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| CONTENTS

SLO LIFE

magazine

APRIL/MAY 2014

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36

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8 PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE

10 ON THE COVER

12 CONTRIBUTORS

14 INFO

16 IN BOX

18 VIEW

20 TIMELINE

22 Q&A

24 MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR

30 ARTIST

32 AFTER HOURS

34 OUT AND ABOUT

36 MUSIC

38 ON THE RISE

43 TASTE

44 DWELLING

52 CITY REAL ESTATE

54 COUNTY REAL ESTATE

56 WHAT’S HOT NOW

58 SPECIAL FEATURE

64 EXPLORE

66 HEALTH

72 KITCHEN

74 HAPPENINGS

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| PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE

I am Speed

My mom used to tell me, “Tommy, a good book can change your life.”

Although a friend had recommended it to me a few years ago, I could not bring myself to read Born to

Run. What little I knew of the story just did not capture my imagination—plus I was not a runner. But,

that was about to change.

When I finally did crack the book, I was intrigued by the premise of the story. The author, Christopher

McDougall, a recreational runner plagued by injury, sets out to understand why his foot hurts. As an

occasional jogger—two or three miles at a time, never more than a few times per month—I could feel

his pain. For me, it wasn’t my foot, but my hips, which throbbed in agony after a twenty-minute trot. I

reasoned that the Creator had designed my body for other purposes, stuff like sitting here at my desk

writing publisher’s messages.

I don’t remember when it happened exactly, but at some point I became locked-in, engaged in a virtual conversation with the

author. I was deeply entranced, almost in a meditative state as I lost myself in the story. By the time I set down the 304-page

paperback, my paradigm had shifted, and I found myself practicing my stride, barefoot at the park. I was astonished to learn

that McDougall was right—I really was born to run. As I strode on the soft grass, I thought about the ancient Chumash

who likely glided effortlessly in the same area thousands of years ago while tracking their prey. Although I felt like a majestic

Native American warrior, judging from the sideways looks I was getting from parents, in reality I was just a weird, middleaged

dude with elbows and kneecaps flailing all directions, slowly orbiting their kids who were busy on the play structure.

It didn’t matter. For the first time in a long time, my hips felt great. I was so excited about my experience that, in the wake of

my delusional runner’s high, I went online and signed up for the SLO Marathon. Then, I took a trip down to the shoe store

where my gait was filmed and analyzed. I settled on some minimalistic sneakers that mimicked being barefoot. I asked the

salesperson for some tips, and he suggested visualization. “Find a mantra,” he said. “Something you can repeat to yourself

when you’re running out of steam.” I thought about this for a while, and the only thing I could come up with was Lightning

McQueen from the Disney movie Cars. It probably came to mind because I have seen the film at least 800 times; half of

those viewings came as my son, then two or three years old, fell asleep on my lap as we watched it together. In the opening

scene, McQueen is having a dream. During the dream, he revs his throaty V8 engine violently and then declares, “I am speed.”

Perfect. Shoes, check. Mantra, check.

Now, more than halfway through my training schedule, I channel Lighting McQueen when I feel myself starting to fall

from my already snail-like pace on the streets of San Luis Obispo. I am speed. With the SLO Marathon penned into my

calendar on April 27th, I have recruited my younger sisters, both of them runners, to pace me during the 26.2-mile race.

Since my 40th birthday is also in April, they have been teasing me, claiming they are going to “escort me over the hill.”

There may be something to it, as my wife has observed “exercise is the new midlife crisis.” Our generation, she says, instead

of buying sports cars and searching for trophy wives, appears to be more interested in testing their physical endurance.

And she might be on to something. If I were turning 40 in 1984 instead of 2014, it’s possible that rather than training for

a marathon, I would be cruising around blaring Billy Idol with the top down on a newly purchased Toyota Celica GT-S

convertible. Luckily, it’s not 1984, and Christopher McDougall just changed my life.

I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to everyone who had a hand in creating this issue of SLO LIFE

Magazine and most of all, to our advertisers and subscribers—we couldn’t do it without you.

Live the SLO Life!

Tom Franciskovich

tom@slolifemagazine.com

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| ON THE COVER

BEHIND the scenes

with Chris Bersbach

e shot the cover image for this issue on

a roll of white seamless paper, which is

our go-to choice for a portrait that has

clean space for our masthead and other

copy and still looks great on the cover. I

use seamless paper all the time because

it’s light and affordable, but I’ve also been experimenting with

other options for small, portable studio-like environments. This

time, in addition to white paper, I set up my 4-foot plywood

background in the wooded area by the creek near Terri’s studio

for some additional images that would provide a nice contrast

to our cover image.

wanted an image that would put a “studio” look into a context

WI

where you wouldn’t usually expect to see that kind of polished

shot, so we hung the square background on a couple light stands

and put a small flash behind Terri to pop a little light onto the

background. I used a second light on Terri’s face, just like we might

do in a studio, and then worked with her to ham it up for the camera.

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| CONTRIBUTORS

Paden Hughes has lived in

San Luis Obispo for almost ten

years, starting off at Cal Poly

and staying to build a career

in small business ownership

and consulting. It was the love

of the landscape and scenery

that kept her on the Central

Coast, but now that she has

been welcomed into the greater

San Luis Obispo community,

the sense of belonging makes

this place her home. She

strives to carve out time to

be spontaneous and enjoy

this beautiful area for all its

adventures—and it’s a joy for

her to share these experiences

through SLO LIFE Magazine.

Dawn Janke has been

teaching writing to college

students for more than

ten years. A Chicago

native, she’s been living

the SLO Life since 2008.

Janke directs the Writing

& Rhetoric Center at Cal

Poly State University and

moonlights as a writer

and editor for SLO LIFE

Magazine.

Jessie Rivas and his wife, Stacey, came from San

Francisco where he attended California Culinary

Academy and raised his family. He built his

career working in restaurants, as a private caterer

and on a food truck that was converted from an

old school bus. He and his family moved to San

Luis Obispo last year to start a business of their

own, The Pairing Knife, a catering company and

mobile food kitchen. He is passionate about food

and loves sharing his knowledge with everyone

he meets, including right here in the pages of

SLO LIFE Magazine.

Chris Bersbach has been a

contributing photographer

to SLO LIFE Magazine

since 2012, focusing on

photographing subjects

for the regular Meet Your

Neighbor story and for

the cover of each issue.

He specializes in editorial

portrait photography, and

his taste runs toward the

anachronistic (especially

when it comes to choosing

cameras and neckwear).

When he isn’t making

photographs, Chris works as

an environmental consultant

and helps manage the local

community bouldering gym

and yoga studio. (He does

not have a lot of free time.)

Jeanette Trompeter was born

in San Luis Obispo, but lived

in Northern California before

returning to the SLO Life to

attend Cal Poly. She began at

KSBY in San Luis Obispo while

in college then took off to chase

her career for a few years. In 2010

she decided there really is no place

like home and returned to KSBY

to anchor the evening news. She

does a weekly segment called “Out

and About” and enjoys exploring

the Central Coast as much today

as she did as a student. She loves

horses, our local wine country, and

spending time around the water.

You can follow her adventures on

KSBY, jeanettetrompeter.com,

through her social media sites, and

here in SLO LIFE Magazine.

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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Jessie Rivas

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Cavan Hadley

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>> Cal Poly Housing

Dear SLO LIFE,

Many of us would appreciate more coverage

about the poor placement of a new Cal Poly

dorm in our neighborhood. Thanks for your

attention. We beg for protection from the City

as students congregate outside our bedroom

windows shouting the F-word. My 5 & 7 year-old

grandsons jerked awake every time that happened

last week. The Happiest Place on Earth is pushing

us to leave the homes that hold our family

memories. SLO is turning into Isla Vista right

before our eyes. If you think our neighborhoods

are exaggerating the issue of hordes of students

roaming our streets drunk, think again. Why

would Dr. Armstrong add 1,500 freshmen to this

scene into our neighborhoods, clustering under

our bedroom windows? This is a thoughtful plan?

An execution of Cal Poly’s Good Neighbor Policy?

- Claudia Andersen

>> Thanks for contacting us, Claudia. We

receive a lot of letters like yours concerning

Cal Poly student housing and have decided to

follow-up with another story on the matter.

Please turn to page 58 and read all about it.


Wish You Were Here!

>> Diablo Canyon Tour

Dear SLO LIFE,

I just finished reading the article written by Tom Franciskovich. This well written article covered all

the questions I have been pondering since I moved to SLO. I still have concerns about the seismic

activity around the plant. No one can control Mother Nature’s force and no one knows what will

really happen if an earthquake strikes. We most definitely learned that from Fukushima.

I have one more thing to say... Go Mothers for Peace, keep watching.

