Author: VCR Staff

HAPPENINGS | June 10-17, 2021

THE WEED PROJECT: OUTLAWS OF THE SUPER BLOOM AND CRIMES WE COMMIT IN THE GARDEN | Saturday, June 12, 2-4 p.m. Opening reception for Charlene Spiller’s new exhibit featuring thirteen botanical paintings with an ecological message. Refreshment, no host bar. Visitors will also be able to explore the new and refreshed Children’s Garden. Admission is free with registration. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura.  Happenings includes community events, meetings, classes, resources, needs and Arts Listings. To submit an item for inclusion email to:  Thursday – June 10 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | 8-9 a.m. The final...

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“THE FUTURE OF BUILDING” | Ondulando post-fire rebuild goes modular

Pictured: The kitchen and living room section of a modular home is placed at a building site in the Ondulando neighborhood in Ventura on May 27, 2021. Photo by Kimberly Rivers.  by Kimberly Rivers In the mid-afternoon of May 27, the homeowner* of a house on Via Cielito in the Ondulando neighborhood did a walk-through of their new home. Just five hours before, only a finished foundation was in the location from which they now surveyed the view out the glass slider from the master bedroom. The original home, which they had lived in for 30 years, was...

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“STRAIGHT UP WHITE NATIONALISM” | Ventura residents taking down white supremacist propaganda

Pictured: Screenshot from video for the African American Policy Forum’s 30th Anniversary celebration. by Kimberly Rivers A group of Ventura area residents are mobilizing to push back against a show of white supremacist sentiments by removing posters and stickers that are being put up in parts of Ventura.  Nicolette Walker, 36 of Ojai, participates in the social media group Ojai For Justice and coordinates with the groups SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Ventura County and Black Lives Matter Ventura County. She has pulled down numerous posters and stickers and contributes to a Google map the group...

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“CHILDREN AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE”| Public demands impact study of SoCal Gas facility

Pictured: The California Public Utilities Commission at their June 3, 2021 meeting.  by Kimberly Rivers  On June 3, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) heard over two hours of public comment from 47 residents and organizations from across Ventura County in opposition to Southern California Gas Company’s (SoCal Gas) plan to expand a natural gas-methane compressor site across from E.P. Foster Elementary School in West Ventura.  “We cannot treat children as collateral damage for industry,” said Vera Long of Ojai, a former firefighter and teacher, during public comment at the CPUC. “Especially when there is a clean energy...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Stopping illegal dumping: enforcement and prevention

Pictured: Mattresses illegally dumped in Ventura County. Photo courtesy of Anitha Balan/Ventura County Roads and Transportation by David Goldstein To catch people unlawfully dumping garbage along roadways during the past year, the Ventura County Public Works Agency installed motion-activated, hidden cameras in strategic locations along rural roads. The cameras upload images to the Internet and send incriminating evidence of  people dumping, showing their vehicle and license plates to county staff. In response, the Public Works Agency files a police report which is then investigated by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. In most cases a citation is issued, and the...

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