Cayucos’ lone, measly, little BLM sign

September 7, 2020

Editor’s Note: The following series, “Life in Radically Gentrifying Cayucos by the Sea,” to be posted biweekly includes the notes, thoughts, and opinions of an original American voice: author Dell Franklin.


I was wandering around the neighborhood the other day and discovered a Black Lives Matter sign in the window of a small nondescript old home with a neglected front yard and two aged compact jalopies parked in the driveway, and I wondered what tiny, almost 100 percent white (Oh, we have some Indian motel owners) Cayucos is doing with this kind of harsh, brash, dangerous invasion?

The sign, of course, is probably no bigger than a grocery box and does not seem to possess the attention to detail of something manufactured by professionals. But it is black with white lettering, and I know for a fact the young guys who live in this home (demolition bait) are white and work day jobs, and do not appear to be millennial techies or surfers or the skateboard riding spawn of the entitled rich infiltrating Cayucos like a plague.

After spotting this BLM sign, I became hungry to discover another. Everybody knows that BLM participation is intense and also largely populated by young white people, even kids, and is looked upon as a malignant force by our president and his followers. I suppose these white kids are scorned by the law and order crew in the same way hippies were despised back in the anti-Vietnam war/civil rights era by Joe 6-pack and his marauders, including those National Guard troops who murdered some students at Kent State.

So, I began driving up and down every street in Cayucos, from Lucerne on the north end to Shearer on the south end, though I did not walk along the sand for several miles, and perhaps missed out on flags and signs in some of our sprawling and luxurious beach front homes.

Well, I never saw another BLM sign. I did come across a lone “STOP THE SPREAD, WEAR A MASK” sign on a corner. I stopped counting American flags at around 120. Some of these flags hung from our new mini mansions, while others were on a scattering of our remaining older, simpler homes. There were a few Trump reelection flags and signs, a couple Marine Corps flags, an Air Force flag, and at least ten homes had two American flags and a few had three.

I was disappointed in not finding another BLM sign. I thought there at least had to be a couple young white kids in their twenties or thirties who might put a sign up in a window, like a whole slew of young white people did back in the early 1970s in Manhattan Beach down south, which in those days was affordable to a lot of rebellious young folks of the working class.

We had peace signs and rainbow flags, and when I walked or rode my bike to work as a bartender along the strand early evenings, the windows sprouted such quotations as “MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR;” “IF YOU’RE NOT BAREFOOT THEN YOU’RE OVERDRESSED;” and, most prescient, Mark Twain’s, “WHENEVER YOU FIND YOURSELF ON THE SIDE OF THE MAJORITY, IT’S TIME TO PAUSE AND REFLECT.”

This was before radical gentrification turned Manhattan Beach into a place where cops helped you get home when they found you stumbling along the street or strand, to now putting you in jail so as to protect the rich folks from tainting.

Snob city

I see some young folks around town, but none of them give me any indication they are inspired or behind Black Lives Matter. I know San Luis Obispo has had some impressive gatherings for Black Lives Matter in that very white town that does have some black athletes from Cal Poly.

But, in Cayucos, why would anybody really care? We are so far detached from such mayhem, so isolated in our comfort, so entrenched in our languid contentment of lacking little if nothing, and most of us, like me, are old, and most of the old timers here like Trump and find Black Lives Matter offensive and threatening to their security and certainly deserving of firm law and order.

Cayucos has become too clean and sterile. And there’s something dirty, though vibrant about the BLM crew, kind of like those dirty hippies back in the day, with their ugly clothes and the young women growing hair under their arms — yuck!

Though many of those girls, with names like Sky and Sunshine, ended up behind white picket fences and, along with their husbands (boomers), now drive BMWs or SUVs, and complain about heavy taxation and big government and the disgusting sight of supposedly homeless ne’er-do-wells occupying areas on the seawall and parking lots.

Anyway, what I did notice was that Trump flags were stationed at two of the larger and more palatial homes in town, and sported more than one American flag, emphasizing their patriotism. And I was thinking of some of the hundred plus white BLM gatherings I’ve seen in small, mostly white towns throughout the country.

They are a scabrous lot, looking as if they’d never worn an expensive suit or quality leather shoes. Most of them are not remotely attractive or sleek. They are almost all white. They listen with quiet respect to one of the few black locals speaking.

When they speak there is little eloquence or polish in their orations. But they are trying. They are stirred and riled. They lay on the ground in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds in reverence to George Floyd. They tote Black Lives Matter signs and flags and various quotations. The few bitterly angry militants who want to riot and loot are refrained by leaders. They are unified and purposeful and caring and involved.

They are beautiful.

And every time I pass our lone home in town with a Black Lives Matter sign in the window, I find myself involuntarily giving them the thumbs-up gesture.

Postscript: Just ran across Mrs. Adams, a 60ish firebrand whom I informed I’d so far only witnessed one BLM sign in town. She quickly informed me she’d just put her BLM sign up. Now we’re going.


