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Clouds over Camarillo – Despite retail mecca, budget woes loom

By   /  Sunday, January 25th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Clouds over Camarillo – Despite retail mecca, budget woes loom

Being home to one of California’s biggest factory outlet malls, Camarillo seems to hold a winning hand as the state’s recession worsens. But no city is immune to the Golden State’s budget mess, and the uncertainty is frustrating to longtime City Manager Jerry Bankston. “The absence of a state budget is creating insecurities in Camarillo Read More →

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Reduce, reuse, recover – Recycling firms cope with drop in demand

By   /  Sunday, January 18th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Reduce, reuse, recover – Recycling firms cope with drop in demand

Tumbling global demand has hit your recycling bin. Across the Tri-Counties, firms that sort and resell recycled goods onto the commodities markets have been hammered in recent months by a decline of up to 75 percent in the prices they receive. The downturn in prices for cans, steel, paper and plastic has forced companies – Read More →

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In with the new – Solvang

By   /  Sunday, January 11th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on In with the new – Solvang

Touting a new name and a new look to go with the New Year, the Royal Scandinavian Inn has been transformed into Hotel Corque ­— soon to be the newest destination in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Solvang hotel, purchased by the Santa Ynez Band of the Chumash Indians in 2007, is currently undergoing massive Read More →

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Belt tightening begins – Private, public sectors prepare for a grim 2009

By   /  Saturday, January 3rd, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Belt tightening begins – Private, public sectors prepare for a grim 2009

The signs of a sliding economy are clear across the Tri-Counties – empty storefronts, job losses, spiraling gas and home prices, and fear among employers. So it comes as no surprise that expectations for 2009 remain bleak among economic forecasters. Most sectors will be flat or down, except for bright spots in health care and Read More →

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Incubating Ventura

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Incubating Ventura

If a new high-tech incubator in downtown Ventura hatches some ingenious companies, the city may by poised to receive both national attention and increased sales tax revenue. In January, the city is opening up 30,000 square feet of space for the county’s first technology incubator, officially named the Ventura Ventures Technology Center. Start-ups across the Read More →

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A home-cooked meal

By   /  Friday, December 12th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on A home-cooked meal

In recent years, CKE Restaurants, parent of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, has become a nimble competitor in the tumultuous world of fast food. Under CEO Andy Puzder, CKE turned around Hardees by  the exporting giant burgers and over-the-top advertising from the Carl’s Jr. menu to the regionally oriented Hardee’s stores in the South. The Read More →

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Scary season

By   /  Monday, December 8th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Scary season

After 18 years in business, Diane Leone is ramping up efforts more than ever to attract customers. Her State Street shop in Santa Barbara, Paper Star, is getting ready for the holiday season in the shadow of dismal third-quarter retail sales nationwide. “We’re being very aggressive with mailings,” said Leone, who sells fine stationary, personal Read More →

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