- Ellyn Houghton

Dear SLO LIFE,

Having worked at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for 31 years, I can tell you that the

Mothers for Peace gave Tom Franciskovich incorrect information when they said the NRC is “85%

funded by the industry.” Every year, Congress gives the NRC its funds from the US Treasury. The

NRC bills utilities for 85% of those funds, but the utilities send those funds to the US Treasury for

Congress to do with as it sees fit. So, saying “Now, you don’t bite the hand that feeds you, right?”

appears to be intentionally misleading by the Mothers for Peace. They have been interfacing with

the NRC for over 40 years and know that information they supplied about funding is incorrect.

- Lawrence Mark Padovan

>> Editor’s Note: the area of land that PG&E owns at Diablo Canyon is actually 12,820 acres.

The 750 acres that were cited in the article referred to just the space the power plant occupies.

>> Go To The Light

Dear SLO LIFE,

I loved Renee Besta’s photo of Mission

San Miguel. I spent many years as the

Project Manager reopening and restoring

this mission and Renee is right... Folks

having been drawn to it over the years,

and if those walls could talk, what they’d

share. We actually discovered an old

bullet lodged in the wall where someone,

obviously, shot off a gun inside! Each

mission is unique and has its own story

to tell, thanks for reminding me what a

jewel they are.

- John Fowler

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| VIEW

RETURNING HOME

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAVAN HADLEY

As a real estate photographer based in Morro Bay, Cavan Hadley

is often found hanging halfway out of a helicopter shooting a

variety of different properties, including the occasional mega yacht

anchored away in some exotic international mooring. But, last

December his travel schedule slowed down just enough for him to

charter a flight and have some fun in his own backyard.

The whirlybird circled Morro Rock several times as Hadley

snapped away with a fast shutter speed on his Canon 6D, which

was fitted with a 16-35mm wide-angle lens. He was not sure

what he had captured until he sat down at his computer to view

the photos the next day. Staring back at him on his screen was

the image you see here, an unusual perspective of the most iconic

landmark on the Central Coast.

Much has been said and written of the “Gibraltar of the Pacific,”

but to Hadley, who had been a sailor for 24 years, it is a safe haven

and the only harbor between Santa Barbara and Monterey. “If

you ever find yourself lost out there,” Hadley points toward the

horizon, “or caught in a gale [heavy storm], Morro Rock is the first

thing that will turn up on a radar and the first thing you will see

through the fog on your way back home.” SLO LIFE

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| TIMELINE

The three iconic 450-foot Morro Bay

smokestacks constructed in the 1950’s

were officially shut down. At its peak

production the facility served nearly

one million customers on the Central

Coast and in the Central Valley while

burning 500,000 gallons of oil per day.

In the wake of the closure, Dynegy, the

plant’s Houston-based owner, applied

with the Federal Energy Regulatory

Commission to create an offshore wave

farm. Officials at Dynegy estimate

that it would create 650 megawatts of

electricity and would provide the City

of Morro Bay with an estimated $1

million in annual revenue.

A group of Nipomo Mesa residents banned together

to sue the County and the State Park Off-Highway

Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, operator of the

Oceano Dunes. Citing research indicating that the

off-road vehicles at the Dunes are creating unhealthy

living conditions on the Mesa, the frustrated residents’

lawsuit claims that the “protection of public health”

has been disregarded.

Lady Gaga shot a music video at Hearst Castle, which prompted

the suspension of Nicholas Franco, the State Parks executive who

oversees the castle. Two weeks later Franco was reinstated and

the record was set straight: Gaga donated $250,000 to the Hearst

Castle Preservation Fund; reimbursed all costs, including the

castle’s $22,100 special fee; underwrote a $25,000 water supply

study; and, most importantly of all, in light of the drought, no

water was wasted in the process. Gaga and her crew dropped in at

the Cambria Ale House when shooting ended to celebrate.

After a five-year struggle to

reaffirm its good standing with

the Accreditation Commission for

Community and Junior Colleges,

Cuesta College President Gil Stork

announced that the college is no

longer in sanctions. The next round

of self-evaluation is due to the

commission in June, and Stork stated

that the college already has “2,000

pieces of evidence to support the

2014 evaluation.” Cuesta College

also launched a website to make the

evaluation process “more open and

transparent to the community.”

Amid strong opposition from its

neighbors, the San Luis Coastal Unified

School District chose to abandon its

plans to build an 88-unit residential

complex on Johnson Avenue. However,

the district vowed to press on with plans

to build a smaller development on the

4.4-acre hillside property as way to

resupply its cash-strapped general fund.

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The City of San Luis Obispo was told by a state

administrative law judge to restore binding arbitration as a

means to negotiate wages and benefits for its police and fire

unions. The overturn of Measure B, which 73% of voters

supported in August, 2011, came as result of a claim filed

by the San Luis Obispo Police Officers Association in

October of that same year. Following the announcement, the

city council voted unanimously to appeal the judge’s ruling

setting up an unprecedented legal battle.

The Cal Poly men’s basketball team completed a magical run

to cap their season and earn the school’s first ever birth at the

NCAA Tournament. In an improbable three-night stretch the

team played as underdogs yet continued to win. With time

running out, Mustang freshman point guard, Ridge Shipley,

stopped at the top of the key for a jumper that rattled around

the rim before falling to secure a dramatic one-point victory

over Cal State Northridge and a trip to The Big Dance in

Dayton, Ohio for a chance to compete for a national title.

After winning the first round, the Mustangs were eliminated

from contention by Wichita State in St. Louis.

The Board of Supervisors officially declared the County

to be in a state of drought emergency. The US Drought

Monitor classified SLO County with its most severe

designation, describing it as experiencing an “exceptional”

drought. Against this backdrop, the County gave a green

light for exemptions to its planting moratorium allowing

21 vineyards to plant an additional 1,500 acres in the

North County, which will use water from the Paso Robles

groundwater basin as its irrigation source.

By a 5-0 vote, the Oceano Community Services District (OCSD)

board of directors terminated its general manager, Lonnie Curtis, who

was just five months into his tenure at the trouble-plagued agency. It is

the third consecutive GM to have been fired at OCSD, but at least the

board was able to cut the cord before being required to kick in $63,000

in severance pay. Curtis, who was recruited from the Los Angeles area

for the $126,000 per year job, reportedly “flipped off ” a bystander as he

drove out of the parking lot in his SUV for the last time.

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| Q&A

Willing to Serve

After eight years as Deputy District Attorney, Dan Dow is seeking a promotion. In

what is shaping up to be a close race in the June election for the office, Dow and

his colleague Tim Covello will square off to replace District Attorney Gerald Shea,

a 16-year veteran of the 95-person SLO County department.

So, Dan, how did you get your start? I joined the

Army and they said, “We need linguists right now

and we think based on your scores you’d be good at

learning languages. We want you to be an Intelligence

Cryptological Linguist and we’re going to teach you a

foreign language.” So, after getting my security clearance

stuff done, they sent me to the Defense Language

Institute in Monterey. They said, “We’re going to assign

you a Category 4 language,” which happened to be

Korean. I was there for a year. It was studying eight

hours a day. The language is fascinating, but I never, as

a youngster, would have said, “Hey, I want to go learn

Korean.” I just wasn’t exposed to it. But because of the

Army, it opened up a whole new set of life experiences

and it was very rewarding.

What do you remember about your time in Korea?

I grew up in Maine—Korea was like Maine, probably

even colder though—quite a bit colder, but an absolutely

beautiful country. The elderly people, particularly way

out in the villages where they still remember the Korean

War, would treat you so well being an American soldier.

I remember one time when we broke down in the

middle of an extremely cold winter night. The trailer

that we were pulling behind our truck had the wheels

lock up; they were literally frozen shut. So, we found

a discarded tin can on the side of the road and filled

it with diesel fuel. Our idea was to light it on fire and

place it underneath the axle, thinking it might warm

it up enough to unfreeze so we could then start to

roll again. It took forever, but we finally got it lit. My

partner then stood up quickly and slipped on some ice

and the flaming diesel fuel went flying out of his hand

and landed in the rice paddy next to the road. So we’re

jumping around in the field trying to stamp it out when

this elderly woman—it must have been about 3 o’clock

in the morning at this point—comes out of this little

house wearing only a nightgown; it was probably 15 or

20 degrees below zero. She brought us a hot pot of coffee

and proceeded to thank us for our service. Here we were

practically setting her crop on fire and she’s making us

coffee and thanking us.

When were you first exposed to the criminal justice

system? I was 32 and in my second year of law school

when I received a 24-hour notice that I was being

deployed again. They told me initially that I was going to

Iraq; but the Army said, “No, we’re actually going to send

you to Kosovo.” I was on a human intelligence team. We

were responsible for finding war criminals, looking out

for people that had been previously identified and had

never been brought to justice. So we were looking for

them, actively going out into the communities, talking

with the Serbian population, talking with the Albanian

population, developing friendships and relationships,

and all the while, hopefully, collecting good information

so that we could find the bad guys, the people who had

committed the war atrocities. We were also looking for

other crime that was tangentially related to that, like

the smuggling of weapons into the country. We would

be gathering intelligence so that we could track and,

hopefully, find these people, while also doing our best to

maintain the peace between the Kosovar Albanians and

the Serbian populations that lived there.

