Opinion/Editorial

Vol. 10, No. 3 - Nov 8 - Nov 21, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  As you probably know, the State has mandated that Ventura selects councilmembers by districts, and not at-large. The City Council is working to make this happen. I certainly agree that more racial diversity on the council is important. But I do not agree with those appearing at City Council meetings saying that they are […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 2 - Oct 25 - Nov 7, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  The Public is Invited to meet Ventura Water’s new General Manager Kevin Brown on Nov. 2, 5:30- 6:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St. An opportunity to learn more about our water situation and plans for the future. Lake Casitas, which supplies water to the Ojai Valley […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze celebrates 10 years providing hometown news

• WOW, WOW and WOW! Pinch me – it can’t be true that we just completed our tenth year of publication. Our first issue, on Oct.24, 2007, is shown on this cover. Besides not knowing anything about the newspaper business when Staci Brown and I launched the Ventura Breeze, we didn’t know if Venturans would […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No.1 – Oct 11 - Oct 24, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

• WOW, WOW and WOW! Pinch me – it can’t be true that we just completed our tenth year of publication. Our first issue, on Oct.24, 2007, is shown on this cover. Besides not knowing anything about the newspaper business when Staci Brown and I launched the Ventura Breeze, we didn’t know if Venturans would […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 26 – Sept 27 - Oct 10, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

• As a reminder, our web site www.venturabreeze.com has a lot of additional content and goodies, plus some interesting information about some of our ‘Staff”. •The latest internet rumor had a rogue planet, dubbed either Nibiru or Planet X, striking the Earth on Sept. 23, wiping out mankind. It’s not the first time Nibiru has […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 25 - Sept 13 - Sept 26, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

• In this issue we have an article which states, “The California Office of Traffic Safety is again announcing that September is “California Pedestrian Safety Month.” This campaign began last year in response to the rising number of pedestrians being killed and injured on California roadways.” It is amazing watching people (not just teenagers) cross […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 24 – Aug 30 - Sept 12, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  KPPQ CAPS Radio (KPPQLP, FM 104.1) is hosting an open house and community information discussion on Wednesday October 4th at 6pm at the CAPS Media Center at 65 Day Road. Everyone interested in community radio is invited to tour the center and join the exchange of programming ideas and direction for the radio station. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 23 – Aug 16 - Aug 29, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  Regarding the Ventura County Fair, I was glad to see that Harbor Blvd. was left open as an accessible route to the Fair this year. Never did understand why traffic was diverted at Sanjon .So much easier to just take Harbor all the way through. Odd to me why folks attending the concerts (or […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 22 – Aug 2 - Aug 15, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

These are the type of nearby (including the original Museum) buildings that should have guided the design of the addition to the Museum. •  In this issue we have an article regarding the funding for the Museum to keep it “alive”. Elena Brokaw Interim Executive Director has commented that the museum gets 390 paid visitors […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 21 – July 19 – Aug 1, 2017 – Opinion/Editorial

•  My talk-interview radio show on KPPQLP Ventura (104.1FM) can now be listened to at www.venturabreeze.com “Face of Ventura” (top left). I know that the station is low wattage (not to interfere with other nearby FM stations), so some of you have had a difficult time hearing it so here is your chance. Find out […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 20 – July 5 - July 18, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  At a recent City Council meeting, one of the council members didn’t say a single word during the deliberation of an item to be voted on. When it was his time to vote, he said no without comment, which is his prerogative. This bothers me. I think the citizens, need to know what councilmembers […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 - July 4, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  In a future issue we will have an article about the “controversy” of the City having two golf courses that are costing Ventura a lot of money to maintain. A few of my friends who play golf told me that if these two courses allowed players to only use 9-holes that more people would […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 18 – June 7 - June 20, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  Recently, Venturan’s were surprised when California St. was closed for the day between Poli and Main, for what appeared to be a private party. They were even more surprised when they found out that it was due to filming an ad for Pokemon Go. There was little warning that the streets would be closed […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 – June 6, 2017 – Opinion/Editorial

•  I sincerely thank all of you who have reached out to my wife Diane and I regarding the loss of Scamp. We have received emails, phone calls and even sympathy cards in the mail. Many of them came from people who have never met us or Scamp. This has meant a lot to us […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 16 – May 10 - May 23, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  I know that I have written a little about this but actually making the decision that Scamp’s life no longer had any meaning to him was one of the most difficult and agonizing decisions (and writing this) that I have ever had to make. Fortunately, I didn’t need to make it alone. We basically […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 15 – April 26 - May 9, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  I want to congratulate the new members of the Measure O Citizens Oversight Committee. With the passage of Measure O last November an oversight committee was required to review the new revenues and to recommend expenditures for the new funds. Ventura’s half-cent sales tax oversight board received close to 70 applications for seven spots. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 14 – April 12 – April 25, 2017 – Opinion/Editorial

