LETTERS : GRAND JURY REPORT ANNOYS TAXPAYERS.
The Ventura County Alliance of Taxpayers is disappointed with the grand jury report on the Camarillo Health Care District; not for what it said, but for what it left unsaid. The grand jury members did not address several of the key elements in the alliance's report to them.
First, is it appropriate or logical that a district, once formed, shall live on in perpetuity Of endless duration; not subject to termination.
The phrase in perpetuity is often used in the grant of an Easement to a utility company.
in perpetuity adj. forever, as in one's right to keep the profits from the land in perpetuity. ? The basic issue is whether a tax-supported district can, upon the completion of its stated mission, totally change that mission without consent of the taxpayers. The Health Care District was formed in 1969 by 2,600 voters specifically to build a hospital. The hospital was built and sold, but the district continued to exist, fueled with nearly $1 million a year in property tax money. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the grand jury report, the population of the district is now 68,500.
The grand jury report did not mention the benefits of putting this measure on the ballot. Nearly 30 years after the district was formed, many residents would now like to have a voice as to whether they should continue to be taxed for it. The city of Camarillo and surrounding areas have grown considerably since the district was founded and few know the history of the district or how it is funded.
The grand jury apparently did not look at other cities that provide many programs and services similar to the district's through nonprofit organizations, rather than the taxpayers. Nor did it look at the programs that are only marginally health-related.
The grand jury did comment on the fact that the district is awash in cash, with current assets Current Assets
Appearing on a company's balance sheet, it represents cash, accounts receivable, inventory, marketable securities, prepaid expenses, and other assets that can be converted to cash within one year. totaling more than $2.3 million. The district has purchased six buildings, increasing its space from 1,200 square feet to nearly 8,000 square feet. The grand jury did not, however, comment on the district's executive director receiving a pay raise of $40,000 in a four-year period.
The grand jury report did not address the issue of one tax-supported agency (the Health Care District) receiving grants from another tax-supported agency (the county), then distributing their own grants to nonprofit organizations, including another tax-supported agency (the school district).
The Alliance of Taxpayers would pose a final question to the citizens of Camarillo: Would you prefer to see your tax dollars go to provide other community needs such as libraries, law enforcement, street maintenance, etc., rather than to this Health Care District?
H. Jere Robings
President, Ventura County Alliance of Taxpayers
City Council speaks with forked tongue A forked tongue is a tongue split into two distinct ends at the tip. This is a feature common to many species of reptiles. Reptiles smell using the tip of their tongue, and a forked tongue allows them to tell which direction a smell is coming from.
I would like to respond to a very disturbing article that appeared in the Daily News on Dec. 21, 1997, regarding the Woodridge Development Project.
It's time It's Time was a successful political campaign run by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under Gough Whitlam at the 1972 election in Australia. Campaigning on the perceived need for change after 23 years of conservative (Liberal Party of Australia) government, Labor put forward a that the citizens of Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. take a stand on what they moved to Thousand Oaks for. Did they do so to have the community of Thousand Oaks develop into another San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. , or did they do so to stay away from that type of environment?
The American Indians American Indians: see Americas, antiquity and prehistory of the; Natives, Middle American; Natives, North American; Natives, South American. had an expression for government agents that used to say one thing to their faces and would do otherwise behind their backs. This expression was ``he speaks with a forked tongue.''
Well, it's really amazing that this expression still holds true today. Not more than a year ago, letters were flying to the City Council regarding the concerns in the area of Sunset Hills Boulevard and the hill known as Heritage Hills. Citizens' concerns were of the environmental impact, city zoning, ridgeline ridge·line
Noun 1. ridgeline - a long narrow range of hills
arete - a sharp narrow ridge found in rugged mountains ordinances, housing impacts, traffic impacts, etc.
It is on record that existing council members stated that there was nothing to be concerned about because open space would not be infringed upon, and any connection between T.O. and Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. via Sunset Hills Blvd. was a moot issue and would not happen now or in the future.
My question to the council members (Fox, Lazar, Markey) is what happened to your promise? You speak with a forked tongue.
What happened to zoning laws? What happened to the ridgeline ordinances? What happened to housing and traffic impacts? What happened to the open land agreements that were established between the co-joining cities (Simi Valley, Thousand oaks, Moorpark, etc.)? What happened?
When is city government allowed to make agreements with developers to develop projects voted against or zoned for only certain concentrations? If we, the common citizens, tried this sort of end-run approach, there would be all sorts of reasons or legal actions saying this cannot be done. But here we are with the Woodridge Development Project and concentrations that the citizens had no input against.
What ever happened to the environmental impact reports regarding the hills' stability in this south-facing section? What ever happened to the impact report regarding Sunset Hills Boulevard? What ever happened to documents issued by the City Council members that promised nothing would happen in this area of the city?
