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Serving the entire SLO County since 1978 Twila Arritt Broker-Associate


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Nice 1 bedroom Park Model perfect for beach living of vacation. Furnished and ready to move in. Large deck overlooks Pismo Beach golf course. Neighborhood trail leads to beach, restaurants and Pismo shopping. 1st offering at $69,500

You don’t have to go far to feel like you are living in the mountains when you step inside this custom 3 bedroom, 3 bath 2460 sq.ft. home w/ office, interior laundry, 2 car garage and kitchen with plenty of storage. Nicely landscaped back yard includes fruit trees, lawn, chicken coop and tool shed. Lots of oak trees throughout the property. $399,999

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Villas of DOVE CREEK! Sought-after Luxury 3 Br, 1,685 sq. ft. Townhome in the area’s most beautiful, desirable planned development Open green belts, natural streams, parks, walking trails, playgrounds, and LOW HOA fees. A showcase home located in Atascadero & just minutes from downtown SLO. $289,000

Lovely single-level Country Club Estates. 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home located on the 16th Tee, with beautiful mountain and golf course views. Charming, gated community. $889,000

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Vicky Hall REALTOR® Great 3 bedroom home w/ additional two - 1 bedroom units. Main house has been redone to reflect the period of the home. Hardwood floors wood sash arched windows. A real doll house. Each unit has washer/dryer hookups, on site parking. $749,500 Jennifer Hamilton Relocation Director

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Classic 1960’s Four-Plex half a block from the Highland entrance to Cal Poly. All two bedroom, one bath units, with large bedrooms and on-site laundry. Lower units have back doors to patio area and upper units have private decks. $809,000

21 Santa Rosa Street, Suite 100, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 Conveniently located in the heart of San Luis Obispo. Our office is open 7 days a week.

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From the publisher It’s like living in a REALLY nice tree-house. An architecturally pleasing home in Monterey Heights. Great location close to both downtown San Luis and Cal Poly University. Three bedrooms with three baths. Recently updated with bamboo flooring, carpet & paint. Great decks for entertaining with plenty of sunshine. Views of San Luis Mountain. Asking $609,000.

L A completely redone home just a block from the water in Shell Beach. Pottery Barn Style. From a new roof, windows, doors to plumbing to flooring to fixtures to paint. Everything has been remodeled and updated. Two big bedrooms and two baths. Private yard in back and an actual garage with space for storage. Absolutely turnkey. Asking $515,

If you consider yourself a lover of modern architecture, high end design, seamless construction or state of the art electronics then you must see this marvel. It is simply unlike any other house in the City of San Luis Obispo. Perfect location with the ideal climate. Very private. See the web-site for additional photos and more information. Asking $1,250,000.

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ast month I had the opportunity to take a tour of First Solar’s Topaz Solar Farm site in the Carrizo Plains. This is one of two Solar Farms being built out there. This one will be 3,500 acres of solar panels placed on more than 10,000 acres. The balance of the property will remain as open space. PG&E has existing power lines crossing the property making it convenient to connect into their grid. When completed in 2014, the 550 megawatt contract with PG&E will provide power for 160,000 homes or an equivalent to taking 55,000 cars off the road. They have gone the extra mile in making this three-year building project, creating as minimal an impact as possible. Another step forward to clean energy and energy independence.

This month completes our seventeenth year in business. Over the years we have seen several magazines come and go while absorbing three of them into the Journal. The expense of producing a quality magazine and having a solid distribution system makes it difficult for most to make a profit in this small market and thus eventually they close their doors. We started this venture with a philosophy of sending out the good news happening here, and most everyone welcomes us into their homes. We couldn’t do this without the support of our advertising partners. Several of these businesses have been with us for the entire seventeen years. Most are family-run businesses like this one. The partnership goes both ways... they support us and our readers support them. Please continue this as we begin our eighteenth year. Enjoy the magazine,

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ARROYO GRANDE – Beautifully upgraded home with views from the city to the dunes. Large gourmet kitchen with granite center island. Beautiful stone fireplace. This home is in excellent condition. You must see the inside of this home to appreciate it! $629,900 #2820

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SAN LUIS OBISPO – Newer kitchen with granite counters, quality appliances and wood floors. Four bedrooms, 3 baths with 4th bedroom suite on 2nd floor, perfect for guest quarters or mother-in-law. Windows and exterior doors have been replaced. Stained glass in several higher windows. Gas fireplace in living room, master bath completely remodeled. Must see to appreciate. $629,000 #2876

SAN LUIS OBISPO – If you want to entertain

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Location is everything and this

3400 sf single-level home has it all, including privacy on 2.5 acres with an adjacent 3.7 acres available. Gourmet kitchen, large breakfast area and large dining room. Fully irrigated back and front yards, landscaped with Asian, Western and Mediterranean gardens and multiple fruit trees, plus entertainer’s deck and seasonal creek. $1,299,000 #2845

and experience life, this home is for you! With 5 bedrooms (including 2 master suites), 4 baths, large loft area with game room and separate office, this striking interior is more than meets the eye. The luxurious master bedroom with exterior access features 2 walk-in closets, walk-in shower and jet tub. Opening to the large family room is a fabulous gourmet chef’s kitchen featuring granite counters, built-in stainless appliances, and an over-sized center island. The backyard is fabulous for entertaining, offering an in-ground pool with spa, rock slide, waterfall, built-in BBQ, surrounded by a large patio. $1,200,000 #2880

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Located on a cul-de-sac

close to shopping, hiking trails, and the municipal golf course. Three bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, approximately 2100 square feet. Newer area of San Luis Obispo with many large custom homes. Adjacent to open space with wild life sightings such as wild turkeys quite common. $680,000 #2877

Wood-Adorned Near Downtown SAN LUIS OBISPO – Quaint 2-bedroom, 1-bath

home on one of the best streets in SLO, just blocks from downtown and next to Madonna Mountain access. Recently revamped kitchen and bathroom, an extra room for a third bedroom or family room, and hardwood/laminate floors throughout. You will not find a better combination of price and location. It won’t last long. $389,000 #2871

SAN LUIS OBISPO – This gorgeous 3-bedroom,

3-bath home is near downtown San Luis Obispo, Madonna Mountain and Cal Poly but is set back on a private, about half-acre flag lot. A large, open living area includes oak floors, a fir ceiling and beams, pine cabinets and an abundance of light. The lot backs up to a year-round creek and provides views of Madonna Mountain. There’s about 700 sq. ft. of decking for entertaining. $989,000 #2827

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Fantastic location at the base of Bishop’s Peak for this four bedroom, two bath home. It has been recently painted, has updated flooring and bathrooms, new retaining wall, large bedrooms, located on an oversized corner lot with wonderful views and more! $539,000 #2878

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tom wilmer “I’d rather be looking at the world” By Susan Stewart


uick quiz: What profession finds one of its practitioners riding horseback through the Australian Outback, gliding down the Zambezi River in a dugout canoe, skimming a remote Canadian glacier in an airplane equipped with skis, reminiscing about Titanic’s ill-fated launch in Belfast, and chatting with Lapland’s authentic Santa Claus? No, he’s not the star of some extreme adventure reality show; he’s Tom Wilmer, award-winning travel writer and host of KCBX’s travel radio show, “Audiolog.” For some 23 years now, Wilmer has travelled the globe, bringing back thrilling tales, exotic photos, and priceless memories to share with the readers of dozens of magazines and newspapers, as well as his loyal local listeners at KCBX radio. Wilmer is also the author of three books, and in May, his third effort, The Wine Seeker’s Guide to Livermore Valley, won the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) third-place award for “Best Guidebook.” The awards honored outstanding outdoor writing, photography, video and radio broadcast work that appeared in 2010 from California and surrounding western states.

Tom at a Hopi Reservation

“Most of the members [of OWAC] are focused on hunting, hiking, and fishing … so I had my doubts whether they would even consider a wine book,” said Wilmer. “First and second place were appropriately awarded to hiking books; I was elated to learn I had won third.” Wilmer began his writing career as a copy boy for the Wall Street Journal’s West Coast edition. He had just finished a stint in the Air Force and was attending college in the Bay Area. But, having always loved adventure, he soon dropped out to find work on fishing boats in Canada’s Inland Passage and Kodiak, Alaska. He arrived in SLO County in 1978, where he began a “second” career in construction, starting as a carpenter in Cambria. From 1983 to 1987, Wilmer worked for a San Luis Obispo architecture firm as their construction manager, and then went to work for himself as a general contractor. To this day, he remains active as a builder, specializing in small client remodels and his own projects. For example, Wilmer was the general contractor for the Orchid Hill Winery tasting room in downtown Paso Robles. An adventurer in more ways than one, Wilmer began his radio show as an experiment he thought would last only a few months. “I was already going on assignments around the world for magazines and newspapers and it was a no-brainer to bring along a field recorder and try my hand at doing radio reporting,” he explained. “Here it is 21 years later, and I still love it.”

A lounging leapord in Botswana

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In fact, the show—which airs the last two Wednesdays of every month at 4 p.m.—won OWAC’s Best Radio Show, 2nd Place in 2006. “It has been an incredibly rewarding experience to report from the far corners of the world,” he said, citing such disparate assignments as Botswana’s Okavango Delta, aboard the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior II, and interviewing Robin Leach of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

A Shanghai pedi-cab in 1993



Locally, Wilmer was the international-destination travel columnist for Central Coast Magazine from 2003 through 2008, when the publication closed its doors. He lives in Morro Bay with his wife, Beth Saylor. A side benefit from one of his previous awards allowed him to finally take Beth with him to the land he calls OZ. Wilmer explains, “Of all my assignments, I am most proud of the ten-page feature in the Dallas-based Cowboys & Indians magazine about riding horseback in a six-day cattle drive … in the Australian Outback.” The

A Navajo horse poses with Tom

story won the grand prize, the Henry Lawson Travel Writing Award, bestowed by Tourism Australia/Qantas in 2006, and it came with a bonus: a $10,000 trip for two Down Under. Wine lovers can find Wilmer’s newest awardwinning book on Amazon and at Borders, but it’s also available at all the featured Livermore Valley wineries, as well as the Rose Hotel in downtown Pleasanton, owned—incidentally—by famed football coach John Madden. The book came about serendipitously, Wilmer says, as the result of a press trip to Livermore Valley for Wente Winery in 2009. Finding no other resource books on regional wineries for his stories, he decided to write one himself.

An Aussie Drover

“The entire process, from first interviews to receipt of books in hand was about twelve months,” he said.

