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The Nightmares of Rebuilding After a Fire

The Nightmares of Rebuilding After a Fire

By Lori Denman If anyone would like to learn about the difficulties of rebuilding a home following a fire, due to required permits (some understandable, many not), view the Ventura City Council meeting on September 10. The meeting on September 10 was started by Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere. Mayor Andrews was absent and Councilmember Mike […]

Controlled Burning a Safety Measure for Fire Protection

Controlled Burning a Safety Measure for Fire Protection

    Commentary by Janice Dickenson, Santa Paula On a nice California day back in 1962, 12 year old Bruce Dickenson was on a horseback ride on the ranch in Fagan Canyon in Santa Paula with his grandfather, Ralph. At one spot, for no apparent reason, granddad stopped, got off his horse and handed Bruce […]

Oak View children and families receive expanded classes and preschool scholarships, thanks to grants received by First 5 Ventura County

Oak View children and families receive expanded classes and preschool scholarships, thanks to grants received by First 5 Ventura County

(OJAI, Calif.) —Oak View children and families are benefitting from a pair of grants received by First 5 Ventura County (F5VC). F5VC has been able to expand the number of Parent and Child Together (PACT) classes and preschool scholarships available for Oak View Families through the Ojai Valley Neighborhood for Learning (OVNfL) thanks to grant […]

Thomas Fire Building Permit Fee Questioned at Ventura City Council

Thomas Fire Building Permit Fee Questioned at Ventura City Council

By Lori Denman Thomas Fire rebuild permit costs and other issues were discussed on the evening of August 6. All council members and the mayor were present. Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere was absent. Special presentations and announcements Mayor Andrews spoke of the Ventura Visitors Convention Bureau, calling it a “great partner to our city.” City […]

VCCF Awards $500,000 to Partnership Providing Help to Undocumented Immigrants Recovering from Thomas Fire and Mudslides

VCCF Awards $500,000 to Partnership Providing Help to Undocumented Immigrants Recovering from Thomas Fire and Mudslides

CAMARILLO, Calif. — With the full effects of the Thomas Fire’s devastation still emerging, the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) has awarded a $500,000 grant to a community-based partnership providing relief and recovery support to undocumented immigrants. The 805 UndocuFund is a partnership among Mixteco/ Indigenous Community Organizing Project (MICOP), Central Coast United for a […]

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 […]

The Building Permit Process for Re-building Your Home: Public Meetings for Property Owners Affected by the Thomas Fire

The Building Permit Process for Re-building Your Home: Public Meetings for Property Owners Affected by the Thomas Fire

(VENTURA, Calif.) – Property owners who lost a home or other structure during the Thomas Fire are invited to attend one of two public outreach presentations on June 26 or June 28 to learn about the requirements for obtaining a building permit to re-build, and the County’s expedited building permit process for fire victims. While the […]

County to hold public meetings for Thomas Fire designers and contractors

County to hold public meetings for Thomas Fire designers and contractors

(VENTURA, Calif.) – Designers and contractors planning to work on projects for the reconstruction of buildings damaged or destroyed by the Thomas Fire are invited to attend a public outreach presentation to learn about the building permit process, including the County’s expedited process for fire victims.  Representatives from the California State Licensing Board, Ventura County […]

Spotlight | Jillian Powell from Nordhoff High School | Thomas Fire claimed her home, but not her spirit

Spotlight | Jillian Powell from Nordhoff High School | Thomas Fire claimed her home, but not her spirit

It was the middle of Jillian Powell’s senior year, her thoughts centered on graduation and college, when disaster struck. The devastating Thomas Fire consumed more than a thousand buildings, including the home Jillian had shared with her family for eight years in the hills near Ojai. One of the only things that survived the flames […]

Ford Fund Awards $75,000 to VCCF To Help With Disaster Relief from Thomas Fire

Ford Fund Awards $75,000 to VCCF To Help With Disaster Relief from Thomas Fire

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The Ford Motor Company Fund recently granted $75,000 to the Ventura County Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund to aid long-term Thomas Fire recovery efforts, and designated the funds to go to support two local organizations: Habitat for Humanity and the Ventura Boys & Girls Clubs. “The mission of Ford Motor Company Fund […]

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