The Biz Focus

New Goliath in Town

The team that brought state water to SB now brings a powerful new legal force. Read story.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

State Housing Honcho Visits, Offers Solutions

No less a personage than Lynn Jacobs, California's director of Housing and Community Development (HCD), boarded a chartered bus this week to tour potential housing sites in Goleta. The October 5 inspection kicked off a daylong workshop to commence the revamping of the city's housing policy, which has yet to win state approval. Jacobs was accompanied by two assistants and 40 or so city residents, staff, developers, activists, and press members. Read story.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Ag Restrictions Get Loose

After more than four hours of debate and repeated, strong-willed head-butting sessions among boardmembers, the spirit of compromise reigned at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors this week. As a result, the long-overdue updates to the County's Uniform Rules were finally approved. Read story.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Immigration Crackdown?

As the country awaits an October 1 hearing in which a U.S. district judge is expected to decide the legality of a new federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule that could force businesses to fire employees whose documents don't match federal records, immigrant advocates in Santa Barbara are focused on keeping immigrant families united. Read story.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Hobbs Takes the Stand

Dawn Hobbs, former crime and courts reporter for the News-Press, bantered with Ampersand Publishing attorney Barry Cappello as she took the stand Friday, September 7, to testify as a government witness against the daily newspaper, which is accused of illegal interference with union organizing. Read story.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

City Aims to Subsidize Middle-Class Housing

As asking prices for condos hit $1.2 million, the Santa Barbara City Council could start collecting funds from every development. Read story.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Inventors Save Planet

Now that just about everybody but Exxon has finally admitted that global warming is a reality, the opportunity to make money is obvious. From the labs of multinational corporations to suburban garages, inventors all over the globe are trying to find ways to rescue the world and get rich doing it.Santa Barbara, which likes to think of itself as the birthplace of the environmental movement, is holding its own pretty well in this contest. The array of astonishing inventions pouring out of UCSB now includes film-thin photovoltaic cells as well as super-efficient LED lights. In the world beyond academia as well there is a groundswell of green innovators, and people eager to cultivate them. Read story.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Coast Village Vons to Revamp

J'Amy Brown confirms that the Montecito Vons will become one of the grocer's new "lifestyle" stores. Read story.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Cut Down to Size

What started with an audacious bang as a plan to cut the building height limit in downtown Santa Barbara by one-third ended with a whimper on the floor of the City Council chambers late Tuesday afternoon, capping a nearly three-hour debate over the scale and pace of growth. Rather than pass an amendment to the city's charter-as first proposed-or an interim ordinance to reduce the height limit from 60 feet to 40, the council opted for a meeting of City Hall's main review agencies to discuss the tools they already have to limit building size. Read story.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Jimmy's Sign Taken, Found

The famed Chinese bar and restaurant's sign went missing last weekend, but was soon discovered. Read story.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Free Trade for All

Lanny Ebenstein, former school board member, failed mayoral candidate, and current UCSB lecturer, has a new book with which to burnish his reputation as Santa Barbara's most prominent Libertarian. Read story.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Trash Talk

The Santa Barbara City Council discussion on Tuesday of the state of its recycling efforts bore a striking similarity to a water polo game: All the real action took place out of sight. Read story.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Bean Counting

When Dan Randall first started coffee roasting 15 years ago, it was with one intention-to create the kind of gourmet, organic coffee he loved. His girlfriend at the time was unimpressed. "She didn't like my stuff," Randall said recently. "Her idea of a good cup of coffee was Farmer Brothers. If it didn't taste like a brown paper bag brewed through a gym sock, she didn't like it." Read story.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Eco-Chic Show

Design Within Reach is featuring the eco-chic prefab residences of Los Angeles-based Marmol Radziner + Associates in a free digital slide show. Read story.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Business Trip: When Getting Away Is No Getaway

As appealing as a weekend away may seem to a harried stay-at-home columnist mom, Starshine finds that a solo trip can be just as taxing. Read story.

Thursday, January 4, 2007
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