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CONTENTS

Volume

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30

32

11

Number 5

Oct/Nov 2020

36

Briefs

View

Q&A

MEET YOUR

NEIGHBOR

12

PUBLISHER’S

MESSAGE

14

16

18

22

Info

Sneak Peek

In Box

Timeline

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| CONTENTS

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Real Estate

Election

Health

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TASTE

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ARTIST

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| PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE

For many years, I’ve had two recurring dreams. Nightmares, really.

In the first, I’m late to a football game. The team is counting on me, and I’m sprinting to the locker room

with a massive duffle bag draped over my shoulder. No one is there because they’re already on the field. Over

the PA system, I hear the announcement: “Let’s stand for the kickoff!” I look across the plaza. It’s my high

school on a crisp Friday night. The lights are beaming down. I’m panicking as I rifle through my bag when

I realize my shoulder pads are missing. So is my helmet. The PA clicks on again to ask a question: “Where’s

Tom Franciskovich?” The crowd boos. I wake up in my bed, gasping for air in a cold sweat.

The second dream unfolds as follows: I sit down for an interview and click on my favorite, trusty voice

recorder. The tiny, red light glows indicating it’s on. For an hour, I dazzle the interviewee with incisive,

thought-provoking questions. Over and over again, I’m told, “I can’t believe I’m telling you this, but . . .”

I get one scoop after another, going deeper and deeper into the most incredible interview of my career.

Periodically, I glance at the red light to ensure the tape is still rolling. It is. I try not to smile as the interview

subject gushes on. Afterward, I head back to the office, plug the voice recorder into my computer and click “upload.” Then, nothing. The tape is blank. I

wake up in my bed, gasping for air in a cold sweat.

More than a decade ago, my wife, Sheryl, and I were struggling to launch the very first issue of SLO LIFE Magazine. I was working from a home office.

At the time, our youngest, Harrison, was only a year old. As much as I loved to have him curled up in my lap as I clanked on my keyboard, it was just

not working. He was far too interested in joining every conversation and typing along with me. At the time, it was a big leap for us, but it was clear we

needed a real, actual office.

I moved into a windowless space at the San Luis Business Center, the broom closet suite. Just down the hall from me was a fresh-faced kid who

had recently graduated from Cal Poly. Each day, when I’d go to the mailroom—praying for more checks than bills—I’d stop by to say “hello” to Jesse

Dundon. He was so happy to have moved out of his garage and into a real, actual office. When I asked him what exactly his company, Hathway Tech,

did, he explained it, but I didn’t really understand what he was talking about. Then, he would joke around and say the same thing he always did during

those quick exchanges: “Hey, you should put me on the cover!”

I would smile and dismiss him with a wave as I continued toward the mailroom, thinking to myself, “Yeah, yeah, kid, whatever.”

Fast-forward ten years. Jesse has grown Hathway into a booming technology operation with more than a hundred employees. Now, the shoe was on the

other foot, and I found myself trying to talk him into being on our cover. As a young CEO with a one-year-old son, it was much more difficult to track

him down than it had been when we first met. But I finally did. And, after much back-and-forth, we found a window of time to talk.

We sat down, and ninety minutes later, I knew I had it, a great Meet Your Neighbor story. I said “goodbye” and retreated to my office where I plugged

the recorder into my computer. The screen was blank. Nothing. Zilch. I felt a surge of electricity shoot through me. But I didn’t wake up—because I

wasn’t asleep.

It took a week before I could bring myself to send an email admitting what had happened. I started it like this: “Hey, Jesse, you’re not going to believe

this, but I have this recurring dream, and it finally came true.” Of all the people who could have made that dream a reality for me over the past ten years,

he was the perfect choice as he graciously sat for a second interview. And, as we talked, I fully expected to hear a booming voice announce, “Let’s stand

for the kickoff!”

Thank you to everyone who has had a hand in producing this issue of SLO LIFE Magazine and, most of all, to our advertisers and subscribers—we

couldn’t do it without you!

Live the SLO Life!

Recurrence

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| SNEAK PEEK

ON THE COVER

behind the scenes

WITH JESSE DUNDON

BY VANESSA PLAKIAS

We met in Morro Bay, it was foggy and smoky

from all the fires. But the water was beautiful,

as always. I took a canoe out to capture Jesse’s

favorite hobby: stand-up paddle boarding. My

husband was my gondolier. We had a blast.

Jesse was great about going with the flow. I usually ask people

to do silly poses or actions, and end up loving the shot. He

was good with my jump and cheer request, in fact, I think he

would have done it on his own. He’s got a fun personality.

My boys came along with me and they were calling

out to me from the shore. They were ready to go.

Jesse was entertaining them from the dock by

holding up his board with one hand and saying,

“I’m the strongest man on the planet!” It was good

for a laugh. I like the colors hiding in this shot.

We saw lots of harbor seals. Then Jesse pointed out a

momma and baby otter, one of the cutest things in the

world. The baby made the most adorable sound when it

climbed onto its momma’s belly. It was awesome.

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| TIMELINE

San Luis Obispo

AUGUST 2020

8/18

San Luis Obispo’s City Council approves a proposal from Jamestown

Properties to build a mixed-use, six-story, seventy-five-foot tall building in

the heart of downtown, saying the project will create much-needed housing

and stimulate the local economy. The development at 1144 Chorro Street will

demolish the existing structure (home most recently to Sports Authority and

Copeland’s Sports) and replace it with 30,000 square feet of commercial/retail

space and fifty residential units. In comparison, the County Government

Center is sixty-five feet tall and the City’s parking garage at Palm and Morro

streets is eighty feet tall.

8/18

City staff will be using a new screening tool for analyzing investments after the

San Luis Obispo City Council votes unanimously to proceed with a plan they

say better reflects community goals about how it invests seventy-five to seventyeight

million dollars of the public’s money. The more socially responsible

investment approach adds weapons manufacturers to the list of industries in

which the city does not invest, which currently includes tobacco products and

the production of fossil fuels. City staff may take the policy a step further by

expanding into Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategies, a

far-reaching philosophy that not only looks at end products, but how products

come to be and how a company treats its workforce.

8/18

A fire starts near Dolan Canyon in Big Sur. Believed

to have been started by arson, the Dolan Fire keeps

growing into the Ventana Wilderness area, where

according to the U.S. Forest Service a California condor

research facility is destroyed. One month and 128,050

acres burned later, the fire has destroyed at least nineteen

structures and is only forty-six percent contained.

Highway One is closed between mile post twenty-five

and mile post ten. Nacimiento-Ferguson Road is closed

to all traffic from Highway One to the Fort Hunter

Liggett base boundary line. Smoke driven by offshore

winds causes the SLO Public Health Department to

issue air quality advisories for several weeks.

8/21

The SLO Arts Leadership Roundtable announces the

results of its audience perception survey concerning the

future of live performances in SLO County that was

distributed in mid-July. More than 3,400 SLO County

residents responded to the survey, the second in a series

that the Roundtable intends to repeat every two to

three months until performance venues can re-open in

the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Respondents are

being asked their opinions on public safety and health

regulations, motivators for attending live events, and

their experience with virtual performances. Key findings:

thirty-nine percent say they will wait for a vaccine before

returning to live performances; seventy-eight percent say

placing limits on audience size is very important; fifty-five

percent have attended at least one performance streamed

online in the last month.

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News & Updates

SEPTEMBER 2020

9/2

Community leaders submit an application officially

making the case for why Vandenburg Air Force Base

should be home to the US Space Command. Provisionally

headquartered at Colorado Springs, the command in charge

of space warfare is looking for a new home that will house

1,500 military personnel, including a four-star general and

international liaisons. Vandenburg’s nomination is one of

several from more than two dozen states looking to house

the new headquarters. The Air Force plans to announce its

preferred location in January 2021.

9/17

Tianna Arata’s attorney announces to the San Luis Obispo Superior Court

his intention to file a demurrer for her case—a plea entry that does not

dispute the facts of the prosecution’s claims, but argues that the facts do

not justify legal action. Arata, a local activist and former Cuesta College

student, was charged with five felonies and three misdemeanors for events

that occurred at a Black Lives Matter protest she helped organize in San

Luis Obispo in July. Eventually the charges were lowered to thirteen

misdemeanors, and the court is scheduled to hear her plea on October 22.

9/3

The History Center of San Luis Obispo County announces

the creation of the Dallidet Adobe Endowment Fund to

support the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens. An initial $50,000

pledge has been made to maintain the adobe and its gardens

in perpetuity in memory of Peter R. and Carol F. Andre

by Jim Andre (their son) and Paul Kellogg. Attorney Peter

Andre was instrumental in the preservation of the Dallidet

Adobe, in which the Dallidet family lived from the 1850s

through the 1950s, and in the creation of the History Center

in 1953. Due to current restrictions, guests may only visit the

gardens at 1185 Pacific Street on Sundays, and virtual tours

of the adobe are conducted on Thursdays.

9/16

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office

drops all charges against Francisco Orozco, a twenty-yearold

Oakland man accused of a mass shooting during a

concert in May 2019 at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular

Recreation Area that sent six people to the hospital.

Orozco, who could have been sentenced to prison for life

if convicted on all charges and enhancements, spent four

months in jail before being released on bail in August 2019.

The District Attorney’s Office said the dismissal was the

result of additional investigation, forensic testing, and an

uncooperative witness.

9/18

Correctional Officer Ricardo Ancheta, a California Men’s Colony employee,

is among ninety-eight people honored during the California Department of

Corrections and Rehabilitation’s thirty-fifth annual Medal of Valor ceremony.

For coming to the aid of a crash victim whose SUV was wedged under a

semitrailer truck, Ancheta received a Silver Star Medal, which honors “acts

of bravery under extraordinary or unusual circumstances.” In a pre-recorded

ceremony, CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz said Ancheta and the other honorees

“show that the bravery and professionalism of our staff extends beyond

institution walls and into the community.”

9/19

Hundreds of mourners gather in front of the SLO County Courthouse

to hold a vigil for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died

September 18 at the age of eighty-seven from complications of metastatic

pancreatic cancer. Local speakers from Women’s March SLO and Planned

Parenthood Central Coast encouraged attendees to vote in the November

election to honor Justice Ginsburg’s legacy. SLO LIFE

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| BRIEFS

Aviadoros

Way

The name recently selected from more

than 200 submissions for the street

connecting ACI Jet’s new headquarters

to the SLO County Regional Airport.

Spanish for “aviators,” the name honors

the region’s history.

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The number of local, community-based

organizations dividing up more than

$1.6 million allocated by the County Board

of Supervisors in August from General

Fund Support and Tobacco Tax Settlement

funding to benefit the community’s health

and well-being.

“Best in

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For the twenty-eighth consecutive year, Cal

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The number of brush fires reported at the

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation

Area in August, leading to speculation that

someone could be starting the fires. They

ranged in size from about three-quarters of

an acre to eleven acres and occurred between

August 13 and 29. The causes of the fires

remain under investigation.

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The number of Cuesta College students

receiving some 454 scholarships during

the institution’s annual fall scholarship

reception in August to celebrate 2020-

2021 recipients and donors alike. What

the number doesn’t include is just as

impressive: 978 additional students received

Promise Scholarships, which offer two full

years of fee-free education to SLO County

high school graduates.

