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Our view: SLO invests in future by approving housing

By   /  Friday, July 21st, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

These days, the headlines on the housing front are grim indeed. The New York Times described Coastal California as being in the middle of a full blown crisis with average home prices crossing $500,000 and making much of the state out of reach for all but the wealthiest families. Gov. Jerry Brown has not yet Read More →

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Our view: Fire season has begun; region better prepared

By   /  Friday, July 14th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

The brush fires that scorched more than 40,000 acres in the tri-county region after the July 4 holiday are a reminder that spring growth after winter rains fuels danger in the summer. Fire is an ever-present danger in the West, as fires raging in California, Canada and Colorado remind us. As the current round of Read More →

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Our View: Santa Barbara sales tax measure could be tough to sell

By   /  Friday, July 7th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  1 Comment

With one survey indicating solid voter support and a willing city council going along, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider has gotten the votes necessary to place a 1 cent general sales tax hike on the ballot for November. The June 28 vote caps a discussion that began earlier this spring when the idea of a Read More →

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Our view: Minimum wage hikes are hurting workers

By   /  Friday, June 30th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

California appears to be headed toward a political showdown over the $15 per hour minimum wage law. A widening chorus of restaurant chains, individual eatery owners, small businesses, nonprofits and even municipal and county governments are joining the call for a rethink of the $15 per hour timetable. We editorialized in the June 23rd edition Read More →

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Our view: Amazon’s bold bet will challenge tri-county farmers

By   /  Friday, June 23rd, 2017  /  Agriculture, Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  No Comments

It’s not immediately clear how disruptive the merger of Amazon and Whole Foods will be to the global food supply chain. So far, the e-commerce giant has wreaked havoc in asymmetric directions. It disrupted the chain store concept for book sales but strengthened local vendors and sparked a surge of interest in book buying. It Read More →

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Our view: Reliable electricity a must for Highway 101 corridor

By   /  Friday, June 16th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Reliable electricity a must for Highway 101 corridor

Southern California Edison work crews have been tearing up streets in and around Santa Barbara, finally delivering on a promise to provide more stable electric power to part of the region that’s been ignored for decades. The disruptions and occasional power outages — at the Business Times’s offices on Carrillo Street they always happen on Read More →

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Our view: Climate regulations would burden small businesses

By   /  Friday, June 9th, 2017  /  Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Our view: Climate regulations would burden small businesses

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords drew a swift rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown, who declared the president “wrong on the facts and wrong on the science” before meeting with the president of China to promote Brown’s clean energy agenda. That the White House remains mum on the idea of Read More →

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