Author: VCR Staff

“DON’T GIVE UP HOPE” | VUSD’s Sabrena Rodriguez discusses efforts to help struggling students

by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com The general public may be feeling a bit of whiplash as restaurants open dining rooms only to close them when the county’s coronavirus numbers go up. But public school districts are being asked to do more. As time goes on, officials and staff are seeing that while some students are more likely to adapt and succeed, others are bound to struggle.  “Some students are falling through every crack we have,” said Sabrena Rodriguez, president of the board of Ventura Unified School District (VUSD). She is nearing the end of serving four years on the board,...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Volunteering, donating the week after Thanksgiving

Pictured: Food Forward provides fresh produce for FREE to those experiencing food insecurity. https://foodforward.org/about/produce-pick-ups/ by David Goldstein The first Thanksgiving celebration in America, held by the pilgrims in 1621, came amidst a backdrop of suffering and deprivation. The pilgrims, who had arrived close to winter, struggled in a hostile wilderness, and nearly half died in the first year. The Wampanoag tribe credited with helping the pilgrims learn to track deer, navigate the forest and develop a food supply, had been decimated by disease. For both, Thanksgiving represented recovery in a world still dangerous to them. Now, as a pandemic...

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“COVID IS OUR REALITY NOW” | County urges residents to help halt the surge

Pictured: John Fankhauser M.D., CEO of Ventura County Medical Center and chief medical officer with the Ventura County Health Care Agency, in a virtual press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Screenshot of live video.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com  In a press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 24, officials from Ventura County emphasized the importance of avoiding large gatherings and wearing masks in order to halt and turn back the current surge the county is seeing in cases of the coronavirus.  “It is really disheartening to see people having large gatherings in their backyard,” said John Fankhauser, CEO of Ventura County...

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STINGRAY PLANNED FOR NAVAL BASE | Public comment ends Nov. 30

Pictured: The Boeing MQ-25 Stingray during handling exercises in 2018. Photo by Eric Shindelbower, U.S. Navy, courtesy of Boeing. by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com Through Nov. 30, 2020, the U. S. Navy is accepting public comments on the draft environmental assessment (EA) for plans to construct the West Coast base of operations for the MQ-25A Stingray, a carrier-based unmanned air system (CBUAS) at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC).  Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Dist. 26) said the placement of the first Stingray squadron at the base demonstrates the importance of Naval Base Ventura County in “our nation’s 21st century defense posture.”  If the...

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HAPPENINGS | Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 2020

FIRESTICK POTTERY Nov. 27-29. Outdoor art show and sale to benefit charities in the Ojai Valley, with handmade ceramics and other gifts. 1804 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-272-8760, firestickpottery.com. Wednesday – Nov. 25 FREE HOT MEAL 11-11:30 a.m. For those in need of a hot meal. Provided by the Ventura County Rescue Mission, 234 E. 6th St., Oxnard.  28th ANNUAL SPARK OF LOVE TOY DRIVE Through Dec. 24 the Ventura and Oxnard City Fire Departments, with Ventura County Fire Department, ABC7 and Toys for Tots again are collaborating to bring joy to kids this holiday season through a massive...

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