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CONTENTS

Volume

10

Number 2

Apr/May 2019

40

CARA CRYE

This fourth generation local

walks us through a day in

the life as CEO of a longtime

Central Coast business.

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Publisher’s Message

Info

On the Cover

In Box

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Briefs

Check out the latest news highlight reel.

Timeline

We take a look at local events from the past two months.

View

A looming winter storm didn’t stop MARK NAKAMURA

from capturing the scene from Terrace Hill.


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| CONTENTS

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Q&A

New to the helm as President and CEO

of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of

Commerce, JIM DANTONA is ready to

settle into the role.

Now Hear This

Punk rock roots keep STEVEN BURT an

active part of the local garage band scene.

Family

Ready to play, PADEN HUGHES takes

a trip to Atascadero to check out their

newest spot for family fun.

On the Rise

As the soccer MVP at San Luis Obispo High

School, senior BRANDEN DOLEZAL is

ready for the bright lights of the stadium.

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Real Estate

Look no further for insight into the local housing market

as we share the year-to-date statistics of home sales

for both the city and the county of San Luis Obispo.

Health

Always keeping our finger on the pulse, we researched

and analyzed the latest findings that keep us ticking.

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Taste

Just in time for spring picnics, JAIME LEWIS makes the

pilgrimage to our locally owned and operated delis to

find the perfect sandwich for noshing.

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Dwelling

CHRISTOPHER and BAMBI BANYS reveal

the rustic details and ornate design of

their hacienda-style home.

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Kitchen

Keeping fresh and healthy along with quick and easy

top-of-mind, CHEF JESSIE RIVAS shares this Asian

inspired salmon dish.

Wine Notes

Looking for a wine to match our California sunshine,

ANDRIA MCGHEE takes in the crisp flavor of dry Riesling.

Brew

If you have ever wondered what makes a beer, well, a

beer, you’ve found the right guy. Get ready to drink it in

as BRANT MYERS explains it all.

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 April and May.

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| PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE

A month or so ago, we replaced our bed. It had a good run, at least ten years, but it had started to falter lately.

I was surprised by the emotions that welled up when they hauled off that misshapen old mattress down the

hallway toward its ultimate resting place.

My family was in expansion mode when we bought that bed, with our third child on the way. Tempur-Pedic

was the new thing back then; it was made of memory foam “originally developed by NASA for its

astronauts,” according to the sales guy. If it was good enough for astronauts, it would be good enough for the

five of us. I say “the five of us” because we’ve always had an open bed policy.

Any kid who wants to sleep with Mom and Dad are welcome, and pretty much every night we could count

on at least one of them joining us at some point, usually all three. A debate rages among young parents as to

whether or not a “family bed” makes sense, but for us, we would not have had it any other way. And we did

try. When our first-born, Geneva, was still a toddler, we would walk her back to her own bed over and over

again in the dead of night. But, she was more determined than us and kept walking right back. After a while,

she wore us down. When the little shadow would appear in the doorway, we would reflexively lift blankets, she would climb in, and we would all fall

asleep. It seemed innocent at the time, but then the cycle would repeat with each new kid who became mobile enough to join us.

When we went to the bed store, the salesman attempted to talk me into upgrading our queen-size bed to a California king. Taking measure of my

six feet and three inches, he noted the extra length, which would allow me to stretch out my full frame. Expertly detailing the difference between the

California king, which is longer, and the standard king, which is wider, he informed me that, in my case, it was better to have those extra four inches

added to the length rather than to the width. The bed sales guy did not know my family very well. That extra real estate, those extra four inches of width,

when you have five people sleeping in one bed, is the equivalent of a city block in midtown Manhattan.

That old memory foam—if it had any sort of memory anywhere close to what the sales guy claimed—could recite lines from Doctor Seuss and

“Goodnight Moon,” as just about every day ended with family bedtime stories right there on the Tempur-Pedic. With everyone piled in, they would be

ushered off to dreamland along with the three little bears sitting in chairs and the cow jumping over the moon. One by one, their breathing would slow into

that ancient rhythm of nocturnal bliss. And, one by one, I would carry them back to their own beds. Goodnight noises everywhere.

A few hours later, the shadows would again fill the lower half of the doorway, and the blankets would be lifted as three little ones burrowed their way

into the middle. Each time, I would be pushed a little farther out, each time congratulating myself for holding my ground with the bed sales guy. Those

four inches were coming in handy, as kids were doing what kids do in the middle of the night: push, pull, spin, kick, cuddle, elbow, and roll. It has been

reported that Eskimos have 50 different words for “snow” and, if that is true, I have at least that many to describe “sleep.” You never knew what you

were going to get one night to the next. But, one thing was for certain, when you woke up in the morning, everyone would be somewhere different than

where they started. Except for me, I always clung to my four-inch sliver of prime turf.

Over the years, the king-sized piece of astronaut foam became the headquarters for fort-making, Barbie-styling, board game-playing, and later,

wrestling. Somewhere along the line, our boys were exposed to WWE, which stands for World Wrestling Entertainment. The emphasis should be on

the word “entertainment,” because it is really nothing more than a giant soap opera for muscle-bound alpha males wearing tiny speedos. Many hours

were spent on that old bed mimicking Randy K. Orton’s signature attack, the dreaded RKO. It was one RKO, in particular, that was embedded deep into

the Tempur-Pedic’s memory. I cannot remember who was on offense, it was either Donovan or Harrison, but the familiar refrain, “RKO!” was shouted

out followed by the equally familiar thud on the mattress. Only, this time, it was also accompanied by a massive crash-boom.

I raced down the hallway where I found my boys wide-eyed in shock after their wrestling arena had collapsed below them. Bending down on my hands

and knees, I could see that the middle of the frame had snapped, and since the edges remained intact, the mattress took the form of a taco shell. That

night, and for many beyond, we piled into our newly christened “taco bed,” only this time, I had lost that four-inch strip of prime territory because I

would roll, just like the rest of us, into the middle of everything—the best memory of all.

I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to everyone who 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

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WITH CARA CRYE

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We met at her office in the administration part of the

building. And the first thing I noticed as I walked by was

her incredible view: just spectacular. She’s got all these

windows framing the rolling green hills in the distance. It’s

very rural looking even though she’s very close to the city. I

would say it’s one of the best places in the world to have an

office. It was lovely, but unintimidating. Just a nice space. It

felt very welcoming.

I also got some shots of the cactus part of the

garden because, honestly, that is one of my

favorites. And, I think it’s one of the trendiest

things at the moment. People are discovering the

cactus. It’s very hip and now; it’s what you are

seeing people use inside and outside their homes.

She had a great rapport with all of her employees; you could

tell they genuinely liked each other. A lot of fun banter and

joking around. Everyone was happy working there, including

Cara. It was just a really nice workspace, nice environment.

I noticed this purple magnolia—I think that’s

what it was. They had just got it in their

nursery. It was incredible, just glorious, so

beautiful. It doesn’t even look real. I’m going

to go back to buy one myself, if they don’t

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| BRIEFS

$75,649

The average salary for teachers in the San

Luis Coastal Unified School District,

which puts them among the top earners

in San Luis Obispo County and equal to

many in the San Joaquin Valley. However,

with median home prices well over

$600,000 versus approximately $250,000 in

Fresno, for example, the disparity is putting

a strain on the district’s ability to attract

and retain teachers locally.

“There is a

wall of gum.

Just FYI.”

Rainn Wilson, who played the character

Dwight Schrute on the hit show “The

Office,” commenting on Facebook about

Bubblegum Alley during his recent visit to

San Luis Obispo.

#7

A new report issued by the National

Association of Home Builders put the San

Luis Obispo-Arroyo Grande-Paso Robles

area in seventh place on its least affordable

places to buy a home list. Each of the

top ten least affordable places were in

California, and of the 237 areas surveyed,

Elmira, New York was identified as the

most affordable.

“We’re

not

leaving.”

Rick Stollmeyer, CEO of Mindbody,

assured the Tribune in an interview after his

company was acquired by San Franciscobased

venture capital company Vista Equity

Partners for $1.9 billion.

660,253

The number of gallons of rain that has

fallen so far on San Luis Obispo County

during an unexpectedly wet season,

which is enough to fill two million

Olympic-sized swimming pools, as well

as end the eight-year drought.

“THANKFULLY no

one was injured!”

Scout Coffee Co. of San Luis Obispo

wrote on their Instagram page after

posting a photo showing the damage

done at their Foothill Boulevard location

when a truck slammed into their shop

at approximately 8 a.m. on a Saturday

morning, just before opening for the day.

62

The number of years after her death in

1957 that Julia Morgan finally received

an obituary in The New York Times as part

of its “Overlooked” project. Morgan was

the first woman to become licensed as an

architect in California and she went on to

design Hearst Castle in San Simeon, the

Monday Club in San Luis Obispo, and

close to 800 additional projects.

“There’s

a magic

land named

Nipomo…”

The host of CBS’s “Let’s Make a Deal,”

Wayne Brady, sang in a song he made up

off-the-cuff on the air after game show

contestant Shawn Fuggs, a Santa Maria

Police Officer, gushed about the great

weather in his hometown.

