Vol. 17, No. 15 – April 17 – April 30, 2024 - As I See It

• The time has finally come for me to bid farewell as Publisher/Editor of the Ventura Breeze. The May 1 issue will be my last as Publisher/Editor. It has been an incredible journey spanning 17 years, filled with cherished memories, remarkable experiences, and the unwavering support of our beloved Ventura community. When my daughter Staci […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 14 – April 3 – April 16, 2024 - As I See It

• California passed a $20.00 minimum hourly pay for fast food workers that will probably result in higher costs for some fast foods. Even though this is a California law, Republicans will now blame Biden. •To the disappointment of thousands gathered in downtown Ventura to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the inflatable green pig […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 13 – Mar 20 – April 2, 2024 - As I See It

• Congratulations to our local stars, Supervisor Matt LaVere on winning a strong majority of the votes in the primary. He won’t have to run in the general election this fall. And California State Representative Steve Bennett who will be on the November ballot for a runoff but will certainly win. • Ventura has been […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 12 – Mar 6 – Mar 19, 2024 - As I See It

The Justice Department said Southern California Edison has agreed to pay the federal government $80 million to recoup expenses caused by the 2017 Thomas Fire. Federal officials are calling it a “record” settlement, one that would compensate taxpayers for the costs of fighting the fire and damage to public lands. Exactly how this compensates taxpayers […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 11 – Feb 21 – Mar 5, 2024 - As I See It

Buenaventura Golf Course future remains questionable for an opening date. City officials said parts of the course could possibly reopen to regain some of the revenue lost during the closure. It’s not exactly clear when such a reopening could come. In January 2023, the huge rainfall turned the course into a giant lake, while also […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 10 – Feb 7 – Feb 20, 2024 - As I See It

The carousel restaurant space in the Harbor Village will finally have a new tenant with the Loose Cannon restaurant finally breaking ground. There are several vacant restaurant spaces in the Harbor currently, so it’s good they will be coming soon. I have spoken about the dangers of AI previously. Because of the deceptiveness of the […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 09 – Jan 24 – Feb 6, 2024 - As I See It

Who would ever think that electric vehicles could result in bumpy roads? It seems the money lost from gas taxes were used for road improvements. Billions of dollars are being lost from reduced gas taxes, so the more electric vehicles we have the worse roads will get. Maybe we need to ban electric vehicles. Thousands […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 08 – Jan 10 – Jan 23, 2024 - As I See It

In our last issue, I wrote that Churchill signed a peace treaty with Hitler. I was slightly wrong, but the results were the same. From reader Robert Lombardi, “Happy New Year. I think it was Nevill Chamberlain (Prime Minister) who visited Hitler, and brought message of peace.” Same results of course. The Ventura Pier has […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 07 – Dec 27, 2023 – Jan 9, 2024 - As I See It

I hope you had a wonderful Chanukah and Christmas and will have a happy new year celebrationn. I’ll see you again in 2024. Please see letters regarding my comments in our last issue about washers and dryers in our schools. I was completely wrong in what I said. Never too old to learn new things. […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 06 – Dec 13 – Dec 26, 2023 - As I See It

Glad to see that Downtown Ventura’s Limón y Sal restaurant has opened after a brief closure. Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson recently said: “Someone asked me today in the media, ‘People are curious, what does Mike Johnson think about any issue under the sun?’ I said, ‘Well, go pick up a Bible off your […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 05 – Nov 29 – Dec 12, 2023 - As I See It

Costs for the water treatment facility project, known as VenturaWaterPure (coverage in previous issues), had been estimated at $374.4 million. The latest estimate is $556.9 million. This should not come as a surprise. Government projects have an “estimated” cost that just allows initial funding but never seems to be enough for a finished project. Initial […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 04 – Nov 15 – Nov 28, 2023 - As I See It

I’ve mentioned in prior issues the how evolved the email scammers have become. I received an email stating it was from Paypal (looked exactly like it was from them) informing me that $1,000 was being taken out of my Paypal account for the purchase of a computer. They can create miracles it seems, since my […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 03 – Nov 1 – Nov 14, 2023 - As I See It

Oxnard College is joining Ventura and Moorpark community colleges to add bachelor’s degree programs. The community college received provisional approval on Oct. 13 from the California Community College Chancellor’s office to offer its first bachelor’s program in dental hygiene. Ventura College got approval from the state community college board in May to offer a bachelor’s […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 02 – Oct 18 – Oct 31, 2023 - As I See It

A federal judge has approved LA County’s commitment to produce 3,000 new mental health and substance abuse treatment beds. This is much needed in all communities, especially housing for the truly mentally ill, so such a large percentage don’t end up homeless. A had some lab work done and it said FAST so I ate […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 01 – Oct 4 – Oct 17 2023 - As I See It

Vol.17 No.1. Another anniversary. Printed from 2011 issue: Wow, another year of publishing the Ventura Breeze has passed, quite amazing and wonderful for the Breeze and for Ventura as we start our fifth year. When daughter Staci and I decided to launch Ventura’s only local community based newspaper four years ago we didn’t know what […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 26 – Sept 20 – Oct 3, 2023 - As I See It

Unfortunately, River Haven is closing down. This was the perfect solution to help with our city’s homeless problems. Hopefully, other living arrangements can be found for those living there so they will not become Ventura homeless (see article in this issue). The earth has sweltered through its hottest Northern Hemisphere summer ever, with a record […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 25 – Sept 6 – Sept 19, 2023 - As I See It

The Ventura County Fair made about $6.7 million this year. This is slightly less than last year’s $6.9 million. Ticket revenue was slightly up and parking was slightly down from last year. Carnival proceeds fell to about $3.6 million, nearly $230,000 less than last year. The preliminary revenue numbers reported by the fair included $2.62 […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 24 – Aug 23 – Sept 5, 2023 - As I See It

I feel sorry for the TC channels. They were all geared up to cover the “storm of the century” with a reporter on every corner. Except, in most cases it never materialized. Ventura had about an inch of rain. The only thing unique about this is that it was in August and not during our […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 23 – Aug 9 – Aug 22, 2023 - As I See It

Ventura College President Kim Hoffmans will retire at the end of the school year, leaving the 10,000 student community college after five years at the helm. This leaves plenty time to find a permanent replacement. She has done a wonderful job leading the college. California’s community colleges (116) offer a great opportunity for all graduates […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 22 – July 26 – Aug 8, 2023 - As I See It

So sorry to hear that Former Ventura Mayor Sandy Smith has passed away at the age of 77. Another victim of cancer. Smith served on the Ventura City Council from 1997 to 2005 and was our mayor from 1999 to 2001. He was also a land-use consultant for Sespe Consulting and a senior adjunct professor […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 21 – July 12 – July 25, 2023 - As I See It

When Liz Campos, who uses a wheelchair, was elected to the Ventura City Council my first thought was the council chamber raised dais wheelchair accessible? After 6 months on the council she is unable to sit with the other council members even after a temporary ramp was built. A solution still seems to be months […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 20 – June 28 – July 11, 2023 - As I See It

We have an article in this issue regarding a sea lion that is doing just fine. As explained in the article, many sea animals are suffering from a neurotoxin and are dying. The brain damage is irreversible. So sad to see so many dying right here in Ventura. To report animals in need, call Channel […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 19 – June 14 – June 27, 2023 - As I See It

In this issue there is information regarding events at Portside Ventura Harbor. This is where we live. A wonderful place to live and the tennis court is right next to the building we live in so a 2-minute walk for me to go play. In 2022, two city staff members formally complained to Human Resources […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 18 – May 31 – June 13, 2023 - As I See It

Congratulations to Ana Baker for going back to school and obtaining her AA degree from Ventura College while holding a full-time job. Now it’s on to California State University Channel Islands. Staci and Sheldon helped her celebrate. The Ventura Fire Department is currently hiring Lateral Firefighter-Paramedics. Learn more and apply online at www.CityofVentura.ca.gov/Jobs. I apologize […] Read More »

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

Unless we find another one to use the Breeze will no longer publish a horoscope. So, you will need to get your fortune from fortune cookies. Also, we will have different cartoons. Enjoy! Good and odd times for the Fairgrounds. Good news is that the Strawberry Festival and X Games are coming to the Fairgrounds. […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 16 – May 3 – May 16, 2023 - As I See It

Thousand Oaks has selected Akbar Alikhan, who is currently Ventura’s interim city manager, as their city’s new deputy city manager. Ventura’s department heads roulette continues. Akbar has worked for the city of Ventura since 2019. In his new post, he’ll report to Thousand Oaks City Manager Drew Powers. Alikhan, who previously was an assistant city […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 15 – Apr 19 – May 2, 2023 - As I See It

