Author: VCR Staff

After Dark

AFTER DARK LIVE AND ONLINE Most entertainment continues to be virtual, but there are a few exceptions. If you have something related to nightlife — online or otherwise — please email nshaffer@timespublications.com. Take care, be well and SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC! PICTURED: Pipa virtuoso Wu Man joins New West Symphony for A Tour of China, with an online performance on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. Photo by Stephen Kahn WEDNESDAY, 2/24 Online Folk Unlocked Virtual Showcases: Folk Alliance International brings its annual winter conference online and is providing public access to more than 800 hours of virtual performances by...

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VC ELECTION 2020 | Ventura County’s Measure O

Will voters allow greenhouse cannabis cultivation? by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com Measure O is on the ballot, finally putting the question of whether or not cannabis can be commercially grown in the county before the voters.  “Although we would have wanted this ballot measure to include outdoor cultivation and retail sales, for conservative unincorporated Ventura County this is a long overdue first step towards allowing commercial cannabis activity,” states Sespe Creek Collective, a dispensary in Ojai, on its website. “We welcome the opportunity to source products grown locally in our region and hope this will provide new options for small...

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VC ELECTION 2020 | Election could shake up county board

2020 candidates Carmen Ramirez (left) and Tim Flynn, for Ventura County Supervisor, Dist. 5.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com Two new supervisors will take the oath of office early next year for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. One of them, Matt LaVere, the current mayor of Ventura, was elected to the District 1 seat in the March primary. The second will be the candidate who wins the most votes from District 5 voters — either Tim Flynn or Carmen Ramirez, both currently serving on the Oxnard City Council as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem respectively. [Supervisor Kelly Long (Dist....

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UNOFFICIAL BALLOT DROP BOXES REPORTED | VC Registrar criticizes “concerted effort to deceive voters”

by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com In a statement released at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11, the Ventura County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters stated they have received reports of groups in the county promoting unofficial ballot drop boxes.  “My office works hard to conduct fair and impartial elections and to provide safe and secure options for voters to return their ballot, to say I’m disappointed that people would make a concerted effort to deceive voters would be an understatement,” said Mark Lunn, Ventura County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters.  The two unofficial ballot boxes were in Simi Valley at the...

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY DISRUPTION | Ventura gathering ends in “ugliness”

Kymberly Arellanes (left) and Julie Tumamait-Stenslie of the Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians in front of Ventura City Hall on Oct. 11, 2020. Photo by Barry Harrington.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com On Sunday, Oct. 11, a gathering of Indigenous people from the region gathered at noon in front of Ventura City Hall to commemorate Indigenous People’s Day. Near the end of the gathering a large group of trucks drove past on Poli St. and then began doing loops around the triangle area in front of city hall at Poli and California streets.  The drivers honked the horns and they...

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