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| CONTENTS

SLO LIFE

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October/November 2013

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8 PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE

10 ON THE COVER

12 INFO

14 IN BOX

16 TIMELINE

18 Q&A

20 VIEW

22 MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR

28 ARTIST

30 COMMUNITY

36 ON THE RISE

38 DWELLING

46 CITY REAL ESTATE

48 COUNTY REAL ESTATE

50 MUSIC

52 NO PLACE LIKE HOME

57 AFTERHOURS

58 WHAT’S HOT NOW

60 INSPIRATION

62 SPECIAL FEATURE

66 NIGHT OUT

68 HEALTH

75 TASTE

76 KITCHEN

78 HAPPENINGS

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| PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE

Dumb Freshman

When I was fourteen years old a new girl moved to town. She was a twelve-year-old Bay Area transplant,

and she became fast friends with one of my younger sisters. At the time, I didn’t give it much thought—

she was just another one of my sister’s lame friends.

The first time I remember us spending any time together was when she was invited along during a family

vacation to Cayucos. I grew up in Visalia and “going to the coast” was always a big deal during the dog

days of our 100-degree-plus weather that lasted for weeks on end in the San Joaquin Valley. At the time,

the new girl did not have much experience at the beach, and she decided to capture the ocean sounds by setting up her boom

box with a fresh tape for recording. About 15 minutes after she left it unattended, I ran over and did my best dying seagull

impersonation followed by the sounds from a creature not common to the Central Coast—a gorilla.

Later that night when she played the tape back, checking for its soothing sounds, she started crying when she heard my offkey

additions. My mom pulled her aside and uttered these prophetic words, “Honey, he only did that because he likes you.”

The nature tape incident faded away and a few years later we found ourselves at the same high school. As a junior, I signed the

new girl’s yearbook, “Hey dumb freshman, Tom.” Despite the harsh treatment, we really did get along well—in a big brother,

little sister sort of way. Plus, she was the only one that understood my humor and laughed at my jokes (a phenomenon that is

still true to this day).

When I was a junior at UC Santa Cruz (Go, Slugs!) one sunny October afternoon I bumped into the new girl at a bus stop

on campus. “What are you doing here!?” we asked each other. Turns out she was a freshman, but not such a dumb one this

time around. We became great friends in college and even shared a kiss late one night, which freaked us both out completely.

This time, the mutual question wasn’t, “What are you doing here!?” but, “What just happened!?”

Time passed—diplomas were earned, moves were made, careers were started—and we lost touch. It was years later, on one

especially cold and rainy night in San Francisco that I received a Christmas card from the new girl, which also included her

phone number. I called right away and learned that she was teaching 4th grade in the Valley and about to start her winter

break. “Come for a visit—and I’m not taking ‘No’ for answer,” I told her. The rest, as they say, is history.

A friend of mine, who is also a ship captain, married us that October on his charter boat just off the shores of Angel Island.

Now, twelve years and three kids later, the sign that hangs in the entryway of our home both tells the story and excuses the

chaos: “All because two people fell in love.” And, if I ever catch one of my kids calling someone a “dumb freshman,” you can be

sure that I will be paying very close attention.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all of the people who had a hand in producing this issue of

SLO LIFE Magazine and, especially to our advertisers and subscribers, we could not do it without your support—thank you.

Live the SLO Life!

Tom Franciskovich

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| ON THE COVER

BEHIND the scenes

with Chris Bersbach

When I read Botso’s story, I was pretty blown away. I thought, “Wow, we just have to do

the shoot with film.” Normally, digital is fine, but using film felt like the right thing to do.

And, when I was asked to shoot against a white background, I was really excited. There

is nothing like a portrait in front of a clean background, because there’s nothing extra to

distract from the viewer’s eye —so they focus directly on the subject. I love faces, and I

don’t think there’s a better way to really “see” a person’s face than to make their portrait

against a clean, white background.

We shot the cover in Botso’s garage

using two lights (a.k.a. strobes or

flashes) and a seamless background.

One of the lights was up above his

face, and the other light was behind.

We made the photos in the late

morning, but the time of day didn’t

really matter for these, since all of

the light was from the strobes. In

fact, I chose the garage for this shot

specifically because it was relatively

dark, meaning that I wouldn’t need

to worry about any ambient light

“polluting” the light from my strobes.

I call this my “big” camera. It’s

a Hasselblad 500c/m. Known as

a “system” camera, every piece is

removable and interchangeable—

from the lens to the viewfinder, the

film holder, and the film winder.

These cameras were in production

nearly unchanged from 1959 through

1994, and still see pretty wide use

today. They’re heavy and bulky, but

they’re all metal, and with a little

TLC, they keep working pretty

much forever. Talk about durability.

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I read with interest Tom Franciskovich’s

fracking article in the August 2013 SLO LIFE

Magazine. Despite its seeming objectivity into

the pros and cons of this oil extraction process,

I felt that the article was clearly on the side of

the frackers. Sure, methane released into the

atmosphere leading to more global warming

was mentioned. Also included was the issue

of methane in the drinking water. Nothing,

however, was mentioned of health problems

that people have experienced or the shrinking

water table that farmers or ranchers have to

deal with that threaten their livelihoods and

our food supply.

Of course, Franciskovich’s article talked about

our pristine San Luis Obispo lifestyle and

our tourism. But, he made this aspect of the

Central Coast sound obscene – almost self

indulgent and petty. He does this by focusing

primarily on the dollars tourism brings in

versus the dollars fracking could bring into the

SLO county economy.

Thus the lion share of the article talks about

the boom fracking has been for the American

economy. We are less dependent on foreign

oil. And Europe is buying oil from us. Where

fracking has been allowed, state and regional

economic outlooks have become outrageously

rosey. This is looking at revenues, not into the

faces of the people who know the darker side of

what fracking brings.

Millions of jobs Franciskovich mentions.

Millions. Think of the current population of

San Luis Obispo County. Then think of ag land

and open spaces being gobbled up by housing

developments. Obviously developers would

love it. And the frackers promise that they

will provide money for infrastructure; better

hospitals and schools, etc. With respect to

hospitals and health care, what if in allowing

fracking we are creating the health problems

that demand more hospital services? Sounds a

bit self-destructive and pointless to me.

Envision San Luis Obispo twenty-five years

down the road after fracking. Visualize another

million people in the area. Visualize the roads

and the traffic. Visualize paved over areas for

malls and hospitals where there used to be fields

that once grew our food. Visualize our children

with respiratory and digestive complaints as our

water becomes more contaminated and our air

more saturated with petrochemical pollutants

– and whatever chemicals they are allowed to

use that we are told we are not allowed to even

ask about. Good-bye SLO life. Hello asphalt

jungle. Hey, but we got tons of money!!!

So, what will the Board of Supervisors do?

Developers want to develop. Infrastructures are

crying out for more money. Will our Board be

willing to look around at the real-time realities

of fracked communities without staying fixated

on the bottom line? Will they be willing to

look at where the money has really gone and

who really benefits? Will they have the moral

backbone to resist all the perks and benefits that

will be lavished upon them by oil companies?

Will they be willing to risk their political

careers for the higher ground? And, when the

poor, hurt oil companies decide that they are

going to try to sue our county if we don’t bend

to their will, where will the men and women of

the Board and our community stand?

George W. Bush said that we are “addicted to

oil.” Actually, he got that line from George

Clooney in “Syriana.” And, just as Mr. Bush

was willing to plagiarize Clooney for a good

sound bite, rather than address the addiction, he

went along with his oil cronies and sanctioned a

more deadly way to satisfy the itch. We haven’t

overcome our addiction to oil. Fracking just

allows us to do it dirtier and deadlier.

Robert Sachs


No Frackin’ Way

Fracking disturbs the natural balance. Gas and

oil have known about the $$$ potential of our

waters for decades. Fracking is nothing new and

neither is the greed of the gas and oil industry.

Do we want to destroy the sealife and coastline

in exchange for the riches bestowed on the few?

When the Richmond refinery caught fire they

passed the bill on to us, the consumer. Dolphins

are washing up on the coast from “seismic

testing,” which is fracking. Educate your readers

and inform them, but please don’t call fracking

and drilling a money boom for them. They

won’t benefit. We are too close to nuclear power

plants. Don’t forget Fukushima. They do not

know how to stop the contaminated waters from

pouring (by the tons) into the Pacific Ocean,

contaminating fish and seaweed. It’s dangerous.

Annette Adams

>> What the Frack?

After reading your article about about fracking,

I felt I just had to respond to this information.

I will quote from the August/September 2013

issue, “A mixture of WATER, sand and chemicals

called the fracking fluid are blasted into the

rock at approximately 4,200 GALLONS PER

SECOND, creating tiny fissures in the shale.”

It takes 3 to 8 MILLION gallons of water for

the average well to extract its oil. Pray tell,

where is this water going to come from? We

already have a fight going on in Paso Robles over

water. San Luis has never had an abundance of

water, now or in the past. We have friends that

are selling off their cattle because we are in the

second year of drought and they do not have

enough water in their wells.

How can we even CONSIDER this idea????

Jean Hyduchak

>> Sum Total

At the conclusion of your article on fracking, your

author values the Monterey Shale oil reserves at

$16 trillion. But 15.4 billion barrels times $105

per barrel is “only” $1.6 trillion, not 16.

Joe Erikat

>> Thank you for pointing out the error,

Joe. You are correct, 15,400,000,000 barrels

x $105 = $1,600,000,000,000 and not

$16,000,000,000,000. Still a lot of dough, but not

quite as much as previously reported.

>> Surf’s Up

On Labor Day weekend this

year I headed to the beach in

Cayucos (camera in hand) with

my family and watched my little

5-year-old Ruby surf for the

first time with her daddy, Ryan

Blackburn.

I thought I’d share this shot

with you as I enjoy reading your

magazine and seeing all the

fun and amazing images and I

thought this one might be one

you’d be interested in publishing.

Hayley Blackburn

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| TIMELINE

Supervisor Frank Mecham was the

first on the scene when he happened

to be driving by as a fire broke out in

Paso Robles. He was able to help a

91-year-old man safely exit his home

and attempted to fight the blaze

with a small extinguisher he had in

his car. Mecham also called the fire

department, which showed up within

minutes to prevent it from spreading.

No one was hurt in the incident, and

Mecham did earn himself at least one

“Yes” vote in the next election.

Fifty-year-old Watsonville

resident, Cristina Fernandez

Padilla, is arrested on

suspicion of robbing six

banks, including Coast

Hills Credit Union, over

an eight month period in

San Luis Obispo, Monterey,

and Stanislaus Counties.

Nicknamed “The Central

Coast Bandit,” Padilla’s luck

finally ran out at the Golden

1 Credit Union on Foothill

in San Luis Obispo. After

having initially admitted her

guilt, she later retracted and

entered a not guilty plea in

court. Padilla is currently

being held on $1 million bail.

The SLO County Board of

Supervisors, by a unanimous

vote, approved an emergency

ordinance that immediately

halts new housing

construction and agricultural

planting within the Paso

Robles water basin, unless

the applicant can prove a

1-to-1 offset ratio. The decision, which is in effect for 45 days,

was made after hours of public comment from approximately

75 speakers who presented opposing views.

During the Huckfest Weekend

at the Oceano Dunes, which

attracted more than 2,000

vehicles to the park, Felipe

de Jesus Amezcua, 19, of San

Leandro passed away from

injuries sustained during a solo

motorcycle accident. According

to Huckfest organizer, Manuel

Garner, 21, of Nipomo, the

incident was not related to the

competition. The event, which

has been permitted by State

Parks, has become so popular

that people were turned away at

the gate this year.

goodbye

Rosetta, a San Luis Obispo

marketing agency, announced

that it terminated Bentley

Murdock, the ShareSLO social

media ambassador, halfway into

his $50,000 year-long contract.

Murdock was hired for the role

after a highly public selection

process that featured 44 other

candidates. In the aftermath

of the termination, Murdock

issued a press release stating that

he opted to “step down from

his position,” citing a “limited

budget” and further explained

that he would be “donating” the

remainder of his salary back to

the campaign. Representatives

at Rosetta, a company that has

a $600,000 contract with the

city, remained tight-lipped, but

did indicate that Murdock was

threatening a law suit.

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In the midst of an epic drought, cities around

the Central Coast announced water shortages.

In addition to Paso Robles, both Cambria and

Nipomo issued warnings that their supplies are

running short. Even in Atascadero, where the

aquifer is not at risk, the lake is drying up and

leaving hundreds of dead fish on its banks.

