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Op/ed: The nexus of poverty, education and economic development

By   /  Friday, June 20th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: The nexus of poverty, education and economic development

Persistent poverty can only be addressed by building a system that allows for economic mobility.

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Op/ed: Investing in all of our children

By   /  Friday, May 16th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Investing in all of our children

We at the Ventura County Community Foundation have renewed our focus on helping the region’s youth get out of adolescence not only safely but with more skills and opportunities for a productive life. We think this is a smart investment in the future of Ventura County.

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Op/ed: Putting the leadership into thought leadership

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Putting the leadership into thought leadership

It’s becoming an increasingly important aspect of a company’s marketing strategy, but in my experience, many executives are uncomfortable about the idea of being thought leaders.

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After seven years, the financial crisis quietly ends for area banks

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on After seven years, the financial crisis quietly ends for area banks

“Even the pessimists were thinking three years,” Community West CEO Marty Plourd told me. “No one expected the low-interest-rate environment to last this long,”

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Op/ed: Auditor independence should be left to the accounting profession

By   /  Friday, March 21st, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  1 Comment

The concern about audit independence — the question of whether the performance of non-audit services for an audit client impairs audit independence — is an old one.

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Op/ed: Congress whiffs on reform of exploding food-stamp program

By   /  Friday, March 14th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Congress whiffs on reform of exploding food-stamp program

This once-modest program, originally set up to provide temporary assistance to the truly poor, has morphed into a massive runaway entitlement program that is grossly mismanaged, rife with fraud and badly in need of reform.

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Op/ed: Pension investments are fundamentally sound

By   /  Friday, March 7th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Pension investments are fundamentally sound

Pensions are a vital part of compensation and serve as an asset to local governments.

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