Author: VC Reporter

LIFE, LIVED: Mary Jane Wilson

by Marcia Beebe On Sunday, April 7, at 4:30 a.m., a dear, wonderful lady, Mary Jane Wilson, went home to Divine Love. Mary Jane had celebrated her 102 birthday on April 1. She was a Leisure Village resident in Camarillo. Mary Jane loved God, laughter, life, her family and her dog. She would laugh easily and say “Mary Jane-isms” quickly, with ease and matter-of-factly. “You’re never too old to try something new. I started tap dancing when I was 83.” The wonderful thing about Mary Jane is that she never stopped dancing, laughing or loving life. Did Mary Jane...

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Census 2020: Quest to tally hard-to-count populations

Jose works in the strawberry fields in Ventura County. He is worried about filling out the upcoming census questionnaire. Although he is living in this country legally, he has friends and family that are not. He has heard stories of what might happen to him and his family if the authorities locate him through the census questionnaire. Sally is a college student attending CSUCI and living in Ventura County. When not attending classes, she lives with her family in Arizona. She is confused about whether she should complete the census as a resident of California or Arizona. So she...

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Speaking for the marginalized, targets of profiling

The horror of being the victim of bias is the loneliness of feeling unseen for who you truly are, for being seen as anything less than fully human. On March 17, Jessica Moore — a comedian who goes by “Jess Hilarious”— posted videos of turbaned Sikh men boarding a plane. “Where are they going? Where are they GOING?” Moore is heard saying from behind the cellphone camera. In later videos, she jokingly brags about the men being kicked off the plane. She also went on an expletive-laced rant against those who found her insensitivity offensive. Many Sikhs across the...

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County’s attempts to bypass Oxnard’s legal public process

Channel Islands Harbor is an important recreation destination for the community and visitors to Ventura County. The County is proposing to hand over this public land to a billionaire developer for private use. The County’s proposed massive fortress style 400 apartments will be at Victoria and Channel Islands Boulevard. They will charge the highest rents in the area. It will be two city blocks long, 55 feet high, surrounded by a concrete wall two stories high. The County does not want Oxnard to have a public review of this project. At the Feb. 12, Board of Supervisors’ Meeting and...

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PLANET OJAI | Feeling replenished

PHOTO BY JAKE SANDELL @bto_localeyecare on Instagram Rose Valley Falls, two tiers and 300 feet tall, are pouring heavy after a month of intense storms that brought Ventura County out of the worst drought conditions. It is located 15 miles past Ojai, up Highway 33 off Sespe Road on the west end of the Topa Topa Mountains in Los Padres National Forest. For more information, go to...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia

    August 22 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 8:00 pm
  2. Conejo Valley Quilters monthly meeting

    September 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Dancer’s Body Barre

    September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Egyptian Belly Dancing

    September 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. 2019 EDU|CAL Annual Symposium

    September 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  6. Loni Love Headlines Levity Live

    September 20 @ 7:30 pm - September 22 @ 9:00 pm
  7. 2019 Quilt Rooms and Gardens Tour

    September 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  8. 3rd Annual Southeast Ventura County YMCA Reach For The Stars Gala

    September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  9. Premiere Party for “Beyond Function: Fiber, Wood and Clay”

    September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  10. Fundraiser for Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute (CIMWI)

    September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm