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Beach closures take toll on Santa Barbara County businesses

Workers donned protective gear clean up the oil spill at Refugio campgrounds.

By   3 hours ago

The oil spill near Refugio State Beach dealt a financial blow to a handful of businesses with more revenue being lost every day. Although the total impact on Santa Barbara’s $1 billion tourism industry is likely to be offset by increased hotel stays by cleanup crews, there was no sign of relief for those directly […]

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Exterior work on new tower nearly done at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura

New wing at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, currently under construction.

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Field narrowed to 6 in UCSB’s New Venture Competition

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Tourism outlook bright; tri-county revenue rising

By   3 hours ago

As the tri-county region has emerged from the Great Recession, travel and tourism loom larger and larger on the economic landscape, with Memorial Day as the traditional kick off to the region’s peak season. In San Luis Obispo County, rebounding travel and tourism, plus the burgeoning solar industry, are key drivers of new jobs. Visit […]

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Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

By   3 hours ago

Just six months ago, Santa Barbara County’s oil and gas industry was sailing on smooth waters. In the November election, broad business support and a flood of outside money helped defeat Measure P, an effort to ban fracking and a wide range of drilling activities countywide. Two companies, Aera Energy and Venoco, were in the […]

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Ojai Valley Community Hospital honored for emergency care

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By   3 hours ago

The national organization Women’s Choice Award: The Voice of Women has named Ojai Valley Community Hospital one of America’s best hospitals in California for emergency care. The Ventura County hospital received the honor for its exceptional patient care and treatment, making it one of six facilities across the state to receive the recognition. A member […]

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Fines, cleanup costs climbing for owner of oil pipe that leaked

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By   3 hours ago

The pipeline leak that released more than 21,000 gallons of oil into the ocean and soiled 9 miles of Santa Barbara coastline on May 19 will likely result in a $200,000 fine from federal regulators and potentially millions of dollars in cleanup costs and environmental penalties for the pipeline’s operator, Houston-based Plains Pipeline. An investigation […]

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Third Window Brewing taking shape at new SB development

By   3 hours ago

Kris Parker, grandson of the late Fess Parker, is working to open Santa Barbara’s newest brewery operation. With the help of a few friends, family members and business partners, Parker is bringing Third Window Brewing to the new commercial development known as The Mill at the corner of Laguna and Haley streets. He’ll be joined […]

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Beach closures take toll on Santa Barbara County businesses

Workers donned protective gear clean up the oil spill at Refugio campgrounds.

By   3 hours ago

The oil spill near Refugio State Beach dealt a financial blow to a handful of businesses with more revenue being lost every day. Although the total impact on Santa Barbara’s $1 billion tourism industry is likely to be offset by increased hotel stays by cleanup crews, there was no sign of relief for those directly […]

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Field narrowed to 6 in UCSB’s New Venture Competition

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By   3 hours ago

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Tourism outlook bright; tri-county revenue rising

By   3 hours ago

As the tri-county region has emerged from the Great Recession, travel and tourism loom larger and larger on the economic landscape, with Memorial Day as the traditional kick off to the region’s peak season. In San Luis Obispo County, rebounding travel and tourism, plus the burgeoning solar industry, are key drivers of new jobs. Visit […]

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Third Window Brewing taking shape at new SB development

By   3 hours ago

Kris Parker, grandson of the late Fess Parker, is working to open Santa Barbara’s newest brewery operation. With the help of a few friends, family members and business partners, Parker is bringing Third Window Brewing to the new commercial development known as The Mill at the corner of Laguna and Haley streets. He’ll be joined […]

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Craft brewing’s steady rise: StartupSB panel forecasts growth for boutique labels

Telegraph Brewery founder and CEO Brian Thompson says quality and business savy are the keys to success as a craft beer maker. (Nik Blaskovich Photo)

By   6 days ago

  Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s flagship beer, 805, is the best thing that ever happened to Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., according to Jaime Deitenhofer, founder of the growing Buellton-based label. The adoption of 805 by traditional macro-beer drinkers as their go-to adult beverage has given Fig Mountain and other startup craft breweries in the region […]

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SLO incubator expands, will accept non-Cal Poly startups

The HotHouse will more than double its space in downtown San Luis Obispo. (Courtesy photo)

By   2 months ago

After operating full-time for just over two years now, the program will move from its current 6,000-square-foot space to a 15,000-square-foot building in downtown San Luis Obipso.

