Dan O’Dowd has been a staple of the Santa Barbara business community for decades, founding Green Hills Software in 1982 and building it into a multimillion-dollar company. Now he has his sights set on something bigger: the United States Senate. O’Dowd announced April 19 that he is running for a Senate seat from California. He Read More →
With preliminary results from the Nov. 2 election available as this issue of the Business Times went to press, former City Council member and retired restaurant owner Randy Rowse appeared headed for victory in the closely watched Santa Barbara mayor’s race. The early results had Rowse with 40.4% of the vote, ahead of James Joyce’s Read More →
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For the first time in decades, there is a bit of a building boom going on in Ventura, and construction appears to be happening where it is urgently needed: in housing for the city’s current and future workforce. As Staff Writer Brooke Holland wrote in the Sept. 3 edition of the Business Times, the burst Read More →
By Pedro Nava, Bill Emmerson and Janna Sidley In 2018, then-Secretary of State Alex Padilla called California’s aging voting equipment “one of the gravest threats to the integrity of our elections.” The response from governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom and the Legislature was unprecedented. Over the next two years, California allocated well over $200 Read More →
By Rosanna Carvacho, Teresa Cooke and Gianna Setoudeh This past election was one of the most consequential elections in modern history. In the midst of a pandemic, Californians have continued to endure simultaneous crises including wildfires, rising homelessness, lack of affordable housing, racial injustice and climate change impacts, to name a few—all of which were Read More →