Author: VCR Staff

HAPPENINGS | Jan. 14-21, 2021

Pictured: WINTER BIRD ID COURSE | 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 20, 27 and Feb. 3 Zoom Learn more about and how to identify the many species of birds in Ventura County. This class with the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, is three sessions – classes can be taken individually or together – and offers novice birders a great start in identifying wintering ducks, raptors, sparrows and more. $20-$75. Details and registration online HERE.  Pictured: Western bluebird, commonly seen in Ventura County. Thursday – Jan. 14 MOMMY AND ME SUPPORT GROUP | 0-6 months, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. |...

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POWER TO SPEAK | Role of oil and gas industry in the community and the carbon economy

Pictured: An oil well in the Ventura Oil Field, operated by Aera Energy. Photo by Kimberly Rivers. by Will Spear The VC Reporter recently published a letter from a Ventura resident who expressed concern for  our community, the environment and the future in challenging my employer, a local oil and gas  producer, to “turn off the pumps.” [“Power to Speak: Aera Energy and the battle for clean air” by Liz Campos, VCReporter, Dec. 17, 2020.] While I share her sense of urgency to address climate  change, stopping oil and gas production today in Ventura is not the right move...

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COUNTY TO SUE 10 LOCAL BUSINESSES | Alleges violations of state pandemic orders

Pictured: Michael Walker, acting County Counsel for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, during a closed session report out on Jan. 12, 2020. Screenshot of live video.  by Kimberly Rivers Ventura County will sue 10 local businesses, including restaurants and gyms, for alleged violations of orders requiring closures due to the pandemic.  Following the closed session of the Jan. 12 meeting of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, County Counsel Michael Walker reported that the board had voted 4-1 to commence legal action against 10 businesses in the county for failing to abide by state pandemic mandates. The...

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RAMIREZ RECONSIDERING NOMINATION | Steve Nash might be passed over for planning commission spot

Pictured: Supervisor Carmen Ramirez (Dist. 5) announcing her campaign for supervisor at the Ventura County Government Center on March 6, 2019. Photo by Kimberly Rivers.  by Kimberly Rivers At the Jan. 12 meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Carmen Ramirez (Dist. 5) requested that the agenda item for her nomination of Steve Nash, a former Oxnard Planning Commissioner, to the Ventura County Planning Commission be pulled from the agenda.  Following the meeting later that day Ramirez told the Ventura County Reporter that she and other supervisors had received screen shots of social media posts made by Nash that,...

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“PRUDENT TO HOLD OFF”| LaVere postpones appointment to Planning Commission

Pictured: Supervisor Matt LaVere (Dist. 1) during his 2020 campaign speaking at a meeting of the Ventura Democratic Club at the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura, Jan. 12, 2020. Photo by Kimberly Rivers  by Kimberly Rivers Ventura County Supervisor Matt Lavere (Dist. 1) is postponing his appointment of Chris Stephens to the Ventura County Planning Commission in light of “concerns” from the public. Phil White, current commissioner for Dist. 1, will continue to serve in the role for the time being.  “I have decided to continue this item until I have time to do further public outreach,” said...

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