$561

65,155

The amount of the fine the City of San Luis

The number of applications Cal Poly

Obispo will begin assessing those who are

received for its 2019 freshman class for the apparently tossing confetti in the air for a

approximately 5,000 spots available, which selfie shot on top of Terrace Hill without

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| TIMELINE

Around the County

FEBRUARY ’19

2/1

Plains All American Pipeline applied for permits to rebuild its 124-mile pipeline

across much of the Central Coast, which would allow ExxonMobil to restart its

offshore oil production that came to a halt following the oil spill north of Santa

Barbara four years ago. Last year, Plains was convicted of several crimes related

to the spill, including a felony count for its failure to properly maintain the line,

failing to report the spill, and for killing wildlife. The plan has again created

friction between local environmentalists and multinational oil companies, and the

debate is expected to intensify when public hearings begin.

2/24

Citing the hardship caused by $30 billion in potential

claims by victims of California wild fires, PG&E bowed

to pressure from creditors and opted to cancel $130

million in bonuses to its employees. The company,

which entered bankruptcy in January, also admitted that

its equipment was the likely cause of the Camp Fire.

Local policymakers continue to watch the bankruptcy

proceedings very closely, and with great trepidation.

The utility had previously agreed to an $85 million

settlement with a variety of San Luis Obispo County

entities, including the San Luis Coastal Unified School

District, as part of its decommissioning of the Diablo

Canyon nuclear power plant. Since the agreement had

been ratified into state law, experts remain “cautiously

optimistic” that the funds will ultimately come through

as planned.

2/1

The County of San Luis Obispo entered the first year of its contract with Wellpath,

which will administer health care services at the County Jail. The first year is expected

to cost tax payers approximately $6.5 million and will employ between 40 and 50

medical professionals. Sheriff Ian Parkinson initiated the outsourcing of health care

at the jail following increasing incidents of inmate neglect, including the high profile

death of Andrew Holland two years ago, who had been strapped to a restraint chair

for 46 hours.

2/21

San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon issued a statement encouraging “mayors

across the U.S.” to consider “breaking up” with Amazon. Later, she attempted

to walk back the statement and insisted that the Tribune had mischaracterized

her writing as a call to boycott the ecommerce giant. Later, she wrote an op-ed

piece in the paper which stated, “I want to clarify… that I did not use the word

‘boycott;’ that was the Tribune’s word choice.” To which the paper’s editorial

board responded in a piece titled “In blaming the media, SLO Mayor Heidi

Harmon is sounding a lot like Donald Trump,” where they argued that she was,

in fact, calling for a boycott, and said, “She used the terms ‘quitting’ and ‘leaving’

and ‘break up,’ and she invited mayors across the nation to join her in ditching

(our word – not hers) Amazon.”

2/27

The San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors rejected

a proposal by Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong to

“increase voter enfranchisement and participation.”

Citing the cost totaling $164,000, the vote broke

along familiar lines pitting the conservatives against

the liberals: John Peschong, Debbie Arnold, and Lynn

Compton voted “no,” while Adam Hill and Bruce

Gibson voted “yes.” Had it passed, a variety of changes

would have been implemented, including expanding

mailing ballots to everyone and keeping polling

centers open for ten days (while also closing some)

and was designed to make it more convenient for

working people to vote.

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MARCH ’19

3/12

The Board of Supervisors unanimously ratified a landmark

plan for the promotion of affordable housing in San Luis

Obispo County. With a variety of funding mechanisms in

place, the supervisors are looking to generate between $2

and $4 million annually to make homes more affordable.

This summer, county staff are expected to present a range

of revenue options to pay for the program, including an

affordable housing bond, a transient occupancy tax, and a sales

tax increase. According to Supervisor Adam Hill, “We have a

massive affordability problem, and this county has not been a

part of solving it.”

3/1

Following California State Park’s admission that it was unable to reduce

the emissions coming from off-road recreational vehicles at Oceano Dunes,

Ted Cabral, one of nine commissioners on the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle

Recreation Commission, went on a five-minute rant during a public hearing

in Palmdale where he accused the mitigation efforts of the San Luis Obispo

Air Pollution Control District of being “stupid” and needing to be “pushed

back against” and “told to stand down.” He argued further that the park

should be expanded claiming “this is a state property,” which is not true.

The land is actually owned by the County of San Luis Obispo and leased

to State Parks. The Board of Supervisors, as the landlord, could prohibit

off-road activity to protect the health of its residents, if they so chose. The

air downwind of the riding area, the Nipomo Mesa, is sometimes recorded

as the worst in the country.

3/5

A lawsuit was filed against Animal Kingdom Pet Shop alleging a “puppy

laundering” scheme. In addition to the pet store, which has locations

in Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, and Santa Maria, the suit filed by the

non-profit dog advocacy group Bailing Out Benji and the Animal Legal

Defense Fund, an Iowa operation called Bark Adoptions was accused of

participating in the scheme where purebred dogs are “kept in small and

squalid cages to give birth to a constant inventory of puppies for retail sale.”

A state law passed in 2017 mandates that pet stores acquire their dogs, cats,

and rabbits for sale from non-profit animal shelters or rescue groups.

3/18

Downtown SLO, formerly the Downtown Association,

announced its plan to hire eight downtown ambassadors,

which would include the one it already has on staff, to greet

visitors, collect trash, report crimes, and connect the homeless

to services. The program’s expansion, currently in the planning

stages, would require an assessment of downtown businesses to

finance the $800,000 per year needed to fund the operation. A

petition must be completed before the assessment, known as the

initiative for a Property-Based Business Improvement District

(PBID), can go to a vote by the property owners within the

downtown boundaries.

3/19

After nearly four years of closure due to structural safety

concerns, the Avila Beach Pier is expected to partially reopen

in the coming months. The Port San Luis Harbor District

general manager Andrea Lueker said that the pier was found to

be structurally sound in a recent assessment up to “bent 58,” a

section approximately halfway down the wooden pier. The hope

is to reopen to that point ahead of the busy summer season. In

2015, when large crowds of onlookers gathered on the pier to

watch the visiting whales, harbor officials noted unusual swaying

in the structure and decided to have it analyzed. The findings

determined that it was unsafe, however, the follow-up load

capacity study proved that the structure could, in fact, handle foot

traffic to a greater degree than previously thought. SLO LIFE

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| VIEW

COMPLETE

When Mark Nakamura checked the weather forecast

the morning of February 19th, he could not believe

his eyes: Snow was expected to dust San Luis Obispo

County later that afternoon. Snow.

The long-time local photographer monitored the storm throughout the

day, attempting to time his ascent of Terrace Hill where he would post up

at his favorite spot to watch his city transform into a Winter Wonderland.

After trudging along the old, familiar path, Nakamura planted the tripod

into the ground next to the bench and fastened the Canon 5D Mark IV

into its proper place. Then, as if a fisherman casting a line into the depths

of San Luis Bay, he waited.

With sunshine drenching his hometown, he looked down at his watch and

noted the time: 3:46 p.m. Snapping away, he captured the landscape you

see here looking north toward Cerro San Luis and Bishop Peak, which is

actually the panoramic composite of four shots stitched into one. As he

became lost in the subject squared-up in the viewfinder, something told

him to have a look behind. Wheeling around in place revealed a soupy,

angry darkness, traveling at a brisk pace, chewing up the landscape as it

sped toward the photographer. Pivoting, he captured the giant after it had

swallowed Tower Hill whole, leaving a tiny rainbow in its wake.

Checking the time again, it was 4:33. Then, at 4:34, it happened.

Nakamura struggles to find the vocabulary that is mostly missing from

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PICTURE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK NAKAMURA

Central Coast vernacular. “It started raining; then it was kind of a slush. I

don’t know if it was snow, really, but it was rain; and then hail, then some

snow mixed all together. I guess they call it sleet.”

Whatever was falling from the “pitch black clouds” wrapping their

burly arms around Nakamura, it was certainly different than the

normal experience atop his usual perch overlooking the city. And,

that is why he remembers it: 4:34, February 19th, snow, or sleet, or

whatever it was, appeared for a rare and very short visit, a moment

captured in time. A moment marking the climax of winter, the turning

point in the story where the plot is resolved, the resolution arrives at

last—and the picture is complete. SLO LIFE

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| Q&A

THAT’S ME

After just a couple of months into his new role as the President and CEO of the

San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, JIM DANTONA stopped by the office

to introduce himself. In addition to a deep dive into topical issues, such as the

decommissioning of Diablo Canyon, uncertainty surrounding the acquisition

of MindBody, and workforce housing, we were also treated to a wide-ranging

conversation getting to know him on a personal level. Here are some highlights…

Jim, let’s take it from the top. Where are you from?

I was actually born in Granada Hills, moved to Simi

Valley when I was around eight, and spent most of

my life there. I was, and still am, a sports fanatic,

especially baseball. My dad was a chief of staff to a

state senator, so I was around politics very early in

my life. After I blew out my arm, I thought that I

wanted to get into politics also. My long-term goal

was to become a politician myself. That never came to

fruition, but I ended up doing a lot of private sector

work, working in human resources and accounting

up in Sacramento, Folsom; and, then later, I ended up

becoming the chief of staff to three different elected

officials around L.A. where I spent much of my time

interacting with local chambers of commerce.

Did you ever run for office? I did, actually. In 2000,

I ran for a local park board seat, which was during

the Bush-Gore debacle. My race was between me

and another woman, and we were separated by just

three votes. We actually had a recount going on the

same time Florida was doing their recounts. So, the

local papers were playing up the Bush-Gore thing,

only it was Dantona-O’Brien. I ended up losing that

race by a couple of votes, but it didn’t dissuade me.

