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April 22, 1999 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Citing a litany of land-use issues, Ventura County filed a lawsuit late Wednesday afternoon against Los Angeles County in an attempt to reverse its approval of the immense Newhall Ranch development. The suit, filed in Ventura County Superior Court a day before the deadline, is expected to at least delay for several years the 22,000-home suburb planned by Valencia-based Newhall Land & Farming Co. just east of the Ventura County line.
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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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December 7, 1991 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pascual Escoto wanted to be buried next to his wife's grave in Tijuana. Instead, the retired factory manager's body was cremated by the Ventura County coroner's office and his ashes dumped in a Westlake mass grave. Earlier this week a Ventura County Superior Court jury ordered the county to pay Escoto's three sons and three daughters a total of $211,000 because the county failed to notify Escoto's next of kin that the coroner's office had the body.
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July 30, 2000 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the timeless battle over water in Southern California, it represented a mere droplet in a murky legal sea. But the ripple effect from a little-noticed policy shift could help smooth the way for eventual construction of the largest development ever approved in Los Angeles County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2000 | KATIE COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bowing to complaints from Ventura County officials and environmental groups, the state Public Utilities Commission has agreed to hold a hearing on whether sufficient water supplies are available to serve the massive Newhall Ranch housing development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2000 | KATIE COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bowing to complaints from Ventura County officials and environmental groups, the state Public Utilities Commission has agreed to hold a hearing on whether sufficient supplies of water are available to serve the massive Newhall Ranch housing development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2000 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the timeless battle over water in Southern California, it represented a mere droplet in a murky legal sea. But the ripple effect from a little-noticed policy shift could help smooth the way for eventual construction of the largest development ever approved in Los Angeles County.
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April 15, 1994 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Councilwoman Laura Chick said Thursday that she will ask her council colleagues to appeal a Superior Court decision that affirms an environmental report for the $1-billion Ahmanson Ranch development. The city of Los Angeles was one of nine plaintiffs that sought to overturn the Ventura County Board of Supervisors' 1992 approval of the 3,050-home golf course community on the southeastern corner of Ventura County, near Chick's west San Fernando Valley district.
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October 21, 1997 | RICHARD WARCHOL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Claiming state law and Ventura County planning policies were violated, two environmental groups have sued the county in an attempt to overturn plans to develop a golf course and a 16,000-seat amphitheater at Camarillo Regional Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2000 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the timeless battle over water in Southern California, it represented a mere droplet in a murky legal sea. But the ripple effect from a little-noticed policy shift could ease the way for construction of the largest development ever approved in Los Angeles County.
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February 25, 2000 | CATHERINE BLAKE and TRACI ISAACS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fillmore officials have agreed to withdraw the city's name from a county lawsuit aimed at halting the giant Newhall Ranch project in exchange for $300,000 from the developer to offset traffic impacts, prompting one county official to declare Thursday that the city has been "bought out." The Fillmore City Council unanimously voted in a closed-door meeting earlier this week to withdraw from the lawsuit and forfeit all future rights to sue the Valencia-based developer as part of the financial deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2000 | KATIE COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bowing to complaints from Ventura County officials and environmental groups, the state Public Utilities Commission has agreed to hold a hearing on whether sufficient water supplies are available to serve the massive Newhall Ranch housing development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2000 | KATIE COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bowing to complaints from Ventura County officials and environmental groups, the state Public Utilities Commission has agreed to hold a hearing on whether sufficient supplies of water are available to serve the massive Newhall Ranch housing development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1999 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dr. Jerome Lance had a problem. The veteran psychiatrist felt that administrators in the county's mental health agency viewed him as little more than a prescription writer. Worse, Lance and other county psychiatrists had discovered that the county was billing Medicare for services it claimed were supervised by the doctors--even if the physicians had never seen the patient. Lance thought that was illegal.
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November 20, 1999 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Already hit with $15.3 million in penalties for submitting false bills to Medicare, Ventura County must abide by a strict training and inspection program to avoid future problems as part of its settlement with the federal government, according to court documents released this week. Assistant U.S. Atty. Wendy Weiss said Friday the federal government's lawsuit against Ventura County should warn other governments to make sure their Medicare billings are in order.
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June 7, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
The Ventura City Council today will consider whether to tax Ventura Keys homeowners for dredging the silt out of their back-yard waterways. The Keys homeowners, who are expected to protest the assessment, could be charged $1,733 annually. Keys residents, who number about 300, say the city and the county should pay for the cleanup because runoff from the Arundell Barranca and 28 city drains is responsible for polluting the Keys.
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April 27, 1993 | TINA DAUNT
A Santa Barbara judge has denied the request of a Ventura County group to amend its lawsuit alleging that the environmental studies on the county's new jail are inadequate. Although Superior Court Judge Ronald C. Stevens did not say in his ruling last week why he would not allow Citizens to Save the Greenbelt to amend its complaint, Ventura County attorneys had argued that the deadline for amendments had passed. Asst. County Counsel Robert R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1999
Is the front lawn of Irvine Valley College a public forum? The answer may be of particular importance in the coming weeks, when the South Orange County Community College District's policy on campus speech and expression will face legal scrutiny from a federal judge in Santa Ana. It's the latest in a series of free-speech clashes pitting both students and teachers against district administrators.
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April 22, 1999 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Citing a litany of land-use issues, Ventura County filed a lawsuit late Wednesday afternoon against Los Angeles County in an attempt to reverse its approval of the immense Newhall Ranch development. The suit, filed in Ventura County Superior Court a day before the deadline, is expected to at least delay for several years the 22,000-home suburb planned by Valencia-based Newhall Land & Farming Co. just east of the Ventura County line.
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