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March 2022 * VOLUME 46 * ISSUE 3

    
Spring officially starts this month, though here in Los Osos we’ve been enjoying the bright greens and flowers early.
If you have an interest in Orchids or other plants grown in green houses, visit Los Osos’ own Cal Coast Orchids for an Open House on April 9th, 9am-2pm. (See http://ccgga.com/ccgga-events/open-house for other green houses in the county also open that day. See the official flyer at the end of this newsletter. See the map here.) If you enjoy travel and learning about other regions, be sure to check out Michael Costa’s exhibit, “Crossing Borders,” a photographic journey through Peru, reflecting the country's fascinating people, magic & culture, Costa Gallery, 2087 10th Street. Looking forward to May, save the date of Wednesday, May 4th for a Cinco de Mayo-themed Chamber Mixer at Energy Wise Realty.

Enjoy your March everyone! 

 


It’s LOCAC’s Election Year – 
We Are Looking for CANDIDATES! 
 

If you live in Los Osos, and would like to serve your community, consider running for a seat! There are open seats in each of the four districts! Have a look at the map
Candidates must be 18 years of age and older, and live in the District in which they plan to run.

What does LOCAC do?

"The Los Osos Community Advisory Council is the voice of the community for all land use issues affecting Los Osos. We are an 11 member volunteer group that advises the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, the County Planning Commission, and County staff on land use planning, trees & landscaping, traffic and circulation and other important issues that affect Los Osos. LOCAC is also a voice for protecting Morro Bay and the sensitive environment surrounding our community."

Check out the LOCAC website for more of what LOCAC does!


Linked here is the Application and the Conditions-of-Service. Both will need your signature. In addition, please send us a paragraph about yourself, why you’d like to become a LOCAC member, and a copy of your proof of residence/ID, such as a Driver’s License/ID card, a utility bill (in your name), something that shows your name at your address.

Email digital copies of these documents to: trishbartel00@gmail.com
 
Snail mail copies to: LOCAC, P.O. Box 7170, Los Osos, CA 93412.

Our cut off date for submitting an application is 
MARCH 12, 5:00 pm. 
. The election will be held on MAY 7th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 
at the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce parking lot,
781 Los Osos Valley Road, (corner of Palisades)
Los Osos.

Any questions? Please contact: trishbartel00@gmail.com           

Please scroll down to see a job opportunity with the Los Osos Community Services District.
Don't be left out! Place your ad in our new 2022 Directory today!
See the online version of the book below here: https://view.flipdocs.com/?ID=10004308_647973


Women may need financial ‘catch-up’

 

It’s unfortunate but true: If you’re a woman, you face more obstacles than men in achieving financial security. And that means you may well need to put in some extra effort.

Just how serious is your challenge?

For one thing, women still face a gender pay gap – based on median incomes, women earn about 82 cents for every dollar a man makes, according to the Census Bureau. This pay gap amounts to a nearly $470,000 difference in lifetime earnings, according to an Edward Jones/Age Wave study.

Furthermore, when factoring in the career disruptions women face because of caring for children and elderly parents, that $470,000 becomes a $1.1 million lifetime earnings gap, according to the study.

Finally, women tend to live longer than men, meaning their lifetime earnings must last longer.

Everyone’s situation is different, but these figures at least point to the challenges many women encounter. To help yourself, consider these moves:

Pay yourself first. You always have to pay your bills – but, at the same time, pay yourself by moving money automatically from your checking account each month into a low-risk, liquid vehicle, such as a money market account or some type of cash management account connected with your investment portfolio. This move can help give you a “bucket” of money to use for any reason, such as the need to step away from your job to care for children or aging parents.

Increase your 401(k) contributions each year. If you have a 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan, take full advantage of it. At a minimum, contribute enough to earn your employer’s match, if one is offered, and increase your contributions every year, or every time your salary increases.

Fully fund your IRA. Even if you contribute to a 401(k), you may still be eligible to invest in an IRA – and you should. You can put in up to $6,000 per year to a traditional or Roth IRA, or $7,000 if you’re 50 or older. (However, a Roth IRA does have income limitations that may prevent you from contributing the full amount.)

