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December 14, 1999 | TINA DIRMANN
City officials posted warning signs Monday along several areas surrounding the Ventura Keys after as much as 600 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the Bayshore storm drain. The sewage discharged into the storm drain, which flows into the Ventura Keys at Peninsula Street and Bayshore Avenue, about 9 a.m. Monday, according to the county's Environmental Health Division. The cause of the spill was still unknown Monday evening.
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December 4, 2011 | Ronald D. White
Marshall Duffield is the first to admit that the Mojave Desert is a strange place to build boats. At a factory near Adelanto, Calif., his Duffy Electric Boat Co. turns out its buoyant products even though the only water for miles around -- the California Aqueduct -- isn't navigable. "If you had said that it would have ever come to this, that I would be building boats in the middle of a desert, I never would have believed it," said Duffield, the affable boat company owner known as Duffy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to take a first step toward a joint dredging program for the Ventura Keys, the City Council approved an agreement Monday to begin sampling the sediment in the waterways. The council authorized City Manager Donna Landeros to contract with Ventura-based Applied Engineering Technologies Inc. to begin sampling and testing. The entire process should not cost more than $33,270.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
The sailboats bobbing at backyard docks, the ocean breezes rippling the bougainvillea, the walkers greeting each other on their morning rounds: Ventura Keys was the picture of tranquillity until an unexplained stabbing took the life of a 61-year-old woman as she lay in bed. The death of Wendy DiRodio came two weeks after the slayings of Brock and Davina Husted, both 42, who encountered an intruder in their beach home just nine miles up the coast. They too were stabbed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1991 | RHONDA NOWAK
A Ventura attorney has filed a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, the city of Ventura and the county for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act at the Ventura Keys. The suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by Donald M. Adams Jr., alleges that the city and county are ignoring EPA water quality standards by continuing to allow the dumping of polluted water into the waterway surrounding the Ventura Keys subdivision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1991 | MACK REED
Residents of the Ventura Keys neighborhood packed City Council chambers Monday for a raucous hearing on the city's proposal to tax 299 Keys homeowners $1,680 a year for dredging silt from the waterways in their back yards. About 180 disgruntled Keys residents attended the meeting to protest the plan, which the city says is needed to finance clearing the waterways of sediment that drains from the Arundell Barranca.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1993 | JULIE FIELDS
An electrical fire destroyed part of a two-story house in the Ventura Keys neighborhood Monday, causing $80,000 worth of property and structural damage. The blaze at 2928 Surfrider Ave. was discovered about 8:30 a.m. by a neighbor, Doris Olsen, who heard glass in a bay window shattering from the heat. Olsen said she then saw flames shooting out of the home's front window. By the time firefighters arrived, the first floor was fully involved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
A Kern County Superior Court judge has disqualified himself from hearing a case in which residents of the Ventura Keys neighborhood have sued the city of Ventura. The decision by Richard Oberholzer came after Keys residents charged that his former job as Bakersfield city attorney could make him sympathetic to Ventura's position, said Donald Adams, a Ventura attorney and Keys resident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1991 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of 66 Ventura Keys homeowners sued the city of Ventura in Superior Court on Tuesday, seeking to block a plan to charge them each $1,680 a year to dredge silt out of their back-yard waterways. The homeowners in the luxury waterfront development filed the suit in an attempt to overturn the Porto Bello Maintenance District, which the City Council re-established Sept. 24 by a 6-1 vote. The action was taken over the raucous objections of Keys residents at a two-day hearing.
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September 17, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Kern County judge will hear arguments today on whether the Ventura City Council acted legally when it formed a special assessment district to dredge the Ventura Keys. Ventura Keys residents contend in a lawsuit that the city should pay most of the cost of cleaning up their back-yard canals because runoff from 28 city drains is largely responsible for polluting the waterways.
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June 5, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
Two weeks after a couple were stabbed to death in their beachfront home near Ventura, a 61-year-old woman was fatally stabbed at her home in an upscale waterfront neighborhood nine miles down the coast. The body of Wendy DiRodio was found in her locked first-floor bedroom in Ventura Keys about 3 p.m. Wednesday. There was more than one entry into the room, said Sgt. Jack Richards, a spokesman for the Ventura Police Department. Richards would not elaborate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2000
Re "Sounding the Alarm," Ventura County editorial, Dec. 19. This editorial stated that health officials were not consistently warning the public to stay out of polluted waters. In support of its criticism, The Times contrasted two sewage spills. One occurred Dec. 13, 1999, when "about 600 gallons" of untreated sewage discharged from a Ventura line and flowed into the Ventura Keys. The other occurred Oct. 1, 1998, when a flow initially estimated at 1,500 gallons of untreated sewage discharged from an Ojai Valley Sanitary District (OVSD)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1999 | TINA DIRMANN
City officials posted warning signs Monday along several areas surrounding the Ventura Keys after as much as 600 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the Bayshore storm drain. The sewage discharged into the storm drain, which flows into the Ventura Keys at Peninsula Street and Bayshore Avenue, about 9 a.m. Monday, according to the county's Environmental Health Division. The cause of the spill was still unknown Monday evening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Surfers who think the water looks more black than blue these days have nothing to worry about, city officials say. The dredged sand and silt being dumped into the surf and onto the beach in the Ventura Keys are safe, said Richard Parsons, manager of the city's dredging program. "It looks kind of unattractive, and sometimes it has a kind of odor," Parsons said. "But it's not hazardous." Since the dredging began in mid-February, surfers have been complaining about the color and smell of the water.
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October 8, 1998 | LEO SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Around noon Saturday, a yellow septic tank disguised as a submarine will descend a 5-foot-tall mound of sand on the beach near the Ventura Promenade. It will travel two miles down the shoreline and make a beeline for the Ventura Keys. At 2 p.m. Sunday, vehicles resembling a rolling shark, a 36-wheel school bus and a giant clam will take dips in the ocean, return to land and zigzag down the southern end of Seaward Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1998 | CHRIS CHI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A grease blockage in a city water main caused 14,000 gallons of raw sewage to leak into Ventura Harbor on Wednesday morning, prompting environmental officials to warn residents away from several beaches. The spill occurred about 10:50 a.m. when sewage began flowing into the Arundell Barranca, on Arundell Avenue near the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks.
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May 6, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Putting an end to one of the most bitterly disputed tax assessments in city history, the City Council voted 6 to 1 on Monday night to abandon an annual levy against Ventura Keys residents to dredge the canals that cut through the affluent community. Only Councilman Gary Tuttle voted no. The council also voted to begin a mediation process with Keys residents to try to move beyond costly lawsuits and arguments and focus on how much future dredging will cost and who will pay for it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No longer able to charge the residents of Ventura Keys to dredge the canals weaving through their properties, city officials say they want to "bury the hatchet" and start a mediation process. The process, to be considered by the City Council on Monday night, would attempt to put aside years of bitter tort litigation and instead focus on how much future dredging will cost and who will pay for it.
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