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July 25, 1996 | JEFF McDONALD
The Camarillo City Council agreed Wednesday to a yearlong delay in collecting a debt of more than $440,000 from a developer. Council members agreed to give Ventura Farms another year to make a $444,400 payment on its share of the newly opened Carmen Drive crossing over the Ventura Freeway. The city spent $4 million to build a new, wider freeway overpass, in part because of the increased traffic caused by the Camarillo Factory Stores, which was developed by the Ventura Farms partnership.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
After 17 years of working without a union contract, employees at Southern California's largest mushroom farm have won a three-year pact, the landmark result of a new state law aimed at resolving long-running labor disputes. The new contract at the Pictsweet Mushroom Farm in Ventura will bring higher wages, increased job security and a company-paid medical plan to the plant's 300 employees.
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NEWS
November 25, 1989
The Times was full of good news for the labor force (Nov. 18). While the newly enacted minimum wage will produce only $7,904 annually based on a 40-hour week beginning in April, 1990, only one year later it will leap to $9,140 per year. Meanwhile, those who labor in the halls of Congress will have to struggle by on $98,200 (senators) and $125,000 (representatives).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Antonio Molina's pager went off just as he was heading out to dinner near his Northridge home. A glance at the message told the organ donation counselor that the meal would have to wait. A heart was available and a 14-year-old Westminster girl, being kept alive by machines at UCLA Medical Center, suddenly had a glimmer of hope. Molina hopped back into his car and sped north on the Ventura Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
After 17 years of working without a union contract, employees at Southern California's largest mushroom farm have won a three-year pact, the landmark result of a new state law aimed at resolving long-running labor disputes. The new contract at the Pictsweet Mushroom Farm in Ventura will bring higher wages, increased job security and a company-paid medical plan to the plant's 300 employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1985 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
Three Ventura County residents are trying to bring back minor league baseball to Southern California after an 18-year absence. Former major league players Ken McMullen and Jim Colborn and their business partner, retired funeral director Jim Biby, have an option to purchase the Lodi franchise of the California League. They plan to buy the Class A franchise and move it to Ventura County for the 1986 season if they are assured by May 1 that fields will be upgraded to league standards.
SPORTS
August 6, 1992 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The end, though not entirely unexpected, came suddenly, and by a unique set of circumstances. Their epitaph might well have read: Ventura County Gulls, 1986-1986, victims of no night life or alcohol. With an Oxnard developer attempting to attract a minor league baseball team to Ventura County (see related story below), the action stirs memories of the county's last minor league team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1998
The landscape of Ventura County changed in 1998 in ways that begin to make conservation of local agriculture more likely. The land use initiatives passed easily, though perhaps not due to any great interest in agriculture but to the citizens' interest in preserving the fine quality of life enjoyed here. Although we in agriculture are proud to provide the open-space amenities, we now look to the other side of the bargain. Our urban neighbors must be willing to provide us with the environment needed for viable long-term agriculture, and must allow us access to the necessary cultural tools that enable us to be competitive in the new reality of global sourcing and markets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the last member of a pioneer farming family, Thelma Hansen's deathbed wish was to make sure agriculture was not just a part of Ventura County's history. So she gave most of her $12-million fortune to establish a trust aimed at ensuring that Ventura County farming would hold its own against suburban sprawl. Today, Hansen's vision can be seen at Ventura County Landmark No.
NEWS
November 13, 1992 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 10 hours a day in the broccoli fields outside Oxnard, Olga Martinez's back aches from constant stooping and bending. Martinez left Jalisco, Mexico, last year to join her parents, brothers and sisters in Ventura, all of whom work in agricultural jobs around the county. Martinez found a job as a cutter that paid $4.80 an hour. "Everything's a strain on my back," said Martinez, during a break Monday from hours of chopping broccoli stems. "I'd like benefits, but there aren't any."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
The fledgling housing project consists of only 24 units, a drop in the bucket when it comes to meeting Ventura County's farm worker housing needs. But the apartment complex emerging from an empty lot in downtown Oxnard is as big on symbolism as it is innovative in approach to sheltering those squeezed hardest by the county's red-hot housing market. The $5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First the hard work, now the payoff. After months of lobbying lawmakers and marching in the streets, workers at Southern California's largest mushroom farm said Tuesday that they believe they may be among the first to benefit from a new law aimed at resolving deadlocked labor disputes. The legislation, signed Monday by Gov. Gray Davis, permits state agricultural officials to impose mandatory mediation in cases in which farm labor negotiations reach an impasse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Rogers spends his days watching the grass grow, but it's not as easy as it sounds. That is because the lawn he is looking after stretches hundreds of acres across the Oxnard Plain, a carefully manicured meadow as flat as a carpet and green as a $100 bill. Turf is his trade. And as co-owner of Pacific Earth Resources, one of the largest sod producers in a state known for its evergreen lawns, he is on a mission to make everyone's grass just a little bit greener.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stepping into a bitter struggle between farm workers and Southern California's largest mushroom plant, state labor lawyers have accused the Ventura County farm operator of systematically violating collective bargaining laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the last member of a pioneer farming family, Thelma Hansen's deathbed wish was to make sure agriculture was not just a part of Ventura County's history. So she gave most of her $12-million fortune to establish a trust aimed at ensuring that Ventura County farming would hold its own against suburban sprawl. Today, Hansen's vision can be seen at Ventura County Landmark No.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1998
The landscape of Ventura County changed in 1998 in ways that begin to make conservation of local agriculture more likely. The land use initiatives passed easily, though perhaps not due to any great interest in agriculture but to the citizens' interest in preserving the fine quality of life enjoyed here. Although we in agriculture are proud to provide the open-space amenities, we now look to the other side of the bargain. Our urban neighbors must be willing to provide us with the environment needed for viable long-term agriculture, and must allow us access to the necessary cultural tools that enable us to be competitive in the new reality of global sourcing and markets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First the hard work, now the payoff. After months of lobbying lawmakers and marching in the streets, workers at Southern California's largest mushroom farm said Tuesday that they believe they may be among the first to benefit from a new law aimed at resolving deadlocked labor disputes. The legislation, signed Monday by Gov. Gray Davis, permits state agricultural officials to impose mandatory mediation in cases in which farm labor negotiations reach an impasse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stepping into a bitter struggle between farm workers and Southern California's largest mushroom plant, state labor lawyers have accused the Ventura County farm operator of systematically violating collective bargaining laws.
NEWS
August 4, 1998 | COLL METCALFE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just below the Tropic of Capricorn, in a flat expanse at the foot of the Andes Mountains, lies Argentina's Tucuman Province, a fertile plain roughly the size of Connecticut that may one day be responsible for knocking Ventura County from its gilded perch as the world's premier producer of lemons. "There's no doubt about it, these guys want to be the No. 1 lemon producers in the world, and they're probably going to do it," said Ventura lemon grower Bob Pinkerton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1996 | JEFF McDONALD
The Camarillo City Council agreed Wednesday to a yearlong delay in collecting a debt of more than $440,000 from a developer. Council members agreed to give Ventura Farms another year to make a $444,400 payment on its share of the newly opened Carmen Drive crossing over the Ventura Freeway. The city spent $4 million to build a new, wider freeway overpass, in part because of the increased traffic caused by the Camarillo Factory Stores, which was developed by the Ventura Farms partnership.
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