In the DA’s office you have developed a reputation

for your work on sexual assault and domestic violence

prosecutions. Why focus on these areas?

These are very, very serious and important cases; and I

find them rewarding because they’re challenging. But,

I also know that you can’t make anything better for the

victims, so you do everything you can to vindicate what

happened and support the family, support the victims

that are there, help ease the burden that they have, and

make sure that their rights are protected; and make sure

that the process goes forward and you achieve a just

outcome. And a lot of prosecutors don’t really care for

those cases because they’re complicated. And when I

say complicated, it’s because they have so many different

competing dynamics. If you think about it, a victim of

an intimate partner crime is often so emotionally tied

to the perpetrator that they have a hard time separating

themselves from the abuser. You’re dealing with people at

a very critical time of need in their lives.

But, your work in this area was interrupted a few years

back, correct? Yes, if somebody is in the National Guard

or the Reserves, and they get called up, you’re subject

to a Federal Order. So, in 2010 I had orders from the

President of the United States that said, “Captain Daniel

Dow, you’re being ordered and called to active duty and

you have to drop everything else you’re doing and go off

to war.” It was a tough year for my family. My daughter,

Chloe, was five years old, and my son, Jed, was

three. We did a lot of Skype, and I missed them like

crazy. My wife was 100% supportive, and has been

for the 21 years we’ve been married. It was definitely

an experience. You know, I wouldn’t necessarily say

anybody wants to go off to war, but when you’ve been

trained to do what you do and you know that your

comrades, your brothers and sisters at arms, are overseas

doing what they’re doing, you feel like that’s where you

can contribute the most. So I’m glad, in that context,

that I had the opportunity to serve. I’m eligible to retire

from the Army in June, so no more deployments for

me. My commitment is here to this office. SLO LIFE

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| MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR

Getting

Sm(art)

As Executive Director of the Child Development

Resource Center of the Central Coast, Terri

Kurczewski (pronounced ker-chess-key), has led

the organization to open the Sm(art) Studio in San

Luis Obispo, a creative space which encourages

community members to express themselves

through art by using recycled materials. She is a

passionate advocate of Central Coast children and

their families. Here is her story…

Okay, Terri, how did you end up on the Central Coast?

I’m from San Diego originally, and this is like a super boring

story, but I had a really good record for getting into car

accidents—actually many of them are not my fault. And finally,

the last one I had, totaled the car. So I’m sitting with my parents

at dinner and they said, “Well, we don’t know what’s going to

happen now.” And I said, “I just need to move some place where

I don’t need a car.” We narrowed it down to either San Luis or

San Francisco. And I was like, “Please, San Francisco,” but I

ended up here for a couple of years, taking the bus to Cuesta.

I got a job working at the SLO Chamber Visitor Center and I

tried to really be acquainted with the community. I learned so

much about how the relationships of the business community,

tourism, and just how everything kind of works together. Then

I got married and moved to the Bay Area seeking fame and

fortune in grad school and all those things.

So, what happened?

I thought to myself, “Oh yeah. I’m going to be an academic and

get my PhD and be super fancy.” One of my professors said, “I

think you’d really like teaching. I think helping people is actually

your want in this world, and your desire.” And she said, “Let me

put you in touch with one of my friends who is a teacher in the

East Bay.” And so I did that and I started applying. I applied

at a charter school right out of college where you don’t need a

credential right away, or at least you didn’t at that time. I really

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wasn’t one of those people who grew up saying, “I love children,”

but I felt that if all children could read then we would equal

the playing field. That would be some kind of equity and justice

work that I could do for the greater community.

How did it go?

I’m from a very religious family who said, “We’re all equal and

God loves everybody and everything’s fine and just be nice

to people and they’ll be nice to you.” I mean, I say “Hi” to

everybody, but people in the inner city were calling me names.

And it was very eye-opening to me that people hated me for

who I was. I really had no idea about injustice. So, I thought,

instead of just handing out turkey sandwiches at Christmas,

I could actually work to change the system. But, now I’m old

and tired. [laughter] I think changing one family, inspiring a

child, and mentoring the next generation of Poly kids that are

going to change the system, that’s more my role now. I used to

look up to the people that were like superintendents of schools

back then, you know, those really high achieving types. Now I

think the system’s way more broken; that’s why people are still

experiencing such multi-generational poverty and racism. They

are just stuck in these institutions that don’t work and I’m like,

“Wow, I would love to stop this.” But, I know I can’t do that on

my own. So why don’t I work in my small way and do what I can

to help? You know, pay it forward to maybe the next group of

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Is religion still a big part of your life?

My stepdad was a Catholic deacon, but no. My daughter’s really

Catholic now. I pick her up from school and she’ll say, “Let’s go

see the beautiful church.” I’ll say, “Right on. Let’s go do it.” And

I get that. I was very, very Catholic when I was a little girl, you

know, because that’s what I saw. So I get her impulse to feed

her spirit in that way, so I say, “Okay, yeah. Let’s support it.”

We watched Jesus and the Leper on YouTube together the other

day. But, again, that’s my philosophy as a parent and her dad’s,

too. We’re going to give her a broad spectrum of choices. We’re

going to let her know what’s safe within those choices and if she

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wants to be Catholic then we totally support her and we will

do everything to do that, as long as it’s meeting her needs. I’m

actually Buddhist, but my daughter goes to Mission so don’t

tell anybody.

Why not? Aren’t Catholics cool with Buddhists?

[laughter] Oh totally! Buddhism is more of a meditation. When

you’re dedicated to your meditation practice it completely

transforms your life, absolutely. And there is something called

the Sangha, which is a religious community. So you come

together and group-meditate, and there are several of those

in San Luis. Then they barbecue and stuff afterward. It’s not

like being Catholic because Catholics love to party, which is

awesome. But Buddhists, we don’t party that much—just some

tea drinking. It’s also more of a philosophy as much as it is a

religion. So I feel totally comfortable being both and going to

church and understanding those things.

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being calm and

still, and being

grateful, and

being thoughtful

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I think it’s so essential to who I am.

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How did you become a Buddhist in the first place?

I loved this boy who was a hippie-vegetarian-Buddhist-surferguy.

And I thought, “Oh, that’s kind of weird.” And so then I

started studying it more and went, “Wow, this is what I’ve been

looking for my whole life.” This idea of just being calm and

still, and being grateful, and being thoughtful as a centering

philosophy. I think it’s so essential to who I am. I studied

religion in school. And I said, “Oh yeah, I want to be a big, great

religion academic,” and my family said, “No.” But then I realized

what I liked about it was the sociological aspects of it, like the

concept of being a good Christian, for example. So I continued

to study Buddhism and thought, “Oh this is my way.” My mom

is a go-to-church-every-morning-kind-of-lady. That’s her way.

She finds such a, like, euphoria from being in that space that I

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don’t have, but I totally respect that we all like different kinds of

ice cream and that’s the kind I like, you know? It works for me.

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Okay, let’s talk about the Sm(art) Studio.

So I realized I can make a small but significant impact in this

world where I’m helping support people and creating within

themselves the idea of being self-sustainable and making

stuff, beautiful things. And these are things you can’t buy. And

nothing on a screen can really enhance your life and make you

feel successful or happy. And I know personal relationships do

that too, but I just think art has a way bigger reach. It can have

such a big influence to the positivity of people’s lives and their

relationships and it’s something I think as a Americans we’re

not brought up to appreciate. Not the way that they are in other

countries, for sure. And so that’s why I love this studio project,

because it’s like, “Oh everybody’s leaving happier than they were

coming in.” And by opening the studio up to the community in a

larger way, it allows me to also make an impact in something that

was not what I originally set out to do. I’ve never been an artist,

and had never picked up a glue gun until I opened the studio.

Let’s get this straight. You’re not an artist, but you started an

art studio?

We’ve all become so process-driven in our lives. Doing this leads

to that. Art is not that way. It’s an expression. Anyone can do it.

So much of the time we are so logical and focused on what we’re

supposed to do. And art, wow, it’s… it’s the opposite of all those

things. I won’t lie that some nights—like we have one night each

month called “ladies night” where a little wine really helps relieve

some of the anxiety they may feel to “do it right,” but that’s not

what it’s about. The ladies who come in and engage in those

activities often at first feel pressure to make it beautiful, but

absolutely it’s about the expression. It’s especially powerful when

kids and parents work together, and that dynamic is something

that has to be overcome. It’s like, “Bobby, but you have to do

it this way,” and I’m like, “You know, they’ll never grow as an

artist unless they make mistakes.” And it’s kind of cool because

all those parenting things they teach you and all the things you

learn in school about human development, they’re so applicable

in art. You can’t learn unless you make mistakes—you can’t do it

until you try over and over again.

We’ve all become so process-driven

in our lives. Doing this leads to that.

Art is not that way.

It’s an expression. Anyone can do it.

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What sort of things have you tried and failed at?

