Obituary: Bill Powell, president of the Casa Pacifica board
William “Bill” Powell, the board president of Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families, passed away earlier this month after nine years of service with the nonprofit. Powell joined Casa Pacifica’s board in 2012 after receiving a tour of its Camarillo-area facility two years earlier. He contributed heavily to Casa Pacifica’s leadership, chairing the executive Read More →
Obituary: Robert Lagomarsino, longtime congressman from Ventura County
Robert J. Lagomarsino, a congressman from Ventura County who advocated for the establishment of CSU Channel Islands and whose defeat in the 1992 primary election signaled a new era of partisanship in the House of Representatives, has died at age 94. Lagomarsino, a native of Ventura and onetime mayor of Ojai, served in the California Read More →
Paul Glenn, Montecito investor and philanthropist, dies at 89
Paul F. Glenn, a successful commodities trader whose foundation invested more than $100 million into research related to aging and longevity, has died in Montecito at age 89. He was a native of Pennsylvania who attended Princeton and Harvard Law School before embarking on a career as a commodities trader. Much of his success came Read More →
Remembering the banking visionary who built SBB&T
Donald M. Anderson, a Minnesota native whose vision drove Santa Barbara Bank & Trust’s rise to the top of the region’s financial institutions, died earlier this month in Santa Barbara. He was 86.
Dubroff: Teague chose family over politics, and Ventura County prospered
Well-dressed, tall and affable, Alan Teague was a board chairman right out of central casting. The Limoneira Co. chairman had a politician’s gift for remembering names and faces. He had a welcoming way with strangers that complemented his ambition and drive. He was pretty much the most important person in Republican Party politics in West Read More →
Harrison Industries matriarch dies at age 99
Myra Harrison, co-founder and matriarch of E. J. Harrison & Sons, one of the largest private enterprises in Ventura County, has died at age 99. A news bulletin from the Harrison family said she died in her sleep on May 25. She was the daughter of Francisca Moraga Velarde and Elias Velarde and her ancestors Read More →
Shooting for the moon, pioneer Bill Yerkes became a solar star
Building solar panels for the Apollo moon missions in the 1960s, John W. “Bill” Yerkes was struck by an idea that would change the way the world thinks about electricity.