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sets new beach strategy. By Bill Lascher

Cellies, Survivors, and Knuckleheads: A former prisoner discusses 10 years clean and sober and playing “The only game that really matters.” By Butch Warner

4 Opinion Letters: Editorial: Hopefully more than a day Power to Speak: City Government Basics. By Christie Weir

8 News A Voice divided: Two newspapers set to launch this amidst squabble over rights for The Ojai and Ventura Voice.

On The Record: Reviews of new and recent releases from R.E.M., Mudcrutch and The Kills. By Matthew Singer

Back to square one: Rick Cole says he won’t leave Ventura for Pasadena job. By André Coleman

The little gay water cooler: Paddy’s celebrates its 14th year as Ventura County’s only surviving LGBT hangout.

Lost and found: David Lynch fans finally get to cruise the digital Highway.

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No longer stuck in the mud: Tom Petty and company live out a lifelong dream.

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Making sure your boss is your only pain in the ass at work: How to maximize comfort and productivity while avoiding injury at your desk. By Lisa Snider

Naked ambition: Thousand Oaks’ Conejo Players Theater celebrates its 50th anniversary by going back where it started.

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editorial Hopefully more than a day Few people are probably unaware that April 22 is Earth Day. It’s difficult to decide whether it’s sad or not that the celebration is no longer perceived a frou-frou celebration of granola munching treehuggers. On the one hand, we’re encouraged the environmental movement is no longer marginalized, and by the fact that consumers, businesses and government are all beginning to realize sustainable practices and economic growth are not mutually exclusive. On the other hand, we’re disappointed to note solid scientific evidence of global climate change is still not accepted by many of our leaders and society continues its myopic pursuit of short-term interests at the cost of long-term strength, stability and sustainability. As readers may have noticed, the sReporter has had a heavy emphasis on environmental stories over the past year. These stories need to be told. They are our stories. Whatever decisions we make as a society, how we interact with our world today will shape the world we inhabit in the future, as well as the one we give our descendents. Even those stories not directly related to so-called “green” subjects often have a connection to climate change, ecology, pollution, animal rights or other environmental topics. Whether it is a story about an artist motivated to capture the changing scenery surrounding her or an article about the best way to deal with sand piling up on local beaches we would be remiss not to acknowledge the climate surrounding us. Likewise, communities seem to be starting to realize environmental issues are intertwined with just about every issue they face. Concerns about mining trucks and the expansion of gravel operations throughout the Ojai Valley have become a quality of life issue impacting the region’s tourist economy as well as its residents, but the same debate has also raised the issue of increased carbon

dioxide emissions that might result from trucks forced to travel from further away to deliver construction supplies and the possibility that what impacts we exclude from Ventura County we might be placing on other, less prosperous communities. Rising energy prices and higher fuel costs have drained our wallets, but they have also helped us reconsider how and where we travel. This may be a boon to Ventura County as Los Angeles area residents shorten the reach of their vacations and decide to relax here, but unless we invest in making it easier for people to get to our region without cars and to avoid using them while here, we will inherit the poor air quality of the L.A. basin. As our community grows, we have the opportunity to avoid the same problems that have plagued Los Angeles, Orange County and other areas that experienced rapid growth in the past half century, but if we pursue only the quick buck now we will likely shortchange ourselves in the future. As this weekend’s Ultimate Boarder contest in Ventura shows, for example, our natural offerings can be a major draw. Any surfer will tell you they always have been, just as any hiker or outdoor enthusiast will say the same about the Los Padres National Forest. Meanwhile, at its anniversary celebration Sunday the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy once again drew attention to the nascent Ventura River Parkway project, which would both restore the river to its natural state and cultivate the long-neglected waterway that was a cultural and community draw. Ultimately, though, we cannot just participate in a flurry of cleanups and tree plantings and believe we’ve done something to save the Earth. We must — all of us, this publication and its staff included — fundamentally shift our behavior and our expectations if we desire a future we will want to celebrate. &

letters Correction of historic proportions Your article on historic homes (see “Historically Speaking,” Feature, 4/3/08) has some huge mistakes in it. In particular, your reference to the Peirano House needs some correction. The Peirano house was vacant for many years until my husband and I purchased it in the late ‘70s. It was restored by my husband, Mr. Jan Harmonson, in 1980. No detail was left undone. We have many photos of the restoration. He was in fact the first person to restore a house in the Downtown area, and was involved in many more after that. The newly renovated Peirano House became offices for Harmonson Tax and Financial Services. Years after that we sold it to Mr. Parrish, who was not responsible for any renovation. You should check out the historic plaque that sits in the frontyard of the Peirano House. I’m not sure where you got your facts for this story. It’s a shame you were not able to talk to someone like my husband, who was born and raised in Ventura and knows an incredible amount of history of Ventura.

Patti Harmonson, Ojai

Open letter to Pelosi In the light of the Bush administration’s repeated abrogations of power, such as “signing statements,” “extraordinary rendition” and most egregiously and dangerously, the item known as “Directive 51,” I urge you to reconsider your statement that “impeachment is off the table.” All of these have been brazen — and successful — attempts to enhance the absolute power of the executive branch and deny the important function for which Congress was specifically designed. Without our system of checks and balances, democracy in America is a façade and nothing more. I strongly urge you to support the efforts of legislators and bills such as HR333, which call for Executive branch accountability. The lives of our sons and daughters, and America’s integrity in the global community are at stake. Don’t fail at your watch: Put Impeachment back on the table.

Adrienne Prince, Camarillo

Cool your diet It’s not about changing light bulbs anymore. When Al Gore’s and Leonardo DiCaprio’s dramatic documentaries alerted us to the devastating impacts of global warming, many people went through the ritual of switching from incandescent light bulbs to the com-

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pact fluorescent variety. Unfortunately, in the case of global warming, good intentions and switching light bulbs are not good enough. The most powerful individual lifestyle solution was suggested in a 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The report found that meat production accounts for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. That’s more than automobiles! Carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to operate farm machinery, trucks, refrigeration equipment, factory farms, and slaughterhouses. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools. Moreover, animal agriculture contributes more pollutants to our waterways than all other human activities combined. Principal sources are animal wastes, soil particles, minerals, crop debris, fertilizers, and pesticides from feed croplands. It is also the driving force in world-wide deforestation and wildlife habitat destruction. The annual observance of Earth Day April 22 provides an excellent opportunity for every one of us to help save our planet by dropping animal products from our diet. More details are available at www.CoolYourDiet.org.

Charles McGregor, Ventura

Nation’s founders detested democracy? Norman Rodewald’s letter (see “Reality check time,” Letters, 4/3/08) is a perfect example of what I referred to in a previous letter (see “Questionable lessons,” 3/27/08): a complete ignorance of the intentions and backgrounds of the founders and liberty! He, like so many modern-day “liberals,” fails to realize (or realizes and is intentionally misrepresenting) that a so-called “liberal” circa 2008 has next-to-nothing in common with the great liberty-minded thinkers who established the Constitution. The word “liberal” was used back then to describe the political philosophy of one who believed in freedom from government coercion, de-centralized governance, a belief in individualism and freedom from the State. Pretty much the exact opposite of so-called “liberals” today, who seem to believe that nothing (except gay marriage and abortion) should be outside the purview of government (whichever level of government that can best impose their will on everyone else). In fact, the word “liberal” was hijacked by people with a statist/collectivist agenda in the early-mid 20th century. Allow me to quote: “The American people will

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never knowingly adopt Socialism; but under of what the founders political thinking tution, nor prohibited by it to the States, STAFF WRITERS Hannah Guzik the name of liberalism, they will adopt every was and where it came from. These are are reserved to the States respectively, or CONTRIBUTORS Amy Alkon, Rob Brezsny, André Coleman, Lucas Deming, Chris Jay, Andy Klein, Jenny fragment of the Socialist program until men who went to war over tax rates a to the people. Lower, Lisa Snider Butch Warner, Alex Wilson America will one day be a Socialist nation mere fraction of what we pay now, and ART DIRECTOR Enrique Candioti I’ll end with a final quote, in hopes that it’ll without knowing how it happened.” — Norwhat many today would consider “triviGRAPHIC DESIGNERS Bret Hooper, Lindsay Foster serve as a caution to the do-gooders of the man Thomas, six-time Socialist Party canal” infringements on their liberty! HowPRODUCTION MANAGER Christy Sisneros world: ADVERTISING SALES Peter Burgi, Diane Newman, Nima didate for President. ever, Rodewald would have us believe that Noury, Warren Barrett “A government big enough to give you “Americans may not be willing to vote for a these same men would look approvingly SALES TEAM LEADER Kelly-marie Tracy everything you want is a government big program under the name of “socialism,” but on the notion of “social justice” (the idea CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Michael Defilippo enough to take from you everything you put it under another party label — whether of democracy/majority rule, which the OFFICE MANAGER Teresa Wann-Davis have.” — Gerald Ford in a Presidential liberal Republican or Democrat — and they’re founders absolutely detested), confiscaRECEPTION/LEGALS Tori Behar CONTROLLER Michael Nagami address to a joint session of Congress (Aug. by and large in favor of the idea...” — Earl tory government, what I call Robin Hood ACCOUNTING Tracy Lowe 12, 1974) Browder, general secretary of the Communist syndrome (the welfarism/victimhood ACCOUNTING SUPERVISOR Angela Wang Party USA. mentality of: steal from the “rich” and HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER Andrea Baker Shane Solano If so-called “liberals” had the honesty, give to the “poor”), and the anti-freedom VP NATIONAL & GROUP SALES Charles Gerencser Ventura PUBLISHER David Comden integrity and power of conviction to call mentality that pervades our society and The Ventura County Reporter is distributed every Thursday in Ventura, themselves what they really are, I could at government, today! Please! He also, while Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Camarillo, Ojai, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village least respect them for that, if not their miscorrectly stating the preamble and citing and Agoura Hills. The Reporter is available free of charge, limited to one copy guided beliefs. a small portion of it to justify unConstiper reader. The Reporter may be distributed only by Reporter authorized distributors. No person may, without prior written permission of the Reporter, All the pretty sounding nonsense Rodetutional governance, predictably neglects take more than one copy of each Reporter issue. The Reporter is copyright© wald writes about “protecting the comto mention the other clearly listed and 2005 by Southland Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part in any form or by any means mons,” “providing social justice” and finite powers of the federal government without permission in writing by the publisher. 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services. Some other city governments in Ven$31 million - police our General Fund budget next year, with a tura County are not full-service cities. For $19 million - fire potential for further reductions in 2009/10. City government affects people’s lives every instance, newer cities such as Thousand Oaks $15 million - public works This means that difficult choices will hour of every day — whenever you drive on and Camarillo have separate fire districts and $10 million - general government need to be made, especially because we $7 million - community services a street, turn on the faucet or shop in a store. park districts, not paid for or operated by the remain committed to a balanced budget city, but supported by separate property taxes. The following facts are the foundation on $3 million - community development with no deficit spending. We will use this $5 million - capital improvement which the Ventura City Council sets policies Our city government gets approximately economic situation as an opportunity to $3 million - contract obligations and makes financial decisions that impact 16 percent of the property tax revenue and carefully examine all of the city’s expenour residents’ quality of life. 14 percent of the sales tax revenue collected ditures and take proactive cost-reduction Ventura has 677 city employees in nine locally. So for every $7 of sales tax you pay Another segment of city government is our steps to ensure financial sustainability. departments and an annual total budget of in Ventura, our city government keeps less Downtown Redevelopment Agency. Blighted Through a budgeting for outcomes pro$280 million. than a dollar — the other $6 goes to the state, districts may be designated as redevelopcess, we are attempting to identify those Ventura is the oldest city in the county. then to the county and the school district. ment areas. Within those set boundaries, activities that matter most to our residents. The San Buenaventura Mission is currently Nearly one-third of our city budget of more property tax income is channeled to We’re looking at all departments with an celebrating its 225th anniversary. But with $280 million goes to pay for our water, wastethe city (60 percent vs. 16 percent) rather eye toward restructuring or eliminating cerwater and golf enterprises. The fees that age comes expensive challenges. Our first than the state. The money collected can only tain programs while retaining our level of streets were built in the 1800s and there have residents pay for these services go into sepabe spent on projects within the Downtown essential services. Part of the equation of been ongoing maintenance issues ever since. rate enterprise funds that cannot be used RDA boundary. maintaining a balanced budget will be to Our very old, broken underground sewer and for general fund expenditures. For instance, Over the past three years, we’ve tightened continue to identify new sources of revenue water lines are currently being replaced at a according to state law, what you pay on your our belt, contracting out street sweeping to ensure that our city remains clean, green, cost of $5 million and $9 million, respectively. water bill cannot be spent on hiring police. and more of our park and landscape maintesafe and beautiful. nancePROOF to save money. We’ve cut energy use We’re fortunate to be bordered by the Water fees can only be spent on water-relat- AD The City Council will be addressing these AD P beauty of a coastline, hills and two rivers. ed projects. The parks fund, paid for with by 25 percent, switched to vehicles that get issues as we finalize our budget over the next Client: Business Ad Executive: Davidmembers Comden (805) 64 But the interface between nature and urbandeveloper fees, can only be spentOxnard on parks. better gas Expo mileage and reduced overhead. few months. 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Rick Cole says he won’t leave Ventura for Pasadena job By André Coleman Now that Police Chief Bernard Melekian has taken his name out of the running, Pasadena is once again looking for a city manager. Melekian, who has been the Los Angeles County city’s chief of police since 1995 and took over as acting city manager in January for retiring city executive Cynthia Kurtz, appeared to be the top candidate for the post. However, late Monday night Melekian informed the Pasadena Weekly that he would not be seeking the position and instead would serve as president of the California Police Chiefs Association beginning in March. For anyone with knowledge of the city’s past 20 years, it wouldn’t require precognitive powers to predict that former Mayor Rick Cole’s name would come up once news broke that the city manager’s job was open once again. Cole, who is currently city manager in Ventura, served on the council from 1983 to 1995 as both councilman and mayor before the mayor’s post was an elected position. During his time on the council, Cole helped spearhead redevelopment efforts in Old Pasadena and was a major architect of the city’s 10-year General Plan, a sort of blueprint for the community’s overall development.

Some insist that Cole has always somehow secretly had the inside track for the Pasadena city manager’s job. But Cole insists he is not applying for the job. “Although I love Pasadena and continue to care deeply about its future, I want to continue the innovative things we’re doing in Ventura,” Cole said. The city manager’s job in Pasadena is comparable to that of a ship’s captain, in this case one that oversees operations in 11 departments, including the police and fire departments, 2,300 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $500 million. With Melekian and Cole both declaring themselves unavailable, it’s all but guaranteed that the next city manager will be from outside the city. “Because there have been so many great opportunities in recent years, I think that most of the potential candidates that Pasadena would want to attract are happy where they are — and that means that for Pasadena to find the best person for the job they are going to have to be very aggressive in recruiting the kind of people they want,” Cole said.

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After a weekend in which Ventura County residents flocked to local beaches to escape record-breaking heat there were signs cooler heads were prevailing in efforts to address mountain concerns about the city’s beaches. The Ventura City Council voted 8-1 at its April 14 meeting to adopt a new strategy for the Beach Management Plan — the newly acquired name given by the council to the controversial Sand Management Plan. The strategy could make it easier for Pierpont residents and the city to work together to clear long standing problems revolving around beach access and grooming, the impact of growing sand dunes on nearby homes, and changing interpretations of the coastal ecosystem. “We are the persons most effected and damaged by the encroachment of sand,” Rosemary Icardo, the chair of the Ventura Citizens for a Safer Beach, told the Reporter. She also spoke at the council meeting. “The city failed to routinely maintain the area known as Shore Drive over the past 10 years. As stated [at the] council meeting this lack of maintenance has caused escalated problems and expense.” Icardo’s group represents a number of beach front homeowners who claim poor planning by the city a decade ago laid the foundations for the current situation. Many of those homeowners believe the city didn’t properly respond to their complaints about property damage and possible injuries from the dunes and some are involved in pending litigation against the city. “We are encouraged that the city is now willing to work with the Pierpont Community Council and stakeholders,” she said. The vote was largely symbolic as the city has little authority over its shoreline and the council wasn’t deciding on whether to adopt the management plan. Most of the sand between Pierpont homes and the ocean is part of the San Buenaventura State Beach and managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Both the parks department and the city must abide by California Coastal Commission rules with any action they take to manage the beach. Since the city stopped grooming the beach nine years ago dunes have formed as winds and tides deposited sand near the homes on top of a narrow strip of land owned by the city. As the dunes grew, a fragile ecosystem began to take hold — as did new annoyances for property owners, such as kids climbing onto rooftops, glass and other hazards left from bonfires and foundations damaged by encroaching sand. As previously detailed in the Reporter (See “Sand concerns pile up,” 2/28/08) Pierpont residents want the city to remove the dunes and continue to clear sand covering staircases leading to the beach from a number of small lanes in the neighborhood, a desire that puts them at odds with biologists from the state agencies who insist the dunes shelter crucial habitats. “It was inferred [at the council meeting] that there is a strong probability that had the maintenance been done, the California Coastal Commission would not be

restricting and making demands on the city and Pierpont,” Icardo said. “A short term fiscal decision a decade ago has resulted in this nightmare. The cost of ongoing maintenance would be minimal had the routine work done.” Now that routine work can’t happen unless the city gets a green light from the parks department to access the beach. Both entities, in turn, need an OK from the coastal commission. “The coastal commission is the one that regulates the beach, they have power over us,” said Danita Rodriguez, acting district superintendent for the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Warned by city staff of the perils of standing up to the commission, the Ventura City Council took pains to clarify that its move wouldn’t solve the impasse. The measure would, however, show the council’s support for new cooperation between the city and beachside residents after city staff met March 28 with the Pierpont Community Council. Pierpont resident Lisa Stern was among a number of residents who welcomed the Council’s action. “This is a critical time in the future of Pierpont beaches and decisions made by the council will have long-term lasting effects for years to come,” she said. “I am cautiously optimistic that the homeowners, city and Coastal [Commission] can come to an agreeable compromise to the current problems which will ensure a safer beach for all of us. I look forward to an action plan which we can all agree upon.” The council decision directs city staff to help residents work with the coastal commission to process short-term permits for sand removal while a long term beach management plan is adopted and to convince those agencies to move the Pierpont beach to what’s known as Level 1 beach cleaning status, meaning it will have the highest priority for grooming for a state beach — a move that could free up more state resources and mean more regular cleaning. It also aligns the city with the Pierpont Community Council to take a non-adversarial approach to dealing with the coastal commission on the Beach Management Plan. Councilmember Neal Andrews, the lone opponent to the measure on the board, questioned whether after adopting the measure a financial commitment would have to be made, despite assurances one wasn’t being made by the vote. “I believe there is indeed a commitment being made here and that’s the problem,” he said. New revenue will likely have to be generated to pay for any new measures in Pierpont. One source of that money formed the basis for one of two alterations to the beach strategy adopted at the meeting. The council also asked the staff to return with a recommendation for using transit occupancy taxes raised from vacation rentals in Pierpont to help fund beach management. A final addition made at the meeting was to work to ensure there are adequate places for disabled persons to access the beach. ✦

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HUENEME HIGH GOES TO THE APES The Hueneme High School halls buzzed with excitement April 15 as students chattered about the “lady with the chimps” — Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist and anthropologist — who was coming to speak to them. Goodall, who left her chimps in Tanzania where they belong, was drawn to Ventura County by Hueneme High School senior Erica Fernandez, one of only 100 students selected to participate in a Jane Goodall Institute Summit April 19 through 25 in Orlando, Fla. Fernandez was selected for the program because of her environmental activism; in 2007, for example, she helped to stop a Liquefied Natural Gas terminal from being built off the Oxnard coast. She plans to attend Stanford University next year and major in Environmental Studies. Goodall talked about growing up poor in England and about how she saved money from a waitressing job for a trip to Africa, where she started as a secretary and eventually worked her way up to being a chimpanzee researcher, her childhood dream. She encouraged the students to pursue their goals and to work to protect the environment. “Somehow we have to create a change, and you young people are going to be the ones who are going to do it,” she said. “My final reason for hope, my greatest reason for hope, is really all of you.” — Hannah Guzik

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“They tried to steal the name and walk away with the publication,� he said. According to Kate, San Marchi left no will or directive. The Smiths say they and other former Voice contributors wanted the paper to continue and didn’t think Alpern, or anyone else, was taking the reins to get a new issue out — so they decided to, before people forgot about the paper and its distribution boxes were removed. “On March 22, we had waited long enough,�

and Ojai. Brian received only gas money in return for delivering the paper, Kate said. According to Alpern, the Smiths weren’t happy with the amount of time he had taken to ensure the San Marchi family was taken care of and that the Voice business was in order before publishing another issue. “Getting the Voice back up off the ground had to be done at a slower pace than they wanted. It’s not easy task, and my main concern was not the delivery boy’s schedule,� he said.

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an outstanding candidate even more difficult, and a New Year’s Day parade. Many minority Cole said. residents in Northwest Pasadena feel left out “I don’t think Pasadena has an awareness of of decisions involving the billion-dollar infraContinued from Page 8 how challenging the market is. All things being structure in Old Pasadena, the city is quickly equal, I think an internal candidate like Bar- reaching the cap on development outlined On Friday, the Weekly obtained a copy of the ney Melekian would have scared off what few in the general plan, local public schools are brochure created by the headhunting firm Bob qualified candidates there are out there. I think struggling with declining enrollments and Murray and Associates advertising the PasaPasadena has two choices: Get either incredibly school district officials are turning to the city Faced with budget cuts that would cripple dena position, which carries a salary of more lucky or really be specific in what they want for for financial help as the city struggles with than $200,000 a year. the Ventura Unified School District and a city manager. youth violence. “The recruitment effort goes into high gear other districts across the state, the local “They can take someone with relatively Pasadena Chamber of Commerce CEO at this point,â€? said Mayor Bill Bogaard. “We little potential or a 40-year-old city manager and President Paul Little, a former councileducation advocacy group Save Our have completed our evaluation of the city’s that has never run a city with 140,000 people, man, said the next city manager will have to Schools is planning a Rally for Our Children. challenges and needs. We have thought about an electric utility, a 100,000-seat stadium and learn quickly. the strengths and characteristics of what Pasa major research university, or they can iden“For anybody coming in, even somebody Friday, April 18 at 4 p.m. at Buena adena needs with the help of public input.â€? tify the kind of city manager that Pasadena who might have had experience in the past, High School, 5670 Telegraph Road, Melekian had his share of supporters, needs. Be very specific. Usually they say we there is going to be a steep learning curve,â€? said Ventura. For more information, log but in the end, he said, “I just could not want everything. The rude shock is there Little. “The population has changed signifipass up this opportunityâ€? with the police are very few people who have all of those cantly over the past 10 years. The issues have on to www.vep4vusd.org or e-mail chiefs association. info@vep4vusd.org. strengths. 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ineteen ninety-eight was a great year for many people. Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals broke Roger Maris’ all-time single-season home run record by banging 70. James Cameron had a hit with the epic Titanic, the blockbuster movie of the year. Little girls swooned over ‘N Sync’s Justin Timberlake, but we all knew Justin was just a flash in the pan. That new technology kid, the Internet, was taking off, and Business Week promised to show you, “How the Internet works: all you need to know,” and Hillary Clinton’s husband Bill was president. (Well, maybe it wasn’t such a good year for him.) Nineteen ninety-eight wasn’t such a good year for me, either. I was arrested three times for crimes associated with addiction to Xanax and speed; I was convicted of two felonies, and I spent 160 days in jail in Ventura County. I could have done 240, but people were only doing two out of three in those days. Good Time is what they called it, but it’s really Not Bad Time. You only lose it if you screw up and hit someone, or mouth off to a deputy. Before all that, I was a writer and musician in Washington, D.C., and San Antonio. Where it all went wrong is a completely separate story, but the short story is that an addiction to prescription and street drugs got completely out of hand. I was shuttled among three detention facilities: The Main Jail in Ventura, “Todd Road” in Santa Paula, and The Camarillo Work Furlough Facility, where I was in the Stages Drug and Alcohol Rehab. There you’re allowed to wear street clothes, breathe fresh air, and receive some treatment for your addiction. Eight years ago, I wrote an article about my experience in jail for the Ventura County Reporter. It was called “The County Jail Survival Guide,” and it was written as a spoof of survival TV shows, like Survivor, Weakest Link, and Fear Factor. My article lambasted the phony survival shows with a tongue-incheek description of the “games” you have to play in jail, like “The Keistering Game” (how much contraband can you smuggle in your butt), Suicide Watch, and Strip Search, which is related to the Keistering Game, among

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If you were convicted anywhere in California, if you are not currently facing criminal charges, and you answer “yes” to these four questions, then you can probably expunge your felony: other activities. In the ultimate ironic twist, I now work as a psychotherapist at Pasadena Recovery Center, home of Dr. Drew Pinski and VH1’s Celebrity Rehab. The difference is I’m not writing about reality and survival shows now, I’m living one. And there are no cameras on me and my clients, who are fighting for their lives. The road to my redemption has been long and arduous, but I now live a comfortable life, drug and alcohol-free, with a great job, a great woman and no cops knocking at my door.

✦ The vast majority of the men with whom I was incarcerated have not been as lucky as I was. Most had been there before, and most of them have gone back. National statistics show about half of released inmates return to jail or prison within three years. The figure is even higher stretched over 10 years. I attempted to follow up on the lives of some of the people I got close to in jail. It’s hard to follow up on drug addicts and cons, but I did manage to track down four of them. The obituary stated that Kenny, my cellie, or cellmate, at Todd Road, died of “heart failure” in the first year after our release. Of course, everyone eventually dies of heart failure — heroin addicts die of OD’s, and that’s what killed Kenny. He left behind a wife who owned a shop in Downtown Ventura. Kenny talked about heroin constantly in our long conversations in our small cell in section B-6. The euphoric recall of his drug of choice was so powerful that he almost convinced me to meet up with him and try “the best China White” you’ll ever get, but I somehow resisted. I kept in touch with David, the Hell’s Angel who helped me in many ways when I was locked up at Todd Road. When we first met, he talked me into fighting a Latino kid who was harassing me, and, even though it meant losing three days Good Time, it was great advice, because I never had to fight

again. He was an artistic genius who enjoyed working with stone, metal and wood, and when I knew him in jail, he earned extra commissary money by doing stylized drawings of sad clowns. David, died in December, 2007. I will miss him. Bret, a Mormon who was charged with two DUI’s in the same week, and I lived at the Traveler’s Beach motel for a few months after our release. I drove for him and took him to physical rehab after he suffered a near-fatal fall in late 1998. Eventually he returned to Utah to work construction, not much worse for the wear but still in denial that he had a drinking problem. Damon, nicknamed Cornboy, and I corresponded for a few years, but he returned to jail a few times and, at last sighting, was still having problems with heroin. I could have easily ended up in the same boat as most of my fellow prisoners, but I was fortunate enough to never return to jail, and never touch a mindaltering substance after 1998.

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2. Did you complete that probation without any problems? 3. Are you off all probation now? 4. Have you paid all your fines, fees, restitution, and/or traffic tickets? Under California law, felony convictions can be expunged as long you did not serve a state prison sentence and successfully completed the terms of your probation. If you’ve been convicted of a felony and you’ve completed your probation without having been “violated,” then it would behoove you to get your felony expunged. Felony expungement means that you don’t have to answer “yes” to the felony question on a job application. The charge will remain a “prior,” though, if you catch another “beef.” And you’ll still be considered a felon by most state agencies. If you live in Ventura, it’s easy. First, contact the State Franchise Tax Board at www.ftb.ca.gov or (800)852-5711 or the Ventura Courthouse (805)639-5010 and make sure you don’t owe any fines, court fees, or restitution. Then contact the office of the public defender (805)654-2201 and they’ll do the rest. In my case, it didn’t cost a cent. If you were convicted elsewhere in California, contact the courthouse where you were convicted. You don’t have to hire an attorney, but many will help you for a fee. ✦

✦ When I got out of jail I had nothing but the clothes on my back, no I.D., no vehicle, no home and very few friends I could count on. I felt lower than the Ventura homeless people who gathered and slept on the Ventura River bottom: At least they had a hustle, like panhandling, or access to social services. My self-esteem was nonexistent. The road ahead of me seemed overwhelming. I think addicts and alcoholics have a tendency to look at the future as a big mountain of tasks, and when you look at life that way it does seem overwhelming. At about that time, my friend Tom Williams gave me the best advice of my life: “Just do the next indicated thing.” That’s even easier than One Day at a Time. Two people who were instrumental in my return to normal living were Debbie De Vries and Armando Vazquez, whom I met at the Stages Program in Camarillo. They proved to me and other cons that there are decent

Two people who were instrumental in my return to normal living were Debbie De Vries and Armando Vazquez, whom I met at the Stages Program in Camarillo. They proved to me and other cons that there are decent human beings willing to help people in the system. Armando shook our hands before every session and Debbie hugged us, and many of us had not been touched or hugged in a long time. 16 —

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articles. An article of mine was voted Second Best Magazine Story by the Orange County Press Club in 2002. I’ve finished four Los Angeles Marathons, three on foot and one on a bike when I was injured. I got my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2006, and I’m licensed by the state as a marriage and family therapist intern. I’ve worked at Promises, Beit T’Shuvah, and Pasadena Recovery Center, three of the best rehabs in the country. I now live with the love of my life, a psychoanalyst, in the Studio City hills above the San Fernando Valley, and life is sweet. But my journey from Ventura jail to Ventura Boulevard was not without its trials. I couldn’t open a checking or savings account until 2003, because I couldn’t pay my bills in jail and got lousy credit. I was fired from my $7.50 an hour first job as a telephone rep at Teleco in Ventura because I was “too smart for my own good.” I lost my first job as a substance abuse counselor, at American Recovery

KEYS TO SUCCESS AT CAFÉ ON A Dr. Deborah De Vries and Armando Vazquez, MA, started what is now known as KEYS about 10 years ago when they first started working on “Armando’s dream,” the Café on A. Today the Café on A/Rudy F. Acuna Gallery and Cultural Arts Center showcases Latino artists from Ventura, Santa Barbara, and L.A. Counties. KEYS works with disenfranchised groups, including farmworkers, those in rehab and those in the jails who need jobs. Says De Vries, “We found that there were core competencies that they all needed — including building up personal self-confidence and basic communication skills. They particularly need to be able to solve real world problems like concerns with family and friends. “Slowly the curriculum evolved, based on our collective 30-plus years in education. When we started we had about 25 as about the largest class size, and now this group has grown to about 35. We are blessed to be doing the work we do. “We have many success stories. I think we are proudest of the ones who have been able to get off probation, get out of legal issues, find homes, start jobs and go to college. We love it when kids come back, and say, “You turned my life around.” The Café on A is at 438 South A Street, Oxnard, CA 93030, in downtown Oxnard. Phone numbers are: (805) 216-4530, 216-4560 or 487-8170.

