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Coastal Commission sea-level rules could erode property rights

By   /  Friday, April 4th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Coastal Commission sea-level rules could erode property rights

The seas are rising, threatening billions of dollars of California’s coastal real estate. But the question of whether property owners can armor against the waves or must fall back as their holdings wash away is at the heart of an obscure policy document making its way through the California Coastal Commission. The rules would require Read More →

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Emissions cap prompts oil firm backlash

By   /  Friday, November 22nd, 2013  /  Central Coast, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Emissions cap prompts oil firm backlash

Santa Barbara County’s decision to impose a strict cap on carbon emissions from a proposed oil project puts the county at a competitive disadvantage in California and likely will cut into the money energy firms pump into the regional economy.

The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Nov. 12 to require Santa Maria Energy to cap its carbon emissions at 10,000 tons per year. Santa Maria Energy had proposed 136 wells for a site near Orcutt.

Santa Barbara County’s oil is thick and viscous. In order to extract it, companies inject steam into wells to soften the oil. Burning natural gas to create the steam is what generates the bulk of carbon emissions.

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In Star Wars creator’s building struggle, a new hope for housing

By   /  Friday, April 5th, 2013  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on In Star Wars creator’s building struggle, a new hope for housing

Chris Thornberg and George Lucas are not usually found in the same room — let alone the same sentence.

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Updated: Gallegly talks about new CLU public policy center

By   /  Monday, March 4th, 2013  /  Latest news, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Updated: Gallegly talks about new CLU public policy center

Retired Congressman Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, will lead a $3 million fundraising campaign for the newly established Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at California Lutheran University. During a telephone chat with the Business Times, Gallegly said he hopes to forge close ties between the Thousand Oaks public policy center and the nearby Read More →

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