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Christine De La Cruz

Rancho San Marcos, a par 71 course in the Santa Ynez Valley, said dry conditions are affecting business. The course’s general manager told the Business Times that the number of rounds played at the course is at 10 percent of normal. (Alex Drysdale / Business Times photo)

| Friday, March 7th, 2014

South Coast golfers trod parched courses amid drought

Agribusiness, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Features, Green Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County

Some of the greens on the South Coast are starting to look a little brown as regional golf courses cut back on watering amid California’s worsening three-year drought.

A server pours beer at Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s Paso Robles campus, where the firm is building out more production space to gear up for more bottling. (Alex Drysdale / Business Times photo)

| Friday, February 21st, 2014

Business is brewing: Firestone Walker climbs in craft beer rankings

Features, Restaurants, Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has big plans on tap, including another expansion at its Paso Robles campus, a new beer and the opening of a pilot brewery in the Los Angeles area.

| Friday, February 21st, 2014

Templar banks on grapes: Asset-based lender launches winery arm

Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture

Templar Capital does asset-based lending and recently launched Vintners Capital, a lending arm that caters specifically to wine-related businesses by lending against wine-club subscriptions and equipment, along with other collateral.

| Friday, February 14th, 2014

Hotel developers embrace Paso Robles wine boom

Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture

A hotel development frenzy in Paso Robles could double the number of rooms in town over the next 10 years, a figure that already has seen twofold growth since 2000 as wineries flourish.

| Friday, February 14th, 2014

Labor of love: Nonprofit celebrates 30 years of teaching compassion

Features, Health Care & Life Science, Nonprofits, South Coast, Top Stories

Santa Barbara-based Adventures in Caring has taught thousands of future and practicing health-care professionals to provide compassion to their patients.

| Friday, February 7th, 2014

Budding trend: Region’s growers count on locavore movement

Agribusiness, Features, Small Business

The $176 million tri-county cut-flower industry is hoping to woo Valentine’s Day shoppers, who are expected to spend $1.8 billion nationwide this year on blooms for their sweethearts.

| Friday, February 7th, 2014

Tri-county cities scramble as state cuts water deliveries

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

Customers of the State Water Project will not receive any water deliveries this year if current dry conditions persist, a cutback that could be troublesome for certain tri-county cities.