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Health care prices under scrutiny in Sansum-Cottage merger

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As the regulatory review of the proposed merger between Cottage Health System and Sansum Clinic  stretches to the six-month mark, a recent federal court ruling points out key issues that arise when a dominant hospital system buys a major physician group. In an Idaho case decided earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission intensely focused […]

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A dose of kindness: Vitamin Angels celebrates 20 years

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Nonprofits, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

A Peruvian mother and her children in one of the communities that Santa Barbara-based nonprofit Vitamin Angels, which distributes nutrients, works with. (photo courtesy of Matt Dayka/Vitamin Angels)

  The 1994 Northridge Earthquake turned Howard Schiffer’s priorities upside-down. After spending years as an entrepreneur in the natural products industry, the earthquake’s aftermath, particularly among marginalized communities, left Schiffer feeling helpless. He was also forced to confront the broader impacts his merchandise could have on public health. Using his business connections to secure product […]

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A premium on historic Oxnard: Barkley buys Bank of A. Levy site

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Real Estate, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

A historic bank building in downtown Oxnard is now home to Barkley Insurance & Risk Management, a 20-year-old family firm.

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Hotel Oceana gets a new name as waterfront inns ready for boom

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

The 122-room property at 202 W. Cabrillo Blvd. was purchased last month by Philadelphia-based investment firm HHM for $41.7 million, including the assumption of $24.9 million in mortgage debt.

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Tuning in to the Tri-Counties: KEYT, KCOY team on news coverage

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Under a deal announced last year, CBS affiliate KCOY’s news will be produced under a shared-services agreement with Santa Barbara-based ABC affiliate KEYT. Journalists on the ground in Santa Maria will contribute to a live newscast from studios in Santa Barbara, replacing the old setup in which the evening KCOY newscast is produced in Salinas at station KION.

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Location, location is key to drought outlook for region’s vintners

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Small Business, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

California’s production of wine grapes is likely to decline this year after record yields in 2012 and 2013, but it’s uncertain whether the booming Central Coast will join in the slide.

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Neurovision wins $30M jury verdict in trademark suit against NuVasive

By   /  Friday, April 11th, 2014  /  Law, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

The Neurovision case was unusual in that the jury agreed that the registration of the trademark was fraudulent. In order to prevent lawsuits over simple mistakes in trademark filings, the courts have set a high bar for finding fraud in registering a trademark. Errors or even negligence are not enough.

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