February 2, 2023


Tony Biasotti

Tony Biasotti is the executive editor of the Pacific Coast Business Times.

| Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Santa Barbara Bowl set for August reopening

Latest news, left, South Coast, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy

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| Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

Scenes from the reopening: lottery winners, maskless customers

Central Coast, East Ventura County, Health Care & Life Science, Latest news, middle, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County

The doors of the region’s businesses were fully open on June 15 for the first time in 15 months — and two Central Coast residents became millionaires — as California lifted nearly all of its COVID-19 restrictions. The state appears to have the upper hand on the virus, with new cases down to around 1,000 Read More →

| Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

CSUCI, SBCC get multimillion-dollar gifts from MacKenzie Scott

Higher Education, Latest news, Nonprofits, right, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County

Amazon billionaire MacKenzie Scott gave away another $2.7 billion on June 15, including $20 million for Santa Barbara City College and $15 million for CSU Channel Islands near Camarillo. Scott announced the new round of gifts with a blog post that lists all 286 recipients, most of them public institutions and private nonprofits in higher Read More →

| Friday, June 4th, 2021

Cal Poly study: Morro Bay wind power could bring thousands of jobs

Central Coast, Energy, Green Coast, Latest news, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy

A wind farm off the coast of Morro Bay could bring 650 jobs and $262 million in annual economic impact to the Central Coast, and an onshore port to assemble and service wind turbines would be a much bigger economic boost, according to a new study by researchers from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The Read More →

| Friday, May 21st, 2021

Region’s unemployment dropped to 6% in April, but shrinking workforce played a part

Central Coast, East Ventura County, Latest news, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County

The tri-county region’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.4% in March to 6% in April, equaling its lowest rate since the pandemic began, according to a Business Times analysis of data released May 21 by the California Employment Development Department. The drop in the unemployment rate was due in part to job growth, but a shrinking Read More →

| Friday, May 14th, 2021

New study puts Vandenberg at $5.8B in economic impact, 20K jobs

Central Coast, Latest news, middle, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy

Editor’s note: This article was updated shortly after it was posted to include information about the planned renaming of the base. Vandenberg Air Force Base was responsible for 20,000 jobs and $5.8 billion in economic activity in 2020, with room to grow to $7.9 billion in output by 2030, according to a new study by Read More →

| Friday, May 14th, 2021

Teledyne closes $8.2B Flir acquisition

Banking & Finance, East Ventura County, Latest news, South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies completed its purchase of Flir Systems on May 13 when the stockholders of each company approved the $8.2 billion deal, Teledyne announced May 14. Flir, a thermal imaging company based in Oregon with a large presence in Goleta, is now part of Teledyne’s Digital Imaging Segment and operates under the name Read More →