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Cayucos Shootist Wins Again Millions of dollars worth of steel, chrome and pure horsepower, cruised Morro Bay’s Downtown streets during Cruise Night on May 5; part of the 21st Annual Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show. More photos on Page 8. Photo by Neil Farrell

Osos CSD Customers Voting on Rate Hike By Neil Farrell


ater customers of the Los Osos Community Services District are being asked now to approve a substantial rate increase, which district officials said originally stems from a severe miscalculation. The principal reason for the rate increase, said CSD Board member Chuck Cesena, who along with CSD Director, Renee Osborne, were interviewed for this story, is because the consultant who determined the current rates only calculated in a 5-percent drop in consumption due to conservation. Instead, Cesena explained, in the face of a drought, the CSD’s customers conserved nearly 30% and revenues dropped. “When the Governor called for conservation,” Osborne said, “SLO County really did it.” Yes, it’s illogical — water rates are going up because customers are using less water in response to drought. But just as gasoline taxes fell behind the State’s road maintenance needs, because of the popularity of high mileage, hybrid and electric vehicles, which is the excuse for the recent gas tax hike, the CSD has bills to pay with a limited income stream — essentially, just water rates and property taxes. “It’s the same as with the gas taxes,” Cesena said. “The less gas sold means less taxes, and less maintenance gets done.”

See Rate Hike, page 14

City Manager Resigns By Neil Farrell


orro Bay City Manager David Buckingham’s tenure with the City came to a screeching halt Friday, when the City announced his sudden resignation effective June 26. Buckingham was immediately placed on paid administrative leave and will receive the 6-month severance package in his contract, despite the fact that he reportedly resigned voluntarily. A formal statement from the City Clerk’s office reads, “The City is committed to meeting the terms of Buckingham’s employment contract, including a 6-month severance provision, to allow him and his family to consider their options and opportunities to continue his 30-year career in public service. Buckingham’s annual salary is $160,000.” That means he’ll receive $80,000 in severance pay. And this, “Buckingham will be on paid administrative leave until his resignation becomes effective, in accordance with his employment contract and by agreement between the parties. During this period Buckingham has agreed to be a resource for the City to help ensure the smoothest possible transition in leadership.” Buckingham’s City email address was already shut down Friday morning, with the following auto-response message: “I am in transition to a new position. It has been a privilege and joy to serve Morro Bay as City Manager for the past three years. I will no longer be viewing email sent to this address.”

See City Manager, page 43

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On The Market...................................................3-5

Adventure Girl

Cayucos Approves Sewer Plant Project................6

Talley Recipe

July 4th Fireworks to Return?...............................7

Now and Then

Cayucos 4th of July Parade Taking Entrants.........7

Neil Farrell managing editor The Bay News

21st Annual Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show............8

Camas Frank managing editor The Coast News

Police Blotter.................................................10-11

Michael Elliott sports reporter

MBFD Needs Reserves.......................................13

Mark Diaz business reporter

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Good to be King Community Calendar

Los Osos Soldier Promoted to General.................9

Nightwriters Eat, Shop, Play

Cayucos Shootist Wins Again..............................12

Framed Cal Poly Baseball

Pirate Parade, May 20........................................39


Dogfest Set for May 20......................................39

Dinner and a Movie

Letters to the Editor......................................40-41

Michelle Johnson art director

Big Fire Destroys Los Osos Business...................42

Christy Serpa editorial design

New Auto Shop a Gem.......................................42

Holly Tolbert administrative assistant

Morro Bay Chamber News..................................44

Justin Stoner graphic marketing Karita Harrskog event and marketing assistant Jessica Micklus sales manager

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Dana McGraw senior advertising executive

Bottom Line..............................45


Zorina Ricci coast news advertising executive


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he answer is no. You do not have to paint your ceilings plain flat pure white. In fact, the current trend is to start with all the ceilings slightly off white. Instead of a bright white that has been used forever, the slightly off white is very complimentary with most current colors. It creates a softer, warmer feeling. It really enhances most any wall color. And if your décor is asking for white trim, you would also use the same off white for your doors, casings, baseboards and if you have crown molding, it too can be the same off white. I love to jazz up a space that has warm golden walls or neutral taupe walls by selecting a contrasting color such as a beautiful aqua or a lovely sage. It works best if the room is surrounded by four walls. Because this room would have a different color ceiling than the rest of the house, it is not predictable and makes that room special. You can use crown molding or another type of trim to transition from the wall color to the ceiling color. If you want white crown

molding, you actually will see it because your walls would be a color and your ceiling would also be a color, instead of white crown and white ceiling. If you are not as daring to use aqua or sage, a very safe way to enhance the appearance of crown molding is to use your wall color just as a lighter shade. To help visualize paint colors larger than the little sample provided by the paint store, it is good to paint on a piece of cardboard. There are at least two reasons I can think of for doing this. The first reason is that you can walk around with it and see the sample in different lighting in different places. And secondly, the painters tell me that when a sample is painted on the wall it is often hard it cover the swatches mostly because of the texture created by the heavier paint in just small samples. So have fun. Pick some pretty colors and remember you don’t have to love everything you choose. You have to love everything you choose together. It is the complete look that is so satisfying.


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hen the weather warms up, so does the real estate market. Spring and summer are traditionally the seasons when both home buyers and sellers are most active across the country. If you’ll be putting your home on the market this year, simple, cost-effective upgrades can help ensure a speedy sale at a good price. Here are six easy-to-do upgrades that are both cost-effective and high-impact: 1. Replace carpet It’s easy to see the impact of worn or dated carpeting. If you don’t like looking at it, buyers won’t either. Replacing old or damaged carpet delivers impressive appeal for a modest investment. New carpet is one upgrade that has a high ratio of value to cost. It substantially increases perceived value for homebuyers without requiring home sellers to spend a bundle. 2. Clean flooring If your carpet is still in great shape, then simply having it professionally cleaned can make it look even better. A deep professional cleaning helps

lift tough soils and provides a cleaner, fresher look to rooms. Not only is carpet a good value, it’s healthy, too. People with allergies or other sensitivities are installing carpet to improve indoor air quality. Recent studies support previous findings that carpet, when effectively cleaned, traps allergens and other particles, resulting in less dust, dander and airborne contaminants escaping into the air. Don’t forget to clean all other flooring, including hardwood, laminates and tile. Buyers will appreciate a sparkling clean appearance throughout the house. 3. Repaint in neutral shades Fresh paint is another smart and costeffective upgrade for sellers. Buyers expect it, yet many sellers hesitate to repaint. Perhaps they like the existing colors or balk at the cost of professional painting services. Yet repainting in neutral colors makes a room look fresher and brighter, and gives buyers a visual “blank slate” against which to imagine their own decor. Do the work yourself and you can reduce the cost of repainting even further.

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nvesting in home improvements is a smart idea when you’re thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money? While it may be tempting to make cosmetic home improvements including decorating touches or fresh coats of paint, upgrading vital home systems such as heating and cooling can really pay off. In fact, making smart improvements can help you save money on your utility bills now, while increasing your home’s value to potential buyers later on down the road. Heating and cooling is one of a home’s biggest costs, accounting for more than half the average home’s utility costs, which means it makes good sense to make efficiency improvements that positively impact your budget every month. And for the long term, potential buyers want assurance that basic home systems, including heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical, are in working order before they buy.

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Cayucos Approves Sewer Plant Project By Neil Farrell


esidents of Cayucos have approved new sewer rates intended to pay for the Cayucos Sanitary District’s new treatment plant and water reclamation facility, and essentially “green-lighted” the project. According to the district office manager, Danielle Crawford, the CSD received just 41 “protest votes” at its April 20 meeting, protesting against the proposed sewer rates. There needed to be 50%-plus-one majority protesting the rates in order to fail the protest vote. The governing board also certified the environmental impact report for the project, which is now subject to appeal for 10 days. The final EIR will be used by the County Planning Department to process the permits needed for the project. At some point the Coastal Commission is expected to play a role in the project, however, the new plant site on Toro Creek Road is outside the Commission’s jurisdiction. The CSD is planning to build an approximately 500,000 gallons per day plant on property it purchased last year for $3.6 million; former cropland that was owned by Chevron and leased long term to farmers.

It’s one of about a dozen properties on the coast, part of the Chevron Estero Marine Terminal, which closed in 1999, that the oil company currently has listed for sale. The cost estimate is $25 million for the project ($23M for construction), which plans to recycle the wastewater by piping it back to the Whale Rock Reservoir where it will either be injected into the water table below the dam or potentially stored in the reservoir, which is where all of Cayucos’ drinking water comes from. Cayucos plans to tap the U.S. dept. of Agriculture (USDA) for a loan to build its project. The loan program is designed to help small rural communities of less than 10,000 people. Los Osos was able to tap this same program after former Congresswoman Lois Capps persuaded the USDA to change the rules and help the community, which has a population of nearly 15,000. Using that USDA program for financing precludes Morro Bay joining Cayucos at their new plant site. The USDA program is a 40-year loan at 2.75% interest with no penalties for repaying it early. Under the rates approved by the

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218 vote, the monthly charge would rise from the current $52 a month for a typical single family home, to $98 a month including the loan payments rising incrementally over the next several years topping out in July 2021. The first loan payments will start to be made when the project is completed, currently anticipated to be sometime in 2018. The count consisted of 9 open letters that were hand-delivered to the District Office and 32 mailed letters in envelopes, totaling 41 protests. The CSD has already chosen J.R. Filanc Construction Company, Inc., out of Escondido, Calif., to design and build the new “membrane bio reactor” or MBR type treatment plant. The project is being done under a “Construction Manager At Risk” or CMAR style of delivery, wherein the CSD, designers and builders work cooperatively, with the CSD guaranteeing a maximum price and allowing minimal changes during construction, according to a presentation given to the rate payers. Cayucos and Morro Bay have been partners in a sewer plant, located on Atascadero Road in Morro Bay, since

the 1960s and rebuilt the jointly owned plant at least once together in the early 1980s. They had been working together to build a new plant next to the current one, when in January 2013, the Coastal Commission denied the project at the request of the Morro Bay City Council, which had voted 3-2 to request the denial, over the strenuous objections of the CSD board. Eventually, the City of Morro Bay presented a new joint powers agreement that proposed making Cayucos simply a customer of Morro Bay, but one still responsible for helping pay off the debt. It gave Morro Bay sole ownership of the plant and the wastewater and took away all ownership privileges for the CSD. That was unacceptable and the CSD board voted to sever ties with Morro Bay and pursue its own project. The two agencies will still have to cooperate in the demolition of the current plant, the disposition of the land (Cayucos is part owner) and the use of the ocean outfall, which both agencies will still need to use for disposal of unusable wastewater (brine).

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Community July 4th Fireworks to Return?


t’s been a couple of years since July 4th fireworks lit the night sky over the Morro Bay Harbor. But a local non-profit group plans to bring them back this year. Bill Luffee, president of the Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department, announced that their group has started to raise money for a fireworks show. See: https://friendsofthembhd. org/4th-of-july-fireworks or, mail a check to: Friends of the MBHD, P.O. Box 718, Morro Bay, CA 93443 if you’d like to donate to the cause. Luffee, who is a member of the Harbor Advisory Board, announced at a recent meeting the efforts to bring back fireworks over the bay, which hasn’t been done for the past two years, after Morro Bay 4th Inc., which had been putting on the 4th of July celebration,

disbanded. The City Rec Department has been putting on a family picnic in Tidelands Park the past two years but without fireworks. Luffee told the Harbor Board that several Embarcadero businesses had complained and some restaurants had told him the town dies after about 4 p.m. on the 4th. Some were planning to just close that day, so the Friends group, a nonprofit organization that raises money to support the Harbor Department and Harbor Patrol, decided to bring them back. “We will accomplish the incredible task of raising funds for a 4th of July fireworks display through the support of business and individuals like you!” reads a plea for donations on the group’s website.

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Cayucos 4th of July Parade Taking Entrants


ntries are still being taken for the Annual Cayucos Lions Club Fourth of July Parade and the Lions Club is hoping to attract some new blood to the parade. Lion Bob DuFosee said while it’s great to have entrants come back year after year, they’d like to entice some new folks to get involved in the funniest doo-dah parade of the year in SLO County. “It would be nice to get some variety especially more floats, fewer cars, and hopefully a band or two,” he said. Normally, the deadline to enter the parade is March 15 but DuFosee said they’d moved it back to June 1 (or 65 entrants, which ever comes first). That’s when the information for the program has to go to the printers. Over the years, the parade has seen some highly creative costumed groups with extravagant floats — sometimes co-workers and often extended families. They come from all over SLO County and beyond, with regulars entering the parade from the San Joaquin Valley. Bay News Managing Editor, Neil Farrell, has again signed on to be a parade judge. He said, “The Cayucos Fourth of July Parade, with its all-day festivities, from the sand sculpture contest at dawn to the fireworks show on the Pier at dusk, is among my favorite annual events to cover as a 25-

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year news guy. I’ve even been in it once or twice. Great fun.” The Lions also put on a great fundraising barbecue at the Vet’s Hall in the rear picnic area. It’s a great way to support the Fourth of July as barbecue proceeds help pay the many expenses to put on the parade. Barbecue tickets are $8 each. Parade entries are $50 but include six barbecue tickets, said DuFosee. The Lions Club is looking for sponsors, who would get their ads in the program, and possibly have a trophy named for them. For advertising in the parade program, he added, they will give each advertiser two free barbecue tickets. If readers want to enter the parade, go to the event website and download a parade application, see:













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21st Annual Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show Photos by Neil Farrell


he 21st Annual Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show had a bit of a stormy go of it weather-wise, but still drew a huge crowd to Friday Night’s Cruise Night and to the Show & Shine. The crowd was huge Saturday, and a strong, very chilly wind had everyone bundled up. Sunday, however, dawned cold and rainy and few of the more than 560 cars came out for the event’s second day. The rains dried up by the late morning and they had a fun little 1-block long car show on Morro Bay Boulevard, with about 45 vehicles.

Bay News • May 18 - 31, 2017



Los Osos Soldier Promoted to General


Los Osos woman has joined a small contingent of women soldiers who have risen to the top of the military hierarchy. The former-Col. Kelly Fisher was promoted to Brigadier General on April 14, getting her promotion at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington Va., according to a news release. Gen. Fisher becomes one of just 69

Camp San Luis Obispo for many years and was the designer and proponent of the completion of the Camp’s new barracks; oversaw extensive rehab of buildings and the overall Spanish facade of the Camp. Other command positions include: the Commander of the 223rd Regional Training Institute; the Executive Officer of the 49th Military Police Battalion; and the Commander of the

49th Military Police Brigade. She eventually accepted a position at the National Guard Bureau, as the Director of Joint Operations and transferred to the Chief General Officer, Management Officer. As of Feb. 1, Gen. Fisher became Assistant Division Commander of Support for the 40th Infantry Division. She will also be taking on duties as acting Senior Command of the Joint

Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, and Deputy Commander (South) of the California Army National Guard. According to the news release, Bill Fisher, deserves much credit for “being a great Dad and support system,” while Gen. Fisher was deployed to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, and served in Afghanistan and the Pentagon, along with the many demands that come with military service.

female generals in the U.S. military, with 19 of them in the Army. This is out of a total of 976 generals through all the services. Gen. Fisher and her husband, Bill Fisher, are long-time Los Osos residents and parents of an overachieving family. They have two grown children — daughters Loren and Ashley. Bill Fisher is a retired battalion chief with Cal Fire. Loren is a medical student attending Tulane University, in New Orleans, and Ashley is a biology major at Cal Poly, where her mother’s military career started in the ROTC Program. In addition to ROTC, Gen. Fisher earned a master’s degree in architecture while at Cal Poly. She served in several positions at Camp Roberts and Camp San Luis Obispo and has seen a steady increase in responsibility through several assignments, as she’s risen through the ranks. She served as the Commander of

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Arroyo Grande • May 9: The night shifts ain’t easy at Arroyo Grande Hospital. An unidentified subject was detained by the AGPD at 1:30 a.m. following a mental health call. Seems he or she was making threats to harm others. • May 9: A “private person’s” arrest was carried out by some brave citizen after their new prisoner was spotted taking property from Miners Ace Hardware on Station Way after closing. The boys in blue took the situation from there. • May 7: Human bites can be some of the most infectious wounds a body can receive. Surely battery charges were warranted then for the report on the 900 block of Fair Oaks Avenue that reads, “Adult male violated restraining order, bit victim.” Sir Anthony “Hannibal” Hopkins has been accounted for. • May 7: Those assaults and batteries are in the air. Officers arrested a suspect at Arroyo Grande Hospital 20 minutes after the above case, this time for spitting on a man. • May 7: An intoxicated, but hopefully of age, female was arrested outside F. McLintocks Saloon for being too pissed to stand at 10:21 p.m. The disorderly conduct charge came after statements led officers to determine she couldn’t care for herself and no one volunteered.

