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City Council to vote on proceeding with hillside 55-unit development

On Nov. 30, with a 5PM start time, the City Council will be voting on the following line items for the proposed 55-unit Regent project:

To process a Prescreen for a proposed General Plan Amendment and Specific Plan.

Review and approval of General Plan Amendment and Specific Plan Prescreen to file an application.

Authorization of consultant services related to CEQA, CIP Study, as well as contract staff for permit processing and technical review for Community Development and Public Works Departments.

General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, Tentative Map, anticipated Development Agreement, and any other associated application filings and staff analysis, including environmental review.

Determination to Modify the Existing General Plan Land Use Designation from Neighborhood Low to Specific Plan and Hillside Management Plan.

Policy Consideration Related to the Timing of Infrastructure Analysis as Part of a Residential Development on Approximately 40 Acres and Open Space with Public Access Trails on Approximately 175 Acres on an Overall Site of 215.94 Acres Located North of Hillcrest Drive, West of Hall Canyon Road, East of Lincoln Drive.


Have you wanted to run your own business?

If you don’t know where to start to own your own business of  already own a business and want to expand attend a WEV session to learn how? Learn how to make those dreams a reality with Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV). WEV is holding free, 1-hour informational sessions facilitated by Spanish Program Coordinator Leticia Sandoval in Ventura County to help determine your readiness for one of WEV’s business courses. Orientation is required to enroll in the Spanish Self-Employment Training (SSET) program.

Wednesday, December 2
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Oxnard Public Library Conference Room B, 251 South A Street Oxnard, CA 93003
Free, but RSVP required

Thursday, December 3
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Ventura County WEV Office, 290 Maple Ct. Suite #256 Ventura, CA 93003
Free, but RSVP required

Wednesday, December 9
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Ventura County WEV Office, 290 Maple Ct. Suite #256 Ventura, CA 93003
Free, but RSVP required

Spanish Self-Employment Training (SSET)
WEV offers a 4-week Basic Self-Employment Training course in Spanish, designed as an introduction to help men and women determine if they are ready to start a business.

WEV’s 12- week advanced Self-Employment Training course provides guidance on how to start, operate or expand a business. The program provides week-by-week training on topics including finances, marketing and sales, public relations and advertising, legal and insurance issues, record keeping, and how to write a business plan.

WEV has provided entrepreneurial training to nearly 4,000 women, loaned more than $2 million to local businesses, and has created an average of 300 jobs in the community each year.

Location is subject to change. To find out more information or to register for the orientation, call  456-2341 or visit the website at



BBM&D chosen to represent Camarillo association   

Camarillo Hotel & Tourism Association has selected Ventura’s BBM&D Strategic Branding, a Southern California-based marketing and design firm, to spearhead its branding and communications. BBM&D will use marketing, public relations and social media campaigns to welcome visitors to Camarillo.

“With premier shopping, beautiful venues, scenic golf courses and unique cultural experiences, Camarillo is truly a hidden gem,” said Barbara Brown, BBM&D president. “We can’t wait to work with the Camarillo Hotel & Tourism Association on showing travelers what they can experience in the city.”

“We interviewed a number of very qualified agencies,” Camarillo Visitors & Convention Bureau Executive Director Adriana Huizar said, “BBM&D impressed us with their ability to demonstrate what makes Camarillo such a fun and unique experience for visitors. We look forward to working with their talented, creative team to make Camarillo a hub for Southern California tourism and events.”

BBM&D’s services can be viewed at

Veterinary surgical hospital VetSurg opens in Ventura

business VetsurgDr. Holsworth is holding lucky Stewart the clinic dog who was rescued one day before he was to be euthanized.

Board certified veterinary surgeon, international surgical educator and active community member, Dr. Ian Gordon Holsworth BVSc MANZCVS (Surgery), Diplomate ACVS has opened VetSurg, a veterinary surgical hospital located in the heart of Ventura’s Wellness District at 2859 Loma Vista Road. Dr. Holsworth brings over 25 years of surgical experience to the hospital, and along with his highly skilled and experienced team, is focused on improving the quality of veterinary surgical care for the Tri-counties and beyond.

The members of VetSurg have years working together servicing the referral needs of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern and Los Angeles counties. The VetSurg hospital is equipped with state-of-the art surgical and imaging equipment allowing consultation, diagnostics and treatment of orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic and neurological disorders. VetSurg also provides comprehensive overnight hospitalization for surgical patients to maintain the highest quality of patient care and to ensure no patient is left unattended following their procedure.

