Los Osos makes top 10 list for best Coastal Towns in US

USA Today named us #8 in the country.

““Los Osos, California seems to have it all,” says 10Best Local Expert Sherel Purcell. “Small sophisticated restaurants and coffee shops sit on the quiet seaside that offers the best views of the Morro Bay rock that appears to rise out of the sea to the north. A hillside golf course overlooks a sleepy bay and the beautiful Montaña De Ora State Park.”

(We know it was an outsider writing this because they used good Spanish but not local knowledge because it’s Montana de Oro. :D)

Coastal Commission Issues Report on Housing Inequity

This report has been developed as a companion to the Commission’s 2015 Report on Coastal Act Affordable Housing Policies and Implementation. It builds on the context established in the 2015 Report, with a specific focus on the history of exclusionary housing practices and policies in California that contribute to the current lack of affordable housing in the Coastal zone and related socioeconomic and racial disparities. Staff recommends that readers consult the Commission’s 2015 Report prior to engaging with this document: https://documents.coastal.ca.gov/reports/2015/2/w6a-2-2015.pdf.

Addressing modern housing inequities in the coastal zone requires recognition and understanding of the history of intentional exclusion and marginalization that occurred across the country. In California, and in the coastal zone specifically, the housing and economic policies and practices that disenfranchised communities of color in other parts of the U.S. were successfully and broadly employed. These past policies and practices
shaped the racial and socioeconomic landscape of the coast today.
The purpose of this report was to discuss some of the key tactics used by both
government and private industry to maintain racial and socioeconomic homogeneity in communities across the country and to summarize how these practices manifested in coastal California. Although many of the housing policies and land use practices described here have been declared unconstitutional or are no longer enforced, the impacts of decades of discrimination remain. Restrictive covenants, discriminatory deeds, exclusionary zoning, and redlining all contributed to a system that limits access
to the residential, economic, and recreational benefits of the coast for disadvantaged communities. This occurred through the explicit removal and displacement of people of color and low-income communities from their homes along the coast, through racially motivated housing policies that made it impossible for communities of color to purchase homes near the coast, and through intimidation methods that made coastal neighborhoods unsafe and unwelcoming. Additionally, the federal government limited economic opportunities for disadvantaged communities in the coastal zone by restricting
funding, loan availability, and mortgage programs.

Vacation Rental Ordinance Update

Congratulations to all of you who have worked so hard to create and support the Los Osos Vacation Rental Ordinance! It is finally on its way into the books!

On June 7th, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the modifications made to the Ordinance by the California Coastal Commission and it is now on its way back to the Commission for their official certification. It has been approved by all parties and will become law

Disbanding of the Unhoused Residents’ Committee

The Unhoused Residents Committee is no longer in effect as of SEPTEMBER 8, 2021. The Council will continue to get updates from organizations and agencies about the situation on Palisades to report back to the community at monthly Council meetings. 

The former subcommittee for LOCAC on the unhoused residents of Los Osos was voted to be a standing, permanent committee on January 28, 2021.

The Mission Statement was:
The Unhoused Residents Subcommittee will collaborate with County agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups and residents in order to address homelessness in Los Osos. 

The committee will seek to identify needs in order to facilitate both immediate solutions and services while also developing ideas and action steps for long term solutions, while hearing and considering community concerns.

Committee members were: Sandra Sarrouf, Jim Stanfill and James Bishop, all Co-Chairpersons and all from LOCAC; LOCAC member Yael Korin; and 4 public members, Rev. Carolyn Hall, Linde Owen, Lannie Erikson, and Paul Hershfield.

The first Meeting was held on Wednesday, November 4, 11:30 a.m. Recording of the meetings are linked below. For now, for Google Drive meetings, you will need to request access if you do not already

Comment on the Los Osos Community Plan

The water-related planning documents for Los Osos are now available for public review and all comments must be in to the County by June 26,2020.

Please email questions and comments to Kylie Hensley at khensley@co.slo.ca.us by June 26, 2020. 


The tentative board hearing date is now AUGUST 11, not July 7.

Proposed County Ordinance Changes to Title 23 (Coastal) & Title 22 (the rest of the County)

Read the memo from Ted Bench, Senior Planner, Housing & Economic Development to the Community Advisory Councils on why this is being proposed (NOTE from Ted Bench received 5/1/21, ” The “use current date” text should not be on the notices.  They were reminders to me to insert the correct or current dates.  I apologize !):

Title 23—showing proposed document changes:

Title 22—showing proposed document changes:

From the memo:

Please submit comments on the Public Review Draft to Ted Bench, Senior Planner, by Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Community Advisory Councils with a 60-day response period must submit comments by July 17, 2020.

Comments may be submitted by e-mail (tbench@co.slo.ca.us) or by mail:

County Planning and Building Department
Attn: Ted Bench
976 Osos Street Room 300
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408