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10 Feature Economy’s ripples hit home: Rough seas hit Ventura’s high-profile working artists project as doldrums surround Downtown. By Bill Lascher

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Living with cancer: Ventura doctor testing effects of Amgen’s new breast cancer drug. By Hannah Guzik

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In recent weeks, educators and students in Ventura County have banded together to protest proposed cuts to education spending. The cuts could eliminate billions of dollars from schools in the state at every level, from K-12 through the community college system and into the California State University System. When will in this state realize sacrificing its future prosperity does no one any good? When will we, as Californians, recognize we must take far more creative measures and make more immediate sacrifices to ensure a vibrant society? It is utterly abhorrent that the world’s sixth largest economy and the nation’s most populous state cannot muster the courage to invest in our future. One would think a society home to Silicon Valley, the entertainment industry and the emerging biotechnology and green business industries would understand that success and creativity come from investment, determination and commitment, not scorched Earth tactics. Saving this state and its economy means raising taxes. It means raising taxes to pay for teachers’ salaries. It means raising taxes to pay for school construction. It means raising taxes to pay for financial aid and grants to stimulate scholarship among those who otherwise wouldn’t be able. It means raising taxes among those who have benefited from the services this state, and this nation, have to offer so the entire society can share in those benefits. If we want to see crime vanish from our streets, we need to pay for the services that will remove it. That means paying not just the law enforcers that solve the immediate problems — although we must be ready to fund that which we demand — but for the chance to create opportunities that make a life of crime unnecessary and irrelevant. It also means shifting and readjusting our perception of crime. This is where creativity comes into play. It is far past time for us, as a society, to stop

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treating non-violent offenders in the same fashion we treat those who prey upon and victimize our society. Think of the millions of dollars we would save if we finally took a stand against locking up drug offenders and fully decriminalized possession of marijuana, while treating drug addiction of any sort as it should be treated, a medical issue. That would free space in our immensely strained prison system for the most dangerous offenders, allow law enforcement to focus on drug dealers who stoke the problem, and lessen the possibility that those imprisoned for minor possession charges will get caught up with other, more violent offenders. Creative solutions do not stop at the criminal justice system. If we want better roads with less traffic and more access to our homes and jobs, we must be willing to pay for them. We must adjust our gas taxes (a move admittedly quite unlikely to happen) so they are dependent on the amount of fuel we use. That means paying for a percentage of our fuel consumption, not a flat rate. Those who use more fuel will pay more, ensuring an influx of cash to use to pay for alternative transportation networks, mass transit systems, and better roads. One might say that would unfairly punish businesses dependent on cargo shipments and other transportation, but perhaps we need to look at it in a different way. If heavy fuel users were paying for the impacts they have on the transportation system and more people were using mass transit, that would mean more efficient travel for those who still need to use traditional transportation (thus saving on time and money) and more investment in this state on construction and other jobs necessary to pay for deploying new infrastructure. If we cannot adapt, if we cannot sacrifice short term profits and gains for long term strength and success do we deserve to lead, do we deserve success?

letters Graduation should be a special day. This is an open letter to Ventua and Oxnard College students. No graduating student should have to take a final on commencement day, or have to make “other arrangements.” Both are realities at Ventura and Oxnard colleges. Ventura College President Robin Calote instituted the policy at her school because, once finals are over, faculty are no longer under contract, and many don’t show up at commencement. To those instructors and faculty who “no-show,” I say shame on you. Think back to your graduation. The day you anticipated walking the line. The day you received recognition of your efforts. Think back to that moment of how you felt in front of those who cared enough to clap and cheer for you. Think back to what it meant. You had yours, now you want to deny others? Graduating students should not be denied. Like every graduating student, I have a story. I know the price I paid to earn my Associate’s degree. I fought desperately to absorb new ideas and concepts (30 years after high school). I pushed myself relentlessly because I needed to do right by financial aid to keep my grades up. I pushed myself at work as I have a child to rear. I needed to ensure food in her belly and a roof overhead — even when it was an illegal garage roof. (We were evicted from our home of 10 years by a family member.) My efforts have been rewarded. I have an amazing financial aid package from California Lutheran University. I have a flexible job that allows me to work and study. Yet, even with that, I don’t know if I can continue. To go on I need an affordable legal place to call home for my daughter, her fat cat, and myself. Because of future uncertainty, graduation from college is all the more special. To Ventura College’s president I say since it is important your faculty be present at commencement — it is of no import to me — there is a simple solution: include one extra day for commencement in their contract. To my fellow graduates I say faculty worthy of respect and admiration will be there, regardless of contractual obligations. Graduation is a day to celebrate a wonderful accomplishment, to share with those whom you care about and who care about you. You should not have to take a final on that day.

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The pundits have forgotten their history Those pundits who are questioning Barack Obama’s electability (and Hillary Clinton’s, for that matter) have forgotten their history. On the seven occasions since the Civil War when a presidential election was held during a recession, the party of the incumbent president has always lost. What makes the chattering class think it is going to be any different this year? According to The New York Times, “Allan J. Lichtman, a history professor at American University, wrote in his book, The 13 Keys to the Presidency, that all seven times since the Civil War when the economy was in recession in the fall of a Presidential election year, someone from the opposition party was elected President. The years he listed were 1876, 1884, 1896, 1920, 1932, 1960 and 1980.” (“Recession and Re-election Don’t Mix,” David Rosenbaum, the Times, Oct. 9, 1991.) George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton in 1992 because pockets of the 1991 recession were still spread all over the country, making the recovery almost imperceptible.

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Dr. Tim Garcia and his daughter So, what I do is remove nerve pressure and allow the body to heal itself. I’m not a miracle worker; your own body is the miracle. Although all people respond differently to care, a 1994 study showed that over 98% of people seeing a chiropractor were satisfied. If you’re tired of getting nowhere seeking an answer, perhaps you need to try something else. When you bring in this article (by May 8, 2008) I’ll do my entire new patient exam for $47. That’s with xrays, paraspinal nerve scan….the whole ball of wax. And, further care is very affordable and you’ll be happy to know that we have affordable family plans. You can call me, or Gloria, at Garcia Chiropractic Wellness Center. (we are at 303 Hueneme Road in Port Hueneme). Our phone number is 805-488-3090. We can help you. Thanks, Tim Garcia, D.C. P.S. If another member of your family or a good friend wants to come in with you for this exam, we’ll do that second exam for just $17. And, of course, all patients respond differently to care.

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During a police chase, while some cops are hot on the tail of a renegade car, others, a few miles ahead, will siphon off highways and side streets, creating blockades to stop the car. The same logic applies to a new breast cancer study Ventura Oncologist Rosemary McIntyre, M.D., is conducting in conjunction with Amgen. The Thousand Oak pharmaceutical company’s new drug, Motesanib diphosphate, is designed to police the body and stop cancer cells in their tracks, preventing blood vessels from forming new tumors. “That’s why this study is important, because it’s changing the focus of how we treat cancer,” McIntyre said. “It’s not just blanket bombing and killing at random.” “This will hopefully allow a person to live relatively normally despite having cancer.” The targeted therapy approach is part of a shift in the way doctors are treating cancer, said Evan Slater, M.D., director of oncology for Ventura County Medical Center. He said targeted therapy represents the “way of the future” for cancer treatment, because it attacks only cancer cells, unlike chemotherapy, which threatens normal cells in the body and often has negative side affects like hair loss and nausea. “It’s the most exciting thing that’s happened in the last 50 years in oncology,” Slater said. Since targeted therapy is a relatively new concept, researchers and pharmaceutical companies have been scrambling to come up with the best drugs and treatment methods. It’s still unclear whether targeted therapy works best when done alone or in conjunction with chemo, Slater said. The two women who are enrolled in McIntyre’s study are taking one Motesanib diphosphate pill per day and are also receiving standard chemotherapy treatment. The local research is part of a worldwide study of several hundred people being conducted by Amgen on the effectiveness of the new drug, versus the effectiveness of a similar targeted therapy drug called A-Vastin, McIntyre said. The local study began in October 2007, but researchers are still looking for more women with breast cancer that has metastasized, or spread to other parts of the body, to participate. The study, which runs through the end of this year, is open to women with the most common form of breast cancer, who have tested negative for the over-expression of HER2 gene, and who have not previously been treated with chemo for breast cancer. McIntyre said her patients seem to be tolerating the Motesanib diphosphate pill well, but it’s too early to tell whether the drug has been effective in stopping tumor growth. The results of the Amgen study likely won’t be published for a year or two after the study is completed, but some findings may be announced before then, if researchers see patterns in the data, McIntyre said. According to the California Cancer Registry’s Cancer Facts and Figures, more than 500 women in Ventura County will develop breast cancer in 2008 and almost 100 will die from

the disease. Statistically, depending on a person’s race, breast cancer is diagnosed in the early stage 62 to 70 percent of the time in Ventura County, according to the CCR. That means approximately 30 to 38 percent of cases are diagnosed in more advanced stages, which require more complex treatments, like chemo or targeted therapy. Jane Barbosa, a nurse and the mobile mammography coordinator for Ventura County Medical Center, said there is a need for more medical outreach to women in rural areas in the county. Last October, she helped complete a 10-year project to get the Mobile Mammography Clinic up and running. The 44-long truck, which houses an analog mammography unit, travels twice weekly to underserved areas in Ventura County to provide low-cost mammograms to women 40 years and older. McIntyre urges women to get an annual check-up to make sure breast cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages. “It can be cured if it’s caught early,” she said. “So women shouldn’t put off getting a check-up, especially if they’re afraid some irregularity might be cancer. The outlook is actually very promising for breast cancer. Most women will be cured.” ✦

