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Oxnard Planning Division: Potential Sites for New Energy Plants

Oxnard Planning Division:  Potential Sites for New Energy Plants

By Sheryl Hamlin  The Oxnard Planning Division (Editor’s note: the initial version of this article incorrectly identified the Planning Commission as perpetrating that action) has produced a report showing proposed alternatives for the new power plant which could supplement or replace the aging Mandalay Beach power plant in Oxnard. The sites are as follows: The Santa Paula […]

Sheriff’s Office Requests Help in Identifying Murder Victims

Sheriff’s Office Requests Help in Identifying Murder Victims

Editor’s Note: Some readers may find the images at the end of this article disturbing  By Tim Pompey The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office called a press conference on Wednesday, September 30 at the Thousand Oaks Sheriff’s Station to ask the public’s assistance in identifying two female murder victims who were killed in Westlake Village (Ventura […]

Ventura County prepares for disaster

Ventura County prepares for disaster

By Debra Tash Today Ventura County staff was tasked with handling a “Storm Day” event.  Out in the field and at the government center, they were put through their paces in an exercise to hone their ability to deal with a natural disaster. With predictions high for an El Nino winter, Public Works Director Jeff […]

Ventura County Board of Supervisors Approves Todd Road Jail Expansion Funding

Ventura County Board of Supervisors Approves Todd Road Jail Expansion Funding

By Sheryl Hamlin In 2014, the Ventura County Sheriff had applied for a grant to build an extension to the Todd Road Jail located just outside the city limits of Santa Paula, but was turned down due to an application error. Also in 2014, the sheriff hired a consultant to provide a Needs Assessment Analysis […]

Ocean desalination coming to Ventura County?

Ocean desalination coming to Ventura County?

By George Miller Would you believe that a letter of intent was just signed between The Channel Islands Beach Community Services District (CIBCSD) and a small company named Blue Dolphin Environmental Resources, for the latter to build and operate a 5 million gallon per day (15.5 acre feet) local ocean water desalination plant for CIBCSD? Would you believe […]

Why Not A National Day of the Farm?

Why Not A National Day of the Farm?

By Sheryl Hamlin Speaking to a sold out audience at the 2015 Ventura County Farm Day barbecue, Mary Maranville thanked her team which included the farmers who opened their operations to the public, the sponsors, the volunteers and the institution of farming itself saying we need to thank the 1% who provide food for the […]

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Draft Emergency Regulations

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Draft Emergency Regulations

On September 21, 2015, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) hosted the third of three webinars to conclude the presentation of the draft SGMA Emergency Regulations. The implementation schedule of SGMA calls for these regulations to be approved by 2015 and in use by 2016.  Previous webinars were reported here and here. To see all […]

Ventura County General Plan Update Options and Work Program

Ventura County General Plan Update Options and Work Program

By Sheryl Hamlin At the September 22, 2015 Ventura County Supervisors meeting, agenda item 32 represented an important milestone in the General Plan update: The agenda item brought the supervisors to consider two alternatives to the Work Program for the General Plan Update. The work plans represent two extensive sets of tasks spread over two […]

Dr. Marshall Foster’s “Hope for Our Time” places history in perspective

Dr. Marshall Foster’s “Hope for Our Time” places history in perspective

By George Miller Marshall Foster, founder of the World History Institute, was the guest speaker at the History Makers International launch of At The City Gates “Lights in the City” campaign on Thursday, July 30th at the Ventura Carrows Restaurant.  Dr. Foster is also chairman of the Global Prayer Strategy Initiative (publisher of the World Prayer […]

CA Department of Water Resources: Critical Basin Overdraft Report

CA Department of Water Resources: Critical Basin Overdraft Report

By Sheryl Hamlin  California’s Depart of Water Resources (DWR) has been reviewing groundwater conditions and has produced a new list of the basins exhibiting the most critical overdraft conditions. This is a draft list. DWR is taking questions and comments on the report. The list may be read here. In Ventura county, the Oxnard Basin […]