Author: Kimberly Rivers

VENTURA COLLEGE GROWS AG PROGRAM | New avocado orchard on campus

Pictured: Keith Barnard, (middle) of Mission Produce, speaks with agriculture students in the new avocado orchard at Ventura College. Photo submitted.  by Kimberly Rivers Ventura College recently planted a one-acre commercial orchard of new avocado trees on campus as part of efforts to build the school’s agriculture program, which was restarted in 2017. Dorothy Farias, program director and instructor, said that the school once had a diverse program going back to the 1950s. Over time, “aims changed, it got more and more condensed. In the ’80s it was [focused] on landscaping and nursery type courses,” she explained. About 20...

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COPS OR CROSSING GUARDS? | Oxnard School District trustees discuss crosswalk safety following 8-year-old’s death

by David Michael Courtland According to an Oxnard School District trustee, the OSD’s deal with the Oxnard Police Department for three school resource officers is a bad one. In the wake of the Sept. 30 death of an 8-year-old boy struck in a crosswalk at the intersection of Cooper Road and Anita Avenue, trustee Denis O’Leary has campaigned for the change on local radio and at the Oct. 9 school board meeting. “At the end [of the meeting], while the other trustees were giving their ‘thoughts and prayers,’ I called for a reversal of the MOU [memorandum of understanding]...

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IN BRIEF | Oct. 17, 2019

Pictured: The final criminal defendant, Marlene Faltemier, related to the 2014 explosion at Santa Clara Waste Water in Santa Paula has been ordered to pay just over $2.6 million.  by Kimberly Rivers New legislation with local impacts State to study costs of closing all oil drilling infrastructure Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that directs the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to come up with a plan for determining the cost associated with closing down all oil and gas infrastructure over which the state has oversight. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson wrote the bill,...

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KINDNESS CORNER | Simi Valley – Volunteers needed for adult reading program

Imagine what it would be like as an adult who couldn’t read. Adults who are unable to read above a fifth-grade reading level are considered illiterate and can be barred from many things others take for granted, such as applying for jobs or housing or opening a bank account. The Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program recruits and trains adult volunteers to become reading tutors to adults. The free training program is five weeks long and starts on Monday, Oct. 20, in Simi Valley. Volunteers will learn one-to-one reading instruction skills to help adults develop phonetic reading and...

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POWER TO SPEAK | Ojai councilmembers signed petitions supporting Pesticide Free Zone and Humane City USA

Pictured: An altered school crossing sign in front of San Antonio Elementary School in Ojai on the corner of Carne Road and Grand Avenue. The school has orchards on all sides and members of the community are asking for notification when pesticide spraying will occur. Photo taken Oct. 15, 2019 by Kimberly Rivers. by Bryan Rosen Two petitions to the Ojai City Council were circulated in Ojai a couple of years ago in 2017, one to create a Pesticide Free Zone, and the other for Ojai to become a Humane City USA. Having a longtime affinity and attraction to...

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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. Artist in Residence: Delesprie

    October 16 @ 3:00 pm - December 4 @ 6:00 pm
  4. FREE SCREENING Roll Red Roll with local panel talk back

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

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

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

    October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  8. NOAA seeks public comment on updating management plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

    October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  9. Photography Exhibition: A Tree Grows In & On the Margins


    October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  10. ‘The Wolves’

    October 24 @ 8:00 pm - October 27 @ 2:00 pm