Tom flies in a micro-light over Victoria Falls

His advice for fellow writers? Wilmer says there are wonderful local groups such as SLO Night Writers, but as he is in San Francisco frequently, he joined the Bay Area Travel Writers group and serves on their board of

directors. “They offer excellent monthly insights, and presentations by industry experts about surviving and thriving in the blindingly-fast media revolution—presently propelled by blogs, Apps, tweets, and web-based media platforms.” A quick Google search reveals convincing evidence that while Wilmer may not have started his own yet, he shows up often in other people’s blogs, from travel enthusiasts and wine aficionados to aspiring journalists and accomplished authors. Find out more about Tom Wilmer’s amazing career at www. where he states: “To be honest, I’d rather be looking at the world than having the world look at me.” A U G U S T

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nside the stately four-story mansion at Lennéstrasse 1 in Dresden Germany, a towering pine tree glittered with dozens of foil-wrapped candies, enhanced by the flicker of real candles carefully affixed to its branches. Long tables nearby were laden with gifts, each one bearing the names of the family and staff who were gathered there that Christmas Eve in 1936. Dressed in matching white outfits from head to toe, seven-year-old Gisela Maron and her six-year-old sister Ursula watched with mounting excitement as Reinhardt, the family chauffeur, lit the last candle and gathered the other servants together to await the arrival of the little girls’ parents, Margot and Rudolf Maron. Soon they would share their gifts, and then put on their winter coats for the annual train trip to Berlin, where Grandfather Fritz was waiting for the family’s Christmas Day arrival. Or so they were told. Exactly one month before, on November 25th 1936, the leaders of the Empire of Japan and Nazi Germany signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, an agreement directed against the Soviet Union that would “safeguard their common interests.” For three years now (since 1933, when Adolph Hitler came to power), the Nazi government had been systematically “removing” Jews from German society, first through fines, boycotts, vandalism, and assaults, and later through the Nuremberg Laws, signed in the fall of 1935. These laws prohibited marriage between Jews and non-Jewish Germans, and reduced all Jews to non-voting subjects rather than citizens. They also made “legal” the imprisonment of Rudolf Maron, the father of the little girls who were waiting for him to return home that life-changing Christmas Eve in 1936. His crime? Rudolf Gustav Maron, a successful banker from a wellknown and long-established family, had married Margot Selma Wallach in 1928, herself from a long-established, socially elite, and wealthy family. But because she was Jewish, Dr. Maron (who held a Ph.D. in law) was jailed for the third time in December of 1936. For the third time, his wealth and social standing “bought” him his freedom, this time by bribing a prison guard. But by now he could see the writing on the wall. So he put a plan into place to save his family from certain persecution and probable death – a plan that would be carried out before the new Christmas Day dawned. “Mami gave us each a beautiful doll that night,” Gisela remembers. “She told us they were from Opa, our grandfather, Fritz Wallach.” (Seven years later, Fritz Wallach would be shipped to Auschwitz and executed there; his brother Karl would be killed by the Nazi SS as he tried to cross the border into Switzerland.) It was after dark when the family of four climbed into their car, without Reinhardt, and drove—not to the train station—but to the town of Chemnitz, Southeast of Dresden, A U G U S T

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PEOPLE flat field, white with new snow. “Somewhere in the middle of the field, my father whispered ‘We’re free!’” Gisela said. “He knew we had crossed the border.”

Gisela at 7 in 1936

where there were relatives. “We arrived after dark, so they put us right to bed,” Gisela recalls. After a few hours rest, Dr. Maron hired a cab to pick them up and drive them to a tiny town on the border of Germany and the country then known as Czechoslovakia. When they arrived at the small hotel there, Rudolf instructed the cabby to take their luggage into the hotel. As soon as the driver disappeared through the front door, the little family fled out of the cab and into the cold winter night. Down, down, down, a steep snowy embankment they ran, mother and father grasping one little girl’s hand each, stopping at the shallow creekbed at the bottom to catch their breath. Then, into the freezing muddy water they went. “Mother told us to drop our dolls,” Gisela recalls. “And when I cried out my objection, she warned me that our father might be shot.” The little girls obeyed, now fearful as well as cold and wet, their pretty white dresses and party shoes ruined for good. Soon, they were running across a large,

The family walked on, along a road that paralleled the railroad tracks, hoping to find a farmhouse whose owners might take them in. But it was well past midnight, and there were no lights on anywhere. Finally, a train came along and Dr. Maron waived it down. Once aboard, he helped his daughters to peel off their sodden clothes so he could take them to the engineer’s car where it was hot enough to dry them. As Christmas Day finally dawned, the train stopped at a small Czech town where one of Rudolf’s former bank employees lived. There, the Maron family was welcomed inside, and were given their hosts’ big double bed to share. The next leg of their journey would have to wait; all four Marons came down with the flu and it would be days before they were well enough to travel. And thus began their new life—a life that would unfold in Holland, France, and eventually America. Between the close of 1936 and the end of World War II in 1945, the Maron family would endure a harrowing crossAtlantic journey, a mad scramble to obtain visas, and—when America entered the war in 1941—the invasion of their home on Long Island by the FBI, who suspected them of being enemy aliens. They would never again set foot in the gracious family home they’d left at Lennestrasse 1 that cold Christmas Eve in 1936. In fact, in the early weeks of 1945, the whole estate would burn to the ground during the relentless bombing raids that all but destroyed the beautiful Baroque city and Saxon cultural center that was Dresden. Now 82 years old and living in Los Osos, Gisela Maron Dawley remembers it all with vivid accuracy. But it is not the flight, nor the persecution, she dwells on. Instead, this habitually positive great-grandmother chooses to remember the good things: the raincoats she and her sister wore that matched the ones worn by Britain’s royal children; the little grey shipboard kitten she grew fond of during her family’s many trips between Marseilles and Rotterdam; the miniature hand-wrought copper dining room suite she received from her Dad on her tenth birthday; and the taste of fresh strawberries in winter, a treat she and Ursula were given from the famous street markets of Morocco.

The Maron Family in 1937. Back row (l-r): Margot Maron, Grandmother Dora, Rudolf Maron. Front row (l-r): Gisela Maron, Great-grandmother Bertha, sister Ursula.

Tied with silk ribbon and carefully preserved, a collection of now-fragile watercolors depicts the charmed childhood Gisela remembers on the estate in Dresden. Painted by her grand-


mother, Dora, the scrapbook-sized booklet of precious childhood memories was presented to her in 1935 as a gift, just a year before the flight from Germany. Here is the elegant, reddraped parlor where her great-grandmother Bertha received the little girls for tea. There is five-year-old Gisela pulling her little sister in a wagon. Here is the garden path, flanked by carefully planted rows of spring flowers. There is the sandbox, watched over by “Dadda,” their governess. Here are the stables and the grape arbor and the sheep. There is the sunny playroom with a cage full of canaries. Remarkably, Gisela shows not the slightest bitterness, nor even sadness, as she recalls the glowing scenes of her idyllic childhood, abruptly cut short by the maniacal ambitions of a racist leader. Rather, she has used the knowledge she acquired later about what happened—and why—to galvanize her own political life and to advocate for a more enlightened and engaged populace here in America. Gisela left her parents’ home at age 18 to marry a young man she’d met in college. She describes her life after that as “quite ordinary.” Set against an all-American backdrop of PTA meetings, Campfire Girls and Cub Scouts, Gisela raised her four children in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and eventually California. She took in sewing, planted flourishing gardens, and honed her cooking skills with a well-worn copy of the “Settlement” Cookbook. She obtained her degree and a teaching credential and began teaching art classes, first out of her home, and later in a real classroom. She made prom dresses for her daughters, designed and created artwork for the local television station, and got active with the largest organization for Republican women in the nation: Republican Women Federated (RWF). For more than half a century, through 12 presidential elections, Gisela has served on committees, boards, and precincts at the club, county, and state levels, with two stints as president of the local RWF. She was even elected to be a delegate at the Republican National convention in 1960. Determined not to repeat the complacency that led to the rise of Hitler (and other tyrants) in the years prior to World War II, Gisela is fiercely committed to being active in the political process. Believing in the philosophy that claims “bad things happen when good people stand by and do nothing,” Gisela has worked tirelessly to get out the vote and convince others to participate in the process of a free society in order that “we the people” can continue to shape our own destiny. A U G U S T

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Clint slaughter: M.D. for today’s times By Hilary Grant


hose of a certain generation might think these things about a medical doctor: he – always a he – calls his staff “the girls,” drives a shiny new Cadillac, and spends every Wednesday afternoon teeing off with other silver haired colleagues on a private golf course. Of course, times have changed – today, there are physicians like Clint Slaughter. An emergency room M.D. employed at French Hospital Medical Center and Arroyo Grade Community Hospital, 36-year-old Slaughter is not only passionate about his profession – he’s also a committed, green-thinking environmentalist. Writing viewpoints and other life observations in a spirited blog called The SEEP – shorthand for The Slaughter Environmental and Entertainment Preserve: Rants and Ravings about Society and the Environment – Slaughter does more than talk. Purposefully and mindfully, he walks the walk. Indeed, the East Coast transplant and SLO-town resident gets around by riding a bike or, if necessary, driving his bio-diesel fueled van – also known as the Vegfalia – or eight-year-old Volkswagen Jetta, which also runs on used restaurant oil. With spouse Laura, a registered nurse, at his side, Slaughter has also planted a backyard veggie garden with composting set-up, installed solar panels on his roof, and makes a point to support local business, such as organic farmers, who produce goods using responsible and sustainable methods. Additionally, Slaughter is chairman of the board of directors of ECOSLO, a member supported, local non-profit organization whose mission is to create a sustainable future for the Central Coast. “Here at The SEEP, we’re trying to reduce our impact on our planet,” says Slaughter. “We realize that it seems crazy to think that one family can make a difference in how our society is affecting the earth,” he continues.

Clint, Laura and son, Orion

“But, what would happen if everyone recycled, everyone rode their bikes when they could, and everyone bought their food and clothing from companies that use environmentally friendly methods?” Slaughter, too, has strong opinions about the future of his chosen profession. “It’s difficult to watch a broken health care system limp along, often delivering suboptimal care or no care, leaving the ER as the primary safety net for everyone,” he says. Adding that “it was heartbreaking” to see the public option eliminated in last year’s federal health care bill, Slaughter believes that its inclusion would have allowed affordable health care access to millions of currently uninsured Americans. Still, there are positives to being an emergency room doc. “We have many wonderful, gracious and polite patients,” says Slaughter. “That’s when being an ER physician is the most satisfying. You get to form brief yet meaningful relationships with people, and you get to truly feel that you’ve made someone’s day better, helped them battle their disease, or even saved their life. “As a career, the best part of what I do is that no matter how bad your day has been, no matter how chaotic your day has been, you can honestly say that you did your best to make people’s lives better in some way.” Born in Delaware to educators Frank and Betty, and also a grandson to carnival workers who traversed across the country during the Great Depression, Slaughter grew up wanting to be an astronaut. That focus had shifted by the time he was a teenager.


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who was also working at the French ER while waiting to be accepted into the Cuesta College nursing program. The two tied the knot five years ago on the beach in Cayucos, and are parents to two-year-old son Orion. Baby number two is expected this December. “Not only do we have visions of what we can do together – we’ve talked about opening a clinic in Mexico or traveling with Doctors Without Borders – we complement each other well,” says Slaughter. “Although, while I generally have multiple projects going on at one time – working in the garden, making bio-diesel fuel, doing home improvements – which often leaves a path of entropy behind me, Laura is organized and neat. “She has given up on the office and garage, but she keeps my mess to a reasonable level of social acceptability and keeps our house feeling like a home.” At least for now, Slaughter isn’t leaving the Central Coast anytime soon. Slaughter in the emergency room

“I was an athletic trainer in high school, often wrapping ankles for the basketball team before going to wrestling practice,” remembers Slaughter. “So, looking back, I was always interested in medicine.” Then, in his junior year, while wrestling, Slaughter broke his wrist. “It was that experience that made me want to go into sports medicine.” After managing “to eek out being valedictorian” of his high school, Slaughter was accepted into a seven year, combined Bachelor of Science/Medical Doctor program at The College of New Jersey (then called Trenton State College) and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, more often known as UMDNJ. (Slaughter also received a Masters Degree in Public Health this past March from online college Walden University, located in Minneapolis.)

