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Auto World Center in Simi Valley sells for $3.9M

Auto World Center, a fully-leased 18,875-square-foot property in Simi Valley, has changed hands. (courtesy photo)

By   2 days ago

  A nearly 30-year-old property in Simi Valley recently traded hands for more than $3.9 million. The Auto World Center, a fully-leased 18,875-square-foot multi-tenant retail center of automotive services, was bought by the Khajerian Family Trust in all-cash deal, according to a release from the Westlake Village office of real estate firm NAI Capital. The […]

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Limoneira Co. chairman dies at 76

By   4 days ago

Alan Teague, longtime chairman of Ventura County agribusiness giant Limoneira Co., has died at age 76.

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Google, Microsoft vie for UCSB top minds with quantum initiatives

By   7 days ago

Google has selected a UC Santa Barbara lab for a new quantum-computing initiative just a short distance from where Microsoft has an established outpost, setting up a battle among tech giants on the South Coast. On Sept. 2, Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab said that it was launching a new hardware push to design and […]

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Beer business froths over: Breweries plan major expansions in the region

Terra Lee Inglis, bar manager at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., pours a draft beer for a customer. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   7 days ago

With new taprooms and expansion plans galore for the region’s craft-brew business, it’s heady days for the Tri-Counties’ beer industry.

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The Mill hopes to bring Funk Zone style to Santa Barbara’s Haley Street corridor

The project at the intersection of Laguna and Hayley streets in Santa Barbara is slated to become a local-goods market. The first confirmed tenant is a winery, but the property is being marketed to South Coast vendors as a place to showcase products as well. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   7 days ago

A much-wondered-about project at the corner of Laguna and Haley streets in Santa Barbara is poised to become the next big attraction to a corridor that area real estate insiders say is shaping up as the latest extension of the city’s Funk Zone.

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Region’s Richest 2014

Ty Warner

By   7 days ago

Pulling back the curtain on wealth in the Tri-Counties, we rank the 20 richest people in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

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Slater makes waves with California water law at Cadiz

By   7 days ago

William Mulholland was the grand architect of the plan to quench the Southland’s thirst with Colorado River water from the Arizona-California border. Without him, modern Los Angeles wouldn’t exist. If Santa Barbara attorney Scott Slater carries out his long-term vision, he might go down as the second most famous man in the history of Southern California water.

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Conversant to sell for $2.3B, Eucalyptus acquired by HP

By   7 days ago

In what could be the region’s biggest-ever day for tech deals, Westlake Village-based Conversant said it will be sold to Dallas-based Alliance Data Systems in a deal valued at $2.3 billion, and Santa Barbara-based Eucalyptus Systems said it will be bought by HP.

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The Mill hopes to bring Funk Zone style to Santa Barbara’s Haley Street corridor

The project at the intersection of Laguna and Hayley streets in Santa Barbara is slated to become a local-goods market. The first confirmed tenant is a winery, but the property is being marketed to South Coast vendors as a place to showcase products as well. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   7 days ago

A much-wondered-about project at the corner of Laguna and Haley streets in Santa Barbara is poised to become the next big attraction to a corridor that area real estate insiders say is shaping up as the latest extension of the city’s Funk Zone.

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$2.6M deal marks record for Summerland CRE market

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By   1 week ago

  The recent sale of a high-profile mixed-use property on Lillie Avenue in Summerland marks the highest price per square foot for a commercial property larger that 2,000 square feet in the coastal town. The property, located at 2330 Lillie Ave. and home to Summerland Winery’s tasting room and Bonita Boutique, sold for more than […]

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The posting police: Social Intelligence roots out workers’ comp fraud

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By   2 weeks ago

Santa Barbara-based Social Intelligence, a firm that combs social media and other sites for red flags about potential employees, has inked a new deal to help combat workers’ compensation fraud.