If you are not familiar with Chat GPT, it is one of a few AI (artificial intelligence) programs that can write articles. They are not written by humans but “robots” – so to speak. I asked it to write 200 words about the Ventura Breeze newspaper. It wrote 209 words, but close enough. And with […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 14 – Apr 5 – Apr 18, 2023 - As I See It

For the second time, the Ventura County Fairgrounds Board of Directors has turned down a proposed development including a baseball stadium at the fairgrounds. The developers said the project would also expand and renovate the state-owned facility. Directors rejected the proposal unanimously in October. At the hearing, held on Feb. 22, most of more than […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 13 – Mar 22 – Apr 4, 2023 - As I See It

I’m so sorry to hear of the recent passing of the wonderful Patti Channer. She was a great contributor to the arts and culture of Ventura and a friend. The Women of Jewelia stated, “With broken hearts we share the sad news that Patti Channer has passed away. She was the driving force behind the […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 12 – Mar 8 – Mar 21, 2023 - As I See It

Approximately 500 people attended the Ventura County Fairgrounds re-development meeting held Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Santa Rosa building. The $319 million project proposed by the Pacific Sports Group of Oxnard would bring a 7,500-seat baseball stadium and other improvements to the fairgrounds. Most people in attendance were opposed to the proposal. Certainly, the fairgrounds […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 11 – Feb 22 – Mar 7, 2023 - As I See It

Ventura art is alive and well. This is our first issue with a full page covering the Ventura Art Scene. We always have a full page of the Ventura Music Scene. For a city of our size we have some wonderful talent here. Akbar Alikhan has been appointed as interim Ventura city manager. The City […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 10 – Feb 8 – Feb 21, 2023 - As I See It

• Ventura County’s strawberries will again be celebrated with the return of the California Strawberry Festival. After a three-year hiatus, the 37th annual event will be held on May 20 and 21 at their new location – the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Speaking of the fairgrounds, the Oxnard-based Pacific Sports Group presented a massive proposal in […] Read More »

As I See It

A big idea for the Ventura County Fairgrounds (Seaside Park) is being proposed, that I think is very interesting. Let’s face it, the fairgrounds needs a new image. It has very old Quonset hut buildings that will never be up-dated and deteriorating grounds. Many don’t realize the fairgrounds is not owned by Ventura City but […] Read More »

As I See It

The federal omnibus bill includes $28.9 million for 17 different projects in Ventura County, including. $750,000 to bring air conditioning to E.P. Foster Library. Foster is the only library without air conditioning in the county library system. Now, at least people will go to the library to cool down, and maybe they’ll even pick up […] Read More »

As I See It

This is the time of the year when I usually reflect on what has been good and bad about the Ventura Breeze. What has worked and what hasn’t? What needs improving or changing? But this year, I’m only reflecting on one thing which is the untimely passing of the most wonderful Breezy Gledhill. There are […] Read More »

As I See It

by Sheldon Brown A Chappy Chanukah, Kool Kwanza and Xcellent Xmas to all of our wonderful readers. Hard to believe it’s been 5-years since the Thomas Fire broke out near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula on December 4, 2017. At the time, the Thomas Fire was the largest wildfire in California history. Still, only […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 05 – Nov 30 – Dec 6, 2022 - As I See It

by Sheldon To clarify a little confusion, I am still the publisher-editor of the Ventura Breeze. Just not writing my long column, but I have decided to write As I See It, which won’t take nearly as much time. This is the first one. Maybe won’t run in all issues. Congratulations to our new (one […] Read More »

Sheldon Where Art Thou?

Regarding my decision to stop writing my column, 87.3% of readers are very upset and 20.2% are very happy that they do not need to spend their valuable time reading every word of my article in every issue just to make sure they still think I’m an idiot. Now, they can send in “their” opinions […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 03 – Nov 2 – Nov 15, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

I’m sorry to say that after much thought this will be my last editorial. I’ve enjoyed this very much but time for my old brain to relax a little. I thank those who loved reading me and even those who hated it. ∙ I wrote this prior to making my decision. Now there is no […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 02 – Oct 19 – Nov 1, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

  ∙ Wow, this is the 15th anniversary of the Ventra Breeze. Very hard to believe that it’s our 15th year. A big thank you to our dedicated staff, wonderful readers, much needed advertisers and donors who keep us going. ∙ The Ventura Christian School is getting closer to final eviction. It has leased the […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 01 – Oct 5 – Oct 18, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ I have consistently asked readers to send comments explaining why they don’t agree with my comments in my pub letter. An exchange of ideas is the backbone of a democracy. It seems lately that an intellectual, logical discussion can’t be held between those who have different opinions. This is bad for our democracy and […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 26 – Sept 21 – Oct 4, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Motivated to provide better homeless services, the Ventura City Council amended its 2022-23 budget by adding 2 new police officer positions. The positions for the department’s patrol task force will cost $409,000 annually. The City Council held a lengthy debate on this subject and voted 5-1-1 to approve the positions. ∙ Artists at Ventura’s […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 25 – Sept 7 – Sept 20, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ What heat wave? As I sit here listening to the sea lions bark their heads off it is 111 in Ojai and 72 here (wow we had a 97 day). ∙A Ronald McDonald Family Room is set to open at the Ventura County Medical Center on Sept. 12. Thanks to Amy Towner, Dr. Fankhauser, […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 24 – Aug 24 – Sept 6, 2022 – Opinion/Editorial

∙ I am so very sorry to report that the most wonderful person, Breezy (Deena) Gledhill, has passed away from cancer at only 45 years old.  Last summer, Breezy told us she was cancer free, which was incredible news. But, cancer does what it wants and returned with a vengeance. Her spirit through all of […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 23 – Aug 10 – Aug 23, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ The nomination period for submitting candidacy documents for the City Council seats in Districts 1, 4, 5, and 6 is now open through August 12. There is only one seat per district. Candidacy documents must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office during office hours. For more information please contact them at (805) 658-4787 […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 22 – July 27 – Aug 9, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙My sincere condolences to Councilmember Lorrie Brown whose 22-year-old son Jeremiah Brown recently died from gunshot wounds while in Florida. ∙The Ventura County Fair returns on August 3 for its 147th year, following a two year pause because of the pandemic. The only other times the fair was closed was because of World War 1, […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 21 – July 13 – July 26, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ In this issue, we have included a new Real Estate/Development column on page 12. This is to inform our readers about trends, new and proposed projects, and other related items impacting Ventura. I hope you find it informative. ∙ Spencer Noren, a Ventura parks and recreation commissioner, was removed by the City Council following […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 20 – June 29 – July 12, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ There is so much to write about I don’t know where to start. Like lots of Americans (certainly not all), I am very depressed by the recent decisions of the Supreme Court. And on a more local issue, by the situation of Ashley Bautista. ∙ From a previous issue of the Breeze; “The County […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 19 – June 15 – June 28, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Ventura Unified School District trustees unanimously selected Calvin Peterson, a retired retail manager and father of two, to replace former trustee and board President Matt Almaraz. “It’s really exciting,” said Sabrena Rodriguez, the board’s new president. “He has a lot of interesting things to bring to the conversation.” Peterson, 47, was sworn into the five-member […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 18 – June 1– June 14, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙The attempt by Breezy Gledhill to rid her body of cancer is not going very well. Four months of chemo (time spent, sick days, loss of hair) has produced no results to reduce the size of the cancer so that it can be surgically removed. She now needs to try different medical solutions that will […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 17 – May 18 – May 31, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

Ventura City Manager Alex McIntyre has taken responsibility for a Brown Act violation committed by five members of the City Council during a March conference in Washington, D.C. McIntyre said he was unaware that the council was not allowed to have what he deemed ‘social meetings’. “It was my fault for failing to understand this.” […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 16 – May 4 – May 17, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ On May 6 there will be a celebration at the Art City Studios (see ad in this issue). If you haven’t been to Art City, it is an amazing experience where you can spend hours walking around looking at the wonderful art and sculptures. The property has been sold, so if you haven’t been […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 15 – Apr 20 – May 3, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ The Ventura City Council has extended the closure of downtown Main Street (and California St.) to vehicles until June, 2024. It is also considering ways to make the Main Street Moves closing program permanent. Still to be considered the negatively affected businesses and the heavy costs to the city to upgrade the closed streets […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 14 – Apr 6 – Apr 19, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ I’m very sad to write that this will be the last issue for our Senior Account Executive Breezy Gledhill. As some of you know, she has been dealing with cancer for the last two years. At the Breeze luncheon, held last summer, she announced that she was free and clear of cancer, and we […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 13 – Mar 23 – Apr 5, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙It’s wonderful that most of our entertainment events and music venues will be opening this year. Things would have been almost running back to normal and now Putin sets the world back. I hope this isn’t false hope and premature on the COVID front. In Europe, and many other countries, the cases and hospitalizations from […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 12 – Mar 9 – Mar 22, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Congratulations to Mary Thompson, a member of the Ventura Breeze family for being selected as the new president of the Olivas Adobe docents. ∙ Students at public and private K-12 schools in Ventura County and throughout California will no longer be required to wear masks after March 11, regardless of their vaccination status. The […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 11 – Feb 23 – Mar 8, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ The City Council has unanimously voted to consider a map that would slightly change how the city’s seven council districts are drawn. The first reading of an ordinance to adopt the map will be on Feb. 28. The changes between the current districts and proposed future districts are minor to rebalance population growth based […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 10 – Feb 9 – Feb 22, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ The City of Ventura has extended the temporary closure of its facilities through mid-to-late February due to rising COVID-19 cases and exposures. “The extension of the City’s temporary closure is a precautionary measure that allows critical services and operations to continue while minimizing opportunities where transmission may be possible,” said Ventura City Manager Alex […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 09 – Jan 26 – Feb 8, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ On this issue’s cover we have an article covering the fifth anniversary of KPPQ-LP FM 104.1. I briefly had a radio show on KPPQ where I interviewed local government officials and local personalities. CAPS made it easy to learn how to do the show with easily understood classes, instructions, training and an engineer helping […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 08 – Jan 12 – Jan 25, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Court proceedings for Jamal Omar Jackson, 52, the suspect (we need to call him that) in the 2018 fatal stabbing of Anthony Mele, 35 at the Aloha Steakhouse in Ventura are scheduled. That terrible tragedy occurred nearly four years ago. In Nov. 2020, Jamal was deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial. It has since […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 07 – Dec 29,2021 – Jan 11, 2022 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ I wish all a happy, happy New Year. We all thought 2022 would be better with the elimination of COVID, but it appears that it is here to stay. I think going forward receiving COVID shots will be just like getting the flu shot. Just something we do every year. A special happy new […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 06 – Dec 15 – Dec 28, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ On this issue’s cover we have an article titled “Obtaining construction permits and developmental approvals made easier.” I support this action; it still contains provisions for all of the departments and approvals required to obtain building permits. Some people felt that the process should be very difficult and cumbersome and time consuming to dissuade […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 05 – Dec 1 – Dec 14, 2021 – Opinion/Editorial

∙ I receive some emails from readers who do nothing but insult me and call me rather unflattering names. Most also make statements like “why would a person with any brains bother reading your article.” Seems rhetorical as they are clearly reading my article. For these readers, I’d recommend that they don’t read my publisher […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 04 – Nov 17 – Nov 30, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Congratulations to two Breeze staff (we call ourselves Breezers) Sheli Ellsworth is the new President of the Ventura County Writers Club. She is an award-winning short story writer and contributing writer to the Breeze. Mary Thompson is the new President of the Olivas Adobe Docents. She is one of our distributors and sets up […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 03 – Nov 3 – Nov 16, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ The Ventura City Council has approved the first step in letting the Players Casino temporarily relocate to the Derby Club at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The casino was previously located at 6580 Auto Center Dr. It eventually closed and filed for bankruptcy. With its closing, the city lost about $2 million in taxes. The […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 02 – Oct 20 – Nov 2, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Two important Venturan’s who helped make Ventura an even better place to live, have passed on. Suz Montgomery contributed more to the overall city of Ventura, whereas the contribution of Reverend McCurtis was more specific to the west side, but still significant. I considered both to be friends’ and will miss them. If you […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 01 – Oct 6 – Oct 19, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Wow, beginning of our 14th year. Hard to believe. My thanks to our readers, advertisers and amazing staff. It’s been a tough year for all of us but better times are coming. ∙ The amount of time that City Council members can speak at the Council meetings has been limited by a council vote […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 26 – Sept 22 – Oct 5, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Good news – the Ventura Chamber Fall Business Expo “Haunting at the Harbor” has returned after pausing because of COVID. It is on October 7, 4-7pm at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor. Lots of food and vendors and the Ventura Breeze will have a booth there so come by and say hello. […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 25 – Sept 8 – Sept 21, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Drove to Ojai recently, it was 68 degrees in Ventura and 102 there. So, don’t complain when it gets to be 80 here about it being too hot. ∙ A reader asked about what happened to local radio station KVEN (1450 AM, “SportsRadio 1450”). Truthfully, I didn’t know it existed. Probably because I am […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 24 – Aug 25 – Sept 7, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ As previously covered, two 15-year-old students were arrested for starting a fire at Mound Elementary School in Ventura on July 22. The Ventura Unified School District board unanimously voted to declare an emergency which will expedite the necessary decisions as necessary to quickly resolve the situation. The district will be leasing and installing a […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 23 – Aug 11 – Aug 24, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Recently, I was at the city parking garage at the beach. It is disgraceful. Filthy, (cigarette butts everywhere) and is in dire need of much painting. Hardly an introduction to Ventura that we want tourists to see. ∙ There is as show on TV called Ancient Aliens that constantly asks” could (fill in anything […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 22 – July 28 – Aug 10, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Interesting facts in mid-year crime report in this issue. It seems crime was down during COVID lockdowns and closures, but up again as things open-up. I guess crooks were afraid of getting sick (tough way to fight crime). ∙Enrollment in the Ventura Unified School District has reached its lowest point in 25 years, a […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 21 – July 14 – July 27, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ I’m sure you know by now, but in case you don’t, beginning July 5, E.J. Harrison & Sons began weekly residential curbside collection of all 3 bins; trash, household recycling, and yard waste, at no additional charge. You no longer need to alternate the weekly collections of recycling and yard waste services. This service upgrade is part […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 20 – June 30 – July 13, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙The council has approved 50 affordable apartments for seniors on the west side to compensate for the loss of homes in the 2017 Thomas Fire. The Ventura City Council unanimously approved the $4.6 million project to address the post-fire housing shortage. Five of the apartments will be reserved for homeless seniors. The city’s housing authority […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 19 – June 16 – June 29, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙There is an obituary in this issue that is very dear to my heart. Except for one high school friend (and relatives), Jack White was my oldest friend. Jack and I met in the 1950’s when we were studying architecture at Los Angels City College and continued our friendship at the USC School of Architecture. […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 18 – June 2 – June 15, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ In a previous issue, we had and article, along with my comments regarding a proposed Haley Point 72-unit townhome residential project on a 4.3-acre site in mid-town. I generally favored the project. The Ventura Planning Commission, by a 4-0 vote, has approved the development to be located on Channel Dr. There was some opposition […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 17 – May 19 – June 1, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Wonderful news (see article in this issue) – the Ventura Music Festival confirmed live concerts for July 23, 24 and 25. Things are starting to open-up and feel normal again. Everyone should still get vaccinated if they haven’t, because that is what it takes for things to continue to open. Don’t just count on other […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 16 – May 5 – May 18, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Once again, I want to thank our wonderful readers who are contributing financially to support the Ventura Breeze. The Breeze staff appreciates what you are doing to help keep us in print. The good news is as COVID control allows more businesses to open, our advertising base, is improving. ∙In this issue (page 7), we […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 15 – April 21 – May 4, 2021 – Opinion/Editorial

∙The closing of Main St. downtown, known as Main Street Moves, will continue to at least the beginning of next year (Jan.7, 2022), but there is talk about making this closure permanent. The street was closed off to drivers beginning in June of last year. Next week, the downtown business association – Downtown Ventura Partners […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 14 – April 7 – April 20, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ In this issue we have an article regarding the proposed increase to our water and wastewater rates. A public hearing will be held on May 17 to discuss increasing water rates by 7% and wastewater rates by 6% each year for the next five years. If fully adopted, the proposed rates would generate an […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 13 – Mar 24 – April 6, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Wonderful that new county regulations are allowing most businesses to open and allow inside dining and other activities. There are still some restrictions, but things are getting somewhat back to normal. Schools will be opening also. Ventura County is on its way to recording one of the driest rainy seasons on record. Rainfall totals have […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 12 – Mar 10 – Mar 23, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙East Ventura will be getting a kindergarten through eighth grade school at Academy of Technology and Leadership at Saticoy known as ATLAS Elementary. The Ventura Unified School District board voted 4-1, dissenting was Trustee Matt Almaraz, who didn’t want to add middle school grades to the elementary school. This vote comes after the district’s decision […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 11 – Feb 24 – Mar 9, 2021 – Opinion/Editorial

