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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, 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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Ventura County pension reform effort collects 40K signatures

By   /  Monday, June 2nd, 2014  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Ventura County pension reform effort collects 40K signatures

A grassroots effort to junk Ventura County’s defined-benefit pension plan and replace it with a 401(k)-style defined contribution plan took a step forward on June 2, when County Clerk and Recorder Mark Lunn certified that enough signatures have been collected to place the initiative on the November ballot. Advocates for the so-called Initiative for Pension Read More →

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Editorial: Ventura County pension reform moves closer to a vote

By   /  Friday, April 25th, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Ventura County pension reform moves closer to a vote

Backers of the ballot initiative led by the Committee for Pension Fairness and Fourth District Supervisor Peter Foy delivered 40,500 petitions to the county on April 23, roughly 50 percent more than the number required to certify the measure for the ballot.

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Oxnard sues ex-officials over retirement perk

By   /  Wednesday, March 19th, 2014  /  Law, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Oxnard sues ex-officials over retirement perk

Oxnard’s city attorney is trying to claw back $101,400 from seven city officials who benefited from an allegedly illegal retirement perk set up by Ed Sotelo, the former city manager at the heart of a corruption probe that began in 2010.

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Op/ed: Pension investments are fundamentally sound

By   /  Friday, March 7th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Pension investments are fundamentally sound

Pensions are a vital part of compensation and serve as an asset to local governments.

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Op/ed: Ventura County pension proposal is about retirement plan fairness

By   /  Friday, February 28th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  1 Comment

The big fact that public employee unions don’t mention when they tout the safety of pensions is that when the pension fund loses money, you — the taxpayers — have to make up the difference.

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