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County check nets 3 assault weapons, 22,000 rounds of ammunition

A joint “armed prohibited persons” sweep conducted by the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms and six Ventura County law enforcement agencies, including the District Attorney’s office, has netted six arrests and a cache of weapons.

The sweep took place on April 23 and 24, when agents checked up on 140 individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition according to the California Department of Justice’s Armed Prohibited Persons System.

Investigators recovered 38 firearms, three of which were deemed to be assault weapons, as well as 22,690 rounds of ammunition and 93 ammunition magazines. Six arrests were made and 67 cases were cleared from the System.

The database is maintained by the California Department of Justice and keeps track of individuals prohibited from owning or possessing firearms due to felony convictions, domestic violence restraining orders or mental health commitments.

Oxnard, Ventura rated not so good for singles

Fair warning, all single ladies (and guys): It isn’t easy to find a soul mate in Ventura or Oxnard according to a new report released in April.

The report, “Best Cities for Singles in 2018,” produced by Zumper, an apartment rental website, looked at 382 metro areas across the nation, ranking each by five factors: number of bars and restaurants, college degrees, and singles in the area, as well as Internet usage of dating apps and average rental prices.

Unfortunately, Ventura County ranked 106, lumping Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura together, with 76 percent single.

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Environmental study to be conducted on impact of Point Mugu

Two public meetings will be held to discuss and accept comments regarding the preparation of a Point Mugu Sea Range Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement, which will assess potential environmental consequences of military activities at the base.

The Impact Statement is mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500–1508) and Presidential Executive Order (EO) 12114 and conducted by the Department of the Navy.

The Impact Statements will take a look at continuing military activities, including an “increased tempo of military Research Development Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) and training activities at the Point Mugu Sea Range, and new mission areas and platforms,” according to the Command Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs Office.

The Department will accept public comment through June 26. Two public meetings will be held in May to discuss the study. The first, on May 15, will be 5-8 p.m. at San Buenaventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura; the second, on May 16, 5-8 p.m. in Santa Barbara.

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SoCal Gas increases incentives for sustainable rebuilding

For SoCal Gas customers who lost homes due to the Thomas Fire or the later debris flow, a financial incentive is being offered or those who plan to rebuild using sustainable designs and ultra-efficient appliances.

SoCal Gas will increase by 50 percent the dollars offered as incentives through the California Advanced Homes Program, saying that homeowners who choose more efficient appliances will save on monthly bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Ventura County is working diligently to assist residents who lost their homes in the Thomas Fire, and we would welcome and support these efforts to make their new homes more sustainable and energy-efficient,” said Chris Stephens, director of the Ventura County Resource Management Agency.

For more information, and to determine eligibility, visit