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Paso Robles wine pioneer sets out in pursuit of the $100 bottle

By   /  Friday, April 11th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

Paso Robles winemaker Daniel Daou is pursuing the holy grail of California vintners: A cabernet sauvignon or Bordeaux that can reliably fetch $100 a bottle.

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Editorial: Unveiling the secrets of high-frequency trading

By   /  Friday, April 4th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

Michael Lewis doesn’t see himself as a business journalist.  “I like to write about markets,” he told a small group of his peers at a conference in Phoenix on March 28. With that simple, declarative sentence, Lewis dropped a subtle hint about his next exposé. Indeed, a few nights later on “60 Minutes,” Lewis made […]

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Business lessons learned from region’s largest corporate bankruptcy

By   /  Friday, April 4th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

At least in terms of revenue, Select is the largest company in the history of the Tri-Counties to seek Chapter 11 protection from creditors.

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Limoneira could lead water-efficiency push in California drought

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  No Comments

One of the cool things about covering business in the Tri-Counties is that at least once a year we get a pretty close look at what’s happening at one of the region’s largest agribusiness holding companies. That’s because Santa Paula-based Limoneira Co., founded in 1893, happens to be a publicly traded company. The company began […]

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Editorial: Santa Barbara politicos trade places as fiscal clock ticks

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Peter Adam and Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider are an unlikely political pairing.

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Op/ed: Putting the leadership into thought leadership

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

It’s becoming an increasingly important aspect of a company’s marketing strategy, but in my experience, many executives are uncomfortable about the idea of being thought leaders.

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After seven years, the financial crisis quietly ends for area banks

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

“Even the pessimists were thinking three years,” Community West CEO Marty Plourd told me. “No one expected the low-interest-rate environment to last this long,”

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