Providing information for and about the vibrant Latino Community in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:59:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 EDC-VC’s Small Business Development Center Director Recognized as ‘State Star’ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:00:26 +0000 VENTURA COUNTY — Ray Bowman, director of the Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, recently received the Association of Small Business Development Centers coveted “State Star” Award in recognition of his contributions to the state SBDC program. Bowman was presented with the award at the 37th Annual America’s SBDC Conference in Nashville, TN.

The award is given annually to an outstanding SBDC consultant from each state. Criteria include showing a strong commitment to small business success; making significant contributions to the state SBDC program; and being an exemplary performer.

For the past 7 years under Bowman’s leadership, the SBDC has reported an increase of more than $168 million in economic impact, 1,764 jobs created and 1,525 jobs retained. An expert in global trade, Bowman also serves as program chair for the District Export Council of Southern California by appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and conducts training courses for businesses through the Centers for International Trade Development (CITD), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), the Alameda Corridor Jobs Coalition, Fashion Business Inc. and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“Ray’s expertise and vision have been a tremendous asset to our SBDC and the clients we serve throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, especially as global trade and e-commerce have introduced new markets and expanded opportunities for local businesses,” said Bruce Stenslie, EDC-VC President and CEO. “Under Ray’s leadership this year, we established an SBDC presence in Shanghai, China to connect with Chinese businesses interested in conducting commerce in the U.S.”

With more than 30 years’ experience in international trade and logistics, Bowman has worked with some of the world’s largest banks and freight forwarders. He has developed courses in international logistics, trade finance and import export for Santa Barbara City College and California Lutheran University, and most recently was a guest lecturer at Beijing Wuzi University through a collaboration with California State University San Bernardino.

Currently completing his doctorate degree in business administration with Grenoble Ecole de Management, Bowman holds a Master of Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College and is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) as well as a NASBITE-Certified CGBP trainer certified in NX-Level training, BIS export licensing, team building and online education. A Six Sigma Greenbelt, Bowman is also the author of a book called Quick Start Guide, International Trade. He has also published a number of journal articles and often serves as a speaker on the subject of international trade and logistics.

EDC-VC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a business-to-government liaison to assist businesses in Ventura County by offering programs that enhance the economic vitality of the region. For more information about the Small Business Development Center, loan programs, manufacturing outreach and international trade program, or other services available to small businesses through EDC-VC, contact Bruce Stenslie at 805-384-1800 ext. 24 or Or visit

Ventura County Arts Council offers free Dia de Los Muertos activities Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:00:00 +0000 VENTURA COUNTY — The Ventura County Arts Council is offering a variety of classes and activities that use art in various forms to help area residents understand, appreciate and celebrate the upcoming holiday Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead.

Activities include free Dia de Los Muertos art classes that will focus on both traditional and contemporary art methods. Classes will be taught by local artists, including MB Hanrahan, who is also the driving force behind the collection of classes and events.

“The project specifically targets the heavily Latino population of the area, while offering an opportunity for non-Latino residents to learn more about the popular celebration,” MB says. “The activities will bring the community together in workshops for making art and creating artistic performances following traditional and contemporary Dia de Los Muertos customs.”

MB will hold classes twice weekly for teens and adults who want to learn to create art projects for the Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. Artist Yenelli Law will conduct a class in arts projects that include making tissue paper flowers, papel picados, and Catrinas that will become part of the ofrendas, or offerings to the departed.

Musician Juan Mendoza will convene classes for youth that will focus on singing and the playing of musical instruments, while poet and writer Fernando Albert Salinas will guide participants in creating poems for the dearly departed.

All classes and events will take place at Pacific View Mall, which has become the new zócalo (main public plaza), inside the Arts Collective Studio. The studio is located on the second floor of the mall by the Sears store.

Activities will run through Nov. 5 on the following schedule:

Art with MB – Wednesdays 2 to 5 p.m., and Thursdays 2:30 to 6 p.m.
Bilingual Cultural Arts with Yenelli Law – Thursdays 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays 1 to 3 p.m.
Music with Juan Mendoza – Mondays through Fridays, 3 to 5 p.m.
Poetry with Fernando Salinas – Wednesdays 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

All workshops are free. Sign up for any or all of them by emailing the VCAC at, registering online at or by calling (805) 676-1540.

The Dia de Los Muertos activities take place over the course of several days and focus on gatherings of family and friends who pray for and celebrate friends and family members who have died. The aim of the prayers and remembrances is to assist the departed on their spiritual journey in the afterlife.

Although this year, Dia de Los Muertos officially begins on Tuesday, Oct. 31 and ends on Thursday, Nov. 2. The VC Arts Council’s Dia de Los Muertos activities will culminate in a special free community celebration on Sunday, Nov. 5 on the Pacific View Mall’s Center Court Stage. It is free and everyone is invited to attend.

This celebration is funded in part by a California Arts Council grant, a City of Ventura Community Partnership grant, the Pacific View Mall and Macerich Corp.

For nearly 20 years, the Ventura County Arts Council, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization, has served Ventura County residents as the local arts agency designated by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to serve the county’s citizens in partnership with the California Arts Council. VCAC advocates for the arts and for increased?arts instruction in schools, and fosters community development through the arts, serving county artists, arts organizations and the general public through?partnerships with arts supporters, businesses, foundation, and community leaders. VCAC embraces diversity and strives to reach low income and minority communities with programs designed to engage these diverse population.

