May 2015    

'Harbor Views' Newsletter in the May 27 Ventura Breeze Newspaper


Don't miss grabbing a copy of the free Ventura Breeze newspaper on Wednesday May 27. This issue of the Breeze will include a color print copy of the new summer and fall Harbor Views newsletter from the Ventura Port District.


Whisenhunt Communications works with the Ventura Port District to bring local residents and tourists alike all the news, information, happenings and activities planned for Ventura Harbor and Harbor Village year-round in Harbor Views.

The summer/fall 2015 issue includes news for a great summer, including a round-up of activities and events at the harbor and Ventura Harbor Village; a story about a new fresh fish market, stores and restaurants coming this summer; and a listing of ocean-fun activities for the whole family. Read about the new Port District Harbormaster, John Higgins, and the retirement of previous Harbormaster Scott Miller. You'll also find news about a new and unique oceans exhibit now open at the Channel Islands National Park visitor center and how to take a free trolley to Ventura Harbor. 

An electronic copy of the Harbor Views newsletter is also available online at

New Conservation Rebate Program for Ventura Water Customers


Take advantage of financial incentives to "wise-up" your landscape!


The Ventura City Council approved a new incentive program on March 9 for Ventura Water customers to reduce outside water use. The incentive plan, coming this summer, focuses on more efficient irrigation devices and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to water-thirsty grass. Some artificial turf is allowed if permeable (water can pass through it); hardscapes like concrete or brick patios in lieu of turf are not eligible for a rebate. 


Here are the details:

  • Sign-up for the Ventura Water Pipeline Newsletter to receive notification when the program starts. 
  • For properties under 1 acre: turf removal rebate is capped at $800.
  • For properties over 1 acre: turf removal rebate is capped at $1,600.
  • Incentives of up to $300 are also available for other measures like buying mulch, converting to drip irrigation or installing water-efficiency devices.
  • Rebates will not be issued retroactively for lawns removed prior to the program's launch date because there is no way to verify that all the requirements were met.
  • Read more details about the incentive program here

Here's how the process works:

  • Customer applies online or in person with Ventura Water Department.
  • A program representative will come out to your property to verify your eligibility.
  • Once approved, you have 120 days to complete the project.
  • Rebates will be issued after the customer receives a pre-installation inspection and has completed and all the recommended activities outlined in the Terms and Conditions of the program.
  • Program may end at any time due to funding cuts.  

Get started by signing up for the Pipeline E-News Today!


Reminder: A public hearing on the proposed new water shortage rates and codifying the Water Shortage Stages is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 8. in the Ventura City Council Chambers, 501 Poli Street, Ventura. Public comments are welcome.

VC Board of Supervisors 

Honors Oxnard Employee for Environmental Efforts


(L to R) Barbara Wulf, Trish Honigsberg and County Supervisor John Zaragoza.

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors honored five local environmental champions at its April 21, 2015 board meeting for Earth Day. Among the honorees was Trish Honigsberg from the city of Oxnard. Honigsberg has dedicated 14 years of her career with the city of Oxnard to organizing successful Earth Day events that educate the community about environmental causes and feature environmental exhibit booths with hands-on activities and helpful information on everything from reducing water bills through conservation to earth-friendly gardening practices.


Oxnard's Earth Day event grows bigger and more popular due to Honigsberg's efforts. She has helped to develop mass media recycling and educational outreach programs for residents and businesses, such as Coastal Cleanup Day, composting workshops, special events at the Del Norte Recycling Center: America Recycles Day and Cash for Cans. In 2005, Honigsberg received the "Most Comprehensive Program" award for Used Collection from the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

Other honorees were: Ron Bottorff, founder and chair of the Friends of the Santa Clara River; Superintendent Dr. Tony Knight of the Oak Park Unified School District; the Midtown Ventura Community Council; and Boy Scout Troop 605, Ronald Reagan District, which was responsible for the "Taking Back Our Community" cleanup program in Moorpark.

CMH Hosts Celebration for
Cancer Survivors on June 6


On Saturday, June 6, Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura will be holding a Cancer Survivors Day celebration to honor cancer survivors.   


A "cancer survivor" is anyone living with a history of cancer - from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, which reports that an estimated 12 million Americans are cancer survivors.  


