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Ventura County Surf Report: Thursday

Ventura County Star News - April 17, 2014 - 4:20am
A look at the surf forecast from the National Weather Service. A look at today's surf conditions for Ventura County beaches:

Surf height: 2-3 feet

Rip current potential: High

Water temperature: 59-66 degrees

West swell with max sets to 4 feet, very strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions are expected -- elevated rip current risk due to large tidal swings. Little change expected for tomorrow.

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Decision to open police center in Oxnard school postponed

Ventura County Star News - April 17, 2014 - 4:00am
Oxnard school board tables decision on police center and approves the lease/-lease-back model for construction project

Fame-Hating Lewis Carroll Letter Lands in Los Angeles

New York Times - California News - April 16, 2014 - 10:00pm
A Lewis Carroll letter lamenting attention from fans is bought by the University of Southern California.

California: Brown Seeks Change in Rainy-Day Plan

New York Times - California News - April 16, 2014 - 10:00pm
Gov. Jerry Brown, saying the state’s budget surplus should be used to pay debt, called a special session of the Legislature on Wednesday to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.

California: Manager Who Bled City Receives 12 Years in Prison

New York Times - California News - April 16, 2014 - 10:00pm
Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, was also ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a scheme that nearly bankrupted the blue-collar city.

What You Get for... $1,400,000

New York Times - California News - April 16, 2014 - 10:00pm
This week’s properties include contemporaries in California and Texas and an old stone farmhouse in Pennsylvania.

Competing Views of Teacher Tenure Are on Display in California Case

New York Times - California News - April 16, 2014 - 10:00pm
In a case that has drawn national attention, lawyers have been arguing over whether California’s laws on teacher tenure, firing and layoffs violate students’ constitutional right to an education.

Dee Dee Myers to Join Warner Bros. as Head of Communications

New York Times - California News - April 16, 2014 - 10:00pm
Ms. Myers, a former White House press secretary under Bill Clinton, will become an executive vice president reporting directly to Warner’s chief executive.

Contributions to California congressional candidates disclosed

L.A. Times - California Politics - April 16, 2014 - 9:32pm
Incumbents in several areas have raised more than $1 million to fend off challengers. A sure-to-be-costly race is the one to succeed retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).

Campaign contributions are flowing briskly to candidates in some of California's hottest congressional races, including two of the most vocal proponents of getting money out of politics.

F. Reid Buckley, Novelist and Columnist, Dies at 83

NY Times Books - April 16, 2014 - 8:24pm
Mr. Buckley, brother to former Senator James L. Buckley and the conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr., preferred the South to New York’s literary scene.






County appoints new health care chief deputy

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 7:55pm
Meloney Roy is named chief deputy director of the Ventura County Health Care Agency.

Iraq War veteran speaks in Ventura on 'war after war'

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 7:45pm
An Iraq War veteran spoke at Ventura's E.P. Foster Library as part of The Big Read, a series of events centered on one book and organized with the city and library.

Unions Want Federal Funds to Bolster Detroit Pensions

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - April 16, 2014 - 7:24pm
Union leaders want federal money originally slated for struggling Michigan homeowners to help plug a pension hole in Detroit as officials work to resolve the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy.

Economy Thawing, Survey Finds

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - April 16, 2014 - 6:38pm
The economy strengthened across a broad swath of the country in recent weeks, according to the Fed's "beige book" of regional conditions, further evidence of the recovery springing back to life after a winter lull.

Yellen Stakes Out a Flexible Policy Path

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - April 16, 2014 - 6:26pm
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen left markets comforted and reassured about continued low interest rates after a speech that emphasized her focus on low inflation and economic slack.

Advertising: Children’s Book to Soothe Parents of the College-Bound

NY Times Books - April 16, 2014 - 6:14pm
The investment company T. Rowe Price has published a rhyming picture book to help worried parents plan for the cost of sending their children to college.






Schooling on a 'Debit Card'

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - April 16, 2014 - 6:12pm
Kathy Visser is educating her son, Jordan, who has cerebral palsy, at their Scottsdale, Ariz., home, paying for a schedule of one-on-one instructional sessions with a specialist, physical-education classes, music lessons, horse-riding therapy and other programs through a state-funded program informally known as the "education debit card."

Jerry Brown pushes his plan for state reserve fund

L.A. Times - California Politics - April 16, 2014 - 5:52pm
Governor declares a special session of the Legislature to take up the issue in a major test of the state's new political dynamic.

SACRAMENTO — Raising the stakes in his campaign to strengthen California's finances, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the state Legislature for next week to consider a new plan to save money and pay off state debt, an election-year pitch that he must make to lawmakers without the benefit of a Democratic supermajority.

Oxnard seals deal with Nyhoff for city manager

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 5:19pm
Despite a move by one council member to open the contract for major revisions, the Oxnard City Council approved 4-1 a three-year agreement with new city manager Greg Nyhoff.

Simi Valley man ordered to stand trial for stabbing death of grandmother

Ventura County Star News - April 16, 2014 - 5:14pm
A man accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother in her Simi Valley apartment almost a year ago told police he killed her because she was "plotting" against him, according to court testimony Wednesday.
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