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Bills to help veterans get jobs should become law

By   /  Friday, September 4th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

As Labor Day nears, California’s legislature is considering bills to help veterans returning home from active duty rejoin the workforce. California is home to a growing population of more than 1.8 million veterans. With overseas operations in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down and more troops headed home, the number of veterans seeking jobs in California […]

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

By   /  Friday, July 31st, 2015  /  Editorials, Health Care, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Economic development should be part of Ventura County’s general plan

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

By   /  Friday, July 24th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Haggen finds it’s tough to be third competitor for tri-county shoppers

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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