This is a personal site for my thoughts, dreams, opinions, public comment and more. I love being CEO and publisher of Access Publishing, the Paso Robles Daily News and San Luis Obispo County Visitors Guide. I'm a planning commissioner here in Paso Robles and enjoy contributing to our vibrant community.

Large assisted living facility is much-debated project

For the second meeting in a row, the planning commission made a contentious split decision. The first was a meeting over personal cultivation of medical marijuana in December. This week, the commission was split over approving a large assisted living facility on S. River Road. The applicants originally submitted a three-story, 80,000-square-foot project. They asked for …

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Q&A with Hoot n Annie

Local food, wine and adventure blogger, and friend, Matt Browne interviewed me for a Q&A on his Hoot n Annie website. It was a lot of fun and I really appreciated it. Original post is here. This is a re-post: Q&A with Scott Brennan of Access Publishing I met Scott Brennan seven or eight years ago …

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Disappointing decision made on medical marijuana cultivation

A last-minute planning commission meeting was called by city staff on the Tuesday before Christmas. The city attorney, police chief and community development director asked our commission to rush to pass new rules prohibiting or restricting cultivation of medical marijuana for personal use in Paso Robles. The staff said it was important to rush the …

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Family fun at the Cambria Christmas Market

Brennan Family Paso Robles

  Thousands and thousands of lights create amazing holiday tour The Cambria Christmas Market gives visitors a chance to revel in the sights, sounds, and festive ambiance that make Christmastime in Cambria a tradition that continues to delight families throughout the Central Coast for four years running. The Brennan family made its first visit to …

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New billiards hall approved for Paso Robles

Pool hall in Paso Robles

It was great to see a local entrepreneur bring his proposal for a new billiards hall to Paso Robles. The Paso Robles Planning Commission approved his request unanimously. He is planning on opening on the second floor of Art Bridge’s gun shop on Spring Street. The building was rebuilt after the 2003 San Simeon earthquake …

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Garagiste Wine Fest made for a great Saturday

Garagiste Wine Fest

Beth and I and some friends had a wonderful Saturday afternoon tasting wines and meeting new people at the Garagiste Wine Festival in Paso Robles. Hundreds of wine lovers converged at the Paso Robles Event Center for the fifth annual event. The wine fest featured about 50 small production winemakers, those who make less than 1,500 cases a …

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Riding a Flyboard in Puerto Vallarta

Riding a Flyboard in Puerto Vallarta was definitely a highlight of our vacation. It took a few minutes to figure it out. It’s basically balancing on a snowboard underwater and then riding it to the surface, then into the sky. As you can see from my wobbling feet, it took a great deal of balance …

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City is right to address high building fees

–The Paso Robles City Council and Planning Commission held a joint workshop Saturday morning to discuss the high cost of city fees for home building. The city council chambers were filled with about 60 attendees, with more than a dozen participating in the discussion. The meeting was the result of a planning commission report on …

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