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Transphorm powers up portfolio with GaN patents

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Law, Technology  /  Comments Off on Transphorm powers up portfolio with GaN patents

Goleta-based Transphorm, an energy-efficiency company spun out of UC Santa Barbara, said it has been granted two patents that it believes could cover as much as 60 percent of its target market in power-conversion electronics.

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Slater makes waves with California water law at Cadiz

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Columns, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Slater makes waves with California water law at Cadiz

William Mulholland was the grand architect of the plan to quench the Southland’s thirst with Colorado River water from the Arizona-California border. Without him, modern Los Angeles wouldn’t exist. If Santa Barbara attorney Scott Slater carries out his long-term vision, he might go down as the second most famous man in the history of Southern California water.

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Measure P puts future of oil drilling at stake

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Green Coast, Law, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Measure P puts future of oil drilling at stake

Measure P would ban the use of techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and acid stimulation, which aren’t currently in use in the county. But it would also ban practices such as cyclic steaming, which is in use at about one-third of Santa Barbara County’s nearly 1,200 wells.

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Crunchies tightens its belt in Ch. 11

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Law, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Crunchies tightens its belt in Ch. 11

Since filing for bankruptcy protection on Aug. 15, Crunchies has laid off eight people — about a third of its full-time staff — at its Westlake Village headquarters, has reduced expenses by about $2 million and has put marketing initiatives and new product development on hold for the rest of the year.

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Former deputy sues Ventura County over tax break

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Law, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Former deputy sues Ventura County over tax break

A former Ventura County Senior Deputy Sheriff who makes $139,771 a year in retirement is suing the county after his application for a service-connected disability designation that would lower his income tax bill was denied.

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Cabbies hail help from Sacramento: Bills target Uber, Lyft

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Law, Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Cabbies hail help from Sacramento: Bills target Uber, Lyft

Two pending bills in the state Senate could significantly change the competitive landscape between booming ridesharing startups such as Lyft and Uber and the flagging taxi-cab industry in California.

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Crunchies moves to block takeover bid with Chapter 11 filing

By   /  Tuesday, August 26th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Latest news, Law, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Crunchies moves to block takeover bid with Chapter 11 filing

Westlake Village-based Crunchies Food Co. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, alleging that one of its largest vendors has attempted a hostile takeover of the fast-growing freeze-dried snacks maker.

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