Disney Culture Expert Joins Speaker Line up for Upcoming Central Coast Economic Forecast

    Doug Lipp, retired head of training for Disney University, will join Beacon Economics analysts Chris Thornberg and Robert Kleinhenz on…

    One Big Difference Amongst Council, Mayor Candidates

    By Neil Farrell Candidates for Morro Bay Mayor and City Council didn’t show a lot of stark differences in their…

    Net Neutrality, FCC v. California

    WIRED takes a look at the FCC’s lawsuit against California’s net neutrality legislation that comes into effect on Jan.1, 2019. Repeatedly,…

    Meet the 2018 A.G. Candidates

    By Mark A. Diaz The South County Chambers of Commerce recently held a Q&A forum to give Arroyo Grande City…

    Grover Stays Neutral on “Anti-Fracking” Measure G

    By Mark A. Diaz The Grover Beach City Council chose to remain neutral on the San Luis Obispo County proposition…

    AT&T Launches 5G Evolution in SLO & SB

    AT&T announced the launch of its 5G Evolution network in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara regions today. Already…
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    Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Celebrates New Development

    Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) was joined by over 110 development partners, funders, elected officials, residents and members of the community…

    SLO Fire Chief to Retire

    The San Luis Obispo Fire Department will need a new permanent leader with the announced retirement of Fire Chief Garrett…

    Valpak Turns Direct Mailer Envelopes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Valpak, a direct marketing advertising company, will change the color of their coupon envelopes from blue to pink in support…

    The Day The Music Died In Morro Bay

    As the Bay Flushes By Neil Farrell  Sept. 30, 2018, call that the day the music died in Morro Bay.…

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    Stats & Trends

    San Luis Obispo County Economic Indicators = = = Gross Regional Product $13.7 billion – – – New Business Registrations Up 47.8% – – – Unemployment Rate 3.8% – – – Labor Force Participation Rate 61.8% – – – SLO Airport Passengers Up 7.7% @78,900 – – – High School Dropout Rate 4% (4th out of 58 Counties) – – – Workforce with College Degrees 34.1% – – – Average Annual Wage Up 5.2% – – -SAN LUIS OBISPO – – – Labor Force 24,507 – – – Small Businesses 3,486 – – – White Collar Workers 63.7% – – – Blue Collar Workers 34.7% – – – FUN FACT: Wedding Photographers 1st in the Nation Revenue Per Capita – – –

    Reporter's Notebook

    • Dodge, Dip, Duck, Dive and Donate

      Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County (BBBS SLO) hosted its third annual Dodgeball Fundraiser.  Hurling balls have always been a pastime of the fundraiser for the organization, but when numbers began to drop with their bowling event Patty Carpenter, development director, thought it was time for a change. Carpenter said the event keeps getting bigger and better. Their first year enticed 16 groups to join in on the fun. This year, 30 groups representing SLO County businesses and organizations decided it would be a good idea to dress up and pelt each other with rubber spheres.…

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    • Pismo Imposes New Rules on Vacation Rentals

      By Mark A. Diaz With the rise of popularity and ease of operating short-term vacation rentals (STR), cities have sought to find a balance that allows the industry to grow without alienating its residents. The City of Pismo Beach took another step in its attempt to perfect the balance between STR commerce and its citizen’s quality of life. STRs, also known as homestays, come with a host of potential problems that include noise, trash and lack of parking. The City recognized that its limited housing stock was being absorbed by investors who purchased property for the sole purpose of converting…

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    • Morro Bay Applies for Federal Funding

      By Neil Farrell Though its future is still in some dispute, the City of Morro Bay is pushing forward with its quest to get a low interest federal loan to pay for its new sewer treatment plant and water recycling system. And the City picked up a key endorsement from the local Congressman, who pledged his support for the “innovative” solution to the City’s regulatory problem. The City recently announced that it had formally submitted its application for a loan from the “Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act” or WIFIA, a program under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Based on…

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