Mikels’ incumbency challenged

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventMikels, 60, served four years on the Simi Valley City Council before being elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1994. She is being challenged by Peter Foy, 50, a Moorpark businessman; and consultant Jim Dantona, 57, of Simi Valley, who started campaigning last year. Mikels said she stands by her record of protecting the interests of taxpayers, working to keep the county in good financial condition and ensuring that local government serves its residents. She is proud to have supported the county’s hospital system and bring new health services to eastern Ventura County. “The really big thing is the fiscal condition of the county and the way we have protected the taxpayers’ dollars,” she said. Dantona is a former teacher and coach who works as a consultant. He says Mikels has lost touch with her constituents, allowing county parks to deteriorate and siding with developers at the expense of open space and public safety. Foy said his 19 years’ experience as a health insurance broker, consultant and administrator gives him the business acumen to save the county money and boost law enforcement and other essential services. Although the race is nonpartisan, Gooch said, Foy’s entry raises “a big question mark” because both he and Mikels are Republicans. “Although Foy is largely unknown, without much of a track record or knowing what he is willing to spend, that throws it all up for grabs,” Gooch said. Foy spent less than Mikels and Dantona from January through March 17, according to campaign disclosure statements. Foy reported $32,524 in contributions, including a $22,706 loan to himself. He ended the period with a cash balance of $29,257. Dantona loaned his campaign $50,000 last year. His statement for the same period showed his campaign started with $97,165, took in $9,139 and ended with a $62,647 balance. Mikels’ campaign started with $105,168, received $4,600 and ended the reporting period with $93,151. To avoid a runoff, Mikels needs to garner more than 50 percent of the vote. “Mikels has enough of a track record to ward off the challenge from Dantona, but Foy might be able to erode her base,” Gooch said. “Probably most of his votes would take more away from Mikels than from Dantona.” Foy said he would cut government waste, but that sheriff’s deputies and firefighters need to make enough money to live in Ventura County. “Instead of taxing people more, we will find money already in the system. We’re going to go after the waste and mismanagement, and then fund the programs people in his county require – good fire and police protection,” he said. “We are going to provide the equipment and other resources they need. We’re going to make sure Ventura County residents get what they pay for in taxes, a safe environment to live in.” Support for law enforcement as well as the environment have always been key issues in eastern Ventura County, where residents of Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Moorpark – all among the nation’s safest cities – pride themselves on their low crime rates, and where voters have supported ballot measures and candidates who protect open space. In Simi Valley, Mikels’ opponents point to the condition of the county-owned, 212-acre Tapo Canyon Park, and say it is an example of poor leadership. The park was closed after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, opened again, then closed because of damage from the 2003 wildfires. Last year, Mikels announced that the park would reopen in January with limited use, but the opening was delayed. Proposed improvements, including picnic areas, a play area and camper hook-ups, would take months to complete, and neighbors have raised concerns that park could become an encampment for transients. Mikels said when the park is complete it will be more beautiful and meet the needs of the entire region. Dantona said if elected, he would push to have Ventura County give the facility to the parks district, which he said has done a better job than the county of developing and maintaining parkland. Another controversial issue is a proposal to locate 150 manufactured homes on a 23-acre former horse farm in Santa Susana Knolls. Neighbors who oppose the development said Mikels hasn’t listened to their concerns about the project’s impact on roads, sewers and fire service. “We feel she is more developer-centric and not focused on what the residents’ needs are,” said Sandy Capaldi, president of the Susana Knolls Homeowners Association. Zoning allows for 23 homes, and Mikels has said she wants to work with residents and the developer to reach a proposal agreeable to everyone involved. Dantona has joined Knolls residents in opposing the development. “The residents up there don’t want that development,” he said. “I’ve talked to the voters, and the biggest concern is growth People are concerned the area is growing too fast.” Mikels countered that Dantona has a history of working for developers as a consultant. Dantona conceded he has worked for developers, but also for hospitals, firefighters, nonprofit organizations and politicians. “I represent a wide variety of people,” he said. “The difference is Judy has voted numerous times in favor of developers over her constituents.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – During her 12 years as a Ventura County supervisor, Judy Mikels’ fiscal conservatism has made her a mainstay and political force in her largely Republican district. But controversy over a county park and a housing development and a challenge from a Democrat and a fellow Republican have made for a competitive local campaign in the June primary. “Usually incumbents tend to get re-elected in the primary, but this year who knows what is going to happen?” said Herbert Gooch, a political science professor at California Lutheran University and authority on Ventura County politics. “There is a challenge both from the left and the right against the incumbent.” The race is nonpartisan, but the Fourth District is made up of Simi Valley and Moorpark, both Republican strongholds. last_img read more

