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COVID-19 taking toll on Santa Barbara County

By   /  Friday, April 24th, 2020  /  Latest news, Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on COVID-19 taking toll on Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County is being hit hard by COVID-19 on multiple fronts, but as with previous disasters, recovery is possible. It’s just going to take a while, and the recovery won’t be enough to save all of the businesses that have been affected. In a webinar on April 16, experts in several fields joined Peter Read More →

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Tri-county tourism, hospitality hurting but region suited for recovery

By   /  Friday, April 17th, 2020  /  Banking Industry, Central Coast, Destinations, Education, Latest news, Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off on Tri-county tourism, hospitality hurting but region suited for recovery

Keeping the economy closed has saved lives, but it has hurt and will continue to hurt tri-county residents in the pocketbook. A webinar put on by UC Santa Barbara on April 16 probed the different ways the community’s businesses were hurting and panelists talked about solutions to help ease the pain. “I think we can Read More →

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Demand spikes at tri-county food banks due to COVID-19 layoffs

By   /  Friday, April 3rd, 2020  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news, Nonprofits, Restaurants  /  Comments Off on Demand spikes at tri-county food banks due to COVID-19 layoffs

In the past month, the FoodBank of Santa Barbara County has quadrupled the amount of food it’s distributing to members of the community. Even still, families will line up hours in advance for food distribution, and supplies will be gone within 15 minutes of the first box being passed out. “The scale is different than Read More →

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Coronavirus: Signs of the times as pandemic spreads

By   /  Thursday, March 19th, 2020  /  Central Coast, Central Coast Health Watch, Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Top Story, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Coronavirus: Signs of the times as pandemic spreads

Updated at 4 p.m. Oct. 18: The economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic has ripped through the Tri-Counties, triggering massive job cuts and prompting San Luis Obispo County to issue a rare order for residents to shelter at home beginning March 19 in response to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. The county intends to hold Read More →

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Tri-county bars, restaurants and wineries feel pain of pandemic

By   /  Thursday, March 19th, 2020  /  Central Coast, Central Coast Health Watch, middle, Restaurants, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Tri-county bars, restaurants and wineries feel pain of pandemic

Bars and tap rooms empty on St. Patrick’s Day. Wine tasting on hiatus. Major viticulture industry events canceled or rescheduled. Restaurants cutting their occupancy by half and later switching to take-out only. The COVID-19 virus continues to upend life as usual and blast its way through the economy. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued guidelines on March Read More →

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New craft beer rooms bring life to lower State Street area

By   /  Friday, March 6th, 2020  /  Latest news, Restaurants, South Coast  /  Comments Off on New craft beer rooms bring life to lower State Street area

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Cosentino: Don’t discount the experience of serving food

By   /  Friday, February 28th, 2020  /  Columns, Education, Latest news, Restaurants  /  Comments Off on Cosentino: Don’t discount the experience of serving food

By Stefan Cosentino Since starting the hospitality and tourism management major at California Lutheran University last year, I have had the opportunity to discuss the dynamic opportunities available in this industry in Ventura County and beyond with local community members and prospective students. From working for a destination marketing organization to working with a cruise Read More →

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