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State economist cautions that California is still on the mend

By   /  Thursday, January 23rd, 2014  /  Agribusiness, 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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Ty Warner avoids prison time for tax evasion

By   /  Tuesday, January 14th, 2014  /  Latest news, Law, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Ty Warner avoids prison time for tax evasion

Toy magnate and Santa Barbara hotelier Ty Warner has avoided prison time, instead landing probation and community service at a Jan. 14 court hearing in Chicago.

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Wine, dine and dollars: Tourism leaders say foodie travel boosts region’s outlook

By   /  Friday, January 3rd, 2014  /  Central Coast, Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Wine, dine and dollars: Tourism leaders say foodie travel boosts region’s outlook

Tourism numbers for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties have topped pre-recession figures in recent years and that upward climb is expected to continue in 2014.

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Led by Parker inn, hotels to make headway in 2014

By   /  Monday, December 23rd, 2013  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Led by Parker inn, hotels to make headway in 2014

After several false starts over the years, the Fess Parker family is moving forward with revised plans for its second waterfront hotel in Santa Barbara, one of a few hotel developments in the city that could see progress in the New Year.

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