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Ice cream venture thrives in small retail spaces

Rori’s employee Samantha Keyes-Levine prepares a double scoop ice cream cone at the creamery’s original Montecito location. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   2 months ago

Rori’s Creamery has whipped up a plan for retail expansion.

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Santa Barbara startup to close crowdfunding’s missing link

By   2 months ago

GroupGets is an online platform that hopes to democratize access to high-tech components.

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Cry grows to stop new oil production in Santa Barbara County

A California Highway Patrol officer warns volunteers who showed up May 20 to clean up oil near Refugio State Beach from a 21,000-gallon pipeline spill to leave the area because it was too hazardous.

Photo by Debra Giles

By   3 hours ago

The Refugio oil spill cleanup will keep area beaches closed at least until June 4, the number of wildlife affected continues to grow, Canada de Alegria to Coal Oil Point fisheries are off limits and a geyser of negative national media attention has tarnished the region’s pristine reputation. The spill, which was the result of […]

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Field narrowed to 6 in UCSB’s New Venture Competition

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Cal Poly gets $500,000 grant for technology park planning

Students on the campus of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) in San Luis Obispo, California, U.S., on Friday, September 20, 2013. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

By   6 days ago

California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo recently received $498,286 to further plan the expansion of its technology park.

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Milo takes home top honors at UCSB’s New Venture Competition

Daniel Imberman (left) and Bob Lansdorp are a part of the Milo team that created an electronic wristband that processes sweat to monitor blood alcohol level. Milo took home a total of $20,000 at the UCSB New Venture Competition Thursday evening.

By   6 days ago

Six teams emerged from an initial 40 to vie for a pool of $41,500 in cash prizes at the competition, which has been around for 16 years and has produced companies like BioIQ, Phone Halo, Sirigen and Inogen.

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AppFolio files for $100M IPO

Appfolio co-founder Klaus Schauser will be honored at The South Coast Business & Technology Awards in June. (Stephen Nellis photo)

By   1 week ago

  Goleta-based AppFolio filed with U.S. regulators May 18 for an initial public offering. The developer of cloud-based property management software listed $100 million as the initial fundraising target, however the size the IPO could change. The company did not stipulate how many shares it plans to sell. The move comes on the heels of […]

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Mindbody targets global expansion with IPO

Mindbody CEO Rick Stollmeyer. (Business Times file photo)

By   2 weeks ago

In a deal that’s been heralded as the first non-bank stock offering in decades for a company based in San Luis Obispo, Mindbody filed its offering statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 11.

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South Coast Biz Tech Awards: 2015 winners include Nobel winner, startups and a zoo

By   4 weeks ago

A Nobel Prize winner, two recent IPOs, a cultural icon who knows how to innovate and a startup entrepreneur will be honored this year at the South Coast Business and Technology Awards. The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has announced that Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura, the founders of device makers Inogen and Sientra, the Santa […]

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Inogen earnings top Wall Street expectations again

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By   1 month ago

Inogen, the Goleta-based maker of direct-to-consumer respiratory products, on April 27 reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.5 million. The company said it had net income of 7 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, were 6 cents per share. Inogen, which produces oxygen concentrators for patients suffering from chronic respiratory conditions, posted revenue of $29.1 […]

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Third Window Brewing taking shape at new SB development

By   3 hours ago

Kris Parker, grandson of the late Fess Parker, is working to open Santa Barbara’s newest brewery operation. With the help of a few friends, family members and business partners, Parker is bringing Third Window Brewing to the new commercial development known as The Mill at the corner of Laguna and Haley streets. He’ll be joined […]

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Tri-Counties fertile ground for shopping center deals

By   6 days ago

Shopping centers continue to be a hot commodity on the South Coast as retail developments renovate and reposition with new tenants. Following the trend, Santa Barbara-based real estate firm Investec recently purchased the Village at Newbury Park, a power center  at 1015-1025 Broadbeck Drive in Thousand Oaks. The deal adds to Investec’s growing portfolio of […]

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AppFolio files for $100M IPO

Appfolio co-founder Klaus Schauser will be honored at The South Coast Business & Technology Awards in June. (Stephen Nellis photo)

By   1 week ago

  Goleta-based AppFolio filed with U.S. regulators May 18 for an initial public offering. The developer of cloud-based property management software listed $100 million as the initial fundraising target, however the size the IPO could change. The company did not stipulate how many shares it plans to sell. The move comes on the heels of […]

