Proposition 19: What You Need to Know, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Income Tax

Proposition 19 passed with a very narrow margin in California and is bringing major changes to property tax assessment rules.  There are some good things about the changes for a select group of people. However, there are major changes to parent-to-child or grandparent-to-grandchild transfers that used to be exempt from property tax reassessment. I’ll cover the good news first, then the bad news, and then what can be done now before Prop 19 goes into effect.   The Good  Starting April 1, 2021, homeowners over age 55, victims of wildfires or…

COSCA: Preserving the Beauty of the Conejo Valley

A beautiful ring of green hillsides surrounds the valley in which we live. Although the valley floor is now covered with houses and businesses, at one time it was more like a savannah, characterized by grass, grazing livestock, and oak trees, with stream channels traversing it—particularly, the main Arroyo Conejo and its north and south branches.  While the appearance of our area has changed significantly over the years, many acres of undeveloped hillsides and open space remain intact.  For that, we can thank the foresight of local citizens, large property…

Vote Now; Here’s How

For the upcoming 2020 November general elections, Governor Newsom issued an executive order requiring every registered voter in California to receive a vote-by-mail ballot. If you have not received a mail-in ballot by October 16, 2020, contact the Ventura County Recorder’s office.  There are multiple other ways to vote. In-person voting is the recommended method of voting.  1. Early in-person voting began October 6 and will continue until October 30.  For registered Ventura County voters, your early voting center is the Ventura County Election Division Office at 800 Victoria Rd,…

Press Release Vote for Ronda Kennedy

Letter to the Editor

My grandfather John Lagomarsino, at 13 years old, immigrated alone from Genoa, Italy in the 1880’s. He came to the United States through Ellis Island and across the country by train to San Francisco California.  Searching for the American dream, he ended up in Ventura County in the 1890’s. Unfortunately, I was not able to know him because he died before I was born. However, he did leave a legacy of hard work and determination to succeed which I believe I inherited. I was taught to respect and serve others.…

Cast Your Ballot 2020

For the upcoming 2020 November general elections, Governor Newsom issued an executive order requiring every registered voter in California to receive a vote-by-mail ballot. If you have not received a mail-in ballot by October 16, 2020, contact the Ventura County Recorder’s office.  There are multiple other ways to vote. In-person voting is the recommended method of voting.  1. Early in-person voting began October 6 and will continue until October 30.  For registered Ventura County voters, your early voting center is the Ventura County Election Division Office at 800 Victoria Rd,…

Importance of Voting in Your Local Elections

The 2020 election is one of the most important elections of our lifetime! Presidential General Elections are usually highly emotional and generate many lively conversations around the workplace “water cooler.” The political party platforms and campaign promises give us many topics to discuss and debate. Unfortunately, this year, with many folks working at home, the “conversations” have been occurring more through social media and less out in the public square. When the national and state races heat up, particularly as the election date draws near, the attention they demand leaves…

Proposition Guide

Link to the Proposition Voter Guide Below. Share with friends and family! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T2Yk9ApEWv6WLelwT7hsMa9fLwtNJaHT/view?usp=sharing Proposition Author(s)/Support/Donor(s) Voting “YES” Means Voting “NO” Means 14: Stem Cell Research Institute Bond Initiative Robert N Klein, II (Low Income Housing Developer)University of California Board of Regents YES: You support issuing an additional $5.5 billion general obligation bond for the state’s stem cell research institute and making changes to the institute’s governance structure and programs. This would cost the taxpayer $260 million per year for 30 years.You support allowing public funding for stem cell research. NO: You…

Ventura County Charges Church with Contempt of Court

Rob McCoy, pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, went before Ventura County Judge Vincent O’Neill, Jr., on August 21 to face a contempt-of-court-charge. The charge stemmed from an August 7 temporary restraining order issued by the court.  McCoy explained, while accompanied by his attorneys, “People need to be in fellowship… I never thought we would come to a place where our governor would declare our churches non-essential.” The terms of the restraining order banned 1,000 Godspeak Calvary Chapel attendees from gathering for indoor worship services in Ventura County.  …

Upholding the Oath of Office

On December 6, 2018, I took an oath: “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.”…

California Senate Bills Leave Children Unprotected

Since Megan’s Law was enacted in 1996, new legislation related to California’s sex offender registry has been limited. California Senate Bill 384 and Senate Bill 145 represent new legislation affecting which sex offenders are placed on the Sex Offender Registry and for how long they must remain on that list.  Current law requires sex offenders to register for life, but SB 384, which was signed into legislation in October 2017 and takes effect on January 1, 2021, amends that requirement. The bill changes the registry so that a majority of…