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One of the Central Coast’s largest annual events to raise money towards autism awareness was held in San Luis Obispo’s Mission Plaza on May 7. Proceeds from the event go to the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center’s (CCASC) fund for Camp Expedition. Se more on page 40. Photo by Camas Frank.
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Coffee with the Constabulary
Bob Jones Inches Closer
By Camas Frank
ne of the advantages of a small town is getting to know people. Sure it sounds trite, but just as travel is the bane of ignorance and narrow mindedness, getting to know someone alleviates stigma and removes stereotypes. Even in a small town though, one of the last people most folks want to have an up close and personal encounter with are the Police. “We don’t always have the most favorable interactions on the job,” said SLO PD Lt. Bill Proll diplomatically. The Police Lieutenant, a 30 year veteran of the local force, was hanging out at the Blackhorse Espresso & Bakery on Los Osos Valley Road the morning May 12 to launch a new program, “Coffee with a Cop.” It’s a public outreach formula made popular in other cities and the launch in SLO seemed successful from the 9 a.m. get go. To blast one stereotype out of the water, Lt. Proll did not have doughnuts with his coffee. Cuisine and personal biography weren’t the type of questions on the minds of citizens that gathered at the table however. See Cop, page 7
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rogress on a decades old community dream to connect the City of San Luis Obispo’s bike route network to the Avila Beach Bob Jones Trail - and by extension to bike corridors in Shell Beach and Pismo Beach - got a bit closer May 9. Over the last several years that progress has been measured in bureaucratic hurdles overcome inside County government; but a major physical link at the border of the City of San Luis Obispo was finished in 2014 with a City-to-Sea Bike Trail extension. That project installed a bridge completing the Class 1 bikeway from Prado Road and the Water Resource Reclamation Facility to Los Osos Valley Road and with the addition of repainted bike lanes at the LOVR / Highway 101 interchange last year the links are in place for City commuters. On Feb. 24, 2015 the SLO County Board of Supervisors gave the green light for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the 4.5-mile extension from the Octagon Barn to the Ontario Road parking lot and trail header to Avila Beach.
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Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May every year. And that would be May 29 this year. Formerly known as Decoration Day it commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. In SLO the San Luis Cemetery Mausoleum and Memorial Gardens on Higuera Street traditionally holds a memorial with a reading of the Gettysburg Address.
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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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6 UPGRADES TO SECURE A SPEEDY SALE
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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SLOPD Seeks Serial Prowler
an Luis Obispo Police are investigating a creepy case of prowling, after a local woman was awakened by a man outside her window who was reportedly watching pornography on a cell phone while leering in on her. According to Sgt. Chad Pfarr, at about 12:40 a.m. May 9, officers responded to the 600 block of Johnson Ave. “The female victim told officers she woke to sounds outside her bedroom window,” Sgt. Pfarr said. “When she looked out she saw an unknown male suspect holding a cell phone and watching a pornographic video while shining a light into her bedroom.” But instead of calling police right away, the woman called her landlord, which apparently gave the creeper time to escape. “The victim first called the landlord who lives nearby and responded to check the area but the suspect was already gone,” he said. “The police were called approximately 20 minutes after the suspect was seen and were unable to locate anyone due to the time delay in reporting.” The call rang familiar to SLOPD. “In January and February of this year,” Sgt. Pfarr said, “the police department responded to three similar incidents
in the same general area. Investigators believe these cases are related and are actively seeking leads in these investigations.” In all four cases, he added, the suspect pointed a flashlight into the window and the victims were only able to see the suspect’s profile and could not provide additional descriptions other than the suspect being a male. And of course, he apparently has a cell phone. Police are asking the public to check their security cameras to see if they caught sight of the suspect. “If you have video surveillance anywhere in the 600 block of Johnson investigators would like to view it,” Sgt. Pfarr said. There would appear to be a rash of prowler complaints in recent months. “In addition to these reports the police department has received multiple late reports of possible prowlers in recent months. We want to remind you to immediately report prowlers to the Police Department. “Any delay in a report being made dramatically decreases our chances of locating a suspect who may still be in the area,” Sgt. Pfarr said. If readers have information about this crime call SLOPD at (805) 7817312 or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549STOP.
