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Prop porn Emily Holland Special to Mustang News
While most people have to get dressed for work, adult film star Chanel Preston starts her work shift by getting undressed. However, Proposition 60 may start requiring those in the industry to wear a different kind of uniform. Prop 60, the Condoms in Pornographic Films Initiative, is up for vote in California this election. The initiative will require porn stars to wear condoms while filming pornographic videos, but Preston and many others in the adult film industry are strongly opposed to the bill. “While Prop 60 is under the
guise of a condom mandate, there’s so much more to it. It doesn’t keep performers more safe like it claims it will,” Preston said. “Most people are unaware of how well our current regulation system works.” The details of the bill are concerning for everyone in the industry; they vinclude: required condom usage, additional regulations and licensing, funding and a whistleblowing clause. The proposition is opposed by the California Democratic, Republican and Libertarian parties as well as The L.A. Times and a long list of other organizations. Continued on page 3
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California is one of the 20 states in which the death penalty is legal. This measure would repeal the state death penalty and replace the maximum punishment for murder with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. To those already sentenced to death, this would apply retroactively. It would also require all convicted murderers to pay debts to the victims of the crimes committed by working in prison — up to 60 percent of earnings could be deducted to pay for these debts.
you’re voting to repeal the death penalty and replace the maximum sentence for murder to life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
MATT GOULDING | COURTESY PHOTO CONDOM MANDATE
| Proposition 60 will require adult film stars to wear condoms while filming pornographic videos.
If you vote
you are voting to keep California’s death penalty in place.
In Calfornia, the possession or use of marijuana for recreational purposes is illegal. Prop 64 would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in adults 21 or older. People could possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrated marijuana. Possession on the grounds of a school, day care or youth center while children are present would be illegal.
63 About 63 Prop 63 would require people to obtain a four-year permit from the California Department of Justice if they would like to buy ammunition. Dealers would then have to check the permit before selling ammunition to anyone (like checking an ID for alcohol). The permit may cost up to $50, and the money would go toward administrative and enforcement costs for the Department of Justice. In addition, stealing a gun would now be a felony with a prison sentence of up to three years.
If you vote you’re voting to prohibit possessing large amounts of ammunition and requiring certain people to pass a background check.
If you vote you’re voting for zero change to the current gun policy.
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you support legalizing recreational marijuana and establishing taxes on sales and cultivation of cannabis. you oppose legalizing recreational marijuana and establishing taxes on sales and cultivation of cannabis.
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This would repeal Prop 227 from 1998, and would no longer require English-only education for students learning English. Schools would be allowed to include bilingual education, and it would get rid of the parent waiver currently needed to take non-English-only classes. How to teach English to non-English speakers would become a local issue, with annual feedback from parents and the community.
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you’re voting in favor of repealing Prop 227, and allowing non-English languages to be used in public education.
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This proposition would increase the cigarette tax by $2 per pack, with an equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes that contain nicotine. It would increase state revenue between $1 billion to $1.4 billion in 2017-18. Revenue would go toward physician training, prevention/ treatment of dental diseases, Medi-Cal, tobacco-use prevention, research into cancer, heart, and lung diseases and school programs on tobacco-use prevention and reduction. It would not change how the current 87 cent tobacco tax is used.
you are voting to increase the cigarette tax by $2 per pack, and taxes on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
If you vote you wish for no change to the tax
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you’re voting against repealing most of Prop 227, which prohibits non-English languages to be used in public schools.
