Category Archives: This ‘n’ That

Startup book clubs forming at Bank of Books

Seven new book clubs are starting  at Book Club Headquarters in Bank of Books in Ventura.  Join one of the startup book clubs and receive your first book for free!

Owner Clarey Rudd states “this is a great way to meet new people, which often in a book club, can lead to long-time friendships.  This is very safe time to become involved when everyone will be new in these groups.”

Manager of Bank of Books, Rob, indicates that the book clubs will start in the month of March, so now is the time to pick up the book for the group they will participate in.  Nancy, the Book Club Organizer, is available to discuss book club startups with people wanting to start their own unique book club. If people need training to start a book club, this service is also available.

A ‘Harry Potter Book Club’ will begin in March and meet regularly for 6 months.

Each Book Club will meet in the Living Room downstairs at Bank of Books 748 E. Main, Ventura.

Nancy encourages ones to come and sign-up now to reserve your space, as each group will be limited in size. (The first person to sign up gets to pick the day/time of the meeting.) Each book club will meet monthly with a new book being discussed.

Contact  Rob Radford or Nancy Buchanan 643-3154 for more information.

 

 

Vol. 9, No. 9 – February 3 – February 16, 2016 – News at CAPS

By Elizabeth Rodeno

Ventura’s public channel 6 is the place for the citizens of Ventura to share their news.  Our bulletin boards feature information about upcoming events, classes and programs. We broadcast public service announcements about newsworthy issues and events, including useful tips on preparation for El Nino and motorcycle safety.   Shows from our members in the community share newsworthy and noteworthy information with viewers all day. Programs addressing the issues including homelessness, the drought, and social justice. On the lighter side, we also broadcast cooking, health, travel, and the latest in the arts and poetry scene.

On channel 15, our education and government channel provides the community with some great news programming also. Above all, are the broadcasts of the City Council meetings. You can’t get more up-to-date information than the Monday night meetings in this city. Other broadcasted city meetings from the Planning Commission, Design Review and Historic Preservation Committee, provide even more city related news on development in the area.  Ventura County Board of Supervisor’s meetings are also hosted on 15. Check them out Thursday evenings. Don’t forget to check out CAPS’ Business of the Month and Mayor for a Moment shorts shared at the Council meetings.

The staff is proud to be working on the Ventura County News Channel with Bill Nash. We are learning a lot about what county services are out there and how they affect us. Do you know what it takes to rescue a horse who fell into a ravine? The place to find out is on the VCNC channel, hosted on Ventura County’s website.

Channel 15 is also the outlet for Ventura’s educational institutions.  Every other Tuesday night you can get a glimpse of how the VUSD works and what news they have to tell. We have spent a lot of time on the Ventura College campus bringing you stories about the students from the varied certificate programs such as Water Sciences, Welding and Manufacturing.

Our closest neighbor is the unique El Camino High School at Ventura College. We have close to a dozen of their enthusiastic students learning the ropes of news making. With thoughtful investigation and a lot of hard work, these students are producing news, pure and simple. Their news program, ECTV, addresses current issues that affect young people. After watching their shows, it is pretty clear these are issues that affect us all.

CAPS is one of the several news outlets in Ventura. We thank the Breeze for bringing pertinent news to the people and working with us to keep you current. Go to our website, capstv.org for more information and links to newsworthy programming. Call us at 805-658-0500 for information on how to produce your own news.

 

The City Center: A place for second chances

Unfortunately, Meghan’s journey at the center did not have a happy ending.
Unfortunately, Meghan’s journey at the center did not have a happy ending.

by Mira Reverente

When it rains, it pours. Blessings, that is. That pretty much sums up the past year for Meghan Long, a single mom of twin young boys.

Divorced, broke and in treatment for substance abuse, the 32-year-old’s future was uncertain for a while. One step at a time, she tackled her issues, starting with a detox program, at Prototypes. “The program provided me with some much-needed structure,” says Long of her four-month stint at the women’s treatment center off of Victoria Avenue.

“We got up at the same time every day, completed our chores and attended classes, meetings or counseling sessions regularly,” she says. “We had to ‘act’ like we were getting ready to go to work every day.”

Upon “graduation” from the program, Long tackled her housing situation next and was fortunate to land a spot at The City Center, a transitional living center for families, along Thompson Boulevard.

“It’s a working program for families in transition,” says Jim Duran, executive director of the center. “It’s for adults with children and the adults are required to get a job within 30 days.”

That is exactly what Long accomplished in the first month of her stay. As a server at a local restaurant, she works Monday to Friday, while the boys are in pre-school. Occasionally, she’ll pick up an evening or weekend shift, if her mom or dad can watch the boys.

For some of them with little or no financial literacy training, a few concepts like savings, budgeting and bill-paying are new. “The residents are required to allocate 30% of their pay for rent, 20% for savings and the remainder for groceries and other day-to-day expenses,” says Duran. “We help them come up with a budget and we teach them the concept of interest – how their savings can grow in interest-bearing accounts.”

The young mom appreciates all the new life skills she’s picking up, including time management and personal accountability. She says, “We rotate through chores. This week, I’m supposed to sweep the laundry room.”

“We also have to be home by 9 pm every day,” she says of the curfew. “I don’t mind because it’s so peaceful and safe in here.”

For anything and everything, the residents get support from the staff. Olga Hamra is a case manager who screens and interviews potential residents and helps them get settled once they’re in.

“We talk about anything and I help them process whatever issues they’re facing,” she says. “In situations like Meghan’s, stress and anxiety are fairly common.”

Unfortunately, Long’s journey at the center did not have the much-anticipated happy ending. She was evicted right around the holidays for breaking the rules.

“She had just earned a weekend pass,” says Duran, explaining that residents earn weekend passes by completing assigned chores, achieving set goals – a reward for good behavior basically.

Long was given a second chance but had to make some amends by attending a couple of meetings. “She dragged her feet with the process,” says Duran. “So we had to let her go.”

He says, “We’re all about chances and we’re in it for people to win, but they need to do their part. They also need to learn that there are consequences to their actions.”

Meantime, another resident has taken Long’s place, joining many others on the journey to independence, full of promise and potential. Good wishes and high hopes abound at the center.

For more information on The City Center, visit thecitycenter.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violin and viola competition

Applications are now being accepted for the 8th annual Henry Schwab Ventura
County Violin/Viola Competition. The contest is open to Ventura County residents up to the age of 22.  This competition is sponsored by a grant from the Henry Schwab Charitable Fund and encourages young musicians and also furthers their musical education.

The preliminary audition will be held March 19 at the Ventura College Recital Hall. Three candidates will be selected who will compete on June 18

at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, accompanied by the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra. The competitions are open to the public. Free admission to the preliminary competition; for the final competition there will be a charge of $15.00 general, $5.00 for seniors/staff/students.

First prize is $1,500, second prize $1,000 and third prize $500.00. Questions can be addressed to Connie Hood at 323-610-7704 or Ann Kosinski at 658-8180.

 

VVCB in the news

Earthscape art project led by sand artist, Andres Amador. Photo by John Ferritto

The Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) is excited to announce that they have been named finalists for the ‘Commitment to Community’ award in Visit California’s 2016 Poppy Awards.

This special project is being recognized by Visit California at the Poppy Awards and Industry Recognition Gala Feb. 23 in Oakland, when the winners will be revealed.

The Visit California Poppy Awards are a biennial contest that honors the best and brightest of California tourism promotion. Winners will be selected by a panel of industry marketing experts in 10 categories ranging from best public relations campaign, to best digital campaign to best regional collaborative marketing campaign.

VVCB entered the awards based on Ventura’s first temporary earthscape art project led by sand artist, Andres Amador. This project was innovative and creative from the start.

