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Air Force’s top-secret space plane lands at Vandenberg

A shot of the craft after it landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in 2012. (Courtesy photo)

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A mysterious unmanned space craft touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base this morning after spending 674 days in orbit.

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The Habit aims to beef up sales with IPO filing

Goleta-grown fast-casual burger chain The Habit readies to go public. The company, now based in Irvine, has seen 34 percent revenue growth over the past three years. (Courtesy photo)

By   3 days ago

Founded in Goleta in 1969, the fast-casual concept will capitalize on the national attention garnered by its burgers.

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Sonos finds its groove with wireless offering

A still from one of Sonos' new TV spots, in which a home is lacquered in gold as one of its speakers streams Isaac Hayes' theme from “Shaft.”

By   3 days ago

The company’s flurry of developments continued Oct. 14 with the release of a product called Boost, a WiFi amplifier that surpasses the Bridge’s capabilities without the need for wires.

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Tourism may benefit from new sanctuary

A bed of algae on the sea floor off the coast of Santa Barbara. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara Coastal Long-Term Ecological Research Program)

By   3 days ago

The proposed Central Coast National Marine Sanctuary could add, at minimum, $23 million dollars per year to the local economy and create almost 600 new jobs.

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Pressing ahead: Olive growers brace for tighter standards

Yves and Clotilde Julien, owners of Olea Farm, where they grow and process olives to be sold in their tasting room. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   3 days ago

In the quiet hills of Templeton, dense rows of olive branches line a narrow dirt road that winds through the fields and right up to the doorstep of Olea Olive Farm, where visitors can taste an array of specialty extra virgin olive oils made on-site.

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The Collection at RiverPark launches Annex microshops

By   3 days ago

Shea Properties and CenterCal Properties recently announced the newest addition to The Collection at RiverPark — The Annex, a 13,800-square-foot collection of microshops, artisan boutiques and epicurean treats, opening in 2015.

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Tiny bubbles to have big profile at Pismo wine festival

Dave Hickey of Laetitia Vineyard. (Courtesy photo)

By   3 days ago

The first-annual Bubblyfest will be held amidst brimming interest in sparkling wine.

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Chamber chief has growth plan for Santa Maria

By   3 days ago

Glenn Morris, who stepped in to lead the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce this June, inherits the steep climb city officials have faced in galvanizing industry.

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Pressing ahead: Olive growers brace for tighter standards

Yves and Clotilde Julien, owners of Olea Farm, where they grow and process olives to be sold in their tasting room. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   3 days ago

In the quiet hills of Templeton, dense rows of olive branches line a narrow dirt road that winds through the fields and right up to the doorstep of Olea Olive Farm, where visitors can taste an array of specialty extra virgin olive oils made on-site.

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Chamber chief has growth plan for Santa Maria

By   3 days ago

Glenn Morris, who stepped in to lead the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce this June, inherits the steep climb city officials have faced in galvanizing industry.

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USDA taps VSolvit team for 5-year, up to $500M contract

By   3 days ago

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has awarded a five-year, $500 million contract to the Ventura-based tech firm VSolvit to provide software tech support for the department in areas such as budget and finance and management solutions.

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Circa Terra hopes to emulate Magellan’s South Coast success

Circa Terra’s first outpost in Santa Barbara, which occupies the Loreto Plaza space formerly home to Magellan’s Travel Supplies. (Courtesy photo)

By   3 days ago

A former South Coast standard in travel gear is returning to its Santa Barbara roots and operating under a new name.

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CircaTerra revives Magellan’s history in Santa Barbara

By   7 days ago

A former South Coast standard in travel gear is returning to its Santa Barbara roots and operating under a new name. CircaTerra Travel Outfitters is planning an Oct. 24-26 grand opening with former Magellan’s Travel Supplies CEO Mark Gallo and his wife Kathy at the helm. The pair bought the former Magellan’s retail store in […]

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GenRocket to land in Ventura after moving from Boston

By   1 week ago

After spending 13 years building a powerful software testing system and developing its capabilities, Boston-based GenRocket is making its hard launch and transplanting its roots to Ventura.

