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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5:45 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

San Luis Obispo's airport pushing for $20 million expansion grant

San Luis Obispo Regional Airport

The San Luis Obispo Regional Airport is looking to quadruple its current terminal space with the help of $20 million in federal grant money.

Airport General Manager Kevin Bumen says he'll request permission from the county Board of Supervisors later this month to move forward with the grant proposal.

Should the FAA approve the request for money, the project could start moving forward as early as next spring.

Bumen says now is a good time to focus on airport expansion for the county.

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6:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Chumash Resort ready to start construction on 12 story hotel, casino expansion

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Construction on a new 12 story hotel and casino expansion at the Chumash Resort in the Santa Ynez Valley is set to begin next month.

The tribe announced their plans this week for the project, following a period of conversations with county leaders. There has been local concern over the building's height, as well as potential strain on county resources like fire and law enforcement.

Tribal leaders say the project is expected to be complete sometime in 2016.

5:33 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report Comes To Morning Edition

Starting on Monday, September 22, American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report will be featured daily as part of Morning Edition, broadening the reach of this robust business segment.

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5:46 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pismo Beach hotel plans move forward with unanimous council vote

Artist rendering of the 104 room hotel set to be built adjacent to the Pismo Beach pier.

Plans to build a large hotel next to the Pismo Beach pier are moving forward after a unanimous vote Tuesday night by the City Council.

The plans had previously been approved by the Planning Commission, but the project was appealed last month by residents forcing it to be heard by the council.

The 104-room hotel has plans for a rooftop pool, restaurant and commercial retail space. There is also a business center and convention space.

Underground parking remains part of the plan, but had some adjustments made by the council.

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4:53 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Home prices jump along the Central Coast, but total number sold is down

Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Counties all saw the median price for homes jump significantly in the latest year-over-year sales figures.

San Diego-based DataQuick says Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties had gains of more than eight percent, while Monterey County jumped nearly 12 percent for July.

The year-over-year number of homes sold is down in all three counties with Santa Barbara County seeing the largest drop.

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10:10 am
Wed August 6, 2014

New survey shows California's regulations are not popular with small business owners

Credit Flickr member Phil Whitehouse

A survey out this week shows small business owners rank California near the bottom of a nationwide survey showing which cities and states offer the most business-friendly environments.

More than 12,000 business owners participated, making it the largest of its kind according to, the company that conducted it.

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6:18 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

New hotel and convention center coming to downtown Pismo Beach

Artist rendering of updated plans for the hotel planned near the pier in Pismo Beach.

Developers looking to build a large hotel and convention center near the Pismo Beach Pier now have permission to start work on the project.

The city's planning commission voted unanimously in favor of the facility at Tuesday night's meeting.

The applicants, an investment group based in Santa Barbara, have approval to build a structure that contains a 104-unit hotel.

The designs also call for nearly 1800 square feet for retail shops, more than 2100 square feet of meeting space, and an underground parking garage. 

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10:10 am
Mon July 21, 2014

California's unemployment rate falls for June, Central Coast sees mixed numbers

The state Employment Development Department said Friday that California gained more than 24 thousand jobs in June, with education and health services seeing the largest increase. The state's construction industry saw the weakest growth. 

Olga Hernandez is a research analyst for the department and says the unemployment rate is measured by the number of people who are not actively part of the labor force and who receive unemployment insurance.

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5:51 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Santa Barbara-founded Habit Burger named best in the nation

The Habit Burger location in downtown San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Credit Jordan Rabe

California-based Habit Burger is getting national attention. The fast-food chain that got its start in Santa Barbara County has the nation's best tasting burgers according to one high-profile publication.

For a new Consumer Reports survey, subscribers were asked to rate the taste of various burgers on a scale of one to ten, and Habit Burger came out on top beating popular burger competitors like In-N-Out and Five Guys (#2 and #3 respectively).

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6:58 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Group loses lawsuit to stop Walmart from being built in Atascadero

Credit Flickr member Mike Mozart

A lawsuit aimed at keeping a Walmart from being built in Atascadero was shot down Tuesday by California's Second District Court of Appeals in Ventura.

The Atascadero City Council had approved the project two years ago. However, members of a citizens group called Save Atascadero were concerned over the project's Environmental Impact Report.

Tom Comar, the group's spokesperson, says the group will not seek any further legal matters on the issue at this time.

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