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Local Fire Departments Advise Emergency Preparedness

Local Fire Departments Advise Emergency Preparedness

By Lori Denman Many people in local Ventura communities think back to the nights of the Thomas Fire and may also regret a lack of preparedness. The Oxnard and Ventura Fire Departments personnel experienced many preventable mistakes during this particular disaster. Oxnard Fire Chief Darwin Base and Ventura Public Information Officer Steve Swindle shared messages […]

Surf Rodeo Wrangles Up Ventura County Locals

Surf Rodeo Wrangles Up Ventura County Locals

By Lori Denman Gathering for a good time is what Pierpont Beach in Ventura County does best, especially when the Surf Rodeo comes to town. The Surf Rodeo wrangled up about 5,000 revelers during the entire weekend on July 14 and 15. It proved to be a success with large crowds of all ages, roaming amongst […]

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 […]