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Our view: Tariff on goods from Mexico would hurt avocado growers

By   /  Friday, February 3rd, 2017  /  Agribusiness, Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Tariff on goods from Mexico would hurt avocado growers

The avocado was relegated to the ranks of niche agricultural products until some clever growers from Ventura County figured out how to grow, harvest and ship them into U.S. markets year round. By outsourcing operations to Mexico and Latin America, Calavo, Mission Produce and others extended the four-month growing season in California to 12 months Read More →

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Our view: Chumash deserve chance to develop Camp 4 land

By   /  Friday, January 27th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Chumash deserve chance to develop Camp 4 land

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians took a big step toward self-sufficiency on Jan. 23 when the Bureau of Indian Affairs placed a prime Santa Ynez Valley property into a trust that clears the way for housing, vineyards and open space development. Technically known as Camp 4, the 1,390-acre property is scheduled for 143 Read More →

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Public relations perspective helps boards of directors be successful

By   /  Friday, January 27th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Public relations perspective helps boards of directors be successful

By Ross K. Goldberg Boards of directors are a curious lot. Some are comprised of investors who administer with short-term vision, accountable to shareholders’ quarterly earnings. Some serve in strictly an advisory capacity to a parent company that retains ultimate power. Some organizations have boards comprised of publicly elected officials who govern in accordance with Read More →

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Spiritual principles can drive success

By   /  Tuesday, January 24th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  1 Comment

By Virginia Gean According to QSR magazine’s annual drive-thru report issued in October, Chick-fil-A is not only ranked as our nation’s best fast-food restaurant based on customer satisfaction, but is also considered the most polite restaurant in the country. The recent rankings for Chick-fil-A come after the restaurant generated more revenue per location than any Read More →

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UC irresponsible in hiring of H1-B visa workers

By   /  Friday, January 20th, 2017  /  Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on UC irresponsible in hiring of H1-B visa workers

By Steven Mintz The recent decision by the UC San Francisco to outsource about 100 IT jobs of Americans to foreign workers under the H1-B visa program smacks of irresponsibility. UC is training software engineers at the same time they are outsourcing those jobs to foreigners. It is the height of hypocrisy to rationalize their Read More →

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Our view: Trump’s delay in picking ag secretary taking toll

By   /  Friday, January 20th, 2017  /  Agribusiness, Columns, Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Trump’s delay in picking ag secretary taking toll

Secretary of Agriculture has become the only cabinet position without a nominee from Donald Trump. At press time, literally hours before Inauguration Day, there was no signal from the incoming president about who a nominee might be. Though some believe the front-runner is former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria, the administration has been Read More →

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Here’s a wish list for leadership in 2017

By   /  Friday, January 13th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Here’s a wish list for leadership in 2017

By Ritch Eich America appears to be continuing down the same divided path that plagued our nation in 2016. We desperately need enlightened leadership in the New Year. Here is my Top 10 “Wish List” for elected officials and organizational leaders who are in positions to move our country forward. 1. Assemble world leadership: Focus Read More →

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