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August 25, 1991 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a decade, Hells Angels spokesman George Christie Jr. has cultivated the image of an upstanding citizen whose motorcycle gang has been harassed by law enforcement and whose own Ventura chapter is squeaky clean. Christie ran a leg of the Olympic Torch charity relay in 1984. He hosted a barbecue for jurors after his murder-for-hire acquittal in 1987. He was a guest speaker in Ventura high school and college classes last year on the ethics of journalists and prosecutors.
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January 5, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A Ventura High School band tutor was arrested Thursday on suspicion of engaging in sexual acts with one of his underage students, authorities said. Stephen Ridley, 33, of Beverly Hills was charged with two felony counts of having illegal sex with a juvenile and booked into Ventura County Jail. His bail was set at $100,000. Sheriff's deputies found Ridley and the 17-year-old girl engaging in sex acts inside his parked car about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 30, officials said.
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February 4, 1994 | MAIA DAVIS
Ventura High School has appointed two new swim coaches to replace Dale Hahn, the teacher who was suspended last month after allegations that he had sex with two students and had made sexually suggestive comments to others. John Silver has been promoted from assistant swim coach to head coach for the boys, and teacher Rita Darling has been named head swim coach for the girls, Ventura High Principal Jerry Barshay said. Darling teaches English and physical education at the school.
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January 4, 2005 | Eric Sondheimer
Colin Campbell wears wire-rim glasses, giving a Clark Kent-like quality to someone you'd never imagine could dunk a basketball off an alley-oop pass. In fact, if he were standing among a group of high school students, no one would pick him out as one of the fastest, most athletic teenagers in California. It's as if he turns into a superhero whenever he puts on a uniform. His powerful legs start churning and everyone can see the athletic gifts he possesses.
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May 4, 1991 | ADRIANNE GOODMAN
Ventura High School students, alumni and staff will hold a fund-raiser on campus today to raise money to replace the school's swimming pool. The old pool, which had a cracked foundation and was leaking water, was closed last year. Construction of a new pool is under way. The fund-raiser will feature a barbecue, auction, door prizes and music provided by Bill Snyder and his Little Red Schoolhouse Band, said Dorothy Graham, a 1930 Ventura High graduate.
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June 15, 1994 | MAIA DAVIS
Completing the shake-up of the Ventura High School administration that began this spring, the Ventura school board on Tuesday named three new assistant principals for the school. Sylvia Camiel, a counselor at high school in Santa Barbara County; Larry Emrich, an assistant principal from Fillmore high School, and Larry Koontz, a counselor at Ventura High, will take over as assistant principals at the school on July 1. They are replacing Assistant Principals Helena Torres-Reaves, Diane Wootton.
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September 9, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
Police are investigating a two-car collision that sent three people to the hospital Sunday night with minor and moderate injuries, authorities said. The crash occurred about 6:25 p.m. at Main and Catalina streets near Ventura High School, and involved a Dodge Shadow driven by Rudy Rocha, 20, of Ventura, and a Volvo sedan with seven occupants. Rocha said he and a passenger were heading west on Main Street when the Volvo turned left in front of him. "It just came out from nowhere," Rocha said.
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November 21, 1991
When Patti Post started teaching art at Ventura High School eight years ago, she says, she already knew that "there were things that I wanted to do, and there wasn't money for them." She decided to do them anyway, with the help of state grants or any other money she could find, even out of her own pocket. "My husband has me on a budget," she confesses. "I was spending about $1,000 a year on school. . . . I still am."
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February 10, 1994 | SCOTT HADLY
Former Ventura High School football coach Harvey Kochel was released from prison Saturday after serving one year of a two-year sentence for having a nine-month sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student, a Department of Corrections spokesman said. Kochel was released on good behavior from the Avenal State Prison in Kings County, said Art Flores, a Ventura parole supervisor for the Department of Corrections. Kochel must register as a sex offender as part of his three-year parole, Flores said.
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March 11, 1996 | MIGUEL HELFT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Stop," John Werth said. Baton in hand, he shook his head back and forth. "Every time we play, it gets a little slower. Let's try again." The 30-piece wind ensemble began its rendition of a Bach prelude and fugue one more time. "Stop. Stop. Stop," the Ventura High School music teacher interrupted again. "Come on saxophones, learn your part." Then, turning toward the drummer, he said, "You are a beat late, which is not acceptable under any circumstances."
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March 15, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
There was a time when Principal Joe Bova had to hunt for new students, searching far and wide for youngsters to fill slots at Ventura's magnet high school after it opened nearly four years ago. Not anymore. Word is out on Foothill Technology High School. And now prospective students, drawn by the school's innovative approach to learning and its growing reputation as an academic powerhouse, are on waiting lists to get in.
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April 4, 2003 | Jenifer Ragland, Times Staff Writer
As lunchtime approaches at Pacific High School in Ventura, the cafeteria buzzes with a distinctly new sound: blenders. They are churning up thick, fruity concoctions with names like "Pat's Strawberry Banana Creation" and "The Clown's Mango Madness." And, school officials hope, they are providing a healthy alternative for teenagers who might otherwise opt for sticky-sweet soda.
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November 6, 2002 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Whitney Kellerhouse smiled cheerfully, reshuffled a pile of papers and scanned the silent room for someone, anyone, in need of assistance. No luck. Scattered around the cafeteria of Ventura's Will Rogers Elementary School, voters quietly punched their ballots and went on their way. "I took a training class last week," said Whitney, 17. "But I hope we don't have to deal with hanging chads."
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April 26, 2002 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County high schools need more security, including perimeter fences, surveillance cameras and police officers to further reduce the chances of a Columbine-type incident, according to a grand jury report released Thursday. Despite the panel's lengthy and pointed recommendations, several school officials said that turning campuses into prison-like environments would not stop a gunman and sends the wrong message to the community.
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April 13, 2002 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moorpark High School won a key portion of the brain-draining Super Quiz contest Friday at the U.S. Academic Decathlon, bringing the Ventura County powerhouse one step closer to recapturing the national title the school won three years ago.
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January 12, 2002 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moorpark High School senior Sheena Sidhu knew she had been studying way too much when highlighters began cropping up in her dreams. Sheena, 17, has spent nearly 1,000 hours poring over mounds of study material in preparation for this year's Academic Decathlon, the nation's premier scholastic competition. Her collection of bright-colored pens has kept her organized--and, oftentimes, sane. "If I can't find a highlighter, I start to panic," Sheena said.
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September 26, 1991 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
School is in session. The lunch bell--well, the lunch tone--sounds, and the student body spills out onto the grass and palm tree-lined quad area of Ventura High School. Most people here probably have little time or interest to look around or dwell on the heritage of the 61-year-old, 33-acre property. That's the story of our lives. But down there on the Main Street campus sits a slice of history, as told through architecture both in existence and in memory.
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September 3, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is what artists do, Patti Post says. They create from scratch. They erase and rebuild. They take what the world has dealt them and turn it into something beautiful. So 10 weeks after a fire ravaged the 30-year teacher's nationally recognized art program at Ventura High School, reducing paintings, sculptures, handmade drawing benches and decades of teaching materials to ash, that is what she has done. This time her canvas was a drab, portable classroom.
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August 11, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV and JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ten candidates filed paperwork Friday to challenge four incumbents in the Nov. 6 election for seats on the Ventura City Council. Meanwhile, three incumbents and at least one challenger have filed paperwork in the Ventura Unified School District race. In the City Council race, incumbents Brian Brennan, 49, Donna DePaola, 48, Jim Monahan, 66, and Sandy Smith, 50, filed paperwork indicating they would seek reelection to the seven-member council.
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