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CONTENTS

Volume

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Number 3

Jun/Jul 2019

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MIKE WOZNIAK

With an unwavering work ethic,

this coach steps off the court

and into our office to share his

love of the game.

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Publisher’s Message

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Sneak Peek

Photographer VANESSA PLAKIAS gives us a

glimpse behind the scenes of the cover shoot.

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

It was an early morning when MARK NAKAMURA

captured the essence of downtown SLO.


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| CONTENTS

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Q&A

Transitions-Mental Health Association

Executive Director JILL BOLSTER-WHITE

stops by to discuss issues around mental

health and homelessness.

Now Hear This

Rock-pop-soul band B & THE HIVE hit the

open road with a steady stream of gigs.

Family

Inspired by the sunshine days of summer,

PADEN HUGHES heads to the farm for a

fun-filled afternoon of berry picking.

On the Rise

San Luis Obispo High School graduating

senior ANNEKE MOERSDORF is gearing up

to run track and field at Oregon State.

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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 county of San Luis Obispo.

Health

Warm weather and vacation season are upon us, but

before we throw on our suits and head to the beach, we

take a minute to review the latest news on sunscreen.

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Taste

With local shops brewing a delicious cup of the good

stuff, JAIME LEWIS implores locals to stop in, savor the

aroma, and enjoy a sweet sip.

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Dwelling

Artist JERRY SCOTT opens the doors to

his design studio located in the heart of

downtown San Luis Obispo.

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Kitchen

Brush off the barbecue and head to the butcher

because CHEF JESSIE RIVAS is taking grilled leg of

lamb to the next level with every mouth-watering bite.

Wine Notes

Visiting a winery is just as much about the experience as

it is about the wine itself. ANDRIA MCGHEE guides us to

some of the best local spots to take in the sweeping views.

Brew

‘Tis the season for beer festivals and BRANT MYERS

shares how to make the most of it.

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 June and July.

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| PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE

I am fascinated by high school students who have 4.5 GPAs. For me, I was generally able to get the “.5” part

of that number, but the “4” always eluded me. Math was never my thing; in fact, the only arithmetic I was

ever proficient in was the kind required to calculate the fewest number of classes I would need to graduate.

And, the only thing that stood in the path between me and my diploma during my senior year was Home

Economics 2, which was known as “the cooking class.”

It was sometime in May of that year when my parents received a one-line letter that ominously read in

all-caps as if it were a telegram from 1929 crying out the news of the stock market crash: “THOMAS

DEAN FRANCISKOVICH HAS 53 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES THIS SEMESTER.” Along with my

unsanctioned sabbatical, I was also lugging around a D- average, which meant that I was at serious risk of

not graduating. Despite Mom and Dad’s crystal-clear instructions to fly straight and finish strong, I decided

instead to double down on the fun—when it came to that subject, I had an A+.

Besides, I had the formula worked out. I just had to do well on the final exam in Home Ec. No problem. Except it was a problem because I thought it

would be a great idea to start a food fight in the student kitchen during the last week of school. When the hostilities ended, the teacher immediately—

and rightly —identified me as the instigator and I was hauled off to the principal’s office. With my head bowed and my dusty baseball cap in my tomato

stained hands, I was stunned by the verdict: I was being suspended for the last week of school, which meant I would not be allowed to take the final

exam in Home Ec. The principal said the words that had been nipping at my heels all year: “I’m really sorry, Tom, but you are not going to graduate.”

All five stages of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ grief model pounded me at once: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. I decided that

bargaining was my best bet, so I gave it everything I had. Begging and pleading, I made my case: “There has to be another way. What about extra credit?

I’ll do whatever it takes—anything!” As she sat there watching me grovel, the principal decided to call in my Home Ec. teacher. The two of them talked

behind closed doors for far too long, then I was called back in. With both women burning holes in my forehead with their laser-beam focus of disgust

and contempt, I was informed there was a glimmer of hope. Yes, I was still suspended, but if I could ace an extra credit exam, it would give me just

enough points to pass the class and to graduate. The exam, I was told, was simple: I would be required to cook a perfect omelet.

During the week of my suspension, I did nothing but make omelets. I talked to everyone and anyone who had any experience in the kitchen. Omelets

were what I ate for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. And, I realized very quickly that the key to making a perfect omelet is executing a flawless

flip—timing is everything. Over and over again, I would position myself with the classic athletic stance, knees bent and shoulders loose, as I waited for

the precise moment to slide the spatula underneath. Channeling every ounce of my intuition, I studied the bubbling butter and the second it began

caramelizing the eggs floating atop—wham!—I flipped it.

The last day of school arrived and I stepped into the kitchen where I found my Home Ec. teacher waiting with folded arms. I cracked three eggs and

the now-familiar hiss of the pan lured me into a state of flow. I drew a long breath and briefly closed my eyes to steady my nerves, as I waited for my

opportunity. In one, fluid motion, I swept under, lifted, and turned. Perfection! I slammed down the spatula and thrust my arms into the air as if I were

an Olympic gymnast who stuck the landing after an error-free routine on the parallel bars. Shouting out, “Woohoo!,” I reflexively turned to high-five

my teacher, who instead nudged her reading glasses over the bridge of her nose before scratching a worn-down Dixon Ticonderoga #2 on her clipboard

as she added up the column under my name. She savored her power held in that moment before declaring, “Congratulations, Tom, you passed—let’s see

how far that omelet takes you in the real world.”

Not far at all, as it turns out. Three months later, I found myself loafing through Sociology 101 at the local community college when a re-entry student

wearing Red Wing work boots wedged into the desk next to me. He had three kids at home and just punched out from his night shift at the local

creamery a few short hours ago. With no sleep other than a catnap in his GMC between classes and with a family to support, his grade was nearly twice

as good as mine. “What’s your excuse?” he asked. I gulped hard, before offering a meek: “Uh, well, I guess I don’t have one.” What he said next lit a fire in

me that has been raging since: “Take it from me, kid. Whatever you do today determines what will happen tomorrow.”

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

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

Live the SLO Life!

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| SNEAK PEEK

BEHIND the scenes

WITH MIKE WOZNIAK

BY VANESSA PLAKIAS

I’ve been using the word “marvel” a lot lately because

I continue to be so inspired by these Meet Your

Neighbor stories, and Mike was no different. I’m

fascinated by his twin careers in broadcasting and

coaching and can’t wait to read the article myself.

I love this shot of Mike and his daughter, Harper.

She’s the sweetest! When she saw her dad at the end of

practice, she went running up to him and yelled, “Daddy!”

as she jumped into his arms. What an adorable family.

I’m definitely a shoe gal, so I noticed Mike’s

shoes right away. He said that he wears them

all the time; they’re weather-proof Nike Airs,

and they work for all kinds of weather—rain

and snow—for when he is travelling to do his

broadcasting.

Mike was saying this thing to the kids, which I think makes so

much sense: “Keep your mind where your feet are.” I love that.

I just think that it helps keep you focused on what you need to

do; keeps you focused on the job at hand. SLO LIFE

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| IN BOX

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EDINBURGH CASTLE, SCOTLAND

GRUYERES CASTLE, SWITZERLAND

MARK, ROBIN, and GANNON KING

SLO High School students during a trip to England

and Scotland. NATALIE DAVIS, TIARA BIAS, SABRINA

GARCIA, HELENA BECERRA, SOPHIA GARCIA,

MS. HAWLEY, BRIDGET TUOHY, ARIANA KING, and

LILY SVETICH.

ARCHIPIÉLAGO DE REVILLAGIGEDO

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The BARIL, HENDERSON, NOSTI, STRAULI,

TEVLIN, WADDELL, and WETZEL KIDS

STEVE SLAUGHTER at 60’ while photographing

giant pacific manta rays, dolphins, humpback

whales (didn’t encounter any underwater) and a

variety of large sharks. 240 miles south west of

Cabo San Lucas. Photo by Robert Daniels.

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GOLDEN CIRCLE, ICELAND

YUCATÁN PENINSULA

TRENT, JACK, HENRY, LUKE, and TY

THE CALLAWAY FAMILY

MACHU PICCHU, PERU

TULUM , MEXICO

OLIVIA CUSICK

BOB TEDONE and STEVE HINOTE at the summit

of Dead Woman’s Pass, an Inca Trail on the way

to Machu Picchu, Peru.

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CITY PALACE, JAIPUR, INDIA

SKY, KEVIN, AUSTIN, KATIE, JUAN,

BROOKE, GIL, ROBBY, and SUSIE

SHEILA TEDONE

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

BERLIN, GERMANY

SHARON, CHRIS, and SCOTT CONNORS

RICH SAVAGE in front of the Ronald Reagan

memorial that reads, “Mr. Gorbachev, open this

gate, tear down this wall.”

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NUEVO VALLARTA, MEXICO

MELK ABBEY, AUSTRIA

JOEL and KERRY SHEETS

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| BRIEFS

$700 million

The goal of Cal Poly’s largest-ever

fundraising campaign was publicly

announced May 4. The effort, described

by the university as empowering students,

excellence and innovation, has already

raised more than $556 million, and is

slated to support new facilities, upgrades

to existing buildings, and the expansion

of student/faculty research, project-based

learning opportunities, and scholarships.

“We have a

dynamic community

of teachers

committed to

opening doors . . .”

SLO High School teacher Greg Ross

opening up about potential partnerships

between local educators and the newlylaunched

San Luis Coastal Education

Foundation. One of the nonprofit’s

major goals is to empower teachers

to dream big and pursue cutting-edge

innovations in learning for the benefit

of K-12 students in San Luis Obispo,

Morro Bay, and Los Osos.