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28 tri-county firms rank on 2014 edition of Inc. 5000

By   3 weeks ago

Twenty-eight firms based in the Tri-Counties made the 2014 edition of Inc. magazine’s ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. This year’s ranking was based on revenue growth between 2010 and 2013. PackIt, a company that makes bags with freezable gel in the linings that keep food and drinks cold for up to […]

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Cabbies hail help from Sacramento: Bills target Uber, Lyft

Santa Barbara Lyft driver Tye Gomez with the brand's signature pink faux mustache. Two pending bills in the state Senate look to add new restrictions and requirements to ridesharing services such as Lyft and its rival, Uber. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   3 weeks ago

Two pending bills in the state Senate could significantly change the competitive landscape between booming ridesharing startups such as Lyft and Uber and the flagging taxi-cab industry in California.

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Pour no more: Small wineries oppose Santa Barbara County tasting-room ordinance

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By   4 weeks ago

Many small wineries in rural areas of Santa Barbara County such as the Santa Ynez Valley may be unable to house tasting rooms or hold special events if county officials approve changes to a winery ordinance that has been in place since 2004.

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In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

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By   4 weeks ago

The Pacific Coast Business Times’ 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business winners were honored at an awards luncheon on Aug. 14, 2014 following the publication of a special edition on July 25, 2014. The special section, produced in partership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, highlights entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties, with profiles on successful […]

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Boutique to boutique: Startup launches online fashion marketplace

Gwen Jones inside Whistle Club, a Santa Barbara boutique owned by Rebecca McKinney, right. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   1 month ago

A Santa Barbara startup has stitched together a network of high-end clothing boutiques with an online marketplace where consumers can peruse independent stores across the country.

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Farm drones, cricket flour pitched at clean investment summit

By   2 hours ago

The sixth annual Clean Business Investment Summit held at UC Santa Barbara was a success, drawing more than 200 attendees and 30 investor groups. The attendees and investors head from a range of speakers and saw presentations from 17 startup teams and two student teams. Over the years, more than 575 startups and growth companies […]

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Google, Microsoft vie for UCSB top minds with quantum initiatives

By   7 days ago

Google has selected a UC Santa Barbara lab for a new quantum-computing initiative just a short distance from where Microsoft has an established outpost, setting up a battle among tech giants on the South Coast. On Sept. 2, Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab said that it was launching a new hardware push to design and […]

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Transphorm powers up portfolio with GaN patents

Primit Parikh, left, and Umesh Mishra founded Transphorm, which aims to reduce wasted heat energy. Parikh holds one of Transphorm’s systems; Mishra displays an older technology. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times file photo)

By   7 days ago

Goleta-based Transphorm, an energy-efficiency company spun out of UC Santa Barbara, said it has been granted two patents that it believes could cover as much as 60 percent of its target market in power-conversion electronics.

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Conversant to sell for $2.3B, Eucalyptus acquired by HP

By   7 days ago

In what could be the region’s biggest-ever day for tech deals, Westlake Village-based Conversant said it will be sold to Dallas-based Alliance Data Systems in a deal valued at $2.3 billion, and Santa Barbara-based Eucalyptus Systems said it will be bought by HP.

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The posting police: Social Intelligence roots out workers’ comp fraud

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By   2 weeks ago

Santa Barbara-based Social Intelligence, a firm that combs social media and other sites for red flags about potential employees, has inked a new deal to help combat workers’ compensation fraud.

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Governments, businesses band together on better broadband

Stephen Nellis

By   2 weeks ago

The Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast has been launched to bring the region’s Internet up to speed. The effort is a collaboration between public- and private-sector officials in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and has received an initial $300,000 in grant funding for its first two years from the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Transphorm secures GaN patents

By   2 weeks ago

Goleta-based Transphorm, an energy-efficiency company spun out of UC Santa Barbara, said it has been granted two patents that it believes could cover as much as 60 percent of its target market in power-conversion electronics.

