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Women’s Economic Ventures Honors Trailblazer and Business of the Year Award Winners at “Empowerment is Priceless” Fundraiser

Women’s Economic Ventures Honors Trailblazer and Business of the Year Award Winners at “Empowerment is Priceless” Fundraiser

Annual event raises more than $400,000 to support local entrepreneurs SANTA BARBARA — Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) welcomed close to 400 guests and raised more than $400,000 at their Empowerment is Priceless event held on October 10th at the Fess Parker Hotel in Santa Barbara. The non-profit’s annual breakfast fundraiser recognized WEV’s 2017 Trailblazer, Business...
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Bilingual commentary: A Requiem for Classical Music?

Bilingual commentary: A Requiem for Classical Music?

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes This past Sunday, along with other aficionados who filled the First United Methodist Church in Ventura, I attended a concert of the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra (“CHICO”). The classical music was as intriguing and musically dramatic as so many of the pieces that I’ve listened to...
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Ferguson Case Orr Paterson Announces New Partner

Ferguson Case Orr Paterson Announces New Partner

VENTURA COUNTY — Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP (FCOP), Ventura County’s largest law firm, is pleased to announce that Joshua S. Hopstone has been elevated to partner, beginning Jan. 1, 2018. In his seven years at FCOP, Hopstone has built a strong practice focused primarily on complex business and real estate related matters. He...
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Boys & Girls Club staff member and former BGCOP Youth of the Year receives University of Phoenix Full-Tuition Scholarship

Boys & Girls Club staff member and former BGCOP Youth of the Year receives University of Phoenix Full-Tuition Scholarship

VENTURA COUNTY — Thanks to a full-tuition scholarship, Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme staff member Taylor Penny is going back to school to get a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. “This scholarship means so much to me,” said Taylor Penny. “Now I am able to...
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New Board Members Bring Higher Education Experience to EDC-VC

New Board Members Bring Higher Education Experience to EDC-VC

VENTURA COUNTY — Dr. Greg Gillespie, chancellor, Ventura County Community College District and Ysabel Trinidad, vice president for finance and administration at California State University Channel Islands are the newest Economic Development Collaborative–Ventura County board members. “Greg and Ysabel each have more than 25 years’ experience in higher education leadership. Their insight into university-level...
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Students Celebrate Signing of Community College Placement Legislation

Students Celebrate Signing of Community College Placement Legislation

Bill changes the way that Community Colleges will place students in remedial courses SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown announced the signing of AB 705, which changes the way that community college students are placed in remedial courses at all 114 of California’s Community Colleges. “Recent studies have shown that too many of California’s students...
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NOAA grant to CSUCI enables Oxnard School District students to explore the Santa Barbara Channel

NOAA grant to CSUCI enables Oxnard School District students to explore the Santa Barbara Channel

CAMARILLO — Fostering a sense of connection and respect for the magnificent ocean, foliage and wildlife in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is the objective behind a grant awarded to CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Called a “B-WET” grant, the $59,955 award goes toward the NOAA’s continued support of...
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Governor signs landmark environmental and water quality protection legislation by Limón for oil and gas production

Governor signs landmark environmental and water quality protection legislation by Limón for oil and gas production

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bills 1328 and 1197, authored by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) to make the oil and gas production more responsive to the needs and goals of the state. AB 1328 gives California water agencies access to information on potentially hazardous chemicals used in oil and gas operations. AB...
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Annual Fundraising Event at America’s Teaching Zoo Supports Growth and Development for World Renowned Program

Annual Fundraising Event at America’s Teaching Zoo Supports Growth and Development for World Renowned Program

MOORPARK — The Moorpark College Foundation and the Exotic Animal Training Management (EATM) program at Moorpark College hosted the sixth annual Rendezvous at the Zoo fundraising event on Thursday, Oct. 12. The college hosted more than 200 guests including dignitaries, Chancellor Greg Gillespie, members of the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees, and...
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UCSB student success center fulfills its promise to serve and support underrepresented undergraduates

UCSB student success center fulfills its promise to serve and support underrepresented undergraduates

By Nora Drake • UCSB For students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education, the unfamiliar rituals and routines of daily college life can seem downright foreign. Research shows that dropout rates are higher among these first-generation students, who sometimes struggle to find their place at a large university. At UC Santa...
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Dole Packaged Foods, FOOD Share Inc. launch ‘Ray of Sunshine’ food drive

Dole Packaged Foods, FOOD Share Inc. launch ‘Ray of Sunshine’ food drive

CAMARILLO — Dole Packaged Foods and FOOD Share Inc. launched their “Ray of Sunshine” kick-off event on Oct. 6 at Tierra Linda Elementary School in Camarillo. The event announce Dole’s extended partnership with FOOD Share Inc. and the Ray of Sunshine food drive, a county-wide program that empowers local students to give back to those in our...
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Bilingual commentary: Is Trump Firing at His Own Foot?

Bilingual commentary: Is Trump Firing at His Own Foot?

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes There is a lot of talk and apprehension in the air these days regarding access to guns and ammunition. But would someone please take away the one weapon used by our own president—his Twitter account? Is he firing at his own foot, day after exasperating day?...
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Ferguson Case Orr Paterson Attorney to Receive Ventura County Bar Association’s Public Service Award

Ferguson Case Orr Paterson Attorney to Receive Ventura County Bar Association’s Public Service Award

VENTURA COUNTY — Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP (FCOP) attorney Joseph L. Strohman, Jr. has been named by the Ventura County Bar Association (VCBA) as this year’s recipient of the Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award. The honor is in recognition of Strohman’s 30-plus years’ commitment of public service to the community. Strohman has...
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Museum of Ventura County update for Oct. 12

Museum of Ventura County update for Oct. 12

Major funding for these programs is made possible in part by the City of San Buenaventura and the County of Ventura. Theater as Activism: Panel Discussion on the Chicano Teatro Movement Professional director and leading authority on contemporary Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o Theatre, Jorge Huerta, PhD, will be moderator for a fascinating panel discussion, 2–4 p.m., October 14, about...
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PR Pros Offer Scholarships for Area Students

PR Pros Offer Scholarships for Area Students

CENTRAL COAST — The California Gold Coast chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is offering two scholarships to recognize outstanding individual college students who are committed to studying communication or public relations in the Tri-Counties area. The group will award two $500 scholarships in early 2018. “We believe that academic endeavors are...
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