I was determined to keep trying. About three years

ago, I decided that I was going to run for state senate.

And the more I got into it, the more I realized that it

just was not for me. I decided to back out of the race

before it ever really started and have waved off the

idea of ever becoming an elected official. You know,

it’s a very difficult time for anybody that runs, and

particularly for your spouse, no matter who you are,

or at what level.

Speaking of spouse, let’s hear about how you met

your wife. Sure. We met at Moorpark Junior College.

We had a political science class together. I was one

of those typical baseball guys sitting in the back of

the classroom with my hat on—it was this bright red

Philadelphia Phillies hat. Now, pay attention to this

hat because it will become important to understand

this story. So, I’m sitting way in the back and she

walks in and settles into a seat toward the front. I was

pretty taken by her the minute she walked in. The

class ended and I went to my second class, and then

she walks in again, and once again she finds a seat

toward the front of the class. So, over the course of

a few days, maybe it was a couple of weeks, I slowly

started to make my way toward where she was

sitting. One day, I’d move up a couple of seats.

The next day, another one, continually heading

her way. As she would tell this story later, she

remembers seeing this red hat closing in over

her shoulder as she thought, “Oh, great.” One day,

I finally made it to the desk behind her, and she said

to herself, “Well, he’s made that much effort, so I

guess I can say, ‘Hi.’” I mustered up the courage to say

something and we started talking.

Please, go on… We both ended up transferring

to Sacramento State to study political science. We

did some work up there after graduating. Then, we

eventually came back to Southern California. But, we

always had this dream of moving to San Luis Obispo,

which is where my wife’s mom lives. Over the years, as

we visited her, we came to fall in love with the place.

So, one day, out of the blue, my mother-in-law calls

me and says, “Hey, they’re looking for a new chamber

CEO up here. Would you be interested in doing

this kind of work?” And I said, “Yeah, absolutely!” I

work almost exclusively with chambers. I understand

their issues. I understand how they work. I’ve never

actually worked in one, but I’d love the opportunity to

tell them why I would be super helpful. So, I learned

about the opportunity and submitted my resume

because of my mother-in-law. And, that’s one of

the great things about this community: there’s two

degrees of separation max, right?

Let’s close with the question we always like to ask:

What would people be surprised to know about you?

So, okay, I’m a huge fan of musicals. You may not

expect that, but coming from a political background

there is this element of performance and

theatrics. There’s that old saying, “Politics is

the entertainment industry for ugly people.” It’s

really true. All politicians love the spotlight and there

is absolutely a parallel to theatre. I remember seeing

my first musical when I was around five. It was Jesus

Christ Superstar, which is sort of a rock-opera. I liked

it so much that my parents got me the record and I

played it non-stop. Whenever there was a great show

in L.A., I would go see it. I love live theatre. People

are usually surprised to hear that because I am such a

huge sports fan and would never guess that I wander

around the halls singing songs from musicals. They

say, “What? Was that you?” Yep, that’s me. SLO LIFE

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| NOW HEAR THIS

PUNK ROCK ROOTS

“To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful,

freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.” —Pattie Smith

BY SHAWN STRONG

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Ipulled into a dark parking lot outside a row of

seemingly empty warehouses and stepped out of my

car. It was late at night and not even the crickets

were awake as I scanned the building numbers

looking for any sign of life. I finally arrived at number three and

put my ear to the door trying to confirm that this was the studio

I was looking for. Silence. My tentative knock was met with no

response and I wondered if I had made a wrong turn somewhere.

As a final effort, I decided to try the doorknob before officially

giving up on my mission. The handle turned easily and suddenly

I was hit with a wall of sound that filled the previously tranquil

parking lot and business park I’d been wondering through. I

stepped past the threshold and walked up a heavily worn staircase

not knowing what to expect.

Burt’s history is straight out of an issue of Rolling Stone. He enrolled

in college at Cal Poly back in the ‘80s when punk rock was starting

to expand and San Luis Obispo itself was home to a flourishing

hardcore punk rock scene. He soon became a member of the

underground bar scene that was made up of some of SLO’s most

unique venues that are now, unfortunately, defunct. Throughout his

college days, and for years after, Burt toured San Luis Obispo County

and travelled up and down the California coastline playing with other

local musicians as well as bands that had become household names

within the alternative music scene. Remarkably, this dedication Burt

and his fellow musicians had for the relatively small local scene drew

the attention of some of the biggest names in punk rock history,

including Black Flag, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, and Dead

Kennedys, just to name a few.

At the top was a scene straight out of a punk rocker’s fantasy: a

group of four musicians mercilessly battering their instruments

and singing/yelling at the top of their lungs. It was chaos. Yet,

the thumping bass pedal and peeling guitar licks were perfectly

in time and the group was completely in sync. My entrance was

hardly noticed as the group roared through their song; a single

nod toward the fully stocked beer fridge in the corner of the

room was the extent of the acknowledgement I received. As I

took a seat at the mixing board, the band set into the outro of

their song and into a full minute of riotous noisemaking. When

the last chord was struck, a moment passed as the din faded away

to nearly deafening silence, immediately followed by raucous

laughter as the group delved into a discussion about the positives

and negatives of their performance, giving praise when possible

but pulling no punches when it came to critiquing each other. It

was a living, breathing rock band hidden away in a dark corner of

the San Luis garage band scene.

Burt opened a beer and chuckled to himself as he began to describe

the October 10th, 1985 concert put on by the derelict Bay Area

band Dead Kennedys in SLO’s very own Veterans Hall. Several local

bands were set to open that night when the concert was cut short in

what could only be described as one of the most punk rock events to

ever take place in San Luis Obispo, as concertgoers and local police

clashed in the streets, causing over ten thousand dollars in damage.

Even as he told the story of people he knew who were arrested or

injured during the chaos, a smile never left Burt’s face, and in his

tone I couldn’t help but detect a sense of pride.

This Cal Poly professor’s stories about San Luis Obispo’s hard

rocking past painted a drastically

different portrait of the city compared

to now, similar in many ways to Burt’s

own story within the city. And while

some of the rougher edges may have been

smoothed over for them both, the passion

My entire reason for being there was the bassist of the group, and the angst and the spirit lives on in

Steven Burt. I’d met Burt through mutual acquaintances and Burt, whether it’s during jam sessions

he was originally introduced as a part-time professor in the with local musicians he’s befriended along

business department at Cal Poly and an accountant/finance the way or while playing shows with his

executive working at a local business in SLO. To say the least, his San Jose-based band, The Boneshavers.

performance in this band was surprising and inspiring. Despite The serene, rolling hills and relatively

his suit-and-tie professional life, Burt never let the dream die peaceful living in San Luis Obispo

and his punk rock spirit is alive and well, spitting in the face of feels a far stretch from the rollicking,

the soul-crushing demands of the daily grind. I was immediately unruly times of the past, but in a hidden

drawn to this apparent disconnect between Burt’s two lives and warehouse in a dark corner of a remote

this detachment ultimately steered the resulting conversations I business park, Burt and the boys are

had with the artist. keeping San Luis Obispo rockin’. SLO LIFE

Los Angeles born, SLO County

raised, SHAWN STRONG’s

passion for the local music

scene and artists that have

created it, fuels his writing and

drives his commitment to living

the SLO LIFE.

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| FAMILY

Jump for Joy

BY PADEN HUGHES

Whatever my

daughter’s first

birthday party

lacked, her second birthday made up for in

spades—all because of a bounce house. Since

then, we have lined up weekly for the bounce

house at Farmers’ Market and read “Five

Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” one too many

times. One of the best things about kids is

their unbridled enthusiasm for anything they

love. It’s contagious. I’m six months pregnant

with baby number two and even I can’t stay

out of the bounce houses because they’re too

fun to miss.

The persistent rain this winter pushed us to

broaden our search for fun things to do as

a family beyond San Luis Obispo, and we

discovered Hop’s Bounce House. Located in

the heart of Atascadero’s downtown, their

commercial building is filled with nearly a

dozen colorful bounce houses and includes a

section exclusively for toddlers. It’s big enough

to be inspiring for the bouncing enthusiast, yet

intimate enough for moms of multiples to feel

like they have a good shot at keeping a line of

sight on their kiddos.

My daughter was in heaven—this is her

kind of place. She can climb up big slides by

herself and make new friends along the way.

I appreciate that parents are welcome in the

bounce houses to assist and play with their

kids—particularly in monitoring younger

children on the bigger bounce houses where

older kids are playing.

We met some friends there and it provided a

whole other level of experience. I could enjoy

a conversation with my friend while our kids

bounced and played to their hearts’ content. The thing

that struck us was how clean and well considered the

layout was planned. There are antimicrobial air purifiers

throughout, multiple hand sanitizer stations, and the

owner, Laurel Shepherd, informed me that every night

all the bounce houses and toys are sanitized.

Curious how they got the idea for an indoor bounce

house play center, I spoke with Shepherd and she

shared, “We really wanted to design a space for

families to come together, no matter the ages of their

kids, and enjoy spending time together. It can be

challenging to find one place where kids of various

ages can all enjoy activities together.”

Weekday mornings Hop’s is a popular meet up

spot for stay-at-home-moms with toddlers in tow,

afternoons tends to have an elementary school

crowd, and on the weekends entire families join in

on the fun.