•  I have been asked why we didn’t include April fool gags in our last issue like we’ve done in past years’ issues (that has gotten me in so much trouble). Because Scamp announced that he is very sick and won’t be with us for much longer, I didn’t want readers to think that this […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 13 – March 29 - April 11, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•   Local CAPSTV has a new low wattage FM station KPPQLP (104.1FM) that I have a show on called the Face Of Ventura. On my first show I interviewed Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko. It airs on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10am and Wednesday at midnight if you can’t sleep. It has a range of […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 12 – March 15 - March 28, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•   On our cover is an article about the firing of Ventura Unified School District head Dr. Babb. I had one occasion to meet him when I contacted him after his hiring and we met in his office at the school district HQ. We had a nice conversation and I told him of several articles […] Read More »

Racism Riles Residents: One OPINION  

A recent meeting was held at school district headquarters to discuss racism concerns. by Sheli Ellsworth Since the January 13 tweet by two Buena High School students containing altered images of themselves holding nooses around two black men, the community has erupted in protest. The school district is fielding phone calls, the students are facing […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 10 – February 15 - February 28, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  Behind City Hall is a property referred to as 505 Poli St. It has housed a variety of uses since it was acquired by the City in 2006 from the County for $3.64 million. The purchase included the significant adjacent parking and the 9.95 acres that is currently leased to the Ventura Botanical Gardens. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 9 – February 1 - February 14, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  In this issue, (see cover) we have an article about some very exciting new construction projects in the city and there are more happening soon. I think that this is very important for Ventura for several reasons; These projects are what “we” in the industry (my background) call “type V projects” meaning that they […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 8 – January 18 - January 31, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•   The “MY VENTURA” city brochure that is mailed to your home by the City includes many wonderful city events, services, art classes, tours and more for the entire family (including dogs), so be sure to check it out and participate in some of the great classes/seminars. •   In this issue, we have an article […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 7 – January 4 - January 17, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•   Just a few of the more notable Ventura events in 2016. There were certainly a lot more, so sorry if I missed some of the more important ones. Museum of Ventura County temporally closes galleries (will re-open in a few days) Ventura County Fair has record attendance Midtown parking structure completed by the new […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 6 – December 21, 2016 - January 3, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  Happy Chanukah (starts Dec. 24), Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our wonderful Breeze readers. The years go by much too quickly. •  Wishing Carl Morehouse, first elected to the Ventura City Council in 1999, all the best in his “retirement” from the City Council. Maybe now he will have time […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 5 – December 7 - December 20, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  This is the first time that I’ve placed an opinion letter (sent to our Mailbox) in my column. But I feel that this is an important enough topic to get your comments regarding the Electoral College, which I commented about it in our last issue. Would love to hear from more of you. Sheldon […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 – November 9 – November 22, 2016 – Opinion/Editorial

Foto: “Being a judge at the Halloween dog costume competition at the Harbor was very difficult because they were all soooo cute (photos in next issue)”     I want to thank all of the candidates that ran for the Ventura City Council and Ventura School Board. Wanting to serve in these positions is based […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 4 – November 23 - December 6, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   Congratulations to Christy Weir and Cheryl Heitmann for being elected to another term on the City Council and to Matt LaVere (who received the most votes) for being elected to the Council for the first time. They are all good choices, and should serve us well. And, kudos also go to School Board winner’s […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 – November 9 - November 22, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  I want to thank all of the candidates that ran for the Ventura City Council and Ventura School Board. Wanting to serve in these positions is based upon making a contribution to Ventura and certainly not motivated by the small “salaries” that they receive. The election results were too late for this issue but […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 2 – October 26 - November 8, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  I thought that this was a done deal with the decision made last year – by a lower court ruling -turning down a lawsuit brought by Ventura Realty & Investment Co against the City and CMH in the Fall of 2014. Ventura Realty & Investment appealed the court’s decision to the 2nd District Court […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 1 – October 12 - October 25, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

