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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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Measure P rekindles north-south feud in Santa Barbara County

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Measure P rekindles north-south feud in Santa Barbara County

Henry Dubroff

Large energy companies, most of the North County’s elected officials and chambers of commerce and many others are firmly opposed to this November ballot measure, which would bar “high-intensity” energy production in the county.

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Editorial: Paso Robles makes progress on water issue

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Paso Robles makes progress on water issue

Gov. Jerry Brown has proved himself to be adept at the use of sharp elbows and brute power to get what he wants. His water bond is a clear example of the use of power to tame public policy — it paves the way for voters to approve a scaled-down, $7 billion issue that would Read More →

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Santa Barbara election lawsuit likely to turn into a numbers game

By   /  Friday, August 8th, 2014  /  Columns, Law & Goverment, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  1 Comment

The lawsuit brought against the city of Santa Barbara alleging that its at-large voting system for City Council seats locks Latinos out of the political process is likely to come down to dueling data and competing experts who have a track record in other cases.

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Editorial: Measure M stands for government malpractice

By   /  Friday, August 8th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Measure M stands for government malpractice

“Mistake” might be a good way to characterize Measure M, an initiative that the city of Port Hueneme has hurriedly approved for the November ballot. In case you have not heard about it, Measure M would dispose of a minor tax on home-based businesses that now brings in about $7,000 per year and replace it Read More →

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GoBiz director calls on communities to invest in workforce development

By   /  Thursday, July 24th, 2014  /  Central Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on GoBiz director calls on communities to invest in workforce development

California’s sometimes inward-looking cities need to make economic and business development a key part of their plans. And they will probably have more success if they can think regionally about workforce and business issues. That was the message that Kish Rajan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development, or GoBiz, brought to 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 →