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Buddhism’s calm approach to politics Annie Vainshtein @CPMustangnews
With a day left before one of the most contentious elections in recent history, many are finding their lives consumed by political news. One Cal Poly professor with a new book on Buddhism and politics says we may be setting ourselves up for unnecessary distress. Political science professor Matthew J. Moore’s first book, “Buddhism and Political Theory,” was the focus of discussion for the Robert E. Kennedy Library’s Author Series on Nov 4. The book came out last April and examines the intersections between Buddhism and political theory — two fields which are often assumed to be disparate, or even at conflict with each other. Not so, Moore says. But what accounts for this perceived incompatibility between Buddhism and politics? “I think there’s a popular conception that gets summed up in a
comment by the sociologist Max Weber, who says that Buddhism is anti-political, only concerned with soteriology [saving your own soul]and that nothing else matters,” Moore said. “But what I’ve tried to show in the book is that’s actually really mistaken.” Buddhism is often taken for anarchist thought. In his book, Moore challenges this popular belief and introduces the idea of limited citizenship, one of the grounding political principles referenced in Buddhist texts. Limited citizenship means performing the minimum duties to engage with the political system, i.e. voting, jury duty, paying taxes, but not being focused on politics 24/7. In other words, being a citizen means fulfilling the duties of citizenship, but not taking part in the babble. According to a data visualization from the editors at The Atlantic, Donald Trump has been mentioned 25, 203 times on TV
news in just one week. Insulation from constant noise was what initially brought Moore to Buddhism. “I think most people who come to Buddhism or meditation as adults do so out of some kind of crisis in their lives,” Moore said. “About 10 or 11 years ago, I just had an extremely busy period of my life that was overwhelming and thought, ‘I need to learn some way to cope with this.’” He started with “Meditation for Dummies,” and found it supplied him with an inimitable respite from a chaotic world. He started sitting with a Buddhist meditation group in Atascadero once a week. But after some time, a certain curiosity started to emerge for Moore: what, if anything, did Buddhists say about politics? Given his background in political theory, this question was particularly compelling. Turns out they said a whole lot, but most wasn’t in plain view.
After many years as both an academic and a meditator, Moore came to better understand what the Buddhists actually said about politics. Low and behold, politics is needed, but it’s not everything. There’s a lot of it we can’t control. Cal Poly Author Series Coordinator Brett Bodemer chose Moore’s book for the lecture series because of its cultural and political relevance. He said it approaches the current political situation from a perspective most don’t think about. “Politics has a certain place in our lives, but that’s not universal by any stretch of the imagination,” Bodemer said. “So as we’re days away from the election, it might be good to ask ourselves, ‘Are we taking the right approach?’” Professor Joseph Lynch led the Author Series panel. Lynch, who has an extensive background in Buddhism, Daoism and martial arts, says the book goes beyond topics usually covered in polit-
ical texts. “The portions that are of particular interest to me [in the book] are the ones that bear directly on Buddhist teachings,” he said. “Even though other people have written sort of tangentially about broad Buddhist approaches to government, it always seemed to me to be kind of an add-on.” One grounding teaching included in the text concerns the difference between pain and suffering. “Pain is when you stub your toe and it hurts,” Moore said. “Suffering is when you go, ‘Why did I have to stub my toe again? Why did I leave those hand weights on the floor? Why do bad things always happen to me?’” Stubbing your toe is a fact — it just hurts. The narrative we create around the fact is what the Buddha calls suffering, Moore said. To liken it to politics: the presence of politics is a fact, but the narratives we tell ourselves about
politics and our political candidates may overstate their power in our lives and cause more distress than benefit. The narratives we create around our political systems are an option. “Inform yourself, make a choice, try to elect the best person — but don’t fool yourself into thinking that’s the most important thing that’s happening,” Moore said. “Even if you think the stakes are high, which I do, personally, there have been good regimes and bad regimes in history, and people have still achieved enlightenment or lived the way that Jesus lived or been morally earnest essayists living in the woods.” “Buddhism and Political Theory” has recently been translated to Korean, which is rare for most academic texts, which Moore said pleased him. “That suggests it’s going to have some legs. It’s not just going to end up on a shelf, collecting dust,” Moore said.
JOSEPH VAYSMAN | MUSTANG NE WS BUDDHISM & POLITICS | Political science professor Matthew Moore said the belief that Buddhism is anti-political and Buddhists are only concerned with saving themselves is a misconception.