#213

SLO High School’s rank among 1,579

California schools honored in the

2019 U.S. News Best High Schools in

California report, surpassing all other

public high schools in both San Luis

Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The

rankings, released in April, are based

on college readiness, breadth of college

curriculum, reading and math proficiency

and performance, underserved student

performance, and graduation rates.

“Can I put this

in the bin?”

The Facebook question of the day posted

on May 9 by friendly City of SLO Utilities

Department employees, who announced

that they are re-stocked with countertop

food scrap pails—free to city residents. They

also kindly posted “Yes” and “No” answers so

you don’t have to guess (By the way, “peels,

rinds, and pits” are on the “Yes” list).

65 years

The span between the youngest (17) and

the oldest (85) of 30 clarinetists who

congregated at Cal Poly to perform the

Camille Saint-Saëns composition “Marche

Militaire Français” as the capstone of Cal

Poly’s second annual Clarinet Festival

on May 5. The campus concert included

Central Coast community clarinet combo

The Wind in the Reeds.

“50 Film Festivals

Worth the Entry Fee”

And the San Luis Obispo International

Film Festival is one of them, according

to MovieMaker Magazine’s annual list

announced in April. It’s the fifth time the

25-year-old festival has been included on

the coveted roster, which features events

from coast to coast in North America, as

well as a number of international festivals.

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The number of national awards

accumulated in April by the Cuesta

College Drama Department’s production

of “Ghost Ship” during a national festival

at the John F. Kennedy Center for the

Performing Arts in Washington D.C. The

play received Outstanding Performance

and Production Ensemble honors as well

as individual prizes for crew members

including playwright Philip Valle,

director bree valle, and scenic designer

Richard Jackson. Last spring, the college’s

theatrical production of “Man of La

Mancha” received 14 national nods.

“We’ve now doubled

our passenger count

from five years ago.”

SLO County Regional Airport spokesman

Kevin Bumen reporting the increase in

number of passengers flying in and out of

SLO County Regional Airport during the

first calendar quarter of this year. According

to airport statistics released in April, the

numbers grew from 98,516 during the first

quarter of 2018 to 113,320 in 2019. That

jump represents the busiest first calendar

quarter in the airport’s history.

15% $4.21

The average price for one gallon of

The pay raise awarded the Mayor of San

gasoline in San Luis Obispo County

Luis Obispo by the City Council in May.

A closer look at the numbers reveals $225

according to AAA. Think you’re paying

more per month for Heidi Harmon, who

more? You’re right: One year ago the

currently brings home $18,000 a year.

average pump price in SLO was $3.85. The

The City Council members voted to give

average price in the state as a whole this

themselves a $24 monthly raise, bringing

year is 17 cents less, at $4.04, while the

their annual compensation to $14,688 each. nationwide average is now $2.84. SLO LIFE

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| TIMELINE

Around the County

APRIL ’19

4/2

SLO County Regional Airport, also known as “SBP,” welcomes its first nonstop

flight from Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW), inaugurating daily

nonstop service on American Airlines between the two airports. Direct service

to DFW comes after years of work by airport staff, Visit SLO CAL, San Luis

Obispo County, and several regional partners. The new service gives passengers

one-stop access to some 89 domestic and foreign destinations including Latin

America, the Caribbean, and seasonal service to Dublin and Munich beginning

in June. The flight also provides increased access to SLO County businesses,

educational institutions, and growing wine regions. “These new flights don’t just

connect people, they connect economies,” said Visit SLO CAL CEO Chuck

Davison. “And each time we do that, we make this an even better place to live,

work, and visit.” The Embraer 175 jet servicing the daily flight is equipped with

12 first-class seats, 20 “extra” seats offering additional legroom, and 44 main

cabin seats.

4/18

A Cal Poly student project to help a SLO veteran deal with Parkinson’s disease

leads to a $100,000 prize. Sidney Collin evolved a business, Oro Devices, out of

her student project’s success, and ended up edging out five other startups to win

the six-figure angel investment at the second annual Central California Angel

Conference Pitch Competition. Collin, who graduated in March with a biomedical

engineering degree, says the device she created, known as the Gaitway, helps

patients overcome a sudden onset of immobility called “freezing of gait.” A program

that pairs the challenges of wounded veterans with student projects coupled the

engineer with Korean War vet Jack Brill, 87, who was so impressed with her device

he invited her to a Parkinson’s support group with 20 other people who might also

benefit from it. Collin and her two business partners—also from Cal Poly—plan

to formally launch the Gaitway in September. She says it can help patients with

multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, as well.

4/23

The Hourglass Project, a new public-private partnership designed to restructure

and build a stable local economy following the upcoming closure of Diablo

Canyon, receives $300,000 in economic development funds from the County of

San Luis Obispo to help develop future jobs on the Central Coast. The grant,

to be used for the creation of a “Central Coast Jobs Roadmap and Action Plan,”

will supply approximately one-third of the project’s total funding, with private

sector partners providing the rest. County support comes from $85 million in

Community Impact Mitigation Funds appropriated by Senate Bill (SB)1090,

designed to ease the local impact of the power plant’s closure.

4/24

The California Botanical Society journal Madroño

officially announces the discovery of the Irish Hills

spineflower (Chorizanthe aphanantha)in the Irish

Hills Natural Reserve. Botanist and Cal Poly alumna

Kristen Nelson found the new plant, which may be

recognized shortly as one of California’s rarest plants.

The discovery has been verified by Cal Poly experts,

as well as City of San Luis Obispo Natural Resources

Manager Robert Hill, who called it “incredibly

important.” Measuring only a few centimeters to a

couple of inches in height, the flower was found in a

secluded setting within the reserve that stretches some

720 acres along Prefumo Canyon Road at Isabella

Way in San Luis Obispo. The tiny plant has since been

identified throughout the reserve, but to date this is its

only known location in the world.

4/27

More than a century after her death, San Luis

Obispo’s first city librarian receives a proper memorial.

Since her death in 1910, the burial site of Frances

Margaret Milne, a community leader, suffragist and

poet, remained unmarked at the San Luis Obispo

Cemetery. Thanks to a fundraising campaign

spearheaded by the Foundation for SLO County

Public Libraries, members of the community—

including members of her family—gathered to honor

her and place a headstone that features an open book

and a line from one of her poems: “Love shall prove

her triumph true.” SLO County Public Libraries are

celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.

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MAY ’19

5/8

Superior Court Judge Dodie Harman sets bail at $1 million during the arraignment

of an Oakland man who allegedly injured six people in an early morning shooting

during a Cinco de Mayo concert at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation

Area on May 5. Nineteen-year-old Francisco Orozco faces an attempted murder

charge as well as five felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic weapon, with

several enhancements including allegations that he discharged a firearm, and that he

inflicted great bodily injury. The six victims injured in the attack were transported

to local hospitals, and four of the victims were treated for serious injuries. Orozco

is pleading not guilty, claiming that he was not the shooter. Concurrently, within

a period of a month, three people were killed in off-road vehicle accidents at the

dunes, while one other remains hospitalized with a life-threatening head injury, and

local emergency rooms reported an especially busy period in dealing with patients

sustaining serious injuries at the park.

5/17

The first of what is planned to be an annual threeday

Central Coast Festival for Jewish Learning opens

at Cal Poly with Holocaust survivor Gitta Ryle and

Nazi war crimes prosecutor Bruce Einhorn presenting

“A Testimony of the Holocaust and How the World

Responded.” Of the Holocaust, Ryle says, “We need to

stay proud that we are Jews and that we want peace, and

I will educate people that there was such a thing and

that it should never happen again.” Presented by the JCC

Federation and Hillel of San Luis Obispo, the mission of

the festival is to unify the Central Coast community with

programs and services based on Jewish values.

5/9

San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon asks a tough question during the annual

State of the City presentation at a public meeting: “How can we create a fiscally

sustainable, environmentally sustainable, economically sustainable community?”

Financially, according to City Manager Derek Johnson, the city is on solid ground

to address the coming closure of Diablo Canyon, as well as the liability of employee

pension obligations. “The city has been very proactive and developed a plan that we

can pay down that liability over the next 20 years, and essentially avoid $20 million

dollars in interest payments,” according to Johnson. Reviewing accomplishments of

the past year, they point to completed projects like the Laurel Lane improvements,

more flight options in and out of town, electric vehicle charging stations at the

parking garage, and the purchase of the Miossi Open Space.

5/15

Thanks to a federally-funded multi-year grant, the SLO County Behavioral

Health Department announces a new collaboration with the Sheriff ’s Office to

help people with mental illness or substance use disorders stay out of the criminal

justice system. A five-year, $1.6 million U.S. Department of Health and Human

Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant,

one of only seven awarded nationally, will embed specially trained clinicians with

the Sheriff ’s existing Community Action Team to provide services to vulnerable

people with multiple simultaneous problems, from homelessness to substance

abuse to mental health disorders. “We are excited to offer this new program in

collaboration with law enforcement,” said Behavioral Health Administrator Anne

Robin. “Any opportunity we have to engage and intervene early with individuals

provides us the chance to help them make substantive changes in their life.”

5/21

Caltrans begins short-term safety improvements on a

stretch of Highway 101 travelled by more than 65,000

cars every day. Crews started construction on barriers to

halt left-hand turns across four lanes of the highway at

El Campo Road and three other intersections between

Traffic Way in Arroyo Grande and Los Berros Road

in Nipomo. Following a fatal accident in 2018 and 17

previous non-fatal collisions since 2012 at the 101/El

Campo Road interchange, public sentiment overcame

objections to the changes from some local businesses

and residents. In the long term, local governments are

exploring options including lowering the speed limit,

improving visibility, and even building an overpass near

the El Campo intersection. SLO LIFE

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| VIEW

&

RISE

SHINE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK NAKAMURA

Routine comes easily to Mark Nakamura.