In a rare ceremonial proceeding at City

Hall, SLO Police Chief, Steve Gessell, is

deputized temporarily as a city clerk for

the purpose of swearing in the new SLO

Fire Chief, Garrett Olson. Earlier in

their careers the two had worked together

in Scottsdale, Arizona and now lead the

city’s police and fire departments.

No disciplinary action was taken against

two long-time Morro Bay city employees

following a day-long city council meeting. A

block of three councilmembers, Mayor Jamie

Irons, Christine Johnson, and Noah Smukler

have been on a crusade to remove City

Attorney Robert Schultz and City Manager

Andrea Leuker, although their rationale has

not been revealed. The meeting was held on

short notice, yet had to be moved to a larger

location where it was standing room only

and attended by an overwhelming number of

townspeople who expressed their support of

Schultz and Leuker.

A month after Clint Pearce of Madonna Enterprises announces that he

is no longer partnering with Gary Grossman of Coastal Community

Builders in the proposed development of the long-fought-over 131-acre

Dalidio property, a strange flyer landed in local mailboxes. The message is

in support of big box retailers who will provide “good paying retail jobs.”

Because the mailer misspells “Obispo” as “Opispo,” some suspect that it

was the work of Chick-fil-A’s marketing department.

The largest ever freshman class to arrive at Cal Poly

numbers 4,750—a 28% increase over last year, which

goes along with a 25% uptick in the number of transfer

students. To accommodate the expansion, two-person

dorms are triple-bunked and 472 beds at Poly Canyon

Village, normally reserved for continuing students were

reassigned for incoming freshman. Against this backdrop,

President Jeffrey Armstrong announces his desire to grow

the student body by an additional 4,000-5,000, which

represents a 20% to 25% increase. [Turn to page 62,

“Bursting at the Seams,” to learn more.]

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| Q&A

We Want to Know

SLO County Supervisor and dog lover, Adam Hill, takes our questions. With Alice and Nora,

his Australian Shepherds listening in, he shares his thoughts on politics, journalism, and water…

How did you get involved in politics in

the first place? I worked for Senator Bill

Bradley after studying political science as

an undergrad. I grew up in Rockaway, New

Jersey, the town next to the one Bill Bradley

was from. He was my hero as a basketball

star when I was kid. Then later he became

our senator and I volunteered on a campaign.

Then I became an intern and, after that, a

staffer. When you are in your twenties it’s

an incredibly idealistic time and D.C. was

different then. There are many more crazy

people running the place now.

Do you miss it, even a little bit? No, no—

not at all. I realize now that local politics

is the best. You can really get things done

in a way that you can’t in Washington or

Sacramento, which now has absolutely no

appeal to me. Here, as a supervisor or a

member of a city council, you can really

have an effect on the community. You know,

we live here. We’re here everyday. We have

meetings every Tuesday. People have access

to us. Sometimes I learn more about what’s

going on in the community just by running

into people at the supermarket.

So, how did you end up teaching English at

Cal Poly? I’d always really liked to read, but I

started to fall in love with books when I was

in college. After my experience with Senator

Bradley, I decided to go to grad school to study

English. I wanted to write and do those sorts

of things. When I was a student at LSU I did

a lot of freelance writing for newspapers and

magazines, mostly book and music reviews.

I wrote for everything from Spin Magazine

and Esquire to the LA Times and the San

Francisco Chronicle. The newspapers were

doing well and you could earn a decent

living freelancing.

What’s your take on the state of journalism

today? People start blogs and create phony

stories and attack people everywhere. I think it’s

problematic because we see less of a connection

to real journalism today, particularly from

younger generations. I mean, when I was at Cal

Poly the students weren’t reading newspapers

whether they were online or not. We were

able to give them free subscriptions and they

wouldn’t take them. If they got the news at all, it

was likely they were getting it from Jon Stewart.

Doesn’t all the chatter you see following

articles online tell a different story?

In the comments that follow articles online

people can say some incredibly nasty things

anonymously. These are things they would

never say to people in person because it’s just

too vulgar or rude or mean; but on the internet

people can do it. There are some responsible

news outlets that make it so that people cannot

post anonymously. If you make people put their

name to it, they are probably going to be more

thoughtful and less ad hominem in their remarks.

But, isn’t that a good way to at least get a

conversation started? I don’t think it’s good.

I just don’t think it helps people in any way.

It hurts people and it keeps people believing

the worst things without really being able to

make critical judgments. I think it’s important

that we have dissenting, critical voices. But if

you publish something that you know is not

true, or badly sourced, or based on innuendo

or driven by a desire to get back at people —

those aren’t principles that journalists live by.

Okay, we can’t let you go without talking about

water. Paso, Cambria, and now Nipomo are

running out of water. Who’s to blame? I think

the truth is that we’ve had this problem for

a while and I don’t think you can blame

one factor. We just haven’t addressed it.

Certainly the wine industry has grown, but

so has residential development all without

addressing the underlying issue, pardon

the pun. From my perspective, it’s always

easy to blame the corporate interests.

I’m not looking to blame anybody. We’re

trying to get the big guys and the small

guys and everyone else to understand

that we are all in this together. SLO LIFE

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Soul Surfer

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS BURKARD

As a senior staff photographer at Surfer

Magazine, Chris Burkard has traveled the

world in search of the perfect wave. His

awards are too many to list and his work

has appeared internationally. Most recently,

the 27-year-old Arroyo Grande resident

has published his third book, “Russia,

the Outpost V. 1,” which is an intimate,

journalistic documentation of a surf

expedition on the Kamchatka Peninsula,

a remote arctic finger in northern Russia.

Closer to home, Burkard captured the shot

you see here. He sets the scene, a local

“secret surf spot,” in his own words…

“The session that afternoon was backlit

and serene, more a mood than anything,

viscerally sewn to the theme of the trip:

solitude. The women were longboarders

of silky catlike precision, nose-riding

virtuosos, expertly tuned to the small river

mouth waves near our campsite. Mavens

of grace, they were relaxing to watch.

The moment was so timeless and when I

approach shooting these types of scenes I

look to portray that. I wanted to capture

the grace and style of Crystal Thornburg as

she made riding the wave look effortless.

Her silhouette, contrasted against the

colors of the setting sun, are really what

create the timeless moment. I exposed the

image to create that silhouette while using

a fisheye to really capture the entire scene

taking place. I stood in the water as high as

I could lifting the housing above my head

to give a unique perspective, almost as if

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| MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR

BOTSO

KORISHELI

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS BERSBACH

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In this installment of

our “Meet Your Neighbor”

series, SLO LIFE Magazine sits

down for a conversation with Botso

Korisheli. He grew up in the Republic of

Georgia, a peaceful, democratic country that

was invaded by the Soviets when he was a

child. His father was a famous actor, who was

outspoken in his opposition to government

control of the arts; he was executed for his

views, but not before passing on life lessons

to his son during the one and only visit to

his jail cell. Today, at 92-years-old, Botso

still adheres closely to his father’s maxims

and has worked tirelessly to teach music to

thousands of Central Coast students. Now,

as the SLO Youth Symphony he founded

prepares to celebrate its 50-year anniversary,

Botso reflects on his life. Here is his story…

Botso, please tell us about the Republic of Georgia.

Much like here, it is the cradle of wine making

and everything grows there. It has the Caucasus

Mountains and the valleys are very fertile. It is a

country that is very fond of music. We do everything

while singing, literally everything, even fighting the

intruders while singing. My parents were actors,

very well known actors in the Soviet Union. But,

my father disagreed with the government—the rule

was that theatre and drama and arts should serve the

politics. But dad disagreed. He said that it should

serve the people. And, he did not budge one inch.

You grew up in Georgia during Joseph Stalin’s

hardline “Sovietization” of that democratic country

during the 1920’s. What was that like?

My parents where quite well known and they knew

Stalin, who was also Georgian. I met him once. I

was a young boy. It was during the summer so there

was no school. I always went to the theatre to watch

my parents perform and there was a rumor that

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ow and I fell asleep. When I woke up, they

started the whole play over again. It starts

quite loudly. I looked around and the theatre

was nearly empty except for some KGB

guys scattered around and five guys sitting

in the first row. I slowly got up and walked

down the aisle to the front and I recognized

Stalin immediately. He was sitting there

with his cabinet members. I knew who all

of them were. I was mesmerized. There was

an intermission in the play and the curtain

closed and they stood up. Stalin saw me and

asked the director, “Who is that little boy?”

The director said, “That’s Platon Korisheli’s

son.” So, Stalin walked slowly toward me

and put his hand on my shoulder and asked

me if I liked my dad’s performance. And, I

said, “Yes, sir.” He said, “What’s your name?”

I said, “Botso.” Then he turned to talk to

his colleagues, but he kept his hand on my

shoulder. I can still feel it; big hand. Years

later, he executed my father.

Wow.

I was 15-years-old when I lost him. Dad

and I always had lots of conversations and

we used to make music together. When

the KGB took him away, my mom asked

if we could see him. The guards told my

mom that we could see him for just twenty

minutes. My dad asked the guard if he

could hold our hands while we spoke. The

guard asked to see our hands to make sure

we were not concealing any weapons, then

he agreed. My dad held our hands through

the bars and talked to me the whole time;

he shared all kinds of life secrets to live by.

It was really a stamp on my life, but a good

stamp. I have no hate in my heart for what

happened to him.

Would you be willing to share what your

father said to you that day?

Yes, I remember very clearly every word, and

the way his voice sounded. He said, “Do not

go to sleep at night without asking yourself,

‘Did I do enough work for the day?’”… “Do

not depend on rumors. Always listen to the

other side.”… “Listen more, and talk less.”…

“The songs you played for me sounded

warm, and are always telling me something.

Never lose that.”… “Remember on our

hikes, you thought you would not make it

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over the steep mountain? You always did

make it because you wanted to. Never give

up!”… “Do not leave things unfinished. You

start—make sure you finish.”… “Remember

that only through your patience you can

survive the troubles and problems.”…

“Do not repeat second-hand news. Find

the truth.”… “Always make sure that your

friends and relatives feel at home in your

home.”… “If you are upset or depressed,

do some hard physical work.” My mom

was silent, but I could feel that she was

controlling her tears. That was the last time

we had ever seen him.

I can’t imagine…

After my dad was taken away, the

government confiscated our home. They

sealed off the rooms with strings and red

wax seals with the sign of the hammer and

sickle. They began moving people, other

families, into our house. It was always the

same, at about two a.m., my dog, Omar,

started to bark and would not stop. Then an

officer would knock on the door with papers

for us to sign to declare that, “the Pataridzes

were assigned to Room #1.” Later the

Gvishianis got my old bedroom, “Room #2,”

and so on. All of the families’ fathers had

been sent to Siberia. Mom and I were lucky

to have been assigned to the room with the

piano, and I was able to practice while she

was at work. I tried not to interrupt her

memorization exercises for the plays. I have

the most pleasant memories of practicing

the piano. I loved to improvise melodies,

and I noticed that a window across the

street would open up and a young, beautiful

lady, Miriam was her name, would sit on

the windowsill and rest her head back on

the frame, close her eyes and listen to me

play. Mother did not have to remind me

to practice anymore. [laughter] Miriam’s

listening helped my expressiveness in

phrases and in my improvisation. It became

a habit for all my life.

What happened after high school?

I received a work ticket. Stalin issued a work

ticket to all the teenagers, which said that we

could graduate high school, but, after that, no

university. No responsible jobs. They put me

out on the front lines to dig ditches because


we were getting ready for the Germans to

invade. And the Germans captured me.

The soldier drew his machine gun on me

and I yelled out, “Bitte nicht schiessen,”

which means, “Please do not shoot.” Then

I said, “Ich bin kein soldat,” or, “I am not

a soldier.” Then he asked if I was Russian

and I said, “Nein. Ich bin ein Georgier,”

or, “No. I am Georgian.” Luckily, I studied

languages and I controlled the German

language very well, and that saved my life.

The Nazis used me as a translator.

Korisheli sits in his Morro Bay home that

he built himself. On either side of him

are paintings of his parents, both famous

actors in the Republic of Georgia. To

this day, Korisheli lives by his father’s

“secrets to life”—maxims that he shared

with his son the last time the two saw

one another, in a Soviet prison a few

days prior to his execution.

What happened after World War II ended?

Later on in Germany I continued my

education at the Munich Conservatory.

Then I received a scholarship to come

here to the United States in Los Angeles

to study with Dr. Wagner. I liked him a

lot. He was a wonderful man and he took

good care of me. And when it was time to

go back to Germany he said, “Why don’t

you stay? I’ll get you jobs teaching private

lessons to music students.” So I stayed. I

used to concertize, but two of my fingers

stopped working. I had nerve problems so

I decided to teach, but I wanted to live in a

small town. I was scared of large cities. I was

brought up in a large city and there was so

much politics. Then later on I decided to go

for my advanced works and I went back to

Germany to the university and got my Ph.D.

there, and then I came back.

