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CONTENTS

Volume

7

Number 5

Oct/Nov 2016

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TAYLOR NEWTON

We spent an afternoon in Morro

Bay to find out what makes this

guerrilla gardener tick.

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Publisher’s Message

Info

On the Cover

Inbox

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Timeline

We look back at the most recent newsworthy events from

in and around the Central Coast over the past two months.

View

A warm afternoon in Pismo Beach led surf photographer

CHRIS BURKARD into the water to capture a perfect sunset.


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| CONTENTS

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Q&A

With five books to his name, a fulfilling

career in psychoanalysis, and an opera in

the works, DR. JOSEPH ABRAHAMS shares

his secret to a successful 100 years.

Music

Self-desciped as “sweet and sour” local

band HAYLEY AND THE CRUSHERS is set

to release their debut full length album.

On the Rise

San Luis Obispo High School student

ARIANA KING combines athleticism with

academic achievement to create success.

Dwelling

After taking an outdoor space from boring

and outdated to modern and inviting, VIC

and CAROL ASCRIZZI reveal their Varian

Ranch oasis.

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Garden

With the drought in mind, we turn to our local landscape

experts who offer guidance and tips.

Explore

Looking for a perfect picnic spot, PADEN HUGHES

stops by the botanical gardens.

Health

Wanting to improve efficiency and maximize gains, we

searched far and wide for the best workout tips and tricks.

Election

With voting just around the corner, we asked our Central

Coast candidates why they deserve our support.

Special Feature

We wrap up this year-long series exploring the 25-year-old

San Luis Obispo County institution known as

LEADERSHIP SLO, by getting to know a few of its

graduates from classes twenty one through twenty five.

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Taste

We all find ourselves on the hunt for that quick, fresh

takeout from time-to-time. Join JAIME LEWIS as she

searches out the best local rotisserie chicken dinner.

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Architecture

In partnership with the American Institute

of Architects, we present two top

ranking projects along the Central Coast

designed by local architects.

Real Estate

We share the year-to-date statistics of

home sales for both the city and the county

of San Luis Obispo.

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Kitchen

Stuffed peppers are about to become a family tradition

when CHEF JESSIE RIVAS shares his recipe for this

savory treat.

Brew

In season and on trend, local expert, BRANT MYERS

explores autumn’s best brews and ciders.

Happenings

Looking for something to do? We’ve got you covered.

Check out the calendar to discover the best events

around the Central Coast in October and November.

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| PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE

our tribe

The other day, I was sitting in my truck anxiously waiting for the light to turn green.

Running late, as usual, I was four or five cars back sitting adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial in front of Fire

Station No. 1, just off Broad Street in San Luis Obispo. What happened next is likely to stay with me for a

long time.

An older woman, after cautiously looking both ways, started walking her bike across the street when a gust of

wind came out of nowhere, blowing her wide-brimmed sun hat into the busy intersection. A young man, I’d

guess around thirty, sitting in his car at the other side of the intersection, about fifty yards away, watched as

the hat bounced like a tumbleweed in the breeze. Without hesitation, he clicked on his hazard lights, hopped

out of his car, and stretched his arms out like a drum major to the approaching vehicles, which crawled to a

stop. Then, he gingerly tiptoed his way to the far lane and snagged the hat. Continuing to hold up his right

hand as if he were a crossing guard escorting a flock of second graders, he strode up to the now beaming

woman and returned what she had lost.

One by one, the procession of cars turned left in front of the man, each one slowing down to offer him a comment, flash a “thumbs up,” or honk a

friendly “beep-beep.” When my turn came, I craned my head out of the window and shouted, “Have a great day, buddy!” But it was my day that turned

out to be great, as I found it impossible to shake the buoyant mood that stuck with me until at least the next morning. During that time my entire

worldview was seen through the prism of that experience.

I’m a big fan of the journalist Sebastian Junger (he’s the guy who wrote The Perfect Storm), so when his new book, Tribe, was published, I was all over

it. In the first few pages, Junger shares a letter penned by Benjamin Franklin, who in 1753 was lamenting the loss of colonial Americans who were

leaving behind the comfort of their homes in town, opting instead to live with the neighboring “savages.” Franklin observed of colonists who sampled

native living, “… there is no persuading him to ever return.” The story continues its documentation of this phenomenon—which I did not learn about

in elementary school, presumably because, as the saying goes, “The winners write the history books”—and finally offers a theory. Counterintuitively, it

would seem, the Native Americans did not leave their primitive encampments in search of the greater conveniences enjoyed by the colonists. And when

they did give modernity a try, they did not stick around for long. Franklin and his contemporaries found the whole thing inconceivable.

For many millennia, we Homo sapiens have been a highly communal bunch, Junger reasons. It is only recently, relative to our existence on earth, that

we began living separate, compartmentalized lives. It started with agriculture some 10,000 years ago, accelerated during the Industrial Age, and is going

full steam ahead today. It is now possible to live an entire lifetime with almost no human interaction at all. While we once relied upon a joint effort with

our neighbors for daily survival and sustenance, our wealth has enabled us to vastly reduce the messy interactions within our communities. As a result,

rates of depression and other emotional and behavioral disorders, such as anxiety and ADHD, have skyrocketed. Yet, as Junger reveals further along in

the book, these maladies practically disappear during periods of war or natural disaster that instantly obliterate class distinctions and societal separation

and stratification. As London was being bombed into the Stone Age by the Germans during World War II, studies show that as they huddled together

in underground bunkers, their rates of depression and suicide vanished. Paradoxically, many of the survivors who were interviewed admitted sheepishly

to longing for the days of the bombardment, when all Londoners, bankers and shoe shiners alike, worked shoulder-to-shoulder in horrible, jam-packed

quarters to muddle through the Nazi blitzkrieg.

The central theme to Junger’s argument is that, even if we do not know it, we yearn for human contact and are hardwired to contribute to a cause

outside of ourselves, because that is what ultimately makes us happy and fulfilled. I think that the thirty-something-hat-rescuer guy knows this, at least

intuitively, which is why he did what he did the other day. And, as communities such as ours are starting to rediscover these ancient truths, and as they

are realizing that a real “thumbs up” earned by doing real things alongside real people is much more fulfilling and meaningful than passively clicking a

virtual “thumbs up” in solitude could ever be, I am becoming more hopeful for the future of humankind—our tribe—than I have ever been.

I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to everyone who has had a hand in producing this issue of SLO LIFE Magazine and, most of all,

to our advertisers and subscribers—we couldn’t do it without you.

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| ON THE COVER

A SNEAK PEEK

BEHIND the scenes

WITH TAYLOR NEWTON

BY VANESSA PLAKIAS

I showed up to our shoot and found a quirky, funky little thrift shop

right there on Main Street in Morro Bay. They had a huge Guerilla

Gardening Club logo on the wall and we started off by talking about the

various philosophies that go into it.

They share the space behind the building with a Mandarin family

that owns a foot massage salon. There was a lady out back picking

from her garden. It was sweet because Taylor had put boxes of

palms and plants around to protect her garden from everything

they had going on out back.

The thrift shop reminded me of a sitcom. The vibe was super

friendly, very welcoming. There was a steady stream of friends

stopping by with fun, interesting personalities. A woman who

was there buying a tea kettle got caught up in the silliness of it

all and let me take some shots when she was checking out.

We talked about my band,

and the fact that I love to

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course, but it makes me

happy and I think that it

makes other people happy,

too. He said something that

I always used to tell my kids

when I was a teacher, he

said, “You’ve got to shine

your light.” He went on to

explain how he tells the

kids in his club that he is

shining his light for them,

so that they can go out into

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| TIMELINE

Around the County

AUGUST ‘16

8/3

The California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), a non-profit

watchdog group based in Santa Barbara, sued San Luis Obispo County,

Justin Vineyards and Winery, Vina Robles, and Bakersfield-based Lapis

Land Company over their recently approved well permits. In the suit,

C-WIN argues that deep wells dug by corporate entities are harming

nearby residents and small ranchers by taking a disproportionate share

of water and they should therefore receive more scrutiny and be subject

to the requirements of the more stringent California Water Quality Act.

8/1

State Parks published a draft environmental impact report (EIR)

concerning dust control activities at the Oceano Dunes, which proposed

a five-year program for a variety of additional mitigation measures, such

as more so-called wind fences and additional tree plantings. Last year,

a less windy year than usual, particulate matter on the Nipomo Mesa,

which is downwind from the off-road recreation area, reported 62 days

that exceeded state health standards. In 2011, the San Luis Obispo

County Air Pollution Control District issued Rule 1001 requiring State

Parks to reduce the dust levels. Rule 1001 has since triggered three

lawsuits from the off-road advocacy group Friends of Oceano Dunes.

8/11

Food waste containers were delivered to 51,000 local homes by Waste

Connections, the private garbage disposal company that services the

county. In an effort to keep organic waste out of the landfill—the state

has a mandate for diverting 75% by 2020—food scraps are now taken

to an outdoor composting facility in Santa Maria. Waste Connections

has also submitted plans to build an indoor anaerobic digestion

plant in conjunction with Japanese-based Hitachi Zosen Inova, a

36,000-square-foot facility near the San Luis Obispo Airport, which

would capture the methane gas produced as part of the decomposition

process and use it to power up to 650 local homes.

8/13

A fire broke out in the area of Chimney Rock Road near Lake Nacimiento forcing hundreds

of evacuations. The blaze, which became known as the Chimney Fire, quickly grew in size

and intensity and went on for nearly a month as it burned 46,433 acres, including 49 homes

and 21 other structures. Thousands of firefighters from around the state took up residence at

the fairgrounds in Paso Robles, which served as a makeshift basecamp for the operation. Dry

vegetation resulting from a protracted drought and hot summer weather combined to create the

perfect conditions for the blaze, which had at times threatened nearby Hearst Castle. The cause

of the fire has been under investigation and remains unknown.

8/16

The San Luis Obispo County Board of

Supervisors voted unanimously to extend the

temporary oak tree protection ordinance, as

well as an ordinance governing ag ponds and

reservoirs, until April and May respectively. The

urgency ordinances were originally enacted in

July after it was discovered that Justin Vineyards

and Winery, which is wholly owned by The

Wonderful Co. of Beverly Hills, had recently

clear-cut thousands of oak trees at one of its

vineyards. Amid public outcry, which included

boycotts of The Wonderful Co. brands such as

Fiji Water and POM Wonderful pomegranate

juice, the company’s owners, Stewart and Lynda

Resnick issued an apology claiming, “We fell

asleep at the wheel.” About a week later, news

surfaced that Justin Vineyards and Winery had

clear-cut 17,000 trees, including 15,000 mature

oaks, at another North County vineyard in 2011.

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SEPTEMBER ‘16

9/6

Flanked by FBI agents near the top of Cal Poly’s campus, Sheriff Ian

Parkinson announced in a press conference that excavation near the

“P” on the hillside above the university would begin after a lead was

developed by a sheriff ’s detective that had been working a twenty-yearold

cold case full time for two years. Kristin Smart, a Cal Poly freshman,

vanished during Memorial Day weekend in 1996 and was last seen by

fellow student Paul Flores, who remains a person of interest. Over five

days digging at three locations, some “items of interest” as well as a

few bones were discovered. According to one person not authorized to

discuss the case, it appears that they were animal bones, yet as of this

writing no official declaration has been made as to whether or not they

were human remains.

9/10

News of a new plan to rehabilitate Pirate’s Cove in Shell Beach

emerged two years after the county’s effort at a $1.5 million overhaul,

which had required a decade of planning, was nixed by the Coastal

Commission, including opposition by Commissioner and Pismo

Beach City Councilmember Erik Howell. The 55-acre park, which

offers a spectacular ocean view, has become blighted over the years

with graffiti and litter and is well known to local law enforcement as

a trouble spot that attracts illegal nighttime activities. Although half

of the $1.5 million funds had been in the form of two grants that

have since been rescinded following the Coastal Commission’s denial

in 2014, the beginnings of a new effort from the county continue to

stress the importance of safety and the environment, and identify a

need for bathrooms, parking, signage, and trash cans.

9/15

A coalition of six cities within San Luis Obispo County formed to

9/6

contest Diablo Canyon’s closure plan. The cities, which include San

Heavy equipment descended upon the south side of Tank Farm Road in Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Paso Robles,

San Luis Obispo where a massive remediation project began. The owner and Pismo Beach, filed a request with the California Public Utilities

of the 332-acre parcel, Chevron Corporation, expects the clean up to

Commission asking that they formally hear their concerns regarding

take three months. The effort is the first step in what is expected to be the economic impact caused by the nuclear facility’s closure. PG&E

a decades-long effort to develop the corridor, which includes widening announced in June that it would shutter the county’s largest private

the lanes, constructing commercial facilities, and building a park. Tank employer, Diablo Canyon, by 2025, which is expected to have a $1 billion

Farm, as its name implies, was once a sprawling series of tanks and

impact annually on the local economy. The coalition of six cities claim

ponds designed to store oil reserves. In 1926, the site was host to one

that they are not opposed to the closure, but they are frustrated with

of the county’s most devastating environmental disasters when lighting PG&E’s lack of communication concerning how the move, which

ignited an oil reservoir spawning a massive fire, which sent burning oil according to one study will result in the loss of 3,286 local jobs, will

flowing down San Luis Creek. impact the economy. SLO LIFE

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| VIEW

ENDLESS

SUMMER

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS BURKARD

It is no secret to those living on the Central Coast that summer

often comes late. It can be cold and foggy during the period that

the calendar identifies as summertime, with “June Gloom” sticking

around long after the kids are out of school. Equally perplexing is the

phenomenon known as the “Indian Summer,” those warm summerlike

days that appear during the fall. While it remains unclear just

how the term came to be—it has been surmised that the weather

pattern was originally observed by settlers in an area inhabited by

Native Americans—the fact is that summer here on the Central

Coast comes and goes on its own terms.