Morro Bay • May 7: Three unidentified scoundrels attempted grand theft at Albertson’s. Logs said police don’t have a clue. • May 7: Police were notified at 2:48 a.m. that Chuck’s Towing made off with a red BMW parked at Avalon and Seaview. • May 7: Police arrested a 33-year-old man at 10:39 p.m. in the 500 block of La Jolla for suspicion of being higher than the stacks on drugs. • May 6: Police responded at 8:16 p.m. to a disturbance in the 800 block of Market where they tossed a squeaky wheel, 65, into the County pen because she was allegedly well oiled. • May 6: Police responded to a motel in the 500 block of Main after some chiseler absconded with construction tools. • May 4: Police busted a man and woman at 2:45 p.m. at Main and Quintana. He, 28, was arrested and charged with suspicion of selling drugs. She, 31, was cite/released for suspicion of possessing paraphernalia, her stash no doubt already up in smoke. • May 3: A woman on Elena Street told police that her neighbor threatened her, as Leave it to Beaver meets the Addams Family. • May 3: Some apparently hungry thief broke into a snack shack at the softball diamond at Morro Bay High and stole $50 cash and a bunch of, well, snacks. • May 3: Police stopped a suspicious vehicle at 11:41 a.m. in the 800 block of Quintana. Logs indicated the 37-year-old fooliot driver was arrested for suspicion of “driving under the

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influence of a Central Nervous System stimulant,” and we ain’t talkin’ Viagra. • May 2: Police responded to the 800 block of Embarcadero at 4 p.m. after they discovered the handiwork of a pair of graffidiots, but they decided not to press charges, as once again evil triumphs because good is a sucker. • May 1: A doctor asked police to check the welfare of a former patient in the 2900 block of Fir, the apparent modern version of a house call in the age of web docs. • May 1: Someone turned in a BB gun and asked police to destroy the WMD — weapon of minimal destruction. • May 1: Police contacted an apparent likely suspect at 11:45 a.m. in the 400 block of Main and tossed him to the nick for suspicion of possessing paraphernalia and meth, and of course being high on more than life. • May 1: Police responded to Chuck’s Towing in the 700 block of Quintana where they were no doubt shocked to find a Taser in a car they towed.

Pismo Beach • May 9: A noisy generator apparently caused enough ruckus for a disturbance call late in the night near Pismo Avenue and Dolliver Street, grumbling on at a whopping 50 and 60 decibels. Units on the scene reported that traffic on Highway 101 metered at 56 db. Who knew traffic was so loud? • May 9: Two dudes got themselves into a 415 and a DUI situation just before 2 a.m. at the 7-Eleven on South Dolliver. Seems one brother was attempting to keep the other from getting behind the wheel, of course causing a disturbance, which riled the clerk. Blood was drawn… by a medic for testing. • May 9: A gasman got the po-po called on him for causing a “Suspicious Circumstance,” while trying to convince a Shell Beach resident to leave the house. Police contacted the man in the yellow vest, whom they determined had ID and was one of many checking area lines that day. • May 9: A report of a stolen pooch turning up at the Dolphin Bay Hotel with new handlers was investigated. While those accused of hanging with the pup were all in the lobby, no trace of Fiddo was detected. Carmel, up the coast, has a police report as well, for further reading. • May 9: The fake agents from the IRS started up their old scam, this time targeting a home phone in the 1000 block of Bello Street. Hang up on ‘em people. The IRS doesn’t make phone calls for that very reason. • May 9: Just before sunset someone in the 200 block of Foothill Drive called to say that someone else was flying a drone to spy into people’s windows. The UFO — unwelcomed freaking object — was white with an orange light. No further details however as the original someone did not want to be “contacted.” • May 9: A 9-1-1 caller reported a swerving, but apparently just bad driver at the Southbound 101/CA-1 exit

“Police were sent at 1:45 p.m. to California and Taft streets for a single vehicle accident. Logs indicated a power pole jumped in front of a Sierra Nevada Brewery truck.” and decided to tail them to Wadsworth. Nothing came of the reported DUI after Pismo’s finest made contact with the driver. Moral of the story, stay in your lane or risk vigilante trailers. • May 8: Shortly after giving a warning for speeding, a unit was called over to the 100 block of Boeker Ave., to check out reports of subjects taking items out of a yard and possibly stashing them in a white van. Seems another vehicle was trying to catch up to them but didn’t stick around. Report concludes, “Subjects negative on theft,” they were going through the trash! But they were advised to wait for a licensed driver to cart them away. • May 8: Hoagie’s on the 500 block of Cypress Street had $3,000 in cash stolen and will have to replace a broken window after some, not-so-crafty but never-the-less successful, hoods donned hoodies, smashed the window and were seen booking it with two large boxes. Folks heard a car speed off, but video surveillance wasn’t working at the time. Lots of activity for 4:39 a.m. • May 8: Someone did a hit-andpull around the corner, at the Spyglass Inn around 1 p.m. The caller said he knew someone had hit his vehicle but the hotel staff were refusing to rat on another lodger. Cops made contact with the driver, found “minor damage,” and managed to facilitate an info exchange. • May 8: Somebody reported a red-headed female stranger causing problems somewhere near Price Street and Hinds Avenue. She was “screaming and running into the road, saying ‘I don’t want to live.’” In the caller’s expert opinion, she may have been under the influence of something and liable to get smashed by a car. Lady Red, swore to first responders that she wasn’t actually trying to hurt herself and that she’d behave, that is, would stay on the sidewalks at least. • May 8: Some prankster wouldn’t let the waitresses alone at Denny’s on Five City’s Drive, ringing up four times in what was described as strange calls looking for someone they “knew was there.” Only one car around the back had an unaccounted for owner though so cops did a vehicle check but found nothing and no one. • May 5: Back at Denny’s, a customer described as a heavy set fellow with dark hair and glasses had some trouble paying at a quarter-of-two in the morning. Cops got a license plate number just in case and chatted with him and his younger female companion. The situation resolved with a compromise of a sort, i.e. you can pay us later but until then this is trespassing. • May 5: At 2:34 a.m. in the 300 block of Ocean View Avenue some brutish

Stan threw his Stella’s keys onto the roof after a spat. Police hustled him back inside for a chat while she looked for the keys in the dark. She managed to leave, so his toss was apparently also weak. • May 5: A no-good-nick already on probation was found with a stolen car at the Rite Aid on Five Cities Drive. The car was towed off to be secured as evidence but that was it’s shortest trip yet as it had already gotten here all the way from Washoe, Colo. • May 5: Neighbors in the 400 Block of Bettiga Way called cops to gin up a feud over vehicles with expired Idaho plates being driven around and parked on the street. Descriptions were given of the three old clunkers and they wanted cops to stop by on the regular to catch the scofflaws in the act. • May 5: At about 5 p.m. on Cínco de Mayo managers at California Fresh El Rancho believed they’d nabbed a shoplifter. The uncooperative hombre was apprehended in route to Starbucks up the street and handcuffed. Officers showed him the mercy of catch and release however, citing him for PC 459.2 (shoplifting) and letting him walk out their station’s front door an hour later.

San Luis Obispo • May 12: Police were called at 5:42 a.m. to Osos and Higuera where someone apparently ran over a fire hydrant and water “was shooting into the air.” • May 12: Police were called at 4 a.m. to the 500 block of Higuera where the manager at Mosaic Business Services didn’t like the looks of a carload of dinguses parked behind the office. • May 12: Police were called at 3:50 a.m. to check the welfare of some fellow lying on the grass at Santa Rosa Park. The 21-year-old bump on a log was alive, though dead drunk, and was nicked. • May 12: At 2:37 a.m. someone reported a krunked fellow wearing dark clothes just ran past the police department in the 1000 block of Walnut. Police couldn’t find the brazen fooligan. • May 12: A citizen in the first block of Chorro called at 2:32 a.m. after a woman came to his house and said she needed to go to the hospital. Police caught up to the woman, 19, and took her to County Jail, as she wasn’t sick but was suffering a bout of dipsomania. In an unrelated call, at 2 a.m. at the Frog & Peach Pub on Higuera, police responded to a reported case of some swizzle stick suffered a head injury due to alcohol poisoning, which explains a lot. • May 12: At 12:06 a.m. a citizen in the 300 block of Hathway complained about loud music coming from the “pink house.” The resident had more than 50 revelers, so he got a $100 ticket. At 12:01 a.m. in the first block of Casa, another loud party was reported. That fellow had but 10 guests, so police issued a cease and de-shut up warning. • May 11: Police were called at 11:15 p.m. to Laguna Middle School

after someone reported at least four hooligans running on the roof of the school. • May 11: Police responded to a domestic disturbance at 10:53 p.m. in the 1800 block of Monterey at the Travelodge. Some louse, 27, was tossed to the big house for abuse of his spouse. • May 12: Someone in the 1600 block of Garden at 10:05 p.m. complained about loud people and loud bass — no doubt it was all ‘bout dat bass, ‘bout dat bass, no treble… • May 11: The burglary alarm sounded at Tractor Supply on Tank Farm Road at least three times over several hours, as apparently the outside motion sensor was behaving senselessly. • May 11: Police received a call at 8:54 p.m. from a man in the 100 block of Suburban near The Spice Hunter, who said he needs to go to the hospital because he “did too much acid,” and was apparently having a bum trip. • May 11: Some apparently hopeful fellow reported losing a gold leather wallet. Inside were $40 cash, two credit cards, a driver’s license and two condoms. • May 11: Police responded to the 200 block of Madonna for an ugly theft at the Ulta Beauty Shop. • May 11: Police were called at 5 p.m. to the 800 block of Higuera because some transient heel sitting by Charles Shoes was yelling obscenities. • May 11: A citizen at CVS on Marsh told police someone was passing out counterfeit $100 motion picture movie money. • May 11: Police were called at 4:22 p.m. to Monterey and Chorro to CTW of a 16- to 18-year-old woman, “wearing an oddly torn shirt [very revealing].” The provocative pixy was gone when police arrived. • May 11: Police were called at 2 p.m. to Higuera and Chorro where two, 15-person vans were parked in a red zone, in this week’s example of why we need SWAT. • May 11: Police were sent at 1:45 p.m. to California and Taft streets for a single vehicle accident. Logs indicated a power pole jumped in front of a Sierra Nevada Brewery truck. • May 11: Police responded at 1:39 p.m. to San Luis Obispo High School for a reported student protest. A holyroller teacher wrote a letter to the editor criticizing gays and the LBGTs understandably got their panties in a bunch. • May 11: A citizen in the 1200 block of Pismo called police because he is “really upset” that there are several transients in the creek behind his house. Naturally, the urban campers were gone when police arrived. About that same time, someone at Ross on Higuera was very upset about another bothersome slacker hanging around outside the store. • May 11: A citizen at Tank Farm and Poinsettia called at 8:30 a.m. because someone had placed his garbage cans too far into the street, an apparent San Loco felony.

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ayucos’ Trent Mitsuoka has again triumphed in the world championships of speed shooting, and is laying claim to the title of “The fastest rifle shooter on the planet.” Mitsuoka reports that he won two divisions at the 2017 World Speed Shoot Championships held May 6-7 at the Hogue Action Pistol Range on Hwy 1 east of Morro Bay. “I’m proud to announce that this past weekend I was able to defend my back to back titles and make it a trifecta!” Mitsuoka told The Bay News. He took first place in the Rimfire Rifle Optics Division and also won a category called, “Rifle Steel Master,” which is both of the rifle divisions scores added up “and the fastest time wins,” he explained. This marks the third consecutive Rimfire Rifle Open division win for Mitsuoka, who is relatively new to the sport, but not to competing. “The Rifle Steel Master designation,” he said, “makes me the fastest rifle shooter on the planet of both types of rifles — rimfire and centerfire.” He also did well with the pistols

taking 10th place in the Rimfire Pistol Optics Division and the Open (Centerfire handgun) Division. His prizes included cash, a Ruger GP100 and various other prizes. Last March, he competed in the U.S. National Steel Shooting

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Championships and took third in the Rimfire Rifle Optics. He won a $1,500 rifle, he said, but chose to give it to a young lady shooter that shows real promise in the sport, an act he termed “paying it forward.” “She has great potential to be a great shooter one day and awesome parents supporting her.”

Later this month, he said, he will travel to Winterswijk, Netherlands for the European Steel Championships. “That will be an exciting adventure!” he said. For a video of Trent competing in the shooting contest, see: watch?v=Dmh6KwENHxU.

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Morro Bay Fire Now Hiring Reserves By Neil Farrell


he Morro Bay Fire Department is looking for a few good men or women on a career path with the fire service, to fill out their roster of reserve firefighters. MB Fire Chief Steve Knuckles, Engineer Jeff Simpson and Reservist Joe Rawson sat down with a reporter to discuss the opportunities available through the reserves. “Today,” Chief Knuckles said, “the reserves are geared towards those looking for firefighter careers. All of the full time firefighters here were part of a reserve program somewhere.” Knuckles was once a reserve in Atascadero. He likened the reserves, of which there are two types in Morro Bay, to a farm team in baseball. “We use the reserves for augmenting low frequency but high risk calls. Like when I need 13 bodies instantly for accidents, technical rescues or simultaneous calls. And they also help augment our four person staffing.” The City only has 13 full-time firefighters and gets by through the n use of reserves, overtime and part time help. “It’s a cost-effective model,” said Knuckles. “This [the reserve program] is all about cost savings. If we didn’t have a reserve component, it would cost the citizens $500,000 more a year. We’d need four to five additional full time firefighters to make it work.”

