Biz Briefs

Jan. 8, 2015 Business News and Announcements—Compiled by Camas Frank

SLO County’s Public Works and Transportation Department was recently awarded a prestigious American Public Works Association Accreditation. The accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally, as contained in the APWA Public Works Management Practices Manual. “This award demonstrates that our department is dedicated to continuous improvement and assessment of our policies, procedures, and practices,” said Public Works Director, Wade Horton. “The heroes of this prestigious award are the public works staff, who work diligently to make San Luis Obispo County a great community.” For the department’s accreditation review, a team of public works professionals from Bettendorf, Iowa; Fairfield, Ohio; Eugene, Ore.; and Kansas City, Mo., completed a thorough evaluation of operations during an October 2014 site visit.

Wells Fargo recently presented a $25,000 donation to the nonprofit Peoples’ Self-Help Housing designated for affordable housing for low income households in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The check was presented to PSHH’s Monica Scholl by Wells Fargo Assistant Vice President, Raul Lorca, along with Wells Fargo Regional President, Joe Mathai and District Manager, Kathleen Voss. “We are proud to partner with Peoples’ Self-Help Housing as you work toward achieving our shared goals in the community,” said Sandy Cha, Wells Fargo VP and community affairs officer. PSHH President/CEO, John Fowler, said, “This gift will go a long way to help ensure our residents and people in need have safe and secure homes and programs that lead them to greater self-sufficiency. We are truly thankful for Wells Fargo’s generous support.” PSHH is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast with offices in Santa Barbara and SLO. For more information, see: or call 781-3088.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County received a $2,500 grant from the Vons Foundation and its employees to support the agency’s youth mentoring programs and associated group activities. Anna Boyd-Bucy the agency’s executive director said, “We are grateful for Vons’ investment in our community and our mission, to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.”

Concerts in the Plaza, the largest free concert series in the County is looking for bands to play in the SLO Downtown Association’s next series. Applications are sought from local talent to entertain the crowds in the Mission Plaza, Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. between June 12 and September 11. The application can be found at The deadline for application submission is Friday, January 30 at 4 p.m. Bands receive $500 for each performance along with marketing and promotional coverage and may sell CDs and merchandise at their event. Bands must be local (live and play in San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara counties) and dates for selected bands will be determined approximately by March 18, 2015.

Twin Cities Community Hospital is hosting another free seminar on, “The Diagnosis and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.” The seminar will be taught by Twin Cities’ neurologist, Dr. Nelson Yamagata, M.D. from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13. The seminar will answer why Parkinson’s disease is not a terminal disorder; why Parkinson’s is more than a tremor; movement, cognitive and balance issues; treatments available and a Q&A segment. The seminar is at the Morgan Conference Center, 1220 Las Tablas Rd., in Templeton. The “Founder’s Pavilion” is located west of the main entrance at Twin Cities Community Hospital. To RSVP, call 434-4965. For information about Twin Cities Community Hospital see: