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Ventura City Council adds new projects to 2020-2026 Capital Improvement Plan

Ventura City Council adds new projects to 2020-2026 Capital Improvement Plan

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council approved resolutions adding several new projects to the previously-passed Capital Improvement Plan, covering fiscal years 2020 through 2026, during its second year review and update. The new projects were adopted during the “Public Hearing” portion of Monday night’s city council meeting.  The public hearing was presented by Public Works […]

Ventura City Council Approves New Commercial Cannabis Application Fees

Ventura City Council Approves New Commercial Cannabis Application Fees

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council unanimously approved new application fees for cannabis businesses hoping to get a foothold in the city, during Monday night’s closed session part of their regular City Council Meeting. The fees will recover the city’s costs to review, process and administer the applications for approximately 45 commercial cannabis businesses […]

T.O. Council Opens Door for Residential Density Changes; Gives COVID Update at 2-23-21 Meeting

T.O. Council Opens Door for Residential Density Changes; Gives COVID Update at 2-23-21 Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Thousand Oaks City Council passed a measure that could open the door for increasing residential density in the city, during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The measure, a request for an amendment to the city’s General Plan regarding land use, passed on a split vote, 3-2, but at least some council […]

Block Grants and Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Senior Housing Approved in Ventura

Block Grants and Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Senior Housing Approved in Ventura

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council approved its 2019-20 Community Development Block Grant Funding Plan, and authorized the local Housing Authority to issue up to $25 million in tax-exempt, commercial bonds for the construction of 50 affordable housing rental units for seniors, during its Monday night meeting. Thirty or so residents also commented on […]

Gun Shows and 5G Cell Towers; Explosive Debates at Simi City Council Monday Night!

Gun Shows and 5G Cell Towers; Explosive Debates at Simi City Council Monday Night!

By Kevin Harris The Simi Valley City Council voted to take no action in response to the County Board’s request for written support for its halting of local gun shows at public facilities, and also voted to try to retain some local support amidst aggressive, federal “cell tower” legislation, during Monday night’s city council meeting. […]

Mayor’s “State of the City” and Budget Workshop – Ventura City Council Meeting

Mayor’s “State of the City” and Budget Workshop – Ventura City Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere gave his “State of the City” presentation, followed by the city’s second 2019-20 Budget Workshop during Monday night’s Ventura City Council meeting.  Ventura’s “State of the City” Mayor Matt LaVere opened the public part of Monday’s meeting with his State of the City address, specifically titled, “A New […]

Simi Valley City Council Grapples with Filling Vacancy

Simi Valley City Council Grapples with Filling Vacancy

By Kevin Harris How to best fill the City Council vacancy; whether or not to forgive rental fees for a tragedy-doomed festival; the appointing of board and commission members; and zoning changes were among the business handled during Monday night’s Simi Valley City Council Meeting.  Before any of the “New Business” and “Public Hearings” commenced […]

Wood Ranch Re-Zoning; District Map Chosen; New Taxi Cab Regs – Simi City Council Action!

Wood Ranch Re-Zoning; District Map Chosen; New Taxi Cab Regs – Simi City Council Action!

By Kevin Harris Monday night’s marathon, 5.5-hour long Simi Valley City Council Meeting was dominated by two crucial issues to residents: A proposed re-zoning of Wood Ranch from “open space” to “low-use residential”; and the establishment of a “by-district” election system, and how those districts will be broken down within the city. The meeting was […]

Citizens Journal Announces T.O. City Council Candidates and Upcoming Forums

Citizens Journal Announces T.O. City Council Candidates and Upcoming Forums

By Kevin Harris There are three City Council Seats set to open in Thousand Oaks, each for a full four-year term, to be filled during the General Municipal Elections, being held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Of the 11 certified candidates for those three spots, two are incumbents; Joel R. Price, and Claudia Bill-de la […]

Simi City Council Forced to Change to “District Voting” | Follows Other CA Cities

Simi City Council Forced to Change to “District Voting” | Follows Other CA Cities

By Kevin Harris The Simi Valley City Council appears reluctantly poised to adopt a new, “by district” form of voting system, in response to a demand letter received earlier this month from the same lawyer who has already forced several other California cities to do the same. This was the conclusion reached after Monday night’s Simi […]

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