Construction on a new 12 story hotel and casino expansion at the Chumash Resort in the Santa Ynez Valley is set to begin next month.
The tribe announced their plans this week for the project, following a period of conversations with county leaders. There has been local concern over the building's height, as well as potential strain on county resources like fire and law enforcement.
Tribal leaders say the project is expected to be complete sometime in 2016.
The state Employment Development Department said Friday that California gained more than 24 thousand jobs in June, with education and health services seeing the largest increase. The state's construction industry saw the weakest growth.
Olga Hernandez is a research analyst for the department and says the unemployment rate is measured by the number of people who are not actively part of the labor force and who receive unemployment insurance.
California-based Habit Burger is getting national attention. The fast-food chain that got its start in Santa Barbara County has the nation's best tasting burgers according to one high-profile publication.
For a new Consumer Reports survey, subscribers were asked to rate the taste of various burgers on a scale of one to ten, and Habit Burger came out on top beating popular burger competitors like In-N-Out and Five Guys (#2 and #3 respectively).
A Wall Street trader who sees stock activity a millisecond in advance has a distinct advantage. Securities finance expert, Scott Skyrm, examines the plethora of scam stock marketers over the last 40-years in his book, Rogue Traders.
The City of San Luis Obispo Planning Commission will review a 332-acre project along Tank Farm Road at Wednesday night's scheduled meeting. The acreage is actually on county land, but the city has influence over the area.
Chevron wants to develop the land after large portions of crude oil contamination are cleared.
The plan includes turning more than three-quarters of project into open space. The remaining land would be used for a business park and other commercial uses. The plan also calls for reserving space for a park of up to 15 acres.
The tourism industry in Santa Barbara—or at least the lodging portion of it—is on the upswing with more than $1.4 million collected through the city's Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) in April. That's a 23 percent increase from the same period last year.
Santa Barbara's fiscal calendar ends in June, and so far the TOT is on target to exceed growth of more than 10 percent, year-over-year.
So far the city has collected more than $13.6 million for the fiscal year.