C u r r e n t department staffing is 13 full timers, and 14 reserves. “I would love to have 20,” said Knuckles. The department is budgeted for 20 and he hopes this recruiting effort will fill the ranks. This isn’t the “volunteer” fire service your grandpa might have been a part of. Modern reserve firefighters train right along side the full time people, indeed the extent of the training required tends to work against them staying long term. Simpson is in charge of the reserve officer, training program, planning all the drills and exercises to make sure the department complies with CalOSHA and State Fire Marshal training regimens. The largest reason they’ve dropped in numbers, Simpson explained, is the increased commitment of 400-plus hours of training a year. “California doesn’t recognize a difference between full time and reserve firefighters,” he said. “It’s very tough, unless you’re looking for full time work.” Chief Knuckles added, “We’re really

good at getting people full time work through the reserves. That’s why we’re down because every 2 years we lose 100-percent of our reserves. We lose six to seven per year.” In recent years MBFD has had men hired by L.A. City Fire, Santa Maria FD, Cal Fire, San Luis Obispo City Fire, Visalia and Tulare Counties, and three have been hired on at Paso Robles Fire, said Chief Knuckles. “They all left for full time work. They got drafted off the farm team,” he said. There are two basic types of reserves — Auxiliary and Reserves. The reserves actually work 24-hour shifts to supplement the full timers. They are expected to either already have attended the fire academy (at Allan Hancock College) or the department will send them. Once they’ve completed that training, within a year they become eligible to work the overnight shifts. That’s’ where they really learn the craft, working side-by-side with the crew, saving lives. The auxiliary force is on-call and

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Cal Fire] already thinks we charge them too much,” Cesena said. The new rates would cut the administrative charges to the fire district from 21% of the total needed to 10%, and increase the amount coming out of the water fund to 80% from its current 62% — some $250,000 a year. “For years,” Cesena said, “we’ve thought it would be more fair to spend property taxes for something that benefits the entire community.” Parks, for instance, are a way to benefit the whole community, since roughly half the town doesn’t get water from the CSD, but all pay property taxes. Osborne said they continue to work on establishing a dog park next door to the tennis courts at the South Bay Community Park. Under the rate increase being proposed, a household using an average of 12 billing units over a 2-month span, would see their water bill jump from the current $107, to $141 starting this July 1; $158 on July 1, 2018; and $176 in July 2019. Presumably by that time, a new rate scheduled will be proposed to cover the ensuing years’ increases. Cesena acknowledges the timing for this couldn’t be worse with the community sewer bills only now starting to kick in. The official notification letters for the Prop. 218 vote have already gone out, and a public hearing for the protest vote is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15 at the CSD meeting room, 2122 9th St. As a protest vote, 50%-plus one of the votes has to be ‘”No,” otherwise, the rates are automatically approved. Osborne said the letters went to whomever’s name is on the water bill, be it a property owner-occupier, or a landlord. However, if someone rents and also pays the water bill, they should be the ones to vote, Osborne said. There will only be one vote counted per parcel, Osborne said. Ratepayers can protest prior to the meeting, just drop off a written letter of protest at the CSD office before the June 15 hearing. It must be in writing. Calling, texting, or email doesn’t count. And if you do not protest in writing, it will be counted as a “Yes” vote.

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it safe to be clueless, to be timid, or to try a fancy trick and fail. I felt right at home; and was joined by my high school pal Terri who may or may not have shared my penchant for bangs and poofy prom dresses. We employed the trapeze from the get go—using the apparatus for our warm up which included super effective squats that made my quads scream. Soon came our first inversion. We sat on the swing—super fun— before strategically gathering fabric below our tushies, extending our legs down, and perching. We then grabbed the handles, leaned back, and made a big “V” with our legs before securing

our feet and relaxing upside down. In this assisted inversion you can really let go. It feels heavenly on the back, the reverse of blood flow invigorates, and Nancy will probably take a cool picture of you. While on the ground, more advanced practitioners get to experience that rush of blood to the dome, but yoga trapeze makes inversions more accessible to the average Jane. We continued with assisted versions of yoga poses, some of which became much deeper and more challenging than their grounded counterparts. My favorite pose to execute was assisted bow—a back bend that creates space in your spine and opens your chest. If you have been curious about but intimidated by aerial yoga, yoga trapeze may be the key to opening your heart chakra. Follow Breathe and Bend Yoga on Facebook for openings and bookings. Courtney Haile is a writer and fitness instructor living in San Luis Obispo.

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f Memorial Day represents a day of reflection, which I think it does, there is no better mirror than the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The first time I saw the Vietnam Wall was from the air, as our jet passed over the Mall on a late winter afternoon in 1985, on its way to land at Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington D.C. Those who told me it would resemble a giant scar on the landscape weren’t that far off the mark, but how appropriate, I thought — a wound to America’s pride, certainly, but one meant to hopefully heal. I was invited to make the journey by then UCSB Religious Studies Professor and eventual Congressman Walter Capps, whose moving and singular course on the effect of the Vietnam War in America was just beginning to receive nationwide attention and would eventually occupy a segment in a future CBS 60 Minutes program. What made Capps’ class so unique was not its content or even its premise, although not many historians at the time were visionary enough as Capps was to look America’s worst military defeat as a “positive event” in how we could learn from it. Capps’ class literally grew into something profound, as local Vietnam Vets began to seek it out as a safe haven to peel back their scars, open up their wounds, and recount their painful experiences for the first time since their return to a country that up until then not only refused to recognize their sacrifice and achievements but labeled them murderers as well. Very few vets were willing in the 1970s and even the decade beyond to publicly admit they had served in a very unpopular and losing campaign. It was not by design, Capps once told me, that more and more vets who started hearing about his class began to show up to take the stage of Campbell Hall’s 900-seat auditorium and reveal their secrets to a generation that knew little about the war. For the first time, their courage and heroism were acknowledged and appreciated. For the spellbound students, this was an unexpected and unparalleled course about life and death, suffering and sacrifice, resolve and redemption. That prompted a design to take it a step further. Capps began to select students from his class, and along with a few now familiar vets, started making

an annual pilgrimage to Washington to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Being a Vietnam Veteran myself and having already reported on Capps’ class and the Vietnam veterans’ situation in Santa Barbara for KEYT-TV, it seemed necessary to record the next phase of the story; whereby personally experiencing the Wall, UCSB students whose fathers or uncles were involved in a conflict they would rarely talk about might better understand the rage, depression, futility and silence that still simmered in their souls far beyond the battlefield. I knew going in that the controversial Vietnam Wall was not the typical monument to fallen warriors, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so overwhelming in such a subtle way. It did not stand above the ground, but was sunk into it. As I gradually walked the path alongside the reflective, black granite panels, focusing on the more than 58,000 names engraved on that wall, I found myself slowly descending towards the center of the wedge-like structure into what felt like a coffin. Before I realized it, I was standing below the apex, 10 feet above me. For every name I studied, I could see myself in the reflection. To my right, in the distance, I could see the Washington Monument; to my left and much closer was the Lincoln Memorial. Down in front of me, and all along the 500-foot pathway, were placed hundreds of flowers, pictures, letters, and other sentimental treasures, many providing a glimpse into the story behind the name. And if these didn’t tell a tale, I heard one from just about everyone I bumped into with every panel I passed — some cried, some laughed, some swore. More than a few held in their hand a rubbed-on pencil etching of a familiar name inscribed in the stone to take back home. One quiet soldier I met staring intently at a few names told me he was there to say good-bye to members of his squad who never made it back. “Why them, and not me?” I heard him whisper, in somewhat of a Memorial daze. “I don’t know,” I replied. “I wish I had an answer for you.” Then he turned to me with a painful look in his eyes, “Did we really all do this for nothing?” “Look around. I don’t think all these people here at the Wall believe that. I think they’re saying thanks. And

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A Tribute To Mr. Cayucos, Arley Robinson Then & Now By Judy Salamacha


n April 27, Cayucos lost a crusader and best friend. After a brief illness Arley Robinson peacefully said good-bye at his Cayucos home to friends and attending family members, including daughters, Lorraine Mackewich, Charlene Underbrink and grandson, Jeremiah Hobbs. Like clockwork dressed in his signature black capped ensemble, Arley made his community rounds collaborating on untold projects to benefit and beautify Cayucos. Friends and associates appreciated his get-it-done spirit, work ethic, fiscally responsible management, and entrepreneurial vision. Locals knew if you wanted to get something done in Cayucos, Arley Robinson was the go-to guy to join the team. San Luis Obispo Supervisor Bruce Gibson said, “Arley was a wonderful friend and a quiet, constant presence in the community life of Cayucos. He spoke softly and was always willing to help support people, ideas and projects. That spirit has a lot to do with the strong sense of community evident in Cayucos today.” Gibson lauded Arley for his longtime efforts representing the Cayucos Lions Club managing the Veteran’s Hall operations and successfully scheduling while turning a profit. Arley was born in Mountainair, New Mexico in 1936. “While growing up on a small farm,” he said, “people pampered anything green.” Once he saw the beautiful green hills surrounding his new retirement

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community, he wanted to get involved in its preservation. In 1999, he too was inspired by Roger Lyon. He helped charter the Cayucos Land Conservancy, which has preserved lands from Cayucos to Piedras Blancas. For 20 years, he served as CLC’s Director of Finance and recently was designated Director Emeritus, the only member ever to receive such a distinction. Used to working hard while owning restaurants in New Mexico, Bakersfield and Kingsburg, he remarked, “Whenever we find something we have a passion for, we’re never tired.” The Cayucos Seniors Club might have been his foremost community passion. “My wife Edith signed me up. She knew I always needed something to stay busy.” He’d just completed a successful fund-raising campaign, working with Allyn and Lee Arnold on the Cayucos Pier Plaza & Dale Evers Sculpture, so he volunteered to help the “ladies” with the annual rummage sale to help pay off the mortgage on the group’s Ocean Avenue properties. Arley realized an opportunity to fulfill a community need for a retail thrift store that would generate revenue for senior services all year long and provide opportunities for retired Seniors to utilize their talents. Since 1990, Arley has served as president or vice president for the Seniors group, including designee to serve on the replacement committees for the playground equipment at Hardie Park and beach and the Cayucos Pier Reconstruction Committee.

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While the club’s representative on the Commission on Aging, he said, “We’d tour numerous senior centers throughout the county and I was always proud our center was operated entirely by volunteers; members took care of business and watched out for each other. Active minds and bodies had purpose — contributing to their community and the quality of their own lives.” Soon after he moved to Cayucos, he was elected to serve on the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council. Current chairman, John Carsel, said, “Arley was our institutional knowledge. If there was an issue that involved Cayucos, Arleyhad background and inside information about it. His wisdom, polished manners and respect for others, set a standard for all members of the CCAC to emulate. He is so sorely missed already.” Gregg and Mary Bettencourt told how Arley understood that kids needed positive outlets to release their energies, so he fought a prolonged struggle to develop, then keep, the Skate Park next to the Vet’s Hall. Always a patron of the arts, he was helpful in establishing the Cayucos Art Gallery and regular community art classes inside the Vet’s Hall offered by his friend Al Musso. The sea-life mural on the pier’s public bathrooms, a permanent home for the Lost at Sea Memorial, clustering the Sea Glass Festival in and around the Vet’s Hall and becoming a charter member of the Morro Bay Maritime Museum, were more of his projects.

He was honored as one of the Cayucos Education Foundation’s “Men of the Year” and loved planning his “ride” as Grand Marshal of the 2014 Independence Day Parade. Arley recognized hidden talents in people and gave them the chance to bloom, just like the flowers he loved to grow. He recognized my mom, Pat McKaye, was primed to manage the volunteer staffing for the Senior Center. From age 81 until she passed away at 92, Arley Robinson encouraged her retirement passion, which gave her purpose, friends and the respect of the Cayucos community. I’ll love and miss Arley forever, for being her best friend in her later years. Freelance writer, columnist and author, Judy Salamacha’s Then & Now column is a regular feature of Simply Clear Marketing & Media. Contact her at: or (805) 801-1422 with story ideas. Editor’s Note: The Bay News salutes Arley Robinson and his seemingly tireless efforts on behalf of his community. He was always a good friend to this newspaper, and to this reporter. A Celebration of Life for Arley is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Cayucos Vet’s Hall. — Neil Farrell



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Community Calendar The SLO Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is presenting two outstanding environmental films, followed by refreshments and a discussion, on Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m.; the address is 2201 Lawton, SLO. “Rachel Carson” is a new PBS documentary that premiered this spring. It explores the life of the marine biologist and author, best known for her influential book, Silent Spring” which sounded the alarm about the impact of pesticide use on animals. “Of Marshes and Morros” premiered at the 2017 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Made by local film makers Tom Wilmer and Simo Nylander, it highlights Morro Bay’s unique geological features and abundance of wildlife including sea otters, harbor seals, California sea lions, over 250 species of birds, and many underwater dwellers. The documentary also tells the story of Morro Bay National Estuary’s creation through interviews with members of Friends of the Estuary and other local activists who were critical in raising money and getting the estuary protected. ••• With spring coming up, thoughts of going outdoors for picnics, gardening, or for just a walk may cross your mind. But how many of us will actually spend a significant amount of time outside this year or will instead be engaged by our ever demanding electronic devices? How many of our children will enjoy a hike or will prefer to play an electronic game on their iPad? Author Richard Louv, founder of the New Nature Movement, says in his book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorders, that our society has become “nature deficient” because we have lost our enjoyment

mental and emotional well-being of all of us. This free event will feature informational booths about community organizations that feature involvement in nature. Children’s activities will include guided nature walks and nature stations as well as artwork and a scavenger hunt. Talks on a variety of topics like beekeeping, butterflies, and archaeology will be scheduled throughout the day. Heavenly Hot Dogs and Hawaiian Shaved Ice will provide food for purchase. Mark your calendars for this event. For more information call the office at 929-5679 or see the website at ••• As an entrepreneur, you are your company’s biggest advocate. Communication is the vehicle to your success. Empower yourself, empower your business, and speak confidently. Learn the art of public speaking. This is an interactive workshop that welcomes the audience to practice their speech. Learn how to utilize different methods of communicate and channel your fear through proven exercises. Speak for Success workshop will be held Friday, May 26 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the MCSC Headquarters on 71 Saca Lane, Suite 130, in San Luis Obispo. For more information, visit or call 805-595-1357. ••• Join us for a free informative talk “How Hearing Loss Affects Speech Recognition” by Dr. Laura Stowe, Ph.D. of The Speech Therapy Group, hosted by The Hearing Loss Association of America Central Coast Chapter. Come join us Sat, May 27, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Villages, 55 Broad St., San Luis Obispo. Q&A to follow. You don’t have

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by the Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Organization, which donates and carries the ceremonial wreath, Cayucos and Morro Bay Rotary Clubs, The Lions, and others. There will be a flyover of antique warplanes by the Estrella Warbird Museum of Paso Robles. The ceremony commemorates all who have lost their lives at sea, in war and peace. ••• The Central Coast Watercolor Society’s next monthly meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 at the SLO United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St. The program will be a demonstration by Paso Robles artist, Janice Pluma with examples of how to add texture to acrylic and mixed media art, an overview of commercial texture products, different texturing tools, and the use of unexpected “ingredients,” which begins at 7. Free and open to the public. Call (805) 439-0295. ••• The Annual Memorial Day ceremony at Los Osos Mortuary and Memorial Park is set for 10 a.m. Monday, May 29. Free and open to the public. The event features a County Band performance, military history displays, speakers, warplane fly-bys, parachutists, wreath laying ceremonies, and lunch by the Kiwanis Club. ••• Volunteers with the Central Coast Maritime Museum Association will hold a series of open houses over the summer, with the next scheduled for all day Saturday, May 27 at the Association’s ship display in the Front Street parking lot on the north end of Embarcadero.


