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Flower industry looks for love and money

By   /  Monday, February 15th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Flower industry looks for love and money

Valentine’s Day kicks off the busiest time of the year for the Tri-Counties’ $175 million cut-flower industry, and growers say they could have their most profitable season in years. Reeling from a steep decline in sales last year and a Valentine’s Day that falls on a sales-dampening Sunday, growers have made their operations leaner but Read More →

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Select Staffing

By   /  Friday, February 12th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Select Staffing

Santa Barbara-based Select Staffing’s deal to go public and pay off $200 million in debt has fallen though. With $1.5 billion in revenue in 2009, Select Staffing, a temporary employment firm, is the largest private company in the Tri-Counties. The company said Dec.  11 that it planned to join up with Florida-based Atlas Acquisition Holding Corp., Read More →

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Deals, recruiting show growing Santa Barbara tech sector

By   /  Thursday, February 11th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Deals, recruiting show growing Santa Barbara tech sector

In a sign of a booming Santa Barbara technology sector that is still hiring, Flir Systems paid $25 million in cash for 170,000 square feet of space across two buildings in Goleta. A company official disclosed the price of the transaction, which was formally announced last week, at a technology employment outlook luncheon held by Read More →

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Gov. heralds job growth at SLO firm

By   /  Monday, February 8th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Gov. heralds job growth at SLO firm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made a rare appearance in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 8, stopping at REC Solar to herald the company’s announcement that it will add 200 jobs this year, a 40 percent boost in its workforce.
 Schwarzenegger, state Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, and other leaders shared REC Solar’s success story as Chief Read More →

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Schniepp: Ventura County will see turnaround in 2010

By   /  Thursday, February 4th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Schniepp: Ventura County will see turnaround in 2010

Economist Mark Schniepp thinks the lowest point in the recession has passed and that 2010 will be a transition year for Ventura County. Schniepp, director of the California Economic Forecast in Goleta, predicted a recovery for the county during his presentation at the 2010 Ventura County Real Estate & Economic Outlook held in Westlake Village Read More →

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Amid $20M loss, Pacific Capital in talks to sell branches

By   /  Monday, February 1st, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Amid $20M loss, Pacific Capital in talks to sell branches

Pacific Capital Bancorp, the struggling parent of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, cut its losses to $20 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and held its capital ratios steady though below where regulators want them to be. The bank said it has started talks over the potential sale of branches and that it will Read More →

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Judge sides with PCBC in shareholder lawsuit

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Judge sides with PCBC in shareholder lawsuit

A federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed a shareholder lawsuit against Pacific Capital Bancorp that alleged the parent of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust hid bad loans from shareholders before announcing a $362.6 million loss last summer. In a Jan. 28 decision, Judge Gary Klausner said the shareholder who brought the case, William Jurkowitz, didn’t Read More →

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