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Energy Vault SPAC deal nearing completion  

Staff Report I 14 hours ago

Westlake Village-based Energy Vault will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange in the coming weeks, if its merger with a special purpose acquisition Read More →

Trucker, employer settle cases over 2020 Santa Maria oil spill  

Staff Report I 2 days ago

About 4,500 gallons of oil spilled into the Cuyama River when this tanker rolled over in 2020 (Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo) Santa Barbara Read More →

Bank of the Sierra reports earnings growth for Q4 and full year of 2021  

Brooke Holland I 2 days ago

Bank of the Sierra, a Central Valley-based bank with nine branches in the tri-county region, reported record earnings for 2021, with net income up more Read More →

Cities move toward permanent outdoor dining  

Brooke Holland I 5 days ago

Carlos Luna, the owner of Los Agaves, at his Mexican restaurant on De La Vina Street in Santa Barbara. (Brooke Holland photo) Portable yellow umbrellas, Read More →

Ventura County, Palmdale water districts team up  

Jorge Mercado I 5 days ago

United Water Conservation District's Lake Piru reservoir in Ventura County (courtesy photo) As the need for water increases in drought-battered California, one water district in Read More →

Our View: Redistricting shakes up Central Coast politics  

Editorial Board I 5 days ago

Redistricting is redrawing the political map of the region. In San Luis Obispo County, Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham, the lone Republican representing the Central Coast in Read More →

January slump has many of region’s stocks near 52-week lows  

Staff Report I 5 days ago

The stock market downturn that brought the Nasdaq close to correction territory has taken its toll on tri-county companies, with more than a dozen trading Read More →

Blood banks report severe shortages  

Brooke Holland I 5 days ago

With winter storms across the country and the recent COVID-19 surge, a “national blood crisis” is stressing the fragile health system devastated by the pandemic Read More →

Health care providers deal with yet another COVID wave  

Brooke Holland I 5 days ago

A physical therapist with a client at Precision Physical Therapy and Wellness in San Luis Obispo. (courtesy photo) The omicron variant’s rapid spread has tri-county Read More →

Street Smarts: After omicron nixes in-person event, EDC toasts virtually  

Staff Report I 5 days ago

In one of the more unique celebrations of the pandemic era, the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County or EDC as it is commonly known, Read More →

Tri-county unemployment rate ticks down in December  

Tony Biasotti I 5 days ago

The unemployment rate in California dropped a half a percentage point between November and December, while the tri-county job picture improved by a much smaller Read More →

Santa Maria cannabis farm hit with environmental lawsuit  

Jorge Mercado I 5 days ago

Santa Barbara County prosecutors are suing a cannabis grower near Santa Maria, alleging environmental violations at a creek on the property. The Santa Barbara County Read More →

New CEO, new board chair, new funding for ImmPact Bio  

Jorge Mercado I 5 days ago

Camarillo-based ImmPact Bio made multiple headlines with one announcement on Jan. 20: the a new CEO, a new board chair, and the closing of a Read More →

Flying Embers pours a $20M funding round  

Jorge Mercado I 6 days ago

Cans of hard seltzer from Ventura-based Flying Embers. (courtesy photo) Many alcoholic beverage brands have made their names through beer, wine and spirits, but Flying Read More →

Trade Desk adds tech marketing pioneer to board  

Staff Report I 7 days ago

Andrea “Andy” Cunningham, who early in her career helped launch the Apple Macintosh computer, has joined the board of directors of The Trade Desk, the Read More →

Guilty pleas in perfume thefts as Ventura County authorities take action on retail crime  

Brooke Holland I 1 week ago

Ventura County prosecutors announced guilty pleas in a retail theft case on Jan. 14, a week after sheriff’s deputies in the county arrested two brothers Read More →

Opinion: Supreme Court vaccine rulings hold more questions than answers for employers  

Guest commentary I 1 week ago

By Ryan Haws On Jan. 13, as COVID-19 cases across the nation surged to seemingly omnipresent levels, a divided United States Supreme Court issued two Read More →

Community Bank of Santa Maria reports income, asset growth  

Brooke Holland I 1 week ago

Community Bancorp of Santa Maria saw its net loans decline in the fourth quarter of last year, but reported increases in net income and total Read More →

Our View: It’s time to take retail crime seriously  

Editorial Board I 2 weeks ago

The tri-county region counts on low crime rates as a foundation for the claim that it is a terrific, if expensive, place to work and Read More →

Region sees uptick in retail crime  

Brooke Holland I 2 weeks ago

The tri-county region hasn’t seen any of the “flash mob” burglaries that have grabbed headlines in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, but Read More →
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Dubroff: Taxing the rich leaves California budget in a precarious position  

Henry Dubroff I 2 weeks ago

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget blueprint is testing the limits of what it means to be progressive. And I’m not talking about the left-leaning spending items Read More →

New CEO brings ‘grower’s perspective’ to Ventura County Farm Bureau  

Jorge Mercado I 2 weeks ago

For the past 12 years, Maureen McGuire has spent her time gaining a “grower’s perspective.” Now, she hopes to bring that perspective into her new Read More →

Opinion: Top 10 pandemic hopes for 2022  

Guest commentary I 2 weeks ago

By Ritch Eich Pandemic fatigue is a real thing. I’m tired of the pandemic, you’re tired of the pandemic, people the world over are tired Read More →

Real Estate: Investor pays $3.4M for Ventura building in hot industrial market  

Brooke Holland I 2 weeks ago

This industrial building in Ventura recently sold for $3.36 million. (courtesy photo) Commercial real estate brokerage CBRE recently announced the sale of a multi-tenant industrial Read More →

Street Smarts: Father-daughter team brings robotics tech to cannabis testing  

Staff Report I 2 weeks ago

If you can’t succeed building conventional robots, try Cannabots. That’s lesson entrepreneur Robert Kay learned as he begins to turn the reigns of Camarillo-based Elite Read More →