Although he is known for chasing waves in far off corners of the globe,

it was an unseasonably warm afternoon when Chris Burkard found

himself relaxing on the sand at his favorite hometown spot in Pismo

Beach, surrounded by his family and friends. He hadn’t planned on

making pictures that day, but grabbed his camera anyway for a few

candid shots with his buddies. They cooled off by paddling out into

the surf, then found a good spot to watch the sunset. As the sun began

dropping down over a mirror of glassy water, he could not resist the

opportunity to capture a few frames. In discussing the photo you see

here, Burkard offers, “I always try to look for the quiet moments; the

ones that pass us by.”

After first picking up a camera at 19 years old, Burkard credits an

internship he landed at Transworld Surf Magazine as the pivotal

experience on his path to making his living capturing images.

His passion for conservation led him to adventure and landscape

photography, and through trial and error he developed his own style to

help people see the beauty around them through the eye of his lens.

Today, with half a dozen photography books and thousands of

magazine appearances to his credit, a TED talk presentation under his

belt, and too many Fortune 500 clients to list, Burkard finds himself

with a jam-packed travel schedule. Yet it’s days like these, at home with

his wife and two young boys during the endless summer, that make

it all worthwhile. “This image encompasses what I love about where I

live and why I live here,” reflects Burkard. “I think that the more that I

travel, the more I understand that.” SLO LIFE


I always try to look for the quiet, moments;

the ones that pass us by.


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| Q&A

100%

On the eve of his 100th birthday, DR. JOSEPH ABRAHAMS visited with us over a plate of his

favorite cookies, chocolate macaroons. During his long career in the field of psychoanalysis,

the San Luis Obispo resident pioneered a breakthrough method of group therapy and went

on to write five books on the subject. Today, as he continues to put in a full day at the office,

he is also writing an opera about the life of Virginia Woolf, the British novelist.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Joe! Please tell us

about yourself. My family came here from

Lithuania, which was still under Russian

influence in those days. And I can still

speak some Russian [he speaks a couple of

sentences in Russian]. They immigrated to

New York. I have always loved to swim, and

my first swimming was in the Long Island

Sound when I was a little boy. I don’t know

why I insisted on going there and doing it

on my own. I always wanted to do it on my

own. I said, “I’m going to do it my way!”

just like Frank Sinatra. Later we moved to

the Lower East Side. That’s when I started

swimming in the East River. I swam at the

Y up until about two years ago.

And so you remained in New York,

correct? Yes, that’s right. After medical

school at Emory University in the

South, I returned to New York City to

do my internship. I wanted to become a

neurologist, so I became the neurologist for

the City Hospital in New York, which was

the hospital that covered the emergency

needs for Manhattan. I started there by

doing what they called “riding ambulance.”

The ambulance in those days didn’t have a

siren, just a bell. I’d pull the bell—clang!,

clang!, clang!—and then I’d jump out and

take care of the person; stitch them up, or

something like that, and take them back

to the hospital. During that time I also

delivered 54 babies.

When was it that you got into group

therapy? When I was in the Army, during

the war [World War II], I was put in charge

of a treatment program for delinquent

soldiers. They got into trouble for being

drunk or assaulting their officers or going

AWOL, stuff like that. I didn’t know what

to do, but I got up in front of these people

and they took to me. They liked me. I tried

to figure out why. I had a love of horses.

I knew how to handle a horse. I think

they sensed that I was in mastery of the

situation, like I was with a horse. Does that

make sense? I was very fortunate to have a

commanding officer, Colonel Miller, who

had confidence in me. This business of

whether or not someone has confidence in

you is the whole thing. In medical school,

when the professor gave me a hard time I

became dumb as hell. So, I was successful

with these bad kids and they graduated

from my program to go on and become

good soldiers.

So how is it that you ended up here?

After the war, I was asked to go to

Washington, D.C. to teach other people

how to conduct this group therapy I

had developed. There I continued my

training as a psychoanalyst because I

wanted to help heal people’s minds.

And I realized that I needed to get

all of this down on paper; I needed

to write a book. So afterward, I

came out to California to write.

That’s how I ended up in La Jolla.

I was there for twenty years when

I started thinking about what was

good about what I was doing and

what was bad. So, I moved to San

Luis Obispo so that I could try

my stuff out at Atascadero State

Hospital. I started a therapy program

there, built it from the bottom-up,

and I also continued to write books.

I had always planned on returning to

La Jolla after this period, but my wife,

Elisabeth, fell in love with this town

and I couldn’t pry her away.

Describe a typical day, if you would. I get

up and go to work. I write every day. It

consists of meeting with two assistants

at my computer; they are young students,

a man and a woman. I can’t read because

I’m effectively blind. Right now you look

like a shadow to me. I have to have people

read for me, then I process it in my head,

and then I dictate back. Additionally, I

still do have one patient that I treat three

days a week. I also keep up with the news.

The news is a big deal to me. The problem,

as I see it, is that the rich are getting

richer and the poor are getting poorer.

The challenge is that each of us needs

to do something about it. The question

becomes, how can somebody working have

as much power as the person who employs

him? What are the ways of going about

changing? I have some ideas about that if

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| MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR

REBEL WITH

A CAUSE

Six years ago, TAYLOR NEWTON combined his passions for cultivation and

mentorship when he formed a non-profit service organization he calls the Guerilla

Gardening Club. Since that time the program has helped hundreds of at-risk youth

and homeless individuals countywide through an unconventional approach, which

relies heavily on unvarnished self-evaluation and tough love, as its members work

side-by-side completing projects ranging from municipal revitalization to zero waste

education and outreach. According to Newton, who lives in Morro Bay with his wife

and daughter, along with two stepdaughters, and brother, the most effective thing that

can be done for a troubled soul is to return to the land, where the best therapy is found

by tilling the soil in an effort to help others. Here is his story…

PHOTOGRAPHY BY VANESSA PLAKIAS

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We like to start from the beginning, Taylor.

Where are you from? I’m from Sacramento.

I’m actually from a small town called Loomis.

It’s on the I-80 going up towards Tahoe on

the old mining trail. Donner Pass is about an

hour from where I grew up. We lived on a farm

next door to a Methodist church. I spent all my

free time there when I wasn’t working with my

dad on our farm, or doing school, or sports, or

service; I would just play at the church grounds

because the church had massive acreage and

all these gardens. My mom made us go to church, but my dad was the one who would volunteer for

all of the service projects. He loves to do things for others. And so we would build houses for Native

American reservations, and we would go volunteer with the homeless. My parents were hippies.

And they were growing their own weed, and raising chickens; we slaughtered a cow every year. I

remember my first show-and-tell in kindergarten. I brought a jar with the two eyeballs from the cow

we had just slaughtered. I thought that was normal.

How did your parents start down this path? They had a dream of buying a piece of property and

living off the land. That was beautiful, but by the time my third sister was born, we were almost

bankrupt and it forced my dad to get a job as a teacher. Growing up, I was required to do sports,

service, school, and work. I had my first gardening route when I was 13. My parents did a really good

job of making me be perfect for 22 years. I

was very fortunate, and I was the perfect kid.

Didn’t go to parties. I was class valedictorian,

senior class president, varsity swimming since

my freshman year, never missed a day of high

school, had a full ride scholarship to Cal Poly

where I had a 4.0 GPA. I was on the swim

team, did triathlons, all this stuff. I worked for

the navy. I travelled the world. I got a job at

UC Davis. By the time I was 25, I had multiple

careers, traveled and seen all kinds of things

and realized that sharing those opportunities

with young people would make them want to

be better people. And in a matter of five years,

after an equal number of good and bad choices

on my part, I found myself starting an urban

farm in Morro Bay.

Okay, hold on. It seems like you just skipped

over a bunch of stuff... Yes, you’re right. I

did. I got, well, at 22, I had some medical

problems that are part of my mom’s genetics

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that I was dealing with. I was having a really hard time living inside

my body. It was depression. I tried medication and it didn’t work. I

tried a lot of different drugs, and talking to people, and all that stuff.

None of it worked. I was just super depressed. It was like I was sick in

the house. Outwardly, it looked like I was doing great, doing perfect. I

was working for Head Start as a pre-school special instructor where I

did science lessons and stuff for the kids. I was in Atascadero, so I was

mostly working with low-income white families where you would see

a lot of methamphetamine use with the parents. Then I decided to go

to San Luis to work in restaurants. After that I was a tow truck driver.

The whole time I spent my nights just being awful, running the streets

basically. I’ve always had great stamina and work ethic, and I never

missed any work, but I was doing the minimum hours between shutting

it off and going to work so that I would not be drunk when I showed

up in the morning. I saw a lot of bad things during those years, but

looking back it was very educational and it gave me a wealth of relatable

experience to draw from now.

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Okay, now we’re back to the urban farm. Yes. This is when things

started clicking and it was going well. I actually had people starting to

stop by to ask me about how to grow marijuana. It kept happening, over

and over. And each time I would ask them, “Do you know how to grow

any other stuff?” And usually they’d say, “No, I don’t grow anything.”

Then I’d ask, “Why are you starting with marijuana?” You know what

I mean? Marijuana is a flower. Flowers are hard to grow. Look at your

yards; flowers are the most difficult thing to make happen, especially

if it’s something you’re going to inhale. I mean, come on, man. After a

while, after so many of these conversations, the idea came to me to start

the Guerilla Gardening Club.

What type of person normally joins the club? I used to think that

there’s a certain type of person that was coming to me that wanted to

be in the Guerilla Gardening Club. I don’t think that’s true anymore. I

think it’s all people. All people. I just think all people are the same. And,

we’re all dealing with the same issues. Some of us like to paint, some

express ourselves through music, some of us want to be doctors, some

of us want to be lawyers. There are so many different pathways. The

Guerilla Gardening Club is a service program that I think applies to a

lot of people. For the most part, though, I do think that we’re mostly

semi non-conformist. If it bugs you to be told what to do, you’d probably

fit in with us.

So, what exactly does the club do? We have a very dynamic gardening

program that deals with homelessness and facilities and grounds

maintenance. We work for the City of Morro Bay; we have all kinds

of projects with them. We work with private companies and families

with large ranches all over the county. We also do a lot of teaching.

We’re doing a zero waste recycling program, teaching composting. We

travel quite a bit, too. We’ve taken trips down to Skid Row in L.A. We

started another club down there, and we are working on opening one

in Oakland. We’re going to Italy to garden with a group there. We have

an annual winter field trip. We’ve come up with a new field trip for

the spring when the wildflowers bloom in the desert, which will be a

backpacking trip and survival training. All sorts of things. But, mostly,

we create a garden as a way for people to help themselves and help

others. And in our program we have ways for them to get food and help

them get shelter, help them to get into school, clothing, jobs, money, all

the things that they need to take care of themselves and, in doing that,

we’re creating a tribe, a family, an army.

And, what is it about gardening that resonates with people? Growing

things is intrinsic to humanity on earth. It is also how we created our

problems. Without it, cities wouldn’t be cities. All these things wouldn’t

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What it means is that agriculture is part of something we’re supposed to

do every day. It is frightening that people don’t know how to work in the

soil. It is frightening that people don’t know how a plant grows off dead

stuff—compost. The answer to life is compost. When you die, you become

compost. I mean compost is so important because it completes the cycle

and returns everything to the earth. So agriculture is a no-brainer and

that moment that any human being puts their hands into the soil, they’re

minutes. And they’re like, “I don’t like gardening. I don’t like this, I don’t

like that.” But, you just revealed your problem. You can’t sit still for half

an hour. Why can’t you sit still for half an hour? That’s the question. Deal

with that question right now.

So, it’s therapy… Exactly. And, that’s an interesting way to put it, an

interesting way to think about it. Really, if we took each human being

The answer to life is compost. When you die, you become compost.

focused outside of themselves and using their hands to go back to the

beginning. Cultivating is a huge part of who we are, and anybody that

goes out into the garden is tapping into the core part of what made us

modern humans. It’s a no-brainer. It’s such a no-brainer, in fact, that it’s

hard to explain to people why gardening is so important. And a lot of

times I try to get them to just experience it. Most of the time it works.

A lot of times, if you can’t garden it shines a light on what you have as a

problem. For example, I have people that cannot sit still for over thirty

and forced them to garden every day for an hour, what would come out of

that? I think, I really do think, it would reveal what is going on with your

mind. And if everybody had a garden, I think that would make the world

better. By going out and giving time and energy to an action to something

that is outside yourself, you are making the community a better place and

yourself a better person. When you think about that, how many people

every day do something for somebody or something else? You know what

I mean? And at the same time, gardening is all about putting a whole

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unch of time into very little product. The reality is that you aren’t getting

a lot of physical reward out of it. There’s a reason people don’t garden.

Elaborate on that idea, if you would. Most of what we can do is going to

be destroyed by animals, or other people, or the environment. Nature is all

about destroying what we grow. And there’s a lesson there. And by doing

that action, that selfless action just because it feels good to help something

grow, that feeling, that thing you find by working with your hands in the

garden shows you everything in the world. And I do think that if you can

get people to garden, it can help them find humility. People that doubt

anything besides themselves, people that are like constantly, “I don’t see

how anybody can be right except for me,” I don’t know how I can help

you. If you can’t think that you’re wrong, you don’t have humility, then

there’s no growth for you. You’re done. I’ll see you in the next lifetime.

Can you give us an example? Sure. My friend Mike—I call him my

brother because he’s been a close friend of mine for twenty years, eleven of

those years he was in prison—works with the Guerilla Gardening Club.

He’s been one of my main instructors with me for the club. He’s really

tough. And you would have these kids in the club who were complaining

about these everyday life things that, to somebody who has his experience,

who’s put himself through a lot, he didn’t have any sympathy. They’d tell

him their sob story and he would say, “Oh, man, you should kill yourself.

Just get it over already. No, no, I’m serious. You should go kill yourself

right now.” And I’m always like, “Mike, Mike, you can’t say that!” And

Mike’s intimidating; he’s this huge 350-pound black man. And he would

be so serious. He would be out weeding in the garden and a kid would say,

“My girlfriend slept with my best friend, and I’m failing all my classes, and

I can’t stop doing cocaine.” And with a straight face, Mike would respond,

“Man, that sounds terrible. You should kill yourself.” And they’re like,

“How can you say that to me?” And he’d say, “Because you just sound like

a waste of life. You should just get it over with and make room for other

people. There are so many other people that would love to take your place

right now.”

Wow, that is hardcore! Did that approach work? At first I was like,

“Mike, seriously, how is that helpful?” But, oftentimes that slap in the face

would just instantly demolish their ego; and it was immediate humility

because no one was going to ever take on Mike. Usually, they would walk

over to me to tell me what happened with Mike and I’d say, “Yeah, that

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not wrong. If you want to spend your whole life being this whiny, crappy

human being, maybe you really should make room for somebody else.

I mean, in no way do I want you to commit suicide, but there’s a lot of

people out there that need what we are doing here; so if you aren’t going

to step it up and get in line, then maybe you should move on.”

Hey, what is that in your mouth? Do you have a tongue ring? Yep, sure

do. It’s gold. I always loved tongue rings. I think it’s such an interesting

piercing. It’s visual but not visual; you can hide it. It’s a very painful and

uncomfortable piercing, just the idea of having somebody shove it into

your tongue. I also have a problem talking too much, and too fast, so I got

the tongue ring to remind me to slow down. It reminds me to watch my

words. You know words are very strong, especially in this role that I am in

now, and the tongue ring’s a constant reminder of that. It’s almost like a

weight, like a leash for my words.

Getting back to the club, it really does seem like you are on to

something… I do think that we really nailed it for right now. I like

that the way that we’re doing it; the equation applies to now. Maybe

this equation will change and it won’t apply later, I don’t know.

Maybe we’ll have massive nuclear war and everybody will become

a conformist because we have to in order to survive. In that case, I

would have to rethink the model. In this lifetime I’ll probably change

the model because it’s my job to figure this out, over and over again.

And I have no problem with that. I go to sleep every night praying

for the well-being of my daughter first, then my immediate family,

then all of the rest of my family, all my friends, the whole world; and

I thank God for giving me this opportunity to do what I’m doing, and

I pray I am able to do it over and over again. There’s nothing I would

love more than to continue to do what I’m doing, die, and do it again.

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HAYLEY AND THE CRUSHERS

As the guitarist and frontwoman of local band Hayley and the Crushers, Hayley “Crusher” Cain has

been likened to “a demonic Go-Go,” and she couldn’t be happier with the reference. “Rarely are

women allowed to be both sweet and self-empowered on stage,” she says. “I want to crush that idea.”

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ain’s earliest musical memory is of

putting on her mom’s copy of The

Go-Go’s “Beauty and the Beat” at

eight years old and bopping around

their Hermosa Beach apartment like a

crazy person. Cain says with her music

she wants to spread that subversive

energy: “I want people to sweat and

dance and meet each other and start

things together. I want to see people

Ccollide—that is where the magic is.”

Hayley Cain credits her husband, Reid “Dr. Crusher” Cain, owner

of Dr. Cain’s Comics and Games in downtown San Luis Obispo,

with encouraging her to create her own magic. Upon his urging,

in 2012 she started Swap! Zine, a local, do-it-yourself magazine, to

which she invited contributors to swap stories, songs, poems, and

pictures about the SLO scene. “From that moment, my entire life

changed,” she says.

Since then, the Cains have collaborated on a number of projects

and have shared the stage under many names, including Magazine

Dirty and Tarweed Two and the Two-Time Boys. Hayley Cain says

that music is the lifeblood of their relationship. “I want to follow in

the footsteps of bands like X and The Cramps, who use that energy,

that tension, that passion, to create weird art.”

Hayley Cain’s current art is in part influenced by her late teen

years in L.A., which she describes as dark and destructive, a selfprofessed

“wild time” dotted by an obsession with Betty Friedan’s

“The Feminine Mystique.” When she relocated back to the Central

Coast in 2009, Cain says she found a safe space where she could

tackle her struggles, which included depression and anxiety. She

explains, “When I was surrounded by chaos and my life was chaos,

I couldn’t step away from it enough to understand. SLO was a safe

harbor where I could weave troubles into creativity.”

One listen to Hayley and the Crushers reveals that she indeed has

woven a creative web together with her husband on bass and local

drummer Gabriel “Crusher” Olivarria keeping the beat. The band is

a “melding of sweet and sour,” explains Hayley Cain, “bolstered by

the bold, metal influence of Olivarria.”

The Cains first saw Olivarria perform with the band Wolfcross, and

they loved the fact that he was theatrical and really had fun with

drumming. Reid Cain is proud to state that he recruited Olivarria

for the band. According to Hayley Cain, the band’s sound is what

it is because of Olivarria’s technical skills: “He’s able to create a

rock-solid rhythm, but he also coaxes out a swing to the music

that’s super danceable.”

The Ramones, The Runaways, pop music of the 1960’s, and wild surf punk

of the 1980’s like Agent Orange influence the band’s sound. Reid Cain says,

“We have a unique combination of a metal dude, a punk girl, and a country

guy. Put it all together, and it is not just one thing.” Hayley Cain adds, “We

have respect for the melody and the classic hooks, but we’re putting them in a

blender with studs and leather.”

The frontwoman describes their debut full-length album, “Jewel Case”, as

“part punk rock empowerment anthem; part insecure, tear-streaked teenage

diary entry; and part jangly, garage rock party.” Patrick Hayes at Cock’s Lodge

Studio in San Luis Obispo played a role in the initial recording process, and

Randall Sena at Certain Sparks Studio in Lompoc recorded and mixed the

album. Sena has worked with local bands like Pancho and the Wizards and

Magazine Dirty, and Reid Cain points out, “A large part of our sound comes

from Sena’s finesse.”

The band first worked with Sena and Certain Sparks in 2015 when they

recorded their EP “Gidget’s Revenge” with Max Triplett from local band King

Walrus, who stepped in to help with drums. Released in March of 2016, the

EP is a nod to Hayley Cain’s love of the 1960’s TV icon Gidget. She explains,

“I felt like Gidget deserved a bit of redemption. She’s always falling on her

face or wiping out on her surfboard.” She continues, “The EP was recorded

with a more or less ‘live’ setup, which gave it a gritty urgency.” For Jewel

Case, the band wanted to go a tad more polished pop. “We incorporated

Glockenspiel, chimes, and mesmerizing backing vocals into the new album.

It’s punk rock with a bow on top,” says Hayley Cain.

“Jewel Case” is being released on Portland label Lost State Records, which was

born in SLO and is still committed to showcasing up-and-coming bands from

the Central Coast. Founder Trey Hanawalt does so mainly on cassette tape,

which is by all accounts de rigueur. Olivarria, who works at Boo Boo Records,

agrees: “There’s definitely a resurgence in cassette tapes. It’s a really inexpensive

way for small bands to get their music out.” In addition to being released

on cassette, “Jewel Case” will be available on CD, handmade “8-tracks,” and

digitally on October 8th, in line with worldwide

Cassette Store Day. An all-ages show at SLO Brew

will follow on Sunday, October 9th, with other local

acts sharing in the celebration.

Hayley and the Crushers’ cover of the Go-Go’s

song “This Town” on “Jewel Case” reflect the trio’s

embrace of San Luis Obispo: “This town is our

town,” the demonic Go-Go sings. The band plays

for everybody, but especially “for the wallflower,

the awkward teenager, the weirdo,” explains Hayley

Cain. She continues, “We say, ‘You don’t need

to wait for someone to turn on the spotlight.’”

Olivarria adds, “You’ve got to bring your own

lightbulb to the party.”

SLO LIFE

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University Writing & Rhetoric

Center Cal Poly, keeps her

pulse on the Central Coast

music scene.

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| ON THE RISE

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Ariana King

Fifteen-year-old San Luis Obispo High School

sophomore tennis phenom, ARIANA KING

takes a break from practice to talk about

what she’s been up to lately...

What sort of extra-curricular activities are you involved in? I am in the SLO Youth

Symphony Concert Orchestra, am involved in Parliamentary Procedure through FFA,

and play on SLO High’s varsity tennis team.

What recognition have you received? This past spring, our Parliamentary Procedure

team won at State Finals, and in October we are going to Nationals. The last two

years I have received the mayor’s award for performing community service. Two

summers ago, I won first place at the Mid-State Fair Talent Show. I received the

Golden Knight award for math. I have done well in local tennis tournaments and this

summer received the Matt Will Grinder Award at Brady Tennis Camp.

What have you been up to lately? Right now, I’m working hard at school, and tennis,

and our Parlimentary Procedure team is prepping for Nationals.

What is important to you outside of high school? Music, my family and friends, and

staying healthy and happy. Also, trying to be positive and nice is important to me.

What annoys you the most? I dislike when people exclude others. There’s no reason

to, and it’s a lot easier just to be nice.

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

meet Queen Elizabeth because she was a great leader and we are learning about her

right now in AP Euro.

What career do you see yourself in someday? I see myself teaching math to high

school or college students because math is my favorite subject, and I enjoy helping

others and interacting with people.

What is your favorite memory of all time? Traveling with my family, my favorite

trip was a couple of summers ago when we cruised around the Caribbean for my

grandparents’ 50th anniversary.

Who has influenced you the most? My parents have influenced me the most on my

life, because they are patient, kind, hardworking, and fun.

If you won $1 million, what would you do with it? I would donate $100,000 to

charity; $50,000 to the Women’s shelter of SLO and the other half to the Prado

Day Center. I would save some for college, and then the rest I would share with my

parents, because they have more use for it than I do at this point.

What is something that not many or that no one knows about you? I love to cook

with my family, and I play the ukulele in my spare time.

What schools are you considering for college? I don’t know where I want to go to

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| DWELLING

OUTDOOR

TRANSFORMATION

With pathways that felt difficult to maneuver and exterior details out

of scale, Vic and Carol Ascrizzi had their work cut out for them when it

came time to update their outdoor living.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TREVOR POVAH

At first the birds were cute.

The woodpeckers had burrowed nests into the

Styrofoam elements abutting the eves over the

misshapen entryway framed by pink stucco. But,

picking up their daily mess started to get old

after a while, and somewhere along the way the

winged guests lost their charm.

As Vic and Carol Ascrizzi began looked into

relocating the aviary overhead, they came to

realize that the front of their home was just not

very welcoming, to people anyway. According to

Carol, “There were these two pillars that were

just way out of scale, too big. They said, ‘keep

out,’ rather than ‘come in.’” After living there

for while the couple noticed other problems,

such as the spa in the backyard which featured

a skinny foot-and-a-half walkway leaving a

perilous “walk the plank” experience when

traversing the yard.

The couple made a list of all the little things that were not quite right about the home, and it turned out that

they were all part of the home’s exterior, and most of those things had to do either with texture or proportion.

With sweeping views of the Edna Valley, the property had a lot to gain by maximizing the outdoor space. As

part of the Varian Ranch neighborhood on the Arroyo Grande-San Luis Obispo border, the Ascrizzi home

is one of 45 nestled atop one of the rolling hills within the 3,500-acre gated community. Over the years, it

had become a family headquarters of sorts, and a popular destination for their three adult children, and more

recently, their children’s children. With a clear vision for the project, the Ascrizzis brought on San Luis

Obispo-based general contractor, Robbins Reed to orchestrate the nine-month transformation.

Come on in To create a more welcoming entryway, the awkward, oversized, boxy pillars were

replaced with stone platforms and half walls, which added both dimension and style.

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Making a statement By replacing the

outdated white pillars and overhang the

backyard space is brought up to date.

Adding an outdoor bar, dining area, and

extra seating makes entertaining a breeze.

Top it all off with amenities like the pergola

outfitted with heat lamps and lighting as

well as the built in fireplace along the wall,

and you have luxury living at its finest. >>

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Design in mind With a landscape

and hardscape plan in hand, stucco

walls gain style and color. Plants

were chosen for size, shape, and

drought tolerant qualities. >>

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Room with a view By replacing the outdated awnings and building out a bar top

while incorporating stone and rustic wood, the overall design is tied together,

creating a livable outdoor space, complete with sweeping views. SLO LIFE

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We were newly married and expecting

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| ARCHITECTURE

DESIGN

+

BUILD

In this ongoing feature, SLO LIFE Magazine is proud to partner with the American

Institute of Architects California Central Coast to unveil its current project winners and highlight

our local design and engineering talent. Each month, the organization reviews submissions

and selects the top Central Coast projects. Below are two installments in this series.

October Project Recognition

INhouse – Solar Decathlon House

Design Team

Sandy Stannard, AIA, Architect, Professor, LEED AP

[principal investigator]

Dr. Kim Shollenberger, Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Richard Beller, Architect, Lecturer

Dr. John Clements, Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Dale Dolan, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering

[with special consultation from Architecture Professors

Dale Clifford and Jeff Ponitz]

Student Co-Project Managers

Lisa-Marie Mueller, Alyssa Parr

Client College of Architecture and Environmental Design

[CAED], Dean Christine Theodoropoulos

Lead Contractor Maino Construction

The INhouse is a residence which was

designed at the College of Architecture

and Environmental Design of Cal

Poly by a team lead by architect/

professor Sandy Stannard for the Solar

Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is a

biennial competition in which teams

of faculty and students work to design,

build, and compete with solar powered

residences. The team from Cal Poly,

called “Solar Cal Poly,” included faculty

and students predominantly from

architecture and engineering but also

included members from four colleges

and over ten disciplines involving over

100 students over the two-year-project.

The hands-on nature of this design/

build/operate competition offers faculty

an opportunity to work in tandem with

students in an attempt to put their

ecological ideals into action.

The design of INhouse is driven by

climate and place. INhouse is a net zero

energy house intelligently designed

to respond to the climate of coastal

California, with the majority of its

needs for heating, cooling and lighting

addressed architecturally. The public

and private wings are serviced by an

active core that contains the home’s

mechanical, electrical, plumbing,

and monitoring systems. The private

wing includes a master bedroom and

a flexible space which may serve as a

library, office, or secondary bedroom

space. The public wing incorporates

entertainment and dining spaces with

thoughtful linkages to the exterior

spaces and the views beyond.

The fundamental design drivers in the

simplest of terms included: organize;

insulate; shade; stabilize; and collect.

The goal of the project was to present

a new standard of “in” by creating

a notion of ecological living that

is enticing as well as achievable.

INhouse is an approach to living well

while still living within our ecological

means. For more information visit:

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ENGAGE. COLLABORATE. INNOVATE.

AIA CALIFORNIA CENTRAL COAST.

COMMUNITY FIRST.

For more information about the American Institute of Architects - California Central Coast Chapter,

or to find an Architect, visit www.aiacentralcoast.org.

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November Project Recognition

MindBody Headquarters

Architect, Landscape, Planning RRM Design Group

Electric Thoma Electric, Inc

Sturctural Engineering Taylor & Syfan

Green Consulting In Balance Green Consulting

Mechanical/Plumbing Brummel, Myrick and

Associates, Inc.

Builder JW Design

Developer NKT Commercial

Mindbody software connects 50,000 businesses around the

world in the wellness industry. A company of that stature

needed new corporate headquarters suited to its position as

a world leader in this sector. NKT Commercial developed

the shell, site and parking structure while Mindbody

developed the tenant improvements. The 64,000 square

foot, two-story building wraps around a large plaza that

shelters outdoor events and is the heart of the Mindbody

campus. A two-story atrium and butterfly roof create a

focal point at the building entry. Designing a distinctive

structure close to the airport posed a challenge with

restrictions on building heights and exterior cladding.

The sweeping butterfly roof gracefully keeps most of the

buildings low with clean simple lines. Mindbody and other

tenants in the adjacent business park remained in full

operation during construction, but now enjoy a revitalized

“campus.” Low impact development methods, cool roof

and paving materials help mitigate the impact of the new

facility. Exterior sun controls, daylight harvesting, high

efficiency lighting and low VOC products ensure occupant

comfort and reduce energy costs. On-site childcare and

food service help reduce vehicle trips as does a prime

location along public transit lines.

About the AIA CCC

The American Institute

of Architects has been

the leading professional

membership association

for licensed architects,

emerging professionals,

and allied partners since

1957. The local California

Central Coast division

works in collaboration

with SLO Life Magazine

to showcase its monthly

award winning projects

demonstrating notable

concepts that have

been constructed after

being designed by local

architects. SLO LIFE

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| SLO CITY

REAL ESTATE

BY THE NUMBERS

laguna

lake

tank

farm

cal poly

area

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

2015

50

663,220

649,955

98.01

71

2015

23

763,295

743,404

97.39

73

2015

19

783,526

745,758

95.18

58

2015

Total Homes Sold

8

Average Asking Price

1,422,125

Average Selling Price

1,053,125

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price 74.05

Average # of Days on the Market 51

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

2015

31

697,248

685,916

98.37

51

2015

37

741,635

730,810

98.54

28

2015

44

673,111

654,801

97.28

38

2016

38

699,105

691,675

98.93

38

2016

27

771,300

763,507

98.99

44

2016

21

757,843

750,879

99.08

23

2016

16

1,316,500

1,262,281

95.88

86

2016

48

707,706

699,415

98.83

26

2016

31

823,400

807,242

98.04

44

2016

39

807,870

794,053

98.29

59

+/-

-24.00%

5.41%

6.42%

0.92%

-46.48%

+/-

17.39%

1.05%

2.70%

1.60%

-39.73%

+/-

10.53%

-3.28%

0.69%

3.90%

-60.34%

+/-

100.00%

-7.43%

19.86%

21.83%

68.63%

+/-

54.84%

1.50%

1.97%

0.46%

-49.02%

+/-

-16.22%

11.02%

10.46%

-0.50%

57.14%

+/-

-11.36%

20.02%

21.27%

1.01%

55.26%

*Comparing 1/1/15 - 9/14/15 to 1/1/16 - 9/14/16

SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Association of REALTORS ®

SLO LIFE

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BY THE NUMBERS

NUMBER OF

HOMES SOLD

AVERAGE DAYS

ON MARKET

MEDIAN SELLING

PRICE

2015

2016

2015

2016

2015

2016

Arroyo Grande

206

216

78

52

657,500

647,500

Atascadero

273

224

62

59

463,850

460,000

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Creston

11

100

34

10

14

117

23

7

86

105

100

132

191

103

138

162

865,000

597,000

867,500

498,750

870,500

579,000

764,000

566,000

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Grover Beach

75

98

55

42

463,000

496,000

Los Osos

133

111

53

68

460,000

545,000

Morro Bay

107

109

77

66

575,000

588,500

Originally part of See Canyon Fruit

Ranch, this 10-acre parcel surrounded

by majestic mountains and stately oaks

is private, has wonderful sunlight, and

beautiful oak trees. It is located off of

See Canyon Road in San Luis Obispo

County, just 9 miles from downtown

SLO and 4 miles from Avila Beach.

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Nipomo

Oceano

Pismo Beach

Paso (Inside City Limits)

Paso (North 46 - East 101)

Paso (North 46 - West 101)

184

42

99

363

32

74

185

34

83

338

27

73

68

54

63

73

81

115

57

48

90

60

60

128

539,500

386,450

795,000

415,000

382,500

430,000

564,525

412,450

809,592

441,500

410,000

519,000

Paso (South 46 - East 101)

44

36

119

103

462,500

495,500

San Luis Obispo

257

265

53

48

667,000

703,673

Santa Margarita

14

15

91

46

421,750

339,000

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Templeton

78

Countywide

2,220

*Comparing 1/1/15 - 9/14/15 to 1/1/16 - 9/14/16

87

2,141

93 110 518,000 575,000

75 69 510,000 546,000

SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Association of REALTORS ®

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important to know if your home, workplace, or children’s

schools are within the Emergency Planning Zone as well as

any actions you may be directed to take. Your plan should

include any assistance needed by elderly family members,

those with medical needs, as well as your family pets.

• In an emergency, officials may direct protective actions

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| GARDEN

TODD DAVIDSON

Sage Ecological Landscapes and Nursery

Favorite drought-tolerant plant Hummingbird Sage (Salvia

spathacea) because it thrives in dry shade environments under

Coast Live Oaks. I named my landscape company “Sage” after

this plant. I still love Hummingbird Sage today just as much,

since shade tolerant sages are virtually non-existent

Tip The best advice I have for dealing with the drought in our

landscapes is to get rid of all water thirsty plants and convert to

water wise, drought-tolerant plants. Planting in fall and winter

is the best time to catch anticipated rains to help your new

plantings get a jump-start on establishment. Also, mulch, mulch,

mulch! Use bark chips or weed fabric with gravel to mulch over

all planting areas to prevent evaporation, water loss, and retain

soil moisture for your plants.

Amid a seemingly

drought that has

Central Coast,

daunting when water

priority. We rounded up

to ask them about

drought-tolerant

share a tip for

the dry spell.

GARBRIEL FRANK

Gardens by Gabriel

Favorite drought-tolerant plant Colorful, bold foliage and

stunning blooms make the Aloe tribe a fantastic group of

succulent plants to feature in any garden. Their lean reliance on

water and maintenance makes them drought-proof. Versatile

shapes from tree forms to ground covers allow them to be userfriendly

in many zones throughout the garden.

Tip Utilize grey water from your washing machine and other

fixtures, if possible. Laundry-to-landscape is a year-round

resource almost everyone can use to irrigate their gardens. Also,

if you can, I recommend attaching downspouts to French drains

and directing them toward planted areas. Your plants will root

down deeper to utilize this water as surface layers dry out in

the summer, which increases their longevity and hardiness.

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RYAN FORTINI

Fortini Landscapes

Favorite drought-tolerant plant I like Agave “Blue Glow” for

its handsome, small, compact size; its stiff leaves which are

roughly 1-2” wide have a blue-green body with red margins, and

is impressive when backlit. The Agave “Blue Glow” is drought

tolerant, deer resistant, and easy to maintain because of its size.

It is quite the universal plant for a variety of planting schemes.

Tip Install a smart irrigation controller with a rain sensor and

moisture probes—it will help to really track and measure what

is going on in a landscape environment. In the end, it will help

regulate the amount of water that is necessary for your garden

to flourish, instead of just programing a clock, forgetting about

it and not adjusting what is actually needed based on the everchanging

environmental conditions.

never-ending

enveloped the

gardening can become

conservation is the

some top local experts

their favorite

plant, as well as to

thriving through

GREG FRUGOLI

Ecotones Landscape Design and Installation

Favorite drought-tolerant plant Ribes Sanguineum

Glutinosum “Claremont,” pink-flowering currant is a

deciduous shrub to small tree featuring clusters of pink flowers

that attract hummingbirds. Given space to grow they achieve

a balanced, vase shaped form that can act as a great focal point

in the garden.

Tip A shift in perception of what a garden should be is helpful.

Put aside those visions of lush East Coast landscapes with

an acre of lawn and Hydrangeas the size of cars. Opt for a

garden with a sense of place, a garden that reflects the realities

we find ourselves in right here on the Central Coast. Be open

and excited to create a succulent garden or a bird garden with

California native plants.

SLO LIFE

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THE ART

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Of twenty three hundred realtors surveyed by NAR, over 71% who Represent the Seller believe a

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believe staging made it easier to visualize the property as a future home.

Shea Lockhart of Sheadesigns.com, growing up in a family of Real

Estate Brokers, states, “selling homes isn’t the same process it

use to be. Now most customers will view homes online, and select

the homes that appeal to them. A seller wants their home to stand

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including savings on mortgage payments due to the accelerated

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Shea, a local Cal Poly alumni whose studies emphasized

Architectural Design and Art, with a background in Model Home

Staging says, “I love taking both vacant homes, and well lived

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| EXPLORE

PICNIC AT THE

BOTANICAL GARDENS

On the hunt for al fresco dining at its finest we headed down

Highway 1 to Rancho El Chorro Regional Park.

BY PADEN HUGHES

Officially called the Friends of San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens, a

passionate group of locals have secured 150 acres and a 99-year lease

with the intention of vastly expanding the six-acre garden. Initially

started in 1989, the garden’s mission is to honor and preserve our

connection with nature. It’s exciting to see the vision for future

expansion, and I was impressed to learn that there is a master plan

that includes 50 miles of paved trails, restaurants, and cafés dedicated

to serving Mediterranean cuisine.

The plants featured thoughout the garden are indigenous to the world’s five Mediterranean

climates: California, the Mediterranean Basin, the central coastal of Chile, the

Western Cape province of South Africa, and southwestern Australia. Educational signs

posted along the trail indicate both the plants’ function and its native region.

With an obsession for solar and electric energy used to power everything from Teslas to

commercial buildings, a favorite feature of the garden for my husband, Michael, was the

solar-powered water pump.

In light of all the fires our region has been battling this season, I particularly liked the

Fireseafe Demonstration Landscape. With information about each plant, this landscaped

section is entirely devoted to showcasing types of plants that

actually are fire resistant and could be helpful in protecting

residential properties from wildfire.

My final favorite, at the top of the bird watching hike, there is a

massive human sundial, a legacy project created by Leadership

SLO’s Class 20. If you stand on the name of the current month,

the shadow the sun casts will tell you the time. This was definitely

fun to try and the views were beautiful.

While there are no designated picnic areas within the garden

itself, opposite the entrance there are picnic tables and a small

playground which made a lovely backdrop for enjoying our

Lincoln Street Deli sandwiches. SLO LIFE

PADEN HUGHES is

co-owner of Gymnazo

and enjoys exploring

the Central Coast.

DIRECTIONS: The Garden is located in El Chorro Regional Park, halfway

between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay on Highway 1. Coming from San

Luis Obispo, turn right at the light across from Camp San Luis, just before

Cuesta College.