After a long career as a kindergarten

teacher, thoughtful structure to a day

in the classroom was the only way

he could keep the tenuous balance.

Veering off course too much in any one direction

meant inviting chaos. And, chaos was most certainly

an unwanted guest.

Even in retirement, a commitment to routine remains,

and on most mornings, Nakamura can be found

peeling back the covers at four a.m. in his San Luis

Obispo bedroom. Depending on the weather, first light

generally means a hike up nearby Terrace Hill. But,

one recent morning, the routine was thrown off when

he overshot his natural wake-up time by a full hour.

He was not sure why it happened, but when he rubbed

the sleep from his eyes, the glowing lights on his clock

read five-something. It was just enough to shake up the

natural rhythm of things.

Instead, Nakamura headed toward the Mission. There

he found a still-slumbering Monterey Street without a

car in sight. Sensing a unique opportunity, he sized up

the scene in his Sony a7R III viewfinder and went to

work snapping away from different vantage points.

The composition you see here is actually three shots

combined into one, which is commonly called

“stitching” by photography pros. But that is where the

“high-techiness” ended for Nakamura, who says, “I

never really do much with Photoshop; I prefer to keep

things as they are.”

As they are. As they were. Those are the words that

perhaps capture the essence of San Luis Obispo’s

downtown streets more than any other—an idea as

much as a place, a place that inspires both a hope for the

future and a yearning for the past. SLO LIFE

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| Q&A

AT THE HELM

Last month, the San Luis Obispo-based non-profit Transitions-Mental Health

Association celebrated its 40-year anniversary. And, for 27 of those 40 years,

JILL BOLSTER-WHITE has been at the helm as the organization’s executive

director. She stopped by the office recently so we could get to know her on

a personal level, as well as learn about mental health as it relates to our local

homeless population. Here is some of what she had to say…

Okay, Jill, let’s talk about where you grew up.

I was born in Pasadena, California. And, so, I’m

third generation, actually, Los Angeles County

native. My grandfather went to L.A. High, and my

dad went to John Muir High in Pasadena. But I

went to high school in San Marino, which is the

home of the Huntington Library, if you’ve ever

been. So, yeah, when you grow up in a place like

San Marino, you don’t really feel like you’re in Los

Angeles. It doesn’t have any Hollywood impact.

It’s not part of the industry, and it’s a much more

East Coast feel I would say, and pretty affluent. I

definitely grew up surrounded by people who were

professionals. The question wasn’t, “Are you going

to college?” It was, “What did you get on your

SATs? And how is AP English going?”

And, what were you like as a kid? Bossy, I think.

[laughter] Yeah, I mean, I think I was always a

pretty confident and in-charge kind of a kid. I

know my older sister said that I always acted like

the oldest even though I wasn’t the oldest. I was

always pretty happy and positive. And my life, my

upbringing and everything, I think, was all pretty

positive. My parents were professional sports fans

and I hated it. I would bring my Nancy Drews,

or whatever book I was reading at the time, to sit

through all of the Dodger Games. My sister is

still upset with me about it, telling me I missed so

much history. She says, “That was the golden era of

the Dodgers!” It was Ron Cey, Mike Scioscia, Rick

Monday, and all these guys. Apparently, I missed a

lot of good baseball.

So, how did you end up in San Luis Obispo?

I went to Cal Poly, and while I was there, I got

a job babysitting for the woman who started

Growing Grounds Farm, Barbara Fischer. The

program was initially designed for people coming

out of state hospitals with severe mental illness

who needed to integrate back into the community.

There was some mental illness in my family

growing up, so I had seen first-hand the effects

it could have; I decided to volunteer at the farm.

While I was playing around with the idea of going

to law school, a full-time position became available

at the Mental Health Association. I was hired

and then two years later, the executive director

retired, and I was promoted to take over that

position. I was just 25 years old at this point, so I

went back and got a master’s degree and did some

other courses. That was 27 years ago. All in, I’ve

been with the organization, which is now called

Transitions-Mental Health Association for almost

30 years.

Is it true that most of our homeless population

suffers from mental illness? The conventional

wisdom is that about 30 to 40% of people who

are homeless have a mental illness. It’s usually a

combination of factors. And substance abuse is

more prevalent even than mental illness, actually,

although they can often go hand-in-hand.

Generally, with mental illness, there is a genetic

propensity to it, and then an environmental event

or a series of events which precipitates it. So, it

could be stress. It could be a breakup or a divorce,

going off to college, being in the military. It could

be taking a substance that creates that trigger

in the brain. We usually see mental illness onset

between the ages of 16 and 30, so it’s right during

adolescence and early adulthood when you are

going through all these chemical and hormonal

changes. And, yes, that’s usually the time people

are experimenting with drugs and alcohol. So,

that’s why it’s been so difficult to identify a direct

cause, because the question becomes: What’s the

cause and what’s the correlation?

What else do we know about the root causes?

Many of them come from the foster care system,

so they are not tethered to a family system.

They don’t have a place to go, and they don’t

have access to a family system that they can rely

on. You know, I think about how I went off to

Cal Poly with my parents’ station wagon full of

all sorts of stuff, and I always knew that they

were there to catch me if something happened

financially or otherwise. That’s not the case for

most of our homeless population. Now, with all

of that said, we do have services available to them

here and I think it is so important to connect

them to those programs. That’s why I don’t

recommend giving people money; I don’t even

recommend giving them food. Because the more

we can point people to services, to the food bank,

to social services, that really is the most helpful

thing, the kindest thing to do. SLO LIFE

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| NOW HEAR THIS

B & THE HIVE

SLO County based group B & the Hive’s blend of quintessential rock n’ roll, pop,

and soul sounds comes together effortlessly, while still managing to defy simple

classification and creating a wholly distinctive genre of their own.

BY SHAWN STRONG

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Upcoming Shows

Molly Malones . Los Angeles . June 7

Harmony Cellars . Harmony . June 14

The Siren . Morro Bay . June 21

Fernwood . Big Sur . June 22

The Crêpe Place . Santa Cruz . June 23

Claiborne & Churchill Winery . SLO . June 28

Talley Vineyards . Arroyo Grande . June 30

Tooth & Nail Winery . Paso Robles . July 19

Midstate Fair . Paso Robles . July 20

Led by the vocal talents of Brianna Lee,

B & the Hive charge forward fearlessly

in their musical pursuits. Without

missing a beat, the group expertly

navigates the line between bombastic and reserved with striking

effect, eloquently transitioning from more upbeat jams such as

their recent “Give Love,” to brooding, slow-burning ballads like

their cover of Chris Isaak’s 1989 single “Wicked Game.”

In the hands of a fledgling band, these constant shifts in energy

could easily become muddled and detract from the group’s

artistry. But in the hands of B & the Hive, they only serve to

heighten the experience and bring depth to the music. This

diverse range of sounds is what makes B & the Hive’s music so

gripping, on the stage and off.

Originally formed eight years ago in San Francisco by Lee and

Los Osos native Josh Barrett, B & the Hive ultimately decided to

lay down roots on the Central Coast and start building their lineup.

In time, Lee and Barrett connected with the blossoming local

scene, while also reconnecting with friends they had previously

made in the area, slowly growing the band into what it is today.

Eventually, drummer Hayden Gardner, keyboardist Hannah

Joy-Brooke, and lead guitarist Erik Novak all found their place

in the Hive, playing alongside Lee on vocals/guitar with Barrett

handling bass and audio production. With their musical family

complete, Lee and Barrett wasted no time in booking shows in

SLO, Seattle, and all the way to Nashville, opening for Alanis

Morirsette, The Goo Goo Dolls, Elvis Costello, Ben Harper,

Chris Isaak, and others.

Despite having maintained a nearly nonstop schedule over the

last few months, Lee and Barrett are committed to an equally

strenuous year ahead. With their line-up solidified, they say they

are finally able to record the substantial amount of material they

have built up over the last few months, while also doubling down

on tours throughout the West Coast.

Most recently, they recorded a music video at Tooth & Nail Winery in

Paso Robles and will be releasing a brand new single called “Phases”

in the coming weeks. In honor of the single’s release they will also be

performing a special show at The Siren in Morro Bay on June 21st

planned to coincide with this year’s summer solstice. In addition to the

solstice show there are numerous other tour dates scheduled throughout

the coming months, spanning much of the Central Coast as well as Los

Angeles and Santa Cruz.

B & the Hive is truly a family band with Lee and Barrett having been

together now for more than a decade and married for the last several

years. When asked about the difficulties that one would assume must

arise when working with a spouse, the pair couldn’t help but grin. While

they concede that work-life balance can be troublesome at times, they

insist that it’s no harder to maintain while working together than it is for

other couples that work separately.

In fact, the music and the relationship naturally came to support each

other, as Lee and Barrett’s passion for the music and for each other’s

company facilitated an incredibly deep collaborative environment that

is constantly accessible and always developing. This, in tandem with

Barrett’s audio production background, as

well as the couples home studio, streamlines

the band’s creative process and lends itself

to the remarkable diversity found in B & the

Hive’s music.

This summer is looking to be an exciting one

for this remarkable group of musicians. With B

& the Hive’s extensive touring schedule, there

is no shortage of opportunities to see them and

witness one of the most exciting groups in the

area right now. On top of that, the volume of

new material this band is set to release, along

with their already robust collection of previously

released music, is more than enough to satisfy

anyone who is a fan of the local scene and

looking to find their next favorite band. 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

FARM TO TABLE

berry picking

BY PADEN HUGHES

One of the best things

about California is the

amazing produce we

grow. We are so spoiled

by the rich farmlands,

and here on the Central

Coast we have access

to some amazing small family farms. Whether

it’s harvest boxes delivered to our doors weekly

or farmers’ market stands, we have access to an

abundance of fresh, local produce.

