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Editorial: Commute relief on the way, finally

By   /  Monday, October 18th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Commute relief on the way, finally

Speaking of cars (see accompanying editorial), there are entirely too many of them traveling Highway 101 between Santa Barbara and Ventura every morning and evening. Estimates have put the number of daily commuters as high as 20,000, and the hours they spend stuck in traffic are a significant drain on the region’s economy and quality Read More →

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Editorial: Ventura on right road to revive auto mall

By   /  Monday, October 18th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Ventura on right road to revive auto mall

Apart from a half-abandoned exurban subdivision, there’s no clearer physical symbol of the Great Recession than the American auto mall. Carmakers both foreign and domestic have shut dealerships from coast to coast, leaving acres of empty concrete. The effects in the Tri-Counties have been relatively mild, but there are still plenty of vacant auto mall Read More →

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Editorial: Sneaky attack subverts property rights in SLO

By   /  Monday, October 11th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Sneaky attack subverts property rights in SLO

In a spread that garnered national publicity in Parade Magazine on Oct. 3, San Luis Obispo was crowned “Happy Town, USA,” where, among other things, author Dan Buettner found it to be the No. 1 place in America for emotional health. But just a few days later, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission tore the cover Read More →

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Editorial: Team efforts like these will drive public education

By   /  Monday, October 4th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Team efforts like these will drive public education

Two high-profile events in late September underscore the fact that if California is going to successfully reinvent its public education system, innovative partnerships are key. First is the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” to Amir Abo-Shaeer, a science teacher at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta. This UC Santa Barbara engineering graduate left a job in Read More →

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Editorial: A race to watch

By   /  Monday, October 4th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: A race to watch

While the surging Tea Party threatens a battle for the soul of the Republican Party, Democrats on the Central Coast face a nasty fight of their own. In what was once the safest of seats, termed-out Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, seems unlikely to support his one-time protege, Das Williams. Williams, a Santa Barbara city Read More →

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Editorial: For SLO’s prosperity, vote no on Measure H

By   /  Monday, September 27th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: For SLO’s prosperity, vote no on Measure H

In recent years, a relative bright spot for the San Luis Obispo economy has been a spurt of development along Broad Street and Tank Farm Road in the area south of the city center. Although this area is quite a distance from the Cal Poly campus, it has become a bit of a hub for Read More →

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Editorial: Behind McCaw’s victory, a chance to reset her role

By   /  Monday, February 8th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Behind McCaw’s victory, a chance to reset her role

Wendy McCaw has notched an admirable victory for the First Amendment, but her job as the owner and co-publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press may need some reinvention. McCaw’s struggle with her newsroom over who controls the content of the news pages came to a head in 2006, when the paper’s top editors and reporters Read More →

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