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Investors can decide not to put money into companies that damage environment

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Energy, Op/Eds, Personal Finance  /  No Comments

By Brad Stark and Kieran Osborne The pipeline breakage near Refugio State Beach is not only devastating to our environment and harmful to life on the Central Coast, but it also brings attention to how the oil industry is supported with investment dollars. The public relations battle with fossil fuels has been heating up for […]

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Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Opinion, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  No Comments

Just six months ago, Santa Barbara County’s oil and gas industry was sailing on smooth waters. In the November election, broad business support and a flood of outside money helped defeat Measure P, an effort to ban fracking and a wide range of drilling activities countywide. Two companies, Aera Energy and Venoco, were in the […]

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Moving toward privatizing our courts in California

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Law, Op/Eds  /  No Comments

By Lisa Spiwak California courts have been devastated by deep budget cuts.  In California, over 50 courthouses have been shut down and over 250 courtrooms are now closed. Fewer courtrooms and fewer judges mean that it takes longer to get into court and that could be highly relevant to any business seeking legal redress from […]

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Bigger fines needed to hold oil pipe owners accountable

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism  /  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

It’s a case of business as usual for Plains All American Pipeline, which owns the pipe that ruptured near Goleta on May 19 and spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons of oil. About 21,000 gallons of oil flowed through a storm culvert under Highway 101 into the ocean, blackening area beaches and creating a 10-square-mile oil […]

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Big spending on big ideas brings big payoff

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

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STEM investment, new engineering school at CSU Channel Islands priority

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

By Jacqui Irwin Ventura County is home to some of the most exciting and cutting edge companies in the world. Nationally recognized corporations and entrepreneurial high-technology companies like Amgen, Haas Automation, SemTech, and Teledyne Technologies all have a footprint in Ventura County.  Additionally, Ventura County was recently designated as one of the state’s four innovation […]

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New vision for Isla Vista needs political courage

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

We went to Goleta’s State of the City luncheon on May 14 and discovered a city in denial. That’s partly because a decade after cityhood, Goleta has not found a winning formula for revitalizing its Old Town shopping district. New food shops and a sprinkling of sidewalk improvements, heavily touted at the event, simply will […]

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