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October 11, 2000
The 1st District supervisorial race could be a defining moment for Ventura County because Steve Bennett and Jim Monahan have such differing views about concepts like urban sprawl and health care (Measure O, for example). Both are extremely significant issues for the Board of Supervisors. Look what Bennett has already accomplished: As a Ventura city councilman, he so impressed the people he worked with that he is now endorsed by the Ventura Police Officers Assn., Mayor Sandy Smith, former Mayor Jim Friedman and former Mayor John McWherter.
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November 17, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Ending months of speculation, Steve Bennett, a Ventura County supervisor best known for a set of tough development restrictions, on Wednesday announced his bid for a congressional seat created by last summer's redistricting. Bennett, a Democrat, hopes to represent the new 26th Congressional District, which spans almost all of Ventura County outside Simi Valley. Much of the area has been represented for 25 years by Rep. Elton Gallegy, a Simi Valley Republican who has not yet announced whether he plans to run again.
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February 22, 1998
Richard Francis and Steve Bennett are leaders of Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR), a campaign for ballot measures to preserve farmland in the county. The initiative, based in part on the city of Ventura's 1995 greenbelt protection law, would establish urban limit lines beyond which any proposed development would need voter approval.
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June 26, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Anticipating the possibility of an "attack" candidate emerging, Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett on Monday kicked off his bid for a third term with a show of political muscle and campaign cash. Speaking at a Ventura mobile home park, Bennett told a crowd of 50 that he was running again to cement changes that he has helped institute within county government during his six years in office.
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April 2, 1999 | MASSIE RITSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Former Ventura City Councilman Steve Bennett, one of the chief architects of the SOAR growth-control initiatives, is expected to announce next week that he will run for the county Board of Supervisors in 2000. Although he would not confirm his decision Thursday, Bennett has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday, when he "will announce his intentions regarding the elections next year."
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November 10, 1995 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After infuriating ranchers with his push to limit development on farmland, Ventura City Councilman Steve Bennett said Thursday he now plans to ask city leaders to adopt a right-to-farming ordinance to protect local growers from nuisance lawsuits. "It's logical that we need to do things to help farmers, to keep farming viable in the area," Bennett said. Farmers applauded the slow-growth councilman's intentions.
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January 13, 2000 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three candidates seeking the Ventura-area supervisor's seat faced off Wednesday night in a spirited debate that featured several testy exchanges. Participants outlined their views on county finances, mental health services, farmland protection and the influence of campaign contributions.
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November 3, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pro-business candidate Rosa Lee Measures and environmentalist Steve Bennett topped the vote in the Ventura City Council race Tuesday, winning election along with incumbent Councilmen Jim Monahan and Gary Tuttle. But another incumbent councilman, Todd Collart, ran far behind. Like Tuttle, Collart was a target of pro-business forces throughout the campaign, attacked as an environmentalist who has hurt local business interests in the last four years. The returns showed mixed results for the negative advertising campaigns launched by critics of several candidates in the race for four council seats.
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November 17, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Ending months of speculation, Steve Bennett, a Ventura County supervisor best known for a set of tough development restrictions, on Wednesday announced his bid for a congressional seat created by last summer's redistricting. Bennett, a Democrat, hopes to represent the new 26th Congressional District, which spans almost all of Ventura County outside Simi Valley. Much of the area has been represented for 25 years by Rep. Elton Gallegy, a Simi Valley Republican who has not yet announced whether he plans to run again.
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September 10, 2000
Re "With Labor Day Here, Politicians Go to Work," Sept. 3. In this article, Jim Monahan cavalierly dismisses Steve Bennett's qualifications for county supervisor. Bennett's degree in economics from Brown University and his service on the Ventura City Council Budget Committee do not stack up, Monahan says, to Monahan's "real practical experience" running his family's welding business or his own time as a councilman. In my 18 years as a business professional, I have more than once had people tell me I had to adjust to "real-world experience."
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May 12, 2004 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Tensions over management of Channel Islands Harbor boiled over Tuesday as one Ventura County supervisor who is up for reelection in November accused another of trying to unseat him. The testy exchange between Supervisor John Flynn, whose Oxnard-based district includes the harbor, and Supervisor Steve Bennett came after a public hearing on the harbor and the pace of improvements being made there.
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January 12, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Pink streaks color the morning sky as Steve Bennett pulls on his running shoes. Exercise, like many things in Bennett's disciplined life, is the common-sense thing to do. And if dawn is the only time to fit a run into his schedule, he will rise with the birds.
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January 6, 2002 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling it an excessive perk, a Ventura County supervisor says he intends to end a lucrative pension benefit for six elected managers that was approved even after two blue-ribbon commissions recommended it be rejected. Steve Bennett said he will ask his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors in coming weeks to end elected managers' ability to inflate retirement pay by tacking the cash equivalent of seven weeks' vacation time to their final-year salary.
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July 13, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying fellow supervisors shouldn't be double dipping, Steve Bennett said Thursday that he will push to prohibit board members from collecting money for serving on other Ventura County commissions. "We shouldn't be doing it," Bennett said of the stipends, generally $50 to $100 per meeting, for participation on the boards. "It's another example of double dipping by higher-paid county employees that I think erodes public confidence in the process."
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July 7, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County Supervisor Frank Schillo's summer vacation has ended up costing him a little more than expected. In his absence, the Ventura County Transportation Commission voted Friday to take away a $50-a-month payment he receives for serving as a commissioner. The motion to ban payments for county supervisors was made by Supervisor Steve Bennett, who was Schillo's alternate on the commission.
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April 15, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of lobbying from labor groups, a majority of county supervisors is poised to support an ordinance requiring county contractors to pay their employees a "living wage." Supervisors John Flynn, Steve Bennett and Kathy Long say they support a law that would require employees to be paid at least $8 an hour, plus health benefits, or $10 an hour without.
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March 1, 2000
It's been many years since I've supported a candidate for any public office with the enthusiasm and confidence with which I support Steve Bennett or 1st District Ventura County supervisor. He's an exceptional person with exceptional qualifications and the most impressive record of public policy achievement of any public figure in Ventura County in many years. His credentials as an honors graduate with a degree in economics from Brown University, his record as an outstanding teacher of economics and history and as an assistant principal at Nordhoff High School in Ojai, his notable term of service on the Ventura City Council, his successful leadership in the initiative drive to impose campaign fund limits in the city of Ventura, and the unprecedented, heroic effort of leading the voters to adoption of countywide Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR)
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April 6, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A retirement perk for elected department heads that will cost Ventura County government nearly $1 million over the next 10 years is being challenged by Supervisor Steve Bennett. Elected on a reform platform last fall, Bennett said he plans to bring a letter before the board next month asking members to reconsider the benefit, which he likened to a retirement giveaway that past review committees have openly condemned.
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January 10, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As three supervisors were sworn in Tuesday, the year's first county Board of Supervisors meeting saw its members bathe in the available spotlight long enough to outline their top priorities for 2001 and try to set an amicable tone. In office less than five minutes, slow-growth advocate Steve Bennett dove into his agenda: strengthening the budget, ending the hospital war, reforming the campaign finance system and controlling urban sprawl.
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