January 2013   
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Ventura Port District Secures Federal Funds to Dredge
Ventura Harbor



Good news to report: The Ventura Port District will receive $2.5 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for dredging at Ventura Harbor. 



The Port District received the news earlier this month following a broad collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. 


The Port District wishes to thank those in the local commercial fishing industry, the National Park Service, recreational boaters and our local government officials who helped with the effort.


Over the last 10 months a delegation of Port District and City officials made numerous trips to Los Angeles, Oakland and Washington D.C. in an effort to secure federal funds for dredging after it was announced that for the first time in 30 years, the President's 2013 budget did not include funding for dredging. Dredging is essential to keeping the harbor open and will get underway soon.


All members of the Board of Port Commissioners played a role in this effort. Special thanks go to Commissioners Greg Carson, the late Keith Turner and Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy for their leadership roles. The team also included Port District General Manager Oscar Peņa and Dredging Program Manager Richard Parsons. 


Thanks also go out to Reps. Lois Capps, Elton Gallegly, Julia Brownley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who pressed the government for the funds. They noted in numerous letters that stopping dredging would devastate the local fishing industry, the National Park Service and recreational boaters, plus cost the region thousands of jobs and millions of dollars.

Harrisons Wrap 80th Anniversary Celebrations in Camarillo


Harrison celebrates 80th anniversary with the Camarillo Chamber
The Harrison family celebrates their 80th anniversary with the Camarillo Chamber at the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo.

Harrison Industries held the last of its several 80th-anniversary celebrations at the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club in mid-January.


The event capped a yearlong series of celebrations in which the Harrisons observed their anniversary milestone in the various cities they serve. 


The Camarillo celebration was hosted by the Harrisons as part of a mixer by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. The event raised more than $500 in contributions for the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club.


Camarillo Councilman Mike Morgan gave a short speech thanking the Harrisons for their many years of service to Camarillo businesses and residents.


Earlier celebrations were held in Ventura, Carpinteria, Ojai, Fillmore and Thousand Oaks, with money raised for nonprofits at each venue. Numerous elected officials turned out at the various events, including outgoing Congressman Elton Gallegly, Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett and County Sheriff Geoff Dean.


Also honoring Harrison over the course of the company's 80-year anniversary were a number of city officials, including Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy and council members Cheryl Heitmann, Carl Morehouse and Christy Weir; Carpinteria Councilman Gregg Carty; former Ojai Councilwoman Sue Horgan; and former Fillmore Mayor Gayle Washburn.

Federal Financial Aid Management Firm Introduces New Website


Shamrocks Unlimited website With the introduction of its new website, Shamrocks Unlimited, Inc., a Federal financial aid management firm, now has an even greater bank of resources available to help its client colleges and schools access vital Federal student financial aid information.


In business since 1977, Ventura-based Shamrocks works as a conduit and servicer for postsecondary schools participating in Federal student financial aid programs.


A full list of its services and resources is outlined at www.shamrocksunlimited.com. Whisenhunt Communications graphic artist Cindy Daly designed the new website.


The new website provides a list of the many financial aid services and resources available to colleges, schools and students. The site also features regularly updated posts with events and information vital to student aid programs, including Federal Pell Grants and Direct Loans for students and parents.


"In addition to administering Federal Title IV funds, we are also an educational consulting firm providing professional services and support to assist colleges and schools in their interactions with state departments of education and national accrediting agencies," said Shamrocks founder and CEO Tim O'Neil. He added, "Service is our most important product."


Shamrocks Unlimited, Inc. is located at 674 County Square Drive, Suite 302, in Ventura. Call 642-2988 or email info@shamrocksfa.com.

First Wall of New Community Memorial Hospital Takes Shape


CMH rendering of future hospital Congratulations are due to Community Memorial Hospital: The first wall of the new Ventura hospital was poured on Jan. 17. 


The six-story, 325,000-square-foot hospital is being built next to the current hospital at 147 N. Brent St. and is scheduled to open in 2015. It will have 250 private rooms, comfortable space for families and a healing garden on the grounds. 


The new CMH, which meets seismic demands, also will have a larger Emergency Room and greater imaging capability than the present hospital. It also will have additional Heart Catheterization labs, expanded Intensive Care and Cardiac Care Recovery Units, and a larger Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The hospital's 10 surgical theaters will have leading-edge medical technology.


The new hospital will meet the needs of the community for the next 50 years, said Gary Wilde, President and CEO of Community Memorial Health System, and will feature environmentally friendly "green" components such as triple-paneled glass windows that will reduce heating and air-conditioning costs.


The current 242-bed hospital was built in 1962. Previous hospitals in the 110-year history of Community Memorial Health System were the Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital, built in 1901, and Foster Memorial Hospital, built in 1930.

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for 2013


It's the season of renewal and recommitment, and applying both to your business will help you thrive in the New Year. One of the best ways to re-energize for 2013 is to do some cleaning - business cleaning, that is.


Here are some tips to get you going, and just like cleaning out your closet at home, when you're done, we promise you'll feel better prepared to continue with your work.


  1. Clean out your contacts from your computer. Check to make sure you merge double and triple-listed contacts and that you even know the person on your list.
  2. Gather your papers and files that are relevant to last year only and box them up. Store them nearby in case you need to find something fast, but otherwise, get them off your desk.
  3. File your receipts from the last year. If you're working on a fiscal year instead of a calendar year, you can still start prepping the receipts for year-end numbers and get a jump-start on the paperwork.
  4. Clean out your desk drawers. Really. Right now. Have a trashcan nearby and don't be afraid to toss broken rubber bands, leaking pens, old granola bars and those other travesties we sometimes ignore when we're busy. Also, invest in some new office supplies just to spruce things up on your desk. It will make you smile.
  5. Check your voicemail's outgoing message and change it for the New Year. Even if you say the same thing, try to sound happier about it.
  6. Are your personal mementos outdated? Your children are in college, and you still have their toddler birthday pictures in front of you, and that's only because you haven't bothered to change them. Change them now. Again, it's another smile.
  7. What about your desk chair? Does it feel like you're sitting on a tire (or a flat tire)? Maybe it's time to purchase or requisition another chair. Don't be afraid to ask. If you work at a desk all day, your chair can be your best friend or your worst enemy. The same goes for other equipment like desk lamps.
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