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Change company culture to stay on top

By   /  Friday, August 26th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Change company culture to stay on top

By Peter Matthies Leaders who aren’t able to build a purpose-driven culture risk falling behind. Speak to any large organization — from BMW to Intel to Thomson Reuters — and you find their talent management and acquisition teams working overtime. According to research, businesses are facing a severe talent shortage in the years to come. Read More →

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Scary fires fact of life in the Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, August 26th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Scary fires fact of life in the Tri-Counties

The fires raging up and down the Central Coast remind us of the vulnerability we all face and the historical importance of the environment we pay taxes to protect. The Chimney Fire that briefly threatened the Hearst Castle and the Rey Fire, which appeared to envelope the Santa Ynez Valley in smoke and flame when Read More →

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Grit still best predictor of success

By   /  Friday, August 19th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Grit still best predictor of success

By Renee Rock One good old-fashioned job skill is still the key to success. As the middle child in a large 1950s-era family, I had to work hard to earn the attention of my hardworking blue-collar father. Like many in single-income families, my father worked long hours, often putting in overtime to make ends meet. Read More →

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Minimum wage and salary increases — a ripple effect or a tsunami?

By   /  Friday, August 12th, 2016  /  Latest news, Law, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Jon Light You may have heard that California will have a minimum wage of $15 by 2022. But there are ramifications beyond that gradual increase that employers may not have considered. In April, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour, phased in over five years between 2017 Read More →

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Area code overlay better than breaking up the 805

By   /  Friday, August 12th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Area code overlay better than breaking up the 805

With the California Public Utilities Commission ready to hold hearings on the future of the 805 area code, the easy call for this newspaper is to urge the CPUC to adopt a so-called “overlay” solution. With an overlay, the existing area code remains intact and a new set of three numbers introduces a new area Read More →

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Protect elderly from information scammers

By   /  Friday, August 5th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Protect elderly from information scammers

By Paul D. Witman “Knowledge (information) is power.” — Francis Bacon, 1597 Edward, 82, bought long-term-care insurance 25 years ago. But when circumstances conspired to force him to make claims against it, his provider delivered a perfect storm of information problems — confusing deadlines, conflicting bills and poor customer service. What should have been a Read More →

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Small is new big when it comes to business

By   /  Friday, August 5th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Small is new big when it comes to business

By Ray Bowman Recently while traveling, I had the honor of meeting one of the world’s top five trend-spotters, Marian Salzman. She talked about some of the leading trends for 2016 and noted that “local is the new global” and that living large is no longer a trend. “Small is the new big” suffices to Read More →

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