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The City of Ventura Fire Department joins the Keep the Spark of Love alive for local children

The Ventura City Fire Department is proud to join fire departments of Ventura County, ABC7, and Toys for Tots for the 28th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive to Ventura County. Now through December 24, 2020, Ventura community members can bring new, unwrapped toys, books, sports equipment, or gift cards to participating drop-off locations to […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation's weekend marketplace temporarily moves to new location

The Weekend Marketplace has hosted vendors and patrons for more than three decades. Ventura College Foundation’s Weekend Marketplace will temporarily move to a new location on the Ventura College campus while solar panels are installed at its current site (East Parking Lot). The Marketplace will open at the campus’ West Parking Lot on November 28. […] Read More »

Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Cancer Center recognizes November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month

St. John’s Regional Cancer Center (SJRCC) is pleased to offer a proactive lung cancer screening program to those with a high risk of developing lung cancer, the number one most dangerous cancer for both men and women in the United States. In recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, SJRCC is urging community members to […] Read More »

A sendoff for Haole Boy

by Amy Brown In an afternoon full of smiles, tears and flowered leis, a bouquet of colorful surfboards forms a ring beyond the breaking waves—a vibrant, floating tribute to a four-legged native son of Ventura at his favorite surf spot. Haole’s Memorial Paddle Out was held at The Cove, near the pier in Ventura, and […] Read More »

Ventura childcare providers protest for state help

Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett spoke at the rally. Child care providers were joined by parents, advocates and elected officials outside the Ventura County Government Center on Saturday, October 24, to demand state leaders stop ignoring California’s child care crisis. With scores of child care businesses closing in California each week, they rallied to demand […] Read More »

Ventura City Hall lights up in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Photo by Richard Lieberman Ventura City Hall was lighted in pink every night through October to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month. City spokesperson Heather Sumagaysay said “The city of Ventura proudly recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness month. Although this year COVID-19 prevents us from holding outreach events, by lighting up City Hall, we want to continue to support […] Read More »

The Ventura Police Department announces the release of a Public Crime Map

The Ventura Police Department (VPD) and LexisNexis Risk Solutions have recently partnered to provide a new way for the community to stay informed about crime in the City of Ventura. The Ventura Police Department now has an online crime map called Community Crime Map designed to alert the public about recent crime activity in their […] Read More »

City seeking people to work on the general plan

We are seeking volunteers to serve on a committee to help develop our next General Plan for the City of Ventura (GPAC). The General Plan guides the City’s vision, goals, policies, and actions for the next 25 years! The GPAC will consist of 10-15 community representatives to collaborate and provide guidance throughout the General Plan […] Read More »

Kids & Families Together

by K&FT staff Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that has been serving foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County since 2000. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. K&FT also works with caregivers who need specialized education, support, and strategies to help raise […] Read More »

“Wall of People” demonstration for justice in Downtown Ventura

by Richard Lieberman An estimated 200 people showed up to participate in the silent Wall of People demonstration, sponsored by Justice For All Ventura County, Veterans For Peace Ventura County and Indivisible Ventura, on Saturday October 17. The protesters were there to raise awareness and advocate for “the health of our planet, the health of […] Read More »

Mayor Matt LaVere’s 2020 State of the City

The theme of this year’s State of the City is “Focus on Recovery: Rising above a Pandemic in Ventura”. We are now 6 months into this pandemic, and all of our lives have been impacted in immeasurable ways. I hear story after story of the personal ways COVID-19 has impacted so many individuals, families and […] Read More »

Tribute to Cheryl Heitmann’s many years of public service in Ventura

“I’ve been honored to have served both as Deputy Mayor and as Mayor.” by Carol Leish The City of Ventura and the County of Ventura have been improved with the dedicated service of Cheryl Heitmann for many years. She was involved with the Board of the Ventura County Community College District. She has also been […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship award winners announced

Dowell award winners with Ventura Police officers. The Ventura Police Officers’ Association (VPOA) is pleased to present three scholarships to high achieving local Ventura students as the award recipients of the 17th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. “There is no greater honor than to be in public service,” said Officer Joseph Metz, President of the […] Read More »

WEV hosting Empowerment is Priceless

WEV Trailblazer Award recipient Brenda Allison of Coast General Insurance Brokers Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is hosting the 15th annual Empowerment is Priceless fundraising event (virtually) on Thursday, October 15th from 9 – 10 a.m. This year’s spotlight is on business owners facing the challenges of COVID-19 and the public is invited to attend the […] Read More »

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Gold Ribbon Campaign raises awareness for pediatric cancer

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Gold Ribbon Honoree, Susie Perry, helped host a special birthday for the Ortiz Family as their daughter, Ximena, battled cancer. Just imagine having a child with cancer during this COVID-19 crisis–a pandemic that is leading to job loss and insecurity, financial hardship, mounting health concerns, and an overworked and exhausted health […] Read More »

Physicians for Progress: Healing the healthcare system

Dr. Leslie-Lynn Pawson at the Ventura March for Science. by Amy Brown Most people are familiar with the Hippocratic Oath for physicians, which—paraphrased—binds them to treat the sick, preserve confidentiality, and pass on medical knowledge to the doctors coming after them. Physicians for Progress, a group of about 50 doctors in Ventura County, are committed […] Read More »

City of Ventura Deputy Public Works Director Mary Joyce Ivers assumes Presidency of APWA

Mary Joyce Ivers has been involved in public works for over 27 years. On August 31, City of Ventura officials joined Deputy Public Works Director Mary Joyce Ivers in a virtual ceremony as she was sworn in as the President of the American Public Works Association (APWA). Affirmed by APWA’s more than 30,000 members, President […] Read More »

Rebecca Chandler is the new Assistant Superintendent of Business Services

Familiar face to serve as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. After a months-long competitive search, the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education has voted, 5-0, to hire VUSD’s current Chief Innovations Officer, Rebecca Chandler, as its new Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. Ms. Chandler replaces Ms. Betsy George, who resigned from her position […] Read More »

Sunflowers for Izzy

The Ventura Breeze mourns the loss of one of our family. “Izzy” was the daughter of Ana Baker and stepdaughter of Jaimie Baker both part of our wonderful staff. The following was written by her parents. It is with the greatest sorrow that we announce the passing of Isabella Mercedes Kress, our beloved daughter, sister, […] Read More »

A message from Chief Schindler

“The Ventura Police Department is committed to the sanctity of life for all persons.” Our Department has received questions from community members looking for information about the safety of our neighborhoods, our Department’s training procedures and protocols, and our response to the events taking place across our country. “The Ventura Police Department is committed to […] Read More »

What is the Ventura Council for Seniors?

The Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS), formerly the Ventura Council on Aging, formed in 1975, is designated by the Ventura City Council as the representative organization of all seniors (50 and over) in the City of Ventura. The VCS board is comprised of senior volunteers who reside in the city, along with a non-voting City […] Read More »

California Coastal Cleanup Day

Each year, California Coastal Cleanup Day welcomes more than 70,000 volunteers who pick up hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways. The 3rd Saturday of September has been California Coastal Cleanup Day since 1985! The event brings awareness to the marine litter problem and provides a way for […] Read More »

MERITO Foundation launches the new Marine Science After School Beach Camps

MERITO Foundation’s students learn about wetland habitat restoration at the Kalorama Wetland. We now know the risk of contracting coronavirus diminishes when masked gatherings occur outside (The New York Times). We also know children learn more science, care more for their environment, and are happier when learning outdoors. We are launching the Marine Science After […] Read More »

Victims tried to raise public awareness of the plight of their loved ones

Brandishing homemade signs they asked passers-by to honk their horns in support. Photo by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman Relatives of unsolved murder cases in Ventura held a demonstration and vigil on the lawn of Ventura Government Center. Among the demonstrators unsolved cases one dates to 1974. Brandishing homemade signs asking passers-by to honk their […] Read More »

Ventura resident to be featured in National Down Syndrome Society video

Estelle will appear in the bright lights. Estelle Collinge of Ventura, will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 12, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor increases sustainability with new EV charging stations

“Sustainability is a major initiative at Ventura Harbor.” Five new electric vehicle charging stations support EV drivers The Ventura Port District has installed five new SemaConnect charging stations for Ventura Harbor visitors. The new Series 6 charging stations replace a pair of charging stations previously installed at Island Packers and are open to all plug-in […] Read More »

Ventura Police officer receives MADD honor

James Dillard has worked for the Ventura Police Department for the past 5 years. Prior to his employment with VPD, James Dillard served as a Probation Officer for the Ventura County  and studied Criminal Justice at Cal State Los Angeles. James always comes to work with a positive attitude and a passion to serve his […] Read More »

Celebrating 100 years of the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters continues its mission of civic engagement. by Betsy Patterson, President, League of Women Voters of Ventura County The League of Women Voters is celebrating its 100th anniversary, having been founded after the passage of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution, granting women their right to vote.  Tennessee was the […] Read More »

Cheryl Heitmann to not seek re-election

“For the past 9 years it has been my honor to serve as a member of the Ventura City Council, including 2 years as Mayor. These 9 years have been filled with good times, joyful times, frustrating times and memorable times. These past few months of a forced slower pace have given me more time […] Read More »

Serra on the move

On July 23, the statue was removed and taken to a temporary location. The Ventura City Council voted unanimously 6-0 (with Mayor LaVere recusing himself) to remove the Father Serra statue in front of City Hall and temporarily have it stored. It most likely will eventually be moved to the courtyard at the Mission San […] Read More »

All students will learn remotely until January 2021

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously on Friday, July 17, to move to a full distance learning model for the entire Fall 2020 semester citing stability and safety as their main reasons. The Board considered input from staff, parents, and local and state officials when making this decision. This week […] Read More »

Vagabond Inn and Best Western Motel have ended their participation as homeless shelters

by Richard Lieberman The Vagabond and Best Western Hotel recently turned into homeless shelter for the vulnerable homeless population has ended its lease with Ventura County. Citing difficulty with insurance coverage, and a desire by the insurance company to end coverage of the program. Ventura County Department of Public Health took steps to slow the […] Read More »

Ventura named a bicycle-friendly city by PeopleForBikes

We’ve seen many community members rediscover a joy for cycling. The City of Ventura was honored as a top bicycle-friendly city by PeopleForBikes for its commitment to develop and improve bicycling while encouraging healthier and more sustainable transportation choices. The PlacesForBikes program ranks cities by scoring metrics such as bicycle ridership, safety, and how well […] Read More »

Black Lives Matter marches through the streets of Ventura

Demonstrators supporting Black Lives Matter marched through the streets of Ventura on Saturday, July 4, as a way of expressing their Fourth of July grievances. Hundreds of marchers gathered at Cemetery Memorial Park prior to heading to Harbor Boulevard up California Street to Main and returning to the park. Read More »

Closing of downtown Main Street to vehicles has begun

The closing of a few blocks of downtown Main Street to vehicles has commenced. This allows restaurants and stores to expand into the street. This was part of an “emergency economic development policy,” approved by the City Council. “We’re taking innovative, creative, flexible steps to show our business community that we’ll do everything within our […] Read More »

Will Father Serra statue be moved?

About 200 people attended a protest at the statue. A demonstration was held. on Saturday, June 20, to demand that the statue of Father Junipero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall be taken down on grounds that he had committed atrocities against Native Americans, including the local Chumash. Father Serra is credited with bringing […] Read More »

Ventura High School Celebrates At-Risk Graduates

Graduating students were all smiles. by Sheli Ellsworth Before COVID-19, the term “at-risk” was used to identify students that were having difficulty in school and at risk for dropping out. One out of ten California students will drop out of high school before graduating. “Out of around 2000 students, we had about 60 students who […] Read More »

Ventura high schools hold graduation event at historic city hall

by Richard Lieberman Graduation season is here, and Ventura city schools celebrated graduating seniors from local high schools, Buena High School, El Camino High School, Ventura High School, Pacific High School and Foothill Technology High School. Graduating seniors were invited to join their principal and staff at City Hall to have their names read, receive […] Read More »

Growers were quick to respond when SEEAG put out the call for produce donations

SEEAG and growers provide over 4,000 bags of fresh produce to local farm workers. Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) organized produce donations from 13 different growers to fill over 4,000 bags of fresh produce for farm workers in need. The produce was distributed weekly in April and May. Participating growers were Gill’s Onions, Houweling’s Group, […] Read More »

“Feeding the Frontline” organizers expand local food distribution events

And even Mariachi music to workers in the fields. Ventura County Latino and immigrant rights activists are taking action to support the region’s farm working families who continue to provide California residents with safe and healthy food options throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign, known as “Feeding the Frontline: Feeding our Farmworkers,” has launched a […] Read More »

Partial closing of Main St. approved by city council, but when?

The Ventura City Council has approved a package of measures designed to help businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic, including closing part of Main Street to allow restaurants and stores to expand into the street and streamlining the process for approving development permits. Both were part of an “emergency economic development policy,” approved by a […] Read More »

Teaching and Learning in a Pandemic

Going the Distance (Part 2) by Amy Brown Austin Schliecher is focused on using his time wisely during this highly unusual academic schedule. A junior at Buena High, and a Captain of the varsity basketball team, he said while adjusting to the new online learning system was rough at first, once he got into a […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award

On August 7, 2018 a ceremony was held at Ivy Lawn in honor of Sergeant Dowell’s life. The Ventura Police Officers’ Association (VPOA) is accepting applications for the 17th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships will be presented in July 2020 to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August […] Read More »

Ventura lights up to honor hospitality industry

Starting in May, the city of Ventura began to proudly light up in purple, a nighttime display designed to honor the hospitality industry and to also bring a glow of hope in these challenging times. The message is simple. Purple is the color of the hospitality industry, and tourism will be a major driver in […] Read More »

Teaching and learning in a pandemic

Anna Guerra of Ventura High takes a break from distance learning with her ukulele. Kindergarten teacher Sherry Smith finds fun activities to engage her young students online. Going the Distance- Part one of two by Amy Brown On Friday March 13th, it was announced that Ventura County schools would be closing, and just like that, […] Read More »

NAMI Ventura County event goes virtual but purpose more real than ever

In years past the Ventura County NAMIWalks drew upwards of 1,500 Ventura County residents to the Promenade. Mental illness doesn’t take a time out so neither does NAMI Ventura County. That’s why the show must go on. In this case, the show is NAMIWalks Ventura County. The 15th annual NAMIWalks is getting a big makeover […] Read More »

Reopening businesses 

by Ashley Bautista The County of Ventura has reached an important turning point for our community, County and our local economy. We have moved into Stage 2 of California’s roadmap to reopening where some lower-risk workplaces can gradually open with adaptations. This allows retail businesses to use curbside pickup or delivery to sell their goods and related manufacturing and […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System has reopened inpatient and outpatient non-emergent surgical procedures

After suspending such procedures at the onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in mid-March, Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) has followed guidance from the CDC, US Surgeon General, American College of Surgeons, the State of California and the California Hospital Association, as well as expert surgeons, anesthesiologists, infection control specialists and nurses in establishing safety […] Read More »

Stage 2 water shortage event

On May 4, the City Council moved to adopt Water Commission’s recommendation to reduce to a lower stage – declaring a Stage 2 Water Shortage Event with a 10% mandatory water conservation goal. Each year following the rainy season, Ventura Water staff evaluates the current conditions of each of the City’s water supply sources – […] Read More »

Vagabond and Best Western turned into homeless shelters during Covid-19 crisis

One client per room, no visitors permitted. Article and photos by Richard Lieberman The iconic Vagabond Motel has been transformed into a high risk shelter for the homeless population, and it’s next door neighbor Best Western Motel have been contracted by Ventura County to serve as homeless shelter during the duration of the outbreak of […] Read More »

Staci Brown is the latest member of MADD

Staci needs no introduction to readers of the Breeze. MADD would like to introduce Staci Brown; she is the latest member of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving team. Her role is that of a Program Specialist. As a Program Specialist, Staci presents three programs. One is called “The Power of Youth”. This is to speak […] Read More »

Mural honors frontline heroes

Ventura artist Andrew Rodriguez (who has been featured in the Ventura Breeze) has painted this mural in downtown Ventura. It honors frontline heroes. Photo by Bernie Goldstein Read More »

Ventura Breeze Photo Contest Winners

First place went to Michael Hoffman. The Ventura Breeze photo contest has been completed. Thanks to all who submitted their wonderful photographs. The six Breeze staff members who selected the winners had an extremely hard time with their selections because of the high quality of the submissions In the color category: Michael HoffmanTwo of his […] Read More »

The Museum of Ventura County collecting history today

The Central Coast of California offered an obvious appeal to followers of modernism. As Ventura County residents react to new policies and recommendations aimed to restrict the virus’ spread, the Museum is working to document and preserve the materials and stories that demonstrate how our county is continuing to communicate, work, commute, learn, teach, create, pray, celebrate, […] Read More »

Earth Day 2020

Christy Weir stated “There has been no better time to think globally and act locally.” by City Council Member Christy Weir Fifty years ago, in 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson had witnessed the destruction from the Santa Barbara oil spill the previous year and was committed to raising public […] Read More »

Junipero Serra statue wearing a mask

Just as it was during the Thomas Fire the Junipero Serra statue is wearing a face mask. The statue is located across from the Ventura City Hall Father Junipero Serra was the founder of nine missions including the San Buenaventura Mission in 1782. The first statue was created by John Palo-Kangas in 1936. It was […] Read More »

Student run non-profit, STEMbassadors, unites with community to make face shields

Maia Wulff and Alex Wulff working on face shields. by Thea Wulff- Foothill Technology High School Through STEMbassadors, middle and high school students from the Ventura Unified School District have been working closely with the community to manufacture and donate hundreds of 3D printed face shields to local hospitals. Under the guidance of Alex Wulff, […] Read More »

From Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett “The outpouring of generosity in our community has been inspiring.” Dear fellow Ventura County residents Today, we stand on the verge of a monumental challenge. Will we as a community effectively implement the Stay Well at Home order? Will we keep our local hospitals from becoming overloaded? Will our collective efforts be relentless […] Read More »

City of Ventura names new Communications Manager

“We are excited to welcome Heather Sumagaysay to the City of Ventura.” Following a nationwide recruitment that garnered over 132 applicants, the City of Ventura is pleased to announce the hiring of Heather Sumagaysay as its new Communications Manager. The position reports directly to the City Manager and Deputy City Manager. “We are excited to welcome Heather […] Read More »

City of Ventura closes parks and beaches in response to COVID-19

In support of the “Stay Well at Home” order, issued by the Ventura County Public Health Officer, all parks and beaches in the City of Ventura will be closed until further notice in order to support the urgent need for physical distancing during the COVID-19 emergency period. This includes the Promenade, Pier, and Wastewater Treatment Plant wildlife ponds. […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System seeks donations of COVID-19 medical supplies

As Community Memorial Health System prepares for the challenges treating a growing number of patients with Coronavirus (COVID-19), increasing demands on the health system may eventually lead to shortages of supplies and important personal protective equipment needed to protect patients, physicians, and staff. Based on current supply, projected usage, and market demand and supply availability, Community […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze photo contest winners

Michael Hoffman The Ventura Breeze photo contest has been completed. Thanks to all who submitted their wonderful photographs. The six Breeze staff members who selected the winners had an extremely hard time with their selections because of the high quality of the submissions In the color category: First place went to Michael Hoffman. Two of […] Read More »

Bartering is alive and well in Ventura (first of two parts)

The Calhoun girls modeling the homemade masks they’ve received through the group. by Mira Reverente When a friend recently added me to a new group on Facebook, I thought, “Oh no. Another group.” I couldn’t bear the thought of contributing to another toxic taxidermists’ tribe, peachy pandemic-related pack or lonely-during-lockdown singles group. But my initial […] Read More »

City of Ventura declares local health emergency in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Police Officers are prepared to respond as needed. It is with careful thought and planning that the City has declared a local Health Emergency in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The declaration allows critical services and operations to continue while reinforcing best practices identified by the CDC and County Health Officials. This declaration does not relate […] Read More »

VC Women’s Day Festival

Festival committee members, representatives of Link, Incorporated and Vision 2020 promote awareness of the women’s suffrage movement in history. by Amy Brown The recent VC Women’s Day Festival, held on International Women’s Day, was a celebration of women’s social, political and economic contributions in Ventura County and the world, according to Junemarie Justus, founder of […] Read More »

Gene Haas Foundation donates $250,000 to Ventura College Foundation to support advanced manufacturing program

Jordan Whitfield, Haas Automation, Kurt Zierhut, Haas Automation, Peter Zierhut, Haas Automation, John Clark, Ventura College lead faculty, Manufacturing Technology, Dr. Kim Hoffmans, Ventura College president and Anne Paul King, Ventura College Foundation executive director at the check donation. The Gene Haas Foundation has made a $250,000 grant award to the Ventura College Foundation to support the Advanced Manufacturing program […] Read More »

Become a guest on Our Ventura TV

Joining Sheldon Brown, Publisher of The Ventura Breeze (holding the first and latest Ventura Breeze) on the set are the show’s production team Juan Macera, Robin Sanford, Michelle Hoover, Christine Mary Bellestero and Host Sandra Siepak. Our Ventura TV is an award-winning weekly talk show series broadcast on Ventura cable channel 6 TV and also […] Read More »

Don’ts and dos on Coronavirus 

by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Some of the views expressed here are controversial. So, do ask your doctor. Don’t panic. That is always good advice. If you, like the world’s economy, operate on just-in-time inventories, and did not take advice to stock up 3 weeks ago, do not join a mob at a big-box store. […] Read More »

City of Ventura selects new Chief of Police

Darin Schindler to lead the department. After a two-month search, Ventura City Manager Alex D. McIntyre has selected Ventura Assistant Police Chief Darin Schindler to lead the department following the retirement of Chief Ken Corney who has held the position since 2009. Darin was born and raised in Ventura County and has called the City […] Read More »

Fire Safety event held with forth graders

The Ventura City Fire Department, in a collaborative effort with the Ventura Unified School District, hosted a two-day Fire Safety event on March 3rd and 4th at the Ventura City Fire Training Grounds, located at 765 S. Seaward Ave. Since 2011 together they have educated approximately 10,200 children on fire safety. Their first few classes […] Read More »

Harbor salutes sirens of the sea and new signage

“Mermaid Parade” gives lovers of the sea a chance to dress up. Channel your inner mermaid and rub fins with fellow merfolk – mermaids and mermen – as these mystical aquatic creatures take center stage at Ventura Harbor Village’s 5th Annual Mermaid Month spanning throughout the month of March with something for the entire family […] Read More »

Ventura's latest public art piece celebrated

The project features the lives of Tortilla Flats residents. by Marie Lakin The dedication of the new Tortilla Flats Legacy Mural drew a large crowd to the Museum of Ventura County on Sunday, March 1, for a look at Ventura’s latest public art piece. The project features the lives of Tortilla Flats residents displaced when […] Read More »

Coronavirus: What older adults need to know

by Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, and NCOA is taking proactive steps to share the best information we have to protect the public’s health, especially among older adults. Now is the time to stay informed and follow basic tips to protect yourself and those around you. […] Read More »

Totally Local VC to host the 4th annual Ventura County Ag Week

Ventura County Ag Week “Celebrating all that our farmers and ranchers Do.” Ventura County Ag Week is a time to reflect on the importance of Ventura County farmers and ranchers and the County’s agriculture industry. Ventura County farmers and ranchers are truly stewards of the land; they are raising more on fewer acres and competing […] Read More »

Growing Works…Growing partnerships as well as plants

Jen Rodriguez, Nursery Manager and employee Laurie Cash were hard at work at the nursery. by Jill Forman Growing Works is a non-profit wholesale nursery in Camarillo, and much more. It is a training ground for Behavioral Health clients, a partnership with Turning Point Foundation, an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to be involved, […] Read More »

CAPS Media crews win W.A.V.E. Awards at ACM

ECTV Crew Front row Ruby Intner, Jessica Llamas, and Sarah Enriquez. Back row – Hector Guerrero (El Camino Principal), Phil Taggart (ECTV Mentor), Lily Abbitt, Jacob Summer, Patrick Davidson (CAPS Media Executive Director), Olivia Roth, Matthew Bragulla, Anna Berezouskiy and Tera Shrum (El Camino Admin Assistant). CAPS Media and ECTV crews were big winners at […] Read More »

Investigator of the Year Jesus Nunez

Nunez was hired as a Police Officer Trainee in 2012. Congratulations to Detective Jesus Nunez for being selected as VPD’s 2019 Investigator of the Year! He is being recognized for his professionalism and dedication to the department and as a member of the Special Victim’s Unit. Detective Nunez was hired as a Police Officer Trainee […] Read More »

New Church of Scientology opens in Ventura 

The dedication crests an ambitious period of growth through the past decade. Riding a never-ending swell of expansion for the religion, the Church of Scientology cut the ribbon on a new Ideal Organization (Org), Saturday, February 22, along this slice of surfing paradise. The first Ideal Org devoted to Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties opened before […] Read More »

Enjoy Coffee with a Cop

A previous Coffee with a Cop brought out many police officers. The community is invited to come together with Ventura Police Officers in a friendly, informal environment to discuss community issues, build relationships and enjoy a good cup of coffee, or Italian sub, for Coffee with a Cop which will be held at Peirano’s Market […] Read More »

All businesses will remain open during the enhancement project

Painting project now underway at Ventura Harbor Village. The Ventura Port District is pleased to announce the recent ReFresh Painting Project at Ventura Harbor Village that is now underway with a scheduled completion date between eight and ten months, dependent on winter and spring weather. All businesses will remain open during the enhancement project, according […] Read More »

2020 Ventura River lawsuit information

by Council Member Christy Weir Approximately 20% of Ventura’s municipal water comes from the Ventura River. Over the past 20 years, Ventura has decreased the amount of water taken from the river. In 2014, Santa Barbara Channelkeepers, an environmental non-profit, alleged that the city’s use of the river water was unreasonable and harmful to the […] Read More »

Sculpture memorializes Miriam Schwab’s love of music

Photo by Bernie Goldstein In our last issue we had an article (and photos) regarding the bronze sculpture by Ventura artist Michael O’Kelly located in the courtyard of the Ventura College’s Performing Arts Center. The 12-foot high sculpture memorializes Miriam Schwab’s love of music and her strong belief in the import role music plays in […] Read More »

Deadly shooting in Ventura leaves one-man dead - appears gang related

Murder suspect, 24-year-old Raymond Bolanos remains in jail. On January 18, a deadly shooting occurred in the public parking structure on Harbor Blvd. and California, resulting in the death of 21-year-old Alejandro Hernandez of Ventura. This is Ventura’s first murder in 2020, and police say the motive appears to be gang related. At approximately 2:45am, […] Read More »

Bronze sculpture is by Ventura artist Michael O’Kelly

Statue honors Miriam Schwab. A memorial statue honoring local philanthropist and long-time Ventura College patron Miriam Schwab was unveiled at a ceremony on Saturday, January 25, in the courtyard of the Ventura College’s Performing Arts Center. The large crowd enjoyed music, food and sharing stories about Miriam. The 12-foot high bronze sculpture is by Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura permanent shelter now a reality

Facility will provide shelter, social services and mental health counseling. By Shirley Lorraine At long last, Ventura County’s first government-funded and led permanent, year-round homeless shelter is finally ready to open. The ARCH celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Monday, January 27. ARCH is an acronym for “All Roads Connect to Housing.” […] Read More »

Deadly shooting in Ventura leaving one man dead appears gang related

A deadly shooting occurred in the public parking structure on Harbor Blvd. next to the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel last Saturday resulting in the death of a 21 year old man. This is the first murder to happen in Ventura and police say the motive for this murder does appear to be gang related. […] Read More »

Be careful of phone scammers trying to get your information and your money

Don’t give your credit card information to someone pretending to be your grandchild. Residents are advised that phone scammers have been targeting residents impersonating Ventura Police Employees. The scammers are using a device that makes it appear to the victim that the phone call is coming from the Ventura Police business line of 805-339-4400. The […] Read More »

The donated vehicle features a mobility lift.

Ventura dignitaries were on hand to pick up the bus. Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) has donated a paratransit vehicle to the City of Ventura homeless shelter, operated by Mercy House, to facilitate mobility options for its residents. The District retired a few cutaway-style vehicles that had reached the end of their fleet service life. […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors has added two new board members: Harald Wulff and Abra Flores.

