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Vol. 14, No. 04 – Nov 18 – Dec 1, 2020 - Mailbox

In your most recent issue, Vol. 14, No. 3, there was a beautiful photo of Ventura City Hall lit up in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Although October is officially over, I would like to bring some awareness to metastatic breast cancer in the hopes that next year on October 13, MBC day, City […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 03 – Nov 4 – Nov 17, 2020 – Mailbox

Editor: I am very concerned about potential confrontations at polling places because of the deep partisan divides and baseless claims by President Trump. And his statements such as “to go into the polls and watch very carefully.” And telling his gun-toting fascist militias to “stand back and stand by”. In other words be prepared to […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 02 – Oct 21 – Nov 3, 2020 - Mailbox

Dear Editor: The circumstances of this election are like no other in a hundred years. We need to execute our Constitutional right to vote and stay safe from the Covid-19 virus. The best way to do that is to vote from home. To make sure your vote counts: 1) update/verify your registration, 2) select the […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 01 – Oct 7 – Oct 20, 2020 - Mailbox

Dear Editor: Your vote, your voice. Make it heard! The November election is rapidly approaching. Voting is your right and your duty but first you must register. If you are not yet registered to vote the deadline to register online is October 19th. To register online go to RegisterToVote.ca.gov. The League of Women Voters of […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 26 – Sept 23 – Oct 6, 2020 - Mailbox

    Breeze William Shakespeare once said, “The eyes are the mirror to your soul”. Our masks cannot mask or diminish the power of connection that is transmitted through the eyes of another; a window opens to our own lives, getting a glimpse of ourselves in the moment. Our eyes don’t lie: they show the […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 24 – Aug 26 – Sept 8, 2020 - Mailbox

Breeze: I believe that President Trump has been (and will continue to be) a great president. He has made very important changes to the way government is run and had reversed many of Obama’s terrible programs and taxes. I know that some countries don’t care for him but that is because he has put America […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 23 – Aug 12 – Aug 25, 2020 - Mailbox

Editor, Now that the controversial statue of Father Junipero Serra has been removed, I would like to suggest that we replace it with someone who is not controversial, who worked in the arts, and whose most famous creation was “born” here in Ventura.  I would like to see a statue of Erle Stanley Gardner standing […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 22 – July 29 – Aug 11, 2020 - Mailbox

Mr. Brown: I appreciate your column and look forward to your comments and insights.  I just wanted to mention to you, however, that I believe your comment that “as a non-native American, I don’t have really strong feelings about this” (regarding the statue of Father Serra) is unacceptable if we are to work towards social […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 21 – July 15 – July 28, 2020 - Mailbox

Some historical artifacts were erected to celebrate great accomplishments, some were to remind all the pain and suffering they caused.  If anybody reading this was there with Father Junipero Serra, or has immediate family members who were there, or first person recording of events inflected upon family members; you may well have a right to […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 19 – June 17 – June 30, 2020 – Mailbox

Dear Ventura City Council Members and the Ventura County Public Health Officer,  Let’s face it, the coronavirus is now sprinting along, infections are rising rapidly all over California.  The Ventura County infection rate has risen to higher levels today, than ever. The hospitalizations are rising, give it a week or two and the death rates […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 17 – May 20 – June 2, 2020 - Mailbox

Publisher Retired DeputyPO ,who is dependent upon swimming to maintain heart health needs access to private pool to continue aerobic workouts. Previous orthopedic injuries make it impossible to reach goals….. public pools and condo facilities are all closed. Can you help? Mike Lilly – text Mike 805-218-2186 Breeze: It’s a virus. Tiny, almost invisible; it […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 16 – May 6 – May 19, 2020 - Mailbox

Sheldon: Your deep convictions and passion were in evidence in your opinion in the Breeze, and, appropriately so, I might add! Ed Wehan Breeze: I support re-opening of public parks including restrooms for those who may need to use limited restroom facilities I object to age discrimination of limits for those age 70 or above […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 15 – Apr 22 – May 5, 2020 - Mailbox

Editor: During one of his coronavirus presentations Trump was asked what parents should tell their kids who need to stay home. He said, “Tell them that they should be proud to be Americans.” I told my 3-year old that and she said ”what is an American?” So, I don’t think that helped much. Larry Etod […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 14 – Apr 8 – Apr 21, 2020 - Mailbox

Breeze: Each government program appears to be mandated that it be identified by an acronym. In 2008 the country initiated TARP, the troubled asset relief program. Subsequently, between 2008 and 2012 the federal government instituted the quantitative easing  QE1, QE2 and QE3 programs. I suggest that the recently enacted financial legislation be called SOAP. First, […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 13 – Mar 25 – Apr 7, 2020 - Mailbox

Dear Editor: The national news on TV is, finally, presenting a picture of Trump, that I have been grousing about for months. Of course, who he is, what he is, has been evident to everyone, ever since he took office. He is not a me-too. He is a me-only.  The worst person in the world to have charge […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 12 – Mar 11 – Mar 24, 2020 - Mailbox

Opinion: Who wrote the Scientology front page story? Let me guess: Scientology. The use of “never-ending “ to describe a swell of expansion would be better used to describe a never-ending swell of controversy. And the balloons apology to the city of Ventura is just the first local example. Tracy Lehr Breeze: I thought Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 11 – Feb 26 – Mar 10, 2020 - Mailbox

