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As a person who has struggled with homelessness and being a former addict living on the streets, I’ve been active for the last four years as a homeless advocate in Ventura County. We don’t always recognize how a blanket of homeless resources are often misdirected. The public should understan…

I’ll be 42 this year. For us fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 42 is the most important number in the galaxy. Douglas Adams wrote in his science fiction classic, “The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and every…

A Sustainable Urban Forest in 2023

The GOP and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

The current state of the Republican Party, aka the Grand Old Party, is not healthy. What should have been a landslide red wave victory this past November became an embarrassing thud, with the DNC keeping the Senate and now the GOP debating if…

We must expand access to California’s natural wonders

Millennials and Gen Z have a word they love using called “adulting.” The word has become the go-to word when 20-40 year olds need to describe taking care of their responsibilities. The dictionary defines it as “the practice of behaving in a w…

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It’s 2022 and our culture has been battling significant issues (racial inequality and sexual harassment) and insignificant issues (wokeness in Disney movies) for the past few years, with progress in some areas while in others, people still fe…

Back in 2018, I had a long phone call with the Ventura County Reporter’s editor at the time about the future of this particular byline.

The now infamous movie producer Harvey Weinstein has returned to Los Angeles to defend himself against a handful of different accusers. Weinstein is currently in prison in New York for the sexual assault of multiple women, but has been transf…

Over the past two years our country has had a real turnaround in how we view race in our culture. While much of this has produced open conversation and started a road to better outcomes, we cannot deny that most of the finger pointing has bee…

On Aug. 3, 2022, I was sworn in as an Associate Justice for the Second District Court of Appeal, which handles appeals from trial courts in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles counties. I swore to “support and defend the C…

One of the most influential voices of the past six to seven years has been Canadian college professor and cultural critic Jordan Peterson. The popular conservative-leaning clinical psychologist has become a target in Hollywood, watching comic…

As 2022 winds down, the 2024 election begins. Soon we will have primaries and town hall debates and in the saddest state of affairs, many of the same tired old names will reappear to take on the title of President of the United States. If I m…

International Coastal Cleanup Day is right around the corner! On Sept. 17, 2022, from 9 a.m to 12 p.m., thousands of cleanups will be happening throughout the state of California. We are fortunate to have many events happening throughout Vent…

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I’m a 40-year-old millennial, born in 1981, which means I’ll be 41 next month and one of the oldest millennials in the country. What I find is that the old millennials are a generation of lost souls, just floating back and forth between “old …

PICTURED: Football lies just short of the goaline by Paul Moomjean  paulmoomjean@yahoo.com  It’s back to school season, and for me this is always a mixture of nostalgia and PTSD. From 1999 until 2017 I was a teacher and wrestling coach in Ven…

by Paul Moomjean paulmoomjean@yahoo.com  Easily one of the greatest fears of a Donald Trump presidency was the ushering in of extreme talking heads and corrupt lobbyists. With Trump there was the trifecta of campaign manager Roger Stone, advi…






by Paul Moomjean paulmoomjean@yahoo.com  We all watch Netflix or are aware of its contribution to both the economy and entertainment worlds we live in, but for those unaware, it is currently in a dark age unseen. Netflix execs are finding tha…

by Paul Moomjean paulmoomjean@yahoo.com  As we enter the heart of the summer of 2022, there are two burning questions: How much more money can Top Gun: Maverick make and who is going to be running for president in 2024? Okay. Maybe neither of…

by Paul Moomjean paulmoomjean@yahoo.com It’s amazing how a day can change everything. While prepping for this week’s article, I was looking at breaking down the reasons the new Disney and Pixar film Lightyear bombed at the box office due to a…

By Paul Moomjean paulmoomjean@yahoo.com  I don’t know if America was ever great. I know that America has the potential to be great. The foundations of greatness are there. Yet, we can all acknowledge that while the American experiment has had…

by Paul Moomjean  paulmoomjean@yahoo.com  In the state of Texas last week, Robb Elementary School in Uvalde was attacked by an 18-year-old boy, who legally bought an AR-15 rifle and murdered 19 children and two teachers. This becomes the echo…

by Paul Moomjean paulmoomjean@yahoo.com For the past decade plus, I’ve written about topics with a basic understanding of the subject matter. Whether it be elections, social media or cultural issues, I’ve always had some formidable grasp of t…

by Ben Oakley Phil White’s recent guest commentary is a prime example of the deceptive campaign to shut down local oil production under the guise of environmental protection represented by Measures A and B. (“Power to Speak: Yes on Measures A…

May 19, 2022 RE: May 12, 2022 Power to Speak Ventura County has its own “Big Lie,” and it has to do with Measures A and B on the June ballot.  Oil companies are continuing to spread lies and misinformation about the effects of approving Measu…

by Paul Moomjean paulmoomjean@yahoo.com Almost two years after the pandemic began, and we’ve seen the beginning of the fall of streaming services.  After bingeing Tiger King and every dating show, America is waking up from its content coma an…

by Phil White What are Measures A and B, and why is it so important for Ventura County voters to vote “yes” when oil companies are telling them to vote “no?” Here’s the short answer: Approving Measures A and B will confirm that voters agree t…