Hospice of Santa Barbara Patient Care Services Volunteers Offer Companionship, Provide Relief for Caregivers Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:00:12 +0000 SANTA BARBARA — When people think of the duties of a hospice volunteer, they may imagine sitting with people on their death bed. While being with patients at the end of their lives can be a meaningful experience, it is a small part of what Hospice of Santa Barbara’s 65 Patient Care Volunteers do.

“Our volunteers are a valuable part of our Patient Care Services team,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB). “Patient Care Volunteers build relationships and form connections with people at their most vulnerable moments, when they most need human-to-human interaction.”

Because Hospice of Santa Barbara provides their services at no cost to their patients and families, volunteers are not limited by the constraints of insurance or other regulations. This allows them the flexibility to serve in many ways.

Patient Care Volunteers help improve the quality of life for patients by providing support and reducing isolation for patients and their caregivers. They can do anything from helping with household chores to running errands to assisting with transportation to and from medical appointments. And sometimes it does simply mean sitting with a patient, providing a listening ear and letting them know they are not alone.

Patients and their caregivers aren’t the only ones who benefit from the program. Often, the volunteers gain immeasurable wisdom and resilience.

“Participating in this type of service often brings with it a decrease in the fear of death and an increase in the appreciation in everyday moments and a gratitude for life,” said Nicole Romasanta, HSB Volunteer Coordinator. “Embracing the reality that all of us will die one day, can bring us more fully into life and all that it holds today.”

The next Hospice of Santa Barbara Volunteer Training will take place over six consecutive Wednesdays, from Oct. 4 to Nov. 8. To learn more about volunteering please give us a call at 805.563.8820 or send an email to

About Hospice of Santa Barbara: Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a serious illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on six local high school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit

Bilingual commentary: The Dilemma of the DREAMers Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:00:34 +0000 By David Magallanes / Guest contributor

David Magallanes

Recently, the unfortunate residents of south Texas and then south Florida knew that storms were brewing and growing before they struck. Similarly, this country’s DREAMers, who had been afforded protection from deportation and other benefits under the Obama administration, could see the dark clouds gathering the moment that candidate Trump won the election and then initiated his presidency with a nationalistic speech that did not seem to bode well for immigrants. “DREAMers” are part of a group of child-immigrants brought to this country before the age of 16 and who found themselves in this country illegally, though some of them weren’t even aware of their status until they entered the adult world.

Their instincts were right. Early this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA, the program that had been shielding DREAMers since 2012, would end in six months. DREAMers were struck by a political hurricane. Their lives were upended and spun into an even deeper state of limbo. President Trump, who has a penchant for political whiplash, counseled the DREAMers that they had “nothing to worry about,” that if Congress doesn’t fix it, he will.

First of all, DREAMers were told by this president last April to “rest easy,” that they did not have to fear deportation. Five months later, this same administration counsels DREAMers a bit differently: prepare to self-deport. In other words, pack your bags. DREAMers, the president lied to you. Second, Congress has accomplished very little lately, and immigration reform appears to be an ever-elusive, Sisyphean task for it. Third, if Trump can “fix it,” why didn’t he just do it? The excuse is that the White House was facing the threat of litigation if it were to maintain DACA. But now that they’ve lit the fuse on the program, they’re facing lawsuits anyway.

Days later, the administration was spinning reality in new ways. It was demonizing this group of virtual Americans by saying that DREAMers are “taking jobs” from blacks and Hispanics. But DREAMers are here to study and work; many are either in college or already degreed and working professionally. Only 2% of DREAMers don’t have high school under their belts. Some 84% of them have at least some college.* While employers clamor for industrious people with education, this country sends such people into the shadows or shoves them over the border. DREAMers, to a large extent, are not contending for low-skill work, where much of the competition among the supposedly negatively affected groups plays out.

We don’t have to keep shooting ourselves in the foot. But we will, again, if we lose this pool of talent, ambition, and the desire of these DREAMers to contribute to this country, in many cases the only one they know.

* The Washington Post — White House claims ‘dreamers’ take jobs away from blacks and Hispanics. Here’s the truth.


— David Magallanes is a writer, speaker and professor of mathematics.


El Dilema de los DREAMers

Por David Magallanes / Columnista invitado

Los desafortunados residentes del sur de Texas y luego del sur de la Florida sabían que las tormentas recientes se estaban gestando y creciendo antes de atestarles un fuerte golpe. De manera similar, los DREAMers de este país, que habían recibido protección contra la deportación y otros beneficios bajo el gobierno del Presidente Obama, pudieron ver la llegada de nubes oscuras el momento en que el candidato Trump ganó la elección y luego inició su presidencia con un discurso nacionalista que no parecía presagiar nada bueno para los inmigrantes. Los “DREAMers” forman parte de un grupo de niños-inmigrantes traídos a este país antes de los 16 años de edad y que se encontraron en este país ilegalmente, aunque algunos de ellos ni siquiera eran conscientes de sus circunstancias legales hasta que entraron al mundo adulto.

Sus instintos eran correctos. A principios de este mes, el Fiscal General de los Estados Unidos Jeff Sessions anunció que DACA, el programa que había estado protegiendo a DREAMers desde 2012, terminaría en seis meses. Los DREAMers fueron abofeteados por un huracán político. Sus vidas fueron sacudidas y echadas a un estado aún más profundo de limbo. El presidente Trump, quien tiende a especializarse en el latigazo político, aconsejó a los DREAMers que no tenían “nada de qué preocuparse”, que si el Congreso no hace los arreglos necesarios, él mismo lo haría.