PRICE: Admission is free, but the regional park does charge for parking.

HOURS: The garden is open from sunrise to sunset daily (specific hours of

operation for Eve’s Garden Shop, Library and Pavilion are more limited).

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| HEALTH

Zero Waste

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No one expects perfection from every workout, and we all know that there

are endless benefits to just getting moving—but if you’re waking up extra

early to hit the gym or are skipping happy hour to make a spin class, you

want to make the most of it. Which is why it helps to think about efficiency.

Here, experts reveal how to make every second—and rep—count.

No. 1

WARM UP

“Especially in the morning, when you go from 0 (sleeping) to 50

(sweating), you sort of shock the heart,” Edward Jackowski, Ph.D.,

founder of EXUDE Fitness training programs and author of Escape

Your Weight explains. People who do intense anaerobic exercise in the

morning without a warm-up tend to be more tired throughout the day. A

10-minute morning warm-up can take the edge off so you’re more active

after the gym, which will increase your overall calorie burn.

No. 2

PERFECT YOUR FORM

Sit-ups generally get a bad rap, and that’s primarily because it’s hard to do

them right, explains celebrity trainer David Kirsch. “It’s easy to do the exercise

incorrectly and end up targeting your arms and neck instead of engaging your

core,” he says, suggesting planks instead.

Even push-ups—one of the most basic, time-tested, effective exercises—can be

useless if you’re not strong enough to do them correctly, he says. Feeling it more in

your lower back and neck instead of chest, triceps, and core? That’s a sign that you

might not be getting as much out of the move as you’d like.

“Pay attention to the areas that the exercise is meant to target,” Kirsch advises. “If

you’re doing an exercise incorrectly, it’s a complete waste of time and could end up

hurting other areas of the body that are not meant to be affected by the workout.”

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No. 4

DO A HIIT WORKOUT

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No. 3

A HIIT session (or high-intensity interval training) can boost

your resting metabolic rate for up to eight days. (Yes, you read that

right.) If you do it every day, it’s a total waste because your muscles

won’t have time to recover, explains Franci Cohen, an exercise

physiologist and certified nutritionist. But a proper HIIT session

(like a class, where an instructor can help you perfect the technique

and practice it safely) a couple times a week could really make a

difference, Cohen says.

CHANGE UP YOUR ROUTINE

If you hit your favorite indoor cycling studio or hop on a treadmill five

days a week, every week, your heart will stay happy and endorphins will be

flowing. But if you want to see results (say, in terms of fat burning), your

body will generally hit a plateau after three weeks, says Nedra Lopez, trainer

and owner of The P.E. Club.

“A waste of time would be doing the same thing every time and never

increasing your weight, volume, or reps,” she says. “You need to consistently

be increasing intensity—and keep your body guessing. Don’t just stick to

things you’re good at.”

No. 5

WORK DIFFERENT

MUSCLE GROUPS

Also known as cross-training, this technique helps you sustain

a higher level of intensity for longer than you would if you’d

simply stuck with working one area. So move onto overhead

presses as soon as your legs are spent from doing lunges. Once

your legs recover, you can pick up where you left off with a set

of squats, box jumps, or another form of lower body toning.

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No. 6

ALTERNATE INDOOR AND

OUTDOOR WORKOUTS

Training in an air-conditioned space, and training outdoors in the heat

or on real terrain are two very different things. When you change your

environment, you throw your body off, which means you’re burning more

calories. So, switch it up.


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No. 7

ENGAGE YOUR CORE

Most exercises involve your core in some capacity—and even more so if you remember

to squeeze it. You burn more calories when you work larger muscle groups (your abs and

back) than smaller muscles (like biceps). To max out, engage all these groups at once—and

try some moves that involve rotation, such as plank twists (they’re the human version of

wringing out a towel—just imagine squeezing out the fat for a narrower, tauter waistline).

And, note this bonus: People with stronger cores tend to get full faster because the abs

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No. 8

STOP THE MARATHON WORKOUTS

You might feel like a rock star when you double up on fitness classes or outlast the girl on the

next elliptical. But unless you’re a pro athlete or you’re training for a competition, “No one needs

to work out for more than an hour and fifteen minutes—more is not better,” says Dr. Jackowski.

Overdo it, and you’ll set yourself up for stress fractures, insomnia, and exhaustion, all of which

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| ELECTION

CANDIDATE

interested to hear what our local

candidates have to say, we asked just one

question: Why are you running for office?

FORUMAlways

JORDAN CUNNINGHAM

39 years old

Small Business Owner,

School Board Trustee

California State

Assembly District 35

It’s no secret that Sacramento can do better. I am a policy-oriented

small businessman, a school trustee, and a former prosecutor. I am

running to bring common sense back to our state government and

make it work better for families on the Central Coast.

Each year, businesses leave California for more business-friendly

states, taking good jobs with them. It’s time to turn the tide. The

California Small Business Association supports my vision for a

growing economy. They know that I will use my experience as past

President of the Central Coast Taxpayers Association to fight the tax

increases and regulatory burdens that are costing us jobs.

Failed policies from Sacramento have endangered our neighborhoods.

As a former prosecutor, I know what we need to make our community

safer. District Attorney Dan Dow and Sheriff Ian Parkinson have

endorsed me because of my dedication to public safety.

DAWN ORTIZ-LEGG

57 years old

Small Business Owner

California State

Assembly District 35

In a world undergoing tremendous transformation without

easy answers for the issues we face, collaboration is critical. My

experience working as a small business owner has taught me how

to work with diverse interests to create common sense solutions for

complex issues.

As a 24-year resident of the Central Coast, I understand our

distinctive community. I know the problem of living in an area with

a high-cost-of-living, where it is difficult to find good paying jobs.

I am the candidate who has actually created jobs in this community.

Working for First Solar, I set up job fairs throughout the area to

find qualified workers for one of the biggest solar projects in the

world—Topaz Solar Farm. This project created over 400 jobs in the

region—jobs that helped launch careers. It generated more than

$400 million in positive economic impacts to this area and 550

megawatts of energy that can power 180,000 homes.

California’s future workforce is a direct product of our education

system. We must do everything we can to support our schools, and

to make our public colleges affordable for working families. I have

worked with students, parents, and teachers as a school trustee. This

election cycle I am one of the only candidates in the state endorsed

by both the California Teachers Association and the California

Charter School Association because of my pragmatic vision for

improving our schools.

I will be accountable to you, providing common-sense leadership and

a voice for the Central Coast and our values. I hope to earn your vote.

I have a Master in International Public Policy and together with

my real world experience, I am uniquely qualified to be ready on

day one to represent the 35th. I am committed to working across

the aisle as a voice for Central Coast families, agriculturists,

business owners, students and retirees. I will listen, learn and then

take action. The best solutions result when you understand all

perspectives.

This is what I offer you as your Assemblywoman. I respectfully ask

for your vote.

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DAN CARPENTER

62 years old

Councilman, Vice Mayor,

City of San Luis Obispo

County Supervisor

District 3

I learned early on in life by my parents’ example how important it

is to give back to your community. Many generations of ancestors

built a path of service in our county for me to follow.

My involvement in public service began many years ago on city

advisory bodies and culminates this year with the end of my second

term as an elected city council member.

I’m running for 3rd District Supervisor to bring back respectful

leadership. It’s time for a change! On day one, my presence on the

Board of Supervisors will remove the appearance of impropriety

that has existed with our current supervisor. My leadership style is

one that listens to all people and responsibly embraces a pragmatic

process for appropriating public funds. My history of transparency

while avoiding special interest influence brings me great pride and

will continue when elected supervisor.

My many years of leadership in scouting, service clubs, and

nonprofits have taught me the value of respect and integrity. As an

elected official, I remain humbled by the power given to me by the

residents I serve. I have a moral obligation to uphold the highest

standard of character to genuinely fulfill this special calling in the

most unselfish way. I’d be honored to have your vote on or before

November 8th to continue my public service in our community.

ADAM HILL

50 years old

County Supervisor,

3rd District (incumbent)

County Supervisor

District 3

In these times when political opportunists look to exploit anxiety and

sow division, I want to underscore our challenges and do so boldly

knowing we can meet them with continued good governance and

strong leadership.

We have to better manage our water, not only according to recent state

guidelines, but also to stop waste by recycling and reclaiming all used

water. Once is simply not enough for anything anymore. Upgrading all

our systems is a must, and this should include incentive upgrades for

existing homes and buildings.

Traffic congestion has become an increasing concern and we have been

proactive in programming new infrastructure, but the state is no longer

providing us with funds (as it did to help LOVR and other previous

problem spots). We have to help ourselves to provide match funding for

big projects.

I’m proud to have led the effort conserving the 900 coastal acres

known as Pismo Preserve. There are other opportunities, from Avila

to the outskirts of SLO. Trails for hikers and bicyclists have become

increasingly popular for residents and visitors alike.

Finally, as we transition to a post-Diablo economy, there’s much to

build upon thanks to efforts I am especially proud to have led, such

as the EVC/County economic development project and the County

partnership with the Poly HotHouse. We have a growing technology

sector providing key jobs for young families. This has to continue as a

primary focus and you can count on my experience to keep our local

economy healthy.

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| ELECTION

CANDIDATE

(cont.)

interested to hear what our local

candidates have to say, we asked just one

question: Why are you running for office?

FORUMAlways

HEIDI HARMON

46 years old

Community Advocate

Mayor

JAN MARX

71 years old

Mayor (incumbent),

City of San Luis Obispo

Mayor

Having been an advocate for positive solutions in San Luis Obispo

for the past 30 years, I have watched our city change and grow.

SLO is at a crossroads and we must decide what kind of city

we want to become. We need strong proactive leadership that is

responsive and supportive of the needs of our community. I am

running for Mayor to bring fresh ideas to our local government,

and to proactively work towards the solutions we need to support

your vision for our city.

I am committed to policies and practices that keep our downtown

and local economy supportive of local business creation and

growth. We will work together to enhance community resilience

by actively working toward 80% renewable energy by 2030. I

will implement creative housing solutions for families, young

professionals, and retirees to build the type of neighborhoods we

want to come home to. The Rental Housing Inspection Program

is not working effectively; instead we will focus on solutions to

support renters, landlords to create an environment that offers

more diverse and accessible housing. We must work with Cal Poly

to share the burden of our housing challenge.

This is a pivotal time for the future of our families and community.

It is my promise to honor the collective voice of our citizens and

champion the solutions that you seek for our city. Let’s build a

government that works for all of us. Please join me, as we move San

Luis Obispo forward together.

I am running for a fourth term as Mayor because I am passionate

about serving San Luis Obispo. My experience, effectiveness

and vision make me the best qualified candidate. Under my

proven, proactive leadership, we’ve been universally recognized

as an outstanding place to live, work and play. I am committed to

preservation of our unique natural, historical and cultural resources.

I’ve responded decisively and creatively to budget challenges,

successfully guided us through the Recession, practiced fiscal

responsibility, paid down pensions, and invested in infrastructure.

On SLOCOG, I’ve facilitated funding for bike paths, transit,

and roads, including the LOVR interchange and the property for

homeless services center at 40 Prado Road.

I’m proud of past accomplishments, but there is still much more to

do to sustain our City’s upward economic, social and environmental

trajectory. During my next term, I will: implement the new Land

Use and Circulation Element, bringing in new smart growth

neighborhoods; step up implementation of the Climate Action

Plan; increase City use of renewable energy; augment water

security by further purifying recycled water; increase infrastructure

investment, including parks and bicycle paths; strengthen

neighborhood wellness and safety; facilitate new affordable and

workforce housing; evaluate the rental housing safety program;

protect more open space land; and promote diversification of our

local economy, economic vitality and head of household jobs as we

face Diablo closure. I will continue to urge greater transparency in

government and better communication with City residents.

For a thriving, sustainable San Luis Obispo, re-elect Jan Marx.

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STOP DAN CARPENTER

GO ADAM HILL

OPEN SPACES

Dan is the only elected official who voted

against the Pismo Preserve. He also voted

against the LOVR bike path.

SCHOOLS

Dan campaigned against the Cuesta and San

Luis Coastal bond measures, and wanted to

sue Cal Poly over on-campus housing.

JOBS

Dan resisted all community efforts to create

good-paying jobs on the Central Coast,

and has opposed many efforts that would

safeguard existing jobs

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

Dan takes hot-issue investor money: owner of

proposed Santa Margarita gravel mine, designer

of Laetitia Ag Cluster, and Texas businessman

who fenced off the hiking trail above Avila.

Ruled by COLAB, Dan publicly supported

reform, but then voted against it.

SERVICE

Dan took a year off from most SLO City Council

duties in 2014. Dan Carpenter won’t play if he

can’t get his way – sometimes he doesn’t even

show up.

OPEN SPACES

Adam’s hands-on leadership was key to creating

the Pismo Preserve, as well as the Bob Jones

Trail expansion project.

SCHOOLS

Adam worked for the Cuesta and San Luis Coastal

bond measures, and is a trusted partner with Cal

Poly.

JOBS

Adam was co-chair of County/EVC economic

development project, created the Cal Poly

HotHouse partnership, and constantly meets with

local entrepreneurs to better understand their

needs.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

Adam accepts contributions from a diverse group

of supporters: local businesses, labor, teachers,

working residents and retirees. He has a strong

pro-environment voting record, and supports

campaign finance reform.

SERVICE

Adam is a strong advocate for the poor,

the mentally ill, and those who’ve been

marginalized by discrimination. Adam Hill has

shown time and again that he works with people

from all sides of an issue to find common ground

and get the job done.

COMPARE, THEN VOTE.

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| ELECTION

CANDIDATE

(cont.)

interested to hear what our local

candidates have to say, we asked just one

question: Why are you running for office?

FORUMAlways

MIKE CLARK

71 years old

Army Officer

(retired)

City Council

AARON GOMEZ

37 years old

Small Business

Owner

City Council

CHRISTOPHER LOPEZ

22 years old

Student

City Council

Over the years my family has enjoyed the

wonderful quality of life our city leaders

historically took great pride in preserving. I am

running for office to correct recent changes in

the city’s direction that threaten our small town

quality of life.

Residents’ influence and interests are receiving

reduced attention as Cal Poly, development, and

the tourist industry have moved to the forefront.

I have watched residents go to Council

meetings, explain their neighborhood’s problem,

ask for the issue to be agendized and then be

rebuffed. This should not happen.

As Cal Poly adds students without sufficient

on-campus housing, students are forced to

seek housing in residential neighborhoods.

This in turn consumes what other cities would

commonly term workforce housing. The city

then gets caught in a seemingly endless loop

of encouraging the construction of additional

workforce housing—much of which becomes

student rentals.

The quality of life in our residential neighborhoods

becomes an afterthought in too many instances.

I will encourage residents to become just as

actively engaged in what is and will be happening

to their town as are other groups. Together, we can

correct the balance back in favor of residents to

ensure the safety, security and quality of life in our

residential neighborhoods, protect our city from

massive development that overwhelms its limited

resources, preserve San Luis Obispo’s historic

small-town character and charm, and maintain our

cherished views and surrounding open space.

Residents elect us to office. Their voices and

votes should matter.

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I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, I

am a second generation Downtown business

owner, and I plan to live out my days here. I

sit on two boards and four committees. I am

also in the current SLO Leadership class.

I participate in all of the above mentioned

because of my love for this city. It is my belief

that the only way we can make this world a

better place is through participation. Our city

is a reflection of healthy participation.

What makes SLO so amazing is not just the

spectacular open space or the rich history,

but it is the people. People are what make

our community what it is. As we continue

to evolve we need to also continue to foster

diversity. A diverse economy, a diverse

ecosystem, and diverse perspectives. That

is the key to any thriving organism. But it

is very difficult to maintain or create any

sort of diversity when we are the sixth least

affordable city in America. It is time that we

bring some balance back to that metric.

In order to do that we need leaders that

are willing to make tough decisions for the

greater good of our community. Decisions

based on public input, rational thinking, and

expert advice. I am at a time in my life that

I can be that decision maker. Helping one

another be better people is more important to

me than pushing a single agenda.

This community will be my home for many

years to come and I hope that I can play

a small part in building a better San Luis

Obispo. Today we have the chance to face the

challenges ahead as one.

We are all familiar with what those

challenges are: lack of affordable housing,

fear over a secure long-term water supply,

strained town-gown relations, the effects

of a post-Diablo Canyon, or the obstacles

with preserving a strong local economy. The

election this year will decide the path for

what our community will become in the next

ten to twenty years.

That is why this year’s election is a very

important one. What we need is leadership

that is prepared to tackle these challenges

and understands the importance of working

with community members to create solutions.

We need leadership that is willing to engage

in discussion, dialogue, listen to new ideas,

and compromise. It won’t be easy and we

won’t agree on everything. The ability to

listen is what I believe sets me apart from

other candidates. I understand that there is

never a definitive right or wrong solution,

but rather we must embrace a combination of

ideas that work together to move us forward.

I hope to raise my family in this community

and hope that they can experience everything

that’s wonderful about this city, as I have. It

is up to us to take the community we have

inherited and make a better place for future

generations.


MILA VUJOVICH-LA BARRE

FOR SLO CITY COUNCIL 2016

“When you vote for me on November 8, 2016, you will elect a listener,

a leader, and a long-term planner that will best serve you and the

residents of San Luis Obispo!”

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| ELECTION

CANDIDATE

(cont.)

interested to hear what our local

candidates have to say, we asked just one

question: Why are you running for office?

FORUMAlways

ANDY PEASE

50 years old

Green Building

Architect

City Council

BRETT STRICKLAND

30 years old

Project Lead,

Engineering

City Council

MILA VUJOVICH-

LA BARRE

60 years old

Teacher

City Council

I’m running for City Council because I

love this city! I believe local government

is the way for residents to truly influence

decision-making and outcomes. At the local

level, government can be creative, agile and

responsive, and good solutions can ripple to

other communities and beyond.

My husband, Frank Basich, and I moved here

almost 20 years ago and feel so fortunate

to live here, work here, and raise our two

daughters here. I am a green building architect

and co-owner of a small business in town. I

have served in many organizations, including

as a founding Board member of SLO Green

Build, co-chair for Yes on Measure G, and

currently serving on the Central Coast

Green Building Council and the Chamber of

Commerce boards. I will bring this experience

and perspective to the Council.

“Balance” is a core value for me. As we envision

our future, I believe we can have a balance of

healthy economy, environmental stewardship,

and livable community. We do have challenges

ahead and I believe we can address those

challenges together. I will prioritize policies

and programs to improve housing options

and affordability, promote a sustainable water

supply, encourage head-of-household jobs, and

implement climate action.

Our community is strengthened by different

backgrounds and opinions, where all voices

are heard. We can make choices that respect

our past, while planning courageously for

the future. I am excited about that future

and would be honored to serve as a City

Council Member.

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As a 24 year resident of SLO County, I have

thoroughly enjoyed our beautiful open spaces,

the vibrant downtown area, and wonderful

people. I have decided to enter public service

because of my love for this community. San

Luis Obispo has given me so much, and I

would like to give back.

The people of SLO deserve to be served

by a Council which possesses a diversity

of opinion reflective of the community;

including the voices of working professionals,

tenants, and residents under the age of 40.

Residents deserve a pragmatic approach to

solve the severe housing and rental market

issues. That means adopting positive housing

solutions and repealing the Rental Inspection

Ordinance, which the community as a whole

has opposed.

The residents deserve to be served by a

Council that is fiscally responsible and will

prioritize paying the City’s pension liabilities

that are in excess of $120 million.

SLO residents deserve a Council that is

proactive in managing and exploring options

to expand our water supply.

I understand every issue that comes before

the Council has the potential to impact all

residents, the weight of that responsibility is

not lost on me. I’m running for City Council

because I love SLO and our residents

deserve leadership that is representative of

our community. I am ready to listen and

prepared to act, on behalf of this amazing

City and its residents.

Having explored many parts of our country and

the world, I believe that San Luis Obispo is one

of the best places on earth!

I have raised a family and thrived here for

25 years. Now, after years of community

involvement as a bilingual teacher, 24 Hour

Relay organizer, civic volunteer, and leader, I am

prepared to serve on City Council.

Currently, San Luis Obispo faces challenges

that my determination, skills, and experience

will help to address.

These involve planning for more frequent

and extended droughts, finding solutions for

traffic congestion and parking, protecting

the functionality and growth of the San

Luis Obispo County Airport, advocating for

workforce housing, caring for our homeless

population, dredging Laguna Lake, beautifying

recreational areas, building Class 1 bike paths,

finding solutions for rising crime, supporting

campaign finance reform, assuring responsible

fiscal and environmental processes, and

preserving beloved viewsheds and open space.

I look forward to strengthening all of our

neighborhoods by working with neighborhood

groups, city advisory bodies, students, and other

community organizations. I will do everything

within my power to protect our small town

quality of life while enhancing and safeguarding

our City’s economic, social and environmental

health and vitality.

I am a good listener, leader and long-term

planner who will strive to make San Luis

Obispo an even better place to work, learn

and live! I will be honored to serve you on the

City Council!

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| SPECIAL FEATURE

COMMUNITY

LEADERSHIP

BY PADEN HUGHES

PHOTOGRAPHY BY RENODA CAMPBELL

As part of our ongoing series examining the popular San Luis

Obispo County institution known as Leadership SLO, our own

Paden Hughes profiles a few members from Classes 21 to 25.

After 25 years in operation, the program, which features

an active 900 member alumni network, continues to touch

many lives, as well as play an integral role in strengthening

communities throughout the Central Coast. >>

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2012

>CLASS XXI

Hailing from the “Forever 21” class of Leadership SLO, ALEXANDRA SUTTON

fell in love with San Luis Obispo while visiting a friend who was attending Cuesta

College and living in Morro Bay. The draw to the Central Coast was strong and just

three weeks later, she packed up her life in Redlands and moved, determined to make

it work. Today she is the Spa Director for the Madonna Inn.

Sutton first heard about Leadership SLO through a social mixer being held. Told

that the event was only for Leadership SLO graduates, she decided to apply to the

program. The deadline was the following day, so she quickly finished her application,

got permission from her supervisors and submitted her reference letters. A few weeks

later she was accepted into Class 21.

Alexandra Sutton

NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS

Since her 2012 Leadership SLO graduation

AMANDA COLLINS DIEFENDERFER went on

to found a thriving consultancy called Big Red

Marketing and has published her first book

“Listening to Millennials: 56 Priceless Tips for

Managers.”

Website consultant, DAVE KASTNER has

donated countless hours to Leadership SLO as

its Facebook page manager. His breezy updates

are eagerly anticipated by alumni who appreciate

the opportunity to stay in touch with the program

and share photos with one another.

KSBY-TV’s Marketing Director, BRANDON DOWNING,

along with his wife, Shannon, who is an

executive with Sierra Vista Hospital and a

graduate of Class 19, have gone on to new

career heights and they continue to donate

countless hours in support of the Women’s

Shelter as they star in the Madonna Inn Fashion

show, alongside their 5-year-old son Carter.

“Leadership SLO is a tribe that is dedicated to adding more to its numbers,” Sutton

shares. “It helped to boost my confidence as a leader. It helped me be more fearless

in voicing my questions and concerns. I now feel that my voice counts. I also feel I’ve

come away recognizing how important each individual’s actions are at the local level.

Volunteerism and the spirit to help and giving back are so vibrant here and I’m always

happy to be a part of it.”

Each month Leadership SLO’s class of 36 leaders takes a full day to dive into

understanding a key industry sector in the county. The experience that stood out

to Sutton was the tour at county jail for Justice Day. Clearing security, meeting

guards, and walking through the county jail, and observing inmates on the other

side of the glass was an intense experience. Sutton is a self-proclaimed optimist

and she remembers how thankful she was to see the state of the jail first-hand. It

was bleak, emotionally heavy, but it explored a side of society that is hard to face

and harder to fix. It made her want to learn more about what is being done to

improve our justice system and support programs seeking to reintegrate inmates

productively back into society.

Sutton currently enjoys volunteering with the Women’s Shelter, surfing and hiking

with her husband, reading good books, and exploring her fascination with foreign

languages. Raised in Japan, Sutton is fluent in English and Japanese. She also

enjoys studying Spanish and French, and equates this effort with trying to solve a

musical puzzle.

CLASS MEMBERS

Mike Anderson, Rachel Carscaden, John Cascamo, Skye Christakos,

Michael Codron, Mandi Collins, Grace Crittenden, Brandon Downing,

Jaime Dwight, Brian Engleton, Tom Franciscovich, Craig Hill, Floyd

Hitchcock, Sasha Irving, Dave Kastner, Kaitlin King, Betsy Kinsley,

Melody Klemin, Steve Kragenbrink, Aaron Lambert, Wendy Lucas,

Ben Marquart, Josh Martin, Chase Martin, Danielle Marinez, Heather

McMillan, Steffanie Medina, Linda Parker Sanpei, Liz Ruth, Terri

Sablan, Keith Storton, Alexandra Sutton, Bettina Swigger,

Julie van Hoff, Kacy Vradenburg, Aimee Wyatt

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2013

>CLASS XXII

First visiting SLO County in 1979 on a family road trip, STEVE KNUCKLES and

his parents were just exploring the area when they fell head-over-heels in love with

it. That same day they went to a realtor to check out the housing market and liked

the first house they saw so much they bought it and moved the family from Orange

County to Paso Robles. Knuckles recalls how lucky he felt to grow up in a small town

and how moving to the Central Coast helped him find his career in the fire service.

All it took was watching his friend, a high schooler in the fire reserve, put out a

barn fire, to spark his interest. That same day Knuckles joined the fire reserve, and

a week later helped on his first fire. Since then he pursued an EMT certification

while continuing to work part-time with the fire service, then eventually accepted

a full-time position in Atascadero. Today, Knuckles is the Fire Chief for the Morro

Bay Fire Department.

Steve Knuckles

NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS

Talley Farms Fresh Harvest manager

ANDREA SHAPIRO CHAVEZ continues to

connect farmers and neighbors through her

popular Community Supported Agriculture

program. And, she also donates her time

now to Leadership SLO’s Tour Day, as she

introduces new classes to farmers who are

growing everything from ancient grains to

small-scale blackberry patches.

Since her Leadership year JESSICA STEELY

has added President/CEO to her general

contractor title at Semmes & Co. Builders.

She has also served as President of SLO

Green Build and is with the Economic

Vitality Corporation’s Building Design and

Construction cluster.

DOMINIC TARTAGLIA, whose family has

longtime roots in the community, is now

sharing his love of all things San Luis Obispo

as Executive Director of the San Luis Obispo

Downtown Association. He is also a member

of the Sheriff’s Search & Rescue team and an

avid outdoorsman.

