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Winter’s legacy endures at Westmont College

By   /  Friday, August 28th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

Shortly after the Business Times was founded, we learned about David Winter and his work as president at Westmont College. Over lunch at the Westmont campus, we were introduced to Westmont’s vision for its students as a liberal arts institution focused on Christian values and ethics. Coincidentally, one of the first Business Times staff writers […]

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California’s onerous employment laws continue to vex businesses

By   /  Friday, August 28th, 2015  /  Op/Eds  /  No Comments

Employers continue to be battered by onerous California employment laws, and there is little end in sight. For those employers who can’t move their operations to another state, you’re stuck with the detailed state rules that create traps for employers. One of the latest tactics by plaintiffs’ lawyers is to file lawsuits because of information […]

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LA hosting 2024 Olympics would be great for Central Coast

By   /  Friday, August 21st, 2015  /  Editorials  /  No Comments

Efforts to designate Los Angeles as the U.S. host city for the 2024 Olympic are worth more than passing attention by leaders along the Highway 101 corridor. That’s because a successful bid by Los Angeles for the summer games would produce multiple benefits for the Central Coast, with a broad impact on business. The 1984 […]

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Eastside Business District best option

By   /  Friday, August 21st, 2015  /  Op/Eds  /  No Comments

The recent article “Battle over Milpas” (Aug. 7) really missed the mark. The plain and simple fact about the “Battle over Milpas” is that a small handful of people have turned the attempt of a vibrant business district to continue improvements into a racially charged political issue. The Milpas Community Association was asked to submit […]

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Mine mishap shows EPA stewardship inadequate

By   /  Friday, August 14th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

Just when you think environmental stewardship can’t get any worse … it gets worse. About three months ago, the Central Coast witnessed its worst environmental disaster in decades when Plains All American Pipeline leaked more than 140,000 gallons of oil onto the Refugio Beach area. About a fourth of that ended up in the ocean, […]

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Emergence of the ‘dependent contractor’

By   /  Friday, August 7th, 2015  /  Op/Eds  /  No Comments

A recent decision by the state Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has greatly shaken the California business community. The ruling found that an Uber driver is an “employee” and not an “independent contractor” as the entire industry had previously presumed.  Although this decision only pertains to that specific case, it could end up changing the […]

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Donald channels Arnold in taking on GOP brass

By   /  Friday, August 7th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

We have seen this movie before. A larger-than-life figure in entertainment and business struts on to the political stage and captivates an audience of disaffected conservatives. Never mind that his personal politics are fairly liberal — it’s the appearance of control and command that pushes the conventional candidates out of the way. Once the momentum […]

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