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Planning Commission votes to approve extension on Foxen pipeline project, community members advocate for additional environmental review

Cover Story

Planning Commission votes to approve extension on Foxen pipeline project, community members advocate for additional environmental review

By MALEA MARTIN

It’s been more than eight years since ERG Operating Co. LLC, an oil and energy company, submitted its initial application for the Foxen Petroleum Pipeline Project, a 2.9-mile pipeline proposed to replace the current practice of trucking crude oil from the Cat Canyon oil field. On Aug. 5, the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission voted to stretch that timeline a bi... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Planning Commission votes to approve extension on Foxen pipeline project, community members advocate for additional environmental review
News: California representatives ask Congress to pass HEROES Act with Bureau of Prisons funding
News: Guadalupe passes strict tobacco control regulations
News: Solvang talks parking concerns amid Copenhagen closure
Commentary: Lompoc needs a City Council majority that's focused on economic development
 

News

Slow The Virus

California representatives ask Congress to pass HEROES Act with Bureau of Prisons funding

By Malea Martin

It’s been nearly three months since the House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a $3 trillion stimulus...

Guadalupe passes strict tobacco control regulations

By Kasey Bubnash

Guadalupe now has one of the most stringent tobacco control ordinances in Santa Barbara County, and it’s going into effect at the end of this month.  Through the n...

County Planning Commission hears appeal of contentious land use permit

By Malea Martin

The Santa Barbara Planning Commission recently heard both sides of a contentious land use debate over whether a proposed vegetable greenhouse would be misused for growing cann...

Solvang talks parking concerns amid Copenhagen closure

By Karen Garcia

The city of Solvang revisited the Copenhagen Drive closure at its Aug. 10 meeting to hear residents’ concerns about the closure, positive feedback from tourists, and dis...

Groups announce partnership to grow commercial space at Vandenberg

By Peter Johnson

Local political and economic leaders want to see Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc become a national hub for the fledging commercial space industry. On Aug. 5, a coalition ...

Political Watch: August 13, 2020

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), state Sen. Hannah Beth-Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), and Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) joined a convers...

Spotlight

San Joaquin Valley College's new Santa Maria-based program will train the nurses of tomorrow

By MALEA MARTIN

Even before the days of COVID-19, studies showed that nurse shortages were a resounding issue across the nation. According to a 2017 Department of Health and Human Services re...

Cannabis Corner

An ag panel discusses present challenges, potential for the future

By ZAC EZZONE

Labor shortages and government regulations tied to groundwater usage continue to hinder local farmers, but technological advancements could ease some of these concerns, accord...

Commentary

Lompoc needs a City Council majority that's focused on economic development

By RON FINK

Everyone knows that “Lompoc is at the end of the road” geographically, and this semi-isolation impacts our economy: Can city leaders improve the economic situation...

Letters

Vote with your forward-thinking wallet

By Jill ZamEk, Arroyo Grande

Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) authored AB 2898 in a last-ditch effort to extend the life of dirty Diablo Canyon Power Plant. This bill foolishly seeks t...

Canary

CANARY: The ol' switcheroo

By THE CANARY

Sometimes when you tune in to the right Santa Barbara County Planning Commission, you get more than you bargained for.  And often, that’s in hours—people dro...

Arts

Valley Art Gallery presents new group show and 'treasure hunt' at the Santa Maria Airport

More than 30 locally created artworks will be exhibited at the Santa Maria Airport through the end of September, as part of Valley Art Gallery’s new group show. This exh...

Orcutt Community Theater announces 'War of the Worlds' production, slated to open in October

Amid a season of cancellations and postponements, Orcutt Community Theater has announced its next production, War of the Worlds: A Live Radio Play, which is scheduled to open ...

Painter and printmaker Holli Harmon joins the Wildling Museum's webinar series with Califia and Beyond

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Strong female figures are integral to the works of portrait and landscape artist Holli Harmon, whose latest muse is a mythical warrior queen, Califia, aka “the Spirit of...

Folk-pop artist Noa Zimmerman releases new music video based around environmental protests at Cat Canyon

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

"Listen closely for screams beyond countries, The sound of stirring hearts sink, Look for the bleeding, collective unreeling, Complete loss of the missing link,&rdq...

Film

The Most Dangerous Animal of All goes in unexpected directions

Created by Kief Davidson (The Ivory Games) and Ross M. Dinerstein (The Innocent Man), this documentary miniseries introduces us to Gary L. Stewart, a man in search of his past...

Eats

HomeStyle delivers affordable, fresh daily meals to your house

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

In April, Food Inc. of Santa Barbara County morphed as all businesses adjusting to COVID-19 had to, shifting its business model from purely catering focused to meal delivery. ...

Hot Stuff

IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) presents A World in Miniature, a special Zoom presentation with scenic designer Jason Bolen, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. ...

THE DELI IN DELICIOUS

SLO Provisions hosts its Jewish Deli Day Fundraiser pickup on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A portion of each purchase benefits the JCC-Federation of SLO. Deli me...

RAISE THE ROOF

Hotel San Luis Obispo is now offering free, outdoor yoga sessions on its rooftop terrace every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to noon. Although classes are comp...

UNCUT GEMS

Creative Me Time hosts a curbside pickup for its take-home Sea Glass Wire Wrapped Jewelry project at Centennial Park in Paso Robles on Monday, Aug. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. The p...





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Should the Foxen oil pipeline project receive more environmental review?

No. The existing report is enough.
Yes—the Foxen project should be reviewed on its own.
That project should have been killed years ago.
I don't care; COVID-19 issues are more important to me.

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