February 22, 2024


Austen Hufford

| Friday, August 29th, 2014

After Ventura County court battle, pension tensions endure

Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County

For most of the summer, Ventura County was at the heart of a statewide debate over public-sector pensions. Reformers spent tens of thousands of dollars on a proposed referendum to change Ventura County’s public employee retirement system from a defined-benefit system to a 401(k)-style system. On Aug. 4, the battle ended when a judge struck Read More →

| Friday, August 8th, 2014

Startup Weekend, en Español: Entrepreneurs pitch in Santa Maria

Central Coast, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy

  A design for a face-mask to protect farm laborers from dust, pesticides and sun damage took home the top spot at the first Spanish Startup Weekend in the U.S. The event, held the weekend of Aug. 1-3 in Santa Maria, gathered four teams who spent 54 hours working on prototypes and presentations for their Read More →

| Friday, August 8th, 2014

A heartbeat away: Advances in diabetes tech promise better self-care

Health Care & Life Science, Technology, Top Stories

In May 1922, Dr. William Sansum injected a diabetes patient with insulin for the first time in the U.S., instantly increasing life expectancy from mere weeks to many years. His patient lived to 90.

| Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Pension opponents won’t appeal court defeat

East Ventura County, Latest news, Law & Goverment, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County

A proposal to overhaul Ventura County’s public pension system appears dead after the Ventura County Taxpayers Association said it will not appeal a judge’s Aug. 4 ruling that tossed the ballot measure.

| Friday, July 25th, 2014

Keeping Score: Nonprofit business advisers celebrate 50 years

Central Coast, East Ventura County, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County

  The business-advice nonprofit Score just turned 50, but the advice it provides is ageless. The national organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the San Luis Obispo branch is celebrating 30 years. For half a century, Score has provided free or low-cost mentoring and workshops to entrepreneurs and business owners around the Read More →

| Friday, July 18th, 2014

Rewinding the tape: After ouster, Qualstar consolidates in Simi Valley

East Ventura County, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy

One year after outside investors ousted Simi Valley-based Qualstar’s management and installed a new team, the company has reduced expenses and is working towards profitability.

| Friday, July 11th, 2014

Playing your cards right: How to pick a payment processing service

Small Business, Technology, Tri-County Economy

The Business Times spoke with several retailers and merchant-processing services to find out what sorts of factors small-business owners should weigh when deciding on a point-of-sales system.