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October 19, 1999
Odd--I always thought Ventura was a county in California but now I find it is an empty spot in Minnesota! HAL BRAUN Hollywood
April 3, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Thursday morning eight miles from Malibu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:08 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.0 miles. [Updated at 10:33 a.m. PDT April 3: There were no immediate reports of damage from the small quake. According to the USGS, the motion from the quake moved north into the west San Fernando Valley and Ventura County. The USGS said it was felt across Malibu, Ventura County, the Santa Monica Mountains and west Valley.]
December 24, 2012 | By Melissa Hart
Two lesbians, a man with Down's syndrome and a Jewish couple walk into a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve. Sounds like the setup to a joke, yes? Nope. This is my family, doing what we've done for a decade. Separated by differing philosophies, as well as locations, we have no other tradition. I don't know who got the idea to spend Dec. 24 eating egg rolls and mu shu pork at a Chinese restaurant in Ventura. Doesn't matter. Regardless of what political and social arguments have ensued during the year, we all drive or fly in to go to the restaurant and the big round table by the fish tank.
March 7, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Ventura St. Bonaventure, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's have won their arbitration cases against the CIF Southern Section and will remain in their current sports areas for the upcoming re-leaguing cycle from 2014-18, according to the decision announced Friday by a retired judge. It will force the schools in the Northern Area, Mt. SAC and parochial areas to meet again and restart their re-leaguing process. Those areas already had created new leagues without the four schools.
January 17, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
"It was a big scare for us. " That was the observation of Etiwanda senior point guard Jordan Daniels on Monday, when the unbeaten Eagles barely survived for a 52-51 victory over Ventura in a Martin Luther King Day showcase at Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos. Etiwanda (18-0), ranked No. 2 in the Southland by The Times, trailed, 49-44, with 2 1/2 minutes left. The Eagles seemed beaten with 16 seconds left. Ventura (17-2) had possession of the ball, and Etiwanda was trying to foul to force a one-and-one free-throw situation.
July 12, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. In selecting Rick Cole as his deputy mayor for budget and innovation, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is getting an outspoken proponent of high-density building along transit corridors and one who, as a city manager, demanded accountability from department heads. Cole, 60, was Ventura's city manager for eight years before abruptly stepping down last year. He was city manager of Azusa before that and is a former mayor of Pasadena.
July 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch Monday for portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. A series of storm cells slowly making their way over Southern California's mountains and the Antelope Valley could bring as much as half an inch of rain in 30 minutes to some areas, said meteorologist Rich Thompson. The storm's markedly slow pace increases the chances of flooding, he said. To boot, the moist air combined with the heat and storm cells could bring some thunder and lightning, too. “There's a lot of moisture in the atmosphere, it has a lot of water to work with,” Thompson said.
January 23, 1996 | JACK SEARLES
GW Surfaces, a producer and installer of counter tops, has moved from Santa Barbara to an 18,000-square-foot building on Palma Drive in Ventura. The company has signed a long-term lease for the building, according to CB Commercial Real Estate Group in Ventura. GW subsidiary Shower Shapes, which makes shower floors and other bathroom fixtures, also made the move.
Running back Bryant Phipps ran for two touchdowns and caught a 32-yard pass for another, leading Royal to a 35-7 victory over Ventura Friday night at Larrabee Stadium. Phipps, who had 10 carries for 132 yards, scored on runs of 19 and 44 yards in the first quarter. He caught his touchdown pass on the Highlanders' first play of the second half. Phipps has nine touchdowns in three games--three in each.
November 14, 2001 | John Klima
The Manhattan Beach Mira Costa High girls' volleyball team ended Ventura's storybook season Tuesday night with a 15-10, 15-11, 8-15, 15-6 victory in a Southern Section Division II-AA semifinal match at Mira Costa. The Mustangs (28-5), who won the Division I-A title last year, will play Newport Beach Newport Harbor in the championship match at Cypress College on Friday or Saturday. The day of the match will be determined today.
March 3, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant, Maloy Moore and Doug Smith
Approaching retirement, Ventura County Chief Executive Marty Robinson was earning $228,000 a year. To boost her pension, which would be based on her final salary, Robinson cashed out nearly $34,000 in unused vacation pay, an $11,000 bonus for having earned a graduate degree and more than $24,000 in extra pension benefits the county owed her. By the time she walked out the door last year, her pension was calculated at $272,000 a...
