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A community cross section gathered Tuesday evening as the three candidates vying for two seats on Carpinteria Unified School District's five-member Board of Education offered their knowledge of the district's funding structure, its connection to parents and students, and how, moving forward, they would prioritize the district's roughly $23 million annual budget. Spending roughly $8,300 per student - much less than the state average - the district faces challenges associated with 68 percent of its 2,300 students categorized as "disadvantaged," burnt bridges between its existing board and the community, and differences of opinion on a dual-language immersion program that's been put on hold until next fall.


Recently, a story appeared highlighting a housing-affordability study conducted by a finance-industry publication. In the report, our region was identified as one of the least affordable housing markets in the country.


A vote was held Tuesday, October 4 at the Ventura County Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed development of a 45-foot faux palm tree Verizon cell tower and utility station directly above Rincon Point. The Brown family appealed with support from longtime local families and concerned neighbors.


A woman uses an umbrella to shade herself from the sun while walking in downtown Los Angeles. A red-flag warning will be in effect for almost all of Los Angeles County because of strong wind gusts, high heat and low humidity.


According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry, more than 70,000 people worldwide are suffering from the disease, with approximately 1,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States alone. Adherence to inhaled and oral therapies for cystic fibrosis patients is discouragingly low, ranging 31-35 percent for inhaled antibiotics.


The American Red Cross has announced that Kimberly Coley has been named executive director for the Pacific Coast and Ventura County chapters. She will serve all three counties of the two local chapters: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.


On Thursday, September 13, about 125 guests gathered in the courtyard at the Lobero Theatre for the 3rd annual Super FUNdraiser for the Santa Barbara office of the Alzheimer's Association. The event was organized by Jessica Foster, owner of Jessica Foster Confections, and her team of family and friends.


As its loan portfolio has grown at around 30 percent to 35 percent annually over the past several years, OCB Bancorp now has the largest loan portfolio of any Ventura County-headquartered community bank, the OCB Bancorp said. Local decision-making and relationship building coupled with Ventura County's recovering economy and increased home sales has driven the growth, President and CEO Dave Brubaker said.


According to the "Fillmore Herald" Newspaper, published December 28, 1923, a new garden club was organized that would function as a County wide garden club. The mission would be, "to promote interest in the subject of gardening and to foster community beautification through district projects."


I retired after a 30-year career with the Oxnard Police Department. I have been on the Oxnard City Council for eight years.


Access to water is the No. 1 concern to our residents. We are in a stage 3 drought and it may get worse before it gets better.


"Sticks" Randall Richman was born in Hollywood during the Elvis decade and grew up surrounded by actors, artists, directors, producers and musicians throughout his formative years. His first recollection at 11 was with the Electric Prunes and Strawberry Alarm Clock at his father's nightclub in Culver City.


Ventura Council member, 2011-2016; mayor, 2013-15; board member, Ventura County Community College District, 2002-2010; former executive director, Ventura Music Festival; small-business owner for 25 years; current board member of several local nonprofit. Married, three children, three grandchildren.


The Majestic Ventura Theater was the site of a rare appearance by renowned singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, who played a solo acoustic benefit concert on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Accompanied on the stage by a grand piano and a collection of 20 rare and interesting guitars, he showed the audience that his evocative voice and poignant, musical storytelling have not lost the impact that distinguished him as one of America's most visionary and important songwriters. Along with a smattering of hits, he shared jokes, stories and fragments of political commentary, at one point referring affectionately to Ventura as "Bakersfield by the Sea."


A Ventura woman was calling about her husband. Two married friends had sailed down the coast from Bodega Bay, and he had joined them for a boat ride to Santa Cruz Island.


Owners of the Lloyd Ranch in Ventura donated 860 acres of agricultural and open space to the Rancho San Buenaventura Conservation Trust. Gary Brummett, president of Lloyd Properties, said he is proud to partner with the conservation trust to preserve part of the Ventura hillsides, an area that has been eyed by developers for many years.


On 10/10/16 at approximately 0556 hours, the Ventura Police Command Center received a call of an attempted robbery on the Promenade near the 400 block of Harbor Blvd. VPD patrol officers responded and learned that three suspects had approached the victim on the promenade and demanded money from her. The victim ran away from the suspects and was unharmed.

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