En primer lugar, DREAMers estuvieron asegurados por este presidente en abril pasado diciéndoles que “descansaran tranquilos”, que no hay necesidad de temer la deportación. Cinco meses más tarde, esta misma administración aconseja a los DREAMers de un modo un poco diferente: que se preparen para “auto-deportarse”. En otras palabras, que hagan sus maletas. DREAMers, el presidente les mintió. En segundo lugar, el Congreso ha logrado muy poco últimamente, y la reforma migratoria parece ser una tarea imposible para él. En tercer lugar, si Trump puede “arreglarlo todo”, ¿por qué no lo hizo de una vez? El pretexto es que la Casa Blanca se enfrentaba a la amenaza de un litigio si decidiera mantener el programa DACA. Pero ahora que hayan encendido la espoleta en contra del programa, están enfrentando demandas legales, de todos modos.

Días después, la administración se encontraba distorsionando la realidad una vez más, de un modo diferente. Estaba demonizando a este grupo de estadounidenses virtuales, diciendo que los DREAMers están “robando los trabajos” de los afroamericanos e hispanos en este país. Pero los DREAMers están aquí para estudiar y trabajar; muchos están en la universidad o ya con su título y trabajando profesionalmente. Sólo el 2% de los DREAMers no terminaron la escuela secundaria. Alrededor del 84% de ellos han estudiado en el colegio.* Mientras los empleadores buscan desesperadamente personas trabajadoras y con educación, este país obliga a tales personas a esconderse en las sombras, o las echa de patitas al otro lado de la frontera. Los DREAMers, en gran medida, no están compitiendo por los trabajos de baja capacitación, donde hay mucha competición entre los grupos supuestamente afectados negativamente por los DREAMers.

No tenemos que andar regando el tepache. Pero lo habremos hecho, una vez más, si perdemos esta reserva de talento, ambición, y el deseo de estos DREAMers para contribuir a este país, en muchos casos el único que conocen.

The Washington Post — White House claims ‘dreamers’ take jobs away from blacks and Hispanics. Here’s the truth.

— David Magallanes es un escritor, orador y profesor de matemáticas.

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City of Oxnard Cultural and Community Services update for Sept. 14 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:00:56 +0000 Visit for more information


September 2017



The Oxnard Police Activities League (PAL) recently expanded on its Back-to-School Outreach program by providing free backpacks to students at Haycox School in Oxnard?s Southwinds neighborhood. The giveaways took place from August 23rd through August 25th, and provided approximately 1,100 backpacks to all of the school?s enrolled students. Combined with bags distributed at the annual K-12 Resource Fair by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, PAL has provided roughly 1,600 backpacks to local children.

The event was also used to inform Southwinds neighborhood residents about the new Oxnard PAL chapter opening up later this month. This new location will provide a fun and safe environment for Southwinds children- all at no cost to their families! For more information about PAL events and activities, visit


September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Cultural and Community Services is hosting a wide range of programs and events to celebrate the generations of Hispanic Americans who have contributed to, and enriched our nation and society. Each division has their own program lineup- see below for details!

Oxnard Public Library

  • 9/9 – Lecture from Professor Constantino Lopez on Mexican Independence Day (Main Branch)
  • 9/14 – Children?s Bilingual Family Book Club Read-Together (Main Branch)
  • 9/14 – Teens Get Crafty, Make your own piñata (South Oxnard Branch)
  • 9/19 – Lecture from Dr. Nicholas Centino on Zoot Suiters (Main Branch)
  • 10/4 – Hispanic Heritage Fiesta (South Oxnard Branch)
  • 10/7 – Documentary Screening ?East LA Interchange? (Main Branch)

More information about Library programs is available at or by calling (805) 385-7500.

Carnegie Art Museum

  • 9/10-11/19 – ?The Avalanche and the Silence? New Works by Linda Arreola (See description below)
  • 9/10-11/19 – Colleting/California Latino Art
  • 9/22-10/22 – The Drawn Art of Dave Velasquez
  • 9/27 – Nicho Workshop (See description below)
  • 10/7-11/5 – Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos Altar Display
  • 10/14 – Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos Event
  • 10/28 – Family Day, Celebrating the Dia de los Muertos tradition

Visit or call (805) 385-8158 for more information on CAM programs.

Performing Arts and Convention Center

  • 9/24 – Imparables: A Comedy Show Featuring Omar Chaparro & Adrian Uribe
  • 10/8 – New West Symphony 2017-2018 Season Grand Opening

For more information about PACC events, visit or call (805) 486-2424.

Recreation and Community Services

  • 9/15 – Senior Luncheon celebrating Mexican Independence Day. Call (805) 385-8019 for details.
  • 9/18-10/13 – Themed Crafts at our Youth Centers. Visit or call (805) 385-8020 for more information.



New program starting September 5th!! Reading to children is one of the best ways to prepare them to read on their own. This national early literacy program encourages families and caregivers to set goals for reading to their children ages 0-5. Pick up a reading log at the Oxnard Public Library Main and South Oxnard Branches!

Kick-off event at South Oxnard Branch! September 6th, 1pm. A special story-time and kickoff celebration for our 1000 books before kindergarten program. Crafts, songs, and fun. For all children 0-5



Fall exhibition at Carnegie, September 10 – November 19, 2017

Linda Arreola is one of California Community Foundation?s 2017 Fellowship Award Winners. Exhibited is her latest series of sleek, smart, geometric paintings that explore the duality between states of tumultuousness and serenity. Her Carnegie exhibit will coincide with the Getty?s ambitious Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, exploring Latin American and Latino from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

Opening Reception will be on Saturday, September 9, from 4-6 pm. Admission fee is $10 or free for members.


