Author: VCR Staff

IN BRIEF | June 10, 2021

Pictured: Rincon Parkway, Ventura County.  by Kimberly Rivers Sheriff sends helicopter to help suicidal person On June 1 at approximately 3 p.m., the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office deployed a helicopter to the vicinity over Shelf Road trail in Ojai in response to a suicidal woman the team was trying to “coax” out into the open in order to assist the person.  The helicopter was circling somewhat low, and residents in the neighborhoods below could hear a loudspeaker announcement stating “This is a Ventura County Helicopter…please move down along the trail.” At about 3:30 p.m. the helicopter made one...

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PLANET OJAI | Community Farmers Market

Pictured: Roxie Pemberton, 8 of Ojai, selects snap peas at the first Ojai Community Farmers Market on June 3, 2021. Photo by Kimberly Rivers.  by Kimberly Rivers On Thursday, June 3, the new Ojai Community Farmers Market brought residents and vendors together for a true community gathering. Sellers ranged from farmers and butchers to soap and gelato makers. Large trees provided shade while grass made for a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the scene. Live music and pizza cooked over a fire added to the festive ambience.  Ojai Community Farmers Market, every Thursday, 3-7 p.m., at the...

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PURPLE IS THE NEW PARTY | Hot vaccine summer

by Paul Moomjean On June 15 the state of California is going to be allowed to reopen at full capacity. This means restaurants, movie theaters and similar venues will be able to return to business as usual, while the California white collar workforce will still have some restrictions involving mask wearing and making sure everyone is vaccinated. While all of this sounds wonderful, one concern that keeps popping up is the issue of having to show private medical documents to get to play with others. With 51% of Americans vaccinated, it appears that people are taking advantage of...

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BIRD NESTS AND SOLAR PANELS | Residents working to hold HOAs accountable

Pictured: Solar panels owned by the homeowners in this Deckside Villa condominium. Photo submitted.  by Kimberly Rivers In the past month residents and neighbors of communities governed by Home Owners Associations are dealing with issues related to tree cutting during nesting season and forced removal of solar panels.  The boards of HOAs are elected by the homeowners but stories of them running a bit outside the lines are common. Here are two current cases, one where an HOA responded to concerns brought forward by residents, and another that is ongoing and raising questions.  Residents rally to protect nests...

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PLANET OXNARD | New Planned Parenthood location opens

Pictured: Rev. David Moore speaking at the ribbon cutting for the new Planned Parenthood Health Center in Oxnard on May 21, 2021. Photo submitted.  by Kimberly Rivers On May 21, city, county and state elected officials joined staff and residents in celebrating the ribbon cutting for a new Planned Parenthood Health Center in Oxnard that opened the week of May 24. Individual donors contributed $1 million to support the expansion of care into Oxnard.  The Oxnard Health Center, part of the six-location network that makes up Planned Parenthood California Central Coast (PPCCC), will help combat barriers to Oxnard...

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