Author: Kimberly Rivers

“Food security is right here” | Sea-to-table sales keep fishing business afloat

Pictured: Eric Hodge on his boat in the waters off Oxnard. Photo submitted.  by Kimberly Rivers The pandemic has changed the game for enterprises big and small across the world, and business owners everywhere are trying to adapt. One local fisherman has found a niche to keep his business open and staff employed.  Eric Hodge of Eric’s Fresh Fish typically sells wholesale to Los Angeles restaurants. Then COVID-19 showed up in the Central Coast, and demand from those restaurants plummeted, too.  “A lot of my market is gone,” he said. “The whole thing went down because of COVID,...

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VC ELECTIONS 2020 | May 12 Special Election, Vote by mail only

Pictured: Mike Garcia (left) and Assemblymember Christy Smith are on the ballot May 12 for the special election in California’s Congressional District 25.  by Kimberly Rivers On Tuesday, May 12, in what will be the first election in Ventura County during the pandemic, voters in the U.S. Congressional 25th District will determine who will serve out the remainder of Rep. Katie Hill’s term. The seat was made vacant when Hill resigned last year following a scandal that disappointed many local voters, as her election had flipped the republican seat for the democratic party.  Due to the pandemic, the...

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VC COVID-19 NEWS AND UPDATES | April 30, 2020

Pictured: A busy pre-weekend morning at the beach on Seaward Ave. in Ventura on Friday, April 24, 2020, following the city revising beach closure policies to allow for walking, jogging and other “passive movement” on the beach. Photo by Kimberly Rivers by Kimberly Rivers ”Weeks not months” | County poised to reopen   On April 27, Mike Powers, CEO of Ventura County said the county is focusing efforts on being ready for a gradual reopening when Gov. Newsom lifts restrictions, which Newsom said on Monday, will take place in “weeks not months,” according to Powers. First, Powers said the county...

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IN BRIEF | April 30, 2020

Pictured: Members of Concerned Resource and Environmental Workers (CREW) are available for brush clearance work and are providing free crush clearance assistance to low income and disabled seniors in the Ojai Valley.  by Kimberly Rivers  Wildfire fuel clearance deadline: June 1, 2020 Over 18,500 property owners have been sent Fire Hazard Reduction Program (FHRP) notices reminding them of the requirement to remove brush and other fire fuel to create a 100-foot defensible space between structures and open space where wildfires are a threat. For additional information on the Fire Hazard Reduction Program, call 805-389-9759 or email     Free wildfire...

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HAPPENINGS | April 30-May 7, 2020

CORONAVIRUS AND WHERE WE STAND Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. Local Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D – Thousand Oaks) will be conducting a live interview with  Dr. Samuel I. Fink MD (Pictured) a local internist based in Tarzana, treating patients with COVID-19 who was one of the first to sound the alarm about the virus. He has been featured on KTLA, CNN, FOX and has a Facebook LIVE program “The Fink Tank.” Irwin will interview him about what he is seeing on the frontlines and on his perspective of the future with COVID-19. Live streamed at Thursday – April...

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