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A durable and sustainable plan: Reducing corrections spending in California

A durable and sustainable plan: Reducing corrections spending in California

by Diana Zuñiga The month of March marked the beginning of state budget hearings that will set next year’s fiscal priorities for the welfare of Californians. The first version of the state budget shows no clear plan to provide adequate relief for people living in poverty, vialis 40mg fails to make restorative investments to the […]

Brown’s drought battle heats up Sacramento

Brown’s drought battle heats up Sacramento

by James Poulos  

Santa Paula City Council: Update on SAFER Personnel for Fire Department–Part 2

By Sheryl Hamlin, This article is a continuation of the council meeting of March 2, 2015 which was reported here. The SAFER (Staff for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Grant was an $825,000 grant awarded in 2012 and reported previously in the Santa Paula Times. In 2014 the SAFER grant funds were coming to an […]

CA could tap new water regulations

CA could tap new water regulations

by James Poulos Struggling to get ahead of California’s continuing drought, story officials in Sacramento have turned their attention to proposals that would crack down on water use. The latest option focused on the hospitality industry, where customers could be required to opt in for free drinking water, fresh linens and similar resource-intensive items. Republished with permission […]

Oxnard City Manager Nyhoff explains March 5 Community Forum- invites resident participation

Oxnard City Manager Nyhoff explains March 5 Community Forum- invites resident participation

By George Miller Oxnard City Manager Greg Nyhoff announced that Oxnard will be holding its first overall Community Forum in recent memory, with the objectives of: 1. Enhancing community trust, especially in working with Police Department/community policing 2. Determining priorities of residents for city services/activities   Video of City Manager Greg Nyhoff’s interview, conducted by […]

Gas Tax Increase Despite Budget Surplus

Gas Tax Increase Despite Budget Surplus

Recently, California has been enjoying benefits of low gas prices at the pump. Unfortunately, this positive climate won’t last too much longer if left to California officials like Governor Jerry Brown or Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins. For weeks now, the California legislature has been debating whether to limit the gains of low prices at the […]

Santa Paula Mid-Year Budget Report

Santa Paula Mid-Year Budget Report

By Sheryl Hamlin Part Three of 3-Part Series The last item of business on the February 17, cure 2015 Santa Paula City Council meeting was billed as the “Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Mid-Year Budget Report”. The following statement occurs on page three of Director Easley’s staff report: Note that this statement is the only time in […]

President’s Proposed Budget—Breaks spending caps and hikes taxes

President’s Proposed Budget—Breaks spending caps and hikes taxes

Sen. Sessions’ comments on the White House budget proposal: “The President has sent another tax-and-spend budget to Congress. The budget busts the very spending caps he agreed to and signed, increasing discretionary spending by $74 billion in the first year alone. He also raises taxes by $2.1 trillion—once again increasing taxes to increase spending. This […]

CA Analyst warns against budget spending spree

CA Analyst warns against budget spending spree

With California’s state budget in the best shape in years, malady Democratic legislators are eager to open the spending spigots. But they were cautioned at an Assembly Budget Committee hearing Jan. 15 that the good economic times could end as quickly as they began, plunging the budget back into the red. . Republished with permission […]

With Obama’s Help, House Passes Boehner’s Amnesty-Funding Cromnibus Bill

With Obama’s Help, House Passes Boehner’s Amnesty-Funding Cromnibus Bill