Vol. 15, No. 17 – May 18 – May 31, 2022 – Mailbox

Dear Sheldon,

The Breeze just gets better and more informative.  The May 4 Breeze first page was attractive and compelled me to read the story by Patricia Schallert about “Sobre Las Olas”.  The photos were great!

The Breeze is a gift you have given to Ventura and it just keeps on giving!

Suzanna Ballmer


Thanks Suzanna makes all of the work worth while


What are Measures A and B, and why is it so important for County voters to vote “yes” when oil companies are saying vote “no”?

Here’s the answer: Approving Measures A and B will confirm that voters agree that all new oil well development in Ventura County should be subject to the modern environmental standards approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2020. When they approved the 2040 County General Plan, the Supervisors approved policies to encourage continued oil development in Ventura County, but also required that any new drilling comply with modern environmental standards protecting air, water, public health, and disadvantaged communities, and which address climate change.

Then oil companies spent millions hiring signature gatherers to put Measures A and B on the

June ballot. A YES vote is for applying the modern environmental standards approved by the Board. A No vote is for going back to the old days when oil companies could escape environmental review and standards that protect air, water, and public health, and which address climate change. Now, oil companies are spending $5.5 million more to scare voters into voting no.

Oil companies are spreading lies and misinformation about Yes on A and B.

They say oil production would be shut down – not true. Supervisors made it clear that oil drilling continues to be encouraged – with modern environmental safeguards.

Oil companies say jobs would be lost – not true. Measures A and B do nothing to stop drilling or cause job losses.

They say that gasoline prices would rise if A and B are approved – not true. Nothing is stopping oil companies from drilling.

Now it is up to Ventura County voters to tell oil companies: YES, you can continue to drill for oil, but we expect you to comply with the reasonable environmental standards the Supervisors have already adopted.

Ventura County voters must vote YES on Measures A and B.

Phil White – Ojai

The writer is a former County Planning Commissioner and Air Pollution Control District

Director who now sits on the County Climate Emergency Council

Ocean Promises

It’s an unseen promise for all generations,
A warm beach that extends to the horizon,
Its word of honor is a Pacific sunrise.
In pursuit of hope; to turn the tide.

The westerly swell brings us a Ventura picture,
When nature’s beauty reaches us at high tide.
Let us quietly listen to these ocean sounds.
For their stories remind us someone has gone before us.

By Jeff Russell

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It’s not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it’s a painting, and if you can walk around it, it’s a sculpture.
~ Simon Updike

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