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EVC of SLO County rolls out Economic Dashboard  

Staff Report I 4 days ago

The Economic Vitality Corp. of San Luis Obispo County launched a web-based Economic Dashboard to give residents and businesses a quick look at the area Read More →
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Ventura’s Biodico gets $1.2 million grant farm electricity project  

Staff Report I 4 days ago

Ventura biofuel company Biodico received a $1.2 million grant from the California Energy Commission for its solar, wind and bioenergy project, “Zero Net Energy Farms.” Read More →
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, left, and Bernie Kohn of Bloomberg News at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers conference in Washington, D.C.

Labor secretary defends new overtime rules  

Henry Dubroff I 4 days ago

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Labor Secretary Thomas Perez mounted a vigorous defense of the administration's new overtime rules, saying objections by universities and retailers are overblown. Read More →
Dr. Frederick Beddingfield, left, CEO of Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, and Bob More, 
managing director at venture capital firm Alta Partners, spoke to entrepreneurs on May 16.

Ex-Kythera execs build Westlake Village startup  

Philip Joens I 4 days ago

A team of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals executives hit reset after the company’s sale and are now leading a Westlake Village startup. Dr. Frederick Beddingfield, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals’ Read More →
Tom Bronzini

Syrah not getting love it deserves in marketplace  

Tom Bronzini I 4 days ago

Over the last year or so I’ve asking vintners, ‘What’s going on with syrah?’ It’s getting harder and harder to find on retail shelves. When Read More →
Alex Kacik

More affordable housing can be developed on South Coast  

Alex Kacik I 4 days ago

While housing in Santa Barbara County has become slightly more affordable over the past year, it is still one of the least affordable counties in Read More →
Santa Barbara’s new hydrogen fueling station is at 150 S. La Cumbre.

Hydrogen fueling station serves Central Coast  

Natasha Moss I 4 days ago

Santa Barbara is home to the first retail hydrogen fueling station on the Central Coast, relieving hyrdogen fuel cell electric vehicle drivers of their range Read More →
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Dubroff: Plains prosecution either carefully crafted or grandstanding  

Henry Dubroff I 4 days ago

There are two ways to look at the May 17 announcement that Plains All American Pipeline will face criminal charges over last year’s Refugio oil Read More →
California Attorney General Kamala Harris discusses the Plains All American Pipeline indictment outside of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office on May 17. (Alex Kacik)

Plains faces criminal charges over Refugio oil spill  

Alex Kacik I 4 days ago

A California grand jury indicted Plains All American Pipeline on four felony counts in connection with the Refugio oil spill, prosecutors announced May 17. The Read More →
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Settlement reasonable amid political pressure  

Henry Dubroff I 4 days ago

Maybe there’s not a major Supreme Court decision lurking in every case that’s in the headlines. That’s our takeaway from the court’s order to litigants Read More →
Daniel S. Fabiano

New regulation allows everyone to invest in private companies  

Guest commentary I 4 days ago

By Daniel S. Fabiano Until now, private businesses were banned from soliciting the public for equity investments. At the same time, individual investors were barred Read More →
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Osmo wins UCSB New Venture  

Philip Joens I 5 days ago

Osmo, a device that simplifies water sampling and makes it easier for scientists to collect water samples, won the UC Santa Barbara New Venture Competition Read More →
Workers donned protective gear to clean up the Refugio oil spill.

Federal regulators say Plains failed to prevent Refugio oil spill  

Alex Kacik I 5 days ago

Story updated at 5:20 p.m. May 19: Plains All American Pipeline did not adequately protect its lines from corrosion, properly measure the worn pipes nor Read More →
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Sports Authority closing all stores, including 6 in Tri-Counties  

Staff Report I 5 days ago

Sports Authority plans to close all of its 463 stores, including six in the Tri-Counties, according to documents filed in bankruptcy court in Delaware. Tiger Read More →
Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen is the region's largest private employer and only blue-chip stock. (Amgen courtesy photo)

Amgen subsidiary discovers rare gene that could reduce heart attack risk  

Staff Report I 5 days ago

An Amgen subsidiary may have found a rare gene that could drastically reduce the risk of heart attacks in the future. DeCode Genetics, an Iceland-based Read More →
Resonant Chief Technology Officer Robert Hammond shows off the company’s duplexer.

Resonant signs licensing agreement with customer  

Staff Report I 5 days ago

Resonant may be turning a corner. The company announced it signed a second licensing agreement May 17 with an existing customer. The Goleta-based company is Read More →
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Phillips 66 crude-by-rail project continued  

Alex Kacik I 1 week ago

Story updated at 10 p.m. May 16: The Phillips 66 proposal to expand its crude-by-rail project was continued until September. The San Luis Obispo County Planning Read More →
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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. acquires Hogan Insurance Services  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Hogan Insurance Services in Westlake Village. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Formed in 1994, Hogan Insurance Read More →
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Supreme Court clears way for religious organization workers to get free birth control  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

The U.S. Supreme Court announced May 16 that it would not rule on a case regarding religious organization workers’ access to free birth control. It is Read More →
A year ago, the management team at Simi Valley-based Qualstar was ousted by Florida-based BKF Capital, which vowed to cut costs and executive compensation while expanding international sales.  (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

Qualstar revenues down 23 percent during first quarter  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

Qualstar revenues sunk during the first quarter, the company reported May 12. Simi Valley-based Qualstar is an electronics manufacturer that specializes in data storage and Read More →
Interlink Electronics

Interlink Electronics revenues, profits up  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

Interlink Electronics reported a sharp increase in revenues and profits for the first quarter on May 16. Westlake Village-based Interlink Electronics focuses on manufacturing sensors Read More →
Clean Diesel Technologues assemblyworkers at its Oxnard factory, where the company is consolidating its headquarters. The firm recently promoted executive Chris Harris to CEO as it works toward profitability. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Clean Diesel Technologies beats revenue estimates but misses on net loss per share  

Staff Report I 2 weeks ago

Clean Diesel Technologies beat analyst revenue estimates, but missed net-loss-per share estimates in first quarter results released before markets opened May 13. Oxnard-based Clean Diesel Read More →
The 2015 Amgen Tour of California was well attended along coastal routes.

NBC locks up Amgen Tour of California coverage through 2019  

Staff Report I 2 weeks ago

NBC Sports and AEG Worldwide agreed to a three-year media rights extension of the Amgen Tour of California on May 12. NBC started televising the Read More →
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Santa Barbara’s MedBridge launches surgical concierge service Kinese  

Alex Kacik I 2 weeks ago

Santa Barbara-based ambulatory surgery center developer MedBridge launched a new health care service that connects patients with surgeons. Kinese is described as a surgical concierge Read More →
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Region’s economy growing, but slowly  

Alex Kacik I 2 weeks ago

  While Santa Barbara County’s economy is growing at an increasingly slow pace, positive employment trends, rising wages and a stabilized housing market indicate it Read More →