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Region leads the way in

By   /  Thursday, October 23rd, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Region leads the way in

Amid the doom and gloom of the current economic picture, a glimmer of hope can be found for the future of the tri-county region, particularly its gift for developing niche operations at the cutting edge of technology. Those niches are sometimes hard to find and they don’t always get the public attention they deserve. But Read More →

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Airport in holding pattern

By   /  Saturday, October 18th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Airport in holding pattern

The frozen bond market claimed another potential victim in mid-October when the city of Santa Barbara said it might shelve plans for a bond issue to pay for major improvements to the biggest airport in the Tri-Counties.   It makes sense not to overpay for financing costs for big capital projects like the $60 million Read More →

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Political epicenters about to shift north

By   /  Saturday, October 18th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Political epicenters about to shift north

Although our politicians are fixated on the November election and the changes that are going to be coming from Washington no matter who wins, we’d like to look just a little further out on the horizon.   There’s a national census that will take place in 2010 and for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Read More →

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Measure V would snarl business growth

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Measure V would snarl business growth

We’ll take the rest of this editorial to remind readers about the improvements taking place on the Oxnard portion of Highway 101. On Oct. 7, Assemblyman Pedro Nava, Mayor Tom Holden and others were set to announce the official switch of the state-controlled portion of Highway 1 to Rice Avenue. This represents a big step Read More →

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Measure A can shift region into fast lane

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Measure A can shift region into fast lane

Traffic continues to be a big problem for communities along the Highway 101 corridor. No-growth advocates in places like Oxnard want to constrict it through draconian limits on the number of cars “allowed” through certain intersections. We’ll have more to say about the evils of Measure V below. No-tax advocates want to stop projects like Read More →

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Newman a journalistic legend

By   /  Saturday, October 4th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Newman a journalistic legend

We’ll take a few words to add our voice to many others who are recognizing the achievements of the late Paul Newman, an Academy Award winner with a gift for recognizing social issues.   In 1981, Newman starred in the Sydney  Pollack film “Absence of Malice,” which made  an important contribution to our understanding of Read More →

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Ag Alliance marks new era for farming

By   /  Saturday, October 4th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Ag Alliance marks new era for farming

No matter what is happening on Wall Street — or on Main Street for that matter — people still need to eat.   And yet in recent years it sometimes has been hard to tell if agriculture is actually an authorized activity in the Tri-Counties. Water pollution from Los Angeles County has threatened Ventura County’s Read More →

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