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Editorial: Cuyama solar array reignites region’s energy prospects

By   /  Friday, July 25th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Cuyama solar array reignites region’s energy prospects

Santa Barbara County’s ability to embrace a large-scale energy project of any kind got a major test on July 22, when its planning commission heard testimony about the proposed 40-megawatt Cuyama Solar Project. Developed by First Solar, which previously owned the 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm project in San Luis Obispo County, this project would modestly Read More →

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Editorial: VCHCA earns high-profile grant to study disease

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: VCHCA earns high-profile grant to study disease

While diabetes, cancer and heart disease grab the headlines and the lion’s share of grant funding, other major illnesses can fall off the map.

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Editorial: Thanks, but we’ll stay in California

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Thanks, but we’ll stay in California

Oh no, not L.A. Reports that a proposed initiative to split California into six states might make the ballot in 2016 has our blood boiling. That’s because the author of the cockamamie scheme, Bay Area venture capitalist Tim Draper, insists on lumping Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties together with Los Angeles County Read More →

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Editorial: Influx of minors pushes immigration reform to top of agenda

By   /  Friday, July 11th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Influx of minors pushes immigration reform to top of agenda

Housing undocumented children can not be a long-term mission for Naval Base Ventura County, which has national-defense priorities to focus on.

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Editorial: Rethinking agreement between port and city makes sense

By   /  Friday, July 4th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Rethinking agreement between port and city makes sense

Given the millions of dollars the port has spent to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the potential for increased competition from ports on the East Coast and Gulf Coast via a widened Panama Canal and the changes that technology have wrought, it’s smart for the Oxnard Harbor District and the Port of Hueneme to figure out if there is a better way forward.

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Editorial: Wine-tasting law would provide early taste of entrepreneurship for students

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Wine-tasting law would provide early taste of entrepreneurship for students

Working its way through the state legislature is a bill that would open the taps just a bit to allow under-aged viticulture students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and other California campuses to sample a small amount of wine or craft beer that they’re producing for a class. The bill, officially known as AB Read More →

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Editorial: $37.2M tagged for critical jobs training at region’s colleges

By   /  Friday, June 20th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: $37.2M tagged for critical jobs training at region’s colleges

While its higher-education system remains far short of optimal funding, California’s improved budget prospects are creating niche opportunities aimed at vocational and technical training. A trio of projects, two from Ventura County and one from San  Luis Obispo, are among the 39 winning proposals for a one-time $250 million competitive grant program offered through the Read More →

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