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Heritage buy sets stage to compete in big leagues

By   /  Friday, October 25th, 2013  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Heritage buy sets stage to compete in big leagues

With its $56.4 million purchase of another Central Coast bank, Heritage Oaks Bancorp lays the foundation to build the region’s next big community banking franchise and emerges as the dominant player in the market.

Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks said Oct. 21 that it is buying Mission Community Bank, based in San Luis Obispo, in a cash-and-stock deal expected to close in the first quarter of 2014. The combined bank would have $1.5 billion in assets, making it the largest bank based in the Tri-Counties.

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Ratings agencies unfazed as county pension costs rise

By   /  Friday, October 25th, 2013  /  Banking & Finance, Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Ratings agencies unfazed as county pension costs rise

Despite dire warnings that future pension costs could cause a fiscal meltdown for tri-county governments, credit ratings for Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo county bonds remain mostly unaffected by looming gaps in their retirement obligation funding.

Standard & Poor’s, a leading rating agency, ranks all three counties near the top of a scale that spans from its highest AAA to C, the lowest rating a bond can have without defaulting. Santa Barbara County carries the agency’s second highest AA-plus designation. Ventura County is assigned a slightly lower AA-rating this year and SLO County is ranked AA-minus.

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Santa Barbara tourist hostel sells as developers eye lower State St.

By   /  Friday, October 25th, 2013  /  Columns, Real Estate, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara tourist hostel sells as developers eye lower State St.

“We were drawn [to the property] by the proximity to the Amtrak station and lower State Street, but really the hostel is in its own class for budget-savvy kinds of travelers and international students,” said Jared Filippone, a vice president with Capitoline Properties, which recently purchased the hostel.

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Massive retail and apartment project in Goleta is under way

By   /  Friday, October 18th, 2013  /  Columns, Real Estate, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Massive retail and apartment project in Goleta is under way

Developer Westar Associates has broken ground on Hollister Village, a mixed-use project in Goleta that will include 266 apartments and a shopping center.

After years in the planning process that included fierce opposition from some neighborhood activists, Costa Mesa-based Westar secured approvals for the project at Hollister Avenue and Glen Annie Road in October 2012.

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Cottage-Sansum merger on track as anti-trust filing nears

By   /  Friday, October 11th, 2013  /  Banking & Finance, Health Care, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Cottage-Sansum merger on track as anti-trust filing nears

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Manufacturers hunt for talent amid shortage

By   /  Friday, October 4th, 2013  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Manufacturers hunt for talent amid shortage

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Berkshire Hathaway moves into South Coast real estate

By   /  Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013  /  Latest news, Real Estate, South Coast  /  Comments Off on Berkshire Hathaway moves into South Coast real estate

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