Author: Michael Sullivan

The cost of municipal golf courses

There is something profound about the absurdity of taxpayers subsidizing expensive recreational activities. While some people may balk at funding welfare, education, even clean air and safe food initiatives, Ventura officials seem to have a particular indifference to costs covered by taxpayers by continuing to write off expenses when it comes to the two city-owned golf courses. Now, due to debt service payments on earlier renovations, the city is paying roughly around $500,000 annually for these golf courses. With interest in the sport floundering compared to a decade ago, the city seems destined to cover the costs just to...

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Living up to the name in Oxnard

The Best Breakfast Cafe 5141 Saviers Road Oxnard 271-1113 $11-30 With a name like Best Breakfast Cafe, you’re kind of throwing the dice. You can’t be merely good; mediocre food that might pass at any other restaurant is going to seem like a letdown. And if the food is bad, well . . . the jokes (and unflattering Yelp reviews) write themselves. A lot is going to be riding on that first impression. Oxnard’s Best Breakfast Cafe, formerly the home of Uncle Herb’s Restaurant, has managed to beat the odds. It may not be the superlative the moniker implies,...

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PUBLIC SPECTACLE | Mysteries at the museum

Kim Crowell, senior curator, gives a behind-the-scenes tour at the Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, discussing the process of building the museum’s 14,000-item archive with collections dating back over 100 years. Some of the treasures not on display in the regular museum include a hand and leg of a Sadam Hussein statue torn down in the 1990s during Operation Desert Storm, hundreds of knick-knacks collected from civilians all over the world by Seabees on deployment, art and military recruitment posters, a model ship used for training and much...

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FATHERHOOD | Locals’ unique journeys in parenting

There are many pathways to parenthood as well as learning how to be the best parent, particularly a father, that one can be. In Ventura County, the often overlooked unconventional families are particularly special; from these many can learn valuable lessons. For the celebration of Father’s Day, local fathers and their respective families share their important life journeys and what it takes to make things work. Providing a good life During their 11-year relationship, Troy Wright and Eric Gilbert discussed the possibility of adopting a child, but never really had the time to take on fatherhood 100 percent. The...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Hamlet, Disco Dane of Denmark

    April 21 @ 8:00 pm - June 30 @ 10:00 pm
  2. WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID

    May 26 @ 8:00 pm - June 25 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Shakespeare: A Celebration

    June 9 - September 28
  4. Northwest Boychoir Concert

    June 21 @ 7:00 pm - July 11 @ 9:30 pm
  5. Ricky Burrus Veteran’s Memorial Ride

    June 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm