Author: David Goldstein

REIMAGINE YOUR COMMUTE | Rideshare Week in Ventura County

by Emily Kirwan and David Goldstein This is Rideshare Week in Ventura County, and the Ventura County Transportation Commission asks locals to “Reimagine your commute.” Those who pledge at rideweek.org to catch an eco-friendly, easy and affordable ride to work or school will be entered for a chance to win one of nine $100 VISA gift cards. You can also inquire with your employer to see if they participate in a rideshare program and pledge through their employee transportation coordinator. Pledges may be submitted through October 17.  Transportation planners coordinating Rideshare Week hope those who give ridesharing a try...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Litter solutions beyond California Coastal Cleanup Day

by David Goldstein California Coastal Cleanup Day last month cleaned our beaches and protected wildlife, but in the coming weeks, the event will provide another valuable environmental benefit. Using tally sheets and, for the first time, a smartphone app, volunteers recorded each piece of litter by type. As data is compiled and analyzed, we will be able to answer important questions. Will cigarette butts, once again, top the list of items collected? What kind of public policy initiatives might be launched in response? Data from cleanup events was one of the factors influencing California voters’ passage of Proposition 67...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Getting back your deposit for cans and bottles

by David Goldstein Earlier this month, the RePlanet chain of recycling centers closed. Following the closure over the past few years of many other recycling centers, parts of Ventura County now have no nearby options for can and bottle refunds. To get back the 5 to 10 cents of California Redemption Value you paid when you purchased beverage containers, you can find your nearest buyback centers by calling 1-800-RECYCLE or visiting www2.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/RecyclingCenters. Of course, recycling is also available through curbside collection, but consumers are entitled to refunds of their deposits. According to the website of the California Department of...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Plastics still collected in curbside recycling despite market challenges

By David GoldsteinOver the past few weeks, local environmental activists have been sharing through Facebook and forwarding through email an article first published by a British newspaper on June 21. In the inflammatory style of a controversial exposé, The Guardian newspaper titled its article, “Americans’ plastic recycling is dumped in landfills, investigation shows.” The article by Erin McCormick and others quickly transitions from its exaggerated and alarming headline to more sober facts. Chinese restrictions on imported recyclables have reduced the marketability of some of the types of plastic collected from our curbside carts, and recycling-based manufacturers in the United...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Flag retirement: Repair for reuse, help service orgs

Flags will flutter for the fourth of July, but what happens when your flag becomes too worn or stained for display? Anyone may drop off flags at participating chapters of the American Legion, Elk’s Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars or at some Boy Scout locations. Due to issues such as the toxicity and difficulty of burning plastic, however, not all organizations are able to handle all types of flags, so call the post nearest to you before dropping off any flags other than cotton standards. Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County handle all types of flags and even collect from...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia

    August 22 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 8:00 pm
  2. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    October 15 @ 7:00 pm - December 11 @ 8:30 pm
  3. Taylor Tomlinson Headlines Levity Live

    October 17 @ 8:00 pm - October 20 @ 9:30 pm
  4. Ojai Pops Orchestra- Free Community Concert

    October 20 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  5. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    October 21 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  6. Dancer’s Body Barre

    October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  7. FREE SCREENING Roll Red Roll with local panel talk back

    October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  8. The Innovative Vision of Poet Dana Gioia: American Poetry and Public Life

    October 23 @ 4:00 pm
  9. Career Education Programs Open House

    October 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  10. Drum Night

    October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm