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Low gas prices great for consumers but not necessarily for the economy

By   /  Friday, February 5th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Low gas prices great for consumers but not necessarily for the economy

At close to $33 per barrel, crude oil has dropped more than 60 percent since June 2014 — which is great for our economy because it significantly reduces the average price of gas and heating oil. Regular gasoline now averages $2 per gallon nationally. This translates to cheaper costs to transport goods and run your Read More →

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Retired business leaders have a lot to teach

By   /  Friday, February 5th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Retired business leaders have a lot to teach

Learn by listening to leaders. It is a widely known and accepted belief that one can learn leadership qualities by listening to those who have successfully demonstrated such attributes in their careers. A group of such highly accomplished leaders lives at the same address in Ventura County. Collectively, these individuals possess a gold mine of Read More →

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Water rights require balance of interests

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Water rights require balance of interests

As a water lawyer, I am frequently asked, “Who owns the water in California?” In jest, I sometimes respond, “Is that a trick question?” The question is often a charged one that is underlain by personal views that there is either too much or too little government control over water use. The political adage that Read More →

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Apprenticeship programs give employers competitive advantage

By   /  Friday, January 22nd, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Apprenticeship programs give employers competitive advantage

Something old is new again. Apprenticeships, an ideal means to train future workers, have been around for centuries throughout the world. A formal statewide apprenticeship system was created in California back in 1939. Yet today, apprenticeships do not readily come to mind as people plan for careers or employers look for skilled workers. That mindset Read More →

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Expand public-private partnerships to increase affordable housing

By   /  Friday, January 22nd, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Expand public-private partnerships to increase affordable housing

More than 1.5 million low-income California renters spend more than half their income on housing, according to a recent Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report. That’s up 28 percent since the housing market crash. There is a role for federal and local policy in trying to address this issue, but we cannot hope to Read More →

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Forced arbitration violates your rights

By   /  Friday, January 15th, 2016  /  Latest news, Law, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Forced arbitration violates your rights

By Lisa Spiwak Arbitration has become very popular as an alternative dispute resolution to the traditional court system. Arbitration’s popularity stems from the fact that it is a way to resolve legal disputes outside of the courts in a faster, cheaper and more flexible manner. Arbitration awards are completely binding on the parties and those Read More →

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Internet of Things lights up CES

By   /  Friday, January 15th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion, Technology  /  Comments Off on Internet of Things lights up CES

By David Newton LAS VEGAS — Another year at the Consumer Electronics Show and more records fell. Attendance topped 173,000 — including 50,000 from outside the U.S. — with 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.5 million square feet. But this year did not have any truly impressive, jaw-dropping product-tech debuts and felt very much like the last Read More →

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