Author: Kimberly Rivers

COMBATING HUMAN TRAFFICKING | Ventura County a “transit corridor for trafficking”

Pictured: A Jan.10, 2020, meeting of the VC Human Trafficking Task Force Leadership Advisory Committee. From left: Kathryn Torres, detective with Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Christan Perez, program manager at Interface Children and Family Services, Nicholle Gonzalez-Seitz, program director with Interface, Erik Sternad, executive director at Interface, Bill Ayub, sheriff, VCSO, Nick Odenath, detective, VCSO, Jacqui Irwin, California Assemblymember. Photo submitted.  by Kimberly Rivers krivers@timespublications.com What does human trafficking look like? It is not always a person locked in a storage container and does not always take place in a remote Third World nation. Communities across the country are...

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SECRET VOTES? | CalAware says Ventura in violation of the Brown Act

Pictured: The Brown Act, sometimes called the “sunshine” act is aimed at ensuing the public’s business occurs in view of the public. The act was authored by Assemblymember Ralph M. Brown and became law in 1953. Provisions also guarantee  the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative  bodies. The Brown Act applies to all elected bodies, as well as those bodies – such as commissions and committees – of individuals appointed by elected officials.  by Kimberly Rivers krivers@timespublications.com Californians Aware, a statewide nonprofit organization specializing in open government law and enforcement, claims that the city...

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NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY NEWS

Pictured: Sea lions in the waters of the Gull Island Marine Reserve within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo by Robert Shwemmer/NOAA. by Kimberly Rivers krivers@timespublications.com The Pacific Ocean is the front yard of Ventura County and holds the treasure of the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. The National Park encompasses the land on five of the Channel Islands – Santa Cruz, Anacapa, Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara and San Miguel islands. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) was formed in 1980 to preserve and protect 1,470 square miles of ocean and underwater habitat surrounding those...

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IN BRIEF | Jan. 23, 2020

Pictured: A bobcat in Los Padres National Forest, one of the species environmental groups say will be impacted by federal plans to expand oil lease sales of federally owned mineral rights.  by Kimberly Rivers krivers@timespublications.com State joins fight against fed plans to sell oil leases On Jan. 17, several California state offices, including the Governor, Attorney General and California Air Resources Board, filed legal action against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) due to its program opening up over a million acres of federally-owned lands across the state to new oil and gas lease sales, which environmental groups...

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HAPPENINGS | Jan. 23-30, 2020

Pictured: HAPPY 250TH BIRTHDAY, LUDWIG Saturday, Jan 25, 7 p.m. in Thousand Oaks, and Sunday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m. in Camarillo. The New West Symphony brings Beethoven compositions into a whole new light with special guests, the GRAMMY nominated, Eroica Trio, Erika Nickrenz on piano, Sara Parkins on violin and on cello Sara Sant’Ambrogio. Guest Conductor Stefan Sanderling became one of the youngest conductors to lead the Brandenburgische Philharmonie and the Potsdam Opera in Germany, when he served as General Music Director from 1990-95. Come one hour early for a pre-concert lecture, and during the second half of intermission...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary – Open Recruitment for Advisory Council Seats

    December 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 31, 2020 @ 11:59 pm
  2. Spiritual Bodies: Photography by Carlton Wilkinson

    January 10 @ 8:00 am - February 29 @ 8:00 pm
  3. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    January 14 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 7:00 pm
  4. Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance

    January 22 @ 10:00 am - April 9 @ 4:00 pm
  5. BOOM BOOM @ THE BLUE ROOM – A MONTHLY ARTIST COLLECTIVE

    January 25 @ 8:00 pm - January 26 @ 1:00 am
  6. Student Jazz Competition Finals

    January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  7. Tales From Russia

    January 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  8. Chair Yoga Class

    January 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  9. On the Basis of Sex Presented by League of Women Voters & Ventura Film Society

    February 1
  10. Peace in Concert

    February 1 @ 3:00 pm