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Economic development should be part of Ventura County’s general plan

By   /  Friday, July 31st, 2015  /  Editorials, Health Care, Opinion  /  No Comments

Ventura County is embarking on an important step forward as it weighs the latest update to its general plan. That step would be to include an economic development element to the general plan in the next approval cycle. A letter to county officials from the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County recommends the county include […]

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Haggen finds it’s tough to be third competitor for tri-county shoppers

By   /  Friday, July 24th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

The point of anti-trust regulators forcing Albertson’s and Safeway to sell off 146 supermarkets in order to allow for the two companies to merge was to create a viable third competitor in the market. That role was eagerly claimed by Haggen Inc., an independent grocery and pharmacy chain based in the state of Washington whose […]

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Oxnard peaker plant should be approved

By   /  Friday, July 17th, 2015  /  Editorials, Energy, Opinion  /  No Comments

The California Public Utilities Commission held a relatively rare session in Oxnard on July 15 to weigh the pros and cons of replacing aging power stations at Mandalay Beach with a new peaker plant to be operated by NRG. This has been a contentious issue. The city of Oxnard doesn’t like it, the social justice […]

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As the world turns, so does the U.S. economy

By   /  Friday, July 10th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  No Comments

What in the world is going on? At press time, the New York Stock Exchange was having technical difficulties, United Airlines had just resumed flying after a computer malfunction, Greece was on the precipice of leaving the Eurozone and China’s stock market was in a free fall. That’s a heck of an interruption to what […]

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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  /  Comments Off on ‘Making things right’ after Refugio oil spill more than lip service

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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Trans Pacific Partnership will benefit Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Latest news, Law, Opinion, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Trans Pacific Partnership will benefit Tri-Counties

The Obama Administration racked up one of the biggest wins in decades for global trade when it won approval in the Senate to move forward with the Trans Pacific Partnership. The partnership will open the doors for trade and development with a dozen Asian nations. China is not included but passage of TPP, which is […]

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Central Coast economy depends on politicians, Plains making it right

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Central Coast economy depends on politicians, Plains making it right

Workers donned protective gear to clean up the Refugio oil spill.

When it comes to oil and politics, the conventional wisdom has been that Central Coast politicians can’t overplay their hands in expressing outrage over environmental issues. That conventional wisdom is about to get a major test. Already a parade of elected officials has toured the damage wrought by the May 19 oil spill that made […]

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