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New State Street Apple site gets stripped to the very core

By   /  Friday, November 7th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on New State Street Apple site gets stripped to the very core

Computer giant Apple is taking its remodel of a new downtown Santa Barbara location seriously. For the past several weeks, it has been gutting the former Pier 1 Imports at 928 State St., which closed earlier this year. Contractor Terry Stobie of Urban Pacific Demolition said his team is currently demolishing the interior of the Read More →

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Lessons learned from a marathon campaign season

By   /  Friday, November 7th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Lessons learned from a marathon campaign season

First, a confession. I have spent the past weeks totally obsessed with all things political. Polls, punditry, television, radio and yes, even an occasional peek at “The Daily Show” and “Saturday Night Live” have been the touchstones of my existence. And now that the election is over, it’s almost time to get back to my Read More →

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La Cumbre Plaza welcomes latest tenant as Louis Vuitton opens up

By   /  Friday, October 31st, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on La Cumbre Plaza welcomes latest tenant as Louis Vuitton opens up

Another tenant was added to the increasingly upscale La Cumbre Plaza in recent weeks. Macerich officials, who own and operate La Cumbre Plaza, said they intend to update and upgrade the mall by constructing trellises and a “tranquility garden” within the next year. The project is intended to enhance the areas around the expanded Williams-Sonoma Read More →

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Reagan revolution collides with Wall Street reality

By   /  Friday, October 31st, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Reagan revolution collides with Wall Street reality

No political figure has had as much of an impact on our region as Ronald Reagan. The nation’s 40th president maintained his Western White House in the mountains of Santa Barbara County and he is buried at his presidential library and museum in Simi Valley. At the museum, the Air Force One of his era Read More →

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Tri-Counties offer reporter several lessons to live by

By   /  Thursday, October 23rd, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Tri-Counties offer reporter several lessons to live by

At the Pacific Coast Business Times, there has never been a shortage of opportunities for me to learn something new, meet someone interesting and take on a new challenge. This will be my last real estate column for the Business Times, as my new husband and I are shortly moving to a small town near Read More →

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Hoover scholars ponder causes of Panic of 2008

By   /  Thursday, October 23rd, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Hoover scholars ponder causes of Panic of 2008

PALO ALTO — A toxic mix of politics, policy and bad regulation flushed trillions of dollars down the drain in the Panic of 2008, putting America’s role as the global economic leader at risk. If we are really lucky, we will not experience a Japanese-style housing deflation that lasts another decade. If we are not Read More →

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Cal Poly releases first student-made wine

By   /  Saturday, October 18th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Cal Poly releases first student-made wine

Despite starting a wine and viticulture major just three years ago, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is well on its way to becoming a national academic leader in the wine industry. This fall, Cal Poly released its first student-made wine – from the 2006 harvest – and is planning a large public release Read More →

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