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IV lawsuit alleges county and landlord were negligent

By   4 hours ago

A landlord’s duty to screen roommates and the failed welfare check conducted by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department are at the heart of a lawsuit filed March 2 by families of victims of Elliot Rodger’s deadly rampage in Isla Vista.

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Oxnard crossing: an accident waiting to happen

The site of the crash on the morning of Feb. 24. Investigators say a Ford F-450 was driving on the tracks before colliding with the passenger train. (Photo courtesy of Oxnard Fire Department)

By   4 days ago

Since 2008, there have been more than five vehicle accidents involving trains there, including one last year that killed two vehicle passengers.

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Santa Barbara election settlement irks chamber leadership

By   4 days ago

Some believe the city council’s abrupt decision has pre-empted what might have been a better solution.

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Morro Bay gets down to business

The exhaust stacks of the Dynegy Power Plant, stand over Morro Bay. On Feb. 24 the Houston-based company withdrew its offer to sell the site, along with plants in Oakland and Moss Landing. (Courtesy photo)

By   4 days ago

With about 10,000 residents, the small commercial fishing and tourism-driven community is charting a new path for growth and more diversified revenue streams.

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Camarillo skin care firm is Ventura County’s second B Corp.

Robert Lestak, owner of Wholly Hemp, stacks fresh bars of soap. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   4 days ago

Camarillo-based Wholly Hemp follows Patagonia model; donates 25 percent of profits to a microloan program serving small business owners in rural Africa

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Startup investment platform takes root in Westlake Village

Alon Goren, founder of Invested.in and INVST, is a Thousand Oaks resident and recently relocated his startup operations to Westlake. (Courtesy photo)

By   4 days ago

INVST hopes to stimulate investment activity by allowing giving institutional-grade funds an online presence.

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CMHS debuts Camarillo unit in countywide expansion

Community Memorial Health System's newest facility, the Santa Rosa Health Center, at 5800 Santa Rosa Road in Camarillo. (Courtesy photo)

By   4 days ago

The Santa Rosa Health Center is the Ventura County health system’s newest location in a countywide network that includes 11 other offices.

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Dubroff: Region’s recent tragedies reveal weaknesses in community investment

By   4 days ago

Tragedies like the Metrolink crash and the Isla Vista shootings should be a wake-up call about public spending priorities.

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Camarillo skin care firm is Ventura County’s second B Corp.

Robert Lestak, owner of Wholly Hemp, stacks fresh bars of soap. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   4 days ago

Camarillo-based Wholly Hemp follows Patagonia model; donates 25 percent of profits to a microloan program serving small business owners in rural Africa

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Startup investment platform takes root in Westlake Village

Alon Goren, founder of Invested.in and INVST, is a Thousand Oaks resident and recently relocated his startup operations to Westlake. (Courtesy photo)

By   4 days ago

INVST hopes to stimulate investment activity by allowing giving institutional-grade funds an online presence.

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Bren School students get grant for biochar project

Debbie Pierce and Niles Brinton, third and fourth from left, accept the first place award at the 2014 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy UCSB)

By   2 weeks ago

A startup spun out of UC Santa Barbara is seeking to use the ashes of forest burns to give new life to farmers’ fields.

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RVPlusYou rides rental craze

RVPlusYou partners Ross Lovell, Cees Dobbe, and Tom Geaslen, from left, are looking to expand their new peer-to-peer RV and camper rental network to several states by next year. (Courtesy photo)

By   2 weeks ago

The Nipomo group riffs off the highly successful short-term rental market tapped by sharing economy darling Airbnb.

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Growing the logical way

LogicMonitor employees at work in the company’s downtown Santa Barbara headquarters. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   3 weeks ago

LogicMonitor now has about 1,000 customers, which means more like 10,000 companies are using the software since many of its clients are managed service providers, including Symquest and CIO Solutions.

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A business to relish: Pacific Pickle Works looks to expand statewide

Bradley Bennett founded Pacific Pickle Works in Santa Barbara in 2011. Today the food retailer has expanded to 70 stores across Southern California. (Photo courtesy Pacific Pickle Works)

By   1 month ago

What first started as a way to give tasty gifts to friends and family has now transformed into a company with products in 70 stores from Paso Robles to San Diego.

