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Dubroff: Litigation, criminal probe could put squeeze on oil pipeline operator

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Law, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Workers clean up the Refugio oil spill.

When Barry Cappello litigates, people listen. Which is why his June 23 lawsuit seeking class action status and unspecified damages against Plains All American Pipeline may prove to be a turning point in the sorry history of the Refugio oil spill. “It was a disaster waiting to happen again and again,” is the way Cappello […]

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Drought will make water pricey, stymie development

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

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Trans Pacific Partnership will benefit Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Latest news, Law, Opinion, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

The Obama Administration racked up one of the biggest wins in decades for global trade when it won approval in the Senate to move forward with the Trans Pacific Partnership. The partnership will open the doors for trade and development with a dozen Asian nations. China is not included but passage of TPP, which is […]

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Supreme Court rules for small business owners, not government

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Columns, Law, Small Business  /  No Comments

Big companies can afford armies of lawyers to keep government regulators at bay. Just look at the big banks’ response to the financial crisis or the clever-but-stupid way Plains All American used the courts to get around state pipeline regulations, then had a nasty oil spill due to negligence or worse. But rare is the […]

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State Street becoming factory outlet center

By   /  Friday, June 19th, 2015  /  Latest news, Opinion, Real Estate, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

It was a retail icon, a testament to the 1990s rise of State Street in Santa Barbara as a shopping mecca. The very name oozed luxury and aspiration. Saks Fifth Avenue. And soon it will be gone. The property at the corner of State and Carrillo streets in the 1000 block of the center of […]

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Allergan buys Westlake Village-based Kythera for $2.1 billion

By   /  Friday, June 19th, 2015  /  East Ventura County, Health Care, Latest news, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies  /  No Comments

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Entrepreneurs in Tri-Counties leading resurgence of innovation

By   /  Friday, June 19th, 2015  /  East Ventura County, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

Amid a startup wave in Santa Monica, a revitalizing downtown and an emerging tech corridor on Highway 101, a younger and hipper group of entrepreneurs is beginning to reshape the corporate culture of Greater Los Angeles. That’s part of the reason why it put a smile on my face to see two companies from Ventura […]

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