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Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Opinion, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

Just six months ago, Santa Barbara County’s oil and gas industry was sailing on smooth waters. In the November election, broad business support and a flood of outside money helped defeat Measure P, an effort to ban fracking and a wide range of drilling activities countywide. Two companies, Aera Energy and Venoco, were in the Read More →

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Bigger fines needed to hold oil pipe owners accountable

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Bigger fines needed to hold oil pipe owners accountable

It’s a case of business as usual for Plains All American Pipeline, which owns the pipe that ruptured near Goleta on May 19 and spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons of oil. About 21,000 gallons of oil flowed through a storm culvert under Highway 101 into the ocean, blackening area beaches and creating a 10-square-mile oil Read More →

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Boxer, Feinstein, Markey demand answers over SB County oil spill

By   /  Thursday, May 28th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Boxer, Feinstein, Markey demand answers over SB County oil spill

U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-CA, Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, and Edward J. Markey, D-MA, on May 28 sent a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration calling for more information about the rupture of a pipeline The senators wrote, “Following one of the most devastating oil spills in California history, we need answers about Read More →

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Oil pipeline owners may face more than fines for Santa Barbara County spill

By   /  Friday, May 22nd, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Oil pipeline owners may face more than fines for Santa Barbara County spill

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris on Friday said her office is actively working with the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office and state and federal agencies to investigate the incident.

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Business flyers trade bigger planes for fewer flights

By   /  Friday, March 27th, 2015  /  Latest news, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Business flyers trade bigger planes for fewer flights

The latest maneuvers by United Airlines could push travelers to look to Burbank and LAX for convenience and cost savings.

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SLO restaurateur rides a wave of business, tourism growth

By   /  Friday, March 27th, 2015  /  Latest news, Real Estate, Restaurants, Small Business, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on SLO restaurateur rides a wave of business, tourism growth

The city is building an impressive lineup of new restaurants, which are filling up vacant real estate.

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Cities weigh cost of hosting US cycling’s main attraction

By   /  Friday, March 6th, 2015  /  Latest news, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Cities weigh cost of hosting US cycling’s main attraction

Host cities beef up for pay-to-play Amgen Tour

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