November 2014    
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PCBT Honors A to Z Attorneys 

in Noted Professionals Section  


Robert N. Kwong and Melissa H. Sayer, attorneys with the Oxnard law firm of Arnold LaRochelle Mathews VanConas & Zirbel LLP (A to Z Law), were honored to be featured in the Oct. 24 issue of the Pacific Coast Business Times in the paper's special annual section, "Who's Who in Professional Services." Congratulations go out to both attorneys.

Sayer provides business counsel services to clients ranging from individual entrepreneurs and investors to mid-sized growth companies. She handles a variety of business related transactions from formation to complex business sales and actively involved in the community, serving on the board of directors for the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) and on the Strategic Advisory Committee for Women's Economic Ventures (WEV), an organization that assists low-income women become financially independent through business ownership. Sayer also serves as a business advisor providing pro bono legal advice to WEV participants and is a member of the faculty of the Ventura County Community Foundation Center for Non-Profit Leadership. 

Sayer was named one of Pacific Coast Business Times' Top 50 Women in Business for 2014 and one of Los Angeles' Women Leaders in the Law for 2014.

Kwong has over 25 years of experience in land use and environmental law. Prior to joining A to Z Law, Kwong was Assistant County Counsel for the County of Ventura for 11 years and he also advised the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission on many controversial land-use projects. Kwong further served as general counsel to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District and its staff, handling matters related to federal and state Clean Air Acts and regulations; air quality grant programs; permitting and enforcement issues. In this capacity, Kwong was on the forefront of Climate Change laws and regulations involving the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) and the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (SB 375). 

Kwong has been a featured speaker and presenter at land use and environmental conferences statewide for many years. He has been active in the Children's Hunger Fund, serving on the board of directors from 2008 to 2012, and as the Children's Hunger Fund's pro bono counsel since 2012. 


Whisenhunt Communications welcomed A to Z Law as a new client this year.

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Please Be Our Guest


Water: Take 1 Film Contest

Community Reception

"Leading By Example"


Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.


In partnership with our sponsors, Ventura Water is pleased to invite all community members to attend this year's Water: Take 1 special presentation on November 20, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel.


Event is free with RSVP


The reception's theme of "Leading by Example" highlights local companies and organizations that have:

  • Implemented sustainable water practices and policies for themselves and their clients
  • Upgraded their private and public spaces with a focus on water conservation, and
  • Otherwise demonstrated not only an acute awareness of the challenges facing our water supply, but have taken bold steps towards solutions.

These companies and organizations are paving the way for increased recognition and participation on the corporate as well as personal level to achieve water sustainability.


Ventura Water presents Water: Take 1, an Online Short Film Contest, to bring awareness to the issues surrounding our water future to a global audience. 




Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel

450 E. Harbor Blvd.

Ventura, CA 93001




RSVP To Water: Take 1 Event

All American Ballet's 'Nutcracker' Returns December 20 and  21

Get in the holiday spirit and take in a showing of the iconic "Nutcracker" ballet. All American Ballet "Nutcracker" tickets are now available for performances on December 20 and  21 at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center. Please go to to order tickets or call 650-6316.

Keeping Tabs on the New Community Memorial Hospital


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John Cressy 
and Stan Whisenhunt of Whisenhunt Communications met with Community Memorial Health System CEO Gary Wilde following a tour of the new Community Memorial Hospital under construction. John writes and distributes press releases for the hospital. 

CMH TourIt was one in about 40 tours CMHS is providing to community members. The six-story, 325,000-square-foot hospital is being built next to the current hospital and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015 or the winter of 2016. 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. 

Owner of Neglected Dogs Pleads Guilty; Dogs Placed for Adoption


SPARC logo The Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) is hoping to find loving homes for the "SPARC 17" in time for the holidays, now that Silvano Duran, the owner of 17 dogs seized in March from a Santa Paula home where animal cruelty had been suspected, has pleaded guilty. (One dog was returned to its owner after it was determined the dog was stolen and the owner was located.)


People interested in adopting the remaining dogs can contact SPARC. The dogs will be available after they have been spayed and neutered. SPARC is located at 705 E. Santa Barbara St. Call 805-525-8609 or visit


Silvano Duran appeared in Ventura County Superior Court on Tuesday, Oct. 14. He had been charged with 17 counts of failure to care for animals, all misdemeanors. Duran pleaded guilty to five counts and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Duran was also placed on probation for three years with probation terms that he not own any animals while on probation. Duran also must submit to a search of his home and car at any time for the presence of animals. 


The 17 dogs were confiscated from Duran's home after reports to Santa Paula Police of dog fighting. The 17 dogs - some found covered in blood, some suffering injuries, some loose in the yard and fighting, and some locked up in kennels - were transported to SPARC, a no-kill shelter where they received emergency veterinary care and continue to be cared for. Their breeds vary. Donations to SPARC are greatly appreciated.

Agromin Products Help Save
Water During Drought 


drought tolerant garden With no end in sight to the drought, have you considered removing your lawn and replacing it with wood chips and drought-tolerant plants? If so, Harrison Industries highly recommends wood chips, mulches and other soil products offered by their strategic partner, Agromin Premium Soil Products.


For the past two decades, Harrison Industries trucks have transported the grass clippings, tree branches and leaves placed in your tan curbside barrel to Agromin, which uses cutting-edge technology to convert almost 380,000 tons of yard waste materials each year into its organic mulches, compost, wood chips and other products that naturally fertilize plants and trees. As an added bonus, these products save water.


Mulching is essential to the survival of any landscape during a drought. Mulches will reduce the amount of water that evaporates from the soil, greatly reducing the need to water plants. Mulch also keeps soil cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, thus maintaining a more even soil temperature.


Agromin produces more than 200 eco-friendly premium soil products and sells them at over 40 retail locations in Ventura County and throughout Southern California, as well as online at

Water Summit Educates
Residents about Water,
the Drought and Conservation


Water summit About 200 community members attended the Summit on Water Conservation, held Oct. 25 at Ventura City Hall. Organized by Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ventura (Ventura Water), the four-hour event helped attendees learn more about California's three-year drought and what they can do to save water.


The summit featured a variety of informational sessions, including "Turf Alternatives," "Harvesting Your Own Graywater and Rainwater," "How to Save Water with Compost," Controlling Your Irrigation Controller" and "Water Saving Devices."


Water summit The hallway at City Hall was lined with informational exhibits by local environmental groups, conservation-oriented businesses and government officials. Ventura Water and the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division offered exhibits and giveaways.


Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein spoke about Ventura Water's ongoing efforts to reduce the city's water consumption by 20 percent, from limiting outdoor water use by residents and businesses to two days a week, to issuing the "dirty car" challenge that drew national attention. She also urged audience members to check for leaking toilets and faucets and to consider replacing their lawns with drought-resistant landscaping.


Whisenhunt Communications assists Ventura Water with many marketing projects, including writing, editing and designing Ventura Water's monthly Pipeline e-newsletter. Read the Pipeline at

Issue: 63
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25 Years
Whisenhunt Communications Celebrates
25 Years


By Stan Whisenhunt


Time flies when you are having fun. And I've had a lot of fun in the 25 years since I founded Whisenhunt Communications.


Next month my associatiates and I, along with a few "emeritus" associates, will be celebrating this special occasion.


I've been blessed since leaving the Ventura County Star in 1990 and forming my own company by having very talented and dedicated associates.


I think we have made a difference in our county, most especially in the field of education. We have helped the Ventura County Office of Education and numerous school districts over the years. A couple of our "emeritus" associates have gone on to develop careers in education. Melissa Wantz, who was my very first associate, left after 14 years to become one of the area's top teachers. Jake Finch, after 11 years with Whisenhunt Communications, has become the public relations and resource development officer for the Simi Valley School District.


John Cressy, who has done much publicity work for the Oxnard Union High School District, teaches writing to law enforcement personnel when he's not plying his writing, editing and photography trade with Whisenhunt Communications. This is his 14th year with our firm. 


At our annual celebration party next month, Joan Phelps, a graphic artist with WC for 13 years, will also join us. She retired last year to spend more time with her family. Also attending will be Marie Lakin, an excellent graphic artist with WC for 14 years before she ventured into a successful career in politics.


Melissa, John and Marie had worked for me at the Star, where I served 17 years as managing editor before venturing out on my own in the field of marketing and public relations.


Two other very special people will make our 25th celebration complete. Graphic artist Cindy Daly is in her 18th year with Whisenhunt Communications. I have never heard anything but the highest of praise about her from the various clients she has served. Writer/editor Amy Bentley is in her 13th year. Amy also worked at the Star for several years after I had left. She has become an incredible asset for our small firm. And, writer/editor Julie Price has made strong contributions to WC for eight years. 


Why do such talented folks stay with WC for so long? I'd like to think that, in part, it's because I give them the freedom first and foremost to be good parents and spouses, and I also allow them to express their creativity. The real reason, I suspect, is because they truly like working with and for our clients and helping the causes we have supported.  


The latest member of our team is photographer Kyle Sallee, who joined our ranks this year after earning high honors while attending Ventura College.  


It's been a great ride with some great people, serving some wonderful clients. I look forward to the next several years.

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A to Z Law Firm
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All American Ballet
Community Memorial Hospital
Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC)
Agromin/ Harrison Industries
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