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Congresswoman on the rise

By   /  Friday, November 7th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Congresswoman on the rise

The 2008 election marks an acceleration  in the political trajectory of Capps. The Democratic congresswoman from Santa Barbara endorsed Obama, and she did the right thing for an unpopular bailout bill – twice and her by voting for area candidates and ballot measures loomed large. Capps has deep roots in the South Coast environmental movement Read More →

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Election put transport back on front burner

By   /  Friday, November 7th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Election put transport back on front burner

Ventura County has put an end to the Flynn era, elected business-friendly candidates in Thousand Oaks, Port Hueneme and elsewhere and even passed some much needed tax measures to fund future growth.   Santa Barbara County has passed an essential transportation measure, Measure A and in Santa Maria one of the most effective mayors in Read More →

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It

By   /  Friday, October 31st, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on It

California law – Elections Code Section 14001 – requires employers to allow their workers time to vote every Election Day. The law also requires employers to post notices and provide up to two hours of paid time for workers to vote. But we think there’s a bigger reason for encouraging all of our readers to Read More →

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Transportation looms large in ballot issues

By   /  Friday, October 31st, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Transportation looms large in ballot issues

Two of the most important items are Measure A in Santa Barbara County and Measure V in Oxnard. We want to remind our readers why we support Measure A and oppose Measure V. Arguments against Measure A focus on cost, but the argument for it faces commuters on Highway 101 twice a day, five days Read More →

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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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