I was in roller derby. I did that for a while until I realized,

“Oh actually, this is scary.” [laughter] I write a horrible blog.

My daughter, Vera, and I paint at home, and I’m pretty bad

at that. We play card games. I like going to Art After Dark.

My favorite thing is to travel. So every year I save money to

go somewhere. I like hitting the pavement at six a.m. and

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coming home at two in the morning, just taking in every

minute. Yeah. Like ten museums and a jazz show. I’m a

people watcher, and the world’s an interesting place and I

love being in the middle of a city in some other country; and

being invisible; and just having a cup of tea and watching

people walk by; and just wondering what their lives are

like. People are so fascinating and what I’ve learned after

all these years of travel and all these years of working with

people who don’t come from my background or have not

experienced my privilege, we actually are more alike than

different. And remembering and being grateful for all those

ways that we are so similar, even though we might live across

the world from each other.

After spending the day helping kids find success, how do you

help your daughter find her way through life?

We try to make time to just paint together or play cards.

Working amongst the therapists in our organization has helped

me speak a different language in a way. I’m always checking in

on how she is doing and trying to be my best parent. And what

I have noticed is that the conversations happen so much more

naturally over a game of cards like, “Oh yeah, so I’m having these

thoughts about school.” Or, “I was worried when you said you

needed to talk to me.” Those kind of things, so I’m having those

simple times where we’re doing activities; but also being able to

spend some good times and having those important mom and

daughter conversations.

...that’s important for me as a mom. It’s showing her that

you’ve got to do everything you can

to be happy and to be a good part of

this community. To be caring and

respectful of all people because

we’re all interrelated. But also that

it takes a lot of work,

because it’s really easy to be happy when the only thing you’re worrying

about is how many afterschool activities you’re going to do.

And what about your daughter, can you tell us about her?

She’s seven and in the first grade. And so, luckily for me,

she has basically grown up in a school. So if I need to be at

work and I bring her along, she is completely comfortable.

It’s like a second home to her. You know, she’s really a

part of what I do and that’s important for me as a mom.

It’s showing her that you’ve got to do everything you can

to be happy and to be a good part of this community. To

be caring and respectful of all people because we’re all

interrelated. But also that it takes a lot of work, because

it’s really easy to be happy when the only thing you’re

worrying about is how many afterschool activities you’re

going to do. What I want to do is show her, “No, I’m happy

because I work really hard to make sure that my needs are

met and that I’m helping other people which makes me

happy.” She’s seen that her entire life because I was a school

principal when she was just a year old. So, for her, it’s been

that way the whole time.

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What are you like to work with?

I’m constantly saying dorky things, like “Joan of Art” or that I’m

having an “Art Attack” or something equally silly. I love a good

pun, but I love a bad pun even better. I’m really clumsy and am

always bumping into things and people. Oh, and I’m notorious

for misspelling emails to my disadvantage. Just the other day I

sent off an email to one of our funders that said, “I hope your

week has not been too busty,” instead of “busy.” [laughter] But,

honestly, there have been times when I’m like, “Oh, maybe I

should just go back to being a minion and let other people be the

boss.” I just think the most important thing is that I completely

believe in the work that we’re doing. So no matter what, it’s not

about me. I happen to be good at what I do. That’s my talent in

the whole scheme of things, but, actually, I have a really amazing

staff that does really amazing work and so however I can support

them on the backend, that’s what I feel like my role is. And I just

want the people in this community to have positive experiences

with their families and at school; that’s what I’m all about. SLO LIFE


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| ARTIST

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I like a modern style. Clean lines. Simple. Less is more.

More minimalist. It fits my aesthetic. I don’t believe in

staining wood. I like to just use what is there naturally.

I don’t like exposed, fancy joinery. I prefer to keep

everything hidden. I’m not into the woodworkery-sortof-thing

where it’s all about showing off the joinery.

It’s more about the design for me than that kind of stuff.

When I was a kid

I used to take the

hammer and saw out

into the backyard to

make things. I went

to a wood furniture

program in art school

and ended up working

for a woman there

in San Francisco

who made very fine

English-style furniture,

very ornate with lots

of carvings. Around

that time, I remember

going to a restaurant

where they had solid

wood tables that were

all banged up. There

was something about

them that really made

an impression on me.

It changed my mind

about furniture design

and how it should be

able to show off its

wear and let the wood

speak for itself.

I also sell smaller items on Etsy, things that are kind of fun. My mailboxes have been really popular and have

been paying the bills lately. I also have some ceramics on the site, and an art piece. I’ve made four or five cribs

now. They each take about 120 hours to make. I built an armoire, which took over 140 hours. Tables are usually

about 50 hours—a week or so—they’re much easier to build.

I don’t do anything

crazy with power tools.

Some people do crazy stuff.

I feel comfortable using the

machines. The table saw is

probably the most dangerous.

I have a huge bandsaw. I’m

grateful for having that, it’s

really nice. Keeping the dust

down is the hard part.

Creating something tangible

is definitely the way I think,

and the way I see things; I

mean, I cannot draw. If you

say you’re an artist people

automatically think you can

draw, but it’s the actual threedimensional

things that I can

put together. That’s my thing.

It’s nice to stand back and see

what something looks like

after it’s done. Sometimes it’s

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| AFTER HOURS

WHEN THE WORKDAY IS OVER

Surfing the Wind

As a boy growing up in Seattle,

Michael Wolfe wanted a sailboat.

He loved to sit on the shore of

the Puget Sound and watch the

beautiful vessels gracefully and

quietly skim across the top of the emerald water.

But those boats were expensive, and way out of

the budget. So, he found a more affordable option:

windsurfing.

When he was twelve years old, his parents told

him that a job was forcing the family to pack up

and move to a little town in California called San

Luis Obispo. It was not long after his family had

settled before Wolfe began searching around,

asking about windsurfing in the area. He was

told to go find someone named Richard Crowe

at Lopez Lake. The first two or three sessions

were rough for Wolfe, as he struggled mightily

against an unpredictable wind. After seeing the

enthusiasm of the young windsurfer, Crowe

approached him and offered some advice, and

gave him his phone number, which the tight-knit

windsurfing community at Lopez Lake considers

a rite of passage.

Today, during his workday, Wolfe owns and

operates a computer and networking consultancy

he calls Good Electrons. He likes to joke that

he is “non-denominational” since he works on

both Macs and PC’s. But, from May through

September, when the conditions are right, and the

wind is blowing just so, he can be found out at

Lopez Lake along with around twenty other hardcore

windsurfing enthusiasts from the Central

Coast. “There is even an architect out there who

works out of his RV next to the lake waiting for

the wind, which is so fickle,” shares Wolfe. “It can

be blowing just right at 10am or at 3pm. You just

have to be ready for it.” SLO LIFE

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| OUT AND ABOUT

CENTRAL COAST

View from Above

Ever feel like you’re being buried? By work, by obligations, by your own thoughts? You know what can help?

Rising above it all. And I mean that in a literal sense. Because getting up, up, and away from it all can make quite a difference.

BY JEANETTE TROMPETER, KSBY NEWS

There’s a certain magic that

happens by simply getting

out in nature at sunrise.

Add a big beautiful balloon

to the mix, the soft light

of early morning, and well... it takes you to a

whole new level.

John Warren loves sharing the beauty of the

Paso Robles landscape from a vantage point

few ever experience. A pilot for more than 40

years, he took his first balloon ride a decade

or so ago and was hooked. Now he owns Let’s

Go Ballooning and shares the experience with

people like John Riley and Tera Yeo, who came

down from Folsom to get up, up, and away for

Riley’s birthday. “He’s hard to buy gifts for, so

I figured an experience is better than a gift,”

said Yeo. Fortunately, I got to tag along on their

birthday adventure. “Alright, I’m going to warm

this up slowly and we’re going to go for a ride,”

says Warren as he starts heating the air already

fanned into the balloon.

As a bit of a recovering adrenaline junkie, I’ve

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done my share of airborne adventures, but this

is unlike any of them. It is as peaceful as it gets

because we are floating more than flying as we

rise above the ground below. “All we control

is altitude,” says Warren as we float over trees,

down near vineyards, and up high over it all

for a nice panoramic view of the Paso Robles

landscape. “The lateral movement all depends

on what direction the breezes are coming

from,” he adds.

Direction is determined largely by Mother

Nature. We simply catch a ride on the wind

currents by rising or drifting and descending

into those that are heading the direction we

want to go. It’s like catching a wave of wind.

“The control we have is infinite,” explains Warren.

“If the movement’s not there, you can literally just

sit in the top of a tree. You know we’ve picked

walnuts out of the top of a tree before, and that’s

pretty wild if you think about it.”

There’s an amazing calm to the experience. The

only sounds come from the occasional flames

that keep us airborne and those from the

waking world below. “The fact there’s no breeze,

no sense of motion, and you can get so close

to everything, and you can hear everything,”

Warren reflects on the magic of ballooning.

