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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 »

Safeguard the Central Coast

by Jack Dyer, Steve Dunwoody, and Graciela Cabellos The Central Coast is one of the most treasured landscapes in California, and for good reason. Three distinct ecosystems— grassland, semi-desert, and redwood forest—join together here to host more than 470 animal species, including more than 90 that are at risk of extinction.  It’s one of the […] Read More »

Orientation being held July 7th to learn about visiting Ventura's sister city - Loreto, Mexico

Loreto was the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula. For the first time since former Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann officially exchanged keys to the city with Loreto, Mexico, in 2015, the Ventura/Loreto Sister City Committee is inviting Venturans to travel with them to explore their sister city. Planning is underway for biannual visits to Loreto […] Read More »

Keep your 4 paw family members safe on July 4th

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Ventura City Fire and Police Departments respond to single vehicle accident

In the early morning hours of July 3rd, Ventura City Fire and Police Department responded to a report of a single vehicle accident with a trapped victim by Victoria and Ralston. When fire crews arrived they discovered a passenger vehicle that had hit a traffic camera pole as well as a tree in the median of Victoria. Firefighters […] Read More »

Keep your fur family members safe on July 4th

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Public invited to free Civil War talk on July 6 at the Olivas Adobe

Members of the public are invited to attend the Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters (OAHI) general meeting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, July 6, at the Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura, to hear about OAHI activities, and the “Native California Cavalry and its activities and impact during and after the Civil War” by the featured speaker, […] Read More »

City of Ventura and State Parks Urge Safety for July 4th Holiday

Enhanced beachfront patrol to ensure a safe and clean Ventura The City of Ventura and State Parks urge citizens to ensure a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday by observing local laws that prohibit fireworks in the city of Ventura. Ventura Police, Fire and State Parks will provide increased law enforcement presence on the sand and […] Read More »

Marine Sightings - June 2016

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How safe are Ventura County’s Special Education Schools?

by the Grand Jury When parents send their children to school in the morning, they trust their children will have a productive day of learning in a safe environment. Similarly, when teachers report to work they hope to focus their efforts on teaching without fear for their safety and that of their students. Unfortunately, with the increase in […] Read More »

Simple Steps to Good Health - June 2016, Fitness Tips

by Elisabeth Mondragon 5 Ways to Sneak in Exercise This Summer Summer is the perfect time to check in with your healthy lifestyle goals. You might be spending less time in a gym but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on exercise. Be creative and exercise outside! Spending active time with your family or […] Read More »

Ventura County wildlife expert to discuss how to reduce human-coyote conflicts, June 30

On Thursday, June 30, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host “Coexisting with Coyotes,” a free open-to- the-public presentation providing information about coyotes, their behaviors and how residents can reduce human-wildlife conflicts. Wildlife biologist David Lee will make a presentation and discuss the recent uptick in urban coyote activity. The presentation, which will take place from 7 – […] Read More »

Local National Parks Benefit our Economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2015 shows the economic benefit of Channel Islands National Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to our local economy in supporting 761 jobs with a cumulative benefit to the local economy of nearly 74 million dollars. 324,815 visitors to Channel Islands National Park in 2015 spent over $19 million and […] Read More »

Breaking the silence among neighbors

Dr. Joseph Attias, neurophysiologist and audiologist from the University of Haifa, will be speaking about breakthroughs in rehabilitating deafness and his work in Israel done in cooperation with the Kingdom of Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. Among Dr. Attias’ findings is that the incidence of deafness in Jordanian children is four times greater than for Israeli children. His […] Read More »

“Tip-A- Cop” Fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics of Ventura County

The Ventura Police Department (VPD) will again be sponsoring the Special Olympics “Tip-A- Cop” event on Tuesday, June 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Romano’s Macaroni Grill located at 4880 Telephone Rd. in Ventura (805) 477-9925. Tip-A- Cop is a law enforcement fundraising event in which law enforcement officers assist with waiting tables at a local […] Read More »

Scientists, Conservation Professionals Honored on Endangered Species Day for Role in Recovery of Island Fox on Northern Channel Islands

Ventura – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today recognized eight individuals from the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Institute for Wildlife Studies as 2015 Recovery Champions for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect three subspecies of fox on the northern Channel Islands, which are currently proposed for delisting under the Endangered Species Act. […] Read More »

Lunch at no charge

Each summer, Ventura Unified School District provides a nutrition program. This program provides lunch at no charge to children 1-18 years of age. Summer Nutrition is not based on income qualification. It is available for all community children regardless of their school year qualification for free and reduced price meals. Lunch will be served June 13th through August […] Read More »

Felix N Fido dog adoption event

At the Felix N Fido dog adoption event held at the Ventura Harbor the pugs took in $25 and Breeze contributing writer Sheli Ellsworth took in $1 when Scamp gave her a kiss (except she wouldn’t accept his credit card). Read More »

Henry Schwab Violin/Viola Competition

The Ventura College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lawson, will present the finalists of the 8th annual Henry Schwab Violin/Viola Competition on June 18. Three talented young violinists, selected March 19th, at the preliminary audition, will each perform by memory, a complete classical Violin Concerto with the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra. The competition honors the memory of Henry Schwab, […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze own Fred Kastel

The Ventura Breeze own Fred Kastel when he, and the horses were just a few years younger Read More »

Simple Steps to Good Health - June 2016, Food Tips

by Elisabeth Mondragon Start Your Day off Right One of the best ways to start your day with energy and nutrition is with a healthy breakfast. We know it can be easy to just grab a donut on your way to work or simply skip this meal altogether, but both can grind your weight loss plan […] Read More »

Candlelight vigil held in Ventura for victims of Orlando nightclub shooting

Photos by Cindy Summers Over 100 people of all ages and diversities gathered at Paddy’s Bar & Lounge on Sunday night to participate in a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. The group walked from Paddy’s to Ventura City Hall where various community leaders spoke out about the tragic incident […] Read More »

Outrigger Canoe Competition Saturday June 11th the Ventura Harbor

Photos by George Robertson Outrigger canoe clubs from San Diego to San Francisco on Saturday. This annual event is sponsored by Hokuloa a Ventura based Outrigger Canoe Club. 800-1000 individuals from 18 clubs each with 4-6 canoes competed in this event.   Read More »

AIDS Lifecycle Event Friday - Saturday Jun 10th & 11th

Photos by George Robertson 2400-2500 cyclists spent the night in the San Buenaventura State Beach Park on Friday night leaving at 6:15am on Saturday bound for Los Angeles. Read More »

Homeland Security Expert David Fukutomi of Camarillo appointed to CMHS Board of Trustees

David Fukutomi, a prominent government and private sector consultant specializing in security and emergency management, has been appointed as a member of Community Memorial Health System’s Board of Trustees. Fukutomi has held a number of consulting positions in a career spanning over 20 years. His government service has included stints with the Federal Emergency Management […] Read More »

6th Annual City Impact, Inc. Ventura Beachfront Run

Photos by George Robertson 1/2 Marathon, 10K and 5K Run held on June 4.  This year there were close to 600 runners who participated.     Read More »

Community members invited to attend Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Forums

Community members invited to attend Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Forums, June 14 and June 16, 2016 What: STAKEHOLDER FORUM – Upper Ventura River (UVRB) Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Forum When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6pm to 8:30pm Where: Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View CA 93022 To learn more visit: www.uvrgroundwater.org […] Read More »