Thursdays at the Oxnard Public Library (Main Branch). September 14 and October 12 ? 4:00-5:00 p.m. A two-part book club for Spanish-speaking families with children ages 8-12! Part 1: We?ll read the first chapter of a book together and make a craft for Latino Heritage Month. Part 2: Take the book home to read as a family, and we?ll reunite for a discussion and fun activity. Registration recommended. Call (805) 385-7535 for details.


The book club meets monthly to discuss books thematically chosen to complement the current exhibitions. Join us at our next meeting to discuss: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (available at the Oxnard Public Library). Thursday, September 21 at 6 pm. Fee is $5, or free for members


Challenger Flag Football is a program for physically challenged and special needs individuals. Practices start September 9th at Hueneme High School and will meet every Saturday from 9 to 10:30 am. A Super Bowl event will be held on the last day of this program, November 5th at 10 am. Click here to sign up!


Sunday, September 17 3-5 pm. Museum members and their guests. Adults only (ages 13+) Fundraiser at the Oxnard home of artist Mona Neuhaus. An exceptional pastelist and painter, she will share her personal collection with demo and talk in the garden. Wear Hats & Flats!

$35 per person includes light refreshments. Reserve soon as space is limited. Call (805) 385-8158 or emaill Location given at the time of reservation.


Help us keep Oxnard beautiful by coming out to one of our park clean ups! This month, we will meet at Marina West Park. The event will be held on Saturday, September 23 at 8:00 am. Click here for more information.


Registration open for Mighty Mights instructional football league for youth ages 5 and 6. Mighty Mights does not keep score; rather, it emphasizes enjoyment of the sport, skills, sportsmanship, and team play. Reduced size balls will be used to encourage learning and enjoyment. Registration is $50 per participant and taken at the Recreation Office or on our Active Net program page. For more information contact Jessica Serrano at 385-7995.


The 43rd Annual National PAL Boxing Tournament will be taking place from September 27-30 at the PAL Gym! Come and watch the future of boxing! Multiple divisions will be hosted, featuring boxers from all age ranges. For more information, please visit


Wednesday, September 27, 6-8pm. Open to ages 13+. Supply fee of $20 per person; RSVP and prepayment required by September 15. Call (805) 385-8171 or visit to sign up.

In anticipation of the Día de los Muertos celebration Carnegie Art Museum is offering a Nicho Workshop. The Nicho is a time honored craft that is practiced throughout Latin America and serves as a small altar honoring loved ones lost, saints, deities, and other important cultural figures. Participants may bring small photographs of their honorees to be included. All Nichos will be displayed as part of the CAM Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos for the following week and can be collected after.


The Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center has a great lineup for the month of September!

  • Sept 1 – Amanda Miguel y Diego Verdaguer
  • Sept 7 – Dr. Cesar Lozano ?Mujeres Difíciles, Hombres Complicados Segunda Parte?
  • Sept 8 – VGM & CABO Entertainment presents ?Los Temerarios?
  • Sept 9 – Oxnard Community Concert Association presents ?Blues and Jazz Revue?
  • Sept 24 – Adrian Uribe y Omar Chaparro ?imPARables?
  • Sept 28 – Oxnard Ambassadors presents ?Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble?

For ticket information, please visit


Needlecraft and Fiber Arts Club: Mondays, 6:30pm, South Branch. Get together with crafters from the fiber arts world. Bring your project or learn and new fiber art. Meet, learn, connect, have fun. Please join us at the table under the large mural by the homework center.

Teens Get Crafty: Thursdays, 4pm, South Branch. Join us each week to get those creative juices flowing. All materials will be supplied. Please join us at the table under the large mural by the homework center. 1st , 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 14th- we will be making our own piñatas.

Mad Lab: Tuesday, September 5, 5pm, Main Branch. Be a mad scientist in this club for teens featuring activities based on science, technology, engineering, art and math! Grades 7-12.

Gamer?s Lounge: Monday, September 18, 5pm, Main Branch. Join us for some friendly competition as we play board games and compete in Mario Kart! For grades 6-12.

Teen Advisory Council: Wednesday, September 20, 5pm, Main Branch. Serve your community by being the voice of teens in the library! For grades 7-12.

Movie Mania: Tuesday, September 26, 5pm, Main Branch. Celebrate Banned books week by watching The Book Thief with us! For grades 7-12.

For more information on these events, please call the appropriate branch location (see events above). Main Branch (805) 385-7535, South Branch (805) 385-8129.

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Jackson’s SB 63, New Parent Leave Act, Passes Off Senate Floor, Heads to Governor’s Desk Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:00:19 +0000 SACRAMENTO — SB 63, a bill authored by  State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)  to provide 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected maternity and paternity leave for Californians who work for smaller employers of 20 or more, passed the Assembly floor today on a 51-15 vote.

The bill now heads back to the Senate for concurrence.

SB 63, the New Parent Leave Act, ensures that more Californians can take leave to care for a newborn without the fear of losing their jobs. Under current law, only those who work for an employer of 50 or more are eligible for job-protected leave. However, more than 40 percent of California workers risk losing their jobs if they take advantage of California’s Paid Family Leave Program, which they are already paying into, because they work for smaller employers.

“Any parent knows that the birth of a child comes with many challenges. But losing a job should not be among them,” said Jackson. “Ensuring that we have strong maternity and paternity leave policies in place for Californians is an economic issue that affects the health and well-being of millions of California’s children and working families.”

Nationwide, momentum has grown for stronger family leave policies. SB 63, a priority bill of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, will provide 12 weeks of job-protected maternity and paternity leave for up to 2.7 million more California parents who work for smaller companies with 20-49 employees.

