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County general fund ends fiscal year in a strong position

County general fund ends fiscal year in a strong position

VENTURA, Calif. – Through a combination of strong management efforts and thoughtful, conservative fiscal projections, the County ended last fiscal year with savings of $43 million. The savings were bolstered by an unexpected one-time receipt from the state of $10 million owed to the County for past unreimbursed mental health services performed since 2004.The $43 […]

Fillmore Man Sentenced to Life for First-Degree Murder in Vehicular Killing

Fillmore Man Sentenced to Life for First-Degree Murder in Vehicular Killing

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Eduardo Robles (DOB 10/29/87), of Fillmore, was sentenced to 34 years to life in prison by Judge Ryan Wright. On October 22, 2018, Robles was convicted of first-degree murder of motorist Benjamin Brown and attempted murder of his passenger Jose Gaspar.  On May 31, […]

California Wants to Tax Your Text Messages. Here’s Why

California Wants to Tax Your Text Messages. Here’s Why

By LUCAS LAURSEN  Have you found yourself texting people instead of calling them? Sure. Have you stopped to debate whether texting is a form of “telecommunications” or an “information service?” Chances are the answer is “no”. California’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is betting you haven’t either — and the difference matters because the commission has jurisdiction […]

Hueneme Beach Promenade Closed Until March 2019

Hueneme Beach Promenade Closed Until March 2019

By Tom Dunn The Army Corps of Engineers is beginning a sand replenishment project at the Hueneme Beach Promenade and it will be closed to the public until March 2019. The sand replenishment project is essential in maintaining our beach infrastructure. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience over the next few months. […]

Migrant Caravan Demand: Give Us Each $50,000 or Let Us In

Migrant Caravan Demand: Give Us Each $50,000 or Let Us In

David Krayden | Ottawa Bureau Chief At least one migrant caravan group is reportedly willing to go home — if the U.S. pays each member $50,000. Otherwise, they are expecting immediate entry to the U.S., according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. According to the group’s spokesman, the $50,000 figure would be a nice tidy sum with […]

Oxnard Police Comment on Gang Injunction Changes

Oxnard Police Comment on Gang Injunction Changes

By Eric Sonstegard, Oxnard Assistant Police Chief (Editor’s note: Armando Vazquesz regularly publishes here and has been doing a series on the Oxnard gang injunction, which he opposes. We asked OPD to comment on his last article, linked below.) You asked “Is this accurate?” and there isn’t a simple answer to that question. We have spent […]

Ventura | Fire on Basswood Court

Ventura | Fire on Basswood Court

Fire crews responded to a reported structure fire in east Ventura in the 9900 Block of Basswood Ct.. The first arriving unit discovered a single family residential structure with smoke emitting from the attic. Fire crews initiated a rapid interior fire attack coordinated with firefighters performing vertical ventilation on the roof. Simultaneously, firefighters performed a […]

Santa Paula Council: Selection of Vacant Seat Revisits 2000 Lawsuit and Sociopolitical Strife

Santa Paula Council: Selection of Vacant Seat Revisits 2000 Lawsuit and Sociopolitical Strife

By Sheryl Hamlin The City Council of Santa Paula in a special meeting on December 10, 2018 elected Andy Sobel to fill the vacant seat of Martin Hernandez. This item took approximately three hours with 24 speakers: Nathan Ramos Rodriguez, Lorenzo Moraza, Audrey Vincent, Dave Rodriguez, Bob Orlando, Leslie Cornejo, Ike Ikerd, Ray Luna, Martha […]

Republican Matt Gaetz Grills Google CEO for Not Investigating Anti-Conservative Employee Bias

Republican Matt Gaetz Grills Google CEO for Not Investigating Anti-Conservative Employee Bias

Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz grilled Google’s CEO at Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on Google employees’ alleged political bias. Gaetz pushed Google CEO Sundar Pichai to explain why Google had not investigated whether Google employees had manipulated search tools or other Google products in light of communications like […]

Santa Paula: Council Approves Increased Rates for Mello-Roos Tax in East Area 1

Santa Paula: Council Approves Increased Rates for Mello-Roos Tax in East Area 1

By Sheryl Hamlin CFD 1 for Infrastructure and CFD 2 for On-Going Watershed Maintenance With homes planned to be built in 2019, Limoneira/Lewis has fine tuned its list of expenses previously submitted and approved in 2016 for which they expect to be reimbursed via the Mello-Roos Tax on each property. Each tax district is called […]