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Board of Supervisors hears progress in county’s economic vitality

Board of Supervisors hears progress in county’s economic vitality

VENTURA, Calif. – The Board of Supervisors received a report in June on the implementation of the County of Ventura Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP). The plan provides a framework to support the county’s long-term economic vitality. “The County’s Economic Vitality Plan is intended to leverage the existing business support organizations, such as Economic Development […]

Ventura County Taxpayers Association August 1 Meeting

Ventura County Taxpayers Association August 1 Meeting

Investigate, Advocate, and Inform Citizens on Critical Issues Facing Ventura County June 18, 2019 Newsletter of the Ventura County Taxpayers Association Join us for the 2019 State of the County. Register HERE. About the Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA) The Ventura County Taxpayer’s Association (VCTA) is a non-partisan 501(C)(4) organization emphasizing issues that affect Ventura County. We […]

Man Sentenced to Life for 2015 Murder and Attempted Murder

Man Sentenced to Life for 2015 Murder and Attempted Murder

On June 17, 2019, Brandon Scott Ellis (DOB 01/24/86), formerly of Ojai, was sentenced to 72 years to life in prison by Judge Anthony Sabo. On May 24, 2019, Ellis pled guilty to second-degree murder for the killing of Douglas Blasher and premeditated attempted murder of Alexa Payne.  Ellis also admitted that he personally discharged […]

Supervisors Should Contribute to Pensions

Supervisors Should Contribute to Pensions

    Recently, the Board of Supervisors laudably eliminated a loophole allowing for elected Supervisors to receive compensation for serving on the Board of Retirement and Assessment Appeals Board.  However, the Supervisors continue to benefit from a highly unusual and lucrative “supplemental pay” that applies only to them, in clear violation of the intent of […]

Environmental Health Division supervisor assumes lead role in statewide association

Environmental Health Division supervisor assumes lead role in statewide association

VENTURA, Calif. – Graciela Garcia, a registered environmental health specialist with the Environmental Health Department, was sworn in as the President of the California Environmental Health Association at the 68th Annual Educational Symposium held this year in Ventura. She has served for the past five years as the appointed CEHA representative on the California Department […]

Multiple Defendants Plead Guilty in Separate Auto Insurance Fraud Cases

Multiple Defendants Plead Guilty in Separate Auto Insurance Fraud Cases

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that multiple defendants pled guilty on March 14, 2019, in separate auto insurance fraud cases prosecuted by the Auto Insurance Fraud Unit of the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. Raymond Merkley (DOB 10/22/78), of Woodland Hills, pled guilty to presenting a fraudulent auto insurance claim […]

County budget presentation wins national award

County budget presentation wins national award

VENTURA, Calif. – The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the County of Ventura with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. This is the first time the County has received the award. According to the GFOA, the award reflects the commitment of the County financial staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. To receive […]

Parolee Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

Parolee Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Kenneth Maxwell Baron (DOB 05/17/87), of Oak Park, was sentenced to serve 10 years 4 months in state prison. In January 2019, Baron pled guilty to three felonies including being a sex offender registrant in possession of child pornography and two counts of attempted […]

County Invites Public Input on Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report and Public Scoping Meeting for the 2040 General Plan

County Invites Public Input on Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report and Public Scoping Meeting for the 2040 General Plan

VENTURA, Calif. – The County’s Planning Division has invited the public to provide input on a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report and to be heard at a public scoping meeting to be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., in the Multi-Purpose Conference Room in the Ventura County […]

County of Ventura announces launch of Clean Power Alliance

County of Ventura announces launch of Clean Power Alliance

Ventura County, CA, December 17, 2018–The County of Ventura is proud to announce that the unincorporated areas of the County will soon enjoy the advantages of clean, renewable power at competitive rates. On December 12, 2017, the County of Ventura Board of Supervisors voted to join the Clean Power Alliance. Starting in February 2019 for […]

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