The Cannon Coasters Ride On

July 17, 2020, San Luis Obispo-—From September 18th to the 20th, the Loose Cannons will be taking off on their annual Cannon Coaster Bike Ride. This year the Loose Cannons and their friends will be riding their bikes 180 miles, much of it along Highway 1, from SLO to Malibu. Despite all the uncertainties in the world today, one point of normalcy for Cannon is the annual Cannon Coaster bike ride.

To date the Cannon Coaster has taken riders from the Oregon border to the Mexico border, split over 6 segments, with the final segment completed last year. Our team of avid cyclists will take on their 7th Cannon Coaster this year, which will restart their quest to this time ride from the Mexico border to the Oregon border.

There will be 24 riders and 2 SAG drivers/supporters on the trip. The cyclist’s daily riding average will be 60 miles of nonstop gorgeous views. The crew will be taking off on Friday morning from the San Luis Obispo Cannon office, with nightly stops in Lompoc and Carpinteria. The Coaster will end on Sunday near Zuma Beach in Malibu.

Lead Cannon Coaster, John Evans, encourages new cyclists to join in, stating, “This year eight of our participants are with us for the first time, so keep the Coaster in mind for next year. We will probably be riding from Carmel to SLO, and if it wasn’t so much fun, we wouldn’t keep doing it. Plus, we get to eat whatever we want at dinner, guilt-free…”

10th Annual Drive-Thru BBQ is ON!

July 7, 2020, San Luis Obispo, California – In 2011, Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign (Campaign) launched the Annual Drive-Thru BBQ to raise funds for water wells in developing countries. Since then, more than $130,000 has been raised and countless lives have been changed. This year, despite the global epidemic, the intrepid volunteers behind the Campaign are hosting the 10th Annual Drive-Thru BBQ.

While organizers had hoped to use this year to highlight the positive impacts of the Campaign over the last ten years with additional fundraising and awareness activities, efforts were reduced due to COVID-19.  After careful consideration and research, the team decided to move forward with this year’s BBQ fundraiser but with a limited number of dinners being offered.

“Our amazing community of supporters have been asking if we were going to do the Drive-Thru BBQ fundraiser this year,” shared Liz Moody, Well Worth It Campaign Founder. “We wanted to continue to provide clean water to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, but also wanted to ensure the health and safety of our supporters.” With a slightly modified approach, the team has found a way to provide a delicious tri-tip dinner for a family of five while reducing risk for the spread of COVID-19. “We are taking serious safety precautions—masks, gloves, social distancing, and are preparing the packaged meals with as little contact as possible.”

This year’s Annual Drive-Thru BBQ is being held on July 30 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 1050 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. Dinners are being sold for $50 and include a whole cooked tri-tip, beans, bread, salad, and cookies. Due to the limited quantity of dinners, supporters are urged to purchase their dinner early. Purchase dinners here!

Thank you for your support of this worthy cause!

Cannon to Host Virtual Motherload Screening

May 22, 2020 – As avid cyclists, Cannon is excited to announce that we are helping to sponsor a free virtual screening of Motherload. In partnership with Santa Monica Spoke and co-Community Sponsors with Lyft, Cannon hopes to educate others about the local and global benefits of biking through the film Motherload.

The film is advertised as, “a crowdsourced documentary about a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.” 

This free screening will be held at the virtually on Sunday, May 31 at 7:30pm. Please RSVP beforehand here.

Cannon Continues to Grow

May 1,2020, Issaquah, Washington—Cannon is excited to announce that as of December 20, 2019, Taylor Engineering Consultants (TEC), based in Issaquah, Washington, has merged with the Cannon family of companies. This merger further enhances Cannon’s presence and service offerings to the Greater Puget Sound region.

Since 1993, TEC has offered private and public agencies, land developers, and architects thoughtful engineering design, permitting, and construction document preparation services. Their focus on “quality, reliability, and responsiveness” makes this new partnership with Cannon a natural union as Cannon has provided “Reliable Responsive Solutions” to clients since 1976. Care to find out more about Cannon and this merger with TEC? Reach out to Cannon’s Marketing Director, Liz Moody at [email protected].

George Jurica Awarded ASCE OC Lifetime Achievement Award

On February 27, Cannon’s very own George Jurica, PE was awarded with the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Branch with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Due to a previously scheduled trip, George was unable to attend the awards ceremony so his daughter, Marina Jurica-Preston, and son, Gregory Jurica, accepted the award on his behalf. The linked video was shown during the ceremony and provides a little history about George’s storied career.

With more than 45 years of experience providing thoughtful engineering solutions to clients throughout Southern California, George has certainly earned this honored award. During his professional career, he began PENCO Engineering which recently merged with Cannon; worked on notable projects such as Downtown Disney Entertainment Center, Port of Long Beach Improvements, the Platinum Triangle Development in Anaheim, Link Union Station in Los Angeles, and the Regional Fire Operations and Training Center in Irvine.

He is a very active member and Board Member of various professional organizations including APWA-SoCal and ASCE-OC. Adding to his most recent Lifetime Achievement Award, George has received several others throughout his professional career including, 2013 Private Sector Leader of the Year for APWA – SoCal; 2003 Private Sector Engineer of the Year for ASCE-LA; 2003 Distinguished Engineer of the Year for the OC Engineering Council; and 2001 Civil Engineer of the Year ASCE-OC.  

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