Author: Kimberly Rivers

VC COVID UPDATE | Surge plans active, County ICU is full

by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com On Wednesday, July 8, Ventura County hosted a press conference in front of Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) to discuss the increase in patients with COVID-19 needing acute and intensive care.  “Our ER unit is full…our intensive care unit is full,” said Dr. Tara Paterson, M.D., director of the ICU at VCMC. “We are using our surge plan today and throughout the next few days.” She emphasized the COVID-19 positive patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are “extremely sick. Those patients who require mechanical ventilation” frequently have “prolonged ICU stays.” She said their care...

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IN BRIEF | July 9, 2020

Pictured: Protestors wanting the St. Junipero Serra statue removed confront protestors demanding it be left in place in front of Ventura City Hall on July 4, 2020. Photo by Barry Harrington.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com No decision yet on Serra Statue On Tuesday, July 7, in a virtual meeting that lasted nearly five hours for the single agenda item, the Ventura City Council voted unanimously, with one recusal, to hold another special meeting on Wednesday, July 15, regarding the removal of the St. Junipero Serra statue in front of city hall. This will allow the city to properly agendize...

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“PESTICIDE DRIFT IS REAL” | Sprayer fined $4,000

Pictured: The spraying equipment typically used to apply pesticides to orchards in Ventura County. Photo from County Agricultural Commissioner report on violation.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com The office of the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner (VCAC) has confirmed that VC Foliar, a Ventura-based company, has been fined $4,000 for two violations related to state laws governing pesticide spraying after its spraying of citrus orchards in Ojai resulted in pesticides drifting onto a neighboring residential property. “A recent investigation in Ojai found pesticide drift off target,” said Deputy Agricultural Commissioner Andy Calderwood, responding to the VCReporter via email on June 30. ...

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KIDS LIVESTOCK AUCTION SAVED

Pictured: A 4H participant shows her pig at the 2019 livestock show and auction at the Ventura County Fair. Photo submitted.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com On August 15, 805 Ag Kids will host an online livestock auction in place of the youth auction that normally takes place at the Ventura County Fair, which was canceled due to the pandemic.  Kids from any group (4H, Future Farmers of America, The Grange) or unaffiliated can enter the auction for a $20 fee. They will need to make a video showing just as they would a live show, walking their animal, setting...

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HAPPENINGS | July 9-16, 2020

TOPPLING MISSION MONUMENTS AND MYTHOLOGIES Wednesday, July 15, 3-5:30 p.m. FREE Scholars on indigenous history will lead a conversation on California missions amidst widespread calls for the removal of Junipero Serra statues across the state. The virtual conference will examine the complex history of Spanish missionization and the long lasting impacts of the mission era on indigenous people in California today. Recognizing that native voices have largely been erased in the settler-colonization centric history of the state the panel includes native scholars from across the state as well as Assemblymember James Ramos (Serrano/Cahuilla), California’s first Native American legislator in Sacramento....

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