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The California Drug Price Relief Act prohibits the state from buying prescription drugs from any manufacturer at prices more than the lowest price the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays for the same prescription drug. These rules do not appy to managed care programs funded through Medi-Cal.
you support regulating drug prices and requiring state agencies to pay the same prices that the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs pays for prescription drugs.
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Prop 60 would require adult film producers to pay for performer health costs such as vaccinations, testing and medical exams related to STIs. In addition, it requires producers to post the condom mandate at their filming site and obtain a new state health license every two years. Currently, adult film stars are required to be tested for STDs and STIs every two weeks. The Free Speech Coalition, a business association for pleasure products and the adult entertainment industry, provides a service called Performer Availability Screening Services which updates every performer’s status in a database after they are tested. If a performer tests negative, their profile in the database stays green — if a test comes back positive, the performer is immediately treated and is unable to work until their
test comes back negative. Preston believes the current regulations are more than sufficient to protect the health of performers. “Prop 60 won’t keep performers more safe like it claims it will,” Preston said. “Most people are unaware of how well our current regulation system works, and even though there are claims that STIs are rampant in our industry, it’s just not true.” In addition, a condom requirement is seen as more harmful to health than helpful, according to Preston. When used for a long period of time, condoms can cause small tears and irritation in the vagina which make women more susceptible to infection. Some popular video scenes such as those with multiple partners would be impossible while wearing condoms, she said. The Free Speech Coalition also opposes the proposition and the condom mandate because per-
formers should have the freedom to make their own choices regarding their sexual health, according to Mike Stabile, director of communications for the Free Speech Coalition. “While condoms work for some, they don’t work for all, nor are they always the best solution for preventing STIs or HIV,” Stabile said. For Adult Industry Responsibility (FAIR) is the main campaign supporting the initiative and has out-raised its opponent 10-to-1 as of Oct. 21. Thanks to its sole contributor, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, FAIR has raised $4.9 million towards getting the proposition passed. Their opposition, the Coalition Against Worker Harassment, has received about $470,000. There were many attempts at contacting the “Yes on 60” campaign, but none of the e-mails were returned. Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS
Healthcare Foundation, wrote an article in The Huffington Post in which he said that one of his concerns is the effect adult films have on public health. The message that unprotected sex in porn sends is that the only kind of desirable sex is unsafe sex, Weinstein said. However,Weinstein has ignored workers’ requests to speak with him about the proposition, according to Preston. “He has shamed performers and called us a public health risk, so his motives are clearly not [to] protect us. Michael Weinstein is a threat to our industry,” Preston said. Prop 60 legislation also includes a clause that allows anyone, even private citizens, to file a request to Cal/OSHA, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, against a pornographic film that violates laws set forth by Prop 60. The written request would include a statement ex-
plaining how Prop 60 has been violated, and ask for Cal/OSHA to pursue those that violated the law through administrative enforcement or civil action. If Cal/OSHA fails to respond to the request or sees no violation of Prop 60, the person who sent the initial request may file a civil action lawsuit, according to Prop 60 legislation. “This type of whistleblowing will leave performers really vulnerable to anti-porn groups, religious organizations and crazed fans that want to hurt them or the industry,” Preston said. “It’ll lead to frivolous lawsuits that could possibly financially ruin performers, because most performers also produce now-a-days.” Aside from how the industry would be affected by Prop 60 legislation, it will also affect the consumers. Lauren Casci, liberal studies senior, and Colton Schultz, environmen-
tal management senior, have watched porn both together and separately throughout the three-and-a-half years they’ve dated. They consider it fun and pleasurable, and don’t stigmatize it at all, according to Casci. “People are ashamed to explore their own sexuality or even admit to watching porn,” Schultz said. “I think seeing condoms in porn might just take some getting used to, but it wouldn’t be less pleasurable.” In regards to Prop 60, the biggest concern for both Casci and Schultz are the performers’ rights and well-being. “I think we need to view porn for what it is; it’s an industry, it’s a business, and it needs to protect its workers,” Casci said. “So I personally like that using condoms would be necessary for that.” Prop 60 is among 16 other propositions up for vote in California on Nov. 8.
