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Central banks losing ability to steer global economies

By   /  Friday, February 12th, 2016  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Columns, Latest news  /  No Comments

Editor Henry Dubroff

Upheaval in the global markets in recent months may be signaling that the era of the all-powerful central bank may be coming to an end. Evidence is mounting that central bank moves are having less and less of the desired impact on regional economies. For Exhibit A we turn to the People’s Bank of China, Read More →

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SOAR revisions needed for agribusiness to grow

By   /  Friday, February 12th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

A strawberry field in Ventura County. The National Weather Service handed down a series of frost advisories that threatened crops in the region. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

SOAR, short for Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources, has had a big impact on land use in Ventura County. Up for renewal after two decades, a revised SOAR should go before voters this fall. Among other things, SOAR needs revisions that carve out exceptions for food processing facilities. It needs to recognize the growing Read More →

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San Buenaventura’s 150th anniversary deserves celebration

By   /  Friday, February 5th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

Downtown Ventura.

You might say that the modern history of Ventura County began 150 years ago with the founding of the City of San Buenaventura. In April of 1866, Ventura was an emerging commercial center built around the mission. Cattle ranching was the biggest industry and the discovery of the prolific Ventura Avenue oil field was still Read More →

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Dubroff: Coastal Commission should tackle housing shortage

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  1 Comment

Henry Dubroff

It is perhaps appropriate that an effort to unseat Charles Lester, executive director of the California Coastal Commission, might just come to a head in Morro Bay on Feb. 10. That’s the date when the commission is set to hold a public meeting over so-called “performance issues” that have led, apparently, to an effort by Read More →

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Here’s how to navigate stock market meltdown

By   /  Friday, January 22nd, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

Markets are quirky things. They sail along for a while and then wham, turbulence arrives. Twice in the past six months we’ve seen two market meltdowns — the latest put the U.S. indices deep into correction territory. My own takeaway is that we are not in the middle of a full-blown financial crisis; there’s been Read More →

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China’s command economy hits great wall of the free market

By   /  Friday, January 15th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

“They’ve gone about as fur as they c’n go.” Sixty years ago, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein used those words to describe the state of affairs in Kansas City in the musical “Oklahoma.” But I can’t think of a better way to describe what’s going on in China. The Middle Kingdom appears to have hit Read More →

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Dubroff: Building South Sudan health care from the ground up

By   /  Friday, January 8th, 2016  /  Columns, Health Care, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Building South Sudan health care from the ground up

Dr. Ken Waxman with medical student Malueth Angui in South Sudan.

  Before he embarked on a quest to rebuild the health care system in South Sudan, Ken Waxman of Santa Barbara built a career any physician would be proud of. One of the top trauma surgeons in Southern California, he was the head of emergency surgery at Cottage Hospital and later advised the Ventura County Read More →

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