June 2016   
Top: Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko (center) poses with the first-place plaque with, from left: Scott Donoho of The Toro Company, Karen Matsuyama of Toyota, Craig Jones of Ventura Water, Rhonda Glasscock of Toyota, Steve Creech of the Wyland Foundation, Vivian Panou of Earth Friendly Products and Shana Epstein of Ventura Water. Bottom Left: Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko spins the raffle before picking the winner of the Toyota Prius.

Ventura Wins the 5th
National Mayor's Challenge
for Water Conservation

The city of Ventura and its residents have been nationally recognized for pledging to conserve water and cut pollution.
Ventura placed first in the fifth annual Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, which ran from April 1-30. The contest asked residents to pledge online to conserve water, and Ventura had the highest percentage of pledges for cities with populations between 100,000 and 299,999. Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, placed second in Ventura's population category.
Wyland spokesman Steve Creech presented Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko with the first-place plaque during a noontime ceremony on the steps of Ventura City Hall on May 19. Nasarenko congratulated the Ventura residents who pledged at www.mywaterpledge.com, saying their efforts will save over 26 million gallons of water. Venturans also pledged to reduce their use of single-use plastic bottles by 48,931, eliminate 1,172 pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds, and cut the amount of waste sent to landfills by 562,475 pounds.
Overall, 4,100 cities across the U.S. participated, with residents making pledges to reduce their water use at home, around the yard, and in their lives. Other winning cities were: Laguna Beach (5,000-29,999 residents); Andover, Minn. (30,000-
99,999); Aurora, Colo. (300,000-599,999) and Boston (600,000-plus).
Participating residents from the winning cities were entered into a contest to win a 2016 Toyota Prius. The winning ticket went to Jim Schoepflin of Aurora, Colo. Congratulations to Ventura Water for helping the city of Ventura win.
Lifeguards Return to Ventura Harbor Beaches this Summer

Daily lifeguard services began Memorial Day weekend at all Ventura Harbor beaches off of Spinnaker Drive. These services are funded by the Ventura Port District, which contracts with California State Parks, and services are provided through Labor Day weekend.  Harbor Cove will have a daily lifeguard from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the South Beach/Surfer's Knoll area will have a lifeguard from 11 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. daily.
The Ventura Port District and Harbor Patrol place a high priority on public safety and always advise beachgoers to swim by guarded lifeguard towers. However, if you want to dip your toes in the water, Harbor Cove Beach at the end of Spinnaker Drive is recommended for swimming. Small watercraft and paddling vessels are also allowed, outside of the roped swim zone. Beachgoers should also be advised of all beach signage. Lifeguard coverage is subject to change due to crowd and environmental conditions.
Parking and restrooms are available at both beach parking lots and street parking is available on Spinnaker Drive. Harbor Cove Beach Café and Ventura Harbor Village offer beachgoers dining options, and Harbor Village shops carry hats, swimwear, beach gear, rentals and more. Visit www.VenturaHarbor.com.
Security Expert David Fukutomi
of Camarillo appointed to
CMHS Board of Trustees
David Fukutomi, a prominent government and private sector consultant specializing in security and emergency management, has been appointed as a member of Community Memorial Health System's Board of Trustees.
Fukutomi has held a number of consulting positions in a career spanning over 20 years. His government service has included stints with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. He has served as a consultant to various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S Department of Veterans Affairs and State of California.
A Camarillo resident, Fukutomi also has served in management positions with national firms and is adjunct staff at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, where he leads the Center's Pacific Executive Leaders Program. Fukutomi also serves as board present of Pier into the Future, the Ventura Pier's nonprofit.
To Recycle or Not to Recycle?
That's the Question... 

By Harrison Industries 
Two items that are commonly asked about are pizza boxes and cartons. Let's discuss! All cartons can be recycled: milk, juice, soup, wine, etc. Place all of these recyclable cartons in your recycle bin. Pizza boxes that are clean - meaning they are without slices of pizza or large amounts of grease and cheese left inside - are also recyclable. Pizza boxes that have slices of pizza left inside or have large amounts of grease and cheese cannot be recycled. The grease and cheese that seeps from the box cause contamination once it's mixed with other cardboard and recyclables.
Also: Check your June 15 trash bills for the summer issue of Trash Flash. Harrison residential customers in Ventura, Fillmore, Ojai and Carpinteria will get all the latest news from Harrison from their Summer Trash Flash newsletters that will be mailed with their trash bills on June 15. Learn more about Harrison's new compressed natural gas fueling station in Saticoy and Harrison's new and innovative Storm Water Treatment System, among other news.
Whales & Sails ~ On the Water Fun This Summer at Ventura Harbor

Is your family looking for fun on the water this summer in Ventura County?If so check out the Ventura Yacht Club Junior Sailing Camp for Kids and Teens. Weekly sessions run through Friday, Aug. 19 in the Ventura Harbor, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. This long-running camp offers children and teens ages 8-18 a chance to spend an entire week learning to sail small, one- and two-person boats. Students learn the basics of sailing, strategy, sportsmanship and safety from experienced instructors. Campers learn to rig and sail the boats and compete in short races. Camps are $195 per session and there is a $25 sibling discount per session. (805) 642-0426 or www.vycyouthsailing.org.
Whale watching is always a thrill too and Island Packers offers trips for Blue & Humpback Whale Watching through Sept. 11, 2016. See the whales and enjoy a day on the ocean with great views of the Channel Islands. Humpback and Blue whales are attracted to the local area in summer and feed upon plankton. Typically the ocean conditions that produce this feeding phenomenon occur between June and September. From June-September, Island Packers offers an all-day whale watching excursion to Santa Rosa Island with a visit to Painted Cave (weather permitting) on Santa Cruz Island - an experience not to be missed! (805) 642-1393 or www.IslandPackers.com.
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Congratulations to Our Clients!

By Stan Whisenhunt

Whisenhunt Communications would like to congratulate our clients that were named winners in the Ventura County Star newspaper's Readers' Choice 2016 contest that wrapped up in May. Results were published in the Star on May 29.
  • Primary Medical Group was named the winner for Family Doctor/Surgeon in West County.
  • Carey & Hanna Tax & Wealth Planners won in the Financial Services category for West County and Carey & Hanna also were deemed among the Favorites in East county. 
  • Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura was the West County winner for hospitals.
  • Ventura Harbor Village was named a West County Favorite place to take visitors.
  • Dr. Carey Chronis was named a West County Favorite pediatrician.
Thanks to these clients - and all our clients - for allowing Whisenhunt Communications to help you with your marketing and publicity needs. 
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Community Memorial Health System (CMHS)
Harrison Industries
VYC Youth Sailing and Island Packers

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