Category Archives: Person to Person

Vol. 10, No. 25 – Sept 13 – Sept 26, 2017 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton

I asked 6 Ventura surfers “Where’s your favorite surf spot in Ventura?” … and it was unanimous because these are all the same spot!

Lilly Givner
age 26
works at Ventura Surf Shop
“The Cove – probably because I grew up surfing there, it’s my number 1 go to.” Lilly learned to surf at age 13 and goes out 2-3 times a week.


Luke Williams
age 20
also works at Ventura Surf Shop
“Ventura Point because it’s definitely the most consistent break in Ventura, it usually always has a wave!” Luke learned to surf at age 14 but says he didn’t get serious until 15 or 16 and he goes every other day.


John Siman
age 16 another
Ventura Surf Shop employee
“C street! It’s just really fun and the whole stretch is well rounded, it can get big and scary up on top but it’s more friendly down in the cove. My favorite is the cove.” John has been surfing since he was 11 or 12 and goes out “like every day or every other day.”


John DeSurro
age 46
General Contractor / Musician
“The Point because you can surf it at high tide or low tide and you can use a variety of boards. I’m reading a book right now that names Ventura as one of the best surfing spots, it was the choice spot in the 60’s when I lived off Pierpont.” John’s daughter, Rhea goes out with her dad and rides on the nose of his board.

Maddie Maple
age 29
Middle School Teacher
“C Street by and large! I mostly come here for the people, I used to surf another spot because it’s closer to me but the people weren’t quite as welcoming. I tell people I chase the welcome not the wave, it’s a lot more fun to be here!” Maddie started surfing “off and on” at age 15 but now comes out “usually every day, we’re here a lot.”

Nicole Tenorio
age 44
Single Mom of 3 – does everything!
“C Street! The break is the best, you can almost always catch a wave, even when it’s flat it usually picks up and it’s a long ride!” Nicole has been surfing for 20 years but only gets out a couple times a month. She’s trying to get her 6-year-old son out there with her…

Vol. 10, No. 24 – Aug 30 – Sept 12, 2017 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton

I asked 6 Ventura residents familiar with the old Harbor Village entrance what they think of the new design …

Holly Hancock
age 61
retired manager at Target
“I don’t like it! I loved the stage and the grassy area, it was a good avenue to welcome people into the harbor. This just doesn’t “pop” – they were supposed to spray wash the ground with a blue resin. If you see the pictorial of how it was supposed to be, this doesn’t do it justice. At least plant King palms instead of these cheap ones!”

Havana Snyder
age 20
works at “Lost in Socks” in the harbor
“I think it’s really, really nice! It makes a big difference; all the improvements are bringing people in but it also helps that there’s no more construction!”


Chuck Russell
age 82
retired from television
“I think it looks really nice but I think they had to do it because of laws regarding the handicapped for entries and that type of thing. I think that’s why they did concrete work.”


Matthew Ficarelli
age 19
works at Copa Cubana in the harbor
“I think it brings more people in and makes it more accessible to the restaurants and shops. I like the decorations in the flooring, it’s more thematic for the area we’re in.”


David Wheat
age 65
retired handy man
“I’m disappointed because they played it off as some big beautification project and it’s fallen far short. Both my wife and I think it was a waste of money … and the amount of time it took!”


Cindy Cook
age 57
health program representative
“I really like the island layout but I miss the grass and the bandstand! It was welcoming to see people gathered around the live music on a beautiful afternoon. I do think this stuff (the kelp) will look much nicer with Christmas ornaments hung on it!”

Vol. 10, No. 23 – Aug 16 – Aug 29, 2017 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton

What’s Your Favorite Thing at the Fair?

Irene Vagi
age 52 with daughter Tatiana Vagi age 28
“The art and the animals, it’s different every year. You get to look at what people in your community are capable of, and of course those baby pigs!”



Alexa Garner
age 30
“The animals! All the animals! My best friend’s niece just won Grand Champion for her pig named Leo” (after Uncle Leo’s Little Red Barn?)



Michael Reed
age 64
“Besides the beer? I always like to look at the landscaping and it’s a tradition to ride the Ferris wheel – I love it! That’s why I come to the fair, to ride the Ferris wheel.”



Shannon Culligan
age 58 with Jordyn Hill age 23
“Ventura Cattlemen’s Sorority! We have an event that’s all about the cows and horses, they are numbered from 0 – 9 and we must sort them in less than 60 seconds.” Shannon’s been doing this for seven years.


Keith Moore
age 42 with sons Tyson 17 and Taite 13
“My favorite part is going home! Nah, people watching I guess and getting dressed up to go with my wife and family. This is about as dressed up as I get.”



Byron Gin
age 58 with Patty Jenkins age 52
“The fish tacos from Palapa, this is our second time! They are healthy, tasty, generous and easy to eat. We like to mix the hot and mild sauces. We also like the polish dogs and kettle corn.”