Harald Wulff and Abra Flores Wulff is a retired chemical industry executive. He served on the management board of Henkel KGaA headquartered in Dusseldorf, Germany. As the business was spun off into a self-standing entity called Cognis GmbH, he served as CEO of the new company, and became chairman of the board after it was […] Read More »

The Ventura County Family Justice Center is a welcoming community

Ribbon cutting held for Family Justice Center. Photo by Michael Gordon A Ventura Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was held for the Ventura County Family Justice Center, located at 3170 Loma Vista Rd. in Ventura. All too often, those facing violence or abuse suffer in silence as fear, confusion and lack of access discourage them […] Read More »

King Tides Project comes to Ventura

Saturday, January 10, saw the Kings Tide Project come to Ventura for a public meeting and tour of extreme tide events occurring January 10, and 11th. A crowd gathered at the Promenade to get a tour of the damage that has been done from sea level rise and the potential for more damage as ocean […] Read More »

Critical need for blood and platelet donors after the holidays

The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O […] Read More »

City of Ventura Selects Chief Building Official

Livingston comes from a family of builders. City of Ventura is pleased to announce the promotion of Building Inspection Supervisor, Ian Livingston to the position of Chief Building Official for the Community Development Department. Currently serving as the City’s Interim Building Official, Ian has worked for over 20 years in the construction industry. “Ian Livingston’s […] Read More »

County selects new public information officer

Bautista will be responsible for developing a countywide communications strategy. The County of Ventura has selected Ashley Bautista as their new Public Information Officer following the retirement of Bill Nash. The position reports to County Executive Officer Mike Powers. “Engaging with our communities and keeping the public well informed is essential in our service to […] Read More »

Helping Hands for Humans engages and inspires

The Ventura event was a huge success, creating individual care packages for the homeless. by Amy Brown A little kindness can go a long way in changing someone’s life, and the holidays are a perfect time for gratitude for what one has, and for giving back to those who aren’t as fortunate. A wonderful example […] Read More »

Looking Back at 2019

Ed and Sandy Fuller celebrated the completion of their home rebuild (first of two) after the Thomas fire devastated their neighborhood and reduced their beloved home to ashes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony by Ventura city officials was held in front of the new home and another across the street at the newly completed residence of Michael […] Read More »

Police Chief Ken Corney announces retirement

For more than three decades, Chief Corney has served our community with honor and distinction. After more than 33 years of service with the City of Ventura, Police Chief Ken Corney has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2019. In reflecting on his career, Chief Corney said that “it has been a tremendous honor to […] Read More »

Ventura Pier generously supported by the community

”2019 was a great year for our beloved Ventura Pier.” Pier into the Future, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the historic Ventura Pier is happy to share they recently presented the City of Ventura with a check for $20,000 to fund the replacement of the interpretive panels on the Pier. This generous gift was made […] Read More »

Food Share's 8th annual CAN-tree drive

On Dec. 13 and 14 Food Share’s 8th annual CAN-tree drive took place in Figueroa Plaza in Downtown. Groups donated cans and community groups built trees from the cans that were then donated to local food banks. Each CAN-tree required approximately 600-800 cans. The very tall trees are 15’0” tall, 28 layers and contain 10,000 […] Read More »

City of Ventura repurposes water for local park landscapes

City’s Urban Forestry Department’s new 4,000 gallon water truck doing its job. Over the next month, Ventura Water and Parks, Recreation, and Community Partnerships (PRCP) will work together to repurpose an estimated 200,000 gallons of water during the annual main line flushing program to irrigate City parks and trees rather than discharging water into streets […] Read More »

Ninth Annual Thanksgiving Outreach Dinner

by Jill Forman It started as a family dinner… Jeri and Joe Bendot, the residential caretakers of Community Presbyterian Church, had a Thanksgiving dinner for their family in the Fellowship Hall ten years ago. The following year, they asked their friends from the park to join them. The next year, the park folks asked their […] Read More »

Aera Energy employees team up with Ventura City staff and students to feed hungry families

VUSD students help to feed hungry families. Aera Energy teamed up with staff from the City of Ventura to put the “giving” in Thanksgiving by providing 140 families from the  City of Ventura a full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. For years the staff at the City of Ventura and students from the Ventura […] Read More »

Visit Ventura is giving away a host of generous gifts

Foto: The Elf Giveaway is something bigger than the holidays. nby Visit Ventura Tis the season to think Elf! As in Visit Ventura’s Elf Giveaway, yes. But also as in mischievous fun, lips-sealed secrets, and the magical Big Picture too. Now through Christmas Day, Visit Ventura is giving away a host of generous gifts, kindly […] Read More »

Women of Jewelia: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Necklace

Lily Tomlin (wearing the Jewelia diamond necklace), Jonell McLain, Patti Channer and Jane Fonda sharing the love. Photograph provided by Patti Channer by Maryssa Rillo When living in a culture that defines a person by what they have and what they don’t, how do we spread and share our luxuries? Jonell McLain, Ventura resident, pondered […] Read More »

City of Ventura announces $8 million settlement

Who will this money go to? The City of Ventura announces an $8 million settlement with Southern California Edison Company to resolve wildfire claims resulting from the 2017 Thomas Fire. The City of Ventura’s $8 million settlement is part of a larger settlement for a group of six public entities, including the 2017 Thomas Fire […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor announces reopening of dry boat storage

Ventura Port District has invested $61,000 towards the Dry Boat Storage Lot. Ventura Harbor’s new Dry Boat Storage has recently been resurfaced and is now open with 88 dry storage spaces which can accommodate 14 to 43- foot size boats year-round. The Ventura Port District Dry Boat Storage is located conveniently across from the harbor’s […] Read More »

Castro Family, Ventura Police & Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive

“Bringing joy to the brave junior crime fighters at VCMC.” The Ventura Police Department announces the 10th Annual Castro Family, Ventura Police and Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive. The community is invited to donate unwrapped toys or gift cards for the patients and siblings of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at […] Read More »

Buena’s Dia de los Muertos brilliantly honors the departed

Members of Buena’s football and baseball teams made an altar in honor of late teammate Patrick Graham. by Amy Brown It’s 7:00pm, on October 23 at Buena High, and a young girl with skeleton and flowered face paint runs through the crowd with her parents. They race past a giant tree—vivid with colored paper flowers […] Read More »

Ventura High School football takes W in hometown rivalry game for tenth year in a row

Ventura High players celebrating their rivalry win. by Maryssa Rillo The Ventura High School Cougars took on the Buena High School Bulldogs on Friday, October 25th at Larrabee Stadium in their annual rivalry football game. The cougars have consistently defeated the bulldogs the past nine years. After Friday night’s win with a 49-28 score, Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura Friends of the Library celebrates 50 years of service

The Rubicon’s Broadway Juniors entertained at the library. by Jill Forman “Libraries were my salvation!” That statement was made by local author and speaker Ivor Davis. In that spirit, knowing that a flourishing library system is vital to so many in the community, in 1969 a small group of Ventura citizens formed what they then […] Read More »

Ventura City Council approves water plan, huge increase anticipated

by Richard Lieberman At a recent meeting of the Ventura City Council a plan to make sewage plant output to bring wastewater to drinking level standards was approved. The council approved a $200 million plan to obtain more drinking water for the city and reduce the amount of sewage water released into the Santa Clara […] Read More »

Stop the Stigma of mental health issues

Elaine Parenti Vista Del Mar Hospital Case Manager, Mark Stadler Crisis Intervention Team and Maya Lazos Vista Del Mar Hospital Community Liaison debuted ‘Stop the Stigma’ by Carol Leish “In recognition of World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2019,” according to, Maya Lazos, Community Liaison, at, Vista del Mar-Behavioral Health Care Hospital, “we debuted the, ‘Stop […] Read More »

Local Love at its Best!

The Guy Martin Band and John Baffa will be at the CD release party. Local musicians in partnership with Totally Local VC’s Local Love Project to produce a holiday album to help California wildfire survivors. The album will feature top Ventura County musicians coming together to re-­‐imagine classic carols such as “Angels We Have Heard […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital needs volunteers and honors one

Wonderful CMH volunteers. In the inset is Trudy Cook, Gary Wilde and Mary Cathcart. Volunteer Mary Cathcart was awarded Volunteer of the Quarter at the monthly Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board meeting on October 14. Mary was honored for her dedicated service and most recently began a new service opportunity with the hospital’s GI Lab […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department welcomes five new officers

Five new City of Ventura Police Officers took the oath of office on October 3. Welcome Officer Monica Danskin, Officer Ash’lee Gray, Officer George Orozco, Officer Mariano Robles and Officer Heather Straup. Their commitment to serve and protect our community is appreciated. Read More »

Ventura Police Community Foundation Recognizes Community Heroes at 2nd Annual Event

The Board of Directors of the Ventura Police Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Heroes Among Us Award Recipients: Ken Sharp, Art Pillado, Jackie Pearce, Jim Duran, Alex Wulff and Sal Flores. These community heroes have displayed selflessness, dedication and compassion, making a positive impact in Ventura and beyond. Jackie Pearce is the […] Read More »

Cliff Walker: Firefighter on a Mission

Cliff Walker will once again push his personal limits by donning full firefighter gear at the Ventura Half-Marathon. by Mira Reverente Crossing the finish line of any race is considered a feat by many. Add some bulky gear and it’s double the challenge. Federal firefighter Cliff Walker is not new to challenges. He will once […] Read More »

Senior strategic plan information meeting held at City Hall

Teresa Penbrooke led the meeting as GreenPlay’s project manager. by Richard Lieberman A public information gathering, and engagement meeting was held recently at City Hall. The meeting conducted by GreenPlay, an organization specializing in parks, recreation and open space consulting has contracted with the city to create a strategic plan for providing senior services now […] Read More »

Neurosurgeon offers new, cutting-edge spinal implant to treat chronic pain

Dr. Dorsi continues to advance the field of neurosurgery. Millions of Americans experience chronic pain, which is a key reason so many people take medications and why addiction to painkillers and opioids is a major problem nationwide. Treatments include over the counter or prescription medications, injections and invasive spinal surgery, but many patients say these […] Read More »

Spotlight on Ventura’s Environmental Services Specialist Arriana Rabago 

“I am very passionate about protecting the environment” What do you do for your job? As an Environmental Services Specialist for the City’s Environmental Sustainability Section, I help manage our environmental outreach programs and our solid waste environmental compliance programs, and I also oversee the day-to-day responsibilities associated with managing our contracts with E.J. Harrison […] Read More »

2019 ALS Walk Hero

Dean Hartman with wife, Carolyn Hartman Martz with the “hero.” The ALS Association Golden West Chapter is proud to announce that Dean “Dino” Hartman will be the recipient of the 2019 Walk Hero Award at the 17th annual Ventura‐Santa Barbara County Walk to Defeat ALS. The award is presented to an individual who is making […] Read More »

California Travel Association kindly recognizes Visit Ventura

Leslie Snipes, Michele Foster, Marlyss Auster, Mike Laan and Michele Gilmour are proud of Ventura. California Travel Association kindly recognizes what Visit Ventura knows: we’re a special place to work Visit Ventura was kindly honored once again as a great place to work, this time by the California Travel Association (CalTravel). The California Travel Association is the united […] Read More »

"Farm Fresh Mobile Classroom," is visiting schools throughout Ventura County

Kids at Mound Elementary participated with enthusiasm in learning about many of the foods grown in the community. Photos by Bernie Goldstein As part of its new Ventura County Child Wellness Initiative, Students for Eco-Education & Agriculture (SEEAG) is hitting the road in its new “Farm Fresh Mobile Classroom,” visiting schools throughout Ventura County this […] Read More »

Ventura Police Community Outreach Specialist recognized at state and international level

Ashley Bautista selected by the International Association of Police Chiefs for the 40 Under 40 Award. Ashley Bautista has been recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the California Peace Officers’ Association for her community outreach efforts with the Ventura Police Department. Ashley is a Senior Community Outreach Specialist with the department. […] Read More »

The goal of this year's ride is to raise $1 million, with $821,945 raised so far

California Coast Classic coming to Ventura. The Arthritis Foundation’s largest fundraising ride, the 19th Annual California Coast Classic presented by Amgen, a 525-mile eight-day bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles will be rolling into Ventura on September 27. One in every four Americans is living with arthritis — that’s more than breast cancer, […] Read More »

Direct Relief Organization donates emergency vehicles to Ventura City Fire

Ventura City Fire Department receives a pickup and a sports utility vehicle. Santa Barbara based Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by emergencies, is equipping many of California’s first responder agencies to help save lives. After the devastation of the Thomas Fire and […] Read More »

Students partner with City of Ventura to improve hillside

On Tuesday, September 3rd, the City of Ventura, Councilmember Lorrie Brown, the Ventura Botanical Gardens, the Serra Cross Conservancy and California Lutheran University partnered with more than 500 college students to improve the hillside area of Grant Park which was damaged during the Thomas Fire. Steven De Fratus, Community Partnerships Supervisor coordinated the project with […] Read More »

Deputy Public Works Director elected as the President-Elect of the APWA

Ivers has been involved in public works for over 27 years. Mary Joyce Ivers, Deputy Public Works Director with the City of Ventura has been elected as the President-Elect of the American Public Works Association (APWA). Ivers will lead a 17-member Board of Directors who serve more than 30,000 public works professionals throughout North America. […] Read More »

Former VUSD teacher and assistant principal honored five years after death

Chris Prewitt, husband, and father was out training for a marathon. On the morning of April 7, 2014, Chris Prewitt, husband, and father was out training for a marathon when he was hit by a driver under the influence and passed away. Chris’ students described him as inspiring, with an ever-present smile and welcoming attitude. […] Read More »

First female Ventura Police officer graduates from Supervisory Leadership Institute

Sergeant Sarah Starr and Police Chief Ken Corney are all smiles at her graduation. The Ventura Police Department is proud to announce that Sergeant Sarah Starr graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute on August 23, 2019. She is the first female Ventura Police Officer to graduate from the 8-month leadership program. This intensive […] Read More »

“A Country Fair with Ocean Air” brings thousands to their happy place

Attendance for 2019 Fair was up from last year. The Ventura County Fair closed after another successful Fair. Celebrating the best of the best from throughout Ventura County, the 144th year closed with success. Visitors came from near and far to enjoy the 12-day Fair, July 31 through August 11. The Ventura County Fair’s mission is […] Read More »

Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere announces campaign for Ventura County Supervisor, District 1

A formal campaign kick-off event is scheduled for early September. Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere has publicly announced his candidacy for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, District 1. With deep roots in both Ventura and the Ojai Valley, an impressive record of leadership on Ventura’s City Council and a lengthy, diverse group of endorsements, Mayor […] Read More »

Neal Andrews, Ventura councilman and past mayor, dies

Andrews ran and won a seat on the city council in 2001. by Richard Lieberman Neal Andrews long term Ventura councilman and past mayor has died. Neal died on Sunday, August 4, 2019 following a protracted illness. He served his last year on the council as mayor a position he coveted. Andrews ran and won […] Read More »

Addressing homelessness in Ventura: City’s Safe & Clean Team works to address concerns

Learn more about the Safe and Clean program and how you can get involved. by Meredith Hart What is the City of Ventura doing to address homelessness? This is a frequently asked question. The City of Ventura works closely with local social service providers and the County of Ventura to support programs for long terms […] Read More »

Mirth, Merriment and Memory Making at the 144th Ventura County Fair

Thrill-seekers will enjoy this ride at the Fair. Photo by Richard Lieberman The Ventura County Fair returns July 31 – August 11 with twelve days of fun, excitement and entertainment. This year’s fair, themed “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” is a celebration of one of Ventura County’s oldest and most beloved traditions. The Fair will […] Read More »

Police Activity League honors students and supporters

Twenty-four Ventura youths were honored at awards dinner. Photo by Aaron Kajumba by Sheli Ellsworth A strong police presence is usually associated with sirens, handcuffs and arrests. But on July 12, Ventura Police along with parents, sponsors and students crowded into the Ventura Beach Marriott for pasta, pizza and plaques. “We wanted to honor everyone […] Read More »

NBA superstar James Ennis III gives back to Ventura Youth

Before Ennis was drafted to the NBA he played for Ventura High and Ventura College. by Maryssa Rillo On Saturday, July 27th, NBA superstar and Ventura local, James Ennis III, returned to his old stomping grounds and organized a basketball camp for the westside Ventura youth at the Westpark Community Center. “One of the biggest […] Read More »

CMH Auxiliary honors junior volunteer scholarship recipients

Presenting Alyssa Mendoza with the Audrey Woodburn Scholarship were CMHS Senior VP of Operations Adam Thunell, Dr. James Woodburn II, and Junior Volunteer Chair Marilyn Beal. Each year in June, the Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary honors its graduating Junior Volunteers as they finish their high school careers and prepare for their futures. On June 10, […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair poster contest winners

The winners of the Ventura County Fair poster contest were unveiled by James Lockwood on July 8 at a presentation at the fairgrounds. The theme of the fair is “A Country Fair with Ocean Air.” The design by Daríanna Vásquez, 18, of Santa Paula, earned her first place. Her work will appear on the fair’s poster […] Read More »

Community Leaders dance for their favorite charities at the 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival.

Victor Rodriguez, Yesenia Peña, Dr. Marlene Batista, Marco Aguilar, Sommer Frisk, Erika Martin, Jesus Garcia, Diana Terre and Ben Escobar. Ernesto Martinez, Salena Bracamontes, Veronica De La Cruz and Adan De La Torre are ready to dance. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) In the vein of the hit television series, “Dancing with […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens dedicates Schwab Entrance Plaza to honor Miriam Schwab

On Wednesday, July 10th, the Ventura Botanical Gardens dedicated the Schwab Entrance Plaza to honor the memory of the late Miriam Schwab and her longstanding support and philanthropy for the Garden and the Arts in Ventura. Music was performed by the Miriam and Henry Schwab Academy of Music, Ventura College. Photo by Michael Gordon Read More »

Ventura’s Safe and Clean team

Ventura’s Safe and Clean team, in collaboration with the Lift Up Your Voice to End Homelessness Project, are conducting clean ups on a regular basis in partnership with the Ventura Police Patrol Task Force, Police Cadets, and homeless individuals. Homeless individuals have been encouraged to pick up their trash and put the bags on the […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award winners

2019 Scholarship Award Winners Annika Kinnaman, Bryce Weinell and Labiba Sardar. The Ventura Police Officers’ Association (VPOA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 16th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell is the only officer […] Read More »

Activism and action on International Surfing Day

Surf instructor Anthony Corral shares a wave with Natalie Fruit at the International Surf Day event. Photo by Joshua Berman by Amy Brown The Surfrider Foundation Ventura County recently hosted a day on the beach at Surfer’s Point for the 15th annual International Surfing Day event. The focus was raising awareness of the importance of […] Read More »

Ventura Moments: We Are All So Very (Very) Lucky

Ventura is an almost implausible mix of the magical and the mundane. Photo by Bernie Goldstein by Visit Ventura. Imagine a town tousled by sea breezes, a town that drifts, well, sea breeze easy under the radar, a place where the days end with the sun slipping behind purpling islands, a place where play matters […] Read More »

School is in session with innovation

Alex Wulff is passionate about teaching advancements in media and fabrication technologies. by Amy Brown The Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) recently held its first annual LAUNCH event at the Ventura Masonic Center. The program celebrated Ventura school district educators who have spearheaded a range of successful, innovative learning opportunities for students. “With the exponential rate […] Read More »

Essay awards presented at Sunset Elementary

Dad Ryan Bernardi reading Brandon’s essay to the assembly at Sunset school. Photos by Bernie Goldstein On Tuesday, June 4, Ventura City Fire Chief David Endaya visited Sunset School to present a fire safety essay award to the winning students at an assembly at the school. He brought with him fire-fighting gear and a fire […] Read More »

Derek Pekar: A Born Competitor

There’s a great deal of respect and tough love between head coach Kory Anderson and his protege Derek Pekar. by Mira Reverente High school senior Derek Pekar had some memorable parting gifts for his alma mater, Ventura High School – two impressive finishes at the recent CIF State Championship Finals. The 18-year-old finished 8th in […] Read More »

Operation Splash celebrated completion of 11th year with Family Float Night

The aim of the program is to teach children how to become water-safe. The Ventura Aquatic Center hosted a fun event on Friday, May 31, to celebrate the completion of another successful year of Kaiser Permanente’s Operation Splash program which provides free swimming lessons for underserved youth in our community. For the past 11 years, […] Read More »

Ventura Police Officer of the Year

Detective Acquarelli is a crime fighter in every sense of the word. Congratulations to Detective Michael Acquarelli for being selected as the Office of the Year for the Ventura Police Department. He has served Ventura for 13 years. During that time, he has received the Medal of Valor for his heroic life saving actions during […] Read More »

Jeffery Lambert Director of Community Development leaves Ventura

Lamber is very happy with his new position in Oxnard. by Richard Lieberman Director of Community Development Jeffrey Lambert has left Ventura for a post with the city of Oxnard. Lambert was offered and accepted the position of Community Development Director for the City of Oxnard. He runs a department of approximately 65 people. “One […] Read More »

Riding the waves with Ventura’s Surfing Ambassadog, Haole Boy

Haole Boy shares a wave with athlete Jacob, during a recent AWOW event in Huntington Beach. Photo by Lynn Beeler by Amy Brown They say every dog has its day, and there was one day in particular that was pivotal for local pup Haole Boy, and his owners Kim and John Murphy. Haole was almost […] Read More »

Six new appointments slated for Ventura

City Manager Alex Mcintyre announces six new appointments. by Richard Lieberman Alex Mcintyre Ventura City Manager announced six new appointments to the executive staff. The appointments include assistant city manager, deputy city manager, community development director, finance and technology director, public works director, and Ventura water general manager. This past January Alex McIntyre committed to […] Read More »

Local charter school offers different place of learning

Evin Brown has been at the school since second grade. by Rebecca Wicks Ventura Charter School for Arts and Global Education is a progressive school. It’s the kind of school where students call teachers by their first name. It’s the kind of school that doesn’t just worry about how students learn, but about their emotional, […] Read More »

Award-winning innovative program provides showers for the homeless

by Jill Forman “Hygiene restores dignity and restores hope” says Deanna Handel, describing the shower component of the Ventura Health Care Agency’s program for the homeless, which is an “opportunity to extend the front door of the health care system out into the community. This is cutting edge work, a pilot program; not many communities […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village celebrates Pirates Day

Be sure to protect your jewels from these pirates. Yo ho, yo ho all ye landlubbers and buccaneers! Ventura Harbor Village is ready to hoist the flag for the 14th annual Pirates Day on Saturday, June 1, from 11:00am – 4:00pm around the theme Ahoy Me Hearties! Yo Ho! Pirates Day 2019 offers guests an […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) announces founder’s retirement and names successor

Kathy Odell is a well known Santa Barbara entrepreneur and business leader. WEV has announced that its founder and CEO, Marsha Bailey, will retire next year after 30 years at the helm. Her successor will be Kathy Odell, an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader in the region. Launched under Bailey’s leadership in 1991, WEV has […] Read More »

Community comes together for Amgen Tour of California

by Mira Reverente Wicked headwinds and the previous night’s sporadic rainfall did little to dampen the festive mood at the start of the women’s race and the finish of the men’s race at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Anna van der Breggen of Boels Dolmans Cycling Team won stage 1 of the women’s race with a […] Read More »

Bingo Night at the Rubicon Theatre

Penny Barnds and Andy Contarino have got your number. Bingo Night at the Rubicon Theatre hosted by the Grandes Dames will take place on Jun. 11, 2019 at 7 pm in the Rubicon Theatre Rehearsal Hall 1006 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001. BINGO numbers will be called out by two local celebrities. Guests will be […] Read More »

New Lighting on California Street Bridge

The new lights improve safety New pedestrian safety light poles designed by artist Michael Davis are being installed on the west side of the California Street Bridge over Highway 101 to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The improvement project moves into the much-anticipated final stage of construction with the contractor scheduled to complete the installation […] Read More »

Amgen Tour of California returns to Ventura

Stage 2 of the tour last year was just a prelude to this year’s bigger and better cycling spectacle. by Mira Reverente Expect to see a lot of fast bikes in the next few days when the 2019 Amgen Tour of California makes a comeback to our sunny, coastal city. In 2018, the tour started […] Read More »

Oscar Pena has retired

During his career at the Port District, Peña has been extremely active in the community. After serving a distinguished career with the Ventura Port District General Manager Oscar F. Peña officially retired on April 30, 2019.  Peña has been at the helm of Ventura Harbor for 20 years. The Ventura Port District employs 35 full-time employees […] Read More »

Chuck Cecil Host of the “Swinging Years” radio show has passed on at 97

Chuck Cecil at his home studio in Ventura. by Richard Lieberman Chuck Ceci,l whose radio show “The Swinging Years” had run for more than 50 years has died at age 97. He died on April 30th still broadcasting his syndicated radio show. In 1942 he briefly hosted his first radio show for a small radio […] Read More »

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

During the month of May, Ventura Police Officers will step up enforcement. The warmer weather means a lot more motorcycles will be out on the road across California, and in an attempt to minimize the need for a Motorcycle Accident Attorney, May has become Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Ventura Police Department is taking the […] Read More »

Love with a Capital “L”

Stookey has played at the Rubicon many times. His new show is “In These Times” by Amy Brown Noel Paul Stookey has been changing the world, one song and one key social concept at a time since his world-famous band Peter, Paul and Mary burst onto the folk music scene in the 1960s. The platinum-selling […] Read More »

Yolanda helped to respond to the rebuilding after the Thomas Fire

Chief Building Official to receive prestigious recognition. Yolanda Bundy, Chief Building Official City of Ventura has been selected by the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California as the Safer City Building Official of the Year because of her dedication to supporting a safer community and leadership within the building official community. In selecting Bundy they […] Read More »

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Dispatcher Megann Williams as the Dispatcher of the Year. The week of April 14-20, 2019 is recognized as “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” bringing recognition to public safety dispatchers who are a vital part of the public safety team. These very special people are the voices that assure rapid response during emergencies. They play a […] Read More »

Jim Friedman’s new perspective on serving the Ventura people

“I like seeing results and I like to make people happy whenever possible.“ by Maryssa Rillo Jim Friedman served as a member of the Ventura City Council from 1995-2002. He also served as mayor in 1998 and 1999. Now, 15 years later, Friedman is back and was reelected in 2018 to represent District 5. According to […] Read More »

18th Annual Festival of Talent showcases Ventura students, teachers and staff

Madhu Bajaj and Dr. Rice enjoyed the talents of Serena Ropersmith, Kelsa Ropersmith and Kamille Kada. by Amy Brown Talent is one of the Ventura Unified School District’s natural resources, as evidenced by this year’s much anticipated Festival of Talent event, “We Got The Beat”, on March 23rd. The show featured a range of dynamic […] Read More »

VPD helping children battling cancer

Ventura Police officers and K-9’s brought smiles to the young children. The Ventura Police Department partnered with the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and community members for an Easter Basket Drive for children battling cancer. More than 150 baskets were donated!  Baskets were delivered to children and their siblings at the Ventura County Medical Center and […] Read More »

Local Venturan awarded third highest DOD Medal

Dennis Cam Kelsch received medal for gallantry against an armed enemy. Ventura native, and 2008 graduate of Ventura High School was presented a Silver Star Medal during a ceremony at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Pooler, Georgia on April 9. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dennis Cam Kelsch, a Special Tactics operator assigned to […] Read More »

Coffee with a Cop

Photo by Michael Gordon The community came together with Ventura Police Officers in a friendly, informal environment to discuss community issues, build relationships and enjoy a good cup of coffee for Coffee with a Cop which was held at the new Starbucks located at 4722 Telephone Road, on March 14.   Read More »

YMCA Summer Camp is more than just child care

Leadership abilities that last a lifetime. The Ventura Family YMCA is gearing up for another summer filled with adventure, laughter, and enriching the lives of the Y campers, parents and staff. Summer Camp is more than just child care, Y camp creates a world of good where children find a sense of belonging, and parents […] Read More »

Surfrider volunteers: Making a wave of difference in our community

Surfrider volunteers cleaning up Ormand Beach. Photo by Vince Kinsch. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer The Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches, organizes activities, champions for policy change, and fights legal battles for our coasts. Tuesday, April 2, Surfrider’s Ventura County Chapter will be holding […] Read More »

New Social Services for Veterans added to Salvation Army Transitional Housing Facility

Senior Case Manager Jimmy Pete helps determine the eligibility of candidates for services at the facility. by Amy Brown The Salvation Army Family Service Center on Oak Street in Ventura has received a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and now has a new five bed section for transitional housing specifically for homeless […] Read More »

Ventura to host 1st Annual Walk For Kids

Hundreds of supporters are anticipated to come together in support of critically ill children and their families to help raise funds and awareness at the first-ever Ventura Walk for Kids. The fun, family-friendly 5k event aims to raise $125,000 for programs supporting families who are caring for a child with a serious injury or illness. […] Read More »

Ethan McKinley selected as Channel Islands National Park Superintendent

McKinley has more than 12 years’ experience with the National Park Service. The National Park Service has selected Ethan McKinley to serve as the next superintendent of Channel Islands National Park. McKinley has been serving as the park’s acting superintendent since July, following the June retirement of Superintendent Russell Galipeau. “Ethan is one of the […] Read More »

Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals and Irish Belle announced

Kaylie Pendleton, this year’s Irish Belle for the County Ventura St. Patrick’s with Councilmember Erik Nasarenko. Grand marshals of yesteryear will return to lead the 31st annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, on Saturday, March 16, in downtown Ventura. The parade theme is “Memories of the Past.” The contingent of grand marshals will be […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival announces 2019 Honorees

Betsy Chess is honored by Music Festival for outstanding contributions to arts and community. The Board of the Ventura Music Festival is very pleased to announce its 2019 Honorees for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts and Community. The new honorees are a prominent citizen and a prominent company, respectively: Elizabeth (Betsy) Blanchard Chess, for outstanding […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District appoints new superintendent

Dr. Rice has a proven track record of working with and for all students. The Board of Education is pleased to announce their unanimous vote to appoint Dr Roger Rice as the new Superintendent of Ventura Unified School District (VUSD). Dr Rice, who currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Student Services for the Ventura […] Read More »

There’s a new street in Ventura: James Monahan Way

Friends, councilmembers and city staff joined Jim to celebrate his new street. Former Ventura Mayor and City Councilman Jim Monahan may no longer serve on the City Council, but his legacy will now live on forever. A newly named street, James Monahan Way is at Poli Street and the City Hall parking lot as well […] Read More »

“Spread Peace and Love” mural by VCS students on display

Students had the opportunity to chat with Ventura’s Mayor Matt LaVere (he’s the bigger one). Photo by VCS parent Manjula Perera On Thursday, February 21st, 50 third graders from Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education (VCS) walked two miles to Ventura City Hall for a highly anticipated field trip. This journey was a […] Read More »

City of Ventura releases Thomas Fire after action review

Ventura is learning important lessons from the Thomas Fire. The City of Ventura has released its after action review of the Thomas Fire that analyzes the City’s immediate response and initial recovery operations for the unprecedented disaster. The goal of the 23-page report is to evaluate what was done, examine lessons learned, and identify areas […] Read More »

Project Understanding: Serving People in Need in Ventura County-Part 2

A group of volunteers is sorting Thanksgiving baskets Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Project Understanding, founded with the support of the community and many faith-based congregations has been serving Ventura County for over 40 years. Their goal of moving clients out of homelessness providing support, food, housing, and educational programs, has been […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair announces 10th annual poster contest for county youth

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 […] Read More »

Mental Health Technician paired up with Ventura Police Officers

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 […] Read More »

Entry Into the 2019 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade just got easier

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 […] Read More »

Volunteers replace community dome cover at River Haven

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 […] Read More »

A Contest for Animal Lovers

What corner in Ventura is this (hint it’s on the west side)? 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 edittor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

We made the mural to spread kindness

Third graders working on their mural “Spread Peace and Love.” Third graders of Ventura Charter School of Global Arts and Education (VCS) have been taking part in a project created by their teachers called, “Moment of Peace.” Days start with a read-aloud story or hands-on activity in the theme of teaching peace. Sometimes students greet […] Read More »

Community development director Jeff Lambert leaves Ventura for Oxnard

Lambert will start in Oxnard on February 4th. by Richard Lieberman Jeff Lambert , Community Development Manager for the past ten years is leaving Ventura to take a similar post with the City of Oxnard. As Community Development Director Lambert has managed current and future advanced planning for the city. His responsibilities for the City […] Read More »

Third year for March for Justice in Ventura

Ventura City Council members Cheryl Heitmann and Christy Weir and ex-council member Carl Morehouse were there showing support for the March for Justice. Photos by Bernie Goldstein Even though the location changed because Plaza Park was saturated with rainfall an enthusiastic crowed celebrated the women’s march. The starting point for the women’s march through downtown was […] Read More »

City of Ventura has new interim Community Development Director

David Ward has replaced Jeff Lambert as the Interim Community Development Director The City of Ventura has announced that David Ward will serve as the Interim Community Development Director effective immediately.  Ward recently served as the City’s Planning Manager and has worked for the City of Ventura for approximately 10 years. He replaces Jeff Lambert […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District appoints new superintendent

Dr Roger Rice has a distinguished career of more than 20 years of service to Ventura County youth. The Board of Education is pleased to announce their unanimous vote to appoint Dr Roger Rice as the new Superintendent of Ventura Unified School District (VUSD). Dr Rice, who currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Student […] Read More »

Temple spray painted with swastika. Incident being investigated as a hate crime.

