June 2018 Business of the Month – Crizer Construction


(Left to right) Bob Crizer, owner; Jim Stanfill; Gabe Quiroz, Farmers Insurance; Matthew Davis, Project Expediter; Dahlan Richenburg, Project Manager; Steve Vinson; Emily McLongstreet, Bookkeeper; Kameron White-Holmes, Manager; Nic Huston, Designer and Lynette Tornatzky including Katy – Surf Dog Extraordinaire

Bob came to the area to go to Cal Poly for architecture in Dec. of 1979 with his girlfriend Beth after learning to draw for an architecture firm in San Diego. Beth started Cal Poly while Bob went to Cuesta because the Architecture Program at Poly was impacted. After living here for 6 months, Bob went to word for a contractor and never went to Cal Poly. Bob married his beautiful wife Beth in 1980.

In Jan. 1983 Bob got his contractor’s license and went into business building residential and small commercial buildings. Beth assisted in the business when it first started while going to school and working at a hospital in nutrition.

In 1986 Bob was awarded the contract to manage the construction of the South Bay Community Center. The contract was awarded against the recommendation of the architect

due to young guy with not enough experience. The project was brought in on time and under budget and the architect wrote Bob a letter of recommendation. Adaptability has been Crizer Construction’s means of survival. In 1991 during a down turn in the housing market Crizer Construction went to work in the cellular industry building cell sites and did that work for approximately 6 years. The loss of a brother happened on one of those sites in 1996 devastating to Bob and family.

In 1993 Crizer took approximately 35 builders to LA to rebuild a home for a woman that lost her home in an equity fraud scam. Crizer and the Central Coast team built the home in 7 days and gave her home back to her for Christmas in 1993.

In 1994 Crizer built a cell site on Santa Cruz Island and then continued work on the Island doing restoration work on buildings built by Italian stone masons in the mid to late 1800s. The work on the Island lasted for 10 years. Following cellular work Crizer Construction moved into work on the local schools doing “measure A” work for San Luis Coastal Unified. Housing returned and back in housing we went.

Crizer Construction Inc. has been the general contractor on more than 60 new homes and commercial buildings in his career as well as over 300 remodels. Our offices are located in a building built by Crizer in 1984 and purchased in 2004. We operate in a small town where community service has always been part of our existence.

Crizer Construction now carries approximately 30 staff members including 2 sons Jake andSam, that have grown up around the business and are presently part of the staff. Crizer Construction continues a commitment to community service and often has pizza or coffee with those they have built homes for.

June 21, 2018 |

2nd Year of Promise Scholarship Provides Fee-Free Two-Years at Cuesta


Cuesta College is further expanding access to higher education with the expansion of the Cuesta College Promise Scholarship to include a second year of fee-free education. San Luis Obispo County high school seniors graduating this year will be the first class eligible to obtain two full years of fee-free education at Cuesta College.

“We are very pleased to be able to welcome the class of 2018 and beyond to two years of fee-free college,” said Cuesta College Superintendent/President Dr. Gil Stork.

Launched in 2013, the Cuesta Promise has provided financial aid to nearly 3,000 San Luis Obispo County students. Initially, the purpose was to provide access to Cuesta College and included no restrictions. “Five years ago, the goal was to support those who never dreamed of being able to attend college because of the cost,” said Dr. Stork. “We wanted to make college accessible to everyone.”

Year two of the Cuesta Promise will include academic performance measures. To earn a second fee-free year, students must complete more than 50 percent of the units attempted, and earn a grade point average of 2.00 or higher during their first year on the Promise.

“Our goal is to both remove financial barriers and increase the number of local high school graduates attending and staying at Cuesta College,” said Dr. Stork.

The second year of the Promise is made possible by various funding sources. First, by the California College Promise Grant, formerly known as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG). The California College Promise Grant provides eligible students enrolled at CA community college campuses with free tuition.

A second source of funding has been made possible by local donors. “Year two of the Cuesta College Promise is largely in part due to the members of our local community, who have stepped forward with private donations,” said Cuesta College Executive Director of Foundation and Advancement Shannon Hill. “In 2016, the effort to fundraise for a second year of the Promise was announced by Dr. Stork. Funding a second-year costs almost $10 million. The bar was set very high, but with Dr. Stork’s leadership, donations of almost $3 million have been received by the Foundation to date.”

Major campaign donors include the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust, the Estate of Mary Schwartz, the Estate of Laura Coats, Rick and Jill Stollmeyer, PG&E, and Dr. Grace Crittenden.

The third funding component is the recent passage of Assembly Bill 19, which has full funding included in CA Governor Jerry Brown’s 2018-2019 proposed budget. AB 19 pays for the tuition of first-time, full-time students. “AB 19 provides enough funding to allow the Foundation’s fundraising efforts to support year two,” said Hill.

Since 2013, Cuesta’s local high school graduate attendance rate went from 25 percent to more than 36 percent. Today, 90 percent of local graduates who attend Cuesta College immediately after graduating, come as Promise students. The class of 2017 saw 876 students attend Cuesta on the Promise, including 180 from Paso Robles High School, 130 from Atascadero High School, 123 from Arroyo Grande High School, 101 from San Luis Obispo High School, 80 from Morro Bay High School, 74 from Templeton High School, and 25 from Coast Union High School.