“Being involved with this community not only allows us to know the people and parts of our home better, it allows us to make it a better place,” he says. “SLO is the first place where I’ve really invested myself and delved into community action and community service. “I’ve met so many incredible people this way that I would never have been introduced to otherwise… I’m very thankful for that.” Find out more about physician Clint Slaughter, including family photo slideshows, bio-diesel projects and thoughts on science and religion, at

Thinking at first that pediatrics might become his specialty, Slaughter was also able to spend one month at Johnson Space Center, in Texas, and another month at Kennedy Space Center, located in Florida, during his time at UMDNJ. “I still had childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut,” he says. “But eventually I determined that my lack of interest in ever living in Houston, and the low astronaut salary that would barely allow me to make my med school loan payments, wasn’t something I could work with.”

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Hadley osran Celebrating la guitarra By Natasha Dalton


his year marks the tenth anniversary of La Guitarra, the show hosted on the public radio station KCBX by Hadley Osran. It’s dedicated to classical guitar with an emphasis on contemporary guitarists and composers. Sharing music and interviewing musicians on his weekly show isn’t all that Hadley does in life. But, being a psychiatrist and a member of the Army Reserve by day, Hadley sees his volunteer work at the radio as a welcome diversion and a bit of a mission. The show is also a natural follow-up for his previous involvement with La Guitarra California – the Central Coast based bi-annual international festival of classical guitar music. I caught up with Hadley just a couple of days after his return from his tour in Kosovo – to turn the tables and ask him about music and its role in his life.

First of all, welcome back and congratulations on your show’s anniversary. How was Kosovo?

It was interesting. I’ve got a chance to visit a few places and even to lecture medical students in Pristina.

Let’s talk about your show. How did you, a physician, get involved with the radio?

How far back do you want to go? I actually started in high school in Barrington, Illinois, in the late ’70s. My school had a fifteen-watt FM radio station WBPR. It was different then, and it was difficult. One, it was always live. And two, we had all these records and a turntable, and you had to do it all just right. It was stressful. For years afterwards, when I’d get anxious, I’d have dreams about being at the radio station, where the record is running out, nothing is cued up, and I have to run out and get another record… At college, I also worked at a radio station. And I played classical guitar a little bit. Eventually, I put it all away, and only picked it up in 1997 after I moved here. Then I joined the Guitar Circle [now called the Central Coast Guitar Society] where I met Yolanda Waddell, whose daughter Marissa was the classical music director at KCBX. Marissa hooked me as a volunteer at some of the classical music shows. In 2001 Reed Gilchrist (who by then became the director of La Guitarra California Festival) and I started the show. After Reed passed away in 2004, I continued to do it on my own.

How would you describe your show?

It’s public radio, so there’s some latitude. At a commercial radio station you’d have a program director who’d be very clear as to what to play and how much of it to play, and it’s not so much fun. But public radio is great: you can play what you want to play. When I was trained by Marissa Waddell, she said: never more than 90 seconds of talking – or people would turn the channel. I follow her advice. Yet, I try to make the show educational. Now it’s easier to do: I have a laptop computer with my wireless and can quickly look things up. Maybe it’s a rare composer; maybe there’s nothing in the liner notes – now I can find more information. A U G U S T

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Osran at KCBX

My goal is not just to play music. There’re lots of stations that play classical music. On commercial stations in the big cities they always tell you who the composer is, who’s the conductor, etc. And I want to do more of this type of thing: talk about the composer and the piece if there’s anything special about it. It makes the show more interesting for the listener. For me, the fun part is bringing in the guests. Just sitting in the studio can get old, and I really like it when the guests can play live for me. The sound quality may not be as good in the studio, but people like to hear what the artists have to say about their music and their experiences.

What kind of a feedback do you get from your listeners?

Usually it’s about certain pieces or CDs. But I’ve heard that people like the show. I think that classical guitar is a gateway to classical music. If you play a classical guitar piece to a 20-year-old who hasn’t heard any classical music and thinks that he doesn’t like it, he’d say: ‘That’s pretty cool! How many guitarists is that?’ You go, ‘One.’ – ‘No, no way one guitarist can do all of that!’ – ‘Oh yeah, one guitarist.’ And he goes, ‘Wow, I like that.’ Throw away labels, and it’s just beautiful music.

Who books guests for your show?

I do, although it doesn’t mean that it makes it easier to interview them. For example, Tony Harman is very quiet. He is a great musician, but he is humble and doesn’t like to promote himself.

Who else is among your favorite musicians?

Jerry Garcia is my all-time favorite. Pepe Romero is another one. John Williams is the patriarch of modern classical guitar. He does a lot of African and Latin American music. In the last thirty or so years, classical guitar programs, which have become popular in universities, produced many great musicians. Every two years at our La Guitarra California Festival we see new young artists. Take Ana Vidovic. People call her the Croatian Sensation. She plays like a machine on steroids. Reed Gilchrist booked Ana when she was only eighteen, and now she is considered to be one of the best guitarists in the world. It blows my mind that these guys (and gals) can play so impeccably. I also like the bluegrass artist Alison Krauss.

In these past ten years, what was your most exciting show?

I don’t know about the most exciting, but I can tell you which were the worst ones. Those were the first couple of shows (that Reed Gilchrist and I hosted together). We were advised to write down everything that we were going to say. So we brought those scripts, and we’d read: “Hi

PEOPLE Actually, I don’t listen to a whole lot of guitar music unless I’m preparing for the show.

What are your plans regarding the future of the show?

I gave myself ten years to see what comes of it. I still enjoy it, so I’ll still do it for a while. My fans keep me going. By now I’ve built a home collection of about 400 CDs; I also use


the station’s and festival’s material. I know that I do have a following. People come up to me and say, ’We wait around our radio all week for your show.’ Or, ‘Thanks for doing such a good job.’ So when I’m thinking about quitting the show, I’m also thinking about these people: I feel I’d be letting them down. To learn more about Hadley’s show, go to

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Reed.” – “Hi Hadley.” – “How are you doing?” – “Good.” – “Ok. Let’s start with…” and we went like that, reading very slowly. And then we decided: no more scripts! – and it all became more natural. We had some interesting shows; some exciting live guests. We had the Cal Poly Guitar Ensemble, for example. These kinds of shows take more work, but they are also more fun to do. The first shows are the most memorable because we were just trying to figure out what to do. But eventually we settled into a comfortable pattern.

Whose performances are you looking forward to at the upcoming La Guitarra California? Pepe Romero’s, of course. He is simply amazing. I brought my daughter to hear him play in 2009, and she couldn’t stop raving about him. She’s heard dozens of concerts since she was born: I organize home concerts and she’s heard many world class musicians, literally, in our own living room. Most of the performers who’d been here before, love coming back. Last time I checked, there’re only four people doing this type of radio show. There’s a syndicated show called Classical Guitar Alive, but otherwise, there’re only a few people dedicated to doing a classical guitar program on public radio. So my show is pretty rare and it has developed a lot of fans in our area.

Besides guitar, what kind of music do you like?

Basically, I just like music (except for rap and hip-hop). I’m a huge fan of the Grateful Dead. A U G U S T

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Mike Stanton Now The SLO Country Club is better than ever By Susan Stewart


ith a reputation for generosity that’s almost as legendary as the famously “generous” sandwiches he’s been serving up for 22 years at Gus’s Grocery, Mike Stanton has found the perfect job. In January of 2009, Stanton agreed to a six-month contract as a consultant for the San Luis Obispo Country Club. But he soon discovered that the “new” economy demanded some changes in the way things had always been done – and he was asked to stay on as permanent General Manager and COO for the club.

“I feel very strongly about giving back to the community that gives me my living.” Mike Stanton overseeing the changes at the SLO Country Club

A local guy from the word go, Stanton moved to San Luis Obispo with his family in 1963, when he was just four years old. He graduated from Morro Bay High School and attended Cuesta College. His talent on the golf course won him a scholarship to Weber College in Utah, where he graduated in 1982 with degrees in design and photography. Stanton promptly returned to SLO, opened a retail photography business downtown, and eventually went to work as a manager for F. McLintock’s. His marriage to Gus’s Grocery owner Ellen Brooks in 1991 marked the next step in a long career in food service, as well as the start of a strong, behind-the-scenes devotion to the support of youth programs and local charities. For years, Stanton has given generously to local schools, Cal Poly sports teams, Life Steps Foundation, and Festival Mozaic. He has also The Stanton girls: Caitlin and Claire

supported the Arthritis Foundation, Hospice, and Mission College Prep and has served tirelessly on service boards and committees, most recently the SLO Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee and on the membership committee for the California State Club Managers Association of America. “I feel very strongly about giving back to the community that gives me my living,” he said in a 1997 interview. Mike and Ellen have two teenage daughters, Caitlin 15, and Claire 13. They are both straight-A students and are active in FFA and 4H. The Stantons understand the growing importance of family life in America as parents strive to become more involved with their children’s lives, to find things they can enjoy doing together. Which is why, Stanton says, we are seeing such a dramatic shift in the way country clubs are now being run. “Up until about ten years ago, country clubs used to cater mainly to older men,” he explained. “Today, with more women in the work force than men, and with more young couples than ever making up the memberships, the model has changed to be much more inclusive of families. And the economy only sped that up.” So, in addition to the other upgrades, restorations, and changes, the Club has initiated a plethora of programs and events especially for families, ushering in a brand new era at the San Luis Obispo Country Club. Today, members can enjoy all the amenities they have come to expect from a first class club, as well as strong Junior Golf and Junior Tennis programs, sleep-overs, outdoor events, pumpkin carving, bingo nights, and the always-popular cardboard boat races every 4th of July. Stanton is overseeing restoration of all the bunkers currently on the course, saluting his “excellent” superintendent, Joe Tompkins,


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PEOPLE limited number of openings left. As of press time, there were only 9 golf memberships and 6 tennis memberships left to fill. “It used to be that country club members really valued the exclusivity,” said Stanton. “Now it’s about enjoyment for all members of the family.”


Few people are better positioned to foster this shift than Mike Stanton. A long record of community involvement, a marriage that just celebrated its 20th anniversary, a successful career in food service, and two decades as a competitive golfer, make the match between Mike Stanton and the San Luis Obispo Country Club as rare as a hole-in-one.

8th Annual Hit & Giggle Golf Tournament Mike Stanton playing the final round in the 1981 Division One National Championship at the Stanford University Golf Course.

for directing that so well. They will also be adding 600 square feet to the dining room, which has become necessary after revamping dining operations under executive chef Troy Tolbert and food and beverage manager John Mundell. The swimming pool, open year-round, has been recently re-plastered and now features new furniture and resort-like amenities. And tennis pro Bill Dunkel and assistant pro Paige Esparza are doing a “stupendous” job engaging new members, starting leagues, and running the popular junior tennis program.