Boketto by Susan Rich

Outside my window it’s never the same- some mornings jasmine slaps the house, some mornings sorrow. There is a word I overheard today, meaning lost not on a career path or across a floating bridge: Boketto-to stare out windows without purpose. Don’t laugh; it’s been too long since we leaned into the morning: bird friendly […] Read More »

Ventura Emergency personnel respond to Porche losing control and slamming into residence

On May 31, at approximately 4:45 am, a four door Porche Panamera was traveling East bound on Loma Vista Road at a high rate of speed when it lost control and slammed into a residence. The house was occupied by three people who fortunately were not near the garage where the vehicle came to rest […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department rescues trapped victim in vehicle that hit a tree

On May 28, at approximately 4:20am, Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle off the roadway with a report of a trapped victim. When fire crews arrive they discovered a small Honda SUV that had hit a eucalyptus tree at a high rate of speed, crushing the vehicle and trapping the driver. Firefighters using […] Read More »

Ventura Film Society Season 8 - “Hearing is Believing” the Rachel Flowers story June 9

Please join the Ventura Film Society on Thursday June 9th at 6:30pm at the Century 10 Downtown Ventura for the Ventura County Premiere of “HEARING IS BELIEVING”, the new feature documentary from VFS Founder & award-winning producer/director Lorenzo DeStefano. This film introduces the world to the multi-talented young musician and composer, Rachel Flowers. Born 15 weeks premature, weighing only […] Read More »

6th Annual Pride Prom of Ventura May 21st at Poinsettia Pavilion

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Marine Sightings May 2016

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Ventura City Fire Department responds to kitchen fire in two story home.

On May 13, at approximately 4pm, Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a two story residential home. Upon arrival fire crews found a fire burning in the kitchen on the second floor. The fire was extinguished 10 minutes after arrival of firefighters. A sprinkler system was activated as a result of the fire […] Read More »

The Ventura Family YMCA hosts annual Senior Day May 25

The Ventura Family YMCA will host their annual Senior Day on Wednesday, May 25th from 10am to 1:30pm.  This free community event is made possible through sponsorships by Montecito Bank & Trust, The Palms at Bonaventure, and Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc.  The Longevity Expo will include local vendors who specialize in senior services from 10am-12pm.  […] Read More »

Stamp out Hunger food collection event in Ventura May 14th

On Saturday May 14th, our local letter carriers will be carrying over 100,000 pounds of food for stamp out hunger! They want to collect as much food as possible for those in need right here in Ventura County – and they need your help! All you have to do is leave a bag of non-perishable food […] Read More »

National Police Week May 15-21

National Police Week begins this Sunday, May 15th and runs through Saturday, May 21. The Ventura Police Community Foundation invites all to come out with the Ventura Police Department and help raise money for Community/VPD events, Public Safety and City of Ventura Youth Programs including the Police Activities League by participating in Ventura Restaurant Week. Please come and […] Read More »

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy to host “Bike and Hike,” Saturday, May 21

On Sat., May 21, from 1-3 p.m., the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host “Bike and Hike” – a free community bike ride along the Ojai-Ventura Bike path. VHC staff will lead riders on a 12-mile round-trip excursion to their Big Rock Preserve. Upon arrival, VHC will conduct a hike on their nature preserve before returning to […] Read More »

“Take Your Bike to Work Week” May 16-20

“Take Your Bike to Work Week,” an annual event that encourages commuters to change up their daily commute and try riding their bikes to work, will kick-off Monday, May 16, 2016. Co-sponsored by the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD),“Take Your Bike to Work Week” will run May […] Read More »

Please help ID these robbery suspects

Can you help ID these suspects? They were involved in a Grand Theft at a business in the 800 Block of S. Victoria Ave. 2 unidentified suspects came into Two Trees Optometry during lunch time on Cinco de Mayo and stole estimated $5000 worth of retail eyeglasses. If you recognize them, the Ventura Police Department would […] Read More »

Annual Summerfest celebration happening May 21st

Celebrating our healthy community partnerships By Dr. Michael Babb, Ed.D. Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Every year Ventura Unified School District and its community partners host Summerfest, a celebration of our Ventura’s commitment to health and well-being. More than 8,000 people converge on the Education Services Center for a day of outdoor events that promote physical activity and […] Read More »

Sign up for free “Responsible Beverage Serving”class on May 3

The City of Ventura Office of Special Events and Project Safer on Responsible Beverage Serving will co-host a free “Responsible Beverage Serving” class on Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 pm, in the Community Meeting Room at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street. The class is mandatory for special events where alcohol is served or sold. A short presentation will […] Read More »

Under the Pier

A short story by Breeze contributing writer Sheli Ellsworth It’s dawn. The streetlights have ceased their eerie glow. Since daylight savings stopped, the sun is up sooner, the days are longer, so I feel safer. I sleep better lying down, but here on my cement Posturepedic, propped up against the rough stucco wall next to […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to mobile construction office fully involved in fire

On April 25, at 7:24pm, Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from behind a business in the 2400 block of Channel Drive.  Upon arrival firefighters found a mobile construction office fully involved in fire.  Firefighters worked to protect a boat and additional construction materials that were being impacted by the […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department personnel and apparatus respond to structure fire

On April 21, at 1:37pm, Ventura City Fire Department personnel and apparatus responded to a reported structure fire located in the 100 block of Prospect St. The initial arriving units found a 20′ length of wooden property fence, multiple trash cans, and other misc. materials burning in between two residences and impinging on the eaves […] Read More »

Apply Now to Serve on Ventura City Council Advisory Boards, Commissions and Committees

Ventura residents can apply for an exciting opportunity to support their community by serving as a volunteer on one of the City Council Advisory Boards, Commissions or Committees that advise the City Council on an array of issues.  There are open positions on 12 multi-member Council Advisory groups that examine issues and help shape Ventura. […] Read More »

City of Ventura Special Event Grants applications are due May 12

Applications are due May 12 for the City of Ventura “Special Event Permit Fund” – a grant program open to event organizers staging cultural festivals and special events in Ventura that activate public space and increase visitor spending. Applicants must be a Ventura based nonprofit or an agency partnering with a Ventura based nonprofit planning […] Read More »

Ventura City and County Fire Departments respond to traffic collision with vehicle into building

On April 16, at 3:36pm Ventura City and County  Fire Departments responded to a traffic collision with a vehicle into a building located in the 9200 block of Telephone Rd.. Upon arrival, crews discovered a vehicle into an occupied restaurant. The driver and solo-occupant was extricated from the vehicle.  First arriving Firefighters quickly assessed the […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire personnel respond to grass fire along 101 freeway adjacent to railroad tracks

On April 20, at 2:30pm Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a reported grass fire along the 101 freeway adjacent to railroad tracks and an auto mall. Initial arriving units found a wind driven fire, approx 50’x50′, burning quickly through light to medium fuels, and moving South along the right shoulder of the Southbound 101 […] Read More »

Ventura College hosting grand opening celebration and building dedication of new state-of-the-art Applied Science Center April 21

Ventura College will host a grand opening celebration and building dedication of its new state-of-the-art Applied Science Center on Thursday, April 21, from 3-4 p.m. at the campus located at 4667 Telegraph Road. The event will include tours, a short presentation and remarks by school administrators, Chancellor Bernard Luskin and Board of Trustees Larry Kennedy, Chair. Established in 1925, […] Read More »

Public invited to Ventura City Council's Community Workshop on Homelessness, April 18

The City of Ventura City Council will hold a Community Workshop on Homelessness, Monday, April 18, 2016 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Island View Room of the Derby Club. The purpose of the workshop is to: Provide education and promote community ownership and alignment about homelessness Foster healthy, collaborative dialogue […] Read More »