Dear Editor: Trump never ran for President. He ran for Dictator. He has always envied and admired Putin. Trump is not just trying to take over the Justice Dept. and all other Government functions. He wants to be anointed. He wants his own country, ala Putin. He not only admired Putin, he envies Putin. He wants what […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 10 – Feb 12 – Feb 25, 2020 - Mailbox

Breeze: I took my puppies to the Jersey Mikes at the Von’s shopping center at the corner of Telephone and Victoria today. We planned to share the sunny day using the outdoor table and chairs. I forgot that all of the tables and chairs there, including the ones under the newly installed pergolas have been […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 9 – Jan 29 – Feb 11, 2020 - Mailbox

SENIORS SHOULD READ THIS Dear Editor: Just got a new twist on old scam. Now the caller asks if I know someone named, and they name one of my grandsons. I never give any info. I know all these calls are scams, especially when they call an old lady. Lucky for me, I’m old, but […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 8 – Jan 15 – Jan 28, 2020 - Mailbox

Breeze: I’ve heard it said that the electorate deserve the leader they elect. But, I don’t accept that statement anymore. I know a lot of people voted for The Trumper, but I don’t believe that all were deserving of what we got. I’m convinced he had his first temper tantrum at age two, and no one […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 7 – Jan 1 – Jan 14, 2020 - Mailbox

  There’s no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. ~George Santayana Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 6 – Dec 18 – Dec 31, 2019 - Mailbox

Breeze: I was saddened to hear that the Catalina Casino (Avalon Theater) will stop showing movies, according to your publisher S. Brown. I must confess that I never actually supported the place by viewing movies there, mainly because it is a long swim from Ventura to Catalina, even when the ocean is calm. But I […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 5 – Dec 4 – Dec 17, 2019 - Mailbox

Breeze: I have friends that say why don’t we just convert salty ocean water into drinking water? Huntington Beach is building a seawater desalination plant that will provide drinking water to supply 100,000 homes (basically the size of Ventura). The problem is the cost which is about $1billion. A bit more than Ventura can afford. […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 4 – Nov 20 – Dec 3, 2019 - Mailbox

To editor@venturabreeze.com Previously I wrote saying that Ventura has a bias against seniors. I should have said bias against seniors in senior mobile home parks Ventura has a lot of programs that can keep seniors busy. The problem is in the senior parks that are owned by greedy companies. I have lived in Lemonwood mobile […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 3 – Nov 6 – Nov 19, 2019 - Mailbox

Sheldon: Thank you, Sheldon, for running that Walk with a Doc article. I have heard from many readers who saw it and were tickled to be in a “newsworthy” program. You do a great service for this community. A trusted resource. Thank you again. Warmly, Rosanne Facone Rosanne: Thank you for presenting Walk with a […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 2 – Oct 23 – Nov 5, 2019 - Mailbox

Folks: We Californians are in for it once these intense winds blow through the dried up mountains and foothills, potentially knocking down high tension power lines and starting fires. Now we begin to see some notice of the need for “Microgrids” that service communities with local power without the need for PG&E or SCE supplying […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 1 – Oct 9 – Oct 22, 2019 - Mailbox

Breeze: My Opinion on gas prices and taxes is that we are getting screwed…again, and the roads are not getting any better. Folks should pay better attention during midterm elections and not bow down to the promise of road and highway fixes and hope for the best, the last gas tax vote was a huge […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 26 – Sept 25 – Oct 8, 2019 - Mailbox

Dear Editor: Listen to all the voices. Hundreds of voices squealing about impeachment. Everyone on TV news is parsing that word. Do we or don’t we? Do we call it impeach? Do we call it an investigation? Does what we call this matter? Every commentator has advice for the Democrats. Enough already! Every commentator is so […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 25 – Sept 11 – Sept 24, 2019 – Mailbox

Sheldon, What a great idea for our Councilmembers to host quarterly townhall meetings. With the new district election process, it gives our representatives an opportunity to have a local focus balanced with a citywide understanding. As a fan of CAPS TV Council coverage, I’m wondering if a Councilmember or two will use this forum to […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 24 – Aug 28 – Sept 10, 2019 - Mailbox

Breeze: Eight new people found us (Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group) because of you and that beautiful spot you had us on page 11 in the July-Aug edition of the fabulous Ventura Breeze, and we had over 60 attend!! You knocked it out of the park for us – thank you so much again! Patty […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 23 – Aug 14 – Aug 27, 2019 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon, It was sad to hear in one of your recent editor’s remarks that you feel that you should (for reasons of appearing ‘non-partisan’) refrain from voicing your opinions about important issues that affect all of us, and about the criminals in our government currently who are kidnapping & caging children (without keeping records, […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 22 – July 31 – Aug 13, 2019 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon Brown, Editor, Ventura Breeze, Planting trees is the most effective and aesthetic way to restore soil, reduce heat islands and air pollution, and pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. If the VC2040 General Plan sets a goal to plant and maintain a million trees by 2030, what is the goal for the […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 21 – July 17 – July 30, 2019 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon Brown, As a fellow citizen dedicated to the cause of climate justice and resilience, I hope you will urge your readers to speak out as the County Supervisors decide what to include in the Draft General Plan and Climate Action Plan on August 6 at 1:30.  Many individuals and groups have proposed policies […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 20 – July 3 – July 16, 2019 - Mailbox

Dear Editor: “They got what they deserved.” That’s what I hear, when the anti-immigrant individuals talk about the two innocents, who died, trying to reach the United States. Where’s the compassion? Where are the heartaches.? Not on this side of the border. These are the people who mimic Trump’s policy of keeping immigrants out of our country. The […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 19 – June 19 – July 2, 2019 - Mailbox

