County clarifies children’s crisis response transfer

Both parties involved with transfer of Casa Pacifica’s Children’s Intensive Response Team to Ventura County’s Behavioral Health Department have issued a clarification about the transfer to shine light on the steps involved with the process.

The decision to transfer the crisis response team came in February, with completion set for July 1. The entities created a transition plan consisting of specific plans of coverage, phone roll-over protocols and planning the role law enforcement would play in providing backup coverage.

Eric Elhard, former supervisor of Casa Pacifica’s CIRT, has joined the county staff as well, bringing the total to three supervisors: two for mobile crisis response and one for the Crisis Stabilization Unit crisis team.

“It’s important to note, this decision was not based on any dissatisfaction with Casa Pacifica’s performance,” said Elaine Crandall, director of Behavioral Health. “Rather, it was made to give families a single point of contact from start to finish, and give the county the ability to track the children throughout the various stages of their crisis.”

Ventura pier reopens after four-month closure

It may not have drenched us with the rain we so desperately needed, but El Niño left its mark in other ways, specifically on the Ventura pier. Offshore storms during the winter months of 2015 battered the California coast, causing structural damage to the 144-year-old landmark from high surf, forcing its closure.

The city of Ventura spent $1.5 million on the pier’s repair, which included replacing 20 lost timber piles, 19 loose piles and a loss of 40 percent of the steel and wooden cross bracings.

On Saturday, April 30, Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko and David Fukutomi, board president of Pier Into the Future, officially reopened the pier at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Jenise Wagar, executive director of Pier Into the Future, says that the pier gives locals a “sense of place.”

Port Hueneme to televise meetings, begin teambuilding

As of Monday, the Port Hueneme City Council meetings will be streamed live via the city’s official website. The Port Hueneme City Council has been known for being rather contentious in recent months, with references to hostile working conditions last April. In November 2015, anger boiled over when Council members Jim Hensley and Tom Figg were voted off the Port Hueneme Water Agency Board of Directors by their peers.

In an April 22 meeting, City Councilwoman Sylvia Muñoz Shnopp asked residents to watch Port Hueneme residents to watch the live streams for “examples of bad behavior” during the April 22 meeting, which you can now do by visiting Also streaming will be meetings of the Port Hueneme Water Agency. The City Council meets every Monday and recorded sessions will be available the day after.

Earlier this week, due to several ongoing lawsuits, the city had been informed it may lose its insurance. An executive committee with the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority recommended team building training to help improve performance. The City Council agreed to follow the recommendation.

Parkinson’s Disease event in Ventura

On Wednesday, May 11, the Ventura Parkinson’s Support Group will host representatives from the Michael J. Fox Foundation who will present information on the latest research and clinical trials.

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system affecting movement, which develops gradually over time. Sufferers can experience slowness of movement, difficulty with balance, swallowing, chewing, speaking, writing, depression, mood disorders and a variety of other symptoms.

The Ventura Parkinson’s Support Group meeting will be held at the Lexington, 5440 Ralston St. in Ventura on Wednesday, May 11, at 1 p.m. For more information, call 766-6070.

— Chris O’Neal