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Editorial: Area legislators step up after Isla Vista tragedy

By   /  Friday, October 3rd, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

The Isla Vista rampage happened four months ago, but legislators from the Central Coast have not let the issue fade away. On Sept. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two new laws that, when they take effect early next year, will strengthen public protection from violent episodes like the Elliot Rodger killing spree that claimed seven […]

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Editorial: Santa Barbara County voters should reject Measure P

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  2 Comments

We believe that climate change is a serious threat to the global economy and that human activity is a significant contributor to global warming. We believe that significant policy changes about how we obtain and use energy will be required to reduce the human impact on climate change. But we also believe that market-based solutions […]

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Editorial: Why Calpers kicked the hedgies to the curb

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

When the California Public Employees Retirement System, the nation’s biggest pension plan by assets, said it would divest its $4 billion in hedge-fund holdings, the decision sent shock waves through Wall Street.

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Editorial: Santa Barbara County takes big green step with Cuyama solar approval

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

While Santa Barbara businesses are engaged in a heated debate over Measure P, the proposal that could ban most oil and gas production in the county, the Board of Supervisors has gaveled through one of the largest energy projects in recent years for the county. Shortly before deadline, a 40-megawatt solar array was unanimously passed […]

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Editorial: Happy birthday, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off

We’d be remiss if we did not take the opportunity to make note of the 50th anniversaries of two important communities in our region. Camarillo and Thousand Oaks both mark their golden anniversaries in 2014 and, all fanfare aside, it is noteworthy that both have made significant economic impacts on our region. Thousand Oaks presents […]

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Editorial: Region’s cities embrace hip urban planning models

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Editorials, Op/Eds  /  1 Comment

Cities are beginning to chart a different sort of future. A new generation of residents is making density a positive value and embracing a blend of alternative transportation, open space, walk-to-work convenience and proximity to wine bars and good restaurants. Whether this new method of city planning becomes a permanent part of the urban scene […]

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Editorial: Earthquake worries rattle future of Diablo Canyon

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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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