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SLO, we have a problem – Drop in airport passengers forces expansion reductions

By   /  Sunday, April 19th, 2009  /  Features  /  Comments Off on SLO, we have a problem – Drop in airport passengers forces expansion reductions

The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport has reported startling monthly declines in air traffic over the past year, marking a significant drop in business that forced officials to scale back their expansion plans. For a year now, the airport has handled fewer and fewer passengers every month, something that could be blamed on higher Read More →

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Film gives creative director a second life

By   /  Sunday, March 22nd, 2009  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Film gives creative director a second life

Nineteen employees at Weiser Creative are savoring the success of Tom Nance, a former employee who wrote and co-produced “Sherman’s Way,” a film that’s getting national press and picking up awards at film festivals. However, the savoring is bittersweet. Nance, the longtime creative director at Weiser, died in a motorcycle accident last September, just as Read More →

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Bold plan for First California – Acquisition gives bank foothold in Inland Empire

By   /  Sunday, March 22nd, 2009  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Bold plan for First California – Acquisition gives bank foothold in Inland Empire

When First California Bank snatched failed 1st Centennial Bank off the auction block, it added six more branches to its extensive list of locations and expanded the bank’s already prominent Southern California presence. In late January, Westlake Village-based First California made a strategic move, spending $100 million to acquire the insured deposits of 1st Centennial Read More →

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Diablo Canyon hires 2,000 for upgrades

By   /  Friday, February 20th, 2009  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Diablo Canyon hires 2,000 for upgrades

Though other parts of the Tri-Counties have seen staggering job losses in recent weeks, Pacific Gas & Electric has more than tripled its work force at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach. Diablo Canyon has hired 2,000 temporary workers as part of a two-stage, $700 million project that will make PG&E the Read More →

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Meltdown in SLO – Problems drain $120M from troubled county businesses

By   /  Friday, February 20th, 2009  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Meltdown in SLO – Problems drain $120M from troubled county businesses

Scandals, shady dealings and projects gone wrong have swamped San Luis Obispo County. In the last year, major homebuilders in the county and their financiers have gone belly up, triggering a flurry of criminal investigations. Bankruptcy filings say thousands of creditors — many of them small-time investors who put up their savings — are on Read More →

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Chamber changes the guard – Levett hands reins to Lederer in Thousand Oaks

By   /  Sunday, January 18th, 2009  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Chamber changes the guard – Levett hands reins to Lederer in Thousand Oaks

After 20 years of self-diagnosed “chamberitis,” Janet Levett, president and chief executive officer of the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Chamber of Commerce, will retire Jan. 30. Levett started in 1989 with the Westlake Village Chamber and was a key figure in merging it with the Thousand Oaks Chamber in 1999. In the past decade, she has Read More →

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Rusnak looks to service as mega-store opens

By   /  Sunday, January 18th, 2009  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Rusnak looks to service as mega-store opens

As the finishing touches are being put on its new BMW dealership in Thousand Oaks, Rusnak Auto Group is banking on a strong service department and more pre-owned vehicle business to weather the global downturn. The new Rusnak BMW Westlake is the largest BMW dealer in the country, according to Tom Valasek, director of marketing Read More →

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