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October 18, 1990 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bankruptcy papers filed in federal court in Los Angeles reveal that James T. (Tom) and Ingrid Ely owe creditors $303,533, including more than $50,000 in gambling debts to nine Nevada casinos. The bankruptcy petition is the first glimpse at the magnitude of the Elys' debts since the financial troubles of the Ventura Community College District trustee became public in March.
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May 9, 2001 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an attempt to save money and electricity during the ongoing state energy crisis, most employees of the Ventura County Community College District will work four-day weeks this summer. The decision, approved by the Board of Trustees last week, is the latest step by the district to become more energy efficient, said district spokeswoman Pat Kistler. "We have a lot we are already doing," Kistler said.
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May 1, 1997 | DAWN HOBBS and FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ
The Ventura Community College District has launched an investigation into the Ventura College basketball program, alleging violations of state athletic regulations, college sources confirmed Tuesday. The district hired a team of former FBI agents from Beverly Hills who specialize in looking into college athletics to investigate the allegations, sources said. Officials had cited allegations of recruiting violations when they fired basketball coach Virgil Watson on March 12.
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November 11, 1999
Ending what they called personnel micro-management, Ventura County Community College District trustees this week delegated total hiring and firing authority of nonteaching employees to Chancellor Philip Westin. The decision was immediately criticized by the teachers union and faculty members from Ventura College, who say it concentrates too much power in the hands of one administrator and will add to an already bloated bureaucracy at the college district office.
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September 22, 1990 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura Community College District paid two or three times for the same meal because of multiple expense reports filed by district trustee James T. (Tom) Ely and his wife, Ingrid, officials testified Friday. On several occasions, the district gave the Elys cash advances for meals, checks to prepay room and board fees at conferences, then paid for meals outside the conferences that the couple had charged on the district's credit card, Vice Chancellor Tom Kimberling testified.
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November 11, 1999
Ending what they called personnel micro-management, Ventura County Community College District trustees this week delegated total hiring and firing authority of nonteaching employees to Chancellor Philip Westin. The decision was immediately criticized by the teachers union and faculty members from Ventura College, who say it concentrates too much power in the hands of one administrator and will add to an already bloated bureaucracy at the college district office.
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June 17, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
The Ventura County Community College District board has approved a tentative $62.5-million operating budget, reflecting about $1.8 million in cuts, most of them in maintenance and supplies. The tentative 1993-94 fiscal budget, approved unanimously late Tuesday, is based on a district estimate that tax revenues allocated from the state will be reduced by 2.2% compared to the last fiscal year, officials said.
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August 15, 1990 | MACK REED and CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ventura Community College District Trustee James (Tom) Ely and his wife, Ingrid, were arrested here Tuesday on charges that they bilked the district of thousands of dollars in improper trip expenses, authorities said. The Elys were taken into custody by district attorney's investigators about 7:15 p.m., just after they pulled into the driveway of their two-story home in their 1989 Cadillac.
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December 11, 1994 | IRA E. STOLL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Moving to replace Chancellor Thomas G. Lakin, who died last month after being infected with fast-moving bacteria, Ventura Community College District trustees decided Saturday to accept candidates from inside and outside the district to serve as interim chancellor. And in a separate announcement, trustees said at the special meeting that the district faces a shortfall of $920,000 in its $86.6-million budget as a result of the state's overly optimistic projections of revenues from property taxes.
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June 3, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
The Ventura County Community College District Board considered revising its AIDS policies to encourage people who are HIV positive to disclose their status to others "when the health or safety of those individuals may be at risk." The board is scheduled to take up the issue again next month, but a majority of the board said Tuesday that they favored the disclosure recommendation by the AIDS Task Force, a committee of students, faculty, administrators and local residents.
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September 10, 1997 | LISA FERNANDEZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hundreds of frustrated teachers staged a 3 1/2-hour rally outside the offices of the Ventura County Community College District on Tuesday while trustees and Chancellor Philip Westin met to consider a joint campus arrangement with CSU Channel Islands. About 350 teachers union members showed up before the board meeting wearing signs that read: "Unfair!" "Settle now," "Put management on a diet" and "Would you want your daughter to marry a trustee?"
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May 1, 1997 | DAWN HOBBS and FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ
The Ventura Community College District has launched an investigation into the Ventura College basketball program, alleging violations of state athletic regulations, college sources confirmed Tuesday. The district hired a team of former FBI agents from Beverly Hills who specialize in looking into college athletics to investigate the allegations, sources said. Officials had cited allegations of recruiting violations when they fired basketball coach Virgil Watson on March 12.
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November 3, 1996
Four candidates are contesting the open trustee seat for Area No. 3, which represents Camarillo, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Ojai and Piru on the five-member governing body for the three-college district.
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February 26, 1996 | KELLY DAVID, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Their fortunes seemed to be improving this year. Last month, enrollment at Ventura County's three community colleges reached its highest level in five years. Then, the state upped its annual contribution to the district's budget by $600,000. And on Friday, Ventura College broke ground for a $12.4-million math and science complex, one of three sleek new projects under construction or soon to be.
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October 20, 1995 | KELLY DAVID, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Officials from the Ventura Community College District today are scheduled to visit Golden West College in Huntington Beach, where President Philip Westin appears to have pulled ahead in a three-way race to fill the district's vacant chancellor's position. In the only campus visit planned so far, a committee of district officials plans to meet throughout the day with Westin's colleagues.
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December 11, 1994 | IRA E. STOLL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Moving to replace Chancellor Thomas G. Lakin, who died last month after being infected with fast-moving bacteria, Ventura Community College District trustees decided Saturday to accept candidates from inside and outside the district to serve as interim chancellor. And in a separate announcement, trustees said at the special meeting that the district faces a shortfall of $920,000 in its $86.6-million budget as a result of the state's overly optimistic projections of revenues from property taxes.
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May 9, 2001 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an attempt to save money and electricity during the ongoing state energy crisis, most employees of the Ventura County Community College District will work four-day weeks this summer. The decision, approved by the Board of Trustees last week, is the latest step by the district to become more energy efficient, said district spokeswoman Pat Kistler. "We have a lot we are already doing," Kistler said.
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October 20, 1995 | KELLY DAVID, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Officials from the Ventura Community College District today are scheduled to visit Golden West College in Huntington Beach, where President Philip Westin appears to have pulled ahead in a three-way race to fill the district's vacant chancellor's position. In the only campus visit planned so far, a committee of district officials plans to meet throughout the day with Westin's colleagues.
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November 28, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sudden death of Thomas G. Lakin, chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District, was met with surprise and then grief by college officials and community leaders. "I am quite shocked," Trustee Gregory P. Cole said. "He was a marathon runner in tiptop physical shape."
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June 17, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
The Ventura County Community College District board has approved a tentative $62.5-million operating budget, reflecting about $1.8 million in cuts, most of them in maintenance and supplies. The tentative 1993-94 fiscal budget, approved unanimously late Tuesday, is based on a district estimate that tax revenues allocated from the state will be reduced by 2.2% compared to the last fiscal year, officials said.
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