February 1, 2023


Jorge Mercado

Jorge Mercado is a staff writer with the Business Times. His beats include technology, agriculture, cannabis, energy and the environment, and higher education.

| Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

Diablo Canyon extension process hindered by federal regulators

Energy, Latest news, San Luis Obispo County, Top Stories, Top Story

The plan to extend the life of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant may have been put on hold, pending the filing of a revised application with federal regulators.  On Jan. 24, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission denied a request to renew a review of an operating license application from Pacific Gas & Electric, operators of Read More →

| Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Sientra announces reverse stock split to boost shares

Health Care & Life Science, Latest news

Sientra, a medical aesthetics company focused on breast augmentation, announced on Jan. 20 that its board of directors approved a 1-for-10 reverse stock split of the company’s issued and outstanding common stock. The reverse stock split was effective as of 1 p.m. on Jan. 19 while the company’s common stock began trading on the Nasdaq Read More →

| Monday, January 23rd, 2023

Region’s unemployment rate dips back below 3%

Latest news, middle, Regions, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County

The unemployment rate across all three counties along the Central Coast dipped in the month of December, according to data released on Jan. 20 by the California Employment Development Department. Combined, the tri-county area had an unemployment rate of 2.9% in the month of December, down from 3.2% in the month of November. It is Read More →

| Thursday, January 19th, 2023

Flying Solo: TruNorth Jets offers private flight experience to Central Coast

Features, Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories, Top Story

Since she was a kid, Sarah Oberman has been involved in the aviation industry. For nearly 50 years, her parents owned and operated Channel Islands Aviation. “As far as I can remember, I’ve been involved in airplanes, whether it was flying for family trips, or when I was old enough, I started washing airplanes for Read More →

| Thursday, January 19th, 2023

Santa Barbara’s lone dance shop struts its stuff

Features, Latest news, middle, Santa Barbara County, Small Business

Joie Krintzman is used to being in a dance store.  In her youth, she took up competitive dance, an art she kept going through high school. Now, her two daughters have now followed suit, with her eldest starting at the age of 6. “Her favorite thing to do was to go inside the dance shop. Read More →

| Thursday, January 19th, 2023

A fresh face: Avenir, formerly CURE, embraces rebrand

Latest news, left, Technology

In a continued effort to rebuild its image and set a new standard for the company, CURE Pharmaceutical has rebranded to Avenir Wellness, the company announced on Jan. 17. Formerly located in Oxnard, Avenir’s new headquarters is now in Sherman Oaks, as the company’s decision to rebrand is also the result of its selling of Read More →

| Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

Semtech closes $1.2B acquisition, could see big bounce back in 2023

Latest news, Technology

Camarillo-based Semtech Corp. closed its acquisition of Sierra Wireless, it announced on Jan. 12, setting the stage for the semiconductor company to reach new heights. Semtech, which specializes in the Internet of Things applications, concluded its months process with an all-cash transaction worth about $1.2 billion, making it the largest acquisition in the company’s history. Read More →