“You know the idea—you can hear the birds

chirping or the frogs croaking...” If the wind

is right, you can even get close enough to see

where the sounds are coming from. We never

saw them, but we kept hearing the coyotes that

clearly saw and heard us every time Warren

fired up the flames to keep us airborne.

Warren flies primarily around the Templeton

Gap and is up almost daily when the weather

is right. But every day is different, he says,

depending on the way the winds are moving,

where the sun is rising, and how the scenery’s

changing. One thing remains certain: it is

always spectacular when you can rise above and

simply go with the flow. SLO LIFE

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| MUSIC

NOW HEAR THIS

Getting Dirty

BY DAWN JANKE

After American Dirt released their debut

album, Heavy Thought and Riddle, on Twang

N Bang Records in July 2013, UK-based

Mudkiss Online Fanzine posted that “the

bands’ name is really appropriate, as you get

the feeling they produce a sound which is very

much from the American heartland rather

than the shiny, artificial, Hollywood US of A

image that [us Europeans] so often get force

fed.” Funny—American Dirt may not be part

of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but

they are born and raised California boys who

reside just three hours north of LA, right here

in San Luis Obispo County.

Lead vocalist Dave Wilson grew up in

Atascadero and formed the band several years

ago; bassist Brian Sonniksen, a King City native

who has lived in SLO County since 1998,

paired up with him a year later. The band has

seen a few other members since its inception,

but the most recent iteration includes another

A-town resident, lead guitarist Jon Bartel, who

joined in 2011. Bartel says about the band’s

name, “Yeah, I remember someone commenting

that American Dirt is probably the perfect name

for whatever it is we are doing.”

Mark Folkrod, who was born in LA but is a

long-time San Luis Obispo resident and who

also plays with local band the Dead Volts, began

as the “summer drummer” of 2013 after Dirt had

already released Heavy Thought, but as Wilson

says, “The second we started playing with Mark

we knew we wanted him in the band.” Bartel

adds, “Our music has changed since Mark

joined the band; he is a part of the song-writing

process—not just the guy behind the kit.”

Dirt’s sound has what ninebullets.net music

blogger RomeoSidVicious calls “rough edges

in the all the right places with some pretty

amazing melodies hanging out where you’d

least expect them.” So, American Dirt is solid

and soon begins recording its second album.

Wilson says, “We learned a lot from our first

record, and I’m really excited for this next

one.” He continues, “I think our attitude is

‘Wow, if you liked that, then wait until you hear

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this.’” Folkrod adds, “We invested in recording

equipment with the Dead Volts and we’ve got

plenty of material.” Bartel quips, “We’re gonna

take our time.”

Taking their time includes what Sonniksen

jokingly refers to as an upcoming “Old Men

with Responsibilities Tour” up and down the

state. He says, “We’re continuing to do what

we have been doing. We’ve made great friends

in Sacramento and Santa Barbara, and we just

like playing with the musicians we’ve met.” But

all these guys have day jobs and families, so

their tour will consist of extended weekends.

Folkrod jumps in to question, “But what else

are we gonna do?” Wilson explains, “Some

guys wear football jerseys. We wear band

t-shirts. We just get to go on the field for a

little while now and then.”

As they continue to play the alt country field,

the band is pretty happy with the connections

they are making across the states. Upon the

album’s release, Twang N Bang Records

label head Patrick Hayes sent Heavy Thought

and Riddle to well-known music blogs and

podcasts, and word about American Dirt has

spread. Stagger Lee out of Georgia played

the band on his “Working Class Radio” show,

which is broadcast by Silent Storm Radio;

rockymountainradio.net added a few songs

from Heavy Thought to its 24-7 Hootenanny

playlist; and the W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio

Show podcast recently featured Dirt’s music

alongside alt country favorite, Son Volt. Wilson

is humbled by the accolades: “Wow, people I’ve

never met like what we do. It’s not just friends

who feel obligated.”

Indeed, their fan-base is not made up only of

friends who feel obligated to support them.

But perhaps what’s even cooler is the way in

which American Dirt gives back and supports

the SLO County community; they’ve played a

number of benefits and other fundraisers. Bartel

says, “We get invited mostly because we’ve

been in the area and know people.” “We’ve all

been in different bands at different times,” adds

Folkrod, “so someone will call and ask us to play

a gig.” The community is “such a cool thing to

be a part of,” says Wilson.

Bartel continues by observing that community

is pretty much how they approach everything:

“We perform mostly at our friends’ places—and

it’s not like we play there to help them out. We

prefer it.” American Dirt jams regularly at Molly

Pitcher Brewing Company and Camozzi’s in

Atascadero, The Libertine Pub in Morro Bay,

and SLO’s Frog ‘n Peach Pub. “It’s definitely

communal,” says Wilson. Bartel adds, “It’s a

testament to the Central Coast that there’s a lot

of pockets of places to play music. It’s cool to

live in a place where you have such a range.”

“Everywhere in this county there is a different

vibe,” says Wilson, “and it’s so gorgeous.” He

continues, “We get to be so in touch with

things; we’re surrounded by nature… How

lucky are we? North, south, east, and west—

the Central Coast is amazing.” I think that

Mudkiss music reviewer nailed it with these

guys: as the band discusses life on the Central

Coast, it’s clear they’re organically rooted in

Americana rather than a genetically modified

version of musicianship some believe comes

out of Hollywood.

One thing the band members celebrate about

the local music scene is that there is so much

happening in different ways, in different genres.

Wilson explains, “To have as much variation as

we have in this small of a space is incredible,”

and Bartel adds, “There is just so much good

music coming out of this county.” Sonniksen

sums it up: “We get to do the thing we like to

do and live in a place where we like to be.”

When asked what song on Heavy Thought

and Riddle defines their sound, the members

of American Dirt unanimously reply that

with its mid-tempo country moments and its

rock-n-roll outro “Leave My Mark” is most

representative of their range as a band. A little

punk bang and a little country twang—sounds

like SLO Life to me, and these boys are livin’ it.

SLO LIFE


See American Dirt live here:

April 19 at BooBoo Records in San Luis Obispo

May 17 at the Libertine Pub in Morro Bay

May 23 at Caravan Lounge in San Jose

May 24 at Old Ironsides in Sacramento

May 25 at Thee Parkside in San Francisco

Stream their album at americandirtmusic.com

DAVE &

BASSIST BRIAN

SONNIKSEN

REDS BAR

LEAD SINGER

DAVE WILSON

LEAD GUITARITS

JON BARTEL

DAVE & JON (FOREGROUND)

PERFORMING WITH DRUMMER MARK

FOLKROD IN SACRAMENTO LAST YEAR

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| ON THE RISE

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Sophie Whittle

A sixteen-year-old Arroyo Grande High School junior

and the youngest of two children, Sophie Whittle is

an athlete at heart.

What do you like to do for fun? Other than my interest in tennis, I enjoy playing

beach volleyball, listening to music, and spending time with my friends and family.

What is noteworthy about you? I am a three-year league MVP and I was featured

on KSBY News in a segment called “Legend in the Making.” In 2012 our AGHS

girls’ team fell in the finals of the CIF Southern Section, but in 2013 we won the

CIF Southern Section title for the first time in girls tennis history at our school.

How do you spend your time outside of school? I am involved in teaching younger

junior tennis clinics, and working out at the gym or with my athletic trainer.

What is your favorite memory of all time? Winning CIF as a team this past year

was incredible—playing with such an amazing group of hard-working, motivated

girls and being able to have the opportunities we’ve been able to have because of

our Coach, Lori Hollister.

What career do you see yourself in someday? My dream is to become a

professional tennis player. I would also enjoy being a physical therapist because

I really like being around athletes, and I would want to help them heal from

their injuries.

How would you describe yourself ? I am a very competitive, caring, and social

person. I love meeting new people and helping others when they need it. I am a

very positive person and I live each day to the fullest and really enjoy life.

Who or what has influenced you the most? My mom has been a huge influence

for me throughout my life. She has always supported me through everything I have

wanted to do. She takes me to tournaments every weekend in Los Angeles and has

always been there for me when I’ve needed her.

What is it that you look forward to most? I am looking forward to college because

I am excited to meet new people, challenge myself academically and also with my

tennis game.

If you could go back in history and meet anyone, who would it be? I would want

to meet my great grandfather who lost both of his legs and one of his arms in a

train accident and continued living his life to the fullest and enjoyed every day as if

it were his last.

What schools are you considering for college? I am keeping an open mind about

where I could see myself for the next four years in college, but ideally I would love

to stay in California or on the West Coast because the weather is unbeatable.

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Flavors of green apple and vanilla unfold on

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| DWELLING

FINDING HOME

Wilson West

E

ach year, just before Thanksgiving, Bob and

Betsy Wilson could be found hustling their

way through the Minneapolis-Saint Paul

International Airport rushing to catch a flight

bound for LAX where family would be waiting.

After spending a few of days catching up with

their Southern California-based relatives, the

couple would rent a car and head for the Bay

Area to visit another set of family. It was during

one of those trips that the big pink sign at the

Madonna Inn beckoned the weary travellers to

stop in and stay for the night. “We ended up

going into downtown San Luis,” remembers

Bob Wilson, “and we caught a movie. It was

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It was a beautiful night, and as we came out of the

theatre and just walked around. We looked at each

other and said, ‘Wow, we love this place.’


a beautiful night, and as we came out of the

theatre and just walked around. We looked at

each other and said, ‘Wow, we love this place.’”

The visit left such a lasting impression on the

cardiologist and his wife, a retired nurse, that

the couple began formulating a plan to plant

roots on the Central Coast in order to be close

to family, strategically making their home the

halfway point for everyone to the north and

south. During their Thanksgiving trip in 2001,

they made an uncharacteristically rash decision

to buy their home in the hills of Arroyo Grande.

“It just felt right,” explains Bob Wilson, “There’s

just something about this place that has a

Midwestern vibe to it. The people are so friendly

and kind. Everyone is so down-to-earth here.”

As the Wilson’s deplaned in Minneapolis at the

end of their visit, they had learned that their

offer was accepted, and the house in Arroyo

Grande was in escrow. >>

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[ ]

The innovative design built into the hillside required

extensive foundational work, including the addition of

concrete pilings that extended nearly 25 feet below

ground level.

With their heads spinning at what had just

transpired, the Minnesotans began putting

together a plan for the property. First and

foremost, it had to accommodate their

family. And, in order to do that, it was going

to require a remodel and an addition. The

Wilsons became frequent flyers and spent

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nearly all of their free time at the property.

Their friends joked with them that they were

at the California home so often that it had

become “Wilson West.” The vision for the

family compound began gaining steam when

the couple enlisted the help of San Luis

Obispo-based architect Jim Duffy. There

were going to be some significant challenges

Duffy informed the couple, as building into a

California hillside is never a simple matter. Yet,

they pressed on, and the plan took shape with

what is described as a “circle on a box” design.

The circle being the addition and the box being

the existing structure. >>


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[Creative hardscaping expands the

living area to the outdoors, and the

pizza oven doubles as a second kitchen

where the family often congregates for

evening meals. Liberal use of colorful

stained glass is found throughout the

home, both inside and out.

After a while, Wilson West had taken on

a life of its own, and the couple found

themselves investing more and more time

at the property, mostly in the granny flat

to avoid the construction mess. Before

long, local landscape architect, Christopher

Manning, was spending his time sketching

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out increasingly elaborate plans. As the

project expanded, more help was needed.

Semmes & Co. Builders of Atascadero

were tapped to do the construction and

Selna Construction of San Luis Obispo

was chosen for the hardscaping. “And the

entire team, everyone, all of the contractors

working together were just phenomenal,”

gushes Bob Wilson.

When it was all said and done, the home had

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[Delightful creative touches, such as the

translucent tiles which are lined with silver,

copper, and gold, inspired the Wilsons during

a trip to Paris. ]

one roof. And, as their grandchildren run

in and out of the home, racing around the

quarter-mile track that circles the two-anda-quarter

acre property, the couple marvels

at how they are able to leave the doors and

windows open all day. “We couldn’t do that

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in Minnesota,” explains Betsy Wilson. “It

would either be too hot or too cold, and

there are bugs everywhere.” Despite its many

modern conveniences, the home has no air

conditioning due to its strategic window

placement that creates optimum airflow plus

the small grove of oak trees provides plenty of

shade to keep it cool. “We’ve only needed A/C,

maybe once or twice for a few hours anyway.”

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| SLO CITY REAL ESTATE

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laguna

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country

club

down

town

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 1/1/13 - 3/20/13 to 1/1/14 - 3/20/14

2013

11

580,091

575,818

99.55

101

2013

2

737,000

732,250

99.23

12

2013

4

524,250

510,000

97.07

18

2013

5

869,000

859,600

98.70

109

2013

5

633,190

619,600

98.08

76

2013

4

616,725

597,825

97.35

90

2013

7

587,414

581,946

99.44

22

2014

7

733,843

712,428

96.85

83

2014

6

738,133

723,166

98.16

48

2014

12

659,158

647,125

98.30

49

2014

2

1,060,000

1,012,500

96.02

206

2014

4

838,750

813,250

97.31

62

2014

10

639,260

621,905

97.15

43

2014

6

685,167

651,083

95.26

114

+/-

45.45%

26.50%

23.72%

-2.70%

-17.82%

+/-

200.00%

0.15%

-1.24%

-1.07%

300.00%

+/-

200.00%

25.73%

26.89%

1.23%

172.22%

+/-

-60.00%

21.98%

17.79%

-2.68%

88.99%

+/-

-20.00%

32.46%

31.25%

-0.77%

-18.42%

+/-

150.00%

3.65%

4.03%

-0.20%

-52.22%

+/-

-14.29%

16.64%

11.88%

-4.18%

418.18%

SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Association of REALTORS

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Atascadero

NUMBER OF

HOMES SOLD

2013

57

68

2014

49

61

AVERAGE DAYS ON

MARKET

2013

83

84

2014

77

69

MEDIAN SELLING

PRICE

2013

473,000

364,250

2014

520,000

451,000

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3

23

6

20

10

103

38

67

745,000

465,000

780,000

577,500

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Creston

9

0

13

0

124

n/a

96

n/a

495,000

n/a

900,000

n/a

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Grover Beach

27

17

81

79

349,000

360,000

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28

24

20

25

72

58

48

99

327,500

385,000

381,000

475,000

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111

72

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10

30

9

18

71

103

81

73

327,000

590,000

381,000

637,500

Paso (Inside City Limits)

78

61

50

56

320,000

365,500

Paso (North 46 - East 101)

13

15

61

62

225,000

320,000

Paso (North 46 - West 101)

19

12

127

139

251,900

259,950

Paso (South 46 - East 101)

20

7

79

95

430,000

330,000

San Luis Obispo

49

62

82

71

589,000

647,708

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Santa Margarita

Templeton

Countywide

5

15

517

2

18

462

*Comparing 1/1/13 - 3/20/13 to 1/1/14 -3/20/14

52 60 299,900 468,750

58 111 490,000 501,250

80 74 405,000 475,000

SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Association of REALTORS ®

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| SLO LIFE WHAT’S HOT NOW

INSPIRE

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ONE-TWO-THREE KICK

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CARVE YOUR WAY INTO STYLE

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INPIRE YOUR STYLE

Botanica drop earrings are the perfect way to express your love

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SLIP IT ON

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| SPECIAL FEATURE

WHAT WE HAVE HERE

is a failure to communicate

BY TOM FRANCISKOVICH

Like many San Luis Obispo

residents, I felt a huge

amount of pride for Cal

Poly’s historic appearance

in the NCCA basketball

tournament last month. As

I was driving to a meeting on the day of their

game against Wichita State, I tuned into

AM radio to catch part of the action. The

first half had just ended with the top-ranked

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Shockers up 32-13 over the Mustangs,

and the broadcaster filled the airtime by

interviewing Cal Poly athletic director Don

Oberhelman. The broadcaster was amused

by how the national sports media had such

limited knowledge and understanding about

the university—many had never heard of

it, or confused it with Cal Poly Pomona—

so he asked the athletic director about it.

Oberhelman then said, “We want to take

San Luis Obispo out of Cal Poly. Our name

is not Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, it’s just

Cal Poly… Cal Poly Pomona is Cal Poly

Pomona… but we’re just Cal Poly, and that’s

what we want to be known as.” My feelings

of goodwill for the basketball team rattled

out of the rim like the Mustangs’ jump shots

that day. “How in the world do you take San

Luis Obispo out of Cal Poly?” I thought to

myself as I turned off the radio… >>


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Cal Poly

Current enrollment: 19,721

Proposed enrollment: 24,721

Current students living

on-campus: 7,223

Proposed additional

on-campus housing: 1,400

Current students living

off-campus: 12,498

Proposed students living

off-campus: 16,098

Current 4-year

graduation rate: 31%

(source: California Polytechnic

State University)

San Luis Obispo

Owner-occupied housing

units: 7,547 (39%)

Renter-occupied housing

(including apartments)

units: 11,646 (61%)

Rental vacancy rate: 5.7%

In so many ways the relationship over the

years between Cal Poly and the City of San

Luis Obispo has been symbiotic. Imagine for

a moment one without the other. Cal Poly,

without the support and charm of its host city

would be unable to recruit students. That is

why CSU Dominguez Hills, for example, is

not overflowing with applications from hopeful

high school seniors won over by the magic of its

location. Now, consider for a moment San Luis

Obispo without Cal Poly. Without the white

collar, head of household jobs it provides and

without the discretionary spending its students

bring, instead of the “Happiest Place on Earth,”

the destiny of San Luis Obispo could very well

have been a type of Bakersfield-by-the-Sea. The

fact is that each one needs the other, desperately.

