Ventura hires new city manager

Ventura has a new city manager after a 7-0 city council vote on Monday night. Alex McIntyre, formerly the city of Menlo Park’s city manager, will step into the role left empty for several months following the departure of Mark Watkins.

McIntyre will receive a base salary of $255,000 plus $10,000 to help him relocate. On top of that, McIntyre will receive $500 monthly vehicle stipend, plus medical insurance, pension contributions and $1,000 in deferred retirement.

With 33 years’ experience under his belt, the council noted that McIntyre will help the city through fire recovery and provide leadership lacking since Watkins’ retirement.

Student performance average in Ventura County

Ventura County students, rejoice: You’re no better or worse than the year before according to results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test and data released by the California Department of Education.

The percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards in English language arts and math remained unchanged from 2017 to 2018, at 49 percent and 38 percent, respectively. The Ventura County Office of Education notes that it’s exceptional, considering that students lost 17 days due to the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslides in December without falling behind.

The test is administered to grades three to eight as well as 11. To see the full results, visit www.caaspp.cde.ca.gov.

Port receives $3 million grant for zero-emission project

The California Air Resources Board has awarded $3 million to the Port of Hueneme to fund its ship-to- shore zero emission energy project, which will support green infrastructure and equipment to be used in the port.

The grant, received in collaboration with the Port of Los Angeles, comes by way of the Zero and Near-Zero Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) Grant, which is funded by state Cap and Trade dollars.

“This type of funding allows our ports to continue to lead the world in reducing emissions and implementing green initiatives,” said Mary Anne Rooney, President of the Oxnard Harbor District.

“The projects funded by this grant will lay the foundation for the next phase of green infrastructure and equipment at the port, which will support electric cranes, electric cargo handling equipment and a hydrogen-fuel-cell truck dedicated to moving our customers’ fresh produce to the market place,” said Kristin Decas, CEO and Port Director.

County inmate charged in death of peer

A Ventura County resident has now also been charged with murder after an incident that led to the death of a fellow inmate.

Daniel Louis Fuller, 34, allegedly beat Jeffrey Kibler, 53, to death at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The Ventura County coroner determined that Kibler died of “blunt force trauma” and ruled his death a homicide.

Fuller entered a not-guilty plea and is currently being held on $2 million bail, with an early disposition conference scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25.

Red Cross launches October blood drive

The American Red Cross has launched a countywide blood drive coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The not-for-profit organization will host drives in Ventura on Oct. 16 and 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus, 36 S. Figueroa St.; Thousand Oaks on Oct. 16, 22, 24 and 31, various times, at the Thousand Oaks Inn, 75 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd.; Simi Valley on Oct. 18 and 26, 1-7 p.m., at Rancho Santa Suzanna Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave and on Oct. 23, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Adventist Health, 2975 N. Sycamore Drive; in Oxnard on Oct. 29, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave.; and in Oak Park on Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Oak Park High School, 899 N. Kanan Road.

For more information and to make an appointment, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org.

CSU, Channel Islands, becomes Bee Campus USA

Move over, human students, and make way for your new peers: bees.

“The program aspires to make people more PC, pollinator conscious, that is,” said Scott Hoffman Black, Director of Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. “If lots of individuals and communities begin planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, it will help to sustain many, many species of pollinators.”

California State University, Channel Islands, becomes the first four-year university in California to be named a Bee Campus USA, after Sustainability and Operations Analyst Coleen Barsley and her student assistant, biology major Jazmin Horvet, began developing pollinator education for students and by arranging for the planting of native plants on the university campus to attract pollinators — bees, butterflies and much more. The university also has its own apiary, installed in 2017.

“I think we can be a leader in the academic world as an institution bringing the plight of the pollinators to students and the public,” said associate professor of biology Ruben Alarcón, Ph.D.