Private patrols to restart in downtown SLO

Deborah Cash, administrator for the Downtown Association, says private security patrols will begin again in early May.

By early May, private security officers will again patrol downtown San Luis Obispo to deter panhandlers and intoxicated people from bothering shoppers.

The Inhouse Security Service patrol, which costs about $ 1,600 a month, was started by the city’s Downtown Association last August as a means to alleviate merchant concerns over public safety.

Although the guards had no authority to make arrests, their uniformed presence helped to deter unwelcome activity, said Deborah Cash, administrator for the Downtown Association. They also informed people about such things as time limits for sitting on benches and were available to contact the San Luis Obispo Police Department as needed, she said.

In March, the service was suspended because of a lack of money. But after several merchants expressed alarm when a man was seen sleeping in a downtown storefront alcove at noon, the association allocated $12,000 to pay for an additional eight months, starting in July. Tom Copeland, developer of the Downtown Centre and Court Street projects, then decided to provide two more months of patrol service for May and June, Cash said.

—Melanie Cleveland

Pismo Beach scrapbook store celebrates milestone

Expressions, formerly Simply

Scrappin’ at 835-A Oak Park Blvd. in Pismo Beach, celebrated its first anniversary April 3 with the new name.

Debbie Koenig and Merrily Boult purchased the store last year from Joelle Cooper, who had originally opened the scrapbook store in July 2004. They also expanded the shop for additional inventory. For more information, visit or call 489- 3975. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the store soon will be open noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

—Tonya Strickland

Bonnie’s Kitchen opens in Santa Margarita antique barn

Bonnie’s Kitchen has opened in the historic Alley Antique Barn in Santa Margarita.

Owned by local caterer Bonnie Bardin, the shop is a place where kitchen enthusiasts and home chefs can find gifts and gourmet ingredients, Bardin said in a statement. Wine tasting from the Pozo Valley Vineyards is also available.

Bonnie’s Kitchen is at 2200 El Camino Real. It’s open from noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Appointments can be made by calling 438-5015. Bardin’s e-mail is

—Melanie Cleveland

SeaVenture to launch Sundays on the Deck

The SeaVenture Restaurant is set to launch Sundays on the Deck next month.

The Pismo Beach resort will host live music and food and drink specials on its oceanfront patio every Sunday beginning May 20 and ending late August.

Binoculars will be provided to patrons to enjoy the views.

Sundays on the Deck will run from noon to 4 p.m. each week at 100 Ocean View Ave. in Pismo Beach.

—Dawn Rapp

Arroyo realty firm to sponsor golf tourney

An Arroyo Grande real estate firm will be the sole sponsor of this year’s Cal Players Tour tournament at Nipomo’s Monarch Dunes Golf Course.

Team Goodell will sponsor the three-day event, which includes a pro-am charity tournament and a women’s division. Realtor John Goodell of Jones Goodell & Associates said the firm chose to support the event because it would help attract people to the area and give young local players more experience.

It’s the first Cal Players Tour to visit the Monarch Dunes since the 18-hole course opened early last year.

The tournament runs from May 20-22.

—Dawn Rapp

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