News and Notes

It’s the question we get asked almost daily: “Is the X Games coming back?”

X Games returning to Ventura. Visit Ventura Since X Games California 2023, we’ve been working tirelessly to have an answer to this question. We’ve had discussions with city, county, and state stakeholders, received feedback from partners and business owners, and imagined what 2024 could look like. Needless to say, we’ve been asking ourselves “Is the […] Read More »

The national blood supply remains at critically low levels

The American Red Cross continues to experience an emergency blood shortage as severe winter weather has further impacted the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Blood donors are urged to give now to help ensure lifesaving medical procedures are not delayed. The national blood supply remains at critically low levels. Blood drives have been canceled […] Read More »

Pallet is committed to working on ending unsheltered homelessness

Elizabeth Rugg Pallet Community Development Manager and Ted Sweeny representative for Pallet in front of a Pallet shelter. by Patricia Schallert On January 25th, The City of Ventura hosted a tour of two pallet shelters. Demonstrating an innovative model with proven results, Elizabeth Rugg stated that “Pallet shelters are cost-effective, rapid to install and  have the capacity […] Read More »

Assemblymember Steve Bennett presents World Wetlands Day resolution with Coastal Keepers

The California State Assembly unanimously passed Assemblymember Steve Bennett’s resolution, HR 64 (2023-24), proclaiming February 2nd as World Wetlands Day. The idea was presented to Bennett by Oxnard-based Coastal Keepers, a grassroots organization dedicated to the clean-up and stewardship of Ormond Beach. “Our partnership with Coastal Keepers has been fruitful and inspiring. These young leaders […] Read More »

Local business and philanthropic icon Ralph Harrison has died

Local corporate leader Ralph Harrison was eldest son of pioneering family that first brought trash collection and recycling to Ventura County. The longtime president of E.J. Harrison & Sons trash collection company died on Saturday of natural causes, his family announced. Ralph was born in Ventura on Nov. 14, 1934, to E.J. and Myra Harrison, […] Read More »

Workforce Development Board launches “Ventura County WORKS” to provide job seekers with training at no cost

With 19,700 unemployed Ventura County workers seeking jobs, this program provides training for careers in many industries, making participants more qualified and attractive candidates. The WDBVC has rebranded its existing workforce development program to “Ventura County WORKS.” The program helps job seekers in the county upgrade their skills and receive training in a variety of […] Read More »

Youth Activity League packs punch for locals

“I love doing it; I really do,” says Flores. by Tracy Marcynzsyn Every weeknight from 5-7 p.m., a committed group of local youth gathers at Westpark Community Center in Ventura to work out and learn to box with Sal Flores, a Ventura businessperson and lifelong resident who works with the city Parks & Recreation Department […] Read More »

Community shows strong support for 8th Annual Women’s Rally & March

The public is encouraged to be a part of the solution. by Tracy Marcynzsyn Braving hecklers and stormy weather, hundreds turned out to support women’s rights at the 8th annual Women’s Rally & March on Saturday, January 20th at Plaza Park. Presented by Justice For All Ventura County and Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund, […] Read More »

Soroptimist 17th Annual STOP Human Trafficking

Unknown participant with Sara Pelaez, Betty Wright, Irma Heffner and County DA Erik Nasarenko. Soroptimist International sponsored the 17th Annual STOP Human Trafficking Community Walk and Speaker Panel on Saturday, January 13, at Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa Street, in downtown Ventura. The event started with an awareness walk down Main Street and followed with a […] Read More »

Ventura High School CIF Champions

Mayor Joe Schroeder presenting the Ventura High School Girls Cross Country team. On January 9, the City Council recognized the Ventura High School Girls Cross Country team for their recent State Championship victory. City Council also recognized their coach, Josh Spiker, and Sadie Engelhardt who won the individual title as well as breaking the Division […] Read More »

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation receives $75,000 from U.S. Bank

Snapdragon Place Apartments is just one of the CEDC’s Ventura projects. Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) announced it has received a $75,000 contribution from U.S. Bank. The grant will be used to help create safe and stable housing for children, families and communities to thrive. “Creating equitable living opportunities for families in our community requires […] Read More »

“Keeping People Housed: That’s Amore.”

by the Ventura Homeless Prevention The Ventura Homeless Prevention keeps many of our neighbors in Ventura from experiencing the double traumas of eviction and homelessness in the year ahead. In 2023, thanks to our generous donors, Ventura Homeless Prevention provided over $83,000 in rental assistance that kept 70 households (103 adults and 64 children) from […] Read More »

High school reunions planned

Two major events for the 50th Class Reunion of the Ventura High School Class of 1974 are planned for Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. The Class With Class will gather, reminisce, laugh, remember and celebrate. A traditional reunion dinner will include tributes to the classmates who have passed away, music, dinner, dancing, drinks, […] Read More »

A new partnership will help curb bullying and threats of violence

Gaggle creates a safer school environment. The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) announced an impactful collaboration with the school safety technology company Gaggle. This partnership aims to launch a SpeakUp for Safety tipline, enabling students to report threats of violence, instances of bullying, peers in crisis, and other imminent concerns affecting students’ well-being and security […] Read More »

Emergency crews respond to structure fire on Pierpont Blvd.

On January 2, at 9am, fire units were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 2500 block of Pierpont Blvd. Ventura Firefighters arrived within 4 minutes of dispatch and found a detached garage with smoke and fire showing. The fire was immediately threatening multiple homes including the primary residence of the garage. Firefighters made […] Read More »

Air Pollution Control District awarding residents up to $5,000

As winter approaches, the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District is awarding residents up to $5,000 to replace wood-burning fireplaces and stoves that are a primary source of heat with cleaner-burning and more effective devices. Smoke from burning wood contains major air pollutants including carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, fine particles and […] Read More »

Ventura County Community Colleges to host Cash 4 College Workshops

Moorpark College, Oxnard College, Ventura College and Ventura College East Campus are holding free Cash 4 College workshops to help students apply for funds to help with college costs. Funds can be used for tuition, books, housing, transportation, childcare, computers and more. In-person workshops are scheduled for February and March. The workshops are free and […] Read More »

Ventura County joins exciting new pre-apprenticeship Tri-County Program for construction and trades careers

Residents of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties can register at no cost for the High Roads Construction Careers program, put forth by Workforce Development Board of three counties. Enrollment is now open for the WDBVC’s Construction and Trades training program, designed to help residents of the Tri-Counties become competitive applicants as they […] Read More »

Fire crews respond to vehicle and structure fire

On January 4, fire units were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 6427 Ventura Blvd. Firefighters arrived within 9 minutes of dispatch and found a produce delivery truck, that had been converted into a living space, on fire extending into the produce store. Due to an aggressive attack, firefighters were able to limit the […] Read More »

Serve on the Grand Jury

The Ventura County Grand Jury will be holding information sessions for members of the public interested in becoming Grand Jurors. This is an opportunity to tour the Grand Jury Chambers, meet current Grand Jurors and get deeper insight into what it means to serve. Two information sessions will take place on: Thursday, January 18, 2024 […] Read More »

Results of online Public Health survey

The Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC), a disability services and advocacy nonprofit organization in California, is excited to announce the results of our online Public Health survey today. ILRC’s Public Health Advocate, Emily Bridges, created the anonymous questionnaire in January 2023 to discuss access issues people with disabilities and older adults encounter throughout Santa Barbara, […] Read More »

In January we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the main leaders of the American civil rights movement. A Baptist minister by training, King became a civil rights activist early in his career, leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, raising […] Read More »

8th Annual Women’s Rally & March

Justice For All Ventura County and Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund are presenting the 8th annual Woman’s Rally & March at Plaza Park, Ventura, Saturday Jan. 20 10am-2pm. “The state of women’s rights and reproductive rights may seem secure in California, but with national politics and politicians making decisions across the country looming, we […] Read More »

Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDBVC) launches “Ventura County WORKS”

The WDBVC has rebranded its existing workforce development program to “Ventura County WORKS.” The program helps job seekers in the county upgrade their skills and receive training in a variety of career fields at no cost. By visiting VenturaCountyWORKS.net or calling 805-648-WORK, interested community members will learn more about available career services and training that […] Read More »

Carbajal-Bice bill calls for military aid to combat Fentanyl crisis

Erik Nasarenko, James Fryhoff, Salud Carabajal, Dr. Sevet Johnson, John Savrnoch and Bill Brown addressed the Fentanyl epidemic. Photos by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman Headed to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed the Carabajal-Bice bill part of defense policy legislation contains a measure affirming illicit drug trafficking as a national security threat which […] Read More »

Ventura Police spread holiday cheer with"Shop with a Cop" event

At the end of the event, each child left with every item gift-wrapped for them. The Ventura Police Department partnered with the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura and the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation to host its annual Shop with a Cop event on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at Walmart in Ventura. Thirty […] Read More »

Historic Ventura Pier receives a $40,000 donation

Ventura Pier is a cherished symbol of our community’s rich history. Photo by Richard Lieberman Pier Into the Future, a local nonprofit organization committed to the preservation of our historic coastal landmark, has generously awarded a $40,000 donation to the City to support some of the much-needed repairs during the City Council Meeting on Monday, December […] Read More »

Water rescue in the Ventura River Bottom

On Dec 21, fire units were dispatched to a person yelling for help in the Ventura River Bottom off of Main Street. Firefighters arrived within 5 minutes of dispatch to find a person trapped on an island with water rising rapidly on both sides. Firefighters rapidly deployed the aerial ladder truck to perform a rescue […] Read More »

Firefighters respond to single story/single family home fire

On Dec.22, fire units were dispatched to a reported structure fire. Firefighters arrived within 3 mins of dispatch and found a single story/single family home in the 200 block of Ramona St. with heavy fire and smoke showing. Firefighters were challenged with live powerlines down to the rear of the structure. Firefighters made entry to […] Read More »

A temporary fire station is set to open in 2024

The site has been a fire department training facility since 1991. The City Council (on a 4-3 vote) voted to clear the way for a fire station to go up at 2269 Alessandro Dr. on a 2.9-acre site owned by the city. It will be the Ventura’s seventh station. The station could be used for […] Read More »

Donate blood to help people in need during National Blood Donor Month

by Carol Leish, MA Did you know that a single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood? Did you know that just one donation of blood could save 3 lives? “Blood donations are especially needed in January to help after the drop in the blood supply over the holidays,” according […] Read More »

Firefighters respond to traffic collision with vehicle 100’ over the side and 5 patients

On Dec.22, fire units were dispatched to a traffic collision with extrication on Poli. Firefighters arrived within 5 minutes of dispatch to find a vehicle 100’ over the side with 5 patients. Two engines and ladder truck worked together to safely rescue all 5 patients and safely get them back up on to the pavement. […] Read More »

Soroptimist 17th Annual STOP Human Trafficking

Soroptimist International will sponsor the 17th Annual STOP Human Trafficking Community Walk and Speaker Panel on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa Street, in downtown Ventura. The event starts with an awareness walk down Main Street and follows with a speaker panel — Dr. Anthony Walls, co-founder of Healthcare for All; Alia […] Read More »

Ventura Police urge responsible holiday celebrations and safe driving

This holiday season, the Ventura Police Department encourages the public to celebrate responsibly and avoid driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications, or over-the-counter drugs that can impair the ability to drive safely. Through New Year’s Day, the Ventura Police Department will deploy additional officers on patrol to actively identify and apprehend drivers […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber of Commerce hosts Poinsettia Awards

The Ventura Chamber of Commerce hosted the Poinsettia Awards on Thursday, December 14, at the Marriot hotel. This exciting event comes together to celebrate the best in our community, the best in business, the best in education, the best in public service, and the best community leaders. The Poinsettia Awards provides the Chamber with the […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County awarded $5 million

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (Housing Trust Fund VC) has been awarded $5,000,000 from the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) as part of the Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) 2.0 Lasting Affordability program. The funding will support the creation of the Housing Trust Fund Ventura County’s Revolving LongTerm Loan Program for Infill Affordable Housing […] Read More »

Popular holiday bus will be dashing through the streets all season long

Gold Coast Transit District’s popular holiday bus returns with a cheerful new design. Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) is excited to announce the eighth annual appearance of its popular holiday bus, which will be dashing through the streets all season long until January 7, 2024. All rides on board this special bus are free. This […] Read More »

Applications now open for 2024 Bank of America Student Leader Program

Last year’s student leaders. Community-minded high school juniors and seniors looking for summer internships are encouraged now to prepare and submit their applications for the 2024 Student Leaders program offered by Bank of America. The deadline to apply for this prestigious community-oriented leadership program is Jan. 17, 2024. The program provides work experience and training through an 8-week paid internship […] Read More »

Fundraising efforts underway to ensure a festive holiday meal for VUSD students in need

Ventura Cheers for Children, a venerable non-profit organization is dedicated to assisting Ventura Unified families facing adversity is in the final stretch of its annual holiday meal campaign, a tradition spanning over 70 years. This heartwarming initiative not only brightens the festive season for those in need but also provides ongoing support to families grappling […] Read More »

Big boats, little boats, fat boats, skinny boats, row boats, sail boats, pleasure boats and fishing boats

Ventura has become a hub for squid fishing. by Patricia Schallert There are boats, and then there are the fishing boats in the Ventura Harbor that can’t be missed when strolling along the promenade in the Harbor Village. Ventura as a coastal town has a bustling squid industry that has long been a cornerstone of […] Read More »

Food Share's 12th Annual CAN-tree Food Drive

Food Share’s 12th Annual CAN-tree Food Drive returned to transform Figueroa Plaza in the heart of Downtown Ventura. Over 300 magnificent trees, contributed by a diverse array of 100 businesses and groups, adorn the plaza.       The Ventura Breeze was there putting up their tree. Mary Thompson and Janie Tran led the group […] Read More »

Kaiser Permanente donates $10,000 To SEEAG’s Ag-Education Programs

SEEAG’s Mary Maranville and Seth Wilmoth, and Mary Jarvis and Dr. Liz Diaz Querol of Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser Permanente presented Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) a $10,000 community health grant during SEEAG’s annual Ventura County Farm Day on November 4. The donation will help fund SEEAG’s Ventura County Youth Wellness Initiative. SEEAG’s Youth Wellness […] Read More »

Celebrating the delisting of two island plant species on the Channel Islands

Partners celebrated at the Channel Islands National Park visitor center. Partners from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy, California, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and Naval Base Ventura County came together to celebrate the delisting of two island plant species on the Channel Islands due to committed, […] Read More »

River Haven is now gone forever

Before. The City of Ventura and Turning Point Foundation decided to close the River Haven Transitional Housing Program on Oct 1, 2023. Turning Point Foundation managed this transitional housing program for over 17 years. After River Haven allowed clients to stay for 24 months while working on a transition to permanent housing, River Haven was located […] Read More »

Emergency crews respond to passenger trapped in vehicle

On December 1, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received multiple calls regarding a traffic collision. Ventura Police units quickly arrived on scene and determined a person was trapped in the vehicle. Fire personnel arrived within minutes of the initial call and found a single passenger trapped in a vehicle with major damage. The vehicle was […] Read More »

Fire Units Dispatched to Reported Explosion

On November 30, at 10:49am, fire units were dispatched to a reported explosion inside of a residence at Ventura Avenue and Dakota Dr. Firefighters arrived within 7 minutes of dispatch and found a 2 story/multi-family home that had sustained an explosion with resulting damage to the kitchen area and multiple windows. Firefighters investigated the involved […] Read More »

Emergency crews respond to brush fire turned structure fire

On December 3, fire units were dispatched to a reported brush fire that was quickly determined to be a structure fire in the 2000 block of Cayuse Lane. Firefighters arrived within 8 minutes of dispatch and found a single story/single family home with fire and smoke showing from the attic. Firefighters extinguished the fire with […] Read More »

Salvation Army recently celebrated its 2023-24 Red Kettle Kick Off.

Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko delivered the keynote address. by Sheli Ellsworth For Whom the Bell Tolls Who is the largest non-governmental provider of social services in the world? Goodwill? United Way? UNICEF? Nope. It is The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army recently celebrated its 2023-24 Red Kettle Kick Off. Since 1891, red kettles […] Read More »

Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams' Star Receiver, leads Food Share's Thanksgiving Turkey distribution

Monica White, Food Share’s President & CEO; Cooper Kupp, Anna Kupp and Jenn Caldwell, Food Share’s Chief Development Officer at Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution In a heartwarming display of community commitment, Cooper Kupp, the celebrated wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams, took center stage at Food Share’s Thanksgiving Turkey n’ Trimmings giveaway in College Park, […] Read More »

Saying farewell to Cris Loy

Cris Loy, Cindy Teer, DoriAnne Matsumoto and Kim Murphy together at Knott’s Scary Farm the day Loy passed. by Amy Brown Some people just make life a little sweeter for others, and Cris Loy was one of them. Whether it was designing custom cakes for people in her business, a Gift of Taste, or helping […] Read More »

Ventura County Ballet brings the Nutcracker to VCMC Pediatric Oncology Patients

Dancers from Ventura County Ballet performed excerpts from The Nutcracker. It’s always hard being sick as a child and missing favorite activities with friends and family. But there’s one special holiday tradition local kids don’t have to miss – The Nutcracker! Dancers from Ventura County Ballet performed excerpts from The Nutcracker at Ventura County Medical […] Read More »

They need help all year long

After learning how many students were experiencing homelessness in VUSD (over 400), Marcie Youtz approached the school district officials about accepting contributions to support the homeless children, she realized forming a 501c3 charity, 805 Community for Children was a necessary part of the process in order to have the donations be tax deductible for the […] Read More »

39th Annual Memorial Program Light Up a Life

As the holiday season approaches, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice is preparing to host its cherished “Light Up a Life” events. These events offer comfort and a unique opportunity to celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed away. As the dates draw near, the community is invited to join in these heartwarming […] Read More »

Ventura Police awarded $228,000

The Ventura Police Department proudly announces that it secured a $228,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to bolster life-saving enforcement and education-based activities. This grant allows officers to actively champion safe driving practices, empower cyclists and pedestrians to navigate roads with confidence, and deliver vital education on the significance of road […] Read More »

EPIC Leadership Center Starts Fall Program

After a small break from completion of the summer program, EPIC Leadership Center has started its after-school program at Westview Village. The fall after-school program, developed and overseen by EPIC’s Kate Simonson, Westview’s resident Program Director, includes Art (Creative Mondays), Character and Leadership Training, Girl Scouts, Youth night, and Family Game night. Activities are conducted […] Read More »

Boat Fire at Portside Ventura Harbor

Photos by Nella Nelson Apparently, because of fear of fuel on board becoming a major fire, when an overheating battery starting smoking in a boat anchored at Portside Ventura Harbor fire fighters from several cities came to make sure it didn’t spread. Perhaps a bit of an overreaction.   Read More »

Ventura Fire Units Respond to Garage Fire

On November 27, at 7:45am, Ventura fire units were dispatched to a reported garage fire with extension into the residence in the 1600 Block of Ventura Ave. Firefighters arrived within 4 minutes of dispatch and found a single story/multi family home with heavy fire and smoke showing from the garage and the attached homes. The […] Read More »

Christmas tree fundraiser

Sustainably forested silver-tip fir trees from Northern California will be available for pickup on Saturday, December 2 during “Christmas At The Farm” at Petty Ranch (11971 Darling Rd.) in Ventura. Proceeds from the Christmas tree fundraiser will help fund Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) agriculture education and healthy eating programs for kids in Ventura […] Read More »

DaVita Health Tour arrives in Ventura providing free health screenings with its mobile testing center.

Two company representative Bertha Avalos and Vicky Ramos volunteer their time to raise CKD. Photos by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman The DaVita Health tour campaign has arrived in Ventura. DaVita Health specializes in Dialysis, a life sustaining- treatment for those living with end stage kidney disease. The specialized bus is designed to offer free […] Read More »

The work appears to be progressing as planned

42” diameter pipe was pulled under the Ventura Harbor. by Patricia Schallert On November 4th, the 42” diameter 1,450 foot long black pipe that was stretched down Anchors Way was pulled under the Ventura Harbor from Anchors Way to Marina Park. The 42” casing pipe below the Harbor, and the 20” outfall pipe below the […] Read More »

Cleaning up after Veterans Day: This flag is not disposable

by David Goldstein The United States Flag Code is a federal law, but compliance depends on good will. In 1968, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a criminal statue making it illegal to “mutilate, deface, defile, or burn” an American flag, so now all the provisions of the code are all phrased with words such […] Read More »

Metrolink and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner partner

Metrolink and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner ticket holders with origin and destination stations between Los Angeles and Ventura can now board either train service. Metrolink, Southern California’s regional passenger rail service, has partnered with the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency, which manages the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service, to expand the existing codeshare program. This new expanded codeshare […] Read More »

Community Memorial Continuing Care Center receives Five Stars for Overall Quality

Community Memorial Continuing Care Center, located on the campus of Community Memorial Hospital – Ojai, has earned a five-star rating, the highest ranking possible, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Continuing Care Center is the only skilled nursing facility in the Ojai Valley to receive this prestigious designation. The Five-Star award […] Read More »

$1 million prize recognizes excellence and equitable outcomes for college students

The Aspen Institute has again named Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura colleges among the 150 institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among two-year colleges. The institutions selected for this honor stand out among more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications

Online workshops to help with the application process are offered at VC. The Ventura College Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2024-25 school year. The deadline for application submissions is January 21, 2024. Students currently enrolled at Ventura College in the 2023-2024 academic year and who have completed at least six units by […] Read More »

12th annual can-tree food drive event

Food Share, Ventura County’s largest hunger-relief organization, is bringing its most popular community event back for the holidays! The 12th Annual CAN-tree food drive will take place in Figueroa Plaza from Thursday, November 30 when the trees will be built, through Sunday, December 3, 2022, when they will be dismantled. The event, which brings thousands […] Read More »

Halloween-themed festival event helping autism community

by Patricia Schallert On October 26th, ABS Kids put on a Halloween-themed festival event in Ventura. Clinical Operations Director Scott Revlin shared what is important for Ventura’s autism community and their families, including community integrations and local events like the Halloween festival. “It is important for ABS Kids to interact in with the autism community, […] Read More »

Metrolink launches “Student Adventure Pass”

On Monday, Oct. 9, Metrolink, Southern California’s regional passenger rail provider, launched its Student Adventure Pass. This pilot program allows any student with valid school identification to obtain a pass at no charge and ride anywhere on the Metrolink system for free. The Student Adventure Pass is made possible through grant funding from the Low […] Read More »

Ventura in the news

Outdoor dining areas have become prevalent along Main Street in downtown Ventura as portions of the street remain closed to cars. The closure of Main St. in downtown to cars is scheduled to end in June 2024. But council members, the general public and some business owners have very different ideas if it should stay […] Read More »

Visit Ventura is a finalist for the Place Brand of the Year

Visit Ventura is proud to announce it is a finalist for the Place Brand of the Year category of the City Nation Place Awards 2023 for the organization’s involvement and leadership in hosting the X Games 2023 in Ventura. Visit Ventura is the only USA finalist in this category. The City Nation Place Awards celebrate […] Read More »

Ventura Unified to become 1st district on Central Coast to Utilize IRA Funding

Comprehensive energy program will leverage Federal funding to implement integrated solutions at all 27 school sites and capture an expected $106 million in net energy savings Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) recently approved a contract with ENGIE North America (ENGIE) for comprehensive solar, LED building lighting, customized sports facility LED lighting, and an integrated STEM […] Read More »

Ventura County Behavioral Health's  Annual Update and 3-Year Plan for 2023-2024

by Carol Leish, MA A Mid-Year Adjustment was completed for the current 3-year plan for the Mental Health Services Act. The plan outlines what Ventura County Behavioral Health plans to spend its Mental Health Services Act dollars on from 2023-2026. The mid-year adjustment was needed after a onetime payment was received from the state in […] Read More »

Learn about the Ventura County Grand Jury

Jurors Available for Speaking Events The Ventura County Grand Jury seeks opportunities to speak to community organizations, non-profit organizations, and similar groups as part of its education outreach program. The Grand Jury investigates matters affecting aspects of government in Ventura County. The Jury comprises 19 citizens who are impaneled by the Presiding Judge of the […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura awarded $5,000,000.

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County has been awarded $5,000,000 from the Local Housing Trust Fund (LHTF) program by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). This is a result of the nonprofit’s ability to raise $5M in local funding to receive this 100% match from the California State Prop 1 matching grant program. […] Read More »

Ventura Firefighters join the fight during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ventura firefighters wore pink themed t-shirts. The Ventura Fire Department is proud to partner with the Ventura City Firefighters Association and various local Ventura businesses for the 13th consecutive year to champion Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This October, Ventura firefighters are uniting in support of this cause by selling limited-edition pink, embossed department t-shirts. Ventura […] Read More »

Love Ventura

Several members of the city council were there. Photos by Patricia Schallert The volunteers chose between 17 different projects. At the bike hub were volunteers learning how to fix bikes for kids, at the river cleanup (owned by the Ventura Land Trust) volunteers were cleaning up the river bottom. Love Ventura stated “By partnering and […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Gala – Tickets On Sale

Ventura College Foundation Applied Science Group. Tickets are on sale for Ventura College Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Gala, Friday, October 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County (100 East Main Street, Ventura). The gala will celebrate the successes of Ventura College students and the decades of board leadership and dedicated […] Read More »

Ventura Police host “Coffee with a Cop” at Simone’s Coffee and Tea.

Chief Shindler and some of the many cops who dropped by to share coffee with citizens. Photos by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman Ventura police held a Coffee with a Cop event on Wednesday October 4, 2023, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Community members were invited to meet with Ventura Police officers and professional […] Read More »

The Beat Goes On

The sound walls are reducing the sound significantly for the neighbors. by Patricia Schallert “The recent noise being caused by conductor casing installation, is essentially pile driving at 3 beats per second. It is admittedly very loud, but it is as the City had expected and the sound wall is mitigating the situation significantly. This […] Read More »

Tourism to Channel Islands National Park contributes $31.9 million to local economy 

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 323,000 visitors to Channel Islands National Park in 2022 spent $21.8 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 258 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $31.9 million. “Since 1916, the National Park Service has been […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber Business Expo

Photo by Patricia Schallert On October 12, the Ventura Chamber held their Business Expo at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. The Chamber’s Business Expo is held in spring and fall of each year. Over 75 vendors participated in the expo, showcasing their services, food and products. Greeting those who attended at the Breeze booth were […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County announces approval of a $1.5 million acquisition loan

College Community Courts will provide 15 one-bedroom, 27 two-bedroom and 15 three-bedroom. Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (Housing Trust Fund VC) announces the approval of a $1,500,000 predevelopment loan to help fund College Community Courts, a People’s Self-Help Housing Corporation (PSHHC) affordable housing development in Ventura. With construction set to begin in late 2024, the […] Read More »

Lion’s Cornhole event benefits City of Hope

The Lion’s held a Cornhole event benefiting the City of Hope.   Read More »

Visit Ventura received the Key to the City for X Games success

“That’s a heavy key!” President and CEO Marlyss Auster accepted the Key to the City from Mayor Joe Schroeder for Visit Ventura’s leadership in bringing the X Games to Ventura Visit Ventura was honored to receive the Key to the City for Visit Ventura’s tremendous efforts in bringing the X Games to Ventura. This is […] Read More »

VUSD Board of Education appoints new trustee

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education appointed Ms. Alicia LaVere to serve as Trustee for Area 3 at a Special Board of Education meeting that was held on September 26, 2023. Six candidates were interviewed that day, with the Board choosing LaVere to serve in the role. Trustee LaVere will take the […] Read More »

Advocates pursue “Mental Health For All” at community walk

As the American public increasingly understands the critical nature of accessible, affordable mental health care, so do the demands on NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, known locally as NAMI Ventura County. To support its free educational programs, power its advocacy efforts and strengthen outreach to the community, NAMI presents its largest mental health […] Read More »

Ventura Water - In Focus

by Ventura Water Throughout our series highlighting the people and processes that make up Ventura Water, the importance of excellence in the workplace has been an underlying theme. This month, focusing on the Laboratory Team, the necessity for consistently high quality of work is as clear as clean water. By collecting and analyzing our water […] Read More »

Community support urgently needed for additional emergency shelter homes for children and youth in Ventura County

Strengthening VC Families, an initiative of Ventura County Children and Family Services, is asking for families to help children in need by providing safe Emergency Shelter Homes (ESH) for children and youth who need an immediate place to go. The ESH program provides children, youth, and families with a foundation of respect and support, from […] Read More »

Board member resigns position

After serving two and half years of a four-year term, Ventura Unified School District Board of Education Trustee, Ms. Amy Callahan has announced her decision to step down from her Area 3 seat for personal reasons. “This decision has not been easy and comes after much reflection. Due to personal reasons, I find myself needing […] Read More »

Healthgrades awards Community Memorial Hospital

Community Memorial Hospital – Ventura is proud to announce five important awards for exceptional care from Healthgrades, a leader in hospital transparency and research. Community Memorial Hospital – Ventura earned the 2023 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, placing it among the top 15 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient experience, according to Healthgrades. The patient experience measures […] Read More »

Short-term jobs restoring local parks damaged by flooding

Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDBVC) is excited to announce short-term jobs for unemployed adults, to help clean, repair, and restore local parks damaged by the devastating winter storms of 2022-23. WDBVC and Goodwill of Ventura have partnered with the federally funded National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG), which allows Goodwill to hire workers to […] Read More »

Food Share hosted its Second Annual Fed Up Shindig

One of the highlights of the night was the inaugural Empty Bowls silent auction. On Saturday, September 23rd, Food Share hosted its Second Annual Fed Up Shindig, bringing together more than 350 people from our community in a united effort to combat hunger. This event, held at Food Share in Oxnard, was not only a […] Read More »

Business Profile: Embarc is first cannabis dispensary to open in Ventura

Ventura Mayor Joe Schroeder and Mike Marostica, local embarc owner. After a lengthy, multi-year review process, embarc was the first of the selected operators to open their doors and begin serving the Ventura community, ushering in a new era of access to local cannabis dispensaries in the city. Embarc is a well-respected dispensary operator, with […] Read More »

River Haven Program closure

Turning Point Foundation has managed this unique transitional housing program for 17+ years. The City of Ventura and Turning Point Foundation have decided to sunset the River Haven Transitional Housing Program on Oct 1, 2023 due to challenging weather conditions (recent high winds/heavy rains) and increasing safety/security issues with nearby encampments. This decision, while not […] Read More »

River Haven offers a way out of homelessness

Note: From a previous Ventura Breeze by Carol Leish “River Haven started during the El Nino in 2006,” according to, Suki Sir, Marketing and Fund Development Manager at Turning Point Foundation. “Thus, during the El Nino, we approached the City of Ventura in March, 2006. Contracts were signed in September, and the program started in […] Read More »

Ventura Fire Department puts new ladder truck into service with 'push-in' ceremony

Push-in ceremonies date back to the early 1800s. The Ventura Fire Department firefighter-paramedics received a helping hand from the Mayor and City staff who lent their strength for the Department’s ‘push-in’ ceremony on September 14. A new state-of-the-art fire truck was unveiled and officially put into service, signifying its readiness to respond to emergencies and […] Read More »

Ventura Police and Ventura Fire Department hold community block party

Crime prevention and fire safety issues were the major themes of the event. Photos by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman The Ventura Police Community Foundation, the Ventura Police and the Ventura Fire Departments hosted Ventura residents at a block party on Saturday, August 25th. The community event was held at police headquarters 1425 Dowell Drive in […] Read More »

Business Profile: Car Show for K-9s this Saturday

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Many people are confused about what is happening at Crown Classics & Museum, the car dealership that held its grand opening at the old Toys R Us building in Ventura, just to be shut down by the City over a permit issue within days. The business appears to have plenty of beautiful classic vehicles in […] Read More »

The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children opens Bright Space at The City Center

Ventura Mayor Joe Schroeder and Jim Duran, City Center Executive Director welcomed the attendees. Photos by Michael Gordon The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children opened a Bright Space at The City Center, 837 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, on Thursday, August, 24. Bright Spaces, the signature program of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, provide engaging environments […] Read More »

$337,500 in grants awarded to small business owners

Since 1991, WEV has provided business training and small business advisory services to more than 28,000. Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)’s Emprendimiento Program increases opportunities for historically marginalized individuals by providing entrepreneurial training and access to capital for limited English proficient (LEP) and Hispanic community members. On August 23, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) presented $337,500 in […] Read More »

Celebrating a significant milestone in community safety and wildfire prevention

Ondulando Board of Directors and City support staff. Photos by Patricia Schallert On August 25th, the Ventura Fire Department invited the community of Ondulando, located in East Ventura to join Fire Chief David Endaya, Fire Marshal Brett Reed and the Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council in celebrating a significant milestone in community safety and wildfire prevention. […] Read More »

Growing Works Nursery’s 5th Anniversary Fall Festival Fundraiser

Growing Works now enjoys a reputation of high quality 4” and 1 gallon and larger plants. by Carol Leish, MA Josh Carsman, Marketing/Fund Development Manager for Turning Point Foundation, says, “Come celebrate on October 28, 2023 from 10am-2pm the Gowing Works Nursery’s 5th Anniversary Fall Festival. There will be free admission! There will be music, […] Read More »

Ventura Downtown Lions Club presents $5,000 donation to Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation

Ventura Downtown Lions Club President Maya Zumaya and immediate past president Pat Pothier at their Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser on August 20th.  The Ventura Downtown Lions Club has committees that support both first responders and canines. It was a unanimous board vote to make the donation towards the Ventura County Sheriff’s plans for a joint training […] Read More »

Ventura Ocean Outfall Project

As part of the Ventura Ocean Outfall Project, Blois Construction will be performing pipeline work along Anchors Way between Schooner Drive and Beachmont Street. During this time, there will be closures of the street and sidewalk in the affected areas. Traffic Control Plans have been designed to ensure a smooth and safe flow of traffic […] Read More »

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura is excited to announce the appointment of Jeff Lambert

Jeff Lambert returns to Ventura. The Board of Commissioners (BOC) for the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) is delighted to announce the appointment of Jeffrey “Jeff” Lambert as the new Chief Executive Officer for the HACSB. Lambert brings a wealth of experience and expertise in housing planning, policy development, and community […] Read More »

Upcoming new and exciting mental health fundraiser events

The Return to Bard Mansion Halloween Fundraiser will be an upcoming formal night out. by Carol Leish, MA The Turning Point Foundation in Ventura is having two upcoming fundraising events. These events will be fun events to be able to help to provide: hope, a haven, and healing to improve the quality of lives for […] Read More »

Annual “Back-to-School” Gift~Away Event

The pirate and mermaid themed event made a big splash with the families. Kids & Families Together (K&FT) – Heart 2 Heart Program set sail on Saturday, August 12th, with all pirates and mermaids on board for their 13th Annual Back-to-School Gift~Away Event! This year’s event was sponsored by the Port of Hueneme, and The […] Read More »

Autism Society Ventura County

Autism Society Ventura County (ASVC) has been serving Ventura County since 1994. Our mission is to create connections, allowing everyone in the Autism community to live fully. Our Board of Directors are comprised of individuals on the Autism spectrum, Parents, Service Providers and Community members. 1 in 36 babies born today will be diagnosed with […] Read More »

Ventura Water Pure Project- First of a series

Ventura Water Pure Project presentation made to the Ventura Marina Community. by P. Lawrie On August 1, 2023, a presentation was made to the Ventura Marina Community regarding the Ventura Water Pure Project.  The goals were to inform the community and businesses and surrounding community about the anticipated impact of the project by building a collaborative […] Read More »

Money raised for Kids & Families Together

School supplies were also collected at the event.  On Sunday, July 16, Kids & Families Together was the beneficiary of the Pierpont Racquet Club’s  Annual Car Show & Farmers Market. A fun event with some beautiful cars on display! The event raised $775 for Kids & Families Together and the upcoming Back-to-School Gift~Away event that […] Read More »

Ventura Police host a “Tip- a- Cop” fundraiser to support local Special Olympics athletes

Chief Darin Schindler and officer Miguel Martinez greeting all. Photos by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman The Ventura Police Department held an annual fundraiser Tip-A-Cop on Tuesday July 25. The annual event raises funds for local Special Olympics athletes. The event was held at Finney’s Craft House located at 494 E. Main St. Ventura. Ventura […] Read More »

Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Report

Ocean water quality results for samples collected this week indicate ocean water quality at the following Ventura County beach sampling location failed to meet State standards for bacteria: • Rincon Beach Warning signs are currently posted and contact with ocean water should be avoided for a minimum of 50 yards on either side of each […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust Hosts Annual Film Festival for Open Space Conservation

Ventura Land Trust’s annual benefit, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, returns on Saturday, August 26th to the expansive lawn of the Ventura County Credit Union headquarters. Now in its 14th year, the film festival features nearly two hours of environmental and activism films along with music, food trucks, and local beer, wine and spirits. […] Read More »

XGames a huge success

by Visit Ventura The keyword “X Games Ventura 2023” saw over 500% Google search increase over the past 90 days. An estimated 52,000 fans attended X Games California 2023 in Ventura over the three-day weekend event. It was a weekend full of many firsts that aligned together from partnerships that spanned worldwide to local-wide. “To […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital earns highest quality distinction

Community Memorial Hospital – Ventura has earned a five-star rating, the highest ranking possible, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This five-star designation places Community Memorial Hospital – Ventura among the top 15 percent of hospitals in the nation. It is also the only hospital in Ventura County to receive five stars. […] Read More »

Community Memorial becomes first to implant new pacemaker

Community Memorial Healthcare is proud to announce that electrophysiologist Jonathan Dukes, MD recently became the first physician in the United States to implant the new Medtronics Micra AV2 implant — the latest, upgraded version of a dual-chamber sensing ventricular pacemaker. The Micra AV2 is the newest and more efficient version of Medtronic’s minimally invasive treatment […] Read More »

California Transportation Commission approves $74.8 million

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has approved $74.8 million from the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program to support construction of four rail, active transportation and electric-vehicle charging projects in Ventura County. The Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP) is a statewide, competitive program that provides funding to achieve a balanced set of transportation, environmental, and […] Read More »

Ventura city and county emergency crews respond to structure fire with person on the roof

On July 13, at noon, fire units were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 3000 block of Porter Lane near the Pacific View Mall, with a person on the roof. Ventura Police Department quickly responded and apprehended the suspect on scene prior to Fire Department’s arrival. Firefighters arrived within 4 mins of dispatch […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire respond to single family residence fire resulting in death and injuries

On July 21, at 8:45 am, the Ventura City Fire received a call of a reported structure fire in the 400 block of Nova Court. Upon arrival firefighters found a well involved single family residence with a report of a person trapped inside. Firefighting crews immediately entered the building fighting fire and conducting a search […] Read More »

Food Share of Ventura County receives multiple awards

Food Share, Ventura County’s largest hunger-relief organization, has been honored with a multitude of prestigious awards, solidifying its position as one of the county’s leading nonprofits. The 73rd annual Oxnard Community & Business Awards, hosted by the West Ventura County Business Alliance, recognizes remarkable individuals, businesses, and organizations. Food Share was honored with the Non […] Read More »

The vibrant event brought together generous contributions from various local establishments

Charity Luau a great success. The community spirit was alive and thriving at Portside Ventura Harbor’s recent Charity Luau, where residents and local businesses united for a great cause. In an effort to support the PTSD Foundation, this vibrant event brought together generous contributions from various local establishments, including Harbor Mart, Crave Gelato Kofi Bar, […] Read More »

Ventura County Fire crews respond to multiple vehicle collision

On July 13, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received multiple calls regarding a traffic collision at Kimball and Thille. Fire personnel arrived within minutes of the initial call and found multiple vehicles involved and 1 person trapped. The vehicle was stabilized, and extrication equipment was deployed to remove the victim and transport the victim […] Read More »

General Services Agency to accept donation of memorial statues at County Veterans Memorial

The “Remembering” statue. The two statues slated to be installed will honor the loss and sacrifice made by families and members of the military. The “Gold Star” statue is a life size rendition of a mother/wife kneeling holding her son, daughter, or husbands’ folded casket flag. The “Remembering” statue is a life size rendition of […] Read More »

Totally Local VC to host the VC Craft Beer Garden at 2023 Ventura County Fair

Totally Local VC is proud to announce that we will be the official hosts for the Craft Beer & Wine Garden at this year’s 2023 Ventura County Fair. We are excited to be working with the VC Fair staff and our local breweries to help design and develop the Totally Local VC Beer & Wine Garden.  This […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust Hosts a Community Roundtable for Mariano Rancho

Ventura Land Trust will host a Community Roundtable on July 25th to invite input from Ventura residents on up-and-coming nature preserve Mariano Rancho. The 1,645-acre property in the hills north of Ventura was purchased by Ventura Land Trust (VLT) in 2020 for permanent conservation, with plans to open the preserve to the public in 2025. […] Read More »

New job program launched at community colleges

The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDBVC) and the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) today announced the launch of a new joint job program designed to help Ventura County residents develop the skills they need to get in-demand, high-paying jobs. The new career program will be offered at Ventura, Moorpark, and Oxnard Colleges, […] Read More »

Aera is hosting a fun(d)raiser and silent auction to support the campground.

