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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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Editorial: Paso Robles makes progress on water issue

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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  /  Comments Off

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  /  Comments Off

“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  /  Comments Off

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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