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March 12, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If a judge upholds a jury recommendation handed down Wednesday, as is expected, Michael Raymond Johnson will become the 10th man sent to death row from Ventura County since 1978, when California reinstated capital punishment. The other men are all appealing their sentences. None of has an execution date, and prosecutors do not expect any of them to be put to death before the turn of the century.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2002 | ELENA GAONA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite concerns over increased traffic, the Oxnard Planning Commission has approved the environmental report on the largest residential and commercial project in Ventura County history. The commission Thursday unanimously endorsed the study on the $750-million RiverPark mini-city. The City Council is scheduled to consider the report July 16.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
State agents have arrested three men in a remote canyon near Camarillo on charges of operating what investigators called the largest methamphetamine lab in Ventura County history. Department of Justice agents who conducted the early morning raid Monday reported seizing 90 pounds of the nearly finished compound and numerous chemicals used in the manufacturing process. An elaborate underground generator supplied electricity to the operation, investigators said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2000 | STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Resisting the most expensive initiative campaign in Ventura County history, voters on Tuesday appeared to be overwhelmingly rejecting Measure O, a bitterly debated attempt by private hospitals to seize the county's $260-million tobacco settlement. In one of two county supervisors races, voters were leaning toward selecting slow-growth advocate Steve Bennett, co-author of the county's stringent restrictions on developing farmland.
NEWS
March 21, 1995 | DWAYNE BRAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deliberating for just seven hours on one of the biggest murder cases in Ventura County history, a jury Monday condemned 20-year-old Mark Scott Thornton to death for abducting and shooting a Westlake nurse during a carjacking in September, 1993. The Thousand Oaks man, who could become the youngest man on California's Death Row, stared straight ahead and displayed little emotion as Superior Court Judge Charles R. McGrath announced the verdict to an overflow courtroom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1999 | CATHERINE BLAKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They looked to the East Coast and beyond, then chose one of their own. The trustees of the Ventura County Museum of History and Art selected Tim Schiffer, the current curator, as the new director of the museum after the much-heralded Ed Robings retires Sept. 30. "We felt he was the best by far, and he's in the stirrups already," trustee William Orcutt said. The vote was unanimous, he said.
NEWS
September 13, 1998 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They want to lock up Ventura County--and give voters the key. With the strictest set of growth control measures ever proposed in Southern California, the activists behind the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) campaign are hoping to halt urban sprawl in Ventura County by stripping politicians of the power to permit it. Meanwhile, a similar measure will go before San Diego County voters in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2000 | STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Resisting the most expensive initiative campaign in Ventura County history, voters on Tuesday appeared to be overwhelmingly rejecting Measure O, a bitterly debated attempt by private hospitals to seize the county's $260-million tobacco settlement. In one of two county supervisors races, voters were leaning toward selecting slow-growth advocate Steve Bennett, co-author of the county's stringent restrictions on developing farmland.
SPORTS
December 31, 1992
Newbury Park junior quarterback Keith Smith, who passed for 2,409 yards as a sophomore, shattered that mark while finishing second in the state in passing and becoming the first player in Ventura County history to pass for more than 3,000 yards. Smith finished with 3,318 yards and 30 touchdown passes and led the Panthers to their first Marmonte League title since 1981. Smith completed 235 of 394 passes and rushed for a team-high 334 yards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1999 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The currency looks as foreign as a ruble. But to Ventura County Tax Collector Hal Pittman, it's money from home. Pittman owns the largest known collection of antique bills issued by Ventura County banks at the turn of the century. They are rare, antique bills that chronicle Ventura County's banking history and the families that helped shape the county in the early years. Pittman has spent the past several years in an exhaustive search for the treasured bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2000 | ROSEMARY CLANDOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They are raw snapshots, some fuzzy and out of focus, all of them amateurish and rough. Even so, the images are arresting--a house shoved into the middle of the street, flattened orchards, a row of cars that belonged to Edison camp workers who lay dead in the rubble. The collection of more than 100 snapshots depict the aftermath of the 1928 St. Francis Dam collapse, one of California's worst disasters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1999 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The currency looks as foreign as a ruble. But to Ventura County Tax Collector Hal Pittman, it's money from home. Pittman owns the largest known collection of antique bills issued by Ventura County banks at the turn of the century. They are rare, antique bills that chronicle Ventura County's banking history and the families that helped shape the county in the early years. Pittman has spent the past several years in an exhaustive search for the treasured bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1999 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Theresa was 15, blond and pretty, but ran with a rough crowd. They used drugs, hitched rides, even at night. So when her beaten and strangled body was discovered in a creek bed off Highway 33 in May 1978, detectives believed a careful study of her associates would flush out the killer. They were wrong. Twenty years later, no one was behind bars. The trail had gone cold. Then a detective in the Ventura County Sheriff's Department Major Crimes Unit got an anonymous call. That killing back in 1978?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1999 | CATHERINE BLAKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They looked to the East Coast and beyond, then chose one of their own. The trustees of the Ventura County Museum of History and Art selected Tim Schiffer, the current curator, as the new director of the museum after the much-heralded Ed Robings retires Sept. 30. "We felt he was the best by far, and he's in the stirrups already," trustee William Orcutt said. The vote was unanimous, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 1998 | JUDY RAPHAEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There are a lot of fall festivals in Southern California, but not many take place in ghost towns. This Sunday, though, at the third annual Mentryville Harvest Festival, which will take place at the base of Pico Canyon just west of Newhall, you can celebrate the history of a pioneer western town.
NEWS
September 13, 1998 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They want to lock up Ventura County--and give voters the key. With the strictest set of growth control measures ever proposed in Southern California, the activists behind the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) campaign are hoping to halt urban sprawl in Ventura County by stripping politicians of the power to permit it. Meanwhile, a similar measure will go before San Diego County voters in November.
NEWS
October 9, 1995 | CHRISTINA LIMA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tom Hall imagines a grand piano near the bay window in the living room, a crib on the shiny redwood floor, a swing on the front porch and dozens of people visiting the little 1870s farmhouse. But Hall's dreams may never come true. The house--a vacant Victorian-era cottage that sits along California 126--is scheduled to go up in flames later this month during a practice burn by the Ventura County Fire Department. Hall, a 36-year-old Ojai farmer who does not own the house, has been on a crusade to save the structure since July.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2000 | ROSEMARY CLANDOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They are raw snapshots, some fuzzy and out of focus, all of them amateurish and rough. Even so, the images are arresting--a house shoved into the middle of the street, flattened orchards, a row of cars that belonged to Edison camp workers who lay dead in the rubble. The collection of more than 100 snapshots depict the aftermath of the 1928 St. Francis Dam collapse, one of California's worst disasters.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1998 | JUDY RAPHAEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Fillmore and Western weekend passenger train may have put the city of Fillmore on the map, but there's more where that came from.
NEWS
March 12, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If a judge upholds a jury recommendation handed down Wednesday, as is expected, Michael Raymond Johnson will become the 10th man sent to death row from Ventura County since 1978, when California reinstated capital punishment. The other men are all appealing their sentences. None of has an execution date, and prosecutors do not expect any of them to be put to death before the turn of the century.
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