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‘A flawless flight’ for AeroVironment’s Mars drone

Ingenuity, a helicopter drone developed by Simi Valley-based AeroVironment, made history early in the morning of April 19, becoming the first man-made aircraft to fly on another planet, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. “Goosebumps,” MiMi Aung, NASA’s project manager for Ingenuity, said during a press conference while looking at a video of Read More →

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UC, CSU campuses plan to require COVID-19 vaccinations in fall  

Tony Biasotti I 1 hour ago

UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Channel Islands and the other 30 public four-year universities in California will require students and employees Read More →

Dispute between Biltmore hotel, furloughed employees headed to mediation  

Amber Hair I 3 hours ago

At the end of the month, the executives and furloughed employees from Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara will sit down for a mediation, Read More →

Citizens Business bank reports income jump  

Staff Report I 3 hours ago

Citizens Business Bank saw its net income rise more than 30% in the first quarter of 2021 as it blew past analysts’ estimates. The Ontario-based Read More →

Pacific Western Bank reports earnings recovery in first quarter  

Amber Hair I 1 day ago

PacWest Bancorp saw its net income soar a year after a devastating low. The parent company of Pacific Western Bank, which is based in Los Read More →

Community Bank of Santa Maria reports income decline, asset growth  

Staff Report I 2 days ago

Community Bancorp of Santa Maria saw its net income decline from the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021, even though other Read More →

PureSpectrum closes $17M funding round  

Staff Report I 2 days ago

PureSpectrum, an online market research company based in Westlake Village, recently secured $17 million in Series B funding from Arthur Ventures, a Minneapolis-based growth equity Read More →

‘A flawless flight’ for AeroVironment’s Mars drone  

Jorge Mercado I 3 days ago

The Ingenuity team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena reacts to data showing the success of the drone's first flight on Mars. (courtesy photo) Read More →

PCH mudslide area to reopen this week  

Staff Report I 3 days ago

Caltrans announced that Highway 1 at in Big Sur is reopening April 23 at noon, even sooner than the agency had previously expected. The new Read More →

Sierra Bancorp reports income spike  

Staff Report I 3 days ago

Sierra Bancorp, a Porterville-based bank with 11 branches in the tri-county region, saw its net income spike more than 40% during the first quarter of Read More →
Henry Dubroff

Southwest’s arrival in Santa Barbara a bright spot after a dark year  

Henry Dubroff I 6 days ago

When I boarded Southwest Airlines Flight 1143 in Denver on April 12, I was not expecting the red, yellow and blue balloons. I knew it Read More →

Ventura gym that stayed open in pandemic fined for workplace safety violations  

Amber Hair I 6 days ago

BSF Fitness in Ventura was fined for workplace safety violations related to COVID-19. (file photo) BSF Fitness, a gym in Ventura that saw legal troubles Read More →

Orcutt wine bar owner faces criminal charges  

Amber Hair I 6 days ago

Four criminal charges have been filed against Kurt Hixenbaugh, the owner of Vino et Amicis, a wine bar in Orcutt, marking the first time a Read More →

AeroVironment’s drone still grounded on Mars  

Jorge Mercado I 6 days ago

Ingenuity, a helicopter drone made by AeroVironment in Simi Valley, is lowered from the Perseverance rover onto the surface of Mars on March 30. (courtesy Read More →

Wine Buzz: Native winemaker blazes a trail in the Santa Ynez Valley  

Abigail Napp I 6 days ago

For this month’s Wine Buzz, we focus on the various ways wine, vineyards and winemakers are being honored through education, art and film. GOMEZ TAKES Read More →

Street Smarts: Things get complicated for Montecito hotelier Ty Warner  

Staff Report I 6 days ago

Ty Warner may have re-opened Montecito Country Club and its Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, but he isn’t exactly out of the rough. As reported first Read More →

Real Estate: New chapel is latest step in French Hospital expansion  

Amber Hair I 6 days ago

French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo broke ground April 13 on its new Swanson Family Chapel, which will accommodate up to 65 people Read More →

Our view: NIMBYism is ‘a moral failing’  

Editorial Board I 6 days ago

When it comes to no-growth politics and economic inequality, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond does not pull any punches. At a United Way of Ventura Read More →

Virtual health care is here to stay, even if the pandemic isn’t  

Amber Hair I 6 days ago

Telehealth has become a crucial tool for doctors who wanted to see patients while reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. But a pandemic wasn’t always Read More →

From PPE shortages to vaccines, nursing programs adapted to the pandemic  

Marissa Nall I 6 days ago

Nursing students at CSU Channel Islands administered COVID-19 vaccines at St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo in February. (courtesy photo) At first it looked Read More →

Firestone Walker to buy a SLO Brewing beer  

Staff Report I 6 days ago

Firestone Walker's brewery in Paso Robles (file photo) Two of the Central Coast’s biggest and oldest breweries announced a deal April 15 in which Firestone Read More →

Unemployment rate drops again in region and state  

Tony Biasotti I 6 days ago

Unemployment in the tri-county region dropped to 6.4% in March, the second lowest rate since the pandemic began, according to Business Times analysis of data Read More →

Moorpark College interim president gets the job on permanent basis  

Amber Hair I 1 week ago

The Ventura County Community College District has named Julius Sokenu as the new president of Moorpark College, the largest community college in the tri-county region. Read More →

Bankruptcy, relocation in the cards for Player’s Casino in Ventura  

Amber Hair I 1 week ago

The Player's Casino in Ventura has vacated its location in the Ventura Auto Center and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (Amber Hair photo) After Read More →

Adventist Health pays fine over mishandling of patient records  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

Adventist Health, a hospital and clinic network in Simi Valley, will pay $40,000 as part of a civil settlement over its failure to protect patient Read More →

First Southwest Airlines flight lands in Santa Barbara  

Henry Dubroff I 1 week ago

Santa Barbara rolled out the red, yellow and blue balloons as Southwest Airlines made its Central Coast debut on April 12. Passengers leave the first Read More →