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South Coast Economic Guru Reflects On Presidential Election, Recession As He Moves Into Retirement

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Will Ventura and Santa Barbara County’s economy be improving soon? How are decisions in Sacramento and Washington D.C. affecting our economy?

A man who’s been answering those types of questions for the Central and South Coasts for two decades just retired.

Dr. Bill Watkins was one of the co-founders of California Lutheran University's Center for Economic Research and Forecasting.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the economist about everything from the impacts of the presidential election to what it’s been like to have to deliver the bad economic news during the prolonged recession.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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