Oxnard wants your opinion on high-speed Internet

Take a survey about the Internet for the city of Oxnard as it gauges its residents’ opinions of broadband.
Businesses, institutions and other commercial organizations in Oxnard, Port Hueneme and the surrounding area are being asked to complete a broadband survey “in order to ensure everyone has the high-speed Internet services they need to participate in today’s economy,” say Oxnard officials.

The city has begun the process of developing the so-called citywide Fiber Master Plan, which would build a high-speed fiber optic network with gigabit Internet speeds to businesses and residents in hopes of becoming the next “gigabit” city.

The survey is available in both English and Spanish and can be found by visiting http://bit.ly/OxnardBBSurveyEnglish and http://bit.ly/OxnardBBSurveyEspanol respectively.

CSU, Channel Islands, working toward teacher residency program

The National Center for Teacher Residencies has announced that it will spend a year working with California State University, Channel Island’s Education Program to develop a K-12 program.

The Center is a national organization supporting teacher residency programs, which allows students to perform as if they were licensed practitioners but under the supervision of an experienced professional.

“Instead of spending just a semester in a school or showing up certain days, student teachers are with the K-12 teacher for the entire year,” said Brian Sevier, Ph.D, dean of the School of Education. “It is a full-immersion experience pairing a student teacher with a teacher in a classroom for an entire year. The student teacher starts before the school year even begins, they attend staff meetings, meet parents, do the planning from the beginning to the end of the year.”

CSUCI is one of two universities chosen to for the program, the other being Cal State, Los Angeles.
The program is in the planning stages currently, with the consultancy phase beginning in August.

Groups challenge Santa Paula oil drilling permits

The battle over oil drilling in Santa Paula continues with an appeal brought by three Ventura County conservation groups.

In 2015, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved 19 new oil wells and the continued operation of 17 established wells near the Santa Paula Canyon Trail, by a 3-2 vote. The conservation groups Los Padres ForestWatch, Center for Biological Diversity and Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas challenged the decision, and in 2017 a Ventura County Superior Court judge sided with the Board of Supervisors. Now, the groups are challenging the court’s decision.

Originally, the groups alleged that the county failed to evaluate the “significant noise, visual and public-safety impacts that oil drilling expansion would cause to hikers” on the adjacent trail and that the county failed to enforce measures that were originally in place at the time of the permit approvals in the 1970s.
The appeal was filed on Tuesday, July 24.

Grant gives Ojai license to go green

The city of Ojai and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 2 where new zero-emission landscape maintenance equipment will be unveiled.

The equipment, procured via grant awarded by the Control District’s Clean Air Fund, will assist the city in reaching its goal of acquiring 100 percent of its electricity from renewable resources.

“The city of Ojai should be commended for their vision; I’m hopeful other public works departments in Ventura County will also consider utilizing this zero-emission equipment in their landscape maintenance operations” said Mike Villegas, air pollution control officer for Ventura County.

“Leading by example and demonstrating new possibilities is a better approach to changing behavior than issuing orders,” said Ojai Mayor Johnny Johnston. “My thanks to the APCD, City Council and Staff for supporting this initiative.”

The ribbon-cutting will take place at 11 a.m. at Libbey Park, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai.