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After Ventura County court battle, pension tensions endure

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  5 Comments

For most of the summer, Ventura County was at the heart of a statewide debate over public-sector pensions. Reformers spent tens of thousands of dollars on a proposed referendum to change Ventura County’s public employee retirement system from a defined-benefit system to a 401(k)-style system. On Aug. 4, the battle ended when a judge struck Read More →

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Former deputy sues Ventura County over tax break

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Law & Goverment, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Former deputy sues Ventura County over tax break

A former Ventura County Senior Deputy Sheriff who makes $139,771 a year in retirement is suing the county after his application for a service-connected disability designation that would lower his income tax bill was denied.

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Billion-dollar bond bonanza bound for ballot box

By   /  Friday, August 15th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Personal Finance, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  1 Comment

Tri-county school and community college districts are seeking passage this fall of bond measures totaling more than $1 billion, with many officials saying outdated buildings and overcrowded classrooms are the reason for the onslaught of financing initiatives. Across the region, at least 11 districts have successfully placed bond measures on the November ballot. The largest Read More →

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Editorial: Thanks, but we’ll stay in California

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Thanks, but we’ll stay in California

Oh no, not L.A. Reports that a proposed initiative to split California into six states might make the ballot in 2016 has our blood boiling. That’s because the author of the cockamamie scheme, Bay Area venture capitalist Tim Draper, insists on lumping Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties together with Los Angeles County Read More →

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Home care job growth fuels wage debate

By   /  Friday, July 4th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Health Care & Life Science, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Home care job growth fuels wage debate

The rise of home care in a region that is one of the most expensive areas to live in the country has thrust the future of the occupation into the middle of high-profile battles over government spending, the cost of care, wage standards and the future of unions.

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Dubroff: Next Santa Barbara city manager must continue fiscal focus

By   /  Friday, July 4th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Next Santa Barbara city manager must continue fiscal focus

Henry Dubroff

“Methodical” is a word you might use to describe Jim Armstrong, the Santa Barbara City Manager who announced June 27 that he will be stepping down in September after 13 years on the job. Ironically, that’s not always the word you’d choose to describe Santa Barbara itself. It is, after all, a city with an Read More →

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Santa Barbara city manager to step down after 13 years

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2014  /  South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara city manager to step down after 13 years

Santa Barbara City Administrator Jim Armstrong will step down at the end of September after 13 years in the position, the city said on Friday. Armstrong was appointed as Santa Barbara’s chief executive in September 2001, a role in which he and oversaw 10 departments and managed the city’s $275 million operating budget. The city Read More →