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Our view: Minimum wage hikes are hurting workers

By   /  Friday, June 30th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Minimum wage hikes are hurting workers

California appears to be headed toward a political showdown over the $15 per hour minimum wage law. A widening chorus of restaurant chains, individual eatery owners, small businesses, nonprofits and even municipal and county governments are joining the call for a rethink of the $15 per hour timetable. We editorialized in the June 23rd edition Read More →

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Our view: Amazon’s bold bet will challenge tri-county farmers

By   /  Friday, June 23rd, 2017  /  Agribusiness, Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Amazon’s bold bet will challenge tri-county farmers

It’s not immediately clear how disruptive the merger of Amazon and Whole Foods will be to the global food supply chain. So far, the e-commerce giant has wreaked havoc in asymmetric directions. It disrupted the chain store concept for book sales but strengthened local vendors and sparked a surge of interest in book buying. It Read More →

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Days of ‘build it and they will come’ are over

By   /  Friday, June 23rd, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Days of ‘build it and they will come’ are over

By Sarah Fischbach In marketing, we often talk about product, price, place and promotion when it comes to the elements of the marketing mix used to help decision makers assess their product against the competition for a successful launch in the marketplace. One of the areas of the marketing mix that has been experiencing a Read More →

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Our view: Reliable electricity a must for Highway 101 corridor

By   /  Friday, June 16th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Reliable electricity a must for Highway 101 corridor

Southern California Edison work crews have been tearing up streets in and around Santa Barbara, finally delivering on a promise to provide more stable electric power to part of the region that’s been ignored for decades. The disruptions and occasional power outages — at the Business Times’s offices on Carrillo Street they always happen on Read More →

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Women deserving of more respect in the workplace

By   /  Friday, June 16th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off on Women deserving of more respect in the workplace

By Ritch Eich In April, the Pacific Coast Business Times featured an article that focused on why women don’t attain more leadership positions. While I agree wholeheartedly with most everything in the article, as someone who has spent a lifetime working with, and for, strong women, I want to provide another perspective. Robert Mueller, a Read More →

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Confidence key to successful negotiations

By   /  Friday, June 9th, 2017  /  Education, Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Confidence key to successful negotiations

By Judith Richards Why are employees leaving unclaimed value on the bargaining table? How can individuals increase the likelihood of achieving their negotiation goals? Negotiation skills in the workplace play an essential role in facilitating the sales process, resolving conflict and ensuring career success. Unfortunately, the majority of employees have not been exposed to formalized Read More →

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Our view: Climate regulations would burden small businesses

By   /  Friday, June 9th, 2017  /  Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Our view: Climate regulations would burden small businesses

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords drew a swift rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown, who declared the president “wrong on the facts and wrong on the science” before meeting with the president of China to promote Brown’s clean energy agenda. That the White House remains mum on the idea of Read More →

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