∙The Ventura City Council has voted 4-2 (only 6 members on the council right now) to introduce two ordinances to permit a limited number of cannabis dispensary’s in Ventura. Voting to adopt the resolution were Doug Halter, Lorrie Brown, Jim Friedman and Joe Schroeder. Voting against were Mayor Sofia Rubalcava and Mike Johnson. The council’s […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 10 – Feb 10 – Feb 23, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Congratulations to our senior account executive Breezy Gledhill for her 10 years with the Ventura Breeze. Without her bringing in advertisers, there would not be a Ventura Breeze. ∙ Being on the Ventura City Council has been a great stepping-stone for higher political office. Ventura councilman Erik Nasarenko has been appointed as Ventura County’s […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 09 – Jan 27 – Feb 9, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙All kinds of good stuff at www.venturabreeze.com. Surf reports, weather, past issues, Scampclub pets, horoscopes and the current issue. Plus, other goodies. ∙ The Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners approved a program to defer rental payments for Ventura Harbor Village tenants who have been directly impacted by the pandemic. Which is probably all […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 08 – Jan 13 – Jan 26, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

Lord Acton 1887 “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Like all Americans (I wish) I was ashamed, embarrassed, shocked, angry and tearful watching what Trump (and some of his relatives) has brought upon this country by Inciting an insurrection that left 5 Americans dead. I certainly hope that he is prosecuted for […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 07 – Dec 30, 2020 – Jan 12, 2021 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Wow, this year is almost over, and not a minute too soon. A relief, but certainly not the end of the world’s problems. COVID-19 will still be with us for a long time, especially if many people do not take the vaccine and continue to spread it. A devastating year for most businesses, especially restaurants […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 06 – Dec 16 – Dec 29, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Difficult times for all businesses, especially for restaurants. They were finally were able to open up, and then just serve outside, but now can only do takeout again. How long can small businesses exist under these conditions?   Some restaurants in Ventura (and other communities) are defying the orders and staying open hoping other restaurants […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 05 – Dec 2 – Dec 15, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ The Ventura City Council has delayed adopting the ordinance allowing commercial cannabis businesses in Ventura due to concerns about the proximity of such establishments to residences, libraries, parks and schools. The council also delayed adopting a resolution that would have established the maximum number of cannabis businesses in the city. The resolution would have […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 04 – Nov 18 – Dec 1, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Congratulations to Mike Johnson, Joe Schroeder and Doug Halter on being elected to our city council. as our new city council members. With their election, all 7 members now represent a specific area (district) in Ventura. And, also, to Amy Yamamoto Callahan for being elected to the Board of Education. Two of the city council […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 03 – Nov 4 – Nov 17, 2020 – Opinion/Editorial

∙ At a recent City Council meeting, the Ventura City Council has reaffirmed its stand against white supremacy and racism. Mayor Matt LaVere stated, on behalf of the Council, “The City Council remains steadfast to its commitment to condemn white supremacy and racism, discrimination and all forms of hatred, none of which will be tolerated […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 02 – Oct 21 – Nov 3, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Wow, another year for the Ventura Breeze. It’s been a tough one, as it has been for most businesses. My thanks to all the special people involved in making the paper happen; our wonderful writers, photographers and distributors for managing to work around the virus and still do a great job, Deena (AKA as […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 01 – Oct 7 – Oct 20, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙In this special issue of the Breeze, we feature the candidates for the Ventura City Council, Mayor Matt LaVere’s 2020 State of the City, Jim Friedman’s thoughts about council districts and a tribute to retiring council member Cheryl Heitmann. I hope that you enjoy it, and please vote ( mailing in is the safest way […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 26 – Sept 23 – Oct 6, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙At a special City Council meeting held on Tuesday, September 8, the Council approved the extension of the popular ‘Main Street Moves’ program. This is a temporary outdoor business expansion program that allows businesses within the 6 block closure area of historic Downtown Ventura Main St (Fir St. to Figueroa Plaza) to expand onto the […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 24 – Aug 26 – Sept 8, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙In June, Downtown Ventura closed its streets to expand outdoor dining and shopping as part of its Main Street Moves launch. This has saved many restaurants from having to close. The closure will continue at least until September 14. ∙A new free COVID-19 walk-in test site, open to all county residents, is now open at […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 23 – Aug 12 – Aug 25, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Current, and some former, Ventura residents have sued the City over the removal of the statue of Junipero Serra from in front of City Hall. The Coalition for Historical Integrity filed its suit in Ventura County Superior Court two days prior to the statue being removed and put in storage with the hope of moving […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 22 – July 29 – Aug 11, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙I didn’t think that the downtown closing of Main St. would be successful, but it is working very well. Outdoor dining is a great idea because it allows many restaurants to remain open that would be otherwise closed, many permanently. This is especially true because the Coronavirus will be with us for a long time. […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 21 – July 15 – July 28, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ In this issue we launch a new Social Justice column. Please let me know what you think of the column? We hope readers will send in their thoughts to [email protected]. ∙The statue of Father Junipero Serra in Sacramento’s Capitol Park was brought down amid a protest focusing on the rights and historical struggle of […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 20 – July 1 – July 14, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Regarding the Bill Green cartoon in the last issue, I have received negative feedback and criticism from some of our readers and sincerely apologize for running it. It wasn’t intended to be racist in any manner, but rather just a satirical social comment on the changes underway in this country and the challenges faced by people of […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 19 – June 17 – June 30, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙The City of Ventura plans to cut 35 jobs to balance the budget. It is hoped they can do this without layoffs by using early retirements and a hiring freeze. City Manager Alex McIntyre stated the budget plans are a “shared sacrifice making sure we don’t balance the budget on the back of any particular […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 18 – June 3 – June 16, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Ventura has made announcements about closing four to five blocks on Main St. downtown to make them pedestrian friendly, but no one seems to know what that means exactly. Does that mean closing all of Main so that people can walk in the street? Or does it mean removing some parking spaces so restaurants can […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 17 – May 20 – June 2, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙One after another, Ventura’s wonderful events are being cancelled. The latest is Music Under the Stars, held at the Olivas Adobe. This is one of my favorites. Too bad they couldn’t have an abbreviated season (3-4 concerts) later in the year. ∙ It’s odd looking at my weekly calendar, which is currently blank. I now […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 16 – May 6 – May 19, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙I received two envelopes from US Treasury so assumed that each contained a $1,200 stimulus check. Opened the first one, and it had a check for $26. After a few swear words, I opened the second one and it had a check for $2,400. Looking more closely at the $26 check, it was an income […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 15 – Apr 22 – May 5, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙WOW, WOW, WOW! I am humbled by the overwhelming support for the Ventura Breeze from our wonderful readers. I cannot thank all of you enough for your financial contributions. Community papers rely on local advertisers for survival. And, as we all know, our local businesses are fighting for their lives. Please continue to support them […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 14 – Apr 8 – Apr 21, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ A potential positive outcome from people being forced to stay home is that some companies will realize that it might be beneficial to let employees work at home. Efficiency might improve, and they would see that they don’t need 40,000 square feet of office space. Plus, it would help the environment by keeping cars […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 13 – Mar 25 – Apr 7, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

Cancel, cancel, cancel. Stay at home. Don’t hug when we need them most. What awful tough times for us all. ∙This is a very different issue of the Breeze than usual. Almost no events (including art) as Ventura shuts down. Several Coronavirus articles as well – not our usual Ventura news, but important for our […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 12 – Mar 11 – Mar 24, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙The Breeze has never received as many negative emails and phone calls regarding any subject (even Trump) as has been sent to us regarding Scientology. Emails that I won’t even print. I have been accused of awful things because of the article and my comments regarding Scientology. Please understand that I (and the Breeze) are […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 11 – Feb 26 – Mar 10, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Watching the first of the Las Vegas Democratic Townhall presentations made me very proud to be an American. A Jew, a gay person and a woman were being interviewed as potential presidential candidates. This is what will make America great again, and me proud again. ∙The Church of Scientology has moved into their new facility […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 10 – Feb 12 – Feb 25, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ I am supporting Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors in the March 3 elections. I would love to see him follow in the footsteps of Steve Bennett (who also started out as a Ventura city council member) prior to becoming a supervisor. Matt is young (but not too young), […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 9 – Jan 29 – Feb 11, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙We have a cover article about the new wonderful homeless facility called the ARCH. I attended the ribbon cutting and was impressed with the very large gathering, which included many Ventura city and county dignitaries. It is a joint venture between the city and county. I love the fact that residents can bring their dogs […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 8 – Jan 15 – Jan 28, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Interesting facts about Ventura from the 2019 State Of The Region Report by Ventura County Civic Alliance (comparing Ventura County cities). Ventura is third in annual per pupil spending ($10,967). Fillmore number one at $12,146. Number eight in owner-occupied homes (46%). Number five in average monthly apartment rent ($1,823). TO is number one. Number one […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 7 – Jan 1 – Jan 14, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Per our cover article, the County of Ventura has selected Ashley Bautista as their new Public Information Officer following the retirement of Bill Nash. She will report to County Executive Officer Mike Powers. I’m happy for her, but sad at the same time. Ashley was great at keeping the media informed about news and […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 6 – Dec 18 – Dec 31, 2019 - Opinion Editorial

