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Budget Approval Raises Measure O Questions at June 12 Ventura City Council Meeting

Budget Approval Raises Measure O Questions at June 12 Ventura City Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council unanimously approved its latest city budget during its  meeting on June 12, 2017.   The 2017-18 operating budget stands at $278 million, but with another $9 million or so set to be made available from Measure O – approved by voters last November, within weeks. Measure O adds […]

“Last Easy Budget” and Updated Simi Facts & Trends discussed at Simi City Council Meeting

“Last Easy Budget” and Updated Simi Facts & Trends discussed at Simi City Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Simi City Council approved their “last easy budget” Monday night, after being updated on Ventura County’s latest important trends from the biennial “State of the Region Report,” during the June 12 City Council Meeting.  Money, Money, Money… Item 8A, “New Business,” had a formal title so long, it made one want […]

Ventura Council Tackles Golf Course Woes; Meeting Ends With Minor Progress and More Questions

Ventura Council Tackles Golf Course Woes; Meeting Ends With Minor Progress and More Questions

by Kevin Harris During Monday’s seemingly endless meeting, the Ventura City Council tried to resolve the area’s long standing issue with its debt-riddled public golf courses, on June 5, 2017. By the end of the meeting, a loosely-worded motion barely passed a Council vote, 4-3, which was still being edited after the vote was done.  […]

New Guest House Regs and the New City Budget Dominated Tuesday’s TO Council Meeting

New Guest House Regs and the New City Budget Dominated Tuesday’s TO Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Thousand Oaks City Council tried to balance complying with new state laws for Accessory Dwelling Units, and local homeowners not fond of change, Tuesday night,  5-30-17 in the midst of an important statewide housing issue. Later in the meeting, they received detailed information on the new, two-year operating budget for the city, […]

Stop Putting Government on a Pedestal… Don’t Label Crimes against Police “Hate Crimes”

Stop Putting Government on a Pedestal… Don’t Label Crimes against Police “Hate Crimes”

    By Kevin Harris In May, 2016, Louisiana became the first state to make attacking police officers (and firefighters) a hate crime. Since then, 13 more states, most of them Republican-led, have passed “penalty enhancements” for crimes against police, with more on the way.  Once you get past the irony of Republicans pushing through […]

Trash Rates; Street Lights, Adult Businesses… Council Meeting Fun in Ventura Monday Night

Trash Rates; Street Lights, Adult Businesses… Council Meeting Fun in Ventura Monday Night

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council approved a trash service increase, will keep the same outdated streetlights, and extended its contract for legal services dealing with adult businesses Monday night. Trash and Recycling Rate Increase Item number 10 during Monday’s City Council meeting was a Public Hearing on the proposed increase to the E.J. […]

Simi Council Quietly Passes Special Tax; Sorts Through Oil Pipeline Confusion and Discusses Public Transit Monday Night

Simi Council Quietly Passes Special Tax; Sorts Through Oil Pipeline Confusion and Discusses Public Transit Monday Night

By Kevin B. Harris Like a magician’s “disappearing coin” trick, the Simi Valley City Council quietly authorized a Community Facilities special tax for the Town Center Project when they included the vote as part of a 10-item, “Consent Calendar” single vote on Monday night. They also sorted through the necessary steps to establish a public […]