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Teledyne to buy offshore oil equipment maker for $171M

By   2 weeks ago

Thousand Oaks-based industrial conglomerate Teledyne Technologies is buying Bolt Technology Corp., a maker of offshore oil exploration equipment, in an all-cash deal valued at $171 million. Teledyne said Sept. 3 that it will pay $22 per share to buy the Connecticut manufacturer. Bolt makes and supplies marine seismic energy products and replacement parts for offshore […]

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Auto World Center in Simi Valley sells for $3.9M

Auto World Center, a fully-leased 18,875-square-foot property in Simi Valley, has changed hands. (courtesy photo)

By   2 days ago

  A nearly 30-year-old property in Simi Valley recently traded hands for more than $3.9 million. The Auto World Center, a fully-leased 18,875-square-foot multi-tenant retail center of automotive services, was bought by the Khajerian Family Trust in all-cash deal, according to a release from the Westlake Village office of real estate firm NAI Capital. The […]

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The Mill hopes to bring Funk Zone style to Santa Barbara’s Haley Street corridor

The project at the intersection of Laguna and Hayley streets in Santa Barbara is slated to become a local-goods market. The first confirmed tenant is a winery, but the property is being marketed to South Coast vendors as a place to showcase products as well. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   7 days ago

A much-wondered-about project at the corner of Laguna and Haley streets in Santa Barbara is poised to become the next big attraction to a corridor that area real estate insiders say is shaping up as the latest extension of the city’s Funk Zone.

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Sequoia Brewing may be on tap for new Santa Barbara location

By   7 days ago

Word on the street is that Sequoia Brewing Co., not to be confused with its business partner and fellow brewer Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co., is hunting for a new taproom space in and around the Santa Barbara Funk Zone.

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Camarillo industrial buildings sell for $23.4M

By   1 week ago

Marcus Adams Properties has purchased 205,669 square feet of space in the Flynn Road Industrial Park in Camarillo for $23.4 million. The Ventura-based firm said it bought six multi-tenant and two single-tenant industrial buildings in the business park. The properties were 96 percent leased with a total of 28 tenants at the time of the […]

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$2.6M deal marks record for Summerland CRE market

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By   1 week ago

  The recent sale of a high-profile mixed-use property on Lillie Avenue in Summerland marks the highest price per square foot for a commercial property larger that 2,000 square feet in the coastal town. The property, located at 2330 Lillie Ave. and home to Summerland Winery’s tasting room and Bonita Boutique, sold for more than […]

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Tank Farm rolls ahead: EIR approved for 332-acre Chevron project in SLO

Chevron’s 332-acre Tank Farm proposal would include environmental remeditation and public open space, as well as a business park and commercial space. (RRM Design rendering)

By   2 weeks ago

Chevron and commercial real estate leaders says the project, which includes a business park at full build-out, will act as a catalyst for private-sector development in that portion of San Luis Obispo.

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Engineering a deal: Stantec buys Penfield & Smith

Penfield & Smith president and CEO Hady Izadpanah. (courtesy photo)

By   2 weeks ago

Since coming out of the recession, Penfield & Smith had been growing between 5 percent and 10 percent annually but that the company wasn’t hitting its full potential, CEO Hady Izadpanah told the Business Times.

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Chevron gets SLO City Council approval for Tank Farm project

Chevron’s 332-acre Tank Farm proposal would include environmental remeditation and public open space, as well as a business park and commercial space. (RRM Design rendering)

By   2 weeks ago

Chevron’s massive Tank Farm Road remediation and commercial project in San Luis Obispo took a big step forward on Sept. 2 as the City Council unanimously approved the final environmental impact report for the 332-acre site. The City Council also approved several amendments to the airport area specific plan. The approvals pave the way for […]

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Limoneira Co. chairman dies at 76

By   4 days ago

Alan Teague, longtime chairman of Ventura County agribusiness giant Limoneira Co., has died at age 76.

