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We deal in housing, but it takes more than a building to call a place home… it is the people, events, and businesses. So we started the SLO County Locals Blog to explore the spirit of the Central Coast.
Don’t believe “no-salt” water softener marketing; the most effective softeners typically use salt
Let me be the first to say that I don’t like putting salt in my water softener. I don’t like putting gas in my car or and I don’t like brushing my teeth. It just has to be done or bad things will happen. Admittedly, I am a water snob. I’ve got a whole family of water snobs, not because we enjoy putting our nose up to bad water, but because my wife and kids have sensitive skin that will be damaged by untreated water. I’m not such a sensitive flower when it comes to my skin.
One morning a nice gentleman came into San Luis Kitchen’s showroom and introduced himself as a local contractor who was interested in remodeling his own kitchen. It turns out that he had worked with us on several projects (for clients) many years ago, and now that he was ready to redo his own home, he remembered the quality of our cabinets and the creativity we brought to design. So he came to see us.
With New Year’s Eve approaching, it’s time to think about safe travel plans. If you are attending a celebration that includes drinking alcohol, think about how you and your loved ones will get home safely.
San Luis Obispo County law enforcement agencies are joining a nationwide impaired-driving crackdown this holiday season to stop drunk driving and to save lives in San Luis Obispo County. Their campaign is called “Avoid the 14 San Luis Obispo County DUI Campaign.”
Authorities are setting up checkpoints around the county to make the roadways safer for everyone by removing and arresting intoxicated and unlicensed drivers.
Drinking and driving puts the driver at risk of arrest or injury and the general public in danger. So far this month, the “Avoid the 14″ campaign has resulted 59 DUI arrests in San Luis Obispo County. Recent statistics from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report that 2,597 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes in December 2010. About 30 percent involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
Plan ahead with a designated driver or pre-arranged transportation. Taxis, limousines and shuttles are a great option for transportation to and from New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations. Be sure to call ahead and make reservations.
New Year’s Eve transportation recommendations
Down a narrow two-lane road, a few miles behind the main ribbon of wineries in Paso Robles, sits the large campus of a technology company that develops technology for directional wellbore drilling.
Applied Technologies Center (ATA), the sister company of Scientific Drilling International (SDI), rises grandiosely from an otherwise flat horizon of fields. The innovative company pioneered the technology that allows wellbores to drill in directions other than 90 degrees, and distributes those technologies worldwide to oil companies such as Shell and BP. But the company is innovative in more ways than just its technology — they’re hiring a group of people typically overlooked by employers.
SDI made their large campus in Paso Robles home to a new program that aims to find meaningful employment for people who identify on the autism spectrum.
“I was always the kid who got in trouble for drawing in class,” Sean Beauchamp, owner of Southpaw Sign Company, said. “And somewhere around the age of 13, someone said, ‘That Beauchamp kid can draw, why don’t we have him make a sign?’”
“My new kitchen is my favorite place to be.”
By Sarah Day
San Luis Kitchen Co.
“Neutral” is extreme praise for this BEFORE kitchen. It’s truly “blech” with funky white cabinets and mustard yellow counter tile! The homeowner is a jazzy lady who enjoys entertaining and wants her guests to have memorable experiences in her home. The kitchen was a complete misfit for her outgoing personality.
The New Times has the most comprehensive events calendar of events on the Central Coast. We will, however, politely point out that each and every day there are about 50 local events listed, and scrolling through all of these to pick out your favorites might give you carpel tunnel.
To help you through the holiday madness, we have listed a few of our favorite local events from around the Central Coast. These are mostly community-based events that involve lights, treats, and hot drinks.
There are countless other opportunities to catch the wonderful sounds of the season (music, concerts), spirit of the season (charity, gift giving), and tastes of the season (restaurants, etc). See them all over at the New Times event guide.
What do missile defense systems, innovative mammogram machines, and luggage scanners have in common? Well, not much. Except that the precise motors controlling the motion of each system are designed and assembled in San Luis Obispo.
Trust Automation, a local engineering and manufacturing company that specializes in motion control, is invested in five different industries: defense, semi-conductor, industrial automation, medical, and green technology.
During my conversation with Chuck Kass, Trust Automation’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Marketing Manager Robin Mitchell Hee, the word “proud” was the most oft-repeated word.
The company recently enjoyed news of a successful missile launch to which they contributed precise motor controls that move the radar system used to detect incoming missiles. The Mission Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) is a joint effort military program between the Italian, German, and United States governments. The FT-2 Missile test was conducted during November and displayed the system’s ability to intercept two missiles arriving at the same time from different directions.
During a typical day at the office, the air-conditioning is whirring, fluorescent lights are humming, muzak is playing, conversations are echoing, phones are ringing, the printer is spitting out paper, keyboards are click-clacking, raucous laughter is nearby, drawers are being banged shut, the elevator ding dongs, and a jet roars over head.
Technology has brought us speaker phones, open work stations, video conferencing and voice activated computers. Ah! The “hmmm of the workplace”.