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The Nobel effect: UCSB laureates have a big impact on regional economy

Shuji Nakamura, left, and Herbert Kroemer, two of UC Santa Barbara’s Nobel Prize winners in the sciences. (Sonia Fernandez / UCSB courtesy photo)

By   1 week ago

The list of Nobel laureates at UCSB continues to grow and with it so do the number of tech company startups spun-out of the university.

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Fit Buddha expands to Ventura

The gyms combine a Buddhist temple-inspired atmosphere with pilates, cardio, belly dancing and pole fitness classes. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   2 weeks ago

A gym adorned in Far East-inspired décor and a tranquil atmosphere, Fit Buddha in Ventura offers gym-goers a unique workout experience featuring a celebrity trainer brand of Pilates and a line of other fitness classes.

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Air Force’s top-secret space plane lands at Vandenberg

A shot of the craft after it landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in 2012. (Courtesy photo)

By   3 days ago

A mysterious unmanned space craft touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base this morning after spending 674 days in orbit.

Read More →

Sonos finds its groove with wireless offering

A still from one of Sonos' new TV spots, in which a home is lacquered in gold as one of its speakers streams Isaac Hayes' theme from “Shaft.”

By   3 days ago

The company’s flurry of developments continued Oct. 14 with the release of a product called Boost, a WiFi amplifier that surpasses the Bridge’s capabilities without the need for wires.

Read More →

USDA taps VSolvit team for 5-year, up to $500M contract

By   3 days ago

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has awarded a five-year, $500 million contract to the Ventura-based tech firm VSolvit to provide software tech support for the department in areas such as budget and finance and management solutions.

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Teledyne lands 5-year Navy deal

By   4 days ago

Teledyne Technologies, a publicly traded aerospace and defense engineering firm headquartered in Thousand Oaks, announced today that its Teledyne Oil & Gas group won a contract from Connecticut-based General Dynamics Electric Boat with a potential $40 million value. The company will use the money to develop electrical and fiber-optic connector hardware for U.S. Navy submarines […]

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Nobel laureate fought the odds to make history

Shuji Nakamura became UC Santa Barbara’s sixth Nobel Prize winner for the invention of the blue LED. (photo courtesy of UCSB)

By   1 week ago

In the relatively short time since his 1992 discovery, Nakamura’s LED technology has supplanted Edison’s incandescent bulb. And Edison never won a Nobel Prize.

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GenRocket to land in Ventura after moving from Boston

By   1 week ago

After spending 13 years building a powerful software testing system and developing its capabilities, Boston-based GenRocket is making its hard launch and transplanting its roots to Ventura.

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The Nobel effect: UCSB laureates have a big impact on regional economy

Shuji Nakamura, left, and Herbert Kroemer, two of UC Santa Barbara’s Nobel Prize winners in the sciences. (Sonia Fernandez / UCSB courtesy photo)

By   1 week ago

The list of Nobel laureates at UCSB continues to grow and with it so do the number of tech company startups spun-out of the university.

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Martin named technology editor

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Martin, who joined the region’s weekly business journal a year ago, moves over to a staff writer position from research director and special reports editor.

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The Collection at RiverPark launches Annex microshops

By   3 days ago

Shea Properties and CenterCal Properties recently announced the newest addition to The Collection at RiverPark — The Annex, a 13,800-square-foot collection of microshops, artisan boutiques and epicurean treats, opening in 2015.

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SLO developers expand regional impact

John Belsher, left, and Ryan Petetit are developers on a fast track. The photo was taken at a NASCAR speedway in Las Vegas. (Courtesy photo)

By   3 days ago

San Luis Obispo-based real estate and development firm PB Cos., started in 2011 by partners Ryan Petetit and John Belsher, has gone from a single deal to build a few homes to a collection of projects valued at more than $300 million.

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Circa Terra hopes to emulate Magellan’s South Coast success

Circa Terra’s first outpost in Santa Barbara, which occupies the Loreto Plaza space formerly home to Magellan’s Travel Supplies. (Courtesy photo)

By   3 days ago

A former South Coast standard in travel gear is returning to its Santa Barbara roots and operating under a new name.

