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Editorial: Don’t let parking stunt downtown Ventura’s progress

By   /  Monday, November 1st, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Don’t let parking stunt downtown Ventura’s progress

A few months ago in this space, we took the managers of Ventura Harbor to task for their shortsighted plan to charge for parking at the harbor. Revenues were much lower than expected, merchants complained of depressed business, and the harbor went back to free parking before the summer was up. Now it’s the Ventura Read More →

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Editorial: Clean-air rules can be a disruption

By   /  Monday, October 25th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Clean-air rules can be a disruption

News that J.W. Bailey Construction Co. in Santa Barbara was closing its doors after 60 years came as a surprise. The company had a reputation for building high-quality buildings, often in the classic Santa Barbara style. But after years of suffering with the growth curbs that are the hallmark of doing business on the South Read More →

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Editorial: Toward a unified West Ventura County chamber

By   /  Monday, October 25th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Toward a unified West Ventura County chamber

Tom Kelley’s announced departure from the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce raises a prospect worth considering — the creation of a larger and more impactful business organization for West Ventura County. That’s why we’d encourage the boards of directors of the Oxnard, Ventura and Camarillo Chambers to consider creating a West Ventura County Chamber of Commerce. Read More →

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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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