues and needs of women and girls.

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The Women’s Legacy Fund was founded in 2003, and as an advisory committee continues to grow, providing a variety of services to winning applicants. Wolf says, “We didn’t want to recreate the wheel so we contacted other community foundations for their approaches and found that an annual luncheon was the most engaging way to gather women countywide.� “We have women of all spectrums from around the county, an opportunity for woman of all levels to meet with common goals and commitments to support other women and girls,� Wolf says. “We always have a keynote speaker; this year’s is Mary Catherine Swanson from San Diego, the founder of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). Another aspect of the networking luncheon is the “Local Voices,� when local leaders and individuals speak to their specific areas of interest and commitment. “Even though we are blessed with a plethora of non-profit organizations that provide support to our county’s women and girls, including Planned Parenthood, AAUW, Quota Club, among many others, the Women’s Legacy Fund is the only provider in the county to have established a perpetual endowment.

COMMUNITY “We only award annual grants from the endowment’s interest income. Thus far, we have been able to award three or four recipients annually with a total budget of $7,000$10,000. Grants are available for non-profit, 501c3 organizations only. “During the luncheon, we have table monitors at each table to answer questions as well as distribute literature on the Fund. Ideally, this educational and networking luncheon will yield even more Legacy Leaders. Each year we have an emphasis, ranging from health, education, to the arts and other societal issues facing women. “This year’s theme is ‘Women in Education,’” Wolf says. We issue an RFP and through a ballot process, the nearly 200 ‘Legacy Leaders’ select the grantees. This year, we are particularly looking at after school programs for girls, enrichment in mathematics and the sciences and supporting women’s re-entry into college.” “Our first year we had 100 participants, but last year we had 300 and are hoping for at least that many partakers for our annual luncheon, scheduled for September 16 at the Embassy Suites from noon to 2 p.m.,” Wolf says. Tickets are $40 and will be available through the SLO County Community Foundation on August 1 by calling 543-2323.

Sandy Dunn, one of the founding Legacy Leaders

There are currently nearly 200 Legacy Leaders, those women who have donated $1000 or more as well as support from another 100 individual donors and businesses “Our goal is to raise a million dollars and since 2003, we have garnered $360,000,” Wolf says. Sandy Dunn, whose husband John serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors and is a past president, has also been involved for many years. Among the founding 100 “Legacy Leaders,” Dunn says, “It is an honor for me to serve as a member of the Women’s Legacy Fund Advisory Committee. “There has been an inadequacy in our county to support the needs of women and girls. This Fund is the only perpetual endowment that addresses local issues such as inadequate healthcare, hunger, uneducated female work force, victims of rape and assault, among other maladies. The grants given by the Women’s Legacy Fund help these women and girls attain a better quality of life and strengthen their intellectual, physical and financial well-being,” Dunn adds.

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Peggy Peterson, a well-known community benefactor, also a “Legacy Leader,” concurs.


“All women deserve an opportunity to health, education, economic independence and social awareness and the Women’s Legacy Fund promotes that premise.” Herself a female trailblazer, Peterson was in the first coeducational graduating class from Cal Poly in 1952 and went on to teach and mentor hundreds of local schoolchildren. “I am quite anxious to be more involved with the Fund.” “It’s a time commitment,” Wolf says, “but it’s so rewarding to work with such an engaged group of women who really care about our outcomes.” Another early supporter and member of the Founding 100 Legacy Leaders was Gail Johnson. As the unofficial “mother” (originator) of “Art After Dark,” the once monthly gallery open houses, Johnson and then-Foundation President Dean Miller “hatched a plan” to co-promote. Beginning in January 2003, Johnson designated “Art After Dark” on the first Friday of every month to be “Community Foundation Day” when she donated a percentage of that evening’s proceeds to the Community Foundation. “Our goals and that of the Foundation meshed at that time, spurred on by a “wearable art” show at my gallery. It only seemed a natural to link the gallery’s donation to the Women’s Legacy Fund,” Johnson says.

This year, we are particularly looking at after school programs for girls, enrichment in mathematics and the sciences and supporting women’s re-entry into college.” Through contributions from many generous women in our community, the SLO Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund has made great strides in its mere seven years in existence, thanks to the superb staff and a cadre of devoted and dedicated donors. As Wolf says, “We want to make a difference for women and girls that truly addresses their needs.” The SLO Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund perpetual endowment reflects a gift from some of the more fortunate to the less fortunate. Hopefully, the Fund can continue to grow and give. J U L Y

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Our Schools: national standards for schools By Dr. Julian Crocker, County Superintendent of Schools


very important step in the evolution of the role of the Federal government in local education could take place this summer. Specifically, the California State Board of Education is scheduled to decide in early August if California will adopt the “Common Core State Standards,� which are also being considered by most other states. If California does agree to adopt these common standards in the areas of language arts and mathematics, then we will be part of an historic move to a set of national content standards for all students in the country. Why is this issue important to our local schools? Until about ten years ago, the primary education role for the federal government was focused on special need students, such as students with disabilities and children living in poverty, and insuring the civil rights of all students. Beginning in the latter years of the Clinton administration and continuing under Presidents Bush and Obama, the federal government has greatly expanded its role and influence for all students. This expanded influence is symbolized by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) enacted in 2002. A centerpiece of that Act is the measurement of student achievement on state adopted standards for Language Arts and Mathematics. Any local school district that receives federal funds is required to participate in this assessment of student achievement and is being held accountable for increasing the percentage of students considered proficient on the standards. However, each state was allowed to adopt its own set of standards for students. California adopted a set of rigorous content standards in the late 90s as the centerpiece of our educational accountability system for public schools. A system of educational accountability needs to start with what we, as a society, want our students to know and

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be able to do. The specification of these expectations in subject areas is what it means to have educational standards. In 1998, our state adopted the first content standards in English language arts, math, science and history-social studies. This was not an easy task as some believed that adoption of state standards was an unwarranted intrusion into the domain of local school district governing boards. Others have expressed the view that there are too many standards and that they are too prescriptive. We also have state standards in career technical education, English language development, health education, physical education and visual and performing arts. External reviews by the Fordam Foundation and the American Federation of Teachers have validated the rigor and high expectations for students of California’s content standards. However, only a few states are like California in having rigorous, clear and comprehensive academic standards. Therefore, we cannot compare the quality of education among states since there is a different measuring stick for each state. Also, many believe that states with lower standards are not preparing their students for a competitive future in the global economy and that this has severe national consequences beyond state interests. Finally, there is also the belief, given the mobility of our society, that families should be able to expect a common set of educational expectations for their children even if they move from one state to another. For these reasons, the movement toward the adoption of a national set of content standards has continued to gain momentum. The opposing point of view continues the earlier objection to the shift of control from local boards of trustees to the state, and now, to the national level of government. As our State Board of Education examines the issue of adopting a Common Core of standards for our K-12 schools this summer, there are several complexities to consider. For example, what is the similarity of the Common Core standards with our existing standards? A lot of work has gone into developing and implementing our current state standards, and certainly we will not want to forgo this progress. Another issue is whether the Common Core is appropriate for all students, or should there be some differentiation by student needs. Finally, does adopting a Common Core also mean that adoption of common assessments and instructional materials nationwide will follow? When school opens next month, we may well be part of a much more national framework for standards and accountability.

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sunny acres Children’s home

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By Joseph A. Carotenuti


solated. Forsaken. Ignored. Tenacious. Adding insult to injury, it is perched on a hill with a magnificent view of the valley – like a jilted bride permanently left at the altar unable to retreat in dignity. Allowed to deteriorate, the testimony of time quietly echoes the voices of its former occupants. Through it all, the ravaged symbol of societal concern for its most defenseless has sheltered thousands, provided endless meals, and, undoubtedly, withstood an ocean of tears. Welcome to Sunny Acres, the one-time investment in the future – first to orphans and wards of the court and then juveniles hoping to find refuge or constraints, a new beginning or simply a way station into the ever-expanding confusion of life. Here’s the story. The Great Depression plunged the Nation into an economic abyss addressed by some in suicide and most others in a pall of uncertainty matched only by the devastation of war. Few escaped the relentless oppression of desperation. Children especially suffered, and some simply were cast adrift to fend for themselves by any means to sustain the day. In the worsening crisis, the generosity and vigor of strangers established the home to rescue these children of misfortune. It could not solve all the problems, but it was, nonetheless, a County’s refusal to succumb to despair. The dedication of many was rewarded when the new 6,000 square foot home was opened on April 16, 1931 near General Hospital. Its name was the result of an enthusiastic campaign with a prize of $10 going to Mary Whitlock of Morro Bay. The contest was sponsored


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by the Federation of Women’s Clubs as the nurturing and care of children was a major effort among their civic agendas. A year earlier in the notice to contractors soliciting bids, the project already was advertised as the Children’s Home at Sunny Acres. It was not meant to be a “facility” but a safe haven for the young. Another favored name was “Casa Mia” (My Home). When the building designed by noted architect William Mooser opened its doors, Gertrude Truesdale Graham, the first matron, welcomed 16 “tykes” to a “modern and fire-proof building” surrounded by spacious grounds as reported by the newspaper. Good intentions quickly recognized that some children were terribly scarred by the times. Within six months, a few steel cells were available for the unruly. An early incident illustrated the desperation of some to leave the grounds. Two brothers – ages 13 and 14 – had been removed from the county jail for creating a “disturbance” in the juvenile unit. Almost immediately, the two fled from Sunny Acres and when returned were placed in a locked room. Their father arrived from Hollister only to be told the eldest had somehow managed to get his head through the bars but then could neither move forward…nor back. Five years later, matron Kathryn McHenry compiled the first surviving monthly reports on the “inmates” admitted and released. From 1936 to 1957, these population reports have within the neatly maintained columns recorded both the joys and sorrows as to the fate of the children. Reasons for admissions are fairly predictable: wandering the streets, trouble in school, and misbehaviors of various sorts. However, some are eulogies for the living: “abandoned by mother” or removed due to

COMMUNITY “home conditions” or “death of parent” present truly heartrending images. Admissions were most often at the direction of the court or the sheriff but a few parents left their child. Not all were the result of family upheavals as some were held for “questioning.” While a few were awaiting officials from other jurisdictions, others went to school; some found work on a nearby ranch while others simply waited for a better day. For them all, Sunny Acres silently sheltered their hopes and fears. Serving for many years, McHenry prepared monthly reports for the Probation Board. Information included illness as well as operations (most often a tonsillectomy)…all endured without the solace of a parent or family member. Not all wards were county residents. Many children were from various parts of California and other states. There was even a 15-year-old from England. Holidays alone were especially difficult but local clubs sponsored Christmas parties while picnics broke the monotony of institutional cooking. Once, the Monday Club sponsored an outing in Avila with a walk to the lighthouse. Another favorite recreation was the Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls. Dues were paid from the Christmas collection. Expenses were always considered and a surviving report from 1936 concluded it cost approximately $1.12 per day per child. The staff consisted of a matron and housekeeper. Funds were limited and when the heater broke in 1942, a part made from war rationed rubber required time to purchase to provide heat again.


