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Anti-Trump surge could change tri-county results

By   /  Friday, May 6th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Will an anti-Trump backlash affect elections far down the ballot on the Central Coast? Perhaps. Which is why the billionaire developer’s triumph in the Indiana primary, and the abrupt suspension of campaigns by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, has ripple effects down to county and regional elections. For one thing, any Read More →

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Requiring clean water not anti-business

By   /  Friday, May 6th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Requiring clean water not anti-business

By Owen Bailey There is nothing anti-business about insisting on clean water. Our tri-county region can reasonably be considered the birthplace of our country’s modern environmental movement. After the tragic blowout from offshore oil Platform A in January 1969, the Santa Barbara Channel became the poster child for irresponsible environmental practices and the devastation that Read More →

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Make money, do good with ‘impact investing’

By   /  Friday, May 6th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Make money, do good with ‘impact investing’

By Peter Brill I’m a typical Santa Barbara retiree who came here to enjoy its beauty after having a prosperous and fulfilling career in medicine and as a successful entrepreneur. I was considering how to best use my philanthropic dollars when I came across a concept in investing that captured my interest to the degree Read More →

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Entrepreneurs should plan for retirement

By   /  Friday, April 29th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Entrepreneurs should plan for retirement

  By Lee Schuh Few entrepreneurs really think about preparing financially for retirement. Too many are depending on Social Security. Frankly, Social Security is only a safety net and not intended to be anything else. You are not going to have a very satisfactory retirement if Social Security is the major financial contributor. When asked Read More →

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Landlords learn to repurpose their malls

By   /  Friday, April 29th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Landlords learn to repurpose their malls

  By Lisa Spiwak This is a season of discontent for retailers. There doesn’t seem to be a week that goes by without a national chain closing stores or filing for bankruptcy protection. Most recently, we lost Sport Chalet. Before that, it was Sports Authority, Sears, Fresh & Easy, Office Depot, Radio Shack, Staples, Abercrombie Read More →

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Impact of Diablo Canyon closure needs studying

By   /  Friday, April 29th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Impact of Diablo Canyon closure needs studying

We didn’t pull any punches when we wrote about California’s war on business in the April 22 edition of the Business Times. For a classic example of the kind of thinking that’s just wrong about California’s path forward, it’s worth looking at opposition to SB 968. Introduced by Sen. Bill Monning, a Democrat from Santa Read More →

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California must end war on businesses

By   /  Friday, April 22nd, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  1 Comment

We’ve had the war on women. And the war on immigrants. Is the war on business, next? That’s a fair question raised by many, including Ventura employer General Magnaplate Corp., which is closing after settling with the Environmental Defense Center over charges it polluted the Santa Clara River. In a statement, the company said it Read More →

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