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SLO County Wants Blood

SLOCN County BloodBy Camas Frank

San Luis Obispo County wants your blood; and they’ve already started with government employees. Don’t worry though. It really is to save lives.
Technically, United Blood Services (UBS) took the platelets and plasma as part of the County’s annual blood drive on May 21. The drive is part of an effort to provide blood banks a crucial resource year round, so yes, they’d like members of the public to follow suit. …Read the entire story in the upcoming issue of SLO City News on May 28th!

Free Fish & Chips, June 3

Giovanni's Logo B&WRunning a business is tough; running a successful one is tougher; and running a successful business in Morro Bay could be the most difficult of all.

But not for the DeGarimore’s, who will be celebrating Giovanni’s Fish Market’s more-than-30 years on the waterfront with a day of “Free Fish and Chips for All” from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3. …Read the entire story in the upcoming issue of Bay News on May 28th!

Foam is Out in Lucia Mar School District Cafeterias

IMG_9623By Theresa-Marie Wilson
At the end of most lunch periods at local elementary schools, cafeteria trashcans  were often filled to capacity with serving trays that were used for about 20 minutes and later carted off to a landfill on garbage day.
Things have changed for the greener in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. Elementary school cafeteria lunches are no longer served on expanded polystyrene food containers, commonly known by the Dow Chemical trademark name Styrofoam or simply foam. …Read the entire story in the upcoming issue of Coast News on May 28th!

Park Permits Required for Small Gatherings in Grover Shot Down

By Theresa-Marie Wilson

The Grover Beach City Council recently directed staff back to the drawing board with proposed ideas for an ordinance that redefines a special event and the process required to conduct one. The proposed ordinance also addressed ongoing complaints about vagrancy at Ramona Garden Park where the People’s Kitchen provides a daily meal to homeless people.
The city has received complaints that some of the people stay at the park after the meal and engage in “perceived illegal activities.”
Currently, a special event is anything that has more than 500 attendees. Staff recommended that a new ordinance require a permit for an event with 15 or more people in attendance.
“In order to address concerns that have come forward regarding use of our parks, we looked at modifying that number to a much lower number,” Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey said. “Any event that is occurring in public places that the city owns, basically parks and streets. It would encompass parades and things like that.”
The council didn’t support such a small number. Continue reading Park Permits Required for Small Gatherings in Grover Shot Down

City of Pismo Beach CVB Executive Director to Retire

CN Brasile headshotAfter an exciting promotional career, Suzen Brasile has announced plans to retire from the City of Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau, effective June 30, 2015.
“As I transition to a new phase, I plan to stay active in this community that I love and stay connected to many of the wonderful people that I have had the privilege of working with at Pismo Beach City Hall,” Brasile said.
For the past 17 years, she has been known as the smiling face of Pismo Beach with locals, peers and tourism professionals alike. In 1998, Brasile was serving as the City of Solvang Executive Director when she was asked to join the Pismo Beach staff. Since then, she continued to increase overnight stays and visitor expenditures, while establishing Pismo Beach as a world-class tourism destination.
“Suzen has been extremely successful keeping everyone working together with common purpose, consistently focusing on promoting everything good about the City of Pismo Beach and giving guests from all over the world reason to stay in our outstanding lodging facilities,” said Pismo Beach CVB Board Chairman, Gordon Jackson. “Suzen has had many success stories, but one of my favorites was the first time the City of Pismo Beach achieved monthly Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenues of over $1,000,000 – quite an accomplishment!”

Promoting Shop Local; Supporting Local Business

Morro_Bay_Chamber_Business_Center_logo3By Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber staff and Board of Directors have been actively promoting “Doing Business in Morro Bay” this past quarter. We hope you are shopping local and supporting the businesses to a make the month of May bloom.

The following are ways the chamber is working to promote business: Continue reading Promoting Shop Local; Supporting Local Business

LOCSD to Hold Budget Meeting

The Los Osos Community Services District will hold a special meeting to discuss next year’s budget, set for Thursday, May 20 at Sea Pines Golf resort, 1945 Solano St. The board will have closed session at 6 and open session at 7 when district G.M. Kathy Kivley and her staff will present the proposed budget. The agenda says the board is to review it and give direction on going ahead and drafting a fiscal year 2015-16 budget for adoption.

Big Donation; Grants Awarded; a New Hire at Keller Williams

Biz Briefs
Compiled by Camas Frank

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital have received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines” Stroke Quality Achievement Award. Sierra Vista earned Gold-Plus status while Twin Cities earned Bronze. The awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment to leadership in stroke care in San Luis Obispo County and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.


Pacific Western Bank presentationBig Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County announced its “2015 Big Event” and its new sponsor, Pacific Western Bank, which donated $5,000. This year’s Big Event will be held at “Villa Monte” in SLO on Saturday, June 27 from 4-8 p.m. Guests will sample cuisine and wines from local businesses with emcee, Adam Montiel and auctioneer Todd Ventura. The winner of the Kevin Main Jewelry raffle will also be announced. For more information and to purchase tickets, see the BBBS website at: www.slobigs.org or call (805) 781-3226. All proceeds benefit BBBS of SLO County’s youth mentoring programs. In the attached photo, from left to right are: Tom Strait and Machele Dubois of Pacific Western Bank (also a Big Brothers Big Sisters board member) present a check to Patty Carpenter, Karen Colombo and Anna Boyd-Bucy from BBBS. Business partners include: Etna Interactive, Oso Libre Wines, JW Construction, JED Nicholson Law Office, BHE Renewables, TekTegrity, American General Media, KSBY, Promo Plus, New Times, SLOCO Data, Cannon, Whitaker Construction, Wacker Wealth Partners and Tolosa Press. Continue reading Big Donation; Grants Awarded; a New Hire at Keller Williams

How Can A Book Club Transform Your Team?

Michael guntherBottom Line
By Michael Gunther

Last December, I presented a challenge to my team — read 12 business books as a group.
The initial comments were, “Reading, really?” “Where can we find the time?” “What books will we be reading?” amongst many other initial comments and concerns.
I presented an initial list of books — some classics, some more associated with today’s workplace issues — and we began with our first book. We are now on our fourth book and the team is beginning to understand the value associated with the discipline of reading and enhancing our knowledge as a group. Continue reading How Can A Book Club Transform Your Team?

Mortgage Credit Guidelines Easier

Nancy PuderOn The Market
By Nancy Puder

Mortgage credit availability increased in March, according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) a  report issued by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes critical data generated by the mortgage industry.
This latest report indicates that the Mortgage Credit Availability Index increased in March by 2.3 percent showing yet another move forward in the healing of the housing market.  The loosening of mortgage credit guidelines is welcome news because more realistic guidelines are needed to bring into balance the “over-corrected” mortgage rules which emerged as a result of the crash of the mortgage market. Continue reading Mortgage Credit Guidelines Easier