Author: VCR Staff

PURPLE IS THE NEW PARTY | Trump series finale goes rogue

by Paul Moomjean paulmoomjean@yahoo.com All presidencies have been a little like reality shows since the 1950s, when the president was able to speak to the people of this country through television. Before that, it was radio, and before that newspapers. But the last 20 years, since 24-hour news dominated our news prism, we have seen each president live out their term with watchdogs surrounding them. The news was usually about their policies or actions, but not necessarily them. While President Ronald Reagan was an actor who became president, Barack Obama was the first “celebrity” president, with his charisma and...

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HAPPENINGS | Jan. 21-28, 2021

FRIDA KAHLO | Streaming online through Oxnard Film Society. The documentary film Frida Kahlo is directed by Ali Ray, who also cowrote the film with Phil Grabsky using letters written by Kahlo herself, with considerable filming at the famous Blue House in Mexico City. Filmmakers had unprecedented access to Kahlo’s art pieces. The film is featured as part of the Oxnard Film Societies 2021 focus on films submitted for the 2021 Academy Awards in the Best International Film Category. Over a dozen films are available at the society’s website.  $4.99/$12 for unlimited viewing per film for three to seven days. Current featured...

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VACCINE REGISTRATION FOR 75 AND OVER | County expands vaccine eligibility

  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com   Ventura County has set up a registration method for individuals 75 and older to make appointments to get the coronavirus vaccine.    On Monday, Jan. 18, the county reported 4,490 new cases and 37,906 new tests administered over three days and that 24 people died from COVID-19 during that same three-day period. The ages of people who died ranged from 30 to 100.    Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state was expanding the list of those eligible now to receive the vaccines to include those 65 and older. But the...

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“THE VERY SOUL OF OUR DEMOCRACY” | Brownley, Carbajal vote to impeach, Garcia calls impeachment “theater”

Pictured: Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Ventura) speaking during the impeachment floor debate in the U.S House of Representatives on Jan. 13, 2021. Screen capture from C-SPAN live video.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com On Jan. 13, members of the U.S. House of Representatives for Ventura County Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Ventura) and Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, while Rep. Mike Garcia (R-Santa Clarita) voted against the resolution.  The final vote was 232 to 197 to impeach, with 10 Republicans voting in favor of the resolution. Those supporting impeachment cited Trump’s own words...

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EYE ON OIL | Referendums under fire, groups allege oil industry misled the public

Pictured: Ojai residents Jeffrey Starkweather (left) and Jeff Otterbein (holding sign) and a paid signature gatherer for the oil permitting referendum in front of the Vons grocery store in Ojai. Dec. 2, 2020. Photo by Dana Cineceros.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com Four local environmental groups argue a Sacramento-based political action committee (PAC) has violated state laws by intending to mislead the public during a signature-gathering referendum effort in Ventura County aimed at overturning recent changes to the county’s oil and gas permitting processes.   Ventura County Counsel Michael Walker confirmed that his office has received and is reviewing a complaint letter...

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