Author: Kimberly Rivers

“ALL OF US WILL BE JUDGED” | County grapples with housing homeless during pandemic

by Kimberly Rivers We are living through a historical moment. How will the response of our local leaders and public agencies be judged from a future vantage point?  Did we do all we could to help those who need it the most.  “No one stands taller than those leaders that bend down on one knee to help lift other people up,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 18, 2020 during a live press conference introducing California’s implementation of the Project Room Key program to house those most vulnerable to contracting and becoming ill from the coronavirus among the...

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Pictured: A rendering of part of the Fisherman’s Wharf project proposed by Channel Islands Harbor Properties LLC.  by Kimberly Rivers On June 23, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, after taking two votes on the agenda item, eventually voted to extend the Exclusive Right to Negotiate (ERN) for nine months between the county and developer Channel Islands Harbor Properties LLC, (CIHP) for three parcels at the Fisherman’s Wharf waterfront area near Channel Islands Harbor.  The first vote had the majority casting nos to terminate the ERN. But at the next agenda item, Steve Bennett (Dist-1) asked Board Chair...

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“FAIR AND UNBIASED” | New case law led to Ventura mayor’s recusal

Pictured: Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere on Jan. 12, 2020 in Ventura. Photo by Kimberly Rivers.  by Kimberly Rivers An April 8, 2020, a decision by the California Appellate Court clarified rules for municipal decision makers regarding bias and impartiality, and led to Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere’s recusal from two public hearings last month.  On July 7 and July 15, LaVere was compelled to recuse himself on the advice of Ventura City Attorney Greg Diaz to ensure a fair and unbiased decision regarding the future of the St. Junipero Serra statue.  Diaz said the requirement that LaVere recuse himself...

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IN BRIEF | Aug. 6, 2020

Pictured: Motorists stranded in a remote part of Lockwood Valley are rescued in a Polaris RZR utility-task vehicle with the Fillmore Search and Rescue Team on July 30, 2020. Photo submitted.  Offroaders rescued in Lockwood Valley On July 30 at 11:24 p.m.,  the Lockwood Valley station of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call that motorists were stranded on a remote trail used by four-wheel drive vehicles and dirt bike riders to access Sunset Campground in the Los Padres National Forest. The Fillmore Search and Rescue Team (SAR) was activated to respond.  The motorist’s vehicle became inoperable...

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HAPPENINGS | Aug. 6-13, 2020

Pictured: JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE streaming As part of the Monday Night Foreign Film Series offered through the Oxnard Film Society this relevant documentary by Dawn Porter tells the story of the late Statesman John Lewis. Through interviews and rare footage Lewis’ life is chronicled over 60 years, showing his social activism and later legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, healthcare and immigration. $12. Photo: Still from film showing John Lewis during the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama.  Thursday – Aug. 6 ONLINE PILATES 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Live streaming pilates classes with Ocean through Instagram....

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