On Jan.3, at approximately 10:30pm, a Nazi swastika was painted on both sides of the exterior sign at Temple Beth Torah located at 7620 Foothill Rd. The Ventura synagogue is the most recent local target of anti-Semitic vandalism. Temple Rabbi Lisa Hochberg told the Breeze, “Over the front door of Temple Beth Torah is a […] Read More »

Ventura has a new electricity provider how will this affect my service?

Customers can choose the level of renewable energy generation and rate option. XResidents in the city of Ventura and 31 other communities in Southern California will begin to receive electricity service from Clean Power Alliance starting in February 2019. Clean Power Alliance (CPA) is the new locally operated and controlled electricity provider in Southern California. […] Read More »

Millions face cut in SNAP Food Assistance if government shutdown continues

by Dottie Rosenbaum If the partial government shutdown that began in late December continues into February, there may not be sufficient appropriations for food assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to provide full benefits for that month. And if the shutdown continues into March, little or no benefits likely will be paid in […] Read More »

New Olivas Adobe “docent” board officers sworn in

Being installed by Marie Lakin (on the right) are Mary Thompson, Chuck Albert and Marsha Brumana On Thursday, January 10, the new Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters (referred to as docents) board officers were sworn in by Marie Lakin, City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Commissioner at Mimi’s Café at the Pacific View Mall. Attending the swearing-in […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival 25th Season expands

“The most exciting piano duo on the planet.” At a recent sponsor preview, the iconic Ventura Music Festival announced plans for an expanded silver anniversary celebration next year by bringing renowned artists year-round in addition to its regular two- week season in July. Leading off the celebration on February 9th are Anderson & Roe, lauded […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation receives $2 million donation from Helen Yunker estate

Helen always remained glamorous. The Ventura College Foundation has received a $2 million donation from the Helen Yunker estate. Honoring Yunker’s request, the donation will establish endowments for the Ventura College Music Department and the Opera and Musical Theatre program. The gift will be split evenly between the two. “Helen has been a fixture in […] Read More »

Ribbon cutting for first two homes rebuilt after the Thomas Fire

by Richard Lieberman Ed and Sandy Fuller celebrated the completion of their home rebuild after the Thomas fire devastated their neighborhood and reduced their beloved home to ashes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony by Ventura city officials was held in front of the new home and another across the street at the newly completed residence of Michael […] Read More »

New Laws for 2019

A new year will bring new laws to California. Here are a list of laws going into effect January 1, 2019 which impact motor vehicles and public safety: Temporary Paper Plates (AB 516): Authorized California dealers must place a paper plate with a number and expiration date on every vehicle they sell, whether new or […] Read More »

Re-printed from the Ventura Breeze issues 2018

After more than 20 years as an active businessman and community volunteer in Ventura, Neal Andrews was encouraged by many citizens of Ventura to run for City Council. He was elected on his first attempt in 2001. Now 16-years later he has been selected to be Ventura’s mayor by the City Council. Council member Matt […] Read More »

End of an era for Vagabond not what you thought!

Ventura will miss the iconic Vagabond. Might it return? by Richard Lieberman The Vagabond Coffee Shop will close January 1st after 52 years of continuous operations. The announcement of the closing was made by Jolene McBee 74, owner of the coffee shop in early December. Owner Albert McBee died 15 years ago and longtime customers […] Read More »

VUSD Superintendent has resigned

Creswell did apologize for his remarks. Surprising many, Ventura Unified School District Superintendent David Creswell has announced that he will resign after serving as Superintendent for only 16-months. The announcement came after several weeks of controversy surrounding a sermon that came to light that he delivered while an elder at Redeemer Baptist Church in Riverside […] Read More »

New City Council Members seated for the first time as three members depart

The new face of the City Council. Photo by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman At the last most recent city council meeting, a large crowd gathered to honor three outgoing members whose service spanned nearly seventy years. Attendees also saw Ventura history in the making as the new council members were seated. Never before in Ventura […] Read More »

Thomas Fire documentary premieres at Museum of Ventura County

by CAPS Media Over the past year, CAPS Media in collaboration with the Museum of Ventura County went into the community and spoke to many who were affected by the Thomas Fire. We interviewed over 70 people and let them share their stories. Neighbors, friends and First Responders were invited to various locations throughout the […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Flames of Compassion

Remember the Fire ~ Flames of Compassion by Karen Leslie, writer with heart The fire and brimstone atmosphere that raged through California scorched not only land but has wreaked havoc with our psyches and emotional state of being. The aftermath and collective mourning of precious lives lost, houses and earthscapes are palatable. Venturian’s memories not […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Serra Cross Park

On a beautiful Sunday, Dec.2 a dedication was held at Serra Cross Park located in Grant Park to celebrate the repairs made after the Thomas Fire destroyed the area. It featured great jazz by the Cabrillo Middle School Jazz Band and welcomes by Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere, Chief of Police Ken Corney, Fire Chief David […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Ojai Thomas Fire Reflections

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REMEMBERING ~ City Memorial Ceremony

On Monday, December 3, the City of Ventura held a ceremony in observance of the one-year anniversary of the Thomas Fire. The ceremony was held on the front steps of Ventura City Hall proceeding the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Comments were made by Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere and Fire Chief David Endaya, followed by a moment of […] Read More »

The evening included good food, good people, and good conversation

On Nov. 10, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura held 51st Annual Great Futures Gala & Auction “Havana Nights”, at the Four Points Sheraton celebrating 80 years of serving local youth. The evening included good food, good people, and good conversation, all for a good cause! Supporting your community’s youth! A cocktail reception of champagne, […] Read More »

Misconceptions about the Ventura Botanical Gardens

One day the Ventura Botanical Gardens will again look like this. by Barbara Brown Ventura Botanical Gardens, President www.venturabotanicalgardens.com Over the last few weeks since the Merewether Welcome Center opened, we’ve heard some misconceptions about the Gardens. Most of them come in the form of questions, so we thought we’d share them here: Isn’t this […] Read More »

The Mayor’s Arts Awards recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the arts

Ventura takes great pride in supporting our local arts community. On Nov.8 the Mayor’s Arts Awards were held at the Museum of Ventura County before an enthusiastic audience of several hundred. The Mayor’s Arts Awards is a collaboration of the City Manager’s Office and Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships Department. It recognizes those who have […] Read More »

A scam warning from the Ventura Police

“Yes, I can hear you just fine.” In the wake of critical incidents in Ventura County the Ventura Police Department encourages residents to be aware of scams that often follow disasters. The scammers often play on the emotions of people especially during major incidents. If you are asked to make a charitable donation, please consider […] Read More »

WE’RE HAVING A CONTEST

Who is this a photo of (hint, he has something to do with the Ventura Breeze)? First (maybe even second) correct answer receives 2 tickets to the Pompeii exhibit at the Reagan Library. Answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

“We are so excited about re-opening the Gardens”

A large gathering attended the grand opening for the Botanical Gardens. The Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) held its grand reopening on Saturday, November 3. The Gardens have been closed nearly one year since the Thomas Fire. The fire swept through the entire 109 acres of the park; very few plants were spared. Now many of […] Read More »

People are dismayed at the racism, gun violence and hate speech becoming prevalent

Many hundreds remembered the many victims of hate and re-affirmed their belief at Temple Beth Torah. Photos by Bernie Goldstein by Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller On Friday, Nov. 2, at Temple Beth Torah, prayers, songs, words of healing, and unity in response to the violence in a Pittsburgh synagogue were expressed. Ventura clergy, civic leaders and people […] Read More »

Then the mic was opened; tributes and tears flowed

Community members came together to honor Neal Andrews. Photos by Bernie Goldstein by Jill Forman “Pay Tribute to This Wonderful Man” that is how Kathy Powell, the chair of Lift up Your Voice, worded a reminder for a celebration of the career of Neal Andrews. Andrews has served on the Ventura City Council since 2001, and […] Read More »

VPD has new officers

New police officers, Chief Corney and others at the graduation ceremony. Nine new Ventura Police Officers graduated from the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center’s Academy on October 12, 2018. The recruits completed 25 weeks of instruction provided through the combined efforts of local law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice entities. The intense training […] Read More »

Susan Rungren provides update on plans for pipeline

In May 2018, Susan Rungren became Ventura Water’s Assistant General Manager. by Jennifer Tipton Susan Rungren began her career with the City of Ventura in 1999 as the Utilities Engineer for the City’s Water and Wastewater Divisions and has served as the Water Resource Manager for the last seven years. Mrs. Rungren obtained her bachelor’s […] Read More »

What the heck are pianos doing downtown?

Cast members from Rubicon’s production of Return To The Forbidden Planet and piano artists singing at a Downtown piano. The idea of putting the pianos downtown was that of Kirby Ward, Rubicon’s new Education and Outreach Director. The “Keys to Rubicon” piano project was inspired by a similar installation in Denver, CO. That installation has […] Read More »

Altrusa supports our community in many, many ways

From Altrusa Beverly Mueller, Treasurer; Sharon Knapp, President; Angel Golesorkhi, Member and Susan Leonard, Secretary (past President). Altrusa International of San Buenaventura, Inc. has been a service organization here in Ventura since 1948.  It was founded in 1917 and just celebrated 100 years. The focus of their founder, Mamie L. Bass, was literacy; however, Altrusa […] Read More »

Ventura City Council selects Alex McIntyre as new city manager

The Ventura City Council announced today that it has selected Alex McIntyre as the new City Manager of Ventura. McIntyre is scheduled to begin with the City in mid-November. He replaces Mark Watkins who left in December 2017 after five years in the City Manager position. “I believe Alex’s experience, enthusiasm and inclusive leadership style make him […] Read More »

Walk with NAMI Ventura County in the 14th Annual NAMI Ventura County Walk

The Walk is a tradition that provides an opportunity to raise awareness about mental illness. The 14th Annual NAMI Ventura County Walk – NAMI Ventura County Mental Health Hero’s Remaining Strong benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be on Saturday October 13, at the San Buenaventura State Beach Parking (near the Pier). Check […] Read More »

Serra Cross

Volunteers and professionals are helping to restore the cross. by Councilmember Christy Weir The Thomas Fire devastated our Ventura hillsides, including Serra Cross Park. All of the vegetation was burned, and signs, fence, trash cans, picnic tables, lights and sprinkler system were destroyed. The cross caught fire, but thankfully only a small section suffered major […] Read More »

Help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the eighth year in a row the Ventura City Fire Department will again join forces with firefighters across the country to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ventura City Firefighters will wear Pink Embossed T-shirts from Oct. 1st to Oct. 15th in support of this cause. The Ventura City Fire Department, and the Ventura Fire Foundation, will […] Read More »

Notice: Change Of Venue For City Council Candidates Forum

The Board of the Westside Community Council will present a forum with the candidates for the City Council from District 1, the newly created district for the Westside of Ventura. Ventura City Council candidates for District 1 are Kevin Clerici, Marco Cuevas, Irene Henry, Sofía Rubalcava The forum will be held at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N Ventura Ave […] Read More »

Mary Galbraith, a 15-year volunteer with Focus On The Masters, retires

It will take at least 3 people to replace Mary. Photo by  Donna Granata, FOTM by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “Volunteering allows me to do meaningful work that feeds my soul as well as helps the community,” said Mary Galbraith, a 15-year volunteer with Focus on the Masters (FOTM), a Ventura based non-profit that documents, preserves […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre celebrates two decades of theatre magic with an Enchanted Night

On Sept. 22, more than 200 supporters of Rubicon Theatre celebrated the company’s 20th anniversary with “A Night of Enchantment,” a sold-out gala event at the theatre and in a magical tent on Laurel Street. Presented in association with Visionary Sponsors Janet and Mark L. Goldenson and Barbara Meister guests were welcomed by forest fairies and woodland […] Read More »

Nurturing adoption, kinship and foster/resource families

Elizabeth Kimball, Board Member and past Board President presenting a proclamation from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to David and Faith Friedlander. by Jennifer Tipton Kids & Families Together is one of the county’s leading contractors providing services to children and families within Ventura County’s child welfare system. The not-for-profit organization was founded in […] Read More »

City council candidates

In our last issue we listed city council candidates but managed to leave out half of them (no, not fake news). The list on page 2 shows the new council districts that will be voting and the candidates in each district. These are some candidate forums coming up to learn more about the candidates. On […] Read More »

A Contest

What event was this booth at with Jaime Baker, Ana Baker, some guy with a grey beard and James Francis Gray greeting visitors? First 2 correct answers win 2 tickets to the Harvest Festival on Oct. 5-7 at the Fairgrounds. Answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Ventura Rebuilds

The City streamlined the rebuilding process. by City staff Signs of rebuilding are popping up in the neighborhoods impacted by the Thomas Fire. As of September 4th, 32 Thomas Fire building permits have been issued with another wave coming as 131 homes are currently in plan check review awaiting approval. In addition to the building […] Read More »

Bark Out Loud to support our K9 officers with laughter and dinner

The Ventura Police Department has five K9 teams assigned to patrol. The Ventura Police K9 Unit announces the 7th Annual Bark Out Loud Comedy Night. This adult only event will be held on Sept. 29, at 7pm at the historic Olivas Adobe located at 4200 Olivas Park Drive. The fundraiser is expected to attract nearly 300 […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital moves into new hospital 

CEO Gary K. Wilde has received the keys to the new CMH. Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) moved a significant step closer on Wednesday, Aug. 29, to opening the new Community Memorial Hospital when President and CEO Gary K. Wilde received the keys to the new Ocean Tower at Loma Vista Road and Brent Street. […] Read More »

Free eye exams (and glasses) brought to you by Rotary, Lions and The Salvation Army

Jim Deardorff OD, Rotary; Chris Brashears, Rotary, Salvation Army Advisory Board; Steve Shaw, President Downtown Lions Club; Laura Hernandez, Salvation Army; Hardeep Kataria, optometrist and Lieutenant Fabio Simoes, Salvation Army, Rotary at the eye clinic. The Ventura Rotary Club, Ventura Downtown Lions Club and the Salvation Army of Ventura have partnered to bring the community […] Read More »

Ventura’s first unique elections

What, no Jim Monahan? Why is this election different than the last 40-years? After over 4 decades Jim Monahan will not be seeking another term in the November 15 elections. Fifteen candidates will appear on the ballot to fill four city council seats plus candidates for the Ventura Unified School District board in Ventura’s first […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District announces new brand

District develops brand promising rich and varied academic programs. The Ventura Unified School District has announced its new brand and a district promise to maintain excellent schools and learning environments where all children can explore, grow, and thrive as students in a modern world and be well prepared for the future ahead of them. “’For […] Read More »

Thousands beat the heat at the Annual Ventura County Fair

Fireworks was limited to weekends this year. Some liked it some didn’t. The Ventura County Fair is proud and happy to report another successful Fair. Celebrating the diverse traditions of Ventura County, the 143rd edition, “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” closed with thousands having come out to enjoy the 12-day event, many returning for the […] Read More »

Working together to keep our students safe

“Yes mother I’m always safe crossing the street. How many times do I need to tell you?” As our students start the new school year it’s a good time to review traffic safety! The Ventura Police Department would like to remind motorists, students and parents to practice traffic safety skills when traveling to school. The […] Read More »

Sad passing of local icon, Helen Yunker

Always a lady of class and distinction. Helen had a simple philosophy: “In helping and sharing with others, you multiply your own blessings many times.” Her blessings were multiplied over and over again. One of Ventura’s premier philanthropists, arts supporters and political activists, Helen died at age 97 peacefully on July 28. Born in Chicago […] Read More »

VACE has 50-year celebration.

More than 400 attended the reunion. On Saturday, August 11th, Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE) celebrated its 50th Anniversary of providing Lifelong Learning to the community at the main campus on Valentine Road. In the past fifty years, VACE has offered adult education and training in over 150 locations throughout Ventura. More than 400 […] Read More »

Ventura Police honor 40th anniversary of officer’s death

Officers, staff, friends and family honored officer Dowell. On Monday, August 7, 1978, Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell became the only Ventura Police Officer killed in the line of duty. On August 6, four men tried to rob a businessman making a night deposit at the Bank of America on Victoria Avenue. The robbery was interrupted, […] Read More »

Storytelling and advocacy training for the homeless

Jules Plumadore and Terri Byrne, facilitators of the homeless speaker program. They are from the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. by Jill Forman An innovative speaker training event took place July 16 and 17 in our town. Homeless and previously-homeless persons attended, learning how to speak in public and advocate for themselves. These future […] Read More »

Help to raise more than $35 million for charitable causes

Enjoy the photographic exhibit of David Mirisch. Hollywood publicist David Mirisch will share stories about his five decades of working with celebrities, helping to raise more than $35 million for charitable causes, 11 a.m., Aug. 8 at the Museum of Ventura County, located at 100 E. Main. Enjoy the photographic exhibit of David and many […] Read More »

Ventura Water celebrates a New Water Wise Landscape Project

Approximately 1,100 square feet of turf replaced with water wise landscape. Ventura Water, in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Garden Group (OFG) and Ventura High School’s Greener World Action Team (GWAT), replaced approximately 1,100 square feet of turf with a water wise landscape at the corner of Main and Catalina streets. This student-led […] Read More »

ParkMobile app provides convenient way to pay for on-street parking in Downtown Ventura

Using her mobile device to pay for Downtown parking. ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the US, is partnering with the City of Ventura to allow drivers to pay for metered on-street parking spaces Downtown using their mobile devices. Beginning July 17, customers can register for free through the app […] Read More »

Tuff Sheds replace domes at River Haven

Jason Meek, Turning Point Executive Director cutting the ribbon at Tuff Shed celebration. Photos by Michael Gordon Twelve years ago, Turning Point Foundation took a group of people living along in the river bottom in tents and started them on the path to hope and the promise of better things to come: A new beginning […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Poster Contest winners announced

James Lockwood Fair Public Relations and Marketing Director congratulating the winners. Ventura County children in grades 5-12 competed in the ninth Ventura County Fair Poster Contest with entries that illustrated the Fair’s 2018 Theme: “A Country Fair with Ocean Air.” Of 59 entries, three were chosen by a panel of judges as the winners of […] Read More »

$26,250 donation set a Stonefire record

Monica White, FOODShare President & CEO accepting a large check from Stonefire Grill. On June 12 Stonefire Grill Ventura presented a check for $26,250 to FOODShare. A record amount from all of their opening donations. Stonefire Grill collects money for all of their new restaurants partnering with a local non-profit whose values and core mission […] Read More »

Contest from June 20 Issue

In our June 20 issue we had a contest that we thought would be difficult but our readers are too smart (of course). This minor league baseball team played at Seaside Park (the fairgrounds). Pro baseball in Ventura lasted from 1947 to 1955. The New York Yankees were the first sponsoring the Ventura Yankees from […] Read More »

Council to receive overview of City’s 2021 General Plan Update

On Monday, July 16th, City Council will receive an overview of the initial steps of the City’s 2021 General Plan Update from the Community Development Department covering state legislative mandates, background data collection, and the identification of opportunities and constraints. The general plan is the city’s comprehensive development framework guiding policies on land use, housing, […] Read More »

Interested in running for Ventura City Council?

Be prepared for long meetings when dealing with controversial agenda items. The Ventura City Council election is months away, but potential candidates who reside in Districts 1, 4, 5 and 6 can start getting ready for the seats up for grabs in the November election by attending a Candidate Orientation Meeting. The meetings will kick-off […] Read More »

Vista del Mar where every day matters

Carol Ramirez, Jenifer Nyhuis, Jetta Zellner and Debbie English are all smiles at the opening of the outpatient facility. by Jennifer Tipton Before that fateful night when the Thomas Fire destroyed most of the Behavioral Health Hospital located at the top of the hill on Seneca Street, Vista del Mar provided ¾ of the total […] Read More »

“You are not forgotten”

The Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County is proud to announce the hosting of the Moving Wall. Two memorials honoring fallen members of the U.S. military branches will be on display at the Ventura County Government Center. The Remembering Our Fallen photo display will be located on the Main Plaza inside the Hall of Administration, and […] Read More »

Michael O’Kelly-the man behind the mural / part 1

Michael O’ Kelly in his studio with tile of son Devin. by Jennifer Tipton Michael O’Kelly has been making art for nearly 5 decades. Growing up in South Ireland and Wales, he is half Irish and half Welsh – “pure Celtic”, he says. He comes from a family of artists, his father, great uncle and […] Read More »

What do city council district elections mean?

This Voting District Map and elections information can be found online at www.cityofventura.net. by Councilmember Christy Weir District elections mean that registered voters of a district will elect a City Councilmember from their district. The November, 2018 election will be Ventura’s first District Election process, with Districts 1 (Westside) 4, 5 and 6 (East Ventura) […] Read More »

Coffee with a Cop (donuts allowed)

This year join the cops at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. The Ventura Police Department will be hosting Coffee with a Cop at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf located at 4360 E. Main St. from 8:00 am to 10:30 am on June 26. The community is invited to come together in a friendly, informal environment […] Read More »

CONTEST

Where did this Ventura baseball team play their games? The first correct answer wins 2 tickets to the Ronald Reagan Library. Answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award Winners

Winner Philip Drescher accepting his check from VPOA board members Schuyler Heard, Mike Hibdon and Bill Griffin. The Ventura Police Officers’ Association (VPOA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 15th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. […] Read More »

Happenings at the Museum

Proceeds from this concert will go toward the purchase of a bookmobile. Live Performance Benefit and Fundraiser was a big success on Saturday May 19 at the Museum of Ventura County. The concert featured two-time Grammy Winner Laurence Juber, lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings and Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year. Juber displayed his acoustic […] Read More »

Torch Run benefits the Ventura County Special Olympics

You might get to see some of the Ventura Police Officers, K9 Officers, police volunteers and Chief Corney who gathered for this photo taken at the St. Pats Parade. On Thursday, June 7, at 8:00 am, the Ventura Police Department (VPD) will participate in the annual Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) benefiting Ventura […] Read More »

First Thomas Fire rebuild in Ventura is underway

The Fuller’s are number one. by Richard Lieberman Six months ago, the Thomas Fire raged through communities in Ventura County. Burning nearly 282,000 acres and destroying 1,063 homes and buildings. Today in our on-going series we examine the re-building process of one homeowner in the Scenic Way Dr., community. Homeowners Ed and Sandy Fuller are […] Read More »

Ventura Water’s General Manager Kevin Brown

Brown had been on the job only 2 months when the Thomas Fires erupted. by Jennifer Tipton Before becoming Ventura Water’s General Manager, Kevin Brown, now a retired Navy Captain, worked in the Pentagon as chairman of the Strategic Laydown Assessment for the Chief of Naval Operations, a nine-billion-dollar annual program. With an annual revenue […] Read More »

Rotary Club Of Ventura South holds First Annual Speech Contest for Ventura high schools

The senior winners are Jonathon Saldana, Alaina Hooks and Aspen Levitt. The Rotary Club of Ventura South conducted its first annual speech contest for Ventura high school students with the finals held on Thursday, May 17, at the Tower Club in Oxnard. At the event, the Club awarded more than $4,000 in scholarships for first […] Read More »

The Ventura Police Department, partnering with allied agencies, conducted enhanced patrols

As part of the City of Ventura’s ongoing efforts to respond to concerns from the community as well as business merchants regarding illegal behaviors in the parks and surrounding areas of the downtown corridor, 4000 block of E. Main St, and the Victoria corridor, the Ventura Police Department, partnering with allied agencies, conducted enhanced patrols […] Read More »

2018 Amgen Tour of California

On Monday morning, May 14, thousands waited anxiously for the start of Stage 2 of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California at the Ventura Pier. According to Amgen, 117 riders representing 30 countries are competing in the race. The field includes seven world champions and two current national champions. The athletes will have gone 645 […] Read More »

Summertime is Ventura County Fair time

The Ventura County Fair is Ventura County’s original Social Network, come out and connect with your neighbors, friends and families as we gather for a celebration of our great County. The Fair runs from August 1 through 12 and will feature unique exhibits, exciting contests, and entertainment, free with Fair admission. The Ventura County Fair […] Read More »

Families must feel safe in their neighborhoods

by City Council Member Christy Weir The recent killing of Anthony Mele was a tragic event that has left many of us struggling to find ways to more effectively prevent acts of violence. We have heard ideas from residents by email, social media and at City Council meetings. Our community has expressed their sadness and […] Read More »

Fox Fine Jewelry presents check to United Way

George and Debbie Fox presenting “big” check to Eric Harrison. by Jennifer Tipton Thursday May 3rd, George and Debbie Fox presented United Way of Ventura County a check for $60,900. When asked how this project came about, Debbie Fox explained, “the Thomas Fires occurred on Monday and by Thursday we decided we had to do […] Read More »

Local teacher explores homelessness through poetry

Many people think they know the reasons for homelessness. by Jill Forman Mental illness. Drugs. Laziness. High rents. Underemployment. Many people think they know the reasons for homelessness. And others know the solutions: treatment, jail, more jobs, subsidized housing, more services, fewer services. But as local teacher Brian Galetto knows, it is “Not So Simple.” […] Read More »

Reaching future Ventura Breeze readers

Ventura Police Commander Rick Murray reading to kids at the Take 5 event at police headquarters. Photo by Michael Gordon Take 5 and Read to Kids! is an annual effort by First 5 Ventura County to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood literacy. On Friday, May 4, more than 55 celebrity readers read to […] Read More »

6th Annual Water Take 1 Film Festival

Craig Jones Management Analyst and Susan Rungren Resource Manager for Ventura Water enjoying the films. by Jennifer Tipton Originally scheduled for March 22nd, Water Take 1 was postponed to April 12th due to the forecasted rain, an amusing paradox if you ask me, but Ventura Water thoughtfully stated it was “in consideration of our community’s […] Read More »

Ventura welcomes new police officers

Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney, Officer Allen and Santa Barbara Police Chief Lori Luhnew. DA Investigator Baray, Officer Rolls and Chief Corney. Five new Ventura Police Officers graduated from the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center’s Academy this month and are now in their next phase of field training! Congratulations to Officer Rolls for being […] Read More »

Tragedy strikes Ventura

A memorial has been set up on the Promenade for Anthony Mele. by Sheli Ellsworth On April 18th at 6:23pm, a 911 call reported that a homeless man was at the Ventura Promenade yelling and “being disruptive,” according to a statement issued by Ventura Police. Because all patrol cars were on other calls, the command […] Read More »

Student-driven demonstrations have been held all across the nation

Students from Ventura schools gathered on the lawn and steps at City Hall to call for gun reform. Photos by Michael Gordon Over 150 Ventura Unified School District students gathered at City Hall on April 20, to call for new gun legislation and an end to gun violence in our schools and country. The National School […] Read More »

Mayor Neal Andrew’s State of the City

Mayor Andrew’s at the Ventura Chamber’s State of the City breakfast. Photo by Dan Holmes At both the State of the City presentation made during a City Council meeting and the Ventura Chamber State of the City breakfast on March 29, at the Crowne Plaza, Mayor Neal Andrews delivered a powerful and up-lifting outlook for Ventura. […] Read More »

Santa Cruz Island suffers fire and slight earthquake

Smoke from the fire could be seen from the mainland. A fire that broke out on March 27, at about 2:30 pm on Santa Cruz Island is now fully contained. The fire, driven by moderately strong winds, grew from just 20 to 100 acres in the first three hours. The fire escaped from a prescribed […] Read More »

Fair eliminating Fair Parade and reducing the number of fireworks shows

Fair fireworks to be on weekends only. Photo by Bernie Goldstein “A Country Fair with Ocean Air,” the Ventura County Fairgrounds is well known as a great place for 12 days of fun every August, it is known for the host of events throughout the year from dog shows and car shows to swap meets and […] Read More »

Local youths stands up and speaks out

Charlotte, Hannah and Audrey are outstanding young ladies serving the community. by Jennifer Tipton Hannah Yale age 15, Charlotte Steiger age 16 and Audrey Feist age 15 attended the City Council meeting March 26th with the invitation of Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann. Heitmann along with Mayor Erik Nasarenko and Councilmember Matt LaVere planned to propose a […] Read More »

Certificate of Merit for excellence in Math and Science presented to young ladies

Several Ventura students were honored by the Society of Women Engineers. The San Buenaventura Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) honored 62 female high school juniors from Ventura County with a Certificate of Merit for excellence in Math and Science. Over 125 students, parents and teachers attended the award event held at Moorpark […] Read More »

Gun violence protests

Venturan’s at Government Center saying enough is enough. by Jennifer Tipton March 14th marked the one-month anniversary since seventeen lives were senselessly taken by a shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th. Declared “National Walkout Day”, students from 2,800 schools across the U.S. showed solidarity for the victims in […] Read More »

Tears of pride flowed in the audience

On Tuesday, March 20, family and friends gathered to celebrate the first class to graduate from Ventura County Library’s Career Online High School. Tears of pride flowed in the audience as four of the six graduates shared their stories and their plans for the future. Cheers arose from the group as each graduate, in cap […] Read More »

What does home mean to you?

There are urgent needs for homes for children and teens, especially in the cities of Oxnard and Ventura. In Ventura County there are nearly 800 children and teens in foster care, many of whom are in immediate need of a stable and loving home environment. Foster VC Kids, a program of Ventura County’s Children and […] Read More »

Visit Ventura honored

Visit Ventura has been awarded gold and silver. Visit Ventura is honored to receive gold and silver awards from Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) in the 61st annual Adrian Awards, the largest and most prestigious global travel marketing competition. Visit Ventura has been awarded gold for their “Pit-Stop Serenades to Celebrate Awesome Moms” […] Read More »

Kellogg Park Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting

Explore the park and all of its new amenities. Let’s play! The City of Ventura Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships Department is proud to announce the official Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Kellogg Park, located at the corner of Kellogg Street and Ventura Avenue, on Saturday, April 14 from 10 am-noon. Opening day festivities […] Read More »

To date 7 countries and 49 states responded by providing quilts

Volunteer Staci Brown and Kat Merrick proudly display one of the quilts available for those affected by recent tragedies. On December 4, 2017 the Thomas Fire and mudslides devastated Ventura and Montecito. Watching this devastation unfold the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild(MQG) and “superbuzzy” Fabrics & Craft Supplies Store decided to help by creating quilts for […] Read More »

A Contest

What was this building used for (hint it was the first one in Ventura County)? The first correct answer wins 2 tickets to the Ronald Reagan Library. Answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Arroyo Verde Park reopened

The peaceful green landscape of the park for all to enjoy. Photos by Michael Gordon Community members visited Arroyo Verde Park on Friday, February 16 to celebrate its partial reopening. The park, located at Foothill and Day Roads, was closed for approximately 10-weeks to ensure safe conditions for park users and repair damage due to the […] Read More »

The Salvation Army focuses on long term recovery

Volunteers that came from our community to help receive and sort donations for the fire victims.(That’s Silvia all the way on the right end) Although fully contained the Thomas Fire will have an effect on Ventura County for years to come. In addition to burning more than 300,000 acres, the blaze destroyed over 1,000 structures, […] Read More »

Valley Fever – more prevalent after Thomas Fires?