Why this election is nearly impossible to explain Austin Linthicum @austinlinthicum
Election years provide political science departments with opportunities to teach using real world examples of campaigns as they happen. But professors have been confronted with an unusual challenge this election season: how do you teach a presidential election that defies all norms? Professors had to rethink some of their material to reflect the unusual strategies being implemented on the presidential campaign trails. Associate political science professor Michael Latner, who focuses lectures around campaigns and elections, says he has devoted more time to the election this year than in the past, mainly because students have more questions than usual. “We spend a lot more time in class talking about dynamics and mechanics of what is currently happening on the campaign trail,” Latner said. Besides that, Latner strives to keep the core content of his classes more general so his stu-
dents have an understanding of what past elections have looked like as well. Latner noted the challenges of teaching this election given how ahistorical it has been. “This election has been an outlier on so many dimensions,” Latner said. “The race for the presidency has been filled with controversy and low popularity levels going into election, which is extremely unusual.” Latner also discussed the party dynamics that may have never been seen at this extent before, including the internal collapse of the Republican party. “I found myself devoting more time than usual to cultural and historical aspects because of [the election’s] magnitude,” Latner said. “Arguably, we are witnessing the collapse of one of the major American parties in the U.S.” Associate professor Chris Den Hartog, who teaches American political institutions, says teaching this election has been much different from any other since he started teaching. Den Hartog says that stress is
common in an election with a vast amount of uncertainty. “We joke about starting a support group for American government faculty,” Den Hartog said. Everyone’s emotions about the candidates are high and that contributes to the intensity of this election cycle, Den Hartog said. He often discusses with his classes how political scientists are always trying to come up with explanations for behaviors during election. He has discussed that all of the past elections followed a similar template. However, he feels that this one has been completely different — breaking some of the commonly accepted strategies for winning an election. “Over and over we have seen that there is something incomplete about the understanding for how politics work,” Den Hartog said. “It is clear that something new is going on that is much different than anything we have seen in the past.” Having the election occur during his American Government classes has made the
content very relevant, political science junior Chase Dean said. However, much like the professors, he thinks that what he has learned in the past may be contradicted by what has occurred in the current presidential race. “I think just the rise of Donald Trump as a serious candidate has gone against my understanding of elections,” Dean said. “He seems to have been able to get to where he is by using incredibly blunt discriminatory rhetoric, which isn’t something we’ve seen from a presidential candidate in quite some time.” With Nov. 8 on the horizon, many political science classes have been discussing how to vote wisely this election year. Given that much of the public’s opinion on who and what will win is based on polls, political science professor Allen Settle suggests being cautious when interpreting them. Settle recommends his students look at polls that take the averages of all the polling and analyze the results, called aggregate polls. This helps to
remove the biases that each individual poll holds and decreases the impact of outliers. When it comes to deciding what to choose on your ballot, Latner says research is key. “Really, to be an informed voter you probably need an extra college class or two just to get through the material,” Latner said. Den Hartog also recommends checking to see what organiza-
tions support each measure or candidate (for example, the NRA on gun control issues). With the vast amount of attention this election has received, Settle is confident voter turnout will be high. However, he warns that the 18 to 22-year-old voter turnout rates have been historically low. “The number one thing is [to] just vote!” Settle said. “Every vote really does count.”
Finding your flow with SLO GLO SAMMI MULHERN | MUSTANG NE WS GLO UP
| Flow art performers use a variety of props illuminated with LED lights, like glow sticks, poi balls and gloves. Poi originated in New Zealand, from the rituals of the Māori people.
