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Santa Paula: The Water and Sewer Rate Increase Conundrum

Santa Paula: The Water and Sewer Rate Increase Conundrum

By Sheryl Hamlin History Sewer and Water rates have not increased in years, according to commentary at various meetings. The number 8 has been used as well as the number 7. What we know for sure is that MBS was hired both in 2014 and 2016 for a rate study and no action was taken […]

Guilty Plea | Illegal Garage Conversion—Tenants Injured by Explosion

Guilty Plea | Illegal Garage Conversion—Tenants Injured by Explosion

Vidal Zuniga Lopez (DOB 06/23/1967), of Oxnard, pled no contest to one count of unlawfully using and occupying a building without a certificate of occupancy issued by a building official; and one count of unlawful conversion of a structure without obtaining a permit for the structure from a building official. On November 24, 2018, Lopez […]

Truck Driver Sentenced for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Truck Driver Sentenced for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

VENTURA, California — District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Jaime Serna (DOB 1/29/1972), formerly of Fillmore, was placed on formal probation for a period of 36 months after pleading guilty to a felony violation of Insurance Code section 1871.4(a), making a fraudulent statement of a material fact for the purpose of obtaining workers’ […]

Oxnard Council Approves More Homeless Action/$, Downtown Code/Redev. Architecture; Maulhardt HS/Parks Project Advances

Oxnard Council Approves More Homeless Action/$, Downtown Code/Redev. Architecture; Maulhardt HS/Parks Project Advances

By George Miller The July 16, 2019 Oxnard City Council covered a report of progress on the homeless situation, approval of $1,500,000 in grants to help address it and authorization to use the National Guard Armory as a 24 hour shelter. Then the Council made it clear that they are fed up with lack of […]

City Of Berkeley Bans Gendered Words Like ‘Manhole’ And ‘Manpower’ From Code Book

City Of Berkeley Bans Gendered Words Like ‘Manhole’ And ‘Manpower’ From Code Book

By CHUCK ROSS, Investigative Reporter . One of California’s most liberal cities voted Tuesday to revamp its city code book by replacing terms like “manhole” and “manpower” with gender-neutral terms. The Berkeley City Council voted to replace around three dozen terms found in the municipal code. Terms like “policeman,” “policewoman,” “chairwoman” and “chairman” will be changed, as […]

Santa Paula: Citizens Decry Illegal Fireworks

Santa Paula: Citizens Decry Illegal Fireworks

By Sheryl Hamlin Two citizens at the July 17, 2019 Santa Council meeting spoke on illegal fireworks. Greg Calkins, who attended last year on the same topic, said the issue was not only pets, but people with PTSD for whom the fireworks bring back troubling memories. He had three ideas: 1) social host laws for […]

La Puente Man Sentenced to Jail for Thefts from Kohl’s

La Puente Man Sentenced to Jail for Thefts from Kohl’s

James Robert Camacho (DOB 03/22/84), of La Puente, was sentenced by Judge Bruce Young to 12 months in the Ventura County jail, immediately followed by 36 months of supervised release. In June, Camacho pled guilty to two counts of felony identity theft, one count of felony grand theft, and one count of felony theft of […]

Murder Charges Filed Against Santa Paula Man

Murder Charges Filed Against Santa Paula Man

Jahshua Jarrett (DOB 05/14/98), of Santa Paula, has been charged with murder, and a special allegation that he personally used a firearm, for the shooting death of Cristina Pena on July 14, 2019.  Ms. Pena was fatally shot inside the residence she shared with Jarrett in Santa Paula. Jarrett was arrested after investigation by the […]

Oxnard Man Arraigned on Charges of Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old Child

Oxnard Man Arraigned on Charges of Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old Child

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that on July 3, 2019, DOB 4/25/90), of Oxnard, was arraigned and pled not guilty to multiple counts of child molestation in violation of Penal Code section 288(a).  The complaint alleges that on June 1, 2019, Lazaro committed lewd acts upon a 12-year-old child, including […]

Local Realtor Charged with Income Tax Evasion

Local Realtor Charged with Income Tax Evasion

Camarillo resident Debra Elaine Ashcraft (DOB 11/23/57). Ashcraft is charged with one felony count of structuring and five felony counts of income tax evasion. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit and the California Franchise Tax Board. Ashcraft, a local real estate agent licensed by […]

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