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Our View: Alisal Fire a reminder of need for insurance reforms

By   /  Friday, October 15th, 2021  /  Agribusiness, Editorials, Government, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our View: Alisal Fire a reminder of need for insurance reforms

The Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara County is big and nasty, and it has proven to be hard to contain. As the Business Times went to press on Oct. 13, it had consumed 15,000 acres and Highway 101 was shut northwest of Goleta. (The highway reopened Oct. 15.) So far, the Alisal Fire has lacked Read More →

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Our View: Cal Lutheran’s investments in science and tech will pay off; SLO takes big step with new mayor

By   /  Friday, October 8th, 2021  /  Editorials, Education, Government, Latest news, Opinion, Technology  /  Comments Off on Our View: Cal Lutheran’s investments in science and tech will pay off; SLO takes big step with new mayor

This month, California Lutheran University is unveiling some big investments in the future of its Thousand Oaks campus. The Swenson Science Hall, officially dedicated on Oct. 22, will add a 47,000-square-foot facility dedicated to research and science education, that will more than double the amount of available space on campus dedicated to those purposes. With Read More →

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Our View: Natural gas isn’t perfect, but it has its place

By   /  Friday, October 1st, 2021  /  Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our View: Natural gas isn’t perfect, but it has its place

Every morning millions of Californians wake up and tweak their heater controls to warm up, and turn on hot water to shower. It happens automatically due to abundant natural gas, and up until recently, gas has been as cheap as it has ever been. Now we are getting a wake-up call. Natural gas supplies worldwide Read More →

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Our View: Santa Barbara DA takes a stand on gun violence

By   /  Friday, September 24th, 2021  /  Editorials, Government, Latest news, Law, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our View: Santa Barbara DA takes a stand on gun violence

Without leaving her elected post, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley has taken on a national role in the fight against the scourge of mass shootings. She will join Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark as volunteer co-chair of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, an organization whose members represent more than 60 million people in 24 Read More →

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Our View: Universities keep our region on top in innovation

By   /  Friday, September 17th, 2021  /  Editorials, Education, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our View: Universities keep our region on top in innovation

If you want to know why the innovation culture is so important to the regional economy, look no further than the 2021 ranking of our top universities. In the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, released Sept. 12, UC Santa Barbara cracked the top five among national public universities. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Read More →

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Our View: Ventura is on the right track when it comes to housing

By   /  Friday, September 10th, 2021  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Our View: Ventura is on the right track when it comes to housing

For the first time in decades, there is a bit of a building boom going on in Ventura, and construction appears to be happening where it is urgently needed: in housing for the city’s current and future workforce. As Staff Writer Brooke Holland wrote in the Sept. 3 edition of the Business Times, the burst Read More →

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Our View: Heidi Harmon changed the game as mayor of SLO

By   /  Friday, September 3rd, 2021  /  Editorials, Education, Government, Latest news, Law, Opinion, Technology  /  Comments Off on Our View: Heidi Harmon changed the game as mayor of SLO

When Heidi Harmon narrowly won election as mayor of San Luis Obispo back in 2016, she vowed to shake up the status quo. And that’s what the former Bernie Sanders convention delegate did when she won by a handful of votes. During the next five years, she pressed the no-growth crowd for more housing, including Read More →

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