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Santa Barbara Zoo gets $140K gift from area Toyota

By   /  Tuesday, December 10th, 2013  /  South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara Zoo gets $140K gift from area Toyota

The Santa Barbara Zoo’s conservation programs have received a donation of three 2014 4Runners from area Gold Coast Toyota Dealers to be used for field work focused on endangered species including the California condor.

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Clean Diesel CEO resigns after Pirelli deal dissolves

By   /  Tuesday, December 10th, 2013  /  Banking & Finance, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Clean Diesel CEO resigns after Pirelli deal dissolves

Ventura-based Clean Diesel Technologies said Dec. 10 that CEO and President R. Craig Breese has resigned to “pursue other opportunities.” He will remain at his post until Jan. 8 and the company has created an interim office of the chief executive to replace him. Breese was also a member of the board of directors.

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Lucas to retire from UCSB after 36 years

By   /  Tuesday, December 10th, 2013  /  Latest news, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Lucas to retire from UCSB after 36 years

Gene Lucas, longtime executive vice chancellor of US Santa Barbara and a fixture on campus for more than three decades, will retire at the end of the year, the university said Dec. 10.

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UCSB snags $48M in Army funds for biology-related research

By   /  Thursday, December 5th, 2013  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on UCSB snags $48M in Army funds for biology-related research

UC Santa Barbara said Dec. 5 that the U.S. Army has renewed its contract with the university’s Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, providing an additional $48 million over three years to support biology-related research.

The new funds extend a decade of unclassified research in areas such as biotechnology tools, futuristic materials, energy generation and storage, systems and synthetic biology and neuroscience.

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Paso groups agree on water plan

By   /  Thursday, December 5th, 2013  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Paso groups agree on water plan

With potentially expensive lawsuits looming in the background, two of the groups jockeying to shape the future of a water district in Paso Robles wine country have put aside their differences in hopes of avoiding years in court and millions of dollars in legal fees.

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Santa Maria Energy to raise $40M, go public

By   /  Thursday, December 5th, 2013  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Maria Energy to raise $40M, go public

Santa Maria Energy is going public and raising at least $40 million in new capital — and possibly much more – which could put the firm’s total funds raised at an estimated $90 million.

Santa Maria Energy’s contentious project to drill 136 new oil wells in North Santa Barbara County received approval from the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors last month. The Supervisors imposed strict limits on the project’s carbon emissions, essentially implementing a 10,000-ton-per-year cap and requiring the company to buy carbon credits if it goes over that limit.

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HomeGoods signs $3.4M lease in SLO

By   /  Wednesday, December 4th, 2013  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on HomeGoods signs $3.4M lease in SLO

Retail chain HomeGoods has signed a 10-year lease valued at $3.4 million at the Irish Hills Plaza in San Luis Obispo. It will replace OfficeMax in the 20,059-square-foot space.

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