Read More →

CircaTerra revives Magellan’s history in Santa Barbara

By   7 days ago

A former South Coast standard in travel gear is returning to its Santa Barbara roots and operating under a new name. CircaTerra Travel Outfitters is planning an Oct. 24-26 grand opening with former Magellan’s Travel Supplies CEO Mark Gallo and his wife Kathy at the helm. The pair bought the former Magellan’s retail store in […]

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Hummingbird Ranch project in Simi falls out of the nest

Hummingbird Nest Ranch, a sprawling equestrian estate in Ventura County, was once slated to become Simi Valley's first five-star resort. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   1 week ago

A project that was once heralded as a cataylyst for Simi Valley’s tourism and hospitality game is looking like it won’t actually happen.

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Shopping Center trades hands for $23.3M in Ventura

By   2 weeks ago

Sizable retail-based transactions keep popping up along the Highway 101 corridor. The latest of these is the Ventura Village Shopping Center in Ventura, which was recently sold to an undisclosed  private company for $23.3 million. The seller was Regency Centers, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Ventura Village is an approximate […]

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J.D. Power explores Westlake lease alternatives

By   2 weeks ago

The future of the J.D. Power and Associates headquarters in Westlake Village is up in the air and a move to consolidate two Southern California offices could be on the horizon. The big question is where the global marketing services firm and its approximately 250 Ventura County employees will land. The company’s lease at its […]

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Santa Maria gets big lift from Towbes

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The Towbes Group is building nearly 500 new housing units in Santa Maria with two new apartment projects.

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Lucia aquires West Coast Asset Management office, key staff

West Coast Asset Management co-founder Lance Helfert. (Bloomberg News photo)

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West Coast Asset Management, the alternative investment firm founded by Paul Orfalea and family member Lance Helfert, is merging with a San Diego-based money manager.

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Clean Diesel chairman resigns, metals industry veteran steps in

By   3 weeks ago

Shares of Clean Diesel Technologies closed down 5.5 percent on Tuesday, after the company announced that Alexander “Hap” Ellis III had resigned as chairman and that board member Charles Engles had taken over the position. Ellis resigned to focus more time on RockPort Capital, the venture capital firm of which he is a partner, Clean […]

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Qualstar shares sink on $5.6M loss

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   3 weeks ago

Qualstar cut its annual loss to $5.6 million — almost half of what it had been a year earlier — but investors weren’t happy with the company’s slow progress as it struggles to return to profitability. Shares of Qualstar plummeted 6.9 percent to close at $1.21 on Sept. 29 after the company reported its fiscal […]

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$86.2M Sientra IPO plumps up public-company ranks

By   3 weeks ago

With Santa Barbara-based breast implant maker Sientra’s Sept. 19 announcement that it plans to raise up to $86.2 million, the IPO has returned to the Tri-Counties in a big way. Sientra’s filing is the fourth initial public offering announced in the region this year, joining completed deals at Goleta-based Inogen and Santa Barbara-based Resonant for […]

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Teledyne to raise $125M in debt sale

By   4 weeks ago

Thousand Oaks-based industrial conglomerate Teledyne Technologies hopes to raise up to $125 million in operating capital by selling debt. The company said that on Dec. 4 it will issue $30 million of senior unsecured notes at 2.6 percent due Dec. 4, 2019 and $95 million of 3.1 percent senior unsecured notes due on Dec. 6, […]

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TechXpress acquired for $1.6M

By   4 weeks ago

San Luis Obispo-based TechXpress is being split up and sold for $1.6 million in cash and stock.

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Calavo posts record Q3, launches FreshRealm

By   1 month ago

Calavo Growers reported record third-quarter earnings, shattering analyst expectations. The Santa Paula-based produce marketer earned $16 million, or $1.02 per share, in the third quarter, up from $6.4 million, or 43 cents per share, a year earlier. it said in Sept. 15 filings. On average, analysts had been expecting earnings of 46 cents per share, […]

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Limoneira Co. chairman dies at 76

By   1 month ago

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

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Dubroff: Space plane chatter underscores region’s hi-tech, defense connection

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Speculation about a pilotless space plane landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base reminds us of the symbiotic relationship between the Central Coast economy and its military bases.

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Op/ed: Cultivating leadership through the arts

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We need to look to new places to develop our nation’s leaders in government and business.

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Op/ed: Japan’s Nobel win should spur Abe to action

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If a new generation of researchers like Nakamura were motivated by the almighty yen sign, Japan’s entire economy would benefit.

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Editorial: Moderate voters may shape midterm election

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The year’s vote pits these reliably Democratic workers against environmentalists.

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Editorial: Region steps up to support veterans

By   1 week ago

Help for veterans is an emerging theme in the Tri-Counties, and that’s a very good thing. Studies suggest the number of veterans, including those who have seen active duty in combat areas, is going to grow substantially over the next decade. And with college debt burdens growing, many young people are turning to military service […]

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Op/ed: Nonprofits are a powerful economic force in our region

By   1 week ago

By Cynder Sinclair The nonprofit sector hires more people, holds more assets, and contributes more to our economy than most people realize. In fact, many don’t even think in terms of the “nonprofit sector.” We think about my church or my daughter’s Girl Scout troop or my mother’s nursing care facility or the local art […]

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Dubroff: 10 things you never knew about the region’s Nobel Prize winners

By   1 week ago

You can spot them in a tux at formal dinners or in casual attire on a plane to Denver or LAX. Occasionally you find them on a pre-Christmas shopping expedition to State Street. Sometimes they even give a private chat for an area nonprofit and, you might even exchange emails with one of them. The […]

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Editorial: Area legislators step up after Isla Vista tragedy

By   2 weeks ago

The Isla Vista rampage happened four months ago, but legislators from the Central Coast have not let the issue fade away. On Sept. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two new laws that, when they take effect early next year, will strengthen public protection from violent episodes like the Elliot Rodger killing spree that claimed seven […]

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J.D. Power explores Westlake lease alternatives

By   2 weeks ago

The future of the J.D. Power and Associates headquarters in Westlake Village is up in the air and a move to consolidate two Southern California offices could be on the horizon. The big question is where the global marketing services firm and its approximately 250 Ventura County employees will land. The company’s lease at its […]

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Dubroff: News Corp. may strike fool’s gold with online real estate purchase

By   2 weeks ago

MySpace, once the hippest place in the galaxy for teens to hang out online, could have been the Facebook for millennials, but then Murdoch’s News Corp. got its hands on the fast-growing social media pioneer and ran it nearly into oblivion.

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Nellis bids farewell with final thoughts about tech corridor

Stephen Nellis

By   2 weeks ago

Today is my final day at the Pacific Coast Business Times. By the time you read this, I’ll be working at a startup in San Francisco. But for the past seven years, I’ve had the pleasure of covering technology and innovation in the Tri-Counties. I’ve reported on everything from semiconductor firms that have been in […]

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Governor signs gun bills introduced after Isla Vista mass shooting

By   3 weeks ago

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a swath of new gun-control bills introduced in the wake of a mass shooting near UC Santa Barbara.

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Qualstar shares sink on $5.6M loss

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   3 weeks ago

Qualstar cut its annual loss to $5.6 million — almost half of what it had been a year earlier — but investors weren’t happy with the company’s slow progress as it struggles to return to profitability. Shares of Qualstar plummeted 6.9 percent to close at $1.21 on Sept. 29 after the company reported its fiscal […]

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Watkins: California jobs boom not what it seems

By   3 weeks ago

The Golden State has been outpacing the U.S. in job creation over the last three years, but all is not well. Skyrocketing housing costs mean that with a few exceptions clustered around the tech boom, California’s coastal counties are retirement havens, not entrepreneurship hubs. That’s the view from Bill Watkins, director of the California Economic […]

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T.O. Boulevard revamp hinges on key project

A rendering of Westcord Commercial Real Estate’s proposed mixed-use project at 1850 Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks. (courtesy image)

By   3 weeks ago

Champions of the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan are feverishly optimistic in their expectations for the future of the three-mile-long, mostly commercial corridor. But some remaining constraints are putting all eyes on the fate of one particular project — developer Rick Principe’s 53-unit mixed-use concept at 1850 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

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Teledyne to raise $125M in debt sale

By   4 weeks ago

Thousand Oaks-based industrial conglomerate Teledyne Technologies hopes to raise up to $125 million in operating capital by selling debt. The company said that on Dec. 4 it will issue $30 million of senior unsecured notes at 2.6 percent due Dec. 4, 2019 and $95 million of 3.1 percent senior unsecured notes due on Dec. 6, […]

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USDA taps VSolvit team for 5-year, up to $500M contract

By   3 days ago

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has awarded a five-year, $500 million contract to the Ventura-based tech firm VSolvit to provide software tech support for the department in areas such as budget and finance and management solutions.

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SLO developers expand regional impact

John Belsher, left, and Ryan Petetit are developers on a fast track. The photo was taken at a NASCAR speedway in Las Vegas. (Courtesy photo)

By   3 days ago

San Luis Obispo-based real estate and development firm PB Cos., started in 2011 by partners Ryan Petetit and John Belsher, has gone from a single deal to build a few homes to a collection of projects valued at more than $300 million.

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Shopping Center trades hands for $23.3M in Ventura

By   2 weeks ago

Sizable retail-based transactions keep popping up along the Highway 101 corridor. The latest of these is the Ventura Village Shopping Center in Ventura, which was recently sold to an undisclosed  private company for $23.3 million. The seller was Regency Centers, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Ventura Village is an approximate […]

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San Luis Obispo discoveries expand citrus industry’s psyllid watch

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By   2 weeks ago

The dreaded Asian citrus psyllid made its first appearance in San Luis Obispo County over the summer, making the pest truly a regional problem for tri-county agriculture.

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Fit Buddha expands to Ventura

The gyms combine a Buddhist temple-inspired atmosphere with pilates, cardio, belly dancing and pole fitness classes. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

By   2 weeks ago

A gym adorned in Far East-inspired décor and a tranquil atmosphere, Fit Buddha in Ventura offers gym-goers a unique workout experience featuring a celebrity trainer brand of Pilates and a line of other fitness classes.

Read More →

Nellis bids farewell with final thoughts about tech corridor

Stephen Nellis

By   2 weeks ago

Today is my final day at the Pacific Coast Business Times. By the time you read this, I’ll be working at a startup in San Francisco. But for the past seven years, I’ve had the pleasure of covering technology and innovation in the Tri-Counties. I’ve reported on everything from semiconductor firms that have been in […]

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Industrial portfolio in Camarillo sells for $23.4M

By   3 weeks ago

A large industrial portfolio in Camarillo recently changed hands to the tune of $23.4 million. Marcus Adams Properties recently acquired six multi-tenant and two single-tenant industrial buildings totaling 205,669 square feet, all located in the Flynn Road Industrial Park of Camarillo. At the time of sale, the properties were 96 percent leased with 28 different […]

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Port heads to court in battle with city

By   3 weeks ago

The Oxnard Harbor District has asked the Ventura County Superior Court to intervene in an increasingly contentious battle over revamping a decades-old revenue agreement with the city of Port Hueneme. The district, which controls the Port of Hueneme, sought relief in court on Sept. 30 on a technical issue related to arbitration. The district has […]

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Sonos finds its groove with wireless offering

A still from one of Sonos' new TV spots, in which a home is lacquered in gold as one of its speakers streams Isaac Hayes' theme from “Shaft.”

By   3 days ago

The company’s flurry of developments continued Oct. 14 with the release of a product called Boost, a WiFi amplifier that surpasses the Bridge’s capabilities without the need for wires.

Read More →

Tourism may benefit from new sanctuary

A bed of algae on the sea floor off the coast of Santa Barbara. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara Coastal Long-Term Ecological Research Program)

By   3 days ago

The proposed Central Coast National Marine Sanctuary could add, at minimum, $23 million dollars per year to the local economy and create almost 600 new jobs.

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CircaTerra revives Magellan’s history in Santa Barbara

By   7 days ago

A former South Coast standard in travel gear is returning to its Santa Barbara roots and operating under a new name. CircaTerra Travel Outfitters is planning an Oct. 24-26 grand opening with former Magellan’s Travel Supplies CEO Mark Gallo and his wife Kathy at the helm. The pair bought the former Magellan’s retail store in […]

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The Nobel effect: UCSB laureates have a big impact on regional economy

Shuji Nakamura, left, and Herbert Kroemer, two of UC Santa Barbara’s Nobel Prize winners in the sciences. (Sonia Fernandez / UCSB courtesy photo)

By   1 week ago

The list of Nobel laureates at UCSB continues to grow and with it so do the number of tech company startups spun-out of the university.

