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January 11, 1996
Johnny Johnston, 80, radio host, actor and singer whose recording of "Laura" sold more than 1 million copies. Born in Missouri in 1915, Johnston first gained fame as a junior pocket billiards champion at the age of 16. A big-band singer in the 1930s, he appeared with Art Kassel and His Castles and sang on "The Breakfast Club."
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April 18, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
In an unusual public rebuttal Tuesday, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors condemned a recent grand jury report as an error-filled slam at County Executive Johnny Johnston. Each of the five supervisors spoke at length about what they said were inaccuracies and unfounded conclusions in the 14-page report, released last week.
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December 28, 2001 | MATEA GOLD and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ventura County supervisors hired a new chief administrator and engaged in an ongoing labor dispute with deputies in 2001, while an energy crisis that threatened to overtake all other state business receded by the end of the year, only to be replaced by broader financial worries that promise to dominate Sacramento in the coming months. In Ventura County, Johnny Johnston, 59, assumed the county's top management post in March, charged with overseeing a $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2004 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County government's top administrator has ordered a freeze on hiring, saying he had no choice after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a budget plan that would lop at least $17 million from local revenues. County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston told department heads to immediately freeze any vacant positions to help the county save money and prevent layoffs. "We will not be doing more with less. It will be less with less," Johnston told managers in a memo circulated last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
In an unusual public rebuttal Tuesday, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors condemned a recent grand jury report as an error-filled slam at County Executive Johnny Johnston. Each of the five supervisors spoke at length about what they said were inaccuracies and unfounded conclusions in the 14-page report, released last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2004 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County government's top administrator has ordered a freeze on hiring, saying he had no choice after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a budget plan that would lop at least $17 million from local revenues. County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston told department heads to immediately freeze any vacant positions to help the county save money and prevent layoffs. "We will not be doing more with less. It will be less with less," Johnston told managers in a memo circulated last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County's top manager will be called chief executive officer, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday, capping a series of reforms aimed at tightening control over county finances. The change in title from chief administrative officer may seem minor, Chief Executive Johnny Johnston said, but it holds symbolic significance for those watching how the county's $1-billion budget and 7,100 employees are managed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a strike by government employees looming, County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston suggested Monday the county will have to make do with a "leaner, meaner work force" if demands for higher salaries and better benefits are met. A threatened walkout Friday by 4,200 clerks, receptionists, accountants, librarians and other general government workers was an unspoken but potent factor during the Board of Supervisors' budget deliberations Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Monday, Johnny Johnston will pack his belongings and move out of his basement office at the Ventura County Government Center, where he has served for years as head of a low-profile agency responsible for maintenance and parks. Johnston, 58, will ride the elevator up three flights to his new office and new job as the county's chief administrator--in charge of overseeing a $1-billion annual budget and a 7,000-member work force.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2000 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Johnny Johnston is in a bind. Faced with an excruciatingly tight budget of $1.2 million, the county's General Services Agency director is under orders to do what few have done before: turn public parks into moneymakers. Johnston has virtually no road map for his task. Many of his ideas have been met by public derision. One resident, incensed by a proposal to turn the roadside strip of beach at the Rincon into a profit-making parking lot, lent Johnston a new nickname: Dracula.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2001 | MATEA GOLD and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ventura County supervisors hired a new chief administrator and engaged in an ongoing labor dispute with deputies in 2001, while an energy crisis that threatened to overtake all other state business receded by the end of the year, only to be replaced by broader financial worries that promise to dominate Sacramento in the coming months. In Ventura County, Johnny Johnston, 59, assumed the county's top management post in March, charged with overseeing a $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a strike by government employees looming, County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston suggested Monday the county will have to make do with a "leaner, meaner work force" if demands for higher salaries and better benefits are met. A threatened walkout Friday by 4,200 clerks, receptionists, accountants, librarians and other general government workers was an unspoken but potent factor during the Board of Supervisors' budget deliberations Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County's top manager will be called chief executive officer, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday, capping a series of reforms aimed at tightening control over county finances. The change in title from chief administrative officer may seem minor, Chief Executive Johnny Johnston said, but it holds symbolic significance for those watching how the county's $1-billion budget and 7,100 employees are managed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Monday, Johnny Johnston will pack his belongings and move out of his basement office at the Ventura County Government Center, where he has served for years as head of a low-profile agency responsible for maintenance and parks. Johnston, 58, will ride the elevator up three flights to his new office and new job as the county's chief administrator--in charge of overseeing a $1-billion annual budget and a 7,000-member work force.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2000 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Johnny Johnston is in a bind. Faced with an excruciatingly tight budget of $1.2 million, the county's General Services Agency director is under orders to do what few have done before: turn public parks into moneymakers. Johnston has virtually no road map for his task. Many of his ideas have been met by public derision. One resident, incensed by a proposal to turn the roadside strip of beach at the Rincon into a profit-making parking lot, lent Johnston a new nickname: Dracula.
NEWS
January 11, 1996
Johnny Johnston, 80, radio host, actor and singer whose recording of "Laura" sold more than 1 million copies. Born in Missouri in 1915, Johnston first gained fame as a junior pocket billiards champion at the age of 16. A big-band singer in the 1930s, he appeared with Art Kassel and His Castles and sang on "The Breakfast Club."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Concerned about delays in court-ordered services for juvenile offenders, Ventura County supervisors Tuesday agreed to transfer a psychologist from the county's Behavioral Health Department to its Probation Agency. Several public speakers told supervisors the delays are caused by department managers warring over who is responsible for providing the youths with mental health evaluations and other services. Supervisors will review the issue at their Jan. 15 meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Over the protest of Clerk-Recorder Richard Dean, the county Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to shift some clerical duties from the clerk-recorder's division to the county manager's office. Supervisor Kathy Long said it would be more efficient for the duties of the board's clerk to be supervised by County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston. The clerk of the board prepares meeting agendas and documents for the Board of Supervisors.
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