Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 984, joint-authored by Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark), Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), and Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) has been introduced.

SB 984 would require a lead agency to simultaneously and electronically prepare a record of proceedings and certification of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Additionally, SB 984 would require these records be available online, to provide immediate access to anyone interested in the administrative record and environmental studies. This bill would speed up the record-keeping process that usually takes months to compile after an EIR has been completed.

“I’m proud to be a joint-author on this bipartisan piece of legislation that will help streamline economic development projects,” Sen. Strickland said. “All too often, new projects get caught up in the lengthy CEQA process and sometimes never see the light of day. These projects have a potential to create jobs for hardworking Californians, so during these tough economic times, we should be doing all we can to help them succeed.”

“We have the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation and companies continue to flee California because of our regulatory policies,” Sen. Strickland added. “Right now, our number one priority should be job creation. The Legislature worked together in a bipartisan manner last year, passing a similar bill which will bring jobs to Southern California through the Farmers Field project, so I’m confident we can work together on SB 984 this year.”

SB 984 now heads to the Senate Rules Committee for assignment.

Sen. Strickland is available to the media for an interview or comments.

Tony Strickland is Vice Chairman of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and represents California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.


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CAMARILLO, CA - The California Young Republican Federation unanimously voted to endorse State Senator Tony Strickland for California’s newly drawn 26th Congressional District. The group joins California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro and the Ventura County Republican Party in endorsing Strickland.

“I’m honored to have earned the unanimous endorsement of the California Young Republican Federation,” said Strickland. “The support of grassroots activists and community leaders has been humbling thus far, and I’m looking forward to working with them to turn our country in a new direction.”

State Senator Tony Strickland was elected to the California State Senate representing parts of Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties in 2008. He previously served the area as a member of the State Assembly from 1998 to 2004. He is marred to his wife of 13 years, Audra. Together they have two small children: Ruby Ruth and Anthony Paul.



Written By Valerie Richardson

California’s first-of-its-kind “gay history” law went into effect Jan. 1, but so far, state educators don’t appear to be on the same page.

Given the state’s budget crunch, the state Department of Education has released no companion curriculum or textbook revisions to comply with the FAIR Education Act, which requires schools to include the contributions of “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans” in instruction programs and curricula at all grade levels.

The law, which evolved from Senate Bill 48, also outlaws instruction materials “reflecting adversely” on those individuals. The act also adds “persons with disabilities” to the list.

But the Legislature...



Carrying on (allegedly) with "different men from the neighborhood": haram. Murdering with an axe the person so accused: halal.

It is no accident or coincidence that Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that "retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right." However, "not subject to retaliation" is "a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring's offspring." ('Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.

Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but "the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour 'provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.'" And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that "Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values."

Nonetheless, the media...



Written By U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties)

On Jan. 7, I announced my intention to retire from Congress next January at the conclusion of my current term of office. This decision was not made lightly because I truly love this community and the constituents I have served these many years. However, I will soon be 68 years old and while I enjoy excellent health, Janice and I have decided it is time for us to start a new chapter in our lives, a chapter that will include more time together and with our four children and 10 grandchildren.

Serving as your representative has been an extraordinary privilege and the experience of a lifetime. I want to thank my supporters, my staff and especially the voters for the trust they have placed in me throughout 13 terms and 26 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

When I was first elected to the House, I vowed that I would be a true citizen representative who would always stay close to the people I represented.

Throughout my tenure I conscientiously resisted the “beltway mindset” that believes only Washington insiders know what is best for everyone else. I live in my district and represent my district in Washington, not represent Washington in my district. I return home every week Congress is in session, making approximately 80 cross-country flights each year and maintaining a lifetime voting attendance record of 98 percent.

Above all, I have made it my top priority to advance the interests and needs of my district both in the legislation I authored and the constituent services we provided to those who asked for help.

Along the way, with your help and support we had some amazing legislative successes, improved Ventura County’s infrastructure and even witnessed history making events in other parts of the world.

The world has certainly changed since I first went to Washington, D.C. in 1986, from the Berlin Wall coming down to 9/11 to the Arab Spring and other world-changing events. But I hope that when supporters and critics review my record in Congress they will agree that I remained true to the values I brought to Washington on that very first trip and never forgot who I worked for.

