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Lois Capps’ Pipeline Safety Act passes House

By   /  Thursday, June 9th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Lois Capps’ Pipeline Safety Act passes House

The Pipeline Safety Act, a bill that aims to improve federal oil and gas pipeline safety regulation, passed the House, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps’ office announced on June 8. Capps, D-Santa Barbara, authored the bill after last year’s Refugio oil spill, the consequences of which are still playing out throughout the Tri-Counties. This bill aims Read More →

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Anti-Trump surge could change tri-county results

By   /  Friday, May 6th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Will an anti-Trump backlash affect elections far down the ballot on the Central Coast? Perhaps. Which is why the billionaire developer’s triumph in the Indiana primary, and the abrupt suspension of campaigns by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, has ripple effects down to county and regional elections. For one thing, any Read More →

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Plains oil pipelines don’t qualify as interstate

By   /  Friday, March 4th, 2016  /  Energy, left  /  Comments Off on Plains oil pipelines don’t qualify as interstate

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Scalia’s death will impact cases of regional concern

By   /  Friday, February 19th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Scalia’s death will impact cases of regional concern

The untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia over President’s Day weekend will likely alter the trajectory of any number of cases before the court. Two of them are particularly relevant to the Tri-Counties. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the justices appeared to be closely divided on the question of whether to uphold Read More →

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Regulations put curbs on SB County wine tourism

By   /  Friday, January 22nd, 2016  /  Latest news, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Regulations put curbs on SB County wine tourism

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UI fund deficit requires multipronged approach

By   /  Friday, January 22nd, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on UI fund deficit requires multipronged approach

While California’s political class is salivating over the thought of tax windfalls and a spending spree, the state’s employers are coughing up $1.7 billion in payroll taxes this month to put a small patch over the state’s insolvent unemployment fund. That enormous haul was enough to close just a fraction of the $8 billion the Read More →

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Bill would ban offshore oil drilling along West Coast

By   /  Friday, November 13th, 2015  /  Columns, Law  /  Comments Off on Bill would ban offshore oil drilling along West Coast

Lawmakers have launched another attempt to ban offshore oil drilling. While recent attempts to limit Big Oil’s reach have been concentrated to specific regions, this one is targeting the entire West Coast. But even bills with a more narrow scope do not often get passed. U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, authored the West Coast Read More →

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