6:47 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

San Luis Obispo County real estate market among hottest in the nation

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San Luis Obispo County's housing market is among the hottest in the nation according to a new list published by and highlighted through ConsumerAffairs.

The rankings are based on home demand and speed of sale in the county's largest 200 markets. San Luis Obispo County landed at No. 13 behind Santa Cruz (No. 12) and just in front of Ventura County (No. 14).

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3:28 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Firestone Brewery says drought was factor in strong odor coming from ponds

The canning line at Firestone Walker in Paso Robles.
Credit Alex Ullrich, KCBX News

The largest brewery on the Central Coast, Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, is working to solve an odor problem that has plagued the brewery and local neighbors for days.

Brewing requires a lot of water, and much of that water can be collected and saved, so Firestone Walker Brewery decided to build water retention ponds for that purpose. The problem is that once the ponds started to fill up with water from the brewery, bacteria started to grow and put off a foul odor. 

Adam Firestone, one of the company's founders, says this clearly wasn't part of the plan.

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7:02 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Santa Barbara County business leaders meeting to address broadband access

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Business leaders in Santa Barbara County are coming together Friday in an effort to ensure high speed internet access is available county-wide.

The Santa Barbara Broadband Task Force will meet in Buellton with a goal of expanding the service, says Ken Oplinger with regional Chamber of Commerce.

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6:01 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Central Coast jobs report shows strong growth, but too many low-paying positions

Credit Source: EMSI QCEW and non-QCEW Employment 2014.3

A jobs report released this month shows San Luis Obispo County is challenged when it comes to the number of high-paying positions available.

Last year, the SLO County Workforce Investment Board partnered with BW Research Partnership, Inc. to conduct a study on the local economy.

The report found the county has had a strong recovery in terms of total employment, exceeding the numbers of neighboring Central Coast counties.

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5:21 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

LinkedIn to purchase for $1.5 billion

A Central Coast based company that teaches online "how-to" courses on technology is being acquired by Silicon Valley giant LinkedIn.

The purchase price for Carpinteria-based is estimated at $1.5 billion dollars, which includes a combination of cash and stock.

"This is such an exciting moment in the 20-year history of, and I couldn't imagine a better pairing than and LinkedIn," said Lynda Weinman, co-founder and executive chair of the board of in a company statement.

5:58 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Possible changes on the way for restaurant and other concessions at Morro Bay State Park marina

The Bayside Cafe and other facilities managed in the Morro Bay State Park marina have been operating under a concessions contract that expired in 1993.
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California State Parks and the City of Morro Bay's Harbor Advisory Board are considering plans for new development and management at the Morro Bay State Park marina.

The current facilities, including the Bayside Cafe, are operated through a concession contract that expired more than 20 years ago.

A meeting to collect public comment is scheduled for April 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Morro Bay Veteran's Memorial Hall.

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4:00 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Specialized manufacturing plays growing role in Central Coast economy

Lab work and testing being done at Trust Automation in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Credit Ty Safreno, Trust Automation

The specialized manufacturing sector of the San Luis Obispo County economy accounts for 2.27 percent of the jobs in the area, but according to number from the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), those jobs come with an average pay-scale higher then most other industries — $65,855.

While relatively small, the sector is growing. The latest numbers show it grew seven percent from 2008 to 2014.


Ty Safreno, CEO and co-owner of Trust Automation, Inc., is the co-chair of EVC's Specialized Manufacturing Council.

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2:34 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Avila Beach population could triple if housing proposal is approved

Wild Cherry Canyon, looking toward Port San Luis and Pismo Beach.
Credit Kara Woodruff

As many as 1,500 homes could be built at Wild Cherry Canyon near Avila Beach if a new, controversial proposal gets approval. Avila Beach residents and supporters of the Wild Cherry Canyon conservation effort are upset over the potential housing development that could triple the size of the small beach town's population.

