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Granada Theatre gets $1 million gift from local philanthropists

By   /  Wednesday, February 5th, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Granada Theatre gets $1 million gift from local philanthropists

The Granada Theatre and The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts have received a $1 million commitment to the theater’s endowment fund from Sarah and Roger Chrisman.

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Cruise control? Thirty ships slated to call on Santa Barbara in 2014

By   /  Friday, January 31st, 2014  /  South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Cruise control? Thirty ships slated to call on Santa Barbara in 2014

When 30 cruise ships float into Santa Barbara’s harbor this year, several will have poor-to-failing environmental grades. And all the ships will carry passengers that, on average, spend about a quarter of what day-trippers and overnight tourists do.

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Remodels abound as South Coast hotels focus on keeping up appearances

By   /  Friday, January 24th, 2014  /  South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Remodels abound as South Coast hotels focus on keeping up appearances

The area has seen a boom in hotel remodels and renovations recently, with upgrades to Hotel Santa Barbara and Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, among others.

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State economist cautions that California is still on the mend

By   /  Thursday, January 23rd, 2014  /  Agriculture, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on State economist cautions that California is still on the mend

Santa Barbara County’s economy relies heavily on its billion-dollar tourism and agricultural industries, two of the fastest-growing sectors of California’s economy by number of jobs. But those are also industries with highly seasonal workforces and generally low-paying wages.

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Cruise ship industry floats $2.4M into Santa Barbara

By   /  Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Cruise ship industry floats $2.4M into Santa Barbara

The cruise ship industry had an estimated $2.4 million economic impact on Santa Barbara last year, with more than 50,000 passengers visiting the city, according to a recently released survey.

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Armstrong lands construction contract for Children’s Museum

By   /  Friday, January 17th, 2014  /  Columns, Real Estate, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Armstrong lands construction contract for Children’s Museum

Construction on a 17,000-square-foot Children’s Museum in Santa Barbara kicks off this summer. Area general contractor Armstrong Associates has been tapped to build the new museum at 125 State St., adjacent to the train station.

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Dry farming in Paso Robles: vintners’ tough love for the vines

By   /  Friday, January 17th, 2014  /  Columns, Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Dry farming in Paso Robles: vintners’ tough love for the vines

With so much attention focused lately on water issues in Paso Robles, I was curious about the vintners who direct a kind of tough love to their vines known as dry farming.

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