Dear Editor: What a waste of time, energy, and insults. Trump hears nothing he doesn’t want to hear. He loves street fights. He loves slinging mud, and other matter, just for the sake of making noise. The, only, way to make Trump uneasy, is to ignore him. He doesn’t exist. He isn’t worth an iota […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 18 – June 5 – June 18, 2019 - Mailbox

Breeze: When I moved to Ventura five years ago, I played tourist and visited the local landmarks.  I was enchanted by the beauty and serenity of the Olivas Adobe. So I signed up for the training to lead tours and discovered the parallels between the owner of Rancho San Miguel and the State of California. It […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 17 – May 22 – June 4, 2019 - Mailbox

Dear Editor, Donald Trump wants to celebrate the 4th of July on the steps of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Statue. Abraham Lincoln, an outstanding president of the United States. His greatest achievement was helping to free the slaves. A terrible, dark, and cruel, part of our past. Free men and women had been abducted from parts of Africa, […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 16 – May 8 – May 21, 2019 - Mailbox

Breeze: Now the USA isn’t the only country being led by a comedian. Ukrainians overwhelmingly voted to make a comedian their next president — ushering in a new era of politics in the struggling country. Volodymyr Zelensky, a famous comedian who portrayed Ukraine’s head of state for years on a popular comedy show, defeated the […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 15 – Apr 24 – May 7, 2019 - Mailbox

Dear Editor, Re: March 26th edition I agree with your recent correspondent, XXXXX XXX. She does sound hyperbolic and hysterical.  True. Her statements that Trump views Putin, Kim Jung Un and Xi Jinping as his heroes while happily desiring to destroy them with nuclear weapons defies any logic. Trump clearly has no desire to wage […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 14 – Apr 10 – Apr 23, 2019 - Mailbox

Breeze: President Donald Trump said his father, Fred Trump, was born in “a very wonderful place in Germany.” But Fred Trump was actually born in New York City. “My father is German, was German. Born in a very wonderful place in Germany,” Trump said of his father while meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. If Trump […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 13 – Mar 27 – Apr 9, 2019 - Mailbox

Dear Editor: Is it possible? Are there some Republicans in Congress that can see the real Trump. The bigot. The crooked bigot. The least educated; the least read person ever to have sat in that chair in the Oval Office. Are some of those Republicans beginning to see the danger, and the damage, this, illegally elected, […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 12 – Mar 13 – Mar 26, 2019 - Mailbox

Opinions: I read in the LA Times (can I say that?) that Pope Francis warned bishops he wants “concrete measures” to stamp out sex abuse in the church. He handed out 21 proposals for cracking down on predator priests. Seems to me the only proposal necessary should be to let them get married (to a […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 11 – Feb 27 – Mar 12, 2019 - Mailbox

To Sheldon Re: Trump supporters.  Sheldon, your comments on the Electoral College are well supported. As any student of Constitution Law will see there are many clauses from 1787 that do not apply today. That is why scholars opine that the Constitution is a living document that creates and expands and yes even contracts through our […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 10 – Feb 13 – Feb 26, 2019 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon Thank you for running the article in the Breeze about Circle of Friends now accepting new members. It was a hit! Ten women showed up at our February 6 luncheon with an interest in becoming members. Fantastic success and definitely because the Breeze is so well read! Marion Phalan Breeze: I know that […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 9 – Jan 30 – Feb 12, 2019 - Mailbox

Dear Editor, I’m writing to you in regards to a vile and disrespectful “cartoon” you published in your Jan. 16-29th edition.  I was appalled at the tasteless and unpatriotic smear of our current President. What so many seem to forget or have just decided they don’t care, half of the population voted for and supports […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 8 – Jan 16 – Jan 29, 2019 - Mailbox

The Breeze: For another example of the Thomas Fire rebuild process consider my experience. A week after losing everything I started looking at floor plans. A month after the fire hired an architect, met with a builder, developed some house specs. The city says they’ll review building permit applications within 14 working days. Though it’s […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 7 – Jan 3 – Jan 15, 2019 - Mailbox

opinions@venturabreeze.com The difference between Clinton and Trump lying about affairs that when Clinton did it he committed purgery (perjury), then the press said it’s no big deal. So it’s no big deal, particularly when Trump didn’t commit purgery. Samuel Goodin Samuel: So Trump having affairs is okay as long as he didn’t commit perjury? Wonder […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 6 – Dec 19, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019 - Mailbox

Editor: I was saddened to read that the Ventura Unified School District Superintendent resigned due to the actions of a single school board member.  She was upset after reading about a sermon he delivered years ago in another city.  He happens to be an ordained minister, as well as an education professional.  Today, many pastors […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 5 – Dec 5 – Dec 18, 2018 - Mailbox

Letter to the editor Re: Homeless at 81 (article in previous Breeze by Jennifer Tipton) Edison Electric Company in Ventura offers a medical baseline discount for people like myself. Once approved the bill does go way up the first month- using my oxygen concentrator in the first month. Month 2 the bill is shockingly low, […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 4 – Nov 21 – Dec 4, 2018 - Mailbox

Dear Councilmember: Those of us that are residents in the Pierpont area are most impacted by STVRs. We were given our chance to voice our position during the STVR working group. I know because I was a participant. The survey that the city is disseminating on STVRs does not in any way shape or form […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 3 – Nov 7 – Nov 20, 2018 - Mailbox

Editor…..Please stop with the political drivel in your column……..We all know that you are more liberal than Bernie Sanders….but to quote Eugene Robinson?   If Kanya West is an Uncle Tom, then  Eugene is an Auntie Tommie…who can only write stuff that Bezos tells him to write…He has not had an intelligent piece since USA […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 2 – Oct 24 – Nov 6, 2018 - Mailbox

Editor: The Clean Power Alliance is made up of 31 jurisdictions and the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura, awarded Calpine Energy Solutions a four-year contract to provide data management and call center services to an initial 1 million customers. Ventura, Camarillo, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks have joined the Clean Power Alliance, which offers […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 1 - Oct 10 - Oct 23, 2018 - Mailbox

Sheldon Who did the research on Padre Serra? No name is mentioned. It goes to show you how false press is released to the public and how uneducated certain people are. The Padres including Padre Serra helped Native Americans against the abusive and cruel Spanish Soldiers. It was the Spanish military who treated the Indians […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 26 – Sept 26 – Oct 9, 2018 – Mailbox

Hi I enjoyed your 9/12-9/25 edition including the article on rainwater & greywater harvesting, an important topic for our drought-prone area. A minor correction needed on Page 8 however: The URL for more info is misspelled; it should read “greywateraction.org”, not “grewateraction.org” Thanks! Gary B. Oh y did we leave out y? Publisher: Just wanted […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 25 - Sept 12 - Sept 25, 2018 - Mailbox

Editor: I have seen videos on U-Tube that show dramatic results of people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) who have dyskinesia and after partaking medical marijuana products and choosing to buy weed online, their bodies calm down and the involuntary movements pretty much stop. I think it is really wonderful that it helps them with what […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 24 – Aug 29 – Sept 11, 2018 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon, Isn’t it a waste and a shame that the Foster Library has to CLOSE for the day when the temperature gets HOT? Why can’t air conditioning be installed? Wouldn’t it be worth the cost, particularly for the children? Contacting some Indoor AC specialists can help officials decide the best route, keeping the library […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 23 - Aug 15 - Aug 28, 2018 - Mailbox

Good Venturan returned wallet today This morning my husband drove over to the east end to care for a friend’s dogs while they are away, and he unknowingly dropped his wallet while walking the neighborhood. A couple hours later he noticed it was missing, drove all around retracing steps but no luck. A few minutes […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 22 - Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2018 - Mailbox

General Plan Update The 2025 General Plan update must include robust public participation now that we know more about urban planning than we did in 2005. Pretty pictures sold us on plans that have had a major impact on some areas of the community, especially the Avenue. The Avenue also taught us a lesson on […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 21 – July 18 – July 31, 2018 - Mailbox

Dear Mr. Brown, I noticed you printed a letter from a 3rd grader about our roads. I’ll be interested in seeing any action in that regard. I have complained through the email link about the scandalous state of Moon Drive at the foot of that gigantic apartment development overlooking Moon Drive. The response was that […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 20 - July 4 - July 17, 2018 - Mailbox

To opinions: Prince Charles has been roundly mocked (especially by establishment architectural poobahs) for his views concerning ugly “modern” architecture and planning efforts of the day. His signature project, the village of Poundbury in Dorchester, has been a resounding success as a livable town. Designed by architect and urban planner Leon Krier, who has incorporated […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 19 - June 20 - July 3, 2018 - Mailbox

Dear Editor, I have read the opinions in your newspaper and other local publications regarding the homeless issue with a mixture of amusement and anger. While I understand that Ventura probably has a significant aging hippie population, and numerous forward thinking progressives, are we talking about the same homeless people? So many of the solutions […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 18 - Jun 6 - June 19, 2018 - Mailbox

Hello, My name is Stephen Wong and I am a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. I recently saw that you had posted a story about our wildfire evacuation survey to your website with the help of VCTC. Thank you so much for helping out with the distribution process! Our team here at […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 17 - May 23 - June 5, 2018 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon: I read with interest your opinion and Christy Weir’s article in the Breeze edition May 9, 2018 and have a few comments. First thank you both for your common sense approach and “calming” influence. Second, Ms. Weir’s warning about not giving cash to panhandlers is supported by experts in mental health and community […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 16 - May 9 - May 22, 2018 - Mailbox

Breeze: Because of the police and ambassador presence on the promenade, the vagrant population on the promenade has all but disappeared. Also, the vegetation on the promenade is being cut away from the ground so there is no place for a vagrant to hide. Additionally, video surveillance cameras are being placed on the condos and […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 15 - Apr 25 - May 8, 2018 - Mailbox

What’s up with Ventura Police Dept? Seems they have become the henchmen for the red county that simply does not want poor and homeless folks living here. Case in point I had an appointment with a health practitioner in downtown Ventura. I parked on Santa Clara St. When I came back to my tiny home […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 14 - Apr 11 - Apr 24, 2018 - Mailbox

To opinions I made the rally and march Saturday and have to say, Venturans’ are the most polite and carefully lead community I have meant in a long time. We stayed off the street and waited for every street crossing light and stop sign. By the time we got back to the park, we were […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 13 - Mar 28 - Apr 10, 2018 - Mailbox

Dear Editor, I’d like to encourage Ventura County residents to become part of a valuable community service by serving on the Ventura County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury is a civil, investigative panel of 19 volunteers. This watchdog group investigates issues and citizen complaints and then makes recommendations to improve the operation of local government. […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 12 - Mar 14 - Mar 27, 2018 - Mailbox

