Oh I hate to do this to you, but I think there is nothing wrong with you camera. (well maybe) But I remember when I lived in SLO, these scenes looked pretty much like they are photographed. Usually foggy in the summer, low contrast, bright highlights in the sky, pretty much like your pictures. Of course this was 15 years ago, but the theater and the hotel look about the same. My pictures were taken with a Leica III and a 50mm Summar, with some cleaning marks, so they looked about like yours. Maybe your camera, or maybe the subject matter. (just kidding) Like seeing those building are still standing yet. Sorry for the off topic comments.