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Opa! The 10th Annual San Luis Obispo Greek Festival is set for Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4 in Mission Plaza Downtown San Luis Obispo. Times are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11-4 Sunday. Admission is free. Greek Fest is a fundraiser for St. Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox Church, which supports many charitable groups in SLO County, including the SLO Food Bank and the Prado Day Center. The festival features homemade Greek food and pastries, beer and local wines, authentic Greek music, St. Andrews’ dance troupes, a Greek costume fashion show and an Agora marketplace with unique gifts and more. •••

Morro Bay Friends of the Library will hold a Used Book Sale from 10-1 Saturday, May 20 at the Morro Bay Library, 625 Harbor St. A “members only” shopping starts at 9 a.m. and readers can join or renew membership at the door. Public sale starts at 10 a.m. From noon to 1 p.m. is a $3-a-bag sale. All the items you can stuff into a paper grocery bag for $3. Find a great selection of quality, new-like used books, DVDs, CDs and magazines at low prices. All subjects will be available including popular novels, mysteries, and nonfiction on every subject from A to Z. Especially large collections of children’s and teen books, as well as history and military history also available. The Friends also have a bookstore inside the library that’s open during all regular library hours and welcomes donations of gently-used books, magazines and other media. ••• Friends of the Elephant Seal will be interviewing prospective volunteer guides in July and August for training classes beginning Sept. 11. Apply online

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and connection to nature. For Nipmo, the DANA Cultural Center is the place where people of all ages can once again find their connection to nature. On Sunday, May 21 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., DANA will host a NatureFest to engage the community in re-discovering how a lifestyle that includes time spent in nature is essential to the physical,

to RSVP! Meeting is captioned & the room is looped for hearing aids. For more information, contact hlaaccc@ or call 805-543-6955. ••• The Annual Lost at Sea Memorial Day ceremony at the Cayucos Pier is set for 3 p.m. Monday, May 29. Sponsored

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Osos, Morro Bay and Cayucos, will hold their monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at The Inn at Morro Bay, 60 State Park Rd. Lunch is $22 inclusive. Call Gayle at 772-2841 for r reservations. The program speaker is n San Luis Obispo County D.A. Dan Dow, speaking about human trafficking. Call membership chairwoman, Joanne k Tobias at 772-3874 or e-mail to: if interested in joining the club. •••

e SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the Cayucos Library event, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 at the Cayucos Library, 310 B St. (adjacent to the elementary school). Free admission. Sheriff Parkinson will discuss the challenges of policing a large, diverse county, as well as current crime trends in SLO County. y •••

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what project you want to take on — from a heart, rock, frame, wood wine glass, or a 3-D flower. Pre-registration required, go online at: www.CreativeMeTime. com. Everything is provided including tools, the base piece, choice of colors of broken china pieces, baubles, glue, grout and instruction. ••• The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art will exhibit the winners of its 50th annual student art portfolio contest from May 18-29 at the SLOMOA Gallery, 1010 Broad St., SLO. The criteria for judging the students’ work were originality, craftsmanship, and overall quality of the portfolio, which must have five, original, artworks in any medium, including video. Admission to the Museum of Art is free but donations are accepted. For more information, see: •••

The Estero Bay Women’s Club is inviting women from Los Osos, Morro Bay, Cayucos and Cambria to join . their group, which meets for lunch on . the third Tuesday of each month at noon followed by a business meeting. The group’s purpose is “to inform, , educate and better our communities through community involvement and outreach.” The Women’s Club is - an international organization with a . membership of nearly 100,000 and has some 4,000 individual clubs. Local projects are: academic and leadership scholarships, student art, Safe and Sober Graduation, Pirate’s Closet, and the Women’s Shelter. For more information call Marilyn at: 995-1832.

FARMGIRLS Summer Camp, held at Our Global Family Farm at City Farm in San Luis Obispo, is taking signups now for its summer camp, set for TuesdayFriday, July 11-14 for girls from 8-16 and women of all ages. Cost is $150 a person and registration ends June 30. Register online at: www.permaculture. The FARMGILRS summer camp is where girls of all ages learn about growing food in an ecological approach that follows the ethics of permaculture: care for the earth, care for one another, and share the abundance. For information on Our Global Family Farm, see: www.cityfarmslo. org. City Farm is located at: 1221 Calle Joaquin Rd.



FARMstead ED is hosting its first ever, sausage making workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at J&R Natural Meats and Sausage in Paso Robles. Tickets are $65 a person and available online at: www. or by calling (805) 226-2081. Local producers, sausage makers and chefs will share their secrets on making their favorite sausages. Produce farmers will share what’s in season, savory local spices and rubs, offering unique and creative sausage making ingredients. The workshop includes lunch, classes and lots of sausage to take home. ••• Art Center Morro Bay is offering a new, free drop-in coloring class from 10-11:30 a.m. Fridays, at the gallery, 835 Main St. Relax and unwind with the new, adult coloring books and learn the latest doodle craze called “Zentangle.” Bring your own coloring books or get started with a page from theirs. •••

k . Learn basic mosaic techniques at a beginning mosaic crafts class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at the Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St. Cost ranges from $35-$60 depending on

Greenspace — The Cambria Land Trust is celebrating Cambria Heritage Days with a special presentation on 19th Century Chinese immigrants to SLO County, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 27 at the Chinese Temple (Association House), located in Greenspace’s Creekside Reserve, 2264 Center St. Free and open to the public. At 1 p.m. the Cal Poly Lion Dancers will perform and bless the temple. At 2, Dr. Sandy Lydon a history professor emeritus at Cabrillo College will lecture on “Feeding the Hungry Ghosts: A Celebration of Cambria’s Chinese Legacy.” The talk is about the Chinese in Cambria, the community they based around the Association Hall, and their eventual exclusion, even from the local cemetery. For more information on Greenspace, see: greenspacecambria. org .

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he canyon walls seemed to close in on Esteban. Sonja was more cheerful than ever, like some exotic bird he rediscovered each day. The rear view mirror showed less and less of his beloved ocean. He felt like a ship drifting into unchartered waters. “Do we have to stay the weekend?” Esteban asked. “My sweet silly boy,” Sonja laughed. “We will dance all weekend. There will be people from many different places. We will make many new friends. Esteban’s vision swam. He breathed deep to clear his head. “Ah, I see you breathing in the lush canyon perfume, my sweet. Is it not refreshing? As we escape the heaviness of the ocean air, we will become lighter, like dancing on the clouds.” “Like dancing on a cloud,” Esteban muttered. Sonja had captivated him from the start. Esteban wrote poetry for her, surprised her with flowers. They took long walks on the warm sands. He had even let her teach him to dance. In six months he thought he had captured the butterfly.

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The late sun painted the canyon walls as they arrived. Esteban pictured himself being escorted through the mighty gates of a prison. Would he be able to escape, or would he remain here forever, broken and forgotten? “See, you laugh already. Getting into the spirit of the evening, are you?” Sonja leaned over and kissed Esteban on his right cheek. “We will dance the weekend away, my love.” Music and flowers were everywhere, mixed with the tinkling laughter of delicate women and the booming voices of men. They were engulfed, hugged, kissed, and greeted by a veritable swarm of friendly faces and arms. Esteban felt a wave of relief and his spirit lifted as they entered the great hall and were led into a huge ballroom. Sonja seemed to know everyone, while Esteban knew no one. As she was drawn into a swirling mob of activity and laughter, he stood alone in the midst of the revelers. Alone! Esteban felt overwhelmed as he turned to orient himself. The cavernous room had been cleared of furniture, except for one long back

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sadness. She raised her glass, took a sip, and turned to smile at him. The dream engulfed Esteban. He stepped forward, took her hand, looked into her olive eyes, and smiled. She placed a kiss on his cheek and, together, they danced towards the ocean shore. Dennis Eamon Young is a writer and professional photographer living out the dreams of his youth with his wonderful wife and a bevy of creative friends on the enchanting Central Coast of CA. Dennis is a current member and Past President of SLO NightWriters, for writers at all levels in all genres. Find them online at


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wall lined with couches. “Come dance,” said a glittering young lady. She took his hand, but another fellow swept her away. Alone again, Esteban turned to the opposite wall with edges painted like an old wooden doorframe, with a scene overlooking a stone patio on a strand of beach, the ocean just beyond. He shook his head. The painting drew him in; it was more real to him than the room and dancing figures surrounding him. He heard the distant call of the painted ocean, a table of men playing cards on the patio. A dark-haired lady in a crimson dress stood to one side of the table. Her face in profile, it was upturned with a wistful look. Esteban knew that look! She was part of a group of people, yet she was alone. Alone! He and this elegant, painted figure were both so alone. He crossed the dance floor, a man in a dream, part of a multitude, yet alone. The music diminished and dancers parted as he approached the painting. He was embraced by the sounds of the ocean and its salty air. Esteban stood, transfixed. He looked at the lady and drank in her


Please join us at the Oyster Ridge Barn in the vines. We will be serving up local chow and libations along with some toe-tapping tunes and great auction packages to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County.


May 27 & 28


34th Annual Strawberry Festival


he 34th Annual Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival will take place on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 27th and 28th.  The Strawberry Festival is San Luis Obispo County’s largest free Festival and is the primary yearly fundraiser for the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association.  This family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and local residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, three carnival areas, camel rides, the Strawberry Stampede, hundreds of art, craft and display booths, ethnic foods, and of course, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds as well as fresh strawberries by the box!  Heritage Square Museums, antique shops, wineries and restaurants in the historic Arroyo Grande Village will also be open.  The Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival has been named “the place to be on Memorial Weekend” by Sunset Magazine! The Festival’s entertainment line-up is once again packed with captivating performers at ten locations throughout the Village!  Many types of popular music will be featured including ethnic, folk, blues, jazz, international and rock ‘n roll!  Regional favorites such as Mama Tumba  and Andean musicians Huayllipachia will grace Festival stages.  Several jazz groups will perform including New Orleans sounds of the Rag Bone Saints, funky Latin jazz from Charged Particles, classy jazz and blues vocalist Nicole Stromsoe and big band tunes from Cal Poly’s University Jazz Band.  The Conrad’s Porch Stage (hosted by Songwriters at Play) features  funky  Albert Sanudo Jr., rocking Luis Oliart, troubadour Karyn Ann, folky  Noach Tangeras, rootsy  Bryan Titus and jazz-pop vocalist  Josh Rosenbaum.  The West End Stage will feature classic rock from the Different Strings Duo, the soulful Azure Tres and mellow vocalist Jim Conroy.  The new Lucia Mar Youth Choir will make its first Strawberry Festival appearance on Saturday morning.

Ballooney the Clown will delight the kids at the Rabobank Family Stage with his zany antics along with his Kid Jokes and Tug of War contests!  The Unicycling Unicorn Jamey Mossengren and renown jugglers Brent Fiasco and Alex Clark will be featured at both ends of Bridge Street each day!  Central Coast Kenpo Karate students and the Troupe Benat Serat belly dancers will perform on the East End Dance Lawn.   Over one hundred young dancers from five local dance studios will be featured on two stages as well as baton twirlers and color guards.  Rides on live camels will be available on Nelson Street and three carnival areas will be spread around the Festival grounds!  The Bank of the Sierra Teen Plaza (hosted by Music Motive) will feature numerous young musicians including the popular  Bucket Busters, a participatory Kids Drum Circle and the big Euro Bungee ride.  As in past years, the Festival will offer remote parking at Arroyo Grande High School and lots near the AG Women’s Club and St. Pats School on West Branch.  Free shuttle buses will run all day both days to and from the remote lots and the Festival.  Locals are encouraged to bike to the Festival and utilize one of the many bicycle racks located along Branch Street and throughout the Village. The featured stage and event sponsors for this year’s Festival are Rabobank, Rooster Creek Tavern, Bank of the Sierra, SLO County Supervisor Lynn Compton and Dignity Health.  Major media sponsors include KSBY and Tolosa Press.   Refer to or call 805-473-2250 for more information on the Strawberry Festival and the many other yearly activities in the Village.  Also look for updates at:

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SATURDAY, MAY 27TH: 10am -  Ballooney’s Big, Big Laugh Off! Kids tell jokes and win prizes of strawberries and carnival tickets. 11am -  Lucia Mar Youth Choir 12:30 -  Five Cities Twirlers 1pm - Studio of Performing Arts Dancers 2pm -  Dance Out Loud w/CDMA (Jazz, Tap & Hip Hop) 3pm - Synergy Dance Co. from CDMA (Multiple Styles from Older Students) 4pm - Ballooney’s Tuff Tug of War Tournament! (Kids vs. Parents!  Moms vs. Dads!  Girls vs. Boys!)

SUNDAY, MAY 28TH: 10am - Strawberry Stampede Awards Ceremony 11am -  Ballooney’s Tuff Tug of War Tournament! (Kids vs. Parents!  Moms vs. Dads!  Girls vs. Boys!) 12:30 - JPO Dance CO (Judkins, Paulding & Ocean View Schools)  1pm -   Ballooney’s Big, Big Laugh Off! Kids tell jokes and win prizes of strawberries and carnival tickets.  2pm - DPAC Dancers  3pm - Ballooney Entertains the Kids! 


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SATURDAY, MAY 27TH: 10am - The Rag Bone Saints  (New Orleans Back Alley Jazz) 1:30 - Strawberry Blond Contest   2:00 - 5:30 - Mama Tumba  (Afro-Latin Dance Band)  


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SUNDAY MAY 28TH: 10am-noon Noach Tangeras  (Americana style folk) 12:30-2:30pm Josh Rosenblum (Pop / Rock) 3-5pm Bryan Titus  (Americana Country & Roots)

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he Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival named the place to be on Memorial Weekend by Sunset Magazine! As one of California’s largest festivals and premiere festival on the Central Coast this family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, the Strawberry Stampede, hundreds of art, craft and display booths, ethnic foods, and of course, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds in shortcakes, funnel cakes, milkshakes, ice cream and by the box! The wonderful May weather and ambiance of the historic downtown village also add to the festivals merriment.Thousands of visitors from all our western states attend or participate in the festival. If you plan on attending, we recommend making your lodging reservations at least six months in advance. Admission is free but bring money for food, drink and children’s game booths. Features include Strawberry Stampede walk/run, Strawberry Pancake Breakfast, Strawberry Shortcake & T-shirt booths, Strawberry Blonde Contest, Kiddie Carnival, Arts & Crafts Show, and Entertainment including Ethnic, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Contemporary & Rock ‘n Roll music!Click here for photos from the 2011 Strawberry Festival.

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Choose authentic south of the border flavor at Lolo’s Mexican Restaurant in North Morro Bay. This brightly decorated eatery is open daily and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner -- a local favorite for the past 30 years. Lolo’s, family owned, not only wants you to enjoy tasty food but also healthy and nutritious. Their rice and beans are prepared vegetarian style without lard and their oil is transfat-free. Lolo’s offers breakfast burritos, one with and one without meat, traditional huevos s rancheros, pancake tacos with scrambled eggs, bacon or ham, and both chile verde and vegetarian omelets. They have soups, salads, burgers, enchiladas, fish tacos, and more for lunch. Dinner specialties include combination plates, Steak Diablo, tamales, taquitos, shrimp enchiladas, and a variety of pastas. The Ancho Shrimp and Chipotle Shrimp pastas are two local favorites. Whatever you choose, the friendly wait staff will serve you in Morro Bay style. 2848 North Main Street, Morro Bay


is a fun, upbeat deli experience. Hearty sandwiches on highest quality breads, fresh local produce, lean meats, cheeses and special sauces. Wonderful salads, gluten-free options. In-shop dining and outdoor patio. Call or for pick-ups and local delivery. Easy stop for a eats on travels up and down the coast. Everyone gets a free cookie! Catering. San Luis Obispo, 805-5459909, 1075 Olive St., Templeton - 805-434-9400 1121 Rossi Rd., Atascadero - 805-538-5112, 7177 El Camino Real.