Summer is here and it’s time for national park trips across California and beyond. It is true indeed that not all those who wander are lost. Some of us prefer to spend our time hiking and camping at the national parks; disconnected from the outside world and the constant run of news and social media. […] Read More »

GOGO scooters stolen

In a surprising turn of events, GOGO, a local startup dedicated to providing eco-friendly transportation solutions, faced a setback when two of their electric scooters were stolen in a brazen smash-and-grab incident at the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. However, GOGO refuses to let this incident deter their mission. Instead, they are turning this adversity into […] Read More »

Ventura receives grant to improve Surfers Point

A combination of factors added to the problem over many years. Photos by Joseph Seemayer @jseemayerphoto The city will receive $16.2 million to complete an old project to relocate the parking lot and crumbling bike path farther inland at Surfers Point. The California Coastal Conservancy approved the $16.2 million for the work. It is the […] Read More »

Ventura police officers carry the torch for the Ventura County Special Olympics

The non-competitive, segmented run started at Ventura City Hall. by Joseph Seemayer @jseemayerphoto On Thursday, June 8, Ventura Police officers and staff participated in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run held from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. The non-competitive, segmented run started at the steps of the Ventura City Hall located at 501 Poli […] Read More »

A playhouse like none ever

Foto: 61 Happy volunteers after 4-5 hours. Photos by Patricia Schallert and Michael Gordon On Saturday, June 24, Portside Ventura Harbor presented Playhouses by the Sea with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura Harbor (building homes, communities& hope) There was construction and painting of three beautiful playhouses for military and veteran families. A wonderful opportunity to […] Read More »

Ventura acted within it’s rights in removing Serra

Several years ago the Ventura City Council voted unanimously 6-0 (with then Mayor LaVere recusing himself) to remove the Father Serra statue in front of City Hall and temporarily have it stored. At the time the City Council also approved the removal of the wooden statue of Father Serra from inside City Hall that was […] Read More »

Ventura firefighters respond to residential structure fire

On June 26, at 6:30pm, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received multiple calls of a residential structure fire in the 1300 block of Rugby Ave.. Firefighters arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and found a single-story single-family structure with smoke coming from an attached garage. Firefighters knocked down and extinguished the fire within […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust awarded $1.3 million FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant

Rains have resulted in heavy damage but robust growth of all plants. Ventura Land Trust (VLT) has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fuel load reduction and erosion mitigation in Harmon Canyon Preserve. The funded proposal is designed to mitigate wildfire risk between Harmon Canyon Preserve and […] Read More »

Ventura County Library reading and lunch

This summer, Ventura County Library (VCL) will host Lunch at the Library Farm to Summer Program at 3 location for children and teens 18 years and under. Local youth will be served healthy meals and are invited to participate in a series of Summer Reading Program activities. These will include daily fun activities, book giveaways, […] Read More »

Heroes needed now: Give blood or platelets

The American Red Cross wants everyone to enjoy a safe and fun Fourth of July, which includes ensuring a strong blood supply for patients in hospitals across the country. There has been a concerning shortfall in blood donations in recent weeks, and the upcoming holiday could put a further strain on donations, as millions celebrate […] Read More »

Ventura Rotary’s 4th of July Fireworks is back

Funding challenges nearly put a stop to the event. Photo by Michael Gordon The Rotary Club of Ventura is proud to once again host the 4th of July Fireworks Show and Family Picnic at the Ventura College athletic fields. The event will be held on Tuesday, July 4th with gates opening at 5 pm and the fireworks […] Read More »

Mental Wellness Festival

by Patricia Schallert   On June 3, a Mental Health Festival was held at the Ventura Harbor Village main lawn that celebrated the completion of National Mental Health Awareness month. A grass roots mental health and wellness celebration that included a unique (client-submitted) art exhibit and a native plant sale. The event was presented by the […] Read More »

Color blind visitors to Ventura’s Botanical Gardens get new views with a new viewer and glasses

by Richard Lieberman Recently the Ventura Botanical Gardens announced the installation of a new specialized viewer for color- blind visitors and also new specialized glasses available to borrow. The installation of a specialized scope viewer allows color- blind visitors to see the true colors of the gardens. The viewer is installed at the Mereweather site […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation distributes over $670,000 in scholarships

Scholarship recipients come from all different backgrounds with different education and career goals. The Ventura College Foundation presented 439 scholarships for the 2023-24 academic year totaling $670,406 during its 34th Annual Scholarship Awards ceremony, May 18, at the Ventura College Athletic Center.  Of the 235 scholarship recipients, many received multiple scholarships with an average amount […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund VC’s Annual Compassion Campaign sets another fundraising record

Housing Trust Fund VC CEO Linda Braunschweiger speaking to the packed house. Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (www.housingtrustfundvc.org) set another fundraising record at its 4th Annual Compassion Campaign. With a strong showing of community leaders in attendance, the organization exceeded last year’s record setting fundraising high. Supported in part by Keystone Sponsors City National Bank […] Read More »

Our Ventura TV Receives 2023 Wilbur Award of Merit from the Religion Communicators Council

Our Ventura TV, a weekly cable TV and online interview series, is pleased to announce that it has been honored with a from the Religion Communicators Council (founded in 1929). The Wilbur Awards, named after journalist Marvin C. Wilbur, recognize excellence in secular (non-religious) media for effectively communicating religious issues, values, and themes. These awards […] Read More »

X Games California 2023 lands in Ventura

by Visit Ventura Visit Ventura has announced that in partnership with the City, Ventura County Coast, and Visit California, X Games is coming back to California. This summer marks three years since X Games fans have been able to watch Skateboard, BMX, and Moto X competitions in a large event format in person together. This […] Read More »

Ventura emergency personnel respond to traffic collision

On May 15, at 12:36pm, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received multiple calls regarding a traffic collision at Telephone and Portola. Ventura Police units quickly arrived on scene and determined a person was trapped in the vehicle. Fire personnel arrived within minutes of the initial call and found a single passenger trapped in a […] Read More »

Volunteer Appreciation Week held at CMH

Valerie, Tinette, Patty and Adam prepared the great meals. During Volunteer Appreciation Week members of the Community Memorial Health Services Auxiliary were treated to a delicious lunch in the 8th floor auditorium of the Mountain Tower of the hospital. Hospital staff served the beautifully displayed entrees, salads, and desserts that tempted auxiliary members as they […] Read More »

“From the Avenue to The Channel Islands” Program

680 students from DATA Middle School will dive into outdoor recreation and ocean-related activities after months of environmental education with MERITO Foundation’s “From the Avenue to The Channel Islands” Program Last fall, the MERITO Foundation launched a new program in partnership with De Anza School of Technology & the Arts (DATA) Middle School, Ventura Unified […] Read More »

Ventura County Fire responds to structure fire at the Original Pizza Chief

On May 8, at 6am, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received multiple calls regarding a possible structure fire in the Original Pizza Chief located at 1612 Main St. Fire personnel arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and found smoke coming from the building. The fire was knocked down within 8 minutes […] Read More »

First Annual Mental Wellness Festival of Ventura County June 3rd

The First Annual Mental Wellness Festival of Ventura County is happening on Saturday, June 3rd. It will be at Ventura Harbor Village on the large grass area from 10 am – 5 pm. Celebrating the completion of National Mental Health Awareness month.  This is a grass roots mental health and wellness festival inclusive of a […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Works to host over 1,300 Local Students

For this year’s National Public Works Day on May 23rd, more than 1,200 students in Ventura County will visit the Ventura County Public Works Agency! National Public Works Day is an opportunity for kindergarten through high school students to learn about the world of public works. PWA provides water, sanitation, vertical construction, survey, grading, roads, […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust Hosts Legacy Wall Dedication Ceremony at Harmon Canyon Preserve

The Legacy Wall was created by Ventura metal artist Tyronne McGrath. Ventura Land Trust (VLT) held a special Legacy Wall dedication ceremony on Wednesday, April 19th at 9:00 am to commemorate donors who supported the Harmon Canyon Campaign for Harmon Canyon Preserve. The ceremony took place at the Harmon Canyon Preserve trailhead. The $10 million […] Read More »

Stamp Out Hunger Food drive

Saturday, May 13th marks the 31st anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving — the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food drive.  Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many, hunger.  So, each year on the second Saturday […] Read More »

Ventura schools: What’s new on the menu?

“The salad bar is currently in place.” by Mira Reverente Ventura students have a lot to look forward to in the coming months and school year. In a multi-step move towards healthier eating, the food and nutrition services department at Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) has been unveiling a number of fresher choices at most […] Read More »

No-cost business support and training available to Ventura County businesses and jobseekers

The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDBVC) recently launched Business Solutions a program to answer the needs of many employers and business people post-COVID-19. Small Business Statistics Of 2023 – Forbes Advisor reports that by 2031 only 87 percent of jobs lost due to COVID-19 will be recovered. The WDBVC is well prepared with […] Read More »

Community Memorial Healthcare earns accreditation for diabetes education and support

Community Memorial Healthcare’s Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program has achieved the significant milestone of accreditation by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES). Accreditation represents a high level of quality and service in diabetes healthcare to the community, and the ability to better meet the needs of Medicare recipients and those affected by […] Read More »

Earth Day events in and near the City of Ventura

by David Goldstein The official theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Invest in Our Planet,” according to Earthday.org, the largest organizer and coordinator of Earth Day events. In keeping with the theme, many of the organizations staffing booths at this year’s events will promote incentives for electric cars, solar panels, water-efficient appliances, and other […] Read More »

Museum and interns preserve civil engineering records

NHPRC intern and staff screening a map. The Museum of Ventura County, with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, has begun to scan and preserve an extensive set of Ventura County engineering records. This month marks the halfway point in making a collection of the county’s longest-serving civil engineering firm available to […] Read More »

NAMBA presents Italian folk music with a modern and Gregorian twist.

NAMBA Performing Arts Space is pleased to present Ensemble Sangineto on May 4th at 7pm. Ensemble Sangineto is 100% Italian folk music with a modern and Gregorian twist. They are touring the college circuit but are making a special stop at NAMBA Performing Arts Space in downtown Ventura. “This is a once in Ventura County […] Read More »

Ventura Port District Maintenance Dredging and Beach Renourishment

An estimated 485,000 cubic yards of material has been removed from the entrance channel and placed upon the beaches. With recent winter storms and high tides events having severely eroded areas of the California coastline and Ventura Harbor scenic beaches over the past few months, the Ventura Harbor’s annual dredging activities have significantly contributed to […] Read More »

WEV is a training provider for the EDC’s Ventura County Digital Upskilling Training Program

What is digital upskilling? The Economic Development Collaborative (EDC), in partnership with multiple regional partners, officially launched the Ventura County Digital Upskilling Training Program—a free short-term training program that will increase the digital skills of job seekers, current workers and small business operators. The initiative seeks to expand the opportunities and earning power of Ventura […] Read More »

Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation awards $610,000 in grants

The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $610,000 to 13 local non-profit organizations providing remote and in-person services to youth and adolescents in Ventura County. Grants ranged from $20,000 to $100,000, and were allocated as follows to local organizations: $45,000 to CAREGIVERS: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly for matching a teen […] Read More »

Brandy Beesley was hired as the executive director for Project Understanding in 2017.

In 2017, Project Understanding, a local nonprofit that serves as a safety net to the most vulnerable residents in Ventura County, was just weeks away from having to close its doors.  Brandy Beesley, a life-long local resident, was hired as the new executive director and stepped in facing the harsh situation and reality that the […] Read More »

Mental Health Services Act’s priorities for 2023-2026

by Carol Leish, MA The 3-year plan (2023-2026), will outline and update the local programs and services to be funded by the MHSA and allows for a new 3-year budget plan to be created and implemented. The list of priorities to focus on for the next three years are: 1) Housing; 2) Clinical Treatment & […] Read More »

2023 Ventura County Homeless Count

The 2023 Ventura County Homeless Point in Time Count was conducted on January 24, 2023 in the ten cities and unincorporated areas within Ventura County. People experiencing homelessness were surveyed and observed by the federal definition which includes those living unsheltered or in places not meant for human habitation, as well as those staying in […] Read More »

Achievement recognizes hospitals’ commitment to mentoring newly licensed nurses

SJRMC nurses from accredited nurse residency programs. Dignity Health—St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo (SJHC) are proud to announce that the Nurse Residency Program was recently awarded accreditation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP). With this accreditation, St. John’s program is now […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation launches fundraiser to ensure tuition costs are covered

The program covers all tuition and fees for eligible students. The Ventura College Foundation has launched a fundraising effort to support the Ventura College Promise program. The program covers all tuition and fees for eligible students for up to two years. The foundation’s goal is to raise $40,000 by April 30. Ventura College was the […] Read More »

NAMBA Performing Arts Space to present two award winning shows

Written and performed by award-winning composer/performer Amy Engelhardt (Grammy nominees The Bobs, Harry Shearer & Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears), brings her one-woman show, IMPACT, to Ventura. The show features soul-stirring original songs that deepen the experience of Engelhardt’s unique story. After a series of magical “follow-signs” a bucket-list pilgrimage unexpectedly turns into an exploration […] Read More »

Ventura Unified making news

DATA launches its second cohort of this STEAM-focused program. When Casey Stoops, Head of Patagonia’s Global Information Security and Core Technology and Scott Reed, Senior Account Executive at ePlus reached out to DeAnza Academy of Technology & the Arts’ (DATA) Principal Carlos Cohen to see if he wanted to launch a GRIT pilot program, he enthusiastically said, […] Read More »

Food Share readies to meet “Hunger Cliff” demand

Food Share’s capacity to serve is dependent on volunteers. Food Share, Ventura County’s food bank, is bracing for an expected wave of food insecure individuals as the end of COVID CalFresh benefits becomes reality on March 1. People already struggling with hunger will now have an additional worry – less CalFresh money for groceries. CalFresh, […] Read More »

Open House ~ Ventura County Grand Jury

The Ventura County Grand Jury invites the public to its annual Open House on Thursday, February 23, 2023, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Grand Jury Chambers located at 646 County Square Drive, Ventura. The Grand Jury is a panel of 19 Ventura County citizens who conduct investigations into the operations of local […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Works Agency battles a growing problem of illegal dumping

Illegal dumping is a serious problem for the communities in Ventura County. Waste poses an environmental threat to both humans and wildlife. Illegal dumping, along with a $3,000 fine plus clean-up costs and community service, can be avoided by locating the proper information on disposal and recycling options. Ventura County Public Works Agency’s “Don’t Dump […] Read More »

Congressman Salud Carbajal Visits Ventura Port District to Survey Winter Storm Damage

Ryan Sutherland, Harbor Patrol Officer II; Brian D. Pendleton, Ventura Port District General Manager; Michael Blumenberg, Port Commission Chair; Salud Carbajal, US Congressman; Jackie Gardina, Port Commission Vice-Chair; John Higgins, Harbormaster; Todd Mitchell, Senior Business Operations Manager; and Taylor Plasch, Harbor Patrol Officer I. California Congressman Salud Carbajal, U.S. Representative of California’s 24th District, visited […] Read More »

Why We March

The march started at Plaza Park. Photos by Patricia Schallert by Shane Meserve, President Justice For All Ventura County Several hundred people gathered at Plaza Park in downtown Ventura on Saturday, January 21st to honor free speech in the United States and to state our concerns on a number of fronts. Many people, from over […] Read More »

Dignity Health California named to Newsweek’s America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity

Dignity Health (California) announced that it has been recognized as one of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity 2023 by Newsweek and Plant-A Insights Group. Dignity Health is a part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit health system committed to advancing health for all people and is dedicated to serving the common good. Newsweek and market data […] Read More »

How the recent heavy rains have affected Ventura’s drought situation

Foto: City of Ventura was unable to utilize water from Foster Park. How the recent heavy rains have affected Ventura’s drought situation By Carol Leish, MA “Although the rainfall has been beneficial,” according to Gina Dorrington, Ventura Water General Manager, “the recent rainstorms do not immediately relieve the years of persistent drought that the City […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System welcomes new CEO, Mick Zdeblick

Community Memorial Health System’s new President & Chief Executive Officer, Mick Zdeblick, officially stepped into his new role Monday, January 9. Zdeblick takes the reins from Gary K. Wilde, who retired after serving as President and CEO of the organization since 2004. “I look forward to building on Community Memorial’s reputation for advancing both the […] Read More »

St. John's Regional Medical Center delivers superior patient outcomes

Dignity Health—St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Oxnard ranks #1 in California for Coronary Intervention and #2 for Cardiac Care and Cardiology according to a new analysis released by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients. Additionally, SJRMC is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention for nine years in a […] Read More »

VUSD ratifies contracts

“The future is bright for Ventura Unified.” The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously on January 3, 2023, in a special board meeting to ratify the Ventura Education Support Professionals Association (VESPA) and Ventura Unified Education Association (VUEA) contracts. This occurred after an intensive months-long negotiations cycle.  The board sated “We […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village recognized with Jewel Key Award

Brian Pendleton, Ventura Port District General Manager, and Chris Stephens, Ventura Port District Board Chairman, accepted the award presented by Victor Dollar, Brighton Management Senior Vice President, and Stephanie Caldwell, Ventura Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. The Ventura Port District has been honored with the prestigious Jewel Key Award by the Ventura Chamber of […] Read More »

Ventura County’s Channel Islands Gulls announce year of successful fundraising

The Channel Islands Gulls is pleased to announce another successful year of fundraising for 11 Ventura County nonprofit organizations, raising more than $50,000 for the following nonprofits: California Coastal Horse Rescue; Caregivers, Volunteers Assisting the Elderly; The City Center; Forever Found; The Lighthouse for Women and Children; Many Meals of Camarillo; National Alliance on Mental […] Read More »

Aera Energy and the Gene Haas Foundation help Ventura teens explore STEAM

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura makes positive and lasting impacts on the lives of Ventura teens. Aera Energy and the Gene Haas Foundation are helping get middle and high school teens at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura (BGCGV) excited about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). STEAM weaves […] Read More »

The California Highway Patrol provided each child with a toy

There were approximately 70 volunteers throughout the day. On December 17, over 500 people attended the holiday event for west end families, including 347 children. The event was hosted by the Rotary Club of Ventura, Coats for Kids (which distributed over 347 coats), Boys and Girls Club of Greater Ventura, Chick-fil-A (which gave away breakfast entree […] Read More »

Crisis Now Program of Ventura County

Before coming to work in Ventura, Gilman was the Behavioral Health Director for San Mateo County. by Carol Leish, MA “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains”—Anne Frank Scott Gilman, who became the new director of Ventura County Behavioral Health Department in August, 2022, said, “We have an […] Read More »

Ventura Fire personnel respond to multiple structure fires

On December 26, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received a 911 call reporting that smoke was coming from an apartment in the 3000 block of E. Main. Fire personnel arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and found a single apartment in a large 3 story apartment building with smoke coming from […] Read More »

United Way of Ventura County provides permanent homes for 110 households

United Way of Ventura County’s Landlord Engagement Program has officially provided permanent housing for 110 local households with a 96% retention rate. This means 188 individuals, including 45 veterans, now have a place to call home in the Ventura County community. Homelessness and housing challenges have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and limited affordable […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Works Agency launches “Don’t Dump on VC”

New Illegal Dumping Campaign, perpetrators face $3,000 fines plus clean-up costs and community service Ventura County Public Works Agency is constantly battling the ever-growing problem of illegal dumping in Ventura County. VCPWA has joined forces through a grant with the Mattress Recycling Council, to launch a new public campaign “Don’t Dump on VC”. The public […] Read More »

Two Channel Islands plant species reach recovery thanks to Endangered Species Act protections

Two plants that live on California’s Channel Islands and nowhere else on earth – the Santa Cruz Island dudleya and island bedstraw – have reached recovery thanks to Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to remove the two island plants from the Federal List of Endangered and […] Read More »

Channel Islands National Park & Coast Guard responded to grounded fishing vessel

Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary is working closely with the United States Coast Guard, state, and local agencies responding to a fishing vessel that ran aground on Santa Cruz Island. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach watchstanders received a report from Vessel Assist Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura College’s Veterinary Technology Program accredited

Students receive a veterinary assistant Certificate of Achievement. Ventura College’s veterinary technology program is less than two years old and already has been granted initial accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This recognition signifies the success and rigor of the young program, as graduates will now be qualified to sit for the Veterinary […] Read More »

Mural unveiling celebrates Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation’s history and mission

Local Oxnard muralist, Anthony Macri Ortiz brought their 40th anniversary mural to life. On November 29, Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (Cabrillo EDC)  unveiled a larger-than-life mural honoring the deep history and farmworker origin story of Cabrillo EDC. The nearly 550 square-foot mural features elements representing important milestones, including founding Executive Director Rodney Fernandez, the multi-faceted […] Read More »

Vendors should possess a valid health permit

Food Safety Among Street Vendors in Ventura County. The County of Ventura’s Environmental Health Division advises the public against consuming food and beverages made or sold by street vendors that do not possess a valid health permit. Food trucks and food carts that operate with a health permit are expected to follow food safety laws […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury available for speaking events

The Ventura County Grand Jury seeks opportunities to speak to community organizations, non-profit organizations, and similar groups as part of its education outreach program. The Grand Jury investigates matters affecting aspects of government in Ventura County. Jurors serve as a “voice and conscience” of Ventura County residents. The Jury comprises 19 citizens who are impaneled […] Read More »

Hasan re-elected To Water Board

Mohammed A. Hasan, a longtime business and environmental leader in Ventura County has been re-elected to United Water Conservation District board. The District boundary encompasses Lake Piru to Ventura harbor along the Santa Clara River valley, and the Oxnard coastal plain. The cities of Santa Paula, Fillmore, Oxnard and Port Hueneme and the eastern part […] Read More »

Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation awards $670,000 in grant funding

The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $670,000 to 12 local non-profit organizations providing services to youth and adolescents in Ventura County. Grants ranged from $15,000 to $130,000, and were allocated as follows: $39,000 to Assistance League of Ventura County for the purchase of clothing, school supplies, hygiene products, and […] Read More »

Food Share Annual Can-Tree Food Drive Event

There are lots of ways to get involved. Food Share, Ventura County’s largest hunger-relief organization, is bringing its most popular community event back for the holidays! The 11th Annual Can-tree food drive will take place in Figueroa Plaza from Thursday, December 1 when the trees will be built, through Sunday, December 4, 2022, when they […] Read More »

St. John's Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo Recognized with an “A” Safety Rating

Dignity Health – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo (SJHC) have been nationally recognized with an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Fall 2022. This national distinction recognizes SJRMC and SJHC among the top in the nation in protecting patients from preventable harm and errors in the hospital. “Achieving an […] Read More »

Five new members join Ventura College Foundation Board

The Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors has added five new members. Joining the board are Debe Bylo, Mark Dufresne, Liz Kraus, Jessica Flores Esquibel and Dr. Jill Muraoka Lim. All have a strong connection with Ventura College.  As the current president of the Associated Students of Ventura College (ASVC), Jessica Flores Esquibel will also […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System Board of Trustees announces new CEO

The Community Memorial Health System Board of Trustees is proud to announce that it has selected Mick Zdeblick to succeed Gary K. Wilde as President & CEO of the health system. Zdeblick, who has served as Chief Executive Officer of Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, OR, will step into the role of President […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber of Commerce honors those who make a difference in the community

The Ventura Chamber of Commerce will recognize outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals who make a difference in our community at the Poinsettia Awards Luncheon. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of this local tradition honoring excellence in business, public service and education. Presented by the Ventura Chamber, the categories to be recognized are: · […] Read More »

Ukraine Ballet stars headline Ventura County Ballet’s 24th Annual Nutcracker

Zhan Mishel Panchuk and Hanna Chudinova share the stage with Ventura youths. Zhan Mishel Panchuk and Hanna Chudinova, from Ukraine’s Kyiv Ballet, join 70 other dancers as Ventura County Ballet presents The Nutcracker. The curtain rises on Saturday, Dec. 3, with shows at 2:00 and 7:00 pm at Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center in Camarillo. […] Read More »

Recent WEV grads

To the crowd of over 220 individuals, Rosales credited WEV with providing her a network of resources and funding that has allowed her business on Main Street in Downtown Ventura to survive and thrive. Rosales shared that, “WEV rallied their financial network, educated us on grants and government programs… they were the first ones offering […] Read More »

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families awarded foster family foundation grant

For the fourth year, Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families has received a $100,000 grant from the Foster Family Foundation to support the agency’s campus-based programs and services in addition to its Mobile Crisis Response services in Santa Barbara County. Casa Pacifica provides a comprehensive and integrated array of programs for youth who have […] Read More »

St. John's Regional Medical Center earns Blue Distinction® Centers Designation

Dignity Health –St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) has once again been recognized with a Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program by Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated providers that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based […] Read More »

Ventura Education Partnership awards 35 grants

Ventura Education Partnership connects community resources to support and sustain excellence in education for VUSD students. VEP is excited to announce the fall 2022 grant cycle is now complete. 35 teachers were awarded grants for their special classroom projects The grants were from all subject areas. VEP had donors who dedicated their funding for STEM, […] Read More »

The Ventura Climate Coalition interviewed the city council candidates

The Ventura Climate Coalition (VCC) is a local group of citizens that are deeply concerned about our environment and particularly the advancing challenge of Climate Change that threatens our way of life and the livability of the planet. We believe individual and local actions can help mitigate the looming threat, and position the Community to […] Read More »

Teacher wins Chris Prewitt Eternal Optimist Award

Superintendent Dr. Antonio Castro, Ms. Julie Blevins and Mound Principal Ms. Bobbi Powers celebrating the award. Julie Blevins, a kindergarten teacher at Mound Elementary School in the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD), has received the “Chris Prewitt Eternal Optimist Award.”. The “Chris Prewitt Eternal Optimist Award” was created after Chris Prewitt, beloved VUSD Assistant Principal, […] Read More »

Only 11 of California’s 116 community colleges offer housing

In Ventura County, the median gross rent is $1,854, according to Census.gov (2016-2020). For college students, this can be a crushing obstacle to fulfilling their educational goals. When Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill No. 183 in June, approving more than $542 million for the construction of affordable student housing, Ventura College was honored to […] Read More »

Workforce Development Board launches new workforce navigation hub

Ventura County Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDBVC) is excited to announce the launch of the new Ventura County Works Hub, a virtual call center and online resource hub where job seekers will be navigated to the appropriate services offered by the Workforce Development Programs and Partners across Ventura County. “WDBVC believes our new […] Read More »

Aera Energy celebrates its 25th anniversary by helping others

NAMI received a $10,000 grant. Two organizations that empower, educate, support wellness, and change lives in Ventura County are getting a boost from Aera Energy as the company celebrates its 25th anniversary.  Aera employees are sharing their excitement by providing much needed resources to the communities where they live and work. Aera’s employee-resource groups (ERGs) […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital Earns “Blue Distinction® Center+” recognition for expertise and quality in spine surgery

The national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has selected Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers® are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed with input […] Read More »

At Ventura’s Board of Education meeting passion and intensity took center stage

The voices were loud and at times raucous throughout the passion filled meeting. Part 2 of 2 .Continued from September 21 issue by Ross Williams The beauty of small learning communities such as DTech and Bioscience Academies is that we can truly connect with students, bond with them, guide them, provide them with sustained and […] Read More »

Ventura Unified opens organic farm

A one-of-a-kind facility in Ventura County. Mayor Sofia Rubalcava and the VUSD Board of Education joined VUSD staff for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, August 29, 2022, to officially mark the opening of Sa’aliyas Ranch to Ventura Unified School District students. This certified organic farm facility will prepare high school students for agricultural science, business, […] Read More »

$2,500,000 predevelopment loan approved

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (Housing Trust Fund VC) announces a $2,500,000 predevelopment loan approved for funding to AMCAL Multi-Housing, Inc. (AMCAL) for the Terra Campagna Apartments set to begin construction in November in Somis. The need for affordable housing is felt throughout Ventura County, especially among our most essential workers. The Terra Campagna Apartments […] Read More »

New developments being proposed, approved or under construction in Ventura

Hemlock Apartments (PROJ-1126) Location: 264 Hemlock Street (District 2) Description: Construction of a new, partial 3-story, 23-unit residential courtyard apartment building. Status: Under Construction Hearing Info: Design Review Committee: 05/11/11 City Contact: Jared Rosengren, Senior Planner [email protected] Kellogg Apartments (PROJ 11817) Location: 58 Kellogg Street (District 1) Description:  23 unit, 2-story, multifamily development on a 0.9-acre […] Read More »

Takin’ FLAT to the Streets for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Marissa Holzer, Stand Tall AFC Ambassador in Ventura The going flat movement offers a fresh take on Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) 2022 through Stand Tall AFC! I am proud to be an ambassador for this body positive campaign and unite women with less than two breasts to be visible at public BCAM events. […] Read More »

Ventura’s Key Campaign Issues In 2022

by Res Publica We want to outline the critical campaign issues facing City Council candidates in 2022. If you live in Districts 1, 4, 5 or 6, you have a critical decision to make in this election. Your choice for City Councilmember will shape Ventura’s future for decades. How the candidates address the current campaign […] Read More »

Operation School Bell® event is hosted by Tierra Vista Elementary School

Assistance League distributes clothing and supplies for the new school year. Photo by Brendan Daly of Brendan Daly Photography On Monday, August 15th the Assistance League® of Ventura County brought their Operation School Bell® program to Tierra Vista Elementary School in Oxnard to distribute clothing and supplies for the new school year. This program has […] Read More »

Preventing Suicide: Connections & Community 7th Annual Forum

by Carol Leish, MA “Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”—Anne Frank Those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call: 988 (The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline); or, call the Ventura County Behavioral Health Crisis Team at: 866-998-2243. It’s important to get the help that you need in order […] Read More »

City Center held an open house event for current and past residents

Jim Duran welcomed all and was ready to serve food with the residents. by Richard Lieberman August 18, 2022, an open house event was held at the City Center in Ventura. Jim Duran the lead pastor of the River Community Church founded by Duran and his team in 2004 is the Executive Director of the […] Read More »

What it means to be a FireWise Community

The fire consumed over 1,000 structures. by Jill Sarick Santos This December marks five years since the Thomas Fire stormed through Ventura County at record speed and, at the time, resulted in record devastation. The fire consumed over 1,000 structures and burned nearly 300,000 acres. While our community has worked hard these last five years […] Read More »

Channel Islands National Park receives funding to restore well site

Channel Islands National Park has received $1.43 million to remove and remediate a derelict well site near Scorpion Ranch on Santa Cruz Island. The funding includes removing the dilapidated infrastructure and associated debris, as well as sealing and restoring the site. This funding is a portion of the approximately $9.8 million The National Park Service […] Read More »

County staff to clean graffiti

Recently, Supervisor Matt LaVere (ex Ventura city council member) led a group of County staff to clean up graffiti in Moon Ditch near the Ventura Auto Center. LaVere and his crew spent the day cleaning up the graffiti that has covered Moon Ditch It was a hands-on effort to remove the graffiti which was an […] Read More »

Mechanics Bank commits $100,000 to Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation

The generous gift will fund the purchase of an advanced C-arm. Community Memorial Health System is proud to announce that Mechanics Bank has committed $100,000 in funding to the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the programs and services of Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. The generous gift will fund the […] Read More »

St John’s Regional Medical Center employees to be honored

Two of Dignity Health St John’s Regional Medical Center employees will be recognized by the West Ventura County Business Alliance as part of their annual Oxnard Community & Business Awards. The awards will be presented at a luncheon next week. Distinguished Citizen of the Year – Patty Paumier For decades, Patty Paumier has played a […] Read More »

Crop and Livestock Report presented to supervisors

The County of Ventura’s Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures presented the 2021 Crop and Livestock Report to the Board of Supervisors at recent meeting. Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer Ed Williams reported the value of crops for the county for 2021 was $2,085,999,000, an increase of 5% from 2020. Strawberries, lemons, and nursery stock remained the […] Read More »

Ventura County Fire responds to person trapped in large machine at manufacturing plant

On August 1, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received a 911 call to report a person trapped in a large machine at a manufacturing plant in the 6200 block of Ventura Rd. Fire personnel arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and found a large piece of manufacturing equipment with a victim […] Read More »

Families and mentors can really make a life-changing decision to help

Ventura County Children and Family Services’ Homes with Heart VC program needs additional families to step up and support older youth during their transition into independence. Homes with Heart VC, a program of Ventura County Children and Family Services, is very actively seeking families in Ventura County that can open their hearts and homes to […] Read More »

Son of Ventura Councilwoman Lorrie Brown dies in carjacking and homicide

The 22-year-old son of Ventura Councilwoman Lorrie Brown died on Thursday, July 22, in Florida. Jeremiah Emmanuel Jordan Brown died of an apparent carjacking and homicide. The exact facts of his murder are still being investigated as Osceola County detectives continue to work on the case. Jeremiah Brown was born and raised in Ventura and […] Read More »

Vehicle collides into tree on Harbor Blvd

On July 22,at 7:16am, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call of a vehicle into a tree on Harbor Blvd. near the intersection of Schooner Drive. The driver and sole occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ventura Fire Department. At this time, traffic collision investigators believe the vehicle was driving […] Read More »

The City Center is a bridge between homelessness and success for families with children

The City Center’s Year 2 fundraising drive is about to kick off. They must continue raising funds for The City Center to purchase their own home. Historically, 53% of their monthly costs were for rent, so buying the converted motel in downtown Ventura has been a big priority. Board member and longtime supporter of The […] Read More »

California Congresswoman Brownley visits Ventura Port District to celebrate the Federal appropriation

Harbormaster John Higgins, Board Chairman Chris Stephens, California Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Sr. Business Operations Manager Todd Mitchell and Board Vice-Chairman Mike Blumenberg at the presentation. California Congresswoman Julia Brownley, U.S. representative of California 26th District, recently visited the Ventura Port District to celebrate the federal appropriation of $5,516,000 for the maintenance dredging of Ventura Harbor. […] Read More »

 Channel Islands National Park receives funding to rehabilitate and improve safety on trails

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland visits Ventura. Photos by Michael Gordon During a visit to Channel Islands National Park today, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland celebrated the Department of the Interior’s commitment of close to $100,000 in funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The park’s ecosystem restoration project will rehabilitate and […] Read More »

Daily lifeguard service will be provided

As the summer season approaches, daily lifeguard service will be provided at Ventura Harbor beaches along Spinnaker Drive. In a unanimous vote the Board of Port Commissioners authorized Brian Pendleton, General Manager of Ventura Harbor, to contract with State Parks to provide the lifeguard service from May through September 2022 at Harbor Cove, South Beach, […] Read More »

The project will provide a safe affordable place to call home

Ventura Springs will provide housing for homeless veterans. Photos by Patricia Schallert Ventura Springs, located on 10 acres of land previously owned by the City of Ventura located at 10900 Telephone Rd. in Ventura will be a new community made up of 122 apartments for formerly homeless veterans as well as for low-income veterans and […] Read More »

Successful ending of the Ventura River Action Network (V-RAN) Program with awards for students

Finalists at the Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Ventura County. After six months of involving 750 students from Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) in the monitoring and restoration of the Ventura River and its tributaries in support of the work of many environmental organizations, the last three months of the V-RAN program focused on […] Read More »

Brownley presents $5.5 million to Ventura Harbor for maintenance dredging

Funding will help meet the dredging needs and navigation depths of the Ventura Harbor. On Monday, June 6th , at Harbor Cove Beach in the Ventura Harbor, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) presented a check to Chris Stephens, Chair of the Ventura Port District Board of Commissioners and to Ventura Port District and Harbormaster John Higgins. […] Read More »

New Developments Happening in Ventura

The bi-weekly highlight of some of the new developments being proposed, approved or under construction in Ventura by Carol Spector and Eileen Shaw, Livable Ventura Sanjon Village (formerly The Pearl)- a 3+ story residential building with 33 condominiums under construction on the corner of Sanjon and Thompson Thompson Village (formerly Brisa 29)- a 3 story […] Read More »

Continuous improvements are being made at the Trail

Ventura is a bronze-rated bicycle friendly community. Photos by Michael Gordon Ventura Mayor Sofia Rubalcava, local officials, the City of Ventura, and Caltrans held a community bike ride on Saturday, May 21, at 9:00 a.m. at Westpark Community Center, located at 450 W. Harrison Ave. The bike ride celebrated the $5 million Clean California Grant awarded […] Read More »

Officer Mercado will receive approximately 120-160 hours of pre-training instruction

Pre-training instruction for Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit held in Ventura. Photos by Patricia Schallert Officer Emerson Mercado was selected as newest member of the Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit, a specialty assignment whose primary function is to decrease the number of property damage, injury, and fatal traffic collisions in the City of Ventura. Officer […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation distributes over $750,000 in scholarships

The Ventura College Foundation presented scholarships to 240 students for the 2022-2023 academic year during its 33rd Annual Scholarship Awards ceremony, May 13, at the Ventura College Athletic Center. There were 446 scholarships awarded, including nine new scholarships, totaling $756,908. Last year’s distribution amount was $652,758.  Scholarships ranged from an average of over $2,400 for […] Read More »

Harriet H. Samuelsson foundation awards $670,000 in grant funding

The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $670,000 to 16 local non-profit organizations providing remote and in-person services to youth and adolescents during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Grants ranged from $10,000 to $85,000, and were allocated locally: $45,000 to CAREGIVERS: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly for matching a teen volunteer with […] Read More »

Ventura fire personnel respond to auto into building

The sign does say “please come in” On May 20, at 11:43pm, Ventura Police Command Center received a 911 call of a vehicle into a building at 165 S California St. Fire personnel arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and found a passenger vehicle inside a small commercial structure. When officers arrived […] Read More »

New Developments in Ventura

Here is a bi-weekly highlight of some of the new developments being proposed, approved or under construction in Ventura Submitted by Eileen Shaw, Carol Spector and Livable Ventura. Park Plaza- a 5 story mixed-use building with 87 residential units proposed on the corner of Fir and Santa Clara Front and Kalorama- a 4 story building […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County announces $2 million in lines of credit

The Westview II units are located in Ventura. Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (Housing Trust Fund VC) announces two, $1 million lines of credit (LOC), one each from Community West Bank and Mission Bank. The funds will be used as part of Housing Trust Fund VC’s Everyone Deserves a Home revolving loan fund, a community […] Read More »

US Representative Julia Brownley D-CA 26th District on leaked Roe vs. Wade

On Monday night, press sources obtained a leaked draft opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which appears to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. While this draft decision is deeply alarming, it is very important to be clear: Right now, Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land. […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District requesting community input

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) is asking the public for assistance. VUSD is conducting its Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) Survey. The LCAP is a three-year plan that helps the VUSD Board and staff set goals for the City of Ventura’s District and schools and determines how to use resources and funding. The […] Read More »

NAMIWalks Your Way brings community together to support mental health

It’s a new day for mental health in America. More people are speaking openly about their mental health conditions than ever before, and the need for mental health services is on the rise. It’s also a new day for NAMIWalks Your Way Ventura County, the annual fundraising and awareness event presented by the National Alliance […] Read More »

Ventura fire personnel respond to fire at AutoZone

On May 9, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received a call from the Ventura Police Department of a commercial building on fire at the AutoZone store at 2610 E. Main St. Fire personnel arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and found a large 75’ x 150’ single story commercial building with […] Read More »

CMH providing excellent care

The nurses and medical staff of the Community Memorial Health Services work hard to provide excellent patient care. As a result, CMH has consistently ranked among the highest-rated hospitals for patient satisfaction. Recently, several CMH Auxiliary members assisted in sorting and packaging gifts to be distributed to various Health Services entities and the nursing staff […] Read More »

Ventura County Continuum of Care Alliance Meetings

by Carol Leish, MA “The Ventura County Continuum of Care (VC CoC) Alliance meetings are held quarterly to update our community about new programs, initiatives and/or grant funding opportunities focused on preventing and ending homelessness in Ventura County,” according to Jennifer Harkey, MPA, Program Management Analyst for the Ventura County Executive Office. “The April 21, […] Read More »

Applications opening for vacant Ventura Unified School District Board Seat

Sabrena Rodriguez is once again president of the Ventura Unified School District board of trustees, replacing Matt Almaraz, who resigned April 13. Almaraz, who had been a board member for three years and was elected president in December 2021, said he had taken a job that could pose a conflict of interest because the company […] Read More »

Interview with Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko

Nasarenko served two terms as a Ventura City Councilmember. by Richard Lieberman Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko has served as District Attorney since being appointed in January, 2021. Appointed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors with a vote of 5-0, Nasarenko is looking to continue his time in office running for the office […] Read More »

Jenna Wolverton honored as Dispatcher of the Year

Jenna started with VPD in March of 2015 as a police cadet. Each year during the second week of April, the Ventura Police Department (VPD) recognizes National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, bringing well deserved attention and recognition to the first responders who are a vital part of the public safety team. “This year we recognize […] Read More »

Brownley delivers $27 million for community projects throughout Ventura County

Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) announced the inclusion of nine community projects totaling more than $27 million in the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2471) that passed the House of Representatives by a 260-171-1 vote. The historic government funding package will help working families with the cost of living, create good-paying jobs, and make […] Read More »

Multiple Honors by the Community Memorial Health System Clinical Laboratory

Community Memorial Health System is proud to announce that its Clinical Laboratory, located at Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Ventura, is the only hospital-based laboratory in Ventura County to receive two distinctions for excellence in safety, automation, and efficiency. For the seventh consecutive time, the Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies (AABB) has awarded Community Memorial Health System […] Read More »

Fire crews respond to fire inside a parked motorhome RV

On April 7, at 9:38am, fire units were dispatched to a reported large fire at Main St. at Hartman Dr. Units arrived to find a growing fire inside a parked motorhome RV. Fire crews made an aggressive attack on the fire and thankfully prevented spread to an adjacent building. Upon completion of an interior search […] Read More »

Rising From the Ashes: Home Tour

The 2017 Thomas Fire caused devastation, but not defeat. On Saturday, April 30, Noon – 4:00pm 2022, the strength, and resilience of Ventura will be displayed at the Rising From the Ashes home tour. The event will feature a select number of beautifully rebuilt homes. This tour will be hosted by the Ventura County Library […] Read More »

Visit Ventura Wins an Adrian Gold for Pandemic Efforts

The Visit Ventura crew enjoying a beautiful Ventura day on the pier. Maintaining an ongoing streak, the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) was kindly honored with a prestigious Gold Award from Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) at the 65th annual Adrian Awards, the world’s largest global travel marketing competition. VVCB won in […] Read More »

Local advocates protest SoCal Gas Plan to expand West Ventura Compressor Station

Five hundred people live within a quarter mile of the plant. by Richard Lieberman The Westside Clean Air Coalition, CFROG, Food and Water Watch, Cause, and members of the West Ventura Community protested at a community forum with a stated goal of disrupting a Southern California Gas Company public forum. Designed to expand public awareness […] Read More »

Four Ventura Police Officers honored for extraordinary bravery and excellent public service

Each of these officers went above and beyond the call of duty. The actions of Officers Jack Ortega, Ashley Hetzel, Tristan Cullum, and Karl Reyes were recognized by the Peace Officers Association of Ventura County (POAVC) at the Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony for outstanding acts of bravery, courage, and compassionate service to the City […] Read More »

St. John’s Regional Medical Center’s Receives “LGBTQ+ Equality Recognition

St. John’s Regional Medical Center has been recognized as an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer by the Human Rights Campaign which is the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ organization. The HEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and […] Read More »

VEP’s LAUNCH celebrates innovation in education

Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) announces details for the third annual LAUNCH event at the beautiful Museum of Ventura County on April 21, at 5:30pm. Aera Energy returns as the Presenting Sponsor. Amy Fonzo, External Affairs Specialist said, “Aera values the brightest minds and the boldest spirits and the educators we honor every year at LAUNCH […] Read More »

Ventura Police and Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH) helping out people with mental illness

Part 1 of 2 by Carol Leish, MA Chief of Police Darin Schindler of Ventura Police Department said, “In my three plus decades in law enforcement, I’ve seen the evolution of mental health responses come full circle. Years ago, the police department was called out to assist mobile crisis teams when they needed help because […] Read More »

Winners of the 2022 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Photos by Richard Lieberman The winning entries of the County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade have been announced. The parade was held on Saturday, March 12. Judges for the parade were Matt LaVere, Ventura County Supervisor; Nina Kobayashi, Mechanics Bank; Celina Zacarias, California State University Channel Islands; James Lockwood, Ventura County Fairgrounds; Connie Stahl, Elk’s […] Read More »

Policing during the Covid crisis

Schindler stepped into the office of Chief of Police the same month Covid hit. Photos by Patricia Schallert by Sheli Ellsworth Ventura Police Department (VPD) Chief Ken Corney officially retired in December 2019 after 33 years on the force but stayed in office for a couple of months so a nationwide search for a new chief […] Read More »

Paper bags OK’d for food waste recycling

Harrison Industries will now accept residential food waste in paper bags as well as in plastic bags. All bags of food waste must still be closed and placed in residents’ yard waste carts for weekly curbside pickup. Harrison and its partners at Agromin have approved the use of folded-shut paper bags in addition to the […] Read More »

Council member Johnson started the clean-up

Johnson to the rescue. The Westside Community Council wants the citizens of Ventura to recognize the important work Council Member Mike Johnson does on behalf of all Ventura residents. Months ago a Westside resident complained to the city code enforcement about trash being piled up behind a home. However, nothing was done. WCC complained to […] Read More »

Red Cross T-shirt for those who come to give April 1-18

It’s officially spring! As the weather warms up and the latest COVID-19 surge continues to slow, many people are looking forward to meeting up with family and friends. At the start of this new season, the American Red Cross encourages the community to play an important role in helping save lives by making blood donation […] Read More »

Ventura Countywide Stormwater Quality Management Program

The mission of The Ventura Countywide Stormwater Quality Management Program is to “preserve, protect and enhance surface water resources within Ventura County. Photos by Patricia Schallert by Patricia Schallert The Ventura Countywide Stormwater Quality Management Program is a collaborative effort by ten cities, the County of Ventura and the Watershed Protection District. The “Every Litter Bit […] Read More »

St. Pat parade route change

One thing that will change from previous years will be the St. Pat parade route. Still running along Main Street, the 2022 parade will begin at Lincoln Drive and run west to Fir Street. The judges’ reviewing stand will be at Main and Ash streets. Read More »

Ventura Unified School District in the news

Dr. Roger Rice, Superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) has been awarded the 2022 Superintendent of the Year Award by Region 13 of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). In addition, Dr. Soledad Molinar, VUSD’s Director of Multilingual & Multicultural Education is being honored with the 2022 Valuing Diversity Award and Dr. […] Read More »

Museum announces Bonita C. McFarland Scholarship

The Museum of Ventura County announces the return of the Bonita C. McFarland Visual Arts Scholarship. Named after a generous benefactor to the arts in Ventura County, the total amount awarded will be $17,500, with individual awards of $500 or more dependent on need and number of scholarships awarded. Awards will be based on artistic […] Read More »

After a 2-year hiatus, beloved community event returns on March 12

Parade entries are now being accepted for the Ventura Elks Club’s 2022 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will commence at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, along Main Street in midtown Ventura. Among the county’s most popular annual community events, the parade was dark in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID, but it returns […] Read More »

