February 1, 2023


Tony Biasotti

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

| Wednesday, September 14th, 2022

Patagonia founder donates entire company to environmental nonprofits

Latest news, left, Regions, Top Stories, Ventura County

Yvon Chouinard, the founder of the Ventura-based outdoor apparel company Patagonia, has given his company away to two nonprofits that will use Patagonia’s profits to fight climate change. The Chouinard family’s transfer of all of its ownership shares was announced by Patagonia on Sept. 14 and was effective immediately. Patagonia is one of the largest Read More →

| Tuesday, September 13th, 2022

Guadalupe nabs $4.9M in federal funds to renovate historic theater

Latest news, Law & Goverment, Regions, Santa Barbara County, Top Stories

Guadalupe, a city west of Santa Maria that is one of the smallest in the tri-county region, will get a $4.9 million federal grant to turn its historic movie theater building into a new arts and cultural center, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Sept. 13. The Royal Theater Building opened in 1939 and operated Read More →

| Tuesday, September 13th, 2022

UCSB, Cal Poly, CLU all crack top 10 on U.S. News lists

Higher Education, Latest news, left, Regions, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County

The tri-county region is home to one of the 10 best public universities in the nation and two of the 10 best regional universities in the West, at least according to the new U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings. UC Santa Barbara was seventh among public universities on the 2022 list — one Read More →

| Monday, August 29th, 2022

Federal lawsuit accuses Justin Vineyards of years of pervasive harassment of female employees

Agribusiness, Latest news, Law & Goverment, Regions, San Luis Obispo County, Top Stories, Wine & Viticulture

Justin Vineyards & Winery in Paso Robles and its parent company are being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of female employees who say they were repeatedly sexually harassed by their male bosses. Justin is among the tri-county region’s biggest wineries, and since 2010 it has been owned by The Wonderful Read More →

| Thursday, August 25th, 2022

State funds more than 100 units in Ventura County with anti-homelessness grants

Latest news, Law & Goverment, left, Nonprofits, Real Estate, Regions, Top Stories, Ventura County

New funding from Sacramento will help convert a motel in Thousand Oaks to housing for homeless people and buildings at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families to housing for at-risk former foster youth, adding more than 100 units of supportive housing in Ventura County. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $694 million in new grants on Read More →

| Friday, August 19th, 2022

Region’s unemployment rate flat at 3%, state hits all-time low

Latest news, middle, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Top Stories, Ventura County

The unemployment rate in the tri-county region was 3% in July, the same as the month before, while California hit a new record low in July at 3.9%, according to data released Aug. 19 by the California Employment Development Department. Ventura’s unemployment rate in July was 3.2%, unchanged from the previous month and well below Read More →

| Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

LaunchPoint closes second seed round

Latest news, Regions, Santa Barbara County, Technology

LaunchPoint Electric Propulsion Solutions, a Goleta company that makes electric engines and other components for the aerospace industry, has closed a fully subscribed second round of seed funding, the company announced Aug. 2. LaunchPoint did not disclosed details of the funding round, including the amount raised and the major investors. LaunchPoint was founded in 2018, Read More →