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Dubroff: Brexit impacts will be felt in Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, June 24th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

Brexit has become a crisis with a long tail and more than a twinge of buyers’ remorse. As Sung Won Sohn of CSU Channel Islands pointed out in comments to the Business Times, the narrow EU exit vote victory was a boost for populism in the U.S. and  elsewhere. It could lead to the disintegration Read More →

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Dubroff: Fukushima nuclear disaster doomed Diablo Canyon

By   /  Friday, June 24th, 2016  /  Central Coast, Columns, Energy, Latest news  /  5 Comments

Henry Dubroff

Few people on the Central Coast took note of March 11 as the fifth anniversary of Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. But you can trace the June 21 announcement that PG&E won’t operate the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near Avila Beach beyond 2025 to the earthquake and tsunami on the Japanese coast that destroyed four Read More →

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Strawberry crop might not always remain No. 1

By   /  Friday, June 24th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

The value of the strawberry crop in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties dropped 5 percent to just over $1 billion last year as farmers struggled with the drought. (USDA photo)

It’s going to take a lot to dethrone the strawberry as the region’s top crop. But there are plenty of signs that the juicy red fruit that’s a year round sensation may not last forever at the top of the agribusiness pile. The retirement of the Dullam family, reported earlier in the Business Times, and Read More →

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Dubroff: Why Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn might be out of sync

By   /  Friday, June 17th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Technology  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

Just one year ago, LinkedIn made history on the Central Coast when it created the region’s first unicorn, buying Lynda.com for $1.5 billion. Now LinkedIn is selling itself to Microsoft for $26 billion, or an estimated 79 times operating earnings, in what Bloomberg and the New York Times DealBook column describe as one of the Read More →

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Mass shootings taking terrible toll in America

By   /  Friday, June 17th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

Two years ago it was Isla Vista. This year it is San Bernardino and Orlando. Mass shootings have become a way of life in America — and that is a tragedy. This year’s shootings have a particularly troubling twist: the targeting of LGBTQ victims in a nightclub by a young American-born Muslim who apparently was Read More →

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Dubroff: Race for Lois Capps’ House seat mirrors national politics

By   /  Friday, June 10th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

Once a gerrymandered district known as the “ribbon of shame” for wrapping up Democratic strongholds, the safe House seat held for two decades by Democrat Lois Capps is looking more and more like national politics in microcosm. Capps’ decision not to run in California’s 24th Congressional District created a wide open field that was narrowed Read More →

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Fraud charges cap sad demise of Melchiori

By   /  Friday, June 10th, 2016  /  Editorials, Education, Latest news, Opinion, Real Estate, Tourism  /  No Comments

Mark Melchiori

It was an iconic company among general contractors and its rise marked a pivot point in Santa Barbara’s emergence as a hub for tourism and technology in the 1990s. Ugo Melchiori, an immigrant from Northern Italy, turned skills as a craftsman into a business that, beginning in the late 1980s, was nearly as powerful as Read More →

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