Breeze: I had just picked up the paper at AAA while waiting to do a registration. I knew that one (contest photo). I really enjoy your paper and sometimes mail a copy to a friend who moved away. I refer to it as the best paper in town for news around town. Thank you for […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 11 - Feb 28 - Mar 13, 2018 - Mailbox

Editor: The fellows at Under the Bed (UTB) want to give a shout-out to Lynn Mikelatos of The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood at the Ventura Harbor, thanking her for her role in collaborating with City Core to donate a piano to UTB, Ventura’s new DL production space for contributing artists to create, share and […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 10 – Feb 14 – Feb 27, 2018 – Mailbox

Breeze: I’m not inspired, not because I think everything’s swell, just because I’ve given up all hope. Actually, I did manage a brief flirtation with optimism a couple of days ago, watching the Space X Falcon Heavy launch. And the Tesla Roadster heading toward Mars is a very groovy touch. Alfred Lewis Editor: I attended […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 9 - Jan 31 - Feb 13, 2018 - Mailbox

In our last issue we had an article about lovely debutantes. Headline said thirteen but there were only seven. Here are their names to salute all of them. Miss Sophie Buffo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Buffo. She attends Newbury Park High School. Miss Anna Casillas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Casillas. She […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 8 - Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2018 - Mailbox

Opinion: I loved the last Breeze. I kept one for myself and sent one to my mom in Thailand so she could read about the Thomas Fire and all the related community stories! Great job! Siree Franks, Director Ventura Music Together In a previous Mailbox we had a letter that stated in part “In 1999 […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 7 - Jan 3 - Jan 16, 2018 - Mailbox

Hi Sheldon, Thank you for the Thomas Fire coverage about the Ventura Botanical Gardens. There was so much loss in our City. The stories you shared about VBG generated an outpouring of support. Right now, the Gardens are closed; we’re assessing the damage and developing our next steps plan. The trails and plantings look recoverable […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 6 – Dec 20, 2017 – Jan 2, 2018 – Mailbox

Dear Mayor Andrews, Deputy Mayor LaVere, Chief Corney and Council Members: My home is on Brodiea Ave., my neighbor’s also on Brodiea Ave., and a home on Lupin around the corner from us were looted during the mandatory fire evacuation. We also had no electrical power at the time we were ordered to evacuate so […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 5 - Dec 6 - Dec 19, 2017 - Mailbox

Ventura Breeze Visiting our daughter in Ventura I picked up a copy of the Breeze. What caught my attention was the above the fold front page coverage of the pending City council vote on changing from “at large” to “district” voting of your council member. I commend the paper for notifying your readers of the […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 4 - Nov 22 - Dec 5, 2017 - Mailbox

Ventura Breeze: This will be our last regular concert in the Poinsettia Pavilion (on Dec.3). We will take the band “on the road” for 2018; and I will not be requesting monthly announcements for that period. All of us at the Old-Time Country Music Association want to thank you for your advertising support during this […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 - Nov 8 - Nov 21, 2017 - Mailbox

Breeze: I recently took the train to San Diego (nice trip by the way) but was shocked to see the amount of graffiti that the train passed as we went through Ventura. What an awful introduction to Ventura. Can’t something be done to get rid of it? Sharon Gold Sharon: This is a tough one […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 2 - Oct 25 - Nov 7, 2017 - Mailbox

Editor: In this very confusing and hectic morning. The news coming from Las Vegas about major loss of life is heart breaking; as a result, the Ventura County Green Party Council would like to extend our love to victims and their family. We would like to remind everyone that mental illness is not an excuse […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No.1 – Oct 11 - Oct 24, 2017 - Mailbox

Sheldon You thought the three-strike law (sic) prevents this scenario? Really? An editor who can’t distinguish between arrests and convictions? Fred Pierce Fred: Worse even I’m the publisher-editor. Thanks for the clarification. That is what you were doing correct? Dear Editor: I have something I must say… Why don’t people call or talk to each […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 26 – Sept 27 - Oct 10, 2017 - Mailbox

Breeze: Paul Petersonhas offered wonderful suggestions for perhaps a new perspective for the Ventura County Museum. To include art within its confines or to house it in the historic First National Bank building is a well-thought out idea that could propel the Museum towards its lofty goals. The story of Ventura, both past and present, […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 25 – Sept 13 - Sept 26, 2017 - Mailbox

Breeze: “Age and Citizenship requirements – US Constitution, Article II, Section 1. No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not […] Read More »

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

Sheldon: Thank you again dear Sheldon & all of your crew that works so hard on our fabulous hometown paper, the Ventura Breeze! For the second time this year you helped a lot of folks find our PD Support Group meeting including a wonderful lady from Sacramento who was visiting Ventura. She told us that […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 23 – Aug 16 - Aug 29, 2017 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon (Governor) Brown: This is in response to your Editorial of 8/2/17. You are entitled to your Opinion/Editorial, but you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover as you did re the Ventura County Museum. I have to walk 6 blocks on my WW II disabled legs to the bus stop and then make […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 22 – Aug 2 – Aug 15, 2017 – Mailbox

