Author: Chris O'Neal

HARBOR PROJECTS | Commission may decide on competing Ventura Harbor projects next Wednesday

The Ventura Harbor Commission will hold a meeting open for public comment on two proposed projects for the Ventura Harbor, which include hotels, restaurants and other commercial properties. The Port District owns two properties along Spinnaker Drive — midway and at the end — that may be used for either of two remaining proposals being considered: one by H. Parker Hospitality, owners of the Fess Parker hotels, and the second by developer John Ashkar, who has already-approved and/or under-construction multifamily residential projects in Ventura. The parcels of land are 120,000 square feet in total. H. Parker proposes a 30-room...

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 | Bigger, louder and twice the feels

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Directed by: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive content. 2 hrs., 16 min. If you’ve got daddy issues, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may help to dispel them. The gang of intergalactic misfits has returned and, judging by the opening weekend box office of $145 million, has been welcomed back with wide-open arms. Marvel Studios, still riding the wave of superhero-driven movie mania, can pat itself on the back for taking...

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COURTROOM ROUNDUP

Lawsuit settlement halts fracking in Ventura County A settlement reached by the Center for Biological Diversity and Los Padres ForestWatch has preserved a moratorium on leasing federally owned land of more than 1 million acres in California for oil and gas development in spite of President Donald Trump’s signature promise to increase domestic oil production. The settlement requires the Bureau of Land Management to rework a plan that could have auctioned off drilling rights on public land in the Central Valley, the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. “This is a big victory...

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IN BRIEF

Pelicans focus of bird count on Ventura coast Ventura County bird enthusiasts took to the coast on May 6 to count the brown pelican in an effort to better understand its population. The survey, a joint effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird program, state agencies and the Audubon network is conducted with the intent to gather information needed to understand how potential threats from changes in weather patterns, prey availability or changes in habitat or contaminants could impact California brown pelican populations over time. “Approximately 95 known brown pelican roosting sites...

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FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED | Westside adoptive children lack support; local couple dedicated to helping

One Moorpark mom can lay claim to having helped improve the lives of 36 children through her work as a foster mother, an effort undertaken with her husband, Erik. Now, she is utilizing her experience to assist foster parents in the county, and encouraging others to take up the mantle, too. Liz Thiele began work as a foster parent in 2010, but says that her original inspiration came from a patient she treated as an optician 25 years ago. A little girl with “Coke-bottle-thick glasses” entered her office. During the examination, Thiele asked the girl if she had plans...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Toastmasters Public Speaking “Speechcraft Workshop”

    February 6 @ 7:00 pm - May 22 @ 8:45 pm
  2. Scandinavian Festival

    April 1 @ 10:00 am - June 2 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Hamlet, Disco Dane of Denmark

    April 21 @ 8:00 pm - June 30 @ 10:00 pm
  4. “Higher Ground- the Paintings of Linda Harmon”

    May 5 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm
  5. GARDEN OF INNOCENCE BY THE SEA | Memorial service for Baby Pamela Sarah

    May 13 @ 10:00 am - May 22 @ 5:00 pm