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| PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE
We had a tradition growing up, which was borne of the lean times. Rather than everyone ravishing through
the opening of their Christmas presents at once, we would take turns. Long, drawn-out turns. This had a way
of extending our time together at the base of the tree, and it made everything feel bigger and more bountiful
than it really was.
One year, I must have been eight or nine years old, I had fallen in love in a way that only a little kid can,
with my idol: Danny White. Now, that may sound like an odd word choice, “fallen in love,” but it is the only
way I can describe it. I tried writing that sentence a couple of times with alternatives, such as “admire” and
“mesmerize,” but only the word “love” worked—brotherly love. I looked up to Danny White as if he were
an imaginary big brother. I will never forget the first time I laid eyes on him. He was the quarterback of the
Dallas Cowboys, and they were locked into battle with the Washington Redskins. When the team was on
their own thirty-yard line facing fourth down with seven yards to go, White dropped back fifteen yards to
punt the ball. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen, a quarterback who was also the punter. Wow!
My parents had clued into my Danny White obsession that winter, and after adhering to the family rules for our slow-motion unwrapping of presents—
mostly school clothes plus a new football and a kicking tee—I finally made my way to a card with “Tommy” written on the front. Inside, I found a
three-by-five note card that read, “Go out to the garage.” I hopped up and the booties built into my pajamas skidded across the linoleum floor as I
bounded through the kitchen on the way to the garage. Throwing the door open, I saw it: the chest of drawers my mom had been painting. Only, she
was not just painting. She also plastered it with all of the photos of Danny White from the pages I had torn from Sports Illustrated, from that point
forward preserving them in perpetuity under a double coat of shellac. Without thinking, I wrapped my arms around that old piece of refurbished, handme-down
furniture for a “bro hug”—the same hug I imagined I would give Danny White after he threw me the first of many touchdown passes, that is
before I took over for him at quarterback after his retirement.
It was a few years ago now, my son Harrison would have been six or seven years old, when he and I flipped on a college football game one lazy Saturday
afternoon in October. There was a play where the young Texas Tech quarterback scrambled, escaping a collapsing pocket before he scampered around
and flicked a sidearm, no-look pass to his running back in the flat. I turned toward Harrison, who had a look in his eyes that I immediately recognized.
The only thing he could manage to say was, “Wow!” In that instant, Harrison had found his Danny White. Only his name was Patrick Mahomes.
When news surfaced that Mahomes had been drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, overnight Harrison became a die-hard fan, rarely leaving the house
without his fire engine red baseball cap, “KC” emblazoned on the front. The whole family now gathers around the television whenever the Chiefs are
playing, hooting and hollering and cheering them on to victory. And, Harrison has his future mapped out. He has done the math and figured that he
will be a rookie quarterback for the Chiefs during the last year of Mahomes’ career. “That way,” he explains, “I can be his back-up for a year, and we can
be friends, and he can teach me everything he knows.” He also adds, “Don’t worry, Mom and Dad, I’m going to buy you a condo in downtown Kansas
City right next to Arrowhead Stadium, so you’ll never miss a game.”
Last year, as my wife, Sheryl, was reviewing her list and checking it twice, she realized that she was one gift short for Harrison. I had an idea. She was
skeptical when I shared it, but I said, “You’ve got to trust me on this one—I’ve got it.” So, when Christmas morning arrived, and the kids made their
way—slowly, one-at-a-time, as is still the tradition—through all of their presents, one remained. It was tube-shaped and tucked behind a now empty
tree. After Harrison unwrapped it, I stood up and held the unmarked cardboard cylinder in place while his mother unfurled a Fathead cut-out poster
revealing a six-foot-three-inch life-sized version of Patrick Mahomes. Harrison was speechless, overcome with emotion, as tears streamed down his
nine-year-old cheeks. I did the same—I couldn’t help myself. Then, I scanned our bombed-out living room, paper and boxes strewn everywhere, to reveal
the best gift I have ever received: The entire family was wiping away tears, caught up in a moment of pure and complete innocence and joy. Mahomes, it
turns out, did much more than win the MVP trophy last year.
I want to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to everyone who had a hand in producing this issue of SLO LIFE Magazine and, most of all, to our
advertisers and subscribers—we couldn’t do it without you. And, to you and your family, my best wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy and
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| ON THE COVER
A SNEAK PEEK
BEHIND the scenes
WITH WENDY WENDT
BY VANESSA PLAKIAS
I noticed a special book, a children’s book, on
Wendy’s shelf. One of her friends from Russia
had written it and hand-drawn all of the imagery
in it. She read a bit of it in Russian. It has a very
inspiring story line, it’s about an elephant that
feels misplaced before falling asleep and waking
up to a new world of endless possibility. That, to
me, pretty much summed up my impression of
Wendy during our time together.
We met at Wendy’s office in SLO where she
showed me her favorite photo, which was her
daughter’s hand mixed in with her schoolmates
when she was just a little one. I loved the diversity
of the shot, the symbolism—it was powerful.
Next door to Wendy is Jason, and he is hilarious. A lot of good
energy. Wendy said that he does a lot to help her out in her
work, and he makes her job better and easier. They’re a strong
team. Jason streams a read aloud and music on Facebook every
Friday morning. He was wearing a t-shirt, which was part of
First 5’s “Talk. Read. Sing.” campaign. You’ve probably heard
the jingle, “Talk. Read. Sing. It changes everything.”
We ended the
shoot in a peaceful
of the office. I asked
her to run her hands
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with the helping hand
logo from First 5.
it was a source of
a warm, hot day—so
it just seemed to fit.
She said, “After all
these years I’ve never
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SUZANNE and GLEN
KEITH and SHARIE HAMILTON/ROUSE at Montmorency
Falls—the falls are 30 meters taller than Niagara Falls!
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JEAN RENO, CINDY MCCOWN, ANN MARSHFIELD, and
CINDIE RHODERICK started their friendship as youth in
SLO. They plan an annual “girl’s gig” and this year’s travels
took them to Maine!
JEAN and JOHN HYDUCHAK celebrating Jean’s very
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SLO LIFE travels!
AEGINA ISLAND, GREECE
SLO LIFE Magazine traveled with a group of teachers,
students, and parents from SLO CLASSICAL ACADEMY to
England, France, Italy and Greece this summer during our
school’s Europe Through the Ages history trip.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, CANADA
The FRANKLIN, VERES, and CALLAWAY families
camping at the Lair of the Bear.
JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
THE GILL FAMILY
MICHAEL and NANCY JACKSON
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LAKE POWELL, UTAH
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK
OWEN WELLS, GUS RINGLEY, SADIE LACHAPPELLE,
NATALIE WELLS, WADE WERNICK, and AMELIA
WERNICK at the Rainbow Bridge National Monument.
JASON VORK and VICKI POBOR
MATT and KIM WORMLEY globetrotting with SLO LIFE
Magazine at Mysore Palace.
GLORIA WILLIAMS and
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You showed us!
LOS OLIVOS, CALIFORNIA
JONATHAN YOUNG, LINDSEY YOUNG, PAM COSART, and
TAYLOR YOUNG at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin
in front of the Bocca Della Verità.
NEW YORK CITY TIMES SQUARE
SLO NEWCOMERS “Glamping Group” enjoying a
get-a-way in Los Olivos while taking a moment to enjoy
SLO LIFE Magazine!
RICH and CAROL GUENTHER at Highclere Castle, the main
filming location for Downton Abbey.
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KENNY LEE LEWIS of the Steve Miller Band with his wife,
singer-songwriter DIANNE STEINBERG-LEWIS at San
BRENNECKE’S BEACH, KAUAI
San Luis Obispo Country Club (SLOCC) USTA Women’s
Tennis Team competed at the National Championships
against regional winners from throughout the U.S.,
including Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The
National Championship draw placed SLOCC in a tough
position, playing the eventual semi-finalist and finalists
in the first and second rounds, and only losing by a third
set tiebreak. SLOCC went on to finish 12th out of the
6,000 teams competing!
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SLO County commuters burned over half
a SLO million County calories, commuters removed burned 14,272 over vehicle half
trips a million from calories, county roadways, removed 14,272 prevented vehicle
59.3 trips tons from of county CO2, roadways, and saved prevented $79,158 by
riding 59.3 tons the of bus, CO2, carpooling and saved and $79,158 making by
other riding smart the bus, commute carpooling choices and during making
Rideshare other smart Week commute October choices 7-11. during
Rideshare Week October 7-11.
The number of dogs and cats who have
received The number accessible, of dogs affordable and cats who spay/ have
neuter received surgeries accessible, at the affordable Daphne spay/ Fahsing
Spay/Neuter neuter surgeries Clinic at the in Atascadero Daphne Fahsing during
its Spay/Neuter first year of Clinic operation. in Atascadero Opened during
November its first year 2019, of operation. the low-cost Opened clinic in
operated November by 2019, Woods the Humane low-cost Society clinic
provides operated sterilization by Woods Humane surgeries Society for pets
from provides all over sterilization the county. surgeries for pets
from all over the county.
The increase in the cost to build a new
county The increase animal in shelter, the cost up to from build an a estimated new
$14.5 county million animal in shelter, 2016 to up $20.3 from an million estimated
today. $14.5 The million price in has 2016 skyrocketed, to $20.3 million according
today. county The officials, price has because skyrocketed, of the according ongoing
boom to county in the officials, building because industry, of the including ongoing
high boom demand in the building for contractors industry, and including labor,
tariffs high demand on materials, for contractors and State-mandated and labor,
skilled tariffs on labor materials, requirements. and State-mandated
skilled labor requirements.
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How much did this year’s Great Pumpkin
weigh? How much After did spending this year’s months Great caring Pumpkin
for weigh? his giant After pumpkin, spending Bill months Quirk caring won
first for his place giant in pumpkin, the fourteenth Bill Quirk annual won
competition first place in in the downtown fourteenth San annual Luis
Obispo’s competition Mission in downtown Plaza during San Luis Farmer’s
Market Obispo’s on Mission October Plaza 17. during Farmer’s
Market on October 17.
