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Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties is renowned for its iconic stature as one of the most scenic highways in the United States with stellar views of the Pacific Ocean and Coastal Mountains and Terraces. Caltrans recent "chipseal" resurfacing has decimated a nearly 25 mile stretch of this road in Northern San Luis Obispo County making it dangerous for cyclists and uncomfortable for other means of transport.
Highway 1 is a heavily used cycling route with a substantial number of local riders using it on a daily basis. It also attracts significant numbers of cyclists from around the state and beyond who participate in organized tours and fundraising events such as:
- Best Buddies Challenge, for which Maria Shriver is the Chair Person;
- California Coast Classic - Arthritis Foundation
- National and local bicycle touring companies (for example Backroads, Central Coast Outdoors, Cycling Escapes, etc);
- The Amgen Tour of California (2006-2008);
- Wounded Warriors;
- Numerous fundraising rides supported by the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club and Cambria riders.
Thus, in addition to concerns for safety, the potential economic impact of the current road condition on the local economy is likely to be significant.
On February 10, 2009, Hyatt Global Corporation suddenly and unexpectedly announced to employees that the evening dinner service at the California Market restaurant at the Highland Inn will be discontinued as of March 7, 2009. At that time, they provided only a very vague explanation as to why this extreme measure was being taken and offered nothing regarding severance or relocation options.
This closure is not only an immense disappointment to the entire Monterey Peninsula community and thousands of tourists, but also forces huge financial burden upon many of its loyal, dedicated employees.