2017 Citizen of the Year Nominations


There are watchers. There are doers. There are some who are more than just doers. They contribute profoundly to their community, year after year. Sometimes, these are people not widely known so, the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce sends out a request each year to find them. Nominations for the Citizen of the Year, 2017 are currently being accepted by the Chamber! This deserving person does not have to be a Chamber member.

The nominee should be a person who gives outstanding service and dedication to the community and who is involved in more than one community effort, such as business, service organizations, church, schools, environment, politics, or charities. They must live, work, or own a business in Los Osos/Baywood Park.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 8, 2017. The “2017 Citizen of the Year” will be honored at the Annual Community Dinner & Installation on January 19, 2017.

IF YOU KNOW OF A DESERVING PERSON, fill out the online form or download the 2017 Nomination Form pdf

Nomination forms are also available at the Chamber of Commerce Office & Visitors Center.


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November 7, 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 |

County of SLO Publishes 2016 Annual Report


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 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.

February 21, 2017 |

Festival de Osos 2016 Winner



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.






November 28, 2016 |

Festival of Flavor Raises Money for Food Bank of SLO


LOBP Chamber donation to Food BankThe 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.

August 18, 2016 |

July 2016 Business of the Month – The Medicine Shoppe


Medicinne shoppe-webLos 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, 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.

July 29, 2016 |

Los Osos Ranked 6th Among Top Beach Town Housing Markets


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.

August 28, 2014 |
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