Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 – June 6, 2017 – Library Events

E.P. Foster Library

A California Native Plant Society Lecture 6/20 Tuesday @ 7-9pm .Tarja Sader “Studies of a National Park Botanist” presented by the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter.

E.P. Needlecraft and Fiber Arts Club
6/8 & 22 Thursdays @ 10:30am
Get together with makers from all across the fiber-arts world.

Children’s Events Summer Reading (SR) Show: Luce Puppets!
6/21 Wednesday @ 11am & 3pm

Summer Reading (SR) Show: Silly Science! 6/28 Wednesday @ 3pm Silly Science Ric Morton Science Extraordinaire! Celebrate Summer Reading on the 2nd Floor!

Gaming Daze
6/16, 23, & 30 Fridays @ 2-4pm
Gaming Daze with both plugged and unplugged options! Play the WiiU and board games!

6/20 & 27 Tuesdays @ 3:30-5pm
Join us for creative STEAM projects! Rocket Launch and Necklace Coding!

3D Printing Club
6/22 & 29 Thursdays @ 2-4pm
Our 3D Printing Club inspires individuals to explore this emerging technology through hands-on experiences.

Father’s Day Crafternoon
6/15 Thursday @ 3:30-5pm
Join us for a Father’s Day Crafteroon!

Avenue Library

Gaming @ the Library
6/6, 13, 20, 27  Tuesdays 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Socialize and strategize with Wii games and board games

STEAM  Boxes
6/7, 14, 21, 28 Wednesdays 3:30pm – 4:30pm

6/7 LED Circuit Art , 6/14 Bot Draw 3:30-4:30, 6/21 Gumdrop Bridges 3:30-4:30, 6/28 Lava Lamp 3:30-4:30. Create and build! Use your imagination and engineering skills with these fun STEAM activities! Aimed at children ages 9 and up.

Superbrain Yoga 6/10 Saturday 10:00am – 12:00pm Simple exercises to relieve stress and make you smarter!

Saticoy Library

6/6, 13, 20, 27 Tuesdays 3:30pm – 4:30pm

6/6   LED Circuit Art  6/13 Draw Bot  6/20 Gumdrop Bridges 6/27 Lava Lamp  Create and build! Use your imagination and engineering skills with these fun STEAM activities! Aimed at children ages 9 and up

Gaming @ the Library
6/7, 14, 21, 28  Wednesdays 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Socialize and strategize with Wii games and board games

Summer Reading 2017 “Reading by Design”

6/12 10:30am
Kick Off Show Luce Puppets.  @ ATLAS Elementary School

6/22 3:00pm Silly Science with  Professor Ric Morton @  E.J Harrison Boys & Girls Club 11321 Violeta St, Ventura, CA 93004

6/29 3:00pm Magic with Shawn McMaster @ Saticoy Library

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 – June 6, 2017 – Restaurant Review

Spencer Makenzie’s – A family affair
by Jennifer Tipton

John and Jennifer Karayan started out as a fairground concession stand in May 2007 with their giant fish tacos and have now seen their dream come true to own a successful family business.

Located at 806 E. Thompson Blvd.  Spencer Makenzie Fish Co. is named for their two oldest children, their son Spencer and daughter Makenzie. The next two children also have a place in the business as you can choose to have your tacos “Brooklyn style” and they now offer a “Parker burger”.  John stated, “My kids own me!”

Spencer’s is just a walk from the beach, the parking area is small but there are plenty of spots on the street. They offer a covered patio and bench-bar type seating outdoors with heaters on when it’s chilly.  Dogs are always welcome to the outside dining area and even offered water. One employee, Amy says, “My favorite part of working here is going out to see the dogs!”

Inside there are small tables, cozy booths, or you can sit up at the bar where you get a bird’s eye view of the chefs cranking out the food (did I mention this place is always busy?). These guys move at the speed of light and there is something quite nice about an open kitchen if not also entertaining. They have 36” flat screen TVs that feature skateboarding, surfing and other sporting events, for added entertainment.