March 2, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Lights, camera, action! It's time for some arbitration hardball. Attorneys representing four private schools and the CIF Southern Section will gather Tuesday and Wednesday to present their arguments as part of a binding arbitration hearing to determine whether Ventura St. Bonaventure, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's will have to switch sports leagues in the fall. It's similar to one of those Major League Baseball arbitration hearings, in which the team and the player each submit a contract figure and the arbitrator chooses one. In this case, each school will present its arguments, the Southern Section will present its response and the arbitrator will make a decision within a week.
January 26, 2014 | By Kim Christensen
A large section of the historic Ventura Pier was reopened Sunday after inspectors determined damaged timber pilings did not threaten public safety. About two-thirds of the 1,600-foot-long pier was closed Friday after one of the supporting beams failed, apparently because of heavy waves. “We don't know definitively, but we suspect it was the high surf that caused it,” said Lysa Urban, a spokeswoman for the city of Ventura. The portion of the pier closest to shore, which provides access to two restaurants, was not affected by the closure, Urban said.
January 24, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
A large section of the historic Ventura Pier has been closed to the public after one of its supporting posts failed. According to a report in the Ventura County Star , the piling, which anchors the 1,600-foot-long pier to the ocean floor, "apparently gave way" as a group of city employees stood on the structure Friday afternoon. The city ordered visitors to evacuate the two-thirds of the pier closest to the ocean shortly thereafter. The portion of the pier closest to the shore, which offers access to two restaurants, remains open.
January 24, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
In July 1980, authorities found 15-year-old Stacy Knappenberger beaten, stabbed to death and sexually assaulted in her Oxnard home.  On Thursday, more than three decades later, a Ventura County Superior Court judge ruled there was enough evidence to charge an Alabama man -- 66-year-old Thomas Coalt Young -- with the crime, according to the Ventura County Star. Knappenberger's case went cold until a task force was able to use DNA evidence to connect Young with the crime. Young will be arraigned in February.
January 14, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The booming illegal international wildlife trade forced conservationists to do the unthinkable Tuesday: Brand the golden domes of two of the rarest tortoises on Earth to reduce their black market value by making it easier for authorities to trace them if stolen. "It's heartbreaking that it's come to this, but it's the right thing to do," Paul Gibbons, managing director of the nonprofit Turtle Conservancy's Behler Chelonian Center in Ventura County, said as he gently placed a 30-pound adult female ploughshare tortoise on a small table.
April 24, 2005
I was very disappointed with "Chic Touches, Hold the Hassle" [Weekend Escape, April 10]. I feel author Nicholas Riccardi has done a disservice to Ventura. It seems he was more worried about what to eat and missed out on what Ventura really has to offer. We have some of the best antique stores to be found anywhere. In fact, many of our tourists and celebs come here for our low prices. After all, eating isn't the most important thing to do. Leslie Bartee Ventura
Ventura High Coach Harvey Kochel never claimed to be an offensive wizard. Just line up, fellas, and run at them. "We really don't have a lot of plays," Kochel said. "It's that the ones we have, the kids understand them. And if it's there, we do the job." Ventura has used that philosophy to become the area's biggest offensive threat, adding 397 yards during a 27-20 win over Buena in a Channel League game Friday in front of more than 6,000 at Larrabee Stadium.
December 28, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
High winds and dry conditions are keeping firefighters on alert in Southern California this weekend as local fire agencies have announced plans to boost wildfire resources over the next 24 hours. Santa Ana winds combined with parched brush and single-digit humidity in some areas have prompted a red flag warning through 10 p.m. Sunday, the second in the L.A. area in less than a week. “Our fuel moistures are remaining at critical, critical levels,” said Capt. Mike Lindbery of the Ventura County Fire Department.
November 19, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
A special election is being held today for a state Assembly seat mostly in Los Angeles County that was vacated when Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) was elected to the L.A. City Council. The runoff election in the 45 th Assembly District pits Republican Susan Shelley against Democrat Matt Dababneh. Shelley, 54, is an author and publisher from Woodland Hills. Dababneh, 32, is a chief deputy to Rep. Brad Sherman and lives in Encino. The Assembly district includes Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Northridge, Winnetka and Woodland Hills in Los Angeles County and Bell Canyon in Ventura County.
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