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Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Maria, remixed: City looks for winning formula

A year after Santa Maria got a new theater complex and a Fallas Discount Store moved into the space formerly occupied by a Mervyn’s department store, city leaders are still scratching their heads over how best to revitalize its struggling retail core.

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Rewinding the tape: After ouster, Qualstar consolidates in Simi Valley

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Rewinding the tape: After ouster, Qualstar consolidates in Simi Valley

One year after outside investors ousted Simi Valley-based Qualstar’s management and installed a new team, the company has reduced expenses and is working towards profitability.

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Chumash winemaker brings European training to tribe’s new enterprise

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Chumash winemaker brings European training to tribe’s new enterprise

The nation’s only Native American winemaker is a young woman from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians who was ready for the challenge when the tribe entered the wine business.

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Mixed-use project planned for midtown Santa Barbara corridor

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Mixed-use project planned for midtown Santa Barbara corridor

A new mixed-use development on upper De La Vina Street in Santa Barbara is the latest in a series of locally driven projects in the midtown neighborhood in the last few years.

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Tracking trucks: ClearPathGPS offers fleet monitoring from the cloud

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Tracking trucks: ClearPathGPS offers fleet monitoring from the cloud

Two Santa Barbara software veterans have started ClearPathGPS to make that technology affordable and easy to use for fleets as small as five vehicles.

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L.A. developer snaps up Isla Vista complex for $6M

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Columns, Real Estate, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on L.A. developer snaps up Isla Vista complex for $6M

Elijah Brumback

Los Angeles investment firm Majestic Asset Management has purchased a 36-unit apartment complex in Isla Vista for about $6 million.

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News organizations object to Mission & State funding plan

By   /  Tuesday, July 15th, 2014  /  Nonprofits, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on News organizations object to Mission & State funding plan

A two-hour debate over the future of the Mission & State investigative reporting project in Santa Barbara ended with no resolution but one funder calling for a time-out to reassess the awarding of a management contract to a for-profit news organization. The meeting was held at the offices of the Santa Barbara Foundation, which awarded Read More →

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