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Coming on the heels of the historic covenant to clean up the former Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory to the strictest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund standards for radiation and chemicals, a new agreement has been signed that promises a proposed development in adjacent Runkle Canyon will be closely inspected for pollutants that may have come from the lab. KB Homes’ Runkle Canyon LLC voluntarily entered into the agreement April 14 with the state Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to review documents for the “possible assessment and/or remediation of the Site, so that Runkle Canyon, LLC may qualify for the immunities afforded under [the California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act of 2004] and DTSC may be reimbursed for the costs incurred by DTSC.” DTSC will start reviewing 41 comprehensive developer reports regarding Runkle Canyon to determine whether more testing will be needed at an initial estimate of $114,884, half of which KB has already paid as a deposit. By willingly signing this agreement, KB Homes becomes protected against some of the consequences of trying to build on land possibly polluted by Boeing’s former Rocketdyne lab. This money is just a down payment on assessing and perhaps cleaning up Runkle Canyon before KB Homes can break ground — if they ever do. “Full cooperation” is how one KB Homes official characterized the agreement to the Reporter last week before declining further comment until approved by the Westwoodbased builder. This is a marked change in attitude by the nation’s fifth largest homebuilding giant, which still has on its Runkle Canyon Web site its previous position that no new tests are needed: “We already have independent tests that indicate that the property is suitable for residential development and no new information has been presented that would call into question those conclusions.” But times and pollution tests have changed with this new agreement. “What a breath of fresh air and just in time for Earth Day!” exclaimed the Rev. John Southwick, who is a member of the self-dubbed Radiation Rangers who have been fighting the already-approved KB Homes development that would construct 461 homes. “We had to fight for two years to get to this point and couldn’t have done it without the VC Reporter and [this reporter’s Web site EnviroReporter. com]. Our hats are off to the DTSC and, of all people, the new folks in charge at KB Homes.” This has been the goal of these Simi residents since the Reporter began its investigation of the place more than three years ago (See “Which Way the Wind Blows,” Features, 3/17/05). That cover story

revealed that extraordinarily high levels of the leukemia-causing radionuclide strontium-90 were polluting Runkle Canyon soil and that the damning data hadn’t been properly assessed in the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which was approved by the city of Simi Valley on April 7, 2004. After pleading with the city to test suspect-looking water in Runkle Canyon in 2007 and then being told that it has already been adequately assessed in the EIR, which it hadn’t, the Rangers paid for their own sampling and analysis of the goo last May 18. Those tests found the surface water and adjacent soil heavily contaminated with the toxic heavy metals arsenic, nickel and vanadium. The city responded by conducting its own tests and spun the results that the water and dirt were clean when they actually found even higher levels of the toxins as well as barium, cadmium, chromium and lead (See: “Spin Cycle,” News, 8/23/07). Then last December, KB Homes began negotiating with the DTSC’s Norm Riley, who is the project manager for the Rocketdyne cleanup, for a “Voluntary Cleanup Agreement,” a moniker dropped from the finalized agreement. Under the plan, DTSC has 75 days to review documents and reports already generated by the developers before possibly recommending further tests of the troubled land. “The negotiations with Runkle Canyon LLC were frank, cordial and productive,” Riley told the Reporter April 18. “I do believe they are serious about addressing the concern about contamination in the project area.” Serious, indeed. The agreement states “DTSC may determine that response action is necessary to prevent or eliminate an unreasonable risk at the Site. If requested by DTSC, Runkle Canyon, LLC shall submit a Response Plan to DTSC for approval. Once the Response Plan is approved, Runkle Canyon, LLC shall implement the plan … [which will] place the site in a condition that allows it to be used for its reasonably anticipated future land use without unreasonable risk to human health and safety and the environment. Public participation shall meet the requirements … including a DTSC public meeting if requested.” Naturally, faith that DTSC will do its job is crucial to public acceptance of this plan. “This is outstanding news,” Radiation Ranger Patricia Coryell said, “I have a high degree of faith in the integrity of DTSC under Norm Riley’s leadership and feel that their review will be impartial and unbiased.” Riley may determine at some point in the reassessment process that Boeing should pay for all the work that may be needed in Runkle or KB Homes could sue for damages from the aerospace giant. Any successor to owning the land, like the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, would also be protected under this agreement.

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Upscale and selling old jewelry for cash By Joan Trossman Bien

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in brief Fatality on Highway 33 One person died and three others were injured April 20 when the car they were riding in rolled over on Highway 33, south of Stanley Avenue in Ventura, the Ventura Fire Department said. The three people, who received moderate to major injuries, were ejected from the sedan during the crash at about 6:45 p.m., officials said. . Desiree Mooney, an 18-year-old woman from Camarillo, was found in the overturned car when authorities arrived. She was person was pronounced dead at the scene, said Ventura Fire Department Battalion Chief Luis Espinosa. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

19 to teach riders and drivers to share the road. The BikeSafe program includes new bike-friendly route maps with safety tips in English and Spanish that can be viewed at www.toaks.org/bike. The outreach effort was recommended by the city’s Bicycle Advisory Team, formed last September, after Dr. Glenn Garvin, 49, was struck and killed by a car while riding his bicycle on Westlake Boulevard. One key message of the program is to educate bicyclists who endanger themselves and others by riding the wrong way down streets or on sidewalks, according to the city. This summer a lane sharing symbol for drivers and cyclists, called a sharrow, will be painted on city streets as part of the safety campaign. — Hannah Guzik

The “Oxnard Harbor District: Port Security and Safety” report calls for increased training of port security employees, called Wharfingers, 24-hour video surveillance of the port and better radio communication between employees, among other recommendations. According to the report, the Transportation Security Administration, under the Department of Homeland Security has classified the Port of Hueneme as a Tier 3 security risk, with Tier 1 being the highest risk ports. However, Grand Jury members said the Ventura County port is located in a Tier 1, high risk geographic area that includes the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. A response to the report from the Oxnard Harbor District Board of Harbor Commissioners should be provided to the Grand Jury and the public within 90 days. — Hannah Guzik

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is not up to par in a 2007-08 report, released April 22.

to defeat incumbent Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley).

Democrat Marta Jorgensen, of Santa Ynez, announced that day she would pull out of the race for the 24th Congressional District, which represents much of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and throw her support to Jill Martinez, the Democratic party’s candidate in 2006. Jorgensen’s move leaves Martinez facing Mary Pallant, of Oak Park, in the June 3 state primary. “She believes the best thing we can do to beat [Gallegly] is to unify,” Martinez said of Jorgensen’s decision. The announcement was timed to take place a day after Earth Day as Jorgensen had environmental issues at the heart of her platform. Martinez said people are tired of the focus on the presidential race between Senator Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and that the announcement meant local Democrats were seeking unity. “I think here locally people have just been adrift without anything to hold on to,” Martinez said. “This is a sign that here locally we want to win.” She said efforts to reach out to Pallant’s campaign have not been reciprocated, but both remaining Democratic candidates have agreed to participate in a May 14 forum at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Michael Tenenbaum, the sole challenger to Gallegly in the Republican primary has also agreed to be there. Gallegly has not yet committed to the event. — Bill Lascher


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Women’s forum emphasizes ongoing struggle for equality Second annual event draws community leaders, educators and activists by Cheryl Ellis

