Amid a historic statewide drought, low reservoir levels and diminishing groundwater supplies, two Ventura County water districts are caught in a saga over the invasive quagga.
When 30 cruise ships float into Santa Barbara’s harbor this year, several will have poor-to-failing environmental grades. And all the ships will carry passengers that, on average, spend about a quarter of what day-trippers and overnight tourists do.
The $350 million, 350,000-square-foot Community Memorial Hospital construction project in Ventura is on budget and on track, scheduled to open in the second half of 2015.
The Family Medicine Residency Program at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria is gearing up for its first class of primary-care residents to come on board this summer.
The drought plaguing the Tri-Counties and the rest of the state has the agriculture industry on red alert. With 2014 forecast to be the driest year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency in the state, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 27 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas, including the tri-county region.
What was once the country’s third-largest mushroom producer is facing a complaint filed by the city seeking nearly $200,000, and a civil suit by Shell Energy North America for an unpaid line of credit.
The area has seen a boom in hotel remodels and renovations recently, with upgrades to Hotel Santa Barbara and Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, among others.