“Now is the
time to bring
it home for
Executive Director Kaila Dettman
announcing Executive Director in November Kaila Dettman that the The
Land announcing Conservancy in November needs to that raise the just The
$423,000 Land Conservancy more to complete needs to the raise $17 just
million $423,000 Pismo more Preserve to complete project the and $17
open million it to Pismo the public Preserve within project months. and
open it to the public within months.
Your source for current air quality
conditions Your source and for forecasts, current air as quality well as
advisories conditions that and can forecasts, make a as difference well as
for advisories your health, that can such make as measuring a difference the
impact for your of health, smoke such from as fires measuring Northern
and impact Southern of smoke California from fires on in SLO Northern
County and Southern residents. California on SLO
2019 marks three decades for the San
Luis 2019 Obispo marks three Botanical decades Garden, for the and San
supporters Luis Obispo celebrated Botanical with Garden, a first-ever and
Art supporters at the Garden celebrated show with and a first-ever fundraiser
in Art November. at the Garden show and fundraiser
The length of a round-trip walk on the
Cal The Poly length Pier of off a round-trip Avila Beach walk Drive on the
just Cal Poly west Pier of the off San Avila Luis Beach Creek Drive Bridge.
Normally just west of only the faculty San Luis and Creek students Bridge. get
the Normally chance only to go faculty the distance, and students but once get
a the year chance visitors go can the attend distance, “open but once pier”
featuring a year visitors hands-on can attend touch an tanks “open filled pier”
with featuring live marine hands-on creatures, touch tanks microscopes filled
for with viewing live marine ultra-small creatures, sea microscopes
other for viewing interactive ultra-small displays—at sea creatures, the end and of
other Pier, interactive of course. displays—at the end of
the Pier, of course.
go out to
go out to
loved ones to
loved ones to
SLO County Health Officer Dr. Penny
Borenstein SLO County confirms Health an Officer alarming Dr. Penny increase
Borenstein deaths from confirms fentanyl alarming overdose increase the
county. in deaths From from May fentanyl to October overdose this in year, the
ten county. people From died May from to toxic October levels this of year, the
drug, ten people compared died from with two toxic or levels fewer of deaths the
per drug, year compared in each with of the two previous or fewer four deaths
years. per year Fentanyl in each is of a synthetic previous opioid four 100
times years. more Fentanyl potent is a than synthetic morphine. opioid 100
times more potent than morphine.
Follow SLO County’s own 2-1-1 on
Facebook Follow SLO or Instagram. County’s own The 2-1-1 phone on line
is Facebook a free, confidential or Instagram. one-stop The phone access line to
health is a free, and confidential human services one-stop information access to
and health referrals and human twenty-four services hours information a day,
seven and referrals days a week. twenty-four Bilingual hours assistance a day, is
available, seven days too. a week. Bilingual assistance is
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Milgard windows are featured in the home. Bright and airy great room is adorned with natural light through large picture windows and features 10ft ceilings and
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Around the County
Tennessee-based Contour Airlines begins nonstop
service four times a week to Las Vegas from San Luis
Obispo County Regional Airport. Contour’s thirty-seat
aircraft serving the route features all-leather seating,
complimentary snacks and beverages, and one free
checked bag with every fare. The new service brings the
number of airline carriers serving SLO residents to four,
and the number of cities served to seven.
Thieves vandalize a playground in SLO’s Sinsheimer Park by removing a twelve-bytwenty-foot
strip of synthetic grass. The estimated cost of repairing and replacing the
section that was stolen from the slide hill is approximately $10,000. The SLO Police
Department is investigating but no suspects have been identified.
The SLO Parks and Recreation Department completes installation of new graphic
design wraps on the toll booths at all downtown parking structures. The colorful
public art features iconic San Luis Obispo locales such as the Ah Louis Store, the
Mission, the Fremont Theatre, and the “Iron Road Pioneers” statue in Railroad
Square. The banner art was designed by a local creative firm, (iii) Design, and
installed by Quality Tinting and Signs.
Cal Poly students pack up their half of the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade
float, shipping it off to Cal Poly Pomona, where students from both universities
plan to continue assembling and decorating it in time for the Pasadena parade
on January 1. The theme of the 72nd float on which the two universities have
worked is “Aquatic Aspirations,” in keeping with the parade’s theme “The Power
of Hope.” It features a submarine navigating around a sunken shipwreck that is
home to colorful marine wildlife including animated turtles, jellyfish, swimming
fish, a rocking ray, swaying kelp, and a thirteen-foot-high octopus waving its
tentacles toward the crowd.
Architect, former mayor of San Luis Obispo, and
“father” of Mission Plaza Ken Schwartz dies at age
ninety-four. A resident of the city for nearly seventy
years, the Cal Poly faculty member and 1993 SLO
Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” served
as mayor for a decade from 1969 to 1979. He is
known for spearheading the development of Mission
Plaza, working with Cal Poly students to construct a
plan that resulted in the closure of Monterey Street in
front of the Mission. In addition to his work on the
plaza, Schwartz also contributed to the city’s General
Plan, Downtown Concept Plan, Capital Improvement
Plan, long-term water management plans, sign
regulations, street tree planting, and acquisition of the
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County Agricultural Commissioner Martin Settevendemie releases a comprehensive
economic analysis that shows agriculture supports nearly 14,000 jobs and
contributes some $2.54 billion to the local economy every year. That’s $6.97million
per day, or $290,000 every hour, or $4,833 per minute. That also makes agriculture
one of the county’s top industries, representing seven percent of the county’s direct
Transitions-Mental Health Association and the Housing
Authority of San Luis Obispo hold an open house for the
long-awaited Bishop Street Studios, a visionary project
eight years in the making. The project transformed an
abandoned orphanage turned juvenile detention center
into thirty-three single-occupancy apartments for adults
living with mental illness.
The SLO City Council approves a new fifty-foot-tall $1.6 million parking
structure as well as a new home for San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre.
Located at the corner of Nipomo and Palm street, the garage will contain 404
parking spots, forty-three electric vehicle charging stations, and thirty-two bike
parking spots. It is funded by the City’s parking fund, while SLO REP is raising
the $9.5 million for the 23,344-square-foot theatre that will sit on Monterey
Street behind the garage.
A power failure is blamed for an early morning sewage spill from the California
Men’s Colony. Some 33,000 gallons of partially treated sewage was released without
going through a final UV treatment process. The leakage was stopped within
minutes but not before contamination reached Chorro Creek and the Morro Bay
estuary. San Luis Obispo County health officials posted warning signs in areas
impacted by the spill.
Hundreds of people attend a vigil to remember Kristin
Smart, a Cal Poly student who went missing more
than two decades ago in San Luis Obispo. Early on a
Saturday morning in 1996, the 19-year-old left an offcampus
party to return to her dorm, but has never been
seen again. The vigil began at the gazebo in the Village
of Arroyo Grande, then moved to the front of the
family home of the last person seen with Smart before
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BY JOE PAYNE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DONALD QUINTANA
After years of experience photographing wildlife in San Luis
Obispo County, the Central Coast, and beyond, Donald
Quintana has learned not to let a foggy day get in his
way. This shot of two breaching Humpback whales was
captured after Quintana heard from a friend that the massive
mammals had been out the day before, frolicking just within
sight of the San Simeon pier. “People always say, ‘You should have been
there yesterday,’” Quintana said. “So, I took a chance in hoping that they
would make an appearance the next day and went out to capture them. I
was thrilled they chose to make a second appearance while I was there.”
But like many an autumn or winter day on the Central Coast, the scene
was blanketed in white fog. Where a landscape photographer might call it
quits, Quintana only saw opportunity through the misty shroud. “I think
that adds to the feeling of the image,” he explained. “Weather shouldn’t
deter you from going out and shooting. It’s a factor that can make your
images stand out. Fog, or to be more exact, overcast cloudy weather, acts
as one of the greatest diffusers of light.” Armed with his Canon EOS 7D
and an EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x teleconverter, Quintana was able
to create an effective focal length of 700mm to push in on the breaching
porpoises from his perch on the pier.
He explained that the challenge with photographing whale is simple—you
never know where they will surface. Humpback whale, which migrate along
California’s coast during autumn and early winter, can hold their breath for
up to forty-five minutes, but usually breach every seven to fifteen minutes
for air. “Patience is key; you really have to wait sometimes for your subject
to show up,” Quintana said. “Learning behavior can help you be in the
right location at the right time, but having the patience to wait for them to
show up is essential.”
Not one to keep his methods a secret, Quintana often leads photographer
excursions on the Central Coast and beyond and
is a wealth of knowledge—he has literally been
across the globe to photograph animals big and
small, from grizzly bear in Yellowstone National
Park to tarantula wasp in Hawaii. But the San
Luis Obispo area has always been home for him
and his ancestors who, he explained, first came
to the area in the 1840s. It’s also the perfect
place to be if you’re a wildlife photographer, he
shares, “San Luis Obispo is a treasure trove of
photographic opportunities for the nature and
wildlife photographer, you just need to get out and
about early enough to capture the animals when
they are going about their days. We have a lot to
photograph around here, from birds migrating
through the area to all sorts of marine mammals,
coyotes, elk, butterflies wintering in Pismo—there
are just so many opportunities. We live in an
amazing place.” SLO LIFE
JOE PAYNE is a
journalist, as well as a
lifelong musician and
music teacher, who
loves writing about
the arts on the Central
Coast, especially music,
as well as science,
history, nature, and
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We sat down recently with SCOTT SMITH, the executive director of
HASLO—the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo—to talk about how
things have changed in the local housing market since he moved here in
1984. Here is some of what he had to say…
Let’s take from the top, Scott. Where are you
from originally? I’m a native Californian. Second
generation. My parents were born in LA and
wanted to get out of the rat race, so they headed
to Santa Barbara. That’s where I was born and
raised. I moved around after that: Berkeley, Los
Angeles, Mexico, and Washington, DC, before
returning. And, what brought me here was a
job in housing. Honestly, I had no interest in
housing and certainly had no intention of making
it a career. I was more oriented toward wanting
to help people. I was fascinated by third world
poverty issues, so when I graduated from UCLA,
I volunteered in Yucatan, Mexico. That’s where
I met my wife. Then, off to graduate school. We
were expecting our first child, so I was at a point
where I just needed a job, and through a friend of
a friend, I found something in housing. I realized
very quickly that I was dealing with the same
thing that I was always interested in, which is
to answer the question: “How do you help poor
people no longer be poor?”
