Author: Chris O'Neal

IN BRIEF

Town hall meeting for potential foster families As of Jan. 1, 2017, California legislation requires that group homes for foster children and youth obtain national accreditation to provide more specialized services for their residents or be forced to shut their doors. The new requirements have put a strain on the already stressed Ventura County foster care network. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Foster VC Kids Open Heart Town Hall meeting will be held for those interested in becoming foster families. Amanda and Shaun Maxson are foster parents living in Ventura. Amanda, a registered nurse, and her husband have adopted...

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POLITICAL ROUNDUP

U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley Congresswoman Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, hosted a town hall on health care on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Camarillo Public Library. Topics included both the local and national health-care systems and featured a panel of experts from the industry. In Washington, Brownley joined a coalition of House Democrats in introducing redistricting reform legislation with the intent of ending so-called “partisan gerrymandering.” In partnership with U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Mateo; Congressman Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach; and John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, the Redistricting Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 1102), introduced by 47 House Democrats and supported...

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PLANET OJAI

February’s downpour has provided for epic visuals, such as the overflow of the obsolete and set-for-removal Matilija Dam in Upper Ojai. Coincidentally, a rain event such as the one that dumped between 6 and 9 inches across Ventura County, and 9-10 inches in the Matilija Creek, is exactly the kind of event that will be needed as part of the Matilija Dam removal project, which is in the planning and funding stages. Paul Jenkin of the Surfrider Foundation, Ventura County chapter, says that the dam was designed to overflow this way and was never meant to hold back flood...

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TIME FOR ACTION

Noticing rallies taking shape across the country and perhaps feeling that now is the time to set attendance records of their own, supporters of President Donald J. Trump will hold two rallies with the zeal of the day Trump was inaugurated. Designated “Spirit of America” rallies, the two events will be inspired by and in conjunction with Breitbart News, which will hold rallies across the country on the same day in March, though the website’s February rally will be held on the 27th. Scheduled rallies include: Saturday, Feb. 25, 1-3 p.m. in Simi Valley at the intersection of Cochran...

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Tapping into potential at Cask Alehouse

Cask Alehouse 5952 Telegraph Road, Ventura 765-4201 $7.95-15.95 For no other reason than to cleanse our souls of the calendar that placed upon our shoulders the deaths of David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Harambe, we chose Cask Alehouse to spend 2016’s final hours. Over beer and a meal, the year would wither, and many questions would be asked and left unanswered. Cask Alehouse opened up in early December in Victoria Plaza on the corner of Victoria Avenue and Telegraph Road in east Ventura. The same man who lit up downtown Ventura at the turn of the century with Anacapa...

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