Event Types
Jan 13, 2018
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Jan 16, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Captain Christenson, a native of Minneapolis,  graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1957. He served in a destroyer, diesel submarines and amphibious ships. He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Master of Science degree. Captain Christenson retired from the navy in 1986, when he and his wife Mary moved to San Luis Obispo. He worked for Greg Hind at the sportswear manufacturer, Hind, Inc. until 1994 at which time he joined a safety consulting company, Cal/Nev. He has been active in his church, Mount Carmel Lutheran, served as a board member of SLO Opera, CAPSLO Homeless Services and United Way.
Bob Christenson
Jan 17, 2018

Grassy Bar Oyster Company
3488 Gilbert Ave.
Cayucos, CA 93430

George Trevelyan
Jan 24, 2018
Jan 25, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Jan 28, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Chief Scott Jalbert
Jan 31, 2018
Jan 31, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

illustrations by Kelly Ricker

Kelly Ricker
Feb 07, 2018
Feb 14, 2018
Feb 20, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Larry Bauchman
Feb 28, 2018
Bill Pucciarelli
Mar 07, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Kevin Drabinski, CEO
Mar 21, 2018

Brandon Downing is marketing and creative services director at KSBY-TV, Cordillera’s NBC affiliate in the San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara, CA, television market. He began his broadcasting career fresh out of high school as an intern in the stations promotion department before quickly being hired in news, where he served as production manager and director of the top-rated evening newscasts for 12 years, prior to his current roll. Downing has helped KSBY remain the dominant station in the market by strategically utilizing limited resources and effectively marketing news and station programming, as well as commercial clients and community projects.

Brandon’s skills in editing, writing, producing and directing have earned him numerous recognitions, including multiple regional Emmy Awards.

He spent most of his childhood in the small coastal town of Cambria and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He and his wife Shannon, live in Arroyo Grande with their 6-year-old son, Carter. 

Brandon Downing
Mar 28, 2018
Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab Outing
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 17, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Joseph is a Caltrans Project Manager in District 5 working on the reconstruction of Highway One at Big Sur.

Joseph Erwin
Apr 18, 2018
Apr 18, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Apr 19, 2018
12:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Alice Patino has decades of service to Santa Maria. She began her career as a teacher, then a board member in the public school system, and holds various leadership positions with the City of Santa Maria. She grew up in Santa Maria and attended Allan Hancock College. She has served on the City Council since 1999, and in November 2012, she was elected as Mayor, becoming the first female Mayor in Santa Maria’s history. She was re-elected in November 2016.

Her community service activities are numerous. She has served in the Rotary Club of Santa Maria, the Minerva Club, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Maria Valley Republicans, Santa Maria Valley Beautiful, California Women for Agriculture, was Secretary for California High School Rodeo Association District 7, and is a Board Member of Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley. 

Mrs. Patino was a teacher from 1972 to 1982 with the Santa Maria/Bonita School District. Starting in 1976, she served until 1991 on the Santa Maria Joint Union High School Board. The major issue was to find cost-effective ways of enlarging the existing school campuses and identifying new properties for building new schools. 

From 1994 to 2002 she was a member of the Marian Medical Foundation and as Board president, together with an excellent team of Board members, raised nearly $1 million for critically needed programs. 

She served as a Code Compliance Board Member for the City from 1997 to 1999 and was appointed to the City Council in 2000. A top priority is addressing neighborhood concerns and law enforcement. 

Alice has been married to John Patino for 52 years and they have two sons, both of whom are in the Ag industry; and four grandchildren, and all four are involved in rodeo. 


Mayor Alice Patino
Apr 25, 2018
May 11, 2018
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
May 15, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
May 23, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Jun 19, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. degree in Biology at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2000. She currently works for Caltech as a scientific analyst. As an active member of Amnesty International, she focuses on human rights issues in China. She has been volunteering for the Epoch Media Group, the largest global Chinese media outlet broadcasting uncensored news about China, by participating television programs including “Journey to the East," “Learning Chinese is Fun," “1,000 Steps of Fun in Taiwan,” and “Zooming in China." Since 2012, she has given more than 180 presentations to community organizations about Chinese culture, history, and human rights.

Dr. Wen Chen
Jun 20, 2018
Jun 21, 2018
12:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Jun 22, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM