News and Notes

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 »

Ventura Friends of the Library reaches out to the community

Leslie Bellmore and Sandy Greenberg at Hill Road Library. by Jill Forman The Friends of the Library bookstore at Foster Library, and the sale shelves at Hill Road Library, have been closed down for months due to COVID. This has been a loss to the community in several ways. People loved coming in, browsing, and […] Read More »

VIP Fellows were sworn in

These VIP Fellows are part of a cohort serving sites across 17 California counties. by Eric Harrison, President & CEO United Way of Ventura County Recently, three AmeriCorps VIP Fellows were sworn in to serve United Way and our partner sites. Partner sites for the upcoming year include the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging […] Read More »

Anacapa Island dock planned for replacement

Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Ethan McKinley has announced the beginning of the design planning process to replace the existing deteriorating dock at Anacapa Island to improve visitor access and safety. To improve safety, the new dock will have a vertical lifting platform that will allow visitors and park staff to easily move from vessels […] Read More »

Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center to open first all-private-room NICU in Ventura County

Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center is pleased to share that its new all private room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) welcomed its first patient on Tuesday, September 8. The Level III NICU features 20 all private rooms, allowing parents to stay close to their newborns receiving intensive care. The NICU is the first of its […] Read More »

MADD asks you to join these virtual events and support their goal to end drunk and drugged driving

As a tribute to MADD’s 40th anniversary, the California State office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host its signature fundraising Walk Like MADD ceremony virtually on Saturday, October 10 beginning at 12:00 noon on Facebook/Instagram/YouTube @MADDCalifornia. MADD asks you to join these meaningful virtual events and take a stand with #OneMADDCalifornia. Funds raised […] 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 »

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 »

New census deadline

The City of Ventura is encouraging community members to take the 2020 Census by the new self-reporting deadline of September 30, 2020. To date, more than 72% of Ventura residents have participated in the 2020 Census. In August and September, Census workers will knock on doors to follow up with houses in lower-response areas and […] Read More »

Countywide suicide prevention initiative to spread awareness and to save lives

by Carol Leish During September’s National Suicide Prevention Month, Vista del Mar Hospital is presenting a countywide initiative to provide awareness and to ultimately save lives. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates have been rising in nearly every state. In California 4,491 died by suicide in 2018, including 94 […] Read More »

Food Share partners with Gas Co.

Brian Miller, Office of Ventura County Supervisor Kelly Long, Chief of Staff ; John Marquez, Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director; Maria Ventura, Public Affairs Manager; Monica White President & CEO of Food Share of Ventura County and Manuel Minjares, Office of Ventura County Supervisor, District Representative attend the drive-thru distribution . Food Share, […] Read More »

BLM protest held in Ventura

Many vehicles driving by were honking in agreement. Photo by Julio Hernandez by Shakti Dutt On the 14th of August at 3:00 pm, about 30 locals gathered in front of the Ventura City Hall. Under the hot sun, they were holding signs that read “Black genocide 1619 – 2020”, “Are we dark enough to be […] Read More »

Ventura County Civil Grand Jury announces release of report on detention facilities

Pursuant to authority granted in California Penal Code Section 919(b), the 2019-2020 Ventura County Civil Grand Jury inquired into the conditions and management of detention facilities in Ventura County. The Grand Jury inspected the following detention centers: Ventura County Juvenile Facilities Pre-Trial Detention Facility operated by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) Todd Road Jail […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County raises $5 million

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County announced this week that it applied for California Proposition 1 matching funds from the CA Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the agency responsible for fund disbursement. Housing Trust Fund VC has raised $5 million locally with the goal of bringing $10 million to the county for affordable housing […] Read More »

General plan update meeting

The Westside Community Council, in partnership with the City of Ventura, Westside Community Development Corporation and CAUSE will hold the first virtual public meeting With Raimi & Associates for public input on the City of Ventura 2020 General Plan update on Sept. 2, from 6:30pm -8:30pm on ZOOM. This is the opportunity for West Venturans […] Read More »

News of the Museum of Ventura County and the Ventura Botanical Gardens

The Museum of Ventura County is pleased to congratulate and announce the recipients of the 2020 Bonita C. McFarland Arts Education Scholarships. The Bonita C. McFarland Scholarship is named for a generous benefactor to the arts in Ventura County. The funds for the scholarships are generated from an endowment, held and administered by the Museum […] Read More »

Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Report

Ocean water quality results for samples collected the week of August 15 indicate ocean water quality at the following Ventura County beach sampling locations failed to meet State standards for bacteria: Surfer’s Knoll Beach Warning signs are currently posted and contact with ocean water should be avoided for a minimum of 50 yards on either […] Read More »

Board of Supervisors approves executive position to promote diversity and inclusion

On Tuesday, July 21, the Board of Supervisors received a report from the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and approved the creation of a full-time executive position for a Diversity and Inclusion Officer. The position, which will operate out of the Human Resources Department for the County Executive Office, will be tasked with driving engagement, […] Read More »

$15 million grant awarded for Ventura County Medical Center Pediatric Unit

The Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) has been selected to receive a $15 million grant from the California Health Facilities Authority for the construction and operating equipment of a Pediatric Unit. “We are grateful for this funding opportunity. It allows us to undertake a project that is directly aligned with work we are doing across […] Read More »

All students learning remotely until January 2021

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) began school on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 in a distance learning model. All students will be a part of the WEAVE model that allows for a mix of learning tools and techniques to allow for more teacher interaction, greater support, and an enhanced off-campus education. All Ventura County Districts […] Read More »

American Heart Association Award recognizes CMH’s commitment to quality stroke care

Community Memorial Hospital once again has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes CMH’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. “CMH is dedicated to improving the quality […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Health school waivers allows for in person instruction when approved

Ventura County Public Health has announced today that public and private elementary schools in Ventura County can submit school waiver applications to allow in-person instruction at their campuses. The waivers cover Tk through 6th grades. In accordance with state guidelines, waivers may be granted “when requested by a local superintendent (or equivalent for charter or […] 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 »

The State of California requires face coverings to be worn on public transit

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), has promptly adhered to recent state requirements released by Governor Gavin Newsom. The mandate requires face coverings to be worn state-wide in public settings, including public transportation. If a VCTC Intercity bus rider doesn’t have a mask, one will be provided. “VCTC is committed to keeping both our riders […] Read More »

Ventura Community Council meeting

East Venturans have an important opportunity to weigh in on how their city grows at the next East Ventura Community Council meeting on August 20. The consultant firm which is working on the city’s General Plan update, Raimi Associates, has asked to speak to residents about the process and will be soliciting input. Joining the […] Read More »

Ventura County votes to update antiquated laws around oil permitting

The Ventura County Planning Commission voted 4-1 to update the Zoning Ordinance for oil and gas wells operating under antiquated permits. Thousands of oil wells in Ventura County operate under “antiquated permits” that were issued up to 75 years ago—before environmental and human health impacts were known, and long before many bedrock environmental laws existed. […] Read More »

Air District seeks candidates for hearing board

The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District is seeking individuals interested in serving on the APCD’s Hearing Board in the attorney member position and Medical professional position. The attorney position must be an active member of the State Bar of California. The medical professional position must be a medical professional with specialized skills, training or […] Read More »

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation receives grant funds

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation has received grants totaling $117,143 to support residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants include the following: Wells Fargo, $50,000 in funds for rent and utility assistance, non-food essentials, educational laptops, and children’s activity bags for residents Bank of America, $20,000 in funds for rent and utility assistance and non-food essentials for […] 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 »

Congratulations to Commander Tom Higgins

Commander Tom Higgins has retired after 28 years of outstanding service to our Ventura community. Commander Higgins began his career with VPD as a cadet in 1992 until December 1994 when he became a sworn Officer. Tom was promoted to Corporal in 2003, Sergeant in 2010, and Commander in 2015. During his time with our […] Read More »

What Is Ventura Willing To Spend? Part 2

by Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Gov’t (VREG) According to the Carollo Report, the next phase of VenturaWaterPure carries a price tag of $320 million. Do you spend another $320 million if Ventura Water can meet its three goals for less regardless of the money already spent? And if you do, how will a family […] Read More »

Local Dignity Health pediatrician discusses back to school safety

As school districts consider how to reopen, Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals want community members to stay informed of precautionary measures to minimize exposure of COVID-19. Pediatrician Imelda De Forest, MD, shares steps parents can take to help protect children, teachers, and administrators as they prepare to head back to school. “Parents are concerned for […] Read More »

East Ventura Community Council

July 16: Ventura’s new Police Chief, Darin Schindler, and Ventura County’s new Public Information Officer, Ashley Bautista, will be featured on the agenda of the East Ventura Community Council. Each has started in their new positions in the middle of a pandemic and social upheaval, and will discuss what that has been like and what […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation's to provide textbook stipends to veteran students

The Ventura College Foundation’s Jerry Arellano Veteran Resource Center Library Program received $59,000 in new funding to provide textbook stipends to U.S. veteran students attending Ventura College. Veterans will be given up to $250 per semester for two semesters. To receive the textbook-buying stipend, recipients must donate at least one of their books purchased with […] 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 »

The Ventura Police does support peaceful protests

‘I support any movement that supports equal rights’ by Carol Leish Ventura Police Chief Darin Schindler stated, “The current Black Lives Matter movement does focus on the rights that all people have, and the idea that everybody deserves to be treated fairly and with respect. In my opinion, it will go on for a long […] Read More »

Closure to restore Scorpion Fire burn area at East Santa Cruz Island

The Scorpion Fire burn area of approximately 1,411 acres will be closed for restoration until further notice. The closure includes the entire burned area that extends eastward from the Smugglers Road that leads from Scorpion Valley to Smugglers Cove. Most of the burned area extends seaward to the coastline from Smugglers Road. The Smugglers Road […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Health Department awarded National Reaccreditation Status

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has announced that the Ventura County Public Health Department is among the first 25 local public health departments in the nation and the first in the State of California to be awarded reaccreditation status. The accreditation demonstrates a consistent and continued commitment to collaborative efforts to keep communities throughout […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to structure fire at four-unit apartment building

On June 24, at 8:52 am, the Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire in the 100 block of Kellogg St. First arriving firefighters discovered a single story four-unit apartment building with one unit fully involved in fire. The fire was contained to the unit of origin and extinguished. Adjacent […] Read More »

East Ventura Community Council meeting

Development issues are the main topics at the next ZOOM meeting of the East Ventura Community Council, on Thursday, June 18. Ashdon Development will present  plans for a mixed use project at Wells and Darling Roads, to include retail establishments, residential units, community-oriented businesses and additional spaces designed for small businesses. Ashdon representatives will be […] Read More »

Downtown Ventura welcomes you for 30 days of Main Street Moves!

Beginning soon Downtown Ventura welcomes you to safely shop, sip, snack, and stroll in the streets for 30 days of Main Street Moves! For the next 30 days, four blocks of Main Street (between Palm and Fir) and one block of California Street (between Santa Clara and Poli) will be a spacious promenade, open to […] Read More »

Food Share has expanded its operations

In response to dramatically increased levels of food insecurity, Food Share, Ventura County’s largest hunger-relief organization, has expanded its operations through a generous donation of a temporary lease of a 37,000 square foot warehouse in Oxnard. The addition of the new space is thanks to Lawrence Joss, owner of Surfaces USA, who has provided the […] 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 »

Marlyss Auster selected to serve as At-Large Director on the Board of CalTravel

Marlyss and her “best friend” enjoying a day at the beach. Visit Ventura is proud and happy to announce that Visit Ventura President & CEO Marlyss Auster was selected to serve as At-Large Director on the Board of the California Travel Association (CalTravel). The California Travel Association is the united voice of the travel and […] Read More »

City of Ventura eases restrictions at local parks and beaches

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Ventura City Council unanimously voted to ease limited closure restrictions of Ventura’s beaches and parks. The City’s decision provides access to its parks, beaches, the Promenade, Pier, public restrooms, and select parking lots. For the last several weeks Ventura’s parks and beaches have been open for active recreational use, […] Read More »

Car graduation guidance issued by Ventura County

The Public Health Department has issued guidance to Ventura County education leaders regarding high school graduation ceremonies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance, created in collaboration with the Ventura County Office of Education, was issued at the request of superintendents and other school leaders who are making extremely difficult decisions about graduation ceremonies, as the […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation announces distribution of over $683,000 in scholarships

The Ventura College Foundation is awarding scholarships to 248 students totaling $683,748, the largest annual scholarship distribution in the foundation’s history. Students were notified this month of their scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 for continuing students to $4,000 for students who are transferring to four-year universities in the fall. Many students received multiple scholarships. “This […] Read More »

Hair salons and barbershops permitted to reopen

The Governor announced that hair salons and barbershops in most California counties can reopen as the state moves forward on the path to reopening. The County of Ventura was approved for a state variance last week allowing the County to move faster through California’s reopening phases. This allows for local hair salons and barbershops to […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund announces Everyone Deserves a Home Compassion Campaign

For too many, housing is not guaranteed. At a time when acts of kindness matter, Housing Trust Fund Ventura County invites you to join its Everyone Deserves a Home Compassion Campaign. This weeklong celebration takes place June 1st through June 5th highlighting how we can make a difference in people’s lives, from small acts of compassion, to being […] Read More »

Ventura County Library offering services

Ventura County Library is excited to announce the launch of Brainfuse – on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels. Brainfuse HelpNow offers a personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies). Brainfuse will be made available to all library patrons from the public computers at their local […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation Weekend Marketplace is open

The Ventura College Foundation’s Weekend Marketplace has reopened and will continue to be open every weekend. The Marketplace has been closed since March 14 when social distancing restrictions took effect because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Marketplace will initially have 39 vendor booths and will safely limit customer attendance. Prior to the shutdown, the Marketplace […] Read More »

Local students shift gears to help restart our economy

As our economy reopens, business owners and their employees are going back to work and need to protect themselves from exposure to coronavirus. STEMbassadors, a student-run nonprofit organization in Ventura, wants to help. STEMbassadors has been 3D-printing and assembling face shields to help their local medical community since quarantine began. To date, STEMbassadors has provided […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor public launch ramp opens

With new guidelines in place Ventura Port District General Manager Brian Pendleton said the public boat launch ramp is open under the following conditions and protocols: 24/7 hours of operation Each vehicle/vessel is limited to members of the same household No fishing will be allowed at the public launch ramp No loitering at or around […] Read More »

Visit Ventura is working to help Ventura’s economy

Tourism has long played a critical role in Ventura’s economy. For the last nine years, burgeoning tourism has generated over $300 million in visitor spending in Ventura each year. And tourism’s beneficial spinoffs are myriad and sometimes hidden. Yes, tourism creates roughly 2,600 Ventura jobs, and tourism’s dollars help fund the city’s fire and police […] 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 »

Help feed Ventura County foster/resource, kinship, adoptive families

After the first week, over 1,500 meals had been distributed. Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that serves foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. Caregivers are supported with specialized education, support, and strategies to help raise […] Read More »

The past is the present roadmap to the future

by Cynthia Thompson Shock, denial, the closing of schools, churches, theaters, beaches and all gathering places, mandatory masks, emergency hospitals, mounting cases and deaths………COVID 19 of 2020?….No, Ventura and the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. This isn’t the first time our nation has faced a worldwide pandemic. COVID 19 and the 1918 Spanish Flu are […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County awarded $50,000

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (Housing Trust Fund VC) has been named as one of 29 grantees receiving funding support from Weingart Foundation through their Unrestricted Operating Support (U.O.S.) program. Housing Trust Fund VC will receive $50,000 over two years to help with capacity building in support of the Fund’s overall mission to increase affordable […] Read More »

Rumor Alert

There is a rumor that the County of Ventura is removing positive covid patients from their homes. That is not true. If a person cannot safely isolate at home and they would like an alternative location, then a different location is offered. Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin stated “What I would like to say to […] Read More »

Supporting food assistance to Ventura County farm working families

A month ago, a group of Latino and immigrant rights activists in Ventura County identified the need to take action against the lack of support and recognition for the farmworker community during COVID-19. Feeding the Frontline  was initially created as a one time event to provide food for those who feed us, however as the […] 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 »

City of Ventura to allow limited access to parks and beaches

A limited amount of people and horses have beach access. On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Ventura City Council unanimously voted to institute limited closures of Ventura’s beaches and parks. The City’s decision provides restricted access to its parks, beaches, the Promenade, and Pier in support of balancing residents’ physical and mental health while restricting […] Read More »

The significance of Denim Day

“We are aiming for a bigger and better movement for sure next year.” by Mira Reverente A group of local women took to the streets on April 29th to highlight Denim Day, a worldwide movement that culminated in Italy, in 1992. An 18-year-old girl was raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor. She reported the crime […] Read More »

Pedestrian killed

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle on Tuesday, April 28. The crash was reported at 5:47 p.m. by the driver of the vehicle, according to the Ventura Police Department. The driver said the vehicle struck the pedestrian on Thille Street just north of Thille Neighborhood Park, police said. After calling 911 the […] Read More »

Ventura County Board of Supervisors votes to contribute up to $855,000 to Food Share

Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted to contribute up to $855,000 to Food Share over a three-month period. The money will come from county property tax dollars but that they expect to receive some reimbursement from the state and federal governments. The money cannot be used to replace Food Share’s own spending on food. The […] Read More »

Board of Education approves long range facilities master plan

More than $800 million in school construction projects have been identified in the Long Range Facilities Master Plan approved by the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education at its April 28, 2020 meeting. The plan overseen by Mrs. Betsy George, the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services in conjunction with PBK Architects, has been […] Read More »

CMHS emergency departments are open and they have clean laundries

Community Memorial Health System is grateful to everyone in the community for doing their part to stop the spread of the Coronavirus by staying home during this time, but now more than ever, CMHS wants people to know that it’s safe to seek care at Community Memorial Hospital and Ojai Valley Community Hospital. If you […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Board votes to cancel 2020 Fair

The Ventura County Fairgrounds Board of Directors has voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Ventura County Fair. The action comes amid unprecedented community stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines and was made to protect guests, vendors, staff and others during the COVID-19 crisis. The Board considered ongoing guidance and updated information from State and County health […] 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 »

Aera Energy aids Ventura County nonprofits amid pandemic’s economic toll

As the nation reels from the economic crash of the COVID-19 lockdown, Aera Energy is supporting local communities in significant ways. Since late March, Aera has donated $355,000 to mid-California nonprofits hit hard by increased calls for community help. These have come as California’s coronavirus restrictions close businesses and schools and force major job losses. […] Read More »

Gold Coast Recycling to reopen its Buy-Back Facility

The Buy-Back Center at Gold Coast Recycling reopened on Monday April 20; hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Located at 5275 Colt St. in Ventura, the Buy-Back Center has been closed for the past month, to protect the safety of customers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. All residential […] Read More »

Ventura County Library continues to provide services

Ventura County Library continues to provide services during the COVID-19 emergency while staff and customers are sheltering at home. Many library services continue to be available. eBooks and eAudiobooks are available in our CloudLibrary collection at: https://ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/venturacountylibrary/Featured. Ventura County Library has recently dedicated extra funds to this collection to aid our customers during the County’s Stay Well at […] Read More »

Looking to save money on your prescriptions at your local Rx pharmacy?

by Krisna Garcia With prices constantly rising and insurance coverage seemingly getting worse and more expensive by the day, the better question might be, who isn’t? Whether you’ve just been prescribed a new medication and you’re not sure of the costs or you depend on an expensive medication to treat a chronic health condition, trips […] Read More »

Vagabond and Best Western Turned into Homeless Shelters During Covid-19 Crisis

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 the city to serve as homeless shelter during the duration of the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Chain-link fencing surrounds the sites and entrances […] Read More »

App provides live updates about any bus in Ventura County

Transit operators in Ventura County are joining together to launch the GOVCbus app. The app allows passengers to plan a trip, find their nearest stop and look up estimated arrival times and other real-time information from any handheld device or desktop browser. Camarillo Area Transit, Gold Coast Transit Distict (GCTD), Kanan Shuttle, Moorpark City Transit, Ojai Trolley, […] 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 »

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 »

Vista del Mar Hospital is serving the community

Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings to all hospital visitors and staff. Vista del Mar Hospital is using technology to support its Outpatient Services (OPS) programming during the stay-at-home restrictions to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Since Governor Newsom mandated California residents to stay home, followed by a similar order from the County of Ventura, Vista del Mar’s OPS […] Read More »

Food Share offering pop-up pantries to meet growing demand

The military is helping Food Share. Food Share, Ventura County’s food bank, is coordinating a county-wide effort to provide pop-up pantries in the wake of multiple food pantry closures. More than 20 existing pantries in the county have been forced to close their doors as the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow. “We […] Read More »

What is being done to assist the homeless in the county?

The County of Ventura, with guidance from the California Department of Public Health, has been taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable populations in the community. The County has secured housing options at local motels in the cities of Ventura, Oxnard and Newbury Park. County agencies are coordinating to provide transportation, medical […] Read More »

Ventura businesses open to serve the community

805 Bar & Grilled Cheese | (661) 312-7155 Takeout * Ask about Your Neighborhood Kitchen Andria’s Seafood Restaurant and Market | (805) 654-0546 Takeout Art’s Corner Cafe | (805) 653-5011 Takeout Banzai Marina | (805) 643-5200 Delivery Beach House Tacos | (805) 643-4783 Curbside Blenders In The Grass Main St | (805) 683-5858 Curbside Busy […] Read More »

Aera Energy donates $355,000 for emergency COVID-19

by the VCCF As COVID-19 continues to impact our community in ways we could never have imagined, we at Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) are pleased to announce local oil and gas producer Aera Energy, is stepping in with emergency funding and a challenge to the community to help us address some of the most […] Read More »

Be on the alert for utility scams

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reminded customers to be on alert for potential scams targeting utility customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. One common scam involves telling customers they must pay their gas bill immediately or their natural gas service will be disconnected. SoCalGas does not call customers seeking payment and had suspended service disconnections for […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation Marketplace closed until further notice

The Ventura College Foundation Marketplace, which operates every Saturday and Sunday on the Ventura College campus, is closed until further notice. Ventura College is following the March 19 COVID-19 “Shelter In Place” executive order from California Governor Gavin Newsom so classes and public activities are no longer being held on campus. “We know that the […] 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 »

“Stay Well at Home” emergency order

To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Ventura County Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin, has issued a “Stay Well at Home” emergency order – ordering all residents of the County of Ventura to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care […] Read More »

Creating posters that show, yet again, how strong and special Ventura is

With the threat of COVID-19, Ventura faces hard, uncertain times. In the face of all the dark news, the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau (Visit Ventura) is doing a simple thing to bring a little light. They are asking all Venturans to speak their minds and hearts, creating posters that show, yet again, how strong […] Read More »

Students will receive a wide range of services free of charge

The Ventura County Community College District has received a $500,000 State Chancellor’s Office Mental Health Grant to help close the gap in mental health services for its approximately 32,000 students. VCCCD is one of 16 Districts in the state to be awarded the grant, which begins May 2020. The 20-month program will provide services at Moorpark, Oxnard […] Read More »

VUSD making news

The Ventura Unified School District is pleased to announce that it has received significant amounts of Career Technical Education (CTE) funding. The funds will be used to improve and augment current Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, facilities, and equipment and will also fund a new CTE support position. The District is proud to announce that […] Read More »

American Red Cross experiencing severe blood shortage

The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage as the coronavirus outbreak threatens availability of the nation’s supply. Nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in some 86,000 fewer blood donations. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need, and […] Read More »

Aera Energy partners with WCDC to transform streets along Ventura Avenue corridor

Volunteers Toby Smith and Zuleima Jimenez proudly hold their new sign that will be displayed on their block. Groups of volunteers from local schools, churches, organizations and businesses in downtown Ventura’s westside district are rolling up their sleeves to help transform local streets into thriving and welcoming environments—through a new program launched by the Westside […] Read More »

List of resources now available for Ventura County employees and employers

The Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) has published a list of resources now available for Ventura County employees and employers who have been impacted by COVID-19 Following the County of Ventura’s Health Officer Order issued the evening of Tuesday March 17th, 2020, the Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) has released a comprehensive Business Resource Guide now available […] Read More »

Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center CEO Barbara Quaid issued the following statement

Following the directive from Gov. Gavin Newsome and the California Department of Public Health, the VC Fairgrounds and Event Center is temporarily suspending all events involving attendance of 250 people or more. The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance to us.  In addition to the Governors directive, we will continue […] Read More »

Farmers’ Market Association announces status during the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak …

The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFMA) is committed to maintaining its four farmers markets as a vital food facility and local food source during this time of uncertainty with the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the VCCFMA announces that all four markets will remain open for the foreseeable future in Midtown Ventura, […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department responds to report of smoke at Ventura High School

On Feb.27, the Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke inside a classroom at Ventura High School. When Firefighters arrived on scene, they discovered a smoldering fire on top of a teacher’s desk. The fire appeared to have burned itself out after burning through the desk and consuming most of the materials […] Read More »

Food Share looking for volunteers and donations to ensure no one goes hungry

Ventura County’s food bank is stepping up its operations to ensure that those in need have access to food. As an essential service, Food Share, Ventura County’s food bank, is not only staying open, it’s stepping up its operations to feed even more people in need. In addition to grocery stores, farmers markets, convenience stores, […] Read More »

A Message from City of Ventura’s Economic Development Manager regarding Coronavirus

The recent developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are rapidly evolving. While county, state, and federal agencies take the lead to address the public health-related concerns connected to the virus, our office is also working closely with the County, Ventura Chamber of Commerce, and other key partners to assist our local businesses through the developing economic […] Read More »

Trash, recycling, composting services continue at Harrison, Gold Coast and Agromin,

