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Treasurer John Chiang Launches Bond Website with Eye to Generating More California Investments

Treasurer John Chiang Launches Bond Website  with Eye to Generating More California Investments

SACRAMENTO – State Treasurer John Chiang today launched a new effort to generate increased investments in California bonds through greater transparency and more competition. The new BuyCaliforniaBonds.com website offers greater efficiency and transparency to investors looking to invest confidently as they support California infrastructure projects. “I am on a mission to make California government more […]

Amid Economic Uncertainty, Controller Yee Echoes Governor’s Restrained Budget Planning

Amid Economic Uncertainty, Controller Yee Echoes Governor’s Restrained Budget Planning

  SACRAMENTO—As the governor’s Department of Finance released its proposed 2018-19 budget, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported today California’s total revenues of $16.25 billion for December were $2.79 billion above June’s budget expectations. “I can sum up the governor’s budget in one word: smart. The federal tax measure did not just stick it to […]

Oxnard Measure M Wastewater Trial Fails to Finish on Schedule- next hearing 2-23-18

Oxnard Measure M Wastewater Trial Fails to Finish on Schedule- next hearing 2-23-18

By George Miller Friday, January 5, 2018 was supposed to be the last day of the City of Oxnard vs. Aaron Starr civil lawsuit challenging the legality of the Measure M voter initiative rescinding the 2016 88% wastewater rate increase. This has dragged on for a year. Judge Rocky Baio slapped an injunction on Measure […]

Oxnard Measure M trial nears conclusion

Oxnard Measure M trial nears conclusion

  By William Westmiller & Deborah Baber-Savalla Aaron Starr and Oxnard City may complete their arguments tomorrow. After nearly two years of legal proceedings, the “Trial of Measure M” (City of Oxnard vs. Aaron Starr) could be concluded tomorrow, according to defense attorney Chad Morgan. The dispute over wastewater treatment rates will be in the […]

Busy day in court for City of Oxnard vs. Aaron Starr Measure M wastewater case

Busy day in court for City of Oxnard vs. Aaron Starr Measure M wastewater case

By George Miller   Starr and City fight it out on the numbers, alleged harm to the city and Measure M financial justification On Friday, December 29, 2017, the City of Oxnard did battle vs local manufacturing financial officer, activist and Council recall initiator Aaron Starr. in Ventura County Superior Court, with Judge Rocky Baio presiding. […]

Tax cut??? Ha!

Tax cut??? Ha!

By George Miller (originally published 9-29-17- needed re-airing and still seems applicable with only minor changes)   My friends are shocked to hear that I do NOT favor a tax cut right now. You may ask why, or maybe you don’t give a #*@)!. But I’ll tell you anyway: A tax cut without spending cuts […]

CA Controller Reports State Revenue Outpacing Expectations  

CA Controller Reports  State Revenue Outpacing Expectations  

SACRAMENTO—State Controller Betty T. Yee reported today the state brought in $10.92 billion in September, exceeding revenue projections in the state budget by $50.9 million, or 0.5 percent. Total revenues of $25.92 billion for the fiscal year to date are $583.4 million, or 2.3 percent higher than projections in the state budget enacted in June […]

Citizens’ Oversight Committee: Spending to Exceed Revenue in Ventura

Citizens’ Oversight Committee: Spending to Exceed Revenue in Ventura

“Reason is, And Ought Only To Be The Slave Of Our Passions” —David Hume The city’s Measure O Oversight Committee has shown signs of being inadequately trained and poorly prepared for the job they were appointed to do. This is not the fault of the committee members themselves but a reflection of the City Council […]

CA Controller Reports State’s Three Major Taxes Beating Expectations

CA Controller Reports State’s Three Major Taxes Beating Expectations

State Controller Betty T. Yee reported today the state brought in $8.90 billion in August, exceeding projections in the state budget by $343.7 million, or 4.0 percent. After July revenues exceeded expectations, the positive August numbers put total fiscal year-to-date revenues at $14.99 billion, $532.5 million higher than projections in the state budget enacted in […]

VC fires back at Oxnard’s Fisherman’ Wharf project opposition

VC fires back at Oxnard’s Fisherman’ Wharf project opposition

By George Miller Ventura County CEO Michael Powers fired back at the City of Oxnard’s opposition to the county’s proposed 400 unit apartment complex to replace the existing Fisherman’s Wharf recreational and retail complex. The City and CA Coastal Commission maintain that the project is in violation of Coastal Commission, Local Coastal Plan and other […]

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