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July 17, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
New York dancer-choreographer James Sewell is one of four guest choreographers scheduled to create new works for Ballet Pacifica during a two-week "Choreographic Project '91" that begins Thursday. The project, the company's first to involve multiple choreographers, is a workshop dreamed up by Ballet Pacifica artistic director Molly Lynch and New York choreographer Diane Coburn Bruning to expand the company's repertory and to promote "newer" talent in dance.
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April 4, 1997 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County Fire Chief James Sewell, who said he has long coveted a big city job, got his wish Thursday when he was picked to head the Seattle Fire Department. Seattle Mayor Norm Rice selected Sewell, 48, to become the city's new fire chief following a nationwide search that included a pool of 61 candidates. Sewell's appointment must still be approved by the City Council, but officials said they expect his confirmation to go smoothly.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1997 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County Fire Chief James Sewell, who said he has long coveted a big city job, got his wish Thursday when he was picked to head the Seattle Fire Department. Seattle Mayor Norm Rice selected Sewell, 48, to become the city's new fire chief following a nationwide search that included a pool of 61 candidates. Sewell's appointment must still be approved by the City Council, but officials said they expect his confirmation to go smoothly.
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March 16, 1997 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his second effort to land a big-city job since taking over the county Fire Department, Fire Chief James Sewell has applied to become Seattle's top firefighter--a move that has some officials questioning whether his job-hunting efforts are hurting the department he has run for the last three years.
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July 20, 1994 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Diego deputy fire chief was named Tuesday to take over the beleaguered Ventura County Fire Department, where the last chief retired amid criticism that the agency costs too much. James E. Sewell, a 24-year veteran of the San Diego Fire Department, is top choice to replace retired Chief George Lund next month, said Chief Administrative Officer Richard Wittenberg. The Board of Supervisors is set to vote on the choice next week.
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March 16, 1997 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his second effort to land a big-city job since taking over the county Fire Department, Fire Chief James Sewell has applied to become Seattle's top firefighter--a move that has some officials questioning whether his job-hunting efforts are hurting the department he has run for the last three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1997
Best wishes to our departing Ventura County Fire Chief James Sewell, who is leaving after three years for Seattle. And thanks for reducing our unique, recognizable yellow firetrucks to the lowest common denominator: red. Now when I drive past dozens of firetrucks from every county in the state at the next Malibu fire, I will not recognize our trucks and our firefighters. How about Sewell writing the county a check to repaint our red trucks back to the inferior yellow before he goes?
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March 1, 1995 | J.E. MITCHELL
Ventura County Fire Department officials will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony today in Camarillo for a 9,000-square-foot fire station. Fire Chief James Sewell said the ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. on an empty parcel on the 2100 block of Pickwick Drive. Ventura County Supervisor Maggie Kildee will be the keynote speaker. Sewell said the $1.5-million station will be more than twice the size of the aging station on Ventura Boulevard that it will replace.
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January 24, 1995 | JAN STEVENS
A Ventura County fire captain charged with selling drugs and possessing explosives has been placed on unpaid administrative until his case is resolved in court, county Fire Chief James Sewell announced Monday. Capt. William Elliot Handy, 48, of Newbury Park has been accused of selling a half-ounce of methamphetamine to a police informant. Sheriff's deputies arrested him Dec. 21 at a Newbury Park grocery store. They subsequently seized weapons and a bomb at his Newbury Park home.
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February 1, 1993
A cystic fibrosis patient who received lung transplants from her parents was up and walking Sunday, showing a faster recovery than expected, her doctor said. "Her prognosis is good, equal to a standard transplant at this point," said Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes. Stacy Sewell, 22, of Quartz Hill was taken off a ventilator Saturday morning, 12 hours after the landmark operation. She drank liquid meals and spoke by telephone to her parents in an adjoining suite at USC University Hospital.
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July 20, 1994 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Diego deputy fire chief was named Tuesday to take over the beleaguered Ventura County Fire Department, where the last chief retired amid criticism that the agency costs too much. James E. Sewell, a 24-year veteran of the San Diego Fire Department, is top choice to replace retired Chief George Lund next month, said Chief Administrative Officer Richard Wittenberg. The Board of Supervisors is set to vote on the choice next week.
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July 17, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
New York dancer-choreographer James Sewell is one of four guest choreographers scheduled to create new works for Ballet Pacifica during a two-week "Choreographic Project '91" that begins Thursday. The project, the company's first to involve multiple choreographers, is a workshop dreamed up by Ballet Pacifica artistic director Molly Lynch and New York choreographer Diane Coburn Bruning to expand the company's repertory and to promote "newer" talent in dance.
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August 18, 1996
Citizens owe Ventura County Fire Chief James Sewell and Oxnard Fire Chief Randy Coggan a hearty "thank you" for their efforts to promote fire safety by curbing the sale of fireworks in Fillmore, after these devices resulted in a 400-acre fire and $200,000 in property damage. Fillmore is the only city in the county which permits the sale or use of fireworks. Devices purchased there are taken throughout the county and beyond, endangering the lives and property of hundreds of thousands of people.
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June 8, 1997 | NICK GREEN
Interim Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper will get the job permanently Tuesday if Supervisor Kathy Long has her way. Long has requested a closed session to discuss filling the post at the supervisors' meeting. The county is seeking its fourth chief within a decade because James Sewell recently accepted the job as fire chief in Seattle. Long said the county has three options: recruiting from outside the department, looking internally or hiring Roper.
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