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Simi Council Considers New Sales Tax

Simi Council Considers New Sales Tax

By  Gina Harden SIMI VALLEY – Mayor Mashburn pushed back against Councilmember Luevanos’s argument in favor of raising the sales tax currently pegged to the State minimum 7.25%. He conceded, however, to requests from Luevanos and Mayor Pro Tem Cavanaugh, to forward the staff report to Neighborhood Councils for further input. Staff, at Luevanos’s request, […]

In 13 states, it’s legal for governments to steal your home equity

In 13 states, it’s legal for governments to steal your home equity

By ANGELA C. ERICKSON Uri Rafaeli’s story is heartbreaking to read: Uri is a retired 83-year-old Michigan engineer, and in 2014 he accidentally underpaid, by $8.41, the property taxes on a home he rented out. But instead of notifying him of the issue and helping him, his county government seized the home and sold it at auction […]

Simi Councilwoman Luevanos Served Recall Notice

Simi Councilwoman Luevanos Served Recall Notice

By Gina Harden SIMI VALLEY – Simi Valley resident Joe Piechowski served Councilwoman Ruth Luevanos legal notice of intent to recall during public comment at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Information on the recall effort can be found at recallruth.com. The notice of recall is the first in an eight step process. If 10,999 valid […]

Pork is Not the Problem

Pork is Not the Problem

  By Thomas L. Knapp It’s that time of year: Citizens Against Government Waste just released its annual “Pig Book,” a compendium and analysis of pork barrel spending, aka earmarks, by the US Congress in 2019. Summary: Congressional appropriations for 2019 include 282 earmarks, up from 232 last year. The cost comes to $15.3 billion, […]

The Government Lost Billions More Bailing Out GM Than the $5.7 Billion Request for Wall Funding

The Government Lost Billions More Bailing Out GM Than the $5.7 Billion Request for Wall Funding

Molly Prince | Politics Reporter Senate Democrats have shown their willingness to shut down the government in lieu of spending nearly $6 billion on a border wall, but compare that price tag to some of the other expenditures the government funds. House Republicans passed a stopgap funding bill on Thursday that included $5.7 billion to build a […]

American Exceptionalism | We Don’t Live In A Democracy

American Exceptionalism | We Don’t Live In A Democracy

By Kim Payne It downright angers me whenever I hear people especially politicians, who should know better, talk about our “Democracy”. We do not live under a democracy. Our government has never been a democracy, As a mater of fact, our founding fathers despised a democratic system of government and thought that it was one of […]

Michael Powers: The State of the County is Strong

Michael Powers: The State of the County is Strong

By Michael Powers, Ventura County CEO VENTURA COUNTY – “The state of the county is strong as we continue to respond to the impact of the Thomas Fire, balance social safety, and health services” said Michael Powers, CEO for Ventura County, at his July 19th joint presentation to the Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura Chambers of Commerce […]

The Worldwide Divide Between Government Minimalists and Socialist Government ‘Maximalists’

The Worldwide Divide Between Government Minimalists and Socialist Government ‘Maximalists’

    By Sigrid Weidenweber America’s division into two diametrically opposed entities is, after all, taken from the same playbook providing the intellectual war fought in Europe. When cogently analyzed, one finds it to be a chasm in intellectual cognition between progressive elitists and the people they govern, having reached power through intellectual deceit. This […]

CA Controller Publishes 2017 Salary Data for City and County Governments

CA Controller Publishes 2017 Salary Data for City and County Governments

SACRAMENTO — State Controller Betty T. Yee today announced an update to the Government Compensation in California website, which now includes 2017 self-reported payroll data for cities and counties. The data cover 675,479 positions and a total of nearly $46 billion in 2017 wages for 54 counties and 473 cities. Users of the site can: View […]

Oxnard Residents Invited to Provide Input on Desired Qualities for Next City Manager

Oxnard Residents Invited to Provide Input on Desired Qualities for Next City Manager

Oxnard, California – Oxnard residents are invited to provide input on the qualities they would like to see in the next city manager, during a special meeting of the Inter-Neighborhood Council Organization (INCO). Wendi Brown of W. Brown Creative Partners, which has been contracted by the city as the executive recruiter for the city manager […]

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