Dr. Holsworth, an Australian expatriate, has proudly called Ventura home for the past 12 years and lives in the Ventura midtown area close to the hospital. “Our VetSurg Team is immensely talented, well-trained, qualified and devoted to the health and well-being of our patients,” stated Dr. Ian Gordon Holsworth. “We have dedicated our professional lives to restoring the health of our dog and cat patients and have built a surgical hospital where the quality of patient care will be matched by the quality of client care. We value the support from both our clients and the local veterinarians and intend to elevate the quality of veterinary surgical care available, establishing VetSurg as the surgical hospital of excellence for the Tri-county community.”

VetSurg can be reached at 850-2180,

Veterinary Health Care where Western Science meets Eastern Medicine

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Dr. Bohman has been in practice for twenty years.

by Karen Helen Szatkowski

Established in 1981, East Ventura Animal Hospital has thrived these decades, “promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and educational opportunities for their clients and employees” which is their core mission. Dr. Nancy Bohman, long with the hospital, brings her education and experience in Eastern medical therapies as an integrated option for her clients in preventative and curative veterinary care.

Dr. Nancy, with twenty years of practice, has recently been awarded the designation of Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist(CVA) and is further pursuing a certification in veterinary herbal therapies.  In acquiring the CVA designation she atteneded classes and lab work in Florida at the Chi Institute on a regular basis which demonstrates her commitment to the ancient practices.

TCVM or Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine can greatly improve the quality of life for our furry friends.  TCVM comprises acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition.  In many cases when a dog or cat is not improving on Western traditional therapy this can help.  Various ailments such as, severe arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk and back problems, skin disorders, autoimmune disease, kidney failure, seizures, cancer and inflammatory bowel disease can be helped.  Dr. Bohman evaluates each case as an individual, as the best way is to integrate both Western and Eastern medicine.

In speaking about her connection to Eastern medicine she frequently mentions the whole body and mind integration and how it applies to the higher animals as well as humans.  The Qi–pronounced Chee–can be talked about simply as “life force”.  This concept is spread across many cultures and can be understood as a central underlying principle in Eastern medicinal and psychological thought.

She and the hospital staff are in the process of developing a “quiet room” that will further enhance the acupuncture and other alternative therapies.  Illness and injury can move more easily to resolution, she believes, through calm and quiet handling.  The reason for these options  is the commitment to provide as much in the way of medical care for her clients as possible–traditional care or East and West unified in veterinary health care.

Dr. Bohman lives locally and has two children. Her husband is Paul Bohman, D.D.S., a local oral surgeon.  The family owns a black lab, tabby cat, chinchilla, hamster, fish and two horses.  She enjoys the ocean, skiing and horseback riding.

East Ventura Animal Hospital, 10225 Telephone Rd. 647-8430


BRAVO seeking nominations for eight extraordinary women

BRAVO is the annual awards luncheon of the Ventura County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-VC). To be held on Friday, April 1st, 2016 NAWBO shines the spotlight on outstanding business women of Ventura County, honoring them for their vision and perseverance, which is creating a brighter future for women business owners and women-led business ventures in our community.

NAWBO-VC is currently seeking nominations for nine local, outstanding women in the following categories:
Woman Business Owner of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award (new in 2016)
Innovator of the Year
Rising Star of the Year
Community Advocate of the Year
Education Advocate of the Year
Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year
NAWBO-VC Member of the Year
Corporate Leader/Partner of the Year (new in 2016)

“We’ve had some truly stellar women business owners and leaders nominated over the years,” stated Dr. Janis Shinkawa, President, NAWBO Ventura County and 2014 Bravo Rising Star of the Year. “We encourage nominations from throughout the county, whether the outstanding woman you know is a NAWBO member or not.”

To nominate an extraordinary woman, simply go to and click on the 17th Annual Bravo Awards found under Events. Online, fax and email submissions are being accepted through Tuesday, November 24. Nominees need not be NAWBO members.

WEV trollies around Ventura

business WEVReyna Chavez (far right) with her team of employees and Marsha Bailey (second from the right), CEO/Founder of Women’s Economic Ventures

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) recently hosted a reception and trolley tour of WEV client businesses located in downtown Ventura. The evening began at the Watermark on Main as guests mingled with local business owners who are currently enrolled in WEV’s Thrive in Five® program which focuses on the growth of existing businesses. Following the reception, guests boarded a trolley that toured local businesses through Ventura that have been assisted by WEV’s programs, including Self-Employment Training (SET) course, the WEV Loan program and Thrive in Five®.