Now, as I begin my last year I am deeply grateful for the many close friends and supporters, including Republicans, Democrats and Independents, who Janice and I have had the honor and privilege to know and work with during more than 30 years of public service. Without your support, none of this would have been possible. For the next year, I will work as hard as I ever have. My first priority is to work with my colleagues to help the private sector create jobs – including passing E-Verify, the largest jobs bill now before Congress – and to continue to shore up our defenses against our enemies, foreign and domestic.

I believe in a great future for our country and I know that all Americans share this belief. We must continue to work together with unwavering determination to ensure that America remains a beacon of liberty, freedom and opportunity.

When I return home next year to begin the next chapter, that belief and energy will remain a part of me, as it will for my many friends. I know I won’t be alone in my future pursuits. And I will be forever grateful for that.


Sacramento, CA - Senate Bill 983, authored by Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) was introduced today.

SB 983 would allow counties in California to independently negotiate with other states for the transfer of inmates. The state of California already has the option to negotiate with other states for the transfer of prison inmates; SB 983 would extend this option to counties.

“I introduced this bill after hearing a devastating story of a pregnant woman in Los Angeles County whose life was taken at the hands of a criminal who’d been released early due to over-crowding,” Sen. Strickland said. “If Los Angeles County had the opportunity to contract for the transfer of inmates to another state, this woman’s life – and the life of her unborn child – could have been spared.”

“Every day, inmates are being released early from jail – sometimes serving only one or two days of their 90-day sentence – and then they’re back on the street, putting the lives of innocent citizens at risk,” Sen. Strickland added. “Individual counties should have the opportunity to do what’s best for the members of their community and SB 983 will give them that opportunity.”

SB 983 was introduced at the suggestion of, and is being sponsored by, Alan Jackson, a veteran prosecutor from Los Angeles County. “One of the greatest threats to public safety is a revolving door at the jail. This bill will give our local leaders the tools they need to ensure criminals remain behind bars. I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Sen. Strickland to empower our local officials with the tools to help keep our streets safe,” Jackson said.

SB 983 now heads to the Senate Rules Committee for assignment.

Sen. Strickland is available to the media for an interview or comments.

Tony Strickland represents California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.


Written by Madeleine Morgenstern

KINGSTON, Ontario (AP) — A jury on Sunday found an Afghan father, his wife and their son guilty of killing three teenage sisters and a co-wife in what the judge described as “cold-blooded, shameful murders“ resulting from a ”twisted concept of honor.”

The jury took 15 hours to find Mohammad Shafia, 58; his wife Tooba Yahya, 42; and their son Hamed, 21, each guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in a case that shocked and riveted Canadians from coast to coast.

(Related: ‘Honor Killing’: Muslim Father Charged With Daughters‘ Murder Said He’d Do it Again…100 Times)

After the verdict...


Written by Madeleine Morgenstern

Palestinian TV aired an interview last week with relatives of the convicted murderers of the Fogel family, who called their imprisoned kin “heroic,” Haaretz reported.

The interview was part of the weekly show “For You,” broadcast on the Palestinian Authority’s official television channel. “For You” focuses on Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel.

According to Palestinian Media Watch, the interview with the mother and aunt of Hakim Awad aired on Jan. 19 and Jan. 21. Awad, along with his cousin Amjad Awad, were convicted of brutally stabbing to death five members of the Fogel family in their home in March 2011: Father Udi, mother Ruth, and children Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and 3-month-old Hadas. The baby’s throat was slashed while she was in her crib, The Blaze previously reported. An Israeli court sentenced both Awads to five consecutive life sentences for their crimes.

In the interview...

Local Republican Party latest to unite behind Strickland campaign

CAMARILLO, CA - The Ventura County Republican Party Central Committee unanimously voted Wednesday night to endorse State Senator Tony Strickland for California’s newly drawn 26th Congressional District.

