Biz Buzz: Midyear update is a first for UCSB project

Information on local, state and national economies will be presented June 2 during the first-ever midyear update presented by the UCSB Economic Forecast Project.

The event, hosted by the Atascadero and Paso Robles chambers of commerce, will feature presentations by economists Chris Thornberg and Brad Kemp of San Rafael-based Beacon Economics, along with Sacramento political expert Dan Walters.

Deadline for registration is May 24.

The event is a follow-up to the UCSB Economic Forecast Project 2010 economic forum held in San Luis Obispo in November, organizers said, which annually attracts more than 400 business and community leaders.

“We need information right now to help make decisions,” said Terry Westrope, chairman of UCSB’s Economic Forecast Project board of directors in San Luis Obispo County.

“Our board members believe that in today’s economy, a once-a-year forecast is not enough.”

Forum tickets cost $50 per person and include seminar attendance, a light breakfast and a copy of the financial update.

A free bus is available to shuttle attendees from San Luis Obispo to the event, planned for 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Paso Robles Event Center.

Reservations for the event and for the shuttle can be made by calling Atascadero at 466-2044 or using the online registration at; or Paso Robles at 238-0506 and www.pasorobles

— Tribune staff report

Cayucos restaurant changes ownership

Cayucos restaurant Café Della Via, at 155 North Ocean Ave., has changed ownership. Denise and Perry Hallmeyer have bought the Italian restaurant from Donovan Schmidt and Troy Larken, who also own other restaurants including the Crooked Kilt with locations in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Denise Hallmeyer had worked at Caffe Della Via for seven years as its wine manager.

The Hallmeyers, who are both 43, are adding specials and have changed the wine list. Standard plates range from $13 to $18, and the cafe is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday.

— Julia Hickey

Grover man to lead Endeavour program

The Space Information Lab at Vandenberg Air Force Base in northern Santa Barbara County recently hired Steven Kliewer of Grover Beach as development director and director of its Endeavour Institute, which promotes science, technology, engineering and math education.

Kliewer was the Teacher of the Year in 2008 for Paso Robles Public Schools and was the Endeavour Master Teacher and STEM Educator at Paso Robles High School for eight years.

Kliewer will mentor teachers at Endeavour Academies in California, which include Templeton Middle School and High School; Paso Robles High School; Orcutt Academy, Santa Maria; and West High School in Torrance, near Los Angeles.

He will also conduct professional development workshops and write grants for the Endeavour Institute.

— Julia Hickey