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Nonprofit seizes opportunity to turn hassle into new facility

By   /  Monday, October 11th, 2010  /  Columns, Nonprofits, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Nonprofit seizes opportunity to turn hassle into new facility

Question: The city wants to extend a road through your property, right through a corner where several key buildings are located. What do you do? (a) Put up a fight. (b) Sell the city the land, and use the proceeds as seed money to build a new facility on your remaining property. Santa Maria-based VTC Read More →

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Santa Barbara approves TBID

By   /  Monday, October 4th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara approves TBID

The Santa Barbara City Council voted Sept. 28 to establish a “tourism business improvement district,” which will collect fees from 88 different hotels and use them to fund a regional marketing campaign. The measure places a surcharge, on top of the existing bed tax, of between 50 cents and $2 per night, depending on the Read More →

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Governet connects colleges

By   /  Monday, September 27th, 2010  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Governet connects colleges

Santa Barbara-based Governet has won a contract to provide its curriculum software to the entire countrywide system of the United Arab Emirates Higher Colleges of Technology. Governet’s software, CurricUNET, is a Web-based system that automates the once paper-intensive process of developing and approving new courses in higher education. Seventy-four of 112 community colleges in California Read More →

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Congressional crush: Wineries fight direct shipping restrictions

By   /  Monday, September 27th, 2010  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Congressional crush: Wineries fight direct shipping restrictions

It’s the week before wine crush and Tablas Creek Vineyard General Manager Jason Haas is worried. Not about the grape harvest, or this year’s vintage, but about a looming piece of congressional legislation. HR 5034, the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act of 2010, or CARE, is a bill that would cede control of wine shipping Read More →

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Occam to stay in Goleta after merger

By   /  Monday, September 27th, 2010  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Occam to stay in Goleta after merger

The Northern California company set to buy Goleta-based Occam Networks in a $171 million deal says it will keep the company’s engineering staff on the South Coast and in Fremont largely intact after the merger. “We will continue to have an operation and engineering in Santa Barbara,” said Geoff Burke, marketing director for the buyer, Read More →

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Apartments a bright spot in South Coast real estate market

By   /  Monday, September 27th, 2010  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Apartments a bright spot in South Coast real estate market

The South Coast apartment market has seen more than $77 million in property sales this year, according to commercial real estate brokers at Radius Group’s Santa Barbara County Real Estate and Economic Outlook on Sept. 16. The largest sale was the $37.4 million purchase of the Fontainebleu apartments in Isla Vista. Chicago-based Blue Vista Capital Read More →

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Power-One shows California lacks spark

By   /  Monday, September 27th, 2010  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Power-One shows California lacks spark

It’s hard to find a better turnaround story than Power-One. The Camarillo-based company took a secondary product line from an Italian company it had purchased and bet the farm on a new line of business — producing devices called inverters that are crucial to regulating the power output of wind turbines and solar panel arrays. Read More →

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