Dredging the Harbor

Harbor Patrol is available 24 hours a day for questions regarding the dredging operations. Photo by Patricia Schallert Ventura Harbor maintenance is dredging the Ventura Harbor entrance. Dredging is a 24-hour operation. Floating pipes and buoys by work boats are set up prior to the actual start of the dredging. The dredge HR Morris and workboats “Pup”, […] Read More »

An unforgettable and deeply moving immersive event shining light on housing insecurity

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (Housing Trust Fund VC) will host their 2022 Compassion Campaign on May 12, 2022, from 5PM-9PM, in-person at Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo. Sponsored in part by City National Bank, this unique evening invites guests into an immersive experience highlighting that all lives are connected through one common need – safe […] Read More »

Players Casino re-opens at a new temporary location at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

A grand reopening ceremony was held. by Richard Lieberman Players Casino Ventura is back in business in a new location at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The casino, much like other businesses has suffered from the effects of Covid-19 and shut down permanently last December filing for bankruptcy four months later. Ventura City was faced with […] Read More »

Aarmark Beer Gardens to run new entertainment and restaurant venue

The time has come to say goodbye to the Harbor arcade. Photos by Patricia Schallert A state-of-the-art family entertainment venue, managed by Aarmark Beer Gardens, Inc., will open in the Ventura Harbor Village with the approval of a multi-year lease by the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners.  The contract for the lease was approved […] Read More »

Ancient Tree from prehistory comes to Ventura

Thought to be extinct tree is now in Plaza Park. A rare and ancient tree species surviving the age of the dinosaurs and thought to be extinct, is about to become to be a part of Ventura’s conservation efforts. Donated by the Ventura Botanical Gardens to the City of Ventura, the Wollemi Nobilis pine will be […] Read More »

Volunteers needed for Homeless Point-in-Time Count

by Mike Johnson, Ventura City Council District 3  Every year, cities and counties across the US count their unsheltered residents and report the data to the federal government. The snapshot census results help determine crucial state and federal funding for local programs. The next count is coming up, and the County’s Continuum of Care needs […] Read More »

Transparency Certificate of Excellence awarded to Ventura Port District

The Ventura Port District has received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance. Ventura Port District oversees management of both the Ventura Harbor and the Ventura Harbor Village. It joins the ranks of 15 other Special Districts in California that […] Read More »

Fire units respond to fire near water treatment plant by Ventura Harbor

Photo by Matt Barisic On Feb.4, at 11:50pm, , fire units were dispatched to a report of smoke and flames near the water treatment plant by Ventura Harbor. Upon arrival firefighters encountered a fire in thick Arundo burning between the treatment plant and the Santa Clara River. After accessing the fire from the water treatment […] Read More »

Tsunami activity in the Ventura Harbor and Ventura Keys

There were over 20 homes in the Keys with damage to their docks/ramps. Photos by Patricia Schallert, Russ Jenkins and Sheilla Leiman An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion near the Pacific nation of Tonga, sending large tsunami waves crashing across the globe. Harbor Patrol Rescue Boat 17, docked at the time, was inundated with an […] Read More »

Ventura Port District Board of Commissioners approves emergency action for Hunga Tonga tsunami damages

Ventura Harbor experienced unpredictable currents and damaging surges following a massive undersea volcanic eruption near Tonga on Saturday, January 14, 2022. As a result, the Ventura Port District Board of Commissioners took immediate action at their Board Meeting held January 19, 2022, by approving a State of Emergency resolution to restore District assets in the […] Read More »

Worst blood shortage in over a decade

The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. Doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are […] Read More »

Department of Education awards VCCCD colleges grants of nearly $10 Million

Two Ventura County Community College District colleges have received multi-million-dollar federal grants to support STEM programs targeting underrepresented students interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math-related fields. A grant for Oxnard College totals $4,901,245, and the grant for Ventura College is $5 million. Both grants are for the period of Oct. 1, 2021, to […] Read More »

Ventura Fire personnel respond to traffic collision with trapped occupant

On Jan.7, a 911 call was received at the Fire Communication Center to report a traffic collision on the N/B 101 Fwy at the Lemon Grove turn. Fire personnel arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and found a heavily damaged small passenger vehicle with one occupant that was trapped. Fire personnel performed […] Read More »

Memorial service at Ventura Harbor for Vuong Tran

A memorial service was held at the docks at the Harbor for Vuong Tran (January 1, 1957-December 8, 2021). Attended by his large family and many many friends. From the Harbor Patrol: Wednesday 12/08, 4:23pm, dispatched to an offshore Search & Rescue for missing fisherman from the commercial boat John Start. Officers responded in the […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation provided $696,095 in direct student support during

This past academic year was like no other for students. Despite pandemic challenges, the Ventura College Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and financial assistance to Ventura College students and school programs, distributed $696,095 in direct student financial support during the 2020-2021 academic year and another $871,749 to 28 Ventura College programs across 17 […] Read More »

Free virtual seminar addresses kids and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Are you thinking of vaccinating your child against the COVID-19 virus? If you have questions or are looking for more information, join Community Memorial Health System for a free and informative online discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine and children. CMHS’s pediatric specialist, Dr. Alison Shuman, will talk about the data, safety, and the most recent […] Read More »

Campuses will start Spring 2022 semester primarily online

To protect the health of students and employees within the Ventura County Community College District and to help mitigate the surge in the county’s COVID-19 cases, Ventura County’s community colleges will start the Spring 2022 semester primarily online beginning Jan. 10. Spring classes at Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges and Ventura College East Campus will […] Read More »

Help with the homerless count

The Ventura County Continuum of Care is looking for volunteers to assist with the 2022 Homeless Count on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. This count is required for all of our state and federal grants that fund local homeless shelters, permanent supportive housing, rental assistance programs, street outreach and more! The survey is anonymous and we […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County provides $4 million in pre-development construction loan funds

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County announced that it is providing a $4 million pre-development construction loan to kick-off the development of Rancho Sierra Senior Apartments (Rancho Sierra), to be built in an unincorporated area adjacent to the City of Camarillo. Rancho Sierra is being developed by Many Mansions with support from the Area Housing Authority […] Read More »

District Commanders

As part of the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan to strengthen community partnerships, increase collaboration and accountability, and streamline problem solving efforts in each area of town, a Ventura Police Commander has been assigned to each of the Neighborhood Community Councils and to the Downtown Ventura Partners. Each of our six Commanders and our Assistant Chief work […] Read More »

Maternity Honor Roll Status recognizes Ventura County Health Care Agency

From Well Woman Exams and pre-conception counseling to natural delivery options within a hospital setting, The Ventura County Health Care Agency’s Baby-Friendly Designated hospitals: Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) and Santa Paula Hospital (SPH), are leaders in providing comprehensive services to support the community’s obstetrical, gynecological, and midwifery care needs. Each of the past six […] Read More »

VCTC in the news

Bus riders in Ventura County are now able to use a single, touch-free system to pay for fares on any of the county’s regional buses, making it easier to use public transit to travel to work and appointments, to run essential errands and to simply get around. The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) has launched […] Read More »

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Each year on the third Monday of January we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and reflect on the work that still needs to be done for racial equality. This January 17, make the holiday more than just a day off and take time to reflect and take action on civil rights issues across the […] Read More »

United Way of Ventura County makes significant progress to end local veteran homelessness

Todd G., a local veteran was greatly helped by United Way. United Way of Ventura County continues to prioritize providing critical support to veterans in the Ventura County community through its Landlord Engagement Program (LEP) and rapid response efforts throughout the pandemic and beyond. When COVID-19 first impacted the Ventura community in 2020, United Way […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County announces $1 million investment

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (Housing Trust Fund VC) announced a $1 million investment by Bank of the Sierra into the nonprofit’s Everyone Deserves a Home Revolving Loan Fund. This community impact note will be pooled with funds from investors, both public and private, to provide flexible, below-market interest rate loans in support of building […] Read More »

Annual Can-Tree Food Drive Event returns to Ventura

CAN-tree is Food Share’s biggest food and fund drive of the year. Food Share, Ventura County’s largest hunger-relief organization, is bringing its most popular community event back for the holidays! The 10th Annual CAN-tree food drive will take place in Figueroa Plaza, and in locations along Main Street, Ventura, from Thursday, December 9 through Sunday, […] Read More »

Ventura County Behavioral Health Mental Health Services Act community presentation

by Carol Leish, MA In November, 2021, the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department gave two very informative presentations to the community, through Zoom, concerning the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The focus of these presentations (which were the same), was to let the community know the status of information pertaining to the MHSA, along with […] Read More »

Local minority and women-owned small businesses to receive no-cost training and forgivable funding

With grant funding awarded by Kaiser Permanente and the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) has announced the Forgivable Business Loan & Coaching Program recipients. Five Ventura County small business owners will each receive no-cost technical assistance and training, as well as $10,000 in forgivable funding, to support their […] Read More »

Anonymous donor willing to provide up to $50,000 match funding to support local homeless families

Olga Hamra (Assistant On-Site Manager TCC), Jim Duran (Executive Director TCC) and Brandi Brown (Assistant Case Manager TCC) are all smiles The City Center announced today that they have received a $50,000 matching donation from an anonymous donor. This gift will match donations made to The City Center now through December 25th, 2021. The City […] Read More »

Food Share CEO appointed to statewide role

Monica White, Food Share Ventura County’s President & CEO, has been named the new Chair of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB). The appointment runs from October 2021 through May 2022. White has served for three years on the CAFB Board of Directors having previously served as Vice-Chair of […] Read More »

Free virtual seminar examines robotic surgeries available in Ventura County

Surgical robotics is one of the most rapidly growing and technologically advanced areas of healthcare today, and Community Memorial Health System is proud to offer a full suite of the latest in robotic technology and surgical services to patients in Ventura County. Robotic technology enables CMHS surgeons to provide personalized surgery in a broad range […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation revises scholarship application requirements

The Ventura College Foundation has revised its scholarship application requirements. The changes are designed to remove barriers to applying. The revisions were approved by the foundation board and are effective immediately. “We reviewed our scholarship program outcome data, researched best practices for scholarship providers along the lines of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and conducted a […] Read More »

VEP gives 49 innovation grants

After being on hold due to COVID, Ventura Education Partnership and the Ventura Unified School District Community enthusiastically embraced the return of $1,000 Innovation Grants for VUSD educators. Through a competitive application process, VEP selected 49 projects totaling $46,000 to fund. These innovative projects provide hands on opportunities that deepen student engagement and learning.  Beth […] Read More »

Parent and Child Together Class is back in November!

Ventura County Library and First 5 Ventura County are proud to continue partnering on offering Parent and Child Together (PACT) classes for local families. In this free 12-week program, families with infants or toddlers are invited to learn new skills together, play fun activities, and share the love of reading. PACT Class is for children […] Read More »

Emergency units responded to a vehicle roll over

On October 15, 7:05pm, at Victoria Ave. and Moon Dr. emergency units responded to a vehicle roll over with trapped victim. Fire and EMS units were able to assist the driver from the vehicle without the use of rescue extrication tools. The 77-year-old woman suffered minor injuries to her right arm and was transported to […] Read More »

Reinvesting in Life after Loss Support Group

Livingston’s Grief & Bereavement Program is offering a new support group, Reinvesting In Life After Loss. This new group will be focusing on restorative activities, seeking meaning and purpose, identifying changes to self, and receiving support in making life good again. The new support groups starts on November 9th and it will be held via […] Read More »

Ashley Bautista recognized by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

Ventura resident Ashley Bautista (shown with her mom Ana), the Public Information Officer for the County of Ventura, has been recognized by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce with the 40 Under 40 Award for her work in Covid-19 Communication. She’s been the voice behind www.vcrecovers.org and County Covid messaging. “I have spent the […] Read More »

March for reproductive justice held in Ventura

The event was spearheaded by the Women’s March national organization. Photo by Patricia Schallert The Supreme Court signaled it is prepared to dismantle women’s reproductive rights when it refused to stop Texas’ SB 8, which made abortion illegal after six weeks and instituted a bounty system on violators. On December 1st the Court is scheduled […] Read More »

Education to facilitate changes for the better for people with mental illness

by Carol Leish MA “On September 8, 2021” according to Mary Haffner, an advocate for people with mental illness, “NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Advocacy Group held a countywide Town Hall to address the needs of people with mental illness.” During the Town Hall, it was discussed that: “Because of the gaps in services […] Read More »

Civil Grand Jury in session - public complaints welcome

The Ventura County Civil Grand Jury is a panel of 19 local citizen volunteers established to investigate complaints about government mismanagement, verify that public funds are properly accounted for and legally spent, and investigate the policies, practices and processes of county or city departments. Civil Grand Jury investigations can be generated from public complaints. Complaint […] Read More »

Donor turnout sharply declines while patient needs remain high

The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood and platelet shortage and must collect 10,000 additional blood products each week over the next month for the blood supply to recover and meet hospital and patient needs. Donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors are urged to make an […] Read More »

Choose the right car seat

The Ventura Police Department joins the California Office of Traffic Safety to raise awareness about the importance of keeping children in the correct car seat for their age and size. During Child Passenger Safety Week, September 19-25, the Ventura Police Department will conduct child passenger safety enforcement to ensure drivers are securing children in the […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Health extends indoor mask order

Ventura County Public Health has extended the indoor mask order, requiring all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions. The order will continue to be in effect until October 19, 2021 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by the Health Officer. “Our […] Read More »

Harriet H. Samuelsson foundation awards $530,000 in grant funding

The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation have awarded grants totaling $530,000 to 11 local non-profit organizations providing remote and in-person services to youth and adolescents during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Grants ranged from $10,000 to $125,000, and were allocated as follows: ● $50,000 to the Assistance League of Ventura County to provide special […] Read More »

Large scale on-going cleanup of homeless encampments at the Santa Clara River bottom continues

A makeshift abode is typical of housing for unsheltered people living in the watershed. by Richard Lieberman In coming weeks, a collaborative effort to clean up the watershed will begin. The cleanup effort will concentrate on watershed cleanup, removal of homeless encampments, and relocating homeless individuals by connecting them to safe and reasonable shelter and […] Read More »

VCCU board member donates $10,000 to nonprofits in honor of retirement

Phil Bohan passing on his check to Food Share. As a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution, Ventura County Credit Union supports the local community in a variety of ways, including offering its board members $10,000 at retirement to donate to nonprofits of their choice. In honor of his recent retirement from the board, Phil Bohan chose […] Read More »

NBVC fights hunger in local community with large donation to food shelter

NBVC FFF campaign was a record setting one. Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) tops Navy Region Southwest with this year’s contributions to the annual U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Feds Feed Families (FFF) campaign, by collecting 18,985 pounds of goods, donated to Food Share of Ventura County on Aug. 31, 2021. 2021 marks the 12th […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System offers low-cost mammograms and seminar for expectant parents

Community Memorial Health System is dedicated to providing the best screening and imaging technologies to all women in the community. Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. Call now to schedule your mammogram! In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, CMHS is offering low-cost breast imaging to all women who schedule a screening during […] Read More »

Homeless man attacks innocent bystander on the pier

At approximately 8:15 p.m., on August 25, on the pier a homeless man, unprovoked, swung a 24-inch weighted pipe at 62-year-old Julie Howard’s face knocking her out. A tooth was lost at the scene and two other were cracked one having to be extracted. Orbital fracture, concussion and multiple lacerations were also part of the […] Read More »

Mothers Against Drunk Driving holds officer appreciation day

by Richard Lieberman Mothers Against Drunk Driving sponsored an officer appreciation event to present officers from the Tri-Counties area with awards for the most drunk driving arrests in their individual departments. The event drew Law Enforcement from Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Maria CHP and Port Hueneme, among others. A lunch sponsored by […] Read More »

September is Pedestrian Safety Month

“But officer I started out in the crosswalk.” As part of Pedestrian Safety Month, the Ventura Police Department will have additional officers on patrol throughout September specifically looking for California Vehicle Code violations pertaining to drivers and pedestrians. These violations include right-of-way at crosswalks, illegal turns, and not properly stopping for signs or signals, and […] Read More »

Luckily no real fire at Balboa Middle School

On Sept.3, at 9:35am, fire units from Ventura City, Oxnard, and Ventura County Fire departments responded to a reported structure fire at Balboa Middle School. Units arrived to find the school in session and being evacuated due to the smell of smoke in a classroom. Upon investigation it was determined that the motor of a […] Read More »

When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water—Benjamin Franklin

Deborah Jordan Ph.D. EPA Deputy Regional Administrator, City Manager Alex McIntyre, Councilman Joe Schroeder, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-26th District), EPA Administrator Michael Regan and Ventura Mayor Sofia Rubalcava, and were part of the treatment facility presentation by Sheli Ellsworth The Sons of the Pioneers recorded the melodic song “Cool Water” in 1962: All day I […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Health issues new health order requiring masking indoors

Ventura County Public Health has issued a new health order requiring all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions. This order took effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday, August 20, 2021. Businesses and other public entities had until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 23, 2021, to […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire units dispatched to large vehicle fire

Ventura City Fire units were dispatched to a report of a large vehicle fire at Walker St. & Moon Dr. Fire and police personnel responded and arrived to find a motorhome fully involved with fire. Heavy smoke was visible for a long distance. Two adult occupants and a cat were able to escape from the […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire units dispatched to vegetation fire

Ventura City Fire units were dispatched to a report of a vegetation fire in the area of Peninsula St. and Harbor Blvd. Emergency personnel responded and arrived to find a growing fire in an encampment area and nearby vegetation that was best accessed from the southbound lanes of the 101 freeway, south of Seaward Ave. […] Read More »

Ex-city manager becomes VCTC Interim Executive Director

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) has named Mark Watkins Interim Executive Director. Watkins will succeed VCTC Executive Director Darren Kettle, who in July was named chief executive officer (CEO) of Metrolink, Southern California’s regional passenger rail. The Commission reached an agreement with Watkins during a special meeting. Watkins’ start date will be Sept. 7, […] Read More »

Metrolink expands Ventura County Saturday service

Metrolink has announced the expansion of Ventura County Line Saturday service, adding service to and from three additional stations: Camarillo, Oxnard, and Ventura-East. Metrolink launched Saturday service on the Ventura County Line on May 29 with one roundtrip connecting Moorpark, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Northridge, Van Nuys, Burbank Airport, Burbank Downtown, Glendale and Los Angeles Union […] Read More »

Ventura Fire Department enhances community safety by increasing wildfire defensible space inspections

Fire season is here and if you have not yet completed your brush clearance do it now. During its regular meeting on May 24, 2021, the Ventura City Council approved the City’s adopted fee schedule and authorized the Ventura Fire Department to begin billing for defensible space and other fire inspections. Earlier this year Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Health issues health advisory urging vaccinations and masking indoors

Due to the current surge, Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) is urging all Ventura County residents that are eligible but have not yet been fully vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible. In alignment with state and federal health authorities, VCPH officials also continue to strongly recommend mask wearing indoors in public places regardless […] Read More »

Program helps COVID-impacted veterans become employed in high-demand industries

Veterans experiencing unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic are among the country’s hardest-hit populations. To help veterans who have been impacted, Ventura College’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is now offering the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP). Eligible veterans will receive up to one year of U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs-paid training for high-demand occupations […] Read More »

County Agricultural Commissioner 2020 Crop & Livestock Report

The year 2020 brought several things into sharp focus about the importance of agriculture to the County of Ventura. The COVID 19 pandemic pointed out how vulnerable and extraordinarily essential the 40,000 hardworking people who faithfully kept coming to work are to not only the residents of Ventura, but to people throughout the world. They […] Read More »

County of Ventura and City of Oxnard reach cooperation agreement for Channel Islands Harbor 

  The County Board of Supervisors and City of Oxnard Councilmembers have both unanimously approved a cooperation agreement for major improvements in the Channel Islands Harbor agreeing to areas of land use and shared cost of maintenance and infrastructure.   The County and City entered into a 50-year agreement in 1963. The agreement allowed for the […] Read More »

Board of Supervisors Approves New Five-Year Contract for County Executive Officer

On Tuesday, July 27, the County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to extend the contract for County Executive Officer, Mike Powers, through July 2026. Each of the five Board members commented on the excellent work of Mike Powers, citing his leadership through some of the most difficult and challenging times. “Mr. Powers has demonstrated tremendous […] Read More »

Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation awards $590,000 in grant funding

The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $590,000 to 11 local non-profit organizations providing remote and in-person services to youth and adolescents during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Grants ranged from $10,000 to $150,000, and were allocated to the following organizations: $40,000 to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ventura County for contactless […] Read More »

Public health strongly recommends all community members wear masks indoors

With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the County of Ventura Public Health Department strongly recommends that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places. This serves as an extra precautionary measure for those who are fully vaccinated and will further limit spread of […] Read More »

Crowd gathers to protest SoCalGas compressor site in Ventura

The Westside Community Council was there supporting the cause. On July 17, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, hundreds of community members from around California including Ventura, Culver City, Playa Del Rey, and Aliso Canyon met at Kellogg Park to demand Gov. Newsom instruct the California Public Utilities Commission to conduct an Environmental Impact Review […] Read More »

Kindness Really Matters Now

Ventura’s wonderful Park Safety Ambassadors would be a fine place to start. Why, Here in Ventura — and Throughout California — Kindness Really Matters Now Now that California and Ventura have reopened, folks are flooding out into the world with joyous abandon. That is happy news. We all can use plenty of joy. But there […] Read More »

Combatting teen vaping is focus of new website

Nearly a third of Ventura County eleventh graders say they have tried vaping. The Ventura County Office of Education has launched a new website called The Triple Threat to Teen Health that’s aimed at combatting the serious problem of teen vaping. The website is available in English and Spanish at vaping.vcoe.org. “While many may think […] Read More »

County of Ventura launches VC Connects to help bridge digital gap

The County of Ventura is proud to announce the launch of VC Connects, a program designed to bridge the digital gap for older adults and people with disabilities living in Ventura County. VC Connects brings computers to the homes of individuals who do not otherwise have access to a digital device. VC Connects offers individuals […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire and AMR EMS along with CHP dispatched to traffic collision

On July 12, at 3:36am, Ventura City Fire and AMR EMS along with CHP units were dispatched to a report of a traffic collision with injuries and persons trapped. Emergency personnel responded and arrived to find a single vehicle down an embankment with major damage. It was determined that three occupants were in the vehicle […] Read More »

City Center Project has 100% success rate

Innovative City Center Project, with 100% success rate, has moved one step closer to ensuring homeless Ventura County families become self-sufficient. 253 homeless parents and children in Ventura County are now independent and free of government assistance. The City Center, led by Executive Director Jim Duran and his team of case managers, therapists and mentors, […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to structure fire at Mound Elementary School

On July 22, at 2:39pm, Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at Mound Elementary School. The first arriving engine company discovered a classroom at the rear of the school heavily involved in fire. Firefighters protected adjoining classrooms while suppressing the main body of the fire. The fire was held […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department informs community on how to “Know Your Limit”

The Ventura Police Department will have officers in downtown Ventura educating the public on how to monitor alcohol intake and “know your limit” on July 30, 2021, from 6p.m. – 10:00p.m. During this time, officers will ask patrons how many drinks they have consumed and whether they believe it is safe to drive. Officers will […] Read More »

Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Report

Ocean water quality results for samples collected last week indicate ocean water quality at the following Ventura County beach sampling location failed to meet State standards for bacteria: Surfer’s Point Beach Warning signs are currently posted and contact with ocean water should be avoided for a minimum of 50 yards on either side of each […] Read More »

Ventura has an increase in violent crimes

As mid-year statistics are evaluated, the City of Ventura has experienced an overall increase in Part I Crime of just under 1%. Despite a slight reduction in reported property crimes through the first half of 2021, violent crime is up by 23%, with an increase in sexual assaults and robberies at 53% and 32% respectively, […] Read More »

New emergency alerting system outfitted on Ventura Police Cars

The Ventura Police Department’s patrol vehicles are now equipped with new Hi-Lo sirens, a different sound than traditional sirens, used to alert residents to evacuate. The new warning system will be used when VPD has issued an evacuation order, and in all disasters where there is an immediate threat to life, including wildfires, earthquakes, and […] Read More »

Expansion of Hillmont Psychiatric Unit alleviates waits for patients in crisis

The unit has the capacity for 43-beds. by Carol Leish “The Hillmont Psychiatric Unit was built in 1995 and licensed for 43 beds,” according to Ashley Bautista, Public Information Officer for Ventura County. “It replaced a 28-bed unit that had been licensed since 1978. “The unit has the capacity for 43-beds, and is currently staffed […] Read More »

Parent and Child Together Class: Infant and Toddlers

Ventura County Library and First 5 Ventura County are proud to partner on Parent and Child Together classes for local families starting this summer. In this free 12-week class, families with infants or toddlers are invited to learn new skills together, play fun activities, and share the love of reading. “Parents are their child’s first […] Read More »

Ventura Fire department personnel respond to traffic collision

On June 20, at 8:15am, Ventura Fire department personnel responded to a traffic collision on the southbound 101 freeway with victims trapped. Personnel arrived to find two vehicles with major damage in the roadway, one on its roof, one with a victim trapped inside. The trapped victim with severe injuries was extricated using hydraulic cutting/spreading/lifting […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital recognized again for excellence in breastfeeding care

The award-winning lactation team at Community Memorial Hospital is proud to provide outstanding breastfeeding support. Community Memorial Hospital has been recognized once again for offering high quality lactation care and top-notch assistance for breastfeeding families. The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiner® (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) recognized CMH for excellence in […] Read More »

Getting Back to Normal: Helping Your Family Through COVID-19 Transitions

Many people struggled with mental health challenges during this last year, often exacerbated by lockdowns, isolation, new stresses, and societal turmoil. As American society now slowly transitions to more “normal times,” Community Memorial Health System is helping families find ways to cope and move forward. The public is invited to join CMHS psychologists at a free online seminar […] Read More »

River Haven offers a way out of homelessness

River Haven have given people the opportunity and the tools to start truly living happier and healthier lives. by Carol Leish “River Haven started during the El Nino in 2006,” according to, Suki Sir, Marketing and Fund Development Manager at Turning Point Foundation. “Thus, during the El Nino, we approached the City of Ventura in […] Read More »

The Museum of Ventura County re-opens July 3rd

After 15 months of closure, and as California’s Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted, The Museum of Ventura County is re-opening both its Ventura location at 100 East Main Street and the Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula at 926 Railroad Avenue on July 1, 2021. Admission to the museums and parking are free for visitors for […] Read More »

The Ventura Police and Fire Departments encourage residents to enjoy a “Safe and Sane” Fourth of July

There’s a lot more to the Fourth of July than just fireworks. This year when celebrating America’s 245th birthday, Ventura police and fire are encouraging residents to explore safer ways to celebrate, such as finding an outdoor activity, taking a trip to the beach, or hosting a BBQ. “Fireworks are simply too dangerous and unpredictable to […] Read More »

Ventura County Civil Grand Jury announces release of report on the annual inspection of public prisons

Pursuant to California Penal Code Section 919(b), the 2020-2021 Ventura County Grand Jury (Grand Jury) is required to inquire into the condition and management of the public prisons within Ventura County (County). The Grand Jury inspected the following public prisons in the County: Ventura County Juvenile Facilities operated by the Ventura County Probation Agency Pre-Trial […] Read More »

Disability advocate role right up her alley

by Shirley Lorraine Carol Leish has recently been appointed to the position of Disability Advocate for the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA). Her two-year term, from 2021-2023, will include working on the Optimal Aging and Workforce committees as well as being available as a speaker and advocate. The role of Disability Advocate is […] Read More »

Change has been slow in the Permit Services Department

by Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Gov’t Nine years after the Ventura Grand Jury ruled that Ventura’s Code Enforcement Division was too aggressive, change has been slow in the Permit Services Department. Now the City of Ventura believes that things will get better if it follows the consultant’s report titled the Matrix Report. However, those changes […] Read More »

Ventura County Library welcomes customers back into buildings

E.P. Foster Library is slowly opening. Since April 7, 2021, the Ventura County Library System libraries, including libraries in the cities of Ojai, Ventura, Port Hueneme, and Fillmore, have welcomed the public back for limited indoor services including browsing and checkout of collections and computer use. Customers have up to 50 minutes per day to […] Read More »

County of Ventura Human Services Agency Partners with SEEAG to Increase CalFresh student enrollment

SEEAG hopes to reach over 3,000 school-age children with their healthy eating message. The County of Ventura Human Services Agency is partnering with Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) to increase CalFresh enrollment and food access among students and families served by SEEAG’s Ventura County Child Wellness Initiative (VCCWI). CalFresh provides monthly food benefits to […] Read More »

Ventura County Civil Grand Jury announces release of report on school bus safety for special education students

Most local special education school bus drivers are performing their duties alone, while also attending to student behavior issues occurring on the bus. Given that school bus drivers have, by law, sole responsibility for rider safety and discipline on the bus, the 2020-2021 Ventura County Grand Jury (Grand Jury) examined the challenges that can emerge […] Read More »

Rebuilding Ventura’s travel and hospitality workforce is the key to regional and statewide recovery 

The coronavirus pandemic has set back (but not defeated) Ventura’s travel and hospitality businesses, but the economic power of the tourism industry is igniting a comeback as California Tourism Month begins. The California travel industry’s underlying strength and enduring selflessness and resilience aligns with California Tourism Month’s theme, the “Power of Possibility.” This week, California […] Read More »

Supporting Kids & Families Together

Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that has been serving foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County since 2000. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. K&FT also works with caregivers who need specialized education, support, and strategies to help raise safe, healthy, nurtured […] Read More »

Preventing homelessness in the Post-COVID Age

by Jill Forman and Sue Brinkmeyer Many households are one paycheck away from homelessness.  One car repair, family illness, temporary layoff or other one-time event can eat up the funds needed to pay rent for a month, and a family can lose its housing. For residents of the City of Ventura in this situation, the […] Read More »

Ventura Downtown Lions Club donates computers

City of Ventura receives Chromebooks from members Mario Robinson, Jon Youngerman, Steve Shaw, Chris Brashears, Randy Jewell, and City of Ventura Recreation Supervisor, Chip Tarleton. The City of Ventura recently received a donation for 42 Chromebook laptops from the Ventura Downtown Lions Club. “These laptops will mean so much to those who use the Westpark […] Read More »

Dealing with graffiti in Ventura

We apologize for how long it took to respond to this letter (it was not an email) it ended up in a pile and was recently found. The response is long, and important so we published it as an article. Dear Editor: My husband and I have noticed an increase in graffiti in Ventura. Extensive […] Read More »

Kalorama Wetland Restoration Project successfully culminated with family involvement and Chumash blessings

Ventura County families planting native vegetation at Kalorama wetland by Ventura pier. Photo by Cliff Rodriguez Youth, their families, and adult volunteers dedicated 720 hours to the restoration of the Kalorama Wetland by Ventura Pier since September, 2020. They took out non-native species that had invaded the area and learned about the benefits of native […] Read More »

Transitional aged youth between 16-25 deserve loving homes now    

Homes with Heart VC, a program of Ventura County Children and Family Services, is recruiting loving families in Ventura County to open their homes to older youth in care. Transitional aged youth (TAY) are between the ages of 16-25 and are at a point in their lives where love, guidance, and mentorship are critical for […] Read More »

It’s a GO: the Ventura Music Festival confirms live concerts for July 23, 24 and 25

The Ventura Music Festival is more than pleased to announce there will indeed be a festival this Summer! “It’s on for July 23, 24 & 25 with three great programs, “ says VMF Executive Director Susan Scott: “Jazz and pop from singer-trombonist Aubrey Logan, who is “at the top of her game;” a fabulous crossover […] Read More »

Lifeguards return to Ventura Harbor Beaches for summer

State Parks to provide professional lifeguarding services. Photo by Dan Harding As the summer season approaches, daily lifeguard service will be provided at Ventura Harbor beaches along Spinnaker Drive. In a unanimous vote on April 21, the Board of Port Commissioners authorized the General Manager of Ventura Harbor, Brian Pendleton, to contract with State Parks to […] Read More »

Kids & Families Together hosted a special “Mothering Day” event

Kids & Families Together was presented with a $25,000 donation from the Gene Haas Foundation. Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that has been serving foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County since 2000. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. K&FT also works […] Read More »

American Legion Post 339 believes in doing its part to support the veterans of Ventura County and the community we live in

Chartered and incorporated in 1934, Post 339 has a proud tradition of service to Ventura County. The Post’s practice of supporting the community through donations totaling almost $400,000 over the past five years is symbolic of the Post membership’s commitment to service to the community, state, and nation. Over the last three years, Post339 has […] Read More »

Drivers are encouraged to “Share the Road” during National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and the Ventura Police Department encourages the community to think about the safety of riders on two wheels and look twice for motorcycles. “Motorcycle riders are often much harder to see than residents in four-wheeled vehicles,” said Traffic Unit Sergeant Michael Brown said. “Drivers and riders should take extra […] Read More »

The City Center achieving 100% success rate

The City Center has been in operation for the last seven years.  Since 2014, local Ventura organization The City Center has developed a residential program working with the homeless population – achieving 100% success rate. Finding a way to ensure homeless families in need are given a chance to have success in life is a challenging task. The City […] Read More »

Water rates increase 43%

by Res Publica Decisions made by past and present City Councils led to Ventura Water increasing water rates by 7% and wastewater rates by 6% for each year over the next four years. In truth, water rates for the “average” ratepayer will increase by 43% during that time. IF YOU DON’T PROTEST, YOU VOTE “YES” […] Read More »

Continued/increasing need for a continuum of care facility for those with severe mental health issues

by Carol Leish Mary Haffner, who served on the Behavioral Health Advisory Board for the past six years, says that, “Ventura County is not the only California county dealing with the societal, economic, and human health costs associated with our society’s collective failure to provide a continuum of care for those with severe mental health […] Read More »

Honoring Ventura Police Dispatchers

Public safety dispatchers undergo a rigorous testing and background process before being hired. The Ventura Police Department honored the men and women who answer life-saving 911 calls in celebration of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 11–17, 2021. In 2020, Public Safety Dispatchers at the Ventura Police Department answered more than 198,000 calls, including 53,121 emergency […] Read More »

Food Share distributes most food in its 43-year old history

Since the onset of COVID-19 one year ago, Food Share, Ventura County’s largest hunger-relief organization, has distributed more than 26 million pounds of food, providing more than 21.6 million meals to people in Ventura County. That’s the most amount of food ever distributed in the organization’s 43-year history, and nearly double the previous high of […] Read More »

VUSD Board of Education hires Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

After a months-long competitive search, the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education, has voted to hire Dr. Antonio Castro as the new Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Dr. Castro will began his new role on April 8, 2021. In this new role, Dr. Castro will oversee departments such as; Curriculum and Instruction, Early […] Read More »

Ventura Unified announces return to full-time in-person instruction

Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Roger Rice announced at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 23, that all grade levels in the Ventura Unified School District (City of Ventura) will be going back to school full-time, in- person when they open for the 2021-22 school year in August. “I am thrilled to […] Read More »

A message from Mike Powers

Dear Ventura County Community Members,  We are grieving with the Asian American community and all of the victims of the horrific shootings in Atlanta Tuesday night that took eight lives, six of whom were women of Asian descent. This is the latest in a series of heinous attacks against Asian Americans across this nation, and […] Read More »

Fire response dispatched to large trash truck on fire

On March 19, at 3:20pm, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received a report of a large vehicle fire in the 300 block of Tioga Dr. A fire response was dispatched to the area and the first fire resource on scene reported a large trash truck on fire. Fire resources initiated a quick and aggressive […] Read More »

 Aera’s Healthy/Well Community challenge for students

Aera Energy partners with Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) in challenging our community to think about and support student health/wellness. Now through April 15, Aera will match any donation, up to $5,000 total, for Spring ‘21 Health/Wellness Grants to Ventura Unified educators. These grants bring much needed supplies and equipment to classrooms, strengthening health/wellness opportunities for […] Read More »

Become a Ventura county civil grand juror!!

The Civil Grand Jury is an investigative panel of 19 citizen volunteers serving as a “voice of the people and a conscience of the community”. Its functions include: Improving the operations of local government. Verifying that the public’s money is handled judiciously. Recognizing agencies that are working effectively. As a civil panel, the Grand Jury […] Read More »

Ventura County Animal Shelter in Camarillo during the Pandemic

y Carol Leish ‘Sometimes all it takes is a look.’ “The Ventura County Animal Shbelter in Camarillo currently has dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, birds, snakes, turtles, chickens and roosters available for adoption,” according to, Randy Friedman, the Marketing Manager. “We also occasionally have horses, chameleons, bearded dragons, and other exotic-type animals.” The adoption process has […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation's Weekend Marketplace returns to East Parking Lot

The community has relied on the Marketplace for wonderful things to purchase. Ventura College Foundation’s Weekend Marketplace, which temporarily moved to the West Parking Lot on the Ventura College campus while solar panels were installed at its home on the East Parking Lot, has returned to its permanent location.  The East Parking Lot is able […] Read More »

VMF announces four new virtually yours concerts

VMF leading off with Anderson & Roe Piano Duo. Ventura Music Festival announces four new virtually yours concerts, leading off with Anderson & Roe Piano Duo on March 21st. Each is hosted by Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta and presented free-of-charge. Reservations are required. The line-up is as follows: Sunday, March 21st 3 pm, Anderson & […] Read More »

The Homeless Coronavirus Outreach

Eric Moseley, Erica Moseley and George Alger on Our Ventura TV. Homelessness has been a problem in Ventura County for many years before the pandemic. But the coronavirus has exacerbated the matter. One of the challenges for those attempting to aid the homeless — or even for those who are trying to better understand it […] Read More »

Support for proposed water and wastewater rate changes

Sandy Smith sat on the City Council for eight years. by Sandy Smith former mayor, City of Ventura Residents and rate payers in the City of Ventura should support Ventura Water’s proposed water and wastewater rate changes, scheduled for City Council review and approval in March 2021. These rate adjustments fund critical investments needed to […] Read More »

Annual “Spring Fling” gift-away event

Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that has been serving foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County since 2000. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. K&FT also works with caregivers who need specialized education, support, and strategies to help raise safe, healthy, nurtured […] Read More »

MERITO restoring an iconic site in the City of Ventura

The Ventura based MERITO Foundation is working with California State Parks Channel District with the support of State Coastal Conservancy and Wetland Recovery Project to restore an iconic site in the City of Ventura known as Kalorama. The site is in San Buenaventura State Beach south of the Ventura pier at the bottom of the watershed, […] Read More »

Community donates 1,750 diverse books to VUSD schools

Balboa MS Librarian Mike Cromie and Assistant Principal Tomas Gaeta are happy to receive the donated books. Ventura Education Partnership thanks the community for their generous support of Diverse Books for Kids which brought a MiniGrant program for new, diverse books to VUSD educators. Forty VUSD educators applied for and received books for their classrooms […] Read More »

The Y helps community children learn to be safe around water

As part of the Y’s commitment to reduce drowning rates and keep kids safe in and around the water, the Ventura Family YMCA will provide scholarships for swim instruction and water safety to children from underserved communities in the City of Ventura and surrounding areas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens in the time of COVID

Enjoy a free day at the Gardens. by Barbara Brown As fascinating as sitting in front of our computer screens is, sometimes we just have to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the day. If you are looking for a place to go where you can socially distance comfortably, the Ventura Botanical Gardens […] Read More »

The TeensForAll team welcomes any and all teens to apply

TeensForAll is a completely teen-run organization which was founded by Xavier Ramirez a 10th Grader at Buena High School in September of 2020. Xavier said he started TeensForAll because he wanted to create an inclusive environment where teens no matter race, religion, sexuality, gender, or beliefs has a place to represent themselves, find new friends, […] Read More »

Current Ventura Unified School District situation due to the Pandemic

“With the global pandemic, this past year has been a real struggle for all of our employees.” by Carol Leish Ventura Unified School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Richard Rice, who was appointed in January, 2019, and started working in March, 2019, said, “I love the community of Ventura and am extremely proud to serve its residents.” […] Read More »

First responders honor health care staff

First responders paraded outside of hospital to show their support of health care staff. The front entrance at St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), a Dignity Health Central Coast hospital, was a sight to see this week as Oxnard’s first responders, firefighters, and police officers caravanned to honor health care staff for their efforts in […] Read More »

Providing a treatment facility/continuum of care for those with serious mental illness in Ventura County

Mary Haffner is on the Ventura Behavioral Health Board. by Carol Leish The mission statement of the Ventura County Behavior Health Department is: ‘To provide the highest quality prevention, intervention, treatment, and support to persons with mental health issues.’ Mary Haffner, a Ventura resident, who has been on the Ventura Behavioral Health Board since April, […] Read More »

VCAAA Voice: COVID-19 Continuum of Person-Centered Service

Maria hugged the robotic dog and kissed its nose. by Jannette Jauregui The smile on Maria’s face said it all. The Santa Paula woman is among the more than 200,000 older adults currently living in Ventura County. Like many of her peers, Maria has been isolating at home for nearly a year now as part […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation provides record support in 2019-20 despite pandemic challenges

The Ventura College Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and financial support to Ventura College students and to school programs, distributed $824,548 in financial support during the 2019-2020 academic year–$699,971 in scholarships, $84,577 in VC Promise tuition assistance and $40,000 in textbook support. The annual scholarship distribution was the largest in the foundation’s history […] Read More »

Kaiser Permanente commits $1 million to promote racial equity in Southern California

Grant funding to 10 nonprofit organizations will help dismantle racist structures and practices that prevent communities of color from achieving good health. Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated, nonprofit health system, today announced it has awarded $8.15 million to support 40 nonprofit and community-based organizations across the nation, whose programs address systemic racism and its accompanying […] Read More »

Ventura College’s Advanced Manufacturing Program is preparing for the future

Ventura College’s new degree program in advanced manufacturing is training the future manufacturing workers of Ventura County. Prompted by student interest, employer demand and Ventura County’s strength as a manufacturing sector, Ventura College’s new manufacturing training program will offer the latest information and technology in both lecture and laboratory settings. Ventura College’s advanced manufacturing degree […] Read More »

Ventura County’s 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., national holiday observance

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Ventura County is pleased to announce that its 35th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day observance and birthday celebration, will be held on Monday, January 18, starting at 10 a.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday, which celebrates King’s birthday, honors his legacy, […] Read More »

Ventura College launches Veterinary Technology Program

Ventura College is offering a new two-year Veterinary Technology Program culminating in an Associate of Science degree. Classes begin spring 2021 at Ventura College’s East Campus in Santa Paula. After successfully completing the first-year curriculum, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assistant, which will enable students to seek entry level employment in […] Read More »

Pension debt continues to rise

by Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Gov’t Ventura’s unfunded pension liabilities continued to grow in 2019 to $218.6 million. The City of Ventura continues to sink deeper into debt to pay for city employees’ present and future retirement benefits. Unfortunately, the economic reality of the city’s current public pension liabilities is not receiving the attention […] Read More »

East Ventura Community Council meeting

“A Conversation About East Ventura” is the topic for panelists and those in attendance at the next Zoom meeting of the East Ventura Community Council, at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 21st. Newly elected City Council members as well as Stephanie Caldwell, Executive Director of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, and Brad Golden, Immediate Past […] Read More »

Homes with Heart VC encourages community members to make their lives more meaningful

Local human services agency urges community support to open their hearts and homes to children and older youth in (foster)care, as additional census shows a growth in need during the pandemic. The holidays are a special time of year filled with memories, celebrations, and annual family gatherings. It is also a time to acknowledge the […] Read More »

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

by Kathy Morgan Human Trafficking impacts between 4-6 million people annually worldwide, 71% being women and girls. Human Trafficking (HT) is the exploitation of a person for sex or labor through the use of force, fraud or coercion. It is a Human Rights crime as it deprives a person of his or her freedom and […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber of Commerce presents check to Ventura Fire Chief to support local Spark of Love program

City of Ventura Fire Chief, David Endaya; Ventura Chamber of Commerce CEO, Stephanie Caldwell; Ventura Chamber of Commerce 2020 Board Chair, Brad Golden; and City of Ventura Assistant Fire Chief, Matthew Brock at the check ceremony. The Ventura Chamber of Commerce presented a check for $3,500 to Ventura City Fire Chief David Endaya at a […] Read More »

County of Ventura’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer announced

“Phin is a dynamic and results-driven leader.” After a nationwide recruitment that garnered over 150 applicants, the County of Ventura has selected Phin Xaypangna (pronounced Pin) as the County of Ventura’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Phin is a dynamic and results-driven leader with more than twenty years of experience in diversity, equity and […] Read More »

Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) is excited to announce that Jeffrey Lambert and Tracy Tagawa have joined the VCCF Leadership Team.

