May 2014    

CMH, OVCH Earn Top Marks in Star's 2014 Readers' Choice Awards


CMHWhisenhunt Communications congratulates our clients Community Memorial Hospital and Ojai Valley Community Hospital, which received top recognition in the Ventura County Star's 2014 Readers' Choice Winners & Favorites awards.


Community Memorial Hospital was the West County winner in the Hospital category, while Ojai Valley Community Hospital earned West County favorite designation. The newspaper's balloting was conducted online over a three-week period in January and February. The Star issued its Readers' Choice in its May 4 edition.


CMH and OVCH earned the recognition while in the midst of big changes for both medical facilities.


OVCH A new six-story, 325,000-square-foot hospital is being built next to the current 242-bed CMH, 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 103-bed Ojai hospital, meanwhile, is undergoing an extensive modernization project that includes construction of a new entry in the Spanish Colonial Revival style that better integrates the look of the facility within the Ojai Valley environment. It also includes construction of a new 60-bed Continuing Care Center (skilled nursing facility) to replace the existing CCC facility.

Solarize Ventura Program Makes Going Solar More Affordable

Mayor Cheryl Heitmann helps kick off the new Solarize Ventura program.
Mayor Cheryl Heitmann helps kick off the new Solarize Ventura program.

Underneath the solar panels in the parking lot at Patagonia's Ventura headquarters, Mayor Cheryl Heitmann and Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett recently helped kick off the new Solarize Ventura program that will make it simple and more affordable for Ventura homeowners to go solar.  


Through July and available exclusively to Ventura residents, the new Solarize Ventura program offers local homeowners discounted pricing, pre-vetted solar contractors and a free independent solar consultant. A federal tax credit of 30 percent of the total system's cost helps make solar even more affordable.  


This program is made possible through a partnership between the City of Ventura and the Community Environmental Council. Visit to learn more about the program and to find out about free homeowner workshops.


This article and others will appear in the Harrison Industries' Ventura Trash Flash publication which will be mailed to Ventura residents on June 13. The publication is produced by Whisenhunt Communications. 

Enter Ventura Water's Water: 

Take 1 Online Short Film Contest


Filmmakers who are passionate about water: start your cameras! The 3rd annual Water: Take 1 film contest is open and Ventura Water is looking for more creative participants. If you need inspiration, check out last year's top films at


There is plenty of time to make a film this summer and enter the contest. The "Early Bird" deadline to enter is Sept. 15 and the final deadline is Nov. 1. 


Water: Take 1 is an initiative of Ventura Water that highlights our relationship with water: how we look at it, how we use it and how we share it. Water: Take 1 presents the best water-themed short films - narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, live action - to a distinguished jury comprised of leaders in water and environmental issues, entertainment professionals and influential community members. 


In 2013, the Water: Take 1 campaign was honored as a top finalist for the Association of California Water Agencies' Huell Howser "Best in Blue" Award.


Ten finalists will be selected and presented to the jury for the grand prize award of $1,500, sponsored by Patagonia. The jury will also vote on a Best Student Short Film, presented by Kennedy/Jenks Consulting and Carollo Engineering, and that winner will receive a GoPro camera, a one-year subscription to and professional consulting services from Never Without A Picture. The public will vote for the Audience Choice Award, sponsored by E.J. Harrison and Sons. The film (and filmmaker) with the most views wins a 16 GB iPad 2. 

New Sushi Restaurant
Opens at Ventura Harbor


Sin Chol Kim
Owner Sin Chol Kim is a Japanese trained chef who has worked at popular sushi restaurants in Manhattan, New York City, and Las Vegas.

Maru Sushi & Grill is the new sushi and Korean fusion hot spot at Ventura Harbor Village, at the Ventura Harbor. If you're a sushi lover, give this new eatery a try and enjoy a visit to the shops by the sea.


Among the offerings are sushi rolls, noodle dishes, lunch boxes, teriyaki chicken, fresh fish and seafood, beverages and desserts. Diners also can enjoy great waterfront views.


Whisenhunt Communications welcomes Maru Sushi & Grill to the Harbor and wishes the restaurant much success. The Ventura Port District is a regular client of WC, and among the projects we coordinate is the Ventura Port District's newsletter, Harbor Views, which comes out in print periodically in the Ventura Breeze newspaper and on the Port District's website,


Maru Sushi Look for the Summer/Fall issue of Harbor Views in the June 11 issue of the Breeze, which is distributed around the Harbor and at other locations in Ventura and the Ojai Valley, or read Harbor Views online afterward.

Ventura Offers free Sustainability Kits to New Residents   


Sustainability Kit Americans generate about 250 million tons of trash a year - or about 4.5 pounds per person, per day! Much of this trash is generated by single-family and multi-family homes, so the City of Ventura has been diligent in educating the public about easy ways to be more sustainable at home.


Each year, city staff members engage with over 10,000 residents at community events where city officials give out free sustainability supplies. The city has found this to be a great way to educate the public. In an effort to expand its outreach, the city is reaching out to new residents to inform them of programs and events by offering a free sustainability kit. 


Each month, city staff mails out welcome letters to new residents published in the local paper. The residents are given a coupon to obtain a free kit that includes items promoting sustainability at home, including a reusable water bottle, reusable shopping bag, FOG items (for reduction of fats, oils and grease going down the drain), a compact fluorescent light bulb, water conservation devices such as shower heads and leak kits, and brochures and information about programs and events like the Household Hazardous Waste collection events. The bag itself is a reusable tote that can be used to carry recyclables from the home to the recycling bin.


If you are interested in obtaining a kit for your home, call the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division at 652-4525.


This article and others will appear in the Harrison Industries' Ventura Trash Flash publication which will be mailed to Ventura residents on June 13. The publication is produced by Whisenhunt Communications. 

Issue: 58
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Top 10 Media Mistakes


Knowing how to work with the media gives any business an advantage over the competition. Media relations is the art and science of crafting a message so it gets attention - and hopefully is reported favorably by the media. 


Here are some tips that can help spare you from being ignored or making the wrong impression. In other words, it's best NOT to do these things:


  • Sending unsolicited attachments with your e-mailed news release.
  • Using industry jargon that people outside your industry don't understand.
  • Calling reporters or editors to pitch a story when they are likely to be on deadline. 
  • Sending out a news release when you don't have anything newsworthy. 
  • Writing a boring headline on a news release and not providing the Five W's - Who, What, When, Where and Why.
  • Saying "No Comment" to a reporter's question/query. Explain as much as you can. By not commenting, you look as if you have something to hide. 
  • Being unprepared. Be sure to have two or three talking points and make sure everyone in your organization who will talk to the media is well versed on those points, and is available for an interview. 
  • Providing misleading or inaccurate information.


The writing team at Whisenhunt Communications is comprised of former journalists with decades of media experience throughout Southern California. We know the best ways to get your message across. 


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