For years I have heard about a berry picking farm

that families raved about. We had to ask several

friends in order to track it down, but we finally

made the 45-minute drive to pick berries where

farmlands stretch as far as the eye can see.

Blueberries Olé is one of the Central Coast’s

best-kept secrets. They are located about 40 miles

south of San Luis Obispo off Highway 101. Exit

Betteravia and follow the road until you reach

3665 Dominion Road in Santa Maria.

A hand-painted sign reading U-Pick Blueberries

guides you onto a gravel road where a quaint,

small fruit stand sits with its sign advertising:

“Blueberries, Blackberries & Strawberries.”

You’re able to choose your pail size and type

of berry depending on what is ripe and ready.

Blueberry pails cost $19 for a 32-ounce bucket

and $8 for 12 ounces. We chose one of the

larger pails and were pointed in the direction of

covered blueberry plants.

We discovered a row of beautiful plants bursting

with blueberries. My daughter, Kennedy, was in

heaven, wanting to eat more blueberries than

contribute to the pail. But I halted her because

I didn’t know if there were pesticides on these

berries or not. As it turned out, no pesticides are

used at this farm, which is comforting to me.

We spent about 30 minutes, lifting up branches

and finding treasure troves of ripe, fat blue

berries. We had so much fun picking through the

bushes, we went back for a second large pail.

Singing songs, chatting about all the ways we could

enjoy the berries, and feeling in touch with nature

and all its bounty was really magical. Kennedy has

never loved blueberries more in her life since that

farm experience. And, while we didn’t find a huge

price break from buying blueberries in the store or

picking them ourselves, we were satisfied that the

experience itself was worth the $38 we spent on 64

ounces of blueberries.

If you have toddlers in tow, consider this travel tip: use

Pismo Beach and Shell Beach as stops heading to Santa

Maria and back to break up the drive. For instance, we

had breakfast at Honeymoon Cafe in Pismo Beach—

one of our favorite restaurants. And, on the way back,

we stopped off at the recently renovated Dinosaur

Caves Park in Shell Beach to stretch our legs and take

in the beautiful ocean views. The extra stops made the

day feel special.

The U-Pick Blueberry farm is open to the public from

March through June. They offer blueberry, blackberry,

and strawberry picking for as long as the fruit is ripe

and ready to be picked. There are plenty of U-Pick

opportunities throughout the county. Some of our

favorite apple picking

experiences are See Canyon

Fruit Ranch, Gopher

Glen, and SLO Creek

Farms. SLO Creek Farms

offers a robust assortment

seasonally including

flowers, herbs, vegetables,

fruit, and pumpkins.

I hope you and your family

enjoy exploring the produce

and U-Pick experiences on

the Central Coast as they

offer a complete view of

farm-to-table. SLO LIFE

PADEN HUGHES is

co-owner of Gymnazo

and enjoys exploring

the Central Coast.

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| ON THE RISE

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Anneke Moersdorf

This eighteen-year-old San Luis Obispo

High School senior is graduating and

ready to leap to new heights.

What extra curricular activities are you involved in?

I play volleyball, run track & field, and am a apart of our school’s FFA program.

Do you have any brothers or sisters?

I am the oldest—my younger siblings are Matthew (16), Katie (15), and

Andrew (13).

What is your favorite childhood memory?

Some of my favorite memories are the times my dad, brother, and I would go

up to Big Sur when I was little. We would hike to Salmon Creek Falls and

then stop at Ragged Point for Hubba Bubba bubble gum on the way home.

What is important to you outside of high school?

My family and friends are definitely the most important to me.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

Who has influenced you the most?

My mom has, by far, had the biggest influence on me. She is the perfect

example of the strong, kind-hearted woman that I hope to become.

What would surprise people about you?

Although I am over 6 feet tall, I have never played basketball.

What do you dislike?

I dislike when drivers don’t use their turn signals. Cars were made with them

for a reason.

What is something that no one knows about you?

I like country music.

What career field do you see yourself entering?

I’m still undecided on what I would want to be. I’m thinking I would like to

have a career in the medical field because I enjoy studying human anatomy

and being able to help others would bring me joy.

What are you looking forward to most?

Right now, I am looking forward to going off to college. Although I will miss

my family dearly, I am excited to further my education and track career at

Oregon State University. SLO LIFE

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| MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY VANESSA PLAKIAS

It seems like only yesterday when a young Indiana native named MIKE WOZNIAK

wedged his way out of a tiny commuter plane and into the sundrenched San Luis

Obispo afternoon. Little did he know that the coastal hamlet he had just met would

become his permanent home and the launching pad for an exceptional collegiate

basketball run, which led to a short stint in the professional ranks, a fascinating

career in radio broadcasting, a wife and two young kids, and a popular youth

basketball program he calls 3Ball. Here is his story…

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et’s take it from the top, Mike, where

are you from? I was born in northwest

Indiana. Crown Point, Indiana. They call

that area “The Region.” It’s where you can

find all of the old steel mills. It’s the Rust

Belt, and a lot of those Upper Midwest

cities are barely hanging on today. I have

a brother who is two years younger than Lme, and a sister who is two years younger than him. My family said my

first word when I was eleven months old was, “Ball.” Sports were a big

part of my upbringing. We always had the radio tuned into the game,

whether it was the Cardinals, or the Chicago Bulls, or the Celtics; it was

always on. We were always running around the neighborhood, playing

games constantly. My mom was our biggest fan, she would always host the

post-game gathering at our house. She kept an eye on us and created an

atmosphere of inclusion. She was a school teacher, high school English, so

she also made sure we had a good balance of sports, school, and home life.

And, what about your dad? Dad worked in HR for Dow Chemical and

we moved around for his job quite a bit. We moved to South Carolina for

a while, about 18 months, when I was in elementary school, then down

to Texas for 6th grade through 10th grade. After that, we moved back to

Indiana to Carmel, greater Indianapolis. High school was 5,000 kids and

they were a powerhouse in basketball. To someone who is not familiar,

Indiana high school basketball is special; it’s second-to-none. We would

have a packed gym, 5,500 on a Friday night coming to a game. Just an

A+ experience; people would really get into it, and they’d follow the team

to away games. I decided early on that I wanted to earn a basketball

scholarship. I had a genuine feeling that I wanted to try to give back to my

parents for everything they did for me and everywhere they took me and

all the opportunities they provided. I looked at playing nearby—Ball State,

Butler, Indiana State, Miami of Ohio—but something told me, “Hey, you

know what? I want to give the West a try.”

What was it about the West Coast that was calling your name? Growing

up, I really viewed the East and West Coasts as someplace really different.

I didn’t live on those edges of the country. I had been kind of carved

in the middle. So, I had an opportunity to come visit this place called

San Luis Obispo. I flew from L.A. in a really old, really small plane. It

didn’t even have a walkway down the middle. You had to climb over the

seats. I just kept thinking, “I sure do hope the propeller holds out.” Then

we’re banking and descending, and I see only ocean and hills and I’m

wondering, “Where are we going to land this thing?” When I stepped

out, the air just felt so fresh, and the sunshine; but it did have a somewhat

familiar Midwest vibe to it. I remember seeing a palm tree for the first

time and practically yelling, “Oh my gosh, look at this thing, this is so

cool!” I was sticking out like a sore thumb. You could definitely tell that I

was not from around here.

How did things go on the basketball team? Well, I was able to go work

my way into the lineup at Cal Poly and went on to become Freshman

of the Year in the Conference; I was an All-Conference player. My

sophomore year was even better. When I was at Poly, my mom would

fly out to watch some games here and there. Before she left, she would

get this certain cut of beef from the butcher in Indiana and she’d freeze

it and stuff it into her purse and sneak it onto the plane with her. When

she arrived, she’d get set up in the kitchen and cook for us day after day.

We’d be dialed in for weeks after she left. So, let’s see, my junior year, for

about four weeks through the start of the year, I was leading the country

in scoring. And then my senior year, I finished strong; was the all-time

leading scorer at the school, three-point records, and free throw records. I

was pumping gas at Costco the other day. An older lady was like, “Wow!

I remember watching you play!” [laughter] I’m obviously indebted to

this place for giving me an opportunity to come out and get schooling. I

finished in four years. I was really, really disciplined in the classroom. And

then I played professionally for a little while.

Wow, pro basketball, let’s talk about that. My agent was out of

Indianapolis and he got me into the now-defunct IBA, the International

Basketball Association. My team was in Fargo, North Dakota. Now, by

this time, I had fully adjusted to the Central Coast weather and suddenly

I’m traveling around the northern states in the middle of winter. I’ll never

forget one night we were at the team hotel and there was a complete

white out, that’s blinding snow and wind. It was 30 to 40 degrees below.

The restaurants were closed, so we went to this nearby gas station. We had

to wear hoods and walk backward so our lungs wouldn’t freeze. It was so

cold that you can’t breathe. From there, I played in the ABA, the old red,

white, and blue. I played on my hometown team of Indianapolis. I have

very, very few basketball regrets, but one of them was in not saying, “Okay,

I’m doing it,” and going overseas to play, to really pursue it as a profession.

But, it’s a grind to break in, a real grind. And somewhere along the way I

lost the love to compete for it like I would have needed to, and that’s when

I decided to come back to California.

What did you do when you returned? I went back to school, joined Cal

Poly as a grad assistant for the team while I did my master’s in business

there. My senior project as an undergrad had been this thing called 3Ball.

