James Lockwood Fair Public Relations and Marketing Director congratulating the 2018 winners.
The 2019 Ventura County Fair has announced the Call for Entries for the 10th annual poster contest. The contest is open to young artists in grades 5 – 12 who reside in Ventura County.
The theme of the 2019 Fair is “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” and will serve as the familiar guideline to the imagery.
Artwork may be created in any medium but may not include the use of glitter, metallic paint, or 3 dimensional objects attached to the artwork.
Poster designs will be judged on theme, originality, composition and skill. Entries will be accepted until the entry deadline, Friday, April 5. Entries can be brought to the Fairgrounds administration office at 10 W. Harbor Blvd. in Ventura. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8AM until 5PM. Please note Fairgrounds offices are closed daily from 12-1PM for the lunch hour.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries, First prize: $500, Second Prize: $250, Third Prize: $100. All contestants will receive 2 admission tickets for the 2019 Ventura County Fair.
The winning design will be featured on posters, souvenirs, advertisements, social media and other Fair promotions. Second and third place winners will also be used in various applications. All contest entries will be displayed in the Youth Expo at the Ventura County Fair.
The Ventura County Fair will begin its annual 12-day run Wednesday, July 31 and continue until Sunday, August 11.
Rules, deadlines and other information can be found on the Fair website, www.venturacountyfair.org. For more information about the contest call 648-3376 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please put “Poster Contest” in the subject line)
Mental Health Technician Diana Gasmi, Officer Rebecca Kofman and Officer Derek Donswyk meet with a lady in need.
The Ventura Police Department now has a full-time mental health technician embedded within the Ventura Police Patrol Task Force. The technician will be responsible for case management and outreach for the homeless population suffering from mental health issues. The effort is a partnership with Ventura County Behavioral Health and is funded through a Triage Grant.
“We are not going to arrest our way out of homelessness. Instead, we must find more innovative ways to identify and address the individual needs of our homeless residents. This new partnership between VPD and Ventura County Behavioral Health is exactly the type of innovative approach we need to address the mental health issues prevalent in our homeless population. Not only will it lead to more effective policing, it will also provide critical services and support to help our homeless get off the streets,” said Mayor Matt LaVere.
Diana Gasmi has been selected to fulfill the technician position. She is a bilingual Community Services Coordinator for Ventura County Behavioral Health, where she has been employed for the past 12 years in providing outreach and engagement to individuals with psychiatric disabilities in different regions throughout Ventura County. She has experience in psychiatric assessment, diagnostic and evaluation needs as well as the ability to provide advocacy, case management, and linkage to public benefits and appropriate community referrals.
“Partnering with Behavioral Health is a positive step in addressing the mental health of our homeless population,” said Ventura Police Commander Rick Murray.
The Patrol Task Force is engaged in what’s called restorative policing, or street outreach. This means that officers are working with chronic vagrancy offenders or displaced individuals, by uniting them with family or friends if they desire or getting them appropriate medical attention, they need to get off the streets. The mental health technician will come along side officers to assist in evaluating individuals and connecting them to resources for long term solutions.
The effort is part of the Safe and Clean Initiative which was adopted by Ventura City Council in 2011. The initiative redirects limited City resources and utilizes partnerships so that public places remain safe and clean for everyone to enjoy. The approach to Safe and Clean public places has five core elements that strive to align municipal, private philanthropy, business and non-profit resources. By mobilizing local entities, sharing data and involving key stakeholders across sectors the City of Ventura aims to retain secure public places.
Last year’s parade drew a record crowd in the thousands.
Parade entries are now being accepted for the 31st annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled on Saturday, March 16, along Main Street in downtown Ventura.
It will please prospective entrants to know that the entry process has become much easier this year. Just open the parade website and follow the simple all-online procedure to submit your entry form and pay via PayPal. Entry deadline is Thursday, March 7; only the first 100 entries will be accepted.
The County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade is presented each year by the Ventura Elks Lodge No. 1430. Last year’s parade, honoring first responders in the wake of the devastating Thomas Fire, drew a record crowd in the thousands.
The 2019 parade promises to be another heartfelt event. With the theme “Memories of the Past,” it will feature a very special grand marshal contingent: an esteemed lineup of past grand marshals led by the one and only Jim Monahan. A longtime and much revered civic leader including on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Monahan stepped down this year after 41 years as a Ventura City Council member.
For more information on the parade and to enter, visit venturastpatricksdayparade.com.
If you have any entry questions, call Elks Club chair Lance Baird at 805-415-2053; parade committee member Dan McGrath at 805-231-2779; or parade committee member Aaron Gaston at 805-340-8217.
The dome is a gathering place at River Haven.
by Jill Forman
Young adults swarmed over the skeleton of the large geodesic dome in the center of River Haven. A lift was lowering a giant canvas covering. Outside and inside the dome Turning Point staff, volunteers, reporters, residents (and dogs) gave advice, took pictures and helped pull on the new cover which was stiff and hard to unfurl and place. Overhead, a drone recorded the event. It was quite a scene.
