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Brooks Institute should have stayed nonprofit

By   /  Friday, August 19th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

Tim Meyer critiques student work in his "Lighting People" class at Brooks Institute in Ventura.

Of all the nontraditional educational institutions that sprung up in the region in the past 75 years, Brooks Institute of Photography had the most promising future. From an attractive center on Santa Barbara’s Riviera, it trained photographers and graphic artists, attracting a distinguished faculty and students. In the digital age, its design and visual arts Read More →

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Grit still best predictor of success

By   /  Friday, August 19th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

Renee Rock

By Renee Rock One good old-fashioned job skill is still the key to success. As the middle child in a large 1950s-era family, I had to work hard to earn the attention of my hardworking blue-collar father. Like many in single-income families, my father worked long hours, often putting in overtime to make ends meet. Read More →

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Minimum wage and salary increases — a ripple effect or a tsunami?

By   /  Friday, August 12th, 2016  /  Latest news, Law, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

Jonathan Fraser Light

By Jon Light You may have heard that California will have a minimum wage of $15 by 2022. But there are ramifications beyond that gradual increase that employers may not have considered. In April, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour, phased in over five years between 2017 Read More →

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Area code overlay better than breaking up the 805

By   /  Friday, August 12th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

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With the California Public Utilities Commission ready to hold hearings on the future of the 805 area code, the easy call for this newspaper is to urge the CPUC to adopt a so-called “overlay” solution. With an overlay, the existing area code remains intact and a new set of three numbers introduces a new area Read More →

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Protect elderly from information scammers

By   /  Friday, August 5th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

Paul D. Witman

By Paul D. Witman “Knowledge (information) is power.” — Francis Bacon, 1597 Edward, 82, bought long-term-care insurance 25 years ago. But when circumstances conspired to force him to make claims against it, his provider delivered a perfect storm of information problems — confusing deadlines, conflicting bills and poor customer service. What should have been a Read More →

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Small is new big when it comes to business

By   /  Friday, August 5th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

Ray Bowman

By Ray Bowman Recently while traveling, I had the honor of meeting one of the world’s top five trend-spotters, Marian Salzman. She talked about some of the leading trends for 2016 and noted that “local is the new global” and that living large is no longer a trend. “Small is the new big” suffices to Read More →

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Skies won’t be friendly in Santa Maria anymore

By   /  Friday, August 5th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

United Airlines will begin routing flights from the Santa Maria Public Airport to San Francisco International instead of Los Angeles International beginning May 9. (Courtesy photo)

Santa Maria’s relationship with United Airlines was set up for a breakup a year ago when the Chicago-based carrier stopped flying to Los Angeles and shifted its connecting flights to San Francisco. The final blow came Aug. 1 when United announced a suspension of the SFO flights this fall. The Santa Maria-San Francisco service was Read More →

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