September 30, 2022


| Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

PCBC stockholders approve new shares

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Pacific Capital Bancorp shareholders passed two proposals on Sept. 29 that could make it easier for the capital-strapped banking firm to accommodate a new infusion of cash from investors and bolster its sagging stock price. Meeting at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara, shareholders quickly voted to give Pacific Capital’s board the power to Read More →

| Monday, September 28th, 2009

Financier not at fault in daughter

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[Editor’s note: An update is attached below.] The late financier Michael Klein wasn’t negligent in the crash that killed him, his daughter and a pilot when their plane slammed into the side of a volcano in Panama on Dec. 23, 2007, a jury found. The Santa Barbara Superior Court jury instead found that the pilot Read More →

| Monday, September 14th, 2009

Local economist: Real estate will unfreeze slowly

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Luxury home prices are likely to remain frozen at current levels for a long time, a lingering effect of the panic that disrupted financial markets a year ago, a top economist said in Santa Barbara. Speaking on the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, California State University Channel Islands economist Sung Won Sohn said Read More →

| Friday, September 11th, 2009

Employee arrested on suspicion of stealing almost $1M

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A Ventura County woman has been arrested on charges of stealing more than $950,000 from Conejo Valley Women’s Group. Elizabeth Ann Jones, a 43-year-old Newbury Park resident, was arrested on Sept. 10 on suspicion of grand theft, forgery, computer fraud and aggravated white collar crime enhancement following an investigation by the Ventura County Sherrif’s Department. Read More →

| Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Pacific Capital faces shareholder lawsuit

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A New York law firm is fishing for clients in a shareholder class-action suit it filed against Pacific Capital Bancorp. Stull, Stull & Brody filed a complaint in federal court in Los Angeles on Sept. 9 seeking to speak on behalf of Pacific Capital Bancorp’s common stockholders from April 30 to July 30. Pacific Capital Read More →

| Friday, August 28th, 2009

Breaking news: Affinity Bank seized by regulators

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In the first bank failure in the Tri-Counties in almost 20 years, Ventura-based Affinity Bank was seized by federal regulators Aug. 28. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took Affinity into receivership and said San Diego-based Pacific Western Bank will assume Affinity’s ten branches and $922 million in deposits. Pacific Western also agreed to buy essentially Read More →

| Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Legal discord over music festival

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[Editor’s note: See correction below.] A battle of the band bookers is breaking out in Santa Barbara. The organizers of the West Beach Music & Arts Festival face a civil lawsuit from another concert organizer who demands nearly $500,000. Jackie Kane also alleges that the West Beach organizers froze her out of her share of Read More →