Partial cover of our first issue. •  The Ventura Breeze celebrates another year. This is number nine for the Breeze, – our first issue was Oct. 24, 2007. When Staci Brown and I launched the Breeze, we didn’t know if Venturans would accept a very locally focused newspaper or if Ventura needed one. It turns […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 26 – September 28 – October 11, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   I’m very saddened by the passing of Sandra Laby as a friend, a spirit, an inspiration, a contributor to the arts and to the lives of so many. She will be very-very missed (Sometimes life sucks) •   With this issue, we have included statements from five (one was in last issue) of the ten […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 25 – September 14 – September 27, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•    I stated that I was done talking about the closing of Brook’s Institute, but I lied. I’m not going to be critical, just factual. And, I am actually not as riled up as I was originally. On Monday Sept. 12, at the City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Watkins made an excellent presentation to […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 24 – August 31 – September 13, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  In our last issue, I commended Neal Andrews for having the courage of his convictions – because of his displeasure with the Republican National Committee he decided to stop being an active member. Some readers had a problem with me saying that because they thought I was siding with his concerns, which I wasn’t. […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 23 – August 17 – August 30, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  Very sad, but not at all surprising, Brooks Institute is closing down. The City and building landlords might have gotten overly excited that Brooks was moving downtown. A closer examination, though, would have shown that Brooks has been in serious condition for several years with a declining student enrollment that could hardly support what […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 22 – August 3 – August 16, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  On Saturday, Sunday and Monday (right before our issue is printed and distributed on Wednesday) Alfred J. Lewis, the Breeze’s Graphic Artist from Studio Nothing, lays out the paper and, as always, makes it look wonderful. On the Friday, before our July 20 issue, we had a scare. Alfred called me and asked me […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 21 – July 20 – August 2, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  I want to thank the Ventura County Fair for placing their flyer in this issue of the Breeze. Always a great event and very fun and rewarding way to spend a day, or two. •  We are pleased to introduce our new “Real Estate Showcase” page in this issue featuring property listings from local […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 20 – July 6 – July 19, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  In our last issue, I commented about the abundant amount of microbreweries in Ventura. I said that I don’t like beer, but I don’t like chocolate either so maybe (maybe?) I’m just strange. Most people like both of them. •  Because of the demolition work being done at the corner of Thompson Blvd. and […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 19 – June 22 – July 5, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

■  You will have  noticed that this issue is in full color. And, it has upgraded paper which enables us to deliver more vibrant ads and higher quality photos to our readers. We have wanted to transition to this format for quite some time now, but to do so required two things….. great support from […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 18 – June 8 – June 21, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  In our last issue I had the following comments regarding a Ventura’s Historical Preservation Committee‘s vote. I have more to say about this. “On May 23 Ventura’s Historical Preservation Committee, by a 3-2 vote, decided that the building at 567 Sanjon (most recently Joes Crab Shack and previously the Chart House) is not historically significant. […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 17 – May 25 – June 7, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   On May 23 the Ventura City Council voted (6-0 Tracy was absent) to put a half-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot. If approved the tax would provide approximately $10.8 million annually for the next 25 years. A seven-member oversight committee would be appointed by the Council and would make recommendations on how […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 16 – May 11 – May 24, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   I don’t usually put a letter to the editor in my column but thought that this was important enough to respond to. To the Governor I am amazed at the monthly denial that your editorials have of the crime and homeless situation we have in Ventura. I myself was attacked and suffered a broken […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 15 – April 27 – May 10, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   I still see many signs saying “SAVE OUR HILLSIDES” opposing the proposed Regent Properties hillside development. Asking the City Council to “reject pre-screen application.” It is time for those opposed to the development to make new signs. The City Council approved Regent’s pre-screen application several months ago. It is now up to Regent to […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 14 – April 13 – April 26, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   Have you ever wanted to know the who, what, when, where, why and how of police operations? The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy answers all your questions. 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 »

