Vol. 12, No. 21 – July 17 – July 30, 2019 – Mailbox

Dear Sheldon Brown,

As a fellow citizen dedicated to the cause of climate justice and resilience, I hope you will urge your readers to speak out as the County Supervisors decide what to include in the Draft General Plan and Climate Action Plan on August 6 at 1:30.  Many individuals and groups have proposed policies addressing climate change impacts–the increased intensity of droughts, heat waves, floods, and wildfires that scientists have forecast–through development of more local, resilient and secure food, water and energy resources.  Most importantly, the Planning Commission recommended creation of an office of climate action to direct all county agencies as they implement climate action policies.  An outpouring of public support will ensure this recommendation is given the serious consideration it deserves.


Kathleen Wheeler

Ventura Citizen

At this time the VC Planning Department announced that the General Plan Update will be on the agenda of the regular open session of the Board of Supervisors on August 6 starting at 1:30. Written comment about the Preliminary Draft, available at vc2040.org, can be sent in advance to the Supervisors addressed to [email protected] and copy [email protected]. The August 6 meeting will be a chance to submit comment cards and make public open verbal comment. There may be so many people wanting to comment that the time limit could be one minute (usual maximum is three minutes). 

Location: Board of Supervisors Chamber, Administration Building, VC Government Center, 800 Victoria Ave, Ventura CA 93003. 

Call Susan Curtis planner coordinating development of the General Plan Update. [email protected].   805-654-2497


Ventura Breeze:

President Donald Trump said that a teleprompter mishap led to his much-mocked July 4th flub in which he talked about defending airports during the American Revolution.

“The teleprompter went out,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House . “It just went out – it went kaput.”

During his Independence Day speech paying tribute to the military, Trump began talking about air defenses during the American Revolution, which took place more than a century before the invention of the airplane.

“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports,” Trump said of the fighting force created by the Continental Congress in 1775.

There was no air travel in 18th Century America.

Larry Etod-Ventura


We are shocked at his lack of revolution history. He did not mention that the air-force dropped 2 atom bombs on England which helped bring the conflict to an end.


Looking at game shows and man-on-the-street TV programs it is painfully apparent that the Citizens of the USA do not know their own history. This is clearly a problem with the educational system and the way American History is  presented to the students. This is a problem that needs to be addressed.  I believe that just pointing out a problem is one thing, but every time you do this, you should also point out solutions, low cost, way to solve the problem.
One idea would be to run a well drawn and researched comic strip  or media cartoon, to tell the story of America. It should be an honest picture of our past that would show both heroes and villains, done in an entertaining way. It would be a “cliff notes” introduction to the story that is America. It should run in the press for one year –to cover from the first landing of Europeans to the present age. It is a sad day  when young people do not know who we fought in World Wars I and II.
This might be a way to solve this education gap with the public.

Richard Senate Ventura

Richard: Swell idea, do you know a cartoonist that would do this for nothing? Maybe the ghost of Paul Conrad?

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs
and returns home to find it.

~ George Moore


In our last issue we had an article about the goats clearing the land behind the Golden China. The contacts weren’t quite correct, here they are.

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