Vol. 10, No. 22 – Aug 2 – Aug 15, 2017 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton

Do you think medical marijuana businesses should be allowed in the City of Ventura?

William “Bill” Moran
age 54
Real Estate Sales and Finance
“That’s such a hot topic – in general, I’m opposed to the legalization of marijuana, it’s an intoxicating drug that we don’t need. We’re lowering our standards and losing the difference between right and wrong, everything’s becoming tolerable – we’re living in a moral abyss.”

Jill Guertner
age 53
“I never thought I’d say this but, yes for some it’s a necessity for medical relief. I have personal experience with someone who needs this for chronic pain and sleep issues, it’s the only thing that’s worked.”

Trevor Morgan
age 22
works at Salzer’s Records
“Good question, I think it should be allowed and here’s why – residents have been very hesitant to have legal marijuana in the City due to an increase in crime that it might bring, that’s a short-sided view and the bigger picture isn’t being seen.”

Jonell McLain
age 71
Real Estate Broker
“Absolutely! I think it’s a proven fact that it’s safer than most of the pharmaceuticals, it’s the will of the people (to make it legal) and politics that keeps it away. I don’t believe it’s a gateway drug and it should be regulated like alcohol. Not to mention the tax revenues!”

Mattie Richardson
age 35
Manager at Salzer’s Records
“I lean more toward medical marijuana for people dealing with pain management, anxiety, Parkinson’s and seizures because I’ve seen opiate addiction.”


Marc Abbink
age 54 Actor
“I don’t think so, even though I think medical marijuana has its purpose, I don’t think dispensaries would be a good thing to have in Ventura. I think it would have a criminal element and attract a lot of undesirables to our city.”

Vol. 10, No. 21 – July 19 – Aug 1, 2017 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton

I asked vacationers “why are you vacationing in Ventura?”
Asked at the Crowne Plaza.

Renuka Narayan
age 56
from San Francisco vacationing with her sister Karen Ratlen age 50 (originally from the Fiji Islands)
“My sister hasn’t been to Ventura and Ventura’s really nice, especially the surf today. There are picturesque sunsets, the ocean, we like to swim and watch the surfers.” (And to read the Breeze of course)

Debbie Asadurian
age 62
from Moorpark vacationing with her grandkids Carl and Audrian
“We come up here because it’s so nice! We have the pier, the beach, the pool and all the great food!”


Kelly Miller and Dan Miller
both age 57 from Bakersfield
“To escape the heat, we like to take a week and relax, fish, walk the dog on the beach and shop in the Harbor”



Ginger Plumley
soon to be 15 from Redding, Ca.
vacationing with her grandmother and friends
“I just love the beach and coming here, everyone’s so nice! The weather here is much nicer and the ocean is my favorite!”


Tom and June Hartnell
both age 52
from Hawthorne vacationing in Ventura celebrating their 30th anniversary!
“We like it here because it’s right on the beach, nice views, nice breeze and we love looking at the ocean!” Romantic indeed! Happy Anniversary to The Hartnells!


Brandon Bailey
age 42
from Harrisburg, Pa. vacationing with Beth Seitz age 33 and Parker Seitz age 14
“Brandon’s here for two days on business so we figured we would stay 7 days and vacation. We plan to spend a lot of time at the beach, we love the Ventura beach and the sunny weather!”




Vol. 10, No. 20 – July 5 – July 18, 2017 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton
What type of housing do you think Ventura needs –
affordable or executive?

Connie Colloizo
age 51
Office manager for Dr. Faulstich D.D.S.
“Affordable housing! Prices are going up and that way everyone can afford their own home.”



Sally Campbell
age 68
Business owner at Spa Warehouse
“I think we need more executive type beach houses or apartments. Ventura is known for all the upscale restaurants, attractions and (of course) the beautiful beaches – perhaps people from the movie industry or young dynamic executive families would move here.”


Jessica McGuire
age 27
Does billing for The Trade Desk
“I don’t think Ventura needs either, I think we have plenty of both. I don’t qualify for low income and yet I don’t make enough to own an executive home – what about the middle class?”


Louie Luna
age 60
“I’d say the majority of people would say affordable housing, but I think they should still offer executive (expensive) homes. There is a difference between affordable and low-income housing. I think it’s a balance and I don’t think Ventura meets the balance.”


Bon Wakam
age 58
Business Broker
“I think we need both, but to attract a lot of big companies we need to have housing for the executives to live in and there is more of a shortage of executive housing.”


Dennis Stevenson
age 61
Construction Contractor
“They both have merit – low income housing allows more people to get into the housing market, but executive housing would bring wealthier people and with them they would bring commerce and jobs’”


Vol. 10, No. 18 – June 7 – June 20, 2017 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton

I asked 6 Ventura resident dads:
What’s your favorite way to spend Father’s Day?

Scott Brown
age 59
Navy engineer
“Hanging with my son Adam, we’ll probably go fly Adam’s drone.”
Scott is dad to 17-year-old Adam.


Alan Nelson
age 43
Environmental consultant
“I love starting off with breakfast with my wife Marie and the kids, and then hopefully a barbeque in the afternoon.”
Alan is dad to 10-year-old son Tyler and 7-year-old daughter Janelle.


Bret Klopfenstein
age 35
Teacher with the VUSD
“Hopefully be at the beach with friends. I also enjoy playing with my son, his favorite is Legos and he’s really good.”
Bret is dad to 2-year-old son Bo and he and his wife are expecting!


Phil Youker
age 73
Retired computer systems analyst
“I like to spend it with my grandkids, but I also like to watch the U.S. Open – that’s golf you know. The final round is always on Father’s Day, so I record it and watch it later.”
Phil is dad to 2 and granddad to 5.

David Potter
age 43
Operations Manager for FedEx
“I like to go out to eat, probably Wood Ranch – food and drink, relax and NOT work! With all the family, of course!”
David is dad to 21-year-old twin boys Nathan and Collin.


Jim McCurdy
age 66
works for Terry Berries
“I’ll spend the day with my grandson doing whatever he wants to do. He’s 2, he likes playing with trains and he loves to swim!”
Jim is dad to 1 son, 1 daughter and 1 (very lucky) grandson.


Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 – June 6, 2017 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton

How long have you lived in Ventura and why did you move here?

Dorrie Aguino
age 58
Retired from an accounting firm
“We moved here after the Northridge earthquake and it’s the best thing that ever happened to us! Ventura is the best town and has good schools too!”


Mike McBain
age 74
CEO – McBain Managerial Accounting
“I moved here in 1977 from Los Angeles because I like it better than L.A… Ventura has the beautiful ocean, the pier, the marina, the hillsides and not too much traffic.”


Kerry Anderson
age 52
Court Reporter turned Homemaker
“It’s been about 31 years since I moved here from New York, because at the time my family was here … apparently, I love it!”


Carol Reeves
age 66
“I’ve lived in Ventura for 35 years, we moved here because of my husband’s work-he’s a civil engineer. It’s beautiful here, we love it! The weather’s perfect and … the house is paid off!”


Jonathan Kennedy
age 37
Horse Trainer
“I’ve lived here 4 years because my wife had a home here (we just got married 2 years ago). I moved from Sacramento and I consider this a nice beach town, it’s not pretentious but very laid back.”


Chris Michaud
age 26
Business owner at Ubreakifix
“I’ve lived in Ventura since 2001, my family moved here because of my dad, he works for Raytheon. I’ve stayed because this is the best place ever-sunniest city .”

Vol. 10, No. 16 – May 10 – May 23, 2017 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton

I asked 6 Ventura resident moms:
What’s your favorite way to spend Mother’s Day?

Joy Matthews
age 67
“With my family, we have nurses, fireman and cops so their schedules are all different and some are out of state. It’s just so nice to get everyone together.”
Joy is mom to 4 children and grandmother to 10

Erin Glynn
age 43
Works at On Duty a local family owned business
“We always go to lunch or dinner together, we’re boring like that because we see each other every day – we work together!”
Erin is mom to 15-year-old Bryce


Jessica Meramble
age 32
Dietician at CMH
“A day at the beach with family, the weather is perfect here and Kennedy loves to play in the sand and dig holes.”
Jessica is mom to 22-month-old Kennedy


Claire Rauley
age 48
Economics teacher at Buena H.S.
“Most likely go to the beach with the kids and either walk on the beach or just hang out. I love the water and sun even more, it’s very calming. It’s my happy place, I can’t imagine moving away from it.”
Claire is the mom of 2 boys and identical twin girls


Julie Robinson
age 59
Physical Therapist with Livingston Memorial
“I like to spend it with my children they made me a mother and as they’re getting older they all have their own lives so it’s great when I get to see them all at the same time.”
Julie is mom to 2 boys and 1 girl


Joyce Weight
age 87
Retired banker
“I like to spend it with all my children and grandchildren going out to eat and relaxing, just having family time together.”
Joyce is mom to 4, grandmother to 7 and great-grandmother to 1



Vol. 10, No. 15 – April 26 – May 9, 2017 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton

What is your favorite season in Ventura?

Colleen Brubaker
age 90
Retired from Ventura County Schools

“Spring because I like green, I’m Irish and I like to see the green hills.”


Della Dowler
age 49
Business owner at The Growing Company

“Spring just because I get to put up pretty flowers.”


Mason Murrieta
age 19
Employee at Vons on Telegraph

“I would say winter because I generally like colder weather better.”


Katie Eckhart
age 29
Ventura College nursing student

“I’d probably say fall because of all the holidays that come with it, and it’s a lot of family time.”


Pete Trevino
age 75
Retired aircraft worker

“My favorite season is all four seasons, I love it here because we have the beautiful sun and some of the best people in the world.”


Stuart Goldman
age 68
Retired Dean of Brooks Institute

“I didn’t know Ventura had seasons, I come from the Midwest where we actually had seasons, here it feels like summer all year long.”