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Region’s Richest 2014

Ty Warner

By   7 days ago

Pulling back the curtain on wealth in the Tri-Counties, we rank the 20 richest people in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

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Deckers tweaks name to reflect direct-to-consumer tactic

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By   2 weeks ago

  Deckers Outdoor Corp. is changing its public-facing name to Deckers Brands as it celebrates its listing on the New York Stock Exchange. The Goleta-based owner of Ugg, Sanuk, Teva and other popular products in footwear and accessories said its new retail channels will operate as Deckers Brands. The corporate name will remain Deckers Outdoor […]

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Teledyne to buy offshore oil equipment maker for $171M

By   2 weeks ago

Thousand Oaks-based industrial conglomerate Teledyne Technologies is buying Bolt Technology Corp., a maker of offshore oil exploration equipment, in an all-cash deal valued at $171 million. Teledyne said Sept. 3 that it will pay $22 per share to buy the Connecticut manufacturer. Bolt makes and supplies marine seismic energy products and replacement parts for offshore […]

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Amgen seeks approval for new cholesterol drug

By   3 weeks ago

Amgen became the first drugmaker to seek U.S. regulatory approval for a new class of cholesterol-lowering treatments after it submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday for evolocumab. Thousand Oaks-based Amgen said the drug works by blocking a naturally occurring protein called PCSK9 that prevents the liver from removing LDL cholesterol, […]

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QAD’s second-quarter profits drop despite record revenue

By   3 weeks ago

Shares of Summerland-based business software firm QAD fell Aug. 27 on news that the company’s second-quarter profits dropped 24.2 percent to $985,000. QAD reported record revenues and higher operating income during the second quarter. Its total revenue climbed 12 percent to a second-quarter record of $73.1 million, it said, up from $65.2 million in the […]

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Semtech earnings on track after layoffs

By   4 weeks ago

Shares of Camarillo-based chipmaker Semtech Corp. were up 4.8 percent after the company announced stronger-than-expected sales and profits. Semtech, which uses a fiscal year that ends in January each year, said Aug. 20 that its second-quarter fiscal 2015 revenues were $145.7 million, up 10 percent from the previous quarter but down 12 percent from the […]

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IQMS taps venture heavyweights for capital infusion

By   4 weeks ago

Paso Robles-based software firm IQMS has taken an outside investment for the first time in its 25-year history, raising an undisclosed sum from the same financiers who have backed Faceook, Expedia and Netflix. The company said Aug. 19 that Technology Crossover Ventures led the funding round with Banneker Partners participating. The terms of the deal […]

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Editorial: Santa Barbara County takes big green step with Cuyama solar approval

By   6 days ago

While Santa Barbara businesses are engaged in a heated debate over Measure P, the proposal that could ban most oil and gas production in the county, the Board of Supervisors has gaveled through one of the largest energy projects in recent years for the county. Shortly before deadline, a 40-megawatt solar array was unanimously passed […]

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Letter: Why the Santa Barbara chamber opposes Measure P

By   7 days ago

Dear Editor: I wanted to take a moment to respond to the letter you recently published from Jim Taylor regarding the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce and its stance on Measure P. Taylor is not now, nor has he or his company ever been, a member of the chamber. Our 1,000 members all pay […]

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How California is innovating its way to better economic times

Henry Dubroff

By   7 days ago

If there is one word that marks the current resurgence of California’s economy, it is this: innovation. During a road day on Sept. 9 that took me from the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley to the new Deckers Outdoor Corp. headquarters in Goleta, the I-word was used at least a few dozen times. And […]

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Editorial: Happy birthday, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks

By   7 days ago

We’d be remiss if we did not take the opportunity to make note of the 50th anniversaries of two important communities in our region. Camarillo and Thousand Oaks both mark their golden anniversaries in 2014 and, all fanfare aside, it is noteworthy that both have made significant economic impacts on our region. Thousand Oaks presents […]

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Letter: A construction firm owner’s perspective on Measure P

By   2 weeks ago

Dear Editor: Construction is a cyclical industry. As the owner of a construction company in Santa Barbara County, I have focused on trying to dampen these high and low swings. By not having to lay off any employees since the 2008 economic downturn, it seems fair to say that we have been reasonably successful. For […]

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Letter: The chamber doesn’t represent us

