Women’s Equality Day celebrated in Ventura

On Sunday, Aug. 26, women nationwide will commemorate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, signed into law in 1920, which gave women the right to vote. In Ventura, Dawn Dyer, president of the Dyer Sheehan Group, will host a celebration dubbed Toast to Tenacity for women (and men) inspired by the movement.

It’s no coincidence that the celebration will take place on National Women’s Equality Day, says Dyer.

“When the U.S. Constitution was written in 1787, women were not given equal standing with men,” said Dyer. “One of the most fundamental rights in the U.S. was only granted to women in a hard-fought campaign that took over 70 years.”

Dyer will represent California as one of seven delegates to attend the Vision 2020 National Women’s Equality Initiative in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2020, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. At the Toast to Tenacity, Dyer hopes to engage with Ventura County residents not only to shine a light on the centennial, but also to brainstorm ideas to execute in the county ahead of the anniversary.

“We can’t have a healthy democratic form of government without an engaged and educated populace,” said Dyer, noting the relatively short period of time that women have been able to vote in the U.S. “It’s so important that we not take these rights for granted, particularly as women.”

The Toast to Tenacity will take place on Sunday, Aug. 26, 1-3 p.m. in Ventura. RSVP by contacting Dawn Dyer at dawn@dyersheehan.com.

CSU, Channel Islands, receives Teaching Tolerance Award

California State University, Channel Islands, Education Lecturer Danna Lomax has become one of just five educators nationwide to earn a 2018 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The award, given by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, is awarded to educators who weave “peace and social justice issues” into the curriculum, according to a press release.

“Teaching Tolerance encourages educators to create a more welcoming school environment and inspire a generation of young people to actively and respectfully participate in our increasingly diverse society,” said Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance. “The Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching celebrates these five educators for their exemplary practice of this guiding principle.”

Lomax teaches English and world geography to students of Anacapa High School, as well as the Bilingual Authorization program at CSUCI’s School of Education. Lomax also acts as Anacapa’s dual language liaison and works with student teachers in her classroom.

Lomax says that one of her goals is to graduate “peace literate” students.

“We want kids to experience and create peace cultures where kids work together, dance together, play together and laugh together, so they know what peace feels like and want to work to protect it,” said Lomax.

Mexico-linked heroin network busted in Ventura County

The Ventura County Sheriff Department announced on Friday, Aug. 10, that a Mexico-based heroin network has been dismantled in Ventura County, particularly in West County near the city of Ojai.

The Ventura County Narcotics Task Force concluded the four-month-long investigation, which began in May of this year. In May, Ojai patrol officers took note of one Harold Mory allegedly dealing heroin in the city. The Ojai department notified narcotics detectives, who witnessed Mory meet with Eliseo Gonzalez, an alleged dealer in Los Angeles, where he was arrested for purchasing heroin with intent to distribute in Ventura County.

Further investigation found that Gonzalez was working with numerous Ventura County-based dealers working out of Santa Paula.

Detectives discovered that Gonzalez, along with alleged partner Jose Rodriguez, were allegedly being supplied by members of a family-based organization based part time in Mexico and the United States.

On Aug. 10, Jose Gonzalez-Chaidez, allegedly head of the family, was arrested in Los Angeles for heroin sales, and two kilograms of heroin was allegedly found at his residence, as well as suspected money from sales.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department Special Enforcement Unit and Directed Enforcement Unit assisted in the operation.