Prior to joining VCCF as Chief Operating Officer, Jeffrey Lambert served as Community Development Director for the City of Oxnard and City of Ventura. Lambert has a proven track record as a public servant throughout his career and is recognized as a Certified Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He previously owned […] Read More »

Workforce Development Board secures programs to address barriers to employment and the COVID-19 Pandemic's impact

The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDB) was awarded a $315,000 grant by the State of California Employment Development Department to implement a National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) to address the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the Ventura County workforce. The funding will aid Ventura County’s response to COVID-19 by providing opportunities for employment and […] Read More »

Bernie Goldstein (1932-2020)

Father Serra by Bernie Goldstein Sam (Bernie) Goldstein died Friday December 18, 2020 of heart disease at the age of 88. Bernie was born August 9, 1932 in San Francisco. Bernie’s father, Max Goldstein sold men’s suits and played clarinet in dance bands during and after the depression. His mother Celia escaped Russia as a […] Read More »

During the season of giving, Red Cross urges blood donation

December may be the season of giving – but it’s typically a challenging time to collect enough blood donations. Add in a pandemic, and this year could be even tougher than usual. That’s why the American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling well to give the gift of life by donating blood this holiday season. […] Read More »

Business opportunity announced at Main Ranch on Santa Rosa Island  

Channel Islands National Park is soliciting proposals with the release of a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for a potential business opportunity at the historic Main Ranch on Santa Rosa Island. The business leasing opportunity includes rustic lodging, food and beverage services, campground management, and related visitor services within the Main Ranch at Bechers […] Read More »

Hospital frontline health care staff among first to receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Health care workers at St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), members of Dignity Health Central Coast, are among the first to receive the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine. St. John’s will administer the first dose of the two-dose vaccine to several hundred essential health care workers and physicians. Two doses […] Read More »

Ventura County now offering on-site COVID testing

The Testing Trailer can come to your business. Mobile testing team onsite testing requirements Business or organization must have at least 100 people that would like to get tested for the COVID-19 virus. Outdoor location must include 100′ x 50′ open space suitable for parking a truck and 28′ trailer for our testing team. Host […] Read More »

Brush fire in Santa Clara River bottom

Several brush fires occurred last week in Ventura. One was in the Santa Clara River bottom near the Ventura Auto Center and another was at 300 W. Main St., near the Ventura Pier and 101 Freeway. Read More »

Harrison to delay regular trash collection for Friday customers during the holidays

With Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Friday this holiday season, Harrison Industries will delay its regular Friday trash collection; Harrison’s Friday customers will have their trash collected those weeks on Saturdays, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. The holidays will not affect Monday through Thursday customers. Special holiday features offered For two weeks after […] Read More »

Matt LaVere appointed Supervisor for the 1st District of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors

Governor Newsom appointed Matt LaVere as the Supervisor for the 1st District of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. LaVere was elected in March for the term to begin in January, 2021. The 1st District Supervisor Steve Bennett was elected for State Assembly and sworn in as Assemblymember for the 37th Assembly District today. LaVere was appointed […] Read More »

A fundraiser that will benefit Veterans and active duty military personnel

Frank Doyle navy veteran is close to the heart of Alicia Doyle. The Kid Gloves Boxing Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is presenting the First Annual Operation Get Fit, a fundraiser that will benefit Veterans and active duty military personnel. Veterans can benefit emotionally as well as physically from a no-contact, boxing-style fitness regimen that […] Read More »

Food Share of Ventura County joins NBC4’s Annual ‘Help 4 The Hungry’

Food Share of Ventura County is joining NBC4/KNBC’s ‘Help 4 The Hungry’ donation drive, returning for a third consecutive year to support food banks facing a greater than ever need this holiday season to help feed families in need. Demand has skyrocketed during the pandemic leaving neighborhoods and people across Southern California struggling with economic […] Read More »

Shooting suspect identified

In a previous issue we reported about the shooting of Javier Magana Nov. 5 by the Ventura Police after a car pursuit that started in Oxnard. Officer Joaquin “Jack” Ortega, a 23-year department veteran, shot Magana after the Thousand Oaks man fired a handgun in his direction during a foot chase. This is a photo […] Read More »

Enjoy the holidays by celebrating safely

As we near the holiday season, St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), members of Dignity Health Central Coast, want to remind our community to stay safe and protected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises individuals to celebrate virtually or with household members to reduce exposure […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation's weekend marketplace temporarily moves to new location

The Weekend Marketplace has hosted vendors and patrons for more than three decades. Ventura College Foundation’s Weekend Marketplace will temporarily move to a new location on the Ventura College campus while solar panels are installed at its current site (East Parking Lot). The Marketplace will open at the campus’ West Parking Lot on November 28. […] Read More »

Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Cancer Center recognizes November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month

St. John’s Regional Cancer Center (SJRCC) is pleased to offer a proactive lung cancer screening program to those with a high risk of developing lung cancer, the number one most dangerous cancer for both men and women in the United States. In recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, SJRCC is urging community members to […] Read More »

Firefighters respond to brush fire

Firefighters responded to a brush fire that broke out near the Ventura Harbor and the Santa Clara River on November 13, at 1pm. Even though the burn area was small because of the dense brush smoke could be seen (and smelled) in many local communities. Read More »

More than $70 million in patient financial assistance and community benefit programs

Serving the community is one of our highest priorities. Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, which include St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH) annually report on community health programs, including the health needs being addressed, programs and measurable objectives, and the economic value of our community benefit in Ventura […] Read More »

Fire personnel respond to traffic collision

On November 6, at 12:42 pm, a 911 call was received at the Fire Communication Center to report a traffic collision at the S/B 33 Frwy and W. Stanley Ave. Fire personnel arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and found a small passenger vehicle with 3 occupants that had collided into an […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department responds to structure fire

On Nov.10, at 4:52pm the Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire in the 300 block of Paseo De Playa. First arriving firefighters discovered a maintenance shed attached to a carport fully involved in fire. Firefighters forced entry into the shed and extinguished the fire while protecting the exposed cars […] Read More »

Firefighters respond to brush fire near Ventura Harbor

Firefighters responded to a brush fire that broke out near the Ventura Harbor and the Santa Clara River on November 13, at 1pm. Even though the burn area was small because of the dense brush smoke could be seen (and smelled) in many local communities. Read More »

Ventura police officer involved in fatal shooting

At approximately 7:30 PM on November 5th, Oxnard Police Officers were in pursuit of an armed suspect involved in an Oxnard shooting when the suspect‘s vehicle entered the city of Ventura. As the pursuit transitioned to surface streets from the 101 Freeway, the Oxnard Police Department requested assistance from Ventura Police. During the pursuit, officers […] Read More »

Ventura childcare providers protest for state help

Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett spoke at the rally. Child care providers were joined by parents, advocates and elected officials outside the Ventura County Government Center on Saturday, October 24, to demand state leaders stop ignoring California’s child care crisis. With scores of child care businesses closing in California each week, they rallied to demand […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation accepting scholarship applications for 2021-22 school year

The Ventura College Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications to support awardees in the 2021-22 school year. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2021. More than 400 scholarships will be awarded to Ventura College students. Students who are currently enrolled at Ventura College and who have successfully completed at least 12 units at the […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System Hosts presentations

Cancer doesn’t stop for COVID-19. It’s still important to maintain healthy habits to reduce your risk of cancer even if you spend more time at home to prevent transmitting or catching the coronavirus. Whether or not you’ve previously faced a cancer diagnosis, it’s important to pay attention to changes in your body and symptoms that […] Read More »

Board of Supervisors approves $10 Million COVID-19 Hospitals Assistance Program

The County of Ventura Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a COVID-19 Hospitals Assistance Program for local not-for-profit hospitals, in the amount of $10 million to be funded by the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund, to provide financial support to local hospitals for COVID-19 costs.  “During this extraordinary event, local hospitals have experienced economic hardships and […] Read More »

Second Annual “A Home for the Holidays”

Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that has been serving foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County since 2000. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. K&FT also works with caregivers who need specialized education, support, and strategies to help raise safe, healthy, nurtured […] Read More »

Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation provides $40,000 Challenge Grant

The Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation (VCMRF) has presented a $40,000 challenge grant to United Way of Ventura County’s Landlord Engagement Program. The goal of the program is to increase housing stock and utilize existing housing vouchers and housing subsidies provided by local jurisdictions and community partners to prevent and end homelessness. The grant will […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation accepting scholarship applications for 2021-22 school year

The Ventura College Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications to support awardees in the 2021-22 school year. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2021. More than 400 scholarships will be awarded to Ventura College students. Students who are currently enrolled at Ventura College and who have successfully completed at least 12 units at the […] Read More »

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Gold Ribbon Campaign honors locals

Summaer Cole encouraged the police department to be a community “hub” for donations of Easter baskets and toys. This year, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) will be honoring The Lilley Family and Summaer Cole and Susie Perry from Ventura. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the annual in-person Gold Ribbon Campaign Luncheon has been cancelled. This year, […] Read More »

Food Share in the news

Food Share of Ventura County is honored to have been selected as a 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin. Food Share, the largest hunger relief organization in the county, is one of over a hundred nonprofits that will be honored by their state senators and assembly members for their outstanding contributions […] Read More »

NAMI VC launches program aimed at wellness in a challenging world

NAMI Ventura County has launched a new pilot program designed to empower and encourage participants to actively address mental health using skills based in awareness, self-care and communication. Like all the non-profit’s program offerings, the Community Cares program is free to participants and available exclusively in webinar format through Zoom. The Ventura County affiliate of […] Read More »

OVCH is the only Tri-counties hospital to offer the new ROSA Total Knee Replacement System

ROSA Total Knee Replacement System surgeons Dr. Petros K. Frousiakis, Dr. Stephan J. Sweet, Dr. Thomas F. Golden, Dr. John R. Burge and Dr. Casey W. Pyle. Ojai Valley Community Hospital is pleased to share that doctors have performed the 50th knee replacement surgery at the Ojai hospital using the cutting-edge ROSA Total Knee Replacement […] Read More »

Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center commemorates legacy of Founding Sisters on Mercy Day

Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) is pleased to share with the community the completion of the new Mercy Cross tower, which celebrates the heritage of the regional medical center’s founding sisters— the Sisters of Mercy. The announcement coincides with Feastday of Our Lady of Mercy (Mercy Day)—a date observed annually throughout the […] Read More »

Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Cancer Center offers new technology

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and St. John’s Regional Cancer Center (SJRCC) is also spreading awareness about advanced new treatment for patients with breast cancer, a population that makes up approximately 40% of the patients at the center. St. John’s imaging services offer leading-edge 3D mammography technology, a technology that is easier and […] Read More »

Calendar notice for East Ventura Community Council

At the next monthly meeting, on Thursday, Oct.15, Amy Towner, Chief Executive Officer of the Health Care Foundation for Ventura County, will give the East Ventura Community Council an overview of the Foundation’s mission and its role in stepping up to help in the Pandemic. In addition, a representative of the Ventura Unified School District […] Read More »

Rebecca Chandler is the new Assistant Superintendent of Business Services

Familiar face to serve as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. After a months-long competitive search, the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education has voted, 5-0, to hire VUSD’s current Chief Innovations Officer, Rebecca Chandler, as its new Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. Ms. Chandler replaces Ms. Betsy George, who resigned from her position […] Read More »

Ventura Friends of the Library reaches out to the community

Leslie Bellmore and Sandy Greenberg at Hill Road Library. by Jill Forman The Friends of the Library bookstore at Foster Library, and the sale shelves at Hill Road Library, have been closed down for months due to COVID. This has been a loss to the community in several ways. People loved coming in, browsing, and […] Read More »

VIP Fellows were sworn in

These VIP Fellows are part of a cohort serving sites across 17 California counties. by Eric Harrison, President & CEO United Way of Ventura County Recently, three AmeriCorps VIP Fellows were sworn in to serve United Way and our partner sites. Partner sites for the upcoming year include the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging […] Read More »

Anacapa Island dock planned for replacement

Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Ethan McKinley has announced the beginning of the design planning process to replace the existing deteriorating dock at Anacapa Island to improve visitor access and safety. To improve safety, the new dock will have a vertical lifting platform that will allow visitors and park staff to easily move from vessels […] Read More »

Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center to open first all-private-room NICU in Ventura County

Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center is pleased to share that its new all private room Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) welcomed its first patient on Tuesday, September 8. The Level III NICU features 20 all private rooms, allowing parents to stay close to their newborns receiving intensive care. The NICU is the first of its […] Read More »

MADD asks you to join these virtual events and support their goal to end drunk and drugged driving

As a tribute to MADD’s 40th anniversary, the California State office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host its signature fundraising Walk Like MADD ceremony virtually on Saturday, October 10 beginning at 12:00 noon on Facebook/Instagram/YouTube @MADDCalifornia. MADD asks you to join these meaningful virtual events and take a stand with #OneMADDCalifornia. Funds raised […] Read More »

A message from Chief Schindler

“The Ventura Police Department is committed to the sanctity of life for all persons.” Our Department has received questions from community members looking for information about the safety of our neighborhoods, our Department’s training procedures and protocols, and our response to the events taking place across our country. “The Ventura Police Department is committed to […] Read More »

California Coastal Cleanup Day

Each year, California Coastal Cleanup Day welcomes more than 70,000 volunteers who pick up hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways. The 3rd Saturday of September has been California Coastal Cleanup Day since 1985! The event brings awareness to the marine litter problem and provides a way for […] Read More »

New census deadline

The City of Ventura is encouraging community members to take the 2020 Census by the new self-reporting deadline of September 30, 2020. To date, more than 72% of Ventura residents have participated in the 2020 Census. In August and September, Census workers will knock on doors to follow up with houses in lower-response areas and […] Read More »

Countywide suicide prevention initiative to spread awareness and to save lives

by Carol Leish During September’s National Suicide Prevention Month, Vista del Mar Hospital is presenting a countywide initiative to provide awareness and to ultimately save lives. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates have been rising in nearly every state. In California 4,491 died by suicide in 2018, including 94 […] Read More »

Food Share partners with Gas Co.

Brian Miller, Office of Ventura County Supervisor Kelly Long, Chief of Staff ; John Marquez, Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director; Maria Ventura, Public Affairs Manager; Monica White President & CEO of Food Share of Ventura County and Manuel Minjares, Office of Ventura County Supervisor, District Representative attend the drive-thru distribution . Food Share, […] Read More »

BLM protest held in Ventura

Many vehicles driving by were honking in agreement. Photo by Julio Hernandez by Shakti Dutt On the 14th of August at 3:00 pm, about 30 locals gathered in front of the Ventura City Hall. Under the hot sun, they were holding signs that read “Black genocide 1619 – 2020”, “Are we dark enough to be […] Read More »

Ventura County Civil Grand Jury announces release of report on detention facilities

Pursuant to authority granted in California Penal Code Section 919(b), the 2019-2020 Ventura County Civil Grand Jury inquired into the conditions and management of detention facilities in Ventura County. The Grand Jury inspected the following detention centers: Ventura County Juvenile Facilities Pre-Trial Detention Facility operated by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) Todd Road Jail […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County raises $5 million

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County announced this week that it applied for California Proposition 1 matching funds from the CA Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the agency responsible for fund disbursement. Housing Trust Fund VC has raised $5 million locally with the goal of bringing $10 million to the county for affordable housing […] Read More »

General plan update meeting

The Westside Community Council, in partnership with the City of Ventura, Westside Community Development Corporation and CA– USE will hold the first virtual public meeting With Raimi & Associates for public input on the City of Ventura 2020 General Plan update on Sept. 2, from 6:30pm -8:30pm on ZOOM. This is the opportunity for West […] Read More »

News of the Museum of Ventura County and the Ventura Botanical Gardens

The Museum of Ventura County is pleased to congratulate and announce the recipients of the 2020 Bonita C. McFarland Arts Education Scholarships. The Bonita C. McFarland Scholarship is named for a generous benefactor to the arts in Ventura County. The funds for the scholarships are generated from an endowment, held and administered by the Museum […] Read More »

Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Report

Ocean water quality results for samples collected the week of August 15 indicate ocean water quality at the following Ventura County beach sampling locations failed to meet State standards for bacteria: Surfer’s Knoll Beach Warning signs are currently posted and contact with ocean water should be avoided for a minimum of 50 yards on either […] Read More »

Board of Supervisors approves executive position to promote diversity and inclusion

On Tuesday, July 21, the Board of Supervisors received a report from the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and approved the creation of a full-time executive position for a Diversity and Inclusion Officer. The position, which will operate out of the Human Resources Department for the County Executive Office, will be tasked with driving engagement, […] Read More »

$15 million grant awarded for Ventura County Medical Center Pediatric Unit

The Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) has been selected to receive a $15 million grant from the California Health Facilities Authority for the construction and operating equipment of a Pediatric Unit. “We are grateful for this funding opportunity. It allows us to undertake a project that is directly aligned with work we are doing across […] Read More »

All students learning remotely until January 2021

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) began school on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 in a distance learning model. All students will be a part of the WEAVE model that allows for a mix of learning tools and techniques to allow for more teacher interaction, greater support, and an enhanced off-campus education. All Ventura County Districts […] Read More »

American Heart Association Award recognizes CMH’s commitment to quality stroke care

Community Memorial Hospital once again has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes CMH’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. “CMH is dedicated to improving the quality […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Health school waivers allows for in person instruction when approved

Ventura County Public Health has announced today that public and private elementary schools in Ventura County can submit school waiver applications to allow in-person instruction at their campuses. The waivers cover Tk through 6th grades. In accordance with state guidelines, waivers may be granted “when requested by a local superintendent (or equivalent for charter or […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor increases sustainability with new EV charging stations

“Sustainability is a major initiative at Ventura Harbor.” Five new electric vehicle charging stations support EV drivers The Ventura Port District has installed five new SemaConnect charging stations for Ventura Harbor visitors. The new Series 6 charging stations replace a pair of charging stations previously installed at Island Packers and are open to all plug-in […] Read More »

Ventura Police officer receives MADD honor

James Dillard has worked for the Ventura Police Department for the past 5 years. Prior to his employment with VPD, James Dillard served as a Probation Officer for the Ventura County  and studied Criminal Justice at Cal State Los Angeles. James always comes to work with a positive attitude and a passion to serve his […] Read More »

The State of California requires face coverings to be worn on public transit

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), has promptly adhered to recent state requirements released by Governor Gavin Newsom. The mandate requires face coverings to be worn state-wide in public settings, including public transportation. If a VCTC Intercity bus rider doesn’t have a mask, one will be provided. “VCTC is committed to keeping both our riders […] Read More »

Ventura Community Council meeting

East Venturans have an important opportunity to weigh in on how their city grows at the next East Ventura Community Council meeting on August 20. The consultant firm which is working on the city’s General Plan update, Raimi Associates, has asked to speak to residents about the process and will be soliciting input. Joining the […] Read More »

Ventura County votes to update antiquated laws around oil permitting

The Ventura County Planning Commission voted 4-1 to update the Zoning Ordinance for oil and gas wells operating under antiquated permits. Thousands of oil wells in Ventura County operate under “antiquated permits” that were issued up to 75 years ago—before environmental and human health impacts were known, and long before many bedrock environmental laws existed. […] Read More »

Air District seeks candidates for hearing board

The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District is seeking individuals interested in serving on the APCD’s Hearing Board in the attorney member position and Medical professional position. The attorney position must be an active member of the State Bar of California. The medical professional position must be a medical professional with specialized skills, training or […] Read More »

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation receives grant funds

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation has received grants totaling $117,143 to support residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants include the following: Wells Fargo, $50,000 in funds for rent and utility assistance, non-food essentials, educational laptops, and children’s activity bags for residents Bank of America, $20,000 in funds for rent and utility assistance and non-food essentials for […] Read More »

All students will learn remotely until January 2021

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously on Friday, July 17, to move to a full distance learning model for the entire Fall 2020 semester citing stability and safety as their main reasons. The Board considered input from staff, parents, and local and state officials when making this decision. This week […] Read More »

Congratulations to Commander Tom Higgins

Commander Tom Higgins has retired after 28 years of outstanding service to our Ventura community. Commander Higgins began his career with VPD as a cadet in 1992 until December 1994 when he became a sworn Officer. Tom was promoted to Corporal in 2003, Sergeant in 2010, and Commander in 2015. During his time with our […] Read More »

What Is Ventura Willing To Spend? Part 2

by Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Gov’t (VREG) According to the Carollo Report, the next phase of VenturaWaterPure carries a price tag of $320 million. Do you spend another $320 million if Ventura Water can meet its three goals for less regardless of the money already spent? And if you do, how will a family […] Read More »

Local Dignity Health pediatrician discusses back to school safety

As school districts consider how to reopen, Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals want community members to stay informed of precautionary measures to minimize exposure of COVID-19. Pediatrician Imelda De Forest, MD, shares steps parents can take to help protect children, teachers, and administrators as they prepare to head back to school. “Parents are concerned for […] Read More »

East Ventura Community Council

July 16: Ventura’s new Police Chief, Darin Schindler, and Ventura County’s new Public Information Officer, Ashley Bautista, will be featured on the agenda of the East Ventura Community Council. Each has started in their new positions in the middle of a pandemic and social upheaval, and will discuss what that has been like and what […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation's to provide textbook stipends to veteran students

The Ventura College Foundation’s Jerry Arellano Veteran Resource Center Library Program received $59,000 in new funding to provide textbook stipends to U.S. veteran students attending Ventura College. Veterans will be given up to $250 per semester for two semesters. To receive the textbook-buying stipend, recipients must donate at least one of their books purchased with […] Read More »

Closing of downtown Main Street to vehicles has begun

The closing of a few blocks of downtown Main Street to vehicles has commenced. This allows restaurants and stores to expand into the street. This was part of an “emergency economic development policy,” approved by the City Council. “We’re taking innovative, creative, flexible steps to show our business community that we’ll do everything within our […] Read More »

Will Father Serra statue be moved?

About 200 people attended a protest at the statue. A demonstration was held. on Saturday, June 20, to demand that the statue of Father Junipero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall be taken down on grounds that he had committed atrocities against Native Americans, including the local Chumash. Father Serra is credited with bringing […] Read More »

The Ventura Police does support peaceful protests

‘I support any movement that supports equal rights’ by Carol Leish Ventura Police Chief Darin Schindler stated, “The current Black Lives Matter movement does focus on the rights that all people have, and the idea that everybody deserves to be treated fairly and with respect. In my opinion, it will go on for a long […] Read More »

Closure to restore Scorpion Fire burn area at East Santa Cruz Island

The Scorpion Fire burn area of approximately 1,411 acres will be closed for restoration until further notice. The closure includes the entire burned area that extends eastward from the Smugglers Road that leads from Scorpion Valley to Smugglers Cove. Most of the burned area extends seaward to the coastline from Smugglers Road. The Smugglers Road […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Health Department awarded National Reaccreditation Status

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has announced that the Ventura County Public Health Department is among the first 25 local public health departments in the nation and the first in the State of California to be awarded reaccreditation status. The accreditation demonstrates a consistent and continued commitment to collaborative efforts to keep communities throughout […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to structure fire at four-unit apartment building

On June 24, at 8:52 am, the Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire in the 100 block of Kellogg St. First arriving firefighters discovered a single story four-unit apartment building with one unit fully involved in fire. The fire was contained to the unit of origin and extinguished. Adjacent […] Read More »

East Ventura Community Council meeting

Development issues are the main topics at the next ZOOM meeting of the East Ventura Community Council, on Thursday, June 18. Ashdon Development will present  plans for a mixed use project at Wells and Darling Roads, to include retail establishments, residential units, community-oriented businesses and additional spaces designed for small businesses. Ashdon representatives will be […] Read More »

Downtown Ventura welcomes you for 30 days of Main Street Moves!

Beginning soon Downtown Ventura welcomes you to safely shop, sip, snack, and stroll in the streets for 30 days of Main Street Moves! For the next 30 days, four blocks of Main Street (between Palm and Fir) and one block of California Street (between Santa Clara and Poli) will be a spacious promenade, open to […] Read More »

Food Share has expanded its operations

In response to dramatically increased levels of food insecurity, Food Share, Ventura County’s largest hunger-relief organization, has expanded its operations through a generous donation of a temporary lease of a 37,000 square foot warehouse in Oxnard. The addition of the new space is thanks to Lawrence Joss, owner of Surfaces USA, who has provided the […] Read More »

Ventura high schools hold graduation event at historic city hall

by Richard Lieberman Graduation season is here, and Ventura city schools celebrated graduating seniors from local high schools, Buena High School, El Camino High School, Ventura High School, Pacific High School and Foothill Technology High School. Graduating seniors were invited to join their principal and staff at City Hall to have their names read, receive […] Read More »

Growers were quick to respond when SEEAG put out the call for produce donations

SEEAG and growers provide over 4,000 bags of fresh produce to local farm workers. Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) organized produce donations from 13 different growers to fill over 4,000 bags of fresh produce for farm workers in need. The produce was distributed weekly in April and May. Participating growers were Gill’s Onions, Houweling’s Group, […] Read More »

“Feeding the Frontline” organizers expand local food distribution events

And even Mariachi music to workers in the fields. Ventura County Latino and immigrant rights activists are taking action to support the region’s farm working families who continue to provide California residents with safe and healthy food options throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign, known as “Feeding the Frontline: Feeding our Farmworkers,” has launched a […] Read More »

Marlyss Auster selected to serve as At-Large Director on the Board of CalTravel

Marlyss and her “best friend” enjoying a day at the beach. Visit Ventura is proud and happy to announce that Visit Ventura President & CEO Marlyss Auster was selected to serve as At-Large Director on the Board of the California Travel Association (CalTravel). The California Travel Association is the united voice of the travel and […] Read More »

City of Ventura eases restrictions at local parks and beaches

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Ventura City Council unanimously voted to ease limited closure restrictions of Ventura’s beaches and parks. The City’s decision provides access to its parks, beaches, the Promenade, Pier, public restrooms, and select parking lots. For the last several weeks Ventura’s parks and beaches have been open for active recreational use, […] Read More »

Car graduation guidance issued by Ventura County

The Public Health Department has issued guidance to Ventura County education leaders regarding high school graduation ceremonies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance, created in collaboration with the Ventura County Office of Education, was issued at the request of superintendents and other school leaders who are making extremely difficult decisions about graduation ceremonies, as the […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation announces distribution of over $683,000 in scholarships

The Ventura College Foundation is awarding scholarships to 248 students totaling $683,748, the largest annual scholarship distribution in the foundation’s history. Students were notified this month of their scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 for continuing students to $4,000 for students who are transferring to four-year universities in the fall. Many students received multiple scholarships. “This […] Read More »

Hair salons and barbershops permitted to reopen

The Governor announced that hair salons and barbershops in most California counties can reopen as the state moves forward on the path to reopening. The County of Ventura was approved for a state variance last week allowing the County to move faster through California’s reopening phases. This allows for local hair salons and barbershops to […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund announces Everyone Deserves a Home Compassion Campaign

For too many, housing is not guaranteed. At a time when acts of kindness matter, Housing Trust Fund Ventura County invites you to join its Everyone Deserves a Home Compassion Campaign. This weeklong celebration takes place June 1st through June 5th highlighting how we can make a difference in people’s lives, from small acts of compassion, to being […] Read More »

Ventura County Library offering services

Ventura County Library is excited to announce the launch of Brainfuse – on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels. Brainfuse HelpNow offers a personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies). Brainfuse will be made available to all library patrons from the public computers at their local […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation Weekend Marketplace is open

The Ventura College Foundation’s Weekend Marketplace has reopened and will continue to be open every weekend. The Marketplace has been closed since March 14 when social distancing restrictions took effect because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Marketplace will initially have 39 vendor booths and will safely limit customer attendance. Prior to the shutdown, the Marketplace […] Read More »

Local students shift gears to help restart our economy

As our economy reopens, business owners and their employees are going back to work and need to protect themselves from exposure to coronavirus. STEMbassadors, a student-run nonprofit organization in Ventura, wants to help. STEMbassadors has been 3D-printing and assembling face shields to help their local medical community since quarantine began. To date, STEMbassadors has provided […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor public launch ramp opens

With new guidelines in place Ventura Port District General Manager Brian Pendleton said the public boat launch ramp is open under the following conditions and protocols: 24/7 hours of operation Each vehicle/vessel is limited to members of the same household No fishing will be allowed at the public launch ramp No loitering at or around […] Read More »

Visit Ventura is working to help Ventura’s economy

Tourism has long played a critical role in Ventura’s economy. For the last nine years, burgeoning tourism has generated over $300 million in visitor spending in Ventura each year. And tourism’s beneficial spinoffs are myriad and sometimes hidden. Yes, tourism creates roughly 2,600 Ventura jobs, and tourism’s dollars help fund the city’s fire and police […] Read More »

Reopening businesses 

by Ashley Bautista The County of Ventura has reached an important turning point for our community, County and our local economy. We have moved into Stage 2 of California’s roadmap to reopening where some lower-risk workplaces can gradually open with adaptations. This allows retail businesses to use curbside pickup or delivery to sell their goods and related manufacturing and […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System has reopened inpatient and outpatient non-emergent surgical procedures

After suspending such procedures at the onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in mid-March, Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) has followed guidance from the CDC, US Surgeon General, American College of Surgeons, the State of California and the California Hospital Association, as well as expert surgeons, anesthesiologists, infection control specialists and nurses in establishing safety […] Read More »

Help feed Ventura County foster/resource, kinship, adoptive families

After the first week, over 1,500 meals had been distributed. Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that serves foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. Caregivers are supported with specialized education, support, and strategies to help raise […] Read More »

The past is the present roadmap to the future

by Cynthia Thompson Shock, denial, the closing of schools, churches, theaters, beaches and all gathering places, mandatory masks, emergency hospitals, mounting cases and deaths………COVID 19 of 2020?….No, Ventura and the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. This isn’t the first time our nation has faced a worldwide pandemic. COVID 19 and the 1918 Spanish Flu are […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County awarded $50,000

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (Housing Trust Fund VC) has been named as one of 29 grantees receiving funding support from Weingart Foundation through their Unrestricted Operating Support (U.O.S.) program. Housing Trust Fund VC will receive $50,000 over two years to help with capacity building in support of the Fund’s overall mission to increase affordable […] Read More »

Rumor Alert

There is a rumor that the County of Ventura is removing positive covid patients from their homes. That is not true. If a person cannot safely isolate at home and they would like an alternative location, then a different location is offered. Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin stated “What I would like to say to […] Read More »

Supporting food assistance to Ventura County farm working families

A month ago, a group of Latino and immigrant rights activists in Ventura County identified the need to take action against the lack of support and recognition for the farmworker community during COVID-19. Feeding the Frontline  was initially created as a one time event to provide food for those who feed us, however as the […] Read More »

Vagabond and Best Western turned into homeless shelters during Covid-19 crisis

One client per room, no visitors permitted. Article and photos by Richard Lieberman The iconic Vagabond Motel has been transformed into a high risk shelter for the homeless population, and it’s next door neighbor Best Western Motel have been contracted by Ventura County to serve as homeless shelter during the duration of the outbreak of […] Read More »

City of Ventura to allow limited access to parks and beaches

A limited amount of people and horses have beach access. On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Ventura City Council unanimously voted to institute limited closures of Ventura’s beaches and parks. The City’s decision provides restricted access to its parks, beaches, the Promenade, and Pier in support of balancing residents’ physical and mental health while restricting […] Read More »

The significance of Denim Day

“We are aiming for a bigger and better movement for sure next year.” by Mira Reverente A group of local women took to the streets on April 29th to highlight Denim Day, a worldwide movement that culminated in Italy, in 1992. An 18-year-old girl was raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor. She reported the crime […] Read More »

Pedestrian killed

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle on Tuesday, April 28. The crash was reported at 5:47 p.m. by the driver of the vehicle, according to the Ventura Police Department. The driver said the vehicle struck the pedestrian on Thille Street just north of Thille Neighborhood Park, police said. After calling 911 the […] Read More »

Ventura County Board of Supervisors votes to contribute up to $855,000 to Food Share

Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted to contribute up to $855,000 to Food Share over a three-month period. The money will come from county property tax dollars but that they expect to receive some reimbursement from the state and federal governments. The money cannot be used to replace Food Share’s own spending on food. The […] Read More »

Board of Education approves long range facilities master plan

More than $800 million in school construction projects have been identified in the Long Range Facilities Master Plan approved by the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education at its April 28, 2020 meeting. The plan overseen by Mrs. Betsy George, the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services in conjunction with PBK Architects, has been […] Read More »

CMHS emergency departments are open and they have clean laundries

Community Memorial Health System is grateful to everyone in the community for doing their part to stop the spread of the Coronavirus by staying home during this time, but now more than ever, CMHS wants people to know that it’s safe to seek care at Community Memorial Hospital and Ojai Valley Community Hospital. If you […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Board votes to cancel 2020 Fair

The Ventura County Fairgrounds Board of Directors has voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Ventura County Fair. The action comes amid unprecedented community stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines and was made to protect guests, vendors, staff and others during the COVID-19 crisis. The Board considered ongoing guidance and updated information from State and County health […] Read More »

Earth Day 2020

Christy Weir stated “There has been no better time to think globally and act locally.” by City Council Member Christy Weir Fifty years ago, in 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson had witnessed the destruction from the Santa Barbara oil spill the previous year and was committed to raising public […] Read More »

Aera Energy aids Ventura County nonprofits amid pandemic’s economic toll

As the nation reels from the economic crash of the COVID-19 lockdown, Aera Energy is supporting local communities in significant ways. Since late March, Aera has donated $355,000 to mid-California nonprofits hit hard by increased calls for community help. These have come as California’s coronavirus restrictions close businesses and schools and force major job losses. […] Read More »

Gold Coast Recycling to reopen its Buy-Back Facility

The Buy-Back Center at Gold Coast Recycling reopened on Monday April 20; hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Located at 5275 Colt St. in Ventura, the Buy-Back Center has been closed for the past month, to protect the safety of customers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. All residential […] Read More »

Ventura County Library continues to provide services

Ventura County Library continues to provide services during the COVID-19 emergency while staff and customers are sheltering at home. Many library services continue to be available. eBooks and eAudiobooks are available in our CloudLibrary collection at: https://ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/venturacountylibrary/Featured. Ventura County Library has recently dedicated extra funds to this collection to aid our customers during the County’s Stay Well at […] Read More »

Looking to save money on your prescriptions at your local Rx pharmacy?

by Krisna Garcia With prices constantly rising and insurance coverage seemingly getting worse and more expensive by the day, the better question might be, who isn’t? Whether you’ve just been prescribed a new medication and you’re not sure of the costs or you depend on an expensive medication to treat a chronic health condition, trips […] Read More »

Vagabond and Best Western Turned into Homeless Shelters During Covid-19 Crisis

by Richard Lieberman The iconic Vagabond Motel has been transformed into a high risk shelter for the homeless population, and it’s next door neighbor Best Western motel have been contracted by the city to serve as homeless shelter during the duration of the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Chain-link fencing surrounds the sites and entrances […] Read More »

App provides live updates about any bus in Ventura County

Transit operators in Ventura County are joining together to launch the GOVCbus app. The app allows passengers to plan a trip, find their nearest stop and look up estimated arrival times and other real-time information from any handheld device or desktop browser. Camarillo Area Transit, Gold Coast Transit Distict (GCTD), Kanan Shuttle, Moorpark City Transit, Ojai Trolley, […] Read More »

From Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett “The outpouring of generosity in our community has been inspiring.” Dear fellow Ventura County residents Today, we stand on the verge of a monumental challenge. Will we as a community effectively implement the Stay Well at Home order? Will we keep our local hospitals from becoming overloaded? Will our collective efforts be relentless […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System seeks donations of COVID-19 medical supplies

As Community Memorial Health System prepares for the challenges treating a growing number of patients with Coronavirus (COVID-19), increasing demands on the health system may eventually lead to shortages of supplies and important personal protective equipment needed to protect patients, physicians, and staff. Based on current supply, projected usage, and market demand and supply availability, Community […] Read More »

Vista del Mar Hospital is serving the community

Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings to all hospital visitors and staff. Vista del Mar Hospital is using technology to support its Outpatient Services (OPS) programming during the stay-at-home restrictions to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Since Governor Newsom mandated California residents to stay home, followed by a similar order from the County of Ventura, Vista del Mar’s OPS […] Read More »

Food Share offering pop-up pantries to meet growing demand

The military is helping Food Share. Food Share, Ventura County’s food bank, is coordinating a county-wide effort to provide pop-up pantries in the wake of multiple food pantry closures. More than 20 existing pantries in the county have been forced to close their doors as the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow. “We […] Read More »

What is being done to assist the homeless in the county?

The County of Ventura, with guidance from the California Department of Public Health, has been taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable populations in the community. The County has secured housing options at local motels in the cities of Ventura, Oxnard and Newbury Park. County agencies are coordinating to provide transportation, medical […] Read More »

Ventura businesses open to serve the community

805 Bar & Grilled Cheese | (661) 312-7155 Takeout * Ask about Your Neighborhood Kitchen Andria’s Seafood Restaurant and Market | (805) 654-0546 Takeout Art’s Corner Cafe | (805) 653-5011 Takeout Banzai Marina | (805) 643-5200 Delivery Beach House Tacos | (805) 643-4783 Curbside Blenders In The Grass Main St | (805) 683-5858 Curbside Busy […] Read More »

Aera Energy donates $355,000 for emergency COVID-19

by the VCCF As COVID-19 continues to impact our community in ways we could never have imagined, we at Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) are pleased to announce local oil and gas producer Aera Energy, is stepping in with emergency funding and a challenge to the community to help us address some of the most […] Read More »

Be on the alert for utility scams

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reminded customers to be on alert for potential scams targeting utility customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. One common scam involves telling customers they must pay their gas bill immediately or their natural gas service will be disconnected. SoCalGas does not call customers seeking payment and had suspended service disconnections for […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation Marketplace closed until further notice

The Ventura College Foundation Marketplace, which operates every Saturday and Sunday on the Ventura College campus, is closed until further notice. Ventura College is following the March 19 COVID-19 “Shelter In Place” executive order from California Governor Gavin Newsom so classes and public activities are no longer being held on campus. “We know that the […] Read More »

Gene Haas Foundation donates $250,000 to Ventura College Foundation to support advanced manufacturing program

Jordan Whitfield, Haas Automation, Kurt Zierhut, Haas Automation, Peter Zierhut, Haas Automation, John Clark, Ventura College lead faculty, Manufacturing Technology, Dr. Kim Hoffmans, Ventura College president and Anne Paul King, Ventura College Foundation executive director at the check donation. The Gene Haas Foundation has made a $250,000 grant award to the Ventura College Foundation to support the Advanced Manufacturing program […] Read More »

“Stay Well at Home” emergency order

To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Ventura County Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin, has issued a “Stay Well at Home” emergency order – ordering all residents of the County of Ventura to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care […] Read More »

Creating posters that show, yet again, how strong and special Ventura is

With the threat of COVID-19, Ventura faces hard, uncertain times. In the face of all the dark news, the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau (Visit Ventura) is doing a simple thing to bring a little light. They are asking all Venturans to speak their minds and hearts, creating posters that show, yet again, how strong […] Read More »

Students will receive a wide range of services free of charge

The Ventura County Community College District has received a $500,000 State Chancellor’s Office Mental Health Grant to help close the gap in mental health services for its approximately 32,000 students. VCCCD is one of 16 Districts in the state to be awarded the grant, which begins May 2020. The 20-month program will provide services at Moorpark, Oxnard […] Read More »

VUSD making news

The Ventura Unified School District is pleased to announce that it has received significant amounts of Career Technical Education (CTE) funding. The funds will be used to improve and augment current Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, facilities, and equipment and will also fund a new CTE support position. The District is proud to announce that […] Read More »

American Red Cross experiencing severe blood shortage

The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage as the coronavirus outbreak threatens availability of the nation’s supply. Nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in some 86,000 fewer blood donations. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need, and […] Read More »

Aera Energy partners with WCDC to transform streets along Ventura Avenue corridor

Volunteers Toby Smith and Zuleima Jimenez proudly hold their new sign that will be displayed on their block. Groups of volunteers from local schools, churches, organizations and businesses in downtown Ventura’s westside district are rolling up their sleeves to help transform local streets into thriving and welcoming environments—through a new program launched by the Westside […] Read More »

List of resources now available for Ventura County employees and employers

The Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) has published a list of resources now available for Ventura County employees and employers who have been impacted by COVID-19 Following the County of Ventura’s Health Officer Order issued the evening of Tuesday March 17th, 2020, the Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) has released a comprehensive Business Resource Guide now available […] Read More »

Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center CEO Barbara Quaid issued the following statement

Following the directive from Gov. Gavin Newsome and the California Department of Public Health, the VC Fairgrounds and Event Center is temporarily suspending all events involving attendance of 250 people or more. The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance to us.  In addition to the Governors directive, we will continue […] Read More »

Farmers’ Market Association announces status during the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak …

The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFMA) is committed to maintaining its four farmers markets as a vital food facility and local food source during this time of uncertainty with the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the VCCFMA announces that all four markets will remain open for the foreseeable future in Midtown Ventura, […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department responds to report of smoke at Ventura High School

On Feb.27, the Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke inside a classroom at Ventura High School. When Firefighters arrived on scene, they discovered a smoldering fire on top of a teacher’s desk. The fire appeared to have burned itself out after burning through the desk and consuming most of the materials […] Read More »

Food Share looking for volunteers and donations to ensure no one goes hungry

Ventura County’s food bank is stepping up its operations to ensure that those in need have access to food. As an essential service, Food Share, Ventura County’s food bank, is not only staying open, it’s stepping up its operations to feed even more people in need. In addition to grocery stores, farmers markets, convenience stores, […] Read More »

A Message from City of Ventura’s Economic Development Manager regarding Coronavirus

The recent developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are rapidly evolving. While county, state, and federal agencies take the lead to address the public health-related concerns connected to the virus, our office is also working closely with the County, Ventura Chamber of Commerce, and other key partners to assist our local businesses through the developing economic […] Read More »

Trash, recycling, composting services continue at Harrison, Gold Coast and Agromin,

With the health and safety of employees, customers and communities of utmost importance, E.J. Harrison & Sons and its partners at Gold Coast Recycling and Agromin are closely following the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all relevant federal, state and local agencies to prevent the spread of […] Read More »

Rapid Response Fund for Ventura County in Response to COVID-19

The Ventura County Community Foundation, in coordination with the County of Ventura, Amgen Foundation, Southeast Ventura County YMCA, Give An Hour, and the Economic Development Collaborative, has launched a Rapid Response Fund for Ventura County to support nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of individuals and families with food and housing support, childcare, wage replacement, mental […] Read More »

City of Ventura selects new Chief of Police

Darin Schindler to lead the department. After a two-month search, Ventura City Manager Alex D. McIntyre has selected Ventura Assistant Police Chief Darin Schindler to lead the department following the retirement of Chief Ken Corney who has held the position since 2009. Darin was born and raised in Ventura County and has called the City […] Read More »

Ventura's latest public art piece celebrated

The project features the lives of Tortilla Flats residents. by Marie Lakin The dedication of the new Tortilla Flats Legacy Mural drew a large crowd to the Museum of Ventura County on Sunday, March 1, for a look at Ventura’s latest public art piece. The project features the lives of Tortilla Flats residents displaced when […] Read More »

Public health urges preparedness for social distancing

In the face of a significant increase in the numbers of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in mainland China and other Countries, many Ventura County residents are understandably worried and fearful. The Ventura County Department of Public Health (Public Health), out of an abundance of caution, is seeking to solidify the County’s readiness should […] Read More »

