Ventura Police updates produced at CAPS Media Center

Ashley Bautista, VPD Civic Engagement Specialist hosts CAPS show.

Multiple times a month the Ventura Police Department creates community updates and informational videos in the CAPS Media Studio. Hosted by Ashley Bautista, VPD Civic Engagement Specialist, and VPD officers the segments provide the community with important facts, crime statistics and additional valuable information. The segments air and stream on CAPS Media and on multiple social media sites including the Ventura Police Facebook page and numerous Nextdoor sites.

CAPS Media’s Thomas Fire Stories series of extraordinary first-person storytelling continues on July 20 when Clark Tulberg wraps up his emotional experience of defending Thomas Aquinas College and traveling throughout upper Ojai to help friends and family impacted by the fire. On July 27, Ventura County Deputy Fire Chief Vaughn Miller and Assistant Fire Chief Mike Milkovich share their experiences on the night of December 4th and the days and weeks that followed. And, on August 3 Debbie Brokaw Jackson and ranch manager Jose Alcarez recount the remarkably inspiring story of Jose and his crew fighting to save the Brokaw avocado ranch throughout the Thomas Fire.

Each 20-30 minute Thomas Fire Story repeats throughout the week and can be viewed at any time online at Thomas Fire Stories are produced by CAPS Media in collaboration with the Museum of Ventura County and are supported by photos and videos contributed by the public, firefighters and news agencies.

Recently CAPS Media recorded Thomas Fire public meetings held by the Ventura County Resource Management Agency for property owners, in upper Ojai on June 26, and for contractors and designers at the county government center on June 27. The meetings included representatives from Ventura County Building and Safety Department, other County agencies, and the California State Licensing Board. Videos of the meetings will be shown on county websites, contact held by the Ventura County Resource Management Agency for details.

Summer is a great time to join the CAPS Media creative community. No prior experience is required and everyone is invited to join. Anyone who lives, works or attends school in the city of Ventura is eligible to become a member as are members of non-profit organizations throughout the county. To learn more about CAPS Media’s extensive television and radio resources and training attend an orientation tour held on the first Thursday of every month. HD videography/camera classes are held on the 2nd Thursday, Final Cut postproduction editing class are on the 3rd Thursday, and CAPS Radio (KPPQ, FM 104.1) two-part classes are on the 4th week. Member/Producers receive hands-on instruction in videography, video editing, radio production and more. All classes begin at 6pm at the CAPS Media Center, 65 Day Road.

CAPS Media’s mission is to create an engaged and informed community through participation in electronic media. For more information, go to or call 805.658.0500.

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