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Our view: Two Trees preservation wonderful for Ventura

By   /  Friday, April 28th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Two Trees preservation wonderful for Ventura

Concerned citizens, community advocates and one of Ventura County’s emerging power couples has made an impressive effort to preserve the city of Ventura’s iconic “Two Trees” hilltop gathering place. On Earth Day, Rich and Bonnie Atmore led a volunteer effort to plant a new eucalyptus tree to begin the process of replacing one of the Read More →

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Our view: Shuttered oil pipelines too much for Venoco

By   /  Friday, April 21st, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Shuttered oil pipelines too much for Venoco

Updated at 12:05 p.m. April 24: When a Plains All American pipeline broke, spilling 142,000 gallons near Refugio Beach two years ago, few would have foreseen the unintended consequence that played out in a Delaware bankruptcy court on April 17. Venoco, a capable operator and the largest corporate taxpayer in Santa Barbara County, announced it Read More →

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Don’t throw all trade agreements out with TTIP

By   /  Friday, April 14th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Don’t throw all trade agreements out with TTIP

By Jamshid Damooei Our recent presidential election brought about a rare accord between the progressive and the populist fronts in rejecting the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. I have no problem with the rejection of a trade agreement that focuses primarily on the interests of transnational corporations, international financial centers, agribusiness and giant chemical companies Read More →

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Our view: Gillespie good choice for VCCCD chancellor

By   /  Friday, April 14th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Gillespie good choice for VCCCD chancellor

The Ventura County Community College District has taken a big step forward with the hiring of Greg Gillespie as its permanent chancellor. Gillespie, president of Ventura College since 2013, knows the area and its politics, he has a proven track record and he’s extremely familiar with workforce needs in critical industries such as agribusiness, technology Read More →

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Our view: Mike Towbes’ legacy will live on

By   /  Thursday, April 13th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Mike Towbes’ legacy will live on

The Central Coast will be remembering the late Mike Towbes for a long time. By creating a trust to ensure local ownership of Montecito Bank & Trust, the Princeton-educated engineer created a vehicle for community philanthropy that will stretch on for future decades. The people around him, family members, his widow Anne Smith Towbes, Montecito Read More →

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Our view: Common sense key trait for city council candidates

By   /  Friday, April 7th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Common sense key trait for city council candidates

As Goleta, Santa Maria and other municipalities contemplate district elections for city council — with dire predictions about anti-business bias among candidates — James Fenkner has a better idea. Fenkner, a self-described “radical centrist,” has launched a talent search for candidates in the upcoming Santa Barbara city elections. He is hoping that through informal networking Read More →

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Central Coast foster care system needs more families

By   /  Friday, April 7th, 2017  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Central Coast foster care system needs more families

By Jim Roberts I believe it goes without saying, it is far better for our communities to solve local needs rather than depend upon the government. Right now on the Central Coast there is a significant need to which our families and individuals need to rally to solve. To put it bluntly, there are not Read More →

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