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The Container Score

By Laura Malk Dwell May-June 2018 The home that architects Clay Aurell and Josh Blumer, of AB Design Studio, devised for Bret and Dani Stone on a sloping site in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California, is nothing short of...

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Enforcement Program Focuses on California’s Metal Recyclers

By Sanford (Sandy) NaxThe Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced today that an investigation referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has resulted in the filing of 19 criminal charges against a Sun Valley scrap metal recycler for...

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Number of SLO wells contaminated with toxic solvent grows

By David Sneed, The TributeThe number of domestic wells in south San Luis Obispo contaminated with a toxic industrial solvent has grown to between 11 and 21 and those numbers could go even higher as a two-week-old investigation continues.The exact...

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Bike Coalition Shifting into High Gear

By Nick Welsh, Santa Barbara IndependentJust as the city has launched a major new bicycle planning initiative, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition has sought to solidify its immediate future and long-term financial viability by purchasing the space it’s been renting...

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Carrillo Holdings’ selling spree – $12.2M Santa Barbara property caps off year of deals

By Elijah Brumback, Pacific Coast Business TimesThanks to a four-year renovation, new tenants and a Starbucks coffee anchor, owners of a downtown Santa Barbara property were able to flip the Carrillo Street asset for $12.2 million. The buyer was New...

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California to set chromium limit for drinking water supplies

By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles TimesThe state Department of Public Health is adopting the nation's first-ever drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen found in water supplies across the state. The department announced Tuesday that it has submitted a...

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Flat Demand For Attorneys Stumps BigLaw, But Inspires Others

By Erin Coe, Law360While flat demand for outside lawyers has behemoth law firms struggling to change their business models, upstart boutiques and non-law-firm service providers are tailoring legal advice and leveraging technology to reinvent how services are delivered to clients,...

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Leaky sewer lines delivered TCE to homes

By Daniel DeBolt, Mountain View Voice A report commissioned by the city is boosting suspicions that early semiconductor companies spread pollution throughout northeastern Mountain View by dumping toxics into leaky sewer lines. A sewer line that runs through the city's...

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Is Your Dinner ‘All Natural’?

By Ashby Jones, Wall Street JournalFrom ice cream to salad dressing, and potato chips to pet food, health-conscious grocery shoppers can choose an "all natural" version of just about anything. But one item ingredient-conscious consumers can't pluck off the shelves:...

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First Solar signs PPAs with four California cities for 40MW Kingbird plant

By Andy ColthorpeUS thin-film panel maker and PV project builder, First Solar, has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for electricity generated by a planned 40MW project in Kern County, California. The agreements have been made between First Solar and four...

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