Public Works Week, May 21-27
hey are the public employees too often taken for granted; the ones whose failings are grossly evident; but whose successes too often go unacknowledged. And yet, what they do for society, the essential services they provide, we really couldn’t live without. National Public Works Week is set for May 21-27 and the San Luis Obispo City Council plans to salute its workers with a Resolution of Appreciation and a special display at the Farmer’s Market, Thursday, May 25 in Downtown SLO. With this year’s theme, “Public Works Connects Us,” the American Public Works Association honors those who provide and maintain public facilities and services. The Council was slated to pass a Resolution at its May 16 meeting with
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News Cop, from page 1 Property crimes and the proper behavior of motorists and cyclists as regards each other were of prime concern. SLO Mayor Heidi Harmon who sat in on the first half of the meet-ngreet said, that, not to diminish the victims, but she thought it was lucky that the number one crime affecting SLO residents is petty theft. As well, she termed it a compliment to the community that people feel safe leaving vehicles and doors unlocked around their neighbors. Never-the-less, Lt. Proll came armed with flyers advising residents to lock their cars and homes, not to leave valuables in the open, park under lights and report any suspicious activity. To be fair, residents do report a lot of suspicious activity, especially in SLO’s Downtown Creek Walk, but said Lt. Proll, “it’s not illegal to be homeless,” and no matter how many citations are written when actual illegal activity is seen - i.e. open containers, public urination, etc – the SLO PD is not about to round people up and send them to Prado Day Center, he added, “we can encourage them and tell them about services but we don’t interfere with people not breaking the law.”
Bob Jones, from page 1 Engineering estimates from 2008 had put the cost at $10 million to complete the proposed design. Funding to even start the project, and then negotiate for property easements along the way was an issue. And it still is. However, at the Board of Supervisors May 9 meeting this year they were able to loosen up some funds from an unexpected source, $317,700 from the separate and postponed Avila-toHarford Pier Pathway. Shaun Cooper, Senior Park Planner with the County explained that the Avila to Hartford project isn’t dead, but there are extra issues, especially regarding parking in the area that have set it back. In the meantime that $317,700 can go into the pot making up close to $1 million already set aside to make Bob Jones “Shovel Ready.” Harford is still on the long term agenda. “We have those funds from the Unocal remediation money as well as PG&E’s steam generator project, that is intended for use in the Avila area,” he explained. “Bob Jones has been ready to go. It’s still a little short, and we don’t have construction money yet, but it’s a good estimate to work with consultants.” Unlike construction, he adds there is wiggle room for negotiating with the consulting firms that will help them set up construction documents and arrange easements.
Treatment of the homeless in town was something Harmon brought up in her list of priorities regarding the Police as well, but she praised SLO’s Police Chief Deanna Cantrell for launching so many public outreach initiatives, of which ‘Coffee with a Cop’ is the latest addition. “I think the police here deserve to be shown in a positive light. Almost every day someone will come up to me and say what a great job Chief Cantrell has been doing,” said Harmon. “She’s been a wonderful addition to our community.” In announcing the program Cantrell was quoted as saying, ““Our goal is to have the officers attend ‘Coffee with a Cop’ in their assigned neighborhood... That way, our officers will get to know the people they’re going to be interacting with, which is important in building mutual trust and understanding.” Lt. Proll said he volunteered for the first event as the neighborhood officers for the area were off duty, but that they intend to have one in all of the 13 neighborhood districts that have assigned patrol officers. That could take awhile as they’re currently only scheduling about six per year. Additional ‘Coffee with a Cop’ events will be announced online at slocity. org/police or through social media at facebook.com/respectslo.
Routes and property rights have been an obstacle for years, as well as money. On a partially federally funded project though, the County isn’t allowed to arrange easements until their route designs pass environmental scrutiny. Only three letters from the public were received by the Board of Supervisors in time for the May 9 meeting, two in favor of the project completion and one opposed from property owner Ray Bunnell. Although not yet able to enter official negotiations, Cooper said, they have met with all affected property owners over the years. Even Bunnell at some point seemed open to the idea, said Cooper, but they value his current input. “We will reach out formally,” he added, “I don’t want to say anything that would indicate we’re not taking him seriously.” Depending on the exact route laid out by the next round of consultants, about 12 property owners would be at the table. The County hopes to have a request for proposals (RFP) ready within a week of the May 9 meeting, but it could take until June. The costliest part of the project could be designing up to three Class 1 trail bridges and of course obtaining the properties. Consultants willing to take on the RFP would assess all that. Actual construction could begin in another three years.