Learn about Social Security options. Because Social Security provides a lifetime income stream that includes cost-of-living increases, it can help mitigate two key risks you face in retirement: longer life expectancies and inflation. You can start taking Social Security as early as age 62, but your monthly checks will be significantly larger if you wait until your “full” retirement age, which will likely be between 66 and 67. If you delay taking benefits beyond your full retirement age, your payments will increase by 8% per year, until age 70, when your benefits max out. You’ll also want to learn about spousal and survivor benefits, which can affect how much you’ll receive.

Get some help. You may be able to benefit from working with a financial professional, who can evaluate your situation, make investment recommendations, and help answer questions you may have, such as, “What moves can I make so I can afford to become a caregiver for an elderly parent?”
 

Hopefully, there will be a day when women won’t have to play financial catch-up. For now, though, use all the means at your disposal to help yourself.
 


8 Popular Home Design Features for 2022

 

There’s a lot to consider when selling your home, from the market and appraisals to where you’ll go next. Don’t forget, however, that design is also a key factor. It’s often one of the first things buyers notice when they walk into a home, and it’s also a detail that you, as a seller, can easily control.

According to Realtor.com’s 2022 housing market forecast, home for-sale inventory will increase from last year, as will the projected number of overall sales.1 This means, if you’re looking to sell in the near future, now is the time to consider how you can stand out.
 

Updating your home design is one way to do that. Changes like new security features or upgraded siding can add value to your home now and be highlighted when you market it for sale later. To get the most out of your updates, focus on these popular home design features that will wow buyers in 2022.
 

Keep in mind, not all of these will work well in every house. If you plan to buy, list, or renovate a property, give us a call. We can help you realize your vision and maximize the impact of your investment.

 

Eco-Friendly Fixtures

Millennials account for the largest share of current homebuyers, according to the National Association of Realtors.2 Sustainable living tops the list of priorities for this generation. A recent Deloitte survey found that nearly one-third of millennials initiate or deepen their consumer investment in products or services that help the environment—this also includes the houses they choose to live in.3

Here are a few eco-friendly design features that will be attractive to these millennial buyers in 2022. Bonus, they can net a significant return on investment (ROI) for you, as a seller, too.

 

  • Energy-Efficient Windows: Heat gain or loss from low-performance windows drives 25–30 percent of home heating and cooling costs, according to Energy.gov.4 Therefore, energy-efficient windows can help homeowners save money.
  • Low-Flow Water Fixtures: According to the EPA, replacing your shower head with one that’s labeled with WaterSense can save four gallons of water with each shower.5 Doing the same with your faucet can save 700 gallons per year. This leads to cost savings and environmental support.
  • Native Landscaping: According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, 58 percent of members report increased client demand for native trees and plants as a means to combat biodiversity loss from climate change..6 Enhance the eco-friendly appeal of your home with some native plants in the front yard.

 

Wellness Retreat Nooks

The pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health. For example, in an effort to prioritize mental health, many people are relocating to quieter, more peaceful homes, with 22 percent of city dwellers planning a move to less congested residential areas, according to the Home Improvement Research Institute’s (HIRI) 2021 Insights Summit.7
 

However, no matter where you live, you can still intrigue buyers by jumping on this trend. At-home wellness amenities, which were once viewed as luxuries, are now on many homeowners’ must-have lists. Indoor spaces that function as a retreat for wellness and self-care have become extremely popular, according to HIRI.
 

Improve your quality of life in your home with reading nooks, spa-inspired bathrooms, and exercise or meditation spaces. Even if your house doesn’t have the square footage to section off an entire room for relaxation, making simple tweaks to natural light, air purifiers, and indoor plants can help you feel better in your home now while enabling future buyers to see the opportunity for their own space.