receive fiscal support to develop good female to a long-term vision over the past 30 years. women face challenges in the education system leadership, mentors and so on.” In fact, a comparison of statistics from 1975 to which can be easily remedied with support and Gregory Freeland was slightly out of place in the Integration, according to DiStefano, the key- 1998 she presented showed women earned half development. Placing an emphasis on the Title crowd of about 100 women who gathered April note speaker, begins with a solid, long-term plan. of the bachelor’s degrees in natural sciences in IX Education Amendment of 1972, a statute 12 at California State University, Channel Islands “We need to understand that we are in this war universities across the country in 1998, up 23 that bars sexual discrimination in any educafor the Second Ventura County Women’s Forum. for the long haul and adjust our strategies accord- percent from 1975. But they are still challenged tion program or activity that receives federal He was one of only three men at the event, but ingly,” DiStefano said in her speech, and to accom- when it comes to finding careers in their fields. finding is one way that leaders can aid in the his presence was incredibly important. plish this, she advised the women in attendance “Forty-five percent of biology majors are development of self-esteem and also establish The forum, sponsored by the Ventura Womto “think systematically, always working one level women, but only 14 percent make it to full a foundation for future leaders to build upon. en’s Commission, was a collaborative effort with bigger than the problem you are trying to solve.” professor positions, so women are getting the DiStefano also illustrated how sports and math other organizations concerned about the welfare Members of the Women’s Commission education but they are still finding it difficult can work together to develop a connection and of women in Ventura County. With a number of said that they hoped the leaders in attendance to break into the field,” she said. a level of comfort with mathematical concepts. community leaders present, the event focused were taking away tools that they can pass So how do leaders encourage more women “If you’ve got a boy and tell them that they on what they can do to create opportunities for onto the rest of the community, developing a to pursue these fields? were at the free throw line 22 times and they the betterment of women through education. unified front in the pursuit of equality. “Having a role model or a mentor dramatimade 17 shots then ask them what their free Speakers and panelists included State Senator “Resources were identified here that the pub- cally increases the odds of success in a chosen throw percentage is, they can do that,” DiSteDean Florez (D-Shafter), leaders in education lic should tap into,” said Kathy Long, a Ventura field,” Panec said. fano said. “They understand what an [Earned from school districts throughout the region and County supervisor and former commissioner for Mentorship, another theme at the forum, Run Average] is. These are things that are Anna DiStefano, Provost of Fielding Graduate the Women’s Commission. “But each one of us was emphasized as a way of encouraging young important to them, and that’s the way that you University in Santa Barbara. has a responsibility to work with young women women to not only pursue careers in typically connect math with people’s lives as well.” Freeland, a criminal justice professor at to ensure that they have equity and equality.” male-dominated fields, but also to become leaders. As for Freeland, he said he came away California Lutheran University, in Thousand In a panel discussion entitled “Gender Equal“Everyone has a responsibility to be a role with from the forum with some ideas on how Oaks, also directs the school’s Center for Equal- ity in Math, Science, Engineering and Technol- model,” said Michel Sanford-Dean, principal to encourage equality on his campus. AD PROOF ity and Justice. 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Within months of a gala celebration marking the groundbreaking of the much anticipated Working Artists Ventura (WAV) project, backers of the much-anticipated $57 million cultural hub have found themselves scrambling for millions of dollars still needed in construction financing. A cornerstone of Downtown Ventura’s redevelopment, WAV is envisioned as an anchor for the city’s so-called cultural district (See “WAV breaks ground,” News, 2/14/08). It will feature 69 affordable housing units serving low-income families and individuals at the corner of Ventura Avenue and Thompson Boulevard. Fifty-four of those units will be specially designed to attract and meet the needs of painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians and other artists. Another 15 will be reserved for recently homeless individuals trying to make a fresh start. Thirteen ocean-view condominiums, meanwhile, will be sold at market rates to help pay for the project, while a 6,000-squarefoot commercial area will feature shops, galleries and other arts-oriented businesses. The project also has a green focus, and will be the first affordable housing project in Ventura County and second in California built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. A different sort of green problem, though, might put a kink in those plans, even after the February ceremony recognizing the WAV groundbreaking included celebration of the project securing all its funding. Despite their optimism, key figures behind WAV now admit economic insecurity and a battered real estate market are taking their toll, even though they remain confident the project will remain on schedule for its summer 2009 opening. “It’s a tiny problem but it’s a real one, and it just has to do with the credit crunch,” says Chris Velasco, the president of Minneapolis-based Projects Linking Art, Community & Environment (PLACE), the nonprofit organization working with the city of Ventura to build the WAV community. “It’s not going to be a big surprise with anyone that mortgages and credit have gotten very tight,” he says, noting that lending for the for-sale condominiums at WAV has shrunk. “We’re trying to fill in the gap by borrowing $3 million from another source.” Calling from a business trip to London, Velasco explained the funding problem isn’t throwing a wrench into any of WAV’s plans because the condos will be the last part of the project built. “We haven’t stopped anything,” he says. “We have probably several months yet to try to solve this problem, and I’m hoping that money will get a little bit looser.” Work has begun at the WAV site. Bulldozers and earth movers have already begun tearing at the ground. More importantly, Velasco is convinced other lenders will step in to cover the gap WAV must fill (the condos are financed separately from the artists lofts and low-income housing because they are not affordable units). Since construction on the condos won’t start for quite some time, Velasco says the process will be slow because lending terms aren’t favorable right now. He says quotes have been made for rates between 7 percent and 16 percent; whereas the loan Washington Mutual still has for the affordable units is 4.6 percent. “We’re going to keep hunting around,” he says. “The other money that we’re trying to find is just not very affordable, but if we have to we’ll pay higher rates.” What Velasco means is the project will not be stopped in

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An artist’s rendering of the proposed working Artist’s Ventura Project. its tracks by the lending snag and will pay more if absolutely necessary, but good terms can probably be reached before the end of the summer. Rumors the problem could hamper fundraising efforts for the last grants and donations the project needs are unfounded, he says. It still needs to raise about $130,000, money he thinks will be easier to come by once the construction takes a few more steps forward, and potential donors can visit the site to see for themselves what is taking place. Ventura’s relatively small size compared to other communities Velasco has worked with and the tight circles of its philanthropic community and civic leadership mean rumors resonate more loudly. “I have worked on projects before in Seattle and Chicago and Houston,” he says. There are still rumors, but there’s 5 million rumors. [Ventura] is a good scuttlebutt town. That’s for good and for bad.”

✦ Sid White, Ventura’s economic development manager, also says there’s nothing out of the ordinary about the situation facing WAV. “That’s normal for projects like this,” White says. “Putting together a $57 million financing package isn’t a slam dunk thing to do, and you’re going to go through a rigorous closing process.” Only a block away from WAV another long-anticipated proj-

ect that broke ground last year is now sputtering. The Olson Company-owned Renaissance Walk housing complex on Santa Clara Street has been put on hold, only months after the company tore up the former site of Ventura Unified School District offices and a high-profile archeological dig at the site that turned up a variety of historic treasures. Olson pulled its permits Dec. 31, 2007, and, in light of the crumbling housing market, will spend up to a year considering how to proceed. Either they will start construction or be forced to sell the property. “I think if you’re looking at the projects Downtown everyone is sharpening their pencils, and now they have to look at it from that perspective,” White says. “The ones that are flexible are the ones that are going to go with the flow and adjust their opportunities.” Not all the news is bad for Downtown developers. Dan Frederickson, the former president of Kinko’s who now lives in the neighborhood, is building a six-story office building on California Street. Its office space is seen as crucial to city efforts to entice companies to Ventura which might create the environment for high-quality and high-paying creative jobs. Such jobs, many believe, would lure more creative professionals to the city, fortify the city’s tax base and stimulate demand for housing. Frederickson’s project, like WAV, may also be symbolic for those who have been hesitant to commit to a city and a neighborhood that hasn’t seen much new construction in the past decade.


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“When you see Dan’s steel coming up, that’s when the folks in town will know that it’s for real,” White says. Velasco has a similar sentiment about his own project and its potential to stir excitement for Downtown. “Once there’s a little bit of excitement, that can help stimulate the activity for those other projects,” he says. “The frustrating part about the construction schedule for me is you start going down in the ground, but once we start going up I think you’ll see the excitement level go up.” White, meanwhile, remains confident about WAV’s ripple effect. “It’s going to be a renaissance once it all starts falling into place,” he says. “The ingredients are there, and you just have to stick through it.”

✦ Doug Halter, a two-time city council candidate who has been heavily involved in the Downtown scene, helped conceptualize the WAV project. He says he was surprised to learn about the financing troubles the project is facing, particularly because of its multi-tiered financing model. “It’s disappointing news because I really thought with so much government influence on the project it would at least be able to carry the momentum,” he says. “I think one of the best things on this project was the win, win, win.” Halter wasn’t as optimistic as White or Velasco. “I really don’t have any reason to doubt [Velasco], but I know from construction financing typically that if there’s any construction going on at the site then they’re very reluctant to extend any new financing,” Halter says. “It definitely concerns me because this is a pivotal project for Downtown.” While WAV was approved relatively quickly, Halter says the hesitation bankers now have to pay for construction is something that should have been expected and may have been avoidable if long anticipated projects were processed faster. “It’s part of my frustration for why I threw my name in for city council against three likeable city council candidates,” he says. “As a community, as a government we really have no regard for the impact of time on economics.” Halter says he and other critics of the city’s slow planning process “saw the writing on the wall” about the economic slowdown. “We knew that we had a short period of time. That was the longest economic, prosperous time that I knew of in my lifetime,” he says. “One of the best things about the WAV project was that it really took two years to get out of planning, which was a miracle.” One of Downtown’s newer minds agrees with Halter that the neighborhood may have missed its boat during the last economic boom. “[The] bottom line is that almost nothing was built Downtown in the last real estate cycle that ran from 1998 to 2006,” says Rob Edwards, the executive director of the Downtown Ventura Organization. “A combination of any of the following is likely responsible for this: local government over-regulation, lack of any real incentives to build, poor explanation of the new codes, plus weak developers who can’t perform but promise city staff that they will. Add to this the abuse the local guys in it for the long haul regularly take, like Mark Hartley [an investor behind many Downtown properties], who gets jerked around on a regular basis by the Design Review Committee. If he was a casual out-of-town developer he would’ve packed his bags by now and left.” In an e-mail to the Reporter, Edwards wondered why the infill development and reuse of old buildings popular in Los Angeles and other metropolitan areas didn’t take off as quickly here. “Now the neighborhood will have to wait for the next real estate cycle to see any construction occur,” he says “This hurts the small business owner who absolutely needs a lot more density of people within a mile of California and Main Street to survive. Density of buildings and the consumers that inhabit them are a must to support the restaurants and retailers we currently have.” Developers aren’t only delayed by the economy. Lee Sehon, for example, says his Palm and Poli Associates’ plan for a mixed use development at the corner of those two Downtown streets must navigate the engineering complexities of building on a steep hillside lot. That means the group is spending a large amount of time getting working drawings together before taking the next steps. However, Sehon says, the reality of the current economic climate means developers like him are spending money strategically. “There’s limited funding available, so we use it only where it’s most efficient,” he says. “Why you don’t see projects breaking ground Downtown is because the financial sectors are so screwed up, banks are just extremely difficult to deal with right now on constructing lending and financing.” Private construction like Frederickson’s, Sehon says, will be a better indicator to banks of the health of Down-

