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Op/ed: Unproductive Congress hurts bankers and borrowers

By   /  Friday, October 3rd, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Unproductive Congress hurts bankers and borrowers

By Rodney Brown Members of the California Bankers Association annually travel to Washington, D.C., to speak with our elected representatives about some of the major legislative issues that are a priority for our industry and our customers. On our fall trip this year, we learned firsthand how truly gridlocked this Congress is, and the unfortunate Read More →

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Op/ed: The leadership of Pope Francis

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: The leadership of Pope Francis

By R. Scott Turicchi Much has been made about the style of Pope Francis — specifically that he doesn’t act like a pope. So, what in fact is leadership? In his book, “An Integrative Theory of Leadership,” Martin Chemers defines leadership as “a process of social influence in which one person is able to enlist Read More →

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Letter: SCE should listen to Moorpark residents’ concerns in nursery dispute

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Letter: SCE should listen to Moorpark residents’ concerns in nursery dispute

Dear Editor: Kudos to Elijah Brumback for his Sept. 19 article on the Moorpark nursery being evicted by Southern California Edison, after operating on SCE land for 28 years. It’s the first report to solicit any type of response from SCE. When Edison spokesman Rudy Gonzalez said, “no not really,” in addressing whether SCE has Read More →

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Tough talks can help you root out the real problems in your business

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Tough talks can help you root out the real problems in your business

By Esther Bleuel We live in a world where conflict is inevitable and unavoidable. It can’t be escaped, and ignoring it can cause great harm and distress. One of the biggest challenges is that most people fear having difficult conversations or “tough talks.” Why? The consequences of a conflict gone wrong may damage or actually Read More →

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Letter: Measure P is a step toward a greener future

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Letter: Measure P is a step toward a greener future

Dear Editor: This letter is in reference to your Sept. 12 editorial, “Santa Barbara County takes big green step with Cuyama solar approval.” The first sentence in the first paragraph has a false and inflammatory statement: “(…) Measure P, the proposal that could ban most oil and gas production in the county (….).” Measure P Read More →

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Op/ed: It pays to show gratitude in business relationships

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: It pays to show gratitude in business relationships

By Scott Harris “We were very impressed and pleased with the work your team did with the video. The results were truly amazing! We know that it took a huge effort (extra effort) on the parts of many, and we would like to honor the folks who made critical contributions with a small recognition gift. Read More →

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Letter: Why the Santa Barbara chamber opposes Measure P

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Dear Editor: I wanted to take a moment to respond to the letter you recently published from Jim Taylor regarding the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce and its stance on Measure P. Taylor is not now, nor has he or his company ever been, a member of the chamber. Our 1,000 members all pay Read More →

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