April 2016   
Join the 5th National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation- Take Your Pledge by April 30

Mayors across the nation, including Ventura Mayor Eric Nasarenko, pictured above, are asking residents to commit to conserving water and cutting pollution by participating in a national contest aimed at slashing water and energy use nationwide. Ventura participated for the first time last year in this contest and came in second place and is hoping to win first place this year. Let's help Ventura win by making a pledge!
Participating residents can win a Toyota Prius or thousands of dollars worth of other eco-friendly prizes and gift cards. The city of Ventura would win a water-efficient landscaping renovation at one of the city's pocket parks.
The Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation runs from April 1-30. Presented nationally by the Wyland Foundation with support from Toyota, the U.S. EPA's Office of Water, the U.S. Forest Service and others, mayors are challenging residents to conserve water and energy and reduce pollution for their city at www.mywaterpledge.com.
"I am joining in with mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and energy and in return Ventura can be recognized nationally for being the most water-wise city in America," Nasarenko said.

To participate, residents enter the name of their city at www.mywaterpledge.com and then pledge online to conserve water. Cities compete in the following population categories: 5,000-29,999 residents, 30,000-99,999 residents, 100,000-299,999 residents, 300,000-599,999 residents, and 600,000+ residents. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category are deemed the winner and residents from those cities are entered to win prizes. 

Go to www.mywaterpledge.com by April 30. 
Harrison Industries Celebrates
with the Public at the Ojai and Ventura Earth Day Events

Harrison Industries helped to spread the eco-friendly message of being kind to the planet at the Earth Day events held on April 23 this year in Ventura and Ojai.

Ventura's Earth Day Eco Fest drew thousands who enjoyed sunshine, food, musical entertainment, children's activities, education and a Green Auto Expo. Attending the event and manning an information table for Harrison was Harrison Industries food waste coordinator Donald Sealund. 

Ojai's celebration at Oak Grove School was "Trees for Our Valley." Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned Indian scholar and environmental activist, was the featured speaker. The Ojai event also included live entertainment, world food, environmental presentations and art and education exhibits. Sales representative Fred Lopez represented Harrison Industries at the Ojai event.
Strokes the Subject of
CMHS Seminar on May 17
The causes, symptoms and treatment of strokes will be the focus of a free seminar that Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, May 17.
Darshan Shah, M.D., who specializes in neurology and neuromuscular disease, will lead the discussion during the seminar to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard.
Strokes can cause a variety of symptoms, including blindness, paralysis, trouble walking, the inability to talk, slurred speech or an inability to understand language. Resulting disabilities limit independence and may include a risk for lifelong complications. Dr. Shah will cover the common signs and symptoms of stroke, stroke risk factors and its acute and chronic treatment and treatment of residual stroke symptoms.
Registration is free but reservations are required. Visit www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.
Harrison's State-of-the Art CNG Fueling Station Taking Form

Harrison Engineering Manager Mike Harrison, in front of the company's two CNG compressor units.
Harrison Industries has long been working to reduce its impact on climate change by understanding its carbon footprint. One component of Harrison's plan is to convert a majority of its diesel fleet to vehicles that run on clean-burning natural gas.

In 2006 Harrison opened the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in western Ventura County. The company has furthered its commitment to the environment by also adding 33 LNG-dedicated and 13 compressed natural gas (CNG)-dedicated trucks to the fleet. CNG has demonstrated itself as a highly efficient and reliable low carbon fuel for material collection vehicles. Harrison also added temporary CNG lines to its LNG fueling station to serve the CNG fleet until the new CNG station is operational.

Harrison is currently building a new CNG fueling station from a gas pipeline with 26 dispensers at the company's Saticoy yard. Construction is expected to be completed sometime this summer, reports Mike Harrison, engineering manager for Harrison Industries.

The gas line to the Saticoy yard has already been installed. What's left is completing installation of the CNG system's two 250-horsepower compressor units that will compress the gas to over 3,500 pounds per square inch into CNG, as well as completing the system's computerized monitoring unit and fueling stations.

Why move away from diesel to natural gas (CNG and LNG)? Here's why:
  • Natural gas is the safest of all hydrocarbon fuels, including propane and gasoline.
  • It is lighter than air so it floats upward and dissipates quickly, unlike propane and gasoline fumes that are heavier than air and much more highly flammable.
  • Natural gas is an environmentally friendly fuel and emits virtually no air quality emissions, and it is less carbon intensive than other transportation fuels. 
  • It has fewer emissions than coal, oil or gasoline due to its simple chemical composition - a molecule of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms (CH4). When methane is burned completely, the principal products of combustion are carbon dioxide and water vapor.
Fifth Annual Water: Take 1
Online Short Film Festival
Launches in September

Ventura Water's  Genreral Manager, Shana Epstein
Water enthusiasts and filmmakers...Get those creative juices flowing and start thinking about your next film entry now because Ventura Water's fifth Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival will open for submissions in September 2016.