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Channel Technologies buys Massacusetts defesnse firm

By   2 weeks ago

Santa Barbara-based military contractor Channel Technologies Group announced today that it has acquired Materials Systems Inc., a producer of sonar technology. The value of the deal was not disclosed. The Massachusetts-based firm will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Channel Technologies, which is owned by private equity group Blue Wolf Capital Partners. Both companies use […]

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Blue LED pioneer Nakamura becomes UCSB’s sixth Nobel laureate

Shuji Nakamura became UC Santa Barbara’s sixth Nobel Prize winner for the invention of the blue LED. (photo courtesy of UCSB)

By   2 weeks ago

Click here for the Business Times’ updated coverage.   UC Santa Barbara professor Shuji Nakamura and two scientists based in Japan, Hiroshi Amano and Isamu Akasaki, were chosen as recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics. The committee selected the team for its invention of the blue light-emitting diode, or LED, which allows white light to […]

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Chumash speed ahead with $112M hotel and casino

The project includes construction of a 12-story hotel tower that will add 215 more rooms, a 20,000-square-foot pool deck, a parking garage and expansion of the existing casino gaming floor. (Courtesy image)

By   2 weeks ago

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians intends to break ground on its proposed $112 million hotel and casino expansion in October, just six months after the massive project was first announced.

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San Luis Obispo discoveries expand citrus industry’s psyllid watch

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By   2 weeks ago

The dreaded Asian citrus psyllid made its first appearance in San Luis Obispo County over the summer, making the pest truly a regional problem for tri-county agriculture.

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Tiny bubbles to have big profile at Pismo wine festival

Dave Hickey of Laetitia Vineyard. (Courtesy photo)

By   3 days ago

The first-annual Bubblyfest will be held amidst brimming interest in sparkling wine.

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Chamber chief has growth plan for Santa Maria

By   3 days ago

Glenn Morris, who stepped in to lead the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce this June, inherits the steep climb city officials have faced in galvanizing industry.

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SLO developers expand regional impact

John Belsher, left, and Ryan Petetit are developers on a fast track. The photo was taken at a NASCAR speedway in Las Vegas. (Courtesy photo)

By   3 days ago

San Luis Obispo-based real estate and development firm PB Cos., started in 2011 by partners Ryan Petetit and John Belsher, has gone from a single deal to build a few homes to a collection of projects valued at more than $300 million.

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Spacecraft set to land near Lompoc

By   6 days ago

An unmanned space plane resembling a miniature space shuttle is expected to end a nearly two-year classified mission with a not-so-secret landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, perhaps as early as Oct. 14. One of two X-37B robotic space planes in the Air Force fleet, the California landing may be one of the […]

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Herds shrink, ranchers suffer as drought takes toll

Ventura County rancher Bud Sloan is still herding cattle after more than a decade in the industry. (Courtesy photo)

By   1 week ago

Cattle ranchers all over the Tri-Counties are reeling from the effects of the drought, with the last decade of unusually warm, dry conditions making the industry especially difficult to continue in the county where it has previously prospered most — San Luis Obispo.

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San Luis Obispo discoveries expand citrus industry’s psyllid watch

psyllid-sweepWEB

By   2 weeks ago

The dreaded Asian citrus psyllid made its first appearance in San Luis Obispo County over the summer, making the pest truly a regional problem for tri-county agriculture.

Read More →

Nellis bids farewell with final thoughts about tech corridor

Stephen Nellis

By   2 weeks ago

Today is my final day at the Pacific Coast Business Times. By the time you read this, I’ll be working at a startup in San Francisco. But for the past seven years, I’ve had the pleasure of covering technology and innovation in the Tri-Counties. I’ve reported on everything from semiconductor firms that have been in […]

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SLO telecoms to merge

By   3 weeks ago

Norcast Telecom and Blue Rooster Telecom, two San Luis Obispo-based firms that provide voice and data service to about 2,500 Central Coast business customers, are merging.

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