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Beach closures take toll on Santa Barbara County businesses

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Beach closures take toll on Santa Barbara County businesses

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 →

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Tourism outlook bright; tri-county revenue rising

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Tourism outlook bright; tri-county revenue rising

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 →

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Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

By   /  Friday, May 29th, 2015  /  Central Coast, Columns, Latest news, Opinion, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Future tourism, political fortunes at stake over response to oil spill

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 →

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Dubroff: With drought worries shelved, falling oil prices give region a break

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2014  /  Columns, Latest news, Opinion, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: With drought worries shelved, falling oil prices give region a break

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.

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Water district sues state to overturn $1.1M fine

By   /  Friday, December 19th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Water district sues state to overturn $1.1M fine

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.

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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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Pressing ahead: Olive growers brace for tighter standards

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Small Business, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Pressing ahead: Olive growers brace for tighter standards

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.