The oil spill near Refugio State Beach dealt a financial blow to a handful of businesses with more revenue being lost every day. Although the total impact on Santa Barbara’s $1 billion tourism industry is likely to be offset by increased hotel stays by cleanup crews, there was no sign of relief for those directly Read More →
As the tri-county region has emerged from the Great Recession, travel and tourism loom larger and larger on the economic landscape, with Memorial Day as the traditional kick off to the region’s peak season. In San Luis Obispo County, rebounding travel and tourism, plus the burgeoning solar industry, are key drivers of new jobs. Visit Read More →
Just six months ago, Santa Barbara County’s oil and gas industry was sailing on smooth waters. In the November election, broad business support and a flood of outside money helped defeat Measure P, an effort to ban fracking and a wide range of drilling activities countywide. Two companies, Aera Energy and Venoco, were in the Read More →
On a drive throughout much of the Highway 101 corridor dodging rainstorms on Dec. 15, I learned a lot about how much the psychology of a return to normal weather is having on the region.
The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District has upped the ante in its battle with the State Water Resources Control Board over a $1.1 million fine the district received for a sewer spill in 2010.
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.
In the quiet hills of Templeton, dense rows of olive branches line a narrow dirt road that winds through the fields and right up to the doorstep of Olea Olive Farm, where visitors can taste an array of specialty extra virgin olive oils made on-site.