Dr. Brugman is a leading pulmonologist in Ventura. by Jennifer Tipton Native to the San Joaquin Valley (hence the name “Valley Fever”) this airborne fungal infection dates back as far as 1892 and may also be referred to as Desert Fever or Desert Rheumatism. Valley Fever is due to the coccidioides fungus which enters the […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County in the news

The Museum announces the return of its Wearable Art Fashion Show. The Museum of Ventura County and CAPS Media are coordinating with the Ventura City fire and police departments, county fire and sheriff departments, other agencies and most importantly the Ventura County public to create an historical archive of the most devastating natural tragedy in […] Read More »

Thomas Fire by the numbers

As the largest wildfire in the state’s history, the Thomas Fire generated some staggering statistics. It burned 281,893 acres (440 square miles). At its most devastating, it was being fought by an army of firefighters more than 8,000 strong. More than 1,000 structures were destroyed. And the fire’s most-sobering statistic is the 23 fatalities – […] Read More »

Offshore drilling opponents march from City Hall to Ventura Pier

The group is vehemently opposed to the proposed continuation of offshore drilling. Photo by Bernie Goldstein by Richard Lieberman CFROG (Citizens for responsible oil and gas) held a protest march in Ventura. The environmental group is working to stop the federal governments plan to open the coastline to more oil and gas drilling. Since the 1980’s […] Read More »

CalRecycle is still accepting applications

Teams of bulldozers, excavators and other heavy equipment are working throughout the Thomas Fire burn areas as CalRecycle works to clear debris. Thirty-five teams are clearing properties with an expected completion date in April. Property owners who have not signed up for the CalRecycle program, or the County’s local program, face the possibility of having their property abated by the County and the […] Read More »

Free Erosion Control and Fire-Safe Landscaping Class at Ventura College Feb. 7

Ventura Residents Are Invited to the Erosion Control and Fire-Safe Landscaping Class, Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7-9:00 pm at Ventura College’s Wright Event Center. This FREE Class will help property owners make informed decisions about erosion and sediment control implementation as well as fire-safe landscape planning post-Thomas Fire. Learn about post-fire best management practices and important factors […] Read More »

Businesses! Register for Corporate Games

Don’t have a soccer team, how about Texas Hold’em? Join thousands of employees representing more than 80 companies in this six-week business-to-business team sports competition featuring over 25 different events. Games will be held March 24 to May 5, 2018, throughout Ventura County. Register your company team online at www.venturacorporategames.org or call the Corporate Games […] Read More »

The 2018 Music Festival is on its way

Nuvi gave a short violin recital prior to speaking about this year’s VMF. On Tuesday, January 23 Nuvi Mehta, the VMF Janet & Mark L. Goldenson Artistic Director, introduced the large audience gathered at the Museum of Ventura County to the artists appearing at the 2018 Ventura Music Festival. He was assisted by Executive Director […] Read More »

Ventura Women’s March one year anniversary

Marchers came from all over the county. Article and photos by Richard Lieberman Over 1,500 people gathered in downtown Ventura’s Plaza Park to participate in Ventura County Rising, the second annual Women’s March. A chilly Saturday morning in Ventura, marchers were bundled up in winter coats, scarves and hats. Marchers came from all over the county […] Read More »

Join the Breeze for a Secret Garden party Feb. 11

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner temporarily increases service to Santa Barbara County

The Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® will temporarily increase train service to Santa Barbara County beginning Saturday, January 20, 2018, by adding one additional roundtrip between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to help accommodate travel demand during the continued closure of Highway 101. Since train tracks reopened on Thursday, January 11, 2018, following the devastating mudslides near […] Read More »

Kevin Costner to help support community at Thomas Fire Benefit Festival

Kevin’s love, care and concern for this town soon became evident. Photo and article by Pam Baumgardner I admit, I was nervous to be speaking with three-time Golden Globe and Academy Award winning actor, producer, director and musician, Kevin Costner. I’ve been a long-time fan of his work and have seen him twice in concert with […] Read More »

A community coming together with Thomas Fire fundraisers

Even vehicles will need to be replaced. The Thomas Fire Fund is a coalition of the United Way, the Red Cross and the Sheriff’s Department. 100% of the funds go directly to those affected by the Thomas Fire. For more information visit http://www.unitedwayla.org/ventura_county_thomas_fire January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura […] Read More »

Sign up for no-cost CalRecycle fire debris removal program

The deadline is approaching for residents affected by the Thomas Fire to sign up by filing Right-of-Entry forms for no-cost debris removal services from CalRecycle for severely damaged or destroyed property. Through this program, all the work is undertaken by CalRecycle contractors and there is no direct cost to the property owner; however, where applicable, […] Read More »

We all mourn with the families who lost their homes

by City Council Member Christy Weir The sudden and fierce Thomas Fire has left a lasting impact on our community. We are proud of our residents and our fire and police departments for facilitating the evacuation of one-fourth of our city within two hectic hours, with no injuries. The fire destroyed over 500 homes in […] Read More »

Additional information meetings set in Ventura for CalRecycle debris removal services

Two additional informational meetings have been scheduled in Ventura for residents in the city of Ventura and the unincorporated areas of the county affected by the Thomas Fire who are seeking debris removal services from CalRecycle for severely damaged or destroyed property. The information to be presented in these meetings is identical, so residents can […] Read More »

Seminar on Local Investment in Energy Generation Jan. 11

The Ventura County Climate Hub invites the public to a panel discussion about localizing sources of energy for our region. Topics will include the progress for cities joining Los Angeles Community Choice Energy, the challenge from the CPUC that may delay participation, So Cal Edison’s plans for a 4th power line into our region, and […] Read More »

Informational meetings regarding fire debris removal Jan. 4 and Jan. 6

Informational meetings have been set for residents affected by the Thomas Fire who are seeking debris removal services from CalRecycle for severely damaged/ or destroyed property.  Two meetings will be held in Ventura. Meetings will also be held in Ojai and Santa Paula. Fire victims are invited to attend whichever meeting is the most convenient […] Read More »

Top stories of 2017

by Rebecca Wicks Looking back through 2017, the year was marked by news events common to others. There were new developments, openings, closings, fresh faces making their entrance onto our City’s scene, and recognized faces bowing out. All were eclipsed by the biggest headline of the year – the Thomas Fire. Follows are some of […] Read More »

West Ventura Winter Warming Shelter now open

Wonderful volunteers from Ventura County Environmental Health Division are Hannah Edmondson, PHN , Eva Reeder, PHN Manager for Public Health TB and CD departments, Judith Ahara, LVN, Luisandra Salazar, MOA III, Sandra Gipson, Clerical Supervisor I and Beatriz Castillo CHW. Photos by Michael Gordon The 2017-2018 West Ventura Winter Warming Shelter opened on Thursday December 21 […] Read More »

Council chooses election district map

The 2018 election will be for Districts 1, 4, 5, and 6, and the 2020 election Districts 2, 3, and 7. by Burris DeBenning Unanimously, at the December 18 City Council meeting, council members voted 7-0 to adopt an electoral district map for the 2018 and 2020 election cycles, which brings the arduous work to […] Read More »

Neal Andrews elected Ventura mayor

His City Council colleagues voted 7-0 for him to be mayor. After more than 20 years as an active businessman and community volunteer in Ventura, Neal Andrews was encouraged by many citizens of Ventura to run for City Council. He was elected on his first attempt in 2001. Now 16-years later he has been selected […] Read More »

Workshop on renters' rights at Ventura County Government Center Dec. 27 at 4pm

On Wednesday, December 27, the County of Ventura, in partnership with the City of Ventura, is hosting an informational workshop to help renters understand their rights. The workshop will provide information covering a wide variety of topics including: tenant rights and responsibilities; landlord rights and responsibilities; unexpected rent increases and price gouging; and affects to […] Read More »

Local Assistance Center in Ventura closing Saturday, Dec. 23

After serving for two weeks as a one-stop center for fire recovery information and assistance, the Local Assistance Center that was jointly run by the County and the City of Ventura will close its doors on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 5 p.m. Residents still seeking services are encouraged to visit the Center by Saturday, or may obtain services […] Read More »

United Way Thomas Fire Fund

In response to an outpouring of support, United Way of Santa Barbara County is joining forces with United Way of Ventura County with a joint fund to directly support those individuals and families affected by the fire in both Counties—The United Way Thomas Fire Fund. Local community partners have determined that the United Way organizations, […] Read More »

Free masks are available

N-95 masks require a tight seal to be effective. Due to continuing unhealthy air conditions resulting from the Thomas Fire, free particulate respirators (N-95 masks) are being distributed as part of a coordinated effort of the Ventura County Public Health Department, Emergency Medical Services Agency, various County agencies, City government and multiple community based organizations. […] Read More »

Trash Pickup Not Available in Evacuation Areas

Harrison Industries advises that trash pickup is not being allowed in mandatory evacuation areas until further notice. No removal of fire debris can occur from properties without a hazardous material inspection conducted by either the Environmental Protection Agency or the State Department of Toxic Substances Control. Several areas affected by the Thomas Fire have been […] Read More »

County launches rental assistance program for fire victims

The County of Ventura Board of Supervisors has approved the use of $500,000 in General Fund to establish a rental assistance program for eligible residents who cannot return to their homes due to the impact of local wildfires.  The program, which expands upon current rental assistance programs for low-income households administered by the County of […] Read More »

Ventura County and City of Ventura open "One-Stop" Local Assistance Center at Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura

On Wednesday, December 13, the County of Ventura and the City of Ventura will open a Local Assistance Center at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura. Located at 3451 Foothill road in Ventura, the center is a one-stop resource for residents affected by the Thomas Fire. The Local Assistance Center will be open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 […] Read More »

Cooper wants to share some puppy love with fire victims

Occupational therapist Lauren Taluy and her registered therapy dog Cooper are available to visit places supporting displaced families for Cooper to share some puppy love with those affected by the fires. Cooper is 10 years old and has been with Lauren since he was 8 weeks old, which is when he began his life as […] Read More »

Vagabond Coffee Shop hosting KVTA Charity Fundraiser Dec. 14

Dec. 14th from 5 – 9am Vagabond Coffee Shop and Restaurant is hosting a KVTA Charity Fundraiser. All proceeds during this time will go to Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County. 760 E. Thompson Blvd. Read More »

Ventura Police Department hosting free Active Shooter Response Training Dec. 20

The for business and church leadership on December 20 at Ventura Baptist Church located at 5415 Ralston Street in Ventura. The training will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A new location was selected because the Ventura Police Department training room is currently occupied as an Emergency Operations Center. Ventura Baptist Church can also accommodate a larger group allowing […] Read More »

52nd Annual Parade of Lights to continue as planned Dec. 9th

The 52nd Annual Parade of Lights, “Fairy Tales Afloat,” and daytime activities are planned to be held as scheduled on December 9th, the Ventura County Harbor Department announced today. “After consulting with weather and public safety officials regarding potential impacts from the Thomas Fire, we have determined that we can proceed with this much-loved community tradition,” […] Read More »

Grand opening of Hill Road Library

A standing room only crowd heard from County Supervisor Steve Bennett and Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko and other speakers. Photos by Richard Lieberman. “You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one.” – John Lennon Library staff and friends wore T-shirts that said, “Imagine…..Hill Road Library.” Indeed this new branch is a triumph of imagination […] Read More »

Ocean Friendly Garden in honor of Surfrider OFG National Coordinator Paul Herzog

Spearheaded by the Ventura Botanical Gardens’ Executive Director Dr. Joe Cahill and Paul Herzog’s friend Elizabeth Alvarez, the VBG has pledged this exquisite site as a future Ocean Friendly Garden in honor of Surfrider OFG National Coordinator Paul Herzog. Friend, peer, brother, son, activist, environmentalist, gone too soon, the impact Paul made in Ventura and […] Read More »

Fundraising event at Jewelry Couture Dec. 9 to support Ventura Police K9 Unit

The Ventura Police Department currently has five K9 teams. Jewelry Couture will be hosting a fundraising event to support the Ventura Police K9 Unit on Dec. 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 390 S. Mills Road. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Ventura Police K9 Unit. The community is […] Read More »

“When You Wish Upon A Star”

Ventura Keys holiday lights as seen during the Parade of Lights. Photo by Dan Harding Experience the holidays seaside as Ventura Harbor presents the 41st Annual Ventura Harbor Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks, Friday & Saturday, December 15 & 16, at 6:30 p.m. and Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, December 16 from […] Read More »

Celebrating the Life of an Irish Pig

Gone but not forgotten. Photo by Michael Gordon He’d grown a little frail in his old age. Still, when he finally went to hog heaven, he broke a lot of hearts. And so it is that, eight months after his sad public demise along the 2017 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade route, the Great Inflatable […] Read More »

City Council to reduce qualified marijuana delivery services

by Burris DeBenning To further restrict marijuana access in Ventura, City Council, at the meeting held on November 13, voted to limit the number of outside, approved medical marijuana delivery services from five to three to assure greater control of the delivery pipeline, these services will be delivering cannabis products from online vendors such as […] Read More »

Fabio and Sylvia Simoes a dedicated family

Sophia and Raphael enjoy the ministry with their parents. “People need a friend…it is priceless to see the transformation, to see someone who is destroyed and without hope, able to live a normal life.” Silvia Simoes by Jill Forman The Simoes are a charismatic couple: gracious, attractive, and hospitable. Yours truly showed up for the […] Read More »

In 2008, Corey Castro was seven years old and was treated for Gorham’s Disease

Ventura Police Officers joined the Castro family in 2016. The Ventura Police Department announces the 8th Annual Castro Family & Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive. The community is invited to donate unwrapped toys or gift cards for the patients and siblings of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at the Ventura County […] Read More »

Conservancy adds members to Board of Trustees

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) recently added four new members to the nonprofit land trust’s board of trustees. They are: Dennis Kulzer, Susan LeFevre, Scott Weiss and Don Wood, bringing total board membership to 11. Each of them bring a diverse and professional background that adds expertise and personal qualities that fit well with VHC’s […] Read More »

Ventura Police supports the local community

The Foundation supports opportunities for Ventura Police Officers to provide mentoring opportunities for local youth. The Ventura Police Community Foundation (VPCF) Board of Directors invites the community to a Fall Night Out at Barrelhouse 101 , 545 E. Thompson Blvd. on November 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The VPCF mission is to foster […] Read More »

City of Ventura invites residents to participate in district based elections map process

How would you divide Ventura into districts? The City of Ventura encourages residents to participate in the district based elections map process with easy to use tools now available on the City’s website at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/districtelections. Citizens can create their own maps by using the one-page map (available in English or Spanish), an online Excel file […] Read More »

Taylor Ranch Pumping Station malfunction causes flooding at Emma Woods

It looks like there was a malfunction at the Taylor Ranch Pumping Station at the Emma Woods Group Campground which resulted in the parking lots being flooded. Photo by Murray Robertson Read More »

VMF Children's Concert for VUSD

VMF brings the joy of music through unique education offerings. Photo by Michael Gordon The Ventura Music Festival 2017 Children’s Concert for VUSD featured two wonderful programs: Sneetches, with playful music and the delightful Dr. Seuss text, and Saint-Saens’ fabulous Carnival of the Animals, accompanied by Ogden Nash’s much- loved text. It was presented on Oct.19 […] Read More »

We congratulate our officers for their exceptional service to our community.

Sixteen Ventura Police Officers were recognized alongside officers throughout Ventura County at the 41st Peace Officers of Ventura County Law Enforcement Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony held on October 7 at the Ronald Reagan Library. The Medal of Valor is awarded to officers for extraordinary bravery, above and beyond the call of duty, where risk […] Read More »

New superintendent: On settling in, board direction and contract battles

Creswell is in the middle of his first dogfight. by Rebecca Wicks David Creswell, the new superintendent of Ventura Unified School District has been in Ventura for less than three months. The Long Beach native is renting a house with an eye on buying, and has already gotten involved with the local botanical gardens and […] Read More »

Car fire on Hwy101 near Borchard shot by reader Zeynab Hassoun

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Breast cancer survivor tells her story

Ellen Johnson (lower right) is joined in solidarity with colleagues Stephanie Montenegro, Marc Wilde, Lynda Frank, and Katie Furlong. by Lori Harasta Asked how Ellen Johnson felt when she first found out she had breast cancer, she said, “Numb. Later that night, I asked my husband, ‘Did he say I have cancer?!’” It started with […] Read More »

Locals speak out on pot laws - Part 2 of 2

by Paul Peterson Ventura citizens filled the Community Meeting Room in City Hall on September 28 to express their views on the pending cannabis regulations. The unity in the room was palpable as numerous personal stories were presented in favor of the need for easier access to medical cannabis, delivery services, convenient storefronts and growing […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze celebrates 10 years providing hometown news

• WOW, WOW and WOW! Pinch me – it can’t be true that we just completed our tenth year of publication. Our first issue, on Oct.24, 2007, is shown on this cover. Besides not knowing anything about the newspaper business when Staci Brown and I launched the Ventura Breeze, we didn’t know if Venturans would […] Read More »

What is a VPD VIP?

Jerry Mendelson and Paul Magie will do vacation checks on your home while you’re away. by Jerry Mendelsohn Ventura Police Department Volunteer What is a VIP? Well, other than a shortcut to a definition of Very Important Person, the Ventura Police Department uses the abbreviation to identify a successful program it implemented over a decade […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

Phase 2 of the project will be developed as funds are raised.

Lots to do at Kellogg Park already. The newest member of the City of Ventura’s Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships division, Kellogg Park, is currently in its first phase of construction. Kellogg Park began as a community driven project to increase park area on the Westside of Ventura, and although there were no available funds […] Read More »

City schedules open discussion on pot regulations

How should the city approach the new pending marijuana regulations? by Paul Peterson- Pat 1 of 2 The city of Ventura has just announced it will host a community meeting for all Venturans to offer input as to how the city should approach the new pending marijuana regulations. The meeting will be held Thursday, September […] Read More »

The plan is to evaluate the one way conversion in six months

Were you surprised to see this? by Jeff Hereford, City of Ventura Civil Engineer Harbor Boulevard west of Figueroa (adjacent to the Amtrak station) has been permanently converted to an eastbound one way street. Note that the section of Harbor Boulevard east of Garden Street (adjacent to the fairgrounds) is already an eastbound one way […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre conducts search for executive director

Company moves into 20th anniversary season. Rubicon Theatre seeks to hire an experienced and energetic, hands-on Executive Director (ED) to take the organization to the next level. According to the Chair of the Search Committee Walt Wood, “We are especially looking for someone with a proven record of success in board and committee development, fundraising, […] Read More »

Help to clean up our beaches

Bring your own bag, bucket and gloves. Be one of the 60,000 people across all of California in the upcoming 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, on September 16! Volunteer to remove debris from beaches, creeks, rivers, and lakes all around California to protect wildlife from harm while taking care of our environment. Last year, […] Read More »

Distracted driving is anything that takes a driver’s eyes or mind off the road

Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko addressing the students. Photos by Bernie Goldstein On September 1, a virtual reality 360° driving experience showing the potentially deadly consequences of smartphone distracted driving was held at Buena High School, 5670 Telegraph Road. The event included a simulator car, virtual reality gear, signage and a digital education display. The It […] Read More »

“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, […] Read More »

Remembering Scamp by Ana Baker

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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 […] Read More »

More excitement coming to the Harbor!

Two exciting new development projects are underway at Ventura Harbor that will offer Ventura visitors and residents additional opportunities to stay ocean side. The Board of Port Commissioners has approved a proposal from H. Parker Hospitality that will bring two new hotels to Ventura. The “Harbor Cove Inn,” was approved for the 2.07-acre site next […] Read More »

In memoriam John Cressy

John Cressy with his dogs Baron, Dog and Whiddle near the mouth of “the raging Ventura River,” as John joked on Facebook. The Ventura Breeze would like to honor the memory of John Cressy, who died recently after a courageous battle with metastatic cancer of the esophagus. Cressy was a longtime friend of the Breeze. […] Read More »

Officer Aaron Drake may be called as a witness at her trial

Wendy Di Rodio, a family therapist and author, was killed in 2009. From a previous Breeze issue: “After a three-year investigation, the Ventura Police Department arrested Gina Drake, 45, for the murder of her aunt Wendy Di Rodio. Di Rodio, 61, was stabbed repeatedly in her room in her home in the Ventura Keys neighborhood […] Read More »

Officer Rebecca Kofman selected as Ventura Police Department’s Crime Fighter of the Month!

Congratulations to Officer Rebecca Kofman for being selected as the Ventura Police Department’s Crime Fighter of the Month! Officer Kofman serves Ventura as a member of the Patrol Task Force. Her outstanding service to our community is appreciated! Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 24 – Aug 30 - Sept 12, 2017 - Contest

How many students can one bus transport? The first correct entry will receive two tickets to the Ronald Reagan Library (value $58.00). Send your answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Spencer Makenzie’s 8th annual End of Summer Throw Down

Spencer Makenzie’s 8th annual End of Summer Throw Down took place from Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27. Friday’s activities included live music provided by popular local band Rey Fresco. Now in its 8th year, the Cornhole Throw Down has continued to grow into a national event, hosting incredibly skilled players of all ages […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber members compete for a great cause

“Hand me a towel” The Ventura Chamber’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Ambassadors recently participated in the 4th annual YPG Challenge – a contest in which members compete to collect donations for local non-profits. This year’s “Pillow Fight” challenge directed thousands of linen donations to temporary and transitional housing organizations and crowned YPG as the […] Read More »

Project understanding announces new leadership

Tom Hilton and Brandy Beesley Project understanding and its Board of Directors has selected Brandy Beesley as the organization’s new Executive Director. Brandy is a local resident and comes with a wealth of knowledge in the nonprofit sector, as well as years of administrative and business management work. “I am honored to be part of Project […] Read More »

The Democratic Club of Ventura’s first "KEEP IT BLUE" fundraiser a success

Diane Underhill, Carol Lindberg and Steve Bennett accepting Social Justice Award. The Democratic Club of Ventura’s inaugural summer fundraiser Sunday, July 30, sold out with more than 200 guests in attendance. The fundraiser will support Democratic candidates and causes now and leading up to the 2018 election. Club campaign funds increased by thousands of dollars […] Read More »

Barking out loud

K9 and VPD officer showing their stuff at June 10 event held in the Harbor by the Herman Bennett Foundation to raise funds for our K9 officers. by the VPD On Friday, August 18a, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the Ventura Police Department (VPD) will hold the 6th Annual “Bark Out Loud” Comedy Night […] Read More »

Ventura Emergency crews respond to house fire rescuing family pet and rendering medical attention to occupant and neighbor

A single story residence was involved in a structure fire shortly after 3:30pm on Friday, August 11 in East Ventura in the 10000 Block Darling Avenue. The resident of the home was taking a nap and awoke to the smell of smoke, fire alarms sounding, and a neighbor who was pounding on the front door. The occupant […] Read More »

New school superintendent hired

David C. Creswell has been a teacher, principal and district administrator at all school levels for 35-years. The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board has selected David C. Creswell, 59 as the new school superintendent. He is the fifth superintendent in the past 30 years. His salary is $222,000 per year. Creswell has an extensive […] Read More »

City Council to give Museum $125,000

Museum of Ventura County given temporary fix. On July 10 The Ventura City Council voted to give the Museum of Ventura County $125,000 dependent on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approving additional funding and set other conditions. The Council specified that funding could last up to five years, assuming the museum meets specific benchmarks […] Read More »

Marine Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox killed in a fatal air crash returned to Ventura

Some were not familiar with Cox, but all wanted to show their support. Photo and article by Richard Lieberman Staff Sgt. Robert Cox killed in a Marine Corps transport aircraft accident in Mississippi, returned home Sunday evening July 23. Cox was escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders mustering 100 plus motorcyclists. The Patriot Guard Riders […] Read More »

Planning Commission to act on ADU

On August 9th the Ventura Planning Commission will consider the provisions of the accessory dwelling unit ordinance. You may review the Planning Commission Staff Report and Draft Ordinance at https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/AgendaCenter/Planning-Commission-19. While the August 9th hearing has this item as No. 4, the earlier items may move rather quickly. ADU is Item No. 4 on the […] Read More »

Contest

To be found in this issue when is Fairytales in the Park ? The first correct entry will receive one ticket to the Ronald Reagan Library (value $29.00) Send your answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

The following was sent by Watkins to city employees

“ After much thought and discussion with my family I have decided to retire from my position as City Manager effective December 28, 2017. Working for Ventura has been a dream job for me. I was a 26-year old engineer when Amy and I arrived here in November of 1987, we welcomed the birth of […] Read More »

Foundation delivers adventures for kids with special needs

Seth Shinden with a volunteer buddy of the Best Day Foundation. by Rebecca Wicks Seth Shinden, 13, is like other Balboa Middle School students. He enjoys live music, bowling, gymnastics, and just being outside. He has always loved the beach and ocean. Seth is however, autistic and epileptic, which at times makes some activities less […] Read More »

National Night Out

The Ventura Police Department invites the community to participate in National Night Out! The national event, now in its 33rd year, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1 in neighborhoods throughout the community. National Night Out is designed to: Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. Generate support for, and […] Read More »

Biotech summer experience

Four students learning the basics of Biotech are Gwen Armstrong, Akaysha Brunker, Mia Rodriques, and Nikolai MollmannFrom. John Daly a volunteer student from CSUCI is instructing them. Photo by Bernie Goldstein From June 26 through June 29th Ventura College hosted selected Buena High School students for the Amgen Foundation’s “Biotech Summer Experience” workshop. The Amgen Biotech […] Read More »

Coffee with a Cop fosters fellowship, discourse between VPD and community members

VPD Officers and residents enjoy coffee, conversation at Sandbox Coffeehouse. by Jared Brewer On Thursday, June 29, the Ventura Police Department hosted Coffee with a Cop at Sandbox Coffeehouse from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. in an effort to create a friendly, informal environment for officers and residents alike to discuss community issues, forge relationships, and […] Read More »

CAPS Media is all about sharing stories

CAPS Radio’s Open House with Evan Carpenter sharing the KPPQ studio with the crowd. CAPS Radio brought together producers, disc jockeys and those interested in radio together last week for an open house. It was a pleasure to visit with over two dozen people passionate about radio. Thanks to all those who shared their stories. […] Read More »

“Rooted in Tradition" expressed in winning poster designs

Anna Sorensen, James Lockwood and Jorja Garcia at poster award presentation. James Lockwood, Publicity-Marketing introduced the 2017 Ventura County Fair poster winners on June 29 in the Fair offices at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The contest was open to Ventura County youth in grades 5-12. The theme of this year’s fair is “Rooted in Tradition” […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Laser Regatta, Outrigger Challenge by George Robertson

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June 10th Ventura Outrigger Event Sketches by George Robertson

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The HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over

They also held their annual Candlelight Vigil. Photos by Pacific Eagle Air Cam Thousands of cyclists and volunteer ?roadies? will embark on a 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, from June 4 through 10, united by a common cause: fighting to end HIV/AIDS. Over 2,200 cyclists camped overnight at San Buenaventura State Beach […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship award winners

Scholarship award winners were all smiles when presented their checks. The Ventura Police Officers Association (VPOA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 14th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell is the only officer in Ventura’s […] Read More »

City of Ventura's 9th annual Art Tales

City of Ventura’s 9th annual Art Tales “writing contest inspired by art” recently held a standing room only reception to honor the 2017 contest winners. Youth, high school and adult writers submitted a record 123 works of short fiction and poems inspired by the City of Ventura’s Municipal and Public Art Collections that can be […] Read More »

Fun at the Super Run

Photo by George Robertson Almost 600 attended the Super Run 5K Run in San Buenaventura State Beach Park and on the bike path up to the pier held on Saturday, April 22. The Super Run 5k is a superhero themed run where you become a real life superhero! The Super Run included music, festivities and […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze wins VCAAA award for Age-Friendly Media

Christine Voth, Suz Montgomery, Antoinette Olson, Kara Ralston, Carie Salas, Vicky Odle,, Kathy Terry, Harry Norkin, Kris Martin, Randy Martin  and Richard Lieberman (on behalf of Sheldon Brown of the Ventura Breeze) at the awards ceremony. The Ventura Breeze was awarded the 2017 VCAAA Optimal Aging Champion Awards for the Age Friendly Media Award. The […] Read More »

City of Ventura’s Art Tales contest honors writers of all ages

2016 Art Tales’ winners being honored by Cheryl Heitmann. All participants of the City of Ventura’s 9th annual Art Tales “writing contest inspired by art” and the public are invited to attend a special reception and reading with refreshments at E.P. Foster Library, 2nd floor on Thursday, June 8 at 5:30 pm. Community members are […] Read More »

Evidence pointed to Liampetchakul as having started the fire in April

Tipps Thai Cuisine has closed. by Gail field Tipps Thai Cuisine restaurant has officially closed its doors after serving Thai food to Ventura locals and visitors since 1983.  Owner Chang Liampetchakul and his family have made this decision. Chang has been known throughout Ventura as a kind and generous person, often providing trays of food […] Read More »

Family Reconnection Program has reunited over 100 homeless individuals

Homeless camps in the Santa Clara riverbed happen overnight. by City Councilmember Christy Weir There are a growing number of camps being constructed in the Santa Clara riverbed behind the city’s golf courses.  It is very sad to see people living in these conditions. The City of Ventura and our social service agencies offer help […] Read More »

Breeze Trivia Contest

What business is now located in this building in Downtown Ventura? The first correct entry will receive two tickets to the Ronald Reagan Library (value $58.00). Send your answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Gold Coast Transit District public input sessions June 7

Gold Coast Transit District has planned two information sessions to gather public input on the service changes planned for July 31st. Through several interactive stations and activities, the public will also have an opportunity to share their own transit needs and ideas for future transit improvements, and provide feedback on the design of new bus stop signs. “Through […] Read More »

Fire Department Ocean Drills by George Robertson

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Cabrillo Middle School Jazz Band perform for the Channel Cities Jazz Club

On Sunday, May 21st the Cabrillo Middle School Jazz Band performed for the Channel Cities Jazz Club Sunday afternoon dance at the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club. Photos by Michael Gordon Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to fire at two story residential home

