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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 […]

T.O. City Council Approves Water Rate Hikes and Executive Pay Raises at Sept. 26 Meeting

T.O. City Council Approves Water Rate Hikes and Executive Pay Raises at Sept. 26 Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Thousand Oaks City Council approved water rate hikes and raises for city executives during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. They also temporarily extended the land lease for a company promising to put an art museum in the heart of the city’s downtown revitalization district.  Water & Wastewater Rates Item 8A was […]

Economic Development; EV Charging Stations and CAPER Report all Gain Ground in Thousand Oaks

Economic Development; EV Charging Stations and CAPER Report all Gain Ground in Thousand Oaks

By Kevin Harris The Thousand Oaks City Council voted to form a new committee to begin enacting elements of its new, ambitious Economic Development Plan at its meeting Tuesday night. The Council also streamlined approval procedures for local electric vehicle charging stations, and cleared last year’s HUD report for submittal to the agency. Moving Forward […]

T.O. City Council Approves Largest Roads Project in City History and Opens Door for New Memory Care Facility Tuesday Night

T.O. City Council Approves Largest Roads Project in City History and Opens Door for New Memory Care Facility Tuesday Night

By Kevin Harris The Thousand Oaks City Council approved the largest roads improvement project in city history during Tuesday night’s Council meeting. They also approved a proposed land use change that will allow the first stand alone memory care facility in the city. It’s Raining Money – for Repaving Department Report 9A (public hearing) was […]

Simi City Council Approves New “Urban Village” and Residential Care Facility During Monday’s Meeting

Simi City Council Approves New “Urban Village” and Residential Care Facility During Monday’s Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Simi Valley City Council changed the land use designation (zoning) from “industrial” to “mixed use” for a large site in order to vote on, and ultimately approve of, a proposed mixed use urban center during Monday night’s city council meeting. In a separate vote, the council also approved the construction of […]

Ventura Council Approves Auto Center Plan and Big Freeway Sign During July 24 Meeting

Ventura Council Approves Auto Center Plan and Big Freeway Sign During July 24 Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council approved general, and amended-specific plans, allowing improvements to its Auto Center during Monday night’s meeting. The improvements include a highly-debated, larger flashing freeway sign – all as part of the city’s broader Economic Development Strategy Focus Area 1.   The Auto Center Specific Plan includes the following key […]

Hesitant TO City Council Opens Door for Medicinal Pot Dispensary Testing Facility During June 27 Meeting

Hesitant TO City Council Opens Door for Medicinal Pot Dispensary Testing Facility During June 27 Meeting

By Kevin Harris Thousand Oaks’ anti-pot City Council took their first baby steps Tuesday night to honor the will of state and local voters, by allowing a medicinal marijuana dispensary and a marijuana testing lab within city limits. During the exhaustive, 5-hour City Council meeting, however, held on June 27, the Council made it clear […]

Budget Approval Raises Measure O Questions at June 12 Ventura City Council Meeting

Budget Approval Raises Measure O Questions at June 12 Ventura City Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council unanimously approved its latest city budget during its  meeting on June 12, 2017.   The 2017-18 operating budget stands at $278 million, but with another $9 million or so set to be made available from Measure O – approved by voters last November, within weeks. Measure O adds […]

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