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A Matter of Life and Death | Time for the Signal Light You Designed and Approved, Caltrans

A Matter of Life and Death | Time for the Signal Light You Designed and Approved, Caltrans

    By Debra Tash We chose to publish this op-ed at 7:50 AM on August 17th to mark a very grim one week anniversary. Serious Accident Closes Los Angeles Ave., 118, Closes Highway from Somis to Moorpark On August 10th, 2018 a gas tanker heading west T-boned a sedan making a left turn off of […]

T.O. Has a Choice between Developers or their Heritage Oak Trees

T.O. Has a Choice between Developers or their Heritage Oak Trees

    By Gail Hubbs I’m sitting in my house located in “Thousand Oaks”,  reading from our local newspaper named “The Acorn”, and people wonder why there’s such an uproar over preserving our city’s oaks.  The city seal is an oak tree stamped on City Hall and every city bus and utility truck whose frequent […]

OP-ED: Doctors that Run “Pill Mills” Deserve the Same Punishment as Crack Dealers

OP-ED: Doctors that Run “Pill Mills” Deserve the Same Punishment as Crack Dealers

    By Raynard Jackson (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Please excuse me for not welling up with empathy for those who are addicted to opioids. Yeah, I know drug addiction is a bad thing, but people make choices and have to live with the consequences. I am old enough to have lived through the crack epidemic […]

Oxnard | NRG permit denial request. Request to continue water circulation in Channel Islands Harbor

Oxnard | NRG permit denial request. Request to continue water circulation in Channel Islands Harbor

    By Arthur Bier and Cassandra Owens Now that the pumping has stopped at the NRG Power Plant Oxnard, CA facility,  2.3 miles of canal have become stagnant beginning in early 2018. Improper aeration is contaminating the harbor as the tides change.  For the past 20 years, the State Water Board and the US Environmental […]

Polarized America | Why Americans are divided about Trump

Polarized America | Why Americans are divided about Trump

                                    By Tyler Bolsoni The progressive left and the Democrat Party are currently physically and  emotionally disturbed by President Trump. They see him as a Hitler or Stalin type figure. They see him as being a ”threat to democracy” (even though America is […]

Property Crime and Prop 47| Like Being Hit By Lightning

Property Crime  and Prop 47| Like Being Hit By Lightning

By Michele Hanisee   Pop 47 ushered in an increase in property crime statewide because many theft offenses were made inconsequential misdemeanors that carried little likelihood of incarceration. Last month the Public Policy Institute of California conceded that Prop 47 was responsible for an increase in larceny rates statewide. That increase, they reported, was 9% higher than that […]

Port Hueneme Takes Tax Path of Least Resistance

Port Hueneme Takes Tax Path of Least Resistance

    By Tom Figg Earlier this month, the Port Hueneme City Council authorized placement of a 1-cent transaction and use tax on the November ballot by a 4-1 vote. I was the lone dissenter. If approved, the measure would increase Port Hueneme’s overall sales tax rate to the highest level within Ventura County. The […]

Can Ventura County Cities Afford CalPERS?

Can Ventura County Cities Afford CalPERS?

California’s economy may be booming but cities throughout Ventura County, are feeling the financial pinch and asking their voters to approve new taxes of one kind or another. While seeking more money from their voters to cover their ever-increasing retirement costs, local officials have been very reluctant to say it’s for pensions, fearing backlash at […]

California needs criminal justice reforms to fight crime

California needs criminal justice reforms to fight crime

    By Michele Hanisee The “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018″ will appear on the 2020 ballot, as the failure of some Registrars to timely validate signatures prevented it from qualifying from the 2018 ballot. The initiative will make commonsense changes to fix problems caused by AB 109, Prop 47 and Prop 57. While […]

Assuring grid reliability in California — a view from Commissioner Randolph

Assuring grid reliability in California — a view from Commissioner Randolph

    By Liane M. Randolph The following is a viewpoint by Commissioner Liane M. Randolph of the California Public Utilities Commission. On Feb. 28, 2018, my fellow Commissioners and I received a letter from NRG California South, which operates 11 natural-gas fired power plants in the state. The letter stated that NRG intended to “shut down and […]

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