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

To celebrate Ventura’s 150th Amber Hansen asked a few Venturan’s why they like living here. Matt LaVere I was born and raised in Ventura, and I’m blessed to be able to raise my own family here as well. Ventura has great beaches, parks, schools and is truly a family-friendly city. And not only does Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 13 – March 30 – April 12, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   I hope that you enjoy our special coverage of Ventura’s 150th Anniversary in this issue. There will be several events coming up to celebrate the anniversary (mentioned in this issue) so be sure to attend them. •   A little information about Ventura that you will probably find very interesting (or not): Coordinates: 34°16′30″N 119°13′40″W […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 12 – March 16 – March 29, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  On March 12 an official ground breaking was held at the proposed Kellogg Park located on the Westside of Ventura on Ventura Ave. (more about this in the next issue of the Breeze). Even though I commend the many people who have worked extremely hard to get this park on the Westside I really […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 11 – March 2 – March 15, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   We have an article in this issue about the passing of Jim Mangis. Even though I didn’t see him often, I considered him a friend. That was just his personality, all who met him felt this way because he cared and was so genuine. I last saw him a few weeks ago at a […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 10 – February 17 – March 2, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  Congratulations to Ventura Breeze Senior Account Executive Breezy Gledhill who is celebrating her 6-year anniversary with us. I knew she’d be a wonderful addition when she told me that her nickname has been “Breezy” her entire life. I didn’t make her change it as some have thought. •  This November’s elections is shaping up […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 9 – February 3 – February 16, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   The Ventura City Council has voted against (7-0) medical marijuana businesses and the delivery of medical marijuana in Ventura. This is in keeping with other county cities. Cities have until March 1 to set their own laws before State regulations take effect. Neal Andrews and Carl Morehouse were part of the 7-0 vote but […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   I want to wish Ventura Breeze writer Pam Baumgardner a speedy recovery from her full right knee replacement surgery. I’m sure she will be shooting hoops again above city hall very soon. I also wish my lovely wife Diane (who needs to put up with me) a happy birthday on Jan.20. •   I certainly […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 7 – January 6 – January 19, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

  •   Some reflections from previous articles we ran in 2015. Our April Fools issue was a great success because some people are still mad at me about the fake articles. CMH new hospital construction moving right along and construction started on the new hospital parking structure. Proving that concerned citizens can make a difference, […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 6 – December 23, 2015 – January 5, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   I want to wish all of our wonderful readers, advertisers and my incredible staff a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It has been another wonderful year of bringing Ventura’s news and information to all of you. •   The Ventura Pier was severely damaged by the current high waves and the repair could […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 5 – December 9 - December 22, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

•  These will be my last words (promise) regarding the proposed Regent hillside development until further action is taken – which won’t happen for a long time. As you know, I support this project and have stated my reasons why in previous issues, so I won’t go into that further. It will be exciting and […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 4 – November 25 – December 8, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

•   What still frustrates me is that those in favor of, and against, the Regent 55-unit hillside project appear to not understand that the specific drawings submitted have not been approved by the Planning Commission. And, they will not be approved by the City Council even if the council votes to proceed with the prescreen. […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 3 – November 11 – November 24, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

As stated in our cover article the Planning Commission (with a 5-1 vote) has approved the “prescreen” of the proposed 55-unit hillside development by Regency Properties. They also recommended that the City Council allow the “prescreen” to proceed at the CC Nov.30 meeting. I’m certain that on Nov. 30 the City Council will also vote […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 2 – October 28 – November 10, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

•  There are new 25 MPH signs on Poli St. to reduce driving speeds. Because it is a quicker way to travel East and West, the street is used more like a highway then a residential street. In fact, it is used by a lot of people after downtown bars close. There is less chance […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 1 – October 14 – October 27, 2015 - Opinion/Editorial

This is a very early design rendering of the proposed apartment units to be built on the “Triangle” lot mentioned in our last issue. • We have an opinion piece in this issue from Lynne Hiller that, in part, states “Ventura needs to grow its tax base, and building higher-level or luxury homes adds people […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

• As detailed in a recent issue of the Breeze, there has been great controversy over the potential opening of a strip club on Market St. Even though millions (it seemed like) of citizens showed up at a City Council meeting in opposition to the club, they could not stop it from opening because it […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 25 – September 16 – September 29, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

Scamp’s cousin Dolce Vita wishes you a happy Jewish New Year 5776 and Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jewish people starting at sundown on Sept. 22 . I received this email from Elizabeth Kirmo. “Dear Sheldon, Sending you this note just in case you haven’t heard what’s happening (proposed not happening […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 24 – September 2 – September 15, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

~ In this issue, we have Unsung Hero portrait number 3 in our current series. I want to thank Sam, the owner of the Rhumb Line restaurant, for being such a gracious host at the luncheon and our waitress Heather for taking such good care of us. Wonderful food and the best view in Ventura watching the boats go by day or night. ~ Five portraits from […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 23 - August 19 – September 1, 2015 - Opinion/Editorial

In a recent article, I stated “…and speaking of the bible, I thought it was pretty impressive launching a paper while in my seventies, but Noah built a 40 foot boat, with 3 levels when he was 630 years old. And without power tools. What a show-off.” There was a typo, any 630-year old could […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 15 - April 29–May 12, 2015 - Opinion/Editorial

• I am very concerned about what Ventura will look like as a result of people not watering their lawns. I have already seen streets where there are 4-6 homes in a row whose front yards are now dirt and weeds. And shortly, it is likely these residents will be parking cars and trucks on […] Read More »

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