And about that food – all the fish is sushi grade and there are many selections on the menu. I strongly suggest you order the tacos “Brooklyn style” which consists of adding a sweet chili sauce and the Spencer sauce (a mayo – sour cream base with signature seasoning), but grab plenty of napkins! The Parker burger is another big hit with an ahi steak, marinated red onions and can also be ordered Brooklyn style. I like the ahi salad as a lighter choice but if you were to accompany this with the homemade clam chowder (which has bacon in it and is probably not a lighter choice) … well, maybe you could call it a balanced diet?

Taco Tuesdays are the deal with parmesan crunchy shell tacos for $2.50 either chicken, carne asada or ground beef all loaded with cheddar cheese, lettuce and fresh bell peppers. Here’s a tip though, if you want to add avocado, order it because sometimes they forget to ask. Tuesdays also offer Mexican beers on tap for $4.50 and there is never a charge for bubbly water –  such a deal!

Very clean and very green, consistently good food along with outstanding service and friendly atmosphere that make you feel like one of the family at Spencer Makenzie’s.





Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 – June 6, 2017 – Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
2.5 Palms trees out of 4
by Manuel Reynoso

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 superhero film based on superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy, produced by Marvel Studios. The film is written and directed by James Gunn and stars an ensemble cast featuring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker.

When tasked by The Sovereignty to protect an energy source from an intergalactic terror, the team finds themselves being hunted down by the same group when Rocket decides to steal the energy source for himself. After being rescued by a mysterious man, Peter Quill, Drax, and Gamora travel with this man to learn more about Peter’s origins.

School’s out, the days are getting longer, and Hollywood is starting to pump out their quarter of a billion dollar movies again. It’s summer blockbuster time and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is ready to print money like it’s nobody’s business, but if you were to ask me if it was worth your money, I would say… maybe. The movie checks all the boxes of a good summer blockbuster: huge set pieces, great acting performances, and some genuinely good laughs. But there was also a lot of missteps along the way. From overly expository dialogue, some questionable green screen work, and just way, way too many jokes.

Don’t get me wrong, I had lot of genuine laughs throughout the film, I can’t take that away from the film. But Guardians 2 went overboard with the amount of jokes they threw at you. For every good joke, at least 2 fell flat. It’s pretty painful when a movie makes a joke that you can tell they really banked on being funny, and the crowd just stays dead silent from start to finish. But the main issue is how badly it clashes with the rest of the films dialogue.

Guardians 2 was pretty good at poking jabs even at itself, but the film was painfully unaware of how expository it gets. I could feel the movie’s writers really want me to care about the emotional turmoil these characters are experiencing on the inside. But when you have a cast of 6 or 7 characters and every single member just has to have their somber, emotional scene, it gets a little old. I’m sorry wise cracking raccoon, but when I just had to sit through 20 minutes of your friends “opening up”, I kinda stopped caring about all of your feelings and just want to see things blow up.

But I have to say, The Guardians definitely know how to blow stuff up. Huge battles, unique fight scenes, and a great soundtrack did not disappoint. This movie is fun. The action made up for any downtime I felt during the movie’s slower moments. Battles ranged from hand to raccoon-paw combat, huge space battles, and everything in-between. This is what will likely be the deciding factor on whether you think it’s worth your money. If you’re in the mood to start your summer with a bit of action, then I think Guardians is worth the watch in theaters. But if you are looking for something a bit more rounded and well written, you really aren’t missing anything too special. You’ll get some laughs. You’ll have some fun. You won’t get anything more than that.

PG-13 2h 18m

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 – June 6, 2017 – Harbor Patrol Blotter

5-03 3:15pm, while on patrol, officers observed a small inflatable with 3 persons on board disabled near the Barranca.  The vessel was towed to Marina park dock.       
5-04 5:25pm, received a report of an injured sea bird that was captured by a beach comber.  The good Samaritan was given directions to bring the bird to the Port District where it can be housed until bird rescue can pick it up for recuperation.    
  5-05 8:13am, received a dispatch to a traffic collision at the intersection of Spinnaker and Harbor Blvd.  Officers responded and assisted Ventura Fire/PD, AMR and several other agencies with two vehicles that crashed head on.  One vehicle hit and dislodged a fire hydrant; the other was forced into the left turn signal.  Both vehicles were severely damaged.  Both drivers suffered minor injuries from the crash.  No one was transported to local hospitals.

