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California’s 2014 Local Tax Proposals – The Costly Alternative to Pension Reform

California’s 2014 Local Tax Proposals – The Costly Alternative to Pension Reform

On November 4th, along everything else on the ballot, California’s voters will be asked to approve local tax measures. A list compiled by the California Taxpayers Association, “2014 Local Elections,” shows that across California’s cities and counties, local tax increases proposed include the following: –  Tax increases requiring only a majority vote: 5 business taxes, […]

Landscape Architecture’s Peculiar Contribution

Landscape Architecture’s Peculiar Contribution

Finding Milo

Finding Milo

By Linda Mann I’ve always had a love for animals, especially dogs. I felt bad hearing that the local shelters were over-saturated with animals.  When I heard that Jeff Gorell, who’s in the Assembly and now running for Congress, would pay all the fees for the first 100 animals adopted out of the Camarillo Animal […]

Oxnard Community Relations Commission award winners

Oxnard Community Relations Commission award winners

By Dan Pinedo The Oxnard Community Relations Commission made its annual awards at the 9/16/14 City Council meeting: The winners of this year’s awards are: Antonio Ramirez (Outstanding Youth), Walter Fuller (Outstanding Senior), Lucy Cartagena (Outstanding Individual), El Concilio Family Services (Outstanding Business), Consulado de Mexico en Oxnard (Outstanding Organization) Antonio Ramirez is a youth volunteer in […]

Beloved Ormond Beach caretaker receives Recognition Award for his work

Beloved Ormond Beach caretaker receives Recognition Award for his work

 By Steve Nash Walter Fuller, the recipient of the Community Recognition Award, 2014 Outstanding Senior, presented by the City of Oxnard’s Community Relations Commission, sat down and chatted about what led him to his current pastime as steward and docent of Ormond Beach, Oxnard’s beautiful stretch of California coastline running from the Hueneme Pier to […]

Capturing the Fall–A photographic journal of the Cedar Mountains

Capturing the Fall–A photographic journal of the Cedar Mountains

By Tom Baldwin I left Ventura County, California and moved to Cedar City, Utah about eight years ago. One fall day, after I had been here a few years, I was looking up at Cedar Mountain that towers about four thousand feet over our little city. I saw some orange and yellow spots and realized […]

Pensions May Be Key to Stockton Bankruptcy Exit

Pensions May Be Key to Stockton Bankruptcy Exit

Bankrupt Stockton says it does not want to cut its biggest debt, pensions promised employees, because the CalPERS plan is needed to be competitive in the job market, particularly for a short-handed police force in the crime-ridden city. But despite Stockton’s wishes, during a hearing Oct. 1 on Stockton’s “plan of adjustment” to cut debt […]

Watsonville, California – Another Tax That’s Really Just For Pensions

Watsonville, California – Another Tax That’s Really Just For Pensions

Editor’s Note: Public pensions are a growing problem all over the state of California By Ed Ring The city of Watsonville lies nestled among some of the most verdant farmland on earth. Just a few miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the moderate, moist air nurtures endless fields of strawberries, apples, fresh flowers, cauliflower, broccoli and […]

Dems Rush to Prop Up Brownley Ahead of Tighter-Than-Expected House Race

Dems Rush to Prop Up Brownley Ahead of Tighter-Than-Expected House Race

by Daniel Nussbaum The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and House Majority PAC have increased their spending to help embattled Democrat Rep. Julia Brownley fend off a strong showing from Republican challenger Jeff Gorell. According to Roll Call, the increased spending on the part of establishment Democrats is a “warning signal” that the race for […]

Bad Government policy causes lack of water in California

Bad Government policy causes lack of water in California