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City of San Ramon tries to saddle landowners with its employee retirement costs

City of San Ramon tries to saddle landowners with its employee retirement costs

Like many California cities, San Ramon, in Contra Costa County, is facing budget strains because of the generous retiree benefits that it has promised its public employees. Listen to Damien Schiff discuss this special tax    Now city officials have concocted a creative ploy to help staunch this “retirement red ink.” They’ve created a special […]

Simi Valley–Auto dealers and Developer step up to bring the Vietnam War Memorial to Veterans Plaza by Memorial Day–Revised

Simi Valley–Auto dealers and Developer step up to bring the Vietnam War Memorial to Veterans Plaza by Memorial Day–Revised

At tonight’s Simi Valley Council meeting Cherie Lynnae Whitaker, Chairman of Salute to Arms addressed an item on the Council’s consent calendar.  In January 27, 2014, the City Council adopted a policy for City Support of Special Events and an associated grant program for 2014 events. The program would receive $25,000 in taxpayer sponsorship. A […]

Felony Convictions in identity theft and check fraud conspiracy

Felony Convictions in identity theft and check fraud conspiracy

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Eligio (“Gio”) Tavanlar (DOB 01/30/1975) and Melandre (“Dre”) Tavanlar (DOB 01/09/1974) of Woodland Hills have each been sentenced to nine years in Ventura County jail  following their convictions on multiple felony counts for their roles as principals in a multi-year identity theft and check fraud conspiracy. Gio […]

Las Posas Valley-Somis Area water system to be upgraded

Las Posas Valley-Somis Area water system to be upgraded

By Debra Tash Venutra County Waterworks District 19 was awarded a five million dollar, low interest loan from the U.S. Agricultural Department (USDA) to improve water quality and upgrade its delivery to its 1900 customers. The system, once held privately, is over 80 years old.  Its cast iron pipes are deteriorating making breaks and poor […]

Rollover on Highway 126 early this morning

Rollover on Highway 126 early this morning

Early Sunday morning, a four-door sedan traveling Eastbound on the 126 freeway, careened off the roadway and rolled numerous times before coming to a rest against a fence. First on scene fire personnel surveyed the vehicle and four people were found still inside. Fire paramedics stabilized the car and freed four occupants of light entrapment […]

Oxnard public to council: move ahead on City Manager recruitment

Oxnard public to council: move ahead on City Manager recruitment

By George Miller A special City Council public meeting,  attended by about 130 people, was held on April 3 to present the two finalists (photos- below) for the City Manager recruitment. What was supposed to be a candidate “meet and greet” event turned more into public expression of dissatisfaction with the recruitment process, although candidates later […]

Moorpark Council Meeting–Calleguas General Manager Mulligan takes issue with AP article on underground water storage

Moorpark Council Meeting–Calleguas General Manager Mulligan takes issue with AP article on underground water storage

  By Debra Tash Susan Mulligan, General Manager of Calleguas Water District,  did a presentation for the Moorpark City Council on the Las Posas Basin Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project.  Ms. Mulligan took issue with an August 2013 AP story: “Millions spent on water-storage plan that leaks.” Mulligan said it was, “Half true. Half false.” Calleguas, […]

Southland kayakers score in NoCal surfing contest

Southland kayakers score in NoCal surfing contest

By Mark Sanders, California Kayak Friends Production Plastic Open 1. Sean Morley Fairfax; 2. Shawn Hartje San Rafael; 3. Jack Brisley San Pedro; 4. Daniel Wells Santa Cruz Kayak Intermediate Open  1. Rick Wright, Bend, Ore.; 2. Mark Sanders, Costa Mesa; 3. Robert Frisbee, Oswego, Ore.; 4. Shelly Palmer, Carolina Beach, N.C.  . I don’t […]

D.A. wins conviction for food stamp scam

D.A. wins conviction for food stamp scam

VENTURA, California — District Attorney Gregory Totten announced today that on April  l, 2014, Eric Gabriel Suarez (DOB 09/06/84) of Oxnard was sentenced to serve four years in state prison. Suarez pleaded guilty in December 2013 to felony trafficking in food stamp benefits, grand theft, and admitted an excessive taking allegation. He was arrested during […]

Lowe’s Home Center to pay damages for disposing of hazardous waste

Lowe’s Home Center to pay damages for disposing of hazardous waste

32 other California district attorneys and two city attorneys, announced today that Alameda County Superior Court Judge George C. Hernandez, Jr. has ordered North Carolina-based Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, to pay $18.1 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution. The settlement is the culmination of  a civil enforcement action filed in […]