County Reports Good Financial Status in Second Quarter


SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – The County of San Luis Obispo was in good financial shape at the end of the second quarter of this fiscal year, according to a recent report.

The County Administrative Office presented the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Second Quarter Financial Report to the Board of Supervisors at yesterday’s public meeting. The report provides an overview of the County’s financial position in the second quarter of the current fiscal year, which took place between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017.

According to the report, the County’s spending levels and revenue streams were on par, for the most part, with last year. By the end of the second quarter, the County had received
$226.4 million or 37 percent of estimated revenue, which includes property and sales tax, collected license and permit fees, fines, forfeitures, penalties, and other financing sources. The County had only spent about 40 percent of the amount budgeted for expenses for the year at the end of the second quarter.

The County also received more than $75,000 in donations, which were designated to appropriate programs and services. Most County departments reported that their budgets were on track at the end of the second quarter. However, there were some areas of concern reported.

Some items of note for the second quarter included:

  • The County Behavioral Health Department expects a revenue shortfall at year-end.
  • The County’s actions to implement the State’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) has had a minimal impact on this year’s finances.
  • Airports reported a 30 percent increase in passenger boarding numbers.
  • Dairy Creek Golf Course’s lack of sufficient revenue will require a large subsidy from the General Fund, as authorized by the Board of Supervisors.
  • The County’s Department of Social Services reported more than $285,000 in unbudgeted expenses related to In-Home Support Services, due to shifts at the State level. But these will be offset by unexpected growth in various revenue sources.

The County is continuing to closely monitor expenses of the current fiscal year, as it expects a budget deficit next fiscal year. For more information, visit

March 7, 2018 |

January 2018 Business of the Month – Los Osos Fitness

Los Osos Fitness has been providing the community with exercise opportunities since 1994. Originally located at the old 10th Street Gym location, owner Terry Brown remodeled the old Miner’s Ace Hardware space and moved the gym to it’s current location in 2000.
Los Osos Fitness employs 36 fitness experts including manager Laura Watson, has almost 10% of the population as members, and over the years has provided the space, equipment and instruction for over 1.4 million workouts.


January 30, 2018 |

December 2017 Business of the Month – Jingle Bell Shoppe


Jingle Bell Shoppe (owner Dee Corcoran) celebrates ALL the holidays – from the ones you would normally consider to all the others such as birthdays, anniversaries, new births, special events and accomplishments, or just plain having a good day.

Looking for a Los Osos Bear? Jingle Bell Shoppe is where you will find a unique teddy bear that provides special memories associated with Los Osos. Stop by for a visit Tuesday through Saturday at 1230-C Los Osos Valley Road!

January 15, 2018 |

New Hires: How Employers Can Find The Right Person For The Job


The hiring process can be a long, tedious one for both employers and potential hires, and for many, it can be a frustrating one as well. Finding the right person for the job who also has a great work ethic and availability sometimes seems impossible, but for most companies, it’s imperative in order to keep standards high and turnover low.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do during the onboarding process to help things go smoothly and narrow down the field a bit. You’ll want to place an emphasis on the long-term goals of the job rather than focusing on the day-to-day tasks, in part so you can ascertain which applicants are willing to go the extra mile, but also to see what sort of ideas they have in regards to the future of the company and their role in it.

Whether you work with a large corporation or own a small business, here are some of the best tips on how to do just that.

Find out their long-term goals

Talk to your applicant about their long-term goals; where do they see themselves in five or ten years? Opening up the conversation about where they want to be in the foreseeable future will allow you to suss out whether they’re right for the job.

It’s also important to talk about the long-term goals of the position itself. While you’ll want to take into consideration which specific skills the applicant has, you need to also look into the future a bit to see the big picture. Don’t focus solely on the day-to-day tasks; rather, take into consideration whether the individual has what it takes to lead the position to success.

“Achieving goals is often about making tradeoffs when things don’t go as planned. Employees need to understand the bigger picture to make those tradeoffs when things go wrong,” says Professor Linda Hill of Harvard Business School.

A great example would be if you were to hire a contractor; of course you want assurance that he or she can do all the individual tasks the job requires, but the long-term goals are of concern, as well. What sort of milestones can he or she set within the job, and what is the timeline for those? How will any problems be handled should they arise? Will they be able and willing to work with others to achieve their goal? There are many questions involved during the hiring process; you can find out more in regards to finding the right contractor for the job here.

In short, you can train just about anyone to perform most tasks, but it takes a special person to fit all the requirements of a position with long-term goals.

Be specific

One of the best ways you can make the hiring process go smoothly is to ensure you’re as specific as possible when it’s time to write out the job description, especially if you’re posting it online for candidates to read before applying. Studies have shown that when companies give a specific job listing and include what they can do for the employee–rather than the other way around–they attract a higher number of positively-rated applicants than the companies that list their needs and demands.

Consider the applicant’s other skills

While it’s certainly attractive to potential employers when an applicant has all the necessary skills for the job at hand, it’s important not to forget about the other skillsets: social, emotional, and the ability to communicate. After all, a person with experience in the field may be terrible with clients because he can’t put them at ease, while an individual without much training but great interpersonal skills can be taught how to perform day-to-day tasks easily.

