Author: VC Reporter

Journey to citizenship

It’s been a little over five years since I moved from Birmingham, England, to Ventura County. While my accent still turns a few heads, I have only recently become a citizen of the United States. Coming from a — for now — European country, the freedom to cross borders had always been a somewhat nonchalant affair for us Brits. Work a summer in the Swiss Alps or commute to Paris on the Eurostar; the freedom to live, work or seek a relationship between borders would not leave one with an expensive dose of anxiety, unlike here in the U.S....

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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE | A personal and expert exploration into soulmates and lasting relationships

My grandparents’ courtship was a saga straight off the pages of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Constance — Connie for short — was an Australian nurse who, much to the chagrin of her parents, chased her aspirations with passionate defiance. Elbert — Al to most — was a World War II windtalker, utilizing his unique knowledge of the Navajo language to deceive the enemy. Al was stationed at Emirau Island, a small island in the South Pacific, while Connie was working and living at a boarding house/recovery center near Melbourne. During a short respite from duty, he and his band...

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We must protect our people

Your message “Gun culture versus gun violence” (Editorial, Jan. 10) is a life-saving call for each of us, individually, collectively, to seek and find a safe and sensible solution to the escalating gun violence in our country. This dialogue, we should be having, is not about suppressing or eliminating gun owners’ Second Amendment rights. This is directed to preserving and protecting the inherent rights of “. . . life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” of every human being, as in we the people. It is in the very conscience of our Constitution … the greatest good for the...

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Choose desalination over water tunnels

“In California, desalination should be an alternative to proposed $20 billion water tunnels” There is a connection between the proposed $20 billion Sacramento Delta Water Tunnels, the proposed mining/pumping of water from the Mojave Desert, Central Valley farmers lacking the water resources to maximize food production, and the Sacramento River and fishing stocks suffering from inadequate water flows. That connection is the State Water Project (SWP), which pumps water to Southern California and reduces the river water needed for fisheries, farmers, and the Sacramento River, itself. The reality is — Southern California needs water and if we don’t produce...

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BY THE NUMBERS | What was lost and progress since the Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire required assistance from multiple states. Over 8,500 firefighters from Arizona, Washington, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and from across California were stationed at the Ventura County Fairgrounds through December 2017. The fire cost over $230 million to suppress. Ojai (city limits) Destroyed, damaged homes: 0 “We were truly blessed to not lose a single home.” — Finance director Rudy Livingston County (unincorporated, Upper Ojai) Parcels with destroyed structures: 240 Parcels with damaged structures: 13 Tentative numbers provided by County Environmental Health. Construction permit data will be updated in the near future. Ventura Destroyed homes:...

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