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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 […]

Thomas Fire Victims Demand Answers from City Council

Thomas Fire Victims Demand Answers from City Council

By Lori Denman-Underhill Tears flowed like water as Thomas Fire victims asked City Council members for answers. Where was the water that evening? All city council members and mayor, who were in attendance for the Ventura City Council meeting on the evening of June 4. Ironically, the council showed a video about water to kick […]

Free Wildfire Rebuilding Workshop

Free Wildfire Rebuilding Workshop

Last year, the Thomas Fire roared through Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, burning 281,893 acres, destroying 1,063 structures, and damaging 280 structures. Rebuilding has begun, and the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and the City of Ventura are partnering to help licensed contractors like you who are getting involved in the rebuilding process by hosting […]

Thomas Fire Officially Declared Over

Thomas Fire Officially Declared Over

The Thomas Fire broke out December 4th 2017 in Santa Paula.  It grew to become California’s largest wildfire, taking two lives and burning through over 440 square miles in addition to destroying over 1000 structures.   The fire continued burning in the rough terrain of the Los Padres Fire after tearing through Ventura and Santa Barbara […]

Camarillo Rotary Raises Funds for Emergency Relief

Camarillo Rotary Raises Funds for Emergency Relief

The Rotary Club of Camarillo raised $10,000 for Thomas Fire Relief.  Half was donated when they “passed the hat” at a meeting in January and those funds were matched by their Foundation.  The check was given to the Downtown Ventura organization, the umbrella group that monitors funds directed to the Ventura Education Partnership for Thomas […]

Out of the Ashes | Healing in Story and Song Honors Our Community

Out of the Ashes | Healing in Story and Song Honors Our Community

Ventura, Calif.—The Rubicon Harmonix and the Museum of Ventura County together will present a unique program, May 11, that honors the shared losses of our community from the Thomas Fire, through spoken word and song. The event will begin with a pre-concert wine reception at 5:15 pm and the 75-minute program will start at 6:00 […]

Burned, But Not Forgotten!

Burned, But Not Forgotten!

Camarillo, Calif. — Studio Channel Islands will host an opening reception for a new pop-up exhibit, Burned, But Not Forgotten, 4 to 6 p.m., May 5, at the Blackboard Gallery, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. The exhibit shares photographs and video as seen through the lenses of two students from California State University, Channel Islands, who […]

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