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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 →

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How California is innovating its way to better economic times

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on How California is innovating its way to better economic times

Henry Dubroff

If there is one word that marks the current resurgence of California’s economy, it is this: innovation. During a road day on Sept. 9 that took me from the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley to the new Deckers Outdoor Corp. headquarters in Goleta, the I-word was used at least a few dozen times. And Read More →

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Editorial: Thanks, but we’ll stay in California

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Thanks, but we’ll stay in California

Oh no, not L.A. Reports that a proposed initiative to split California into six states might make the ballot in 2016 has our blood boiling. That’s because the author of the cockamamie scheme, Bay Area venture capitalist Tim Draper, insists on lumping Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties together with Los Angeles County Read More →

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California fails to make the grade when it comes to valuing universities

By   /  Friday, May 9th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on California fails to make the grade when it comes to valuing universities

Henry Dubroff

A new report from the California Budget Project underscores how poorly voters, bureaucrats and elected officials have managed the state’s signature assets.

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Brown’s rainy-day plan is the sane solution to California budget crises

By   /  Friday, May 2nd, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Brown’s rainy-day plan is the sane solution to California budget crises

Henry Dubroff

Gov. Jerry Brown may be looking to make the rebalancing of California’s budget the signature achievement of his second administration.

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Covered California executive to keynote Champions luncheon

By   /  Thursday, May 1st, 2014  /  Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Covered California executive to keynote Champions luncheon

Next month’s Champions in Health Care event will feature Chris Patton, vice president of sales and agent management for Covered California’s Small Business Health Options Program.

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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.”

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