CCCE

Monterey Bay Community Power’s

new name—short for Central Coast

Community Energy—and its new

strategy to achieve 100% renewable

energy by 2030, according to an

announcement in September that says

the agency wants to reflect its expanded

service area, up to twenty-nine cities and

four counties in California.

#ResilientSLO

An initiative launched by the City of

San Luis Obispo to gather information

from those who live or work in the city, to

identify strategies for building community

resilience to the impacts of climate change.

The intent is to build a roadmap for the

decades ahead.

“The Precision

Manufacturing

Bootcamp

opened up a

lot of career

opportunities

for me.”

That’s from Ariel Rasgado, a graduate of

the apprenticeship program that provides

students with base skills needed to go

straight into the workforce and fast-tracks

the on-the-job training process for local

employers. It’s sponsored by SLO Partners,

an initiative of the San Luis Obispo

County Office of Education to address

college and career readiness among the

county’s population. SLO LIFE


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| BRIEFS

$2,492,714

The total amount of grant funding

The Community Foundation San Luis

Obispo allocated in 2019, according to

its recently published annual report. Of

that total, $945,243 supported health

and human services, $624,171 provided

community enhancement activities,

$549,984 was distributed for education

and scholarships, and the remaining

$373,316 went to the arts.

Tele-ER

A new option for patients unsure about

whether to go to an emergency room.

Tenet Health Care Central Coast has

opened a phone line that allows you to

talk to a board-certified ER physician

twenty-four hours a day, seven days a

week, from the comfort of your home.

All you need is a smartphone, tablet, or

computer with a functioning camera.

“Chief Cantrell

is an exceptional

leader and an

expert in policing

and community

engagement.”

“We have seen

our airport grow

from a modest

community asset

to a true gateway

to the world.”

County Administrative Officer Wade

Horton attributing the bright future of SLO

County’s Regional Airport (SBP) to the

work of Director of Airports Kevin Bumen,

who is leaving after seven years to become

San Francisco International Airport’s first

chief commercial officer. In 2018, SBP was

named the seventh fastest growing small

airport in North America.

Villaggio

A 404-unit “life plan community” of

independent and assisted senior housing

included in the Froom Ranch Specific

Plan approved by the SLO City Council in

September. The plan will guide development

on more than forty acres of the Froom

Ranch property located off Los Osos Valley

Road, south of The Home Depot.

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SEASON

57

As the outlook for the resumption of

public gatherings remains poor, PCPA-

Pacific Conservatory Theatre has

delayed the opening of its fifty-seventh

season from December 2020 to Summer

2021, with plans to produce four live

performances, primarily at the Solvang

Festival Theater. Stay tuned by visiting

PCPA.org.

“Rogue”

The newest K-9 to join the SLO Sheriff ’s

Office is a two-year-old Malinois being

trained in apprehension and bomb

detection with his handler, Deputy Mora.

Rogue joined the force in August.

City Manager Derek Johnson announcing

the departure of SLO Police Chief

Deanna Cantrell to become the City of

Fairfield’s police chief. He said the City

will begin a national search for a new

chief in the coming months, with input

from the community on the recruitment

and selection process.

30

FEET

CAL FIRE and SLO City firefighters

saved a rock climber who suffered severe

injuries after she fell thirty feet from

Bishop Peak on Labor Day morning.

A CHP H-70 helicopter crew helped

firefighters move the patient, who was

flown to Sierra Vista Regional Medical

Center for treatment. SLO LIFE


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I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo and want

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| VIEW

Coastal

Scene

BY MARK NAKAMURA

As we made our return and descended down from

Buckeye Campground to the Salmon Creek Ranger

Station, just north of the San Luis Obispo County

and Monterey County line along Highway 1, I saw

the layers of coastal mountains bathed in the golden

yellow afternoon light. I pulled out my Canon 5D IV

camera with the 70-200mm f2.8 lens and took a few

photos before packing up and catching up with my

friends, who are very understanding of my passion for

landscape photography.

Buckeye Trail is located in the Silver Peak

Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest, which

holds iconic views along the rugged Big Sur coastline,

especially at higher elevations. Just the first couple

of miles into the hike will give you exceptional vistas

of the coastline looking back into San Luis Obispo

County. The three-and-a-quarter-mile hike ascends

to the campgrounds. The higher you go, the better

the view, but you don’t have to make it to Buckeye

Campground to make your trip worthwhile.

Beginning around 8 am we arrived in Buckeye

Campground by 10 o’clock that morning, where we

relaxed. There is a spring at the campsite, but we

brought our own water to be safe. I brought a book

to read and a hammock. By mid-afternoon, after a

leisurely lunch, we headed back down the trail.

This photograph was

taken in the January

sun, around three o’clock

as we descended to the

trailhead, watching out for

the poison oak that lines

the trail and checking for

ticks along the way.

In my opinion, the

Buckeye Trail has

the best views of the

picturesque Big Sur

coastline and San Luis

Obispo County’s breathtaking

coastal range. Get

an early start to beat the

heat since much of the

trail is exposed to the

sunlight. SLO LIFE

MARK NAKAMURA, retired

school teacher, continues

to pursue his passion in

landscape photography as

well as capturing the joys of

weddings, families, events,

and sports around the

Central Coast.

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| Q&A

OPEN MIND

Newly installed as the Executive Director of the San Luis Obispo

Museum of Art, LEANN STANDISH checked in recently for a

wide-ranging conversation. Here is some of what she had to say…

Tell us, Leann, where are you from? Okay, sure. I’m

from the Midwest. I was born in Indianapolis and

grew up in that region. Most of my family still lives

back there. My folks are in Michigan and I visit there

several times a year. My father worked for Volkswagen

of America and Audi, so we moved around that area

a lot. I was a real troublemaker. My first car was a

Volkswagen Beetle, stick shift. I was the first of my

friends to get my license. So we’d pile into my Bug, way

too many of us, much more than was appropriate. It

was kind of like a clown car. We’d drive around in the

winter. If I lost control and slid over the ice, we’d all pile

out, pick it up, and put it back on the road.

What were you like as a kid? It was a very innocent

childhood. I was mostly always getting myself in trouble

for talking. And I was always up for something different

or a new experience. So I don’t know. I wasn’t really

a troublemaker. When I reflect on it, I realize, “Oh, I

wasn’t really in any kind of trouble.” But at the time I

was very disruptive. I was the oldest of four kids and I

required a lot of attention. I was terrible at sports. I was

on a softball team for a minute, and I remember sitting

on the bench and painting my teammates’ fingernails. I

was active in choir and in theater, I was an exceptional

shower and car singer, and occasionally I joined actual

singing groups.

What came next? I went to South Bend to Notre

Dame. I was a terrible student, so I ran away to

California before I finished. I had never traveled

anywhere ever and was sure that I was going to live

on the beach. I had no idea what Fresno was. Didn’t

realize there was no surfing there. I got a job in a lab

analyzing soil and stuff. I hated it, hated it, hated it,

and was miserable. And just on a whim, I took a job

as an assistant in a museum. It was the most perfect

career for me. It was a tiny, little museum. Everything

just clicked and I fell in love with it. I found my calling.

From there, I went to the Minneapolis Institute of

Art, then I moved to Portland to work at the Oregon

Museum of Science & History. But I was really missing

my family, so I took a job at Fredrick Meyer Gardens

and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which

is a pretty extraordinary place. It’s remarkable and

noteworthy because it’s a small community that has a

huge arts support system. Then, it was full circle, back to

the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

And then you made a stop in Miami, correct? Yes, that’s

right. It was a freezing cold day in February when I got a

call from Florida asking if I’d like to work at the

Miami Art Museum. I was like, “Yes! Get me

out of here! It’s so cold!” Anyway, as it turns

out, a small group of us built a brand-new

museum there. Still, to this day, it’s the

thing I’m very most proud of. And, while

I was there, I had this dream, a vision,

of advertising on all the taxi tops—this

was before Uber, gosh it sounds like I’m

so old, this was not that long ago—so

everyone coming out of the airport

would know about the new museum.

So, around this same time, I met this

guy at one of our fundraising events,

and I noticed he was liking everything

I’d post on social media. They call that

“deep liking,” by the way. So, one day,

he sent me a message and said, “Are you

interested in advertising on taxi tops?”

And I was like, “Yes, I love you! And, by

the way, who are you? And why are you on

my page?” [laughter] It was cute. Turns out,

he was in advertising, and he was from Fresno

originally, and he made the taxicab thing

actually happen. He had the goods. We’ve

been together ever since. He’s my person.

Okay, but why museums? I think that

museums have opened my mind. And I’ve

watched other people experience that same

sort of thing. A work of art can change you,

or speak to you deeply, or challenge you, or

make you angry, but it makes you feel. And it

makes your world bigger. So, when we moved

here, right away I thought to myself, “One day

I will run SLOMA. I really want to.” I did.

I think back now to when I was a young

person in the field. One of my mentors

talked about how museums so often

feel like a stuffy, formal existence. He

compared it to when your grandmother

had that living room furniture you weren’t actually

allowed to sit on. And you had to take your shoes

off to go into the formal living room and all of

that. He said he wanted his museum to be like the

rec room where you eat popcorn and crawled all

over the couches and stayed there for hours and

hours and were able to be yourself. I have always

dreamed of each museum that I worked with as

being the place where you just really relaxed into

yourself and discovered a bigger world. SLO LIFE

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IN FULL

BLOOM

BY JOE PAYNE

IMAGES COURTESY OF NATALIE HASKINS

Born and raised in the Nipomo region of San Luis

Obispo County, Natalie Haskins has performed

her own music live across the Central Coast for

more than a decade. But not until now, after

several years of work in multiple studios with

a team of instrumental contributors, has Haskins reached a

serious benchmark for any singer/songwriter—her own full

length album.

Haskins honed her sixteen-track collection of original songs

since 2016, focusing on poetic settings of real-life feelings with

an Americana twang in her May-release titled Puhidua. The

album showcases her songwriting like no other project, with all

but two co-authored tracks featuring entirely her own lyrical

and compositional efforts. “I’ve been writing poetry since I was

a young girl, and I’ve always been interested in music as well.

Like in middle school I played flute—I was one of those kids.

In high school I was in band,” Haskins shares. “So I’ve always

been interested in the arts, and when I started learning guitar at

eighteen, that’s when my poetry started turning into songwriting.”

Growing up in a rural SLO County, Haskins’ family was

steeped in Americana and country music. Her dad, uncles, and

brothers were all into that kind music while she was growing

up, Haskins recalls, and even though genres like R&B held her

attention, her family’s influence shone through once she started

writing music. “As I got older and I started playing, I naturally

just came out sounding that way,” she explains. “I think it is

kind of in my blood as well because my grandfather was a

musician and he was an outlaw country guy. His sound was very

old school country.”

Haskins’ new album exemplifies the kind of Americana that has

risen in popularity during the last decade-and-a-half, which is

fused with country influences but doesn’t shy away from folk,

blues, and even some jazz forms. Pihidua isn’t a nitty gritty,

whiskey-obsessed album often heard from the more male side of

Americana songwriting, but a polished and artful interpretation

of real feelings like heartache and family dynamics.

Part of the success of the album goes to Haskins’ selection of

instrumentalists, who bring everything from ripping electric

guitar solos to haunting pedal steel to sensual saxophone breaks

to her songs. Locals may recognize some of the names on the

album jacket, with contributors like Jon Clarke, Joe Koenig,

and Terry Lawless. “I felt really lucky because I would kind of

hand them the idea, and whatever their skill was, they would

just elevate it to another level,” Haskins reveals. “That was fun

for me to watch, because having a song is kind of like having

a child, you’re really connected to it, you gave birth to it, but

you’re sending it out to the world and hoping someone loves it.