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human beings willing to help people in the system. Armando shook our hands before every session and Debbie hugged us, and many of us had not been touched or hugged in a long time. Debbie and Armando were there for me when I was released in August: They helped me get my computer (which had been trashed) from the “evidence room”; and they gave me some work to do, writing résumés, with the very people I had left behind in jail. While I was in jail I made a list of 50 things that I wanted to accomplish when I got out: things like running a marathon, finding a new career where I could help others, getting some freelance articles published, earning my master’s degree, replacing the music and computer equipment I had lost or pawned in the last few years, going to Europe again, finding the love of my life, and, most important, getting in good enough shape so that I could run through Ventura with my shirt off. As of today, I’ve done most of those things. I’ve been paid for several freelance

Dr. Deborah De Vries and Armando Vazquez at a KEYS fundraiser. Center in Pomona, because I attached my Hotmail account to the company computer network so I could check my e-mail. I lost my first vehicle, a $300 truck I bought from a tweaker, when the cops rousted me, found out the registration wasn’t valid, and had it towed away. I lost my first girlfriend to Hawaii in 1999 because she said I wasn’t “the whole enchilada.” (I realize now that it was she who was a few tacos shy of a fiesta salad.) I was forced by the Los Angeles Probation Department to leave my second job as a Prop 36 counselor, because I was a felon, and they didn’t want felons working with probationers. I lived in six different places in one year in the Inland Empire as I kept struggling to make more money at different facilities. The list is endless.

✦ I made many mistakes, but one of the things I did right was join a 12-step support group immediately after my release. This support group, which met on Main Street in Ventura, was a place I went to nearly every morning for the four years I lived in Ventura, and it’s the place where I met a group of men and women who helped me change the course of my life. I still go to meetings there when I visit Ventura three or four times a year, and I love and need the meetings as much today as I did when I was fresh to recover. Like Ventura itself, that group has gone through some changes. Bill, my good friend and benefactor, died last year. The group now meets in a new location, but it’s basically the same people who saved my life when I thought it was over. Another thing that helped save my life was running, and boy did I run. I jogged 50 miles a week, from my rented apartment at Peninsula and Harbor to Emma Wood State Beach and back. I would run to my 7 a.m. meeting along Harbor and then continue my run to the northeast, along the bike paths and roads. I loved to watch the dolphins and scamper on the tracks of the Southern Pacific railroad. I learned to love the fog and the calm of San Buenaventura, two things I had not been especially fond of before. Running helped me break the sadness and anxiety I suffered from in those early days, depression and worry borne from the sheer hopelessness of my situation then. I really didn’t have any idea how I was going to repair a life that had been completely torn to shreds, but I had hope and faith and a job, and I vowed that I was never going back to jail again, and that I was never going to be a slave to substances again.

I could not possibly have made it through those early days without Debbie and Armando. I remember Armando telling me it had “always been my dream” to open a cultural arts center to serve the Latino populations in Ventura and Oxnard, and I’m proud to say that I was there at the beginning, as they took me on to work as a vocational specialist with prototypes of the Women’s Center in Ventura and Pomona, Khepera House rehab, and Work Furlough in Camarillo. I wrote résumés, taught computer and GED courses, and helped men and women in recovery find jobs. Although I had steadfastly maintained upon my release that I wanted to “get as far away from addicts and criminals as I possibly can,” it wasn’t in the cards for me. Working with Debbie and Armando, I tasted the blood of helping people, and I never turned back. When our contracts ran out I decided I wanted to continue as a substance abuse specialist, and eventually a psychotherapist and addiction specialist, and that is what I do today. On paper I practice “cognitive-behavioral” therapy, but in reality my bread and butter is 12-step therapy. You won’t hear much about 12-step therapy in the textbooks and in the halls of academia, but I truly believe the only reason it is not touted as the most effective form of psychotherapy is that it’s usually free, and hence no one can charge for it. No matter where you are in the United States and many countries of the world, there’s probably a meeting within easy driving distance some time in the next few hours. Twelve-step therapy demands rigorous honesty, a “one day at a time” mentality and a commitment to changing the way you act and think. It’s a framework that anyone could benefit from, and it requires complete acceptance of your role (“your part”) in the lifestyle you’ve created for yourself. If you had cancer, and the doctor said, “We can’t begin to treat this until we know why you acquired it,” you’d think he was nuts. Yet many people believe the myth that “if they only knew the cause” of their problems, they would be cured. As my mentor, Dr. Lee Bloom says, “No one ever got better sitting in a chair or lying on a couch and talking to a therapist.” You’ve got to get up and “act your way into right thinking,” as 12-steppers are fond of saying. Addiction is a gradual acceptance of the unacceptable. You get a DUI, you go to jail, and all of a sudden jail is normal. You go to rehab, and now rehab is a part of your life. You go to jail, and suddenly you can do 30 days just to get a little rest. I never thought when I was being taught by the Jesuits at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C., that I would get a divorce, go to jail, go to rehab, practically become homeless, and do a hundred other things that I once saw as unacceptable. My addiction began to come to an end when I said, “No mas. This life is not acceptable!” My felony was expunged in 2006. (See sidebar on how to expunge a felony in California.) I received a great sense of closure from this, and I am greatly indebted to Julia English of the Ventura Public Defender’s Office for making the process a no-brainer. On Aug. 23 of this year, if all goes right, I’ll celebrate 10 years clean and sober. It will be, I think, the sweetest day of my life, because I will know that I have survived, so far at least, in the real world, in the only survival game that really matters. ✦

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Afternoon patrons at Paddy’s visit while watching footage of a past drag show held at the bar.

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ipping a Heineken while observing the Friday night clientele at Paddy’s in Ventura, you will, according to the bar’s owner Frank Roedel, likely find “a mixed bag of wax.” The two male mannequins sheathed in bridal white behind the counter and the rainbow banner garlanding a window make obvious the establishment’s orientation, but that’s where homogeneity ends. The crowd there is as diverse as any you’ll find in Ventura, with young and old, gay and straight, and several shades of skin milling around the historic building as disco music and strobe lights pulse in the background. Occasionally misidentified as an Irish pub, Paddy’s (named after Roedel’s Irish grandfather) holds distinction as the only remaining gay bar in Ventura County, despite having been one of several in the area during the mid-’90s. On April 11, it celebrated its 14th anniversary and its 11th year in its current location at 2 W. Main St. But besides serving the estimated population of 40,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals within county limits, Paddy’s has earned a reputation as a comfortable place where you are welcome,

The back entrance at Paddy’s welcomes a diverse crowd.

says patron Stephanie Standley, “no matter what your deal is.” Paddy’s boasts a pool room and a dance floor off the main bar area, a lower bar and party room, and an outdoor patio, a versatile setup that allows them to host regular events like karaoke on Wednesday and Sunday nights and dancing on Fridays and Saturdays. On a given night, the clientele appears about evenly split between men and women. Straight women, Roedel says, are relieved to have a bar they can come to without being hit on. And on a weekday afternoon, you will find old-timers and regulars nursing drinks at the bar. On Friday evening, customers congregate under colored lights on the patio. Friends greet each other with hugs. Inside, small groups sit at tables on the hardwood floor as a Fantasia music video plays on three large screens. “Who’s Your Paddy?” T-shirts and a display of photographs for sale by local artists decorate the walls. A large bulletin board near the entrance holds advertisements for roommates, stop-smoking classes and free HIV/AIDS testing. Paddy’s comfortable atmosphere might be due to the fact that it feels more like a com-

munity center than a bar. Unlike straight bars which may host weekly gay nights, Paddy’s has evolved into what Chrisopher Haynes, a dancer at Wildcat Lounge in Santa Barbara, calls “the little gay water cooler.” “We all come here,” he says. “We swap stories and catch up. You meet a lot of locals and nice people.” Over the years, Roedel has made a point of offering financial support to events like the VCRA-sponsored AIDS Walk and the Gay Pride Parade. As a central hub, the bar fulfills a practical purpose, says Jay Smith of the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance (VCRA). “Paddy’s serves as a social outlet, a goto place for the LGBT community,” he says. “There’s resource materials … It’s something more than a neighborhood bar. It’s a welcoming community.” The Bears Ventura, a local gay men’s organization, holds its monthly meetings here. In February, they threw their fourth annual benefit drag show in the lower bar. Proceeds went to Let California Ring, a pro-gay marriage group, and a memorial fund for Lawrence King, the Oxnard student recently killed in what is being labeled a hate crime.

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a rehearsal hall,â€? Johnson says. “We rehearse in hallways, in the lobby, on the front porch — anywhere and everywhere we can get people who hear each other, look at each other and memorize lines. A rehearsal hall is needed on the premise that it would help tremendously for the amount of shows we do.â€? So as the Players ready to start its 51st year, the group is launching another fundraising effort, this time to get that rehearsal hall built. It is the natural continuation of a 50year-old dream, one that, no matter how much the area changes, is crucial to the county art scene. “It’s so valuable, it’s hard to speak to,â€? Berg says. “It gives very young people the opportunity to do something, to explore their abilities, their talents, their needs and their desires. It teaches discipline, patience, responsibility and teamwork, because you can’t do this by yourself. For a young person that’s the most important thing to learn and know about. And it doesn’t cost anything to become involved and make friends and offer this to the rest of the community.â€? Adds Johnson, “It’s why we’ve been here 50 years, and why we’ll continue to be here another 50 years.â€? âœŚ Nude with Pineapple opens April 19 and runs through May 10 at the Conejo Players Theater (351 S. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks, 495-3715). For show times, visit www.conejoplayers.org.

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CALIFORNIA POET LAUREATE AT VC Monday, April 21, talk:

noon-12:45 pm, writing class: 1:30 pm-2:30 pm and reception 7 pm. In celebration of both National Earth Month and National Poetry Month, Ventura College instructor Gwendolyn Alley will host California Poet Laureate and novelist Al Young, who will read his work and discuss poetics. Readings and class in Student Services Center and reception in Guthrie Hall, Ventura College. Free. gwendolynalley@yahoo.com. 654-6462.

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your own works of art on now blank gallery walls at Museum of Ventura County’s Main Street site, now closed for upcoming expansion construction. Museum supplies paint, brushes, and gallery walls, while participants supply creativity; bring a camera to record your work. Free family time event. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. www.venturamuseum.org. 653-0323.

L.A.’S NEW MUSIC SCENE AT CLU Sunday, April 20, 2 pm. The

Sixth Annual New Music Concert: Postmodern L.A. will showcase five accomplished composers. The five composers will participate in a roundtable discussion about music in 21st century Los Angeles before a free concert of their compositions begins in Samuelson Chapel. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3306. www.callutheran.edu/music.

Thursday, April 17 ART STUDENT ART EXHIBIT Opening 7 pm, exhibit through May 7. Ventura College is pleased to announce its Annual Student Awards Exhibition to be held in both the New Media Gallery and Gallery 2 on the Ventura College campus, 4667 Telegraph Road. 648-8974.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM 8 pm. Through Saturday. The CSUCI Performing Arts Program will present its inaugural production, featuring music and designs by students. Library Courtyard, CSUCI. $15-$10, free for CSUCI students. 437-8598. THING TO THING TO THING 7:30 pm, every Thursday through May 1. Autism and comedy pair together for the play, written and performed by Lynette Louise. $30, disabled adults and parents of autistic children who bring a photograph of their child admitted free at the door. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. www. civicartsplaza.com. 449-ARTS. PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE Through April 27, Wednesdays at 2 pm and 7 pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. Rubicon Theatre Company presents Paul Provenza starring in a play about an imagined chance meeting of painter Pablo Picasso and scientist Albert Einstein at the Lapin Agile bar in Paris. $29-$52. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 6672900. www.rubicontheatre.org. MAIDS OF HONOR Through April 20, 8 pm Thursdays; Fridays; and Saturday, April 19. Also 2 pm Sunday, April 20. The Bowlin women’s difficulties with men unfold amid laughter in the delightful, wise and warm-hearted play. $10, free with CLU ID. CLU, Little Theatre. 493-3415.

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Friday, April 18 ART ART OPENING 5-8 pm. 643 A Project Space is pleased to announce an exhibition by sculptor, Dean De Cocker, who utilizes the technique of aircraft and racecar construction to fabricate objects. Exhibit through May 16. Free. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. (310) 592-9127. www.643projectspace.com.

