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September 5, 1999
For all the attention paid to advances in law-enforcement techniques and technology, it was good old-fashioned teamwork that produced a 49% drop in crime in Fillmore this year. Strong leadership from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department called the shots--but the key was getting many more Fillmore residents to join the crime-fighting team.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2001
Thanks to Thousand Oaks Councilman Andy Fox for his defibrillator program. And thanks to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for training the ushers. And special thanks to Duane Christensen and Lorie Robinson for their fast action. My husband, Jim, collapsed and went into cardiac arrest before a recent concert by the New West Symphony at the Civic Arts Plaza. Fortunately he was resuscitated at the theater. He then underwent a four-week hospital stay. I want to thank everyone at the Civic Arts Plaza who participated in his resuscitation, especially Christensen, who administered the defibrillator, and Robinson, who provided CPR. Also, thanks to Councilman Fox for his foresight in getting defibrillators installed at the theater and various other places around town, and to the staff at the Civic Arts Plaza for their prompt response.
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April 22, 2001
Re "Simi Valley to Pay $320,000 to Woman Hurt in Police Chase," April 11. Police pursuits are initiated as a result of criminal activity, under prescribed conditions. Yes, pursuits are dangerous and occasionally accidents occur involving innocent travelers. We feel for these victims, but what are the alternatives? Some suggest banning the pursuit tactic. This practice would encourage more criminal flight. Bank robbers, carjackers and gang executioners would know that once their vehicle was in motion, they would be free to go. Civil suits often arise as a result of the incidents in question--not against the violator but the officers and their department.
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October 30, 1990
Ventura County is a special place without the nightmarish traffic problems that plague its more urban neighbor. But the growing traffic congestion on the Simi Valley Freeway and in other trouble spots is hard on commuters, and harder on air quality. Measure A--a modest half-cent increase in the county sales tax--would finance wider highways and roads, additional buses, commuter rail service and other transit improvements. The local transit tax would raise $500 million over the next 20 years.
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September 5, 1999 | ROSEANN MIKOS, Roseann Mikos is president of the Moorpark branch of the Environmental Coalition and co-author of the Moorpark SOAR initiative. She can be reached at rmikos@earthlink.net
Here we go again. More sour grapes from a sore loser who doesn't want to accept who won the elections over Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources ("SOAR Closes the Gate to Development," Ventura County Perspective, Aug. 29.) The voters who passed SOAR by more than a 2-1 margin knew that there's plenty of room to grow throughout Ventura County in areas that do not require voter approval. If Jon Haines doesn't know that, as president-elect of the Simi Valley-Moorpark Assn.
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September 5, 1999 | SANTOS GOMEZ, Santos Gomez is directing attorney of the Migrant Farmworker Project of California Rural Legal Assistance in Oxnard. CRLA collaborates with the Environmental Defense Center and the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo on the Central Coast Environmental Health Project, which addresses pesticide use at the ag / urban interface
In May, in the agricultural community of New Cuyama in Santa Barbara County, a pesticide drift incident prompted the evacuation and closure of New Cuyama Elementary School. Five school employees and 17 students suffered nausea, sinus headaches, sore throats, burning eyes, vomiting and fainting after being exposed to off-gassing of the toxic pesticide metam sodium, which had been applied to an adjacent agricultural field several days earlier. What could have gone wrong did go wrong.
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August 29, 1999 | JON HAINES, Jon Haines is president-elect of the Simi Valley-Moorpark Assn. of Realtors
Ventura County is America's largest gated community. Not true, you say? Then consider this: With the passage of SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources) initiatives, the residents of Ventura County, excluding Santa Paula and Fillmore, have chosen to cut themselves off from new development outside current city boundaries for the next 20 years without a majority vote on any specific development by the affected city and county voters.
