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Deckers shares jump as firm raises full-year outlook on higher Q1 sales

Deckers' Ugg store on Madison Avenue in New York. (courtesy photo)

By   17 hours ago

  Shares of Deckers Outdoor Corp. hopped 5.6 percent in after-hours trading on July 24 as the footwear firm reported better-than-expected sales and raised its outlook for the full year. The firm’s loss widened to $37.1 million, or $1.07 per share, compared to a loss of $29.3 million in the same period a year earlier. […]

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GoBiz director calls on communities to invest in workforce development

GoBiz director Kish Rajan (courtesy photo)

By   1 day ago

California’s sometimes inward-looking cities need to make economic and business development a key part of their plans. And they will probably have more success if they can think regionally about workforce and business issues. That was the message that Kish Rajan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development, or GoBiz, brought to […]

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Allergan to shutter Goleta facility, cut 300 jobs

By   3 days ago

Allergan will close its Goleta facility and eliminate about 300 positions there as part of a broader cost tightening effort as the Irvine company fends off a hostile takeover attempt. Allergan makes Botox and other cosmetic drugs and devices. The company became a major South Coast employer in 2005 when it bought breast implant maker […]

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Santa Clara Valley Bank to be sold in $15.3M deal

By   7 days ago

Santa Paula-based Santa Clara Valley Bank is being acquired by Sierra Bancorp for $15.3 million in an all-cash deal announced July 17. The Ventura County bank operates branches in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Valencia. With assets of about $127 million, the bank is the second-smallest bank headquartered in the Tri-Counties.

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PennyMac counts on family, Countrywide ties

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By and   1 week ago

  PennyMac, the Moorpark-based firm founded by former top brass at Countrywide Financial Corp., has inked a $550 million loan repurchasing deal with Bank of America. The deal forms a half-billion-dollar pact among three companies that have been intimately connected since shortly after Countrywide, the firm at the heart of the subprime loan meltdown, was […]

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Network Hardware Resale becomes Curvature as strategy shifts

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By   1 week ago

Network Hardware Resale has changed its name to Curvature. The change comes as one of Goleta’s biggest employers shifts its focus away from selling used gear and toward becoming a technology consulting firm.

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Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

Santa Barbara County’s largest city is counting on projects such as a new 14-screen Edwards Theatres to give its downtown district a new look for the 21st Century. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   1 week ago

A year after Santa Maria got a new theater complex and a Fallas Discount Store moved into the space formerly occupied by a Mervyn’s department store, city leaders are still scratching their heads over how best to revitalize its struggling retail core.

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Rewinding the tape: After ouster, Qualstar consolidates in Simi Valley

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)

By   1 week ago

One year after outside investors ousted Simi Valley-based Qualstar’s management and installed a new team, the company has reduced expenses and is working towards profitability.

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Tracking trucks: ClearPathGPS offers fleet monitoring from the cloud

Chris Fowler, left, and Steve Wells are two veteran software executives who founded Santa Barbara-based ClearPathGPS. The service allows owners of commercial vehicle fleets to track drivers, fuel usage, maintenance schedules and more. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   1 week ago

Two Santa Barbara software veterans have started ClearPathGPS to make that technology affordable and easy to use for fleets as small as five vehicles.

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A labor of leather: Craftsman adds artisan touch to family trade

Steven Soria, a third-generation leather craftsman in Santa Barbara, launched Make Smith last year. The business makes purses, wallets, belts and home goods such as coasters and pot handles at a small shop on De La Guerra Street. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   2 weeks ago

With the warm, heavy smell of leather in the air, Steven Soria sits in his single-room shop in downtown Santa Barbara amid work tables crowded with metal machinery and tools.

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Playing your cards right: How to pick a payment processing service

Cynthia Villalobos, a barista at Green Star Coffee in Santa Barbara, swipes a customer's card. An iPad makes up the business’ entire point-of-sales system, 
with the ShopKeep app tracking sales and cash payments and Square handling credit card processing. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   2 weeks ago

The Business Times spoke with several retailers and merchant-processing services to find out what sorts of factors small-business owners should weigh when deciding on a point-of-sales system.

