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Tri-county oil producers considering exit strategies

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2016  /  Energy, Latest news, middle, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Tri-county oil producers considering exit strategies

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Santa Barbara Public Market rebooting with booze offerings

By   /  Friday, January 8th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara Public Market rebooting with booze offerings

The Santa Barbara Public Market is refreshing its approach. The multi-merchant market plans to replace its Foragers Pantry grocery store with a beer garden this spring. The new beer garden will coincide with the expansion of the Public Market’s liquor license that will allow 21-and-older patrons to carry a glass of wine or beer throughout Read More →

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Judge orders Highway 101 widening project EIR to be redrafted

By   /  Thursday, December 17th, 2015  /  Latest news, Law & Goverment, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Judge orders Highway 101 widening project EIR to be redrafted

A Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge ruled that part of the Highway 101 Widening Project Environmental Impact Report needs to be recalculated, but the decision is not expected to significantly delay the project. The estimated $428 million fourth stage of the undertaking includes adding high occupancy vehicle lanes in both directions through the 10.3-mile Read More →

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Agencies should release oil pipeline information

By   /  Friday, December 11th, 2015  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Federal regulators should stop dragging their heels and release requested information about the oil pipelines that run through the Tri-Counties immediately. Business Times staff writer Alex Kacik reports in this issue that the Environmental Defense Center has filed a lawsuit against the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, alleging that the agency is refusing Read More →

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Environmentalists sue regulators for not releasing info on tri-county oil pipelines

By   /  Tuesday, December 8th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Law & Goverment, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Environmentalists sue regulators for not releasing info on tri-county oil pipelines

  Environmental groups have filed lawsuits against federal regulators for allegedly refusing to release information regarding oil pipelines in the Tri-Counties. The Environmental Defense Center and Santa Barbara Channelkeepers sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on May 22. PHMSA has yet to fulfill the FOIA requests, Read More →

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Santa Barbara faces enforcement nightmare over short-term rentals

By   /  Friday, November 20th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara faces enforcement nightmare over short-term rentals

The city of Santa Barbara had it good. It had been controversially collecting taxes on short-term rentals since 2008 even though most were illegally operating in certain residential zones. The city earned extra revenue and only had to crack down on a handful that neighbors deemed intolerable. But the inherent conflict caught up with policy Read More →

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Affordable housing projects move ahead in Santa Barbara

By   /  Friday, November 13th, 2015  /  Columns, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Affordable housing projects move ahead in Santa Barbara

The region cannot build enough housing fast enough to keep up with increasing demand, economists have said at forecasts over the past two weeks. The Tri-Counties are so short on available units that it could rein in the economic expansion. But the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is trying to make a Read More →