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August 31, 1998 | JENNIFER KNIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Bert Lamb and his wife, Linda, the Victorian house they've lived in for 21 years is the only home their four children have ever known. But to the city of Camarillo, it is the house that gave birth to a city--and therein lies the rub. The house on Mission Oaks Boulevard was built in 1892 by city founder Adolfo Camarillo and, as such, is one of the area's most prized historic homes.
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September 3, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Nothing says easy, breezy Southern California like a palm tree - but in Fillmore, the Southern California icon has been unfronded. Eager for an infusion of Hollywood cash, the Ventura County agricultural town has taken down 26 queen palms, a tree that has lined downtown streets since 1940. Officials wanted to give film and TV producers a generic, small-town setting that could stand in for Iowa, Indiana or anywhere else in palm-free America. So one July night, a landscaper revved up his chain saws in the heart of the city's quaint downtown and, soon after, the Fillmore Film Commission - its slogan is "Film More in Fillmore" - announced the move in an email blast to location scouts.
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January 27, 1994 | PEGGY Y. LEE
A Ventura City Council subcommittee on Wednesday recommended considering the rezoning of 87 acres of city-owned agricultural land to permit residential construction. Ventura-based developer Ron Hertel wants to swap agricultural land that he owns with the city's land and put up single-family houses on the city land at Telegraph Road and Petit Avenue. In exchange, Hertel would give Ventura $2 million to build a park on 92 acres of celery fields that he owns at Telephone and Kimball roads.
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December 4, 2008 | Valerie J. Nelson, Nelson is a Times staff writer.
Sheri Klittich, who developed programs to keep Ventura County's agricultural roots alive as the first administrator of a state-run trust that operates a demonstration farm near Santa Paula, died Nov. 20, a day after she turned 53. Klittich died at her home in Fillmore after a long battle with ovarian cancer and the autoimmune disease scleroderma, said a son, Jeff Klittich.
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December 4, 2008 | Valerie J. Nelson, Nelson is a Times staff writer.
Sheri Klittich, who developed programs to keep Ventura County's agricultural roots alive as the first administrator of a state-run trust that operates a demonstration farm near Santa Paula, died Nov. 20, a day after she turned 53. Klittich died at her home in Fillmore after a long battle with ovarian cancer and the autoimmune disease scleroderma, said a son, Jeff Klittich.
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November 8, 2000 | DAVID KELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A voracious disease-carrying insect, the glassy-winged sharpshooter, has gone from mere annoyance to major disaster, throwing the Ventura County Agricultural Commission into chaos, costing growers millions of dollars and pitting farmer against farmer. "Just when I think things cannot get any worse, they get worse," said Earl McPhail, county agricultural commissioner. "I'm spending 80% of my staff time on this program. I can't afford to do that, but I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel."
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October 2, 1997 | BRENDA LOREE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County growers should not be alarmed about Tuesday's discovery of a sixth reproducing Mediterranean fruit fly in South-Central Los Angeles, agriculture officials say. "I don't anticipate this discovery has any implications for Ventura County at all," said Larry Hawkins, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kerry Bustamante, Ventura County's deputy agricultural commissioner, agreed that the small infestation 40 miles south of the county line poses no immediate threat.
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July 6, 1997
Ventura County Farm Bureau Executive Director Rex Laird likes the old line about a ham-and-egg breakfast: "The chicken contributes to it, but the pig makes a total commitment."
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October 15, 2002 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Local growers apparently avoided severe financial losses during the recent shutdown of the Port of Hueneme, although damage exceeded $2 million, officials said Monday. "We came through it with very few problems," county Agricultural Commissioner Earl McPhail said. "My understanding is that there wasn't much damage locally. I haven't heard anything different from the packinghouses."
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July 15, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Someone is swiping pesticides from growers on the Oxnard Plain, stirring concerns that Ventura County's agricultural industry has become a prime target for prowlers. Bandits have committed four large-scale burglaries of farm chemicals since the start of the year, including a heist last week in which thieves stole $50,000 in insecticides and fungicides from an Oxnard-area warehouse.
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May 17, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
On the front lines of the battle to shield Ventura County farmland from crop-damaging pests, Linda Bellamy is bombarded by grim budget news. The veteran bug-trapper is a supervisor with the county agricultural commissioner's insect detection program, the first line of defense in preventing injurious pests from gaining a foothold against the county's $1-billion farm industry.
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July 15, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Someone is swiping pesticides from growers on the Oxnard Plain, stirring concerns that Ventura County's agricultural industry has become a prime target for prowlers. Bandits have committed four large-scale burglaries of farm chemicals since the start of the year, including a heist last week in which thieves stole $50,000 in insecticides and fungicides from an Oxnard-area warehouse.
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October 15, 2002 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Local growers apparently avoided severe financial losses during the recent shutdown of the Port of Hueneme, although damage exceeded $2 million, officials said Monday. "We came through it with very few problems," county Agricultural Commissioner Earl McPhail said. "My understanding is that there wasn't much damage locally. I haven't heard anything different from the packinghouses."
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September 2, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although she is new to farming, Ojai apple grower Esther Wachtell wanted her grandkids to know something about the traditions of Ventura County agriculture and the workings of the harvest. So, as creator of Eve's Apples, she supplied a little temptation. Money. Five dollars an hour, to be exact. With that, she put five of her grade-school-age grandchildren to work last month sorting, sizing and shipping the Crimson Galas that sprout every summer in a 10-acre orchard at her Oak Knoll Ranch.
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November 8, 2000 | DAVID KELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A voracious disease-carrying insect, the glassy-winged sharpshooter, has gone from mere annoyance to major disaster, throwing the Ventura County Agricultural Commission into chaos, costing growers millions of dollars and pitting farmer against farmer. "Just when I think things cannot get any worse, they get worse," said Earl McPhail, county agricultural commissioner. "I'm spending 80% of my staff time on this program. I can't afford to do that, but I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel."
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August 31, 1998 | JENNIFER KNIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Bert Lamb and his wife, Linda, the Victorian house they've lived in for 21 years is the only home their four children have ever known. But to the city of Camarillo, it is the house that gave birth to a city--and therein lies the rub. The house on Mission Oaks Boulevard was built in 1892 by city founder Adolfo Camarillo and, as such, is one of the area's most prized historic homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
On the front lines of the battle to shield Ventura County farmland from crop-damaging pests, Linda Bellamy is bombarded by grim budget news. The veteran bug-trapper is a supervisor with the county agricultural commissioner's insect detection program, the first line of defense in preventing injurious pests from gaining a foothold against the county's $1-billion farm industry.
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September 2, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although she is new to farming, Ojai apple grower Esther Wachtell wanted her grandkids to know something about the traditions of Ventura County agriculture and the workings of the harvest. So, as creator of Eve's Apples, she supplied a little temptation. Money. Five dollars an hour, to be exact. With that, she put five of her grade-school-age grandchildren to work last month sorting, sizing and shipping the Crimson Galas that sprout every summer in a 10-acre orchard at her Oak Knoll Ranch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1997 | BRENDA LOREE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County growers should not be alarmed about Tuesday's discovery of a sixth reproducing Mediterranean fruit fly in South-Central Los Angeles, agriculture officials say. "I don't anticipate this discovery has any implications for Ventura County at all," said Larry Hawkins, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kerry Bustamante, Ventura County's deputy agricultural commissioner, agreed that the small infestation 40 miles south of the county line poses no immediate threat.
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July 6, 1997
Ventura County Farm Bureau Executive Director Rex Laird likes the old line about a ham-and-egg breakfast: "The chicken contributes to it, but the pig makes a total commitment."
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