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Simi, Ventura put a stop to new massage parlors

By   2 months ago

The move came following the expiration of a state law that was ultimately incapable of stemming the proliferation of parlors that operate illegally by offering clients erotic add-ons to run-of-the-mill rub-downs.

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New product plans to put workers on The Level

The Level is a new device from Santa Barbara-based FluidStance, designed to improve a worker’s health by keeping them active and balanced while using a standing desk. (Courtesy photo)

By   2 months ago

The Level, which resembles a skateboard without wheels, is the latest device aiming to change the way people work.

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Technology View All →

Startup investment platform takes root in Westlake Village

Alon Goren, founder of Invested.in and INVST, is a Thousand Oaks resident and recently relocated his startup operations to Westlake. (Courtesy photo)

By   4 days ago

INVST hopes to stimulate investment activity by allowing giving institutional-grade funds an online presence.

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California sets tough rules for Comcast deal

By   2 weeks ago

At stake is a merger that would more than double the size of Comcast’s market in California, taking its share of households statewide from 33.7 percent to 84 percent.

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RVPlusYou rides rental craze

RVPlusYou partners Ross Lovell, Cees Dobbe, and Tom Geaslen, from left, are looking to expand their new peer-to-peer RV and camper rental network to several states by next year. (Courtesy photo)

By   2 weeks ago

The Nipomo group riffs off the highly successful short-term rental market tapped by sharing economy darling Airbnb.

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Frontier dials into the region with $10.5B deal

By   3 weeks ago

Verizon Communications hopes to unload a quarter of its wireline telephone and Internet operations in a sale that would include all of its tri-county assets.

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Growing the logical way

LogicMonitor employees at work in the company’s downtown Santa Barbara headquarters. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   3 weeks ago

LogicMonitor now has about 1,000 customers, which means more like 10,000 companies are using the software since many of its clients are managed service providers, including Symquest and CIO Solutions.

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Duke Energy set to acquire majority share, finance projects at REC Solar

By   3 weeks ago

San Luis Obispo-based REC Solar has sold a majority share of it business to the nation’s largest electric power company.

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REC Solar sells majority share to nation’s largest utility

By   3 weeks ago

Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, purchased the controlling stake in the solar company and announced it would invest $225 million in solar project financing as part of the deal.

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UCSB’s newest scholar is living in a material world

By   4 weeks ago

UC Santa Barbara changed the face of leadership at its world-class STEM departments this week, naming alumna Rachel Segalman the Edward N. Kramer Chair of Materials & Chemical Engineering.

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Morro Bay gets down to business

The exhaust stacks of the Dynegy Power Plant, stand over Morro Bay. On Feb. 24 the Houston-based company withdrew its offer to sell the site, along with plants in Oakland and Moss Landing. (Courtesy photo)

By   4 days ago

With about 10,000 residents, the small commercial fishing and tourism-driven community is charting a new path for growth and more diversified revenue streams.

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Alma del Pueblo development earns top sustainability honors

By   4 days ago

The project joins the ranks of other LEED Platinum buildings in Santa Barbara including the Victoria Garden Mews home built by Allen Construction and UC Santa Barbara’s Bren Hall.

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New $8M arts building planned for CLU

By   5 days 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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Ventura rents rise to record as Millennials delay buying

By   2 weeks ago

With the economy building momentum, job growth and household formation are creating stronger demand for rental housing, driving up apartment rental rates to new highs in Ventura County.

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Pushing the boundaries: Santa Paula to decide on development

Santa Paula-based Limoneira Co. has already invested $54 million in East Area One, a project that would include 500 acres in Santa Paula. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   3 weeks ago

After more than a decade of planning and $54 million in investment, Limoneira’s 500-acre, multi-phase development project, East Area One, could receive final approval for beginning development at a Santa Paula City Council meeting on Feb. 17.

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Towbes Group signals more Santa Maria Valley investment

By   3 weeks ago

Santa Barbara-based development and construction firm The Towbes Group plans on building housing in Santa Maria for a long time.

