Author: VCR Staff

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Earth Day events return to Ventura County this month

by David Goldstein, VCPWA, IWMD April 22 is Earth Day, and events scheduled all this month help people celebrate and rededicate to environmental causes., the largest international coordinating body for Earth Day commemorations, chose “Restore Our Earth” for this year’s theme, focusing on the need to “restore the world’s ecosystems.”  Here are upcoming local events:  Countywide During all of Earth Month, and possibly into next month, the Ventura County Community Foundation will host an “Environmental Listening Tour.” According to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Lambert, “In a recent series of confidential interviews with VCCF donor-clients, approximately 75 percent identified...

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ADVICE GODDESS | April 8, 2021

Flush To Judgment At my boyfriend’s recent high school alumni gathering, it came to light that he had bullied a student (holding his head in the toilet, etc.). We’ve been together for almost two years and have discussed marriage. However, I’m truly unsettled that he was capable of committing such awful acts. It makes me feel that I no longer truly know who he is. He claims he’s an entirely different person and could never do such a thing today. How much weight should I give this?  —Disturbed Comforting sayings like “The meek will inherit the earth” (as in,...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of April 8 © Copyright 2021  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Author Susan Sontag defined “mad people” as those who “stand alone and burn.” She said she was drawn to them because they inspired her to do the same. What do you think she meant by the descriptor “stand alone and burn”? I suspect she was referring to strong-willed people devoted to cultivating the most passionate version of themselves, always in alignment with their deepest longings. She meant those who are willing to accept the consequences of such devotion, even if it means being...

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PACIFIC HIGH SCHOOL GETS ORGANIC FARM | Sa’Aliyas Ranch construction begins

PICTURED: Artist rendering of Sa’Aliyas Ranch at Pacific High School in Ventura  by Kimberly Rivers On March 25, Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) broke ground on the district’s first certified organic farm, named Sa’Aliyas Ranch, on five acres at the back of Pacific High School on College Drive in Ventura.  “This farm is a game-changer for us that will allow thousands of students the opportunity to build valuable real-world skills in one of the largest industries Ventura County offers,” said Roger Rice, superintendent of VUSD. “We are looking forward to seeing the innovation that comes out of this...

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POWER TO SPEAK | The trials of a prosecutor

PICTURED: Erik Nasarenko, Ventura County District Attorney by Matthew A. Nash The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office has a slogan and an insignia that represents more than common welfare. It reads “Let Justice Be Done.”  In a city that is riddled with crime, from petty theft to human trafficking, it requires a force passionate in its efforts and effective in its attempts. The phrase “Let Justice Be Done” accurately summarizes the will possessed by most who work at the Ventura County Department of Justice.  Because I am fascinated by both the legal community and the role of district attorneys,...

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