SPLASH CAFÉ has been a favorite destination in Pismo Beach since 1989, specifically for our award-winning clam chowder served in a freshly baked bread bowl. Our customers drive from miles away to come to our cafes for our fresh clam chowder. No wonder we serve more than 40,000 gallons of clam chowder per year! We also have two San Luis Obispo locations, the bakery on Monterey & California features artisan breads, pastries and deserts with a larger selection of salads & specialty sandwiches, and our downtown location next to Barnes & Nobles features daily fresh fish specials and specialty wraps. All three locations serve our signature Clam Chowder in the bread bowl, Fish & Chips and much more! THE QUARTERDECK If you’re looking for a great seafood restaurant in the Pismo Beach area but don’t want to break the bank, then look no further! The Quarterdeck Seafood Restaurant is the place to go. Locally owned and operated, the Quarterdeck offers upscale casual dining, where the staff treats you like family and the food is delicious but reasonably priced. You can tell The Quarterdeck is a great restaurant because it’s well known and highly  recommended by the locals.  If seafood is not what you’re craving the Quarterdeck  has many other delicious choices, such as Ribeye Steak, Braised Short Ribs, Pork Chops, Sandwiches, Salads and even Vegetarian choices.  Also known for a tropical atmosphere and award winning bar. 1500 W. Branch St. Arroyo Grande. CA 93420 805-48-.3474

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GARDEN STREET GOLDSMITHS This side street jeweler transports you back to the old heart of SLO with their eclectic collection of new and vintage jewelry as well as local art. Established in 1974, and still operated by the same family, they offer not just a showroom but also onsite jewelry and watch servicing in their custom workshop. Come by Tuesday through Saturday to meet the three craftsmen in person, located at 1114 & 1118 Garden Street, San Luis Obispo, 805-543-8186. POPPY has been delighting customers for 18 years.

Located on Morro Bay’s Embarcadero, we offer a vast selection of casual but stylish clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, soaps, candles and many wonderful gift items. Poppy is the “go to” shop for locals of the central coast and visitors from far and near. Wed love to meet you, so come on down and experience shopping at it’s “funnest”! Open everyday 10-6 pm. 911 Embarcadero, Morro Bay 805-771-9750

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THE OLD POTTING BENCH is a unique and visually exciting

shopping experience. We offer French Country, Farm House, Shabby, Cottage, Beach and Rustic Decor for the home and garden. We love the world of Vintage and Antiques, with a mix of New. We carry Chalk Country Paint, Custom Upholstered Pieces, Custom Farm tables, Custom Pillows, Lighting, and Upcycled Furniture. We also have a wonderful outdoor Garden area full of Vintage iron and plantings. Inside our store you’ll find multiple vendors such as An Antique Home, My Robyn’s Nest, Vada’s Workshop, Burlap Roses, Julietta’s Naturals Pure Essential Oils and Body Products and Joyful Flea Market. Come shop our eclectic style! We are a little of the beaten path in the Village of Arroyo Grande at 134 Nelson St Across from the Heritage Square Park (just south of the swinging bridge). Find us on Facebook or call us at 805-481-1231


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THE MORRO BAY SKATEBOARD MUSEUM opened in July of 2012. Our mission is to

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Cost: $995 per session if registered by June 2, 2017 ($1095 beginning June 3, 2017). For more information or to register your child for camp please go to or call 805-782-7336. CIT PROGRAM High School and College students are encouraged to apply to our Counselor-inTraining (CIT) program. Application deadline is May 15th. Go to for information.

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ver the winter months our coastline was home to the Long Billed Curlew. You may still see a straggler or two, but most have have left for the Great Plains and will spend the summer months in the prairies. Sometimes called the Candlestick Bird, the Long Billed Curlew is a type of sandpiper and spends the winter months here on the California coast. The Curlew is the largest shorebird and sandpiper in North America. It’s name Curlew doesn’t come from the shape of its bill but from the distinctive ‘curlee’ call it makes. Candlestick Point in San Francisco was named after this bird! In the late 1800s the bird was more common but today is still on several conservation watch lists. Once on the endangered list and declining in the Great Plains the decline has steadied due to efforts being made to protect their habitat.

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In High School, McKenna hit .402 as a senior under head coach Randy Thompson at Alemany High School in Mission Hills, the same school that produced recent Mustang shortstop Peter Van Gansen. He had seven doubles, two triples, three home runs and 15 RBI with a .541 on-base percentage and .646 slugging percentage. He stole eight of 11 bases. Alemany was 18-11 in 2015, finishing second in Mission League and qualifying for CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. McKenna earned first-team All-Mission League, secondteam all-state and Max Preps and thirdteam All-USA honors. He played in the CIF vs. City All-Star Game. He was drafted by Minnesota Twins in 38th round in June 2015. He hit .320 with four doubles, four triples and three home runs as a junior and knocked in 22 runs and stole 10 bases. Alemany was 20-8-2 in 2014, finishing third in the Mission League and qualifying for the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. McKenna named to the AllMission League second team and was invited to USA Baseball 17-Under National Team Development Program. He was also was invited to the USA Tournament of Stars. McKenna also lettered in football as a freshman and sophomore and basketball as a freshman. He was a four-time AllMission League Scholar-Athlete, and was also recruited by UNLV, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, California, Duke and CSUN, McKenna chose Cal Poly because “it truly felt like home when I set foot on campus. I believe that Coach Lee and the coaching staff will develop me further. I love the area, the academics and we have an excellent chance to get to Omaha.” Personal, Son of Joseph and Myrna McKenna, one sister, Erica, enjoys hanging with friends and family aspires to play in the Major Leagues born September 6, 1997, in Lancaster, Calif. majoring in communication studies.




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hrough May 14, Alex McKenna has started all 50 games as Cal Poly’s center fielder this season as a sophomore. He leads the team with his .362 batting average and also is No. 1 in hits (76), home runs (5) and stolen bases (12) and has not committed an error in 131 chances this season. McKenna also leads the squad with 26 multiple-hit games, has hit .407 over his last 25 games with 16 multiple-hit contests and went 8-for-15 in Hawaii series, 7-for-16 in Cal State Fullerton series, 5-for-13 against UCLA and 5-for-14 at Long Beach State. In 2016 McKenna was a .261 hitter with six doubles, two triples and a team-leading six home runs as a true freshman. He played in 45 games with 40 starts in center field, three in left field and two as designated hitter. He missed 12 games in late April and early May due to leg injury. McKenna was named to Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He was hitting .400 after first nine games of collegiate career before falling back. McKenna was the leadoff hitter in 40 of his 45 games. He went 6-for-12 in four-game Pacific series with five RBI en route to Big West Field Player of the Week honors. He was 8-for-14 with five RBI in San Jose State series and 5-for-13 in UC Irvine series. McKenna had 13 multiple-hit games, including four-hit game against San Jose State on April 3 and five three-hit contests, six multipleRBI contests. He knocked in five runs against UC Irvine on May 13. He had a six-game hitting streak from March 25 through April 3, going 11-for-28 (.393) with six RBI. McKenna had three errors in 91 chances in the outfield. He played summer ball for Eau Claire Express in Northwoods League. He was selected to play in Major League Dreams Showcase and hit .269 with six doubles, two triples and eight home runs, knocking in 32 runs and stole 20 of 21 bases.


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Entertainment Back by popular demand, The Best of the San Francisco International StandUp Comedy Competition is a hilarious all-new showcase of some of the best comedic talent in the country. For over two decades, the San Francisco StandUp Comedy Competition has served as a career springboard for many talented comedians. Winners and finalists have included Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Dane Cook. Don’t miss the comedy event of the season featuring past winners of this prestigious comedy competition. Appearing this year will be Matthew Broussard (of Comedy Central), Alex Elkin (2016 Competition winner), Kellen Erskine (America’s Got Talent), and Krista Fatka, who ran away from the circus to become a comedienne. The show will be on Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m. Wine and beer available for purchase. Lobby opens one hour before showtime. Show Sponsored by Heritage Oaks Bank. General Admission is $50. For tickets and more information, contact the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande by visiting www.clarkcenter. org or calling 805-489-9444. This is the 24th year for what has been a landmark Central Coast event, the Avila Beach Blues Festival. This year continues the tradition of the biggest and longest running blues festival on the Central Coast, with top name entertainment against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. This is the party that kicks off the outdoor concert season! This is by far the greatest line-up of talent ever assembled for this festival… four acts this year! The legendary Stephen Stills is bringing what he is calling “the blues band of my dreams”, The Rides, with Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg (from Electric Flag, Muddy Waters, and more!)… JJ Grey & Mofro, who last visited Avila in support of Bonnie Raitt… Robert Randolph & The Family Band, who last visited Avila in support of Ziggy Marley… and Booker T. Jones, returning to the festival after 15 years! The 24th Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival will be held on Sunday, May 28 at 1 p.m. Gates open at noon at the Avila Beach Resort concert venue. Tickets cost $75 to $110 reserved, or $55 for general admission. Tickets are on sale now at or by phone at 1-888-825-5484. BeerFest will return to Madonna Meadows on Memorial Day Weekend. Tickets are on sale for the California Festival of Beers (BeerFest), the popular annual fundraiser benefiting Hospice of San Luis Obispo County. BeerFest will take place at the Madonna Meadows on Saturday, May 27 and will once again include live music, craft beers and local cuisine. The first California Festival of Beers took place in 1986, making it the oldest regional festival in California commemorating beer. It is

now also one of the largest. Twenty-one breweries are currently confirmed to pour unlimited tastings between noon and 4 p.m. Tickets go from $60 to $80, with designated drivers offered tickets for $35. To purchase tickets, visit With any questions, please call 805-544-2266 or email Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt and The Gathering Place welcome back bpluegrass picker, Doug Macrae of South Florida, in concert from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, May 20 during the weekly Downtown Farmer’s Market. Grandma’s is at the corner of Morro Bay Bouelvard and Main Street in th heart of Downtown Moro Bay. Free show. The San Luis Chamber Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 490 Los Osos Valley Rd., in Los Osos. Tickets are a $10 donation at the door. Guest artist, Phillip Paglialonga, will perform Rossini’s “Introduction, Theme, and Variations for Clarinet.” Also, Megan Pollon, a Monday Club Competition winner, will perform the first movement of Mendelssohn’s, “Violin Concerto.” Classical guitarist, Sam Shalhoub, will play a Roger Bailey Classical Guitar Scholarship fundraiser show at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at Coalesce Chapel, 845 Main St., Morro Bay. Cost is a $20 donation at the door. Shalhoub graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz last June with a master’s degree in music, with an emphasis in Renaissance lute and classical guitar performance. He performs regularly as a soloist and with early music ensemble, Apostasy, across the Central Coast, from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz. Proceeds go the scholarship fund to support education in classical guitar for local students. For more information about the Scholarship and Shalhoub see: www. San Francisco-based string band, The Brothers Comatose, will play the Madonna Expo Center at the Madonna Inn, Friday, May 26, part of their “The Covers EP: Volume 2,” tour. Tickets are $25 a person and available online at: The Brothers are a genre-hopping mix of rock, pop, and country classics. The new CD features the band performing bluegrass versions of “To Be Young, Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High” by Ryan Adams; “I Want A New Drug” by Huey Lewis & The News; “Stickshifts And Safetybelts” by CAKE; and “My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It” by Hank Williams, among others.

The SLO Jazz Festival returns with a powerhouse line up of jazz acts from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo. The Jazz Vespers returns to First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo with local jazz group, The Cool Notes, at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 28. Donations appreciated at the door. A reception follows. See: JazzVespersSLO for information. Cal Poly’s Spring Band Concert is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at the Performing Arts Center on Campus. Tickets are $12 or $14 public, and $9 or $12 students, and available at the PAC Box Office, Mondays–Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Call (805) 756-4849 or order online at: www.calpolyarts. org. The show features the 70-member, Wind Ensemble and 80-member, Wind Orchestra, playing a range of new works for wind band written over the past 20 years. The concert is sponsored by the Music Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities Program. The Basin Street Regulars present, “Hot Swingin’ Jazz” from 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at the Pismo Vet’s Hall, 780 Bello St. Cost at the door is $5 for BSR members and $10 nonmembers. Show features the Ulysses Jazz Band from Santa Barbara and the Cal Poly Jazz Band. Jam session starts at 11 (bring your instrument). For more information call (805) 481-7840 or see: The San Luis Obispo Master Chorale, Ballet Theatre of San Luis Obispo and Central Coast Children’s Choir will collaborate on two performances of Carl Orff’s popular work, “Carmina Burana,” set for 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20 and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at the PAC at Cal Poly. Tickets vary in price and are available online at: The SLO Master Chorale is led by Conductor and Artistic Director, Prof. Thomas Davies. The SLO Master Chorale is a 70-100 member community chorus through the Cuesta College Community Programs.

The actors have been chosen and the stage set for By the Sea Productions’ Reader’s Theater production of “SEVEN” set for 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 26-27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 28 at St. Peter’s By the Sea Parish Hall, 545 Shasta Ave., Morro Bay. Tickets are $10 a person. Reserve ticket by phone at: (805) 776-3287 or online at: SEVEN tells the true stories of seven women from Russia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Northern Ireland, who triumphed over violence and abuse to fight for the well-being of others. Directed by Janice Peters, and starring Cika Cook, Patricia Rodgers Gordon, Kate Kravets, Samantha Loring, Noelle McGheeWestbay, Shane Molka Roglioski, and T.C. Wits.

Ukulele artists, The Lee Sisters, will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 27 at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Br0pad St. Tickets are $18 a person and available online at: www. or call Yvette at (805) 878-6793. Produced by Hoapili Productions, Lise and Emi Lee hail from Rancho Cucamonga and have been performing live throughout California and Hawaii since 2015. The Lee sisters recently recorded two original songs for a new EP released by Sandwich Islands Network Radio, entitled, “California 808.” The sisters are also working on an album of original music.

The Cal Poly University Jazz Bands will present their Annual Jazz Night Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, June 2 at Cal Poly’s Spanos Theatre. Tickets are $14 public, and $9 students, and available at the PAC Box Office, Mondays– Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Call (805) 756-4849 or order online at: www. The concert will feature works from several jazz composers pushing the boundaries of what jazz is and can be. The University Jazz Band I will perform works by Grammy Award winning composer, Jim McNeeley. The

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UJB II will perform “Nightfall” by San Francisco-based, Adam Theis. Also featured will be, “One More Time,” a humorous composition by Poly Director of Jazz Studies, Paul Rinzler.

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Cal Poly student ensemble, RSVP, will stage the multi-layered production, “RSVP XXII: Wine — A Whimsical Commentary” at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, May 30 and June 1, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. Tickets are $14 and available at the PAC Box Office, Mondays–Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Call (805) 756-4849 or order online at: The story follows a wine tour group with an allegory of more serious fare — the importance, even sacredness of what we share, particularly special food and drink.

The Cal Poly Symphony will conclude its season at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 10 in the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly. Tickets are $12 or $14 public, and $9 or $12 students, and available at the PAC Box Office, Mondays–Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Call (805) 756-4849 or order online at: The Symphony will perform Paul Dukas’ “Fanfare to precede ‘La Péri,’” for brass and Richard Strauss’ “Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7,” for woodwinds. The full orchestra will perform Hector Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique,” called “the most remarkable first symphony ever written.” The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities program.

Cal Poly’s Trombone Choir will give a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 9 in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The program will feature music spanning a variety of eras and ’ styles including works by J.S. Bach, Wagner and Gordon Jacob. Music Department prof. Mark Miller, directs the group. The free recital is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Music Department. y

Suspended Motion Aerial Arts Academy presents its 6th Annual, , “Eventyr: Nautical Circus,” at 7 p.m. d Friday-Saturday, May 26-27 the Clark r Center in Arroyo Grande. Tickets are $25 adults; $20 for students, seniors , and children, and are available online at: or in person at the Clark Center Box Office. The d show is a comical, action-packed aerial mash-up of “Pirates of Penzance” and “Twelfth Night,” and features a comedic confusion of cross-dressing sailors, high-flying pirates, torrential seas, entrancing sirens, epic sword , fights and other daring adventures, told on Cirque-du-Soleil-style, aerial 8 apparatuses, including a one-of-akind apparatus custom-designed for Suspended Motion.