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SB restaurants eye Goleta location

By   3 weeks ago

Two downtown Santa Barbara restaurants could soon launch new locations in the the Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta.

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SLO project sets course for city’s growth

A rendering of PB Cos. Long-Bonetti Ranch project at full buildout. The project’s first phase is set to break ground on Feb. 12. (Image courtesy PB Cos.)

By   4 weeks ago

The city’s Long-Bonetti Ranch project, which includes a proposal for a public market, is being billed as the next trendy retail center on the Central Coast.

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Banking & Finance View All →

Startup investment platform takes root in Westlake Village

Alon Goren, founder of Invested.in and INVST, is a Thousand Oaks resident and recently relocated his startup operations to Westlake. (Courtesy photo)

By   4 days ago

INVST hopes to stimulate investment activity by allowing giving institutional-grade funds an online presence.

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CNB heats up banking wars

By   2 weeks ago

City National Bank has become the newest entrant in the competitive Santa Barbara banking market.

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Heritage Oaks Q4 profits jump 24%

By   4 weeks ago

The increase was primarily due to the inclusion of Mission Community Bancorp’s operating results, which boosted pre-tax net income in the company’s fourth quarter financials.

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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   1 month 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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Region’s crop producers take stock

By   1 month ago

The region’s main avocado and citrus growers are facing two very different situations — one bright, the other less so.

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Dubroff: City National CEO describes strategy behind $5.4B RBC deal

By   1 month ago

Overlooked in some media reports is the fact that with the former Dain Rauscher brokerage firm as part of its existing U.S. footprint, RBC has a strong presence, particularly in the West and Midwest.

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Deckers falls short of expectations after soft holiday season

By   1 month ago

The Goleta-based footwear maker and distributor reported a softer-than-expected holiday shopping season and poor performance in its roll out to asian markets, prompting the company to dial back its fiscal fourth quarter guidance.

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Ryland beats Street on higher home sales

By   1 month ago

Shares of the The Ryland Group finished trading up more than 8 percent Thursday after the company released fourth-quarter earnings with revenues up 24.7 percent, trumping analysts expectations.

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Opinion View All →

Editorial: First responders earn praise for Oxnard effort

By   4 days ago

While Ventura County’s spending on critical infrastructure has been woefully lacking in recent years, its spending on emergency services and health care has been up to par.

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Op/ed: Health care reform is ultimately a question of justice

By   4 days ago

The courts aren’t justice but merely symbols of our desire to be just — yet so many of our moral issues end up adjudicated there.

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Dubroff: Region’s recent tragedies reveal weaknesses in community investment

By   4 days ago

Tragedies like the Metrolink crash and the Isla Vista shootings should be a wake-up call about public spending priorities.

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Dubroff: Low interest rates are a poor substitute for government that works

By   2 weeks ago

Just consider the post-Presidents Day developments in one area with huge potential to create thousands of new businesses and millions of new jobs — immigration reform.

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Op/ed: Spiritual centers provide refuge from a plugged-in world

By   2 weeks ago

From this centered place, each of us can return to our lives and our relationships with integrity and mindfulness.

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Editorial: San Onofre settlement needs a second look

By   2 weeks ago

For decades, Southern California Edison has mismanaged and underfunded the electric grid in the Ventura-Santa Barbara county corridor, and as a result electric power is at times about as reliable as it would be in a Third World country.

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Op/ed: Five tax deductions you should not overlook

By   2 weeks ago

Did you run up expenses searching for a new job in 2014? Or did you use your car while helping out at a soup kitchen? Are you a self-employed person who paid Medicare premiums out of your own pocket? If so, you may be eligible for one of the many tax deductions that people often […]

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Op/ed: Shadow banks are coming out of the shadows — and gaining popularity

By   3 weeks ago

In attempting to crack down on bank excesses, Dodd-Frank has given birth to a whole new world of non-regulated finance.

