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June 18, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some of Ventura County's top managers are resisting budget cuts by either trying to pass the buck or paint disaster scenarios, prompting this wry comment last week from Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford: "In the corporate world, you'd get canned if you did that." Although at $1.06 billion the county's new budget will be larger than ever before, much of the $111-million increase from last year has already been eaten up by inflation and salary raises.
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May 27, 2004 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
In a bleak sign of the times, 65 workers in Ventura County's Human Services Agency were given layoff notices Wednesday, the same day the grand jury issued a report saying seniors needed more government help fending off abuse and financial fraud. Teresa Elenes, director of the adult service division, said she agreed that more outreach was necessary to let county seniors know they don't have to put up with abuse, isolation and scams.
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February 19, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV and CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The county must set aside all of this year's tobacco settlement money, continue a freeze on hiring and put all new programs on hold if it hopes to get its financial house in order, the county's new chief administrative officer said Friday.
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July 20, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
It looks like the fight over public safety funding in Ventura County is finally going to the mat. Or at least to a courtroom. The county sheriff and district attorney filed suit last week to pin down the amount of money that the Board of Supervisors should give them each year. Supervisors say they will respond with a suit of their own this week.
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July 8, 1996 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She managed to escape the latest round of layoffs, but Ventura County Librarian Martha Gifford suffers from "survivor's guilt." "The ones that are left behind feel as bad as the ones that are going," said Gifford, 56. "It's the you-may-be-the-next-one-to-get-the-ax feeling." Last week, seven employees of the county's financially troubled Library Services Agency got the ax.
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August 14, 1993
After the Ventura County budget was passed, we found that funds would be available to keep all county libraries open at least a few hours each week. This is good news because it preserves the skeleton on which to rebuild our libraries. However, we must continue to work to restore full service. There is not enough money in the 1993-94 budget to buy the books and magazines that are needed to keep information in the local libraries up to date. There is not enough staff to maintain inter-library loan activity.
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May 27, 1992 | JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The recession has spurred an unprecedented increase in requests for welfare and related aid, causing delays in the system and straining a tight Ventura County budget, officials said Tuesday. In the 12-month period beginning in March, 1991, the number of clients receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children has increased by 12% to 8,589, and the number of General Relief recipients has shot up by 39% to 474. Medi-Cal rolls have grown by 31.
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June 2, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reductions in law enforcement jobs and other areas may be necessary to keep Ventura County's budget balanced under a $1.1-billion fiscal plan unveiled Friday for the coming year. Most county government programs will see healthy revenue growth, averaging 4.1%, according to preliminary figures for the 2001-02 budget released by County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston.
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June 17, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County supervisors on Monday approved a $1.2-billion budget brought into balance by cutting 267 jobs and holding public safety funding increases to their lowest level in a decade. The 2003-04 budget reflects an overall revenue increase of 6.3% over the previous year's funding. But the county's costs have spiraled much higher, forcing the Board of Supervisors to approve about $17 million in job and service reductions. Most of the eliminated positions are vacant.
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June 2, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reductions in law enforcement jobs and other areas may be necessary to keep Ventura County's budget balanced under a $1.1-billion fiscal plan unveiled Friday for the coming year. Most county government programs will see healthy revenue growth, averaging 4.1%, according to preliminary figures for the 2001-02 budget released by County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston.
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July 2, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six months ago, Harry Hufford reported for his first day as Ventura County's interim chief administrative officer. His assignment was to close a $5-million budget gap, bring unruly department heads back in line and restore order to the increasingly fractious Board of Supervisors. Hufford, 68, who served as Los Angeles County's chief administrator from 1974 to 1985, quickly went to work, imposing a hiring freeze and refining a plan to put the county's finances back in order.
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June 28, 2000 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As expected, the Board of Supervisors approved a balanced $1.07-billion budget Tuesday--a move designed to return the county to fiscal stability after years of overspending. The supervisors praised Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford as the architect of the 2000-01 spending plan, calling their unanimous approval an obligation to an administrator charged with getting the county back into top financial shape.
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June 1, 2000
Mental health services and drug treatment programs for juvenile delinquents would be slashed if the county cuts $3.7 million from the Health Care Agency's budget, according to a memo from agency Director Pierre Durand. In a memo to Chief Administrator Harry Hufford, Durand proposed eliminating 27 full-time positions that provide mental health and substance abuse treatment in the county's probation department, including Juvenile Hall and the Juvenile Restitution Project.
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May 23, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a new skirmish with another one of the county's most powerful department heads, chief administrator Harry Hufford on Monday accused Health Care Agency chief Pierre Durand of playing politics to avoid making necessary cuts to his budget. Hufford has asked Durand to cut $3.6 million from his agency's budget to help eliminate the county's $12-million deficit by July. But Durand has yet to submit a list of proposed cuts.
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June 27, 1994 | PHYLLIS W. JORDAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A shudder ran through the boardroom as Ventura County leaders listened to the latest budget forecasts: $10 million in state cuts and $16 million in deficit spending. "This is going to be our worst year ever," Supervisor Vicky Howard lamented. A year earlier, Howard called it "one of the most painful moments that we've had." And the year before that, Chief Administrative Officer Richard Wittenberg warned of a "total tidal wave" of cuts.
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June 13, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The radio ad starts with a frantic call to 911. "Yes, I live across the street from the El Rio School District and there are about 10 teen-agers dressed like gang bangers, and they're writing on the walls with spray paint," the caller nervously explains. Sorry, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department 911 dispatcher says. "We'll send somebody as soon as we can. Right now all of our deputies are tied up on other emergencies."
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