Proud to announce that our client, American Riviera Bank, plans to open a new loan production office in Paso Robles!

Published by Pacific Coast Business Times on July 14, 2017

American Riviera Bank Sets Sights on Paso Robles

American Riviera Bank is making a jump into the San Luis Obispo County market, opening a loan production office in Paso Robles with additional branches planned to fill in the territory north of its Santa Barbara base.

The Paso Robles office will open next month, and it will be located at 205 Oak Hill Road in The Highlands Shopping Center. It will offer a suite of real estate, agriculture, residential mortgage, construction and SBA-guaranteed loans.

American Riviera, one of four remaining independent community banks based in the Tri-Counties, said the office will be replaced by a full-service branch by early 2018 and that it “expects to open more branches between Santa Barbara and Paso Robles in the future.”

This is the second time in less than a year that an area bank targeted SLO County for expansion, after the region’s largest bank, Heritage Oaks, was acquired by Orange County-based Pacific Premier. Earlier, Community West Bank, based in Goleta, opened a branch in San Luis Obispo near the fast-growing regional airport.

To staff its Paso Robles office, American Riviera has hired a team of former Heritage Oaks employees with Neil Amarante to serve as senior vice president and regional credit manager. Ann Cochrane will be vice president for commercial and ag banking and Paul Tognazzini will serve as community relationship officer.

“In the last five years, San Luis Obispo County lost all of its community banks to mergers,” said Jeff DeVine, American Riviera’s president and CEO. In the region, the four remaining independent banks include Montecito Bank & Trust, the largest, followed by Community West, based in Goleta, American Riviera and Community Bank of Santa Maria.

In a phone interview, Cochrane said the bank expected lending to be a mix of commercial and ag loans plus some owner-occupied residential financings.

“Homes on a few acres don’t fit into a box for single family home financings” from larger institutions, she said. She also said she expects some interest in SBA-guaranteed loans, where 20-year fixed rate financing is an attractive option.

American Riviera had assets of $467 million as of March 31 and currently operates branches in Montecito, Santa Barbara and Goleta.

Net income jumped to $956,000 or 22 cents per share in the first quarter from $142,000 or four cents a year earlier. Its shares, traded on the OTC market, closed unchanged on July 11 at $16.95.



Congratulations to our client, Kelly Marsh, for being named Vice President of California for Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.!

Published by Noozhawk on July 1, 2017.

Kelly Marsh and Team Now at Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.

Kelly Marsh, a top-ranking loan officer, has been named vice president at California for Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc. Marsh’s entire 13-member team is moving with her to Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc., which has an office in Santa Barbara.

Marsh previously served as branch manager of Broadview Mortgage in Santa Barbara, where she was a loan originator. A Santa Barbara native, Marsh headed the local branch of Broadview Mortgage since 2008.

Established in 1988 and headquartered in Houston, Texas, Cornerstone Home Lending is a national company with 29 years of industry experience and offers numerous loan products nationwide, as well as in-house processing, underwriting and funding.

Cornerstone is licensed to lend in 40 states and has some 100 branch offices throughout the U.S. Its Santa Barbara branch is at 1828 State St.

“This move offers a great opportunity for me, my team and all our clients. We look forward to providing exemplary service with Cornerstone Home Lending,” Marsh said.

Earlier this year, Marsh received certificates of recognition from the offices of State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson and the city of Santa Barbara in honor of her 20-year anniversary as a licensed loan originator and for helping thousands of families buy homes.

Mortgage Executive Magazineranked Marsh last year in the top 1 percent of all loan officers nationwide. Marsh was ranked as the No. 1 top loan originator in Santa Barbara County for 2015,.

She is listed in Mortgage Professional America Magazine 2016 as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in the Mortgage Industry.

For more, visit, or contact Marsh at 563-1100 or email



Congratulations to our client, Arlington Financial, on becoming a fiduciary and Registered Investment Advisor!