By   2 weeks ago

Dear Editor: I was one of 50 South Coast business owners and founders who sent a letter to the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce asking it to endorse Measure P, the Healthy Air & Water Initiative to ban fracking and other extreme oil extraction in Santa Barbara County. This was an impressive and diverse […]

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Dubroff: Mozilo is in denial, government grabs for cash and we pay the bill

Henry Dubroff

By   2 weeks ago

An unrepentant Angelo Mozilo remains a key figure at the center of the housing collapse and financial crisis. Interviewed by Bloomberg News from his home in Montecito in early September, the former Countrywide Financial Corp. Chairman said he had no regrets about the wild ride that transformed the Calabasas firm from a small mortgage company […]

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Editorial: Region’s cities embrace hip urban planning models

By   2 weeks ago

Cities are beginning to chart a different sort of future. A new generation of residents is making density a positive value and embracing a blend of alternative transportation, open space, walk-to-work convenience and proximity to wine bars and good restaurants. Whether this new method of city planning becomes a permanent part of the urban scene […]

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Auto World Center in Simi Valley sells for $3.9M

Auto World Center, a fully-leased 18,875-square-foot property in Simi Valley, has changed hands. (courtesy photo)

By   2 days ago

  A nearly 30-year-old property in Simi Valley recently traded hands for more than $3.9 million. The Auto World Center, a fully-leased 18,875-square-foot multi-tenant retail center of automotive services, was bought by the Khajerian Family Trust in all-cash deal, according to a release from the Westlake Village office of real estate firm NAI Capital. The […]

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Oxnard Boys & Girls Club names new CEO

By   1 week ago

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, one of the region’s largest nonprofits, has selected Erin Reardon Antrim as its new permanent CEO. Antrim has been leading the organization as its interim chief executive since June 30, when former longtime CEO Tim Blaylock stepped down to join the national organization, Boys […]

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Crunchies tightens its belt in Ch. 11

Crunchies CEO Jim Lacey at the company's Westlake Village headquarters, were the company is cutting jobs and trimming costs in a Chapter 11 reorganization. (Business Times file photo)

By   2 weeks ago

Since filing for bankruptcy protection on Aug. 15, Crunchies has laid off eight people — about a third of its full-time staff — at its Westlake Village headquarters, has reduced expenses by about $2 million and has put marketing initiatives and new product development on hold for the rest of the year.

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Engineering a deal: Stantec buys Penfield & Smith

Penfield & Smith president and CEO Hady Izadpanah. (courtesy photo)

By   2 weeks ago

Since coming out of the recession, Penfield & Smith had been growing between 5 percent and 10 percent annually but that the company wasn’t hitting its full potential, CEO Hady Izadpanah told the Business Times.

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Governments, businesses band together on better broadband

Stephen Nellis

By   2 weeks ago

The Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast has been launched to bring the region’s Internet up to speed. The effort is a collaboration between public- and private-sector officials in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and has received an initial $300,000 in grant funding for its first two years from the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Ventura County ex-Sheriff loses supplemental pension lawsuit

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By   2 weeks ago

A Ventura County judge has denied former Sheriff Bob Brooks’ request for a $75,000 supplement to his existing $283,000-per-year pension.

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Atara Biotherapeutics angles for $92M, but jobs are scarce

By   3 weeks ago

Atara is among a new breed of “virtual” biotech startups. Such firms operate with barebones staff and outsource research and manufacturing operations to contract organizations. They are becoming increasingly common as investors seek to mitigate the huge risks of bringing drugs to market, a process that can cost as much as $1.8 billion, according to industry estimates.

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Firms shape up for success with workplace wellness programs, perks

Employees at software firm Mindbody enjoy benefits ranging from on-site yoga classes to opportunities to play Frisbee and board games. It’s all part of maintaining a happier workforce, the company said, which in turn leads to lower insurance costs. (Nik Blaskovich photo)

By   3 weeks ago

  At the San Luis Obispo headquarters for international software company Mindbody, employees can break away for noontime yoga or retreat to one of the building’s downstairs spa rooms for a massage or facial. Amid high ceilings, colorful beanbag chairs and exercise balls, employees at Mindbody are working in an atmosphere that’s anything but the […]

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Limoneira Co. chairman dies at 76

By   4 days ago

Alan Teague, longtime chairman of Ventura County agribusiness giant Limoneira Co., has died at age 76.

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Beer business froths over: Breweries plan major expansions in the region

Terra Lee Inglis, bar manager at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., pours a draft beer for a customer. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   7 days ago

With new taprooms and expansion plans galore for the region’s craft-brew business, it’s heady days for the Tri-Counties’ beer industry.

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Port of Hueneme and city are at odds over Measure M

By   7 days ago

Measure M, the ballot measure that could raise taxes on contractors and other businesses in the Port of Hueneme and Naval Base Ventura County, is at the center of a political battle that pits community groups and businesses against city officials. Businesses and community groups say that if it passes, the ballot measure would create […]

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Camarillo industrial buildings sell for $23.4M

By   1 week ago

Marcus Adams Properties has purchased 205,669 square feet of space in the Flynn Road Industrial Park in Camarillo for $23.4 million. The Ventura-based firm said it bought six multi-tenant and two single-tenant industrial buildings in the business park. The properties were 96 percent leased with a total of 28 tenants at the time of the […]

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Oxnard Boys & Girls Club names new CEO

By   1 week ago

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, one of the region’s largest nonprofits, has selected Erin Reardon Antrim as its new permanent CEO. Antrim has been leading the organization as its interim chief executive since June 30, when former longtime CEO Tim Blaylock stepped down to join the national organization, Boys […]

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Engineering a deal: Stantec buys Penfield & Smith

Penfield & Smith president and CEO Hady Izadpanah. (courtesy photo)

By   2 weeks ago

Since coming out of the recession, Penfield & Smith had been growing between 5 percent and 10 percent annually but that the company wasn’t hitting its full potential, CEO Hady Izadpanah told the Business Times.

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Governments, businesses band together on better broadband

Stephen Nellis

By   2 weeks ago

The Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast has been launched to bring the region’s Internet up to speed. The effort is a collaboration between public- and private-sector officials in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and has received an initial $300,000 in grant funding for its first two years from the California Public Utilities Commission.

Read More →

Ventura County ex-Sheriff loses supplemental pension lawsuit

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By   2 weeks ago

A Ventura County judge has denied former Sheriff Bob Brooks’ request for a $75,000 supplement to his existing $283,000-per-year pension.

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Farm drones, cricket flour pitched at clean investment summit

By   2 hours ago

The sixth annual Clean Business Investment Summit held at UC Santa Barbara was a success, drawing more than 200 attendees and 30 investor groups. The attendees and investors head from a range of speakers and saw presentations from 17 startup teams and two student teams. Over the years, more than 575 startups and growth companies […]

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Fielding goes to Washington

By   3 days ago

Fielding Graduate University has opened an East Coast office. The Santa Barbara-based institution, which offers master’s degrees, doctoral degrees and certificates in fields such as clinical psychology, human development and organizational development and leadership, said its new office is in Washington, D.C., where it will be able to better its national outreach, build partnerships and […]

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Google, Microsoft vie for UCSB top minds with quantum initiatives

By   7 days ago

Google has selected a UC Santa Barbara lab for a new quantum-computing initiative just a short distance from where Microsoft has an established outpost, setting up a battle among tech giants on the South Coast. On Sept. 2, Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab said that it was launching a new hardware push to design and […]

Read More →

Beer business froths over: Breweries plan major expansions in the region

Terra Lee Inglis, bar manager at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., pours a draft beer for a customer. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   7 days ago

With new taprooms and expansion plans galore for the region’s craft-brew business, it’s heady days for the Tri-Counties’ beer industry.