Yet, despite a lot of rhetoric from leadership

on both sides, there is not a formal, on-going

process for the left hand to talk with the

right. And both, to a large extent, do not fully

appreciate what one does for the other; instead

it is as if each woke up on third base believing it

had just hit a triple.

flair to an otherwise uneventful conference,

the residents of San Luis Obispo took the

news about the same way as the Ukrainians

living in Crimea did after Putin made his

recent annexation announcement. The fact

is that the city is completely maxed out in

its ability to house Cal Poly’s students offcampus.

So, to increase that number by 25%

without any credible plan, and without any

meaningful discussion with the community, the

announcement appeared to come out of left

field and did not go over well.

Up to the point of the declaration, Cal Poly

had been basking in the glow of goodwill from

the community who applauded its decision,

which was made public in May of last year,

to build 1,400 additional on-campus housing

units. Although not a solution to the problem, it

seemed to be a step in the right direction. Yet by

the end of the summer, the community learned

that Cal Poly had admitted its largest freshman

class in its history—a 28% growth from the year

before. So, it did not take an engineering degree

Net off-campus available

housing units: 664

(source: 2010 United States

Census)

Net number of additional

students who will require

off-campus housing with

the proposed enrollment

increase and on-campus

housing expansion: 2,936

AND BOTH, TO A LARGE EXTENT, DO NOT FULLY

APPRECIATE WHAT ONE DOES FOR THE OTHER;

INSTEAD IT IS AS IF EACH

WOKE UP ON THIRD BASE

BELIEVING IT HAD JUST

HIT A TRIPLE.

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Nothing illustrates this point more than Cal

Poly’s 2013 Fall Conference when President

Jeffrey Armstrong announced that he intended

to add another 5,000 students to an already

overcrowded campus [refer to “Bursting at

the Seams” Oct/Nov 2013 for a primer on the

subject]. While it created some buzz within the

administration, and certainly added dramatic

to realize that those 1,400 spots, to be opened

in 2018, were already spoken for, which does

not account for the other 5,000 souls. All told,

within a few short years, the problem, the

community learned, was about to become much

worse, as somewhere between 2,600 and 3,600

additional students would require off-campus

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already at maximum capacity in its rental market

begs the question: where are we going to put

these kids?

And, beyond that, how will adding all of these

extra students off-campus affect the very

character of our community? [Full disclosure: I

am writing this article from my home, which is

two-and-half miles from campus in the City of

San Luis Obispo. As I type these words on my

laptop, I can see a group of Cal Poly students—

my new neighbors—walking around on their

roof, drinking beer and throwing oranges at

each other.] City councilman Dan Carpenter

has answered that question by asserting the

addition of more students “will denigrate our

neighborhoods and quality of life.” So, it appears

that we have arrived at a point where collectively

we should decide what exactly “quality of life”

means. Does it mean having the ability to enjoy

peace and quiet, or does it mean having the

ability to hang out on your roof drinking beer

with your roommates while thumping some

tunes and chucking perfectly good citrus? It’s a

fair question. And it deserves an honest answer.

and have complained vigorously that the plans

were not given due process for community

review. The university did hold three public

forums, but many dismissed the sessions as

“sales pitches” and not a legitimate opportunity

to discuss concerns. Despite the negative

feedback from the community, up to this point,

Cal Poly has continued to forge ahead with its

plans to build at the Grand Avenue entrance.

The college cited being able to “add the greatest

number of additional students onto campus at

the lowest cost” and that it will “keep first-year

residences clustered in one area.”

Sometimes the answers to really big problems

are so simple you cannot see them. Cal Poly is

one of the largest landowners in the State of

California. With 9,678 acres at its disposal, why

antagonize long-time city residents by turning

a parking lot adjacent to a neighborhood

into student housing? Why not take a look

at the vast swaths of land now used mostly

for agriculture near the Highland Drive

entrance? Cal Poly could repurpose that area for

residences and then, if needed, it could relocate

cash-poor public institutions. A company like

American Campus Communities (ACC) is a

publicly-traded real estate investment trust that

does this sort of thing for a living. The concept

is simple: Cal Poly would lease their land to

ACC for a reasonable, yet below market rent;

ACC would then bear the cost of constructing

the on-campus housing; ACC then owns and

manages the properties for a period of 30 years,

during which time it collects the rents; at the

end of 30 years Cal Poly buys the property for

a buck. It’s a win for Cal Poly, a win for the

community, and a win for ACC. In a relatively

short period, the housing crisis could be

eliminated as 5,000 – 10,000 housing units go

up on campus.

It’s time to get serious about this issue because

we all have a lot to lose, yet so much to possibly

gain. It’s not enough to add 1,400 units

four years into the future, doing it the oldfashioned

way by floating a bond and owning

the property, while at the same time adding

students far beyond its capacity to house them.

It’s time to set up some sort of formal ongoing

IT’S TIME TO FINALLY RECOGNIZE AND FULLY EMBRACE

THE FACT THAT THE FUTURES OF

CAL POLY AND SAN LUIS OBISPO ARE

INEXTRICABLY LINKED.

ONE ENTITY CANNOT BE TRULY GREAT UNLESS THE OTHER ONE IS ALSO.

If San Luis Obispo is to become Isla Vista,

the de facto village for students at UC Santa

Barbara, as many long-time residents now fear

is happening, then that should be part of the

discussion. Is it possible to designate a zone or

a neighborhood within the city exclusively for

student housing? Community members living

near the proposed 1,400-unit student housing

development claim that it is already underway,

its agricultural land elsewhere within the

university’s boundaries. That would open up

space at a reduced cost, and it would be the

perfect spot for a massive on-campus publicprivate

housing project.

The idea of a public-private partnership

is not unprecedented, and the concept is

well-established, especially with land-rich,

program, or forum, or commission to ensure

that all of the voices are heard and smart, wellconsidered

policy is advanced. It’s time to finally

recognize and fully embrace the fact that the

futures of Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo are

inextricably linked. One entity cannot be truly

great unless the other one is also. And, as much

as you may try, it is not possible to take San Luis

Obispo out of Cal Poly. SLO LIFE

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| EXPLORE

Hitting the Bullseye

BY PADEN HUGHES

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Although Robin

Hood has been

on the scene since

most American

childrens’ Disney movie watching

days, Katniss Everdeen has only just

joined the legacy of heroes who rely

on their archery skills. Some attribute

the box office success of The Hunger

Games trilogy to archery’s recent rise

in popularity. I’ll be the first to admit,

there is something nostalgic and

empowering about using a bow and

arrow to hit that yellow bullseye.

A couple months ago, my husband

and I stumbled upon a free archery

clinic out of town and our inner

warriors were unleashed for a

few treasured hours. I’ve honestly

never been more proud of hitting a

bullseye or target than I have with a

bow and arrow.

We ventured to find a place in San

Luis Obispo where we could continue

to refine our recently acquired skills.

If for no other reason than to prove it

wasn’t beginner’s luck.

We found archery through the San

Luis Obispo Sportsmens’ Association

(SLOSA), commonly known as the

“shooting range” off Highway 1 as

you make your way to Morro Bay.

You may miss it as you drive by, but

there is a designated archery range to

the left of the shooting range.

This facility provides long-range

and short-range targets, as well as

some traditional bullseye targets and

some with life-sized rubber animal

targets. We were encouraged by the

prices. It was only $5 for members

(including equipment rentals) or $7

for non-members.

We were given compound bows and

arrows and met the instructor of

the course for a quick rundown of

technique and safety tips. From there

the course was open to us to roam to

targets and practice our aim. Archery

is a fun but technical sport, from the

strength it takes to pull back the bow,

to the finesse of making each motion

fluid, and the precision of the aim. It

truly is a unique experience and we

enjoyed ourselves immensely. If you

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| HEALTH

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It is easier to stay on track with exercise if you have a precise routine

like, ”I’m going to run Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8am,” than

it will be if you have an open-ended idea, such as, “I’m going to run

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RELEASE TENSION

Resolve to finally manage your stress this spring. If you can’t spare

a block of time every day to meditate, squeeze in a few minutes

each hour to experience the same benefits, says Heidi Hanna, PhD,

author of The Sharp Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal

Performance. Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes.

Focus on pulling the air down into your belly. Breathe in for a

count of five, hold the breath for a moment, and then slowly release.

Continue for three to five minutes.

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“Most of us make a habit of filling our plates and finishing what’s

on them,” says Lisa Young, PhD, RD, author of The Portion Teller

Plan. But since the 1970’s, dinner plates have grown 25 percent,

to 12 inches or more in diameter. Eat off a plate about two inches

smaller and you’ll serve yourself 22 percent fewer calories per meal,

which can mean a two-pound weight loss in one month, says Brian

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and the author of Mindless Eating.

TAKE IN THE VIEW

Stress management studies show that a view of nature—whether it’s a

panoramic vista or a simple household plant—can lower blood pressure

by 11 percent and boost feelings of contentment. Try opening the shades

if you have a garden view; if not, display forest and beach pictures—they

have a similar effect. Or scatter potted plants throughout your home.

