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3 months after oil spill, Santa Barbara region recovering

By   /  Friday, August 14th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on 3 months after oil spill, Santa Barbara region recovering

  Even though Plains All American Pipeline underestimated the extent of the Refugio oil spill, Santa Barbara businesses and residents are feeling less of a sting than expected since the rupture fouled the Gaviota coastline and its wildlife about three months ago. Plains, the Houston-based oil company responsible for the spill, said in a quarterly Read More →

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Tri-county cities test limits of home sharing

By   /  Friday, August 7th, 2015  /  Latest news, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Tri-county cities test limits of home sharing

As peer-to-peer rental services like Airbnb grow, cities throughout the tri-county region have struggled to adjust to the increasingly popular trend. Just as Netflix revolutionized TV and Uber changed transportation, home-sharing sites like Airbnb are transforming the tourism industry. Travelers can stay longer and spend more money because of cheaper lodging options. Businesses get more Read More →

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Santa Barbara may add legal muscle for claims against oil spill pipeline operator

By   /  Thursday, July 16th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara may add legal muscle for claims against oil spill pipeline operator

The city of Santa Barbara is looking to add some legal muscle as battle lines are drawn against its behemoth foe, Plains All American Pipeline. City Attorney Ariel Calonne, in a statement released July 16, is recommending that the Santa Barbara City Council retain special legal counsel to assist as co-counsel in preparing and pursuing Read More →

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Refugio State Beach to reopen July 17

By   /  Friday, July 10th, 2015  /  Latest news, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Refugio State Beach to reopen July 17

Refugio State Beach, which was closed after an oil spill May 19, has been cleared by California State Parks to reopen at noon July 17. Officials completed a site assessment of the state beach and deemed it safe for the public. All recreational activities will resume, including swimming, camping and fishing. Non-state park areas to Read More →

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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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