Filmmakers worldwide are invited to submit short films of less than five minutes in any genre (animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, or sci-fi) that address the topic of water.

Not sure what your short film should look like? View the winning films from this year's contest at www.watertake1.com. Ventura Water celebrated this year's awards celebration at the Brooks Institute, which hosted the event. 48 films were entered this year and thousands of people worldwide watched and voted for their favorite films via the Water: Take 1 website, with a panel of jurors selecting the winners.

Ventura Water encourages local residents - especially students, film buffs and people interested in water, the environment and conservation - to submit a short film. Great prizes, including cash awards, are given in various categories. Go to www.watertake1.com.
Issue: 78
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Happy 150th
Birthday Ventura

By Stan Whisenhunt

I first met you in 1965 when I arrived to begin work as a young reporter for the Ventura Star-Free Press, which today is The Ventura County Star.

City Hall was on Santa Clara Street, a block from the old Star-Free Press building. The county government center was in the old courthouse at the peak of California Street.

Your population was less than 50,000.  It has more than doubled to 106,000-plus, but you have retained that small town charm that reminds me of "Cheers" where everyone knows your name.

I worked for the Star-Free Press for 24 years, the last 17 as managing editor. Our old downtown office no longer exists, having given way to a city parking garage.

You haven't been without controversies, such as the move of the county government center from Downtown to East Ventura, or the effort to establish a four-year university on the Taylor Ranch hillside overlooking Downtown. The university effort was quashed by slow-growth council members but, fortunately, the county got a university anyway, on the former Camarillo State Hospital property.  The old courthouse became a new city hall.  The old city hall site became a new U.S. post office building. In Ventura, things have a way of working out for the best.

You have also had your share of disasters, the most significant being the great floods of 1969, occurring exactly one month apart on Jan. 25 and Feb. 25. The first flood severely damaged Olivas Park Golf Course and Ventura Harbor. The second flood completed the destruction of both.  In between, on Jan. 28, the horrendous blowout of Platform A occurred, causing an oil spill that lasted for days, spewing some 100,000 barrels of oil into the sea, onto your beaches and into the harbor. The spill killed an estimated 3,500 sea birds and countless marine animals including dolphins, elephant seals and sea lions.

Then-councilman Dave Eaton and I played Olivas Golf Course the day before it was put out of commission by the first flood.  Later that year, he and I co-founded the R&A Golf Association, which is active to this day. The group's average age is 75, but we are still swinging clubs on Thursday afternoons, often at either Olivas Links or Buenaventura Golf Course.

You've had many impressive citizens over the years. One of the more interesting was Myra Harrison, co-founder of E.J. Harrison & Sons. She was a Venturan for two-thirds of your existence before she died in 2014, a few months shy of her hundredth birthday. Mrs. Harrison was born in Ventura just 49 years after your birth and baptized in the chapel of the San Buenaventura Mission, where her funeral services were held a century later.  She was a direct descendent of Lt. Jose Moraga, founder of the city of San Jose.

Her father, Elias Velarde, was superintendent of the wharf for almost 15 years in the early 1900s. The Ventura Pier was an active wharf for 64 years. It was built in 1872 at a cost of $45,000 and was the longest wooden pier in California. The pier has been severely damaged many times, but your proud citizens keep rallying on its behalf and it continues to stand firm against a sometimes angry ocean.

Like many long-time Venturans, I've found it hard to say no when asked to serve in this fair city. Over the years I've served on the boards of directors of the Ventura Chamber, the Ventura Boys & Girls Club, United Way, Ventura Yacht Club and as a commissioner on the Ventura Port District. 

Whenever we had visitors from outside the area, I would take them up to the Ventura cross where they could enjoy one of the more majestic views in the United States. A second stop would be to Ventura Harbor, which I consider your greatest asset.

I moved to Oxnard a year ago to fulfill a dream of living on a golf course (River Ridge Vineyard course).  But I will always consider myself a Venturan. After all, I was a resident for 50 years, a third of your existence. You're still a fine city and despite being 150, you wear your age well. May the next 150 years be good to you and your residents as the last 150.
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