Author: Kimberly Rivers

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUMS | Hosted by the League of Women Voters

by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com Over the next week, the League of Women Voters of Ventura County will host candidate forums for all of the city council races taking place in Camarillo (co-hosted by Camarillo Chamber of Commerce), Simi Valley, Ventura and Ojai.  Forums for other races, including school boards, special districts and the cities of Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, Fillmore and Santa Paula (co-hosted with Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce) will take place in the coming weeks.  Camarillo City Council Candidate Forum: Monday, Sept. 21, 6:30-8 p.m.  Candidates for Districts 3 and 4 will be included in one forum....

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AIR ALERTS ISSUED | Smoke from distant wildfires impacts local air

Pictured: Real time air quality readings through PurpleAir.com at about 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2020.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com Last weekend, Sept. 11-13, the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) issued an Air Quality Alert due to the potential health impacts of wildfire smoke from fires burning across the state. On Sept 14, VCAPCD extended the alert as offshore breezes in the evening were expected to push more smoke into the county.  The smoke lingering in Ventura County’s airshed is coming from fires to the north and south and is expected to continue.  “While most of the...

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“COUNTY MAY NOT BE AS MOTIVATED” | Environment groups allowed to defend wildlife corridors

Pictured: Mountain lions are one the species that supporters of the VC Wildlife Corridors say will be protected by the overlay zone.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com In a Sept. 1 ruling, Hon. Kevin DeNoce of the Ventura County Superior Court found in favor of several environmental organizations, allowing them to intervene in a legal action brought against Ventura County challenging the Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife Corridors Overlay Zone and a Critical Wildlife Passage Areas Overlay Zone and applicable ordinances passed by the Ventura County Supervisors in March 2019.  In June 2019, the Ventura County Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and...

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PREPARE YOUR PETS FOR EVACUATIONS | Get go-bags ready and practice trailer loading

Pictured: Would your horse load easily in an emergency? Practicing trailer loading can help them learn to be calm in the trailer.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com Residents of Ventura County know it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” the next fire burns in the county. While the wildfires currently scourging the western United States aren’t currently lit in Ventura County, Ventura County Animal Services and the Humane Society Ventura County are asking residents to be ready by making sure they have plans and supplies in place for their pets to evacuate, and encouraging them to volunteer for evacuation...

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IN BRIEF | Sept. 17, 2020

Pictured: The Ventura River at Foster Park where water levels and Steelhead habitat are at issue in Ventura River Watershed Adjudication. Sept. 7, 2020 Photo by Kimberly Rivers by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com Hate crime conviction On Aug. 31, Vidal Fregoso of Camarillo was found guilty by jury of a hate crime, attempted vandalism and attempted theft.  On Sept. 25, 2019, Fregoso and the victim, Luthere Swayne, a 72-year-old Black man, were aboard a private chartered fishing boat operated by a company out of Ventura County. Fregoso used “racial slurs” while physically threatening Swayne. Witnesses of the incident saw Fregoso...

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