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SOAR contributes to Ventura County economy

By   /  Friday, December 2nd, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on SOAR contributes to Ventura County economy

By Linda Parks The recent Pacific Coast Business Times article by Alex Kacik recapping Ventura County voters’ approval of SOAR, “SOAR Passage Will Stifle Economy,” presented a narrow and one-sided perspective of SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources). However, readers of the article know there is more to the picture. Certainly voters, who have Read More →

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New vision needed for Ventura County

By   /  Friday, November 25th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on New vision needed for Ventura County

You might call it the Ventura County conundrum. By many measures, Ventura County has recovered nicely from the recession with relatively low unemployment at 5.3 percent, steady job growth and a nascent boom in the travel and leisure sector. But a deeper dive shows some disturbing trends. Jobs have not recovered to their pre-recession peak, Read More →

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To succeed, learn what motivates you

By   /  Friday, November 25th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on To succeed, learn what motivates you

By Jim Cathcart People frequently tell me, “I don’t believe in motivation because it doesn’t last.” My smart-aleck response is, “Neither does eating, exercise, breathing, sleep or bathing but they are all still good for you.” Some people compare motivation to education and claim that education lasts and is, therefore, more substantial. The implied criticism Read More →

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Fate of Dignity-Anthem gamble uncertain

By   /  Friday, November 25th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Fate of Dignity-Anthem gamble uncertain

By Stephanie Hoops Employers nationwide have been migrating toward self-funded health plans ever since the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 exempted them from state regulation, but it’s not clear whether that trend will continue in the wake of Donald Trump’s victorious presidential race. The Self-Insurance Institute of America is preparing blueprints for a Read More →

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Judge’s block of federal overtime exemption rule great for California employers

By   /  Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Judge’s block of federal overtime exemption rule great for California employers

Henry Dubroff

It’s a rare event when a federal rule sets a higher pay standard than worker-friendly California. That’s part of the reason why I wondered whether a Department of Labor mandate to sharply raise the level for overtime exemption to $47,476 a year on Dec. 1 amounted to a war on small businesses. On Nov. 22, Read More →

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Ventura County hospitals partner with CSUCI to train workforce

By   /  Friday, November 18th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Ventura County hospitals partner with CSUCI to train workforce

By Greg Barnes and Dawn Neuman Ever think about what happens to blood samples drawn during a hospital stay or doctor’s visit? They are delivered to a certified laboratory to be analyzed by a clinical laboratory scientist, who provides critical information for making health care decisions — like discovering warning signs of cancer, heart disease, Read More →

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Widening Highway 101 will reduce traffic woes

By   /  Friday, November 18th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Widening Highway 101 will reduce traffic woes

Construction on Highway 101 from Casitas Pass Road to Cabrillo Boulevard through Montecito is causing havoc for commuters trying to navigate from Ventura into Santa Barbara. The project will continue into 2020 as Caltrans-funded upgrades to the 101 are incorporated into widening for high occupancy vehicle lanes through a transportation corridor that’s absolutely crucial to Read More →

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