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New $8M arts building planned for CLU

By   5 days 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   1 month 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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Amgen’s moves could signal a post-Thousand Oaks future

Amgen scientists Nessa Hawkins, left, and Robert Kurzeja pose in the company's lab in Thousand Oaks. (Bloomberg News file photo)

By   2 months ago

On the back of its strong financial performance in 2014, Amgen, the Tri-Counties’ largest private employer, is set to begin shifting research operations away from its Thousand Oaks headquarters.

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Simi, Ventura put a stop to new massage parlors

By   2 months ago

The move came following the expiration of a state law that was ultimately incapable of stemming the proliferation of parlors that operate illegally by offering clients erotic add-ons to run-of-the-mill rub-downs.

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Economy will strengthen, experts say

By   2 months ago

Despite the optimism from nostalgic gas prices and an encouraging unemployment rate, issues including lack of water, troubled global economy, and looming interest hikes still threaten the Tri-Counties’ 2015 economic outlook.

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Reporting oversight costs SCE $170,000 in penalties

By   2 months ago

SCE started notifying authorities of the undisclosed facilities after discovering it had not submitted reports for many of its Ventura County facilities through a self-audit.

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Camarillo industrial buildings sell for $54.5M

Mission Oaks Corporate Center

By   3 months ago

A $54.5 million deal for two industrial buildings in Camarillo is one of the biggest transactions to hit the South Coast real estate market this year. The Mission Oaks Corporate Center, home to Deckers and Addison Behavioral Resources warehouses, was recently sold by a joint venture between Rexford Industrial and Dune Real Estate Partners to […]

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Ceres still spending, but looks to generate revenue

By   3 months ago

Sitting in public-company-listing limbo with a listing deadline on its current stock price, Thousand Oaks-based energy crop producer Ceres will attempt to continue its numerous pricey research projects by balancing them with new revenue streams.

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Oxnard crossing: an accident waiting to happen

The site of the crash on the morning of Feb. 24. Investigators say a Ford F-450 was driving on the tracks before colliding with the passenger train. (Photo courtesy of Oxnard Fire Department)

By   4 days ago

Since 2008, there have been more than five vehicle accidents involving trains there, including one last year that killed two vehicle passengers.

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Camarillo skin care firm is Ventura County’s second B Corp.

Robert Lestak, owner of Wholly Hemp, stacks fresh bars of soap. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   4 days ago

Camarillo-based Wholly Hemp follows Patagonia model; donates 25 percent of profits to a microloan program serving small business owners in rural Africa

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Costs add up for business, port as White House urges talks

By   2 weeks ago

More than two dozen ports along the West Coast have faced delayed shipments and oftentimes major financial losses as a result of work stoppages initiated by the Pacific Maritime Association.

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Sparks fly as Edison vows to cut back on outages

By   3 weeks ago

Southern California Edison says keeping the lights on in the service corridor running from Ventura to Santa Barbara is a top priority.

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Oasis counts on Titan: Tax credits will help add 357 jobs

George Baldonado of Oasis Technology with the company’s Titan anti-hacking device. (Nik Blaskovich photo)

By   1 month ago

Thanks to corporate clients’ growing demand for security solutions and $2 million in California tax credits, Oasis plans to multiply its workforce nine-fold and create 357 jobs in the next three years.

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Economy will strengthen, experts say

By   2 months ago

Despite the optimism from nostalgic gas prices and an encouraging unemployment rate, issues including lack of water, troubled global economy, and looming interest hikes still threaten the Tri-Counties’ 2015 economic outlook.

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LTC Properties raises $24.5M through sale of shares

By   2 months ago

According to company filings, LTC will use the proceeds of the sale to pay down outstanding debt on its unsecured credit line, fund acquisitions and current development pipeline and for general corporate purposes.

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Oilfield waste firm faces curb on VC shipments

By   2 months ago

Ventura County officials have confirmed that oilfield waste management company Anterra Energy Services, which has facilities in Oxnard and Santa Paula, will no longer be trucking additional waste to the Oxnard location.

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New $8M arts building planned for CLU

By   5 days 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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Sparks fly as Edison vows to cut back on outages

By   3 weeks ago

Southern California Edison says keeping the lights on in the service corridor running from Ventura to Santa Barbara is a top priority.