And you set out in search of a small town?

Yes, I started teaching in Morro Bay at the

combined elementary and middle school. I

had interviewed at other schools, but when

I came to Morro Bay I knew it was my

choice, a lovely fisherman’s town. I started

the Youth Symphony when I moved here.

There was very little chamber music going

on. So I built this studio at my house and

found some musicians here and there and

we got together some quartets. That was

the beginning of my Youth Symphony—we

are celebrating the 50-year anniversary. I

still teach seven students, all doing very

well. They are performing. I have chamber

concerts here at the house. And I only have

one rule: this house is built for music, there

is no politics. And there are no financial

obligations, just come and enjoy the music.

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But, you don’t play anymore yourself ?

Since I don’t play piano anymore, I started

to sculpt stones instead. [laughter] I met

a wonderful, wonderful man that lived in

Cambria. There are not very many Georgians

in America; there are very few. We’re spread

out like eagles. Somebody wrote in the paper

that Botso Korisheli was involved with a

musical performance. Korisheli is a very

Georgian name. And Joe’s wife read the article

in the paper and said, “Joe, there’s a Georgian

in Morro Bay.” And Joe said, “Oh, no, there are

no Georgians around here.” She said, “Yes, it

says here, look, Korisheli!” So, Joe came here

one day. I had a hammer in my hand and was

working on my house. The old man walked up

the driveway and said, “Georgian.” I just about

dropped my hammer—I could not believe it.

He was a sculptor, a very well known sculptor.

We became very close and he taught me how

to sculpt stones. I now have sculpting students

of my own. And, so it goes on and on.

What is it about teaching?

I can transfer myself into somebody else. That

is the whole secret to teaching. I am in them,

and they are in me. I learned it from some of

my teachers, particularly in high school when

dad was in newspaper articles with headlines

that said, “Planton Korisheli is an enemy of the

Soviet Union.” A couple of teachers took me

under their arm and told me quietly, “Botso,

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your father was a great man—and he was right.

The stage should be for the people and society,

and not for the ruling party.” That changed my

life quite a bit. I felt what it meant to raise a

young person. [long, reflective pause] You are

asking good questions.

Thank you, Botso. Let’s talk about the

chessboard at the Embarcadero in Morro Bay.

I learned chess when I was a baby. My dad was

a good chess player. When I was a student in

Germany they had a big outdoor chessboard

and I started playing there while I was in the

university. So, when I came to Morro Bay I

had this notion that why don’t I suggest that

the city build a chessboard near the ocean? I

asked them if they would give me a little place

to do it, and they did. An architect from Cal

Poly helped me design it, along with the stairs

that are there now, and I met a man who used

my studio to carve the chess pieces. He and I

together carved all of the pieces. And that is

how it got started. It’s nice because it is being

played just about every weekend. We opened

the chessboard with a concert in 1975.

What are you doing these days?

I’m writing an essay right now on art

terminology because it bothers me that we use

the words “fine art.” Sometimes we degrade

some of the other arts such as ceramics or

photography. Everything is art because we

produce it with our imagination, our hands,

our energy. Art is a combination of your

thinking power and your emotional power.

They are merged together. For example, if I

play something for you, I cannot play, but I can

improvise. I don’t know where I am going to

start. Am I going to start with some particular

note? Then, immediately my emotions are

working and my brain, too, simultaneously.

And then I relate to the next interval with

a harmony here, and there is a tremendous

involvement of mental and emotional because

sound is involved. That’s the whole secret—

mental and emotional. The same is true with

sculpting or just about anything, really.

Tell us about your family.

I had mumps as a young boy and was never

able to have children of my own, so my wife

and I adopted. I wish you could meet them.

They are wonderful kids. My wife and I went

to China twice to adopt my daughters, Lia

and Ellena. The other two, Tina and Temmo,

are American. The kids have always gotten

along very well; they love each other very

much. Tina and Temmo are both in Santa

Barbara. Temmo is a musicologist at UCSB.

My daughter, Lia, is a very fine violinist. She’s

a senior in high school and a very strong

member of my youth symphony. And, Ellena

is just starting at the junior high school. My

wife, Margaret, is a very hard worker and a

good teacher at Cuesta College; she’s the head

of the art department.

How do you spend your free time?

I read a lot. I used to read novels. I loved

Russian novels and the French, particularly. I

now read strictly historical books. I don’t watch

television very much. I feel that I am creating

my own atmosphere in my head by reading.

Unfortunately, I have macular degeneration

and now my wife is buying me a machine

which enlarges the letters. I can hardly wait!

Next week they are going to deliver it. My dad

told me to always, always complete the day;

and I do that—I do that. I published a book.

I built a house. I raised a family, wonderful

kids, wonderful wife. I planted a tree. Raised

animals. It’s nice. I hope to live another seven

years to see my little girl graduating from high

school. And then the time comes, you know.

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| ARTIST

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words

I had someone tell me recently, “I really like your

style, but I think it’s sort of disappointing that you

paint these disturbing images that you know that

no one will ever hang in their house.” I love that!

It would be insulting if he were to have said to me

instead, “This would look really great with my sofa.”

I volunteer teaching

art classes at my

kids’ school. I never

tell them, “This is

where you put the

eyes, and this is

where you put the

nose.” Instead, I just

say, “Get it out!”

It’s a way to channel

your frustration or

anger or things you

don’t want to tell

your parents. But,

I remember being

a kid, and I’m sure

for a lot of them it’s

just, “Great—we

don’t have to do

schoolwork right

now!” Plus, I do

bring candy to

sweeten the pot.

My art tends to be pretty dark. I don’t hate that part of me, but childhood is supposed to be fun, and it’s great and I

don’t want it to be anywhere near that. Art is a great little closet to stuff it in, and it allows me to express it creatively.

My daughter draws

everyday; she’s nine. I

remember when I was

a child doing art, it was

very stressful. You wanted

it to look like a picture.

She does narratives—that

didn’t occur to me until

right now—but she always

has some sort of scene that

tells a story. She makes

books and staples

them together.

I blame myself, or maybe it

was just nature, but my son,

from the second he was born,

he was my first child, I had

him naked rolling in paint. I

just thought it was the greatest

thing. I’m sure that I overdosed

him on art. Now he’s twelve.

He’s so tidy. He says, “I don’t

want to be dirty, I don’t want

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| COMMUNITY

What You Should Know About

THE JIM & JEREMY SHOW

An insider’s look at the daily effort to address homelessness in San Luis Obispo

On the front lines of a very complex homeless

issue in San Luis Obispo stand Jim Fellows and

Jeremy Behrens, the two police officers handpicked

to lead the newly formed Community

Action Team (CAT). We rode along with them

recently, and here is what we found…

As we approached the first group of transients,

one of them stood up and jokingly called out,

“Oh no, it’s Officer Fellows! Everybody run!”

Without missing a beat, Fellows retorts with a

friendly smile, “Hey, Curtis, what’s up, man?”

The two men meet with a respectful handshake.

The conversation is cordial, but as it continues

the officer’s questions become increasingly

difficult. “What are you doing with your day?”

And finally, “What are you doing to try to get

yourself out of this situation?” Curtis gives a

long, but unconvincing answer.

While Fellows talks with Curtis, Behrens

quickly assesses the rest of the group. One of

them, just a kid in his early twenties, locks eyes

with the officer midway through a sip from his

beer can. Behrens approaches the kid, who starts

to panic. “Oh, man, I don’t need this,” he tells

the officer. A stone-faced Behrens orders him to

pour out his beer and begins writing a citation

for drinking in public. “You don’t understand,

this is my third one,” the kid reveals, now

nearly in tears. Behrens confirms his concern—

the third violation for drinking in public is

automatically upgraded to a misdemeanor. The

kid, who asked to not be identified, explained

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that he was from New York and was just here

for a while because he had heard that San Luis

Obispo was a good place to “mellow out.” He

told the officer that he would not be in town

long enough for his court appearance anyway.

Behrens did not reply to the comment and

instead handed him his citation.

But, traditional methods

for dealing with these

problems have not

been working.

“What we’ve

dealing with up

to this point

has been a

revolving door.”

This new approach to homelessness takes a

direct, one-on-one approach to the problem.

The two officers have been given broad support,

but most importantly, the “time and space,” as

they describe it, to do in-depth intelligence

gathering with this population. The concept

is not a new one in policing, in fact, the Santa

Barbara Police Department has a similar

program that is a few years in the making. They

have three full-time officers there dedicated to

the homeless population and have served as a

model to the SLOPD. In fact, Officers Fellows

and Behrens have spent time there trying to

absorb best practices and take words of advice

from their Santa Barbara brethren. The officers

have seen progress so far, but caution that it is

incremental. If this were football, we are not

talking about long bombs here; instead, it’s three

yards and a cloud of dust.

As they travel around the streets of San Luis

Obispo, the officers constantly refer to a black

vinyl-bound binder labeled “CAT Client Book.”

The pages are a collection of mug shots and

notes about each known homeless person in

town. A steady stream of homeless related

calls flow in from the SLOPD dispatcher

throughout the day; mostly complaints from

citizens who feel some level of threat from this

population. The police department claims that

around 30% of their calls are of this variety and

are usually related to aggressive panhandling.

But, traditional methods for dealing with

these problems have not been working. “What

we’ve dealing with up to this point has been

a revolving door,” explains Behrens, who

describes a familiar phenomenon where the

same transients—who they refer to as “frequent

flyers”—are arrested over and over again for the

same violations, booked at county jail, released,

fail to appear for their court appearance, get

arrested again, taken to jail again, and so on.

To address this cycle, an innovative concept

called Community Court has been championed

by SLOPD Chief Steve Gesell and has been

widely praised as a step in the right direction.

When discussing the homeless issue, Gesell is

fond of using the phrase “carrot and stick,” in

describing the various tactics for dealing with

this population. Community Court would

be the “stick” that currently does not exist.

According to Gesell, “We have to change

the culture. People need to understand that

there are going to be consequences for their

behavior.” As it is now, there really are not

many consequences—a transient can skip a

court appearance for a misdemeanor without

much concern for any repercussions, because

they know that the judge will not issue a

warrant for their arrest. Community Court

will aim to change that because it will operate

outside of the traditional judicial system,

which is already overburdened, and will give

chronic offenders an option to choose either

the “carrot,” drug and alcohol treatment, or

the “stick,” jail time. Commissioner Stephen

Sefton will preside over the court and arrest

warrants will be issued for failing to appear.

Sheriff Ian Parkinson has set aside ten jail

beds, providing space for those sentenced by

Community Court. >>

Biding his Time

Jason “Jay” Ogle claims to have

spent 27 years in prison for murder—

apparently for returning fire after his

cousin was shot. From Indiana, he

was picked up in Los Angeles for an

unspecified violation. He then moved

to Ventura County where he claimed

he was “kicked out,” so he traveled

further north to San Luis Obispo

where he says, “People leave me

alone.” He intends to return to Indiana

to become a long-haul trucker once

his parole ends.

Keeping Tabs

A long-time San Luis Obispo-based

transient, Carmen Lotido, who

struggles with schizophrenia, talks

daily with Officer Fellows. “All we

can do is check in with him and make

sure he is taking his medication,” says

Fellows, “because when he doesn’t,

it’s a really bad situation.”

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| COMMUNITY


A NEW TACTIC

In the words of SLOPD

Chief, Steve Gesell...

I was having lunch downtown last

week with the new fire chief. When

we left the restaurant, a transient

came up to us. He clearly had been

drinking and was waiving his arms

and yelling, “Stay away from me!”

But, he kept coming toward us.

I asked him, “So, what are you going

to do with the rest of your day?”

He said, “I’m going to bake [take

drugs].” He told me that he spent his

time downtown in front of Frog &

Peach and that it was mostly college

students who gave him his money. I

asked, “How much do you make in a

given day?” He said, “Between $80

and $200.”

He was a hair away from going to

jail, but he held himself together

and gained his composure while

we talked. Fire Chief Olson then

asked him, “What’s your drink of

choice?” He said it was a beer called

“Hurricane.” He told us that he drank

14 of them a day.

