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T.O. Residents Voice Opposition to SB54; Council Eases Zoning for Cannabis Businesses Tuesday Night

T.O. Residents Voice Opposition to SB54; Council Eases Zoning for Cannabis Businesses Tuesday Night

By Kevin Harris The Thousand Oaks City Council was swarmed by residents opposing California’s “Sanctuary Cities” policies during a Public Comments session at last Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. The lawmakers also voted to ease certain zoning restrictions, making it easier for cannabis businesses to open within city limits.  Public Comments – SB54 During Item 6 […]

T.O. City Council Approves New Assisted Care Facility & Begins First Phase of Downtown Revitalization Tuesday Night

T.O. City Council Approves New Assisted Care Facility & Begins First Phase of Downtown Revitalization Tuesday Night

By Kevin Harris The Thousand Oaks City Council removed technical barriers to approve the building of a new assisted living facility, and authorized public outreach for the first phase of the Downtown Revitalization Plan, during Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. Other meeting business included approving an addition parking lot at “The Reserve” Senior Living Community, and […]

Progress Made as Ventura City Council Implements Complex Fire Action Plan Last Monday Night

Progress Made as Ventura City Council Implements Complex Fire Action Plan Last Monday Night

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council passed emergency ordinances approving temporary on-site RVs and storage containers, and that clarified housing rebuild parameters during an exhaustive, standing-room only City Council Meeting last Monday night. They also directed staff to advise them of the costs and funding sources to potentially subsidize sewer and connection fees for […]

Ventura City Council Joins Other Local Cities; Switches to Risky “Green” Energy Provider

Ventura City Council Joins Other Local Cities; Switches to Risky “Green” Energy Provider

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council voted to join the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy Authority, a new, localized “green” energy provider, during Monday night’s packed City Council meeting. The potential benefits include lower electric rates, lower CO2 emissions, and local control over customer programs, though some uncertainty exists with the details of the […]

Thousand Oaks Focuses on the Homeless at City Council Meeting; Will Form Ad Hoc Committee

Thousand Oaks Focuses on the Homeless at City Council Meeting; Will Form Ad Hoc Committee

By Kevin Harris Countywide homelessness was the focus of Tuesday’s Thousand Oaks City Council meeting, during an unusual evening that had no public hearings and just one public speaker.  The presentation, a Department Report called “Spotlight on Homelessness,” was a discussion presented by Deputy City Manager Gary Rogers, but also included input from Police Chief Tim […]

TO City Council Improves Resident Golfing Program and Says Goodbye to Retiring Fire Chief

TO City Council Improves Resident Golfing Program and Says Goodbye to Retiring Fire Chief

By Kevin Harris The Thousand Oaks City Council made golfing easier for residents, and said goodbye to the city’s longtime, retiring Fire Chief during Tuesday night’s City Council Meeting.   Resident Golf Cards During the meeting’s only Public Hearing (Item 8A), the City Council considered amending the city’s Resident Golf Program, established in 1992, to streamline […]

Helping Rebuilding Homeowners & Leaf Blower Ban Topics of Monday’s Ventura City Council Meeting

Helping Rebuilding Homeowners & Leaf Blower Ban Topics of Monday’s Ventura City Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council took a first step in routing extra resources and easing regulations for those recovering from recent fires, and continued the local leaf blower ban at Monday’s City Council meeting.  Staff Recommendations for Thomas Fire Recovery Action Plan Based on audience attendance, the clear event of the evening at […]

T.O. Council Uses “Measure E” Loophole to Skirt Voters During Tuesday’s City Council Meeting

T.O. Council Uses “Measure E” Loophole to Skirt Voters During Tuesday’s City Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris In a controversial move Tuesday night, the Thousand Oaks City Council voted to use a “Measure E” loophole to increase the city’s residential density, without putting the issue to a public vote. Also during Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council reauthorized local PEG fees for video providers, and hosted the local fire chief […]

Fire Debris Removal and Fate of Carls Jr. – Decisions Made by Ventura City Council

Fire Debris Removal and Fate of Carls Jr. – Decisions Made by Ventura City Council

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council added a local fire debris removal option to accompany the CalOES removal program enacted on December 28, 2017, during its City Council meeting Monday night. Also during the meeting, the Council shunned the Design Review Committee’s recommendation to deny Carls Jr. the opportunity to update its flawed drive-through design, […]

Voting Districts & Climate Action Plan Topics at Monday’s Ventura City Council Meeting

Voting Districts & Climate Action Plan Topics at Monday’s Ventura City Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council held its second public hearing on its controversial switch to voting districts, and voted to move forward with a long-term Climate Action Plan during last Monday’s meeting.  “Vote-by-District” to Comply With California Voting Rights Act During this second public hearing among a series of meetings, which began on October […]

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