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Ventura County settles most lawsuits over COVID closures

By   /  Friday, February 19th, 2021  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news, Law, Restaurants, right, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Ventura County settles most lawsuits over COVID closures

When the state came out from under the last round of stay-at-home orders, Ventura County settled most of its 13 lawsuits against gyms and restaurants that stayed open despite state and local health orders. There are still several active cases open, though, as some businesses continue to defy the orders by holding indoor operations—which are Read More →

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Ventura County oil fight won’t end this year

By   /  Friday, February 12th, 2021  /  Agribusiness, East Ventura County, Energy, Latest news, Law, right, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Ventura County oil fight won’t end this year

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Coast Guard says it will enforce new safety rules to prevent another deadly boat fire

By   /  Friday, February 12th, 2021  /  Latest news, Law, middle, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Coast Guard says it will enforce new safety rules to prevent another deadly boat fire

The U.S. Coast Guard says it will require interconnected smoke detectors, night watch patrols and other safety measures recommended for small passenger boats after the deadly fire on board the Conception dive boat in the Santa Barbara Channel in 2019. In a Feb. 10 letter to the National Transportation Safety Board, Coast Guard Vice Admiral Read More →

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Stoker sues his former EPA boss over dismissal

By   /  Friday, February 5th, 2021  /  Latest news, Law, left, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Stoker sues his former EPA boss over dismissal

Mike Stoker, a Carpinteria resident and former regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is suing his former EPA bosses on defamation charges in federal court. The Pacific Coast Business Times reached out to both Stoker and Andrew Wheeler, the administrator of then-President Donald Trump’s EPA while Stoker was a regional administrator. Neither was Read More →

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Our View: Ventura County enters the post-Totten era

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2021  /  Editorials, Latest news, Law, Opinion, Subscriber content  /  Comments Off on Our View: Ventura County enters the post-Totten era

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Guilty pleas in $2 million unemployment fraud case in Santa Barbara County

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2021  /  Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on Guilty pleas in $2 million unemployment fraud case in Santa Barbara County

Three people have pleaded guilty in Santa Barbara County to multiple counts of felony unemployment benefit fraud and identity theft, in just one example of the type of fraud that has cost the state tens of billions of dollars during the pandemic. The three defendants were Gordon Alan Welterlen and Nicole Michelle Milan, of San Read More →

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State ups unemployment fraud estimate into tens of billions

By   /  Monday, January 25th, 2021  /  Latest news, Law  /  Comments Off on State ups unemployment fraud estimate into tens of billions

At least 10% and perhaps as much as 27% of the unemployment benefits paid by the state of California during the pandemic were fraudulent, according to new report from the California Economic Development Department. The department processed 19.5 million claims and paid $114 billion in benefits between March 2020 and Jan. 16, 2021, according to Read More →

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