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American Dream, millennial edition: Young restaurateurs in Isla Vista

Daniel Dunietz, left, owns Buddha Bowls in Isla Vista, while Sean Evans owns the Jimmy John’s restaurant next door. Both entrepreneurs are in their 20s and moved to the college town to start their own businesses. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   3 weeks ago

Daniel Dunietz and Sean Evans, both in their 20s, enjoy a friendly rivalry as neighboring small-business owners in the student-dominated community of Isla Vista, next to UC Santa Barbara.

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Apeel blooms: Startup gets $1.3M to explore flower, produce coatings

From left: Jenny Du, Kelsey Mollick, James Rogers and Louis Perez of Apeel Sciences, a UC Santa Barbara spinout that makes an edible, sprayable plant compound that can be applied to produce and flowers to keep them fresh longer. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   3 weeks ago

Apeel Sciences has raised $1.3 million and is working on a new product for flower growers to complement its existing efforts to prevent fruit and produce losses to pests and spoilage.

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Tech-savvy Ventura County grower re-engineers approach to raspberries

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By   3 weeks ago

Jurgen Gramckow is one of a few Ventura County raspberry growers who are making the crop one of the county’s highest-grossing agricultural products.

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Rising tide of exports: Region to boost business with Latin America

Richard Thompson, a prototype machinist at Soilmoisture Equipment Corp., mills a lens cover for an LED display. The Goleta-based company sells its products all over the world. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   4 weeks ago

Foreign demand for American-made goods is fueling a rise in exports from the Tri-Counties to Latin America.

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Region’s entrepreneurs raise millions with crowdfunding

By   4 weeks ago

According to data compiled by the Business Times, at least $6.3 million has been raised for crowdfunding projects in the Tri-Counties since 2010.

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New Yorker faces SEC charges over Clean Diesel trades

By   3 days ago

A New York investor relations executive has been charged with insider trading for using knowledge gained preparing press releases for Oxnard-based Clean Diesel Technologies for personal profit.

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Allergan to shutter Goleta facility, cut 300 jobs

By   3 days ago

Allergan will close its Goleta facility and eliminate about 300 positions there as part of a broader cost tightening effort as the Irvine company fends off a hostile takeover attempt. Allergan makes Botox and other cosmetic drugs and devices. The company became a major South Coast employer in 2005 when it bought breast implant maker […]

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Network Hardware Resale becomes Curvature as strategy shifts

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By   1 week ago

Network Hardware Resale has changed its name to Curvature. The change comes as one of Goleta’s biggest employers shifts its focus away from selling used gear and toward becoming a technology consulting firm.

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Rewinding the tape: After ouster, Qualstar consolidates in Simi Valley

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)

By   1 week ago

One year after outside investors ousted Simi Valley-based Qualstar’s management and installed a new team, the company has reduced expenses and is working towards profitability.

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Tracking trucks: ClearPathGPS offers fleet monitoring from the cloud

Chris Fowler, left, and Steve Wells are two veteran software executives who founded Santa Barbara-based ClearPathGPS. The service allows owners of commercial vehicle fleets to track drivers, fuel usage, maintenance schedules and more. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   1 week ago

Two Santa Barbara software veterans have started ClearPathGPS to make that technology affordable and easy to use for fleets as small as five vehicles.

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Teledyne dives into underwater drone business with Ocean Aero deal

By   2 weeks ago

While other companies look to the skies for drone business opportunities, Teledyne Technologies is looking to the seas. The Thousand Oaks-based conglomerate has been investing in so-called autonomous underwater vehicles that are used by oceanographers, oil and gas companies and for military missions. On July 2, Teledyne invested in a San Diego company called Ocean […]

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Hawaii utility project is largest-ever for REC Solar

By   2 weeks ago

San Luis Obispo-based REC Solar has broken ground on its biggest project yet, a 12-megawatt installation for a Hawaiian utility cooperative.

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Playing your cards right: How to pick a payment processing service

Cynthia Villalobos, a barista at Green Star Coffee in Santa Barbara, swipes a customer's card. An iPad makes up the business’ entire point-of-sales system, 
with the ShopKeep app tracking sales and cash payments and Square handling credit card processing. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   2 weeks ago

The Business Times spoke with several retailers and merchant-processing services to find out what sorts of factors small-business owners should weigh when deciding on a point-of-sales system.

