Author: Chris O'Neal

VIRTUAL WARFARE | Bank of Books still recovering after battle with Amazon

A lawyer practicing on Main Street in downtown Ventura placed an order for a rare book on law via Amazon in 2015. The book, delivered to his home in Thousand Oaks, had a familiar name on the return address: his office’s neighbor, Bank of Books. Clarey Rudd, owner, says that this isn’t an all-too-uncommon occurrence. “He had no idea that we were here,” said Rudd. Rudd, like thousands of other brick-and-mortar stores across the country, is in partnership with Amazon and has been since 1996. Bank of Books has an inventory of over 2 million books across three warehouses...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Responses to a changing environment By David Goldstein, Ventura County PWA, IWMD Some people are not eager to respond to climate change in any way other than turning up their air conditioners. Others will adapt to climate change through conservation and will work to slow or prevent additional climate change. Free gardening classes In the spirit of “think globally, act locally,” residents of Ventura County are learning how to garden with an eye on the environment; they are cutting their water use and producing food, both of which are responses to our changing environment. The Ventura County Public Works...

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IN BRIEF

Special education student named Buena High homecoming king It was a night that Robin Fenstermacher won’t soon forget: her student, Ian McKeever, voted homecoming king, taking turns dancing with students during last week’s homecoming dance. Fenstermacher teaches special education with the Ventura County Office of Education. Her classroom is headquartered at Buena High School in Ventura. McKeever, 17, is one of her students, and when teaching assistant Mia Mumford suggested nominating McKeever for a chance to be homecoming king, Fenstermacher says that they all jumped at the opportunity. “He got excited when we nominated him,” said Fenstermacher. Though the...

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THE AMENDMENT PROJECT | The 19th Amendment

By Julia Ornelas-Higdon, PhD  19th Amendment “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 marked the beginning of women’s long struggle for suffrage in the United States. That year, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the Convention to address equal rights for women, including the right to vote (suffrage). Twenty years later, Stanton collaborated with Susan B. Anthony to found the...

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CRITICAL MASS | Oxnard School District hit with multiple lawsuits over special ed services

Oxnard School District officials got slapped with multiple lawsuits from angry and frustrated parents of special education students at Wednesday’s school board meeting. The 14 complaints are for failure to conduct evaluations of children with special needs and to provide appropriate services to them, explained attorney Janeen Steel of the Learning Rights Law Center. “This is the largest number of complaints (against a school district) that I know of in the state,” said Steel, who is working with the parents and civil rights attorney Shawna Parks. The complaints are mainly that children are falling behind in school because they...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    October 15 @ 7:00 pm - December 11 @ 8:30 pm
  2. Artist in Residence: Delesprie

    October 16 @ 3:00 pm - December 4 @ 6:00 pm
  3. Humanizing the Other: Art by Salomón Huerta

    November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
  4. Key Frames: A Celebration of Animation & Production Art

    November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
  5. ‘Fuenteovejuna,’ or ‘Like Sheep to Water…’

    November 14 @ 8:00 pm - November 24 @ 2:00 pm
  6. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    November 18 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  7. Dancer’s Body Barre

    November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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    November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  9. ‘L’Etudiante et Monsieur Henri’ (‘The Student and Mr. Henri,’ France, 2015)

    November 18 @ 7:30 pm
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    November 19 @ 11:00 am - November 21 @ 3:00 pm