Research shows that the first 12 weeks of life are critical to a child’s early brain development, and that parental leave is associated with improved maternal and child health, a longer duration of breastfeeding, and improved mental health in new mothers. The American Academy of Pediatrics, which supports the bill, recommends that healthy full-term infants not be enrolled in child care until they are at least 12 weeks old due to rapid developmental changes in their first weeks of life.

Last year Jackson authored SB 654, a similar bill that was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown out of a concern that small businesses could be impacted by disputes between employees and employers over new parent leave. His veto message stated that pre-litigation mediation was “a viable option that should be explored.”

Working with the Governor’s Office, changes were made to SB 63 to create a two-year pilot program within the Department of Fair Employment and Housing to allow employers and employees to mediate any disputes under this new parental leave program prior to litigation. These changes create a unique opportunity for mediation for small businesses with 20-49 employees.

SB 63 continues Jackson’s long-standing work toward building more family-friendly workplaces in California and would allow more employees to utilize their Paid Family Leave benefits without fear of losing their jobs.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.

Bills Aiming to secure California from Cyberattacks Reach Governor’s Desk Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:00:12 +0000 SACRAMENTO – The California State Legislature passed two bills designed to help further secure California’s valuable network from cybercriminals. Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, Chair of the Select Committee on Cybersecurity, has authored AB 531 and AB 1022, which provides more tools for California to assess its cyber-readiness and ensure that the state is doing all it can to keep important data secure.

“We’ve seen recent large scale cyber-attacks targeting governments and large companies around the world,” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin. “It is essential that California, as the fifth largest economy in the world, has the cyber defenses that match its status as a high value target for hackers. This legislation aims to ensure that California’s cyber capabilities are up-to-date and operating effectively.”

 AB 531 would ensure that the state is using the most up-to-date technologies to protect the state network. The bill requires CDT to assess the current security technologies in place and the policies, standards, and procedures that govern their selection and use. It would then require CDT to develop a statewide plan to update policies and technology to implement necessary changes to insure the continued security and privacy of state networks and data.

AB 1022 would provide a valuable tool for the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) by requiring state agencies and departments to submit inventories of the critical infrastructure controls and assets that reside on their networks. These inventories will give the CISO and other state cybersecurity partners in the California Cybersecurity Integration Center strategic insight into the composition of various parts of the state network. The inventory information will enable targeted threat information sharing and a more efficient allocation of the state’s resources in response to a cyberattack. The bill also recognizes that many local entities partner with state departments to provide critical infrastructure services across the state, therefore the bill allows the California Dept. of Technology (CDT) to request these local partners provide similar information, ensuring network-wide security for critical infrastructure.

The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for approval.

Assemblymember Irwin’s website:


Jackson Bill SB 169 Passes Assembly Floor, Heads Back to Senate Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:00:31 +0000 SACRAMENTO – While the Trump Administration works to roll back Obama-era efforts protecting students from sex discrimination and sexual assault on campuses under Title IX, the California legislature passed SB 169, a bill authored by  State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)  that will codify these civil rights protections into state law. The bill passed the Assembly on a bipartisan 61-12 vote.

The bill now heads back to the Senate for a concurrent vote this week.

“I am pleased to see that the actions of Washington will not be affecting California. Last week, Secretary Betsy DeVos rolled back guidelines on Title IX, the important law protecting gender discrimination and sexual assault in America’s educational institutions, putting women and girls at grave risk. Let’s be honest- women are raped and sexually assaulted far more often than their perpetrators are falsely accused,” said Jackson.

SB 169 will codify federal Title IX guidelines issued by the Obama Administration in response to undeniable and alarming data on sexual harassment and sexual violence at schools throughout the country, including at the K-12 level. The procedures implementing Title IX were a strong step toward addressing this crisis by, among other things, creating a fair process for victims to report harassment and sexual violence, and seek the necessary help.

“In California, we will continue to fight to ensure that women and girls can be safe in their educational pursuits. Without a safe learning environment, there can be no equity and fairness for women and girls to achieve their educational goals.”

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.

Museum of Ventura County update for Sept. 14 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:00:41 +0000
Major funding for these programs is made possible in part by the
City of San Buenaventura and the County of Ventura.
In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Latin American & Latino Art in LA, the Museum of Ventura County presents

Ayer y Todavía

Experience Chicano culture and history, as well as current struggles and social issues, as seen through the eyes of Chicano artists in Ayer y Todavía, opening Friday, September 15 with an evening of art and music, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura.

Enjoy live music provided by Los Fabulocos Band, and a chance to visit with the artists and the collectors who helped shape this unique Chicano exhibit.

Featured artists include Margaret Garcia, Frank Romero, Leo Limón, Salomon Huerta, Jack Vargas, Harry Gamboa, Diane Gamboa, Ignacio Gomez, and Patssi Valdez among others.

Members are free; non-members are $5. No-host bar and hors d’oeuvres. The exhibit will be on display through November 26. For more information, visit

Exhibit and event are sponsored by the Port of Hueneme, Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc. and Santa Paula Latino Town Hall.

Special thanks to the MVC Latino Advisory Committee.

Chicano Art Panel:
The Stories Behind the Art

Artists David Botello, Ignacio Gomez and
Wayne Healy will speak about their own works, 5:30 – 7 p.m., September 28,
and discuss the recurring images found in Chicano art and why those images define Chicano identity. The panel will be moderated
by Chicano art collector Tomás Sanchez.

The event will take place at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura. Free for members; $5 for non-members.