So, how do you help poor people no longer
be poor? You start with a roof overhead. We
provide affordable housing to roughly 7,000
people every month throughout the county. We
actively develop and operate housing locally. We
also tackle this issue with the Housing Choice
Voucher Program, formerly called Section 8. A
tenant pays 30% of their income toward the rent,
and we pay the rest. A lot of these folks are senior
citizens or disabled and living on a fixed income.
Many of them will get a disability check from
Social Security, which amounts to about $900
each month. So, 30% of $900 is $300, which is the
amount that the government deems “affordable.”
But, where are they going to find something for
$300? Maybe in Bakersfield, but not here. So,
let’s say their rent is $1,500. We then kick in the
balance. Those are federal funds that come into
the county to pay for this program—about $20
million each year.
And, what about people who would not be
considered poor, but who cannot afford a place
to live? My wife and I have three young adult
daughters in their twenties and early thirties.
And, we’re watching them try to make a go of it
and seeing them struggle with the same issues
so many of us struggle with as we are impacted
by housing, as they ask the question: “How can I
afford to stay here?” There are so many aspects to
this issue in addition to just the general angst it
creates. When you don’t have an adequate balance
between housing costs and wages in a community,
it has a lot of unintended consequences. It strains
families when it becomes increasingly difficult for
the younger ones coming up to find housing of
their own. And, from a business standpoint, we
know that we need workers at all wage and skill
levels. So, how do we fill those jobs and retain
people in those jobs when they can’t afford to live
here? It’s not a healthy thing for the economy
when someone has a full-time job but still cannot
afford a modest one-bedroom apartment. There is
How do you fix it? There is not one solution to
the housing problem. We need a whole bunch
of different solutions to keep us whittling away
at the problem. And, each community is unique.
If you look at San Luis Obispo, for instance,
you’ve got Cal Poly, where many of their students
are absorbing the rental housing stock in town,
which is causing rent inflation. A working family
can no longer afford to rent a three-bedroom
house because it cannot compete with six or
seven Cal Poly students whose parents are willing
to pay whatever price. So, building more oncampus
housing will absolutely make an impact
on affordability locally. It will help open up
supply and bring rents down to the point where
permanent residents can go back into those
neighborhoods and rent a single-family home.
Can you give us an example of the need that
exists here on the Central Coast? We see it
every day. It’s a very emotional issue for people.
It can be a traumatic issue. It’s a survival issue.
Housing—permanent shelter—is a basic
human need. And, there are programs that
offer assistance with housing, but they all have
super long waiting lists. I’m not sure the general
public realizes this, but we get so many referrals
and deal with so many truly heart-breaking
cases, but there is a really long line of people
that are having tough problems. When we
opened up a new apartment complex on Broad
Street recently, we received 900 applications for
just 46 units. That gives you just a little bit of
an idea for the demand. So, we’re all there on
the day it opened, and people are showing up
to move in with tears in their eyes. That’s when
you see that housing is really about people, that
it’s a human story. SLO LIFE
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| NOW HEAR THIS
BY SHAWN STRONG
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San Luis Obispo County covers approximately
3,616 square miles of land that is home to
an estimated 284,000 individuals. Within
these 3,600 miles is an exceedingly diverse
landscape filled with vast, sweeping stretches of coastal
hills, wide-open valleys, and serene mountain ranges, all of
which are bordered by some of the most fantastic beaches in
California. Driving through SLO County, it becomes obvious
that as the terrain gradually transforms, so do the communities
occupying these remarkable spaces. There’s a lot of life stuffed
into this relatively small region, and despite the short distances
between the cities and towns that reside within, the people that
occupy them couldn’t be more unique. This is one of the most
attractive aspects of the area and something that two local
musicians recording under the name Grand Ave have sought
In their own ways, Repetto and Breshears have been musically inclined
from childhood. The former pursued music in a more relaxed fashion,
picking up the guitar in the fifth grade, forming a band in middle
school, and eventually playing in church bands as well. Breshears
went a more traditional route, studying music theory and learning
to read music, playing saxophone in the school band. By the end of
high school, however, he had moved on to learning guitar and drums
while eventually picking up singing in college. It was at this point
that the two artists met at a pledge event for the Theta Chi fraternity.
After two years of impromptu jams and dorm room practice sessions,
the two Cal Poly juniors officially formed Grand Ave and began
playing around town, particularly at the weekly farmers’ market. Their
performances quickly attracted attention and soon after, they released
their first single “805 Summertime.”
In the time since, Grand Ave has expanded to a full five-man band.
Despite both musicians receiving attractive job offers, Breshears and
Repetto decided to pursue music full time following graduation.
Given that youth lends itself to the successful pursuit of the arts (with
exceptions, obviously) and the nine to five grind accepts any willing
Grand Ave is a project that sprung from the collective minds of
Cal Poly alumni Derek Breshears and PJ Repetto after meeting
during their freshman year. The name itself is a reference to
the street on which Cal Poly has been located for decades and victim, regardless of age, it makes as much
was home to the musicians for four long years. With Breshears
sense as any. Grand Ave continues with steady
and Repetto having completed their degrees in Industrial
releases, including two music videos created
Technology and Packaging, and Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
by local media production agency Platinum
Administration (RPTA), respectively, the duo has committed
Peek Productions and a live performance
to their musical pursuits in full. When questioned about the
on local country music station 98.1 KJUG.
goals for Grand Ave, the two artists say they’re dedicated to
Additionally, the band is currently recording
defining a musical genre all their own. A bold new approach
to country music and beach pop that they lovingly refer to as
a five-song album to be released soon. In the
“coastal country.” The amalgamation of these two distinct sonic
meantime, throw on an old pair of wranglers
landscapes is what makes Grand Ave so evocative of San Luis and some flip-flops and hit the beach. Be sure
Obispo County as a whole. By combining engaging storytelling
techniques typical of traditional country music with the
tranquil, easygoing sounds of the ocean shore, Grand Ave
to bring a speaker and some brews, and put
Grand Ave’s current catalog on repeat. Fall is
on the way but Grand Ave is sure to give you
delivers an undeniably infectious score that plays well anywhere. that summer buzz all year round. 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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MAGIC OF THE
BY PADEN HUGHES
Most of my family lives
in Europe and one
year, while visiting over
Christmas, we went to
a German Christmas
market and I was
captivated by the magic
of the experience. Wandering through warmly
lit aisles where street vendors showcased truly
unique items while I drank a hot buttered
rum and scouted my annual ornament was a
cherished memory I had no expectation of San
Luis Obispo county being able to afford me.
That is, until I heard about a little German
Christmas market in Cambria. That is literally
how it was described to me. If I hadn’t already
experienced one in Europe, I wouldn’t have
given it a second thought. I attended the market
in Cambria three years ago and have loved it
every year since, watching it expand and become
more grandiose. The Cambria Christmas
Market is now my number one favorite thing
to do in SLO county during the holidays and is
hands down my daughters’ favorite as well.
Bringing in over 80,000 guests last year from
over seventeen states and nine countries
(including Germany), this event is truly world
class. If you ever wondered about all the holiday
selfies taken in a tunnel of rainbow Christmas
lights, you now know that was the Cambria
The market is nestled behind and around
the Cambria Pines Lodge; the property is
completely transformed by over two million
lights bringing to life countless Christmas
themed scenes connected by a labyrinth
of glowing walkways. Wandering into a
truly magical world of lights, you could be
mesmerized by the splendor if you stayed too
long, or finished a second glass of glühwein
(German spiced heated wine).
“Our goal is to create a festive atmosphere for
friends and family to relax and enjoy the holiday
season. We have local, artisan vendors selling
a variety of handmade crafts and traditional German gifts,
food, and drinks,” shares Mike Arnold, the mastermind
behind the event.
The two best memories I have of this market are from last
year, watching my one and a half year old walk boldly onto
a stage in front of a crowd to sing karaoke to “Twinkle,
Twinkle Little Star” and that same year telling Santa she
wanted flying reindeer. To me, a truly great event is one
where someone took the time to care about the details, think
about how to wow their guests and set each attendee up to
create memories they will have for a lifetime. The Cambria
Christmas Market has never failed me in this regard.
• Last year, the event welcomed an average of 3,000 guests
• Two million+ lights
• Twenty-eight local artisan vendors and twelve food
• This year, the market will be featured on ABC Family’s
“The Great Christmas Light Fight”
• The popular train ride addition from last year will be even
better in 2019, with a secret light display just for riders
• Cal Poly’s Engineering department partnered with
Cambria Christmas Market on a mechanical light display
of the advent calendar with twenty-five windows, each
with a moving display
Dates & Pricing
Open 23 nights this season, November 29 through
December 23 (Closed December
2 and 9). Tickets range from $10
to $25 depending on how far in
advance they are purchased.
Book a room at the Cambria Pines
Lodge or the Sea Otter Inn. Both
offer amazing packages that include
tickets to the event. Staying at the
Cambria Pines Lodge allows you
to walk to the event and many of
the rooms have views of the lights.
Guests staying at the Sea Otter Inn
on Moonstone Beach can take the
complimentary shuttle provided for
hotel guests only. SLO LIFE
PADEN HUGHES is
co-owner of Gymnazo
and enjoys exploring
the Central Coast.
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| ON THE RISE
San Luis Obispo High School senior EVAN JENKINS
has received numerous academic excellence awards,
Medals of Honorary Merit in Latin, the Mayor’s Award
for Community Service, and was recognized as a
National Merit Scholar. We sat down to ask him a few
questions about himself and his future.
What extra-curricular activities are you involved in? I’ve been involved in the
nonprofit organization GleanSLO, which harvests excess produce and donates it
to the Food Bank for families in need. I have also been participating in many offseason
track practices and going to the gym. There is a long time until the start of
the season, but putting in the work now will help me have the best season I can.
What do you like to do for fun? My favorite thing to do in my free time is going
surfing. It keeps me outside and is a perfect mix of excitement—when I’m riding
a wave; and calm—when I’m waiting for one.