Farm Aid Activates Family Farm Disaster Fund In Response To Impact From

first_imgAs farmers and ranchers in North and South Carolina deal with the impact of historic rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Florence, Farm Aid has activated its Family Farm Disaster Fund to provide direct aid to organizations helping family farmers in the affected region.“Farm Aid cares deeply about those affected by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. We invite everyone to join with us to give all the support we possibly can to these farmers,” said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. “No farmer should be in danger of losing the farm because of a weather disaster.”Farm Aid’s relief efforts will focus on the family farmers and ranchers who have lost their crops, livestock, pasture, barns and other essentials. Record rainfall, flooding and wind damage has left farmers under standing water. Every dollar raised will support local and regional organizations working on the ground to distribute emergency grants to farm families affected by Florence and to offer resources that help farmers navigate their farm recovery options.Farm Aid’s partners include Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, andFarmers’ Legal Action Group who are coordinating with a number of farmers, organizations and communities locally to: Make emergency grants to farm and ranch families in the Carolinas; Help farmers and ranchers understand their farm recovery options; Support local and state farm service providers to help farmers navigate recovery options, from mental health resources to federal funding opportunities; and Advocate for needed disaster recovery funds and resources from the federal government.Farm Aid is also working with partners in disaster-affected areas to determine the long-term needs of impacted farmers and ranchers. If you are a farmer who has been affected by Hurricane Florence, please contact Farm Aid at 1-800-FARM-AID (800-327-6243) or farmhelp@farmaid.org. Additional tools for farmers and ranchers are available at farmaid.org/disaster. To donate, please visit farmaid.org/disasterfund.Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $53 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.last_img read more

Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas

first_img Amazing Science Ideas & Solutions at FortisTCI Science Fair TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Providenciales, 04 Feb 2016 – The reviews were all the rave for the 15 schools which participated in the 7th Annual Ministry of Education Science Fair sponsored by FortisTCI. Holy Family Academy entered in both the high school and primary school divisions and is always an impressive candidate in the show; this year the high school collected aluminum cans, melted them down and created jewelry, accessories and art. Dr. Malcolm was wowed. “Okay we have so much waste on the side of the road, I believe we should start collecting our cans and take them to Holy Family Academy so that they canuse it and probably sell this grat product; I like what you did with the glitter.”Finally, at least in recent years, a robot. Maranatha Academy did not just present any old robot, theirs, called an Eco-droid would collect garbage and pointed to the future for keeping the TCI clean.“The basic concept is that it will be autonomously controlled by an ultrasonic sensor that senses whatever is in front of it and with the arm attached would be able to pick it up and carry it to the nearest garbage via a GPS system.”Beauty was top of mind for Clement Howell High and Community Christian Academy, both schools used a common plant to create the answer to acne, blemishes and younger, healthier skin. CHHS used Aloe. Dee to CHHS: Did you test this on any human being?“Yes we did, here are the results. This is a day after using the product as you can see, her skin tone got brighter…Dee to CHHS: Did you Photoshop that?“No! (laughter) You can see, some of the blemishes from acne are gone.”Community Christian used Neem. “The Neem soap we have here can do many things, it helps acne by tightening the skin and making the pores smaller and can stop blemishes. If you turn it into gel, you can rub it on your skin.”And as for best use of food… it had to be the primary schoolers of Oseta Jolly; forget about having to dispose of cups and plates after a party, you can now just eat them because of this group, they can be made of JELLO.“Because we used gelatin, gelatin does not have a flavor but after it is refrigerated and is in water it gets just hard and it helps things to stand up. We used the JELLO for it to have flavor, and for it to smell nice.”Spicy food is good, not just to the taste for so many… but now for the heart and it even cuts fat according to the International School.“If you eat more spicy food, you get a process called thermogenesis which makes your cells hotter and burns energy, then you can lose weight and you can reduce the chance of getting a heart attack or stroke.”A water quality test from HJ Robinson High, a recycling of sewer water by Precious Treasures, an experiment to test the potency of every day liquids by Enid Capron, how sea water can be used as energy by both Raymond Gardiner High and TCIPS and a propane and electricity free stove, just in time for hurricane season by Marjorie Basden High were among the contenders at the Science Fair which was held at the Gus Lightbourne Gym on Thursday; it is one of the finale highlights of Education Week in the country. Related Items:clement howell, fortis tci, holy family academy, maranatha academy, national science fair Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Recommended for you FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pump It Up Eric B Rakim Launch First Tour In 20 Years

first_imgRap masters return April–May for first tour in 20 years, a chance to feel living history in your bonesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 6, 2018 – 2:19 pm Hip-hop pioneers Eric B. & Rakim have announced their first tour in 20 years beginning April 8 in Boston at the House of Blues, heading south and then west to California, their final date is May 3 at The Fillmore in San Francisco.It might take a moment for those not familiar with the name Eric B. & Rakim that you already know their music. Those in the know will remember that Eric Barrier helped define the meaning of DJ in rap, such as his samples from James Brown hits, while Rolling Stone lauded Rakim on the duo’s 1987 album Paid In Full enthusiastically, writing, “Old-school titan Rakim may still lead the race for Best Rapper Ever, and this album is a big reason why.” Either way, the duo’s music has been etched into American culture.In fact, the phrase “Pump up the volume” is immortal because of Eric B. & Rakim. Their formative musical accomplishments have grown into many new dimensions of rap, hip-hop and DJ excellence. As befits legends returning to the stage, you might want to see what they can do live.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook Messenger Email Twitter Pump It Up: Eric B. & Rakim Launch First Tour In 20 Years News Facebook Tour To Catch: Eric B. & Rakim Return pump-it-eric-b-rakim-launch-first-tour-20-yearslast_img read more

