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For cybersecurity, ignorance is not bliss

By   /  Friday, July 17th, 2015  /  Columns, Technology  /  Comments Off on For cybersecurity, ignorance is not bliss

With all of the talk about hacking of big business and government, it’s time for small business owners to access their own vulnerabilities and design a plan of action. If they do not tackle this head on, small business owners risk the possibility of significant financial loss, litigation or even business failure. Ignorance is not Read More →

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Refugio oil spill shows companies haven’t learned lesson after 46 years

By   /  Friday, July 17th, 2015  /  Columns, Energy  /  Comments Off on Refugio oil spill shows companies haven’t learned lesson after 46 years

Why does our collective memory seem so short? The gorgeous coast where we live and work was despoiled by a massive oil spill 46 years ago and we vowed never to let it happen again. That was in 1969, when a Union Oil Co. platform six miles off the Santa Barbara County coast suffered a Read More →

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Los Olivos AVA to expand wine profile of Santa Ynez Valley

By   /  Friday, July 17th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Los Olivos AVA to expand wine profile of Santa Ynez Valley

  It won’t be long before the region’s wine map will be shaded in with Santa Barbara County’s newest viticultural area, the Los Olivos District, nearly completing a profile of the Santa Ynez Valley as a diverse wine producer. Fred Brander, one of the county’s most senior viticulturists, began exploring the idea of an American Read More →

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SB real estate firm goes on $74M deal-making spree

By   /  Friday, July 17th, 2015  /  Columns, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on SB real estate firm goes on $74M deal-making spree

The Paskin Group, a Santa Barbara-based real estate outfit, announced recently that it closed its fourth deal in 12 months, acquiring a total of $74 million in assets during the period. Paskin’s portfolio, which consists of both commercial and multifamily residential properties, has expanded to 1.5 million square feet as a result of the deals. Read More →

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New staff, new project at the Pacific Coast Business Times

By   /  Friday, July 17th, 2015  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on New staff, new project at the Pacific Coast Business Times

We’ve quietly made some big changes at the Business Times during the past few months, so I thought I’d exercise my editor’s prerogative and introduce our new staff and one of our new projects. Our staff changes begin with Managing Editor Glenn Rabinowitz. A 25-year veteran of the daily newspaper industry in California and more Read More →

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Paid sick leave gets more complex under new law

By   /  Friday, July 10th, 2015  /  Columns, Law, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Paid sick leave gets more complex under new law

California’s new paid sick law took affect July 1, expanding coverage for an estimated additional 6.5 million employed citizens. An estimated 40 percent of California workers weren’t eligible to receive paid sick leave previously and now most will have access, which is great news for employees. On the opposite side of the coin, however, employers Read More →

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Ventura land sale to homebuilder gives UC money for ag project

By   /  Friday, July 10th, 2015  /  Agribusiness, Columns, Latest news, Real Estate, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Ventura land sale to homebuilder gives UC money for ag project

A Santa Clarita-based homebuilder and developer has purchased a large chunk of agricultural land in the city of Ventura for $13.1 million. The roughly 36-acre parcel located at the southeast corner of Saticoy Avenue and Telegraph Road was sold to Williams Homes — the top bidder for the land — and comes with entitlements to Read More →

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