Vol. 16, No. 17 – May 17 – May 30, 2023 – As I See It

Unless we find another one to use the Breeze will no longer publish a horoscope. So, you will need to get your fortune from fortune cookies. Also, we will have different cartoons. Enjoy!

Good and odd times for the Fairgrounds. Good news is that the Strawberry Festival and X Games are coming to the Fairgrounds.

When Minneapolis hosted the X Games in 2019, the event generated an estimated $53 million in economic impact. Being a much smaller city, we probably won’t generate near that amount but still a great economic boon for our hotels, restaurants and other businesses (plus TV exposure).

At the press event I asked, “Will there be money spent refurbishing the Fairgrounds.” I was told yes there would be. It certainly needs it. The Fairgrounds are like an old run-down car that needs a new engine, upholstery and paint.

The return of the California Strawberry Festival to the Fairgrounds is wonderful. The event hasn’t been held (COVID) for several years so glad they decided to do it here.

Now the odd part. Less than a year after she was hired, Stacy Rianda is no longer CEO of the Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds board of directors announced they had accepted Rianda’s retirement. No explanation was given.

She was hired to replace longtime CEO Barbara Quaid who retired. A new CEO will need to be hired, and probably not prior to the X Games.

All questions regarding this matter were referred to the California Department of Food and Agriculture who owns the grounds.

The volunteers who serve on the Ventura County Fairgrounds board of directors hold their seats until they resign, are replaced or die. Directors are not paid.

It has been tough times for the board and Fairgrounds. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Ventura County Fair to be canceled for two years. The Fair is a major source of income.

The latest controversy involved a $319 million facelift of the fairgrounds that would include building a 7,500-seat stadium to be used for minor league baseball, conventions and concerts. Directors rejected the proposal.

After eight months of legal wrangling, the Ventura County Christian School and Ventura Unified School District board approved a settlement releasing the school from back rent and future rent in exchange for it leaving the MacMillan Avenue campus at the end of the school year by July 15.

The VUSD waived more than 10 months of rent. As part of the agreement, the VCCS also agreed to waive religious discrimination claims against the district. Which this case was certainly not about. It was all about the safety of the building, and, perhaps, whatever else the city has planned for the property.

As goes Disney goes Florida. Florida would miss Disney more than Disney would miss Florida.

As reported, “A mass shooting at a teenager’s birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama left at least four dead and reportedly more than 20 injured. A high school senior who planned to play college football was among those killed.”

I find the football part of the announcement about the shooting to be disgusting. Is his life somehow more important than all of the other kids that were killed because he played football? Would the report have stated, “A high school senior who played violin in the school band was among those killed?” I think not.

A company was fined $1.5 million for illegally employing more than 100 minors to carry out hazardous jobs, the Department of Labor announced. Children as young as 13 were working with hazardous chemicals and cleaning meat processing equipment at 13 Packers Sanitation Services Inc. facilities in eight states.In addition to the company, shouldn’t their parents also be held accountable? Maybe even more so.

This was an odd decision. A jury found that Donald Trump sexually abused and defamed E. Jean Carroll but also found that Carroll did not prove that Trump had raped her. The mixed decision, which was unanimous, took the jury, which was made up of six men and three women, less than three hours to reach a unanimous verdict, awarding Carroll a total of $5 million in damages.

He is still de-grading her so she might sue him again.

Eleven-year-old Yusuf Shah is being hailed as a genius after he made the highest possible score, 162, on a Mensa intelligence test. His performance beats those of physicists Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein, who were both estimated to have IQs around 160. Since theirs’ were only estimates, maybe they exceeded 160 and Yusuf is only the third smartest. So big deal I’m the third smartest in my household right behind Diane and Savana the cat.

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
~ Buddha

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