I just feel like the musicians collectively on the album made the

songs so much better than I ever could have envisioned from

the beginning.”

The album includes tributes to her

own progenitors. First, the use of

an heirloom Martin guitar from

her grandfather, which was used to

record multiple tracks. The guitar is

also featured in some of the album

artwork, which Haskins said was an

important part of the project. As a

“90’s kid,” the physical product was

important to her, and connections to

her roots are seen throughout.

Also, the album title, Puhidia, comes

from the Native American language

of the Paiute Tribe, of which her

mother is a member. The word means

“wildflower,” and definitely illustrates

Haskins’ blossoming as a recording

artist and local performer. SLO LIFE

JOE PAYNE is a

journalist, as well as a

lifelong musician and

music teacher, who

writes about the arts on

the Central Coast.

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| MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR

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HOME

GROWN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY VANESSA PLAKIAS

A little more than ten years ago, JESSE DUNDON was living in a garden shed

on Hathway Avenue in San Luis Obispo. Each morning, he would make his

commute across the backyard to the garage where a handful of recent Cal

Poly graduates clanked away at computers in a mad scramble to launch a

new technology company. Today, he is the Co-Founder & CEO of a sprawling

enterprise that employs over a hundred people and counts some of the

country’s most respected and recognizable brands as clients. Together with

his wife and their fifteen-month-old son, he represents a new generation of

entrepreneurs who are reshaping the Central Coast economy. Here is his story…

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kay, Jesse, let’s start from the

beginning. Where are you from? I

was born in San Luis Obispo at Sierra

Vista hospital in 1985 and then grew

up in SLO. I’m one of nine; it’s a

little bit of a Brady Bunch situation.

So, there was six original Dundons.

My mother passed away when I was a

young kid and my dad met a woman Owho had two kids already and then, together, they had one more. And

that makes nine, so I would be the eighth of nine. The oldest eight are

basically every two years over a fifteen-year span. So, there is a large

range in ages. It was competitive for scarce resources. Let’s put it that

way. Attention, rides, carpools, food, those sorts of things.

Tell us about your dad. My dad was a philosophy professor. He was

a big believer in dinner with the whole family every night. There was

always robust dialogue about various issues. As a result, a number of

my older siblings went on to become lawyers. I would say, to a fault,

we’re all very opinionated. My dad was a Cal Poly professor and then

moved us up to Davis when I was a kid. He then transferred to Sac

State, so I spent a lot of my childhood in Davis and Sacramento.

It was around that time I started mowing lawns and walking dogs,

those sorts of things. Davis is a big bike town, so I got my first job at

a bike shop the day I turned fourteen, which is the earliest you can

get a work permit. I worked there fixing bikes for the next three years

through high school.

What happened next? When I was seventeen, I came down to Cal

Poly to study Industrial Technology. I was in the Santa Lucia dorms.

On the first day, I met my business partner, Kevin Rice, there in the

dorms. We’ve been friends ever since. While we were in school, Kevin

ran the local branch of a residential house painting company. They’d

set up college students to do house painting jobs in their hometown.

He managed a crew here. I did a similar thing for a screen-printing

company. My job was to go out and drum up business from the

campus clubs, and fraternities and sororities, and sports teams, and

stuff like that for T-shirt orders and apparel orders. Also, I played

rugby in high school and in college and, at that time, they had a

five-year eligibility window for collegiate rugby. So, you could either

take five years to get your bachelors and play all five years, or you

could do a four plus one program and get your bachelor’s in four and

then as long as you got your master’s at the same school, they would

extend your eligibility. And, so, I was one of the few on the team that

decided to graduate in four and then stick around for a fifth year. And

I was on the fence actually, I almost left and didn’t do the master’s

program and almost took a job at Shopatron. Then, I just decided to

stick around and get my masters and play another year of rugby. So,

after I graduated with my bachelor’s, that summer we started a carpet

cleaning business.

Interesting… We looked at the map and we said, “Hey, in San Luis

Obispo there’s 20,000 students or so. Let’s say four or five to a house,

which means there’s four or five thousand student houses in town,

or apartments, and they all need to get their carpets cleaned every

summer when they move out.” We said, “If we could get that, it’s

a market value of a hundred bucks or so per house, so if we could

get a certain percentage of this market it would

work.” And we’d basically do a similar model to

the house painting Kevin did, where we would

line up jobs all spring and then do carpet cleaning

all summer. Then we could test it out one year

in San Luis Obispo and then scale it out similar

to how the house painting thing worked, or how

my screen printing thing worked. So we started a

company called University Steam Cleaners. This

was 2007, so this was my fourth year, Kevin had

already graduated a little bit early and we did

all the marketing all spring, and then we did the

carpet cleaning all summer before we realized a

couple things.

What did you realize? One of them was that

the sales and marketing piece was not the most

challenging part of it. Doing good work and

making your customers happy was quite a bit

different, especially when you didn’t invest in the

right level of equipment. We didn’t have a $50,000

truck-mounted steam cleaning machine, which

is what, as it turns out, any actual commercial

operation needs to use. We got the $3,000

machine and we didn’t really have any training. I

think we had a certain amount of hubris, I’d say,

going into it, and we learned a lot. We came out

of it with a great respect for people in the trades,

and doing proper training, and investing in the

right equipment to get the job done. But after one

summer of mostly doing the work ourselves and

employing some of our friends to help us with it,

we threw in the towel on that and then wanted to

get into something that was a little bit more based

in technology. Something that wasn’t hard physical

labor, so we moved on to start the next business.

What was the next venture? It was a company

called WiHire. We had lived in various houses on

Hathaway for most of college, not all of college,

but most of the time after college. It was the street

that taught us everything we knew at the time. It

was funny, actually. We started that business a few

months later. It was initially about, again, solving

another college problem right in front of us, which

was how to help college students get jobs and

internships, and how to help companies better

recruit for interns and entry-level employees.

The economy was going great, so we thought it

was going to be a great idea. We had some cool

features in our platform for things like video

resumes, and campus clubs, and interest groups

using this recruiting channel, and those sorts of

things. So, we did it, but we didn’t know anything

about technology. So once again, we chose to start

a business that we had no training in whatsoever

[laughter]. But, I will say, we had learned enough >>

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to know what we didn’t know. We ended up raising a little bit of

money to go out and get some help.

Where did you find it? As it turns out, what we were really good at

was finding people using Craigslist to do freelance web development

work using open source software. So, we built out our platform and

started getting some traction with it and blew through the small

amount of money that we had raised. It was just enough to initially

make ends meet. At the time, we were all packed into a house over by

Cal Poly. I think seven or eight people living in the house at the time,

and we were all working out at the garage. At one point, we converted

the garden shed. We put sheet rock on the walls and insulated it so

we could pack more people into the house and have our rent be as low

as possible. I actually lived in that garden shed as I was getting my

masters and playing my last year of rugby.

So, how was the business doing? We started getting some traction

with WiHire, but then 2008 hit and by 2009 there wasn’t a lot of

hiring or recruiting going on. It didn’t turn out to be the best timing

in terms of any employment-based business. But, at the same time,

we were doing more and more freelance web development work on

the side. There wasn’t some hard cutoff date that I could point to, but

it was sometime in mid-2009 that we realized we were earning good

money doing freelance work and just spending that money on this

other idea, which was going nowhere. So, we shut down WiHire and

focused all our effort on doing web development for people. At the

time, our company was called Hathaway Technology Group LLC,

which was never intended to be a brand name or anything, it was just

that we lived on Hathway Avenue. But whenever someone would

write us a check for the work we did for them, we’d say, “Oh, you can

just make it out to Hathway Tech.” It just sort of stuck. Somewhere

along the way, we dropped the “Tech.” Now we’re just Hathway.

How did you and Kevin split up the various responsibilities? As we

grew and started taking on more and more work, Kevin and I went

slightly different paths. He focused more on sales and marketing and

client services. I, from more of an engineering mindset, focused more

on how the technology works and was doing web development work.

I became a web developer and a system administrator and as we grew.

Naturally, I focused on the guts of the business, actually producing

the work and the financial administration, like management of the

business, and Kevin focused on sales, marketing, and client services

to bring in the business and to keep our clients happy. Fast forward

to now, and that’s more or less still our division of labor within the >>

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company. Kevin manages sales, marketing, and client services. And I

manage production and financial operations.

And what exactly does Hathway do? So, initially we started out just

doing web development work for small businesses at the depths of

the recession using open source software so that we could help them

get to market. We’d say, “Better, faster, and cheaper.” And it was really

just a hodgepodge of various businesses that we worked on, but we

specialize with these open source platforms for content management

and marketing sites. Over time, we have evolved to where we’re at

now, which is specializing in eCommerce and loyalty for a couple

of retail market segments, in particular large chain restaurants, and

coffee shops, and convenience stores, and other chain retail brands.

What about lately? How have things been? For us, we’ve always been a

company that thrives through remote relationships. When we were first

getting freelance clients, they would be from anywhere in the country.

And we’ve had a number of international clients as well, and they were

coming to us because of our expertise in particular software platforms.

So, we always had to figure out: How do we actually work with these

clients when we had never actually met most of them in person? And,

on the staffing side, we hired some folks in SLO and the core of our

operations for a long time has been local, but we were always using

contractors throughout the US and abroad for various things.

From your standpoint as a tech CEO, what’s it like to do business

here on the Central Coast? Our headquarters is still in SLO, and

it’s always going to be in SLO, but our clients and our teams are

distributed; we’re actually in a really, fortunate place when COVID

hit that we already had the equipment to go remote. We already had

the software systems and collaboration tools in place to be able to

work remotely, and our client relationships were almost completely

remote anyway, so we were able to shift to a fully remote work culture,

I would say, fairly seamlessly. There have definitely been some sticking

points that we’ve had to work through and there’s certainly pros and

cons to it, but we were pretty lucky for it to not be as big of a culture

shock to us as I’m sure it was for other companies. As we have grown,

we’ve recognized that most of our clients are not based here locally.

We’ve also recognized that while the talent market is great in SLO

it’s picked up quite a bit over the years—it’s still very small. And, so,

we built out an office in Dallas and we have an off-shore operation in

Kiev [Ukraine]. And lately, since COVID, we’ve been really focused

on just hiring remote staff throughout the country. So the nature of

our employee base has shifted over the years. Most recently, over the

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based outside of San Luis Obispo.

Let’s switch gears for a minute and talk about your family. I live

with my wife, Kayla, and our son Lucas, who’s fifteen months old.

I’ve got to say that my wife is a saint. She, unfortunately, hasn’t been

able to pursue her career as much lately. She’s a fitness instructor, and

pretty much all the gyms got shut down. So she’s been doing some

remote classes out of the house on Zoom, but she’s spent most of

the time watching Lucas and raising him, especially in this critical

time when I’ve been working remote out of the home office, which

has definitely been a challenge. But we’re very fortunate. I can only

imagine how tough it would be for a family with both parents trying

to work full time remotely out of the same house with dueling Zoom

calls and trying to balance raising a kid at the same time. I certainly

understand that not all family situations are created equal. It’s made

us understand that with our employees, too, that not everybody has

the same situation going on.

What do you do to unplug? When I’m not working or I’m not hanging

out with family most likely you can catch me out on the water. I started

paddle boarding about four or five years ago at this point. At first, what

hooked me on paddle boarding was just being a part of nature and being

able to see close up so many things this region has to offer. Then, I caught

my first wave. After I started surfing, it progressed to higher performance

paddle boards. It’s one of the few times I’m unplugged from technology.

The latest journey is SUP foiling, which is when you lift up out of the

water. I’m starting to really get the hang of it, but it’s definitely a humbling

experience. It’s almost like starting over because you’re basically flying an

airplane that’s hovering over the water and you’re still in the ocean dealing

with waves and the ground and potential hostile marine life.

Starting over. Sounds a lot like entrepreneurship. It’s a change up in

terms of a life because much of my day is based in technology. Actually

somebody asked me, “What is it about paddle boarding that is engaging?”

Maybe it’s because I played rugby for ten years, but I said something

like, “Oh, entertainment for me has got to include a little bit of physical

jeopardy, a little bit of risk associated with it.” And, actually, I have found

that I get really bored paddling on fresh water, paddling on lakes. It’s still

fun, but I can paddle out in the ocean for a couple hours and it’s much

more of a challenge with swell and the potential for sharks and everything

because, you know they’re out there. But, on a lake, there’s none of that, so,

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| ARTIST

PROFILE

David Limrite

BY JEFF AL-MASHAT

M

ysterious, dramatic, dark, and edgy are all words that

artist David Limrite uses when talking about his own

drawings. “Inviting” is not likely the next natural word

one would expect after hearing the artist’s description.

But inviting is exactly what these gestural figures—made

with the most basic drawing tools, like charcoal and

graphite—are. They are invitations for us to not only

recognize our internal conflicts, but spend some time and

explore them a little.

The figures are drawn with volatile motion and vigorous

energy. At the same time, there is a constant tension, as

the figures seem trapped by other marks and lines on

the paper. The sense that the figures want to break free

suggests that Limrite is telling the viewer that it is okay

to have, and even enjoy, and maybe even show the world, a

darker side of ourselves.

“I am really interested in what I call the drama of

vulnerability,” says Limrite. “I am fascinated by this idea

that we are always at a crossroads, and one decision can

alter an entire life.”

Jim Dine, Edvard Munch, and Auguste Rodin are

influences of Limrite’s, all of which make perfect sense.

But the stark difference that Limrite brings with his

work is the ability to connect on a very basic level with

the viewer. He eliminates any question of distance and

instead asks the viewer to come along on the journey

with him.

The reckoning between the ghostly figures in his

drawings and Limrite’s ability to connect so easily with

his viewer is evident in the man himself. Limrite is quite

accomplished, with a rich

body of work as well as an

impressive resume. He is

disciplined in his craft, but he

is also an incredibly affable

fellow who loves to teach

and talk with anybody about

art. These days, without

the ability to connect with

students in the classroom, he

has taken to giving critiques

online and is in the process

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of writing a book about what writer and visual artist with

an MFA in painting from

he calls “mind management,” Georgia State University. He

which he defines as the ups and lives in Grover Beach.

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| FAMILY

Sand & Sea

BY PADEN HUGHES

The Central Coast is one of the most beautiful

and varied landscapes which includes the Guadalupe-

Nipomo Dunes Complex, a system of dunes that covers an

eighteen-mile portion of the coastline from Pismo State

Beach to Point Sal, making it the largest remaining dune

system south of San Francisco and the second largest in

the state. Simply put, it’s huge. On top of its sheer land

mass, the Central Coast sand dunes boast of having the

highest sand-swept peak in the western coastline of the

United States. Mussel Rock Dune stands at 500 feet tall.

All that sand and space work together to create a unique

ecosystem, providing home to at least eighteen endangered

species of plants along with over 200 species of birds,

including the ground nesting California Least Turn and

Western Snowy Plover. Both species of these federally

threatened birds will begin wrapping up their breeding

seasons in October.

The unique landscape isn’t just for the birds. The early

Chumash people were the first to occupy this land, but they

weren’t the only ones. From the 1920s until the mid-1970s a

bohemian community of artists, writers, and poets known as

the Dunites called the sandy shores home.

The area has also served as the backdrop to films, music

videos, and commercials alike, including the 1923 Cecil B.

DeMille movie “The Ten Commandments.” The Egyptianthemed

sets from the film were dismantled and buried in

the dunes to prevent other filmmakers from using them—

often called The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille. If you’re

interested in learning more, some of the recovered artifacts

can be viewed at the Dunes Visitor Center.

In addition to its history and landscape, the dunes boast

an abundance of activities both in and out of the water,

including surfing, boogie boarding, kite and wind surfing,

paragliding, biplane flights, hiking, whale watching, and

cozying up around a bonfire. In fact, according to the

Whale Trail organization, Oceano is home to some of the

best whale watching on the West Coast. Gray whales can

be spotted between December and April and humpback

whales can be seen year-round.

We decided to load up our two little ones and soak in the

fun at the dunes with a family picnic. The selling point

that delivered instant enthusiasm was when my husband

dubbed the spot “the World’s Largest Sandbox” when

describing it to our kids.

With the riding area closed, the entire time we were there

we didn’t see a single other person. What we loved about

this was the sense of walking into a completely foreign

environment and experiencing all the novelty that goes

along with being somewhere so different. The sand is

surprisingly fine, soft, and clean-feeling underfoot. The

dunes were magical to explore. Even our fifteen-monthold

son was able to tackle the heights and had so much fun

sliding down the sandy hills. The highlight was watching

our three-year-old daughter run happily at full speed in

her Rapunzel dress shouting, “This is the best day ever!”

We could all use sweet escapes like this to step out of the

stresses of life and to experience something new. And if you

have managed to preserve your childlike exuberance, I can

promise you, it will feel like one of the “best days ever!”

Getting There:

There are a few different

access points. One is behind

the Pacific Dunes Ranch

RV Resort in Oceano. Be

careful to not park on private

property. A small trail can be

found behind the water tower

that winds its way through

beautiful bluffs. After a

fifteen-minute walk, you’ll find

yourself surrounded by sand.

You can also access the area

by taking the Oso Flaco Lake

Trail. The one-mile hike begins

from Oso Flaco Lake Day

Use Area in Arroyo Grande.

The beautifully landscaped

boardwalk studded with

picnic tables and benches

leads you on a picturesque

journey to the sand. SLO LIFE

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and enjoys exploring

the Central Coast.

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| ON THE RISE

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Ingrid Chen

With several Mock Trial and Golden Tiger Awards under

her belt as well as a National Latin Exam Gold Medal,

this San Luis Obispo High School senior

is ready to step into a bright future.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in? I am involved in Mock Trial

and Harvard Model Congress. I also play on the tennis team and am the president

of my school’s National Honor Society. Outside of school, I am on the United Way

Youth Board.

What do you like to do for fun? I love walking my dog, reading, and watching Avatar:

The Last Airbender!

What experience has influenced you the most? When I was in fifth grade, my parents

took a sabbatical from work and we moved to Australia and then New Zealand for six

months each. I met some amazing people and saw some incredible things while I was

there, and living in other countries has really helped contextualize my experiences in

America and solidified my beliefs and morals.

What is important to you outside of high school? Being involved in my community. I

think that there’s a lot of people and organizations who are underserved right in our own

backyard and I think that especially in our current political climate, it’s more important

than ever that we do our civic duty, and have empathy for others.

What is it that you look forward to next? I’m really looking forward to graduating

from college, to be honest. I think that having a solid secondary education will be the

springboard to achieving my personal and work goals and making some substantial

change in this world.

What is your favorite memory of all time? Probably going to a tennis tournament out of

town for a few days with the rest of the tennis team. We always have a really great time

together and it is a lot of fun.

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

be really cool to meet Julius Caesar. I’m taking Latin in school right now and we’re

reading some of his old writing. He sounds like a really interesting guy.

What career do you see yourself in someday? I would love to be a lawyer someday. My

interest in law started in middle school with Mock Trial, mainly because I liked the public

speaking element, but I’ve since come to appreciate the political and social implications

that law can have on public opinion and everyday life.

What schools are you considering for college? I’m applying to Stanford, a couple

Ivy League schools, and a few UCs, as well as some other great out-of-state private

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| DWELLING

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I

t was time to downsize. After a lengthy search, Monica

and Stu Soren found their home—and it checked most

of their boxes. It was in a welcoming location, had

great bones, and was a single

story. But it would require

a major renovation to really

feel like home. They decided

to approach their project in

phases. At first, they simply

updated a few things, so the

home felt more comfortable

and reflected the couple’s

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The Sorens hired Anne Fortini

of Fortini Designs to help them

make a few strategic upgrades

so the home felt updated >>

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and was cohesive with their personal style. Fortini

brings with her over forty years of design experience

and is known for creating functional spaces while

maintaining her clients’ individual style and personality.

After discussing their project, she recommended some

quick, simple fixes including a fresh coat of paint on

the walls and dated oak built-ins and removal of a

traditional mantel. Replacing it with large rectangle tiles

immediately updated the family room. The refresh was

coupled with a new kitchen island. These simple details

completely transformed the space.

As the Sorens continued to live in the house, they found

they thoroughly enjoyed the lifestyle at the country

club and gathering with their neighbors. During this

period the couple began to identify how the space

functioned for them and decided it was time to iron out

the wrinkles, so they invited Fortini back and assembled >>

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a game plan and a team for the second phase. Some of

the home’s features left the Sorens feeling boxed in.

Their kitchen counters and cooktop hood were lower

than standard and needed to be adjusted. All of the

interior window and door headers were at six feet eight

inches and the couple hoped to open up the space and

allow in even more natural light by raising them to eight

feet. Their master suite was generous in size, but the

layout along with poor window and door placement and

height made it challenging to utilize the space the way

they wanted to. And the dated light soffits needed to be

removed in order to attain the updated look they were

hoping to achieve.

The Robertson brothers, co-owners of Green Goods,

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General Contractor (Mikel) and Cabinet Maker (Brian).

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demeanor along with knowledge of construction and

design input, which ensured the project moved along

smoothly through each phase. It was refreshing for the

owners to see how their vision came together as the

designer and contractor collaborated and stayed on the

same page. The project was taken to another level.

One of the most challenging design elements was in the

master bathroom. There was a large space for separate

vanities, but the couple wanted to remove a dated

corner spa-tub, and really needed more closet space.

Unfortunately, the best location for the closet was also

where the windows were located above the removed

tub. After several different iterations of the layout,

Robertson thought it might work best to change out

the size of the window and break up the length of lower

cabinets with a full height closet and create a new focal

point. With some massaging from Fortini, they agreed >>

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to the new design which increased the functional closet

space significantly, while giving the Sorens each their

own vanity.

Fortini always recommends identifying the overall

vision, she makes a space plan and works backwards

from there. This ensures that decisions aren’t made

during the construction phase that will later disrupt

the intention for the furniture, lighting, and spatial

planning. For example, as they performed the electrical

walk through with Jim Devor, owner of Green Wave

Electric, the team decided it would be advantageous to

place a floor outlet where the future sofa console would

be placed. This would prevent lamp wires from having

to be concealed and was an affordable addition since

they were already performing other electrical work.

