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Paso Robles wine pioneer sets out in pursuit of the $100 bottle

By   /  Friday, April 11th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

Paso Robles winemaker Daniel Daou is pursuing the holy grail of California vintners: A cabernet sauvignon or Bordeaux that can reliably fetch $100 a bottle.

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Select Staffing to shed debt, relinquish family control in Ch. 11

By   /  Friday, April 4th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

The reorganization will reduce the ownership stake held by the Sorensen family and ends a years-long search for a solution to the heavy debt load Select Staffing took on at the height of the credit bubble.

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Business lessons learned from region’s largest corporate bankruptcy

By   /  Friday, April 4th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

At least in terms of revenue, Select is the largest company in the history of the Tri-Counties to seek Chapter 11 protection from creditors.

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Limoneira could lead water-efficiency push in California drought

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

One of the cool things about covering business in the Tri-Counties is that at least once a year we get a pretty close look at what’s happening at one of the region’s largest agribusiness holding companies. That’s because Santa Paula-based Limoneira Co., founded in 1893, happens to be a publicly traded company. The company began […]

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After seven years, the financial crisis quietly ends for area banks

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

“Even the pessimists were thinking three years,” Community West CEO Marty Plourd told me. “No one expected the low-interest-rate environment to last this long,”

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Sonos’ revenue revelation generates buzz among IPO speculators

By   /  Friday, March 14th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off

It takes a ton of revenue — or some very foolishly spent capital — to support a multimillion-dollar ad campaign, including a coveted spot in the Super Bowl commercials.

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Santa Paula entrepreneur turns attention to Chinese attack victims

By   /  Friday, March 7th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off

Henry Dubroff

“None of the victims did anything wrong except being in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is about people helping people. We all live here,” Santa Paula resident William Irion, who frequently travels to China, told me.

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