Dear Concerned Ventura Residents For the fourth time in eight months the Ventura County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) rejected an application by the City of Ventura to expand its boundary. The application was for a new development known as Northbank, which is a project to allow for the construction of 193 residential units in East Ventura near Saticoy. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 21 – July 19 - Aug 1, 2017 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon: Thank you again for putting Estella’s pic & plea in The Breeze(needed medical treatment). It has brought in well over $1,000 in a week … yay! The best people read The Breeze, that’s for sure. Cappi Patterson I second that thank you Sheldon! Such amazing and compassionate people are in the world. It […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 20 – July 5 - July 18, 2017 - Mailbox

Breeze: It seems all the schools and Cities are headed over to the Harbor beaches these days instead of State Parks. Who wants to pay $10 when you can park for free or what bus driver wants to pay $100 when they can park for free. Plus less vagrants and a lot more amenities. The […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 - July 4, 2017 - Mailbox

Editor: Every time that I try to go to the harbor I can never find a place to park. Especially when it is really hot in other places and those “out siders” come here to cool off. I know that tourists are important to the harbor businesses but they can’t find a place to park […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 18 – June 7 - June 20, 2017 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon and Diane: As a dog owner myself I share in understanding your deep sadness upon losing Scamp. Your article of looking for him and he not being there tore at my heart for you . Scamp was the lucky one to have you two as his loving parents. Our sincerest condolences. Teryn & […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 - June 6, 2017 - Mailbox

Sheldon: Contrary to The Star, Yes, You are doing “something right”!  Lots right !  Congratulations and Thanks for doing a great job and valued service to our community I must admit to shedding a tear or two in reading about your goodbye to Scamp  So sad Thanks again Mike Merewether Ventura Sheldon So sorry to […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 16 – May 10 - May 23, 2017 - Mailbox

Breeze: This is what people see as they enter Ventura on Amtrak. It is real disgraceful. Isn’t there any way to get rid of it? William Green William:  Yes there is but very complicated. First it is on Amtrak property so can’t be done without there okay and security people on hand. Second city graffiti […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 15 – April 26 - May 9, 2017 - Mailbox

Hi Sheldon: I just sent Breezy our Ventura Friends of the Library Ad for your May 10th issue.  The Friends are using this ad to express a heartfelt thank you to Supervisor Steve Bennett and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for their approval of the new east side Hill Road Library in Ventura.  We […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 14 – April 12 - April 25, 2017 - Mailbox

To publisher So sorry he (Scamp) is not well. Dad may have a title, but everyone knows who the real mascot of The Breeze is. My dogs have loved meeting Scamp at various Breeze sponsored events through the years. We are here for whatever you may need.  Sending good wishes . Pschuman HI Sheldon, I […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 13 – March 29 - April 11, 2017 - Mailbox

Breeze Tourism is the best thing that can happen to Ventura! It creates jobs, gives us all more fun restaurants and places to visit, and helps fuel progress. Rather than complain about it (overcrowding, homeless) , the most productive thing to do is get involved, show up to City Council and public planning meetings, and […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 12 – March 15 - March 28, 2017 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon, I would like to first say that the City of Ventura has done a fantastic job of trimming up the landscape along Seaward Ave. west of Ocean, near the train bridge. It is so much better to look at and for the pedestrians…now there is more available sidewalk. It’s just wonderful, until you […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 11 – March 1 - March 14, 2017 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon There is so much in your Opinion piece that I hardly know where to start. I guess your equivalency between your middle school wandering, off the path, toward stupid that was never perpetrated and only involved two teachers in a simple context of “exercising boredom” and the perpetration by two equally stupid youngsters […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 10 – February 15 - February 28, 2017 - Mailbox

Sheldon @ Ventura Breeze In response to the guy who took offence with substitution of the word “Dog” for “God” he obviously doesn’t know what dogs mean to people who love them like family! I think the attached*expresses what God “for those who are religious” would have felt as well! Sincerely one of your many […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 9 – February 1 - February 14, 2017 - Mailbox

Greetings dear amazing Sheldon and the Ventura Breeze! Wow – you guys helped us get over 50 attendees at our January meeting from your notice in the January 4-17, 2017 edition…that was a beautiful layout!! I hung it up at the meeting for all to see (& the Lexington loved it, too, by the way! […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 8 – January 18 - January 31, 2017 - Mailbox

To editor Sheldon, You missed the point.  I have only one issue . . . your substitution of the word “Dog” for “God.”  Show some respect for those of us who love our God.  I hope you reprint the initial narrative in concert with this response so that your readers will have the opportunity to […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 7 – January 4 - January 17, 2017 - Mailbox

Sheldon, You gave an example of the seemingly backwards (my words ) custom experienced by a Saudi woman. In that editorial you said you found it hard to comprehend that kind of thinking. Woman wearing pants, 2 piece bathing suits, smoking, buying birth contro products , are among a few of the things this very […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 6 – December 21, 2016 - January 3, 2017 - Mailbox

Mr. Brown, I read your December 7 Ventura Breeze editorial with great interest today.  Thank you for taking such a reasoned and important position in opposition to the electoral college.  After seeing the electoral results on November 8 I felt deeply disenfranchised as a voting citizen.  I guess I feel like a black citizen denied […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 5 – December 7 - December 20, 2016 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon and the Breeze From a letter from the founder of Buddy Nation, one of the recipients of the Bowl of Thanks. “Thanks to your help in getting the word out, we were able to reach my goal of writing 2 checks for just over $2000 for both Buddy Nation and The Rescue Mission/Lighthouse […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 4 – November 23 - December 6, 2016 - Mailbox

