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Experts say Ventura County’s economy lagging behind state

By   /  Friday, September 25th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Experts say Ventura County’s economy lagging behind state

Ventura County’s economy is lagging. Its businesses are downsizing or defecting while the state’s economy is growing. A lack of new housing, new companies or existing business growth has translated to fewer jobs, high industrial vacancy, and rising home prices and apartment rental rates. Strict development regulations may continue to stifle the region’s growth. Those Read More →

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East Ventura County poised for growth as tech hub

By   /  Friday, September 11th, 2015  /  East Ventura County, Latest news, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on East Ventura County poised for growth as tech hub

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Dubroff: Flying the not so friendly skies as airlines probed for collusion

By   /  Friday, July 10th, 2015  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Flying the not so friendly skies as airlines probed for collusion

Reports that Justice Department officials are looking into whether the nation’s four largest airlines conspired to keep airline ticket prices high by manipulating capacity come as little surprise to this frequent flyer. As a person who flies from somewhere in the region to Denver most weeks, I’ve seen first-hand how much the choices for travel Read More →

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Dubroff: Litigation, criminal probe could put squeeze on oil pipeline operator

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Law, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Litigation, criminal probe could put squeeze on oil pipeline operator

When Barry Cappello litigates, people listen. Which is why his June 23 lawsuit seeking class action status and unspecified damages against Plains All American Pipeline may prove to be a turning point in the sorry history of the Refugio oil spill. “It was a disaster waiting to happen again and again,” is the way Cappello Read More →

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Trans Pacific Partnership will benefit Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Latest news, Law, Opinion, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Trans Pacific Partnership will benefit Tri-Counties

The Obama Administration racked up one of the biggest wins in decades for global trade when it won approval in the Senate to move forward with the Trans Pacific Partnership. The partnership will open the doors for trade and development with a dozen Asian nations. China is not included but passage of TPP, which is Read More →

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SLO forum highlights new infrastructure tool for cities

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Real Estate, South Coast, Tourism, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on SLO forum highlights new infrastructure tool for cities

The San Luis Obispo Regional Forum, organized by the Economic Vitality Corp., recently brought together more than 45 elected officials, local government representatives and private industry stakeholders in the same room talking about infrastructure. The forum was opened by Mike Manchak, president and CEO of the Economic Vitality Corp., and Guy Savage, deputy administrative officer Read More →

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Supreme Court rules for small business owners, not government

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Columns, Law, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Supreme Court rules for small business owners, not government

Big companies can afford armies of lawyers to keep government regulators at bay. Just look at the big banks’ response to the financial crisis or the clever-but-stupid way Plains All American used the courts to get around state pipeline regulations, then had a nasty oil spill due to negligence or worse. But rare is the Read More →

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