Coffee sinks Smuckers profit

first_imgCoffee sinks Smucker’s profit410 viewsCoffee sinks Smucker’s profit410 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Coffee sinks Smucker’s profit410 viewsBusinessCoffee has become acidic for J.M. Smucker. Its retail coffee sales, primarily its Folgers brand, fell again in the latest quarter. As a result, the company’s sales and profit fell. It hiked pricesVentuno Web Player 4.50Coffee has become acidic for J.M. Smucker. Its retail coffee sales, primarily its Folgers brand, fell again in the latest quarter. As a result, the company’s sales and profit fell. It hiked priceslast_img read more

CJ says will continue to make political statements

first_imgSurendra Kumar SinhaChief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on Saturday said if anyone thinks that he (SK Sinha) makes ‘political statements’ he will continue to do so for the sake of the judiciary.”If anyone thinks that my statements are political then I’ll do that more for the sake of the judiciary,” he told a function at the Supreme Court Auditorium, reports UNB. The function was arranged to award country’s first female judge Nazmun Ara Sultana as she went on retirement.”Honourable [law] minister, I’m telling you the main building of the Supreme Court is in very bad shape… rainwater drops on the chair I sit on, while the main record room of the High Court and the Appellate Division is also situated in this building.”Law minister Anisul Huq was also present at the function.”The proposal for building a new annex building is still pending with ECNEC. The present building won’t sustain for more than 5-6 years. One day we’ll have to deliver justice sitting in an open space if the [proposed] 20-storey annex building is not constructed soon. Honourable minister, how the judiciary will continue?” he asked.Addressing the programme, Anisul Huq said, “Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana is part of history of the country and its judiciary. Following her footsteps, many women have taken up this profession. Now there are 24 percent female judges in the country.”last_img read more

Sandals unveils overthewater villas reopens Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort

first_imgTags: Sandals Resorts NASSAU, Bahamas — Christmas has come early for Sandals Resorts, with plenty of good news and new offerings for the Winter 2016-2017 season. Heading into its 35th year of business, the Jamaican-based, all-inclusive resort company is definitely ending the year on a high note.A week ago, Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island quietly unveiled the newest addition to its portfolio: five over-the-water villas, adjacent to the resort’s private island. The first of its kind in the Caribbean, the 2,000 square-foot suites are currently booked for the next 18 months; word of mouth about the villas is propelling many to join an exclusive membership that allows for stays in these one-of-kind villas.The five villas, each one designed using the theme of one of the five elements (earth, fire, water, metal, wood), are the product of eight years of planning. And thanks to the buzz on the first five, 12 over-the-water bungalows will be ready for guests in Spring 2017. Even more, three additional Sandals Resorts in Jamaica will be adding over-the-water villas in the future.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe villas feature 24-hour butler service, kitchen, expansive bedroom and bathroom, walk-in closet, glass floor and a multi-level back deck with outdoor shower, multiple seating areas, plunge pool, hammock and steps leading into the ocean.On Nov. 18, Sandals Resorts celebrated the grand re-opening of Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Private Island in Nassau, Bahamas. Chairman/Founder Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart and his son, CEO Adam Stewart, kicked off the celebrations with Caribbean dignitaries and VIPS, including Prime Minister Perry Christie of The Bahamas, Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica and the Honourable Obediah Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism for The Bahamas.The elder Stewart proclaimed the resort “has never been more beautiful”, while the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band and a colourful Junkanoo crew performed for VIP guests and industry partners like Air Canada Vacations, Sunwing and WestJet Vacations.Sandals Royal Bahamian, which had been closed from mid-August until Oct. 25, has completed a US$4 million renovation that included an update of back of house systems, swimming pools, four restaurants and guestrooms. Since the soft opening in October, Sandals Royal Bahamian has been at 95% capacity. Sandals Royal Bahamian originally opened in 1995 and is one of two Sandals Resorts in The Bahamas.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”And as Sandals Resorts celebrates these two significant updates to their portfolio, the company is forging ahead with several initiatives, including updates to its first property, Sandals Montego Bay, expansions to Sandals Barbados, adding 150 more rooms to Sandals Royal Caribbean, and the possibility of building new Sandals and Beaches resorts on the island of Tobago. Posted by Waheeda Harris Share About Latest Posts Waheeda HarrisA traveller from a young age, Travelweek contributor Waheeda Harris is pop culture obsessed, loves spicy food and is happy to wander around our planet with her camera in hand. Latest posts by Waheeda Harris (see all) Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Edge stars of JetSet3 fam – April 23, 2019 Unleash the power of cross-company digital transformation to revolutionize your CX – February 8, 2019 On location: Cabo San Lucas welcomes the stylish Riu Palace Baja California – December 20, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Sandals unveils over-the-water villas, reopens Sandals Royal Bahamian Resortlast_img read more