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‘Making things right’ after Refugio oil spill more than lip service

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Energy, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on ‘Making things right’ after Refugio oil spill more than lip service

Plains All American Pipeline, the Houston-based company responsible for the oil spill near Refugio Beach on May 19, should stop the bullshit. Plains’ aversion to providing honest answers about the spill was on full display June 26 at a joint oversight hearing by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Select Committee on the Read More →

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Happy Harry’s in Goleta on selling block, deal pending

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Latest news, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Happy Harry’s in Goleta on selling block, deal pending

The freshest news in Goleta is that Happy Harry’s Produce Market is looking for new owners as three longtime partners split ways. Located at 7020 Calle Real, near the Glen Annie and Storke Road exit off Highway 101, the green grocer and all-natural foods store is on the market for just under $2.4 million. The Read More →

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Dubroff: Litigation, criminal probe could put squeeze on oil pipeline operator

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Law, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Litigation, criminal probe could put squeeze on oil pipeline operator

When Barry Cappello litigates, people listen. Which is why his June 23 lawsuit seeking class action status and unspecified damages against Plains All American Pipeline may prove to be a turning point in the sorry history of the Refugio oil spill. “It was a disaster waiting to happen again and again,” is the way Cappello Read More →

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Refugio oil spill pinches tri-county small businesses

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Refugio oil spill pinches tri-county small businesses

Jamie Diamond is thrilled that the region’s fishing ban has been lifted but her sportfishing business is still reeling from the Refugio oil spill. Diamond has owned and operated Santa Barbara-based Stardust Sportfishing with her husband Jason for the past 20 years. They take private charters and open parties of tourists and local regulars fishing Read More →

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Refugio oil spill cleanup costs near $100 million

By   /  Saturday, June 27th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Refugio oil spill cleanup costs near $100 million

Patrick Hodgins, director of safety and security for Plains All American Pipeline, answers questions about the Refugio oil spill at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors hearing room Friday. (Alex Kacik)

  Plains All American Pipeline estimates that the cleanup of the oil spill near Refugio Beach has cost $96 million thus far, but the economic and environmental consequences may be more difficult to quantify. The Assembly Natural Resources Committee and Senate Select Committee on the Refugio Oil Spill held a joint oversight hearing at the Read More →

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SLO forum highlights new infrastructure tool for cities

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Real Estate, South Coast, Tourism, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on SLO forum highlights new infrastructure tool for cities

The San Luis Obispo Regional Forum, organized by the Economic Vitality Corp., recently brought together more than 45 elected officials, local government representatives and private industry stakeholders in the same room talking about infrastructure. The forum was opened by Mike Manchak, president and CEO of the Economic Vitality Corp., and Guy Savage, deputy administrative officer Read More →

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Grover Beach aims to be coastal tourism hot spot

By   /  Friday, June 26th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Grover Beach aims to be coastal tourism hot spot

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