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Direct Relief International rooted in Santa Barbara

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A box of Ebola response supplies ready for shipment at Direct Relief’s Goleta headquarters. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

In a region that takes pride in its philanthropic organizations, nothing stands out like Direct Relief International. Founded as a humanitarian organization by immigrants who fled the horrors of World War II, DRI is the nation’s ninth largest U.S. charity, according to Forbes, and by most measures one of the most cost-effective organizations of its Read More →

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Try alternative ways to get to work during Ride Week

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Darren Kettle

By Darren Kettle Communities across the Central Coast are gearing up for Ride Week, Oct. 3-7. The goal of the event is to make it fun and easy for all of us to try out alternative ways to commute to work. In Ventura County, the Ventura County Transportation Commission and the Ventura County Air Pollution Read More →

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Tri-county voters must go to the polls

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Loredana Carson

By Loredana Carson In November 2014, only 203,783 out of 433,064 registered voters cast a ballot, according to the Ventura County registrar. Voter participation in general throughout California has declined in the past decade, according to the California Civic Engagement Project. The project reports that over the past three elections, registered voter turnout was 54.9 Read More →

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Mayors deserve a say in Diablo Canyon closure

By   /  Friday, September 23rd, 2016  /  Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant sits on prime coastal property near Avila Beach.

Cities that form the heart of the San Luis Obispo County economy should not become collateral damage as PG&E works out a plan to shutter the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant. On Sept. 15, the mayors of San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Paso Robles and Pismo Beach took what they called an “unprecedented Read More →

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Make sure you know how the deed to your marital home lists the title

By   /  Friday, September 23rd, 2016  /  Latest news, Law, Op/Eds  /  No Comments

Lisa Spiwak

By Lisa Spiwak When a married couple goes to the escrow office to sign the documents to their new home, they are thinking about many things. Their minds are swirling with thoughts of the mortgage payment, furniture placement, the moving company, landscaping, area schools, etc. The last thing they are thinking about is how the Read More →

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Political correctness in college has no place in the workplace

By   /  Friday, September 23rd, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

Steven Mintz

By Steven Mintz Imagine you have recently graduated from college and have begun your work career at a company that values diversity. One challenge may be to transition from a college environment that was less tolerant of views that might offend one group or another to a workplace where diversity of thought is valued. Political Read More →

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Geringer had a lock on hardware devices

By   /  Friday, September 16th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments


When the Business Times handed out its Family Business Awards in 2012, we recognized Art Geringer, an entrepreneur who was happily showing up at the office every day at age 89. Geringer was a pioneer in building safety who devised a fail-safe lock that allows people to exit high rise buildings in case of an Read More →

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