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T.O. Council vote so far: Jones, McCoy, Roundtree, Rasheed

T.O. Council vote so far: Jones, McCoy, Roundtree, Rasheed

Santa Paula City Council: Street Repair. Delinquent Bills, Low-Cost Housing and 2015/2016 Budget

Santa Paula City Council: Street Repair. Delinquent Bills, Low-Cost Housing and 2015/2016 Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin The June 1, 2015 Santa Paula City council meeting covered several disparate topics. This article is the first in a multi-part series about this meeting. Water and Sewer Renovation Combined with Street Repair Item F on the Consent Calendar was described as follows: Because of the large amount of the item, $341,509, […]

CA Senate votes to let undocumented immigrants buy health insurance

CA Senate votes to let undocumented immigrants buy health insurance

NSA phone program doomed as Senate passes USA Freedom Act

NSA phone program doomed as Senate passes USA Freedom Act

The National Security Agency’s phone-snooping program is on its last legs after senators approved the USA Freedom Act Tuesday, rewriting the sweeping Patriot Act to ban bulk collection of Americans’ data and adding more transparency checks to the secret court that oversees intelligence gathering in the hopes of heading off future surprises.   Read more […]

Local beaches open- tar balls normal

Local beaches open- tar balls normal

By George Miller Since the Refugio oil spill, there have been millions of words written, alarms sounded, politicians moaning- and that’s good. We don’t want oil spills fouling our waters and wish to avoid recurrences. But, has this gone “overboard?” Although the spill was significant, even the largest in SoCal nearly a half century, it was […]

FBI keeps tabs on cellphones with aircraft despite Patriot Act expiration

FBI keeps tabs on cellphones with aircraft despite Patriot Act expiration

Not all surveillance tools were lost to the FBI after the expiration of the Patriot Act on Sunday. The national law enforcement agency still operates an air force of low-flying planes that can identify individuals thousands of feet below by the cellphones they carry, and all without a judge’s approval. The spy planes capture video, […]

Administration preps new gun regulations (Without Congressional Approval)

Administration preps new gun regulations (Without Congressional Approval)

Council directs staff: Better accounting for Camarillo Ranch Foundation–Possible moratorium on Development

Council directs staff: Better accounting for Camarillo Ranch Foundation–Possible moratorium on Development

By Logan McFadden The Camarillo City Council met on May 27, 2015. Councilmember Charlotte Craven was not present. Councilmember Jan McDonald stated that she had received several letters raising questions about the Camarillo Ranch historical site. She directed the staff to require the CPA to give more attention to the process of income and expense […]

More painful Oxnard budget hearings- prioritize and close deficit

By George Miller Difficult hearings on the coming year’s Oxnard City budget continued Thursday (May 28) afternoon/evening, with Library, Recreation, Human Resources,  Finance and Environmental (waste disposal) Departments presenting. Significantly, the Utilities and Streets presentations were pulled from the program at the last minute. City Manager Greg Nyhoff said they just weren’t ready, but would be […]

IRS bilked for billions in bogus refunds: audit  

IRS bilked for billions in bogus refunds: audit