Volume 12 • Issue 28 • February 19 - March 4, 2015






{ pages 21-28 }

gourmet & expo

The Arroyo Grande Valley Little League

Giants took out the Angles 8-5 last

Sunday during a winter league game.

The regular season begins in March.

On the mound is Caden Cucca

See more photos on page 41.

Photo by

Restoration Plans for

Pismo Creek

By Theresa-Marie Wilson

Coastal Commission Asked

to Settle the Dust

By Theresa-Marie Wilson

Plans to create a thriving

watershed in Pismo Creek

are swimming along.

Cleaner water, improved native

habitat and increased populations

of steelhead trout are all

part of the Pismo Creek Estuary

Restoration Plan.

The watershed area begins

beneath the Highway 101

bridge complex, runs adjacent

to the Pismo Beach State Campground

and into the ocean.

Central Coast Salmon Enhancement

(CCSE) is actively

working in multiple areas to

characterize and restore Pismo

Creek predominantly through

changes in water flow and determining

necessary requirements

to support native Steelhead

trout in a study funded by

the California Department of

Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Restoration

Grant Program.

“The importance, of course, is

the estuary where salt and fresh

water mix,” CCSE watershed

projects manager Stephanie

Wald told the Pismo Beach City

Council at a recent meeting. “It

is very, very rich in wildlife. It is

home to a great number of critters

including tidewater goby,

steelhead trout, southwestern

pond turtles and many, many

birds and other wildlife.”

As part of the plan, water

quality in the creek was investigated

assessing dissolved oxygen

levels, temperature, and

Dads and

Daughters are


Page 5

Dogs Bringing


After six hours of an emotionally

charged meeting,

the California Coastal

Commission agreed to get involved

with what has been a

dust storm of differing opinions

surrounding the Oceano Dunes

State Vehicular Recreation Area


The Coastal Commission was

asked to jump into the fray after

30 years of non-compliance

with the park’s Coastal Development

Permit (CDP) requirements

to finalize a Habitat Conservation


The 3-day monthly meeting

was held at the Cliffs Resort in

Shell Beach.

The state environmental

watchdog group is hoping to

strike a balance between facilitating

vehicular recreation and

protecting dune and related

coastal resources. The last hearing

on the issue was in 2007.

“The law is that these recreational

uses of this property are

recognized, and they are important,”

said Vice Chair Janna

Zimmer. “The issue for the

Coastal Commission is to try to

figure out how to make our process

fit with what is recognized

and what is going to continue to

be available. What we need to

do is come to a resolution on a

process that for any number of

reasons has taken way longer

than anyone ever expected it

See Pismo Creek, page 10 Page 8

See Commission, page 11

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Grover Honors Employees .............................3

2014 County Report Released ........................4

City of Pismo Beach Father Daughter Dance ...5

Police Blotter ............................................. 6-7

Local Man and His Dogs Provide Comfort ......8

Making a Dirty Job Cleaner ..........................9

Grover Recruiting For New Police Chief ........ 11

Winter Spirit Week at A.G. High .................. 12


Central Coast Life .................................. 13-36

Cuesta Accredidation Extended ................... 37

Now Trending .............................................38

Celebrating Birds in Avila ............................39

Sports Shorts ..............................................40

Sports Snapshot ..........................................41

Business Matters .................................... 42-45

Biz Briefs ............................................... 46-47

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Grover Honors Police Department Employees

By Theresa-Marie Wilson

The Grover Beach Police

Department honored its

employees of the year during a

recent city council meeting.

The 2014 Police Officer of the

Year honor went to Nelida Aceves.

During her service she received

several letters of commendation,

including the Lifesaving Award.

Aceves also took on extra duties

for the department during the

year, including acting as watch

commander, promoting Red Ribbon

Week at local schools, participating

with businesses to conduct tobacco

stings, and participating at the

annual Cops N’ Kids Day event.

“Officer Aceves is a hard worker,”

said Chief Jim Copsey. “She is always

willing to learn and apply what she

knows, and proactively seeks to

improve her skills to the benefit of the

department and the community. She

is a valuable asset to the department.

She is a team player.”

Felix Ramirez was named the

2014 Reserve Officer of the Year.

Ramirez began as a volunteer at

the department before becoming a

reserve officer. He was later hired as

a fulltime officer.

Officer Devon Aceves

As part-time reserve officer,

Ramirez held down a fulltime job

while completing his training.

“He was phenomenal in balancing

his workload and his time at home

with his family and his fulltime job,”

Copsey said. “He was recognized by

his peers as being a hard worker. He

has a great attitude and is always

willing to help. He did some pretty

significant things in trying to

improve his skills to become a police

officer for our city.”

Devon Polit was recognized as

the 2014 Non-Sworn Employee

of the Year. In her role as the

Felix Ramirez



Supervisor, Polit was instrumental

during the implementation phase of

transitioning fire dispatch services

from just two jurisdictions to include

all three jurisdictions served by the

Five Cities Fire Authority.

“Devon did an outstanding job

this year in balancing her time as a

supervisor, time as a dispatcher and

working with our Fire Authority and

taking on all the dispatch duties,”

Copsey said.

Employees of the year were chosen

by their peers and co-workers.

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2014 County Report Released Online

By Camas Frank

Placing data in the hands, or

the handheld devices, of

residents has become a point

f pride for local governments across

he nation.

Last week San Luis Obispo County

launched a website for its 2014

Annual Report, featuring stories

written by staff and highlights of

significant achievements, including

the County’s handling of the

statewide water crisis, progress

on issue of homelessness and the

reconstruction of the County’s

established healthcare system

by The Patient Protection and

Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The report, available online at:


com, “can help the public

understand the impact County

services, programs and projects had

on the community last year,” County

Administrative Officer, Dan Buckshi,

aid in a press release. “We faced

ome significant challenges in 2014,

ome of which will continue to affect

s into the future, but we also made

ignificant strides and accomplished

a lot for the community we serve.”

Unlike the dry, statistical analyses

presented to the Board of Supervisors

when they’re tasked with making

policy decisions, the report is more

oriented to explanations with

infographics and video clips.

There’s no executive summary per

se, but if the viewer wants to know a

little about how the County dealt with

the state-mandated Public Safety

Realignment Act that changed the

way inmates were allocated between

State and County Jails, there are

insights in the staff presentations

filed throughout the year.

“Jail culture...affected now that

inmates are serving longer sentences,

has concerned the County Jail, with

prison and gang politics, which were

previously seen in state prisons,”

Capt. Michelle Cole of the County

Sheriff’s Office said in an October

2014 presentation. “However, while

AB 109 has presented challenges

in the past three years, it has also

created a lot of opportunities and

allowed jail staff to institute new

programs to decrease recidivism.”

Though the report doesn’t get into

the details of County finances, it

does highlight the differences with

a recovering economy, compared

to the “Pain Plans” budgets of years


In 2014, the Fitch Ratings gave the

County its highest level. Fitch is used

along with Standard and Poor’s to do

ratings for bond values. “The County

Treasury Pool once again received the

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Our signature “Teal Magnolia” bubbly drink was a huge success.

The goal of our fashion and luncheons are directed at empowering

women with the necessary tools and information on ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is considered to be a silent killer, we don’t agree as

there are many signs that are misdiagnosed. We feel that once a woman understands the signs to look for she is then able to be her

own advocate in her healthcare and insist that necessary tests be taken.

Sharon Leigh President of the Sharon Leigh Ovarian Cancer Foundation spoke on the BRCA gene and its relationship to ovarian


Cristina Martins-Sinco Vice President, of the Sharon Leigh Ovarian Cancer Foundation spoke on the signs and symptoms of

ovarian cancer.

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Our Models: Judy Hearn, Blanche Hollingsead-Fuguate, Jeannie, and Cindy Miranda, graced the runway.

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City of Pismo Beach Father Daughter Dance

Photos by Evanne Mingori

6 • February 19 - March 4, 2015 • Tolosa Press



Morro Bay

• Feb. 2: Police took several reports

of some larcenous scoundrels

getting into parked cars overnight.

Reports were in the 2200 block of

Emerald Cr. (four), 2200 Coral, 100

Andros, 165 Hatteras, 100 Damar,

and 200 Gilbert. Thankfully,

through some good police work,

officers arrested two women in

connection with these cases and

then discovered two men who

reportedly confessed to untold

more car thefts. Police estimate the

case could involve more than 40

and have a pile of suspected stolen

property they want to return to its

owners. There were also several

vandalism to vehicles cases, as the

gang that couldn’t’ shoot straight

apparently couldn’t get past the

door locks.

• Feb. 3: Some sinner vandalized

the window of a business in the

1000 block of Kennedy Way. And

in another chicken-sh*t crime,

someone stole a check from a

mailbox in the 100 block of Easter

St., and then cashed it in SLO.

• Feb. 3: Police responded at 5:51

p.m. to Rite Aid where they’d

caught a suspected shoplifter. Logs

indicated a 20-year-old, stickyfingered

woman was cited and

released with a no doubt crossyour-heart

promise to appear. They

caught another one Feb. 6, that

time it was a 27-year-old thief-ette,

whom logs said made the long ride

to the pokey.

• Feb. 3: A woman in the 300

“A guest at the Ocean Palms Hotel

reported that his fiance was hitting

him with a pillow. Not exactly 50

Shades of Grey, but the two were

separated for the night.”

block of Rennel said two unknown

battleaxes assaulted her.

• Feb. 3: Police responded at 3:35

p.m. to the 700 block of Pacific

where a building jumped in front

of a vehicle. There were no injuries

though the building might disagree.

The following day, they went to Del

Mar Elementary on Sequoia where

the janitor said a planter box got

into someone’s way.

• Feb. 4: Police took a report of

someone doing a Carrie Underwood

to a parked car at the high school.

• Feb. 5: A woman in the 300 block

of Avalon said someone stole a

$1,000 laptop out of her vehicle.

Pismo Beach

• Feb. 12: Police were unable to

locate a car that had driven through

the area on Narlene Way several

times, which didn’t used to be

against the law.

• Feb. 12: A guest at the Ocean

Palms Hotel reported that his fiance

was hitting him with a pillow. Not

exactly 50 Shades of Grey, but the

two were separated for the night.

• Feb. 12: Several people on a kayak

in the ocean reportedly looked

distressed. Cal Fire determined that

all was OK.

• Feb. 12: Security at the Outlet

Center reported that two employees

were having a spat behind the


• Feb. 12: A caller on the 200 block

of Dolliver reported that a guy she

had a restraining order against

and who had been threatening to

killer her via text, was now in her

backyard. Reportedly the guy had

also taken the caller’s car and kept

it for two days. Police could not

locate the rejected Romeo Lecter.

• Feb. 12: A suspicious car of

unknown color was reported across

from the construction trailer by

McLintocks. It turned out to be a

woman watching the sunset, which

is something the caller might try


• Feb. 11: Three guys

chowed down on

$46 worth of grub at

Denny’s, and when it

was time to pay, their

card was denied. One

guy said that he would

return the next day and

pay the bill.

• Feb. 11: A naked guy out with a pit

bull was reportedly out for a stroll

on West Point. The caller had also

come across a car with the engine

running that had a shotgun and

drugs inside, presumably belonging

to the slow-speed streaker. He was

reported again standing behind

McLintoks. Another caller reported

that he had bumped into the guy

who responded by saying, “I should

kill you.” Officers taxed the guy,

which didn’t have to much of an

impact. They did manage to catch

Mr. Full Monty inside a home

on Costa Brava. He was taken to

an area hospital to have his head


• Feb. 11: Some guy wearing tan

A naked guy out with a pit bull

was reportedly out for a stroll on

West Point. The caller had also

come across a car with the engine

running that had a shotgun

and drugs inside, presumably

belonging to the slow-speed

streaker. He was reported again

standing behind McLintoks.

Another caller reported that he

had bumped into the guy who

responded by saying, “I should

kill you.” Officers taxed the guy,

which didnʼt have to much of an

impact. They did manage to catch

Mr. Full Monty inside a home on

Costa Brava. He was taken to an

area hospital to have his head


pants and carrying an umbrella

was reportedly walking on the

Boardwalk yelling obscenities.

Police caught up with the guy who

said that he was merely singing to

himself. “Under the Boardwalk,

we’ll be having some fu-un…”

Everybody sing along.

• Feb. 11: Cal Fire responded to a

report of a man down by Harry’s on

Cypress. The guy fell off the wagon

and off the curb.

• Feb. 11: A house on the 100

block of Florin was being tented

for fumigation and some termite

wanted police to check out the

workers. Everything was okay.

• Feb. 11: A guy who liked to sleep

under the stairs at a residence on

the 100 block of Ocean View. He

was arrested and hopefully got to

sleep with a roof over his head.

• Feb. 10: A woman entered the

station to report that her exboyfriend

has been breaking into

her house and backyard to steal her


• Feb. 10: A man claiming to work for

Charter entered Orchard Hardware

Supply on official business. The

caller got in touch with Charter who

said that they hadn’t sent anyone


• Feb. 10: A caller reported a guy

yelling on Price Street. The lug was

doing construction and had hit his


• Feb. 7: A guy used the restroom

for an “extended” period of time

at the Five Cities Drive

Shell Station. The clerk

told him to leave but

later found him coming

out of the back area. The

caller believed the guy

had a knife, but police

could not locate him.

• Feb. 7: A loud party

was reported in the hot

tub area at Pismo Shore

Estates. An officer was

sent to break up the

partying prunes.

• Feb. 6: A caller on the

100 block of Narlene

Way reported a guy that

wasn’t supposed to be at

a home had jumped the

fence and was “creeping

around” the corner of

the house.

sidewalk on 4 th street

wearing camouflage clothing and

using a machete chopping at the

trees. As it turns out, he was doing


Feb. 6:

a man

A caller

on the


San Luis Obispo

• Feb. 13: Police responded at 12:14

a.m. to the Buffalo Bar in the 700

block of Higuera where a cocker

spaniel had been tied outside to a

pole for two hours. Logs indicated

the dog was OK and police would

check back through the night, until

the mutt owner comes back for it.

• Feb. 13: Someone at Amtrak

called at 1 a.m. to report a transient

woman was trying to hop a freight.

• Feb. 13: A silent teller hold-up

alarm went off at Heritage Oaks

Bank on Froom Ranch Rd., clearly a

false alarm as it was 1:34 a.m.

• Feb. 13: A woman in the 1100

block of Seaward called police at

2:31 a.m. after finding a strange

man inside her house. The 21-yearold

boozeheimer was arrested.

Feb. 12: The Grocery Outlet on

Madonna Road called at 8 a.m.

after they caught two 12-yearold

girls with sticky fingers. The

uncooperative hooliganettes were

being detained.