That name, 3Ball, was slang for “three-point shot.” That was my shot. I

always figured that I didn’t have the size to go into the lane for a dunk,

which was worth only two points anyway. I decided that three points was

better than two. So, when I went in for my master’s I was able to convince

the group, “Hey, you know what? Let’s keep working on this project. I’ve

already done a little work on it as an undergrad. We got some stuff jumpstarted,

let’s go for it.” From there, we really dug into the business side of

it. My classmates had a vision for it far beyond what I did with volleyball

and batting cages and indoor soccer and its own building. I just wanted

to focus on basketball. It really started from, it really grew from people

who saw me play at Poly. They’d ask me, “Hey, will you help little Johnny

or little Sam with their shooting?” And, okay, the kid likes it. The kid gets

really good. Then he tells his buddy and then his other buddy. It really

spread that way. Now we’re up to almost 200 kids in the program.

So, when did the radio side of your work come into the picture? Well,

one day, the radio guy at Cal Poly asked me if I could help him out for a

game as the color analyst. I said, “Sure,” and it went well. Afterward, he

told me, “Hey, you know, you’re pretty good.” That was my first experience

in radio. From there, I continued to help out and it was a few years later

when the local ESPN station, 1280-AM, asked me about doing a daily

sports show. I’ve been doing the show, it’s called “The Sports Bite,” ever

since. That’s an hour a day from 5 to 6pm Monday through Friday for the

past 12 or 14 years. It’s not just basketball, it’s a sports talk show covering

everything. And, when one of our producers moved on to Westwood

One Compass Media in L.A., he helped me get one of the national color

analyst positions for that company, where I will go do the Duke-Carolina,

or Michigan games, or wherever they send me.

How do you make all the pieces fit together? It’s an interesting symmetry,

radio and 3Ball. Beyond the focus on the game and being able to talk >>

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with some of the best coaches in the country about the cutting edge of

basketball, there’s so much of it I have been able to incorporate into my

coaching. Plus, it’s a lot of fun. I’ve been in the locker room with LeBron,

Steph Curry, I’ve talked to Steve Kerr, it’s just a whole different level. And,

it’s allowed me to do some incredible things; I’ve been to the last four

NBA Finals. Radio has opened a lot of doors, for sure, and it has allowed

me to see first-hand how the game is evolving. Sometimes people ask me,

“How do you get into broadcasting?” I say, “I have no clue.” I really don’t

know. I didn’t hire an agent. I didn’t go to a sports broadcasting school.

I’ve never had any voice training. I didn’t go to school for a traditional

media background. I just sort of picked it up by being aware and studying

myself. I never tried to pattern myself after anybody. I just do what works,

and then continued to hone it and improve it over time.

Let’s switch gears for a moment and talk about your family. Tell us

about your wife, Jami. Did you two meet at Cal Poly? She did go to Cal

Poly, but we didn’t meet when she was there. We actually met later. My

college roommate was dating her sister, so she came to town for a week

to visit. We dated for six or seven years before we got married in 2010.

She continued on to get her credentialing and master’s for her counseling

degree. She’s a school counselor at Lucia Mar in Arroyo Grande.

Ironically, she’s not much of a sports fan. She loves going to big games,

more because of the crowd and the atmosphere than the game itself.

Traveling was a lot easier before we had kids, of course, but we’re lucky to

have her family in the area who have been great about helping us. Having

that kind of network has allowed us both to do the work we do. It’s going

to continue to be a juggle for the next couple of years until the kids are

a little older, but I did take my daughter, Harper, with me on a radio trip

to Indiana this year. We left on a Thursday and came home on Monday.

Some of my favorite videos and pictures right now are with Harper on her

first plane flight with her backpack. She was just ready to go.

You’ve been all about basketball from the beginning. Do you ever see

that changing? Yeah, good question. I haven’t gotten burned out yet,

and maybe I will, maybe I won’t. I’ve had opportunities to coach college

basketball, and I’ve decided I’m not going to do that. I don’t want to move.

I still really, really enjoy radio, and so from that component, going to these

venues and being on college campuses where it’s just a great vibe, you >>

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know, the highest levels of basketball. I think I will always instruct, or

help, or teach, even when I’m old and gray; I’ll be doing something. It may

not be in the way it is right now, I suppose that I could find a new love

somewhere else if I had to; but I still love this. So, I guess, to be completely

honest with you, I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. I sometimes have

thoughts about helping at Cal Poly, or becoming a teacher; I’ve actually

looked into being a part-time professor at Cuesta in Business, teaching

Business Plans, or Business Strategy, or stuff like that. I would say that

mostly I have a passion to learn. The passion to see how others do it.

There’s absolutely a competitive side to me that isn’t necessarily scoreboard

competitive, but I love to learn then apply whatever it is that I learned. I

always try to keep my eyes and ears open and remember to ask, “Why is

this working? Why is it not?”

How would you describe yourself? The two words I always try to keep

front-and-center are “hungry” and “humble” because they have always

defined my mindset. You’ll never hear me say, “Hey, look what I did.” Now,

I might say, “I know for a fact, you know, that LeBron and the Warriors

did this, because I was sitting there.” But I won’t tell the kids, “Hey, guess

what I just did? Look at me!” The way I see it, there’s a fine line between

relaying an experience and going into a look-at-me type thing. I’m a

worker, I look at it that way. I feel like I can get in the trenches and work.

I’m not afraid of that. So, I’m always asking myself, “What job needs to

be done next?” And it’s the little things, like I’ll mop the floor of the gym

every Sunday morning before the kids show up. I guess I could call it

paying my dues or whatever; it’s stuff that I could probably ask someone

else to do, but it’s just what needs to be done. So just little things like that.

I like to see that in other people, too. It’s like when I’m trying to bring on

a new coach, I want to see about their work ethic. I want to see, well, if it

gets tough, are you gone? Or, are you going to dig in and get to work?

And what about the kids in your program? You know, there are a lot of

options for kids here. There’s baseball, and soccer, and junior guards, and

on and on. That was an early decision I made about 3Ball. I didn’t say,

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“Hey, this is a five-day-a-week program.” It can be included with those

other commitments. I just require that it be their first basketball priority.

But, at the end of the day, they’re kids, and this should be the best time of

their sporting lives. And I’m thinking beyond basketball, and even beyond

sports, for the kids in our program. My proudest moments are when we

hear from local high school coaches, and we do quite often, and not just

basketball coaches, other sports, too, who tell our staff, “Man, there’s such

a difference between the kid that has been groomed in 3Ball, not from just

basketball skills, but from respect, hard work, and discipline.” They say,

“We appreciate that style of athlete, more open-minded, more disciplined,

more focused.” But it’s all transferable. I mean, a lot of the habits we work

on apply to other sports. Foot work and lateral movement, and discipline

to pay attention. I mean, we try to bring a life component into everything

that we do.

Any last thoughts before we wrap it up, Mike? You know, to be honest,

I look at my radio stuff, and my basketball stuff more as hobbies than

I do as jobs. It’s the ability to do what I love and, at the same time,

be able to make meals together with my family at night, live life, and

yet still have a passion for connecting with kids, connecting through

sports, connecting through discipline, and really using basketball as a

vehicle to see the world. I’m very appreciative of all the opportunities

I’ve had over the years and have so many people to be grateful to for

anything that I’ve ever been able to accomplish. The one that stands out

to me, though, the majority of the credit I give, is to my mother. We

lost her way too early. I can still hear her rooting for me in the stands,

“C’mon, Wozzy! C’mon, Wozzy!” Way back when we were getting our

email accounts set up for the first time, she set up mine. People poke

fun at me now because I have an old school AOL email account, which

is wozzy20@aol.com. My jersey was always number 20. Each time I

get an email now, I see my email address pop up and I sort of whisper,

“Hey, Mom. How you doing?” So, I think having that perspective

with the kids that I work with now is unique; it’s understanding that

we’re not just talking about basketball, but the relationships and the

connectivity that comes out of the hard work and discipline—at the

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ost days, Jerry Scott makes the half-mile walk from his idyllic four-story

brownstone in downtown San Luis Obispo to his private work studio.

Accompanied by his trusty Sheltie, Jaxson, they make their way through the

hustle and bustle of a busy downtown morning. The walk is a stark contrast

from the rural Arroyo Grande ranch where Scott and his wife, Kim, previously

resided. The pale green studio, which sits upon a spacious courtyard, is crafted

to perfection with an artist’s needs in mind. After all, it’s where Scott spends

his time carefully crafting his popular Zits and Baby Blues comic strips, both of

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The Scotts’ Central Coast residency actually

began in 1976, in Santa Maria, when Jerry

worked several different jobs, including

director at the KCOY-TV station and running

his own advertising agency. Jerry and Kim then

left California and returned to Arizona so

that Kim could attend graduate school. When

the Scotts eventually returned to the Central

Coast, they set their sights on a large home in

Varian Ranch at the end of the Edna Valley.

There, Scott utilized an oversized formal

family room as his workspace. Considered to

be “in the heart of the house,” he constructed

walls to make it a more private and usable >>

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studio. It was one of many that he had

occupied over his time as an artist. “You find a

space that’s not being used and you grab it,” he

explained.

When they moved to San Luis Obispo, it

made sense for Scott to design and build a

detached studio on the same lot as a rental

house that he and his wife own. As he had

the experience of going through the process

before, he found it easy to work with local

professionals to create just what he needed. >>

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Scottt counts himself fortunate to have had

the opportunity to work with a local architect,

Ken Haggard, and an experienced builder,

John Tricamo, to design and build a studio

that is both visually inspiring, as well as

work-efficient. He also worked with several

skilled carpenters who had knowledge of the

detailing found in the older homes local to the

area. Those nuances are evident in the studio’s

exterior, including wood siding shingles,

which pay homage to the many historic homes

that surround it. When combined with the

studio’s contemporary interior features, such

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workspace presents itself as the perfect blended

representation of both historical and modern.

