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Judge orders Highway 101 widening project EIR to be redrafted

By   /  Thursday, December 17th, 2015  /  Latest news, Law, 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, 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 →

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Highway 101 gridlock hurts tri-county economy

By   /  Friday, November 6th, 2015  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Highway 101 gridlock hurts tri-county economy

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Dubroff: Region’s road warriors weary of business in the slow lane

By   /  Friday, November 6th, 2015  /  Columns  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Region’s road warriors weary of business in the slow lane

  When mudslides shut Interstate Highway 5 through the Grapevine in mid-October, the effect on the Central Coast was immediate and severe. Thousands of cars and trucks had little choice but to travel via Highway 101 and they clogged the route from Ventura to Santa Barbara — a trip that takes 30 minutes in light Read More →

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