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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: Measure M sets stage for urgent pension reform in SB County

By   /  Friday, May 23rd, 2014  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Measure M, if it passes, is a good first step toward re-prioritizing Santa Barbara County’s budget.

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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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Reason study: Taxpayers would save $460M with pension overhaul

By   /  Friday, March 28th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Reason study: Taxpayers would save $460M with pension overhaul

A proposal to change Ventura County’s public-employee pension system from a defined-benefit to a 401(k)-style system would save taxpayers $5.4 million in cash flow over the first two years and $51.6 million in cumulative savings over five years of reform, according to a study by the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank. The Read More →

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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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