Thanks to a grant from the Kenrose Kitchen Table Fund, River Haven is getting some much-needed upgrades: the new dome cover, solar panels for each residence with small individual refrigerators, and stoves for the Community Dome. Residents are grateful; the refurbished dome will be “…warmer, cleaner, and collect less dust.” And the future installation of solar panels will allow them to have better lights and their own refrigerators. At the moment they have solar-powered lanterns, and cold food can only be stored in four refrigerators in the large dome. The new stoves in the dome will replace a “camp stove” that has been shared by the 20-22 residents.
In addition to the food storage and preparation, the dome has multiple couches, chairs, desks and shelves. It is a gathering place with room for everyone, so making it more comfortable and efficient will be a welcome improvement. New windows make it much lighter and more cheerful, and the windows are easily replaceable.
“This is exciting,” said a resident.
Many of the volunteers have on t-shirts that say “Service Above Self.” This is Rotaract, a group associated with Rotary; they are young professionals – teachers, real estate agents, engineers, sales executives, bankers – who are a service arm of the organization. At one moment, they were indeed “Above,” many of them climbing all over the dome and adjusting the new exterior. First they had to spend a good hour talking out screws and other devices fastening the old cover to the foundation and door frames.
Students from Ventura College’s Human Services program helped out also, as did an intern from the Solar Tech Program at Moorpark College. The intern will be coordinating the installation of the mini solar systems for the individual residences.
River Haven is a transitional living facility operated by Turning Point Foundation, which offers 14 community-based mental health programs at 11 locations. 85-91% of the residents are able to obtain permanent housing. Jason Meek, Executive Director of Turning Point, states “We are a community resources, accessible to everybody.”
The winner wins 2 tickets to RESCUECON, a convention like no other, where the human-animal bond takes center stage on February 23-24, 2019. See the Pet Page this issue for all of the details. Answer to email@example.com.
The person who found him reported that Pony Boy got along well with her older large dog and her younger small dog. He also did great with the small child (3-years old) in the house, as well as with an elderly family member. He is very friendly and loves getting petted and snuggled.
Come meet Pony Boy and make him part of your family! Ventura County Animal Services – Simi location – 670 W. Los Angeles Ave. Pony Boy A701241
Hi: I’m Honey a playful 8 years young Labrador X in need of a new home as my owner passed away and the sibling who took me in is moving out-of-state and I am not able to go too. I’m an active dog who loves to play and go on walks. I’m good with children and cats (I may chase them, but I just want to play). I’m choosy with other dogs, so I’d do best as the only dog in the home. I’ve had formal training and know some basics – come, sit, stay and I walk well on a leash. If you have room in your heart and home for me, please stop by to meet me. Canine Adoption and Rescue League C.A.R.L.CARL Adoption Center-call 644-7387 for more information.
ECTV students Sienna Shaifer, Bella Welch, Mohamad Abdulah, Josh Brook, Eleana Newton, Gina Favazzo, Claire Villegas, Jessica Llamas, Keegan Pancretz and Jacob.
Congratulations to CAPS Media producers and students from El Camino High School for winning WAVE Awards at the recent ACM conference in Long Beach. The WAVE Awards (Western Alliance Video Excellence) were presented at the recent Alliance for Community Media conference. The competition was open to residents in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico.
CAPS Media’s won for the “Thomas Fire Stories – Clark Tulberg, Thomas Aquinas College” story in the category of Community Issues. The ECTV students won three awards: “ECTV – Peace Corps and Amber Bassett” in the Educational Access category, “ECTV – Women’s Rights and Hijabs” in the Underserved Voices category and “ECTV Chicano Art and Mariachi” in the Community Event category.
This is the third year in a row that ECTV teams have won awards at the ACM Western Region conference. Students in the CAPS Media/El Camino media internship program master the skills and art of video production and digital storytelling. The ECTV topics and stories are selected, developed and produced by the El Camino team members. All of the ECTV programs are available on the CAPS Media website at capsmedia.org/videos.
Happy 2nd Birthday! CAPS RADIO KPPQ 104.1FM
Two short years ago CAPS Media launched CAPS Radio – KPPQ-104.1 FM, Ventura’s public access radio station serving the community 24×7 from the CAPS Media Center.
CAPS Radio brings together a passionate group of deejays, personalities and producers. During the past two years the station has continued to expand its voice and has become an essential part of the fabric of Ventura’s conversation and entertainment.
Listen to KPPQ throughout the county @ 104.1FM, on the myTuner app or streaming on capsmedia.org. The program schedule and information is available at capsmedia.org/radio. Share all that Ventura has to offer by joining the crew and inviting your friends to listen to KPPQ.
For those who missed the initial screenings of The Perfect Firestorm – The Thomas Fire Story in December, two additional screenings are scheduled at the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula on Saturday, March 9th at 1pm & 3pm. This is a free event, open to the public, no reservations are required. Also, in response to requests from the community, the documentary is open for viewing on the CAPS Media website homepage – capsmedia.org.
