Members of Tobacco Funds Panel to Be Named

From Times staff reports

County supervisors will consider appointing three members to a new committee that will help guide decisions on how the county spends $10 million a year in tobacco settlement money.

County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston is recommending appointment of Steven Arvizu, former president of Oxnard College; Laura Bartels, an attorney with Taylor, Scoles & Bartels; and Grant Brimhall, former Thousand Oaks city manager, to the Finance Oversight/Advisory Committee.

The finance members will influence how the county distributes annual payouts from its participation in a tobacco lawsuit. Another advisory committee is reviewing which programs will receive the money, targeted for health care.

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