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Bureaucrats move in to locale where winery irked neighbors

By   2 weeks ago

The Department of General Services, business manager for the state on the Central Coast, will consolidate a handful of offices into a renovated warehouse just outside of downtown San Luis Obispo. DGS recently signed a $15.4 million, 15-year lease for the former home of The Workshop Urban Wine Collective, a custom crush winery operation at […]

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Global advisory firm invests with SB mixed-use project

By   3 weeks ago

SG, a Santa Barbara-based wealth adviser that lays claim to the largest insurance policy ever sold — $201 million to the unnamed CEO of a Silicon Valley public company — is investing its own capital at its current address. The company, working through agent John Donaldson, wants to demolish its current office building at 800 […]

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ERG Resources files bankruptcy, business for sale

By   3 weeks ago

ERG Resources, a Houston-based independent oil and gas with major operation in northern Santa Barbara County recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Dallas. The company plans to sell the business. A Business Times previous report found that the company owed nearly $400 million on a loan with CLMG Corp., an agent holding lien on […]

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The knives come out at the Santa Barbara Public Market

By   4 weeks ago

In an update to the Business Times’ April 3 story on the trials and tribulations of the Santa Barbara Public Market, some tenant angst is starting to spill over. While a few tenants, including Rori’s Artisanal Ice Cream and Empty Bowl, are exceeding revenue expectations, at least one merchant feels misled by claims project developer […]

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Discovery expands north: Twins tap SLO to expand entertainment business

An interior rendering shows bowling lanes on the ground floor and mezzanine levels.

By   4 weeks ago

    Twin brothers Josh and Jeremy Pemberton are planning to expand their Ventura-based food and entertainment business to San Luis Obispo. The two own and operate Discovery Venues, and in late March, they submitted plans to redevelop the 24,500-square-foot former Sports Authority building at 1144 Chorro St. in San Luis Obispo into a 14-lane […]

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Investors can decide not to put money into companies that damage environment

By   3 hours ago

By Brad Stark and Kieran Osborne The pipeline breakage near Refugio State Beach is not only devastating to our environment and harmful to life on the Central Coast, but it also brings attention to how the oil industry is supported with investment dollars. The public relations battle with fossil fuels has been heating up for […]

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Deckers posts record Q4 revenue, beats Wall Street expectations

By   7 hours ago

Goleta-based footwear and apparel company Deckers managed to smash Wall Street expectations in its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter earnings. The company recorded a $1.4 million profit for the quarter after posting a loss in the same period last year. Deckers also had record revenue of $340.6 million for the quarter, an increase of 15.6 percent […]

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AppFolio files for $100M IPO

Appfolio co-founder Klaus Schauser will be honored at The South Coast Business & Technology Awards in June. (Stephen Nellis photo)

By   1 week ago

  Goleta-based AppFolio filed with U.S. regulators May 18 for an initial public offering. The developer of cloud-based property management software listed $100 million as the initial fundraising target, however the size the IPO could change. The company did not stipulate how many shares it plans to sell. The move comes on the heels of […]

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Mindbody targets global expansion with IPO

Mindbody CEO Rick Stollmeyer. (Business Times file photo)

By   2 weeks ago

In a deal that’s been heralded as the first non-bank stock offering in decades for a company based in San Luis Obispo, Mindbody filed its offering statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 11.

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ERG Resources files bankruptcy, business for sale

By   3 weeks ago

ERG Resources, a Houston-based independent oil and gas with major operation in northern Santa Barbara County recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Dallas. The company plans to sell the business. A Business Times previous report found that the company owed nearly $400 million on a loan with CLMG Corp., an agent holding lien on […]

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Inogen earnings top Wall Street expectations again

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By   1 month ago

Inogen, the Goleta-based maker of direct-to-consumer respiratory products, on April 27 reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.5 million. The company said it had net income of 7 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, were 6 cents per share. Inogen, which produces oxygen concentrators for patients suffering from chronic respiratory conditions, posted revenue of $29.1 […]

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Community West post big first-quarter numbers

By   1 month ago

Goleta-based Community West Bancshares, parent company of Community West Bank, reported a profit of $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2015. The company recorded a profit of $1.4 million in the same period last year. “Community West’s first quarter accomplishments were a good start to the year as we continue to successfully strengthen our […]

