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May 23, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once the prospect of big-time gambling in Ventura County would have drawn a solid wall of opposition from local police. But with each city now scraping for every new tax dollar, the law enforcement community no longer speaks with a single voice about plans to build a casino in Oxnard. The county's top prosecutor condemns casinos as breeding grounds for crime.
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June 23, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Money spent by Oxnard's Redevelopment Agency two years ago to purchase and tear down a crime-plagued hotel may be credited toward a $3.5-million debt owed a fund set up to house the poor, city officials said Tuesday. Under a plan being crafted by city staff members and opposed by affordable housing advocates, $2.1 million used to raze the Lemon Tree Hotel in downtown Oxnard and relocate its residents could help reduce the city's growing housing-fund deficit.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1992 | KAY SAILLANT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cal State University trustees have decided to wait at least two months before seizing farmland near Camarillo for a public university so that state officials can make sure local governments will help pay for water, sewer and road improvements to the site. "We're not the big banker in the sky," said David Leveille, Cal State's director of institutional relations. "We cannot take care of all of these things."
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June 23, 1993 | LEONARD N. FLEMING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The possible relocation of a Robinsons-May department store from Oxnard to the soon-to-be expanded Buenaventura Plaza has Ventura officials ecstatic and Oxnard officials pondering ways to keep the store from bailing out. The anticipated move would make the Buenaventura Plaza one of the largest retail shopping centers in Ventura County in size and department store space.
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March 21, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oxnard can't keep its park restrooms open. City crews don't trim trees or sweep streets as often as they used to. Fewer police officers and firefighters are on the job these days than a couple of years ago. City officials last month surrendered control of its South Oxnard community center to the Boys & Girls Club because the city couldn't afford to keep it running full time.
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April 21, 1993 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
Oxnard housing officials Tuesday began looking for places to relocate residents of Zoe Christian Center, officials said. Zoe, Ventura County's only year-round shelter for homeless families, received an eviction notice from its landlord last week after falling behind in rent by more than $94,500. Housing Director Sal Gonzalez said that moving the 63 residents of the transitional housing facility to public housing will take about a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concluding that city administrators are pushing a card club proposal forward prematurely, two City Council members said Monday that they do not yet know whether they want a large casino in Oxnard and intend to slow down the process. In a report on today's council agenda, top city administrators urge the council to pursue possible construction of a card club by creating a task force that would accept casino applications along with $25,000 deposits to pay for city review.
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June 16, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite protests from dozens of angry homeowners, Oxnard officials Tuesday set new charges for providing landscaping services to neighborhoods throughout the city. Notices of the city's intention to levy the new taxes drew complaints that the cost of the gardening service the city provides is high and the quality is low. The notices also sparked a citywide campaign to force city officials to hire private landscapers to do the work.
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April 22, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite slashing jobs and services to slice the city's $4-million budget shortfall in half, Oxnard officials said Wednesday they may be forced to fire city workers and further gut programs to balance next year's spending plan. The Oxnard City Council tentatively agreed Tuesday to cut more than a dozen positions from the city work force, reduce library hours and shut the doors at the mini-library in the city's La Colonia barrio.
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June 12, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Oxnard City Manager Vernon G. Hazen is recommending that the city eliminate five departments and consider dropping the elected positions of city clerk and city treasurer in order to balance the city's budget. The proposed reorganization would eventually result in an annual savings of $1.6 million, with $584,000 in savings coming in the 1993-94 fiscal year that begins July 1. The recommendations are contained in a report obtained Friday and scheduled to go before the City Council on Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite protests from dozens of angry homeowners, Oxnard officials Tuesday set new charges for providing landscaping services to neighborhoods throughout the city. Notices of the city's intention to levy the new taxes drew complaints that the cost of the gardening service the city provides is high and the quality is low. The notices also sparked a citywide campaign to force city officials to hire private landscapers to do the work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Oxnard City Manager Vernon G. Hazen is recommending that the city eliminate five departments and consider dropping the elected positions of city clerk and city treasurer in order to balance the city's budget. The proposed reorganization would eventually result in an annual savings of $1.6 million, with $584,000 in savings coming in the 1993-94 fiscal year that begins July 1. The recommendations are contained in a report obtained Friday and scheduled to go before the City Council on Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concluding that city administrators are pushing a card club proposal forward prematurely, two City Council members said Monday that they do not yet know whether they want a large casino in Oxnard and intend to slow down the process. In a report on today's council agenda, top city administrators urge the council to pursue possible construction of a card club by creating a task force that would accept casino applications along with $25,000 deposits to pay for city review.
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June 8, 1993 | MATTHEW MOSK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The head of the Oxnard Housing Department says he is willing to dip into his department's funds to save a branch of the Oxnard library that now faces closure in the city's La Colonia barrio. "People here want to work to keep the library," said Sal Gonzalez, the director of city housing. "If the problem is with funding, we will talk to the council about using our funds to help pay for it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once the prospect of big-time gambling in Ventura County would have drawn a solid wall of opposition from local police. But with each city now scraping for every new tax dollar, the law enforcement community no longer speaks with a single voice about plans to build a casino in Oxnard. The county's top prosecutor condemns casinos as breeding grounds for crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ
The Oxnard City Council on Tuesday moved forward with plans to pare city government after reviewing dozens of cost-cutting ideas submitted by city employees. Council members ordered city staff to create a plan that whittles down the city's 16 departments to 10, or perhaps even five, and cuts a layer of managers and employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Money spent by Oxnard's Redevelopment Agency two years ago to purchase and tear down a crime-plagued hotel may be credited toward a $3.5-million debt owed a fund set up to house the poor, city officials said Tuesday. Under a plan being crafted by city staff members and opposed by affordable housing advocates, $2.1 million used to raze the Lemon Tree Hotel in downtown Oxnard and relocate its residents could help reduce the city's growing housing-fund deficit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Oxnard City Council tore into its anticipated $3.3-million budget shortfall Tuesday, weighing recommendations that would eliminate two fire rescue squads, close the library branch in the city's La Colonia barrio and force layoffs for the first time in four years. While they won't make a final decision until the summer, council members agreed to start pouring the foundation for what promises to be the fourth consecutive year of painful budget cuts.
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May 19, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Supporters of Zoe Christian Center on Tuesday appealed to Oxnard officials for help in paying mounting bills that threaten to shut down Ventura County's only year-round shelter for homeless families. Operators of the 10-year-old center say they have fallen more than $300,000 behind in rent, utilities and other bills over the last two years.
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April 22, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite slashing jobs and services to slice the city's $4-million budget shortfall in half, Oxnard officials said Wednesday they may be forced to fire city workers and further gut programs to balance next year's spending plan. The Oxnard City Council tentatively agreed Tuesday to cut more than a dozen positions from the city work force, reduce library hours and shut the doors at the mini-library in the city's La Colonia barrio.
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