QUIT NIBBLING YOUR NAILS

No matter how frequently you wash your hands, let’s face it, you can’t

park yourself in front of a sink or use hand sanitizer 24-7. That’s where

the avoid-unnecessarily-touching-your-face rule comes in. “Rubbing

your eyes or biting your cuticles can increase viral transmission,”

says Allison Aiello, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the

University of Michigan School of Public Health. You’re basically

inviting germs to infect you by giving them a more direct route to

enter your body.

CRACK A WINDOW

Opening windows when it’s freezing outside sounds, well, cold (and

costly). But sealing a house too tightly doesn’t allow the entry of new

oxygen or the escape of the carbon dioxide that you exhale. As a result,

your body doesn’t get the amount of oxygen it needs, and you end up

feeling tired and lethargic, explains Matthew Waletzke, a certified

building biology consultant. “Oxygen levels can be especially low in

a sealed bedroom after a night’s sleep,” he adds. Open your bedroom

windows for five to ten minutes after you wake up and again before

you climb into bed at night; this is enough time to let carbon dioxide

out and oxygen in without chilling the rest of your house.

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| HAPPENINGS

Business as Usual

Close your eyes and picture the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word, “Business.”

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The meeting suddenly

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Charles Crellin, the

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Collection, cannot remember who it was exactly

that posed the question, but he recalls that the

room went quiet. Crellin, who bears a vague

resemblance to a younger version of Ralph

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could see the wheels turning, and then everyone

started talking at once,” he recalls. The idea

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struck a chord with his staff. Doing something

for someone else seemed like the right thing to

do, and the energy and buzz in the conference

room confirmed the hunch.

It was not long before the whiteboard was filled

with ideas as Crellin challenged his staff to

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occupancy at their various hotel properties

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Concepts were bandied about, but one seemed

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suggested. “Yes, what about something to do

with wine?” another chimed in. A third thought

surfing ought to be included. Then someone

spoke up and relayed how he had been inspired

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To-date, Wine, Waves, & Beyond has raised

approximately $70,000 for AmpSurf, vital funds

for the organization whose mission it is to

rehabilitate amputee veterans by teaching them

to surf. Randy Miller, director of operations for

AmpSurf states flatly, “We couldn’t do what

we do without the Boutique Hotel Group and

their event.” And, by the way, Wine, Waves, &

Beyond fills the rooms at the hotels, which is

proof that it is possible to do well by doing good.

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The 30th Annual Idler’s

Mom & Apple Pie Contest

will begin on April 12th. The

finals will take place on May

3rd at the SLO Home Expo

held at the Madonna Expo

Center in San Luis Obispo.

Visit idlers.net for more

information about entering

or attending the contest.

]

[above Don Idler,

president of

Idler’s Appliances,

congratulates

Marie Atkins for

winning the 2013

competion.

T

SLO

hirty years ago, Central

Coast ad man Tom

Jones, founder of TJA

Advertising, had an

unorthodox suggestion

for his client, Idler’s

Appliances: start a pie

baking contest. Said

Jones, “One of the best

things in life was mom

and her apple pie.” The year was 1984 and six

bakers entered the fledgling event. “Today we

receive dozens of entries and interest continues

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to grow,” observes Don Idler, president of

Idler’s Appliances.

This year Idler’s will celebrate its 60th year in

business by sponsoring the 30th Annual Mom

& Apple Pie Contest. The celebration continues

to fit neatly within the company’s longtime

foundational values: Central Coast families,

the home, bringing people together, and “the

best things in life” (which was a radio jingle the

company had used in the mid-eighties). And,

perhaps no single person embodies the warm

goodness of the event more than Marie Atkins.

After participating in the bake-off for the past

19 years, Atkins finally took home the grand

prize. With each contest Atkins carefully handselects

the Granny Smith apples that go into

the pies and painstakingly follows the same

steps to concoct her secret crust recipe. When

the elements come together perfectly, as they

did last year, she is able to deliver a fresh-fromthe-oven

slice of pie to each of the judges.

“When I do that, they are warm when the

judges taste them,” Atkins leans in to confide,

“and I think that helped me win.” LIFE


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Wolf

Gilbert Reed’s

SanLuisObispo Theresa Slobodnik

Artistic Director

August

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Flower Festival

at Genzano

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Storytelling

Through

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at the

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Rodeo

Theresa Slobodnik’s

Tickets at The School of Ballet Theatre SLO

850 E. Foothill Blvd, SLO (440-1439)

Online at ClarkCenter.org

or BT-SLO.org

May 3 · 7pm

May 4 · 3 pm

(plus Clark Center fee)

$25 adult $20 student|senior|children

SAN LUIS OBISPO SYMPHONY MICHAEL NOWAK, MUSIC DIRECTOR

CLASSICS IN THE COHAN

MAY 3, 2014 · 8 PM

CHRISTOPHER COHAN CENTER, SAN LUIS OBISPO

Jennifer Frautschi, Violin

STRAVINSKY / Petroushka

BEETHOVEN / Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61

CONCERT SPONSORS

Clifford W. Chapman & Gene A. Shidler

Silas & Jimmie Brewer

For tickets pacslo.org or call 805.756.4849

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• house & pet sitting and more

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Catherine is a troubled young woman who has spent

years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a

famous mathematician. On the eve of her twentyfifth

birthday, she must deal with her own volatile

emotions with the arrival of her estranged sister,

Claire, and the attentions of Hal, a former student of

her father’s. A burgeoning romance and the discovery

of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the

most difficult problem of all: How much of her

father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?

April 4 – 27 // slolittletheatre.org

PISMO BEACH KITEXPO

This event begins with a

Winemaker’s Dinner and

includes stand up paddle board

and kiteboard demonstrations

as well as a Hawaiian-style

barbeque along with clinics,

lessons and With a Kite

documentary screening.

April 11 – 13

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THE CRUCIBLE

A theatrical dance retelling of the 1953 story by

playwright Arthur Miller which is a dramatized

and partially fictionalized story of the Salem

witch trials that took place in the Province of

Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693.

April 5 – 6 // pacslo.org

SHALIMAR

INDIAN RESTAURANT

Lunch Buffet

Mon - Sat 11:30am - 3:00pm $9.99

Monday Dinner Buffet

5:00pm - 10:00pm $10.99

Sunday Brunch

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2115 Broad Street, SLO

805.781.0766 | shalimarslo.com

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WOMEN FULLY CLOTHED

Exploring mother/daughter relationships,

boardroom banter, craft shows and more.

These women charm their audiences with

uproariously relatable sketches and razorsharp

songs, all masterfully crafted with

heart and soul.

April 14 // pacslo.org

Photo by Erick Wand

ARCHITECTURAL TOUR

The Monday Club tour features five

San Luis Obispo adobes and includes

mission-era food samplings, a local

art show by San Luis Obispo Painters

of the Environment, music, and dance

entertainment.

April 27 // themondayclubslo.org


MAY

TRAVEL BACK THROUGH TIME

Stravinsky’s second ballet tells the

story of a mischievous puppet named

Petroushka, a character of Russian folk

puppetry known at least since the 17th

Century. Stravinsky tells of the madcap

adventures, death and ghostly return

of Petroushka through lively solos by

trumpets, woodwinds, and the strings.

May 3 // pacslo.org

SHOW BOAT

Come aboard for a sweeping journey

into the lives, loves and losses of three

generations of the show folk that

work on the “Cotton Blossom,” one

of the many riverboats on the mighty

Mississippi River.

May 10 – 11 // pacslo.org

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RUN OR DYE

The world’s most colorful 5K, is headed

to El Chorro Regional Park. Bring all

your friends and run a color-blasted

5K, where you get showered in safe,

eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye

every kilometer. Then enjoy the Dye

Festival afterward, where you can Tie-

Dye the Sky (not to mention all your

friends) in this ultimate celebration of

life, friendship, fitness, and fun.

May 3 // runordye.com

A CHORUS LINE

A stunning musical-verite about

a chorus audition for a Broadway

musical. It tells of the achingly poignant

ambitions of professional Broadway

“gypsies” to land a job in the show,

and is a powerful metaphor for all

human aspiration. A brilliantly complex

fusion of dance, song and compellingly

authentic drama, A Chorus Line is “one

singular sensation…”

May 16 - June 15 // slolittletheatre.org

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INFUSION

The Academy of Dance proudly presents

an exciting evening of jazz, lyrical and

contemporary dance. Suitable for dance

lovers of all ages.

June 1 // pacslo.org

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HAVEN PROPERTIES

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ANNOUNCES

Our new downtown HAVEN PROPERTIES GALLERY LOCATION offers the many visitors

and residents of San Luis Obispo County a window into life and real estate, and an

opportunity for you to share your home for sale in a whole new way.

Visit us during our Grand Opening in April and enjoy our exclusive exhibit of fine art

by local artist Robert Reynolds.

EXCLUSIVE AFFILIATION

Main Office: 1212 Marsh Street, Suite 1 | Gallery Location: 1039 Chorro Street

San Luis Obispo, California 93401

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