What is one of your favorite memories? My family took a trip to Oahu and
I had a blast being able to always go to the beach and surf some of the best
waves I’ve ever surfed. Learning about Native Hawaiian culture was also
What career do you see yourself in someday? I haven’t completely made up
my mind of what I want to do, but I could see myself as an environmental
engineer because I like spending time outside, and math is one of my stronger
subjects in school.
What do you want people to know about you? I would like to be known for my
work ethic, but also my willingness to have fun.
What experience has influenced you? I had a bone disorder in my elbow when I
was playing baseball, and throughout middle school and into high school, I went
through 3 surgeries, multiple casts, and an immense amount of physical therapy.
It allowed me to realize how much we take our health for granted, and how
lucky we are to live with access to many important resources. It pushed me to
appreciate what we have instead of looking at what we don’t have.
What is it that you look forward to most? I look forward to the college
experience of making new friends and exploring all of what my new home has
What do you dislike the most? I dislike when people make excuses, or say that
they can’t do something. If you already have your mind made up that you can’t do
something, you aren’t giving yourself a fair chance, and likely will not be able to
accomplish that thing.
If you could go back in history and meet anyone, who would it be? I would go
back and meet President John F. Kennedy. I admire his leadership and way with
words while leading our nation through serious issues.
What is something that not many people know about you? I like to learn about
nutrition. I think it is really important to know what you are putting in your
body. I think this helps me make healthier choices. SLO LIFE
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| MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR
PHOTOGRAPHY BY VANESSA PLAKIAS
Beneath the shiny, sometimes dreamlike exterior projected outward toward visitors of this
magical place we call home, a place which none other than Oprah Winfrey herself once deemed
“the happiest,” lies a dark secret: far too many of its children are not getting what they need. And,
by need, we’re talking about the most basic of basics: adequate nutrition, a safe, nurturing home
environment, and regular health and dental services. According to the science, it’s those first
five years of life, which are so important, and, because that critical period of time arrives before
kids attend their first day of kindergarten where they begin to receive some level of oversight,
their needs often remain in the shadows, passing unnoticed. On the front lines of this everyday
struggle to shine a light is an organization called First 5. We sat down for a visit with its chief
executive, WENDY WENDT, a few days following her five-year anniversary with the non-profit.
While she continually steered the conversation back toward local kids, and the coalition of people
working in the trenches to change their lives, we finally coaxed her into sharing her own journey
and philosophy borne of an unshakable optimism. Here is her story…
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et’s start from the beginning, Wendy.
Where are you from? I grew up in the
Midwest. I was born in St. Louis, Missouri,
which is where my dad’s family is from, but,
when I was two, we moved to Ohio. My dad
got a job at the college there, actually it’s a
college and a musical conservatory. And, so
that’s where I grew up, in this little town Lof Oberlin—just two miles in diameter—there were about 8,000 people,
and it grew to 11,000 when the students were in town. It was truly an
idyllic upbringing: kids and bikes everywhere, come home by dark, and no
fences between homes, and just a lot of wonderful childhood memories of
growing up in that little place.
What were you like as a kid? I was really into music, and I was verbal, very
verbal. I liked to talk. I liked language. I did well in school. My friends
used to say we were the nerds in the popular crowd. We hung out with
the popular kids, but we were definitely the nerdy ones, the nerdy friends.
Everywhere we went, our bikes were the mode of transportation. I rode
my bike everywhere. Most everyone in Oberlin seemed to love music, a
lot of my friends’ parents taught there also. I played in the youth orchestra,
did musical theatre. I wasn’t the greatest athlete; drama was my thing.
How did your family end up in the Midwest? I’m Jewish, my mother’s
side of the family is Jewish. Her parents escaped the Holocaust when they
left in 1938. My mom is of Austrian descent. She was born in Rochester,
New York two years after they arrived, before they settled in Indiana. My
dad’s side of the family comes from a long line of St. Louis Presbyterians.
By the time I was getting ready to have my own family, I was feeling more
of an affiliation with the Jewish side, just psychically and intellectually, it
was more in line somehow; it just sat better with me. So, when my son had
a bar mitzvah and my daughter had a bat mitzvah a few years ago, both
my parents came out from Boston where they live now. Dad brought Bill,
and my mom brought Peggy.
Wait a second, hold up. Who are Bill and Peggy? [laughter] Okay, this
is where things get a bit complicated. I was in my mid-twenties when my
parents split. They had been married at that point for thirty-three years.
Where the story takes a turn is when they both ended up partnering with
same gender people. My dad, his name is Carl, partnered with Bill. And,
my mom, Mary, ended up with Peggy. For the most part, they get along
really well now, they even go on double dates. I’ll call my dad sometimes
and he’ll say, “I can’t talk right now because Bill and I are heading out to
meet Mary and Peggy for a beer.” Looking back on it now, I think my
mom just had enough of this kind of cloaked secret life with my dad’s
sexual orientation, which was the immediate impetus for her to leave, but
there were other issues, as well.
Did you know all this was happening when you were growing up? For
my sister and me, no. We had no clue. But, I will be in a conversation
with an old friend from high school or something, and I’ll say, “Can you
believe my dad’s gay?” And they’ll say, “Yeah, we all knew it. We all knew
it, Wendy. Why didn’t you know it?” But, the fact that now at eighty years
old, with his health failing him, he’s in many ways, physically very, very
uncomfortable. And, yet, I would venture to say, he’s never been happier.
On some fundamental sort of psychic level, he’s in a loving relationship,
he’s got a great house, he’s got wonderful friends, he feels good about
himself in terms of the life he’s living. So, in moments when I doubt my
own situation or what’s happening in my life, I look at my parents.
How long has your dad been remarried? Dad and Bill only got married six
years ago, but they’d been together maybe four years before that. So, they’ve
been together about ten years now. And, then mom and Peggy, a couple of
years before that, three or four years before that. And, Peggy has a daughter
in San Francisco who is my stepsister. I’ll tell you, the thing that I took
from their experience is that you just never know when you’re going to be
the most happy in your life. Does that make sense? Here’s where we are.
We’re here, right now. I’m not saying it quite right, but the whole thing has
taught me that at any point in your life, something really great can happen
that enriches it in ways that either it was meant to be enriched or you didn’t
expect it would be. So, during all of those younger years, and I do think
that my parents had some pretty wonderful chapters, at least segments of
chapters, but there was always something missing. And, they both found it.
Alright, let’s get back to you, Wendy. What happened after Oberlin?
Okay, yes, I graduated from high school and then went off to college. I
got lucky enough to be accepted at Brown University in Providence. So, I
moved to the East Coast for my college experience. My college years were
spent studying History and Russian. I became a Russian major, which was
somewhat an accident of fate. I picked up a Russian novel in high school,
Crime and Punishment, and it caught my interest. I was quite intrigued by
how brooding and dark and complicated it all was. And, so I thought, “Who
writes a book like this?” I think that, especially during those formative
teenage years, there’s something that happens to us, whether it’s a book or
a film or a trip or something that just captures our imagination. That’s what
happened to me with Dostoyevsky’s book.
What came next for you? So, I headed off to college and started dabbling
in Russian literature classes. Then, I befriended some people in the Russian
department. Finally, I said to myself, “Well, heck, if I want to understand a
little bit more about the sort of psyche of these people in this place, I should
learn the language.” And, this was during the end of the Cold War, so it
also had a little bit of mystique to it. It was dark and dangerous, not at all
like London or France or something. This was the ‘80s, so it was the Iron
Curtain and scary. I did a term abroad in Leningrad, and when I returned
I taught Russian for a year; it was more of an internship, really. Around
that time, there was a huge surge of Russian Jewish immigrants who were
applying for refugee status coming out of the Soviet Union. So, I ended up
moving to Rome to work with a refugee resettlement agency called HIAS.
I became a caseworker there and helped people file their paperwork with
the US Embassy Immigration & Naturalization Service. After a year doing
that work, I went to an exchange program at a physics and math school in
Siberia. I taught English and took care of a group of high school exchange
students. I stayed there, in Novosibirsk, for a year.
Wow, a year in Siberia. Then, I came back, taught for a few more years at
Andover and realized that I wanted to go back to graduate school, but I
didn’t think I wanted to go into Russian. There just weren’t many jobs in
that field. Is this too much detail? I feel like I’m talking too much. So, I
ended up going back to school again. I got really lucky and had a chance to
get a master’s in public administration at Harvard. I was really interested
in the intersection between education and the schools and the community.
After grad school, I worked at an agency in Cambridge, Massachusetts
called Cambridge Community Services. I was the associate director there,
and one of my favorite programs that we ran was called City Links. It was
a program that was in partnership with a high school. The high school
in Cambridge taught a civics government class for kids, who were either
themselves immigrants or children of immigrants. And, in conjunction
with the civics government class, they also got paid internships in city
departments in Cambridge. >>
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What a great concept. How did it work? So, each student would work
either at the police department, the library, the state clerk’s office, or the
hospital. And then they’d bring their experience back to share with the
class. So, that’s kind of an example of what I mean when I talk about the
relationships between inside and outside of schools. It’s both challenging
and, I think, ultimately quite enriching both for the broader community
of people, whether they have kids in school or not, and for the students
to be able to see the applications of what they’re learning as they go
along. I mean, how often do we as parents think, “Our kids are learning
all these things in school, but do they make that connection back to why
it’s important? Why those things are important.” And we’ve, over the last
twenty years, I would say, we’ve done a better job over that period with
schools doing that type of reaching out and reaching in. But, it was fun to
be part of that back in those early days. And, looking back now, I can trace
a line from those experiences to where I am today.
Let’s continue tracing that line… So, then I got married, and that sent
me along with my then husband on a journey to follow his career. I
was pregnant with our first kid at that time. We were bouncing around
from Cambridge to Hawaii, spent a year-and-a-half in Hawaii for his
postdoctoral fellowship, and then he got a job in North Carolina. Our
son was born in Hawaii, and our daughter was born in North Carolina.
Then, a couple of years later, he got a job at Cal Poly, so we came here.
