Author: Michael Sullivan

The 24th Annual Best Of Ventura County

Welcome to the 24th annual Best Of Ventura County issue — our yearly reader’s poll. This is our biggest issue of the year, and we are proud to announce this year’s winners, spanning the gamut of more than 140 categories, from beauty and style to food and drink to recreation. What is even more exciting, though, is the jump in participation. Nearly double the number of votes was cast for this year’s Best Of poll over last year’s — 5,400 votes — which proves that our local businesses are reaching their customers, who believe in their products and services....

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Experiencing a transformation

“I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown, which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.”— Jim Morrison In 1991, Director Oliver Stone released the biopic, The Doors, about the 1960s band of the same name. In the movie, the lead singer, Jim Morrison, along with his band mates, were depicted as seekers of hedonistic pleasure — drugs, booze and sex — with little else to offer the audience regarding the music or the true essence of the band. Unfortunately, Morrison was never able to make a...

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Hunger action month — a little effort goes a long way

On Monday, I went on an assignment to take photos of the hundreds of Cal Lutheran University students who volunteered their time to clean up the various encampments along the Ventura River bottom. I managed to get there about 45 minutes early, and began talking to some of the volunteers from the City of Ventura. While my purpose was to focus on the students, I realized after speaking with the volunteers that there was much more to the event than just picking up trash. Two volunteers decided to take me on a tour of the camp grounds. I had...

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Mental health court needed: If not now, then when?

Prosecuting criminals and prison reform have always been controversial subjects. For the last several decades, it seems Americans have been diverging on how to handle those who break the law — we either adhere to the principal of “An eye for eye; a tooth for a tooth,” or the philosophy of, “Choose compassion and care, because we, as a society, are supposed to be more civilized.” In the midst of this divergence, little has gotten done to propel anything positive forward. While activists are still fighting on both sides of the fence, the problem we face now is dire....

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Discussion gets heated regarding marine reserves

Bob Kirk of Ventura, also known as Anacapa Bob, has been a kayak fisherman for nearly a decade. He is primarily a catch and release fisher, kayaking in nature’s finest coastal regions from Point Dume in Malibu to a lesser known spot in Carpinteria to the marine parks in the Channel Islands. While Kirk doesn’t rely on fishing as his mainstay, being able to fish and explore has become a very important part of his life. “These areas are sacred to me, areas that are really precious,” Kirk said. But things are about to change for Kirk and fellow...

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