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Main street merchants hoping for holiday miracle to save sales

By   /  Friday, December 15th, 2017  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Main street merchants hoping for holiday miracle to save sales

  Facing a revenue meltdown as the Thomas fire drags into a second week, business owners put out a call for residents to do their shopping locally and made tough calls on ways to support staff. “Our regular business levels are at less than 5 percent of normal,” said Sherry Villanueva, owner of Santa Barbara-based Read More →

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Dubroff: Brown’s bid to fight climate change will be his legacy

By   /  Friday, September 16th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Brown’s bid to fight climate change will be his legacy

Henry Dubroff

Gov. Jerry Brown has doubled down on his bet that climate change is the biggest issue facing California for the long run. That’s the message from a just-ended legislative session that extended the state’s greenhouse gas emission rules to include a reduction that’s 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The state already is on Read More →

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Brown should not sign farmworker overtime bill

By   /  Friday, September 2nd, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Editorials, Education, Latest news, Opinion, Small Business, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Brown should not sign farmworker overtime bill

Henry Dubroff

With the farmworker overtime pay bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, we’re writing to warn that many of the quick fixes to contemporary problems are not what they appear to be. In a year where Bernie Sanders ignited the Democratic Party with his appeal to the issue of social injustice, the impulse to seize Read More →

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Farmworker overtime bill rotten for growers in Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, August 26th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Farmworker overtime bill rotten for growers in Tri-Counties

Henry Dubroff

If you want more evidence for my theory that small businesses are simply being thrown under the bus in the current political season, just look at the farmworker overtime bill that nearly passed the General Assembly on Aug. 23. The proposed rules, which were pulled from a final vote on Aug. 25, would mandate higher Read More →

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