It was a tricky time, it’s hard when you are out of your element as the
trailing spouse. I continued to do some work for my old employer,
Cambridge Community Services, but I was also trying to raise kids and
establish myself here, too. I began taking on freelance work with various
non-profits. The projects that I took on varied greatly, as I worked on
everything from creating strategic plans to facilitating board meetings.
We moved here in 2002, and this went on for the next ten or twelve years.
Overall, it was a tremendous learning experience. >>
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Don’t miss the first ever
Damon Castillo Holiday Variety Hour
A benefit for Big Brothers/Big Sisters
December 15, 5pm. Court Street Terrace.
Free Tickets available online at
A community celebration sponsored by
The San Luis Obispo Collection
Court street Monterey Street Downtown Centre
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When did you get introduced to First 5? I had been assisting First 5 in
the drafting of their children’s bill of rights when the executive director
position came open. It just felt like the right opportunity at the right time.
And, it also didn’t require me to give up all of my broad-based kind of
perspective on things, because pretty much all my projects had more than
an organizationally affiliated kind of focus. And, so, it’s very diversified
sort of assignment. First 5 itself is the same way. The only thing that binds
it all together is the age stage, zero to five. It’s a program that is statewide
and is manifested in local programs in all fifty-eight counties. And our job
is to be stewards of public investment in public tax revenue from tobacco
tax, a fifty cent per pack tax, which was an initiative—Proposition 10—
that Californians voted for twenty years ago.
What’s it like to do this work? I’m so lucky to work with the staff at First
5, all of them. And, additionally, to work with the broader community
of partners in San Luis Obispo County who work on issues related to
kids. It’s been such an amazing learning experience, and a humbling
opportunity to see the kinds of things people in this community are
doing to try to lift the lives of local kids. And, because we get to work
in so many different aspects of their lives, we get to spend our days with
incredibly talented and dedicated pediatricians, preschool teachers, family
advocates, CASA volunteers, people at department of social services, and
other parents. It’s really pretty extraordinary, and also a little bit sobering,
because despite everyone’s best intentions, there’s still a ton of work to do
all the time. It’s just never ending.
And, why is the focus on those first five years of life so important? Well,
I think it’s a more straightforward answer than even ten years ago. There’s
a lot to it, but I’ll start with the science. There’s a lot of science that’s come
out in the last, let’s say, two decades, that shows what we’ve all known
somewhat anecdotally as parents raising children; during those first five
years of life, a lot is happening with children’s brain development. And,
when positively reinforced, it provides a sort of launching pad for life.
And when children suffer or struggle during those early years, it makes it
that much harder to fully thrive. So, it’s this unique moment in time, an
opportunity to, as a community, as a family, as parents, to prioritize the
best possible start. Because, in the end, all of us are better off, our kids
are better off, our community is better off, when we all thrive, when we
all have a shot at living a better life and growing up to contribute to the
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When it’s all said and done, what will you hope people say about
you? My gosh. I think I’ll want to look back and see that by virtue
of some of the things I’ve helped set in motion, because that tends
to be the job that I’ve had over these many years, is setting things
in motion, kicking up a good idea and kind of gathering the right
people around the table to move it down the road, I’d like to look
back and see that at least some of those efforts have taken hold and
that there’s been a collective commitment to moving them forward.
And, that it doesn’t have to somehow come back to, “And, Wendy
thought that one up.” I almost would rather it not be that, but if I
am sitting in my rocking chair and looking back, that I’ll know that
I had something to do with the sun shining on that community
challenge that has a solution if only people have the understanding,
the vision, the courage, the creativity, and the sense of possibility to
actually make things happen.
And, what have you learned about yourself along the way? I just feel
like there’s always potential for positive growth, learning from mistakes,
new chapters. Which, I don’t know, it feels sort of childlike in a way,
right? I mean, kids feel that way. Five-year-olds don’t have any sense of
limitations, or pessimism, or cynicism. Even the ones who are struggling
and have been given a really bad hand when they’re five, they still have
this sense that the world has possibility. Because that’s the time when
we can really help kids maintain that sense of optimism beyond their
fifth birthday and carry that with them, carry that optimism, carry that
sense of possibility, and creativity, and fun, and all that stuff that life has a
way of knocking out of us. But, you know, I’m often accused of being an
optimist. I think you have to be optimistic in this line of work because if
you continually throw your arms up and say, “That can’t be done,” or, “We
tried that ten years ago and it didn’t work,” then you’re just adding to the
problem. We can do better for our kids. SLO LIFE
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BY TOM FRANCISKOVICH
The behind the scenes story of books and how they came to be and the inspiration that set the
author into motion in the first place are often as fascinating and instructive as the books themselves.
That is certainly the case for two recently published homegrown children’s books, both the result of
small, dedicated teams of Central Coast residents who never once wavered in their commitments
toward making tomorrow better than today.
ACCESS & OPPORTUNITY
The art table at Lindsey Haring’s house is well-worn. And, if it were
up to her, every kid in every home, everywhere, would have the same
opportunity to create and explore and expand. In other words, to do
this thing we have come to call art.
Last year, Haring’s second-grader, Jack, was showing promise with his
burgeoning collection of cat art. The first installment, which he called
his “ice cream cone cat,” was a hit with his classmates at C.L. Smith
Elementary near San Luis Obispo’s Laguna Lake. Before long, Jack
and his younger brother, Luke, had come up with an entire line of
whimsical cat characters ranging from “top hat cat” to “donut cat.”
Mom was certainly proud of her boys, of course, but did not think
much beyond the family art table, until her sister, their aunt, had a
look. Her reaction was immediate as she declared, “This could be a
book.” The wheels began to turn, slowly at first. But, each conversation
led to another and, before long, a project was launched with a very
specific purpose: to expand access and opportunity by underwriting
art classes at C.L. Smith Elementary, a Title 1 school.
A conversation over coffee with Maureen Vazquez, who owns
Pipsticks, led to the idea of self-publishing a book with the purpose
Lindsey Haring with her sons Jack and Luke
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of fundraising for the school. A week or so later, after her thinking
began to crystalize, Haring attended a PTA meeting where the topic of
conversation centered around the need to cutback. Funds were scarce,
just like always, and difficult decisions would be required. What should
stay, what should go? “That was the night it all came together for me,”
is how Haring recalls the unanimous support for her proposal of a book
fundraiser. The parents, it was decided, had something tangible to rally
With the title, You Can Be That Cat, in place, the numbers came into
focus. Haring had done the math and realized how much a successful
campaign would mean for the plucky little elementary school by the
lake. If they could sell $30,000 worth of cat books, and subtract out the
$5,000 or so in expenses (which were kept relatively low thanks to a
grant from the Miossi Charitable Trust), the PTA would be left with
$25,000—enough money to pay for five years of art classes for all of its
400 first through sixth graders. A potentially life-changing experience,
particularly for those who do not have an art table back home.
C.L. Smith Elementary School students
Driven by the vision, Haring willed herself into an unfamiliar role.
“It’s been hard to be out in front. I’ve always been behind the scenes,”
she reflects, “but I have this passion for it. It’s real; it comes from a real
place.” And, with a leader taking the reigns, the team gelled quickly, each
of its members offering some missing piece of the puzzle. Kyle Alghren
came aboard to do the graphic design. Kendra Aronson raised her hand
to handle the photography and videography. A local illustrator, Melissa
Ormonde Guzman, pitched in to refine the kids’ creations.
Authoring a book is generally considered a solitary experience, but that
has not been the case for You Can Be That Cat; instead, it has brought
people together. And, it has also demonstrated how creativity and effort
can bring forth positivity and change, perhaps revealing an example of
the adage, art imitating life.
As of this writing, the book has raised just over half of its goal. Those
interested in supporting the project are encouraged to visit the website, which
can be found at YouCanBeThatCat.com.
Kendra Aronson with the authors
Nancy Ballinger tried everything, every tool she had at her
disposal, and none of them were working. Although highly
trained as both a marriage and family therapist and hospice
children’s bereavement counselor, the situation was almost
too much to bear.
Twenty years ago, Ballinger found herself looking into
the eyes of two of her youngest clients. They had suddenly
lost their mother after she had succumbed to a protracted
illness. They were hurting. That’s when the idea struck.
And, in many ways, it required reaching back before
Stories carry an undeniable power. That has always been
the case for as long as we human beings have roamed the
earth together. First, it was the story of the hunt as we
gathered around the campfire. Then, it was the language we
used to understand the world around us. For Ballinger, she
saw an opportunity to harness that power—the power of
story—to reach a couple of fractured souls, two brave cubs.
Left to right: Nancy Ballinger, Julie Frankel, Marcy Adams, and Linna Thomas
The metaphorical tale flowed to the paper as if delivered >>
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personally by the Big Guy upstairs. It was a story that was meant to
be, and it needed to be told. The words landed. They found a home
in young ears. The kids listened in raptured silence until the little girl
exclaimed, “That’s just like our mommy!” Ballinger knew the healing
process had finally begun.
Over the course of her career, Ballinger had retrieved the book—Two
Brave Cubs—when the situation called for it. Grieving children were
always the most challenging; she just wanted nothing more than for
their pain to end. She wanted it to stop. Nothing ever really worked,
but the story always helped. Somehow, it always seemed to come back
to the story; it always made things a little bit better and often marked
the beginning of the end. The day the sun began to shine again.
It has been said before by different people in different ways and at
different times: “Some things are just meant to be.” While the total
circulation of Two Brave Cubs remained at just one copy for nearly
two decades, Marcy Adams had always harbored a thought that
just never seemed to go away. She wanted to illustrate a meaningful
children’s book. Remarkably, Ballinger and Adams were both involved
during the start-up days of Hospice of San Luis Obispo, yet neither
could have predicted their future partnership. But, as they say, “Some
things are just meant to be.”
The author and the illustrator got to work on creating a proper,
professionally crafted edition of Two Brave Cubs. “The thing that
guided us was the enormity of grief that kids feel when they lose a
parent,” Ballinger shares. “Trying to do something to make it better—
that’s what propelled us.” And, to be sure, it did get them to a certain
point, but they soon learned that publishing a book was not a simple
DIY project. They both realized they needed to build out the team.