Kara Woodruff spearheaded the Wild Cherry Canyon protection effort and says she has concerns about issues surrounding water availability, sensitive habitat, and traffic.

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10:45 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Developers explain the inspiration behind historic Long-Bonetti Ranch project in SLO

Artist rendering of the finished SLO Public Market on the historic Long-Bonetti Ranch property in San Luis Obispo.
Credit PB Companies

The recent passage of the City of San Luis Obispo’s update to the General Plan—known as the LUCE, or Land Use and Circulation Elements—opened the door for several large development projects to move forward.

One of the those is a $16.5 million project that sits at the intersection of South Higuera and Tank Farm Road, called the SLO Public Market.

Some long-time locals may know the parcel as the historic Long-Bonetti Ranch.

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6:30 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

New development could be game changer for Guadalupe's future

A Central Coast city on the verge of insolvency last fall, now has a much brighter future according to those in charge.

A major housing development broke ground Wednesday in the City of Guadalupe. When finished, it could boost the city's population from roughly 7100 to above the 10,000 mark.

The total development is on more than 200 acres and will include 800 homes and will be built in stages over 10 to 15 years.

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12:13 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Famous Hollywood family launches full-service movie studios on the Central Coast

Credit Jessica Dieny

Todd Fisher, the son of Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds and the brother of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, recently went public with a high-end production company on the Central Coast. The Hollywood Motion Picture Experience (HMPE) is located in the small San Luis Obispo County town of Creston.

Fisher is the co-founder and chief creative officer of the full production and post-production house that he built on his secluded, self-sustaining, solar-powered ranch.

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10:41 am
Tue January 27, 2015

GoDaddy CEO tweets Super Bowl puppy ad will be pulled from Sunday's broadcast

Buster the puppy featured in the Super Bowl ad pulled by
Credit GoDaddy 2015 Super Bowl ad still from "Journey Home"

Internet website giant is pulling the puppy ad it released Tuesday on YouTube, after a strong backlash of comments from people who support pet adoption and rescue.

"Thank you @animalrescuers for the candid feedback," tweeted company CEO and San Luis Obispo resident Blake Irving early Tuesday afternoon. "What should have been a fun and funny ad clearly missed the mark and we will not air it."

The YouTube posting of the clip was shifted to "private" Tuesday afternoon as well.

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6:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Montecito's Miramar Hotel project passes Planning Commission vote

Developer Rick Caruso wants to build an updated resort where the abandoned blue-roofed Miramar Hotel once stood.
Credit Flickr member Damian Gadal

Plans to re-establish Montecito's Miramar Hotel now have a green light from the local planning commission.

The approved project is smaller than what was originally proposed, and as of Thursday, there was no word on whether developer Rick Caruso plans to move forward with the modified design.

If Caruso Affiliated does continue with the project, it would still needs to go through an appeals period and will also need approval from the Board of Architectural Review. There is no requirement for a Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors vote, unless it's appealed to that body.

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6:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

National survey: Employees rank Central Coast company among the best Top Ten tech firms

A Central Coast company is considered one of the Top Ten tech firms to work for in the United States. San Luis Obispo-based MindBody made the ranking on a survey by the employment website GlassDoor.

Company Co-Founder and Cal Poly alum Rick Stollmeyer says they're thrilled about the survey's results.

He says MindBody represents a growing trend of new firms choosing San Luis Obispo as their base.

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4:56 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

New study shows women gaining in business, but California Senator says more progress needed

A speaker addresses a crowd at the Professional Business Women of California conference.

A study released Thursday shows women in business have made some progress in serving on boards and securing high paid positions in California.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson says its a top goal of hers to increase the percentage of business women in leadership positions. She authored a resolution last year—the first-of-its-kind in the nation—urging California's 400 largest publicly-held corporations to do just that.

The UC Davis study shows only about one-in-nine top executives or board members are women, a slight increase over the previous year.

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