Country music artist, Petrella and Mixed Influence, will perform at Last Stage West, 15050 Morro Rd., from 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 2. Admission is free a and LSW serves up some mighty fine barbecue and ice cold beer. Known as the “First Lady of Country Soul,” and playing a fusion of rhythm & blues and country music, her songs and style are country, soul and countrysoul, with a deep, earthy voice honed over 29 years of performing. Petrella has opened for Gladys Knight, Billy Vera and the Beaters, A.J. Croce, the Delfonics and most recently, Charles Wright of the Watts 103rd Street ) Rhythm Band. She has appeared on the Ernest Tubbs Midnight Jamboree radio show, and was one of the first to perform at the Country Music Festival in Pomona, Calif. Her inventive new sound landed Petrella on the Cover of Cash Box Magazine and produced five

Guitarist, singer-songwriter and ukulele player, Mark Baker, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, June 2 at Coalesce Bookstore Garden Chapel, 845 Main St., Morro Bay. Tickets are $20 a person and available at the bookstore. A native of Texas now in Arizona, Baker starred playing at age 7, and later toured the U.S., Canada, and Mexico as a solo act for 25 years. He has performed with Celine Dion and the New Christy Minstrels. He founded and directs the Sun City Ukulele Club in Arizona, which now boasts more than 70 members. If you’d like to learn the ukulele, Baker will be offering a 1-day workshop, from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, June 4 at the Garden Chapel. Cost is $20. The SLO Jazz Festival returns with a powerhouse line up of jazz acts from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo. Tickets are $40 per person for adults, $20 for students and VIP tickets are $90, and available at Boo Boo Records and Vallitix outlets, or online at www. Headliners include the Grammy Award-winning, Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band, and co-headlining is The Purple Ones: Insatiable Tribute to Prince, an 11-piece pop-funk ensemble of Bay Area heavyweights, led by trumpeter, Morty Okin (The New Morty Show), and guitarist Levy Seacer, who performed with Prince during the New Power Generation years. Local favorites, Inga Swearingen with the Cuesta Faculty All-Stars will open the show, with vibraphonist, Charlie Shoemake sitting in. Playing on the Broad Street Stage are Brazilian jazz guitarist, Jon Stephen, Dylan Johnson’s straight ahead jazz quartet, pianist/ vocalist Dawn Lambeth, and Latin jazz ensemble band, Mama Tumba, closing the show. See: for more information about the SLO Jazz Festival.


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Burton House & Grill — Fine Dining in Nipomo Dinner & A Movie By Teri Bayus


new, white-tablecloth restaurant has emerged in the burb of Nipomo called, “The Burton House and Grill,” and we came for dinner and were immediately drawn in by the soulful standards of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Harry Connick, Jr. Greeted very politely by William “Bill” Guilfoyle, the operations manager, we were seated and served a wonderful cheese plate of grilled brioche and focaccia bread, crumbly goat cheese, brie and savory walnuts, cranberries, and cherries. I ordered a bottle of Talley’s Bishops Peak Cabernet Sauvignon for the table to share. This was a night of firsts, as I was honoring a silent auction donation from the Taste of Nipomo, Dinner With A Food Writer. I would be taking our guests to the restaurant of their choice and during the meal would explain how I gather my information for each article. Jim and Linda Avila joined us and the fun began! Gary started with salted caramel Pot de Crème, rich and creamy salted caramel custard with raspberry sauce and a bourbon meringue. He loved it and gave us each a try; it was like flan

international food samples. Even though Armida has sampled and created all kinds of international dishes, her expertise is found in gourmet Latin American cuisine. Graduating from the Culinary Arts in Southern California at the top of her class, she spent a number of years traveling and learning different culinary techniques all over Latin and North America. Our entrees came and we all tried a bite of every one. Jim had the on steroids. I had the veggie pesto soup special with a basil base and ribbons of corn, broccoli, celery and hominy. Linda had the roasted cauliflower salad with large purple florets, diced avocado, kale, and candied walnuts, with lemon Dijon vinaigrette. It was big enough for at least two to share and we spent time wondering who massaged the kale to make it sweet. Jim started with the Mojito ceviche served on house made tortilla chips. It consisted of white cut fish, white rum lime, jalapeño, roma tomato, and we added lime juice to finish it off. Executive Chef, Armida Garcia, came out to meet us and we shared foodie tips. Armida loves to explore the wonders of different cooking techniques, combinations of taste, and

braised short ribs flavored with red wine and herbs, with carrot ribbons and garlic mashers underneath.

Linda had the New York steak, a 14-ounce full-flavored USDA prime cut, served with grilled asparagus and a Chimichurri sauce. It was large and Jim was excited that she took half to go so he could have steak and eggs for breakfast. I had the coconut chicken, with two large breasts breaded and topped with a coconut, almond and spinach sauce. My sides were the potato galette and grilled mushrooms. The potatoes were sliced thin and done in olive oil and the huge portabella mushrooms were a savory accompaniment. Gary had the grilled Caesar salad with N.Y. steak slices on top. It is a different take with a whole wedge of romaine lettuce, grilled crisp and served with house made traditional dressing, heirloom cherry tomatos, avocado, focaccia croutons and shaved Parmesan cheese. The Burton House and Grill is a pure restaurant focused on the service, ambiance, and food quality (SAF) principle. They do special catering events and have weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 151 West Dana St., in Nipomo, they are on the corner of Dana and Burton.

Guardians Vol. 2 is Delightful, Colorful, Fantastic


he big-screen comic book craze is certainly not showing any signs of dying down, but of the last few years, none has quite sent it into such a spin as James Gunn’s 2014 blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy. This sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” was practically a cat in the bag in terms of being made, and the fans of the first one have certainly been waiting for it, especially me. This sequel delves further into the back story of Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt), the young boy abducted from Earth by Yondu (Michael Rooker) after his mother succumbed to cancer. Here, he is re-united with his father (Kurt Russell), who disappeared from his life and became the inter-galactic warrior, Ego, who inhabits his own corner of the universe. His son, meanwhile, continues to be known as Star-Lord and, as he and his ragtag misfit friends, including Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket the Racoon and Baby Groot go about their missions, they uncover a sinister truth that could tear them all apart.

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It pretty much repeats the formula of the first film to a thoughtful effect, and with Gunn back at the helm, it delivers in terms of laughs, camaraderie and visual effects. It is all on a bigger, grander scale and this is visually impressive and aesthetically stimulating. Vol. 2 is everything I had hoped it would be and more. To say this movie is tremendous is a bit of an understatement. Its action-packed fantasy and exploration of fun is sky high at all times.

The sound track is pure perfection for the generation of the ‘70s. The first scene is done sans dialog and choreographed to ELO’s marvelous, Mr. Blue Sky. Cameo’s by some old favorites like Sylvester Stallone, David Hasselhof and even Howard The Duck add to the giggle factor. One thing that I liked in this film is that it is deeper than the first and has an emotional tone, something that we rarely see in superhero films. It shows the real meaning of family and friendship and emphasizes on teamwork and sacrifice. It moves the audience to tears just after a good belly laugh. There is a statement in the closing credits: “No raccoon or tree creatures were harmed during the making of this movie. However the same cannot be

said for the handlers of the raccoon and tree creatures.” The visual effects are absolutely delightful, colorful, fantastic and fun. The action is superb and the choreography and cinematography is brilliant. From beginning to end you’re hooked. One thing I didn’t expect was for this one to surpass the first movie, but it honestly tops it, even though the first one is absolutely brilliant.

Teri Bayus can be reached at: livewell@ or follow her writing and ramblings at: www. teribayus. com. Bayus also hosts Taste Buds, a moving picture rendition of her reviews shown on Charter Cable Ch. 10. Dinner and a Movie is a regular feature of Simply Clear Marketing & Media.

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Pirates Parade, May 20


he Annual Morro Bay Mermaid & Pirate Parade is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20 at Target Rock. Mermaids, pirates and sea creatures (and their parents) are invited to join the fun and parade up the Harbor Walk to Dockside Too for lunch. Sign-ups begin at 10 a.m. at Target Rock. There is no registration fee as this event is funded by donations, Dockside (the Tognazzini Family) and the City Recreation Department. Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. There will be goodie bags, prize drawings and seafood snacks for participating children. For more information call 772-6278.

DogFest Set for May 20


he Morro Bay National Estuary Program is sponsoring, “Dog Fest 2017: Dogs for Clean Water,” set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at Morro Bay City Park, Harbor and Morro Bay Boulevard. Dogs are invited to bring their masters down to the park for a fun day of activities, demonstrations and vendor booths, celebrating dogs and raising money for the Mutts for the Bay Program. There will be a dog show, dog-themed games including the “Fake Poop Race,” information on helping keep the local creeks and bay clean of dog wastes, lots of swag from vendors and light snacks available for purchase. Presenters include the Santa Lucia Open Dog Obedience Group, American Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the NEP, among others. All dogs in attendance must be on leash and well-behaved. DogFest raises awareness about the importance of picking up pet waste. Dog waste contains twice as much bacteria

as human waste, and can linger for up to a year, washing into local creeks and the bay when it rains. Bacterial contamination from dog waste harms water quality and can cause illness. Simply picking up after your dogs helps keep our waters safe for swimming and other recreation. The Mutts for the Bay Program provides free disposable, degradable bags for dog waste pickup at 27 dispensers strategically located at parks throughout Morro Bay. It is supported by local businesses and private donors, and run by a group of dedicated volunteers. The NEP has managed the program since 2005. And in 2016, the program provided over 358,000 dog waste bags. The NEP has been conducting monitoring and research, restoring natural habitats, and educating residents and visitors on how to keep Morro Bay clean and healthy since 1995.

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Letters to the Editor Water Rate Hike Explained Dear Editor: Recent headlines implied that the Los Osos Community Services District Board of Directors (LOCSD) is out of touch with reality for proposing a water rate increase when many other communities are scaling back on emergency drought restrictions and rates. For communities with at least a portion of their water supply coming from surface storage, such as lakes and reservoirs, it may be easier to directly correlate rates with wet winters that visibly refill that surface storage. Los Osos relies only upon groundwater and the effects of a wet winter on groundwater recharge are not so obvious or immediate, especially when this community has just decommissioned 5,000 leach fields that recharged the basin throughout dry years and wet ones. Although there are several factors that influenced the amount of the proposed rate increase, the basic need arose because in 2014, a consultantprepared rate study predicted a 5% reduction in consumption due to drought-related conservation. Our community rallied and cut consumption by 25% and more. Had the 5% prediction been accurate, we would not be proposing the current

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increase. In addition to the conservationrelated revenue shortfall, several other issues needed to be addressed. The recently approved “Basin Management Plan” calls for each of the water purveyors to implement capital improvement projects intended to slow or stop seawater intrusion into our aquifer. The LOCSD has been using our capital reserve funds to implement those projects but cannot continue to do so indefinitely. Also, property tax revenues received from the County had been allocated to the water department. These taxes are paid by the entire community but the LOCSD only supplies water to half of the community. It was determined that the tax dollars would be better allocated to a community-wide service, such as fire protection, drainage improvements or even new parks. This reallocation of property taxes would be spread over several years to prevent the sudden impact upon water revenues. We also decided to re-examine the administrative department allocation from the various departments. As we are primarily a water company it was decided that 80% of the administrative allocation should come from the water department, up from the current 62% allocation. Given the recent surge of expenses


related to the sewer project, the LOCSD realizes that this is a very difficult time to be proposing a rate increase. But our lower tier rates have been below the countywide average and we would be fiscally irresponsible if we did not plan for needed infrastructure upgrades to combat seawater intrusion. The LOCSD appreciates everyone’s efforts to ensure a reliable water supply for Los Osos, learn more about these efforts by attending the next Basin Management Committee meeting at the South Bay Community Center at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 or by visiting: (scroll to the lower right corner). The proposed water rate increase will be discussed at every LOCSD board meeting leading up to the June 15 Public Hearing. Sincerely, Chuck Cesena Los Osos CSD Director, Chairman, Utilities Advisory Committee Car Show Thanks With the help of many volunteers and sponsors, the 21st Annual Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show was able to bring more than 560 vehicles to town and fill the streets with classics from California, Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon.

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Opinion Facility,� but City staff apparently missed the “cost effective� part of the goals. Now, after 4 years and many millions of dollars later, the staff and consultants have presented the City Council and the residents of Morro Bay with a $167 million “cost opinion� to build the facility that matches their initial goals. The City could have saved us a lot of heartache and hard earned cash if they had spoken with sewer contractors 4-years ago, rather than hiring expensive consultants who get paid to give their “opinions.� By the way, the “pause� referenced in Mr. Buckingham’s column, has come about because many Morro Bay residents are furious that millions of their dollars have been frittered away, with very little to show for it. These residents want a new management team put in place whose first task will be to determine a “real cost� based on input from contractors. A true design/build approach might get Morro Bay out of hot water and move this project forward. Thanks, Jeff Heller, Morro Bay Jamie Irons and His Consultants Can anyone look up the City records and see how much our misguided Mayor has spent on studies?



These would include environmental reports, engineering studies, property studies, water-reclamation studies and no telling what else since he was elected. From what I remember, it has been close to $2 million dollars so far. All of this has come from money we paid into our Sewer Fund; money in, month after month in our increased sewer bills over the last 8 years. Mayor Jamie Irons lied about the Coastal Commission ruling in order to move our sewer plant out of town. Now he wants to reclaim the water for some pie-in-the-sky idea that we can pump it back in the ground, and then pump it out again for city drinking water. He should remember this about his friends on the Coastal Commission — most of them live in the Bay Area, and every one of the cities up there pump their sewer water back into the ocean. Why shouldn’t we? Someone has to take control of Irons before he spends the City and its residents into bankruptcy in his efforts to create the Utopian, environmentallyperfect sewer system. Ask your friends over in Los Osos how they are handling their sewer costs? Wait ‘til our residents start getting sewer bills for $200+ a month! Wait ‘til the restaurants and motels start going out of business! R.L. Hyde, Morro Bay

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Big Fire Destroys Los Osos Business By Neil Farrell


irefighters were mopping up Thursday, the remains of a spectacular blaze that destroyed a row of greenhouses in Los Osos. The fire was reported about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 in the north dead end of Sage Avenue, which is in the urban area of Los Osos on the east side of South Bay Boulevard. The site is in a small industrial area dominated by greenhouse/Quonset hut-style structures, sided in corrugated, fiberglass sheets, on both sides of the 1-lane road. Beyond the site is dune scrub lands that span all the way to Los Osos Creek and the Estuary, with Hollister Peak in the distance. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Josh Taylor, the commander at South Bay Station, said there are no water mains in the area, so there are no fire hydrants. Each property has a storage tank with perhaps 20,000 gallons for firefighting needs. All the homes in the area are on wells. Chief Taylor said when their first engine arrived, they ran a hose line down the north edge of the buildings and started putting water on it out of the engine’s 500-gallon onboard tank. They ordered up a water tender out of the Cal Fire Station at the SLO Airport, and Morro Bay Fire brought its ladder truck. Chief Taylor said they ordered up every water tender truck in the county to the scene. MBFD firefighters ran a hose line down the south side of

the buildings, Chief Taylor said. They started pouring water to cool the fire immediately, but knew right away it wouldn’t be enough. Because the engines needed large diameter hoses to supply enough water for the pumps on their engines, they couldn’t use a water storage tank on a neighboring property about 100 yards away. That tank couldn’t provide the water pressure they needed to feed the engines and the 75-foot ladder truck, which used its water cannon to rain down water from high above the fire. What they had to do, he explained, was run approximately three-quarters

of a mile of hose back up Sage to Nipomo Avenue and across South Bay Boulevard, hooking up to a fire hydrant on the edge of where the water service ends. They had to close South Bay for several hours, he said. “We dragged hose as far as we could by hand,” Chief Taylor said. They stationed a fire engine half-way down the hose line to use as a booster pump in order to move the water all the way back to the fire. One of the businessmen who had his business there was Bill Alderado of A Grand Entrance, a manufacturer of custom doorways and other woodworks. Alderado said he’s been in

business since 2005 and had a shop on Los Olivos Avenue before moving to the Sage Avenue site several years ago. He said he’d worked until about 4 p.m. Wednesday and knocked off for the day. He got a call about 10:30 p.m. telling him there was a fire. His shop, which included some custom doors he was working on, was destroyed along with tools in the fire. Unfortunately, he said he doesn’t have insurance. One of the three greenhouses was being used to grow orchids and belonged to another tenant, he said. Chief Taylor pointed out that the buildings have gas service and gas lines were run through the rafters and down to space heaters that kept control of the temperature. Fire investigators from Cal Fire and Morro Bay Fire were inspecting the gas lines closely as they sifted through the rubble. Investigators were still trying to determine the origin and in turn the cause of the fire. The greenhouses also had electrical service to them.

