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Op/ed: Ventura County pension proposal is costly and unnecessary

By   /  Friday, February 14th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  1 Comment

An initiative currently being circulated in Ventura County for the November ballot seeking to close the pension system to newly hired county employees as a way of saving money is both simplistic and wrong.

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The case for a defined contribution pension system in California

By   /  Friday, February 7th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on The case for a defined contribution pension system in California

Henry Dubroff

Grass-roots efforts underway in Ventura County and a few other places may lead California to start junking its expensive and debt-ridden pension system in favor of a 401(k)-like substitute.

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Retired Ventura County sheriff sues for supplemental pension

By   /  Friday, October 18th, 2013  /  East Ventura County, Law, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  5 Comments

Former Ventura County Sheriff Bob Brooks, whose $283,000 pension is among the largest of any retired government employee in California, is suing the county for a supplemental benefit that would pay him another $75,000 a year.

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Editorial: Better public-pay data is a deterrent for abuse

By   /  Friday, January 4th, 2013  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Better public-pay data is a deterrent for abuse

Getting more transparency on pay is a small but important step to toward accountability

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Editorial: Pay raise for Camarillo leaders raises questions

By   /  Monday, July 9th, 2012  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Pay raise for Camarillo leaders raises questions

The Ventura County Taxpayers Association has a reputation for telling it like it is, without passing political judgments on how governments spend their money. That’s why we appreciate the Taxpayers Association’s recent criticism of the way the city of Camarillo has gone about handing 5 percent pay hikes to its council members. It appears that Read More →

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Editorial: Taxpayers Association a model for reform

By   /  Friday, February 3rd, 2012  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Taxpayers Association a model for reform

The Ventura County Taxpayers Association plays an extremely constructive role in steering one of California’s largest counties toward the safe harbor of fiscal sanity.

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Remaining cities meet salary deadline

By   /  Friday, November 5th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Remaining cities meet salary deadline

All of the local governments in the Tri-Counties that missed California Controller John Chiang’s initial deadline to turn in their salary and benefits data complied with the controller’s request within a few days. The cities of Guadalupe and Grover Beach and the county of Santa Barbara were not on the controller’s original list, released Oct. Read More →

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