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Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

Santa Barbara County’s largest city is counting on projects such as a new 14-screen Edwards Theatres to give its downtown district a new look for the 21st Century. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   1 week ago

A year after Santa Maria got a new theater complex and a Fallas Discount Store moved into the space formerly occupied by a Mervyn’s department store, city leaders are still scratching their heads over how best to revitalize its struggling retail core.

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Mixed-use project planned for midtown Santa Barbara corridor

By   1 week ago

A new mixed-use development on upper De La Vina Street in Santa Barbara is the latest in a series of locally driven projects in the midtown neighborhood in the last few years.

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L.A. developer snaps up Isla Vista complex for $6M

Elijah Brumback

By   1 week ago

Los Angeles investment firm Majestic Asset Management has purchased a 36-unit apartment complex in Isla Vista for about $6 million.

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Pent-up demand drives surge of deals on Chapala Street

By   2 weeks ago

With highly coveted square footage virtually unavailable on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara, many companies trying to stay in the market are gobbling up space on the nearby Chapala Street corridor.

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Historic Ventura hotel changes hands

By   2 weeks ago

Sandpiper Capital Partners has purchased the 37-room Leewood Hotel in downtown Ventura from its longtime owner and plans to convert it to an apartment complex. The firm purchased the property for just under $2.7 million, Justin Egerer, founder and managing member of Sandpiper Capital Partners, said in an email to the Business Times. The property is […]

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Granada Tower fully leased after Peritus deal

By   3 weeks ago

Santa Barbara-based Peritus Asset Management recently signed a long-term lease for the entire fourth floor of the Granada Tower, making the building fully leased.

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Simi Valley hotel dreams take flight with Hummingbird development

The existing main villa is  slated for redevelopment as a boutique hotel. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   3 weeks ago

  In a bid to attract more tourism dollars from nearby Los Angeles, city officials in Simi Valley are pinning their hopes on the development of a five-star hotel at Hummingbird Nest Ranch. But the developer behind the 126-acre ranch says the largest component of the resort development hinges on how well the early phases […]

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Developers squabble over $8M RiverPark theater fund

Elijah Brumback

By   3 weeks ago

As a new mixed-used housing project in downtown Oxnard lands on the table, the partners behind the development hope they can unlock a long-disputed $8 million that was once tied to the city’s redevelopment agency.

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Deckers shares jump as firm raises full-year outlook on higher Q1 sales

Deckers' Ugg store on Madison Avenue in New York. (courtesy photo)

By   17 hours ago

  Shares of Deckers Outdoor Corp. hopped 5.6 percent in after-hours trading on July 24 as the footwear firm reported better-than-expected sales and raised its outlook for the full year. The firm’s loss widened to $37.1 million, or $1.07 per share, compared to a loss of $29.3 million in the same period a year earlier. […]

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New Yorker faces SEC charges over Clean Diesel trades

By   3 days ago

A New York investor relations executive has been charged with insider trading for using knowledge gained preparing press releases for Oxnard-based Clean Diesel Technologies for personal profit.

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Allergan to shutter Goleta facility, cut 300 jobs

By   3 days ago

Allergan will close its Goleta facility and eliminate about 300 positions there as part of a broader cost tightening effort as the Irvine company fends off a hostile takeover attempt. Allergan makes Botox and other cosmetic drugs and devices. The company became a major South Coast employer in 2005 when it bought breast implant maker […]

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Community West Bank COO dies

By   4 days ago

Michael Phlaum, chief operating officer at Goleta-based Community West Bank, died Friday evening from complications related to a stroke, the bank said on July 21. Phlaum joined the bank in February 2012 and was promoted to COO and executive vice president in February of this year. “This is a tragic loss for me personally and […]

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Santa Clara Valley Bank to be sold in $15.3M deal

By   7 days ago

Santa Paula-based Santa Clara Valley Bank is being acquired by Sierra Bancorp for $15.3 million in an all-cash deal announced July 17. The Ventura County bank operates branches in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Valencia. With assets of about $127 million, the bank is the second-smallest bank headquartered in the Tri-Counties.

