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Gov. Jerry Brown made a rare appearance in Santa Barbara on May 23, paying a brief but personal tribute to tri-county businessman Michael Towbes. Towbes died April 11 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 87. Speaking at a memorial service that filled the Granada Theatre, Brown described Towbes as “a helluva guy.” Towbes, Read More →
After a successful career as a developer and banker, Michael Towbes spent the last two decades of his life with an increased focus on philanthropy. He was not simply giving back. He was deliberately creating a legacy for his enterprises to remain rooted in the community, while shaping and guiding the region’s cultural institutions. That Read More →
The Santa Barbara-based World Business Academy thrust itself into the spotlight when it sued the California State Lands Commission last week. The nebulously named nonprofit challenged the commission over the approval of temporary land lease extensions at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, which plans to close in 2025. The commission erred, according to the lawsuit, Read More →