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Ventura County Firefighters Injured by Vagrants’ Traps

Ventura County Firefighters Injured by Vagrants’ Traps

By Lori Denman Firefighters in Ventura County have left their careers due to injuries caused by traps set by a subset of homeless vagrants, explained Oxnard Fire Chief Darwin Base to Citizens Journal this month. Who would want to hurt the citizens of Ventura County, including police and firefighters by setting intentional fires and traps? Homeless […]

City’s 2021 General Plan Update Discussed at Ventura City Council

City’s 2021 General Plan Update Discussed at Ventura City Council

By Lori Denman-Underhill Mayor Neil Andrews began the city council meeting of July 16 by honoring the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Ventura with a Certificate of Recognition for their selfless service, especially during the Thomas Fire. Assembly Member Monique Limon and other state senators and assembly members awarded the 2018 California Nonprofit of […]

Year-Round Homeless Shelter Planning at City Council

Year-Round Homeless Shelter Planning at City Council

By Lori Denman-Underhill Ventura is planning to open a year-round low barrier homeless shelter and its plans were discussed during the city council meeting on Monday, July 9. Prior to the shelter discussion, other small items were covered. City Council Communications The Ventura Music Festival starts this weekend. Go to VenturaMusicFestival.org to see the lineup. […]

Pure Stoke Hits Ventura Beach

Pure Stoke Hits Ventura Beach

By Lori Denman-Underhill The hot sun last weekend brought out an endless amount of families to California Street beach in Ventura. A new nonprofit — appropriately named Pure Stoke— was there to greet those who have been longing to surf. Pure Stoke’s surf instruction events are all inclusive and have been teaching at two locations […]

One Stop Shop for Homeless Assistance

One Stop Shop for Homeless Assistance

By Lori Denman-Underhill The homeless in Ventura County seek a multitude of needs and are finding them in a centralized location –  One Stop Outreach. The outreach facility was created by the Healthcare for the Homeless Program, which was established in 2002. The program started off with two locations in Ventura and Oxnard and has […]

Conclusions on Homelessness and Vagrancy

Conclusions on Homelessness and Vagrancy

By Lori Denman-Underhill In a quest to find helpful solutions to the issues of homelessness and vagrancy, many professionals and police department members were interviewed for Citizens Journal. The interviews took place for the past two months. Here is a quick guide consisting of quotes, links and conclusions of these interviews. While there is no […]

Oxnard Council Deliberates on Channel Islands Water Quality

Oxnard Council Deliberates on Channel Islands Water Quality

By George Miller The Oxnard City Council meeting met on the morning after July 4, virtually guaranteeing a very light turnout. I counted six members of the public, including this reporter and  the head of the Channel Islands Neighborhood Council.  The meeting purpose was to extend a contract with Aquatic Bioassay and Consulting Laboratories, Inc., […]

Hope on the Horizon for Mentally Ill Homeless

Hope on the Horizon for Mentally Ill Homeless

By Lori Denman-Underhill The subset of the homeless in Ventura and Oxnard who suffer from mental health issues has help arriving on the horizon. There is a triage grant starting this month that was given to Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH), who then approached the Ventura and Oxnard Sheriff Departments to team up a full-time […]

Oxnard to discuss Channel Islands Water Problems at 7/5 Special Meeting

Oxnard to discuss Channel Islands Water Problems at 7/5 Special Meeting

By George Miller The Oxnard City Council will hold a special meeting at 9 Am on July 5. This meeting is needed to authorize an $72,650 extension to testing contracts, but does not say what they are testing for. A recent report said that there was no significant bacteriological danger. Residents have complained of the […]

Hopes of a Shelter Solving Homeless Vagrancy

Hopes of a Shelter Solving Homeless Vagrancy

By Lori Denman-Underhill Homeless advocates of Oxnard have been pleading  for a year-round shelter for years and their City Council just decided last week to approve seed money funds for its establishment. The shelter is planned to be low barrier. Citizens Journal discussed the meaning of low barrier in this previous article.  If the establishment of […]