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Editorial: South Coast shoppers’ hunt for Target continues

By   /  Friday, August 15th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off

Let the Target wars begin. South Santa Barbara County once again is in pursuit of the iconic red logo that has become a destination for typically female middle-class shoppers seeking home goods, back-to-school clothes and food at discount prices. Somehow, the South Coast wound up with K-Mart and Sears stores but Target so far has […]

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Editorial: Measure M stands for government malpractice

By   /  Friday, August 8th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off

“Mistake” might be a good way to characterize Measure M, an initiative that the city of Port Hueneme has hurriedly approved for the November ballot. In case you have not heard about it, Measure M would dispose of a minor tax on home-based businesses that now brings in about $7,000 per year and replace it […]

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Editorial: Large employers loosen grip on Ventura County

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off

Half-a-dozen years ago, East Ventura County’s economy was heavily dependent on two very large employers: subprime lending giant Countrywide Financial Corp. and biotech behemoth Amgen.

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Editorial: Power rides into auto history

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off

We’ll take a few words to recognize J.D. “Dave” Power, this year’s Business Times Hall of Fame inductee, for yet another honor. The man who masterminded the ubiquitous brass, black and glass awards is picking up some additional hardware this week in Detroit. That’s because he’s being inducted this year into the Automotive Hall of […]

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Editorial: Cuyama solar array reignites region’s energy prospects

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off

Santa Barbara County’s ability to embrace a large-scale energy project of any kind got a major test on July 22, when its planning commission heard testimony about the proposed 40-megawatt Cuyama Solar Project. Developed by First Solar, which previously owned the 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm project in San Luis Obispo County, this project would modestly […]

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Editorial: VCHCA earns high-profile grant to study disease

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off

While diabetes, cancer and heart disease grab the headlines and the lion’s share of grant funding, other major illnesses can fall off the map.

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Editorial: Thanks, but we’ll stay in California

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off

Oh no, not L.A. Reports that a proposed initiative to split California into six states might make the ballot in 2016 has our blood boiling. That’s because the author of the cockamamie scheme, Bay Area venture capitalist Tim Draper, insists on lumping Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties together with Los Angeles County […]

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