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Customer list, library drive $1.5B merger

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Lynda.com Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer Bruce Heavin and co-founder and Executive Chair Lynda Weinman at the company's Carpinteria headquarters. (Business Times file photo)

It is the second largest tech acquisition in the tri-county region’s history, after the $6.9 billion purchase of Santa Barbara-based Software.com.

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Beach town in spotlight: Carpenteria benefits from tech firms like Lynda.com

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Linden Avenue in downtown Carpinteria. The city is home to Lynda.com, which is being purchased in a $1.5 billion transaction by the Silicon Valley company LinkedIn. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Carpinteria is made up of just seven square miles and about 14,000 residents, yet companies including Agilent Technologies subsidiary Dako, silicone manufacturer Nusil and restaurant management firm CKE all call it home.

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Surgery centers at issue in health care merger

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The FTC would not comment on the merger, but officials at the two companies say the agency has questioned at length the merger of the only inpatient hospital on the South Coast with the large physician practice.

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Apartment building revival, home starts put Santa Maria on the map

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The completed clubhouse at Siena Apartments. (Courtesy photo)

The UCSB Economic Forecast Project will focus on housing and residential construction when it holds its annual forecast summit on May 8 at the Radisson Santa Maria on Skyway Drive.

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Vintners measure ‘soul’ of their wine with phenolics testing

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They are analyzing phenolic levels in robust red wines like cabernet sauvignon and syrah to help them make more reliable decisions on when to separate the juice from skins and stems, and how to blend to achieve consistent structure in successive vintages.

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Botanic Gardens leads push to use less thirsty plants

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The Garden Growers Nursery, adjacent to the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, sells drought-resistant native plants. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

Even traditional nurseries, which tend to suffer during droughts, are expanding their native and drought-tolerant offerings.

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Dubroff: Rick Caruso gets his moment and Miramar gets the green light

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It’s worth noting that Volume 1, Issue 1 of the Business Times, written slightly more than 15 years ago, featured a story about the first plans for reconstructing the Miramar.

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