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Santa Maria gets big lift from Towbes

By   /  Friday, October 3rd, 2014  /  Real Estate, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Santa Maria gets big lift from Towbes

The Towbes Group is building nearly 500 new housing units in Santa Maria with two new apartment projects.

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Lineage Logistics unveils new cold-storage facility in Santa Maria

By   /  Monday, September 29th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Real Estate, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Lineage Logistics unveils new cold-storage facility in Santa Maria

Lineage Logistics, owned and managed by Bay Grove Capital, has officially opened the doors of its new 216,000-square-foot cold storage and food-processing facility in Santa Maria. The company declined to share a dollar figure for the project, which is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified. The company has not provided a dollar figure associated with 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 & Goverment, 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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Letter: A construction firm owner’s perspective on Measure P

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Letter: A construction firm owner’s perspective on Measure P

Dear Editor: Construction is a cyclical industry. As the owner of a construction company in Santa Barbara County, I have focused on trying to dampen these high and low swings. By not having to lay off any employees since the 2008 economic downturn, it seems fair to say that we have been reasonably successful. For Read More →

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Letter: The chamber doesn’t represent us

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Letter: The chamber doesn’t represent us

Dear Editor: I was one of 50 South Coast business owners and founders who sent a letter to the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce asking it to endorse Measure P, the Healthy Air & Water Initiative to ban fracking and other extreme oil extraction in Santa Barbara County. This was an impressive and diverse Read More →

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Stantec to buy tri-county engineering firm Penfield & Smith

By   /  Thursday, August 28th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Real Estate, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Stantec to buy tri-county engineering firm Penfield & Smith

Stantec, a large publicly traded design and consulting company, is acquiring Santa Barbara-based engineering firm Penfield & Smith. Terms of the deal, expected to close in October, were not disclosed. Penfield & Smith has regional offices in Santa Barbara, Camarillo and Santa Maria. The company had revenue of $16 million last year, according to Business Read More →

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Santa Barbara chamber opposes anti-oil effort Measure P

By   /  Wednesday, August 27th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  3 Comments

Proponents of Santa Barbara County’s Measure P, an anti-fracking measure that could also shut down conventional oil and gas production, suffered a setback on Aug. 27 when the largest South Coast chamber of commerce said it opposed the November ballot initiative. The Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce said that its board voted to “urge Read More →