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Re: VC Star Editorial; Oxnard Moves From Mistake; Sept 19, 2021

Re: VC Star Editorial; Oxnard Moves From Mistake; Sept 19, 2021

by Ray Blattel I read this editorial with great interest.  But why not tell the whole story and not just from the city’s viewpoint?  The truth of the matter is, if the city would have just immediately ceased the collection of the Infrastructure User Fee (IUF) as proposed by the so-called “anti-government critic” at a […]

City Of Ventura Receives Highest Certification Score For Its 2021-2022 Investment Policy

City Of Ventura Receives Highest Certification Score For Its 2021-2022 Investment Policy

Ventura, Calif. – The City of Ventura’s Finance Department was awarded one of the highest accreditation scores by the California Municipal Treasurers Association (CMTA) for its Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Investment Policy. The City Council adopted the updated investment policy in June 2021. The City received 99 out of 100 points, one of the highest scores awarded […]

Save the date! Reinstate 58: A Special HJTA Taxpayer Webinar on Prop. 19

Save the date! Reinstate 58: A Special HJTA Taxpayer Webinar on Prop. 19

You are receiving this email because you subscribed on the HJTA website, or you provided your address in response to direct mail.  Please see the bottom of this message to unsubscribe. Save the date! Reinstate 58: A Special HJTA Taxpayer Webinar on Prop. 19 Save the date! This free taxpayer webinar on Proposition 19 will […]

Commentary | Ventura County labor agreement would cost taxpayers millions

Commentary | Ventura County labor agreement would cost taxpayers millions

  Recently, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors was told that a proposed Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) on county projects would likely increase project costs more than $75 million over the next five years. Their own staff recommended that the Board reject the proposed CWA. However, an undeterred Supervisor Zaragoza, along with Supervisors Long and […]

NEWS ANALYSIS | Will California’s ‘Temporary’ Tax on Wealth Ever Fade Away?

NEWS ANALYSIS | Will California’s ‘Temporary’ Tax on Wealth Ever Fade Away?

BY BRAD JONES   When Californians voted to “temporarily” raise taxes to fund education on Nov. 6, 2012, they probably never expected the hikes would linger in one form or another until 2030, but that’s exactly what happened. Prop. 30, officially tagged as “Temporary Taxes to Fund Education,” was billed as a ballot measure to increase taxes to […]

Ventura County General Plan Update | Taxpayers Deserve to Know Cost

Ventura County General Plan Update | Taxpayers Deserve to Know Cost

As most of you know, Ventura County is currently in the process of updating its General Plan for the first time in over 30 years.  This multi-year process is in the latter phases, with a Draft General Plan recently approved by the Board of Supervisors.  This document will then move on to an Environmental Impact Analysis […]

AB 2577:  California Public Employee Unions seek taxpayers funding

AB 2577:  California Public Employee Unions seek taxpayers funding

    By Stephen Frank and Larry Sand  (Editor’s Note: The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in favor of Mark Janus in his case v. the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.) The 5-4 Supreme Court ruling against mandatory public union membership—requiring agency fees of non-members—means that large unions such as the California […]

Someone Must Stop the Post Office!

Someone Must Stop the Post Office!

    By Sigrid Weidenweber A few times every year I receive a thank-you-note, a personal invitation or a post-card in the mail. Regrettably, they have become fewer and fewer, for my friends and family now send e-cards and invitations and, instead of a post-card, people send pictures on my I-Phone, captioned: “wish you were […]

Statement by Supervisor Kelly Long on Why Appeals of Certain Permits will Not be Allowed

Statement by Supervisor Kelly Long on Why Appeals of Certain Permits will Not be Allowed

As members of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, we are often asked to consider permit applications for a wide range of things. Permits that require board approval or “discretionary” permits, can be appealed for reconsideration. The right to file these appeals is a critical part of the process and something I fully support as […]

Sacramento Democrats Kill Morrell Measure to Reaffirm Commitment to Protecting Taxpayers

Sacramento Democrats Kill Morrell Measure to Reaffirm Commitment to Protecting Taxpayers

Today, Democrats on the Senate Governance and Finance Committee blocked Senate Resolution 39 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), a measure that would have recognized the historic passage of Proposition 13 and its role in keeping property taxes low for homeowners. The committee’s rejection of this measure comes on the heels of the largest gas and car […]

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