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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1997
Bill Overend, city editor of the Ventura County Edition of The Times since 1992, has been named editor of the edition. The Times also announced the appointment of Doug Adrianson, an assistant editor in Life & Style, as the editor of the Ventura County Edition's new editorial page, which will begin publication on Sundays this summer. Overend replaces Julia C. Wilson, who was recently named president of the Valley and Ventura County editions and a vice president of The Times.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1999
What on earth is Ventura thinking? I, a quiet, peaceful tourist, was seeking a peaceful weekend on the beach . . . but nooooo, what I got was an afternoon of rolling thunder with overgrown adolescents allowed to strut their whatevers with helicopters chasing them around to boot. I can't believe that this quiet village of Ventura is allowing this to go on. Furthermore, where are the environmentalists? The ocean is getting churned like some witches' caldron, and the decibel level for the fish and sea life must be ear shattering.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1995
This is a moving weekend for the Ventura County Edition of The Times. We are moving our main editorial and advertising offices to downtown Ventura, making our own contribution to the revitalization of the city's center. As of Monday, we will be in the former Santa Barbara Savings & Loan building at Santa Clara and Chestnut streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1997
Bill Overend, city editor of the Ventura County Edition of The Times since 1992, has been named editor of the edition. The Times also announced the appointment of Doug Adrianson, an assistant editor in Life & Style, as the editor of the Ventura County Edition's new editorial page, which will begin publication on Sundays this summer. Overend replaces Julia C. Wilson, who was recently named president of the Valley and Ventura County editions and a vice president of The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1999
What on earth is Ventura thinking? I, a quiet, peaceful tourist, was seeking a peaceful weekend on the beach . . . but nooooo, what I got was an afternoon of rolling thunder with overgrown adolescents allowed to strut their whatevers with helicopters chasing them around to boot. I can't believe that this quiet village of Ventura is allowing this to go on. Furthermore, where are the environmentalists? The ocean is getting churned like some witches' caldron, and the decibel level for the fish and sea life must be ear shattering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1994
Down on the Oxnard Plain, they joke that it takes six Ojaians to change a light bulb: one to replace the bulb, five to assess the environmental impact. The Ojai Valley is increasingly perceived in the rest of the county as a nest of environmental radicals who oppose all progress. "NIMBY eco-fascists" they call us, for fighting the Weldon Landfill and the National Weather Service's radar tower. What is it about Ojai, anyway, that makes us so protective of our turf? Some say it's the topography, which geographically defines us and gives us a strong sense of place--that brings out our territorial instincts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1993
This letter is in response to an article entitled "Dos Vientos Developer Defaulting on Payments" published Sept. 4. As a matter of fairness, if we are to grant Courtly Homes an indefinite delay in its payment schedule then should we not grant delays for mortgage, tax, or rent payments for all local homeowners and businesses similarly affected by the recession who also may be having difficulty meeting their financial obligations? Perhaps a more important question is the financial viability of Courtly Homes to follow through on its other commitments to the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1993
Fat cats, bureaucrats, trashcats and greed--will the story never end? Your readers are already familiar with most of these, but "trashcats" might be a little new so it's important to describe this new species. A trashcat is a bureaucrat who specializes in advising public decision makers on solid waste (where it comes from and where it goes). In other words they get paid to think about trash. Please don't confuse them with trash-truck drivers who get paid to move it, or landfill personnel who get paid to dispose of it. County trashcats like to think that they know what is best for the county's trash and they will devise endless ways to try and get control of the trash from every city so they can add on fees to finance their own budgets and pay county management's bloated salaries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1994
Life in California continues to exhibit humor, even during the current disaster. Day 5 of "Diary of a Disaster" starts out this way: "The portable toilets stank. The lines were long. The paperwork was endless." Glad they had the paper. BILL GOURLAY Westlake Village The Ventura County Edition of The Times welcomes the views of readers. Letters should be as brief as possible and are subject to condensation. They must include signature, valid mailing address and telephone number.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1995
You will notice some changes in our newspaper today. First, we have added another day of Newswatch on A1, so that the column will appear Monday through Saturday. Conversations with readers show that Newswatch is a popular feature--keying readers to stories they might miss and giving them a heads-up on news that is coming down the pike. Second, we have unified the east and west county editions. This means that our complete coverage of the entire county is available in a single edition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1994
Down on the Oxnard Plain, they joke that it takes six Ojaians to change a light bulb: one to replace the bulb, five to assess the environmental impact. The Ojai Valley is increasingly perceived in the rest of the county as a nest of environmental radicals who oppose all progress. "NIMBY eco-fascists" they call us, for fighting the Weldon Landfill and the National Weather Service's radar tower. What is it about Ojai, anyway, that makes us so protective of our turf? Some say it's the topography, which geographically defines us and gives us a strong sense of place--that brings out our territorial instincts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1993
This letter is in response to an article entitled "Dos Vientos Developer Defaulting on Payments" published Sept. 4. As a matter of fairness, if we are to grant Courtly Homes an indefinite delay in its payment schedule then should we not grant delays for mortgage, tax, or rent payments for all local homeowners and businesses similarly affected by the recession who also may be having difficulty meeting their financial obligations? Perhaps a more important question is the financial viability of Courtly Homes to follow through on its other commitments to the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1993
Fat cats, bureaucrats, trashcats and greed--will the story never end? Your readers are already familiar with most of these, but "trashcats" might be a little new so it's important to describe this new species. A trashcat is a bureaucrat who specializes in advising public decision makers on solid waste (where it comes from and where it goes). In other words they get paid to think about trash. Please don't confuse them with trash-truck drivers who get paid to move it, or landfill personnel who get paid to dispose of it. County trashcats like to think that they know what is best for the county's trash and they will devise endless ways to try and get control of the trash from every city so they can add on fees to finance their own budgets and pay county management's bloated salaries.
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