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Forcing workers to save may be key to retirement

By   /  Friday, April 1st, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Forcing workers to save may be key to retirement

Taxes and savings are much in the news these days. Baby boomers aren’t saving enough for retirement. Millennials will need $2 million portfolios in order to achieve a decent level of retirement income. Federal income taxes are too high – and don’t get us started about California. Old-fashioned pensions are largely gone from the private Read More →

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Tacky chamber move sets a bad example

By   /  Friday, March 25th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Henry Dubroff

When we launched the Pacific Coast Business Times 16 years ago, one of our core values was to respect existing business organizations. That’s why we went the extra step and joined chambers of commerce from the Conejo Valley to San Luis Obispo. We continue to support our chambers and last year we became a media Read More →

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Volunteerism ‘shapes community we share’

By   /  Friday, March 18th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Volunteerism ‘shapes community we share’

Henry Dubroff

In business, we measure success by revenue growth, rising profits, share prices and transactions closed. But in communities across the Tri-Counties, successful leadership is often defined by measures less tangible. That point was brought home on March 9 when we stopped by the Santa Barbara Foundation’s 73rd annual Man and Woman of the Year luncheon. Read More →

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Tri-County Produce goes on but co-founder will be missed

By   /  Friday, March 4th, 2016  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Tri-County Produce goes on but co-founder will be missed

The concept of local sourcing of food was not exactly a hot trend in 1985 when Jim Dixon took over a fledgling farmer’s market operation named Tri-County Produce on lower Milpas Street. For three decades the company has flourished in a warehouse a couple of blocks from East Beach in Santa Barbara. It is there Read More →

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Oxnard needs to get financial house in order

By   /  Friday, February 26th, 2016  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Oxnard needs to get financial house in order

A Feb. 23 city council meeting in Oxnard underscores the fact that the region’s largest city still has some cleanup work to do after the financial scandal that engulfed the city several years ago. The accounting firm Eadie and Payne said that it needed until at least March 29 to prepare a schedule for the Read More →

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Scalia’s death will impact cases of regional concern

By   /  Friday, February 19th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Scalia’s death will impact cases of regional concern

The untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia over President’s Day weekend will likely alter the trajectory of any number of cases before the court. Two of them are particularly relevant to the Tri-Counties. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the justices appeared to be closely divided on the question of whether to uphold Read More →

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SOAR revisions needed for agribusiness to grow

By   /  Friday, February 12th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on SOAR revisions needed for agribusiness to grow

SOAR, short for Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources, has had a big impact on land use in Ventura County. Up for renewal after two decades, a revised SOAR should go before voters this fall. Among other things, SOAR needs revisions that carve out exceptions for food processing facilities. It needs to recognize the growing Read More →

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