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BLUE/ORANGE Through May 25. 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays. In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator — a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. This is an incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service. Elite Theatre Company, 730 S. B St., Oxnard. Elitetheatre.org. 483-5118. VISITING MR. GREEN Through May 25. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. One of the most widely performed plays around the world, “Visiting Mr. Green” is a poignant, at times hilarious, and heartwarming portrayal of the collision of two men: one a devout Jewish widower, the other a young hot-shot American Express executive. $18-$12. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St., Santa Paula. 525-4645. FUDDY MEERS Through April 27. 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. This play, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, tells the story of an amnesiac, Claire, who awakens each morning as a blank slate on which her family must imprint the facts of her life, but not everyone agrees on what those facts are. $25, Sundays a 2-for-1 special. Theatre 150, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 646-4300. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM See Thursday. SECOND CITY 8 pm. The Second City performance will feature some of the best sketches,

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songs, and improvisations from The Second City’s 45-plus year history. $45. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 583-8700. www.civicartsplaza.com. PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE See Thursday. ACTS OF GOD Through April 19, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Ojai playwright Peter Fox’s amusing take on some weighty issues in which God appears as a street-wise character. $18 - $15. Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St. 640-8797. www.OjaiACT.org. MAIDS OF HONOR See Thursday.

Saturday, April 19 ART BROOKS SUPER SATURDAY 11 am-3:30 pm. Brooks Institute will host a special open house for individuals interested in learning more about the creative, artistic fields of photography, visual journalism, filmmaking and graphic design. Free. 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. (888) 304-FILM. ART WORKSHOP 9:30 am-4 pm. Betty Buckner will be giving a one-day “Learn The Three Necessary Elements To Creating A Successful Art Piece” workshop at the Harbor Village Gallery. $50-$60. 1591 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 117C, Ventura. 6481235. www.HarborVillageGallery.com. HANDWEAVERS & SPINNERS GUILD 9:30 am. Monthly meeting and afternoon program, featuring wet and dry felting with Jane Davis. Workshop $45. 701 S. Del Norte Blvd., Units 115 & 120, Oxnard. 492-7404.

MARKETS & SHOWS

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. 10 am-4 pm. Original gifts sold by members of the Artists’ Union. California Street plaza, Ventura, next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. artsbythesea@verizon. net. 421-9270.

THEATER

BLUE/ORANGE See Friday. VISITING MR. GREEN See Friday. THE FULL MONTY Through May 25. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Find out just how far six unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo, N.Y. will go to get their lives back on track. $20-$16. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900. www.simi-arts.org. NUDE WITH PINAPPLE Through May 10, Saturday’s and Sundays, 2 pm. Also Sunday, May 4, 7 pm. In “Nude with Pineapple” Charley Turner has married Clara Turner and the two look on life from totally different angles. $10. Conejo Player’s Theatre. 495-3715. FUDDY MEERS See Friday. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM See Thursday. TEATRO DEL LAS AMERICAS 8 pm Saturday and 5 pm Sunday. “La mordida / The Bribe” is a three-act play about a period of Bolivian history in which public servants could not resist bribes. Spanish, projected English translation. $10. Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 485-5445, ext. 1. PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE See Thursday. ACTS OF GOD See Friday. MAIDS OF HONOR See Thursday.

LITERATURE & POETRY

ARCADE POETRY SERIES 7 pm. Adrianne Marcus and Carol V. Davis will read in this event hosted by Jackson Wheeler. Oxnard’s Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C St. LIBRARY BOOK SALE 10 am-3 pm. The San Buenaventura Friends of the Library will hold a Spring Book Sale in the Wright Library parking lot, 57 Day Road, Ventura. All proceeds go to help pay for new books and summer reading programs for children. 642-4358. wily1@earthlink.net. CHILDREN’S READING CELEBRATION 9:30 am1 pm. The John Spoor Broome Library is sponsoring the third annual Children’s Reading Celebration & Young Author’s Fair, a one-of-a-kind celebration of young authorship and reading for children. Free. John Spoor Broome Library, CSUCI. http://www. library.csuci.edu/reading/index.php. 437-2701.

24/7 @ www.vcreporter.com Sunday, April 20 THEATER BLUE/ORANGE See Friday. VISITING MR. GREEN See Friday. THE FULL MONTY See Saturday. NUDE WITH PINAPPLE See Saturday. FUDDY MEERS See Friday. TEATRO DEL LAS AMERICAS See Saturday. PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE See Thursday. ACTS OF GOD See Friday. MAIDS OF HONOR See Thursday.

MARKETS & SHOWS

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. See Saturday.

Monday, April 21 THEATRE AUDITIONS Youth can audition for the Rubicon’s summer children’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” www.rubicontheatre.org.

LITERATURE & POETRY

STORYTIME 6:30 pm. Earth Art Day with the Buena High School Environment Club. Free. H.P. Wright Library, 57 Day Road, Ventura. 642-0337.

Tuesday, April 22 THEATRE AUDITIONS See Monday.

LITERATURE & POETRY ARTISTS UNION GALLERY ongoing, 7:30 pm. Sojourner Kincaid Rolle will read poetry and Roe Estep will host the open mic. 330 S. California St., Ventura. 320-3524.

Wednesday, April 23 SPECIAL EVENTS EARTH ACTION DAY 10 am-1:30 pm. Poets, singers and songwriters will perform during the open mic at 1:30 pm. At 2:30 pm there will be a nonfiction prose reading and discussion, by CSUCI English professor Brad Monsma, author of “Sespe Wild.” Free. Student Services Center patio, Ventura College. 654-6462.

THEATER

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE See Thursday. FREE TEEN IMPROV CLASS Wednesdays through May 28, 4-5 pm. Straight Up Ventura County is bringing free teen improv workshops to the Teen Center in Camarillo. 647-4622. katherine@straightupvc.org. Camarillo Boys and Girls Club, 1500 Temple St., Camarillo. www.straightupvc.org.

ONGOING EVENTS

CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION Congresswoman Lois Capps is inviting local high school students to submit art pieces for the annual Congressional Art competition. The winning piece of artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition. Submissions must be received by local Congressional office by 5 pm on Friday, May 2. Port Hueneme District Office, 2675 N. Ventura Road, Suite 105. Port Hueneme. (202) 225-3601. CALL FOR LOCAL ARTISTS Hot Summer Jazz and Art is a free jazz concert and art exhibit in historic downtown Santa Paula on July 12 and Aug. 23. The Santa Paula Downtown Merchants’ Association invites local artists to submit an entry for possible selection for one or all the dates. Apply by May 30. rmargolin@ci.santa-paula.ca.us. 525-2873. CALL TO ARTISTS Drop off dates Monday, June 9, 4-7 pm and Tuesday, June 10, 9 am-noon. “Taboo Topics” is an open juried show to be held June 14July 20 at Artists Union Gallery, California Street at the Promenade, Ventura. www.venturaartistunion.org. OJAI SCULPTURE Apply by May 19. The City of Ojai is looking for artists to submit proposals for the Changing Sculpture Pedestal at the Ojai Arcade Plaza. The city invites all regional and local artists to submit work to be considered for this annual program, from June 2008 to May 2009. mccann@ ci.ojai.ca.us. 646-5581, ext. 111. SHORT SCARY PLAY SUBMISSIONS Theater 150 in Ojai invites submissions of short scary plays for Halloween. We’re interested in truly chilling, tension-filled plays with strong stories that will give our audiences a good scare. For more information, e-mail debnorton@theater150.org. YOUTH ART EXHIBIT ENTRIES The Moorpark Arts Festival will be held May 4, and local youths are encouraged to submit drawing, painting and sculpture. No entry fee. Dropoff dates April 28, 9 am-4 pm and April 29, 9 am-7 pm. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. www. moorparkartsfestival.com. 517-6260. ART IN THE PARK Put your “Art in the Park” during Ojai Center for the Arts’ annual show May 24 and 25 and you could win cash and reap income from sales, plus expose your art to the thousands of people. Applications due by the end of April. 646-0117. CALL FOR ENTRIES Moorpark Arts Festival. Artwork drop off dates: Monday, April 28, 9 am-4 pm and Tuesday, April 29, 9 am–7 pm. No entry fee. Drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramic and gourd art. One-day Arts Festival on Sunday, May 4, 11 am–4 pm at the Moorpark Civic Center, Moorpark Library, High Street Arts Center and High Street businesses. www.moorparkartsfestival.com. 517-6260. DIVINE MURDERS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD Through May 23, various times and days. Those

fun-loving Ya-Ya sisters are cooking up a little mystery and mayhem at Paul’s Italian Villa in Simi Valley this spring. $45, Italian meal included. The Gypsy Players, Paul’s Italian Villa, Simi Valley. www.justmurder.com. (888) MURDERZ. POEMCRAFTERS GUILD For more information send a bio and sample of work to 807 Camino Concordia, Camarillo. 491-3242. MONTHLY WRITING GROUP Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 7 pm. Stories and chapters are reviewed before the meetings and then discussed. vcwordcraft@yahoogroups.com IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre offers classes in comedy improvisation for youth, teens and adults. First class is free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. www.venturaimprov.com. 643-5701. SENIOR SINGERS WANTED Sopranos, altos, tenors and baritones sought for free choral class. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

ONGOING ART

ACCOLADES GALLERY Ed Millan, “Keys & Clues” acrylic paintings and Sean Tully’s mixed media in “Back by Popular Demand.” 12-5 pm ThursdaysSundays, 12-4 pm Mondays, by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. 648-4080. www.accolades-gallery.com. ARCHITEXTURE “The Hollywood Factor” a museum exhibit of beauty from the last century including MaxFactor theatrical and cosmetic memorabilia artifacts and photos. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669. AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 11 am-5 pm daily. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844. ARTAGRAPHIX Monday-Friday 9:30 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-5:30 pm. 2806 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village. 496-4900. ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Through April 27. “From the Margins.” Noon-6 pm Thursdays and Sundays, noon-9 pm Fridays and Saturdays. 330 S. California Plaza, Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012. BELL ARTS FACTORY Through May 24, portraits by Otto “Tito” Sturcke. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm, and Sunday, 11am-5pm. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 804-6433. www. bellartsfactory.com. BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through April 20. “New Work.” 11 am-5 pm Friday-Sunday. www.beatricewood.com. 646-3381. BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. www.brokenoakgallery.com. 497-4022. BROOKS GALLERY Through May 1. The American Society of Cinematographers traveling photo collection, The “Decisive Moment” Revisited. Ventura Campus, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 966-3888. BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through April 27. Hilda Kilpatrick’s “The Season of Color.” 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235. BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION: THE DISCOVERY ANNEX 8:30 am-5 pm MondayFriday, 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday. Ventura Visitor’s Bureau, 101 S. California St., Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235. CAFÉ ON A 3-6:30 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and by appointment. Various art exhibits. 438 S. A St., Oxnard. CAPRICCIO Through April 22, Mixed Media Painting by Stephanie Pivo. 298 E. Main St., Ventura. www.redbrickart.com/capriccio.html. CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY Through April 21, CLUFEST 2008, featuring multimedia art. Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3316. www.callutheran.edu/kwan_fong/. CAMARILLO ART CENTER Through April 20. Printmaking exhibit. Gallery open Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. 3150 Ponderosa Dr. 445-7061. www.camarilloartcenter.org. CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 18. “Photos and Phantasy: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.” 10 am-5 pm Thursday-Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. www.vcnet.com/carnart. 385-8157. DINAN MAIN GALLERY noon-5 pm. ThursdaySunday. 307 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 101, Ojai. 646-6205. DISCOVERY GALLERY 8:30 am-5 pm MondayFriday, 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday. Ventura Visitor’s Bureau, 101 S. California St., Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235. DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through April 27, “Favorites and Tranquility” featuring Ojai Valley artists Gayel Childress and Kathleen Doud Reilly. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. www.downtowncenterforarts.com. 798-0830. FOX FINE JEWELRY Through May 12. Ines Monguio and Gayel Childress, “Dreams & Roses.” 10:30 am-6 pm Monday-Thursday. 210 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800. GO GALLERY 993 Foothill Dr., Fillmore. www.gogallery.org. GONZALEZ FRAMING & GALLERY Xavier Montes in a solo show presenting new work and other favorites. 2037 E. Thompson Blvd. 525-8961. HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY 1591 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 117C, Ventura. www.buenaventuragallery.org. 644-2750.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY 11 am-6 pm Monday-Saturday. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. www.HighStudio.net. 523-7957. HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, call for extended evening and weekend viewing. Free. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. www.hillcrestarts.com. 381-2747. JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Noon-5 pm Wednesday-Saturday. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804. JONATHAN’S AND J’S TAPAS Through May 1, Pastel Landscapes of Marsha MacDonald at Jonathan’s. Abstract epoxy paintings by Len Poteshman and mosaic busts by Theresa Davis at J’s Tapas. 204 E. Main St., Ventura. www.JonathansAtPeiranos.com. 648-4853. LOVE HOUSE GALLERY 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022. MCNISH ART GALLERY Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929. MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 am-5 pm. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 29. NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Through April 19. “Maxwell’s Lair,” a solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Emilie Clark. 107 S. Signal St., Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750. ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio. Ojai. 540-5050. OJAI ART CENTER 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-0117. OLD TOWN STUDIO GALLERY 2165 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. julieanne1113@yahoo.com. (818) 749-5598. PLAZA ART GALLERY 12 pm-5 pm WednesdaySunday. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 486-6947. PROJECT SPACE Exhibit by Los Angeles artist, Julio Sims. 643 Project Space, 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. www.643projectspace.com. (310) 592-9127. RED BRICK GALLERY Through May 12, “Wild Planet,” exotic animals, far away places and mystical moments make up this show featuring Mother Earth in all her wonder. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.RedBrickArt.com. 643-6400. SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Through May 17, “Earth and Sky.” 255 S. Laurel St., Ventura. www. seabreezeartgallery.com. 643-3973. CSUCI EXHIBITIONS 92 Palm Dr., “Old Town” Camarillo. www.art.csuci.edu/gallery. 437-8863. STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER Through April 26. “Reaching Out,” by students and faculty at Moorpark College. “Medusae,” a sculptural installation by Gerri Johnson-McMillin. Cal State University Channel Islands, building 18 on Ventura Street, Camarillo. 383-1368. STUDIO 84 WEST 6-8 pm Thursday-Saturday. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812. SCIART WEST Through April 19, noon-5 pm Wednesday-Saturday or by appointment. Ann Bittl curates “Life, Death, and Ritual in Modern Latin American Art.” 519 S. C St., Oxnard. www.studiochannelislands.org. 483-3148. THE STUDIO GALLERY 10 am-6 pm daily. Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546. UPFRONT GALLERY 1-5 pm Friday-Saturday, 2-5 pm Sunday, or by appointment. 267 Laurel St., Ventura. 648-7878 or 340-1448. VISIONS GALLERY Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 275-1112. VALLEY OF THE MOON FINE ART REPRODUCTION 9 am-5 pm Monday-Wednesday and FridaySaturday, 12-5 pm Thursday, Sunday by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959. VENTURA COLLEGE GALLERY Ventura College, Ventura. 648-8974. kate@katemartin.com. VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 984-6260. VENTURA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Through April 29. “Expressions of our Youth – 2008,” The Tamima Al-Awar Scholarship Exhibition. Hall of Administration, Atrium Lobby Gallery, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. Viewing Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm. www.FocusOnTheMasters.com. WINE CO. Ongoing, “Vineyards” exhibit by Pat and Cat Patterson. Free. The Ventura Wine Co., 4435 McGrath #301 (on Telephone Road), Ventura. 642-9449. YOUNG AT ART STUDIOS 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

