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City of Ventura Council’s Contentious Meeting over Special Events

City of Ventura Council’s Contentious Meeting over Special Events

By Kevin Harris Impassioned Ventura area event promoters stayed late into the night to voice their opposition and concerns over proposed changes to the special event permitting processes on Monday night in Council Chambers. Those processes being reviewed for possible changes include increased insurance requirements for both for-profit and nonprofit vendors, and higher parking charges […]

Thousand Oaks Council reviews Prop 64- Legalized Marijuana

Thousand Oaks Council reviews Prop 64- Legalized Marijuana

  By Kevin Harris Tuesday night’s long city council meeting was dominated by a workshop on CA Proposition 64; Recreational Marijuana, which state voters approved in November, 2016. Mayor De la Pena clarified at the beginning of the meeting that no decisions will be made during tonight’s gathering, and that the purpose of the evening […]

Thousand Oaks City Council tackle Thorny Question of Acquiring “Gifted” Open Space at $500,000 Price Tag

Thousand Oaks City Council tackle Thorny Question of Acquiring “Gifted” Open Space at $500,000 Price Tag

By Kevin Harris The acquiring of 82 acres of gifted open space was the main event at Tuesday night’s March 14th Thousand Oaks City Council Meeting. Other key topics included public land use, two prestigious awards recently won by the our local Chamber of Commerce, and a special recognition for the city’s former Assistant Police […]

Thousand Oaks City Council grapple with Citywide user Fees, Fines and Penalties

Thousand Oaks City Council grapple with Citywide user Fees, Fines and Penalties

By Kevin Harris Tuesday, February 28, 2017:  Citywide user fees, fines, penalties and development fees, followed by marijuana, were the hot topics of Tuesday night’s City Council Meeting in Thousand Oaks. Item 8A was classified as a “Study Session” and a “Draft” for Citywide User Fees, Fines, Penalties, Rates and Assessments, and Development and Impact […]

Thousand Oaks Council Reviews Projects — Remembers First Female Mayor

Thousand Oaks Council Reviews Projects — Remembers First Female Mayor

By Kevin Harris On Tuesday night, February 14, 2017, the Thousand Oaks City Council met to discuss and vote on city business, before adjourning to enjoy Valentines Day cheer with family and loved ones. In a much more streamlined and focused session than the previous one (Jan. 24, 2017), the Council accepted a detailed project […]

Thousand Oaks Council: Fights water rate Increase; Adopts “Granny Flat” rules; Accepts T.O. Blvd report

Thousand Oaks Council: Fights water rate Increase; Adopts “Granny Flat” rules; Accepts T.O. Blvd report

By Kevin B. Harris On Tuesday night, January 24, 2017, the Thousand Oaks City Council met for nearly five hours to discuss and vote on city business. Though business got done during the meeting, some of it dragged on, for perhaps needlessly, agonizingly lengthy debate. Major topics covered were: disputing a 32% Cal-Am water rate […]

The Harris Initiative (an American Challenge to a House Divided)

The Harris Initiative (an American Challenge to a House Divided)

    Imagine, just for one crazy moment, the gay community standing together with gun rights activists, nationwide, in support of both gay rights and the Second Amendment! Wouldn’t both groups of Americans benefit immensely by the new found strength in numbers alone? Then read on, friend. I’ve got a wild, but important idea to […]

Oxnard Whistleblowers- Part 2

Oxnard Whistleblowers- Part 2

By Kevin Harris   “If you are going through hell, keep going.”… Winston Churchill   When we last left you in Part 1 of “Whistleblowers in Oxnard: Triumph & Tragedy,” we had just finished with our partial historical snapshot of corruption in Oxnard, told through the heroic actions of a few local whistleblowers. We concluded […]

Whistleblowers in Oxnard: Triumph & Tragedy- Part 1

Whistleblowers in Oxnard: Triumph & Tragedy- Part 1

by Kevin Harris “The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”… James A. Garfield We live in interesting and, some would say, exciting times. While national politics has taken bizarre, theatrical turns that few could have predicted even a few years ago, in the seaside city of Oxnard, the ongoing […]

POLITICALLY INCORRECT ZONE: NASA discovers Elvis at ‘Alien Megastructure’ next to Walmart in Space

POLITICALLY INCORRECT ZONE: NASA discovers Elvis at ‘Alien Megastructure’ next to Walmart in Space

For years now, many on the political right have insisted that modern scientists have become agendized, and allow personal, and even corruption-based biases to steer their findings on key issues such as Global Warming. And while I’m aware that anyone is subject to be biased in ways they may not be fully aware of, I […]