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Editorial: Why Calpers kicked the hedgies to the curb

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

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  /  No Comments

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  /  No Comments

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  /  No Comments

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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