4:10pm, received a report of a dog harassing a sea lion on the South Beach.  Officers responded and contacted an individual with his dog off a leash.  The individual was issued a warning for the violations.  The sea lion retreated back into the ocean according to the dog owner.              

   5-06 11:31am, received a report of a boating accident at Ventura Isle Marina.  Officers responded and found a motor vessel colliding with moored vessels.  The operator was assisted into his slip and the owners of the vessels that were hit were notified along with the marina office.

12:00pm, observed National Weather Service has issued a Gale warning, winds sustained at 39 mph or greater.

4:50pm, received a report of an electric boat unable to navigate against the gale force winds.  Officers responded to the vessel in the keys and towed it back to its slip without issue.

6:15pm, while on patrol in the vehicle, officers observed a wedding commencing at Surfers Knoll in the 44 knot winds.       

  5-07 6:40am, received a report of a sea lion on the small beach has made its way to the street in the keys.  Officers responded and observed the report of the sea lion in the street.  Wildlife rescuers were summoned and the mammal was captured and returned to the wild near the Santa Clara River mouth.

6:05pm, while on patrol in the boat, received a warning from the NWS that a strong cell was headed our way, lighting was possible and that we should not go out on the water. We returned and observed several lightning strikes inland.       

5-08 8:00am, officers preparing for United States Lifeguard Association aquatic rescue response team.   
  5-09 6:00pm, local boy scout troop in the office to learn water safety, boating safety and ridealongs.


Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 – June 6, 2017 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton

How long have you lived in Ventura and why did you move here?

Dorrie Aguino
age 58
Retired from an accounting firm
“We moved here after the Northridge earthquake and it’s the best thing that ever happened to us! Ventura is the best town and has good schools too!”


Mike McBain
age 74
CEO – McBain Managerial Accounting
“I moved here in 1977 from Los Angeles because I like it better than L.A… Ventura has the beautiful ocean, the pier, the marina, the hillsides and not too much traffic.”


Kerry Anderson
age 52
Court Reporter turned Homemaker
“It’s been about 31 years since I moved here from New York, because at the time my family was here … apparently, I love it!”


Carol Reeves
age 66
“I’ve lived in Ventura for 35 years, we moved here because of my husband’s work-he’s a civil engineer. It’s beautiful here, we love it! The weather’s perfect and … the house is paid off!”


Jonathan Kennedy
age 37
Horse Trainer
“I’ve lived here 4 years because my wife had a home here (we just got married 2 years ago). I moved from Sacramento and I consider this a nice beach town, it’s not pretentious but very laid back.”


Chris Michaud
age 26
Business owner at Ubreakifix
“I’ve lived in Ventura since 2001, my family moved here because of my dad, he works for Raytheon. I’ve stayed because this is the best place ever-sunniest city .”

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 – June 6, 2017 – Mailbox


Contrary to The Star, Yes, You are doing “something right”!  Lots right !  Congratulations and Thanks for doing a great job and valued service to our community

I must admit to shedding a tear or two in reading about your goodbye to Scamp  So sad

Thanks again

Mike Merewether


So sorry to see Scamp has passed on. He was Ventura’s mascot. I feel like he belonged to all of us. We will all miss him.

Cheryl Heitmann

Hello Sheldon

I read your column about losing Scamp. Again my heartfelt condolences

Suggest to Diane:

Look online at one of the local shelters for a middle aged hairy something for you and Diane. I highly suggest getting another dog.

Although Scamp will Always be in your hearts, there is room for more, you’ll see. And there’s a homeless dog out there who will love you just as much as Scamp did!

Mindy Benezra

Dear Sheldon & Diane:

Our hearts go out to you on your loss of Professor Scamp. He was a great dog and we enjoyed his wise words in every edition. He had a wonderful life and made the world a better place.

It is hard to deal with it the passing of a doggy child but comfort is in knowing you were the very best parents. All of our hearts felt sympathy.

Marilyn, Gary and Belle Rudolph (Scampclub Aug.,2015)

His words will continue. Read my article.

Dear Sheldon and family,

I am saddened to read about Scamp’s passing; it is always a difficult task to let someone go on to their next journey alone. I feel sure you all provided the best support you could in arriving at the final decision.

Michael Gordon

Sheldon & Diane:

Honoring all that you both gave to Scamp and all that he gave to you. My heart hugs your hearts.

Patty Jenkins

You practice and you get better. It’s very simple.
~ Philip Glass

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 – June 6, 2017 – Police Reports

by Cindy Summers

Police reports are provided to us by the Ventura Police Department and are not the opinions of the Ventura Breeze. All suspects mentioned are assumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Possession of Stolen Vehicle Arrest

On May 5, at approximately 1am, a Ventura Police patrol officer observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Silver Sands Motel that matched the description of a vehicle recently reported stolen.   The vehicle in question was occupied by the male driver later identified as 38 year old Ventura resident Christopher Thomaier, and a female passenger.  The officer followed the vehicle and confirmed that the vehicle was in fact the stolen vehicle and requested additional officers to assist.

A traffic enforcement stop was conducted in the 3000 Block of Porter Lane.  The driver of the vehicle complied with orders and was taken into custody without incident.

Thomaier was arrested and transported to Ventura County Jail where he was booked for possession of a stolen vehicle. The female passenger was questioned and released at the scene.

Felony Evading, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Burglary Tools Arrest. 

On May 11, at approximately 2am, a patrol officer observed a suspicious vehicle leaving the parking lot of McDonald’s on Telegraph Rd. A records check of the license plate showed the plates to be stolen. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle driven by 22 year old Ventura resident Shawn Mahoney, it fled at a high rate of speed. The officer went into pursuit. Mahoney drove west on Telegraph Rd, running red lights, at speeds between 60 – 70 mph. Mahoney then turned into the residential area at Bryn Mawr St and drove at a high rate of speed, failing to stop at stop signs.

On Broderick Ave Mahoney leapt from the moving car and fled on foot. Due to the nature of the pursuit, a Ventura Police K9 was deployed and assisted in taking Mahoney into custody in the 300 block of Harte Ave. The vehicle came to rest on the sidewalk on Broderick Ave.

After Mahoney was taken into custody, officers discovered that the license plates were stolen from Oxnard and the vehicle was a separate stolen vehicle also out of Oxnard. Mahoney was arrested and transported to VCMC for treatment of injuries he sustained from the K9.  Once he was medically cleared, Mahoney was booked into the Ventura County Jail for felony evading arrest, resisting arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of burglary tools.

No one else was injured as a result of the pursuit.

Felony Evading, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Parole Violation Arrest. 

On May 11, at approximately 11pm, a patrol officer observed a reported stolen vehicle driving on Kellogg St towards Cedar St. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, which fled at a high rate of speed south on Cedar St and then turned west on Center St. The vehicle, driven by 22 year old Ventura resident Christopher Czechorowski, side-swiped a parked vehicle on the south side of Center St then continued to flee west on Center St.

About mid-block of Center St, Czechorowski leapt from the still moving vehicle and fled on foot towards the Ventura Ave. The vehicle struck a set of garbage cans on the north side of Center St and collided into 2 other parked cars where it came to rest. The officer pursued Czechorowski on foot and took him into custody in an alleyway off of Prospect St.

Czechorowski is currently on parole for armed robbery and was arrested for felony evading, resisting arrest and possession of a stolen vehicle. State Parole was contacted and Czechorowski was also arrested for parole violations.

Czechorowski was booked into the Ventura County Jail for the above listed charges. No one was injured as a result of the pursuit. The owners of the damaged vehicles were contacted and the stolen vehicle was returned to the registered owner.

Gang Vandalism, child endangerment

On May 13, at approximately 12:45pm, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call of a subject spray painting graffiti along the streets listed above.  The witness followed the suspect down several streets and witnessed him tagging several buildings and fences along his path.  The witness pointed the subject out to officers who arrived on scene soon after.

