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Recognize. Neutralize. Monetize.

By   /  Thursday, July 2nd, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Recognize. Neutralize. Monetize.

That should be the mantra that Santa Barbara County officials keep in mind as they navigate the media mess and potential economic bonanza posed by the death of Michael Jackson. His family’s decision — widely reported, but canceled just before press time — to hold a public viewing and memorial for the late entertainer, at Read More →

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State budget farce as 10-penny opera

By   /  Sunday, June 28th, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on State budget farce as 10-penny opera

What will a smaller state government look like? What if it is $24 billion-a-year smaller? Those are the questions being debated in Sacramento these days. And no one is more important in that debate than Assemblymember Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo. Blakeslee recently was elected minority leader of the assembly and from that perch he Read More →

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A well-deserved retirement

By   /  Sunday, June 28th, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on A well-deserved retirement

During our nine years in business, we’ve gotten to know Jim Lokey, first as president of Mid-State Bank & Trust and later at Rabobank, which acquired Mid-State a couple of years ago. During his time at Mid-State, Lokey worked closely with Chairman Carrol Pruett. He and his team helped build Mid-State’s branch network across the Read More →

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The real-life drama over a film

By   /  Friday, June 19th, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on The real-life drama over a film

The curious case of the film “Bananas!” continues to play out on screen and in the courts. On screen, “Bananas!” is a film that claims to be a documentary about Westlake Village-based Dole Food Co. and the health problems that thousands of workers in Nicaragua suffered because of exposure to pesticides. The hero is attorney Read More →

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A tasty honor

By   /  Friday, June 19th, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on A tasty honor

For as long as there’s been a Pacific Coast Business Times, we’ve been big fans of the Far Western Tavern and the Righetti family. Their entrepreneurial spirit has kept a family business alive in the small town of Guadalupe and spawned the world-renownedj12 Susie Q barbecue sauce. Now comes word that Sunset Magazine has named Read More →

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The Green Coast: A budding initiative

By   /  Sunday, June 14th, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on The Green Coast: A budding initiative

On June 9, more than 30 business and community leaders convened in Santa Barbara to begin the work of creating a Green Coast economic development initiative for the Tri-Counties. The Green Coast initiative began with an April column in the Business Times. The idea behind it is to reinvent the economy of our region, using Read More →

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An honor well deserved

By   /  Sunday, June 14th, 2009  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on An honor well deserved

Running a Workforce Investment Board is not glamorous work. It means fulfilling the requirements of EDD on a local level and shepherding a rising number of unemployed through the system. But Cheryl Moore at the Ventura County WIB has found ways to innovate in a tradition-bound bureaucracy. She’s helped build a new alliance among Central Read More →

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