News and Notes

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 lease […] 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 Can […] 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 average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 3.97 percent, down from 4.08 percent last week and the lowest since November, Freddie Mac said in […] 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. 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 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

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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 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 »