town than WAV, because the commercial building has the same sort of financing other builders will have to deal with, unlike the publicly financed art community. Because of what’s happening with banking at a national level, they’re not lending money except under the most stringent circumstances. Banks overstretched themselves during the boom years, and now they don’t have the reserves necessary to lend money as liberally. Once they have reserves, then building will pick up Downtown, Sehon says, because more loans will be available. Saying there are about eight or 10 “quality projects” Downtown, Sehon shares Edwards’s and Halter’s position that had permits been processed more quickly, this problem could have been avoided. “I imagine half of them would probably have been built already or under construction,” he says. “They’re high-quality, super killer projects for Downtown, and because they missed that window they’re now taking much longer and having to meet higher financial hurdles right now.” Ventura may be in a better position, however, because so many property owners and developers involved Downtown also live and work there. “What’s wonderful about Ventura is we have a handful of guys Downtown who are local and really concerned and dedicated to bringing Downtown to the next level,” he says. “You have a handful of guys who live here and work here and love being here and are not giving up.” Even properties that are up for sale, like a parcel at Main and Palm owned by James Mesa — a prominent landlord and construction firm owner rumored to be unloading his properties to refocus on a proposed hillside development — could easily trade hands locally, Sehon says. When they are sold, the infusion of fresh capital could jump start development. Whatever Downtown’s fate and whatever was done in the past, Sehon says he hopes the City of Ventura does whatever it can to preserve the permits and entitlements projects were already issued, even if they change hands. “Over the last three years people have worked really hard to get those things approved, not only on the private side but on the city side,” he says. “They have taken a ton of effort. It would just be a crime to allow these projects to lapse in their entitlements and have to start all over again. I think everyone, including the city, would be most interested in preserving those things until they’re ready to pop.” ✦

Finding a home at WAV Even as the WAV project faces financing challenges for its for-sale units, construction is progressing. As it does, interest is building among the local arts community and others hoping to live in one of WAVs affordable units. A waiting list hasn’t yet taken shape for WAV, Chris Velasco said, because the state controls when the units can be offered, and that can’t happen until 90 days before the completion date of the building. “What we have done is we’ve created a list to be on the list,” Velasco says. In the meantime, anyone interested in shaping the process for how residents are selected for WAV is invited to take part in a public meeting May 10 at the community room of Ventura’s city hall. That meeting will begin to set the criteria for who will be chosen from the large list of interested residents. “We want the community to be involved in how we do this because different communities have different priorities,” Velasco says. “The arts community will want to have us looking at people’s body of work. The city, county and state have always wanted to have some really activated citizens in that part of town, so I think some of the criteria will be about art and some of it will be about being actively involved in the community, so what we need to do is figure out how we create a process that has credibility within the community and is created by the community.”

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Trail blazers by Alex Wilson The Santa Monica Mountains Trail Council organizes trail maintenance outings nearly every weekend, but their biggest annual event is “Trail Days” between April 25 and 27 at Point Mugu State Park. The council will also lead an ambitious weeklong hike along the entire 67-mile Backbone Trail starting May 3, even though it’s still incomplete, and the dream of building backpacking campsites along the way has yet to be realized. Everyone is invited to Trail Days, which has drawn as many as 200 people in past years. Some camp out at Danielson Ranch on Friday and Saturday nights. There, volunteers enjoy a free Saturday night barbecue. Organizer Linda Palmer says they’ll teach people how to properly maintain trails. “They’re going to be using hand tools like clippers, long handled loppers, and then some digging tools, and we’re going to be cutting back the bushes that grow every year,” Palmer said. “We’re gong to fix any ruts that have developed from the rainwater running off the trail.” Fixing trails provides many rewards, according to Palmer. “A lot of them think it’s more fun than hiking them. I mean you do get a

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hike out of it, but you get the fun of making it nice and seeing it when it’s through,” Palmer said. “It’s a lot of exercise, your legs get a workout from the hike, and your upper body gets a workout, too.” Maintaining trails also provides a new perspective. “One advantage to doing trail work is that you learn where all the trails are, and it makes you want to go back,” Palmer said. “When you’ve worked on a section of trail this way and that way you really feel like you own that trail, and you want to go back and see how it held up after the next rain, and any time you go back you remember the time you worked so hard on it. It’s a good feeling.” Participants meet at 8:30 a.m. April 26 and 27 at a spot near Wendy Drive where rangers allow them on a park road not normally open to the public. Some of the things to bring include lunch, water, a hat and sunscreen. Participants should also wear long pants, sturdy shoes and work gloves. Organizers will supply the tools and instruction. More information about the good works the Santa Monica Mountains Trail Council has been performing since 1974 and upcoming events is available on-line at

www.smmtc.org, or by calling (818)222-4531. Other activities include installing new signs, trips to Channel Islands National Park and lobbying efforts to protect and expand the trail network. The “Backbone Trek” from May 3 to 10 will be a unique experience because the group day-hikes the entire length between Point Mugu and Pacific Palisades. Instead of lugging all their gear, hikers ride shuttles to developed campsites along the way where volunteers cook dinner. It’s co-sponsored by another group called Coastwalk and costs $520. Hike leader Burt Elliott says it’s a challenging but fun journey. “It’s very social because we’re all camped out together, and after a few days everybody really bonds so it’s fun. It’s almost like a party for a week,” Elliott said. “The Backbone Trail is the centerpiece of the Santa Monica Mountains, so the idea of being able to do every inch of it in one week is kind of special because there’s no way backpackers can do it legally.” ✦ Please contact Outdoor Observer with details and contact information about environmental events, volunteer opportunities and adventure sports at outdoors@vcreporter.com.


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One, two, three, four, five, six … possibly seven. That’s how many individual packages of candy the teenager in front of me put on the conveyor belt at Vons. With her mother holding a huge Hershey bar in her hand, she stood waiting as her little darling made her selections from that “grab n’ go” shelf. Trying not to let them see my bulging eyeballs, I couldn’t help but notice the girl in front of me (not much older than 14 years) was already obese. Placing my celery, carrots, chicken breast, bananas, avocado, fresh ginger, nonfat milk, Cheerios and bottle of Cabernet on the conveyor belt I sadly approached the checkout counter. I felt grieved to see what that young girl was going to fuel her body with. I wondered if the checker ever noticed a correlation between what people were purchasing and how they looked. It’s something I often do … just for my own personal research. We know obesity is rampant. There is now a greater awareness of this than in years past. However, even if weight was not the issue, there is also another great danger lurking — mental and emotional health. My mind reflected on recent news of the student on a bus who

was irate and yelling at the bus driver. Clearly she was emotional and irrational. I imagined in my mind what her diet might look like. I know you can think of more recent news of teenagers beating each other up. They are not healthy outside, and not healthy inside either. Sugar is a huge part of the American daily diet, especially our young people. It’s no wonder people are sick, tired and totally strung out. Do you remember the incident of a murder many years ago that was blamed on Twinkies? Sounds ridiculous and it is. The Twinkies were blamed for what happened. Hmmmmm? Although diet plays a big part in our mental health, where does personal responsibility come in? Just as I couldn’t believe my eyes as this mother watched her daughter make her selection from a delicatessen of sweets and tossing a load of candy on the counter, I was even more shocked that they didn’t seem to care what they ate or what the consequences of her choices would be. My point here is that sugar will really mess up the body chemistry and cause roller-coaster emotions. It is deadly stuff ! The book Sugar Blues tells of how sugar used to be

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hen a devastating earthquake struck the Indian district of Latur in September 1993, the Indian community of Southern California was spurred into action. Quickly becoming frustrated by the constraints of officialdom and opportunistic corruption that meant pledged monies weren’t reaching those for whom it was destined, the group decided to take matters into their own hands. In so doing, the Indian Friends Association (IFA) was formed, and direct avenues were forged through which assistance could quickly and effectively make a difference to those in need. From its Ventura County base, the IFA has since evolved into a dynamic catalyst for a range of activities that promote economic yan a empowerment and self sufficiency amongst India’s underprivi- h Nar s leged. The group’s origins might lay in a desire to offer immediate assistance in response to a specific disaster, but the IFA is now involved in more than 20 projects benefiting the poor across India. But, while the country’s economic growth has seen India standing firmer than it ever has, the flow on effect through its populace hasn’t yet reached quite as far as it is so desperately needed. “The question has definitely been raised about India’s growing prosperity,” says IFA spokesperson Kailash Narayan. “If India is doing so well, why then can’t they take care of their poor? The difficulty that we see — those of us who are actively involved in projects in India — is that 20 percent of the population is doing very well indeed, but the other 80 percent are still in poverty. And the prosperity is not trickling down fast enough. Eighty percent of the people still earn, on average, less than 50 cents per day.” Grounded in the Gandhian concept of personal involvement being the greatest offering, the group’s annual fundraising event is a cultural celebration called Archana. Its name translating to “offering,” the event encompasses the collective participation of the local Indian community toward a common cause. Now in its 14th year, Archana has seen the IFA steadily grow in both its support base here in the American Indian community and, more importantly, in its effect upon various causes being addressed in India.

