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April 18, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
In an unusual public rebuttal Tuesday, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors condemned a recent grand jury report as an error-filled slam at County Executive Johnny Johnston. Each of the five supervisors spoke at length about what they said were inaccuracies and unfounded conclusions in the 14-page report, released last week.
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January 10, 2008 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Seeking more control over mobile home park conversions, Ventura County supervisors took steps this week to tighten the rules to better protect tenants and prospective buyers. The board Tuesday directed its staff to devise an ordinance modeled after Sonoma County's -- one that recently withstood a court challenge -- to oversee subdivision of mobile home parks. Within the county's jurisdiction are 22 parks, which collectively house more than 2,000 residents.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Peter Foy's first day as Ventura County's newest supervisor had a bit of pomp, a few speeches and the usual dose of financial reports and minutiae that fill the board's weekly agenda. After a ceremonial swearing-in Tuesday, Foy called his four-year term an opportunity to fulfill promises made during his campaign. Chief among them is to give Sheriff Bob Brooks and Dist. Atty. Gregory Totten the money they say is needed to operate top-flight public safety departments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Farmers may need help keeping their land in production once development encroaches, but forcing builders to create wide buffer zones between farms and new homes isn't the solution, Ventura County supervisors decided Tuesday. On a 3-2 vote, the board majority rejected a proposed law that would have mandated "farmland buffers" whenever a new development is built adjacent to farming operations. Such zones would have created a 300-foot open strip between farms and new construction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1997 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charging that the massive 25,000-home Newhall Ranch development could spill over the county line, Ventura County supervisors said Tuesday that they have grounds to file a lawsuit to stop the project until Los Angeles County addresses their environmental concerns. Three lots that are part of the planned subdivision appear to cross into Ventura County, which, if true, would require approval from the board for some or all of the project, Ventura County planners said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1992 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six years after it was first proposed, a revamped $1-billion Ahmanson Ranch housing project will be debated today at the final full-scale hearing before the Ventura County Board of Supervisors votes on the plan. The supervisors--sitting with the county Planning Commission--will consider not only public testimony, but also the threat of lawsuits from project opponents and a new report by county planners opposing the new mini-city just west of Calabasas. The hearing is set for 8:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1995
Thank you for a nice piece of interpretive reporting on ocean water quality and public health ("Beach Health Law Ignored, State Warns," June 25). The article hit the nail on the head. It's time we all looked at keeping our coastal waters healthy. I hope the Ventura County Board of Supervisors takes action to implement a program now. RICHARD A. SWEET Ventura
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1994
Regarding the Ventura County Board of Supervisor's vote to delay the private-for-public purchase of parkland, I have two questions. Was it in the public interest to extend the purchase of the parkland? Certainly not. Is the Board of Supervisors representing the best interest of the public or Ahmanson Land Co.? MARY ALTMANN Agoura Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1992
As a professional landscape designer and planner I have always considered California at the forefront of design and a model of environmental planning. The whole world looks to California to see what the future will bring. The Ahmanson Ranch community, which the Ventura County Board of Supervisors recently, and wisely, voted to approve, is indeed the model for the future. Never before has there been a development approved, which in turn provided so much public open space. Because of the innovative design, future residents of the community will be able to live, work and play in their own community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1993
I fully support the concept of local land use issues being decided at the local level and I wholeheartedly support the decision of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to approve the Ahmanson Ranch project. The result of which will bring into the public domain over 10,000 acres of open space. I know that these decisions are not arrived at easily. I know that real thought, sincere negotiations and much dedication went into the decision making. Although some may disagree, good decisions by elected officials are arrived at through compromise as well as general consensus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
In an unusual public rebuttal Tuesday, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors condemned a recent grand jury report as an error-filled slam at County Executive Johnny Johnston. Each of the five supervisors spoke at length about what they said were inaccuracies and unfounded conclusions in the 14-page report, released last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Brushing aside the pleas of dozens of tenants, Ventura County supervisors Tuesday refused to temporarily halt conversions of mobile home parks to private ownership. Chris Stephens, the county's planning director, had requested a 45-day moratorium to give staff time to update standards and requirements for subdividing the parks. One mobile home park owner has indicated that he plans to submit an application to subdivide his 150-space property in Ojai, Stephens said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Peter Foy's first day as Ventura County's newest supervisor had a bit of pomp, a few speeches and the usual dose of financial reports and minutiae that fill the board's weekly agenda. After a ceremonial swearing-in Tuesday, Foy called his four-year term an opportunity to fulfill promises made during his campaign. Chief among them is to give Sheriff Bob Brooks and Dist. Atty. Gregory Totten the money they say is needed to operate top-flight public safety departments.
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February 11, 2006 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
The parents of a Thousand Oaks middle school student lost their bid Friday to purge their son's academic record of an expulsion he received last fall for inadvertently bringing a knife to school. Jorge and Rose Bautista asked the Ventura County Board of Education to expunge the black mark, arguing that their son Daniel's punishment was too severe.
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April 7, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County leaders Wednesday ended a costly and bitter legal battle over public safety funding, approving a settlement that ties law enforcement budgets to the county's ability to pay while still giving those departments funding priority. The fight between the Board of Supervisors and the county's top lawmen had flared off and on for more than a decade. The new pact appears to settle their disagreements and cancels a summer trial that was expected to cost millions in taxpayer dollars.
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February 5, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County supervisors are set to renew a law that would give them automatic pay raises -- a perk they have ended for most county employees. Under a proposed ordinance to be discussed Tuesday, supervisors would get a 2.9% raise, entitling each to a new base salary of $100,687. Additional increases would be granted, without a vote, whenever the pay of Superior Court judges goes up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1990
I see that both Simi Valley Mayor Greg Stratton and Councilwoman Vicky Howard (a member of LAFCO running for county supervisor) have received substantial campaign contributions from the Ahmanson Corp. Could it be that the Ahmanson Corp. is preparing to ask Simi Valley to annex Ahmanson Ranch in the event that its proposed development is denied by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors because of its adverse impacts? If Simi Valley is permitted to annex Jordan Ranch, precedent will be set and there will be no reason to deny the Ahmanson annexation and development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1995
I am writing to commend the community members who have attended the Ventura County Board of Education meetings and who have written to me and the board members over the past several months. Many people have spoken their minds and have assisted the board members and myself to arrive at reasoned decisions that are in the best interests of residents of Ventura County. I have learned a great deal about the differing perceptions and opinions of Ventura County residents. I remain optimistic we can work together to find common ground and create solutions that are in the best interests of the general public while providing choices that meet individual needs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Faced with $169 million in storm damage, Ventura County supervisors on Tuesday urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to speed the way for federal disaster aid that would help with rebuilding costs. Supervisors said they can't understand why a federal disaster proclamation has not yet been made, 15 days after torrential rains killed 30 people in eight Southern California counties and caused dollar damage to roads and homes in the tens of millions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2004 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County supervisors Thursday offered to put a contentious public safety finance measure before voters -- but only if law enforcement leaders agree to drop the costliest portion of a related lawsuit. The Board of Supervisors made the offer after meeting in closed session for nearly four hours, said Kathy Long, the board's vice chairwoman. It comes a day after the state Supreme Court declined to hear the board's appeal of a lower court's ruling that the public safety ordinance is legal.
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