Author: Chris O'Neal

Poke Land, Go!

Poke Land1780 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura 289-1588 $8.75-$15    By now you’ve surely heard of the poke craze gripping the nation. Everyone is scouring the county, traveling from far and away places, lining up and hoping to “eat ’em all” as the long sought-after fish salad bowl finally hits Ventura. Oh, I’m sorry, what poke did you think we were referring to?  Poke Land, in the bustling Montalvo Square shopping center off Victoria Road sandwiched between Q&Q Hawaiian Barbecue and Jimmy John’s, is Ventura’s latest edition in trendsetting fast-casual restaurants. You might not find a rare Pokémon at the counter,...

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BREACH OF ETHICS | Thousand Oaks fires city manager, hires interim

After a six-hour closed-session meeting on Thursday, July 7, the Thousand Oaks City Council decided by unanimous vote to fire City Manager Scott Mitnick, who has held the position since 2005. He had been the county’s highest-paid city manager with a salary of $281,013 and benefits totaling $106,444 in 2015. At a meeting on Tuesday, July 12, the council chose former Deputy City Manager Andrew Powers to serve as interim city manager until a permanent replacement is found. Mitnick has been the subject of criticism over his involvement in procuring funds for the Westlake High School baseball team, where...

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Political Roundup | July 14, 2016

Brownley on drones, officer-involved shootings  A drone can be used for many things, as recent events have proven: filming an action sequence for a movie, surveying land for conservation, even annoying firefighters attempting to quell wildfires, as has been the case at least 18 times in the past year. Congresswoman Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, has seemingly had enough of the unmanned aerial vehicles buzzing active fire scenes. When the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to reauthorize Federal Aviation Administration programs on Monday, July 11, Brownley’s provision to increase penalties for drone operators who “recklessly interfere with wildfire fighting operations”...

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In Brief | July 14, 2016

 Second chance for sheltered senior dogs Santa Paula’s Canine Adoption Rescue League, also known as C.A.R.L., has launched its Golden Oldies program focusing on the “unique needs” of dogs aged 10 years or older. Funded by a grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization, C.A.R.L. will work closely with the Ventura County Animal Shelter as well as the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center in identifying elderly dogs that are often passed over for adoption in favor of younger animals. The dogs will then be spotlighted across social media and placed into preapproved foster homes or given space at C.A.R.L.’s boarding facility....

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BEETLE MANIA | Destructive tree pest arrival in Ventura County

The beetles have arrived, this time carrying fungus instead of droves of fanatical teenagers. An invasive species from Southeast Asia, the polyphagous shot-hole borer beetle brings with it fungi (Fusarium euwallacea) that can devastate trees as it spreads from within, causing “Fusarium dieback,” or branch dieback, which in time can kill the tree. The beetle has been spotted in green waste in Ojai, but it’s in Santa Paula along the Santa Clara River corridor that the beetle has generated the most concern over fear that it could devastate the avocado industry. Vast swaths of San Diego have been affected...

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