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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2006 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
It's not often in Southern California that residents clamor for a new housing development. But in coastal Port Hueneme, a sea of new homes apparently beats an ocean of cars. Homeowners in the sleepy Ventura County city are demanding that a nearby commercial port drop plans to acquire 17 acres of industrial land for a parking lot in favor of a rival proposal to build 150 homes on the same spot.
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OPINION
May 27, 2005
Re "A Hypocritical Church's Sex Lessons," Commentary, May 24: Robert Scheer certainly has it correct! The Catholic Church's outdated view of sexuality does so much harm and only creates more abuse by its priests and nuns. It does nothing to alleviate the skewed view of gay men and women, not to mention stifling the natural sexual feelings of many Catholic men and women, leading to more problems. Coral Norton Port Hueneme It is obvious that the Catholic Church places more value and concern with protecting the institution than protecting its parishioners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
A two-year effort to keep Naval Base Ventura County off the Pentagon's closure list comes down to an announcement today, and for better or worse, local officials said, they are ready. Base commander Capt. Paul Grossgold said he will meet with leadership from the Port Hueneme and Point Mugu installations this morning to review Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's recommended base closures.
OPINION
March 2, 2005
L.A. mayoral candidate Bob Hertzberg's endorsement of a reorganization of the Los Angeles Unified School District is just the latest in a long list of proposals to improve education over the last 30 or so years. As a graduate of the LAUSD and a retired teacher and counselor after 37 years in this district, I have concluded that there are no administrative, fiscal or pedagogic changes that will ever make significant improvements in achievement. Not until the students and their parents put in the time, energy and focus toward academic excellence will the recent and current mediocrity begin to improve.
OPINION
December 10, 2004
Donald Rumsfeld's response to the soldiers in Iraq regarding insufficient vehicle armor (Dec. 9) should be his last comment as secretary of Defense. Excusing the lack of protection for soldiers' vehicles by suggesting there are many more ways to die than from lack of armor -- and therefore by implication: Stop whining and get out there and fight -- demonstrates a callous disregard for life. I wonder if he'd be willing to take the risk quietly or at all if he had to face the constant threat of improvised explosive devices, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Authorities disclosed Tuesday the combat death near Fallouja of a 21-year-old Navy steelworker, the first sailor from Naval Base Ventura County to be killed in Iraq. Petty Officer Eric L. Knott was killed by shrapnel during a mortar attack Saturday, said Lt. Ohene Gyapong, a Navy spokesman. Three other Seabees were wounded. Knott grew up in Grand Island, Neb., where relatives saw him when he was home on emergency leave just three weeks ago. "I said, 'You don't want to go back, do you?'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to use more Navy-owned land to expand operations at the Port of Hueneme, port officials have taken their case directly to Washington. Without fanfare, officials visited the nation's capital several times this year to try to persuade top Navy officials that expanded joint use of dockside facilities at Navy Base Ventura County could be a mutually lucrative business arrangement.
OPINION
August 18, 2004
Re "Today's Lesson," Opinion, Aug 15: Sex is saying yes, rape is saying no. Sandy Banks got that right. But much of the rest of her thoughtful piece about the Kobe Bryant case's effect on her family was covered years ago. The judge's shameful decision to publicize the accuser's sex life, as if she's the one who has to defend herself, takes us right back to the bad old days in so many ways that it's growing frightening. The lingerie stores are full of falsies. (I don't care what Madison Avenue calls them.
NEWS
July 15, 2004
I want to thank Howard Leff for putting my dilemma into brilliant prose ("Dinner and a Movie? I'm Free After Nov. 2," July 8). Please do not take your gal to Mrs. Olson's restaurant in Oxnard on a Sunday morning. I found out that every Sunday, the owner goes into the middle of the room and bellows out a pro-war speech, plays "God Bless America" over a boombox, insists that patrons all sing along, and brings out his wait staff to lock arms and sway back and forth. The speech was certainly offensive to those of us who are passionately against the war in Iraq.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2004 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
A Port Hueneme child molester awaiting sentencing apparently hanged himself in his jail cell, Ventura County sheriff's officials said Sunday. Ronald Lee Bershers, 41, was found dead during a routine check of cells at the Ventura County Jail late Saturday, said Capt. Chris Lathrop. He had not been considered a suicide threat and had not been placed on any special surveillance, Lathrop said.
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