Eleven years ago, when Daniel Swain was in high school in Northern California, he launched a blog called the California Weather Blog (aka Weather West). He used it to explore and document his interest and research into our state’s weather and climate. “I’m not sure if anybody read it at that time,” he said. “It took off when I was a graduate student at Stanford in the midst of the drought that developed in California. As it evolved and I became involved in researching the causes and character of that drought, the blog became a forum for people who...Read More
Author: VC Reporter
Simi Valley: A deadly decision Demonstrators protest the recent GOP-led repeal of the Affordable Care Act in front of U.S. Rep. Steve Knight’s, R-Santa Clarita, office. Objecting to the apparent unwillingness to answer questions regarding his vote to repeal the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, the demonstrators hosted a “dramatic pre-enactment of Denial of Hospitalization” replete with bloody scrubs, hand-drawn tombstones and chants in front of Knight’s office on Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley. Knight’s district represents portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Ventura: Honoring fallen officers The Peace Officers Association of Ventura County presented the 2017...Read More
Oxnard: May Day march photo by Raul Lopez Several hundred advocates and supporters of immigrant rights and public education marched in Oxnard in the May Day (Monday, May 1) rally, led by the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy and other civil rights groups. Ventura: Climate March and Thermo-Climb photo by John K Golson Hundreds participated in the Climate March and rally at Mission Park in Ventura on Saturday, April 29, and Thermo-Climb, where demonstrators donning colors of the rainbow walked up the incline of the Ventura Botanical Gardens to create a visual of temperature rising due...Read More
Ojai: Horse Rescue fun and fundraiser California Coastal Horse Rescue (CCHR) in Ojai on Sunday, April 23, celebrated Help a Horse Day with an open house and family fun day at the rescue’s ranch. Nearly 600 members of the community attended the event — a record number of visitors at one time to the ranch. The day featured food, games, live music, a silent auction, pony cart rides and the Rescue’s horses. Help A Horse Day raised more than $4,000. Ventura: Planting a landmark tree The Rancho San Buenaventura Conservation Trust planted a new tree, a 15-foot Tasmanian blue...Read More
Peggy La Cerra, an evolutionary neuroscientist living in Ojai, found she could not stay silent this spring in the face of a new administration in Washington, D.C., that plans to drastically scale back the role of science in government. Although troubled by the massive budget cuts proposed for scientific agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency, she was especially alarmed by the Trump administration’s advocacy of “alternative facts” over science. “Science is arguably the pinnacle of [human] decision-making,” she said. “It’s the best way to cull out individual beliefs and get to the...Read More
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