County water reserves increase following slew of storms

County residents will have January and February storms to thank after the United Water Conservation District says that it successfully harvested 18,000 acre-feet of water, a year’s supply for 72,000 area households.

Lake Piru, United Water’s source, is now 30 percent full, doubling the amount prior to the rains. In other percentage-based good news: Due to the rain, Ventura County is 10 percent closer to complete drought recovery.

“And while this is more rain than we have seen in a long while, we would need 180,000 acre-feet more water to be completely out of the drought,” said Mauricio Guardado, General Manager for United Water Conservation District.

Ventura PD armed with life-saving overdose medication, training

Naloxone, a medication used in reversing the effects of an opioid overdose, is now a standard item carried by Ventura Police officers in response to the nation’s opioid epidemic.

First issued to officers in January, Naloxone has been used once by a Ventura officer responding to a person in distress in a locked bathroom. The officer gained access to the room, administered the Naloxone, and the subject was transferred to the Ventura County Medical Center for treatment.

“Police officers are frequently the first emergency responders to encounter victims of an opiate overdose and the administration of Naloxone can help counteract the drugs and save lives,” said Assistant Police Chief Darin Schindler.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner says that in 2018, one out of four autopsies revealed the cause of death to be opioid overdose in Ventura County. Nationally, on average, 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose.

Ventura’s St. Patrick’s Day parade accepting applications

Head’s up, Irish-for-a-day revelers! The time is nigh to apply to participate in County Ventura’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The parade, hosted by Ventura Elks Lodge No. 1430, features parade floats traversing the cobblestone streets of four-leaf-clover-lined Main Street at the top o’ the morn’, Saturday, March 16.

For 2019, the luck o’ the Irish isn’t necessary to wade through a complicated application as the process has been streamlined via an online procedure. The deadline to enter into the parade with a float is Thursday, March 7, and only the first 100 applicants will be accepted.

For more information, visit www.venturastpatricksdayparade.com.

County Grand Jury accepting applications for new jurors

The Ventura County Grand Jury is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Grand Jury.

The Ventura County Grand Jury is a civil investigatory panel of 19 created to serve “as a voice of the people and a conscience of the community.” The all-volunteer panel rules on issues presented to them, but their findings are not enforceable and are merely recommendations.

To apply and for more information, visit www.ventura.org/grand-jury/become-a-grand-juror.

Late poet/author’s works donated to CSUCI

Michele Serros, Chicano author and poet and Oxnard native, died in January of 2015, leaving behind a legacy of everything from manuscripts to skateboards, as well as the desk upon which she wrote Chicana Falsa in 1993. Now, her legacy will continue via California State University, Channel Islands, which has been gifted with her belongings.

The CSUCI Chicana/o Studies program will receive royalties from any sales of her works, supporting the Michele Serros Multicultural Living-Learning Community, a unique community in which students with similar academic studies are immersed in their learning experiences.

“She and I go way back,” said Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies Jennie Luna, Ph.D. “I was there with her shortly before she died. Before that we had lots of conversations. I knew she had such valuable documents and that we would be the best place to house them. This is her hometown. CSUCI is where folks from Oxnard come and she wanted to support the Chicana/o Studies program.”

For more information on the program and information on Serros’ work, visit www.csuci.edu.