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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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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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