City of Ventura accepts the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1 - 30

Cities nationwide are participating in a nationwide contest to be named the “Most Water-Wise” city. Over 3,900 cities are expected to compete and Ventura has its eye on the prize! In 2015, Ventura took second place for the top-ranked city in the 100,000 – 299,999 population standings. El Niño has not delivered on its anticipated […] Read More »

Free VA benefits and clean slate legal clinic for veterans

OneJustice’s Justice Bus® Project is partnering with the Public Counsel Law Center and Ventura County Library to provide a free VA benefits and clean slate legal clinic for veterans in Ventura. During the clinic, individuals with appointments will meet one-on-one with volunteer attorneys one-hundred percent free of charge. Appointments are required! This clinic is being […] Read More »

Soroptimist  announces 85th Anniversary & Scholarship Awards Event

Soroptimist International (SI) of Ventura, a local service club for business and professional women with the goal of making a difference in the lives of women and girls, is celebrating its 85th year of serving the community of Ventura. The celebration will be held in conjunction with its annual scholarship awards. April 16, from 11:30 […] Read More »

YMCA Healthy Kids Day April 30th

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Marine Sightings - April 2016

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Firefighters respond to gas line rupture

On April 12, just before 9am, a private contractor was performing work on a driveway on Inspiration Way (just above Poli Street) when he inadvertently broke through a 2” main gas line that feeds 6 complexes with a backhoe. Firefighters arrived and evacuated a total of four homes and sheltered-in–place a total of 14 other […] Read More »

Fishing boat hits Ventura Harbor jetty

Photo by George Robertson A fishing boat hit the Ventura Harbor jetty while returning from a day of fishing. Most of the 50-foot-long fishing vessel sank after hitting jetty rocks. Three people were rescued from the boat. Read More »

Ventura City Fire personnel respond to garage fire

On April 9, at 1:11pm, Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a reported garage fire in the 700 block of Alverstone Ave. The first arriving unit reported a fully involved garage extending into the attic above, unknown if occupants present. Due to a partial collapse of the ceiling inside the garage, attack crews were forced to delay their interior […] Read More »

Ventura County – 15 More Beds Needed for Summer Program

Volunteer families are asked to host international exchange students, ages 14-17, who are scheduled to arrive in the U.S. in June/July for a four-week program. Little kids, big kids, no kids…our host families come in all shapes and sizes and include single persons and senior citizens, as well as married couples who are with or without children. Host […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA Urges Locals to Assess Type 2 Diabetes Risk

UCLA study finds nearly half of Ventura County adults have prediabetes; Few Ventura residents know they are at risk. Following alarming data in a landmark study on diabetes published by UCLA this month and in conjunction with Diabetes Alert Day observed this year on March 22, the Ventura Family YMCA is encouraging residents of the Ventura area to […] Read More »

Become a Junior Ranger at Channel Islands National Park

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Channel Islands National Park is hosting a special Junior Ranger event on Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the park visitor center in the Ventura Harbor. Children will have the opportunity to participate in four different Junior Ranger programs at the event, allowing them to earn badges […] Read More »

The Peddler of Flowers by Amy Lowell

The Peddler of Flowers Amy Lowell I came from the country With flowers, Larkspur and roses, Fretted lilies In their leaves, And long, cool lavender. I carried them From house to house, And cried them Down hot streets. The sun fell Upon my flowers, And the dust of the streets Blew over my basket. That […] Read More »

California Dental Association Foundation and CDA host CDA Cares to provide free dental care April 16-17 at Ventura County Fairgrounds

The California Dental Association Foundation and CDA are hosting a CDA Cares dental clinic to provide oral health care and education at no charge to approximately 2,000 patients. Dentists, dental and health professionals, and community volunteers are donating their time and skills to this two-day event. Since 2012, with the help of 12,918 volunteers, CDA […] Read More »

Apply Now to Serve on Ventura City Council Advisory Boards, Commissions and Committees

Ventura residents can apply for an exciting opportunity to support their community by serving as a volunteer on one of the City Council Advisory Boards, Commissions or Committees that advise the City Council on an array of issues.  There are open positions on 12 multi-member Council Advisory groups that examine issues and help shape Ventura. […] Read More »

A Celebration of Art and Native Flora at Channel Islands National Park April 9

As part of a continuing celebration of 100 years of national parks in 2016, the public is invited to enjoy a spring event in the native plant garden on April 9, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center in the Ventura Harbor. This Find Your Park event […] Read More »

Marine Mammal Sightings

Marine Mammal Sightings Totals for March 2016: Blue Whales: 3 Fin Whales: 11 Gray Whales: 190 Humpback Whales: 185 Minke Whales: 2 Orca Whales: 1 Sei Whales: 1 Bottlenose Dolphin: 250 Common Dolphin: 32,816 Northern Right Whale Dolphin: 2 Pacific White Sided Dolphin: 50 Thresher Sharks:  6 Read More »

Ventura College presents Diversity in Culture Festival

Ventura College will hold its inaugural Diversity in Culture Festival, April 12–14 on the Ventura College campus, 4667 Telegraph. The festival is free and open to the public. Events will begin at 11 a.m. each day and run until 8:30 p.m. The event will feature a wide variety of cultural performances, art, food and speakers […] Read More »

Please help find Walter

Walter’s family needs your help to bring him safely home. Read More »

Public Health Investigating Cases of Cardiomyopathy in Ventura County

Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) has been investigating 12 patients with cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart begins to work with decreased efficiency, and is marked by fatigue and shortness of breath. The patients who have recently been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in the county range in age from 19 to 78 years of […] Read More »

Pierpont Elementary Instructor Recognized as March's Teacher of the Month

The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) named Mary Louise Newburn, first grade instructor at Pierpont Elementary School in Ventura, California, as March’s Teacher of the Month. VCEF board member, Pattie Braga, joined elected representatives and members of the business community on March 2, 2016, to present Newburn with a plaque commemorating the award. Newburn, […] Read More »

City of Ventura completes new sewer interconnect project, marking continued progress toward commercial development project

The City of Ventura recently finished a significant step in completing the needed infrastructure for a high priority project known as Focus Area One which includes the Ventura Auto Center and Olivas Park, a future development project. The Olivas Park Drive Sewer Interconnect project includes installation of a new sewer pipeline that will bypass the […] Read More »

66' catamaran Extreme H20

66′ catamaran Extreme H20 in the Harbor set to sail Photo by George  Robertson Read More »

Community College Volleyball Tournament in the Harbor

Community College Volleyball Tournament in the Harbor – Ventura, Bakersfield and Pierce College Girls Teams Photo by George Robertson Read More »

Four Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP attorneys on Rising Stars list of 2016 Super Lawyers

Four attorneys with Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP have been named to the Rising Stars list of Super Lawyers for 2016. This is a repeat honor for partners Bret Anderson, Jesse Cahill and Douglas Goldwater, and the first recognition for Kymberley Peck, an associate with Ventura County’s largest law firm. The Rising Stars list includes […] Read More »

Betsy Blanchard Chess selected as Director of Fund Development

Betsy has worked with numerous arts organizations including the Rubicon Theatre. The Museum of Ventura County is pleased to announce the hiring of Betsy Blanchard Chess as its new Director of Development. Ms. Chess will help lead the organization in its efforts to sustain its two locations-the second site being the Museum of Ventura Agriculture […] Read More »

