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Dignity Health investment in Central Coast paying off

By   /  Friday, November 20th, 2015  /  Columns, Health Care, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Dignity Health investment in Central Coast paying off

During the past five years, Dignity Health has made methodical moves to bolster the healthcare system in North Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. That strategy has paid off in improved patient care and better facilities. Now health care is emerging as an industry that attracts talent and capital. It’s an industry that has Read More →

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Santa Barbara faces enforcement nightmare over short-term rentals

By   /  Friday, November 20th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara faces enforcement nightmare over short-term rentals

The city of Santa Barbara had it good. It had been controversially collecting taxes on short-term rentals since 2008 even though most were illegally operating in certain residential zones. The city earned extra revenue and only had to crack down on a handful that neighbors deemed intolerable. But the inherent conflict caught up with policy Read More →

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’Tis the season to stock up on tri-county wines

By   /  Friday, November 20th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on ’Tis the season to stock up on tri-county wines

It’s the most wonderful time of year for wine sales. Wineries I contacted in the region reported that November and December and the last quarter of the year are typically their strongest sales months as consumers stock up for holiday gatherings and select gifts. Customers will often spend more on a bottle this time of Read More →

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Dubroff: UCSB grad school will help tech managers innovate in digital age

By   /  Friday, November 13th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: UCSB grad school will help tech managers innovate in digital age

The Central Coast has a growing reputation as a cool place for startups. But amid dozens of new ventures and talk of a tech-centric future looms the reality of growing a fully functional technology company. Listening to the earnings calls for AppFolio and MindBody, which recently had successful IPOs, you begin to realize just how Read More →

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Affordable housing projects move ahead in Santa Barbara

By   /  Friday, November 13th, 2015  /  Columns, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Affordable housing projects move ahead in Santa Barbara

The region cannot build enough housing fast enough to keep up with increasing demand, economists have said at forecasts over the past two weeks. The Tri-Counties are so short on available units that it could rein in the economic expansion. But the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is trying to make a Read More →

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Bill would ban offshore oil drilling along West Coast

By   /  Friday, November 13th, 2015  /  Columns, Law  /  Comments Off on Bill would ban offshore oil drilling along West Coast

Lawmakers have launched another attempt to ban offshore oil drilling. While recent attempts to limit Big Oil’s reach have been concentrated to specific regions, this one is targeting the entire West Coast. But even bills with a more narrow scope do not often get passed. U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, authored the West Coast Read More →

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Cal Poly, CSU Channel Islands faculty OK strike

By   /  Friday, November 6th, 2015  /  Columns, Education, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Cal Poly, CSU Channel Islands faculty OK strike

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