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Editorial: Earthquake worries rattle future of Diablo Canyon

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake centered in Southern Napa County this month has again brought the issue of seismic risk at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near San Luis Obispo onto the news pages. Reporting by the Associated Press has revealed a deep internal rift at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Officials in the agency are at […]

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Editorial: Paso Robles makes progress on water issue

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown has proved himself to be adept at the use of sharp elbows and brute power to get what he wants. His water bond is a clear example of the use of power to tame public policy — it paves the way for voters to approve a scaled-down, $7 billion issue that would […]

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Editorial: South Coast shoppers’ hunt for Target continues

By   /  Friday, August 15th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

Let the Target wars begin. South Santa Barbara County once again is in pursuit of the iconic red logo that has become a destination for typically female middle-class shoppers seeking home goods, back-to-school clothes and food at discount prices. Somehow, the South Coast wound up with K-Mart and Sears stores but Target so far has […]

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Editorial: Measure M stands for government malpractice

By   /  Friday, August 8th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

“Mistake” might be a good way to characterize Measure M, an initiative that the city of Port Hueneme has hurriedly approved for the November ballot. In case you have not heard about it, Measure M would dispose of a minor tax on home-based businesses that now brings in about $7,000 per year and replace it […]

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Editorial: Large employers loosen grip on Ventura County

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

Half-a-dozen years ago, East Ventura County’s economy was heavily dependent on two very large employers: subprime lending giant Countrywide Financial Corp. and biotech behemoth Amgen.

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Editorial: Power rides into auto history

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off

We’ll take a few words to recognize J.D. “Dave” Power, this year’s Business Times Hall of Fame inductee, for yet another honor. The man who masterminded the ubiquitous brass, black and glass awards is picking up some additional hardware this week in Detroit. That’s because he’s being inducted this year into the Automotive Hall of […]

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Editorial: Cuyama solar array reignites region’s energy prospects

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off

Santa Barbara County’s ability to embrace a large-scale energy project of any kind got a major test on July 22, when its planning commission heard testimony about the proposed 40-megawatt Cuyama Solar Project. Developed by First Solar, which previously owned the 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm project in San Luis Obispo County, this project would modestly […]

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