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September 12, 1999 | ROBERT COTE, Robert Cote lives near (but not in) Camarillo
Ventura County as America's most democratic community? Sure, consider this: With the passage of Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) initiatives, residents of the county, excluding Santa Paula and Fillmore, have chosen to vote on any new development outside current city boundaries for the next 20 years. This responsibility was formerly delegated to our elected representatives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1999
I hate to wish for hard times but if that's what it takes to halt the proliferation of palm trees, then bring them on. Until I read about the Palm Queen, I had no idea that one misguided person was the force behind the marring of our once beautiful county with these ridiculous-looking trees ("Tropical Tree Sales Growing" and "Ventura Woman Has a Heart for Palms," Aug. 14). Instead of smiling through palm fronds, Pauleen Sullivan should apologize to every person in Ventura for swinging the balance of "beautification" to this trendoid tree that serves no purpose on the urban landscape.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2001
There seems to be some controversy surrounding plans to develop public art on wetlands that are part of the Ventura sewage treatment plant. I've seen today's art. That's exactly where it belongs, MIKE HANNIN Newbury Park
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2001
I believe the new clinic in the El Rio gymnasium should be named after Ventura County Supervisor John K. Flynn. He has led the effort to secure public and private donations to match state and federal funding. Without these funds, the gym would have been only a dream. In this constituent's opinion, this project has been one of Flynn's greatest accomplishments, one among too many to list as he has been in office for 24 years. He has supported the Albert H, Soliz Library by providing access to computers and the Internet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2001
Re "Doubling Up on Daylight Saving Is a Bright Idea," Ventura County Life column, April 1. Why do the folks in the 24th Congressional District keep electing Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) as their representative? He is not a very good idea man. Most of what he comes up with is right from the liberal playbook and not the product of any reasonable thought process. A case in point is his idea for "double daylight saving time" to help cut down on energy use. If we set our clocks so that it does not get dark until 9:30 or 10 p.m., so that people do not need to turn on their lights, guess what they will leave on until that time?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2001
Re "Grow Wisely," Ventura County editorial, March 25. Again we have an editorial promoting the challenge of how to accommodate an increasing population in Ventura County without negative impacts upon our fragile natural resources and the quality of life we owe future generations. Does someone really know how to do this? Does someone even know the level of population and development that are sustainable into the unknown future? This editorial says, "When good public policies are in place--and adhered to--the population can increase, the economy and tax base can grow and the levels of public services and cultural offerings can rise with few negative effects."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2001
Re "Wrong Script, Ed Masry," Ventura County editorial, March 25. Voters elected Thousand Oaks City Councilman Ed Masry and we expect him to represent us by (among other things) asking the hard questions and digging through complex development deals to root out both significance and loopholes. Unfortunately, when these documents are not shared with Masry and the public until the eleventh hour, as was done with the Western Plateau / Dos Vientos development deal, it does not allow for fair representation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2001
Re "Census 2000 Snapshots: Santa Paula," March 31. This is in response to Betty Hudson's comment that Santa Paula is "getting to be a very dirty town." I am a native Santa Paulan, and I have seen many changes in this community. Hudson must not get past her front door or else she would see the many wonderful things that are happening around here. For instance, our Blanchard Library offers tutoring for all ages and Internet connections to provide underprivileged students and adults with the opportunity to enhance their reading, writing and overall knowledge.
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September 12, 1999 | PAUL NICHOLSON, Paul Nicholson lives in Moorpark. For a comprehensive list of golf projects, go to www.hillcanyon.org and select the "Local Golf Developments" link
Make no mistake about it, the so-called multiuse facility that the Hill Canyon Recreational Resources Authority wants to build in Hill Canyon is for only one recreational use. There is already a system of trails used by hikers, equestrians and bicyclists. Who is clamoring for a nature center to be built so people can see static examples of what used to live in the canyon? The project is about golf--including the profits for developers of exclusive homes planned above the course.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2001
Oxnard Airport is the biggest waste of space and money in Ventura County. It is also the biggest threat to the continued enjoyment of the idyllic lifestyle afforded by our community. While our mayor would like to see the airport closed and opposes building a casino, other City Council members just lie low. As the council considers building a casino, is it quietly working to reconfigure the Oxnard Airport into a regional airport to fly in the heavy rollers? The Board of Supervisors behaves as if the airport were a valuable asset to the county, but it actually loses money and wastes valuable property that could be converted to more compatible, more profitable uses.
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