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Our view: State needs to be smarter about water infrastructure

By   /  Friday, February 17th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: State needs to be smarter about water infrastructure

The dam was declared totally safe. The collapse was totally unexpected. This month’s emergency evacuation of 200,000 people below the troubled spillways at the Oroville Dam in Northern California recalled memories of a disaster right in our backyard. On March 2, 1928, as many as 600 people, many of them residents of Ventura County, died Read More →

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Our view: Puzder ground into political hamburger

By   /  Wednesday, February 15th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Just a day before his confirmation hearing, CKE Restaurants and subsidiaries Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s CEO Andy Puzder has withdrawn his nomination for secretary of labor. Puzder, a former Santa Barbara resident who was ideologically in step with President Donald Trump, was rapidly losing support from the left as well as the right. And after Read More →

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Our view: Amgen’s smart moves keep it poised to grow

By   /  Friday, February 10th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Amgen’s smart moves keep it poised to grow

From its perch in Thousand Oaks, Amgen continues to be one of the savvier companies in the biopharma space when it comes to navigating drug policy and drug pricing. It continues to win the battle to keep copycat biosimilars from eroding its core franchises while gaining approval for new drugs – the latest is for Read More →

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Our view: Tariff on goods from Mexico would hurt avocado growers

By   /  Friday, February 3rd, 2017  /  Agribusiness, Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Tariff on goods from Mexico would hurt avocado growers

The avocado was relegated to the ranks of niche agricultural products until some clever growers from Ventura County figured out how to grow, harvest and ship them into U.S. markets year round. By outsourcing operations to Mexico and Latin America, Calavo, Mission Produce and others extended the four-month growing season in California to 12 months Read More →

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Our view: Chumash deserve chance to develop Camp 4 land

By   /  Friday, January 27th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Chumash deserve chance to develop Camp 4 land

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians took a big step toward self-sufficiency on Jan. 23 when the Bureau of Indian Affairs placed a prime Santa Ynez Valley property into a trust that clears the way for housing, vineyards and open space development. Technically known as Camp 4, the 1,390-acre property is scheduled for 143 Read More →

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Our view: Trump’s delay in picking ag secretary taking toll

By   /  Friday, January 20th, 2017  /  Agribusiness, Columns, Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Trump’s delay in picking ag secretary taking toll

Secretary of Agriculture has become the only cabinet position without a nominee from Donald Trump. At press time, literally hours before Inauguration Day, there was no signal from the incoming president about who a nominee might be. Though some believe the front-runner is former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria, the administration has been Read More →

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Sonos visionary hears call to mentor successor

By   /  Friday, January 13th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Sonos visionary hears call to mentor successor

In his typically understated way, Sonos founder John MacFarlane has quietly stepped away from his role as chief executive of the Santa Barbara-based audio company. MacFarlane, who has built one of the largest enterprises in the tech sector on the Central Coast, took to the Sonos blog on Jan. 10 to post the fact that Read More →

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