February 2, 2023


Tony Biasotti

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

| Friday, January 14th, 2011

Postal cutbacks signal crunch in public sector

Top Stories, Tri-County Economy

Between the rise of e-mail and the Great Recession, the U.S. Postal Service hasn’t had an easy decade. Mail volume is down 20 percent since 2006 and the agency has even discussed eliminating Saturday delivery.

| Friday, January 7th, 2011

Postal Service weighs cuts in Oxnard

Tri-County Economy

The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing its processing and distribution facility in Oxnard and moving the work to its Goleta facility, a move that would save about $1.8 million and cost the region 79 jobs. The Postal Service has scheduled a public meeting for Jan. 20 in Oxnard to review the proposal. At that Read More →

| Friday, December 17th, 2010

COLAB expanding to cover Tri-Counties

Tri-County Economy

After almost 20 years of advocating for property rights in Santa Barbara County, COLAB — the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business — is going regional. And, at least in Ventura County, it may be getting a bit kinder and gentler. Ventura County COLAB incorporated in August and recently hired a full-time executive director. To Read More →

| Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

UCSB economist warns of future tax hikes

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Higher taxes are an inevitable consequence of ad-hoc policymaking, according to UC Santa Barbara economics professor Peter Rupert. Rupert, who heads the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, told a breakfast audience of Santa Barbara-area business leaders on Dec. 8 that temporary subsidies such as “cash for clunkers” and payments to first-time homebuyers were largely useless. He Read More →

| Monday, October 18th, 2010

Elections could rattle region’s city halls

Top Stories

The battles for the 112th Congress and the governor’s office may be sucking up most of the oxygen this campaign season, but voters up and down the Tri-Counties will also pick new city councils on Nov. 2.   The region’s largest cities — Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley — all have contested council elections. Read More →

| Monday, October 4th, 2010

Eight vie to chart future of Harbor District

Top Stories

Whatever the outcome in November, this is a history-making election for the Port of Hueneme. The Oxnard Harbor District, the public agency that owns and operates the deep-water commercial port, is in the midst of its most competitive campaign in decades. Two of the three incumbents who are up for re-election are retiring, throwing the Read More →

| Friday, June 25th, 2010

Robert Caron, investor and attorney, dies at 52

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Robert Troy “Bobby” Caron, a Camarillo lawyer and investor who was awaiting trial on fraud charges, died June 17 after fighting brain cancer for seven years. He was 52. At various times in his career, Caron was a personal injury lawyer, a sports agent, a lawyer and adviser to boxer Fernando Vargas, a strawberry investor Read More →