Author: Kimberly Rivers

Tee up at Buena Grill

by Kimberly Rivers Buena Grill At Buenaventura Golf Course 5882 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura 805-677-6772 $3-$10 Sometimes you are just in the mood for a no-frills, quick bite of some comfort food. You want to know the food will taste good and be served quickly. A nice view and casual vibe would be nice, and something close by means you can avoid a trek across town.   Buena Grill is essentially the snack spot for the public Buenaventura Golf Course. The grill has a small casual dining room with a bar and an outdoor patio. Every table...

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“SLOW WORK TAKES TIME” | A story of rehoming the homeless

PICTURED: Naomi and Sabrina Marrufo with their daughter shared their story of moving into and out of homelessness at the Dec. 7, dedication of the new permanent shelter managed by Spirit of Santa Paula.  by Kimberly Rivers Today, Naomi and Sabrina Marrufo are living with their daughter in a Santa Paula apartment. They each work two part time jobs, and have a car. Sounds unremarkable, but about a year ago they found themselves on the street and separated from their daughter. The Marrufos had been living in a room in a rented house, paying their rent directly to...

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A PORT GOING GREEN | The Port of Hueneme is building a pathway to zero emissions, but one project puts community at odds

story and photos by Kimberly Rivers The Port of Hueneme is unique as the only deepwater port between Los Angeles and San Francisco, allowing large cargo ships that require a deeper draw to offload a variety of items from around the world. Automobiles are a top product coming through, making up about half of the revenue generated through the port. Considered small in comparison to other ports on the West Coast, Hueneme is the main hub for bananas in the Western United States with 30 million boxes passing off the ships each year.  “90 percent of the produce...

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Great coffee and vibe at Singing Sun

PICTURED: Coffee and egg, bacon and chive croissant. Photo by Kimberly Rivers Singing Sun Coffee 1930 E. Main Street, Ventura $3-5 Let’s be clear: Sure, the coffee is important at our favorite coffee spots, but the places that become part of our routine offer more — an experience of community. The morning coffee crowd is one of my favorite things about visiting a proper city, such as San Francisco or New York. Setting aside a few precious extra minutes in the morning, this group of people ventures to a favorite coffee stop for more than just the morning...

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Revisiting local pub fare at Anacapa Brewing

PICTURED: The Old Mission Fig burger and side salad at Anacapa Brewing Company in Ventura. Photo by Kimberly Rivers Anacapa Brewing 472 E. Main. St., Ventura 805-643-2337 or $10-18 The night before the first day of eighth grade, school shopping is not finished and mom needs a recharge before entering the vortex that is the mall. Anacapa Brewing Company is conveniently downtown, no need to drive after work. We sat outside, watching people stroll by on a Tuesday: locals who work downtown or running errands, the conundrum tourists who support our economy but take up parking spots. I...

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