Carly Quinn @carlyquinnMN
As the sun sets over San Luis Obispo on a Wednesday night, a group of students are twirling objects with glowing LED lights, alternating in color. The members of SLO GLO are practicing flow art. Originating from the Pacific Islands, flow art
uses different instruments, including your own body, to create a meditative flow of moving parts. “It’s sort of like dance in a way,” computer science senior Corbin Gruber said. “Right as you pick up the fundamentals, everyone starts to pick up their own style.” Grubert has been a member of SLO GLO for just over four years and joined with an interest
in shuffling and gloving which he had done in high school. Shuffling is a dance form commonly performed in the flow art scene. In gloving, performers use gloves with LED lights on the fingertips to create flowing patterns with their hands. Flow art can take many forms, from hula hooping, shuffling and gloving to twirling fire sticks and
glow sticks. At Cal Poly, many flow art enthusiasts use poi balls to flow. According to Flow Arts Institute, poi was traditionally used in the rituals of the Māori people of New Zealand. The poi you may see today on campus, at music festivals or late night at Pirate’s Cove is a lot less structured than it used to be. “Poi to me means self expression; it means getting out of your comfort zone,” mechanical engineering senior and SLO GLO member Nick Tong said. “It means trusting yourself to take risks and try new things.” Materials engineering senior Corey Sutton was interested in the art after seeing people in his residence hall practicing during his freshman year. “It’s really good vibes, I’d say,” Sutton said. “It’s not exactly the rave culture that people think of, it’s just really chill people who like to hang out and teach each other.”
Originally, poi balls and cords were woven from natural materials native to New Zealand. With modern technology, poi balls and cords can be made with a variety of different materials, such as metal, rope and plastic. Poi balls can be lit on fire, light up electronically or not light up at all. Sutton explained that today’s version of poi is very different from its traditional roots. Glow sticks are often used in place of poi balls and other props like staffs, gloves and hula hoops can be added to the mix. “It’s almost a different branch of poi, whereas poi is this very large-scale movements using your whole body,” Sutton said. “Any LED prop is more so done in a small space, where it’s tighter moves
and meant to be performed to a smaller audience.” Typically associated with electronic music and raves, poi and other flow arts have been gaining popularity since the ‘90s. The performance art has fostered a community for people with a shared interest for the music and art. “It’s just been the biggest outlet for me to have somewhere to go and people to interact with,” Sutton said. “Anybody, even if they know nothing coming in, can really gain something from it like I did.” The club is open to new members and is willing to teach newcomers the ropes. “I got to learn from someone who was very good at what he did and very influential,” Sutton said. “The only thing you need to get better at something is inspiration and I was lucky enough to be around a lot of inspirational people and now I try to be that person for other people.”
Anybody, even if they know nothing coming in, can really gain something from it like I did. COREY SUTTON
SAMMI MULHERN | MUSTANG NE WS VIBIN’
| Poi and other flow arts have been gaining popularity since the ‘90s.
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Architecture students show off furniture designs at Vellum
CHRIS GATELEY | MUSTANG NE WS LEARN BY BUILDING
| Architecture students get to see their ideas and sketches come to life through the annual furniture competition and are pushed to think outside of the box when creating pieces.
Nicole Horton @CPMustangNews
In 2004, local design and build firm Vellum Design Build paired with Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) to host a furniture-building competition. The purpose was to push students to think outside the box when it comes to design. During Nov. 4-5, Vellum Design Build and CAED hosted
their 13th installment of this Annual Furniture Competition. Each year, a panel of furniture designers, architects and CAED faculty members judge participants’ original designs. The participants are mostly CAED students, so the competition provides an opportunity for them to gain exposure to the design industry and push their creative limits. From rocking chairs to side tables to board games, the compe-
tition attracted a diverse group of students, each boasting a keen eye for detail. Architecture senior Casey Wong was determined to design something that would help the elderly. After brainstorming, Wong decided to build the pieces of a Chinese game called Mahjong. The game requires strategy and calculation skills. Hong Kong Institute of Education researchers found that regular participation in Mahjong might
CHRIS GATELEY | MUSTANG NE WS BRIGHT IDEAS | A panel of furniture designers, architects and CAED faculty members judge the designs.