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In opening with a traditional Indian dinner, the night features three different cultural categories and offers a unique insight into Indian dance, drama and music. The dance component includes classical performances from ancient India and folk dances from different regions, along with a modern “Bollywood” dance. The dramatic presentation compares Western culture and Indian culture by contrasting their respective values, while the musical arrangements encompass both classical and contemporary Indian compositions. And while the cultural palate from which the program draws might be broad, the central theme of the event is one of unification. “The Indian philosophy is one family, the whole of humanity,” says Program Coordinator Surakha Sharma. “Different states have different religions and even different languages, but there are also many things they all share in common. So we have put forward art forms from many of the different states and have tried to balance it. We have some from the southern part of India and some from the eastern, there are old classical styles and some more modern styles. But I think that no matter the origins, what everyone finds is that they are far more similar than they are different.” One aspect of Indian culture the world is fast become aware of, and something that is being featured in this year’s installment of Archana, is the Bollywood film tradition. Originating in Mumbai and produced in Hindi, the genre is typified by its wanton embrace of both music and melodrama, lending itself perfectly to an Archana interpretation. With more than 800 films being produced each year that are subsequently viewed by some 3.6 billion people, Bollywood is also typified by its indiscriminant appeal and crossing of social borders. “In India things are so difficult for the poor that movies emerged as somewhere people can run away from their worries for three hours or so,” Narayan says. “It has become a major industry and has, over the years, had quite an effect on the Indian people as a unifier. There is such a diverse population in India. It is made up of Hindus and Muslims and Christians and Sikh, and weaving them all together is Bollywood because in the movies, all the different factions are represented. They are collectively forgetting their individual identities.” But national identity is something India has never had a problem with — anyone who has ever attended a cricket game featuring the national team can testify to that. But with India occupying an increasingly larger role on the global stage, the rest of the world is starting to take notice. In being the world’s second most populated country, it is now also the third largest in terms of purchasing power. More recently, India has capitalized on its large pool of educated, English-speaking professionals to become an important outsourcing destination for multinational corporations.

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At Loma Vista Elementary School in Ventura, Rich Burlingham is apparently helping raise the next generation of George Romeros. Two weeks ago, Burlingham, the marketing and development manager for Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura (CAPS-TV), the county’s only local television station, launched CAPS Kids, a six-week digital media ADforPROOF course for students in the school’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) proentura High School Ad Executive: Peter Burgi (805) 648-2244 gram. Their first assignment was to come k this proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and up with an idea that, at the end of the ”. If we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, AD WILL RUN AS IS. If this proof meets your approval six weeks, will be made into a threeroof, check off “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign at the bottom. minute feature. One that sticks out in ISSUE: 4/24/08mind sounds as if it could P L E A S E FA X T H I S P R O O F T O ( 8 0 5 ) 6 4 8 - 2 2 4 5 A S A P Burlingham’s have been ripped from the pioneering horror director’s notebook: coffee-craving patrons enter Starbucks and emerge as zombies. It is, like Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, a sharp commentary on American consumer culture, and how our blind slavery to corporations ultimately leaves 1st Proof 2nd Proof FINAL PROOF (APPROVED) us all a bit dead inside. Or maybe the fifth grader who came up with the concept just thought it’d be funny to see his friends acting like : zombies. roduced by the production department of Southland Publishing, is the copyrighted property of Southland Even Publishing. so, the comparison to Romero apt,consent and not just because most an the placement of advertising in any of Southland Publishing’s publications is prohibited withoutremains the express of the other stories the kids came up with blishing, plus any applicable fees. also lean toward the horror genre. He, like a lot of aspiring directors, discovcheck for accuracy and is not intended ered his love of film as a youth messing y of reproduction. around with 8mm cameras, and ended up doing practically everything on the set of his first production, 1968’s immortal on-the-cheap classic Night of the Living Dead. The participants in CAPS for Kids will also be forced into being Renaissance Men or Women: writing, directing, editing, filming and acting. Not everyone taking part in the program has declared a life in cinema as an aim, but Burlingham is hoping to convince at least a few to do just that. “The goal is to expose them to the possibility of not only doing it as a hobby but as a career,” he says. Burlingham knows from experience the benefit of getting an early start. He began his own foray into video production as a child, making mini-movies on an ancient Super 8 camera in the 1970s. “Back then, we didn’t have the tools as easily accessible, but the basic storytelling is all it is,” he says. “We learned by fooling around and doing it.” Out of high school, he attended film school in Dallas and was going to transfer to New York University when family issues held him back. He still managed to

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by Liz SoterosMcNamara Their hands arch with open lacey fans and legs glide above the floor at a 45 degree angle to their en pointe stance, in rhythm to the sounds of a flamenco-infused instrumental group and tambourines in the hands of ensemble dancers. Flower girls and toreadors dance while the percussion creates a crashing beat in a scene reminiscent of Spain. Dancers Samantha Schilke and Hana Goldstone of Ventura County Ballet glide across the dance floor with movements to echo flamenco dancers while performing an act of Don Quixote, with the poise and grace of professionals performing in a capacity well beyond their 15 years. Their enthusiasm radiates with the ensemble members in the scene. And this was just the rehearsal. Ventura County Ballet presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream and excerpts from Don Quixote April 26 and 27, in collaboration with dancers from the Santa Barbara State Street Ballet Company at Oceanview Pavilion Performing Arts Theater by the Beach. The production is under the choreography direction of Rodney Gustafson of State Street Ballet, artistic director Colleen O’Callaghan and executive director Kathleen Noblin. Associate Director Marina Fliagina suggested the pairing of the two fanciful literary works of William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes. Noblin opened the Ventura County Ballet in 1992, after being a student with Channel Island’s Academy Ballet Theatre. Ventura County Ballet performs three different productions each year, includ-

ing a spring production and The Nutcracker in autumn. Students began to rehearse dance steps for the spring performance in February, combining their hours of rehearsal with the work of State Street Ballet and guest performers three weeks before the show opening. The weekend before the show all dancers attended five-hour rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday. The company combines students and continuing performers ranging in age from 11 to adult, including former American Ballet Theater dancers Callaghan and Daniel Baudendistel as Don Quixote. Baudendistel captures the essence of Cervantes’ famed knight, performing with an air of bravado in “The Celebration” scene of Don Quixote. “We pride ourselves on having the children love ballet and love what they are doing,” Noblin says. Noblin credits the young dancers’ level of professionalism to the students’ opportunity to perform with established talent such as Baudendistel and adult members of the State Street Ballet. “A lot of these dancers I have had since they were 3 years old, and it’s the greatest joy,” Noblin says. Several students from Ventura County Ballet have been accepted to American Ballet Theater summer programs as well as other programs across the country. Summer programs last between two to six weeks for the students, taking “just about” the entire summer, according to Ventura County Ballet dancer Chloe Donnelly. “It validates what we do,” Noblin says. The pairing of the plays represents two lighthearted performances combining tales of love and com-

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ART ART OPENING 6-9 pm. Exhibit through May 31, Jack Reilly’s “New Paintings.” For the past 30 years, Reilly has challenged traditional notions about abstraction and painting processes. Upfront Gallery, 267 S. Laurel St. www.upfrontgallery.org. info@ upfrontgallery.org. 340-1448. ROCKIN AND ROLLIN 4-6 pm. Exhibit through June 14. The Rolling Vehicles and Rocking Sculptures of artist Bob Privitt have been created from a variety of influences over a span of time. SCIART, 519 S. C St., Oxnard. 483-3148. ART RECEPTION noon-10 pm. Exhibit through May 12, “Wild Planet.” Exotic animals, far away places and mystical moments all comprise the show featuring Mother Earth in all her wonder. Red Brick Gallery and Graphics, 328 E. Main St. Ventura. www.RedBrickArt.com. 643-6400. PHOTO EXHIBIT 1-7 pm. Virginia Jamieson’s photos focus on the conservation of our natural resources. Benton, Orr, Duval & Buckingham, 39 N. California St., Ventura. www.naturessoul.com. SPRING ART SHOW 2-3 pm opening. Through May 18, Spring Judged Art Show, “Spring Forward.” 3150 Ponderosa Dr., Camarillo. 445-7061. www.CamarilloArtCenter.org.

VENTURA COUNTY BALLET COMPANY

Saturday, April 26 at 7 pm and Sunday, April 27 at 2 pm. Lovers, fairies and mischief abound in Ventura County Ballet Company’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” an innovative ballet, based on Shakespeare’s classic story. In addition, the magic of Spain comes alive with excerpts in two acts from “Don Quixote.” $18-$23. Oceanview Pavilion: Theatre by the Beach, 575 E. Surfside Dr., Port Hueneme. 653-2800. VCBCtickets.com.

ART IN MOTION Saturday, April 26, 10 am-dusk. Ventura Harbor Village celebrates the City of Ventura’s ArtWalk Weekend with hands-on art projects and artists at work along the Harbor Promenade. From creating custom surfboard art to body painting and ice sculpting, the event will feature opportunities to view artwork and participate in creating it. Free. Ventura Harbor Village. www.VenturaHarborVillage.com.

OPENING RECEPTION FOR NEW MUSEUM SITE

Saturday, April 26, 5-7 pm. Meet Ventura’s Spring ArtWalk featured artist Stephen Schafer at the Museum of Ventura County’s new temporary site and view the accompanying photography exhibit “PlaceScapes” (running through May 18). Free. 89 S. California St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 10. www.venturamuseum.org.

Thursday, April 24 THEATER 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.

LITERATURE & POETRY BOOKS & BREW 4-5 pm. Christopher Christian, Ph.D., a psychology professor and director of CLU’s Community Counseling Services, will review “The Piano Teacher” by Elfriede Jelinek. Roth Nelson Room, CLU. jabond@callutheran.edu. 493-3244.

Friday, April 25 THEATER BLUE/ORANGE Through May 25. 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays. In a London

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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. 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. $16-$20. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900. www. simi-arts.org. PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE See Thursday.

TEATRO DEL LAS AMERICAS 8 pm Friday and 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. Café on A, 438 S. A St., Oxnard. 485-5445, ext. 1.

