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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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Region’s ranchers look for relief amid record drought

By   /  Friday, January 24th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  1 Comment

The drought plaguing the Tri-Counties and the rest of the state has the agriculture industry on red alert. With 2014 forecast to be the driest year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency in the state, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 27 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas, including the tri-county region.

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Editorial: Smart management and technology could ease water woes

By   /  Friday, January 24th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Smart management and technology could ease water woes

Gov. Jerry Brown’s timely drought declaration on Jan. 17 may become a pivotal moment in the history of California and the region. It may be the impetus needed to spur large infrastructure projects and get California’s vaunted technologists working on a problem.

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Gov. Brown vetoes Amgen-backed anti-biosimilars bill

By   /  Friday, October 18th, 2013  /  Banking & Finance, Central Coast Health Watch, Technology, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Gov. Brown vetoes Amgen-backed anti-biosimilars bill

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill supported by Thousand Oaks-based Amgen and other biotechnology companies that would have made it more difficult for pharmacists to dispense so-called biosimilars, the biotech industry’s analogue to generic pharmaceuticals.

Senate Bill 598, approved by both houses of the legislature, looked mostly like a procedural change to state’s pharmacy laws. If it passed, the bill would have allowed pharmacists to fill prescriptions with biosimilars that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deems “interchangeable” with brand-name counterparts.

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Brown taps Ventura County as one of state’s ‘innovation hubs’

By   /  Tuesday, October 8th, 2013  /  East Ventura County, Latest news, Technology, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Brown taps Ventura County as one of state’s ‘innovation hubs’

Gov. Jerry Brown has named Ventura and Kern counties among four newly-established innovation hubs designed to spur job growth. The so-called Kern-Ventura i-Hub is designed to foster the growth of high-tech companies in aerospace, energy and other fields and is part of the California iDEA Hub. It will be based in Ridgecrest, in Kern County Read More →

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Editorial: Amendment would have been a blow to transparency

By   /  Friday, June 21st, 2013  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Sometimes small changes can make a huge difference — and not in a good way.

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Editorial: Gov. Brown’s econ-devo plan likely to benefit region

By   /  Friday, May 24th, 2013  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Gov. Brown’s econ-devo plan likely to benefit region

The number of companies and cities in the Tri-Counties that might benefit from the new regime of tax credits and Go-Biz perks is substantial.

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