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OP-ED: Letter to the Editor Fight the Hike-at-Night Movement I urge the SLO City Council to oppose any change in City policy to allow hiking in our open space after dark. The prohibition on nighttime hiking has been in place since the inception of the City’s open space program and is fundamental to its protection. The City’s standards of environmental protection should not be lowered, especially given the stress on wildlife and habitat resulting from climate change. Furthermore, every single dollar of grant, general fund, sales tax, nonprofit and individual donations devoted to protection of the city’s greenbelt was invested in reliance on the strong policy that open space is closed to recreation at night and that the night sky would be protected for nocturnal wildlife. I know because I have been personally involved in advocacy for City open space protection since 1988. Has Council communicated with all of these granting agencies and donors regarding this proposed, wrong-headed undermining of City open space protection? Nighttime hiking is fundamentally incompatible with protection of wildlife and the natural habitat. As clearly stated in Appendix C to the Conservation and Open Space Element, where uses conflict, the first priority is “Protection of existing wildlife and natural habitat generally.” The second priority is “Public access and passive recreation.” To allow nigh time hiking would have negative
environmental impacts on wildlife and the habitat, as stated in the staff report. Has there been an EIR? Why is Council even considering this profound policy change? Apparently, a small, private, special interest group has asked Council to cater to their wish to hike open space at night after work a higher priority than protection of nocturnal wildlife. Apparently, this group feels entitled to have what they want, when they want it, despite the destructive environmental consequences and objections of property owners, who do not want strangers wandering near their homes at night. Apparently, this group does not care if nighttime rescues would increase due to nighttime hiking. There are so many alternate ways to exercise after work, none of which undermine the integrity of our open space protection. Why should this group get special treatment? To cater to their wishes would set a dangerous precedent for other groups wanting to violate open space policy. What’s next, nighttime trail biking? Hunting in open space? Since the 1990s, councils have been progressively more and more protective of open space. Does this Council want to be the first one to lower the level of protection? Pleases join me in urging the Council to stand up for open space protection and reject the proposal to allow hiking at night.
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t has been a great 15 years and it is time for a change,” said SLO County’s Administrator of five years, Dan Buckshi. “...the current Board of Supervisors is very different than the Board that promoted me to the County Administrative Officer (CAO) position five years ago.” The City Council of Walnut Creek, Calif. is expected to vote on Tuesday – past deadline for this issue - on a contract naming Buckshi as their City Manager to replace their retiring municipal head. In an announcement put out by the County on May 12, Buckshi added, “I am proud of all we have accomplished during my tenure and am I thankful for the many opportunities the County has afforded me over the years. I feel blessed to have been a part of this community. I developed many close working relationships and I am going to sincerely miss those who have become friends. We have an incredibly talented workforce, especially our executive team and our Administrative Office staff. In my opinion, they are second to none.” The County’s press office further eulogized his service by explaining that: Buckshi joined the County of San Luis Obispo in 2002 as an Administrative Analyst. In 2006 he was promoted to Budget Director and in 2010 to Assistant County Administrative Officer. In 2012, he was appointed as the County Administrative Officer.
Buckshi served as the lead on budget, compensation, and pension reforms and charted the path forward through the Great Recession. During this timeframe, the County closed cumulative budget gaps of over $75 million and did so without anyone losing their job due to budget cuts. As a result of these reforms, the County’s bond rating was increased to AAA, the highest available. Buckshi played a key role in the recent $145 million settlement agreement with PG&E regarding the closure of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. The City of Walnut Creek added some elements of his resume that drew their interest, namely that: Buckshi was instrumental in the creation of the first countywide economic strategy, which was a joint effort with the Economic Vitality Corporation. Additionally, Buckshi helped craft the County’s homeless policies and programs, drought response efforts, groundwater management plans, the development of a new airport terminal, and the creation of a countywide tourism district. According to the California Government database website publicpay. ca.gov, the SLO County CAO position currently pays $228,451 annually. Walnut Creek appears ready to offer an annual salary of $254,000. In addition, Buckshi will be eligible to receive a loan of up to $300,000 to purchase a home in Walnut Creek.
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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
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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he SLO County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) wanted SLO County residents to “Be Air Aware” during Air Quality Awareness Week, which was May 1 to May 5. The APCD is concerned mainly with man-made pollutants but it was impossible for local residents with allergen sensitivities to be anything but aware of what was in
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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
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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
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: email@example.com 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 www.danaandobe.org. ••• 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 www.mcscorp.org 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@ gmail.com 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
Visitors will get information on the “Maritime Museum of Morro Bay Project” to build a small interpretive center amongst the three historic vessels on display, take a tour inside the DSRV Avalon rescue submarine, and Coast Guard surf rollover boat. See: www.morrobaymaritime.org for more information on the organization and
for this interesting, fun, exciting and rewarding position via email at: fes@ elephantseal.org or call, (805) 9241628. See: www.elephantseal.org (click on “Become a Docent”) for information. •••
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: SLOMA.org. •••
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. us.com/farmgirls/farmgirls-summercamp. 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. FARMsteadED.com 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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May 18 - 31, 2017
Dancing in the Canyon Nightwriters
By Dennis Eamon Young
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
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 slonightwriters.org.