Newly groomed volleyball courts in the Ventura Harbor

By George Robertson Glad to see that the community colleges are taking advantage of the newly groomed volleyball courts in the Ventura Harbor.  Can’t wait to see the high school beach volleyball teams playing there. Read More »

Construction on the Ventura Pier continues

Construction on the Ventura Pier continues. Maybe these homeless guys could do the work they seem very talented at building things. Read More »

Ventura Police Department's newest K9 Teams, Officer Keith Therrien and K9 Falco, will be introduced at Ventura Baptist Church Mar. 13

One of Ventura Police Department’s newest K9 Teams, Officer Keith Therrien and K9 Falco, will be introduced at Ventura Baptist Church on March 13 at 9:30 a.m. Falco was purchased from a donation by Ventura Baptist Church. Falco is a two and half year old all black German Shepard from Germany. His full name is […] Read More »

Cal Poly students from Ventura honored

Rachel SantaOlalla and Tanner Shelton make Ventura proud. Twenty-one Cal Poly students were recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Monday, Feb. 1. Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, D-Carmel, whose district also includes the university, introduced the students to his colleagues. […] Read More »

Tree damage from high winds

This very large tree located on Seaward in Ventura fell during the recent huge winds. Read More »

Public invited to Ventura 150th "City Hall Open House" on Friday, March 11

Community members of all ages are invited to visit Ventura City Hall, located at 501 Poli Street, for a fun afternoon learning about local government during an Open House celebrating Ventura’s 150th anniversary of cityhood.  The free event will be held Friday, March 11, from 1 to 4 pm. Art and historic tours, music, refreshments, […] Read More »

Ventura College Hosts First District-Wide Distance Education Summit

Dean of Distance Education Gwendolyn Lewis Huddleston and Chancellor Bernard Luskin hosts summit Ventura College recently hosted its first district-wide Distance Education Summit on campus at the new Applied Science Center to discuss the future of Distance Education throughout the district and statewide.  Chancellor Bernard Luskin and Ventura College President Greg Gillespie joined Dean of […] Read More »

United Blood Services Announces First New Blood Mobile in Twenty Years!

The familiar sight at local mobile blood drives is sure to please donors and staff alike. Ventura & Santa Barbara – United Blood Services has upgraded it’s “blood mobile”, a familiar sight in the area, with a brand new unit. The new blood mobile was especially built and configured to United Blood Services specifications and […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation announces new board member, Robert Beilin

Robert Beilin, Ph.D., MFT. Is new board member at Ventura College Foundation. Ventura College Foundation’s Executive Director Norbert Tan has announced the addition of new board member, Robert Beilin, Ph.D., MFT. A licensed marital and family therapist, Dr. Beilin has been providing mediation, psychotherapy, coaching and consultation in Ventura County for forty years and has […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury now accepting applications

Are you interested in providing a service for your community while learning about local government operations?  Service on the Ventura County [Civil] Grand Jury provides that opportunity. As an all-volunteer watchdog group, the Grand Jury investigates selected complaints that have been received from the public.  After investigating a complaint, the Grand Jury issues a written report which includes facts, […] Read More »

Students from  El Camino High School

By Phil Taggart Ventura County Poet Laureate Starting this last September, I started working with students from El Camino High School at Ventura College through the CAPS Media program.  The high school students were to produce a news/magazine show.  They were responsible for all the technical aspects and the content. The attack in Paris followed […] Read More »

Illegal drivers on Pierpont Beach got stuck and caught in the act

Sometime early Saturday two individuals in a SUV decided to drive across the sand berms on Pierpont Beach. They started at San Pedro and got as far as Brockton LN before they got stuck. Both the Ventura Police and the State Park Rangers arrived shortly thereafter. State Parks pulled them free. I wonder how much this is […] Read More »

Drive through at the Bargain Box

A lady judy couldn’t wait for the Bargain Box to open so just drove in (1975 Main in Ventura) Read More »

VCEF Names El Camino High School Instructor Jean Krist February Teacher of the Month

Jean Krist receives award for excellence in education The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) recognized Jean Krist, educator at El Camino High School (ECHS) in Ventura, California, as February’s Teacher of the Month. On Feb. 23, 2016, VCEF board member, Pattie Braga, joined elected representatives and members of the business community to present Krist […] Read More »

Friendship Sangha of the Heart hosting free program Mar. 7

On Monday evening March 7th the Friendship Sangha of the Heart, a Spiritual Growth Program of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura (UUCV), will be hosting this special free program. Join us in the Sanctuary of the UUCV for meditation practice at 7:00 pm, the book talk with Timber Hawkeye at 7:30 pm or both. […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County and Channel Islands National Park, host “Tales of Island Life” festivities Mar. 6

On Sunday, March 6, from 11 am to 4 pm, the Museum of Ventura County, in partnership with the Channel Islands National Park, hosts a fun-filled day for families with the theme “Tales of Island Life.” This is one of the occasional Sundays that the two organizations will jointly host in celebration of the Channel […] Read More »

Martin R. Erickson named VCTC’s Public Transit Director

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) filled a crucial position today by naming Martin R. Erickson its new Public Transit Director. Erickson will supervise VCTC transit activities. “Martin’s knowledge of local transportation and community issues makes him ideal to address the transit challenges in Ventura County,” said VCTC Executive Director Darren Kettle. Erickson, a Ventura […] Read More »

Catherine Bojorquez joins the Ventura County Community College District as Budget Director

Ventura County Community College District Chancellor Bernard Luskin today announced that Catherine Bojorquez has joined the VCCCD as the Budget Director.  Bojorquez reports directly to Vice Chancellor David Keebler, Business and Administrative Services.  She is responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of the annual budget and reporting the District’s fiscal and student workload information […] Read More »

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum Brown-bag Luncheon Learning Series Mar. 4

The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum will hold a Brown-bag Luncheon Learning Series on Friday (March 4th) at noon.  The topic is “More than just roads and commodes:  The history of the Naval Shore Establishment 1800-1941, Part One.”  Join museum archivist Gina Nichols for the first installment of a two-part series on the history of the […] Read More »

Ventura City Firefighters respond to ¼ acre fire in Ventura River

On Feb.25 , at 1:45am Ventura City Firefighters responded into to the Ventura River Friday morning for a ¼ acre fire that was the result of an unattended vagrant encampment fire. The fire spread through the brush and consumed vegetation surrounding the waterfront and burned towards the train trestle. Firefighters contained the fire in an […] Read More »

March is American Red Cross Month

The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton and is the United States premier emergency response organization. The American Red Cross is part of a worldwide organization which offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war. The American Red Cross is not funded by the government. They rely on donations of […] Read More »

Ventura County Community College District holding Public Policy Hearing on Accreditation Mar 2

The Ventura County Community College District plans to hold a Public Policy Hearing on Accreditation at the Ventura County Office of Education (5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, CA), Wednesday, March 2.  The three colleges in the District (Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura) are preparing required self-study documents in anticipation of their accreditation site visits from the Association of […] Read More »

Public Invited to Mayor Erik Nasarenko’s State of the City Address February 29

Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko will present the annual State of the City address in Council Chambers at City Hall, 501 Poli Street, on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 6 pm.  A brief reception will be held after the address, followed by the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. The address, titled “Invest in Ventura, Now and For a Strong Tomorrow,” will focus […] Read More »

Breeze Believe It or Not

For the first time since 1943 the latest rain brought snow with it! Read More »

Channel Islands National Park Comes “Ashore” to the Museum of Ventura County To celebrate National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary

On Sunday, February 28, from 11 am to 5 pm, the Museum of Ventura County, in partnership with the Channel Islands National Park, hosts a fun-filled day for families with the theme of “Island Chumash Traditions.”  This is one of four Sundays that the two organizations will jointly host in celebration of the Channel Islands National Park’s […] Read More »

The Beach Cities Neighbors and Newcomers Club meeting Mar. 2nd

The Beach Cities Neighbors and Newcomers Club, (BCNN ) is a group of active women of all ages who live in Ventura, Oxnard, or Port Hueneme and enjoy activities such as hiking, bridge, dining, wine outings, reading, mah jong, cooking etc.For more information, please come to our monthly meeting on March 2, 2016 from 9:30 […] Read More »

Trailer side swipes hydrant causing geyer and flooding

Pictures from , Tuesday, February 16, , near the Servants of the Father of Mercy, 1544 Morse Ave. At about 2:30pm a trailer side swiped a fire hydrant near the corner of Callens and Market Street.  It set off a huge water geyser about two and a half stories high and flooding the street down Callens into the field […] Read More »

Local Entrepreneurs Join Forces to Host Free Community Event

Three recent graduates of WEV’s Self-Employment Training (SET) Program will join forces in a free yoga and coffee event for the community. For those with a love for both yoga and coffee, three local entrepreneurs are hosting the perfect event. On Saturday, February 27th, WEV Self-Employment Training graduates Michelle Nouraei, Marilyn Hefferen, and Ashley Tindall will […] Read More »

Ask Event benefitting Step Up Ventura Feb. 19th

Come enjoy a little wine, a little cheese, a little chocolate, And do a whole lot of good…. It’s an Ask Event benefiting Step Up Ventura Take this opportunity to learn about an exciting new organization that provides homeless children and their families with much needed preschool and child care. This is a fundraising event and your […] Read More »

Ventura City emergency personnel respond to mini-van with 5 victims into a building

On Feb. 9 Ventura City Fire Personnel responded to a reported vehicle into a building in the 300 block of Ferro Dr. The first arriving engine company found a mini-van that had left a hillside roadway, collided with exterior portions of a residence and a concrete pillar, coming to rest with the front left portion […] Read More »

Ventura firefighters respond to vagrant encampment fire below Union Pacific Train Trestle

A vagrant encampment fire that started in a confined space below the Union Pacific Train Trestle Sunday afternoon extended approximately 40 feet and significantly damaged a portion of the rail line on the bridge. Firefighters requested Union Pacific to stop all rail activities in order to make access to bridge. Ventura Police assisted by placing […] Read More »

Applications now being accepted for City of Ventura Planning Commission position

City of Ventura residents are encouraged to apply for a vacancy on the Planning Commission that advises the City Council on issues related to planning, development, and beautification of the City.  The special recruitment process is now open and applications are available online at www.cityofventura.net/involved/advisory or from the City Clerk’s Office, Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli […] Read More »

Harbor entrance may open soon

According to Harbormaster John Higgins the Ventura Harbor entrance (closed because of high sand build –up) could reopen shortly if dredging can be performed to remove the sand build-up. The Harbor entrance was closed Jan.22 which meant that the tall ships had to be moved to the Channel Islands Harbor. Dredging equipment will hopefully be arriving […] Read More »

Suicide averted on Seaward Bridge

On Feb.3, at 10:50pm, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a 911 call from a citizen reporting a subject standing on Seaward Bridge over the 101 freeway.  Officers arrived on scene and confirmed a male subject was standing on the ledge of the bridge, and he was threatening to jump. The Ventura City Fire […] Read More »

Surfrider Foundation Ventura County Chapter Meeting Tues. Feb. 2nd

Guest Speakers on Pervasive Plastics in our Sandy Beach Ecosystem Surfrider welcomes the public to join us at our first general chapter meeting for 2016 on Tuesday February 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30 at Patagonia / Great Pacific Iron Works. The chapter meeting will cover local program and campaign updates and feature a guest presentation by a research […] Read More »

Join us for Day 2 of the STEAM + ASPIRE3 event at Foothill Technology High School Sat. Jan. 30th

Join us for Day 2 of the STEAM + ASPIRE3 event this Saturday, January 30th from 1:30-3:00 at Foothill Technology High School in Spirito Hall. Ventura Unified Middle School students from Ancapa, Balboa, Cabrillo, DeAnza (DATA) and Sunset have teamed up with mentors from Foothill Technology High School to design a website and video where students use STEAM to […] Read More »

Community members invited to attend a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Committee Stakeholder Meeting, Jan. 28 at 6pm

What:   Stakeholder forum – Upper Ventura River (UVRB) Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Committee When:  Thursday, January 28, 2016 6pm to 8:30pm Where:  Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View CA 93022 Who:  Open to the public and interested community members A public stakeholder forum is scheduled to provide an opportunity for interested stakeholders to learn more about the […] Read More »

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County hosts grand opening for new Oxnard ReStore

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting for its new Oxnard ReStore and office location Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 9 a.m. The new location is at 1850 Eastman Avenue Oxnard. Join us for exclusive offers, refreshments, followed by tours of the new offices. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department responds to vehicle driving into unoccupied motel room

On Jan.23, at 2:16pm  the Ventura City Fire department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle into a structure.  Upon arrival firefighters discovered a single vehicle inside a first floor room of a two story motel in the 700 block of Thompson. The vehicle, with two adult occupants, was driven through an exterior wall […] Read More »

Results from Ventura Police Department DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on 1-22-16

The Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on 1-22-16, at Main St. and Callens Rd. between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. DUI/Drivers […] Read More »

"Darn, I thought

that Santa Clara was much wider then this.” Read More »

Tall Ships take early departure from Ventura Harbor

In very bad news for the Ventura Harbor merchants, and Venturans  the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have left the Ventura Harbor and sailed back to the Channel Islands Harbor. This was due to storm action and an unusually large amount of sand at the harbor entrance where conditions were getting too dangerous […] Read More »

Day Island boat beached on Pierpont beach in Ventura

Photo by Cindy Summers On Jan.10, at 10:18pm the Ventura City Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a large commercial fishing vessel aground in the surf line in front of Woodstock Ln. Ventura. Upon arrival Ventura City Ocean Rescue personnel discovered 3 adult fishermen still on board. With waves crashing into the vessel […] Read More »

Canoeing down Channel Dr.

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Elite Theatre Company presents one-act festival Jan. 15th - Feb. 7th

The Elite Theatre Company is proud to present its 7th Annual One-Act Play Festival, opening Friday, January 15th and playing to February 7th. The plays are a compilation of the winners of the 2015 One-Act Play Writing Competition chosen from nearly 100 submissions from North American playwrights. The selections are both dramatic and comedic, and […] Read More »

Update on Sandbags

The City of Ventura Maintenance Yard parking lot at 336 Sanjon Rd will have sand, bags and shovels as supplies last and will continue to refill as possible. Supplies are currently NOT available at Fire Station #1 or #6. The Ventura County Fire Department is also providing sandbags the phone number for more information is […] Read More »

Storm and high surf advisory for Ventura Tuesday-Thursday

The National Weather Service advises that a series of three storms is expected to make landfall in Ventura County beginning Tuesday, January 5. The first storm system is forecasted to hit Ventura County early Tuesday morning into the evening and may bring 1.4 – 2.5 inches of rain to the area. Rainfall rates up to […] Read More »

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy invites volunteers to plant trees January 16 & 18

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy invites volunteers to plant trees on January 16 & 18 On Sat., Jan. 16 and Mon., Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host community tree planting events at the Big Rock Preserve near Foster Park. VHC invites volunteers of all ages to join them from 9 […] Read More »

