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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2001
Re "Suit Challenges Simi's Police Pursuit Policy," March 19. I feel unsafe living in the county's "safest" city when police officers risk innocent lives to stop a 14-year-old boy driving with no headlights. Someone in the city government needs to explain why this justified police running red lights while chasing a car on Los Angeles Avenue at 110 mph, resulting in permanent brain damage to an innocent young resident. Perhaps the Police Department should enforce its own policy that "mandates that the officers weigh the gravity of the offense against the potential dangers of pursuing, considering factors such as traffic, weather and time of day."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2001
Re "Use of Dogs to Find Drugs on Campus Protested," March 18. I was absolutely amazed and angered by the attitude of Isbell Middle School Principal Sheryl Misenhimer, who said, "My philosophy behind this is that I'd rather overstep someone's rights and get sued than find one of our kids overdosed in the bathroom." Hitler and Mussolini also felt that the end justifies the means. I wonder what her reaction would be if someone "overstepped" her rights. I also wonder if the school board is as cavalier as she is regarding lawsuits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2001
It is gratifying that Supervisors John Flynn, Kathy Long and Steve Bennett had the political wisdom and courage to support Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford's reasoned amendment to the public safety funding ordinance. This will be a lasting tribute to Hufford and these three supervisors. Although it is fine to say that public safety is our No. 1 priority, we cannot say that it is our only priority. The funding needs of all county departments must be considered--not just a chosen few. BLAKE BOYLE Desert Hot Springs Re "Budget Safety for the Public," Ventura County editorial, March 4. I am in full agreement with this editorial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2001
I am sick and tired of the backward-thinking attitude, "If we stop building, they won't come." This has been disproved over and over again. We have not built a significant power plant or any significant highways for the past two decades. To put it simply, California has done a poor job of providing and updating needed infrastructure--and people are still coming! People will continue to move to California and they will continue to have babies. Rather than having to pay higher electricity rates, sit in more traffic away from my family and be unable to afford a home, I wish we were building the necessary accommodations to improve my quality of life as a Californian and Ventura County resident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2001
We have meditated deeply for many months on the use of the county's property on Lewis Road near Camarillo. Our vision has focused on solutions for the severely mentally ill population of our county. We strongly believe that the plan we have presented to the Board of Supervisors would be the answer to many of the problems facing mentally ill people. However, we are keenly aware of other populations in need of social welfare services. These include the River-dwellers Aid Intercity Network (RAIN)
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