Raye Zaragoza sings against the North Dakota Access Pipeline Frances Mylod-Vargas @CPMustangNews
On Wednesday night, Raye Zaragoza captivated her audience through song as she advocated for Native American rights, an issue she holds close to her heart. Zaragoza, a 22-year-old Native American, Mexican and Taiwanese singer-songwriter, performed at Another Type of Groove’s (ATOG) American Indian Heritage Month open mic night at Chumash Auditorium. The night centered around honoring American Indian heritage. Zaragoza was the featured performer. Zaragoza began with her most recent song, “In the River: A Protest Song,” dedicated to protesting the North Dakota Access Pipeline. The forlorn, melancholy lyrics echoed through the auditorium as Zaragoza urged Americans to stop the destruction of lands sacred to
Native Americans. Zaragoza said she recently realized the power behind using music as a platform to educate others. “Using music for social change has really changed music for me,” Zaragoza said. “I noticed you can do so much with music to reach people and promote change.” She posted the song “In the River: A Protest Song” to YouTube two months ago. Since then, it has received more than 7,000 views. The North Dakota Access Pipeline conflict poses a personal threat for Zaragoza because she is Native American with several family members living on reservations. At ATOG she spoke of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, whose water supply could be compromised with the proposed oil pipeline plan. She has been campaigning for those who are affected by the pipeline and she urged the Cal Poly com-
munity to become involved in the cause. “It’s not just a native issue, it’s a global issue,” Zaragoza said. “If we get everyone on the same page, especially young people and especially people at universities, we can really stop this.” Throughout the night, Zaragoza reflected on her journey from her hometown of New York City to Los Angeles and her passion for performing. Zaragoza has a soft spot for open mic nights, because they are how she first started her music career. Zaragoza wants to support the water protectors that will be protesting in North Dakota throughout the winter. She brought aboriginal jewelry handmade by her family and shirts she designed to sell to ATOG audience members. All proceeds fund coats and supplies for those in need and living on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
aid in easing symptoms of dementia and other cognitive and memory impairments. After playing with different materials, Wong built his Mahjong set with granite, basswood and acrylic pieces. Standing proudly beside his design, Wong was thrilled whenever attendees admired his work. “It’s so great to see the things you imagined finally brought to life,” Wong said. “This competition fully embodies the Cal
Poly motto of ‘Learn by Doing’ and this whole process has been so rewarding.” Another design that gained a lot of attention was a light fixture created by architecture senior Benjamin Johnson. It featured inductive lighting, where a light ignites without any physical contact. Johnson went to the furniture competition before, but said that this year had the biggest turnout.
“Everyone at this event is just super excited about design,” Johnson said. “I find it really satisfying to see everyone appreciate the hard work each of the participants put into their pieces.” To learn more about Vellum Design and Build’s partnership for this annual competition, or to view the work of past showcases, visit www.architecture.calpoly.edu/ current/exhibitions/vellum.
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MAKING IT FIT | Infill housing promises a more efficient living alternative to urban sprawl, but San Luis Obispo continues to find houses where it used to find hills. Brendan Abrams @CPMustangNews
Brendan Abrams is a liberal arts and engineering studies junior and Mustang News columnist. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Mustang News editorial. Affordability, environmental friendliness, student-community relations, maintenance of the natural landscape; many of these conflicts facing San Luis Obispo residents can be traced back to the complex and generally awful housing climate that continues to stunt the welfare of our town. We’ve reached an important crossroad where we must decide how the city will approach new developments while maintaining the high quality of life that put us on the map in the first place. People love San Luis Obispo and whether we like it or not, it is becoming a hub of activity on the Central Coast. According to the United States Census Bureau, the San Luis Obispo population has been slowly and steadily growing in the last 20 years, even before taking Cal Poly’s growing student population into account. Growth is typically a good thing, but significantly less so when housing is both scarce and overpriced. The demand for high-quality, affordable housing is not being met, and not because noone’s trying. Currently, there are three main forces at play, if we do some minor oversimplification: developers who want to build new single-family homes,
