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Grocery Outlet to hold ninth annual ‘Independence from Hunger’ campaign June 26 through July 31

VENTURA COUNTY — Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, extreme-value grocery retailer, today launched its ninth consecutive “Independence from Hunger” Food Drive to combat food insecurity. From June 26 – July 31, 2019, the month-long campaign will collect cash donations and pre-made bags of nonperishable foods in-store at Grocery Outlet’s 320 locations that will be distributed...
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Bilingual report: Supervisors pass strongest County budget ever

VENTURA — The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a budget of $2.309 billion for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 on June 17, 2019. It is the strongest budget in County history and, overall, is slightly higher – 3.2 percent – than the current budget. The County budget is almost twice as large as the county’s 10...
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Bilingual report: Community support leads to agreement to maintain OB services at Santa Paula Hospital

VENTURA — At a meeting initiated by the Santa Clara River Valley Community on Friday, Ventura County Executive Officer Mike Powers, Health Care Agency Director Bill Foley, and CEO for VCMC/SPH, John Fankhauser, MD agreed to resume OB services at Santa Valley Hospital, on August 1, 2019. The meeting was organized by Laura Espinosa,...
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Bilingual report: Be inspired to make a difference on June 29 / ¡Inspírese y haga una diferencia! el 29 de junio

BE INSPIRED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY! LEARN HOW TO SUPPORT FAMILIES AND YOUTH IN CARE! With motivational speaker, Michael Sanders, along with a compelling panel of teens, resource parents and biological families sharing their heartfelt stories and experience. WHO: Everyone is invited! Come join us and discover the many ways you can...
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Ventura College Foundation Marketplace Looks To Expand Number Of Saturday Produce & Prepacked Food Vendors

VENTURA — The Ventura College Foundation Marketplace, which operates every Saturday and Sunday on the Ventura College campus, is looking to expand the number of Saturday produce and pre-packaged food vendors. The Marketplace attracts between 2,000 and 5,000 visitors each weekend. “The Marketplace sells all types of fruits and vegetables,” says Esmeralda Juarez, Marketplace...
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Bilingual report: Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Receives 2019 Supporting the Safety Net Award in Washington D.C.

CenCal Health Initiates Award Nomination of Local Provider SANTA BARBARA — On June 20, the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) presented its fourteenth annual Supporting the Safety Net Award to Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC). The organization was nominated for the award by ACAP member plan CenCal Health, the community-accountable health plan in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.At its multiple clinics throughout Santa Barbara...
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EDC Releases Business Migration Report That Challenges California’s ‘Business Exodus’ Theory

EDC Releases Business Migration Report That Challenges California’s “Business Exodus” Theory Dear Clients and Stakeholders, The EDC has released a report in partnership with Xopolis: Urban Analytics that studies business migration in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. The data challenges the commonly held understanding of “business exodus” from California. While we recognize...
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Jackson Issues Statement on Cannabis Trailer Bill Vote

Jackson Issues Statement on Cannabis Trailer Bill Vote

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (Santa Barbara) issued the following statement on her opposition to AB 97, the cannabis budget trailer bill, which was voted on June 24 in the State Senate: “More than two years ago, California voters passed Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana. Recognizing that this represents the will of the people, I am...
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Shared Goals; United Way honors Tocqueville Society and Leadership Circle

SANTA BARBARA — Dedicated supporters got a glimpse of the United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) community programs they helped make possible during the nonprofit’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society and Leadership Circle Reception June 12. Generously hosted by Adam Liff at his residence in Hope Ranch, the event recognized the outstanding efforts of...
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Seven Participants To Compete In Oxnard Salsa Festival’s “Dancing With Our Community Stars Contest

OXNARD — Seven community leaders will take the stage and dance for charity during the “2019 Dancing With Our Community Stars Dance Contest and Charity Fundraiser,” Sunday, July 28 at 1 p.m. during the 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival in Oxnard. The contest is a salsa version of the hit TV show “Dancing With...
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Update on Woolsey/Hill Fires Debris Removal Operations

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — State officials have submitted final inspections reports to officials in Los Angeles and Ventura counties for  77.97 percent of the 926 properties affected by last November’s Woolsey and Hill fires that are participating in the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program, officials at the Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) in Calabasas reported June...
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CSUCI receives grants for science-related research and projects

CSUCI receives grants for science-related research and projects

CAMARILLO — Science faculty and students from CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) will locate burning oil seeps in Ventura County and inspire high school engineers thanks to two separate grants. Program chair and Professor of Environmental Science & Resource Management (ESRM) Sean Anderson, Ph.D., has received $165,033 in partnership with Citizens for Responsible Oil & Gas...
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CSUCI earns prestigious Seal of Excelencia

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) has received the Seal of Excelencia, a prestigious, voluntary and comprehensive certification granted by the Washington, D.C.-based organization, Excelencia in Education. The Seal recognizes an institution’s very high level of commitment and effort to serve Latino students successfully. CSUCI is one of only nine institutions in the nation –...
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Bilingual report: Local doctor practices medicine in hospital where he was born

Bilingual report: Local doctor practices medicine in hospital where he was born

VENTURA COUNTY — Throughout his time in medical school and residency, Dr. Jaime Arana, a general surgeon at Santa Paula Hospital, had one goal in mind following graduation: to return to Ventura County to practice medicine in his hometown. Arana is the son of farmworkers, although his mother did work as a seamstress for a...
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He was going nowhere in a hurry. Now 35, he’s about to earn his bachelor’s degree in anthropology

By Jim Logan • UCSB Ron Jimenez was not on the college track. His high school GPA was 1.5. He dropped out a week before graduation. Higher education wasn’t an option — or even a consideration. Fast-forward nearly two decades. Jimenez, now 35 and married, is about to earn a bachelor’s degree in anthropology...
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