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Headhunting starts over for Cal Poly

By   /  Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Headhunting starts over for Cal Poly

After campus visits by the three finalists being considered for the post of new president of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed has recommended that the process start over with a new pool of candidates, Cal Poly announced June 2. The CSU board of trustees has concurred with the chancellor’s recommendation, Read More →

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Amgen gets FDA approval for Prolia

By   /  Tuesday, June 1st, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Amgen gets FDA approval for Prolia

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen, the largest biotech company in the country and the tri-county region’s biggest private employer, announced June 1 that a major bone strength drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. The approval is a breakthrough for Amgen, as analysts and investors have pinned their Read More →

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Limoneira shares climb in Nasdaq debut

By   /  Thursday, May 27th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Limoneira shares climb in Nasdaq debut

Shares of Santa Paula-based Limoneira Co., the largest citrus grower in the Tri-Counties, gained nearly 7 percent in their first day trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The company’s stock was formerly traded on the Pink Sheets, an over-the-counter exchange. Moving to the higher-visibility Nasdaq on May 27 was part of a plan Limoneira announced Read More →

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Maldonado touts Gills Onions' fuel cell project

By   /  Friday, May 14th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Maldonado touts Gills Onions' fuel cell project

Making a pitch for California to lead the world in clean technology research, Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado said a $10 million project in Oxnard shows how innovation can create jobs in old-line industries such as agriculture. “This is an important project for California,” said Maldonado, speaking May 14 at Gills Onions, where a waste recycling Read More →

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Feds give Pacific Capital September deadline to raise cash

By   /  Wednesday, May 12th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Feds give Pacific Capital September deadline to raise cash

Pacific Capital Bancorp, parent of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and the largest banking company in the Tri-Counties, is under new orders from regulators to boost its capital levels by September or potentially sell or liquidate the bank. Pacific Capital, which is in talks over a $500 million rescue that would transfer control of the Read More →

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Lokey joins Mission Community Bank

By   /  Tuesday, May 4th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Lokey joins Mission Community Bank

San Luis Obispo-based Mission Community Bank announced May 3 that it is bringing former Rabobank executive and tri-county banking veteran Jim Lokey on as its executive chairman. Lokey was the president and chief executive officer of Arroyo Grande-based Mid-State Bank & Trust for seven years, until the bank was bought by Rabobank in 2007 in Read More →

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Ethos Water co-founder talks innovation, "ethical brands" at CLU

By   /  Tuesday, May 4th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Ethos Water co-founder talks innovation, "ethical brands" at CLU

Social entrepreneurship is an emerging blend of nonprofit and for-profit activity, and leading-edge companies are “ethical brands” such as Tesla or Grameen Bank that favor relationships over transactions. That is the view of Jonathan Greenblatt, a former Clinton administration official and entrepreneur who now teaches at UCLA. Greenblatt spoke May 4 at the latest installment Read More →

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