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Editorial: Don’t let firms dodge public earnings reports

By   /  Monday, December 6th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Don’t let firms dodge public earnings reports

Back in the 1980s, when the film “Wall Street” was all the rage in Hollywood, corporate earnings releases were still somewhat of an inside game. In the heady days before the 1987 market crash, a savvy trader could grab the earnings off “the wire” and trade for a moment or two before the general public Read More →

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Editorial: Bidding good riddance to the awful 1099 rule

By   /  Monday, November 29th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Bidding good riddance to the awful 1099 rule

The so-called “1099 rule” was a disaster waiting to happen. Happily, it is a disaster that looks like it will be averted. News shortly before Thanksgiving that the U.S. Small Business Administration was publicly opposing the rule seems to be the last nail in the coffin for this ill-conceived tax on entrepreneurship. As the Business Read More →

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Editorial: Give till it helps

By   /  Monday, November 29th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Give till it helps

The Business Times encourages tri-county businesses to follow the lead of Montecito Bank & Trust, which gives away $1 million in Community Dividends each fall.

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Editorial: Economic development needs a regional touch

By   /  Monday, November 22nd, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Economic development needs a regional touch

All of a sudden, economic development is the talk of the Tri-Counties. San Luis Obispo County is out with a blueprint for its economic future — the first such effort in decades. Santa Barbara County is talking — and so far it’s just talk — about becoming more business-friendly, at least as far as retaining Read More →

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Editorial: The new faces of philanthropy

By   /  Monday, November 22nd, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: The new faces of philanthropy

The Santa Barbara Community Foundation and local businesses are launching a Corporate Philanthropy Roundtable designed to connect employers and community organizations in new and exciting ways.

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Editorial: Banks turning a big corner

By   /  Monday, November 15th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Banks turning a big corner

Third quarter results on the banking front hint at a long-awaited turnaround in the region’s financial services industry. Pacific Capital Bancorp., the region’s largest banking institution, posted a profit for the month of September after getting a $500 million infusion from the Ford Financial group out of Texas. The bank has essentially got a new Read More →

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Editorial: Keep Oxnard business-friendly

By   /  Monday, November 8th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Keep Oxnard business-friendly

There’s a bit of a “reform” movement afoot in Oxnard, the region’s largest city. Mayor Tom Holden won re-election even in the face of a district attorney’s investigation of some city officials, but the City Council has undergone some big changes. We hope the newly elected council members, Tim Flynn and Carmen Ramirez, remember Oxnard’s Read More →

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