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 www.slocounty.ca.gov.
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.
CONTINUING TO TAKE RESERVATIONS/DEPOSITS – 9 days $2899/all inclusive
Residents of San Luis Obispo County can now access the County’s 2016 Annual Report online to find information about activities, accomplishments and challenges the County faced last year.
“The annual report provides residents of San Luis Obispo County with a summary of the public services offered in 2016,” said County Administrative Officer Dan Buckshi. “The report for 2016 shines a light on some of the ways the County met the needs and desires of the community. It identifies the challenges we faced this past year and highlights important outcomes associated with the programs and services we provided.”
The 2016 Annual Report gives people a glimpse at some of the hundreds of public services provided by the County last year. From a behind-the-scenes look at FEMA drills and the Phillips 66 hearings to details about the three elections the County managed last year, the report is full of important information that the public can use and refer back to for years to come.
The report can only be found online at www.slocountyannualreport.com. The report this year is broken out into five main sections: water, community, economy, upgrades, and safety. It also includes a video message from District 4 Supervisor Lynn Compton, who served as the 2016 Chair of the Board of Supervisors, and a written message from Buckshi.
Existing staff prepared the report in-house, which included coordination between departments, content development, graphic design, website development and video production.
The winner of the first annual Festival de Osos (Bear Festival) was Meditating Bliss Bear created by Susan Nazionale, 2180 Del Norte Street.
With the help of Baywood Elementary Bearcrows, local businesses and the community there were 22 bears on display throughout Los Osos/Baywood Park.
Thank you to American Threadwork/Linda Settevendemie for the cute embroidered bear prize.
Looking forward to more bears next year.
The Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce presented Aracely Aceves Lozano of the Food Bank Coalition with a donation of $400 raised at the Annual Festival of Flavor Food Showcase held on June 25, 2016. This community friendly event was held at the South Bay Community Center and chaired by Chamber board members Chad Carroll of Baywood Ale House and Gene Heyer of Thoma Engineering.
This donation was made possible by the participation of our food and beverage sponsors Beach Hut Deli, Nichols Pizza N Grill, Baywood Ale House, Kuma Bowls Sushi, Sylvester’s Burgers, Nardonne’s Pizzeria, Sweet Alexis Bakery, Blue Sky Bistro on the Bay and Baker & Brain Wine. The donation will provide $4,000 worth of nutritious food to individuals and families who face hunger.
Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for July is The Medicine Shoppe at 1199 Los Osos Valley Road. The owners are pharmacist Keith Hanan and his wife Elizabeth, supported by a long term employee, DeDe Pauze and Compounding Technician, Alex Aspernelson. They have been in business in Los Osos since 1989. In addition to running his shop Keith has been a member of the Los Osos Rotary Club, was president in 2013-14 and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. He is also a contributing member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
In nominating The Medicine Shoppe Board member Chad Carroll had this to say. “I was referred to The Medicine Shoppe after experiencing difficulties with several different pharmacies. What no one else could accomplish in a month’s time, Keith was able to handle in a few hours. He took the time to swim through the red tape of insurance companies and get me my much-needed prescription, even though it was a trial and
he wasn’t going to make money on it. I have since transferred all of my other prescriptions to him and I have been very happy with the service of Keith and his staff”.
DO YOU HAVE A BUSINESS YOU WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE? Recommendation for future monthly awards will be open to all. Nominators must apply the criteria adopted by the Board and the final decision will be made by the Board. The person making the nomination should offer sufficient detail as to why the business is being nominated to help the Board make the decision. All nominees will be considered and a winner will be chosen at the Board’s monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. To be considered the nomination should be received on the Friday prior to the board meeting. Entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to Business of the Month, PO Box 6282, Los Osos, CA 93412 and should include the contact information of the person making the nomination.
Criteria for the “Business of the Year”: The Business of the Year Award recognizes a business in our community for noteworthy accomplishments, long-standing contribution to the community, and significant community service efforts. The nominees business activities illustrate a commitment to the community and have made a visible contribution in the past year that reflects business growth and achievement, innovation, creativity or community involvement. Must be a member of the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce in good standing. Gives generously of themselves and/or staff in time and resources to the Chamber.
Let’s nominate one of the many wonderful businesses that make our community such a great place to live, work and do business.
Los Osos and Morro Bay both ranked in a listing of the top 20 beach town housing markets in the nation compiled by RealtyTrac.
The rankings were based on home values, weather, air quality and crime rates. The two were the highest-ranked California communities in the tally.
Los Osos ranked sixth with a public safety grade of A, a median home price of $418,403, an average temperature of 60 with sunny days 78 percent of the time, and good air quality days 100 percent of the time.
Morro Bay ranked 11th, with identical weather, crime and air quality numbers but a higher median home price of $537,479.
The median is the midpoint at which half of the houses sold for more and half for less. Figures are compared year-over-year because of the seasonal nature of home sales.
The top-20 U.S. beach communities ranked by RealtyTrac, a resource for comprehensive housing data, were all from California, Florida or Hawaii.
Hobe Sound, Fla., was ranked highest in the report published in May. The other California communities to make the list were Dana Point at No. 16, Seal Beach at No. 17, and San Clemente at No. 19. Each of the top-20 beach towns had median home prices below $1 million and average daily temperatures either in the 60s or 70s.
We are sure you’ve seen them by now because they went up three weeks ago. Unfortunately, both Pandora and I were in the process of leaving town on the day of the reinstallation, but Pandora managed to take some pictures and send them to the Bay News.
A heartfelt thanks to all of you who helped in the restoration process, and kudos to muralist Rebecca McFarland, who recreated the artwork beautifully, and professional signmaker Sean Beauchamp, who completed the process and reinstalled the signs. Gary Dove, with support from his Rotary cohorts, will reinstall the solar lights on LOVR.
Here are a few of Pandora’s pictures of Sean and his crew during the installation process. Go to our website to see more pictures: wwwcelebratelososos.org.