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Breaking news update: Pacific Capital sells tax-refund loan program for $10M

By   /  Thursday, January 14th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Breaking news update: Pacific Capital sells tax-refund loan program for $10M

Santa Barbara-based Pacific Capital Bancorp will get $10 million for a program that earned the banking firm hundreds of millions of dollars over the past decade, a sum that will contribute only “a drop in the bucket” toward curing the bank’s capital woes, one analyst said. The stunningly low price makes the possibility of a Read More →

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Chinese cyber attack suspected by Santa Barbara tech firm

By   /  Wednesday, January 13th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Chinese cyber attack suspected by Santa Barbara tech firm

A day after Internet giant Google said it might pull out of China because of massive cyber attacks from that country, the lawyers for a Santa Barbara software firm that recently sued the Chinese government said they had been hit by Trojan viruses from China. On Jan. 5, Cybersitter filed a lawsuit in federal court Read More →

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Breaking news: Music festival company countersues

By   /  Wednesday, January 13th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Breaking news: Music festival company countersues

Twiin Productions, the firm behind the West Beach Music & Arts Festival in Santa Barbara, has fired back in a legal battle of band bookers taking place on the South Coast. In August, Jackie Kane, another concert organizer, sued Twiin. She alleged that she’d been frozen out of her share of the 2008 festival and Read More →

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Breaking news: Deckers on the look-out for new headquarters

By   /  Monday, January 11th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Breaking news: Deckers on the look-out for new headquarters

Goleta-based shoemaker Deckers Outdoor Corp. is looking for new digs in the Santa Barbara area. Deckers — producer of the Ugg boot, the Teva sandal and Simple brand of shoes — said Jan. 11 that it plans to move its corporate headquarters sometime in 2012. Currrently, the company is located on South Fairview Avenue in Read More →

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Insurance merger aids Hub International

By   /  Thursday, January 7th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Insurance merger aids Hub International

The first major deal of 2010 will see two insurance heavyweights combine forces in the Tri-Counties. On Jan. 6, the Central Coast arm of Hub International Insurance acquired Ogilvy-Hill Insurance of Santa Barbara in a transaction that will net Hub millions in additional revenue, an office in Oxnard and 40 more employees. Full terms of Read More →

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Breaking news: Former Santa Barbara mayor Harriet Miller dies

By   /  Wednesday, January 6th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Breaking news: Former Santa Barbara mayor Harriet Miller dies

Former Santa Barbara Mayor Harriet Miller, a driving force behind the restoration of the Granada Theatre, has died. An educator and former executive director of AARP, Miller served on the Santa Barbara City Council beginning in 1987 and was mayor from 1995-2002. Media reports put her age at 90 years old. Feisty but with a Read More →

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Breaking news: Santa Barbara firm sues Chinese government for $2.2B

By   /  Tuesday, January 5th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Breaking news: Santa Barbara firm sues Chinese government for $2.2B

A Santa Barbara-based software maker has sued the Chinese government and seven big computer manufacturers for $2.2 billion for conspiring to steal its code and distribute 56 million copies of a censoring program that contained the allegedly pilfered lines. Cybersitter, a company that makes software used by parents to block children’s access to inappropriate content, Read More →

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