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State Street becoming factory outlet center

By   /  Friday, June 19th, 2015  /  Latest news, Opinion, Real Estate, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on State Street becoming factory outlet center

It was a retail icon, a testament to the 1990s rise of State Street in Santa Barbara as a shopping mecca. The very name oozed luxury and aspiration. Saks Fifth Avenue. And soon it will be gone. The property at the corner of State and Carrillo streets in the 1000 block of the center of Read More →

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Paso Robles wine castle’s woes fade into medieval history

By   /  Friday, June 19th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Small Business, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Paso Robles wine castle’s woes fade into medieval history

The former Eagle Castle Winery, a Paso Robles wine country landmark overlooking Highway 46 West, has emerged from its version of the Dark Ages with a more modern look and visitor-friendly improvements after sitting vacant for 18 months and being sold while under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Now the home of Tooth & Nail Winery, Read More →

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Plains has spent more than $60 million on Refugio oil spill cleanup

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Energy, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Plains has spent more than $60 million on Refugio oil spill cleanup

Plains All American Pipeline, the company responsible for spilling thousands of gallons of crude oil on the Gaviota Coast, said Friday it has spent more than $60 million on clean up efforts to date. There is no timeline on how long it will take to call the response complete, but the most recent update from Read More →

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Jail time unlikely for Plains executives

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Jail time unlikely for Plains executives

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Central Coast economy depends on politicians, Plains making it right

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Editorials, Energy, Latest news, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Central Coast economy depends on politicians, Plains making it right

When it comes to oil and politics, the conventional wisdom has been that Central Coast politicians can’t overplay their hands in expressing outrage over environmental issues. That conventional wisdom is about to get a major test. Already a parade of elected officials has toured the damage wrought by the May 19 oil spill that made Read More →

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Oil spill claims process will likely be long, ugly legal battle

By   /  Friday, June 12th, 2015  /  Columns, Energy, Latest news, Law, Opinion, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Oil spill claims process will likely be long, ugly legal battle

Plains All American Pipeline is taking a page straight out of BP’s oil spill response playbook, according  to at least one attorney with firsthand experience in oil spill litigation. Thomas Young, a Tampa-based attorney who went to work trying to secure claims for clients in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, told the Read More →

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Governor Brown issues executive order to speed Refugio oil spill recovery efforts

By   /  Friday, June 5th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Governor Brown issues executive order to speed Refugio oil spill recovery efforts

As federal, state, and local agencies continue working to minimize and mitigate the effects of the Refugio oil spill, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday issued an executive order to further expedite recovery efforts and help ensure the natural environment is restored, beaches are reopened and economic impacts are minimized. The governor’s order directs state agencies Read More →

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