New Auto Shop a Gem By Neil Farrell


tudents, faculty, administrators, family and friends all gathered May 5 to officially unveil the new Morro Bay High School Auto Shop and one of the first of the Measure D school bond projects at MBHS. A u t o m o t i v e Technology teacher, James Bueno, and his students hosted a pretty nice car show, as several of the custom car owners in town for the Morro Bay Car Show, brought their rides down. San Luis Coastal Superintendent, Dr. Eric Prater, welcomed the guests and the student body to “witness the grand opening of the finest student auto shop in all of San Luis Obispo County.” He thanked once again the community and the voters for passing Measure D in 2014, which is providing the money for major upgrades to both MBHS and San Luis High. Dr. Prater added that with the Measure D projects are completed in 3-5 years, “Morro Bay High School will be a state-of-the-art facility.” Currently, the

new pool facility is quickly taking shape and the old auto shop will be refurbished into a new “career technical education” learning center covering multiple disciplines, and in keeping with the district’s move toward the “Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math” or STEAM model of education. The new auto shop is located in what was once a “bus barn” maintenance shop for school buses, but has been closed for many years, after the district consolidated bus maintenance at its maintenance yard on Southwood Drive in SLO.

Principal Kyle Pruitt said, “Today’s an important day for Morro Bay High School.” He acknowledged the shop teacher, Bueno, who “put his heart and soul and an incredible amount of time into this shop and this program.” When his turn came up, Bueno credited the local Snap-on Tools rep, Jason Adams, with helping to build the entire shop. “About a year-and-a-half ago,” Bueno said, “we talked about a dream shop.” This shop, he said, “It’s my Barbie’s Dreamland.” The administration asked the

students what they wanted in their new shop and “Everything you see in this shop is what they wanted,” Bueno said. He was ready to fight for it and beg if need be, to make sure the kids got what they wanted. And what they got is a beautiful — and still clean — roomy facility with several lift bays and a nice classroom space. They got a new, computerized plasma cutter, sand blast booth, paint and a curing station to powder-coat items, and the biggest toolboxes this reporter’s ever seen, among numerous other equipment. The District is planning to start work on transforming the old auto shop into the new technical education center and is planning to break ground this summer on a new student administration building and remodel of the front of campus.

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News City Manager, from page 1 Asked why he got a month’s paid leave, Buckingham replied that he gave the Council a 45-day notice that is required under his employment contract and it was the Council that decided to place him on administrative leave rather than have him work through it. Finance Director, Craig Schmollinger, who is in the midst of his first budget cycle with the City, has been appointed acting city manager. Mayor Jamie Irons said in a statement, “The City Council appreciates all that Dave has done for Morro Bay. He has had a significant, positive impact on our community, staff and the City over the past three years.” The Chamber of Commerce, which was re-awarded a contract to run the visitor’s center by Buckingham, issued a statement. “The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce wishes Mr. Buckingham well in his future pursuits,” said CEO Erica Crawford. “The Chamber has been Morro Bay’s only multi-industry business advocacy group for the past 61 years. Our Board of Directors and professional staff will continue to advocate for the creation of smart policy that enhances our members ability to participate in a thriving economy.” Buckingham was hired in the aftermath of the 2014 forced resignations of the former city manager, Andrea Lueker, and city attorney, Rob Schultz. She was replaced by an interim manager, Ed Kreins and Schultz’ services were eventually farmed out to a contract attorney firm, Alleshire & Windor, LLC. Buckingham was hired later that summer after an extensive search conducted by Kreins and was hired on a 3-2 vote by the city council. He came to Morro Bay after a 25-year career in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of Colonel. The Morro Bay job was his first in civilian government. In the 2016 Council Election, Buckingham was caught up in a, “get rid of the city manager,” campaign rhetoric by candidates who in the end didn’t win election. Last December it was revealed that he was a finalist


for the city manager job in Whitefish, Mont., but didn’t get the job. He said at the time that the hostility of the election gave him pause and he decided to look for another job to protect his family’s future. Last month he was discovered to be a finalist for the town manager’s job in Vail, Colo., making it to the final two candidates out of more than 60 that applied, calling it a “dream job” that he couldn’t pass up. But the Vail City Council on May 3, decided instead to start its selection process over. His job searching apparently led to his falling out of favor in Morro Bay. The City statement reads, “Buckingham’s consideration of City Manager positions in two other cities over the past 6 months was discussed in Buckingham’s recent closed session evaluation. Both the Council and Buckingham agreed that this was a good time for a change.” Buckingham said, “I am thankful for the opportunity to have served this wonderful community and proud of the significant improvements and accomplishments our dedicated and professional staff have delivered to the City over the past three years. I completely respect our City Council and fully appreciate the view that this is a great time for a transition.” He added, “I want the absolute best for the wonderful City of Morro Bay and this transition will allow both the City and me to focus fully on our desired futures.” City Councilman, John Headding, said Buckingham had “transformed” the City’s strategic planning and budgeting process. “The 10-year budget forecast he implemented has been critical to our evaluation of the City’s future financial health,” Headding said in a statement. “In 10 years, Morro Bay will be significantly stronger due to Dave’s leadership and energy. “While this is a good time for change for all of us, I am sorry to see him go and wish him and his lovely family the very best in the months ahead.” Buckingham’s column in The Bay News, “A View From Harbor Street,” has been discontinued for now.


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Showing Up: Tips for Successful Advocacy By Erica Crawford


ur community offers inspiration in so many ways, which is such a large part of why Morro Bay has been a migration pattern for so many for so long. We’re beckoned to stay and play by the city’s sweeping views, hiking trails, our golf course, multiple bike paths, eclectic commercial centers and unique businesses. Our destination really invites people to “show up.” I want to touch on inspiration and “showing up” in a different way. Our city is at a special moment in time: City leadership is investigating ways to strengthen and diversify our economy. Business community leaders are taking advantage of tools offered by the Chamber to increase their sales by promoting their businesses and implementing social media strategies learned at our workshops. Engaged citizens are rallying together to express their views on multiple city projects. They’re communicating to each other and to their elected leaders. There’s a buzz around the county about Morro Bay. I can say this with certainty, as someone who engages regularly with various industries countywide. In tourism, Morro Bay has been placed prominently in Visit California television advertisements and in-flight magazines on intercontinental flights. In economic development, Morro Bay

has been attracting new and exciting businesses to open up shop (welcome Grape Leaf Deli and Market, The Siren, DRKHRSE, and Three Stacks and a Rock Brewing, Co.). In long-term sustainability and energy planning, Morro Bay has been a player in marine sanctuary and offshore wind energy discussions at the County Board of Supervisors level. I am not taking a position on any of these data points. I offer them here as evidence to show that Morro Bay is happening, and that people are taking notice. There are implications in all of the above. More people will find our community, more businesses could open, and a new industry could be formed. As the chamber executive in our community, I’m forging partnerships to evaluate workforce development and economic development that would increase the resilience of our business community. This type of outreach does not stop with me. Community engagement happens every day by every member of my staff and by every member of our board of directors. Our community engagement informs the Chamber’s advocacy efforts. The more we “show up” the more we accomplish.

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The stakeholders of our efforts are our member business owners, managers, and their employees, who have chosen Morro Bay to put down roots to grow their entrepreneurial vision or their career. Some of our members are just starting families. Some are done with their careers and are actualizing a vision that will support them in their retirement. All are in customer service in some way or another. The point here is that all of our members are busy, and time is money. So, some tips for “showing up” for the busy business owner: • Call the Chamber — Whether it’s to share an idea or to vent a frustration, we DO want to hear from you. Almost everyone’s got a mobile phone and every member should have our number in their address book. It is 805-7724467. Juliana, Jenny, or I will answer or respond in the same working day. • Write us — Shoot us an email at: or erica@ or send mail the old fashioned way. We’re at 695 Harbor St., and our zip code is 93442. • Invite us to a meeting — If you and a group of your peers share a concern, let us help you to plan your next

informational meeting. We can research your concern and share findings with you. • Know the schedule — Our Board of Directors meets the third Tuesday of every month. To submit a talking point for the board to discuss, email: erica@ by the first Tuesday of the month. • Build a strategic plan — Even if it’s on the back of a beverage napkin, jot down your top three challenges and the top three things you’d need to meet them. I invite you to share in the renewed energy of the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce. Our Board of Directors, most of which have years of residency established in the Central Coast, have recently approved a 5-year strategic plan that’s sure to further the reach of our organization. Whether you have a history of involvement in city visioning and policy making, or are just getting started, I assure you that the table we have set is a long one, with plenty of seats to fill. Join us, and let’s make the most of Morro Bay’s momentum. Erica Crawford is the CEO of the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached via email at: erica@ or call 772-4467 weekdays.

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Balancing Dreamers and Doers for Business Success Bottom Line

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am inherently a Dreamer. I like to imagine the growth my business can achieve, the services we can develop, the clients we can help, and the financial success we can attain. Oh, how I can dream! Despite these amazing ideas, I’m practical enough to know that dreaming on its own will only take a business so far. To be a successful business owner, you must also be a Doer. If it weren’t for Mike Rowe, a past mentor of mine, I would probably still just be dreaming. Mike was a Doer. He completed tasks on his to-do list faster than the chip in your computer becomes outdated. He consistently measured and managed both his performance and the company’s results. What was so great about Mike is that he also understood the value of the Dreamer. He believed that if one could master both the Dreamer’s goal-oriented, future-

focused skill set, and the Doer’s taskoriented, present-focused abilities, they would improve their performance and accelerate their own growth, as well as that of their company. I feel fortunate that Mike taught me the value of developing both skill sets and understanding both perspectives. I personally grew from it, and I recognize when business owners are struggling with the Dreamer vs. Doer conflict. I encourage you to assess yourself and establish whether you are a Dreamer or a Doer. A Dreamer always expects their ideas and visions for their business will manifest into reality. To solve issues, they think about the big picture. They often miss the issues or challenges that must be dealt with today in order to move their company forward. They get frustrated when their dreams aren’t achieved or are put aside, because for them their vision is so clear. A Doer focuses on the here-and-now tasks and often ends up somewhere other than where they had hoped to be. To solve issues, they focus more on “doing things right” rather than “doing the right things.” They fail to consider whether their tasks

are leading them in the right direction, and they are often disappointed when they don’t achieve their goals despite their hard work and commitment. Which are you, a Dreamer or a Doer? By evaluating your skills and perspectives, you can determine how to enhance your performance. You can develop your own personal skill sets and enhance your company’s performance by surrounding yourself with individuals who offer different skills and perspectives. At Collaboration, we purposely balance our team with individuals who offer a diverse set of skills and perspectives. This ensures we are not blindsided by reality or miss opportunities because we are not looking at the whole picture. I worked to develop skills in areas that are not my natural strengths, which in turn improved my leadership and management abilities. Thanks to Mike Rowe taking the time to educate me on this understanding of the Dreamer and the Doer, our organization is strong with both skill sets.

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and surrounding yourself with individuals who will complement your skills and perspectives, you can improve your personal performance and accelerate your company’s growth. There are many behavior assessment tools on the market to assist you in determining your style such as WorkTraits™, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™ (MBTI), DISC® Profile, and 16PF®.

This is another article in a series on Michael Gunther’s entrepreneurial story and how being raised in a large family and his belief in creating a growth company with a work-to-live mentality has influenced his career. To read the previous articles in this series, visit his blog at: Michael Gunther is Founder and President of Collaboration, LLC, a team of highly-skilled business professionals who are dedicated to assisting proactive business owners to build profitable, sustainable businesses through results-oriented education and consulting services. Learn more at: Bottom Line is a regular feature of Simply Clear Marketing & Media.

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Local Company Goes from Clicks to Bricks Story by Mark A. Diaz


hile major retail stores like JC Penny, Macy’s and K-mart are closing stores at a record rate some merchants are moving from the simple clicked mouse of online retail to more complicated brick and mortar stores. Pipsticks, a sticker based subscription business, recently opened its doors at 1239 Monterey St. in SLO after being purely online since 2014. The business concept is simple and effective. Starring at $10 a month, a subscriber receives a packet of stickers and other ‘goodies’ in the mail. That’s it. Pipsticks currently has thousands of subscribers from 60 different countries. “There’s this really interesting, amazing feeling of just really simple kind of giddy anticipation that people associate with stickers,” said Maureen Vasquez, owner and mother of four, “and I think a lot of our generation has that nostalgia around it because a lot of us grew up collecting them.” She explains that the company receives fan mail from all over the world on a daily basis that not only give praise but recommendations that

Vasquez has put into action. Opening a brick and mortar location came from necessity over the success of the product and the success of the product came from Vasquez’s talent and drive. She spent months originating the business and developing strategies, beta testing, and marketing to ‘mom bloggers.’ The simplicity of the idea belies the effort is has taken to make it a success. After much deliberation and thought, Vasquez and her husband Nathan, a former options trader, decided to move to San Luis Obispo and run Pipsticks fulltime. Vasquez went from managing and promoting the business while living in London to stuffing envelopes in their cottage on their property in SLO. “So we really out grew the space, last December we were on top of each other,” said Vasquez. “I think there were 8 working at that point in 600 square feet with sticker coming out of our ears.” Opening the storefront brought another dimension to business that Vasquez enjoys. Already very communitive with her customers, she looks forward to interacting with

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them in person. Since the physical location was not a determining factor in the business’ success, Vazquez said that retail space is exactly what she envisioned. “Also, from a business aspect,” Vasquez said, “we are looking to expanding to a wholesale market, so developing our own products and marketing them to other retail stores, which will allow us to really understand the market better.” The location also serves as a production floor in the back and Vasquez is looking forward to launching an event space that can be reserved for special occasions and giving people another option for after hour activities. At first, the sticker packets were geared toward children. Within six months, she realized that the majority of subscribers were adults and adapted to the surprising discovery. Now, the company assembles two types of packs; ‘Kid packs’ for children and the ‘Pro Packs’ for adults. “Right now, about 70% of our club is actually adults,” said Vasquez. “All of our kid packs are designed with parents in mind as well… all the stickers

are tried and tested by children [her children] and high quality.” She explained that, when a parent needs a break and uses stickers as a distraction, the last thing they want is a lousy product. Before the Cal Poly graduate became the queen of sticker subscriptions, Vasquez worked for Clifford Chance, one of the top ten largest law firms in the world, while living in London. The last project she worked on was centralizing all the firm’s designs that spanned across countries and create a new design and identity programs. “The experience for me in terms of large scale product management was awesome,” she said attributing businesses success to her experience at the law firm. Pipsticks will celebrate its grand opening on June 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free sticker crafts, prizes, treats and music. For more information, go online to:

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Financial Focus

What Does Conservative Investing Mean to Older Investors?


f you’re a certain age, or getting close to it, you might hear something like this: “Now that you’re older, you need to invest more conservatively.” But what exactly does this mean? For starters, it’s useful to understand that your investment preferences and needs will indeed change over time. When you’re first starting out in your career, and even for a long time afterward, you can afford to invest somewhat aggressively, in stocks and stock-based investments; because you have time to overcome the inevitable short-term market drops. At this stage of your life, your primary concern is growth – you want your portfolio to grow enough to provide you with the resources you’ll need to meet your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But when you finally do retire, and perhaps for a few years before that, your investment focus likely will have shifted from accumulation to preservation. And this certainly makes some sense. Even though you may spend two, or even three, decades in retirement, you actually have many shorter time frames for withdrawing money – that is, selling investments – from your retirement accounts, such as your 401(k) and IRA. In fact, you may be taking withdrawals

every month – and you don’t want to be forced to sell investments when their price is down. Consequently, you’ll want a portfolio that’s less susceptible to market downturns. This means that you may need to reduce the percentage of stocks in your investment mix and increase your holdings in investments that have less growth potential but offer greater stability of principal, such as bonds. If you follow this formula, you will have become a more conservative investor. But this evolution – from aggressive to conservative – isn’t that simple, or at least it shouldn’t be. If, as mentioned above, you are retired for two or three decades, you will have to deal with inflation. And even at a relatively mild 3 percent annual inflation rate, your purchasing power will decline by about half in just 25 years. This is a real threat to retirees, who, unlike active employees, can’t count on increases in earned income to overcome increasing costs of living. Given this reality, you will have to find your sources of rising income in your investment portfolio. One possibility: Dividend-paying stocks, some of which have increased their dividends for many years in a row. Still, like all stocks, these dividend payers can lose value

from year to year, and they can also reduce, or even eliminate, dividends at any time. In other words, they aren’t risk-free – which brings us back to the question of how “conservative” of an investor you can really afford to be when you’re retired. In the final analysis, there’s no simple answer. On one hand, you probably shouldn’t be as aggressive an investor as you were when you were much younger and still working. On the other hand, if you were to primarily own certificates of deposit and U.S. Treasury securities, you might face the prospect of outliving your money. Ultimately, you’ll need to maintain a balanced portfolio that helps you control risk today while providing you with growth opportunities for tomorrow.

herself through college. Her intrinsic desire to learn about investments was a passion from a very young age. Sarah has been serving investors for 17 years and has clients in 12 different states. She is a board member of The Morro Bay Community Foundation and a Morro Bay Rotarian. Sarah currently is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones Investments in Morro Bay. Her proudest accomplishments though are her 2 children, Noah & Bella.

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Biz Briefs The American Public Works Association (APWA) will honor those who work in professions providing and maintaining public facilities and services during National Public Works Week, May 21 through May 27. This year’s theme is “Public Works Connects Us.” Local activities scheduled for week included a presentation by Mayor Heidi Harmon at the May 16 City Council meeting. Public Works representatives from local City and County agencies will also display equipment and information at the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market on Thursday, May 25. For more information contact the Public Works Administration at 781-7200 or go online to: www. . The Morro Bay and Baywood Park/Los Osos Chambers of Commerce’s next joint Monthly Business Mixer is set for 5:30-7 p.m., May 23 at the new location of Jungue Love in Marina Square, 699 Embarcadero St. in Morro Bay. Wine Seller will provide beverages and the Grape Leaf Deli & Market will bring the food. The mixer will toast the new location of the eclectic gifts and curios shop, which recently moved to Marina Square’s most visible space, at the corner of Embarcadero and Pacific Street. It’s a space that used to house the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, which moved to another space, in Marina Square’s interior courtyard.

Cuesta College’s Marketing and Communications Department was recently honored with three awards from the Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO), the statewide professional development and service organization that seeks to promote excellence in California’s community college public relations and related professionals. The awards received by the collegerecognized excellence in a performing arts campaign, college brochure, and media success story concerning veteran suicide awareness.

PG&E revealed its new mobile command vehicle (MCV) at the SLO chamber ‘Expo at the Expo.’ The MCV is a 39-foot, Type II, Lieutenant Commander, built on a Freightliner chassis by Lone Star RV of Houston, Texas. The MCV enhances PG&E’s safety, emergency response and incident coordination

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law enforcement and criminal justice agencies throughout the county will be in attendance. This non-denominational ceremony will be held in the Mission Plaza of downtown San Luis Obispo. The public is encouraged to attend. This year’s tribute will include, among other things, a caravan of law enforcement vehicles from throughout the County. The caravan will begin at the Sheriff’s Department honor farm located on Highway 1 and parade down Highway 1 into San Luis Obispo to the Mission Plaza. The ceremony in the plaza will include the honor roll for those who died in the line of duty in California from May 2016 to present. On May 18, the San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market will again host the law enforcement agencies from throughout San Luis Obispo County displaying emergency and tactical equipment including police service dogs. The event is in conjunction with National Police Week May 14-20. The purpose of National Police Week is “to pay tribute to all law enforcement personnel who make our communities safer and more secure and who sometimes give their lives in the line of duty.” The City of San Luis Obispo received the Platinum Public Engagement award from Pepperdine University. Pepperdine’s Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, which promotes citizen participation in governance, honored the city for its dedication to involving residents in local decision-making through the use of advanced public engagement policies and techniques. “San Luis Obispo is a city that seeks to place residents at the center of policy making,” said Davenport Institute Executive Director Ashley Trim. “Public engagement is never easy, and there is always room for continued growth. But San Luis Obispo is setting an example of how to create a culture of participation city-wide. It’s an example we hope others will follow.” The award was presented to the City at the Council meeting on May 2. Big Brothers Big Sisters recognized the Harold J. Miossi Trust at the agency’s Shareholders Reception. Over the past five years, the Trust has provided over $100,000 in support to their School Based Programs in San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. Anna Boyd-Bucy, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters said, “The Miossi Trust has ensured multilevel mentoring for elementary Littles and their teen mentors. We would not have a School Based Program at Del Mar Elementary without this support.” Barnett Cox & Associates (BCA) was awarded four Image Awards for high profile campaigns from the Public Relations Society of America. BCA earned two Awards of Excellence, the association’s top honor, and two Awards of Merit from the California Central Coast chapter, which includes San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Fresno, Kern, Mariposa and Tulare counties. “We are especially proud because these campaigns all supported the community we live in,” said BCA’s President and CEO Maggie Cox. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is hosting a Central Coast fundraiser to raise awareness and support research for those impacted by Type 1 diabetes (T1D). “Wine-ing For the Cure” will take place at Greengate Ranch & Vineyard in San Luis Obispo on May 21. The fundraiser will host a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner and local wines, along with live music and live and silent auctions. All proceeds will benefit JDRF to support the prevention, treatment, and

cure for T1D. VIP entrance will begin at 4 p.m., followed by general admission entry at 5 p.m. VIP tickets $175; general admission is $120. Ticket sales close May 10. For more information on JDRF and T1D, visit To purchase event tickets, contact Kara Hornbuckle at 448-6924. Cuesta College’s Board of Trustees approved Dr. Mark Sanchez as the Cuesta College Assistant Superintendent/ Vice President of Student Services and College Centers, and Madeline Medeiros as the Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Science. Both were approved at the April 12 Board of Trustees meeting. Dr. Sanchez will be responsible for ensuring that Student Services provides specialized support to optimize students’ ability to achieve their academic goals and obtain the assistance they need to achieve success, while also overseeing the North County Campus in Paso Robles and South County Center in Arroyo Grande. Medeiros will oversee the ESL division in addition to English, fine arts, languages and communications, performing arts and social sciences. The San Luis Obispo County YMCA received a donation of $25,000 from The Shanbrom Family Foundation to support the Y’s new Realistic Education Addressing Conditioning & Health program (REACH) for youth and families impacted by autism. The goal of REACH is to empower those on the ASD spectrum with independent living and social skills, physical activity and fun. The classes are held Saturday afternoons at the Y’s facility on Southwood Drive. A “school dance” class will soon be added. The Shanbrom Family Foundation grant also supports financial assistance for ASD families to join the Y in order to access all of the Y’s fitness membership benefits, which include full gym, racquetball, swimming and 54 classes per week.


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Parker Sanpei won the Silver Stevie Award in the Travel and Tourism category in The 15 Annual American Business Awards (ABA). The business was awarded for its work with the International Chardonnay Symposium including creation and execution of the event, media results and increased attendance. Parker Sanpei is the public relations and marketing agency. The ABA receives more than 3,600 nominations a year and more than 190 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select the winners. Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), all Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, announced they have been honored for the second time with Environmental Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth. AGCH and MRMC both received the 2017 Greenhealth Partner for Change Award and FHMC received the 2017 Partner Recognition Award. The awards recognize health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Gymnazo of San Luis Obispo’s recent Earth Day fitness challenge attracted more than 80 participants and netted a donation of $800 for the Land Conservancy of SLO County. The free-of- charge event saw a crowd of all ages enjoying a simultaneous Saturday morning workout led by Gymnazo trainers.

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project of Cal Poly and the California Central Coast Research Partnership (C3RP), the Cal Poly Technology Park is a home on campus for technologybased businesses -- particularly firms engaged in applied research and development.” - Jim Dunning, Interim Director, Economic Development and Technology Transfer, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

That quote is the Cal Poly website’s official explanation, in a nutshell, of what the C3RP and the complex they’ve built on campus is all about. And, in the nine years since construction started on the Park, a few things have changed. For one, Dunning’s title used to be simply Program Administrator C3RP, but he’s now the public face of a business community located just off the main campus in Building 83, up Mt

Bishop Road. About 10,000 sq. ft. of the nearly 30,000 sq. ft. in the Park’s prototype building were already leased before the place opened in 2010 and by 2014 they were sold out. There are multiple ways to interpret that. Perhaps it took awhile for the concept to catch on after a burst of interest, or it takes some time to find suitable candidates for the type of



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cooperative development proposed. Either way, in 2017 it’s now time for them to get growing. The same week that CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and College of Science and Mathematics Dean Phil Bailey got all excited to announce an historic gift of $110 million for Bailey’s department from alumni William and Linda Frost, the C3RP held a much less glitzy gathering to discuss expansion of the Park, with a $500,000 grant already in place for planning. At a mixer event May 10 - one of several Dunning plans periodically for Cal Poly staff, faculty, and interested members of the public to get to know the Park’s tenants - he explained that 12 companies currently fit in the pilot space for the tech-park, but they’ve learned a thing or two about future needs, and there’s quite the waiting list. Not so coincidentally, they also have another 11 acres locked into the campus development master plan for development. That’s a little like zoning approval in a municipal context. In 2015 C3RP started examining the feasibility of expansion and the SLO–based firm RRM design group started drafting general site plans. To be phased in over a period of years, the current favorite – Site Plan A, although there are other options with varied final costs and space build out - calls for four new buildings to bring the Park’s total to total 151,000 sq. ft. of interior space. The buildings would be phased in one by one in a radial pattern around a central visitors’ area. Dunning said the difference between the current two-story building and the new construction would be in the incorporation of smaller rentable areas and “flex space,” units separated by roll up doors and versatile ability. Many employees of the current tenants –at least those that attended the mixer - work in the offices available in the upper floor of the original building. They noted that the two main reasons for being located at the Tech Park were the excellent high speed Internet, and availability of an intern and grad student workforce within walking distance. The original vision of the site however was to have more prototyping and product testing in convertible labs. Currently the primary users of that ability are Tyvak, providers of “Nano-Satellite and CubeSat space vehicle products” and the Applied Biotechnology Institute, specializing in plant biotechnology and products targeted for industrial and animal science. The next step at the moment is to go tot the Chancellor’s office for approval of their plans, but by this time next year, dunning said, they hope to be on their way with another 20,000-30,000 sq.ft. of space to rent. Possibly through a public-private partnership wherein a developer would buy out the rights and lease out the space on their own. Most importantly, the colligate atmosphere and networking potential of the campus within a campus would be maintained.

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“We see from the outside the powerful woman standing in front of her business, and then when we struggle,” said Goonetilleke, “we feel like we are the only ones that struggle and we feel like we can’t tell anyone.” Other members also commented about the need they felt of having a group they could share their victories and setbacks without fear of judgment. Commenting on how NAWBO had helped her, Jamila Haseeb, NAWBO member and owner of Apexx Consulting, LLC, said that she has reached out to the organization for assist with a unique

challenge women often face and a fellow member presented her with solutions and insights that were unavailable from her male mentors. Addressing the group, Atascadero City Councilwoman Heather Moreno said she was happy to see NAWBO make its way to the area. “I was a member of NAWBO in 2004 when I lived in Orange County and was disappointed when I came up here and it wasn’t available,” said Moreno, “and now that it is, I am so glad to be a part of this group of women.” Moreno also stated that she is hoping that NAWBO will be a vehicle for expanding local business beyond the boards of the central coast. President of the NAWBO chapter in Santa Barbara, Amy Collins said, “I joined NAWBO originally…not understanding the impact it was really going to have on my life, and I can say that it’s the greatest group of women around.”

The group meets the first Friday of every from 11:30 a.m. till 1:15 p.m. The most recent speaker was Maggie Cox, co-founder of Barnett Cox and Associates. Cox spoke of the sudden and inevitable fact of change and how through adversity people have the chance to grow and overcome. She also delivered a message on the importance of tenacity as a business owner and how something as simple as meals being delivered by family make a difference. “If I could leave you with any message,” Cox said to the group, “in my case, what was the core success for me was support of people around us, believing in ourselves and then being resilient. You just can’t throw in the towel.” The chapter’s next meeting is on Fri., June 2 from 11:30 am to 1:15 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Country Club and will consist of a panel of three businesswomen. Participants will be able to ask questions and glean knowledge from them. The panel will be composed of Mary Verdin, the President and Chief Strategy Officer of Verdin; Jennifer Idler, the Human Resources and Events Manager at Idler’s Home; and Diana Gabriel, co-founder of Change of a Dress Boutique. For more information go online to:

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he National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has opened a new chapter in San Luis r t Obispo. Central Coast women business f owners will now have the opportunity to l tap into an organization’s resources and n political influence. NAWBO was formed s in 1975 by a group of women business d owners and is a dues-based organization s that boasts of 10.1 million members. n Dawn Goonetilleke – a Keller Williams t real estate agent in her day job - initiated the opening of the Central Coast chapter. f She was seeking ways to connect and r give back to the local community when a d friend suggested NAWBO. Mary Cravets, w NAWBO’s chair of the president’s t assembly steering committee, put her in t touch. The two agreed that the Central e Coast chapter would be great for the area. e “It was exactly what I felt like I g needed,” said Goonetilleke, the current o chapter president. “It was another group e of likeminded women that spoke the r same language, went through the same g struggles and could appreciate each other’s lives.” g She iterated the importance of e community that she feels NAWBO can p bring to the table and how it can not only o be a networking source, but also a support e group for women business owners.


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