Guests on the trolley tour were able to see firsthand the impact their support for WEV has on the community. The tour stopped to meet various WEV clients at their businesses including Julie Teron at Sauna Studio, Reyna Chavez at  Scrubs on the Run, Angela Rosales at Very Ventura Gift Shop and Gallery, and Adriana Perez at Skincare by Adriana. Each business owner shared their entrepreneurial journey and outlined how WEV’s programs have supported the startup and growth of their business.

Since 1991, WEV has served over 13,000 clients, made over $4 million in microloans, and helped start or sustain an estimated 3,000 businesses supporting more than 4,000 local jobs throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

“WEV started almost 25 years ago to fill a need,” says Marsha Bailey, WEV’s Founder and CEO “While the number of woman-owned businesses in the U.S. is growing rapidly, women often lack the training, support and capital they need to grow and thrive. WEV provides that support.”

Bailey is an advocate for female entrepreneurs on a local and national level, serving as a member of the National Women’s Business Council and as the President of the Board of Directors of the national Association of Women’s Business Centers.

For more information about supporting WEV programs, contact Danelle Mangone, Development Manager at 456-2347 or

Parts Unknown

business parts unknownParts Unknown sales lady Karen Peacock and store manager Jennifer Kildee are waiting to give you an upscale shopping experience.
Photos by Richard Lieberman

by Victoria Usher

Parts Unknown is a clothing store located at the corner of Main Street and Oak Street in the heart of downtown Ventura. It’s a store that gives its shoppers an upscale shopping experience with an attitude toward adventure, travel, leisure, sports and the great outdoors.

business parts unknown insetApparel and footwear for men and women are offered, as well as handbags and an assortment of leather accessories. The North Country, the Southwest, and the South Pacific are the three separate environments that are featured at the store venue. The vast array of both apparel and footwear are inspired by these three locales.

Some well-known brands that you can find at Parts Unknown include Brighton, Tommy Bahama, Nat Nast, Not Your Daughters jeans, Olukai, Born, Clark, Scully leather apparel and accessories, True Grit, Tori Richard and many others.

Dan Scully first opened the Ventura Parts Unknown store on the fourth of July, fourteen years ago. He and his family have been Ventura residents since 1976. Main Street was not always the desirable location for retail that it is today and so the decision was made not to open a store in Ventura. Over time, the street improved and then in 2001, Warner Brothers filmed the movie “Swordfish,” in the old Bank of Italy building. The owner then convinced Dan to open the third Parts Unknown location in that very building once the film was done shooting.

The Ventura store is the third location of their six-store Parts Unknown chain. The other stores are located in distinctive, upscale locations: Carmel, CA, Solvang, CA, Santa Fe, NM, Fredericksburg, TX, Eureka Springs, AR, and there will be a seventh store coming soon in Cambria, CA.

The Ventura Parts Unknown store is open daily. You can drop by anytime to visit their friendly and experienced staff that will assist you with all of your shopping needs from head to toe. Their phone number is 648-4654 and their website is


Ohana Pet Hospital welcomes two new vets

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Dr. Christina Tam
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Dr. Kayla Asato

Dr. Tam and Dr. Asato will provide for more care for animal patients

Ohana Pet Hospital expands its veterinary professional team, to support the health and well-being of its growing family of patients, by welcoming Dr. Christina Tam and Dr. Kayla Asato to the Ohana family. Dr. Tam will join Dr. Jennifer Kelly to serve the urgent care needs of the hospital’s existing patients while Dr. Asato will provide general practice services.

Dr. Christina Tam is a native southern Californian, originally from the San Gabriel Valley. In 2008, she graduated from the University of California–San Diego with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California–Davis in 2014. Dr. Tam enjoys running, camping, biking, traveling, and any activity that takes her outdoors and around the world.

Dr. Kayla Asato was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawai’i. In 2010, she earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California–Davis and continued her education at UC Davis Veterinary School where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2014.

“We feel blessed that this community has embraced Ohana Pet Hospital with such open arms, trusting us with their pets,” said Dr. Janis Shinkawa, Medical Director of Ohana Pet Hospital. “It is our responsibility to ensure we provide the best care and that means expanding our professional veterinary staff to accommodate growing patient needs. I am pleased that Dr. Tam and Dr. Asato are bringing their talents and compassionate care to our Ohana.”

Ohana Pet Hospital is a full-service facility, established in Ventura, California in 2012 by four women veterinarians and leaders in our community – Drs. Janis Shinkawa, Jill Muraoka-Lim, Kate Byrne and Nicci Quinn. Ohana is also an industry and community leader in “green” ideas from construction to operations. Ohana Pet Hospital is located at 4547 Telephone Road  and can be reached at 658-7387 (