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Our view: Ventura County is ready to reopen

By   /  Tuesday, May 19th, 2020  /  East Ventura County, Editorials, Latest news, Opinion, West Ventura County  /  1 Comment

The decision of how fast to reopen the regional economy presents difficult choices for our elected officials. No where is it more complex than in Ventura County, where management of COVID-19 incidents has been commendable and so far the first steps toward opening have been reasonably well executed. Moreover, Ventura County’s economy, which has labored Read More →

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Our view: Lompoc prison COVID-19 outbreak should be investigated

By   /  Friday, May 15th, 2020  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Lompoc prison COVID-19 outbreak should be investigated

The outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the federal penitentiary in Lompoc is giving the region’s otherwise stellar record for flattening the curve a black eye. A recent letter from legislators and Santa Barbara County supervisors asking the state to carve out the Lompoc prison COVID-19 cases from the rest of the region for purposes of Read More →

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Our view: Unemployment insurance fund needs to be fixed

By   /  Friday, May 8th, 2020  /  Editorials, Latest news, Law, Opinion, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Our view: Unemployment insurance fund needs to be fixed

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Vaiman: Autonomy, pay, recognition keys to retaining talent

By   /  Friday, May 8th, 2020  /  Education, Latest news, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Vaiman: Autonomy, pay, recognition keys to retaining talent

By Vlad Vaiman I have been studying what keeps the best employees within organizations for more than 15 years now. Exciting and challenging work and career-growth opportunities are the two most important factors. But I encourage employers to pay attention to the next three on the list as well: autonomy, fair pay and recognition. • Read More →

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Garufis: Bankers busy with second round of PPP

By   /  Friday, May 1st, 2020  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Garufis: Bankers busy with second round of PPP

By Janet Garufis It’s after 8 p.m. on April 27, the day the second tranche of PPP funding was made available by the Small Business Administration, and I’ve just completed our PPP update call with the dedicated group of Montecito Bank & Trust professionals who are responsible for making PPP a reality for hundreds of Read More →

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Our view: Restarting tourism industry takes planning

By   /  Friday, May 1st, 2020  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Our view: Restarting tourism industry takes planning

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Our view: SLO County reopening would yield lessons

By   /  Friday, April 24th, 2020  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: SLO County reopening would yield lessons

With public officials and some health departments beginning to pivot toward re-opening the Tri-Counties for business, there is a single message that stands out — one size fits all won’t work for California. The state is too big, with too much geography and too much diversity of population density to respond to a single approach. Read More →

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