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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 »

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