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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 […]

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 […]

Surf Rodeo Wrangles Up Ventura County Locals

Surf Rodeo Wrangles Up Ventura County Locals

By Lori Denman Gathering for a good time is what Pierpont Beach in Ventura County does best, especially when the Surf Rodeo comes to town. The Surf Rodeo wrangled up about 5,000 revelers during the entire weekend on July 14 and 15. It proved to be a success with large crowds of all ages, roaming amongst […]

Ventura County Firefighters Injured by Vagrants’ Traps

Ventura County Firefighters Injured by Vagrants’ Traps

By Lori Denman Firefighters in Ventura County have left their careers due to injuries caused by traps set by a subset of homeless vagrants, explained Oxnard Fire Chief Darwin Base to Citizens Journal this month. Who would want to hurt the citizens of Ventura County, including police and firefighters by setting intentional fires and traps? Homeless […]

City’s 2021 General Plan Update Discussed at Ventura City Council

City’s 2021 General Plan Update Discussed at Ventura City Council

By Lori Denman-Underhill Mayor Neil Andrews began the city council meeting of July 16 by honoring the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Ventura with a Certificate of Recognition for their selfless service, especially during the Thomas Fire. Assembly Member Monique Limon and other state senators and assembly members awarded the 2018 California Nonprofit of […]

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