My next crusade is to stop retailers

from selling these beverages to

people who obviously should not

be consuming them. This individual

should not be able to walk into a

liquor store 14 times a day to buy

this product. We have started a

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Throughout the day, the officers take on various

roles that swing quickly from parent to coach

to friend to caseworker to motivational speaker

and, of course, police officer. They know every

transient by name and have patiently built some

level of rapport with each one. But, underneath

the friendly scene that unfolds, a hard truth

remains. “A lot of them are very resistant to

what we have to say,” shares Behrens. “They

are out here because they want to be here

and to try to change their minds is very, very

hard.” Ultimately, that is what it comes down

to because, as it stands now, a homeless person

cannot be forced into receiving recovery

services. They have their own free will and, as

the officers point out, enjoy the same rights as

everyone else. And many of them know exactly

where those rights begin and end and are

careful to toe the line. “I’ve seen guys pull out a

tape measure in front of Food 4 Less to make

sure they are not breaking the law that says they

must be at least 6 feet from a doorway [when

panhandling],” says Fellows.

“A lot of them are very

resistant to what we have

to say,” shares Behrens.

“They are out

here because

they want to be

here and to try

to change their

minds is very,

very hard.”

The day continues along the same lines

following a consistent, deliberate pace. The

officers drive around to known homeless hot

spots and respond to calls from dispatch. Notes

are made on each encounter and the pair

regularly checks in via cell phone with various

service providers around town. Transitions

Mental Health seems to be one of the most

frequent calls, as they share many clients in

common, because the fact remains that a large

percentage of the homeless population deals

with some level of mental illness. Fellows

estimates the number at 50%, while Behrens

suggests it is higher, perhaps as much as

65%. Despite the 15-point difference in their

estimates, both do agree that the severity of

illnesses varies greatly and that nearly 100%

of them self-medicate with drugs or alcohol—

usually both. And, the only way they are able to

do this, the officers note with a perceptible level

of frustration, is due to the fact that people keep

giving them money.

There is a proposal winding its way through

City Hall called the Directed Giving Campaign.

Research exists showing that approximately

$.90 out of every dollar donated to a homeless

person is used to purchase drugs and alcohol.

The proposed program will create a platform

to ensure that donations will go toward food,

shelter, and recovery services. Initially, three

to seven downtown parking meters would be

equipped to accept donations to the homeless

population. A non-profit intermediary, such

as the United Way, would receive those funds

and administer them to organizations such as

CAPSLO’s Prado Day Center, or the Maxine

Lewis Overnight Shelter. Therefore, a citizen

who is asked for money by a panhandler can

say, “Sure, let me just slip my credit card in this

meter and I will gladly donate $5.” The program

will also be accompanied by a public awareness

campaign. A draft graphic is in the works

showing a hand dropping a pile of coins toward

another hand. On the way to its destination

from giver to receiver, the coins begin morphing

into syringes and beer bottles.

During a quiet moment in the car between calls,

Fellows shares that it was a slow summer at

Sweet Alexis, a bakery his wife operates in Los

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| COMMUNITY

Dazed and Confused

One transient, a young man

with a new backcountrystyle

pack wanders up and

asks how to get to Santa

Cruz. “Go to Santa Rosa and

make a left,” points Behrens.

“Whoa,” the young man

says, “We’re in Santa Rosa?”

Wanted Woman

A cordial exchange takes place during

the arrest of a woman who the officers

know well. “We had higher hopes for

her,” explains Fellows. “But, hopefully,

this will serve as a wake-up call.”

A Day in the Life

Officer Behrens starts the morning

off in his usual fashion, by greeting

the downtown regulars. After a

friendly conversation, where the

goal is to build rapport and gain

intelligence, the question is asked:

“What are you doing to get yourself

out of this situation?”

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interest in these people, because they are people

just like you and me,” he says. “And a lot of

them have not been shown any love, for lack of

a better word.” Those words hang in the air for

a moment when his phone rings. On the other

end of the line is a member of the downtown

private security force who spotted a woman

they have been searching for over the past three

weeks. There is a drug-related warrant out for

her arrest, but she had “disappeared for a while.”

The tipster reveals she is at Mission Plaza

above the creek. Fellows looks over his shoulder

before effortlessly executing a U-turn while

strategizing with Behrens about how to best

apprehend the suspect. Let’s just go up and talk

to her, they decide.

“We all have a personal

interest in these people,

because they are

people just like you

and me,” he says.

“And a lot of them

have not been

shown any love,

for lack of a

better word.”

The conversation is very surface and the

tension is palpable. A group of transients

look around as if they were in one of those

classic Old West movies where everyone

places their hand above their six-shooter

resting in its holster, only to wait for the

other guy to make the first move. The

suspect is clearly busted. She tries her best

“my dog ate my homework” rationale for

why she did not make her court appearance,

but it goes nowhere. After realizing the

obvious futility, she stands up, says goodbye

to the group, and exposes her wrists for

Fellow’s handcuffs. The entire exchange is

characterized by respect, and the officers

take great care in gathering her personal

belongings. As the suspect is placed into the

squad car, she becomes anxious about her

bag. “Where’s my bag? Don’t forget about

my bag,” she calls out. “I’ve gotta have my

bag.” The officers tell her not to worry;

they have the bag and everything in it. She

then sinks heavily into the back seat, visibly

relieved after hearing the news.

A call is made to a counselor at Transitions

Mental Health who shows up almost

immediately. After she reconnects with

her client, the squad car rolls off toward

county jail, and the small crowd of curious

bystanders that had gathered near the

Mission begins to dissipate. But, one

onlooker remained—a tourist who finally

musters the courage to approach Behrens and

ask why the suspect was so worried about her

bag. “Did it have drugs, and weapons?” he

asked excitedly, as if inquiring with a friend

about how a movie had ended. “No,” Berhens

stated flatly, “it was just pictures of her kids, and

a DVD of her daughter’s ballet recital.” SLO LIFE


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| ON THE RISE

Patrick Laird

Eighteen-year-old Patrick Laird is a senior at

Mission College Preparatory Catholic High

School. One of six children, he is best known for

his achievements in football, but there’s more

to Laird than athletic prowess.

What sort of extra-curricular activities are you involved in?

Aside from football, basketball, and track, I’ve been involved

in ASB since freshmen year and am the ASB President this

year. I’m also very interested in music—I like listening to and

making music. And, I enjoy studying economics, business and

investing in my free time.

What is noteworthy about you? I made All-CIF and All-

County honors last year in football. I also have won KSBY

Player of the Week three times. At school I’ve received the

English and Leadership class awards given at the end of

the year.

What is your favorite memory of all time? Winning in the

semi-finals last year for football and getting to hug my brother

after the game. That was the only time he got to see me play

because he goes to school back East.

Who or what has influenced you the most and why? My

dad has been my biggest influence, for sure. Growing up, I’ve

witnessed the hardest working person I know in my dad and

that’s been instilled in me. I think he’s also passed on a lot of

competitiveness, which my friends sometimes don’t like.

If you won $1 million what would you do with it? Why? I

would probably find something cool locally and donate some

of it, because I think starting at a local level is key. And then, I

would probably invest a lot of it so that I could have it for the

future. I’ve always thought it would be cool to relieve some of

the financial pressure from my parents for college, so I would

probably also pay for my siblings’ college expenses.

What do you dislike the most and why? I dislike when people

choose to look at the negative part of everything. I think we

have a huge problem nowadays with kids who just hate on

anything and everything for no reason. It’s not “cool” to say

something is good or to say you like something. It’s easy for

kids to just say they don’t like their school or complain about

where they live, and that just really bugs me.

What schools are you considering for college? I’ve received

offers from Cornell, Brown, and Davidson for football so those

are some of my top choices. I’m getting interest from other

schools, as well, so we’ll see by the time the season is over.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? Hopefully owning

a business or financial advisory firm in SLO. If not that,

a solid job in the financial sector where I can live on the

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That’s right, the rumors are true!

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oct/nov 2013 | SLO LIFE Magazine | 37


| DWELLING

THE ROAD TO

AppleGlen

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| DWELLING

It was 1957 when

Del Fernandez first set

foot on American soil. During

his childhood in his native Cuba, he

showed an early propensity for mathematics.

Although his father encouraged him to become

a mechanic he was more interested in equations,

and the piano. After arriving in Key West,

Florida he made his way to Utah where he

began his studies at the university and he met,

Norine, his wife of 53 years.

“I won him over with Kentucky Fried Chicken,”

laughs Norine. “We went for a picnic and I

picked up some chicken, but I took it out of its

packaging and wrapped it in tin foil to keep it

hot. Del absolutely loved it and thought I had

cooked it myself!” Although Del finally realized

it was Colonel Sanders who had mastered the

recipe, it was Norine who had won over his

heart. And, soon the two were married and

off to Hayward, California where Del taught

mathematics at Chabot Junior College for the

next 40 years before retiring to See Canyon,

at a ten-acre oak-covered refuge the couple

affectionately refers to as “AppleGlen.”

The Fernandez’s raised two boys, who attended

Cal Poly. Now grown with children of thier

own, they live in San Luis Obispo, and

AppleGlen has served as a “grandkid paradise”

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over the past ten years. As Del zips around the

property in his four-wheel-drive mule cart,

his guided tour is punctuated with stories that

display his focus on family—mostly about

the grandkids playing in the granite cave and

exploring the creek. “They’ve had a lot of fun

over the years—we love getting everyone

together here,” explains Del, who spent many

years advocating for the reunification of Cuban

families after the embargo with the United

States took full effect in 1962. His advocacy,

which took him to Washington, D.C. frequently,

was in an effort to reconnect those who were

based in the United States while their loved

ones remained in Cuba. In Del’s case, he went a

span of 22 years without seeing his sisters.

AppleGlen, however, brings plenty of reminders

of Cuba, but while also gracefully honoring

Norine’s Utah heritage. A unique blend of

Caribbean and Western hints mix to create a

warm, welcoming environment where family

clearly comes first. Along with Norine’s abstract

Western-themed oil paintings, there are an

assortment of photos, mostly of celebrations

from year’s past (the couple’s 50th wedding

anniversary party is among the highlights).

See Canyon, which is located between the Avila

Valley and San Luis Obispo offers nearly perfect

conditions for apple farmers. And apples from

the couple’s small 80-tree orchard are stacked

in a basket on the kitchen counter. The locals

talk about the frost, “three times for three days

at a time,” having something to do with it. The

Fernandez home, which rests almost exactly in

the middle of See Canyon, with its two guest

bedrooms—one of them featuring an antique

bedroom set—are found on the backside of

the house facing a terraced garden. The master

bedroom brings the outside in with its French

doors that most often remain open. The

adjoining bathroom includes one extravagance,

a Jacuzzi tub that is framed by a bay window

offering an exceptional hillside view during a

daytime soak.

The home, which shares the property with

a cottage that the couple rents to visitors to

the area, primarily extended stay workers at

Diablo Canyon, is currently being expanded

with an addition that includes a garage on

the bottom floor and a game room for the

grandkids on the second story. When our

tour of the property concludes, Norine offers

a glass of fresh-made apple cider along with

the insistence to have a seat on a whimsical

handmade wooden chair so that we can “talk

for a bit”—an unhurried conversation about

life, and family, and the Central Coast. While

visiting, the couple’s dog and cat are seen in

the distance affectionately teasing each other—

the two are reportedly the best of friends. As

the pace continues to slow and the shadows

begin to lengthen at the other end of the

afternoon sun at AppleGlen, it is not difficult

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| DWELLING

1

2

3

1 | WINDOWS TO THE WORLD

Views of the surrounding hills can be found in just

about every corner of the home as vast expanses

of steep, oak-filled slopes climb close to the wispy

clouds on display.

4

2 | SIMPLE, BUT NOT SIMPLISTIC

While the feeling of a cabin getaway dominates

the Fernandez home, an abundance of out-ofthe-way

modern appliances offer the convenience

homeowners desire.

3| LIGHT & AIRY

The long galley kitchen takes in ample natural

sunlight and acts as a natural breezeway that starts

in the living room and runs the length of the home.

4| ROOM WITH A VIEW

The modest three-bedroom home features a loft

over the living room, which serves as Del’s office.

Treasures from his native Cuba adorn the walls.

5 | COMFORTS OF HOME

Multiple layers and textures combine with a floorto-ceiling

bookshelf to create the pefect space to

curl up with a good read. A woodburning stove

provides extra warmth during the winter months.

>>

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| DWELLING

Live outside

create your outdoor oasis

1 | MIX AND MATCH

Don’t feel the need to stick with a patio set. Mixed furnishings

add whimsy and character to your space. And, don’t be afraid to

use your own two hands—Del built most of the outdoor furniture

at AppleGlen himself.

3

2

2 | CREATE A FOCAL POINT

Whether it’s a unique fire pit or a

bright drum stool, interesting and

functional furnishings can create a

focal point as well as contribute to

your outdoor comfort.