Read More →

The Mill hopes to bring Funk Zone style to Santa Barbara’s Haley Street corridor

The project at the intersection of Laguna and Hayley streets in Santa Barbara is slated to become a local-goods market. The first confirmed tenant is a winery, but the property is being marketed to South Coast vendors as a place to showcase products as well. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   7 days ago

A much-wondered-about project at the corner of Laguna and Haley streets in Santa Barbara is poised to become the next big attraction to a corridor that area real estate insiders say is shaping up as the latest extension of the city’s Funk Zone.

Read More →

Fire and law enforcement groups oppose Measure P

By   1 week ago

Organizations representing more than 700 public-safety officials in Santa Barbara County have taken a  stand against a ballot initiative that could eventually shut down much of the oil and gas production in the county. The Santa Barbara County Firefighters Association, the county Deputy Sheriffs Association and the Santa Barbara Police Officers Association all said Sept. […]

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$2.6M deal marks record for Summerland CRE market

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By   1 week ago

  The recent sale of a high-profile mixed-use property on Lillie Avenue in Summerland marks the highest price per square foot for a commercial property larger that 2,000 square feet in the coastal town. The property, located at 2330 Lillie Ave. and home to Summerland Winery’s tasting room and Bonita Boutique, sold for more than […]

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The posting police: Social Intelligence roots out workers’ comp fraud

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By   2 weeks ago

Santa Barbara-based Social Intelligence, a firm that combs social media and other sites for red flags about potential employees, has inked a new deal to help combat workers’ compensation fraud.

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Beer business froths over: Breweries plan major expansions in the region

Terra Lee Inglis, bar manager at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., pours a draft beer for a customer. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   7 days ago

With new taprooms and expansion plans galore for the region’s craft-brew business, it’s heady days for the Tri-Counties’ beer industry.

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Fire and law enforcement groups oppose Measure P

By   1 week ago

Organizations representing more than 700 public-safety officials in Santa Barbara County have taken a  stand against a ballot initiative that could eventually shut down much of the oil and gas production in the county. The Santa Barbara County Firefighters Association, the county Deputy Sheriffs Association and the Santa Barbara Police Officers Association all said Sept. […]

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Measure P puts future of oil drilling at stake

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By   2 weeks ago

Measure P would ban the use of techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and acid stimulation, which aren’t currently in use in the county. But it would also ban practices such as cyclic steaming, which is in use at about one-third of Santa Barbara County’s nearly 1,200 wells.

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Tank Farm rolls ahead: EIR approved for 332-acre Chevron project in SLO

Chevron’s 332-acre Tank Farm proposal would include environmental remeditation and public open space, as well as a business park and commercial space. (RRM Design rendering)

By   2 weeks ago

Chevron and commercial real estate leaders says the project, which includes a business park at full build-out, will act as a catalyst for private-sector development in that portion of San Luis Obispo.

Read More →

Engineering a deal: Stantec buys Penfield & Smith

Penfield & Smith president and CEO Hady Izadpanah. (courtesy photo)

By   2 weeks ago

Since coming out of the recession, Penfield & Smith had been growing between 5 percent and 10 percent annually but that the company wasn’t hitting its full potential, CEO Hady Izadpanah told the Business Times.

Read More →

Governments, businesses band together on better broadband

Stephen Nellis

By   2 weeks ago

The Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast has been launched to bring the region’s Internet up to speed. The effort is a collaboration between public- and private-sector officials in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and has received an initial $300,000 in grant funding for its first two years from the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Public Market, brewery slated for San Luis Obispo

By   2 weeks ago

A new public food market is in the works for the Bonetti Ranch property in San Luis Obispo, with Buellton-based Figueroa Mountain Brewery as the anchor tenant.

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Chevron gets SLO City Council approval for Tank Farm project

Chevron’s 332-acre Tank Farm proposal would include environmental remeditation and public open space, as well as a business park and commercial space. (RRM Design rendering)

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Chevron’s massive Tank Farm Road remediation and commercial project in San Luis Obispo took a big step forward on Sept. 2 as the City Council unanimously approved the final environmental impact report for the 332-acre site. The City Council also approved several amendments to the airport area specific plan. The approvals pave the way for […]

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