Author: VCR Staff

TOXIC TIDES | Oxnard sites at risk from sea level rise

Pictured: Gas-operated power generating facilities at Ormond Beach in Oxnard.  by Kimberly Rivers As of Jan. 2, the film Don’t Look Up from writer-director Adam McKay, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, has logged 263 million watch hours and been the most watched film on Netflix since it started streaming on Dec. 24, 2021. The plot centers on two astronomers trying to convince the global population that action is needed to thwart the demise of humankind from a comet headed towards Earth. One challenge faced by the scientists: trying to distill the data into an accessible format the...

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HIGH DEMAND FOR HOME TEST KITS | County struggles to manage distribution

Pictured. Dr. Cesar Morales, Superintendent of Ventura County Office of Education with test kits being distributed to school districts. Photo submitted.  by Kimberly Rivers Last week Ventura County began distributing COVID-19 home test kits, handing out 11,000 kits during the first two days via drive-through distribution events in Oxnard and Camarillo. But some members of the public said the process was confusing and resulted in them leaving.  “We went to try and find the end of the line . . . but they exited us out. We could never find the end of the line. It was very...

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OJAI PUBLIC OBJECTS TO SEXUAL PREDATOR | Sheriff’s office seeking input on housing options

Photo: Ross Wollschlager. Booking photo.  by Kimberly Rivers Some portions of this article were updated after print deadline and will differ from the print version.  Members of the public have mounted a campaign to oppose the housing of a man, identified by the state as a dangerous sexual predator, at a private residence on Creek Road in the unincorporated area of the Ojai Valley.  “In talking with Sheriff [Bill] Ayub and Chief [Jose ] Rivera, we all agreed that our focus should be on identifying other housing options besides Creek Road,” said Matt LaVere, Ventura County Supervisor, Dist....

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FAIRGROUNDS WILL HOST GUN SHOWS IN 2022 | Split vote after no public discussion

  by Kimberly Rivers At a Special Meeting on Jan. 7, the Board of the Ventura County Fairgrounds voted 4 to 3 in favor of allowing gun shows in 2022.   The vote took place without any discussion by board members in front of the public; however, the board had a nearly two-hour closed session just prior to the vote.  The board is governed by a set of state laws referred to as the Bagley Keene Act, which is similar to the Brown Act, but governs state committees. These  “sunshine” laws require these bodies to conduct most public business...

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COLLEGES GO ONLINE TO AVOID COVID-19 | Spring semester gets virtual start

by Kimberly Rivers Spring semesters will have a virtual start at all campuses of the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD), and at California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI) and the Ventura campus of the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law (VCOL).  These institutions have all announced a shift to online learning for the start of the spring semester in an effort to help combat the local increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.  On Jan. 6 the VCCCD announced that the spring semester, beginning on Monday, Jan. 10 would start “primarily online.”  The shift to online classes...

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