With the health and safety of employees, customers and communities of utmost importance, E.J. Harrison & Sons and its partners at Gold Coast Recycling and Agromin are closely following the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all relevant federal, state and local agencies to prevent the spread of […] Read More »

Rapid Response Fund for Ventura County in Response to COVID-19

The Ventura County Community Foundation, in coordination with the County of Ventura, Amgen Foundation, Southeast Ventura County YMCA, Give An Hour, and the Economic Development Collaborative, has launched a Rapid Response Fund for Ventura County to support nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of individuals and families with food and housing support, childcare, wage replacement, mental […] 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 »

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 »

Public health urges preparedness for social distancing

In the face of a significant increase in the numbers of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in mainland China and other Countries, many Ventura County residents are understandably worried and fearful. The Ventura County Department of Public Health (Public Health), out of an abundance of caution, is seeking to solidify the County’s readiness should […] Read More »

Plastic Free Ventura campaign started in the summer of 2018

by Laura Oergel The Ventura County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation started the Plastic Free Ventura campaign in the summer of 2018. Led by core volunteer Juli Marciel, she reviewed 120 examples of current single use plastic reduction ordinances in the state of California, ending up writing the draft proposal in the fall of 2018. […] Read More »

Court grants six-month extension for people to respond to Ventura River Watershed lawsuit

At a hearing the Los Angeles Superior Court granted the City of Ventura’s and the City of Ojai’s requests for a six-month extension for property owners to decide whether or not to file an answer in the Ventura River Watershed lawsuit. The new deadline to respond to the lawsuit and file an answer is September […] Read More »

Ventura Charter School is Named EL Education’s Newest Network School

After a four-month Partnership Development process between Ventura Charter School (VCS) and EL Education (formally Expeditionary Learning), VCS announces that they will become the newest of EL’s network of 152 schools throughout 30 states in the country. Ventura Charter School, which opened in 2006, is a public K-8 charter school with an enrollment of 441 […] 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 »

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 »

First Ventura County Women’s Day Festival

Civil rights activist Lupe Anguiano and high school senior Hannah Yale will dialog. Photo by Marie The Photographer The first Ventura County Women’s Day Festival will be held on International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8 at the Museum of Ventura County from 1-4 pm. The free event is being organized by The Acorn Project and […] Read More »

Five Ventura Police Officers set to participate in the 2020 Police Unity Tour

Police Unity Tour riders Retired Captain Paul Kofman, Officer Tyler Bevan, Officer Rebecca Kofman, Corporal Casey Sutherland, and Officer Greg Knupp to participate. On May 10, 2020, Ventura Police Corporal Sutherland and Officers Bevan, Knupp, Kofman, and Reginato will join more than 2,500 law enforcement officers from throughout the country for the 24th Annual Police […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury announces open house

Ventura County residents have an opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 Ventura County Grand Jurors and tour the Grand Jury Chambers on March 12, 2020. The public may meet the Grand Jurors between 1 PM and 3 PM, review Grand Jury reports and ask questions about Grand Jury service. The Grand Jury offices are located at […] Read More »

Celebrate innovative educators at LAUNCH

After a highly anticipated and successful inaugural LAUNCH last year, Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) is excited to announce details for the second annual LAUNCH and Aera Energy as the returning Trail Blazing Sponsor. Taking place on March 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm, Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, community members can attend this inspiring evening by sponsoring […] Read More »

Emergency crew respond to overturned semi tractor/trailer with one person trapped and fuel leaking

On Feb.17, units responded to a reported overturned semi tractor/trailer with one person trapped and fuel leaking at the WB126 and Wells Rd interchange. The first unit on scene arrived to find one adult male trapped in the wreckage of a semi tractor overturned onto the guard rail along the freeway on-ramp curve, fuel tanks […] 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 »

Volunteers help those with low-moderate incomes file for available tax credits

Ventura County residents are encouraged to take advantage of ways to put more money back in their pocket with the help of United Way of Ventura County’s (UWVC) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Throughout February to May, volunteers at free VITA tax preparation sites will help working families and individuals file their state and […] Read More »

Nonsurgical treatment for chronic pain explored at Seminar

Nevro HF10 spinal implant, now available at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, offers new hope to chronic pain sufferers. Chronic pain is a silent monster that haunts nearly one in five Americans and can stand in the way of even the most basic daily activities. Effective chronic pain treatment is often elusive, but recently, many […] Read More »

Court seeking civil grand jury applications

Ventura Superior Court is now accepting applications through April 17, 2020, from citizens interested in serving as civil grand jurors for the July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 session. Those interested must have the following qualifications: citizen of the United States; 18 years of age or older; resident of Ventura County for at least […] 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 »

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 »

The Museum of Ventura County making news

The Museum of Ventura County has received a grant through CRG, the California Revealed Grant, to digitize forty volumes of the Ventura County Historical Society Quarterly Journal. The Museum’s Research Library and Archives will digitize 40-years of historical writing, spanning 1955 to 1995, to be made available through the California Revealed website and on the […] Read More »

VCCCD College Libraries launch new web capabilities

Students of Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges rely on their libraries’ websites for their studies, conducting more than 734,245 searches a year. Now students will have streamlined and improved search options. The libraries at Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges recently launched upgraded web pages on each college’s website. The updated interface connects the VCCCD colleges […] Read More »

VCTC bus fare and service changes

On Monday, Jan. 20, the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) increased fares and made minor schedule modifications to its Intercity bus system. The Commission approved a fare increase in October 2018 to address the rising costs of operation. The decision followed a public outreach process in the summer and fall of the same year. To […] 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 »

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 »

Causes of tingling, burning hands and feet explored at a free CMHS Seminar 

Do you have tingling, prickling, burning, numbness or muscle weakness in your hands and feet? If so, peripheral neuropathy might be to blame. This condition affects an estimated 20 million Americans, with symptoms that can last from days to years and may worsen over time. Peripheral neuropathy and how to alleviate the discomfort it brings […] Read More »

DUI Checkpoint nets 2 arrests

Ventura Police Department arrested 1 driver for 23152 (a) CVC (DUI Impaired Alcohol). A total of 1,174 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 543 vehicles were screened. It should also be noted that 1 drug arrest for 11377 (a) HS was made, along with 1 23222 (a) CVC Possession of an Open Container of alcohol […] 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 »

Ventura Unified School District embracing its families this holiday season

Bessie O’Connor (mother of Skyla shown sorting cans) also volunteered. Skyla is a 4th grader at Pierpont Elementary. Photos by Bernie Goldstein The Cheers for Children campaign, which is entering its 67th year, is designed to help children and families of the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD). Cheers for Children began in 1952 when teachers and an administrator identified a student and […] Read More »

10th Annual Castro Family & Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive

The Ventura Police Department held the 10th Annual Castro Family & Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive. The community donated unwrapped toys or gift cards for the patients and siblings of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at the Ventura County Medical Center. In 2008, Corey Castro was seven years old and was […] Read More »

California Distinguished Schools includes two in Ventura

Nine Ventura County elementary schools are being honored as 2020 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education. Schools are awarded for their work toward closing the achievement gap and for achieving exceptional student performance. Schools that applied were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the […] Read More »

VPD honors their own

Sergeant Matt Cain was selected as the Ventura Police Department Supervisor of the Year for diligence in his work and dedication to serving our department and community. Matt came to VPD in 2000 as a Lateral from LAPD, where he served for five years. Matt was promoted to Corporal in 2006 and to Sergeant in […] Read More »

30 feet wide tornado originated near the Santa Clara River

When Venturan’s heard “tornado warning” on their phones they assumed it was meant for another town, but it was for Ventura and occurred mostly in the Ventura Harbor area. The tornado was about 30 feet wide. A National Weather Service investigator confirmed that we had a brief tornado that originated near the Santa Clara River. […] Read More »

Ventura College Agriculture Program unveils new avocado orchard

Ventura College unveiled its new avocado orchard with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 10. About 90 students, staff, government dignitaries and college supporters were on hand for the ceremony. The size of the orchard is a little over an acre and holds an estimated 100, 1-year-old Haas avocado trees. The first crop is expected in […] 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 »

Ventura Unified School District expanding educational options

An expanded K-8 option will be available at Blanche Reynolds Elementary. At a Special Board Study Session on Mon., Dec. 2, the Ventura Unified School District Board of Education approved staff moving forward with a new secondary level program to serve students who require additional flexibility in their lives and therefore need an online based […] Read More »

Oxnard Performing Arts Center slated for closure gets help from recording star.Paak

by Richard Lieberman Anderson .Paak a well known rapper and singer recently took a one hour tour of the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center. He was there to give support to the center scheduled for closure December 31, 2019. “I want this to be a hub for creativity,” said the recording star. He added […] Read More »

It all began with a community gathering of volunteer singers

The GCCC performs three concerts each year. Photos by De Schrepper Photography “Hey gang! Let’s put on a show!” This cheerful cry, reminiscent of a Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musical, could have been heard at the inception of the Gold Coast Concert Chorus. It all began with a community gathering of volunteer singers who […] Read More »

3rd annual Christmas Bike Giveaway

Bike giveaway helps children in foster care. Project Bicycle Love, a local non-profit, is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Christmas Bike Giveaway is underway. In partnership with Coastlands Real Estate Group, this project will provide over 140 children in the foster system with a brand-new bicycle at Christmas. Started as a grassroots project two […] Read More »

10th Annual Holiday Donation Drive at Kids & Families Together

Is it more fun to pet Charles or Santa? Kids & Families Together and Heart 2 Heart are conducting their 10th Annual Holiday Donation Drive for the Annual Holiday Gift Away event on Saturday, December 7, from 10am-1pm in Ventura. They will be serving over 200 children with their caregivers in the Ventura County community. […] Read More »

Agricultural Commissioner to apply for Cal FIRE grant to remove diseased trees and mitigate fire hazards

The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner has submitted a request to Cal FIRE to receive a grant to offset the costs of removal of dead and diseased trees throughout the County. In recent years, the infestation of Invasive Shot Hole Borers in area trees have resulted in infected trees – either weakening them or causing them […] Read More »

AVID Students in Ventura Unified School District outperform students nationally

The Ventura Unified School District has released new 2018-2019 data on the success of last year’s graduating class of students participating in the District’s AVID program. AVID is a nationally-recognized program that helps students navigate the college application process, and build the academic and soft skills needed to succeed in college and the workforce of […] Read More »

Bank of America awards $12,500 grant to Cabrillo

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation has received a $12,500 grant from Bank of America to help fund operating costs related to Real Estate Development and Resident and Community Services The grant will provide funding for resident services staff to deliver programs and services to Cabrillo tenants and community residents, and for real estate development staff who […] Read More »

VCCCD implements state-of-the-art emergency notification system

In response to a need to improve emergency communications, the Ventura County Community College District is implementing a state-of-the-art emergency mass notification system to disseminate real-time information to all students, guests, faculty, staff and administrators, whether they are on a campus or not. These notifications will be prior to, during and after an emergency such […] Read More »

Women Veteran Divers Assist National Park Service in Underwater Surveys

All-female NPS and NOAA dive team conduct shipwreck surveys. Three female veterans of our Armed Services have joined the National Park Service (NPS) for a week conducting shipwreck surveys at Channel Islands National Park. The veterans, each with distinguished careers serving the U.S. Army and Navy, are sponsored by the Wounded American Veterans Experience SCUBA […] 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 »

Bras For A Cause® 2019 is a wrap!

The event was dedicated to what the Soroptimists provide to the community’s women. by Juliann Laufer Whew! What a wonderful event that was hosted by Soroptimist International of Oxnard on Sunday, October 27! Almost 200 attended that meant filling the Ballroom at the Courtyard by Marriott – Oxnard/Ventura close to capacity for the 6th Year […] Read More »

Snapdragon Place Apartments, Phase II

Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere addressed the attendees with Chief Executive Margarita de Escontrias at his side. Photos by Michael Gordon and Bernie Goldstein On Nov. 15 a ribbon cutting, and grand opening was held for the Snapdragon Place Apartments, Phase II, Cabrillo’s newest affordable housing complex in Ventura. Cabrillo is developing the project in partnership […] Read More »

Got a complaint about local government? Tell the Grand Jury!

Did you know there is a body of volunteers in the county of Ventura dedicated to investigating public complaints about county agencies, city governments and special districts such as water, schools and harbors? The Ventura County Civil Grand Jury is an investigatory panel of 19 citizens from all backgrounds that operates as a public watchdog […] Read More »

Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura receives Award of Merit

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) recently honored the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) with the 2019 Award of Merit in the Resident and Client Services category for the Housing Plus program partnership with the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA). Housing Plus provides case management services […] Read More »

HTF receives $1,480,000 to facilitate the organization’s core values

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (HTF Ventura County) announced that it has recently received funding support from The McCune Foundation, The Lluella Morey Murphy Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, Montecito Bank & Trust, and Pacific Western Bank. The combined $1,480,000 helps to facilitate the organization’s core values to provide early funding through its revolving loan fund […] Read More »

Probation Agency and Superior Court expand Pretrial Assessment and Monitoring Services

The Board of Supervisors has authorized an agreement between the Ventura County Superior Court and the Ventura County Probation Agency to continue the Pretrial Risk Assessment and Monitoring Services program. The Superior Court was awarded more than $3 million in state funding as part of a pretrial pilot program between superior courts and their probation […] Read More »

Ventura Education Partnership gives over $74,000 in teacher grants

The Ventura Education Partnership has awarded 81 VEPGrants to teachers and staff for their development of creative educational projects that stimulate learning by students. Over $74,000.00 was awarded. Each year, teachers and staff from VUSD schools and district programs submit short grant proposals which are reviewed and evaluated by a diverse group of readers from […] Read More »

Have you plugged in to your Neighborhood Community Council?

They are a great way to Connect with your neighbors, learn what’s happening in your area, get updates and information from the City of Ventura including a regular police report and special presentations on projects and announcements for your area and the city at large and to participate in projects that make a difference in […] Read More »

Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program

Both shoppers and California farmers are benefitting from the Market Match and the Cal-Fresh (SNAP) food programs offered by the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFM). Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program, which uses grant dollars to match or double a portion of the customers’ federal nutrition assistance benefits, like Cal-Fresh (SNAP), […] Read More »

Veterans Resource Center and Ventura College Foundation honor veterans

The Ventura College Foundation supports veterans through scholarships. The Ventura College Veterans Resource Center and Ventura College Foundation honored veterans, active military and their families at the fourth annual Ventura College Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, Monday, November 4 held at the Cafeteria in the Campus Student Center on the Ventura College campus. California Resources Corporation, the […] Read More »

Eco-Conscious Indie Films at the Ojai Film Festival

Susan Kucera spoke about her time with Jeff Bridges. The Ojai Film Festival continues the tradition of focusing on environmental films with the 20th Anniversary Edition: Focus Earth. Throughout the ten-day festival filmgoers will find double screenings of eco-conscious indie films. A day of special events focuses on the environment, including discussions, seminars and panels […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department recruiting volunteers  

Applications are now being accepted for Ventura Police Volunteers! Volunteers are an essential component to the Ventura Police Department’s community problem oriented policing efforts. Volunteers have an opportunity to learn about policing and help improve community safety. Volunteers come from many different professional backgrounds with the common goal of wanting to make a difference by […] Read More »

Shoulder replacement surgery explored at CMHS seminar

From severe injuries to arthritis, shoulder replacement surgery can be used to treat a variety of conditions. For some patients, less invasive treatments provide relief but for others, shoulder replacement surgery provides the best path to a healthy, pain-free life. The latest developments in shoulder replacement surgery will be the focus of a free seminar […] Read More »

Ventura County Library receives grant award from California Humanities

California Humanities has announced the recent round of Humanities For All Quick Grant awards, and the Ventura County Library has been awarded $5,000.00 for its One County, One Book Community Reading Program. The Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to […] Read More »

Former Ventura Fire Captain John Van Mannekes passes away

Former Ventura Fire Captain John Van Mannekes passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from ALS. Captain Van Mannekes joined the department in May, 1996 and retired in July, 2017. He leaves behind his wife Rebecca and his children Jonathan and Jamison. 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 »

Palliative care physician to speak at Ventura High

“Living the Best Mortal Life Possible” is brought to you as a local collaboration by Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) Palliative Care Team, Ventura County Palliative Partnership & Ventura County Coalition of Compassionate Care Ira Byock, MD is a leading palliative care physician, author and public advocate for improving care through the end-of-life. He is […] Read More »

Major fire prevented by quick response

On Nov.6, at 4:30pm, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received a report of a small bush on fire on the right shoulder of the N/B 101 Frwy near the E. Main St on ramp. A single fire engine from the Ventura City Fire Dept was dispatched to the area and was unable to locate […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County is changing the affordable housing market

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (HTF Ventura County) is helping to successfully change the landscape of Ventura County’s affordable housing market. Its three newest funding projects would not be possible without ongoing community funding support and grants. Recently, HTF Ventura County was notified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that it is one of […] Read More »

World Mental Health Day there is hope. Suicides are preventable

by Jill Forman Every year in Ventura County, nearly 93 people die as a result of suicide. The World Health Organization has designated Suicide Prevention as its theme for2019. Turning Point Foundation hosted a community townhall with a panel of Ventura County mental health professionals. Their goal was to gather insight and ideas on suicide […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Dept. crews respond to explosion

On Oct.20, at 5:07pm, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received multiple reports of an explosion in the area of E. Harbor Blvd and Monmoth Way. Ventura City Fire Dept resources were dispatched and the first arriving fire engine company reported an explosion in an underground high voltage electrical vault. SoCal Edison was requested and […] Read More »

Ventura County nonprofit announces dessert fundraiser

Get ready for desserts galore at Step Up Ventura’s Decadent Dessert Harvest Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the County’s most vulnerable homeless population — children ages 1 – 5. This inaugural event […] Read More »

TBCF provides financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer

As the finale to Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s incredibly successful Gold Ribbon Campaign held in September for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, they want to continue to raise awareness for children dealing with cancer by honoring special young heroes in your community who want to share their story about their personal journey with cancer. Gemma […] 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 »

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 »

October is National Community Planning Month

“Planning ensures that we’re envisioning and permitting the best for the future generations of Ventura.” City of Ventura Planner Maruja Clensay lost her own home during the Thomas Fire. The tragic experience allowed her to relate to other Thomas Fire victims going through the planning process. She has been a planner for more than 13 […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System offers low-cost mammograms and breast screenings

It’s well-known that awareness, early detection and early treatment of breast cancer can save lives. That’s why Community Memorial Health System is dedicated to providing the best in screening and imaging technologies to all women in the community. CMHS is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by offering low-cost breast imaging to […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department awarded grant

The Ventura Police Department received a $180,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a one-year enforcement and education program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads.  “This grant emphasizes education and enforcement which will help keep our community safe,” said Sergeant Brown. “Being […] 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 »

Emergency crews respond to two-vehicle head on collision on Harbor Blvd. near Schooner Drive

On Sept. 20, at 9am, three people were transported to Ventura County Medical Center after a two-vehicle head on collision on Harbor Blvd. near Schooner Drive. Police and firefighters arrived on scene to find one victim trapped in a passenger van surrounded with gasoline leaking from the vehicle. The occupants of the second vehicle had […] Read More »

City Manager Alex McIntyre seeks approval for program for outreach services for city’s homeless population

by Richard Lieberman At the September 9th City Council meeting Alex D. McIntyre, City Manager presented a proposal to authorize the City manager to hire a full time Outreach Homeless Services Worker to be assigned to the city for a period of 19-months. McIntyre explained,” When consistent outreach and engagement with the homeless population occurs, […] Read More »

Fire crews respond to RV and multiple passenger vehicles fire at storage facility

Multiple 911 calls were received at the Fire Communication Center to report a large vehicle on fire in the 2600 block of N. Ventura Ave. Fire personnel arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and found a large RV and multiple passenger vehicles on fire in a storage facility. Fire personnel performed a […] Read More »

County to host Job and Career Fair

The County of Ventura Human Resources Department will be hosting a job and career fair on Thursday, September 26. The event is open to the public and there is no charge for entrance or parking. The career fair will be held in the main courtyard of the Ventura County Government Center, between the Hall of […] Read More »

30th Annual Day of Caring

Each year for the past 29 years, United Way of Ventura County’s (UWVC) Day of Caring (DOC) has connected hundreds of volunteers to community organizations throughout Ventura County. By engaging people in volunteerism, UWVC works to create positive change in our community. In 2018, over 550 individuals, families, and teams volunteered at 29 project sites. […] Read More »

Student drug abuse and anti vaping programs honored

Dan Hicks, Dawn Anderson, Gabe Teran, Maritza Garcia, Catherine Puccetti and Amber Macias at the honors presentation. The Ventura County Office of Education’s Department of Comprehensive Health and Prevention Programs (CHPP) was recently honored for its efforts to teach students about the dangers of opioid use, vaping and other risky behaviors. The department received the […] Read More »

U.S. EPA chooses local stormwater expert to join national task force

Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Stormwater Program Manager, Ewelina Mutkowska was invited by the federal government’s Stormwater Infrastructure Financing Task Force to be an expert consultant to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB). Joining a total of 20 selected task force members from around the United States, Mutkowska will prepare recommendations to the U.S. EPA’s […] Read More »

Ventura Water Reclamation Facility open house

On August 29, over 300 members of the public turned out to tour the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility to learn more about the proposed VenturaWaterPure project – a future water project that aims to diversify Ventura’s water supply by recovering, purifying, and reusing water that is  currently discharged into the Santa Clara River Estuary. The event […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department offering Community Emergency Response Training

As residents, you serve a critical role in emergency response operations whether it is preserving lives, protecting property, or providing other essential services to the community. The Ventura City Fire Department would like to invite you to join their Community Emergency Response Training Program (CERT)beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2019. The training sessions provide an excellent […] Read More »

Free heart symposium explores the latest treatments in heart care

The latest treatments in heart care as well as women’s heart health issues and tips to prevent heart disease will be the focus of a free seminar on Saturday, Sept. 21 in Ventura. Community Memorial Health System is hosting the free Heart Symposium as part of its 2019 Speaker Series. The symposium begins at 7:30 […] Read More »

California Coastal Cleanup Day

The 2019 California Coastal Cleanup Day is Ventura County’s premier coastal cleanup activity of the year. It is anticipated that the event will bring thousands of residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations together to collect trash and debris from Ventura County’s beaches and inland areas to keep it out of our oceans and waterways. Held on […] Read More »

Presidential Primary Election

County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters Mark A. Lunn announced that signatures-in-lieu of the filing fee petitions for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election may be obtained from the Ventura County Elections Division beginning Thursday, September 12, 2019, for the following offices: Voter-Nominated Offices: President of the United States United States Representative in Congress: 24th, […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department commemorate 18th Anniversary of 9/11

On Wednesday morning, September 11, 2019, all Ventura City Fire Department stations held a special remembrance ceremony for the first responders and civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Fire Chief David Endaya stated, “It is hard to believe that it has been 18 years since September 11, 2001. Whenever we see the […] 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 »

Bike trail closure

Ventura County Public Works Agency Announces Ojai Valley Bike Trail closure for Fresno Canyon Diversion Project The Fresno Canyon Diversion Project will start construction at the Ojai Valley Bike Trail in August 2019 Ventura County Public Works Agency’s (VCPWA) Watershed Protection District (WPD) is working to reduce repeated flooding in the Casitas Spring community and […] Read More »

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As summer comes to a close, the Ventura Police Department is asking drivers to not get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs that impact your ability to drive safely. The Ventura Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in the national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. During […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department offering Community Emergency Response Training

by Joe Morelli, Fire Marshal As residents, you serve a critical role in emergency response operations whether it is preserving lives, protecting property, or providing other essential services to the community. The Ventura City Fire Department would like to invite you to join their Community Emergency Response Training Program (CERT)beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2019. The […] Read More »

Kicking off the summer

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (HTF Ventura County) hosted its eighth annual educational and donor recognition fundraising event at the picturesque Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo. The $100,000 raised during the event will grow to $200,000 thanks to a 1:1 fund matching program provided by California State Proposition 1. HTF Ventura County is now halfway to […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County closed but the Museum’s Pavilion remains open

The Museum of Ventura County, at 100 E. Main Street is closed for renovation until September 20, 2019. There will be a re-opening on September 20th with a massive party to launch the latest exhibit, California Cool. The opening reception, California Club, will be an exciting trip back to an era of Mid-century modernism. The […] Read More »

Phone Scam Alert: Scammers impersonating Ventura Police Employees

Residents are advised that phone scammers have been targeting residents impersonating Ventura Police Employees. The scammers are using the real names of 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 non-emergency number of 805-650-8010. The scammer is telling […] Read More »

Tony Briggs named Chief Executive Officer of Red Cross Central California Region

The American Red Cross of Central California has named Tony Briggs its Chief Executive Officer – a role in which he will oversee all Red Cross service delivery for 10 counties and nearly 4.5 million residents. A native of Philadelphia, Briggs completed a successful 24-year career in the United States Navy, rising to the rank […] 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 »

County CEO delivers State of the County address

County Executive Officer Mike Powers delivers the State of the County report at the Ventura County Taxpayers Association. County Executive Officer Mike Powers presented his State of the County report to a sold out crowd of about 300 at the Ventura County Taxpayers Association summer luncheon on August 1st. The title of the presentation was […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire units respond to structure fire

On August 1, at 2:23pm Ventura City Fire units responded to a reported structure fire in the 200 block of E. Vince St.The first arriving engine company reported a working fire visible from the front (Alpha Side) of the structure. One elderly resident was already evacuated from the structure. An aggressive attack contained the fire […] Read More »

Adult Literacy Program recruiting volunteer tutors

The Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program is now recruiting adult volunteer tutors who would like to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required, and the training is free. The next five-week tutor training series in Ventura will begin in September. The READ program trains adult volunteers […] Read More »

Museum to close for renovation

The Museum of Ventura County at 100 E. Main St. will be closed August 19 — September 20, 2019 for renovation. This exciting transformation will be complete in time for the opening of California Cool, a new exhibit on mid-century modernism on the central coast of California. Read More »

National Night Out needs to wait for the Fair to end

Registration is now open for National Night Out. Ventura neighborhoods are invited to participate on Tuesday, August 27. National Night Out is a national effort to celebrate neighborhoods and strengthen community relationships with local police departments. Ventura residents are invited to get together with their neighbors to plan an event in their neighborhood. Residents then […] 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 »

Housing Authority awarded almost $19 million for Phase Three

Residents recently began moving into the newly completed units. The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) has been awarded $18,983,730 from the California Strategic Growth Council for its Ventura Westside Housing and Active Transportation grant application. The award is granted through the state’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC), which funds […] Read More »

Dorcas H. Thille will receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Spirit Awards celebrate the Spirit of Community Partnership. United Way of Ventura County’s (UWVC) will honor Dorcas H. Thille with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual Spirit Awards Gala August 24, celebrating community champions that embody the spirit of the United Way in advancing the common good in Ventura County. The gala […] Read More »

Ventura Friends of the Library continue celebrating 50th anniversary year

Celebrations began in March at Avenue Library with a visit from best-selling bi-lingual author Amada Perez and music from Inlakech Cultural Arts, and continued on July 18, in coordination with the Summer Reading Program at E.P. Foster Library,  with Alane Adams, author of the Legend of Orkney fantasy novels for middle grade readers  and multi-instrumentalist […] Read More »

Harrison honored by Clean-Air Group

Harrison Industries continues to lead the ecological charge, achieving well beyond carbon neutrality in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. According to the latest Climate Registry and Avoided Emissions Reporting, Harrison Industries “has fully offset its direct GHG emissions 18 times – well beyond net zero.” So impressed was The Climate Registry with Harrison’s numbers that […] Read More »

Dr. Kim Hoffmans selected as Ventura College President

Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Chancellor Greg Gillespie is pleased to announce that Dr. Kim Hoffmans has been selected as president for Ventura College, effective June 1, 2019. Dr. Hoffmans has served VCCCD for the last 25 years as a nursing faculty, coordinator/department chair, and dean at Moorpark College and currently as Vice President […] Read More »

“Know Your Limit” Education Program in Downtown Ventura

On July 20 and 21, the Ventura Police Department had officers out in the downtown area to educate the public on how important it is to “know your limit.” The “Know Your Limit” program is intended to inform community members on how little it takes to reach the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC), […] Read More »

SB 1 dollars to repair the roadway on Johnson Drive

The City of Ventura will use its first SB 1 dollars to repair the roadway on Johnson Drive between Bristol Road and Highway 101. Construction began in June and will take two to three months to complete depending on weather conditions. The $2 million-dollar project, supplemented with gas tax funding, includes replacement of asphalt pavement, […] Read More »

Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile Virus

On July 2, 2019, the Ventura County Environmental Health Division (Division) received confirmation from the California Department of Public Health that mosquitos sampled from the City of Ventura during the last week in June tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first mosquito sample collected in 2019 from Ventura County to test […] Read More »

NAWBO installs new Board

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) installed its new Board of Directors last week at the woman owned RELM Wine & Beer Bistro in Camarillo as part of its summer Celebration. Marsha Bailey, founder of Women’s Economic Ventures installed the new slate of officers who represent a […] Read More »

Ventura Port District powers into new fiscal year

With the recent approval of a 2019-2020 budget and new leaders on board, the Ventura Port District is moving full steam ahead into the new fiscal year. Under the leadership of the district’s new general manager, Brian Pendleton, appointed on May 1, and with the addition this month of Commissioner Mike Blumenberg, the Ventura Board […] Read More »

The Salvation Army bids farewell to the Simoes family

Foto: The Simoes move on to Portland. by Richard Lieberman The Advisory Board, along with the Downtown Rotary Club, Lion and the Kiwanis recently held a farewell BBQ for the Simoes family. Silvia Benetti Simoes, Lieutenant along with her husband Favio Simoes and their children bid farewell to Ventura after five years of service with […] Read More »

Following the Thomas Fire reviews highlighted the need for a comprehensive plan

Recently the Board of Supervisors adopted a Disaster Recovery Plan which will be incorporated into the County’s overall disaster plans to provide for an efficient recovery process following a major incident. The recovery plan was developed under the direction of the County Executive Office. Following the Thomas Fire, after-action reviews highlighted the need for a […] Read More »

Back to school donation drive

Each child will receive a backpack and age appropriate school supplies. It’s that time again for families to start shopping for back to school supplies and for some, it is a financial hardship! Kids & Families Together, in partnership with Heart 2 Heart, is hosting their 9th Annual Back to School Donation Drive for foster/resource, […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Beaches to be summer enjoyed

The dramatic effect of the Ventura Harbor’s dredging efforts is seen in this photo. Photo by John Higgins, Harbormaster The annual Ventura Harbor dredge efforts have significantly replenished the scenic harbor public beaches of both Surfers Knoll and Harbor Cove with cleaner sands and more recreation space for harbor beachgoers this summer. Utilizing the federal funds […] Read More »

Santa Rosa Island Corrals reopened to the public

The corral area of the main ranch at Santa Rosa Island is now open to the public following a short-term closure that was established due to contaminated soils found in the area. The contaminants, which were associated with historic fuel storage tanks and other features in this area, included residues of petroleum, metal, and chemical […] Read More »

First 5 Ventura County and Interface Children & Family Services announce locations of Learning sites

First 5 Ventura County (F5VC) is pleased to join Interface Children & Family Services (ICFS) in announcing 13 Neighborhoods for Learning (NfL) locations scheduled to open in late August. Services will be provided across the county with locations in Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura. The sites […] Read More »

Free lunches to children and teens this summer

Avenue Library in partnership with Ventura Unified School District and Ventura County Public Health Agency, is offering free lunches to children and teens on the west side this summer. The Lunch at the Library program is sponsored by a grant from the California Library Association The Lunch at the Library helps ensure no child or […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village Marina begins major transition

Change is in the air at the Ventura Harbor Village Marina. Photo courtesy of the Ventura Port District On the heels of a major upgrade at its Fish Pier, the Ventura Harbor Village Marina, operated by the Ventura Port District, is making another large investment as one of the most active commercial fishing ports between […] Read More »

Rental scam alert

During the past few weeks four Ventura residents have fallen victim to rental scams. The scammers have listed home rentals on Craigslist and Zillow. In one case the victim toured the home they intended to rent and then sent the deposit and first month’s rent. The home was for rent, but the scammer was not […] Read More »

Affordable Housing Project receives large National Housing Trust Fund award

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura applied for and secured $8,370,651, the largest California award from the National Housing Trust Fund, for construction of the Willett Ranch senior affordable housing development. The Willett Ranch community will make 50 new construction homes available to income-eligible senior households (ages 62+), including 15 homes for […] Read More »

New campaign aims to protect children and youth from child exploitation

Ventura County’s READY TO STOP Initiative launches campaign distinguished by a blue check mark to raise awareness about the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Just when you think your county and your home are safe, your child can fall victim to exploiters and predators in the blink of an eye. Ventura County’s Commercially Sexually Exploited […] 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 »

Ventura 805HELP chosen as Nonprofit of the Year

805HELP has been selected as a 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. 805HELP Founder Emily Barany traveled to Sacramento, joining 100 other California-based nonprofits also receiving this prestigious recognition, as part of California Nonprofits Day on June 5th. Now in its fourth year, California Nonprofits Day was formally recognized by Assembly […] Read More »

Special Olympics Flame of Hope carried through Ventura

The Special Olympics Flame of Hope was carried through Ventura on June 6! The Special Olympics Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is comprised of nine different “legs” ranging from San Luis Obispo to the California-Mexico border. Legs are run in conjunction with various members of law enforcement agencies from throughout the region and […] Read More »

Residents moving into newly built Westview Village

Housing Authority City of San Buenaventura completes phase one of redevelopment Ventura, Calif.—Residents have begun moving into the newly constructed Westview Village apartments as the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB), a public housing authority dedicated to promoting quality of life through affordable, healthy housing and community-based development, completes phase one of […] Read More »

Over 1,000 attended Ventura County Public Work Agency’s Public Works Day

5th Annual educational event adds themed stations, kinesthetic learning, and careers benefitting the environment Over 60 years ago, John F. Kennedy started National Public Works Day to educate the public on the departments that run the water, sewer, building, watershed, transportation, recycling and refuse industries in the U.S. today. In what is becoming a favorite […] Read More »

Plastic straws at full service dine-in restaurants shall be provided only upon request 

Surfrider Ventura’s “Plastic Free Ventura” campaign launched on Earth Day in 2018 as a response to the amount of EPS and single-use plastic and bioplastic foodware litter found at local beach cleanups. The most common items collected include expanded polystyrene foam (“EPS”, TM “Styrofoam”), and plastic and bioplastic straws, lids, cups, plates, condiment cups and […] 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 »

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 »

City of Ventura names 2018-2019 Green School Award Winners

ATLAS Elementary School teacher Therese Palmisano; Principal Jennifer Duston and teacher Sara Viscarra accepting the award. In celebration of Earth Day, the City of Ventura has announced that Buena High School and ATLAS Elementary School have been named winners of this year’s Green School Awards. The recipients are recognized for their outstanding programs in sustainability […] Read More »

Ventura Radiator and Auto Air Conditioning badly damaged in fire

On May 23, a two-alarm fire consumed a Ventura radiator business located on Thompson. Ventura Radiator and Auto Air Conditioning was badly damaged in the fire. The fire damaged a large portion the building garage which caused the roof to collapse and the exterior walls to buckle. The estimated damage to the structure was approximately $500,000 […] 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 »

Ventura County Library Foundation celebrates launch of new mobile library

Who could not be happy accepting a $100,000 check? On May 7, at the Ventura County Government Center, nonprofit Ventura County Library Foundation (VCLF), in partnership with the Ventura County Library launched their new mobile library at a ribbon-cutting. The mobile library is a 26-foot vehicle stocked with many of the same services found in […] Read More »

Miriam & Henry Schwab Academy of Music at Ventura College

Ventura College announces the first annual Miriam and Henry Schwab Academy of Music – a highly intensive, three-week summer program of courses designed to develop & introduce chamber music & orchestral repertoire skills, attract advanced young artists and develop musicianship through many types of ensembles. Classes are scheduled June 17 – July 7, 2019 and […] Read More »

Register now for Adult Summer Sports Leagues!

Looking for a new sport or hobby to pick up this summer? Registration is open for all City of Ventura Adult Sports Leagues. These are a great opportunity to stay fit and have fun over the summer! Grab some friends and join us at your favorite City of Ventura city parks. Leagues run from mid-June […] Read More »

Ventura fire units respond to traffic collision on the 101

On May 16, at 8:45pm, Ventura fire units responded to a reported traffic collision on the 101 southbound at the 33. While enroute, it was reported that an occupant was entrapped in one vehicle and increased resources were requested. Upon arrival of the first engine company crew, they discovered a two-vehicle collision with one vehicle […] 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 »

Buena High hires head basketball coach

Buena High School has made school history by hiring Cynthia Hernandez to serve as the Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach. Coach Hernandez is the first female to fill this role for Buena since the 1970s. Hernandez is highly qualified with an extensive playing record in the area of women’s basketball at the collegiate level in NCAA […] Read More »

Local heroes to be recognized

United Way of Ventura County’s (UWVC) Women United will recognize some unsung local heroes during its 3rd Annual Luncheon May 10, featuring acclaimed social psychologist and author Dr. Aida Hurtado. Event co-chairs Leanne Neilson and Erin Simqu are busy putting the final touches on the 2019 luncheon, but they aren’t the only women who have […] 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 »

FOOD Share – Feeding Ventura County

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “One in six people struggle with food insecurity in Ventura County,” said Monica White, FOOD Share President, and CEO. “Currently, our pantries feed approximately 75,000 people monthly. I wish I could say our number of clients was decreasing, but in these times, it’s challenging for even two […] Read More »

Latest treatments to manage pain explored at a free CMHS Seminar

Approximately one in five adults in the United States suffers from chronic pain and too many of them depend on opioid drugs for relief. Pain management has come a long way over the years, and while opiates may be the right answer in some situations, patients should know they have many other options to manage […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation announces recipients of First Allied Health Scholarships

The 2019 Allied Health scholarship recipients were all smiles. Ventura College students interested in careers in the medical and health fields received the first annual Allied Health Scholarship awards from the Ventura College Foundation at an April 13 ceremony at the college. A total of $93,300 in scholarships were awarded to 42 students who are […] 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 »

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Ventura Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies statewide stopping drivers who violate California’s hands-free cell phone law. During the month of April, additional police officers will be on patrol looking specifically for drivers on their phones. Distracted driving is dangerous, especially when it involves […] Read More »

Ventura County Community College District announces Ventura College President finalists

Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Chancellor Greg Gillespie is pleased to announce that after a nationwide search, five finalists will move forward in the Ventura College President search process. Listed below are candidates and campus forums information. College faculty, staff, administration, and community members are invited to attend. Ventura College President Finalist Forum Monday, April 15, […] Read More »

The beaches have shown to have a significant improvement in water quality

Seven of Ventura County’s beaches were voted to be removed from the impaired water body list, also known as the 303(d) list by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LA-RWQCB). The beaches, which consistently met water-quality objectives for indicator bacteria, have shown to have a significant improvement in water quality through results below […] Read More »

The City of Ventura has plenty of water

An opinion by Venturans for Responsible and Efficient Government (VREG) Let’s dispel a myth. The City of Ventura has plenty of water. We have almost ten times the water we need annually in reserves. So, the City of Ventura’s insistence to conserve drinking water because we don’t have enough is untrue. There are many good […] Read More »

Lifeguards return to Ventura Harbor Beaches for Summer

Daily lifeguard service will be provided at Ventura Harbor beaches off Spinnaker Drive this summer. In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, March 20, the Board of Port Commissioners authorized the General Manager of Ventura Harbor to contract with State Parks to provide the service from mid-May through Labor Day 2019 at Harbor Cove and Surfers […] 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 »

Housing Authority awarded grant to continue family self-sufficiency services

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) has received over $65,000 in funds through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to administer HACSB’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. HACSB’s FSS Program is a service provided to residents and participants in Public Housing & Housing Choice Voucher programs to increase their […] Read More »

Influenza update

As of February 7, 2019, Ventura County has seen 5 influenza-related deaths this flu season. To give some perspective, at this point in 2018, the county had seen 40 deaths resulting from complications from the influenza virus. Many deaths seen during a flu season occur in people who have multiple health issues, such as diabetes, […] Read More »

City of Ventura 2018 Part I Crime Statistics

In 2018, Part I Crimes in the City of Ventura totaled 3,959, representing an overall decrease of 155 Part I Crimes or 3.77 percent from 2017. The Per Capita Crime Index decreased slightly to 35.6 crimes per thousand residents, compared to 37.7 in 2017, 38.04 in 2016, and 39.2 in 2015. Ventura’s Violent Crime decreased […] Read More »

Ventura Port Commission announces new appointments

The Ventura Board of Port Commissioners has new leadership and a new member. Commissioner Chris Stephens is now chairman of the five-member board, taking the reins from Commissioner Everard Ashworth, and Commissioner Jean Getchell takes over as board secretary. Commissioner Brian Brennan continues as vice chairman. New to the board is local attorney Jackie Gardina. […] Read More »

The Ventura Police Department joins ‘Neighbors’ by Ring

The Ventura Police Department has announced that it is joining the Neighbors app by Ring (available via iOS/Android here: https://download.ring.com/venturapd) to provide the Ventura community with real-time, local crime and safety information. The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe. Residents […] 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 »

The addition to the Emergency Department at the county hospital has opened.

Cutting the ribbon were all members of Seaside Emergency Associates, staff and friends. Photo by Bernie Goldstein After 1 1/2 years of renovation, and 1 1/2 years after the opening of the North Tower at Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC), the new addition to the Emergency Department at the county hospital has opened. Celebrated on […] Read More »

Red Cross: Severe shortage of type O blood

The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter. Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing […] Read More »

City of Ventura 2018 Employee and Supervisor of the Year announced

On February 19, the City of Ventura held an awards ceremony at City Hall to recognize fifteen employees nominated for the 2018 Employee and Supervisor of the Year. These awards recognize city employees who are role models for public service and exemplify the city’s commitment to excellence. The eleven nominees for Employee of the Year […] Read More »

 Please Celebrate Responsibly: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions across the country, often culminating in parties where drinking is involved. Sadly, this leads to tragedies on our roadways because of drivers who choose to leave parties impaired. During the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 16-17, 2019 the Ventura Police Department will have additional officers on patrol ready […] Read More »

An historic Women’s Day Proclamation

by Alison Oatman It was standing room only at the Women’s Day Proclamation held at the Ventura City Council meeting on Monday, March 4th. After an historic election, four female council members—Sofia Rubalcava, Lorrie Brown, Cheryl Heitmann, and Christy Weir—are now on the city council, making the council the first majority female one in Ventura’s […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury opens 2019-2020 Application Process

Ventura County residents have an opportunity to provide a valuable community service while learning about local government by serving on the Ventura County Grand Jury. Applications are now available for the 2019-2020 Grand Jury at https://www.ventura.org/grand-jury. The Grand Jury offices are located at 646 County Square Drive, 3rd Floor, Ventura. The Grand Jury is a […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department March 1 DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint results

The Ventura Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday March 1, 2019. The checkpoint was established at about 9:00 PM and officers screened approximately 384 vehicles traveling eastbound on Main Street in the area of Callens Road. Approximately 676 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. During the checkpoint, 1 driver was arrested for 23575 […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital helping save lives

Over 1 million joint replacement surgeries are performed in the United States each year, with knees and hips being the most common. In the coming years, these numbers are expected to rise. Fortunately, thanks to recent advances, joint replacement surgeries are more effective than ever, and the recovery process has become easier. The latest developments […] Read More »

United Way thanks the volunteers

United Way of Ventura County would like to thank the 400 volunteers who fanned out across the community recently as part of the 2019 Ventura County Point-In-Time Homeless Count. The Ventura County Continuum of Care (VC CoC) joined with UWVC and many other community organizations to conduct the annual count and individual surveys, a requirement […] Read More »

Protecting our water supply and securing our future together

by Matt LaVere, Mayor, City of San Buenaventura The City of Ventura and its water customers have relied on the Ventura River as a primary source of drinking water for more than a century. Today, however, the region’s water supply is changing as the Ventura River watershed faces new, complex challenges. To protect our local […] Read More »

City of Ventura names Safe & Clean Program Manager

The City of Ventura announced that Meredith Hart has been named Safe & Clean Program Manager within the City Manager’s Office. This selection fills a key management position in the City and supports the City Council’s goal to develop and implement an action plan to enhance the safe and clean initiative objectives. Mayor Matt LaVere […] Read More »

Two chances to meet your Ventura 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 for Coffee with a Cop which will be held at Starbucks located at 4722 Telephone Road, on March 14 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Most […] Read More »

Kimberly Prillhart selected as County Resource Management Agency Director

27Kimberly Prillhart has been selected as the new director of the Resource Management Agency. The appointment was made by County Executive Officer Mike Powers following a search which included strong internal and external candidates. Prillhart replaces Chris Stephens who retired in January after 13 years as the agency’s director. Prillhart started with the County in […] Read More »

Derrick Wilson is the new Strategic Operations Manager

The Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) has named Derrick Wilson as Strategic Operations Manager to lead the newly formed division within the Central Services Department (CSD) concentrated on planning, execution, analysis and knowledge (PEAK) management for VCPWA. Prior to serving as VCPWA’s Strategic Operations Manager, Wilson began his career with VCPWA’s Water and Sanitation […] 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 »

Ventura Police equipped with lifesaving medication to combat overdoses

All Ventura Police Officers are now equipped with Naloxone. It is a medication used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Naloxone is administered through a nasal spray. When administered, Naloxone restores respiration within two to five minutes, and may prevent brain injury and death. It works on overdoses caused by opioids, which includes prescription […] Read More »

Ventura Water has a wonderful opportunity to be more transparent

by VREG Leaders In Ventura, the city staff uses the Brown Act to do precisely the opposite of what lawmakers created it to do. Legislators designed the California Brown Act to end “back room” deals and bring local government out into the open. Ventura Water uses it to throttle the flow of information instead. Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura Police Officers’ Association presents extreme mud challenge

The Ventura Police Officers’ Association presents the 6th annual Ventura Eco Extreme Mud Challenge hosted by the Ventura Land Trust on April 27, 2019. The event will take place at a new location at Harmon Canyon which is located off Foothill Road and Kimball Road in East Ventura. The event features a 5k mud challenge […] Read More »

Free CERT training

by Joe Morelli, Fire Marshal Ventura City Fire Department Offering Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) to residents: As residents, you serve a critical role in emergency response operations whether it is preserving lives, protecting property, or providing other essential services to the community. The Ventura City Fire Department would like to invite you join our […] Read More »

School on Wheels awarded grants by the Ojai Women's Fund

On Thursday, January 17th, School on Wheels along with 12 other local nonprofits were awarded grants totaling $105,000 by the Ojai Women’s Fund. School on Wheels is a local nonprofit that celebrated its 25th Anniversary last year providing educational assistance to children and youth experiencing homelessness. Their $10,000.00 grant from the Ojai Women’s Fund (OWF) is […] Read More »

Ventura Fairgrounds board approves plan for Surfers Point Managed Retreat project

The Ventura County Fairgrounds board has approved, by 7-0 vote, the conceptual design for the second phase of the Surfers Point Managed Retreat project. Barbara Quaid, Ventura County Fairgrounds CEO stated “I am grateful that the Fairgrounds and the City of Ventura are working together on keeping our beautiful bike path and shoreline a jewel […] Read More »

Ventura Police Community Academy

The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy is coming! Have you ever wanted to know more about police operations? Not the ‘TV’ version, but the 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 does, let you experience a simulated firearms training […] Read More »

Cabrillo receives $10,000 Edison International grant

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 Edison International grant to help fund the 2019 Rodney Fernandez Leadership Fund STEM Scholarship Program. The Rodney Fernandez Leadership Fund STEM Scholarship Program, created in 2011, honors the legacy of Rodney Fernandez, Cabrillo’s founder and Executive Director for 30 years (1981–2011). The […] Read More »

Donors strongly urged to give blood with Vitalant as soon as possible

As severe winter storms continue to traverse the country, and cold and flu season is in full swing, the one-two punch is hitting blood centers hard and drastically impacting community blood supplies. Severe weather can also lead to more accidents and an increased need for blood. Currently, there’s a critical need for platelets and type […] Read More »

Angela Moyd is the newest City Center Board Member

Angela Moyd takes a vision and makes it a reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent who and helps others extend their thinking. She is an inspirational leader, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur who shares stories taken from her 30+ […] Read More »

GCTD announces changes in board leadership and management team

Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD), Ventura County’s largest provider of public transit, has announced some changes in its Board of Directors and management team. On January 9th, the GCTD Board of Directors elected Cheryl Heitmann as its 2019 Board Chair, and Port Hueneme Mayor Will Berg as Vice Chair.  In addition, City of Ojai has […] Read More »

Almost half a million dollars in new Housing Choice Voucher funds to be distributed

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) has partnered with Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura (AHACV) and the Oxnard Housing Authority (OHA) to distribute almost half a million dollars in new Housing Choice Voucher funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Mainstream Voucher Program. The […] Read More »

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care. The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas […] 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 »

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 »

Fire in the Arundell Barranca

On Jan.5, at 4pm, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received multiple reports of a structure fire in the area of Whittier Ct. in the City of Ventura. Ventura City Fire Department resources were quickly dispatched and arrived to find a fire burning in heavy vegetation in the Arundell Barranca to the rear of the […] 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 »

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 »

Keith Barnard joins Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors

VC Foundation welcomes Keith Barnard. Keith Barnard, vice-president of sourcing at Mission Produce, has joined the board of directors of the Ventura College Foundation. “The VC Foundation Board of Directors is excited to welcome Keith to the board,” says Rob van Nieuwburg, foundation board chair. “Keith brings an agriculture industry voice to the table. We […] Read More »

DUI checkpoint nets 3 arrests

The Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Dec.28, The checkpoint was established at 9:23pm and screened approximately 862 vehicles traveling eastbound on Main Street from Callens Road. 3 drivers were arrested for DUI during the checkpoint. One driver was arrested for 23152(a) and (b) CVC, 2800.1(a) CVC with a blood […] Read More »

New report spotlights education in Ventura County

For the first time, Ventura County’s major educational institutions have combined their resources to create a report that encompasses educational programs and achievements from elementary school to graduate school. The 2018 Ventura County Education Report to the Community is now available to view and download. California Lutheran University, CSU Channel Islands, the Ventura Community College […] Read More »

Just drive

by Ventura Police Department In the smartphone age, people are more connected than ever before, but also attempting to stay connected when they shouldn’t: behind the wheel. And it is not just cell phones. Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road, or hands off the steering wheel – especially […] Read More »

Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donations

Emergencies don’t take a holiday. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help ensure patients can get the treatment they need at a moment’s notice. Now is an important time to give blood and platelets. A seasonal decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day […] Read More »

January blood donors can help children with critical illnesses receive their wish

During National Blood Donor Month in January, blood donors can double their impact by giving blood at Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) while also helping to grant wishes for children through Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties at the same time. Vitalant will track the number of blood donations received at all four Vitalant donation centers and nearly 85 […] Read More »

