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Arts Council Launches Grants and Forum for Artists Affected by the Thomas Fire

Arts Council Launches Grants and Forum for Artists Affected by the Thomas Fire

VENTURA, Calif.—The Ventura County Arts Council in partnership with CreativityWorks has launched the Creative Community Thomas Fire Recovery Grant program to provide financial help to artists who endured losses due to the Thomas Fire and debris flow. Applications are online at http://vcartscouncil.org/creative-community-thomas-fire-recovery-grants/, and will be accepted through August 1st.  Awards will range from $250 to […]

Report: Power lines sparked massive Southern California fire (Thomas Fire)

Report: Power lines sparked massive Southern California fire (Thomas Fire)

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER | Associated Press LOS ANGELES – One of the largest fires in California history was sparked by Southern California Edison power lines that came into contact during high winds, investigators said Wednesday. The resulting arc ignited dry brush on Dec. 4, 2017, starting the blaze in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties that resulted in two […]

City of Ventura Releases Thomas Fire After Action Review: Outlines Investments to Increase Resiliency

City of Ventura Releases Thomas Fire After Action Review: Outlines Investments to Increase Resiliency

The City of Ventura has released its after action review of the Thomas Fire that analyzes the City’s immediate response and initial recovery operations for the unprecedented disaster. The goal of the 23-page report is to evaluate what was done, examine lessons learned, and identify areas for future implementation, many of which have already been […]

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | 2018 In Review

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | 2018 In Review

“Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”  —Winston Churchill Last year was a most transformational year in Ventura’s history. Every aspect of life in Ventura was affected. The city was in the national spotlight, twice. Leadership changed but at a high price. Old ways of doing business didn’t change, though. […]

City of Ventura to Observe One Year Anniversary of Thomas Fire

City of Ventura to Observe One Year Anniversary of Thomas Fire

The City of Ventura will hold a ceremony on Monday, December 3, 2018 in observance of the one-year anniversary of the Thomas Fire.  The community is invited to attend the ceremony that will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the front steps of Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street, preceding the regularly scheduled City Council […]

“From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach”

“From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach”

Reception to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Thomas Fire Reception and Lecture: Friday, November 30, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m. The cost of admission to the reception will be $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members. SANTA PAULA, CA – In concert with his current exhibition “From […]

Ag Museum Hosts Exhibit of the Thomas Fire Quilt Relief Project

Ag Museum Hosts Exhibit of the Thomas Fire Quilt Relief Project

Santa Paula, Calif.–The Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula, will host an opening reception, 1 to 3 p.m., Dec. 8, for “Wrapped With Care,” an exhibit of  quilts from the Thomas Fire Quilt Relief Project, along with cards and messages from both quilters from across the country and recipients of the quilts. The Thomas Fire Quilt Relief Project was […]

“From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach”

“From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach”

Reception and Lecture: Friday, November 30, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m. The cost of admission to the reception will be $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members. SANTA PAULA, CA – In concert with his current exhibition “From the Ashes: Thomas Fire Photography by Luther Gerlach” at […]

Grant Park Remains Closed for Public Safety and Restoration

Grant Park Remains Closed for Public Safety and Restoration

Grant Park located above Downtown Ventura will remain closed from the impact of the Thomas Fire and will not reopen to the public until the area is safe. The closure is important to protect public safety and to permit the park to recover. The Thomas Fire caused extensive damage by destroying plant material and plant […]

The Nightmares of Rebuilding After a Fire

The Nightmares of Rebuilding After a Fire

By Lori Denman If anyone would like to learn about the difficulties of rebuilding a home following a fire, due to required permits (some understandable, many not), view the Ventura City Council meeting on September 10. The meeting on September 10 was started by Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere. Mayor Andrews was absent and Councilmember Mike […]

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