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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
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May 27 & 28
• 2017 STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
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 agstrawberryfestival.com 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: http://www.facebook.com/agstrawberryfestival
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• 2017 STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 27th (9-6) & Sunday, May 28th (9-5) SATURDAY, MAY 27TH: 10:30am - Central Coast Kenpo Karate Demonstrations 11am - Five Cities Twirlers 12:00 - Central Coast Kenpo Karate Demonstrations 12:30 - Music Motive Student Showcase 1pm - Bucket Busters (Bucket Bustin’ Drummers) 2pm - Arroyo Grande High School Color Guard 3pm - Studio of Performing Arts Dancers 4pm - Kid’s Drum Circle (Open to All Kids! Drums provided!)
A Rabobank Family Stage SATURDAY & SUNDAY - ALL DAY:
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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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G West End Stage SATURDAY, MAY 27TH:
10am-1:30pm - Different Strings Duo (Rock from the 60’s to 90’s) 2pm - 5:30pm - Jim Conroy and Bruce Beck (Jazzy, Bluesy Vocal Duo)
10am - 12:30pm - Charged Particles (Funky Latin Jazz) 1pm to 4:30pm - Cal Poly’s University Jazz Band (17 pc. Big Band with Vocals)
D Middle Branch Street Stage SATURDAY & SUNDAY - ALL DAY:
B Conrad’s Porch
Huayllipachia (Music of the Andes)
Hosted by Songwriters at Play
SATURDAY MAY 27TH: 10am-noon - Albert Sanudo Jr. (Jazz, Folk, Funk, Reggae & Spiritual) 12:30-2:30pm - Luis Oliart (Rock & Blues) 3-5pm Karyn Ann (Neo-Acoustic Soul Troubadour)
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)
E Middle Bridge Street Stage SATURDAY & SUNDAY - ALL DAY:
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SUNDAY, MAY 28TH: 9am - Noon -Azure Tres (Blues, Soul and Roots-Rock) 12:30pm - 3:30pm - Nicole Stromsoe Trio (Classy Jazz, Blues & Folk Vocals)
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SATURDAY & SUNDAY - ALL DAY: Camel Rides presented by Oliver Livestock Co.
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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.
You’re going to love the music we play! Fleetwood Mac • Norah Jones • James Taylor Harry Connick Jr. • Tony Benett • Michael Buble Elton John • Rod Stewart • The Eagles Neil Diamond • Barbara Streisand • And Many More!
America’s Best Music!
2017 STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL •
May 27 & 28
FUN in the SUN In Marsha’s Backyard!
Now Serving Home Made Carnitas!
2017-LIVE MUSIC & BBQ SUNDAYS
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5/28 ROCK OF AGES 6/4 LEGENDS Come Dance to Sounds of your Favorite DJ’s Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays COME ENJOY OUR ORIGINAL THIRSTY THURSDAYS ! All Day Til 10 pm All Domestic Beer $1.50 Watch for our Happy Hour Specials 108 W. Branch St, Arroyo Grande (805) 481-2871 www.RalphandDuanes.com
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JUNE 2-4 WINEWAVESANDBEYOND.COM FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Big Waves on the Big Screen @ THE Historic Fremont Theatre, SLO Under an Artic Sky by Chris Burkard | Doors Open 5:45pm | Movie & Presentation 6:30pm | $20
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Rabobankâ€™s Barrel to Barrel @ The Cliffs Resort, Pismo Beach Central Coast Wines & Microbrews | Local Restaurants | Auction Live Music by Joe Koenig & the Homewreckers | Early Access: 1-5pm $85 | Regular Access: 2-5pm $75
Sunday, JUNE 4 805 Surf Classic @ Pismo Beach Pier 7am-3:30pm | $30 Heats: 805 Team Challenge, Men, Women, Adaptive Athlete and Winemaker/Brew Master
805 Beach Party ON THE SAND AT THE SEAVENTURE BEACH HOTEL Classic VWs on Display: 11am-2:30pm | Food Truck Caravans & Free Beach Concert: Noon-5pm Featuring 805 Beer | Live Music by the Boomer Surf Band and Shane Stoneman Proceeds benefit
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BAYSIDE CAFE is a wonderful find if you
are looking for fresh food and something off the beaten track where the “Locals” love to eat while looking over the Back Bay. A restaurant with a casual dinning experience, great home cooked food from the farm and the sea. Homemade desserts are a must try. Open 7 days a week for lunch featuring fish and chips, soups, salads, sandwiches and some Mexican items. Try our dinners served Thursday through Sunday featuring fresh seafood items as well as tri tip, hamburgers, pastas and more...Dog friendly heated patio too. Located in the Morro Bay State Park Marina directly across the road from Morro Bay State Park Campground at #10 State Park Road in Morro Bay! 805-772-1465