Ventura Breeze: I’m very unhappy with the passing of some of the measures. We shouldn’t have term limits. If people from Ventura are unhappy with a certain city council member they don’t need to vote for them. I think a lot of this had to do with Jim Monahan having been in the council for […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 – November 9 - November 22, 2016 - Mailbox

Breeze: When I finished reading the article on Farber-Tauber MD Awards in your Oct.12 issue I was left wondering who the honorees were for 2016. Sincerely Yvonne Elizondo Very good point Yvonne, here they are: Hospital Physician -Gail Simpson, MD Community Physician – John Walters, MD Hospital Nurse- Diana Jaquez, RN, MSN, OCN, ACHPN Community […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 1 – October 12 - October 25, 2016 - Mailbox

Sheldon: Once again Sheldon you got a smile out of me instead of a groan with your comment concerning your dislike of the initiative process. Involved voters causing a vote to go to the people ? An abuse of power ? Hardly. Sometimes politicians are not able to put one foot in front of the […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 26 – September 28 – October 11, 2016 - Mailbox

Editor: I quickly ran the Short Term Rental Figures this morning based on the Nuisance Response Plans at the City’s website. There 117 Short Term Rentals Registered with the City as of 9-12-16. There are 77 in the Pierpont Community.  Of these 21 of the owners live in Ventura (27%). Only 11 live in our […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 25 – September 14 – September 27, 2016 - Mailbox

Two or Five Trees by Jeffrey Russell The two trees are timely rooted Once five now two they are saluted, Bark on a tree and branches that grow, My heart races as I hike to them, tally ho.. Sitting under them I reflect on site, I look to the ocean that gives a Pacific light, […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 24 – August 31 – September 13, 2016 - Mailbox

Editor: Past Ventura City Councils decisions have cost the Ventura citizens millions. Measure O is a question of trusting this City Council and future City Councils with another $270,000,000 in new tax money. Brooks Institute closed its school, leaving students, contractors and landlords high and dry.  While the City hopes someone will step up, the […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 23 – August 17 – August 30, 2016 - Mailbox

Hi Sheldon Thought this might interest you.  This is an 1881 obituary from the NY Times. Scott was a family forebear and once purchased much of downtown Ventura and all of the Ojai Valley, purchased  from the original Spanish land grant person Federico Tico. His geologist friends at Yale told him there was oil.  He […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 22 – August 3 – August 16, 2016 - Mailbox

Breeze: I know city staff loves having alternate Fridays off and management sold it as saving money, but really, how much $$ does it really save and is it really any way to run a business?  It is not customer friendly.  If we support a tax increase can we do away with it?   Last Friday […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 21 – July 20 – August 2, 2016 - Mailbox

Dear Editor, With regard to the news report of July 5, 2016 in the Ventura County Star, the Ventura voting public needs to keep this news in perspective with how it relates to the citizens of Ventura. This is a City Council that is asking for another $270,000,000 in new taxes to spend anyway they […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 20 – July 6 – July 19, 2016 - Mailbox

Breeze: There is a fallacy to the economic benefits of vacation rentals. Allowing homes to be operated as vacation rentals is an economic loss to our community. They give rental owners tax deductions and income advantages that prospective permanent homeowners cannot compete, have contributed to housing price increases, and a decrease in homes available for […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 19 – June 22 – July 5, 2016 – Mailbox

Dear Sheldon and Scamp I picked up my copy of the Breeze for June 8 just yesterday.  I want to thank Scamp for his concern for animals for putting information about the Yulin Festival in his column.  The better educated people are the better chances are of putting an end to this terrible cruelty.  So, […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 18 – June 8 – June 21, 2016 - Mailbox

The Ventura Breeze hereby apologizes to anyone who was offended by Bill Green’s cartoon in the last issue(Jewrassic Park) and thought that it was racist – it was certainly never intended to be.  By the way, both the Breeze publisher and Bill Green are Jewish. And you can always go to Danny’s Deli for a […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 17 – May 25 – June 7, 2016 - Mailbox

Breeze: The Star was in such a rush to get the story (Irish Centenary) in the next day’s paper their coverage was superficial and they made serious errors. Their reporter didn’t notice last minute changes to the program and had two wrong captions.   The VC Reporter only gave this unique event a few tiny lines […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 16 – May 11 – May 24, 2016 - Mailbox

Editor: Sales taxes increased by 5.9% over the last year but the City Council is still considering taxing Venturans more. The City Council is using the argument that it wants a locally kept and locally spent tax. They fail to understand that $340 out of a household budget is still $340.  They fail to see […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 15 – April 27 – May 10, 2016 - Mailbox

Breeze Both April and I would like to thank you so much for the write up in your paper!!  It was exciting to see April featured and we just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated it!  Have a beautiful day! Diana J. Davis  (aka: “Dinah”), MBA Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 14 – April 13 – April 26, 2016 - Mailbox

Sheldon: After reading your article on the proposed Kellogg park, I decided to check out the west side parks and compare them to the east side parks. I did this with camera in hand. First and foremost is the fact that the west side area ( vta Ave ) is comprised mostly of highly dense, […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 13 – March 30 – April 12, 2016 - Mailbox

Dear Editor: Ventura’s Mayor believes that we will feel better if we pay another $340 to a Ventura City general fund versus it going into a State fund! Really? Aren’t I still out $340?  I feel better already. Mayor Nasarenko is campaigning for this tax increase on the premise that Ventura voters will support a […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 12 – March 16 – March 29, 2016 - Mailbox

Dear Venturans and others: An article today (Mar 8)  in the “Wealthy Doctor” by Sarah Huebscher finally exposes the criminal acts of local surgeon Aria Sabit and his pleading guilty to many charges of gross negligence in his surgery procedures and massive fraud. It is one sorry tale, except for the two MD whistle blowers, […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 11 – March 2 – March 15, 2016 - Mailbox

Hello Sheldon, Are you aware of the repair to the Ventura Promenade that is happening currently?  Three of the palm-trios have not survived the recent storms and ocean rise.  So, Ventura is dutifully now working on moving rip-rap and boulders to protect what is left of the walk/bicycle path. Also, the cobblestones brought in to […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 10 – February 17 – March 2, 2016 - Mailbox

Letter to Editor, At a 4 ½ hour City Council meeting on Saturday, Jan. 30, a majority of the conversation was how to increase taxes on the citizens of Ventura. No real time was spent on how to improve the economic vitality of Ventura. If the local commercial vacancies were occupied by businesses and new […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 9 – February 3 – February 16, 2016 - Mailbox

Hi Sheldon, Read your note in the Breeze on homeless in Ventura, with some folks making comments they should somehow be removed, despite fact many homeless in our community are not breaking the law… It appears some in the Community do not consider fact the City has limited amount of resources to better help unfortunate […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 - Mailbox

Dear Sheldon, Thank you very much for putting the City website number to contact for concerns and requests.  It is a simple act and will reap real action by our good City workers if they know of it.  I have been calling the “Graffiti number” often and really do get action within 24 hours. Also, […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 7 – January 6 – January 19, 2016 - Mailbox

Sheldon With the appointment of a non-council member to the mayorship and his advocacy of a sales tax increase, this city’s reached a new low. So the council dodges any flack by using an outsider to announce new fees is as cynical a move as the new water agency being forced down our throats. A […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 6 – December 23, 2015 – January 5, 2016 - Mailbox

Breeze: We had a great Thanksgiving, hope you did too.  And I hope you noticed we didn’t make the cover of the Rolling Stone, but the Friends of the Library got the next best thing!  The cover of the Breeze!  Everyone was so excited to have our poster contest featured! From Marianne from Friends of […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 5 – December 9 - December 22, 2015 – Mailbox

Dear Mr. Brown, There is a real need for new housing in Ventura, which is full of ageing, sub-standard housing, but what seems to happen is that instead of infilling areas in the city where  streets and sewers etc. already exist, the building is done on what is probably the most valuable and productive farmland […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 4 – November 25 – December 8, 2015 – Mailbox

Dear Sheldon, I am a fairly new resident to Ventura and can’t tell you how inspired I feel living here: not just the beauty of it all, particularly the beach, but by the residents. When I walk my dog, every day, at the beach by Marina Park, I am greeting by not only friendly people, […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 3 – November 11 – November 24, 2015 – Mailbox

Hi Mr. Brown, I enjoy your paper, but this isn’t the first time I noticed your staff apparently doesn’t know the difference between the words then and than.  “Then” is used in reference to an event in time.  “Than” is used in comparison.  Then is misused twice in the first paragraph on page five.  Just […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 3 – November 11 – November 24, 2015 – Mailbox

Hi Mr. Brown, I enjoy your paper, but this isn’t the first time I noticed your staff apparently doesn’t know the difference between the words then and than.  “Then” is used in reference to an event in time.  “Than” is used in comparison.  Then is misused twice in the first paragraph on page five.  Just […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 2 – October 28 – November 10, 2015 – Mailbox

Dear Sheldon, I am writing in response to your article in the Oct. 14 – 27 edition of the Ventura Breeze under “News & Notes” (p. 8), entitled ” Celebrating a successful summer for tourism in Ventura!”. I love your publication; all I want to do is point out what I think is a math […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 1 – October 14 – October 27, 2015 - Mailbox

Sheldon: Recently I saw smoke start coming up from a residential neighborhood south of me. Thinking that someone may need help or may not be home to know, headed that direction and saw an RV on fire next to a house. I pulled my van to the side and called 911 while running to the […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – Mailbox

Breeze: State Parks is getting dumpsters from Harrison and Son that can’t be dumpster dived.   It would be great if the City and Harbor followed suit.  Dry up the vagrants source of stolen recyclables and maybe some will go elsewhere.  It is a win win…Harrison gets its recyclables, our community gets these vagrants to go […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 25 – September 16 – September 29, 2015 – Mailbox

Breeze: I always find it amusing that Christians try to claim a more just value system because it is “external” and “independent.” I suggest that anyone making this claim read up on the Council of Nicaea and the Apocrypha. The former was a group of men that decided that Jesus was divine and equal to […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 24 – September 2 – September 15, 2015 – Mailbox

Dear Sheldon, Thanks for staying with the philosophical discussion that readers are interested in thinking about…that’s the start.  But I would like to suggest that the world’s biggest problem (the elephant in the room) is “overpopulation”… too many people on the planet.   Or is our earth too small for the needs or wants of the […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 23 - August 19 – September 1, 2015 - Mailbox

Bill Green In the last issue you had a cartoon with Jewish Pirate saying “Ahoy Vay”. I don’t get it. Stan Davis Stan: In  Yiddish “oy vey” (I spelled it vay so folks like you would pronounce it correctly)is short for “Oy vey iz mir,” Oh, woe is me! You need to get more Jewish […] Read More »