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June 21,2017

State Awards Tax Credits To SLO-based StreamGuys

The state Go-Biz – California Competes Tax Credit Program – has awarded $250,000 to San Luis Obispo’s StreamGuy,Inc based on the company’s promise to add 19 jobs to the 23 employees they have here now. Their application says they will add the new jobs over several years by 2021. The award will be made final at the June 15 meeting of the Governor’s economic development agency committee in Sacramento.

In business since 2000, StreamGuys describes itself as an industry-leading service provider of live and on-demand streaming, podcasting delivery, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) toolsets for enterprise-level broadcast media organizations.

In related news, the same agency – Go-Biz – will make a presentation about applying for the next round of state tax credit awards in San Luis Obispo on June 28 at 9:30AM at SLO Hot House 872 Higuera, 2nd floor.

Black Hill Subdivision in Morro Bay Moving Forward

Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 6.12.37 PMMorro Bay’s Black Hill is a favorite hiking destination that is part of the state park there. Now at its base, 16 new homes- Black Hill Villas- will be built after a 10-year battle over the project appears to be over. The applicant, Wayne Colmer, is seeking to start grading later this year, says City of Morro Bay planner Cindy Jacinth. After being approved by the city and Coastal Commission the commission was sued over the extent of habitat for endangered species.That litigation was finally settled.Now the City has filed a notice that the project will have no impact on the environment after the applicant made some adjustments to increase the habitat.

Retailer To Close At Pismo Outlet

Fashion retailer Rue 21 filed for bankruptcy protection in mid-May and announced they would close around 400 of their 1179 stores nationwide.Among the stores closing is the Pismo Beach/Five Cities location at the Premium Outlet Mall.Store employee say they expect the place to shut down by July.

Big Sur’s Esalen Makes It Official – 45 Will Lose Jobs

The owners of Esalen Institute retreat center have made their pending closure official as of May 17, filing a state WARN notice that says they will lay off 45 people employed there by July 4. The retreat has actually been closed since February after major storms caused numerous slides and a bridge to the north collapsed.  Now with the massive Mud Creek slide, the center is cut off both to the north and south connected only by little traveled Nacimiento Ferguson Rd.The New Age-oriented center typically offers over 500 workshops to some 12,000 guests on a yearly basis. The institute is said to have a long term lease on the stunning 27-acre property that overlooks the Pacific. Esalen says on their website that despite the road issues they will reopen at the end of July with a slate of workshops in August and through 2017, according to Executive Director Ben Tauber. The state Warn notice offers no timetable on staff layoffs.The notice requires that employers give a 60-day notice to the affected employees and both state and local representatives prior to a plant closing or mass layoff.

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