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State Auditor Reports on 3 Counties Preparedness – Includes Ventura over Thomas Fire

State Auditor Reports on 3 Counties Preparedness – Includes Ventura over Thomas Fire

Audit Highlights . . . Our audit of three counties assessing their emergency planning to protect vulnerable populations before, during, and after natural disasters revealed the following: » The three counties did not have complete, updated plans for alerting, evacuating, and sheltering their residents before recent wildfires—the 2018 Camp Fire, 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires, and […]

COMMUNITY | The Decade In Review from Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government

COMMUNITY | The Decade In Review from Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government

“  Do not suffer your good nature…to say yes when you ought to say no. ” —George Washington As the 21st century teeters between the 2010s and the 2020s, it’s a perfect time to take stock of an eventful decade. Over the last ten years, several key events changed Ventura forever.  Let’s look at what happened and the […]

County receives $20 million settlement from Southern California Edison for wildfire claims

County receives $20 million settlement from Southern California Edison for wildfire claims

VENTURA, Calif. – The County of Ventura has agreed to a $20.8 million settlement with Southern California Edison to resolve claims resulting from the 2017 Thomas Fire and the 2018 Woolsey Fire. After costs and attorney’s fees, the County will receive a net total of $16.7 million. “This settlement is a big step in offsetting […]

Is Leaving Customers in the Dark Really the Solution to preventing Wildfires?

Is Leaving Customers in the Dark Really the Solution to preventing Wildfires?

By Debra Tash Residents of Ventura County recently experienced the effects of a Southern California Edison’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).  It was the utility’s attempt to prevent wildfires caused by their equipment/grid failures in a high wind event.  Customers were left in the dark for days resulting in food spoilage, revenue loss with businesses […]

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 […]

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