Oxnard City Manager Ed Sotelo has been placed on leave following a closed-door Oxnard City Council meeting as county prosecutors investigate the finances of the largest city between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Oxnard City Attorney Alan Holmberg said Sotelo’s leave is not related to the probe by the Ventura County district attorney and federal investigators, though he is not discussing the reason why the City Manager is apparently being forced out. Further, Holmberg has advised Oxnard City Council members not to talk about the situation with anyone. City Manager Ed Sotelo, who was appointed chief executive of the city 14 years ago, has been subjected to “continued harassment” by Oxnard Mayor Tom Holden , according to Sotelo’s attorney, Bill Seki . The city manager filed a harassment claim in 2010 against the mayor and a city councilman for creating a “hostile work environment.” Who exactly is running the city? An increasing number of Oxnard’s 200,000 citizens are beginning to wonder what is happening to their city government — and demanding hard answers. View post: Oxnard City Manager Put on Leave
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Porn movie actors must wear condoms to film in Los Angeles, according to the L.A. City Council which voted 9-1 to outlaw bareback porn production in the Porn Capitol of the World . Porn industry companies argue that nobody wants to pay for adult films to look at condoms, so bareback film producers are threatening to leave the San Fernando Valley and turn family-friendly Ventura County into the new porn capitol. What angers the adult film industry most of all are the random government inspections for condom usage now mandated by the Los Angeles City Council’s decision. “This is government overreach,” declared Diane Duke of the Free Speech Coalition . “It’s not about performer health and safety; it’s about government regulating what happens between consenting adults.” Porn filmmakers insist that condoms are not necessary because the erotic film industry requires that bareback porn actors test for sexually transmitted diseases each month when they are working. Others feel differently, however. “It’s a great day for the performers and safer sex in our society,” said AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein. “This is the first legislative body to take up the issue and the near-unanimous support is very gratifying.” There is also a push to get similar legislation passed for all of Los Angeles County, as well as San Francisco County, for all productions of gay porn, straight porn, lesbian porn and group porn. The new L.A. ordinance would deny film permits to porn producers who do not comply with the new condom law.
The National Weather Service announced Wednesday night that “gusty and potentially damaging Santa Ana winds” are expected to hit Los Angeles and Ventura counties Thursday morning. As a result, a high wind warning has been issued from 4 a.m. Thursday through 2 p.m. Friday. The warning stated that the strongest winds are expected in the mountains of both L.A. and Ventura counties, as well as the Santa Clarita, Ventura County, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Strong winds are also expected along the coast from the Ventura County line to the Hollywood Hills, according to the warning. The National Weather Service predicted that winds in the Santa Monica Mountains and Topanga Canyon area will be between 25-40 miles per hour, with gusts reaching up to 65 miles per hour. High winds can knock down trees, tree branches and power lines. Residents are reminded to never touch a downed power line and to call 911 to report it immediately. For the complete warning from the National Weather Service, click here . For tips on power line safety from Southern California Edison, click here . Winds will be at their strongest on Thursday and are expected to taper off on Friday, according to the warning. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook . Read the original: Wind Gusts Could Reach 65 MPH in LA County