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July 13, 1999
After months of negotiations, Ventura County supervisors are expected to approve a report today that would guide the implementation of a voter-approved growth control measure. Supervisors John Flynn and Frank Schillo are asking their colleagues to vote for three recommendations related to Measure A, a growth control advisory initiative that passed in November.
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February 12, 2003 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson and Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks said Tuesday they believe the Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory is the likely source of a toxin found in 17 wells in Simi Valley and one near Ahmanson Ranch. After a public hearing on the issue Monday, Jackson and Parks said all available information points to the mountaintop field lab above Simi Valley as the source of the perchlorate contamination. Perchlorate is a highly toxic chemical used in rocket fuel.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1999
The Board of Supervisors Tuesday decided to draft a law that would force companies conducting business with the county to pay their employees wages above the federal poverty level. The vote was 4 to 1, with Supervisor Judy Mikels dissenting, mainly because she feared such a law might harm private businesses and prompt all county employees to demand raises. "Businesses do have a responsibility, but I don't see businesses making impossibly large profits on the backs of workers," said Mikels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2000
Supporters of a controversial tobacco money initiative were cheered Friday when a judge ruled that the Ventura County clerk can begin the process of putting the measure on the November ballot. "This is an appropriate next step," said Mark Barnhill, spokesman for Community Memorial Hospital, which wrote the initiative in an attempt to transfer control of $260 million in national tobacco settlement money from county coffers to seven area private hospitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2000
Supporters of a controversial tobacco money initiative were cheered Friday when a judge ruled that the Ventura County clerk can begin the process of putting the measure on the November ballot. "This is an appropriate next step," said Mark Barnhill, spokesman for Community Memorial Hospital, which wrote the initiative in an attempt to transfer control of $260 million in national tobacco settlement money from county coffers to seven area private hospitals.
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March 6, 1995 | CYNTHIA H. CRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bolstered by greater clout this year, Ventura County's state Capitol delegation is pushing a lengthy wish list ranging from crime-busting bills to requests for aid to rebuild storm-ravaged seashore bike paths. The three Assembly members and two state senators as a whole are better positioned this year on the Legislature's policy committees--with local lawmakers now holding key leadership slots on panels dealing with crime, taxes, higher education and toxic cleanup.
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April 8, 1995 | FAYE FIORE and KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Legislation releasing Ventura County and other smoggy areas in California from a court-ordered federal air cleanup plan was en route to President Clinton's desk Friday, a victory for local leaders who warned that the tough regulations threatened to "send a wrecking ball" through the state's faltering economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1999 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying local prosecutors have done a good job enforcing child support laws, a Ventura County official was in Sacramento on Tuesday to oppose legislation that would remove collections from the district attorney's office. Stan Trom, director of Ventura County's Child Support Division, said the county collects child support payments at a rate higher than state and national averages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2003 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson and Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks said Tuesday they believe the Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory is the likely source of a toxin found in 17 wells in Simi Valley and one near Ahmanson Ranch. After a public hearing on the issue Monday, Jackson and Parks said all available information points to the mountaintop field lab above Simi Valley as the source of the perchlorate contamination. Perchlorate is a highly toxic chemical used in rocket fuel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1991
Under threat of Assembly Speaker Willie Brown's regional government legislation, Ventura County's plaintive plea to associate with Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties--rather than being thrown into the Southern California Assn. of Government's maw to the south--seems a bit disingenuous. Reactions by Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo officials are more than hypocritical. In reality, growth management in Ventura County is as much due to serendipity as it is due to deliberate and conscious public policy making and implementation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1999
The Board of Supervisors Tuesday decided to draft a law that would force companies conducting business with the county to pay their employees wages above the federal poverty level. The vote was 4 to 1, with Supervisor Judy Mikels dissenting, mainly because she feared such a law might harm private businesses and prompt all county employees to demand raises. "Businesses do have a responsibility, but I don't see businesses making impossibly large profits on the backs of workers," said Mikels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1999
After months of negotiations, Ventura County supervisors are expected to approve a report today that would guide the implementation of a voter-approved growth control measure. Supervisors John Flynn and Frank Schillo are asking their colleagues to vote for three recommendations related to Measure A, a growth control advisory initiative that passed in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1999 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying local prosecutors have done a good job enforcing child support laws, a Ventura County official was in Sacramento on Tuesday to oppose legislation that would remove collections from the district attorney's office. Stan Trom, director of Ventura County's Child Support Division, said the county collects child support payments at a rate higher than state and national averages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1995 | FAYE FIORE and KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Legislation releasing Ventura County and other smoggy areas in California from a court-ordered federal air cleanup plan was en route to President Clinton's desk Friday, a victory for local leaders who warned that the tough regulations threatened to "send a wrecking ball" through the state's faltering economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1995 | CYNTHIA H. CRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bolstered by greater clout this year, Ventura County's state Capitol delegation is pushing a lengthy wish list ranging from crime-busting bills to requests for aid to rebuild storm-ravaged seashore bike paths. The three Assembly members and two state senators as a whole are better positioned this year on the Legislature's policy committees--with local lawmakers now holding key leadership slots on panels dealing with crime, taxes, higher education and toxic cleanup.
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January 29, 1997 | NICK GREEN
A major fraud case and the enactment of "three strikes" legislation mean Ventura County will pay $500,000 more than anticipated to a legal services company this year. Ventura-based Conflict Defense Associates will receive the money on top of its $1.3-million annual contract because of a rising caseload that is difficult to predict, said Vince Ordonez of the county's chief administrative office.
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April 12, 2002 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State legislation allowing Ventura County voters to decide whether to create an open-space district is on its way to Gov. Gray Davis' desk. The Assembly on Wednesday passed AB 1145, sponsored by Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), on a vote of 65 to 5. Passed by the Senate earlier this week, the bill is expected to be signed by Davis in the next few days.
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