“There is no better choice to represent Ventura County in Congress than Tony Strickland,” said Ventura County Republican Party Chairman Mike Osborn, noting the unanimity of the endorsement vote. "Tony is the clear choice for Ventura County families concerned about the economy and the runaway spending in Washington. We stand united behind his campaign because of Tony's record of distinguished service to our community. We're proud to endorse his campaign for Congress."

The Ventura County Republican Party joins California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro in endorsing Strickland.

“I’m excited that local leaders are uniting behind my campaign for fiscal restraint and common-sense reform in Congress,” said Strickland. “Having the unanimous support of my Ventura County neighbors who know me best is a tremendous honor.”

State Senator Tony Strickland was elected to the California State Senate representing parts of Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties in 2008. He previously served the area as a member of the State Assembly from 1998 to 2004. He is marred to his wife of 13 years, Audra. Together they have two small children: Ruby Ruth and Anthony Paul.


Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 953, authored by Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Simi Valley) was introduced today.

By creating the Bureaucracy Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC), SB 953 would save California money by streamlining state agencies. The Commission, modeled after the successful Federal Base Realignment and Closure program, would be made up of a non-partisan panel of analysts who would be charged with identifying, downsizing, or eliminating obsolete or duplicate state bureaucracies.

“Clearly, business as usual is not working here in California – we continue to have the second-highest unemployment in the nation, as well as an ever-present budget deficit and yet our state bureaucracy keeps growing,” Sen. Strickland said. “SB 953 is an opportunity to make government more efficient and is a no-brainer.”

“California is in need of reform and I believe SB 953 is a solid first step in achieving that reform,” Senator Strickland added. “Rather than raising taxes on hardworking Californians yet again, we should be looking at ways to trim the fat and make good use of the precious dollars that do come to Sacramento.”

SB 953 heads to the Senate Rules Committee for assignment.

Sen. Strickland is available to the media for an interview or comments.

Tony Strickland represents California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.


At its regular meeting on January 11, 2012, United Water Conservation District’s Board of Directors elected new officers. Daniel C. Naumann of Oxnard has moved up from Vice-President to become the District’s new President, succeeding Robert Eranio of Ventura. Lynn E. Maulhardt of Oxnard was elected Vice-President, and F.W. (Dick) Richardson of Fillmore was elected Secretary/Treasurer.

Mr. Naumann commended Mr. Eranio for his leadership over the past two years, noting that he had helped United keep focused on “achieving what is best in the long-term” and ensuring that “in everything the District does it does so with civility and complete integrity.”

Mr. Naumann represents Division 6, the Pleasant Valley area of the District, to the south and east of Oxnard. He holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a member of the board of the USDA Farm Service Agency, and he serves as an alternate for the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency. His family established farming operations on the Oxnard Plain in the 1890s, Mr. Naumann owns and operates Naumann Family Farms, farming various vegetable row crops. Mr. Naumann's uncle, Robert Naumann, served on United's Board in the 1950s. Continuing the family tradition, Mr. Naumann has been a member of the Board since 1991 and previously served as United’s Secretary/Treasurer in 1994-96 and 2008-2009. He also served as its Vice President in 1997-99 and as President in 2000-01.

Mr. Maulhardt represents Division 4, northeast of the City of Oxnard. His family has been farming locally since 1869, and he is a managing partner of a Ventura County farm. Mr. Maulhardt is active in community water activities and has served as chairman of Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency since 1987. He received a B.S. in Physics from Loyola University, Los Angeles, and a M.A. in Management and Human Relations from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Vietnam War Veteran and is a commercial airline pilot for a major U.S. airline. Mr. Maulhardt has been a member of the Board since 1985 and served as President from January 1987 to December 1993.

F.W. (Dick) Richardson represents Division 1, which includes Piru and Fillmore to Santa Paula. He has a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is a Vietnam War Veteran. For four years Mr. Richardson was a member of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. He is a member of the Fillmore Rotary Club and is a past trustee of the Fillmore Unified School District. His family settled in the area in the early 1900s, establishing farm and ranch operations. For 40 years he has operated Richardson Ranches, a citrus and ranch management operation in eastern Ventura County. Mr. Richardson has been a member of the Board since 1996.

