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Editorial: Torture report takes important step forward

By   /  Friday, December 12th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

With more than a decade to reflect on what the wrongful detentions, wasted millions and lies told by the government to justify secret spending, at least now the American people have some idea of what the government did or didn’t do in the name of national security.

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An update from the Pacific Coast Business Times newsroom

By   /  Friday, December 12th, 2014  /  Columns, Latest news, Opinion, Top Stories  /  No Comments

We’ve quietly added some new faces to the Pacific Coast Business Times news team during the past few months.

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Op/ed: ’Tis the season to borrow money from family and friends…Ugh!

By   /  Friday, December 12th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

If you follow these steps, you will be able to help your family and friends in their time of need without losing them in the process.

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Op/ed: Putting oil on the road to nowhere

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Oil as a transportation fuel will be around for a few more decades. But oil as a hazardous monopoly fuel is now merely one of multiple options.

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Dubroff: Small Business Saturday adds up for Orcutt’s Mark Steller

By   /  Friday, December 5th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion, Top Stories  /  No Comments

In a year where Black Friday disappointed the big boxes and Cyber Monday was not as strong as online giants might have liked, Mark Steller is happy about the smaller scale results that Small Business Saturday delivered for Orcutt’s Old Town Market. I first met Steller in August when he was our North Santa Barbara […]

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Op/ed: Cheap oil won’t help Detroit sell more cars — but discounts will

By   /  Friday, December 5th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

By Edward Niedermeyer U.S. auto sales boomed on Black Friday as huge discounts pushed volumes to more than 17 million units on an annualized basis, the highest level in 11 years. But even with big price cuts pumping up deliveries of new cars — likely at the expense of fourth-quarter profit margins — the biggest discounts of […]

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Editorial: Williams bill a small step in sorting out Isla Vista

By   /  Friday, December 5th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

Isla Vista, as Williams points out, is a one-square-mile area with 20,000 residents and the most heavily urbanized area within California that is not part of a city.

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