Author: ppirela

Remembering Ensenada in Hueneme

Cancun Seafood and Mexican Grill 573 W. Channel Islands Blvd., Port Hueneme 805-984-0160 $2.99-16.99 We’ve driven by Cancun Seafood in Port Hueneme at least a dozen times, something I’ve sorta shrugged off as another corporate burrito fast-food joint in the Petco shopping center. My companion, however, said he was first alerted to it, a family-owned business, on Facebook. We decided on it for lunch on a recent Thursday afternoon after spending the morning checking out the industrial hemp fields now visible around Ventura County. Upon entering the restaurant, the feeling of a roadside taco stand in Baja came rushing...

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HAPPENINGS | Aug. 29-Sept. 5

Thursday 4th ANNUAL LABOR DAY HARVEST and FESTIVAL 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring your hat, water and gardening gloves to gather in the spirit of community. People of all faiths and no faith are invited and welcome to harvest fresh vegetables for local food pantries to build community through service. Lunch will be served, suggested donation $10. Live music by Guys In Ties after the harvesting is done. The Abundant Table Farm, 1012 W. Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo. SHAZAM!: TEEN THURSDAY MOVIE 3:30-5:45 p.m. FREE fun movie night. In the meeting room at the Newbury Park Library, 2331...

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Won’t you be my neighbor?

“Nearly 4 tons of weed discovered inside a shipment of jalapeños,” CNN, Aug. 18, 2019 Our feature this week, “Weed and demand,” speaks to the declining acreage, year over year, of illegal marijuana grows in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. There is a theory that because it is legal now “recreationally” in California, there is not that great of a need to create an illegal grow supply chain. In our story, one local politician speaks on the issue: Ojai City Council member Ryan Blatz believes cannabis consumers don’t mind paying taxes when they know the transactions...

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WEED AND DEMAND | Illegal marijuana crops in the Los Padres Forest scaling back for reasons unknown

Clandestine marijuana farms planted by organized criminals in the Los Padres National Forest wreak havoc on the environment and create danger for visitors. But now, some Ventura County law enforcement officials are hopeful that the shift toward legal cannabis has reduced the financial incentive to plant so-called “grows” in the local backcountry. Drug gangs may be switching from labor-intensive marijuana to more profitable and addictive drugs, including opioids. During last year’s annual enforcement efforts, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigators were surprised to see the number of plants they seized drop by over two-thirds compared to 2017, from about 128,000...

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HAPPENINGS | Aug. 22-29

Thursday SHAZAM!: TEEN THURSDAY MOVIE 3:30-5:45 p.m. FREE fun movie night. In the meeting room at the Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. ASTRONOMY FOR EVERYONE 6-8 p.m. Journey with astronomer Kevin Manning to explore the size and scare of the universe. Great for ages 8 and up. Supported by Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library. FREE. Community Room in the Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.   Friday THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM and MOORPARK FILM FESTIVAL, Friday, Aug. 23- Sunday Aug. 25. This inaugural film festival kicks off Friday 6:20 p.m., with the locally grown film about...

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