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“We’ve become a high energy, fun, and healthy place,” said Stanton, “and both membership and participation is way up.” In fact, the club now has members from all over the county, not just the city of SLO. With a 5,000-square-foot Fitness Center on the way, and the increasingly popular wine dinner nights, it’s no wonder there are only a

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Frances margaret milne Bits and pieces of our first librarian By Naomi Hoffman


eet Frances Margaret Milne and hear a bit about her life and her prose and poetry. One hundred years ago she was our first librarian at the then new Carnegie library. She is a bit of an unknown in our San Luis Obispo history but in her era she was known to the world at large. Because she was a modest and unassuming woman she might be surprised at our interest in her life.

Throughout her life she dedicated herself to bringing justice and truth into the world. Whether it was to ensure women’s rights and the vote for women or the plight of child labor, her concern was for the masses. Because she had experienced poverty first-hand as a child, she knew the importance of its effects on people’s lives. She aligned herself with causes that would uplift society. We know of these ideals because of her writings and her association with leading thinkers of the day. Born in Northern Ireland in 1846 and brought to Pennsylvania at the age of three, her family, like most immigrants, had come in search of a better life but struggled with both poverty and tragedy.


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HOME/OUTDOOR Originally from a family of nine children, by adulthood, Frances had only a single brother, Robert Tener. Most of the details of her life have been swallowed up by time but we know that the family moved to San Francisco and at 32, she married lawyer James Proven Milne and moved to San Luis Obispo. James died in 1893 when she was 47 after 15 years of marriage. Frances had a home on the corner of Palm and Chorro near the Carnegie Library. She had been a librarian of the Free Public Library here since 1898 and then became librarian of the new Carnegie Library when it opened in 1905. Frances died in San Luis Obispo in 1910. Her gravesite is unknown. She was successful enough in her prose and poetry to be included in Who’s Who in America in 1902, along with Louisa May Alcott. She began writing as a teenager at home and soon had a piece published by the Cincinnati Christian Standard. Perhaps because of sensitivity to the loss of so many children in her own family, she wrote many of her first books for children. Her mother was a strong influence in her life as she states in the dedication to her book For Today ...“To my darling Mother, from whose lips I first learned of liberty and truth...” Except for two years as a teenager, Frances was educated at home. Her knowledge of economics was impressive and it coincided with the philosophy of her mentor James Barry, the progressive publisher of The Star, a San Francisco newspaper. In 1885 she sent a piece of her poetry to him hoping it would be published. He admired it, published the poem, and began a lifelong friendship with her. He even named one of his sons with the middle name of “Milne.” Unusual for today, they addressed each other as “Sister” and “Brother.” As publisher of The Star, James Barry was a very influential force in San Francisco politics. A law credited to his efforts was called “Barry’s Law” which made it legal to criticize the judiciary! Some of Frances’ letters to James Barry are available from the Bancroft Library at U.C. Berkeley. Her writings are strikingly personal in nature. She wrote the essay “Alturia” about an encounter she had with a woman on a San Francisco cable car. It started out as an unpleasantness and ended with a reconciliation and Frances rhapsodizing about the goodness of humanity. Her writing style is not what we are accustomed to today. She uses words no longer in fashion, such as “Hark,”

“Thee,” “Tho” and “Ye.” A simple reading of some of the titles of her works will give an indication of her basic message. Titles such as “Freedom Calls.” “The Tramp,” and “These Little Ones” all speak of her passion for the underdog and equality for mankind. Her works are still being published today and can be found on the Internet. Frances’ search for justice was also stimulated by the book Progress and Poverty, written by Henry George in 1877. He argued that the gap between the rich and the poor could be closed by replacing the various taxes on capital and labor with a single tax on the value of property. This theory held “that everyone owned what he or she created but that everything found in nature, most appropriately land, belongs equally to all humanity.” It was a work that fostered the growth of socialism worldwide. This movement was called “The Single Tax” theory and his book sold more copies than the Bible the year it was published but is now largely forgotten. Henry George was so popular that 100,000 people attended his funeral in 1897. Milne and George met on a ship going to Europe and their admiration was mutual. She wrote an elegy for him titled “He Kept the Faith.”


of the Village” in which she laments the fact that with the railroad coming, her town would no longer be the sleepy village that she had known. Her last poem, written in pencil, three days before she died, shows how talented she was, because it was so spontaneous. The original shows few words crossed out or changes made. She called it “Gathered Into His Care” and said that the “Lord of the Harvest” gathers all into his care. Frances was a loving and God-fearing woman, a credit to her community and one who deserves to be remembered. She had an ambitious and adventurous mind. How many women of her era in such a small country town were so talented and involved in the hope for the progress of human rights? She wrote story after story about the ideals for civilization that we are still struggling to achieve. A fitting memorial to this remarkable woman would be to work toward the causes she held dear. It would please her to know that her ideals of social justice were being carried forward in our own time.

Leading the way as usual, Frances was a Vice President of our local suffrage organization, “The San Luis Political Equity Club.” This group was dedicated to combating elements of society that wanted to confine women to “the rolling pin and the washtub,” and as the newspaper said at the time, “the women of this city – wives and mothers – know what they want, and propose to attain it, if open argument and honest effort can attain it.” Because of efforts like these, we are now able to celebrate 100 years of the women’s right to vote in California. Another cause that group promoted was the “Australian Ballot.” This movement resulted in the adoption of the secret ballot as a part of our own voting system. Why should we care about this life? It encourages us to seek social justice in our own lives and to speak up for what we believe. A small room that had been Frances’ office in the Carnegie Library, now the History Center of San Luis Obispo County, is dedicated to her memory, her literature and her good works. Go to this little room and read the book For Today to see her ideas in print. There are copies there of more of her works, including a poem called “The Passing A U G U S T

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Get Smart About Ceiling Fans By Statepoint Media


re you getting hot under the collar about rising energy costs? If so, it’s probably time to evaluate how you keep your home cool. With the right knowledge you can keep cool and save money, all while enhancing your home’s appearance. For example, ceiling fans use less energy than air conditioners and add character to rooms. When used exclusively or with an air conditioner set at a higher-than-usual temperature, ceiling fans are a great power and money saver. “For greatest energy efficiency, choose a new ceiling fan with a DC motor,” says Jeff Dross, corporate director of education and

industry trends for Kichler Lighting, manufacturer of decorative interior and exterior lighting, ceiling fans and other home accessories. “Then move your thermostat to a warmer temperature and let your ceiling fans do the rest of the cooling. Your electric bill will be a lot more affordable.” Ceiling fans can also save you money on heating costs in cooler months. By circulating air, the fans push warm air, which rises, back down into the room. For rooms with high ceilings, use a down rod to position the fan closer to the living space. But don’t be fooled into thinking that a bigger, more powerful motor is better. The motor should be the right size for the fan. Longer blades with a greater pitch require more power than shorter blades situated at less of an angle. Many ceiling fans also feature single or multiple lights that can be used to supplement room light. But don’t make your fan your room’s only light source. Layers of light, created by task and accent lighting, are best for creating beautiful, functional spaces. For outdoor locations, semi-enclosed patios and even for bathrooms, look for fans that are approved for use in damp or wet locations. These fans often feature stainless steel mounting hardware, a hot dip galva-

nized undercoat, a special finish that resists weathering, and blades of a composite material rather than wood so they won’t deteriorate and will last for years. But you don’t have to focus solely on function when choosing fans. Fan styles today range from Victorian and Old World to sleek modern or contemporary. “Your fan should reflect the design of the room and its tones, styles and finishes,” Dross says. “Hand-hammered looks and burnished, antique brass finishes are very popular today, as are other metallics and black.” Knowledgeable lighting showroom employees can also help you choose. For more information on ceiling fans visit www. With the right knowledge you can create a comfortable and energy-efficient home.


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Southern BBQ black eyed peas By Sarah Hedger


ugust brings a plethora of summer produce to the markets offering the ability to incorporate more local flavor with ease. With everything from melons, berries, corn, basil, tomatoes, garlic, grapes, nectarines and peaches to choose from, there is no question we are spoiled with options! While there are many notable fruits and veggies in season in August, the one item that stands out in my mind is not a fruit or vegetable at all, but the iconic barbecue as it provides one of the simplest ways to prepare what is in season. It is easy to whip up grilled veggies for a salad, pizza (last month’s recipe), or some ethically grown local meat. The barbecue also offers the added bonus of a great way to cook outdoors, without heating up the (already warm) house. While there is the mainstay gas and charcoal barbecues to choose from, we recently have begun adding a small piece of wood (a piece of a used

wine barrel works best as it also has a lovely essence of wine left in the oak) directly on top of a low flame, enabling it to gently smoke and infuse whatever it is we are barbecuing. It adds another level of smokiness that is charming and with little effort. Instead of focusing on the variety of seasonal items used for mains, this month’s recipe, Southern BBQ Black Eyed Peas, is a simple side that goes with just about anything on or off the barbecue. Whether you enjoy a mountain of grilled veggies or some delicious grilled ribs, these black eyed peas will complete any meal with little effort. This

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recipe offers the option of starting from cans (of beans) or going even closer to the source and starting with dried black eyed peas. If you usually reach for the convenience of the can, I encourage you to break out of your comfort zone and go for the dried (bean) version this time. While it adds one (simple) step, it enables the beans to absorb as much of the soulful BBQ flavors as possible. Soaking the beans in advance allows the beans to cook evenly as well as being rumored to cut down on ‘emissions’ (a good Mythbusters experiment perhaps?). The night prior to making this recipe simply placed the black eyed peas in a bowl, cover with water, and that is the extent of the soaking process (it can also be done the morning of as well, but 6-8 hours is a proper soak). Prior to cooking, the beans are drained, rinsed, and ready to use. Easy! Aside from having a reputation of bringing good luck, black eyed peas hail from the abundantly healthy legume family. Best known for their fiber, they are also high in folate, calcium, and Vitamins A & C. Southern BBQ Black Eyed Peas offers a light, healthy/nutritious side while carrying the flavor (and soul) of a good barbecue. This recipe has what most of us equate to a good barbecue – a little sweetness, a little smokiness, a little spice, and a whole lotta love. Enjoy them with your favorite barbecue meal and you’ll find yourself reaching for one more scoop.

SOUTHERN BBQ BLACK EYED PEAS For the BLACK EYED PEAS: 2 T. olive oil 1 T. cumin seeds 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely minced 1 large sweet organic carrot (or two small ones), cut into ½ moons 1 jalapeno, finely minced (preferably a red jalapeno) 2 bay leaves 2 cups dried black eyed peas, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed (or 2 cans of black eyed peas, rinsed) 1 T tomato paste 2 T ketchup 1 T Dijon mustard ½ T. adobo sauce (from canned chipotle) or ½ chipotle w/adobo if you like a lot of heat 8 cups of hot water (or enough to cover bean mixture by an inch) 2 T. apple cider vinegar 1 tsp sea salt *Tabasco or other hot sauce to finish Place olive oil in medium sized soup pot over medium high heat. When oil is hot (20-30 seconds), add cumin seeds and let sizzle for a quick minute or until aromatic. Add onion, garlic, carrot, jalapeno, bay leaves and sauté for 10-15 minutes until opaque and beginning to brown. Add black eyed peas, tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, adobo sauce and enough hot water to cover pea mixture by an inch. Bring to boil, give a good stir. Reduce heat, cover with lid and simmer for 1 ½ or 2 hours (until peas are cooked through). Check on liquid mid way and if it gets lower than beans, add a little more hot water. *Note if you are using canned beans, this time is reduced to 30 minutes as you don’t need to cook the peas*. When peas are cooked, add cider vinegar and salt and give a good stir. Taste and if needed, add more salt to your liking and if you’re looking for a little more sweetness, feel free to add a tablespoon of honey or brown sugar. * Note that I pureed roughly half the mixture to give a heartier overall consistency. *Feel free to email me at if you have any food-related questions.