On April 29, at 3:33pm, Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a two story residential home in the 2300 Block of Woodpecker Ave.  Upon arrival fire crews found a fire burning in a bedroom on the second floor that had extended into the attic. Firefighting efforts were initially hampered […] Read More »

Meet Ventura Police Officers and their amazing K9 Partners June 10

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Ventura Water to install new, smart meters to help customers use water efficiently

Ventura Water employees installing new smart meter. by city staff Ventura Water has started replacing the old, manually-read water meters throughout the city with new, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), also known as smart meters.  Smart meters provide wireless communication between the meter at your home or business and Ventura Water (your local water utility).  Water […] Read More »

Sistership Crew goes for a new record

Stephanie York, Capt. Michelle Boroski, Johanna Gabbard and Stephanie (Scout) Maheu taking up this year’s challenge. by Gail Field Setting a world record isn’t for the faint of heart. Michelle Boroski can attest to that, as she is the Captain of Team Sistership, an all-woman crew that finished the Race2Alaska boating contest last year as […] Read More »

Family-friendly event held at the Aquatic Center

Board President Ed Wehan addressing the crowd at the launch of VCPF. Photo by Bernie Goldstein. On May 17 a celebration was held for  the launching of the Ventura Community Partners Foundation (VCPF) at Ventura Community Park and Aquatic Center, 901 S. Kimball Road.  The family-friendly event will be held at the entrance to the Aquatic […] Read More »

A Beatles tribute in song and story

Harmonix kids:  Nico Wicklin, Gus Graham, Daniel Brackett, Riley Conrad, Cassidy Craig, Jesse Graham, (concert-master:) Miriam Arichea , Maddie Gambon. The kid on the lower row left is Ivor Davis. Rubicon Theatre’s much acclaimed Harmonix singers are teaming up with local author Ivor Davis for the first ever concert of its kind in America. The […] Read More »

State of Education

Ms. Nan Drake E.J. Harrison & Sons Inc., Joseph Richards Jr.  Interim Superintendent VUSD, Dr. Erika D. Beck President, CSUCI, Dr. Greg Gillespie  newly appointed Chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District,  Stephanie Caldwell President and CEO, Ventura Chamber of Commerce. by Jennifer Tipton On Thursday, April 27 the Ventura Chamber of Commerce hosted […] Read More »

City Public Works removed 2,757 graffiti cases from Ventura last year

Community members can help keep Ventura safe and clean by reporting graffiti by city staff City of Ventura Public Works staff removed, painted, blasted or chemically treated 2,757 graffiti cases last fiscal year.  Outfitted with paint, rollers, gloves and environmentally safe cleaner, the team travels throughout the city responding to issues reported by other staff, […] Read More »

Oopsies! We were all wrong

by Jennifer Tipton In our last issue, we reported that Kevin Costner was a graduate of Ventura High – oops! Kevin attended Cabrillo Junior High and although that would have put him attending Ventura High, his family moved to the east end of Ventura so he attended Buena High instead. However, he did not graduate […] Read More »

Selecting a new district superintendent

The Board of Education of the Ventura Unified School District will select a new district superintendent. Community input regarding the desired characteristics is needed to assist in the recruiting and selection of the new superintendent. The Board of Education is soliciting your feedback. You are invited to attend either of the two districtwide community forums: […] Read More »

VPD asking public for assistance with Felony Hit and Run investigation

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Fire & Grace concerts scheduled May 6 cancelled

We regret to inform the public and media that the Fire & Grace concerts scheduled on May 6 (both the free afternoon children’s concert and the evening benefit concert) have been cancelled due to low ticket sales for the benefit. Info: 805/648-3146 Read More »

Joe McDermott has worked for the City of Ventura since 2002

Dear Valued Customer, With great pleasure and enthusiasm, I would like to introduce myself as Ventura Water’s Acting General Manager. I am a registered engineer with over 20 years of experience in the Civil Engineering profession with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. […] Read More »

City of Ventura names 2016-2017 Green School Award winners

Juanamaria Elementary School honored by Ventura City Council. Photo by Michael Gordon. In celebration of Earth Day, the Ventura City Council presented the annual Green School Award for achievement in environmental excellence to students and staff from Juanamaria Elementary School and ATLAS Elementary School. 2017 Watershed Hero Award Winner! These prestigious Green School Awards) were presented […] Read More »

Kevin Costner from The Face Of Ventura portrait series by Johanna Spinks

Recently approximately 200 people visited three locations in Ventura where three mothers were treated to a performance of their favorite songs. The mothers were nominated by their families to be honored for Mother’s Day by Visit Ventura. A surprise appearance  by Kevin Costner(graduate of Ventura High)  at Ventura City Hall thrilled those in attendance. Read More »

Organization is dedicated to helping families who are battling all forms of cancer

Emanuel Franco and Cory Harper (musicians), Nathaniel Curran and Matt Coulter (Co-Founders of The Young and Brave Foundation), and Mike Morrison and Seth Gibson (Co-Founders of MadeWest Brewery) are supporters of The Young and Brave Foundation. The Young and Brave Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping families who are battling all forms […] Read More »

Women of the Year

Women of the Year  Alicia Flores, Kim Evans, State Sen Hannah-Beth Jackson, Suz Montgomery and Dr. Cynthia Herrera celebrating their awards. Photo by Heather Lacayo While the mood in Washington was bitter, contrary and partisan on March 23, down home in Ventura County a warm and friendly event celebrated four women who make a difference […] Read More »

Robots descend on Ventura

The future of the world is in the hands of these kids. Article and photos by Richard Lieberman Teams faced off at FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics regional competition at Ventura College. Teams from Ventura County, Chile and Hawaii compete in the FIRST Robotics competition. The local team is Team […] Read More »

Celebrating Earth Day

Earth Day Eco Fest has moved from the promenade to Plaza Park. The 10th Annual Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest, is happening Saturday, April 22 at Plaza Park in Ventura. This free event is the perfect way to spend a day with the whole family – Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown […] Read More »

Outstanding business women of Ventura County honored

Venturan’s Barbara and Angela (bottom row on the left) were NAWBO award winners. BRAVO is the annual signature awards event of the Ventura Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners(NAWBO). Their awards ceremony was held on Friday, March 31 at the Serra Center in Camarillo. It spotlighted outstanding business women of Ventura County, […] Read More »

Friendly business competition to start on April 1

Athletes and dignitaries  kicked-off the 2017 Corporate Games at Ventura Community Park. Photo by Michael Gordon To kick-off the 2017 Corporate Games, company employees, families and friends attended an opening ceremony at Ventura Community Park on Saturday, March 25. The festivities included a business and health fair, music, demonstrations, jolly jumpers and interactive games, arts and […] Read More »

Water: Take 1

by Jennifer Tipton March 22nd marked the 5th annual Water: Take1 Online Short Film Awards Ceremony presented by Ventura Water. Presented at The Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center in Ventura Harbor Village, the event draws attention to the challenges facing our water supply on a local, national and global level. More specifically: how we […] Read More »

Will the pig be replaced with a different mascot?

Foto: County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Green Pig succumbs to split seam. Photo by Michael Gordon Sham Hock, a.k.a. Pig O’ My Heart, has hogged the spotlight at County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the last time. The giant inflatable pig, which has delighted parade-goers for nearly three decades, abruptly collapsed upon splitting a […] Read More »

City Council mulls homeless shelter

Will a homeless shelter reduce the amount of homeless in Ventura? Photo by George Robertson by Randal Beeman Advocates who have spent upwards of two decades lobbying the City of Ventura for a permanent emergency homeless shelter will have to wait another month for a final vote authorizing the project. After making several small changes Council […] Read More »

Chamber of Commerce hosts “State of the City” breakfast

by Randal Beeman Ventura is doing well at present, but “good times don’t last” stated Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko, as he discussed the ebb and flow of city government in a seamless breakfast presentation that lasted around 45 minutes at the Top of the Harbor Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on March 9th. Hosted […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award

The Ventura Police Officers Association (VPOA) is accepting applications for the 14th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships will be presented in May to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell is the only officer in Ventura’s history to die in the line of duty. […] Read More »

School District board voted 4-1 to fire Michael Babb

Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Michael Babb has been fired by the school board. Babb had been superintendent since July 1, 2015 replacing longtime Superintendent Dr. Trudy Tuttle Arriaga after she retired. He will receive six months of his annual salary of $215,605. The board voted 4-1 to fire Babb without cause.  Trustee Sabrena Rodriguez […] Read More »

Ventura County’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Ventura County’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held on March 11 on Main St. The large crowd lining the street enjoyed a gorgeous Ventura day. The Parade is sponsored by Elks Lodge No. 1430 and featured marching bands, horses, music, wonderful cars and much more. Judges for the parade were Connie Stahl, Elks Lodge #1430; Richard […] Read More »

Dredging in Ventura Harbor continues

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Community Crime Alert - Tool Thefts

During the last several weeks the Ventura Police Department has responded to over 27 crimes involving the theft of tools from tool boxes affixed to vehicles or from storage containers of businesses. The majority of the crimes have occurred in the industrial area south of the 101 Freeway between Arundell Ave. and Knoll Drive. These […] Read More »

2017 State of the City-Ventura: Growing Stronger While Keeping Its Charm

Mayor Nasarenko stated “Ventura remains a magnificent and unique city to live in” during his State of the City presentation. by Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko Ventura has so much to celebrate, for it remains a well-managed and beautiful beach town that Sunset Magazine recently described as the “off-ramp to paradise.” In terms of our fiscal […] Read More »

Women’s teams break state record in highest academic team achievement

CCCAA recently announced its academic awards for the 2015-16 year. The Ventura College Pirates women’s cross country, track and field, and water polo teams are recipients of the spring 2017 California Community College Athletic Association “Scholar Team” awards.  The CCCAA recently announced its academic awards for the 2015-16 year, and Ventura College is home to […] Read More »

Michael Feinstein to headline the 23rd Ventura Music Festival

At a free and public presentation held in the Ventura City Hall city council chambers on Feb.21, Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta revealed the lineup for the 23rd season of the Ventura Music Festival (VMF) to be held July 13-16 & 21-23. This year’s nine-concert festival theme is “An American Season” featuring great classical, jazz and […] Read More »

City of Ventura 2016 Employee and Supervisor of the Year announced

Right: Police Chief Ken Corney, Tracey Coert and Mark Watkins at the awards ceremony. Left: Fire Chief David Endaya, Thomas Hoffman and Mark Watkins at the awards ceremony. On Feb. 15 the City of Ventura held an awards ceremony and recognized nineteen employees nominated for 2016 Employee or Supervisor of the Year. These awards acknowledge city employees […] Read More »

Channel Islands National Park Celebrates 37th Anniversary

Channel Islands National Park invites the public to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the park’s establishment at an event on March 5, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the visitor center in Ventura Harbor. This free event will feature film showings, family-friendly activities, ranger-led talks, dock tours, and a special junior ranger program. Throughout […] Read More »

In one day flat they  produced a remarkable music video

Guitarist Laurence Juber, Harmony Project young musicians and Jordan Laby at the sleek blue bus. Photo by Bernie Goldstein The Lennon Bus has provided hundreds of thousands of students and educators with opportunities to tour the bus and get hands on experience with the equipment found on board.  Tours give students an overview of what really […] Read More »

Retired Ventura County Superior Court judge kills girlfriend and himself

On Feb. 5, at 11PM, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call from a resident in the 5500 block of Dorsey St. reporting that her neighbors were involved in a very loud and contentious verbal domestic argument. When officers arrived on the scene they attempted to make contact with the individuals inside the […] Read More »

Rodie Award Breast Fest

Suz Montgomery told the story of Rodie the Wonder Dog at the monthly “Breast Fest”. by John Hankins A local cancer survivors’ group has literally gone to the dogs – and cats – in honoring the animals who give their ‘owners’ emotional support during the life-threatening disease. It happened during Ribbons of Life’s monthly “Breast […] Read More »

Apply now for Measure O Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Residents of the city of Ventura are encouraged to apply for volunteer positions on the Measure O Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Committee’s responsibilities include review of the projected revenues and recommended expenditures for the funds generated by Measure O and to make recommendations to the City Council as part of the City’s budget process.  After […] Read More »

Ventura City firefighters respond to boat fire

On Jan.31, at 1:45am, Ventura City firefighters responded to a report of a boat fire in the Ventura Harbor. Upon arrival responding crews found a 50 foot commercial fishing boat 6 feet off the ground in dry-dock fully involved in. Fire suppression efforts initially concentrated on protecting an adjacent building and boat from the flames. […] Read More »

Happy Valentines Day!!!

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Equinox Ensemble (Latin Jazz/Blues) at Squashed Grapes Feb. 24

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March for Justice a huge success

The march began by the gazebo in Plaza Park. Photos by Breezy Gledhill. Thousands gathered in downtown Ventura on Saturday, Jan.21 for the March for Justice, a protest organized to coincide with the Women’s March on Washington and hundreds of similar marches around the world. According to the Ventura Police Department, an estimated 2,500 people attended […] Read More »

Public comment solicited for crane replacement project on Anacapa Island

Should the Anacapa crane be replaced? Photo by Doug Mangum. The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input on a project to replace the existing crane on Anacapa Island within Channel Islands National Park. The existing crane was determined to be structurally unsafe, as a result of prolonged exposure to the harsh marine conditions on […] Read More »

New building projects contribute to diversify housing supply in Ventura

by City Staff The City of Ventura Community Development Department is working hard to create a thriving, prosperous community. This year we will see the completion of many major projects such as the new Kaiser Permanente medical office building on Market and Valentine Streets, and the new Volkswagen dealership at Perkin Avenue and King Drive.  […] Read More »

Park Outreach Team

The Team does more than hand out donations.  by Jill Forman Every Tuesday, rain or shine, they are at Plaza and Mission Parks.  The Park Outreach Team is there to make life a little better for those who often have no home, who spend their days in the parks and their nights…who knows where?  A […] Read More »

January 2017 storm preparedness: free sand and sandbags available for city of Ventura residents

Three separate storms with gusty winds, high surf and the potential for coastal flooding are expected to impact Ventura County late Wednesday, January 18 through Monday, January 23. City of Ventura residents may pick up free sand and sandbags (while supplies last) at the following City locations (residents are asked to bring their own shovel): […] Read More »

Harbor Village beautification project

“The improvements will create an exciting and unique new entryway into Harbor Village” The Ventura Port District the third phase of the ongoing Harbor Village beautification project. The large entry area to Ventura Harbor Village will be transformed into a people-friendly pedestrian area with new seating, new planter areas with palm trees, and artwork, including […] Read More »

Second annual Chillin with VPD

Officer Hrynyk with K9 Jag and Officer Therrien with K9 Yoschi will be at the Chillin Event. The Ventura Police Department, Ventura Police Community Foundation and McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream invite the community to come “Chill with VPD”. The second annual community event will be held on Saturday, January 21, 12:00-3:00 p.m. in the south […] Read More »

Interim standards approved for second dwelling units

Should second units be allowed in the Lanes? By a 7-0 vote, the Ventura City Council approved interim standards for second dwelling units (Accessory dwelling unit ADU). This was necessary because of new California State laws to help alleviate some pressure on the housing shortage. To help the state’s housing crisis it will be easier […] Read More »

The drought continues

by Shana Epstein, Ventura Water General Manager So far this winter, the rain and snow have really helped northern and central California, but Santa Barbara County and Ventura County have not experienced the down pour, which many of us have been hoping to receive.  An easy indicator to see how much the rain affected our […] Read More »

Teen Voice to collect essential items for homeless families

During the month of January the Teen Voice Leadership Club through its “Project Humankindness” is seeking community support to collect essential items for homeless adults and families. Such winter accessories as new socks, scarves, gloves and beanies; such grooming items as nail clippers, disposable razors, combs and hair brushes; and such hygiene items as bars […] Read More »

Plant trees at Big Rock Nature Preserve

On Sat., Jan. 28, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host a community tree planting party at the Big Rock Nature Preserve near Foster Park. VHC invites volunteers of all ages to join them from 9 a.m. –  noon along the Ventura River Parkway to help plant 75 trees and beautify the trail head on […] Read More »

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy to host free community lecture

The California Condor almost disappeared from the face of the earth. On Thurs., Jan 26. at 7 p.m., the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host a free community lecture entitled “The Comeback of the California Condor” at the Poinsettia Pavilion. Experts from Friends of the California Condor Wild and Free will discuss the California condor, […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire units respond to fire at multi-story condo complex

On Jan.14, Ventura City Fire units responded to a reported structure fire in the 800 block of Casmalia Lane. The first arriving unit reported black smoke showing from behind a closed metal door to a 2-car garage, located on the ground floor of a multi-story condo complex positioned above, possible smoke also coming from the […] Read More »

Greetings Ventura County wildlife advocates

The first of its kind planning zone in Ventura county to protect wildlife habitat will be considered by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors at a public hearing: January 26 2017, 3 PM Ventura County Government Center 800 S. Victoria Avenue Ventura The proposed ‘Wildlife Corridor Protection’ Zone if adopted would place into the Ventura […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County opens its doors for Grand Re-opening

Ryan Carr is adding the final touches to his mural, HISTORY THROUGH THE TREES. A Community Celebration—free and open to all—welcomes County residents back to their “new” museum. The Museum of Ventura County is preparing for the Grand Re-Opening of its galleries after being closed since September 1. The Ventura community is invited to their […] Read More »

City of Ventura selects Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships

Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins has selected Nancy O’Connor as the new Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Partnerships (PRCP). Ms. O’Connor has been the City of Ventura’s Parks Manager since 2011 and in July of this year, she began serving as the City’s interim director for the PRCP department. Her new role as the […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award

The Ventura Police Officers Association (VPOA) is accepting applications for the 14th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships will be presented in May 2017 to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell is the only officer in Ventura’s history to die in the line of […] Read More »

Revisiting the California mission experience in Ventura

Thousands of people come to Ventura each year and end up visiting the Mission. by Randal Beeman In 1816, Mission San Buenaventura appeared to be a thriving entity, with nearly 40,000 head of livestock, ample stocks of grain, and a population of over 1,300 mostly native people. Mission San Buenaventura had already survived fires, earthquakes, […] Read More »

Kids free 1-week rowing trial with Casitas Rowing Jan. 3

Casitas Rowing will be offering a free 1-week trial for all kids 8th-12th grade to try rowing starting Tuesday January 3rd. Contact www.Casitasrowing.org or 642.2288 to get signed up. There is still time to try a few days. Read More »

First selected in 2000 Sondermann and Ring were chosen to develop the site

City and Harbor dignitaries finally got to celebrated the groundbreaking of large project. Photos by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman Portside Ventura Harbor a project sixteen years in the making has  held its groundbreaking ceremony. The project initiated by developers Michael Sondermann and Doug Ring who spent nine years ushering Portside Ventura Harbor through many city […] Read More »

Carl Morehouse retires from City Council after 17 years

Mayor Erik Nasarenko presented many congratulatory  certificates to Carl Morehouse. Photo by John Ferritto At the Ventura City Council meeting on Dec. 12 Carl Morehouse was recognized for his years of contribution to the City and to many other organizations as he leaves the Council. In his 17 years on the Ventura City Council he stated […] Read More »

20th Annual Poinsettia Awards

Chamber honors those who make a difference in Ventura. Photo by Sharon Uhlig www.sharonmaephotography.com On Friday, December 8, nearly 300 people turned out to celebrate the 20th Annual Poinsettia Awards luncheon hosted by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. The event honored and recognized individuals and organizations that have truly stood out in our community as exemplary […] Read More »

Newly elected council members begin four year terms

New city councilmembers swearing in at the City Council meeting. Photo by John Ferritto At the Ventura City Council meeting held on  Dec.12 three “new” councilmembers Matt La Vere, Christy Weir and Cheryl Heitmann were sworn in for four-year terms.  Matt La Vere is the brand new councilmember and Weir and Heitmann are returning members  who […] Read More »

This holiday season the Ventura Police Department Is looking for impaired drivers

“I don’t drink when I drive so all the good boys and girls get their presents.” The Ventura police will be out looking for drunk and drugged drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization. “Beginning on December 16 and continuing into the New Year, you will see […] Read More »

Four vehicle collision near Ventura College

On Dec.12 a four vehicle collision was reported just before 8am adjacent to Ventura College at the intersection of Telegraph and Day Road. A four wheel drive truck struck the passenger side of a large 4 door suburban, resulting in the entrapment of a young woman. Two additional vehicles collided resulting in a minor collision. The suburban sustained […] Read More »

Betsy Blanchard Chess elected to board of directors

Betsy Chess has received a number of awards. The Limoneira Company has announced that Betsy Blanchard Chess has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors. Chess is currently the Director of Development, Museum of Ventura County. Prior to this, she was the Editor and Publisher of Central Coast Farm and Ranch Magazine and the […] Read More »

City buying and selling real estate

At a recent City Council meeting the Council preferred the proposal from the Trade Desk company over several others to purchase and develop the property in Downtown located behind Cinema10 theater that is now used as a parking lot. They directed city staff to begin negotiating with Trade Desk for the purchase the property. The […] Read More »

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme is open to the public

Andrew Pyler volunteered to clean the pieces as part of his Eagle Scout project. by Richard Lieberman After sorting through more than 14,000 artifacts to find 75 that best represented the history of the Seabees, the curator for exhibits at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme needed to get them ship-shape for display. […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens appoints board leadership

Barbara Brown appointed VBG President. Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) announced recently the appointment of its 2017 slate of officers. Beginning on January 1, Barbara Brown will assume the post of President. Dr. Tracy Long will assume the post of Vice President. Terry Sommers will remain as Treasurer with Sandy Ross as Recording Secretary and Jonell […] Read More »

25 Holiday Safety Tips

by Joel Justice, VCCCD Chief of Police As the Chief of Police for the Ventura County Community College District, I would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season. I also want to share some safety tips, since crime generally increases during the holiday season. It is a time when people can become careless and vulnerable […] Read More »

Ventura -- a charter city that is more accessible, transparent and accountable to the citizens it serves

In California, there are two kinds of cities:  charter and general law.  by the City of Ventura The City of Ventura has a long history of civic engagement.  Our City Council listens carefully as citizens voice their concerns and suggestions at public meetings, by email or in person.  On example is the City Council decision […] Read More »

Land Rover Jaguar Ventura hosts a law enforcement appreciation reception

Bella Donnelly making friends with police dog “Yankee” and officer Metz. On Nov. 15 Land Rover Jaguar Ventura hosted a law enforcement appreciation reception honoring K9 Jag, the Ventura Police K9 Unit and law enforcement county-wide. In March of 2016 Officer Hrynyk was selected as the Ventura Police Department’s next K9 handler. He was paired […] Read More »

Farm Day Heroes

Chris Massa brings nobility to farming at Balboa Middle School. by Sheli Ellsworth Most of us take food for granted. We shop in grocery stores bursting with choices. Food delivered to our doorstep is a click away. Roadside and farmer’s markets offer fresh and organic options. Food can be purchased anytime on any day. Scholar […] Read More »

Venturan’s approve all local ballot measures, including tax increase

Matt LaVere is Ventura’s newest City Council member. Almost 60% of the city’s 65,265 registered voters  took part in the Nov. 8 election. In our last council race, in 2013, roughly 26% of registered voters cast a ballot. The increased voter turnout was due to the fact that this was the first time residents could […] Read More »

CMHS to host ‘TEDMED Live’ Simulcast Dec. 1 

Community Memorial Health System is sponsoring a free live simulcast of “TEDMED Live 2016,” an annual conference focusing on health and medicine originating from Palm Springs, on Thursday, Dec. 1. TEDMED Live’s theme is, “What If?” and will be held in four sessions, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Museum of Ventura County, […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department responds to detached shed structure fire at El Dorado and San Diego Avenue

On Nov.18, at 2:37pm the Ventura City Fire Department responded to a structure fire in a detached shed in the area of El Dorado and San Diego Avenue.  The first arriving fire crew reported smoke and flames and extension into the garage of the adjacent residential home.  Firefighters successfully knocked down the main body of […] Read More »

City of Ventura election results:

City Council winners: Matt LaVere-most votes 16,607 Christy Weir -12,816 Cheryl Heitmann – 11,469 School Board winners: Sabrina Rodriquez- 14,121 Jackie Moran- 9,734 MEASURE “N” – The selection of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor occur in even-number years following regular City Council elections, and eliminate the Ventura Unified School District’s election process from the City […] Read More »

The winners of the First Annual Ventura Breeze Photo Contest

First place:  James Hart “Eye on Ventura”    Second place: Mike Abbrusco “Train Bridge”   Third place:  Sean Green “Busy Bee Café” Amateur non-professional photographers of all ages were invited to enter their best images celebrating our life in Ventura County. The Ventura County Camera Club judged the entries. Images were judged on artistic merit, originality, composition […] Read More »

The winners of the First Annual Ventura Breeze Photo Contest

The winners of the First Annual Ventura Breeze Photo Contest (in conjunction with The Ventura County Camera Club) have been announced. First place:  James Hart “Eye on Ventura” Second place: Mike Abbrusco “Train Bridge”  Third place:  Sean Green “Busy Bee Café” Amateur non-professional photographers of all ages were invited to enter their best images celebrating our […] Read More »

Public Works Director Tully Clifford, City of Ventura

What challenges does the City face in protecting Ventura’s rivers, beaches and coastline? Maintaining Ventura’s beautiful coastline is critical to our economy and quality of life. Our beaches are precious, yet vulnerable, resources that we must protect. The City of Ventura faces many expensive and complex challenges in keeping our beaches clean and our ocean […] Read More »

Hear from a woman who taught school before becoming homeless

Take a hungry person to lunch at a participating downtown Ventura restaurant Thursday, Nov 17 10:30 am – 2 pm in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: November 12-20. Meet Thursday., Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston. Hear from a woman who taught school before […] Read More »

Scores of dancing un-dead performed at Ventura Harbor Village as part of a worldwide record attempt

Photo by Richard Lieberman This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” album and video. On Oct. 26, thousands of dancing zombies across the globe took to the streets in unison in an attempt to break simultaneous worldwide Thriller dance records and gather donations for charity. In Ventura, scores […] Read More »

November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election Results

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Free Business Resource Seminar and Expo comes to Ventura Nov. 9

Strategies for success in today’s economy will be one of the featured topics at a free business resource seminar and expo at the Ventura College Wright Event Center on Wednesday, November 9. The seminar will highlight a variety of approaches and techniques that can help local businesses position themselves for success, capitalize on billions of dollars in tax […] Read More »

Boat grounded on San Buenaventura State Beach on Nov. 1 morning.

Initially moored about a half mile off the pier when anchor came loose.  Owner tried to place another anchor but failed and ended up on the beach where he and his pit bull had to be rescued.  Boat will have to be towed from the beach by trailer since it has a whole in the […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department hosts event for fourth grade students

More than 1,300 students observed live demonstrations by Ventura City Firefighters performing multiple tasks. Photos by Richard Lieberman On Tuesday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Ventura  City Fire Department held a two-day Fire Safety Days event hosted by the Ventura City Fire Department in collaboration with the Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura, make your voice heard.  Your vote counts

by Antoinette Mann, Ventura City Clerk Voting is one of the most fundamental rights of our democracy.  There is no greater right than the right to vote and no better way to participate in shaping the future of our city than by voting. Ventura voters have four municipal measures on the November 8th ballot, Measures […] Read More »

Local food co-op sponsors discussion

by Sheli Ellsworth October 5, Ventura Food Co-op hosted a panel discussion about locally grown food at MadeWest Brewing. Panel members included father and daughter, Jose and Maria Alcantar of Alcantar Organics; Phil McGrath of McGrath Family Farm; Sarah Nolan of the Abundant Table; and Alley Gialketis of Ventura Food Co-op. What is a co-op? […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County invites families to its Annual Day of the Dead Celebration

On Sunday, November 6, the Museum of Ventura County hosts a free community celebration of music, dance, and crafts from 11am – 4pm for the whole family. Visitors can see the artist-created altars, called ofrendas, on display throughout the museum, enjoy cultural dance performances by local groups, create art projects to take home and have […] Read More »

Fun at the Color Run

The Color Run taken by George Robertson who got confused and threw rice at the runners.        Read More »

Ventura Park Ambassadors provide safety and security

Is there a noticeable positive improvement on the Promenade? Photo by George Robertson. by City staff and the Downtown Ventura Partners There’s a noticeable positive improvement in our parks downtown — an uptick in visitors and programs that show we value public places and desire to make them safe for all to enjoy. One of […] Read More »

Are you ready for elections?  Will anyone be?