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politicians who like the idea of building smaller, more urban forms of housing and longtime residents who prefer to keep San Luis Obispo as it has been for decades. The city is in a bit of a unique situation with its vibrant downtown and beautiful, wide-open green spaces. Nobody wants to squander the charm of downtown, nor do they want development to sprawl into sacred open spaces. I’d like to argue that those goals are not mutually exclusive and the addition of more urban, infill living spaces is the way to go if we want to be environmentally conscious while accommodating a growing population and maintaining the “Spirit of San Luis,” so to speak. Furthermore, developing housing in those open spaces, as has already begun, is altogether detrimental from a social, environmental and economic standpoint. Let’s start with an example of some ill-advised development so that we can end on a positive note. Serra Meadows is a housing development off Prado Road that eats up, by a rough estimate, at least 40 acres of the South Hills open space.The neighborhood, comprised of 120 cookie-cutter houses, represents a huge affront to efficiency. Sure, the houses meet energy efficiency standards, but we’re talking
120 single family, 2000 square foot, fully landscaped houses all in the $500,000 to $700,000 price range. This is hardly an efficient use of our resources. The neighborhood is completely sold out. So the developer, Mangano Homes, and its parent company, Wathen Castanos, might be rolling in dough. San Luis Obispo as a community, however, gave up a huge swath of green space
to Serra Meadows. That type of development will only continue if left unchecked because it’s profitable. A better solution to our housing crisis is to build spaces that are efficient by design. That means smaller spaces that are closer together, yet still comfortable for those living within. Historically, dwellings of that style work perfectly above the retail spaces downtown and in other high density areas. In addition to requiring fewer resources to build and maintain, infill housing places residents steps from city centers, reducing or even eliminating their need to use or own a car. This further reduces costs on the city, the residents and the Earth’s atmosphere. Right now, 22 Chorro St. is the talk of the town when it comes to infill housing. This is the triangular empty lot at the intersection of Chorro Street and Foothill Boulevard, across the street from the swanky new set of eateries and a literal stone’s throw from SLO Donut Company, if you have a good arm. The proposal is to fit 27 apartments and commercial space in a four-story building on that small, half-acre parcel. At a full capacity of 50 residents, that’s about 10 (that’s TEN) times the residential space efficiency of Serra Meadows, which aims to put around 400 people on 40
San Luis Obispo is so close to realizing the dream of being an urban utopia surrounded by natural paradise.
just to add a couple upper-middle-class families. Do we really want to go the same route as all those other once-charming California towns, trading culture, diversity and a unique way of life for commercialism and homogeneity? If not, we have to act quickly. At this very moment another one of those expensive cookie-cutter neighborhoods, in Tuscan style and creatively dubbed “Toscano,” is being built directly adjacent
acres of land. Add to that all the resources saved on landscaping and the proximity to Cal Poly, and 22 Chorro St stands out as a development that might really benefit this town, not to mention provide a pretty sweet place to live. Some residents have spoken out against 22 Chorro St. and proposals like it, claiming that tall buildings impede views and the relative affordability of the units and closeness to campus will turn it into a mostly student-occupied structure. In other words, two bogus arguments. First of all, the building would only be four stories tall and would impede a very specific line of sight. As city council candidate Aaron Gomez pointed out, many of the trees in town are taller than that. Isn’t it better to risk a few views of nature from urban areas than to keep the views and destroy nature by building on it? As for the anti-student sentiment, any new quality, affordable, high-density housing is good housing. Regardless of who lives in the building, it will take strain off the market as a whole. San Luis Obispo is so close to realizing the dream of being an urban utopia surrounded by natural paradise. Our civic leaders need to keep us on track by pushing against developers who prefer to turn the place into a suburban wasteland.
