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Aloha Festival Crashes Upon Ventura Beach This Weekend

Aloha Festival Crashes Upon Ventura Beach This Weekend

By Lori Denman The sun glistens upon the sea as entertaining bands and dancers perform upon the grassy knoll. Locals and tourists are looking forward to another year of the Aloha Beach Festival, arriving to Ventura this weekend. The free family oriented festival runs from September 1 and 2 from 10am to 5pm each day […]

Update on Delayed Mental Health Triage Grant

Update on Delayed Mental Health Triage Grant

By Lori Denman The SB 82 Triage Grant set to create teams of police officers with mental health professionals was to begin last July, yet was put on hold due to funding issues. New information has been stated that explains why this funding has decreased. Meanwhile, Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney is one of the many people […]

Laura’s Law, 5150 and Mental Health

Laura’s Law, 5150 and Mental Health

By Lori Denman Ventura County is using multiple tactics to help those with mental health issues. Laura’s Law assists persons with a severe mental illness. So does a 5150 hold. What are they and what’s the difference between the two? Citizens Journal  met with Ventura County Behavioral Health Adult Division Chief John Schipper, PhD. The following […]

Grant Helping Mentally Ill Homeless Put On Hold

Grant Helping Mentally Ill Homeless Put On Hold

By Lori Denman While there are many steps in improving the homelessness situation in Ventura County, there are also many solutions that are slowly taking hold. A low barrier year-round homeless shelters are planned for Ventura and Oxnard, which may open by this winter season.  And most recently, a new triage grant provided by the state […]

Thomas Fire Building Permit Fee Questioned at Ventura City Council

Thomas Fire Building Permit Fee Questioned at Ventura City Council

By Lori Denman Thomas Fire rebuild permit costs and other issues were discussed on the evening of August 6. All council members and the mayor were present. Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere was absent. Special presentations and announcements Mayor Andrews spoke of the Ventura Visitors Convention Bureau, calling it a “great partner to our city.” City […]

Ventura Police Chief Aims to Take Action Against Vagrancy

Ventura Police Chief Aims to Take Action Against Vagrancy

By Lori Denman Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney commented on safety measures that have been taken by the police department in response to community outcry following the murder of Anthony Mele. Corney announced the department’s efforts and goals during the Ventura City Council meeting on July 23. Council approved numerous requests by Corney that was documented […]

Ventura City Fire Introduces New Roving Engine

Ventura City Fire Introduces New Roving Engine

By Lori Denman The Ventura City Fire Department unveiled a new 40-hour roving fire engine called Medic Engine 7 (ME7). The new service implementation took place with an unveiling of the engine on the morning of August 7 at Fire Station 1 on Ventura Avenue. The new Roving All-Hazards Fire Engine Company runs 40 hours […]

Oxnard Police Comments on Gang Injunctions

Oxnard Police Comments on Gang Injunctions

By Lori Denman It was estimated in a report by the City of Oxnard Police that there are 2,400 gang members in their city. In an effort to reduce crime and increase safety, Oxnard established its first gang injunction in 2005. A brief explanation of Oxnard’s gang history and gang injunctions was completed in a past […]

Ventura | Homeless Vagrancy Issues Take Over City Council Meeting

Ventura | Homeless Vagrancy Issues Take Over City Council Meeting

By Lori Denman Since the murder of Anthony Mele on April 19 by a homeless person, many of Ventura’s residents have been emphasizing the importance of safety issues in their city. On the evening of July 23, City Council addressed these issues of crime committed by homeless vagrants. Police Chief Ken Corney gave statistics on this […]

Local Fire Departments Advise Emergency Preparedness

Local Fire Departments Advise Emergency Preparedness

By Lori Denman Many people in local Ventura communities think back to the nights of the Thomas Fire and may also regret a lack of preparedness. The Oxnard and Ventura Fire Departments personnel experienced many preventable mistakes during this particular disaster. Oxnard Fire Chief Darwin Base and Ventura Public Information Officer Steve Swindle shared messages […]

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