The suspect was contacted and identified as documented Ventura Avenue Gang member, 22 year old Ventura resident Javier Rangel.  Rangel was accompanied by a 6 year old juvenile who was carrying several cans of spray paint, and marijuana given to him by Rangel.  During the investigation it was learned that Rangel handed these items to the juvenile when Rangel saw officers approaching.

Officers located and documented the graffiti along Rangel’s path.  The graffiti was gang tagging commonly associated to the Ventura Avenue Gang.

During the officers investigation they were told Rangel stole the spray paint and other items from a vehicle somewhere along his path.  Officers were unable to locate a victim vehicle.  If anyone has information for any of these crimes, please contact the Ventura Police department.

Rangel, who is currently on probation for Robbery, was booked at the Ventura County Jail for Felony Vandalism, Child endangerment, along with a felony gang enhancement.  The Juvenile was released to his mother at the scene.

Armed Robbery

On May 18, at approximately 6:30pm, the suspect entered the business and walked towards a display case. Once he arrived at the display case, he pulled a knife out of his waist area. An employee who was nearby was in fear, and they fled from the suspect. Once the employee fled, the suspect began selecting various items, cut the security devices off of them and fled from the business.

Responding officers checked the surrounding area but did not locate the suspect. No one was injured during this incident.

The suspect was an adult male of unknown race wearing a hooded sweatshirt. An anonymous tip can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

State of Education

Ms. Nan Drake E.J. Harrison & Sons Inc., Joseph Richards Jr.  Interim Superintendent VUSD, Dr. Erika D. Beck President, CSUCI, Dr. Greg Gillespie  newly appointed Chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District,  Stephanie Caldwell President and CEO, Ventura Chamber of Commerce.

by Jennifer Tipton

On Thursday, April 27 the Ventura Chamber of Commerce hosted the State of Education, the event took place at the Wright Event Center here in Ventura. The event focused on presentations from the Ventura Unified School Superintendent and the Ventura College President who provided their perspective on past accomplishments, current state and a future forecast of education in the City of Ventura.

Ventura Unified School District Est. July 1, 1966 is the largest land owner in the City of Ventura which is about 165 sq. miles and serves 21,656 students with 576 of these being special education students.

Many attended the State of Education including our Mayor Eric Nasarenko, representatives for other leaders in the community, the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and countless others that support education in our community.

The first speaker was Nan Drake from E.J. Harrison who emphasized that making children successful meant much more than just providing an education, but preparing them for life.

The second speaker was Joseph Richards Jr. the Interim Superintendent of Ventura Unified School District who spoke about the changes that have taken place including the cultural population we serve and economic uncertainty.

For instance, 52% of students are Hispanic, 40% are Caucasian, 2% are African American while the remaining are of other cultural descent and 25% of these are English learners.  The cultural population of the students has changed dramatically over the years.

Regarding the economic uncertainty, in 1978 proposition 13 limited taxes which put schools at the mercy of the State, in 2012 proposition 30 increased revenues and they have been increasing ever since but we are still significantly below the State average for funding. Mr. Richards encouraged businesses to assist schools by collaborating partnerships and described the many ways to accomplish this.

Dr. Greg Gillespie the President of Ventura College since 2013 and the newly appointed Chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District was the third speaker. Dr. Gillespie stressed that education is critical to opening doors to our community and again he spoke of how the demographic has changed with a decrease in student age and a dramatic increase in the need for financial aid. He spoke of a six-year educational masterplan in which priority #1 would be to put Ventura College in the top 5 colleges in the State and explained, “because we want to do a better job to provide a future to our community.” Dr. Gillespie wants to see kids “grow up here, get an education here, get a job here and raise a family here.”

The last speaker was Dr. Ericka Beck the President of California State University Channel Islands, she was excited to see some of her alumni in the audience and spoke about the changes taking place on her campus including a new program that builds drones to support the bee population using “swarm technology”.

The Traveler’s Café, (a new family owned restaurant located on Front St.) provided an outstanding buffet luncheon.