And, as tempting as it was to explore widening all of the

windows and doors to their maximum potential, Fortini >>

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kept the plan on track, taking into account the future

window coverings and wall space needed on both sides

for drapery returns.

Home improvement projects are on the rise and with

several remodels under their

belt the Sorens have some

wisdom to share: start by doing

some research and compile

examples or concepts of

your vision. Set clear budget

parameters. And—perhaps

the most important advice—

assemble a collaborative team.

Find people who recognize the

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| SLO CITY

REAL ESTATE

BY THE NUMBERS

laguna

lake

tank

farm

cal poly

area

country

club

down

town

foothill

blvd

johnson

ave

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

2019

48

$773,694

$761,623

98.44%

31

2019

21

$811,549

$801,024

98.70%

20

2019

18

$1,065,383

$1,032,549

96.92%

31

2019

17

$1,547,429

$1,492,647

96.46%

104

2019

Total Homes Sold

53

Average Asking Price

$818,634

Average Selling Price

$799,915

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price 97.71%

Average # of Days on the Market 43

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

Total Homes Sold

Average Asking Price

Average Selling Price

Sales Price as a % of Asking Price

Average # of Days on the Market

2019

35

$959,586

$913,958

95.25%

33

2019

44

$834,552

$817,027

97.90%

33

2020

44

$763,261

$758,431

99.37%

38

2020

32

$817,596

$811,766

99.29%

39

2020

19

$985,995

$977,105

99.10%

18

2020

13

$1,186,461

$1,135,169

95.68%

26

2020

44

$987,080

$960,653

97.32%

40

2020

31

$885,332

$885,919

100.07%

31

2020

44

$1,047,293

$1,013,472

96.77%

42

+/-

-8.33%

-1.35%

-0.42%

0.93%

22.58%

+/-

52.38%

0.75%

1.34%

99.10%

95.00%

+/-

5.56%

-7.45%

-5.37%

2.18%

-41.94%

+/-

-23.53%

-23.33%

-23.95%

-0.78%

-75.00%

+/-

-16.98%

20.58%

20.09%

-0.39%

-6.98%

+/-

-11.43%

-7.74%

-3.07%

4.82%

-6.06%

+/-

0.00%

25.49%

24.04%

-1.13%

27.27%

*Comparing 01/01/19 - 09/23/19 to 01/01/20 - 09/23/20

SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Association of REALTORS ®

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NUMBER OF

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2019

237

216

19

108

2020

213

272

9

96

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ON MARKET

2019

52

40

96

68

2020

56

40

35

86

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2019

$822,000

$593,304

$1,453,496

$961,409

2020

$845,313

$590,490

$1,136,654

$841,763

Cayucos

36

39

114

121

$1,170,889

$1,238,021

Creston

7

7

93

198

$935,357

$812,143

Grover Beach

92

97

56

44

$549,563

$582,999

Los Osos

118

97

39

35

$650,114

$760,542

Morro Bay

99

103

67

66

$750,272

$724,827

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Nipomo

213

178

58

55

$652,600

$726,091

Oceano

45

45

64

79

$522,111

$568,648

Pismo Beach

102

95

86

57

$1,173,585

$1,032,733

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93

256

39

77

47

66

69

37

49

93

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$642,085

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$608,051

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45

45

64

66

$596,731

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269

43

43

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21

14

104

102

$546,832

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| CANDIDATE FORUM

Election

2020

MAYOR

HEIDI HARMON

As we face the health and economic challenges of COIVD19, San

Luis Obispo needs proven leadership, creativity, and collaboration

to move us forward. Serving as your Mayor over the past four years,

I have a proven track record of significant progress on issues, values,

and priorities important to our community. I pledge to uphold this

commitment in my next term.

We have, and we will, continue to support the creation of more

housing affordability, expand access to open spaces, work with small

businesses and employees on challenges, build relationships with

regional partners to strengthen economic recovery, reinterpret the

unique culture of our downtown, prioritize fiscal responsibility,

spearhead sustainability policies that attract meaningful clean jobs,

and proactively refocus City staff to support our community in this

unprecedented time.

As Mayor, I will work to ensure San Luis Obispo is a dynamic, safe,

and resilient City of belonging with a solution-oriented mission

for the future, protecting the health of our residents, and providing

support for local businesses to thrive. As a Cal Poly graduate, former

business owner, and mother, I share your vision to evolve and adapt

our City during times of change while preserving what makes SLO

special.

Let’s move San Luis Obispo forward together.

MAYOR

DONALD HEDRICK

The biggest issue the city faces today is not in the city’s daily operating

activities, but the increasing changes trickling down from the levels of

government above our city. We have a renegade cadre of agents of the

international corporate elite that have their goal being the destruction of

this country and its democracy. We as a city need to resist this erosion of

our Constitution and our rights that is in process by the elite that want

to replace our country’s forefathers creation with a retouched version of

dictatorship. It is treason to favor these international based programs

such as identified in the UN’s Agenda 21 that express the goal of the

dismantling of our country’s industry and our rights. We need to have our

city government cease the rubber stamping of these subversive doctrines

that are coming down the line and come up with local solutions.

The first thing would be to appoint myself to the APCD and bring the

issue of the international fouling of our skies with the geo-engineering

that is genocide against the people of the world. Our protest of the

poisoning of our land, water, crops, and lungs with the patented processes

that the corporate elite are using to poison the land, water, crops, and the

air we breathe. We need to resist the lure of the grants that promote the

objectives of the UN’s Agenda 21 which are working their way down to

the cities. We need to speak out against such seditious programs and their

grants with strings attached that are designed to take away our citizen

rights. We as a city need to take back control of our governments and

get rid of the criminals that want to replace our democracy with the new

world order.

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MAYOR

SANDRA MARSHALL

Meet Sandra Marshall, Candidate for Mayor of San Luis Obispo.

Sandra moved to San Luis Obispo in 1974. With almost 50 years of

living in the small city she loves, she has seen the progress and change

San Luis Obispo has gone through. In 1991, concern for preserving the

environment inspired Sandra to found and publish Information Press, a

free local paper which remained in print until 2017. Sandra’s activism also

drove her to serve as the Director of Earth Day Alliance, through which

she has coordinated the annual San Luis Obispo Earth Day Fair since

1999 to the present.

Sandra is a homeowner, a business person, a mother and grandmother,

and the Director of a non-profit organization. She understands what is

important to the residents of San Luis Obispo:

• Saving San Luis Obispo’s historic Downtown

• Ending homelessness in our community

• Affordable housing

• Creating safer communities

• Preserving the environment and open spaces

Why Support Sandra Marshall for Mayor?

In her years of activism, Sandra has grown to believe every citizen’s voice

should be heard. Sandra will bring strong leadership, fairness, balance,

and honesty to municipal politics. For years, Sandra has expressed her

deepest personal belief with the saying “The good of the whole begins

with the individual.” The urgency of today’s challenges has inspired her to

amend that saying to “The good of the whole begins now.”

Preserve, Protect, Plan. That is Sandra’s three-pronged approach to

moving San Luis Obispo successfully through these challenging

times. Preserve our heritage—our charming Downtown, our thriving

businesses, our diversity of cultures and our historic architecture. Protect

our natural resources—our open spaces, our fragile environments, our

air and water. Plan responsibly—growth is inevitable, let’s plan together

how it can best happen.

To get involved with Sandra’s campaign or to offer financial support, visit

her website and follow her on social media.

MAYOR

CHERISSE SWEENEY

I’m proud to be a Downtown business owner, land use consultant,

environmental steward, wife, and mom. Raising my family and pursuing

my career locally has allowed me the opportunity to have a first-hand

understanding that it is time for a new perspective in City leadership.

Partisan divisions have left our community vulnerable. My nonpartisan

candidacy for Mayor is inspired by the need to reinforce San Luis

Obispo’s foundation — building upon our core values of solvency, safety,

civility, transparency, and accountability. In the face of unprecedented

uncertainty, we are presented with an opportunity for mature, resolute

leadership. I look forward to stepping into the leadership role and

cultivating productive dialogue by lifting each other up and allowing all

voices to be heard.

One of my top priorities is to restore the City’s resilient economy by

upholding and enforcing transparency and accountability of citywide

financial resources. Promoting and sustaining economic stability equates

to balancing and lowering assessed property, sales, and business taxes — I

am not in support of the permanent 1% sales tax increase as it is currently

proposed. As a business owner, it is especially important for me to mend

relationships between the City and its business community. I am an

advocate for keeping goods and services local.

My goal is to restore community trust in public health and safety

by reprioritizing city spending and resources. Meeting the growing

homelessness needs with effective private/public partnerships and

resource development will accelerate results-driven solutions. I will assess

policy-driven issues through the lens of local relevance and economics.

I will support resources and practices that will result in a City where

everyone feels safe.

As an environmental steward, I have and will continue to implement

balanced environmental and energy policies. By supporting regulations

based on facts and data, collaborating on policies that promote

economically-sensible conservation and sustainability initiatives, we

can collectively protect the livability of our neighborhoods and the

preservation of our open green spaces.

I am committed to bringing nonpartisan leadership you can trust, and

civility you can count on. Working together, I see brighter days ahead.

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| CANDIDATE FORUM

CITY COUNCIL

KELLY EVANS

I am an antiracist, pro-housing candidate who believes environmental

justice and accessibility of government programs are inextricably

linked to achieving those first two goals.

I will work towards building Racial Justice, affordable housing, and

deeper accessibility to local government, for all residents. I will help

ensure we stay on track with the newly passed Climate Action Plan.

I will work on the intersection of support for unhomed residents and

downtown vitality, because they are one and the same, not opposing

goals.

I believe in finding the cross sections of what look like opposite

points and analyzing them for real, long-term solutions. I bring this

energy to stalled projects, invoking efficiency and soothing pain

points.

I have taken action to the best of my ability as a community

organizer, helping set up SLO CORE, a Collective of Organizations

and Relief Efforts aimed originally around mutual aid and other

support needed during COVID-19. I have a history of building

coalitions, across political spectrums, to meet the challenges we face.

CITY COUNCIL

ERIK LONG

I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in political science,

and CSU Chico with a MA in political science. I have taught,

researched, analyzed, published and consulted extensively in the field

of political science.

Twenty-years ago when I moved to San Luis Obispo, I felt I had

arrived at one of the most beautiful small cities in California. In

many ways, I still feel this way. However, over the last few years, I feel

there are three issues of concern which merit additional attention;

homelessness, housing and downtown parking. While I realize much

has been done by various political bodies to address these issues, I am

proposing that we undertake a far more expansive process that would

allow for greater inclusiveness and the development of diverse ideas.

I am calling for three summits starting in Fall 2021 through Fall

2022. The reason for a delayed start to these summits is that we must

first continue to work as a community in containing the spread of

COVID-19, while a vaccine is developed. Details for these summits

are on the Issues page of my website.

I would be honored to have your vote.

I have interacted with Council, both in person and via emails, to

support policy changes and make asks. I have volunteered at shelters

and organized within nonprofits.

Privately, I began work at a family business event planning company

years ago and quickly realized my skills in management and the

marriage of idealistic visioning with reality and budget constraints.

Now I believe it’s time to take my skills to government.

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CITY COUNCIL

JAN MARX

I am running for City Council at the urging of many residents who say the

City needs my help during this unprecedented time of COVID-19, economic

meltdown, climate change, wildfires, and civil unrest. How could I say no?

I love the City of San Luis Obispo and feel called to offer my services.

