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Opinion: Make good workplace behavior the norm

By   /  Friday, October 13th, 2017  /  Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

By Loredana Carson Sometimes it takes a law to get people to change their behavior, and sometimes even that is not enough. Consider AB 2053. Signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014, it enacted legal ramifications for failing to comply with requirements that companies with 50 or more employees offer education and training Read More →

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Puente alternatives cheaper than gas power plant

By   /  Friday, September 29th, 2017  /  Energy, Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

By Carmen Ramirez and Craig Lewis Renewable energy alternatives are technically and economically superior to the proposed gas Puente Power Project in Oxnard. The Ventura County Taxpayers Association’s guest commentary supporting the Puente gas plant in the Sept. 8 issue of the Business Times contained inaccurate and misleading information. It’s true that a recent California Read More →

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Reform tax system with transaction tax

By   /  Friday, September 29th, 2017  /  Education, Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

By Charlie Sibbald Tax reform is in the air again. As with the weather, it seems like everybody talks about tax reform and nobody does anything about it. Congressional leaders are discussing a big plan, as is the administration, and there is an expectation that this may be the year we finally pass comprehensive tax Read More →

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Only service dogs must be allowed

By   /  Friday, September 22nd, 2017  /  Latest news, Law, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

By Nancy Sommers Most of us understand the benefits of animals in our lives whether we choose to have them or not. Yet, there is a growing social problem affecting businesses and professionals that deal with the public and this is particularly true in places where pets are generally not allowed. There is no way Read More →

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California’s labor shortage can be fixed

By   /  Friday, September 22nd, 2017  /  Central Coast, Education, Latest news, Op/Eds  /  No Comments

By Jordan Cunningham California has a huge hole in our skilled labor force. Construction companies scramble to find carpenters, electricians, iron workers and those in other specialized careers that make up the construction workforce. Nearly 70 percent of California contractors said they’re having difficulty filling positions for installation specialists. Roughly 50 percent said it’s difficult Read More →

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Help is available for small business owners

By   /  Friday, September 15th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Help is available for small business owners

By Brian Gabler and Bruce Stenslie More than 23,000 businesses operate in Ventura County — three quarters of which have 10 employees or less. There are another 20,000 to 30,000 sole proprietors. Anyone who runs his or her own business knows that it can be a daunting task. Business owners often do very well at Read More →

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Managers need to develop social capital

By   /  Friday, September 15th, 2017  /  East Ventura County, Education, Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Managers need to develop social capital

By Kapp Johnson You might be well aware of John Donne’s poem “No Man is an Island.” Written in 1674, it was not originally a poem but prose. It speaks profoundly of what we might call social capital today. The poem speaks beyond networking to a depth of relationships that are more than instrumental. In Read More →

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