In November we will be inundated with many things to consider and to vote on. So that you can start thinking about Ventura’s ballot issues here they are. MEASURE “N” – ELECTIONS ISSUES – CHARTER AMENDMENT – Shall the proposed amendments to Sections 505, 703, and Article XI of the City Charter, to have the […] Read More »

Fainer/Tauber, MD Awards

Leo Tauber, MD and his family at the David Fainer, MD Awards Dinner In 1992, the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation (VCMRF) presented the First Annual Fainer Awards and the health care community came together to commemorate the life of the late David Fainer, MD who served as role model and mentor for many in […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens announces Fall Trail Festival

Naturalists will host interactive education stations at the Fall Trail Festival. Join the Ventura Botanical Gardens on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the first ever Fall Trail Festival—a family-friendly opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, learn about nature and celebrate the fall season in ghostly style. Naturalists will host interactive education […] Read More »

2016 VCWC Short Story Contest deadline Nov. 15

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Crews respond to Saticoy Water Conditioning Facility discharge at Telephone Road and Wells Road intersection

Ventura Water, Ventura Police Department, Ventura City Fire and allied agencies responded to a non-hazardous chemical discharge from the Saticoy Water Conditioning Facility today.  The substance has been identified as Phosphate (commonly used to prevent corrosion in water system pipes) and the quantity released (400 gallons) does not pose a health concern to the community. […] Read More »

VCTC Makes It Easy to Try an Alternative Commute during Ride Week

Pledging to carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or ride the bus enters commuters into prize drawing Ventura, Calif. – The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) announced today the launch of Ride Week 2016. Happening October 3-7, Ride Week is part of a regional campaign to encourage commuters to […] Read More »

Sandra Laby will never be forgotten

Laby (78), died on September 24, 2016 at 8:05pm. She was in the company of her husband Jordan and two sons Phillip and Todd. Her passing was peaceful and short. Being the fighter she has always been, she outlived all predictions, over and over again. The family is grateful that she is no longer suffering.” […] Read More »

New Midtown parking structure provides potential for economic growth

Dr. John Hill cutting the ribbon while Stephanie Caldwell, the Chamber’s President and CEO, Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann and others look on. Photo by John Ferritto by City staff Community Memorial Hospital’s new $13 million parking structure in Midtown is a win-win that provides economic growth opportunities along with increased parking spaces for the community, hospital […] Read More »

Birthday bash held at Museum for Helen Yunker

In the new Helen Yunker Alcove Suz Montgomery interviewed Helen for posterity. Eric Howes designed the alcove and artist Ryan Carr painted the outside murals. Photos by John Hankins On Sept.17 a 95th birthday celebration was held for Helen Yunker at the Museum of Ventura County. At the celebration the Helen Yunker Lobby was dedicated which […] Read More »

New West Symphony opens its exciting 22nd Season on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

The New West Symphony opens its exciting 22nd Season on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 with Danzón, a concert featuring works teeming with exhilarating rhythms and fiery musical flourishes, as well as the lyrical melodies of one of the best-loved works of 20th Century American music. Guest conductor Tania Miller leads the orchestra […] Read More »

23rd ArtWalk Ventura event Oct. 1-2

The public is invited to the “ArtWalk Ventura Collectors Reception,” a special benefit celebration of art, poetry, music and food on Thursday, September 29, 6:30-9:30 pm, at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street. Purchase tickets for $20 at www.artwalkventura.org or for $25 at the door. Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko will welcome this year’s visiting “2016 […] Read More »

Students must apply by Sept. 30 for the YMCA Youth and Government program

High school students interested in a six-month hands-on experience in democracy are encouraged to apply to the Ventura Family YMCA Youth and Government program. Registration closes on Sept. 30. Participants experience first-hand how state government works; fine-tune public speaking, conflict resolution and debating skills; become a leader in the democratic process and increase civic literacy […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire personnel respond to trash truck on fire

On Sept.27, at 1:20pm Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a report of a trash truck on fire, parked in the street amidst a commercial district by County Square Dr & Thille St, The first arriving unit reported smoke and flames visible from the rear cargo area of the trash truck. It took two engines […] Read More »

Breeze staff cowboy up for Ventura Chamber Business Expo

Photos by Kenny Backer Ana and Jaime Baker and Publisher Sheldon at the Ventura Chamber Business Expo held on Sept. 22 at the Four Points Sheraton. Booth designed by Ana and Jaime.   Read More »

Professor Scamp, PhD (Pretty happy Dog) announces his candidacy for President

“I am intelligent and will bark on your behalf. And I am learning to speak Russian in case I need to negotiate with Putin.” After much deliberation, and looking at the current presidential candidates, I have decided that I am more qualified than any of them, so I hereby announce that I am a write-in […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County to temporarily close galleries

The Museum of Ventura County will still hold some special programs. Photo by Bernie Goldstein The Museum of Ventura County, which houses the region’s oldest and most comprehensive collection of documents, maps, and historical artifacts, will briefly close its downtown Ventura galleries (at 100 E. Main St.) in order to design and install a new exhibition […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department commemorates 15th anniversary of 9/11

9/11 anniversary remembered by Fire Department at Station 3 at 5838 Telegraph Rd. Photo by Bernie Goldstein On Sunday morning, September 11th, all Ventura City Fire Department stations held special remembrances for the first responders and civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Fire Chief David Endaya stated, “Although 15 years have passed since […] Read More »

Ventura Council for Seniors City Council Candidates’ Forum

There will be at least one new face on the Ventura City Council after election day with three spots open and ten people competing for them, and you can help decide which ones will make the cut. The Ventura Council for Seniors is hosting a free City Council Candidates’ Forum from 10am to noon Tuesday, […] Read More »

This Labor Day, Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 

Ventura Police Department Shows Zero Tolerance In Its Goal To End Drunk Driving This Labor Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America’s roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. This could end in […] Read More »

Mayor Eric Nasarenko to be guest speaker at Democratic Club meeting Sept. 13

Mayor Eric Nasarenko will be the guest speaker. In addition three candidates for Ventura City Council will present their qualifications and positions. This includes Matt LaVere, Jeanette Sanchez-Palacios and Lorrie Brown. The meeting will be 7PM to 9PM on Tuesady, September 13th at the E.P. Foster Library in the Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura. The Democratic […] Read More »

Emergency personnel respond to vehicle rollover that collided with multiple vehichles

On 08/31/16 at about 0130 hours, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call of a rollover traffic collision on Victoria Avenue north of Woodland Street. Officers arrived and learned that the driver of the vehicle, Kelly Scott Griffith, was traveling southbound on Victoria Avenue north of Woodland Street when he lost control and collided with the […] Read More »

Facts on the City-owned building and Brooks Institute

From the Brooks website “After considerable discussion and deliberation, the difficult decision has been made to close Brooks Institute.” Where does that leave their students? by City staff Last year, the City was approached with an idea by downtown property owners, represented by the Downtown Ventura Partners (DVP), to facilitate the relocation of Brooks Institute […] Read More »

Media gather for good news

Channel Island foxes are no longer endangered. Photos by Richard Lieberman (for more photos visit www.venturabreeze.com) by Sheli Ellsworth On a pristine Southern California morning, August 11, blue skies and calm waters welcomed dozens of invited guests to the Channel Islands National Park to celebrate. Joining the press conference were members of the National Park Service, […] Read More »

Chamber supports raising of sales tax

Chamber CEO Stephanie Caldwell supports the Board’s decision. The Ventura Chamber of Commerce Board voted to support the City of Ventura’s proposed ½ cent sales tax increase during their Board Meeting on August 17. The 24-member board represents the Chamber’s 680 members who employ more than 25,000 employees. “We felt it was prudent to support […] Read More »

2016 Fair closed with record numbers of attendees in all categories

2016 Ventura County Fair closes with brilliance. Photo by John Ferritto The Ventura County Fair’s Board of Directors, management, and staff are proud to report that the 2016 Fair was a success. Celebrating the finest from throughout Ventura County, the 141st edition closed with record numbers in all categories. Visitors came from near and far to […] Read More »

Rey Fire has consumed 30,000 acres and is 30% contained as of Aug 23

The North Pacific Forestry crew from Salem, Oregon stopped in Oak View for lunch Monday before heading back out to monitor and report on the progress of the fire as it travels east through the Los Padres National Forest toward Ventura County. The plume from the fire can be seen just above their heads in the […] Read More »

Brooks Institute Announces Closure After 70 Years

Soon there will be many unfinished offices in Ventura to lease. by Richard Lieberman Brooks Institute a visual and media arts school announced on August 12, it plans to shut down operations. The school has cancelled its fall semester and will cease all operations by October 31st according to a letter sent to Brooks students. […] Read More »

Carl Morehouse will not be seeking re-election

“I am announcing that I will not be seeking re-election this Fall.  I am honored, humbled and grateful for the confidence voters have had in my ability to help guide this amazing city we call home since I was first elected in 1999.  However, seventeen years is a long time and I wish to take […] Read More »

Andrews resigns from Ventura County Republican Central Committee

“I am herewith resigning from my position as a member of the Ventura County Republican Central Committee. Over the last number of years I have found the failure of leadership of the Republican Party to be tremendously disappointing. The de facto elevation of Donald Trump to the titular leadership of the National Republican Party as […] Read More »

Philanthropist Howard Boroughs will always be remembered

Just a few weeks shy of his 103rd birthday former biochemist, Howard Boroughs passed away. Howard Boroughs, came to Ventura in 1979 with his beloved wife Evelyn and their canine companion, Daisy. Thanks to their generosity, we have The Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Library at Ventura College and the dog park at Camino Real Park […] Read More »

Help support local food banks at charity event Sat. Aug 6

Enterprise Truck Rental located at 1144 Arundell Avenue in Ventura is having a great charity event coming up this Saturday, August 6th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm! All attendees will be able to enter a raffle to win a 40″ Samsung Smart HDTV, a Weber Grill and more!  Simply stop by and drop your business card […] Read More »

CHDC and Aera helping Ventura to construct Kellogg Park

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (CHDC), through its Housing Related Parks (HRP) Program, is awarding the City of Ventura a $230,800 grant towards the construction of Kellogg Park, located on Ventura Ave. Aera Energy LLC is also supporting the development of Kellogg Park by donating $30,000 to help build the park. Aera […] Read More »

Ed Summers announces candidacy for Ventura School Board

Former Ventura City Councilmember, Ed Summers announces candidacy for Ventura School Board Longtime resident and active community member, Ed Summers announced that he is running for a seat on the Ventura Unified School District Board of Trustees. Having served this community for the past 26 years, including as a former City of Ventura Councilmember and […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship award winners

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship winners must be entering his/her freshman through senior year in college. The Ventura Police Officers Association (VPOA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 13th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell […] Read More »

An interview with Ventura City Mayor Erik Nasarenko – part one

by Richard Lieberman Ventura City Mayor Erik Naserenko was elected to the Ventura City Council in November 2013. He was appointed Mayor by the council in December 2015, and had served as Deputy Mayor for the first two years of his term. Nasarenko, as well as serving as Mayor is a Ventura County Deputy District […] Read More »

Brooks Institute moving to Downtown Ventura

From their current campus location on Ventura Ave. Brooks Institute is becoming an integral part of Ventura with several planned locations in the downtown area. Brooks has several  locations that are now being renovated spread out Downtown that will be their classrooms, studios and offices. In  February the City Council approved a five-year lease for […] Read More »

Former Mayor and current City Councilmember Heitmann has announced she will run for reelection

During her first term in office, Cheryl was elected by her fellow Councilmembers to the post of Deputy Mayor and two years later was elected Mayor for 2013-15. In those posts, Cheryl initiated numerous programs that emphasized her commitment to listening to residents’ needs and implementing policy to achieve community-wide goals. Cheryl ensured that residents […] Read More »

City buys Harbor Community Church for $2.3 million

Quoting from a previous article in the Ventura Breeze written by Rebecca Wicks: “Harbor Community Church has filed a lawsuit against the City of Ventura signaling the start of the next round in the fight over the church’s controversial homeless program.  The program, which provides meals, showers and religious worship to a primarily homeless population, […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Poster Contest winners

A formal presentation was made to the Ventura County Fair Poster Contest winners at the Fair offices. The contest was open to County youth in grades 5 – 12. Pictured are first place winner Madison Lomis, 16 years old  Ventura,  Barbara Quaid  CEO Ventura County Fairgrounds, second place winner Anna Sorensen, 12 years old  Simi […] Read More »

Learn about visiting Ventura's sister city - Loreto, Mexico

Loreto was the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula. For the first time since former Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann officially exchanged keys to the city with Loreto, Mexico, in 2015, the Ventura/Loreto Sister City Committee is inviting Venturans to travel with them to explore their sister city. Planning is underway for biannual visits to Loreto […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire personnel respond to incident involving natural gas leak

On July 13, at 11am Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a Hazardous Condition incident involving leaking natural gas and operating heavy equipment in the 200 block of S. Mills Rd. The first arriving company found a commercial boom/bucket lift vehicle, which had been performing work on the exterior of a business and had broken […] Read More »

Safeguard the Central Coast

by Jack Dyer, Steve Dunwoody, and Graciela Cabellos The Central Coast is one of the most treasured landscapes in California, and for good reason. Three distinct ecosystems— grassland, semi-desert, and redwood forest—join together here to host more than 470 animal species, including more than 90 that are at risk of extinction.  It’s one of the […] Read More »

Meet some of the candidates for City Council

Lorrie Brown Lorrie Brown, a local mother, with a local perspective and an invested interest in local issues has announced that she plans a second run for Ventura City Council. Lorrie grew up playing at Barranca Vista Park and graduated from Buena High. She brings a diverse perspective and looks forward to being a strong […] Read More »

Oil spill travels into Hall Canyon

Spilled crude oil stopped before reaching the ocean. On June 23, at 5:30am, a crude oil spill was reported in the northwestern part of Ventura.  The spill traveled a half mile from the Prince Barranca into Hall Canyon.  Early reports (including the LA Times) greatly exaggerated the amount of the oil spilled. It was eventually […] Read More »

Don Haskell passes on

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015  there was a truly meaningful event that took place at City Hall when Don Haskell was honored by the VUSD. Photo by John Ferritto Don Haskell has died peacefully on June 25 at CMH from severe respiratory distress stemming from the progressive debilitating MS. He was a few days short of […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire and Police Departments respond to single vehicle accident

In the early morning hours of July 3rd, Ventura City Fire and Police Department responded to a report of a single vehicle accident with a trapped victim by Victoria and Ralston. When fire crews arrived they discovered a passenger vehicle that had hit a traffic camera pole as well as a tree in the median of Victoria. Firefighters […] Read More »

Marine Sightings - June 2016

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How safe are Ventura County’s Special Education Schools?

by the Grand Jury When parents send their children to school in the morning, they trust their children will have a productive day of learning in a safe environment. Similarly, when teachers report to work they hope to focus their efforts on teaching without fear for their safety and that of their students. Unfortunately, with the increase in […] Read More »

Simple Steps to Good Health - June 2016, Fitness Tips

by Elisabeth Mondragon 5 Ways to Sneak in Exercise This Summer Summer is the perfect time to check in with your healthy lifestyle goals. You might be spending less time in a gym but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on exercise. Be creative and exercise outside! Spending active time with your family or […] Read More »

Ventura County wildlife expert to discuss how to reduce human-coyote conflicts, June 30

On Thursday, June 30, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host “Coexisting with Coyotes,” a free open-to- the-public presentation providing information about coyotes, their behaviors and how residents can reduce human-wildlife conflicts. Wildlife biologist David Lee will make a presentation and discuss the recent uptick in urban coyote activity. The presentation, which will take place from 7 – […] Read More »

Local National Parks Benefit our Economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2015 shows the economic benefit of Channel Islands National Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to our local economy in supporting 761 jobs with a cumulative benefit to the local economy of nearly 74 million dollars. 324,815 visitors to Channel Islands National Park in 2015 spent over $19 million and […] Read More »

Breaking the silence among neighbors

Dr. Joseph Attias, neurophysiologist and audiologist from the University of Haifa, will be speaking about breakthroughs in rehabilitating deafness and his work in Israel done in cooperation with the Kingdom of Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. Among Dr. Attias’ findings is that the incidence of deafness in Jordanian children is four times greater than for Israeli children. His […] Read More »

Grove Incident: Up to 700 barrels of crude oil spilled in Hall Canyon, Ventura, CA

A press conference was held at 12noon today at the San Buenaventura State Beach parking lot, 901 San Pedro Street regarding the crude oil pipeline spill in Hall Canyon, Ventura. There are no evacuations and no health risks to the community. At 5:30a.m. today a crude oil spill was reported in the city of Ventura in Hall […] Read More »

Torch Run benefits Ventura County Special Olympics

This was the twenty-seventh year the VPD has participated in the annual LETR. On Thursday, June 9 employees from the Ventura Police Department (VPD) once again participated in the annual Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) benefiting Ventura County Special Olympics.  The Ventura Police Department participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting […] Read More »

Celebrating 30 years of farm fresh goodness

Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko welcomes the attendees to the anniversary celebration. The Downtown Ventura Farmers’ Market celebrated its 30th Birthday on Saturday, June 4. The Downtown Ventura Farmers’ Market marks its 30th year with a birthday bash!  The celebration included a wide variety of entertainment including a chef demonstration, customer appreciation booths, children’s booth with free […] Read More »

Water out of thin air

Drought resistant plants and collecting water from the air are ways the VBG is helping conserve water. It’s not news to say that California is currently experiencing an unprecedented drought. What is news is the way that the Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) has decided to approach the problem. Using emerging technologies designed to provide greater […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Poster Contest winners announced

2016 winning poster by 16-year-old Madison Lomis of Ventura All of the Poster Contest entries will be displayed in the Youth Expo The 2016 Ventura County Fair has announced the winners of the 2016 Poster Contest. The contest was open to County youth in grades 5 – 12. 16-year-old Madison Lomis of Ventura rendered the […] Read More »

“Tip-A- Cop” Fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics of Ventura County

The Ventura Police Department (VPD) will again be sponsoring the Special Olympics “Tip-A- Cop” event on Tuesday, June 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Romano’s Macaroni Grill located at 4880 Telephone Rd. in Ventura (805) 477-9925. Tip-A- Cop is a law enforcement fundraising event in which law enforcement officers assist with waiting tables at a local […] Read More »

Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees Strategic Planning Meeting open to the public, June 21

The Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees invites the public to attend its Strategic Planning Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, at 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the District Administrative Center located at 255 West Stanley Avenue, Suite 150, Ventura, CA. The invitation is extended to members of the Citizens Advisory Council, students, college […] Read More »

Scientists, Conservation Professionals Honored on Endangered Species Day for Role in Recovery of Island Fox on Northern Channel Islands

Ventura – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today recognized eight individuals from the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Institute for Wildlife Studies as 2015 Recovery Champions for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect three subspecies of fox on the northern Channel Islands, which are currently proposed for delisting under the Endangered Species Act. […] Read More »

Lunch at no charge

Each summer, Ventura Unified School District provides a nutrition program. This program provides lunch at no charge to children 1-18 years of age. Summer Nutrition is not based on income qualification. It is available for all community children regardless of their school year qualification for free and reduced price meals. Lunch will be served June 13th through August […] Read More »

Felix N Fido dog adoption event

At the Felix N Fido dog adoption event held at the Ventura Harbor the pugs took in $25 and Breeze contributing writer Sheli Ellsworth took in $1 when Scamp gave her a kiss (except she wouldn’t accept his credit card). Read More »

Henry Schwab Violin/Viola Competition

The Ventura College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lawson, will present the finalists of the 8th annual Henry Schwab Violin/Viola Competition on June 18. Three talented young violinists, selected March 19th, at the preliminary audition, will each perform by memory, a complete classical Violin Concerto with the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra. The competition honors the memory of Henry Schwab, […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze own Fred Kastel

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Simple Steps to Good Health - June 2016, Food Tips

by Elisabeth Mondragon Start Your Day off Right One of the best ways to start your day with energy and nutrition is with a healthy breakfast. We know it can be easy to just grab a donut on your way to work or simply skip this meal altogether, but both can grind your weight loss plan […] Read More »

Candlelight vigil held in Ventura for victims of Orlando nightclub shooting

Photos by Cindy Summers Over 100 people of all ages and diversities gathered at Paddy’s Bar & Lounge on Sunday night to participate in a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. The group walked from Paddy’s to Ventura City Hall where various community leaders spoke out about the tragic incident […] Read More »

Outrigger Canoe Competition Saturday June 11th the Ventura Harbor

Photos by George Robertson Outrigger canoe clubs from San Diego to San Francisco on Saturday. This annual event is sponsored by Hokuloa a Ventura based Outrigger Canoe Club. 800-1000 individuals from 18 clubs each with 4-6 canoes competed in this event.   Read More »

AIDS Lifecycle Event Friday - Saturday Jun 10th & 11th

Photos by George Robertson 2400-2500 cyclists spent the night in the San Buenaventura State Beach Park on Friday night leaving at 6:15am on Saturday bound for Los Angeles. Read More »

Hands-on fun and enriching classes offered this summer for K-12

Wilderness Survival! Green Engineering!  Rocketry!  SAT Prep! Broadway Buddy Camp! Deep Sea Explorations! Learn coding, geography, clay-mation, singing, sewing, chemistry, photography, art, cooking, track and field skills, and paper Mache! Keep your kiddos busy and engaged this summer with these hands-on classes offered by Ventura Education Partnership’s 10th annual Summer Enrichment Academy!  These fee-based classes are open to […] Read More »

Homeland Security Expert David Fukutomi of Camarillo appointed to CMHS Board of Trustees

David Fukutomi, a prominent government and private sector consultant specializing in security and emergency management, has been appointed as a member of Community Memorial Health System’s Board of Trustees. Fukutomi has held a number of consulting positions in a career spanning over 20 years. His government service has included stints with the Federal Emergency Management […] Read More »

6th Annual City Impact, Inc. Ventura Beachfront Run

Photos by George Robertson 1/2 Marathon, 10K and 5K Run held on June 4.  This year there were close to 600 runners who participated.     Read More »

2016 Youth Of The Year - Sarah Ruiz

Sarah Ruiz presented an art piece to the Mayor at the City Council meeting where she was honored. At the City Council Meeting on May 9, 2016 – Sarah Ruiz, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura’s 2016 Youth of the Year, was recognized by Mayor Nasarenko and the other council members for her outstanding achievements. […] Read More »

Memorial Day observed

Photos by Bernie Goldstein On Monday, May 30 a Memorial Day service was held at St. Mary’s Cemetery honoring the 76 American veterans and the one 1869 Medal of Honor recipient that are buried there. This 1862 historical 7 acre cemetery contains 3,000 American Ventura Pioneers. After the prayer and pledge the Port Hueneme Naval […] Read More »

Where does the City of Ventura receive its water?

The Ventura River is our best source of quality water. by Shana Epstein – Ventura Water General Manager. As a mission City, the Ventura River was accessed by an aqueduct led by the efforts of the Catholic Church and the native inhabitants of our region.  From the beginning the Ventura River has been a critical […] Read More »

Community members invited to attend Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Forums

Community members invited to attend Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Forums, June 14 and June 16, 2016 What: STAKEHOLDER FORUM – Upper Ventura River (UVRB) Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Forum When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6pm to 8:30pm Where: Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View CA 93022 To learn more visit: www.uvrgroundwater.org […] Read More »

Boketto by Susan Rich

Outside my window it’s never the same- some mornings jasmine slaps the house, some mornings sorrow. There is a word I overheard today, meaning lost not on a career path or across a floating bridge: Boketto-to stare out windows without purpose. Don’t laugh; it’s been too long since we leaned into the morning: bird friendly […] Read More »

Ventura Emergency personnel respond to Porche losing control and slamming into residence

On May 31, at approximately 4:45 am, a four door Porche Panamera was traveling East bound on Loma Vista Road at a high rate of speed when it lost control and slammed into a residence. The house was occupied by three people who fortunately were not near the garage where the vehicle came to rest […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department rescues trapped victim in vehicle that hit a tree

On May 28, at approximately 4:20am, Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle off the roadway with a report of a trapped victim. When fire crews arrive they discovered a small Honda SUV that had hit a eucalyptus tree at a high rate of speed, crushing the vehicle and trapping the driver. Firefighters using […] Read More »

A variety of programs to be offered at Center

A happy group celebrating another addition at Westpark Community Center. On Tuesday, May 3 parents, staff, young boxers, sponsors and city dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the completion and installation of the Westpark Community Center’s  new fitness facility, flooring and equipment.  Ventura Chief of Police Ken Corney was there to show the VPD’s support […] Read More »

Lady bowlers entertained at banquet

Elvis is alive and well in Ventura. Photo by Michael Gordon On Thursday, May 12 The PinPoppers Ladies Bowling League celebrated their end of the bowling season with a banquet and awards ceremony held at the Wedgewood Banquet facility. The ladies were surprised by a most unexpected appearance by “Elvis” who was played by Buena […] Read More »

Local senior wins Lions Club student speaker contest

Miranda Mize will compete in state finals in June. Miranda Mize, a senior at El Camino high school, has won this year’s Lions Club Student Speaker semi-final contest. She will now compete at the state finals on June 4 in Redding, California where she will be competing for the grand prize of $11,000. This year’s […] Read More »

River Patrol on the Willoughby Preserve

Jess Nikolai at the kiosk at the Main Street Bridge by Jill Forman Jess Nikolai is an ebullient 20-something who loves birds and possums and wildlife.  As the Preserve Manager for the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy, part of her job is patrolling the Willoughby Preserve where the Main Street Bridge spans the river. “The…Conservancy has spent […] Read More »

Ventura Film Society Season 8 - “Hearing is Believing” the Rachel Flowers story June 9

Please join the Ventura Film Society on Thursday June 9th at 6:30pm at the Century 10 Downtown Ventura for the Ventura County Premiere of “HEARING IS BELIEVING”, the new feature documentary from VFS Founder & award-winning producer/director Lorenzo DeStefano. This film introduces the world to the multi-talented young musician and composer, Rachel Flowers. Born 15 weeks premature, weighing only […] Read More »

Marine Sightings May 2016

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Ventura City Fire Department responds to kitchen fire in two story home.

On May 13, at approximately 4pm, Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a two story residential home. Upon arrival fire crews found a fire burning in the kitchen on the second floor. The fire was extinguished 10 minutes after arrival of firefighters. A sprinkler system was activated as a result of the fire […] Read More »

The Ventura Family YMCA hosts annual Senior Day May 25

The Ventura Family YMCA will host their annual Senior Day on Wednesday, May 25th from 10am to 1:30pm.  This free community event is made possible through sponsorships by Montecito Bank & Trust, The Palms at Bonaventure, and Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc.  The Longevity Expo will include local vendors who specialize in senior services from 10am-12pm.  […] Read More »

A Legacy of love and beauty

The San Salvador will get new paint and flags as shown in this colored rendering. by Gail Field Sam Povar was a man who loved Ventura and who spent his time and resources in creating, preserving and protecting the beauty of the city that he loved.  Sam passed away in 2015, but he sparked a […] Read More »

Ed Warren opened his first Ventura restaurant in 1963

Longtime Venturan Edmund “Ed” Warren passed away peacefully with his daughter Deborah at his side early Thursday morning, April 21, 2016. Ed and his wife Hilda Warren were together for over sixty years. Ed was born March 20, 1929 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania the third child of Ukrainian and Polish parents during the Great Depression, […] Read More »

Participate in a Cal Poly survey to create a possible “Wellness District” in Midtown Ventura

CMH would  be part of the Wellness District in Midtown. The idea of a Wellness District in Midtown originated from a 2013 study by an Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel sponsored by the City of Ventura and the Community Memorial Hospital (CMH). Later incorporated into the City of Ventura’s Economic Strategy, the idea stemmed […] Read More »

Where Was This Picture Taken?

The first correct answer to editor@venturabreeze.com wins a one-hour rental for Wheel Fun Rentals on the promenade and a genuine Ventura Breeze T-shirt. Read More »

Re-opening of the historic Ventura Pier held

City councilmember Christy Weir, Mayor Erik Nasarenko and  Pier Into The Future Board President David Fukutomi cutting the ribbon to re-open the pier. On December 11, 2015 the Ventura Pier was closed due to structural damage from 20’ high waves. The damages included 20 lost timber piles, 19 loose piles, and loss of 40% of […] Read More »

Please help ID these robbery suspects

Can you help ID these suspects? They were involved in a Grand Theft at a business in the 800 Block of S. Victoria Ave. 2 unidentified suspects came into Two Trees Optometry during lunch time on Cinco de Mayo and stole estimated $5000 worth of retail eyeglasses. If you recognize them, the Ventura Police Department would […] Read More »

Robotics stronghold competition held at Ventura College

Ventura High School team members getting ready to defeat all. by Richard Lieberman More than 1000 students from high schools in Southern California participated in a competition utilizing robotic technology to breach moats, shoot large balls, and capture castles during the Robotics Stronghold Competition held at Ventura College in March. Forty-two teams from Southern California […] Read More »

Buena High School Studio A Jazz Band showcases talents

Photo by Michael Gordon On Sunday afternoon, April 17th,  Buena High School Studio A Jazz Band showcased their talents in a performance for Channel Islands Jazz Club at the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club. This 17 member ensemble was accompanied by local vocalist Jade. Admission and donations benefited a student scholarship to a summer jazz camp […] Read More »

Homeless Workshop draws interested parties

Homeless Workshop held at the Derby Club. by Sheli Ellsworth More than 250 people gathered for the City Council’s Community Homeless Workshop held at the Derby Club on April 18. Attendees worked in groups to complete exercises designed to define, understand and help the homeless community. Post-its were used to chronicle past efforts to help […] Read More »

Walk with NAMI Ventura County in the 12th Annual NAMI Ventura County Walk

Join last year’s NAMI walkers on April 30.                The 12th Annual NAMI Ventura County Walk benefitting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)will be on Saturday April 30 at the Ventura Promenade. Check in and registration will begin at 9:00 am with the start time for the 5k walk beginning […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to mobile construction office fully involved in fire

On April 25, at 7:24pm, Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from behind a business in the 2400 block of Channel Drive.  Upon arrival firefighters found a mobile construction office fully involved in fire.  Firefighters worked to protect a boat and additional construction materials that were being impacted by the […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department personnel and apparatus respond to structure fire

On April 21, at 1:37pm, Ventura City Fire Department personnel and apparatus responded to a reported structure fire located in the 100 block of Prospect St. The initial arriving units found a 20′ length of wooden property fence, multiple trash cans, and other misc. materials burning in between two residences and impinging on the eaves […] Read More »

Apply Now to Serve on Ventura City Council Advisory Boards, Commissions and Committees

Ventura residents can apply for an exciting opportunity to support their community by serving as a volunteer on one of the City Council Advisory Boards, Commissions or Committees that advise the City Council on an array of issues.  There are open positions on 12 multi-member Council Advisory groups that examine issues and help shape Ventura. […] Read More »

City of Ventura Special Event Grants applications are due May 12

Applications are due May 12 for the City of Ventura “Special Event Permit Fund” – a grant program open to event organizers staging cultural festivals and special events in Ventura that activate public space and increase visitor spending. Applicants must be a Ventura based nonprofit or an agency partnering with a Ventura based nonprofit planning […] Read More »

Ventura City and County Fire Departments respond to traffic collision with vehicle into building

On April 16, at 3:36pm Ventura City and County  Fire Departments responded to a traffic collision with a vehicle into a building located in the 9200 block of Telephone Rd.. Upon arrival, crews discovered a vehicle into an occupied restaurant. The driver and solo-occupant was extricated from the vehicle.  First arriving Firefighters quickly assessed the […] Read More »

Ventura College hosting grand opening celebration and building dedication of new state-of-the-art Applied Science Center April 21

Ventura College will host a grand opening celebration and building dedication of its new state-of-the-art Applied Science Center on Thursday, April 21, from 3-4 p.m. at the campus located at 4667 Telegraph Road. The event will include tours, a short presentation and remarks by school administrators, Chancellor Bernard Luskin and Board of Trustees Larry Kennedy, Chair. Established in 1925, […] Read More »

Public invited to Ventura City Council's Community Workshop on Homelessness, April 18

The City of Ventura City Council will hold a Community Workshop on Homelessness, Monday, April 18, 2016 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Island View Room of the Derby Club. The purpose of the workshop is to: Provide education and promote community ownership and alignment about homelessness Foster healthy, collaborative dialogue […] Read More »

City of Ventura accepts the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1 - 30

Cities nationwide are participating in a nationwide contest to be named the “Most Water-Wise” city. Over 3,900 cities are expected to compete and Ventura has its eye on the prize! In 2015, Ventura took second place for the top-ranked city in the 100,000 – 299,999 population standings. El Niño has not delivered on its anticipated […] Read More »

Parents get needed help

Two agencies are working in tandem to give parents the extra help required to overcome challenges. By Gail Field When a family has trouble creating a safe place for their children because of drug use, trauma, neglect, or other serious causes, they have a place to turn to for help in Ventura County. As it […] Read More »