DEL’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT has been serving classic
comfort cuisine on the Central Coast since 1973. Family owned and operated and a must stop dining institution! Our sizzling sauces are slow roasted for hours with the finest ingredients. Try our famous New York style pizza, calzones, bodacious bread rolls, our legendary Lasagna, Fettucini Alfredo or Spaghetti and Meat Balls. Vegetarian and gluten free options available. Several local wines and beer by the bottle and on tap and an award winning, modestly priced bottle list. Our historic location just off the 101 freeway features a redwood bar with two screens, romantic ocean view tables for two, and larger seating areas that are perfect for families and large groups. Open for dine in, take out and delivery from 4pm to close Monday-Friday, and for both lunch and dinner from noon to 10 pm on weekends. We are located at 401 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, CA. 93449. Give us a call at 805.773.4438
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
MR. PICKLE’S SANDWICH SHOP
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 MrPickles.com 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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* SANTA MARIA SEWING SUPERSTORE
Keeping You In Stitches For 50 Years Since 1967 127 E. Main Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454. (805) 922-1784 Fax: (805) 925-7133 Like us on Facebook. www.santamariasewing.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beads by the Bay and Garden Shop The ONLY Bead & Garden Shop on the Central Coast! OPEN EVERY DAY! EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BEAD AS WELL AS A HUGE SELECTION OF SUCCULENTS, AIR PLANTS, AND MINIATURE GARDEN ACCESSORIES
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
SMOOBAGE , which means “something that you
really love” is a delightful store that will peak your senses as you search for the perfect item or gift. You will find Artistic pieces from a variety of local artists as well as a quaint store that houses a paradise of colorful palettes & textures. From leather goods to jewelry, greeting cards & a children’s section there are treasures abundant. 591 Embarcadero, Morro Bay. 805-459-5751.
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and traveling lover of sewing, quilting, knitting & crochet. We have a wonderful talented staff available for sewing questions or help. We carry a large selection of Quilters Quality Cotton Fabric, Sewing notions, Home decor fabric, Yarn, needles & hooks, embroidery floss, Ribbon & Trim, Sewing & Quilting Patterns & Books, Pfaff Sewing Machines, as well as ABM Innova Long Arm Quilting Systems. Come play with us, be INSPIRED and INSPIRING to others. Hours: Monday - Saturday 9:30 - 6, Sunday 10 – 5. Located at 2830 Main St, Morro Bay 805-772-2646
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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RALPH & DUANES
Live Music & Bbq Sunday’s: 106 W. Branch St, Arroyo Grande 481-2871 wwwralphandduanes.com
RANCHO BOWL & LOUNGE
now offers 32 Newly Remodeled Lanes with Couches & Coffee Tables, New LCD Touch Screen Consoles with Integrated Cameras, 32 New LCD Flat Screen TV’s & 8 New 120” Projector TV’s, All New Interacative Bowling Games and Environments , Lane Chatter, Facebook Connect, Video Intercom. Monday | 9pm to Close $1 Games, $4.50 Shoe Rental. Friday/Saturday |5pm to 8pmFAMILY NIGHT - 2 Hours of Bowling, 1 Large Pizza, 1 Pitcher of Soda & Shoes (up to 6 people) $59.99. 128 E. Donovan Rd Santa Maria 805-925-2405. www.ranchobowl.com
THE MORRO BAY SKATEBOARD MUSEUM opened in July of 2012. Our mission is to
share skateboarding’s history and culture with all ages of skateboarders. See the complete history of skateboarding from the early 1930’s to present day. Over 200 skateboards from all eras with rotating exhibits from extensive private collections. Open Daily, 10 A.M. to about 5 P.M. 699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay 805-610-3565 www.mbskate.com
Bowling, Fun, & Entertainment since 1959!
BOWLING - RESTAURANT - BAR - ARCADE - PARTIES - EVENTS Live DJs 6 nights a week at Rancho Bar & Lounge Restaurant open for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Serving SM Style BBQ
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Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School Presents
EARTH Camp is a 6 day, 5 night residential camp for children entering 5th8th grades. Campers will learn skills that promote independence, make new friends, and create lasting memories in a week filled with fun adventures in the outdoors. Our team of fun, energetic and well trained staff will guide campers to a great summertime experience.
