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Ways to encourage small business in the Tri-Counties

By   /  Sunday, February 15th, 2009  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Ways to encourage small business in the Tri-Counties

You might say the economic stimulus bill currently before the Congress represents the best thinking by Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill. It’s a combination of old fashioned prime the pump spending plans with Kennedy-Reagan era tax cuts to give the public more money. On top of that, banks and large auto makers have gotten Read More →

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Old-school newspaper man learns new media tricks

By   /  Monday, February 9th, 2009  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Old-school newspaper man learns new media tricks

George Cogswell III would appear to be an unlikely figurehead for the daily newspaper industry in the Tri-Counties. The publisher of the Ventura County Star has been on the job for just one year.  He’s had to bite the bullet and make sweeping job cuts. He’s not a newsman by training. He doesn’t even sit Read More →

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Forecast XIII: Region

By   /  Monday, February 9th, 2009  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Forecast XIII: Region

The Ventura County office of CB Richard Ellis hosted its 13th annual Commercial Real Estate Symposium on Jan. 30, where speakers reported that the county’s commercial real estate vacancy rates skyrocketed during the fourth quarter. Mark Schniepp, director of the California Economic Forecast Project, joined a panel of three CB Richard Ellis brokers to present Read More →

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UCSB stem-cell research looks for gains

By   /  Monday, February 9th, 2009  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on UCSB stem-cell research looks for gains

During the presidential campaign, we heard a lot about hope and change. So much so, in fact, that the words nearly got ground into meaninglessness. That’s politics. But scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, are optimistic about the prospect of an actual change in federal policy: lifting the Bush administration’s limitations on federal Read More →

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Meltdown shows what happens when trust disappears

By   /  Saturday, January 31st, 2009  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Meltdown shows what happens when trust disappears

It’s becoming clearer that the events of September 2008 will go down as some of the worst in Wall Street history. Consider, if you will, recent comments by a couple of people who represent some of the best thinking on this subject. Writing in a note to investors, David Decker, portfolio manager for Janus Contrarian Read More →

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Commercial brokers have sober view of sales, vacancies, leases

By   /  Saturday, January 31st, 2009  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Commercial brokers have sober view of sales, vacancies, leases

The tri-county commercial real estate market can expect to see rising vacancies and dwindling sales numbers and asking rates in 2009, according to several recent reports. Radius Group Commercial Real Estate, Hayes Commercial Group and NAI Capital all published market outlooks for the new year indicating that the pendulum is swinging from landlords to tenants. Read More →

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How to tell if President Obama is getting the job done

By   /  Sunday, January 25th, 2009  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on How to tell if President Obama is getting the job done

Now that the hoopla has died down and we’ve all gone back to work, it’s time to set some benchmarks for the new administration. Having been through a few of these cycles before, I’m not inclined to accept the “this time it’s different” line from anybody. It’s also been my observation that when really good Read More →

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