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Dubroff: Raising minimum wage to $15 per hour will hurt businesses

By   /  Friday, April 1st, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Raising minimum wage to $15 per hour will hurt businesses

Henry Dubroff

Having pushed through one of the largest tax increases in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown has now put his stamp on a minimum wage hike that will likely take away as much opportunity as it provides. A pragmatist and fiscal prude, Brown jumped into the minimum wage debate and wrung from union advocates concessions that Read More →

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Munger pledges $200M for UCSB student housing

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A Montecito-based philanthropist pledged at least $200 million to build new student housing on the UC Santa Barbara campus and possibly create a new model for the entire UC system. Charles Munger, the 92-year-old vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, presented his plan at a recent UC Board of Regents meeting to replace existing dorms on Read More →

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Startup ecosystem alive and well in Tri-Counties

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I was struck recently by how rich and diverse our startup community is here in the Tri-Counties. I do my best to get out and about to as many startup events as possible in the region, some days driving from my home in Ventura to remote corners of San Luis Obispo County. A few weeks Read More →

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Art teacher sues SBCC for wrongful termination

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A former Santa Barbara City College art teacher has sued the school for wrongful termination, claiming that the department is “ushering out an old era,” but some of his assertions do not check out based on Business Times research. William Durham filed a suit in Santa Barbara Superior Court on March 23. The former 20-year Read More →

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Bigger global effort needed to thwart ISIS terrorism

By   /  Friday, March 25th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Bigger global effort needed to thwart ISIS terrorism

Henry Dubroff

What a difference a year makes in the fight against terrorism. Fifteen months ago, the world witnessed an assault on freedom of the press when terrorists allied with ISIS attacked and murdered journalists from Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine. As millions of people mourned the 11 victims, some wondered if the magazine itself had Read More →

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Industrial park project OK’d for Santa Barbara Airport

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The future of the Santa Barbara Airport and its surrounding acreage — once a World War II Marine base and now a business hub — just got a little clearer. The Santa Barbara Architectural Board of Review recently gave a green light to a proposal to build a 50,046-square-foot light industrial park on 14 acres Read More →

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Bronzini: 2015 tri-county wine grape crop disappointing

By   /  Friday, March 18th, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Columns, Latest news, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Bronzini: 2015 tri-county wine grape crop disappointing

The low-yielding wine grape crop of 2015 was prominent in discussions when grape growers, vintners and financial partners gathered for the Central Coast Insights industry conference at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles on March 10. The event came a month after the release of the preliminary California Grape Crush Report that showed tonnage Read More →

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