• Feb. 12: Police responded to



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County Mental Health on Johnson

where one of the patients assaulted

a staff member. The 27-year-old

berserker was arrested for suspicion

of battery and of course probation


• Feb. 12: Someone

reported five homeless

men pushing a disabled

motor home out of

a parking at Morro

and Pacific, a case of

manpower taking over

for horsepower.

• Feb. 12: Someone

reported at 9:55 a.m. that some

donut hole was sleeping in the

doorway next to House of Bagels in

the 100 block of Higuera.

• Feb. 12: A citizen in the 2400 block

of Sendero called at 10:27 a.m.

to report two baby cows running

through the cul-de-sac.

• Feb. 12: A citizen in the 1100 block

of Laurel called to report some

college kids were moving out and

they left their couch, and it smells

like college students.

• Feb. 12: Someone called police at

1:52 p.m. from JB Dewars on Prado

Road to report some homeless man

was chopping a tree down. Ol’ Paul

Dumbyon said he didn’t like the


• Feb. 12: A citizen in the area of

Drake and Oceanaire reported that

a POS travel trailer up on blocks for

months, now has a “For Sale” sign

in the window.

• Feb. 12: Some thief no doubt got

a charge out of stealing a Honda

generator from Arsenal Equipment

Rentals in the 3500 block of


• Feb. 12: Someone in the 1700 block

of Beach St., complained about

a car parked outside Sandercock

Transfer Co. It was an old Ford

Taurus painted white with grass,

butterflies and ladybugs, so yeah,

tow that thing outta here.

• Feb. 12: Police and firefighters

responded at 3:30 p.m. to the

Hwy 101-LOVR construction zone

for a “bulldozer vs. traffic signal”

collision with live wires down, as

you can’t make an omelet without

breaking a few eggs.

• Feb. 12: At 3:44 p.m. a woman

called police and said her apparently

troubled daughter just left and she

believes the girl is over-medicated,

ya think?

• Feb. 12: A citizen called at 4:10

p.m. from Madonna and El Mercado

and said a homeless woman on

the corner has a sign that says she

needs help and has a lot of luggage,

“A citizen in the 1100 block of

Laurel called to report some

college kids were moving out and

they left their couch, and it smells

like college students.”

or might that be baggage?

• Feb. 12: Someone at Bishop’s Peak

School on Jaycee needed help in the

perhaps poorly named, Sun & Fun


• Feb. 12: A man became dizzy and

needed medical attention at Toyota

of San Luis Obispo, no doubt

suffering sticker shock.

• Feb. 12: Someone at Fire Station

1 at Santa Barbara and Broad

reported a woman in the parking

lot was being chased by a transient

man and woman.

• Feb. 11: Someone

called at 7:24 a.m.

because some Hoss

left the barn door

open at Cowboy


• Feb. 11: Someone

asked police to check

the welfare of a

person at 7:30 a.m.

in the Marsh Street

parking garage. Logs

indicated officers should drive up

the ramp to the second level and

just look to the right.

• Feb. 11: Someone called at 8 a.m.

from Meadow Park to report a

transient man sleeping in affordable

housing — a cardboard refrigerator

box — and taking up space on the

grass. At 8:23, someone at House of

Bagels on Higuera reported another

freeloader has been sleeping and

living in their trash bin and is

starting to make himself at home.

And at 9:06 another transient man

was discovered sleeping on the

front porch at San Luis Financial,

and since he’s not there for a loan,

it was hasta la bye-bye time.

• Feb. 11: At 9 a.m. someone called

from the 600 block of Higuera at

West End Espresso Bar to report

that some degenerate smoker was

fouling his or her air. The smoke

apparently cleared before officers

arrived with the rope.

• Feb. 11: A citizen in the 600

block of Monterey at the Leitcher

Apartments discovered the secret

hiding spot of a transient man, who

shimmied through a hole in the

back fence and grabbed a sleeping

bag and other assorted stuff.

• Feb. 11: Someone was in the police

station lobby from the Be Happy

Wellness Café on Foothill, upset

and just sick about something.

• Feb. 11: Someone called at 2 p.m.

from the YMCA parking lot to

report two dudes in a Ford sedan

rolling a joint and smoking the evil

weed. Police didn’t cite anyone as

the evidence no doubt all went up in


• Feb. 11: Police responded to the

Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity in the

1200 block of Foothill as apparently

some frat boy’s car got repossessed,

and when that happens there’s only

one thing to do — To-ga! To-ga!

• Feb. 11: At 6:11 p.m. someone at the

Marsh Street Post Office thought a

man suspicious looking because he

“Some guy wearing tan pants and

carrying an umbrella was reportedly

walking on the Boardwalk yelling

obscenities. Police caught up with

the guy who said that he was merely

singing to himself. “Under the

Boardwalk, weʼll be having some

fu-un…” Everybody sing along.”

was walking two bicycles down the


• Feb. 11: Police responded at 8:30

p.m. to LOVR and Oceanaire for a

3-car meet n’ greet, as a tan Camry

said hello to a blue Altima, which

was then introduced to a silver Kia

and they were blocking the roadway.

• Feb. 11: Someone called at 8:36

p.m. from Higuera and Bianchi

to report an angry transient man

loudly cussing and swearing for the

“past few hours,” shoot more likely

the past few years.

• Feb. 12: Police were called at

5 a.m. after a citizen found two

transients sleeping outside the SLO

Symphony’s Office on Higuera, and

ol’ Beethoven had already told them

— “Get-out-of-heeer!” “Get-out-ofheeer!”



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Local Man and His Dogs Provide Comfort Following Tragedies

By Theresa-Marie Wilson

Daniel Sievert was in a fitness

club in Avila Beach when he first

learned of the Boston Marathon

bombings that ripped through the

crowded sidelines of the race on April

15, 2013.

It was while watching Good Morning

America that he saw a story about

a group of people bringing golden

retriever therapy dogs to visit with some

of the bombing victims. Something told

him he had to help.

“I really didn’t have a desire to get in

the car and drive 3,400 miles, but when

I was watching the story, I went from

thinking in my rational mind, ‘Wow,

that’s cool,’ to having a strong unction

that I had to go,” he said. “By my faith,

I really believe it was a God message.

The message was go. I was sitting there

basically rationalizing and arguing with

God about all the reasons I couldn’t go.”

Sievert’s car wasn’t road worthy and

his personal finances were just about

at zero, but his golden retrievers, Jake,

9, and Emerson, 5, were healthy and

happy. Although they are not certified

trained therapy dogs, Sievert said the

dogs have traits common to their breed.

“They give so much caring and

comfort to their owners,” Sievert said.

“They have an innate desire to please

people. I have a spiritual angle to this.

I find that when people use the words

therapy dogs, sometimes that means

for them and sometimes that means for

outreach. The reason I use (the term)

comfort dogs is based on a scripture

in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7, that

talks about the God of all comfort

who comforts us in our afflictions and

sufferings so that later when we are

healthy we can go and comfort others.”

Eight days and 3,400 miles later,

Sievert and his two four-legged

companions arrived by car in Boston.

“At that moment, I saw what we were

supposed to be doing,” he said. “It wasn’t

going to the hospital, which is what I

thought. Our mission was to be on the

street and encounter people that were

the other victims, not the direct victims

of the marathon. It was the ones who

had seen it and were still traumatized

by the fact that it happened.”

Since Boston,

Sievert and the

dogs have been

on more than 20

missions visiting

fire, tornado,

flood, school

shootings, crash

and accident

sites across the

country. The

most recent was

in Santa Maria

at a memorial

for Breanna

Rodriguez, a high

school student

who died in a car

crash on Jan. 30.

“When the

news comes out,

I pray about it

and weigh it out. I

like to say I make

all the decisions,

but I don’t think

I do,” Sievert said.

“It is where I feel

a really strong

unction that we

can do some

good in certain

situations. I will

drive several

thousand miles

if I feel we can make an impact on one

or two people. That decision isn’t just

dollars and cents, because sometimes I

have driven on such little money, I’m not

sure I am going to make it.”

Sievert uses his social security checks

and donations from the public to pay for

his trips.

“It is miraculous doors opening,

whether that is donations or hotels

reaching out,” he said.

Sievert said that an incident from his

past played a big part in how he relates to

people who have experienced a tragedy.

He was electrocuted and burned about

40 years ago when he was training as an

EMT in San Diego. At the time, he was

a bit of an extreme fitness daredevil and

while waiting to go out on call decided

to climb a high-voltage pole and watch

the sunset.

“It was a poor choice,” he said. “It was

a good climb, but on the decent there

was a distraction, and I found myself

seconds later being blown through with

12,000 volts of electricity three times.

It was a pretty traumatic situation,

pretty intense and pretty bleak. It

was a long rescue and a long arduous

hospitalization. I came through it. I’m

not the same as I was before, but I am

still here to tell that story.”

Sievert said that although he can’t say

that he was dead, he did have what felt

like a “coming back to” experience while

still atop the pole. A year and a half and

17 surgeries later, the doctors said he

was “good to go.”

During his missions, Sievert said his

intent is to offer hope to people.

“I say very few words, but my words

are usually based on the fact that there

is hope ahead. I don’t give it a biblical

description; it is more that hope is

looking forward to a promising future,

which is more of a Western definition.

When I talk to people who are in a

hospital bed or are suffering the loss of

a loved one or lost a house in a tornado,

I can usually tell them based on my own

experiences about needed hope.”

The dogs do their part without saying

a word.

“Every time we go somewhere, these

dogs will find the one or two people who

need them the most,” Sievert said. “The

biggest thing they provide is trust. A lot

of people who are hurting initially don’t

want to open up and tell a stranger their

problems. What they want is a quiet

presence of someone. A lot of us humans

don’t know how to do that, but the dogs

will just stand by and give them five

or 10 minutes of just quietness. They

provide an attitude of we are here for

you, and we will stay with you for as

long as you need us.”

Currently, Sievert is planning to leave

the Central Coast and move to Colorado

to be in a more centrally located area of

the country.

“I can save a lot of miles,” Sievert said.

“I’ve gone more than 50,000 intense

miles going to missions. I’ve gone

through five rental cars.”

Why does he do it?

“The reward is seeing people’s lives

touched in a way that inspires hope,”

Sievert said. “They know that they are

going to move forward from whatever

tragedy or disaster they have gone

through. When we drive away, and

the people say, ‘Thank you,’ it’s kind of

hushed because there aren’t any more

words because they can hardly speak.

That’s when I know we have done

something. That is a reward.”

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Coast News • February 19 - March 4, 2015 • 9

Making a Dirty Job Cleaner

By Theresa-Marie Wilson

Most people probably don’t

think about what becomes

of the household waste

that goes down our drains, but

wastewater purification is vital to

our health and the environment.

Amongst a few good-natured

giggles, the Pismo Beach City

Council flushed out a plan that

would make sewage treatment more


The Council approved about $150,

000 to purchase a piece of machinery

called a headworks bar screen.

“This is a very important piece of

equipment at the wastewater plant,”

said City Manager Jim Lewis adding

that it would make for a “healthier

plant and a happier staff.”

The majority of Pismo’s sewage,

which is comprised of human waste,

food waste and chemicals, is piped

underground to the wastewater plant

from the Addie Street lift station.

Just when you thought it was safe to

eat lunch, there’s more. The amount

of fluid coming into the treatment

plant is noticeably different at times.

“It’s called the flow rate and it helps

us predict how many people we had

in town when we

have large events

and what not,” City

Engineer Ben Fine


The raw influent

then undergoes

a myriad of

processes to

remove physical,

chemical and

biological contaminants. One of the

places it hits first is the bar screen,

which is similar to a conveyor

belt made up of ridged bars that

remove debris, called rags, from the

wastewater stream coming into the


The impacts of not having a bar

screen results in increases in the

amount of debris in the system,

in operations costs, in labor, wear

and tear on machinery and, finally,

increased exposure to treatment

plant workers.

“Our wastewater treatment plant

operators are exposed to biohazards

every day,” said Fine. “Without the

bar screen they have to clean out

all these rags and debris manually.

It creates high

exposure for them.

It really is amazing

what gets flushed

down the sewer


The bar screen

would eliminate

the rags getting

into the system

and they would be

sent directly to the dumpster. Fun

fact, the crews have to de-rag what

is called a Return Activated Sludge

(RAS) pumps every day.

“They have done it every day for

the last eight years,” said fine. “It

takes on average a half an hour. So,

if you do the math that’s 125 8-hour

working days just cleaning out these

RAS pumps.”

Further debris removed

throughout the treatment process

must be done by hand which exposes

plant operators to more biohazards

than would normally be required.

The City does not currently have a

properly operating bar screen.

Fine reported that staff researched

several brands of bar screens and

visited six treatment plants from

Morro Bay to Dinuba to talk to plant

operators about the pros and cons

of each brand rather than talking

to industry sales representatives.

Staff narrowed the selection down

to the Duperon Flex Rake with a

record for longevity, quality and low


Not exactly the pot of gold at the

end of the rainbow, but at $150,

120, the City will see some savings

by coming in under the budgeted


Mayor Shelly Higginbotham

suggested public outreach efforts to

educated people on “what we would

think maybe is just common sense.”

“We hear a lot about educating the

public on flushing medications down

the toilet or your dead goldfish, but

maybe we could talk more about

education,” Higginbotham said.

“This is really interesting about what

is appropriate.”

Check out a video of a bar screen at

work online at


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Pismo Creek from page 1

turbidity; habitats within the estuary

including vegetation on the banks

and the upland areas were studied;

and the channel bed, or bottom of

the estuary creek, that leads into

fresh water was also investigated.

The City, State Parks, landowners,

and stakeholders were involved in the

vision process that integrates clean

water, flood protection, increased

estuary habitat in city parks, and

public access up and down the

area. CCSE has been working in the

watershed for the past 10 years.

Topping priority action

recommendations is increasing dry

season water in-flow to the creek.

“One way, basically, is to take

less out,” Wald said. “Another is

to decrease the impervious area

adjacent to and upstream of the


In addition to using less water,

Wald said a system could be set up

to collect rainwater in water storage


“It is being done all over the state,”

Wald said. “We don’t have a lot of

examples here, but you basically are

collecting highflow water. You can

use that water to increase base flows

in the low-flow period of the year. We

are looking at how this might work

with landowners. We are looking for

volunteers to try this out. Because

we are in such dire straights, we

don’t expect this is something that

folks are going to run after right

away. This river water that is now in

its fourth year of drought needs our

attention more than ever.”

Because of the lack of rain, CCSE

had to extend the timeline for the

instream flow study in Pismo Creek.

The study will help determine areas

where efforts would have the

highest positive outcome.

“Until that study, we won’t

have a real good fix on where

exactly in the watershed we

want to target some of those

more specific methods and

tools to improve habitat,” Wald


Also making the priority

list are decreasing dry season

bacterial and nutrient loading,

which would exclude livestock,

dogs and humans from the

channel, a call for a reduction

in fertilizer usage throughout

the watershed and improving

runoff filtration.

Restoration plans also

include removing and replacing

non-native vegetation, increasing

riparian vegetation cover and

increasing marsh plant life as well as

improved hydraulic and geomorphic

conditions, which would include

modifying the channel gradients and

installation of channel structures.

At the heart of CCSE’s goals is

to reduce factors that are limiting

the population numbers for the

threatened steelhead such as food

and cover. The fish migrate from

a marine environment into the

freshwater streams and rivers of their

birth in order to mate. Populations

have declined dramatically up and

“The reason for the planning

process is to improve the management

of aquatic resources,” Wald said.

“That’s what Central Coast Salmon

Enhancement is in the business of

doing, particularly for steelhead

trout. The recommendations will

other critters that make the estuary

“This is a voluntary recovery plan

for steelhead trout,” Wald said. “We

will continue to try to bring funding

and habitat improvements working

with the City and other interested

folks. We will continue to collect

CCSE is dedicated to protecting and

understanding area watersheds and

their fisheries. Through education

and engagement, the organization

aims to ensure that natural resources

continue to support the ecological,

recreational and economic needs of

down the state.

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water quality

way in


for steelhead





and lots of

their home.”

The estuary

considered a

and watershed




watershed for steelhead.


the community.



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Coast News • February 19 - March 4, 2015 • 11

Grover Recruiting For

New Police Cheif

Performing Arts Scholarship

Applications Available


ue to Grover Beach Police Chief

Jim Copsey’s retirement,

the City of has formally

opened the recruitment process to

select a permanent person at the

helm. The City’s goal is to ensure

that the best and

brightest candidates

emerge from

the recruitment


The City would

like to hear from

the community

regarding the

qualities residents

would like to see in

the highly visible

law enforcement

position as well as the key issues

and priorities the new chief should

address. The input will be used to

develop the position profile, as well as

assist the review team in identifying

the best and most qualified

candidates. Your

input will help make

this recruitment a


Residents and

stakeholders can

complete a brief

online survey

through March 2,

2015 by visiting the

City’s website at

The Clark Center Performing

Arts Foundation will award a

total of $15,000 in scholarships

to graduating senior high school

students living in the Lucia Mar

Unified School District who plan to

continue education in the field of

Performing Arts. Selections will be

made on technical skills, needs, and

a live audition.

This is the 12 th year the scholarships

have been made possible by the

Foundation. To date, over $110,000

has been distributed to graduating

seniors, many of whom have gone on

to successful careers on a national

and international level.

Funded through endowments

created to recognize young

performers in the arts, the

scholarships are made possible

through the bequests of the Jim

O. Miller Memorial Performing

Arts Scholarship, the Bernie

Kautz Memorial Performing Arts

Scholarship, and the Melick and

Arlene Mendel Performing Arts


Applications are available from the

counseling offices and performing

arts teachers of Arroyo Grande

High School and Nipomo High

School, or by contacting Jenny

Shaheen. Applications must be

postmarked and mailed to the

Foundation by February 28, 2015.

For more information, email Jenny@

Commission, from page 1

to take. That needs to be concluded

in order for us to move forward.... I

understand the public’s frustration

and I don’t know how to account for

the fact that we don’t seem to be able

to move the ball forward.”

Other commissioners were a little

more firm.

“I would like the Commission to

give staff direction about what we

want to see in terms of an updated

CDP and when we want to see it,” said

Commissioner Mary Shallenberger.

“For me it includes getting (rid) of

that two miles of access way that

is nothing more than a freeway on

the beach. Using our beaches as a

highway is not okay. For me, time is

up. Otherwise we keep having the

hearings and we keep saying the

same thing and not doing it.”

The park is a complex piece of

property that has been the subject of

contentious debate between diverse

groups of interested parties.

Approximately 1,500 acres, (1200

in summer months) of the ODSVRA

are currently available for offhighway

vehicle (OHV) use which

is a huge recreational draw bringing

millions of people and revenue

annually to the area. However, the

Coastal Commission considers the

park an environmentally sensitive

habitat area home to the federally

listed threatened western snowy

plover and supports endangered

species including the California least

tern, steelhead trout, and tidewater


In 2010, the San Luis Obispo

County Air Pollution Control

District (APCD) released results of

a study citing high particulate air

pollution on the Nipomo Mesa was

related to off-highway vehicle use in

the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular

Recreation Area.

The study said that all fine airborne

particulate matter, regardless of

composition, could cause respiratory

distress when inhaled, especially

to the very young, the elderly and

those with compromised respiratory


As a result of that study, the APCD

adopted Rule 1001 in 2011. The

so-called dust rule required State

Parks, which operates the dunes,

take responsibility for monitoring

and reducing windblown particulate

dust that makes its way from the

off-highway riding area to the

Nipomo Mesa. The rule allowed for

substantial fines of up to $1,000

per day if dust emissions were

in violation of state and federal

standards. That rule goes into effect

May 31 of this year.

Air pollution mitigation measures

including installing 5 acres of

wind fencing and more than 5,000

hay bales have not lived up to

expectations according to Coastal

Commission Ecologist Dr. Laurie


“In practice, however, we find the

choices of these mitigation efforts to

be problematic for many reasons,”

Koteen said. “First and foremost,

these measures do not appear

adequate to achieve the desired

particulate reductions in the whole

of the adjacent (area) affecting the

Nipomo Mesa community. At the site

the straw bales were buried within a

short amount of time causing them

to loose their effectiveness as a

wind barrier. Second, we found the

measures to limited with regard to

target area and emission reduction

objectives. High particulate

emissions are a problem across large

swabs of the Nipomo Mesa.”

There was no shortage of public

speakers on all sides of the issues

during the meeting. About 80

speaker cards were submitted to the


A large number of people living

on the Nipomo Mesa, who said that

there were days that they could not

go outside because of increased dust,

implored the Commission to take

action against OHV activity.

“At the end of the day,

citizens expect public officials,

commissioners and supervisors to

protect the health and safety of our

constituency,” said Linda Reynolds.

“The people want to join the ranks

of the least tern, the plover and the

trout and have our health and safety

protected. We do not want to be

collateral damage due to a lack of

protection of the air quality.”

Air quality is not in the acumen

of the Coastal Commission a few

commissioners noted.

“I believe that ninety percent of our

conversation today has been about

air quality coming off the dunes,”

said Commissioner Erik Howell

of Pismo Beach. “I appreciate the

health issues associated with it, but

this is the one issue that is probably

furthest out of our purview, and one

that we are least capable of dealing

with. There is a reason we have an

air quality control board and other

entities that deal with air quality. We

are not equipped to handle it very


Off-road enthusiasts were also

represented and wanted more space

to continue what several said was a

multi-generational activity.

“I would ask that the area restore

the balance,” said Friends of Oceano

Dunes President Jim Suty. “We

hear a lot about balance. We need

to balance recreation with the

protection to the species, the flora,

the fauna and the health. All balance

has been doing is taking away from

us. Taking away from the campers

and recreationists who have enjoyed

this park for hundreds of years. Let’s

restore balance. The park is 3,600

acres. Balance would be 3,600 acres

cut in half, 1800 acres for camping

and recreation and the other 1800

acres for flora, fauna, snowy plovers,

and wind protection. We are willing

to work with State Parks and

anybody and everybody. We want to

protect the park as well as meet all of

our needs.”

Ultimately, the Coastal

Commission didn’t take any official

action during the hearing, but will

revisit the issue. State Parks said

they will continue to try to meet

permit requirements.

12 • February 19 - March 4, 2015 • Coast News


Winter Spirit Week at A.G. High

Photos by Evanne Mingori

Arroyo Grande High School students were

groovin’ during Winter Spirit Week. The

theme was Happy Holidays and Earth Day

was celebrated with tie-dye shirts and tree planting.

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Tolosa Press • February 19 - March 4, 2015 • 13


It’s been thirty years and it’s time

to confess. I was in my front yard

throwing hard-tipped darts with

my buddies Mike and Robert. Robert,

a ten-year-old “Italian Stallion” with

fully grown armpit hair was hurling

them like a catapult, trying to pierce

the back side of my dart board.

“Mike, get out of the way,” I said.

“Robert’s whizzing those stickers pretty


“It’s my turn next,” said Mike. “I’ll

show you guys how it’s done.”

“Whatever, Mike. Just get out of

the way,” I said. Robert leaned back

and widened his stance. He swung,

throwing like a Spartan heaving a

javelin over Olympus.

“Raaah.” The dart flew and we heard

a thunk, like a sledgehammer hitting

a tree. I looked at the target expecting

to see his projectile penetrate the

dartboard, flights and all.

“Where’d it go?” I noticed Mike

standing about eight feet from the

target with his left hand in a fist against

his head. He staggered in the grass

doing the noodle-leg Polka.

“Nice one, Mike,” I laughed at his

antics. Then our eyes met and his face

Boys Will Be Boys

By Ed Longstreth

formed a ghastly demeanor.

“Oh my God, oh my God!” cried

Robert. “What ‘r we gonna do?”

Mike’s eyes turned from fear to terror

as Robert freaked, walked in circles,

and mumbled. The dart was stuck in

Mike’s head like Wiley Coyote after a

Roadrunner trap gone bad.

“Someone’s got to get that thing

out of his head,” I coolly declared as I

inspected the wound.

“It’s not so bad. . . it’s not even

bleeding. Are you dizzy or having

trouble seeing stuff?”

“No, I don’t think so.” Mike stood

there acting like a dart sticking out of

his head was normal.

“Rob, you’re gonna have to pull it

out,” I said.

“I’m not doing it. You do it.”

“Look Robert, you’re the one who

put it in there. If Mike’s mom sees that

dart in his head she’s going to sue your

parents and your whole family will be

on the street. Just pull it out. How hard

can it be?”

“All right, I’ll do it.” Robert gently

placed his hand over the mini-arrow and

Mike screamed. Robert quickly let go.

“Come on, Rob. Remember your

family, you know, the streets . . .”

Robert sighed and this time grabbed

the dart with a determination that

left me cringing. Screams bellowed as

Robert tugged with all of his might.

After what seemed like an eternity, the

dart popped out and Mike stood tall

with a satisfied look.

“There you go. You’re gonna be fine,”

Robert proudly announced.

As the words left his lips, a six-inch

fountain of blood shot from Mike’s

head. Robert and I looked at each other

and screamed.

“Put your finger on it, Mike!” I

shouted. His finger went straight to the

hole and the bleeding stopped.

“You’re all…rr…right,” stuttered

Robert. He looked at me and nodded.

That was my cue.

“Look, no more blood. You’re gonna

be fine,” I reaffirmed. Mike smiled and

removed his finger from the wound.

Blood squirted again.

“Jesus Mike, keep your finger on it!”

Robert screamed as the blood splashed

onto his face.

“Look Mike, you can’t tell anyone,” I

insisted. “Promise?”

“I promise,” Mike agreed as we rinsed

loyal friends head, but now the gap is

the blood

with a garden

hose and sent

him home.

Shortly after

our daring dart

experience, he

moved, never

to be heard

from again.

Wherever you

are Michael


let us know. We

put a hole in a

growing in our hearts.

Ed Longstreth is a member of SLO

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organization on the Central Coast

of California. He is the author of The

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Coastal Culture

From Kazakhstan to Oceano

Story by Gareth Kelly

Photos courtesy of Zhanna Stinson

When some people think of

Kazakhstan, they of think of

either the ridiculous Borat

movie or some place near Russia behind

the iron curtain. In truth Kazakhstan is

a modern vibrant mineral rich nation

and host to many foreign companies

and investment. Fifteen years ago while

working for one of those companies

Kazak native Zhanna Stinson’s life was

about to change forever.

“At 30 and still single I was

considered something of an old maid,”

said Stinson. “Many friends and family

had tried to set me up with men, but I

told them I wanted to wait for the right

one, my prince. One day I was walking

down the hallway at work and I saw the

back of a man. A shiver went through

me, my body tingled and I knew I had

found him.”

That man was Arroyo Grande native

James Stinson. The pair did indeed

fall in love and Zhanna returned to the

United States with her husband where

they have made their home, along with

their son Justin, in Oceano.

“The first four years were hard,”

said Stinson. “I didn’t know anyone,

I spoke pretty good English but it took

me some time to get used to life here. I

grew up in a village of about 20 people.

We had more animals than people, and

they were my friends. I gave them all

names and would talk to them.”

Luckily the adjustment to her new

life became easier as Zhanna met

more people and made more friends

and, with the help of her mother-inlaw,

others from Kazakhstan and its

neighbor Russia.

Working as a caregiver, Stinson was

happy with her life but wasn’t feeling

quite fulfilled and felt she could do

more. Through friends and the Internet

she found out about the annual Miss

Asia, and its married counterpart, Mrs.

Asia pageantry competition hosted in

Los Angeles. After fundraising efforts

and the support of local businesses and

her friends she decided to enter the

contest now in its 26 th year.

“I’d never done anything like this

before and at age 44 I did have some

reservations but I wanted to do this for

my son,” said Stinson. “We have a photo

book and I wanted to add some photos

we could look back on years from now.”

With 30 ladies competing from

countries all over Asia, Bahrain,

China, Russia and

Kazakhstan to name just

a few, Stinson had to

go through an intensive

interview process,

attend events where

the ladies got lessons in

etiquette and politics as

well as preparing them

for answering a whole

host of current affairs

questions, some of them

controversial such as

their thoughts on gay

marriage and the lives of

other Asian women.


her national

costume and

an evening

gown (the Mrs.


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the swimsuit

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questions in

the Q and A,

Stinson finished second runner up.

“I got this really beautiful crown

and I have to go back to LA and attend

various events of social and cultural

significance,” said Stinson. “I made

so many great friends and loved the

entire experience. The owners of the

pageantry really want to empower the

ladies and give us many opportunities. I

have a fundraiser with the Red Cross in

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words fail, music

speaks,” author Hans


Christian Andersen said.

But who speaks for the artists? How

many musicians would fail to find

an audience to hear their music if it

weren’t for the music promoter?

The Central Coast is fortunate to have

exceptional talent living or on tour in

our county. Meet Steve Key, one of

several passionate, music aficionados,

who introduces us to songwriters and

musicians we might never discover

without a promoter’s efforts to bring us

the music.