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Page after page, month after month, year after year, the “inmate” count records a few bits of information about the population. Release could come swiftly as when a two year old was held for two hours as the mother was in the hospital or longer until the child turned 18. Others were innocent victims of crime and left for care as the parent was in jail. The stark statistics can only be amplified by suppositions but there are some that capture a miserable tale for any youngster. Robert Ramirez was admitted on January 11, 1939 with the notation “orphan, no home.” He was 13 years old. In September he was enrolled in the junior high only to be expelled a few months later with the recommendation he be “sent to the country” which was a favored new home for boys. Not waiting for the opportunity to be a ranch hand, he left at night until finally returned from Paso Robles nearly a month later to then be sent to work on a farm. Whatever the situation at Brown’s Ranch, Robert was returned by a Probation Officer within two weeks. Unfortunately, when an arrangement to live with his sister failed, he was sent to the foreboding Preston State School – a reformatory – and disappears from local history. Sunny Acres continued to serve as a mute witness while the “inmates” and their home grew older. It became worse.

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any people know that hospice care is always on option when their physician tells them that there is no further medical treatment that will change the course of their illness or the course of events…death. It’s scary to hear those words. But it is reality. What most people don’t know is that some patients receiving hospice care do in fact experience an improvement in their condition and are “graduated” or discharged from hospice. At Hospice Partners, about 15% of our patients are discharged because they are no longer declining and no longer meet the criteria for hospice services. When patients are referred to a hospice program, their physician and the hospice medical director review all the records and have to “certify” to Medicare (or to the patient’s insurance company) that “this person has a six month or less prognosis.” This certification is based on the best clinical assumption that if the patient’s current illness runs the expected course, that death would most likely occur within a six-month period of time. When patients sign onto the Hospice Partners program, the professional team of medical directors, nurses, home health aides, social workers, dietitians, spiritual counselors, hospice musicians, bereavement counselors and trained in-home volunteers goes to work providing comprehensive end-oflife care for the benefit of the patients and their families. Sometimes the attention to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient results in an improvement to the patient’s prognosis. Sometimes patients have a delayed response to a treatment or antibiotic. Sometimes the symptoms subside and things improve, for no known reason. When that happens, the hospice team rejoices along with the patient! We follow the patient for a few weeks to make sure that he or she is getting better and then plans are made to discharge the patient to the ongoing care of their physician, home health care or other follow-up that would be appropriate. Other times, there may be a situation where the patient is trying to get enrolled in a new curative treatment protocol, or perhaps the patient wants to pursue one more treatment or procedure. To get

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COMMUNITY off of hospice by “revoking� is a simple procedure: all that is needed is for the patient to tell us that he or she is going to revoke hospice care. Of course, there is a form to sign, but there is no waiting period. It is immediate. The knowledge that a patient can be discharged from hospice if their condition improves is very comforting to people. Over the years, Hospice Partners has provided care to many patients who have had the opportunity of being discharged from hospice. Down the road, when their illness progressed, they were referred back onto hospice. Sometimes life is unpredictable. The team at Hospice Partners is here to support and provide hospice care to the residents of our community, and when circumstances determine that a patient is to be discharged from our hospice program, we will happily celebrate with them!

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Vets Voice By Frank Rowan


ssemblyman Sam Blakeslee’s veterans recognition Lunch at Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo on May 28th honored sixteen veterans from local vets organizations.

ARMY VETS: Orbie Estelle of American Legion Post 220 Templeton, Bill Vargaques of Atascadero Vets Memorial Foundation, Dustin Dionne of Camp San Luis Obispo, Sam Sotomayer of Camp Roberts, John Minola of the Military Officers Assoc., Jack Jones of the Military Order of World Wars, and Hazel McNettBlumhorst a Past Commander of San Luis Obispo A/L Post 66.

AIR FORCE VETS: Lee Wise of Vandenberg American Legion Post 125, Milt Batson of the SLO DAV Chapter 45 and Norman Fuggs of the VFW Post 1717

NAVY VETS: John Roza of VFW Post 2814, Atascadero and Jerry McKinnon of A/L Post 432 Cambria.

MARINE VETS: Harry Hoover of the Central Coast Vets Museum, Joe Bylick VFW Post 570 Lompoc and Roy Noel of the Marine Corps League Detachment 1340. The Marine Corps League had another Honoree Tim Haley a Past Commandant of the Marine Corps Leagues Detachment 680 was named Veteran of the year because of his starting of

the Purple Heart Trail on Highway 101 from San Ardo to Santa Maria. RT Lee is a man I have become acquainted with through the American Legion. RT was a WWII and 30-year military career member of the US Air Force. Whenever he is recognized to speak at 16th District meetings he starts, “I am RT Lee from beautiful downtown Camarillo.” RT Lee was born in Irontown, Ohio in 1925. After graduation from High School he joined the Army on October 12, 1943. He qualified through testing for pilot training as a cadet in US Army Air Corps. After basic training at Keester Air Base in Mississippi he went to Tuskegee, Alabama for pilot training. There RT qualified to fly P-39 and P-40 fighter planes. He was sent to North Africa and Chabue, India flying C46s, C109s and converted B24s, over the hump into China when the Japanese overran the Burma Road. After 23 missions in a C46 and 6 in C-109, he came home and was discharged after the war ended. He used the GI Bill to go to West Virginia State and graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1950. After graduation RT realized he had fond memories of the military service and returned by joining the newly formed United States Air Force for nineteen more years. He rapidly rose to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. On a visit to New York he met a beautiful young woman named Madeline and married her November 29, 1958. They have three sons and one daughter, eleven grandchildren and only one great grandson. However, they are expecting two more great grandchildren in November. Lee retired from the USAF in 1969. Before that in 1968 he was stationed near Camarillo, California and joined the American Legion post 741. Upon his discharge in 1969, he was hired by the County of Ventura as an Appraiser by the County Assessor. Once out of the service, he became an activist in the

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legion and has held the position of Adjutant, Post Commander, District Commander, Alternate National Executive Committeeman, and the post of National Veteran’s Preference Committee Chair. Here is a guy who has really followed the American Legion mission of service to the community, state and nation. There are 18 signs between San Ardo and SLO designating that section of 101 part of the nationwide “Purple Heart Trail” in honor of all our service men and women who were wounded in action. Recently, a local lady wrote the Tribune that she was opposed to the Purple Heart Trail because it represented war. As a veteran I must respectfully disagree, though I would fight to be sure she always has the right to her opinion. Because that is one of the freedoms for which veterans served and are serving today. Whether our wars are or have been proper is of course debatable. Some people claim that Roosevelt deliberately created the Pearl Harbor disaster. The Purple Heart trail is intended to honor those millions who were wounded in our wars whether they considered them right or wrong. A soldier does not have the luxury of deciding whether he/she will fight or not. As has been said, Statesmen make the wars, soldiers fight them. So I suggest the letter writer in opposing the Trail is punishing the victims, because those wounded in combat in the service of our country deserve our praise and honoring. Ok, enough palavering for this month. Keep in touch at 543-1973 or and I will meet you right here again in August.


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t’s a safe bet: walk around Downtown any day people and situations.” In all these cases, the 11 AM – 6 PM and you’ll likely encounter one of patrol witnessed the behaviors and using their the private security patrol making daily rounds and training, responded using either direct contact keeping a close eye on things. If so, stop and say hi with the offenders or radioing PD and standing to Sgt. Justin Dolling, Lt. Nathan Swanson or Cpl. by until officers arrived. “Our goal is to keep Evan Aldape as all three agree that meeting and Downtown safe,” said Nathan. “We want people talking to people is one of the best parts of their to feel safe bringing their kids down here.” job, particularly if they can offer assistance in some way. “Our number one question,” said Nathan, “is n 2007, the Downtown Association heeded ‘where’s Firestone?’” Gum Alley and parking meter Deborah Cash, CMSM, members’ survey responses that “cleanliness Executive Director questions are a close second, he adds. Justin says and safety” should be high priorities for the that they get a lot of tourists asking questions, “so organization and after meeting with several security we have to know Downtown real well. It’s part of our job.” firms and SLOPD (with whom the patrol works closely), the Downtown Association chose InHouse Security Service ut only a part. The real meat of patrolling Downtown to provide private patrol on public property throughout lies in the patrols’ surveillance of a 40-block area Downtown seven days a week. While security guards roughly boundaried by Santa Rosa, Palm, Nipomo and don’t issue citations or carry weapons, they are radio- and Pacific streets—with lots of nooks and crannies to hide in cell phone-equipped enabling businesses to contact the and “make trouble,” says Nathan. Biggest problems are guards directly and the guards to radio for PD assistance. drinking and urinating in public, followed by aggressive, annoying and harassing behaviors reported by business athan said it has been gratifying to build relationships owners and the public. Other days’ log reports detail with the business owners who give him a nod or incidents of shoplifting, taking money from the fountain, greeting as he passes by each day. “It’s comforting for yelling obscenities, trespassing… “Every day is different,” them,” he said, “they know we’re just a couple of minutes said Justin, “We deal with a lot of different kinds of away.” It works the other way as well; each security guard




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has developed a personal relationship with SLO PD officers in the Downtown area and often work with them when problems arise. “They can’t be everywhere at once, and neither can we,” said Nathan, with Justin adding, “if PD gets to know where you’re working, they’ll rely on you to help out. We usually connect throughout the day.”