Knuckles first heard about Leadership SLO through an ad in a local magazine stating

that the program was focused on leadership and networking. He was immediately

interested and applied. During his time in Leadership, Knuckles recalls becoming

exposed to a cross section of people from wildly different backgrounds, all committed

to making the county a better place to live.

“Each month I was able to witness the individual passions of each member of my

class come out, from Adam Stowe and his passion for Blues Baseball, to Herb Stroh

and his passion for justice, to Andrea Chavez and her passion for Talley Farm’s local

produce,” Knuckles continues. “As a fireman you can believe your passion to keep

the public safe is the most important. Leadership SLO showed me the broader

eco-system and how different passions and purposes work together to make our

community so vibrant.”

The highlight for Knuckles was Media Day where he learned how to handle a difficult

interview with aplomb. At the time, his fire department did not have meaningful

relationships with local media. Learning to deal effectively with this sector proved to

be critical to his career. After Media Day, Knuckles, joined by the Morro Bay Police

Chief, initiated a meeting with KSBY-TV’s news team to learn about how they could

more effectively communicate with each other. This meeting was a success and it led

to similar meetings with other media outlets, which has led to a much-improved

connection between the fire department and the community it serves.

When he is not putting out fires or working to improve the City of Morro Bay,

Knuckles enjoys coaching his son’s basketball and football teams. He also continues

to be involved in the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, where he helps run camps

across the state for burn victims.

CLASS MEMBERS

Jennifer Alton, Lauren Bell, Mark Bieraugel, Susan Branche Poteet,

Patty Carpenter, Andrea Chavez, Colby Courter, Juliette Duke,

Maureen Forsberg, Daniel Glimpse, April Hoey, Paden Hughes,

Kristin Inman, Emily Jackson, Trevor Keith, Steve Knuckles, Mike

Konjoyan, Robyn Kontra, Denise Leader Stoeber, Sandy Lee, Loren

Leidinger Avila, Deepa Mallareddy, Jeff Minnery, Kerry Morris,

Sunni Mullinax, Pamela Ralston, Megan Rivoire, Sue Roberts, Kelli

Schonher, Ray Spellerberg, Jessica Steely, Adam Stowe, Herb Stroh,

Dom Tartaglia, Melinda Thomas, Janet Wallace

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2014

>CLASS XXIII

After six months studying abroad on the Gold Coast of Australia, with two weeks left

on his visa, MICHAEL HUGHES remembers asking a friend where he should go

next in life. Knowing he still had a couple of classes to complete for pre-requisites for

Physical Therapy grad school, he just couldn’t bear going back to Fresno to finish it.

Australia had been life-changing, and he wanted to go somewhere equally inspiring.

His friend suggested San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly. So he went back home, packed

up and moved to SLO to finish his remaining classes and find work.

Michael Hughes

NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS

The ever-creative BRANDEN WELSHONS

leant his good business sense and

sophisticated palette to co-founding Jean

Marie Cidery. His craft hard cider, which

was named by taking the middle names of

his mother and his business partner’s and

combining them, has been earning critical

acclaim.

Since her Leadership days, HEIDI HARMON

has jumped into the political process with

both feet, first running unsuccessfully for

State Assembly in 2014 and now in a hotly

contested race for Mayor of San Luis Obispo.

During the past 15 years, she has led Music

Time for pre-schoolers at Boo Boo Records.

Now San Luis Obispo is his home, the place he started his business, Gymnazo, and

where his family is being raised. He had been growing his fitness business in the

community for several years before he heard about Leadership SLO through a friend.

“I saw Leadership SLO as giving me a backstage pass to the county,” Hughes recalls.

“I care deeply about this community, where it is headed, and how it is going to get

there. Leadership SLO was a great opportunity to help me network, get the inside

scoop on the inner workings of the county and help grow my ability to be a better

leader.”

His favorite experience was attending Economic Development and Business Day

because he heard from successful business owners, who have large businesses here

that are thriving, yet out of the limelight. To hear the stories about how these

leaders grew their businesses was personally encouraging to Hughes, who strives

to do the same with his own company, although he is candid in relating his own

experience when he shares, “San Luis Obispo is a funny place, because it can seem

like no one really builds careers here; they just have money and live here. But to

know there are ways to stay here and grow here is very encouraging to me. It made

me want to do the same thing.”

When not correcting movement dysfunction or coaching small group classes at his

gym, Hughes is an avid boater and lives for weekends at Lake Nacimiento where he

grew up wakeboarding with his four brothers. He also enjoys playing golf with his

wife, traveling to new countries and is excited to welcome his first child, a girl, into

the world sometime in January.

Devoted family man and Morro Bay Police

Sergeant JODY COX, along with two of his

colleagues, was recognized earlier this year

for his work in solving commercial burglaries

that had plagued the seaside town. The trio

was awarded Investigation of the Year.

CLASS MEMBERS

Stacy Axan, Gina Axsom, Jesse Bilstein, Aram Casparian, Rachel

Cementina, Craig Christakos, Heather Cochrane, Jody Cox, Steve Davis,

Kelly Donohue, Rachel Fernflores, Kristin Flynn, Rusty Hall, Heidi Harmon,

Adrienne Harris, Erin Hoffman, Michael Hughes, Marty Imes, Cindy Jacinth,

Melissa Jenna Godsey, Amanda Leath, Courtney Meznarich, Carrie Miller,

Rachell Newburn, Garett Olson, Nohemy Ornelas, Joy Pederson Harkins,

Adam Peterson, Katie Reginato Cascamo, Missy Reitner Cameron, Deanna

Richards, Jeff Smith, Mike Sparrow, Branden Welshons, Greg Whitener,

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2015

>CLASS XXIX

San Luis Obispo County native, BRYAN IDLER was eager to strike out on his

own and find his path in life. His journey took him to San Diego State and then

on to the East Coast. Working for Robert Kennedy’s son and then spending some

time working on boats, Idler embraced the East Coast lifestyle. It wasn’t until he

received a phone call from his father letting him know the family business could use

someone like him, that Idler returned to the Central Coast. After starting in the

warehouse and working his way up to sales manager, Bryan enjoys working for the

family business, Idler’s Home, which has been operating since 1954.

Bryan Idler

NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS

Since graduating, English native GARETH

KELLY married, moved to Florida and

moved back to the Central Coast in short

order. As an advocate for immigration

reform and a budding journalist, he briefly

received national attention last year when he

publically revealed that he, too, was in the

United States illegally.

Verdin operations manager MICHELLE

STARNES became a partner in the firm midway

through her Leadership SLO year, and

is an enthusiastic proponent of its “24-Hour

Give,” which selects a local non-profit to

receive a full day, all through the night, probono

makeover of its brand image.

Crossfit aficionado, SHANNON LARRABEE

is the Director of Government and Industry

Relations at Central Coast Distributing where

she has become the go-to expert on the craft

beers that are distributed by the familyowned

company.

About four years after his return to the Central Coast, Bryan was transitioning

from sales in the company’s San Luis Obispo location to sales manager for all three

locations, when an enthusiastic Rotarian told him about Leadership SLO. After

receiving encouragement to apply, Idler considered that the program may be a

valuable way to learn more about the community, as well as a way to build upon his

professional network in the area.

“I thought this program would be a little more formal in its leadership training with

an emphasis on public speaking skills, but I couldn’t have been further off,” Idler

intimates. “The program is far more focused on giving you the opportunity to tune

into your community at a whole new level and meet the experts who help shape our

community. I loved it.”

Idler recalls that after the initial retreat at Wonder Valley, the first meeting he

attended started off with being taught a Polish dance with his classmates. He

remembers circling up with his newly acquainted classmates and dancing and

jumping around for twenty minutes, trying desperately to make the dance moves

look authentic. It was the perfect way to break the ice as the group started Arts

and Education Day. Later that same day he recalls listening to leaders in local Arts

organizations explain the plight of arts in San Luis Obispo. Idler recalls that Arts

wasn’t something he had thought about much, but after learning about what goes

on behind the scenes as these organizations struggle to support their operations in

the community, it opened his eyes to see how important it is for locals to support

their efforts. “Perhaps the single biggest takeaway for me was that Leadership SLO

showed me that I could still be more involved than I was at the time,” Idler pauses

to collect his thoughts. “Regardless of how little time I have, I can still impact

change in our deserving community.”

When Idler is not working or volunteering his time, he enjoys boating and spending

time at the family cabin in Lake Nacimiento. He also enjoys hiking, surfing, and

little by little, improving his own home.

CLASS MEMBERS

Amy Bisely, Autumn Clark, Loch Dreizler, Amanda Dunton, Katie

Ferber, Rebecca Gershow, Monica Grant, Andy Greensfelder, Ray

Hais, Sabrina Harper, Steve Hilstein, Shonna Howenstine, Bryan

Idler, Derek Johnson, Burke Kascha-Hare, Gareth Kelly, Molly Kern,

Will Landreth, Shannon Larrabee, Jenna Miller, Nicole Moore,

Kendra Paulding, Andy Pease, Gene Richardson, Randy Russom,

Jenna Smith, Maryann Stansfield, Michelle Starnes, Susan Stenovec,

Heather Tarango, Lynn Tillman, Cheryl Wakefield, Brian Weiss,

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2016

>CLASS XXV

Growing up in Davis, California, KYLE AHLGREN knew that as soon as he was

ready to raise his own family he would like to return to the charms of a small town.

After marrying an Orcutt native, Ahlgren frequented the Central Coast for holidays

and family events. Almost five years ago, Ahlgren and his wife decided it was time to

relocate from Santa Monica to San Luis Obispo to raise their family.

Kyle Ahlgren

NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS

Executive Director of Granite Ridge

Camp in Creston, SHAY STEWARD,

who is married to Class 15 alum, Erica

Stewart, hosted a Leadership fundraiser

at his facility called “The Hunger Games”

where participants competed in archery,

tomahawk throwing, and skeet shooting

which culminated in a wild game lunch.

ELLEN DREWS, who is the mother of two

and an attorney at San Luis Obispo-based

firm Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh

found the time and motivation to train and

compete in the Boston Marathon last spring,

finishing with a personal best time.

Event planner, DANA MATTESON, who also

works at Cal Poly’s Office of the President,

played a major role in bringing the

Leadership SLO 25 Year Anniversary party

to life, as she prepares the San Luis Obispo

Veteran’s Hall for an estimated 300 alumni

and guests.

Ahlgren first heard about Leadership SLO while he volunteered with the Chamber

of Commerce as part of their Ambassador Committee. Later, it came up again when

his employer, Missy Reitner-Cameron, a graduate of Class 23, talked about her

experience. Since he knew that he wanted to stay involved in the community to better

understand the issues of his adopted home, he submitted his application. “From my

experience with this program, Leadership SLO prepares you to be a leader, but not

in the formal sense,” Algren reveals. “It enables you to know the issues, the players,

the interdependencies, and, ultimately, that education makes you a better local leader.

Knowledge and understanding creates empowered citizens who will one day take

charge of the direction of our community. I look forward to being a part of that.”

For Ahlgren, the program highlighted the concept that all it takes is someone

with a strong desire to get something meaningful accomplished in a small town.

He describes meeting people in the program who have impacted the community

in many different ways, from launching a non-profit, to building new trails, to

starting a business.

One of the experiences that most stood out to Ahlgren was an exercise on watching

how public opinion shifts: two experts with opposing views on how to develop San

Luis Obispo’s downtown were asked to debate one another in front of Class 25.

As they did, the class had to shift their physical location in the room to the side of

the room with the speaker that was most compelling to them. For Ahlgren it was

fascinating to visually see how opinion shifts and evolves as arguments unfold.

As Class 25 comes to an end, Ahlgren feels he is one step closer to finding where his

role will be in paving the future for San Luis Obispo. There are so many opportunities

he has identified where he can contribute to making an enduring impact. While he

admits to not knowing exactly what the future looks like, he shares that he is now

feeling far more prepared and confident to jump in and participate.

When not at work, Ahlgren enjoys spending time with his family and raising his

two daughters. He also loves to garden, go backpacking in Big Sur and the Sierras,

skateboard, and mountain bike.

CLASS MEMBERS

Kyle Ahlgren, John Bledsoe, Ron Brown, Dan DeGroot, Ellen Drews,

Jim Duffy, Erica Fryburger, Lisa Funk, Aaron Gomez, Victoria Hanna,

Brent Hansen, Josh Haring, Stacey Hunt, Paul Irving, Tim Kensigner,

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Rosey Parks, Jennifer Porter, Gabe Quiroz, Susan Richardson, Ben

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on a Wednesday afternoon with two cranky kids and $12 in my wallet, I’ve been known to succumb

to the aroma of lemon-pepper chickens under a heat lamp, purchasing a bird, two sides and a bag of

Hawaiian rolls with the hope that the weave of my life would loosen up as a result. But the payoff never

meets my expectations: the meat is inevitably dry, the sides unconscionably goopy, and after reading the

nutritional information on the bag of Hawaiian rolls, I swear I’ll never let one pass my lips again.

Fortunately, rotisserie is experiencing something of a renaissance, and many chicken dinners are being

made with straightforward, whole ingredients and the gourmand in mind. (According to Google

Trends, searches for “rotisserie chicken” have tripled in California since 2006.) What better time to

explore local takeaway rotisserie dinner deals than in the fall, when schedules suddenly explode and

work loads hit the breaking point?