Also serving on United’s Board of Directors are:

• Sheldon G. Berger, Division 7 - representing portions of the City of Oxnard, the City of Port Hueneme, CBC Port Hueneme Navy Base and several unincorporated beach communities
• Bruce Dandy, Division 5 – representing Northwest Oxnard
• Robert Eranio, Division 3 – representing a portion of Ventura
• Roger E. Orr, Division 2 – representing the unincorporated area between Santa Paula and Ventura, the towns of Saticoy and El Rio, and portions of east Ventura.


VENTURA, CALIF.--The Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) has named five new members to its board of directors. Each will serve three-year terms.

New board members are Randall George, Brian Beggs, Celina Zacarias, Robert Wardwell and Mike Smith.

Randall George is a partner with the Oxnard-based law firm of Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP. His practice areas are taxation, corporate and general business law, and estate planning. He holds an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, its highest peer rating.

Brian Beggs is chief marketing officer for Houweling’s Nurseries Group in Camarillo. He is responsible for business development, sales, marketing and strategic planning.

Celina Zacarias is director of community and government relations for the Division of University Advancement for California State University Channel Islands. In her position, Zacarias advances the university's presence in the culturally diverse population and maintains strong relationships with local, state and national elected officials.

Robert Wardwell is vice president and chief financial officer of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo. Wardwell has been in healthcare financial operations for the past 40 years and has spent the last 32 years as a chief financial officer in hospitals and healthcare systems.

Mike Smith is director of operations for Waste Management. He is responsible for the day-to-day management, leadership and strategic planning for the trash hauling operations in Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

"Our board members are dynamic leaders in Ventura County," says Bill Buratto, VCEDA president and CEO. "We look forward to the tremendous experience and expertise they will bring to our board."

In addition, Bill Camarillo, CEO of Agromin, will serve a second, one-year term as VCEDA board chair.

Established in 1949 and recognized as the premier business voice of Ventura County, the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) gives members an opportunity to interact with Ventura County’s civic, corporate, small business and government leaders. VCEDA’s mission is to advocate for policies, legislation and programs that stimulate and contribute to business growth, a vital local economy and a vibrant quality of life. For more information, call 805-676-1332 or visit


Written By Jim Forsyth

(Reuters) - When Patty Tegeler looks out the window of her home overlooking the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia, she sees trouble on the horizon.

"In an instant, anything can happen," she told Reuters. "And I firmly believe that you have to be prepared."

Tegeler is among a growing subculture of Americans who refer to themselves informally as "preppers." Some are driven by a fear of imminent societal collapse, others are worried about terrorism, and many have a vague concern that an escalating series of natural disasters is leading to some type of environmental cataclysm.

They are following...


Written By Edwin Mora

( – Organized crime-related deaths in one Mexican border state during the first nine months of 2011 exceed the number of Afghan civilians killed in roughly the same period in all of war-torn Afghanistan.

According to the Mexican government, from January through September 2011 2,276 deaths were recorded in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, which borders Texas and New Mexico.

A Nov. 2011 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report states that over nearly the same period – January through October 2011 – 2,177 civilians were killed in Afghanistan, where a U.S.-led war against the Taliban is underway. It did not provide a breakdown of responsibility for that period, but said that in 2010, 75 percent of civilian deaths were attributed to the Taliban and other “anti-government elements.”

Per capita, a...

City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

6:30 P.M.

1. Call to Order: 6:30 P.M.

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call: City Council/Redevelopment Agency Member Steve Conaway, City Council/Redevelopment Agency Member A. Eduardo Gonzalez, City Council/Redevelopment Agency Member Brian Sipes, Mayor Pro Tem/Vice Chair Jamey Brooks and Mayor/Chair Gayle Washburn.

4. Public Comments

5. Public Hearings

Recommendations for Items A, C, D and E: Receive presentations and public comments; hold discussion including questions and answers with staff. Recommendation for Item B: Receive presentations and public comment; hold discussion including question and answer with staff and possibly provide direction.

A. Information and Discussion concerning Watershed Protection District Levy Improvements and Levies.
B. Information, Discussion and possible direction to staff concerning Economic Development–Attracting Businesses to Fillmore
C. Information and Discussion on Ventura County Alert Emergency Notification System (Reverse 911)
D. Information and Discussion on California’s State-wide Economic Outlook
E. Information and Discussion on City’s Financial Status

6. City Council/Redevelopment Agency Joint Consent Calendar

Recommendation for Item A is to Approve.

