For the second year in a row, corporate movers and environmental shakers converged at Bacara last week for the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference, a three-day symposium on business and the environment. Highlights included talks with the CEOs of Google and Ford, a speech by Nobel laureate Al Gore, and Czech President V¡clav Klaus’s attack on Americans’ reliance on government to solve problems rather than the free market. (/econ312)


High-end organic supermarket Whole Foods Market will be opening its long-rumored Santa Barbara store in fall 2009 in the spot where Circuit City once stood at 3761 State Street. The Austin-based grocer boasts locations throughout the country. (/whole312)


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