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Thousand Oaks looks toward the future
5/20/2021 3:41:07 PM

By Chris Frost Thousand Oaks-- The city council, Tuesday, May 18, held a study session and considered a draft land use map.    The session marked the first time in 50 years that the matter has been taken on, and the current endeavor started about two years ago as the result of 1.5 years of public input.   Community Development Advisor Mark Towne presented the item to the council and said land-use maps create a vision for the city's future, in the long-range, 25 years, and the short-range, eight years.   "Not only the physical...

What a week
5/20/2021 2:47:26 PM

By Chris Frost It starts simple; with the J-Train biting into a churro and breaking a tooth. Off she goes to the dentist, and $1,000 later, the two damaged teeth are taken care of, and all that's left is her complaining about pain.   Meanwhile, my first question is about the insurance policy that did not cover the procedure. She did some checking and found out that it would cost as much to cover the procedure on insurance as it would just paying for the visit. People who read Frosted Thoughts know how I feel about the medical industry and insurance and what a...

Camarillo revises Traffic Mitigation Fees
5/20/2021 8:18:40 AM

By Chris Frost Camarillo--The city council, Wednesday, May 12, approved modified Traffic Mitigation Fees (TMF), added new items, and removed others because they were no longer necessary or completed.    The TMF Program requires a series of calculations to determine the fees. The fees are a developer impact fee in accordance with the California Government Code and provide a mechanism for the city council to collect funds for development projects.   "TMF funds are used for transportation improvements that vehicles from new development will benefit...

Supervisors approve issuance and sale of 2021-2022 tax and revenue anticipation notes
5/20/2021 8:03:19 AM

By Chris Frost Ventura-- The Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, May 18, adopted a resolution providing for the issuance and sale of 2021-2022 tax and revenue anticipation notes not to exceed $200 million.   They also voted to approve a notice of intention sell notes, the official notice inviting bids, and a continuing disclosure certificate and matters relating to the action.   The action authorizes any "Authorized Officer," defined in the resolution, to make non-substantive revisions to the Notice of Intention to Sell Notes, Official Notice Inviting...

Oxnard City Council adopts a 70 PCI
5/20/2021 6:56:14 AM

By Chris Frost Oxnard-- The Oxnard City Council, Tuesday, May 18, approved a 70 Pavement Condition Index (PCI) for its roads moving forward.   The action preserves Measure O funding for a couple of more years but means the money will sunset early because of the voter-approved Measure N, which removes Measure O funding if certain PCI levels are not met.   A PCI between 80-100 is considered very good or excellent, good is between 70-79, fair is between 60-69, and at-risk roads score between 50-59. Streets that score between 25-49 are considered poor, while roads...

Mask mandates will remain at Oxnard businesses
5/20/2021 6:16:10 AM

By Chris Frost  Oxnard-- In his May 18 report to the city council, Alex Nguyen said the current mask guidelines stay in place until June 15.    "In terms of the city's public buildings, I intend to continue having members of the public continue wearing masks once we reopen when they are entering indoor places of business," he said. "We'll also have the signage available and provide the public with masks if they don't come in with one."   There is a free webinar being offered about the restaurant revitalization fund,...

Volunteers Wanted: Rebuilding small businesses
5/19/2021 3:54:06 PM

Are you a successful corporate executive with deep business knowledge? Or a social media maven who guided a corporate brand to big time success? Maybe, you’re a public speaker and trainer that can inspire small business owners to climb to new heights of success. Or a savvy entrepreneur who has launched successful startups? If so, then consider volunteering with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors and help small businesses recover from the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Your skills are valuable, needed...

Maxine Waters threatens to sue Fox News over flight report
5/19/2021 3:51:17 PM

LOS ANGELES—Fox News is standing by a story that details allegations that Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, and other members of Congress have abused a program created after 9/11 to protect the flying public by assigning air marshals to certain domestic flights—despite Waters' threat of a lawsuit. According to the Fox News story, a complaint filed with the House Committee on Ethics alleges that Waters flew from Washington, D.C., to Minneapolis on April 17 to attend the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murdering George Floyd. The...

Rapper T.I., wife under investigation after allegations of abuse
5/19/2021 3:38:56 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Police Department Monday confirmed it is investigating the rapper T.I. and his wife after being accused by 11 alleged victims of sexual abuse. An attorney representing the alleged victims said the rapper and his wife Tameka Harris have been accused of multiple incidents of sexual abuse and other allegations in Georgia and California, ABC7 reported. Attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn asked authorities in two states earlier this year to investigate allegations against the rapper and his wife that go back more than 15 years. He alleges the two, as well as...

Retired Black players say NFL brain-injury payouts show bias
5/19/2021 3:23:45 PM

By MaryClaire Dale and Michelle R. Smith   PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Thousands of retired Black professional football players, their families and supporters are demanding an end to the controversial use of “race-norming” to determine which players are eligible for payouts in the NFL's $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims, a system experts say is discriminatory. Former Washington running back Ken Jenkins, 60, and his wife Amy Lewis on Friday delivered 50,000 petitions demanding equal treatment for Black players to Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B....