Published by Noozhawk on June 29, 2017. 

Arlington Financial Advisors Now a Fiduciary

Arlington Financial Advisors in Santa Barbara has announced the company has become a fiduciary and Registered Investment Advisor. Arlington Financial Advisors has partnered with Charles Schwab to custodian their clients’ assets.

Arlington Financial Advisors, is a family guide and mentor for professionals and business owners, monitoring and managing risk so its clients can focus on work and family. As educators, the advisors work to help clients make informed, confident decisions.
Arlington Financial Advisors is an independent firm offering strategic financial planning, estate and tax planning, private money management and insurance consulting. Its services include:
• Personalized advice across the spectrum of financial matters, from retirement planning to intergenerational issues to business asset-purchase decisions.

• Net worth-based financial planning that encompasses a client’s complete financial picture, including major life transitions, concentrated real estate exposure, or other complex challenges.

• A disciplined service model featuring thorough preparations for every meeting and a structured program addressing four key topics throughout the year: net-worth planning, estate planning, investments and taxes.

• Quarterly personal finance education sessions for the newly widowed, newly divorced, retired, business owners, multi-generational families, college students and other professionals.


Arlington Financial Advisors is at 100 E. De La Guerra St. For information, call 699-7300, email or visit



Congratulations to our client, Textured Coatings of America, Inc., for being featured in another national magazine!

Published by Coatings World on June 21, 2017.

New Dresbach Bridge in Minnesota Features Textured Coating by TEX∙COTE

A new bridge crossing the Mississippi River between Wisconsin and Minnesota features a special textured coating product by Florida-based TEX∙COTE, the manufacturer of specialty textured coatings for building applications.

One of the most technologically advanced coatings manufacturers in the world, Textured Coatings of America, Inc., a 56-year-old company also called TEX∙COTE, is a leading manufacturer of highway and bridge coatings and offers a complete line of decorative and protective high-build architectural coatings for commercial, industrial, transportation and residential uses.

TEX∙COTE products have been used on many prestigious buildings, landmarks, control towers, bridges and homes worldwide.

TEX∙COTE products were used for the new I-90 Mississippi River Bridge, which consists of a pair of bridges over the Mississippi River that connect the area of La Crosse, Wisconsin to Winona County, Minnesota. The new bridges opened to traffic in October 2016, replacing a previous plate girder bridge built in 1967 that was deemed not as safe for traffic, with more narrow shoulders that lead to lane closures when disabled cars needed to get over to the side or during routine maintenance.

The cost for the new set of bridges was $185.5 million. They were designed to last 100 years, improve safety for drivers, and improve traffic flow. The new bridges were ordered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The TEX∙COTE product used for the Dresbach Bridge Project was XL 70 Bridge Cote with Silane. In all, thousands of gallons were sold to the painting contractor, Rainbow Inc., and Courtland, LLC., a TEX∙COTE distributor, for this specific project. The general contractor was Ames Construction, Inc.

Since TEX∙COTE founding in 1961, the company’s ongoing research and development efforts have led to many industry advancements and the development of "green" products with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). TEX∙COTE’s patented Coolwall IR System has been proven to reduce energy usage and its manufacturing process incorporates post-consumer recycled content. 



Our client, World Business Academy, Father's Day event appears in Noozhawk!

Published by Noozhawk on June 8, 2017.

Father’s Day Talks Focus on True Masculinity

Rinaldo Brutoco, a business leader and social visionary, will share his thoughts and insights on the vital role of authentic masculinity in men and women, and how it’s a key ingredient to balanced success in life.

Brutoco’s talk, Authentic Masculinity: A Fatherhood Story, will highlight the 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Sunday celebration services on Father’s Day, June 18, at Unity of Santa Barbara, 227 E. Arrellaga St.

Founded in 1958, Unity of Santa Barbara is an inclusive spiritual community that works to inspire people to realize and express their divine nature.

