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Brown signs bill to streamline CEQA process

By   /  Friday, September 23rd, 2016  /  Latest news, Law, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Brown signs bill to streamline CEQA process

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that aims to expedite and add more transparency to environmental reviews. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, authored Senate Bill 122 along with Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, which strives to streamline the California Environmental Quality Act process. CEQA requires state and local agencies to identify significant environmental impacts of Read More →

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Jackson bill passes Senate

By   /  Wednesday, August 31st, 2016  /  Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Jackson bill passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, that could expand paternity leave for small business employees passed the Senate and now heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 654 will expand the state’s Paid Family Leave Program to employees at small businesses with 20 to 49 employees. Current law Read More →

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Impact of Diablo Canyon closure needs studying

By   /  Friday, April 29th, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Impact of Diablo Canyon closure needs studying

We didn’t pull any punches when we wrote about California’s war on business in the April 22 edition of the Business Times. For a classic example of the kind of thinking that’s just wrong about California’s path forward, it’s worth looking at opposition to SB 968. Introduced by Sen. Bill Monning, a Democrat from Santa Read More →

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Refugio oil spill pinches tri-county small businesses

By   /  Friday, July 3rd, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Refugio oil spill pinches tri-county small businesses

Jamie Diamond is thrilled that the region’s fishing ban has been lifted but her sportfishing business is still reeling from the Refugio oil spill. Diamond has owned and operated Santa Barbara-based Stardust Sportfishing with her husband Jason for the past 20 years. They take private charters and open parties of tourists and local regulars fishing Read More →

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Politicians, officials should take measured approach after oil spill

By   /  Friday, June 5th, 2015  /  Editorials, Energy, Opinion, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Politicians, officials should take measured approach after oil spill

While the cleanup of the Refugio oil spill is progressing, albeit slowly, the politics of petroleum extraction have overtaken events on the ground. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson and Assemblymember Das Williams have called for new rules for oil pipeline safety. In Ventura County, Supervisors Steve Bennett and Linda Parks have questioned the future of oil production Read More →

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South Coast legislators push for more oil pipe oversight, quicker spill response

By   /  Friday, June 5th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on South Coast legislators push for more oil pipe oversight, quicker spill response

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Editorial: Area legislators step up after Isla Vista tragedy

By   /  Friday, October 3rd, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

The Isla Vista rampage happened four months ago, but legislators from the Central Coast have not let the issue fade away. On Sept. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two new laws that, when they take effect early next year, will strengthen public protection from violent episodes like the Elliot Rodger killing spree that claimed seven Read More →

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