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“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 […]

Controlled Burning a Safety Measure for Fire Protection

Controlled Burning a Safety Measure for Fire Protection

    Commentary by Janice Dickenson, Santa Paula On a nice California day back in 1962, 12 year old Bruce Dickenson was on a horseback ride on the ranch in Fagan Canyon in Santa Paula with his grandfather, Ralph. At one spot, for no apparent reason, granddad stopped, got off his horse and handed Bruce […]

Oak View children and families receive expanded classes and preschool scholarships, thanks to grants received by First 5 Ventura County

Oak View children and families receive expanded classes and preschool scholarships, thanks to grants received by First 5 Ventura County

(OJAI, Calif.) —Oak View children and families are benefitting from a pair of grants received by First 5 Ventura County (F5VC). F5VC has been able to expand the number of Parent and Child Together (PACT) classes and preschool scholarships available for Oak View Families through the Ojai Valley Neighborhood for Learning (OVNfL) thanks to grant […]

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 […]

VCCF Awards $500,000 to Partnership Providing Help to Undocumented Immigrants Recovering from Thomas Fire and Mudslides

VCCF Awards $500,000 to Partnership Providing Help to Undocumented Immigrants Recovering from Thomas Fire and Mudslides

CAMARILLO, Calif. — With the full effects of the Thomas Fire’s devastation still emerging, the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) has awarded a $500,000 grant to a community-based partnership providing relief and recovery support to undocumented immigrants. The 805 UndocuFund is a partnership among Mixteco/ Indigenous Community Organizing Project (MICOP), Central Coast United for a […]

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 […]