May 23, 2024


Tony Biasotti

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

| Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Cannabis grower pleads guilty to bribing SLO County supervisor

Central Coast, Latest news, Law & Goverment, middle, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy

A San Luis Obispo County cannabis grower and dispensary owner bribed the late County Supervisor Adam Hill and attempted to bribe the mayor of Grover Beach, and will plead guilty to federal bribery and tax crimes. Helios Dayspring, who also goes by “Bobby,” agreed to a plea deal that was filed July 28 in federal Read More →

| Friday, July 16th, 2021

Region’s unemployment rate grew in June

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

Unemployment rates in the tri-county region crept back up in June, as the growth in jobs wasn’t enough to keep pace with an increase in people looking for work. The combined unemployment rate across Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties was 6.2% in June, up from 5.6% in May, according to data released Read More →

| 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 →