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Lunch with VCTA and Jon Coupal – March 30th

Make plans to join VCTA and Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association for lunch on March 30th at the Courtyard in Oxnard to get his perspective on “Can California Taxpayers Survive in a Deep Blue State”. The…

VCTA Supports California Water Fix

WaterfixVCTA, joining with several other Ventura County leaders, supports the California Water Fix and recently traveled to Sacramento to testify in support of the plan that is vital for protecting the water source for 75% of Ventura County residents. CLICK HERE to see a report on that effort and some of our comments.

City of Ventura Invites Lawsuit Due to Prop 218 Violation with Water Rates

On June 8, 2015 Ventura City Council will consider adopting water rates that in the view of Ventura County Taxpayers Association may be unconstitutional and in violation of the voter-approved Proposition 218. We appreciate the seriousness of the drought and…

2016: Pension Reform Energizes Voters

SACRAMENTO — While most California political observers are focused on the ongoing political battles within the state Capitol, the biggest policy fights are coming in November 2016, as voters head to the polls during a presidential election. A new poll…

8 Pension Reform Questions

We think that there are a number of important questions that voters should consider before voting on Measure L in November. The pension system is $1 Billion in debt and it takes an additional $100 Million a year in taxes…

Supervisors Put Pension Initiative on Ballot – Call it Illegal

The county Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to place the Pension Reform Initiative on the ballot in a move that the 4 would likely describe as distasteful. Supervisor Long called the initiative “egregious” partially because of the fiscal…

More than 40,500 Venturans Support Ballot Measure

Ventura County Pension Reform Campaign Submits Overwhelming Number of Petitions
VCTA 1404 photoVENTURA, April 23, 2014 – Carrying and carting numerous boxes containing petitions signed by more than 40,500 voters into the Ventura County government center, the Committee for Pension Fairness today completed its most substantial action to date to place a comprehensive reform measure on the November ballot.
“This is truly a historic day and a remarkable achievement for our grassroots, volunteer-driven campaign”, said David Grau and Dick Thomson, Co-Chairs of the Initiative for Pension Fairness and Sustainability. “This isn’t our battle alone – it’s the people of Ventura’s. In overwhelming numbers, they have made it clear they want a decisive say in their fiscal future.”

In less than 70 days, the pension group gained the signatures of more than 50 percent above the required number to qualify for the ballot. This is very uncommon in the initiative and signature-gathering industry and indicates a strong climate for reform, reformers said. “The people know that Ventura County’s current pension system is unsustainable and is draining precious resources that could be spent on meeting unmet public and civic needs,” said Ventura County’s Fourth District Supervisor Peter Foy. “With this, the people have the opportunity to take charge – as it should be. They have made it clear they want their voices to be heard.”

A recent comprehensive independent analysis of the proposed pension reform initiative in Ventura County has found that the measure would achieve immediate fiscal benefit and long-term benefits: The county would not only reduce liabilities $1.8 billion in the long-term, but also save $460 million on cash-flow, shoring up pension obligations it has for current employees and retirees.
“For decades, the unions and the politicians have had the only seats at the table – it’s time for the people to weigh in and achieve the kind of reforms that this flawed system simply isn’t capable of delivering,” added Grau and Thomson. “We can’t wait any longer. Soon, we won’t have to.”

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