If the citizens of Thousand Oaks are not concerned about what's happening around them, then they should not complain if a population explosion happens. If they are concerned about their reasons for moving to Thousand Oaks and open space, then they should start paying attention Noun 1. paying attention - paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people); "his attentiveness to her wishes"; "he spends without heed to the consequences"
attentiveness, heed, regard to the loss of open space, wildlife, greenbelts, parks, etc. and primarily why they moved to Thousand Oaks in the first place.
The Woodridge Project is just the tip of the iceberg tip of the iceberg
n. pl. tips of the iceberg
A small evident part or aspect of something largely hidden: afraid that these few reported cases of the disease might only be the tip of the iceberg. , what's next for the citizens of Thousand Oaks? More promises? More City Council approvals without citizen input?
Why can't we keep our forests wild?
Recently returning from a hike in the Los Padres National Forest Los Padres National Forest is a forest located in southern and central California, which includes most of the mountainous land along the California coast from Ventura to Monterey, extending inland. Elevations range from sea level to 8,831 feet. I found a flier unstylishly decorating my windshield. It explained, simply, that manifest destiny manifest destiny, belief held by many Americans in the 1840s that the United States was destined to expand across the continent, by force, as used against Native Americans, if necessary. is alive and well in our forests. Progress, I am told, is coming in a big way. Go along, I was subtly encouraged, it is all in your best interest.
Apparently the Forest Service has stated that everyone wants the same things: more restrooms, better, wider trails and of course, more inane signs explaining the ridiculous. But I do not. Neither do quite a few of my friends and most of the hikers I meet in the backcountry back·coun·try
A sparsely inhabited rural region. . But a new plan has arisen forcing us to support the creation of what we do not want: more civilization in the wilderness.
Don't get me wrong, there is nothing inherently wrong with the goals of the Forest Service. Some areas already under heavy use are in need of further care. But must they ``upgrade'' the entire forest? Should all visitors be required to pay for bathrooms that they never use? Must every place be machine-accessible with bathrooms at every trailhead and redundant signs declaring ``This sign was purchased with your money''? Why is it deemed necessary to reduce the wilderness experience to the lowest common factor in order that all may enjoy?
Now I hear that this Adventure Pass program is not quite bringing in the money that was expected. And what of the 80 percent of the revenue that was promised to return to our forest for maintenance? Only a trickle has been left after the bureaucracies have finished feeding.
No surprise there. Lately the government has worked very hard to perfect the circuitous cir·cu·i·tous
Being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course: took a circuitous route to avoid the accident site. scheme that self funds itself and the administrative caretakers to feed its unrelenting appetite. Again, the land and the people lose.
Some of us desire solitude instead of congestion The condition of a network when there is not enough bandwidth to support the current traffic load.
congestion - When the offered load of a data communication path exceeds the capacity. . We want to feel as an integral part of a community, not just a paying tourist in our own land. We see not a commodity to be politically manipulated. We hear the crunch of stone beneath our traveling feet beckoning us toward a belonging, creating part of our humanness, to a sacred home. We cannot, we will not pay for something that exists within ourselves as much as beyond. And least of all do we want to pay for the further destruction of the besieged be·siege
tr.v. be·sieged, be·sieg·ing, be·sieg·es
1. To surround with hostile forces.
2. To crowd around; hem in.
3. , yet still savage, heart of our forest. The Forest Service has missed the point.
Why not offer an alternative for those of us who use no facilities and do not require a maintained and cultivated wilderness? Couldn't we donate a day to the cleanup and repair of a local, fully civilized campground with all the amenities in exchange for our Adventure Pass fee? Or if the issue is really additional money, I would love to pay $30 a year to ensure that a substantial section of Los Padres would not receive any further development. Let me gouge gouge (gouj) a hollow chisel for cutting and removing bone.
A strong curved chisel used in bone surgery.
a hollow chisel for cutting and removing bone. my legs on poison oak poison oak: see poison ivy.
Species of poison ivy (Toxicodendron diversilobum) native to western North America and classified in the sumac (or cashew) family. encroaching the trail instead of walking along pathways wide enough for a governor's cavalcade cav·al·cade
1. A procession of riders or horse-drawn carriages.
2. A ceremonial procession or display.
3. A succession or series: starred in a cavalcade of Broadway hits. . I prefer a view filled with animal signs, not one obscured with obscene Forest Service signs littering my path.
Many backcountry explorers intensely desire the occasional trail to be edged with the fear of a single misstep leading to a 10-second scenic plunge. As for bathrooms, none are needed in the remote part of the chaparral. We who hike for days to get here know how to properly deal with our own wastes. And, as many of your rangers would tell you if they were allowed to range more, many of us backpack out trash left by others anyway. Believe it or not, National Forest representatives, some of us prefer our land in a natural state or in the process of reverting to one.