My first priority is serving present City residents. I am concerned

that the pandemic and economic collapse have placed residents under

tremendous stress. Our residents deserve City Council members who

listen to their concerns and take action to protect their quality of life.

Future planning is important, but serving those, who might someday live

here, must not overshadow Council’s duty to protect the health, safety,

and wellbeing of people who live here now.

I will provide public-spirited, effective, and experienced leadership.

Building on my proven track record—six years as Mayor and six on

Council—I will continue to help solve difficult problems and get good

things done for the community. I am committed to improving diversity,

inclusivity, and public safety with the creation of a new citizen Police

Accountability committee. I support all-age alternate transportation,

workforce and affordable housing and our Climate Action Plan. I will

continue to fight for preservation of our precious resources: natural,

fiscal, historical, and environmental, including open space.

I have what it takes to lead us through these challenging times, just

as I did through the 2008 Great Recession: 1) the experience, social

consciousness and collaborative skill to work with people from all

different backgrounds; 2) the business savvy to make sound decisions

based on prudent budgeting, efficiency and accountability; and 3)

integrity, civility and respect for everyone, without playing favorites.

The new Council’s first order of business should be curbing the virus to

get the economy back on track. I will advocate required mask wearing in

public and work with all sectors to update SLO’s Economic Development

Strategic Plan. I encourage local hiring, so salaries are spent locally. I

will advocate expansion of highspeed broadband, storage batteries and

microgrids to make us a more resilient entrepreneurial center. The City

must do all it can to protect residents against blackouts, given increasing

dependence on air conditioning and the internet.

To learn more about my take on the issues, past achievements, and vision

for the City’s future, please visit my website, janmarx.com or Facebook.

Working hard and working together, we can create a thriving, sustainable

and secure post pandemic future for our City! I would appreciate your vote.

Jan Marx for City Council 2020!

CITY COUNCIL

JAMES PAPP

No sane person runs for office—unless you have a fire in your belly that the

cold shower of putting yourself in front of voters can’t quench. I happily

served on SLO’s Cultural Heritage Committee for five years, analyzing

a two-and-a-half-foot pile of development proposals and environmental

studies, but I decided to run for City Council a year ago when the Council

wanted to ban memorials to people because “people are flawed.”

The Council didn’t ask the CHC’s advice, because we would have said

it was a goofy idea. For thousands of years people have memorializing

people. People inspire us to be our best, however flawed: hence SLO’s

9/11 memorial, with 403 upstanding rods for the 403 emergency workers

who sacrificed their lives when their best demanded it of them. No

town’s ever suggested banning monuments to people; we would have

been a laughingstock. But the Council and senior staff were so intent on

“Council unity” they went charging ahead—until dozens of SLO citizens

charged back.

This situation arises when elected representatives get out of touch with

the people they represent. There’s a structural reason. SLO has a “weak

mayor” system; the city manager is basically our CEO and the Council

the oversight board. Only a rare individual like Ken Schwartz—who had

eight years on Planning Commission, then 10 as mayor—can take the bit

in their teeth and bring substantial change.

Our council doesn’t have anyone with that experience, vision, and drive.

The city manager calls the shots and allows symbolic accomplishments;

in return, Council doesn’t ask awkward questions. Like why Monterey’s

city hall overhead is 10% of that city’s operating budget and San

Luis Obispo’s is 19%. Why SLO’s Police Department budget is,

proportionately, a fifth more than Monterey’s but our Parks Department

budget barely a third the size.

SLO’s budgets have gotten way out of whack with comparable cities. So

have our government values. Decades of Councils have condemned our

last working-class neighborhoods to be replaced by expensive condos.

That’s something our preservationists and affordable housing advocates

can have common cause on.

The Council recently declared a car-free, carbon-neutral future–then

approved a massive new parking garage. Since then, 5,500 square miles

of California have burned, and Cal Poly’s reached a Death Valley high of

120F. In these times, symbolism doesn’t cut it.

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| CANDIDATE FORUM

CITY COUNCIL

ANDREA (ANDY) PEASE

It has been my honor to serve on the SLO City Council these past four

years and I’m excited to be running for re-election. Despite the challenges

of our time, I am confident in a bright future for our community. I have

a vision for San Luis Obispo that is sustainable, inclusive and thriving. I

have a balanced approach and listen to all perspectives. And, as a council

member and a business owner, I have the experience to be effective. We

have accomplished a lot over the past four years, and going forward, I will

build on that foundation.

Economic recovery: The pandemic has been devastating to so many

businesses, and we must focus on recovery. Starting in 2017, we gradually

tightened our city budget by almost $9 million and planned for longterm

fiscal health, putting us in a stronger position now. After COVID

restrictions were put in place, we launched OpenSLO with parklets,

streamlined permitting and small grants. I will continue this work to

retain local businesses, while supporting head-of-household jobs, helping

address child care for working families and maintaining essential services

for all our residents.

Housing: Our council embedded new projects with requirements for

affordability and giving priority to locals, so more people who work here

can afford to live here. Access to local housing supports business, reduces

carbon emissions and is a keystone of social equity, and I will continue to

promote housing options, walkable neighborhoods and great access for

transit and biking.

CITY COUNCIL

JEFFERY SPECHT

As a councilman, I will work to end the culture of waste, corruption

and bloated government oozing out of City Hall, as well as put a halt

to the division pulling apart our community at its seams. San Luis

Obispo needs council members who are accountable to the people,

not to buddies in big business and extremist street activism.

Our City Council ignores the public while bowing to city staff and

supporting large developers and a marijuana mogul. These special

interests build atrocities that block our scenic views and grease the

wheels to get projects approved. The council also backs a bike riding

coalition determined to force people out of cars and onto bicycles.

I plan to build a coalition on the council that will fire the city

manager and city attorney, slash city employee salaries and place

major pension reform on the ballot. We’ll also address the veterans

left to rot on the streets and make police hand over body-cam

footage when the public requests it.

I am running for city council because I care about our community,

our residents and justice. As a councilman, I promise to serve the will

of the people.

Homelessness: We strengthened partnerships with the county, non-profit

agencies and the community to the establish and maintain the 40 Prado

homeless services center, and we added social services in the field. We

must do more, and I support developing transitional housing, deploying

social workers to those in crisis and advocating for mental health services

for all who need it.

Climate action: We established the ambitious target of carbon neutral

by 2035. We led our region in adopting community choice energy, so

we are now receiving carbon-free electricity, supporting an equitable

green economy and saving our residents money. I’ll continue the

work of climate action through open space, urban forestry, sustainable

transportation and energy efficiency.

Diversity, equity and inclusion: Underpinning all this work is my

commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We must ensure all of our

residents have a voice and access to opportunity.

I ask for your vote this November. Thank you so much!

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| CANDIDATE FORUM

CITY COUNCIL

ABRIANNA TORRES

Born and raised in San Luis Obispo, I am a small business

consultant, former Sheriff ’s Correctional Deputy, former Division

One scholar and all-American athlete, and active mentor to the next

generation of SLO residents. My strong roots in our City allow me

to uniquely understand current issues at hand.

In recent months, we’ve seen the “happiest city in America” devolve

into a community divided. Our neighbors and friends have been

branded as racist, and our police department marginalized. To my

core, I stand against racism and bigotry; concurrently, I will not

support any group that calls for destruction within our streets. We are

in desperate need of diversity of thought; this should not be a “whose

side are we on” debate but rather a “how can we work together”

conversation. It is time to shine a light on what good law enforcement

and first responders do for our community. I will ensure that they have

the tools necessary to keep our citizens safe and to continue building

a unified culture of transparency and accountability.

We’ve also recently experienced how governmental mismanagement,

burdensome regulations, and excessive taxes cripple our hard working

community members and local businesses in the face of COVID-19.

I will prioritize boosting our economic vitality by minimizing these

tax increases and regulations. I will also work to ensure that our

streets are clean and safe and that homelessness is properly addressed

through impactful resource investment.

Growing up, our house was a safe haven for foster children. As a

longtime renter and newly minted, first-time homeowner in San

Luis Obispo, I’m acutely aware of the housing challenges that we

face. I plan on re-examining existing assumptions, regulations, and

fees to make sure that the City is working in the best interest of the

taxpayers. I also plan to rezone and adapt underutilized buildings to

accommodate mixed uses, including work-force housing.

My guiding goal is to facilitate a prosperous and sustainable future

that we can all participate in by empowering residents and enabling

opportunities for growth. As a nonpartisan candidate for SLO

City Council, I strive to develop forward-thinking, results-driven

strategies to unify our community. Our City needs voices of reason.

CITY COUNCIL

ROBIN WOLF

A SLO local born and raised, I grew up on the Central Coast.

This year, San Luis Obispo residents have many choices in their

candidates for SLO City Council. I am unique in my two-plus decades

working in restaurants, hospitality, and tourism. My time spent in our

public facing businesses offer a unique skill set and perspective into the

largest economic force in our area. One that provides a living for many

of our residents and is vital to our City. I have learned to listen and to

bridge divides between people to ensure everyone has a seat at the table.

Our community faces many challenges in 2020, and there is none

more timely and far reaching than the recovery and success of our local

economy and businesses. There is not a single member of our community

unaffected by this threat. We are a bustling tourist community and the

effects of Covid-19 have been nothing short of devastating, with many

of our long-standing businesses fighting to survive. I have been on the

ground since day one of the pandemic, adapting and pivoting entire

business models to fight for ownership and employees alike. We need

representation on City Council that is prepared to fight this battle with

creative problem solving and the insider knowledge of someone familiar

with the nuts and bolts of our service industries and the tough work

ahead. I am that candidate.

My priorities in office include: Economic Recovery and Vitality, Workers

and Jobs, Civil Rights, Health and Safety for All, Environmental

Stewardship, Affordable Housing and Renter’s Rights, and Transparency

and Accountability in Elected Officials and Law Enforcement.

I am dedicated to greater community engagement in local government,

especially our youth and traditionally underrepresented voices.

In this time, we need new and creative approaches to support local

businesses and workers facing an uncertain future. I am a worker. I am a

renter. I understand the struggle we undertake to make San Luis Obispo

our home. City Government should be transparent and inclusive and

serve the people always. I am fiercely committed to making sure each

community member is heard, valued, respected, and engaged.

Join me as we work together for a successful SLO for All!

OCT/NOV 2020 | SLO LIFE MAGAZINE | 75


| HEALTH

feast

freely

Does indulging in a holiday feast have a lasting impact on overall health?

BY LAUREN HARVEY

H

feast

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oliday traditions vary from culture

to culture, family to family, but one

commonality seems to be universal

among them all—a celebration

centered around a feast: A meal shared

with friends and relatives, consisting

of a wide variety of appetizers, sides,

entrees, and of course, dessert.

For the health conscious, the prospect

of engaging in such a gluttonous

occasion may spark some concern. I

wondered how indulging in a holiday

actually affected a person’s weight, blood

sugar, and general health.

It’s no secret extravagant meals are often

advertised as the culprit for inevitable weight

gain. Although indulging in a feast carries this

undesirable connotation, this doesn’t mean it’s

a scientifically backed truth. With the hope

that my research findings may grant some

medically justifiable permission to feast, I set

out to answer this question: For the person in

average health, did eating a holiday feast really

incur a negative impact on general health? >>

LAUREN HARVEY is a

creative writer fueled by a

love of cooking, adventure,

and naps in the sun.


