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For business owners, future may be stone-washed

By   /  Friday, May 23rd, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on For business owners, future may be stone-washed

Consider, if you will, the following recent news items: Saudi Arabia, leader of a resurgent OPEC, twice has rebuked President Bush’s plea for more output to cut oil prices. A surge in inflation amid slow growth has flummoxed central bankers and stock market investors. Paul Volker, the former Federal Reserve chairman and inflation slayer, has Read More →

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How Obama can connect with the real swing voters

By   /  Friday, May 9th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on How Obama can connect with the real swing voters

Dear Senator Obama: I have been interested in yourcandidacy for a number of months, and not just as a journalist who thinks we’vegone about as far as we can go with politics as usual in Washington, D.C. As a small-business owner, I’ve sometimes been intrigued by the tone of your campaign and its promise of Read More →

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Vacancies grow in Santa Maria commercial real estate sector

By   /  Friday, May 9th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Vacancies grow in Santa Maria commercial real estate sector

San Luis Obispo-based Stafford-McCarty Commercial Real Estate recently released a sobering account of the impact that the struggling economy has had on Santa Maria. As the first to feel the blow of subprime loans, the residential market has been carrying the weight behind the general real estate downturn, but in Santa Maria, vacancy rates have Read More →

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Gorell enters 37th District race two years early

By   /  Thursday, April 17th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Gorell enters 37th District race two years early

Oxnard attorney Jeff Gorell learned his lesson in 2004. That year, the Camarillo attorney ran for a 37th Assembly District, losing the GOP primary in an area so reliably Republican the race for the nomination constitutes the contest. Gorell jumped in the fray in January 2003, only to find that opponent Audra Strickland whizzing along Read More →

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Hart Commercial Real Estate added to the SLO menu

By   /  Thursday, April 17th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Hart Commercial Real Estate added to the SLO menu

Despite a cooling economic climate, Jason Hart may have launched his new commercial real estate company just in time to take advantage of a recent influx of national restaurant tenants to the five cities area.   “It’s a different demographic than San Luis Obispo, where there are more independents and boutiques,” he said, though Hart’s Read More →

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No end on horizon for airline industry troubles

By   /  Tuesday, April 15th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on No end on horizon for airline industry troubles

It is a dirty little secret of the U.S. airline industry that over the decades, profits never have exceeded losses for very long. Given the calamitous developments of the 21st century – the grounding of the industry after Sept. 11, 2001, horrible management and soaring fuel prices – it is likely that the industry will Read More →

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