Vol. 17, No. 19 – June 12 – June 25, 2024 – As I See It

by Sheldon Brown

• From council member Mike Johnson; “Well, if you haven’t heard, I’m not running for re-election. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve on Ventura’s City Council. I’m not sure what comes next year. But for now, I’m not slowing down, shutting up, or giving in.”

He still remains one of our busiest council members. He has, or had, these meet and greets in Ventura. Still two more events you can attend.

  • Mon, June 3, 6pm: Rincon Brewery, Telegraph & Ashwood
  • Sat, June 8, 10am: Second Saturday Cleanup, meet at IHOP on Victoria
  • Tue, June 11, 12pm: Urbane Café on Telephone
  • Mon, June 17, 9am: Hill Street Cafe on Hill Road
  • Sat, June 22, 3pm: Lovewell Coffee, Ventura Ave & Shoshone

• Regardless if a person is a Trump fan, we should be proud that our judicial system, and democracy worked so well in trying an ex-president and finding him guilty of 34 crimes. There aren’t many countries in the world where this process could happen.

Trump now says it was a Kangaroo Court (I doubt if he even knows what that is) and a rigged jury. Now he has had a rigged election and a rigged jury – he just can’t get a break.

This jury wasn’t selected by Biden, and his attorneys interviewed each jury member and approved them to serve. The judge did an excellent and fair job in his instructions to the jurists.

A social media user quipped: “Says a lot about the state of America that in just 8 months’ time they’re going to kick an elderly man out of his house so a convicted felon can live there.”

For the record, I don’t want him or Biden to be my president. Sad these will be our choices.

•An ad I expect to see on TV one day. “If you purchase this $29,000 auto in the next 10-minutes you will receive a free engine.”

•Amazing: Claudia Sheinbaum made history after becoming the first woman to be elected president of Mexico. Her election marks a groundbreaking achievement in a country with a strong culture of machismo and high rates of violence against women. She has also made history as the first Jewish person to be elected president of the predominantly Catholic country. Two things America hasn’t achieved. Sheinbaum is a climate scientist and former mayor of Mexico City. The same day, Yolanda Sánchez Figueroa, mayor of Cotija in Mexico’s Michoacán state, was killed just hours later.

•The Ventura Pier has been closed since January 2023. It is scheduled to reopen before the end of June. The pier has been shut since storms with heavy surf knocked out several support members.

The cost of repairing the pier is approximately $3.2 million. Half of this will be from funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The wooden pier was built in 1872 with a steel addition at the end.

•Governor Newsom has announced that the state will make $3.3 billion available in July to begin building inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment centers to provide very much needed housing facilities and address the homeless crisis. It is estimated that at least 1/3 of the homeless are suffering major mental health issues. The money comes from the $6.4 billion bond measure Proposition 1 narrowly approved by voters in March.

This is wonderful and so necessary.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
~ Steve Jobs

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