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Oxnard Bond ratings released

Oxnard Bond ratings released

By George Miller The Oxnard City Manager’s office sent the latest wastewater and water bond ratings to us.   Download Wastewater Water   Bond ratings are closely watched by lenders. While there was a slight reduction in creditworthiness, it won’t have a large impact on ratepayers, rates or the city’s ability to borrow for large upcoming […]

Port Hueneme Council meeting 11-16-15

Port Hueneme Council meeting 11-16-15

By George Miller As promised, the council reviewed Council Norms, 2/21/2001 version, which was included on pages 26-29 in the meeting packet.  The Mayor mentioned that this was put on the agenda as a result of the October “team-building” session. She described this as a contract among council members and the city as to what rules they would abide […]

Clinton Foundation files 4 years of amended tax returns to fix errors  

Clinton Foundation files 4 years of amended tax returns to fix errors   

 The Clinton Foundation has voluntarily filed four years of amended tax returns after an error was brought to the organization’s attention. “In addition to filing our 2014 Form 990, after a thorough review, the Foundation has decided to voluntarily amend its returns for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This review was the result of an […]

Tax rates on cellphone service hit record high: report

Tax rates on cellphone service hit record high: report

Forking over $399 for an iPhone is only the beginning: Wireless customers pay an all-time high of nearly 18 percent on average in combined taxes and fees on their cellphone bills. A report released Monday by the non-partisan Tax Foundation found that the combined federal, treat state and local tax burden on wireless service has […]

Simi Valley Council passes Water Rate hikes over public protest

Simi Valley Council passes Water Rate hikes over public protest

By Debra Tash Many of those speaking against the proposed water rate hike in Simi Valley complained how they have conserved water, let their lawns turn to toast, and still have to pay an increase on their utility bills because revenues are down. Staff’s presentation outlined that 72% of the user’s bill is to cover […]

Robert Bentley says Alabama will not accept Syrian refugees, cites Paris terror attacks

Robert Bentley says Alabama will not accept Syrian refugees, cites Paris terror attacks

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, citing the Paris terror attacks, said he will not accept Syrian refugees in his state. In a statement released Sunday night by his office, Mr. Bentley said he “will not place Alabamians at even the slightest, possible risk of an attack on our people.” “After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks […]

Obama’s vow to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees under fire after Paris attack

Obama’s vow to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees under fire after Paris attack

President Obama’s plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees is under fire after Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris, with one GOP presidential candidate saying the U.S. should halt its plans as long as it’s not able to assure Americans it can weed out potential terrorists. The Islamic State, which controls significant territory in Syria, has claimed […]

Ventura County: Senior Summit 2015

Ventura County: Senior Summit 2015

By Sheryl Hamlin Opening the fifth Ventura County Senior Summit, Supervisor Parks welcomed the 300 seniors in attendance and 100 volunteers, sponsors and speakers. The theme “The Wizard of Oz” was a reference to Dorothy’s famous line “There’s no Place like Home” which was revisited throughout the day via the concept of “aging in place”. […]

Student debt makes CA waves

Student debt makes CA waves

By James Poulos   While California students mustered to lead a nationwide movement for college debt relief, policymakers and innovators grappled with the issue in ways of their own. Students in the UC system — particularly the Berkeley campus — have taken a central role in pushing the co-called Million Student March. Protest organizers have announced a sweeping agenda […]

Senate passes bill to improve veterans health care, BUT …..

Senate passes bill to improve veterans health care, BUT …..