Pacific Coast Business Times

Westmont: Juggling Plan A and Plan Tea

The Tea Fire caught Westmont College in the middle of its largest construction project in decades, and the devastation wrought by the blaze actually could speed the campus makeover even as it causes some vexing problems for officials. The private, Christian-oriented college for some 1,200 students had pulled building permits for two brand new buildings just 48 hours before the fire broke out Nov. 13. more

Tri-Counties offer reporter several lessons to live by

At the Pacific Coast Business Times, there has never been a shortage of opportunities for me to learn something new, meet someone interesting and take on a new challenge. Faint heart never won fair lady. As Westmont College and developer Rick Caruso know well, if you want to do business amid the mansions of Montecito, better bring some flowers and chocolates and put on your best suit … of armor. And don’t forget to have a bit of cash on you for the legal bills. more

College to build 2 structures

Groundbreaking ceremonies are planned for 10 a.m. Oct. 23 for the Adams Center for the Visual Arts and Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics at Westmont College. The college board  Oct. 9 approved groundbreaking for both buildings. The ceremony will be at Porter College on the Montecito campus. more

Farr seeks key post on Santa Barbara Co. board

Doreen Farr says she’s a Democratic environmentalist and a seasoned business owner. The former Santa Barbara County Planning Commission chairwoman is the frontrunner for the hotly contested 3rd District seat on the board of supervisors. She has been a Westmont College financial-aid counselor and a City of Goleta, planning consultant. more

Banks playing it safe in real estate lending

Kenneth Jacobsen, vice president and the newly appointed Santa Barbara and Ventura county market manager for Rabobank, N.A., said his company is “being selective and cautious” about the deals it is making right now, both “to protect the bank and to protect our clients’ interests.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Westmont College. more

Small Westmont group tilts toward Obama

Fearing the Lord and voting Democrat may no longer be seen as a contradiction. A group called Evangelicals for Obama met on June 28, including several employees of – but not representing – Westmont College. more

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