Menu
/REGISTER
Montecito
Giving Guide
PacPremier
Loading...
You are here:  Home  >  'Bill Watkins'
Latest

Trump fogs retiring CLU economist’s crystal ball

By   /  Friday, November 18th, 2016  /  East Ventura County, right, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Trump fogs retiring CLU economist’s crystal ball

This article is only available to Business Times subscribers Subscribers: LOG IN or REGISTER for complete digital access. Not a Subscriber? SUBSCRIBE for full access to our weekly newspaper, online edition and Book of Lists. Check the STATUS of your Subscription Account.

Read More →
Latest

Regional banks pluck talent to grow

By   /  Friday, April 24th, 2015  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Regional banks pluck talent to grow

The shifting financial industry landscape has set the stage for increased competition among regional banks trying to snap up local talent and a slice of the mid-size company market. However, some industry experts think the newly consolidated landscape and shrinking number of small banks could close the door on many entrepreneurs and smaller businesses. “For Read More →

Read More →
Latest

Op/ed: Don’t fall for the scary headlines about falling oil prices

By   /  Friday, January 9th, 2015  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Don’t fall for the scary headlines about falling oil prices

If oil were to disappear completely from our economy, it would just about offset our estimated one percent increase in GDP benefit of lower oil prices.

Read More →
Latest

Dubroff: With drought worries shelved, falling oil prices give region a break

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2014  /  Columns, Latest news, Opinion, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: With drought worries shelved, falling oil prices give region a break

On a drive throughout much of the Highway 101 corridor dodging rainstorms on Dec. 15, I learned a lot about how much the psychology of a return to normal weather is having on the region.

Read More →
Latest

Watkins: California jobs boom not what it seems

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  1 Comment

The Golden State has been outpacing the U.S. in job creation over the last three years, but all is not well. Skyrocketing housing costs mean that with a few exceptions clustered around the tech boom, California’s coastal counties are retirement havens, not entrepreneurship hubs. That’s the view from Bill Watkins, director of the California Economic Read More →

Read More →
Latest

Watkins: California’s budget surplus thanks to stock market, not Brown

By   /  Friday, March 14th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Watkins: California’s budget surplus thanks to stock market, not Brown

California is adding jobs faster than the national average, and the state has a budget surplus for the first time since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000. That’s led to some glowing national press for Gov. Jerry Brown, including a Rolling Stone article that called his budget turnaround a “miracle.”

Read More →
Latest

Ventura County leaders call for immigration reform

By   /  Friday, November 15th, 2013  /  Agribusiness, East Ventura County, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Ventura County leaders call for immigration reform

Business and agriculture leaders speaking at a Nov. 8 economic forecast hosted by the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting put forth a vocal call for immigration reform amid a deepening farm-labor shortage.

Read More →