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New county transportation sales tax initiative approved for several city ballots so far

New county transportation sales tax initiative approved for several city ballots so far

By George Miller On Tuesday night, 6-14-16, the Oxnard Council approved placing a Ventura County-wide transportation tax on the ballot. It would take 2/3 of County voters in the November election to pass this 1/2% increment to the sales tax. This has failed twice before, but officials claim it now has 67% public support in a […]

Site Visit of Proposed for Mission Rock Energy Center — June 28th

Site Visit of Proposed for Mission Rock Energy Center — June 28th

By Sheryl Hamlin On June 28, 2016, the Energy Commission will conduct a site visit of the proposed Mission Rock Energy Center site, immediately followed by an informational scoping hearing at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Paula, located at 1400 E. Harvard Blvd.  The buses providing transportation for members of the public to […]

Voters complain they couldn’t get desired ballots at polling places and by mail

Voters complain they couldn’t get desired ballots at polling places and by mail

By George Miller There are many instances of claims by people who went to polls during Tuesday’s primary election day under the impression they were registered Republican, but were told they were registered “no party preference” and were denied a Republican ballot  to vote in the presidential primary. There were some problems reported getting Democratic ballots, too, but […]

Santa Paula Works to Achieve Sustainable Finances

Santa Paula Works to Achieve Sustainable Finances

By Sheryl Hamlin The most straightforward definition of ‘finance’ comes from an American standard, Miriam-Webster: the way in which money is used and handled. The addition of the word ‘sustainable’ with the word ‘finance’ means: the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. Simply put: revenues minus expenditures should be greater than […]

Dems dominate Ventura County election races

Dems dominate Ventura County election races

By George Miller Ventura County is a “blue” county now, in more ways than one, per an anonymous local Republican pundit who expressed unhappiness with the results. Yesterday’s primary election results show that is correct. Official results: http://vote.sos.ca.gov/  Ventura County votes HERE Keep in mind that absentee and provisional ballots will change these numbers. Voter […]

Santa Paula: Massive Street Reconstruction Project Approved

Santa Paula: Massive Street Reconstruction Project Approved

By Sheryl Hamlin Brian Yanez, Interim Public Works Director, presented a major street reconstruction project at the June 6, 2016 Santa Paula City Council Meeting. From the staff report, the overview is as follows: The Citywide Street Improvements Project Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Sewer Pipeline Rehabilitation Program Account in the amount of $2,910,717.25 Water Main Replacement […]

Primary season is ON! List of candidates on VC ballot here

Primary season is ON! List of candidates on VC ballot here

By George Miller,  originally published April, 2016 “You may ignore politics, but politics won’t ignore you.” 2016 is a Presidential election year. Although California has one of the last primaries, it may be decisive in helping to determine which candidates are on the November ballot. In addition, many down-ticket positions are up for election this […]

Porsche slams into house on Loma Vista Rd. in Ventura

Porsche slams into house on Loma Vista Rd. in Ventura

Ventura City Fire Paramedics assessed the occupants of the vehicle and no one was injured in the crash.  Ventura Police launched an investigation into the cause of the accident and managed the accident scene while interviewing subjects and witnesses. The attached double car garage suffered heavy damage from the collision. Members of the VFD’s Urban […]

Ventura Firefighters free trapped driver after car crashes into tree

Ventura Firefighters free trapped driver after car crashes into tree

Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle off the roadway with a report of a trapped victim. When fire crews arrive they discovered a small Honda SUV that had hit a eucalyptus tree at a high rate of speed, crushing the vehicle and trapping the driver. Firefighters using hydraulic rescue tools […]

Ventura “feels the Bern”- “A future to believe in “

Ventura “feels the Bern”- “A future to believe in “

By George Miller Bernie Sanders spoke at Ventura College this week. He conveyed pretty much the same message as usual, with some new variants about Hillary refusing to debate him, Trump briefly entertainied that notion also, to which Sanders replied: “Game on” He said that a President Trump would be a disaster for the country, […]