“Since the college launched the Cuesta Promise Scholarship, we have been monitoring the success of our Promise students in several categories, including units attempted, units completed, GPA, persistence from Fall to Spring, and persistence from Spring to the following Fall,” said Dr. Stork. “In almost all categories, Promise students outperform first time students who are not on the Promise Scholarship. The one area that remains unchanged is persistence from Spring to the following Fall. This is when the Promise Scholarship is no longer supporting a student’s education.”

Due to a private donation of $20,000, the Cambria Promise Scholarship was launched in the fall of 2016, allowing all graduates of Coast Union High School and Leffingwell High School to receive a fee-free second year at Cuesta College.

“What we have learned from the Cambria Promise is that students’ persistence from Spring to the following Fall is much higher than that of our Cuesta Promise students,” said Dr. Stork. “We find that many students on the Cuesta Promise can’t continue on without gaining employment or reducing their unit load, thus putting greater strain on their academic performance. Being able to support all local high school graduates with the opportunity to attend Cuesta College for two fee-free years – without financial burden – is our gift to the community.”

In order to obtain the Cuesta Promise Scholarship, students graduating this year must enroll in courses for the Fall 2018 semester and complete the steps for the Promise Scholarship by August 1st. Upon completion of the application process, fees will be waived for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. If a student meets the academic expectations in year one, their fees will be waived again for year two.

The Cuesta Promise is the result of a donation of more than $8 million to the Cuesta College Foundation from the Charles and Leeta Dovica Family Trust, who requested the funds be used for scholarships. The scholarship endowment, created in the fall of 2013, currently saves students an average of $1,400 each year by paying for the per-unit cost of classes, health fees, Associated Students of Cuesta College fees, materials fees, Student Center fees, and the Student Rep fee. For questions about the Cuesta Promise Scholarship, call (805) 546-3153 or email or visit

Founded in 1973, the Cuesta College Foundation connects private and corporate philanthropy with opportunities to support Cuesta College and its students. By doing so, Cuesta College can fulfill its promise to educate the community’s future business leaders, health care workers, teachers, engineers, scientists and first responders. For questions about the Foundation, call (805) 546-3279.


June 15, 2018 |

What’s New at the County Assessor’s Office


The Assessor, in collaboration with County IT, initiated the “Open Text Upgrade and Assessor Records Transformation” project. The project will continue throughout FY 2018-19. The project includes the scanning of over 2,200,000 paper documents in over 168,000 parcel files, the creation of a digital parcel file library within the OpenText document management environment, and developing many workflows combined with business process re-engineering to handle most of the Department’s work activities. Packing files in preparation for Shipment HAS BEGUN!!!

Packing files in preparation for Shipment HAS BEGUN!!!

How might this affect you?

  • May be a short delay in retrieving your file if it is off site being digitized.

How will it benefit you?

  • Access to all files for staff and property owners from either office location.
  • Better efficiencies for Staff.
  • Better service for you!
Note: Digital parcel file documents will not be available to property owners or the general public on the website.
When will the project be complete? June – July 2019
County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., Ste. D360, SLO, CA 93408 (805) 781-5643 Fax: (805) 781-5641 Web Site:
April 13, 2018 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

County Adopts $592.3 Million Balanced Budget for FY 2017-18


The County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors adopted a $592.3 million budget for fiscal year (FY) 2017-18 on Tuesday.

The $592.3 million budget is about a 3 percent growth over the current fiscal year. The budget prioritizes funding that allows the County to meet legal mandates and debt service requirements, strengthen public safety, and improve roads. It also includes funding to manage groundwater basins, continue the 50Now program to house and serve chronically homeless individuals, regulate medical and recreational cannabis, and fund parks projects in the south county.

The budget also incorporates funds distributed to local nonprofits as well as funds related to groundwater management, commercial cannabis cultivation regulations and enforcement, and affordable housing programs.

“The budget is the most important document we produce, as it outlines the County’s financial plan for the upcoming fiscal year and is intended to communicate and implement Board policy related to County operations,” said County Budget Director Emily Jackson.

The people of San Luis Obispo County had an opportunity to weigh in on the budget recommendations during public budget hearings on June 12 and 14.

The County government publishes its award-winning budget document every year, attempting to strike an appropriate balance between financial detail and discussion of bigger picture issues, Jackson said. Each year, the document is intended to inform meaningful discussion about resource allocation decisions among the public, the Board of Supervisors, and staff.

For more information, visit

June 22, 2017 |

Travel to Tuscany in Fall of 2017


Tuscany/One Hotel Holiday Presented by CI Destinations

The Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce will once again be offering a fully escorted tour of the awe inspiring region of Tuscany. Tuscany is the place where movies are filmed and fantasies run wild. Perhaps it’s the cities of Florence, Pisa, or Sienna that invoke feelings of culture, art, or arouse the senses as do the smells and taste of the Chianti region. The fact is that Tuscany is home to some of the most famous tourist attractions in all of Italy.

This is truly an amazing opportunity to discover all that Tuscany has to offer. Tuscany is what many people around the world envision as a true representation of Italy.

DEPARTING OCTOBER 24, 2017. For more information contact the Chamber office at 805.528.4884.





November 11, 2017
Dear Oliver:
On behalf of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, I want to thank you and CI Destinations for an amazing trip to Tuscany earlier this month. We had a group of 23 travelers who went to Tuscany as part of a CI Destinations trip through our Chamber. Every person complimented the outstanding customer service and attention to detail that your company provided.


April 6, 2017 |
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