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Central Coast commercial stats underscore the economy

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Central Coast commercial stats underscore the economy

It’s official. The regional commercial real estate market is no longer safe from the greater struggle. Radius Group Commercial Real Estate in Santa Barbara recently released a second-quarter report tracking South Coast commercial real estate activity over the last six months, and the numbers aren’t good. Until now, real estate agents have remained relatively upbeat Read More →

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Disasters just part of the business landscape

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Disasters just part of the business landscape

One fatal earthquake. One fatal mudslide. Four major fires. That’s the toll of natural disasters our region has endured during the past five years. Beginning with the Simi Valley fires in the fall of 2003 and the Paso Robles earthquake toward the end of that year, it seems our region entered a new and deadly Read More →

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UCSB researchers seek autism answers

By   /  Thursday, July 3rd, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on UCSB researchers seek autism answers

Decades ago, cancer was thought of as a single disease. But since then, scientists have learned about hundreds of different types of cancer, each one fundamentally different. Now it’s autism’s turn. “We’re beginning to realize that autism similarly can be broken down into many different forms that have fundamentally different molecular bases,” said Kenneth Kosik, Read More →

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Santa Maria building its cultural assets with library

By   /  Thursday, July 3rd, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Santa Maria building its cultural assets with library

Santa Maria is in the midst of some spiffing up. Not only is the city nearing completion of a new library intended to serve as a defining feature of its downtown area, but it is also reviewing a proposal for what would be Santa Maria’s first lifestyle center.  Set for an Aug. 23 grand opening, Read More →

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Countrywide

By   /  Thursday, July 3rd, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Countrywide

So much in life occurs by happenstance. A dozen years ago, we were hunting for a home equity loan as a way of financing a new car with tax-deductible dollars. Partly because it had a bunch of frequent flyer miles attached, the best deal at the time came from a company called Countrywide. We got Read More →

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Rusnak makes Smart moves at Thousand Oaks Auto Mall

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Rusnak makes Smart moves at Thousand Oaks Auto Mall

Despite plans to add a few more seats, the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall is playing a tricky game of musical chairs. While city officials and auto mall tenants prepare to add parking and storage to the crowded Conejo Valley auto mall, major operators such as Rusnak Auto Group and Silver Star Automotive Group are busy Read More →

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Limoneira: The long view pays off in the short term

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2008  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Limoneira: The long view pays off in the short term

Just a few years ago, pundits were writing off the tri-counties citrus industry arguing our lemon groves were too costly and too inefficient to survive amid rising land prices. But agriculture is a fickle business. And amid the doom and gloom, some plucky survivors didn’t throw in the towel. They survived freezes and droughts and Read More →

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