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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

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 Read More →

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Vintners decry proposed changes to Santa Barbara County winery ordinance

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Vintners decry proposed changes to Santa Barbara County winery ordinance

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Dubroff: Litigation, criminal probe could put squeeze on oil pipeline operator

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Law, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Litigation, criminal probe could put squeeze on oil pipeline operator

When Barry Cappello litigates, people listen. Which is why his June 23 lawsuit seeking class action status and unspecified damages against Plains All American Pipeline may prove to be a turning point in the sorry history of the Refugio oil spill. “It was a disaster waiting to happen again and again,” is the way Cappello Read More →

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Drought will make water pricey, stymie development

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Drought will make water pricey, stymie development

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James W. Lokey appointed to board of Community West Bancshares

By   /  Monday, June 29th, 2015  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, Latest news, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on James W. Lokey appointed to board of Community West Bancshares

Veteran community banker James W. Lokey has been appointed to the board of Community West Bancshares, bringing a veteran dealmaker into the Community West ranks and strengthening the Goleta-based bank’s push into San Luis Obispo County. Lokey, a resident of SLO County, was the longtime CEO of Mid-State Bank & Trust and negotiated that bank’s Read More →

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A look at Central Coast entrepreneurial ecosystem

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Op/Eds, Opinion, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on A look at Central Coast entrepreneurial ecosystem

Entrepreneurship is a word we hear often, with good reason: More people are choosing to forgo the predictable paycheck as an employee for the opportunity to spin their idea into a tangible business of their own. For the first time in five years, the Startup Activity Index rose in 2015, showing the largest year-over-year increase Read More →

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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 Read More →

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