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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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Editorial: Safe seats aren’t forever

By   /  Monday, November 8th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Safe seats aren’t forever

Right now it’s hard to imagine the Central Coast represented in Congress by someone other than Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, or Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara. And it’s hard to imagine Assembly districts safer than the ones won by Democrat Das Williams or Republican Jeff Gorrell. But the day is coming when, thanks to redistricting, congressional Read More →

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Editorial: Memo to Abel: Keep political options open

By   /  Monday, November 8th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Memo to Abel: Keep political options open

As we watched him speed across the state in search of votes for a long-shot bid for statewide office, Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado’s passion for small business and the small-business owner left a big impression. Yes, in the crazy world that is California politics, the former Santa Maria city councilman finished short of the mark Read More →

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Editorial: Get out the vote

By   /  Monday, November 1st, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Get out the vote

Tuesday is Election Day — as you must know, if you’ve turned on a television, opened your mailbox or picked up a newspaper lately. There are scores of candidates and propositions on the region’s various ballots, more than we could ever hope to cover in the Business Times. We’ve tried to bring you the highlights Read More →

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Editorial: Don’t let parking stunt downtown Ventura’s progress

By   /  Monday, November 1st, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Don’t let parking stunt downtown Ventura’s progress

A few months ago in this space, we took the managers of Ventura Harbor to task for their shortsighted plan to charge for parking at the harbor. Revenues were much lower than expected, merchants complained of depressed business, and the harbor went back to free parking before the summer was up. Now it’s the Ventura Read More →

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Editorial: Clean-air rules can be a disruption

By   /  Monday, October 25th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Clean-air rules can be a disruption

News that J.W. Bailey Construction Co. in Santa Barbara was closing its doors after 60 years came as a surprise. The company had a reputation for building high-quality buildings, often in the classic Santa Barbara style. But after years of suffering with the growth curbs that are the hallmark of doing business on the South Read More →

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Editorial: Toward a unified West Ventura County chamber

By   /  Monday, October 25th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Toward a unified West Ventura County chamber

Tom Kelley’s announced departure from the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce raises a prospect worth considering — the creation of a larger and more impactful business organization for West Ventura County. That’s why we’d encourage the boards of directors of the Oxnard, Ventura and Camarillo Chambers to consider creating a West Ventura County Chamber of Commerce. Read More →

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