Session Dates: July 9–14, July 16–21 & July 23–28
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 www.ranchoelchorro.org 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 www.ranchoelchorro.org for information.
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Central Coast Life
May 18 - 31, 2017
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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.
May 18 - 31, 2017
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Cal Poly Player Profile
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.
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 www.vallitix.com 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 californiafestivalofbeers.com. With any questions, please call 805-544-2266 or email email@example.com. 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. grogerbaileyscholarship.org 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: www.thebrotherscomatose.com. 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: Facebook.com/ 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: www.pismojazz.com. 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: slomasterchorale.org. 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: bytheseaproductions.org. 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. santamariahula.org 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. calpolyarts.org. 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: www.calpolyarts.org. 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: www.calpolyarts.org. 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: http://clarkcenter.org 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. slojazzfest.org. 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: www.slojazzfest.org 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
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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@ teribayus.com 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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AG High Wins County Track Meet By Neil Farrell, Photos by Mark Smith
ocal high school athletes did quite well competing against their local rivals in the 43rd Annual Elks San Luis Obispo County Track Meet held April 22 at Cuesta College. With some 668 total athletes competing, San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande High Schools had multiple County Winners in the Varsity events, including SLOHS’ Callum Bolger, who won the 1600 and the 800-meter races. AGHS finished first in the team scoring in both the boys and girls competitions; Paso Robles was second; and SLOHS third. Paso Robles senior, Madison Mitchell, was named track MVP after wins in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300M hurdles. She was also on Paso’s third place relay team. SLOHS sophomore, Anneke Moersdorf, was named Field Events MVP, after winning the triple jump and high jump and taking second in the long jump. Here are the winning scores and times for the boys and girls varsity events:
100 Meters Boys Varsity — Gopala Sauer AGHS, 11.55, Johnny Enriquez AHGS, 11.69, James Krill SLOHS, 11.70 100 Meters Girls Varsity — Brittany McKinley AHS, 12.44; Paige Baxstresser MCP, 12.47 PR; Hannah Wiese MBHS, 12.78 PR
3200 Meters Boys Varsity — Luis Armendariz PRHS, 10:13:25; Ian Young PRHS, 10:16.77; Carter Campbell AGHS, 10:36.78 Girls Varsity — Rosa Granados AGHS, 11:19.59; Zaochi Tran PRHS, 14:40.85; Jazmin Acosta AHS, 15:55.92 110M Hurdles (39”) Boys Varsity — Matt Sill AGHS, 15.85; Vincent Ketelaar AGHS, 16.24; Mathew Lyons AHS, 17.31 Girls (100M, 33”) — Madison Mitchell PRHS, 15.11 PR; Codie Wilshusen PRHS, 17.19; JuJu Fuller AGHS, 17.22 300M Hurdles Boys (36”) — Matt Sill AGHS, 38.51 PR; Mathew Lyons AHS, 43.21; Brennan Forbes AGHS, 44.71 PR Girls (30”) — Madison Mitchell PRHS, 46.50; Olivia Labastida NHS, 48.45; Jasmine Garcia AGHS, 49.17
200 Meters Boys Varsity — Gaston Bryars THS, 23.16 PR; Johnny Enriquez AGHS, 23.17; Gopala Sauer AGHS, 23.29 Girls Varsity — Paige Baxstresser MCP, 25.82; Brittney McKinley AHS, 25.91; Kiara Mabien PRHS, 26.36
4x100M relay Boys Varsity — SLOHS 44.06 (Dylan Archer, Caius Cowgill, James Krill and Francisco Amaya) Girls — AHS 50.19 (Brittney McKinley, Abby Richey, Elizabeth Andrade and Talia Johnson)
400 meters Boys Varsity — Caius Cowgill SLOHS, 51.62; Dylan Prins THS, 52.03; Jordan Summers PRHS, 52.69 PR Girls Varsity — Kiara Mablen PRHS, 59.75; Shiana Morris SLOHS, 1:00.52; Miriam Robles THS, 1:01.86 800 Meters Boys Varsity — Callum Bolger SLOHS, 1:56.29; Trad Berti PRHS, 1:57.06; Garrett Morgan NHS, 1:57.62 Girls Varsity — Talley Hill AGHS 2:17.75; Jaiuley Goodell AGHS, 2:21.34 PR; Samantha Simard SLOHS, 2:26.17 1600 M Boys Varsity — Callum Bolger, SLOHS 4:07.69 PR; Trad Berti PRHS, 4:13.58 PR; Ban Taylor AGHS 4:18.86 PR Girls Varsity — Annie Meeder PRHS 5:04.69;
Samantha Simard SLOHS, 5:06.76 PR; Malia Simon 5:07.12 PR
