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Foreclosures overtake sales

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2008  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Foreclosures overtake sales

With foreclosure rates soaring across both the state and the nation, the Central Coast has not been immune to defaults and lender takeovers. Santa Maria and Orcutt have been worst hit by the housing crunch, as the duo have seen almost twice as many foreclosures as regular home sales since the beginning of 2008. Former Read More →

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Hearst Castle to celebrate 50th anniversary

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2008  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Hearst Castle to celebrate 50th anniversary

The 50th anniversary of Hearst Castle becoming a state park has inspired the movement to increase community awareness and involvement in the landmark, ensuring William Randolph Hearst’s legacy carries on for another generation of visitors. “The guiding principle has been community access, interest and exposure,” said Carol Schreiber, executive director of Friends of Hearst Castle. Read More →

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Not so jolly shopping season lies ahead

By   /  Saturday, November 22nd, 2008  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Not so jolly shopping season lies ahead

Just over a month after The Oaks shopping center in Thousand Oaks unveiled its 103,000-square-foot expansion, the mall will have to face one of the most challenging holiday shopping seasons in recent years. Sixty-one percent of those polled last month in GfK Roper Consulting’s Holiday Shopping study said their holiday shopping plans will be delayed Read More →

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Trip reveals China syndrome

By   /  Saturday, November 22nd, 2008  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Trip reveals China syndrome

Conventional wisdom has it that China is destined to become the world’s next superpower. But one Westlake Village financial expert warns that the consensus view can turn out to be wrong. In late October, Arkady Milgram, a partner at Thousand Oaks-based Walker Financial Partners, took a nine-day trip across China. He and about 80 members Read More →

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Paso

By   /  Saturday, October 18th, 2008  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Paso

After more than 30 meetings about water, Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham hopes that just two more will do the trick. Mecham is vying to persuade residents that a proposed water rate increase is worth it to secure a reliable source of water for the city. The increase would help pay for water infrastructure improvements, Read More →

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Lompoc magazine wins honor

By   /  Friday, August 15th, 2008  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Lompoc magazine wins honor

The Lompoc Valley Magazine has showcased the diverse economy of the area twice a year since 2005. More than just an advertising vehicle, it includes a hefty features section and hits weighty topics such as green practices in the Lompoc Valley and the meaning of happiness. “I had seen chamber of commerce publications … and Read More →

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Shooting the moon – Cal Poly contest simulates lunar excavation

By   /  Friday, August 15th, 2008  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Shooting the moon – Cal Poly contest simulates lunar excavation

Jim Greenhaw’s robot stops, stutters and lets out a loud grinding noise. Greenhaw has spent a year building it, but now, in the heat of a competition and with half a million dollars at stake, part of its transmission has blown. The stripped gears gnash past one another like a car with a worn-out clutch. Read More →

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