Recently, Key and wife Bonnie

Nelson celebrated their fifth year of

producing the “Songwriters at Play”

concert series. Key has spent a lifetime

discovering he’s a songwriter and

musician who enjoys promoting fellow

acoustic musicians. The “showcase” is

his preferred musical production.

A showcase will have three or four

talented artists playing several sets

of original works or covers with the

support of a decent sound system, at

a venue where the audience is there

Showcasing Music Promoter

By Judy Salamacha

Pictured from left are: Cliff Stepp, Steve Key and

Bonnie Nelson at Sculpterra Winery celebrating

the 5th Anniversary of Songwriters at Play. Photo

by Judy Salamacha

specifically to listen to the music. It

often teams emerging local talent with

fan-followed veterans.

Many Songwriters at Play

performances are free, but, Key said

with a smile, “I’m aggressive with the

tip jar.” The musicians get the tips and

sell their CDs.

Key’s lifetime career experience

taught him to book talent with loyal

followers. As producer, Key markets the

show, MCs, controls sound and website

podcasting. And he’ll often work in

a set of his own music. Marketing

includes a 5-year history of hosting and

interviewing musicians on “Showcase

Highlights” produced by Cliff Stepp

and aired Mondays and Fridays on

KRUSH 92.5 FM.

Music is in Key’s DNA. Before

following his sister and parents to

the Central Coast, his

musical journey took him

to Northern California,



Greenwich Village, N.Y.,

Nashville and beyond.

In San Francisco, his

day job was writing for

community newspapers.

At night he’d play his

guitar and sing original

songs and covers at

various nightclubs.

In Portland he

discovered a comfortable

network of musicians but

he found his muse in the

Big Apple. He discovered

folk music was still alive

in Greenwich Village

and wrote, played and

toured from Maine to the


Someone in his

Greenwich Village

network was first to

record one of his songs.

Kathy Mattea picked up

another, which triggered

a move to Nashville

where his writing style became “a little

bit country.” He was honored to play

several times at the famed, Blue Bird

Café, which invites songwriters and upand-coming

country stars to jam.

In Nashville he re-discovered the

difference between an open mic

amateur and the musician. The

amateur shows up and wins the chance

to sing by putting their name in a

hat. The musician is asked back and

rewarded with an invitation to play

the Speakeasy Musicians Cooperative.

Recognized talent is invited to play one

set or maybe three. And once you pass

that talent test, you become a Showcase

featured artist, he said, especially if you

can bring your own audience.

“I wrote a lot of songs, got a lot of

contracts but never made it to the next

career playing his

“I broke into the music market here

[San Luis Obispo] booking music at

Linnaea’s Café,” Key said. “I wanted to

branch out and produce showcase and

tribute shows so created Songwriters at

Play. My goal is to give respect to local

acoustic artists and find appreciative

His schedule is as lively as his live

music presentations at venues all

around SLO County and Santa Barbara.

In Paso Robles, Sunday afternoons

mean concerts at Sculpterra Winery

and he’s at D’Anbino Cellars the second

Monday evenings the shows are at

Bang the Drum Brewery in San Luis

Obispo. Thursdays belong to Pismo

Beach’s Shell Café. His next show in

Santa Barbara is a tribute show to

Townes Van Zandt at SOhO on March

U2 front man, Bono said, “Music can

change the world because it can change

people.” Many thanks to all the SLO

music promoters. Our world needs the

level scoring

hits,” said Key.

Eight years

ago he decided

to join his

family on the

Central Coast

and started

putting shows


He met and

m a r r i e d




his own

music and showcasing local talent.

audiences for touring artists.”

Friday of the month.



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Community Calendar

The Italian Catholic Federation

(I.C.F.) at St. Patrick’s Church in

Arroyo Grande will host five Fish Fries

during Lent. Mark your calendar and

join us for a delicious fish and chips

and coleslaw dinner. Fish fries will be

held on the following Fridays: February

20, February 27, March 6, March 20

and March 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

in St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 501 Fair

Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande. Prices range

from $6 for a 1-piece fish dinner up to

$12 for a 4-piece fish dinner. Takeouts

will be available. Beer, wine, soda

and bottled water will be available for

purchase and desserts will be available

for a donation. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call (805) 489-



Don’t miss the Wine Country

Runs Half Marathon Run/Walk, a

fundraiser for local non-profits on

Sunday, March15, at River Oaks Hot

Springs, 800 Clubhouse Drive, Paso

Robles. Winery neighbors help cheer

you on and provide their own style

of aid station. Walk start time is 7:15

a.m. and run start time is 8 a.m. Cost

is $75 through Feb. 28 and $85 March

1 through race day. There is a 5K -

Individual with a start time of 8:15 a.m.

with a cost of $40 through Feb. 28 and

$45 March1 through race day. A Kids

Wine Stomp starts at 9:15 a.m. There

is a ½-mile fun run just for kids at a

cost of $20. For more information, visit


Volumes of Pleasure Bookshop in

Los Osos is hosting its 12th Annual

Chinese New Year Celebration at 2

p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. The Cal Poly

Lion Dance Team will again perform

a ceremonial dance with drum and

cymbals and a blessing ritual dating

back centuries. Free. We are ending the

year of the horse in the Chinese Zodiac

and entering the year of the sheep

or ram. Traditionally, the year of the

sheep is highly creative and people may

express their artistic natures and find

greater pleasure in simply following

their heart’s desires, while allowing

others the freedom to do the same. It

can be a year when world conflicts and

upheavals are less likely, or let’s at least

hope so. Volumes of Pleasure is located

at 1015 Los Osos Valley Rd., corner

of 10th Street in the Vons Shopping



Author, D. Williams, will sign his

new book, “There Are Times When…

A new day a new adventure, live it!”

from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at

Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St.,

Morro Bay. The book is a collection

of incidents, choices and non-choices

that are routinely a part of people’s

lives. Williams has spent most of his

life in schools, teaching and attending

mainly in California. Born and raised in

Arkansas working the fields; school and

all work thereafter seemed incredibly

easy. He attended Pepperdine,

Sonoma state and UC Merced, earning

a Bachelor’s, master’s and PhD

(respectively) plus a law degree from

New College of California School of

Law. His first book, “The Killing of

Mr. Floyd & Other Stories,” touches on

many aspects of that former Arkansas



The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden has several special events

coming up in March including an earth oven workshop series.

The San Luis Obispo Botanical

Garden has several special events

coming up in March. The Garden is

located in El Chorro Regional Park,

across Hwy 1 form Cuesta College.

• Edible and Medicinal Plants of

SLO County Lecture, 6-7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6. Discover the historic

and modern uses of some of the many

useful plants of SLO County. Cost is

$5 for garden members and $10 nonmembers.

No reservations required.

More info at:

• Herbal Workshop I — SLO County

Bioregional Field Exploration 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Spend

the day hiking through a number of

different plant habitats, identifying and

discussing many of the useful plants

with herbalist, Tellur Fenner. Limited

space available. Cost is $45 garden

members and $55 public. See: slobg.


• Herbal Workshop II: Wildcrafting

and Plant Preparation Methods 10-4

Sunday, March 8. Spend a day learning

the principles of plant harvesting,

processing, and botanical pharmacy

work. Limited space available. Cost is

$45 garden members and $55 public.


• Container Garden Workshop

1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Create

your own nature haven with a

container garden. Landscaper, Pat

Thomas, teaches about containers for

ornamental plants and vegetables.

After a demonstration, plant your own

containers to bring home. Participants

should bring a planting container

approximately 18” diameter by 18” deep

or larger to the program. Some plants

will be provided and others will be for

sale, or bring your own. Soil, trowels

and gloves are provided. Followed at

3PM by a free docent led tour of the

Garden. Limited space available. Cost

is $10 garden members and $15 public.

For information and supplies list, see:

• Spring Plant Sale fundraiser 10-1

Saturday, March 28. Garden volunteers

have worked all year cultivating

beautiful Mediterranean-climate plants

for your garden that will also save

money on water bills. Proceeds benefit

the Garden’s mission to honor and

preserve our connection with nature.


• Earth oven workshop series.

Saturdays-Sundays, March 7- 8, 14-

15, and 21-22. Learn how to make an

earthen oven and earth-bag structures

for an outdoor kitchen. Earth oven

masters from N’credible Edibles will

lead the process of designing, building,

and cooking in an outdoor kitchen.

Cost is $30 a day or sign-up early for a

discount. More info and registration at:


Anti-abortion activists will be

holding a “40 Days for Life” prayer

vigil campaign from Feb. 18-March

29 at 743 Pismo St., SLO. See:

for more



The Lightshare Center in Santa

Margarita is holding a grand opening

and fundraiser at its new location,

22701 El Camino Real, at 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 22. There’ll be an array

of artisan offerings, healing services

gift cards, a metaphysical book sale

and free refreshments by Vert Foods.

An evening concert of sacred songs

and guided meditation with soprano,

Marissa Bloom, starts at 6 p.m. Concert

admission is $20 at the door. Proceeds

will help Lightshare finish construction

on the new center.

Also, Lightshare is hosting free

energy balancing sessions on Saturday,

Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sierra

Vista Hospital, 1010 Murray St., in SLO.

Sessions are 25 minutes, appropriate for

all ages and no appointment necessary.

All are welcome. See: www.lightshare.

us for more information about their



Artist, Barbara Rosenthal of Los Osos

is showing her work through May 1 at

Deanna Richards’ Edward Jones Office,

1236 Los Osos Valley Rd., Ste. J. An artist

reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb.

27. On sale will be Rosenthal’s mixed

art works, paintings and etchings. Also

for sale will be T-shirts and mugs of the

Elfin Forest mural, benefiting SWAP.


The Eco Rotary Club of Morro Bay

is bringing in Kyle Wiens, founder of

iFixit, for its next monthly meeting, set

for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at the

Morro Bay Community Center, 1001

Kennedy Way. Free, and guests are

welcome. Wiens will discuss his goals

to reduce electronic waste by teaching

people to repair their own gear and

offering tools, parts, and a forum to

discuss repairs.


Morro Bay residents interested in

taking part in the 12th Annual Citywide

Yard Sale in April and sponsored by

Morro Bay Beautiful, should see the

MBB website at: morrobaybeautiful.

org, download an application, fill it

out and send it in. The event is set for

Friday-Sunday, April 10-12, with Friday

the 10th a “preview day” and a chance

to get an early look at the offerings.

The deadline to sign up and get your

address on the official yard sale map,

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printed in the Bay News, is the end of

March. Brenda Sue’s Consignment on

Morro Bay Blvd., at Morro Ave., will be

the event headquarters. Event posters

were slated to go up all over town this



The Central Coast Watercolor

Society will host a free program by

teacher, painter, and printmaker,

Tricia Reichert set for 7 p.m. Tuesday,

Feb. 24 at the Methodist Church,

1515 Fredericks St., in SLO. Reichert

will demonstrate mixed media with

watercolor. For more information see:


Work on the remodeling the Morro

Bay Library is now completed and

the library is moving back in from its

temporary home a block away. And

March 1, people will have a chance to

tour the building at an open house,

set for 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 1.

Guy Budd and Inga Swearingen will

perform. Friends of the Library will

have refreshments and they’ll give

away commemorative bookmarks. The

library will open for good Tuesday,

March 3 (they’ll still be closed

Mondays) at 9 a.m. They are changing

their hours too, staying open until 6 on

Tuesdays and Wednesdays open from

10-5 Thursdays-Saturdays.


The Gallery at the Network in SLO will

present “Hands on Wood,” showcasing

the woodworking of Jim Amberg, Roger

Combs, Barry Lundgren, Ernest Miller,

Pete Skarda and Dave Vradenberg

March 1-31. On display will be cutting

boards, sushi trays, fine furniture,

turned bowls, vases and lidded jars.

There’s a free artists’ reception set for

6-9 p.m. Friday, March 6, during the

monthly Art After Dark. Live music

with Terry Sanville and refreshments

will be served. The Gallery is located

at 778 Higuera St., Ste. B. See: www.


The non-profit, Lifelong Learners of

the Central Coast is offering five new

classes in March for its members. They

include: “Edwin Gardner Lewis and

Atascadero” on March

3; “Understanding

Memory Loss” on

March 11; “A Day with

Bernstein, Copeland

and Saint-Saens” on

March 14; “Medicare:

How is it Really

Funded” on March

17; and an “Escorted,

Wild, Walk-Around

Tour of the Atascadero

Zoo” on March 25.

Courses are open to the

general public and cost

very little. For more

information see: www. and

register for classes or

become a member.

Membership is $25 a



Central Coast Youth Football & Cheer

League opens registration soon, with

practices beginning in late July for

the season next August. Registration

is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14,

and attending elementary or middle

school. Local chapters will be offering

registration dates in March. For

additional information see: www. or call our PR

director Pam Peca, at (805) 434-8918.


The League of Women Voters of

San Luis Obispo County is hosting a

public forum on “special districts” in

SLO County, set for 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11 at Union Bank,

995 Higuera St., SLO. Free. What is a

“Special District?” How many do we

have in our county? What do they do?

How are they funded? These questions

and more will be answered by a panel

with Neil Havlik, president of the

board of the Coastal San Luis Resource

Conservation District; Dave Church,

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Pickleball players will have a new

place to play when the Los Osos

Community Center opens a court on

the second and fourth Tuesdays of the

month, starting Tuesday, Feb. 24 from

4-6 p.m. No equipment necessary,

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This includes but not limited to

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and the list will become clearer as these

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This is just my personal perspective

of the healthcare industry. I do not

speak for any other physical therapy

owner. My goal here is to let the public

know how the changes in healthcare

have affected my business.

First the good news; we saw 306

more patients in 2014 compared to

2013. I wish there was more good

news to report, but there’s not. Yes,

I am glad to have served an increased

numbers of patients.

Now for the bad news; despite

seeing an increase in the number

of patients, we made about

$6,500 less than we did

the previous year! How

can that be? Our


rates were


W e



into contracts to accept

smaller payments for our services.

Simultaneously, we had an increase in

demand for documentation with higher

regulations & restrictions surrounding

people being seen for physical therapy.

Last year, in the same month I

received a couple of letters. One letter

expressed that if I was to participate

in seeing subsidized health plans I

had to agree to a non-negotiable cut in

reimbursement rates by approximately

30%. I also received a letter from

my health insurance saying that my

personal healthcare premiums were

going up, as they typically do every year,

and that there will be other increases in

my premium in order to offset cost of

providing subsidized plans.

There was the promise of seeing a

plethora of patients who would now

have insurance and be able to utilize

my services. We have not found that

to be completely true. A number of

these plans have very high deductibles

so many are unwilling to come in for


Yes I am glad that

more people have health

insurance. However,

it does not seem to be

“affordable”. For my

business to be viable,

I have to treat more

clients, which means

hiring more help to treat

clients. Taking on

more employees

e n t a i l s


additional cost such

as increases

in liability


t a x e s ,


cost, marketing,


This is a dilemma

I face. I don’t have an

answer on how to “fix”

the health care system. I

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Good to be King

When he was a young lad

living in Carpinteria, Nick

Franco, spent many a day

cavorting nearby on the world’s

safest beach, and by the time he

was 17, he was hooked on the status

of the State Park folks who were

responsible for keeping up the

scenic area.

So he became a park aide, and has

been involved with parks ever since.

As of February of this year, Franco

left the State Park System and is

now the man responsible for all the

parks in San Luis Obispo County.

“I love this county,” Franco said,

“so I wanted to stay here, and I get

to keep working with parks.”

Franco has been all over the state

as a ranger and a superintendent —

from the Santa Monica Mountains

to the Oceano Dunes to the Big

Basin Redwoods, San Juan Batista,

even Angel Island in the San

Francisco Bay.

“One of the highlights

of my working for the

State Parks System was

my experience on that

remote but spectacular

island,” he recalled.

“There were no more

than 20 employees living

there in buildings once

used by the military.

There is so much history


“For example, in the

1970s, they were going to demolish a

lot of the old mothballed structures,

when one ranger discovered there

were a huge amount of carved

Chinese poetry on the inside walls.

The poetry was written by Chinese

detainees who weren’t allowed to

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first of its kind to be based on race.

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Good to be King

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be excluded. Those are

powerful statements and

say a lot about our history,

and I love passing that on

to travelers who visit the

island. Needless to say,

the structures remained

so all can see the heartfelt


Franco left Angel Island

to come to San Luis

County, where he has

been district supervisor

for nearly 12 years. “It’s the longest

I’ve been anywhere in my life.”

I asked him how state parks will

be different from county parks?

“I think the County is in better

financial shape,” he said. “One of

my biggest disappointments while

with State Parks was the proposed

closure of all the parks due to

budget concerns. That riled a lot

of people, so the State kept them

open, but not without a fight. Parks

are very popular, especially when

there’s an economic downturn or

recession. Not only that, they are

very important for the economies of

the state and our county. Tourism is

a huge business here, and without

travelers coming to our parks, local

businesses would suffer greatly.

Other than that, the politics and

methods may be different between

the County and State, but it’s all

about maintaining and modifying

the parks for those who visit.”

Franco will be in charge of the

large parks like Lake Lopez and Lake

Santa Margarita, to the smallest

trails that wind through our hills.

Perhaps Franco’s biggest claim to

fame was the notoriety created by

Lady Gaga coming to Hearst Castle.

“People still ask me about that

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said. “I’m simply amazed that you

can Google ‘Nick Franco Lady Gaga’

and have us both come up on the

same page. I never thought that

would happen in a million years.”

During negotiations between

Lady Gaga, the parks system, and

Hearst Castle, Franco was put on

administrative leave for a while,

incommunicado. The way I’ve

heard it, the entire bru-ha-ha began

when Lady Gaga, who is into the art

scene, approached Ann Hearst, who

is also an avid art lover, and asked if

she could use San Simeon as avenue

to record music and a video.

The Hearst people liked the idea

because she would reach out to

those younger folks who otherwise

wouldn’t know about the legacy of

William Randolph Hearst. One of

the wrinkles in the project came

about when she wanted to fill the

outdoor Neptune Pool at the castle

while we were in the middle of a

drought. Eventually deals were

made to satisfy everybody, including

State Parks.

“My mom and dad were worried

at the time,” Franco said, “but I

told them everything was fine and

I’ll be OK. I wasn’t disciplined or

anything like that. And it’s funny to

think that younger visitors did start

appearing after Lady Gaga’s video.

So everything worked out. But I

will miss the castle. It was always

a delight to see the amazement

in people’s eyes when they first

glanced upon the castle.”

Franco’s tenure with the County

may not be as glamorous and

celebrated as his work with the

State, but our local parks will be

better for it.





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805 Sound

Lady Swings the Blues: Linda Martin and Back Bay Betty

The Goddess of Groove

By Mad Royal

The music


in this area,

at least, is about

ninety percent men.

Why that is, I don’t

know; musical

talent certainly isn’t

gender-specific. I do

know that it takes a

lot of perseverance,

patience, and a bit of

a thick skin to make

it in this business,

especially if you’re


Linda Martin

of Back Bay Betty laughingly defines

herself as a “good girl gone bad”. To

some narrow-minded people, that

might be true, but the fact is that you’d

be hard pressed to find a kinder, more

generous person than Linda. When she

walks in a room, people light up. When

she starts to sing, well, that’s something

really special.

Linda grew up in the Southern

Baptist tradition in Los Osos. Her

family went to church three days a

week. She sang in the choir and played

the piano and organ. When she was

eight, she sang alto in a gospel group

with her siblings called Sisters Four.

Impressed with her musical talent,

the folks at her church gave her a

scholarship to Azusa Pacific University,

where she majored in Nursing and

minored in Music and played piano

(her “day job” is still nursing). After her

first year, she came home and “lived in

sin” with her boyfriend. Eventually she

married and had children. When they

were old enough to attend church, she

took them to the Nazarene church, and

was the pianist there. She was involved

with the children’s drama and music


Around 2004, Linda stepped out

of church and into the bar scene

musically, joining the Bluz Dogz,

playing keyboards and singing with

the group. Other members were Dr.

Hal Seagal, Buddy McCabe, and Mike

Brown. Eventually, Linda brought in

her boyfriend, Johnny Johnson, to play

blues harp and sing.

Johnny Johnson grew up in Ventura

in a musical family, listening to big

band, and jazz. His mother sang in the

church choir. Johnny played trombone

in fourth grade through junior high,

when his interest moved to surfing.

Like many young people of that time, he

listened to the Beatles, Rolling Stones,

and the Beach Boys. When he was 14,

he heard Chicago blues for the first time

in the music of Paul Butterfield and

Muddy Waters, and it struck a chord

in him. He mostly lived vicariously

through his musical friends, and didn’t

pursue his own musicality until he was

in his forties, when he started picking at

the guitar, mostly jazz. When he turned

50, he picked up the harmonica.

Eight years ago, Johnny moved to

Morro Bay after his marriage ended.

As long as he was making big changes

in his life, he decided to move to the

place he’d always considered ideal. He

spent about six months freelancing as

a graphic artist before he landed a job

at Arabian Horse World in Templeton,

one of the most prestigious horse

publications on the planet. In 2009, he

met Linda outside of music. One day,

he took her out back to the garage, and

opened the door to show her his “cute

vintage amp” and harmonicas. Linda

was very happy after she heard him

play, and she convinced him to join the

Bluz Dogz, which was his first ensemble


Two and a half years ago, Linda

decided she wanted more of a central

role, and she and Johnny left the Bluz

Dogz to form Back Bay Betty. The group

became popular very quickly, due to in

part to lots of dedication to promoting

and visiting prospective venues. Linda

has a tremendous voice and personality

which lights up the stage. Johnny has a

warm singing voice and plays the blues

harp with skill. He also has a warm

presence which can be felt by audience

members. Other members are Casey

Rodgers on lead guitar and vocals.

Casey is the chief song writer in the

group, and is responsible for much of

its rock influence. Carl Dybowski, who

hails from Chicago, is their drummer,

and also sings. He loves jazz and is

very intuitive, and Linda and Johnny

say he is easy-going and pleasant to

be around. Linda also says he gets the

award for “most improved” drummer.

The newest member of Back Bay Betty

is bassist Mark Notzka, who also plays

in Rasdanny. In fact, he’s brand new to

the band, and only officially joined in

January. Bud McCabe occasionally fills

in on bass if needed.

Back Bay Betty’s music is designed

for dancing. Their motto is “Funky

Blues for Your Dancing Shoes.” If

you’re not dancing, they’re not happy,

and they’re always happy! The music is

a blend of blues, jazz, and rock’n’roll.

Although they do perform in bars and

cafes, their main focus is to perform at

the local wineries and summer concert

series. They are very much a hometown

band, and have no aspirations for the

“bigtime”. The band practices at Linda’s

home after she cooks them dinner,

largely with produce from her organic

garden. They are very much a family.

Back Bay Betty’s playlist has moved

more and more to original tunes, in

attempt to keep things creative, new

and fresh, so that each Back Bay Betty

show is a little different. When you hear

them, they like to hear from audience

members that the music was “funky

and tight”, that their feet are sore from

dancing, and that their faces are sore

from smiling. Check them out. I think

you’ll find that Back Bay Betty delivers

on all counts.

Your next opportunity to hear and

see Back Bay Betty perform is on

Saturday, February 21 at the Shell

Café in Pismo Beach, from 7 p.m.-10

p.m. Check out their very fun website

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information. Remember to wear your

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BAY: 2727 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, 773-

4300 or Join Three-Martini

Lunch every Thurs. and Fri. from 6-9pm. Live

Music Every Tues. from 5:30-6:30 and Thursdays

and Fridays 6-9


1750 El Camino Real ste A, Grover Beach, CA

93433. Tasting room M-Th 4pm-10pm, Fri 3pm-

12am, Sat noon-12am, Sun noon-7pm

MONGO’S SALOON: 359 W. Grand Ave.,

Grover Beach, 489-3639. Karaoke Tuesday and

Wednesday 9pm. Live Music and dancing every

Friday and Saturday at 9pm.

MR. RICK’S: 404 Front St., Avila Beach, 805-

595-7425 Happy Hour

Monday-Thursday 4-7pm 2/20 Matt Cross and

The One Night Band 8pm 2/22 Lenny Blue 1pm

2/27 Legends 8pm 2/28 Soul Sauce 8pm

SEA VENTURE: 100 Ocean View, Pismo Beach,

773-4994. Live music every

Wednesday from 6-9pm in the Fireplace room.

Acoustic Sundays from 3-6pm on the Deck.

SHELL CAFÉ: 1351 Price St.,

Pismo Beach, 805-773-8300

2/19 Songwriters at Play 6:30

2/20 CloudShip 7pm 2/21

Louie Ortega 11am Back Bay

Betty 7pm


Lopez Dr., Arroyo Grande,


VENTANA GRILL: 2575 Price St. Pismo Beach,

773-0000, or Matt Cross plays

on Mon and Wed. evenings.

VINO VERSATO: 781 Price St., Pismo Beach,

773-6563 or Every Tuesday:

Side Effects


Street, Guadalupe, CA 93434, 805-219-0518

San Luis Obispo


544-2100. Zydeco music, live blues, and jazz on

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

CREEKY TIKI: 782 Higuera St., 903-2591.

EVERY FRIDAY Live Music Directly Following

Concerts in the Plaza

FROG & PEACH PUB: 728 Higuera St. (805)

595-3764. Pint Nite EVERY Tuesday

THE GRADUATE: 990 Industrial Way, 541-0969

or Every Thu. Is Country Night

8pm 18+, Every Fri “Noche Caliente” or “Hot

Latin Nights” 18+, Every Sat “Big Chill” hits from

the 70’s 80’s 90’s 21+ & Every Sunday is Minor

Madness 8pm-11:45pm

LINNAEA’S CAFE: 1110 Garden St., 541-5888

LUNA RED: 1023 Chorro St., 540-5243 www. Every Thurday $5 Happy Hour

all day, Live music-TBA


543-KILT (5458), 1865 Monterey St. Live music

is Wed./Thurs./Fri. from 6-9pm. Old Time Fiddle

& Banjo Show every Wed. from 6-9pm.

SLO BREWING CO.: 1119 Garden St., 543-1843

or Cursive 2/20 Night Riots

2/21 Gregory Alan Isakov 2/22 Ozomatli 2/25

ALO (animal Liberation Orchestra)

North Coast

10TH STREET GRILL: 2011 10th St., Los Osos,

528-2011 or

CAMBRIA PINES LODGE: 2905 Burton Drive,

Cambria, 927-4200 or

Entertainment every night in the Fireside Lounge.

FUEL DOCK SALOON: 900 Main St., Morro Bay,


MOZZI’S SALOON: 2262 Main St. in Cambria,

927-4767. Friday Night: Karaoke, Saturday

Night: Live Music

OLD CAYUCOS TAVERN: 130 N. Ocean Ave.,

Cayucos, 995-3209. Fri.-Sat.: Live music.

OTTER ROCK CAFE: 885 Embarcadero, Morro

Bay, 805-772-1420.

Every Wed.: Karaoke, 8pm. Every Thu.: Thursday

Night Spotlight, 8pm. *Closed every Tuesday

2/19 The Nathaniel Johnstone Band 2/22 Mud

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Bobby SantaCruz 2/26 Mud on The Tire 2/27 The

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Tickets for the reception will be available

at the door for $20. The show continues

Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-3, no admission

charge, open to the public, and features a

cattlemen’s BBQ Lunch for $10, from 11:30

am to 1:30pm.

For more information visit

or contact Dee Pellandini 805-423-1319

or Jo Ann Switzer 805-462-2810.

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Cayucos, 995-1122.


Road, Los Osos, 528-3764, sweetspringssaloon.

com. Friday and Saturday: Live music from 9pm

to 2am.

TOGNAZZINI’S DOCKSIDE: 1245 Embarcadero,

Morro Bay, 772-8100.

WINDOWS ON THE WATER: 699 Embarcadero,

Suite 7, Morro Bay, 772-0677. Live music every

Monday and Friday evening.

North County

ASUNCION RIDGE: 725 12th St., Paso Robles,

237-1425 Live music Saturdays from 5-8pm

AVION & CLAW: 6155 El Camino Real,

Atascadero, 461-9463 or Live

music Thurs.-Sat. from 7-10pm.

BROKEN EARTH WINERY: 5625 Highway 46E,

Paso Robles, 239-2562.

BRU COFFEEHOUSE: 576 El Camino Real,

Atascadero, 464-5007. www.brucoffeehouse.

com Live music every Friday from 7-9pm. 2/20

The Simple Parade 2/27 Tylor Bundy

CAMOZZI’S: 5855 El Camino Real, Atascadero,


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Bay and Parable Bookstore

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Alexa Ct., Paso Robles, 238-2834, www. Guitar/Vocal duo, Adam Levine

and Judy Philbin play every Thurs. from 7-9pm,

in the dining room/bar

LAST STAGE WEST: Halfway Station on

Highway 41 (15050 Morro Road at Toro Creek),

461-1393 or Most shows start

at 6pm. 2/19 Tanner Scott 2/24 The Banjer Dan

Show 2/25 Bluegras Jam Night 2/26 Tanner

Scott 2/27 Surtsey & Co. 2/28 Susan Tognazzini

Benefit Concert


238-7070, 1122 Pine St. in Paso Robles.


1103 Spring St., 238-2660. Live entertainment

Friday and Saturday at 9:30pm.

PINE STREET SALOON: 1234 Pine St., Paso

Robles. 805-238-

1114. Every Monday Open Mic. 9pm. Every

Tuesday/ Friday/ Sunday Marilyn’s Karaoke

9pm. Every Thursday North County Line Up Live

Music 9pm.


Pine St., Paso Robles.

805-226-9995. *Most shows 7-10pm unless

stated otherwise 2/19 August Ridge Release

Party 2/20 Dorian Michael & Kenny Blackwell

2/21 Luke Bryon 2/26 Paiz Sur Terre 2/27 Kenny

Taylor 2/28 Lance Robinson

The Ranch: 1285 Mission St. in San Miguel, www. or 467-5047. 11/29 Chris and

Nick’s “Rave Circus” 18+


Paso Robles, 226-8881. Steve Key presents

“Songwriters at Play” Sundays from 1-4pm www.


Rd., Paso Robles, 286-3680. Check out Vina

Robles Amphitheatre online for tickets, times,

and pricing

full bar | 12 beers on tap

family-friendly menu

200 E. Branch Street, Arroyo Grande


open daily from 11:30 – 10:00

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Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Healthy smiles,

happy kids!

Because every child should love

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in San Luis Obispo. Before Tank Farm

Road existed, the streets surrounding

the land were Pismo Road, Ocean Blvd.,

Avila Road, Hwy. 101 and now, South

Higuera Street. The buildings on the

property which are on the city’s list of

historic places including a farm house,

barn, granary and water tower, will be

incorporated into a Marketplace that

will have a brewery, restaurant, farm

and agricultural store, and various retail

stores on a little more than 4 acres. The

property was once a sprawling 80- acre

farm that grew field crops, sugar beets,

barley, flowers, grains and beans. A brass

plaque dedicated in 1998 on the property

recognizes the agricultural heritage of

the farmland and reads, pioneers to these

ranchlands include John Harford (think

Harford Pier in Avila Beach), Frank

McGolphur, Joseph D. Grant, George

and Mary Long and the Florino Bonetti

Family. Joseph D. Grant of San Francisco

purchased the land from John Harford

in 1880. City records show George W.

Long had leased the property and lived

in the farmhouse and then purchased it

in 1908. In 1923 the property was sold to

Florino Bonetti. The Bonetti Family sold

the property in 1978. Up until just about

a year ago the farmhouse was a rental and

blackberries grew freely on the property.

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Los Osos dance band, Back Bay Betty,

will debut some new original tunes in a

show at the Shell Café in Pismo Beach.

The show is set for 7-10 p.m. Saturday,

Feb. 21. Shell Café, located at 1351 Price

St., is quickly becoming a showcase for

local live music and offers a great menu

at reasonable prices. A short walk to

the beach, too. See: www.backbaybetty.

com or on Facebook for more on the


The San Luis Obispo County High

School Jazz Ensemble, with the best

high school jazz musicians in SLO

County and Santa Maria, will perform

its annual concert at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Cuesta College

Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7

for students, seniors, and SLO Jazz Fed

members, and $12 general admission.

Buy tickets online at: www.cpactickets. The Cuesta Jazz Ensemble

will also perform. The high school

ensemble is put together every year to

give the kids advanced training and to

perform this annual concert.

The 2nd Annual, 87th Oscar VIP

Party Fundraiser is set for Oscars

Night, Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Cayucos

Vet’s Hall and will honor a legendary

celebrity photog to the stars.

Charles Poalillo, this year’s honoree,

spent nine years as a staff photographer

at the Los Angeles Daily News and the

L.A. Times before starting a commercial

photography studio in Hollywood.

Familiar with press agents who

came to submit press releases, he hit

the ground running, as he would be

doing journalism photography, but for

commercial clients, many of who were

Fortune 500 companies.

Poalillo was hired by many of his

clients to do photography at The

Academy Awards and his first shoot was

for a small Latin magazine, followed by

various companies. What followed was

a 5-year contract to do photography

for the Academy of Motion Pictures

Arts and Sciences at the Oscars. He

photographed the Oscars for 24 years.

Poalillo, now a Paso Robles resident,

will show slides of his Oscars work

including public debuts of vintage

celebrity photos that have never been

shown before.

Profits from the Vet’s Hall show and

party benefit the Cayucos Elementary

Education Foundation. For more

information and tickets call Moree

Productions at (805) 900-5282.

Afro-Americana music fusion

band, Mamajowali, will perform at 7

p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at St. Benedict’s

Church in Los Osos. Tickets are $20

a person and available online at

Afro-Americana music fusion band, Mamajowali, will

perform at St. Benedict’s Church in Los Osos or at the door.

Mamajowali is Joe Craven, Mamadou

Sidibe, and Walter Strauss playing a

blend of instruments — kamale ngoni

(the hunter’s harp) with six string

guitar, percussion, fiddle, mandolin

and voice — uncommon and familiar,

traditional and innovative all at the

same time. The show is co-sponsored

by KCBX Public Radio and the Live Oak

Music Festival. St. Benedict’s is at 2220

Snowy Egret Ln., Los Osos (across

LOVR form the cemetery). Call (707)

678-1351 for more information.

The Cal Poly Ballroom Dance Club

will host its eighth annual “Mustang

Ball” Ballroom and Latin DanceSport

Competition from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28, in the university’s

Chumash Auditorium. More than

150 dancers from across California,

Arizona and Nevada have registered to

compete at the event, one of the largest

annual dance competitions in San Luis

Obispo County. Amateur dancers of all

levels and ages are invited to sign up

and compete. Dancers will compete

in six levels of competitions — from

newcomer to the highest “openlevel”

events — in the international and

American style ballroom dances. Events

also include nightclub dances such as

the salsa, hustle, Argentine tango, and

lindy hop swing; a formation team

competition; collegiate team match;

and other special performances. A

highlight of the event will be a showcase

of five dances by competitors Iaroslav

Bieliei and Olga Tsikalyuk, the current

U.S. Professional Rising Star Ballroom

Champions. Last year’s competition

drew more than 500 spectators and a

record 1,044 entries from Cal Poly and

other universities competing in 106

different events. The event provides

the public an opportunity to experience

the ballroom dancing firsthand.

Admission is $7 in advance and $10 at

the door. There is no cost for Cal Poly

students with a valid I.D. For more

information and to buy a ticket, visit or call 805-

242-3262. Donations to help support

this nonprofit event are appreciated.

Award-winning songwriter Loren

Radis will be featured during

Songwriters at Play Shell Café on Feb.

26 running from 6:30-9:30 p.m. In

2009 his song ‘If You’ll Be Mine’ was

one of the winners at the inaugural

New Times Music Awards. He was a

winner the next year with ‘Homesick,’

and the next, with ‘(May I) Walk You

Home?’ This year his winning track,

‘Young Man’s Song,’ again made the

finals. Loren is a Central Coast native

who has loved writing and performing

music since he first heard the Beatles

at age 10. His blend of acoustic/rock

music has been compared to artists

like Simon & Garfunkel, Iron & Wine,

and Damien Rice. Songwriters At Play

is held Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm at the

Shell Cafe, 1351 Price Street, Pismo

Beach, (805) 773-8300. The showcase

includes one featured act and others

playing 4-song sets. No cover charge,

but a tip bucket is passed during the

featured artist’s set. Our Thursday

showcase is a co-production with

Madeline Royal of Love Live Music.

For more information, visit www.

SLOFolks will bring traditional Irish

music band, Goitse, for two shows at

Coalesce Bookstore Chapel in Morro

Bay and Castoro Cellars Winery in

Templeton, set for Friday-Saturday

Feb. 27-28. Tickets are $20 a person and

available at the venues, 845 Main St.,

for Coalesce, call 772-2880 and 1315 N.

Bethel Rd., Templeton, call 238-0725

to reserve tickets. Also available at Boo

Boo Records, 978 Monterey St., SLO.

Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Goitse

is fast becoming one of the most sought-

34 • February 19 - March 4, 2015 • Tolosa Press


after bands among connoisseurs of

Irish Traditional music. Led by Aine

McGeeney on vocals fiddle, and upand-coming

stars, Colm Phelan, Conal

O’Kane, James Harvey, and Tadhg

O’Meachair. See: for

information on upcoming shows.

The Basin Street Regulars are hosting

a Mardi Gras Party featuring the Mud

Skippers Band, set for 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Pismo Beach

Veteran’s Hall, 680 Bello St. Tickets

are $5 for Basin Street members and

$10 for non members at the door.

Enjoy New Orleans jazz, Dixieland, big

band swing, Cajun and more. As this is

a Mardi Gras party, feel free to come in

costume and wear your beads. Call 773-

3750 for more information.

St. Louis rocker, Ben Martsolf, is

teaming up with his friend, Joseph

Bassa from Keflavik, Iceland, in a band

called “Surtsey & Co” and embarking

on a West Coast Tour following Hwy 1

and will be swinging through San Luis

Obispo County at the end of February.

The duo will perform a free show

at Last Stage West, located on Hwy

41 half way between Morro Bay and

Atascadero. Martsolf said another good

friend, film director Nigel Walsh, “will

be creating a short documentary about

life and culture of the touring musician

in the United States, stringing together

a run of shows ranging the entire

California Coast in a span of two

weeks,” Martsolf said.

A member of St. Louis rock band,

Blackwater ‘64, Martsolfsaid they plan

to play small concerts during the tour

playing original music as an “Artist

Collective Project,” ge said,

“while we document the

events, the people we meet,

the trials and challenges of

even a small trip, while taking

in the lifestyle and wonders

of the Coastal Northwest. The

scenery couldn’t be any more

inspirational.” See: facebook.

com/surtseyco or surtsey. to listen to

their music.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, takes stage in March

Cal Poly alumna and

acclaimed soprano,

Kathleen Magee

Querec, returns to

“Surtsey & Co” and embarking on a West

her alma mater for Coast Tour following Hwy 1 and will be

the Cal Poly Choirs’ swinging through San Luis Obispo County

Winter Concert

at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7 in the

Performing Arts Center on campus.

Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public

and $9 and $12 for senior citizens and

students. Cost includes all PAC fees

and parking. Get tickets at the Cal Poly

Box Office between noon and 6 p.m.

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Order by phone

at 756-4849. Titled “Romance and the

Romantics,” the concert will feature

works on the theme of love by composers

from the Romantic period of the 19 th

Century and the modern era. Groups

slated to perform are PolyPhonics

with Brahms; the University Singers

performing Schubert and the combined

choirs will join Querec performing

Mendelssohn and Mozart and close

with Strauss. Music department staff

members Susan Azaret Davies and Paul

Woodring will accompany.

Cal Poly Arts will bring two Broadway

musicals to town in March. The

1920s-era feel-good musical, “Nice

Work if you can Get It,” will take

the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,

March 11. Tickets run from $60-$90

and there is a free, pre-show lecture

with Opera SLO’s Brian Asher Alhadeff

in the PAC Pavilion at 6:30. See

extravagant dance numbers, glittering

costumes and an unlikely love story

between a wealthy playboy and a rough

and tumble lady bootlegger. The story

is set to classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s

Call the Whole Thing

Off,” “Someone to The Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert

Watch Over Me” will be at the Performing Arts Center

and “Fascinating


Then at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 16,

“Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” takes

the stage. Tickets run from $48-$80.

The acclaimed Beatles homage is hailed

as clear and above the biggest and best

Beatles tribute touring today. Rain is

a live, multi-media spectacular that

takes you on a musical journey through

the life and times of the world’s most

celebrated band. See: www.raintribute.

com for videos and more on the show.

Tickets are available at the PAC Box

Office from, noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-

Saturdays. Call 756-4849 or order

online at:

The Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter

Concert is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, March

8 at the Performing Arts Center at Cal

Poly. Tickets are $12 and $14 for the

public and $9 and $12 for seniors and

students. Includes all fees, and parking.

Get tickets at the PAC Box Office from

noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Order

by phone at 756-4849. The Winter

Concert will be a collaborative show

celebrating the student soloists and

members of the university’s Orchesis

Dance Company. The Student Soloist

Showcase will include performances by

five instrumentalists and three vocalists

who won the Music Department’s Solo

Competition. Instrumentalists are Rose

Doylemason, Leah Anderson, Daniel

Diaz, Troy Hanson, and Wicky Woo.

Vocalists are Leah Ginsky, Shaina

Levin and Alexis Rubell. All students

are music majors except Woo, who

is an industrial engineering major.

Music Prof. David Arrivée will conduct.

Theatre and Dance Department

faculty members Diana Stanton,

Michelle Walter and Christy McNeil

choreographed the dances.

Feb. 28 at the Performing Arts Center

at Cal Poly. Tickets are $12 and $14

for the public and $9 and $12 for

senior citizens and students. Pricing

includes all fees, and parking. Tickets

are sold at the PAC Box Office from

noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.

To order by phone, call 756-4849. The

bands will present their biennial “pops

concert,” featuring entertaining works

from all areas of pop culture written

and arranged for the modern concert

band. The concert features guest artist

and 2012 music alumnus, Jonathan

Withem, who will perform a work by

composer John Mackey titled, “Strange

Humors” with the Wind Ensemble on

the djembe, a rope-tuned skin-covered

goblet hand drum originally from

West Africa. Cal Poly director of bands

Andrew McMahan and Christopher J.

Woodruff, associate director of bands,

Cal Poly’s











is set for


8 p.m. Saturday,


will conduct the concert.

Tolosa Press • February 19 - March 4, 2015 • 35

Dinner & A Movie

Eureka! Comfort Food and Much More

By Teri Bayus

“In wine there is wisdom, beer

there is freedom and water

there is bacteria” stated wisely

by Benjamin Franklin and used with

other bits of wisdom at Eureka Burger

in San Luis Obispo.

Following their mantra of “Eureka,”

used as an exclamation of triumph at

a discovery, I agree. I had avoided this

place because of the long waits and

burger centric meals, but I became a

fan on the first night, a convert on the

second meal.

There is a talent to creating a menu

that will sustain and intrigue the college

crowd, yet make the locals and the

grownups come back again and again.

Eureka has accomplished this with full

and unique drink items and delectable

food staples. Those like me that truly

appreciate great food, craft beer and

artisan liquor are discovering a better

restaurant experience at Eureka in

Downtown San Luis Obispo.

