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Herds shrink, ranchers suffer as drought takes toll

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Latest news, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Herds shrink, ranchers suffer as drought takes toll

Cattle ranchers all over the Tri-Counties are reeling from the effects of the drought, with the last decade of unusually warm, dry conditions making the industry especially difficult to continue in the county where it has previously prospered most — San Luis Obispo.

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Casa Pacifica expansion nears goal

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2014  /  Latest news, Nonprofits, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Casa Pacifica expansion nears goal

With about $13.8 million raised so far, Casa Pacifica, the Camarillo-based center that offers services and shelter for abused and neglected youth is just $3 million shy of a board-approved ground breaking to dramatically expand its facilities.

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Hummingbird Ranch project in Simi falls out of the nest

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2014  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Hummingbird Ranch project in Simi falls out of the nest

A project that was once heralded as a cataylyst for Simi Valley’s tourism and hospitality game is looking like it won’t actually happen.

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Groundwater rules and mandatory sick leave in spotlight

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2014  /  Columns, Latest news, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Groundwater rules and mandatory sick leave in spotlight

While the water law will introduce formal management to many basins in the region for the first time, it doesn’t fundamentally change the idea of proprietary groundwater rights. In employment law, starting next summer, California businesses of all sizes will have to give all employees ­— part-time, full-time or even temporary, exempt or non-exempt — at least three days a year of paid sick time.

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The Nobel effect: UCSB laureates have a big impact on regional economy

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2014  /  Latest news, Nonprofits, Small Business, South Coast, Subscriber content, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on The Nobel effect: UCSB laureates have a big impact on regional economy

The list of Nobel laureates at UCSB continues to grow and with it so do the number of tech company startups spun-out of the university.

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Martin named technology editor

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2014  /  Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Martin named technology editor

Martin, who joined the region’s weekly business journal a year ago, moves over to a staff writer position from research director and special reports editor.

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Channel Technologies buys Massacusetts defesnse firm

By   /  Thursday, October 9th, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Technology  /  Comments Off on Channel Technologies buys Massacusetts defesnse firm

Santa Barbara-based military contractor Channel Technologies Group announced today that it has acquired Materials Systems Inc., a producer of sonar technology. The value of the deal was not disclosed. The Massachusetts-based firm will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Channel Technologies, which is owned by private equity group Blue Wolf Capital Partners. Both companies use Read More →

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