First, they brought on Julie Frankel to take on the graphic design
and page layout. Then, they reached out to Linna Thomas, who owns
Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay, as well as operates a small imprint.
With the foursome firing on all cylinders, Coalesce Press made Two
Brave Cubs available for purchase during its “soft launch” early this
year. While sales have trickled forth, the partnership has much larger
plans in store for the book. They have collectively committed to
keeping the price tag as low as possible—currently $9.99 each—and
plowing all of the proceeds right back into printing more copies. The
goal is simple: Reach as many grieving children as possible to help
them begin the healing process.
Beginning in January, the women are planning to do a nationwide
media push to bring attention to our most vulnerable during their
time of greatest need. The awareness that comes with the effort, they
hope, will lead to bulk sales to large institutions and organizations,
such as hospitals and schools and associations. Yet, no matter the
scale, even if all of the fuss and toil and effort only makes a difference
for just one child, the team agrees that the venture will have been
deemed a success. SLO LIFE
If you would like to support the mission of Two Brave Cubs by making a
donation or buying a book, you can find it for sale at Coalesce Bookstore in
Morro Bay or online at TwoBraveCubs.com.
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A new generation of housing
cropping up in Spring 2020.
Life at San Luis Ranch is in the heart of the city, but miles away from
ordinary. With farmland in your backyard, vibrant downtown SLO, and the
city’s job centers just a stone’s throw away, San Luis Ranch is rural redefined.
Multi-family and Single family homes starting in Spring 2020.
Farm to Table
Join the Interest List – SanLuisRanch.org
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID LALUSH
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t seems that everywhere you go these days, people are
talking about tiny homes. Having recently hosted a Tiny
Home Expo attended by over 6,000 people and making
tiny living legal in the city, San Luis Obispo—Tiny Town—
is on the forefront of the trend. Often described as an
architectural and social movement, “going tiny” encourages
a simpler lifestyle in a smaller space. People from all
walks of life have determined that a large home and, more
specifically, the large cost of living that comes with it, are
both unnecessary and often an impediment to happiness.
Those opting to downsize are doing so in a deliberate effort
to reduce the financial and emotional burden of the all the
stuff—stuff we call “stuff.”
With all the buzz around this movement, it did not
take long for Joe and Betsey Pollon to take notice. Joe’s
background as a contractor coupled with Betsy’s natural eye
for design and spatial planning makes them a tiny dream
team. They have been building, remodeling, and designing
since 1992. And, eight years ago they completed the most
challenging project, their own home. >>
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To all the Clients, Consultants, Contractors
and Agencies we have had the pleasure to work
with over the years, we are extremely grateful
for your support and encouragement. While
we are very proud of our completed projects,
we consider our true legacy to be the lasting
relationships we have developed with you all.
Thanks for helping us make it to our 5-year
anniversary and for being a key part of our
TEN OVER family.
The TEN OVER family at our anniversary celebration.
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In researching the tiny home market, they found the
largest segment of buyers were single women over fifty
years old. They recognized that the elevated sleeping loft
found in most tiny homes was not an ideal solution for
this demographic, and a single level option was much more
desirable. But, since tiny homes must be capable of traveling
on public roads, there are certain size constraints. The
maximum dimensions allowed, without obtaining a special
permit, are eight feet, six inches wide, thirteen feet, six
inches tall, and forty feet long. While this is the maximum,
it is rare to see tiny houses longer than thirty-two feet in
length, as they become increasingly difficult to maneuver. >>
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to thank all our employees who work so tirelessly
throughout the year enabling us to work towards a
future where we continue to grow and learn. We feel
that we are so blessed to have met some of the
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The question the couple needed to answer was simple:
How could the living space be maximized in a singlestory
configuration while also maintaining a manageable
length? Joe grappled with an answer until it occurred
to him that the walls could be made to move. He then
designed a mechanism which enabled the kitchen and
bathroom section to retract into the bedroom and living
space. In that way, when the home had to be moved, it
could be done safely and legally. But, when it was parked
and set up for living, it could expand to relatively roomy
fourteen feet of interior width. Problem solved. And a
new business was launched.
“I wanted to create a tiny home that didn’t feel
cramped,” he said. “After experimenting with different
configurations, we came up with the Corbett Canyon
model and Central Coast Tiny Homes was born.” >>
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Nestled in Corbett Canyon just north of Arroyo Grande,
their model tiny home is secluded and serene. As I pulled
in, my eye immediately searched for the wheels, but could
not locate them. Betsy showed me through a gap in the deck
boards how they dug out a sunken parking space to hide the
wheels and then conceal them with a deck. This served a dual
purpose: It enhanced the “curb appeal” of the structure, as
well as created additional outdoor living space.
After we walked into their 295-square-foot home, I had to
confirm the dimensions because it felt much larger, even
though it was only a single story. As we took a deep dive into
their objectives around the design process, I began to understand
how they were able to achieve this illusion.
First, windows everywhere. My favorite design detail can
be found on the bedroom and living room walls. The wood
siding adds warmth and depth to the space while drawing
attention upward. The triangle windows introduce visual
interest and let in natural light. With the invention of the
slide out design, the couple could now have two entry and
exit points as well as four distinct “zones”—kitchen, living,
bedroom, and bath. >>
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Creative storage solutions, as is a common thread in tiny living, has
been taken to another level. Murphy beds, barn doors (or pocket
doors), and storage within furniture are all found in abundance.
Although it is a smaller space, there are plenty of opportunities for
customization. For instance, the Pollon’s bathroom has washer and
dryer hook-ups ready to go, but also a rod if you would like to opt for
more closet space instead. The pair admitted that balancing storage,
counter space, and appliances in the kitchen was a challenge, so they
were forced to make a difficult trade-off by leaving the dishwasher
While it might not come to mind, an important variable to consider
when building a tiny house is weight. Since these homes do need to
be transported at times, they must be as lightweight as possible. In
this case, all interior materials were analyzed and creative substitutions
were made when necessary. For example, they swapped out drywall for
plywood in constructing the walls and tile in the shower was replaced
with stainless steel sheets. Both of those decisions melted away the
extra pounds. >>
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And, the Pollons understood that life on the Central
Coast affords a unique advantage, in that the living
spaces do not have to be confined to the interior.
A picnic table could host dinner. Yard games for
entertaining. A bistro table for a quiet coffee break.
Despite its diminutive stature, there does not seem to
be anything that cannot be done when compared to
a larger, more traditional single-family dwelling. The
only difference, it seems, is that some of it requires
more forethought and intention.
Joe Pollon views his tiny houses as a potential alternative to
assisted living. When family members begin to age they do
not always need the full care services many assisted living
facilities offer and would prefer to be close to family, he
reasons. A temporary backyard for these small structures is
an affordable way to keep an eye on a loved one while they
retain their independence and their own personal space.
And, with growing tiny home rental options, it can alleviate
the burdensome cost of building traditional guest house or
purchasing a tiny house.
Just the second city in California
to adopt a supportive ordinance
adding tiny homes into its housing
mix, San Luis Obispo is hoping
property owners will bring
these mobile buildings into their
backyards as long-term rental
units. While not the solution for
everyone, they do offer a cozy,
affordable option for those seeking
to simplify and unburden their
lives—leaving all the extra “stuff ”
behind. SLO LIFE
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Artificial blue light may be wreaking havoc on our sleep cycles—and much more.
BY ERIKA FITZGERALD
Ever wake up feeling like you landed in a different time zone with a case of jetlag after latenight
Instagram scrolling? Or after bypassing the “Are you still watching?” screen on Netflix
more times than you care to admit? Well, you may have a blue light hangover.
A recent report from the New Zealand Royal Society suggests that our increasingly
“plugged in” lifestyle is wreaking havoc on our internal clocks—and the world at large.
Here’s what you need to know before you power-up the brightness in your life. >>
ERIKA FITZGERALD is a
writer and traveler with
a healthy addiction to
kombucha and kale.
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WHAT IS BLUE LIGHT?
Simply explained, blue light is a high-frequency wavelength that
appears naturally with sunlight and moonlight. The amount of natural
blue light varies based on location and weather but typically peaks in
the early afternoon.
Like all living things, we rely on this daily cycle of light and dark to
wake up, stay up, wind down, and go to sleep. Soaking up blue light
wavelengths at appropriate times during the day is good for all life on
earth. In contrast, after-hours exposure to artificial blue light from things
like energy-efficient LED bulbs and digital screens is cause for concern.
The advent of blue light-emitting electronics and lighting is adding blue
wavelengths to our environment at mind-boggling speed. In many ways,
man-made light makes modern life easier. So what’s the problem?
A GLOWING CONCERN
Our brain receives environmental cues from our eyes, aligning when we
feel sleepy or alert with the time of day. Exposure to blue light wavelengths
after dark confuses our brain about the time of day. The result: trouble
sleeping, morning grogginess, and impaired focus and productivity.
Nothing sleeping pills and a double shot of morning espresso can’t fix,
right? Well, according to research from Harvard Medical School, basking
in blue light outside of our natural circadian rhythm may also contribute to
the causes of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and certain types of cancer, as
well as eye strain, cognitive dysfunction, and depression.
Our circadian clocks regulate many important functions, including
metabolism, immune function, behavior and mood, and—of course—sleep.
When these systems get thrown out of whack, our overall health and wellbeing
suffers the consequences.
BEYOND DEEP SLEEP
Many of us spend a whopping 10 hours per day glued to a screen,
according to a Nielsen media usage report. Not only does this mess with
our sleep—but recent studies suggest it may also accelerate skin aging.
In 2014, the journal Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research, wrote that
skin exposed to blue light showed “significantly more pronounced
hyperpigmentation that lasted up to three months.” This doesn’t mean
you should shun all your blue light-emitting devices and buy a pricey
skin serum promising protection from blue light.
Experts say there’s still a lot of research to be done on the relationship
between blue light and premature aging. In the meantime, stick with
your everyday broad-spectrum sunscreen and limit your screen time as
much as possible. >>
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We humans aren’t the only ones feeling the effects of artificial blue light. Plants, animals,
and microorganisms also rely on light cycles to guide behaviors like photosynthesis,
pollination, migration, hibernation, and reproduction. Blue light in particular influences
circadian clocks in plants and animals.