Our first night there we sat at the bar

and received some of the best service

I have had at a casual restaurant. The

bartender made Mr. Bayus an old

fashioned that loosened his retrieve

and made him swear to come here

every night. They he presented him

with the butterscotch rum pudding that

was pronounced “Green Mile” worthy,

a first for a dessert, and this one was

topped with homemade

whipped cream, caramel

sauce and flaky sea salt. He

inhaled it and I didn’t get to

try even a bite. He has since returned

over 10 times for this after-work treat

of liquor and pudding.

I started with the fried chicken

sliders that surprised and delighted me.

The perfectly fried chicken was shaped

into a small patty then put on a biscuit

slathered with tomato jam, a crisp and

delicious housemaid pickles and served

with signature hand cut fries.

The biscuit/bun had me puzzled, as

it was familiar and yet not something

you get in a restaurant. When I asked

the manager about it, he sneakily

whispered that they were Pillsbury

biscuits. Brilliant! — comfort food,

wrapped in comfort food.

Then there were those fries. I am

usually not a fan, but these were so

good, I ate them all and ordered more

for dessert. I chose

the buffalo dipping

sauce as a fantastic

alternative to ketchup.

It was our first time

there and I had to tell

the server about how

please and surprised

I was. He instantly

bought us another

dessert, the chocolate

espresso soufflé coffee

cupcake that was a

dark chocolate soufflé

with homemade whipped cream and a

vanilla bean ice cream.

Next we came back for Happy Hour

and I was delighted at all the offerings.

Shishito peppers were grilled and

topped with tobiko (fish eggs) and fresh

lemon juice. The Pacific white fish tacos

were blackened and sautéed tilapia

with cabbage, avocado aioli, mango

salsa, and cilantro and served in two

corn tortillas. It was fantastic.

The lollipop corn dogs made Gary

happy with his rare IPA beer. They

consisted of a Polish sausage saturated

in a sweet corn batter and fired. They

are dipped into spicy porter mustard,

homemade ketchup or ranch dressing.

He proclaimed it the top “Men Food” as

he grunted and watched sports on the

big screen TVs.

I finished it off with watermelon

salad that was crisp and refreshing.

It consisted of arugula, kale, lemon

vinaigrette, homemade quinoa,

watermelon, feta, toasted walnuts and

a balsamic glaze.

Eureka exudes the benefits of

handmade food, locally sourced

produce and fresh baked breads found

throughout the menu. You’ll find an

authentic, one-of-a-kind experience

serving a wide selection of all natural

beef burgers, signature hand cut fries,

gourmet salads, delectable sandwiches

and delicious desserts. They strive

to treat each guest as an important

individual and prepare each plate with

the pursuit of perfection in mind.

Eureka is located at 1141 Chorro St.;

open daily for lunch and dinner.

Fifty Shades of Lousy

By Teri Bayus

This week’s movie is “50 Shades of

Grey” (Yes, I am going there). I

read the book, although everyone

told me it would just make me mad,

which it accomplished in spades. With

ridiculous grammar pontificating

about how a man that tells you to eat,

then ties you up, is the thing best for a

young girl.

I cringed and yelled through all

three books. Many people liked it and

I had hopes for a better movie than the

prose, so I thought it would be smart

to go with 200 strangers to watch a sex

show in the dark (I did bring wine).

I went with an open mind, but when

the last elevator door closed after what

felt like four hours and the guy behind

me blurted out, “Please let this be the

end,” I laughed at the great cosmic joke

Universal Pictures had just played on

all of us.

Don’t’ get me wrong, the sex is neat,

but a total disservice to true erotica and

bondage. It was as if it was a 2-hour

commercial telling you what not to do

in order to have a healthy relationship.

I cannot believe

this was only an

R rating. The sex

scenes are intense

and very personal.

There’s only

so much you can

put into a movie

especially if the

source material is as

sordid and insipid

as this, but Sam


doesn’t disappoint

when showing you the savage sexual

nature of the infamous Christian Grey.

These sex scenes push the boundaries

of its R rating and fans of the book will

be happy to hear that they can finally

visualize some of the titillating details

E.L. James seems to love to describe in

her books.

But that is all. The screenplay for this

is a muddled piece of writing that lazily

skates through its near 2-hour runtime

with long ridiculous looks from Grey to

Ana and no real dialog that is clever or

even remotely interesting.

The chemistry with the leads was

powerful, but you spend that much time

naked with another person and it will

always be persuasive. Jamie Dorman

(Christian Grey) and Dakota Johnson

(Anastasia Steel) definitely took their

jobs seriously here both physically and

mentally. Dakota is the daughter of

Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, so

she has acting chops, too bad she spent

most of the film naked and tied up.

The lightening and score were

well done. The sets and art direction

are excellent and create the perfect

terms of theme and pacing. This was

the first time I have ever seen “BDSM

consultant” in credits, who gets that

If you are young, this will confuse

you as to what erotic love can be and if

you are well seasoned like me, it is just

drivel. I really do not see any reason to

ambiance. The music excelled in


see this movie.

Teri Bayus can be reached at: or follow her

writings and ramblings at: www. Teri is also the host of

Taste Buds, a moving picture rendition

of her reviews shown on Charter Cable

Ch. 10.

Editor’s note: In the review of

American Sniper in the Feb. 5 issue, the

wrong actress was given as playing the

wife of Chris Kyle. Sienna Miller and

not Elise Robertson played that role.

36 • February 19 - March 4, 2015 • Tolosa Press


Valentines day is over but not

the relationship that you

were celebrating. You might

have received chocolates or flowers

or given them to that very special

person in your life. I love getting

them and giving them!

Falling in love is easy but

staying in love is not. It

takes more than chocolates,

flowers, and a card to keep

that passionate, flame burning

through the years. What is the

secret to being in love and

staying that way? Researchers

tell us that when the initial

fantasy and dreaminess goes

away other factors predict the

likelihood that a couple will

stay together. Here are a few.

Couples that wait well into

their twenties or older to

marry have a better chance

of staying together. The

maturity that comes with age

as the more self-centered,

teen years fall farther back,

puts the statistics in the

older couple’s favor. People

who are well educated and

earn more money appear to

handle stresses of marriage,

or perhaps, have less stress

in marriage than those who are

struggling, financially.

Those that were raised in a

home with parents who stayed

together have a higher likelihood

of not divorcing. That is especially

true if both spouses had parents

that stayed together. This may be

because they witnessed problem

solving and long-term commitment

by their parents. Couples that

did not live together prior to

marriage, statistically fair better in

relationship longevity, than those

that cohabitated. This may also

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have something to do with perceived

commitment levels. Finally, couples

that have a religious affiliation,

especially the same religious beliefs,

are more likely to have a long-term

relationship, and are less likely to


Having counseled many

marriages for over twenty years

and having been married for 46

years to the same great guy, I notice

certain traits that make people who

fall in love, stay in love. They think

long term so that the momentary

or daily problems do not become

reasons to exit the relationship.

They experience kindness and open

communication in their marriages.

And they help each other feel secure

and supported.

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Cuesta College officials can

breathe a 6-year sigh of relief,

after learning that the school’s

accreditation was reaffirmed.

According to a press release, on

Feb. 6 the Accrediting Commission

for Community and Junior

Colleges reaffirmed Cuesta’s

accreditation for another six years.

The Commission is the regional

accrediting agency overseen by

the U.S. Department of Education

that evaluates 2-year colleges

in California and several other

Western States.

In a letter from Commission

President, Barbara A. Beno, the

Commission “affirms that Cuesta

College has provided evidence that

it continues to be in compliance with

accreditation standards, policies

and eligibility requirements.”

Some six years ago, Cuesta was

hit with a poor evaluation and had

its accreditation placed on a sortof

probation threatening possible

revocation, unless several areas

were addressed and corrected.

None of the issues had to do with

actually educating students, but

more with financials, planning

and administrative issues.

Nevertheless, the matter was

serious enough that Cuesta feared

losing its accreditation and possibly

ceasing to exist as an independent


One option in a worst-case

scenario was that the school might

have to merge with Hancock

College in Santa Maria and Cuesta

would cease to exist. Through hard

work and determination that never

came close to happening.

Cuesta was removed from the

“warning status” in February 2014

and underwent another evaluation

this past September. College

officials, including the new college

president, Dr. Gil Stork, went to

work right away to right the ship.

“I am thrilled with the action

announced by the accreditation

commission to reaffirm Cuesta

College’s accreditation status for

the next six years,” said Stork.

“Cuesta College has demonstrated

sustained efforts to maintain its

accreditation, as evidenced by

the seven commendations we

received in the fall by the visiting

accreditation team. Additionally,

I cannot say enough about the

commitment of our faculty, staff,

administration, students, and

Board of Trustees to work together

to ensure Cuesta’s place at the

center of excellence.”

According to the Commission’s

letter, “the Commission would

like to take this opportunity to

congratulate Cuesta College on the

remarkable turnaround that it has

accomplished between 2011 and

2013. It has followed all Commission

directives for reports and visits

and resolved the considerable

deficiencies that led the college to

non-compliance with accreditation

standards. The college has resolved

those deficiencies, meets standards

and should take pride in its


Cuesta even got seven

commendations from the

accreditation team regarding

its “commitment to address

accreditation issues, the college’s

ability to work with the Cuesta

Foundation and expand the

Promise Scholarship to a full year,

implementing student success and

support programs, and more,”

reads a news release from Cuesta.

Trustee’s president, Pat Mullen,

said, “The Commission has once

again recognized the achievements

and commitment at Cuesta College

to the education of our students. Our

faculty, staff and administration

have again been acknowledged for

their student-focus, hard work and

commitment to performing at the

highest levels.”

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Today’s Youth Speak

Of Boys and Mice

Dylan Gillespie

Dylan Gillespie

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remember the dryness in the air that

morning, and how well the trip had

been going. Camping with the family,

almost always an enjoyable departure

from regular life. Not that regular life

was really that difficult for a four-yearold.

Even then, I was admittedly a rather

hyper aware child, which would come to

shortly become a problem.

It only did what thousands of years

of evolution had taught it to do: nest.

But that little mouse had chewed too

many wires to just be ignored, so on this

morning it was decided to end the reign

of terror. The whole family was enlisted

into the hunt, scouring every crevice for

a paw print or corner for a food stash.

We found the little saboteur in the hubcap,

and my dad fetched the longest

knife he could. This happened to be a

bread knife, which anyone who has seen

one knows aren’t exactly Ginsu, but that

didn’t stop him.

Over and over he stabbed into the

little gap of the wheel, while all the while

the mouse ran from maxim to maxim in

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shriller than a squeak. It squeaked

against the knife, it squeaked against

the two little onlookers incredulously

watching their father. We stood there

smiling, watching this brutal samba

before us. We desperately awaited

the mouse to tire or the knife to make

contact; never having had any real

experience with death made us want to

see it more.

He did pin it with the edge of the blade,

my father, and managed to flick it out

onto the concrete. It lay there for mere

moments before it spasmed like nothing

I had seen before. Its desperation to get

away pulled its body in every direction,

preventing it from taking any. Then the

knife came down, and its choice was

made. The squeak of fear was replaced

with a scream of horror and pain, one

which was only slightly less disturbing

than the jubilant cries of the two year

old: “KILL IT!” I looked on, helpless but

guilt filled as I saw and heard the life

of this little creature be extinguished

before my eyes. The blood just appeared

below the small beast, and when at

last its heart no longer beat, my father

looked up with grin and said “That takes

care of that.” I was sick to my stomach.

Yet is was just a mouse, so I bucked

up and spent the rest of the day doing

what every four-year-old does, running

around and causing mayhem.

But that night, sleep did not come

quickly like usual. I was plagued by the

memory of the dying mouse, and when I

did fall asleep I recall feeling ill at ease.

It had just been a mouse and I had just

been a four-year-old, but somehow that

made it all the more real. Unburdened

with prior death experiences and

unlucky enough not to share the world’s

animosity towards vermin, the mouse’s

demise struck and stuck with me. What

is big and what is little? Who decides

who is grand and who is miniscule?

While the darkness of death had

claimed the mouse, I had been claimed

by the darkness of reality.

Yet from the dark is most complete,

light shines all the brighter. Ten years

have passed since the passing of the

mouse, and he still scurries through my

mind from time to time. The boy who

idly watched his murder is gone though,

replaced by a young man trying to bring

light to those who need it. Thus a plan

was imparted from a mouse to a man,

one which will not go awry.

Youth are an important part of

our community offering different

viewpoints, perceptions and talents

that should be recognized as a vital

voice. The Coast News is excited to

work with students within the Lucia

Mar Unified School District showcasing

generations to come.

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Celebrating Birds in Avila

By Theresa-Marie Wilson

Coast News • February 19 - March 4, 2015 • 39

Bird enthusiasts of all ages can

flock to Avila Beach this Saturday

for the first annual Avila Beach

Bird Sanctuary Day.

As part of San Luis Obispo’s Coastal

Discovery and Stewardship Month, the

hour-long educational event celebrates

Avila Beach’s designation as an official

California Bird Sanctuary town and

helps provide stewardship for coastal

bird populations through education,

appreciation, and contribution


“We want to focus on education and

get people aware of the kinds of birds

that are here in the area,” said Shirley

Goetz, an avid birder and founder of

the Sanctuary. “It’s a good opportunity

kids and their families to come an learn

a little bit about the birds that they see.

When they see them again, they will

know something about them.”

The event begins at 10 a.m. at the

Avila Beach Community Center at 191

San Miguel Street. Participants will

enjoy a bit of Sanctuary history and a

regional birding overview along with

a live Pacific Wildlife Care bird exhibit

where the non-profit will introduce

the audience to live and rescued bird

ambassadors and share the bird’s

personal stories, natural history, and

answer questions.

Also on hand during the morning will

be “Morro”, the rescued Brown Pelican

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“He was injured as rescued, but he

wasn’t able to be returned to the wild,”

Goetz said. “He has a great home, plenty

of food and is very healthy. He will be in

pen, so you can come up really close and

see him. He is really used to people, so

you can stand real close to

a bird that would normally

fly away from you.”

There will be additional

information about plastic

waste and its alarming

impact on our birdlife

and Mona Olivas Tucker,

Chairman of yak tityu tityu,

the Northern Chumash

Tribe, will also share

insight. The day concludes

with a Stewardship Beach

and Trail Clean-up Kit

option for individuals

exploring Avila Beach in

the afternoon.

Some of the resident

bird populations common

to the area include Great

Blue Herons, California

Gulls, Snowy and Common

Egrets, Cormorants.