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of older adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes. The study, co-authored by

Loretta DiPietro, a professor at George Washington University’s Milken

Institute School of Public Health, found that “short post-meal walks

were even more effective at lowering blood sugar after dinner than a

single 45-minute walk taken at mid-morning or late in the afternoon.”

As postdoctoral research fellow Andrew Reynolds explains, “The

muscles we use to walk use glucose as energy, drawing it out of

circulation and therefore reducing how much is floating around.” A

short walk can combat the effects of blood sugar spikes. For those with

diabetes or other medical conditions impacted by blood sugar, a walk is

not sufficient replacement for doctor-approved medical treatments.

In addition to balancing your blood sugar, walking after your feast

provides digestive benefits. Sheri Colberg-Ochs, a researcher at Old

Dominion University explains, “Exercise stimulates peristalsis, which

is the process of moving digested food through the GI tract.” A short

walk helps your feast move through your digestive system, which could

help relieve some bloating or the overfull feeling we experience after a

larger-than-life holiday meal. Hopefully, this provides peace of mind—

to enjoy the meal and focus more on what you can do after you put the

fork down, rather than scrutinizing everything that goes on your plate.

#1

MYTH

BUSTED

Dr. Stephen Juraschek, a primary care physician at Beth Israel Deaconness

Medical Center in Boston, breaks down the science behind what actually

happens to your body when you enjoy a big meal. One common shortterm

effect includes the overstuffed feeling caused by your stomach

physically expanding to accommodate large amounts of food.

Other short-term effects include spikes in blood sugar, blood pressure, and

cholesterol markers—the aftermath of eating starchy foods high in carbs

as they convert into glucose. However, these spikes are temporary and

“should come down, usually within a couple of hours,” says Dr. Juraschek.

While these processes happen after the consumption of any meal, the

effects are amplified the more we eat.

Dawn Jackson Blather, RD, provides some myth-busting insight on the

long-term effects of holiday feasting, “What you’re [eating] for a holiday

here and there is not going to have any lasting impact on health and

weight if you’re getting back to your normal healthy-ish eating afterward.”

And, as Dr. Juraschek adds, “It’s really more of a long-term pattern of

eating that we worry about.” It seems then, one feast will not make or

break your general health.

Instead, it’s the rest of the year, and all those days between holiday feasts

that truly impact our long-term health, despite what diet culture may

want you to believe.

#2

MOVE

WITH INTENT

While lounging on the couch after a Thanksgiving feast may seem

like the best way to recover, prefacing your relaxation with a ten- to

fifteen-minute walk can help your body recover even faster. A 2013

study published by The American Diabetes Association observed the

effects of a fifteen-minute treadmill walk on the blood sugar levels

#3

STAY

STEADY

Everyone has their own strategies leading up to the big feast. Some

people fast all day, in an effort to save room for the big meal, while

some boost their exercise in a preemptive strike against excessive

calories. Still others decide to fully embrace the feast, complete with

post-meal nap. So what’s the best strategy?

Registered dietitian Leslie Bonci says, “Fasting [before the feast]

is typically not a good idea.” Instead of starving your body in

anticipation, try to stick to your everyday meal schedule, “but stop

eating four to six hours before the main event.” Staying as consistent

as possible with your eating and exercise habits may be the key to

holiday feasting without feeling too full to move.

A small study, led by University of Michigan graduate student Alison

Ludzki, asked participants to consume thirty percent more calories

daily for seven days while maintaining their normal exercise routine.

The results of this early study aren’t enough for anything definite,

however, researchers found that “a week of gluttony did not affect

glucose tolerance” in participants who exercised regularly.

Additionally, the research showed that consuming excess calories “had

no effect on markers of inflammation in volunteers blood or tissue

samples…[and] no change in lipolysis, a chemical process by which

the body breaks down fats.” This study and its initial findings support

the notion promoted by many dietitians—consistency, more than

anything, is key.

According to McKenzie Flinchum, RD, LD/N, “There is no need to

add extra workouts to burn off calories or skip meals; just go back to

your [daily] healthy diet and workout regimen.” It seems then, that

consistent exercise promotes greater metabolism, enabling your body

to better handle gastronomic anomalies like a holiday feast.

If you are feeling sluggish, Flinchum suggests focusing “on consuming

a lot of veggies and lean protein the next day.” This acts to balance out

what is already being digested in your system. Here, steadiness, balance

and being kind to your body is paramount to feasting freely. >>

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EVERY MOMENT

The holiday season is just beginning, so let us not forget the reason for our feast-centered

gatherings. Raphael Konforti, Youfit Health Club’s national director of fitness, provides

us with an important reminder to put it all in perspective, “One salad doesn’t make you

healthy just like one delicious [holiday] dinner doesn’t make you unhealthy.” It’s with

this in mind that we arrive at the crux of our findings—enjoying a holiday feast is not

detrimental to overall health.

As Flinchum states, “Indulging on [a holiday feast] will absolutely not ruin your diet.”

Flinchum expresses the most important sentiment as such: “Enjoying the holiday events

and festivities is all part of living a balanced and healthy lifestyle.” So next time you feel

a pang of guilt for loading your plate at a holiday dinner, or someone throws a critical

You’re-going-to-eat-all-that? comment your way, you can answer confidently, with a smile,

“Yes, yes I am.”

Stay present in the moment and enjoy the feast, however you choose to celebrate it. After

all, it’s occasions like this that we cherish as some of our fondest traditions, whether your

holiday feast is a buffet of secret family recipes, ordered prepared from a grocery store, or

picked up curbside as takeout. No matter how your holiday looks, enjoy it and remember

you have permission to feast freely!

FINAL WORD

Our daily diet and exercise routines affect our overall health more greatly than one

day of all-out feasting. Enjoy the moment, stay consistent in exercise, and embrace

the blessing of a holiday feast. As always, attend to individual health conditions as

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| TASTE

Ribs

THE SWEETEST WAY TO GET TENDER AT THE BONE

BY JAIME LEWIS

As a treat to my husband last spring, I

indulged in a box of high-quality locallyraised

meat from Larder Meat Company.

The box arrived on my doorstep, beautifully curated with a seasoning

pouch, recipe card, and enough tasty cuts to keep my beloved wellfed

for a long time. I called Larder’s owner and local food champion

Jensen Lorenzen to ask how to cook the plate ribs in the shipment.

He patiently explained how to prepare them, and I followed his

instructions to the letter, filling the house with the aroma of garlic

and thyme. Then I dutifully brought them out to the grill to finish

with a gentle sear.

My mistake was small but fatal: I walked away from the ribs. Who

knows why? Maybe to start a load of laundry, check my email, or

prep some veggies; I don’t remember.

What I do remember is discovering an

angry column of smoke streaming from

the lid of the grill. My precious ribs had

caught fire and no one had been there to

save them. I lifted the lid and looked to

grab what remained with my tongs. The

smoldering nub I found after the smoke

cleared resembled a hockey puck.

Since then, I’ve decided to leave ribs to

the experts. I recently visited three local

establishments that specialize in ribs,

each in their own special way. >>

JAIME LEWIS writes about

food, drink, and the good

life from her home in San

Luis Obispo. Find her on

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STICK TO YOUR RIBLINE

I walk into the Ribline in Grover Beach with my kids

during a break in their homeschooling, and I try to turn

it into an educational experience. Owner Brian Appiano

makes the teachable moment extremely tasty for us.

Since Appiano purchased The Ribline in 2010, the hottest

menu items are ribs and tri-tip. (“Everybody wants tri-tip in

this town,” he says with a grin.) He explains the differences

between St. Louis Style ribs, baby back ribs, and spare ribs

on a pig, and plate ribs and short ribs on a cow. Two towers

of ribs arrive, rubbed with The Ribline’s universal seasoning

(which goes on their fries, chicken dishes, etc.) then cooked

low and slow before being sauced. The beef ribs are meatier,

with more umami saltiness, while the baby back ribs are

juicy, delicate, and sweet.

Appiano mentions that his ribs have gone undefeated in so

many Cal Poly rib cook-offs that none of the competition

even bothered to show up the last three years. I grab a

toothpick and tell him I’m not at all surprised.>>

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HEY BIG MAMA

When I meet manager Kelly Ahumada at G. Brothers

Smokehouse in SLO, she tells me her last name means

“smoked,” which is a happy coincidence at this wellknown

BBQ joint near Cal Poly. She introduces me to

the owner, Leo Garcia, who explains the different styles

they prepare, including Texas BBQ, Kansas City BBQ,

and others. As for ribs, he says they go through about 150

pounds of ribs each week.

“Have you met Big Mama yet?” Ahumada asks me, and

Garcia walks us over to a very serious looking smoker. I

peak inside Big Mama and find several racks of dryrubbed

ribs lounging there. Garcia tells me these ribs will

be smoked four hours before being served; they won’t

be sauced unless someone asks for it. I ask for it on my

spare ribs, and take an order home with me. Sticky, tender,

smoky, and sweet, the ribs go beautifully with two slices of

Texas toast and coleslaw for lunch. >>

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HIGH ON THE HOG

Like G. Brothers, Oddette Augustus doesn’t sauce her ribs.

“The meat should stand on its own,” she says, and adds: “That

should tell you something because I’m the sauce lady and I’m

saying that.”

Indeed, Miss Oddette’s Creole Kitchen has been pumping out

BBQ sauce for seventeen years on the Central Coast. Based

out of Paso Robles, Augustus is a certified canner as well as

a caterer. Lately, she’s been preparing meal deals to feed four

people, and her ribs are famous, so I got in on that deal. I

pulled up at Haven Properties where she does a little pop-up

in the parking lot every other week to receive a hefty rack of

pork back ribs plus a container of killer creamy potato salad.

I also picked up a jar of her “Special Report” BBQ sauce. She

tells me she learned how to make it from her “Granga,” her

grandma Hazel.

The ribs, she says, are seasoned very simply, then put in the

smoker for four hours. Then she cures each rack in foil before

selling to customers. At home, I unload the rack of ribs, the

potato salad, and the sauce (which I end up using on the ribs

because it’s so delicious) and then I dig in. The combination

is sweet and salty, the magic formula that makes ribs taste so

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| WINE NOTES

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BY ANDRIA MCGHEE

When we are out wine tasting, we hear the

names Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon,

Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio all the time.

I thought I would invite Lagrein, a red wine

grape variety, to the party and introduce you

to a new flavor palette. It’s similar to Petite

Sirah though it stands on its own with a

dark berry twist. See the potential in a new

friend and find out if it’s a match.

Originally, the thick-skinned grape was grown in the northern Italian region

called Alto Adige (high up). Known as the meeting point of the Alpine and

the Mediterranean and one of Italy’s smallest wine growing regions, it nuzzles

up to beautifully jagged peaks of the Dolomites on the Swiss and Austrian

border. The region is known for their aromatic whites, such as Riesling and

Pinot Grigio—Lagrein is similarly fragrant and won’t disappoint. The soil is

laced with limestone, similar

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Robles where we find Lagrein

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interesting, off-the-beaten-path

alternative to more well-known

wines like those made from

Cabernet Sauvignon. Our

local winemakers have made

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Silver SF Wine Competition

Are you still wondering about this elusive grape?

Stroll down First Street in Avila Beach and you’ll

find Alapay Cellars. Take a moment and taste their

2018 Legrein on the patio. Alapay, a Chumash

word for heavenly, captures the meaning with their

tasty wine and friendly tasting room staff—the

perfect fit for the flip flop culture of this tight-knit

coastal community.