The father of four, Brutoco is founding president of the World Business Academy, a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit think tank and action incubator that explores the role of business in relation to critical moral, environmental and social issues of our time.

Brutoco is an entrepreneur, executive, author and futurist who has published articles and books on critical social issues. He has been a regular keynote speaker at conferences and guest lecturer at business schools for over 25 years.

During his Father’s Day talks, Brutoco will tackle the age-old concepts of masculinity as muscularity.

He’ll reflect on how authentic masculinity can be so important at a time when a more retrograde “muscularity” approach to being a man is so prevalent in our national politics.
“It all began with that muscular, white-bearded man at the top of the Sistine Chapel, and we’ve been working out our patriarchy in the western world ever since. It is evolving,” Brutoco said.

"Today, in its highest form, masculinity, like fatherhood, is not about how strong a man is. It’s how strong he is internally. And this goes for women, too," he said.

"As parents and as people, we all possess those qualities of the masculine and the feminine. The most interesting people in the world embrace both.” he said.
“Authentic masculinity is not in how hard a man or a woman pushes, but in how smart that person is in what he or she chooses to push,” Brutoco said.

— Jennifer Goddard for Unity of Santa Barbara.



Our client, Textured Coatings of America, appears in the national magazine Paint & Coatings Industry!


Published by Paint & Coatings Industry on June 4, 2017.

New Bridge Crossing the Mississippi River Features Textured Coating by TEX∙COTE

PANAMA CITY, FL - A new bridge crossing the Mississippi River between Wisconsin and Minnesota features a special textured coating product by Florida-based TEX∙COTE®, the manufacturer of specialty textured coatings for building applications.

Textured Coatings of America Inc., a 56-year-old company also called TEX∙COTE, is a leading manufacturer of highway and bridge coatings and offers a complete line of decorative and protective high-build architectural coatings for commercial, industrial, transportation and residential uses.

TEX∙COTE products were used for the new I-90 Mississippi River Bridge, which consists of a pair of bridges over the Mississippi River that connect the area of La Crosse, Wisconsin, to Winona County, Minnesota. The new bridges opened to traffic in October 2016, replacing a previous plate girder bridge built in 1967 that was deemed not as safe for traffic. They were designed to last 100 years, improve safety for drivers and improve traffic flow. The Minnesota Department of Transportation ordered the new bridges.

The TEX∙COTE product used for the Dresbach Bridge Project was XL 70®Bridge Cote® with Silane. In all, thousands of gallons were sold to the painting contractor, Rainbow Inc., and Courtland LLC, a TEX∙COTE distributor, for this specific project. The general contractor was Ames Construction Inc.

Since TEX∙COTE founding in 1961, the company’s ongoing research and development efforts have led to many industry advancements and the development of "green" products with low VOCs. TEX∙COTE’s patented Coolwall® IR System has been proven to reduce energy usage, and its manufacturing process incorporates post-consumer recycled content.



Our client, Probate Services Inc., has appeared in the Ventura County Star announcing their new office in Camarillo!

Published by Ventura County Star on June 3, 2017.

Probate Services Inc. moves to new offices

Probate Services Inc., which specializes in conservatorships, guardianships, trust administration and probate administration, announces that the business has expanded and moved to new offices at 232 Village Commons Blvd., No. 11, in Camarillo.

Services include trust administration including living trusts, special needs trusts and charitable remainder trusts; trust protector services; estate administration; professional conservator services; guardianships for people and estates; custodian services for minors’ assets; court accountings; Social Security and Veterans Affairs representative payee services; Medicare and insurance billing; and care management.

Angelique Friend, president and owner of Probate Services Inc., has worked for various corporations as an internal auditor, managing fraud prevention, balancing budgets and supervising assets. Friend is a member of the Ventura County Bar Association, is certified with the Center for Guardianship and is licensed through the Professional Fiduciaries Bureau.

