Thousand Oaks has selected Akbar Alikhan, who is currently Ventura’s interim city manager, as their city’s new deputy city manager. Ventura’s department heads roulette continues.
Akbar has worked for the city of Ventura since 2019. In his new post, he’ll report to Thousand Oaks City Manager Drew Powers.
Alikhan, who previously was an assistant city manager in Ventura, was named acting city manager on Nov.14 after city manager, Alex McIntyre, was placed on administrative leave and has taken another job.
Ventura is in the process of hiring a permanent city manager. Alikhan had expressed interest in that position previously. I think he would have been an excellent Ventura city manager.
He will be taking a pay cut (but it still ain’t bad). His annual salary with Ventura is about $248,800. He will be starting at $224,000 in his new position.
Alikhan’s exit comes following an extensive shakeup in Ventura’s upper management.
On Nov. 28, Ventura Community Development Director Peter Gilli resigned. On Dec. 12, McIntyre was forced out. On Jan. 26, Chief Financial Officer Michael Coon was placed on paid administrative leave.
Lots of Venturans think that our homeless population is very high, but it really isn’t. All cities are experiencing a high count. The homeless population in San Diego reached another record high for the 6th month in a row.
Donor Don sent this note with his latest contribution. Thought worth sharing.
“This contribution is on behalf of Sheldon, for his long years of excellent reporting and great sense of humor. Since founding the Breeze and somewhat retired (not quite yet) he continues to bring much needed insight of the community and worthy national news, much appreciated over many years.
Thank you Don!
I think the reason that no aliens have landed here is that they haven’t been formally invited. I sent the following to NASA who, I’m sure, will be broadcasting this into space.
ALIENS YOU ARE HEREBY INVITED TO A PARTY ON EARTH
TO BE HELD ON THE USA WHITE HOUSE MAIN LAWN.
MEET EARTHLINGS FROM THROUGHOUT THE PLANET.
CASUAL ATTIRE (NOT NECESSARY IF YOU DON’T WEAR CLOTHES).
DRINKS, HORS D’OEUVRES AND DINNER WILL BE SERVED.
PLEASE NO ANIMALS OR CHILDREN UNDER 250 YEARS OLD.
PLEASE RSVP TO [email protected]
The Tennessee House GOP expelling of two (or 3) Democrats in retaliation over gun control protest was a very sad day for our democracy, which is being destroyed daily.
Last week National Hairball Awareness Day was celebrated, so I took my cat Savana to lunch to celebrate. After she spit up a hairball of course.
Disney has sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the Republican’s takeover of its theme park district, alleging the governor waged a “targeted campaign of government retaliation” after the company opposed a law critics call “Don’t Say Gay.” How incredibly stupid of DeSantis regardless of his reasoning (which is bad enough). The theme park is a great thing to have in your state. The money, tourists and taxes it brings in are tremendous for Florida. Maybe Disney should pick up the park and move it to Ventura. Oh wait, we wouldn’t want that would we?
Pope Francis has decided to give women the right to vote (in Vatican affairs) at a meeting of bishops. This is an historic reform that reflects his hopes to give women greater decision-making ability and laypeople more say in the life of the Catholic Church.
Francis approved changes to the rules governing the Synod of Bishops, a Vatican body that gathers the world’s bishops together for periodic meetings, following years of demands by women to have the right to vote.
This could be the start of something big. Perhaps shortly women will be able to vote in our national and local elections.