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November 17, 1995 | LINDA FRIEDLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite growing competition along the coast, supporters of a Ventura County marine education and environmental center are moving forward with a $90,000 feasibility study for an aquarium-type facility in Oxnard. The facility, which the county has included in its redevelopment program for Channel Islands Harbor, will probably be smaller than originally suggested, said County Supervisor John Flynn, who has helped spearhead the aquarium drive.
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November 9, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
The Ventura County supervisors' battle with one of their own intensified Tuesday when supporters of Supervisor John Flynn filled a hearing room to demand that restrictions on Flynn's access to certain county staff be removed. During a tense and sometimes unruly two-hour session, supporters accused the board of overstepping its authority in stripping the veteran supervisor of the ability to meet privately with county Harbor Department staff.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2001
The El Rio gymnasium complex is finally open. It marks a major milestone for our community. More than 10 years ago Supervisor John Flynn promised us a gym and now we have it. Others helped but Flynn did the lion's share of the work. That is why it is appropriate that we in El Rio, Strickland Acres and Nyeland Acres publicly recognize him by naming the medical clinic he is bringing to our community after him. HENRIETTA MACIAS El Rio
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County supervisors Tuesday took the extraordinary step of forbidding a fellow board member from meeting privately with certain county staff, saying his bullying ways had created a hostile work environment. Board members said they were forced into action because a "pattern of employee harassment" by veteran Supervisor John Flynn had exposed the county to potential lawsuits. "I am not going to be an enabler anymore," said Supervisor Judy Mikels in making the motion. "No longer can Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1996
I am appalled at the Navy's proposal to fly Lear jets toward the radar facility for testing a radar countermeasure system found on warships. Supervisor John Flynn is gung-ho on this project, ignoring the safety of all in his district. All he cares about is keeping the military bases open, no matter what all of us have to give up, including our safety. That man is a disgrace to all who live in his district. He should resign immediately. SALLY KAPLAN Oxnard
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2000
Re "Long Urges Expanding Powers of County CAO," April 18. I am appalled by Supervisor John Flynn's juvenile behavior to threaten Supervisor Kathy Long with election meddling should she not let him stand in the spotlight! It was Long who brought the exemplary Harry Hufford to the attention of our county, and it is only logical that she would support his recommendations to strengthen the position of chief administrative officer. After all, the goal is not to place a crown on Flynn's head but to shape Ventura County's leadership into a cooperative group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2000
As a director with United Water Conservation District I have had the opportunity to work with Supervisor John Flynn on many occasions. Flynn was instrumental in securing funding for the Freeman Diversion project on the Santa Clara River. Since its completion, United has diverted nearly 100,000 acre-feet of water that would have been sent to the ocean. Flynn has participated in many community forums to explain the project and its funding mechanisms. He has also been involved for many years in the battle to fight seawater intrusion on the Oxnard Plain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1996
Camarillo State Hospital is a world-renowned psychiatric hospital and research program. The hospital has saved lives and improved the quality of life for multitudes of clients. In addition, this hospital has prevented hundreds of clients from becoming homeless or criminals. A proposal by Supervisor John Flynn has lots of merit. And many of us support it. Under that proposal, the hospital will have mentally ill clients and forensic mentally ill clients, with sufficient security safeguards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2000
Re "Flynn Urges Study of 2 Polluted Beaches," Feb. 13. Supervisor John Flynn is concerned that weekly tests show polluted water at the two popular beaches in Channel Islands Harbor. However it is too bad that the supervisor has been given misleading advice by the Environmental Health Division concerning the cause of the pollution. These professionals are telling the supervisor that the pollution is caused by some cats that live in the rocks at one corner of the harbor. Cats don't go into the water to do their business and there wasn't enough rain in past months to wash fecal matter into the harbor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1995
