Community Business – August 12, 2021

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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.

August 12, 2021

Bids Wanted for Cambria Healthcare

The Cambria Community Healthcare District (CCHD) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide professional architectural-engineering pre-design services for its ambulance station and administrative offices located at 2515 Main Street, Cambria.  

The requested services include a facilities condition assessment (FCA), architectural programming, feasibility and conceptual design studies, and conceptual project budgets and schedules.

“Our existing building is over 70 years old and lacks the features necessary to comfortably house our crews,” said Mike McDonough, administrator of the CCHD, “Additionally, we do not have an ambulance garage to take proper care of our ambulances.”

The situation was exacerbated in 2018 when runoff from the hillside above damaged our crew quarters building during the rainy season.  That building has now been vacated due to its potential hazards. As a precaution, the crew was moved into small offices in the administrative building currently shared with Community Health Center of Cambria.

The RFP is posted on the District’s website at  A pre-submittal job site meeting takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14.  Responses to the RFP must be received no later than 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Kelsey Brings Home 31 Medals

San Luis Obispo based Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards took home 31 medals across three recent wine competitions. The winery entered a collection of 2018 and 2020 vintages in the 2021 Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition, the 2021 Sunset Magazine Wine Competition, and the 2021 Central Coast Wine Competition.

Most notable wins for Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards include the following:

The 2018 BB Zinfandel, a full-bodied, jammy zinfandel, received a 94pt Gold from Sunset Magazine.

The 2020 Golden Delicious, a unique apple Chardonnay, received a 92pt Gold from Sunset Magazine.

The 2018 Cabernet Franc, a peppery red with plum notes and a medium-full body, received a Gold from the Central Coast Wine Competition.

Colleen Gnos, label artist and niece of the winery owners, won a Gold Medal in the Figurative Art category for the 2020 Orange Muscat label, at the Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition.

“Winemakers Jac (Jacobs) and Joey (Roedl) continue to make us proud,” said Laurie Kelsey, co-owner and GM of Kelsey. “We are very fortunate to have such an outstanding winemaking team. We are also blessed that Colleen continues to provide us stunning pieces for our labels.”

Morro Bay Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon cutting at Museum of Natural History

The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce was thrilled to celebrate a grand reopening and renovation of the Museum of Natural History with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 5. The Museum is located at 20 State Park Rd. and offers activities and exhibits for every age.

How to Hire Employees

If your organization is preparing for growth but unsure of the different processes that come with hiring employees, Spokes’ one-hour training session can help to prepare you well in advance. Learn the basics of HR and payroll regulations and best practices to implement for a smooth employee onboarding experience. 

This session takes place on August 24 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The price of admission is $35 or $20 for Spokes 2020 members. 

This class is for any founder, board president/chair, volunteer executive director, board finance chair, board member, or other member of an organization that is considering hiring the first employee. This class is online; link will be sent with registration acknowledgement. This class may be recorded.

Steve Wilner, MBA teaches the session. He is business development manager for Your People Professionals (YPP)/HR Your Way, a 35-year-old boutique HR outsourcing and consulting firm. His broad business background, including an MBA from Santa Clara University as well as sales, technical, and general management experience, gives him a keen understanding of the challenges faced everyday by business owners and leaders. 

Learn more/register at or call (805) 547-2244.

New Times celebrates its 35th Birthday! 

It all began in a San Luis Obispo garage on August 13, 1986.  Ronald Reagan was the president, gas was 89 cents a gallon, and alternative weeklies were on the rise throughout the country. With the help of a couple friends, Steve Moss created and published the first edition of New Times.  Now, 35 years later with more than 1,820 issues published, New Times has proven to be an important and vital part of the San Luis Obispo County community.  

 For three and half decades, New Times has made local news and entertainment accessible for the Central Coast. Steve Moss’s vision of connecting readers with the community propelled New Times into a publication that readers can count on every week.  

Fun fact, August 11, 1989, 32 years ago, was the first issue of The Bay News. It started in the old gas station on second street in Baywood Park. 

Fun fact, I, Dean Sullivan was involved with New Times’ first issue called “Food Fight.” On page two, there is a special thank you to Ed Harris, owner of Coast and Country Properties, and Dean. They did all the darkroom work for Steve Moss when he started the publication.

Mental Health Help

The City of San Luis Obispo is looking for proposals for an additional mental health clinician to expand the City’s Community Action Team (CAT), which handles calls for service involving community members suffering from a mental health crisis.

The City will spend upwards of $125,00 this fiscal year to expand the CAT with another mental health worker in support of the major city goal related to housing and homelessness. The annual ongoing cost is estimated at about $116,000. The City will continue to work with the County Behavioral Health Department and County Department of Social Services to identify sustainable funding sources for programs and services like this in the future.

“Although the City does not provide broader homeless services or mental health services, City staff and officials can connect people with the service providers in our area, including the County and 40 Prado,” said City Manager Derek Johnson. “One way we do that is through our Community Action Team. It’s clear we need to meet people where they are and fill gaps in state and county services. We need to expand this team to have a bigger impact.”

The City’s existing CAT is made up of a police officer and a mental health clinician. They work together to respond to calls related to unhoused or transient community members, and other clients who have severe mental health and/or substance abuse issues in San Luis Obispo city. The additional mental health clinician will provide similar in-person mental health services. 

For questions, contact City of SLO Homelessness Response Manager Kelsey Nocket at 805.781.7216 or  

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