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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  /  3 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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Dubroff: Mozilo is in denial, government grabs for cash and we pay the bill

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Henry Dubroff

An unrepentant Angelo Mozilo remains a key figure at the center of the housing collapse and financial crisis. Interviewed by Bloomberg News from his home in Montecito in early September, the former Countrywide Financial Corp. Chairman said he had no regrets about the wild ride that transformed the Calabasas firm from a small mortgage company […]

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Dubroff: Beneath the pink hat, a strong mind for building a business

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

Patricia Bragg, owner of Bragg Live Food Products. (courtesy photo)

You don’t interview Patricia Bragg. You sit in your chair trying to take notes while she tells stories and delivers a lecture or two or four on healthy living. “Sit up straight, don’t slouch, suck in your gut,” she says. “And never cross your legs.” With that, Bragg walks up and down the floor of […]

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Measure P rekindles north-south feud in Santa Barbara County

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

Large energy companies, most of the North County’s elected officials and chambers of commerce and many others are firmly opposed to this November ballot measure, which would bar “high-intensity” energy production in the county.

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