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Dubroff: Future of regional flights up in the air as Frontier drops Santa Barbara

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  1 Comment

When the A-319 Airbus jets with animals painted on their tails first landed at Santa Barbara Airport in June 2010, business travelers on the Central Coast breathed a big sigh of relief. Denver-based Frontier Airlines promised a full-sized airplane, plenty of perks for business flyers, DirecTV and dozens of inexpensive daily connections to the East […]

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McIver departs El Encanto, heads for Tuscon

By   /  Wednesday, September 24th, 2014  /  South Coast, Tourism, Women Inc.  /  No Comments

Laura McIver, former general manager of Santa Barbara's El Encanto and Canary hotels. (Business Times file photo)

Laura McIver made her mark in the South Coast hotel industry when she took over and turned around downtown Santa Barbara’s Canary Hotel, setting the stage for the property’s sale to boutique chain Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. In 2012, McIver was named general manager for Santa Barbara’s iconic El Encanto Hotel. She took the helm […]

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Dubroff: Teague chose family over politics, and Ventura County prospered

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Columns, Op/Eds  /  No Comments

Well-dressed, tall and affable, Alan Teague was a board chairman right out of central casting. The Limoneira Co. chairman had a politician’s gift for remembering names and faces. He had a welcoming way with strangers that complemented his ambition and drive. He was pretty much the most important person in Republican Party politics in West […]

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Limoneira Co. chairman dies at 76

By   /  Sunday, September 14th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies, West Ventura County  /  5 Comments

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

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Ventura County foundation chief heads to Fresno

By   /  Sunday, September 14th, 2014  /  Latest news, Nonprofits  /  No Comments

Hugh Ralston will be headed to Fresno to run a major nonprofit, and Stacy Roscoe, a retired Procter & Gamble executive, will replace him on an interim basis to lead the Ventura County Community Foundation.

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How California is innovating its way to better economic times

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

If there is one word that marks the current resurgence of California’s economy, it is this: innovation. During a road day on Sept. 9 that took me from the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley to the new Deckers Outdoor Corp. headquarters in Goleta, the I-word was used at least a few dozen times. And […]

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Slump in new business starts focus of jobs summit

By   /  Thursday, September 11th, 2014  /  Latest news  /  No Comments

Despite the buzz being generated about startups in downtown Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo, it is a shortage of new business starts that’s slowing America’s recovery. That’s was the view from Mike Soules, CEO of Corwin Management, a unit of Thousand Oaks-based Sage Publications. He joined former Cheers star John Ratzenberger, Go-Biz Director […]

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