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Simi Valley City Council Grapples with Filling Vacancy

Simi Valley City Council Grapples with Filling Vacancy

By Kevin Harris How to best fill the City Council vacancy; whether or not to forgive rental fees for a tragedy-doomed festival; the appointing of board and commission members; and zoning changes were among the business handled during Monday night’s Simi Valley City Council Meeting.  Before any of the “New Business” and “Public Hearings” commenced […]

Wood Ranch Re-Zoning; District Map Chosen; New Taxi Cab Regs – Simi City Council Action!

Wood Ranch Re-Zoning; District Map Chosen; New Taxi Cab Regs – Simi City Council Action!

By Kevin Harris Monday night’s marathon, 5.5-hour long Simi Valley City Council Meeting was dominated by two crucial issues to residents: A proposed re-zoning of Wood Ranch from “open space” to “low-use residential”; and the establishment of a “by-district” election system, and how those districts will be broken down within the city. The meeting was […]

Citizens Journal Announces T.O. City Council Candidates and Upcoming Forums

Citizens Journal Announces T.O. City Council Candidates and Upcoming Forums

By Kevin Harris There are three City Council Seats set to open in Thousand Oaks, each for a full four-year term, to be filled during the General Municipal Elections, being held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Of the 11 certified candidates for those three spots, two are incumbents; Joel R. Price, and Claudia Bill-de la […]

Simi City Council Forced to Change to “District Voting” | Follows Other CA Cities

Simi City Council Forced to Change to “District Voting” | Follows Other CA Cities

By Kevin Harris The Simi Valley City Council appears reluctantly poised to adopt a new, “by district” form of voting system, in response to a demand letter received earlier this month from the same lawyer who has already forced several other California cities to do the same. This was the conclusion reached after Monday night’s Simi […]

Thousand Oaks City Council | Assisted Living, Block Grants, Landscaping Lighting and More!

Thousand Oaks City Council | Assisted Living, Block Grants, Landscaping Lighting and More!

By Kevin Harris Thousand Oaks approved a new memory care facility; Unveiled its 2018-19 Community Development Block Grants and Ad Hoc-chosen non-profits; Agreed to modest landscaping and lighting assessments, and conducted other business during last Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.  Land/Zone Changes & Permits for Memory Care Facility The City Council considered, and approved, the […]

Simi City Council Has Marathon Budget Session

Simi City Council Has Marathon Budget Session

By Kevin Harris The Simi Valley City Council unveiled the bulk of its 2018-19 City Budget; Chose its Community Project Grant Recipients; Paved the way for a new, large apartment complex; and voted to put cannabis on the November ballot during Monday’s all night City Council meeting — the Council’s last regular meeting before the […]

Cannabis Tax; Landscaping; Showing Police Respect… Monday Night’s Simi City Council Meeting

Cannabis Tax; Landscaping; Showing Police Respect… Monday Night’s Simi City Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Simi Valley City Council unanimously decided that it will ask voters to consider a commercial cannabis tax during the general election in November. Also passed unanimously during Monday night’s City Council Meeting was a resolution approving local landscaping assessments, and a request by one City Council Member for a new city […]

SB54 Debate Dominates T.O. City Council Meeting Again; Granny Flats Update Also Discussed

SB54 Debate Dominates T.O. City Council Meeting Again; Granny Flats Update Also Discussed

By Kevin Harris The Thousand Oaks City Council was once again deluged with with speakers urging action on SB54, during the Public Comments period of Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. Thirty eight public speaker cards were pre-filled out, nearly all by local residents, most opposing the Sanctuary City legislation, though this time there were also many […]

John & Ken Broadcast Live from Ventura’s Rally Against Vagrant Crime on May 3

John & Ken Broadcast Live from Ventura’s Rally Against Vagrant Crime on May 3

By Kevin Harris Fed-up Venturans rallied on Thursday afternoon, May 3, 2018, to protest lenient city policies toward homeless criminal behavior, which they say led directly to the senseless murder of a local restaurant patron, while his young daughter sat in his lap, on April 18.  Anthony Mele, 35, was having dinner with his family […]

T.O. Residents Voice Opposition to SB54; Council Eases Zoning for Cannabis Businesses Tuesday Night

T.O. Residents Voice Opposition to SB54; Council Eases Zoning for Cannabis Businesses Tuesday Night

By Kevin Harris The Thousand Oaks City Council was swarmed by residents opposing California’s “Sanctuary Cities” policies during a Public Comments session at last Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. The lawmakers also voted to ease certain zoning restrictions, making it easier for cannabis businesses to open within city limits.  Public Comments – SB54 During Item 6 […]

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