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Scenes from the reopening: lottery winners, maskless customers

The doors of the region’s businesses were fully open on June 15 for the first time in 15 months — and two Central Coast residents became millionaires — as California lifted nearly all of its COVID-19 restrictions. The state appears to have the upper hand on the virus, with new cases down to around 1,000 Read More →

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Scenes from the reopening: lottery winners, maskless customers  

Tony Biasotti I 6 hours ago

Addison Hunter puts on a mask before entering Crushcakes in downtown Santa Barbara on June 15. Masks are no longer required outdoors but many restaurants Read More →

CSUCI, SBCC get multimillion-dollar gifts from MacKenzie Scott  

Tony Biasotti I 1 day ago

CSU Channel Islands received $15 million from MacKenzie Scott, the largest gift in its history. (courtesy photo) Amazon billionaire MacKenzie Scott gave away another $2.7 Read More →

AeroVironment moves headquarters out of Simi Valley  

Staff Report I 1 day ago

This building in Moorpark is one of AeroVironment's facilities in the Simi Valley area. (file photo) Fifty years after it was founded and two and Read More →

Sientra closes sale of miraDry at $10M loss  

Staff Report I 2 days ago

Sientra, a Goleta-based plastic surgery device company specializing in breast implants, announced June 11 that it had closed the sale of miraDry, a non-surgical dermatological Read More →

American Riviera moves up to top OTC marketplace  

Staff Report I 2 days ago

American Riviera Bank is now listed on the OTC Markets Group's Best Market. (file photo) American Riviera Bank, the second-largest bank based in the Tri-Counties Read More →

Mission Produce earnings up, buoyed by rising avocado consumption  

Jorge Mercado I 5 days ago

Rising avocado sales helped Mission Produce turn a profit in the second quarter of 2021 after posting a loss a year earlier. The Oxnard-based avocado Read More →

Our View: A better way to build in fire-prone regions  

Editorial Board I 5 days ago

At a time when reservoirs are drying up fast and memories of deadly fires have not faded, it’s hard to swallow the fact that we Read More →

Opinion: We might not see the inflation bus coming until it’s run us over  

Guest commentary I 5 days ago

By John Grace Everybody wants to know the date things go sideways. As I am fond of saying, if we are jaywalking across the street Read More →

Real Estate: Vernon Group on a building spree  

Amber Hair I 5 days ago

The Vernon Group broke ground on a new apartment complex in Santa Maria on June 9. The complex, Elements Apartments, will have nearly 170 luxury Read More →

Street Smarts: Bill Foley pairs Santa Barbara wine, Las Vegas hockey  

Staff Report I 5 days ago

The NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights are in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and they come with a Central Coast connection. The franchise’s primary owner is Read More →

Region’s universities strive for workplace inclusiveness  

Amber Hair I 5 days ago

The tri-county region’s universities and colleges teach tens of thousands of students and employ thousands of people to do so. Creating a welcoming and inclusive Read More →

Pride’s new faces in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties  

Amber Hair I 5 days ago

Tess Allen at the Ventura office of Diversity Collective Ventura County. She was hired early this year as the group's first executive director. (Rob Varela Read More →
Henry Dubroff

Dubroff: Trying to make sense of Cal-OSHA’s rules for the post-pandemic workplace  

Henry Dubroff I 6 days ago

I thought I just needed a good labor attorney to survive in California’s regulatory jungle. But now I think I need a personal injury lawyer Read More →

Morro Bay stacks could go up in smoke under new agreement with battery project developer  

Marissa Nall I 6 days ago

The iconic exhaust stacks from the former natural gas power plant in Morro Bay could be removed as part of a battery storage project planned Read More →

Limoneira, Calavo both report earnings growth as produce industry continues recovery  

Jorge Mercado I 1 week ago

Santa Paula-based agribusinesses Limoneira and Calavo Growers both reported positive earnings in their second quarter financial results released June 8, with both saying their earnings Read More →

Alaska Airlines adds flights between Santa Barbara and San Diego  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

Santa Barbara Airport is offering direct flights to San Diego this summer. The service starts June 17, with twice-daily departures and arrivals through Alaska Airlines. Read More →

New name, new plan for economic growth at Vandenberg  

Jorge Mercado I 2 weeks ago

People from the private and public sectors believe the newly renamed Vandenberg Space Force Base has the potential to shape the Central Coast economy, and Read More →

South Coast Biz Tech Awards return with same winners, new challenges  

Marissa Nall I 2 weeks ago

A plane of medical supplies from Direct Relief heads to India. Direct Relief won the Excellence in Service award from the South Coast Business and Read More →

Festivals and fairs plan summer comeback  

Amber Hair I 2 weeks ago

Children in Santa Barbara’s Fiesta parade in 2017. The event was cancelled last year and will return this summer. (courtesy photo) This summer will give Read More →

Amgen’s new drug could be a blockbuster  

Jorge Mercado I 2 weeks ago

An Amgen researcher in lab that developed the new Lumakras cancer treatment (courtesy photo) In 2018, Amgen got its first green light to administer a Read More →

Farmers, water agencies brace for drought  

Jorge Mercado I 2 weeks ago

A cattle ranch in the hills north of Ventura, where rainfall is far below normal. (Tony Biasotti photo) Most of California is in a state Read More →

‘A big change’ on the way as some companies continue remote work  

Jorge Mercado I 2 weeks ago

Blair Hawn, a manager at South Coast Deli in downtown Santa Barbara, brings food to a customer’s table. The business took a big hit when Read More →

Real Estate: With drought looming, Cayucos gets 420,000 gallons of new water storage  

Amber Hair I 2 weeks ago

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Works recently celebrated bringing two new 210,000-gallon water storage tanks in Cayucos online on time and below Read More →

Cal Poly study: Morro Bay wind power could bring thousands of jobs  

Tony Biasotti I 2 weeks ago

A wind farm off the coast of Morro Bay could bring 650 jobs and $262 million in annual economic impact to the Central Coast, and Read More →

Street Smarts: Ventura County follows yellow brick road to reopening  

Staff Report I 2 weeks ago

Ventura County is seeing yellow, and Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are not far behind. In case you have not been keeping track, Read More →