The Board of Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) is pleased to announce a title change for Executive Director, Marlyss Auster. Effective immediately, Ms. Auster’s title will be President and CEO. Board Chairperson, Nancy Pedersen, stated “This title is more consistent with industry standards as tracked by Destination Marketing Association of the West, and warranted based on Ms. Auster’s stellar work at VVCB.”

Ms. Auster joined VVCB as Executive Director three years ago. In that time she has revamped and revitalized the organization by building a strong, enthusiastic team that, under her leadership, operates in an environment where new ideas and creativity flourish. That team has put VVCB at the forefront of driving tourism to Ventura and has worked to develop and strengthen partnerships with all stakeholders involved in that effort.

Ms. Auster’s decision to involve stakeholders to develop VVCB’s branding set the pace for VVCB’s overall strategy to grow partnerships and value community collaboration to promote Ventura. Ms. Auster also led efforts to bring sand artist Andres Amador to Ventura to create temporary earthscape art that introduced VVCB’s new branding and created opportunities for community ownership and engagement.

Ms. Auster is highly respected in the industry and was recently elected President of the Central Coast Tourism Council (CCTC). She also was instrumental in gaining Ventura recognition as a finalist for Sunset Magazine’s Travel Awards Municipal Makeover category.

 

Vol. 9, No. 9 – February 3 – February 16, 2016 – Answer In A Breeze

If you have a question you would like answered send it to editor@venturabreeze.com and we will try to get an answer for you.

answer in a breeze insertQ.   What is proposed on the triangle lot where the closed Joes Crabshack is located ?
Walt Mattace

A.   The proposed project, at 567 Sanjon (or is it San Jon?)  is a 231-unit multi-family residential apartment project and the demolition of a 7,000 square foot restaurant building on approximately 11 acres. The project includes 137 one-bedroom units, 91 two-bedroom units, and 3 three-bedroom units.

answer in a breezeAdditionally, the project includes a new bluff-top public promenade with overlook areas fronting onto Hwy 101 Freeway. Additionally, a 20,000 square foot publicly accessible park space is proposed to be developed at the western edge of the project site adjacent to the southern terminus of Ash Street. The project proposes one new street designed as a two lane collector (it will be called Vista Del Mar)with public parking available on both sides of the street. Sidewalks are located on both sides of the street for pedestrian access.

The proposed project was reviewed by the Design Review Committee on Jan.20. The Committee had several concerns about the project as submitted including the possibility of incorporating the shuttered Crabshack into the plans. The project will be going back to the Committee after their concerns have been considered. It will still be several years away from development while securing the many approvals required.

If you want more information regarding this the city planner handling the project is Jared Rosengren, AICP at 658-4737.

 

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 – Tech Today

Tech Today with Ken May
How to sell your electronic devices

Happy new year! With a new year comes new electronics, be tablets, phones, laptops or what have you. There is a much better solution than to just let those device sit around and gather dust! The more adventurous and technically inclined may wish to hack the devices into “do it yourself” projects, but for most of us, it is better to simply sell them. Well, here it is in 2016, and there’s more options than ever, and it’s very, very easy to do! Here are some of the most popular options right now.

  1. Auction style

EBay is the gold standard here. It is a pretty safe bet to say that if you look through the most recent completed listings, you will have a very good idea of what your device is worth on the open market. Be sure to set your buyer filters to not allow people with negative feedback to bid. You may also want to disallow new members from bidding. There is nothing more frustrating than selling your item, and having a non-paying bidder.

  1. Bulletin board style

Craigslist is the go to for local, community listings. Creeps and scammers abound, so you want to take every precaution. Only meet in a public place for the transaction, and only do cash. If you have larger item, craigslist may be the way to go, if you want to avoid dealing with shipping.

  1. Consignment style

These sites are starting to pop up now. They will pick a price, you ship it to them, the list and sell it for you. You won’t get as much as eBay, but it is less hassle. Glyde is a front runner here. You have to wait for it to sell, but don’t have to deal with the seller. I would recommend avoiding this route, and just go for eBay or a direct sale site.

