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September 13, 1987
A Ventura County Superior Court judge issued an order prohibiting about 300 medical workers from taking part in a strike of Ventura County government employees scheduled to begin Tuesday. Meanwhile, 80 of the county's 100 road and flood-control workers began their strike five days early in a union-sanctioned walkout, forming picket lines at service yard facilities in Moorpark and Oxnard, union spokesman Greg Thayer said. After receiving affidavits from health administrators, Judge Kenneth R.
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December 7, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A senior Ventura County government employee has sued the county, saying she endured a hostile work environment after allegedly spurning the sexual advances of 70-year-old former County Administrator Harry Hufford. Terry Dryer, 51, said she was forced to take a stress leave from her position as chief deputy administrative officer in February because, she alleged, Hufford had become critical and verbally abusive toward her.
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July 20, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV and TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Chanting "Scabs, go home!" to fellow workers who remained on the job, striking Ventura County government employees continued to disrupt public services Thursday and announced that their initial two-day walkout would continue into early next week. Meanwhile, county officials braced for an extended strike that is already taking a toll on child protective services, public libraries, building permitting and agricultural inspections.
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July 26, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County government workers voted Wednesday by a margin of more than 2 to 1 to end an eight-day strike over the union's demand for improved retirement benefits. Thousands of social workers, county hospital staff members, building inspectors and accountants are expected to return to work this morning. Meanwhile, county and labor negotiators met with a mediator Wednesday to begin a new round of talks.
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May 5, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A longtime trustee of the Ventura County Board of Education pleaded no contest to five counts of grand theft and tax fraud in Municipal Court, prosecutors said Tuesday. Robert G. Viles, 58, who ran an Oxnard insurance office, admitted stealing more than $48,000 of his clients' money between February, 1989, and December, 1990, and is expected to resign his elected position on the school board at a meeting today with the superintendent. Viles, the former vice president of Frank B. Hall & Co.
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December 7, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A senior Ventura County government employee has sued the county, saying she endured a hostile work environment after allegedly spurning the sexual advances of 70-year-old former County Administrator Harry Hufford. Terry Dryer, 51, said she was forced to take a stress leave from her position as chief deputy administrative officer in February because, she alleged, Hufford had become critical and verbally abusive toward her.
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August 9, 2000
Spurred by the case of a county mental health manager who hid a felony record, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to require criminal background checks of all new employees--from janitors to high-level managers. The county will hire an outside firm to do criminal record and driver's license checks, at a cost of $25 to $50 each. And in the cases of some upper-level managers, the checks will be used to verify education, Social Security numbers and credit records.
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June 9, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury to hire four full-time employees and 97 part-time employees to handle two federally mandated child-support programs. Although the supervisors said they did not like the idea of expanding the staff at a time of sharp budget cuts, the county stands to lose nearly $1 million in federal funding if it does not implement the programs to collect support payments from absentee parents of children on welfare.
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March 24, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
A former manager in the Ventura County Public Social Services Agency pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $15,000 worth of computer equipment from his office. David M. Woody, 29, of Camarillo admitted one count of embezzlement in Ventura County Municipal Court and will be sentenced April 20, Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert D. Meyers said. Woody has been fired from his job as manager of computer services for the agency.
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May 6, 1993 | JEFF MEYERS
A day after pleading no contest to five counts of grand theft and tax fraud in Municipal Court, Robert G. Viles resigned as vice president of the Ventura County Board of Education, Supt. James F. Cowan said Wednesday. Viles, 58, has admitted stealing more than $100,000 in the early 1990s when he was president of Frank B. Hall & Co., an insurance brokerage house in Oxnard that has since closed.
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July 20, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV and TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Chanting "Scabs, go home!" to fellow workers who remained on the job, striking Ventura County government employees continued to disrupt public services Thursday and announced that their initial two-day walkout would continue into early next week. Meanwhile, county officials braced for an extended strike that is already taking a toll on child protective services, public libraries, building permitting and agricultural inspections.
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October 4, 2000
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday refused to back down from its decision to grant insurance benefits for the gay and unmarried partners of county employees. More than two dozen speakers, many of them gay rights opponents from church groups, including an Orange County preacher, lambasted the board for its vote two weeks ago.
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August 9, 2000
Spurred by the case of a county mental health manager who hid a felony record, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to require criminal background checks of all new employees--from janitors to high-level managers. The county will hire an outside firm to do criminal record and driver's license checks, at a cost of $25 to $50 each. And in the cases of some upper-level managers, the checks will be used to verify education, Social Security numbers and credit records.
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March 7, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unarmed deputy harbor master, shot four times by gunmen who fled in an inflatable motorboat, Thursday credited a hand-me-down bulletproof vest with saving his life. Dave Shapiro was stopping three men who were speeding in a dark-color motorboat at the mouth of the Ventura Harbor late Wednesday, when one of them opened fire, striking Shapiro at close range. But none of his wounds was serious. A shot to his chest struck his bulletproof vest and left a large bruise.
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September 27, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 14 years, Carol Nelson rose steadily through the ranks at the Ventura County district attorney's office. Then last February, 4 1/2 months into her investigation of the shooting death of a Malibu millionaire, Nelson's climb ended. Nelson, 49, a front-line homicide prosecutor, was pulled from the case, moved to a smaller office and assigned to the types of low-profile cases she first worked in 1981.
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September 27, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 14 years, Carol Nelson rose steadily through the ranks of the Ventura County district attorney's office. Then last February, 4 1/2 months into her investigation of the shooting death of a Malibu millionaire, Nelson's climb ended. A front-line homicide prosecutor, Nelson, 49, was pulled from the case, moved to a smaller office and assigned to the types of low-profile cases she first worked in 1981.
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May 21, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While county administrators are cutting staff, Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury said Thursday he will ask to hire 101 more employees to handle two federally mandated child-support programs. Under new federal laws being enforced by the state, the district attorney's office after July 1 will be required to collect child-support and medical-insurance costs from absent parents of children on Medi-Cal, Bradbury said.
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March 16, 1993 | TINA DAUNT
A Ventura County supervisor has blasted a county department head for hiring the daughter of a high-ranking official at a time when the county is laying off employees. In a terse letter, Supervisor Maria VanderKolk criticized Auditor-Controller Thomas O. Mahon for hiring the daughter of Peter S. Pedroff, director of the county's General Services Agency. Several weeks ago, Mahon announced that he was laying off six employees in his department in preparation for state funding cuts.
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June 23, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than half of Ventura County employees will lose merit pay raises of 5% for one year under an austere salary plan adopted Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. But the board backed away from a separate proposal to entice older workers to retire early by offering them and their families five years of medical benefits after leaving government service. Board members voted 3 to 1 to delay yearly pay raises based on merit to help offset anticipated cutbacks in state revenues. Supervisor Susan K.
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June 20, 1993 | SARA CATANIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Some Ventura County government offices will shift to a four-day workweek Monday, even though shutting down on Fridays will result in only a fraction of the $1 million savings initially expected. The four-day workweek will cut about $125,000 out of the county's budget for the fiscal year starting in July, county officials said.
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