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Labor secretary defends new overtime rules

By   /  Friday, May 20th, 2016  /  Latest news  /  No Comments

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, left, and Bernie Kohn of Bloomberg News at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers conference in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Labor Secretary Thomas Perez mounted a vigorous defense of the administration’s new overtime rules, saying objections by universities and retailers are overblown. In remarks to business journalists, Perez said the rules, which go into effect Dec. 1, are designed to play catch up with standards that were “manipulated” in 2004. He said Read More →

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Dubroff: Plains prosecution either carefully crafted or grandstanding

By   /  Friday, May 20th, 2016  /  Columns, Energy, Latest news  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

There are two ways to look at the May 17 announcement that Plains All American Pipeline will face criminal charges over last year’s Refugio oil spill. During a press conference that made national news, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley said that a California grand jury had indicted Read More →

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Settlement reasonable amid political pressure

By   /  Friday, May 20th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

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Maybe there’s not a major Supreme Court decision lurking in every case that’s in the headlines. That’s our takeaway from the court’s order to litigants in Zubick vs. Burwell, a case involving nonprofits seeking an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to provide coverage for contraception. Among those seeking relief was Thomas Aquinas College Read More →

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Dubroff: Creating CSU satellite campus makes sense for Santa Maria

By   /  Friday, May 13th, 2016  /  Columns, Education, Latest news  /  No Comments

Henry Dubroff

Sometimes it only takes a single slide to make your point. So when Allan Hancock College President Kevin Walthers began his May 6 talk in Santa Maria, the first image was an eye-opener. It said “California’s Higher Education Desert” and 300 North Santa Barbara County leaders who attended the UCSB Economic Forecast Summit early that Read More →

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One year later, Plains still dragging feet over oil spill

By   /  Friday, May 13th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

Workers donned protective gear to clean up the Refugio oil spill.

Nearly a year after a Plains All American pipeline broke, spilling an estimated 123,270 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean and disrupting tourism along the California Coast, there has been little progress in resolving the underlying issues that led to the region’s biggest environmental disaster in decades. Plains All American has proved adept at Read More →

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Dubroff: Kinko’s founder volunteering his time to help entrepreneurs

By   /  Friday, May 6th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Small Business, Technology  /  No Comments

Editor Henry Dubroff

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Anti-Trump surge could change tri-county results

By   /  Friday, May 6th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  1 Comment

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Will an anti-Trump backlash affect elections far down the ballot on the Central Coast? Perhaps. Which is why the billionaire developer’s triumph in the Indiana primary, and the abrupt suspension of campaigns by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, has ripple effects down to county and regional elections. For one thing, any Read More →

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