Explore the possibilities at CAPS Media. If you have an interest in community television or radio production, or are just curious, drop by the CAPS Media Center on the first Thursday of the month and learn how to become a member of CAPS and join our community of enthusiastic and engaged member/producers. A CAPS Media staff member directs a tour of the television studio and radio station, demonstrates the equipment and resources that are available, and answers questions about the benefits of becoming a CAPS Media member for only $25 per year.
Member/Producers receive hands-on instruction in videography, video editing, radio production and more. Once certified, member/producers check out CAPS Media’s video cameras, tripods, audio gear and other production equipment to record their project and craft the story they want to tell. Go to capsmedia.org for information or call 805-658-0500.
CAPS Media’s mission is to create an engaged and informed community through participation in electronic media.
∙ Have you written a book – or have been thinking about self-publishing and don’t know where to start? If so, The Breeze is presenting a self-publishing seminar on March 24. (see ad on page 24 to learn all about it).
∙ Okay, I give up – no more Trump comments by me (or cartoons by others). Readers, of course, are welcome to send in your comments about any topic. So, keep sending in those opinions. I do reserve the right to comment though on opinions, which I am doing below. As always, if you write to support Trump, please tell us why you think he is a good President.
From a reader:
I’m from out of town and visit for business every 6 weeks. While here, I enjoy reading your newspaper. Although I have no comment on the disrespectful cartoon you published (I didn’t see it) in your response to Beth Brokken, you had to add for the record that Hillary received over two million votes than President Trump. I believe a fair comparison would be to publish a map of the USA with every county and by color of the winner. You will see President Trump winning most of the country and Hillary winning the large cities. The large cities don’t speak for me and most hard working Americans. This is also true for this state and our recent elections. Very sad with the 2018 results.
Jeffrey “Putt” Mills Gavilan Hills, CA
Sheldon’s email response: Thanks for sending – will be in February 13 issue. Don’t you think whoever gets the most votes should win?
Jeff: Absolutely not. The electoral college checks the balance of the big city to rural America.
Sheldon: The Convention approved the Committee’s Electoral College proposal, with minor modifications, on September 6, 1787. How could something passed in 1787 possibly have any
application to today? The population in 1787 was under 4 million – today it is 326 million – and the flag had 13 stars. And, some historians believe that the whole purpose of the College was to keep slavery alive and well.
Using that concept, the vote of a person in Charlotte (population 860,000) means more than a vote in Ojai (population 8,000). If someone lives in New York, but moves to Georgia, their vote is now more important. It’s a ridiculous law that has absolutely no meaning today and should be removed. This isn’t 1778.
Can you imagine what would have happened if Trump had received two million more votes than Hillary and she won the election because of the Electoral College? Instead of carrying MAGA posters, Trump supporting would be carrying ATEC (abolish the electoral college) posters.
Okay if I quote Trump? “Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides – from gaining our independence to abolition of civil rights to extending the vote for women – have been led by people of faith.”
∙ From the LA Times: “Los Angeles recorded its highest level of hate crimes in a decade, with a nearly 13% increase in 2018 over the year before.”
∙ I hear some people in Ventura complaining saying this: “Well, Ventura is screwing us again and making us become part of the Clean Power Alliance without getting our approval.” Almost 40 cities, as well as unincorporated parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties have adopted it. And if you don’t want to be a part of it, all you need to do is go to their Web site and “opt out” – it’s as simple as that.
Clean Power Alliance customers will still receive their bills from Edison.
∙ 2018, on average, was the fourth hottest year around the planet since modern record-keeping began in 1880 and 2019 is predicted to be even hotter.
The hottest five years on record are, in fact, the last five years.
∙ The 1099 tax forms have an income field to add “Fishing boat proceeds”. Are fishing boat proceeds different than other income? Do any of you understand this?
∙ Want to prolong your life expectancy by more than a decade? A new study suggests that you can do just that by following these five healthy habits: Never smoke, maintain a healthy body-mass index, keep up moderate to vigorous exercise, don’t drink too much alcohol, and eat a healthy diet (and read the Ventura Breeze to keep your mind sharp).
Adhering to those five lifestyle factors at age 50, compared with not adhering to any of them, was associated with 14 additional years of life expectancy among women and 12.2 additional years among men in the study, which was recently published in the journal Circulation.
∙ Southern California Edison has submitted a wildfire mitigation plan to the California Public Utilities Commission. This was required by Senate Bill 901 passed in 2018. They plan to cut down thousands of trees in high-risk fire areas and inspect thousands of miles of power lines. The question is, will these efforts result in higher utility bills for users?
Hoping to reduce wildfire risks and increase the growth of native plants, conservation groups in the San Diego area have removed palm trees which burn like Roan candles. And their fronds are blown by high winds easily spreading fires. Removing trees is always disturbing to see but certain species just burn too easily.
∙ Apparently, members of Homo Neanderthalensis were the height of sophistication. These ancient hominins ranged across Europe and parts of Asia for more than 300,000 years while producing tools, jewelry and impressive cave art. They cared for their sick and elderly and even performed a primitive kind of dentistry without anesthesia. And, we all contain between 2-4% of Neanderthal DNA, so the next time someone calls you a Neanderthal, just say “thank you.”