Remember that the hiring process can be overwhelming at times and can lead to stress, so try not to take too much onto yourself. Ask for help when you need it to avoid becoming burnt out, and when all else fails, try a new tactic during the hiring process.


January 10, 2018 |

Chamber Trip to Pompeii and Amalfi Coast


CI Destinations along with Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce will be offering a fully escorted tour of the beautiful Amalfi Coast, October 24, 2018.

$3099 based on double occupancy


The Amalfi Coast is a captivating combination of great beauty and gripping drama: coastal mountains dotted with picturesque towns and lush forests plunge into the sea. UNESCO had the entire area declared a World Heritage Site in 1997 for its unarguable beauty and uniqueness of its natural landscape. Mountains erupt from the waters of the Mediterranean and pastel-painted buildings cascade down cliffs. This is the Amalfi Coast – a handful of villages that will be the backdrop for your journey. Travel the amazing Amafli coast, taking in the view that inspired countless artists and gain historical perspectives. From your home hotel in Maioriare, visit Positano and Ravello, cross the Gulf of Naples to visit the enchanting Isle of Capri. Take in the archaeological sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii, and the Greek ruins of Paestum. End this amazing experience in Rome as all roads in Italy lead to Rome.


  • Maiori/Amalfi Coast
  • Ravello
  • Naples
  • Capri (optional)
  • Solerno & Pasteum
  • Pompeii
  • Rome


  • Round Trip Airfare and Airport Transportation
  • Airline Fuel Surcharges, Taxes and Fees
  • 7 Nights First Class Hotel
  • 10 Meals (7B, 3D)
  • Sightseeing Per Itinerary
  • Admissions Per Itinerary
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Baggage Handling
  • Hotel Transfers

$599 – Optional 2 night Rome Post Tour Extension – Includes deluxe motor coach, 2 breakfasts, Rome city tour, and professional tour director.

December 14, 2017 |

November 2017 Business of the Month – Los Osos Rexall


L. to R.: Cheri Grimm, Cheri Grimm Bookkeeping; Debra Garcia, Golden Anchor Financial Services; Jim Stanfill; Megan and Jason Tewell, Los Osos Rexall; Richard Joseph; Chad Carroll, Baywood Ale House; Gabe Quiroz, Farmers Insurance.

Los Osos Rexall has proudly served the community of Los Osos for over 35 years. Working side by side, Gary and Judi Tewell turned Rexall into an independent pharmacy and top rated gift shop focused on bringing the best customer service possible to their customers. Their son, Jason, began working as pharmacist in charge in 2010 and took over operations when Gary and Judi retired in 2015. Jason has continued his parents’ legacy by providing quality pharmacy care to patients and gifts for every recipient and occasion. Rexall has a friendly and knowledgeable staff, offers complimentary gift wrapping, delivers prescriptions to Los Osos, Morro Bay, and SLO, hosts fun seasonal events like the Holiday Open House and Pajama Party, and constantly brings in new gift merchandise for your shopping pleasure.



November 27, 2017 |

October 2017 Business of the Month – SLO Roasted Coffee


SLO Roasted Coffee was started in 1984 by founder, Norman Galloway, and his wife, Gail. Thirty one years later the company is owned by the second generation of coffee entrepreneurs, daughter, Julie, and son, Chris. With the foundation of service and quality they have held true to the values their father created. With the third generation in training they continue to providing quality coffee at an affordable price. That is why at SLO Roasted Coffee they say “Don’t Just Drink Coffee Enjoy it!”

October 21, 2017 |

Festival de Osos – Bear Festival 2017


The second annual Festival de Osos (Bear Festival) will celebrate the history of our community’s origins as La Canada de Osos. A community wide event  that celebrates the arts, community and local business. Community artists, creative professionals, students, organizations and local businesses will be invited to create custom bears to be displayed throughout Los Osos/Baywood Park from October 20th through November 25th.



October 2, 2017 |

September 2017 Business of the Month – Los Osos Auto Body


Los Osos Auto Body Inc. or Robertson’s, as many know it, opened its doors in 1985 as a family business. Today that small family business has grown but has not lost its small town roots. They will gladly take the time to polish off a little scratch or go to bat for you with the big insurance companies. With employees that have been with them since they opened their doors, free loaner cars and four generations of the Robertson’s in house this is the definition of a caring family business.


September 20, 2017 |

August 2017 Business of the Month – Grocery Outlet Los Osos


Thank you again to the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce – for choosing Los Osos Grocery Outlet as your Business of the Month August 2017!

We have been meeting lots of our neighboring residents. Coupons in local advertisements such as Bay News and Local Flavor help with our introductions, our customer service and valued products seem to keep them visiting often.

We are thankful to the community response to our own little programs: Honorary savings cards for active & retired military families & veterans, win what you save (2 winners drawn a month), school rebate cards (we meet our neighbors, neighbors get groceries, and card carrying for selected schools get 5% of total sales earned back to their school). And then there is our big company wide food drive that happens the month of July. Independence from Hunger. As a family of grocers, all sister stores participate in collecting food, and monetary donations for our local food pantries. Together Grocery Outlet Inc. has raised over 1 million dollars this July! We were proud to be one of the newer additions to help that drive.

September 5, 2017 |
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