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Driving the future – BMW

By   /  Sunday, April 19th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Driving the future – BMW

With the automobile market fragmenting into smaller niches, companies that survive will be able to place multiple bets, gauge market response and move quickly if demand materializes for a new technology. The pursuit of the next niche in advanced car design — and in alternative power supply — is an increasingly bigger part of the Read More →

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Benched – Semi-pro teams struggle to stay in the game

By   /  Sunday, April 12th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Benched – Semi-pro teams struggle to stay in the game

We all know there’s no crying in baseball, but maybe — just maybe — some regional teams can have some time to wallow. The Santa Maria Indians have been active for 65 years, making them the longest-running semi-pro baseball team in the state, one of only two California teams to win the prestigious National Baseball Read More →

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A Danish twist – Solvang keeps curious visitors coming

By   /  Sunday, April 5th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on A Danish twist – Solvang keeps curious visitors coming

Don’t be fooled by the puff pastries and windmills. The whimsically Danish town of Solvang is a lot stronger than it looks. The Santa Ynez Valley community of 5,000 is defying the recession, roping in more and more visitors ­­— and tourism dollars — as the economy sinks. “Tourism is our bread and butter — Read More →

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Facing the music – Area theaters scale back their budgets

By   /  Sunday, March 29th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Facing the music – Area theaters scale back their budgets

Performing arts centers in Santa Barbara have managed to keep steady attendance rates, but the trickle of ticket sales hasn’t been enough to save them from slashing staff and postponing productions. “This is a time when we, like many others in the performing arts, have very real challenges in terms of staying a viable business,” Read More →

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By   /  Sunday, March 22nd, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on A

Whole Foods, the upscale organic and natural foods retailer, has made it official: it’s putting down roots in Santa Barbara. “The decision was made very recently,” said Keith Creighton, Whole Foods marketing director for the southern Pacific region. “All the information is still coming together. Whole Foods spent a lot of time looking for the Read More →

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Hold on tighter – Fairs expect smooth ride but smaller budgets

By   /  Sunday, March 15th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Hold on tighter – Fairs expect smooth ride but smaller budgets

While many organizations are revising their business strategies as they feel the financial pinch get tighter, county fairs have adopted a no-sweat attitude, opting to stick with a tried-and-true business plan: family entertainment at affordable rates. “We’re doing the same kinds of things this year as we have done in previous years: cutting costs and Read More →

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Schools scrape by – Region

By   /  Friday, March 6th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Schools scrape by – Region

Hundreds of tri-county teachers may get pink slips by the end of the month, as districts prepare to make millions of dollars in budget cuts. In an attempt to eliminate a $42 billion state deficit, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a budget proposal last month that includes $8.6 billion in cuts to public schools and a Read More →

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