Plastic Free Ventura campaign started in the summer of 2018

by Laura Oergel The Ventura County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation started the Plastic Free Ventura campaign in the summer of 2018. Led by core volunteer Juli Marciel, she reviewed 120 examples of current single use plastic reduction ordinances in the state of California, ending up writing the draft proposal in the fall of 2018. […] Read More »

Court grants six-month extension for people to respond to Ventura River Watershed lawsuit

At a hearing the Los Angeles Superior Court granted the City of Ventura’s and the City of Ojai’s requests for a six-month extension for property owners to decide whether or not to file an answer in the Ventura River Watershed lawsuit. The new deadline to respond to the lawsuit and file an answer is September […] Read More »

Ventura Charter School is Named EL Education’s Newest Network School

After a four-month Partnership Development process between Ventura Charter School (VCS) and EL Education (formally Expeditionary Learning), VCS announces that they will become the newest of EL’s network of 152 schools throughout 30 states in the country. Ventura Charter School, which opened in 2006, is a public K-8 charter school with an enrollment of 441 […] Read More »

Totally Local VC to host the 4th annual Ventura County Ag Week

Ventura County Ag Week “Celebrating all that our farmers and ranchers Do.” Ventura County Ag Week is a time to reflect on the importance of Ventura County farmers and ranchers and the County’s agriculture industry. Ventura County farmers and ranchers are truly stewards of the land; they are raising more on fewer acres and competing […] Read More »

Investigator of the Year Jesus Nunez

Nunez was hired as a Police Officer Trainee in 2012. Congratulations to Detective Jesus Nunez for being selected as VPD’s 2019 Investigator of the Year! He is being recognized for his professionalism and dedication to the department and as a member of the Special Victim’s Unit. Detective Nunez was hired as a Police Officer Trainee […] Read More »

First Ventura County Women’s Day Festival

Civil rights activist Lupe Anguiano and high school senior Hannah Yale will dialog. Photo by Marie The Photographer The first Ventura County Women’s Day Festival will be held on International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8 at the Museum of Ventura County from 1-4 pm. The free event is being organized by The Acorn Project and […] Read More »

Five Ventura Police Officers set to participate in the 2020 Police Unity Tour

Police Unity Tour riders Retired Captain Paul Kofman, Officer Tyler Bevan, Officer Rebecca Kofman, Corporal Casey Sutherland, and Officer Greg Knupp to participate. On May 10, 2020, Ventura Police Corporal Sutherland and Officers Bevan, Knupp, Kofman, and Reginato will join more than 2,500 law enforcement officers from throughout the country for the 24th Annual Police […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury announces open house

Ventura County residents have an opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 Ventura County Grand Jurors and tour the Grand Jury Chambers on March 12, 2020. The public may meet the Grand Jurors between 1 PM and 3 PM, review Grand Jury reports and ask questions about Grand Jury service. The Grand Jury offices are located at […] Read More »

Celebrate innovative educators at LAUNCH

After a highly anticipated and successful inaugural LAUNCH last year, Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) is excited to announce details for the second annual LAUNCH and Aera Energy as the returning Trail Blazing Sponsor. Taking place on March 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm, Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, community members can attend this inspiring evening by sponsoring […] Read More »

Emergency crew respond to overturned semi tractor/trailer with one person trapped and fuel leaking

On Feb.17, units responded to a reported overturned semi tractor/trailer with one person trapped and fuel leaking at the WB126 and Wells Rd interchange. The first unit on scene arrived to find one adult male trapped in the wreckage of a semi tractor overturned onto the guard rail along the freeway on-ramp curve, fuel tanks […] Read More »

Enjoy Coffee with a Cop

A previous Coffee with a Cop brought out many police officers. The community is invited to come together with Ventura Police Officers in a friendly, informal environment to discuss community issues, build relationships and enjoy a good cup of coffee, or Italian sub, for Coffee with a Cop which will be held at Peirano’s Market […] Read More »

All businesses will remain open during the enhancement project

Painting project now underway at Ventura Harbor Village. The Ventura Port District is pleased to announce the recent ReFresh Painting Project at Ventura Harbor Village that is now underway with a scheduled completion date between eight and ten months, dependent on winter and spring weather. All businesses will remain open during the enhancement project, according […] Read More »

2020 Ventura River lawsuit information

by Council Member Christy Weir Approximately 20% of Ventura’s municipal water comes from the Ventura River. Over the past 20 years, Ventura has decreased the amount of water taken from the river. In 2014, Santa Barbara Channelkeepers, an environmental non-profit, alleged that the city’s use of the river water was unreasonable and harmful to the […] Read More »

Volunteers help those with low-moderate incomes file for available tax credits

Ventura County residents are encouraged to take advantage of ways to put more money back in their pocket with the help of United Way of Ventura County’s (UWVC) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Throughout February to May, volunteers at free VITA tax preparation sites will help working families and individuals file their state and […] Read More »

Nonsurgical treatment for chronic pain explored at Seminar

Nevro HF10 spinal implant, now available at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, offers new hope to chronic pain sufferers. Chronic pain is a silent monster that haunts nearly one in five Americans and can stand in the way of even the most basic daily activities. Effective chronic pain treatment is often elusive, but recently, many […] Read More »

Court seeking civil grand jury applications

Ventura Superior Court is now accepting applications through April 17, 2020, from citizens interested in serving as civil grand jurors for the July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 session. Those interested must have the following qualifications: citizen of the United States; 18 years of age or older; resident of Ventura County for at least […] Read More »

Deadly shooting in Ventura leaves one-man dead - appears gang related

Murder suspect, 24-year-old Raymond Bolanos remains in jail. On January 18, a deadly shooting occurred in the public parking structure on Harbor Blvd. and California, resulting in the death of 21-year-old Alejandro Hernandez of Ventura. This is Ventura’s first murder in 2020, and police say the motive appears to be gang related. At approximately 2:45am, […] Read More »

Ventura permanent shelter now a reality

Facility will provide shelter, social services and mental health counseling. By Shirley Lorraine At long last, Ventura County’s first government-funded and led permanent, year-round homeless shelter is finally ready to open. The ARCH celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Monday, January 27. ARCH is an acronym for “All Roads Connect to Housing.” […] Read More »

The Museum of Ventura County making news

The Museum of Ventura County has received a grant through CRG, the California Revealed Grant, to digitize forty volumes of the Ventura County Historical Society Quarterly Journal. The Museum’s Research Library and Archives will digitize 40-years of historical writing, spanning 1955 to 1995, to be made available through the California Revealed website and on the […] Read More »

VCCCD College Libraries launch new web capabilities

Students of Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges rely on their libraries’ websites for their studies, conducting more than 734,245 searches a year. Now students will have streamlined and improved search options. The libraries at Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges recently launched upgraded web pages on each college’s website. The updated interface connects the VCCCD colleges […] Read More »

VCTC bus fare and service changes

On Monday, Jan. 20, the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) increased fares and made minor schedule modifications to its Intercity bus system. The Commission approved a fare increase in October 2018 to address the rising costs of operation. The decision followed a public outreach process in the summer and fall of the same year. To […] Read More »

Deadly shooting in Ventura leaving one man dead appears gang related

A deadly shooting occurred in the public parking structure on Harbor Blvd. next to the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel last Saturday resulting in the death of a 21 year old man. This is the first murder to happen in Ventura and police say the motive for this murder does appear to be gang related. […] Read More »

Be careful of phone scammers trying to get your information and your money

Don’t give your credit card information to someone pretending to be your grandchild. Residents are advised that phone scammers have been targeting residents impersonating Ventura Police Employees. The scammers are using a device that makes it appear to the victim that the phone call is coming from the Ventura Police business line of 805-339-4400. The […] Read More »

The donated vehicle features a mobility lift.

Ventura dignitaries were on hand to pick up the bus. Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) has donated a paratransit vehicle to the City of Ventura homeless shelter, operated by Mercy House, to facilitate mobility options for its residents. The District retired a few cutaway-style vehicles that had reached the end of their fleet service life. […] Read More »

King Tides Project comes to Ventura

Saturday, January 10, saw the Kings Tide Project come to Ventura for a public meeting and tour of extreme tide events occurring January 10, and 11th. A crowd gathered at the Promenade to get a tour of the damage that has been done from sea level rise and the potential for more damage as ocean […] Read More »

Critical need for blood and platelet donors after the holidays

The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O […] Read More »

Causes of tingling, burning hands and feet explored at a free CMHS Seminar 

Do you have tingling, prickling, burning, numbness or muscle weakness in your hands and feet? If so, peripheral neuropathy might be to blame. This condition affects an estimated 20 million Americans, with symptoms that can last from days to years and may worsen over time. Peripheral neuropathy and how to alleviate the discomfort it brings […] Read More »

DUI Checkpoint nets 2 arrests

Ventura Police Department arrested 1 driver for 23152 (a) CVC (DUI Impaired Alcohol). A total of 1,174 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 543 vehicles were screened. It should also be noted that 1 drug arrest for 11377 (a) HS was made, along with 1 23222 (a) CVC Possession of an Open Container of alcohol […] Read More »

County selects new public information officer

Bautista will be responsible for developing a countywide communications strategy. The County of Ventura has selected Ashley Bautista as their new Public Information Officer following the retirement of Bill Nash. The position reports to County Executive Officer Mike Powers. “Engaging with our communities and keeping the public well informed is essential in our service to […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District embracing its families this holiday season

Bessie O’Connor (mother of Skyla shown sorting cans) also volunteered. Skyla is a 4th grader at Pierpont Elementary. Photos by Bernie Goldstein The Cheers for Children campaign, which is entering its 67th year, is designed to help children and families of the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD). Cheers for Children began in 1952 when teachers and an administrator identified a student and […] Read More »

10th Annual Castro Family & Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive

The Ventura Police Department held the 10th Annual Castro Family & Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive. The community donated unwrapped toys or gift cards for the patients and siblings of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at the Ventura County Medical Center. In 2008, Corey Castro was seven years old and was […] Read More »

California Distinguished Schools includes two in Ventura

Nine Ventura County elementary schools are being honored as 2020 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education. Schools are awarded for their work toward closing the achievement gap and for achieving exceptional student performance. Schools that applied were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the […] Read More »

VPD honors their own

Sergeant Matt Cain was selected as the Ventura Police Department Supervisor of the Year for diligence in his work and dedication to serving our department and community. Matt came to VPD in 2000 as a Lateral from LAPD, where he served for five years. Matt was promoted to Corporal in 2006 and to Sergeant in […] Read More »

30 feet wide tornado originated near the Santa Clara River

When Venturan’s heard “tornado warning” on their phones they assumed it was meant for another town, but it was for Ventura and occurred mostly in the Ventura Harbor area. The tornado was about 30 feet wide. A National Weather Service investigator confirmed that we had a brief tornado that originated near the Santa Clara River. […] Read More »

Ventura College Agriculture Program unveils new avocado orchard

Ventura College unveiled its new avocado orchard with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 10. About 90 students, staff, government dignitaries and college supporters were on hand for the ceremony. The size of the orchard is a little over an acre and holds an estimated 100, 1-year-old Haas avocado trees. The first crop is expected in […] Read More »

Food Share's 8th annual CAN-tree drive

On Dec. 13 and 14 Food Share’s 8th annual CAN-tree drive took place in Figueroa Plaza in Downtown. Groups donated cans and community groups built trees from the cans that were then donated to local food banks. Each CAN-tree required approximately 600-800 cans. The very tall trees are 15’0” tall, 28 layers and contain 10,000 […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District expanding educational options

An expanded K-8 option will be available at Blanche Reynolds Elementary. At a Special Board Study Session on Mon., Dec. 2, the Ventura Unified School District Board of Education approved staff moving forward with a new secondary level program to serve students who require additional flexibility in their lives and therefore need an online based […] Read More »

Oxnard Performing Arts Center slated for closure gets help from recording star.Paak

by Richard Lieberman Anderson .Paak a well known rapper and singer recently took a one hour tour of the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center. He was there to give support to the center scheduled for closure December 31, 2019. “I want this to be a hub for creativity,” said the recording star. He added […] Read More »

It all began with a community gathering of volunteer singers

The GCCC performs three concerts each year. Photos by De Schrepper Photography “Hey gang! Let’s put on a show!” This cheerful cry, reminiscent of a Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musical, could have been heard at the inception of the Gold Coast Concert Chorus. It all began with a community gathering of volunteer singers who […] Read More »

3rd annual Christmas Bike Giveaway

Bike giveaway helps children in foster care. Project Bicycle Love, a local non-profit, is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Christmas Bike Giveaway is underway. In partnership with Coastlands Real Estate Group, this project will provide over 140 children in the foster system with a brand-new bicycle at Christmas. Started as a grassroots project two […] Read More »

10th Annual Holiday Donation Drive at Kids & Families Together

Is it more fun to pet Charles or Santa? Kids & Families Together and Heart 2 Heart are conducting their 10th Annual Holiday Donation Drive for the Annual Holiday Gift Away event on Saturday, December 7, from 10am-1pm in Ventura. They will be serving over 200 children with their caregivers in the Ventura County community. […] Read More »

Agricultural Commissioner to apply for Cal FIRE grant to remove diseased trees and mitigate fire hazards

The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner has submitted a request to Cal FIRE to receive a grant to offset the costs of removal of dead and diseased trees throughout the County. In recent years, the infestation of Invasive Shot Hole Borers in area trees have resulted in infected trees – either weakening them or causing them […] Read More »

AVID Students in Ventura Unified School District outperform students nationally

The Ventura Unified School District has released new 2018-2019 data on the success of last year’s graduating class of students participating in the District’s AVID program. AVID is a nationally-recognized program that helps students navigate the college application process, and build the academic and soft skills needed to succeed in college and the workforce of […] Read More »

Bank of America awards $12,500 grant to Cabrillo

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation has received a $12,500 grant from Bank of America to help fund operating costs related to Real Estate Development and Resident and Community Services The grant will provide funding for resident services staff to deliver programs and services to Cabrillo tenants and community residents, and for real estate development staff who […] Read More »

VCCCD implements state-of-the-art emergency notification system

In response to a need to improve emergency communications, the Ventura County Community College District is implementing a state-of-the-art emergency mass notification system to disseminate real-time information to all students, guests, faculty, staff and administrators, whether they are on a campus or not. These notifications will be prior to, during and after an emergency such […] Read More »

Women Veteran Divers Assist National Park Service in Underwater Surveys

All-female NPS and NOAA dive team conduct shipwreck surveys. Three female veterans of our Armed Services have joined the National Park Service (NPS) for a week conducting shipwreck surveys at Channel Islands National Park. The veterans, each with distinguished careers serving the U.S. Army and Navy, are sponsored by the Wounded American Veterans Experience SCUBA […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor announces reopening of dry boat storage

Ventura Port District has invested $61,000 towards the Dry Boat Storage Lot. Ventura Harbor’s new Dry Boat Storage has recently been resurfaced and is now open with 88 dry storage spaces which can accommodate 14 to 43- foot size boats year-round. The Ventura Port District Dry Boat Storage is located conveniently across from the harbor’s […] Read More »

Castro Family, Ventura Police & Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive

“Bringing joy to the brave junior crime fighters at VCMC.” The Ventura Police Department announces the 10th Annual Castro Family, Ventura Police and Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive. The community is invited to donate unwrapped toys or gift cards for the patients and siblings of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at […] Read More »

Bras For A Cause® 2019 is a wrap!

The event was dedicated to what the Soroptimists provide to the community’s women. by Juliann Laufer Whew! What a wonderful event that was hosted by Soroptimist International of Oxnard on Sunday, October 27! Almost 200 attended that meant filling the Ballroom at the Courtyard by Marriott – Oxnard/Ventura close to capacity for the 6th Year […] Read More »

Snapdragon Place Apartments, Phase II

Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere addressed the attendees with Chief Executive Margarita de Escontrias at his side. Photos by Michael Gordon and Bernie Goldstein On Nov. 15 a ribbon cutting, and grand opening was held for the Snapdragon Place Apartments, Phase II, Cabrillo’s newest affordable housing complex in Ventura. Cabrillo is developing the project in partnership […] Read More »

Got a complaint about local government? Tell the Grand Jury!

Did you know there is a body of volunteers in the county of Ventura dedicated to investigating public complaints about county agencies, city governments and special districts such as water, schools and harbors? The Ventura County Civil Grand Jury is an investigatory panel of 19 citizens from all backgrounds that operates as a public watchdog […] Read More »

Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura receives Award of Merit

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) recently honored the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) with the 2019 Award of Merit in the Resident and Client Services category for the Housing Plus program partnership with the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA). Housing Plus provides case management services […] Read More »

HTF receives $1,480,000 to facilitate the organization’s core values

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (HTF Ventura County) announced that it has recently received funding support from The McCune Foundation, The Lluella Morey Murphy Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, Montecito Bank & Trust, and Pacific Western Bank. The combined $1,480,000 helps to facilitate the organization’s core values to provide early funding through its revolving loan fund […] Read More »

Probation Agency and Superior Court expand Pretrial Assessment and Monitoring Services

The Board of Supervisors has authorized an agreement between the Ventura County Superior Court and the Ventura County Probation Agency to continue the Pretrial Risk Assessment and Monitoring Services program. The Superior Court was awarded more than $3 million in state funding as part of a pretrial pilot program between superior courts and their probation […] Read More »

Ventura Education Partnership gives over $74,000 in teacher grants

The Ventura Education Partnership has awarded 81 VEPGrants to teachers and staff for their development of creative educational projects that stimulate learning by students. Over $74,000.00 was awarded. Each year, teachers and staff from VUSD schools and district programs submit short grant proposals which are reviewed and evaluated by a diverse group of readers from […] Read More »

Have you plugged in to your Neighborhood Community Council?

They are a great way to Connect with your neighbors, learn what’s happening in your area, get updates and information from the City of Ventura including a regular police report and special presentations on projects and announcements for your area and the city at large and to participate in projects that make a difference in […] Read More »

Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program

Both shoppers and California farmers are benefitting from the Market Match and the Cal-Fresh (SNAP) food programs offered by the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFM). Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program, which uses grant dollars to match or double a portion of the customers’ federal nutrition assistance benefits, like Cal-Fresh (SNAP), […] Read More »

Veterans Resource Center and Ventura College Foundation honor veterans

The Ventura College Foundation supports veterans through scholarships. The Ventura College Veterans Resource Center and Ventura College Foundation honored veterans, active military and their families at the fourth annual Ventura College Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, Monday, November 4 held at the Cafeteria in the Campus Student Center on the Ventura College campus. California Resources Corporation, the […] Read More »

Eco-Conscious Indie Films at the Ojai Film Festival

Susan Kucera spoke about her time with Jeff Bridges. The Ojai Film Festival continues the tradition of focusing on environmental films with the 20th Anniversary Edition: Focus Earth. Throughout the ten-day festival filmgoers will find double screenings of eco-conscious indie films. A day of special events focuses on the environment, including discussions, seminars and panels […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department recruiting volunteers  

Applications are now being accepted for Ventura Police Volunteers! Volunteers are an essential component to the Ventura Police Department’s community problem oriented policing efforts. Volunteers have an opportunity to learn about policing and help improve community safety. Volunteers come from many different professional backgrounds with the common goal of wanting to make a difference by […] Read More »

Shoulder replacement surgery explored at CMHS seminar

From severe injuries to arthritis, shoulder replacement surgery can be used to treat a variety of conditions. For some patients, less invasive treatments provide relief but for others, shoulder replacement surgery provides the best path to a healthy, pain-free life. The latest developments in shoulder replacement surgery will be the focus of a free seminar […] Read More »

Ventura County Library receives grant award from California Humanities

California Humanities has announced the recent round of Humanities For All Quick Grant awards, and the Ventura County Library has been awarded $5,000.00 for its One County, One Book Community Reading Program. The Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to […] Read More »

Former Ventura Fire Captain John Van Mannekes passes away

Former Ventura Fire Captain John Van Mannekes passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from ALS. Captain Van Mannekes joined the department in May, 1996 and retired in July, 2017. He leaves behind his wife Rebecca and his children Jonathan and Jamison. Read More »

Stop the Stigma of mental health issues

Elaine Parenti Vista Del Mar Hospital Case Manager, Mark Stadler Crisis Intervention Team and Maya Lazos Vista Del Mar Hospital Community Liaison debuted ‘Stop the Stigma’ by Carol Leish “In recognition of World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2019,” according to, Maya Lazos, Community Liaison, at, Vista del Mar-Behavioral Health Care Hospital, “we debuted the, ‘Stop […] Read More »

Palliative care physician to speak at Ventura High

“Living the Best Mortal Life Possible” is brought to you as a local collaboration by Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) Palliative Care Team, Ventura County Palliative Partnership & Ventura County Coalition of Compassionate Care Ira Byock, MD is a leading palliative care physician, author and public advocate for improving care through the end-of-life. He is […] Read More »

Major fire prevented by quick response

On Nov.6, at 4:30pm, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received a report of a small bush on fire on the right shoulder of the N/B 101 Frwy near the E. Main St on ramp. A single fire engine from the Ventura City Fire Dept was dispatched to the area and was unable to locate […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County is changing the affordable housing market

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (HTF Ventura County) is helping to successfully change the landscape of Ventura County’s affordable housing market. Its three newest funding projects would not be possible without ongoing community funding support and grants. Recently, HTF Ventura County was notified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that it is one of […] Read More »

World Mental Health Day there is hope. Suicides are preventable

by Jill Forman Every year in Ventura County, nearly 93 people die as a result of suicide. The World Health Organization has designated Suicide Prevention as its theme for2019. Turning Point Foundation hosted a community townhall with a panel of Ventura County mental health professionals. Their goal was to gather insight and ideas on suicide […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Dept. crews respond to explosion

On Oct.20, at 5:07pm, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received multiple reports of an explosion in the area of E. Harbor Blvd and Monmoth Way. Ventura City Fire Dept resources were dispatched and the first arriving fire engine company reported an explosion in an underground high voltage electrical vault. SoCal Edison was requested and […] Read More »

Ventura County nonprofit announces dessert fundraiser

Get ready for desserts galore at Step Up Ventura’s Decadent Dessert Harvest Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the County’s most vulnerable homeless population — children ages 1 – 5. This inaugural event […] Read More »

TBCF provides financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer

As the finale to Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s incredibly successful Gold Ribbon Campaign held in September for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, they want to continue to raise awareness for children dealing with cancer by honoring special young heroes in your community who want to share their story about their personal journey with cancer. Gemma […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department welcomes five new officers

Five new City of Ventura Police Officers took the oath of office on October 3. Welcome Officer Monica Danskin, Officer Ash’lee Gray, Officer George Orozco, Officer Mariano Robles and Officer Heather Straup. Their commitment to serve and protect our community is appreciated. Read More »

Neurosurgeon offers new, cutting-edge spinal implant to treat chronic pain

Dr. Dorsi continues to advance the field of neurosurgery. Millions of Americans experience chronic pain, which is a key reason so many people take medications and why addiction to painkillers and opioids is a major problem nationwide. Treatments include over the counter or prescription medications, injections and invasive spinal surgery, but many patients say these […] Read More »

October is National Community Planning Month

“Planning ensures that we’re envisioning and permitting the best for the future generations of Ventura.” City of Ventura Planner Maruja Clensay lost her own home during the Thomas Fire. The tragic experience allowed her to relate to other Thomas Fire victims going through the planning process. She has been a planner for more than 13 […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System offers low-cost mammograms and breast screenings

It’s well-known that awareness, early detection and early treatment of breast cancer can save lives. That’s why Community Memorial Health System is dedicated to providing the best in screening and imaging technologies to all women in the community. CMHS is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by offering low-cost breast imaging to […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department awarded grant

The Ventura Police Department received a $180,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a one-year enforcement and education program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads.  “This grant emphasizes education and enforcement which will help keep our community safe,” said Sergeant Brown. “Being […] Read More »

2019 ALS Walk Hero

Dean Hartman with wife, Carolyn Hartman Martz with the “hero.” The ALS Association Golden West Chapter is proud to announce that Dean “Dino” Hartman will be the recipient of the 2019 Walk Hero Award at the 17th annual Ventura‐Santa Barbara County Walk to Defeat ALS. The award is presented to an individual who is making […] Read More »

Emergency crews respond to two-vehicle head on collision on Harbor Blvd. near Schooner Drive

On Sept. 20, at 9am, three people were transported to Ventura County Medical Center after a two-vehicle head on collision on Harbor Blvd. near Schooner Drive. Police and firefighters arrived on scene to find one victim trapped in a passenger van surrounded with gasoline leaking from the vehicle. The occupants of the second vehicle had […] Read More »

City Manager Alex McIntyre seeks approval for program for outreach services for city’s homeless population

by Richard Lieberman At the September 9th City Council meeting Alex D. McIntyre, City Manager presented a proposal to authorize the City manager to hire a full time Outreach Homeless Services Worker to be assigned to the city for a period of 19-months. McIntyre explained,” When consistent outreach and engagement with the homeless population occurs, […] Read More »

Fire crews respond to RV and multiple passenger vehicles fire at storage facility

Multiple 911 calls were received at the Fire Communication Center to report a large vehicle on fire in the 2600 block of N. Ventura Ave. Fire personnel arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call and found a large RV and multiple passenger vehicles on fire in a storage facility. Fire personnel performed a […] Read More »

County to host Job and Career Fair

The County of Ventura Human Resources Department will be hosting a job and career fair on Thursday, September 26. The event is open to the public and there is no charge for entrance or parking. The career fair will be held in the main courtyard of the Ventura County Government Center, between the Hall of […] Read More »

30th Annual Day of Caring

Each year for the past 29 years, United Way of Ventura County’s (UWVC) Day of Caring (DOC) has connected hundreds of volunteers to community organizations throughout Ventura County. By engaging people in volunteerism, UWVC works to create positive change in our community. In 2018, over 550 individuals, families, and teams volunteered at 29 project sites. […] Read More »

Student drug abuse and anti vaping programs honored

Dan Hicks, Dawn Anderson, Gabe Teran, Maritza Garcia, Catherine Puccetti and Amber Macias at the honors presentation. The Ventura County Office of Education’s Department of Comprehensive Health and Prevention Programs (CHPP) was recently honored for its efforts to teach students about the dangers of opioid use, vaping and other risky behaviors. The department received the […] Read More »

U.S. EPA chooses local stormwater expert to join national task force

Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Stormwater Program Manager, Ewelina Mutkowska was invited by the federal government’s Stormwater Infrastructure Financing Task Force to be an expert consultant to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB). Joining a total of 20 selected task force members from around the United States, Mutkowska will prepare recommendations to the U.S. EPA’s […] Read More »

Ventura Water Reclamation Facility open house

On August 29, over 300 members of the public turned out to tour the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility to learn more about the proposed VenturaWaterPure project – a future water project that aims to diversify Ventura’s water supply by recovering, purifying, and reusing water that is  currently discharged into the Santa Clara River Estuary. The event […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department offering Community Emergency Response Training

As residents, you serve a critical role in emergency response operations whether it is preserving lives, protecting property, or providing other essential services to the community. The Ventura City Fire Department would like to invite you to join their Community Emergency Response Training Program (CERT)beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2019. The training sessions provide an excellent […] Read More »

Free heart symposium explores the latest treatments in heart care

The latest treatments in heart care as well as women’s heart health issues and tips to prevent heart disease will be the focus of a free seminar on Saturday, Sept. 21 in Ventura. Community Memorial Health System is hosting the free Heart Symposium as part of its 2019 Speaker Series. The symposium begins at 7:30 […] Read More »

California Coastal Cleanup Day

The 2019 California Coastal Cleanup Day is Ventura County’s premier coastal cleanup activity of the year. It is anticipated that the event will bring thousands of residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations together to collect trash and debris from Ventura County’s beaches and inland areas to keep it out of our oceans and waterways. Held on […] Read More »

Presidential Primary Election

County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters Mark A. Lunn announced that signatures-in-lieu of the filing fee petitions for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election may be obtained from the Ventura County Elections Division beginning Thursday, September 12, 2019, for the following offices: Voter-Nominated Offices: President of the United States United States Representative in Congress: 24th, […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department commemorate 18th Anniversary of 9/11

On Wednesday morning, September 11, 2019, all Ventura City Fire Department stations held a special remembrance ceremony for the first responders and civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Fire Chief David Endaya stated, “It is hard to believe that it has been 18 years since September 11, 2001. Whenever we see the […] Read More »

First female Ventura Police officer graduates from Supervisory Leadership Institute

Sergeant Sarah Starr and Police Chief Ken Corney are all smiles at her graduation. The Ventura Police Department is proud to announce that Sergeant Sarah Starr graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute on August 23, 2019. She is the first female Ventura Police Officer to graduate from the 8-month leadership program. This intensive […] Read More »

Bike trail closure

Ventura County Public Works Agency Announces Ojai Valley Bike Trail closure for Fresno Canyon Diversion Project The Fresno Canyon Diversion Project will start construction at the Ojai Valley Bike Trail in August 2019 Ventura County Public Works Agency’s (VCPWA) Watershed Protection District (WPD) is working to reduce repeated flooding in the Casitas Spring community and […] Read More »

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As summer comes to a close, the Ventura Police Department is asking drivers to not get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs that impact your ability to drive safely. The Ventura Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in the national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. During […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department offering Community Emergency Response Training

by Joe Morelli, Fire Marshal As residents, you serve a critical role in emergency response operations whether it is preserving lives, protecting property, or providing other essential services to the community. The Ventura City Fire Department would like to invite you to join their Community Emergency Response Training Program (CERT)beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2019. The […] Read More »

Kicking off the summer

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (HTF Ventura County) hosted its eighth annual educational and donor recognition fundraising event at the picturesque Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo. The $100,000 raised during the event will grow to $200,000 thanks to a 1:1 fund matching program provided by California State Proposition 1. HTF Ventura County is now halfway to […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County closed but the Museum’s Pavilion remains open

The Museum of Ventura County, at 100 E. Main Street is closed for renovation until September 20, 2019. There will be a re-opening on September 20th with a massive party to launch the latest exhibit, California Cool. The opening reception, California Club, will be an exciting trip back to an era of Mid-century modernism. The […] Read More »

Phone Scam Alert: Scammers impersonating Ventura Police Employees

Residents are advised that phone scammers have been targeting residents impersonating Ventura Police Employees. The scammers are using the real names of police employees. The scammers are using a device that makes it appear to the victim that the phone call is coming from the Ventura Police non-emergency number of 805-650-8010. The scammer is telling […] Read More »

Tony Briggs named Chief Executive Officer of Red Cross Central California Region

The American Red Cross of Central California has named Tony Briggs its Chief Executive Officer – a role in which he will oversee all Red Cross service delivery for 10 counties and nearly 4.5 million residents. A native of Philadelphia, Briggs completed a successful 24-year career in the United States Navy, rising to the rank […] Read More »

Addressing homelessness in Ventura: City’s Safe & Clean Team works to address concerns

Learn more about the Safe and Clean program and how you can get involved. by Meredith Hart What is the City of Ventura doing to address homelessness? This is a frequently asked question. The City of Ventura works closely with local social service providers and the County of Ventura to support programs for long terms […] Read More »

County CEO delivers State of the County address

County Executive Officer Mike Powers delivers the State of the County report at the Ventura County Taxpayers Association. County Executive Officer Mike Powers presented his State of the County report to a sold out crowd of about 300 at the Ventura County Taxpayers Association summer luncheon on August 1st. The title of the presentation was […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire units respond to structure fire

On August 1, at 2:23pm Ventura City Fire units responded to a reported structure fire in the 200 block of E. Vince St.The first arriving engine company reported a working fire visible from the front (Alpha Side) of the structure. One elderly resident was already evacuated from the structure. An aggressive attack contained the fire […] Read More »

Adult Literacy Program recruiting volunteer tutors

The Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program is now recruiting adult volunteer tutors who would like to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required, and the training is free. The next five-week tutor training series in Ventura will begin in September. The READ program trains adult volunteers […] Read More »

Museum to close for renovation

The Museum of Ventura County at 100 E. Main St. will be closed August 19 — September 20, 2019 for renovation. This exciting transformation will be complete in time for the opening of California Cool, a new exhibit on mid-century modernism on the central coast of California. Read More »

National Night Out needs to wait for the Fair to end

Registration is now open for National Night Out. Ventura neighborhoods are invited to participate on Tuesday, August 27. National Night Out is a national effort to celebrate neighborhoods and strengthen community relationships with local police departments. Ventura residents are invited to get together with their neighbors to plan an event in their neighborhood. Residents then […] Read More »

Police Activity League honors students and supporters

Twenty-four Ventura youths were honored at awards dinner. Photo by Aaron Kajumba by Sheli Ellsworth A strong police presence is usually associated with sirens, handcuffs and arrests. But on July 12, Ventura Police along with parents, sponsors and students crowded into the Ventura Beach Marriott for pasta, pizza and plaques. “We wanted to honor everyone […] Read More »

Housing Authority awarded almost $19 million for Phase Three

Residents recently began moving into the newly completed units. The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) has been awarded $18,983,730 from the California Strategic Growth Council for its Ventura Westside Housing and Active Transportation grant application. The award is granted through the state’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC), which funds […] Read More »

Dorcas H. Thille will receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Spirit Awards celebrate the Spirit of Community Partnership. United Way of Ventura County’s (UWVC) will honor Dorcas H. Thille with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual Spirit Awards Gala August 24, celebrating community champions that embody the spirit of the United Way in advancing the common good in Ventura County. The gala […] Read More »

Ventura Friends of the Library continue celebrating 50th anniversary year

Celebrations began in March at Avenue Library with a visit from best-selling bi-lingual author Amada Perez and music from Inlakech Cultural Arts, and continued on July 18, in coordination with the Summer Reading Program at E.P. Foster Library,  with Alane Adams, author of the Legend of Orkney fantasy novels for middle grade readers  and multi-instrumentalist […] Read More »

Harrison honored by Clean-Air Group

Harrison Industries continues to lead the ecological charge, achieving well beyond carbon neutrality in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. According to the latest Climate Registry and Avoided Emissions Reporting, Harrison Industries “has fully offset its direct GHG emissions 18 times – well beyond net zero.” So impressed was The Climate Registry with Harrison’s numbers that […] Read More »

Dr. Kim Hoffmans selected as Ventura College President

Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Chancellor Greg Gillespie is pleased to announce that Dr. Kim Hoffmans has been selected as president for Ventura College, effective June 1, 2019. Dr. Hoffmans has served VCCCD for the last 25 years as a nursing faculty, coordinator/department chair, and dean at Moorpark College and currently as Vice President […] Read More »

“Know Your Limit” Education Program in Downtown Ventura

On July 20 and 21, the Ventura Police Department had officers out in the downtown area to educate the public on how important it is to “know your limit.” The “Know Your Limit” program is intended to inform community members on how little it takes to reach the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC), […] Read More »

SB 1 dollars to repair the roadway on Johnson Drive

The City of Ventura will use its first SB 1 dollars to repair the roadway on Johnson Drive between Bristol Road and Highway 101. Construction began in June and will take two to three months to complete depending on weather conditions. The $2 million-dollar project, supplemented with gas tax funding, includes replacement of asphalt pavement, […] Read More »

Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile Virus

On July 2, 2019, the Ventura County Environmental Health Division (Division) received confirmation from the California Department of Public Health that mosquitos sampled from the City of Ventura during the last week in June tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first mosquito sample collected in 2019 from Ventura County to test […] Read More »

NAWBO installs new Board

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) installed its new Board of Directors last week at the woman owned RELM Wine & Beer Bistro in Camarillo as part of its summer Celebration. Marsha Bailey, founder of Women’s Economic Ventures installed the new slate of officers who represent a […] Read More »

Ventura Port District powers into new fiscal year

With the recent approval of a 2019-2020 budget and new leaders on board, the Ventura Port District is moving full steam ahead into the new fiscal year. Under the leadership of the district’s new general manager, Brian Pendleton, appointed on May 1, and with the addition this month of Commissioner Mike Blumenberg, the Ventura Board […] Read More »

The Salvation Army bids farewell to the Simoes family

Foto: The Simoes move on to Portland. by Richard Lieberman The Advisory Board, along with the Downtown Rotary Club, Lion and the Kiwanis recently held a farewell BBQ for the Simoes family. Silvia Benetti Simoes, Lieutenant along with her husband Favio Simoes and their children bid farewell to Ventura after five years of service with […] Read More »

Following the Thomas Fire reviews highlighted the need for a comprehensive plan

Recently the Board of Supervisors adopted a Disaster Recovery Plan which will be incorporated into the County’s overall disaster plans to provide for an efficient recovery process following a major incident. The recovery plan was developed under the direction of the County Executive Office. Following the Thomas Fire, after-action reviews highlighted the need for a […] Read More »

Back to school donation drive

Each child will receive a backpack and age appropriate school supplies. It’s that time again for families to start shopping for back to school supplies and for some, it is a financial hardship! Kids & Families Together, in partnership with Heart 2 Heart, is hosting their 9th Annual Back to School Donation Drive for foster/resource, […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Beaches to be summer enjoyed

The dramatic effect of the Ventura Harbor’s dredging efforts is seen in this photo. Photo by John Higgins, Harbormaster The annual Ventura Harbor dredge efforts have significantly replenished the scenic harbor public beaches of both Surfers Knoll and Harbor Cove with cleaner sands and more recreation space for harbor beachgoers this summer. Utilizing the federal funds […] Read More »

Santa Rosa Island Corrals reopened to the public

The corral area of the main ranch at Santa Rosa Island is now open to the public following a short-term closure that was established due to contaminated soils found in the area. The contaminants, which were associated with historic fuel storage tanks and other features in this area, included residues of petroleum, metal, and chemical […] Read More »

First 5 Ventura County and Interface Children & Family Services announce locations of Learning sites

First 5 Ventura County (F5VC) is pleased to join Interface Children & Family Services (ICFS) in announcing 13 Neighborhoods for Learning (NfL) locations scheduled to open in late August. Services will be provided across the county with locations in Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura. The sites […] Read More »

Free lunches to children and teens this summer

Avenue Library in partnership with Ventura Unified School District and Ventura County Public Health Agency, is offering free lunches to children and teens on the west side this summer. The Lunch at the Library program is sponsored by a grant from the California Library Association The Lunch at the Library helps ensure no child or […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village Marina begins major transition

Change is in the air at the Ventura Harbor Village Marina. Photo courtesy of the Ventura Port District On the heels of a major upgrade at its Fish Pier, the Ventura Harbor Village Marina, operated by the Ventura Port District, is making another large investment as one of the most active commercial fishing ports between […] Read More »

Rental scam alert

During the past few weeks four Ventura residents have fallen victim to rental scams. The scammers have listed home rentals on Craigslist and Zillow. In one case the victim toured the home they intended to rent and then sent the deposit and first month’s rent. The home was for rent, but the scammer was not […] Read More »

Affordable Housing Project receives large National Housing Trust Fund award

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura applied for and secured $8,370,651, the largest California award from the National Housing Trust Fund, for construction of the Willett Ranch senior affordable housing development. The Willett Ranch community will make 50 new construction homes available to income-eligible senior households (ages 62+), including 15 homes for […] Read More »

New campaign aims to protect children and youth from child exploitation

Ventura County’s READY TO STOP Initiative launches campaign distinguished by a blue check mark to raise awareness about the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Just when you think your county and your home are safe, your child can fall victim to exploiters and predators in the blink of an eye. Ventura County’s Commercially Sexually Exploited […] Read More »

Ventura Police Officer of the Year

Detective Acquarelli is a crime fighter in every sense of the word. Congratulations to Detective Michael Acquarelli for being selected as the Office of the Year for the Ventura Police Department. He has served Ventura for 13 years. During that time, he has received the Medal of Valor for his heroic life saving actions during […] Read More »

Ventura 805HELP chosen as Nonprofit of the Year

805HELP has been selected as a 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. 805HELP Founder Emily Barany traveled to Sacramento, joining 100 other California-based nonprofits also receiving this prestigious recognition, as part of California Nonprofits Day on June 5th. Now in its fourth year, California Nonprofits Day was formally recognized by Assembly […] Read More »

Special Olympics Flame of Hope carried through Ventura

The Special Olympics Flame of Hope was carried through Ventura on June 6! The Special Olympics Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is comprised of nine different “legs” ranging from San Luis Obispo to the California-Mexico border. Legs are run in conjunction with various members of law enforcement agencies from throughout the region and […] Read More »

Residents moving into newly built Westview Village

Housing Authority City of San Buenaventura completes phase one of redevelopment Ventura, Calif.—Residents have begun moving into the newly constructed Westview Village apartments as the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB), a public housing authority dedicated to promoting quality of life through affordable, healthy housing and community-based development, completes phase one of […] Read More »

Over 1,000 attended Ventura County Public Work Agency’s Public Works Day

5th Annual educational event adds themed stations, kinesthetic learning, and careers benefitting the environment Over 60 years ago, John F. Kennedy started National Public Works Day to educate the public on the departments that run the water, sewer, building, watershed, transportation, recycling and refuse industries in the U.S. today. In what is becoming a favorite […] Read More »

Plastic straws at full service dine-in restaurants shall be provided only upon request 

Surfrider Ventura’s “Plastic Free Ventura” campaign launched on Earth Day in 2018 as a response to the amount of EPS and single-use plastic and bioplastic foodware litter found at local beach cleanups. The most common items collected include expanded polystyrene foam (“EPS”, TM “Styrofoam”), and plastic and bioplastic straws, lids, cups, plates, condiment cups and […] Read More »

Jeffery Lambert Director of Community Development leaves Ventura

Lamber is very happy with his new position in Oxnard. by Richard Lieberman Director of Community Development Jeffrey Lambert has left Ventura for a post with the city of Oxnard. Lambert was offered and accepted the position of Community Development Director for the City of Oxnard. He runs a department of approximately 65 people. “One […] Read More »

Award-winning innovative program provides showers for the homeless

by Jill Forman “Hygiene restores dignity and restores hope” says Deanna Handel, describing the shower component of the Ventura Health Care Agency’s program for the homeless, which is an “opportunity to extend the front door of the health care system out into the community. This is cutting edge work, a pilot program; not many communities […] Read More »

City of Ventura names 2018-2019 Green School Award Winners

ATLAS Elementary School teacher Therese Palmisano; Principal Jennifer Duston and teacher Sara Viscarra accepting the award. In celebration of Earth Day, the City of Ventura has announced that Buena High School and ATLAS Elementary School have been named winners of this year’s Green School Awards. The recipients are recognized for their outstanding programs in sustainability […] Read More »

Ventura Radiator and Auto Air Conditioning badly damaged in fire

On May 23, a two-alarm fire consumed a Ventura radiator business located on Thompson. Ventura Radiator and Auto Air Conditioning was badly damaged in the fire. The fire damaged a large portion the building garage which caused the roof to collapse and the exterior walls to buckle. The estimated damage to the structure was approximately $500,000 […] Read More »

Community comes together for Amgen Tour of California

by Mira Reverente Wicked headwinds and the previous night’s sporadic rainfall did little to dampen the festive mood at the start of the women’s race and the finish of the men’s race at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Anna van der Breggen of Boels Dolmans Cycling Team won stage 1 of the women’s race with a […] Read More »

Ventura County Library Foundation celebrates launch of new mobile library

Who could not be happy accepting a $100,000 check? On May 7, at the Ventura County Government Center, nonprofit Ventura County Library Foundation (VCLF), in partnership with the Ventura County Library launched their new mobile library at a ribbon-cutting. The mobile library is a 26-foot vehicle stocked with many of the same services found in […] Read More »

Miriam & Henry Schwab Academy of Music at Ventura College

Ventura College announces the first annual Miriam and Henry Schwab Academy of Music – a highly intensive, three-week summer program of courses designed to develop & introduce chamber music & orchestral repertoire skills, attract advanced young artists and develop musicianship through many types of ensembles. Classes are scheduled June 17 – July 7, 2019 and […] Read More »

Register now for Adult Summer Sports Leagues!

