Author: VCR Staff

WHO WILL REPRESENT YOU? | Redistricting across the county

Pictured: Existing Ventura County Supervisorial District 3 (left, yellow), and all proposed draft districts.  by Kimberly Rivers Right now every person has an opportunity to participate in a process mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. This is where the requirement of the national census is written out, and how the population of areas and states determines how many elected officials sit in congress on behalf of the voters in each state.  Ventura County, local cities, school districts and even the state are all on track to meet the same deadline of April 17, 2022....

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VENTURA TRIES TO STREAMLINE PERMITTING | Public wants current process maintained

Pictured: Ventura City Hall. by Kimberly Rivers On Dec. 6, the Ventura City Council will decide on whether or not to change how development projects weave their way through the sausage mill of planning committee hearings and appeals.  Developers say the process is onerous and discourages economic investment in the city, while some members of the public say the proposed changes strip away public involvement and transparency, pointing to election campaign contributions from developers to city council members as a reason why so much development is happening in the city.  Peter Gilli, community development director for Ventura, said...

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IN BRIEF | Dec. 2, 2021

by Kimberly Rivers Coalition forms to block RI-NU A coalition has formed between a community group called Santa Clara Valley Together and the Santa Paula Latino Town Hall in an effort to block a proposal by RI-NU Services LLC to reopen a wastewater treatment facility on Mission Rock Road in Santa Paula.  The group submitted a 17-page document to the Ventura County Planning Division during the comment period for the environmental review of the project.  The county is suggesting a Mitigated Negative Declaration (a level of environmental review that while identifying significant impacts states they can be mitigated) is sufficient for the project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The comment period ended Nov. 30.  The comments submitted made references to environmental justice as well as the county’s failure to conduct proper inspections and consider public records associated with the 2014 chemical explosion and fires that occured when the site was operated by Santa Clara Waste Water. Some noted that the documents could be beneficial in understanding the risks and hazards of operations at the facility.  The county will be reviewing and responding to all comments received during the public comment period in preparation for the project to be reviewed by the Ventura County Planning Commission and then the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.  Click link to read the letter submitted to Ventura County by Santa...

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HAPPENINGS | Dec. 2-9, 2021

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR CONCERT | Saturday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5, 3 p.m. Voices raised in song in celebration of the holiday season. Come hear the Santa Paula High School Concert Choir, Channel Islands Choral Association and Chamber Orchestra in concert, under the direction of Dr. KuanFen Liu, featuring excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony No. 3. $20 suggested donation. Attendees 12 and over must show proof of vaccination. Face coverings required. Saturday’s concert, St. Mary Magdalen Church, 25 N. Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Sunday’s concert, First United Methodist Church, 1338...

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PURPLE IS THE NEW PARTY | Bringing down the Rittenhouse

What possessed a CHILD to grab a gun he wasn’t trained in handling and take it to the streets to play hero? by Paul Moomjean How in the hell did an 18-year-old kid with an AR-15 become the symbol of right-wing justice and freedom in America? As we are now 11 months into a post-Trump-as-president world, the political landscape is drowning for new faces, and the Fox News tribe found one in Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old (at the time) Illinois resident who went to Kenosha, Wisconsin to protect a car dealership with his friend’s family gun. The facts...

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