1

3 | GIVE SUCCULENTS A TRY

Because of their shallow roots, succulents

can be planted in a variety of ways

including pots, teacups, wreaths and

even vintage tins. A few things to keep

in mind when planting: provide good

drainage, and while succulents don’t need

a lot of water, they can get burned in the

hot afternoon sun.

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| SLO CITY REAL ESTATE

by the numbers

laguna

lake

tank

farm

cal poly

area

country

club

foothill

blvd

johnson

ave

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

*Comparing 1/1/12 — 9/20/12 to 1/1/13 — 9/20/13

2012

37

556,824

544,277

98.16

72

2012

24

576,963

563,605

97.61

57

2012

19

519,953

495,881

95.36

47

2012

11

815,455

785,772

96.58

159

2012

36

593,008

579,241

98.27

63

2012

39

524,029

518,719

99.21

30

2012

42

594,114

582,255

98.34

68

2013

47

551,635

541,853

98.28

58

2013

22

675,614

677,245

100.24

14

2013

25

565,680

555,160

98.41

28

2013

14

892,607

878,714

98.52

78

2013

32

600,733

584,918

97.37

47

2013

36

658,164

647,208

98.22

39

2013

35

602,726

596,889

98.96

23

+/-

13.51%

-0.93%

-0.45%

0.12%

-19.44%

+/-

-8.33%

17.10%

20.16%

2.63%

-75.44%

+/-

31.58%

8.79%

11.95%

3.05%

-40.43%

+/-

27.27%

9.46%

11.83%

1.94%

-50.94%

+/-

-11.11%

1.30%

0.98%

-0.90%

-25.40%

downtown

+/-

-7.69%

25.60%

24.77%

-0.99%

30.00%

+/-

-16.67%

1.45%

2.51%

0.62%

-66.18%

SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Association of REALTORS

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Atascadero

NUMBER OF

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2012

242

236

2013

245

253

AVERAGE DAYS ON

MARKET

2012

104

99

2013

65

56

MEDIAN SELLING

PRICE

2012

452,500

320,500

2013

510,000

400,000

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Avila Beach

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10

111

10

115

241

109

96

79

580,000

480,000

994,500

485,000

805.801.1734

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Cayucos

Creston

44

10

35

5

149

239

103

125

633,000

434,500

605,000

610,000

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Grover Beach

81

92

103

51

312,000

361,000

Los Osos

142

119

80

45

320,075

368,500

Morro Bay

86

108

118

59

403,500

429,000

Nipomo

186

173

95

69

403,000

475,000

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77

296

39

96

317

97

120

83

90

75

52

231,000

570,000

318,000

356,000

630,000

360,000

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85

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77

57

102

62

119

147

129

81

340,000

325,000

355,000

395,000

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262

273

67

57

529,500

614,000

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19

15

64

69

272,100

375,000

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89

73

94

66

410,000

450,000

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Countywide

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| MUSIC

STILL ROCK & ROLL

UNFINISHED

BUSINESS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KAREN WITT

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See Unfinished Business

perform their original song “We’re

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1960’s rock and roll is alive

and well here on the Central Coast,

and the 45 to 50 gigs Unfinished Business

plays each year is proof that what Huey Lewis

said is true, the heart of rock and roll is still beatin’.

Bandmates Ed Miller, Jim Witt, Ben Davis, David

Hollister, and Thomas “Toes” Cuffe have been

refining their sound over the past ten years and are

firing on all cylinders at a time when nostalgia for

a simpler era is strong. According to Witt, “Our

timing is good; 60’s is bigger than ever, and people

want to dance. That’s our criteria for selecting songs,

it has to be danceable.”

The music list the band covers, currently stands at

101 songs, and features bands such as The Beatles,

The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Hollies,

Young Rascals, Chuck Berry, Steppenwolf, and

The Kinks. And what appears to the audience as

a very fun-loving, freewheeling show is backed up

by a lot of practice—a lot. Miller emphasizes the

bands’ attention to detail, “We do the best we can

to recreate these songs so that people can relive this

music and these times. Music is so powerful in that

way and getting it right can take you back to the

moment you first heard it.”

Ten years is a long time for a band to stay together,

and although there have been members who have

come and gone—including U2 keyboard player,

Terry Lawless—it is their love of 60’s rock and

roll that keeps them going. One by one, the band

members share their experiences growing up, playing

in garage bands, and buying records produced by the

same bands they cover now. Davis describes the 60’s

as a time “when music had something to say, a time

of soulful artists.”

With the exception of their keyboard player, Cuffe,

who is employed as an installer at REC Solar, the

band is comprised of members now retired from

their day jobs. Milller spent 29 years as an FBI

agent; Hollister worked as a carpenter (and, yes, he

is a descendant of the historic Hollister family who

has a local peak named after them); Witt, a recently

retired marketing manager at Idler’s Appliances

is also still active as an expert guitar repairman

and luthier; and Davis was a teacher, having spent

his career in the Lucia Mar School District, most

recently at Nipomo High School. The bandmates

channel unexplainable reservoirs of energy during

their shows. While difficult to articulate, they

believe that they are being energized by the crowd,

and from their love of the music. And as Witt points

out, “You don’t stop playing music when you get old,

you get old when you stop playing music.” SLO LIFE

left to right

Ed Miller – lead guitar, vocals

Thomas “Toes” Cuffe – keyboard

Ben Davis – rhythm guitar, percussion, vocals

David Hollister – drums

Jim Witt – bass, vocals

BEHIND THE SCENES

Mathew Roscoe, KSBY Creative Producer, filming

the “We’re Living the SLO Life” television commercial,

a collaborative effort between Unfinished Business

and SLO LIFE Magazine, during a picture perfect day

at Port San Luis.

oct/nov 2013 | SLO LIFE Magazine | 51


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Cambria is one of the quaint little communities

that draws a lot of tourists to the Central Coast.

And within that community is a little gem that

has been attracting people from all over for

nearly 40 years. Yet a lot of locals have never

been. If you’re one of them, you may want to

adjust your schedule accordingly because the

Pewter Plough Playhouse is definitely more

proof, There’s No Place Like Home.

It’s Classic Cambria, really. Quaint. Cozy. Full

of character. And full of characters.

The Pewter Plough Playhouse has been at the

corner of Main and Sheffield in Cambria’s

West Village for more than 38 years. You can

see it from the street and Highway 1, yet it is

amazing how many locals say they never knew

it was there. “It stuns me that people are so

blind,” says director Sandy Bosworth. Even

still, for nearly four decades it’s been drawing

theatre goers back time and time again.

Jim Buckly founded the place with his late

wife Olga after they moved up this way from

Hollywood. Jim enjoyed a career as an art

director at MGM and doing what he called

“Sidewalk Theatre”—designing window

displays for Sax Fifth Avenue. “When we

came, there were no sidewalks here. We came

when they were putting in the sidewalks, curbs

and gutters,” he says.

The name traces back to when the playhouse

was an antique shop. “I had bought this

plough,” Buckley explains. “It had been

burnished and it looked like pewter to me. So

we called it the Pewter Plough Antique Shop.

That’s how it started. So when we opened the

playhouse, we kept it the PPP.” The namesake

plough still sits in front of the place.

The Buckley’s arrived in Cambria with a lot

of memorabilia, which is what prompted the

antique shop, but eventually Jim’s love of

theatre led to him turn the garden out back

into the auditorium. He invited a group from

down south to put on the first show, “Look

Homeward, Angel.”

Soon after that, they started hiring their

own talent and crew, and built up a group

of players who have returned, many of them

for years. “We had a good time building up

a repertoire of good plays and we’ve been

doing it ever since,” says Buckley.

Olga served as hostess and sometimes starred

in the shows, too. Jim often directed, as well.

“Oh yeah! That was the fun of it!” he says.

Today, the place looks much like it did when

it was founded. Jim has handed over director

duties to Bosworth, who gets the magic of

the place. “It’s reminiscent of another time

when theatre was important and not a dying

art in our society, which it often is today.

There’s something special and magical about

this little building,” she says. “It has an era

of old time that people love, you know.”

She loves the intimacy of its fifty-seat

theatre, none numbered, but named after the

Hollywood greats they aim to honor. There

is the cafe where guests can mingle and

interact during intermissions. And she loves

the diversity of the shows that play here.

“They do comedy. They do drama. They do

well-known shows, unknown shows, and

they’re all great.”

You won’t find a big marquee, or big Hollywood

names, but you will find big proof at this

little Cambria gem that There’s No Place

Like Home. SLO LIFE

Jeanette Trompeter, KSBY News anchor and

reporter, hosts the “No Place Like Home” series

every Tuesday evening at 6pm.


SHOP THE SLO LIFE WITH THE THE SAN LUIS OBISPO COLLECTION: IAN SAUDE GALLERY · COURT

STREET CORK COUTURE · MOONDOGGIES · OUT OF POCKET

IN THIS ISSUE

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2 · FALL, 2013

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SLO FALL

The San Luis Obispo Collection brings together world class shopping,

the city’s finest restaurants, upscale retail, museums and theatre, and

sits adjacent to Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. San Luis Obispo,

named the Happiest City in America, is the cultural hub of the Central

Coast, which embodies the California Lifestyle and offers locals and

visitors alike historic architecture, sweeping vineyards, pristine beaches,

charming beach towns and mountain ranges and is home to Cal Poly

University. Now we introduce the SLO Merchant, our new community

newsletter.

HAND-PICKED FOR FALL: THE HAMMIT BAG

This fall, Ian Saude chose the Hammit-Los Angeles collection for its relaxed, sexy designs

Although best known for his eponymous line

of contemporary fine jewelry and cashmere

accessories, local designer Ian Saude has been

expanding into handbags and small leather

good lines over the past months and

to great effect! Bringing hand-picked

collections like Hammit-Los Angeles

and Martine Sitbon-Paris to the Central

Coast, as well as trend felt and leather

totes from LA designers like Graf &

Lantz and Australian new comers

Flynn and Annabel Ingall, Flynn’s aim

has been to curate a focused group of

quality, fashion-forward handbags at

affordable prices.

Saude explains, “In California dressing

is all about accessories. You can just

wear jeans and a t-shirt most of the

time and get away with it. However,

the bag, the scarf, the jewelry and

the shoes are what make your outfit.

I always felt that quality small leather goods

were a perfect fit with the fine jewelry and

other accessories we already carry. Famous

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jewelers like Tiffany and Cartier carried

amazing leather goods back in the day. So, after

a number of clients urged us to take the plunge,

I started looking for lines that made sense

in this area, lines that reflected our relaxed

Central Coast lifestyle but which also are chic

and make a statement. I think good clothes

and accessories can dignify and transport

people. When you wear something really nice,

you act differently and that attitude is reflected

in your level of confidence and how people see

and treat you. I believe in investing

in quality, in pieces that enrich your

life, things you are still happy that you

bought 5 years later.”

So Saude chose Hammit Los Angeles

for its sexy but relaxed designs .

Every bag is affectionately named

for a location in and around the LA

area, paying homage to some of

the city’s best known streets and

attractions. “These bags have been so

well received, I think it’s the playful

and edgy design coupled with the

functionality and versatility that

women love.

The Ian Saude Gallery is located at

1003 Osos Street @ Court Street.

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MEET MOONDOGGIES

After graduating from Cal Poly, Moondoggies

owner Randy Adler departed for an

extended surfing adventure to Australia and

Indonesia. This is where the seeds began to

form for what we know today as the counties

most integrated and well assorted local surf

shop—Moondoggies Beach Club. Moondoggies

was established in 1986 in downtown San

Luis Obispo. As a fourth generation resident,

Randy was well rooted into not only the SLO

life but the surf industry and started building

brand relationships. Retailing was in Randy’s

blood as both his father and grandfather were

successful car dealership owners.

The Moondoggies logo depicts surfer Tom

Blake who is credited as the man who

developed the first fin on a surfboard. There

isn’t a day that goes by that you don’t see the

Moondoggies logo on a local, tourist, or wanna

be surfer. Exclusively to Moondoggies, you

will find surfboards by master shaper Dave

Parmenter.

Moodoggies’ product assortment speaks to

the coastal lifestyle of the Authentic Central

Coast. Randy has kept true to his brands and

product offering the largest selection of men’s

walkshorts and boardshorts. You will also

find a wide range of surf and skate boards,

wetsuits, sandals, footwear, women’s apparel

and accessories.

In early 1990, Moondoggies expanded

into Pismo Beach and in 2009 moved the

downtown SLO location which gave the

store greater merchandising capabilities and

direct connectivity to Mission Plaza. Randy

contributes his successful career to his loyal

and dedicated customers, a supportive wife,

three avid surfing boys and a stellar sales staff.

Moondoggies located at 837 Monterey Street &

Chorro.

CORK COUTURE AT COURT STREET

The San Luis Obispo Collection held its annual fundraiser CORK COUTURE on Saturday, August 31. The event brought together the community for an evening

that featured our own local paparazzi, wine and food pairing, local entertainment and most of all hope and funding for an amazing organization Jacks Helping

Hand.

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FASHION & HOME GOODS

Abercrombie & Fitch

abercrombie.com

Banana Republic

bananarepublic.com

Chico’s

chicos.com

Express

express.com

GAP

gap.com

Ian Saude Gallery

iansaude.com

Moondoggies Surf Shop

moondoggies.com

Pottery Barn

potterybarn.com

Solstice Sunglass Boutique

solsticesunglasses.com

Sunglass Hut

sunglasshut.com

Urban Outfitters

urbanoutfitters.com

Victoria’s Secret

victoriassecret.com

White House Black Market

whitehouseblackmarket.com

FOOD

Bali’s Yogurt

805-594-1172

Bull’s Tavern

facebook.com/bullstavernslo

Chinos Rock & Tacos

chinorocks.com

California Pizza Kitchen

cpk.com

WHAT’S COOKING

Jamba Juice

jambajuice.com

Palazzo Giuseppe

palazzogiuseppe.com

Pizza Solo

pizzasolo.com

Sal’s Paradise

slosals.com

SloCo Pasty Co.

slocopastyco.com

Splash Cafe Seafood & Grill

splashcafe.com

Starbucks

starbucks.com

SERVICES

Sephora

sephora.com

Salon Lux-Aveda

salonlux.com

SPECIALTY

The Apple Store

apple.com

Barnes and Noble

barnesandnoble.com

Cal Poly Downtown

calpoly.edu

The Movie Experience

themovieexperience.com

Open Air Flowers

openairflowersslo.com

Papyrus

papyrusonline.com

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe

powellsss.com

Man-about-town George Krauth dishes on the fashions, flavors, designs

and décor he discovers as he travels the globe tracking trends as

Jametown VP of Creative & Marketing.

When Michael Phillips, C.O.O. of Jamestown

and Vice Chair of the James Beard

Foundation Board of Trustees, announced

that he was planning to write a cookbook, the

entire Jamestown Creative & Marketing team

clamored with offerings of “research” services.

I personally had to come to terms with the

idea of adding yet another manual to a rapidly

expanding collection in a pint sized Manhattan

kitchen. The just released Chelsea Market

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Cookbook offers up a feast of archival images

of the market, gorgeous food photography, and

entertaining anecdotes from Chelsea Market

chefs and friends whose recipes grace its pages.

Also available this fall is Summerland, the iconic

Chef Anne Quatrano’s first cookbook. Named

after her family farm and stuffed with more

than 100 of her best recipes and entertaining

ideas, Summerland makes each month’s harvest

a reason to celebrate. Drop by Westside

Provisions District in Atlanta where Quatrano

is sure to be signing copies this fall.

These tastemakers have inspired me to squeeze

back into the kitchen and stock the pantry. Just

please keep your fingers crossed that Anne has

shared her recipe for lime cornmeal cookies.

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the dance

CONNECTION

traditional West African Dance is free, expressive and loaded with history and

culture, and Brita Connelly was hooked from the moment she first tried it

AFTER HOURS |

During traditional performance,

the djembe drum begins the

ritual, followed by the singer

and the other instruments.

The drum originates from West

Africa and is said to come from

the saying “anke djé, anke bé”

which translates to “everyone

gather together in peace.”

From 9 to 5, Brita Connelly can be

found at Transitions Mental Health

where she is a family advocate. But, after

hours it’s all about dance, specifically

West African Dance Movement.

When she was a student at Cal Poly

a friend invited her to try an African

Dance class. “From that point on, I was

hooked,” Connelly remembers, “there’s

just something about it that feels right

for my body.” The movements that go

along with this form are so free-flowing,

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEBASTIAN COSTA

in fact, that there are no names for the

various steps. Connelly explains that

descriptions are made up for a particular

routine as they go along, she said that

the move she is demonstrating in the

photo could be called “step right, flappy,

flappy,” for example. Connelly stresses

that it is important that everybody

can participate, “Everyone will have a

different expression and interpretation

and their bodies may be only able to do

it a certain way, but that is what makes

it so great. It’s a celebration of life as we

know it, in these very meaningful and

important dances that have been passed

down from generation-to-generation

and have been used to celebrate a

harvest or a wedding through time.”

Together with the dancers and

drummers from the Central Coast

Afro Rhythm and Dance troupe—a

group she refers to her as her family—

Connelly now carries on the tradition

through local performances. SLO LIFE

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| SLO LIFE WHAT’S HOT NOW

MAKE A STATEMENT

Social justice never tasted so good. For every kale

t-shirt sold, Bambu Batu donates five dollars to the

pro-marriage equality organization of your choice.

Now you can enjoy the delicious comfort of bamboo

fabric while promoting good nutrition and equal

rights, and likely get a few laughs while you’re at it.

$29.95 // Bambu Batu

1023 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo

(805) 788-0806 // bambubatu.com

STYLE WISE

A retro design crafted in reclaimed hardwood creates

a hip, yet rustic look. Whether functioning as a

sideboard, media cabinet or even bathroom vanity,

this versatile piece is sure to make an impact.

$ 899 // Luna Rustica

2959 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo

(805) 546-8505 // lunarustica.com

THE BOMB

A culture rather than a brand, Dues Ex

Machina brings the world of skateboard,

surfing and motorcycling together into

one stylish bomber jacket.

$198 // Jules D. // 672 Higuera Street

San Luis Obispo // (805) 781-0722

jules-d.com

SHOP LOCAL

luxe!

CASUAL BEAUTY

Los Angeles Designer Johnny Was,

delivers the ultimate in boho chic with

a simply beautiful embroidered blouse.

Made of washable natural fiber rayon it’s

lightweight, easy to wear and comes in a

wide range of colors and styles.

$129 - $249 // Apropos

1022 Morro Street, San Luis Obispo

840 11th Street, Paso Robles

(805) 784-0664 // shopapropos.com

BEJEWELED

These rose cut stacking eternity bands

were created using three different colors

of natural diamond rose cuts set in three

rich shades of 18 karat recycled golds. The

rose cut, which got its name because the

facets resemble the flower’s spiraling petals,

originated in the 1600’s in Golconda, India,

but they’ve never been more popular.

$1,755 - $4,175 // Baxter Moerman Jewelry

1118 Morro Street, San Luis Obispo

(805) 801-9117 // baxtermoerman.com

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LOUNGE IN LUXURY

Say hello to delicious knits and colorful hues that make you feel good

when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. After all, you’re worth

it! Hardtail Forever’s “West Coast Wear” is earth-friendly, made in the

USA and is perfect for the gym, poolside lounging or weekend getaways.

$50 - $100 // Assets // 853 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo

(805) 781-0119 // sloassets.com

DAY TO NIGHT WEAR

In the more-is-more world of jewelry, these refreshingly simple

hook earrings from Ian Saude’s “Stem & Shard” collection are

undeniably a stand out. Available in 18K white, yellow or rose gold

in a wide range of colored gemstones, with and without diamonds.

$750 - $1195 // Ian Saude // 1003 Osos Street

San Luis Obispo // (805) 784-0967 // iansaude.com

LAST SEEN

Spiritiles are handcrafted in the USA from American

made copper, glass and wood visually sharing the brilliant

moments that make up your unique story. They can wall

hang or stand alone, and will never fade or tarnish.

$105 // Hands Gallery // 777 Higuera Street

San Luis Obispo // (805) 543-1921 // handsgallery.com

ROCK ON!

Sustainably harvested natural stones

give a unique statement to each of

these handcrafted one-of-a-kind

wine glasses. Stones are collected

with permission from private rivers

and beaches and “replanted” with

rough quarry stones. Recycled glass

is fused in a proprietary process with

naturally water-smoothed stones

in New Hampshire

$26.50 // Turn To Nature

786 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo

(805) 540-3395 // turntonature.com

CLASSIC DÉCOR

The simplicity and beauty of Mission Style

furniture is timeless. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts

movement, each piece is 100% American made and

handcrafted by Amish and Mennonite craftsman.

Made of solid American hardwoods, featuring

dovetailed drawers and mortise and tenon joinery—

this is top-of-the-line quality furniture, built to last

generations. Pieces available for your living room,

dining room, bedroom, and office.

$1,999 // San Luis Traditions

748 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo

(805) 541-8500 // sanluistraditions.com

SLO LIFE

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| INSPIRATION

Jim Roberts, founder of Family Care Network, Inc.,

provides a tour of the unfinished conference room.

FAMILY CARE NETWORK

GROWS UP

After 15 years, Jim Roberts had seen enough. Through his various roles in juvenile

probation it became clear that the system was failing. “I had a goal,” he remembers, “I

wanted to create a non-profit that offered therapeutic foster care.”

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Fast-forward 26 years and San Luis Obispobased

Family Care Network, Inc. (FCNI) has

170 employees who administer 18 different

programs to 2,000 individuals on the Central

Coast. And, starting October 17th, those

employees will be boxing up their things as they

move into their brand new 26,000 square foot

facility off Broad Street, just east of the airport.

At the time Roberts was casting around looking

for support for his idea, therapeutic foster care

was a foreign concept in California. Although

the idea is relatively simple, the results are

dramatic. For example, since the year 2000,

FCNI has reduced group home placement in

San Luis Obispo County by an astounding 75%.

And, that is the primary goal of therapeutic

foster care—to maintain and unify families.

Roberts likes to refer to the concept, which has

now become mainstream, as “healing families.”

The secret sauce in therapeutic foster care

has to do with the training that is provided

to foster families. Those who are on the

front lines with their foster children receive

coaching along with ongoing support from

counselors at FCNI. This model provides

tools to the foster family so that they can be

successful in creating a stable, nurturing home

environment for a child—which, eventually,

leads to the development of a successful,

productive adult. This formula also yields a

significant financial savings to the county over

institutional care—which Roberts learned

during his time in probation, did not produce

great outcomes and did so at a high cost.

Success for FCNI means reunifying children

with their family, finding permanent families for children

needing stability, helping a struggling youth successfully

become independent and self-sufficient, and preventing

children from being removed from their homes or

placed in institutional/group care by stabilizing their

behaviors so they can resume a healthier life.


As a non-profit with a $13 million annual

operating budget, money is always tight. And,

one of the largest expenses over the years has

been the rent FCNI has paid for its office

space. Every year, like clockwork, the rent

went up and there did not seem to be an end

in sight. “Among other things, we saw owning

our building as a hedge against the rising cost

of rent,” explains Roberts. FCNI was able to

pull together $1.3 million of the $4.7 million

investment. Their new monthly mortgage

payment will be approximately $20,000 less per

year than what they had been paying in rent—

most importantly, the cost will now remain

fixed. The building is also expected to provide

significant utilities savings with the addition of

simple features such as opening windows and

ample insulation.

But, it is the massive 4,300 square foot

conference room that will serve as the actual,

as well as metaphorical, heart of the building.

As training foster families is the focal point of

FCNI’s operations, the staff and services that

support that effort will be oriented around the

conference room much likes cogs in a wheel.

Or, as the FCNI tagline explains it, “A Circle

of Serving.” Roberts is fond of the terminology

“wrap around,” as in, “the families are ‘wrapped

around’ with clinical and in-home staff and 24-7

emergency support.” However it is described—

the full-service, full-time support and training

provided to Central Coast foster families is

fundamental to FCNI’s 89% success rate. And,

26 years ago, when Roberts closed his eyes

and imagined his wildest dreams, he could

see a physical manifestation of the hard work

and dedicated effort—a totally self-contained

family support center—a building that now

rests on a bucolic two-and-half acre campus at

the edge of town. SLO LIFE

Those interested in supporting FCNI should visit

www.fcni.org or call (805) 781-3535.

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| SPECIAL FEATURE

BURSTING

at the seams

BY TOM FRANCISKOVICH

How would adding 5,000 Cal Poly students affect San Luis Obispo and the

surrounding communities? And, why are only 31% of its students graduating in

four years? Is there a link between living on-campus and academic success?