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No. 14 Cal Poly falls to no.3 Eastern Washington Ayrton Ostly @AyrtonOstly
The no. 14 Cal Poly football team lost 42-21 at home Saturday night to no.3 Eastern Washington in the Mustangs’ first loss at home this season. This loss means the Mustangs (6-3, 4-2 Big Sky) will have an uphill battle to reach the FCS playoffs. Eastern Washington (8-1, 6-0), consistently one of the best teams in the Big Sky Conference, was a huge test for the Mustangs this season. “We had so much energy I was concerned about being over the top energetic,” head coach Tim Walsh said. “The energy can’t surpass your focus and your responsibilities. I think that probably did happen tonight.” The game opened well for the Mustangs. Against Eastern Washington’s vaunted offense that ranks
second in the country in yards and fourth in points, the Mustangs forced a fumble and a punt on their first drive. After getting the ball back, the Mustangs were in perfect position with the ball on their own 33 yard line to march the field and score some points. But that drive would end in the first of multiple costly mistakes the Mustangs would make. Senior quarterback Dano Graves threw an interception in the end zone to end the drive for the Mustang offense. Eastern Washington wasted no time in taking advantage of the costly turnover and went 93 yards in three minutes to score on a 30-yard screen pass by quarterback Gage Gubrud to wide receiver Shaq Hill. To his credit, Graves led the offense down the field on the ensuing possession and scored a nine-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7. The Mustang defense
couldn’t stop the Eagles on the next possession as wide receiver Kendrick Bourne had a one-handed touchdown catch to give Eastern Washington a 14-7 lead less than a minute after Cal Poly tied the game. Following a three and out by the Mustang offense, the Eagles got the ball back again near midfield. The Eagles went 52 yards in two minutes to score another touchdown pass from Gubrud to Bourne after the Mustang defense bit hard on play action. With that score, the Mustangs were behind 21-7 just four minutes into the second quarter. On the next possession, junior slotback Kyle Lewis took the first play for a 16-yard run to jump start the Mustangs’ offense. The running game took over for the rest of the drive and Graves punched it in from one yard out to narrow the Eagles’ lead to 21-
14. The Eagles got the ball back on offense having scored touchdowns on their previous three drives but junior defensive back Jerek Rosales corralled a pass from Gubrud to give the Mustangs the ball back at their own 39 and keep the Eagles’ offense off the field. The Mustang offense failed to capitalize on what would be the only turnover of the night by Eastern Washington, turning the ball over on downs just after crossing midfield. The Eagles took over but missed a field goal as time expired in the second quarter to keep the game 21-14 at halftime. The Eagles started with the ball in the second half and marched down the field again for a touchdown on a 28-yard pass from wide receiver Cooper Kupp to Hill. The Cal Poly defense didn’t anticipate the trick play and Hill was wide open for the score. After a few fruitless drives
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| Fullback Joe Protheroe had 122 total yards and a touchdown, but the Mustang offense still couldn’t outscore the Eagles.
by both teams, senior slotback Kori Garcia fumbled a pitch from Graves that the Eagles recovered to take over on the Mustangs’ 28 yard line. Kupp, the country’s leading receiver in yards per game, threw another touchdown to Hill to give the Eagles a 35-14 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter. Cal Poly took the next possession 72 yards to score on fourth and one on a touchdown by junior fullback Joe Protheroe. At the end of the third quarter, the Mustangs were down 35-21 but not out of the game. Midway through the fourth quarter, Kupp took a pass from Gubrud 45 yards to the end zone to score another Eagles touchdown to give Eastern Washington a 42-21 lead with four and a half minutes left in the final quarter. Junior fullback Jared Mohamed fumbled the ball on the next pos-
session and the Mustangs couldn’t overcome the Eagles’ lead in the closing minutes of the game. For Cal Poly’s defense, Eastern Washington’s empty sets and spread formations were a difficult matchup. “Going against an offense like that, you have to take out a defensive lineman,” senior linebacker Chris Santini said. “Having to bring in another defensive back was a different look for us.” With two games left in the season, the Mustangs travel to Weber State (5-4, 4-2) next weekend before ending the season at home against Northern Colorado (5-4, 3-3). If they win out, they could have a chance at the FCS tournament. “We can still go to the national playoff,” Walsh said. “We need to seize that moment, seize that opportunity, but it’s not going to be easy.”