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April 18, 1997 | CHRIS CHI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Uncovering an overcrowded shantytown in Ventura County's most prosperous city, authorities converged on a downtown lot early Thursday to roust about 50 immigrant workers living in rundown houses, cramped metal toolsheds and backyard huts. The daybreak sweep of the hidden community--within walking distance of Thousand Oaks' $64-million City Hall and performing arts center--shook workers and families from makeshift beds and ended in what was essentially a mass eviction for many living there.
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November 15, 2000 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city is sitting on millions of dollars of federal money earmarked for low-income residents, enough to put it fourth in the nation on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's list of reluctant spenders. But city officials blame the backup on staff turmoil--and say they are well on their way to spending nearly all the money on rebuilding some of the aging Ventura Avenue area. As of October, cities were allowed to have two years' worth of community development money on hand.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A move by Thousand Oaks Mayor Judy Lazar to relax restrictions aimed at reserving an affordable housing project for low-income families has drawn harsh criticism from two councilwomen, who say the mayor acted secretly and unilaterally. Lazar argued that her action was unavoidable, and said it would not compromise the project's overall affordability.
NEWS
April 18, 1997 | CHRIS CHI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Uncovering an overcrowded shantytown in Ventura County's most prosperous city, authorities converged on a downtown lot early Thursday to roust about 50 immigrant workers living in rundown houses, cramped metal toolsheds and backyard huts. The daybreak sweep of the hidden community--within walking distance of Thousand Oaks' $64-million City Hall and performing arts center--shook workers and families from makeshift beds and ended in what was essentially a mass eviction for many living there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2000 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city is sitting on millions of dollars of federal money earmarked for low-income residents, enough to put it fourth in the nation on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's list of reluctant spenders. But city officials blame the backup on staff turmoil--and say they are well on their way to spending nearly all the money on rebuilding some of the aging Ventura Avenue area. As of October, cities were allowed to have two years' worth of community development money on hand.
NEWS
June 19, 1994 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What began two years ago as a city effort to move farm workers out of an Oxnard slum may soon end with the $2.6-million purchase of a low-income housing parcel--but the torturous route to closing the deal has been littered with disputed claims of improper behavior by officials, sweetheart deals and betrayal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1993 | LEONARD N. FLEMING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lilia Barragan still has painful memories whenever she ponders her one-year experience living in the dingy, $550-a-month apartment she and her husband, Abel, rented last year in Ojai. The 25-year-old mother of two children--4-year-old Abel Jr. and 1-month-old Stacey--remembers how she and her husband could barely afford to rent the tiny, dark two-bedroom apartment on her husband's $250-a-week salary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA
The Port Hueneme City Council on Monday approved a plan to rehabilitate a low-income apartment complex, while opening the door to increased federal rent subsidies for residents in the project. The council's 3-0 vote, with council members Toni Young and Ken Hess absent from the special meeting, allows the complex's owner to begin refurbishing the 41-unit apartment complex at 680 Evergreen Lane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1992 | FRED ALVAREZ
The Cabrillo Economic Development Corp. will celebrate its 10th anniversary Thursday with an awards dinner in Ventura to honor supporters of the countywide, nonprofit housing agency. Started in 1981 in Saticoy, the corporation has developed 648 low- and moderate-income housing units in cities and communities including Ventura, Piru, Moorpark, Santa Paula and Ojai.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2002 | GREGORY W. GRIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concerned about Ventura County's growing housing crisis, more than 200 real estate professionals, politicians, planners and housing advocates gathered Friday to discuss ways to create more affordable dwellings for an expanding population. "Who are the people we are trying to house? They are our kids," said Michael McGuire, president and chief executive of Affinity Bank in Ventura. "They are the police, the firefighters, the teachers and nurses--the people we need to keep our communities running."
NEWS
June 19, 1994 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What began two years ago as a city effort to move farm workers out of an Oxnard slum may soon end with the $2.6-million purchase of a low-income housing parcel--but the torturous route to closing the deal has been littered with disputed claims of improper behavior by officials, sweetheart deals and betrayal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1993 | LEONARD N. FLEMING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lilia Barragan still has painful memories whenever she ponders her one-year experience living in the dingy, $550-a-month apartment she and her husband, Abel, rented last year in Ojai. The 25-year-old mother of two children--4-year-old Abel Jr. and 1-month-old Stacey--remembers how she and her husband could barely afford to rent the tiny, dark two-bedroom apartment on her husband's $250-a-week salary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A move by Thousand Oaks Mayor Judy Lazar to relax restrictions aimed at reserving an affordable housing project for low-income families has drawn harsh criticism from two councilwomen, who say the mayor acted secretly and unilaterally. Lazar argued that her action was unavoidable, and said it would not compromise the project's overall affordability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA
The Port Hueneme City Council on Monday approved a plan to rehabilitate a low-income apartment complex, while opening the door to increased federal rent subsidies for residents in the project. The council's 3-0 vote, with council members Toni Young and Ken Hess absent from the special meeting, allows the complex's owner to begin refurbishing the 41-unit apartment complex at 680 Evergreen Lane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1998
I would like to commend The Times for its attention to the potential impacts that the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources measures could have on affordable housing in Thousand Oaks and Ventura County. It is time to focus on what ballot box planning measures really do and not be taken in with simplistic answers. Richard Francis said in an Aug. 19 article that housing wouldn't be a concern if SOAR passed. He said that each SOAR measure contains "an exemption for affordable housing."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1995 | LISA M. BOWMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the Green Meadow wildfire razed the Newbury Park mansion of Harman Rasnow, the millionaire vowed to build a new house that would never burn. When the Northridge earthquake leveled the tiny Fillmore home of Joe and Dolores Rivera, the couple asked Habitat for Humanity to construct them a house that would withstand the strongest quake.
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