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It sure is interesting how the violence and anti American antics of the BLM Antifa folks is completely ignored by Trump haters. I see very little sense in bringing up Trump to okay the degradation of our society. Quit bringing your politics into an evil that is tearing this country down and championing such hatred and racism just to spew more hate.


Putting the sign aside, who wants to live next to neighbors “with a neglected front yard and two aged compact jalopies parked in the driveway”?


Thanks Dell,

Now I know that there are at least 2 Marxist sympathizers living in Cayucos.

kevin rise

I’ll take that as a compliment for me and Dell, as long time locals. This isnt the 1950s red scare, as our current administration is in bed with russia, literally; ie “golden showers” and Trump hotels are in Moscow with love. We are all allowed to disagree with viewpoints in America, and hopefully voice opinions to encourage peaceful dialogue.


More vulgarity coming from the left Kevin Rise (or whatever your name is). Millions of dollars spent by Democrats on Russian collusion and other conspiracy theories and they found have nothing, nothing, nothing….

By the way, the old Soviet empire collapsed a while ago, no more USSR. No communism… Better read up

Socialism and Marxism has proven time and time again to be an evil, depraved approach to governance. Just a fact.

FACT: Prior to Covid the Trump administration has delivered the greatest economic prosperity in at least 60 years. The communist party in China has done a number on this but under Trump’s leadership it’s coming back. 8.4 percent unemployment!!!

On the other hand Beijing Joe says about China and the communist, “come on man, China isn’t our enemy…”


Trump. Born on third, yet has you convinced he hit a triple. You claim lots of facts, but offer little to support them.

Yep. No more communism in Russia. Replaced with a Thugtocrisy that kills journalists and poisons opposition party members. Not a democracy. They are not our friends. You cheer.


Agreed, no doubt Putin is a criminal thug. In fact the Russian oligarchs and Vladimir are like the mob and drug cartels except they control a military with nukes.

But with all that,?the Trump administration has installed more sanctions on the regime in four years than Obama/Biden did in eight years. By the way, that also includes lighting up a Russian/Syrian airbase with 60 cruise middles and killing a few Russian advisors, pilots and destroying some Mig aircraft. Doesn’t sound like an administration that is cozy with Russia.

Conversely, Obama-Biden-madam Clinton drew a red line in Russian Syria that amounted to nothing, and then to add insult to injury, turned around and sold out the west by promising Putin and friends a supply of uranium…



BLM signs are fine…what isn’t fine is when you say all lives matter you get yelled at or beat up….that’s not fine and BLM will not succeed until that stops….strong arm tactics like blocking the road or shouting in the face of diners and rioting will only hurt their cause…..maybe the good folks of Cayucos recognize this…..


“Ramirez said someone in their group used a ‘slang version of the N-word’ before they were confronted by strangers passing by and an argument broke out.

He claimed that the group began shouting ‘Black lives matter’ – prompting Whitaker to respond: ‘All lives matter.’

Ramirez said both groups brandished guns at each other, Moments later he said someone opened fire on their group from a nearby bridge, fatally striking Whitaker before they ran off.”

So they “used a ‘slang version of the N-word” “both groups brandished guns”

What do you think was going to happen? This was just some neighborhood.

Then the facebook bullshit began.


I liked this one, Dell. You seem energized and it shows in your writing.


Which part of BLM do you like the most? The rioting? The looting? The Arson? The extortion of businesses? The assaults? You need to be more clear on why these are the only lives that matter right now. Do Hispanic lives not matter in Cayucos? How about Asian lives?

kevin rise

Or storming state and federal buildings or targeting peaceful assemblies and protests with ar15s to boycott covid and vaccines and civil rights under the banner of Trump. 2 sided coin for bad behavior here. 90 percent of civil rights protest recently are peaceful-NPR


Yes, that happened once or twice, not 100 days straight in Portland and the last I checked those types didn’t hassle outdoor diners and burn down buildings.

No comparison…

Jorge Estrada

BLM has already been taken, Bureau of Land Management. I’d suggest ALM but then again that has be been taken as the abbreviation for the word Alarm. In the English language people need to protect usage because that is how words get hijacked into new meanings. An example is when you listen to the Flintstones Cartoon music jingle ending, “we’ll have a gay old time”, is not appropriate lyrics for children today.


Thank you! I always think of the Bureau of Land Management when I read anything BLM.

Jon Tatro

Im not sure why the author finds it necessary to tediously drone on about his boring town. You wrote an article about 1 BLM sign, maybe you need a real hobby.

kevin rise

I find it funny you took the time to read this, and comment. Thanks for my morning chuckle. Keep it up Dell.


Maybe some people want at least part of their lives to be apolitical, like going to the beach, watching sports, eating out, or driving. Maybe some of us don’t want to fight about everything. I’ll take gentrification over bitter condemnation every time.


It’s to bad that watching sports or eating out or even driving these days can’t be enjoyed without some a**holes trying to shove woke politics upon us. What’s next? Even the beach?


I see the un-woke politics on display (ie trump signs) were spared your outrage. Even though the their banners are huge and absolutely meant to be in your face.

kevin rise

I dont see him forcing you to read this with a gun pointed at you?