Looking for a new sport or hobby to pick up this summer? Registration is open for all City of Ventura Adult Sports Leagues. These are a great opportunity to stay fit and have fun over the summer! Grab some friends and join us at your favorite City of Ventura city parks. Leagues run from mid-June […] Read More »

Ventura fire units respond to traffic collision on the 101

On May 16, at 8:45pm, Ventura fire units responded to a reported traffic collision on the 101 southbound at the 33. While enroute, it was reported that an occupant was entrapped in one vehicle and increased resources were requested. Upon arrival of the first engine company crew, they discovered a two-vehicle collision with one vehicle […] Read More »

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

During the month of May, Ventura Police Officers will step up enforcement. The warmer weather means a lot more motorcycles will be out on the road across California, and in an attempt to minimize the need for a Motorcycle Accident Attorney, May has become Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Ventura Police Department is taking the […] Read More »

Buena High hires head basketball coach

Buena High School has made school history by hiring Cynthia Hernandez to serve as the Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach. Coach Hernandez is the first female to fill this role for Buena since the 1970s. Hernandez is highly qualified with an extensive playing record in the area of women’s basketball at the collegiate level in NCAA […] Read More »

Local heroes to be recognized

United Way of Ventura County’s (UWVC) Women United will recognize some unsung local heroes during its 3rd Annual Luncheon May 10, featuring acclaimed social psychologist and author Dr. Aida Hurtado. Event co-chairs Leanne Neilson and Erin Simqu are busy putting the final touches on the 2019 luncheon, but they aren’t the only women who have […] Read More »

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Dispatcher Megann Williams as the Dispatcher of the Year. The week of April 14-20, 2019 is recognized as “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” bringing recognition to public safety dispatchers who are a vital part of the public safety team. These very special people are the voices that assure rapid response during emergencies. They play a […] Read More »

FOOD Share – Feeding Ventura County

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “One in six people struggle with food insecurity in Ventura County,” said Monica White, FOOD Share President, and CEO. “Currently, our pantries feed approximately 75,000 people monthly. I wish I could say our number of clients was decreasing, but in these times, it’s challenging for even two […] Read More »

Latest treatments to manage pain explored at a free CMHS Seminar

Approximately one in five adults in the United States suffers from chronic pain and too many of them depend on opioid drugs for relief. Pain management has come a long way over the years, and while opiates may be the right answer in some situations, patients should know they have many other options to manage […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation announces recipients of First Allied Health Scholarships

The 2019 Allied Health scholarship recipients were all smiles. Ventura College students interested in careers in the medical and health fields received the first annual Allied Health Scholarship awards from the Ventura College Foundation at an April 13 ceremony at the college. A total of $93,300 in scholarships were awarded to 42 students who are […] Read More »

Local Venturan awarded third highest DOD Medal

Dennis Cam Kelsch received medal for gallantry against an armed enemy. Ventura native, and 2008 graduate of Ventura High School was presented a Silver Star Medal during a ceremony at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Pooler, Georgia on April 9. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dennis Cam Kelsch, a Special Tactics operator assigned to […] Read More »

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Ventura Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies statewide stopping drivers who violate California’s hands-free cell phone law. During the month of April, additional police officers will be on patrol looking specifically for drivers on their phones. Distracted driving is dangerous, especially when it involves […] Read More »

Ventura County Community College District announces Ventura College President finalists

Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Chancellor Greg Gillespie is pleased to announce that after a nationwide search, five finalists will move forward in the Ventura College President search process. Listed below are candidates and campus forums information. College faculty, staff, administration, and community members are invited to attend. Ventura College President Finalist Forum Monday, April 15, […] Read More »

The beaches have shown to have a significant improvement in water quality

Seven of Ventura County’s beaches were voted to be removed from the impaired water body list, also known as the 303(d) list by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LA-RWQCB). The beaches, which consistently met water-quality objectives for indicator bacteria, have shown to have a significant improvement in water quality through results below […] Read More »

The City of Ventura has plenty of water

An opinion by Venturans for Responsible and Efficient Government (VREG) Let’s dispel a myth. The City of Ventura has plenty of water. We have almost ten times the water we need annually in reserves. So, the City of Ventura’s insistence to conserve drinking water because we don’t have enough is untrue. There are many good […] Read More »

Lifeguards return to Ventura Harbor Beaches for Summer

Daily lifeguard service will be provided at Ventura Harbor beaches off Spinnaker Drive this summer. In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, March 20, the Board of Port Commissioners authorized the General Manager of Ventura Harbor to contract with State Parks to provide the service from mid-May through Labor Day 2019 at Harbor Cove and Surfers […] Read More »

New Social Services for Veterans added to Salvation Army Transitional Housing Facility

Senior Case Manager Jimmy Pete helps determine the eligibility of candidates for services at the facility. by Amy Brown The Salvation Army Family Service Center on Oak Street in Ventura has received a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and now has a new five bed section for transitional housing specifically for homeless […] Read More »

Housing Authority awarded grant to continue family self-sufficiency services

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) has received over $65,000 in funds through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to administer HACSB’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. HACSB’s FSS Program is a service provided to residents and participants in Public Housing & Housing Choice Voucher programs to increase their […] Read More »

Influenza update

As of February 7, 2019, Ventura County has seen 5 influenza-related deaths this flu season. To give some perspective, at this point in 2018, the county had seen 40 deaths resulting from complications from the influenza virus. Many deaths seen during a flu season occur in people who have multiple health issues, such as diabetes, […] Read More »

City of Ventura 2018 Part I Crime Statistics

In 2018, Part I Crimes in the City of Ventura totaled 3,959, representing an overall decrease of 155 Part I Crimes or 3.77 percent from 2017. The Per Capita Crime Index decreased slightly to 35.6 crimes per thousand residents, compared to 37.7 in 2017, 38.04 in 2016, and 39.2 in 2015. Ventura’s Violent Crime decreased […] Read More »

Ventura Port Commission announces new appointments

The Ventura Board of Port Commissioners has new leadership and a new member. Commissioner Chris Stephens is now chairman of the five-member board, taking the reins from Commissioner Everard Ashworth, and Commissioner Jean Getchell takes over as board secretary. Commissioner Brian Brennan continues as vice chairman. New to the board is local attorney Jackie Gardina. […] Read More »

The Ventura Police Department joins ‘Neighbors’ by Ring

The Ventura Police Department has announced that it is joining the Neighbors app by Ring (available via iOS/Android here: https://download.ring.com/venturapd) to provide the Ventura community with real-time, local crime and safety information. The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe. Residents […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival announces 2019 Honorees

Betsy Chess is honored by Music Festival for outstanding contributions to arts and community. The Board of the Ventura Music Festival is very pleased to announce its 2019 Honorees for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts and Community. The new honorees are a prominent citizen and a prominent company, respectively: Elizabeth (Betsy) Blanchard Chess, for outstanding […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District appoints new superintendent

Dr. Rice has a proven track record of working with and for all students. The Board of Education is pleased to announce their unanimous vote to appoint Dr Roger Rice as the new Superintendent of Ventura Unified School District (VUSD). Dr Rice, who currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Student Services for the Ventura […] Read More »

The addition to the Emergency Department at the county hospital has opened.

Cutting the ribbon were all members of Seaside Emergency Associates, staff and friends. Photo by Bernie Goldstein After 1 1/2 years of renovation, and 1 1/2 years after the opening of the North Tower at Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC), the new addition to the Emergency Department at the county hospital has opened. Celebrated on […] Read More »

Red Cross: Severe shortage of type O blood

The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter. Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing […] Read More »

City of Ventura 2018 Employee and Supervisor of the Year announced

On February 19, the City of Ventura held an awards ceremony at City Hall to recognize fifteen employees nominated for the 2018 Employee and Supervisor of the Year. These awards recognize city employees who are role models for public service and exemplify the city’s commitment to excellence. The eleven nominees for Employee of the Year […] Read More »

 Please Celebrate Responsibly: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions across the country, often culminating in parties where drinking is involved. Sadly, this leads to tragedies on our roadways because of drivers who choose to leave parties impaired. During the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 16-17, 2019 the Ventura Police Department will have additional officers on patrol ready […] Read More »

An historic Women’s Day Proclamation

by Alison Oatman It was standing room only at the Women’s Day Proclamation held at the Ventura City Council meeting on Monday, March 4th. After an historic election, four female council members—Sofia Rubalcava, Lorrie Brown, Cheryl Heitmann, and Christy Weir—are now on the city council, making the council the first majority female one in Ventura’s […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury opens 2019-2020 Application Process

Ventura County residents have an opportunity to provide a valuable community service while learning about local government by serving on the Ventura County Grand Jury. Applications are now available for the 2019-2020 Grand Jury at https://www.ventura.org/grand-jury. The Grand Jury offices are located at 646 County Square Drive, 3rd Floor, Ventura. The Grand Jury is a […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department March 1 DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint results

The Ventura Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday March 1, 2019. The checkpoint was established at about 9:00 PM and officers screened approximately 384 vehicles traveling eastbound on Main Street in the area of Callens Road. Approximately 676 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. During the checkpoint, 1 driver was arrested for 23575 […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital helping save lives

Over 1 million joint replacement surgeries are performed in the United States each year, with knees and hips being the most common. In the coming years, these numbers are expected to rise. Fortunately, thanks to recent advances, joint replacement surgeries are more effective than ever, and the recovery process has become easier. The latest developments […] Read More »

United Way thanks the volunteers

United Way of Ventura County would like to thank the 400 volunteers who fanned out across the community recently as part of the 2019 Ventura County Point-In-Time Homeless Count. The Ventura County Continuum of Care (VC CoC) joined with UWVC and many other community organizations to conduct the annual count and individual surveys, a requirement […] Read More »

Protecting our water supply and securing our future together

by Matt LaVere, Mayor, City of San Buenaventura The City of Ventura and its water customers have relied on the Ventura River as a primary source of drinking water for more than a century. Today, however, the region’s water supply is changing as the Ventura River watershed faces new, complex challenges. To protect our local […] Read More »

City of Ventura names Safe & Clean Program Manager

The City of Ventura announced that Meredith Hart has been named Safe & Clean Program Manager within the City Manager’s Office. This selection fills a key management position in the City and supports the City Council’s goal to develop and implement an action plan to enhance the safe and clean initiative objectives. Mayor Matt LaVere […] Read More »

Two chances to meet your Ventura police officers

The community is invited to come together with Ventura Police Officers in a friendly, informal environment to discuss community issues, build relationships and enjoy a good cup of coffee for Coffee with a Cop which will be held at Starbucks located at 4722 Telephone Road, on March 14 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Most […] Read More »

Kimberly Prillhart selected as County Resource Management Agency Director

27Kimberly Prillhart has been selected as the new director of the Resource Management Agency. The appointment was made by County Executive Officer Mike Powers following a search which included strong internal and external candidates. Prillhart replaces Chris Stephens who retired in January after 13 years as the agency’s director. Prillhart started with the County in […] Read More »

Derrick Wilson is the new Strategic Operations Manager

The Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) has named Derrick Wilson as Strategic Operations Manager to lead the newly formed division within the Central Services Department (CSD) concentrated on planning, execution, analysis and knowledge (PEAK) management for VCPWA. Prior to serving as VCPWA’s Strategic Operations Manager, Wilson began his career with VCPWA’s Water and Sanitation […] Read More »

Mental Health Technician paired up with Ventura Police Officers

Mental Health Technician Diana Gasmi, Officer Rebecca Kofman and Officer Derek Donswyk meet with a lady in need. The Ventura Police Department now has a full-time mental health technician embedded within the Ventura Police Patrol Task Force. The technician will be responsible for case management and outreach for the homeless population suffering from mental health […] Read More »

Ventura Police equipped with lifesaving medication to combat overdoses

All Ventura Police Officers are now equipped with Naloxone. It is a medication used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Naloxone is administered through a nasal spray. When administered, Naloxone restores respiration within two to five minutes, and may prevent brain injury and death. It works on overdoses caused by opioids, which includes prescription […] Read More »

Ventura Water has a wonderful opportunity to be more transparent

by VREG Leaders In Ventura, the city staff uses the Brown Act to do precisely the opposite of what lawmakers created it to do. Legislators designed the California Brown Act to end “back room” deals and bring local government out into the open. Ventura Water uses it to throttle the flow of information instead. Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura Police Officers’ Association presents extreme mud challenge

The Ventura Police Officers’ Association presents the 6th annual Ventura Eco Extreme Mud Challenge hosted by the Ventura Land Trust on April 27, 2019. The event will take place at a new location at Harmon Canyon which is located off Foothill Road and Kimball Road in East Ventura. The event features a 5k mud challenge […] Read More »

Free CERT training

by Joe Morelli, Fire Marshal Ventura City Fire Department Offering Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) to residents: As residents, you serve a critical role in emergency response operations whether it is preserving lives, protecting property, or providing other essential services to the community. The Ventura City Fire Department would like to invite you join our […] Read More »

School on Wheels awarded grants by the Ojai Women's Fund

On Thursday, January 17th, School on Wheels along with 12 other local nonprofits were awarded grants totaling $105,000 by the Ojai Women’s Fund. School on Wheels is a local nonprofit that celebrated its 25th Anniversary last year providing educational assistance to children and youth experiencing homelessness. Their $10,000.00 grant from the Ojai Women’s Fund (OWF) is […] Read More »

Ventura Fairgrounds board approves plan for Surfers Point Managed Retreat project

The Ventura County Fairgrounds board has approved, by 7-0 vote, the conceptual design for the second phase of the Surfers Point Managed Retreat project. Barbara Quaid, Ventura County Fairgrounds CEO stated “I am grateful that the Fairgrounds and the City of Ventura are working together on keeping our beautiful bike path and shoreline a jewel […] Read More »

Ventura Police Community Academy

The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy is coming! Have you ever wanted to know more about police operations? Not the ‘TV’ version, but the facts? Here’s your chance! The Community Academy will take you on a ride-along with a patrol officer, show you what a SWAT team does, let you experience a simulated firearms training […] Read More »

Cabrillo receives $10,000 Edison International grant

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 Edison International grant to help fund the 2019 Rodney Fernandez Leadership Fund STEM Scholarship Program. The Rodney Fernandez Leadership Fund STEM Scholarship Program, created in 2011, honors the legacy of Rodney Fernandez, Cabrillo’s founder and Executive Director for 30 years (1981–2011). The […] Read More »

Donors strongly urged to give blood with Vitalant as soon as possible

As severe winter storms continue to traverse the country, and cold and flu season is in full swing, the one-two punch is hitting blood centers hard and drastically impacting community blood supplies. Severe weather can also lead to more accidents and an increased need for blood. Currently, there’s a critical need for platelets and type […] Read More »

Angela Moyd is the newest City Center Board Member

Angela Moyd takes a vision and makes it a reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent who and helps others extend their thinking. She is an inspirational leader, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur who shares stories taken from her 30+ […] Read More »

GCTD announces changes in board leadership and management team

Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD), Ventura County’s largest provider of public transit, has announced some changes in its Board of Directors and management team. On January 9th, the GCTD Board of Directors elected Cheryl Heitmann as its 2019 Board Chair, and Port Hueneme Mayor Will Berg as Vice Chair.  In addition, City of Ojai has […] Read More »

Almost half a million dollars in new Housing Choice Voucher funds to be distributed

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) has partnered with Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura (AHACV) and the Oxnard Housing Authority (OHA) to distribute almost half a million dollars in new Housing Choice Voucher funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Mainstream Voucher Program. The […] Read More »

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care. The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District appoints new superintendent

Dr Roger Rice has a distinguished career of more than 20 years of service to Ventura County youth. The Board of Education is pleased to announce their unanimous vote to appoint Dr Roger Rice as the new Superintendent of Ventura Unified School District (VUSD). Dr Rice, who currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Student […] Read More »

Temple spray painted with swastika. Incident being investigated as a hate crime.

On Jan.3, at approximately 10:30pm, a Nazi swastika was painted on both sides of the exterior sign at Temple Beth Torah located at 7620 Foothill Rd. The Ventura synagogue is the most recent local target of anti-Semitic vandalism. Temple Rabbi Lisa Hochberg told the Breeze, “Over the front door of Temple Beth Torah is a […] Read More »

Millions face cut in SNAP Food Assistance if government shutdown continues

by Dottie Rosenbaum If the partial government shutdown that began in late December continues into February, there may not be sufficient appropriations for food assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to provide full benefits for that month. And if the shutdown continues into March, little or no benefits likely will be paid in […] Read More »

Fire in the Arundell Barranca

On Jan.5, at 4pm, the Ventura County Fire Communication Center received multiple reports of a structure fire in the area of Whittier Ct. in the City of Ventura. Ventura City Fire Department resources were quickly dispatched and arrived to find a fire burning in heavy vegetation in the Arundell Barranca to the rear of the […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation receives $2 million donation from Helen Yunker estate

Helen always remained glamorous. The Ventura College Foundation has received a $2 million donation from the Helen Yunker estate. Honoring Yunker’s request, the donation will establish endowments for the Ventura College Music Department and the Opera and Musical Theatre program. The gift will be split evenly between the two. “Helen has been a fixture in […] Read More »

Ribbon cutting for first two homes rebuilt after the Thomas Fire

by Richard Lieberman Ed and Sandy Fuller celebrated the completion of their home rebuild after the Thomas fire devastated their neighborhood and reduced their beloved home to ashes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony by Ventura city officials was held in front of the new home and another across the street at the newly completed residence of Michael […] Read More »

Re-printed from the Ventura Breeze issues 2018

After more than 20 years as an active businessman and community volunteer in Ventura, Neal Andrews was encouraged by many citizens of Ventura to run for City Council. He was elected on his first attempt in 2001. Now 16-years later he has been selected to be Ventura’s mayor by the City Council. Council member Matt […] Read More »

Keith Barnard joins Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors

VC Foundation welcomes Keith Barnard. Keith Barnard, vice-president of sourcing at Mission Produce, has joined the board of directors of the Ventura College Foundation. “The VC Foundation Board of Directors is excited to welcome Keith to the board,” says Rob van Nieuwburg, foundation board chair. “Keith brings an agriculture industry voice to the table. We […] Read More »

DUI checkpoint nets 3 arrests

The Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Dec.28, The checkpoint was established at 9:23pm and screened approximately 862 vehicles traveling eastbound on Main Street from Callens Road. 3 drivers were arrested for DUI during the checkpoint. One driver was arrested for 23152(a) and (b) CVC, 2800.1(a) CVC with a blood […] Read More »

New report spotlights education in Ventura County

For the first time, Ventura County’s major educational institutions have combined their resources to create a report that encompasses educational programs and achievements from elementary school to graduate school. The 2018 Ventura County Education Report to the Community is now available to view and download. California Lutheran University, CSU Channel Islands, the Ventura Community College […] Read More »

Just drive

by Ventura Police Department In the smartphone age, people are more connected than ever before, but also attempting to stay connected when they shouldn’t: behind the wheel. And it is not just cell phones. Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road, or hands off the steering wheel – especially […] Read More »

Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donations

Emergencies don’t take a holiday. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help ensure patients can get the treatment they need at a moment’s notice. Now is an important time to give blood and platelets. A seasonal decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day […] Read More »

January blood donors can help children with critical illnesses receive their wish

During National Blood Donor Month in January, blood donors can double their impact by giving blood at Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) while also helping to grant wishes for children through Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties at the same time. Vitalant will track the number of blood donations received at all four Vitalant donation centers and nearly 85 […] Read More »

Volunteers needed for annual homeless count in Ventura County

Community volunteers are needed for the annual count and survey of homeless persons in Ventura County. The 2019 Ventura County Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The annual Homeless Count is coordinated by the Ventura County Continuum of Care and County of Ventura, in partnership with community partners […] Read More »

Water likely to increase to $300

by Venturans for Responsible and Efficient Government (VREG) In the next 12 months, Ventura Water will ask the City Council to increase water rates for 30 wastewater projects and 28 water projects by 2024. These costly projects will benefit some property owners. Other projects will help the community at large. As of June 30, 2018, […] Read More »

Residents and businesses will soon enjoy the advantages of clean, renewable power at competitive rates

The County of Ventura is proud to announce that the “unincorporated” (not Ventura) areas of the County will soon enjoy the advantages of clean, renewable power at competitive rates. On December 12, 2017, the County of Ventura Board of Supervisors voted to join the Clean Power Alliance. Starting in February 2019 for residential customers and […] Read More »

VUSD Superintendent has resigned

Creswell did apologize for his remarks. Surprising many, Ventura Unified School District Superintendent David Creswell has announced that he will resign after serving as Superintendent for only 16-months. The announcement came after several weeks of controversy surrounding a sermon that came to light that he delivered while an elder at Redeemer Baptist Church in Riverside […] Read More »

In January we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the main leaders of the American civil rights movement. A Baptist minister by training, King became a civil rights activist early in his career, leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, raising […] Read More »

Ventura fire crews respond to structure fire

On Dec.11, at 2pm, Ventura fire crews responded to a reported structure fire in east Ventura in the 9900 block of Basswood Ct. . The first arriving unit discovered a single-family residential structure with smoke emitting from the attic. Fire crews initiated a rapid interior fire attack coordinated with firefighters performing vertical ventilation on the […] Read More »

Lone suspect broke into and robbed Namba Performing Arts

On Thursday, December 13th, a lone suspect broke into and robbed the Namba Performing Arts Space, 47 So. Oak St. The entire crime was captured on security cameras. The suspect smashed the front glass door, entered directly to Namba’s box office area and left with a small donation box with less than $30 in it. Namba […] Read More »

Keith Barnard joins Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors

Keith Barnard, vice-president of sourcing at Mission Produce, has joined the board of directors of the Ventura College Foundation. “The VC Foundation Board of Directors is excited to welcome Keith to the board,” says Rob van Nieuwburg, foundation board chair. “Keith brings an agriculture industry voice to the table. We are looking forward to partnering […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department helping keep roadways safe

The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are ways to spend time with family and friends ringing in another year, but also a time when people can make poor choices that put themselves and others at risk on the road. To help spread the message about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, the Ventura Police […] Read More »

New Ocean Tower at Community Memorial Hospital opened to patients

The new Ocean Tower at Community Memorial Hospital opened to patients on Sunday, Dec. 16, when all the patients were transferred from their rooms in the old Mountain Tower to their new ones in the Ocean Tower. The transfer of CMH patients to the new building took the bulk of the day on Sunday and […] Read More »

Updated Dashboard provides clearer picture of school performance

A redesigned and expanded California School Dashboard is now available to the public at www.caschooldashboard.org. The Dashboard, which debuted in 2017, has a new look that makes it easier to see how individual schools and districts are performing in six statewide measures of student success. For the first time, the Dashboard is providing data on […] Read More »

New report spotlights education in Ventura County

For the first time, Ventura County’s major educational institutions have combined their resources to create a report that encompasses educational programs and achievements from elementary school to graduate school. The 2018 Ventura County Education Report to the Community is now available to view and download. California Lutheran University, CSU Channel Islands, the Ventura Community College […] Read More »

Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program

Both shoppers and California farmers are benefitting from the Market Match and the Cal-Fresh (SNAP) food programs offered by the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFM). Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program, which uses grant dollars to match or double a portion of the customers’ federal nutrition assistance benefits, like Cal-Fresh (SNAP), […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to smoke and flames at Golf N’ Stuff

On November 20, at 9:50pm the Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke and flames at Golf N’ Stuff. According to the city of Ventura Fire Department the fire was determined to be arson,The fire was to the western themed façade used for one of the putting holes . The blaze was […] Read More »

Look for the signature red donation kettles

The Salvation Army of Ventura has recently finished placing its signature red donation kettles outside several area stores. Now, it’s up to the community members to help the organization reach its fundraising goal of $100,000. Community members can also donate though text message by texting HopeRings to 41-444. Volunteers are the difference between an empty […] Read More »

Humana and Heritage Provider network team up

Humana Inc.  a leading health and well-being company, has announced it has collaborated with Heritage Provider Network (HPN), an effective physician-led value-based care organizations, on a value-based agreement designed to offer a coordinated, patient-centered experience to help Humana Medicare Advantage members in Southern and Central California achieve better health. Humana’s Medicare Advantage HMO plan members in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, […] Read More »

We could never have imagined that in a short matter of time the fire would come barreling straight at us

REMEMBERING by Kat Merrick A year ago today Chris and I walked the ranch checking irrigation lines and playing with the pups as we did almost everyday… As I stood on the hill looking at the amazing views, to my left the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands and to my right Ojai. I remember […] Read More »

Thomas Fire Recovery – 1 Year Later

REMEMBERING by Jeffrey Lambert, AICP, Community Development Director, City of Ventura It was only a year ago that a fast-moving brush fire started north of Santa Paula and was pushed by strong Santa Ana winds through the City of Ventura. The fire burned for more than a month and scorched more than 281,000 acres. The […] Read More »

“Remembering the Heroics of Ventura’s First Responders”

REMEMBERING by Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere It is hard to believe that one year has passed since the Thomas Fire devastated our community. As I reflect on this difficult year, I am reminded of the overwhelming kindness and generosity I witnessed in response to this horrible disaster. I am also reminded of the intense community spirit […] Read More »

United Way of Ventura County reflects on community support

REMEMBERING December 4th marks the one-year anniversary of the Thomas Fire and United Way of Ventura County looks back on a year of loss, hope and recovery. “This Anniversary is a solemn and painful one,” said Eric Harrison, CEO, United Way of Ventura County. “While our hearts go out to so many that were affected in […] Read More »

Battling the Thomas Fire

REMEMBERING by Sheli Ellsworth Ventura City Fire Department serves a population of over 110,000. They do so with six stations, ten engines, one truck company (hook and ladder) and seventy-three sworn firefighters in fire suppression. That is one firefighter for every fifteen hundred people. On December 4, 2017, Ventura City Battalion Fire Chief Doug Miser […] Read More »

A scam warning from the Ventura Police

“Yes, I can hear you just fine.” In the wake of critical incidents in Ventura County the Ventura Police Department encourages residents to be aware of scams that often follow disasters. The scammers often play on the emotions of people especially during major incidents. If you are asked to make a charitable donation, please consider […] Read More »

Paso Pacifico responds to viral turtle poaching video

A Paso Pacifico ranger patrols the beach near Ostional, Nicaragua, on the lookout for illegal poaching. Photo by Hal Brindley Turtle poaching in Central America is not a new issue, but some poachers have recently become even more emboldened to carry out this illegal activity. The current political unrest in Nicaragua has only made the situation […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Works Agency prepared for the worst

When a natural disaster hits such as a fire or a flood, preparation is always key to the survival of life and property and it’s never too early to start. The Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) conducted Storm Day, an annual disaster simulation drill, on Oct. 18, which focused on preparation for flooding stemming […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

The Ventura Police Department has been awarded a $200,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long enforcement and public awareness program. The traffic safety program is intended to educate the public on safe roadway habits and deter people from violating traffic laws or practicing other unsafe behaviors that lead to […] Read More »

Celebrating the holidays in Downtown Ventura

Downtown Ventura celebrates the Holiday Season with over 100 fresh-cut, decorated trees and multiple events in historic Plaza Park. Holidays at the Plaza, one of Downtown Ventura’s signature holiday events, returns to Plaza Park from Dec. 7, 2018 to Jan. 2, 2019. The event is marked by the Candy Cane Forest, which is made up […] Read More »

New Economic Development Collaborative funding to double service area

The Economic Development Collaborative has been awarded $475,000 in new funding from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the California Small Business Development Center Network for the enhancement and expansion of its services and programs promoting business growth and sustainability. The funding doubles EDC’s Small Business Development Center’s capacity to serve […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department units respond to structure fire involving storage shed and two vehicles

On Nov.12, at 3:07pm, the Ventura City Fire Department units responded to a reported structure fire in the 100 block W. Harrison Ave.. The first arriving crew found a storage shed and two vehicles on fire. Numerous calls were received as the smoke was visible for blocks. Crews initiated an immediate fire attack and achieved […] Read More »

Two fires broke out in West Ventura just minutes of each other

The first fire involved a vagrant encampment adjacent to the Emma Wood group camp. The area of the fire was nestled deep into a clearing, surrounded by Arundel and local fauna, close to the river mouth. A second fire broke out shortly thereafter in the vicinity of Foster Park that started at approximately 10:34am. The […] Read More »

FIRST 5 Ventura County selects Interface Children & Family Services as new place-based service provider

First 5 Ventura County (F5VC) is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with Interface Children & Family Services, to provide essential programs and services for Ventura County’s nearly 60,000 children prenatal – 5 and their families. Families seeking resources and more information may visit www.first5ventura.org “Since our inception nearly 20 years ago, First 5 […] Read More »

Volunteers Needed at 2nd Annual Ventura River to the Sea Coastal Cleanup, Nov. 17

A young volunteer uses a customized bucket and trash picker at last year’s Ventura River to the Sea Coastal Cleanup. On Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Ventura Land Trust (VLT) and the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will team up to host the 2nd Annual Ventura River to the […] Read More »

9th Annual Castro Family & Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive

From the 5th Annual Castro Family Toy Drive and still going strong. The Ventura Police Department announces the 9th Annual Castro Family & Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive. The community is invited to donate unwrapped toys or gift cards for the patients and siblings of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at […] Read More »

Grant Park remains closed for public safety and restoration

Grant Park, located above Downtown Ventura will remain closed from the impact of the Thomas Fire and will not reopen to the public until the area is safe. The closure is important to protect public safety and to permit the park to recover. The Thomas Fire caused extensive damage by destroying plant material and plant […] Read More »

The Honor Guard and Color Guard perform honorable farewells at military ceremonies and burials

Each member of the Honor/Color Guards were pinned with the American flag. by Ana Baker On October 26th the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses Association hosted a thank-you event at the Poinsettia Pavilion to honor the Marine Corps League – President Ronald Reagan Det#597/VFW Post 10049, Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County, and 1st Memorial Honors Detail […] Read More »

Legal victory secures protection for Santa Clara River Steelhead

Conservation groups have scored a key courtroom victory for endangered Southern California steelhead harmed by operation of the Vern Freeman Dam on the Santa Clara River. In a 152-page decision issued by Honorable Judge David O. Carter, the court found United Water Conservation District violated the federal Endangered Species Act by clearly causing past, ongoing, and future […] Read More »

Give thanks for good health by giving blood or platelets

The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for patients in need. A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, medical treatments and emergencies that require blood don’t stop for the holidays. The […] Read More »

Sign grants available for nonprofits

Until November 30, any Ventura County 501(c)3 nonprofit can apply for a Fastsigns of Ventura sign grant worth over $1000 to help increase visibility for their cause. The sign grant package includes a full color custom table throw, retractable banner stand with graphic, bent easel table top sign, 250 decals and 500 postcards valued at over […] Read More »

Seminar addresses new therapies for asthma

Asthma today afflicts one in 12 adults in the United States and every year is responsible for about 439,000 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths. The good news is that increasingly effective asthma treatments have been developed over the years as the medical field continues to explore new treatments. People with asthma and their loved ones are […] Read More »

Hill Road Library wins two awards

The Ventura County Library has recently won two awards for the implementation of Open+ Express Hours at the Hill Road Library. Using innovative technology called Open+ by Bibliotheca, the Ventura County Library has expanded access to library services at the Hill Road Library during “Express Hours” by opening to the public before the library is […] Read More »

Jump in to help: Foster VC Kids

Foster VC Kids reminds interested community members there are many ways to help the 800 local foster youth. The need is now. Becoming a resource parent means helping a child or teen by fostering, mentoring or providing permanency. There are more than 800 Ventura County children in foster care, from newborns to teens, who need […] Read More »

Please help locate missing child Kevin Martinez

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for help from the public to locate a missing teenager. 17-year-old Kevin Martinez was reported missing on December 14, 2017 from Ventura. According to authorities, there was a recent sighting of Kevin in Ventura in June of this year. Kevin is described as 5 feet […] Read More »

Fire in East Ventura consumes two homes and damages a third

Shortly before 1 am, on Sunday morning, Oct.21, a two alarm fire broke out in Cabrillo Village (in East Ventura). The blaze resulted in several major injuries, two houses consumed by fire, and an adjacent home damaged. Two homes had significant fire activity upon the first apparatus arrival. Numerous cars were fully engulfed in fire […] Read More »

Grants of up to $1,000 each are awarded

The VEP Board is proud to announce that the Ventura Education Partnership has awarded over 90 VEPGrants to teachers for their development of creative educational projects that stimulate learning by students. Over $86,000 was awarded. Madhu Bajaj, President of VEP said “We are so grateful for caring community members and generous business owners who support our teachers […] Read More »

No other victims have been identified.

Long term Ventura County resident Ron Zenone, age 76 was sentenced October 10th by Ventura Superior court judge Bruce A. Young for lewd acts on a minor child under the age of 14. Zenone pled “No Contest” to the felony charge on September 12 with the court finding him guilty. The victim, his granddaughter said […] Read More »

AIDS quilt panels on display for remembrance service at UU Ventura Church

Four 12×12 foot panels from the famed AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street on Sunday, October 28 from 9:30 to 12 as part of an annual service of remembrance. The Rev. Dana Worsnop, senior minister at the church, said, “We are honored to be among […] Read More »

County to accept reservations for beach parks

The Board of Supervisors has approved a plan for County Parks to shift from a first-come, first-served policy to a reservations-only policy for its three beach parks (Faria, Hobson and Rincon) beginning November 1, 2018. This decision was driven by multiple factors, primarily customer feedback — that is, the high number of public complaints the Parks […] Read More »

Casa Pacifica participates in United Way’s Day of Caring

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families participated in United Way’s Day of Caring on Saturday, September 29th. United Way’s Day of Caring connected hundreds of volunteers to community organizations like Casa Pacifica throughout Ventura County. Volunteers from Wells Fargo came to Casa Pacifica to complete the Day of Caring project – priming and painting […] Read More »

Ventura Police Community Foundation announces hero selections

The Board of Directors of the Ventura Police Community Foundation proudly announces the first annual Heroes Among Us Gala presented by the Players Casino. The event will take place on November 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the San Buenaventura Mission. The Foundation will recognize community members or groups, who through their personal […] Read More »

Week dedicated to teaching teen drivers how to be safe behind the wheel

The week of October 21-27, 2018 is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and the Ventura Police Department wants to remind parents and guardians the importance of talking to their teen drivers about new responsibilities and rules that come with operating a vehicle. If you are interested in finding out more about traffic safety, you may […] Read More »

County launches webpage for unclaimed property tax refunds

The Ventura County Auditor-Controller is pleased to announce a new webpage for Unclaimed Property Tax Refunds: https://www.ventura.org/auditor-controllers-office/unclaimed-property-tax-refunds . Taxpayers can access a listing of unclaimed property tax refunds and instructions on how to file a claim for a refund. Property tax refunds generally result from reassessment of property. Unclaimed property tax refunds consist of checks that remain […] Read More »

Direct losses to trees, bushes, and vines might be covered by WHIP

California growers who experienced production losses or direct losses to trees, bushes, and vines due to 2017 California wildfires, mudslides, or heavy smoke caused as a direct result of a 2017 wildfire are encouraged to sign up for WHIP at their local Farm Service Agency. Sign-up period lasts until November 16, 2018. To sign up, contact the Santa Barbara/Ventura County Office […] Read More »

Serra Cross

Volunteers and professionals are helping to restore the cross. by Councilmember Christy Weir The Thomas Fire devastated our Ventura hillsides, including Serra Cross Park. All of the vegetation was burned, and signs, fence, trash cans, picnic tables, lights and sprinkler system were destroyed. The cross caught fire, but thankfully only a small section suffered major […] Read More »

Help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the eighth year in a row the Ventura City Fire Department will again join forces with firefighters across the country to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ventura City Firefighters will wear Pink Embossed T-shirts from Oct. 1st to Oct. 15th in support of this cause. The Ventura City Fire Department, and the Ventura Fire Foundation, will […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation introduces Tuition-Free VC Promise Program

Samuel Ponce just started his first semester as a transfer student at Cal State Northridge. At its September 26 meeting, Ventura College Foundation board of directors approved funding for a second-year Ventura College (VC) Promise program where Ventura College students can have tuition costs of their second year of academic studies paid for by the […] Read More »

Free public programs offered by cycling club

The Channel Islands Bike Club is Ventura County’s largest recreational road cycling club. They are working to make Ventura County a bicycling destination and to share the benefits of bicycling for health, recreation, sport, and transportation. They welcome both beginners and experts. They provide free public programs on the second Wednesday of each month at […] Read More »

CMH’s Ocean Tower

by Jill Forman For the administration and staff of Community Memorial Hospital, the word “community” is more than a name. It’s a philosophy, and a mission. From local artwork, to a capital campaign that helped fund the project, to giving county residents state of the art medical care and comfort, CMH’s new Ocean Tower represents […] Read More »

California’s “Operation Clear Track” promotes rail safety

On Tuesday, September 25 during Rail Safety Week, September 23-29, Amtrak and more than 500 local, state, federal and railroad law enforcement departments partnered with California Operation Lifesaver, the nonprofit rail safety education organization, for “Operation Clear Track”. The goal of the operation is to raise awareness and enforce railroad grade crossing and trespassing laws in 48 states across […] Read More »

Notice: Change Of Venue For City Council Candidates Forum

The Board of the Westside Community Council will present a forum with the candidates for the City Council from District 1, the newly created district for the Westside of Ventura. Ventura City Council candidates for District 1 are Kevin Clerici, Marco Cuevas, Irene Henry, Sofía Rubalcava The forum will be held at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N Ventura Ave […] Read More »

City council candidates

In our last issue we listed city council candidates but managed to leave out half of them (no, not fake news). The list on page 2 shows the new council districts that will be voting and the candidates in each district. These are some candidate forums coming up to learn more about the candidates. On […] Read More »

Ribbon cutting at free eye clinic

The Ventura Rotary Club, Ventura Downtown Lions Club and the Salvation Army of Ventura have partnered to bring the community a free Eye Clinic. Their goal and vision is to provide free eye glasses for those in need (no questions asked). The clinic was finally launched on July 12. The Ventura Chamber of Commerce official […] Read More »

Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation awards $560,000

The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded a total of $560,000 in grants to 13 local non-profit organizations providing services to youth and adolescents. Grants ranged from $10,000 to $135,000 and were allocated to fund children’s services in the coming year, including homework, art, music, sports, educational, and game supplies for PEAK […] Read More »

City of Ventura files amended cross-complaint in Ventura River Litigation

The City of San Buenaventura (City) filed its amended cross-complaint in the Ventura River litigation brought by Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (Channelkeeper) against the City and the State Water Resources Control Board. The City did not start this case but it has no choice but to defend itself. The City’s filing brings into the litigation all […] Read More »

Ancient sea cow fossil returns to the mainland from the Channel Islands

The fossil of an extinct species of sea cow discovered on Santa Rosa Island in 2017 returned to the mainland this week, millions of years after its journey to the island. The sea cow fossil is conceivably one of the oldest of its kind on the west coast of North America, with an estimated age […] Read More »

HCD will discuss proposed recovery programs and the timeline for funding

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is holding a public meeting to provide an overview of the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program for residents of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties who were impacted by wildfires, flooding, mudflows and debris flows in 2017-2018, as a result of FEMA disasters DR-4344 and DR-4353. HCD is […] Read More »

Heroes Among Us

The Board of Directors of the Ventura Police Community Foundation announces the first annual Heroes Among Us Gala presented by the Players Casino. The event will take place on November 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the San Buenaventura Mission. The Foundation will recognize community members or groups, who through their personal or […] Read More »

Honoring the Honor/Color Guard

Here is your chance to thank and show your appreciation of the Honor/Color Guard On Friday, October 21 , the Honor Guard/Color Guard will be recognized at the Poinsettia Pavilion, at 10am. Many of us have had a chance to be a part of a military burial conducted by the Honor Guard, or have seen […] Read More »

Tech support scam alert

The Ventura Police Department has received reports of residents becoming victims of a tech support scam. Residents are urged to review scam prevention measures to avoid becoming a victim of this scam. Scammers use scare tactics to trick you into paying for unnecessary technical support services that supposedly fix your device, platform, or software problems. […] Read More »

Bark Out Loud to support our K9 officers with laughter and dinner

The Ventura Police Department has five K9 teams assigned to patrol. The Ventura Police K9 Unit announces the 7th Annual Bark Out Loud Comedy Night. This adult only event will be held on Sept. 29, at 7pm at the historic Olivas Adobe located at 4200 Olivas Park Drive. The fundraiser is expected to attract nearly 300 […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital moves into new hospital 

CEO Gary K. Wilde has received the keys to the new CMH. Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) moved a significant step closer on Wednesday, Aug. 29, to opening the new Community Memorial Hospital when President and CEO Gary K. Wilde received the keys to the new Ocean Tower at Loma Vista Road and Brent Street. […] Read More »

Free eye exams (and glasses) brought to you by Rotary, Lions and The Salvation Army

Jim Deardorff OD, Rotary; Chris Brashears, Rotary, Salvation Army Advisory Board; Steve Shaw, President Downtown Lions Club; Laura Hernandez, Salvation Army; Hardeep Kataria, optometrist and Lieutenant Fabio Simoes, Salvation Army, Rotary at the eye clinic. The Ventura Rotary Club, Ventura Downtown Lions Club and the Salvation Army of Ventura have partnered to bring the community […] Read More »

Capture water with rainwater harvesting and greywater systems

Communities all across America are looking for alternative solutions to capture, store and reuse water. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “Rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse are two excellent onsite non-potable water reuse options,” said Laura Maher, Certified Greywater Installer and Water Harvesting Design Practitioner at Ventura Water’s “Rainwater and Greywater 101” gardening […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital receives international recognition as a “Baby-Friendly” Birth Facility

Baby-Friendly USA has recognized Community Memorial Hospital with the prestigious international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility, a designation given only to those hospitals and birth centers that meet rigorous criteria to encourage breastfeeding. Based in Albany, New York, Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the United States authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, […] Read More »

County Service Excellence Program saves $33 million in first ten years

The County of Ventura Service Excellence Program was implemented in June 2008 and, in its first 10 years, has generated more than $33 million in ongoing annual savings and had a direct impact on the lives of the county’s residents. The program’s objective is to foster a culture of service excellence through the County’s agencies […] Read More »

Venturans among those in terrible river boat collision

On Saturday, September 1st, there was a horrific boating accident on the Colorado River. Two boats, with a total of 16 passengers collided head on and the passengers were ejected. Several of the passengers were immediately rescued, while others are still missing and several died. Two were from Ventura. One of the deceased is Kirra […] Read More »

Remembering first responders

On Tuesday morning, September 11, all Ventura City Fire Department stations held special remembrances for the first responders and civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Fire Chief David Endaya said, “Although 17 years have passed since that tragic day in 2001, it still seems it could have happened yesterday. The images, the […] Read More »

FOOD Share celebrates 40 years serving Ventura County at Blue Jean Ball event

Forty years ago, eight friends banded together to provide food to those in need in Ventura. Today, FOOD Share celebrates 40 years of service in Ventura County at the 3rd Annual Blue Jean Ball at Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Farms on Thursday, September 20th from 5-9pm.  The food bank’s signature event will help raise the support […] Read More »

Ventura County candidate forum dates announced

League of Women Voters of Ventura County (LWVVC), a nonpartisan political organization presents the complete schedule for various Ventura County candidate forums it is sponsoring or co-sponsoring for September and October 2018 in the run up to the November 6 elections. All forums are free and open to the public. This is a great way […] Read More »

Meet your city council candidates

Sept. 20: In preparation for the November election, the East Ventura Community Council’s meeting will feature a forum, with candidates for Ventura City Council in the new council Districts 4 and 5 participating. Candidates will present their statements of purpose and will answer questions posed by the moderator, as well as written questions submitted by the […] Read More »

Poll workers needed for statewide general election

The Ventura County Elections Division seeks volunteers to staff and manage 361 polling places throughout the county for the upcoming November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election. Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn stated, “Being a poll worker is a great opportunity to meet new people while serving our community and the democratic process.” Eligibility: • Must be 18 […] Read More »

Red Cross: Donors urged to give blood, help blood supply match patient diversity

The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need. The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major ABO groups. However, some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is […] Read More »

Ventura College presents “Dreamers Set Your Course” events

Ventura College will host Dreamers Set Your Course, a series of free and safe events for the community to learn about resources available for undocumented students. Topics to be discussed include the Ventura College admissions process, financial aid information, support services for students, and community resources available for undocumented students. The events are free and […] Read More »

Ventura College presents “Dreamers Set Your Course” events

Ventura College will host Dreamers Set Your Course, a series of free and safe events for the community to learn about resources available for undocumented students. Topics to be discussed include the Ventura College admissions process, financial aid information, support services for students, and community resources available for undocumented students. The events are free and […] Read More »

Working together to keep our students safe

“Yes mother I’m always safe crossing the street. How many times do I need to tell you?” As our students start the new school year it’s a good time to review traffic safety! The Ventura Police Department would like to remind motorists, students and parents to practice traffic safety skills when traveling to school. The […] Read More »

VCCDC has created a disaster recovery assistance grant program.

