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 I was recently interviewed about my career….by Tammy Cody at http://www.thehonesthome.com. Check out her great podcasts on design, housing, and sustainability every Friday morning

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Here is a courtesy link so readers can more easily find my now 3 year old post on the Anza Trail proposal between San Luis Obispo, Edna, and Pismo Beach.  This post has lots of detail… and is rather long… so you may need a comfy chair.   There is a meeting coming up Feb 24th 2015 to discuss this trail… sponsored by San Luis Obispo Council of Governments… Feb 24th 2015 at 5:30 PM at 5785 Los Ranchos School… on Los Ranchos near the entrance to San Luis Obispo Country Club… a mile or so south of San Luis Obispo Airport just off of highway 227.

CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO MY 2012 research…



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This is a link to a long govt. report on transportation trends moving forward… Lots of demographic info and population projections… interesting to planning nerds like me…


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Here’s a short video of San Luis Obispo’s city council serenading to their various advisory body members… on March 11, 2014.  A side of council you don’t get to see at the council meetings!


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The County Board of Supervisors will be voting to approve or deny the purchase of the Edna Valley trail property on August 21, 2012 The meeting starts at 9 AM.  and the item is fairly early on the Agenda just after the Consent items. Here is a link to the staff report on the purchase.  The Staff report is fairly negative despite a unanimous Yes vote by the County Parks and Recreation Commission and endorsement by all the surrounding cities, agencies, and related commissions, committees etc.   Below is the updated list of supporters:

City of San Luis Obispo

City of Pismo Beach

City of Arroyo Grande

San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce

San Luis Obispo County Tourism Business Improvement District

Spanish Springs Housing Development Price Canyon

the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition

San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Advisory Committee

San Luis Obispo County Trails Advisory Committee

Heal SLO (Healthy Eating Active Living)

San Luis Obispo County Association of Parks and Recreation Administrators (SLOCAPRA)

San Luis Obispo Parks, Open Space and Trails (SLOPOST)

San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club

Safe Routes to School

National Parks Service

Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers

San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District

Action for Healthy Communities Coalition


Bob Jones trail was PACKED today BTW… the parking lot was full with the overflow parked all over the place in every spot available.  We obviously need these class one (off highway) multi purpose trails!

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Congratulations to all.  Our County Parks Commission has voted yes to support the acquisition of the old Pacific Coast Railway parcels that lead through Edna Valley and down into Price Canyon.  They have sent a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to purchase the parcels with Parks Facilities Funds (or other Funds).   Supervisor Paul Teixeira spoke at the podium mentioning that there may be alternate funding opportunities and thus we might not need to use Parks Funds for all of this purchase.  Many local businesses and agencies spoke in favor of the project.  Not one person spoke against.  The vote was 4 -0 (one commissioner was absent)

The item will now proceed to the Supervisors… and you will all need to show up then and voice your support.

Thank YOU!


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Eric Barker is my namesake.  My mom and dad used to visit him and other fixtures up in Big Sur back in the 1950’s.  I have only recently discovered his work.  Here is a poem of his:

Lines for a favorite cat:


Escaping for twelve years

The nearly always imminent deaths,

My wary and beautiful cat


Died last night

In the teeth of a masked

And murderous coon.


Loudly caterwauling his rage and terror

At the full moon

As she turned away

Her blandly betraying bitch face

From the floodlit death arena



Roller of bobbins, balls, dice,

Devilish feather-strewer!

Old three-striker at gopher holes.


This is the way things are:

I have carried your bedding of ferns

To the deep hole I have dug, crossed

Your paws in the way

You used to sleep.


This is the way life is,

And I must make do somehow,

Without you,

Even making a pet, perhaps, of your enemy

The coon, who has cleaned your dish

And is already picking the lock

Of the back door

With dexterous and beseeching hands

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