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Editorial: Team efforts like these will drive public education

By   /  Monday, October 4th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Team efforts like these will drive public education

Two high-profile events in late September underscore the fact that if California is going to successfully reinvent its public education system, innovative partnerships are key. First is the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” to Amir Abo-Shaeer, a science teacher at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta. This UC Santa Barbara engineering graduate left a job in Read More →

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Editorial: A race to watch

By   /  Monday, October 4th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: A race to watch

While the surging Tea Party threatens a battle for the soul of the Republican Party, Democrats on the Central Coast face a nasty fight of their own. In what was once the safest of seats, termed-out Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, seems unlikely to support his one-time protege, Das Williams. Williams, a Santa Barbara city Read More →

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CSUCI to offer business classes in Santa Barbara

By   /  Tuesday, September 28th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on CSUCI to offer business classes in Santa Barbara

CSU Channel Islands will offer undergraduate classes in business through the Santa Barbara City College Campus, under an agreement that officials from both colleges signed during a Sept. 29 news conference. The program will begin in fall 2011 with up to 30 students, who will take one or two courses per 12-week term at SBCC, Read More →

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State order targets PRstore sales pitch

By   /  Thursday, August 27th, 2009  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on State order targets PRstore sales pitch

[Editor’s note: This story appeared in the Aug. 21 print edition of the Business Times. Ira Distenfield’s response, attached below, will appear in the Aug. 28 print edition. Source documents used to report this story are also attached below.] Ira Distenfield, the Santa Barbara man who built up and sold legal services franchise We the Read More →

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Distenfield taken into custody

By   /  Tuesday, March 17th, 2009  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Distenfield taken into custody

Ira Distenfield – who grew legal services franchise We the People into a national brand and sold it to Dollar Financial in a much-litigated transaction – was booked into a Los Angeles County jail March 16 on a five-day sentence for contempt of court, according to the county’s records. Distenfield’s sentence stemmed from a legal Read More →

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Legal jam leads to Ch. 7 filing for Distenfields

By   /  Sunday, January 25th, 2009  /  Law  /  Comments Off on Legal jam leads to Ch. 7 filing for Distenfields

Ira and Linda Distenfield, who grew legal services firm We the People Forms & Service Centers into a national brand, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Jan. 14. The Summerland residents listed $515,000 in assets and more than $5 million in liabilities. The Distenfields sold We the People for $12 million and $2 million in stock Read More →

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Distenfields file for bankruptcy

By   /  Friday, January 16th, 2009  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Distenfields file for bankruptcy

Ira and Linda Distenfield, who grew legal services firm We the People Forms & Service Centers into a national brand, have filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The Summerland residents listed $515,000 in assets and more than $5 million in liabilities. The Distenfields sold We the People for $12 million and $2 million in stock in Read More →

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