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Going public with companies fuels healthy communities in Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast, Op/Eds, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies  /  No Comments

The health of our communities is directly tied to the health of our local businesses. We cannot have one without the other. Although in good economic times it is easy to lose sight of our region’s competiveness to attract and retain businesses in a world where many companies can operate from anywhere. If our communities […]

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‘Making things right’ after Refugio oil spill more than lip service

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Energy, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

A California Highway Patrol officer warns volunteers who showed up May 20 to clean up oil near Refugio State Beach from a 21,000-gallon pipeline spill to leave the area because it was too hazardous.Photo by Debra Giles

Plains All American Pipeline, the Houston-based company responsible for the oil spill near Refugio Beach on May 19, should stop the bullshit. Plains’ aversion to providing honest answers about the spill was on full display June 26 at a joint oversight hearing by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Select Committee on the […]

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Ventura BioCenter provides facilities, equipment for startups

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Latest news, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

George Savic of Analytical Ventura prepares pipe samples in his incubator space at the Ventura BioCenter.

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Vintners decry proposed changes to Santa Barbara County winery ordinance

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

A worker harvests Shiraz grapes by hand at the Helen & Joey Estate vineyard in the Yarra Valley region of Greater Melbourne, Australia, on Monday, March 23, 2015. Though the area's 100-plus wineries make only 4 percent of Australia's wine, the Yarra Valley is a hotbed of young ambitious winemakers. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

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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

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Refugio oil spill pinches tri-county small businesses

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Jaime Diamond, owner of the Coral Sea and Stardust Sportfishing.

Jamie Diamond is thrilled that the region’s fishing ban has been lifted but her sportfishing business is still reeling from the Refugio oil spill. Diamond has owned and operated Santa Barbara-based Stardust Sportfishing with her husband Jason for the past 20 years. They take private charters and open parties of tourists and local regulars fishing […]

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