4x400M Relay — Boys Varsity — AGHS 3:33.04 (Spencer Eley, Ban Taylor, Christian Ricketts and Jayson Maule) Girls — AGHS 4:06.25 (Hailey Goodell, Talley Hill, Alysia Balderama and Taylor Carolan) Shot Putt Boys (12lb) — Jacob Franklin PRHS, 54” PR; Eddie Chagoya AGHS, 50’10.5”; Sam Soenksen AGHS, 49’02” Girls (4kg) — Ashleigh Cindrich SLOHS, 34’09” PR; Amber Martin AGHS, 34’04.5”; Sabrina Van Beek AHS, 34’04”
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Community Locals Return to Poly Pier 2017
By Camas Frank, Photos by Camas Frank and Erin O’Donnell
ommunity members invited to tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach on May 6 were warned that the popular biannual event could be canceled on account of rain. Luckily the drizzle held off until Sunday morning. What many visitors weren’t prepared for was the high winds attempting to scour them off the grating during the 1.2 mile round trip walk. Unlike the balmy but bright weather of this time last year, most folks wore hoodies pulled up tight, although a few dedicated fathers were easy to spot, walking back in shorts and T-shirts towing little ones in vastly oversized jackets. It was a special and rare treat for visitors last year as mystical hum embraced travelers walking the length on the span. Indiscernible at first but growing in tone and intensity, wind hits the railings and grates on the walkway at just the right angle to create a tone like a church organ over pinholes in the guardrails. That effect was unmistakably loud and varied in tone serenading guests this visit, however attempts to record it resulted in muffled, windswept microphone noise, as if the ghostly song never occurred. Open house tours of what was the old Unocal, now Chevron Corp., fuel pier routinely feature hands-on touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes inside a dry lab for viewing plankton and other miniature sea life, and other interactive displays. Cal Poly’s Research flagship, R.V. TL Richards, the largest of their five vessels, is a crowd favorite at the events, towed out to the end of the pier for display, although it’s too large to launch over the side with the cranes mounted there. Onboard, Technician Rob Brewster explains the craft’s use in fishery studies, giving students a preliminary in nautical technology they’ll use their entire careers, and serving as a test bed for senior projects and other research Unique this year, Cal Poly Research Assistant Grant Waltz showed children and others an impressive catch made with the R.V., a Ling Cod and other fish harvested from the protected marine zones along the Central Coast. The monstrous looking creatures have been getting bigger as measured during a catch and release study of the sanctuary zones that’s been going on since 2007. Waltz notes the study is about to go statewide as part of the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program but that it took them a decade to show results because of the slow growth rate of their subjects. A recurring theme when visiting the researchers at the pier, good date gathering takes time, indeed the study started when the University’s Director of the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences and Dean of Research, Dean Wendt was still an associate professor. Grant did have news for Pismo Beach
breathing through a scuba respirator, than on listening to research methods. However, said Cal Poly grad student Emily Resner, even though she hadn’t, “had anyone interested in [her] barnacles” before the event, she was happy with how much interest she’d gotten during the event. Resner is studying enormous barnacles that are native to California waters. Balanus nubilis, is the largest barnacle in the world. Specifically she’s interested in the workings of their outsized muscles, a subject without much unique research. Not to be confused with the muscles harvested for dinner tables, although she did eat one that died over the course of research. It tasted like, “cheap frozen fish sticks.” Far more interesting is their
natives who remember the region being famous for large edible clams. The creatures are making a return to their old grounds, although it will be decades before any are of legal to harvest again. “We’re taking a pulse of the beach,” said Waltz. “We need more information. We don’t actually know why they disappeared to begin with... overharvesting or environmental factors certainly but we can’t say that definitively and now we’re watching
them develop.” Since 2015, he said they’ve monitored tiny clams returning to the low-tide beds, but it’s still illegal to harvest the shells smaller than 4.5 inches wide. Even the smaller than an inch specimen he cradles over a tank took eight years to develop, he notes. Even on a cold day, children were more interested in putting their face in a tank filled with tide pool creatures and
anatomy, a little like upside down shrimp permanently attached on their backs in the shell. Their feather-like filaments that emerge for feeding are actually attached to their, “legs.” The next Cal Poly Pier open house and tour, sure to offer yet another set of research topics and experiential learning, especially as weather changes, will likely be some time in November.