Hop’s sells day passes as well as monthly memberships,

which are certainly worth it if you plan to come more

than three visits in a month. They allow outside food

and drinks (with some

parameters) and rent and

deliver bounce houses

throughout the region. And,

of course, it’s a hot spot

for birthday parties, which

have their own rooms for

enjoying cake and presents.

Just a 20-minute drive

from San Luis Obispo,

off the Traffic Way exit in

Atascadero, Hop’s Bounce

House is celebrating one

year since opening in

Spring 2018. SLO LIFE

PADEN HUGHES is

co-owner of Gymnazo

and enjoys exploring

the Central Coast.

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| ON THE RISE

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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Seventeen-year-old San Luis Obispo

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What recognition have you received?

For high school, I have won League three out of four varsity years and am

a three-time MVP. We won Cal South National Cup as well as Far West

Regional in Hawaii.

What is going on with you now?

I am playing club soccer with my team from Santa Barbara, and getting

ready to head off to college in the fall.

Who has influenced you the most?

My parents have influenced me the most because they provide lots of

opportunities and push me to be better.

What is your favorite memory of all time?

My freshman year we played soccer against Arroyo Grande and I scored

two goals.

If you could meet anyone, who would it be?

I would want to meet Walt Disney because he was such a creative person.

What are your interests and hobbies?

I love soccer, and over the summer I am an avid wakeboarder.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Either still playing on the soccer field or working as a physical therapist

or chiropractor.

What is something that no one knows about you?

I am very bad at video games.

What do you dislike the most ?

I do not like waking up early because I love my sleep.

What are your plans for college?

I signed on to play soccer at UCSB.

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| MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR

IT TAKES A

VILLAGE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY VANESSA PLAKIAS

The history is murky, but this much is known: Many years ago, someone living

in Portugal’s tiny island chain, The Azores, heard a story about a vast land of

opportunity called America, which had a tiny village on its western shores where

the fish practically caught themselves. One by one, they arrived in Cayucos.

And they stayed and farmed and fished and built and started businesses. Today,

their industrious heritage lives on in their descendant, CARA CRYE, who is

now two years into her tenure as the CEO of San Luis Obispo-based Farm

Supply Co. When she was a 19-year-old Cal Poly student, she began working

at the company as a part-time salesperson, and many roles and two decades

later, the board of directors unanimously selected her to lead the 69-year-old

company into the future. Here is her story…

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et’s start from the beginning, Cara.

Where are you from? Okay. I’m a

fourth generation native of San Luis

Obispo County. Born at the old General

Hospital. I grew up my entire life, really,

in Morro Bay. Had short stints living

in San Luis Obispo, Los Osos, Santa

Margarita, and then a couple years ago LI actually moved back to Morro Bay. What I realized is I’m a coastie at

heart. I’m not a big beach person, but I’m really drawn to the ocean. I

like to be close to the ocean. My background, my family’s background,

my mom’s side of the family is in agriculture, which I feel very passionate

about. My dad’s side is in construction, so we have deep roots in both of

those industries locally. I tell everyone, truly I live this idyllic life in Morro

Bay, kind of sheltered under that big rock out there.

What were you like growing up? I was a quiet kid, but I will say that the

turning point in my life was being in 4-H. So, I’m a product of 4-H and

FFA, and I love that I can support those programs as an adult, because

truly, they’re the greatest youth leadership development programs on

Earth. I mean, they really are, considering the kind of skills they teach

kids. For me, at the age of nine, I started doing these demonstration days.

Funny things like “what’s in the sewing box” and how to dehydrate fruits,

and that really opened up this whole world for me of public speaking and

leadership. I’m really grateful for that. So, as a kid, I would say I was kind

of quiet early on, and then I found my voice and it didn’t stop.

When did you first set foot in Farm Supply? I started going to Farm

Supply as early as I can remember with my grandparents, who are

members of our co-op. On the weekends, when we were heading to their

ranch, we’d stop in to get supplies that we might need. My grandfather

might need some fence posts, or some feed, or supplements, or maybe an

herbicide to spray some weeds that day. So, Farm Supply has had a really

special place in my heart since I was a young person, and what I loved

about it most is the way people treated me. When you’re a kid, I don’t

know if you remember this, but when you’re a kid not all adults are nice

to you, right? For some adults, you’re just an annoying little kid and they

don’t have a lot of patience for that. At Farm Supply, the people were

always nice to me.

And, how did you get started there? So, when I needed to get a job, I

worked for family throughout high school because I was really involved

in FFA and sports and whatnot. But, when I went to Cal Poly, my parents

said, “You need to get a job outside of family business.” So, I told them,

“Well, I think I want to work at Farm Supply.” I left for a year after high

school as a state officer for FFA and then came back to attend Cal Poly.

That’s when I asked Mr. [ Jim] Brabeck, our former CEO, for a job. I

worked on our sales floor for about five years while I was going to school.

And then, Jim and my other boss Karen asked me to think about what I

wanted to do at Farm Supply after I graduated.

What did you tell them? I really thought that I was going to have to

move out of the area at that time to find a job somewhere and develop a

career, but they created a marketing coordinator position for me. I didn’t

go to school for marketing. I had very little knowledge about it, but what

they cared about was that I knew about our company, and I cared about

Farm Supply and its success, and that I had a passion for it. So, they let

me learn along the way, which I really appreciated. I was our marketing

coordinator for about 13 years, and then we restructured the company

around the time our former CEO and CFO were looking to retire. I

became the VP of Communications for a couple years, where I really got

to focus on public relations, training, and all those things that I’m really

passionate about. And, then, almost two years ago now, our board asked

me to become the next CEO, which has been a tremendous honor, as well

as quite a responsibility as the leader of this 69-year-old company that

plays such a central role in our community.

How did you feel when you got the news? While all of this was

happening, my Vo, which is Portuguese for “grandfather,” was 93 years old

and battling cancer. He was a man of few words, a really tough guy, and

he didn’t tell any of us what was going on; but, we knew. Vo was really

the one who gave me my love of agriculture. He grew up in Cayucos, and

farmed sugar beets right on the ocean. He also got into cattle ranching.

More than anything, he loved to work. He loved the land. He was

happiest when he was working, which he did every day right up until the

end. Just before he passed away, he felt very strongly about going to his

ranch to see his cows one last time. So, we were talking—it was a Sunday

evening—and he said, “I’ve gotta get to the ranch.” I said, “Well, Vo, I

can take you out there tomorrow.” He was still of sound mind, enough

to know that tomorrow was a workday, tomorrow was Monday, and

nothing gets in the way of work for our family. So, I said, “Well, let’s go

tomorrow,” and he goes, “Don’t you have to work?” I said, “No, Vo, I don’t

have to work. I work for a good company, and family comes first; they’ll

understand. So, if you want to go to the ranch, I’ll drive you.”

What did he say? I’ll never forget. He was leaning back in his recliner not

feeling well, and he looks up at me says, “Don’t get cocky—they could still

fire you.” He had never said anything like that to me in my whole life, and

so I laughed out loud for a second. Then I said, “Well, Vo, I’m not getting

cocky. I just work for a good company.” I felt so fortunate, because he was

really the one that started me on my journey with Farm Supply, that he

was able to know that I had been promoted to CEO before he passed

away. That was really our last big conversation, and I feel that it’s a good

message because it’s like, you have the privilege of being in this really

important position, but don’t forget where you started, right? My dad also

pounded a similar thing into my brother and I growing up. I remember

having some friends that were very prideful, always bragging about their

accomplishments. My dad would say, “If you’re really good at something,

people will know. You don’t have to tell them.” I really do agree with that,

and I know that, most of all, it is so important to stay true to whoever you

are and whatever your cause is, whatever the work you do.

There appears to be two themes: work and small town. Why the small

town? I love living in a small town. I love it that I know people in the

supermarket, at the restaurant, at our store. I like that familiarity. Really,

my passion is people. What makes people tick? Where did their journey

begin that got them to the place that they are today? But, you know, our

community is changing. When Farm Supply first opened its doors, it

was to service the local dairies. Today, the only remaining dairy in our

community is now at Cal Poly. But, I don’t think we should be afraid of

change. I remember a conversation I had with a customer probably ten

years ago now. He had just moved to the area and I said, “Well, welcome

to the Central Coast. I think you made a great choice.” And he says,

“Well, I’m here now and I don’t want anyone else to show up.” I thought

to myself, Oh, gosh, that’s not particularly the right attitude, because my

family’s not saying that and we’re fourth generation to this county. We

could be really bitter about all of the growth or the types of people that

moved in, but we’re not. We want to be open-minded.>>

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How do you balance those competing philosophies? So, with all of

the development we are seeing, the community is not as small as it

used to be when I was growing up. I’ll be honest, I miss that. I really

like knowing everyone here. That’s not possible now because there’s

been an influx of a lot of new people coming in. I’m always going to

open my arms to those folks and welcome them into our community.

I would just ask that they show up and have respect for the flavor of

San Luis Obispo County and understand why we’re rich in the type

of people that we have here; the quality of life, the kind of slower pace

of living, community, and family. So, am I concerned about all of the

development that’s taking place with all of these housing developments?

Yes. I am concerned, because I’m concerned about infrastructure and

how we’re making all of that happen. I’m concerned about: Do we have

the resources for families moving in? On the flip side of that, I like that

it is adding diversity to our community. I think that’s important. I think

it’s important for the culture, but I really just want people to respect this

community and what it’s about.