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PennyMac counts on family, Countrywide ties

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By and   1 week ago

  PennyMac, the Moorpark-based firm founded by former top brass at Countrywide Financial Corp., has inked a $550 million loan repurchasing deal with Bank of America. The deal forms a half-billion-dollar pact among three companies that have been intimately connected since shortly after Countrywide, the firm at the heart of the subprime loan meltdown, was […]

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Teledyne dives into underwater drone business with Ocean Aero deal

By   2 weeks ago

While other companies look to the skies for drone business opportunities, Teledyne Technologies is looking to the seas. The Thousand Oaks-based conglomerate has been investing in so-called autonomous underwater vehicles that are used by oceanographers, oil and gas companies and for military missions. On July 2, Teledyne invested in a San Diego company called Ocean […]

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Strawberry grower, Heritage Oaks head to trial over loan contract

By   2 weeks ago

A Santa Maria strawberry grower’s lawsuit alleging that Heritage Oaks Bank’s failure to provide financing after promising to do so drove the grower into near-bankruptcy is headed to trial later this month.

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Editorial: VCHCA earns high-profile grant to study disease

By   1 week ago

While diabetes, cancer and heart disease grab the headlines and the lion’s share of grant funding, other major illnesses can fall off the map.

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Op/ed: Obamacare, and where we go from here

By   1 week ago

By Jim Wisdom The early results are in for the Affordable Care Act. What are the results and who are the early winners and losers? More importantly, what should we expect in 2015 and beyond? In California, 3.1 million people enrolled in a health-insurance plan through either Covered California, the state’s new health care exchange, […]

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Editorial: Thanks, but we’ll stay in California

By   1 week ago

Oh no, not L.A. Reports that a proposed initiative to split California into six states might make the ballot in 2016 has our blood boiling. That’s because the author of the cockamamie scheme, Bay Area venture capitalist Tim Draper, insists on lumping Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties together with Los Angeles County […]

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How Mission & State became foundation’s Mission Impossible

By   1 week ago

It’s time to hit “pause” on the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Mission & State public-interest journalism project. That’s not just my view. At a packed community meeting with representation from a half-dozen media organizations in the area, Lois Mitchell, president of The Orfalea Foundation, a program funder, urged the foundation to suspend a controversial contract that […]

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Editorial: Influx of minors pushes immigration reform to top of agenda

By   2 weeks ago

Housing undocumented children can not be a long-term mission for Naval Base Ventura County, which has national-defense priorities to focus on.

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Dubroff: The role of a 21st Century chamber is economic development

Henry Dubroff

By   2 weeks ago

Zoe Taylor had literally packed her bags the night before in Paso Robles when I caught up with her on her way home to Ventura. She had just wrapped up her fifth assignment as an interim chamber of commerce CEO, including a stint in Santa Barbara, Huntington Beach, Manhattan Beach and Kingman, Arizona. Before that, […]

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Op/ed: Scholarships are investments that pay dividends for generations

By   2 weeks ago

Higher education remains transformative for many students and their families. It is truly an investment that will pay dividends for generations.

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Op/ed: The Bob Hatch legacy, and lessons learned from a great mentor

By   3 weeks ago

By Gina Keough I joined the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce team in 1999. As staff, we saw President and CEO Bob Hatch’s business side, his military side, his funny side, his serious side, his angry side and his human side. Perhaps a better title than president and CEO would be “mentor.” What makes […]

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Rewinding the tape: After ouster, Qualstar consolidates in Simi Valley

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)

By   1 week ago

One year after outside investors ousted Simi Valley-based Qualstar’s management and installed a new team, the company has reduced expenses and is working towards profitability.

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Ventura County to get $4.1M Health Care Innovation Award

By   2 weeks ago

The Ventura County Health Care Agency is slated to receive $4.1 million in federal funding to study treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, one of the most common lung conditions in the U.S.

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Ceres inks deal to sell plant genetics software

By   2 weeks ago

Shares of Thousand Oaks-based energy crop firm Ceres were up 8 percent in midday trading on news that the company inked a deal to monetize its genome viewing software through a deal with Bayer CropScience.

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Simi Valley hotel dreams take flight with Hummingbird development

The existing main villa is  slated for redevelopment as a boutique hotel. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   3 weeks ago

  In a bid to attract more tourism dollars from nearby Los Angeles, city officials in Simi Valley are pinning their hopes on the development of a five-star hotel at Hummingbird Nest Ranch. But the developer behind the 126-acre ranch says the largest component of the resort development hinges on how well the early phases […]

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Home care job growth fuels wage debate

By   3 weeks ago

The rise of home care in a region that is one of the most expensive areas to live in the country has thrust the future of the occupation into the middle of high-profile battles over government spending, the cost of care, wage standards and the future of unions.

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Business Times wins reporting award for public pension story

By   4 weeks ago

The Pacific Coast Business Times has won a first-place news reporting award in the Southern California Journalism Awards contest for a story about retired Ventura County Sheriff Bob Brooks suing the county for a supplemental pension benefit. The contest is hosted by the Los Angeles Press Club and includes publications of all sizes throughout Southern […]

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Ventura County to get $1.5M through federal program

By   4 weeks ago

Ventura County will receive $1.47 million from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Payments in Lieu of Taxes. The PILT program gives funds to local governments to offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries. Last year, Ventura County received $1.3 million in PILT funds, according to Congresswoman Julia Brownley, D-Westlake […]

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Rising tide of exports: Region to boost business with Latin America

Richard Thompson, a prototype machinist at Soilmoisture Equipment Corp., mills a lens cover for an LED display. The Goleta-based company sells its products all over the world. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   4 weeks ago

Foreign demand for American-made goods is fueling a rise in exports from the Tri-Counties to Latin America.

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New Yorker faces SEC charges over Clean Diesel trades

By   3 days ago

A New York investor relations executive has been charged with insider trading for using knowledge gained preparing press releases for Oxnard-based Clean Diesel Technologies for personal profit.

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Teledyne dives into underwater drone business with Ocean Aero deal

By   2 weeks ago

While other companies look to the skies for drone business opportunities, Teledyne Technologies is looking to the seas. The Thousand Oaks-based conglomerate has been investing in so-called autonomous underwater vehicles that are used by oceanographers, oil and gas companies and for military missions. On July 2, Teledyne invested in a San Diego company called Ocean […]

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Ventura County to get $4.1M Health Care Innovation Award

By   2 weeks ago

The Ventura County Health Care Agency is slated to receive $4.1 million in federal funding to study treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, one of the most common lung conditions in the U.S.

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Historic Ventura hotel changes hands

By   2 weeks ago

Sandpiper Capital Partners has purchased the 37-room Leewood Hotel in downtown Ventura from its longtime owner and plans to convert it to an apartment complex. The firm purchased the property for just under $2.7 million, Justin Egerer, founder and managing member of Sandpiper Capital Partners, said in an email to the Business Times. The property is […]

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Clean Diesel names new CEO

By   3 weeks ago

Ventura-based Clean Diesel Technologies has promoted Christopher Harris to president and CEO, filling a vacancy created by former chief executive Craig Breese’s sudden departure in late 2013. Harris joined Clean Diesel as chief operations officer in late 2010, with the merger of Clean Diesel and Catalytic Solutions. He has served as the company’s chief operating […]

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Home care job growth fuels wage debate

By   3 weeks ago

The rise of home care in a region that is one of the most expensive areas to live in the country has thrust the future of the occupation into the middle of high-profile battles over government spending, the cost of care, wage standards and the future of unions.

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Developers squabble over $8M RiverPark theater fund

Elijah Brumback

By   3 weeks ago

As a new mixed-used housing project in downtown Oxnard lands on the table, the partners behind the development hope they can unlock a long-disputed $8 million that was once tied to the city’s redevelopment agency.

Read More →

Tech-savvy Ventura County grower re-engineers approach to raspberries

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By   3 weeks ago

Jurgen Gramckow is one of a few Ventura County raspberry growers who are making the crop one of the county’s highest-grossing agricultural products.

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GoBiz director calls on communities to invest in workforce development

GoBiz director Kish Rajan (courtesy photo)

By   1 day ago

California’s sometimes inward-looking cities need to make economic and business development a key part of their plans. And they will probably have more success if they can think regionally about workforce and business issues. That was the message that Kish Rajan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development, or GoBiz, brought to […]

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Allergan to shutter Goleta facility, cut 300 jobs

By   3 days ago

Allergan will close its Goleta facility and eliminate about 300 positions there as part of a broader cost tightening effort as the Irvine company fends off a hostile takeover attempt. Allergan makes Botox and other cosmetic drugs and devices. The company became a major South Coast employer in 2005 when it bought breast implant maker […]

