County ends year on fiscal high note

Good news for fans of balanced budgets: The county has reported a savings of $43 million over the last fiscal year.

Crediting “strong management efforts” and “thoughtful, conservative fiscal projections,” Ventura County Executive Officer Mike Powers says that he is very proud of county leadership.

“The lean six sigma savings are a demonstration of the fiscal responsibility that is an organizational imperative at all levels of the county,” said Powers. “The program recently highlighted its tenth anniversary with cumulative ongoing savings of more than $33 million.”

The funds include receiving $10 million in unreimbursed mental health services performed by the county since 2004. Powers says that the funds will be placed into reserves.

Ride share comes to Naval Bases

Good news for fans of ride shares: Both Naval Base Point Mugu and Port Hueneme will now allow Lyft and Uber drivers to pick up and drop off customers.

Formerly, drivers were only allowed to drop off riders on the base if they had a Defense Department identification card. Now, riders will be allowed to pick up customers through a new rideshare program, which will issue rideshare credentials to drivers.

Rideshare drivers must first apply for the credentials and undergo a background check. For more information and to apply, visit

“EcoHero Show” reaches area students through music

On Thursday, Dec. 20, Camarillo students are going to get a funky lesson on becoming eco-friendly citizens through the hip-hop and dance of Mr. Eco and his EcoHero Show.

The Ventura County Community for a Clean Watershed invited the eccentric act to perform at local schools in an effort to educate students on the county’s watersheds and to prevent pollution in a unique way.

“Teaching positive environmental behaviors to kids now will help protect our watersheds and environment for years to come,” said Lara Meeker, Water Resources Specialist for the County of Ventura Watershed Protection District. “You can really tell they get it when you hear them singing the tunes a day or a week later.”

Mr. Eco and his EcoHero Show visited Laguna Vista Elementary in Oxnard on Friday, Dec. 14, La Mariposa Elementary in Camarillo on Tuesday, Dec. 18, and Pleasant Valley School of Engineering and Arts in Camarillo on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The show today will take place at Las Posas Elementary in the morning.

The show features songs with lyrics that teach kids how to take action against pollution, littering, plastic waste and more. To learn more about the show, visit

Oxnard PACC opens nonprofit grant period

Nonprofits looking to put on a show or host an event at Oxnard’s Performing Arts and Convention Center can now submit an application for the annual rental credit program.

The program invites certified 501(c)3 nonprofits in good standing with the city to apply for assistance in presenting “community-based, educational, artistic and enriching programming” on the campus of the PACC at a discounted rate.

A review committee will determine awards. Last year, over two dozen nonprofits were awarded portions of $50,000 in rent credit.

The application period will run through Jan. 31, 2019. For more information and to apply, contact