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Isla Vista tragedy shows the dark side of paradise

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2014  /  South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off

About 4,000 people showed up to remember the victims of  Friday night's bloody massacre in Isla Vista. (Erika Martin / Business Times photos)

The densely packed student community has been rocked by two high-profile gang rapes, drunken riots quelled with tear gas and, on May 23, a bloody killing rampage that killed six innocent people and injured 13 others.

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In the line of fire: IV Deli owners vow to ‘be strong’ after tragedy

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off

IV Deli Mart owner Sam Hassan, left, welcomes a customer to his popular Isla Vista store, which has become a memorial and gathering place since the May 23 massacre. (Business Times photo)

“As much as our hearts are broken, it’s time to move on and be strong,” said store owner Sam Hassan. “If you fall down, just get up, lick your wounds and keep going. That’s how you defeat the evil of what happened here.”

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Thousands turn up in show of solidarity in Isla Vista

By   /  Sunday, May 25th, 2014  /  Features, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off

About 4,000 people showed up to remember the victims of  Friday night's bloody massacre in Isla Vista. (Erika Martin / Business Times photos)

Thousands of community and family members affected by Friday night’s tragedy in Isla Vista assembled in UC Santa Barbara’s Storke Plaza on Saturday evening to hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Elliot Rodger’s victims.

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Stand and deliver: Lori’s Original Lemonade lands in 300 stores

By   /  Friday, May 16th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off

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Ojai-based beverage maker Lori’s Original Lemonade has quickly spread its zest across the West Coast.

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Covered California executive to keynote Champions luncheon

By   /  Thursday, May 1st, 2014  /  Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off

Covered California vice president Chris Patton will keynote the Business Times’ Champions in Health Care awards luncheon next month. (courtesy photo)

Next month’s Champions in Health Care event will feature Chris Patton, vice president of sales and agent management for Covered California’s Small Business Health Options Program.

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Updated: Chumash Casino yanks Clippers deal over Sterling scandal

By   /  Monday, April 28th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off

“We absolutely agree and support NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s decision today,” Vincent Armenta, tribal chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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A dose of kindness: Vitamin Angels celebrates 20 years

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Nonprofits, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off

A Peruvian mother and her children in one of the communities that Santa Barbara-based nonprofit Vitamin Angels, which distributes nutrients, works with. (photo courtesy of Matt Dayka/Vitamin Angels)

  The 1994 Northridge Earthquake turned Howard Schiffer’s priorities upside-down. After spending years as an entrepreneur in the natural products industry, the earthquake’s aftermath, particularly among marginalized communities, left Schiffer feeling helpless. He was also forced to confront the broader impacts his merchandise could have on public health. Using his business connections to secure product […]

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