As for being work-efficient, Scott did not

let many details go to waste. He chose

polished concrete flooring specifically for its

cleanability—a vital feature for someone who

works with various art mediums. A lightwell

also sits above, which is used to pull in as

much natural light as possible into the area

below. Scott also made it a priority for the

studio to have a detached laundry area, so that

he would have easy access to washing his many

cleaning towels and rags. >>

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This space isn’t all about the work,

however. Three collapsing sliding

doors hide behind an attached wall,

which allows the approximately

1,000-square-foot space to be

opened up and accessed by many

who may be lingering in the

adjacent courtyard. What otherwise

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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

2018

22

$834,073

$821,607

98.51%

23

2018

4

$909,500

$889,054

97.75%

25

2018

9

$914,111

$900,036

98.46%

15

2018

9

$1,331,164

$1,275,442

95.81%

46

2018

22

$976,286

$976,045

99.98%

86

2018

18

$924,011

$925,438

101.15%

20

2018

Total Homes Sold

18

Average Asking Price

$817,711

Average Selling Price

$810,333

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price 99.10%

Average # of Days on the Market 40

2019

23

$819,039

$801,343

97.84%

24

2019

11

$758,514

$754,364

99.45%

22

2019

8

$990,738

$961,425

97.04%

38

2019

9

$1,646,111

$1,606,333

97.58%

104

2019

30

$762,453

$743,969

97.58%

51

2019

12

$875,125

$850,783

97.22%

47

2019

21

$784,748

$771,162

98.27%

31

+/-

4.55%

-1.80%

-2.47%

-0.67%

4.35%

+/-

175.00%

-16.60%

-15.15%

99.10%

-12.00%

+/-

-11.11%

8.38%

6.82%

-1.42%

153.33%

+/-

0.00%

23.66%

25.94%

1.77%

126.09%

+/-

36.36%

-21.90%

-23.78%

-2.40%

-40.70%

+/-

-33.33%

-5.29%

-8.07%

-3.93%

135.00%

+/-

16.67%

-4.03%

-4.83%

-0.83%

-22.50%

*Comparing 01/01/18 - 05/28/18 to 01/01/19 - 05/28/19

SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Association of REALTORS ®

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Ben Lerner

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REAL ESTATE

REGION

Arroyo Grande

Atascadero

Avila Beach

Cambria/San Simeon

BY THE NUMBERS

NUMBER OF

HOMES SOLD

2018

126

134

4

61

2019

126

113

12

51

AVERAGE DAYS

ON MARKET

2018

54

38

90

82

2019

53

40

36

83

MEDIAN SELLING

PRICE

2018

$756,653

$568,012

$1,176,273 $1,324,258

$743,940

2019

$810,115

$561,059

$852,034

Cayucos

22

13

86

82

$1,055,318 $809,077

Creston

2

3

138

76

$587,500

$836,667

Grover Beach

46

44

58

60

$544,738

$547,848

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Los Osos

Morro Bay

Nipomo

Oceano

Pismo Beach

Paso (Inside City Limits)

71

43

117

17

63

160

52

49

103

20

47

141

38

74

51

49

77

34

35

97

64

71

75

48

$637,306 $641,269

$707,756 $706,910

$662,748 $651,197

$486,059 $563,070

$987,904 $1,221,869

$495,249 $537,819

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Paso (North 46 - West 101)

29

50

22

46

54

84

86

59

$508,531

$652,617

$480,545

$681,280

Paso (South 46 - East 101)

24

23

72

50

$739,646

$506,786

San Luis Obispo

121

128

44

46

$959,300

$890,247

Santa Margarita

5

10

161

113

$463,800

$594,350

Templeton

49

40

80

84

$778,795

$836,396

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Countywide

1,088 996

*Comparing 01/01/18 - 05/28/18 to 01/01/19 - 05/28/19

54 57 $690,584 $709,096

SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Association of REALTORS ®

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| HEALTH

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Shady

Side of

Sunscreen

It was a sunny day in 1938 when Swiss chemistry student Franz Greiter

set out to summit Mount Piz Buin on the Swiss-Austrian border. Upon

returning from his trek, Mr. Greiter experienced an unfortunate but

non-life-threatening radiation burn commonly known today as—you

guessed it—a sunburn. Luckily for those of us who enjoy San Luis

Obispo’s year-round sun, Mr. Greiter set out to invent a solution to help

future generations avoid the same fate.

Fast-forward to 1946 and Mr. Greiter’s Gletscher Crème (or as we Americans call it,

Glacier Cream) hit the shelves under the appropriately named brand, Piz Buin—right

on time for the unveiling of the bikini in the same year. The brand, which still sells its

signature cream today, brought ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B filters to the budding

sunscreen market in the 1970s. Around this time, the Food and Drug Administration

introduced SPF testing and labeling regulations in the

United States.

While SPF-conscious consumers today are buying and

applying more sunscreen than ever before, industry

testing and regulations have made few changes since the

‘70s. Despite the occasional and unsolicited headline

warning us that “Your Sunscreen Might be Poisoning

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“Don’t Forget to Put on Sunscreen”

We grew up hearing it over and over again from our parents, our

doctors, and celebrity dermatologists on TV. After all, a good dousing

a day keeps the unsightly pigmentation, premature aging, and skin

cancer away—or does it? In spite of our healthy relationship with

sunscreen, the number of invasive melanoma cases diagnosed annually

increased by 54 percent between 2009 and 2019—with a vast

majority tying directly back to sun exposure. Is it possible that SPF

gives us a false sense of security under the sun? The verdict is still out.

Soaking It All In

While skin cancer rates continue to rise, the recent FDA study

published in JAMA raised new concerns about how four of the

most common sun-shielding molecules behave after application.

Contrary to what sunscreen manufacturers have been saying for

decades, UV-blocking chemicals do, in fact, seep through our skin

and into our bloodstream—and fast. Within just a few hours of

lathering, the photoprotective chemicals in question—avobenzone,

oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule—tested at bloodstream

concentrations above the FDA’s maximum toxicology limit in all

24 participants. But wait—before you swear off sunscreen—the

FDA says there is no evidence that these chemicals are causing

harm. However, the results were enough to prompt further safety

testing. A good rule of thumb? If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on

your skin.

Stuck in the ‘90s

In the U.S., the FDA regulates sunscreens as over-the-counter

medicines, which are bound by stricter standards than cosmetics.

The European Union and most other countries, on the other hand,

categorize sunscreen as a cosmetic. As a result, U.S. companies

stopped adding new molecules to the lineup in the ‘90s due to

complicated and costly FDA approval processes. Meanwhile,

Europe continued buffering their photoprotective potions with new

and advanced filters, offering better protection against UVA and

UVB. Here’s a not-so-fun fact: nearly half of U.S. sunscreens fail to

meet basic European standards for protection against UVA.

Photoprotective Chemicals:

What Are They?

To survive in proximity to a giant sphere of extremely hot plasma—

the sun—our bodies use a biochemical process called photoprotection.

Without going into lengthy scientific details, we know that DNA

and melanin work as natural UV filters, converting threatening

photons from the sun into benign amounts of heat before they can

wreak havoc. When we apply a fresh sheath of sunscreen, we doubledown

on our natural radiation shield with the help of UV-absorbing

chemicals, such as avobenzone and oxybenzone. As these compounds

soak up UV radiation, the sunscreen breaks down and releases heat—

warding off sunburn as long as we reapply every couple of hours. >>

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Is the FDA to blame for the continual rise of melanoma in America? While the wellintentioned

agency aims to protect sunbathers from absorbing potentially-harmful

chemicals, stricter regulations have also created an innovation stalemate. The FDA is now

requesting more data about bloodstream absorption from sunscreen manufacturers. If

ingredients exceed the maximum toxicological threshold, more tests must be conducted to

assess cancer risk and harm to the reproductive and endocrine systems. The hope of these

new testing requirements is to give new ingredients a chance against those dating back to

the ‘90s. However, in the immediate future, Americans will likely see a shrinking selection

in the sunscreen aisle. While the risks of sunscreen absorption are currently unknown, we

know for a fact that exposure to UV radiation causes skin cancer. The FDA stands by its

recommendation to cover up and spray or rub on a minimum of SPF 15 before hitting the

great outdoors.

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| TASTE

A TALE

of Three Coffees

San Luis Obispo loves coffee. But with so many coffee shops

in town, how does a person choose which brew to enjoy?

BY JAIME LEWIS

NO EXCUSES

People: In a town

teeming with mom-andpop

coffee shops, there

is no excuse for buying

your next cuppa from a

behemoth coffee chain,

and not just here in SLO.

Nearly every community

in the county boasts

a family-owned shop

brewing good coffee.

So, step away from your

soulless venti frankenccino

and visit these

hoppin’ local spots.

Los Osos Ascendo

Morro Bay Wink’s

Organic Coffee & Tea

Cayucos Luna Coffee Bar

Cambria Cambria Coffee

Roasting Company

Paso Robles Spearhead

Coffee

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Coffee Company

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Bay Coffee

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Coffee

I

n the late ‘90s, I remember reading that,

after Seattle, San Luis Obispo had more

coffee shops per capita than any other city.

In 2019, the research no longer supports

that claim, but it sure feels like we have an

abundance of coffee joints, doesn’t it? Like,

one for every 16 people? Indeed, we are a

well-caffeinated bunch.

I realized in taking on the subject of coffee in SLO that

there’s no way I can cover every single cafe. That being

the case, I decided to organize my coverage by eras:

Scout Coffee is the newest to the game (2014), Nautical

Bean comes before that (1999), and the original,

Linnaea’s Cafe, was established in 1984. Each offers

coffee and community with its own distinctive approach.

Behold: A Tale of Three Coffees. >>

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food, drink, and the good

life from her home in San

Luis Obispo. Find her on

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ACT I: SCOUT COFFEE

Owners Jon and Sarah Peterson have set up a coffee cupping

(aka tasting) for me, and the mood is serious. Jon shows me a

chart on his iPhone that represents roasting heats for coffee

beans at Scout’s proprietary roastery, HoneyCo. He seems

very excited.

