May 2012   
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Ventura City Council  

Approves New Water and Wastewater Rate Structure    


Ventura Water logoFollowing a May 21 public hearing, the Ventura City Council unanimously approved new water and wastewater rate structures and increases for the next two years.

If the Council votes to adopt the final ordinance on June 4, the rates will be effective July 4, 2012 and July 1, 2013. The funds generated by the new rates will primarily be used to renew Ventura's aging water and wastewater systems and replace aging pipes and facilities. The approved water rate structure includes water usage tier changes as well as higher service charges. The residential wastewater charge, set annually every July for the following year, will be calculated based on each customer's average winter water use. A separate "Estuary Protection" line item will also appear on wastewater bills to fund planning for a water reuse program.

A new Cost of Service study recommended restructuring and increases to establish more equitable and sustainable rates. The study process started in October 2011 and included input from a citizen Advisory Committee of Ventura residents and customers who attended the Committee's public meetings.

Whisenhunt Communications assisted Ventura Water in publicizing public meetings and getting the word out about the new study and rate structure changes. Info:

Assemblyman Gorell to Speak at Ivy Lawn Memorial Day Service


Assemblyman Jeff Gorell Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), who returned home in March after serving a year in Afghanistan as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, will be the keynote speaker at the 41st annual Memorial Day service at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura on Monday, May 28.

The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. and will run until noon. The public is welcome to attend.

Gorell, a former Ventura County deputy district attorney, represents the 37th District in the California Assembly. Just before the Nov. 2, 2010 general election, he announced that he was being deployed to Afghanistan on March 18, 2011. Upon winning, Gorell spent less than three months in office before becoming the first sitting California lawmaker since World War II to be called into active military duty overseas.

 Ivy Lawn Memorial Park is located at 5400 Valentine Road. Information: 642-1055.

WC Creates Brochure for OUHSD's Transportation Academy


Whisenhunt Communications writer John Cressy and graphic artist Cindy Daly have created a six-panel brochure for the Oxnard Union High School District on its new Transportation Technology Academy at Channel Islands High School.

The academy, opening in the fall, is a "school within a school" that provides students planning careers in the automobile and airline industries as well as other transportation fields the opportunity to gain specialized knowledge and training while in high school.

Students who enroll will take specialized classes focusing on transportation and have access to computers, virtual textbooks, online factory repair manuals and other training aids. All equipment in the Transportation Technology Center is "Industry Standard," the same used in local shops.

The Transportation Technology Academy's is just one of several academy brochures WC has crafted for the Oxnard Union High School District in recent years.

WC Helps Produce Harrison Industries Recycling Video    


Want to know what happens to the materials that residential and commercial customers of Harrison Industries place in their trash, yard waste and recyclables containers? Just click on to the video below to find out.

Whisenhunt Communications joined Martin Good Productions of Santa Ynez to produce the 12-minute educational video that will take you through the recycling process, step by step. You'll see how recyclables once destined toward our landfills are sorted at  Gold Coast Recycling Center & Transfer Station in Ventura for reuse, and how grass clippings, tree branches and other yard waste are transformed into organic mulches and soil amendments by Harrison's other strategic partner, Agromin.

Harrison Industries' motto is "Moving toward Zero Waste," and the company is eager to share with the public the positive effects of recycling on the economy and our environment. Harrison is making the video available to community groups, nonprofit organizations and schools free of charge.

Call 647-1414 for more information or go to
Harrison Industries - Recycling for a better tomorrow
Harrison Industries - Recycling for a better tomorrow

CMH Celebrating Cancer
Survivors on June 3


cmh logoCommunity Memorial Hospital's Cancer Resource Center will be holding a Cancer Survivors Day celebration to honor cancer survivors on Sunday, June 3.   


The event will include food, games, raffles and speakers. The event is a celebration of life and hope. The celebration will begin at 11:30 at the Ventura Beach Marriott in Ventura.   

Cancer Survivors Day celebration is a collaborative effort of Community Memorial Health System, the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.  Reservations are required. Please call 652-5459 or go to
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Take a look at the  Whisenhunt Communications website - - and you'll notice that the site has a fresh, new look.

Whisenhunt Communications Graphic Designer Cindy Daly has given the site a makeover to add many new features about the company, who we are and what we do.

Our newly designed website is easier to navigate. You'll still find a list of the services WC offers; an active, current client list; samples of our marketing materials; and some background information about Stan Whisenhunt and the professional writers and graphic designers who help make your messages come to life.

Now there's more on the site. The website links to all the archives of our monthly News Flash e-newsletter and there's a link to press releases about us and our clients.

So if you haven't been to lately, please click on over and see what we've done to make our website easier to read, more attractive and more informative. Maybe you'll decide that your company's website is looking a little stale or is outdated and needs a facelift too - and give us a call.

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Oxnard Union High School District
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