Author: VCR Staff

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Tracking toxins and talking transitions

California is getting serious about tracking toxins in personal care products.  by David Goldstein This year, the California legislature passed chemical “right to know” legislation, requiring disclosures of ingredients in cosmetics and menstrual products. Previously, some ingredients could be listed as “fragrance” or could bypass disclosure requirements through trade secret protections. Dr. Joanne Brasch, project manager of the nonprofit California Product Stewardship Council, a leading advocate of the legislation, said, “Maybe now we will know which ones [manufacturers] are adding lead, asbestos or chemicals linked to negative health impacts.” The council has also brought attention to the use of...

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FARM TO SCREEN | The Biggest Little Farm screening starts Farm Day

Pictured: John Chester feeds Emma at Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark. Photo submitted.  by Kimberly Rivers Before the self-guided tours of local farms for Ventura County Farm Day on Nov. 7, Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) invites the public to join them at the movies through two online screenings and a feature to be shown at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Nov. 1.  As part of a Farm to Screen program, SEEAG’s  website offers two short films shot and produced by Anthony Plascencia that are live online now for viewing.  Food Safety in the Age of COVID...

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CRIME BRIEFS | October 2020

Pictured: Darrin Stone on security video showing him removing a “Black Lives Matter” sign from private property. Photo credit: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office by Kimberly Rivers  Diversion program for assailant at July protest Martha Kuppenbender, a resident of Ventura, has agreed to participate in a diversion program offered by the Ventura County District Attorney to avoid formal misdemeanor battery charges from being filed with the court.  On July 19, 2020, Kuppenbender was in her vehicle and stopped at a red light on Victoria Ave. at the Telephone Road intersection in Ventura. She got into a verbal exchange with...

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HAPPENINGS | Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2020

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL AND CELEBRATION Virtual event, Sunday, Nov. 1,  3-6 p.m. FREE The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center is hosting a live broadcast event through their facebook page ( that will include a Community Ofrenda, located at the Ballet Folklóricio Cielito Lindo De Simi Valley and Huarache Express locations at the Simi Valley Town Center. The online event will include a Danza Azteca ceremony,  Ballet Folklórico performances, artist workshops, community art slideshows, and a cultural dialogue and talk.  The entire program will be available again on demand online beginning on November 2, 2020.  More information is online HERE. ...

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WHEN OPPOSING VIEWS COME TOGETHER | Two groups converge, police investigating

Pictured: Two women with the Indigenous gathering stand in front of a caravan driving through town in support of President Donald Trump, at Ventura City Hall on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. Photo by Barry Harrington. by Kimberly Rivers The Ventura Police Department is investigating events that transpired following the interaction between two groups on Sunday, Oct. 11, in front of Ventura City Hall. In what was first reported by local Indigenous people as an intentional targeting may in fact be a meeting of two perspectives that have been clashing across the country.  Two groups gather  Around the noon...

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