SLO county art scene THE CALIFORNIA SCULPTURE SLAM By Muara C. Johnston


he Central Coast Sculptors, an affiliate of the San Luis Museum of Art, presents a juried exhibition of fine sculpture by California artists in the Museum of Art’s Gray Wing August 12 – September 30, 2011.


The opportunity to see a large number of current works by sculptors is almost impossible in today’s Museum and Gallery environment. The California Sculpture SLAM is a rare chance to enjoy some of the best and brightest artists on the West Coast scene. The open invitation, without restriction or adherence to restrictive thematic guidelines, has inspired an extraordinary collection of works. From pedestal, free-standing, and wall-mounted pieces, the 64 works, selected from 45 artists, include designs crafted of metal, wood, stone, glass, and other media.


Charles Arnoldi is the juror of the exhibition. Mr. Arnoldi selected the artwork from artists residing throughout California. Mr. Arnoldi is a world-renown contemporary artist working in Venice, California. His career began in New York when he took the opportunity to view works by Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Observing their smudges, smears, and imperfections, he sensed that he too was capable of such work, and decided to attend art school. After attending the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, he abandoned his formal education and completed his training through his art practice. Mr. Arnoldi began using actual tree branches as a compositional

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Huttle up “summertime, and the living is easy.” (George Gershwin) By Bob Huttle


myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town.” (Diane Ackerman). Well, I don’t know about those Midwestern smells but here on the Central Coast we have fragrances that simply evoke our sense of home. Here’s a list of eight that waft over us in August:

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1. Wood smoke from just about any BBQ pit or grill that is fired up, ready to add hamburgers, hot dogs, tri tip, chicken, beef or pork ribs, beans, garlic bread, or sausage. The altered smoke now becomes the residue of the flame, a crowd begins to gather and, before you know it, a community of eaters relaxes, mostly silent for awhile, as the sun lowers and the evening begins. It’s the smell that attracts the curious.

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t’s August on the Central Coast and are we lucky or what? There’s no place else I’d rather be than here, in the heat shimmers of the day and cool, calming whispers of the night. Because Darrylin and I don’t have to worry about “our summer vacation” from school any longer (faithful readers will know that we have entered our second year of official “retirement”), we have decided that traveling extensively is best done in the fall, winter, or spring. We intend to anchor ourselves pretty much to home for now.

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COMMUNITY 2. Just-picked fruits, vegetables, and flowers at any farmers’ market. You’ll get to the tastes soon enough but it’s that first fragrance that pulls the money out of your wallet. Ahhh...that peach, nectarine, lemon, strawberry, apricot, kiwi, or cherry, naturally perfumed from the fields or trees. Or that bunch of basil, a ball of Dr. Lou’s mozzarella (the BEST, anywhere), and San Marzano tomatoes, the smells of the caprese salad before the tastes that maybe take you back to that small trattoria, with the outside tables on the piazza cobblestones in Siena, Italy. Or a colorful bunch of sweet peas that acts as a natural deodorant in your house after your summer guests have stayed a few too many days. 3. Coconut-scented sun block at Avila, Pismo, Morro Bay, or Cayucos beaches. It’s impossible to make your way from the parking lot to your special spot on the sand without smelling that wonderful fragrance of Hawaiian Tropic or Coppertone lotion. While you are firmly anchored to the California scene, your imagination might freely roam to Tahitian, Cote d’Azur, or Mexican Riviera destinations. 4. And while we’re at the beach, how about the siren scent of the ocean, all salt, kelp, and fish? Once you get past the tropical sunscreen, the world of the sea opens to your nostrils. Close your eyes. Inhale. You can’t be anywhere else. How blessed are we to have wonderful beach playgrounds right here on the Central Coast? Visitors from around the world make these their destination spots. When they leave, we fortunate residents remain behind. We can go anytime we want. 5. Manure and Kettlecorn at the Mid State Fair. I suppose you can’t get two more dissimilar aromas in one place, but the fair mixes them in equal parts. I suggest you first visit the livestock pens. Here you’ll see the cream of the crop of America’s youth putting their lovingly-maintained lambs, pigs, cows, and horses through their paces in hopes of achieving “Grand Champion” status. That pungent manure smell fills the air but you have to realize it’s all part of the atmosphere that comes with the territory (by the way, I contend that if you want to run any organization effectively, from the White House on down, fill your ranks with FFA alumni and the job will be well-done). Leave the livestock arena and head over to the Kettlecorn booth, where salt, sugar, and butter aromas attract you. Whoever dreamed up this combination to flavor popcorn was a genius. You’re hooked before you take the first bite. I dare you to not eat the whole bag by yourself.

6. Go to any local wine-tasting room, and check out the scents swirled from your glass: tobacco, leather, stone fruit, freshly-mown grass, black cherry, cedar, and white pepper on the nose. Seriously? Read the back of the bottles. I’m not making this up. 7. Arabica waves greeting you as you enter Starbucks, Peets, Blackhorse, Kreuzberg, Steynberg Gallery, Linnaea’s, Nautical Bean, Sally Loo’s, Westend, or Higher Groundz coffee shops. Are we lucky or what to have so many great places to drink coffee in San Luis


Obispo? Before you take that first sip, you’re assaulted by coffee essence as you open the front doors. There is no mistaking where you are. If you don’t want coffee, turn around, head for the exit, and shorten the line. August on the Central Coast. American poet William Carlos Williams asserted that “In summer, the song sings itself.” Our song’s melody is accompanied by the distinct scents of our lovely locale. Savor these last weeks of summer and delight in the magical elixir of our favored place.

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Our Schools: Preparing for the start of school By Dr. Julian Crocker, County Superintendent of Schools


tudents will be back in school by the end of this month to begin the 2011-12 school year. There are some actions that parents can take now to prepare their students to have a successful school experience from the first day of school. Our local schools have had to make significant reductions because of reduced state funding and it is even more important for parents to increase their attention to helping their children be successful in school. Unfortunately, students will return to more crowded classes than last year and with fewer teachers available to provide extra assistance. Schools will be depending on parents to assume even more responsibility for assisting their children to be successful in school this year. Here are some suggestions for parents and families to do in order to meet this increased responsibility. 1. Be An Example of Reading. Perhaps the most effective step that a parent can take to assist children to be successful in school is to read to them as young children, and to continue to read with them as they grow older. Let children see you reading instead of watching television or checking email. It may be easier to take a passive role and let the computer become the teacher, but a more active role as an adult reader provides greater educational benefits for your children. 2. Be An Example of Life-Long Learning. When our children, of any age, see us reading, using the public library, exploring new ideas, involved in civic affairs, discussing current events, or using the electronic media to research topics, they see a commitment to learning. We know that adult behavior is more contagious for children than what adults tell children. The old adage that “actions speak louder than words” has truth. Never underestimate the value of modeling desired behavior for children and youth.

3. Make Learning Relevant. Take advantage of everyday events to show children the value of education. For example, use the trips to the supermarket to explain unit pricing (math), or have children sound out the names of cereals (reading), or talk about where the different items of produce may come from (geography). Also, search for examples of how your own education and training is used in your job. Anytime adults can bridge the gap between academics and the “real world” it makes education more meaningful for children. Relevance is a very important motivator in any learning situation. 4. Support Learning Beyond the Classroom. An obvious way to demonstrate your support for education is to encourage the regular completion of assigned homework. This encouragement can range from providing an appropriate place to study and complete assignments to becoming actively engaged in the periodic discussions of the assignments. With a greater number of students in classes this year, teachers will have less time for individuals. Therefore, parent help with homework becomes even more important for student success. 5. Reward Success. Building self-confidence is one of the best gifts a parent can give to a child. We know that rewarding success is one of the most effective means to encourage self-confidence. Words of praise are powerful tools for building self-confidence, which leads to students taking on new challenges and expanding their own learning opportunities. Successes don’t have to be just in schoolwork, but in helping someone else, taking a clear message from someone and giving it to another, or help in programming the remote control. The point is that children want the approval of their parents and we should never underestimate the power of that approval. 6. Be An Advocate for Effective Schools. Children should see their parents as being interested in what happens in school. This can range from simply asking your child about school, to becoming directly involved by volunteering and participating in the development of school policies and governance. Parents should not be reticent about questioning school practices and policies that do not seem to support the learning for every student. Finally, parents can take an active role in questioning candidates for public office about their viewpoint and ideas for public education. A commitment from parents and other adults to helping children be successful in school is a duty that one generation has to the next. This commitment needs to be renewed as a new school year begins.

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history – SlO’s first doctor

William W. hays M.D. By Lawrence A. Vredevoe


ew people had a more profound influence on life during the early years of San Luis Obispo than William W. Hays. Born on October 22, 1837 in Sharpsburg, Maryland, Hays graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1858. He then entered Georgetown University Medical School. He was a third generation physician in his family. While in medical school, he supported himself by working part-time as a meteorologist for the recently established Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. It was not uncommon in that period for medical students to also have an interest in weather observation, an avocation that he pursued throughout his life. As Hays completed his medical studies in 1861, the Union was beginning to disintegrate. Several southern states had seceded starting in January, and Ft. Sumter was captured by Confederate forces in April, formally starting the Civil War. At the urging of his mother, Hays joined the Union Army in 1862 as an Assistant Surgeon serving in local field hospitals. Complicating his loyalty to the Union was his love for a charming Virginia woman, Sarah Susan Parks. They married in 1862, but her sympathies remained with the South and she did not like living in the North, especially Washington. Hays felt the best solution was to transfer to a more “neutral” location. He accepted assignment as surgeon with the 6th Regiment California Volunteer Infantry, headquartered at the Presidio in San Francisco. Dr. Hays served at several locations throughout California, including Catalina Island, and became familiar with the central coast. Hays mustered out of the Army in 1865 as a Major. At the time, he and Sarah had two baby daughters, Georgianna and Alice, and desired to remain in California. Hays suffered from the ravages of tuberculosis that had afflicted him in his early years. Because of this he felt better in a warm, dry climate. From his tours of duty and meteorological studies throughout California, he concluded that the climate in San Luis Obispo was ideal for him. Furthermore, the small community was in desperate need of a trained physician, there being none in permanent residence in the rapidly growing county. The 1860 census reported a total county population of less than 2,000; just ten years later the number was nearly 5,000. The city became noted as an overnight stagecoach stop on the route from Los Angeles to San Francisco during these pre-railroad days.