JAIME LEWIS is a sommelier,

world traveler, and food writer,

who lives n San Luis Obispo.

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De Palo & Sons, Shell Beach

Owner Andrea Williams meets me and my kids at the front

counter of her family’s venerated delicatessen and grocery. Her

first order of business is getting in tight with my little people.

“Can they have a cookie?” she says, motioning to a glass case full

of gorgeous confections. I say, “Yes, thank you,” and the die is cast:

she is their new favorite person.

Williams shares how she and her husband, Scott, bought Spyglass

Deli in 1984, converting it to an Italian grocery and wine shop

and expanding into the adjacent suite in 1998 with a long deli

case and rotisserie. She packs a chicken up for me, describing how

each bird is stuffed with rosemary and whole garlic cloves, then

rubbed with olive oil, lemon juice, and a proprietary seasoning

before turning on the rotisserie. She also packs some favorite

sides: a sweet broccoli salad, tortellini with feta, olives and

sundried tomatoes, a rotelli salad with peppers and scallions, and a

wheel of herbed focaccia.

At home, we dig into our chicken dinner on the patio, light fading

on the mountains. The chicken falls off the bone, with plenty of

savory seasoning trapped in the crispy, almost candy-ish skin. The

kids love the focaccia; my husband and I especially appreciate the

wine, a bottle of Albariño from the Williams’ Mattina Fiore label.

All is flavorful and light, with a slight Italian accent.

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Life Made Deliciously Easy #2:

The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar, Paso Robles

For all its of-the-moment ingredients and gourmet approach,

The Hatch still feels a lot like your favorite greasy spoon, only

cleaner in every respect. Opened in 2015 by Maggie Cameron

and Eric Connolly, The Hatch’s comfort-heavy menu includes

dishes Cameron remembers from spending childhood summers

in the South.

Though takeaway is a popular option, my husband and I decide to

dine in for the full experience. Our server, J.P., pummels us with

starters: roasted shishito peppers, fried green tomatoes, Hen Of

Woods mushrooms in sweet soy glaze, and pork belly with mostarda

and hoppin’ john. Then comes the chicken, brined twelve hours and

fired over oak in the rotisserie, served with half a grilled onion and

little cups of buttermilk sauce and house-made “rooster sauce.”

“You don’t want to mess around with the rooster sauce,” says J.P.,

explaining that it’s made with habanero and ghost chilies. I blend

a little with the buttermilk sauce, dip and bite. Spicy, yes, but also

transcendent. And then there are the grits.

Here on the Central Coast, most of us have never had grits, and,

therefore, have no idea what we’re missing. J.P. pushes a platter of

white, South Carolina stone-ground grits in front of us and calls

the gooey mound “a cloud of heaven.” I take a bite and start to

understand: they are pure decadence with white cheddar, butter

and cream, the perfect exclamation point on a spectacularly

indulgent meal.

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Life Made Deliciously Easy #3:

SLO Provisions, San Luis Obispo

Full Disclosure: I already loved SLO Provisions before

writing this story; the crisp white-and-red motif of

the interior, the emphasis on pure ingredients, and the

owners, Steve Bland and Dwyne Willis.

I also happen to love the Family Chicken Dinner,

which includes a whole rotisserie chicken, a side salad,

roasted red potatoes and dessert for either two or four

people. I walk into SLO Pro on a Tuesday afternoon

when the chickens come off the fancy French Rotisol

rotisserie. Willis explains that they’ve been herb-brined

for 24 hours and then air-dried for another 24 hours

for moist meat and golden skin. The shop is bustling so

I move aside as he packs a carton of potatoes, kale, and

cauliflower salad, and an assortment of desserts—pecan

bars, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies —with my

chicken.

Once again, our family dines beautifully that evening.

Herbal and savory, the chicken is expertly cooked—

with not a wisp of dryness—as are the rosemaryflecked

potatoes. The kale and cauliflower salad, already

a favorite in our house, is tender with grainy mustard,

lemon, and Parmigiano. “Look at what I did!” my son

exclaims not long after we sit down. He raises his plate

to show that he has eaten the entire dinner: chicken,

potatoes, kale, cauliflower and all. Win-win. SLO LIFE

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| KITCHEN

SIZZLING

STUFFED PEPPERS

With a nontraditional twist, Chef Jessie Rivas takes stuffed peppers from blah to boastful.

BY CHEF JESSIE RIVAS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BLAKE ANDREWS

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8 large poblano or pasilla chilies

4 cups vegetable stock

½ cup BarrelHouse Rye IPA

2 Tbs canola oil

1 cup diced yellow onions

2 cloves garlic

2 cup quinoa

¾ cup cooked corn kernels

¾ cup butternut squash, finely diced

1 cup kale, leaves only

½ cup Monterey cheese

½ tsp kosher salt

pepper to taste

Cumin Cream:

½ cup sour cream

juice from ½ lime

½ tsp cumin

salt and pepper to taste

Serve with:

crumbled queso fresco

cilantro for garnish

Pepper preparation:

On a gas stovetop place peppers on flame and char skin until it blisters. Put

blistered peppers in a glass or stainless steel bowl and cover to sweat peppers,

until they cool. Peel skins and cut a slit on one side. De-seed the peppers but

leave stem attached and set aside.

Quinoa filling:

Steam quinoa in vegetable stock and beer until just

cooked. Drain any excess liquid.

JESSIE RIVAS is the owner

and chef of The Pairing Knife

food truck which serves the

Central Coast.

In an 10 inch sauté pan add oil and heat until just

smoking. Add butternut squash and stir often for

five minutes. Add onion, corn kernels, garlic and

stir together. Cook another five minutes. Let cool

for five minutes and add Monterey cheese, kale, salt,

and pepper. Cool to room temperature

Stuff peppers will filling and set in a well oiled 9x13

casserole dish. Cook in oven for 15 minutes at 350°.

Add queso fresco over peppers and keep in oven

until just melted. Pull from oven and serve with

cumin cream and garnish with cilantro. SLO LIFE

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| BREW

SEASONAL

FAVORITES

With crisp autumn nights upon us, fall brews from

Märzen to cider are ripe and ready to be enjoyed.

BY BRANT MYERS

As the skies grow darker and the night

creeps into our day, so goes the beer.

Before the ease of refrigeration and

climate control, we drank what could

be brewed in ambient temperature,

which paired perfectly with the

seasonal foods being grown locally as we got ready to embrace the

coming cooler climate. Beer, much like our changing weather and

the color of leaves, is seasonal. Nowadays we can make any type of

brew year-round, but there is nothing quite as special as drinking a

centuries-old recipe that pairs perfectly with the season.

A prime example of this would be a Märzen bier, more widely

known as an Oktoberfest beer. Historically brewed in spring and

kept in cold storage until fall to prevent infection, this style is

still celebrated after what we can assume was a hot and terrible

three months without sudsy refreshment. Our favorite right now

is the Oaktoberfest from Firestone, which is richly complex in

its malt profile, balancing a sweetness that tastes like autumn

itself with Noble hops adding an almost imperceptible spice.

This brew pours an amber hue with hints of copper, like wearing

UGG Boots while carving a pumpkin and watching a sunset. It

tastes like it, too.

Yes, you will see pumpkin beers hit the shelves and spice beers

with orange labels being sold next to plastic black cauldrons, but

it’s not all gimmicks and holidays. There are some fantastic beers

that scream autumn without the hype and trends. Pop into Bang

the Drum before it’s too late and grab their Heaven Hill Bourbon

barrel-aged Maple Brown Ale. Russet in color, a hue associated

with seriousness, this beer is nothing to scoff at. Don’t let the dark

color fool you; this beer looks like winter but tastes like a brisk

sunrise. The first-use bourbon barrels imparts traditional flavors

of maple syrup and oaky tannins while the base beer does its job

of melding with the devil’s cut to create a warming brew that can be

enjoyed both during the day and around a fire pit at night.

Don’t panic, we’re not into stout and porter season yet so those of you that

decree the evils of dark beer are safe. Most color has been imparted from the

roast levels of the grains being used and can range in flavor from honey to

coffee. Remember, you can’t taste color so enjoy these darker beers with an

open mind and you’ll soon find that they can open up like a fine red wine.

Fall beers are an under-represented style and should be drank while you can,

yet we would be remiss if we ignored the apple harvest and the great joys

it brings. Apples may keep doctors away, but once pressed and fermented

you’ll have cozy gatherings around a fireplace with friends. Tucked away in

a cul-de-sac off of El Camino Real in Atascadero, discover Bristol’s Cider

House and the magic that’s being made in their cidery. A far cry from the

mass-produced syrupy sweet ciders, Neil and his team bring his hometown

cider styles of Bristol, England to the Central Coast with their dry finish

and locally sourced apple varieties. Weather heats up? Grab a pint of their

hopped Barti Du for a clean and crisp libation

with just a touch of English hops for pungent

aroma. Getting cooler or heading to a soiree? A

bottle of Anne Bonny will be a sure hit with her

tart apple base and Kentucky whiskey barrel-aged

flavors, it will take you on a journey of sweetness,

tartness, and just enough booze to warm you up.

BRANT MYERS is owner

of Hop On Beer Tours, a

concierge service for craft

beer enthusiasts along the

Central Coast.

Whatever the occasion, be sure to celebrate

harvest season and transition into cooler

weather and shorter days with the right brew.

So go explore our local breweries to see their

interpretations of fall and lift a glass to the

summer of the past and the bright future ahead.

And, remember, the best beer is always the one

right in front of you. SLO LIFE

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SCARECROW FESTIVAL

Enjoy a fun and relaxing getaway

on the California coast in October.

Hundreds of whimsical scarecrows

are on display throughout the seaside

villages of Cambria and San Simeon.

October 1 – 31 // cambriascarecrows.com

CITY TO THE SEA

The City to the Sea half marathon course is a

point-to-point race that starts in downtown

San Luis Obispo. The course winds through

the city, takes runners along scenic backroads,

and ends alongside the Pacific Ocean in the

coastal community of Pismo Beach.

October 9 // citytothesea.org

SURFBOARD ART FESTIVAL

Renowned artists and community

groups will have their surfboard

art creations displayed publicly

throughout the City of Morro Bay.

And, join the fun on November 29th

at Fish Bonez for the Surfboard Art

Festival Gala Auction.

October 1 – December 3

mbsurfboardartfest.com

OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR

Nearly 200 San Luis Obispo County

artists open their studios. The art

is for sale, but the fun comes from

interacting with the artists, getting a

peek into their studios, and learning

about their creative process.

October 8, 9, 15 & 16 // artsobispo.org

LA BOHEME

Set to lush, irresistible music,

Giacomo Puccini’s timeless

masterpiece never fails to move

audiences to both laughter and

tears. The story of six young

friends in Paris living on laughter

and love.

October 15 – 16 // pacslo.org


SLO BEER WEEK

Meet and hang with the innovative brewers

of the Central Coast, throw back the best

beer being made today—all the while

indulging in SLO’s culinary wonders and

soaking in its coastal sea air and warm

sunshine. When the discussion and tastings

end, there’s plenty of time for exploring the

beauty of the region, farm-to-table cuisine,

music and art scene, the coastline, and more.

October 16 – 22 // slobeerweek.com

RACE OF THE GENTLEMEN

Enjoy the rich heritage of American innovation

and speed celebrating America’s racing and hot

rodding heritage. Nonstop racing, live music, kids

area, food, and beer vendors.

October 15 -16 // theraceofgentlemen.com

WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING

In an intricate, multi-layered story that spans

four generations and two continents, When

the Rain Stops Falling explores patterns

of betrayal, abandonment, destruction,

forgiveness and love. This powerful drama

unfolds with humanity, surprising humor, and

hope, as the past plays out into the future.

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NOVEMBER

HARVEST ON THE COAST

Enjoy the transcendent sights, scents, and

flavors of this signature season through a

rambunctious extravaganza of local food and

wine. The weekend includes a winemaker’s

dinner, the Grand Tasting and Wine

Auction, and winery open houses.

November 4 – 6 // slowine.com

A BRUSH WITH THE BUTTERFLIES

A fine art, photography, and craft outdoor

event to celebrate the return of the Monarch

butterflies to Pismo Beach.

November 1 // ccspa.info

Join us on HIGUERA STREET

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| HAPPENINGS

NOVEMBER

MORRO BAY TRIATHLON

Swim the bay, ride historic Highway 1,

and run on the hard-packed sand on

the beach, boardwalk, dirt roads, and

paved roads. Come out and enjoy some

of the finest multi-sport terrain on the

West Coast.

November 5 -6 // morrobaytri.com

LIZT ALFONSO DANCE CUBA

Direct from Havana, seventeen fiery

dancers, six musicians, and a smoky

bandstand vocalist will take you to the

heart of Cuba, celebrating the music and

dances from the ‘50’s through today’s

current scene.

November 15 // pacslo.org

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CAL POLY BANDFEST

Experience something that is uniquely

American as the powerful Pride of the

Pacific Mustang Marching Band fills

the hall with dazzling arrangements.

November 13 // pacslo.org

GARRISON KEILLOR

Sit back, relax, and drink-in the stories of

the famed humorist Garrison Keillor who

has maintained a steadfast presence in our

homes over the past 40 years.

November 16 // sloclassical.org

FESTIVAL MOZAIC

Internationally-renowned artists

present concerts in spectacular venues

on the Central Coast. Baroque,

romantic, contemporary— this

program explores the full range of

tone and color in chamber music,

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November 17 - 19 // festivalmozaic.com

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