∙ Happy holidays and new year to our wonderful readers and advertisers. ∙In our last issue, I made what I thought was a tongue-in-cheek comment about doctor’s visits, which prompted this response from an “Anonymous Family Doctor.” I understand why he/she wants to remain anonymous and I do appreciate the fact that he/she took time […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 5 – Dec 4 – Dec 17, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ The Harbor is accepting proposals from business owners who want to lease part, or all, of the Village Carousel and Arcade space at the Harbor. That includes the arcade’s current owner who could move into a smaller space. Todd Mitchell, the harbor’s Business Operations Manager, said he would like to see some type of […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 4 – Nov 20 – Dec 3, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙In SmartAsset’s third annual study on America’s most livable mid-sized cities, San Buenaventura came in at number 22. The top five were all in Colorado. They assessed the affordability and livability of mid-sized cities in the U.S. “We looked at a variety of economic factors, such as income inequality, unemployment rate, home value and housing […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 3 – Nov 6 – Nov 19, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ On Oct.2, Ventura Port District’s Board of Port Commissioners voted to adopt Resolution No. 3379, a slip rate increase policy, which allows the marina master leases to govern the process for slip rate adjustments. Ventura Port District General Manager Brian Pendleton said there will be no significant change that the policy just clarifies the […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 2 – Oct 23 – Nov 5, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Congratulations to Pam Baumgardner for being elected to the Board of Directors at CAPS Media. You can read all about it in the CAPS article in this issue. Pam, of course, covers music in the Ventura Breeze with her Ventura Music Scene appearing on page 20. ∙California health officials have issued a warning that people […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 1 – Oct 9 – Oct 22, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Wow, another year of publication of the Ventura Breeze. As we commence Vol.13, No.1, there are so many people to thank. Our advertisers, who keep us in business, and also are helping to support another local business. Plus, all the wonderful people that contribute to our community newspaper; our writers, photographers, distributors (you can see […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 26 – Sept 25 – Oct 8, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Wow, another fiscal year ending for the Ventura Breeze. Our next issue will be Vol.13 No. 1. Who would have thought that we would still be publishing after all this time in the age of digital news? A tribute to our wonderful readers and advertisers. More about this in our next issue. ∙Reader Zila Hawkins […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 25 – Sept 11 – Sept 24, 2019 – Opinion/Editorial

∙I want to thank one of our wonderful readers for suggesting that we provide the Ventura Breeze at the 24 Hour Fitness located on Telegraph. We now have a rack there with the Breeze for your reading pleasure. Just don’t take it in the pool – it is not waterproof. ∙Do spiders like looking at […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 24 – Aug 28 – Sept 10, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Hundreds of people were shocked recently when they went to pick up their mail from their PO Boxes at Coffee Dock & Post in the Harbor only to find it closed and gone. The business closed overnight, with no warning (or access to the boxes). The USPS was cooperative and delivered the mail to Coastal […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 23 – Aug 14 – Aug 27, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Okay, I have changed my mind for the last time (soft promise). The Breeze is non-political except for my comments and possibly the “Mailbox” letters. Perhaps when I speak about Trump I should put “Trump comments included” above my article, so Trump supporters don’t get upset. As always, if you disagree let us know […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 22 – July 31 – Aug 13, 2019 – Opinion/Editorial

∙The Ventura County Fair opened today. Some people living in Ventura forget that this is the “Ventura County’ Fair and how lucky we are that it is held right here in our backyard. So, take advantage of it being local. There is certainly something for everyone at the Fair. ∙ The Trade Desk, a Ventura-based […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 21 – July 17 – July 30, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

Sheldon is on vacation enjoying beautiful Ventura. These are snippets from previous articles for your reading pleasure. ∙A teenager died when he was struck by a train in Ventura. The incident happened on the tracks near Hurst Avenue and Ocean Avenue, according to a Union Pacific official. The 17-year-old male from West Hills was struck […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 20 – July 3 – July 16, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙After more than 30–years at 2401 Harbor, the last Carrows Restaurant in Ventura County has closed its doors. Carrows Restaurants, Inc. is a subsidiary of Catalina Restaurant Group, Inc. I’m sorry to see it close. Even though part of a chain, it was still a local casual restaurant. ∙The board that oversees use of the Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 19 – June 19 – July 2, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙I want to thank the Ventura Port District for inserting the Harbor Views Newsletter in this issue. Nice to know that they feel the Breeze is the best way to contact Venturans. Commenting on gun violence, Gov. Gavin Newsom stated, “From San Bernardino to Ventura to Poway, too many Californians have already died from gun […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 18 – June 5 – June 18, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Recently, Richard Lieberman, and I had lunch with Jeff Lambert, the City’s former Community Development Director (see cover story). He is now working for the City of Oxnard and very happy there. A real loss for Ventura. ∙ Circus Vargas will not be coming to Ventura this year, but will perform in Camarillo and […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 17 – May 22 – June 4, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Although the City saw increases in arson and thefts from vehicles, major crime decreased by 3.74% in 2018 in Ventura compared to 2017. Last year, Ventura police responded to 98,652 calls for service and arrested 6,554 people. The most common arrests were non-aggressive crimes such as narcotics-related offenses, being drunk in public, misdemeanor bench […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 16 – May 8 – May 21, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Okay, no kidding no more Trump comments from me. Reader’s comments are always welcome. ∙I received the following email from a reader. Hi Sheldon – Your last issue suggests that “Easter”. “Christian”. “church” are not part of your vocabulary. My response to the reader was, “How? What did I say? Please explain further.” His response: […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 15 – Apr 24 – May 7, 2019 – Opinion/Editorial

∙ Now that we have city council districts (four have been elected by district for now – but all council members will eventually be based upon districts when currents terms are up) – I think that these four should have quarterly townhall meetings to hear what the concerns (and likes) are from their constituents. They are: Sofia Rubalcava, Deputy Mayor – District 1; Lorrie Brown, Councilmember – District 6; Jim Friedman, Councilmember – District 5; Erik Nasarenko, Councilmember […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 14 – Apr 10 – Apr 23, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ Nearly a year ago, on April 18, Jamal Jackson was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing Anthony Mele Jr., 35, of Ventura, at Aloha Steakhouse. Mele died the next day. Attorney Monica Cummins, of the Ventura County Public Defender’s Office, who is defending Jamal Jackson, be seeking to take the case out of Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 13 – Mar 27 – Apr 9, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙According to a report released by the Ventura County Fire Department, it has been determined that Southern California Edison power lines did cause the Thomas fire. Investigators concluded that the fire was started by two power lines that hit each other during high winds on Dec.4, 2017. What happens next might need to be determined […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 12 – Mar 13 – Mar 26, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙Congratulations to my favorite music columnist, Pam Baumgardner, on the 10th-anniversary of providing VenturaRocks.com for our community. People live by her daily listings for showing where to go for music in Ventura, and she’s never once charged the artists or Ventura venues to be listed. Plus, you can read her column in the Breeze. ∙Here […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 11 – Feb 27 – Mar 12, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙The city has released its long-awaited report on the Thomas Fire (article on the cover). I found the small amount of information covering the lack of water to fight the fire a little disappointing in the 25-page report. The report says: “During the Thomas Fire, the City’s water system operated as designed. No urban water […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 10 – Feb 13 – Feb 26, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ I hope you enjoy reading the enclosed Harbor View insert and learn lots about our wonderful Harbor. ∙ Have you written a book – or have been thinking about self-publishing and don’t know where to start? If so, The Breeze is presenting a self-publishing seminar on March 24. (see ad on page 24 to […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 9 – Jan 30 – Feb 12, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

•During the approximately eight years publishing the Breeze prior to Trump being elected president, I never have made political comments regarding Democrats or Republicans, conservatives or liberals because it was always just Washington doing business as usual. But,I have some real problems with the Trump presidency and feel that I must comment. Other than an […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 8 – Jan 16 – Jan 29, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

• Per the cover article in this issue, the Board of Education has hired Dr. Roger Rice as the new Superintendent of Ventura Unified School District (VUSD). He sounds very qualified, but so has the several others in the position that have recently come and gone. I certainly hope he stays around long enough to […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 7 – Jan 3 – Jan 15, 2019 - Opinion/Editorial

• Happy New Year to all our wonderful readers, our vital much-needed advertisers and the dedicated Ventura Breeze staff. Without any of these we wouldn’t exist. • This will be any interesting year in Ventura watching our “new” City Council and new City Manager dig in to the many issues facing the city. A great […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 6 – Dec 19, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019 – Opinion/Editorial

This is my last chance this year to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. • I received some complaints regarding articles in our last issue talking about people who lost their homes in the Thomas Fire. The complaints say that we only published articles about those folks who are happy with […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 5 – Dec 5 – Dec 18, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

•It is hard to believe that it has been a year since the fire raged through Ventura. From a previous news article; “On December 4, 2017 a fast–moving active brush fire that started North of Santa Paula along Highway 150 and Bridge Road was pushed by strong east winds through the City of Ventura. The […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 4 – Nov 21 – Dec 4, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

•I think selecting city council members by district for the first time was a huge success and accomplished exactly what was intended. Ventura moved to district elections in response to threatened litigation that the current at-large voting system disenfranchised minority voters. The new council will have 4 four female members (out of seven) – two […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 3 – Nov 7 – Nov 20, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• In this issue we have several articles regarding the Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG). Reported is the fact that there will now be a fee to enter the VBG (with some exceptions). Even though their original intent was to not charge a fee, due to the Thomas Fire destroying all of the landscaping, they feel […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 2 – Oct 24 – Nov 6, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• It is very important that you vote for our first district specific City Council members on Nov.6. This is the opportunity for those of you who feel that your interests are not always heard to have a council member who lives near you and who will show more concern for your area. Do remember […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 1 - Oct 10 - Oct 23, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

•WOW, WOW and WOW! Pinch me again – it can’t be true that we just completed our eleventh year of publication. Our first issue was on Oct.24, 2007. There are so many people to thank, that I can’t thank them all. Our wonderful readers, our fabulous advertisers who keep us in business, and our unbelievably […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 26 – Sept 26 – Oct 9, 2018 – Opinion/Editorial

•Based upon recent research that he was responsible for decimating Native American communities and other atrocities against the Native Americans. Stanford University plans to strip out some prominent campus references to Junipero Serra. Many people now see him as more of an oppressor than a saint. • Recently, a paddle-out to honor Kirra Drury drew […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 25 – Sept 12 – Sept 25, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• Our readers will be happy to know (I think) that I will no longer be making comments regarding national politics. Will be tough, but I think I can do it. • The street at the new triangle project (231 apartments) off of Sanjon, which is being graded now, will be called Vista Del Mar […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 25 – Sept 12 – Sept 25, 2018 – Opinion/Editorial

• Our readers will be happy to know (I think) that I will no longer be making comments regarding national politics. Will be tough, but I think I can do it. • The street at the new triangle project (231 apartments) off of Sanjon, which is being graded now, will be called Vista Del Mar […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 24 – Aug 29 – Sept 11, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

•This is a first time I’ve have responded in my column to a letter to our Mailbox, but I feel that this is important enough to justify a longer response. In our previous issue I made the following comment: • I am very concerned, and you should be also, about “any” president who tells his […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 22 - Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• Because it is very seldom used, it seems to me that the large outdoor area at the Albinger Archaeological Museum is a waste of space. It’s basically grass, dirt and river rock that were foundations for the old buildings that were located there. Really not much to see outside after you enjoy the exhibits […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 21 – July 18 – July 31, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

•Per the new owners of Carrows Restaurant on Harbor, all newspaper racks have been removed. But not to worry, just go over to Vons to pick up your favorite local newspaper. •While attending the Ventura Music Festival at the Olivas Adobe, featuring the John Jorgenson Quintet, we couldn’t figure out why there was a lady […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 20 - July 4 - July 17, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• Santa Clarita has approved new rules that bans individuals from sitting on sidewalks and sleeping in cars on public streets. The rules are intended to block homeless people from living in public spaces. At the same time, they also approved spending $1 million to help build a homeless shelter and create a long-term plan […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 19 – June 20 – July 3, 2018 – Opinion/Editorial

•In past issues, I have commented on the horrible workmanship performed on the pedestrian crossing bridge that runs over the freeway to the promenade. Especially the fact that it was not painted when the construction was completed which, amazingly, the $400,00 budget did not include. I have contacted the contractor and the state (DOT) about […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 18 - Jun 6 - June 19, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

•The new signs at the Promenade stating that it closes at 10:00 PM is causing some confusion. The Promenade is officially a park and can be controlled like any other park in the city. Based upon Sec. 20.050.040. – Closing of parks. “Except as otherwise specified in this chapter, city park properties, as determined or […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 17 - May 23 - June 5, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• Hopefully the Amgen bike tour that went through Ventura brought us some positive publicity. I don’t watch channels 2-13, or listen to KFI, but I hope that those who jumped on the bandwagon to talk about how dangerous Ventura is, also informed these media outlets that they should cover this wonderful event. Media should […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 16 - May 9 - May 22, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

I want to comment on the people who organized the rallies due to the recent murder. I’m sure that they feel that they are doing the best for Ventura, but I feel that they are misguided and hurting the city. My concern is the amount of misinformation being spread by them saying that they are […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 15 - Apr 25 - May 8, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

  We are all feeling the pain over the death of Anthony Mele at Aloha Steakhouse. It is a tough, tough situation. And presents an even more challenging solution. Is the answer more police, more housing for the homeless, more mental facilities? If Ventura had the answer, we could sell it to the world. This […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 14 - Apr 11 - Apr 24, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• Mayor Neal Andrews, who has been struggling with health problems, seems to be doing much better. He recently presented his State of the City message and looked good. Poor guy finally becomes mayor and then he has to deal with the aftermath of the fire. •I know that some people are not happy with […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 13 - Mar 28 - Apr 10, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• There seems to be a controversy on what the name is, of the new green pig that debuted in the recent St. Pat’s Parade. As you know, in last year’s parade Shamrock the pig died right in front of the judges. The Ventura Breeze referred to the new pig as “the pig with no […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 12 - Mar 14 - Mar 27, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• It’s nice that the green pig (see article) will be back in the St. Pat’s Parade because people like the pig. I’m not sure what a green pig has to do with St. Pat’s day, but what does a red-nosed reindeer have to do with Xmas? • A Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 11 - Feb 28 - Mar 13, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• Mayor Neal Andrews is having some health issues and has missed some recent City Council meetings. I certainly hope that he feels better soon so that he can get back to do what he loves – serving the residents of Ventura. • Patagonia is moving forward with plans to turn the former Brooks Institute 8-acre campus […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 10 - Feb 14 - Feb 27, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• The Botanical Gardens Welcome Center is now being built (see article in this issue). The fire caused much damage to the Gardens, but it is very encouraging to see work progressing and green stuff starting to grow. • At the recent fund raising concert at Plaza Park, two of the most uplifting and encouraging […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 9 - Jan 31 - Feb 13, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• I want to compliment the City Council, Community Service Director Jeff Lambert and Chief Building Official Yolanda Bundy for the wonderful job that they are doing to help those who lost their homes in the Thomas Fire. They have set up a separate department in order to expedite the plan checking period for homes […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 8 - Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• The Thomas Fire, which began more than six weeks ago and became the largest wildfire in modern California history, is now fully extinguished. The blaze consumed 281,893 acres in both Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, destroyed 1,063 structures, most of which were in Ventura. Infrared and helicopter sightings did not locate any active flames […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 7 - Jan 3 - Jan 16, 2018 - Opinion/Editorial

• Even though the Thomas Fire was the largest in California history, it was nowhere near the most devastating in the terms of structures or lives lost. The Cedar fire took 15 lives and destroyed 2,820 structures. The Thomas fire claimed a little over 1,000 structures (perhaps 600 in Ventura) and two lives – one […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 6 – Dec 20, 2017 – Jan 2, 2018 – Opinion/Editorial

First off, I want to thank the amazing Ventura Breeze writers for working their fingers off to make this wonderful issue happen. Much research and thought went into their articles. I’m very proud of this issue. On Dec. 4, when we heard a fire started in Santa Paula, never did we ever imagine that it […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 5 – Dec 6 – Dec 19, 2017 – Opinion/Editorial

•  I apologize that your favorite newspaper is a day late due to the loss of electricity. More fire coverage in Dec. 20 issue. Go to Ventura City website for current information: www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1254/Thomas-Fire •When we heard that a fire started near Steckel Park in Santa Paula, we certainly wouldn’t have imagined that it was going to […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 4 – Nov 22 – Dec 5, 2017 – Opinion/Editorial

•  Some of our readers are confused about whether we can use their names in the Breeze. We, in fact, do not need permission to do so. Also, in most cases, when a person is outside – in the public – we do not need permission to include a photo of them. The exception is […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 - Nov 8 - Nov 21, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  As you probably know, the State has mandated that Ventura selects councilmembers by districts, and not at-large. The City Council is working to make this happen. I certainly agree that more racial diversity on the council is important. But I do not agree with those appearing at City Council meetings saying that they are […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 2 - Oct 25 - Nov 7, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  The Public is Invited to meet Ventura Water’s new General Manager Kevin Brown on Nov. 2, 5:30- 6:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St. An opportunity to learn more about our water situation and plans for the future. Lake Casitas, which supplies water to the Ojai Valley […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze celebrates 10 years providing hometown news

• WOW, WOW and WOW! Pinch me – it can’t be true that we just completed our tenth year of publication. Our first issue, on Oct.24, 2007, is shown on this cover. Besides not knowing anything about the newspaper business when Staci Brown and I launched the Ventura Breeze, we didn’t know if Venturans would […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No.1 – Oct 11 - Oct 24, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

• WOW, WOW and WOW! Pinch me – it can’t be true that we just completed our tenth year of publication. Our first issue, on Oct.24, 2007, is shown on this cover. Besides not knowing anything about the newspaper business when Staci Brown and I launched the Ventura Breeze, we didn’t know if Venturans would […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 26 – Sept 27 - Oct 10, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

• As a reminder, our web site www.venturabreeze.com has a lot of additional content and goodies, plus some interesting information about some of our ‘Staff”. •The latest internet rumor had a rogue planet, dubbed either Nibiru or Planet X, striking the Earth on Sept. 23, wiping out mankind. It’s not the first time Nibiru has […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 25 - Sept 13 - Sept 26, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

• In this issue we have an article which states, “The California Office of Traffic Safety is again announcing that September is “California Pedestrian Safety Month.” This campaign began last year in response to the rising number of pedestrians being killed and injured on California roadways.” It is amazing watching people (not just teenagers) cross […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 24 – Aug 30 - Sept 12, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  KPPQ CAPS Radio (KPPQLP, FM 104.1) is hosting an open house and community information discussion on Wednesday October 4th at 6pm at the CAPS Media Center at 65 Day Road. Everyone interested in community radio is invited to tour the center and join the exchange of programming ideas and direction for the radio station. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 23 – Aug 16 - Aug 29, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

• Regarding the Ventura County Fair, I was glad to see that Harbor Blvd. was left open as an accessible route to the Fair this year. Never did understand why traffic was diverted at Sanjon .So much easier to just take Harbor all the way through. Odd to me why folks attending the concerts (or […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 22 – Aug 2 - Aug 15, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

These are the type of nearby (including the original Museum) buildings that should have guided the design of the addition to the Museum. •  In this issue we have an article regarding the funding for the Museum to keep it “alive”. Elena Brokaw Interim Executive Director has commented that the museum gets 390 paid visitors […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 21 – July 19 – Aug 1, 2017 – Opinion/Editorial

•  My talk-interview radio show on KPPQLP Ventura (104.1FM) can now be listened to at www.venturabreeze.com “Face of Ventura” (top left). I know that the station is low wattage (not to interfere with other nearby FM stations), so some of you have had a difficult time hearing it so here is your chance. Find out […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 20 – July 5 - July 18, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

• At a recent City Council meeting, one of the council members didn’t say a single word during the deliberation of an item to be voted on. When it was his time to vote, he said no without comment, which is his prerogative. This bothers me. I think the citizens, need to know what councilmembers […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 - July 4, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  In a future issue we will have an article about the “controversy” of the City having two golf courses that are costing Ventura a lot of money to maintain. A few of my friends who play golf told me that if these two courses allowed players to only use 9-holes that more people would […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 18 – June 7 - June 20, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  Recently, Venturan’s were surprised when California St. was closed for the day between Poli and Main, for what appeared to be a private party. They were even more surprised when they found out that it was due to filming an ad for Pokemon Go. There was little warning that the streets would be closed […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 – June 6, 2017 – Opinion/Editorial

•  I sincerely thank all of you who have reached out to my wife Diane and I regarding the loss of Scamp. We have received emails, phone calls and even sympathy cards in the mail. Many of them came from people who have never met us or Scamp. This has meant a lot to us […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 16 – May 10 - May 23, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  I know that I have written a little about this but actually making the decision that Scamp’s life no longer had any meaning to him was one of the most difficult and agonizing decisions (and writing this) that I have ever had to make. Fortunately, I didn’t need to make it alone. We basically […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 15 – April 26 - May 9, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  I want to congratulate the new members of the Measure O Citizens Oversight Committee. With the passage of Measure O last November an oversight committee was required to review the new revenues and to recommend expenditures for the new funds. Ventura’s half-cent sales tax oversight board received close to 70 applications for seven spots. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 14 – April 12 – April 25, 2017 – Opinion/Editorial

•  I have been asked why we didn’t include April fool gags in our last issue like we’ve done in past years’ issues (that has gotten me in so much trouble). Because Scamp announced that he is very sick and won’t be with us for much longer, I didn’t want readers to think that this […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 13 – March 29 - April 11, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•   Local CAPSTV has a new low wattage FM station KPPQLP (104.1FM) that I have a show on called the Face Of Ventura. On my first show I interviewed Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko. It airs on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10am and Wednesday at midnight if you can’t sleep. It has a range of […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 12 – March 15 - March 28, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•   On our cover is an article about the firing of Ventura Unified School District head Dr. Babb. I had one occasion to meet him when I contacted him after his hiring and we met in his office at the school district HQ. We had a nice conversation and I told him of several articles […] Read More »

Racism Riles Residents: One OPINION  

A recent meeting was held at school district headquarters to discuss racism concerns. by Sheli Ellsworth Since the January 13 tweet by two Buena High School students containing altered images of themselves holding nooses around two black men, the community has erupted in protest. The school district is fielding phone calls, the students are facing […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 10 – February 15 - February 28, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  Behind City Hall is a property referred to as 505 Poli St. It has housed a variety of uses since it was acquired by the City in 2006 from the County for $3.64 million. The purchase included the significant adjacent parking and the 9.95 acres that is currently leased to the Ventura Botanical Gardens. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 9 – February 1 - February 14, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  In this issue, (see cover) we have an article about some very exciting new construction projects in the city and there are more happening soon. I think that this is very important for Ventura for several reasons; These projects are what “we” in the industry (my background) call “type V projects” meaning that they […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 8 – January 18 - January 31, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•   The “MY VENTURA” city brochure that is mailed to your home by the City includes many wonderful city events, services, art classes, tours and more for the entire family (including dogs), so be sure to check it out and participate in some of the great classes/seminars. •   In this issue, we have an article […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 7 – January 4 - January 17, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

• Just a few of the more notable Ventura events in 2016. There were certainly a lot more, so sorry if I missed some of the more important ones. Museum of Ventura County temporally closes galleries (will re-open in a few days) Ventura County Fair has record attendance Midtown parking structure completed by the new […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 6 – December 21, 2016 - January 3, 2017 - Opinion/Editorial

•  Happy Chanukah (starts Dec. 24), Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our wonderful Breeze readers. The years go by much too quickly. •  Wishing Carl Morehouse, first elected to the Ventura City Council in 1999, all the best in his “retirement” from the City Council. Maybe now he will have time […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 5 – December 7 - December 20, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  This is the first time that I’ve placed an opinion letter (sent to our Mailbox) in my column. But I feel that this is an important enough topic to get your comments regarding the Electoral College, which I commented about it in our last issue. Would love to hear from more of you. Sheldon […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 – November 9 – November 22, 2016 – Opinion/Editorial

Foto: “Being a judge at the Halloween dog costume competition at the Harbor was very difficult because they were all soooo cute (photos in next issue)”     I want to thank all of the candidates that ran for the Ventura City Council and Ventura School Board. Wanting to serve in these positions is based […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 4 – November 23 - December 6, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   Congratulations to Christy Weir and Cheryl Heitmann for being elected to another term on the City Council and to Matt LaVere (who received the most votes) for being elected to the Council for the first time. They are all good choices, and should serve us well. And, kudos also go to School Board winner’s […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 – November 9 - November 22, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  I want to thank all of the candidates that ran for the Ventura City Council and Ventura School Board. Wanting to serve in these positions is based upon making a contribution to Ventura and certainly not motivated by the small “salaries” that they receive. The election results were too late for this issue but […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 2 – October 26 - November 8, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  I thought that this was a done deal with the decision made last year – by a lower court ruling -turning down a lawsuit brought by Ventura Realty & Investment Co against the City and CMH in the Fall of 2014. Ventura Realty & Investment appealed the court’s decision to the 2nd District Court […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 1 – October 12 - October 25, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

Partial cover of our first issue. •  The Ventura Breeze celebrates another year. This is number nine for the Breeze, – our first issue was Oct. 24, 2007. When Staci Brown and I launched the Breeze, we didn’t know if Venturans would accept a very locally focused newspaper or if Ventura needed one. It turns […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 26 – September 28 – October 11, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   I’m very saddened by the passing of Sandra Laby as a friend, a spirit, an inspiration, a contributor to the arts and to the lives of so many. She will be very-very missed (Sometimes life sucks) •   With this issue, we have included statements from five (one was in last issue) of the ten […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 25 – September 14 – September 27, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•    I stated that I was done talking about the closing of Brook’s Institute, but I lied. I’m not going to be critical, just factual. And, I am actually not as riled up as I was originally. On Monday Sept. 12, at the City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Watkins made an excellent presentation to […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 24 – August 31 – September 13, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  In our last issue, I commended Neal Andrews for having the courage of his convictions – because of his displeasure with the Republican National Committee he decided to stop being an active member. Some readers had a problem with me saying that because they thought I was siding with his concerns, which I wasn’t. […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 23 – August 17 – August 30, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  Very sad, but not at all surprising, Brooks Institute is closing down. The City and building landlords might have gotten overly excited that Brooks was moving downtown. A closer examination, though, would have shown that Brooks has been in serious condition for several years with a declining student enrollment that could hardly support what […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 22 – August 3 – August 16, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  On Saturday, Sunday and Monday (right before our issue is printed and distributed on Wednesday) Alfred J. Lewis, the Breeze’s Graphic Artist from Studio Nothing, lays out the paper and, as always, makes it look wonderful. On the Friday, before our July 20 issue, we had a scare. Alfred called me and asked me […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 21 – July 20 – August 2, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  I want to thank the Ventura County Fair for placing their flyer in this issue of the Breeze. Always a great event and very fun and rewarding way to spend a day, or two. •  We are pleased to introduce our new “Real Estate Showcase” page in this issue featuring property listings from local […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 20 – July 6 – July 19, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  In our last issue, I commented about the abundant amount of microbreweries in Ventura. I said that I don’t like beer, but I don’t like chocolate either so maybe (maybe?) I’m just strange. Most people like both of them. •  Because of the demolition work being done at the corner of Thompson Blvd. and […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 19 – June 22 – July 5, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

■  You will have  noticed that this issue is in full color. And, it has upgraded paper which enables us to deliver more vibrant ads and higher quality photos to our readers. We have wanted to transition to this format for quite some time now, but to do so required two things….. great support from […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 18 – June 8 – June 21, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  In our last issue I had the following comments regarding a Ventura’s Historical Preservation Committee‘s vote. I have more to say about this. “On May 23 Ventura’s Historical Preservation Committee, by a 3-2 vote, decided that the building at 567 Sanjon (most recently Joes Crab Shack and previously the Chart House) is not historically significant. […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 17 – May 25 – June 7, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

• On May 23 the Ventura City Council voted (6-0 Tracy was absent) to put a half-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot. If approved the tax would provide approximately $10.8 million annually for the next 25 years. A seven-member oversight committee would be appointed by the Council and would make recommendations on how […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 16 – May 11 – May 24, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   I don’t usually put a letter to the editor in my column but thought that this was important enough to respond to. To the Governor I am amazed at the monthly denial that your editorials have of the crime and homeless situation we have in Ventura. I myself was attacked and suffered a broken […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 15 – April 27 – May 10, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   I still see many signs saying “SAVE OUR HILLSIDES” opposing the proposed Regent Properties hillside development. Asking the City Council to “reject pre-screen application.” It is time for those opposed to the development to make new signs. The City Council approved Regent’s pre-screen application several months ago. It is now up to Regent to […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 14 – April 13 – April 26, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   Have you ever wanted to know the who, what, when, where, why and how of police operations? The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy answers all your questions. 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 »

Vol. 9, No. 13 – March 30 – April 12, 2016 - Person to Person

To celebrate Ventura’s 150th Amber Hansen asked a few Venturan’s why they like living here. Matt LaVere I was born and raised in Ventura, and I’m blessed to be able to raise my own family here as well. Ventura has great beaches, parks, schools and is truly a family-friendly city. And not only does Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 13 – March 30 – April 12, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   I hope that you enjoy our special coverage of Ventura’s 150th Anniversary in this issue. There will be several events coming up to celebrate the anniversary (mentioned in this issue) so be sure to attend them. •   A little information about Ventura that you will probably find very interesting (or not): Coordinates: 34°16′30″N 119°13′40″W […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 12 – March 16 – March 29, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  On March 12 an official ground breaking was held at the proposed Kellogg Park located on the Westside of Ventura on Ventura Ave. (more about this in the next issue of the Breeze). Even though I commend the many people who have worked extremely hard to get this park on the Westside I really […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 11 – March 2 – March 15, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   We have an article in this issue about the passing of Jim Mangis. Even though I didn’t see him often, I considered him a friend. That was just his personality, all who met him felt this way because he cared and was so genuine. I last saw him a few weeks ago at a […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 10 – February 17 – March 2, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•  Congratulations to Ventura Breeze Senior Account Executive Breezy Gledhill who is celebrating her 6-year anniversary with us. I knew she’d be a wonderful addition when she told me that her nickname has been “Breezy” her entire life. I didn’t make her change it as some have thought. •  This November’s elections is shaping up […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 9 – February 3 – February 16, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

• The Ventura City Council has voted against (7-0) medical marijuana businesses and the delivery of medical marijuana in Ventura. This is in keeping with other county cities. Cities have until March 1 to set their own laws before State regulations take effect. Neal Andrews and Carl Morehouse were part of the 7-0 vote but […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   I want to wish Ventura Breeze writer Pam Baumgardner a speedy recovery from her full right knee replacement surgery. I’m sure she will be shooting hoops again above city hall very soon. I also wish my lovely wife Diane (who needs to put up with me) a happy birthday on Jan.20. •   I certainly […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 7 – January 6 – January 19, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

  •   Some reflections from previous articles we ran in 2015. Our April Fools issue was a great success because some people are still mad at me about the fake articles. CMH new hospital construction moving right along and construction started on the new hospital parking structure. Proving that concerned citizens can make a difference, […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 6 – December 23, 2015 – January 5, 2016 - Opinion/Editorial

•   I want to wish all of our wonderful readers, advertisers and my incredible staff a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It has been another wonderful year of bringing Ventura’s news and information to all of you. •   The Ventura Pier was severely damaged by the current high waves and the repair could […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 5 – December 9 - December 22, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

•  These will be my last words (promise) regarding the proposed Regent hillside development until further action is taken – which won’t happen for a long time. As you know, I support this project and have stated my reasons why in previous issues, so I won’t go into that further. It will be exciting and […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 4 – November 25 – December 8, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

•   What still frustrates me is that those in favor of, and against, the Regent 55-unit hillside project appear to not understand that the specific drawings submitted have not been approved by the Planning Commission. And, they will not be approved by the City Council even if the council votes to proceed with the prescreen. […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 3 – November 11 – November 24, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

As stated in our cover article the Planning Commission (with a 5-1 vote) has approved the “prescreen” of the proposed 55-unit hillside development by Regency Properties. They also recommended that the City Council allow the “prescreen” to proceed at the CC Nov.30 meeting. I’m certain that on Nov. 30 the City Council will also vote […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 2 – October 28 – November 10, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

•  There are new 25 MPH signs on Poli St. to reduce driving speeds. Because it is a quicker way to travel East and West, the street is used more like a highway then a residential street. In fact, it is used by a lot of people after downtown bars close. There is less chance […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 1 – October 14 – October 27, 2015 - Opinion/Editorial

This is a very early design rendering of the proposed apartment units to be built on the “Triangle” lot mentioned in our last issue. • We have an opinion piece in this issue from Lynne Hiller that, in part, states “Ventura needs to grow its tax base, and building higher-level or luxury homes adds people […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

• As detailed in a recent issue of the Breeze, there has been great controversy over the potential opening of a strip club on Market St. Even though millions (it seemed like) of citizens showed up at a City Council meeting in opposition to the club, they could not stop it from opening because it […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 25 – September 16 – September 29, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

Scamp’s cousin Dolce Vita wishes you a happy Jewish New Year 5776 and Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jewish people starting at sundown on Sept. 22 . I received this email from Elizabeth Kirmo. “Dear Sheldon, Sending you this note just in case you haven’t heard what’s happening (proposed not happening […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 24 – September 2 – September 15, 2015 – Opinion/Editorial

~ In this issue, we have Unsung Hero portrait number 3 in our current series. I want to thank Sam, the owner of the Rhumb Line restaurant, for being such a gracious host at the luncheon and our waitress Heather for taking such good care of us. Wonderful food and the best view in Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 23 - August 19 – September 1, 2015 - Opinion/Editorial

In a recent article, I stated “…and speaking of the bible, I thought it was pretty impressive launching a paper while in my seventies, but Noah built a 40 foot boat, with 3 levels when he was 630 years old. And without power tools. What a show-off.” There was a typo, any 630-year old could […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 15 - April 29–May 12, 2015 - Opinion/Editorial

• I am very concerned about what Ventura will look like as a result of people not watering their lawns. I have already seen streets where there are 4-6 homes in a row whose front yards are now dirt and weeds. And shortly, it is likely these residents will be parking cars and trucks on […] Read More »