Let’s talk about the challenges that come along with development.

On the Central Coast, there are quite a few challenges. Along with the

urbanization of our community, just being able to be viable in agriculture

is always difficult. Quite a few of our members do, at this point, have

Monday through Friday 8-to-5 jobs in addition to the work they do on

their land, because it is a passion for them. We also have farmers and

ranchers that are doing it full-time and are just amazing stewards of the

land here locally; but, it’s not easy. Weather is always a challenge. You

never know what Mother Nature is going to do. And, beyond the rain

and water, you have some real challenges when it comes to labor and

regulation. Farm Supply has had to evolve with these things along with

our customers over the years. That’s why you’ll see different product mixes

coming into our store. It is very retail focused, not only for our agricultural

customers, but also for everyone locally. We want to create a space that

will have something for everyone, within reason, and will continue to play

an important role in the community.

We have talked a lot about work. But, what do you do when you’re not

at Farm Supply? Well, I like to help my family. So, I’m with my family

a lot. I have one living grandmother still here, so that’s great. I have a

nephew now, and he’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. I

like to be around him as much as I can. We just celebrated his second

birthday yesterday. I’m really lucky growing up in a small town, and the

fact that my best friends are truly some of my best girlfriends that I met

in kindergarten here. I really enjoy spending time with them. I think

in life, it’s a lot better going through when you have really meaningful

relationships and people to spend it with, so that’s really important to

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on little weekend trips to visit friends I haven’t seen in a while. I like

volunteering. I feel strongly about giving back to the community that’s

given so much to me. So, I’m at lots of different events on the weekend,

either volunteering or there as a guest. I help an auctioneer occasionally

do bid spotting. That’s really fun. So, you know, causes specifically 4-H,

FFA, youth and agricultural, but then we have so many great causes in

our community. I also help in my brother’s business when I can. He has a

construction company and some rock quarries locally.

Sounds like you really are a people person. So yeah, you’re right, in my

free time it really is about connecting with people. My life’s moving pretty

quickly, but I don’t want it to go so quickly that I miss things. So, I try

and stay grounded and be very selective about who I spend my time with,

because I have some really special people in my life that I don’t get to see

as much as I’d like to. So, I would say that I’m very calculated about who

I’m with and giving them time and not having my phone in front of me.

I think people have forgotten about how rich it is to have a one-on-one

conversation with someone. That’s really been lacking, and I’ll tell my own

friends if I see them on their phone, I’ll say, “Hey, if there’s someone more

important that you want to talk to, we can meet again another time.” So,

they know that with me now. They know that I’m giving my undivided

attention. We don’t need social media or any of that when we’re talking

face-to-face.

Please, continue the thought… I think I’m a really self-aware person, but

that has taken a lot of years of being cognizant of that and making myself

aware. And I don’t hit it out of the park every day, that’s for sure, but I

really try and work on that, because I think that’s the way I can show up

being the best version of myself and helping others be the best version of

themselves. I want to get to the place in my journey as a leader of really

building people to their potential, and I think it would be pretty cocky,

as my grandfather would say, for me to say right now that’s where I’m at,

because I’m not. I’m new in my leadership journey. Life’s too short not

to do what you’re passionate about. That’s why I feel so lucky in my role,

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ecause I know plenty of people that, some of my best friends actually,

that have great jobs and go to work every day, but they’re not satisfied

and they don’t like it. I try and tell them, “Gosh, I get that you’re making

all this money and you have these great benefits, but you’re wasting how

many years of your life?” I couldn’t do that. I just couldn’t do it, so I feel

bad for them, and that affects every aspect of their life, right? How they’re

showing up with their family, how they’re being present on all levels.

How do you connect the dots between being present—right now,

present-tense—and the past? Well, I think people really need to think

about heritage and how they got to where they are today and be grateful

for their ancestors and the lives that we’re living. We still have, in

Cayucos, we haven’t the last couple of years, but we have big Portuguese

celebrations. The [Cayucos Veterans] Hall has been condemned up there

for a while now, so we really want to celebrate our heritage, and it’s fun.

We’re so grateful to be Americans, obviously. There’s no other country

that I would want to be living in or to have been born in, but I think it is

important to know where you came from. To know where your roots are.

I definitely don’t take for granted the life that my great-grandparents gave

me because they decided to come here; to go after the American Dream,

and the promise of a better life. That’s what they were looking for. I just

think it’s a reminder of what perseverance does and wanting a better life

for your family, and not just thinking of yourself, but thinking of others.

Okay, Cara, let’s wrap it up by getting some last thoughts on family.

When I was born, I still had three of my great-grandmothers, and so I

do have some memories with them. And, so, yeah, family and roots just

run deep for me. And, I am so grateful for my family because I know

that I didn’t get here on my own. One of my co-workers used to joke

with me, she was like, “Cara, it really takes a village with you, doesn’t

it?” And I’d say, “It does, and I don’t apologize.” You know, very few

people are able to get where they are on their own. And, in those cases,

I completely bow to them and respect them because I’m not sure how

they do it. But, in most cases, all you can do is push yourself to do the

best that you can. Everyone has a story—and there are always people

that help you get there. SLO LIFE

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hen Christopher and Bambi Banys first set foot in the Spanish

Hacienda-style home nestled into 11 acres on the south end of San

Luis Obispo, they knew it was the one. Love at first site is an age-old

phenomenon occurring between two people described by poets and

artists and authors, but in this case, it was a place—a place called

Hacienda Antigua.

It has been said in different words and in different ways that those

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Prior to the arrival of the Banys family, there

was a laser-like focus and attention to detail.

Every beam, every drawer pull, every single

tile in the authentic Saltillo floor, received

the strictest scrutiny. Imagine a military drill

sergeant inspecting his troops. Not a hair out

of place. That was the level of commitment the

previous owners had to the project. After all,

when you are the owner and the builder, you

want it to be right. You want to manifest the

vision. And that, they did.

A year’s long quest ensued, with many trips

to the southwest and Mexico in an effort to

procure building materials and to coax still

more inspiration from the architecture. No

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of Monticello, the owner-builder, Wes

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While Armstrong and his wife fashioned the property,

which is adjacent to The Equine Center, as much

for their horses as for them, when Mrs. Armstrong

was no longer able to ride as she once did, the couple

knew it was time to hand it off to the next generation.

Because of the love and attention put into the creation

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In November of 2016, the Banys family bought the

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way the Armstrongs did. They were so taken with

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transaction, as well. The only significant change they

have made, since the new owners are not “horse people,”

(they joke that, instead, they are “beer people”) is the

repurposing of the horse arena as an outdoor event

center, the addition of a custom bar complete with taps

for their homebrew, and a game room for their two kids,

9 and 12 years old.

Life was generally good in the Bay Area, but something

was missing. They weren’t sure what it was until they

spent a long weekend in San Luis Obispo with some

family friends. “We wanted a place where our kids could

play,” said Bambi Banys, “we wanted room to breathe.”

The timing was right, and the pieces came together

quickly, and before they had sold their current residence,

they had begun moving into Hacienda Antigua. First,

they spent Thanksgiving there, then Christmas, then

New Year’s. The family never looked back. Although the

couple continues to spend two days per week working >>

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in the Bay Area where Christopher has a law office and

where Bambi is a pediatric cardiac nurse at Stanford,

the family has been busy planting roots into San Luis

Obispo’s fertile soil. And the kids play a central role in

those efforts, to the point where Hacienda Antigua is

planning to host a 600-person dinner for the families of

the SLO Classical Academy where students and their

parents will be treated to a medieval-themed feast to

accompany their history curriculum.

The pace of conversation quickens, however, when

the subject turns to beer-making. Much like the

Armstrong’s obsession with details, no stone has been

unturned when it comes to homebrew. In fact, it was

the quest for the perfect, locally grown hops that led

to experimentation with growing their own. The first

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good, and now the third planting will be available

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the Banys family unwittingly added “farmer” to their resume

and Hacienda Antigua Farms was born. Of the bounty, the

proud green thumb, Bambi Banys gushes, “They are fantastic.

They grow fabulously here.” The couple, who plans to sell

their excess bounty to local microbrewers, has aspirations to

open one of their own soon.

Whether beer, or horses, or houses, it all comes back to

one thing—love—it always does. And it is that love that

so often drives us to do the

things we do. The caring and

nurturing the Armstrongs put into

Hacienda Antigua is clear, as is

the caretaking by the Banys family.

Of all people, it was the boxer,

Muhammad Ali, who perhaps

captures the sentiment best when

he said, “So, we don’t stay here,

we’re just trustees, we don’t own

nothin’.” Trustees. For a property

as impossibly magical as Hacienda

Antigua, that’s the best you can

hope for—loving it and nurturing

it for the next caretaker. SLO LIFE

DAVID LALUSH is an

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here in San Luis Obispo.