Re: "Usefulness of $298,000 Grant to Bolster Disaster Counseling Questioned," Sept. 15. The conditions in La Conchita are worse than a war zone. And Ventura County officialdom is engaging in psychological terrorism against the residents of this community. So, county Supervisor John Flynn wants to divert almost $300,000 of FEMA funds, earmarked for COPE, to build a dam in El Rio. To me, that is misappropriation of funds and fraud. That is especially so when these politicians scream that the county is broke and has no money to fund the $300,000 geotechnical study of the landslide and its solutions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2004 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Pitting two popular politicians with starkly different styles against each other, the race for the 5th District supervisor's seat in Oxnard is shaping up as Ventura County's heavyweight political bout this election season. In one corner is seven-term incumbent John Flynn, who is as well-known for his Mr. Fix It approach as he is for his bare-knuckle politics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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March 7, 2003 | Jenifer Ragland, Times Staff Writer
A sharply divided board ordered Rio School District Supt. Yolanda Benitez placed on administrative leave this week, upsetting her supporters and prompting allegations that she is the victim of a political coup engineered by Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn. Benitez, who has served as superintendent for eight years, said she was informed Wednesday night that she was being placed on paid leave indefinitely following a closed-door meeting of the district board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2001
The El Rio gymnasium complex is finally open. It marks a major milestone for our community. More than 10 years ago Supervisor John Flynn promised us a gym and now we have it. Others helped but Flynn did the lion's share of the work. That is why it is appropriate that we in El Rio, Strickland Acres and Nyeland Acres publicly recognize him by naming the medical clinic he is bringing to our community after him. HENRIETTA MACIAS El Rio
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2001
Re "Site for Juan Soria School," Ventura County letters, Jan. 21. This letter characterizing Supervisor John Flynn's effort to nullify the Oxnard Elementary School District board's selection of the Emerson Street site as the work of a small, elitist group defies the history of this controversy. The handful of early dissenters who recognized this dangerous, illogical siting has swelled with every public meeting. Environmentalists, parents, doctors, civic leaders and nongovernmental organizations have all testified to the unsuitability of this site for the Juan Soria school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a last-ditch effort to get district officials to drop their preferred site for the future Juan Soria Elementary School, Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn on Wednesday took opponents on a tour of four alternative locations. With reporters in tow, Flynn's dozen-member group traveled from the proposed 14-acre site on Emerson Avenue to other potential south Oxnard locations: at Durley Park, Beck Park, Driffill Elementary and the intersection of Vineyard Avenue and Ventura Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1997
In reference to "Changing Channels" Jan. 27, we were appalled to read that Supervisor John Flynn accuses local residents who oppose building an aquarium at Channel Islands Harbor of "Shoot(ing) from the hip" and asserts, "You've got a lot of selfishness down there." Flynn has a long history of ignoring the wishes of taxpayers and residents who are constituents of his district and who live around the harbor. Is it selfish to want input into and information from the committee planning major development in one's neighborhood?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1997
I can understand John Flynn's consternation over the fact that his senior aide, Gerard Kapuscik, is under investigation by the county that currently employs both Flynn and Kapuscik. However, that hardly justifies Flynn's accusation that the district undertook "a grand design to ruin Gerard's reputation, and to blow this water project apart." This is not the first time Flynn has accused beach community residents, who have not supported his election, of destructive motives. Is he now accusing the district government of committing a crime?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2000 | KEVIN F. SHERRY and MARGARET TALEV, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The altercation between county Supervisor John Flynn and school Supt. Richard Duarte didn't surprise local leaders. Tensions had escalated for more than a year between Flynn, a 24-year incumbent known for his old-style politics, and Duarte, a longtime educator driven to find sites for new schools in a city short on land.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2000
Re "Long Urges Expanding Powers of County CAO," April 18. I am appalled by Supervisor John Flynn's juvenile behavior to threaten Supervisor Kathy Long with election meddling should she not let him stand in the spotlight! It was Long who brought the exemplary Harry Hufford to the attention of our county, and it is only logical that she would support his recommendations to strengthen the position of chief administrative officer. After all, the goal is not to place a crown on Flynn's head but to shape Ventura County's leadership into a cooperative group.
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