Author: VCR Staff

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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IN BRIEF | April 8, 2021

PICTURED: Paul Blatz, former mayor of Ojai, died March 26, 2021. Former Ojai Mayor Paul Blatz dies Paul Blatz, former Ojai mayor and city council member, passed away on March 26, 2021 after a battle with cancer. He was 69.  He served as a city councilmember in Ojai between 2010-2018, and as mayor in 2013 and 2016. Prior to that he served for 10 years on the Ojai Planning Commission from 1998 to 2008.  Blatz was a practicing attorney and the founder of the Blatz Law Firm in downtown Ojai.  Alwin Sauers VCCCD Classified Employee of the Year Alwin...

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THE BEE’S KNEES | A flapperesque Don Pasquale opens Concerts in Your Car’s 2021 season

PICTURED: The Roaring Twenties serve as a backdrop for Opera Santa Barbara’s 2021 production of Don Pasquale, coming to the Ventura County Fairgrounds on April 10. Photo by Zach Mendez by Emily Dodi At long last, live! Concerts in Your Car returns to the Ventura County Fairgrounds with a slate of exciting events. Billed as “drive-in meets live entertainment,” the lineup of theater and music is the perfect way to take in a performance while remaining safely socially distanced. Starting things off on April 10 is Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Gaetano Donizetti’s bel canto comedy Don Pasquale. Directed by...

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WHERE ANYONE CAN PLAY | Laby Harmony Project celebrates 10 years

PICTURED: Genesis Longines, now a second-grade student at Sheridan Way Elementary, has played with the Laby Harmony Project for three years. Photo submitted By Mike Nelson Forget the hills. It’s the homes of hundreds of Ventura County school children in under-resourced communities that, over the past decade, have come alive with the sound of music. Credit the Laby Harmony Project, an outreach program of New West Symphony (NWS), which brings not just music education but professional musical training to young people who, because of financial circumstance, might not have had the chance to play a musical instrument or develop...

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