Author: Kit Stolz

VENTURA COUNTY HEALTH MODIFIES COVID PLANS

Pictured: Ventura County Public Health encourages the public to abide by social distancing orders while being active outside.  by Kit Stolz Last Saturday, Dr. Robert Levin, the Ventura County Health Officer, modified and re-issued the county’s Stay Well at Home order requiring all persons living in the county to stay at home except for essential and approved activities. The nineteen-page order, first issued on March 20 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, was modified with new details for essential businesses, requiring them to post their social distancing protocols on a public notice outside the business to stay open, and allowing...

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INTO THE RED | Climate research indicates 20 years of continuously rising temperatures in Ventura County

PICTURED: Photo of the Thomas Fire taken on Dec. 9, 2017. Photo by Kari Greer for the U.S. Forest Service In 2017, during a record “red flag” wind event in December, the Thomas Fire burned from Santa Paula westward into Ventura and northward around Ojai into Santa Barbara County, killing one county resident and a firefighter, totaling over $2 billion in property damages and costing over $200 million to fight. In November 2018, during a “red flag” wind event, the Woolsey Fire burned from the Santa Susanna Mountains above Simi Valley all the way to the ocean, killing three...

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SEA SICK | Hungry whales, disoriented sea lions found along Ventura County coast

On May 3, the carcass of a gray whale washed up on an Oxnard beach. An initial examination on site found that the dead whale was underweight, had been entangled in fishing gear, and had been struck by a passing ship. “He was a sub-adult, probably 4 to 6 years old,” said Michelle Berman, of the Channel Islands Cetacean Research Unit (CICRU), a Ventura County-based marine research organization. “He’d had a hard life, the poor guy. He’d been entangled in fishing gear and another group down south had freed him from the lines a few days before, but he...

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GROWING LIKE WEEDS | Local leaders voice opposition to further use of Roundup

Last Wednesday the Board of Trustees of the Oxnard School District voted unanimously to ban all products containing glyphosate, the controversial active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, from purchase or use on school grounds. “A concerned parent reached out to us at the end of the last school year when she came across a posting from the school that they had applied glyphosate [on school grounds],” said Adam Vega, a community organizer for the Ventura County Coalition Advocating for Pesticide Safety (VC-CAPS). “We’ve been working with the Oxnard School District since then to get them off glyphosate.” John Cooper,...

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IT’S NOT THAT EASY | Contentious fight underway for election to Casitas district board

Mary Bergen, a retired marine biologist, is running for re-election to the Board of the Casitas Municipal Water District, which manages Lake Casitas, providing water to over 60,000 residents in West County, against Angelo Spandrio, an engineer and first-time candidate for the board. They disagree on some issues, but agree that climate change and drought has made the job they seek tougher. “I think climate change is probably a factor,” Spandrio said. “If you look at our history, we have never had under 10-12 inches of rain in a year for six years straight before this drought [from 2011...

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