Read More →

Community West Bank COO dies

By   4 days ago

Michael Phlaum, chief operating officer at Goleta-based Community West Bank, died Friday evening from complications related to a stroke, the bank said on July 21. Phlaum joined the bank in February 2012 and was promoted to COO and executive vice president in February of this year. “This is a tragic loss for me personally and […]

Read More →

Network Hardware Resale becomes Curvature as strategy shifts

CurvatureWEB1

By   1 week ago

Network Hardware Resale has changed its name to Curvature. The change comes as one of Goleta’s biggest employers shifts its focus away from selling used gear and toward becoming a technology consulting firm.

Read More →

Mixed-use project planned for midtown Santa Barbara corridor

By   1 week ago

A new mixed-use development on upper De La Vina Street in Santa Barbara is the latest in a series of locally driven projects in the midtown neighborhood in the last few years.

Read More →

Tracking trucks: ClearPathGPS offers fleet monitoring from the cloud

Chris Fowler, left, and Steve Wells are two veteran software executives who founded Santa Barbara-based ClearPathGPS. The service allows owners of commercial vehicle fleets to track drivers, fuel usage, maintenance schedules and more. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

By   1 week ago

Two Santa Barbara software veterans have started ClearPathGPS to make that technology affordable and easy to use for fleets as small as five vehicles.

Read More →

L.A. developer snaps up Isla Vista complex for $6M

Elijah Brumback

By   1 week ago

Los Angeles investment firm Majestic Asset Management has purchased a 36-unit apartment complex in Isla Vista for about $6 million.

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News organizations object to Mission & State funding plan

By   1 week ago

A two-hour debate over the future of the Mission & State investigative reporting project in Santa Barbara ended with no resolution but one funder calling for a time-out to reassess the awarding of a management contract to a for-profit news organization. The meeting was held at the offices of the Santa Barbara Foundation, which awarded […]

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GoBiz director calls on communities to invest in workforce development

GoBiz director Kish Rajan (courtesy photo)

By   1 day ago

California’s sometimes inward-looking cities need to make economic and business development a key part of their plans. And they will probably have more success if they can think regionally about workforce and business issues. That was the message that Kish Rajan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development, or GoBiz, brought to […]

Read More →

Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

Santa Barbara County’s largest city is counting on projects such as a new 14-screen Edwards Theatres to give its downtown district a new look for the 21st Century. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   1 week ago

A year after Santa Maria got a new theater complex and a Fallas Discount Store moved into the space formerly occupied by a Mervyn’s department store, city leaders are still scratching their heads over how best to revitalize its struggling retail core.

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Chumash winemaker brings European training to tribe’s new enterprise

Tara Gomez of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is the country’s only Native American winemaker. (Tom Bronzini / Business Times photo)

By   1 week ago

The nation’s only Native American winemaker is a young woman from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians who was ready for the challenge when the tribe entered the wine business.

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Found in the wilderness: Queen bed, hot shower, soft sheets

The interior of a cabin at the El Capital Canyon ranch in Santa Barbara County. The property is one of a handful of regional sites offering luxury camping options. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   2 weeks ago

Glamping, short for glamor camping, is a niche segment of the outdoor recreation industry. A number of long-standing Central and South Coast retreats are cashing in as the trend’s popularity peaks.

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Hawaii utility project is largest-ever for REC Solar

By   2 weeks ago

San Luis Obispo-based REC Solar has broken ground on its biggest project yet, a 12-megawatt installation for a Hawaiian utility cooperative.

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Strawberry grower, Heritage Oaks head to trial over loan contract

By   2 weeks ago

A Santa Maria strawberry grower’s lawsuit alleging that Heritage Oaks Bank’s failure to provide financing after promising to do so drove the grower into near-bankruptcy is headed to trial later this month.

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Home care job growth fuels wage debate

By   3 weeks ago

The rise of home care in a region that is one of the most expensive areas to live in the country has thrust the future of the occupation into the middle of high-profile battles over government spending, the cost of care, wage standards and the future of unions.

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Paso Robles chamber hires tourism veteran as CEO

By   3 weeks ago

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce has hired Central Coast wine and hospitality veteran Sunni Mullinax as its new president and CEO, effective immediately.

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