Winemaker Scott Remmenga was printing so many

wine labels at his printing company, he decided

to learn winemaking from one of the best, Clay

Brock. His winemaking skills and wife Rebecca’s

marketing made a fantastic blend for this winery.

They started with dirt lots surrounding their

tasting room, waving people in, and continue to

have a loyal following.

Piedra Creek

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In 1983, after successfully experimenting with winemaking at their Southern

California home in Westlake, retired aerospace engineer Romeo Zuech and

his wife Margaret decided to relocate to San Luis Obispo where they began

making wine in the smallest bonded winery in Edna Valley—Piedra Creek.

The move was largely in part due to a long-time friendship with Andy

MacGregor, a fellow aerospace engineer who had planted a vineyard in the

Edna Valley.

While the Zuechs decided to harvest and produce Chardonnay for their first

wine under the Piedra Creek label, in 1999 they purchased two acres in the

Twin Creeks area of Edna Valley and planted Lagrein, Syrah, Dornfelder,

Teraldego, and Pinot Noir vines.

After growing up on the scene with his grandparents and graduating from

the viticulture program at Cal Poly, T.J. de Jony began working alongside his

family, and in 2014 suggested making a 100% varietial Lagrein wine. By 2016,

de Jony’s grandmother, Margaret, successfully petitioned the FDA to approve

the Lagrein grape variety in the United States. In 2017, after his gradfather’s

passing, de Joney became owner of Piedra Creek Winery and in 2018 they

produced their first Rosé of Lagrein.

Romeo was knows for saying, “Good wine was meant to be red,” but this rosé

may have changed his mind. Its basket full of strawberry flavor bowls me over.

The thick Lagrein skins make a medium pink color and perfect body for the

kind of wine sipped on a porch or with barbecue. Want to raise a glass? Give

Margaret a call, she’ll take care of you.

The 2018 Lagrein brings me right back to Italy.

Its smell wraps me up in a velvety mulberry

blanket. It’s full-bodied, dark berried with a

typical blueberry homage. The earthy tones pair so

well with nice steaks and pasta. This is a smooth

operator with a body that will hold you close and

fruit to make it flirty, just like a good dance partner.

Tobin James

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Speaking of good dance partners, everyone wants

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been a part of the Central Coast lifestyle for years.

James worked in a small wine shop where he met

Gary Eberle, acting as his winery’s distributor.

James secured a spot in the harvest with Eberle

and moved to Paso a few years later. Eberle, well

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| BREW

MARKET

TRENDS

BY BRANT MYERS

eltzers have been slowly taking over the beer aisles

across our grocery and liquor stores, so when will

their reign of terror end? Not likely soon from the

look of things. As a matter of fact, it seems that

the industry is trending more and more towards

“lifestyle” beverages that represent a growing

consumer base of people who enjoy the social

aspect of drinking beer, but aren’t fully on board

with the flavor or alcohol within them. I’m not

judging, I also drink water sometimes when I Sdon’t feel like beer. But what happens when the beer industry makes

something that doesn’t look like beer, taste like beer, or have alcohol in

it? Let’s take some sips of the growing trend that is not-beers.

I’m a huge proponent of personal health and wellness, so there are

some conflicts of interest when I’m also a huge proponent of full-

fledged craft beer. That being said, why not have a “Sober October” or a

thirty-day cleanse after New Year’s Eve if it makes you feel better? Maybe

you just want to wake up tomorrow morning and go for a ride or jog instead

of craving a breakfast burrito and mimosa. There is a compromise available:

non-alcoholic (NA) beer. And if the predictors are correct, you’re going to

be seeing a lot of these in the future. Already, Heineken has their 0.0 beer

with a huge marketing budget pushing it across social media and traditional

platforms, taking the success of their rival’s Bud Light Ultra to the next

level by making an even healthier post-workout drink. Aside from them, the

big news in big brews is that Sam Adams posted record profits from selling

seltzers and hard kombucha last year and will be following up those successes

with a new NA Hazy IPA. Imagine that, a craft brewery making nonalcoholic

IPAs. I have a feeling this will trickle down fast through the smaller

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infrastructure to try new things and test them in the market, so it’s always a

foreshadowing of things to come when they toy with new trends and find profits in

their gambles. AB InBev has said that within five years their portfolio will be twenty

percent low- and non-alcohol beverages. Even Molson Coors, the fifth largest brewing

concern in the world, has taken this challenge head on, as evidenced by their name

change from Molson Coors Brewing Company to Molson Coors Beverage Company.

I mean, that’s actually a pretty huge shift to change your business model, let alone your

name. You’ll be seeing their flavored seltzer water with probiotics, and diet sodas with

ingredients like yuzu and bourbon vanilla. What is going on here?! Those are fruits

that go in my IPA and adjuncts for my Imperial Stouts. Has the world gone mad?

Although it does look like they made a Dr. Pepper knockoff called Surgeon General,

which is bold. I like to laugh; it keeps me from crying about the shelf space lost.

Speaking of shelf space, there’s some skinny buggers that have been squeaking onto the

shelves for the past year and knocking down everything in the way. Malt liquor. Well,

technically malt-based beverages, because it’s not brown and poured out of a

forty-ounce bottle but instead clear, in slim cans, and with hints of fruity essences.

Hard seltzers are squeezing the competition with their perception as a low calorie, low

ABV alternative to beer. And maybe, in this era of La Croix fandom and treat-yo-self

wellness routines, it hit the cultural timing perfectly to carve out a niche that sent the

large manufacturers scrambling for a piece of the pie. Just ask the maker of the second

best-selling seltzer brand Truly—Sam Adams Beer Company. Ole Sam’s at it again.

If you really want to get into the weeds with me, I think it has more to do with a tax

loophole allowing brewers to maximize their profits and reduce costs associated with

brewing or high-priced hops purchases, since both malt- and sugar-based hard seltzers

are considered “beer,” but only malt-based hard seltzers are also considered “malt

beverages.” This means that federal beer rules (27 CFR Part 25) apply to both malt-

and sugar-based hard seltzers, but federal malt beverage

labeling and advertising rules (27 CFR Part 7) apply only to

malt-based hard seltzers. Water plus malt or cane sugar plus

fruit flavor equal profits!

Whatever the trend may be, I guess being spoiled for choice

isn’t the worst thing in the world. The craft beer industry

had years of the fashion industry business model of having

new trends and fads for the season, with whatever was new

becoming the must-have of the time. Chasing those hype

beers and hopped freshies was

exhausting but also exhilarating.

I guess the beverage industry

wants to keep us running, and

maybe they just want us to be in

better shape and with good gut

health, but maybe they’re also

just giving the people what they

want. Whatever it may be I just

have one last gripe: stop making

the cans skinny. It doesn’t make

us skinny and they don’t fit our

koozies. Rant over. Whatever

flavor or ABV fluid you put in

your mouth, raise one up, and this

time we can say it with sincerity—

To your health! SLO LIFE

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founder of SLO BIIIG, a

hospitality consulting firm.

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| HAPPENINGS

Culture & Events

CAMBRIA SCARECROW FESTIVAL

The eleventh annual community-wide array

of hundreds of eclectic scarecrows offers five

display areas and lots of fun for visitors and

Cambrians alike. All displays are positioned

and spaced in specific, well-defined areas

to make them easily viewed by parking

and walking. Scarecrow Walks in the East

Village, Mid-Village, West Village, the

Pinedorado Grounds, and San Simeon can

be easily enjoyed.

October 1-31 // cambriascarecrows.com

ACADEMY OF CREATIVE THEATRE

As school resumed in the fall, the folks at San

Luis Obispo Rep added more ACT classes

so as many students as possible could learn

about theatre, including daytime classes for

homeschool families and students with a flexible

school schedule. Spaces (and scholarships) are

available for twice-per-week Session II classes

beginning October 12 for between six and

eight students each. All theatre games, warmups,

exercises, rehearsals, and in-class activities

include exposure to other elements of theatre

such as scenic, costume, and prop design as well

as multi-media elements.

October 12 - November 5 // slorep.org

RAPTORS, RATS, AND YOU

Rodents can be a nuisance and a health

hazard if they take up residence in the

wrong places. And while poisoning

them may seem like a simple solution,

the repercussions are far different.

Poisons designed to kill rats also poison

wildlife, pets, and children. Join the

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

via Zoom to welcome Morro Coast

Audubon Society President Judy

Neuhauser and a special guest, a great

horned owl, to learn how beautiful

birds of prey are threatened by the

widespread use of rat poison, and

how you can promote natural raptor

predation of pests.

October 10 // slobg.org

WIGGLE WAGGLE WALK

A virtual fundraiser for Woods Humane Society isn’t just for walkers . . . you can run, kayak, bike,

stroll, meander—whatever! And anyone, anywhere can participate. Sign up as an individual or as part

of a team, then set your challenge. Enjoy weekly challenges, activity tracking, fun giveaways, and more.

Now until October 31 // woodshumanesociety.org

ELECTION 2020

Every registered voter in San Luis

Obispo County will receive a 2020

Presidential Election ballot in the mail,

which can be returned to be counted in

one of the following ways: by mailing

via the United States Postal Service;

by hand-delivering your ballot to

one of nineteen secure Vote By Mail

ballot drop box locations; or by handdelivering

your ballot to one of twentythree

Voter Service Centers open during

the four days of voting, October 31 to

November 3. Go to the County Clerk-

Recorder’s website to look up your voter

registration status, to track your ballot,

or to find Vote By Mail ballot drop box

and Voter Service Center locations.

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Theatre Classes for All Ages!

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ART AT THE GARDEN SHOW & FUNDRAISER

The second annual fine art show and sale to benefit the

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden opens with a wine,

appetizer, and chocolate reception on Friday, November 6.

The show continues through the weekend and features

twenty well-known local artists. The free event, held in

the Oak Glen Pavilion at the Garden, includes oneof-a-kind

jewelry, glass, paintings, wood, ceramics, and

wearable textiles.

November 6-8 // slobg.org

OPEN SLO

The City of San Luis Obispo is allowing businesses to expand their footprints into streets and

to use other strategies to improve safety and access for residents jogging, bicycling, and strolling

downtown. Temporary “parklets,” using water-filled barricades and other materials, have allowed

businesses to use parking lanes on a daily basis. The block of Monterey Street between Chorro

and Morro Streets is closed to eastbound car traffic, allowing for outdoor dining on half the street.

Ongoing // openslo.org

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WEDNESDAY WORKDAYS

Every Wednesday morning

EcoSlo volunteers go to work

from 8:45 to 10:15 am at Irish

Hills Natural Reserve, Prefumo

Canyon Road & Isabella Way,

in San Luis Obispo, building

new trails in city-owned open

space. Want to help? Meet in

the south corner of The Home

Depot parking lot to work on

trail maintenance and brushing.

Every Wednesday // ecoslo.org

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SENSORIO

Looking for a romantic retreat, or just some family

fun? Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio in Paso

Robles is open for visits. The weekly schedule for the

event, singled out by The New York Times as one of

“Fifty Places To Go in 2020,”now includes Thursday

and Sunday evenings. Visitors can watch the sunset

and stroll through the fifteen-acre site as 58,000 solarpowered

lights appear across the landscape.

Now until January 3 // sensoriopaso.com


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