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Tom Petty and company live out a lifelong dream by Chris Jay If a member of your high school band were to call you up 30 years later and tell you he is “getting the band back together,” you woud probably get a good laugh out of it — or even feel sorry for the poor guy. When that friend happens to be Tom Petty, however, it’s a whole other response. Yes, it’s true: Tom Petty, one of the world’s biggest rock stars, is coming to the Ventura Theater, but not with his usual back up band, the Heartbreakers. Instead, he is living out a lifelong dream and reuniting his original band, Mudcrutch. Mudcrutch first came to California from their native Florida in the ’70s and recorded one single before disbanding, thus opening the door for Petty, the band’s bassist, to give it a go on his own (and we all know what a poor career choice that was). But, decades later, Mudcrutch is back with their first album and a weeklong tour of California that is coming to the Ventura Theatre for a show that is already sold-out. The #Reporter# scored an interview with original Mudcrutch members and longtime Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, who discussed the history of Mudcrutch and the real reason why you won’t be hearing any Petty classics at the concert. So h ave yo u co nt ac te d G u i n ne s s ye t t o d e t e r m i n e i f t h i s i s t h e l o n g e st t i m e p e ri o d f ro m a b a nd ’s fo r m at io n t o the t im e th ey re lea se d t hei r d eb u t r e c o rd ? Mike Campbell: [Laughs] You might be right. Benmont Tench: It probably is. We’ll have to look into that. Did yo u eve r th ink in yo u r w i l d e s t d re a m s M u d c ru t ch wo ul d g e t b ack t og e t he r ? BT: Every time I heard an old Mudcrutch song, from either the lineup that did the single or the lineup shortly thereafter, I just loved the sound. Somewhere in my head and heart, I hoped it would happen but never in my wildest dreams thought it would happen.

MC: It was completely Tom’s idea, and we were thrilled to go along with it. W h at wa s t he rea c ti on wh e n Tom Le a d o n a nd Ra n d a l l M a rs h, w ho ’ve s p e n t th e p a s t 30 ye a rs or s o te a ching g uit ar and p laying d rum s i n ba r b and s, w hile yo u gu y s b e c a m e l e g en d s, g o t t h e c a l l f ro m To m Pe t t y t h at h e w a n t e d t o g e t t h e b an d t og e t h e r ? MC: They were blown away. I think it was one of those, Why us? It was sweet to be able to work with them again and have the chance to share in making music together after all these years. BT: Yeah. They were just over the moon. It was amazing, and more importantly, when they showed up they were really good. They walked right in and didn’t skip a beat. [It was] just a joy to play with them. W ith all the s ucce ss yo u’ve ha d , c a n yo u re m e m b e r wh at t h at fe el in g wa s l ike whe n yo u m oved out t o L .A . t o m a ke it wi t h t he b a nd o nly t o have i t fa l l ap a r t s o q uick ? MC: It was disappointing. We just went into the studio and couldn’t capture the sound we really wanted. BT: We were trying to get a live sound, like we were known for, but we were new to the studio and didn’t know how to make things sound like we wanted. MC: We were frustrated. After that the guys went their separate ways. It was Benmont who was doing a demo session and he asked me, Ron [Blair, bassist], Stan

[Lynch, drummer] and Tom to play on it. Tom was there and thought, “I gotta get all these guys in my band!” S o yo ur h um ble de mo se ss io n w a s a cat a ly s t fo r ro ck ’ n’ r o l l his t o ry. BT: I’ve never thought of it like that, but looking back now, you’re right. W h at ’s the big g e s t t he d if f e re n c e b e t we e n p l a y i n g t h e Ve nt ur a Th e at e r a s o pp o s ed t o, l e t’s s ay, t he S up e r Bow l ? MC: No difference at all. [Laughs.] For us the biggest difference will be having a different rhythm section. Tom’s back to his original role in Mudcrutch playing bass. The Mudcrutch rhythm section has a real special swing to it. It’s different from the more driving rock of the Heartbreakers but equally good. BT: [It’s a] very unique style but still valid. I k n ow yo u ’ve b e en a s ked this a m illion t ime s s inc e t he to ur’s b e e n ann ounc ed , b u t h e re ’s a m ill ion a nd one : A ny cha n c e o f he a ri ng s o me To m Pe t ty s ong s at th e s h ow? Pl e a s e ? MC: [Laughs.] Sorry. It’s true, there’ll be no Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers songs played — all Mudcrutch songs, but the band does do some cool covers. BT: Even if we wanted to play some Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, songs we don’t have the time to learn ‘em! ✦

Mudcrutch’s performance at the Ventura Theater on April 20 is sold out.

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SAVE MONEY! SAVE TIME! SAVE RESOURCES! LEARN MORE ABOUT LIVING GREEN at the FREE EARTH DAY EXPO At the City’s Sanjon Rd Maintenance Yard Vendors at the EXPO include:

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Nature By Design, (Landscape Designer) Neel Lighting & Controls Inside Out Pest Control DayLite (Natural Lighting) ECOsmarte Water California Solar Green Eyed Monster (Original Art on recycled tote bags) Persnickity (Environmentally Friendly Dry Cleaning with free delivery) Arbonne (Health & Wellness Products) Competitive Roofing (Solatube Skylights) Eco-Fabrik (organic cotton, hemp and other natural fiber clothing)

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Kitchen Places (Design & Build Showroom) Points West Realty (Your Eco Team) Arketype Architects Inc. Harrison and Sons, Inc. Agromin The San Buenaventura Conservancy Ventura County Credit Union Sierra Pacific Windows Community Memorial Hospital (Expansion planning) Ventura County Star VC Reporter

Other major sponsors that will not have a booth but have generously contributed include Mainstreet Architects, and Allen and Associates (one of Allen and Associates designed homes is on the Home and Garden Tour). Non-Profit and Educational Booths a the EXPO include: The City of Ventura, a major sponsor with 3 booths: Integrated Pest Management, Water Conservation and an Environmental Services information booth, along with tours of their photovoltaic system and showcasing steps that businesses can take to save resources.

• Southern California Edison • The Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance • The Ventura Hillside Conservancy

• The U.S. Green Building Council ( Local C4 Chapter) • Ventura Climate Care Options Organized Locally (VCCOOL) • Los Padres Forest Association (Ojai Chapter)

• Wild Yards Naturally (National Wildlife Fed.) • Surfrider Foundation • The Ventura County Bio- Diesel Co-Op

While we are not having food vendors at the site, we encourage you to visit the environmentally award winning Sidecar Restaurant at 3029 E. Main Street, 653-7433, which will be open on that Saturday for lunch from 11 am to 3 pm. with a special Earth Day menu.

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Two other homes are on the tour for their gardens: 6) One home has a garden that is ocean friendly designed, collecting rain water and redistributing to the plants 7) Another home has a large landscaped backyard that uses all of the good green principles, designed by Nature By Design (they will also have a booth at the Expo site) 8) Lincoln School. One of ten national finalists for the “Greenest Schools in Amarica” for their recycling efforts. 5th graders tend one of several gardens producing fruits and vegetables for the school cafeteria. Thank you to Ford Graphics for printing the brochures on 100% recycled paper. April 17, 2008 —

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event, is sure to be a party in the very literal sense of the word. On April 18, the 400 block of Main Street between California and Oak streets will shut down for perfor mances by local bands such as My World, Tripdavon and Sublime tribute act Emilbus. There will be two skate ramps in use, surf art from 20 Ventura artists on sale, an auto graph session from Ventura-bor n pro-surfer Mary Osbor n and restored classic woodies on display.

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Win Ben Stein’s Sympathy Who are all these people being so mean to Stein's friends? Could they be ...Nazis?! by Andy Klein Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed Directed by Nathan Frankowski. Hosted by Ben Stein. 90 min. Rated PG.

Film critic confession No. 342: It is impossible to review an informational documentary without assessing (to some degree) the reliability of its information. This, of course, requires being an expert. Film critic confession No. 343: It pains me to admit it, but I am not an expert in everything. In a perfect world, I would have an infinite corral of authorities on call, each hugely knowledgeable in a different subject, and none with an axe to grind. Sigh. In this imperfect world, when reviewing a documentary, I spend

what time I can checking some facts, I keep my bullshit detector on Extra Sensitive, and I look for certain red flags: inadequate or misleading identification of interviewees; aggressively manipulative editing; extraordinary claims without extraordinary evidence; and extreme leaps of logic — particularly suggesting guilt by association, and more particularly, invoking (you know where this is going, right?) Nazis, Hitler and/or the Holocaust. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, the new documentary co-written by and starring Ben Stein, the former Nixon speechwriter who has managed to parlay an effete drone into an onscreen career. The gist of the film — the “plot outline,” if you will — is that sweet, naive Stein is shocked, shocked , to discover that the groves of academe have been overrun by a plague of Darwinists, serpents who have

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prompted a Congressional investigation and report titled “Intolerance and the Politicization of Science at the Smithsonian,” spearheaded by Rep. Mark Souder. (The notes don't mention the participation of the more publicly ludicrous Rick Santorum.) Cruising around the Web, one can find apparent evidence that the

proclaimed that the mere mention of Intelligent Design — let alone its lessreputable sibling, Creationism — is enough to get one summarily banished from Eden. (Hey, I can mix a metaphor with the best of ‘em.) The case that opens Stein’s eyes is that of Rick Sternberg, who lost his job editing a journal at the Smithsonian after publishing a “peerreviewed research paper describing the evidence for intelligence in the universe” (as the film’s production notes characterize it). The notes later tell us that “this attack on scientific freedom was so egregious that it

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case against Sternberg wasn’t so simple. But one can also find defenses of Sternberg online, albeit generally from sources I would consider less reputable than Scientific American. Maybe it is only my own biases determining which arguments I find convincing. Which forces us back to the notion of internal evidence of unreliability. The very first visuals in Expelled involve the Berlin Wall. (Actually, there may have been some World War II images in there as well; even if not, the film returns to WW II later, in the worst way.) It takes a while before the message becomes clear: The enforcement of rigid Darwinism is akin to Stalin’s repressive thought-police tactics. It is only a few minutes before Sternberg’s account of his persecutors is intercut with images of Khruschev banging his shoe at the U.N. and anonymous stockfootage bullies ganging up on someone. One might accuse Michael Moore of similarly facile, manipulative techniques — and I have — but Moore has never gone to lengths nearly as outrageous as the makers of Expelled. (For what it’s worth, he’s also funnier.) In the third act, Stein and company move beyond mere visual

associations, when they build a case linking Darwinism to Nazism — which is not merely insultingly lame, but also ranks as one of the cheapest, most offensive exploitations of the horrors of the Holocaust I have ever witnessed (and I have witnessed plenty). In its simplest terms, Expelled sees Hitler’s push for racial cleansing as a natural result of Darwin’s ideas. Whoa. Big Fucking Whoa. I dare say that genocide and other for ms of lethal tribal warfare existed before Darwin. In fact, you can find more justification — even approval — for wiping out entire tribes in the Old Testament than in On the Origin of Species , a point the devout audience the filmmakers have targeted might do well to remember. Hitler may have used some Darwinian language — though I’m not sure I trust the filmmakers on that one either — but his purpose was an ancient one.

The presence of this argument/suggestion should be enough to make one suspicious of the film’s trustworthiness, but the presentation of it is far worse. Stein

uses his own Jewishness as a sanctimonious cudgel, heading to a concentration camp to remind us that the Holocaust was evil, and to imply that some of that

evil derives from Darwin’s studies. At one point, discussing his experience there on a park bench, he expresses grief by covering his face with his hands. The gesture has all the dramatic verisimilitude of a 30th take; Stein’s limited skill as an actor has never been more apparent. Toward the end, one of the interviewees says, “The spirit of eugenics lives on in Planned Parenthood” — huh?— and then lumps together “abortion and euthanasia” in one breath. This is yet another tip-off as to Expelled’s true goal. That is, the film claims not to be about atheism vs. religion or Darwinism vs. Intelligent Design, but rather to be about academic freedom. I'll agree with the first half of that: Among the reasons this film was made — excluding (for the moment) the omnipresent profit motive — religion is second and science (at best) third. But the number one agenda has much less to do with academic freedom than with political

ideology. Here's an experiment: Look at the film's defenders. What do they have in common? Ethnicity? Religion? Academic background? No. The only common element is that they are all far, far to the right. Expelled is another expression of the right wing’s victim complex. It’s classic paranoid thinking: Since we are pure and correct, any setbacks we suffer must be the result of an Evil Conspiracy. Communists are fluoridating our water. Purity of Essence. We couldn’t be doing substandard academic work. Our poor advancement must have to do with a black list! (Stein himself used this idea to bully Norman Lear into giving him a writing job.) Maybe I’m not giving them enough credit. Maybe their behavior isn’t crazy at all. Maybe it is just a tactic — crazy like a fox. Their constant whining about victimization by the mythical “liberal media” has effectively pushed much of the not-very-liberal-tostart-with media to bend over backwards to accommodate the right. It has worked in that arena; and it has worked in Congress to cow the Democrats. There is nothing at all crazy about repeating a successful strategy. ✦

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Thursday, April 17 SPECIAL EVENTS DINE OUT TO SUPPORT AIDS WALK 4-10 pm. Dine at Capriccio Ventura and 20 percent of the proceeds will directly benefit Walk for Life, which offers services and programs to clients living with HIV and AIDS. Capriccio Ventura, 298 E. Main St., Ventura. After dining event at Fox Fine Jewelry, 210 E. Main St., Ventura. DEAD SEA SCROLLS SCHOLAR 4:30 pm. James C. VanderKam, Ph.D., will speak about “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians” and will address the similarities and differences between the contents of the Scrolls and the New Testament. CLU, Lundring Events Center. Free. sthomas@callutheran.edu. 493-3693.

MARKETS & SHOWS FARMER’S MARKET ongoing, 2-6:30 pm. Fresh from the fields to the table, the Certified California Farmers bring the freshest fruits and vegetables, all at the peak of the season. 403 West Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. 529-6266.

