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February 16, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The broad-based smog remedies recommended Tuesday by federal environmental officials were met with alarm and skepticism by Ventura County industry leaders, who said the weighty regulations could drive them out of business. Several Ventura County business executives promised to challenge portions of the proposal at every step of the public process before the federal Environmental Protection Agency recommendations become final next year.
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September 2, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The future of Ventura County's Valencia orange industry may be sprouting in a corner of the Rancho Filoso citrus orchard. For two years, University of California researchers have been thinning the fruit and pruning the trees on an acre of the Santa Paula ranch, using the riverbank parcel for an open-air experiment aimed at helping rescue the century-old industry from a decade of economic decline.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2001 | TRACI ISAACS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County ranked 20th out of 60 metropolitan areas in the country for the number of high-tech workers per 1,000 residents, according to a new study conducted by the American Electronics Assn. and Nasdaq. The county ranked 30th for venture capital investments and 39th for average high-tech wages, according to the study, which includes figures through 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2001
A networking group created two years ago to nurture Ventura County's growing biotechnology industry has been foundering and may fold by year's end. VCBio President Tim Osslund, a researcher at Thousand Oaks-based Amgen, said a number of factors have stalled the group's progress. These include the absence of a full-time staff, insufficient membership and lack of consensus on how best to recruit members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2001
A networking group created two years ago to nurture Ventura County's growing biotechnology industry has been foundering and may fold by year's end. VCBio President Tim Osslund, a researcher at Thousand Oaks-based Amgen, said a number of factors have stalled the group's progress. These include the absence of a full-time staff, insufficient membership and lack of consensus on how best to recruit members.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER and BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When it comes to the current technology boom, the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County are perhaps the region's best-kept secrets. Head north along the Ventura Freeway, where the suburban sprawl and industrial landscape give way to rolling hills and bedroom communities. There are several big players on this side of the hill--think GTE and biotechnology giant Amgen. No single field drives the growth in this increasingly diverse region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1995 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing continuing cutbacks in military spending, Ventura County officials are seeking to develop a strategy to help local defense industries diversify to better adapt to the commercial marketplace. The Board of Supervisors today will consider approving a $118,000 contract with a San Francisco-based consulting firm to develop a long-range plan to assist aerospace, electronic and other high-tech industries that depend on defense contracts.
BUSINESS
January 25, 1994 | JACK SEARLES
Despite the destruction that hit much of Ventura County as a result of last week's earthquake and its aftershocks, the quake's long-range financial impact on the county should be positive, in the view of Cal Lutheran University economics professor Jamshid Damooei. Thousands of jobs will be created to repair the damage to homes, industrial plants, stores and public facilities, predicts Damooei, an expert on the county's economy.
BUSINESS
October 27, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
In what is described as a significant change in commercial and industrial real estate in Ventura County, an increasing number of the county's office users are buying or leasing so-called industrial flex buildings--which can be adapted as either an industrial or an office building--according to Grubb & Ellis Commercial Real Estate Services. "For office users, they are a trade-off between the prestige of full-service buildings and the considerable savings offered by flex buildings," said Dirk D.
BUSINESS
September 8, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
Construction of industrial plants and single-family houses in Ventura County was up in the first seven months of this year, but multifamily and office-building projects were down, according to the Construction Industry Research Board. The board, an industry trade group, said the sharpest upswing was in industrial construction, which totaled $21.1 million in new permits through July 31 of this year--a 79% improvement over the $11.7 million of the same period in 1991.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2001 | TRACI ISAACS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County ranked 20th out of 60 metropolitan areas in the country for the number of high-tech workers per 1,000 residents, according to a new study conducted by the American Electronics Assn. and Nasdaq. The county ranked 30th for venture capital investments and 39th for average high-tech wages, according to the study, which includes figures through 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2000 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County residents can't have it both ways, the experts say. They can't save farmland while building large houses on big lots. They can't preserve the open space between their cities without changing the rules of city life. And they won't be able to keep their bucolic county the way it is without making some sacrifices along the way. But people just don't seem to get it, planners say. Not yet.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER and BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When it comes to the current technology boom, the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County are perhaps the region's best-kept secrets. Head north along the Ventura Freeway, where the suburban sprawl and industrial landscape give way to rolling hills and bedroom communities. There are several big players on this side of the hill--think GTE and biotechnology giant Amgen. No single field drives the growth in this increasingly diverse region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1997 | DAWN HOBBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura College has quietly, yet quickly, developed an award-winning program designed to feed skilled workers to the region's growing biotechnology industry. That industry now employs 5,400 workers countywide, with seven to 10 assistants needed for every research scientist. To meet those employment opportunities, program director Bill Thieman has developed a curriculum combining academic course work with training on specialized laboratory equipment and on-site at local companies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1995 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing continuing cutbacks in military spending, Ventura County officials are seeking to develop a strategy to help local defense industries diversify to better adapt to the commercial marketplace. The Board of Supervisors today will consider approving a $118,000 contract with a San Francisco-based consulting firm to develop a long-range plan to assist aerospace, electronic and other high-tech industries that depend on defense contracts.
BUSINESS
June 28, 1994 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The statewide economic recovery is sputtering in Ventura County, where high-paying manufacturing jobs continue to dwindle, and the forecast for job growth this decade is modest at best, according to a recent study by the UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project. There has been a net loss of 6,600 jobs in Ventura County since 1990, according to the report, assembled by a team of researchers and graduate students at the university.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1993 | Jack Searles
The hiring slump will ease in Ventura County this fall, but it won't disappear, according to the Manpower Inc. survey of companies' staffing plans. The study shows that 17% of the county's largest employers plan to increase their payrolls while 20% forecast layoffs. The remainder expect to maintain current levels. This is an improvement over the previous quarter, when 13% expected to create more jobs and 37% predicted layoffs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1997 | DAWN HOBBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura College has quietly, yet quickly, developed an award-winning program designed to feed skilled workers to the region's growing biotechnology industry. That industry now employs 5,400 workers countywide, with seven to 10 assistants needed for every research scientist. To meet those employment opportunities, program director Bill Thieman has developed a curriculum combining academic course work with training on specialized laboratory equipment and on-site at local companies.
BUSINESS
June 21, 1994 | Jack Searles
Two companies have announced plans to establish large plants in Ventura County in the fall and to begin recruiting employees immediately to fill mostly high-paying professional jobs. In one of the moves, Xircom Inc., a fast-growing Calabasas company that claims to be the world leader in producing devices for connecting portable computers with corporate computer networks, has decided to move its 220 Southern California employees to a two-building complex in Newbury Park.
NEWS
February 16, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The broad-based smog remedies recommended Tuesday by federal environmental officials were met with alarm and skepticism by Ventura County industry leaders, who said the weighty regulations could drive them out of business. Several Ventura County business executives promised to challenge portions of the proposal at every step of the public process before the federal Environmental Protection Agency recommendations become final next year.
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