Sand and sandbags available to Ventura residents

Sand and sandbags available to Ventura residents, at the following locations: City of Ventura, Sanjon Mainentance Yard: 336 Sanjon Road Ventura City Fire Station #1: 717 N. Ventura Avenue Ventura City Fire Station #6: 10797 Darling Road (near Wells Road, across from Saticoy Golf Course) In preparation of expected heavy rain, the City of Ventura […] Read More »

Happy New Year

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Electrical fire damages home

On Dec.30, at 5:20 pm, a resident of Cabrillo Village, 1515 S. Saticoy Ave. arrived home to find smoke and flames coming out of a front window and lapping at the eaves above the entrance to her home.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find the residence completely charged with smoke.  As they advanced into the […] Read More »

Ventura Pier repairs begin

Our beloved pier is finally getting some much-needed TLC after the amazingly brutal waves we had recently Read More »

Wood stove flu causes hedge fire damaging garage

On Dec.29, at 3:12pm a resident working in his backyard was startled by popping sounds and a large head of smoke coming from his garage. The homeowner had an extinguisher and attempted to put out the blaze, but the fire moved quickly and was not extinguished. Ventura City Fire Firefighters responded to the home in […] Read More »

Car loses control and crashes into light pole

On Dec.19, at 12:54pm  a four door sedan was traveling West bound on Aurora, when for unknown reasons, it lost control and went head on into a light pole. The light pole fractured and came to rest on top of the vehicle. The occupant, in his 70’s, experienced mild chest pain from the accident, and […] Read More »

Solimar fire aftermath

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Free Ukulele Concert

Free Ukulele Concert This Sunday!!! Presenting “The Ukulaliens” From the Ventura Surf Club Ventura Harbor Marina Carousel Stage Sunday, Jan 3, 2016 12 Noon to 3pm Come enjoy surf ukulele fun Read More »

Christmas Eve wildfire on North West slope of Arroyo Verde Park

Just before 7pm on Christmas night, a wind driven wildfire started on the North West slope of Arroyo Verde Park near the middle of the recreational area. The fire was on a hill, approximately 100ft X 100ft in size and was in deep chaparral and trees spreading at a moderate speed. The Ventura Fire Department […] Read More »

Bail for “suspected” killer Brandon Ellis set at $5 million

Brandon Ellis captured in Rosarito, Mexico. The bail for “suspected” killer Brandon Ellis has been set at $5 million. Ellis has been charged with murder and the attempted murder of Alexa Payne (20) who had had a previous relationship with him. She is expected to survive the shooting. He is also charged with being a […] Read More »

Holiday Toy Drive for local Ventura County children

Currently there are 1,000 children in foster care and thousands of additional low-income kids in Ventura County, and these youth are in need of toys and other gifts this holiday season. In an effort to bring some holiday cheer to these children in need, there are programs that help coordinate through Children and Family Services […] Read More »

DUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrest

The Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday December 20, 2015, at Seaward Ave. and Alessandro Dr. between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 2:15 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Boat Parade judges

Ventura Harbor Boat Parade judges Tom Spence (from KVTA), Saurabh Bajaj, some really handsome guy and Barbara Hinton managed to stay warm enough to judge the boats. They also enjoyed the fireworks after the parade. The winning boats will be in a future Ventura Breeze. Read More »

Drunk Driving Ruins the Holidays

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Crackdown If you’re enjoying the holidays with a drink, The Ventura Police Departmenthas a message for you:Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across America will be actively searching for and arresting drunk drivers from […] Read More »

Ventura Hillside Conservancy looking for volunteers for tree planting Sat., Dec. 19, 9am-12pm

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! We know it’s a very busy time of year but Ventura Hillside Conservancy hopes that you can put your holiday shopping on hold for a couple of hours this Saturday, Dec.19, and help us plant trees from 9 a.m. – noon at our Big Rock Preserve. Volunteers both young and old are encouraged […] Read More »

10th Annual Homeless Persons' Memorial Service Sun., Dec. 20, at 3pm in Ventura's Plaza Park

All are invited this Sunday afternoon, December 20, at 3 pm to participate in the 10th Annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service in Ventura’s Plaza Park, across from the post office, at Santa Clara Street and Fir.  Services will be in the gazebo.  We will remember by name 17 men and women who died homeless in our community in the past […] Read More »

Shop Local This Holiday Season to Discover Unique Gifts for All

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) encourages community to support local businesses As the holidays are approaching, many people are joining the crowds at malls and big chain stores seeking the right gift for friends and family – or camping out in front of their screens, avoiding the crowds, shopping the biggest online retailers and buying as […] Read More »

Scorpion Pier on Santa Cruz Island Closed Temporarily Due to Damage from High Surf

The Scorpion Pier on Santa Cruz Island is closed temporarily until damages caused by the high surf last Friday are fully assessed and repaired. The island will remain open to visitation. Landings at Scorpion Anchorage will be beach landings via skiff until the pier reopens. Storm surge and high waves inundated Scorpion Anchorage last Friday, […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire personnel responds to structure fire, visible fire coming from the roof of a strip-mall

On Dec.13, at 5:16pm Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a reported structure fire, visible fire coming from the roof of a strip-mall in the 4800 block of Telephone. Units arrived to find occupants being evacuated out of a single-story retail business by Ventura Police. Sprinkler heads on the roof were flowing, the fire alarm system was alerting, […] Read More »

Heavy surf pounds and damages Ventura Pier

Photos by Bob Messina Heavy surf pounded Ventura on Dec.11 prompting the Pier to be closed. It will be closed for several weeks while damage is being evaluated and repaired. Read More »

Santa Stops by the Ventura Family YMCA

The Y teams up with the ACTION Foundation and the Community Christmas Shoppe to Help Families in Need This Holiday Season The Ventura Family YMCA presents their annual Santa Stops by the Y event on December 12th from 8AM-10AM.  This morning is a community event for children to have their photo taken with Santa and […] Read More »

New West Symphony Harmony Project celebrates the season with free community concert Dec. 12th

Young members of the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County will present a free concert for the community on Saturday, December 12 at 6:00 pm at Bell Arts Factory, located at 432 N. Ventura Avenue in Ventura. The concert will include classical pieces, jazz tunes and holiday songs performed by 40 students from […] Read More »

Ventura Potters' Guild Holiday open house Sun., Dec. 13th

Ventura County Potters’ Guild Gallery Ventura Harbor Village 1567 Spinnaker Drive Suite 105 The Ventura Potters’ Guild is having a Holiday open house, Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 2 – 6 p.m. Handbuilding and wheel demonstrations will take place from 2 – 4:30 by Joe Cervantes, Roe Estep and Kim Mehyre Clarke. Come meet some […] Read More »


Reusable Bag Day is an educational grassroots event hosted by the Surfrider Foundation Ventura County Chapter along with local community groups. We are asking holiday shoppers and retailers to forgo single-use, plastic shopping bags in favor of reusable bags to help protect the oceans and Ventura’s beauty one reusable bag at a time. Surfrider Foundation and City of […] Read More »

70 year old woman rescued after falling through living room floor into basement

Just before noon on Saturday, Dec.5 , in the 2000 Block of Hyland Ave a 70 year old woman was walking from her living room through a hallway when she accidentally fell through an opening to the basement that was 8 feet deep. The vertical fall resulted in multiple injuries and possible fractures of the arm, hip, and […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire responds to multiple, simultaneous fires near NB-101 / EB-126 freeway interchange