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ll the security guards say they hear regularly that they do make a difference for the better. “It’s the best part of my job,” said Evan, “being told what I do makes someone feel safer.” All three guards have set their sights on law enforcement careers and feel this experience and hands on training will be a big help in achieving their goals. “I want to become a California Highway Patrol officer,” said Evan, “dealing with different people and situations is good training for that.” Justin and Nathan are hoping to become police officers, particularly after having worked with SLOPD. “They’re awesome,” Nathan said. “We couldn’t do what we do without them.”

van says the ‘rough part’ for the private security is that offenders “disrespect us because they know we can’t write tickets.” Justin agreed, “It’s a constant struggle having to reissue warnings to the same people—you tell them the laws and they just won’t cooperate.” Education is a big part of the patrol’s interaction with offenders—whom they stress are usually transients and not the local homeless. “Some people just don’t know the ordinances, so we tell them. In fact, I carry the ordinances with me,” says Nathan. Then there are those who just seem to not care; they live in a cycle of being in and out of jail. “We’ll see them back out and it’s a matter of a few days before we bust them for an open container then they’re back in,” said Nathan. He does wish there was a better answer. “Our job is to catch them doing something,” he said, “but sometimes an encouraging word goes Private Security Patrol (L - R) Nathan a long way. We hope the private patrol Swanson, Evan Aldape and Justin Dolling continues and we can make a difference.” prepare for another day of Downtown duty. Photo by Deborah Cash



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ne instance related by the guards was a recent ‘heist’ from a Downtown business involving stolen opals. “When we viewed the security tape, we recognized the thieves and we were able to tip PD off to their whereabouts,” said Nathan. They’ve also helped a local sunglass business and shoe store catch shoplifters. “We have a good record of catching them,” said Nathan, adding “the look on their face is hilarious when they’re caught, like ‘how did that get there?’” Humor aside, these gentlemen take their jobs very seriously; thanks to them, you can bet it’s safer…around Downtown.

New B u s i n e s s N e w s & Featured Farmer of the M onth Lingua Franca Language Consulting Dr. Lachelle Hannickel, Owner/Director 1008 Palm Street (805) 596-0226

Lingua Franca Language Consulting is a fullservice language center offering personalized language instruction and interpretation. The language center currently covers French, Spanish, Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin) and ESL (English as a second language). Owner/ Director, Dr. Lachelle Hannickel, said she hopes to offer Italian, Arabic, and German in the coming months so she can meet more of her clients’ needs. Services for all ages are provided in a comforting and inviting place to learn. Classes are limited to groups of six – eight students in order to keep an individualized teaching environment but individual tutoring is available for people who need additional one-on-one attention. “Our goal is to break down any walls of anxiety,” said Dr. Hannickel, who has been teaching language for about 14 years.

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Jeff Munsey & Felicia Alvarez, Owners 1037 Chorro Street (805) 546-1059 Twitter: @pithywine Facebook: When Felicia Alvarez and her husband Jeff Munsey set out to open their own wine company, they wanted to make sure it stood apart from the other wineries scattered throughout the Central Coast. Pithy Little Wine Co. wines are made from grapes grown throughout California’s diverse wine country, including San Luis Obispo County. Great wines combined with their passion for design and hospitality play out in exceptional form when you visit their newly opened tasting room located in the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo. Pithy, meaning concise and forcefully expressive, sums up their perspective for business and wine. “We chose the name Pithy because it reflects the casual and fun attitude we share for wine.” says Jeff. From simple wine tasting notes to the casual feel of the tasting room, Pithy Little Wine Co. wants its guest and fellow wine lovers to think of the tasting room as a great place to taste wine or an easy stop to grab a bottle to take home or wherever your plans may take you.

She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies and her Bilingual teaching credential and Education Master’s from Cal Poly. After spending some time teaching, she returned to school and earned her M.A. and PhD in French at UC Santa Barbara. From there Dr. Hannickel said she wanted to continue teaching language and saw an opportunity to open her own business at 1008 Palm Street. “I saw a need that wasn’t being met,” she said, “Downtown San Luis Obispo offers both an international and local appeal with its wonderfully vintage qualities.” She also said that Palm Street provides the perfect location for her business because it has easy access to good resources like the library. For more information about Lingua Franca Language Consulting, call (805) 592-0226 or visit By Shea Duddy Felicia and Jeff chose Downtown San Luis Obispo as the home of their wine tasting room because of their love of the town. Felicia, a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate came to SLO fifteen years ago as a crop science major and feels lucky to have been able to make it her home ever since. “Its a great place to live and we love seeing the excitement visitors share when they discover our tasting room,” says Jeff. The winery makes its wine in Paso Robles and currently features a Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sangiovese Rosé and a Malvasia Bianca that offers four different collector labels. New wines are released throughout the year seasonally including a Viognier, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to great wines, Pithy Little Wine Co. also produce its own old fashioned sodas including root beer, cream soda, orange cream and black cherry which can be found in the tasting room in addition to their booth at Farmers’ Market every Thursday evening. Pithy Little Wine Co. is open Monday and Wednesday from 12:00 to 6:00pm, Thursday-Saturday from 12:008:00pm and Sunday from 12:00-5:00pm with extended summer hours beginning in July. For more information, visit or call 805-546-1059. By Shea Duddy

