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Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Rock Vina Robles

By Neil Farrell ~

Heading into Paso Robles’ Vina Robles Amphitheater I knew Ringo Starr would be the big draw, reprising his hit songs both as a solo artist and a member of The Beatles, but didn’t know that it would also mean hearing the best of several super groups.

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band boasts a line up that includes multi-instrumentalist, producer and hit maker Todd Rundgren; Richard Page the lead vocalist/bassist with 1980’s super group Mr. Mister; Gregg Rolie the original Santana vocalist and co-founder of Journey; and Steve Lukather lead guitarist and singer with Toto, the glittering stage show turned into a performance that was like having a juke box with your favorite songs playing one after another.

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EIR Contract Let for Osos General Plan

By Neil Farrell ~ 

County Supervisors recently approved a contract to begin an environmental impact report for a new general plan for Los Osos.

The County chose John F. Richenbach Consulting of Atascadero, out of two bidders for the EIR contract. The total project amount was listed at $346,000 but under the contract, Richenbach will get $251,000 to produce a draft and then final EIR.

The County has a 10-percent contingency fund and various extra duties like holding four public meetings ($7,200); developing findings ($5,400); $3,160 for mitigation monitoring program; and $38,500 for “optional elements” could be added to the contract, for a total of $314,700 potentially.

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Women Gather to Talk Tech

By Camas Frank ~

With another Steve Jobs biopic on the horizon, old stereotypes about Silicon Valley and the brains behind modern technology will soon be in the spotlight once again.

Among the tropes perpetrated by the oft-retold tale of Job’s rivalry with Bill Gates and the rise of two tech giants, is that it’s a boy’s game.

Quite the contrary, women have always played a crucial role in humanity’s journey to the Information Age. Before the term “computer” referred to a powerful device carried around by billions of people, it was a job title. Usually staffed by young women, the work entailed long hours of tedious but complex calculations carried out with a pen and paper and a disciplined mathematical mind.

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2.63 Tons of Trash Removed on Cleanup Day

By Neil Farrell ~

San Luis Obispo County residents and visitors turned out by the hundreds Sept. 19 to clean up beaches and inland waterways at the 31st Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest volunteer event, and the amount of rubbish removed from the local environment was mountainous.

Led by ECOSLO, 981 volunteers working at 31 different sites picked up 5,273 pounds (2.63 tons) of garbage and 163 pounds of recyclable items, for a grand total of trash of 5,436 pounds, ECOSLO reported after the event.

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Fiesta in the Plaza

Photos by Erin O’Donnell ~ 

On Sept. 16, Mexican nationals celebrated their country’s independence from Spain. The definitive capture of Mexico City from the Spaniards occurred almost five decades before the battle against the French commemorated by Cinco de Mayo but Americans have a hard time with history.


That could be part of the reason that the Latino Outreach Council of San Luis Obispo County decided to forgo some of the pomp and circumstance of the nationalistic holiday this year and open the Sept. 17 celebration in SLO’s Mission Plaza to, “commemorate the Latin American countries that celebrate their independence throughout the month of September: Belizeans, Brazilians, Chileans, Costa Ricans, Salvadorians, Guatemalans, Hondurans, Mexicans, and Nicaraguans.”

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