Recently, my neighbors and I

had learned that a family down

the street was losing their

lease. The family has two young daughters that

attend our neighborhood school, Bishop’s Peak

Elementary. Both parents work, one of them

from home. So, when we learned that the house

next door to ours was coming on the market

as a rental, we called the family immediately

to share the great news. They marveled at the

miraculous timing and excitedly claimed that it

would be the kind of place that they “would be

happy to rent forever.” So, after leaving several

long messages with the landlord explaining

their situation, they became frustrated and

confused to have not received a return call.

“Why wouldn’t they want to rent to us? We

both have great jobs, great credit, references, a

deposit. We’d take care of the place as if it were

our own,” they said. Then, a few days later, while

scanning the rental listings on Craigslist, the

family found their answer. The house was being

listed for $3,400 per month, about $1,000 over

the market rate. And the whole thing got me

thinking…

The landlord-tenant relationship has been in

existence since man figured out how to put a

roof overhead. Charles Dickens made a career

writing about it, as he brought to life the vivid

characters of Britain’s Industrial Age. But,

whether it’s the foggy, soot-covered ghettos of

19th Century London or the sun-drenched,

rolling landscape of San Luis Obispo, the

landlord-tenant relationship, revolves around

just two things: supply and demand.

Just like London, San Luis Obispo is a landlord

town. The house next door to us, according to

several local real estate professionals, would rent

for about $2,400 per month as a three-bedroom

single-family property. But, because it has been

advertised as a four bedroom (the illegal garage

conversion had been counted as the fourth), it

rents for $3,400, which puts it out of reach for

most working families. The math works out for

a Cal Poly student, however, because $3,400

divided by six is $566 per month—a great deal

(split it between seven and it gets better). And,

on the other side of the equation, the landlord

is earning $1,000 in additional cash flow per

month. No wonder the owner of the house next

door did not call the family back, as renting to

students is a much better deal for him.

Our little San Luis Obispo cul-de-sac is

made up of just seven homes, and sits exactly

two-and-a-half miles away from Cal Poly.

During the five years we have lived in the

neighborhood, we have watched the homes go

one-by-one from owner-occupied single-family

homes to Cal Poly student rentals. Currently,

four of the seven homes are rentals. During

that same time, the population density has

gone up dramatically, as six or more students

now occupy each home. Where there used

to be one or two cars per household tucked

away in each garage, there are now six or

more packed into the driveways and lining

the streets. While it is possible to quantify the

difference over the last five years by simply

counting the extra bodies and cars, it is much

more difficult to qualify the change. But, our

neighbors, all long-time San Luis Obispo

residents, will tell you that our neighborhood

today is, well, much less neighborly.

The problem is not the students themselves; it’s

the fact that most of them are 19-years-old and

living on their own for the first time. I, for one,

would not want to live next door to a 19-yearold

version of me, and I am pretty confident that

most Cal Poly students would rather not share

a fence with the current 39-year-old version of

myself, either. With such a short time horizon,

I, FOR ONE, WOULD NOT WANT TO LIVE NEXT DOOR

TO A 19-YEAR-OLD VERSION OF ME,

AND I AM PRETTY CONFIDENT THAT MOST CAL POLY

STUDENTS WOULD RATHER NOT SHARE A FENCE

WITH THE CURRENT 39-YEAR-OLD

VERSION OF MYSELF, EITHER.

nine-to-twelve months in most cases, a person,

whether they be 19 or 39, is just not likely to

invest in their community. Every September,

when the U-Hauls roll onto our street we are

greeted with a new group of students. And,

every year we have to re-train those students

and essentially teach them how to live in a

neighborhood. “Can you please turn your music

down? Can you please not drive so fast? Can

you please not drop the ‘F-bomb’ in front of

my kids? Can you please not leave empty beer

cans on my driveway? Can you please not hang

out on your roof? Can you please take in your

trashcans? Can you please…” It gets old, frankly,

especially since we know that, just about the

time we settle into a nice “working relationship,”

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they move out and we get another new round of

students who cram into every inch of available

living space, whether it’s doubling up in a

bedroom, converting a garage, or, sometimes,

repurposing a walk-in closet.

The history of California Polytechnic State

University dates back to 1901 when it was

founded as a vocational high school—its first

class for the 1903 school year enrolled a total

of 20 students. Today that number has grown

to 19,800. Cal Poly owns 9,678 acres of land,

making it the largest land-holding university in

California. Its land mass is significant enough

to warrant its own zip code. Although it shares

a border with the City of San Luis Obispo, the

campus is largely autonomous and is not in the

city’s jurisdiction. Instead, the campus falls under

the purview of the California State University

System and sits in an unincorporated part of

San Luis Obispo County. The campus contracts

with the City of San Luis Obispo for its fire

department services, but does have a small police

staff. The on-campus housing code that Cal Poly

is subjected to comes from the county, not the

city. The City of San Luis Obispo can no more

tell Cal Poly what to do than it can tell Arroyo

Grande what to do.

When Cal Poly announced in May that it

would be building an additional 1,400 units

of on-campus housing, it was met with much

praise and relief from residents citywide. The

project, which is slated to begin in 2015, is

expected to come on-line for the 2018-2019

school year. But, a few months later when it

was realized that adding 1,400 units five years

hence would be woefully inadequate, and may

actually result in a net-negative, that goodwill

quickly faded away. In his remarks at the 2013

Fall Conference in September—Cal Poly’s

version of the State of the Union—President

Jefferey Armstrong proclaimed, “Enrollment

growth is essential,” and, “California—really,

the country—needs more Cal Poly graduates.”

His stated target: 4,000 – 5,000 more students

over the next eight years. In this scenario, the

student population would jump to somewhere

between 23,800 and 24,800, which represents a

20% – 25% increase. And, with just 1,400 units

of additional on-campus housing, that would

send somewhere between 2,600 and 3,600

students out into the neighborhoods of San

Luis Obispo and the surrounding communities.

CURRENTLY, THE FOUR-YEAR

GRADUATION RATE

STANDS AT 31%,

WHICH MEANS THAT

7 OUT OF 10

STUDENTS IN THE

NEW FRESHMAN

CLASS WILL STILL

BE AROUND FIVE OR

SIX YEARS FROM NOW

AND WILL, OF COURSE,

REQUIRE HOUSING.

Reaction from San Luis Obispo residents

has been strong. Councilman Dan Carpenter

does not mince words when he says that

adding that many new students to an already

maxed out rental market, “Will denigrate

our neighborhoods and quality of life.” The

councilman further expresses his concern by

stating that, “67% of our homes are now nonowner

occupied, which is up considerably from

20 years ago when we were at 50/50.” Carpenter,

who ultimately struck an optimistic tone and

envisions “a benefit to the community, as long

as Cal Poly pays for our resources to keep up

with it,” alludes to the symbiotic relationship

between the college and the city. “When we sit

down with the Cal Poly people, they are always

quick to point out the positive economic impact

of the college to the town. But, they often forget

that Cal Poly is successful because of the City

of San Luis Obispo. Students want to be here.”

Carpenter makes a compelling argument, and

his comments go a long way toward explaining

why CSU Dominguez Hills, for example, has

not enjoyed the same trajectory as Cal Poly.

Further compounding the housing problem is

the fact that Cal Poly has not been very effective

in graduating their students within four years’

time. Currently, the four-year graduation rate

stands at 31%, which means that 7 out of 10

students in the new freshman class (its largest

ever and up over 28% from last year) will

still be around five or six years from now and

will, of course, require housing. To his credit,

Armstrong has set a goal of doubling the

graduation rate, which is not at all unrealistic

(UC Berkeley, by comparison, graduates 66%

of its students within four years). It is unclear

why the school, which prides itself on its tough

admission standards—this year’s incoming class

boasts a 3.88 GPA—fails to graduate 69% of

these overachievers during a standard term.

Could it be that those students lack the drive

and motivation to make it happen? Or, are they

unable to get the classes they need because

resources on campus are stretched too thin? >>

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| SPECIAL FEATURE

A NEW WAY FORWARD?

Public-private on-campus student housing projects have the

advantage of both time and money: they come together quickly

because they are financed by private equity and do so at very

little or no cost to the university. In fact, depending on the

arrangement, there can be a net gain due to the rents collected

on the land lease. Cal Poly, with its vast land holdings, would

appear to be an ideal candidate for this type of partnership.

Another West Coast public institution that has struggled with a

housing problem, Portland State University, recently opened a

16-story on-campus residence hall which came about through a

partnership with American Campus Communities, a real estate

investment trust (REIT). American Campus Communities CEO,

William Bayless Jr., told the university that they “should look

at the most cost-effective way to develop student housing and

save their capital dollars for other projects.” Monica Rimai, the

school’s Vice President for Finance and Administration called

the decision to move forward a “watershed moment for us.”

Education Realty Trust, another REIT that specializes in oncampus

student housing construction, has completed similar

low and no-cost projects for the public universities of Texas,

Connecticut, Mississippi, and Arizona State. Most recently it

has begun working with the University of Kentucky, where

construction for 9,000 on-campus units is now underway.

We want to know what you think about this issue.

Email us at info@slolifemagazine.com

Certainly, when it comes to on-campus

housing that is the case. Cal Poly is now

wedging three students into two-person

dorm rooms, as well as displacing continuing

students from Poly Canyon Village to make

room for the new, super-sized freshman class.

So, what happens to those displaced second

year students? According to Keith Humphrey,

Cal Poly’s Vice President for Student Affairs,

“It’s not an ideal situation; we recognize

the impact. We do take this seriously, and

have just hired an off-campus student life

coordinator that will help our students learn

how to respect their neighbors.” Humphrey

goes on to explain that discussions are

underway for an expansion of student

housing on-campus and reveals that Cal

Poly could mandate that first and secondyear

students live on-campus (currently, first

year students are not required to live on

campus, as is the case for many universities,

although 99% choose to do so voluntarily). If

Humphrey chooses to go that direction, he

will have an advocate in Armstrong who has

pointed out that students living on campus

have higher rates of academic success. So,

why not build more on-campus housing?

After all, shouldn’t college students be at

college where they are close to the library,

close to professors, close to the lab, close to

the gym, close to other study groups, close

to dining halls? It may be different if it was

as simple as walking across the street to step

onto campus, but in San Luis Obispo it

commonly requires getting into a car. In our

neighborhood we are not seeing students on

bikes or at the bus stop, as each one owns a

car, and those cars—usually containing just

one person—drive back-and-forth to campus.

Imagine how many cars could be removed

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from San Luis Obispo’s increasingly

crowded streets if on-campus housing

were to dramatically increase at Cal Poly.

But, most of all, as research shows, being

on-campus brings a refocus to academics.

Although many students report, wanting to

“get away” from living on-campus, isn’t that

really the best place for them to be? And

does it not create some added motivation

to buckle down and graduate within four

years? The reality is that when a student

drives off-campus and is out in a city

neighborhood with non-college student

permanent residents, the distractions only

increase—surely, my kids hollering and

riding bikes with their friends out front

can’t help—and the motivation required

to get back into the car and return to the

library is much greater than it would be if

they lived on-campus in the first place.

a plot of land on-campus. That contractor

then built student housing and was allowed

to collect the rent. At the end of 30 years,

the contractor will turn over the housing

to the university. In this scenario, everyone

wins: the university, the contractor, the

residents of the City of Tucson, and, most of

all, the students.

Up to this point, Cal Poly has been focused

on a painstakingly slow traditional route—

the school is floating a state bond to finance

its 1,400-unit project. Humphrey goes on

to explain that there may be a possibility

to build “another 1,000 or so units” behind

the Red Brick buildings (below the “P”) on

campus. Even with another “1,000 or so”

units, the numbers just don’t add up. With

all the land that Cal Poly owns, perhaps it is

time to consider a massive on-campus

IT’S NOT AN IDEAL SITUATION;

WE RECOGNIZE THE IMPACT.

WE DO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY,

AND HAVE JUST HIRED AN OFF-CAMPUS

STUDENT LIFE COORDINATOR THAT WILL

HELP OUR STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO

RESPECT THEIR NEIGHBORS.


Humphrey, who came to Cal Poly from the

University of Arizona seven months ago,

was involved in an innovative public-private

partnership to create more on-campus

housing. As he describes it, the university

gave a private contractor a 30-year lease for

public-private construction project. Not

only would it solve the housing problem,

but it would also likely put a serious dent in

the graduation rate problem, too; something

Armstrong has vowed to “focus on like a

laser beam.” SLO LIFE

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| NIGHT OUT

ART

scene

BY PADEN HUGHES

I grew up surrounded by artists and have always admired

those who can look at something in a different way and

recreate a version that tells us as much about the beholder

as it does the subject itself. I love Art After Dark and

other local art events, especially when they coincide with a

night out on the town. In fact, I had been thinking about

planning a date night that would allow my husband and

I to channel our “inner artists” when I happened upon an

amazing new offering called Art Bar at Granada Bistro on

Morro Street in San Luis Obispo.

An enthusiastic supporter of the local art scene, Granada

has branched out in an innovative way to make our

community’s artists more accessible via its Art Bar. A

dozen guests at a time have the unique opportunity to

paint a scene inspired by our local landscape. The artist

facilitates a live art demonstration and offers step-by-step

guidance to the trainees in the room.

At Granada, there is a new painting scene every night, so

I gave my husband the choice of painting sunflowers or

Morro Rock. There was no question in his mind: Morro

Rock. Painting on his night off was a stretch as it was; and

he did not jump at the idea of painting flowers. So, while

he was a little reluctant, and I a bit nervous, we signed up

for an evening at the Art Bar.

We walked into a smartly lighted and inviting room with

a long galley table, encircled by blank canvases propped

up on easels. The manager took our complimentary drink

orders and we settled into our seats with expectations as

undefined as the canvas sitting before us. As the short hand

on the antique clock touched the number seven, and those

complimentary drinks began to tamp down any remaining

apprehension, the room began to fill with the joyful sounds

of friendly introductions as ten twelve strangers readied

themselves to paint together.

Skye Ravy was the artist-teacher for our session, and she

set the stage for the evening, patiently walking us through

the thought process involved in creating a horizon. Brush

technique and color choice came next in our journey to

create the art that previously none of us, before our lesson,

thought we were capable of producing.

Every night Art Bar is a different experience—the

subject always changes, the artist-teacher rotates, and

the chemistry of the group evolves. It is a welcoming

environment where few bring any pre-existing talent, or

aptitude for that matter, but instead feed off one another’s

willingness to drop their guard as they try to let their

“right brain” do the thinking, at least for one night.

The two hours of instruction tripped by happily. We

went from creating sweeping skies, to billowing clouds,

to horizontal sand dunes, an imposing rock, to floating

sailboats to adding our own personal touches. Not bad

for a couple of newbies. We had a great time at Art Bar

and look forward to returning soon for another session.

Maybe next time we’ll paint flowers. SLO LIFE

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| HEALTH

bustin’ BAD GUYS one at a time

the top 10 “I thought it was healthy” culprits hiding in your kitchen

plus simple suggestions on what to try instead

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SKIP FRUIT-ON-THE-BOTTOM YOGURT

Why? Many fruit-added yogurts are full of sugar or corn syrup,

meaning you can ingest 30 grams (that’s a full day’s worth of

sugar) even before your 9:00 a.m. meeting. While organic yogurt

is definitely better in terms of dairy quality, it’s important to

choose an unsweetened version. Studies show that sugar and

dairy can cause acne, so we say, avoid it. Instead, try goat or

sheep’s milk yogurts—which are often easier for people to digest

than cow’s milk—and add your own berries.

2

SKIP SOYMILK

Why? Soy is one of the largest genetically

modified crops. And while organic soymilk

is a better choice, it’s still considered highly

processed, and is a common allergen making

it hard to digest for many people. Try organic

almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk.

3

SKIP BOXED

GRANOLA & CEREALS

Why? Cereal and granola are often

loaded with sugar, which means they

can give you a sugar spike and crash,

instead of keeping you properly

nourished. You’re better off making

your own muesli using gluten-free oats,

nuts, seeds, and fresh berries.

4

SKIP AGAVE

Why? Most of it is highly processed and it is also high in

fructose. Studies show that high fructose sweeteners of any

kind can cause mineral depletion, liver inflammation, insulin

resistance, and lead to obesity. Instead, try coconut sugar, which

is less processed and contains a scant 9% fructose.

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| HEALTH

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Why? “Gluten free” doesn’t necessarily

mean “healthy.” Many gluten-free

products are still high in refined sugar,

and are often made with high-glycemic

grains like corn, rice, and potato starch.

Your best bet is to make your own

gluten-free baked goods with highnutrient

flours, like almond or coconut,

using natural sweeteners, such as raw

honey or pure maple syrup.

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SKIP ENHANCED WATER

Why? Most are essentially sugar water, even if

they pack them full of vitamins. Keep things

simple: water with a squeeze of fresh lemon is

not only refreshing, but it also aides in digestion

and helps to balance your body’s pH levels.

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SKIP LOW-FAT CRACKERS

Why? Most crackers on the market are high

in refined oils, sugar, salt, and gluten—and

the low-fat versions are often worse, because

they have to add sugars and chemicals

to make up for the taste of the fat that

they’re leaving out. Read ingredient labels

thoroughly, or use whole foods to make

equally crunchy (but way-better-for-you)

snacks, like kale chips.

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| HEALTH

An operA in

four Acts by

GeorGes bizet

performinG Arts center

sAn Luis obispo

the cArmen project

sAturdAy

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FRUIT JUICES

Why? Most cartons and bottles

of juice sold contain loads of

sugar. (We’ve spied up to 48

grams per 16 ounces in some!)

Plus, pasteurization removes

most of the beneficial nutrients.

A better option? Go to a juice

bar for a raw, cold-pressed

option or dust off your blender

or juicer and make your own.

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SKIP MICROWAVE

POPCORN

Why? The vast majority of

corn in America is genetically

modified, plus, microwave

popcorn bags are lined with

chemicals, and the butter is

usually artificial. Upgrade by

using organic popcorn kernels.

You can pop ‘em on your stove

with coconut oil and sea salt, or

in an air popper.

centrAL coAst chiLdren’s choir

civic bALLet sAn Luis obispo

cuestA coLLeGe concert choir

operA sAn Luis obispo

sAn Luis obispo symphony

stAGe director: ross hALper

conducted by: briAn Asher ALhAdeff

operA sAn Luis obispo

Artistic & GenerAL director

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SKIP STORE-BOUGHT

WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

Why? Whole wheat bread is often

sweetened with high fructose corn

syrup, just like white bread. If you

want a bread sans processed sugar

(and chemicals), try making your own,

or hit up one of our local bakeries and

ask about their healthy options.

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For Inspiring

Young Musicians

in our Community

for 50 Years

With admiration and gratitude,

The San Luis Obispo Symphony,

Board of Directors and Staff

UPCOMING SYMPHONY CONCERTS

November 9th featuring Soprano, Ava Pine

December 31st New Year's Eve Extravaganza

Visit slosymphony.com or call 805.543.3533 for details.

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SLO LIFE TASTE |

CENTRAL COAST

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PLEASERS

bringing you the best in flavor

1. Novo’s crowd pleasing appetizers and

creekside seating are calling! Shown here are

spicy potato samosas with mint chutney, fresh

avocado-shrimp spring rolls with ginger-soy

and chilli dipping sauces and “The Trio” artisan

cheeses with candied nuts.

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2. Refresh and relax with the 2012 Albariño

from Salisbury Vineyards. This crisp,

white Spanish varietal displays a convivial

collection of fruit notes such as pear, peach,

melon and lemon zest with subtle mineral

notes and balanced, lively acidity. Pairs

beautifully with sautéed shellfish, steamed

crab or spicy Thai dishes.

$25 // Salisbury Vineyards

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(805) 595-9463 // salisburyvineyards.com

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perfect balance of flavor offered with these

black bean and avocado fritters sprinkled with

paprika salt and served with a side of lime

crema. A delicious protein-rich vegetarian

option, this dish is also gluten-free!

$5 // Luna Red

1023 Chorro Street, San Luis Obispo

(805) 540-5243 // lunaredslo.com

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4. Partake in an explosion of unique Indian

flavors at Shalimar. Their lunchtime buffet

constantly rotates with both traditional

mainstays and seasonal specialties. Best of all,

fresh naan is baked daily in the restaurant’s

wood-fired tandoori oven, usually just minutes

before serving.

$8.99 // Shalimar Indian Restaurant

2115 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo

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SLO LIFE

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| SLO LIFE KITCHEN

autumn delight

Nothing says fall like squash. The SLO LIFE Kitchen has been

buzzing with seasonal recipes and plans for the holidays

ahead. Looking at an acorn squash, we wondered what to put

inside that gorgeous orange bowl…

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ROASTED & STUFFED ACORN SQUASH

Inspired to create an amazing stuffing, we started with one of our favorite nutrient-rich

foods—quinoa. It pairs well with the savory flavor of the sausage, mild anise taste of the

fennel, and our not-too-sweet winter squash. Adding a handful of spinach wilted into the

stuffing mix at the last minute provides some delightful green. We chose goat cheese for a

fabulous flavor boost and used extra virgin olive oil to roast the squash to perfection.

SERVES 4 / PREP TIME 45 MINS / COOK TIME 45 MINS

2 acorn squash

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup quinoa

2 large shallots, chopped finely

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 fennel bulb, chopped

1 pound sausage, casing removed

4 cups fresh spinach

4 ounces barrel-aged goat cheese or feta

1 tablespoon fresh thyme

sea salt & fresh ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cut acorn squash in half and scoop out

seeds with a spoon.

3. Brush squash inside and out with 2

tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Season

with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

4. Place squash in oven and roast for

approximately 30 minutes or until squash is

tender and easily pierced with a fork.

5. While squash is roasting, cook quinoa per

package directions.

6. In large pan, sauté sausage. Drain grease

and set aside.

7. Add 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil to

pan and sauté garlic, shallots, and fennel for

approximately 8 minutes. Add thyme during

last 2 minutes of cooking. Add spinach and

stir just until wilted.

8. In a large glass bowl combine still warm

quinoa, sausage and sautéed mixture.

9. Stir in 3 ounces of crumbled cheese.

10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

11. After baking, remove squash from oven.

Spoon stuffing into the squash bowl. Bake

2-5 minutes to warm through.

12. Remove from oven and place on serving

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CENTRAL COAST RAILROAD FESTIVAL

Designed for both the casual train buff and the

avid rail fan, the Central Coast Railroad Festival

celebrates the history and future of trains with

modeling, rail excursions, concerts, films, exhibits,

ceremonies, historical presentations and special

programs.

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CITY TO THE SEA

This point-to-point half marathon begins in downtown San

Luis Obispo and ends in beautiful Pismo Beach as a major

fundraiser for Cuesta College’s award-winning cross country

and track and field programs.

October 13 // citytothesea.org

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CARMEN BY GEORGES BIZET

Audiences will be captivated with a

full production of Georges Bizet’s

beloved operatic masterpiece

featuring famous melodies, ballet

scenes, and choruses presented

with breathtaking scenery expressly

designed to mesmerize and enthrall.

October 12 - 13 // pacslo.org

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Hot Shaves • Cold Beer • ESPN • Quality Service

Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm • Sunday 11am-4pm

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INDEPENDENCE

SLO Little Theatre presents Independence,

by Lee Blessing, a powerful drama depicting

a family divided against itself.

October 18 – November 10 // slolittletheatre.org

MAKING STRIDES

Join the Making Strides Against Breast

Cancer organization in a 1.9-mile walk

starting at Mission Plaza to celebrate

survivorship and express your support in

the fight for a cure.

October 26 // makingstrides.acsevents.org


NOVEMBER

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1ROCKIN’ HARVEST

Enjoy the transcendent sights, scents

and flavors of this signature season as

the annual Rockin’ Harvest Celebration

presents a rambunctious extravaganza of

local food and wine. It’s the next best

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POTTED POTTER

This runaway off-Broadway hit is

written and performed by former

BBC Television hosts Daniel

Clarkson and Jefferson Turner.

The play takes on the ultimate

challenge of condensing—or

“potting”—all seven Harry Potter

books into 70 madcap minutes.

November 17 // pacslo.org

SLO BACON FEST

Come pig out and celebrate

bacon in all its glory.

Restaurants will feature their

best bacon dishes and bacon

desserts along with pairings

from wineries and breweries.

November 23 // slobaconfest.com

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

The Tony Award-winning Broadway

musical inspired by the electrifying true

story of the famed recording session

at which Sam Phillips, the “Father of

Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought together icons

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee

Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and

only time on one unforgettable night.

November 18 // pacslo.org

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SYMPHONY FALL CONCERT

The Cal Poly Symphony kicks off its 2013-14

season with music from England — England

100 years ago, to be precise. They will

juxtapose two very different pieces written

at the same time: Holst’s “The Planets” and

Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending.”

November 24 // pacslo.org

PRESENTING THE BEST

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Jen Robinson Benefit

at Black Lake Golf Resort

Friday Nov 8th

10am Registration

11am Shot Gun Start

5pm Dinner

4-Person Scramble

$100 Donation per Golfer

Great Raffle Prizes!

Contact:

Sue Brigham

ph: (805)541-3287

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