GOP hopes IRS scandal will snag health care law
Political scandals have strange ways of causing collateral damage, and Republicans are hoping the furor over federal tax enforcers singling out conservative groups will ensnare their biggest target: President Barack Obama's health care law. There is a link, but it may only be coincidence. No one appears to have connected the dots factually, and it's unclear whether they will. The Internal Revenue Service has a major role in carrying out the health care law, because financial assistance to help the uninsured afford coverage will be funneled through the tax system. At the same time, the IRS is also responsible for penalties on individuals and employers who fail to comply with the law's requirements.
Associated Press 201305180933
IRS probe ignored most influential groups
There's an irony in the Internal Revenue Service's crackdown on conservative groups. The nation's tax agency has admitted to inappropriately scrutinizing smaller tea party organizations that applied for tax-exempt status, and senior Treasury Department officials were notified in the midst of the 2012 presidential election season that an internal investigation was underway. But the IRS largely maintained a hands-off policy with the much larger, big-budget organizations on the left and right that were most influential in the elections and are organized under a section of the tax code that allows them to hide their donors.
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Parking fees at California state beaches heat up
Sunbathers flocking to Southern California beaches are used to feeding the meter or paying a parking attendant. Not so along the less developed north coast where it's customary to ditch cars on the shoulder of Highway 1 to surf, swim or picnic. That sandy line that long defined the state's disparate beach culture may soon fade. In search of new revenue, the state parks system is eyeing parking fees for parts of the Northern California shoreline where none existed or considering hiking rates to visit popular beaches south of Los Angeles during peak periods.
Associated Press 201305180810
4100 acres burning in Grand Fire near
Frazier Park with 35% containment
The Grand Fire near Frazier Park and Lebec continues to burn today, charring 4,100 acres but not damaging any structures. The fire was 35 percent contained, officials reported today. It is burning in the Los Padres National Forest east of Frazier Park in steep terrain with limited access. which is complicating the firefight. The Frazier Mountain communication facility is a concern, and Hungry Valley State Park, Frazier Mountain Road and Gold Hill Road remain closed, officials reported. About 1,450 fire personnel were at the scene today, with 65 engines, nine bulldozers, 20 water tenders, seven air tankers and seven helicopters.
Ventura County Star 201305180718
Obama talks jobs, says politics misplace focus
President Barack Obama is calling attention to his economic proposals and efforts to expand the middle class. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the U.S. should focus on attracting good jobs, educating workers and ensuring workers get paid a decent living. Obama has been pushing those priorities in recent visits to Baltimore and Austin, Texas. Obama says he'll make the case in more U.S. cities soon.
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Ventura County unemployment
rate nose dives below 7 percent
The jobless rate in Ventura County plummeted below 7 percent in April as more jobs appeared in the construction, professional services, and leisure and hospitality sectors. The state Employment Development Department reported Friday that county unemployment sank to 6.9 percent in April from 7.7 percent in March. The county jobless rate was 8.5 percent a year ago. "The jobless rate is falling faster than we anticipated," said CSU Channel Islands economist Sung Won Sohn.
Ventura County Star 201305172233
Oxnard's ongoing theater
dispute spawns court filings
Agreements never put in writing are now brewing up a storm of paperwork concerning Oxnard’s two movie theaters. At stake is not only a disputed $8 million, but also an ever-widening batch of purported defaults and damage claims affecting downtown developers and the city. The complicated situation was discussed Thursday at a meeting of the board overseeing the dismantling of Oxnard’s former redevelopment agency.
Ventura County Star 201305171800
OAS drug study eyes marijuana legalization
An Organization of American States study released Friday is calling for a serious discussion on legalizing marijuana. Drug policy reform advocates called the report historic, though it made no specific proposals and said there was "no significant support" among the OAS' 35 member states for legalizing cocaine, the illicit drug with the greatest impact on Latin America. "This is the first time any multilateral organization anywhere has done something like this," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.
Associated Press 201305171657
Teen falls on knife while being chased,
runs into Oxnard elementary school
A teen fell on his own knife Friday while being chased by six people and ran into an Oxnard elementary school for refuge, police said. Officers responded to a report of a stabbing about 8:15 a.m. at Haycox School, 5400 Perkins Road. The school was locked down while police searched for possible suspects or other victims. Police said they later determined the 16-year-old boy had a knife, fell and cut his hand on it while running away from six people. The teen was taken to a hospital, and no arrests had been made, said police Cmdr. Ron Whitney.
Ventura County Star 201305171541
Treasury officials told of IRS probe in June 2012
Senior Treasury officials were made aware in June 2012 that investigators were looking into complaints from tea party groups that they were being harassed by the Internal Revenue Service, a Treasury inspector general said Friday, disclosing that Obama administration officials knew there was a probe during the heat of the presidential campaign. J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, testified alongside ousted IRS head Steven Miller, who did little to subdue Republican outrage during hours of intense congressional questioning. Both defiant and apologetic, Miller acknowledged agency mistakes in targeting tea party groups for special scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status, but he insisted that agents broke no laws and that there was no effort to cover up their actions.
Associated Press 201305171540
Ventura man accused of shooting
2 people in Oxnard last month
A 19-year-old Ventura man is accused of shooting two young adults in Oxnard last month, police said. Ruben Hernandez was arrested Thursday in connection with the April 22 shootings of a 19-year-old man and 18-year-old woman, Oxnard police reported Friday. The woman was found shot in the 600 block of Devonshire Drive about 8 p.m., and minutes later, a young man was found shot nearby. Witnesses told police the pair were walking near Devonshire and F Street when they were confronted by three or four males. After exchanging words, one of the males took out a handgun and fired at the young adults, authorities said. The males fled the area after the shooting, officials said.
Ventura County Star 201305171528
Calif. Gov. Brown defends education spending in LA
Gov. Jerry Brown traveled to a lower-income Hispanic neighborhood Friday to defend his proposal to shift some education spending to the state's neediest children. Brown told reporters gathered at an elementary school in an unincorporated area east of Los Angeles that his plan would give California the "biggest bang for our buck." About half the children at the school are trying to learn English.
Ventura County Star 201305171511
Hagel orders review of sex-abuse prevention
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday ordered the military to recertify all 25,000 people involved in programs designed to prevent and respond to sexual assault, an acknowledgement that assaults have escalated beyond the Pentagon's control. He said this step, which also applies to the military's approximately 19,000 recruiters and must be completed by July 1, is one among many that will be taken to fix the problem of sexual abuse and sexual harassment within every branch of the military. At a news conference with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Hagel said he believes alcohol use is "a very big factor" in many sexual assault and sexual harassment cases, but there are many pieces to the problem.
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