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June 11, 2000
It is budget time in Ventura County. What does that mean? "Voter alert! Here comes the Board of Supervisors, again targeting Proposition 172, the public safety funds, for cuts." Whenever there is a cash flow problem, the Board of Supervisors seems to forget that the voters exercised their rights and passed a half-cent tax for the district attorney's office, Sheriff's Department, Probation Department and the public defender's office. The people felt that public safety was the No. 1 priority and voted to tax themselves for public safety.
September 2, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
"These guys are soft right now," Paul Martinez said. "They're going to struggle. " He was right. We were watching a group of apprentice ironworkers with hard hats on their heads and 35-pound tool belts around their waists trying to climb a vertical girder, using nothing but hand strength and the leverage of their work boots on slippery steel. The girder was marked at 10 feet with a strip of white tape. That was the finish line. As we watched, one made it and eight failed. Some could barely get one foot off the ground before giving up. "By Friday, they'll all be making it," Martinez said.
June 4, 1998 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department has announced a public safety academy for those interested in learning the duties and operations of deputies, firefighters and other emergency personnel. The Community Public Safety Academy will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the north Fillmore police storefront, 642 Lemon Way. For the first time, the academy will be taught solely in Spanish. Meetings will be held every Wednesday through Aug. 19 at the storefront.
March 31, 1988
Bless Dershowitz for his courage and poise in negotiating the border between liberty and safety in drug testing. The specter of inevitability doesn't have to spook people willing to think. Maybe such awareness can help us navigate through such shadowy realms as euthanasia and abortion. AMY ADELSTEIN Canoga Park
March 25, 2001
It is gratifying that Supervisors John Flynn, Kathy Long and Steve Bennett had the political wisdom and courage to support Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford's reasoned amendment to the public safety funding ordinance. This will be a lasting tribute to Hufford and these three supervisors. Although it is fine to say that public safety is our No. 1 priority, we cannot say that it is our only priority. The funding needs of all county departments must be considered--not just a chosen few. BLAKE BOYLE Desert Hot Springs Re "Budget Safety for the Public," Ventura County editorial, March 4. I am in full agreement with this editorial.
April 10, 1996
A national conference on the use of technology to enhance public safety began Tuesday at the Los Angeles Airport Doubletree Hotel and is expected to showcase the latest technology available to law enforcement agencies. Hosted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, the three-day conference has attracted 350 law enforcement officials nationwide. Conference speakers and panelists include Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance A.
October 13, 1993
Prop. 172, on the Nov. 2, statewide ballot, will fund local public safety services, making this measure critical to all Californians. Prop. 172 requires that revenue raised by extending one-half cent of the state sales tax be deposited into a local public safety fund to be used specifically for police, sheriffs, firefighters and district attorneys. Another fact I can state with certainty is that if Prop. 172 is defeated, budgets for sheriffs, police, firefighters and prosecutors will suffer huge cuts.
May 13, 1987
Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky has successfully persuaded the council to pay for 250 new police officers. Mayor Bradley has also agreed. The additional officers will make the city feel a little safer. The mayor, proposed no additional officers and no new squad cars in the city budget. He cited the loss of federal revenues and a sluggish economy to explain the belt-tightening at City Hall.
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