Volunteers needed for annual homeless count in Ventura County

Community volunteers are needed for the annual count and survey of homeless persons in Ventura County. The 2019 Ventura County Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The annual Homeless Count is coordinated by the Ventura County Continuum of Care and County of Ventura, in partnership with community partners […] Read More »

Water likely to increase to $300

by Venturans for Responsible and Efficient Government (VREG) In the next 12 months, Ventura Water will ask the City Council to increase water rates for 30 wastewater projects and 28 water projects by 2024. These costly projects will benefit some property owners. Other projects will help the community at large. As of June 30, 2018, […] Read More »

Residents and businesses will soon enjoy the advantages of clean, renewable power at competitive rates

The County of Ventura is proud to announce that the “unincorporated” (not Ventura) areas of the County will soon enjoy the advantages of clean, renewable power at competitive rates. On December 12, 2017, the County of Ventura Board of Supervisors voted to join the Clean Power Alliance. Starting in February 2019 for residential customers and […] 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 »

In January we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the main leaders of the American civil rights movement. A Baptist minister by training, King became a civil rights activist early in his career, leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, raising […] Read More »

Ventura fire crews respond to structure fire

On Dec.11, at 2pm, Ventura fire crews responded to a reported structure fire in east Ventura in the 9900 block of Basswood Ct. . The first arriving unit discovered a single-family residential structure with smoke emitting from the attic. Fire crews initiated a rapid interior fire attack coordinated with firefighters performing vertical ventilation on the […] Read More »

Lone suspect broke into and robbed Namba Performing Arts

On Thursday, December 13th, a lone suspect broke into and robbed the Namba Performing Arts Space, 47 So. Oak St. The entire crime was captured on security cameras. The suspect smashed the front glass door, entered directly to Namba’s box office area and left with a small donation box with less than $30 in it. Namba […] Read More »

Keith Barnard joins Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors

Keith Barnard, vice-president of sourcing at Mission Produce, has joined the board of directors of the Ventura College Foundation. “The VC Foundation Board of Directors is excited to welcome Keith to the board,” says Rob van Nieuwburg, foundation board chair. “Keith brings an agriculture industry voice to the table. We are looking forward to partnering […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department helping keep roadways safe

The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are ways to spend time with family and friends ringing in another year, but also a time when people can make poor choices that put themselves and others at risk on the road. To help spread the message about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, the Ventura Police […] Read More »

New Ocean Tower at Community Memorial Hospital opened to patients

The new Ocean Tower at Community Memorial Hospital opened to patients on Sunday, Dec. 16, when all the patients were transferred from their rooms in the old Mountain Tower to their new ones in the Ocean Tower. The transfer of CMH patients to the new building took the bulk of the day on Sunday and […] Read More »

Updated Dashboard provides clearer picture of school performance

A redesigned and expanded California School Dashboard is now available to the public at www.caschooldashboard.org. The Dashboard, which debuted in 2017, has a new look that makes it easier to see how individual schools and districts are performing in six statewide measures of student success. For the first time, the Dashboard is providing data on […] Read More »

New report spotlights education in Ventura County

For the first time, Ventura County’s major educational institutions have combined their resources to create a report that encompasses educational programs and achievements from elementary school to graduate school. The 2018 Ventura County Education Report to the Community is now available to view and download. California Lutheran University, CSU Channel Islands, the Ventura Community College […] Read More »

Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program

Both shoppers and California farmers are benefitting from the Market Match and the Cal-Fresh (SNAP) food programs offered by the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFM). Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program, which uses grant dollars to match or double a portion of the customers’ federal nutrition assistance benefits, like Cal-Fresh (SNAP), […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to smoke and flames at Golf N’ Stuff

On November 20, at 9:50pm the Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke and flames at Golf N’ Stuff. According to the city of Ventura Fire Department the fire was determined to be arson,The fire was to the western themed façade used for one of the putting holes . The blaze was […] Read More »

Look for the signature red donation kettles

The Salvation Army of Ventura has recently finished placing its signature red donation kettles outside several area stores. Now, it’s up to the community members to help the organization reach its fundraising goal of $100,000. Community members can also donate though text message by texting HopeRings to 41-444. Volunteers are the difference between an empty […] Read More »

Humana and Heritage Provider network team up

Humana Inc.  a leading health and well-being company, has announced it has collaborated with Heritage Provider Network (HPN), an effective physician-led value-based care organizations, on a value-based agreement designed to offer a coordinated, patient-centered experience to help Humana Medicare Advantage members in Southern and Central California achieve better health. Humana’s Medicare Advantage HMO plan members in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, […] Read More »

We could never have imagined that in a short matter of time the fire would come barreling straight at us

REMEMBERING by Kat Merrick A year ago today Chris and I walked the ranch checking irrigation lines and playing with the pups as we did almost everyday… As I stood on the hill looking at the amazing views, to my left the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands and to my right Ojai. I remember […] Read More »

Thomas Fire Recovery – 1 Year Later

REMEMBERING by Jeffrey Lambert, AICP, Community Development Director, City of Ventura It was only a year ago that a fast-moving brush fire started north of Santa Paula and was pushed by strong Santa Ana winds through the City of Ventura. The fire burned for more than a month and scorched more than 281,000 acres. The […] Read More »

“Remembering the Heroics of Ventura’s First Responders”

REMEMBERING by Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere It is hard to believe that one year has passed since the Thomas Fire devastated our community. As I reflect on this difficult year, I am reminded of the overwhelming kindness and generosity I witnessed in response to this horrible disaster. I am also reminded of the intense community spirit […] Read More »

United Way of Ventura County reflects on community support

REMEMBERING December 4th marks the one-year anniversary of the Thomas Fire and United Way of Ventura County looks back on a year of loss, hope and recovery. “This Anniversary is a solemn and painful one,” said Eric Harrison, CEO, United Way of Ventura County. “While our hearts go out to so many that were affected in […] Read More »

Battling the Thomas Fire

REMEMBERING by Sheli Ellsworth Ventura City Fire Department serves a population of over 110,000. They do so with six stations, ten engines, one truck company (hook and ladder) and seventy-three sworn firefighters in fire suppression. That is one firefighter for every fifteen hundred people. On December 4, 2017, Ventura City Battalion Fire Chief Doug Miser […] 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 »

Paso Pacifico responds to viral turtle poaching video

A Paso Pacifico ranger patrols the beach near Ostional, Nicaragua, on the lookout for illegal poaching. Photo by Hal Brindley Turtle poaching in Central America is not a new issue, but some poachers have recently become even more emboldened to carry out this illegal activity. The current political unrest in Nicaragua has only made the situation […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Works Agency prepared for the worst

When a natural disaster hits such as a fire or a flood, preparation is always key to the survival of life and property and it’s never too early to start. The Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) conducted Storm Day, an annual disaster simulation drill, on Oct. 18, which focused on preparation for flooding stemming […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

The Ventura Police Department has been awarded a $200,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long enforcement and public awareness program. The traffic safety program is intended to educate the public on safe roadway habits and deter people from violating traffic laws or practicing other unsafe behaviors that lead to […] Read More »

Celebrating the holidays in Downtown Ventura

Downtown Ventura celebrates the Holiday Season with over 100 fresh-cut, decorated trees and multiple events in historic Plaza Park. Holidays at the Plaza, one of Downtown Ventura’s signature holiday events, returns to Plaza Park from Dec. 7, 2018 to Jan. 2, 2019. The event is marked by the Candy Cane Forest, which is made up […] Read More »

New Economic Development Collaborative funding to double service area

The Economic Development Collaborative has been awarded $475,000 in new funding from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the California Small Business Development Center Network for the enhancement and expansion of its services and programs promoting business growth and sustainability. The funding doubles EDC’s Small Business Development Center’s capacity to serve […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department units respond to structure fire involving storage shed and two vehicles

On Nov.12, at 3:07pm, the Ventura City Fire Department units responded to a reported structure fire in the 100 block W. Harrison Ave.. The first arriving crew found a storage shed and two vehicles on fire. Numerous calls were received as the smoke was visible for blocks. Crews initiated an immediate fire attack and achieved […] Read More »

Two fires broke out in West Ventura just minutes of each other

The first fire involved a vagrant encampment adjacent to the Emma Wood group camp. The area of the fire was nestled deep into a clearing, surrounded by Arundel and local fauna, close to the river mouth. A second fire broke out shortly thereafter in the vicinity of Foster Park that started at approximately 10:34am. The […] Read More »

FIRST 5 Ventura County selects Interface Children & Family Services as new place-based service provider

First 5 Ventura County (F5VC) is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with Interface Children & Family Services, to provide essential programs and services for Ventura County’s nearly 60,000 children prenatal – 5 and their families. Families seeking resources and more information may visit www.first5ventura.org “Since our inception nearly 20 years ago, First 5 […] Read More »

Volunteers Needed at 2nd Annual Ventura River to the Sea Coastal Cleanup, Nov. 17

A young volunteer uses a customized bucket and trash picker at last year’s Ventura River to the Sea Coastal Cleanup. On Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Ventura Land Trust (VLT) and the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will team up to host the 2nd Annual Ventura River to the […] Read More »

9th Annual Castro Family & Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive

From the 5th Annual Castro Family Toy Drive and still going strong. The Ventura Police Department announces the 9th 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 […] Read More »

Grant Park remains closed for public safety and restoration

Grant Park, located above Downtown Ventura will remain closed from the impact of the Thomas Fire and will not reopen to the public until the area is safe. The closure is important to protect public safety and to permit the park to recover. The Thomas Fire caused extensive damage by destroying plant material and plant […] Read More »

The Honor Guard and Color Guard perform honorable farewells at military ceremonies and burials

Each member of the Honor/Color Guards were pinned with the American flag. by Ana Baker On October 26th the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses Association hosted a thank-you event at the Poinsettia Pavilion to honor the Marine Corps League – President Ronald Reagan Det#597/VFW Post 10049, Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County, and 1st Memorial Honors Detail […] Read More »

Legal victory secures protection for Santa Clara River Steelhead

Conservation groups have scored a key courtroom victory for endangered Southern California steelhead harmed by operation of the Vern Freeman Dam on the Santa Clara River. In a 152-page decision issued by Honorable Judge David O. Carter, the court found United Water Conservation District violated the federal Endangered Species Act by clearly causing past, ongoing, and future […] Read More »

Give thanks for good health by giving blood or platelets

The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for patients in need. A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, medical treatments and emergencies that require blood don’t stop for the holidays. The […] Read More »

Sign grants available for nonprofits

Until November 30, any Ventura County 501(c)3 nonprofit can apply for a Fastsigns of Ventura sign grant worth over $1000 to help increase visibility for their cause. The sign grant package includes a full color custom table throw, retractable banner stand with graphic, bent easel table top sign, 250 decals and 500 postcards valued at over […] Read More »

Seminar addresses new therapies for asthma

Asthma today afflicts one in 12 adults in the United States and every year is responsible for about 439,000 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths. The good news is that increasingly effective asthma treatments have been developed over the years as the medical field continues to explore new treatments. People with asthma and their loved ones are […] Read More »

Hill Road Library wins two awards

The Ventura County Library has recently won two awards for the implementation of Open+ Express Hours at the Hill Road Library. Using innovative technology called Open+ by Bibliotheca, the Ventura County Library has expanded access to library services at the Hill Road Library during “Express Hours” by opening to the public before the library is […] Read More »

Jump in to help: Foster VC Kids

Foster VC Kids reminds interested community members there are many ways to help the 800 local foster youth. The need is now. Becoming a resource parent means helping a child or teen by fostering, mentoring or providing permanency. There are more than 800 Ventura County children in foster care, from newborns to teens, who need […] Read More »

Please help locate missing child Kevin Martinez

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for help from the public to locate a missing teenager. 17-year-old Kevin Martinez was reported missing on December 14, 2017 from Ventura. According to authorities, there was a recent sighting of Kevin in Ventura in June of this year. Kevin is described as 5 feet […] Read More »

Fire in East Ventura consumes two homes and damages a third

Shortly before 1 am, on Sunday morning, Oct.21, a two alarm fire broke out in Cabrillo Village (in East Ventura). The blaze resulted in several major injuries, two houses consumed by fire, and an adjacent home damaged. Two homes had significant fire activity upon the first apparatus arrival. Numerous cars were fully engulfed in fire […] Read More »

Grants of up to $1,000 each are awarded

The VEP Board is proud to announce that the Ventura Education Partnership has awarded over 90 VEPGrants to teachers for their development of creative educational projects that stimulate learning by students. Over $86,000 was awarded. Madhu Bajaj, President of VEP said “We are so grateful for caring community members and generous business owners who support our teachers […] Read More »

No other victims have been identified.

Long term Ventura County resident Ron Zenone, age 76 was sentenced October 10th by Ventura Superior court judge Bruce A. Young for lewd acts on a minor child under the age of 14. Zenone pled “No Contest” to the felony charge on September 12 with the court finding him guilty. The victim, his granddaughter said […] Read More »

AIDS quilt panels on display for remembrance service at UU Ventura Church

Four 12×12 foot panels from the famed AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street on Sunday, October 28 from 9:30 to 12 as part of an annual service of remembrance. The Rev. Dana Worsnop, senior minister at the church, said, “We are honored to be among […] Read More »

County to accept reservations for beach parks

The Board of Supervisors has approved a plan for County Parks to shift from a first-come, first-served policy to a reservations-only policy for its three beach parks (Faria, Hobson and Rincon) beginning November 1, 2018. This decision was driven by multiple factors, primarily customer feedback — that is, the high number of public complaints the Parks […] Read More »

Casa Pacifica participates in United Way’s Day of Caring

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families participated in United Way’s Day of Caring on Saturday, September 29th. United Way’s Day of Caring connected hundreds of volunteers to community organizations like Casa Pacifica throughout Ventura County. Volunteers from Wells Fargo came to Casa Pacifica to complete the Day of Caring project – priming and painting […] Read More »

Ventura Police Community Foundation announces hero selections

The Board of Directors of the Ventura Police Community Foundation proudly announces the first annual Heroes Among Us Gala presented by the Players Casino. The event will take place on November 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the San Buenaventura Mission. The Foundation will recognize community members or groups, who through their personal […] Read More »

Week dedicated to teaching teen drivers how to be safe behind the wheel

The week of October 21-27, 2018 is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and the Ventura Police Department wants to remind parents and guardians the importance of talking to their teen drivers about new responsibilities and rules that come with operating a vehicle. If you are interested in finding out more about traffic safety, you may […] Read More »

County launches webpage for unclaimed property tax refunds

The Ventura County Auditor-Controller is pleased to announce a new webpage for Unclaimed Property Tax Refunds: https://www.ventura.org/auditor-controllers-office/unclaimed-property-tax-refunds . Taxpayers can access a listing of unclaimed property tax refunds and instructions on how to file a claim for a refund. Property tax refunds generally result from reassessment of property. Unclaimed property tax refunds consist of checks that remain […] Read More »

Direct losses to trees, bushes, and vines might be covered by WHIP

California growers who experienced production losses or direct losses to trees, bushes, and vines due to 2017 California wildfires, mudslides, or heavy smoke caused as a direct result of a 2017 wildfire are encouraged to sign up for WHIP at their local Farm Service Agency. Sign-up period lasts until November 16, 2018. To sign up, contact the Santa Barbara/Ventura County Office […] 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 »

Ventura College Foundation introduces Tuition-Free VC Promise Program

Samuel Ponce just started his first semester as a transfer student at Cal State Northridge. At its September 26 meeting, Ventura College Foundation board of directors approved funding for a second-year Ventura College (VC) Promise program where Ventura College students can have tuition costs of their second year of academic studies paid for by the […] Read More »

Free public programs offered by cycling club

The Channel Islands Bike Club is Ventura County’s largest recreational road cycling club. They are working to make Ventura County a bicycling destination and to share the benefits of bicycling for health, recreation, sport, and transportation. They welcome both beginners and experts. They provide free public programs on the second Wednesday of each month at […] Read More »

CMH’s Ocean Tower

by Jill Forman For the administration and staff of Community Memorial Hospital, the word “community” is more than a name. It’s a philosophy, and a mission. From local artwork, to a capital campaign that helped fund the project, to giving county residents state of the art medical care and comfort, CMH’s new Ocean Tower represents […] Read More »

California’s “Operation Clear Track” promotes rail safety

On Tuesday, September 25 during Rail Safety Week, September 23-29, Amtrak and more than 500 local, state, federal and railroad law enforcement departments partnered with California Operation Lifesaver, the nonprofit rail safety education organization, for “Operation Clear Track”. The goal of the operation is to raise awareness and enforce railroad grade crossing and trespassing laws in 48 states across […] 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 »

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 »

Ribbon cutting at free eye clinic

The Ventura Rotary Club, Ventura Downtown Lions Club and the Salvation Army of Ventura have partnered to bring the community a free Eye Clinic. Their goal and vision is to provide free eye glasses for those in need (no questions asked). The clinic was finally launched on July 12. The Ventura Chamber of Commerce official […] Read More »

Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation awards $560,000

The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded a total of $560,000 in grants to 13 local non-profit organizations providing services to youth and adolescents. Grants ranged from $10,000 to $135,000 and were allocated to fund children’s services in the coming year, including homework, art, music, sports, educational, and game supplies for PEAK […] Read More »

City of Ventura files amended cross-complaint in Ventura River Litigation

The City of San Buenaventura (City) filed its amended cross-complaint in the Ventura River litigation brought by Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (Channelkeeper) against the City and the State Water Resources Control Board. The City did not start this case but it has no choice but to defend itself. The City’s filing brings into the litigation all […] Read More »

Ancient sea cow fossil returns to the mainland from the Channel Islands

The fossil of an extinct species of sea cow discovered on Santa Rosa Island in 2017 returned to the mainland this week, millions of years after its journey to the island. The sea cow fossil is conceivably one of the oldest of its kind on the west coast of North America, with an estimated age […] Read More »

HCD will discuss proposed recovery programs and the timeline for funding

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is holding a public meeting to provide an overview of the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program for residents of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties who were impacted by wildfires, flooding, mudflows and debris flows in 2017-2018, as a result of FEMA disasters DR-4344 and DR-4353. HCD is […] Read More »

Heroes Among Us

The Board of Directors of the Ventura Police Community Foundation announces the first annual Heroes Among Us Gala presented by the Players Casino. The event will take place on November 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the San Buenaventura Mission. The Foundation will recognize community members or groups, who through their personal or […] Read More »

Honoring the Honor/Color Guard

Here is your chance to thank and show your appreciation of the Honor/Color Guard On Friday, October 21 , the Honor Guard/Color Guard will be recognized at the Poinsettia Pavilion, at 10am. Many of us have had a chance to be a part of a military burial conducted by the Honor Guard, or have seen […] Read More »

Tech support scam alert

The Ventura Police Department has received reports of residents becoming victims of a tech support scam. Residents are urged to review scam prevention measures to avoid becoming a victim of this scam. Scammers use scare tactics to trick you into paying for unnecessary technical support services that supposedly fix your device, platform, or software problems. […] 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 »

Capture water with rainwater harvesting and greywater systems

Communities all across America are looking for alternative solutions to capture, store and reuse water. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “Rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse are two excellent onsite non-potable water reuse options,” said Laura Maher, Certified Greywater Installer and Water Harvesting Design Practitioner at Ventura Water’s “Rainwater and Greywater 101” gardening […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital receives international recognition as a “Baby-Friendly” Birth Facility

Baby-Friendly USA has recognized Community Memorial Hospital with the prestigious international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility, a designation given only to those hospitals and birth centers that meet rigorous criteria to encourage breastfeeding. Based in Albany, New York, Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the United States authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, […] Read More »

County Service Excellence Program saves $33 million in first ten years

The County of Ventura Service Excellence Program was implemented in June 2008 and, in its first 10 years, has generated more than $33 million in ongoing annual savings and had a direct impact on the lives of the county’s residents. The program’s objective is to foster a culture of service excellence through the County’s agencies […] Read More »

Venturans among those in terrible river boat collision

On Saturday, September 1st, there was a horrific boating accident on the Colorado River. Two boats, with a total of 16 passengers collided head on and the passengers were ejected. Several of the passengers were immediately rescued, while others are still missing and several died. Two were from Ventura. One of the deceased is Kirra […] Read More »

Remembering first responders

On Tuesday morning, September 11, 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 said, “Although 17 years have passed since that tragic day in 2001, it still seems it could have happened yesterday. The images, the […] Read More »

FOOD Share celebrates 40 years serving Ventura County at Blue Jean Ball event

Forty years ago, eight friends banded together to provide food to those in need in Ventura. Today, FOOD Share celebrates 40 years of service in Ventura County at the 3rd Annual Blue Jean Ball at Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Farms on Thursday, September 20th from 5-9pm.  The food bank’s signature event will help raise the support […] Read More »

Ventura County candidate forum dates announced

League of Women Voters of Ventura County (LWVVC), a nonpartisan political organization presents the complete schedule for various Ventura County candidate forums it is sponsoring or co-sponsoring for September and October 2018 in the run up to the November 6 elections. All forums are free and open to the public. This is a great way […] Read More »

Meet your city council candidates

Sept. 20: In preparation for the November election, the East Ventura Community Council’s meeting will feature a forum, with candidates for Ventura City Council in the new council Districts 4 and 5 participating. Candidates will present their statements of purpose and will answer questions posed by the moderator, as well as written questions submitted by the […] Read More »

Poll workers needed for statewide general election

The Ventura County Elections Division seeks volunteers to staff and manage 361 polling places throughout the county for the upcoming November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election. Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn stated, “Being a poll worker is a great opportunity to meet new people while serving our community and the democratic process.” Eligibility: • Must be 18 […] Read More »

Red Cross: Donors urged to give blood, help blood supply match patient diversity

The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need. The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major ABO groups. However, some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is […] Read More »

Ventura College presents “Dreamers Set Your Course” events

Ventura College will host Dreamers Set Your Course, a series of free and safe events for the community to learn about resources available for undocumented students. Topics to be discussed include the Ventura College admissions process, financial aid information, support services for students, and community resources available for undocumented students. The events are free and […] Read More »

Ventura College presents “Dreamers Set Your Course” events

Ventura College will host Dreamers Set Your Course, a series of free and safe events for the community to learn about resources available for undocumented students. Topics to be discussed include the Ventura College admissions process, financial aid information, support services for students, and community resources available for undocumented students. The events are free and […] 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 »

VCCDC has created a disaster recovery assistance grant program.

VCCDC offers disaster recovery grants for Thomas Fire Victims. Ventura County Community Development Corporation (VCCDC), a local non-profit community economic development organization, has created a disaster recovery assistance grant program for Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents who were affected by the Thomas Fire and/or Montecito Mudslides. The funds come from an $800,000 commitment made […] Read More »

Ventura Port District welcomes new commissioner

Ventura environmental attorney Jean Getchell has been appointed to complete the last year of Commissioner Nikos Valance’s term on the Ventura Board of Port Commissioners. The five-member board governs the Ventura Port District. A native of Ventura and an attorney since 1995, Getchell previously served on the Port District board from 1996 to 1999. She returns after being interviewed and selected by the […] Read More »

National Park Service releases final plans for pier replacement on Santa Cruz Island

The National Park Service (NPS) announces the signing of the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the replacement of the pier at Scorpion Anchorage on East Santa Cruz Island. The park plans to replace the existing pier in order to provide safe, accessible, efficient, and sustainable access for visitors at […] Read More »

School on Wheels headquartered in Los Angeles celebrates 25 years of shrinking educational gaps that affect homeless youth

In 1993 a retired school teacher, Agnes Stevens, was so deeply moved by the number and plight of homeless students she saw that she dedicated her life to setting up a nonprofit to help. School on Wheels has been providing one-on-one stable tutoring relationships ever since. August marks the 25th anniversary of local nonprofit School […] Read More »

Ventura County Community Development Corporation has created a disaster recovery assistance grant program.

