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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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Marketing, innovation important but sales skills critical

By   /  Friday, April 22nd, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Marketing, innovation important but sales skills critical

By Jim Cathcart In a recent discussion at a business school in California, it was pointed out that the curriculum had plenty of marketing and entrepreneurship courses, plus even some innovation courses, but none on sales skills. The rationale was, “Sales gets covered in the other courses so there’s no need for a separate class.” Read More →

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Profit not a dirty word for businesses

By   /  Friday, April 22nd, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Profit not a dirty word for businesses

  By Gary Wechter I must say I was outraged after reading Steven Mintz’ op-ed, “Minimum wage hike a moral issue,” in the April 8 issue. “Outraged” when at the end of the article I learn that Mintz is a professor in the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I asked Read More →

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Rush developed CSUCI into source of pride

By   /  Friday, April 15th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Rush developed CSUCI into source of pride

Call him the Socrates of Camarillo. That’s the clever phrase used by Sage Publications CEO Blaze Simqu in tribute to outgoing CSU Channel Islands President Richard Rush. And while the line got a big laugh from the 900 people who attended Rush’s retirement dinner in Simi Valley on April 9, it is more than a Read More →

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Knowing public policy good business

By   /  Friday, April 15th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Knowing public policy good business

By Loredana Carson As we go about our daily life, laws are being made, bills are being sponsored, government officials are grappling with problems and politicians are building their careers on issues that are of great importance to the business community. Everyone should pay attention to these public policy matters, but business leaders need more Read More →

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New adviser rules may bolster retirement plans

By   /  Friday, April 8th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on New adviser rules may bolster retirement plans

New rules for financial planners advising retirement plans and Health Savings Accounts could have an unexpected benefit for small businesses. The rules, from the U.S. Department of Labor, place new “fiduciary” responsibilities on financial advisers and consultants. They must pick the most economical plans – without regard to their own compensation — when advising clients. Read More →

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