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Personal finance really family finance

By   /  Friday, July 31st, 2015  /  Op/Eds, Opinion, Personal Finance  /  No Comments

Personal finance has always been a family affair that involves the interests of children, parents and other relatives. Currently, many trends exacerbate situations where relatives’ assistance is needed, which makes family situations increasingly challenging and difficult to plan for. First, expanded life expectancy brings expanded financial challenges. A longer life does not only imply greater […]

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Economic development should be part of Ventura County’s general plan

By   /  Friday, July 31st, 2015  /  Editorials, Health Care, Opinion  /  No Comments

Ventura County is embarking on an important step forward as it weighs the latest update to its general plan. That step would be to include an economic development element to the general plan in the next approval cycle. A letter to county officials from the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County recommends the county include […]

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Smart innovation key to business success

By   /  Friday, July 24th, 2015  /  Op/Eds  /  No Comments

Smart business leaders know that there is an important distinction between risk taking and intelligent risk taking. It is the former that may make the headlines, but it is the latter that often leads to the greatest rewards. There is an increasing awareness within the business community of the world of difference between innovation and […]

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Proposed peaker plant in Oxnard bad idea because of flood vulnerability

By   /  Friday, July 24th, 2015  /  Energy, Op/Eds, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

Reliability is the key point emphasized in the Pacific Coast Business Times editorial July 17 (Oxnard peaker plant should be approved). During the CPUC evidentiary hearings held in May regarding the NRG proposal, the city of Oxnard provided proof based on state of the art scientific evidence that storm surge patterns and sea level rise […]

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Haggen finds it’s tough to be third competitor for tri-county shoppers

By   /  Friday, July 24th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

The point of anti-trust regulators forcing Albertson’s and Safeway to sell off 146 supermarkets in order to allow for the two companies to merge was to create a viable third competitor in the market. That role was eagerly claimed by Haggen Inc., an independent grocery and pharmacy chain based in the state of Washington whose […]

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Oxnard peaker plant should be approved

By   /  Friday, July 17th, 2015  /  Editorials, Energy, Opinion  /  No Comments

The California Public Utilities Commission held a relatively rare session in Oxnard on July 15 to weigh the pros and cons of replacing aging power stations at Mandalay Beach with a new peaker plant to be operated by NRG. This has been a contentious issue. The city of Oxnard doesn’t like it, the social justice […]

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As the world turns, so does the U.S. economy

By   /  Friday, July 10th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

What in the world is going on? At press time, the New York Stock Exchange was having technical difficulties, United Airlines had just resumed flying after a computer malfunction, Greece was on the precipice of leaving the Eurozone and China’s stock market was in a free fall. That’s a heck of an interruption to what […]

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