ah Hays was the first English speaking woman to take up residence in the town (and only the second in the county). Most of the population was Spanish or Indian, but Sarah was well liked by the community and they referred to her as Dona Sarah. After moving to San Luis Obispo, the Hays had two more children, Helen and Eric. Along with valuable experience in the treatment of such endemic diseases as typhoid fever, cholera, diphtheria, dysentery, and tuberculosis, as well as the treatment of trauma, he had also become familiar with the use of anesthetics (chloroform and ether). These skills gained him high respect with the community and made him the most sought after physician in the county. He used his Monterey Street house as his first office, however most care was rendered at his patients’ homes. Hays used a team of matched white horses and a carriage that he stabled at the rear of the Mission, and as recently as 1960 a local octogenarian reminisced on seeing Hays riding in his buggy. Hays later established offices at other locations and also built a new two-story Victorian home “way out in the country” near the Grand Avenue entrance to Cal Poly. While this second home is long gone, a nearby street is named in his honor. In addition to being highly respected for his medical skills, Hays became widely involved in civic affairs, which will be the subject of a future article. For many people, Hays’ greatest accomplishment was the building of the first County Hospital. He headed a committee established by the County Supervisors in 1874 to develop a plan, and locate a site, for a much needed public hospital to serve all the residents of the county. The first County Hospital opened its doors in 1879, and prior to this the only hospitals in the county were small facilities that served mainly the well-to-do population. The poor population was left to charity care in their homes by the few physicians, such as Dr. Hays, who were willing to attend to them. Hays provided much of his services to the poor population without reimbursement, making the entry on his books “charge to the treasury of heaven.” Hays developed a close relationship with his son, and was devastated when Eric died suddenly in 1898. The loss, and the stress of his demanding life, brought out his one demon – alcoholism. His heavy drinking started during his days as an Army surgeon, probably to help soothe the daily trauma he had to deal with while treating Civil War injuries. The drinking haunted him throughout his career but became more severe after the loss of his son. One by one his family members left him because of his alcoholism. Sarah and two of her daughters (Alice and Helen) moved away to Hagerstown, Maryland. His other daughter, Georgianna (Ballard), lived in Creston, and her daughter taught in the San Luis Obispo schools for many years. William Hays died alone in his home on Hays Street on July 3, 1901. A sad ending for a great man who not only provided quality medical care to the people of San Luis Obispo, but also played such an important role in the development of the city in its early years. But the legacy left by William W. Hays will never be forgotten. My appreciation to San Luis Obispo City Historian/Archivist Joseph Carotenuti for providing valuable information from the city archives. Also used as resources for this article were Lynne Landwehr’s Medical History of San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo County Medical Society records, and research by local physician/historian Billy Mounts M.D.

In 1866 the Hays family took up residence in an adobe home, still standing today at 642 Monterey Street, just south of the Mission. SarA U G U S T

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Pollard entering SLO in 1850 Sketch by Wm. Rich Hutton

history Part 2

Samuel adams pollard By Joseph A. Carotenuti


young Virginian emulating so many before him set out from New Orleans to seek his fortune in the newly discovered goldfields of California. Instead, the violence of the new frontier – exampled by the wilds of San Francisco – proved gold wasn’t his answer…but goods. When Samuel Adams Pollard, by chance or design, came to the center of the future state in 1849, San Luis Obispo had little to offer – except opportunity. That he grasped and soon became the master of his destiny rather than a seeker of fortune provides a vivid insight into the community’s earliest life. His story continues. Pollard was not a stranger to courage or adventure. A stint in the Mexican-American War including losing part of a finger in battle and a grueling trip across the Mexican mainland simply made seeking a new life on the central coast an “exciting” venture. If he were to begin a new life selling merchandise, a store was required and there weren’t any in the settlement – so he had one built on the northwest corner of today’s Monterey and Chorro Streets. It was – in his words – “the first one opened.” Indeed, its opening was a noteworthy event celebrated by a grand ball “the like of which had never before been seen in the county.” For years afterwards, it was fondly remembered as “el baile grand de San Luis Obispo.” Guests included “all of the old patriarchs” – including John Wilson, William Dana, and Francisco Branch. Pollard remembered that “these rough featured, unrefined and oldish looking men” have “such young and handsome women as their wives.” Within a few years, he would count one as his father-in-law. Construction proved expensive. A “Mexican architect” (adobe maker) received a handsome salary of “$16 per day in gold” and the “mud professor who made and toted mud got $5 a day.” The end result was a store but no funds to buy merchandise. The intrepid entrepreneur soon devised a plan. It seems the first District Judge, Henry A. Tefft, would have to go to San Francisco to collect $3000 in salary. “There were no stages or steamers and seldom a schooner” to the north which meant “a lonely mule ride nearly 300 miles.” Pollard failed to mention it was also a dangerous, often deadly, trip as outlaws roamed the unsettled county. If the judge would agree to allow his salary to be used to buy merchandise…at no interest, Pollard would endure the trip. Thus, stock was made available…including 100 cases of cognac and a wheelbarrow which made local history. Pollard recalled years later that a cholera epidemic left many victims unburied “in the old adobe house back of the old Mission building.” A U G U S T

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He may have been referring to today’s Youth Center and the former site of the kitchen. Undoubtedly, the stench was not conducive to the new business. “We could get no one to handle the dead, but as disasters make heroes, we found one in old man William Breck” who agreed to cart off the dead for burial near Morro and Buchon Streets. His fee was a bottle of cognac per body. Pollard proudly remembered, “So old man Breck was San Luis Obispo’s first undertaker and the first hearse…was my wheelbarrow.” About the same time, Pollard himself became an eyewitness to history when he met fellow Virginian Major Robert Garnett. The chance meeting happened when the Edith ran aground near Port Sal in August 1849. The screw sail vessel had been sent to bring delegates to the first Constitutional Convention in Monterey. Pollard witnessed “a regular picnic going on” as the locals helped themselves to the ship’s supplies described as the “very best.” Pollard invited the Major back to San Luis Obispo and over the next few weeks watched as Garnett designed the State Seal. “A splendid specimen of the whole-souled Southerner,” Garnett resigned his commission at the outbreak of the Civil War, joined the Confederate forces and was an early casualty of the national calamity. The new merchant was not content with waiting for customers. Since the mail carrier stopped at his store, Pollard became the first postmaster. In 1850, he was appointed County Recorder, followed a few months later as a Justice of the Peace (pro-tem), Deputy Treasurer, and then was called upon by the local court to display his legal abilities as District Attorney. Pollard relates: “…there was not a qualified lawyer in the county…only one other man in town besides the judge and myself, who could read English. Consequently, the first pleading before a court of law in this county was done by the aforementioned county recorder-merchant-postmaster-deputy-treasurer-district attorney. I had never opened a law book in my life.” His first case could have ended his life! More information on the State Seal may be found in Journal Plus (January 2007) and the Edith in the February 2007 issue.


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hospice corner is it time for hospice care? By Laurie Lackland, RN, BSN

“Love leaves a heartache no one can heal, and love leaves a memory no one can steal.” This beautiful quotation was included in a comment one of our families recently sent in as part of a satisfaction survey. One of the privileges of my job as Director of Patient Care Services is to read each survey that is returned to our office after a loved one has passed away. Often the feedback I receive is glowing with praises, and I always share this encouragement with our staff who give so much of themselves every day in this

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work. Sometimes there are constructive suggestions for ways that Hospice Partners can improve our services, and these too are shared, as we are always striving for excellence. Either way, I am always reminded of what an honor we have as a hospice agency to participate in the care of those who are terminally ill in our community. As I have been reading these surveys over the past year, I have noticed an interesting trend. One of the goals of hospice care is to empower caregivers to provide confident care for their loved ones. When a survey comes back reporting that the caregiver did not feel confident, the first thing I look at is the length of time the patient was with Hospice Partners. A vast majority of the time, the patient was on hospice services seven days or less. This tells me that there simply was not enough time for Hospice Partners to provide the amount of teaching and access to supportive services that make such a difference as the end of life approaches. The last week of a person’s life can be extraordinarily challenging. It can be difficult in this potentially stressful period for family members to try to absorb new information or to learn the basics of how to care for a person who may be increasingly

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weak, confused, or having other distressing symptoms. With an earlier referral to Hospice Partners, our team has time to develop a trusting relationship with the patient and family, to hear what their goals of care are at this precious time of life, and to provide the full range of medical and supportive services, such as music or spiritual support, in a relaxed and gentle manner. Sometimes the hardest step is just to ask the initial question: Is it time for hospice care? The general guideline for admission to Hospice Partners is a prognosis by a physician of six months or less, but this time frame can be difficult to assess accurately as each person is different. Hospice Partners nurses are happy to assist in the evaluation process whenever requested. Often our referrals come from family members who are familiar with the vast benefits that Hospice Partners can provide, and we welcome these calls. We can assist in the process of communicating with your physician, who is often very willing to refer to Hospice Partners if they are aware that this is what the patient desires. At Hospice Partners we feel passionate about the right of every person to die with


comfort, with dignity, and with every opportunity for supportive care for themselves and for their loved ones, including bereavement counseling. There is nothing to lose by asking for a hospice evaluation. If the physician feels that the patient does not physically meet criteria, then Hospice Partners can help guide the patient to appropriate supportive services. If the patient improves or has long-term stability while on hospice services such that they no longer meet criteria to stay on hospice, then we celebrate the patient’s “graduation” from hospice and will coordinate a discharge plan.



As our hospice patient family member so eloquently quoted, “ leaves a memory no one can steal.” Many of our hospice families convey to us how thankful they are for their memories of the family coming together to help their loved one through their end-of-life journey. This monthly Hospice Corner is sponsored by Hospice Partners of the Central Coast. Laurie Lackland, RN, BSN is the Director of Patient Care Services at Hospice Partners. For more information, call (805) 782-8608.

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40. Very dark black 41. Double-reed woodwinds 43. Miners’ passage 44. Blood vessel 46. *Author of “Decision Points” 47. *Chilean disaster locale 48. *Did Casey Anthony have one? 50. Needlefish 52. Jack and Jill did it 53. St. Louis attraction 55. Flightless bird 57. Farthest from point of origin 60. *Has 140 character limit 64. Panna _____, dessert 65. Promissory note 67. Balance zodiac 68. Chicago’s planetarium 69. In good shape 70. Antelope with twisted horns 71. *World’s fastest man 72. *H1N1 73. Central Asia inhabitants, to ancient Greeks

DOWN 1. Cobblestone 2. Plural of #17 across 3. Hokkaido language 4. Less than the right amount 5. Mozambique neighbor 6. Large South African antelope 7. A corncob 8. Smell of baking bread, e.g. 9. Makes a mistake 10. “Place” in French 11. “Sounds like a plan,” acr. 12. Old age, archaic 15. *Self-declared independent state, Europe 20. World in Italian 22. Before, archaic 24. Drive-_______ 25. At right angle to length of ship 26. Hindi courtesy title 27. Terminate, as in mission 29. Baseball great infamous for surly temperament 31. Allah’s cleric

32. Rock bottom 33. *Economic behemoth 34. Consumed at dinner, e.g. 36. Not in favor 38. ____ Verde National Park 42. Mole relative 45. *Highest-grossing movie ever, 2009 49. *21st century of Common ___ 51. Upside down frowns 54. Vertical rock exposure 56. Being of service 57. Famously extinct 58. It will 59. Proofreader’s “disregard” word 60. *Portman’s character attire, 2010 61. Type of ski lift 62. European sea eagle

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Palm street perspective Dear friends and neighbors By SLO Mayor, Jan Marx


he past few months have been exciting, labor intensive and jam packed for your Mayor and City Council. I really enjoy representing the city and meeting residents at all kinds of wonderful community occasions, from ribbon cuttings (the new Target, which will bring in tax revenue of about $500,000 a year) to panel discussions (sharing our special formula for happiness with other cities), to vintage car shows (Western Classic, which let me pick the “Mayor’s Favorite” car—a T-Bird convertible, pictured right). Not a day goes by without the opportunity to hear from residents, the best part of my job! Your City Council has a lot of energy and is a hard working team. We recently called a municipal election, passed an innovative budget, embarked on an exciting two year work program based on Measure Y priorities and Council Goals.

SPECIAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION! You hopefully have heard by

now—the City of San Luis Obispo is holding a Special Election on August 30, 2011 to consider two measures to amend the City Charter. Measure A gives City Council the ability to control pension costs by negotiating alternate pension plans for new employees without taking each proposed plan to the polls. Measure B repeals mandatory binding arbitration, restoring the authority to set public safety salaries to our City Council, instead of out of town arbitrators. I urge you to learn about the issues and decide for yourself. Check out three websites: the city’s website,, has factual, educational and historical information; the Unions’ website,, argues against the Measures; and a grassroots citizens’ website,, argues in favor of Measures A and B.

PLEASE REGISTER! If you were a registered voter by July 25, you

should have received your mail-in ballot by now. If not, you need to check with the Register of Voters in the County Clerk’s office to verify that you are validly registered. People who have moved since the last election, changed names or switched parties need to register by August 15, 2011 in order to be able to vote in this special election. This election will be by mail-in ballot only. Completed ballots can be mailed to the Registrar in the postage-paid envelope provided or dropped off at the County Government Center 1055 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo.

INNOVATIVE BUDGET ADOPTED! On June 21, 2011, the City Coun-

cil adopted an innovative two-year Financial Plan and 2011-12 budget, which outlined spending of $99.9 million annually. The budget is balanced (with zero increase in debt service) and includes reductions of $4.4 million in the City’s General Fund to eliminate a gap between projected revenues and costs. Council eliminated 13 frozen or retiree positions, without having to lay off any current employees. The budget is innovative because it is not just a two year “fix,” but lays the foundation for a long-term strategy that will sustain the A U G U S T

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City financially well into the future. Council instructed staff to put everything “on the table,” take a fresh look at past practices and identify duplications and inefficiencies. The City Manager and Finance Director responded by conducting this City’s first “service prioritization” analysis of all city functions, across departments. This gave Council a firm factual basis in which to make decisions. Also, thanks to the thrifty practices of city employees, we entered the new budget period with a $1.2 million unspent surplus. Instead of applying this one time savings to reduce the revenue gap, as has been done with such surpluses in the past, we decided to reserve it for one time expenditures. Council also decided to engage in budget-driven employee negotiations seeking contributions of $4.5 million in salary and benefit reductions (6.8%) over the two-year financial plan period, to facilitate a balanced budget.

EXCITING TWO YEAR WORK PROGRAM. This budget supports a

work plan which reflects the priorities of the residents, Council goals and is true to the goals of Measure Y. It includes key investments in neighborhood services, code enforcement, infrastructure maintenance and traffic congestion relief projects, as well as economic development. We will update the Land Use and Circulation Elements and initiate a new Neighborhood Wellness program. The City will spend over $9 million annually in capital projects (CIP), using Measure Y funding and other resources, for projects that are highly valued by the community such as maintaining streets, constructing bike paths, replacing storm drains and sewer pipes, replacing critical computer systems for public safety, acquiring open space, and other projects. I encourage everyone who cares about the city to speak up, write letters or emails and attend city council meetings. Your input is welcomed and appreciated. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me with any insights, questions or concerns, 781-7120 or jmarx@ Wishing you all the best, Jan Marx, Mayor



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erewith, a Top 10 List of why you won’t want to miss this year’s upcoming Taste, themed “Taste du SLOleil,� and yes, there will be acrobats. 10. Plenty to eat and drink Sixty food, wine and beer purveyors will showcase ou don’t have to look hard to find a culinary their wares and talk with you about what you’re affair to attend on the Central Coast. In eating and drinking. You won’t leave hungry and fact, on any one day, you may have to choose you’ll have new leads on local eating and drinking between a winemaker dinner, a catered gallery establishments or be reminded of old favorites. Deborah Cash, CMSM, reception, a barbecue at a park or perhaps a Executive Director 9. People you know will be there progressive party in the neighborhood. But, It can take awhile to get from one end to the other for 18 years, there’s one event that stands out as you’ll bump into friends and colleagues heading over for among the best of them as far as offering a total and food or maneuvering back to your table. But no worries, Ž memorable experience: The Taste of San Luis . there’s no timetable and ultimately, tablehopping is the drill. esides offering the finest in foods and beverages 8. Just walking through the gate is worth the price from around the Central Coast, Taste (as we call Many people say the approach is one of the best it) looks and feels like one of those ‘evenings to parts: the music, the elaborate entryway, dancers and remember’ with over-the-top decorations, music and of course the full glass of delicious Laetitia Vineyard dancing and people enjoying a beautiful setting under & Winery sparkling wine personally handed to you the stars in Mission Plaza, in the heart of Downtown by a Downtown Association board or staff member SLO. In fact, besides being a gourmet extravaganza, who will also escort you to your table. A perfect way Ž the Taste of San Luis also does double duty by raising to set the tone for what lies ahead: a lot of fun! funds for Downtown programs including Design



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ickets to the event are $125 per person. Purchasing a table of eight or 10 ensures your group sits together. To purchase tickets or obtain more information, contact Brent Vanderhoof, Lead Organizer, at 541-0286 or visit You can also like us on facebook. We hope to see you at the Taste of San Luis®…around Downtown. Guests at last year's Taste of San Luis getting ready to "Rock the Casbah"

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Sean Croce and Steve Teixeira, Co-owners 733 Higuera Street (805) 709-8825 Search on Facebook: Enzos East Coast Eatery You no longer have to travel 3,000 miles to eat tasty, East Coast style food thanks to Enzo’s East Coast Eatery. Enzo’s, recently opened on Higuera Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo, is open 24/7. Enzo’s serves large portions of East Coast style family favorites, ranging from cheese steaks to sandwiches to pizzas. With the option of indoor or patio seating, customers can expect a family-friendly atmosphere with the highest quality food. Enzo’s prides itself on being local in every aspect of its business. It is co-owned by Sean Croce – a New York

Baltodano & Baltodano LLP Hernaldo J. Baltodano and Erica Flores Baltodano, Owners 992 Monterey Street, Suite D (805) 322-3412

N e w s transplant and Steve Teixeira, a West Coast native. “We’re local people, we live in the community, we're raising our kids in the community and we buy in the community,” said Teixeira, whose family has lived on the Central Coast for over five generations. Enzo’s supports the local community by purchasing as much as is available locally. Even the beef is locally raised. Enzo's food is fresh and cooked to order. For instance, you won’t be served frozen, pre-battered chicken strips in the restaurant. Instead, they use fresh chicken breast strips dipped into Enzo's secret recipe homemade batter. All the beef is raised on a neighboring ranch, forage-fed and hormone-free. Enzo's even creates their owns sauces and recipes. You won’t find fast food at Enzo’s, where East meets West and it really is the best! By: Alison Moore where they are raising their family and becoming established in our community. The Baltodanos became aware of the growing need, here in San Luis Obispo, for attorneys with expertise in employment law.

This business is unlike any other in that the Baltodano’s are dedicated to working A new family-owned and-operated business very closely with clients, particularly those has opened up right in Downtown San Luis individuals who have traditionally lacked Obispo. Hernaldo and Erica Baltodano access to the justice system and take moved from busy Los Angeles to get a taste the time to analyze each case from both of the “SLO life” and utilize their expertise plaintiff and defense perspectives. The as attorneys, specializing in employment Baltodano’s are also very passionate about litigation and counseling. While they making a difference in our community focus on litigating employment disputes, through their work. The couple adopted such as wrongful termination, wage and “an overarching mission that everyone hour violations, unlawful harassment should have access to justice.” The and discrimination, they also provide couple’s fluency in Spanish and their experience working counseling to small businesses and individuals. with employees, corporations, human resources, and Hernaldo and Erica met at U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School unions opens doors to a broad range of clientele. of Law, then moved to Southern California to work for various More information is available on the firm’s website. law firms. Loving parents of two beautiful children ages five and two, the couple decided to relocate to the Central Coast By: Alison Schmidt & Morgan Thompson



Dog next door the Avila Dog Pack By Jeanne Harris


pull into a parking space and turn off the engine. Trea, my collie puppy, whines in the back seat. She knows where she is. I open the tailgate, lift her out, and watch as she dashes toward her friends, the Avila Dog Pack – a group of about ten dogs – and their people who have gathered on the beach. You’ll find them most mornings at Avila, moving across the water’s edge like an organic hovercraft. The dogs commingle and cavort. So do the people, in their own way, as they share warm hellos and generous hugs. Like Trea, I look forward to our time with the Pack. Formerly strangers, we have become an extended family of sorts, bonded by love for our dogs. As we approach, Sophie, a two-year-old bassett hound greets us with her distinctive “arroooh!” as if to say, “Let’s get this party started!” Within seconds, she sprints down the beach. She is remarkably quick for such a short-legged, long-bodied girl. But Murray, a lightning-fast border collie, dashes past her. He turns his head to make sure he’s being chased, then stops on a dime. He trots up to his mom, Sandy, and she gives him a loving pat on the head. Then, he’s off again – a black streak, racing toward the glistening blue water. As the group moves down the shoreline, Deb and Sandy are in deep conversation. One of Deb’s dogs, Nemo, takes advantage of the situation and stealthily sneaks away, muttering under his breath, “I’m outta here.” He heads for the upper reaches of the beach where he often finds odiferous treasures and squirrels to chase. He struts across the sand, his back hairs standing at attention, as if he’s ready for a fight. But he’s not. Those stand-up hairs are the Rhodesian ridgeback in him. Before he gets too far, Sophie’s dad, Ray, yells, “There goes Nemo!” to alert Deb of his escape. She shouts, “Nemo, come!” He looks back at her briefly, and then continues on. Soon, all of us are calling his name, beckoning him to return. Amazingly, he relents, makes a u-turn and heads back. Much to his chagrin, his leash is awaiting him.

of this habit. So I lean down and tell him he’s a good boy. He saunters off, clearly disappointed. Angus passes by Jenny and Bodhi, the elders of the Pack. Jenny, a demure fifteen-year-old golden retriever-airedale mix charms everyone with her youthful face and soft brown eyes. She moves slowly, but deliberately, up and down the beach. Today she seems to have forgotten where she’s going, wandering aimlessly toward the pier. Her mom, Cathy, catches up to her and leads her back to the group with hand signals – Jenny is also deaf. Jenny’s “brother,” Bodhi, stays close by. He’s an adorable eleven-year-old maltese-shih tzu mix, and the two of them steer clear of the doggie mayhem around them. Unexpectedly, Sophie “arrooohs!” again! She’s announcing the arrival of Freyja – a big, black, floppy Great Dane-Lab puppy. Her mom, Stephanie, unleashes her and Freyja lumbers toward her buddies waiting at the low tide line. Who will chase who? Freyja lunges and goes after Sophie. The tall girl’s long, gangly limbs easily overtake the bassett’s strides. She takes hold of Sophie’s loose skin and short, smooth fur and leaps over the top of her. Sophie tumbles, but quickly recovers her stance. In the meantime, the others rally around, barking in a chorus of joy. Murray, Sophie, Trea, Lois, Angus and Freyja revel in their play time. The other four pups would rather explore and stroll. They all get what they need, as do we, their people who adore them. It’s been a delightful morning at the beach, but it’s time for the people to get on with their day, and for the dogs to take their naps. One by one we leash up our canine kids and peel away from the group, but not before farewell hugs all around. Trea and I relish these times with our friends in the Avila Dog Pack, and look forward to many funfilled walks with this wonderful pack of pooches and people.

