San Luis Obispo County, CA Business

Our View: Rooftop solar a big part of state’s energy future

The Central Coast’s so-far-successful push into renewables has been defined by extremely large solar projects, including two in San Luis Obispo County, and thousands of smaller rooftop installations or small commercial projects. But a fight before the California Public Utilities Commission could create some headwinds for rooftops and smaller projects, while giving the advantage to…
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Need flexible office space? This SLO County city is launching a new coworking location

A new coworking space is opening in Grover Beach that will allow small businesses and workers more office flexibility. The South County Chambers of Commerce is opening the new space, located at 391 Front St., in partnership with the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the city of Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo County.

Cowork Space Opening in Grover Beach

South County Chambers of Commerce is opening a new cowork space soon in Grover Beach in partnership with the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the City of Grover Beach, and the County of San Luis Obispo. Office space is available for lease through the South County Chambers of Commerce. Currently the space has a commitment to house an aerospace and aeronautics incubator program from its location at 391 Front St.—just a short walk from the “West End” of Grand Avenue with its shopping and restaurants, the beach boardwalk, and the monarch butterfly grove.

Tri-county unemployment rate ticks down in December

The unemployment rate in California dropped a half a percentage point between November and December, while the tri-county job picture improved by a much smaller margin, according to data released Jan. 21 by the California Employment Development Department. The statewide unemployment rate was 6.5% in December, down from 7% in...
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Parcel tax, redux

In March 2020, Oceano voters rejected measure A-20, which would have imposed a flat parcel tax of $180 to fund fire and emergency services provided by the Five Cities Fire Authority. Now the Oceano Community Services District is planning to put exactly the same measure on the June 2022 ballot. A-20's failure was supposed to trigger OCSD's withdrawal from the fire authority. But the board majority didn't respect the will of the voters. It kicked the can down the road, continuing to deficit spend to fund the fire authority for two extra years while experiencing periodic closures of the Oceano fire station due to staffing shortages. Insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result. The flat tax was rejected in part because it is unfair, placing the same financial burden on a tiny old bungalow as on a modern estate, a large restaurant, or a warehouse. Yet the board majority rejected more equitable square-footage based tax approaches and again chose the $180 flat parcel tax: A-20, redux. Oceano residents have one more chance to stop the insanity, by speaking up at the board's virtual public hearing on Jan. 26.

Following Review, City Determines Natural Healing Ctr Properly Received its Cannabis Retail Permit

The City of Morro Bay conducted an internal review into whether any violation of either Morro Bay Municipal Code Chapter 5.50 (Commercial Cannabis Operations Regulatory Program) or State commercial cannabis regulations occurred in granting a commercial cannabis operating permit to Natural Healing Center-Morro Bay (“NHC-MB”). This review was done after charges were brought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation against NHC-MB’s former owner Mr. Helios Dayspring for bribing a San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor and for false income tax returns. The City has concluded its review and determined that Natural Healing Center-Morro Bay properly received its permit to operate a commercial cannabis retailer operation.

Paso Robles and Templeton Chamber of Commerce Join Forces

One mustn’t look far for reminders of the strength and perseverance of our residents. The fabric of our community displays insurmountable success in the face of challenges. From its rich historical foundation to the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake, residents have a unique history of unity and emerging triumphantly from whatever situations arise.

Two North County chambers of commerce announce merger

Templeton Chamber of Commerce and Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center forecasting to operate as a single entity. – Two San Luis Obispo County Chambers of Commerce have announced they are joining forces through a merger. Effective Jan. 1, Templeton Chamber of Commerce and Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center will begin consolidating resources and are forecasting to operate as a single entity and span the northern unincorporated and incorporated jurisdictions of San Luis Obispo County.

AARP tax-aide announces free tax preparation services for 2022

Tax-aides to provide services across the county at seven preparation sites. – AARP Foundation Tax-Aide of San Luis Obispo County has announced initiation of tax preparation services for the 2022 tax season. Services are free, and while funded through the AARP Foundation, are available to all seniors and low to moderate income residents, not just AARP Members. Tax return preparation services will be offered from February through early April, 2022.
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Beef sticks sold at Walmart and other national retailers recalled. They may contain milk.

Nearly 15,000 pounds of beef sticks are recalled from grocery shelves nationwide, including at Walmart, because of misbranding. The problem: Undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Saturday. The snafu was discovered after the manufacturer, Abbyland Foods, received consumer complaints that there...

Backyard burn permits available for the season

To qualify for a permit you must occupy a single family or duplex residence outside of cities. – Due to recent rainfall and vegetation moisture levels, backyard burning permits will be authorized effective Jan. 3, 2022. The burn season, which typically runs through the end of April, affects the burning of residential yard trimmings in backyards and agricultural wastes. Open burn season will close when local fire agencies see an increasing risk of wildfires from drying brush and grass.