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Firestone going out with a bang

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Firestone going out with a bang

Brooks Firestone is not going out with a whimper.   Anticipating the likelihood of a victory for self-proclaimed environmentalist candidate Doreen Farr in November, the outgoing 3rd District Santa Barbara County supervisor is using his last few months in office to take full advantage of his working majority. The supervisors have sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Read More →

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SB375 needs a closer look before it

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on SB375 needs a closer look before it

Senate Bill 375 – the so-called “climate change smart-growth bill” –  is going to become a law if Sacramento politicians ever agree on a state spending plan.   The law, which has had scant public scrutiny to date, is a broadly-defined growth management law, which ties transportation funding to growth patterns. Ideas similar to those Read More →

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Height limits surface again

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Height limits surface again

Santa Barbara city officials were awaiting word at presstime on whether 11,252 petition signatures will qualify a downtown building height-limit charter amendment for the November 2009 ballot. The signatures were delivered to the city clerk Aug. 15, signed by people who want to limit new buildings in downtown Santa Barbara to no more than 40 Read More →

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Traffic measure makes a return to Oxnard

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Traffic measure makes a return to Oxnard

Traffic initiatives are like bad pennies. They just keep coming back. In Oxnard, by the narrowest of margins, Measure V has won certification for the November ballot. So, less than a year after defeating an earlier version of this job-killing measure, the Oxnard Chamber and other organizations have to do it all over again. Measure Read More →

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Olympic gold being brought home

By   /  Thursday, August 21st, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Olympic gold being brought home

What a haul! Olympic champions with Tri-County connections keep popping up on the medal stand. Thanks to some quick research from Staff Writer Stephen Nellis, here’s a preliminary lineup:   • Will Simpson of Thousand Oaks won a gold medal in equestrian team show jumping. • Jason Lezak, a 1999 graduate of the University of Read More →

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Bustling airports are key for strong economy

By   /  Thursday, August 21st, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Bustling airports are key for strong economy

Business organizations in San Luis Obispo County are fighting hard to retain as much airline service as possible at a regional facility that has seen dramatic cuts this year For those who have missed recent headlines, American Eagle is halting San Luis Obispo County Airport service, which includes daily flights to Los Angeles. American Eagle Read More →

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Bio-tech incubator site chosen

By   /  Monday, August 18th, 2008  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Bio-tech incubator site chosen

It was refreshing to note that a site in Agoura Hills has emerged as a potential location for the Conejo Valley’s long-awaited biotechnology incubator. According to a recent conversation with co-founder Brent Reinke, a willing landlord has offered to make millions of dollars in potentially invaluable improvements to the site in order to ready it Read More →

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