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Regional banks pluck talent to grow

By   1 month ago

The shifting financial industry landscape has set the stage for increased competition among regional banks trying to snap up local talent and a slice of the mid-size company market. However, some industry experts think the newly consolidated landscape and shrinking number of small banks could close the door on many entrepreneurs and smaller businesses. “For […]

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Investors can decide not to put money into companies that damage environment

By   3 hours ago

By Brad Stark and Kieran Osborne The pipeline breakage near Refugio State Beach is not only devastating to our environment and harmful to life on the Central Coast, but it also brings attention to how the oil industry is supported with investment dollars. The public relations battle with fossil fuels has been heating up for […]

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Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

By   3 hours ago

Just six months ago, Santa Barbara County’s oil and gas industry was sailing on smooth waters. In the November election, broad business support and a flood of outside money helped defeat Measure P, an effort to ban fracking and a wide range of drilling activities countywide. Two companies, Aera Energy and Venoco, were in the […]

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Moving toward privatizing our courts in California

By   3 hours ago

By Lisa Spiwak California courts have been devastated by deep budget cuts.  In California, over 50 courthouses have been shut down and over 250 courtrooms are now closed. Fewer courtrooms and fewer judges mean that it takes longer to get into court and that could be highly relevant to any business seeking legal redress from […]

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Bigger fines needed to hold oil pipe owners accountable

A California Highway Patrol officer warns volunteers who showed up May 20 to clean up oil near Refugio State Beach from a 21,000-gallon pipeline spill to leave the area because it was too hazardous.

Photo by Debra Giles

By   3 hours ago

It’s a case of business as usual for Plains All American Pipeline, which owns the pipe that ruptured near Goleta on May 19 and spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons of oil. About 21,000 gallons of oil flowed through a storm culvert under Highway 101 into the ocean, blackening area beaches and creating a 10-square-mile oil […]

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Big spending on big ideas brings big payoff

By   6 days ago

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STEM investment, new engineering school at CSU Channel Islands priority

By   6 days ago

By Jacqui Irwin Ventura County is home to some of the most exciting and cutting edge companies in the world. Nationally recognized corporations and entrepreneurial high-technology companies like Amgen, Haas Automation, SemTech, and Teledyne Technologies all have a footprint in Ventura County.  Additionally, Ventura County was recently designated as one of the state’s four innovation […]

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New vision for Isla Vista needs political courage

By   6 days ago

We went to Goleta’s State of the City luncheon on May 14 and discovered a city in denial. That’s partly because a decade after cityhood, Goleta has not found a winning formula for revitalizing its Old Town shopping district. New food shops and a sprinkling of sidewalk improvements, heavily touted at the event, simply will […]

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Refugio oil spill raises important questions for South Coast

A California Highway Patrol officer warns volunteers who showed up May 20 to clean up oil near Refugio State Beach from a 21,000-gallon pipeline spill to leave the area because it was too hazardous.

Photo by Debra Giles

By   6 days ago

The estimated 105,000-gallon oil spill that will ruin Memorial Day for thousands of visitors to Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County is a reminder of how much environmental issues have become economic stories. Santa Barbara County is so heavily dependent on hotel-related taxes that it literally can’t afford the kind of environmental disaster that […]

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Amgen boosts outlook on positive first-quarter results

By   1 month ago

On the strength on the results, the company raised its full-year earnings per share guidance to between $9.35 and $9.65 from its previous forecast of $9.05 to $9.40.

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Amgen alum speeds toward OK for chin drug

By   2 months ago

Known as ATX-101, the facial injection for the treatment of double chins has been recommended for approval by an FDA advisory committee.

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A walk in the park with Wi-Fi, coming to Westlake

By   2 months ago

Time Warner will expand its local presence by providing Wi-Fi hotspots in community areas designated by the city.

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Amgen touts positive results with new heart health drug

By   2 months ago

If approved, it will be the Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant’s first new drug on the market since the FDA’s landmark approval of the first-ever biosimilar drug on the American market.

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FarmSolutions gives growers tools to monitor crops

FarmSolutions Technician Justin Gormly assembles a remote-controlled airplane with a built in camera, used to monitor farms. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   2 months ago

With California in the midst of some of its driest months on record, the statewide drought is far from over, and one Westlake Village firm is looking to bring farmers some solutions.