On Sunday Nov.19 Ventura City Fire personnel responded to multiple, simultaneous fires reported in the general area of the NB -101 / EB-126 freeway interchange, during a period of gusty winds.Structures at a nearby mobile home park were initially reported to be threatened, prompting a full first-alarm structure fire response to that location, but were quickly […] Read More »

Ventura City Firefighters on scene at Montgomery Ave home fire in 3 minutes

Residents of a single family home located in the 700 block of Montgomery Ave. were awakened to the smell of smoke and the sound of fire alarms in the early dawn of Nov.27.. The home owner quickly ran into the living room from his bedroom and witnessed the television set and the items on top of an adjacent […] Read More »

Looking back at severe weather in Ventura in 1992 & 1998

If you are so inclined, take the time and watch these videos. News coverage of 1992 floods in Ventura, CA. Ventura River floods the RV park off of Main St. PART 1 10 Minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjTZEY9i… PART 2 The first 4 mins are about Ventura and then it goes to LA if you scan forward to […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department responds to fire burning in Ventura River bottom adjacent to Ventura County Fairgrounds

On Nov.23, at 9:25am the Ventura City Fire Department received a report of a fire burning in the Ventura River bottom adjacent to the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a 75’ x 100’ fire burning in the aforementioned location. Firefighters extinguished and overhauled the fire with hand tools and water achieving full containment 2 hours after […] Read More »

Black Friday was black smoke

Just after the official start of Black Friday, at 12:40am shoppers at the Pacific View Mall reported seeing active smoke pouring from the roof at Lowe’s Home Improvement store. Active alarms were ringing and employees had yet to start their shift, thus the building was empty at the time of the alarm. First arriving firefighters made access into […] Read More »

KTLA on site in Ventura covering capsized 16ft vessel with a 65 year old fisherman unaccounted for

On Nov. 11, at 8:40 pm two men were outside of the Ventura Harbor on Friday night lobster fishing when their 15 foot skiff was hit by a 5 foot wave and was overturned outside of the rock groin on Greenock Lane, just adjacent to Marina Park. Both men in their 60’s were fully clothed and attempted […] Read More »

The greatest threat facing humanity

Ahead of the historic United Nations conference in Paris on climate change, join the Ventura Sierra Club in a call to immediate action on the greatest threat facing humanity, climate change. November 29, at 1pm, community leaders and local politicians will gather on the steps of Ventura City Hall to demand the transition to 100% clean energy […] Read More »

Does exercise delay Parkinson's decline?

By Matilda Charles People who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease might want to reconsider doing strenuous exercise as a means of keeping their physical abilities. A recent short-term study concluded that normal, frequent movements are better for Parkinson’s patients than working out. The study was funded by some power hitters — the Department of Veterans Affairs, the […] Read More »

General Magnaplate faces potential federal lawsuit for illegal storm water discharges

The Environmental Defense Center (“EDC”) and Keller Rohrback L.L.P. has notified Ventura global coating company General Magnaplate of EDC’s intent to sue the company for allegedly operating its electroplating facility in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. The notice letter alleges that the facility is illegally discharging storm water containing pollutants, including zinc and aluminum, into the […] Read More »

Submersible dive expedition in the Channel Islands

This boat has been seen in the Ventura Harbor, we asked John Higgins to explain what it is. “Deep Sub LLC (the cat owner) and the Undersea Voyager Project (owner of a two man submersible) have partnered with The Nature Conservancy and the University of Oregon to accomplish a submersible dive expedition in the Channel Islands. The […] Read More »

Public safety letter regarding Regent Properties La Viera project

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Registration for Corporate Games can start now

by Eric Burton, Ventura Corporate Games Director Registration officially opens on January 11 for the 2016 Ventura Corporate Games, but you can reserve your spot now! The registration and event selection form — easy to fill, save and send — plus all the essential information for 2016 are now online at www.venturacorporategames.org. I look forward to welcoming […] Read More »

National Family Volunteer Day celebration in Ventura Nov. 21

When: Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9am – 11am Where: Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli, front steps National Family Volunteer Day will be celebrated in the city of Ventura with local families performing Acts of Kindness. As part of the City of Ventura’s 150th anniversary events, Mayor Cheryl Heitmann is asking community members to perform A Million Acts […] Read More »

Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation recognizes local teacher

On Oct. 28, the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) named Mrs. Patricia “Trisha” Lewis, third-grade teacher at Portola Elementary School in Ventura, October’s Teacher of the Month. VCEF board member, Pattie Braga, along with elected representatives and members of the business community, presented Lewis with a plaque to commemorate the award. Lewis has 30 years of teaching experience […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department responds to structure fire at Sunset and Briarwood

On Nov.15, at 6:30am the Ventura City Fire Department received a report of a structure fire in the area of Sunset and Briarwood. Upon arrival firefighters found a single family residential home with the garage fully involved in fire. Firefighters were able to hold the fire to the garage while extinguishing the fire. Firefighters remained on scene after […] Read More »


TOTALS FOR OCTOBER 2015: Gray Whales: 0 Humpback Whales: 30 Blue Whales: 1 Orca Whales: 0 Minke Whales: 0 Fin Whales: 2 Common Dolphin: 18,564 Dahl’s Porpoise: 7 Risso’s Dolphin: 405 Bottlenose Dolphin: 722 Pacific White Sided Dolphin: 423 Sea Turtle: 1 White Shark: 1 Read More »

Take A Hungry Person to Lunch Day

Everyone interested in the plight of those in our community who are experiencing homelessness is invited to join in “Take A Hungry Person to Lunch Day” on Thursday, November 19. This event provides a comfortable way for individuals from different walks of life to sit down together in fellowship and to get to know one another’s stories. Participants […] Read More »

BRAVO seeking nominations for eight extraordinary women

BRAVO is the annual awards luncheon of the Ventura County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-VC). To be held on Friday, April 1st, 2016 NAWBO shines the spotlight on outstanding business women of Ventura County, honoring them for their vision and perseverance, which is creating a brighter future for women business owners and women-led […] Read More »

How to prepare your wood deck for a heavy winter season

Everyone wants their decking looking the best. This is why they use composite deck sealer to keep it looking good throughout the year. However, not many people tend to think about the safety of their decking. This is why the City of Ventura’s Building and Safety division is offering a free one hour deck construction […] Read More »

Dear Interested Parties of the LaViera Pre-screen

The LaViera Pre-screen has been confirmed for the November 30th City Council meeting at 5:00 p.m. The City Council protocols are different from those of the Planning Commission, so it is important that you understand these as we move toward this hearing. Staff will be releasing an “Advance Administrative Report” on November 16th; this report will include all […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire crews respond to injury traffic collision with fire at Telephone Rd and Victoria Ave.