VCCDC offers disaster recovery grants for Thomas Fire Victims. Ventura County Community Development Corporation (VCCDC), a local non-profit community economic development organization, has created a disaster recovery assistance grant program for Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents who were affected by the Thomas Fire and/or Montecito Mudslides. The funds come from an $800,000 commitment made […] Read More »

Ventura Port District welcomes new commissioner

Ventura environmental attorney Jean Getchell has been appointed to complete the last year of Commissioner Nikos Valance’s term on the Ventura Board of Port Commissioners. The five-member board governs the Ventura Port District. A native of Ventura and an attorney since 1995, Getchell previously served on the Port District board from 1996 to 1999. She returns after being interviewed and selected by the […] Read More »

National Park Service releases final plans for pier replacement on Santa Cruz Island

The National Park Service (NPS) announces the signing of the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the replacement of the pier at Scorpion Anchorage on East Santa Cruz Island. The park plans to replace the existing pier in order to provide safe, accessible, efficient, and sustainable access for visitors at […] Read More »

School on Wheels headquartered in Los Angeles celebrates 25 years of shrinking educational gaps that affect homeless youth

In 1993 a retired school teacher, Agnes Stevens, was so deeply moved by the number and plight of homeless students she saw that she dedicated her life to setting up a nonprofit to help. School on Wheels has been providing one-on-one stable tutoring relationships ever since. August marks the 25th anniversary of local nonprofit School […] Read More »

Ventura County Community Development Corporation has created a disaster recovery assistance grant program.

Ventura County Community Development Corporation (VCCDC), a local non-profit community economic development organization, has created a disaster recovery assistance grant program for Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents who were affected by the Thomas Fire and/or Montecito Mudslides. The funds come from an $800,000 commitment made by Wells Fargo to assist with economic recovery for […] Read More »

Time to get your library card

September is Library Card Sign-up Month – and Ventura County Library is participating in this, the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month. In September, the Incredibles join libraries nationwide as Honorary Chairs to encourage the public to obtain a free library card for Library Card Sign-up Month. The Incredibles will use their superpowers to […] Read More »

NAWBO Ventura County installs 2018-19 Board

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) installed its new Board of Directors on July 17, 2018. Installed by Ken Ashford of longtime NAWBO VC corporate partner, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. 2018-19 NAWBO Ventura County Board of Directors President – Diane de Mailly, DDM Metering […] Read More »

This Labor Day, and Every Day: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As we enter the final stretch of summer spending time with friends and family, the Ventura Police Department is driving home the importance of celebrating responsibly by not driving, or riding a motorcycle, impaired. From now until September 3, The Ventura Police Department is participating in a high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get […] Read More »

Ventura Police honor 40th anniversary of officer’s death

Officers, staff, friends and family honored officer Dowell. On Monday, August 7, 1978, Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell became the only Ventura Police Officer killed in the line of duty. On August 6, four men tried to rob a businessman making a night deposit at the Bank of America on Victoria Avenue. The robbery was interrupted, […] Read More »

Vietnam Memorial Hosted at Ventura County Government Center

Vietnam vet Bruce Lockhart points out names of 3 of his friends. by Richard Lieberman A half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. was setup next to the Ventura County Government Center at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Telephone Road in Ventura. The replica wall was illuminated at night and the […] Read More »

VEP announces availability of $100,000 in grants for VUSD classrooms

Students learning at the farm. Over the past 10 years, Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) has given over one million dollars to provide small grants to Ventura Unified School District teachers that make a big impact on learning. VEPGrants have touched every child in VUSD, and have a long-lasting impact on learning by incentivizing innovation in […] Read More »

Homelessness in Ventura

Educational workshop on homelessness in Ventura on Thursday, September 6, 5:30-8:30 PM at the Poinsettia Pavilion- 3451 Foothill Rd. Hear an overview of homelessness in Ventura from those on the front line of this issue.Law Enforcement…Mental and Physical Health.., Housing and Shelter Substance Abuse/Addiction…Employment/Income…Current and Former Homeless Residents RSVP to [email protected]. Include your main concern […] Read More »

Mosquito, tick, and flea bite illnesses increasing

by Kevin O’Connor Illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites have actually tripled in the U.S. over the last 13 years, according to a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  There were more than 640,000 cases reported between 2004 and 2016.  In addition, nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and […] Read More »

Help collect school supplies for kids with cancer

The NALA hosts inaugural back-to-school donation drive to benefit the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and to help families that have children battling cancer. The NALA, a national marketing agency headquartered in Ventura, is spearheading a back-to-school donation drive for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF), a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization providing financial and emotional support to families of […] Read More »

Property tax relief available for those impacted by fires

If your property has been damaged by the recent fires, you may be eligible for property tax relief. In many cases, the damaged property can be reappraised in its current condition, with some taxes refunded to the property owner. Once rebuilt, the property’s pre damaged value will be restored. To qualify for property tax relief, you […] Read More »

Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month. A critical need remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start. To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available […] Read More »

United Way amplifies recovery assistance for those Impacted by Thomas Fire

Relief in the form of $1,500 from the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund is on its way to the primary residents of households whose homes were destroyed or majorly damaged in the December blaze, United Way of Ventura County has announced. In the latest round of funding, The American Red Cross of the […] Read More »

Ventura Fire and Police Departments respond to vehicle into a structure

On Aug.3, at 1:09pm the Ventura Fire and Police Departments were dispatched to a vehicle into a structure in the 6300 block on Ralston.. Upon arrival, crews discovered a sedan into the side of a garage with the solo occupant still in the vehicle. Firefighters removed the victim from the vehicle, searched for residents in […] Read More »

Ventura Fire respond to vehicle accident into a tree

On Aug. 8, at 7:07pm Ventura Fire responded to a reported vehicle accident into a tree with an entrapped passenger on Harbor near San Pedro. Upon first unit arrival, crews discovered a single vehicle collision with major damage and a front seat passenger entrapped. Advanced emergency medical care was initiated for the passenger while additional […] Read More »

Bald Eagle population expands on the Channel Islands

The bald eagle breeding season this year has been the most productive since the restoration efforts began in 1980. A record 20 breeding pairs successfully reared 19 bald eagle chicks across five Channel Islands. “This has been the best breeding season since I began working on the bald eagle restoration project over 21 years ago. […] Read More »

Thomas Fire evacuation focus groups

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley are conducting two focus groups in the Ventura/Santa Barbara area on the 2017 Thomas wildfire evacuations. Focus Group 1: Low Income Saturday, August 25th – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – E.P. Foster Library in Ventura Eligibility 1) Evacuated or received an evacuation order for the 2017 Thomas […] Read More »

Nasarenko announces seeking second term

Ventura city councilmember and senior prosecutor Erik Nasarenko announced that he will be seeking a second term on the Ventura City Council representing newly-created District Four, which includes several East Ventura neighborhoods, including the communities of Juanamaria, Hobart Park, Ondulando, Clear Point, Hidden Valley and Wells Road and Citrus Drive. “It is a fantastic place […] Read More »

Fourth generation Venturan running for city council

Spencer Noren, a fourth generation Venturan, has announced that he is running for city council in District 4 on the far east side of Ventura. In 2017, he moved home with the mission to make a positive difference in the community of Ventura. After living in Phoenix and Seattle, he is returning to his roots […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire and Police Department respond to single vehicle accident with trapped victims

In the early morning hours of July 30th Ventura City Fire and Police Department responded to a a single vehicle accident with trapped victims at Victoria / Olivas Park. They discovered a single vehicle involving a passenger van that had hit a traffic signal pole; two occupants were in the vehicle. Firefighters using hydraulic rescue […] Read More »

Grassroots partnership provides aid for those who don’t qualify for other programs

With the full effects of the Thomas Fire’s devastation still emerging, the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) has awarded a $500,000 grant to a community-based partnership providing relief and recovery support to undocumented immigrants. The 805 UndocuFund is a partnership among Mixteco/ Indigenous Community Organizing Project (MICOP), Central Coast United for a Sustainable Economy (CA– […] Read More »

Ventura fire units respond to vehicle that drove into the front of the Cajun Kitchen restaurant

On July 9, at 1:10pm, fire units responded to a reported vehicle that drove in to the front of the Cajun Kitchen restaurant located at 301 E. Main St. Upon arrival, firefighters quickly assessed the scene for injured victims and simultaneously assessed the structural stability of the building. It was discovered that there were 4 […] Read More »

Ventura Council approves additional funding for roving paramedic engine

by Richard Lieberman The City Council held it’s regular meeting in Council Chambers on Monday July 23rd , featuring a presentation on Community Health assessment and Improvement Planning by Rigoberto Vargas, MPH, Director, Ventura County Public Health. Among the agenda items the Council has approved $600,000 to obtain and operate a roving paramedic fire engine. […] Read More »

As the daughter of a PTA President, Deborah followed in her mother’s footsteps

A graduate of Simi Valley High School, West Ventura County has been Deborah’s home, since she and her husband, Jeff, moved to Oxnard in 1994. Deborah is a graduate of CSUN and Loyola Law School, class of 1991, attending at night in downtown LA while working a full time job with CIGNA/INA. Together they raised […] Read More »

Innovative online platform developed for Thomas Fire will transform global disaster recovery

On Sunday, July 22, Emily Barany, co-founder of ThomasFireHelp.org was honored by the Democratic Club of Ventura County. Emily was presented with the “2018 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award” in recognition of her business acumen and her leadership in developing ThomasFireHelp.org. Emily is the owner of Visionality, a business consultancy that has supported the work of nonprofit […] Read More »

Recipients of the 2018 Fainer/Tauber, MD Awards announced

Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation (VCMRF) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Fainer/Tauber, MD Awards on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at the Lloyd- Butler Estate in Oxnard, the title sponsor of this year’s celebration. In 1956, Dr. Leo Tauber, along with two other physicians founded VCMRF, whose mission is “To improve, in […] Read More »

Child Hope Services and Foster VC Kids invite all to an inspirational and informative Summit

Community members are invited to attend the Foster Care Summit, designed to encourage and equip individuals who have a heart for foster care and adoption. Child Hope Services and Foster VC Kids will host the Summit, August 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Oxnard, 1925 Eastman Avenue, Oxnard. The Foster Care Summit […] Read More »

Funds raised are used to sustain programs in three areas of focus

Open house and ribbon cutting held for United Way. Photo by Michael Gordon The United Way of Ventura County held an open house and ribbon cutting on June 19 to officially dedicate its new headquarters at 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100, in Ventura. The agency relocated in December from Camarillo. “We’re very excited about our […] Read More »

Advanced Imaging Technology for Early Detection of Cancers and Dementia the subject of seminar

The field of radiology is constantly evolving and new technology helps medical professionals diagnose diseases earlier, when treatment is most effective, and with more accuracy than ever before. How technology and the different types of imaging can be used to identify diseases like cancer and dementia in the early stages will be the focus of […] Read More »

Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance launches kWh Countdown Program

The Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, in partnership with the Community Environmental Council, are launching their newest pilot program, kWh Countdown, funded by the California Energy Commission. kWh Countdown offers two services for businesses located in the cities of Thousand Oaks, Ventura, and Moorpark: Free energy benchmarking to all business that enroll A limited number […] Read More »

Housing Authority receiving $1 Million from Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) has partnered with Montecito Bank & Trust to win over $1 million in new funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco’s (FHLBank San Francisco) Affordable Housing Program (AHP). These funds will support the financing of HACSB’s future development sites at Willett Ranch […] Read More »

Upcoming events for the Museum of Ventura County

MUNCH = Music + Lunch. Grab lunch and head over to the Museum, every Thursday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., for music by local musicians and free entry to the galleries. July 19 features music by Santa Barbara Trombone Society. Feel free to tip the musicians! The museum is located at 100 E. Main […] Read More »

Do you know a hero?

The Ventura Police Community Foundation Executive Board of Directors is pleased to announce the first annual 2018 Heroes Among Us Gala which will be held on November 3, 2018 at the historic San Buenaventura Mission. The event will recognize community members or groups, who through their personal or professional life, have displayed selflessness, dedication and […] Read More »

ThomasFireHelp expands to help survivors of fire

As the reports of the June 6th Holiday Fire surfaced, the ThomasFireHelp.org team was already hard at work to connect those in need to those who had help to give. Within hours of the fire’s start, the ThomasFireHelp team had expanded the platform once designed to meet the needs for the Thomas Fire and Montecito […] Read More »

Coastal Commission allows residential use

After finally getting approval from the Coastal Commission to allow residential use (2008-10 and again 2012-14) and obtaining local permits, grading has started on the large “triangle lot” residential project. This development (off of Sanjon on the location of the former Crabshack Restaurant) will link Ventura to the beach and includes a new bluff-top public […] Read More »

Railroad fences in midtown Ventura being removed

Railroad fences in midtown Ventura (this one along Vista Del Mar Drive) are being removed after Union Pacific dropped its application to legally install them. Nearly six years after first putting them up without a permit, Union Pacific Railroad has withdrawn its application to legally install the fences separating its trains from the midtown Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura City Council Adopts Fireworks Social Host Ordinance

The Ventura City Council adopted a Fireworks Social Host Ordinance during its regular meeting on June 18, 2018.  Under the new ordinance, any homeowner, renter, or person in charge of a residence or other private property who knows or should know of the sale, use, and/or possession of any fireworks on private property are subject to […] Read More »

The shed from River Haven

Proudly standing in front of the shed that they built is the gang from the NAWIC. Photo by Michael Gordon The shed that is now at River Haven was built at the Career Education Center (CEC) at the Camarillo Airport by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Ventura County Chapter. It was loaded and […] Read More »

This donation is a result of a group of women from Sandusky, Ohio

The Women of Jewelia presented a check to Turning Point. Photo by Bill Green At the ribbon-cutting for the new metal shed/homes, that replaced the original domes at River Haven some of The Women of Jewelia (WOJ) Jone Pence, Dale Muegenburg, Tina Osborne, Roz Warner, and Patti Channer presented a check to Jason Meeks from Turning […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens announces Capital Campaign

The Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) announced, at its recent Perennial Society event, the launch of their first-ever Capital Campaign. The goals of the campaign include revitalization of the Gardens after the devastating Thomas Fire; plant acquisition for the expansion of the Chilean, California Native and South African Gardens; creation and maintenance for a new nursery […] Read More »

State water preferred to filtered toilet water to drink

by (VREG) Venturans for Responsible and Efficient Government The City Council will make a monumental decision on water July 9, 2018. They will set Ventura’s water priorities for decades to come. They will be asked to decide between State Water and Direct Potable Reuse as the first supplement to our existing water supply. Should Ventura […] Read More »

H.O.P.E. after the Thomas Fire

by Jennifer Tipton Ventura County Behavioral Health has collaborated with a long-term community mental health team called California HOPE of Ventura County, a federally funded and trained community-based counseling program created to support the community after the Thomas Fire. H.O.P.E. is an acronym for: Helping – Outreach – Possibilities – Empowerment. The long-term effects of […] Read More »

Cabrillo helping the community

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation is accepting applications for its Board of Directors. Cabrillo is seeking candidates who believe in and will actively support the core values, vision and mission of Cabrillo to provide comprehensive housing services that facilitate self-sufficiency for individuals and families who are most lacking in opportunity in Ventura and Santa Barbara […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department dispatched to reports of fire near water treatment plant

On June 29, at 12:52pm the Ventura City Fire Department was dispatched to multiple reports of a fire burning in the Santa Clara river bed near the Ventura water treatment plant. First arriving firefighters reported a well-established fire burning in vegetation around several homeless encampments. Firefighters used three – 20 person hand crews, a water […] Read More »

Coffee with a Cop (donuts allowed)

This year join the cops at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. The Ventura Police Department will be hosting Coffee with a Cop at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf located at 4360 E. Main St. from 8:00 am to 10:30 am on June 26. The community is invited to come together in a friendly, informal environment […] Read More »

Registration is now open for National Night Out

Ventura neighborhoods are invited to participate with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The deadline to register is August 1, 2018. National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event that is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored […] Read More »

Tourism to our National Parks Benefits our local economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2017 shows that 383,687 park visitors spent an estimated $23.1 million in local gateway regions while visiting Channel Islands National Park. That spending supported 308 jobs and contributed $32.3 million to our local economy. In the past year, 897,593 visitors to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area […] Read More »

Mosquito season is here

With warmer summer weather, longer days, and increased outdoor activities, a higher risk of exposure to mosquitoes is to be expected. Since mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV), St. Louis Encephalitis Virus or Western Equine Encephalitis Virus, the Ventura County Environmental Health Division (Division) is advising the public to take precautions […] Read More »

County to hold public meetings for Thomas Fire designers and contractors

Designers and contractors planning to work on projects for the reconstruction of buildings damaged or destroyed by the Thomas Fire are invited to attend a public outreach presentation to learn about the building permit process, including the County’s expedited process for fire victims. Representatives from the California State Licensing Board, Ventura County Building and Safety […] Read More »

Nonprofit honored by Assemblymember Monique Limón

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura (BGCGV) has been selected as a 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Monique Limón, 37th District. Patti Birmingham, BGCGV CEO along with Maria Ventura, SoCalGas Public Affairs Manager and BGCGV Board President traveled to Sacramento and joined with one hundred other nonprofit leaders honored by their […] Read More »

Chumash return ancient remains to the Channel Islands

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians (Chumash Tribe) has returned the ancient remains of a Native American man who died 10,000 years ago, known as Tuqan Man, to a burial site on San Miguel Island. Tuqan Man was discovered inadvertently in 2005 by archeologists from the University of Oregon who were surveying an archeological […] Read More »

Utility announces scholarships totaling $225,000 to 45 students pursuing higher education

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has announced four students from the Central Coast as recipients of a $5,000 college scholarship from the utility. SoCalGas’ Scholarship Program is distributing scholarships totaling $225,000 to 45 students this year. Since its creation in 2001, the program has provided more than $2.2 million in scholarship funding to more than […] Read More »

If you tip a cop you will still get ticket

The Ventura Police Department (VPD) will be sponsoring the Special Olympics “Tip-A-Cop” event on Tuesday, June 26, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at California Pizza Kitchen at 3301 E. Main St. at the Pacific View Mall. Tip-A-Cop is a law enforcement fundraising event in which police officers assist with waiting tables at a local […] Read More »

Former mayor running for City Council

Former mayor and council member Jim Friedman has announced that he is running for city council in the newly formed District 5 on the east end of Ventura. A small business owner/ financial planner for over 40 years, Jim has been a resident of the east end for over 28 years and lives with his […] Read More »

Ventura County Board of Supervisors designates June as "Amateur Radio Month"

At their June 12 meeting, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors recognized the county’s Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) volunteers by designating June as “Amateur Radio Month.” In presenting a proclamation to local radio operators, the Board cited the many hours of training and instruction the volunteers devote to serving the region in times of emergency. […] Read More »

Harbor Patrol places a high priority on public safety

Daily lifeguard services began Memorial Day weekend. Unanimously approved for 2018 by the Board of Port Commissioners, these services are funded by the Ventura Port District, which contracts with California State Parks. The contract runs through Labor Day, with seasonal lifeguards covering the harbor’s Surfer’s Knoll Beach and Harbor Cove Beach. Starting and ending times […] Read More »

The American Red Cross raises funds for military families and veterans

From Ride for the Red Allyn Rice, Jim Sennett , Denise Rice, Ken Bauer, Diane Krehbiel-Delson, Kris Meathrell , Susan Wolf and Kevin Delson. The American Red Cross of Ventura County, a leading humanitarian organization with nearly 600 volunteers, held the kickoff of its third annual Operation: Ride for the Red cycling event. The ride took […] Read More »

Street Fair staff is looking for volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of our community, and the 4th of July Street Fair staff is always thankful for the help. The Street Fair staff is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the duties listed below for this annual event. All volunteer positions receive community hour credits if required. The deadline to volunteer is […] Read More »

Ventura County Emergency Medical Services to teach Hands-Only CPR

Through June 8, Ventura County Emergency Medical Services (VCEMS) will partner with the American Heart Association (AHA) and other emergency service providers to host free Hands-Only Sidewalk CPR trainings at several locations throughout Ventura County. CPR instructors will demonstrate the Hands-Only CPR technique in public places with the goal being to teach more people how […] Read More »

EDC-VC receives $450,000 to help businesses impacted by Thomas Fire

The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County recently received contributions from the Gene Haas Foundation and Pacific Western Bank to establish a loan fund in response to the Thomas fire and subsequent mudslides. The loan program is now helping businesses at a critical time as they feel the long-term strain of recovery. The Gene Haas Foundation quickly […] Read More »

Fire, debris flow victims eligible for up to $3,000 rent or mortgage payment assistance

Residents of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties whose homes or rentals were destroyed or severely damaged by the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow may be eligible for up to $3,000 in assistance thanks to a disaster assistance program established by the affected region’s three Realtor associations. Beginning immediately, homeowners and renters left homeless by […] Read More »

Wildfire Story Project to educate the public on wildfire risk

Ventura County Library joins StoryCenter and the California State Library at the launch of the California Wildfire Story Project to educate the public on the issues of wildfire risk and prevention across California. The California Wildfire Story Project is a series of public oral history workshops. The Ventura County Library events are at E.P. Foster […] Read More »

The Ventura Police Department, partnering with allied agencies, conducted enhanced patrols

As part of the City of Ventura’s ongoing efforts to respond to concerns from the community as well as business merchants regarding illegal behaviors in the parks and surrounding areas of the downtown corridor, 4000 block of E. Main St, and the Victoria corridor, the Ventura Police Department, partnering with allied agencies, conducted enhanced patrols […] Read More »

Quarantine of mussels

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division (Division) in coordination with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is issuing a warning that the annual quarantine of mussels taken by recreational shellfish harvesters is effective May 1, 2018. This quarantine is due to hazardous levels of toxin causing paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) that may be present […] Read More »

Put your phone down. Just drive!

Drivers are using their cell phones less often while driving, 10 years after “hands-free” became the law, but distracted driving remains a serious safety challenge in California. Observing April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the first week in April as California Teen Safe Driving Week, safety advocates will focus on education and enforcement efforts […] Read More »

Thomas Fire Evacuees invited to complete survey for chance to win $200

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and University of California, Berkeley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (UC Berkeley) encourage Ventura County wildfire evacuees to participate in a study VCTC and UC Berkeley announce the launch of a research project, Understanding the Decision Making Process of Evacuees, designed to learn more about evacuation decisions by […] Read More »

The 25th year of riding to end AIDS

In a couple of weeks, more than 2,300 cyclists and 650 volunteer “roadies” who support them, will journey 545 miles for seven days to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic. It’s a life-changing ride—not a race—through some of California’s most beautiful countryside. AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS […] Read More »

Ventura College proudly hosted Climate Action Summit

Ventura College GeoSciences Department partnered with the 350 Ventura County Climate Hub to host an informative Climate Action Summit held on Tuesday, April 24, in the Applied Sciences Building. “I am honored to be included in an opportunity to provide clarity and truth to the discussion of climate”, says Professor Patty Ridenour who opened the […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation awards 103 students

The Ventura College Foundation recently awarded 103 Ventura College students with individual STEM and Phoenix scholarships. The annual Phoenix scholarships are awarded to Ventura College re-entry students with minimal or no financial resources to cover the costs of their education. At the 19th annual event, each student received a scholarship between $500 and $5,000 for […] Read More »

California needs action on flood insurance reforms

Guest Columnist by Steve Ellis vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense and a member of the SmarterSafer coalition The record-breaking floodwaters that recently soaked Ventura County should serve as the latest warning that unless Congress reforms and renews the nation�s debt-ridden flood insurance program, more than 238,900 residents across California may be unable to […] Read More »

National Bicycle Safety Month

May is National Bicycle Safety Month. The Ventura Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will be focusing on bicycle safety enforcement operations throughout the month. Special patrols will be deployed to look for drivers and bicyclists who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users. With about 80 million bike […] Read More »

USDA announces additional wildfire recovery details

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced new details on eligibility for a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster program, 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP). In total, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will deploy up to $2.36 billion that Congress appropriated through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to help […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire units respond to overturned pickup truck and trailer

On April 29, at 11:30am, Ventura City Fire units responded to an overturned pickup truck and trailer on SB 101 at Johnson Dr. The trailer was on fire, with people trapped inside the truck. First arriving unit reported all occupants out, two victims in need of medical care. Patients were assessed and treated. The fire […] Read More »

City of Ventura 2017 Uniform Crime Reporting

The City of Ventura’s Part 1 Per Capita Crime dipped slightly in 2017 to 37.7 per thousand residents, compared to 38 percent in 2016. Despite the slight drop in overall crime, serious and violent crime increased significantly. Violent crime increased 25 percent with 460 reported violent crimes. This is the highest number of violent crimes […] Read More »

State Beach Bike Path to close intermittently for repairs

California State Parks is closing the bicycle path located at San Buenaventura State Beach, that runs from San Pedro Street to the south side of the Ventura Pier from May 21 – June 8, as the entire bike path is receiving an upgrade and will be repaved. There is an alternative dirt path adjacent to […] Read More »

Fire and police units respond to multiple intentionally set vegetation and rubbish fires

On April 30, spanning from 9:43am to 4:57pm fire and police units responded to multiple vegetation and rubbish fires, intentionally set in rapid succession within small geographic areas. Fires occurred at various locations between Harbor/Olivas & Telephone/Portola. No structures or property were significantly damaged, and no injuries were reported. An investigation is ongoing, anyone with […] Read More »

Kellogg Park

Kellogg Park photo courtesy of Visit Ventura. Read More »

Help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients in emergency situations

This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood and platelets regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations. According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions each year. In March 2015, Kevin Frame […] Read More »

Up to $8,550 in incentives makes rebuilding with more energy-saving systems more affordable

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that, for customers who lost homes in the Thomas Fire or January 9th debris flow, the company will substantially increase financial incentives for those who wish to rebuild using sustainable designs and ultra-efficient appliances. The incentives will be offered through the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP), which helps offset […] Read More »

Tragedy strikes Ventura

A memorial has been set up on the Promenade for Anthony Mele. by Sheli Ellsworth On April 18th at 6:23pm, a 911 call reported that a homeless man was at the Ventura Promenade yelling and “being disruptive,” according to a statement issued by Ventura Police. Because all patrol cars were on other calls, the command […] Read More »

Student-driven demonstrations have been held all across the nation

Students from Ventura schools gathered on the lawn and steps at City Hall to call for gun reform. Photos by Michael Gordon Over 150 Ventura Unified School District students gathered at City Hall on April 20, to call for new gun legislation and an end to gun violence in our schools and country. The National School […] Read More »

Thomas Fire to be coordinated in Los Angeles County Superior Court

A Ventura County judge has recommended to the Judicial Council that Los Angeles County Superior Court serve as the venue for pretrial coordination proceedings in cases pertaining to the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide/debris flow disasters against Southern California Edison. The order was issued on Monday, April 16 by Vincent J. O’Neill Jr., Coordination Motion […] Read More »

Could you be the next City Council Member?

As you may know, Ventura is moving to district-based elections. This means that residents in each district will elect a City Council Member to represent their district. Districts 1, 4, 5 and 6 are up for election in November of this year. The Ventura Chamber Political Action Committee is actively seeking candidates who support the […] Read More »

DACA: Then and Now.

by Manuel Reynoso With nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants receiving DACA since its inception in 2012, many of which live right here in Ventura and Ventura County, there still exists a lot of misinformation and confusion as to what DACA is. With the current political climate, it’s important to understand it’s history, what it has accomplished, […] Read More »

Di Rodio killer sentenced to 11 years

by Sheli Ellsworth Wendy Di Rodio was stabbed to death in her sleep by an intruder on June 3, 2009. The killer then went on to stab her dog, Mimi, in the throat. On March 29, 2018, the murderer, Gina Drake was sentenced to 11 years behind bars. Di Rodio owned and taught at the […] Read More »

The American Red Cross raises funds for military families and veterans

The American Red Cross of Ventura County, a leading humanitarian organization with nearly 600 volunteers, announces the kickoff of its third annual Operation: Ride for the Red cycling event. The ride will take place on Saturday, May 19, and all proceeds will support the organization, which helps members of the military, veterans, and their families […] Read More »

Hardship Assistance Applications for United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund available

United Way of Ventura County (UWVC) has approved $281,172 for individual hardship assistance from the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund. This is part of the $1.5 million made available in the current round of assistance funding, with applications for those remaining funds open through April 30. “Being able to get the funds in […] Read More »

Ventura Water and MERITO Foundation Partnership Program receives first place honorary award

Ventura Water and MERITO Foundation Education Outreach Partnership has been selected as the First place recipient of the Community Engagement and Outreach Project of the Year Award (small budget) by California Water Environment Association (CWEA). The program brings hundreds of students from Ventura Unified School District per year to the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility for […] Read More »

Santa Cruz Island suffers fire and slight earthquake

Smoke from the fire could be seen from the mainland. A fire that broke out on March 27, at about 2:30 pm on Santa Cruz Island is now fully contained. The fire, driven by moderately strong winds, grew from just 20 to 100 acres in the first three hours. The fire escaped from a prescribed […] Read More »

Local youths stands up and speaks out

Charlotte, Hannah and Audrey are outstanding young ladies serving the community. by Jennifer Tipton Hannah Yale age 15, Charlotte Steiger age 16 and Audrey Feist age 15 attended the City Council meeting March 26th with the invitation of Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann. Heitmann along with Mayor Erik Nasarenko and Councilmember Matt LaVere planned to propose a […] Read More »

Southern Californians Should Stay in Touch With FEMA

Southern California homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with FEMA following the December wildfires and January mudslides and flooding, are encouraged to stay in touch as their applications are processed. Financial help for home repair, temporary rental assistance, personal property loss and other losses or damage not covered by insurance may be […] Read More »

Ground broken on the Rancho Verde Apartments

The HACSB is the largest residential landlord in the City of Ventura. Photo by Michael Gordon On Wednesday, Mar. 28, ground was broken on the Rancho Verde Apartments, the first USDA Section 514 rental housing property to be developed by the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB). It will be the first net […] Read More »

Emergency crews respond to three vehicle collision

On April 3 at 7:30pm, three vehicles collided in the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Telegraph Road. The collision involved two pick-up trucks and an SUV. All three vehicles had a single driver in the car and all vehicles had moderate to significant damage. First on scene fire paramedics secured both vehicles and provided medical […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department and Ventura Unified School District partnering in Hi-Tech Presentations

by Ashley Bautista, Community Outreach Specialist The Ventura Police Department and the Ventura Unified School District have partnered with Motivational Multimedia Assemblies (MMA) for inspirational presentations for local students at local elementary, middle and high schools during the month of April. MMA aims to both challenge and inspire young people to develop strategies to help […] Read More »

Gun violence protests

Venturan’s at Government Center saying enough is enough. by Jennifer Tipton March 14th marked the one-month anniversary since seventeen lives were senselessly taken by a shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th. Declared “National Walkout Day”, students from 2,800 schools across the U.S. showed solidarity for the victims in […] Read More »

Applications for assistance still available

The application deadline for $1.5 million in assistance from the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund for those impacted by the recent disasters has been extended to April 30. The application for individual hardship assistance is available now at vcunitedway.org in English and Spanish. The United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund will support […] Read More »

Lawsuit challenges Trump administration

The Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Wishtoyo Foundation are suing the Trump administration for failing to protect humpback whale habitat in the Pacific Ocean, where the animals face threats from fisheries, ship strikes and oil spills. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in San Francisco, aims to force the National […] Read More »

Gun violence protests

by Jennifer Tipton March 14th marked the one-month anniversary since seventeen lives were senselessly taken by a shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th. Declared “National Walkout Day”, students from 2,800 schools across the U.S. showed solidarity for the victims in Florida by leaving their classrooms at 10am on […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire announces community emergency response team training

The Ventura City Fire Department invites community members to participate in the next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Ventura Fire, in coordination with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), assists residents with disaster preparedness education and training through the CERT program. The training covers the following topics: Disaster Preparedness Fire Safety Disaster Medical Operations I […] Read More »

Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Report

Storm water runoff can transport physical hazards into the ocean. Photo by Richard Lieberman As part of the Ventura County Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Program, the Environmental Health Division is providing the following precautionary information for the public. Rainfall that is significant enough to result in runoff can flow into storm drains, channels, creeks, and rivers […] Read More »

The NALA helps kids through Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Project Easter

The NALA, a boutique marketing agency headquartered in Ventura, is asking the community to participate in the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Project Easter, which entails collecting Easter baskets for children with cancer and their siblings. The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF), the NALA’s charity partner, is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization providing financial and emotional support […] Read More »

Ventura County is breaking the chain of human trafficking

Community leaders, advocates and concerned citizens attended the sold out viewing of the groundbreaking film Break the Chain recently at the Museum of Ventura County. The film gave a detailed look at how sex and labor trafficking goes unnoticed and is happening in our backyard. In attendance was producer and co-director, Laura E. Swanson; Interface […] Read More »

Fire survivor’s Benefit Festival checks

Thank you for your incredible patience as we work on the distribution of the one-time Thomas Fire Benefit Festival checks. Each person/household will receive $750! We can confirm that the checks will be ready Friday, March 16. There are three distribution centers: Ventura Residents: Please come to the Downtown Ventura Partners offices at 420 East […] Read More »

Event to help raise funds for overcoming childhood cancer

KNOX 25/8 will be hosting its first motivational speaking event to help raise funds for overcoming childhood cancer. In this half day event, you’ll learn certain teachings and techniques on how to overcome any obstacle in your daily life, realize your full potential, and find the power within. There will be four incredible speakers who […] Read More »

Ventura-based environmental organization garners international awards

Local nonprofit organization Paso Pacifico is quickly making a name as a global leader in wildlife conservation. Paso Pacifico works with local communities, landowners, and partner organizations to restore and protect the habitats that form building blocks for wildlife corridors. Headquartered in Ventura, they also have a team in Nicaragua, where much of their conservation […] Read More »

Have you ever wanted to know more about police operations?

The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy is coming! Have you ever wanted to know more about police operations? Not the ‘TV’ version, but the facts? Here’s your chance! The Community Academy will take you on a ride-along with a patrol officer, show you what a SWAT team does, let you experience a simulated firearms training […] Read More »

Were you affected by Thomas Fire or the flood?

The Ventura and Santa Barbara County Lions Clubs have a onetime offer for Thomas Fire and flood survivors. They have grant money to assist in your loss. If you need a one-time grant for assistance with rent, clothing, and vehicle or food expenses they want to help you. Please email [email protected] and he will reply […] Read More »

A few days left to register for disaster assistance

Southern California residents recovering from the December wildfires and January mudslides and flooding have until March 16 to register for federal disaster assistance . Individuals and families who were living in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and suffered damage or losses from the fires and mudslides are encouraged to register for […] Read More »

The Salvation Army focuses on long term recovery

Volunteers that came from our community to help receive and sort donations for the fire victims.(That’s Silvia all the way on the right end) Although fully contained the Thomas Fire will have an effect on Ventura County for years to come. In addition to burning more than 300,000 acres, the blaze destroyed over 1,000 structures, […] Read More »

Warning regarding virtual kidnapping scams

by the Ventura Police Department The Ventura Police Department has seen an increase in “virtual kidnapping” extortion calls in the City of Ventura. There have been multiple reported incidents targeting Spanish speakers. These extortion schemes are particularly alarming in nature because a scammer contacts the victim via telephone and demands payment for the return of […] Read More »

Property tax relief is on the way for Thomas Fire victims

Ventura County Assessor Dan Goodwin, Auditor Controller Jeff Burgh, and Treasurer-Tax Collector Steven Hintz have announced that reduced property tax bills or refunds will begin being mailed to fire victims. Staff from all three departments have been attending post-fire community meetings to answer questions, and appraisers have already inspected more than 3,000 properties. The reduced […] Read More »

American Red Cross of Ventura County

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood. Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration […] Read More »

Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers $200 vouchers

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Oxnard is offering vouchers valued at $200 to households that lost their home in recent wildfires. The ReStore is a discount home improvement store selling furniture, building supplies and appliances with all proceeds supporting Habitat’s mission to build homes, communities and hope. To claim your voucher, please visit the Habitat […] Read More »

First responders to serve as Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Ventura County’s 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will honor the men and women who heroically battled the devastating Thomas Fire, and those who assisted the fire victims. First responders will serve as grand marshal of the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, in front of Mission San Buenaventura on East Main […] Read More »

California Supreme Court rules in favor of United Water vs. City of Ventura

In a precedent-setting decision last December, the California Supreme Court upheld a 2015 Court of Appeal ruling, declaring United Water Conservation District’s groundwater pumping charges are not subject to Proposition 218 as was asserted by the City of Ventura. On Feb.25, the California Supreme Court again voiced its support of United Water in this case, […] Read More »

Suspected rapist dies of self-inflicted poisoning

On February 21, at approximately 7:30 a .m., CHP was notified by the Los Angeles Police Department of a possible rape suspect in the Oxnard area. The incident began when a check of a vehicle in Oxnard came back with information that the car belonged to the rape suspect, believed to be a 35-year-old man […] Read More »

Mark Lunn named VP of County Recorders’ Association of California

County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn took office as the 2018-2019 vice president of the County Recorders’ Association of California. Lunn received the oath of office at the association’s New Law Conference held in Sacramento in December, 2017. “I am honored to be elected to serve in such a respected organization by my peers,” […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury announces open house

On Thursday, March 15, the Grand Jury will host an open house for prospective jurors and interested members of the Ventura County community. Please join the current Grand Jury along with public officials from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Grand Jury Chambers at 646 County Square Dr. An all-volunteer group, the Grand Jury investigates selected complaints that […] Read More »

A roadmap to recovery

A local group of building professionals; architects, engineers and contractors have come together and are working closely with the city in developing a roadmap to recovery. They have now organized that information and are sharing it with the affected homeowners through neighborhood workshops. These workshops have a representative from the city and many experienced professionals […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries March events

Avenue Library (Ventura Ave.) Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class 3/5, 12, 19, & 26 Mondays @ 6– 6:45 pm Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun! Adult Classes & Events SuperBrain Yoga 3/17 Saturday @ 10am -12pm in the Community Room SuperBrain Yoga: a simple […] Read More »

FEMA deadline is March 16

Those affected are reminded that FEMA is a phone call, a mouse click, or FEMA app away. Disaster survivors can go online at DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA app, or call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 for TTY users. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to […] Read More »

Thomas Fire by the numbers

As the largest wildfire in the state’s history, the Thomas Fire generated some staggering statistics. It burned 281,893 acres (440 square miles). At its most devastating, it was being fought by an army of firefighters more than 8,000 strong. More than 1,000 structures were destroyed. And the fire’s most-sobering statistic is the 23 fatalities – […] Read More »

Offshore drilling opponents march from City Hall to Ventura Pier

The group is vehemently opposed to the proposed continuation of offshore drilling. Photo by Bernie Goldstein by Richard Lieberman CFROG (Citizens for responsible oil and gas) held a protest march in Ventura. The environmental group is working to stop the federal governments plan to open the coastline to more oil and gas drilling. Since the 1980’s […] Read More »

CalRecycle is still accepting applications

Teams of bulldozers, excavators and other heavy equipment are working throughout the Thomas Fire burn areas as CalRecycle works to clear debris. Thirty-five teams are clearing properties with an expected completion date in April. Property owners who have not signed up for the CalRecycle program, or the County’s local program, face the possibility of having their property abated by the County and the […] Read More »

Local business resources offer recovery workshops

Representatives from the Small Business Development Center for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (SBDC), Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be presenting free workshops on resources available for small businesses affected by the Thomas fire and mudslides. The workshops will present information to help businesses that have suffered physical […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury announces open house

On Thursday, March 15, the Grand Jury will host an open house for prospective jurors and interested members of the Ventura County community. Please join the current Grand Jury along with public officials from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Grand Jury Chambers at 646 County Square Drive, Ventura. An all-volunteer group, the Grand Jury investigates selected […] Read More »

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) plays a significant role in helping disaster survivors recover

Californians in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties who were affected by the December wildfires and recent mudslides and flooding, may be referred to the SBA after applying for disaster assistance with FEMA. If you are contacted and asked to submit an application for a low-interest SBA disaster loan, don’t hesitate to […] Read More »

Cabrillo completes grading on affordable housing project

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation has completed grading on Phase II of Snapdragon Place Apartments, and construction will begin in March. Cabrillo is developing the project in partnership with the Housing Authority of San Buenaventura, which will serve as the property management company. Snapdragon Place Apartments is a new construction development located at Snapdragon Street and […] Read More »

Deadline for Thomas Fire victims to apply for Individual Assistance from FEMA is approaching

The deadline for residents affected by the Thomas Fire to apply for Individual Assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency is March 16, 2018. Residents can apply online or at the Disaster Recovery Center FEMA is operating at the Ventura County Credit Union’s location in Ventura. Ventura County Credit Union 6026 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA […] Read More »

Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield Force Protection Exercise held at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Magu

by Richard Lieberman On a Monday morning at Naval Base Ventura County an exercise was held, Force protection was the intended goal with a realistic scenario based on a semi-trailer truck’s driver not cooperating with U.S. Navy personnel to an entry gate at the base. Immediately “final denial barriers” were deployed. The barriers are gates […] Read More »

Disaster victims may apply for food benefits until February 14

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) today announced that individuals and families impacted by the wildfires and/or mudslides in Santa Barbara or Ventura Counties may be eligible to receive one month of Disaster CalFresh food assistance. A family of four with available monthly income and resources up to $2,755 per month may be eligible […] Read More »

Vendor applications now available for City of Ventura 4th of July Street Fair

The City of Ventura is now accepting vendor applications for the 43rd Annual 4th of July Street Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, July 4, 2018, from 10 am to 5 pm. Located on Main Street in historic downtown Ventura, the street fair stretches nine blocks and draws upwards of 50,000 visitors annually. Craft, food, commercial, non-profit […] Read More »

Free Erosion Control and Fire-Safe Landscaping Class at Ventura College Feb. 7

Ventura Residents Are Invited to the Erosion Control and Fire-Safe Landscaping Class, Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7-9:00 pm at Ventura College’s Wright Event Center. This FREE Class will help property owners make informed decisions about erosion and sediment control implementation as well as fire-safe landscape planning post-Thomas Fire. Learn about post-fire best management practices and important factors […] Read More »

City’s ambitious rebuilding plan

by Burris DeBenning Boldly proposed at the City Council meeting of January 22, the Community Development Department presented a plan to rebuild Ventura’s burned communities and get residents back into new homes as quickly as possible. “The consensus here is that we want a fast, inexpensive and efficient means for people to rebuild,” said Mayor […] Read More »

Local broadcasters promoting peace

Kelli McKay, Lyn Fairly, Kim Pagano and nationally syndicated George Nouri and Jim Bohannon each have been named winners of the 2017 Richman Peace Foundation Peace Awards for media. They can be heard locally on KVTA AM radio 1590. The Richman Peace Foundation is a Ventura County philanthropy dedicated to promoting peace and creating peace-related […] Read More »

Livingston patients continue to receive in-home care during the Thomas Fire disaster

by Lori Harasta Despite blazes, blackouts, and evacuations due to the Thomas fire, Livingston’s nurses, social workers, therapists and caregivers continued to keep patients safe and as comfortable as possible as they performed their clinical and custodial duties. They helped some patients evacuate, packing up precious mementos and personal items, and even drove one client […] Read More »

A quick look at post-disaster relief

by Mira Reverente Ventura, Santa Barbara and other neighboring areas took a beating with the wildfires, mudflows, flooding and debris flows. With this recent spate of natural disasters, one wonders where, when and what type of assistance programs may be available to those who suffered damages or losses. Federal assistance After an amendment to the […] Read More »

