Governor appoints Oxnard council member to Ramirez’s seat on Board of Supervisors
To replace Carmen Ramirez on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Vianey Lopez, a member of the Oxnard City Council and a staffer for Democratic State Sen. Monique Limón. Newsom’s office announced the appointment on the afternoon of Sept. 23. Lopez is likely to be sworn in for the board’s Read More →
Ventura County supervisor race could swing board’s balance of power
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Ventura County mourns Supervisor Carmen Ramirez
Ventura County leadership was in a state of shock as news spread that Carmen Ramirez, chair of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, was struck by a pickup truck and killed in downtown Oxnard on Aug. 12. Ramirez, 73, was leaving an evening meeting and crossing a street when the accident occurred. Among the business Read More →
Ventura County supervisors name interim CEO to permanent post
In naming interim leader Sevet Johnson to the permanent post of County Executive Officer, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors has taken another step toward restoring stability after the abrupt departure of former CEO Mike Powers in April. Johnson, a clinical psychologist and former deputy head of the Ventura County Health Care Agency, was named Read More →
Ventura County and ex-CEO Powers hit with lawsuit over harassment claim
The Ventura County employee who says former County Executive Officer Mike Powers sexually and racially harassed her filed suit against the county and Powers on June 2. The woman, identified in the lawsuit only as “Jane Roe,” claims in the lawsuit that Powers, her immediate supervisor, subjected her to sexual and racial harassment and discrimination Read More →
Letter to the Editor: Who knew what, and when, about problems in Ventura County executive office?
Dear Editor, Regarding the abrupt retirement of Ventura County CEO Mike Powers, one can only wonder if anything would ever come of this issue had it not been leaked to the press. Were there any other abuses of authority that occurred under Mr. Powers’ watch? Did anyone else collude with him in any form of Read More →
Letter to the Editor: Let investigative process play out in Ventura County
Dear Editor, It’s been almost two weeks since the public was made aware that the CEO of Ventura County had abruptly retired. As an elected trustee to the Ventura Community College District Board, I am familiar with personnel investigations and critical whistleblower accusations and the process of an outside, independent investigation. I believe this investigation Read More →