Why, with all of the taxes being generated with the influx of housing and shopping centers, is there not enough money to staff our Ventura police and firefighters with the manpower and whatever else needed to protect our city? Where is the money going? Out of this city to another one in elsewhere the county? Hopefully, we will see the question regarding the tax raise on the ballot in November, with an explanation of why the additional sales tax is needed to increase our protection forces because of the increased population.
Why, with the amount of taxes paid by the houses on the side streets off Pierpont Boulevard, is the city unable to rake the beaches of the debris left from the winter storms? It is not possible to enter the beaches without trying to dodge rocks, tar and what looks like pieces of wood. My little grandson cut his feet two times, and his little sister must wear her sneakers. From San Diego to Santa Barbara, the beaches are clean and habitable with the no smoking ban enforced.
The new sign at the entrance to Marina Park is very beautiful. Was this a donation? Just how short of employees is the Parks Department? And exactly how many beaches actually have lifeguards on duty?
I love living here, even with the new increase in traffic. It now can take up to 17 minutes to get from Telegraph Road to the freeway during certain times of the day, and I’m wondering how much more traffic will be generated when Wal-Mart arrives. It will definitely generate more traffic than Kmart.
— Carolyn Reidy, Ventura