As cities grow and switch from traditional orange-yellow light-emitting street lights to
white LED ones, we see an increase in blue light at night—which not only confuses the
circadian rhythms of our fellow earthlings but also creates unhealthy light pollution. If
you’ve ever looked up at the night sky from a crowded city, you may have noticed a starless
glow looming overhead. This artificial “sky glow” is a result of scattered artificial light. All
man-made light pollutes the night sky but blue light scatters especially easily, obscuring
our solar system and altering our natural environment.
While modern LED lights are good for saving energy, they can also interrupt natural
biological processes that keep our ecosystems healthy. To be a good neighbor, simply shut
off unnecessary outside lights and direct light downward so that it doesn’t spill into the
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
Artificial blue light is still relatively new on the scene, meaning more research is needed
to determine longer-term effects in many aspects of our daily lives. But the good news is,
you can avoid it simply by replacing bright-white light bulbs with warmer soft-white ones,
reducing screen brightness, using night-mode apps that reduce blue light emission, or better
yet, unplugging with a good old-fashioned book.
If you spend a lot of time behind a screen, blue light blocking glasses—or “blue blockers”—
also work well to filter blue light. More and more optical brands are offering blue blockers
with and without prescription lenses. You can pick up a pair of non-prescription blue
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Want to understand a restaurant’s culinary philosophy? Look no further
than the basket of bread on your table.
BY JAIME LEWIS
y friend Sharon Cumberland recently asked if I’d consider writing a column about bread service—
you know, the basket of bread that shows up soon after you’re seated in a restaurant. At first, the idea
seemed too pedestrian: isn’t all pre-meal bread the same?
She patiently described how some local eateries go above and beyond, though, and I realized how
easy it is to take bread service for granted. What would happen if it ceased to be served? Or what if Mour favorite bread-giving restaurants decided to charge for it? Very likely, a revolution would ensue.
I visited three South County Italian restaurants, all of which draw accolades for specialties like tender butternut squash
ravioli, perfect pizzas, and killer cocktails. But it’s the invitation to break bread that interests me here. This welcoming
gesture shortcuts to the heart of a restaurant’s philosophy, I’ve learned; in this case, the bread might be free, but it offers a
wealth of insight.
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A TASTE OF THE OLD COUNTRY
“You know what’s funny?” says Giuseppe ( Joe) DiFronzo of
Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica in Pismo Beach and San Luis
Obispo. “This concoction is what people talk about, but the
bread is really the star.”
Anyone who’s dined at Giuseppe’s knows exactly what
DiFronzo is describing: a blend of olive oil, balsamic vinegar,
finely grated Grana Padano cheese, and minced garlic.
Guests at Giuseppe’s receive a basket of warm crusty bread
and a dish of this addictive dip before their meal.
“Literally, that’s it, DiFronzo says. “We call it ‘Italian peanut
butter’ because it’s so simple. But again, the bread is the star.”
DiFronzo shares how he grew up working in the bakeries
of his four uncles in the San Fernando Valley―all of them
immigrants from Puglia, a province in southeastern Italy.
The bread his ancestors baked is the same one he baked
with his uncles, and the same one he bakes every day for his
restaurants. Raised four times over the course of six hours, the
bread is crusty on the outside and pillowy light in the middle.
“The crust often gets criticized,” says DiFronzo. “People
say it’s burnt. That’s because they don’t know Italian bread,
or they’re not used to bread from the south of Italy. This
bread is different. It’s for peasants who can eat it three days
after it’s baked, with some olive oil and tomatoes, and call it
dinner. It’s been that way for hundreds of years.” >>
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IT ALL DEPENDS UPON YOUR APPETITE
The setting at Gina’s Italian Restaurant in Arroyo Grande is one of cozy
familiarity: a quintessential neighborhood place with exposed wood beams,
a copper bar, and dependable comfort food. The restaurant has remained
this way for decades, in part because owner Manuel Estrella purchased the
property from its original owners and kept everything the same–including
Gina’s famous bread and tomato dip.
“It’s just tomato, basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper,”
says Estrella, who started as a cook in Gina’s kitchen. “It’s very simple.”
He explains that the French-style bread is baked fresh in house, and then
he brings out a basket for me. With the soft, sliced bread, he includes a
little dish of tomato dip, which is not unlike a bruschetta topping. The
flavor is tangy and tart, with juices that soak into the bread, turning it pink.
With a bottle of red or a bottle of white, this simple combination could
constitute a very satisfying meal, indeed. >>
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AN IDEA THAT STUCK
I nab my friend (e.g. the impetus for this story) and we
head to dinner at Del’s Pizzeria in Pismo Beach. When we
arrive, owner Ryan Delmore welcomes us from the open
kitchen window, and we sit at a table with a red and white
checkered tablecloth and a view of the ocean, just down the
street. Italian opera pipes through the speakers.
Delmore brings us a little basket of rolls and a ramekin of
whipped honey butter. I slather a roll with butter and take a
bite. “Oh my gosh,” I say, my eyes rolling back in my head a
bit, “this is like a cupcake.”
The dough for the rolls, Delmore tells me, is the same
dough for Del’s pizzas, and the honey butter is just that:
local honey whipped into Irish butter. “It was Big Ed’s
idea,” says Delmore, explaining that his grandfather
thought up the rolls and honey butter concept in 1995, two
decades after the restaurant opened in its original Shell
“Honey butter isn’t very Italian,” he says. “But honestly, we
get more comments on this than anything else.” SLO LIFE
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Whether you are looking to dress up a winter meal or pass
along a homemade treat to friends and family, this tasty,
colorful chutney is the perfect choice this holiday season.
BY CHEF JESSIE RIVAS
This recipe can be adapted to be a little spicy by
adding whole Thai chilies, Sambal chili paste, or
chili flakes. Add these ingredients as the chutney
is cooling with the pectin. Just remember a little
!spice goes a long way.
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4 cups Bosc pears or Granny Smith apples, diced
¾ cup cider vinegar
½ cup white wine
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup golden raisins (optional)
2 cups fresh cranberries
½ cup small diced onions (yellow or white)
1 Tbs kosher salt
1 tsp allspice
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground ginger
5 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 pouch liquid fruit pectin
Add all ingredients, except pectin, to a large non-reactive saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir
occasionally until the cranberries break down and sugar has dissolved. Take pan off heat and stir in
pectin and allow to cool. Pour in heat resistant jars and cool completely. Keep refrigerated until ready
to use—the chutney should last a couple weeks.
JESSIE RIVAS is the owner
and chef of The Pairing Knife
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Serve the chutney at room temperature with turkey or pork. Pairs well with root and winter vegetables.
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| WINE NOTES
The best things are made with great care. Wine is no different. What happens from vine to barrel
(or tank) that makes winemaking such a difficult profession? Where is all this wine being made?
BY ANDRIA MCGHEE
Let’s start with the little vines which take roughly two to three years to produce grapes for winemaking. Winemakers
and vineyard workers monitor grapes, checking flavor and sugar levels. When the grapes’ ripeness and weather permits,
they are harvested.
The grapes in SLO are picked laboriously by hand, as they are in most of our county wineries. This process is done
early in the morning to prevent fermenting in the bins on the way to the winery. Leading up to and after this point,
every decision made is based on the wine to be produced. Winemaker Larry Brooks, a former Tolosa Winery Pinot
Noir magician and wine consultant, commented on just how many decisions are made for one bottle of wine. Certainly,
1,000 decisions are not far off.
Grapes in bins waiting to be juiced need to be taken somewhere close and fast. Here’s the rub. If you have the talent to
make wine, you don’t always have the cash to throw down for the expensive machinery. Fortunately, San Luis Obispo >>
County is home to custom crush facilities. I used to think these were for hobby winemaking, and I’m sure they can be,
but they are mostly for professional winemakers. These facilities provide a place to take the stems off grape clusters,
crush the grapes, ferment the wine, drain the juice from its skins, and maybe even store wine for aging.
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I had the opportunity to help Coby Parker-Garcia and his family
sort through grapes for his wine, El Lugar, at Center of Effort’s
custom crush facility. Gorgeous Pinot Noir grapes that were freshly
picked from Spanish Springs Vineyard at the beginning of the
2019 harvest glistened with dew in their bins. The electricity was
evident, even at 6:30 in the morning. Coby, super focused with rare
and beautiful grapes in his hands, was sure to make the most of the
opportunity. We sorted through de-stemmed grapes to make sure
no leaves or green grapes got through. Want a chance to get in on
this small production? To be notified of El Lugar’s tastings, join
their mailing list at ellugarwines.com. If you can’t wait for one of the
pop up tastings, the fun 2018 Pinot Noir Blanc as well as the 2017
Spanish Springs Pinot Noir can be found at Wine Sneak on Broad
Street or downtown at Central Coast Wines on Higuera Street.
Mike Sinor and Cheri LaValle Sinor also used the Center
of Effort crushing facility when they started their own label,
Sinor-LaVallee (pronounced la-vahley). While working for many
wineries, including Ancient Peaks, Mike dreamed of making wine
from the ground up. So, with cleverness and determination, the
couple bought a piece of land and grew grapes. Mike noted that
although it is great to rent a place that cleans up after the crushing
is done, it’s even better to use a machine at a moment’s notice and
visit your wine whenever needed. Mike and Cheri recently moved
to their own crush pad—it’s like getting your own place after
Mike’s wine can be tasted at the Sinor-LaVallee tasting room on
First Street in Avila Beach (near the playground) and is also poured
at many restaurants. Sinor-LaVallee makes a range of white wines as
well as Pinot Noir and Syrah. Their white label appeals to a lighter
palate, while the black label boasts a boomier taste.
As an apprentice to so many winemaking greats, Mike is now
paying it forward. Soon to share the Sinor-LaValle facility are up
and coming winemakers, Mikey Giugni and Michael Brughelli of
Scar of the Sea. Guigni and Brughelli have been producing wine
in the Santa Maria Valley, but have been shimmying over to San
Luis Obispo County as they have found it is one of the most special
places to grow and make wine. You may have seen Scar of the Sea at
Granada Bistro in downtown SLO or in some of the smaller shops.