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SB restaurants eye Goleta location

By   3 weeks ago

Two downtown Santa Barbara restaurants could soon launch new locations in the the Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta.

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Ryland beats Street on higher home sales

By   1 month ago

Shares of the The Ryland Group finished trading up more than 8 percent Thursday after the company released fourth-quarter earnings with revenues up 24.7 percent, trumping analysts expectations.

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Carrillo Plaza flipped to investor for $12.2M

Starbuck anchors the Carrillo Plaza shopping center at 210 W. Carrillo Blvd. The property recently sold for $12.2 to Los Angeles-based company. (Courtesy photo)

By   1 month ago

Carrillo Plaza is located at 210 W. Carrillo Blvd. and was sold by Carrillo Holdings, a Santa Barbara-based real estate company. It has shed six Santa Barbara properties over the last 18 months.

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Miramar green-lighted, but Caruso not happy with restrictions

By   1 month ago

At a Jan. 21 Montecito Planning Commission meeting that lasted well into the evening, developer Rick Caruso was ultimately given the OK for his redesigned Miramar project. However, the commission attached a few conditions to the approval, which didn’t sit well with the founder of one of the largest privately held real estate companies in […]

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QAD, shareholders could pull in $60M with public offering

By   2 months ago

QAD, the Santa Barbara-based software developer, today confirmed the pricing for its recently announced public stock offering. The company is offering 3 million shares of Class A common stock at $20.00 per share. One million shares included in the sale are being offered by controlling stockholders Karl Lopker and Pamela Lopker. Additionally, QAD has granted […]

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Santa Barbara County bets $150K on economics of vitality

By   2 months ago

A new task force will be responsible for coordinating countywide efforts for growth, from working with tech startups along the South Coast to developing and drawing in business to the northern region of the county.

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Morro Bay gets down to business

The exhaust stacks of the Dynegy Power Plant, stand over Morro Bay. On Feb. 24 the Houston-based company withdrew its offer to sell the site, along with plants in Oakland and Moss Landing. (Courtesy photo)

By   4 days ago

With about 10,000 residents, the small commercial fishing and tourism-driven community is charting a new path for growth and more diversified revenue streams.

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REC Solar sells majority share to nation’s largest utility

By   3 weeks ago

Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, purchased the controlling stake in the solar company and announced it would invest $225 million in solar project financing as part of the deal.

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Heritage Oaks Q4 profits jump 24%

By   4 weeks ago

The increase was primarily due to the inclusion of Mission Community Bancorp’s operating results, which boosted pre-tax net income in the company’s fourth quarter financials.

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Paso wine country gets drought relief with early storms

By   2 months ago

The 6.5 inches of rain that have fallen in the Paso Robles area so far have done much to leach out an accumulation of salts in the root zones that has stressed the vines and lowered wine grape yields.

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Jordano’s closes $10.6M land deal, plans new facility

An exterior rendering of the proposed Pacific Beverage facility, a division of Jordano's food and beverage distribution. (Courtesy photo)

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Pacific Beverage plans to break ground on the facility in 2016. When complete, the entire division will move to the Cabrillo Business Park from its current Santa Barbara locations.

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TekTegrity expands footprint with Central Valley acquisition

TekTegrity CEO Russ Levanway, left, and Innovative I.T. CEO Brian Horton. (Courtesy image)

By   2 months ago

Although the value of the deal was not disclosed, the move solidified TekTegrity’s standing as San Luis Obispo County’s largest IT provider.

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Economy will strengthen, experts say

By   2 months ago

Despite the optimism from nostalgic gas prices and an encouraging unemployment rate, issues including lack of water, troubled global economy, and looming interest hikes still threaten the Tri-Counties’ 2015 economic outlook.

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Taking on the sharks: SLO family gets Mark Cuban’s cash for Q-Flex expansion

By   2 months ago

  What began as a daughter’s idea to help her ailing mother after 12-hour workdays has turned into a cameo on primetime television and a partnership with a billionaire businessman. The concluding results couldn’t have worked out better for 13-year-old San Luis Obispo-native Andrea Cao and her mother, Hong Cao, after the two appeared on […]

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