Problem with airport investigation; support for Bill-de la Pena; voter suppression

Airport report does not fly

Re: your story from January 14, “Resident survey helps block airport expansion”:

According to the article, air service to Camarillo is blocked again. When I came to Camarillo in 2001, I stopped at a local bank to open an account. The cashiers were busy so I moved to a waiting room. I noticed a large hardback book sitting on a small table. I watched. My regret so far is not having checked the copyright date.

It seemed to be a story of Camarillo’s formation. Mr. Daily was mentioned frequently. Maybe he was Camarillo’s father. It seems his point was to develop a place like Ojai. A quiet place with million dollar homes tucked away in the hills away from the sprawl of LA. One thing that caught my eye was his intention to close the airport as soon as possible after WWII. He didn’t realize what an asset it would become.

Prior to 9/11, United operated four flights a day from Oxnard. After that, the various security requirements made it unprofitable. It was a quick and economical way to reach LAX or SFO. Now it appears the mayor and a group of consultants have said “no way”. They want to condemn anyone who has to travel by plane to cope with the exhausting two-hour journey to LAX. Or Santa Barbara. Burbank is only marginally better but with limited connections.

Camarillo has a population of 72,350. How can 300 people determine our future? Has the consultant carried out noise measurements around the city at various locations? Did they explain the constant roar of traffic on the 101? Did they interview anyone from West Camarillo where airport noise is the loudest?

I hope the city didn’t pay too much for this report because it only received paper that will be used to confirm the wishes of a small group.

Charles TaylorCamarillo

Bill-de la Pena deserves support

On a recent trip to downtown Los Angeles, I was appalled to see so many homeless encampments and homeless people. It was heartbreaking. Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis is real and should be a wake-up call for Ventura County and its cities.

With an important Ventura County election coming up for county supervisor and city council, beware. Homelessness is more than a city’s public relations issue. It is a humanitarian crisis rooted in apathy and greed. It’s troubling that some cities give special favors to wealthy developers building luxury units, instead of the real needs of the less well off.

That’s why I’m grateful that Thousand Oaks council member Claudia Bill-de la Peña is running for supervisor. She didn’t pander to a Los Angeles billionaire who got some seriously undervalued city-owned land to build her luxury townhome. Additionally, council member Bill-de la Pena has helped create permanent housing for people who would otherwise be homeless. She’s a good example of a leader who doesn’t just talk about a good game, she delivers.

Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin, Thousand Oaks

How the law suppresses the vote

Subject: Letter from Dennis Lane dated January 25, “Georgia Elections Law Facts”:

The letter does not mention how the vote is suppressed by the closing of the polls. Take Lincoln County for example: this county is about 250 square miles in size and has no public transit. Before the new restrictive election law, Lincoln County had seven polling places; they only have one now. Making it harder for Georgia’s underrepresented population to vote is why Georgia’s new election law is being described as a throwback to the Jim Crow era.

Bert Kaplowitz, Oxnard

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