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Opinion: Santa Barbara County’s redistricting hinges on your participation

By   /  Monday, October 4th, 2021  /  Government, Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  No Comments

By Glenn Morris and Megan Turley The right to vote is one of our most foundational rights as Americans — we have the right to be equally and fairly represented. Santa Barbara County is redistricting, which means that we are assessing current supervisorial district boundaries and redrawing all five districts based on the federal 2020 Read More →

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Santa Barbara County leaders tout recovery efforts, ‘positive fiscal outlook’

By   /  Thursday, September 30th, 2021  /  Government, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara County leaders tout recovery efforts, ‘positive fiscal outlook’

In her State Of The County address on Sept. 30, Santa Barbara County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato said the message is clear: County government wants to focus on improving the health and economic wellbeing of people who suffered the most during the pandemic. The in-person luncheon, hosted by the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Read More →

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Region’s unemployment rate down to 5.9% in August

By   /  Friday, September 17th, 2021  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Region’s unemployment rate down to 5.9% in August

The tri-county region’s unemployment rate dipped below 6% in August for only the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a Business Times analysis of data released Sept. 17 by the California Employment Development Department. The combined unemployment rate for Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties was 5.9% in August, down Read More →

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Two cannabis growers in Santa Barbara County to pay environmental fines

By   /  Tuesday, August 17th, 2021  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Two cannabis growers in Santa Barbara County to pay environmental fines

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office has settled cases against two cannabis growers for violating environmental laws. Both settlements were announced Aug. 17. The first was with 805 Agricultural Holdings, which will pay $40,000 in civil penalties to a variety of state and county agencies. The fines settle a complaint that the grower “unlawfully Read More →

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Water agencies file suit against Santa Barbara County

By   /  Thursday, June 24th, 2021  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Law, right, South Coast, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Water agencies file suit against Santa Barbara County

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Region’s unemployment rate flat in January as COVID surged

By   /  Friday, March 12th, 2021  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Region’s unemployment rate flat in January as COVID surged

The tri-county region’s unemployment rate was 7.4% in January, the same as in December, as the region and state endured the second month of the winter COVID-19 surge. California’s unemployment rate was 9% in January, down from 9.3% in December, according to data released March 12 by the state Employment Development Department. The national unemployment Read More →

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California lifts stay-home orders as ICU capacity grows; COVID remains “widespread” in region

By   /  Monday, January 25th, 2021  /  Central Coast, Central Coast Health Watch, East Ventura County, Latest news, left, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on California lifts stay-home orders as ICU capacity grows; COVID remains “widespread” in region

California Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the state’s regional stay-home orders Monday morning, paving the way for the return of outdoor restaurants service and a few other business activities. Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are now back in the “purple” or “widespread” tier of the state’s color-coded pandemic regulations—the most restrictive level, but Read More →

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