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California needs reforms to create stable future

By   /  Friday, November 13th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on California needs reforms to create stable future

Now that California is back, maybe it’s time to think big. That’s the theme of a talk that economist Chris Thornberg has been giving up and down the coast. The founding partner of Beacon Economics gave the latest version of his remarks at the Central Coast Economic Forecast in San Luis Obispo on Nov. 6. Read More →

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Tri-Counties need better broadband services

By   /  Friday, November 6th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Tri-Counties need better broadband services

Big ownership changes are coming to the telecommunications business in the Tri-Counties. Those changes should give local elected officials an opportunity to demand a lot more when it comes to delivering broadband services to much of the region. Today, huge chunks of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are poorly served by telecom Read More →

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Port grant, trade pact boon for Central Coast

By   /  Friday, October 30th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Port grant, trade pact boon for Central Coast

International commerce on the Central Coast got a boost from a pair of announcements last week. On Oct. 26, the Department of Transportation awarded $12.3 million to the Port of Hueneme for upgrades and modernization that includes dredging the harbor to accommodate larger ships. Also in the mix is improved transportation infrastructure, particularly for hauling Read More →

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Adamski death marks end of an era for Central Coast

By   /  Friday, October 23rd, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Adamski death marks end of an era for Central Coast

They were two entrepreneurs who defined the corporate culture in the Central Coast’s dot-com era. Michael Klein was the swashbuckling deal maker who knew how to finance things, built tech firms and loved to make deals with big players like Yahoo. His investment in bankrupt auto parts maker Dura Automotive gave him a national profile. Read More →

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Revenue sharing deal helps city of Port Hueneme, Oxnard Harbor District

By   /  Friday, October 16th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Revenue sharing deal helps city of Port Hueneme, Oxnard Harbor District

After more than two years of rancor, the city of Port Hueneme and the Oxnard Harbor District have put their legal squabbles to rest — a move that should be more than temporary. In a widely heralded move, Harbor District President Jess Herrera and Hueneme Mayor Sylvia Munoz Schnopp announced a settlement of a long-running Read More →

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Trans-Pacific Partnership good for Central Coast

By   /  Friday, October 9th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Trans-Pacific Partnership good for Central Coast

The Obama Administration has achieved an important milestone in getting a general agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP involves roughly 40 percent of the global economy and includes most of Asia except China. It lowers tariffs, reduces informal barriers that get in the way of U.S. exports of services and adds new protections for Read More →

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Wind power project great for San Luis Obispo County

By   /  Friday, October 2nd, 2015  /  Editorials  /  Comments Off on Wind power project great for San Luis Obispo County

Just a year ago, Dynergy, a Texas-based energy firm, shut down the aging power plant that’s loomed over the city of Morro Bay for decades, idling the three 450-foot-tall smokestacks that are part of the city’s skyline. Now Trident Winds, a British company, has proposed something new in the field of power production: a floating Read More →

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