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Region presses ‘play’ on $60M film production industry

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Region presses ‘play’ on $60M film production industry

Film and television production reels in an estimated $60 million for the region each year, and the industry’s impact on the Tri-Counties is likely to rise as tourism groups in each of the three counties ramp up their outreach to Hollywood.

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Santa Barbara firms team up to buy Avila Beach hotel project

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara firms team up to buy Avila Beach hotel project

The project, which has not yet started to wind its way through what will likely be a lengthy entitlement process, is the second investment by Somera Management and Postcard Properties in south SLO County.

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Startup Paso Robles wine brand Chronic Cellars purchased

By   /  Thursday, March 27th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Startup Paso Robles wine brand Chronic Cellars purchased

  Novato-based Winery Exchange has purchased Chronic Cellars out of Paso Robles, a young winery known for its red-wine blends and counter-culture branding. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chronic Cellars is best known for red blends such as its zinfandel-based Purple Paradise and its syrah-based Sofa King Bueno, Winery Exchange said in a Read More →

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DenMat buys Bay Area firm

By   /  Tuesday, March 25th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Technology  /  Comments Off on DenMat buys Bay Area firm

In its second acquisition this year, Lompoc-based DenMat has bought G.Hartzell & Son, a dental instruments company in the Bay Area.

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Building on a green foundation: SLO interiors firm expands down the coast

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Building on a green foundation: SLO interiors firm expands down the coast

Green Goods is expanding from its San Luis Obispo base into Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

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Turn of fate on 9/11 spurred dramatic career shift to winemaking

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Turn of fate on 9/11 spurred dramatic career shift to winemaking

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Peter Work and wife Rebecca watched from the Newark, N.J., Airport as the twin towers of the World Trade Center went crashing down in a cloud of dust and debris.

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Health leaders: ‘Ambitious’ Obamacare goals tough to implement

By   /  Wednesday, March 19th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Health Care, Nonprofits, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Health leaders: ‘Ambitious’ Obamacare goals tough to implement

Uncertainties shrouding Obamacare implementation are leaving many health-care providers strained, and consumers are thus far seeing few of the cost cuts promised by the overhaul. That was the theme that emerged from a March 18 forum in Santa Barbara hosted by nonprofit Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.

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