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The eight-year trend of economic growth in California and the Central Coast does not necessarily mean a recession is coming, according to economists who spoke at the Central Coast Economic Forecast on Nov. 3 in San Luis Obispo. A common belief is that the economy has a life cycle that inevitably switches back and forth Read More →
The closure of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant will hurt the San Luis Obispo County economy but the region will have time to adjust as the plant cycles down, Robert Kleinhenz of Beacon Economics said. Pacific Gas and Electric announced plans in June to close its power plant by 2025, leaving the area without one Read More →
A housing shortage is driving the middle class out of California. Several reports from Next 10 and Beacon Economics illustrated the state’s growing housing to jobs imbalance. Housing prices will continue to climb unless cities and counties increase residential densities and streamline the permitting process, according to the reports. More people are leaving the state Read More →
A Ventura resident has filed a complaint against a city of Ventura planning commissioner alleging her day job influences her role as a public official. Nicholas Bonge, co-founder of the grassroots nonprofit Neighbors of the Ventura Hillside, submitted a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission asking it to investigate Commissioner Jane Farkas. It Read More →
With its wine grapes, relatively affordable housing and recovering labor market, San Luis Obispo County sits at the leading edge of the recovering in the Tri-Counties and statewide. That was the view from Chris Thornberg, founder of Los Angeles-based Beacon Economics, at the semi-annual Central Coast Economic Forecast held in Atascadero on June 6. Speaking Read More →
Chris Thornberg and George Lucas are not usually found in the same room — let alone the same sentence.