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Mission Church in Ventura receiving and distributing supplies

Mission Church in Ventura is now open as a resource center,receiving and distributing collected supplies. If you are in need, please come to 2875 Elba St. and volunteers will be ready to help you. The resource center will be open daily 10am-8pm.

“We are heartbroken for people in our county that have experienced loss due to the Thomas fire. With the emerging needs in our community, we are grateful to be in a position to bring help and hope by meeting those needs in any way that we can.”

Mission is now receiving donations, distributing donations and asking for volunteers during the hours of 10am-8pm daily.

Ventura County Library closures and extended hours

The Ventura County Library has been tremendously impacted by the ongoing Thomas Fire that continues to burn in Ventura County, CA.  Several library branches are closed due to mandatory evacuations, power outages, fire danger, inaccessible or unsafe travel routes to and from facilities, unavailable staffing, and air quality.  No library facilities have been burned or damaged at this point, but some County Library employees have lost homes.

We have expanded hours of operation at many of the Ventura County Library branches that are not impacted by the fire, so that residents who have lost homes can have access to computers and the Internet.  The Library also sent its Mobile Education Van to the Red Cross Evacuation Shelter at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, where Library staff are holding story times and providing other basic library services.  Please see attached photos of Senior City Librarian Irma Morales holding story time at the evacuation shelter at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

 The Ventura County Library is also in discussions with other Ventura County Agencies to lend support as needed, including serving as drop-in information centers where affected citizens can go for information and assistance, and continuing to provide access to computers and the Internet.   Library staff will be trained to answer basic FAQs from across the County Agencies, including referring people to the appropriate County resources.

 It is a difficult time in Ventura County, but through this tragic situation it has come to light that our public libraries and staff remain a vital and relevant part of the communities we serve.  Thank you to all of you who have reached out with good thoughts and support during this time.

Nancy Schram
Deputy Library Director
Ventura County Library System

Ventura City Fire Department respond to fire and extinguish in seventeen minutes

On Oct.5, at 9:22pm Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke and fire in a residential home in the 200 Block of N Ventura Ave.  Upon arrival fire crews found a fire burning underneath of a raised foundation house and extending into the interior of the home.  Firefighters extinguished the fire seventeen minutes after arrival. The home, which had burned a year earlier, was unoccupied at the time of the fire.  The cause of the fire is suspicious and remains under investigation.  No firefighters were injured as a result of this incident.

“From the Peace Corps to the Port” at Museum of Ventura County Sept. 12

“From the Peace Corps to the Port” is topic of September speaker series hosted by the Museum of Ventura County

Keynote speaker Will Berg, Port Hueneme City Council member, will present “From the Peace Corps to the Port” at the Sept. 12 “Speaking Of Ventura County” lecture series, 1–2:30 p.m., at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main Street, Ventura. Berg will share the fascinating history of Richard Bard’s vision to build a port to serve the citizens of Ventura County, the port’s growth and its current position as one of America’s top ports for fresh fruit.

Berg is the former Director of Marketing and Public Information at the Port of Hueneme Oxnard Harbor District. A sitting member of the District Export Council’s Leadership Task Force of Southern California, a federal appointment, Berg serves many community organizations, including Cal State University Channel Islands Business Advisory Council and the university’s International Affairs Advisory Board, Outreach Committee of the Ventura County Workforce Development Board, the Ventura College Business Division Advisory Board and the Land Use and Business Development Committees of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce.

Admission to the event is free for MVC members; $5 for non-members. Light refreshments provided. For more information, visit or call 805-653-0323.

The Museum’s “Speaking Of” series takes place at the Museum of Ventura County on the second Tuesday of the month, September through June. Major funding for this program is made possible in part by the City of San Buenaventura and the County of Ventura.

Results for Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit Sept. 1 DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint

The Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit scheduled a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint for September 1, 2017, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely. DUI can also affect the driver’s insurance policy and since insurance policies differ from person to person finding out how much can your insurance increase with a DUI might be a step worth looking into.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Ventura Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. Those who are found to driving under the influence may have to attend the DUI Counseling Center of Illinois and face criminal charges. DUIs are not going to be taken lightly and anyone found driving in a poor state will have the law to deal with.

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. However, those who stopped at these checkpoints for a DWI or DUI check have the right to refuse when asked to take any of the Sobriety tests without consequence. It is still important to note that, if you are still stopped by the police and you have been drinking, you will need to look into getting legal counsel.

In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Ventura Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

The checkpoint was conducted at 9:00 p.m. and was located on southbound Victoria Ave south of Ralston Street. The checkpoint concluded at 2:45 a.m. and at the conclusion of the Checkpoint, the final results are as follows:

  • 662 Vehicle were screened through the Checkpoint
  • 32 Field Sobriety Examinations (FST’s) were performed
  • 1 person was arrested for DUI out of the Checkpoint
  • 1 additional person was arrested for DUI during the Saturation Patrol
  • 1 Vehicle was towed for 14601 VC (Suspended Drivers License)
  • 6 Drivers were cited for 12500(a) VC (Driving without a Drivers License)
  • 4 Drivers were cited for miscellaneous violations