Emmet Cullen a Ventura hero

Bronze Star Medal winner honored at Buena High. Photos by Michael Gordon On April 7 Buena High School social studies teacher Emmet Cullen received the Bronze Star Medal at a ceremony held at Buena High School. Military veteran and high school teacher Emmet Cullen was awarded the prestigious Bronze Star Medal for recognition of his service […] Read More »

City Center brings awareness to domestic violence

Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko  holds the ribbon while Alissa and children  cut it. On March 31 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the City Center located at 837 E. Thompson to celebrate the opening of the Purple Room to house Alissa and her children. In welcoming the large gathering Board Member Jim Duran, and […] Read More »

Former and current Ventura mayors compete in pie eating contest at 150th anniversary party

A pie eating contest featuring former and current Ventura mayors was held at the recent 150th anniversary party at Plaza Park. Jim Monahan, Greg Carson, Jack Tingstrom, Jim Friedman, Sandy Smith, Brian Brennan, Carl Morehouse, Christy Weir, Bill Fulton, Ray DiGulio, Cheryl Heitmann and current mayor Erik Nasarenko were the combatants. Mayor Erik Nasarenko was […] Read More »

Soroptimist  announces 85th Anniversary & Scholarship Awards Event

Soroptimist International (SI) of Ventura, a local service club for business and professional women with the goal of making a difference in the lives of women and girls, is celebrating its 85th year of serving the community of Ventura. The celebration will be held in conjunction with its annual scholarship awards. April 16, from 11:30 […] Read More »

YMCA Healthy Kids Day April 30th

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Marine Sightings - April 2016

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Firefighters respond to gas line rupture

On April 12, just before 9am, a private contractor was performing work on a driveway on Inspiration Way (just above Poli Street) when he inadvertently broke through a 2” main gas line that feeds 6 complexes with a backhoe. Firefighters arrived and evacuated a total of four homes and sheltered-in–place a total of 14 other […] Read More »

Fishing boat hits Ventura Harbor jetty

Photo by George Robertson A fishing boat hit the Ventura Harbor jetty while returning from a day of fishing. Most of the 50-foot-long fishing vessel sank after hitting jetty rocks. Three people were rescued from the boat. Read More »

Ventura City Fire personnel respond to garage fire

On April 9, at 1:11pm, Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a reported garage fire in the 700 block of Alverstone Ave. The first arriving unit reported a fully involved garage extending into the attic above, unknown if occupants present. Due to a partial collapse of the ceiling inside the garage, attack crews were forced to delay their interior […] Read More »

Ventura County – 15 More Beds Needed for Summer Program

Volunteer families are asked to host international exchange students, ages 14-17, who are scheduled to arrive in the U.S. in June/July for a four-week program. Little kids, big kids, no kids…our host families come in all shapes and sizes and include single persons and senior citizens, as well as married couples who are with or without children. Host […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA Urges Locals to Assess Type 2 Diabetes Risk

UCLA study finds nearly half of Ventura County adults have prediabetes; Few Ventura residents know they are at risk. Following alarming data in a landmark study on diabetes published by UCLA this month and in conjunction with Diabetes Alert Day observed this year on March 22, the Ventura Family YMCA is encouraging residents of the Ventura area to […] Read More »

Become a Junior Ranger at Channel Islands National Park

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Channel Islands National Park is hosting a special Junior Ranger event on Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the park visitor center in the Ventura Harbor. Children will have the opportunity to participate in four different Junior Ranger programs at the event, allowing them to earn badges […] Read More »

The Peddler of Flowers by Amy Lowell

The Peddler of Flowers Amy Lowell I came from the country With flowers, Larkspur and roses, Fretted lilies In their leaves, And long, cool lavender. I carried them From house to house, And cried them Down hot streets. The sun fell Upon my flowers, And the dust of the streets Blew over my basket. That […] Read More »

California Dental Association Foundation and CDA host CDA Cares to provide free dental care April 16-17 at Ventura County Fairgrounds

The California Dental Association Foundation and CDA are hosting a CDA Cares dental clinic to provide oral health care and education at no charge to approximately 2,000 patients. Dentists, dental and health professionals, and community volunteers are donating their time and skills to this two-day event. Since 2012, with the help of 12,918 volunteers, CDA […] Read More »

Apply Now to Serve on Ventura City Council Advisory Boards, Commissions and Committees

Ventura residents can apply for an exciting opportunity to support their community by serving as a volunteer on one of the City Council Advisory Boards, Commissions or Committees that advise the City Council on an array of issues.  There are open positions on 12 multi-member Council Advisory groups that examine issues and help shape Ventura. […] Read More »

A Celebration of Art and Native Flora at Channel Islands National Park April 9

As part of a continuing celebration of 100 years of national parks in 2016, the public is invited to enjoy a spring event in the native plant garden on April 9, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center in the Ventura Harbor. This Find Your Park event […] Read More »

Marine Mammal Sightings

Marine Mammal Sightings Totals for March 2016: Blue Whales: 3 Fin Whales: 11 Gray Whales: 190 Humpback Whales: 185 Minke Whales: 2 Orca Whales: 1 Sei Whales: 1 Bottlenose Dolphin: 250 Common Dolphin: 32,816 Northern Right Whale Dolphin: 2 Pacific White Sided Dolphin: 50 Thresher Sharks:  6 Read More »

Ventura College presents Diversity in Culture Festival

Ventura College will hold its inaugural Diversity in Culture Festival, April 12–14 on the Ventura College campus, 4667 Telegraph. The festival is free and open to the public. Events will begin at 11 a.m. each day and run until 8:30 p.m. The event will feature a wide variety of cultural performances, art, food and speakers […] Read More »

Please help find Walter

Walter’s family needs your help to bring him safely home. Read More »

Chumash are an important part of our history

This Chumash dwelling was constructed by Devin Kress (with some help) for his Eagle Scout merit at the Museum of Ventura County. Councilwoman Heitmann is seen checking it out. Summarized from the Channel Islands National Park Service Archeological evidence indicates that there has been a human presence in the northern Channel Islands for thousands of […] Read More »

From Ventura’s China Town to the Jue Family Dynasty

Painting of  Walton Jue from an historical photograph painted by Pang Qi the artist of the Chinese mural on Figueroa Street.  by Karen Helen Szatkowski Even before California incorporated San Buenaventura as a city in 1866, immigrants from foreign lands decided this was a worthy landing to improve their lives and prospects. The first early […] Read More »

Planting in partnership for the 150th Anniversary

Volunteers replanted the Peace Garden located in Plaza Park. The Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) in partnership with the City of Ventura began the dirty but rewarding work of replanting the Peace Garden at Plaza Park, in celebration of the City’s 150th Anniversary. Volunteers came out for the new dig, planting yellow Nemesia in two hundred […] Read More »

Kellogg Park takes a small step with groundbreaking

City dignitaries from the City Council and Recreation & Parks and other employees and well-wishers  dig Kellogg Park. On March 12 Kellogg Park held a groundbreaking ceremony that included a Chumash Blessing for the land, music from local middle school DeAnza Academy of Technology and the Arts, Mariachi Los Halcones, brightly colored Aztec Dancers and […] Read More »

Rancho Days Celebration held at the historic Olivas Adobe

Photo by Bernie Goldstein. A Rancho Days Celebration was held at the historic Olivas Adobe in Ventura. The community life in the 1800s was celebrated as part of the 150th anniversary of the city of Ventura. Two visiting docents from the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles with Mrs. Olivas played by Joanne Abing on […] Read More »

Winners of the 2016 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Photo by Michael Gordon Trophies were awarded to the winners at the Ventura City Council Meeting held on Monday, March 14. The Parade theme was “Celebrating 150 Years of Ventura’s History.” The parade Grand Marshal was the descendants of Ventura’s historic families the Chumash, E.P. Foster, Olivas, Smith Hobson and Petit and Harrison Moraga families. For […] Read More »

Vista Real Charter High School

Ventura Chamber President and CEO Stephanie Caldwell holds the ribbon while Councilwoman Cheryl Heitmann cuts it at open house. By Sheri Long-Vista Real Community Liaison Although Vista Real’s downtown Ventura location opened in July, we officially celebrated with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, March 10th. Students, staff, and community members were […] Read More »

Changes in the Breeze

In major news in the newspaper industry it has been announced that the Ventura Breeze has purchased the VC Star for $10,500,000 cash. Respecting the history of the Star Free Press the paper will be renamed the Star Breeze Press. Sheldon Brown will be publisher, president, CEO and CIA and Savana Brown has been named […] Read More »

Public Health Investigating Cases of Cardiomyopathy in Ventura County

Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) has been investigating 12 patients with cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart begins to work with decreased efficiency, and is marked by fatigue and shortness of breath. The patients who have recently been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in the county range in age from 19 to 78 years of […] Read More »

Pierpont Elementary Instructor Recognized as March's Teacher of the Month

The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) named Mary Louise Newburn, first grade instructor at Pierpont Elementary School in Ventura, California, as March’s Teacher of the Month. VCEF board member, Pattie Braga, joined elected representatives and members of the business community on March 2, 2016, to present Newburn with a plaque commemorating the award. Newburn, […] Read More »

Hop into Spring with Foot By Foot

This Easter, give the most unique gift to your loved ones. Sponsor a Ventura Botanical Gardens Trail Foot, maybe even two or three. For our dog-loving contributors and their trail-loving pets, get four! This is perfect for the people in your life who don’t need more junk food!   Each foot is $50. So far, […] Read More »

City of Ventura completes new sewer interconnect project, marking continued progress toward commercial development project

The City of Ventura recently finished a significant step in completing the needed infrastructure for a high priority project known as Focus Area One which includes the Ventura Auto Center and Olivas Park, a future development project. The Olivas Park Drive Sewer Interconnect project includes installation of a new sewer pipeline that will bypass the […] Read More »

66' catamaran Extreme H20

66′ catamaran Extreme H20 in the Harbor set to sail Photo by George  Robertson Read More »

Community College Volleyball Tournament in the Harbor

Community College Volleyball Tournament in the Harbor – Ventura, Bakersfield and Pierce College Girls Teams Photo by George Robertson Read More »

“I shoot dead people”

Photos of military heroes shot by local photographer at Arlington National Cemetery. By Richard Lieberman Don Harper a local photographer has been quietly shooting the last photos of our nation’s military heroes. Don, a military veteran has been shooting the funerals at Arlington National Cemetery since the 1980’s. Starting in 1985 while attending a series […] Read More »

The Community Academy is scheduled to begin March 22

Learn how the VPD caught these bad guys.    The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy is coming! Have you ever wanted to know the who, what, when, where, why and how of police operations? Not the ‘TV’ version, but the actual facts? Here’s your chance. The Community Academy will take you on a ride-along with a […] Read More »

Ventura’s fight to remain graffiti-free

Graffiti seen from trains passing through Ventura. Photo by Daniel Ingram By Amber Hansen In today’s world, vandalism is rampant. It’s not uncommon to see graffiti on nearly every block in some cities. While Ventura isn’t covered in garish spray paint, it doesn’t take a detective to find vandalism on both public and private properties in […] Read More »

Mayor makes case for tax increase to two “juries”

Erik Nasarenko was selected as Mayor by the City Council in December, 2015. Mayor Erik Nasarenko, who is a deputy district attorney for Ventura County, was right at home making his case before a City Council meeting at his first State of the City address, and at the annual Ventura Chamber of Commerce’s State of […] Read More »

Betsy Blanchard Chess selected as Director of Fund Development

Betsy has worked with numerous arts organizations including the Rubicon Theatre. The Museum of Ventura County is pleased to announce the hiring of Betsy Blanchard Chess as its new Director of Development. Ms. Chess will help lead the organization in its efforts to sustain its two locations-the second site being the Museum of Ventura Agriculture […] Read More »

Newly groomed volleyball courts in the Ventura Harbor

By George Robertson Glad to see that the community colleges are taking advantage of the newly groomed volleyball courts in the Ventura Harbor.  Can’t wait to see the high school beach volleyball teams playing there. Read More »

Construction on the Ventura Pier continues

Construction on the Ventura Pier continues. Maybe these homeless guys could do the work they seem very talented at building things. Read More »

Ventura Police Department's newest K9 Teams, Officer Keith Therrien and K9 Falco, will be introduced at Ventura Baptist Church Mar. 13

One of Ventura Police Department’s newest K9 Teams, Officer Keith Therrien and K9 Falco, will be introduced at Ventura Baptist Church on March 13 at 9:30 a.m. Falco was purchased from a donation by Ventura Baptist Church. Falco is a two and half year old all black German Shepard from Germany. His full name is […] Read More »

Cal Poly students from Ventura honored

Rachel SantaOlalla and Tanner Shelton make Ventura proud. Twenty-one Cal Poly students were recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Monday, Feb. 1. Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, D-Carmel, whose district also includes the university, introduced the students to his colleagues. […] Read More »

Tree damage from high winds

This very large tree located on Seaward in Ventura fell during the recent huge winds. Read More »

Public invited to Ventura 150th "City Hall Open House" on Friday, March 11

Community members of all ages are invited to visit Ventura City Hall, located at 501 Poli Street, for a fun afternoon learning about local government during an Open House celebrating Ventura’s 150th anniversary of cityhood.  The free event will be held Friday, March 11, from 1 to 4 pm. Art and historic tours, music, refreshments, […] Read More »

Ventura College Hosts First District-Wide Distance Education Summit

Dean of Distance Education Gwendolyn Lewis Huddleston and Chancellor Bernard Luskin hosts summit Ventura College recently hosted its first district-wide Distance Education Summit on campus at the new Applied Science Center to discuss the future of Distance Education throughout the district and statewide.  Chancellor Bernard Luskin and Ventura College President Greg Gillespie joined Dean of […] Read More »

United Blood Services Announces First New Blood Mobile in Twenty Years!

The familiar sight at local mobile blood drives is sure to please donors and staff alike. Ventura & Santa Barbara – United Blood Services has upgraded it’s “blood mobile”, a familiar sight in the area, with a brand new unit. The new blood mobile was especially built and configured to United Blood Services specifications and […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation announces new board member, Robert Beilin

Robert Beilin, Ph.D., MFT. Is new board member at Ventura College Foundation. Ventura College Foundation’s Executive Director Norbert Tan has announced the addition of new board member, Robert Beilin, Ph.D., MFT. A licensed marital and family therapist, Dr. Beilin has been providing mediation, psychotherapy, coaching and consultation in Ventura County for forty years and has […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury now accepting applications

Are you interested in providing a service for your community while learning about local government operations?  Service on the Ventura County [Civil] Grand Jury provides that opportunity. As an all-volunteer watchdog group, the Grand Jury investigates selected complaints that have been received from the public.  After investigating a complaint, the Grand Jury issues a written report which includes facts, […] Read More »

Students from  El Camino High School

By Phil Taggart Ventura County Poet Laureate Starting this last September, I started working with students from El Camino High School at Ventura College through the CAPS Media program.  The high school students were to produce a news/magazine show.  They were responsible for all the technical aspects and the content. The attack in Paris followed […] Read More »

Illegal drivers on Pierpont Beach got stuck and caught in the act

Sometime early Saturday two individuals in a SUV decided to drive across the sand berms on Pierpont Beach. They started at San Pedro and got as far as Brockton LN before they got stuck. Both the Ventura Police and the State Park Rangers arrived shortly thereafter. State Parks pulled them free. I wonder how much this is […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department's Community Academy is coming!

The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy is coming! Have you ever wanted to know the who, what, when, where, why and how of police operations? Not the ‘TV’ version, but the actual facts? Here’s your chance! The Community Academy will take you on a ride-along with a patrol officer, show you what a SWAT team […] Read More »

Drive through at the Bargain Box

A lady judy couldn’t wait for the Bargain Box to open so just drove in (1975 Main in Ventura) Read More »

VCEF Names El Camino High School Instructor Jean Krist February Teacher of the Month

Jean Krist receives award for excellence in education The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) recognized Jean Krist, educator at El Camino High School (ECHS) in Ventura, California, as February’s Teacher of the Month. On Feb. 23, 2016, VCEF board member, Pattie Braga, joined elected representatives and members of the business community to present Krist […] Read More »

Harbor waterways entrance now open

Minor dredging work is still continuing at the open Harbor. Photo by Richard Lieberman The Ventura Harbor waterways entry is open for normal boating traffic. The dredging at Ventura Harbor will remain in and around the harbor for the next month to continue efforts to remove hazards in the harbor entrance.  Boaters should be aware […] Read More »

Jordan and Sandra Laby receive humanitarian award

The Laby’s passion, along with their philanthropy, has enriched many lives. On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 a Harmony Project of Ventura County Celebration Lunch “For The Love of Children, Community and Music” was held at the Marriott Ventura Beach. The lunch was presented by the New West Symphony League to award Sandra and Jordan Laby […] Read More »

Landmark Pierpont Inn remodeling without the required permits and Historic Preservation approvals

Portion of the Pierpont Inn “red tagged” by the City. The city of Ventura has declared a portion of the historic Pierpont Inn not safe to enter and has “red tagged” it. This includes the lobby, restaurant and bar. The Inn has done un-permitted renovation work in these areas and in some of the guest […] Read More »

Brooks Institute chooses Downtown Ventura to launch new urban campus

City Hall North will house Brooks Institute. Brooks Institute and the City of Ventura have announced a strategic partnership that will result in a new home for the campus and a catalytic boost to the local economy of Downtown Ventura. All campus functions will relocate to Downtown Ventura by the end of 2016. Brooks Institute […] Read More »

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum Brown-bag Luncheon Learning Series Mar. 4

The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum will hold a Brown-bag Luncheon Learning Series on Friday (March 4th) at noon.  The topic is “More than just roads and commodes:  The history of the Naval Shore Establishment 1800-1941, Part One.”  Join museum archivist Gina Nichols for the first installment of a two-part series on the history of the […] Read More »

Ventura City Firefighters respond to ¼ acre fire in Ventura River

On Feb.25 , at 1:45am Ventura City Firefighters responded into to the Ventura River Friday morning for a ¼ acre fire that was the result of an unattended vagrant encampment fire. The fire spread through the brush and consumed vegetation surrounding the waterfront and burned towards the train trestle. Firefighters contained the fire in an […] Read More »

March is American Red Cross Month

The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton and is the United States premier emergency response organization. The American Red Cross is part of a worldwide organization which offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war. The American Red Cross is not funded by the government. They rely on donations of […] Read More »

Ventura County Community College District holding Public Policy Hearing on Accreditation Mar 2

The Ventura County Community College District plans to hold a Public Policy Hearing on Accreditation at the Ventura County Office of Education (5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, CA), Wednesday, March 2.  The three colleges in the District (Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura) are preparing required self-study documents in anticipation of their accreditation site visits from the Association of […] Read More »

Harbor Waterways Entrance Now Open

Harbor Waterways Entrance Now OpenThe Ventura Harbor waterways entry is open for normal boating traffic as of Friday, February 19 at 2 p.m. The dredging at Ventura Harbor will remain in and around the harbor for the next month to continue efforts to remove hazards in the harbor entrance.  Boaters should be aware and carefully […] Read More »

Trailer side swipes hydrant causing geyer and flooding

Pictures from , Tuesday, February 16, , near the Servants of the Father of Mercy, 1544 Morse Ave. At about 2:30pm a trailer side swiped a fire hydrant near the corner of Callens and Market Street.  It set off a huge water geyser about two and a half stories high and flooding the street down Callens into the field […] Read More »

Additional funds received for Harbor dredging

Dredging at Harbor will remove almost a million cubic yards of dirt. Photo by George Robertson. The government FY16 Work Plan has been released and Ventura Harbor received an additional $2.5 million for the dredging of the Harbor federal entrance channel. This brings the total available money for dredging this winter to $7.3 million, which will […] Read More »

Construction to begin this month

Bridge to link promenade to downtown. The City of Ventura’s California Street Bridge Pedestrian Project will begin construction this month. Enhancements include new lighting, decorative railings and sidewalk treatments which will create a safer environment for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists crossing the bridge and will help visually distinguish the California Street off-ramp as the entry […] Read More »

Auxiliary members donate their time and talent

On Feb. 5, the Community Memorial Auxiliary held their annual awards lunch at the 4 Four Points Sheraton. At that meeting, Sandy Frandsen, Auxiliary President, and Norma Taylor, Treasurer, presented CMH President Gary Wilde a donation from the CMH Auxiliary for $125,000 to be used by the building fund. Founded on a tradition of service, […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival appoints Susan Scott as Executive Director

The Board of the Ventura Music Festival has announced the appointment of Susan Scott as Executive Director. Scott served as consultant to the Festival last year and is well known to the arts and general nonprofit communities in Ventura County. Among her other accomplishments, Scott directed the three-year ArtsLIVE project of the Ventura County Community […] Read More »

New West Symphony music director Marcelo Lehninger leads orchestra in Masterpiece Series concert

New West Symphony music director Marcelo Lehninger will lead the orchestra in a Masterpiece Series concert featuring the music of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.   Cellist Andrew Janss returns to the orchestra to  perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s Concerto No. 1 in C Major for Cello & Orchestra. The program also includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Overture to […] Read More »

Ask Event benefitting Step Up Ventura Feb. 19th

Come enjoy a little wine, a little cheese, a little chocolate, And do a whole lot of good…. It’s an Ask Event benefiting Step Up Ventura Take this opportunity to learn about an exciting new organization that provides homeless children and their families with much needed preschool and child care. This is a fundraising event and your […] Read More »

Ventura City emergency personnel respond to mini-van with 5 victims into a building

On Feb. 9 Ventura City Fire Personnel responded to a reported vehicle into a building in the 300 block of Ferro Dr. The first arriving engine company found a mini-van that had left a hillside roadway, collided with exterior portions of a residence and a concrete pillar, coming to rest with the front left portion […] Read More »

Ventura firefighters respond to vagrant encampment fire below Union Pacific Train Trestle

A vagrant encampment fire that started in a confined space below the Union Pacific Train Trestle Sunday afternoon extended approximately 40 feet and significantly damaged a portion of the rail line on the bridge. Firefighters requested Union Pacific to stop all rail activities in order to make access to bridge. Ventura Police assisted by placing […] Read More »

Applications now being accepted for City of Ventura Planning Commission position

City of Ventura residents are encouraged to apply for a vacancy on the Planning Commission that advises the City Council on issues related to planning, development, and beautification of the City.  The special recruitment process is now open and applications are available online at www.cityofventura.net/involved/advisory or from the City Clerk’s Office, Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli […] Read More »

Harbor entrance may open soon

According to Harbormaster John Higgins the Ventura Harbor entrance (closed because of high sand build –up) could reopen shortly if dredging can be performed to remove the sand build-up. The Harbor entrance was closed Jan.22 which meant that the tall ships had to be moved to the Channel Islands Harbor. Dredging equipment will hopefully be arriving […] Read More »

Ventura College hosts Financial Aid Super Saturday

Ventura College will host free hands-on workshops to assist students with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Applications. The workshop event dates and locations are: Saturday, February 6, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ventura College Santa Paula, 957 Faulkner Road. Saturday, February 27,  8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ventura College […] Read More »

2016 Ventura County Fair announces poster contest for county youth

2015 Poster Contest winners: 1st Place Annie Sun, 14, of Newbury Park; 2nd Place Anna Sorensen, 11, of Simi Valley;  and 3rd Place Emma Fong, 11, of Newbury Park. The Ventura County Fair has announced that the 7th annual Fair poster contest will be held for the 2016 Ventura County Fair.  The contest is open to young […] Read More »

Hazardous conditions in Ventura Harbor's entrance.

214,000 additional cubic yards of sand have accumulated in the entrance. Photo by Ventura Harbor Patrol By Stan Whisenhunt Ventura Port District officials are waiting anxiously to find out if there will be additional funding for dredging at Ventura Harbor which is to begin any day now. Heavy shoaling due to recent storms and high surf […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival announces exciting 22nd season lineup and new executive director

Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta highlighted the new Festival season and the benefits of listening to great music. Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta announced the artist line-up of the 22nd Festival in a special briefing held at Ventura City Hall on Jan.21. With a new July schedule, the Festival takes place on the weekends of July 15-17 […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber installs new board

2016 Executive Committee members James Perero, Steven Brown, Jeff Hata, Charnell Smith, Greg Van Ness, and Greg Gillespie. (Not pictured: Sam Benner and Matthew Graczyk) The Ventura Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting and Board Installation on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at The Pierpont Inn.  The event was attended by business members, City officials and dignitaries […] Read More »

Surfrider Foundation Ventura County Chapter Meeting Tues. Feb. 2nd

Guest Speakers on Pervasive Plastics in our Sandy Beach Ecosystem Surfrider welcomes the public to join us at our first general chapter meeting for 2016 on Tuesday February 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30 at Patagonia / Great Pacific Iron Works. The chapter meeting will cover local program and campaign updates and feature a guest presentation by a research […] Read More »

Join us for Day 2 of the STEAM + ASPIRE3 event at Foothill Technology High School Sat. Jan. 30th

Join us for Day 2 of the STEAM + ASPIRE3 event this Saturday, January 30th from 1:30-3:00 at Foothill Technology High School in Spirito Hall. Ventura Unified Middle School students from Ancapa, Balboa, Cabrillo, DeAnza (DATA) and Sunset have teamed up with mentors from Foothill Technology High School to design a website and video where students use STEAM to […] Read More »

Community members invited to attend a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Committee Stakeholder Meeting, Jan. 28 at 6pm

What:   Stakeholder forum – Upper Ventura River (UVRB) Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Committee When:  Thursday, January 28, 2016 6pm to 8:30pm Where:  Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View CA 93022 Who:  Open to the public and interested community members A public stakeholder forum is scheduled to provide an opportunity for interested stakeholders to learn more about the […] Read More »

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County hosts grand opening for new Oxnard ReStore

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting for its new Oxnard ReStore and office location Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 9 a.m. The new location is at 1850 Eastman Avenue Oxnard. Join us for exclusive offers, refreshments, followed by tours of the new offices. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department responds to vehicle driving into unoccupied motel room

On Jan.23, at 2:16pm  the Ventura City Fire department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle into a structure.  Upon arrival firefighters discovered a single vehicle inside a first floor room of a two story motel in the 700 block of Thompson. The vehicle, with two adult occupants, was driven through an exterior wall […] Read More »

Results from Ventura Police Department DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on 1-22-16

The Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on 1-22-16, at Main St. and Callens Rd. between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. DUI/Drivers […] Read More »

Tall Ships take early departure from Ventura Harbor

In very bad news for the Ventura Harbor merchants, and Venturans  the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have left the Ventura Harbor and sailed back to the Channel Islands Harbor. This was due to storm action and an unusually large amount of sand at the harbor entrance where conditions were getting too dangerous […] Read More »

Healthy Women’s Program receives funds

Back row: Michael Ellingson, Lydia Hopps, Lynn Jacobs and Mel Sheeler. Front row: Judie Sweet, Karen Portlock and Patty Jimenez at fundraising tournament. The Saticoy Regional Women’s Golf Club recently held its “Tee Off 4 the Cure” fundraising tournament, with proceeds going to the Community Memorial Health System “Healthy Women’s Program.” Saticoy Country Club has […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award

Alex Brunk was a 2015 scholarship winner who received $3.500 from the VPOA. The Ventura Police Officers Association (VPOA) is accepting applications for the 13th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships will be presented in June to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell is […] Read More »

One thousand people kept from homelessness by the Homeless Prevention Fund

The Homeless Prevention Fund helped to move the homeless out of the river bottom and into housing. By Jill Forman Over 20,000 individuals in the City of Ventura have household incomes that leave no room for emergencies.  One-time financial difficulties such as a car repair, accident, illness or job cutback can result in the loss […] Read More »

Tall ships return to Ventura Harbor

Photos by John Ferritto On Saturday, Jan.16 the Tall Ships had their grand arrival as they sailed into the Ventura Harbor for their three weeks of sailing adventures, cannon battles, and educational programs for young people. The brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain are scheduled to stay in Ventura Harbor until  Feb. […] Read More »

Day Island boat beached on Pierpont beach in Ventura

Photo by Cindy Summers On Jan.10, at 10:18pm the Ventura City Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a large commercial fishing vessel aground in the surf line in front of Woodstock Ln. Ventura. Upon arrival Ventura City Ocean Rescue personnel discovered 3 adult fishermen still on board. With waves crashing into the vessel […] Read More »

Canoeing down Channel Dr.