Sarah looks at me and smiles. “Jon is all about gizmos

and gadgets.”

Though they work hard to keep Scout approachable, the

Petersons admit they are giant coffee geeks; Sarah was once

a finalist at the U.S. Barista Championship, and Jon has

traveled worldwide to farms that supply his beans. (Sarah is

also a legit baker, responsible for the popularity of Scout’s

pastry selection.)

Like so many modern coffee drinkers, the Petersons favor

a light roast with nuanced aromas and flavors. To that end,

Scout offers pour-over coffee to protect the integrity of the

bean and the roast. Though quality doesn’t come cheap, Jon

puts it all in perspective.

“For five dollars [at Scout], you can get the best of something

on the planet. You can’t get that with much else.” >>

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ACT II: NAUTICAL BEAN

Brett Jones lacks pretense. “I sell a lot of drip coffee,” he says.

“That’s my M.O. here.”

The interior of the Nautical Bean—which he’s owned since

2002—reflects what he calls a “blue collar” vibe. The walls are

covered in skateboards, pop culture art, trophy antlers, bike parts,

and portraits of Mister Rogers. In other words, it’s busy and fun.

Jones sources his coffee from a roastery in San Diego (including

his bestselling proprietary blend, Nutty Bean), and espresso

comes from Slake Roasters in Cambria. The cafe offers espresso

drinks and a popular selection of breakfast and lunch items.

But while coffee is key to the Nautical Bean’s success, Jones is

realistic. “I one-hundred-percent support pour-overs, singleorigin

beans, et cetera, but that’s just not me. I think a big part

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to be something you’re not. If you build an environment that’s

authentic, people will come.” >>

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ACT III: LINNAEA’S CAFE

Owner Marianne Orme meets me in the high-ceiling main

room at Linnaea’s Cafe, overlooking the quiet patio. Since

founder Linnaea Phillips sold the cafe to her longtime manager,

Orme has done very little to change the inviting, artsy vibe of

this downtown staple.

“Why change what works?” she says.

Orme sources coffee from Jobella Coffee Roasters in Atascadero,

as well as Alta Roasters in Santa Cruz. All coffees sold at

Linnaea’s are organic and half are fair-trade. The cafe also offers

a wide variety of espresso drinks, in addition to alternative baked

goods and vegetarian lunch options.

Of course, the cafe is less about its coffee and more about a feeling.

Very few businesses in downtown San Luis Obispo can claim to

have lasted 35 years, and Orme says that people who once lived in

SLO return to visit the cafe and become emotional.

“They see how much downtown has changed, and they’re so happy

that Linnaea’s hasn’t.” She also says she’s met several little girls

named Linnaea, after the place their parents met or first dated.

“It’s a sanctuary,” Orme says, “an icon of this town.”

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If, as Marianne Orme says, buying a cup of coffee

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mini-guide to your local options:

Scout warm, modern, whimsical

Coastal Peaks Roasters approachable, spacious

Sally Lou’s earnest, cozy, curated

Ascendo Italian, spacious, minimalist

Kreuzberg literary, earthy, vintage

WithCo hipster, sleek, Instagrammable

Four Cats artistic, off-the-beaten-path

Linnea’s comfortable, leafy, peaceful

Black Horse busy, fast, personable

Lucy’s clean, bright, family-oriented

Nautical Bean fun, throwback, social

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| KITCHEN

GRILLED LEG OF LAMB

Served with a colorful array of fresh grilled veggies, this

Italian-seasoned lamb is simple yet elegant and develops

robust flavor with lots of crispy edges to delight the senses.

BY CHEF JESSIE RIVAS

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GRILLED LEG OF LAMB

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1 cup red wine

¼ cup red wine vinegar

2 Tbs olive oil

6-8 garlic cloves minced

2 Tbs dry Italian seasoning

2 Tbs chopped fresh rosemary

kosher salt and cracked black pepper

1 red onion cut into large rings

1 red bell pepper cut into wedges

1 yellow bell pepper cut into wedges

1 green bell pepper cut into wedges

8 oz button mushrooms

In a sealed container place the butterflied boneless

leg of lamb and add red wine, red wine vinegar, oil,

minced garlic, Italian seasoning and rosemary. Seal and

shake until ingredients are well mixed. Let marinate in

refrigerator for up to 24 hours. An hour before grilling,

pull meat from container and let air dry on a cookie

sheet. Just before grilling, season lamb with kosher salt

and cracked black pepper. Add onions, peppers and

mushrooms to remaining marinade.

Grill lamb on indirect heat with the lid on for the first

hour, flipping every ½ hour. If using a gas grill, set flames

to low-medium heat.

Put onions, peppers and mushrooms on cookie sheet and

season with salt and cracked black pepper. Use excess

marinade for basting lamb.

Depending on your

preference, cook meat to 130°-

145° internal temperature.

Baste often the last half hour

and add the vegetables to

the grill and cook just until

charred.

JESSIE RIVAS is the owner

and chef of The Pairing Knife

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Central Coast.

Remove from grill when done

and let rest for 15 minutes

before slicing meat. Always

slice meat as thin as possible

across the grain. Serve topped

with a salsa verde or balsamic

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| WINE NOTES

BUENA VISTA

When the rain has paused and the sun is out, what better way to spend your time than

relaxing on an open patio with a glass of wine and a view that just won’t quit? Wineries

are awaiting your arrival by polishing glasses, pulling out the garden furniture, and

opening the windows and doors to let in the fresh air. Here are some venues to give

you some fantastic views, enjoy a picnic, some music and of course some wine from

our gorgeous Central Coast area while you enjoy what the land has to offer.

BY ANDRIA MCGHEE

Calcareous Vineyard

3430 Peachy Canyon Road, Paso Robles

The view here is hard to beat. Keep the faith when you drive on

the curvy, swervy roads to the tasting room. You may second-guess

whether or not it actually exists but charge on! The drive is worth

it. Pay attention to the sides of the hills that have been cut out.

You’ll notice the change from dark brown and dense, to crumbly

tan, as well as light, hard chalk. These differences in geology affect

the grapes in different ways and make some wonderful wine.

Finally, up a hill, is the winery flaunting a view that dances with

trees, rolling clouds, and valleys reaching far into the distance.

Tables and a grass area for picnics

welcome you to kick back. Every seat

has a winning view. If you can peel your

eyes away for a minute, you can get a

round in on the bocce ball court. Wine

Down Wednesdays ( June - September,

5 - 8pm) are a local favorite, which

include music and food vendors while

you watch the sun set. My favorite

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($45/bottle) has the typical raspberry

flavor of a Zin. Remember the white

cut out in the hills as you approached

the vineyard? Those are limestone, or

calcareous soils, that help with the

acidity of the wine, giving it balance. It

is the soil from which the winery gets

its name. >>

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Tablas Creek Vineyards

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This winery, also in the Adelaida area, is way out there. It’s a hidden

gem. It especially excites the farmer inside me. Sitting on the patio

I can hear sheep in the distance. A bee is pollinating a flower on the

ground near the rows of vines. Out in the distance is an rustic shed

that looks as if it were taken from an old farm in Italy. This is not

just a vineyard, it farms using biodynamic practices. They produce

outstanding grapes and give back to the land, feeding it, in a sense.

It takes a lot of work. The support system includes their sheep and

alpaca herd that till the ground with their feet and eat the nutrientsucking

weeds; their active bees and owl boxes that pollinate and

exterminate; as well as their integrated fruit trees in the vineyards

and composting practices.

It sounds very kumbaya, like a throwback from the ‘60s but the

proof is in the pudding. The wines are flavorful, yet have subtle

layers that just keep giving back to the taster. I sip on a glass of

2017 Picpoul Blanc ($30/bottle), an uncommon varietal. The flavors

remind me of the tropics with pineapple notes that would pair well

with coconut shrimp. Being here is like a mini vacation, yet only

about a half-hour from San Luis Obispo.

Filipponi Ranch

1850 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo

Have you seen a sweet little yellow house from Highway 101 as

you drive south from San Luis Obispo? This was the childhood

home of Herb Filipponi and his siblings. It was used by their

family as a dairy farm, to raise cattle, and now is the tasting room

for their winery. On the hillside is an image of a bell with a cross

inside made of rocks showcasing their brand that was used in

Switzerland by their ancestors.

I pulled up to this little gem of a place to meet Diane Filipponi

tidying up the tasting room. Her husband Herb was out mowing

the high grass. This is a special and rare winery to visit that

takes every family member to make it work. You feel welcomed

and at home as a result.

This oasis embraces you with a garden full of native plants and a

view of ancient oaks chasing up the hill. Shakespeare and Treasure

Island play on summer nights in the open air. Try the Filipponi

Rosé ($24/bottle) and drink in the fantastic strawberry flavor. What

a great little getaway to enjoy with friends, with a view that we are

so lucky to have in this lovely part of the world. SLO LIFE

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| BREW

BRAÜ

CODE

BY BRANT MYERS

Beer festival season is here! Just kidding,

it’s always beer festival season, with

maybe the exception of January. You

see, there’s always a reason to get likeminded

people together for a fun day

on the Central Coast enjoying beers

and live music. As these events become

bigger and more prolific, it’s important

to strategize on how to best appreciate

a beer festival and get the greatest

experience you can, while toeing the

line on how to avoid a bad time.