Their style is elegant and I can’t wait to taste what their Pinot Noir,
Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pét-Nat from this area are like. You heard
it here first. SLO LIFE
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BY BRANT MYERS
Having just returned from the holy
land of beer, Belgium, I thought it
appropriate to revisit some of the
iconic breweries and beer styles in an
ongoing effort to brag, errr, educate
readers about one of the oldest brewing
traditions in the world. Come with
me as I correlate travels through the
Benelux region with the suds they’re intrinsically tied to.
A mere half mile from the central train station in Brussels,
Belgium’s capital, you can find one of the hottest breweries in
the world—Cantillon. Known for their traditional Guezes and
Lambics, you arrive with preconceived visions of a decrepit old
farmhouse in the countryside making wild ales in a centuriesold
tradition. Yet there you are, plop in the middle of the
garment district in the center of town. It’s nondescript except
for the throng of tourists taking photos of the exterior, a sure
sign of any brewery in an industrial neighborhood. Not many
folks take photos of storefronts unless there’s beer inside. Once
inside, you’re hit with the distinct smell of invisible microbes
growing, a scent that only musty cellars full of barrel-aged beer can give
off. The smell is so unique, like that first whiff of your grandma’s house and
fresh-baked cookies flooding you with memories of visits past. I opt out of
the guided tour having seen my fair share of barrels in situ and head straight
for the upstairs bar.
The good stuff is being served in 750mL bottles, and brother, I hope you
brought the antacids because it’s going to be the gut Olympics. I plop
myself in the only open bar seat right in the middle of two guys feverishly
discussing the various merits of the two vintages of Mourvèdre, a Lambic
made with a blend of two grape varieties, 75% Mourvèdre and 25%
Carignan. I quickly join the discussion while they fill my glass. Much like
champagne from Champagne, Lambic is a beer made in Brussels due to the
wild yeast and bacteria strains native only to that area. Further, they thrive
in specific temperatures that give the brewers only a portion of the year to
make the style. This particular pour is nice and tart, with a fruity aroma and
acidic bite from the grapes. We move on to Gueze as our group expands to
include a brewer from Slovakia buying bottles costing more than his round
trip flight. We drink one of every bottle available and get kicked out as they
close their doors, but not before I corner owner Jean- Pierre van Roy, and
offer him a flabongo of Naturdays, because sharing is caring after all. >>
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Having consumed enough Lambics and Guezes (a blend of old and young
Lambics), I wake the next day and jump on a train to Brugge. This fairytale city
hasn’t changed in 400 years, except for a better beer selection at the local bottle
shops. I can see Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres from my hotel window so
before the luggage even hits the ground I’m sampling their red-brown blended
beer that mixes Lambic with top fermented ale to create a sweet and sour lowalcohol
Flanders Red Ale. It hits the spot and makes me thirsty to try more. I
walk past a myriad of stone buildings surrounded by canals filled with weeping
willows and white swans. Pinch me. A short stroll down cobblestone streets and
through a cathedral I come across De Halve Maan, the Half Moon, brewery
and since I know what I’m about, I start with the blonde single cornerstone,
Brugse Zot, and quickly make my way up the line to the dubbel, tripel, and
quad beers. Now that I’m feeling just fine I befriend the British couple adjacent
to my table, and next thing we know we’re at a restaurant having rabbit cooked
in Kriek beer, another type of Lambic but with the addition of sour morello
cherries. I have to say, the Belgians sure know their beer and I’m not arguing
when they put it in everything.
The next day, I finally find what I’m looking for, the holy grail of beers,
Westvleteren 12, referred to as the“best beer in the world”by numerous sources
and discerning palates. I drink it out of a plastic cup, much to the chagrin of
my friends, but hey, work with what you’ve got (in a brazen act of frivolity, I
also shared one directly out of the bottle with an equally enthusiastic Brit, but
don’t tell anyone). This beer is not only an amazingly flavorful and balanced
quadruple Belgian ale but has an almost cult-level status due to the incredibly
rare nature of the beer itself. Brewed by five monks in a monastery of twentysix,
they only produce enough to support themselves, they do not distribute
their beers, and you have to go there during specific dates and times to get your
maximum twelve bottle case. Father Abbott said it best, “We are not brewers.
We are monks. We brew beer to be able to afford being monks.” I’ve been lucky
enough to have this beer on only two other occasions, and it lives up to the
hype. Truly world-class suds.
There are too many breweries to visit and not enough time,
so I make my way to Antwerp where I walk quickly past
shop windows full of glimmering diamonds—you can’t
drink diamonds!—and find one of the most unique drinking
establishments I’ve ever visited, Het Elfde Gebod, the
Eleventh Commandment, which deems “Thou Shalt Enjoy
Thyself ” and I am happy to announce that I did. Only a
young 594 years old, this small cafe is adorned from floor to
ceiling with hundreds of angel and saint statues and surrealist
art. I order a draft De Koninck, a Belgian pale ale brewed two
miles away, and the mussels cooked in white wine. It takes a
while, so I make sure to do thorough quality control and order
a few more while I wait. The beer does not disappoint. Served
in an iconic Bolleke glass with a shape similar to a half-round
chalice. This glassware is so linked to the De Koninck beer
that you can order one just by asking for a Bolleke.
I finish my feast and go for a stroll
mainly to enjoy the crisp fall air and
take in the sights but also to check
out some real estate because I could
live like this forever. However, the
trip is coming to an end and I was
able to taste beer styles from around
the country that have been brewed
for generations before me. And what
better place to savor the traditions of
centuries past than the areas where
they were born? So no matter where
you are, make sure to drink local and
take in not only the sights and sounds,
but the flavors as well. SLO LIFE
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POPS: A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Cal Poly
Performing Arts Center with the San Luis
Obispo Symphony, presenting selections
from favorite award-winning Hollywood
films. Be swept away by some of the most
breathtaking and unforgettable scores in
movie history, including Casablanca, 2001:
A Space Odyssey, Lord of the Rings,
Dances with Wolves, and more.
December 31 // slosymphony.org
If you miss the annual Saturday night
Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade, don’t
forget this year’s non-motorized parade the
next afternoon with decorated kayaks, SUPs,
small sailboats, surfboards—anything that
December 8 // morrobay.org
It’s Christmas Eve and Clara is about
to have the night of her dreams.
Audiences of all ages will marvel at the
magic and wonder of Civic Ballet San
Luis Obispo’s spectacular, professional
production of Tchaikovsky’s timeless
ballet accompanied by live orchestra at
the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center.
December 13-15 // civicballetslo.org
DOWNTOWN SLO HOLIDAY STROLL
See Downtown San Luis Obispo decked out for “Holidays Around the World” with retailers staying
open late for shopping and social celebration. Start at Santa’s House in Mission Plaza and hop on
the Classic Carousel, then meander through scenic Downtown streets, where participating stores
offer treats and special holiday gift sales. Enjoy live music on street corners and peer in shop windows
decorated with the holiday theme.
December 13 // downtownslo.com
You don’t have to sing along, but it’s
more fun! The San Luis Obispo Master
Chorale presents famous choruses from
Handel’s “Messiah,” followed by music
of brass, choir and the Forbes Pipe
Organ at the Cal Poly Performing Arts
Center. This year’s holiday treat features
the Westwood Brass Quintet.
December 21 // slomasterchorale.org
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In 1969, Dr. Moon Ja Minn Suhr established the Orchesis Dance Company at Cal Poly, and
the first dance performance was held in 1970. Now, fifty years later, the company presents
choreography inspired by previous concert titles and program cover artwork. “50” features
ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary performances by Cal Poly faculty and students as well
as guest artists.
January 17-25 // theatredance.calpoly.edu
The young performers of SLO REP’s
Academy of Creative Theatre take on the
challenge of the Scottish Play, bringing
the classic story to life in an edited
version specifically written for students
in grades four through twelve.
January 10-19// slorep.org
3-2-1 STUDENT FILM COMPETITION
The Central Coast Film Society presents the winners
of its student contest at the San Luis Obispo County
Library. Films accepted for competition through
December 31, 2019, are limited to three minutes, two
characters and one location.
January 11 // centralcoastfilmsociety.org
KEN HUSTAD BASS RECITAL
Active jazz musician and local favorite
Ken Hustad performs music of Giovanni
Bottesini, including the Double Bass
Concerto No.1 in F-sharp Minor, “Elegia,”
and “Gran Duo Concertainte” with violinist
Brynn Albenese in this Cal Poly faculty
recital. Pianist Paul Woodring accompanies
all three pieces.
January 17 // music.calpoly.edu
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The fourth annual Women’s March in San Luis Obispo brings thousands of local citizens
together with others across the nation and the world to work toward a positive and just
future for all. Advocating for women’s rights, human rights, civic engagement, and social
and environmental justice, organizers are rallying around the 2020 theme “The Time Is
Now,” saying “Your voice matters. Your vote matters. Your truth matters. Now is the time to
make them count.”
January 18 // womensmarchslo.com
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FOR THE BIRDS EXHIBIT
In celebration of the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival, the Morro Bay Art Association
presents its annual collection of fine art paintings and photography depicting the region’s vast
array of indigenous species of birds, birds seen around the world, and all things bird-related.
The 2020 featured artist is glass sculptor and California Glass Exchange co-founder George
Jercich, who taught glassblowing, glass forming, 3D design and sculpture at Cal Poly for more
than 35 years.
January 9-February 17 // artcentermorrobay.org
Give the gift of SLO LIFE!
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Artists have long used their contemporary
practices to wrestle with grief and
mourning—both personal and collective. The
Cuesta College Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery’s
curated group exhibition running through
February 27 features work by select artists
who deal with these themes in a profound
and direct way. It opens with a sneak peek and
artist panel, followed by a reception.
January 30 // cuesta.edu
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IT IS WITH LOVE AND GRATITUDE THAT WE CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON
WITH OUR CLIENTS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
AS WE CONTINUE TO GROW AND THRIVE. NOW IN SAN LUIS OBISPO,
MORRO BAY AND PASO ROBLES... WITH MORE TO SHARE IN 2020.
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SAN LUIS OBISPO • MORRO BAY • PASO ROBLES