 

Calming Paint Colors

Paint colors that produce a calming atmosphere will also be a key selling point in 2022. Soft earth tones and natural hues will prevail this year, including various shades of blue, green,  brown, and beige. Recent research suggests steering clear of trendy paint colors in favor of a more classic palette to bring the feel of nature indoors in a subtle and soothing way.8

 

In fact, the same research found that buyers are often willing to pay an extra $4,698 for a house with a light blue bathroom or an extra $1,491 for a house with a dark blue bedroom. Another crowd-pleasing hue to refresh the walls with is BEHR’s 2022 paint color of the year, known as Breezeway.9

 

This shade of green with silver undertones was created to mimic sea glass. As the BEHR website describes it, Breezeway “evokes feelings of coolness and peace, while representing a desire to move forward and discover newfound passions.”

 

Home Safety Features

Buyers want peace of mind more now than ever before. According to a 2021 survey from the American Institute of Architects, members report seeing an increase in the popularity of these home safety features10:

  • Emergency backup power generation
  • Accommodations for multiple generations
  • Wider accessible doorways and hallways
  • Home security monitoring equipment
  • Interior ramps and home elevator features

Consider how you can build home safety features like these into the design of your home to enhance your quality of life now and attract more buyers later. For example, you could install a backup generator in the garage and sell it with the house or update your major doorways to be wider.

 

Before making an investment in expensive home safety upgrades, contact us. We can help you determine what will deliver the greatest ROI for your location and goals.

 

Designated Work Spaces

It may come as no surprise that after the pandemic, 63 percent of homebuyers want their next house to feature room for a designated office, according to the National Association of Home Builders.11 In addition, 70 percent of these buyers want the office to be at least 100 square feet (or a 10x10 room).    

 

If you can, consider turning a bedroom or a den into a work-from-home office. When designing the space, make it both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Position a desk near the window for natural light, install a bookshelf unit, arrange a few succulents on the work surface, and hang a few framed posters or a cork bulletin board on the wall. You want the space to foster productivity as well as be a place in your home you enjoy spending time.

 

When you get ready to sell, we can help you highlight your designated work space. Given the high demand for this design feature, it can help you interest more buyers and attract more competitive offers—if marketed creatively.

 

Luxury Kitchen Retouches

The kitchen has always been a main focal point of interior design, and that’s no different in 2022. Families will always need this space to come together in their own homes.

 

This year’s buyers want a kitchen with new upgrades and retouches, but you don’t have to renovate the entire kitchen to make an impact. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few tips on how to create a kitchen that buyers will love without spending too much money on renovations:

 

  • Repaint the kitchen, keeping the calm and nature-inspired colors in mind that are most popular right now. Taking a kitchen from dark to light by painting cabinets and walls can make all the difference.
  • Update the hardware. These kitchen “accessories” stand out and add personality to an otherwise standard kitchen.
  • Update light fixtures to bring in more light while also adding a fresh look and feel to the space.

 

Unique Accent Walls

In a recent interview with the National Association of Realtors, Brian Santos, the director of education for Fresh Coat Painters, explains that bold, unique accent walls are trendy right now.12 An accent wall gives a home character while maintaining the calming feel of natural- and neutral-colored walls.
 

Santos also explains that this is part of a design aesthetic that draws inspiration from the Roaring Twenties, and it’s likely to remain a sought-after home feature in 2022. Here are some bold colors to consider for your home’s accent walls:
 

  • Solid black
  • Jewel or metallic tones
  • Textured wallpaper
  • Painted ceilings
  • Built-in shelves

If you’re planning to sell in the next year, talk to us before adding an accent wall. Depending on your target buyer, it may be a design feature that actually hurts your home’s value. We can run a free Comparative Market Analysis on your home to help you understand what would resell best in your neighborhood.

 

Exterior Siding Updates

A new exterior siding refresh is one of the most affordable renovation projects you can do to help increase a home’s resale value. The average cost is just $12 per square foot, but higher-end material options can push costs closer to  $50 per square foot.13 What’s more, there are many siding materials available, from fiber-cement, brick, and wood to vinyl, metal, and stone.
 

