Court appeal possible in Wagon Wheel preservation case
Representatives from a local historic conservancy are unsure if they intend to appeal a superior court judge’s denial Tuesday to save the defunct Wagon Wheel motel and restaurant in Oxnard.

“We’re still considering options,” said Susan Brandt-Hawley, attorney for the San Buenaventura Conservancy.

The group lost another bid to save the former roadside tourist attraction this week when Judge Glen Reiser refused to consider their motion for a new trial. The conservancy lost its first case in September in favor of a developer’s plans for a $110 million, Italian-villa styled residential/commercial complex.

Brandt-Hawley had argued in the conservancy’s new petition that incorrect data, stating that saving the Wagon Wheel would be financially infeasible, wrongly informed Reiser’s original ruling two months ago. The conservancy also took a position on Tuesday that a more thorough audit of the project’s Environmental Impact Report was needed because the only official review of the EIR was through the City of Oxnard, which endorses the development plans.

But Mark Dillon, attorney for the Oxnard Village Development, successfully convinced Reiser that CEQA law doesn’t require a new audit in this case.

Brandt-Hawley said the conservancy has 60 days to file an appeal. As part of their motion for a new trial, an emergency stay of demolition was granted by Reiser two weeks ago; it expires on Nov. 30.


H1N1 vaccine clinic to be held in Oxnard

A swine flu vaccine clinic open to the public is scheduled this week at Hueneme High School in Oxnard.

The free-of-charge clinic, on Nov. 24 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., is open for children from the ages of six months to 24 years of age; healthy families with infants younger than six months of age; pregnant women, and adults between the ages of 24 and 64 years old who have high risk medical conditions, such as lung disease, diabetes and asthma. Only Ventura County residents are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Hueneme High School is located at 500 Bard Road in Oxnard. For further info on the event, visit the county public health department on the Web at vchca.org/ph.


Ventura PD ramps up seatbelt enforcement

Local law enforcement officials will be buckling down on buckling up as they began this week their Click It or Ticket seatbelt campaign.

According to a press release from the Ventura Police Department, until Nov. 30 officers will be out in force looking for anyone — driver, passenger or child — not properly restrained.

Only citations — and no warnings, stresses the statement — will be issued to drivers of any vehicle whose passengers are not wearing their seatbelts.

The Ventura PD is one of 175 other police agencies across the state participating in this year’s program, which is funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Volunteers sought for wetlands cleanup

The Ventura Coastkeeper is soliciting volunteers for a trash cleanup this weekend of the J Street drain in Oxnard.

The afternoon cleanup, from 1-4 p.m. on Nov. 22, will rendezvous at the parking lot of 869 W. Hueneme Road, near the Ormond Beach wetlands.

The cleanup, according to an announcement from the coastkeeper, is intended to protect the wetlands and its habitat by freeing up the J Street storm drain from trash. In addition, volunteers will record the types and amounts of trash picked up, and submit data cards to local government agencies.

To RSVP for the volunteer event, and for questions, e-mail Jason Weiner, coastkeeper associate director, at jweiner.venturacoastkeeper@wishtoyo.org.


Gift fundraiser to benefit area schools

Visitors to The Lakes will have the opportunity to give back to local schools during a holiday-themed fundraising campaign this Christmas season.

Five percent of all purchases at the Thousand Oaks outdoor mall, between Nov. 19 and Dec. 24, will be donated to schools in Ventura County. After making a purchase during this time, customers are asked to bring their receipts to the on-site concierge desk, open from Dec. 14-24, noon-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., and write down which school they would like to support.

The program, according to a press release, continues until Christmas Eve or until $10,000 in donations is reached.

Call 497-9861 or visit shoplakes.com for more info.