Additional resources available for Thomas Fire and flood victims

The Economic Development Collaborative–Ventura County’s special services coordinator, Clare Briglio, has announced additional resources now available for businesses recovering from the impact of the Thomas Fire and subsequent floods and mudslides. “New federal declarations have secured additional resources for those who have suffered personal and/or business injury as a result of the Thomas Fire and […] Read More »

Submerged resources reveal maritime history of the Channel Islands

National Park Service (NPS) archeologist Bert Ho and NPS volunteer Carol Linteau will highlight the maritime heritage of the Channel Islands in the February From Shore to Sea lecture. The presentation will feature the history of a Gold-rush era steamship, a World War II era torpedo bomber, and a coastal minesweeper. There are over 100 underwater shipwrecks […] Read More »

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner temporarily increases service to Santa Barbara County

The Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® will temporarily increase train service to Santa Barbara County beginning Saturday, January 20, 2018, by adding one additional roundtrip between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to help accommodate travel demand during the continued closure of Highway 101. Since train tracks reopened on Thursday, January 11, 2018, following the devastating mudslides near […] Read More »

A community coming together with Thomas Fire fundraisers

Even vehicles will need to be replaced. The Thomas Fire Fund is a coalition of the United Way, the Red Cross and the Sheriff’s Department. 100% of the funds go directly to those affected by the Thomas Fire. For more information visit http://www.unitedwayla.org/ventura_county_thomas_fire January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura […] Read More »

Sign up for no-cost CalRecycle fire debris removal program

The deadline is approaching for residents affected by the Thomas Fire to sign up by filing Right-of-Entry forms for no-cost debris removal services from CalRecycle for severely damaged or destroyed property. Through this program, all the work is undertaken by CalRecycle contractors and there is no direct cost to the property owner; however, where applicable, […] Read More »

Fairgrounds being used to separate toxic fire debris

In order to open the 101, and other routes, the private firm American Integrated Services is bringing dirt to the Fairgrounds where it is tested and separated to remove toxic elements. Per an executive order from Governor Brown, the Fairgrounds are being used for this purpose because it owned by the State. Read More »

Ventura emergency crews respond to vehicle fire

Just before 5am, on Jan.11 in the midtown of Ventura, a series of fires were started in vehicles and trash areas, spanning several blocks. The first fire was reported in an alley in the 1900 block of East Main St. consuming a trash receptacle, a motorcycle, and a vehicle. Concurrently, a second fire was reported […] Read More »

Call for nominations

The Ventura County Leadership Academy is accepting nominations for the 2018 Journey To Leadership Awards. The award categories and nomination criteria are as follows: Alumni of the Year- must be a graduate of VCLA and be recognized as a leader or emerging leader in the Ventura County community Business of the Year- models a culture of community […] Read More »

Brown Boobies are generally considered a tropical or subtropical bird

Seabird species settles on the Channel Islands. Photo by Andrew Yamagiwa Recently seabird biologists discovered Brown Boobies actively nesting on Santa Barbara Island, within Channel Islands National Park. This first record of Brown Boobies nesting in the park signifies a significant northward expansion of their breeding range. During a survey on November 3, 2017, biologists observed […] Read More »

CMHS center’s earn special recognition

Eleven of Community Memorial Health System’s Centers for Family Health have earned special “Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition” status from a national non-profit health care organization for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term relationships between clinicians and patients. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced the new recognition in […] Read More »

Economic Development Collaborative adds staff dedicated to fire relief

The Economic Development Collaborative –Ventura County (EDC-VC) has announced the addition of Clare Briglio as a full-time staff member dedicated to outreach and coordination of the fire relief efforts being delivered by EDC-VC’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Briglio and a team of about 30 other consultants provide a variety of services to local businesses […] Read More »

Ventura Police K9s will be featured

The Ventura Police Department is partnering with the Midtown Community Council and Pacific View Mall for Food Truck Friday on January 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Pacific View Mall parking lot nearest to Trader Joes. The event features nearly 20 food, dessert and coffee trucks. Live music, face painting, a patrol […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury announces 2018/2019 Applications

Ventura County residents have an opportunity to provide a valuable community service while learning about local government by serving on the Ventura County Grand Jury. Applications are now available for the 2018/2019 Grand Jury at: www.ventura.org/grand-jury. The Grand Jury is a civil, investigative panel of 19 volunteers. The watchdog group investigates issues and citizen complaints […] Read More »

McGrath State Beach to temporarily close due to flooding

McGrath State Beach temporarily closed on January 5, until further notice due to the recent increased flooding caused by the Santa Clara River Estuary. The beach will close for the security, safeguarding, and preservation of resources. The flooding is caused when the waters backs up behind the naturally occurring sand bar blocking the mouth of […] Read More »

Additional information meetings set in Ventura for CalRecycle debris removal services

Two additional informational meetings have been scheduled in Ventura for residents in the city of Ventura and the unincorporated areas of the county affected by the Thomas Fire who are seeking debris removal services from CalRecycle for severely damaged or destroyed property. The information to be presented in these meetings is identical, so residents can […] Read More »

Informational meetings regarding fire debris removal Jan. 4 and Jan. 6

Informational meetings have been set for residents affected by the Thomas Fire who are seeking debris removal services from CalRecycle for severely damaged/ or destroyed property.  Two meetings will be held in Ventura. Meetings will also be held in Ojai and Santa Paula. Fire victims are invited to attend whichever meeting is the most convenient […] Read More »

West Ventura Winter Warming Shelter now open

Wonderful volunteers from Ventura County Environmental Health Division are Hannah Edmondson, PHN , Eva Reeder, PHN Manager for Public Health TB and CD departments, Judith Ahara, LVN, Luisandra Salazar, MOA III, Sandra Gipson, Clerical Supervisor I and Beatriz Castillo CHW. Photos by Michael Gordon The 2017-2018 West Ventura Winter Warming Shelter opened on Thursday December 21 […] Read More »

Agencies granted funds to help VC residents and animals affected by the fire

While the devastating impacts of the Thomas Fire are beginning to be realized, the Ventura County Community Foundation awarded more than $1 million to Ventura County nonprofits in response to emergency needs as a result of the fire. As the foundation is responding to emergency needs, it will continue to focus on fundraising for mid- […] Read More »

Assistance Center closed its doors but help is still available

After serving for two weeks as a one-stop center for fire recovery information and assistance, the Local Assistance Center that was jointly run by the County and the City of Ventura closed its doors on Saturday, Dec. 23. Residents still seeking services may obtain services at existing local County and City offices. The County of […] Read More »

Prevent erosion from stressed landscapes

by David Goldstein, VCPWA, IWMD The ongoing drought and other recent events have stressed local landscapes, and recent warm and dry weather may make rains seem distant, but as House Stark says in Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming.” When rains hit weakened landscapes, the result is often erosion. If topsoil washes off your property […] Read More »

Efforts ongoing to protect Ventura County communities from flood hazards

Acres of land and vegetation now compromised by the Thomas Fires will have a recovery team consisting of Federal, State, Ventura County and City departments. The team is on high alert as these regions are extremely susceptible to debris flows and flooding. From early modeling already done by the Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) […] Read More »

Workshop on renters' rights at Ventura County Government Center Dec. 27 at 4pm

On Wednesday, December 27, the County of Ventura, in partnership with the City of Ventura, is hosting an informational workshop to help renters understand their rights. The workshop will provide information covering a wide variety of topics including: tenant rights and responsibilities; landlord rights and responsibilities; unexpected rent increases and price gouging; and affects to […] Read More »

Local Assistance Center in Ventura closing Saturday, Dec. 23

After serving for two weeks as a one-stop center for fire recovery information and assistance, the Local Assistance Center that was jointly run by the County and the City of Ventura will close its doors on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 5 p.m. Residents still seeking services are encouraged to visit the Center by Saturday, or may obtain services […] Read More »

United Way Thomas Fire Fund

In response to an outpouring of support, United Way of Santa Barbara County is joining forces with United Way of Ventura County with a joint fund to directly support those individuals and families affected by the fire in both Counties—The United Way Thomas Fire Fund. Local community partners have determined that the United Way organizations, […] Read More »

Thomas Fire takes Vista Del Mar

by Jennifer Tipton On the top of the hill at 801 Seneca Street in Ventura stood Aurora Vista Del Mar, a psychiatric hospital focusing on behavioral health and addiction issues. The 16 acres on which it stood overlooks the ocean (hence, the name “view of the sea”). This scenic location dates back to the founding […] Read More »

Ventura County Community Foundation gives $477,000 to support those affected by fires

The Ventura County Community Foundation awarded a total of $477,000 to two vital service providers providing immediate relief efforts to those impacted by the Thomas Fire–the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. The grants awarded to these organizations will help fund their overall relief efforts including staffing of disaster shelters and the provision of […] Read More »

Southern California Edison (SCE) crews working around the clock

Southern California Edison (SCE) crews are working around the clock to restore service for Ventura residents. The City of Ventura has provided an area at the Community Park for SCE to use as their staging area for equipment. Progress of their work will be determined by weather conditions, terrain and the movement of the fire. […] Read More »

Meter parking regulations

The Ventura Police Department will not enforce meter parking regulations in Downtown Ventura until January 2, 2018. Drivers are not required to pay the meter fee at time of parking. Oversized vehicle parking restrictions are also lifted and will not be enforced until January 2, 2018. During normal conditions a permit is required to park […] Read More »

Thousands of acres of wildlife habitat were also lost

by David Goldstein, Ventura County Public Works Agency, IWMD Residents eager to return to a normal life following the fires may be tempted to begin cleanup immediately. Instead, additional preparation can save money and reduce risks. In declaring a local health emergency the Ventura County Board of Supervisors enabled state agencies to launch a program […] Read More »

County working on plans for property tax relief for fire victims

The offices of the Treasurer-Tax Collector, Assessor and Auditor-Controller are working on a plan to streamline the application process for property tax relief due to damage caused by the Thomas Fire. In some cases, penalties and fees on late payments will be waived for fire victims, but taxpayers are still encouraged to make full payments […] Read More »

Immigration help available to those affected by wildfires

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds the public that they offer immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. The following measures may be available on a case-by-case basis upon request: Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the United States. […] Read More »

Insurance protection for all Californians

Top Ten Tips for Wildfire Claimants 1. Obtain a complete copy of your residential insurance policy, including your declarations page. The law requires your insurance company to provide this to you free of charge within 30 days of your request. Ask your agent or insurer representative to explain your relevant coverages. 2. Take note of […] Read More »

Erosion and ash control product applied to burn areas

The Public Works Department has hired Galion Erosion Control to spray EarthGuard onto residences and other areas burned by the Thomas Fire. The application is a public service to help keep hazardous material from getting into the storm drains by keeping it in place and preventing it from going onto other properties, as well as […] Read More »

Free masks are available

N-95 masks require a tight seal to be effective. Due to continuing unhealthy air conditions resulting from the Thomas Fire, free particulate respirators (N-95 masks) are being distributed as part of a coordinated effort of the Ventura County Public Health Department, Emergency Medical Services Agency, various County agencies, City government and multiple community based organizations. […] Read More »

New Kaiser Permanente grand opening celebration

Article and photos by Richard Lieberman The new Kaiser outpatient clinic held a grand opening for the 57,000 square-foot building alongside of the 101 Freeway in Ventura. The complex officially opened to patients on December 11th 2017. Originally scheduled to open early next year Kaiser pushed up the opening date to December this year ahead […] Read More »

Volunteering with the Red Cross/Thomas Fire

by Jill Forman                To volunteer with the Red Cross: redcross.org/volunteer. “Welcome to the ‘Amazon of Hope,” says the sign above the makeshift desk in a deserted ex-bus barn in downtown Ventura, now filled with bags and boxes and pallet of donations. The community had come forward and given food, […] Read More »

Declaration of local health emergency

On December 8, due to potential widespread toxic exposures and threats to public health and the environment that exist in the aftermath of a major wildfire disaster, the Ventura County Public Health Officer declared a Local Health Emergency to limit the public’s exposure to hazardous substances. This Declaration enables the State Department of Toxic Substances […] Read More »

Where to volunteer in and around Ventura

Volunteer Marla Randall and her two granddaughters with helping by walking a “dobie”. by Mira Reverente The Thomas Fire images are heartbreaking. The figures are staggering. The loss of property is astounding. At least 972 structures destroyed and 258 damaged. As of this writing, the fires have burned through 242,500 acres and is 30% contained. […] Read More »

Ventura fire crews respond to home at single family residence

A large fire broke out Sunday morning, Dec. 3, at 9:15am in the rear yard of a single family residence in the 1300 block of Aliso Place. The fire started in an outbuilding and completely consumed the structure in minutes. The fire quickly spread, involving an adjacent fence and created moderate damage to the primary […] Read More »

NSWC Port Hueneme Division to host industry day

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) will host an Industry Day on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ventura Beach Marriott located at 2055 E. Harbor Blvd. The event is free and open to all current and potential companies interested in conducting business with NSWC PHD. During […] Read More »

Ancient sea cow fossil discovered on the Channel Islands

Paleontologist Dr. Jonathan Hoffman led the team of volunteers. A fossil of an extinct species of sea cow was discovered on Santa Rosa Island, a new find for the Channel Islands and conceivably one of the oldest of its kind on the west coast of North America with an estimated age between 20-25 million years […] Read More »

Grand opening of Hill Road Library

A standing room only crowd heard from County Supervisor Steve Bennett and Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko and other speakers. Photos by Richard Lieberman. “You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one.” – John Lennon Library staff and friends wore T-shirts that said, “Imagine…..Hill Road Library.” Indeed this new branch is a triumph of imagination […] Read More »

Seabin project, floating debris interception device, at Ventura Harbor

The Seabin project, a floating debris interception device has come to Ventura Harbor. Installed at the Ventura Isle Marina the device is designed to be installed in the water partially submerged. The device will work in any calm marine environment like marinas, yacht clubs, and ports. The device is placed in specific parts of marinas […] Read More »

Grand Jury Speakers Bureau

The County of Ventura Grand Jury is an all-volunteer group serving as an independent agent of the public to investigate complaints from the public pertaining to government agencies within Ventura County. For organizations that are interested in hearing about these investigative duties and procedures, the Grand Jury Speakers Bureau is available to educate the public […] Read More »

New board members bring higher education experience to EDC-VC

Dr. Greg Gillespie, chancellor, Ventura County Community College District and Ysabel Trinidad, vice president for finance and administration at California State University Channel Islands are the newest Economic Development Collaborative–Ventura County board members. “Greg and Ysabel each have more than 25 years’ experience in higher education leadership. Their insight into university-level administration will be beneficial […] Read More »

Mayor for A Moment honors VUSD 5th graders

Aaron Cortez films Allison Cabeza from Citrus Glen Elementary with assistance from Principal Susan Martinez. The City’s Mayor for A Moment series continues with 5th graders Vivian Ryan, from Will Rogers (November) and Allison Cabeza, from Citrus Glen (December). The Mayor for A Moment program is a collaboration with the City, Ventura Unified School District […] Read More »

FOOD Share, Inc. names Monica White new President and CEO

FOOD Share, Inc. has announced that the board of directors has appointed Monica White, current interim CEO and former board member as President and CEO. Following four months as interim CEO, White was selected during an executive search process to lead Ventura County’s regional food bank serving 74,500 people every month and distributing 11,000,000 pounds […] Read More »

Ocean Friendly Garden in honor of Surfrider OFG National Coordinator Paul Herzog

Spearheaded by the Ventura Botanical Gardens’ Executive Director Dr. Joe Cahill and Paul Herzog’s friend Elizabeth Alvarez, the VBG has pledged this exquisite site as a future Ocean Friendly Garden in honor of Surfrider OFG National Coordinator Paul Herzog. Friend, peer, brother, son, activist, environmentalist, gone too soon, the impact Paul made in Ventura and […] Read More »

A new pig is on the way

Mourners attend Irish wake. Photo by Michael Gordon On Nov. 30, a traditional Irish wake and memorial procession was held in Downtown Ventura by about 70 mourners accompanied by the Pacific Coast Highlanders Pipe Band. All for a large green pig. His name was both Sham Hock or Pig O’ My Heart. On March 11, at […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber of Commerce honors those who make a difference in the community

2016 honorees at the Poinsettia Awards Luncheon. The Ventura Chamber of Commerce will recognize outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals who make a difference in our community at the Poinsettia Awards Luncheon. Presented by the Ventura Chamber and Montecito Bank & Trust those to be recognized are: Large Business of the Year- Kirby Auto Group […] Read More »

Fundraising event at Jewelry Couture Dec. 9 to support Ventura Police K9 Unit

The Ventura Police Department currently has five K9 teams. Jewelry Couture will be hosting a fundraising event to support the Ventura Police K9 Unit on Dec. 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 390 S. Mills Road. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Ventura Police K9 Unit. The community is […] Read More »

Dialysis access options to be addressed at free CMHS Seminar

Dialysis access options for kidney failure patients will be the focus of a free seminar that Community Memorial Health System is holding on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Dialysis vascular access is a surgically created vein used to filter toxins, waste and extra fluid out of a person’s blood as treatment for kidney failure. Considered a patient’s […] Read More »

Kids & Families Together celebrating new center with ribbon cutting

The new center houses children’s therapy rooms, training facilities and room to grow. Kids & Families Together and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce celebrate the opening of their new center with a ribbon cutting and open house at 864 Santa Clara St. This celebration is on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 4:00-5:30 pm. In addition to […] Read More »

Taylor Ranch Pumping Station malfunction causes flooding at Emma Woods

It looks like there was a malfunction at the Taylor Ranch Pumping Station at the Emma Woods Group Campground which resulted in the parking lots being flooded. Photo by Murray Robertson Read More »

We congratulate our officers for their exceptional service to our community.

Sixteen Ventura Police Officers were recognized alongside officers throughout Ventura County at the 41st Peace Officers of Ventura County Law Enforcement Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony held on October 7 at the Ronald Reagan Library. The Medal of Valor is awarded to officers for extraordinary bravery, above and beyond the call of duty, where risk […] Read More »

New superintendent: On settling in, board direction and contract battles

Creswell is in the middle of his first dogfight. by Rebecca Wicks David Creswell, the new superintendent of Ventura Unified School District has been in Ventura for less than three months. The Long Beach native is renting a house with an eye on buying, and has already gotten involved with the local botanical gardens and […] Read More »

Family to Family to honor pioneer Pat McLean

Pat established Family to Family to provide meals to needy families. Pioneer Pat McLean will be honored for her 35-years of service to Family To Family. Funders Leanne McSorley and Pat McLean initially established Family to Family to provide meals to needy families at Mission San Buenaventura in 1983. Today Family To Family is a nonprofit, […] Read More »

Three Ventura clubs join forces to sponsor Rotary Plaza at Ventura Botanical Gardens

Over thirty conference-goers took a lunch excursion to the Ventura Botanical Gardens. Recently the City of Ventura hosted representatives from 73 Rotary clubs in the organization’s Central California district. Ventura’s three clubs are part of Central coast. “It was a great opportunity to showcase Ventura as a place for business and pleasure”, said Mario De […] Read More »

Ventura City Firefighters respond to jack knifed semi-truck and full size pickup truck accident

On Oct.19, at 6:57pm Ventura City Firefighters were called to the scene of a vehicle collision on the eastbound126 freeway, east of Kimball road. Upon arrival firefighters discovered a jack knifed semi-truck off the roadway, a full size pickup truck wrapped around a eucalyptus tree and a passenger sedan in the freeway median. Two adult […] Read More »

Salvation Army Kettle Kick-off Holiday Gala Dinner Buffet and Dance Dec. 9

The Salvation Army of Ventura County invites you to the Kettle Kick- of Holiday Gala Dinner Buffet and Dancing! Music and Dancing with the Barrelhouse Wailers at the Pierpont Inn, 550 Sanjon Rd, Ventura. Saturday, December 9, Cocktails 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Dinner and Dancing 6:30 – 11:00 PM Table of 8 $350.00. Table of […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District high school countdown!

by Jennifer Tipton Pacific High School. Originally Mar Vista, the school’s name was changed to Pacific in 1990. Located at 501 College Drive, Pacific High School offers grades 9-12 and is based on a philosophy of individual accountability and responsibility, coupled with a commitment to maintain an atmosphere where students can feel secure, accepted, and […] Read More »

Car fire on Hwy101 near Borchard shot by reader Zeynab Hassoun

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Locals speak out on pot laws - Part 2 of 2

by Paul Peterson Ventura citizens filled the Community Meeting Room in City Hall on September 28 to express their views on the pending cannabis regulations. The unity in the room was palpable as numerous personal stories were presented in favor of the need for easier access to medical cannabis, delivery services, convenient storefronts and growing […] Read More »

What is a VPD VIP?

Jerry Mendelson and Paul Magie will do vacation checks on your home while you’re away. by Jerry Mendelsohn Ventura Police Department Volunteer What is a VIP? Well, other than a shortcut to a definition of Very Important Person, the Ventura Police Department uses the abbreviation to identify a successful program it implemented over a decade […] Read More »

Impact of domestic violence on homelessness

A program serving homeless children and families in Ventura will be hosting their third annual event highlighting the connection and impact of domestic violence on homelessness. Team Up Against Domestic Violence is being hosted by The City Center Transitional Living and will take place on Thursday, October 12 from 6 to 8pm at The River […] Read More »

Two talented ladies honored for their contributions to the arts

Mayor Erik Nasarenko honored two distinguished artists at the Museum On Wednesday, Oct. 4 the 2017 ArtWalk Collectors Reception was held at the Museum of Ventura County. Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko honored the two “Distinguished Artists.” Honored were Artist of Distinction Maribel Hernandez and Global Artist of Distinction Shamsia Hassani. A sampling of the juried […] Read More »

VLT Rebranding Party

Executive Director Derek Poultney ,Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko and Board President Paul Meehan welcomed those attending name change. by John Hankins- Trustee for the VLT The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is now called the Ventura Land Trust (VLT), a name change driven by significant opportunities for public recreation and land restoration, more members, business partners and […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to fire and extinguish in seventeen minutes

On Oct.5, at 9:22pm Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke and fire in a residential home in the 200 Block of N Ventura Ave.  Upon arrival fire crews found a fire burning underneath of a raised foundation house and extending into the interior of the home.  Firefighters extinguished the fire seventeen minutes after […] Read More »

City schedules open discussion on pot regulations

How should the city approach the new pending marijuana regulations? by Paul Peterson- Pat 1 of 2 The city of Ventura has just announced it will host a community meeting for all Venturans to offer input as to how the city should approach the new pending marijuana regulations. The meeting will be held Thursday, September […] Read More »

Fire Foundation seeks funds to help local firefighter

The Ventura Fire Foundation has launched a crowdfunding campaign in support of recently retired Fire Captain John Van Mannekes. Van Mannekes was diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in July 2016. He retired from the Ventura City Fire Department last month due to his illness. After 21 years as a Ventura […] Read More »

Distracted driving is anything that takes a driver’s eyes or mind off the road

Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko addressing the students. Photos by Bernie Goldstein On September 1, a virtual reality 360° driving experience showing the potentially deadly consequences of smartphone distracted driving was held at Buena High School, 5670 Telegraph Road. The event included a simulator car, virtual reality gear, signage and a digital education display. The It […] Read More »

The Annual California Coast Classic (CCC) Bike Tour

Join the riders at San Buenaventura State Beach. Photo by Murray Robertson from 2016 The Annual California Coast Classic Bike Tour is one of the Arthritis Foundation’s top fundraising events, whose goal is to raise over $1.2 million. Funds raised support the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to conquer the disease by spreading awareness and raising money for […] Read More »

Remember! Pedestrians don’t have armor

The California Office of Traffic Safety announced that September is “California Pedestrian Safety Month” which began last year in response to the rising number of pedestrians being killed and injured on California roadways. The Ventura Police Department will be joining with other law enforcement agencies, pedestrian advocates and walking clubs to promote public awareness aimed […] Read More »

Chris Stephens appointed new commissioner for Ventura Port District

Chris Stephens, director of the Ventura County Resource Management Agency, has been appointed as the new commissioner for the Ventura Port District. He replaces Commissioner Bruce Smith. Stephens has served as the head of the Resource Management Agency since 2006. Previously he worked as Ventura County’s Planning Director and as the Deputy Executive Director of […] Read More »

Research on flu viruses in marine mammals at the Channel Islands

For the September From Shore to Sea lecture Dr. Pamela Yochem will discuss the role and significance of marine mammals in spreading influenza viruses that may pose a risk to human health. Yochem’s research has revealed that some of the marine mammals at the Channel Islands have been exposed to the same virus that caused […] Read More »

Ventura Visitor Guide wins award

Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) proudly announced that the 2017 Ventura Visitor Guide has won an Award for Publication Excellence in the “One-of-a-Kind Publications” category. The 29th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) which recognize excellence in publishing by professional communicators were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of […] Read More »

Officer Aaron Drake may be called as a witness at her trial

Wendy Di Rodio, a family therapist and author, was killed in 2009. From a previous Breeze issue: “After a three-year investigation, the Ventura Police Department arrested Gina Drake, 45, for the murder of her aunt Wendy Di Rodio. Di Rodio, 61, was stabbed repeatedly in her room in her home in the Ventura Keys neighborhood […] Read More »

Officer Rebecca Kofman selected as Ventura Police Department’s Crime Fighter of the Month!

Congratulations to Officer Rebecca Kofman for being selected as the Ventura Police Department’s Crime Fighter of the Month! Officer Kofman serves Ventura as a member of the Patrol Task Force. Her outstanding service to our community is appreciated! Read More »

American Academy of Pediatricians updates head lice guidance

In 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its guidance on head lice treatment as new products were introduced after the academy’s 2010 report.  The new report was published in the journal Pediatrics, and it highlights some exciting new developments in the battle against head lice. “Head lice infestation is associated with limited morbidity but causes […] Read More »

Rock on the Dock

It’s all hands on deck as the Rock on the Dock Concert Series launches at Ventura Harbor Village every Saturday this September from 3-6pm featuring an electrifying line-up of musicians performing free to the public on a floating stage in the Ventura Harbor. Visitors to the series catch the show from the water aboard kayak […] Read More »

Across Ventura County, disaffected seniors are fighting for their mobile homes

by Jared Brewer For decades, mobile and manufactured homes have afforded those of advanced ages and fixed incomes a viable way to achieve homeownership at a considerably reduced price point. Interested parties need only pay a monthly “space rent” to their parks on top of the price of their unit. And for the most part, […] Read More »

Ventura Friends of the Library celebrate future Hill Road library site with book sale

The Ventura Friends of the Library celebrated the future Hill Road library site with a book sale. Hundreds turned out to meet library staff and learn about the new branch. Read More »

Own a brand new home at Solana Heights on Ventura’s Westside

Discover Solana Heights, a brand new residential community now selling on Ventura’s Westside. Solana Heights consists of the 3 exceptional new home neighborhoods, Alondra, Ladera and Barcelo. Choose from among stylish townhomes and beautiful single-family homes from the mid $400,000s to the low $600,000s. Decorated model homes will open in September. Solana Heights offers home […] Read More »

Ventura’s bicycle gateway to get ocean-friendly makeover

A high-profile section along the Ventura River bike path will soon become Ventura’s newest ocean-friendly garden. The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) and the Ocean Friendly Gardens team of the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation have teamed up to re-landscape and reinvigorate land at the entrance to the Willoughby Nature Preserve. The two organizations […] Read More »

Ventura Emergency crews respond to house fire rescuing family pet and rendering medical attention to occupant and neighbor

A single story residence was involved in a structure fire shortly after 3:30pm on Friday, August 11 in East Ventura in the 10000 Block Darling Avenue. The resident of the home was taking a nap and awoke to the smell of smoke, fire alarms sounding, and a neighbor who was pounding on the front door. The occupant […] Read More »

Marine Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox killed in a fatal air crash returned to Ventura

Some were not familiar with Cox, but all wanted to show their support. Photo and article by Richard Lieberman Staff Sgt. Robert Cox killed in a Marine Corps transport aircraft accident in Mississippi, returned home Sunday evening July 23. Cox was escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders mustering 100 plus motorcyclists. The Patriot Guard Riders […] Read More »

City of Ventura Fleet Manager Mary Joyce Ivers named 2017 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Mary Joyce Ivers, Fleet and Facilities Manager for the City of Ventura, has been named 2017 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year by Government Fleet, a national organization dedicated to excellence in fleet management. Ivers, a Certified Public Fleet Professional, was chosen for the award by a panel of fleet managers from around the […] Read More »

Phone scams

Ventura residents have received calls from a scammer claiming to be with the City of Ventura Public Works Department. The scammer is telling residents that road work will be done on their street and that they are to leave their homes during a given time frame. Please be advised that the City of Ventura does […] Read More »

Channel Islands National Park in the news

Main Ranch House at Santa Rosa Island. Photo by Doug Mangum The National Park Service (NPS) discovered a significant ancient Native American site while conducting archeological monitoring during a rehabilitation project of the historic Main Ranch House on Santa Rosa Island. Archeologists discovered artifacts characteristic of ancient Paleocoastal sites that were occupied by the first islanders […] Read More »

Ohana Pet Hospital as Small Business of the Year

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson presents award to Ohana Pet Hospital . State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has chosen Ventura-based small business Ohana Pet Hospital as her 2017 Small Business of the Year. Ohana Pet Hospital is a veterinary hospital that specializes in medical, surgical, dental and wellness health care for dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, and […] Read More »

Shining Stars selected by the Ventura County Office of Education

Diana Lopez Luna will graduate from Ventura High School able to read, write and speak fluently in both English and Spanish. She got a head start speaking Spanish at home, but it was the Ventura Unified School District’s Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program that let her perfect her skills in both languages. Starting in elementary school, […] Read More »

Evidence pointed to Liampetchakul as having started the fire in April

Tipps Thai Cuisine has closed. by Gail field Tipps Thai Cuisine restaurant has officially closed its doors after serving Thai food to Ventura locals and visitors since 1983.  Owner Chang Liampetchakul and his family have made this decision. Chang has been known throughout Ventura as a kind and generous person, often providing trays of food […] Read More »

20th Annual PAL Golf Tournament held at Olivas Links Golf Course

On Friday, June 2, the 20th Annual PAL (Police Activity League)  Golf Tournament was held at the Olivas Links Golf Course which included a lovely lunch. Presented by Aera Energy the proceeds from this tournament help support our city youth programs including the Westpark Community Center, the REC mobile, climbing wall, PAL and the PEAK/ASES […] Read More »

The Fireworks Show is the Rotary Club’s largest fundraising

July fireworks returning to Ventura. Photo by Dan Holmes The Rotary Club of Downtown Ventura is bringing back the 4th of July Fireworks Show and Family Picnic to Ventura College’s athletic field this coming Independence Day. In tradition, the gates at the Ventura College athletic field will open at 5 p.m. on July 4 and the […] Read More »

Dietrick Institute and KM AntPro on biological ant control

Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology and University of California Cooperative Extension of Ventura County will bring Ken Kupfer, founding CEO of KM AntPro from Florida for a training session on ant baiting systems using liquid borate baits. The event will be from 8 to 11 a.m. June 6, at the UC Cooperative Extension Conference […] Read More »

Stephen P. Blum will serve a second three-year term

Ventura County Community College District Trustee Stephen P. Blum, Esq., was re-elected to the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) Board for a second three-year term during the CCLC 2017 Annual Trustees Conference in Lake Tahoe held on  May 4-7.  The CCCT Board serves a major role within the Community College League of California (CCLC) in […] Read More »

Honoring and remembering fallen law enforcement officers

Communities across the United States came together during National Police Week, May 15-21, to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind. This year, the names of 394 officers killed in the line of duty are being added […] Read More »

Selecting a new district superintendent

The Board of Education of the Ventura Unified School District will select a new district superintendent. Community input regarding the desired characteristics is needed to assist in the recruiting and selection of the new superintendent. The Board of Education is soliciting your feedback. You are invited to attend either of the two districtwide community forums: […] Read More »

Mortgage rates drop to five-month low

Realty Watch: by Patricia Fasen, Realtor U.S. mortgage rates dropped for a fifth week, sending home-loan costs down to their lowest point since the week after the presidential election. The likelihood is, with the decreased mortgage rates, people will start looking to build that dream home they’ve been thinking of, regardless of whether they opt […] Read More »

Walk with NAMI Ventura County in the 13th Annual NAMI Ventura County Walk

Last year’s NAMI Walk was attended by hundreds of concerned folks.   by Jennifer Tipton NAMI Ventura will be holding their annual walk on May 6. The NAMI Walk raises awareness about mental health issues and it is also a fundraiser for NAMI Ventura County. The funds raised from the Walk are what makes it […] Read More »

12th Annual Summerfest full of healthy family fun

Friendly, low-key runs encourage youth to start the day with a little physical activity. Photo by Jessica Miranda Photography ­ Mark your calendar to attend Summerfest on Saturday, June 3. You won’t want to miss this 12th annual free family fun celebration of healthy living. Presented by Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) and the Ventura Unified School […] Read More »

Two car collision during Earthday

During Earthday a two car collision on Thompson Blvd. forced an SUV into the corner of the Inn Of Ventura. No one was seriously hurt even though an ambulance was called to the scene. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Read More »

Ventura City Fire responds to structure fire on Main in Downtown

On April 17, at 10am, Ventura City Fire personnel and units responded to multiple reports of a structure fire in the 500 block of Main St. in Downtown. The first arriving unit reported smoke coming from the second story of the two story residential-over-commercial structure. An aggressive, coordinated interior attack allowed knockdown of the main […] Read More »

Heroes amongst us

Emily Benson, MD (VCMC), Hoc Nguyen Van, MD (Vietnam Duc Hospital), Serge Kaska, MD (San Diego), Aubree Goodman (premed student), Ngo Van Toan, MD (Vietnam Duc Hospital), Petros Frousiakis ,MD (CMH ortho resident), Damayea Hargett ,MD (VCMC) and Mary Ragsdale,MD (VCMC). by Jennifer Tipton For one week, this past March five orthopedic surgeons voluntarily traveled […] Read More »

“Spring Bloom” Photo Contest

Cacti can also bloom. Photo by Bernie Goldstein Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) is now accepting entries for its first-ever “Spring Bloom” photo competition. Photographers of all ages and levels are invited to submit their best images of the Gardens (taken this year) for a chance to win. The deadline for submitting photos is Friday, April 28. […] Read More »

Ventura fire crews respond to home fire and aid large canine with CPR though unsuccessful

Just before 11am on Friday morning April 7, a single story residence caught fire in the 2000 Block Anthony Dr. Neighbors reported heavy smoke coming from the attic and no one home. Crews battled the blaze and searched the building. Sadly fire rescue crews located a large dog and performed K9 CPR, however, they were […] Read More »

Ribbon cutting held at the City Center

The Purple Room has been sponsored by the Laubacher family to bring attention to the scourge of domestic violence. On  Thursday, March 16, The City Center Transitional Living, located at  837 E. Thompson Blvd., hosted a ribbon cutting event for The Purple Room. The Purple Room is dedicated to survivors of domestic violence. The Purple […] Read More »

Community Crime Alert - Tool Thefts

During the last several weeks the Ventura Police Department has responded to over 27 crimes involving the theft of tools from tool boxes affixed to vehicles or from storage containers of businesses. The majority of the crimes have occurred in the industrial area south of the 101 Freeway between Arundell Ave. and Knoll Drive. These […] Read More »

Retired Ventura County Superior Court judge kills girlfriend and himself

On Feb. 5, at 11PM, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call from a resident in the 5500 block of Dorsey St. reporting that her neighbors were involved in a very loud and contentious verbal domestic argument. When officers arrived on the scene they attempted to make contact with the individuals inside the […] Read More »

Ventura City firefighters respond to boat fire

On Jan.31, at 1:45am, Ventura City firefighters responded to a report of a boat fire in the Ventura Harbor. Upon arrival responding crews found a 50 foot commercial fishing boat 6 feet off the ground in dry-dock fully involved in. Fire suppression efforts initially concentrated on protecting an adjacent building and boat from the flames. […] Read More »

Homicide suspect arrested in Texas

As previously reported on December 4 an on-duty California Highway Patrol sergeant was in the area of Seaward Ave. and Highway 101, when he heard multiple gunshots in the area.  The sergeant began checking the area and found a 27-year-old male suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper body, lying in the roadway on Alessandro […] Read More »

Four vehicle collision near Ventura College

On Dec.12 a four vehicle collision was reported just before 8am adjacent to Ventura College at the intersection of Telegraph and Day Road. A four wheel drive truck struck the passenger side of a large 4 door suburban, resulting in the entrapment of a young woman. Two additional vehicles collided resulting in a minor collision. The suburban sustained […] Read More »

Betsy Blanchard Chess elected to board of directors

Betsy Chess has received a number of awards. The Limoneira Company has announced that Betsy Blanchard Chess has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors. Chess is currently the Director of Development, Museum of Ventura County. Prior to this, she was the Editor and Publisher of Central Coast Farm and Ranch Magazine and the […] Read More »

Mike Evans selected as new Facilities and Risk Manager for Channel Islands YMCA

Channel Islands YMCA Association has announced Mike Evans as their new Facilities and Risk Manager. Evans has been certified as a YMCA Team Leader, and was recognized as the Channel Islands YMCA Rookie Director of the Year in 2013. In 2011, he joined the Channel Islands YMCA as the Director of Facilities at the Ventura […] Read More »

November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election Results

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Boat grounded on San Buenaventura State Beach on Nov. 1 morning.

Initially moored about a half mile off the pier when anchor came loose.  Owner tried to place another anchor but failed and ended up on the beach where he and his pit bull had to be rescued.  Boat will have to be towed from the beach by trailer since it has a whole in the […] Read More »

Suz Montgomery on breast cancer

Suz Montgomery demonstrates strength and determination in a Wonder Woman T-shirt given by her grandchildren. by Lori Harasta, Community Relations Associate for Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association “I’m grateful for the experience of having cancer. It has given me a better quality of life by defining me and what I’m here on this earth to […] Read More »

If you had the chance to circumnavigate the globe in a hand-built plane, would you?

Ryan Shields  meeting an employee of S7 Airlines when he stopped for fuel in Novosibirsk, Russia . by Jenny Guy With the start of 2016, Ventura resident Ryan Shields was faced with this question. And, while the business owner and father of four had reservations about departing from all that he knew to be part […] Read More »

Sandra Laby will never be forgotten

Laby (78), died on September 24, 2016 at 8:05pm. She was in the company of her husband Jordan and two sons Phillip and Todd. Her passing was peaceful and short. Being the fighter she has always been, she outlived all predictions, over and over again. The family is grateful that she is no longer suffering.” […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire personnel respond to trash truck on fire

On Sept.27, at 1:20pm Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a report of a trash truck on fire, parked in the street amidst a commercial district by County Square Dr & Thille St, The first arriving unit reported smoke and flames visible from the rear cargo area of the trash truck. It took two engines […] Read More »

Professor Scamp presidential pup rally at A Secret Garden Florist Café at 1pm Sunday, Sept. 18

On Sunday, September 18, there will be a pup rally at A Secret Garden Florist Café (981 E. Main, Ventura) at 1pm to officially announce the candidacy for president of Professor Scamp PhD (Pretty happy Dog). The public is encouraged to attend to support Scamp’s run for the Oval Office. Attendees are welcome to bring their dogs, […] Read More »

Back in session

by Elizabeth Rodeno September seems like the beginning of the year for those of us in the educational world. Students from a variety of schools and adults of all ages are passing through our doors. Our monthly HD Camera classes fill up quickly. With his breadth of knowledge, Evan shares the simplicity and secrets of […] Read More »

Baffa’s expedition explored the deep sea off the Southern California coast

Melissa was sure not to read the Breeze underwater while on the remotely operated vehicle Hercules. Melissa Baffa served as a Lead Science Communication Fellow in August 2016 with the Ocean Exploration Trust. It was her second consecutive year sailing on Dr. Robert Ballard’s E/V Nautilus, helping to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) […] Read More »

SOAR or SUSTAIN?

Measures on ballot designed to control land use. Photo by Michael Gordon by Sheli Ellsworth November voters will vote on several city and county measures designed to control land use. One of them is a City of Ventura ordinance supported by Save Our Agricultural Resources aka SOAR, and combines the existing ordinance approved in 1995 with […] Read More »

This Labor Day, Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 

Ventura Police Department Shows Zero Tolerance In Its Goal To End Drunk Driving This Labor Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America’s roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. This could end in […] Read More »

Emergency personnel respond to vehicle rollover that collided with multiple vehichles

On 08/31/16 at about 0130 hours, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call of a rollover traffic collision on Victoria Avenue north of Woodland Street. Officers arrived and learned that the driver of the vehicle, Kelly Scott Griffith, was traveling southbound on Victoria Avenue north of Woodland Street when he lost control and collided with the […] Read More »

Rey Fire has consumed 30,000 acres and is 30% contained as of Aug 23

The North Pacific Forestry crew from Salem, Oregon stopped in Oak View for lunch Monday before heading back out to monitor and report on the progress of the fire as it travels east through the Los Padres National Forest toward Ventura County. The plume from the fire can be seen just above their heads in the […] Read More »

Brooks Institute Announces Closure After 70 Years

Soon there will be many unfinished offices in Ventura to lease. by Richard Lieberman Brooks Institute a visual and media arts school announced on August 12, it plans to shut down operations. The school has cancelled its fall semester and will cease all operations by October 31st according to a letter sent to Brooks students. […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County names Elena M. Brokaw to important positions

Sandra Laby, Cheryl Heitmann, Jordan Laby and Elena smiling for the camera at a Ventura 150th anniversary celebration held in April. The Board of Directors of the Museum of Ventura County is pleased to announce that Elena Brokaw will serve as Consultant to the Museum and Interim Executive Director over the next six months. This […] Read More »

Brian Brennan appointed to Ventura Port District Board

  Former Ventura Mayor Brian Brennan has been appointed to the Ventura Port District Board of Commissioners. He succeeds another former Ventura Mayor, Greg Carson, whose term has expired. The Port District operates Ventura Harbor. Still another former Ventura Mayor, Jim Friedman, who serves as chair of the Port District Commission, welcomed Brennan’s appointment. “Having […] Read More »

Grand Theft Investigation and Arrest

Reprinted from a previous issue of the Ventura Breeze In May  the Ventura Police Department Street Crimes Unit began an investigation into reports that two victims’ diamonds had been switched for fake stones by the suspect at his jewelry store. The suspect, identified as 54 year old West Hills resident Ara Ghazarian, is the owner […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire personnel respond to incident involving natural gas leak

On July 13, at 11am Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a Hazardous Condition incident involving leaking natural gas and operating heavy equipment in the 200 block of S. Mills Rd. The first arriving company found a commercial boom/bucket lift vehicle, which had been performing work on the exterior of a business and had broken […] Read More »

Shooting leaves one dead

On June 29, at 4:15pm , the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call of a shooting that had just occurred in the 4000 block of East Main Street. When Ventura patrol officers arrived on the scene they located Cameron Miller ,25 year old  Oxnard resident who had been shot and Smith a  21 […] Read More »

Meet some of the candidates for City Council

Lorrie Brown Lorrie Brown, a local mother, with a local perspective and an invested interest in local issues has announced that she plans a second run for Ventura City Council. Lorrie grew up playing at Barranca Vista Park and graduated from Buena High. She brings a diverse perspective and looks forward to being a strong […] Read More »

Oil spill travels into Hall Canyon

Spilled crude oil stopped before reaching the ocean. On June 23, at 5:30am, a crude oil spill was reported in the northwestern part of Ventura.  The spill traveled a half mile from the Prince Barranca into Hall Canyon.  Early reports (including the LA Times) greatly exaggerated the amount of the oil spilled. It was eventually […] Read More »

Don Haskell passes on

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015  there was a truly meaningful event that took place at City Hall when Don Haskell was honored by the VUSD. Photo by John Ferritto Don Haskell has died peacefully on June 25 at CMH from severe respiratory distress stemming from the progressive debilitating MS. He was a few days short of […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire and Police Departments respond to single vehicle accident

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