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LECTURES & SEMINARS WILDLIFE TALK 1-1:20 pm. Russell Galipeau, Channel Islands National Park Superintendent, will speak on resource management and wildlife ecology. Room AA8, Ventura College. 654-6462. ADDICTION SEMINAR 7 pm. Addressing alcoholism and addiction. 1610 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. www.addictioninterventionsolutions.com.

GROUPS & CLUBS NOTRE DAME CLUB 5:30 pm. Father Edward “Monk” Malloy will be the guest speaker at this event, featuring Mass at 5:30, reception and auction at 6:15, and pasta dinner at 7 pm. $20. San Buenaventura Mission, 211 E. Main St., Ventura. 987-3581. THE GULLS 11 am social hour, noon luncheon. Enjoy a spring fashion show from Piajeh. Come enjoy a lovely charity event and help support our local charities. Saticoy Country Club, 4450 N. Clubhouse Dr., Somis. $25. 382-3531. BREAST CANCER SUPPORT ongoing, 1:30-3 pm. Women in the Ventura area facing breast cancer have a new resource in their corner – a support group offered by The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura and Community Memorial Hospital. Free. Community Memorial Hospital Cancer Resource Center, 184 N. Brent St., Ventura. 379-4777. PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, noon-1:15 pm. A professionally facilitated support group that combines educational insight, peer and therapeutic feedback. Free initial assessment required prior to attendance. 204-7315. 12-STEP SURVIVORS OF INCEST ANONYMOUS ongoing, 5:30-6:30 pm. Group for men and women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. 133 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 893-3322.

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COOPERATIVE PARENTING AND DIVORCE PROGRAM ongoing, 6:30 pm. Presented by Jewish Family Service to teach parents how to shield children from parental conflict and establish “co-parent”hood. 1815 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565. ONE AGAIN ongoing, 7:30 pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 nonmembers. 653-6466.

STEPPING OUT DANCE MEDICINE ongoing, 7:30-9:30 pm. Healing through dance. $5-10 donation. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai. 798-1765.

Friday, April 18 GROUPS & CLUBS BUDGET SCRAPBOOKING ongoing, 1011:30 am. Learn how to attractively present mementos and photos. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

Saturday, April 19 SPECIAL EVENTS FREE WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC 9 amnoon. The Conejo Free Clinic in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Thousand Oaks is sponsoring a Women’s Health Screening for Underinsured and Uninsured Women. Kaiser Permanente, 365 E. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks. 497-3575. MISS VENTURA COUNTY 7 pm. The crowning of Miss, Miss Teen and Junior Miss Ventura County. $30. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way. www.oxnardpacc.com. 486-2424. MIDTOWN VENTURA EXPO 10 am-4 pm. The Earth Day Expo and Midtown Green Home and Garden Tour will feature sustainable products and nonprofit groups that educate the public about green principles. Expo free, tour $10. 653-6573. CA STATE PARKS CLEANUP Volunteers are needed at California state parks for the 11th annual California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup. (888) 98PARKS. www.calparks.org. DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATION 2-4 pm. The American Red Cross of Ventura County will hold a free course to teach people how to build a disaster kit, make a disaster plan, and get informed on the different ways to prepare before disaster strikes. Borders Book Store, 241 W. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard. 339-2234, ext. 269. hoogenakkert@usa.redcross.org. SIMI VALLEY EARTH DAY 10 am-5 pm. Featuring events and entertainment to celebrate Earth Day. Simi Valley Town Center. 581-1755. BEACH CLEANUP 10 am-noon. Celebrate Earth Day and Keep California Beautiful Month by volunteering for Ventura’s annual Beach Cleanup. Surfers' Knoll Beach on Spinnaker Drive, across from Ventura Harbor Village. www.cityofventura.net. 652-4555. DOCENT TRAINING 10 am-2 pm. Through May 24, The Friends of Heritage Square will offer a free six-week training program that will include guest speakers, lectures, slide shows, field trips and hands-on tour guide techniques. 483-7960. WHEELER GORGE BIRD WALK 8:30 am. Tom Halpin, avid birder and member of the Conejo Valley Audubon Society, will help new and seasoned birders learn about the local birds found at Wheeler Gorge and in the sur-

rounding areas. Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Hwy. $3 donation. THOUSAND OAKS EARTH DAY 11 am-4 pm. Guests will enjoy exhibits and performances geared toward promoting a healthy, prosperous and sustainable environment by highlighting planet-friendly activities, services and products. Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. Janss Road. AUDUBON TRIP 8:30 am. This 200 acre property is a mixture of oak woods and open fields. With a water source, natural habitat and feeders, there should be a large variety of birds. Another plus is a great view with elevation of 2,900 feet. Meher Mt., 9200 Sulphur Mountain Road. 640-9037. SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL 10 am-5 pm, also Sunday. The event will feature food, entertainment and demonstrations highlighting the Nordic cultures of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland and the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. $5-$3. www.calluther an.edu/scanfest. OAK VIEW CIVIC COUNCIL AWARDS This year’s event features a spaghetti dinner followed by the Community Award ceremony and the introduction of the honorary Mayor of Oak View. $10-$5. 649-1192. herndonhouse@sbcglobal.net. SOLAR FIRE FESTIVAL 7:15 pm. Meditation of the Full Moon of Taurus/Scorpio. Commentary and meditation at 7:30 pm with Diana Lang. Music throughout the evening with Jim and Bettie. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. 646-5508. meditation@meditation.com.

MUSEUMS OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK ongoing, 11 am-4 pm. The two-story adobe hacienda on the park grounds, built in 1847, features furnishings from the early California rancho period. 4200 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. 658-4728.

MARKETS & SHOWS CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA ongoing, 8:30 am-noon. Corner of Santa Clara and Palm, Ventura. 529-6266.

GROUPS & CLUBS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 1 pm. Regular monthly meeting featuring speaker Carl Boyer, talking about doing research from home. Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. 654-1127. AR TH RI T I S SU PP OR T ongoing, 2-4 pm. The Arthritis Foundation presents its Arthritis Support and Education Group at Dr. Steve Jensen’s office, at 2109 Pickwick Dr. in Camarillo. 563-4685. info.sca.sbb@arthritis.org. MEDITATE FOR CALM AWARENESS ongoing, 1-2:15 pm. Guided by Sarah Kalvin. Spa by Diane Loring Inc., Historic Love House, 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. www.calmawareness.com. (818) 421-9068. LAUGHTER CLUB ongoing, 7:30-8:15 am. Learn to laugh for no reason and receive the physiological and psychological benefits of laughter. Free. Camarillo Yoga Center, 5800 Santa Rosa Road, Ste. 127, Camarillo. 484-8810.

STEPPING OUT THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB 7:3010:30 pm. Dance to music by the Starlighters. Singles and couples welcome. $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

Sunday, April 20 SPECIAL EVENTS SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL See Saturday.

MUSEUMS OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK See Saturday.

MARKETS & SHOWS CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER'S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET ongoing, 10 am-2 pm. More than 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.

MUSIC AFTERNOON OF JAZZ AND DANCING 1 pm-4:30 pm. This nonprofit club sponsors monthly sessions of live jazz music for listening and dancing, featuring prominent bands and vocalists, as well as providing student scholarships to summer jazz camps. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard. $9. 642-6110.

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St., Ventura. www.neareastdance.com. 640-5781. Y OG A AT BO U L D ER D A S H ongoing, 7:30-9 pm. Instructor Jennifer Mackie. $10. 557-1300.

GROUPS & CLUBS ROTARY CLUB noon. Sam Marsh, Driver’s Education Director will talk on the “Continuing Need for Driver’s Education In California High Schools.” Wedgewood Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. 647-7612. www.gorotary.com. SIERRA GROUP MORNING WALKS ongoing, 8:30 am. Three to five-mile walk conducted at various sites in Ventura-Ojai area. 643-0270. CAMARILLO NOONTIME OPTIMIST CLUB ongoing, noon. Round Table Pizza, Arneill Rd. 300-5656. GOOD GRIEF GROUP ongoing, 10:30 am. Group open to all people in need of spiritual uplifting. 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312. DEPRESSION SUPPORT ongoing, 6:15-7:30 pm. Come heal the emotional pain, meet others who share your concerns, identify root causes and discover how to move ahead. Free initial assessment required prior to attendance. 204-7315 SENIORS SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, 3-4:15 pm. Group for depression, life transitions, anxiety, loneliness, caregivers issues. Free initial assessment required prior to attendance. 204-7315.

Tuesday, April 22 CLASSES CAPOEIRA BATUQUE See Thursday. VENTURA SUNRISE TOASTMASTERS ongoing, 6:30 am. Helping people develop speaking, presentation and meeting management skills. Carrow's Cafe and Bakery, 2401 Harbor Blvd, Ventura. 509-4736. NEI GUNG ongoing, 9:30-11 am. Taught by Scott Nordeng. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 953-4458. BUILDING BETTER BALANCE ongoing, 9:3010:30 am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and work on improving posture and balance. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261. STRENGTH TRAINING ongoing, 10-11 am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and workout to build better bones, balance and strength. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261. VENTURA HEALING ROOMS See Thursday. OXNARD WEST COAST JUI-JITSU ongoing, 8-9 pm; also Thursdays. 2945 Los Olivos, Oxnard.

GROUPS & CLUBS ORGANIC GARDEN & HERB SOCIETY 7 pm. Discussion will be on nontoxic ways (as an alternative to Roundup) to protect plants from pests and diseases. Organic principles and concepts will also be discussed. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. 498-1623. CITIZENS FOR IMPEACHMENT 5:30 pm. David Swanson, leading champion of our U.S. Constitution, will be the featured speaker at a public forum titled, "Are Peace and Impeachment Possible?: Strategies for Saving Our Constitution, Economy and Environment." Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai. 218-1199. WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, 23:30 pm. This group is designed to help women gain insight, learn coping strategies and gain support from other women. Free initial assessment required prior to attendance. 204-7315. CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS ongoing, 79:30 pm. The group is looking for men who like to sing to join their Barbershop Chorus. Wilson Park Center, 350 N. C St., Oxnard. 650-9940.

LECTURES & SEMINARS SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT RELIGION ongoing, 7 pm. Based on the principles of “A Course in Miracles,” given by nondenominational spiritual lecturer Scott Patrick Wagner. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, $10 suggested donation. 101 S. Laurel Street., Ventura. 655-0159.

HEALTH M O O D D I S O RD E R S U P P O R T G RO U P ongoing, 6:30-8 pm. Bible Fellowship Church, 6950 Ralston St., Room 301, Ventura. www.DSBAAlliance.org. 201-0659.

STEPPING OUT COUNTRY LOVERS WESTERN DANCE CLUB ongoing, 6:30-9 pm. All ages welcome. $3, first-time visitors free, free to kids younger than 13, $5 taco dinner. Family Center, 10269

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Wednesday, April 23 MARKETS & SHOWS CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA ongoing, 9 am-1 pm. Pacific View Mall, west parking lot on Main St., Ventura. 529-6266.

GROUPS & CLUBS HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION 7 pm. Marjorie Murray will speak about "Homeowner Associations: Rights and governance for millions of Californians." Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road. 498-9401. GlobalExchangeVCS@yahoo.com. B USI N ESS N ETWORK I N T’L ongoing, 11:30 am-1 pm. The world’s largest marketing program specializing in business referrals for members is proud to open the new Inner Circle Chapter in Ventura County. Thousand Oaks Inn, 75 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. $13. 850-0157. linda@bni-vc.com. TEEN THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, 3:30-4:30 pm. Dealing with anxiety, self-esteem, effects of divorce, depression, loneliness and socialization. Free assessment required prior to attending. 484-7868, ext. 8. ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, 5:306:45 pm. Discover root causes, coping techniques, and how to manage your anxiety so you can begin enjoying your life. Free initial assessment required prior to attendance. 204-7315. BINGO ongoing, 5:30-9:30 pm. The public, ages 21 and older, are invited to the weekly Wednesday Night Bingo at the Avenue Adult Center. Cash payouts for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035. DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE ongoing, 2-4 pm and 6:30-8 pm. Group meetings, peer-led. Adult Wellness & Recovery Center, 56 E. Main St., Ste. 103, corner of Main Street & Ventura Avenue. 201-0619. WOMEN IN TRANSITION ongoing, 6:30-8 pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. 1915 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565. ONE AGAIN ongoing, 7:30 pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. 525-0944. STRESS REDUCTION Through May 7, 6:308:30 pm. Ventura-area residents affected by cancer are invited to participate in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course offered by The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura. Free. Community Memorial Hospital Cancer Resource Center, 184 N. Brent St., Ventura. 379-4777.

Ongoing CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION SCHOL ARSHIP The Ray Prueter Scholarship created by the Ventura County Contractors Association’s Construction Education Fund is financed by contributions from its nearly 700 members to aid students in the local community who seek to continue an education toward a career in the construction field. Applications due April 25. www.vccainc.com. 981-8088. LAUGHTER CLUB 6:30-7:15 pm. First, second and third Fridays of each month. Laughter Club is a creative, fun, experiential way to learn how to laugh to relieve stress and improve health. Free. Camarillo Center for Spiritual Living, 340 Mobil Ave. www.laughteryoga.com. 497-9756. CSUCI SEEKS COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS California State University Channel Islands invites members of the community to

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skyrocketing. It would be very advantageous to come and see what you might do in your own home to save some money,” Long said. “Whether you believe in global warming or not it really makes sense to try and save money and save our resources.” The expo will also highlight things the city is doing to be greener like using recycled paper and low energy light bulbs. There will be tours of the huge photovoltaic array the city has built to generate solar electricity. Visitors to the expo can buy tickets for the Midtown Green Home and Garden tour for $10. They’ll be given maps to five locations where homeowners have done things like adding solar panels and native plants. “They use a lot less water since they’re native to this area, so they’re used to the climate, and they thrive there,” Long said. One garden helps protect the ocean and conserve water by controlling rain and run-off that would normally flow into drains. “One thing is you make sure none of the water runs off into the street,” Long said. “People can collect the water that runs off the roof and collect it in tanks so that you can water your lawn when it’s dry.”