MUSIC

OPENING RECEPTION 2-7 pm. Exhibit though May 24, artwork by Otto Sturckes. Light refreshments will be served and Xavier Montes will be play the harp. Under the Sun Gallery, Ventura. 804-6433. SENIOR ART SHOW 3 pm. Exhibit through May 17. The artwork of senior art majors at California Lutheran University will be featured in “12 Apart.” Kwan Fong Gallery, CLU. 493-3316. http://www. callutheran.edu/kwan_fong/.

HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY 8 pm. Featuring pianist Arnaldo Cohen performing the Liszt Concerto No. 1. Also on the program are the Kodaly Suite from Hary Janos and the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra. Friday at Oxnard Center for the Performing Arts. Saturday at Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. (866) 7768400. www.newwestsymphony.org.

Sunday, April 27

LYNDA CARTER IN CONCERT 8 pm. A cabaret show. $25-64. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. www.civicartsplaza.com.

BLUE/ORANGE See Friday.

T.O. LIBRARY CONCERT The kick off concert for a new series, featuring Joel Rafael with special guest Jamaica Rafael. Smith Community Room, Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road. www. BodieHouse.com.

NUDE WITH PINAPPLE See Saturday.

Saturday, April 26

AUDITIONS See Saturday.

SPECIAL EVENTS VENTURA ARTWALK 1-10 pm, also Sunday, 10-4 pm. The event showcases more than 150 Southern California artists in more than 70 galleryfor-a-day venues. Downtown Ventura. 658-4760. www.venturaartwalk.org.

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 FRACTURED FABLES 1 pm, through June 7. A fast-paced romp through stories that were adapted for the stage from Asian and Middle Eastern folktales. $7-$10. Theatre 150, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 646-4300. theater150.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS VENTURA ARTWALK See Saturday. PARADE OF MASKS 3 pm. Join the ArtWalk Parade of Masks for WAV. Mission Park, Ventura.

THEATER VISITING MR. GREEN See Friday. THE FULL MONTY See Friday. FUDDY MEERS See Friday. TEATRO DEL LAS AMERICAS See Friday. PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE See Thursday.

MARKETS & SHOWS ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. See Saturday.

CLASSICAL MUSIC CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT 2 pm. The Ojai Center for the Arts will present Amy Hagen, Robert Krupnick, Yue Deng, Kirsten Monke, and Claudia Kiser performing an all-Dvorak concert, including a violin/piano duet, a string trio and a string quartet. Ojai Center for the Arts (Gallery Room), 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. $10-$8. 640-8327.

Wednesday, April 30 THEATER PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE See Thursday.

VISITING MR. GREEN See Friday.

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.

THE FULL MONTY See Friday.

MUSIC

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.

VENTURA MUSIC FEST OPENING 5:30 pm. Partake in an elegant evening with the theme of romance and reckless abandon will feature entertainment, exotic hors d’oeuvres and fabulous wines. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. $75. 648-3146. www. venturamusicfestival.org.

TEATRO DEL LAS AMERICAS See Friday.

LITERATURE & POETRY

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE See Thursday.

STORYTIME 3:30 pm. Special Program, “Dia de los ninos, Dia de los libros.” H.P. Wright Library, 57 Day Road, Ventura. 642-0337.

BLUE/ORANGE See Friday.

AUDITIONS For the Rubicon’s summer children’s theater production of “Footloose.” By

ONGOING EVENTS CALL FOR ENTRIES The Ventura County Arts Council’s 2008 County Government Center Juried Competition, juried by Sylvia White, with cash awards. Exhibition: June 5 – July 29. CD deadline: Friday, May 16. Prospectus online at www.VenturaCountyArtsCouncil.org under “Call To Artists.” 658-2213. CAPS-TV OPEN MIC DAYS To further its mission of providing Venturans the ability to voice their opinions, CAPS-TV announces “Open Mic Days” where people who either live, work or go to school in Ventura can come into the CAPS studio and say whatever they want for three minutes. Held the second Thursday of each month, 2 pm-8 pm, and the fourth Friday,10 am-5 pm. 65 Day Road, Ventura. 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 14-July 20 at Artists Union Gallery, California Street at the Promenade, Ventura. www.venturaartistunion.org. 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. 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.

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PROJECT SPACE Through May 16. Exhibition by sculptor, Dean De Cocker. 643 Project Space, 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. www.643projectspace.com. (310) 592-9127.

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It is impossible to listen to an oldies or classic rock station for more than 15 minutes without hearing a car song. Whether it’s the meditative “Racing in the Streets” by Bruce Springsteen or the bouncy pop of “Little Deuce Coupe” or “409” by the Beach Boys, it seems rock songwriters frequently had cars on the mind. If they weren’t singing about them, they were often sharing album covers with them. A quick glance at popular records by Dwight Yoakam, ZZ Top and the Stray Cats shows them completely giving up center stage to some automobile or another. You can write a doctorate thesis or four on the rock’n’roll car culture, on how cars and music go hand-in-hand. Car and/or music aficionados will be able to get their fill of both at the upcoming Back to the Beach car show at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Three bands and a DJ will provide a soundtrack to a veritable army of classic cars and motorcycles that will include woodies, hot rods, lowriders, muscle cars and choppers, among others. The event is in its 10th year, its fourth since moving from its old home in Huntington Beach. It will include a silent auction of work from custom culture artists, the proceeds go to Alzheimer’s disease research, and a special award will be given out to the event’s original founders, Richard and Penny Pichette. The Pichettes, who are considered very influential in the car show world, owned the show for six years before Richard was struck with

Alzheimer’s. They sold the show to its current owners, John and Jenny Parker of Trophy Queen Productions. They also own the Primer National Hot Rod Show, one of the top of its kind. To the Parkers, when they took up the show, they were well aware of whose footsteps they were following in. “They set the bar very high,” John Parker says. “All of us strive to hit [the Pichettes’] level of quality.” According to the Parkers, they also took the music end seriously, hiring bands that fit in well with the car culture. “Jenny and I worked really hard to bring great music to the show,” John says. When asked about his philosophy on exactly what the right music was, he put it simply: “We tried to hire bands that would sound great blowing down PCH on your car radio.” Among the bands booked are Ventura’s Phantom Riders, a threepiece featuring ex-Saccharine Trust drummer Tony Cicero and guitarist Joe Baugh, who also play with the Johnny Cash tribute band Big River, among other group. They have been a fixture on the scene for most of the decade, playing surf music with some blues and other elements thrown in. To further cure the surf music jones will be the Eliminators, a band from Orange County featuring an old-school traditional approach, using all 1960s-era Fender equipment to play their mix of originals and surf classics. They have been all over the place, from backing surf guitar legend Eddie Bertrand to appearing on The View all the way to

opening for Jimmy Buffett. Their goal, according to lead guitarist Joe Kurkowski, is to “play surf music the way it was played in the 1960s.” Providing a little musical twist will be Dave Gleason’s Wasted Days, a nudie-suit-wearing band of country rockers from Bakersfield who play constantly up and down the state. Gleason’s fans include Chris Morris, the host of Watusi Radio on Los Angeles’ 101.3, who says “Dave has proven himself in every category, as a strong singer, a solid, tradition-savvy songwriter and a guitarist of nearly unsurpassable gifts.” Even the San Francisco Weekly has chimed in, saying, “shrink-wrapped emotions don’t have any place in the music of honky-tonk heroes like Dave Gleason. Gleason and his Wasted Days are welcome beacons for folks craving roots tunes with genuine heart.” Aside from it being another gig, the cars and rock’n’roll connection isn’t lost on these musicians. The Eliminators’ Kurkowski, for one, is quite the historian on surf music culture — even his band’s name is a drag racing term. “There are a lot of surf music songs about cars,” he says. “If you look at the history of surf music, the kids were into cars, surfing and cruising. There is a definite connection.” ✦

Back to the Beach Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show takes place April 26, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura). For more information, visit www.backtothebeachventure.com.


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"KCSB 91.9 FM: On the Ground and In Our Towns. Homegrown Grassroots Radio for the South Central California Coast." The only community radio station of the tri-counties presents a stage of exciting, eclectic musical performances:

The KCSB stage will be located on the 300 block of East Main St., between Palm & Oak.

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citd.org salutes Ventura - The New Art City

"KCSB 91.9 FM: On the Ground and In Our Towns. Homegrown Grassroots Radio for the South Central California Coast." The only community radio station of the tri-counties presents a stage of exciting, eclectic musical performances:

The KCSB stage will be located on the 300 block of East Main St., between Palm & Oak.

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“We’re here until it’s over!” The Walk For Life is an important fundraiser for AIDS Project Ventura County and publicly reminds us that AIDS and HIV is not over and hits close to home.

AIDS Project Ventura County Here are just a few ways you can contribute: • Gather pledges and walk the Walk • Ask around at your favorite stores, businesses and organizations for donations or pledges • Gather friends and form a team • Ask your employer if they will match your pledges – or make a donation • Become a Corporate Sponsor

Prizes awarded to teams and individuals that collect the most pledges! “Get Going” packets and additional information available by contacting us at

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Thursday, 4/24 LIVE MUSIC

Photo by Dominic DiSaia

Café Fiore: Sonido Moreno Caffe Bella: Judy Valencerina, 8 p.m. The Canyon: The Spazmatics w/ DJ Richie Rich Dargan’s: John Tormey Deer Lodge: Deborah Neal & the All Star Band Experimental Café: Indie International Rock’n’Roll Showcase featuring Miel, Clave, Amy Arani, Senor Dano Moreno It’s All Good: An Evening of Led Zeppelin Nicholby’s: Reggae Revolution featuring Adrian Xavier w/ DJ Ambassador Jr., 8 p.m. Rookees: Hoochie Coo, 9 p.m. Sans Souci: Bad Ego Trip Tailgate: Los Amigos Wine Lovers: Reggae Night featuring Natural Incense Zoey’s Café: Bluegrass Jam, 6 p.m.

