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April 27, 1995 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Political satire is rare in contemporary theater; rarer still on a local level. Which is one reason that "Live at the Livery" was such an exciting prospect when it debuted a few years back. Once a semi-revered institution that played at lunchtime in the Old Town Livery courtyard, "Live at the Livery" has moved to prime time: weekend evenings in the Plaza Players Theater. The Performance Studio (now as then) produces the show.
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May 18, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
California politics can be brutal, but seldom is blood actually drawn. In Ventura County, however, one political fight is headed for criminal court, with the chief advisor for a Republican lawmaker accused of attacking three protesters. They include a 69-year-old Episcopal priest who complains he was body-slammed, his shoulder damaged so badly that a year later he still has trouble raising the chalice during Mass.
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March 29, 2000 | By MARGARET TALEV,
Supervisors on Tuesday asked county attorneys to pursue legal action, including a court injunction, to block a ballot initiative that would strip Ventura County of more than $225 million in tobacco settlement funds and give the money to private health care providers. The Board of Supervisors decided to fight after County Counsel Jim McBride told the board he believes the initiative improperly usurps its authority. "It's unconstitutional," he said, after a two-hour closed session on the issue.
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May 9, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Minutes after a divided Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved a minimum-wage ordinance Tuesday, the man who led the yearlong fight to get it passed stood before jubilant supporters and vowed to take the movement to city halls across the county. "This is step one," said Marcos Vargas, head of the Ventura County Living Wage Coalition, made up of 42 faith, community and environmental groups. "We should relish this.
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June 3, 1999
Reeling from a scathing state report on Ventura County's mental health program, the county Board of Supervisors pledged Wednesday to stop the bickering that has endangered millions of dollars in state and federal aid and mired the mental health department in chaos. But even as they spoke of consensus, board members disagreed over how to reach it.
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June 18, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some of Ventura County's top managers are resisting budget cuts by either trying to pass the buck or paint disaster scenarios, prompting this wry comment last week from Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford: "In the corporate world, you'd get canned if you did that." Although at $1.06 billion the county's new budget will be larger than ever before, much of the $111-million increase from last year has already been eaten up by inflation and salary raises.
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July 12, 2000
If the city of Ventura doesn't rethink plans to withhold a half-million dollars from the county, local cities stand to lose $85 million a year, according to a measure approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The supervisors' decision could eliminate a 1% sales tax, which would not only cost cities and towns but would also take $6.5 million from the county.
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May 23, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a new skirmish with another one of the county's most powerful department heads, chief administrator Harry Hufford on Monday accused Health Care Agency chief Pierre Durand of playing politics to avoid making necessary cuts to his budget. Hufford has asked Durand to cut $3.6 million from his agency's budget to help eliminate the county's $12-million deficit by July. But Durand has yet to submit a list of proposed cuts.
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July 13, 1992 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Fernando Valley-area and Ventura County delegates and alternates to the Democratic National Convention overwhelmingly believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction and that the economy will be the overriding issue in the fall presidential campaign.
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August 20, 1995 | KENNETH R. WEISS and CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sheriff Larry Carpenter gets mobbed these days by colleagues across the state. So does Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury. The word is out. These two lawmen have pulled off a bloodless political coup in Ventura County, combining their power to become a virtually untouchable force in county government.
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May 4, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From Thousand Oaks to Ventura, legions of the county's faithful spent Thursday toting Bibles, singing Christian hymns and raising their arms to the sky in celebration of the annual National Day of Prayer. Some prayed over plates of steaming eggs, pancakes and hot coffee at one of the many prayer breakfasts across the county while others waited for the lunch hour to demonstrate their faith.
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March 26, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his 15 months as the county's chief administrator, Harry Hufford has helped supervisors close a $5-million budget gap, retain control of $260 million in tobacco settlement money and generally restore order to a giant and often politically divisive bureaucracy. Now Supervisor Kathy Long is calling on Hufford one last time--to help retire her $23,708 in campaign debts.
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July 12, 2000
If the city of Ventura doesn't rethink plans to withhold a half-million dollars from the county, local cities stand to lose $85 million a year, according to a measure approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The supervisors' decision could eliminate a 1% sales tax, which would not only cost cities and towns but would also take $6.5 million from the county.
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June 18, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some of Ventura County's top managers are resisting budget cuts by either trying to pass the buck or paint disaster scenarios, prompting this wry comment last week from Chief Administrative Officer Harry Hufford: "In the corporate world, you'd get canned if you did that." Although at $1.06 billion the county's new budget will be larger than ever before, much of the $111-million increase from last year has already been eaten up by inflation and salary raises.
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May 23, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a new skirmish with another one of the county's most powerful department heads, chief administrator Harry Hufford on Monday accused Health Care Agency chief Pierre Durand of playing politics to avoid making necessary cuts to his budget. Hufford has asked Durand to cut $3.6 million from his agency's budget to help eliminate the county's $12-million deficit by July. But Durand has yet to submit a list of proposed cuts.
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March 29, 2000 | By MARGARET TALEV,
Supervisors on Tuesday asked county attorneys to pursue legal action, including a court injunction, to block a ballot initiative that would strip Ventura County of more than $225 million in tobacco settlement funds and give the money to private health care providers. The Board of Supervisors decided to fight after County Counsel Jim McBride told the board he believes the initiative improperly usurps its authority. "It's unconstitutional," he said, after a two-hour closed session on the issue.
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May 30, 1998 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than five years of serving as government watchdog, Jere Robings said Friday he is shutting down his Ventura County Alliance of Taxpayers on Monday. Robings, who formed the alliance in 1993 after being fired from the Ventura County Taxpayers Assn. for being "too political," said attending scores of government meetings and poring over agendas and budgets was too tiring to continue forever. "You might call it burnout," said Robings, a 66-year-old Thousand Oaks resident.
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April 20, 1993 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a sea of mostly conservative, frequently skeptical constituents, Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson was defending both President Clinton's embattled economic stimulus program and himself one recent night. And performing a delicate balancing act to boot. "It's not so much stimulus, it's, as I tried to suggest, investment, " the bespectacled Woodland Hills Democrat said as he stood in shirt sleeves in the Westlake Hills elementary school.
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March 9, 2000
Supervisor District 1 100% Precincts Reporting: votes (%) Steve Bennett: 15,709 (44%) Jim Monahan: 11,266 (32%) Rosa Lee Measures: 8,392 (24%) District 3 100% Precincts Reporting: votes (%) Kathy I. Long*: 16,581 (48%) Michael Morgan: 15,447 (45%) James F. Shinn: 2,161 (6%) District 5 100% Precincts Reporting: votes (%) John K. Flynn*: 9,368 (53%) Francisco Dominguez: 6,219 (35%) Arlene H. Fraser: 2,071 (12%) County Measure 100% Precincts Reporting: votes (%) F--St.
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February 29, 2000
In a statement that underscores a split in the local religious community, a coalition of ministers and rabbis Monday declared its opposition to Proposition 22, saying the anti-gay marriage initiative is mean-spirited, discriminatory and could undercut the rights of homosexuals. The proposition on the March 7 ballot "could result in the kind of legal limitation that we would never accept in heterosexual marriages," the clerics said in an open letter.
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