Special migratory bird

sightings may include;

Brant Geese, Loons (Common, Redthroated,

and Pacific), Grebes (Western,

Eared, Horned, & Clarks), Surf Scoters,

Common Murres, and Northern

Shovelers and more.

“There is such a variety of birds here

that I thought it would make a good bird

sanctuary, and it would help Avila to

redefine its future,” said Goetz adding

that bird watching is a fascinating

activity. “It’s a small area, so you can sit

in one spot an see anywhere from 5 to

15 different bird species just fly by. You

don’t really have to go looking for them.

This area along the coast sits along what

is known as the Pacific and that is were

a lot of migratory birds go. They either

come here of this is a stop on their way.

This area is a very environmentally

valuable resource for our avian life.”

The event takes place Feb 21 from

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or shortly thereafter

depending on the amount of attendee

questions. Participants are encouraged

to pick up an Avila Beach Stewardship

Clean-up Kit during the event and walk

along the beach and/or nearby Bob

Jones Bike and Hiking Trail for a bit of

personal birding and to provide some

friendly Bird Sanctuary stewardship.

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“Gonna Be A

Showdown”- And there

was. At Mission Prep. Just

as the preceding musical

line from the Electric Light

Orchestra song states. (Um,

dating oneself here but more

on that later). MP exacted

sweet revenge on Righetti

High School by pounding

out a 58-52 victory in front

of a standing-room-only

fervent following. During warmups an

independent observer would have sworn

that the Royals were going to get their

goose cooked as Righetti trotted out

one of the most formidable collections

of prep basketball height one could

imagine! But the eye of this beholder

came to envision the beauty with which

Mission Prep dispensed of the Warriors.

The Royals’ penchant for unselfish

play on the night and for buying into

Coach Terrance Harris’ team concept

was refreshing to observe. As Righetti

keyed on Columbia University-bound

Quinton Adlesh, his running mate at

the guard position, Brandon Jones,

enacted his own backup plan and tossed

in a gritty, team-best 19 points. A

perplexing aspect of the game was that

Righetti chose to station their three 6’4”

plus front court players up top and out

on the wings defensively. Mission was

able to break those defensive sets down

to their advantage and come away with

the important win. Good teams. Good

battle. See you both in the playoffs.

Tark Goes Dark- Jerry Tarkanian,

college basketball’s former rebel with

a cause, who guided his University of

Nevada Las Vegas Runnin’ Rebels to the

1990 NCAA Basketball Championship,

has entered into the nether world. Tark

the Shark had a monumental coaching

career which included stints at Long

Beach State, UNLV and Fresno State,

among others. In order to get an edge

on his rivals Tarkanian would recruit

junior college malcontents and players

of dubious character and mold them

into fascinating teams prone to fullcourt

pressure defense and run-andgun

offensive flair. They might not have

graduated, but they sure could play ball!

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Other coaches snubbed

his style, and the NCAA

infractions committees

were always sniffing around

Tark’s programs in search

of wrongdoing. They were

on his case his entire career.

He once stated, “They’ve

been my tormentors my

whole life.” Playing baseball

at Long Beach State in

the early ‘70’s afforded

this columnist the luxury of watching

Tarkanian work his on-court magic

firsthand. He had a conference record

of 40-4 while at The Beach. Our 1970-

71 team took UCLA to the brink in the

NCAA Western Regional Final before

falling by a bucket. His UNLV teams

made it to four Final Fours. Rest well

coach. The NCAA can’t touch you now.

Heaven On Earth- There’s

nothing quite like hanging out on the

Monterey Peninsula when the weather

is accommodating. Placid mornings

and pristine afternoons greeted the

professional and amateur golfers this

past weekend in the Monterey area as

the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-

Am was contested. The weather was the

talk of the tournament as there wasn’t

a cloud in sight and nary a rippling of

the flags as Brandt Snedeker collected

his second AT&T title in three years.

One of the really cool aspects of this

tournament is the sprinkling of movie,

music and sports stars amongst the

professional golfers in order to give the

tourney a unique flair of its own. Buster

Posey, Bill Murray, Wayne Gretzky,

Huey Lewis, Ray Romano, Clay Walker

and Alex Smith were but a few of the

notables who attended. It’s a kick to

traverse the links at Pebble Beach,

watching the golfers and soaking in the

history of the event, as well as the sun.

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42 • February 19 - March 4, 2015 • Tolosa Press

Endless Shades of Gray

Only Human

By Betsey Nash, SPHR


just thought of a great title for

a book about the exploits of

a human resources manager,

“Fifty Shades of Gray” (or, for

smaller employers I could issue a

revised version, “Under Ten Shades

of Gray”).

Just like the original, my tome

would be full of ecstasy and pain,

freedom and bondage, as it tracks

the escapades of a recent human

resources graduate drunkenly

careening into a job with a rich,

handsome, eccentric entrepreneur.

He has her sign a non-disclosure

agreement before they can work

together and she naively thinks it’s

about company trade secrets.

My version too, would be all

about dominant/submissive

relationships. ‘Cuz isn’t that what

the workplace is all about? Heck,

the original title for the real “Shades

of Grey” trilogy was “Master of the

Universe.” Doesn’t that sound like

your boss?

This is not to say that the boss

doesn’t still need to be in charge, but

the days of a workplace built around

a dominant boss and submissive

employees are mostly a thing of the

past, felled by the realization that

collaboration between people of

complementary skills and talents

more often breeds success.

Nevertheless, I received an email

from a reader who hinted that the

old reality exists at his workplace

and he wondered what roll the HR

manager should play in it all? The

email asked if there were a rule or

law in California ensuring that HR

managers enforce the rights of the

employer and employee equally.

“It seems like some of the HR

folks out there tend to always

default to protecting the employer,

at nearly any cost, [ignoring] strong

indications the employee is not

being treated fairly,” he wrote.

This is a great question. The

simple answer is “No,” there is no

law or rule. But, as well all know,

that’s not enough of an answer. And

here comes the gray.

Employers are bound by law to

treat their employees “in good faith;”

that is, honestly, with the intention

to be fair. We in human resources

are bound by professional ethics

to be the gatekeepers of the border

between fair and unfair; to look out

for the rights of the employee as the

employer runs their business.

But how far do you go in serving

the employees before you do so at

the expense of the business? At

one end of the spectrum was my

Home Depot store manager, who

told me that my job was to keep

him out of jail, and at the other, the

employer who lets his employees

take advantage of him all day long

because he is afraid of being sued.

Rather than referee an endless

game of Us vs. Them, I see the

HR pro’s job as identifying the

employer and employees’ mutual

best interests, and to help the

employer build their relationships

and the business on them.

It cannot be news by now that

happy employees produce more

and stay longer than unhappy ones.

So it behooves an employer to do all

they can to support their employees’

pursuit of the business goals in ways

that serve the employees’ needs.

Those needs are well documented

— purpose, mastery, recognition,

growth, and to know that they are

cared about.

There are no workplace laws

regarding fairness in general,

although Lord knows, there are

plenty of laws. An employee takes

his chances that his boss is not a jerk

and that their HR manager knows

that HR’s job is more than letting

the boss do whatever he wants.

HR’s job description may include

endless shades of gray but this much

is pretty black and white.

Betsey Nash, SPHR, with more

than 20 years in the business

reminds everyone that HR is not

for weaklings. She can be reached

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What’s the Mystery to Innovation?

Bottom Line

By Michael Gunther


had the fortunate opportunity to

visit Apple’s headquarters last

month with a group of 40 business

leaders through a trip planned by our

local chamber of commerce.

I must admit I have been late to the

game in reference to being an Apple

convert. It wasn’t until I got my first

iPhone about four years ago that I

quickly became a loyal fan leading

to both iPad and Mac Air laptop


Is it Apple’s “cool”

product design/image

that I am attracted

to or the easy user

interfaces that

has transformed

how I use

technology in

my personal and



This trip to

Apple actually

provided me a

whole new level of

appreciation for the

innovation, design

and “coolness” of

their products and how an intentional

focus on innovation has transformed

their culture, making Apple the most

successful firm in history.

As many of you know, Apple Founder,

Steve Jobs, was about challenging

the status quo with a goal of using

technology to give people access

to information and tools to foster

innovation as well as creativity.

This innovation philosophy was

evident as each speaker told about

their experience working at Apple,

while they shared their

inner workings of their

respective areas of


The consistent

thread throughout the

day was the belief

that only when

one can truly


the issues or

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to resolve can you

ever change the

status quo with


Apple has


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within its

culture, ranging

from studying historical references of

individuals that challenged the status

quo to questioning the foundation of

your current knowledge, assumptions

and beliefs.

The company’s credence is through

understanding that you can challenge,

which then leads to innovation. Even the

organizational structure is innovative

and goes against the traditional

model. Many in the academic realm

are scratching their heads on how

Apple’s unorthodox model can work.

It does work, because of the pervasive,

intentional focus on the user experience

and innovation.

This experience had me wondering

if innovation can just be a project or

process? It needs to be part of the

culture and everything within the

organization aids the drive to innovate.

Imagine if everyone on your team was

focused on innovation. At the same time,

the culture of your organization helped

support the successes and failures

that came from their new innovative

ideas. The intent would be to improve

processes, products or customer

experiences with a focus on knowledge

disruption, while challenging the status

quo with the underlining belief. There

is a better way.

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Challenge the status quo within your

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Innovation takes more than a great

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to be true, healthy debate and, most

importantly, implementation.

On a side note: We had the

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Campus 2, which is opening in the Fall

of 2016. All I can say is the innovation

in design of Apple’s new headquarters

will certainly go down in history as one

that challenges the status quo.

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Real Estate Decisions Upon Loss of Loved One

On The Market

By Nancy Puder

When someone in our family passes

away, the last thing we want to think

about is the disposition or retention of

real estate. It is important, however,

to follow a few guidelines. Here is the

advice that I often give to my clients

and which I hope provides some peace

of mind when making real estate

decisions upon the death of a loved one.

· If the person who has passed away

is your spouse, it is best to wait a year

before making the decision to sell your

home. There are exceptions to this,

of course, but it is always best to wait

when making a life-changing or large

financial decision until emotions are

not so intense.

· If you must move, consider renting it

for a year in case you decide later that

you want to return to the home. If after

a year, you feel that

you are ready, then

sell. This is basically

a 2-step process to

letting go emotionally

and is especially

helpful when adult

children are trying

to help their aging


· Obtain a written

market value report

from a Realtor as

close to to the time of

death as possible. The

report should be kept

with your legal and/or tax papers and

will be required at some point in the

future. It is easier to determine the

value of the property as close to the

actual event as possible rather than

trying to figure it out a few years later.

· If you have been appointed the

executor of an estate, be sure to obtain

a written market value report as

mentioned above. Establish a working

relationship with a Realtor early on so

they are familiar with what is going on

and can answer questions and provide

information and real estate updates

along the way which will include

changes in property value and market


· Lastly, please get professional legal

and tax advice before making any final


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Doctor in Your House

Story by Gareth Kelly

Photos courtesy Pre – R

Way back in the good old

days, things were very

different. If Maribel got

kicked by the family cow when she

was milking it or little Tommy fell

out of a tree while playing, chances

were you would call or summon

someone not too dissimilar from

Dr. Quinn Medicine woman, who

would appear at your home and,

using her black doctor’s bag, would

fix, heal and mend all sorts of

medical ailments right there in the

comfort of your own home.

How things have changed. I’m

sure many of us would love Jane

Seymour to come and nurse us back

to health, however, unless having a

heart attack or profuse bleeding,

most of us get ourselves or our

loved ones to the ER, our primary

care physician or a Med Stop, where

we fork over thousands of dollars or

use our insurance to be told to take

some ibuprofen.

Luckily, a new service has

appeared on the streets of San

Luis Obispo that harkens back

to those good old days. Dr. Sam

Slishman and his wife, Vanessa,

recently started what they describe

as “a social experiment,” with their

new business venture “Pre – R,” a

medical house- calls service.

“I am board certified in emergency

medicine and work part time at

Sierra Vista as well as having worked

in ERs in Mexico and throughput the

United States,” said Dr. Sam. “Years

ago I started to think that perhaps

I could provide medical services

for a small, sliver of the existing

industry. Not

every problem

really needs to

come into the ER

and many times

people, especially

with children

or the elderly,

struggle to find

the time to come

to the ER.

“With Pre –

R, I can start

by talking to a

patient over the

phone to see if

I can help. If I

can’t diagnose

the problem over

the phone then I

can make a house


There are many places people can

go to for medical help these days.

From Web MD to health concierge

services and local free clinics, but

Dr. Sam has a different outlook

than what they offer.

“We are not a membership based

concierge service nor do we take

insurance,” he said. “We are simply

offering a more flexible service

designed to help those with non life

threatening problems that perhaps

are scared to go to the ER or don’t

have insurance. We have no set fees.

After we’ve diagnosed you, helped

you and when you’re feeling better,

then we can discuss payment. All we

ask is that you pay what you think

your treatment was worth; we won’t

be sending round any collections

guys and we are confident we can

beat most deductibles.”

With tele-medicine hours from 5

p.m. to 7 p.m. daily either over the

phone or via Skype, Dr.

Slishman believes he can

fill a gap in the market and

help many people from all

walks of life.

“Sometimes a new

mom will be wondering

how much medicine to give her

new baby, or maybe a girlfriend is

concerned her college boyfriend

may have alcohol poisoning,” he

said. “These are the types of simple

things I can be called for that doesn’t

always require a trip to the ER. In

an ER I have numerous patients all

wanting attention. With Pre – R, I

can focus on the one patient in the

comfort of his or her own home. I

can’t fix everything and can’t do

things like x-rays but I believe I can

save people time and money if they

can be helped at home.”

Having just launched on Feb.

1, Pre – R will be hosting an open

house from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb.

19 at 387 Lincoln St., in San Luis

Obispo. Currently, they are focusing

on the City of SLO but should the

venture grow, they hope to expand.

To find out more about all their

services and perhaps save yourself

a costly trip to the ER, visit them

online at: or call

(570) 507- 7737.

Good medical makes for good

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Coast Hills, a not-for-profit credit

union with 58,000 members, has

announced a roster of promotions

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lending. He has been with Coast

Hills for three years, and was

previously assistant VP of business

services. Kevin Johns has been

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Nipomo branches. Rebecca Alarcio,

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DG Adventures, located on Pike Lane in Oceano

at Allan Hancock College, has

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community foundation director.

The Woods Humane Society

Board of Directors announced that

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candidates from all over the

country. But in the end it turned out

our top candidate and unanimous

first choice was right in our own

backyard.” Tucker comes to Woods

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The Community Foundation San

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organizations, and businesses

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