KARAOKE Billy O’s, 8 p.m., hosted by Captain Kirk DJ’s, 7 p.m. Golden China, 8:30 p.m. La Dolce Vita Lounge, 9 p.m. Outlaws, 9 p.m., hosted by Rockin’ Robin The Shores, 9 p.m.

OPEN MIC Keynote Lounge, 7 p.m.

Friday, 4/25 LIVE MUSIC Aqua Beachfront Bar: Unkle Monkey, 6:30 p.m. Bombay (Up Front): Joey Peate, 5:30 p.m., Hindsite w/ DJ SIN’RG Café Fiore: Mini Driver Caffe Bella: Pi, 8 p.m. The Canyon: Lights (Journey tribute), Petty Theft (Tom Petty tribute) followed by Disco Inferno Capistrano’s: Rick Whitfield Band, 8:30 p.m. Deer Lodge: Big River (Johnny Cash) DJ’s: Mentacide Experimental Café: Indie International Rock’n’Roll Showcase featuring Dead Hot Workshop, Ghetto Cowgirl, Talea, Spartacus Hi Cees: Bobby Hart Band, 6 p.m. J’s Tapas: The Preachers, 7 p.m. J.J. Brewsky’s: Craig Saxon, 9 p.m. Keynote Lounge: Road Dogs La Dolce Vita: Street Smart Los Caporales: Ronzalaa Estrella Del Mar Movino: Baby Sister, 9 p.m. O’Leary’s: Pop-O-Matics, 9 p.m. Outlaws: Sound Effect Pierpont Inn: Sonny Mone, 7 p.m. Prime Steakhouse: Sound Effect Red Cove: Preachers & Pornstars, Kill Junkies, Rockin’ Dead, Makeshift Bronson Rookees: The Roby Duron Band, 9 p.m. Sans Souci: Cash Prophets (Johnny Cash tribute) The Shores: TBA Star Lounge: Visions, 9 p.m. Tailgate: Bushwackers Ventura Theater: Local Rap Show Wine Lovers: JB & Nate Zoey’s Café: The Quebe Sisters Band, 8 p.m.

DJS Bombay (Club Oasis): Club FX featuring DJs Wicked, Chile, PJ, 4-Eleven Café Fiore (Tree House): DJ Casa Escobar: DJ Hush: DJ J’s Tapas: DJs EJ, R-Cue, 10 p.m. Karma Lounge: Taboo Fridays featuring DJs Larz Nicholby’s: Ladies Night featuring DJ Fred Rock Paddy’s: DJ Pangaea: DJs Also, Katastrophe, Notiss, hosted by Paul Hollywood, 8 p.m. Ruby’s Café: A Rienda Suelta featuring DJs Gorilla (banda, norteño, coridos), Alex E (pop, reggaeton, cumbia, hip hop) Whale’s Tail: DJs Quay, Divine

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DJS Bombay: Club Vibe featuring DJs, Chile, Down Casa Escobar: DJ Hush: DJ Pangaea: Thirsty Thursdays featuring DJs Valid, Juice, Wizkid, Also Ruby’s Café: Robcach Entertainment present Spicy Thursdays with DJs Mystery, Wizkid, Aycer

Simply The Best for Over 23 Years!!

Thursday, April 24

DJ CHILE with

special guest DJ DOWN Beer Pong, Go-Go Dancers Fr i da y & S a t u rd a y , A pr il 2 5 & 2 6

SALLY JAYE Singer-songwriter Sally Jaye grew up in Georgia

listening to the likes of Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen, but when she moved to Los Angeles and went into the studio to record her album Amarillo, perhaps the biggest influence on the sound was the ghost of Elliott Smith. She recorded in the last studio where the famed mope master laid down his final tracks. But the spirits who appear in the lyrics of the album aren’t exactly de pressed urbanites; rather, car nies, cotton ginners and other characters from her Souther n childhood stroll through beautifully arranged country-tinged compositions. Since releasing the disc, Jaye has become a staple of the Hotel Café troubadour scene in L.A., received airplay on KCRW and Indie 103.1 and toured with Bright Wright & the Waco Tragedies and Meiko. For the last month, she has also been a fixture at Zoey’s Café with her Wednesday night residency. She wraps up that engagement on April 29, perfor ming with guests Mike Stinson and Sonia Leigh.

UFO Funkadelic might have the Mothership, but UFO is — well,

HAPP Y HOU MON. R - FRI. 4:30 7:30 p.m

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Sunday, April 27

THE BOMBERS FULL BAND WITH

No Cover

DJS SPINNING VINYL UFO. The English ensemble is generally cited as the not-soEVERY SUNDAY AT 9 HORN SECTION missing link between primitive hard roc k and earO’Leary’s ly heavy metalSide , Bud $2 • Jack $3.50 4:00 p.m. Client: Bar Ad Executive: Peter Burgi beginning with 1974’s Phenomenon, giving a harder edge to their M o n d a y & T u e s d a y Please check this proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “ spacey (no pun intended) sound courtesy of newly recruited “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, AD WILL RUN AS IS. If this proof m with Leigh Balton KOOL KARAOKE Scor pions guitarist Michael Schenker. But the band really achieved its trademark on the next yon earthe ’s fo1st llowproof, up, Focheck rce It, off “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign at the bottom. Wednesday, April 30 when it introduced keyboards into the m x,TleI a eiS rE peaFA k X THIS PROOF TO (805) 648-2245 ASAP NiO CdEin: gPtoL tEhA 7:00pm presented by studio performance on 1977’s Lights Out, which is credited as a Davey Miller major influence on headbanging progeny such as Iron Maiden, Tesla and Metallica. Schenker left the band at the end of the ’70s (just before the George Martin-produced No Place to Run) but Bombay’s retur ned per manently in 2000. There have been several UFO sightings across the states since, the most recent being at the 1 - Mon.,May May 65 with Thursday,Thurs., May 3May - Sunday, Ventura Theater on April 27.

LIVE JAZZ

CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND CELEBRATION!

Billy O’s, 8 p.m., hosted by Captain Kirk Golden China, 8:30 p.m.

COMEDY, ETC. Comedy Esquire: Edwin San Juan, 8 p.m. The Sportsman (Camarillo): Bruce Jingles w/ Thai Rivera, Laura Hayden, hosted by Daryl Rummens, 9 p.m.

Saturday, 4/26 LIVE MUSIC Aqua Beachfront Bar: Davey Miller, 6:30 p.m. Bombay (Up Front): Joey Peate, 5:30 p.m., Hindsite w/ DJ SIN’RG Café Fiore: Mini Driver Caffe Bella: Owen Plant, 8 p.m. The Canyon: Richard Marx & Matt Scannel w/ Venice, Mark Castrillion Capistrano’s: Rick Whitfield Band, 8:30 p.m. Deer Lodge: Nicky Shane DJ’s: Blues Bullet Experimental Café: Indie International Rock’n’Roll Showcase featuring Ed Vallance, Camarillo Social Club, Dead Hot Workshop, Ghetto Cowgirl, Five Minutes to Freedom Hi Cees: Artwork Jamal & the Acid Blues, 5 p.m. J’s Tapas: Anthony Ybarra, 7 p.m. J.J. Brewsky’s: Red Rhythm, 10 p.m. Keynote Lounge: Road Dogs Movino: Marty Grebb, 9 p.m. O’Leary’s: Pop-O-Matics, 9 p.m. Pierpont Inn: Mark Anthony, 7 p.m. Prime Steakhouse: Sound Effect

Red Cove: Burning Wanda, Far From Perfect Rookees: Chinese Democracy (Guns’n’Roses tribute) Sans Souci: Cease To Exist The Shores: TBA Tailgate: One for the Road Wine Lovers: The Other Band Zoey’s Café: Chris Pierce, Sally Jaye, 8 p.m.

Fun, Food, Friends!

