February 1, 2023


Tony Biasotti

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

| Friday, June 17th, 2022

Unemployment in region hits new record low at 2.5%

Latest news, left, Regions, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Ventura County

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| Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

Region’s stocks slip amid market-wide slide

Banking & Finance, Latest news, left, Regions, Santa Barbara County, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies, Ventura County

After years of charging forward, U.S. stocks have gone into hibernation, at least according to the common definition of a bear market: a market-wide decline of 20% or more from a recent peak. Most major indices are down at least that much from their highs earlier this year, with the biggest losses coming June 13. Read More →

| Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

New Mac OS puts Ventura in the spotlight

Latest news, middle, Regions, Technology, Top Stories, Tourism, Ventura County

Apple’s announcement on June 6 that it would name its next Mac operating system “Ventura” was big news in the tech press, but no surprise to the people at the Visit Ventura, the city’s visitor and convention bureau. They’d been waiting for this moment for eight years, ever since Mike Laan, Visit Ventura’s director of Read More →

| Friday, June 3rd, 2022

Ventura County and ex-CEO Powers hit with lawsuit over harassment claim

Latest news, Law & Goverment, middle, Regions, Top Stories, Ventura County

The Ventura County employee who says former County Executive Officer Mike Powers sexually and racially harassed her filed suit against the county and Powers on June 2. The woman, identified in the lawsuit only as “Jane Roe,” claims in the lawsuit that Powers, her immediate supervisor, subjected her to sexual and racial harassment and discrimination Read More →

| Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

Dayspring sentenced to 22 months for bribing county supervisor for cannabis permits

Government, Latest news, left, Regions, San Luis Obispo County

The cannabis grower who bribed a San Luis Obispo County supervisor has been sentenced to 22 months in federal prison. Helios Dayspring, who also goes by “Bobby,” was sentenced on May 27 by U.S. District Judge André Birotte Jr. in his Los Angeles courtroom. Dayspring has also paid $3.4 million to the IRS as restitution Read More →

| Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Arroyo Grande developer charged with obtaining $1.5M in fraudulent pandemic relief loans

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

A real estate broker and developer from Arroyo Grande was in federal court May 26 on charges that he stole the identifies of employees and business associates to obtain more than $1.5 million in fraudulent pandemic relief loans. Alfred Nevis, 52, has been charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. He made Read More →

| Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

Donations roll in to help Food Bank of Santa Barbara County repair damaged building

Latest news, middle, Nonprofits, Regions, Santa Barbara County, Top Stories

The Food Bank of Santa Barbara County’s offices were damaged by a falling tree on May 10, and donors have stepped up since then with more than $50,000 to help pay for repairs. Food Bank employees arrived the morning of May 11 to find that heavy winds the night before had toppled a eucalyptus tree Read More →