While all these options can infuse the exterior with character and add curb appeal, fiber-cement and vinyl deliver the highest ROI. In fact, according to a 2021 Cost vs. Value Report, a vinyl siding replacement can boost resale value by $11,315 (68.3 percent cost recoup), and a fiber-cement siding replacement can boost resale value by $13,618 (69.4 percent cost recoup).14
 

Give your home this simple, affordable, and attractive facelift before putting it on the market. If you’re not sure how to get started yourself, our team can connect you with a trusted vendor to guide you through the process.

 

Keep These Home Design Features on Your Radar in 2022

These design features can infuse personality into your home while helping to close the deal if you plan to sell in 2022. The average buyer knows just what they’re looking for in a space they plan to call home, so with some investment and foresight, you can give your house an edge over the competition—and boost resale value in the process.
 

However, you don’t need to make all these changes to attract more buyers. We can help you determine which design features you should add to your home by sharing insights and tips on how to maximize the return on your investment. We can also run a Comparative Market Analysis on your home to find out how it compares to others in the area, which will help us decide what changes need to be made. Contact us to schedule a free consultation!

 

Sources:

  1. Realtor -
    https://www.realtor.com/research/2022-national-housing-forecast/
  2. National Association of Realtors -
    https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-reports/home-buyer-and-seller-generational-trends
  3. Deloitte -
    https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/2021-deloitte-global-millennial-survey-report.pdf
  4. Energy.gov -
    https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/update-or-replace-windows
  5. EPA.gov -
    https://www.epa.gov/watersense/about-watersense
  6. American Society of Landscape Architects -
    https://www.asla.org/NewsReleaseDetails.aspx?id=60427
  7. Home Improvement Research Institute -
    https://www.hiri.org/blog/4-major-home-wellness-trends-from-hiri-summit-speaker-dr-jie-zhao
  8. Zillow -
    http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2021-07-15-Homes-With-Light-Blue-Bathrooms,-Dark-Blue-Bedrooms-Could-Sell-for-Up-to-4,698-More-Than-Expected
  9. Behr -
    https://www.behr.com/colorfullybehr/behr-announces-2022-color-of-the-year-and-trends-palette/
  10. American Institute of Architects -
    http://info.aia.org/AIArchitect/2021/0910/aia-interactive/index.html#
  11. National Association of Home Builders -
    ​​https://www.nahb.org/-/media/NAHB/news-and-economics/docs/housing-economics-plus/special-studies/2021/special-study-what-home-buyers-really-want-march-2021.pdf?_ga=2.188050984.1824982414.1639512139-1247360189.1639512139
  12. National Association of Realtors -
    https://www.nar.realtor/blogs/styled-staged-sold/hot-home-trend-the-accent-wall-is-back
  13. Forbes -
    https://www.forbes.com/advisor/home-improvement/how-much-does-siding-cost-to-install/
  14. Remodeling Magazine -
    https://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2021/

3C-REN’s Regional Forum, a webinar,
What is the Big Deal About Heat Pumps and Electrification?” 
will be held on March 30
th.

During this resident-focused event, attendees will learn how they can implement affordable energy efficiency and electrification upgrades for a healthier, climate-friendly home. This is geared to help residents understand the value of electrification for their homes and how new technologies can help improve home health and comfort. There will be special focus on heating and cooling systems that utilize heat-pump technologies. The event speakers will highlight the challenges and opportunities created by energy efficiency and electrification through case studies, testimonials, and state incentives. 
CLICK the IMAGE below for a larger version of the flyer.


Would you like to see your business featured on local television?
KSBY is Sponsoring a Contest!
 
Submit a video for a chance to have your business featured in KSBY's "locally owned. locally loved." program!   
Submit a Business - Yes, Your Own!
The contest Video Submission Form is here:
 https://www.ksby.com/community/contests/submit-local-business

 
LOCALLY OWNED LOCALLY LOVED CONTEST
 
OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

The Locally Owned Locally Loved Contest (“Contest”) begins on April 20, 2021, at 12:01 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends on April 14, 2022, at 11:59 PM PT (“Promotion Period”). The Promotion Period will be divided into 12 entry periods (each, an “Entry Period”). The first Entry Period will begin when the Promotion Period begins and ends on May 14, 2021, at 11:59 PM PT. Subsequent Entry Periods will begin at 12:01 AM PT on the 15th day of each month and end at 11:59 PM PT on the 14th day of the following month. The time will be determined by the Sponsor’s timekeeping systems. The sponsor will have the sole discretion in determining the timeliness of any action or inaction related to this Contest. All times mentioned in these Official Rules are Pacific Time unless expressly noted otherwise.

Open only to the owners of locally owned and operated businesses (“Businesses”) in California in San Luis Obispo and/or Santa Barbara counties (the “Promotion Area”). The Business owner who submits an entry form on behalf of his or her Business in the Contest will be referred to as a “Contestant.” To be eligible, each Contestant must be a legal U.S. resident, 18 years of age or older. The Contestant must also be the “owner” of the Business. To be deemed an “owner,” the Contestant must own 10% or more of the equity of the Business. To be eligible for submission, a Business must have a physical place of operation in the Promotion Area, provide goods and/or services to residents of the Promotion Area, and have one or more owners who reside in the Promotion Area. Void wherever prohibited by law and outside the Promotion Area. Employees of Scripps Media, Inc. (KSBY-TV), American Riviera Bank (collectively, “Sponsor”), their respective parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries, and of all of the advertising agencies, promotion agencies, prize suppliers, and any other vendors providing services in connection with this Contest (collectively, the “Sponsor Affiliates”) and the immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, in-laws, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, children, and grandchildren) and/or those living in the same household of any of the foregoing individuals are not eligible to participate as Contestants. By participating, Contestants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor.
 


The Los Osos Community Services District is currently accepting resumes for a full-time Administrative Services Manager position that will direct, manage, supervise, and coordinate assigned programs and activities within the Administrative Services Department including finance, human resources, payroll, risk management, customer service and information systems; act as Deputy Secretary to the Board of Directors, Deputy District Clerk, and Deputy Secretary to the District; coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and  provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the General Manager.
 

COMPENSATION:                                                                     

Placement in pay range is dependent on qualifications and experience. See the Attached Job Announcement for the Pay Scale. 

Administrative Services Manager Job Announcement and Job Description


Interested in Attending Community Meetings?
Easy! All are on Zoom!
Miss a meeting?  No problem, all are archived!

Los Osos Community Services District (LOCSD)

LOCSD meetings can be found at: https://www.losososcsd.org/meetings

LOCSD webinars can be found at: https://slo-span.org/static/meetings-LOCSD.php

Regular Monthly meetings are generally on the 1st Thursday of the month.

Financial Advisory Committee: Mondays, before the Thursday LOCSD meeting, at 5:30 pm

Utilities Advisory Committee: 3rd Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm

Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee: Check this page: https://www.losososcsd.org/parks-and-recreation-advisory-committee

Emergency Services Advisory Committee: Check this page: https://www.losososcsd.org/emergency-services-advisory-committee


Los Osos Community Advisory Committee (LOCAC)
 

LOCAC Zoom meeting recordings - go to the meeting menu drop down for each meeting page to find the archived Zoom meetings. https://locac.info

Check the home page for all new meeting days/times/agendas/Zoom links.

General Meetings: 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm Check the Home page for the November and December meeting dates.

The Land Use Committee: 1st Monday of the month at 7:00 pm

Trees & Landscaping Committee: 2nd Monday of each month, usually at 6:30 pm

The Active Transportation Committee changes meeting dates, see the LOCAC home page for the latest meeting.
 

Los Osos Basin Management Committee

Check this page for agendas, meeting dates, archival information: https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Public-Works/Forms-Documents/Committees-Programs/Los-Osos-Basin-Management-Committee-(BMC).aspx

Archived meeting recordingshttps://slo-span.org/static/meetings-LOBMC.php

 

 
 
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