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VC Health Officer Facing Biggest Challenge of Career With COVID-19, Speaks With Citizens Journal

VC Health Officer Facing Biggest Challenge of Career With COVID-19, Speaks With Citizens Journal

By George Miller Ventura, 5-6-20- I talked with Dr. Robert Levin, Ventura County Health Officer, Public Health, of the County Health Care Agency, who quickly agreed with my statement that dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic situation is likely the biggest challenge of his career. He has the difficult job, among others, of managing Ventura County’s […]

Oxnard Council Initially Approves Major Reduction of City Treasurer Functions, Molina Attacked

Oxnard Council Initially Approves Major Reduction of City Treasurer Functions, Molina Attacked

By George Miller The most significant item of Oxnard City Council business for the evening of May 5 was accusing Treasurer Phil Molina of improper conduct (no corruption), stripping him of most duties and restructuring/gutting the Treasurer’s responsibilities. No one even mentioned Cinco de Mayo. The Council also approved a fiber optics master plan to […]

Ventura County Officials Answer Questions About COVID-19 Employment Impact

Ventura County Officials Answer Questions About COVID-19 Employment Impact

By George Miller We asked Ms. Jennie Pittman of the Ventura County Office of Human Services about the impact of COVID-19 lockdown layoffs in the county and received this thoughtful response from Ms. Marleen Canniff, MPA, Communications Manager, Human Services Agency, Office of Strategy Management: Hello Mr. Miller, In response to your inquiry, this email […]

What a Difference a Day Makes- VC Re-Opens Parks

What a Difference a Day Makes- VC Re-Opens Parks

    By George Miller Oxnard, CA- The county re-evaluated  its pandemic safety policies and evidently concluded that closing parks was no longer the best strategy. So they were officially re-opened Friday evening, April 17 at 5 pm. County of Ventura Public Health Officer, Doctor Robert Levin announced a new safety order (link below). The […]

Channel Islands Harbor Easter “Honk ‘N Wave Flash Mob” Boat Parade

Channel Islands Harbor Easter “Honk ‘N Wave Flash Mob” Boat Parade

    By George Miller Some enterprising folks staged a Channel Islands Harbor (Oxnard) Easter small boat “Honk “N Wave Flash Mob” parade on Saturday afternoon. Dozens – an estimated at least 70 (that’s more than the Christmas Parade of Lights) – of mostly small, mostly electric, boats swarmed around the harbor. A good time […]

First Oxnard Council Social Distanced Meeting: Emergency Proclamations Expanded, Approved; Housing Plan Approved

First Oxnard Council Social Distanced Meeting: Emergency Proclamations Expanded, Approved; Housing Plan Approved

By George Miller The Oxnard City Council met in “Social Distancing” mode on Tuesday, 4-7-20. It went reasonably well considering that they are new at this. The most important order of business was discussion and approval of pandemic emergency procedures/orders and assessment of the overall situation. The first part of the discussion was safety-oriented. But […]

Ventura County Homeless in the COVID-19 Era

Ventura County Homeless in the COVID-19 Era

By Lang Martinez and George Miller (with major assistance from Tara Carruth) With astonishing speed for government, the Ventura County Continuum of Care, State of California and FEMA have quickly reacted to help protect the most at-risk homeless people from the COVID-19 pandemic. The most visible manifestation of this is the county leasing and taking over […]

Thousand Oaks Pastor Resigns Council Seat Over In-Person Church Communion, Makes National News

Thousand Oaks Pastor Resigns Council Seat Over In-Person Church Communion, Makes National News

    By George Miller and Debra Tash Calvary Chapel Godspeak Thousand Oaks (GCCTO) Pastor Rob McCoy resigned his position on the Thousand Oaks Council last night. He had a conflict with the City over its order to ban nearly all public gatherings, which resulted in his resignation. “Is the church going to sit back […]

Oxnard Council: COVID Emergency Declaration; Financial Transparency at Last; $400K Climate Action Plan Spend OK’ed

Oxnard Council: COVID Emergency Declaration; Financial Transparency at Last; $400K Climate Action Plan Spend OK’ed

By George Miller On 3-17-20, the Oxnard City Council: Ratified an emergency proclamation to address the Coronavirus pandemic; Approved a $411,400 contract to do a climate change plan (yes they believe they can change the climate); Approved the 2020 Ventura County Regional Consolidated Plan (for housing); Put 375 city vehicles on an outsourced maintenance plan […]

Trump Speech on Coronavirus Pandemic and Announced Actions

Trump Speech on Coronavirus Pandemic and Announced Actions

By George Miller President Trump just spoke (6-11-20, 9pm ET) on the World Health Organization-declared worldwide Coronavirus pandemic and US actions  He claimed  the most aggressive, comprehensive response to a health threat effort ever. He described “tough measures” to significantly reduce the threat and expeditiously address Coronavirus (COVID19). Trump met with banking and health care […]