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Editorial: County should focus on fixing fiscal problems

By   /  Friday, June 22nd, 2012  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Santa Barbara County’s irresponsible fiscal policies are the biggest impediment to growth across the region.

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What is a crisis of confidence, and how do we get over it?

By   /  Friday, June 22nd, 2012  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on What is a crisis of confidence, and how do we get over it?

David Newton, a professor at Westmont College, is the editor of a new book called “Crisis of Confidence.” It has a clever title. And, for the public-affairs junkie, it’s a good, quick read through the fiscal and public policy challenges facing the country. There is a thorough explanation of the “fiscal cliff” that we face Read More →

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Central Coast small businesses stack up well against rest of Golden State

By   /  Friday, June 1st, 2012  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Central Coast small businesses stack up well against rest of Golden State

The Central Coast finished at the top of California’s regional rankings, with the Bay Area a very close second.

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Stagterity: An economic ailment the region may not shake easily

By   /  Friday, May 18th, 2012  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Stagterity: An economic ailment the region may not shake easily

By the time Gov. Jerry Brown’s desperate actions to close a $15.7 billion budget gap trickle down to the Central Coast, the region will be stuck at zero growth rates for as far as the eye can see. What we face is a situation where stagnation is fueled by austerity, resulting in a condition I’ve Read More →

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Editorial: Giving California the tools it needs to succeed

By   /  Friday, May 11th, 2012  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Giving California the tools it needs to succeed

Sacramento, we’ve got a problem. CEO Magazine has ranked California dead last among the 50 states in its annual survey of the best and worst places to do business. An Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation study of 6,000 small business owners has given California an F grade when it comes to business friendliness. When your state Read More →

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Social-media IPOs could launch Golden State sustainability fund

By   /  Friday, February 10th, 2012  /  Columns, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Now would be the perfect time to create an economic sustainability fund that smooths out these wild swings in revenue

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Editorial: Region’s recovery puts private-sector jobs first

By   /  Friday, February 10th, 2012  /  Editorials, Opinion, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Region’s recovery puts private-sector jobs first

Jobs have become the No. 1 issue for economic recovery, and it would be hard to fault the region’s businesses for not doing their share.

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