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Op/ed: Valuing the soft power of Ventura County

By   /  Friday, February 8th, 2013  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Valuing the soft power of Ventura County

While Ventura County’s hard power has taken a hit, the new State Of The Region Report gives plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future, based on those soft-power indicators.

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Postal cutbacks signal crunch in public sector

By   /  Friday, January 14th, 2011  /  Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Postal cutbacks signal crunch in public sector

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.

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Postal Service weighs cuts in Oxnard

By   /  Friday, January 7th, 2011  /  Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Postal Service weighs cuts in Oxnard

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 →

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COLAB expanding to cover Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, December 17th, 2010  /  Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on COLAB expanding to cover Tri-Counties

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 →

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UCSB economist warns of future tax hikes

By   /  Wednesday, December 8th, 2010  /  Latest news, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on UCSB economist warns of future tax hikes

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 →

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Elections could rattle region’s city halls

By   /  Monday, October 18th, 2010  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Elections could rattle region’s city halls

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 →

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Eight vie to chart future of Harbor District

By   /  Monday, October 4th, 2010  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Eight vie to chart future of Harbor District

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 →

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