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City Approves New Water Rates Study as Residents Debate Environmental Regs @ Tuesday T.O. City Council Meeting

City Approves New Water Rates Study as Residents Debate Environmental Regs @ Tuesday T.O. City Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Thousand Oaks City Council approved our water and wastewater financial plans and water cost studies for calendar years 2022 and 2023, setting the stage for a December 14th, 2021 public hearing for final rate adoption. Also during Tuesday night’s meeting, local residents debated environmental issues such as the Huntington Beach oil […]

City Council Accepts Armored Vehicle for PD; City Mgr. Update at Oxnard Meeting

City Council Accepts Armored Vehicle for PD; City Mgr. Update at Oxnard Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Oxnard City Council voted to accept an armored rescue vehicle donated by the state, a move that has some residents labeling the “militarization of our police force,” during Tuesday night’s video conferenced city council meeting. The session also included an important City Manager Report, with updates on covid-19, and local Measure […]

Unprecedented Speaker Turnout for Special Meeting on T.O. General Plan

Unprecedented Speaker Turnout for Special Meeting on T.O. General Plan

By Kevin Harris One hundred and thirty six residents showed up, either virtually or in person, Tuesday night, to speak their mind on proposed changes to the city’s General Plan, during a 6-hour Special Meeting of the Thousand Oaks City Council. These include land use designation changes for some areas of the city, from single, […]

Residents Continue to Reject Social Justice Commission – T.O. City Council

Residents Continue to Reject Social Justice Commission – T.O. City Council

By Kevin Harris Thousand Oaks residents once again spoke up in number Tuesday night in opposition to a proposed “Social Justice Commission,” among other topics during the Public Comments period of the city’s latest City Council Meeting.  As expected, there was some variation of topics during the Public Comment period, with one resident, Sue Angelo, […]

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 […]

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