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Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

July 1, 2021

With the June 15 lifting of coronavirus pandemic response’s business restrictions, the local chambers of commerce are asking businesses for input as to how this is affecting them.
The Central Coast Coalition of Chambers is sending out bi-monthly surveys “to help better understand and measure both the current and long-term regional impacts of COVID-19,” a notice reads. “Your input is invaluable as we continue to advocate for business at the local, regional and statewide level.”
The survey is posted online at:, and businesses have until Wednesday, July 7 to participate. It takes about 4 minutes to fill out.

Spotlight Award

The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce gave a Spotlight Award to Daisy’s Organic Coffee and Tea after being nominated by a community member.
“Their always organic coffee and selection of loose teas are killer! Stop in today,” said the Chamber. “Grab a scone and a cup tea. Did I mention they are dog friendly?”
Daisy’s, 845 Embarcadero Suite 1, is a local, family-owned and operated coffee and tea shop catering to both locals and visitors. Currently, they are open for take-out where you can sit out the outside tables and listen to the sounds of the ocean.
Poly Named Promising Places to Work
For the third straight year — and fourth year since 2017 — Cal Poly was named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs by ACPA-College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
The university previously earned the distinction in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
“I’m honored to receive this award once again, because it speaks to the continued dedication of our division to create an atmosphere where everyone is valued for who they are and what they bring to the table,” said Keith Humphrey, vice president for Student Affairs. “When we create healthy working conditions for our staff, they can focus on promoting student success. This award only strengthens my resolve to continually implement improvements that establish a workplace that supports, appreciates and recognizes the unique talents and contributions of our amazing staff.”
Cal Poly’s Student Affairs division is among 30 throughout the U.S. recognized in 2021 for its commitment toward workplace and staffing practices that promote diversity, equity and inclusion; for providing professional development opportunities and family-friendly practices and policies for staff; and other attributes.
All told, Cal Poly is one of four California State University (CSU) campuses to receive the distinction this year, alongside CSU Channel Islands, Humboldt State University and Sonoma State University. Six California universities were honored overall.
“We continue to find innovate ways to help our staff feel like they belong and have a voice,” added Jamie S. Patton, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, diversity and inclusion. “We strive for continuous improvement to ensure that our staff has the opportunities to thrive in their profession, and I believe this recognition affirms our efforts.”

Woods Receives Pawsome Grant

Woods Humane Society has reason to purr and wag their tales after receiving a $14,000 grant investment from the newly named nonprofit Petco Love to support their lifesaving work for animals on the Central Coast.
Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change for pets nationally by “harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier,” the company said. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they’ve empowered organizations by investing $300 million to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. They’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations, like Woods Humane Society, nationwide.
“We are immensely grateful for the generous support and partnership of Petco Lov,” Neil Trent, CEO of Woods Humane Society in a press release. “In an incredibly challenging fiscal year, and at a time when pets have needed us the most, we have been able to place 1,902 dogs and cats in loving homes. It is with the help of generous grants like these and the steadfast support of the local community that we continue to be able to go the extra mile, offering the behavior and veterinary resources to save animals in need.”
For more information about Woods Humane Society, visit To learn more about Petco Love, visit

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