What is exotic citrus? A couple of examples are “Buddha Hands” and “Pomelos.” Buddha Hands are a fragrant fruit, the rind of which is used in candy making; Pomelo is like a sweet, mild grapefruit. Though the typical pomelo One of the great things about living on is much larger in size than the grapefruit, the Central Coast is the availability of it has very little, or none, of the common many types of fruits and vegetables. With grapefruit bitterness, but the enveloping a cornucopia of choices, it is all about membranous material around the segments what your taste buds are craving. is bitter, considered inedible, and thus is usually discarded. The peel is sometimes Well, at Thursday Night Promotions Farmers’ used to make marmalade, or candied and Market we have an amazing assortment of Sal Almanza and Amber Nicole Smith then (sometimes) dipped in chocolate. fresh produce to choose from. Not to be outdone is our July Featured Farmer, Amber Amber Nicole and the L & C Smith Nicole Smith of L & C Smith Groves. Her enthusiasm and Groves booth can be found at the corner of Chorro and outgoing personality make Thursday Night Promotions Farmers’ Higuera near the Wineman Hotel. Visit Amber Nicole Market very exciting. Based out of Exeter, CA, approximately 100 and allow her to humor you with her latest adventures. miles east of San Luis Obispo, L & C Smith Groves is a familyFor more information, visit the Downtown Association run farm specializing in navel and exotic citrus, such as tangelos, information booth or call Joey Chavez at 805-541-0286. blood oranges, tangerines and several varieties of oranges. By Joey Chavez

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he fourth annual La Clinica De Tolosa Children’s Dental Clinic Sunset BBQ Fundraiser was held last month at the home of Dr. Ron Brunick in Avila Beach. The BBQ was prepared by the SLO Nighttime Kiwanis Club and the 60s Rock-N-Roll Band, “Unfinished Business” provided music and dancing. Fun was had by all.


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Palm Street Perspective a mayor’s reflections By SLO City Mayor, Dave Romero


s we approach the last few months of my eight years as your Mayor, I look back over those times with fond memories. This truly is the best elected job in California.

My SLO Journal article (December 2002), just after I took office, spoke of our love for this city, how far we had progressed since the mid-1950s, of future challenges, and asked for everyone’s patience as we worked them out. During the eight years of my Mayor’s terms, many community improvements have been successfully completed: Home Depot, Costco, the Copeland Center, the new office and parking structure near City Hall, The new County Building, the Damon-Garcia Sports Fields, the Nacimiento Water Supply Pipeline, additional open space, hiking trails, bike trails and paths, improvements to the Senior Center, and (my favorite) many streets were repaved and several widened (There is a reason I am called “Dave the Pave.”) There were major improve-

ments to the sewer and water systems, expansion of bus service, a wonderful new dispatch center to handle police, fire and other city communications, a new Children’s Museum, and so many others during our generally good times. Measure Y, the 1/2 cent sales tax voted by our citizens, was instrumental in funding many of these projects. I am disappointed that the Marketplace, The Prado Road Interchange, Laguna Lake dredging, traffic congestion relief and a high level of flood protection for our city has not yet been achieved. Over the eight years, our council meetings were collegial and productive, and our city progressed in many ways despite the tough financial times. My thanks to our excellent staff, and to our citizens who are informed and reasonable in their desires and presentations. As much as I love being Mayor of this city, it is time to turn over leadership to others who have the energy, vision and character to guide the city through the hard times coming in the next few years and continue progress toward making our beloved SLOTOWN the very best city in California. I will miss guiding our city with many wonderful improvements now in the planning process, the Airport/ Margarita and the Orcutt area developments, Chinatown, Garden Terraces, Beautification of Downtown, the Art Museum, Target, the Los Osos Valley Road Interchange Improvement and so many others. I am confident our new Mayor, city council and excellent city staff will guide these projects with skill and goodwill, eventually adding to the charm, vitality and quality of life of our beautiful city. Thank you citizens of San Luis Obispo for allowing me to serve as your Mayor for these years. They have added great pleasure and meaning to my life. I am truly blessed.

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cal poly’s orfalea college of business extends mba program By Maggie Cox, Barnett Cox & Associates


here’s good news for working professionals who want to pursue an MBA while continuing employment at the same time. Now, in addition to Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business fulltime MBA program on campus in SLO, the college is launching a new parttime MBA that can cater to the needs of the individual working student. The program, headquartered in Santa Barbara, will launch this September. It offers a close-up view of the changing face of education and how it is delivered.

ing and responsiveness to a new group of potential students. Faculty members include law lecturer Bradford Anderson and professor of finance Dr. Ken Riener. Anderson addresses current business issues inside and outside of the classroom – most recently providing legal

Evening classes will be held at the popular Canary Hotel located in downtown Santa Barbara. Course fees include the cost of books – and parking. The new MBA program will blend classroom and distance-learning instruction in an interactive format. Twothirds of each course will be provided live and in person in Santa Barbara by Cal Poly faculty. The remaining third will be delivered online to students’ desktops. And best of all, students can build a personal curriculum that meets individual needs. An MBA through the new program can be accomplished in as little as two years and with no interruption of paid employment. Some employee benefits offer tuition reimbursement, making the cost of an MBA even more affordable. The program is being marketed to its core attendees using traditional advertising media like newspapers. In a nod to the demographics of likely students, the new MBA program is also relying heavily on new media – Facebook, email outreach, targeted messaging and other social media techniques. A series of videos featuring Brian Tietje from the Orfalea College of Business offer information on how to apply to the program, status of an application, and what to do once accepted (or declined). The videos’ links will be emailed to students to maintain ongoing contact and provide regular updates. It’s about new media, new techniques, new think-


analysis of the Gulf oil spill for several media outlets. Dr. Riener is an accomplished distance-learning instructor and a specialist in economic impact studies – having prepared such studies for Diablo Canyon Power Plant and the proposed California Space Center at Vandenberg AFB. The inaugural September class has an August 1st application deadline, and there are a number of steps prospective students need to take to apply. Course descriptions and application materials are available online at or by phone to 756-2637. Additional information about upcoming GMAT dates and locations can also be found via the program’s website.