Innovative ways to keep homes warm or cool will also be featured. “Another home in Midtown has denim insulation, and they took out their attic and increased their living space by doing so,” Long said. “It’s fun to see. Most of these designs that are more earth friendly are really beautiful.” Ventura marketing specialist Richard Newsham said the city is also partnering with the Surfrider Foundation for an event to help restore the beauty of a local beach on April 19, starting at 10 a.m. “We’re going to be celebrating Earth Day as well as Keep California Beautiful Month,” Newsham said. “It’s our annual beach cleanup at surfer’s knoll off Spinnaker Drive just across from Ventura Harbor Village. “It’s a great event to get the whole family involved in. We’ll provide the gloves and the trash bags. You just have to show up,” Newsham said. “I’ve discovered that a lot of parents bring their kids, and it’s a great way to teach them about caring for the Earth”. ✦

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080306-10003292-0 The following persons are doing business as: 1) MAVERICK’S SPORTS CLUB, 2) MAVERICK’S SPORTS CLUB AND CINEMA 3, Articles of incorporation or organization number filed with the California Secretary of State: 200517510250. State of incorporation: 543 W. Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark, CA 93021, Ventura County, Cru Jones, LLC, 543 W. Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark, CA 93021. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 3/1/07. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Cru Jones, LLC, Joseph Cappuccino, Joseph Cappuccino, Member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 6, 2008. NOTICE THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080312-10003647-0 The following persons are doing business as: 1) CLUB MERCY, 2) CLUB MERCY, LLC, Articles of incorporation or organization number filed with the California Secretary of State: 20080611 0262. State of incorporation: California. 426 S. D St. #19, Oxnard, CA 93030, Ventura County, Club Mercy, LLC, 426 S. D St. #19, Oxnard, CA 93030. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: February 29, 2008. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Club Mercy, LLC, Jeffrey Shuman, Jeffrey Shuman, Managing Member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 12, 2008. NOTICE THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS

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FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080325-10004199-0 The following persons are doing business as: MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY, Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number filed with the California Secretary of State: 2968139, State of incorporation: CA, 1651 S. Victoria Ave., Ste. 120, Oxnard, CA 93035, Ventura County, Nefola, Inc., 1523 Twin Tides Pl., Oxnard, CA 93035. This business is conducted by: a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Nefola, Inc., Cynthia Zola-Neftin, President, Cynthia Zola-Neftin. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 25, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080325-10004281-0 The following person is doing business as: 1) THE VOICE, 2) THE OJAI & VENTURA VOICE, 333 W. El Roblar, Ojai, CA 93023, Ventura County, Brian Curtis Smith, 3400 Gibraltar Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, Kate Smith, 3400 Gibraltar Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This business is conducted by: Husband and Wife. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Brian Curtis Smith, Brian Curtis Smith. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 25, 2008. NOTICE THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080321-10004053-0 The following persons are doing business as: VINYL CRAFT, Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number filed with the California Secretary of State: 655403, State of incorporation: California, 845 Ventura Blvd., Oxnard, CA 93030, Ventura County, Fence Factory, 2419 Palma Dr., Ventura, CA 93003. This

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business is conducted by: a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 01/07/98. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Fence Factory, Steven Bennett, Steven Bennett, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 21, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080321-10004054-0 The following persons are doing business as: FENCE FACTORY RENTALS, Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number filed with the California Secretary of State: 655403, State of incorporation: California, 1441 Callens Rd., Ventura, CA 93003, Ventura County, Fence Factory, 2419 Palma Dr., Ventura, CA 93003. This business is conducted by: a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 04/07/98. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Fence Factory, Steven Bennett, Steven Bennett, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 21, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080321-10004052-0 The following persons are doing business as: PERIMETER SECURITY SYSTEMS, Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number filed with the California Secretary of State: 655403, State of incorporation: California, 1482 Callens Rd., Ventura, CA 93003, Ventura County, Fence Factory, 2419 Palma Dr., Ventura, CA 93003. This business is conducted by: a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 11/23/98. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Fence Factory, Steven Bennett, Steven Bennett, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 21, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq.,

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Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080305-10003209-0 The following person is doing business as: COMPUMANAGER COMPUTER SERVICES, 209 Southcrest Pl., Simi Valley, CA 93065, Ventura County, Scott C. Bixler, 209 Southcrest Pl., Simi Valley, CA 93065. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 12/17/2002. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Scott Bixler, Scott Bixler. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 5, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080324-10004165-0 The following person is doing business as: RACHADA THAI CUISINE, 525 A Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark, CA 93021, Tippawan Jancharoenporn, 16850 Germain St., Granada, CA 91344. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Tippawan, Tippawan. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 24, 2008. NOTICE THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080331-10004554-0 The following person is doing business as: NET PARCEL, 8983 Aberdare St., Ventura, CA 93004, Ventura County, Edward T. Yost, 8983 Aberdare St., Ventura, CA 93004. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 2/1/2003. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Edward T. Yost, Edward T. Yost. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 31, 2008. NOTICE THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation

of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080317-10003831-0 The following persons are doing business as: LSV, LLC, Articles of incorporation or organization number filed with the California Secretary of State: 2007356 10289. State of incorporation: CA. 306 Southridge Drive, Oakpark, CA 91377, Ventura County, LSV, LLC, 306 Southridge Drive, Oakpark, CA 91377. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 12-19-07. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ LSV, LLC, Lorna Veliz, Lorna Veliz, Manager-Member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 17, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080331-10004653-0 The following persons are doing business as: HIGH TIMES TRANSPORTATION, L.L.C., Articles of incorporation or organization number filed with the California Secretary of State: 2008051100 76. State of incorporation: California. 388 Franklin Lane, Ventura, CA 93001, Ventura County, High Times Transportation, L.L.C., 388 Franklin Lane, Ventura, CA 93001. This business is conducted by: a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ High Times Transportation, L.L.C., John D. Robertson, John D. Robertson / Manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 31, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080401-10004704-0 The following person is doing business as: 1) THE LIBRARY DISCOTEQUE 2008, 2) THE LIBRARY DISCOTEQUE REVISITED, 1250 Crestlake Ave., Ventura, Calif. 93004, VTA County, Ernest Richard Gutierrez Jr. 1250 Crestlake Ave., Ventura, Calif. 93004. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct.

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(A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Ernest R. Gutierrez, Ernest R. Gutierrez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 1, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/10/08, 4/17/08, 4/24/08 and 5/1/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080328-10004484-0 The following person is doing business as: ANC TECHNOLOGY, 10195 Stockton Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021, Ventura County, Dennis Noble, 10195 Stockton Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021, Xiaoyu Maggie Zhou Noble, 10195 Stockton Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021. This business is conducted by: Husband and Wife. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 1/1/1995. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Dennis Noble, Dennis Noble. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 28, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/10/08, 4/17/08, 4/24/08 and 5/1/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080403-10004875-0 The following person is doing business as: MONOPOLE RESEARCH, 739 Calle Sequoia, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, Ventura County, Elizabeth H. Bleszynski, 739 Calle Sequoia, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, Marek K. Bleszynski, 739 Calle Sequoia, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, Peter Christopher Bleszynski, 739 Calle Sequoia, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, Anna C. Bleszynski, 739 Calle Sequoia, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. This business is conducted by: Copartners. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: May 10, 1994. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Elizabeth Bleszynski, Elizabeth Bleszynski. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 3, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/10/08, 4/17/08, 4/24/08 and 5/1/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080321-10004030-0 The following person is doing business as: SHOOTING STAR COMMUNICATIONS, 510 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, CA 93060, Ventura County, Starley A. Hunter, 510 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, CA 93060. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 3/1/08. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Starley A. Hunter, Starley A. Hunter. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on March 21, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/10/08, 4/17/08, 4/24/08 and 5/1/08.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080404-10004877-0 The following person is doing business as: 1) VITA EXPLORATIONS, 2) VITA ART CENTER, 298 Arnett Ave., Ventura, CA 93003, Ventura County, Mary Perez, 298 Arnett Ave., Ventura, CA 93003. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Mary Perez, Mary Perez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 4, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/10/08, 4/17/08, 4/24/08 and 5/1/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080404-10004899-0 The following person is doing business as: BULL’S-EYE BOOKKEEPING, 4684 Varsity St., Ventura, CA 93003, Ventura County, Kerri S. L. Claussen, 4684 Varsity St., Ventura, CA 93003. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Kerri S. L. Claussen, Kerri S. L. Claussen. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 4, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/10/08, 4/17/08, 4/24/08 and 5/1/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080404-10004929-0 The following person is doing business as: 1) THE OJAI & VENTURA ROSE, 2) THE ROSE, 333 W. El Roblar, Ojai, CA 93023, Ventura County, Brian Curtis Smith, 3400 Gibraltar Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, Katherine Anne Smith, 3400 Gibraltar Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This business is conducted by: Husband and Wife. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Brian C. Smith, Brian C. Smith. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 4, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/10/08, 4/17/08, 4/24/08 and 5/1/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080407-10005023-0 The following person is doing business as: 1) FORMALLY-KNOWN-AS-THE VOICE COLLECTIVE, 2) MAD DOG PUBLISHING, 333 W. El Roblar, Ojai, CA 93023, Ventura County, Katherine Anne Smith, 3400 Gibraltar Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, Brian Curtis Smith, 3400 Gibraltar Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This business is conducted by: Husband and Wife. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: April 1, 2008. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Katherine Anne Smith, Katherine Anne Smith. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 7, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY

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CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/10/08, 4/17/08, 4/24/08 and 5/1/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080407-10005021-0 The following person is doing business as: 1) RANCH HAND BBQ & GRILL, 2) ARNIE’S BBQ & GRILL, 3321-B Kimber Rd., Newbury Park, CA 91320, Ventura County, Arnold Gysbertus Scherpenborg Jr., 1383 Calle Castano, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Arnold G. Scherpenborg Jr., Arnold G. Scherpenborg Jr. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 7, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080408-10005149-0 The following person is doing business as: HOUSE OF PANES, 1419 E. Santa Clara St., Unit B, Ventura CA 93001, Ventura County, Benjamin Patrick Hummer, 1227 New Bedford Court, Ventura, CA 93001. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Ben P. Hummer, Ben P. Hummer. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 8, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080407-10005027-0 The following person is doing business as: MEDIA COOPER, 2362 Hopi Lane, Ventura, CA 93001, Ventura County, Greg A. Cooper, 2362 Hopi Lane, Ventura, CA 93001. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 4/7/08. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Greg A. Cooper, Greg A. Cooper. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 7, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080408-10005148-0 The following persons are doing business as: 1) NEFTIN WESTLAKE MAZDA, 2) NEFTIN WESTLAKE CAR CO., 3) NEFTIN MAZDA, Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number filed with the California Secretary of State: 0747882, State of incorporation: California, 3500 Auto Mall Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, Ventura County, Conejo Auto Imports Inc., 3500 Auto Mall Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. This business is conducted by: a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business

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name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Conejo Auto Imports Inc., Howard Neftin, Howard Neftin, Vice President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 8, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080408-10005113-0 The following persons are doing business as: CAVALRY STORAGE, Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number filed with the California Secretary of State: C1187825, State of incorporation: CA, 555 East Easy St., Simi Valley, CA 93065, Ventura County, Bason Company Inc. CA Corporation, 555 East Easy St., Simi Valley, CA 93065. This business is conducted by: a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Bason Company Inc., Renjye Yeh, Renjye Yeh, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 8, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080404-10004930-0 The following persons are doing business as: ABS INTERNET, Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number filed with the California Secretary of State: 2103109, State of incorporation: California, 3825 Old Conejo Rd., Newbury Park, CA 91320, Ventura County, Matrix 5, Inc., 3825 Old Conejo Rd., Newbury Park, CA 91320. This business is conducted by: a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 1/1/2001. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ William P. Miller, William P. Miller / President & CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 4, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080411-10005311-0 The following person is doing business as: ROAD DOGS, 1021 Devilfish Drive, Oxnard, CA 93035, Ventura County, Sharon Farrell, 1021 Devilfish Drive, Oxnard, CA 93035, Randy Rutledge, 1840 Capstan, Oxnard, CA 93035. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Sharon Farrell, Sharon Farrell. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 11, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq.,

Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080404-10004903-0 The following person is doing business as: ONE LOTUS, 405 Bedford Place, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, Ventura County, Susan Sumiko Harada, 405 Bedford Place, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, Niloufer M. Cainglit, 2685 Velarde Dr., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. This business is conducted by: Copartners. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 4/04/08. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Susan S. Harada, Susan S. Harada. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 4, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080411-10005325-0 The following person is doing business as: CORLAND INVESTMENTS, 255 Scarborough St., Thousand Oaks, CA 91361, Ventura County, Susan O’Brien, 255 Scarborough St., Thousand Oaks, CA 91361, Lynne McGolrick, 255 Scarborough St., Thousand Oaks, CA 91361, Herbert McGolrick, 255 Scarborough St., Thousand Oaks, CA 91361. This business is conducted by: Copartners. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 4/11/08. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Susan O’Brien, Susan O’Brien. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 11, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080408-10005114-0 The following persons are doing business as: GOLDEN CHINA RESTAURANT, Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number filed with the California Secretary of State: 2477610, State of incorporation: 760 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura, CA 93001, Ventura County, Ney San Corporation, 9132 Halifax St., Ventura, CA 93004. This business is conducted by: a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 11/26/02. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) /s/ Ney San Corporation, Kuo-Cheng Cheng, Kuo-Cheng Cheng, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 8, 2008. NOTICE - THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business & Professions Code). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

Legal Notices Display LIEN SALE Lien Sale Peninsula Yacht Marina, 3700 Peninsula Rd Oxnard. 5-1-08, 11:00am. Eiche CA Hin#HAZ6985C0475. Wesco Ca Hin#650. Bayl CA Hin# BLBAB6CM 12B34. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC LIEN SALE Business and Professions Code Sec. 21700 - Div. 8 - C.C. 3072. Notice is hereby given by the undersigned that a public lien sale of the following described personal property will be held at the hour of 10:00 A.M., date: April 25, 2008, County of Ventura, State of California. The property is stored at the VENTURAMINI-WAREHOUSE, located at 3695 Market St., Ventura, CA 93003. Tel: (805) 644-1330. The items to be sold are generally described as follows: Furniture, Clothing, Tools and/or other household items stored by the following persons: Name of Account, Space #, Description: JESUS LUNA, Space #071: Tools. GUY W. MARCUS, Space# 045: Miscellaneous. Date: April 4, 2008. Signed: Oscar Moreno, Manager. This notice is given in accordance with the provisions of Section 21700 et seq. of the Business and Professions code of the State of California. Sale subject to prior cancellation in the event of settlement between Owner and obligated party. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/10/08 and 4/17/08.

SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) CASE NUMBER: (NUMERO DEL CASO) 56-2007-00308846-CLPA-SIM NOTICE TO DEFENDANT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): Reve Duarte, and Does 1 Through 10, Inclusive. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club, An Interinsurance Exchange. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca. gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. Tiene 30 DIAS DE CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen. Su respuesza por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas informacion en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/espanol/), en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumpilmiento y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, pueda llamar a un servicio de remision a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpia con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/espanol/) o poniendose en cantacto con la corte o el colegio de abagados locales. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de la corte es): Superior court of California, County of Ventura, Limited Civil Case, 3855-F Alamo Street, Simi Valley, CA 93063; East County Courthouse. The name, address and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es):

Cynthia Winter, Esq., CSB# 185564, Richardson & Fair, 2601 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007 Telephone: 213-741-3312; 213-741-4190. Date (Fecha): Dec. 07, 2007 MICHAEL D. PLANET, Clerk (Secretario), by DIANE LYNN EIDECKER, Deputy (Delegado) SEAL STATEMENT OF DAMAGES (Personal Injury or Wrongful Death) To: REVE DUARTE Plaintiff: INTERINSURANCE EXCHANGE OF THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB seeks damages in the above-entitled action, as follows: Special damages Property damage $11,337.95 Date: October 16, 2007 CYNTHIA WINTER, ESQ. CSB #185564. 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1/08. CNS-1315225#

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF VENTURA. NOTICE OF HEARING BY PUBLICATION WELFARE & INSTITUTIONS CODE §366.26 J 066657 HEARING DATE: 06/23/2008 TIME: 08:30AM COURTROOM: J1 In the matter of the Petition of the County of Ventura Human Services Agency regarding freedom from parental custody and control on behalf of Margo A. Keep, a child. To: Chris Newman, Christina Keep, and to all persons claiming to be the parent’s of the above-named person who is described as follows: name Margo A. Keep, Date of Birth: 06/22/2007, Place of Birth: Thousand Oaks, California, Father’s name: Chris Newman, Mother’s name: Christina Keep. Pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26, a hearing has been scheduled for your child. You are hereby notified that you may appear on 06/23/2008, at 8:30 a.m., or as soon as counsel can be heard in Courtroom J1 of this Court at Juvenile Justice Center 4353 Vineyard Ave. Oxnard, CA 93036. YOU ARE FURTHER ADVISED as follows: At the hearing the Court must choose and implement one of the following permanent plans for the child: adoption, guardianship, or long term foster care. Parental rights may be terminated at this hearing. On 06/23/2008, the Human Services Agency will recommend termination of parental rights. The child may be ordered placed in long term foster care, subject to the regular review of the Juvenile Court; or, a legal guardian may be appointed for the child and letters of guardianship be issued; or, adoption may be identified as the permanent placement goal and the Court may order that efforts be made to locate an appropriate adoptive family for the child for a period not to exceed 180 days and set the matter for further review; or, parental rights may be terminated. You are entitled to be present at the hearing with your attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, you are entitled to have the Court appoint counsel for you. A thirty-day continuance may be granted if necessary for counsel to prepare the case. At all termination proceedings, the Court shall consider the wishes of the child and shall act in the best interest of the child. Any order of the Court permanently terminating parental rights under this section shall be conclusive and binding upon the minor person, upon the parent or parents, and upon all other persons who have been served with citation by publication or otherwise. After making such an order, the Court shall have no power to set aside, change, or modify it, but this shall not be construed to limit the rights to appeal the order. If the Court, by order or judgment, declares the child free from the custody and control of both parents, or one parent if the other no longer has custody and control, the Court shall, at the same time, order the child referred to the licensed County adoption agency for adoptive placement by that agency. The rights and procedures described above are set forth in detail in the California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26. You are referred to that section for further particulars. Michael J. Planet, Executive Officer and Clerk, County of Ventura, State of California. Dated: 04/03/2008 by: Gladys Gonzalez Deputy Clerk, Children and Family Services Social Worker. 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1/08. CNS-1315880#

VENTURA COUNTY WATERSHED PROTECTION DISTRICT NOTICE INVITING BIDS Sealed bids will be received in the bid box at the County Surveyor’s Public Counter, 3rd Floor, Administration Building, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, California 93009-1670, until 2:00 p.m. on May 13, 2008, and afterwards publicly opened, for Warring Canyon Channel Replacement Upstream of Center

Street, for Specification No. WP08-07, which consists of demolition, removal and disposal of the existing concrete trapezoidal channel and wooden pedestrian bridge immediately adjacent to Center Street and other miscellaneous items. Construction of reinforced concrete rectangular channel from Center Street upstream approximately 1,270 feet. Wooden pedestrian bridge, widening of access road, Ac pavement, CMB access road, RC overpour, concrete v-ditch, chain link fence and gates, excavation, backfill, and appurtenant work. The estimated cost of construction is $2,030,900.00. The plans, specifications and proposal forms for this project are filed in the office of the Ventura County Surveyor and are, by reference, made a part of this Notice. Plans, specifications and bidding documents are sold for $15.11 including tax and shipping, non-refundable ($5.36 if picked up). Make checks payable to the County of Ventura and send to the attention of, or bring to, the County Surveyor’s Office. A List of Plan Holders is available on the Public Works Agency Website at: http://publicworks.countyofventura.org click on Engineering Services. An abstract of bids received will be available at the same website. For Technical Questions concerning bidding documents, Fax 805-677-8762, or Voice 805-6543805. Bids must be submitted on the proposal form furnished with said documents. Each bid must be accompanied by a bid guarantee in the amount of not less than 10% of the amount bid, PAYABLE TO THE VENTURA COUNTY WATERSHED PROTECTION DISTRICT and guaranteeing that the bidder will enter into a contract in accordance with the terms of the bidding documents if award is made. The bid guarantee shall be in one of the following forms: a bid bond written by an admitted surety insurer on the form included with the Proposal form, a cashier’s check drawn by a National bank, a check certified by a National bank or cash. An electronically transmitted copy (FAX) of the bid bond form included in the Proposal form may be used, but the form must have the original signatures of the principal and surety. A FAX of the completed bond will not be accepted. Bidders must have a Class A California Contractors license, and will be required to furnish a Performance Bond and a Payment Bond, each in the amount of 100% of the contract price. In accordance with Section 22300 of the Public Contract Code, securities may be substituted for funds withheld. Bidders, contractors and other interested parties can also obtain printed copies of the wage rates pertaining to specific current projects at the Ventura County Surveyor’s public counter. The contractor must post copies of the prevailing wage schedule at each job site. California general prevailing wage rates for construction can be obtained from the following Web site: http://www.dir.ca.gov/DLSR/ PWD/index.htm. 4/17/08. CNS-1322 236#

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF VENTURA NOTICE OF AMENDED PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE CASE NUMBER: D 321176 MARRIAGE OF: PETITIONER: JACLYN HUDKINSPEREIRA. RESPONDENT: ROBERT HUDKINS. AN AMENDED PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE was filed October 31, 2007, with the SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF VENTURA, 800 South Victoria Avenue, P.O. Box 6489, Ventura, California 93006-6489, Hall of Justice. RESIDENCE: Petitioner has been a resident of this state for at least six months and of this county for at least three months immediately preceding the filing of this

Amended Petition For Dissolution of Marriage. STATISTICAL FACTS: a. Date of Marriage: 12/09/03. b. Date of Separation: 05/01/05. c. Time from date of marriage to date of separation (specify): Years: 1 Months: 5 DECLARATION REGARDING MINOR CHILDREN (include children of this relationship born prior to or during the marriage or adopted during the marriage): There are no minor children. SEPARATE PROPERTY: Petitioner requests that the assets and debts listed in Property Declaration (form FL-160) be confirmed as separate property. DECLARATION REGARDING COMMUNITY AND QUASI-COMMUNITY ASSETS AND DEBTS AS CURRENTLY KNOWN: All such assets and debts are listed in Property Declaration (form FL-160). Petitioner requests dissolution of the marriage based on irreconcilable differences. (Fam. Code, § 2310(a).) Petitioner requests that that the court grant the above relief and make injunctive (including restraining) and other orders as follows: Terminate the court’s jurisdiction (ability) to award spousal support to Respondent. Property rights be determined. Petitioner’s former name be restored to (specify): JACLYN PEREIRA. Child support - If there are minor children born to or adopted by the Petitioner and Respondent before or during this marriage, the court will make orders for the support of the children upon request and submission of financial forms by the requesting party. An earnings assignment may be issued without further notice. Any party required to pay support must pay interest on overdue amounts at the “legal” rate, which is currently 10 percent. I HAVE READ THE RESTRAINING ORDERS ON THE BACK OF THE SUMMONS, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THEY APPLY TO ME WHEN THIS AMENDED PETITION IS FILED. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct. Date: October 23, 2007. /s/ Jaclyn Hudkins-Pareira. Date: October 25, 2007. /s/ Rennee R. Dehesa, CSB #249235, Attorney for Petitioner. A copy of this Amended Petition For Dissolution of Marriage shall be published at least once a week each week for four consecutive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: VENTURA COUNTY REPORTER. Date: October 31, 2007. /s/ Michael D. Planet, Judge of the Superior Court, Executive Officer and Clerk, By: Angelica Robles. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 3/27/08, 4/3/08, 4/10/08 and 4/17/08.

VENTURA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NO. 56-2008-00316274CU-PT-VTA This statement was filed April 7, 2008, with the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009, Ventura Hall of Justice. Petition of: CAROL LYNN WOTMAN FOR CHANGE OF NAME. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: CAROL LYNN WOTMAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: CAROL LYNN WOTMAN to CAROLYNN BARTLETT WOTMAN. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be

granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: May 28, 2008. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: 42. The address of the court is Ventura County Superior Court, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week each week for four consecutive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: VENTURA COUNTY REPORTER. Date: April 7, 2008. /s/ Michael D. Planet, Judge of the Superior Court, Executive Officer and Clerk, By: Debra Hebert. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

VCR Summons SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF VENTURA SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) CASE NO. (NUMERO DEL CASO): 56-2007-00304462CL-CL-VTA NOTICE TO DEFENDANT (Aviso a Acusado): LYN M. COTWRIGHT AND DOES 1 TO 10. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (A Ud. Le está demandando): FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY LLC. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca. gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. Tiene 30 DIAS DE CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas informacion en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/espanol/), en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumpilmiento y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, pueda llamar a un servicio de remision a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpia

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF VENTURA SUMMONS (FAMILY LAW) CASE NO. D325121 NOTICE TO RESPONDENT: PHILLIP JOHN SOLOMON. You are being sued. PETITIONER’S NAME IS: SHELLEY ANN ARMSTRONG. Case Number D325121. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120 OF FL-123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. 1. The name and address of the court is: Ventura County Superior Court, 800 S. Victoria Ave, Ventura, CA 93009. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of petitioner’s attorney, or petitioner without an attorney, are: Shelley Ann Armstrong, 581 Tarlow Ave., Ventura, CA 93003, (805) 570-6333. Date: January 30, 2008. Michael D. Planet, Executive Officer and Clerk, by Liz Vallejo, Deputy. [Seal] NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served as an individual. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA SUMMONS (FAMILY LAW) CASE NO. 1246126 NOTICE TO RESPONDENT: ROY A. BYRON-COOPER. You are being sued. PETITIONER’S NAME IS: JOELLEN BYRON-COOPER. Case Number 1246126. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120 OF FL-123) at the court and serve a copy on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage, your property, and custody of your children.

You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. NOTICE: The restraining orders on Page 2 are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. 1. The name and address of the court is: Santa Barbara County Superior Court, 1100 Anacapa Street, P.O. Box 21107, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of petitioner’s attorney, or petitioner without an attorney, is: JOELLEN BYRON-COOPER, 125 W. Haley St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Date: July 20, 2007. Signed: /s/ Gary M. Blair, Executive Officer, Clerk, by Patricia Frutos, Deputy. NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served as an individual. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF VENTURA SUMMONS CASE NO. 56-2007-00303408CU-PA-VTA NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: TREMAINE BRUMFIELD, KATRINA GUTIERREZ, CITY OF OXNARD, and DOES 1 through 50, inclusive. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: HAFFIZA ALI and FAZEED HANIFF ALI. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken from you without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to contact an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. The name and address of the court is: VENTURA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney or plaintiff without an attorney, is: Richard R. Bredlau, 801 S. Victoria Avenue, Suite 203, Ventura, CA 93003, Phone: (805) 650-3100. Dated: September 7, 2007. Signed: Michael D. Planet, Clerk, By Denise M. Lugo, Deputy. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 3/20/08, 3/27/08, 4/3/08 and 4/10/08.

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF JESUS G. CISNEROS, JR. CASE NO: 56-2008-00315711PR-PL-VTA To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: JESUS G. CISNEROS, JR. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: EUGENIO CISNEROS in the Superior Court of California, County of VENTURA. The Petition for Probate requests that: EUGENIO CISNEROS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act, (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval, Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING ON THE PETITION WILL BE HELD IN THIS COURT AS FOLLOWS: May 7, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept. 44. Address of court: Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR OR A CONTINGENT CREDITOR OF THE DECEDENT, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE THE FILE KEPT BY THE COURT. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Stanley J. Yates, 260 Maple Ct., Ste. 230, Ventura, CA 93003, 805-658-1525. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08 and 4/17/08.

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF VERNA LILLIAN FRENCH CASE NO: 56-2008-00316023PR-PW-VTA To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: VERNA LILLIAN FRENCH. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: CANDACE M. LAMB in the Superior Court of California, County of VENTURA. The Petition for Probate requests that: CANDACE M. LAMB be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. A HEARING ON THE PETITION WILL BE HELD IN THIS COURT AS FOLLOWS: May 21, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept. 44. Address of court: Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009, Ventura Courthouse. IF YOU OB-

JECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR OR A CONTINGENT CREDITOR OF THE DECEDENT, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE THE FILE KEPT BY THE COURT. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Cynthia L. Masters, Law Offices of Jay H. Grant, APC, 10517 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025, Telephone: (310) 474-6504 Ext. 2. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF ROBERT J. NAJERA CASE NO: 56-2008-00315955PR-LA-VTA To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: ROBERT J. NAJERA. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: CARLOS J. NAJERA in the Superior Court of California, County of VENTURA. The Petition for Probate requests that: CARLOS J. NAJERA be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act, (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval, Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING ON THE PETITION WILL BE HELD IN THIS COURT AS FOLLOWS: April 30, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept. 44. Address of court: Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, 800 South Victoria Avenue, P.O. Box 6489, Ventura, CA 93006-6489. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR OR A CONTINGENT CREDITOR OF THE DECEDENT, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE THE FILE KEPT BY THE COURT. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: Carlos J. Najera, 1757 Mesa Verde Avenue, Suite 270, Ventura, CA 93003, Telephone: (805) 339-0960. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

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Please call Kristi Diane Pegg CHT, CMT, RM for an In-Person or Phone Session 805-284-3303 Visit Our Website 24/7 www.SynergisticWisdom.com “Helping You Achieve Your Desired Goals.”

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