Schedule Your Own Tour

Chicano Art Exhibit tours are available for student and adult groups Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Docent-led tours provide insight into the art and the artists included in this inspiring exhibit. Please schedule two weeks in advance with Megan Gately,, 805-653.0323 x310.

Party at the Museum Sunday

It’s Free First Sunday, October 1,
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with free admission for all! Come share your ideas and engage with your community in a fun and positive way through this museum day devoted to community activism. Visit the new exhibit showcasing Chicano art, enjoy free crafts from 1 – 3 p.m. including designing your own poster, coloring sheets for kids and political cartoons. This program is generously sponsored by Museum-supporter Mimi Allin.

Icons and Archetypes

A new series of large-scale oil paintings by Ojai-based artist, Tom Hardcastle, explores the artist’s perspective of popular cultural icons and exploitative archetypes that have come to represent more than their own personal identity and in some cases, a paradoxical delineation. Exhibit runs throughOctober 1For more information, visit or call 805.653.0323.

Turning Lemons into…
A Booming Business

Betsy Chess, great granddaughter of Nathan Blanchard and current Limoneira board member,
will be the featured speaker at the next “Speaking Of Ventura County” lecture series, Tuesday,October 10, 1 – 2:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula.

Chess, whose family has a long history of success, philanthropy and leadership in the agricultural industry, will chronicle the early beginnings of the lemon business in Santa Paula (named by her pioneer relative Nathan Blanchard) to the current citrus powerhouse company, Limoneira.

Light refreshments will be served. Free for members; $5 for non-members.

Dia de los Muertos Ofrendas: A Chicano
Art Practice for Honoring Our Loved Ones

Special guest, Roberto Vargas will present the use of ofrendas (altars) and ceremony for honoring our loved ones as reflected in the exhibit, 6 – 7 p.m., October 26, in the Huntsinger galleries. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura.

FREE Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Santa Paula, Sunday, Oct. 29,
11 a.m. –  5 p.m.

The Art Museum, Oil Museum, Pierce Brothers Cemetery and the Ag Museum have partnered for a community celebration. Make Monarch butterfly crafts, hear about the symbolism of the Monarch butterfly and bring something to add to our community offrenda.

At 2 p.m., professional storyteller Evie Ybarra will
spin tales of “La Llorona” and other scary stories
from her book, Ghosts of Ventura County’s Heritage Valley.

Free First Sundays and Appreciation Weekends

The museum offers Free First Sundays and free admission for featured groups on designated Appreciation Weekends.

September 23-24: Zip code 93066 (Santa Paula)
October 1: Free First Sunday
October 14-15: City and County Workers
October 28-29: Zip code 93015-93016, 93040 (Fillmore & Piru)
November 5: Free First Sunday

Major funding for these programs is made possible in part by the City of San Buenaventura and the County of Ventura. 
Museum of Ventura County • 100 East Main St. Ventura, CA 93001 • 805.653.0323
Agriculture Museum • 926 Railroad Ave. Santa Paula, CA 93060 • 805.525.3100
Bill to Extend Solar Thermal Program Passes California Legislature Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:00:57 +0000 Bill to Incentivize Solar Energy to Reduce Natural Gas Use Headed to Governor’s Desk

SACRAMENTO—The California Legislature passed AB 797 (Irwin) this afternoon.  With the bipartisan vote in the Assembly of 45-19 today and the Senate’s bipartisan 30-10 vote on Tuesday, the bill now heads to the Governor for his signature.  The bill extends consumer incentives for solar thermal technologies that heat water and air using the sun’s energy, reducing natural gas use in homes and buildings.  The bill is part of the state’s ongoing efforts to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals, improve air quality, and support economic development.

“Using California’s warm sunshine to do something as simple as heating water is sensible for our state and a key way to protect public health, clean up our air, and support local good-paying jobs,” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), author of the bill. “I am pleased the Legislature voted to send the extension of this important program to the Governor’s desk.”

AB 797 would extend the existing California Solar Initiative (CSI)-Thermal program for two years to 2020, seamlessly continuing the natural gas rebate program for homes, businesses and commercial swimming pools, such as at schools and community centers. The bill targets half of the funds for low-income housing and buildings in disadvantaged communities.  It also expands eligibility for these rebates to homeowners in the San Joaquin Valley who currently use propane or wood to heat their water.

“The California solar thermal market is growing, especially in the multifamily housing sector – with 32% annual growth between 2015 and 2016 in annual natural gas savings,” said Kelly Knutsen, Senior Policy Advisor of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, a cosponsor of AB 797.  “Assemblymember Irwin is a clean energy champion for all Californians, and a strong leader for helping low-income and disadvantaged communities gain access to clean energy technologies to lower their energy bills.”

“A major challenge to meeting our state’s climate goals – and one that not enough people are talking about – is that we have to heat our homes, businesses and schools without relying on dirty fossil fuels. Solar thermal fits the bill, while reducing our energy bills at the same time,” said Michelle Kinman, Clean Energy Advocate with Environment California, which cosponsored the bill. “We thank Assemblymember Irwin for her leadership and starting this important conversation on low-carbon heat energy.”

Solar thermal projects installed under the CSI-Thermal program reduced natural gas use across the state by over 5.8 million therms each year, equal to the annual amount of natural gas used to heat water for over 32,00 homes.  The program has offset over 31,000 metric tons of CO2(eq) annually, comparable to taking over 6,500 cars off the road each year.

The Governor has until October 15 to decide on whether to sign the bill into law.

