Author: Kimberly Rivers

COLLEGE CONUNDRUM | VCCCD faculty protest proposed changes to health care benefits

Pictured: Faculty members, from left, Lucy Capuano, David Carlander and Jocelyn Fechner at the Oct. 8 public meeting of the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees.  by Kimberly Rivers krivers@timespublications.com The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) has proposed a change to how it purchases health care benefits for all staff and retirees entitled to coverage. Faculty members are asking for a raise and saying “no” to any changes in health care coverage that could increase their out-of-pocket costs. “It’s really sad that we are ranked on the pay scale as 70 out of 72. Most of...

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IN BRIEF | Oct. 24, 2019

Pictured: Gold Coast Quilt Project is working to build awareness around the ongoing issue of HIV and AIDS across Ventura County and the region.  by Kimberly Rivers RETRACTION: On Oct. 16, VCReporter ran a story that Gov. Newsom had signed AB855 (Irwin) that would have frozen property tax valuations for disaster rebuilds, such as homes that were rebuilt after a fire. That story ran in error. Gov. Newsom vetoed that bill.  Quilt project to build AIDS awareness Following 2018 data showing AIDS rates doubling in Ventura County, the Quilt Project Gold Coast (QPGC) was formed to help raise awareness...

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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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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. Grease Sing-Along

    January 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  6. Intuitive Collage Class

    January 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  7. The Plant, Seed, and Craft Fair

    January 25 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  8. Introductory Chair Yoga

    January 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  9. Faculty Recital: Eric Kinsley, harpsichord

    January 25 @ 7:30 pm
  10. BOOM BOOM @ THE BLUE ROOM – A MONTHLY ARTIST COLLECTIVE

    January 25 @ 8:00 pm - January 26 @ 1:00 am