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caballeros de san luis obispo award winners

The Caballeros de San Luis Obispo held its annual ride over the Memorial Day weekend. This year’s ride was held on the Charles Porter Ranch in Santa Maria. President Tim Hartzell, presided over the event. Pictured above (L-R) is Caballeros President, Tim Hartzell, Caballeros Board member, Larry Shupnick, Ranch Owner, Charles Porter, saddle winner, Ryan Browder and All-Around Cowboy, Jim Dunn, Jr.

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Elaine Jacobs, RN was honored as Nurse of the Year at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center during the recent annual National Nurses’ Week Celebration held at the hospital. Jacobs, a Charge Nurse in the Medical Surgical Unit, was selected among more than 200 nominations from the nursing staff. As a charge nurse, Jacobs manages the delivery of patient care and serves as a resource to staff throughout the hospital. Jacobs has been at Sierra Vista for more than eight years. She was selected for the award by her peers for her professionalism, clinical expertise, leadership skills and bedside manner. In addition to her work at Sierra Vista, Jacobs also volunteers her time with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Jacobs is pictured with Christie Gonder, CNO; and Remonia Ashmore, RN.

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A dazzling crazy quilt of mind-blowing showstoppers by Emmy awardwinning choreographer Suzy Miller, SHIMMY SHAKE SHINE! is a nonstop explosion of one showstopper after another. 22 fantastic singers and dancers take you to the pyramids of Egypt, the court of Marie Antoinette, a Gospel Revival, a Gothic lair, and through Alice’s rabbit hole like you’ve never seen it before. Free your mind as you experience an unexpected, wild journey through another SLOLT summer spectacular. Written, directed and choreographed by Emmy award winner Suzy Miller, Shimmy Shake Shine! will blow your mind. The show runs from July 8th-July 31st. J U L Y

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Slo’s tim billing named top general manager

San Luis Obispo General Manager Tim Billing has been awarded Embassy Suites’ Hervey Feldman Award, which goes annually to the person chosen General Manager of the Year. This is the company’s highest award for a General Manager, chain-wide. Tim has worked for Embassy Suites since 1996.

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The 25th Annual Templeton Independence Parade sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Templeton will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 4th, in downtown Templeton. For more information call Parade Chairman Mick Pickett at 434-5220.

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letter to the editor: Helping our soldiers

I enjoyed reading your article about the Sister Soldier Project. I have been working with a former Marine, Si Tenenberg, since November, 2007, also sending packages to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. He spends hours each day pouring over requests from the website. Our goal is to send packages to those soldiers stationed in isolated areas. Our packages are unique in that each box contains the items specifically requested by that soldier. Among the hygiene products for men and women, food and snacks, specialty clothing, (the list goes on) we send letters of encouragement and thanks. Si continues to make presentations to churches, social organizations, and specialty groups in order to raise funds to keep his campaign alive. A group of volunteers meets at his house on Mondays and Tuesdays to pack boxes. Si’s original goal was to send 750 boxes. We have mailed over 5000. For more information or would like to help, you can contact him at 234-3101.


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Free Senior Health Screening for seniors (50+) is available throughout San Luis Obispo County. Free services include: screening for high blood pressure, weight and pulse. Finger prick screening tests for: high cholesterol, anemia and diabetes. Take-home screening test kits for colo-rectal cancer available for $5. Nutritional counseling and referrals as needed. Please call 788-0827 for dates, times and locations.

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The Groundbreaking of the Railroad Safety Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail was held recently at the corner of California Blvd. and Campus Way, which will connect the bike and walking trails with Cal Poly and the City of San Luis (often called “the missing link”). The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo donated $50,000 for the safety fencing and launched a successful $35,000 community fundraising campaign to complete the trail system. Jan Howell Marx and Roxanne Carr were the leaders in making this a reality. Emily Cletsoway also donated $20,000 in her past husband’s name. Dr. Cletsoway was an avid biker. Burke Construction will be the contractor for the project.

