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Oil spill

By   /  Saturday, January 31st, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Oil spill

The 40th anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill, widely credited with helping give birth to the environmental movement, would not seem to be a time to pay some new respect to the free enterprise system. After all, the Jan. 29 offshore spill, which polluted beaches in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, led to a Read More →

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Harbor, 101 power past recession

By   /  Saturday, January 31st, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Harbor, 101 power past recession

While the overall economy struggles to gain altitude, here are two signs of improvement. First, a turnaround at Channel Islands Harbor. The latest development is the hiring of Lauterbach Associates, an Oxnard-based architecture firm, to transform the Port Royal restaurant site into the new home of the Ventura County Maritime Museum. Relocating the museum is Read More →

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How Geithner can

By   /  Sunday, January 25th, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on How Geithner can

Here’s a can’t-fail idea for getting the economy moving again — and preventing the big guys from getting all the government handouts and tax breaks. We’re proposing a new Treasury Department program for small businesses. Just for kicks, let’s call it The Geithner Exemption. Under The Geithner Exemption, any one of the nation’s 6 million Read More →

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Property crime hurts bottom line

By   /  Sunday, January 25th, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Property crime hurts bottom line

Property crime is economic crime. We haven’t seen the latest data, but from news reports and conversations with our colleagues in the business world, there seems to be a sudden increase in office break-ins, smash-and-grab car theft, identity-theft and bank robberies. It’s easy to blame the recession and shrug things off. But victims of these Read More →

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Hispanic business merits further study

By   /  Sunday, January 18th, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Hispanic business merits further study

Ventura County’s lead universities are taking a close look at developing a new business program to educate a new generation of Hispanic entrepreneurs. The outreach effort got off to a strong start on Jan. 13 when California Lutheran University’s School of Business Dean Chuck Maxey hosted a presentation by Santiago Ibarreche, head of the Center Read More →

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Hollywood strikes

By   /  Sunday, January 18th, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Hollywood strikes

The Screen Actors Guild is proving once again why the dysfunctional state of organized labor is not particularly good for the Southern California economy. SAG can’t get its act together on a unified stance in negotiations on a new contract, threatening a repeat of last year’s disastrous 100-day writers’ strike. Mega-stars such as Tom Hanks Read More →

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Wanted: a way to stop the hemorrhage of jobs

By   /  Sunday, January 11th, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Wanted: a way to stop the hemorrhage of jobs

Jobs are becoming the No. 1 economic issue in the Tri-Counties. As Stephen Nellis reports in the current issue of Pacific Coast Business Times, bigger employers have eliminated at least 1,700 jobs in recent months. Add to that any number of jobs cut at government agencies and nonprofits and you have the ingredients for an Read More →

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