News and Notes

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »


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. For this reason, the Ventura Police […] 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 at the time […] 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. Two agencies, […] 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 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

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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 storm water treatment system 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 that combines […] 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 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 »


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 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

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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 »

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