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Caltrans Remembers Three More Fallen
altrans commemorated the loss of three employees in the last year during its 27th Annual Workers Memorial at the State Capitol on April 27, and with ceremonies held at regional offices, including District 5 on the Central Coast on May 2. The total is now 187 Caltrans employees who lost their lives on the job since 1921. Dignitaries, Caltrans employees, and family and friends paid special tribute to Jorge Lopez, Randy Whisenhunt and Annette Brooks, who all lost their lives since last year’s memorial. Lopez was an electrician who was struck and killed at the age of 57, on September 1, 2016, by an errant big rig that crossed onto the shoulder of State Route 14 near Palmdale. Whisenhunt was an electrician from the Escondido Yard, who passed away on October 9, 2016, at the age of 58, as a result of injuries suffered on the job. Lopez and Whisenhunt are each survived by a wife and three children. Brooks, was a Structural Steel Painter Supervisor, and was shot and killed at the age of 61, at a Caltrans facility in Rio Dell on April 24. The most recent death was also the most bizarre. According to the Sheriffs
office in the region, Brooks, was apparently by a fellow employee who then turned the gun on himself. Brooks was a 36-year veteran at Caltrans “We honor and recognize the tremendous loss that their loved ones and friends have suffered,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty at the Sacramento event. “The greatest honor we can give is to keep their memories alive to help prevent future tragedies.” California Highway Patrol (CHP)
Chief Reginald Chappelle and City of Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons will spoke at the San Luis Obispo event. The tally of casualties running since 1921 includes eight from District 5 and spokesmen for the agency say the biggest hazard for workers is a motorist who does not exercise caution while driving through highway work zones. “This annual event allows us to remember those who have lost their lives while serving the citizens of California and to reaffirm our commitment to our current employees that everyone remain safe while working on the highway. It is also important that motorists use safe practices to keep themselves and our highway workers safe,” said Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins.
May 18 - 31, 2017 • SLO City News
Ninth Annual Walk for Autism Awareness Story and Photos by Camas Frank
little morning rain on May 7 did not spoil one of the Central Coast’s largest annual events to raise money towards autism awareness was held in San Luis Obispo’s Mission Plaza. The symbolic walk is held each year with proceeds going to the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center’s (CCASC) fund for Camp Expedition. CCASC’s interim director Debra Balke said they send about 60 children living with a diagnoses that places them somewhere on the autism spectrum to a camp that provides a unique summer camp. This year being hosted at El Chorro Regional Park, the day camp offers activities similar to some of those on offer at the fair held with the walk, geared toward the unique sensory and cognitive needs of the campers. Unlike the CCASC’s last fundraiser in March, a theatrical Zombie Invasion SLO” Scenario staged on the grounds of Camp San Luis Obispo - wherein folks paid for the privilege of scaring each other during a 5k run – the walk and fair was far more participatory for the demographic they aim to help.
An example would be the “sensory water beads” located at several booths at the fair, jelly filled colored spheres submerged in a tank to squish in the fingers or let run through marble play sets. Children also got to finger paint and place their handprint on balloons prior to the walk. Camp Expedition is the flagship program for CCASC and offers the pledge to parents to give campers the, “opportunity to simply ‘be a kid’ for a week or two, without fear of judgment, and where every effort is met with praise and celebration,” as well as to, “value each camper’s individual strengths, talents, and special interests.” The walk, facilitated by volunteers and seen off by SLO City Mayor Heidi Harmon, split into a long and short version winding through SLO’s downtown after a detour through the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art which is hosting a display called “Art on the Spectrum.” The first week of Camp Expedition will be held July 31– August 4 with a second session August 7 – 11. For full information go online to: sloautism.org/camps/
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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
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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.
By evaluating whether you are a Dreamer or a Doer, improving on your weaknesses,
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: www.Collaboration-llc.com. 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: www.Collaboration-llc.com. 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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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: pipsticks.com.
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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.
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This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Sarah Ketchum is a Central Coast local, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She holds a Series 7, a Series 66 and a Life Insurance License. At the age of 18 she found herself homeless, working 3 jobs and putting
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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. SLOCity.org/PublicWorks . 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.
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On May 18, the San Luis Obispo County Criminal Justice Administrator’s Association will host the annual Memorial Service in which
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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 n National Police Week is “to pay tribute to all law enforcement personnel who make n 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. r Pepperdine’s Davenport Institute for e Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, n 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 o seeks to place residents at the center of e 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 diabetesfoundation.jdrf.com. 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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Cal Poly Tech Park Mixer Unviels Expansion Plans By Camas Frank
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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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: nawboccc.org
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