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Trump nominates CKE’s Puzder for labor secretary

  President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants and subsidiaries Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, could pave the way toward business deregulation. While there are many layers to his appointment, Puzder has taken strong anti-labor stances, long decrying California’s minimum wage policy and other regulations that he claims have driven Read More →

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Henry Dubroff

Dubroff: Central Coast will have one of its own on Trump’s Cabinet  

Henry Dubroff I 6 hours ago

President-elect Donald Trump's appointee for secretary of labor, CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder, will have more influence on national policy than any Central Coast business Read More →

Trump nominates CKE’s Puzder for labor secretary  

Alex Kacik I 6 hours ago

  President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants and subsidiaries Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, could pave the way toward Read More →

Neovia insurance firm acquired by Woodruff-Sawyer  

Staff Report I 4 hours ago

Joining a number of tri-county insurance firms involved in mergers and acquisitions this year, Neovia Integrated Insurance Services in Santa Barbara was acquired by San Read More →

Wilkinson to be new Inogen CEO as Huggenberger retires  

Staff Report I 2 days ago

Goleta-based respiratory product maker Inogen announced President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Wilkinson will take over as CEO of the company March 1, 2017, replacing Read More →

CKE CEO Andy Puzder close to being named Trump’s secretary of labor  

Alex Kacik I 2 days ago

Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants and subsidiaries Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, is close to becoming secretary of labor in President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet. A Read More →

SBCC prepares students for jobs in global workforce  

Tony Biasotti I 6 days ago

In the 20th century, global trade was mainly a game for multinational firms shipping millions or billions of dollars worth of exports. Today, a business Read More →

SLO County OKs pilot program to fast track middle class housing  

Alex Kacik I 6 days ago

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program that aims to incentivize the development of more workforce housing and could be Read More →

PG&E pact will mitigate Diablo Canyon closure  

Henry Dubroff I 6 days ago

San Luis Obispo County got an early Christmas present of sorts on Nov. 28. That’s when PG&E agreed to set up a $75 million fund Read More →

Proposed rules have consequences for wealth transfers  

Guest commentary I 6 days ago

By John Ambrecht The IRS is changing estate and gift tax rules, possibly as soon as this month. If you currently have or think you Read More →

SOAR contributes to Ventura County economy  

Guest commentary I 6 days ago

By Linda Parks The recent Pacific Coast Business Times article by Alex Kacik recapping Ventura County voters’ approval of SOAR, “SOAR Passage Will Stifle Economy,” Read More →

Startup’s app users get health advice based on genetics  

Marissa Nall I 6 days ago

A Westlake Village startup aims to give its app users a better understanding of their genes. Allele Genomics plans to launch the beta version of Read More →

Regulation key to fintech’s future  

Alex Kacik I 6 days ago

Fintech services are poised to transform the financial industry but their ultimate impact will depend on how they are regulated. From crowdfunding to peer-to-peer lending Read More →

Foundation opens Santa Maria headquarters  

Staff Report I 6 days ago

The Santa Barbara Foundation took a big step in expanding its footprint in North Santa Barbara County on Nov. 30 with the opening of a Read More →
Henry Dubroff

Dubroff: California’s legalization of marijuana could go up in smoke  

Henry Dubroff I 6 days ago

In light of the recent election, it’s worth noting that Colorado sales from recreational marijuana soared to $1 billion in fiscal 2015 and the state’s Read More →

Ventura College opens remodeled arts building, new gallery  

Staff Report I 7 days ago

Ventura College opened its remodeled Studio Arts Building and the newly constructed New Media Gallery on Dec. 1, funded through the 2002 Measure S Bond. Read More →

Semtech beats analyst estimates for net income  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

Camarillo semiconductor supplier Semtech announced net income of $30.8 million, or 46 cents per diluted share, in its third quarter 2016 earnings release Nov. 30. Read More →

Regulatory agencies terminate Heritage Oaks Bancorp consent order  

Staff Report I 1 week ago

Heritage Oaks Bankcorp said Nov. 29 that state and federal regulatory agencies have terminated a consent order related to the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money Read More →

Tri-county companies self-insure employee health care coverage  

Alex Kacik I 2 weeks ago

Tri-county companies are increasingly funding their employees’ health care coverage directly, which can be more risky but also provide more flexibility and save money. Employers Read More →

Hub 101 pitch competition judges pitch right back  

Marissa Nall I 2 weeks ago

Nine startups pitched their products at the Hub 101 Demo Day to judges who pitched back ways to expand into other markets and revenue streams. Read More →
Henry Dubroff

Dubroff: Trump administration will reshape Mexican-American relations  

Henry Dubroff I 2 weeks ago

Amid talk about a Trump administration crack down on illegal immigrants and spending billions to build a wall across the southern border, Roberto Rodriguez sees Read More →

Real estate market tight on the Central Coast  

Alex Kacik I 2 weeks ago

The Central Coast commercial real estate market remained tight as vacancy rates dipped in most sectors across Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, according Read More →

New vision needed for Ventura County  

Henry Dubroff I 2 weeks ago

You might call it the Ventura County conundrum. By many measures, Ventura County has recovered nicely from the recession with relatively low unemployment at 5.3 Read More →

To succeed, learn what motivates you  

Guest commentary I 2 weeks ago

By Jim Cathcart People frequently tell me, “I don’t believe in motivation because it doesn’t last.” My smart-aleck response is, “Neither does eating, exercise, breathing, Read More →

Fate of Dignity-Anthem gamble uncertain  

Guest commentary I 2 weeks ago

By Stephanie Hoops Employers nationwide have been migrating toward self-funded health plans ever since the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 exempted them from Read More →

SLO County supervisors OK workforce housing pilot program  

Alex Kacik I 2 weeks ago

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program that aims to incentivize the development of more workforce housing. The program, which Read More →