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Our view: Trump’s delay in picking ag secretary taking toll

By   /  Friday, January 20th, 2017  /  Agribusiness, Columns, Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Trump’s delay in picking ag secretary taking toll

Secretary of Agriculture has become the only cabinet position without a nominee from Donald Trump. At press time, literally hours before Inauguration Day, there was no signal from the incoming president about who a nominee might be. Though some believe the front-runner is former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria, the administration has been Read More →

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Here’s a wish list for leadership in 2017

By   /  Friday, January 13th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Here’s a wish list for leadership in 2017

By Ritch Eich America appears to be continuing down the same divided path that plagued our nation in 2016. We desperately need enlightened leadership in the New Year. Here is my Top 10 “Wish List” for elected officials and organizational leaders who are in positions to move our country forward. 1. Assemble world leadership: Focus Read More →

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No game changers at 2017 CES

By   /  Friday, January 13th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Technology  /  Comments Off on No game changers at 2017 CES

By David Newton The 2017 (50th anniversary) Consumer Electronics Show felt a lot like 2016, which felt a lot like 2015. My 15th year walking the 2.3 million square feet of exhibit space showcasing 4,000 companies lacked the buzz and anticipation of breakthrough tech innovations that have typically defined this annual event. And that’s the Read More →

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Sonos visionary hears call to mentor successor

By   /  Friday, January 13th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Sonos visionary hears call to mentor successor

In his typically understated way, Sonos founder John MacFarlane has quietly stepped away from his role as chief executive of the Santa Barbara-based audio company. MacFarlane, who has built one of the largest enterprises in the tech sector on the Central Coast, took to the Sonos blog on Jan. 10 to post the fact that Read More →

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Targeted marketing key to loyal customers

By   /  Friday, January 6th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Targeted marketing key to loyal customers

By Sarah Fischbach Consumerism gets a bad rap, particularly during the holiday shopping season, which has just drawn to a close. It is often defined as frivolous buying of products just for the purpose of buying. But consumerism does not have to be negative; it can be defined as an informed decision-making process in the Read More →

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Legislators should help manufacturing rebound

By   /  Friday, December 23rd, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Legislators should help manufacturing rebound

While the South Coast is reveling in its waterfront makeover, tri-county tourism is getting stronger and economists are heralding a boom in craft spirits, the manufacturing core of the region is looking more and more hollowed-out. Large sections of Simi Valley and west Ventura County and North Santa Barbara County are losing head-of-household jobs. San Read More →

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Self-driving cars: Disruptions on the road ahead

By   /  Friday, December 23rd, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion, Technology  /  Comments Off on Self-driving cars: Disruptions on the road ahead

By Paul Witman Self-driving cars and trucks are making their way from the lab to city streets and highways. Projects from Google, Audi, Tesla and others have made considerable progress in enabling the “driver” just to tell the car where to go and the car does the rest. Uber, the taxi alternative, is testing these Read More →