Thursday, April 13, 2017

The exodus of Californians to lower cost states continues as the state passes yet more taxes, lamenting some of the architectural treasures lost in the 24th Street Widening Project and remembering an old bar on the Panorama Bluffs

* ... GOODBYE CAL: Is California running people and businesses out of the state with higher taxes and regulations? Diane Alburger thinks so and she dropped me this note: "I have lived in Cali since 1977. Gone to college here, gotten married here, raised my kids here, and made a career here
(teaching). Now, its spring break and I'm writing to you from the breakfast table of the Westin in Scottsdale. We're in Arizona scouting our retirement locations because we want to leave Cali. Both my brothers and their spouses, and my parents are also scouting out Arizona. Filled up the gas tank last night for $2.14 a gallon which we thought was great. Turns out, if we apply for a Circle K debit card, we can save an additional 20 cents a gallon and pay $1.94. Take that, Jerry Brown!"

 * ... 24TH STREET: Debby Rodigues wrote about the city's attempt to sell some of the vacant homes on 24th Street that will soon be razed. She said: "Referencing today's note on the homes south of 24th, and there being no interest by anyone to purchase and move them. Sadly, all the city regulations, requirements, and large monetary deposits, in addition to the short time frame between one opportunity to do a walk thru in a boarded up house with no electricity, and the final bid date made it impossible to pursue  bidding and moving  any of them. So the salvage value is all that is left of these formerly handsome homes. At least one has some interesting history as the home of a local pioneer telephone system, as well as the solid wood doors, frames, cabinets. Unfortunate situation."

 * ... SPOTTED ON TWITTER: "The downside of dating intelligent women is having to Google what they call you when it ends badly."

* ... GOOD FORM: Hats off to a crew from the Kern Wheelman Bicycle Club who pitched in to help repair a water line on a property off Amberhill Lane on the Poso Grade this past week. Keith and Monica Anderson, who own property along the road, were kind enough to run a water line from their property to the roadside so cyclists could access fresh cold water on long, hot days. The line needed repairing the the Wheelmen pitched in to have it repaired. Good from all around.

 * ... EATERY: Here is a shout out to the downtown farm to table business that regularly serves up nutritious meals at reasonable prices. From Lois Caswell: "You may have talked about this place before but I am out of town a lot. My daughter and I had lunch at Locale (Farm to Table) today. It is across from the downtown post office. Previously a deli and the old deli sign is still up. Amazing, locally sourced food. Good prices and incredible quality. We spoke to the owner, Heather Laganelli, and she has wonderful ideas for the place.We will be back, as there are several items we would like to try."

* ... MEMORIES: Michael Hutson responded to the query about an old bar that once stood at Panorma and River Boulevard. "I grew up in the La Cresta area during the 1960s and 1970s. We used to walk from La Cresta Drive, (through Greenlawan cemetary) up to the liquor store for candy.  The store was owned by Ray Hanning, named Hanning’s Liquor. There was a gas station on that corner of Panorama and River Boulevard but I don’t recall a bar being there.  I’ll be curious as to the response from your readers.

 * ... LOFT: Yet another reader, Rhaya Lemons, thought the bar was called "The Bluffs."

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