Ventura County Community Development Corporation (VCCDC), a local non-profit community economic development organization, has created a disaster recovery assistance grant program for Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents who were affected by the Thomas Fire and/or Montecito Mudslides. The funds come from an $800,000 commitment made by Wells Fargo to assist with economic recovery for […] Read More »

Time to get your library card

September is Library Card Sign-up Month – and Ventura County Library is participating in this, the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month. In September, the Incredibles join libraries nationwide as Honorary Chairs to encourage the public to obtain a free library card for Library Card Sign-up Month. The Incredibles will use their superpowers to […] Read More »

NAWBO Ventura County installs 2018-19 Board

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) installed its new Board of Directors on July 17, 2018. Installed by Ken Ashford of longtime NAWBO VC corporate partner, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. 2018-19 NAWBO Ventura County Board of Directors President – Diane de Mailly, DDM Metering […] Read More »

This Labor Day, and Every Day: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As we enter the final stretch of summer spending time with friends and family, the Ventura Police Department is driving home the importance of celebrating responsibly by not driving, or riding a motorcycle, impaired. From now until September 3, The Ventura Police Department is participating in a high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get […] 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 »

Vietnam Memorial Hosted at Ventura County Government Center

Vietnam vet Bruce Lockhart points out names of 3 of his friends. by Richard Lieberman A half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. was setup next to the Ventura County Government Center at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Telephone Road in Ventura. The replica wall was illuminated at night and the […] Read More »

VEP announces availability of $100,000 in grants for VUSD classrooms

Students learning at the farm. Over the past 10 years, Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) has given over one million dollars to provide small grants to Ventura Unified School District teachers that make a big impact on learning. VEPGrants have touched every child in VUSD, and have a long-lasting impact on learning by incentivizing innovation in […] Read More »

Homelessness in Ventura

Educational workshop on homelessness in Ventura on Thursday, September 6, 5:30-8:30 PM at the Poinsettia Pavilion- 3451 Foothill Rd. Hear an overview of homelessness in Ventura from those on the front line of this issue.Law Enforcement…Mental and Physical Health.., Housing and Shelter Substance Abuse/Addiction…Employment/Income…Current and Former Homeless Residents RSVP to partnersforchangeventura@gmail.com. Include your main concern […] Read More »

Mosquito, tick, and flea bite illnesses increasing

by Kevin O’Connor Illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites have actually tripled in the U.S. over the last 13 years, according to a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  There were more than 640,000 cases reported between 2004 and 2016.  In addition, nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and […] Read More »

Help collect school supplies for kids with cancer

The NALA hosts inaugural back-to-school donation drive to benefit the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and to help families that have children battling cancer. The NALA, a national marketing agency headquartered in Ventura, is spearheading a back-to-school donation drive for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF), a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization providing financial and emotional support to families of […] Read More »

Property tax relief available for those impacted by fires

If your property has been damaged by the recent fires, you may be eligible for property tax relief. In many cases, the damaged property can be reappraised in its current condition, with some taxes refunded to the property owner. Once rebuilt, the property’s pre damaged value will be restored. To qualify for property tax relief, you […] Read More »

Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month. A critical need remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start. To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available […] Read More »

United Way amplifies recovery assistance for those Impacted by Thomas Fire

Relief in the form of $1,500 from the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund is on its way to the primary residents of households whose homes were destroyed or majorly damaged in the December blaze, United Way of Ventura County has announced. In the latest round of funding, The American Red Cross of the […] Read More »

Ventura Fire and Police Departments respond to vehicle into a structure

On Aug.3, at 1:09pm the Ventura Fire and Police Departments were dispatched to a vehicle into a structure in the 6300 block on Ralston.. Upon arrival, crews discovered a sedan into the side of a garage with the solo occupant still in the vehicle. Firefighters removed the victim from the vehicle, searched for residents in […] Read More »

Ventura Fire respond to vehicle accident into a tree

On Aug. 8, at 7:07pm Ventura Fire responded to a reported vehicle accident into a tree with an entrapped passenger on Harbor near San Pedro. Upon first unit arrival, crews discovered a single vehicle collision with major damage and a front seat passenger entrapped. Advanced emergency medical care was initiated for the passenger while additional […] Read More »

Bald Eagle population expands on the Channel Islands

The bald eagle breeding season this year has been the most productive since the restoration efforts began in 1980. A record 20 breeding pairs successfully reared 19 bald eagle chicks across five Channel Islands. “This has been the best breeding season since I began working on the bald eagle restoration project over 21 years ago. […] Read More »

Thomas Fire evacuation focus groups

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley are conducting two focus groups in the Ventura/Santa Barbara area on the 2017 Thomas wildfire evacuations. Focus Group 1: Low Income Saturday, August 25th – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – E.P. Foster Library in Ventura Eligibility 1) Evacuated or received an evacuation order for the 2017 Thomas […] Read More »

Nasarenko announces seeking second term

Ventura city councilmember and senior prosecutor Erik Nasarenko announced that he will be seeking a second term on the Ventura City Council representing newly-created District Four, which includes several East Ventura neighborhoods, including the communities of Juanamaria, Hobart Park, Ondulando, Clear Point, Hidden Valley and Wells Road and Citrus Drive. “It is a fantastic place […] Read More »

Fourth generation Venturan running for city council

Spencer Noren, a fourth generation Venturan, has announced that he is running for city council in District 4 on the far east side of Ventura. In 2017, he moved home with the mission to make a positive difference in the community of Ventura. After living in Phoenix and Seattle, he is returning to his roots […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire and Police Department respond to single vehicle accident with trapped victims

In the early morning hours of July 30th Ventura City Fire and Police Department responded to a a single vehicle accident with trapped victims at Victoria / Olivas Park. They discovered a single vehicle involving a passenger van that had hit a traffic signal pole; two occupants were in the vehicle. Firefighters using hydraulic rescue […] Read More »

Grassroots partnership provides aid for those who don’t qualify for other programs

With the full effects of the Thomas Fire’s devastation still emerging, the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) has awarded a $500,000 grant to a community-based partnership providing relief and recovery support to undocumented immigrants. The 805 UndocuFund is a partnership among Mixteco/ Indigenous Community Organizing Project (MICOP), Central Coast United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), […] Read More »

Ventura fire units respond to vehicle that drove into the front of the Cajun Kitchen restaurant

On July 9, at 1:10pm, fire units responded to a reported vehicle that drove in to the front of the Cajun Kitchen restaurant located at 301 E. Main St. Upon arrival, firefighters quickly assessed the scene for injured victims and simultaneously assessed the structural stability of the building. It was discovered that there were 4 […] Read More »

Ventura Council approves additional funding for roving paramedic engine

by Richard Lieberman The City Council held it’s regular meeting in Council Chambers on Monday July 23rd , featuring a presentation on Community Health assessment and Improvement Planning by Rigoberto Vargas, MPH, Director, Ventura County Public Health. Among the agenda items the Council has approved $600,000 to obtain and operate a roving paramedic fire engine. […] Read More »

As the daughter of a PTA President, Deborah followed in her mother’s footsteps

A graduate of Simi Valley High School, West Ventura County has been Deborah’s home, since she and her husband, Jeff, moved to Oxnard in 1994. Deborah is a graduate of CSUN and Loyola Law School, class of 1991, attending at night in downtown LA while working a full time job with CIGNA/INA. Together they raised […] Read More »

Innovative online platform developed for Thomas Fire will transform global disaster recovery

On Sunday, July 22, Emily Barany, co-founder of ThomasFireHelp.org was honored by the Democratic Club of Ventura County. Emily was presented with the “2018 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award” in recognition of her business acumen and her leadership in developing ThomasFireHelp.org. Emily is the owner of Visionality, a business consultancy that has supported the work of nonprofit […] Read More »

Recipients of the 2018 Fainer/Tauber, MD Awards announced

Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation (VCMRF) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Fainer/Tauber, MD Awards on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at the Lloyd- Butler Estate in Oxnard, the title sponsor of this year’s celebration. In 1956, Dr. Leo Tauber, along with two other physicians founded VCMRF, whose mission is “To improve, in […] Read More »

Child Hope Services and Foster VC Kids invite all to an inspirational and informative Summit

Community members are invited to attend the Foster Care Summit, designed to encourage and equip individuals who have a heart for foster care and adoption. Child Hope Services and Foster VC Kids will host the Summit, August 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Oxnard, 1925 Eastman Avenue, Oxnard. The Foster Care Summit […] Read More »

Funds raised are used to sustain programs in three areas of focus

Open house and ribbon cutting held for United Way. Photo by Michael Gordon The United Way of Ventura County held an open house and ribbon cutting on June 19 to officially dedicate its new headquarters at 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100, in Ventura. The agency relocated in December from Camarillo. “We’re very excited about our […] Read More »

Advanced Imaging Technology for Early Detection of Cancers and Dementia the subject of seminar

The field of radiology is constantly evolving and new technology helps medical professionals diagnose diseases earlier, when treatment is most effective, and with more accuracy than ever before. How technology and the different types of imaging can be used to identify diseases like cancer and dementia in the early stages will be the focus of […] Read More »

Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance launches kWh Countdown Program

The Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, in partnership with the Community Environmental Council, are launching their newest pilot program, kWh Countdown, funded by the California Energy Commission. kWh Countdown offers two services for businesses located in the cities of Thousand Oaks, Ventura, and Moorpark: Free energy benchmarking to all business that enroll A limited number […] Read More »

Housing Authority receiving $1 Million from Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) has partnered with Montecito Bank & Trust to win over $1 million in new funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco’s (FHLBank San Francisco) Affordable Housing Program (AHP). These funds will support the financing of HACSB’s future development sites at Willett Ranch […] Read More »

Upcoming events for the Museum of Ventura County

MUNCH = Music + Lunch. Grab lunch and head over to the Museum, every Thursday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., for music by local musicians and free entry to the galleries. July 19 features music by Santa Barbara Trombone Society. Feel free to tip the musicians! The museum is located at 100 E. Main […] Read More »

Do you know a hero?

The Ventura Police Community Foundation Executive Board of Directors is pleased to announce the first annual 2018 Heroes Among Us Gala which will be held on November 3, 2018 at the historic San Buenaventura Mission. The event will recognize community members or groups, who through their personal or professional life, have displayed selflessness, dedication and […] Read More »

ThomasFireHelp expands to help survivors of fire

As the reports of the June 6th Holiday Fire surfaced, the ThomasFireHelp.org team was already hard at work to connect those in need to those who had help to give. Within hours of the fire’s start, the ThomasFireHelp team had expanded the platform once designed to meet the needs for the Thomas Fire and Montecito […] Read More »

Coastal Commission allows residential use

After finally getting approval from the Coastal Commission to allow residential use (2008-10 and again 2012-14) and obtaining local permits, grading has started on the large “triangle lot” residential project. This development (off of Sanjon on the location of the former Crabshack Restaurant) will link Ventura to the beach and includes a new bluff-top public […] Read More »

Railroad fences in midtown Ventura being removed

Railroad fences in midtown Ventura (this one along Vista Del Mar Drive) are being removed after Union Pacific dropped its application to legally install them. Nearly six years after first putting them up without a permit, Union Pacific Railroad has withdrawn its application to legally install the fences separating its trains from the midtown Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura City Council Adopts Fireworks Social Host Ordinance

The Ventura City Council adopted a Fireworks Social Host Ordinance during its regular meeting on June 18, 2018.  Under the new ordinance, any homeowner, renter, or person in charge of a residence or other private property who knows or should know of the sale, use, and/or possession of any fireworks on private property are subject to […] Read More »

The shed from River Haven

Proudly standing in front of the shed that they built is the gang from the NAWIC. Photo by Michael Gordon The shed that is now at River Haven was built at the Career Education Center (CEC) at the Camarillo Airport by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Ventura County Chapter. It was loaded and […] Read More »

This donation is a result of a group of women from Sandusky, Ohio

The Women of Jewelia presented a check to Turning Point. Photo by Bill Green At the ribbon-cutting for the new metal shed/homes, that replaced the original domes at River Haven some of The Women of Jewelia (WOJ) Jone Pence, Dale Muegenburg, Tina Osborne, Roz Warner, and Patti Channer presented a check to Jason Meeks from Turning […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens announces Capital Campaign

The Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) announced, at its recent Perennial Society event, the launch of their first-ever Capital Campaign. The goals of the campaign include revitalization of the Gardens after the devastating Thomas Fire; plant acquisition for the expansion of the Chilean, California Native and South African Gardens; creation and maintenance for a new nursery […] Read More »

State water preferred to filtered toilet water to drink

by (VREG) Venturans for Responsible and Efficient Government The City Council will make a monumental decision on water July 9, 2018. They will set Ventura’s water priorities for decades to come. They will be asked to decide between State Water and Direct Potable Reuse as the first supplement to our existing water supply. Should Ventura […] Read More »

H.O.P.E. after the Thomas Fire

by Jennifer Tipton Ventura County Behavioral Health has collaborated with a long-term community mental health team called California HOPE of Ventura County, a federally funded and trained community-based counseling program created to support the community after the Thomas Fire. H.O.P.E. is an acronym for: Helping – Outreach – Possibilities – Empowerment. The long-term effects of […] Read More »

Cabrillo helping the community

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation is accepting applications for its Board of Directors. Cabrillo is seeking candidates who believe in and will actively support the core values, vision and mission of Cabrillo to provide comprehensive housing services that facilitate self-sufficiency for individuals and families who are most lacking in opportunity in Ventura and Santa Barbara […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department dispatched to reports of fire near water treatment plant

On June 29, at 12:52pm the Ventura City Fire Department was dispatched to multiple reports of a fire burning in the Santa Clara river bed near the Ventura water treatment plant. First arriving firefighters reported a well-established fire burning in vegetation around several homeless encampments. Firefighters used three – 20 person hand crews, a water […] 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 »

Registration is now open for National Night Out

Ventura neighborhoods are invited to participate with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The deadline to register is August 1, 2018. National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event that is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored […] Read More »

Tourism to our National Parks Benefits our local economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2017 shows that 383,687 park visitors spent an estimated $23.1 million in local gateway regions while visiting Channel Islands National Park. That spending supported 308 jobs and contributed $32.3 million to our local economy. In the past year, 897,593 visitors to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area […] Read More »

Mosquito season is here

With warmer summer weather, longer days, and increased outdoor activities, a higher risk of exposure to mosquitoes is to be expected. Since mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV), St. Louis Encephalitis Virus or Western Equine Encephalitis Virus, the Ventura County Environmental Health Division (Division) is advising the public to take precautions […] Read More »

County to hold public meetings for Thomas Fire designers and contractors

Designers and contractors planning to work on projects for the reconstruction of buildings damaged or destroyed by the Thomas Fire are invited to attend a public outreach presentation to learn about the building permit process, including the County’s expedited process for fire victims. Representatives from the California State Licensing Board, Ventura County Building and Safety […] Read More »

Nonprofit honored by Assemblymember Monique Limón

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura (BGCGV) has been selected as a 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Monique Limón, 37th District. Patti Birmingham, BGCGV CEO along with Maria Ventura, SoCalGas Public Affairs Manager and BGCGV Board President traveled to Sacramento and joined with one hundred other nonprofit leaders honored by their […] Read More »

Chumash return ancient remains to the Channel Islands

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians (Chumash Tribe) has returned the ancient remains of a Native American man who died 10,000 years ago, known as Tuqan Man, to a burial site on San Miguel Island. Tuqan Man was discovered inadvertently in 2005 by archeologists from the University of Oregon who were surveying an archeological […] Read More »

Utility announces scholarships totaling $225,000 to 45 students pursuing higher education

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has announced four students from the Central Coast as recipients of a $5,000 college scholarship from the utility. SoCalGas’ Scholarship Program is distributing scholarships totaling $225,000 to 45 students this year. Since its creation in 2001, the program has provided more than $2.2 million in scholarship funding to more than […] Read More »

If you tip a cop you will still get ticket

The Ventura Police Department (VPD) will be sponsoring the Special Olympics “Tip-A-Cop” event on Tuesday, June 26, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at California Pizza Kitchen at 3301 E. Main St. at the Pacific View Mall. Tip-A-Cop is a law enforcement fundraising event in which police officers assist with waiting tables at a local […] Read More »

Former mayor running for City Council

Former mayor and council member Jim Friedman has announced that he is running for city council in the newly formed District 5 on the east end of Ventura. A small business owner/ financial planner for over 40 years, Jim has been a resident of the east end for over 28 years and lives with his […] Read More »

Ventura County Board of Supervisors designates June as "Amateur Radio Month"

At their June 12 meeting, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors recognized the county’s Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) volunteers by designating June as “Amateur Radio Month.” In presenting a proclamation to local radio operators, the Board cited the many hours of training and instruction the volunteers devote to serving the region in times of emergency. […] Read More »

Harbor Patrol places a high priority on public safety

Daily lifeguard services began Memorial Day weekend. Unanimously approved for 2018 by the Board of Port Commissioners, these services are funded by the Ventura Port District, which contracts with California State Parks. The contract runs through Labor Day, with seasonal lifeguards covering the harbor’s Surfer’s Knoll Beach and Harbor Cove Beach. Starting and ending times […] Read More »

The American Red Cross raises funds for military families and veterans

From Ride for the Red Allyn Rice, Jim Sennett , Denise Rice, Ken Bauer, Diane Krehbiel-Delson, Kris Meathrell , Susan Wolf and Kevin Delson. The American Red Cross of Ventura County, a leading humanitarian organization with nearly 600 volunteers, held the kickoff of its third annual Operation: Ride for the Red cycling event. The ride took […] Read More »

Street Fair staff is looking for volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of our community, and the 4th of July Street Fair staff is always thankful for the help. The Street Fair staff is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the duties listed below for this annual event. All volunteer positions receive community hour credits if required. The deadline to volunteer is […] Read More »

Ventura County Emergency Medical Services to teach Hands-Only CPR

Through June 8, Ventura County Emergency Medical Services (VCEMS) will partner with the American Heart Association (AHA) and other emergency service providers to host free Hands-Only Sidewalk CPR trainings at several locations throughout Ventura County. CPR instructors will demonstrate the Hands-Only CPR technique in public places with the goal being to teach more people how […] Read More »

EDC-VC receives $450,000 to help businesses impacted by Thomas Fire

The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County recently received contributions from the Gene Haas Foundation and Pacific Western Bank to establish a loan fund in response to the Thomas fire and subsequent mudslides. The loan program is now helping businesses at a critical time as they feel the long-term strain of recovery. The Gene Haas Foundation quickly […] Read More »

Fire, debris flow victims eligible for up to $3,000 rent or mortgage payment assistance

Residents of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties whose homes or rentals were destroyed or severely damaged by the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow may be eligible for up to $3,000 in assistance thanks to a disaster assistance program established by the affected region’s three Realtor associations. Beginning immediately, homeowners and renters left homeless by […] Read More »

Wildfire Story Project to educate the public on wildfire risk

Ventura County Library joins StoryCenter and the California State Library at the launch of the California Wildfire Story Project to educate the public on the issues of wildfire risk and prevention across California. The California Wildfire Story Project is a series of public oral history workshops. The Ventura County Library events are at E.P. Foster […] 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 »

Quarantine of mussels

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division (Division) in coordination with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is issuing a warning that the annual quarantine of mussels taken by recreational shellfish harvesters is effective May 1, 2018. This quarantine is due to hazardous levels of toxin causing paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) that may be present […] Read More »

Put your phone down. Just drive!

Drivers are using their cell phones less often while driving, 10 years after “hands-free” became the law, but distracted driving remains a serious safety challenge in California. Observing April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the first week in April as California Teen Safe Driving Week, safety advocates will focus on education and enforcement efforts […] Read More »

Thomas Fire Evacuees invited to complete survey for chance to win $200

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and University of California, Berkeley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (UC Berkeley) encourage Ventura County wildfire evacuees to participate in a study VCTC and UC Berkeley announce the launch of a research project, Understanding the Decision Making Process of Evacuees, designed to learn more about evacuation decisions by […] Read More »

The 25th year of riding to end AIDS

In a couple of weeks, more than 2,300 cyclists and 650 volunteer “roadies” who support them, will journey 545 miles for seven days to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic. It’s a life-changing ride—not a race—through some of California’s most beautiful countryside. AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS […] Read More »

Ventura College proudly hosted Climate Action Summit

Ventura College GeoSciences Department partnered with the 350 Ventura County Climate Hub to host an informative Climate Action Summit held on Tuesday, April 24, in the Applied Sciences Building. “I am honored to be included in an opportunity to provide clarity and truth to the discussion of climate”, says Professor Patty Ridenour who opened the […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation awards 103 students

The Ventura College Foundation recently awarded 103 Ventura College students with individual STEM and Phoenix scholarships. The annual Phoenix scholarships are awarded to Ventura College re-entry students with minimal or no financial resources to cover the costs of their education. At the 19th annual event, each student received a scholarship between $500 and $5,000 for […] Read More »

California needs action on flood insurance reforms

Guest Columnist by Steve Ellis vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense and a member of the SmarterSafer coalition The record-breaking floodwaters that recently soaked Ventura County should serve as the latest warning that unless Congress reforms and renews the nation�s debt-ridden flood insurance program, more than 238,900 residents across California may be unable to […] Read More »

National Bicycle Safety Month

May is National Bicycle Safety Month. The Ventura Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will be focusing on bicycle safety enforcement operations throughout the month. Special patrols will be deployed to look for drivers and bicyclists who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users. With about 80 million bike […] Read More »

USDA announces additional wildfire recovery details

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced new details on eligibility for a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster program, 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP). In total, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will deploy up to $2.36 billion that Congress appropriated through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to help […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire units respond to overturned pickup truck and trailer

On April 29, at 11:30am, Ventura City Fire units responded to an overturned pickup truck and trailer on SB 101 at Johnson Dr. The trailer was on fire, with people trapped inside the truck. First arriving unit reported all occupants out, two victims in need of medical care. Patients were assessed and treated. The fire […] Read More »

City of Ventura 2017 Uniform Crime Reporting

The City of Ventura’s Part 1 Per Capita Crime dipped slightly in 2017 to 37.7 per thousand residents, compared to 38 percent in 2016. Despite the slight drop in overall crime, serious and violent crime increased significantly. Violent crime increased 25 percent with 460 reported violent crimes. This is the highest number of violent crimes […] Read More »

State Beach Bike Path to close intermittently for repairs

California State Parks is closing the bicycle path located at San Buenaventura State Beach, that runs from San Pedro Street to the south side of the Ventura Pier from May 21 – June 8, as the entire bike path is receiving an upgrade and will be repaved. There is an alternative dirt path adjacent to […] Read More »

Fire and police units respond to multiple intentionally set vegetation and rubbish fires

On April 30, spanning from 9:43am to 4:57pm fire and police units responded to multiple vegetation and rubbish fires, intentionally set in rapid succession within small geographic areas. Fires occurred at various locations between Harbor/Olivas & Telephone/Portola. No structures or property were significantly damaged, and no injuries were reported. An investigation is ongoing, anyone with […] Read More »

Kellogg Park

Kellogg Park photo courtesy of Visit Ventura. Read More »

Help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients in emergency situations

This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood and platelets regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations. According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions each year. In March 2015, Kevin Frame […] Read More »

Up to $8,550 in incentives makes rebuilding with more energy-saving systems more affordable

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that, for customers who lost homes in the Thomas Fire or January 9th debris flow, the company will substantially increase financial incentives for those who wish to rebuild using sustainable designs and ultra-efficient appliances. The incentives will be offered through the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP), which helps offset […] 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 »

Thomas Fire to be coordinated in Los Angeles County Superior Court

A Ventura County judge has recommended to the Judicial Council that Los Angeles County Superior Court serve as the venue for pretrial coordination proceedings in cases pertaining to the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide/debris flow disasters against Southern California Edison. The order was issued on Monday, April 16 by Vincent J. O’Neill Jr., Coordination Motion […] Read More »

Could you be the next City Council Member?

As you may know, Ventura is moving to district-based elections. This means that residents in each district will elect a City Council Member to represent their district. Districts 1, 4, 5 and 6 are up for election in November of this year. The Ventura Chamber Political Action Committee is actively seeking candidates who support the […] Read More »

DACA: Then and Now.

by Manuel Reynoso With nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants receiving DACA since its inception in 2012, many of which live right here in Ventura and Ventura County, there still exists a lot of misinformation and confusion as to what DACA is. With the current political climate, it’s important to understand it’s history, what it has accomplished, […] Read More »

Di Rodio killer sentenced to 11 years

by Sheli Ellsworth Wendy Di Rodio was stabbed to death in her sleep by an intruder on June 3, 2009. The killer then went on to stab her dog, Mimi, in the throat. On March 29, 2018, the murderer, Gina Drake was sentenced to 11 years behind bars. Di Rodio owned and taught at the […] Read More »

The American Red Cross raises funds for military families and veterans

The American Red Cross of Ventura County, a leading humanitarian organization with nearly 600 volunteers, announces the kickoff of its third annual Operation: Ride for the Red cycling event. The ride will take place on Saturday, May 19, and all proceeds will support the organization, which helps members of the military, veterans, and their families […] Read More »

Hardship Assistance Applications for United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund available

United Way of Ventura County (UWVC) has approved $281,172 for individual hardship assistance from the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund. This is part of the $1.5 million made available in the current round of assistance funding, with applications for those remaining funds open through April 30. “Being able to get the funds in […] Read More »

Ventura Water and MERITO Foundation Partnership Program receives first place honorary award

Ventura Water and MERITO Foundation Education Outreach Partnership has been selected as the First place recipient of the Community Engagement and Outreach Project of the Year Award (small budget) by California Water Environment Association (CWEA). The program brings hundreds of students from Ventura Unified School District per year to the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility for […] 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 »

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 »

Southern Californians Should Stay in Touch With FEMA

Southern California homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with FEMA following the December wildfires and January mudslides and flooding, are encouraged to stay in touch as their applications are processed. Financial help for home repair, temporary rental assistance, personal property loss and other losses or damage not covered by insurance may be […] Read More »

Ground broken on the Rancho Verde Apartments

The HACSB is the largest residential landlord in the City of Ventura. Photo by Michael Gordon On Wednesday, Mar. 28, ground was broken on the Rancho Verde Apartments, the first USDA Section 514 rental housing property to be developed by the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB). It will be the first net […] Read More »

Emergency crews respond to three vehicle collision

On April 3 at 7:30pm, three vehicles collided in the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Telegraph Road. The collision involved two pick-up trucks and an SUV. All three vehicles had a single driver in the car and all vehicles had moderate to significant damage. First on scene fire paramedics secured both vehicles and provided medical […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department and Ventura Unified School District partnering in Hi-Tech Presentations

by Ashley Bautista, Community Outreach Specialist The Ventura Police Department and the Ventura Unified School District have partnered with Motivational Multimedia Assemblies (MMA) for inspirational presentations for local students at local elementary, middle and high schools during the month of April. MMA aims to both challenge and inspire young people to develop strategies to help […] 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 »

Applications for assistance still available

The application deadline for $1.5 million in assistance from the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund for those impacted by the recent disasters has been extended to April 30. The application for individual hardship assistance is available now at vcunitedway.org in English and Spanish. The United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund will support […] Read More »

Lawsuit challenges Trump administration

The Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Wishtoyo Foundation are suing the Trump administration for failing to protect humpback whale habitat in the Pacific Ocean, where the animals face threats from fisheries, ship strikes and oil spills. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in San Francisco, aims to force the National […] Read More »

Gun violence protests

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 Florida by leaving their classrooms at 10am on […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire announces community emergency response team training

The Ventura City Fire Department invites community members to participate in the next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Ventura Fire, in coordination with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), assists residents with disaster preparedness education and training through the CERT program. The training covers the following topics: Disaster Preparedness Fire Safety Disaster Medical Operations I […] Read More »

Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Report

Storm water runoff can transport physical hazards into the ocean. Photo by Richard Lieberman As part of the Ventura County Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Program, the Environmental Health Division is providing the following precautionary information for the public. Rainfall that is significant enough to result in runoff can flow into storm drains, channels, creeks, and rivers […] Read More »

The NALA helps kids through Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Project Easter

The NALA, a boutique marketing agency headquartered in Ventura, is asking the community to participate in the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Project Easter, which entails collecting Easter baskets for children with cancer and their siblings. The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF), the NALA’s charity partner, is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization providing financial and emotional support […] Read More »

Ventura County is breaking the chain of human trafficking

Community leaders, advocates and concerned citizens attended the sold out viewing of the groundbreaking film Break the Chain recently at the Museum of Ventura County. The film gave a detailed look at how sex and labor trafficking goes unnoticed and is happening in our backyard. In attendance was producer and co-director, Laura E. Swanson; Interface […] Read More »

Fire survivor’s Benefit Festival checks

Thank you for your incredible patience as we work on the distribution of the one-time Thomas Fire Benefit Festival checks. Each person/household will receive $750! We can confirm that the checks will be ready Friday, March 16. There are three distribution centers: Ventura Residents: Please come to the Downtown Ventura Partners offices at 420 East […] Read More »

Event to help raise funds for overcoming childhood cancer

KNOX 25/8 will be hosting its first motivational speaking event to help raise funds for overcoming childhood cancer. In this half day event, you’ll learn certain teachings and techniques on how to overcome any obstacle in your daily life, realize your full potential, and find the power within. There will be four incredible speakers who […] Read More »

Ventura-based environmental organization garners international awards

Local nonprofit organization Paso Pacifico is quickly making a name as a global leader in wildlife conservation. Paso Pacifico works with local communities, landowners, and partner organizations to restore and protect the habitats that form building blocks for wildlife corridors. Headquartered in Ventura, they also have a team in Nicaragua, where much of their conservation […] Read More »

Have you ever wanted to know more about police operations?

