Author: Kimberly Rivers

BEAUTY BIZ BLUES | Hair, nail salons frustrated with road to reopening

Pictured: Jonra Cross, owner of Frenchies Modern Nail Salon in the Ventura Harbor Village, says nail care is essential for many who can’t otherwise take care of their feet. Photo submitted.  by Kimberly Rivers While owners of local beauty salons hope Ventura County can move into the next stage of reopening that will include their businesses, some are expressing frustration and pointing to an apparent lack of understanding at the state and local level of the industry’s licensing requirements around cleanliness and public safety.  “I feel a lot of sadness and frustration. I have a business that can...

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VC COVID-19 NEWS | May 21, 2020

Pictured: Busy Bee Diner in Ventura is open only for takeout during the pandemic. Restaurants may soon be able to open their dining rooms if state approves county attestation. Photo by Kimberly Rivers by Kimberly Rivers County attests readiness for expanded State 2 reopening On Monday, May 18, Governor Gavin Newsom loosened requirements for counties to move into expanded Stage 2 of the state’s reopening roadmap. He acted in an apparent response to county officials across the state saying the milestones the state first laid out were unobtainable.  The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 19, verified the...

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HAPPENINGS | May 21-28, 2020

HONORING OUR HEROES CONCERT Monday, May 25, 7 p.m. FREE The New West Symphony is offering a virtual concert in honor of Memorial Day. Curated and directed by Michael Christie, GRAMMY winner and NWS Music Director. Highlights will include patriotic favorites America the Beautiful and You’re a Grand Old Flag, with poignant pieces such as Zion’s Wall and At the River. Joining the NWS symphony will be Sean Chen of Oak Park on piano and soprano Jessica Rivera, from Thousand Oaks. The concert will be online at: Register for the event HERE.  Thursday – May 21 BOOK MARKETING...

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IN BRIEF | May 21, 2020

Pictured: The lower Ventura River watershed is part of the adjudication process commenced by the City of Ventura last year. Photo by Jimmy Young by Kimberly Rivers Ventura City Council Actions this week At their Monday, May 18 meeting The Ventura City Council postponed a vote to renew a contract with Redflex, a company that manages the issuance of tickets for failing to stop at red lights and using camera footage as evidence. The item was continued to a future date, to be determined.  At the same meeting the council approved an additional $150,000 to pay for legal...

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MAIN STREET TO GET PEDESTRIAN ZONE | Emergency ordinance approved to stimulate Ventura business

Pictured: Five blocks on Main Street in Ventura will be closed to vehicles when restaurants are allowed to offer dine-in options. Photo by Kimberly Rivers by Kimberly Rivers On Monday, May 18, the Ventura City Council approved an emergency ordinance which includes changes to how projects are approved in the city and a plan for five blocks of Main Street — from Figueroa to Fir streets — to be closed to vehicular traffic, making room for downtown restaurants to create outdoor dining areas and retail shops to offer outdoor shopping options.  “The Downtown Ventura Partners (DVP) worked closely...

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