Suddenly, Gabby, a Great Pyrenees rolls onto her back, paws to the sky, and wriggles her huge body in the sand, her long white coat turning a darker shade of gray with every twist. Lois, a gimpy black and white border collie and Gabby’s best pal, comes to investigate. She peers into Gabby’s eyes, licks her face and nudges her ears. “Are you okay?” she seems to ask. But Gabby scrambles to her feet, shakes herself off and is ready to move on. She, too, is a wanderer, although not like Nemo. She ambles over to a sunbather to say hello. The woman on the blanket is friendly, but her child is frightened by Gabby’s enormity, so the gentle giant shuffles away. Meanwhile, Angus joins in the game of chase. He “tags” Trea and she happily pursues him. The sturdy white and black dog outruns Trea, then places himself in my path. He sits, looking at me expectantly, as if to say, “Hey, Lady, I’m sitting. May I have a treat, please?” I’m tempted to oblige but I know his mom, Sue, is working to break him

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growing youth outreach at the PAC At a time when arts-related programs have been cut from our public schools at an alarming rate, the Performing Arts Center has stepped in to help fill the void by partnering with local arts organizations to bring increased children’s programming to the PAC. Now the Performing Arts Center has begun a two-year transition to become responsible for booking and presenting children’s programs. Melody Klemin, new youth outreach coordinator acknowledged, “As arts education opportunities are limited right now, we are incredibly grateful to the Hind Foundation for supporting the PAC’s commitment in keeping performing arts experiences accessible for our young people.”

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Another sold-out event, the fifth annual BBQ fundraiser for special needs children brought in the highest amount of donations ever received. Over $187,000 was raised at an Evening with Jack’s Helping Hand (JHH), which was held at the Santa Margarita Ranch recently. There were more than 650 guests in attendance. The event included a traditional barbecue buffet, live music from a mariachi band and the Bangin’ 58’s, a live auction with seasoned auctioneer Jim Settle and the good company of others who share the passion for assisting special needs children in SLO.

The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa has named their 2010-2011 Rotarian of the Year. Donna Lewis, principal of Central Coast Mortgage Consultants, is recognized as this year’s outstanding Rotarian. Rotary de Tolosa President Jeff Buckingham has selected Lewis for her “inspiring acts of ‘Service Above Self.’” For more information on Rotary, please visit Rotary de Tolosa’s website at

united way honors slo rotary daybreak club The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak was presented with the 2011 Community Spirit Award from United Way of SLO County at its Annual Recognition Event. President Craig Darnell accepted the award from United Way’s CEO, Rick London. The Community Spirit Award is given yearly to a small business or organization whose members inspire hope and create a brighter future in San Luis Obispo County through their charitable giving and community service activities. SLO Daybreak was selected from over 100 small businesses and service clubs that partner with United Way and was recognized for its financial support of United Way programs such as KidSpree, Youth Board and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. SLO Daybreak members have also volunteered this past year as grant application reviewers and for the Stuff the Bus event.



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French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) proudly announces the appointments of new board officers to its Community Board and Foundation Board. Jim Copeland has been elected the new Chairman of the FHMC Community Board. Sandy Dunn has been elected the Chairwoman of the FHMC Foundation Board. Both Copeland and Dunn hold their new positions July 2011-June 2013. The Vice-Chair of the Community Board is now Ann Grant, R.N., Ph.D. and Kevin M. Rice is Secretary. Serving along with Dunn on the Foundation Board is Pierre Rademaker as Vice Chair and Patrick O’Hara as both Secretary and Treasurer.

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Reanne Arcangel (left) from the American Heart Association presented Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center with the AHA’s Get With the Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award for Heart Failure to (l-r) Ron Williams, Cath Lab Manager; Nicki Edwards, Director of Clinical Quality Improvement; Kirsten Featherstone, Clinical Nurse Specialist; and, Christie Gonder, Chief Nursing Officer.

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eye oN business Business is percolating in atascadero By Maggie Cox, Barnett Cox & Associates


want to brag on Atascadero. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the town and its business and civic leaders in the last 18 months, and that year and a half has changed my thinking. Prior to being part of the team that helped launch the new Galaxy Theatres in Atascadero, I thought of my neighbor to the north as kind of a nondescript place. I knew people who lived there and were fierce about the community’s special character and charm, but it was lost on me. When I was in Atascadero it was usually for a quick stop along El Camino Real. I never saw much more than a long street paralleling the freeway. But I was wrong, wrong, wrong. The Atascadero I now know has a special appeal, and it’s one I’m hoping other county residents will get to know. The city is poised to develop a downtown ambiance along the lines of that found in SLO, Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande. Start with the landmarks: the beautiful Sunken Gardens and the restoration-underway Rotunda Building in the heart of the community. The Gardens are especially fun in the summer when family friendly movies are projected onto a portable screen to be enjoyed at no charge. Just across Highway 41 is the gorgeous Atascadero Lake with its acres of parkland anchored by the city-owned and operated Atascadero Zoo. The Park offers concerts, fundraising BBQs and performances of all kinds to be enjoyed on Atascadero’s lovely summer evenings. “Faces of Freedom” is the beautiful—and moving—Veteran’s Memorial adjacent to the park.

City and the Atascadero Chamber and Atascadero Main Street are working like mad to make things happen. Business owners have sunk fortunes into new hope for Atascadero. And now we have the classic “chicken or the egg” dilemma—will customers help bring new businesses to Atascadero, or will new businesses help bring customers to Atascadero? What Atascadero needs is what in marketing we call a tipping point. Critical mass, a wave of popularity. Downtown SLO and Paso Robles have each made it over the hump. And now it’s Atascadero’s turn. Make a stop in Atascadero and see just what’s going on. Forward motion that deserves our support. Meanwhile, congratulations, Atascadero, and sorry for my early-on misjudgment. Boy, was I wrong.

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But back to downtown and what’s going on. This is a community that believes in itself and is investing in ways that show it. Shockley’s Bar and Restaurant in the first floor of the Carlton Hotel is a community mainstay. Business owner Kitty Arosteguy loves Atascadero so much that after she developed her Spa Central Coast next to the Carlton, she went on to open Haven Wine Bar just another door down—a popular gathering spot with local wines, food and music. Sylvester’s Burgers is a longtime favorite on El Camino Real. Flanking it on either side are some streets with unique shops popping up. Check out Traffic Way, Entrada and Palma and you’ll find gifts and art pieces; clothing boutiques, florists, wine tasting and other surprises. Continue along the back side of the Garden and cross the beautiful bridge over the creek. That walk brings you into Colony Square, anchored by Galaxy Theatres with Coldstone Creamery next door. Other restaurants I’ve discovered and recommend: Colby Jack, Calterra Tratorria and Guest House Grill. And there are more restaurants and shops coming. Atascadero, forgive the pun for a city laid out along El Camino Real and Highway 41, is at a crossroads. There’s energy and optimism and great progress being made in Atascadero. Organizations like the



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COMMUNITY oldies 1961: Top musical hits included Roy Orbison’s “Crying,” Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” and Ray Charles’s “Hit the Road Jack.”

Orbison said, “I may be a living legend, but that sure don’t help

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when I’ve got to change a flat tire.”

Lefty: August 13 marks Left Handers Day. Lefties include Leonardo da Vinci, Paul McCartney, and Tina Fey.

aviation day is August 19. Held on Orville Wright’s birthday, the

“Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in.”

--- Evan Davis

event celebrates aviation development.

our barber hands out Popsicle sticks and paper. Time flies when you build an airplane in a barber shop.

august 1961: East German troops erected the Berlin Wall. The Sky watch: The Perseids Meteor Shower returns this month. Look for fast, bright meteor streaks after midnight. Best viewing is away from city lights.

moon lore: The full moon is August 13. Fishing tribes called it

the Full Sturgeon Moon as they believed sturgeon were more easily caught this time of year.

Simplify your life week is here. Confucius said life is simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

wall, to keep East Berliners from fleeing to the West, was demolished 28 years later.

August 1991: Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspended the activities of the Communist Party on the grounds that it violated Soviet and Russian law.

musician frank zappa said, “Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff.”

august 29, 1911: Ishi, believed to be the last California Yahi,

speaker steve maraboli said, “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go. “

came out of the hills into the town of Oroville. He learned English and spent his last years demonstrating tribal customs and wilderness skills.

august 1851: John Henry “Doc” Holliday was born in Georgia. He

we are heading for the farmers’ market. We shop for ourselves and

worked as a dentist in Atlanta until he moved out West for his health.

holliday, a dentist, gambler, and gunfighter, was hot-tempered and

left a path of bodies in his trail dust. He is remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and the famous shootout at the OK Corral.

doc holliday died in bed of tuberculosis at the age of 36. Legend

says he drank a glass of whiskey, looked at his bare feet and said, “This is funny.”

sesquicentennial: On August 5, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln imposed the first federal income tax.

will rogers said, “Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.”

Dollar day: On August 8, 1786, Congress approved the dollar for the U.S. monetary system.

trivia: A free app download allows blind or visually impaired people to scan over a bank note and detect the currency value.

august 1911: Lucille Desiree Ball was born. The famous redhead

worked as a waitress and hat model before her acting skills made her a comedic star.

the first woman to own her own studio, Lucy left a multi-million dollar estate. Lucy’s ghost reportedly haunts her Beverly Hills house and the old DesiLu Studios.

hot august nights mean classic cars, oldies music, and malt shop dates.


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our neighbor’s dog. The mutt likes squash and green beans. He and the grandkids divvy up carrots. Enjoy the August fare.


NOON & AGAIN AT 12:30 PM The San Luis Obispo County Early Warning System sirens will be tested on Saturday, August 27. The sirens will sound twice – at noon and again about 30 minutes later – and will last 3 to 5 minutes. This is a test and does not require any action on your part. During the tests, local radio and tele- vision stations will be conducting normal programming. However, if you hear the sirens at any other time go indoors and tune to your local stations for important emergency information and instructions. When at sea, tune to Marine Channel 16.

Saturday, August 27 – it’s only a test.

Sponsored by the County of San Luis Obispo Office of Emergency Services and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Paid for by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.


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