Author: David Michael Courtland

POT ROUND UP | City council views polarized around the county

Fillmore’s City Council slammed the door on commercial marijuana growth at its Oct. 10 meeting, voting 4-1 to keep its pre-existing ban on medical marijuana businesses in place. “It will be an outright ban except what’s allowed by the state,” said City Manager David Rowlands. The council floated consideration of commercial growth last year when Fillmore residents approved two referendums in November allowing the maximum tax rates to be charged for commercial growth and sale of medical marijuana. But despite any economic incentive, the council “looked at it and decided it wasn’t something they wanted to enter into at...

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HISTORY PASSED DOWN | CLU project captures account of seniors’ parents in WWI

When the United States entered World War 1 in 1917, Eugene Motte’s father of same first/last name was tending a herd of sheep in Kern County. The French immigrant immediately enlisted in the Army, figuring he would be sent to fight in France. Instead, they sent him to Siberia to fight the Bolsheviks. “He enlisted on the West Coast, and people who enlisted on the West Coast got sent to Siberia,” explained Motte, adding that the Siberian campaign has been largely forgotten because “it’s not politically correct.” Motte was one of several seniors interviewed at University Village in Thousand...

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GOING GREEN | More cities jump on the legalizing medical pot sales bandwagon

Ventura County cities continue to update their policies in the wake of the passage of Prop. 64, which allows adults to buy marijuana for recreational use and legalizes commercial growth. The new law, which allows individuals to raise up to six plants and carry up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use, was approved by voters in November. But county boards and city halls can regulate personal and commercial — that is, medicinal — growth and use. Recreational use business-related permits go into effect next year. Three commercial marijuana businesses were granted Ojai’s first medical cannabis non-retail dispensary...

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REAL HOPE | Transitional housing provides a bridge to stabilizing youth in the county

“I first went into foster care when I was 10 years old,” said Kathleen Mosqueda, 24, of Oxnard, adding that she and her siblings were placed by a case worker with her grandmother. As Mosqueda transitioned out of foster care in mid-2016, she found out about the Hopegivers transitional housing program in east Ventura County through Rosalinda P. Vint of Newbury Park-based Women of Substance and Men of Honor. And there she found stability. “Through my work placement [through Hopegivers], I have learned how to accept corrective criticism and explore new possibilities,” Mosqueda said, noting that she was able...

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The latest skirmish in the battle to determine the future of Oxnard’s Fisherman’s Wharf unfolded Tuesday night at a special Channel Islands Beach Community Services District (CIBCSD) meeting. Over 100 people, mostly opponents of plans for a new apartment complex facing Victoria Avenue and Channel Islands Boulevard at the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, packed into the Hollywood Beach School Auditorium to hear presentations for and against the plan. Darrel Malamut of Channel Islands Harbor Properties, LLC, and Diane Delaney of the Harbor Beach Alliance made cases for and against the project, respectively, to the Hollywood Beach and Silver...

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