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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

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

2018

12

$709,825

$704,100

99.19%

29

2018

1

$729,000

$650,000

89.16%

88

2018

2

$1,050,000

$1,050,000

100.00%

31

2018

3

$1,065,992

$1,057,992

99.25%

17

2018

14

$1,119,207

$1,117,391

99.84%

117

2018

8

$797,938

$798,561

100.08%

19

2018

6

$749,483

$751,667

100.29%

19

2019

6

$832,729

$921,000

110.60%

29

2019

6

$694,300

$692,833

99.79%

28

2019

2

$882,500

$855,000

96.88%

31

2019

2

$1,210,000

$1,175,000

97.11%

67

2019

10

$724,380

$718,525

99.19%

58

2019

6

$900,250

$875,983

97.30%

63

2019

8

$761,838

$748,625

98.27%

43

+/-

-50.00%

17.31%

30.81%

11.41%

0.00%

+/-

500.00%

-4.76%

6.59%

99.10%

-68.18%

+/-

0.00%

-15.95%

-18.57%

-3.12%

0.00%

+/-

-33.33%

13.51%

11.06%

-2.14%

294.12%

+/-

-28.57%

-35.28%

-35.70%

-0.65%

-50.43%

+/-

-25.00%

12.82%

9.70%

-2.78%

231.58%

+/-

33.33%

1.65%

-0.40%

-2.02%

126.32%

*Comparing 01/01/18 - 03/24/18 to 01/01/19 - 03/24/19

SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Association of REALTORS ®

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BY THE NUMBERS

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HOMES SOLD

2018

54

74

2019

61

54

AVERAGE DAYS

ON MARKET

2018

62

39

2019

62

48

MEDIAN SELLING

PRICE

2018

$781,627

$574,368

2019

$791,140

$548,870

Avila Beach

3

6

113

48

$1,160,931 $1,203,883

Cambria/San Simeon

26

20

55

83

$704,015

$920,186

Cayucos

9

7

104

80

$1,012,000

$913,429

Creston

0

1

n/a

147

n/a

$1,200,000

Grover Beach

23

19

55

69

$495,387

$536,995

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Paso (Inside City Limits)

33

20

59

11

30

73

28

26

59

6

16

70

42

85

53

55

52

32

38

65

60

117

54

53

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16

20

15

10

24

9

69

86

70

94

55

40

$486,281

$599,071

$725,367

$504,150

$532,767

$582,686

San Luis Obispo

53

49

53

49

$915,540

$893,047

Santa Margarita

5

6

161

78

$463,800

$398,083

Templeton

22

14

86

116

$730,208

$574,171

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| HEALTH

what’s

your

score?

Here’s a not-so-fun fact: The leading cause of death

in the United States is heart disease—it claims

more people per year than all of the cancers

combined. For far too many, who otherwise appear

healthy, strange symptoms that may include

something that feels like indigestion, jaw pain,

upper arm pain, and perhaps cold sweats, precedes

a shocking outcome: myocardial infarction,

otherwise known as a heart attack.

The simplest, least “science-y” way to explain how a heart attack happens is the pipes

supplying fuel to the pump get clogged. If it were to happen to a house the sink would

back up, we’d call Roto-Rooter, they’d do their thing, the pipes would be cleared, and away

we go. When the arteries that supply the oxygen-rich blood to our heart become blocked,

the vital organ begins to suffocate, gasping for breath, flailing around frantically trying to

keep going—that is a heart attack. So, why don’t we monitor the level of blockage in the

arteries supplying vital fuel to our heart, particularly the big

one ominously nicknamed the “Widowmaker”?

For years, the protocol for the medical community when

it came to assessing risk for myocardial infarction, was to

ask patients to fill out a form called the Heart Disease

Risk Assessment. After checking “Yes” or “No” to a series

of questions, such as “Do you currently smoke?” and

“Does your diet consist of high-fat foods?” a probability

is calculated. Answer yes too many times, and your odds

of heart attack go up. This methodology for assessing risk

arose from the Framingham Heart Study of 1948. But, it’s

2019. Since then we have done all sorts of cool stuff, like

invent the Internet, and electric cars, and Starbucks, and

Pokémon. Why can’t we just look at our own Widowmaker

to see if there are any problems? Turns out, we can. >>

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How it Works

A coronary CT calcium scan, which is used to calculate a calcium

score, is safe, effective, and affordable—seriously, people, out-of-pocket,

without getting any insurance companies involved, you’re looking at

something like $150. The way it works is pretty cool, but you have

to understand a little bit of physiology first. This would not pass for

hard science, but we’re just two friends talking here. The bottom line

is that when your body develops arterial plaque—forget about how

that happens for now—a significant part of that plaque is made up of

calcium. That calcium, which calcifies, or hardens, becomes clearly visible

on a CT scan unlike the soft tissue around it, particularly the heart

which is, thankfully, always moving. The result is an image where arterial

plaque shows up as little white dots on the monitor. The more white that

appears, the higher the odds of heart disease.

Know the Score

The amount of white that pops up on the technician’s computer screen is

then measured and translated into an Agatston score, or calcium score.

A score of zero means no plaque, and anything over 400 means there

is some significant blockage. By the way, Agatston is the same guy who

invented the “South Beach Diet” and is one of the doctors who make

up a group called the “Calcium Club.” It should be noted here that the

Calcium Club is not universally loved within the cardiovascular medical

community, as those club members have been outspoken in pointing

out that the simple $150 scan is exponentially less expensive than the

alternative: coronary stents, a surgical procedure which may run as high

as $50,000 and even more depending on the length of hospital stay. The

Calcium Club members argue that widespread adoption of the calcium

scan would lead to a dramatic decrease in the need for coronary stents

because other preventative measures could be implemented ahead of the

need for surgical intervention and, considering that 1.8 million stents are

implanted in Americans each year, it would drive down overall health

care costs significantly.

Cholesterol Revisited

Do you remember that old T.V. commercial back in the day that

showed a bunch of eggs being let out of prison? Well, it turns out the

recidivism rate for eggs is quite high. They are being incarcerated in

huge numbers once again. We all know that eggs are high in cholesterol,

and many years ago there was a link made between high cholesterol

and heart disease. Eggs are bad, lock away eggs and throw away the

key. But, increasingly, this ideology is being challenged as doctors and

researchers ask, “Why are people with low cholesterol also dying of heart

disease?” Here’s the deal: Eggs are high in cholesterol, yes. Nutritional

studies, including one just released recently, consistently villainize the

fatty substance known as cholesterol. But, opponents to the philosophy

argue that we need the stuff, as it is a major component of all living cell

membranes and it is critical for organ health and balanced hormonal

function. Besides, the majority of our cholesterol did not come from

the omelet you had for breakfast, but instead was made by your own

liver. Those same opponents to the cholesterol dogma that has led to

the American food pyramid among other things, also point to research

showing that it is actually those carbohydrate-rich grains, which

comprise the largest portion of the pyramid, that are the causing spikes

in triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), otherwise known as

the “bad cholesterol.”

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Careful with the Pills

Those same guys, the Calcium Club, urge caution with calcium supplements. And, since

supplementation has become an American obsession—if you have any doubt about that

claim, take a walk around Costco to see how many feet of valuable aisle space is dedicated

to them—it may be, in some cases, a really bad idea. For older women concerned about

thwarting osteoporosis, in particular, it may be a better idea to make a big salad than to

swallow those big white, chalky pills. One serving of collard greens, for example, provides

more calcium than a glass of milk, plus it has all of those miraculous, natural enzymes

that help that calcium actually find its way into the bone. The alternative, a whole lot of

supplemental calcium floating around the bloodstream, the club members theorize, serves

only to accelerate the synthesis of arterial plaque. This is something worth looking into,

because although heart disease is often thought of as a “man’s disease,” it is actually the

leading cause of death among women—five times more deadly than breast cancer.

What to Expect

While sitting in a waiting room is a given for anything related to modern medicine, the

actual scan only takes about 10 to 15 minutes. All in, count on an hour. In most cases,

the cost should be about $150 (without insurance, but could run as high as $400). We

did a quick search for calcium scans on the Central Coast and nothing turned up, so it is

unclear as to whether or not any exist locally. They are found in abundance, however, in the

Bay Area as well as Southern California. Plan for a fun side trip during your next trek to

Disneyland! In all seriousness, the process is so easy. They’ll ask you to strip down and put

you into a hospital gown and maybe one of those hairnet thing-a-ma-bobs; then you’ll lay

down on a big table which rolls you assembly-line like into a huge tube. The person in the

room will tell you to take a deep breath and lie still—yeah, right; you’ll want to freak the

freak out!—as the giant tube snaps a whole bunch of selfies. Then, after a couple of super

long minutes, the assembly line rolls you right back out. That’s it! You’re done, and you can

head back to the Magic Kingdom.

REMINDER

We do not wear white coats to work here at SLO LIFE Magazine, and we aren’t

mathematicians, in fact, one of us got an F on the frog dissection assignment

in high school, but we share this information with the best of intentions, in the

same way we would during a conversation with a friend. So, take what we have

to say with a grain of salt, except don’t do that because it might be bad for you!

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| TASTE

SANDWICHES

Seriously SLO Food

Want to really live the SLO Life? Grab a sandwich and head for the patio.

BY JAIME LEWIS

o grasp what makes San Luis Obispo truly

great, look no further than its sandwich

culture. Nothing speaks more to this town’s

core values than how it smooshes protein and

produce between two slices of bread. TFor starters, each of the three sandwich shops I visited for this

column (as well as other stalwarts like Ben Franklin’s Sandwiches

and The Broad Street Giant Grinder) prides itself on fierce

independence. They’re all owner-operated, meaning the sale of

every sandwich supports real people who live here and fight the

good fight of small business ownership.

