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Agencies should release oil pipeline information

By   /  Friday, December 11th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Federal regulators should stop dragging their heels and release requested information about the oil pipelines that run through the Tri-Counties immediately. Business Times staff writer Alex Kacik reports in this issue that the Environmental Defense Center has filed a lawsuit against the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, alleging that the agency is refusing Read More →

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Corporate tax inversions unethical

By   /  Friday, December 11th, 2015  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Corporate tax inversions unethical

You say you have a U.S. corporation and want to reduce corporate income taxes? Agree to be acquired by an Irish company and re-incorporate in Ireland. You’ll only pay 12.5 percent corporate income taxes rather than the 35 percent rate in the U.S. But wait. There’s more. Ireland recently announced that it reduced the rate Read More →

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Executive housing will help Ventura compete for major employers

By   /  Friday, December 4th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Executive housing will help Ventura compete for major employers

The city of Ventura has taken a big step to secure its future as a business center for the 21st century. After a marathon session, the City Council gave preliminary approval for a plan that will eventually lead to the creation of a 55-unit executive housing development called La Viera, preserving some 200 acres for Read More →

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State impact would be significant but TTIP not all it’s cracked up to be

By   /  Friday, December 4th, 2015  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on State impact would be significant but TTIP not all it’s cracked up to be

If the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is finalized, the free trade agreement would be unprecedented. It aims to reduce or eliminate trade barriers and harmonize standards and regulations in the United States and the European Union for the mutual economic gains of the partners. TTIP would create a free trade area representing nearly Read More →

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You should donate your time as well as money

By   /  Friday, November 27th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on You should donate your time as well as money

Philanthropy is about more than just writing checks. That has been the lesson of this year’s giving season — and a timely lesson it is. With the economy on the mend, there are more resources available to nonprofits and more opportunities for disadvantaged residents, creative types, veterans and the homeless to find work and become Read More →

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Sientra, Citrix execs learning hard lessons

By   /  Friday, November 20th, 2015  /  Editorials  /  Comments Off on Sientra, Citrix execs learning hard lessons

Two major employers on the Central Coast are learning in real time that technology management does matter. For breast implant maker Sientra, the management of its global logistics chain and global regulatory regime appears to have gotten badly off track. Tiny particles that U.S. regulators deemed not harmful caught the eye of European regulators, who Read More →

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Employers must find ways to plug national talent drain

By   /  Friday, November 20th, 2015  /  Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Employers must find ways to plug national talent drain

The talent challenge — finding, engaging and keeping qualified employees for skilled positions — remains the No. 1 priority for U.S. employers, according to a recent Harris Poll. Problems in this area can cause organizations to miss market opportunities, delay or cancel key strategic initiatives and fail to meet growth goals and innovate effectively. There Read More →

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