Baywood-Los Osos, California

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This article is about the combined unincorporated area of Baywood-Los Osos, California. For the smaller unincorporated area within it of Los Osos, see Los Osos, California.
Baywood-Los Osos, California
Unincorporated community
Location in San Luis Obispo County and the state of California
Location in San Luis Obispo County and the state of California
Coordinates: 35°19′0″N 120°50′8″W / 35.31667°N 120.83556°W / 35.31667; -120.83556Coordinates: 35°19′0″N 120°50′8″W / 35.31667°N 120.83556°W / 35.31667; -120.83556
Country  United States
State  California
County San Luis Obispo
Government
 • Type County Government
Area
 • Total 19.7 km2 (7.6 sq mi)
 • Land 19.7 km2 (7.6 sq mi)
 • Water 0 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 • Total 14,351
 • Density 728.5/km2 (1,888.3/sq mi)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 93402, 93412
Area code(s) 805
FIPS code 06-04541

Baywood-Los Osos (locally known as Los Osos-Baywood Park) is an Unincorporated community located in western San Luis Obispo County, California, U.S., near the city of San Luis Obispo.[1] The population was 14,351 at the 2000 census. It includes separate unincorporated communities of Los Osos, which is located near Morro Bay, Baywood Park, and the original community of Cuesta-by-the-Sea.

Geography and natural history[edit]

Baywood-Los Osos is located at 35°19′0″N 120°50′8″W / 35.31667°N 120.83556°W / 35.31667; -120.83556 (35.316795, -120.835605).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 7.6 square miles (20 km2), of which, 7.6 square miles (20 km2) of it was land and 0.13% was water.

This locale was settled originally by Chumash peoples who developed habitation sites and exploited marine resources for food.[3]

Founder, Richard S. Otto, who named and developed Baywood Park was for years its most colorful and controversial resident. A widely known engineer, he ran unsuccessfully for U. S. Senator from California in a 1940 primary against the late Sen. Hiram Johnson. Six years earlier, he managed Upton Sinclair's famous but un successful End Poverty in California campaign for governor.

Mr. Otto moved to Montecito in 1964 after residing permanently in Baywood Park for 15 years. But he had developed the community many years before, and had grown many of its Monterey Pines from seed in a Los Angeles apartment box-window.

Son of a wealthy Eastern family, Mr. Otto was born 24 March 1897 in East Orange, N. J. He was educated in private schools in this country and in France, Germany and Switzerland.

During World War I, he worked with noted military inventor Carl Norden and later helped engineer the Norden Bombsight. It was considered one of the most significant Allied secrets and technical masterpieces of World War II.

About 1920, Otto was sent by his father, a New York banker, on a month-long mission to the court of Chinese warlord Wu Pei Fu, to discuss a huge loan. He decided against granting it.

In 1921, realtor-historian Walter Redfield, long of Baywood Park, sold Otto his first Baywood Park lot for $165. Otto became interested in the San Luis Obispo County and became sales manager of Redfield's Los Angeles office. Then Otto, with financial backing from his father, purchased all the remaining lots in the townsite. Because of a conflict in the names El Moro and Morro Bay, Otto changed the name to Baywood Park and began development in 1924. At one time, he owned about 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) in the community, but over the years had sold most of them. He still owned the Baywood Lodge and Restaurant, and the Cambria Quicksilver Mine.

In the early 1930s, Otto met Socialist Upton Sinclair—noted muckraking novelist and author—at a meeting of the Bellamy Society. He, Sinclair and others conceived the idea of the EPIC campaign, and all registered as Democrats. Sinclair was defeated in 1934 by Frank Merriam in one of the most famous gubernatorial campaigns in California history.

When it was over, Otto bought an 85-foot (26 m) yacht, the Coquet, and lived on it four years, making several trips to the South Seas.

As a Democrat, he was one of several unsuccessful candidates for U. S. Senator against Sen. Hiram Johnson in 1940.

Over the years, Otto published a newspaper ("spasmodically", in his words), the Baywood Observer.

He died in Santa Barbara in 1966 at the age of 68.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 3,487
1980 10,933 213.5%
1990 14,377 31.5%
2000 14,351 −0.2%
source:[4]

Baywood-Los Osos was a census-designated place (CDP) through the 2000 census, but the CDP was abolished before the 2010 census. As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 14,351 persons, 5,892 households, and 3,876 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,883.5 people per square mile (727.2/km²). There were 6,214 housing units at an average density of 815.6 per square mile (314.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.27% White, 0.64% African American, 0.69% Native American, 4.56% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.49% from other races, and 3.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.00% of the population.

There were 5,892 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $46,558, and the median income for a family was $55,838. Males had a median income of $39,311 versus $31,450 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $24,838. About 5.0% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature Baywood-Los Osos is located in the 15th Senate District, represented by Republican Abel Maldonado, and in the 33rd Assembly District, represented by Republican Sam Blakeslee.

In the United States House of Representatives, Baywood-Los Osos is in California's 24th congressional district, represented by Democrat Lois Capps.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Line notes[edit]

  1. ^ San Luis Obispo County, California Planning Department. 1969
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2008
  4. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 8 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "California's 24th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 

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