Delis also act as community hubs. Witness their full patios,

lines out the door, and the multiple hours customers spend

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hanging out. Ordering a sandwich in SLO is

never just ordering a sandwich; it is a vote for

connection, a gambit on the good life.

It’s also a pledge of neighborhood loyalty. Most of

these delis started as corner grocers, before the dawn

of supermarkets. Today, not much has changed;

High Street Deli serves southern SLO, while Gus’s

Grocery serves the northeastern edge. Live in the

Anholm? You’re likely a Lincoln Market & Deli fan.

(Interestingly, none of these businesses reside in the

downtown core. See fierce independence, above.)

Ready to taste the real San Luis Obispo? Bring

your appetite. >>

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food, drink, and the good

life from her home in San

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LINCOLN MARKET & DELI

At this hopping neighborhood staple, a mural of

Abraham Lincoln holding a sandwich and beer

admonishes guests to “Be excellent to each other and

party on, dudes!” This encapsulates the Lincoln Market

& Deli (lincolnmarketanddeli.com) experience: inclusive,

fun, and tasty.

“First and foremost it’s all about the feeling that people

have when they’re here,” says Becky Hicks, who has owned

the business with her husband, Mike, since 2013. “All the

components add up to that experience.”

Those components include long family-style tables and

a comfortable patio, quaffable beverages, an alternative

grocery, gifts, and sandwiches, of course.

Hicks brings me one of LMD’s signatures: the Anholm

Sweet Home. Roast beef, bacon, red onions, arugula, goat

cheese and fig marmalade burst from inside a Dutch

crunch roll.

“We started this as a special. At the time, Dutch crunch

bread was new,” she says, referring to the popular sandwich

bread brushed with rice flour for a crackled top. “It was

hard because it was more expensive, but we committed

to it. Then we got requests to bring it back, and now it’s a

regular menu item.”

My first bite hits on multiple levels: creamy cheese, chewy

bread, tender beef, piquant arugula. It’s a serious start to my

sandwich crawl—one worth lingering over. >>

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GUS’S GROCERY

The most popular sandwich at this quaint, checker-floored

market (aptly named “The #1”) comprises fried chicken strips,

jack cheese, and barbecue sauce, served hot on a French roll and

finished with ranch dressing and the works. Sound good? It is,

and it was all owner Shannon Koester’s idea.

“I make sandwiches the way I want to eat them,” she says,

confessing she eats sandwiches about five days per week.

A man walks into the deli and orders a turkey sandwich on

Hush Harbor baguette. Shannon tells me he’s a regular, so I ask

him what brings him back to Gus’s Grocery (gussgrocery.com)

day after day.

“The patio,” he says immediately. “It’s the best patio in town.”

When his order comes up, I take a gander at his sandwich. In

true Gus’s fashion, it teems with shredded lettuce, sprouts and

veggies. To reach nirvana, I tell him, all it needs are a bag of

chips, a beer, and a sunny afternoon. >>

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HIGH STREET DELI

Everything at High Street Deli (highstdeli.com)—

from the breakfast burrito (aka “Breaky Blunt”) to the

tee-shirts (one of which reads “EAT HIGH”) and even

the owner’s name (Randy “Doobie” Coates)—stays

confidently on-brand. When I walk in, Black Sabbath

pipes over the airwaves and an army of smiling

employees bustles behind the counter.

“I love feeding people,” says Coates, who has

owned the shop for 20 years. “For me, everything

revolves around food.” He tells me excitedly about

his newest venture: a casual California bistro in

Baywood, overlooking the estuary. “People told me I

was crazy to open a deli here [on High Street],” he

says, laughing. “Now they think I’m crazy to open a

restaurant in Baywood.”

Coates builds me the daily special, the “Cali Gold,”

which is melted brie, smoked turkey, honey mustard,

bacon, avocado, and the works on squaw bread. Gooey

and savory, the contents meld into the soft, sweet

bread, then onto my hands and down my arm.

Fierce independence never tasted so good.

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businessman named

David Jack purchased

thousands of acres in

Monterey and decided

to market the cheese

as his own, calling it

(rather cunningly)

“Jack’s Cheese.”

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| KITCHEN

WEEKDAY SALMON

A perfect dish for a busy schedule without sacrificing

health or taste—cabbage, cilantro, carrots, and oranges

give this salmon dish a lovely pop of color—and flavor.

BY CHEF JESSIE RIVAS

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JESSIE’S TIP:

Black cod and/or scallops can

be substituted for the salmon.

And, you can always add more

or other citrus to the salad such

!as grapefruit.

WEEKDAY SALMON

4 5 oz pieces of salmon or ½ wild salmon, skin on

¼ cup oil

½ cup light miso

3 oz sake or 2 oz vodka

3 Tbs organic honey

1 ½ Tbs brown sugar

2 Tbs dark soy sauce

2 Tbs butter

kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper

In a small saucepan add miso, sake, honey, brown

sugar and soy sauce. Simmer on low just until sugar is

dissolved. Add 2 tablespoons of butter as you take it

off the heat and let rest.

Season fillets with kosher salt and fresh cracked

pepper (yes it does make a difference). Put fillets on a

small cookie sheet.

With a pastry brush, coat salmon with the sauce. Let

rest at room temperature while preparing salad.

4 cups cabbage

½ bunch cilantro roughly chopped

¼ bunch thai basil julienned

4 green onions cut on bias

2 carrots julienned

1 orange (segments and juice only)

¼ cup rice vinegar

2 Tbs vegetable oil

In a medium sized mixing bowl add cabbage, carrots

and orange segments with juice. Mix in cilantro, thai

basil and green onion. Dress with rice vinegar, olive

oil, salt and pepper

Preheat broiler to high.

Once oven is hot, place

fillets in oven with the

flesh side up. Cook for

3 minutes. Take salmon

out and cover with rest of

sauce. Cook for 3-4 more

minutes until done.

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and chef of The Pairing Knife

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Serve salmon on top of

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favorite rice. SLO LIFE

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| WINE NOTES

GIVE RIES A CHANCE

Don’t let those long, slim bottles fool you. Once known as sugar-laden wines, these dry

Rieslings are loved as a refreshing drink, swimming with flavor, and light on sweetness.

Originating from Rheingau, Germany, Riesling is used widely all over the world to

produce dry, not sweet, crisp, clean and refreshing wines. I once had a teacher that

said that Germany makes the most beautiful Rieslings, but you will have to go there to

experience them because they drink all the good ones and ship all the rest, the sweet

ones, to other countries. Save that international ticket, people! You get to experience

something special right in your backyard. Our own Edna Valley is reinventing this old

grape’s reputation. Take a look at these dry and sometimes slightly sweet goodies just a

stone’s throw from your front door.

BY ANDRIA MCGHEE

Talley Vineyard // 2017 Bishop’s Peak Riesling // $24

In 1982, Oliver Talley began a Vineyard at the very end of Orcutt

Valley Road where he found great sloped hills, a fantastic setting

for growing great wines. Riesling was near to his heart. He planted

it on a plot of land that was special enough to give his own name:

Oliver’s Vineyard. To this day, the tasting room shows views of

vines with a classic warm and friendly California environment.

Though you may know them for their

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quality grapes. Sometimes this vintage

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This year struts a dry wine that smells

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lemon and caper sauce? I think so. >>

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Claiborne and Churchill

2017 Dry Riesling Edna Valley // $22

Despite a challenging year of unpredictable weather

in 2017, this year’s Riesling is shining. The grapes for

this wine are grown on the same plot of land as Talley’s

(Oliver’s Vineyard- remember those awesome hills?). The

interesting thing is that the two wines are different. This

is the influence of winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia in the

winemaking process.

Imagine two artists who see the same landscape, use the

same paints and paint brushes, yet the two canvases end

up so different. These wines are two different products.

This one has a lovely floral nose when you swirl it in

your glass. I adore how the minerality and acidity, the

elements that make your mouth water, balance the citrus

and stone fruit flavors. Parker-Garcia, a San Luis Obispo

native, strives to reflect the positive aspects of grapes of

a vintage in the wines he produces. Have it with a nice

meal to really let it fly. I’m going to try it with crab cakes

or chicken l’orange.

Wolff Vineyard

2015 Dry Alsatian Style Riesling // $22

This winery is a charmer. No wonder they thrive mostly

on club memberships and visitors, which is truly

impressive. From the view on that little hill, which the

wine tasting room sits upon, you can see the sprawling

vines from Wolff and neighboring vineyards as well as

those beautiful sister mountains. Even seeing storm

clouds rolling through when I visited just took my

breath away.

Like the owners of Claiborne and Churchill, this wine is

inspired by the wines from Alsace, France and the reason

they labeled this wine Alsatian. The region is well known

for their Riesling grapes, located just south of Rheingau,

Germany. Their Riesling has the typical floral nose and

crisp acidity, but leaves me with a warming feeling. No,

it’s not the alcohol that I mean. It’s the tropical notes

that make me think of warming cold bones on a beach in

Hawaii. The citrus takes me back to the orange blossoms

of my Southern California youth that bloomed in the

spring. They were so intoxicating. It has a touch of

sweetness, which is well balanced. This is a fun wine.

The Central Coast is making great European wines so

easily accessible. My hope is that you give Riesling a try.

You’ll get a light, crisp wine with some fun, uplifting

flavors. Other lovely varietals from the same regions as

Riesling are Gewürztraminer (pronounced Gev-ertstrah-meener),

or Grüner Veltliner, traditionally from

Austria, have similar crisp flavors. My prediction is that

Grüner Veltliner will be an up-and-coming favorite.