The celebration includes lunch, program, entertainment, raffles and more. The event is a celebration of life and hope. The celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Ventura Beach Marriott located in Ventura.   


The Cancer Resource Center, in conjunction with CMH personnel and the American Cancer Society, offers a variety of services designed to meet the needs of individuals faced with a diagnosis of cancer, as well as providing programs for family members, friends and the community-at large.  These services are offered free of charge in a comfortable, non-hospital setting.


Cancer Survivors Day celebration is a collaborative effort of CMH and the American Cancer Society. For more information or to make reservation, call (805) 652-5459.

Harrison Industries Co-Sponsors Two Upcoming Business Expos


Harrison Industries will be a major sponsor at two upcoming business expos. More than 65 exhibitor booths will highlight Ventura Chamber of Commerce's Spring Business Expo on Thursday, May 28. The expo's theme is, "The Patriot in Us All." The event will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort, 1050 Schooner Drive, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.


On June 2, Harrison will be a sponsor of the Camarillo Business Expo. The Camarillo expo will be held at the Camarillo Library from 4-7 p.m. Restaurants will be featured at this event and will be sampling items from their menus. The Expo, hosted by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, is open to the public and admission is free of charge. 

Petco Foundation Gives
$30,000 to the Santa Paula
Animal Rescue Center


The Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (S.P.A.R.C.) of Ventura County today announced that it has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its "Teach the Children" program.


The Petco Foundation investment will help to expand local community outreach through specific training and education, which will allow S.P.A.R.C. to significantly increase the number of animals who find their "forever homes;" decrease the number of abused, injured and abandoned animals; help identify and find solutions to keeping a companion animal in its home; and continue to build a community- based infrastructure which will translate to any community and help to end the unnecessary deaths of nearly four million animals each year.

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today, with more than 8,000 local animals welfare partners across the country, the Petco Foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco's more than 1,300 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal welfare organization, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs, and humane education. 


S.P.A.R.C. is a private, non-profit organization and is the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County. SPARC is a place where homeless animals are brought for humane care without risk of being killed due to lack of space, illness or injury. S.P.A.R.C. relies solely on private donations. Visit

Free Mammograms and Education offered at Community Outreach Day in Ventura


Community Memorial Health System's Healthy Women's Program is hosting a Community Outreach Day offering free mammograms and healthcare education to the first 35 women who qualify. This event will take place at the Center for Family Health in Ventura on Saturday, June 13.


The women will arrive early at the CFH office at 138 W. Main Street in Ventura, where they will be transported to The Breast Center at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, and then back to the Centers office.


The Healthy Women's Program provided through Community Memorial Health System benefits women in the community who are uninsured, under-insured or lack funds to pay for mammograms and follow-up treatment, if necessary. The program is made possible through funds raised by the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation's annual Gold Dust Gala, along with the generous support of the Wallis Foundation.


To find out if you qualify for this program, call 805/651-2661. 

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Better Sleep = Better Business


It's considered a rite of passage for an entrepreneur or small businessperson to work on very little sleep. However, the business community is embracing data that shows it pays to get good sleep as both a good health and a business strategy.


A recent article by the Business Insider titled, "Arianna Huffington Offers Tips for Getting a Better Night's Sleep," recalls Huffington's 2007 accident where she collapsed from exhaustion, cut her eye and broke her cheekbone. Since then, she has become one of the most vocal proponents of getting more sleep and adequate rest. 


Her new book "Thrive" has a large section dedicated to the subject. Huffington, the co-founder of the Huffington Post, offers her seven tips to better sleep:

  • Get a new pillow and a new pillowcase.
  • Make your bedroom darker and keep it cool.
  • Practice deep breathing before bed.
  • Take a warm bath before bed.
  • Exercise or at least walk every day.
  • Banish all LCD screens (laptops, tablets, smartphones, TV) at night.
  • Cut down on coffee after 2 p.m. and avoid alcohol right before bedtime to give the body time to metabolize it.

Business owners and workers, of course, have deadlines and work demands, but it's best to strive for balance in your life and get enough sleep. 


Source: Web Marketing Therapy

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Ventura Water
City of Oxnard
Community Memorial Hospital
Harrison Industries
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Community Memorial Health System (CMHS)

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