Ventura

A Ventura County based performing arts venue which can’t bring audiences into its home has flipped the equation around, and is taking shows into people’s living rooms.  Because of the pandemic shutdowns, NAMBA is using its studio as a production house to create live streamed arts programming.

Loronzo DeStefano is Executive Director of the Ventura non-profit.  He says they are trying to keep it relevant during the pandemic by producing arts programming.


Tuesday was a bittersweet day for a restaurant and pub which is a downtown Ventura hot spot.  Business has been good, but the COVID-19 surge means that as of Wednesday, Dargan’s, like restaurants in 41 other California counties will lose their ability to offer indoor dining.

A South Coast community has launched an ambitious effort to create a new plan to serve as a blueprint to guide future development.  The City of Ventura has kicked off a General Plan update.

A car chase led to an officer involved shooting, and the death of the driver in Ventura County.

Only a few details have been released, but the chase started just after 7 Thursday night in Oxnard.  Police were chasing a vehicle which left Oxnard and headed into Ventura.

The 2020 election included a number of city council races in Ventura County. In the City of Ventura, Joe Schroeder, Mike Johnson, and Doug Halter are winners of City Council posts.  In Thousand Oaks, Al Adam and Joel Price were elected. 

n Oxnard, John Zaragoza was elected mayor, while Oscar Madrigal, Bryan MacDonald, and Vianey Lopez won council seats.

A judge has found a Ventura County gym in contempt of court for violating the county’s COVID-19 safety restrictions.

The judge found BSF Fitness of Ventura in content for 19 violations of a court-ordered preliminary injunction against indoor operations.  This comes on top of past contempt rulings against BSF.

The state opened the door this week for children's playgrounds to reopen, and some communities on the Central and South Coasts are doing it with safety precautions.   Ventura has reopened 25 of its 26 playgrounds.

A South Coast city which suspended on-street parking fees due to the pandemic will resume collecting them.  The City of Ventura suspended the fees in its downtown area in March, to try to encourage people to visit downtown restaurants for takeout food.

A broken water line prompted officials to warm people in northeastern part of Ventura that they need to temporarily use bottled water, or boil their water for drinking and cooking purposes.

A main water line ruptured in the Wells Road area of Saticoy Wednesday morning.  

Firefighters are in the mopup phase of a brush fire burning in the hills just north of downtown Ventura.

The blaze broke out just before 2 p.m. Friday. There was initially concern about the direction of the fire.  The fire burned down a hillside near some homes in West Ventura, but firefighters say they weren’t directly threatened.

A South Coast city has settled the controversy surrounding a statue in front of its city hall complex.  The bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra which has stood in front Ventura’s City Hall for decades will be relocated. 

Some contend the statue is appropriate, because Father Serra was one of the founders of the state’s historic chain of missions.  But, other say that the settlers mistreated and abused the state’s Native Americans, and that it should be removed from public property.

(Photo by Duncan Lively)

Hundreds of people took part in a "Juneteenth" march on the South Coast Friday.

The three block long march proceed along Main St. in downtown Ventura.

A group of community leaders on the South Coast is proposing to move a statue of a controversial historical and religious leader to a less prominent location.  Some people have been calling for the removal of the bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra in front of Ventura’s City Hall. 

A botanical gardens on the South Coast closed by the coronavirus crisis is set to reopen this weekend.

The Ventura Botanical Gardens will welcome visitors again starting on Saturday. 

The coronanvirus crisis has created some big recreational challenges on the Central and South Coasts, with restrictions on the use of many beaches and parks. Many people are turning to their neighborhoods to walk and bicycle. One South Coast community is trying to make it safer for people to take to the streets.

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