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Voters approve the bulk of bonds, taxes

By   /  Friday, November 7th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Latest news, South Coast, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Voters approve the bulk of bonds, taxes

Tri-county voters approved $910 million in school bonds on Nov. 4, with every bond proposal passing in Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties while just one passed in Santa Barbara County.

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Dubroff: Business and politics shake hands at tri-county voting booths

By   /  Friday, November 7th, 2014  /  Columns, Latest news, Opinion, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Business and politics shake hands at tri-county voting booths

With Tuesday’s elections headed to the rear view mirror, it’s clear that politics on the Central Coast have tilted toward the center and toward a more business-friendly agenda.

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Op/ed: Measure P is too deceptive and costly

By   /  Friday, October 24th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Measure P is too deceptive and costly

It would cripple the oil industry, a mainstay of the North County economy, and deprive the county of more than $16 million in annual revenue — most of which supports our schools. It would expose taxpayers to losses of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in “takings” lawsuits. And sadly, it’s all based on misunderstandings and misinformation.

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Op/ed: Measure P is good for our economy

By   /  Friday, October 24th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  1 Comment

As the country with the largest per capita emissions in the world, the United States must get serious about addressing climate change if we are to not face truly catastrophic impacts.

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Editorial: Santa Barbara County voters should reject Measure P

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

We believe that climate change is a serious threat to the global economy and that human activity is a significant contributor to global warming. We believe that significant policy changes about how we obtain and use energy will be required to reduce the human impact on climate change. But we also believe that market-based solutions Read More →

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Fire and law enforcement groups oppose Measure P

By   /  Wednesday, September 10th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Fire and law enforcement groups oppose Measure P

Organizations representing more than 700 public-safety officials in Santa Barbara County have taken a  stand against a ballot initiative that could eventually shut down much of the oil and gas production in the county. The Santa Barbara County Firefighters Association, the county Deputy Sheriffs Association and the Santa Barbara Police Officers Association all said Sept. Read More →

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Measure P puts future of oil drilling at stake

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Green Coast, Law, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Measure P puts future of oil drilling at stake

Measure P would ban the use of techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and acid stimulation, which aren’t currently in use in the county. But it would also ban practices such as cyclic steaming, which is in use at about one-third of Santa Barbara County’s nearly 1,200 wells.

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