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Amgen braces for battle over biosimilars

By   3 months ago

On March 9, a company memo announced its plans to shutter San Francisco facilities once belonging to Onyx Pharmaceuticals and lay off 300 employees there.

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New $8M arts building planned for CLU

By   3 months ago

Real estate developer and art collector William Rolland is pledging up to $4 million to California Lutheran University for a new art department building. According to the university, CLU will cover the remaining $4 million needed to fund the development of a 25,000- to 30,000-square-foot art center on the Thousand Oaks campus to be named […]

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Amgen profit tops analysts’ estimates on drug sales, tax credit

Amgen CEO Robert Bradway said the company, which released earnings this week that beat analyst expectations, plans to focus on developing early stage drugs, particularly for cancer treatment. (Bloomberg News file photo)

By   4 months ago

Amgen, the nation’s biggest biotech company, reported fourth-quarter profits that beat analysts’ estimates, aided by a tax benefit and higher-than-estimated sales of arthritis drug Enbrel.

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Exterior work on new tower nearly done at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura

New wing at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, currently under construction.

By   3 hours ago

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Tourism outlook bright; tri-county revenue rising

By   3 hours ago

As the tri-county region has emerged from the Great Recession, travel and tourism loom larger and larger on the economic landscape, with Memorial Day as the traditional kick off to the region’s peak season. In San Luis Obispo County, rebounding travel and tourism, plus the burgeoning solar industry, are key drivers of new jobs. Visit […]

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Ojai Valley Community Hospital honored for emergency care

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By   3 hours ago

The national organization Women’s Choice Award: The Voice of Women has named Ojai Valley Community Hospital one of America’s best hospitals in California for emergency care. The Ventura County hospital received the honor for its exceptional patient care and treatment, making it one of six facilities across the state to receive the recognition. A member […]

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Smart & Final bulking up in Oxnard shopping center

By   1 month ago

Smart & Final is more than doubling its footprint in Oxnard’s Lemon Grove Plaza shopping center. The Commerce-based company recently signed a lease for 43,200 square feet at the center and is re-opening as a Smart & Final Extra concept. The center is located on North Oxnard Boulevard. The company had been operating in a roughly […]

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FAA approves $300,000 for Camarillo Airport repaving

By   1 month ago

The Camarillo Airport is getting more than $300,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration thanks to the legwork of Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village). Brownley’s political deal-making has secured almost $1 million for Ventura County airports in the last two years. The funds will go toward infrastructure improvements at the airport, including repaving a large portion […]

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Ventura County growers in position to weather the drought

One of Ventura County’s many strawberry fields, visible from the region’s roadways. (Business Times file photo)

By   2 months ago

Ventura County Agriculture Commissioner Henry Gonzales told the Business Times that the county’s farm output will decline if the drought continues, but strawberries, the county’s No. 1 crop, would likely be the least affected because of their high return value.

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Ventura County to revitalize Oxnard harbor area

By   2 months ago

County officials are pushing developers behind proposed projects at Fisherman’s Wharf and the abandoned Casa Sirena Hotel to complete lease agreements.

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Tri-county public company ranks shrink as Vitesse sells for $389M

By   2 months ago

The deal values Vitesse at $5.28 per share, a premium of 32 percent over the stock’s 30-day average closing price.

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Beach closures take toll on Santa Barbara County businesses

Workers donned protective gear clean up the oil spill at Refugio campgrounds.

By   3 hours ago

The oil spill near Refugio State Beach dealt a financial blow to a handful of businesses with more revenue being lost every day. Although the total impact on Santa Barbara’s $1 billion tourism industry is likely to be offset by increased hotel stays by cleanup crews, there was no sign of relief for those directly […]

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Cry grows to stop new oil production in Santa Barbara County

A California Highway Patrol officer warns volunteers who showed up May 20 to clean up oil near Refugio State Beach from a 21,000-gallon pipeline spill to leave the area because it was too hazardous.