On Nov.5, at 5:30am Ventura City Fire crews responded to a reported injury traffic collision with fire at Telephone Rd and Victoria Ave. The first engine company to arrive found that a mid-sized delivery van and a semi-tractor/trailer had collided, resulting in rupture of the saddle tanks on the semi and diesel fuel spilling onto the roadway. Fire […] Read More »

Ventura launches its 150th anniversary celebrations on November 8

A special reception, free and open to the public, officially launches the city’s 150th anniversary celebration on Sunday, November 8, from 2 to 4 pm at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main Street. Attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments and special limited edition 150th anniversary souvenirs as they take part in a rich menu of festive […] Read More »

Ventura Fire Department responds to another fire in Ventura River bottom

Photo by Breezy Gledhill On Nov.3, at 8:30am Ventura City Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire in the Ventura River bottom adjacent to the Ventura Fair Grounds. First arriving fire crews discovered a 50’ x 50’ fire burning 20’ tall brush and arundo directly adjacent to a railroad trestle. Train service was halted while crews from […] Read More »

School students clean up Ventura in Trash-A-Thon Nov. 10th

SCHOOL STUDENTS CLEAN UP VENTURA IN TRASH-A-THON Environmental Fundraiser to be held November 10, 2015 Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education will hold its eighth annual Trash-a-Thon on November 10th. Kindergarten through eighth grade students will collect pledges, and in cooperation with the City of Ventura’s Environmental Services division, work to clean up several litter […] Read More »

Firefighters respond to fire in the Ventura River bottom

On Oct.30, at 9:36am the Ventura City Fire Department received a report of a fire burning in the Ventura River bottom between the 101 freeway and a railroad trestle. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a 100’ x 200’ fire burning in the aforementioned location. Access to the fire was hampered by heavy Arundel and brush. California Department of Forestry […] Read More »

Veterans Day at Government Center Nov. 11th

November 11: Veterans Day at the Government Center this year commences at 11:00 AM. The location is outdoors at the corner of Telephone and Victoria Avenue in Ventura, near the flags that represent every branch of the military. Wreaths will be laid by friends and family members , one at each flag.  This annual event […] Read More »

Community invited to important Ventura Water Stakeholder Meeting Nov. 3rd

Community members invited to attend important Ventura Water Stakeholder Meeting, November3 at 11am Santa Clara River Estuary Stakeholder Meeting Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 11am Community Meeting Room at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Room 202 Who should attend:  Community members who are interested in learning about how the City plans to provide a […] Read More »

2015 Color Run comes to Ventura Saturday, October 17 - Street closure info

2015 Color Run – Street Closures, No Parking, and Traffic Impacts Run Begins and Ends at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Traffic to be Impacted Within the Surrounding Area. Details Listed Below. Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Road closures: Saturday, October 17, 2015 beginning at 6:00 a.m. All roads opened by approximately 1:30 p.m. Details below. […] Read More »

Reel Anglers Guppy Outdoor Program Launch

Reel Anglers Fishing Show invites to all to attend the launch of their “Reel Guppy Outdoor Program” launch and program presentation on Thursday, October 29 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Pizza Man Dan’s located at 1601 Victoria Ave. in Oxnard. Throughout the evening, an informational presentation about the new and upcoming program will be given […] Read More »

Climate Geeks Solution – Art & Tech Expo!!

Climate Geeks Solution – Art & Tech Expo!! Sunday, Oct 11th 2015 at The WAV Gallery – West Ventura Noon to 6pm FREE & AIR-CONDITIONED! 175 S. Ventura Avenue x Thompson 805.641.0400   /   http://www.wavartists.com **Parking & Refreshment details at bottom FBook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/837570999675062/ Hosted by:  Arts for Earth Foundation / http://www.artsforearth.org As a part […] Read More »

Breeze Reader Poetry

The Universe Joshua Henry Jones Jr. Count o’er the million leagues from here to yonder star. On then. On to the next count of a million more. Sum up the myriad gleams that light the night; Add too, the orbit where the cold bright moon doth soar. That done, return to earth and with thy […] Read More »

New Saticoy Library open

   Photos from the newly opened Saticoy Library in very East Ventura Read More »

The 2015 Ventura Paddle Surfing Championships are just 3 days away!

Come join us October 9th & 10th at the Point at C Street, Ventura! This event is OPEN to International competitors and will result in naming a new US Open Champion, as well as the new US Waveski National Champion, Sign up now, as the Waveski Open event may be limited to 32 competitors. Other waveski divisions […] Read More »

Together We Can End Homelessness

Informing, Motivating, and Mobilizing the Community Thursday, October 8, 2015 6:30-9:00 pm Poinsettia Pavilion 3451 Foothill Rd, Ventura The Faith Subcommittee of the Ventura Social Services Task Force is sponsoring a workshop to proactively address the need for a community-wide effort to end homelessness. PATH, a provider of housing throughout California, will share what they […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to traffic collision with vehicle into building

On Sept.25, at 11:28pm Ventura City Fire Department responded to a traffic collision with a vehicle into a building at California south of Thompson with fire involved. Upon arrival, crews discovered a vehicle into an unoccupied retail occupancy. The driver and solo-occupant was out of the vehicle denying injury. First arriving Firefighters quickly attacked the […] Read More »

Chamber of Commerce Expo

Sheldon Brown and Roylin Downs looked just like something out of the 70’s at the Chamber of Commerce Expo or out of an Ed woods’ Movie Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to traffic collision with a vehicle on its side

On Sept. 25, at 11:40am Ventura City Fire Department responded to a reported traffic collision with a vehicle on its side at Ralston at Swift. The first arriving unit discovered a two vehicle collision with the solo occupant in one vehicle trapped and one occupant of the other vehicle denying injury. Firefighters worked to stabilize […] Read More »

Signs of the seasons

Rather beautiful sunset for this time of year, the incredible ones are coming Read More »


National Fall Prevention Awareness Week, September 23rd – 29th this year, will be recognized by the Elderly Fall Prevention Coalition (EFPC) of Ventura County by hosting its third annual public forum. On Friday, September 18th, 2015, at the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park Community Center Auditorium, 1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo, from 10 am – […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department invites the public to commemorate 9/11

On Friday, September 11, beginning at 6:45am, community members are invited to visit any of the six Ventura City Fire Stations for a special remembrance ceremony of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Join us in honoring the 2,977 people who lost their lives 14 years ago including Firefighters, Police Officers, Military Personnel and civilians. Let us remember their sacrifices […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a reported structure fire

On Sept. 6, at 11pm Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a reported structure fire in the 6900 Block of Heron St. The first arriving engine company found an exterior mattress fire extending through eve vents into the attic of a single story, single family dwelling, with bystanders attempting to extinguish the fire by use […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department DUI/CDL Checkpoint statistics

On Friday September 4, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 PM to 2:15 AM the Ventura Police Department conducted a DUI/CDL Checkpoint in the area of Harbor Blvd and Schooner Dr. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved […] Read More »

Scamp the sheep herder?

This is me at On the Lamb Ranch in Camarillo honing my herding skills. I couldn’t tell if the sheep were scared to death or laughing their heads off (did you see the movie Babe?)   Read More »

Ventura firefighters respond to rescue trapped motorists in vehicle

On August 20, at 8:40pm residents in the 100 block of Via Baja were startled when a vehicle tumbled from the roadway 20 feet above their home and landed in their back yard. Ventura City firefighters arrived on scene to find a severely damaged vehicle with two elderly adults trapped inside. Firefighters worked quickly to […] Read More »

The New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura Back-to-School Fundraiser

The New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura Back-to-School Fundraiser is raising funds to provide support to students from Title I schools in Ventura.  Donations will provide school supplies, music books, instruments, and the ability for the Symphony to enroll more students who are currently on the waiting list for the Harmony Project program. The […] Read More »

“Free "Learn to Row” on Saturday Aug. 29th @ 8:30am at Lake Casitas

photo by Dani Thole Casitas Rowing is now signing up Boys and Girls 9th-12th grade for the fall High School Rowing Team and kids 6th-8th grade for the fall Middle School Team. PE credits offered for all local Ventura high schools for the team. Practice begins with a “Free Learn to Row” on Saturday August 29th @ 8:30am at […] Read More »