Author: Kit Stolz

OIL OPPOSITION | Oil company plan to expand in Oxnard draws opposition

A plan to drill four new oil wells at an existing one-acre oilfield processing operation near mobile home parks in Oxnard has spurred a coalition of environmental justice activists to appeal the proposal and gather signatures from local residents in opposition. Two organizations, Food and Water Watch (a statewide environmental group) and local group CFROG (Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas), have appealed a permit granted to a Bakersfield oil company to add four oil and gas wells to existing operations in the Cabrillo oil-field area two miles west of Highway 101. This is on unincorporated land near Oxnard...

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THE TRUTH ABOUT BIG CATS | Saving the wild lions of Ventura County 

Even in the highly privatized, fenced and controlled landscape of Southern California today, large carnivores — mountain lions — range wild and mostly free through the hills and peaks of steep and rocky Ventura County. These mountain lions (also known as cougars or puma) eat only meat and prefer deer. The male of the species is about as large as a human, but much stronger, with hugely powerful hind legs. Grown mountain lions can leap — according to wildlife biologists — as much as 16 feet into the air and 40 feet at a bound. They slink relentlessly through...

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ROAD WARRIOR | Roadshow Revival’s Ross Emery stays true to his roots

Ross Emery, who has been pounding the drums for 30 years for Ragin’ Arb and the Redheads — the band known as “the Rolling Stones of Ventura” — has taken his band’s famous volatility to a new level: respectability. He’s the promoter/evangelist behind the new incarnation of the Roadshow Revival (formerly Johnny Cash Music Festival) that has been running in the early summer in Ventura since 2009. In past years it filled the Ventura County Fairgrounds with up to five stages and 10,000 people, featuring performers such as Kris Kristofferson, the Blasters and Los Lobos. Last year, it moved...

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DEMOCRACY OF SOUND | The Ojai Music Festival’s free offerings reach a wide swath of music lovers

The Ojai Music Festival, now in its 71st year, has long been known for surprising audiences with the diversity of its concerts. But in recent years it has quietly pioneered a new idea in its programming: free events. Of the 15 musical offerings to take place during the annual festival this year, six will be free. (Tickets will be required, even if free, and can be had before the festival, or at the time of performance if still available.) Included will be a free Saturday late-night concert, beginning at 10:30 p.m., featuring musical director Vijay Iyer. Iyer and the...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Lunchtime Organ Recital Series

    September 8 @ 12:30 pm - December 8 @ 1:30 pm
  2. Rubicon Theatre Company’s Fall Acting Classes

    September 25 @ 4:00 pm - November 11 @ 6:00 pm
  3. Vulnerability inVisibility

    October 5 @ 8:00 am - November 11 @ 8:00 pm
  4. World War I and America

    October 11 @ 8:00 pm - November 14 @ 10:00 pm
  5. Theatre Arts Student Black Box

    October 19 @ 8:00 pm - October 22 @ 10:00 pm