Pacific Coast Business Times Proudly serving Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties 2016-04-29T23:35:07Z http://www.pacbiztimes.com/feed/atom/ Staff Report <![CDATA[Dole Foods faces criminal investigation over listeria outbreak]]> http://www.pacbiztimes.com/?p=27188 2016-04-29T23:35:07Z 2016-04-29T23:35:07Z Read More →]]> Westlake Village-based Dole Foods is facing a criminal investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice over a listeria outbreak that killed four people.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news April 29. In January, Dole Foods suspended production at its Springfield, Ohio, processing facility and removed products from 23 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. The outbreak began in September, hospitalized 12 people and killed four people ranging in age from 3 to 83 years old.

Samples taken at the plant tested positive for listeria as early as July 2014, according to the Wall Street Journal’s report. Federal investigators said Dole did not test surfaces at the plant that contacted food. Also, Dole tested other areas in the plant before food production but prior to sanitation.

Listeria outbreaks can be particularly problematic for food producers. In the past, food processers have had to shut down plants entirely because it can be difficult to find the source of an outbreak and destroy the bacteria.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says on its website listeria can cause fevers, muscle aches and diarrhea. Even with prompt treatment the bacteria can cause death in older patients and patients with other medical conditions.

On April 21, Dole slowly began scaling up production at the plant and said it will provide updates as the plant returns to normal operations.

In a news release April 29, Dole said the Justice Department contacted Dole and the company corrected the problems at the plant.

“Dole has recently been contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its own investigation, and we will be similarly cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns,” the company said in a news release. “We have been working in collaboration with the FDA and other authorities to implement ongoing improved testing, sanitation and procedure enhancements, which have resulted in the recent reopening of our Springfield salad plant.

“We understand that these recent news reports may raise questions among our consumers and customers. They should be assured, however, that we have worked in conjunction with the FDA to address those observations and ensure that Dole products are safe.”

• Contact Philip Joens at pjoens@pacbiztimes.com.

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Staff Report <![CDATA[Kahn elected chairman of Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians]]> http://www.pacbiztimes.com/?p=27185 2016-04-29T20:14:10Z 2016-04-29T20:14:10Z Read More →]]> 031315-Kahn-200

Kenneth Kahn was named new tribal chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians late April 28 following a special election to replace Vincent Armenta, who resigned in March.

Kahn, 39, was first elected to the tribal leadership team in March 2003 when he was 25, making him the youngest person to ever serve on the tribe’s Business Committee. He went on to serve as vice chairman and secretary/treasurer before being elected chairman.

He has lived on the reservation for most of his life and attended local schools. He graduated from Santa Ynez Valley High School.

Kahn serves on several boards, including of the Unity Shoppe of Santa Barbara, the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA and the Channel Islands YMCA.

“I am deeply honored that my fellow tribal members have elected me to serve as our new tribal chairman,” Kahn said in a news release. “I look forward to working alongside my fellow Business Committee members to ensure that the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians continues to grow and prosper.”

The tribe’s chairman and Business Committee are responsible for establishing policies and overseeing the legal and business affairs of the tribe.

In addition to owning and operating the Chumash Casino Resort on the tribe’s reservation, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians also owns Hotel Corque, Root 246 and the Hadsten House in Solvang and two gas stations in Santa Ynez.  As the largest employer in the Santa Ynez Valley, the tribe employs more than 1,700 residents of Santa Barbara County.

• Contact Glenn Rabinowitz at grabinowitz@pacbiztimes.com.

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Staff Report <![CDATA[UCLA Health Services buys medical office building in Thousand Oaks]]> http://www.pacbiztimes.com/?p=27182 2016-04-29T18:14:52Z 2016-04-29T18:14:52Z Read More →]]> The UCLA Board of Regents has paid more than $10 million to buy a medical office building from TR Funding, LLC, of Westlake Village that houses UCLA Health Services at 100 Moody Court in Thousand Oaks.

The 23,614-square-foot building has been home to a UCLA Health medical clinic since 2013, offering primary and specialty care including allergy/immunology, cardiology, dermatology, digestive diseases, endocrinology, neurology, otolaryngology/head and neck, pain management, pulmonary medicine and rheumatology.

Nearly 20 doctors practice at the facility, which is one of UCLA Health’s largest in the San Fernando and Conejo valleys.

UCLA paid $10,576,00 for the building, which was developed by Rick Principe and Tony Principe of TR Funding in 2002. Baja Fresh occupied the building as its corporate headquarters for almost 10 years before relocating to Orange County.

• Contact Glenn Rabinowitz at grabinowitz@pacbiztimes.com.

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Philip Joens <![CDATA[Resonant raises $6 million as it tries to stay afloat]]> http://www.pacbiztimes.com/?p=27149 2016-04-28T23:02:03Z 2016-04-29T16:00:57Z

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Philip Joens <![CDATA[New Ventura College science center has giant touch screen computer]]> http://www.pacbiztimes.com/?p=27152 2016-04-28T23:07:12Z 2016-04-29T15:45:25Z

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