Economic Development Collaborative–Ventura County’s SBDC Expands Roster of Advisors Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:00:22 +0000 VENTURA COUNTY — The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County has added Jay Tsao to its team of 30-plus advisors providing free one-on-one consulting to local businesses to help area companies strengthen and grow their bottom line. Tsao’s expertise in international trade and ecommerce will help local businesses looking to develop trade partnerships with Chinese companies and other global markets. The advisor services are provided through EDC-VC’s Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (SBDC).

“We are so happy to have Jay join our group of advisors. His strong background in international business and global ecommerce expands our ability to help area businesses take advantage of the amazing growth of e-trade commerce globally, as well as other growing opportunities in international markets,” said Ray Bowman, director of the SBDC of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

Tsao is the founder and CEO of Globesmart Techonologies, a global B2E e-commerce marketplace startup utilizing innovative media and SaaS technology to facilitate commerce transactions and make trade between SME’s easier around the world. As partner and board member of Scepture Corporation and BridgeArc Trading, he built several of the companies’ ecommerce platforms and managed supply chain partners from raw material sourcing, OEM/private label development, pre/post production oversight, logistic strategies, and custom clearance. Tsao received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Loyola Marymount University; he obtained an M.B.A. from Cornell University, Johnson School of Management and is currently a candidate to receive his Master’s of Liberal Arts in Finance from Harvard University.

The SBDC is funded by the SBA and provides professional business assistance at no cost to businesses. Participating businesses are required to follow a well-defined scope of work and report their economic successes. These SBA milestones are defined as job creation, increase in sales, capital investment, jobs retained and business started. To learn more about SBDC’s advisors and services, contact Alondra Gaytan at, or call 805-384-1800 or visit

EDC-VC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a business-to-government liaison to assist businesses in Ventura County by offering programs that enhance the economic vitality of the region. For more information about the Small Business Development Center, loan programs, manufacturing outreach and international trade program, or other services available to small businesses through EDC-VC, contact Kelly Noble at or call 805-384-1800 ext. 21 or visit

The Collective Studio at Pacific View Mall seeking participants for free Día de los Muertos Workshops Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:00:59 +0000
preparing for the FREE community celebration
absolutely no experience required!
All ages invited to be part of the preparations leading up to 
the big free community celebration.
Traditional Art with Yenelli Law
Come make the flowers that will decorate the ofrendas and 

the picado banners that will decorate the Center Court Stage for the big community celebration on Nov. 5th.
Everyone — 7 year old students thru adults — is invited to the FREE workshops lead by Yenelli Law.  
All materials are provided.  
                         Thursdays 3:30 – 5:30pm
                          Fridays 10:00am – 12 Noon
                          Sundays 1:00 – 3:00pm
Painting Murals and Stage Pieces with MB Hanrahan

Teens and adults are invited to the FREE 
painting workshops to create whimsical 
portraits of mall visitors – maybe even 

some staff!  All materials are provided.  
No experience required. Workshop lead
by MB Hanrahan.    
                        Wednesdays 2:00 – 5:00pm
                        Thursdays 2:30 – 6:00pm
Poetry Workshop for Performance and Print     

For poetry lovers — you’re invited to write 
poetry with us.  Poet Fernando Salinas will 
lead these workshops as you put words 
on paper.  9th graders thru adults are 
welcome — no experience required — 
to write poems that could be performed 
and become part of a published celebration 
          Wednesdays 3:30 – 7:30pm
Music Makes the Celebration Workshops 

with Juan D  
Calling teens and adults to make the music 
for the celebration – with your own voice       
or with your own instrument.  The FREE 
music workshops will be lead by Juan D.   
         Mondays thru Fridays    3:00 – 5:00pm
ALL WORKSHOPS are held in the 
2nd floor next to SEARS,
Pacific View Mall, Ventura
Be sure YOU are part of the most colorful and the most exciting Dia De Los Muertos community celebration that mid-town Ventura has ever experienced. Get involved now by helping to create all of the beautiful elements of the celebration.
Everything will be created by you and your neighbors – from the vibrant paper flowers, the paper ado , the ofrendas, everything. Come be part of decorating the zocala for the celebration.
Help us set the Center Court Stage where the celebration happens.
And it is all FREE.  All of the materials are provided.

  All we need is YOU and your friends.
Walk-ins are also welcome
This free Dia De Los Muertos Community Celebration is funded in part by
A community program of the
Marjorie Luke Theatre update for Sept. 8 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:00:24 +0000 Click here for the entire e-newsletter


Upcoming Events
Harmony Celebration
Saturday, September 16, 1pm & 7pm
The barbershop show of the year is coming to Santa Barbara this September! Pacific Sound is bringing the brand new 2017 International Gold Medalist Quartet Main Street, and the award-winning Carpe Diem Chorus to entertain us on the West Coast. They will be bringing their masterful harmony and hilarious comedy to the Luke for two exciting shows.

For more information and tickets please visit: or call 1-800-353-1632.

Transcendiendo Fronteras
Saturday, September 30th, 6:30pm
Xochipilli de Santa Barbara presents a night filled with love and passion for dance. Come and support your community’s talents and experience how diverse the Mexican culture really is!

For more info please visit: For tickets please visit: Mayos (2704 De La Vina St), El Protrillo WW (612 N. Milpas St), El Rodeo (5798 Hollister Ave).

Sunday, October 1st, 7pm
The Marjorie Luke Theatre and UCSB Arts & Lectures present this FREE family show as part of the Viva el Arte SB concert series. The name Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus” – which certainly describes the scene whenever this band launches into its dizzyingly energetic, instantly infectious rhythms with congas, guacharaca, accordion, bass, guitar, sax and fantastic vocals. Buyepongo is well-known on Los Angeles club and festival stages and has played Levitt Pavilion’s Summer Music Series and Hollywood Forever’s Día De Los Muertos, with regular tours throughout the U.S.. Welcome to Buyepongo’s cumbia dance party!
For more info please visit
Alpha Resource Center Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, October 7th, 2pm
Alpha Resource Center presents this rock opera full of Alpha antics and tomfoolery style! It’s summertime when Gina and her friends begin an exciting musical journey by starting a band. This FREE annual celebration includes a 1:00p silent auction of artisan crafts created by the talented members of the art program Slingshot. Don’t miss this thrilling show!

For more info please visit or call 805-964-3547.

Marianne Williamson
Sunday, October 8th, 6pm
This is the official launch of the Lois and Walter Capps Project, a community-focused collaboration committed to connecting people of all backgrounds in meaningful and productive dialogue. You’re invited to join the #1 New York Times best-selling author, Marianne Williamson, who will discuss “The American Mind At Its Best”.

For more info and registration please visit or call 805-448-6483. Don’t miss this inspirational evening!

Museum of Ventura County — A message from the Interim Executive Director Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:00:54 +0000

As you all know, a lot has been happening at the Museum. To keep you current on our efforts, we will be sending out a monthly museum update. You who receive this update are our nearest and dearest supporters, and we want you to hear the latest developments directly from us. 

We have a lot to report. Our last update included our success in securing major funding from both the City of Ventura and the County of Ventura. Without this support, the Museum could not have moved forward. We know many of you have thanked your elected representatives for their support, and hope you will continue to acknowledge them. 

Since then, the City of Santa Paula has pledged its in-kind support to the Agriculture Museum, the Ventura County Transportation Commission has stepped in to fund necessary renovations on the Ag Museum, and just this week, the Camarillo City Council approved funding of $10,000 to the Museum, led by a funding request from Councilmember Tony Trembley. 

We are profoundly thankful for this support, which signals that the Museum as an institution conserves and celebrates the history of ALL of our county, not just the cities in which it is physically sitedWith these resources, we are able to launch our reinvention plan, and have made considerable progress in the following areas:

Collections Conservation
The Museum has retained consultant Kathy Henri to steer the collections conservation process. To date, county officials and staff have toured all storage sites and the Museum is currently developing a staging plan to inventory and catalog all collections. 

An endowment campaign committee has been formed and will begin to meet in September, with the goal to raise $8 million over five years. The fundraising firm of Netzel-Grigsby will provide guidance throughout the process. 

We are currently planning our first community outreach meetings to solicit input in Ojai and Santa Paula. A video series is being developed in partnership with CAPS Media, to be installed in satellite locations throughout the county. 

Exhibits and Programs
We have launched an exhaustive process to review existing and past programs and events, review attendance and revenue, survey national and international trends, and provide recommendations for programming modifications to attract diverse audiences. The Museum has also launched a recruitment for an Agriculture Museum manager to help increase our service to the community and expand our programs and exhibits in the Agriculture Museum. 

Vision/Museum’s Role in the Community
Nina Simon, museum consultant and director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, will be leading efforts to help identify the core vision of the Museum. Nina Simon is an internationally-recognized expert on active community participation in cultural institutions and has been named a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine for her innovative approach to design. She was named one of the 50 most “powerful and influential people in nonprofit arts” by the Western States Arts Federation in 2012 and 2013. 

We have made a great deal of progress in just a month and we will continue this pace towards our goal of reinventing the Museum. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments. 


Elena Brokaw
Interim Executive Director, Museum of Ventura County

Our Mission: The Museum of Ventura County, through its collections, exhibits, educational programs and publications, celebrates the history, art, and culture of Ventura County and the Channel Islands.

Sponsorships Available and Auction Items Needed for BGCOP’s 28th Annual Donald K. Facciano Kids Auction & Gala Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:29 +0000 VENTURA COUNTY — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is seeking the help of individuals and businesses to donate items for auction and sponsors for the upcoming 28th Annual Donald K. Facciano Kids Auction & Gala. The event is the Club’s largest fundraiser and directly benefits their more than 10,400 members and 17 program sites throughout Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The Kids Auction & Gala will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel, 2102 W. Vineyard Ave.

BGCOP needs a variety of items for auction at the event, such as trips, tours, wine, gift baskets, furniture, restaurant vouchers, jewelry, timeshares, home improvement items and gift certificates. All donors receive a tax deduction for the market value of the item they donate and will be recognized by name, unless they choose anonymity, in the auction program. Those who are unable to donate an item can make a tax-deductible donation in cash to support a youth or an entire program.

In addition to item donations, businesses can sponsor the event at designated levels, purchase program ads or buy naming rights to areas throughout the event. Benefits can include logo display to more than 350 attendees, advertising space in the program, complimentary tickets, keepsake art projects from Club members and special mentions during the event.

“We are grateful to the members of our community. We depend on their donations to help make the Gala a success, as it directly benefits our 10,400+ members,” said Erin Antrim, BGCOP chief executive officer. “The proceeds from this event help us provide our members greater access to quality programs, activities and aid in shaping their futures.”

Alexander Cadillac is the presenting sponsor of this year’s auction.

If interested in sponsorship opportunities or donating items or cash, contact Mayra Rincon at 805-815-4959 ext. 200 or at For more information regarding the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme visit

The Boys & Girls Club has served the youth of Oxnard and Port Hueneme for over 60 years. With three full-service clubs and 17 school program sites, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California. The Club provides programs for more than 10,400 youth and teens in three priority outcome areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. For more information please visit