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Tall ships return to Ventura Harbor

Photo of  by John Ferritto A movie star tall ship and her companion return to Ventura this winter for more than three weeks of sailing adventures, cannon battles, and educational programs for young people. The brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain are scheduled to sail into Ventura Harbor Village January 15 and […] Read More »

CMHS promotes Cynthia Fahey to VP of Patient Care Services

 Fahey joined CMHS in 2012 as Clinical Quality Coordinator. Cynthia Fahey, R.N., interim Chief Nursing Officer at Community Memorial Health System, has been promoted to Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. Fahey joined CMHS in 2012 as the Clinical Quality Coordinator, then as Director of Quality, before serving CMHS as Interim […] Read More »

PGA Tour pre-qualifying tournaments to be held in Ventura

Olivas Links is an award-winning 18-hole golf facility. The Olivas Links will play host to pre-qualifying tournaments for both of the upcoming PGA Tour tournaments in the Southern California region, the Farmers Insurance Open and the Northern Trust Open.  Pre-qualifiers provide an opportunity for professionals and amateurs to earn a spot in the Monday qualifier […] Read More »

New West Symphony Harmony Project provides music instruction

Music students performed at Bell Arts and Sheridan Way School. Students from the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County recently presented two concerts in Ventura. On Dec. 10 they performed at Sheridan Way School, to a standing room only crowd. One-hundred students performed. The second concert was on Dec. 12 at the Bell […] Read More »

Elite Theatre Company presents one-act festival Jan. 15th - Feb. 7th

The Elite Theatre Company is proud to present its 7th Annual One-Act Play Festival, opening Friday, January 15th and playing to February 7th. The plays are a compilation of the winners of the 2015 One-Act Play Writing Competition chosen from nearly 100 submissions from North American playwrights. The selections are both dramatic and comedic, and […] Read More »

Update on Sandbags

The City of Ventura Maintenance Yard parking lot at 336 Sanjon Rd will have sand, bags and shovels as supplies last and will continue to refill as possible. Supplies are currently NOT available at Fire Station #1 or #6. The Ventura County Fire Department is also providing sandbags the phone number for more information is […] Read More »

Storm and high surf advisory for Ventura Tuesday-Thursday

The National Weather Service advises that a series of three storms is expected to make landfall in Ventura County beginning Tuesday, January 5. The first storm system is forecasted to hit Ventura County early Tuesday morning into the evening and may bring 1.4 – 2.5 inches of rain to the area. Rainfall rates up to […] Read More »

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy invites volunteers to plant trees January 16 & 18

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy invites volunteers to plant trees on January 16 & 18 On Sat., Jan. 16 and Mon., Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host community tree planting events at the Big Rock Preserve near Foster Park. VHC invites volunteers of all ages to join them from 9 […] Read More »

Sand and sandbags available to Ventura residents

Sand and sandbags available to Ventura residents, at the following locations: City of Ventura, Sanjon Mainentance Yard: 336 Sanjon Road Ventura City Fire Station #1: 717 N. Ventura Avenue Ventura City Fire Station #6: 10797 Darling Road (near Wells Road, across from Saticoy Golf Course) In preparation of expected heavy rain, the City of Ventura […] Read More »

Happy New Year

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Electrical fire damages home

On Dec.30, at 5:20 pm, a resident of Cabrillo Village, 1515 S. Saticoy Ave. arrived home to find smoke and flames coming out of a front window and lapping at the eaves above the entrance to her home.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find the residence completely charged with smoke.  As they advanced into the […] Read More »

Ventura Pier repairs begin

Our beloved pier is finally getting some much-needed TLC after the amazingly brutal waves we had recently Read More »

Wood stove flu causes hedge fire damaging garage

On Dec.29, at 3:12pm a resident working in his backyard was startled by popping sounds and a large head of smoke coming from his garage. The homeowner had an extinguisher and attempted to put out the blaze, but the fire moved quickly and was not extinguished. Ventura City Fire Firefighters responded to the home in […] Read More »

Car loses control and crashes into light pole

On Dec.19, at 12:54pm  a four door sedan was traveling West bound on Aurora, when for unknown reasons, it lost control and went head on into a light pole. The light pole fractured and came to rest on top of the vehicle. The occupant, in his 70’s, experienced mild chest pain from the accident, and […] Read More »

Solimar fire aftermath

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Christmas Eve wildfire on North West slope of Arroyo Verde Park

Just before 7pm on Christmas night, a wind driven wildfire started on the North West slope of Arroyo Verde Park near the middle of the recreational area. The fire was on a hill, approximately 100ft X 100ft in size and was in deep chaparral and trees spreading at a moderate speed. The Ventura Fire Department […] Read More »

Bail for “suspected” killer Brandon Ellis set at $5 million

Brandon Ellis captured in Rosarito, Mexico. The bail for “suspected” killer Brandon Ellis has been set at $5 million. Ellis has been charged with murder and the attempted murder of Alexa Payne (20) who had had a previous relationship with him. She is expected to survive the shooting. He is also charged with being a […] Read More »

Male shot to death in East Ventura

VPD Swat team converged on Motel6 believing that suspect was staying there. Photo by Cindy Summers. On Thursday, Dec. 17, at 8:30 a.m., the Ventura Police Department received a 911 call from a 20 year-old female at a residence in the 1600 block of Tapir Circle in East Ventura at the Todd Ranch Condominiums. The […] Read More »

Ventura has a great future ahead

By Mayor Nasarenko The 150th birthday of Ventura marks a crossroads for our city. It is a time when we both look back to 1866, the date we became a city, and look ahead to the 150 years ahead us. As we do so, we have to acknowledge that Ventura is a little worn for […] Read More »

It has been an honor to serve as Mayor

By Cheryl Heitmann Has been an honor to serve as the Mayor for the past 2 years. Has been an honor to serve as only the 3rd woman mayor in 150 years. Has been an honor to serve as the smallest Mayor in 150 years. I want to thank my fellow councilmembers for your support.  […] Read More »

State of the state of development in Ventura - Part 2 of 2

By Rebecca Wicks The future of development in Ventura is always a hot topic.  Most city officials and residents seem to favor controlled growth, as outlined in the 2005 General Plan, which details how the city prefers to grow.  This, according to City Manager Mark Watkins includes big and small development. “Some of the little […] Read More »

Holiday Toy Drive for local Ventura County children

Currently there are 1,000 children in foster care and thousands of additional low-income kids in Ventura County, and these youth are in need of toys and other gifts this holiday season. In an effort to bring some holiday cheer to these children in need, there are programs that help coordinate through Children and Family Services […] Read More »

DUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrest

The Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday December 20, 2015, at Seaward Ave. and Alessandro Dr. between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 2:15 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Boat Parade judges

Ventura Harbor Boat Parade judges Tom Spence (from KVTA), Saurabh Bajaj, some really handsome guy and Barbara Hinton managed to stay warm enough to judge the boats. They also enjoyed the fireworks after the parade. The winning boats will be in a future Ventura Breeze. Read More »

Drunk Driving Ruins the Holidays

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Crackdown If you’re enjoying the holidays with a drink, The Ventura Police Departmenthas a message for you:Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across America will be actively searching for and arresting drunk drivers from […] Read More »

Shop Local This Holiday Season to Discover Unique Gifts for All

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) encourages community to support local businesses As the holidays are approaching, many people are joining the crowds at malls and big chain stores seeking the right gift for friends and family – or camping out in front of their screens, avoiding the crowds, shopping the biggest online retailers and buying as […] Read More »

Scorpion Pier on Santa Cruz Island Closed Temporarily Due to Damage from High Surf

The Scorpion Pier on Santa Cruz Island is closed temporarily until damages caused by the high surf last Friday are fully assessed and repaired. The island will remain open to visitation. Landings at Scorpion Anchorage will be beach landings via skiff until the pier reopens. Storm surge and high waves inundated Scorpion Anchorage last Friday, […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire personnel responds to structure fire, visible fire coming from the roof of a strip-mall

On Dec.13, at 5:16pm Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a reported structure fire, visible fire coming from the roof of a strip-mall in the 4800 block of Telephone. Units arrived to find occupants being evacuated out of a single-story retail business by Ventura Police. Sprinkler heads on the roof were flowing, the fire alarm system was alerting, […] Read More »

Heavy surf pounds and damages Ventura Pier

Photos by Bob Messina Heavy surf pounded Ventura on Dec.11 prompting the Pier to be closed. It will be closed for several weeks while damage is being evaluated and repaired. Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens appoints new leadership

Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a world-class botanical garden and cultural landmark, has chosen Dr. Joe Cahill as its first-ever Executive Director. New Board President Dr. Tracy Long and Vice President Barbara Brown join Dr. Cahill. Dr. Joe Cahill is a professional botanist who has served VBG in a leadership […] Read More »

Olivas Links receives award from CGCOA

Olivas Links has been awarded the 2015 Community Environmental Award at the annual meeting of the CGCOA (California Golf Course Owner’s Association). The highlights for Olivas Links receiving the award included: ●  The renovation of the 12.5 acre driving range with the use of artificial turn and decomposed granite which greatly reduced water usage and […] Read More »

Experience the magic of the season seaside

Photo by Dan Harding The Ventura Harbor presents the 39th Annual Ventura Harbor Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks, Friday & Saturday, December 18 & 19, at 6:30 pm and Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, December 19 from 1- 5 pm.  Decorated boats and holiday décor kick off this year’s “Surf, Sand & […] Read More »

City Council approves Regent prescreen

Regent Properties took a giant step forward towards the eventual development of 55 homes in the hillsides above Ventura.  On Nov. 30, the Ventura City Council approved the prescreen application submitted by the developer and previously approved by the Planning Commission. At the special council meeting, which lasted more than 8 hours, the council voted […] Read More »

State of the state of development in Ventura, Part 1 of 2

Photo by John Ferritto Part 1 of 2 By Rebecca Wicks More than two years ago I wrote an article outlining “10 projects that will change the face of Ventura.”  Since then, the publisher of the Breeze has received periodic inquiries about these and other projects in Ventura.  Follows is an update on these and […] Read More »

WHAT IS REUSABLE BAG DAY?


Reusable Bag Day is an educational grassroots event hosted by the Surfrider Foundation Ventura County Chapter along with local community groups. We are asking holiday shoppers and retailers to forgo single-use, plastic shopping bags in favor of reusable bags to help protect the oceans and Ventura’s beauty one reusable bag at a time. Surfrider Foundation and City of […] Read More »

70 year old woman rescued after falling through living room floor into basement

Just before noon on Saturday, Dec.5 , in the 2000 Block of Hyland Ave a 70 year old woman was walking from her living room through a hallway when she accidentally fell through an opening to the basement that was 8 feet deep. The vertical fall resulted in multiple injuries and possible fractures of the arm, hip, and […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire responds to multiple, simultaneous fires near NB-101 / EB-126 freeway interchange

On Sunday Nov.19 Ventura City Fire personnel responded to multiple, simultaneous fires reported in the general area of the NB -101 / EB-126 freeway interchange, during a period of gusty winds.Structures at a nearby mobile home park were initially reported to be threatened, prompting a full first-alarm structure fire response to that location, but were quickly […] Read More »

Ventura City Firefighters on scene at Montgomery Ave home fire in 3 minutes

Residents of a single family home located in the 700 block of Montgomery Ave. were awakened to the smell of smoke and the sound of fire alarms in the early dawn of Nov.27.. The home owner quickly ran into the living room from his bedroom and witnessed the television set and the items on top of an adjacent […] Read More »

Looking back at severe weather in Ventura in 1992 & 1998

If you are so inclined, take the time and watch these videos. News coverage of 1992 floods in Ventura, CA. Ventura River floods the RV park off of Main St. PART 1 10 Minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjTZEY9i… PART 2 The first 4 mins are about Ventura and then it goes to LA if you scan forward to […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department responds to fire burning in Ventura River bottom adjacent to Ventura County Fairgrounds

On Nov.23, at 9:25am the Ventura City Fire Department received a report of a fire burning in the Ventura River bottom adjacent to the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a 75’ x 100’ fire burning in the aforementioned location. Firefighters extinguished and overhauled the fire with hand tools and water achieving full containment 2 hours after […] Read More »

Black Friday was black smoke

Just after the official start of Black Friday, at 12:40am shoppers at the Pacific View Mall reported seeing active smoke pouring from the roof at Lowe’s Home Improvement store. Active alarms were ringing and employees had yet to start their shift, thus the building was empty at the time of the alarm. First arriving firefighters made access into […] Read More »

The Grandes Dames are the ultimate Rubicon Theatre volunteers

The Grandes Dames recently held an elegant luncheon at the Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo. The Grandes Dames host several luncheons and events, each year at different upscale locations  throughout Ventura County including country clubs, hotels and yacht clubs. The luncheons include wonderful entertainment provided by cast members who perform at the Rubicon Theatre. […] Read More »

Ventura and Gold Coast Recycling celebrate 25th anniversary

Photos by John Ferritto Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, established in 1990 to help local cities, including Ventura, and the County of Ventura meet state mandates to cut the amount of trash they send to landfills in half, held a 25th anniversary celebration on Nov. 19. Gold Coast Recycling and business partner Harrison Industries […] Read More »

Anacapa Middle School teacher recognized

The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) named Danna Lomax, language arts teacher at Anacapa Middle School in Ventura, as November’s Teacher of the Month. VCEF board member, Pattie Braga, along with elected representatives and members of the business community, presented Lomax with a plaque to commemorate the award . Lomax was acknowledged for her […] Read More »

KTLA on site in Ventura covering capsized 16ft vessel with a 65 year old fisherman unaccounted for

On Nov. 11, at 8:40 pm two men were outside of the Ventura Harbor on Friday night lobster fishing when their 15 foot skiff was hit by a 5 foot wave and was overturned outside of the rock groin on Greenock Lane, just adjacent to Marina Park. Both men in their 60’s were fully clothed and attempted […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department responds to structure fire at Sunset and Briarwood

On Nov.15, at 6:30am the Ventura City Fire Department received a report of a structure fire in the area of Sunset and Briarwood. Upon arrival firefighters found a single family residential home with the garage fully involved in fire. Firefighters were able to hold the fire to the garage while extinguishing the fire. Firefighters remained on scene after […] Read More »

Take a tour of the new CMH

  Community Memorial Hospital is conducting tours of its new hospital on Friday afternoons. The tour is conducted by Michael G. Ellingson, CMHS Vice President Marketing & Development and assisted by Mary Schmitz, Ph.D., Director of Development. This is the perfect time to see the construction before the final ceilings are installed. Seeing the  amazing […] Read More »

La Viera pre-screen confirmed for City Council Meeting

  By Richard Lieberman Ventura City Council will hold a meeting, November 30th and on the agenda will be Regent Properties proposed La Viera project. The project proposal describes 55 luxury homes to be built on 40 acres of the Mariano Rancho in the hills above Ventura. The planning commission after a marathon public meeting, […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze’s own Cindy Summers recipient of the “One Million Acts of Kindness” award

The Ventura Breeze’s own Cindy Summers was one of the two initial recipients of the “One Million Acts of Kindness” award presented by the City of San Buenaventura. It was presented to her at the Nov. 2 City Council meeting by Mayor Heitmann. The award reads “In recognition of your heroic efforts on July 8, […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire crews respond to injury traffic collision with fire at Telephone Rd and Victoria Ave.

On Nov.5, at 5:30am Ventura City Fire crews responded to a reported injury traffic collision with fire at Telephone Rd and Victoria Ave. The first engine company to arrive found that a mid-sized delivery van and a semi-tractor/trailer had collided, resulting in rupture of the saddle tanks on the semi and diesel fuel spilling onto the roadway. Fire […] Read More »

Ventura launches its 150th anniversary celebrations on November 8

A special reception, free and open to the public, officially launches the city’s 150th anniversary celebration on Sunday, November 8, from 2 to 4 pm at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main Street. Attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments and special limited edition 150th anniversary souvenirs as they take part in a rich menu of festive […] Read More »

Ventura Fire Department responds to another fire in Ventura River bottom

Photo by Breezy Gledhill On Nov.3, at 8:30am Ventura City Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire in the Ventura River bottom adjacent to the Ventura Fair Grounds. First arriving fire crews discovered a 50’ x 50’ fire burning 20’ tall brush and arundo directly adjacent to a railroad trestle. Train service was halted while crews from […] Read More »

Firefighters respond to fire in the Ventura River bottom

On Oct.30, at 9:36am the Ventura City Fire Department received a report of a fire burning in the Ventura River bottom between the 101 freeway and a railroad trestle. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a 100’ x 200’ fire burning in the aforementioned location. Access to the fire was hampered by heavy Arundel and brush. California Department of Forestry […] Read More »

Fire Department hosts National Fire Prevention Week

Fourth Graders taught fire safety at training grounds On, October 13, and, October 14, as part of National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10), the Ventura City Fire Department and the Ventura Unified School District hosted two days of hands-on demonstrations, fire science and fire safety lessons for about 1,500 fourth-grade students, their parents and school […] Read More »

Former Ventura Mayor shot by burglar

Gregory Carson became Mayor at only 33 years old. A police report stated that on Oct. 9, at 7:50pm, in the 8200 block of Denver Street, Gregory Carson (57) had been shot in his home while interrupting a residential burglary. The shots Carson received non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Shortly after the incident was reported, an […] Read More »

Turning Point Foundation’s Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race at Ventura Harbor

Turning Point Foundation’s  Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race was held on October 17 in, and around the Ventura Harbor. The Race featured people-powered works of art built to travel in mud, water, sand and pavement. The vehicles were launched into the water at the boat ramp on Spinnaker. This year the mud pit was located by […] Read More »

Receivership used to clean-up deplorable Ventura property

The neighbors are delighted. For the first time, the City of Ventura used its receivership abilities to take over a blighted property. A judge appointed a receiver to take control of four small houses located on one lot at W. Ramona Ave. Tenant conditions were deplorable. Cockroaches, rats and pit bulls resided at this property. […] Read More »

2015 Color Run comes to Ventura Saturday, October 17 - Street closure info

2015 Color Run – Street Closures, No Parking, and Traffic Impacts Run Begins and Ends at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Traffic to be Impacted Within the Surrounding Area. Details Listed Below. Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Road closures: Saturday, October 17, 2015 beginning at 6:00 a.m. All roads opened by approximately 1:30 p.m. Details below. […] Read More »

VMF introduces season 2016

Guests gathered in the Laby’s living room after enjoying a wonderful dinner to listen to Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta. On October 1, at the beautiful home of  Sandra and Jordan Laby a Ventura Music Festival  Donor Appreciation and 2016 festival preview was held before about 30 invited guests. Betsy Chest past Board President, Doug Wied  […] Read More »

"Weave the cloth so tight that no child falls through"

Education Service Center named for retired VUSD superintendent. Photos by Michael Gordon On September 29 the Ventura Unified School District held a dedication ceremony for the naming of the Trudy Arriaga Education Service Center at the District’s office located at 255. W. Stanley Ave. The longtime superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District Dr. Trudy […] Read More »

Kinetic Sculpture Race returns to the Ventura Harbor 

“Where art and engineering collide” Photo by John Ferritto Turning Point Foundation’s  Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race will be held on October 17 in, and around the Ventura Harbor. This is a free family oriented thrilling, exciting and sometimes humorous event.  Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful harbor or dine in one of the harbors […] Read More »

Climate Geeks Solution – Art & Tech Expo!!

Climate Geeks Solution – Art & Tech Expo!! Sunday, Oct 11th 2015 at The WAV Gallery – West Ventura Noon to 6pm FREE & AIR-CONDITIONED! 175 S. Ventura Avenue x Thompson 805.641.0400   /   http://www.wavartists.com **Parking & Refreshment details at bottom FBook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/837570999675062/ Hosted by:  Arts for Earth Foundation / http://www.artsforearth.org As a part […] Read More »

New Saticoy Library open

   Photos from the newly opened Saticoy Library in very East Ventura Read More »

The 2015 Ventura Paddle Surfing Championships are just 3 days away!

Come join us October 9th & 10th at the Point at C Street, Ventura! This event is OPEN to International competitors and will result in naming a new US Open Champion, as well as the new US Waveski National Champion, Sign up now, as the Waveski Open event may be limited to 32 competitors. Other waveski divisions […] Read More »

Together We Can End Homelessness

Informing, Motivating, and Mobilizing the Community Thursday, October 8, 2015 6:30-9:00 pm Poinsettia Pavilion 3451 Foothill Rd, Ventura The Faith Subcommittee of the Ventura Social Services Task Force is sponsoring a workshop to proactively address the need for a community-wide effort to end homelessness. PATH, a provider of housing throughout California, will share what they […] Read More »

Is paid parking coming to the Downton parking structure?

Users would be given a 90-minute free period. Photo by Daniel Ingram The City of Ventura is proposing to convert the multi-story parking structure on Santa Clara St. to a paid structure, beginning in January 2016. Automated parking arms and equipment would be installed at the entrance. All users would be given a 90-minute free […] Read More »

CAPS Media Center open house to honor member/producers.

Patrick Davidson is celebrating his one-year anniversary as Executive Director of CAPS. On Thursday, October 8, CAPS Media is hosting an Open House from 6-9PM at the CAPS Media Center, located at 65 Day Road directly across from Foothill High School.  The free event is an opportunity to recognize outstanding Member/Producers, participate in an informal […] Read More »

Ventura Marathon: High temps, fast times by locals

Alberto Perusset, a.k.a. Barefoot Alberto of Malibu, finished the 3rd annual Ventura Marathon, his 100th marathon, wearing bib #100. By Mira Reverente The sweltering heat, quite unusual for Ventura this time of year, did not prevent blazing fast times from being set at the 3rd annual Ventura Marathon and Beach Party held the weekend of […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to traffic collision with vehicle into building

On Sept.25, at 11:28pm Ventura City Fire Department responded to a traffic collision with a vehicle into a building at California south of Thompson with fire involved. Upon arrival, crews discovered a vehicle into an unoccupied retail occupancy. The driver and solo-occupant was out of the vehicle denying injury. First arriving Firefighters quickly attacked the […] Read More »

Chamber of Commerce Expo

Sheldon Brown and Roylin Downs looked just like something out of the 70’s at the Chamber of Commerce Expo or out of an Ed woods’ Movie Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to traffic collision with a vehicle on its side

On Sept. 25, at 11:40am Ventura City Fire Department responded to a reported traffic collision with a vehicle on its side at Ralston at Swift. The first arriving unit discovered a two vehicle collision with the solo occupant in one vehicle trapped and one occupant of the other vehicle denying injury. Firefighters worked to stabilize […] Read More »

Signs of the seasons

Rather beautiful sunset for this time of year, the incredible ones are coming Read More »

Emergency crews rescue man and service dog from minivan accident

On Sept.17, at 4:07pm Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a reported vehicle rollover with victims trapped inside on NB101 JSO San Jon Rd exit . The first arriving units found a mini-van that had rolled off the freeway and come to rest on its side on an adjacent frontage road. One adult male victim […] Read More »

Ventura Buccaneers and the Ventura Packers play for the first time in history

History was made!  This is the first time since the inception of the Ventura Buccaneers, 8 years ago, that these two Ventura teams have meet in competition at the senior division level.  On August 23rd, the Ventura Buccaneers, coached by Jim Duran and The Ventura Packers, coached by Dave Winter, faced off in a competitive […] Read More »

Chumash dwelling constructed in the new Children’s Garden in the County Museum

Enjoying Devin’s success was grandmother Lucille Kress, mom Ana Baker, grandmother Carmen Iraola and of course Devin himself .   On August 30 a ribbon cutting-celebration was held at The Museum of Ventura County for the opening of the Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Children’s Garden, the Museum’s new experiential learning environment for children of all […] Read More »

Leadership Ventura 2015

Leadership Ventura 2015 – Team 1 chose The City Center Transitional Living (on Thompson)for their community project. The Leadership Ventura team whose members  Rick Jeffery, Deborah Lofthouse, and Terry McBreen worked with the Chamber’s Marketing Director  Charleen Morla who designed, created, and sketched out a mural where the young residents of TCC can paint on […] Read More »

Ventura the 23rd best city to live in - Livability.com

Ventura the 23rd best city to live in – Livability.com With a few corrections by the Breeze With near-perfect weather, ocean and mountain views, a thriving arts community, and endless recreation, dining, and entertainment options, there really isn’t much not to like about Ventura, California. Nestled on the Pacific coast about 30 miles from Santa Barbara […] Read More »

Lexington Assisted Living hosts special luncheon for first responders

On September 10 The Lexington Assisted Living hosted a special luncheon for first responders to salute those who serve our community. The event was open to the public and included a wonderful lunch. Attending were Sheriff Deputy J Olmos  and Sheriff Deputy G Heiberger  Ventura City Firefighters   Josh Betha,  David Mendoza  and Chris Deitz  Lexington […] Read More »

Youth & Government runs from September through February and includes weekly meetings

Ventura Family YMCA Youth & Government teens in front of the California State Capitol building where they had the opportunity to practice their legislative skills. The Ventura Family YMCA is paving the way for the leaders of tomorrow through its Youth & Government program.  Since 1948 this nationwide initiative has been the top youth leadership […] Read More »

FALL PREVENTION COALITION TO PRESENT PUBLIC FORUM

National Fall Prevention Awareness Week, September 23rd – 29th this year, will be recognized by the Elderly Fall Prevention Coalition (EFPC) of Ventura County by hosting its third annual public forum. On Friday, September 18th, 2015, at the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park Community Center Auditorium, 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, from 10 am – […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department invites the public to commemorate 9/11

On Friday, September 11, beginning at 6:45am, community members are invited to visit any of the six Ventura City Fire Stations for a special remembrance ceremony of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Join us in honoring the 2,977 people who lost their lives 14 years ago including Firefighters, Police Officers, Military Personnel and civilians. Let us remember their sacrifices […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a reported structure fire

On Sept. 6, at 11pm Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a reported structure fire in the 6900 Block of Heron St. The first arriving engine company found an exterior mattress fire extending through eve vents into the attic of a single story, single family dwelling, with bystanders attempting to extinguish the fire by use […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department DUI/CDL Checkpoint statistics

On Friday September 4, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 PM to 2:15 AM the Ventura Police Department conducted a DUI/CDL Checkpoint in the area of Harbor Blvd and Schooner Dr. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved […] Read More »

Ventura Police Dept. conducting DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Friday, Sept. 4

Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint this Friday, September 4, 2015 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m to 3:00 a.m.    The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in […] Read More »

Single family residence fire near Atlas Elementary

At 4:45 on Aug. 31, the principal of Atlas Elementary, formerly known as Saticoy Elementary, saw a large head of smoke and flames protruding from a single family residence on Jasmine Avenue. As she ran across the street to help, the neighbor was on the phone calling 911. Both tried to hose down the adjacent […] Read More »

FACE OF VENTURA AWARDS - Ventura’s Unsung Heroes sponsored by Jordan and Sandra Laby and painted by Johanna Spinks

Audrey Nicholson Portrait by Johanna Spinks Audrey Nicholson, 33, a Ventura mother of three, had the humbling and frightening experience of a lifetime in the ocean waters off the Ventura County’s Rincon coast on February 16. Because of her actions, two children survived a near drowning and, she was nominated for a Gold Lifesaving Medal. Nicholson is credited with saving the lives […] Read More »

Local youth to compete in international tournament

Mom is right proud of son Chris Robinson-Reinhold Photo by Bernie Goldstein by Sheli Ellsworth If playing billiards well is a sign of an ill-spent youth, 17-year-old Venturean Chris Robinson-Reinhold’s teen life is doomed, but don’t tell him—not before he goes to China to compete in the World Pool-Billiard Association’s Junior 9-Ball Championship. In November, […] Read More »

The girls constantly cheered, consoled and encouraged each other

Top row Coach Nick Garcia, Coach Mike More, Katelyn Kelley, Sierra Garcia, Jessica Mendoza, Abigail Sourwine, Kalyssa Muniz, Kelly More, Coach Jere Dietz. bottom row Jamie Dietz, Jaymes Howard, Rylee Mcdaniel, Courtney Terrazas, Katherine Tafoya, Coach Patrick Tafoya. Not show Jocelyn Hernandez. Ventura Stealers traveled to Seattle Washington July 15-18 for the NSA Western World […] Read More »

Congratulations to Ventura Water customers!

Congratulations to our customers! Shana Epstein, Ventura Water General Manager Ventura Water congratulates all our customers; we are extremely grateful. New figures show that customer water use was down 39 percent last month (July) compared to July 2013, allowing Ventura Water for the first time to reach our 20 percent annual water reduction goal for […] Read More »

Ventura firefighters respond to rescue trapped motorists in vehicle

On August 20, at 8:40pm residents in the 100 block of Via Baja were startled when a vehicle tumbled from the roadway 20 feet above their home and landed in their back yard. Ventura City firefighters arrived on scene to find a severely damaged vehicle with two elderly adults trapped inside. Firefighters worked quickly to […] Read More »

Wave your geek flag at Central Coast Comic Con August 28-30

The goal of Comic Con is to provide a weekend fully packed of family fun. The Superheroes, Super villains, gamers, anime fans, fan boys, jocks, costumers, and everyone in between are coming back to wave their geek flag at the Central Coast Comic Con August 28 – 30. The new signature end of summer event […] Read More »

First Veterans Transitional Housing opens in Ventura

Photo by Bernie Goldstein Government, veteran, business representatives and Turning Point staff surround Congresswoman Julia Brownley. Turning Point Foundation has opened the first Veterans Transitional Housing facility on the central coast. On August 5th Congresswoman Julia Brownley cut the ribbon at the grand opening. The Veterans Transitional Housing facility is located at 43 E. Vince St. […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Parade

The 2015 Ventura County Fair Parade was held on Saturday, August 8 in historic downtown Ventura. Marching bands, drill teams, acrobats, clowns, horses, school groups, antique automobiles, clubs and organizations marched down Main Street from Aliso Lane to Palm Street in celebration of the 140th Ventura County Fair. The Fair Parade has become Ventura’s premier […] Read More »

“Free "Learn to Row” on Saturday Aug. 29th @ 8:30am at Lake Casitas

photo by Dani Thole Casitas Rowing is now signing up Boys and Girls 9th-12th grade for the fall High School Rowing Team and kids 6th-8th grade for the fall Middle School Team. PE credits offered for all local Ventura high schools for the team. Practice begins with a “Free Learn to Row” on Saturday August 29th @ 8:30am at […] Read More »

VPD and Union Pacific join forces to prevent train accidents and deaths

The goal of this operation was public awareness. On July 2 the Ventura Police Department and Union Pacific Railroad held a joint  violation enforcement operation that involved a Union Pacific police officer and Ventura police officers. The Union Pacific officer was Jorge O. Villaescusa, Senior Special Agent Public Safety. Agent Villaescusa road on the train […] Read More »

Sister city visitors from Loreto Mexico visit ArtWalk

From Ventura Tony and Linda Kinninger, Bert Van Auker, Barbara Brown, Kate Faulkner, Nikos Valance, and Mayor Cheryl Heitmann. From Loreto Lizette Inzunza, Maricruz Arce, Maria Gamez Castro, Hugo Castro, Ivette Granados Marines and Sergio Drew. Representatives from Ventura’s sister city Loreto in Baja California, visited Ventura to enjoy and experience ArtWalk, the city of […] Read More »

VPD looking to implement body worn cameras throughout department

Body worn cameras has impressed the department. By Rebecca Wicks A pilot program that has randomly-selected Ventura Police Department officers wearing cameras on their bodies since May, 2014 has impressed the department to the point they now aim to roll the program out department-wide. The department is only half way through the year-long program, originally […] Read More »

A Taste of honey

The store also carries a variety of fruit spreads, salsas and candies all made with honey. Photos by Michael Gordon by Sheli Ellsworth Heritage Honey encourages tasting. Feel free to mosey up to the honey bar and sample some of the intoxicating flavors of locally grown natural honey. Unlike wine tasting however, honey tasters are […] Read More »

Water Commission prepares for their difficult job ahead

Foto: Mayor Heitmann, City Attorney Greg Diaz and Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein speaking at the first water commission meeting. The city of Ventura’s Water Commission met on  Tuesday, June 23 for their first meeting at the  Avenue Water Treatment Plant at 5895 N. Ventura Ave. A tour of the facility, which opened in […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village celebrates all things pirate

Foto: This pirate is not as scary as he looks. Phot by Bernie Goldstein Gather your crew and head to Ventura “Aarghbor” Village for swashbuckling fun at the 10th Annual Pirate Days Festival on Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19, from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Ventura Harbor Pirate Days is one of Ventura’s most popular […] Read More »

22nd ArtWalk Ventura the weekend of July 18-19th

Foto: MB Hanrahan, Pedro Pulido and five of the many students from Vita Art Center are working on the several murals for ArtWalk The streets of the city of Ventura’s historic Downtown and Westside Cultural District will transform into a mecca of artistic expression, and bring Cuban culture and history during the 22nd ArtWalk Ventura […] Read More »

Tortilla Flats memory still alive

Jim Capito, Barney Quijada, Alicia Valenzuela Tarin, Esther Hanks, Sheli Ellsworth, Carlos Chapman, Jim Martinez and Benny Arrelanez met at the Bell Arts Factory. By Sheli Ellsworth The Tortilla Flats district in Ventura may be relegated to the annals of history since the construction of the Highway 101 overpass, but its soul lives on in […] Read More »