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  • Paul Jenkin
    Apr 21, 2011

      Cañada Larga - Ventura drops annexation efforts due to costs

      On Tuesday night City Council made the right decision - to keep Westside redevelopment within our city boundaries.  Thanks to everyone who dedicated their time and energy to help protect the Ventura River since this issue came up last year! 

      After hearing speakers for more than three hours, the council spent 30 minutes debating the details of the Westside plan. On a motion from Councilman Karl Morehouse, the council directed Community Development Director Jeff Lambert to work with the planning and design committees to include community comments to prioritize parks, housing for active seniors and local shopping.

      ...Even Bonsall, who represents the family who owns the Cañada Larga property, ultimately told the council that they should forego annexation and development at this time in favor of the long-promised plan.

      Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/20/ventura-drops-annexation-efforts-due-to-costs/

      Ventura Promenade work on schedule for May completion

      A city project to repair and renovate the walkway, begun in February, is on schedule and expected to be completed by early May, according to De Anda. City engineers estimate the repairs, which include use of concrete and steel designed to resist salt corrosion, will extend the life of the structure for at least 20 years. The first phase of the project, budgeted at about $1.2 million, includes rebuilding six alcoves that extend the walkway closest to the sea, moving a staircase extending down to the beach, and repairing cracks.

      McGrath State Beach will close indefinitely

      McGrath State Beach in Oxnard, Ventura County's busiest state park and oceanfront campground, will be closing in September for an indefinite amount of time because of lack of funds to fix an aging sewage line.

      The park may be closed for years as it needs $500,000 to repair the line and the California State Parks is grappling with up to $22 million in future budget cuts.


      Sardines, anchovies die in Ventura Harbor

      Thousands of anchovies and sardines were dead or dying in the Ventura Harbor on Monday from what officials think was a lack of oxygen in the water because of a high concentration of fish.

      Chinook Salmon Season Opens Following multi-year Closure

      A preseason report from federal biologists projected 730,000 adult chinook salmon in the ocean this year, significantly higher than the 245,000 last year.  For the most current information on the seasons, see the Pacific Fishery Management Council web site at:  www.pcouncil.org.

      Radioactive Fish Discovered Off the Coast of Japan: 

      Japanese authorities said on 5 April that they had discovered for the first time fish swimming off the country's Pacific coast carrying high levels of radioactive materials. The finding is creating concerns about environmental damage to local marine life, the safety of the nation's food supply, and the viability of Japan's iconic seafood industry, which has already been struggling significantly following the tsunami.

      Court battle expected over Central Valley levee vegetation

      Controversial federal rules that could require nearly every tree and bush to be chopped down from Central Valley levees are likely headed for a court battle. On Tuesday, Sacramento-based environmental group Friends of the River and another group, Defenders of Wildlife, notified the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers they intend to file a lawsuit against the rules

      Ventura County levees are subject to the same rulings...  


      Ojai Earth Play 2011
      Saturday April 23, 2011  11:00AM - 4:00PM 
      Oak Grove School, 220 West Lomita, Ojai California

      In celebration of sustainable living, global awareness, and the joy of nature, four Ojai-based green non-profit organizations - Food for Thought, Oak Grove School, Ojai Valley Green Coalition, and Ojai Valley Land Conservancy - are teaming up to host this once-a-year community event. Along with environmental exhibits, the day will include arts and outdoor activities for all ages, live entertainment, local foods, new ideas, and more. 

      someplace with a mountain
      Saturday April 23, 2011  4pm
      EP Foster Library, 651 Main St , Ventura

      Narrated by Chevy Chase, this tragic yet hopeful documentary tells the story of a small group of Island Atolls that are disappearing because of sea rise. Activist, Sailor, and Filmmaker, Steve Goodall left the U.S. in 2004.  He bought a 34-foot sailboat, the Manta and sailed away. Twelve thousand miles and four years later, he came upon a group of remote Atolls so beautiful they took his breath away. Steve discovers the people there are unaware of the the current forecasts for sea level rise. Once informed they asked for his help.

      Ventura Hillside Conservancy 8th Annual Community Meeting
      Friday, April 29, 2011 -  6 PM to 7:30 PM
      Patagonia headquarters Grand Conference Room

      Guest speaker Paul Jenkin, Environmental Director of the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and founder of the Matilija Coalition, will present Toward Ecosystem-based Management - A Case Study of the Ventura River
      The meeting will also include a screening of Trout on the Wind, a film that documents the removal of the Columbia River’s Hemlock Dam. The 10 minute short video documents the removal of the dam located within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Trout Creek is a tributary of the Wind River which runs into the Columbia River Gorge.  The film won the coveted John Muir 2010 Film Award in Environmental Film Competition.

      Further information: www.venturahillsides.org.


      24-26 May, 2011 - Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa on Mission Bay in San Diego, California. 
      The 2011 "Headwaters to Ocean (H2O)" Conference will cover a wide spectrum of coast and ocean issues. Of local relevance will be a session on Managed Shoreline Retreat including presentations from Surfrider, City of Ventura, and the engineers responsible for the implementation of the Surfers' Point Managed Shoreline Retreat Project.  Paul Jenkin, Ventura Campaign Coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation, will also present Toward Ecosystem-based Management - A Case Study of the Ventura River.

      Early registration ends on May 3. The conference program is available online at: www.coastalconference.org/h20_2011/2011_program1.php

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