As I See It

by Sheldon Brown

A Chappy Chanukah, Kool Kwanza and Xcellent Xmas to all of our wonderful readers.

Hard to believe it’s been 5-years since the Thomas Fire broke out near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula on December 4, 2017. At the time, the Thomas Fire was the largest wildfire in California history. Still, only slightly over half of the homes have been rebuilt. Owners of 25% of the homes lost in the fire have yet to submit an application for building permits.

Where have all the crooks gone? Second issue without police activity.

I saw a TV ad for socks that stated “Easy on easy off socks.” What a great idea, some days it takes me up to 4 seconds to get my socks off.

The Ventura County Continuum of Care is looking for volunteers to assist with the 2023 Homeless Point In Time Count on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. This count is required for our state and federal grants that fund local homeless shelters, permanent supportive housing, rental assistance programs, street outreach and more! Volunteers can register online at

Two Trump Organization companies were found guilty on multiple charges of criminal tax fraud in a case brought by the Manhattan District Attorney. A jury deliberated for two days and found two of their corporate entities guilty on all 17 counts, including conspiracy charges and falsifying business records.

The verdict followed a trial in which the Trump Organization was accused of being complicit in a scheme by top executives to avoid paying personal income taxes on job perks such as rent-free apartments and luxury cars. Obviously fake news.

Downtown Fox Fine Jewelry will close on Sundays beginning in 2023. Owner Debbie Fox stated “Our team is an exceptional group and we care deeply about them. Closing our family business on Sundays was a soul-searching decision. But in the end, we decided to prioritize quality of life over profits.”

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