Homeless are sentient beings

In response to the editorial in the March 14 edition of the VC Reporter, I suggest that arguing about accountability which in actuality is only finger pointing will not help in solving Ventura’s social problems. However, the editorial itself gave me an excellent idea for how city management could transform itself from obstructionists to heroes while also helping our homeless off the streets

The idea is as follows:   

The city of Ventura could form a business partnership with a marijuana dispensary, open it here in Ventura, and use the city’s share of the profits to buy 3D printed homes, which could then be placed on city-owned property thereby housing the homeless. I’ve lived here most of my 59 years and have watched Ventura go from a friendly place with few fences and pretty landscaping to what looks and feels like a police state. It appears that our city managers are following President Trumps lead and are attempting to “drain the swamp” by eliminating any homeless hiding places. While this is a solution of sorts, it’s a terrible way to treat sentient beings and is also making city officials and our police force look like Nazis.

With relaxed attitudes, creative minds and open hearts all issues can be resolved.  

Julie Schaab
Ventura

Time changes are obsolete

Regarding the change in time every 6 months, let me say this about that: It is obsolete! Daylight Saving Time (DST) was created back in the 19th century to help farmers harvest their crops, with longer hours at harvest time. That need is long gone. There are far fewer farmers now than 100 years ago (90 percent fewer). The need for time changes is long gone. 

This is the 21st century. We no longer need such an archaic system of time changing. Let’s get rid of it NOW!! Move time forward in the spring, one hour, then keep it that way permanently! I wrote to Sen. Feinstein several times to suggest the permanent change. Ditto for my representative, Julia Brownley. Results:  Negative. Zilch. Nada. Useless effort on my part!! Wasted my valuable time writing to them about that idea!!

John Jay
“Voice of Truth”
Oxnard

Honest Democrats

I am usually pessimistic regarding American government and its politicians, however, my opinion is changing. Now, with a Democrat majority in Congress, I am expecting a wide sweep of government corruption, particularly on the Republican side of the ledger.

Honest Democrat politicians in Congress far outnumber Republicans. President Donald Trump isn’t responsible for all the chicanery in his Party; it began far before him. He only intensified it and brought it out in the open, brazenly.

I see very little difference between the Republican Party and the Cosa Nostra. Trump has the personality of a Sicilian mobster. He is raising his family to follow in his footsteps, having hoped his family to occupy many important positions of power and influence. A major thorn in the side of American foreign policy is Trump’s advisor, his son in law Jared Kushner. Not only was he denied a Top Secret clearance to illustrate his unworthiness, he has been involved in many vital decisions for which he is unqualified to make. His involvement in Saudi Arabia is consistent

with his father in law’s plan to expand his wealth in the Saudi kingdom as in Russia where he offered Putin a multi-million dollar gift to influence his approval of a Trump project.

Every project Donald Trump sticks his fingers in has them coming out smelling like du-du.

My optimism is in the new teams of Democrat House Representatives.  In the past three months the young Democrat Congress has exposed its excellent potential for fact finding and its determination to alter the course of American politics. I am hopeful the Democrats will retake the Senate and the ultra-negative, unethical influence of Mitch McConnell will vanish with his political demise.   

Yes, I am confident and optimistic and have my fingers crossed that there will not be any Democratic fatal infighting or jealousies among Party members in the Senate or in the House of Representatives. the Party,           

Miguel Espinosa, Jr.
Oxnard

Seeking reconnection with daughter

Haley Curtis was born January 2002. I went to prison when she just turned 4. Kristi Ruth is her mother, born 11-24-1975. I am Paul Scott Curtis, born 3-31-1961.

Mom never stepped up to claim her. I would like how she’s doing. And that I’m so very sorry for leaving her. The adopted mother is the minister of a local church in Ventura or Oxnard? They practice what is called the Gathering! I’m thinking evangelist type church. Anything you could do would be really appreciated.

Paul Curtis
Durango, Colorado

Editor’s note: For full birthdate confirmation and to get in touch with Paul Curtis, email editor@vcreporter.com.

Wildlife corridor consideration

On Tuesday, March 12, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will vote on rules to minimize impacts of human activity where wild animals roam and native plants grow. 

The proposed Wildlife Corridor plan creates rules for new development and if a landowner feels anything is too onerous, they can ask for a variance. Land owners, many of whom already do so much to sustain the wild places surrounding and within their land, may find it easier than expected to incorporate the new rules into any future plans and will enjoy firsthand the benefits of conserving wild habitat.

There is always pushback to changes in rules, especially when it comes to land use — and this is no different. Objections being raised by some landowners involve security lighting, setbacks around waterways and wildfire mitigation.

Some are saying the new rules will increase fire danger: Ventura County Fire Protection District Chief Mark Lorenzen stated in a letter to Ventura County Planning, “…there are sufficient accommodations and exemptions in the ordinance to allow the Ventura County Fire Department the ability to maintain vegetation management and fuel treatments in the proposed wildlife corridors.”

Some are saying security and safety lighting is not allowed: Security and safety lighting are allowed. All night time events and parties can still be well-lit. When the people leave and cleanup is done, the lights must be turned off. Some new rules do require existing lights be altered to be aimed toward the ground and/or be shielded — changes must be made within three years. That seems like an ample amount of time to comply.

Some are saying waterways don’t need a 200-foot buffer: All living things require water for survival. The waterways covered by the plan are in one of the three watersheds in the county—all of which feed the surface water and groundwater basins we rely on for drinking and irrigation. These riparian areas around streams and ponds (manmade water features are exempt) are vital for wildlife and they contribute to the water we humans also depend on. The setback for new development next to waterways (remember commercial ag is exempt) should be 200 feet as recommended originally by County staff.

When we protect the wild places around us we protect our own water sources and air quality. We live in the backyard of badgers, foxes, bobcats and mountain lions. We can and should be excellent neighbors.

Comments can be sent to Supervisors by emailing: clerkoftheboard@ventura.org
More info at: https://lpfw.org/safe-passage
Public Hearing:
Ventura County Board of Supervisors
Tuesday, March 12, 1 p.m.
Board Chambers, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura

Kimberly Rivers
Ojai
advocate of Los Padres ForestWatch

Unhoused as “the other”

I wanted to take a moment to recognize and thank the City of Oxnard and Ventura County for all that is taking place out at the Armory homeless shelter (“Homeless refuge,” News, Feb. 28) . 

We’re witnessing the remarkable result of taking a solid, tested business template and staffing it with compassionate, gifted human beings. 

The most profound loss we experience, as we transition to the un-housed state, is our basic human dignity. This is something the housed take for granted, and it’s natural to do so. In normal life, living indoors, we’re rarely confronted with situations that identify us “the other.” 

Living outdoors, forced to remain outdoors, often shell-shocked, dragging around bags or suitcases … everything about us screams “other” in big block letters. This, despite the fact that many of us are engaged, every single day, in the process of crawling and scratching our way back to the surface of society.

The staff and volunteers at the new shelter brought extra reserves of basic human compassion to this project, and they’ll need it. They are working under first-responder pressure levels, and without a wellspring of love and reassurance and an annual rejuvenation plan, they will soon begin to suffer from the misery and hopelessness they absorb daily. 

The un-housed don’t have a voice, and therefore no credibility, but maybe that will change over time. For now, I’m well-authorized to speak for many of the current guests at the Armory and send hugs and thank-yous to Ventura County and particularly the City of Oxnard, for all you’ve done on our behalf. 

God bless Ventura County!

P W Robinson
Oxnard

Bernie takes charge of the campaign

In CNN’s Town Hall (February 25, 2019), Bernie Sanders took charge of the 2020 presidential campaign.

He came across as incisive, clear, compelling, and confident, covering a comprehensive range of topics.

He had passion and purpose and was an intellectual tour de force.

He has the stamina of a man 20 years younger.

Unlike the other candidates, he has already been through the incomprehensible ordeal of a presidential campaign and is more than ready to do it all over again — it doesn’t
faze him one bit.

He knows and can articulate ALL the important issues and readily offers solutions for all of them.

He is poignantly fierce about the separation of children from their parents at the border and eviscerates Trump’s cruelty.

And he peremptorily dismisses Trump as a pathological liar and a fraud but he still has the grace to praise Trump’s negotiations with North Korea.

Finally, he has an unprecedented flair for raising ‘UGE amounts of grassroots money.

I believe he has already taken charge of this campaign and the other candidates will have to follow.

Tina Nguyen writes in Vanity Fair, February 25, 2019):

“As the Democratic runner-up in 2016, Bernie Sanders has a built-in advantage that’s vaulted him to the front of the 2020 pack. He has nearly unparalleled name recognition, raised nearly $6 million within 24 hours of announcing his White House bid, and enjoys a sizable polling lead over several top rivals.”

Now Hillary Clinton staff members are targeting Bernie

(“Bitter Clinton Staffers Are Still Complaining…About Bernie”— Vanity Fair) for using Clinton charter flights along with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, and several other celebrities, while campaigning for Hillary.

Racking up a fraction of the $11.9 million Hillary’s campaign spent on charter flights, Bernie traveled to 39 rallies in 13 states during the final three months and 17 rallies in 11 states during the final week of the election.

According to Vanity Fair, Sanders’s 2016 campaign spokesman, Michael Briggs, said. “He busted his tail to fly all over the country to talk about why it made sense to elect Hillary Clinton and the thanks that [we] get is this kind of petty stupid sniping a couple years after the fact. . . .”

None of this will bother Bernie.

He is the most astonishing, resilient, and influential phenomenon in U.S. politics today.

And I am inspired by his resemblance to the great American anti-capitalist economist and philosopher, Richard Wolffe, not only in appearance, but also in his analytical lucidity.

He may well turn out to be the sensation of this campaign as he was in 2016.

I do like all the other presidential candidates, however. 
Why?
Because they will make great running mates for Bernie.

Clive Leeman
Ojai