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Paso Robles rises

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Paso Robles rises

It took a decade, but San Luis Obispo County has become the undisputed leader in Tri-County wine grape production. It has widely overtaken Santa Barbara County, which experienced a formidable vine boom of its own. The story of how San Luis Obispo County – and the Paso Robles area in particular – ascended to grape Read More →

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Oil drilling backed – Santa Barbara Co. letter is symbolic reversal

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Oil drilling backed – Santa Barbara Co. letter is symbolic reversal

Business officials expressed support for a symbolic gesture calling on Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger to lift a decades-old moratorium on trying to get more fuel from he Santa Barbara Channel. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted Aug. 26 in favor of sending a letter to the governor requesting him to support President Bush’s call Read More →

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Talking Towbes

By   /  Thursday, August 21st, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Talking Towbes

“If I am going to be remembered for anything, it will hopefully be what I did for the community in terms of serving nonprofits,” said Michael Towbes in a recent interview with the Business Times. But as a true renaissance man, it is doubtful Towbes will be remembered just for that. For nearly 50 years, Read More →

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Microtown opens

By   /  Friday, August 15th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Microtown opens

Upon its completion, the $300 million Poly Canyon Village residential complex at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, will offer students nearly 2,700 new beds in a setting that boasts the complete amenities of a full-service resort community, including corner store, post office, dry-cleaning services, food vendors, swimming pool and spectacular views. “We hope Read More →

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Rough ride for retail

By   /  Friday, August 8th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Rough ride for retail

Throughout the Tri-Counties, retailers large and small are showing signs of weakness amid a troubled economy as major retailers file for bankruptcy protection and smaller ones close their doors.   On July 29, Mervyns department store announced it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the intention of restructuring the operations of its 177 stores Read More →

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Sweet success – Chocolatiers set up on South Coast

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Sweet success – Chocolatiers set up on South Coast

What do you get when a French chef falls in love with a business savvy California native? World-class chocolate in Carpinteria. After two decades of living and operating a restaurant in Burgundy, France, Jill-Marie and Jean-Michel Carré recently returned to Jill-Marie’s home state of California to open a chocolaterie, called Chocolats du CaliBressan. Just seven Read More →

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LED leader – Professor invents efficient lights

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2008  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on LED leader – Professor invents efficient lights

Shuji Nakamura loves ideas. One idea he followed – the invention of blue, green and white light-emitting diodes, or LEDs – is revolutionizing lighting and electronic displays. Today’s standard lights use about 20 percent of the world’s energy, but convert as little as 5 percent of the energy they consume into light. Already Nakamura, who Read More →

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