The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy is coming! Have you ever wanted to know more about police operations? Not the ‘TV’ version, but the 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 does, let you experience a simulated firearms training […] Read More »

Were you affected by Thomas Fire or the flood?

The Ventura and Santa Barbara County Lions Clubs have a onetime offer for Thomas Fire and flood survivors. They have grant money to assist in your loss. If you need a one-time grant for assistance with rent, clothing, and vehicle or food expenses they want to help you. Please email mikeinojai@gmail.com and he will reply […] Read More »

A few days left to register for disaster assistance

Southern California residents recovering from the December wildfires and January mudslides and flooding have until March 16 to register for federal disaster assistance . Individuals and families who were living in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and suffered damage or losses from the fires and mudslides are encouraged to register for […] 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 »

Warning regarding virtual kidnapping scams

by the Ventura Police Department The Ventura Police Department has seen an increase in “virtual kidnapping” extortion calls in the City of Ventura. There have been multiple reported incidents targeting Spanish speakers. These extortion schemes are particularly alarming in nature because a scammer contacts the victim via telephone and demands payment for the return of […] Read More »

Property tax relief is on the way for Thomas Fire victims

Ventura County Assessor Dan Goodwin, Auditor Controller Jeff Burgh, and Treasurer-Tax Collector Steven Hintz have announced that reduced property tax bills or refunds will begin being mailed to fire victims. Staff from all three departments have been attending post-fire community meetings to answer questions, and appraisers have already inspected more than 3,000 properties. The reduced […] Read More »

American Red Cross of Ventura County

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood. Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration […] Read More »

Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers $200 vouchers

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Oxnard is offering vouchers valued at $200 to households that lost their home in recent wildfires. The ReStore is a discount home improvement store selling furniture, building supplies and appliances with all proceeds supporting Habitat’s mission to build homes, communities and hope. To claim your voucher, please visit the Habitat […] Read More »

First responders to serve as Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Ventura County’s 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will honor the men and women who heroically battled the devastating Thomas Fire, and those who assisted the fire victims. First responders will serve as grand marshal of the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, in front of Mission San Buenaventura on East Main […] Read More »

California Supreme Court rules in favor of United Water vs. City of Ventura

In a precedent-setting decision last December, the California Supreme Court upheld a 2015 Court of Appeal ruling, declaring United Water Conservation District’s groundwater pumping charges are not subject to Proposition 218 as was asserted by the City of Ventura. On Feb.25, the California Supreme Court again voiced its support of United Water in this case, […] Read More »

Suspected rapist dies of self-inflicted poisoning

On February 21, at approximately 7:30 a .m., CHP was notified by the Los Angeles Police Department of a possible rape suspect in the Oxnard area. The incident began when a check of a vehicle in Oxnard came back with information that the car belonged to the rape suspect, believed to be a 35-year-old man […] Read More »

Mark Lunn named VP of County Recorders’ Association of California

County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn took office as the 2018-2019 vice president of the County Recorders’ Association of California. Lunn received the oath of office at the association’s New Law Conference held in Sacramento in December, 2017. “I am honored to be elected to serve in such a respected organization by my peers,” […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury announces open house

On Thursday, March 15, the Grand Jury will host an open house for prospective jurors and interested members of the Ventura County community. Please join the current Grand Jury along with public officials from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Grand Jury Chambers at 646 County Square Dr. An all-volunteer group, the Grand Jury investigates selected complaints that […] Read More »

A roadmap to recovery

A local group of building professionals; architects, engineers and contractors have come together and are working closely with the city in developing a roadmap to recovery. They have now organized that information and are sharing it with the affected homeowners through neighborhood workshops. These workshops have a representative from the city and many experienced professionals […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries March events

Avenue Library (Ventura Ave.) Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class 3/5, 12, 19, & 26 Mondays @ 6– 6:45 pm Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun! Adult Classes & Events SuperBrain Yoga 3/17 Saturday @ 10am -12pm in the Community Room SuperBrain Yoga: a simple […] Read More »

FEMA deadline is March 16

Those affected are reminded that FEMA is a phone call, a mouse click, or FEMA app away. Disaster survivors can go online at DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA app, or call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 for TTY users. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to […] 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 »

Local business resources offer recovery workshops

Representatives from the Small Business Development Center for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (SBDC), Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be presenting free workshops on resources available for small businesses affected by the Thomas fire and mudslides. The workshops will present information to help businesses that have suffered physical […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury announces open house

On Thursday, March 15, the Grand Jury will host an open house for prospective jurors and interested members of the Ventura County community. Please join the current Grand Jury along with public officials from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Grand Jury Chambers at 646 County Square Drive, Ventura. An all-volunteer group, the Grand Jury investigates selected […] Read More »

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) plays a significant role in helping disaster survivors recover

Californians in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties who were affected by the December wildfires and recent mudslides and flooding, may be referred to the SBA after applying for disaster assistance with FEMA. If you are contacted and asked to submit an application for a low-interest SBA disaster loan, don’t hesitate to […] Read More »

Cabrillo completes grading on affordable housing project

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation has completed grading on Phase II of Snapdragon Place Apartments, and construction will begin in March. Cabrillo is developing the project in partnership with the Housing Authority of San Buenaventura, which will serve as the property management company. Snapdragon Place Apartments is a new construction development located at Snapdragon Street and […] Read More »

Deadline for Thomas Fire victims to apply for Individual Assistance from FEMA is approaching

The deadline for residents affected by the Thomas Fire to apply for Individual Assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency is March 16, 2018. Residents can apply online or at the Disaster Recovery Center FEMA is operating at the Ventura County Credit Union’s location in Ventura. Ventura County Credit Union 6026 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA […] Read More »

Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield Force Protection Exercise held at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Magu

by Richard Lieberman On a Monday morning at Naval Base Ventura County an exercise was held, Force protection was the intended goal with a realistic scenario based on a semi-trailer truck’s driver not cooperating with U.S. Navy personnel to an entry gate at the base. Immediately “final denial barriers” were deployed. The barriers are gates […] Read More »

Disaster victims may apply for food benefits until February 14

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) today announced that individuals and families impacted by the wildfires and/or mudslides in Santa Barbara or Ventura Counties may be eligible to receive one month of Disaster CalFresh food assistance. A family of four with available monthly income and resources up to $2,755 per month may be eligible […] Read More »

Vendor applications now available for City of Ventura 4th of July Street Fair

The City of Ventura is now accepting vendor applications for the 43rd Annual 4th of July Street Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, July 4, 2018, from 10 am to 5 pm. Located on Main Street in historic downtown Ventura, the street fair stretches nine blocks and draws upwards of 50,000 visitors annually. Craft, food, commercial, non-profit […] 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 »

City’s ambitious rebuilding plan

by Burris DeBenning Boldly proposed at the City Council meeting of January 22, the Community Development Department presented a plan to rebuild Ventura’s burned communities and get residents back into new homes as quickly as possible. “The consensus here is that we want a fast, inexpensive and efficient means for people to rebuild,” said Mayor […] Read More »

Local broadcasters promoting peace

Kelli McKay, Lyn Fairly, Kim Pagano and nationally syndicated George Nouri and Jim Bohannon each have been named winners of the 2017 Richman Peace Foundation Peace Awards for media. They can be heard locally on KVTA AM radio 1590. The Richman Peace Foundation is a Ventura County philanthropy dedicated to promoting peace and creating peace-related […] Read More »

Livingston patients continue to receive in-home care during the Thomas Fire disaster

by Lori Harasta Despite blazes, blackouts, and evacuations due to the Thomas fire, Livingston’s nurses, social workers, therapists and caregivers continued to keep patients safe and as comfortable as possible as they performed their clinical and custodial duties. They helped some patients evacuate, packing up precious mementos and personal items, and even drove one client […] Read More »

A quick look at post-disaster relief

by Mira Reverente Ventura, Santa Barbara and other neighboring areas took a beating with the wildfires, mudflows, flooding and debris flows. With this recent spate of natural disasters, one wonders where, when and what type of assistance programs may be available to those who suffered damages or losses. Federal assistance After an amendment to the […] Read More »

Additional resources available for Thomas Fire and flood victims

The Economic Development Collaborative–Ventura County’s special services coordinator, Clare Briglio, has announced additional resources now available for businesses recovering from the impact of the Thomas Fire and subsequent floods and mudslides. “New federal declarations have secured additional resources for those who have suffered personal and/or business injury as a result of the Thomas Fire and […] Read More »

Submerged resources reveal maritime history of the Channel Islands

National Park Service (NPS) archeologist Bert Ho and NPS volunteer Carol Linteau will highlight the maritime heritage of the Channel Islands in the February From Shore to Sea lecture. The presentation will feature the history of a Gold-rush era steamship, a World War II era torpedo bomber, and a coastal minesweeper. There are over 100 underwater shipwrecks […] Read More »

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 »

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 »

Fairgrounds being used to separate toxic fire debris

In order to open the 101, and other routes, the private firm American Integrated Services is bringing dirt to the Fairgrounds where it is tested and separated to remove toxic elements. Per an executive order from Governor Brown, the Fairgrounds are being used for this purpose because it owned by the State. Read More »

Ventura emergency crews respond to vehicle fire

Just before 5am, on Jan.11 in the midtown of Ventura, a series of fires were started in vehicles and trash areas, spanning several blocks. The first fire was reported in an alley in the 1900 block of East Main St. consuming a trash receptacle, a motorcycle, and a vehicle. Concurrently, a second fire was reported […] Read More »

Call for nominations

The Ventura County Leadership Academy is accepting nominations for the 2018 Journey To Leadership Awards. The award categories and nomination criteria are as follows: Alumni of the Year- must be a graduate of VCLA and be recognized as a leader or emerging leader in the Ventura County community Business of the Year- models a culture of community […] Read More »

Brown Boobies are generally considered a tropical or subtropical bird

Seabird species settles on the Channel Islands. Photo by Andrew Yamagiwa Recently seabird biologists discovered Brown Boobies actively nesting on Santa Barbara Island, within Channel Islands National Park. This first record of Brown Boobies nesting in the park signifies a significant northward expansion of their breeding range. During a survey on November 3, 2017, biologists observed […] Read More »

CMHS center’s earn special recognition

Eleven of Community Memorial Health System’s Centers for Family Health have earned special “Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition” status from a national non-profit health care organization for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term relationships between clinicians and patients. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced the new recognition in […] Read More »

Economic Development Collaborative adds staff dedicated to fire relief

The Economic Development Collaborative –Ventura County (EDC-VC) has announced the addition of Clare Briglio as a full-time staff member dedicated to outreach and coordination of the fire relief efforts being delivered by EDC-VC’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Briglio and a team of about 30 other consultants provide a variety of services to local businesses […] Read More »

Ventura Police K9s will be featured

The Ventura Police Department is partnering with the Midtown Community Council and Pacific View Mall for Food Truck Friday on January 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Pacific View Mall parking lot nearest to Trader Joes. The event features nearly 20 food, dessert and coffee trucks. Live music, face painting, a patrol […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury announces 2018/2019 Applications

Ventura County residents have an opportunity to provide a valuable community service while learning about local government by serving on the Ventura County Grand Jury. Applications are now available for the 2018/2019 Grand Jury at: www.ventura.org/grand-jury. The Grand Jury is a civil, investigative panel of 19 volunteers. The watchdog group investigates issues and citizen complaints […] Read More »

McGrath State Beach to temporarily close due to flooding

McGrath State Beach temporarily closed on January 5, until further notice due to the recent increased flooding caused by the Santa Clara River Estuary. The beach will close for the security, safeguarding, and preservation of resources. The flooding is caused when the waters backs up behind the naturally occurring sand bar blocking the mouth of […] 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 »

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 »

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 »

Agencies granted funds to help VC residents and animals affected by the fire

While the devastating impacts of the Thomas Fire are beginning to be realized, the Ventura County Community Foundation awarded more than $1 million to Ventura County nonprofits in response to emergency needs as a result of the fire. As the foundation is responding to emergency needs, it will continue to focus on fundraising for mid- […] Read More »

Assistance Center closed its doors but help is still available

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 closed its doors on Saturday, Dec. 23. Residents still seeking services may obtain services at existing local County and City offices. The County of […] Read More »

Prevent erosion from stressed landscapes

by David Goldstein, VCPWA, IWMD The ongoing drought and other recent events have stressed local landscapes, and recent warm and dry weather may make rains seem distant, but as House Stark says in Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming.” When rains hit weakened landscapes, the result is often erosion. If topsoil washes off your property […] Read More »

Efforts ongoing to protect Ventura County communities from flood hazards

Acres of land and vegetation now compromised by the Thomas Fires will have a recovery team consisting of Federal, State, Ventura County and City departments. The team is on high alert as these regions are extremely susceptible to debris flows and flooding. From early modeling already done by the Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) […] 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 »

Thomas Fire takes Vista Del Mar

by Jennifer Tipton On the top of the hill at 801 Seneca Street in Ventura stood Aurora Vista Del Mar, a psychiatric hospital focusing on behavioral health and addiction issues. The 16 acres on which it stood overlooks the ocean (hence, the name “view of the sea”). This scenic location dates back to the founding […] Read More »

Ventura County Community Foundation gives $477,000 to support those affected by fires

The Ventura County Community Foundation awarded a total of $477,000 to two vital service providers providing immediate relief efforts to those impacted by the Thomas Fire–the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. The grants awarded to these organizations will help fund their overall relief efforts including staffing of disaster shelters and the provision of […] Read More »

Southern California Edison (SCE) crews working around the clock

Southern California Edison (SCE) crews are working around the clock to restore service for Ventura residents. The City of Ventura has provided an area at the Community Park for SCE to use as their staging area for equipment. Progress of their work will be determined by weather conditions, terrain and the movement of the fire. […] Read More »

Meter parking regulations

The Ventura Police Department will not enforce meter parking regulations in Downtown Ventura until January 2, 2018. Drivers are not required to pay the meter fee at time of parking. Oversized vehicle parking restrictions are also lifted and will not be enforced until January 2, 2018. During normal conditions a permit is required to park […] Read More »

Thousands of acres of wildlife habitat were also lost

by David Goldstein, Ventura County Public Works Agency, IWMD Residents eager to return to a normal life following the fires may be tempted to begin cleanup immediately. Instead, additional preparation can save money and reduce risks. In declaring a local health emergency the Ventura County Board of Supervisors enabled state agencies to launch a program […] Read More »

County working on plans for property tax relief for fire victims

The offices of the Treasurer-Tax Collector, Assessor and Auditor-Controller are working on a plan to streamline the application process for property tax relief due to damage caused by the Thomas Fire. In some cases, penalties and fees on late payments will be waived for fire victims, but taxpayers are still encouraged to make full payments […] Read More »

Immigration help available to those affected by wildfires

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds the public that they offer immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. The following measures may be available on a case-by-case basis upon request: Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the United States. […] Read More »

Insurance protection for all Californians

Top Ten Tips for Wildfire Claimants 1. Obtain a complete copy of your residential insurance policy, including your declarations page. The law requires your insurance company to provide this to you free of charge within 30 days of your request. Ask your agent or insurer representative to explain your relevant coverages. 2. Take note of […] Read More »

Erosion and ash control product applied to burn areas

The Public Works Department has hired Galion Erosion Control to spray EarthGuard onto residences and other areas burned by the Thomas Fire. The application is a public service to help keep hazardous material from getting into the storm drains by keeping it in place and preventing it from going onto other properties, as well as […] 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 »

New Kaiser Permanente grand opening celebration

Article and photos by Richard Lieberman The new Kaiser outpatient clinic held a grand opening for the 57,000 square-foot building alongside of the 101 Freeway in Ventura. The complex officially opened to patients on December 11th 2017. Originally scheduled to open early next year Kaiser pushed up the opening date to December this year ahead […] Read More »

Volunteering with the Red Cross/Thomas Fire

by Jill Forman                To volunteer with the Red Cross: redcross.org/volunteer. “Welcome to the ‘Amazon of Hope,” says the sign above the makeshift desk in a deserted ex-bus barn in downtown Ventura, now filled with bags and boxes and pallet of donations. The community had come forward and given food, […] Read More »

Declaration of local health emergency

On December 8, due to potential widespread toxic exposures and threats to public health and the environment that exist in the aftermath of a major wildfire disaster, the Ventura County Public Health Officer declared a Local Health Emergency to limit the public’s exposure to hazardous substances. This Declaration enables the State Department of Toxic Substances […] Read More »

Where to volunteer in and around Ventura

Volunteer Marla Randall and her two granddaughters with helping by walking a “dobie”. by Mira Reverente The Thomas Fire images are heartbreaking. The figures are staggering. The loss of property is astounding. At least 972 structures destroyed and 258 damaged. As of this writing, the fires have burned through 242,500 acres and is 30% contained. […] Read More »

Ventura fire crews respond to home at single family residence

A large fire broke out Sunday morning, Dec. 3, at 9:15am in the rear yard of a single family residence in the 1300 block of Aliso Place. The fire started in an outbuilding and completely consumed the structure in minutes. The fire quickly spread, involving an adjacent fence and created moderate damage to the primary […] Read More »

NSWC Port Hueneme Division to host industry day

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) will host an Industry Day on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ventura Beach Marriott located at 2055 E. Harbor Blvd. The event is free and open to all current and potential companies interested in conducting business with NSWC PHD. During […] Read More »

Ancient sea cow fossil discovered on the Channel Islands

Paleontologist Dr. Jonathan Hoffman led the team of volunteers. A fossil of an extinct species of sea cow was discovered on Santa Rosa Island, a new find for the Channel Islands and conceivably one of the oldest of its kind on the west coast of North America with an estimated age between 20-25 million years […] 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 »

Seabin project, floating debris interception device, at Ventura Harbor

The Seabin project, a floating debris interception device has come to Ventura Harbor. Installed at the Ventura Isle Marina the device is designed to be installed in the water partially submerged. The device will work in any calm marine environment like marinas, yacht clubs, and ports. The device is placed in specific parts of marinas […] Read More »

Grand Jury Speakers Bureau

The County of Ventura Grand Jury is an all-volunteer group serving as an independent agent of the public to investigate complaints from the public pertaining to government agencies within Ventura County. For organizations that are interested in hearing about these investigative duties and procedures, the Grand Jury Speakers Bureau is available to educate the public […] Read More »

New board members bring higher education experience to EDC-VC

Dr. Greg Gillespie, chancellor, Ventura County Community College District and Ysabel Trinidad, vice president for finance and administration at California State University Channel Islands are the newest Economic Development Collaborative–Ventura County board members. “Greg and Ysabel each have more than 25 years’ experience in higher education leadership. Their insight into university-level administration will be beneficial […] Read More »

Mayor for A Moment honors VUSD 5th graders

Aaron Cortez films Allison Cabeza from Citrus Glen Elementary with assistance from Principal Susan Martinez. The City’s Mayor for A Moment series continues with 5th graders Vivian Ryan, from Will Rogers (November) and Allison Cabeza, from Citrus Glen (December). The Mayor for A Moment program is a collaboration with the City, Ventura Unified School District […] Read More »

FOOD Share, Inc. names Monica White new President and CEO

FOOD Share, Inc. has announced that the board of directors has appointed Monica White, current interim CEO and former board member as President and CEO. Following four months as interim CEO, White was selected during an executive search process to lead Ventura County’s regional food bank serving 74,500 people every month and distributing 11,000,000 pounds […] 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 »

A new pig is on the way

Mourners attend Irish wake. Photo by Michael Gordon On Nov. 30, a traditional Irish wake and memorial procession was held in Downtown Ventura by about 70 mourners accompanied by the Pacific Coast Highlanders Pipe Band. All for a large green pig. His name was both Sham Hock or Pig O’ My Heart. On March 11, at […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber of Commerce honors those who make a difference in the community

2016 honorees at the Poinsettia Awards Luncheon. The Ventura Chamber of Commerce will recognize outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals who make a difference in our community at the Poinsettia Awards Luncheon. Presented by the Ventura Chamber and Montecito Bank & Trust those to be recognized are: Large Business of the Year- Kirby Auto Group […] 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 »

Dialysis access options to be addressed at free CMHS Seminar

Dialysis access options for kidney failure patients will be the focus of a free seminar that Community Memorial Health System is holding on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Dialysis vascular access is a surgically created vein used to filter toxins, waste and extra fluid out of a person’s blood as treatment for kidney failure. Considered a patient’s […] Read More »

Kids & Families Together celebrating new center with ribbon cutting

The new center houses children’s therapy rooms, training facilities and room to grow. Kids & Families Together and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce celebrate the opening of their new center with a ribbon cutting and open house at 864 Santa Clara St. This celebration is on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 4:00-5:30 pm. In addition to […] 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 »

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 »

Family to Family to honor pioneer Pat McLean

Pat established Family to Family to provide meals to needy families. Pioneer Pat McLean will be honored for her 35-years of service to Family To Family. Funders Leanne McSorley and Pat McLean initially established Family to Family to provide meals to needy families at Mission San Buenaventura in 1983. Today Family To Family is a nonprofit, […] Read More »

Three Ventura clubs join forces to sponsor Rotary Plaza at Ventura Botanical Gardens

Over thirty conference-goers took a lunch excursion to the Ventura Botanical Gardens. Recently the City of Ventura hosted representatives from 73 Rotary clubs in the organization’s Central California district. Ventura’s three clubs are part of Central coast. “It was a great opportunity to showcase Ventura as a place for business and pleasure”, said Mario De […] Read More »

Ventura City Firefighters respond to jack knifed semi-truck and full size pickup truck accident

On Oct.19, at 6:57pm Ventura City Firefighters were called to the scene of a vehicle collision on the eastbound126 freeway, east of Kimball road. Upon arrival firefighters discovered a jack knifed semi-truck off the roadway, a full size pickup truck wrapped around a eucalyptus tree and a passenger sedan in the freeway median. Two adult […] Read More »

Salvation Army Kettle Kick-off Holiday Gala Dinner Buffet and Dance Dec. 9

The Salvation Army of Ventura County invites you to the Kettle Kick- of Holiday Gala Dinner Buffet and Dancing! Music and Dancing with the Barrelhouse Wailers at the Pierpont Inn, 550 Sanjon Rd, Ventura. Saturday, December 9, Cocktails 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Dinner and Dancing 6:30 – 11:00 PM Table of 8 $350.00. Table of […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District high school countdown!

by Jennifer Tipton Pacific High School. Originally Mar Vista, the school’s name was changed to Pacific in 1990. Located at 501 College Drive, Pacific High School offers grades 9-12 and is based on a philosophy of individual accountability and responsibility, coupled with a commitment to maintain an atmosphere where students can feel secure, accepted, and […] Read More »

Car fire on Hwy101 near Borchard shot by reader Zeynab Hassoun

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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 »

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 »

Impact of domestic violence on homelessness

A program serving homeless children and families in Ventura will be hosting their third annual event highlighting the connection and impact of domestic violence on homelessness. Team Up Against Domestic Violence is being hosted by The City Center Transitional Living and will take place on Thursday, October 12 from 6 to 8pm at The River […] Read More »

Two talented ladies honored for their contributions to the arts

Mayor Erik Nasarenko honored two distinguished artists at the Museum On Wednesday, Oct. 4 the 2017 ArtWalk Collectors Reception was held at the Museum of Ventura County. Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko honored the two “Distinguished Artists.” Honored were Artist of Distinction Maribel Hernandez and Global Artist of Distinction Shamsia Hassani. A sampling of the juried […] Read More »

VLT Rebranding Party

Executive Director Derek Poultney ,Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko and Board President Paul Meehan welcomed those attending name change. by John Hankins- Trustee for the VLT The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is now called the Ventura Land Trust (VLT), a name change driven by significant opportunities for public recreation and land restoration, more members, business partners and […] 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 »

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 »

Fire Foundation seeks funds to help local firefighter

The Ventura Fire Foundation has launched a crowdfunding campaign in support of recently retired Fire Captain John Van Mannekes. Van Mannekes was diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in July 2016. He retired from the Ventura City Fire Department last month due to his illness. After 21 years as a Ventura […] 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 »

The Annual California Coast Classic (CCC) Bike Tour

Join the riders at San Buenaventura State Beach. Photo by Murray Robertson from 2016 The Annual California Coast Classic Bike Tour is one of the Arthritis Foundation’s top fundraising events, whose goal is to raise over $1.2 million. Funds raised support the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to conquer the disease by spreading awareness and raising money for […] Read More »

Remember! Pedestrians don’t have armor

The California Office of Traffic Safety announced that September is “California Pedestrian Safety Month” which began last year in response to the rising number of pedestrians being killed and injured on California roadways. The Ventura Police Department will be joining with other law enforcement agencies, pedestrian advocates and walking clubs to promote public awareness aimed […] Read More »

Chris Stephens appointed new commissioner for Ventura Port District

Chris Stephens, director of the Ventura County Resource Management Agency, has been appointed as the new commissioner for the Ventura Port District. He replaces Commissioner Bruce Smith. Stephens has served as the head of the Resource Management Agency since 2006. Previously he worked as Ventura County’s Planning Director and as the Deputy Executive Director of […] Read More »

Research on flu viruses in marine mammals at the Channel Islands

For the September From Shore to Sea lecture Dr. Pamela Yochem will discuss the role and significance of marine mammals in spreading influenza viruses that may pose a risk to human health. Yochem’s research has revealed that some of the marine mammals at the Channel Islands have been exposed to the same virus that caused […] Read More »

Ventura Visitor Guide wins award

Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) proudly announced that the 2017 Ventura Visitor Guide has won an Award for Publication Excellence in the “One-of-a-Kind Publications” category. The 29th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) which recognize excellence in publishing by professional communicators were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of […] 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 »

American Academy of Pediatricians updates head lice guidance

In 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its guidance on head lice treatment as new products were introduced after the academy’s 2010 report.  The new report was published in the journal Pediatrics, and it highlights some exciting new developments in the battle against head lice. “Head lice infestation is associated with limited morbidity but causes […] Read More »

Rock on the Dock

It’s all hands on deck as the Rock on the Dock Concert Series launches at Ventura Harbor Village every Saturday this September from 3-6pm featuring an electrifying line-up of musicians performing free to the public on a floating stage in the Ventura Harbor. Visitors to the series catch the show from the water aboard kayak […] Read More »

Across Ventura County, disaffected seniors are fighting for their mobile homes

by Jared Brewer For decades, mobile and manufactured homes have afforded those of advanced ages and fixed incomes a viable way to achieve homeownership at a considerably reduced price point. Interested parties need only pay a monthly “space rent” to their parks on top of the price of their unit. And for the most part, […] Read More »

Ventura Friends of the Library celebrate future Hill Road library site with book sale

The Ventura Friends of the Library celebrated the future Hill Road library site with a book sale. Hundreds turned out to meet library staff and learn about the new branch. Read More »

Own a brand new home at Solana Heights on Ventura’s Westside

Discover Solana Heights, a brand new residential community now selling on Ventura’s Westside. Solana Heights consists of the 3 exceptional new home neighborhoods, Alondra, Ladera and Barcelo. Choose from among stylish townhomes and beautiful single-family homes from the mid $400,000s to the low $600,000s. Decorated model homes will open in September. Solana Heights offers home […] Read More »

Ventura’s bicycle gateway to get ocean-friendly makeover

A high-profile section along the Ventura River bike path will soon become Ventura’s newest ocean-friendly garden. The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) and the Ocean Friendly Gardens team of the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation have teamed up to re-landscape and reinvigorate land at the entrance to the Willoughby Nature Preserve. The two organizations […] 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 »

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 »

City of Ventura Fleet Manager Mary Joyce Ivers named 2017 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Mary Joyce Ivers, Fleet and Facilities Manager for the City of Ventura, has been named 2017 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year by Government Fleet, a national organization dedicated to excellence in fleet management. Ivers, a Certified Public Fleet Professional, was chosen for the award by a panel of fleet managers from around the […] Read More »

Phone scams

Ventura residents have received calls from a scammer claiming to be with the City of Ventura Public Works Department. The scammer is telling residents that road work will be done on their street and that they are to leave their homes during a given time frame. Please be advised that the City of Ventura does […] Read More »

Channel Islands National Park in the news

Main Ranch House at Santa Rosa Island. Photo by Doug Mangum The National Park Service (NPS) discovered a significant ancient Native American site while conducting archeological monitoring during a rehabilitation project of the historic Main Ranch House on Santa Rosa Island. Archeologists discovered artifacts characteristic of ancient Paleocoastal sites that were occupied by the first islanders […] Read More »

Ohana Pet Hospital as Small Business of the Year

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson presents award to Ohana Pet Hospital . State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has chosen Ventura-based small business Ohana Pet Hospital as her 2017 Small Business of the Year. Ohana Pet Hospital is a veterinary hospital that specializes in medical, surgical, dental and wellness health care for dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, and […] Read More »

Shining Stars selected by the Ventura County Office of Education

Diana Lopez Luna will graduate from Ventura High School able to read, write and speak fluently in both English and Spanish. She got a head start speaking Spanish at home, but it was the Ventura Unified School District’s Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program that let her perfect her skills in both languages. Starting in elementary school, […] 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 »

20th Annual PAL Golf Tournament held at Olivas Links Golf Course

On Friday, June 2, the 20th Annual PAL (Police Activity League)  Golf Tournament was held at the Olivas Links Golf Course which included a lovely lunch. Presented by Aera Energy the proceeds from this tournament help support our city youth programs including the Westpark Community Center, the REC mobile, climbing wall, PAL and the PEAK/ASES […] Read More »

The Fireworks Show is the Rotary Club’s largest fundraising

July fireworks returning to Ventura. Photo by Dan Holmes The Rotary Club of Downtown Ventura is bringing back the 4th of July Fireworks Show and Family Picnic to Ventura College’s athletic field this coming Independence Day. In tradition, the gates at the Ventura College athletic field will open at 5 p.m. on July 4 and the […] Read More »

Dietrick Institute and KM AntPro on biological ant control

Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology and University of California Cooperative Extension of Ventura County will bring Ken Kupfer, founding CEO of KM AntPro from Florida for a training session on ant baiting systems using liquid borate baits. The event will be from 8 to 11 a.m. June 6, at the UC Cooperative Extension Conference […] Read More »

Stephen P. Blum will serve a second three-year term

Ventura County Community College District Trustee Stephen P. Blum, Esq., was re-elected to the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) Board for a second three-year term during the CCLC 2017 Annual Trustees Conference in Lake Tahoe held on  May 4-7.  The CCCT Board serves a major role within the Community College League of California (CCLC) in […] Read More »

Honoring and remembering fallen law enforcement officers

Communities across the United States came together during National Police Week, May 15-21, to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind. This year, the names of 394 officers killed in the line of duty are being added […] 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 »

Mortgage rates drop to five-month low

Realty Watch: by Patricia Fasen, Realtor U.S. mortgage rates dropped for a fifth week, sending home-loan costs down to their lowest point since the week after the presidential election. The likelihood is, with the decreased mortgage rates, people will start looking to build that dream home they’ve been thinking of, regardless of whether they opt […] Read More »

Walk with NAMI Ventura County in the 13th Annual NAMI Ventura County Walk

Last year’s NAMI Walk was attended by hundreds of concerned folks.   by Jennifer Tipton NAMI Ventura will be holding their annual walk on May 6. The NAMI Walk raises awareness about mental health issues and it is also a fundraiser for NAMI Ventura County. The funds raised from the Walk are what makes it […] Read More »

12th Annual Summerfest full of healthy family fun

Friendly, low-key runs encourage youth to start the day with a little physical activity. Photo by Jessica Miranda Photography ­ Mark your calendar to attend Summerfest on Saturday, June 3. You won’t want to miss this 12th annual free family fun celebration of healthy living. Presented by Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) and the Ventura Unified School […] Read More »

Two car collision during Earthday

During Earthday a two car collision on Thompson Blvd. forced an SUV into the corner of the Inn Of Ventura. No one was seriously hurt even though an ambulance was called to the scene. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Read More »

Ventura City Fire responds to structure fire on Main in Downtown

On April 17, at 10am, Ventura City Fire personnel and units responded to multiple reports of a structure fire in the 500 block of Main St. in Downtown. The first arriving unit reported smoke coming from the second story of the two story residential-over-commercial structure. An aggressive, coordinated interior attack allowed knockdown of the main […] Read More »

Heroes amongst us

Emily Benson, MD (VCMC), Hoc Nguyen Van, MD (Vietnam Duc Hospital), Serge Kaska, MD (San Diego), Aubree Goodman (premed student), Ngo Van Toan, MD (Vietnam Duc Hospital), Petros Frousiakis ,MD (CMH ortho resident), Damayea Hargett ,MD (VCMC) and Mary Ragsdale,MD (VCMC). by Jennifer Tipton For one week, this past March five orthopedic surgeons voluntarily traveled […] Read More »

“Spring Bloom” Photo Contest

Cacti can also bloom. Photo by Bernie Goldstein Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) is now accepting entries for its first-ever “Spring Bloom” photo competition. Photographers of all ages and levels are invited to submit their best images of the Gardens (taken this year) for a chance to win. The deadline for submitting photos is Friday, April 28. […] Read More »

Ventura fire crews respond to home fire and aid large canine with CPR though unsuccessful

Just before 11am on Friday morning April 7, a single story residence caught fire in the 2000 Block Anthony Dr. Neighbors reported heavy smoke coming from the attic and no one home. Crews battled the blaze and searched the building. Sadly fire rescue crews located a large dog and performed K9 CPR, however, they were […] Read More »

Ribbon cutting held at the City Center

The Purple Room has been sponsored by the Laubacher family to bring attention to the scourge of domestic violence. On  Thursday, March 16, The City Center Transitional Living, located at  837 E. Thompson Blvd., hosted a ribbon cutting event for The Purple Room. The Purple Room is dedicated to survivors of domestic violence. The Purple […] Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Homicide suspect arrested in Texas

As previously reported on December 4 an on-duty California Highway Patrol sergeant was in the area of Seaward Ave. and Highway 101, when he heard multiple gunshots in the area.  The sergeant began checking the area and found a 27-year-old male suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper body, lying in the roadway on Alessandro […] 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 »

Mike Evans selected as new Facilities and Risk Manager for Channel Islands YMCA

Channel Islands YMCA Association has announced Mike Evans as their new Facilities and Risk Manager. Evans has been certified as a YMCA Team Leader, and was recognized as the Channel Islands YMCA Rookie Director of the Year in 2013. In 2011, he joined the Channel Islands YMCA as the Director of Facilities at the Ventura […] Read More »

November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election Results

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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 »

Suz Montgomery on breast cancer

Suz Montgomery demonstrates strength and determination in a Wonder Woman T-shirt given by her grandchildren. by Lori Harasta, Community Relations Associate for Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association “I’m grateful for the experience of having cancer. It has given me a better quality of life by defining me and what I’m here on this earth to […] Read More »

If you had the chance to circumnavigate the globe in a hand-built plane, would you?

Ryan Shields  meeting an employee of S7 Airlines when he stopped for fuel in Novosibirsk, Russia . by Jenny Guy With the start of 2016, Ventura resident Ryan Shields was faced with this question. And, while the business owner and father of four had reservations about departing from all that he knew to be part […] 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 »

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 »

Professor Scamp presidential pup rally at A Secret Garden Florist Café at 1pm Sunday, Sept. 18

On Sunday, September 18, there will be a pup rally at A Secret Garden Florist Café (981 E. Main, Ventura) at 1pm to officially announce the candidacy for president of Professor Scamp PhD (Pretty happy Dog). The public is encouraged to attend to support Scamp’s run for the Oval Office. Attendees are welcome to bring their dogs, […] Read More »

Back in session

by Elizabeth Rodeno September seems like the beginning of the year for those of us in the educational world. Students from a variety of schools and adults of all ages are passing through our doors. Our monthly HD Camera classes fill up quickly. With his breadth of knowledge, Evan shares the simplicity and secrets of […] Read More »

Baffa’s expedition explored the deep sea off the Southern California coast

Melissa was sure not to read the Breeze underwater while on the remotely operated vehicle Hercules. Melissa Baffa served as a Lead Science Communication Fellow in August 2016 with the Ocean Exploration Trust. It was her second consecutive year sailing on Dr. Robert Ballard’s E/V Nautilus, helping to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) […] Read More »

SOAR or SUSTAIN?

Measures on ballot designed to control land use. Photo by Michael Gordon by Sheli Ellsworth November voters will vote on several city and county measures designed to control land use. One of them is a City of Ventura ordinance supported by Save Our Agricultural Resources aka SOAR, and combines the existing ordinance approved in 1995 with […] 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 »

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 »

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 »

Museum of Ventura County names Elena M. Brokaw to important positions

Sandra Laby, Cheryl Heitmann, Jordan Laby and Elena smiling for the camera at a Ventura 150th anniversary celebration held in April. The Board of Directors of the Museum of Ventura County is pleased to announce that Elena Brokaw will serve as Consultant to the Museum and Interim Executive Director over the next six months. This […] Read More »

Brian Brennan appointed to Ventura Port District Board

  Former Ventura Mayor Brian Brennan has been appointed to the Ventura Port District Board of Commissioners. He succeeds another former Ventura Mayor, Greg Carson, whose term has expired. The Port District operates Ventura Harbor. Still another former Ventura Mayor, Jim Friedman, who serves as chair of the Port District Commission, welcomed Brennan’s appointment. “Having […] Read More »

Grand Theft Investigation and Arrest

Reprinted from a previous issue of the Ventura Breeze In May  the Ventura Police Department Street Crimes Unit began an investigation into reports that two victims’ diamonds had been switched for fake stones by the suspect at his jewelry store. The suspect, identified as 54 year old West Hills resident Ara Ghazarian, is the owner […] 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 »

Shooting leaves one dead

On June 29, at 4:15pm , the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call of a shooting that had just occurred in the 4000 block of East Main Street. When Ventura patrol officers arrived on the scene they located Cameron Miller ,25 year old  Oxnard resident who had been shot and Smith a  21 […] 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

VC to offer Social Media Marketing degree

Ventura College announced its plans to offer a Social Media Marketing degree beginning the fall of 2016. The program was recently approved as a Certificate of Achievement and an Associate in Science degree to provide education and training on how social media has changed the way businesses communicate, including the use of mobile technology to […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation making news

   Robert Beilin and Stephen Kipp are new board members with 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 and a faculty member at California Lutheran University’s Graduate School of Psychology since 2008. In 2003, Dr. […] 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 »

6th Annual Pride Prom of Ventura May 21st at Poinsettia Pavilion

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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 »

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 »

Kensington Foundation hosts 11th Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament

The Kensington Foundation hosted the 11th Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament on Friday, March 18 at Camarillo Springs Golf Course. Golf Professionals from Southern California joined together to support The Kensington Foundation and played for a cash purse. The Kensington Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization, based in Ventura whose mission is to build an in-patient […] Read More »

New Locations to pick up the Breeze

New and even more locations where you can pick up your favorite newspaper the Ventura Breeze Baja Fresh 4726 Telephone Plaza Dental Group  4744 Telephone UPS Store  4744 Telephone 4255 Main Locations My Gym Honey Baked Ham Jenny Craig Elements Nails Super Cuts Round /table Pizza Shells Petals A comprehensive list can be found on our […] Read More »

A May graduation for VCLA

VCLA’s mission is to connect and empower a diverse group of leaders. by Jenny Guy The 35 cohort members of the 2016 Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) will be graduating this May, with a celebration at Ventura City Hall. Founded in 1994 as an initiative of United Way of Ventura County, VCLA’s mission is to […] Read More »

Ventura College holds inaugural Diversity in Culture Festival

Recently Ventura College held its inaugural Diversity in Culture Festival on the Ventura College campus. The event featured a wide variety of cultural performances, art, food and speakers from around the world.  Events included a poetry slam contest featuring Ventura County’s poet laureate Phil Taggart and director Jonathan Carlander presenting his short film on Asperger […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair in the news

Shanté Morgan-Durisseau was one of seven honorees at CSU Channel Islands. The Board of Directors of the 31st District Agricultural Association, better known as the Ventura County Fairgrounds, has elected Bonnie Atmore to the office of President and Director Daniel Long to the office of Vice-President. Atmore is President and CEO of FOODShare, Inc. She […] 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 »

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 »

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 City Fire personnel respond to grass fire along 101 freeway adjacent to railroad tracks

On April 20, at 2:30pm Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a reported grass fire along the 101 freeway adjacent to railroad tracks and an auto mall. Initial arriving units found a wind driven fire, approx 50’x50′, burning quickly through light to medium fuels, and moving South along the right shoulder of the Southbound 101 […] 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 »

County Board of Supervisors honored Ventura County Social Workers in March for National Social Workers Month

March was National Social Workers Month and on March 22 the County Board of Supervisors honored our wonderful Ventura County Social Workers. That’s social worker Staci Brown right behind the green binder. If you would like to become a foster parent, please visit www.fostervckids.org. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Team VFD Firefighters to climb Columbia Center in downtown Seattle, Washington to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

On Feb.20 the Greek Restaurant hosted a fundraiser for Team VFD. Which included a buffet style lunch, Greek dancers, silent auction, raffle prizes and a performance by the Ventura City Firefighters Pipes and Drums. For the fourth year, Team VFD and the Ventura Fire Foundation will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. 14 members […] Read More »

Ventura Legacies and the 150th

Legacy family members Jim and Myron Harrison with Suz Montgomery at CAPSTV.  Photo by Michael Gordon By Elizabeth Rodeno Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the City of Ventura is in the forefront of our minds these days. It’s the countdown to April 2nd for the grand party to be held at Plaza Park and later […] Read More »

Induction ceremony held at Fox Fine Jewelry

Debbie Fox, Spencer Garrett and Bill Hicks are supporters of the Boys and Girls Club. For 78 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura has been serving youth and providing life changing experiences, often for those who need it most. The “Boys” started as the Police Boys Club at the Ortega Adobe on […] Read More »

Four Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP attorneys on Rising Stars list of 2016 Super Lawyers

Four attorneys with Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP have been named to the Rising Stars list of Super Lawyers for 2016. This is a repeat honor for partners Bret Anderson, Jesse Cahill and Douglas Goldwater, and the first recognition for Kymberley Peck, an associate with Ventura County’s largest law firm. The Rising Stars list includes […] 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 »

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 »

Martin R. Erickson named VCTC’s Public Transit Director

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) filled a crucial position today by naming Martin R. Erickson its new Public Transit Director. Erickson will supervise VCTC transit activities. “Martin’s knowledge of local transportation and community issues makes him ideal to address the transit challenges in Ventura County,” said VCTC Executive Director Darren Kettle. Erickson, a Ventura […] Read More »

Catherine Bojorquez joins the Ventura County Community College District as Budget Director

Ventura County Community College District Chancellor Bernard Luskin today announced that Catherine Bojorquez has joined the VCCCD as the Budget Director.  Bojorquez reports directly to Vice Chancellor David Keebler, Business and Administrative Services.  She is responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of the annual budget and reporting the District’s fiscal and student workload information […] 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 »

Apartment project breaks ground

On Feb.11 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new, 173-unit development in Ventura, Parklands Apartments at Wells Road & Telegraph Road. The estimated completed date is March, 2017. In attendance were the developer, construction employees, interested neighbors  and city dignitaries. Speaking to the gathered crowd were City of Ventura Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann and Community […] Read More »

Honor your family with an engraving in granite on the historic Ventura Pier

In celebration of the City of Ventura’s 150th Anniversary, Pier into the Future is offering deckhand engravings at a reduced price of $150 through March 1, 2016. This is a savings of $25 per engraving. Commemorate that special loved one or honor your family with an engraving in granite on the historic Ventura Pier. The $150 donation includes your […] 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 »

Suicide averted on Seaward Bridge

On Feb.3, at 10:50pm, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a 911 call from a citizen reporting a subject standing on Seaward Bridge over the 101 freeway.  Officers arrived on scene and confirmed a male subject was standing on the ledge of the bridge, and he was threatening to jump. The Ventura City Fire […] Read More »

Community members and church leaders came together for “Life Worth Living” breakfast

Community members and church leaders came together Thursday morning, January 29th, at the River Community Church to support the “Life Worth Living” breakfast and information meeting of The City Center Transitional Living. The breakfast was planned and presented by Executive Director Pastor Jim Duran. Some of those in attendance were Stephanie Caldwell, President and CEO […] Read More »

California Attorney General Kamala Harris guest of honor at Ventura County Women's Political Council meeting

California Attorney General Kamala Harris (center) was the guest of honor at the recent annual meeting and board election of the Ventura County Women’s Political Council held at the Pierpont Inn. Harris just announced that she’s running for Barbara Boxer’s US Senate seat. Flanking her are Solair Kargodorian (left) and Thousand Oaks City Council candidate […] Read More »

Ventura College to host fundraiser

The Ventura College Men’s and Women’s basketball teams, along with the Ventura Breakers Youth Basketball Club, will host its 17th annual barbecue fundraiser dinner and games on Saturday, Feb.6. Adult tickets are $15.00. A child ticket (12 and under) is $12.00. Barbecue dinner at the Ventura College Sportsplex will be served from 4:00 to 7 […] Read More »

Ventura College named one of the TOP 150 in the country

Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees, along with Chancellor Bernard Luskin congratulate Ventura College President Greg Gillespie. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program this week named Ventura College one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in […] Read More »

"Darn, I thought

that Santa Clara was much wider then this.” Read More »

Join the Movement! Become a Penny Free Business

The Ventura Breeze has always advocated for the elimination of pennies from our currency. Most people dislike them and feel they don’t add real value for anybody. It is really ridiculous that the government still produces them. Kids don’t even save them anymore – they’re looking for larger denominations these days. Recently  two businesses (in […] Read More »

Chillin’ with VPD Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Members of the Ventura Police Department SWAT unit explain some of the equipment they use. Photo by Daniel Ingram. On Saturday, January 9 the Ventura Police Department, Ventura Police Community Foundation and McConnell’s Ice Cream invited the community to come “Chill with VPD”. The community event was held in the south west parking lot of the […] Read More »

Teacher of deaf and hard-ofhearing students recognized

Attendees at the presentation honoring Hewer included several members of Hewer’s family as well as friends and dignitaries.   On Jan. 6, the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) designated Heather Hewer, instructor for deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) students at Cabrillo Middle School in Ventura, California, as January’s Teacher of the Month. Hewer is responsible […] Read More »

Sports car rescued from storm flooded street

On Jan.6 at 10:36am, Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a report of flooding in the intersection of Main/Mills. Upon arrival they found a sports car partially submerged in the street. The vehicle stalled in the deep water, also disabling the electric windows, leaving them stranded next to a curb storm drain that was creating […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation to award scholarships

Students who receive financial support from VCF tend to have higher completion rates. With its scholarship application deadline on Jan. 24, the Ventura College Foundation (VCF) is welcoming a final flood of applications from Ventura College students who have completed at least 12 units. Foundation officials expect to award more than $400,000 to some 280 […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber of Commerce Student of the Year Awards

At the 19th Annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon, presented by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and held in December the Male Student Of The Year was Justin Lucio who attends Ventura High School. Justin challenges himself by taking a rigorous amount of classwork every semester, earning high marks while also taking classes at the community college […] Read More »

Day Island boat beached on Pierpont shores

Stranded by Cindy Summers Salvaged by Michael Gordon The commercial fishing vessel Day Island that became stranded on Jan.10 at the beach by Woodstock Ln. has been dismantled and removed by the state.   Read More »

To tax or not to tax? That is the question

We need a tax increase By Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko and Deputy Mayor Neal Andrews As 20-foot waves pounded our 143-year-old pier recently, causing damage costing at least half a million dollars to repair, Venturans were reminded of what makes our great city so special, but also very expensive to maintain.  Ventura is a truly […] 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 »

Local writer receives lifetime achievement award

Ventura resident Libby J. Atwater recently received a lifetime achievement award in the field of personal history at the 20th Anniversary Association of Personal Historians, Inc. (APH) Conference. As a journalist and personal historian, Atwater has helped others tell their stories for the past 24 years by writing articles and books as well as recording […] Read More »

emPowering Ventura for safe and efficient homes and businesses

by Karen Helen We have been increasingly concerned about water in these years of drought which has been headlined frequently “over the fold” and on almost every newscast. A lot of Venturans have stepped up and participated in reducing home water usage. What has had less enthusiastic coverage is the energy load and the resources […] Read More »

E.J. Harrison & Sons on regular schedule for trash and recycling Jan. 17-23

E.J. Harrison & Sons will maintain its regular trash and recycling or green waste collection schedule in Ventura and Ojai during the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17-23. For more information, call 647-1414.   Read More »

Jennifer Willis-Teacher of the Month

Teacher at De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts receives recognition The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) named Jennifer Willis — science teacher and Associated Student Body advisor at De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts (DATA) as Teacher of the Month. Willis was recognized for her involvement in, and commitment to, […] Read More »

January celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the main leaders of the American civil rights movement. A Baptist minister by training, King became a civil rights activist early in his career, leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, raising […] Read More »

McCune Foundation awards Social Justice Grants

The ARC of Ventura County was  awarded $15,000 for The Co-Advocates of Ventura County and Project R. Campaigns to boost educational opportunities, create safer streets, and improve working conditions for farm workers will all get a hand up with $340,000 in grants from the McCune Foundation. Fifteen groups in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties received […] Read More »

Ventura Key Club Sock Drive for homeless

Photo by Ranferi Perea Ventura Key Club is a dedicated and passionate community service club at Ventura High School. Club members have been working for several weeks on collecting socks for their latest service project -a Sock Drive to donate socks to the homeless in Ventura to help them stay warm during the winter. Group […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures welcomes entrepreneurs to the WEV Family

WEV’s Ventura County Self-Employment Training graduates proudly display their certificates during ceremony. Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) recently celebrated the accomplishments of 86 women and men who have successfully completed WEV’s Self-Employment Training program during a ceremony held at Montecito County Club.  Twenty-seven of the graduates are from Ventura County and three from Los Angeles County. […] Read More »

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 »

Town Hall Meeting  for Our County, Our Kids

As a foster parent, families can become a link in a lifelong chain. Loving homes can provide the unconditional healing, support and guidance that can help a child and siblings thrive and grow as every child needs. With over 1,000 youth still in need in Ventura County, foster youth from birth to teens especially need […] 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 »

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

While vacationing in Las Vegas this gentleman even read the Breeze while gambling. Because his wife thought that he was at a business convention in Milwaukee he couldn’t show his face or give his name. 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 »

Vol. 9, No. 6 – December 23, 2015 – January 5, 2016 - Answer In A Breeze

Q.   I have seen a notice next to the 101 freeway that A Kaiser is being planned. What will that be? A.   It will be for specialized medicine. The proposed project is to construct a new 72,000 square foot medical office building in two phases and outdoor community spaces to include a community […] Read More »

Ventura City Firefighters thankful for anonymously donated toys

The Ventura City Firefighters would like the thank the generous citizen who anonymously donated these toys at Fire Station 2 for the ‘Spark of Love’ toy drive. We were out of the Station when the toys were dropped off and found them later in the day behind the back fence so we never had the […] Read More »

Free sandbags

Residents may pick up free sand and sandbags at the following City locations (please bring your own shovel): Sanjon Maintenance Yard:  336 Sanjon Road Ventura City Fire Station #1:  717 N. Ventura Avenue Ventura City Fire Station #6:  10797 Darling Road For El Nino preparedness and flood information, including Weather Service links and other helpful […] Read More »

Hotels to host Special Olympics Athletes in Parade of Lights

The Four Points by Sheraton and owner, Joseph Fan celebrate another year as a major sponsor of the Ventura Harbor Village Parade of Lights. As part of the festivities, they will host 120 Special Olympics Athletes, their family members, and chaperones from Ventura County, who will be on board three vessels entered in the parade […] Read More »

Two moms write grant for playground equipment for their babies

by Victoria Usher Betsy and Maritza are two extremely kind and strong mothers who both came up with the idea to write a very specific grant. Pacific High School is a project based learning school. Betsy and Maritza are involved in a project known as SPARK. SPARK is a project where you choose your own […] Read More »

Heavy surf causes local damage

Due to the recent high surf conditions the Ventura Police Department evacuated the few citizens who were on the Ventura Pier and closed it to the public.  The Pier sustained structural damage including wooden pilings, cross-bracings and handrails that were destroyed.  City of Ventura Public Works staff are working with inspectors to evaluate the extent […] Read More »

Opera welcomes promising young vocalists

Opera Santa Barbara will welcome four promising young vocalists for 17 weeks of performances, training, and community events under an expansion of its artist residency program early next year. The company’s new Mosher Studio Artist Program will enable four singers and an apprentice vocal coach to take part in Opera Santa Barbara productions, outreach activities […] Read More »

Harrison installs storm water treatment system

Harrison Industries, one of the oldest and largest privately-owned refuse businesses in the U.S., has installed an innovative new commercial water treatment system for stormwater, at the company’s Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station in Ventura. Taking over four years and more than $1.5 million to develop, the specialized treatment system represents an industry innovation […] Read More »

Founders' Day at Veterans Home of California-Ventura

What a wonderful Founders’ Day it was recently at the Veterans Home of California — Ventura. Not only did the Home celebrate their sixth anniversary, but a moving POW/MIA Memorial and 7000-pound anchor were both dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Administrator Michelle Roulston thanked the Home Depot, Oxnard and the U.S. Naval Base, Ventura for […] Read More »

Santa stops by the Ventura Family YMCA

The Ventura Family YMCA presented their annual Santa Stops by the Y event on December 12.  This was a community event for children to have their photo taken with Santa and the opportunity to participate in fun crafts!  Those attending were asked to bring one unwrapped toy or gift per child to enter. The donations […] Read More »

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

CAPS Media Executive Director Patrick Davidson and cameraman Aaron Cortez interview the Quest brothers for the Mayor for a Moment series in partnership with the City of Ventura City and the VUSD. CAPS Media in 2015 By Elizabeth Rodeno Looking back on 2015 we find an ever larger history and archive of the many and […] Read More »

Chamber honors Venturan’s at Annual Poinsettia Awards luncheon

Ventura Chamber Poinsettia Awards recognizes Ventura’s finest. Photo by Kenny Backer On Thursday, December 10, the Ventura Chamber of Commerce along with their title sponsor Montecito Bank & Trust presented the 19th Annual Poinsettia Awards. This luncheon, attended by more than 300 attendees, recognized individuals and organizations that have truly stood out in our community as […] 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 »

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 Potters' Guild Holiday open house Sun., Dec. 13th

Ventura County Potters’ Guild Gallery Ventura Harbor Village 1567 Spinnaker Drive Suite 105 The Ventura Potters’ Guild is having a Holiday open house, Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 2 – 6 p.m. Handbuilding and wheel demonstrations will take place from 2 – 4:30 by Joe Cervantes, Roe Estep and Kim Mehyre Clarke. Come meet some […] Read More »

Food Forward Seeks fruit donors for local food pantries

During the holiday season, people hurry around buying gifts, cooking feasts, and gathering with friends and loved ones. As individuals are focused on holiday happenings and plans, Food Forward is searching for fruit trees hiding in backyards and waiting to be harvested. Many homes in Ventura County are blessed with abundant fruit trees, and residents […] Read More »

Housing Authority supports County resolution

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) supports the November 10 resolution adopted by the County of Ventura Board of Supervisors calling for an end to veteran homelessness. The HACSB is an active participant in the local affordable housing continuum as both a provider of affordable housing as well as an administrator […] Read More »

Soldiers call it the POW Camps of PTSD

Since 2010 thousands of veterans and their families have walked into the Reins of Hope arenas and found the only safe space they know. Today, service men and women face serious re-integration challenges and traumas that can lead to tragic consequences.  22 veterans a day, on average, take their lives. Reins of Hope is a […] Read More »

The Rotary Clubs to collect and distribute coats and jackets

The Rotary Clubs of Ventura and Ventura South and Four Seasons Cleaners plan to collect and distribute 6,000 coats and jackets of all sizes until December 31 to keep children and adults warm and dry this winter. Collection boxes were distributed to businesses, schools, government centers and public parks in Ventura County the week of November 1. […] Read More »

CMHS promotes Cynthia Fahey to VP of Patient Care Services

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 Chief Nursing Officer. She came to CMHS after serving […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department receives grant

The Ventura Police Department has been awarded a $97,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The Ventura Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways […] 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 »

Local writer receives prestigious award

Ventura resident, forensic handwriting expert Sheila Lowe has received the prestigious Flandrin/Michon Lifetime Achievement Award. Selected by vote, Lowe received the honor at the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation annual conference. A member of the organization since 1977, she is the current president, as well as president of the SoCal chapter, which meets in Ventura. Her […] Read More »

Warming shelter opens in Oxnard

With the opening of Ventura County Winter Warming Shelter in Oxnard, Community Action of Ventura County (CAVC) will be extending the hours of the daily transition center to provide additional access to services during day time hours, when the shelter is closed. The new hours began Thursday, Dec. 3 and the center will be open […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 5 – December 9 - December 22, 2015 – CAPS Chat

CAPS Chat – In your community By Elizabeth Rodeno Things are busy at City Hall. Part of CAPS’ mission is to bring local government to the citizens and provide a place for them to share their views and stories. Do you have something to say? Our members do. Whether it be an announcement of an […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation receives $25,000 contribution

Alan Shattuck, photography student; Dr. Greg Gillespie, Ventura College president; Amy Fonzo, California Resources Corporation; Patty Mazuca, veterans certifying official; Perry B. Martin Jr., Veterans Resource Center liaison and Anthony Castillo, president of the VC Veteran’s Club receiving large contribution. California Resources Corporation celebrated Veteran’s Day and the one-year anniversary of the Ventura College Veterans […] Read More »

Celebration held to dedicate Gary Channer’s new memorial site

Patti Channer, Joe Cahill, Executive Director/VBG speaking, Leah Filonuk, Kathi Filonuk (Gary’s sister), Patti’s sister Kathleen Morris, niece Stacia Nadelman and cousin Marilyn Hefferen attended the very special occasion. On May 17, 2013 Dr. Gary Channer passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his wife, Patti at the young age of 66. Gary, the middle […] Read More »

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy names Derek Poultney as Executive Director

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) has named Derek Poultney as its new executive director. Poultney, who has served as VHC’s conservation manager for the past six years, has a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from CSU-Fullerton and brings more than a decade of land trust experience to the 12 year-old nonprofit conservancy organization. “The […] 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 »

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 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 »

The greatest threat facing humanity

Ahead of the historic United Nations conference in Paris on climate change, join the Ventura Sierra Club in a call to immediate action on the greatest threat facing humanity, climate change. November 29, at 1pm, community leaders and local politicians will gather on the steps of Ventura City Hall to demand the transition to 100% clean energy […] Read More »

General Magnaplate faces potential federal lawsuit for illegal storm water discharges

The Environmental Defense Center (“EDC”) and Keller Rohrback L.L.P. has notified Ventura global coating company General Magnaplate of EDC’s intent to sue the company for allegedly operating its electroplating facility in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. The notice letter alleges that the facility is illegally discharging storm water containing pollutants, including zinc and aluminum, into the […] Read More »

Public safety letter regarding Regent Properties La Viera project

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Registration for Corporate Games can start now

by Eric Burton, Ventura Corporate Games Director Registration officially opens on January 11 for the 2016 Ventura Corporate Games, but you can reserve your spot now! The registration and event selection form — easy to fill, save and send — plus all the essential information for 2016 are now online at www.venturacorporategames.org. I look forward to welcoming […] Read More »

National Family Volunteer Day celebration in Ventura Nov. 21

When: Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9am – 11am Where: Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli, front steps National Family Volunteer Day will be celebrated in the city of Ventura with local families performing Acts of Kindness. As part of the City of Ventura’s 150th anniversary events, Mayor Cheryl Heitmann is asking community members to perform A Million Acts […] Read More »

Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation recognizes local teacher

On Oct. 28, the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) named Mrs. Patricia “Trisha” Lewis, third-grade teacher at Portola Elementary School in Ventura, October’s Teacher of the Month. VCEF board member, Pattie Braga, along with elected representatives and members of the business community, presented Lewis with a plaque to commemorate the award. Lewis has 30 years of teaching experience […] Read More »

2015 Adoption and Foster Care Fair at Pacific View Mall

by Veronica Johnson On National Adoption Day, which is Saturday November 14th, the Ventura Superior Court is sponsoring the 2015 Adoption and Foster Care Information Fair with the goal of educating the public and providing interaction with families who are interested in adopting or becoming foster parents. Foster VC Kids, a division of the County of […] Read More »

Fundraiser held for Ventura Botanical Gardens

On Sunday, Oct. 5, the Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) annual “Grow Your Garden” fundraiser brunch was held in Grant Park. The nearly 500 guests who attended the brunch, prepared by Seasons Catering, were given the option of either hiking the trail up to the lunch area or riding shuttles from the City Hall parking lot […] Read More »

FACE OF VENTURA AWARDS - Elizabeth Cornejo - Local immigrant pays it forward

FACE OF VENTURA AWARDS by Sheli Ellsworth Ventura’s Unsung Heroes sponsored by Jordan and Sandra Laby and painted by Johanna Spinks While Americans heard about the Sandinista Revolution and the Contra War on the nightly news, Elizabeth Cornejo heard the explosions with her own ears.  “I would lie in bed at night listening to bombs. I grew […] Read More »

Ribbon cutting held at YMCA

Photos by John Ferritto On November 6, The Ventura Family YMCA celebrated the grand opening of their 4,000 sq. ft. full-size outdoor basketball court, 1,700 sq. ft. outdoor workout space, and a 1,000 sq. ft. play area for their Children’s Corner with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Members had asked for more outdoor workout spaces and […] Read More »

News from Community Memorial Hospital

Standardizing care in local skilled nursing facilities was the goal of a two-day training program in which Community Memorial Health System nurses and other staff members participated on Sept. 22-23. Nurses and staff members of the following local skilled nursing facilities also participated in the program, Victoria Care Center, Coastal View Healthcare Center, Ventura Convalescent […] Read More »

The Future of Energy: Energy & the Environment presented in Ventura

On Oct. 14 the Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties hosted The Future of Energy: Energy & the Environment which brought industry professionals, local leaders and community members together to explore the complex issues of energy production, renewable resources and responsible energy use in California held at the Crowne Plaza Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau is committed

Brook’s student Alex Kay is getting access to publishing opportunities and exposure through the VVCB. The Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) is committed to engaging community partners in order to develop meaningful relationships that benefit the community. Over the past year, VVCB has focused its efforts to actively seek out opportunities to strengthen its […] Read More »

ISLAND PACKER’S MARINE SIGHTINGS

TOTALS FOR OCTOBER 2015: Gray Whales: 0 Humpback Whales: 30 Blue Whales: 1 Orca Whales: 0 Minke Whales: 0 Fin Whales: 2 Common Dolphin: 18,564 Dahl’s Porpoise: 7 Risso’s Dolphin: 405 Bottlenose Dolphin: 722 Pacific White Sided Dolphin: 423 Sea Turtle: 1 White Shark: 1 Read More »

BRAVO seeking nominations for eight extraordinary women

BRAVO is the annual awards luncheon of the Ventura County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-VC). To be held on Friday, April 1st, 2016 NAWBO shines the spotlight on outstanding business women of Ventura County, honoring them for their vision and perseverance, which is creating a brighter future for women business owners and women-led […] 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 »

Ventura Family YMCA Sportsplex grand opening event and spooky Halloween

Get ready for 3 on 3 when Sportsplex is ready for play after grand opening The Ventura Family YMCA is inviting the entire community to the grand opening of their outdoor Sportsplex and Children’s Corner area on Friday, November 6, from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  The celebration kick-off begins with a ribbon cutting by the Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy needs volunteers

On Sat., November 14th, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host a community tree planting party at the Big Rock Preserve near Foster Park to help kick-off the City of Ventura’s 150th birthday. VHC invites volunteers and community leaders to join them from 9 a.m. – 12 noon along the Ventura River Parkway to help […] Read More »

CAPS Chat - El Camino High School in an internship program

By Elizabeth Rodeno CAPS has the great opportunity to work with students from El Camino High School in an internship program. The students are producing their own television news show. They have learned the fine art of studio production. It is great to see them focused on building the set, checking the lighting and researching […] 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 »

Reel Anglers Guppy Outdoor Program Launch

Reel Anglers Fishing Show invites to all to attend the launch of their “Reel Guppy Outdoor Program” launch and program presentation on Thursday, October 29 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Pizza Man Dan’s located at 1601 Victoria Ave. in Oxnard. Throughout the evening, an informational presentation about the new and upcoming program will be given […] Read More »

Thirty-eight years of bringing great tennis and heath to Ventura

Joanne is definitely committed to her game. The Pierpont Racquet Club is celebrating 38 years in the Racquet Sports & Fitness Industry this October. The Club has been a second home to so many in our community. Many of their current members who grew up here as little kids, are now raising families and making […] Read More »

Foster VC Kids of Ventura County hosted Statewide

Foster VC Kids Elisa Carreno –Resource Liaison, Angelina McCormick-Soll , Foster Home Recruitment, Development, & Support Specialist,Alison Young Placement Stability & Support Division Clerical Supervisor,Elizabeth Thasiah Foster Home Recruitment, Development, & Support Specialist, Cynthia Hutchison  Caregiver Support Coordinator, and  Victoria Gonzales Foster Home Recruitment and Support Specialist Jordan and Sandra Laby  told the Breeze “We […] Read More »

Local engineer writes book on our water crisis

Mohammed Hasan is the principal engineer and owner of Hasan Consultants, a civil and environmental engineering firm based in Ventura. He holds dual M.S. degrees from the University of Iowa. He’s a licensed professional engineer in California and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He’s also a leadership fellow of the American […] Read More »

Grand Jury Speakers Bureau

The County of Ventura Grand Jury is an all-volunteer group serving as an independent agent of the public to investigate complaints from the public pertaining to government agencies in our community.    Is your organization interested in hearing about these investigative duties and procedures?  The Grand Jury Speakers Bureau is available to educate the public in […] Read More »

CATCH project receives second year funding

The Ventura County Health Care Agency’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Access to Community Health (CATCH) project has been awarded a second year of funding through the Health Care Innovations Award (HCIA) program in the amount of $1.3 million from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). The total grant award is $4.1 million […] Read More »

Robotic Surgery to Treat Endometriosis focus of seminar

The role of da Vinci robotic surgery to treat endometriosis – a disease in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of it – will be the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Edwin Ramirez, M.D., who specializes in obstetrics […] Read More »

The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation honors teacher

The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) named John Williamson, of the Academy of Technology and Leadership at Saticoy (ATLAS) in Ventura, September’s Teacher of the Month. VCEF board member, Pattie Braga, along with elected representatives and members of the business community, presented Williamson with a plaque to commemorate the award on Sept. 30. Williamson […] Read More »

Reserve a spot for Ventura Corporate Games now

by Eric Burton, Ventura Corporate Games Director Registration officially opens on January 11 for the 2016 Ventura Corporate Games, but you can reserve your spot now! The registration and event selection form — easy to fill, save and send — plus all the essential information for 2016 are now online at www.venturacorporategames.org. I also invite […] Read More »

StoryFest well attended in spite of the high temperature

Publisher Sheldon was one of the readers to the kids On Saturday, October 10 the ninth annual StoryFest was held in the beautiful park area at Ventura Unified School District Education Service Center located on Stanley Ave. This free event featured story-telling, book giveaways, musical activities, Truckfest (an opportunity for children to get up close […] 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 »

Ventura Outrigger Canoe Club heads to World Championship

Hokuloa Outrigger Canoe Club, a Ventura competitive paddling club, is sending their top men’s crew to compete in the prestigious 2015 Moloka’i Hoe international outrigger canoe race on Sunday, October 11. The Moloka’i Hoe race is a challenging 41 mile open water paddle competition held annually in Hawai’i. This year marks the 63rd crossing with […] Read More »

Once a hardware store now a library

New beautiful, state-of-the-art library in Saticoy. On September 26 the Ventura County Library system held a Grand Opening celebration for the new Saticoy Library located at 1292 Los Angeles Ave. right off of Wells Dr. This is the location of the old Saticoy Hardware building which had remained vacant for many years. The Saticoy Library […] Read More »

FOTM fundraising dinner another huge success

VIP reception sponsors Sandra and Jordan Laby. Photos by Naancy Heydorn Four Points by Sheraton was the scene on Friday, September 18 of Focus on the Masters’ annual FUNdraising dinner presented by Cumulus Media.  The al fresco VIP pre-dinner reception was generously underwritten by Jordan and Sandra Laby, longtime supporters of FOTM. The theme of […] Read More »

Project Understanding Shining Star Awards

Jann Huling shared Board Member of the Year award By Veronica Johnson The annual Project Understanding Shining Star Awards was held Thursday, September 17th, at the Poinsettia Pavilion. Awards are given out in recognition for outstanding community volunteers, partners, staff, and board for 2015. Awards went out to Administration Volunteer Laura Moline, Tender Life Volunteer […] Read More »

GUEST COLUMNIST - Ventura hillside resident in favor of proposed Regent Properties Development

By Cris A. Sabo Ventura Breeze guest columnist Mr. Robert Chianese in his article entitled: “New policies to keep Ventura number one” stated that the proposed Regent Properties development on Ventura Hillsides is somehow an “assault on the hills”, is “too risky” and would “destroy the character and environment of our hillsides panorama and blights […] Read More »

CMHS offers patients many things

Community Memorial Hospital is now performing a procedure that implants a new, miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure. The CardioMEMS HF System is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device that has been proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure. The CardioMEMS HF System […] Read More »

Vita Art Center presents Catherine Tirr

Catherine Tirr was born in England and studied fine art at Chelsea School of Art and design in London  She was awarded the Stowells Trophy at London’s Royal Academy of Art, in London. She relocated to the U.S. on a scholarship to Cranbrook Art Academy, Michigan.  Her move to New York City was followed by […] Read More »

FOOD Share launches “Spoon FULL a Day” pledge in recognition of Hunger Action Month in September

Every little bit helps.  With just a “Spoon Full a Day,” every business, individual, and family has the capacity to help close the hunger gap in Ventura County.  During the month of September, FOOD Share, Ventura County’s regional food bank, asks everyone to observe Hunger Action Month by taking the “Spoon Full a Day” pledge […] 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 »

There are stories all around us

CAPS is working with teacher Suz Montgomery and her class of seniors. By Elizabeth Rodeno It’s back to school, whether it be Ventura College, Foothill High School or El Camino High, our neighbors here on Day Road. We invite those students, in fact all Ventura’s students, to come by, sign up to volunteer and learn […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair closes with attendance increase

The Unforgettables Big Band had the standing room only crowd dancing the afternoon away. The Ventura County Fair’s Board of Directors, management, and staff are proud to report a successful 2015 Fair. Celebrating the best of the best from throughout Ventura County, the 140th edition closed with strong numbers in all categories. Visitors came from […] Read More »

3-D printing limitless possibilities and available for free

Article and photo by Richard Lieberman The spotlight is on 3-D printing, a technology that has been emerging since engineers in the 1980’s produced working models, and since then the printers have undergone refinements and technological improvements that have brought the devices to the general public. Schools are getting 3-D printers, Small businesses are putting […] Read More »

Ojai News & Events

It’s not too late to submit an art grant proposal to the City of Ojai for 2016. The deadline for submission for the City of Ojai Arts Commission’s 2016 Art Grants program is 5 p.m. on September 14. Proposals may be submitted at Ojai City Hall. This year the Commission has been allotted $20,000 for […] Read More »

Boogie Nite 5k raises $ 7,000 for Buenaventura High School

The recently finished Boogie Nite 5k race series raised $ 7,000 for Buenaventura High School athletes. Coaches, Melissa and Aaron provided enthusiastic student athletes to this 10-week event as volunteers. Runners and walkers came from as far as Somis and Ojai to participate, and the weather was perfect. Jim and Melissa Avrea of Aloha Steak […] Read More »

Ventura County Library is pleased to open new location

Ventura County Library is excited to announce completion of the newest branch in Saticoy. The current location at 11426 Violeta St. will close its doors one last time at 6 p.m. on August 20th, 2015. The new location at 1292 Los Angeles Ave will open for business on August 29th, 2015 with a Grand Opening […] Read More »

Larry Garcia looks forward to his woodworking projects

Larry Garcia and George Harrison, General Manager of Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station. Larry Garcia has retired. He served as the Human Resources-Safety Director at Harrison Industries from 1986-1998 before moving over to Gold Coast Recycling Center & Transfer Station, where he has served as Human Resources-Safety Director for the past 17 years. We’re […] Read More »

Storytelling a great success for enthusiastic kids

CAPS Chat By Elizabeth Rodeno CAPS Digital Storytelling Summer 2015 was a great success. Not only did we have 30 enthusiastic kids, we had a group of happy parents and grandparents, some very tired interns and three instructors who let the kids make their magic. We had three great weeks of edutainment. Our news casters […] Read More »

Pig Tales: A Swine Day at the Track

By Mira Reverente It seemed like another day at the track. The “track stars” suited up, warmed up, hydrated and ate. Then four of them toed the start line in numbered jerseys, waiting for the starting gun. Then off they went around the 75-foot-long track, cheered by adoring fans. Meet the adorable track stars – […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department recognized for service to the Fair

Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney accepted the award. Portrait from the Face Of Ventura painted by Johanna Spinks. The Ventura County Fair Board of Directors and management presented the Ventura Police Department with the Western Fairs Association Blue Ribbon Award. This award is presented to organizations that have demonstrated a long term commitment to the success of […] Read More »

Diesel Technology Program at Ventura College

A partnership was formed on August 11th as the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees approved an action to establish a new Diesel Technology Program at Ventura College under a five-year, $900,000 agreement between Ventura College, Ventura College Foundation, and Gibbs Truck Centers. Chair Dianne McKay, Chancellor Bernard Luskin, and the Board of […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship award winners

The Ventura Police Officers Association (VPOA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 12th 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 history to die in the line of duty. In […] Read More »

Local woodcarver created the wooden copy of future saint

Foto: Besides in front of City Hall Father Junipero Serra hangs out in the atrium at City Hall When Pope Francis’ announced that Father Junipero Serra, would be canonized it was welcomed by some and condemned by local Chumash leaders. Serra personally founded nine of the 21 missions that exist along the California coast, the […] Read More »