Photo by Debra Giles

By   3 hours ago

The Refugio oil spill cleanup will keep area beaches closed at least until June 4, the number of wildlife affected continues to grow, Canada de Alegria to Coal Oil Point fisheries are off limits and a geyser of negative national media attention has tarnished the region’s pristine reputation. The spill, which was the result of […]

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Field narrowed to 6 in UCSB’s New Venture Competition

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By   3 hours ago

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Tourism outlook bright; tri-county revenue rising

By   3 hours ago

As the tri-county region has emerged from the Great Recession, travel and tourism loom larger and larger on the economic landscape, with Memorial Day as the traditional kick off to the region’s peak season. In San Luis Obispo County, rebounding travel and tourism, plus the burgeoning solar industry, are key drivers of new jobs. Visit […]

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Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

By   3 hours ago

Just six months ago, Santa Barbara County’s oil and gas industry was sailing on smooth waters. In the November election, broad business support and a flood of outside money helped defeat Measure P, an effort to ban fracking and a wide range of drilling activities countywide. Two companies, Aera Energy and Venoco, were in the […]

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Bigger fines needed to hold oil pipe owners accountable

A California Highway Patrol officer warns volunteers who showed up May 20 to clean up oil near Refugio State Beach from a 21,000-gallon pipeline spill to leave the area because it was too hazardous.

Photo by Debra Giles

By   3 hours ago

It’s a case of business as usual for Plains All American Pipeline, which owns the pipe that ruptured near Goleta on May 19 and spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons of oil. About 21,000 gallons of oil flowed through a storm culvert under Highway 101 into the ocean, blackening area beaches and creating a 10-square-mile oil […]

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Fines, cleanup costs climbing for owner of oil pipe that leaked

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By   3 hours ago

The pipeline leak that released more than 21,000 gallons of oil into the ocean and soiled 9 miles of Santa Barbara coastline on May 19 will likely result in a $200,000 fine from federal regulators and potentially millions of dollars in cleanup costs and environmental penalties for the pipeline’s operator, Houston-based Plains Pipeline. An investigation […]

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Third Window Brewing taking shape at new SB development

By   3 hours ago

Kris Parker, grandson of the late Fess Parker, is working to open Santa Barbara’s newest brewery operation. With the help of a few friends, family members and business partners, Parker is bringing Third Window Brewing to the new commercial development known as The Mill at the corner of Laguna and Haley streets. He’ll be joined […]

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Tourism outlook bright; tri-county revenue rising

By   3 hours ago

As the tri-county region has emerged from the Great Recession, travel and tourism loom larger and larger on the economic landscape, with Memorial Day as the traditional kick off to the region’s peak season. In San Luis Obispo County, rebounding travel and tourism, plus the burgeoning solar industry, are key drivers of new jobs. Visit […]

Read More →

Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

By   3 hours ago

Just six months ago, Santa Barbara County’s oil and gas industry was sailing on smooth waters. In the November election, broad business support and a flood of outside money helped defeat Measure P, an effort to ban fracking and a wide range of drilling activities countywide. Two companies, Aera Energy and Venoco, were in the […]

Read More →

Ojai Valley Community Hospital honored for emergency care

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By   3 hours ago

The national organization Women’s Choice Award: The Voice of Women has named Ojai Valley Community Hospital one of America’s best hospitals in California for emergency care. The Ventura County hospital received the honor for its exceptional patient care and treatment, making it one of six facilities across the state to receive the recognition. A member […]

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Mindbody targets global expansion with IPO

Mindbody CEO Rick Stollmeyer. (Business Times file photo)

By   2 weeks ago

In a deal that’s been heralded as the first non-bank stock offering in decades for a company based in San Luis Obispo, Mindbody filed its offering statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 11.

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Santa Barbara Airport gets $3M grant from FAA

By   1 month ago

The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport is getting an infrastructure overhaul thanks to a Federal Aviation Administration grant of just over $3 million. Retiring Congresswoman Lois Capps announced the FAA funding, most of which will go toward the airport’s $3.37 million airfield lighting and safety project. “The project will improve airfield pavement, markings, lighting, and security […]

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Apartment building revival, home starts put Santa Maria on the map

The completed clubhouse at Siena Apartments. (Courtesy photo)

By   1 month ago

The UCSB Economic Forecast Project will focus on housing and residential construction when it holds its annual forecast summit on May 8 at the Radisson Santa Maria on Skyway Drive.

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SLO incubator expands, will accept non-Cal Poly startups

The HotHouse will more than double its space in downtown San Luis Obispo. (Courtesy photo)

By   2 months ago

After operating full-time for just over two years now, the program will move from its current 6,000-square-foot space to a 15,000-square-foot building in downtown San Luis Obipso.

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Napa’s Walt Wines leases Clos Pepe Vineyard

By   2 months ago

The lease agreement is a long-term move for the Pepes who are planning to semi-retire from their efforts at the vineyard.

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