A. Warrant List for JANUARY 24, 2012.

7. Department Reports

City Manager/Executive Director

A. Adopt Resolution 12-254 which adopts the Amended Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule (Amended EOPS) and Authorizes Staff to take all necessary actions to submit the Amended EOPS to the Appropriate Parties (Continued from 01/10/12 meeting)

Recommendation: Resolution 12-254 which Adopts the Amended Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule (Amended EOPS) and authorizes staff to submit the Amended EOPS to the appropriate parties.

B. Adopt an Urgency Ordinance of the Fillmore Redevelopment Agency repealing Nunc Pro Tunc Ordinance No. CRA 93-1 Regarding Sales and Use Taxes

Recommendation: Waive further reading and adopt by a four-fifths vote, the following Ordinance by title only:



8. Closed Session

A. Public Employee Performance Evaluation pursuant to Government Code Section 54957 – Title: City Attorney.

9. Adjournment: City Council and Redevelopment Agency adjourn. The next regular meetings will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 250 Central Avenue.

City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

6:00 P.M.

1. Call to Order: 6:00 P.M.

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call: Councilmembers Brooks, Conaway, Gonzalez, Sipes, and Mayor Washburn

4. Public Comments
Pursuant to Government Code § 54954.3(a), Only Comments on Issues Listed on This Agenda Shall Be Heard During This Special Meeting.

5. Closed Session

A. Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation (Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9). Peter Egedi v. City of Fillmore, Fillmore City Council and Fillmore Fire Department; Ventura County Superior Court, Case No. 56-2010-00370737-CU-NP-VTA.

6. Adjournment: City Council adjourns. The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 250 Central Avenue.


WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties), issued the following statement today:

“While I support efforts to protect American business and consumers from foreign thieves who steal U.S. intellectual property, I have been discussing with Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith my concerns about SOPA and those that have been raised by many of my constituents.

“This morning the Chairman announced that the ‘House Judiciary Committee will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution.’ I still firmly believe we must protect American jobs, American consumers and the health and safety of all Americans from foreign counterfeiters and criminals. However, before moving forward we must ensure that Congress listens to those who oppose the legislation.

“I applaud Chairman Smith for listening to my concerns and the concerns of others and for his commitment to find a solution to online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation."


Westlake Village, CA - One of Ventura County's major job providers, Haas Automation of Oxnard, has decided against continuing their planned expansion in Ventura County, citing California's unstable tax and regulatory environment.

“In his State of the State message, Governor Jerry Brown talked about turning around California’s economy. While some positive signs are on the horizon, bureaucrats throughout the state continue to restrict recovery by imposing their overbearing new regulations,” said Ernie Villegas, Assembly Member Jeff Gorell’s District Director. “Excessive regulation is chasing major employers out of the state and discouraging the ones who do stay from expanding their operations to provide new jobs.”

"Regulatory reform is one of Mr. Gorell’s top priorities,” Villegas noted. Assemblyman Gorell’s office will introduce legislation this year to delay the implementation of new rainwater regulations by the State Water Control Board that will cost both local government and local businesses millions of dollars every year to implement without adequate science or procedures to warrant the costs.

While we don’t yet know if this legislation will change Haas Automation’s decision, Gorell’s Assembly office has been meeting with stakeholders throughout the county to listen to their concerns and to develop proactive solutions to the burdensome costs of over-regulation. Our office is also in communication with Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom's office. The Lt. Governor has expressed real concern for keeping businesses in California when confronting these issues. Assemblyman Gorell looks forward to working with the Lt. Governor in any way possible to find solutions to these regulatory problems.

Assembly Member Jeff Gorell is currently serving with the Navy in Afghanistan, but is looking forward to returning home to Camarillo and to his job with the legislature in about two months. When he returns, he will be continuing his legislative focus on streamlining government, establishing priorities in state finance, and reducing the regulatory roadblocks to our state's economic recovery.