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A special ribbon cutting ceremony was held last month opening the new Emergency Communications Center at Fire Station 1 in San Luis. The new state of the art Communication Center handles the emergencies for the City Police, Fire, as well as Public Works, Utilities Community Development and Parks and Recreation. The 3600 square foot building is a 24/7 facility. The completed project also included a much needed 3000 square foot storage facility for the Fire Department.



slo community foundation scholarship winners

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Representing schools from every district in the county, this year’s 13 recipients of the Richard J. Weyhrich Leadership Scholarship are a diverse mix of deserving high school seniors who show a variety of strong leadership abilities and a desire to serve their communities. Each one received a scholarship in the amount of $1,250 to be used toward expenses for the upcoming first year of college. Among this year’s recipients are class presidents, community volunteers, a camp counselor, a student school board representative, and a student coach. This year’s scholarship recipients are: Alexis K. Fabian and Sarah Park (Paso Robles High); Justin P. Clarke (Templeton High); Adrian F. Vallens (Coast Union High); Gregory D. Harris (Mission College Prep); Rachel M. Ayotte (Morro Bay High); Simon P. Phillips (San Luis Obispo High); Nathan R. Honeycutt and Michael C. Matosich (Arroyo Grande High); Santina N. Olney (Nipomo High); Jessica L. Gates and Matthew J. O’Connell (Atascadero High); and Joseph L. Honeycutt (North County Christian).

columns/letters create ira jay winn’s new book

Ira Jay Winn has compiled several years of his letters to the editor regarding slowing growth in San Luis Obispo and put them in a book format titled, Small Town/Big Town. Winn was a former professor of urban studies in Los Angeles and retired to San Luis Obispo in 1995. Since his arrival in San Luis, Winn has taken an active role in writing a column and letters stating his point of view. The soft cover book also includes local photos of our community.

coastal discovery fair

The Coastal Discovery at San Simeon Bay is hosting its annual Coastal Discovery Fair on Saturday, July 17th, from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be family fun and educational activities for all. Build and test remotely-controlled underwater robots, visit exotic animals from Zoo to You, and shake hands with Sammy the Steelhead. Highlighting the “Connection of Land and Sea” are conservation and environmental exhibitors hosted by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and CA State Parks. Admission is free and food is available. The Center is located at historic W.R. Hearst State Beach in San Simeon. For more information call 927-6575.

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COMMUNITY FIFTY YEARS AGO, music chart toppers included Roy Orbison, Sam

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Cooke, the Shirelles and the Ventures.

By Phyllis Benson

Twenty and Faith Hill.

TEN YEARS AGO, top musical artists included Santana, Matchbox

“America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn’t standing still.” ---e. e. cummings

juLY 4, 1960: The United States officially unfurled its 50-star flag. Alaska and Hawaii statehood turned the old 48 into 50 state stars.

juLY 4 offers patriotism, picnics and fireworks. Salute the flag, get out the hot dogs and hand out sparklers.

MILEPOST: The Pony Express started 150 years ago. Young men

on fast horses carried mail between Missouri and California. This sesquicentennial highlights the historic riders and mail trail.

RICH TATMAN, organizer of Pony Express re-rides, says, “Obviously we’re not being chased by Indians; we’re being chased by SUVs and Mack trucks.”

OUR MECHANIC says change the tires, change the wipers, but never change the car radio station.

PAC-MAN celebrates its 30th anniversary. First released in 1980 as Puck-Man, the video maze game ate arcade quarters like Pac-Man ate dots. Guinness World Records reports Pac-Man is the best known video character of all time.

PAC-TRIVIA: A pizza with a slice missing inspired the Pac-Man character shape.

NUTS: In 1910, a group of California almond growers formed a

cooperative group. The association evolved into the Blue Diamond Growers selling tree nuts around the world.

ICE CREAM makes July tolerable. In 1945, Irvine Robbins opened

Snowbird Ice Cream in Glendale, California. In nearby Pasadena, Burton Baskin opened Burton’s Ice Cream Shop. The two brothersin-law soon formed the Baskin-Robbins ice cream chain.

TODAY Baskin-Robbins has 6,000 retail shops in 35 countries.

racing and roping. The homegrown rodeo started as a Wild West show with bucking horse events and trotting races.

Regional flavors include Splish Splash Sherbet, Oregon Blackberry and Mississippi Mud. Founder Irv Robbins said, “We sell fun, not just ice cream.”

UFO DAY marks the 1947 Roswell Incident. A rancher found

PAMPLONA has its annual bull running festival. This year our park

THIS YEAR the Salinas California Rodeo marks a century of riding,

metallic wreckage on his property, saw it removed by the military, and conflicting reports of outer space visitors and government secrecy ensued.

is holding dog fests. Excited children and dogs practice race laps and rout more people than any bull run.

OUR DOGS doze on buffalo grass. The drought-tolerant prairie

Because they are corny.

grass got a slow start in the cool, wet spring. Our gardener says in hindsight, we should have planted water buffalo grass.

SUMMER: In 1960, Santa Monica fun included Pacific Ocean Park,

1965: Author J.K. Rowling was born. The creator of Harry Potter

POP AT ONE TIME rivaled Disneyland. Unique attractions included

SUMMER is time to relax, read a book and sip lemonade. Imagine

UFO JOKE: Why do aliens make crop circles?

a nautical theme park built on 28 acres at a pier. POP offered twin diving bells, roller coasters, and flying carpet rides. Elektro, the 1939 World’s Fair robot, and Ocean Skyway, bubbleshaped gondolas carried riders 75 feet above ocean waves.

books said, “Always have a vivid imagination, for you never know when you might need it.” lawns are mowed, children are napping and elections are over.

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Salon and Day Spa 2103 Broad Street, SLO Photograph by Mike Larson

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July 2010 Journal Plus Magazine

July 2010 Journal Plus Magazine  

July 2010 Journal Plus Magazine