Grab a bottle of any of these from the tasting rooms

directly, or from your local shops and grocery stores. I

spotted a couple at Central Coast Wines on Higuera,

Bev Mo, and SLO Provisions. Here’s to trying new or

already beloved wines. Cheers! SLO LIFE

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| BREW

BEER

101

BY BRANT MYERS

What makes a beer, a beer?

According to the Germany

Beer Purity Law of 1516, beer

can only contain water, barley,

and hops. They failed to

mention the most important

ingredient, since they didn’t

know about yeast yet, but

to be fair, they were wrong

about the definition of purity

even 400 years later. These days, you would be hard-pressed to

find a beer that had just these four basic ingredients, and with

the highly publicized war between a macro-brewer that uses rice

calling out a macro-brewer that uses corn, adding non-standard

ingredients to beer has become a hot topic and a national trend.

Let’s delve deep into the fascinating world of adjuncts.

In the beer world, an adjunct is anything added to the brewing process in a

supplementary role. The list is wide and ranges from the aforementioned grains,

any variety of fruits, vegetables, spices, sugars, syrups, honey, and animals (oyster

stout or lobster saison, anyone?). It’s been the Wild West for craft brewers over

the past few years with fads and niches to be chased. Some breweries are looking

to highlight a locally sourced ingredient for the ultimate farm-to-table drinking

experience, or push the boundaries with a radically different flavor or texture. The

most widely used type of adjuncts would be the use of non-standard grains ranging

from rice to kernza.

Why would a brewery use rice or corn in their beers? Well, there are two main

reasons and they boil down to just plain good business. Government subsidies have

lowered the cost of American-grown corn and rice to the point where if you want

to sell a mass-produced beer at a competitive price you could cut out the timeconsuming

process of malting your barley by using trucks full of rice or syrup made

of corn (not to be confused with high fructose corn syrup). It also has the added >>

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onus of producing a drier finish and a lighter color—everything

you want in your cheap domestic lager. On the other end of the

spectrum, is the hottest craze of 2018-2019, the New England

Style IPA. Often referred to as haze or juice, this ale utilizes flaked

wheat to provide a smoother mouthfeel and soft, pillowy texture to

your normally transparent IPA. A process familiar to the German

beer style of hefewiezen. Speaking of which, let’s have a frank and

earnest discussion about that slice of orange on the top of your glass.

Fruit adjuncts have been wildly popular over the past few years

adding a more impactful flavor to craft beers by either flavoring it

with fruit, such as an apricot pale ale, or emphasizing the subtle

hop aromas of an IPA with the complementary addition of mango

or pineapple extract. This has a two-fold approach of allowing

beers to become more accessible to entry-level drinkers who would

normally be turned off by hop bitterness, and it allows brewers

to expand their creativity through a more robust line-up due to

the near limitless flavor combinations. All acceptable reasons,

especially bolstered by the historical use of fruit by the Belgians

in their famous styles, such as the cherry-laden Kriek or raspberry

Framboise ales. So, back to that orange slice in your hef or the

lime in your Mexican (German) lager. Picture a white sand beach

with turquoise waters and a clear, long neck bottle of beer in your

hand. What’s in the top of that bottle but a lime. Pure tropical bliss.

However, it has a much more sinister past than a garnish to liven up

your vacation.

I’ve already ranted about pouring beer into the proper glassware,

but let me tell you about the clear beer bottle and how it ticks all

the boxes for how a beer can go bad. Steel caps stamped over a glass

bottle might stop the beer from coming out, but it doesn’t prevent

air from coming in; that clear glass can’t prevent light coming in

any more than a picture window, and being brewed and stored in

a country notorious for hot temps warms your beer up just so. All

three factors can oxidize and accelerate off-favor production even

before you pop the top. In a truly genius marketing campaign, the

manufacturer decided that instead of addressing the issues, they

would wedge a lime in the top and instantly you can’t smell the beer

but only a sweet citrus aroma and a taste of the tropics. In regard to

the notorioius orange slice, it was marketing, too.

Back at the beginning of the latest craft beer boom, a macro-brewer

got sneaky and decided to craft an “American” hefeweizen, which

lacked much of the subtle flavors of its German counterpart. Add

to that a bit of marketing genius, and the advent of an orange slice

on your glass to get attention in a crowded market would soon

change the craft beer scene for decades to come. Oranges and their

peels contain loads of oil, the villain to beer’s aromatic foamy head

superhero. If you have a mass-produced

beer that doesn’t smell as magical as the

original, then just kill the part that smells

and replace it with a garnish. Heathens.

The divide between brewers and

drinkers is a fine line that the marketing

department can tip-toe around or tread

heavily upon, but much like any art form,

it’s best to leave the art to the artist. In

other words, it’s okay to have fruit in

your beer, just not on your beer, any more

than it’s okay to use paint on a canvas

but not okay to draw mustaches on the

Mona Lisa. And, for the love of beer, if it

doesn’t taste good to begin with... don’t

drink it! SLO LIFE

BRANT MYERS is a 13-year

veteran of the Central Coast

craft beer industry who

enjoys sharing his passion

with anyone who doesn’t

put an orange in their

hefeweiezen.

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| HAPPENINGS

EROICA CALIFORNIA

This world-renowned vintage

cycling event has four routes of

various lengths that showcase the

best cycling in the area. As the only

Eroica event in the USA, Eroica

California is the perfect opportunity

to experience the history of cycling

first-hand in a stunning location. This

region will soon enter every cyclist’s

bucket list when Eroica California

showcases Cambria in 2019 for the

very first time.

April 5 - 7 // ceroicacalifornia.com

APRIL

A PARTY FOR THE PLANET

Celebrate a fun day for children of

all ages, with interactive adventures,

hands-on activities, exhibits by

sustainability-conscious businesses,

as well as demonstrations and

workshops on native plant gardening,

food waste composting, water

conservation, beekeeping, and more.

A Party for the Planet offers Earth

Day activities that are full of fun and

purpose and enjoyable for all at the

cost of regular zoo admission.

April 13 // charlespaddockzoo.org

WINE 4 PAWS

Join in on the fun to raise funds for

Woods Humane Society—choose from

over 80 local wineries, breweries, and

olive oil producers. Visit any of the

participating Wine 4 Paws tasting rooms

and enjoy the bounty of the Central Coast

while supporting a great cause.

April 6-7 // wine4paws.com

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POLY ROYAL RODEO

The Poly Royal Rodeo is back and for

the third straight year will be held in

Alex G. Spanos Stadium. As always,

it’ll be fun for the whole family. Come

out and enjoy a tribute to western

heritage and watch college rodeo’s

finest athletes rope and ride their way

into the history books of one of the

greatest college rodeos in the world.

A concert follows both performances

this year and is included with a ticket

to the rodeo on that night.

April 12 - 13 // tickets@calpoly.edu

SLO COLOR BLAST FUN RUN

The SLO Color Blast Fun Run is a

non-competitive 5k run/walk where

runners are covered in a multicolored

array of special dust. The Fun Run was

conceived to help fund scholarships in

honor of SLOHS soccer player Alex

Maier (#23) who was killed in a tragic

car accident and to promote a day of

fun, friends, and family.

April 14 // slocolorblast.com

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Home & Garden

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May 4th & 5th, 2019

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Free Admission

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Over 100 Home &

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Seminars and Workshops

all weekend

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MAY

WINE WAVES & BEYOND

Come celebrate the best that Classic

California has to offer. Enjoy three days of

unforgettable events that embrace the love

of California’s traditional surfing lifestyle

and culture along with exceptional wine

and food. Experience Central Coast wines,

artisan brews, local California farm-fresh

and seaport-inspired cuisine, as well as

great music, art, and the amiable coastal

community. Wine, Waves & Beyond

events take place at several scenic venues

throughout Pismo Beach and at the

Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo.

May 3 - 5 // winewavesandbeyond.com

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MIRACLE MILES FOR KIDS

This beautiful 10K (6.2 miles) race

course runs along the water’s edge

from Morro Rock to the Cayucos

Pier. At any given time, there are

over 900 children in foster care in

San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara

counties who need support and

services. Family Care Network

partners with the community in

Miracle Miles for Kids 10K to help

meet these needs. Miracle Miles for

Kids was created to raise funds that

allow us to fully support the crucial

needs of children, youth, and families

impacted by trauma. Last year,

over 2,500 people participated—all

working to make a difference.

May 11 // give.fcni.org

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SHABANG REBORN

Bringing love for live music to the Central

Coast, Shabang is an annual music festival

that was born in San Luis Obispo’s

backyard. What started as a few friends

and a guitar has become a celebration of

life, music, and breathtaking scenery, all

driven by a mission of bringing music to the

forefront of San Luis Obispo’s community.

May 4 // shabangslo.com

PASO WINE FESTIVAL

The 37th Annual Wine Festival

includes a selection of Winemaker

Dinners at area restaurants on

Thursday, and select wineries will

feature their Library, Reserve, White,

Rosé, and Futures complemented by

fresh and local gourmet bites on Friday.

Start your morning on Saturday with

a fun and educational Winemaker

Seminar where more than 70 wineries

come together in the Paso Robles

Downtown City Park to showcase

their wines during the Grand Tasting.

May 16 - 19 // pasowine.com


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