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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 […]

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 […]

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