Friend holds a bachelor’s degree in business from California Lutheran University and a master’s degree with an emphasis in financial planning.

For more information, visit or call 604-1998.



Our client, World Business Academy, is written about in this week's Pacific Coast Business Times!

Published by Pacific Coast Business Times on May 26, 2017. 

Quixotic lawsuit targets Diablo Canyon closure

A showdown in a Los Angeles courtroom this summer will put to test an agreement between the state agencies and PG&E on the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

The World Business Academy, a nonprofit organization that says it has been advocating for more than three decades for the public and environment, alleged that the California State Lands Commission and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. have turned a “blind eye” to dangers from increased rates of cancer and infant mortality around the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, and ignored the need for an Environmental Impact Report.

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant near San Luis Obispo County’s Avila Beach is the last operating nuclear plant on the West Coast. (Photo courtesy of PG&E )

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant near San Luis Obispo County’s Avila Beach is the last operating nuclear plant on the West Coast. (Photo courtesy of PG&E )

The academy filed court papers May 22 in Los Angeles County Superior Court leading up to July 11 hearing date, when PG&E and the State Lands Commission will ask that the suit be thrown out.

The nonprofit is suing the State Lands Commission and PG&E, demanding that the state order an environmental impact report to investigate possible environmental and health dangers that would result from the nuclear plant’s continued operation.

Although the plant has agreed to close down by 2025, the academy wants the plant to shut down when the original land lease permits expire in 2019.

In a statement, PG&E spokesman Blair Jones said Diablo Canyon “is a safe, clean and reliable energy resource for PG&E’s customers. We are strongly committed to operating all of our assets at PG&E in an environmentally responsible manner and Diablo Canyon’s operations have a minimal impact on marine life.”

PG&E in November 2016 agreed to pay up to $147.5 million to seven San Luis Obispo County cities, the county and the school district to offset some of the negative impacts from the eventual closure of Diablo Canyon. PG&E announced plans in June to close its power plant by 2025, leaving the area without one of its most prominent employers and source of property tax revenue and high-paying jobs.

The academy’s lawsuit was filed Aug. 2, 2016, after the June 28, 2016, decision by the State Lands Commission to extend tidewater leases allowing Diablo Canyon to continue operating through 2025.

The academy alleges that the commission did not have the legal authority to exempt Diablo Canyon from an EIR and that substantial harm to people in adjacent communities and the marine ecosystem will occur in the eight years leading up to Diablo Canyon’s proposed closure in 2025 as the aging plant reactors become even more brittle.

The academy wants the court to order the commission to void the lease extension and immediately commence preparing an EIR, as CEQA requires.

According to the court documents, the existence of any “unusual circumstances” automatically requires an environmental review under CEQA, and the Diablo Canyon plant is replete with numerous “unusual circumstances,” which should trigger a CEQA review.

PG&E spokesman Jones said the lease extension was “developed by PG&E, labor and leading environmental groups.” He added that “all parties to the agreement believe it is the most appropriate and responsible path forward in achieving the state’s clean energy vision and reducing GHG-emissions, while at the same time providing for a successful transition for our employees and the local community.”

Academy attorney J. Kirk Boyd wrote in new pre-trial papers filed May 22 that: “A 2014 scientific report and 2016 published peer-reviewed study show that there is an increase in infant mortality and cancer around the Diablo plant, yet the Joint Opposition Trial Brief, filed herein by Respondent, State Lands Commission and PG&E on June 24 asks this court to turn a blind eye to the requirements of CEQA.”

“Meanwhile, the SLC and PG&E ask this court to look away from this concern for eight years by granting an exemption from the applicability of CEQA for PG&E’s requested Lease Extension. Eight years is a long time to cross one’s fingers and hope that nothing happens while hundreds of thousands of lives are at risk,” the court papers say.

According to last year’s agreement, a $75 million Essential Services Mitigation Fund will be distributed to the county in nine equal annual installments through 2025. The county will divvy up the funds to impacted local agencies.

PG&E will also create a $10 million Economic Development Fund. The Coalition of Cities — including Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo — will receive $5.76 million, the county will receive $3.84 million and the remaining $400,000 will be allocated for regional economic development activities. The county will share a portion of the $3.84 million with the city of Grover Beach as well.

The third part of the agreement includes payments between $37.5 million and $62.5 million over the course of 15 to 25 years in continued funding for offsite community and local emergency preparedness and planning efforts until all spent fuel is in dry-cask storage and the two nuclear reactors are fully decommissioned.

The Diablo Canyon plant provides about 1,500 jobs, with an average salary of more than $100,000.



Our client Channel Islands Aviation's founder Mark Oberman wins this most prestigious award!

Published by USA Today on April 22, 2017.

Channel Islands Aviation Founder Mark Oberman Receives FAA’s Most Prestigious Award for Pilots

(Camarillo, Calif.) Channel Islands Aviation founder and owner Mark Oberman of Camarillo has been recognized with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, the Federal Aviation Administration’s most prestigious award for certified pilots.

Named after flight pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright, the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is given to United States citizens “who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft,” according to the FAA. To be eligible, pilots must be a citizen and hold a U.S. Civil Aviation Authority or FAA pilot certificate, and have 50 or more years of civil and/or military flying experience. Awardees have their name, city and state added to the “Roll of Honor,” which is published on the FAA’s website.

Oberman graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and started his career working at McDonnell Douglas in Marina del Ray as an associate engineer scientist working on rockets, many of which were launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc. Oberman decided to combine his career and flying hobby and launched his own company, Channel Islands Aviation, in 1975. He had identified the demand for charter flights to the Channel Islands when he took his first charter flight to Santa Cruz Island on Jan. 1, 1975. The following year, he and his wife Janie established Channel Islands Aviation at the Camarillo Airport (the site of the former Oxnard Air Force Base).

“When I first soloed in 1966 I had no idea I would still be active in private and commercial aviation in 2017 and still enjoying it,” said Oberman. “I mostly fly out to the Channel Islands. There are six islands with airports or air strips and we go into all of them. It’s some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.” Channel Islands Aviation is the flight concessionaire to the Channel Islands National Park.

The family’s business now has the second generation of family members running many of the operations, and the company has grown over the decades. Channel Islands Aviation is the Camarillo Airport’s first full-service FBO business and one of the longest running affiliates of Cessna Aircraft Company in the country. It remains an active Cessna Pilot Center for flight training and Cessna Service Center for aircraft maintenance. Channel Islands Aviation also offers executive jet charter service through its subsidiary, CI Jets.

Oberman will receive his award at the 2017 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association “AOPA Fly-In,” a two-day event April 28 and 29 at the Camarillo Airport that brings pilots together for fun, food, aircraft displays and workshops, seminars and exhibit. Channel Islands Aviation is the official host of the Fly-In. AOPA President Mark Baker will present the award to Oberman on April 29.

Oberman encouraged people to check into the many career opportunities in commercial aviation today. He said, “There is a huge pilot shortage and if people want a rewarding career they should seriously consider commercial aviation.”



Photo left to right: Mark Oberman and Mike Oberman,  Director of Operations CI Jets.



Our client, Oasis Technology, wins Best Product in Intrusion Prevention Systems!

Published by Ventura County Star on March 11, 2017

Oasis Technology product earns security honor 

CAMARILLO - Cyber Defense Magazine has named the Oasis Technology security product Titan the Best Product in Intrusion Prevention Systems.

Titan was selected after many months of review and was judged by leading independent information security experts.

“We’re thrilled to recognize next-generation innovation in the information security marketplace, and that’s why Oasis Technology has earned this award from Cyber Defense Magazine,” said Pierluigi Paganini, editor in chief of Cyber Defense Magazine.

Titan’s “before the firewall” intrusion prevention technology allows it to secretly sit in front of the firewall, observe traffic, and act on bad traffic. Since March, 2016, Titan has fended off more than 22 billion attacks.

Camarillo-based Oasis Technology was founded in 1979. The company offers Titan, information-technology and cyber-security consulting, and network security services.



Our client, Channel Islands Aviation, names pilot Del Kienholz flight school manager!

Published by Ventura County Star on March 1, 2017

Channel Islands Aviation has named longtime pilot Del Kienholz as flight school manager.

The Ventura County native was raised in a flying family and has been flying since 1984. He first flew with Channel Islands Aviation as a private pilot in 1987. Kienholz earned his flight instructor certificate in 1994 and returned to Channel Islands Aviation as a flight instructor in 1996. After several years of instructing, he left to pursue a long career flying cargo for a nationally recognized express company.

After retiring from flying cargo, Kienholz decided to return to his passion as a flying instructor. He again joined Channel Islands Aviation in early 2015 as the assistant chief flight instructor, and has since been promoted to flight school manager.

“It’s great to be back at Channel Islands Aviation and so I can once again share my passion for flying with a new generation of people seeking to become pilots,” Kienholz said.

As a “gold seal” instructor with more than 10,000 hours of flight time and 3,000 hours as an instructor, Kienholz specializes in mentoring his clients. He has experience with various aircraft and also has extensive actual weather and nighttime experience in the Cessna C208B Caravan aircraft.

Channel Islands Aviation, based in Camarillo, provides private and professional flight training, aircraft sales and rentals, charter flights and more. For more information, call 987-1301 or visit



Help Unlimited Front Page Business Ventura Star!


Published by Ventura County Star on February 12, 2017 

“Help Unlimited! We do the ordinary and the extraordinary!”

So blared the classified advertisement in the Ventura Star-Free Press, promising to any and all readers that the newlywed couple that had placed it would be happy to do anything that anyone wanted them to do — from walking dogs to mowing lawns, from cleaning houses to stripping paint.

Little did the newlyweds — Gayle and Jack Bertsch, of Ojai, a teacher and engineer, respectively — realize that their ad, circa 1975, would evolve into Help Unlimited, a business devoted exclusively to providing in-home care to the homebound, employing nearly 250 and serving clients from Santa Maria to Westlake Village.

“All we wanted to do was help people, and do it as a couple,” Gayle Bertsch said. “We had no idea it would lead to this.”

Now, entering their 42nd year in what remains a family-owned business, Gayle and Jack — desiring to step back from the day-to-day operations — have appointed their daughter, Ariel, as Help Unlimited vice president. She grew up working in the business, and is dedicated to building upon the legacy established by her parents.

“I have always loved seeing my parents’ commitment and passion to caring for and serving others,” said the 33-year-old only child of the founders. “I enjoy working with people, building relationships, and in the caregiving business, it’s all about treating each other with respect and integrity. I owe my parents a huge debt for making that so important.”

Right people

The couple's entry into caregiving came as a result of their reputation for doing all of their jobs — however big, however small, however odd — with quality, dedication and integrity. That’s why a Ventura hospital discharge planner — who was impressed with what others had said about Help Unlimited — asked if the Bertsches could provide live-in assistance to someone who needed help with the daily tasks of living.

“That wasn’t our expertise,” Gayle said, “but we found her someone phenomenal. And pretty soon, we were getting calls from hospitals and others wanting care for people in their homes, so we worked super-hard at finding wonderful people — people with greater skills than we had — to do what we were being asked to provide.”

From there, the business grew.

“It was always a needs-driven business,” Gayle said. “Whenever I heard about a need, I wanted to fill it. And as the business developed, Jack and I felt like our mission to help people was being fulfilled.”

With offices in Ventura and Santa Barbara, Help Unlimited now provides professional caregiver assistance with dressing, exercising, shopping, meal preparation and other tasks that clients are less able to do for themselves.

“A lot of our service,” Ariel said, “is about offering companionship as well as assistance with the tasks of daily living. Trust is a big component of this business because you are dealing with individuals and families who are in a vulnerable situation, like clients who have dementia. And we always do random checks and follow up constantly to strengthen our relationships with our caregivers and clients.”

Increased need

Over the years, Help Unlimited has served more than 10,000 families, establishing a toehold in what is becoming an increasingly needed service, given the influx of baby boomers at or nearing retirement age (to say nothing of their parents).

A recent analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute stated that by 2020 the U.S. will require 1.6 million more direct-care workers (including nursing, home health and personal-care aides) than in 2010 — a 48 percent increase.

But meeting that need will be challenging because caregiving — whether done by a professional or by a family member or friend — can be physically and emotionally demanding.

“Burnout is a real issue in this business,” Ariel said. “You have to love it from inside, from your heart, in order to stick with it and do it well.”

And firms seeking to enter the market need to look beyond the bottom line.

“A lot of firms come and go in the caregiving industry,” Ariel said. “Over the years, people have looked at the aging baby boomer market with dollar signs in their eyes, but you can’t look at caregiving that way. You have to be passionate about meeting the individual’s health needs, and it can be hard to care for people who are not at their best. In home health care, passion and attention to detail is a requirement of good service.”

Added Gayle: “It’s a very competitive industry. Forty years ago, we were about the only ones in town, and now the industry has grown so much, which has necessitated the need for more regulation.”

Among the most significant new laws is Assembly Bill 1217, the Home Care Services Protection Act of 2013, which provides for the licensure and regulation of private home care organizations in California (starting July 1, 2014) and requires home care aides to be certified (as of Jan. 1, 2015).

“And that’s a good thing,” Gayle said, “because we were doing criminal background checks, fingerprinting, hiring only licensed caregivers, obtaining the necessary insurance — all of those things years before they were mandated. We’re talking about people’s health, their quality of life, and the trust they and their families place in you. So you can’t do it with both eyes on the bottom line.”

At Help Unlimited, the focus is on making sure the employees, as well as clients, are treated correctly.

“My parents have employed a lot of great people, many of whom have been with the company over 20 years, both office and field staff,” Ariel said. “And I enjoy being part of the company culture and staff dynamic, and seeing how much everyone cares about each other and our clients. Working has to be enjoyable in order to be done well, and that means treating each other as well as clients with respect and integrity.”

Now into its fifth decade of service, she said, Help Unlimited is “focusing on what we do great, and deepening our relationships with our clients and staff. We listen to the market and try to deliver high-quality service.”



Congratulations to our client Renee M. Fairbanks who has opened new law office!

Published by Noozhawk on January 28, 2017

Santa Barbara attorney Renee M. Fairbanks, a certified family law specialist, has opened a new firm: Law Office of Renee M. Fairbanks.

Renee M. Fairbanks (Law Office of Renee M. Fairbanks)

Renee M. Fairbanks (Law Office of Renee M. Fairbanks)

Formerly a principal of Ehlers & Fairbanks, Fairbanks represents clients in divorce, custody, support, and domestic partnerships proceedings on the Central Coast. She also sits on the State Bar of California’s Family Law Executive Committee and focuses on education, which includes self-study and other continuing legal education programs.

Fairbanks is a past board member of Santa Barbara Women Lawyers and served as president of the board of directors of the Santa Barbara County Bar Foundation from 2014 through 2015.

Her community volunteer activities include having served as a director for the board of Old Spanish Days, Inc. and supporting various local charities, such as the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara, Animal Shelter Assistance Program, The Fund for Santa Barbara, and the Environmental Defense Center.

Fairbanks can be contacted at 845-1600.

—  Jennifer Goddard Combs for Law Office of Renee M. Fairbanks.