Author: Alex Wilson

“WE CELEBRATE EQUALITY AND WE CELEBRATE DIVERSITY” | Justice for All march and rally draws over 1,000 to Ventura

Pictured: Justice for All marchers in Downtown Ventura on Jan. 18, 2020. Photo by Alex Wilson by Alex Wilson Calls for unity among all people across the United States and planet Earth were heard during the “Justice for All” march and rally in downtown Ventura on Saturday, Jan. 18. It was a sister event to the National Women’s March held across the nation that day, and drew inspiration from the massive 2017 Women’s March on Washington, which took place the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The weekend’s local march drew a crowd of over 1,000 people and included...

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OJAI SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT INDICTED | Thayne Whipple among eight indicted in campaign finance case

Pictured: Thayne Whipple, current president of the Ojai Unified School District Board of Trustees.  by Alex Wilson Ojai Unified School District Board President Thayne Whipple says he’s shocked to face indictment in a high-profile federal campaign finance case involving over $3,500,000 in illegal contributions allegedly benefiting Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign. “The allegations came as a complete surprise to me. I have contributed to political candidates, nothing more and nothing less,” Whipple said in a prepared statement, while declining to answer questions. A 64-page grand jury indictment unsealed last week names Whipple and seven co-defendants: Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja, George...

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FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL | Local activists work to balance nature and man to preserve endangered birds

Birds are the only wild animals we typically encounter on a daily basis. Sometimes it’s easy to ignore geese migrating overhead, or seagulls and pigeons eating scraps on restaurant patios. Observing them more closely reveals a parallel world of immense beauty and wonder. The wide variety of bird species in Ventura County provides some of the best bird-watching in the nation. Diverse habitats range from sandy, dune-covered beaches and rugged islands to high-elevation pine forests. Rare and charismatic birds live here, including enormous California condors and deep -blue Santa Cruz Island scrub jays. Numerous opportunities are available for anyone...

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