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Obama’s Asian trade strategy could keep China in check

By   /  Friday, February 19th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Obama’s Asian trade strategy could keep China in check

Striding confidently across the tarmac at the Palm Springs International Airport on Feb. 16, President Barack Obama was leaving what has become his favorite winter getaway spot with a bit of swagger. He had just come from a press conference where he argued that he, not the GOP-controlled Senate, held the constitutional high ground in Read More →

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Downtown SLO development raises issue of building heights

By   /  Friday, February 19th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Downtown SLO development raises issue of building heights

The San Luis Obispo City Council gave a preliminary nod to the concept of a mixed-use development slated for the heart of downtown SLO. It was not a formal action, the developers were just looking for feedback prior to submitting a final project. While the development isn’t necessarily pivotal to SLO’s economic vitality, the conversation Read More →

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Artisan winemakers star at Solvang Garagiste Festival

By   /  Friday, February 19th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Artisan winemakers star at Solvang Garagiste Festival

The winemakers who gathered to pour at the Garagiste Festival in Solvang on Feb. 13-14 are mostly unknown in the marketplace, have limited equipment of their own and produce in such small quantities that financially, as one artisan told me, “it’s not for the faint of heart, to put it mildly.” This is the world Read More →

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New app helps travelers reduce carbon footprint

By   /  Friday, February 12th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Tourism  /  Comments Off on New app helps travelers reduce carbon footprint

A new app created by a Santa Barbara travel shop owner caught my eye when I walked into Vita Travel on Feb. 5 because it seems like the perfect app for eco-conscious Millennial travelers. Greg Bellowe created VitaExplorer as a way to force people to think about their impact on the environment when they travel. Read More →

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Central banks losing ability to steer global economies

By   /  Friday, February 12th, 2016  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Columns, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Central banks losing ability to steer global economies

Upheaval in the global markets in recent months may be signaling that the era of the all-powerful central bank may be coming to an end. Evidence is mounting that central bank moves are having less and less of the desired impact on regional economies. For Exhibit A we turn to the People’s Bank of China, Read More →

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Compass manager sued by Coldwell Banker over ‘secrets’

By   /  Friday, February 12th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Compass manager sued by Coldwell Banker over ‘secrets’

Coldwell Banker is suing a former employee for allegedly stealing the company’s trade secrets. The residential real estate brokerage company is going after John Nisbet, who left Coldwell Banker’s Santa Barbara office to work for the rapidly expanding residential real estate firm Compass. Coldwell Banker is accusing Nisbet of stealing confidential data, including market data, Read More →

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New UC Santa Barbara library worthy of top research university

By   /  Friday, February 5th, 2016  /  Columns, Education, Latest news, South Coast  /  Comments Off on New UC Santa Barbara library worthy of top research university

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