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Oil pipeline owners may face more than fines for Santa Barbara County spill

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, 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

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris on Friday said her office is actively working with the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office and state and federal agencies to investigate the incident.

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Cal Poly gets $500,000 grant for technology park planning

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Latest news, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Students on the campus of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) in San Luis Obispo, California, U.S., on Friday, September 20, 2013. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo recently received $498,286 to further plan the expansion of its technology park.

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New ownership abruptly closes 70 Coco’s and Carrows restaurants, lays off staff

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

Coco's Bakery Restaurant in Camarillo. (Nik Blaskovich Photo)

  It happened almost overnight. More than 70 Coco’s Bakery Restaurants and Carrows Restaurants were shut down in the span of a few days in early April, including nearly every location in the Tri-Counties. Food Management Partners, the San Antonio-based firm that bought the chains in late March, closed the doors on many locations so […]

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Milo takes home top honors at UCSB’s New Venture Competition

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Latest news, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Daniel Imberman (left) and Bob Lansdorp are a part of the Milo team that created an electronic wristband that processes sweat to monitor blood alcohol level. Milo took home a total of $20,000 at the UCSB New Venture Competition Thursday evening.

Six teams emerged from an initial 40 to vie for a pool of $41,500 in cash prizes at the competition, which has been around for 16 years and has produced companies like BioIQ, Phone Halo, Sirigen and Inogen.

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Craft brewing’s steady rise: StartupSB panel forecasts growth for boutique labels

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Latest news, Small Business, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Telegraph Brewery founder and CEO Brian Thompson says quality and business savy are the keys to success as a craft beer maker. (Nik Blaskovich Photo)

  Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s flagship beer, 805, is the best thing that ever happened to Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., according to Jaime Deitenhofer, founder of the growing Buellton-based label. The adoption of 805 by traditional macro-beer drinkers as their go-to adult beverage has given Fig Mountain and other startup craft breweries in the region […]

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Refugio oil spill raises important questions for South Coast

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Columns, Energy, Latest news, Opinion, Top Stories  /  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

The estimated 105,000-gallon oil spill that will ruin Memorial Day for thousands of visitors to Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County is a reminder of how much environmental issues have become economic stories. Santa Barbara County is so heavily dependent on hotel-related taxes that it literally can’t afford the kind of environmental disaster that […]

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One year later, Isla Vista faces murky future over safety

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

Sam Hassan, owner of Isla Vista Deli Mart, stands before a memorial for Christopher Martinez, a UCSB student who was shot dead inside the store during the May 23 shooting last year. Five other UCSB students were also killed, along with the shooter. (File Photo)

  A year after the murder of six UC Santa Barbara students shook the beachside community of Isla Vista, residents grapple with public safety issues while a bill providing the community of 20,000 with a quasi-independent governing body sits in the California state legislature. Just about 2 square miles wide and situated alongside the UCSB […]

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