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Todd Howeth named as County Public Defender

Todd Howeth named as County Public Defender

By a unanimous vote on June 20, the Board of Supervisors accepted the recommendation of County Executive Officer Mike Powers to appoint Todd Howeth as the County’s new Chief Public Defender. He was selected following a national recruitment effort. Howeth is currently serving at the County’s Assistant Public Defender. “Todd is the right choice to […]

Oxnard Budget meeting 6-7-17

Oxnard Budget meeting 6-7-17

By George Miller There was a another budget hearing on Wednesday, 6-7-17., following the previous Monday session. Covered were: Public Works, City Clerk, City Manager, Public Works- Water, Wastewater/Stormwater, maintenance, Environmental Services, Finance, Cultural Services, Measure O There was a budget hearing on 6-13-17 and  a vote on the budget is planned for the 6-20-17 meeting. […]

Carrie Fisher’s autopsy reveals cocktail of drugs, including cocaine, opiates and ecstasy

Carrie Fisher’s autopsy reveals cocktail of drugs, including cocaine, opiates and ecstasy

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County coroner’s report released Monday revealed a mixture of drugs that were in actress Carrie Fisher’s system when she went into cardiac arrest on an L.A.-bound flight and later died. Fisher’s toxicology review found evidence of cocaine, MDMA (better known as ecstasy), alcohol and opiates when she was rushed […]

Santa Paula: Unsolvable Structural Deficit

Santa Paula: Unsolvable Structural Deficit

By Sheryl Hamlin The City Council of Santa Paula should not have been surprised when former Simi Valley City Manager Mike Sedell stated at the June 17, 2017 special Saturday meeting that there was a structural deficit. The previous consultant Dr. Gardner had told the council on two occasions there was a structural deficit: December […]

Otto Warmbier, American who was released in a coma by North Korea, dies

Otto Warmbier, American who was released in a coma by North Korea, dies

Otto Warmbier, the American student imprisoned by North Korea for 17 months and freed last week in a coma, died Monday afternoon, according to a statement by his family. The 22-year-old University of Virginia student died “surrounded by his loving family,” said the statement, which was signed by Warmbier’s parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, and […]

Criminal justice leaders seek to end lifetime registry for low-risk sex offenders in California

Criminal justice leaders seek to end lifetime registry for low-risk sex offenders in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It’s been nearly four decades since a 25-year-old Frank Lindsay landed on California’s sex offender registry after he pleaded no contest to improperly touching a girl under 14. He has not committed another crime since then, but state law requires Lindsay’s name to remain on the registry, which the public can see […]

‘Animal House’ Actor Stephen Furst Dies at Age 63

‘Animal House’ Actor Stephen Furst Dies at Age 63

Stephen Furst, best known for getting his start in “Animal House,” has passed away due to complications with diabetes, Variety can confirm. He was 63 years old. Furst died in his Moorpark, Calif. home on Friday. His sons Nathan and Griff Furst confirmed their father’s death on Facebook Saturday evening. “Steve has a long list of earthly […]

The Second 100 Days (Trump Briefs: June 10-16 /Day 142-148) Week 21

The Second 100 Days (Trump Briefs: June 10-16 /Day 142-148) Week 21

By Michael Hernandez   Saturday, June 10 (Day 142): Large Anti-Sharia rallies at San Bernardino terror site and at LAX Hundreds gathered to protest against Islam’s sharia law at the site of the December 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino, California, and at Los Angeles International Airport. The protest rallies were sponsored by ACT for […]

“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 […]

State elections chief denies NSA report of California hack

State elections chief denies NSA report of California hack

by Chris Reed Who will Californians believe: Secretary of State Alex Padilla or the National Security Agency? That’s one way to boil down a flap that’s emerged this week over the sanctity of California’s 2016 elections. Beginning shortly after November’s election, Padilla has pushed back hard at any claims of voting irregularities in the nation’s […]