  1. Direct sale style

This has exploded recently. Sites like Amazon Trade-In, Gazelle and Nextworth are some front runners. They will pay you up front for your device. You probably get the least amount of cash using this method, but you get paid right away, and it is done. It’s very easy to sell this way, since you can just click through a few screens to find out the value of your item. There are even mall kiosks doing this now, but their payouts are terrible.

In the end, there is a variety of options out there, so you can choose the method that your feel is right for you. It is definitely worth spending a little time checking out what you would get for you item from the various sites. I have seen pricing range by as much as $50-$100! Keep in mind that you’ll get the most value for a working device in good condition. If your device is broken, eBay may be your best bet.

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 – CAPS Chat

stuff CAPSCrooked Eye Tommy appearing on Ventura Rocks at CAPS.

Your Media Center
By Elizabeth Rodeno

CAPS Media Center has a dedicated staff, Board, volunteers and members. This is something most non-profit organizations would love to have. This year we have committed to sharing our knowledge and experience with the community. The projects in the pipeline are many and varied. Our team of media makers is strong. The volunteers committed. Ventura and its people, places and history are our palette.  Channel 6, 15 and the web are our venues.

Our part-time staff is a great bunch – skilled film makers who happen to have degrees from Oxnard and Brooks. Jamie and Aaron are out filming and editing projects they’d like to call their own. Aaron is having fun using his creativity to share stories about kids and programs in Ventura. Jamie is making Ventura Rocks come together and pulling together the legacies of Ventura. We have film and animation fan Manny who started as a volunteer and is now supporting CAPS and is out filming projects and events.  Our rock musician programmer, Kristina, works the mixing board at our Ventura Rocks productions as well as getting your shows on the air.  Phil, producer, poet laureate and teacher, has put together a terrific training program for young producers and continues to work on the multi-cam productions with Evan.

The edit bays are buzzing and the cameras are getting a workout these days. Our members are in the studio producing talk shows and stand-ups. The cameras go out all week and every week. They are used to capture stories, events, church services and more. These producers are always looking for volunteers for their shows.  If you’re interested in learning how to make video, stop by for more information, join and take the free training classes to get you ready to go.

Ventura Rocks @ CAPS is now on Episode 3. We invited Medicine Hat and Crooked Eye Tommy in and have 50 Sticks of Dynamite ready to go. A big thanks goes out to Ventura Breeze music writer Pam Baumgardner and her beloved music scene.

We will be launching the new and improved CAPS Media website featuring online class registrations, video links to shows and a new streaming feature!!! You’ll hear from us as we will need your support to help make CAPS Radio a reality. Stop by CAPS Media at 65 Day Road or call us at 658-0500.

 

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 – Answer In A Breeze

answer in a breezeIf you have a question you would like answered send it to editor@venturabreeze.com and we will try to get an answer for you.

Q.   What is proposed on the triangle lot where the closed Joes Crabshack is located ?

~ Walt Mattace

A.   The proposed project, at 567 Sanjon (or is it San Jon?)  is a 231-unit multi-family residential apartment project and the demolition of a 7,000 square foot restaurant building on approximately 11 acres. The project includes 137 one-bedroom units, 91 two-bedroom units, and 3 three-bedroom units.

answer in a breeze insertAdditionally, the project includes a new bluff-top public promenade with overlook areas fronting onto Hwy 101 Freeway. Additionally, a 20,000 square foot publicly accessible park space is proposed to be developed at the western edge of the project site adjacent to the southern terminus of Ash Street. The project proposes one new street designed as a two lane collector (it will be Vista Del Mar)with public parking available on both sides of the street.

Sidewalks are located on both sides of the street for pedestrian access. The project proposes three bike racks located within the promenade open space area and bike storage areas throughout the residential portion of the project.

The proposed project will be reviewed by the Design Review Committee on Jan.20. It would still be several years away from development securing many approvals.

If you want more information the city planner handling it is Jared Rosengren, AICP at 658-4737.