Let’s just start off by showcasing what a “beer fest” is and what is

going on behind the scenes. The basic theory is to offer a variety

of beers that a typical consumer might not have yet tried or is

not aware of. Kind of like samples at Costco, but without all that

annoying food getting in the way. This can come from either

inviting breweries to join and bring beer, a booth, a representative,

and maybe some branded freebies; or it can be the local distributor

enhancing their customer base by letting you “try before you buy” the selections

you’ll find at the store. It can even be both. The organizers behind the scenes

putting these festivals together almost always have a non-profit behind them

that they are helping to fundraise for, while utilizing a volunteer base and

getting that little hit of serotonin from doing the right thing. Also, one or two

saves puppies, so please think of the puppies.

Speaking of volunteers, let’s have an earnest chat about the juxtaposition of

hundreds of people enjoying unlimited pours for four hours and the people who

serve them. Basics of human interaction get a tad bent in an unfamiliar setting

and for about $50 you get to drink as much or as little as you’d like, albeit in

three-ounce pours. The first rule of beer festivals is to respect others. This is true

to the people who gave up their sunny Saturday afternoon to help you enjoy

yours. This is especially true of the professionals who drove hours and spend

all day just to give you the opportunity to try the beers they made or represent.

Talk to them, find out what beer they brought, where they hailed from, and take

a tasting note from the person who knows it best. If you’ve never experienced

their beer, then ask for a recommendation and you’ll probably receive the

flagship beer they’re best known for, or a crowd favorite on that day. Either way

you can’t go wrong. Shoving an empty glass in their face while you talk to your >>

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friends is not the way to learn about, nor appreciate beers. If the pourer is from the

brewery they’re representing, it’s always appropriate to give them a compliment if

you like their beer or let them know you support them with your wallet, or have

visited their tasting room. If you want to take a deeper dive then stand to the

side and have a brief chat while others can still make their way up to the jockey

box and get a taster, too. It’s a fine line, however; they’re not your local friendly

bartender and if they’re trying to work then come back when it’s not busy.

Lines can be an issue at some of the larger festivals that pull in-demand breweries

sharing limited-release beers. My strategy is to go one of two ways when you

see a huge crowd vying for that Aquavit barrel-aged barleywine variant brewed

with rare merciless peppers of Quetzalacatenango and a hint of cinnamon. This

is a great opportunity to slow down and have some water while you pace yourself

to enjoy the next few hours. Or, this means that all the attendees are clumping

together while some great brewery booth goes empty. Avoid the brew queue and

discover a lesser known brewery sharing their crisp and clean pilsener or session

IPA. It’ll also help reset your pallet, too. Festivals have their own momentum

and being slightly off this crowd surge can mean less lines and more free time.

The best way to do this, in my opinion, is to opt for a VIP ticket. These typically

entail an early admission and maybe some other perks. This is how you get the

rare beers without the hassle, but most importantly you are free from the time

constraints that most people feel. Four hours can go by fast and it gets faster as

the fest comes to a close. That extra hour can mean a break in the middle to sit in

the shade, have a proper lunch, or take the extra time to chat with friends.

Here are some other pointers that I could ramble on about for days: don’t drive;

eat a meal beforehand; never “pre-party;” it’s okay to pour out a beer you don’t like

(just be respectful and walk a few feet before you do); don’t take every piece of

swag just because it’s free (you’d be hard pressed to use twenty bottle openers at

once); keep an eye out for special pours and releases at a specific time in the fest;

unless there’s a Greek wedding taking place, keep your glassware

intact; if you’re slurring or stumbling you’re done—go home.

I could go on forever about what not to do, but in the interest

of not being a downer, here’s what you should do: Be respectful.

Understand that a lot of time and planning went into this event

and it might not be here next year if you are not considerate of

the venue and staff. Treat the beer with reverence and appreciate

the unique styles and variances as if you could find yourself

eyeballing them on the shelves the next time you’re picking up

a six-pack. Most of all, treat yourself with dignity and avoid

over-imbibing to keep the hangover demons at bay and your

reputation intact.

Beer festivals are a fantastic way to

spend a day with friends trying all sorts

of new beers that you might not have

considered or purchased otherwise.

They help raise funds for local nonprofits

and showcase local musical

talent, all in an open venue, all for the

price of a dinner out. Appreciate that

we have so many options to choose

from and, just one last tip from me,

make sure your fridge is stocked and

your grill is clean because reminiscing

with friends in all that excitement you

just experienced as you head into the

evening can be just as fun as the day

was itself. SLO LIFE

BRANT MYERS is a 14-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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JUNE

HELLO, DOLLY!

In turn-of-the-century New York,

professional meddler and matchmaker

Dolly Gallagher-Levi decides she’s going

to marry miserly half-a-millionaire hay

and feed dealer Horace Vandergelder—

and that’s where the fun begins. Hello,

Dolly! bursts with humor, romance, highenergy

dancing, and some of the greatest

songs in musical theatre history.

June 8 - 30 // slorep.org

MAC & CHEESE FEST

Unwind and relax while watching live

music, and taking in the breathtaking

scenery at the ocean. They will be serving

plenty of Mac and Cheese plus, tastings of

wine, beer, and spirits, and opportunities

to buy full pours. This is a 21+ event. A

portion of the proceeds from the Annual

Mac and Cheese Fest will be donated to

Woods Humane Society.

June 8 // themacandcheesefest.com

THUMBELINA

The SLO Movement Arts

Center in collaboration with

the Movement Arts Collective

present Thumbelina, Hans

Christian Andersen’s classic tale.

Follow this thumb-sized ballerina

through forests, ponds, meadows,

and fields as she meets frogs, mice,

butterflies, beetles, and ultimately

discovers her place in the world.

Act II features a mixed program

of high-energy dance set to

familiar and popular music.

June 9 // pacslo.org

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SUBLIME WITH ROME

With Sublime bassist and co-founder, Eric

Wilson anchoring the group, Sublime With

Rome are armed with a new album that

makes a real statement. Produced by Rob

Cavallo, who has worked with Green Day,

My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park and

many more, the latest release is an expression

of three musicians who truly get each other

and who communicate seamlessly through

their instruments. Enjoy an evening with

Sublime, Rome, and SOJA.

June 19 // vinaroblesamphitheatre.com

ROLL OUT THE BARRELS

A weekend of local food and wine: Enjoy

Thursday evening in downtown SLO in

Mission Plaza and celebrate with member

wineries as you sample the newest vintages

and local cuisine, while listening to the sounds

of B & the Hive. Then, visit your choice of

up to four SLO Coast wineries per day with

your all-access weekend passport. Sample the

newest vintage from the barrel and stock up

before your favorite wines sell out.

June 20 - 22 // slocoastwine.com

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CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA

Concerts in the Plaza features

musical genres across the spectrum

from reggae to rock, blues to

jamgrass, soul, California roots

rock, and more at Mission Plaza

in downtown San Luis Obispo

every Friday June 14th through

September 13th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Local vendors offer food and beverages

for concertgoers. Be sure to bring

your own reusable cup or purchase a

commemorative Concerts in the Plaza

tumbler. Non-alcoholic beverages are

provided, as well. No outside alcoholic

beverages or pets are allowed and this is

a non-smoking event. All concerts are

free to the public.

LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL

Live Oak Music Festival is held every June to benefit KCBX Public Radio and features musicians

performing a variety of genres, including Afrobeat, soul, folk, gospel, roots rock, Americana, and

more. The Live Oak Music Festival draws music aficionados of all ages to experience live concerts

in a beautiful setting, with the county’s iconic volcanic peaks, the Morros, as the backdrop. In

addition to music, the festival offers a way to kick off summer, with local food, wine, and beer for

adults and plenty of games, activities, and talent shows for children and teens.

June 22 -23 // liveoakfest.org

JULY

LINEUP

June 14 . rosecoloredworld

June 21 . Truxton Mile

June 28 . The Tipsy Gypsies

July 5 . Stellar

July 12 . Diego’s Umbrella

July 19 . The Kicks

July 26 . The Molly Ringwald Project

August 2 . Damon Castillo Band

August 9 . Bear Market Riot

August 16 . The JD Project

August 23 . Soul Scratch

August 30 . Resination

September 6 . Mother Corn Shuckers

September 13 . Truth About Seafood

June 14 - September 13 // downtownslo.com

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

The Filipponi Ranch is once again hosting

the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival

with live music performed before each

Friday night production. Pack a picnic or

purchase delicious fare on-site and bring

low-back chairs. Wine will be available for

sale by the glass and bottle.

July 11- August 3 // centralcoastshakespeare.org

BLUES BASEBALL

FIREWORKS

Since 1946, Blue’s Baseball

has been a San Luis Obispo

tradition. This family-friendly

setting offers plenty of games and

activities for the kids, as well as a

concession stand and beer truck.

The fireworks show will begin

immediately following the game.

July 3 // bluesbaseball.com

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ROCK TO PIER FUN RUN

2019 marks the 50th year of the Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock to Pier Fun

Run. This six-mile event is held entirely on the beach from Morro Rock to the

Cayucos Pier and is open to participants of all ages and abilities. Proceeds will

be used for the Morro Bay Recreation Department Youth Sport programs.

July 20 // morrobay.org

MID STATE FAIR

The California Mid-State Fair is held annually and runs for twelve days

at the end of July. The Fair has hosted some of the biggest names in the

music industry.

July 17 - 28 // midstatefair.com

FESTIVAL MOZAIC

This summer, experience this music

in beautiful venues of the Central

Coast, as you explore Domenico

Scarlatti’s inspiration with festive

and intimate performances.

July 24 – August 4

festivalmozaic.com

1351 Monterey Street . San Luis Obispo

(805)783-2887 . clippersbarber.com

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WELCOME HOME

to HAVEN PROPERTIES

We would like to welcome all the San Luis Obispo Realty and

Bayshore Realty brokers, agents, their friends and clients to the

HAVEN PROPERTIES family. Together we are better able to

serve our local community and support the needs of our clients

before, during and after their purchase or sale like no other real

estate company on the Central Coast.

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