Author: VCR Staff

HAPPENINGS | Sept. 16-23, 2021

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Saturday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m. via Zoom: Virtual Family Art Day focused on torn paper landscapes made with torn and layered colored tissue paper. Previous painting or collage experience is helpful but not required. All ages. Through Jan. 9, 2022: GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956. For nearly 40 years, seniors at Gardena High School selected, purchased and donated works of art to the school. Today, the collection is regarded as one of the nation’s finest selections of early 20th century California art, from plein air painting to the...

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PARKS RECALL DEADLINE NOT EXTENDED | Recall efforts cites, pandemic, voter confusion in request for more time

Pictured: Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks. Photo by Kimberly Rivers.  by Kimberly Rivers Proponents of a recall effort for Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks have requested more time in which to obtain the over 11,000 signatures required to have Parks recalled. Mark Lunn, Ventura County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, has told the recall effort that there is no “discretion” in the timeline for obtaining the signature, and therefore he’s unable to allow any extension.  An Aug. 30 letter to Lunn’s office signed by Agoura Hills-based attorney Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy requested a 90-day extension beyond the allowed 160 days...

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OXNARD GIVES RETROACTIVE REFUND | Court decision compels return of fees paid

by Kimberly Rivers As a result of various decisions in Ventura County Superior Court, the city of Oxnard must reimburse city utility customers and eliminate a fee. The city is opting to make the changes retroactive to January 2020, giving more of a refund to customers.  Under the court’s ruling, the city must refund fees collected as part of the Infrastructure Use Fee (IUF) and stop charging for the fee effective June 2021. The city will be refunding a total of $36.5 million to ratepayers.  “As I’ve stated before, the judge’s ruling on this matter was fair and...

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IN BRIEF | Sept. 9, 2021

Pictured: Rear Adm. Stephen Barnett, commander, Navy Region Southwest, center with Capt. Robert “Barr” Kimnach III, commanding officer, Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), right, discuss building projects with Cdr. Kimberly Mazur, public works officer, NBVC, on Aug. 30, 2021. United States Navy photo by Ensign Drew Verbis. by Kimberly Rivers Dance flash mob in Santa Paula On Sept. 3, as part of the first Friday Cruise Night in Santa Paula, nearly 30 dancers with Alias Dance Company of Oxnard surprised the crowd with a flash mob performance. The event included traditional mariachi music with Mariachi Reyes and dancers...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Less packaging can result in more waste

by David Goldstein Usually, buying a product with less packaging reduces waste. This is obvious with products like laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, or cleaning fluids sold as concentrates. Adding water at home, rather than buying the product in its diluted state, is great for the environment because concentrates not only cut packaging requirements, concentrates also reduce transportation volume. Concentrates usually save consumers money, too, as manufacturers pass on a portion of packaging and transportation savings.  For one important recyclable package, however, smaller serving sizes are not necessarily leading to less waste. According to researchers, when people buy the cute,...

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