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Op/ed: Collaboration is the key to ending hunger in the Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Collaboration is the key to ending hunger in the Tri-Counties

During the past five years, Ventura County FOOD Share has gone from serving 33,000 people per month to more than 74,500 today.

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Op/ed: Obamacare, and where we go from here

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Obamacare, and where we go from here

By Jim Wisdom The early results are in for the Affordable Care Act. What are the results and who are the early winners and losers? More importantly, what should we expect in 2015 and beyond? In California, 3.1 million people enrolled in a health-insurance plan through either Covered California, the state’s new health care exchange, Read More →

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Dubroff: The role of a 21st Century chamber is economic development

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: The role of a 21st Century chamber is economic development

Henry Dubroff

Zoe Taylor had literally packed her bags the night before in Paso Robles when I caught up with her on her way home to Ventura. She had just wrapped up her fifth assignment as an interim chamber of commerce CEO, including a stint in Santa Barbara, Huntington Beach, Manhattan Beach and Kingman, Arizona. Before that, Read More →

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Op/ed: Scholarships are investments that pay dividends for generations

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Scholarships are investments that pay dividends for generations

Higher education remains transformative for many students and their families. It is truly an investment that will pay dividends for generations.

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Op/ed: The Bob Hatch legacy, and lessons learned from a great mentor

By   /  Friday, July 4th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: The Bob Hatch legacy, and lessons learned from a great mentor

By Gina Keough I joined the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce team in 1999. As staff, we saw President and CEO Bob Hatch’s business side, his military side, his funny side, his serious side, his angry side and his human side. Perhaps a better title than president and CEO would be “mentor.” What makes Read More →

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Op/ed: Morro Bay leads the way on sustainable fisheries management

By   /  Monday, June 30th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Morro Bay leads the way on sustainable fisheries management

Henry Dubroff

Morro Bay continues to be one of the up-and-coming places on the Central Coast. It has largely revitalized its tourism industry, in part by producing a series of successful seasonal festivals centered around seafood. But if my sources and research are correct, bigger rewards for the city will come in future years as a unique Read More →

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Op/ed: Our work to prevent gun violence is just beginning

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  2 Comments

It has been just over a month since the tragedy in Isla Vista. The news camera crews are gone. The daily media coverage has waned. But we can’t let the urgent sense that more must be done to prevent gun violence leave us.

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