143 S. California St., Ventura • 643-4404 www.BombayBarandGrill.com

DJS Café Fiore (Tree House): DJ Bombay (Club Oasis): Club FX featuring DJs Wicked, Chile, PJ, 4-Eleven Casa Escobar: DJ Hush: DJ J’s Tapas: Cache featuring DJs Logic, Myron, Kid Spinn, Ecto1, 10 p.m. Karma Lounge: Hollywood Shuffle featuring DJ Matty Matt La Dolce Vita Lounge: DJs Nicholby’s: The Body Shop featuring DJs Fred Rock, Myron, Quay Paddy’s: DJs Pangaea: Social Club Events presents Ambiance Saturdays featuring DJs Juice, Tony Collage, Aycer, Also Ruby’s Café: Adrenalina featuring DJ Alex (musica latina) Whale’s Tail: DJ Divine

KARAOKE Golden China, 8:30 p.m. Outlaws, 9 p.m., hosted by Leigh Balton Star Lounge, 9 p.m., hosted by Ashley

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COME SEE “WILD CHILD” NICOLE Mondays 7-Cl • Free Darts 7-9pm

JAMIE C’S HOT SPECIALS Sat/Sun/Mon 11-7

Fri. & Sat., April 25th & 26th Live Music with

HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS

w/ Jamie W. Tues/Fri 4-6pm FREE POOL NITE! Thurs. 6-9pm with Jamie W. & Mel

ENJOY WEEKENDS w/ O’LEARY’S #1 TEAM MELANIE & KAT LOTTO • DARTS • POOL • VENTURA’S ONLY SHUFFLEBOARD

YOUR O’Leary’s NEIGHBORHOOD Side Bar

(In the Center of the Promenade)

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Aqua Beachfront Bar @ Crowne Plaza 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 648-2100 Beachcomber Tavern 206 Ocean Dr., Oxnard, Rock City, open blues/rock jam, 7:30 p.m. 985-6030, www.beachcombertavern.com Bernadette’s 701 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-6749 COMEDY, ETC. Billy O’s 2819 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-0327, Comedy Esquire: Edwin San Juan, 9 p.m. www.billyosventura.com Bodee’s 3304 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai, 646-5300 The Sportsman (Camarillo): Eric Schwartz w/ Bombay Bar & Grill 143 S. California St., Ventura, Mel Kohl, Kymedienne, Sean T. Green, hosted 643-4404, www.bombaybarandgrill.com by Daryl Rummens, 9 p.m. Café Fiore 66 California St., Ventura, 653-1266, www.fiorerestaurant.net Sunday, 4/27 Caffe Bella 79 S. California St., Ventura, 643-2171 LIVE MUSIC The Canyon 28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura, Bodee’s: Al Westcott, 12 p.m. (818) 879-5016, www.canyonclub.net Capistrano’s 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd., Oxnard, Bombay: The Bombers, 4 p.m. 984-2500 x 569/984-4269, www.capistranos.com Caffe Bella: Maximum Bob & Russ T. Fingers, Casa Escobar 455 S. A St., Oxnard, 240-1740 Comedy Esquire 1559 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura, 3 p.m. 644-1500, www.comedyesqclub.com Dargan’s: Cuinas, 5:30 p.m. Dargan’s 593 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-3001, www.dargans.com/ventura perimental Café: Indie International Exp Deer Lodge 2261 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai, 646-4256, Rock’n’Roll Showcase Ghetto Cowgirl, Dead www.ojaideerlodge.com Hot Workshop, Five Minutes to Freedom, the DJ’s Pub & Sports Bar 1091 Scandia Ave., Small Hours, Natalie D. Napoleon, the Gin Ventura, 647-9681 Experimental Café 401 S. A St., Oxnard Club, Nimbus 385-3605, www.myspace.com/ Hi Cees: Blue Stew, 2 p.m. experimentalcafe Franky’s 456 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-6282, Keynote Lounge: Action Down www.frankysplace.net La Dolce Vita Lounge: Rockin’ Piano Bar with Golden China 760 S. Seaward Ave, Ventura, 652Tilford Jackson, 5 p.m. 0688 Hi Cees BBQ Café 1591 Spinnaker Dr. #115, Pierpont Inn: Tim Buley, 11 a.m. Ventura, 650-7773, www.hiceesbbq.com Rookees: Britton’s Benefit Bash featuring Brian Hush Restaurant & Lounge 185 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, 648-1462, www.hushlounge.com Shearer, Judy V, 7 p.m. It’s All Good 533 E. Main St., Ventura, Tailgate: Smokin’ J’s 641-9951 J’s Tapas 204 E. Main St., Ventura, 648-4853, Ventura Theater: UFO, 7 p.m. www.jonathansatpeiranos.com Whale’s Tail: Raw Silk, 4 p.m. J.J. Brewsky’s 2433 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 482When indie rock demigods the Pixies 5249, www.jjbrewskys.com DJs reunited in 2004, many rejoiced at the opportunity to witness a Karma Lounge 281 W. Main St., Ventura, 641Bombay: Licorice Pizza featuring DJs, 9 p.m. 9090, www.karmalounge.com band nearly everyone believes flamed out prematurely. But there Keynote Lounge 10245 E. Telephone Rd., Casa Escobar: DJ was a touch of grey to the refor mation: It meant no more Ventura, 647-9390 Ruby’s Café: La Tropical Salsa Night featuring La Dolce Vita Cocktail Lounge 740 S. B St., 486Breeders, the group singer-bassist initially for med just before DJ Mickey, 8 p.m. 6878, www.theldv.com Los Caporales Restaurant 307 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, h e r m a i n b a n d d i s s o l v e d t h e f i r s t t i m e a r o u n d . A j u g g e r n a u t i n KARAOKE 646-5452 its own right, the Breeders scored a hit with “Cannonball” at the Golden China, 8:30 p.m. Mai’s Café 2815 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-2061, www.maiscafe.com height of the alt-rock boom in 1993; the album, Last Splash, was Paddy’s, 9 p.m., hosted by Robin Movino Wine Bar & Gallery 308 E. Ojai Ave., certified platinum a year later. The band recorded sporadically COMEDY, ETC. Ojai, 646-1555, www.movinowinebar.com Nicholby’s 410 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-2320, over the next decade, as Deal’s twin sister and collaborator Ruby’s Café: Salsa Dancing Lessons, 6 p.m. www.myspace.com/nicholbysnightclub Zoey’s Café: The Sunday Funnies Stand-up O’Leary’s Side Bar 6555 Telephone Rd., Kelley struggled with drug addiction and her for mer Pixies Ventura, 644-4619 Comedy, 7:30 p.m. bandmates were off trying to make their own solo success. They Oceanview Pavilion 575 Surfside Dr., Pt. Hueneme, 986-4818,www.oceanviewinfo.com Monday, 4/28 retur ned with an altered lineup for 2001’s Title TK. And, now Outlaws Grill & Saloon 2167 Pickwick Dr., that the fervor over the Pixies reunion has quieted down (thanks Camarillo, 484-3691 LIVE MUSIC Paddy’s 2 W. 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trist Jack Gramm (Pacino) receives a phone call telling him he has 88 minutes left to live. It is presumably the work of condemned killer Jon Forster (Neal McDonough), who is due to be executed that very day, thanks to Gramm’s expert testimony. Can Jack find and neutralize Forster’s minions in time? Hoo hah! Sure he can. Even though he has to drive around from one location to the next so quickly that one can only assume Seattle is geographically about half the size of Beverly Hills. He is constantly yelling into his cell phone, instructing this assistant or that FBI agent to go find one thing, then go find some other thing, then meet him at his office in 10 minutes. In the real world, just finding your car, buckling up and leaving the parking structure would consume most of that. OK, that’s allowable in movies pretending to unfold in roughly real time. (For those who keep track, it takes about 74 minutes of real time for the 88 minutes of story time to elapse.) In fact, it’s standard: Even High Noon cheats a little. And I'll accept that almost no one here behaves in ways that make

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In honor of the Pope’s recent visit, let’s talk about gay people. (The Pope doesn’t approve of them — what did you think I meant?) There is a funny thing happening at ABC. It has not just become the Home of the Homo; that has been mounting for quite some time, what with the onscreen content of Ugly Betty, Dirty Sexy Money and Brothers and Sisters, and the behind-the-scenes gayness of Desperate Housewives, Pushing Daisies and Grey’s Anatomy. No, what is really interesting is that ABC is also becoming the network for a little shot of spirituality. Between the metaphysical meanderings of Lost, the “Is God real?” musings of Eli Stone and the New Thought and philanthropic influences of Oprah, ABC is turning into the place to go for the Meaning of Life. Even the campy Desperate Housewives had cancer-survivor Lynette (the wonderful Felicity Huffman) hopping from church to church searching for spiritual answers last week. From an extremely sophisticated sociological Media Shmedia perspective, the most interestingest aspect of all this is where gay ABC and spiritual ABC intersect. Anathema as it might

seem to some right-wing brimstone peddlers, there is a historical tradition of the gay folk being the spiritual conduit for the village. Native Americans called them “Two-Spirits,” and they were frequently given the roles of healers, medicine men and seers. And that concludes the Wikipedia portion of today’s lecture. Getting back to TV, there seems to be a singular Two-Spirit responsible for the most impressive areas of ABC’s gay- and spiritual-influenced programming. His name is Greg Berlanti and, though his filmography is a bit iffy, his television work is achieving an almost preternatural depth and richness. I first took notice of Mr. Berlanti’s work with a shortlived but brilliant series on the former WB called Jack and Bobby. Christine Lahti starred with grace and fury, as a pot-smoking university professor raising two boys, one of whom would grow up to be president while the other would die. It was impeccably presented, and the pinnacle of the show’s truncated trajectory was an episode about religion and spiritual expression. Jump forward to last year and ABC’s Brothers and Sisters, a promis-

by Scott Patrick Wagner ing new series with a killer cast, created by toasted (I guess I should say “celebrated”) gay New York playwright Jon Robin Baitz. Imbuing the show with strong characters and even one integral gay sibling, the show was a stilted, stagey disappointment that apparently was suffering from the traits that made Mr. Baitz so toasty in another medium. Enter equally-gay Mr. Berlanti, who injected the show with Rob Lowe and a sense of humor, and now we have an eminently watchable series that has finally returned from its strike-imposed hiatus. ABC clearly realizes the talent they have on their hands, as Berlanti has since had two other shows greenlit and aired. Dirty Sexy Money is a mixed bag, neither as sharply focused nor as artfully written as other Berlantics. But it does have America’s first recurring transvestite (involved romantically with William Baldwin, no less), and the periodic opportunity to watch Jill Clayburgh in action. The real reason for this seemingly self-indulgent tribute is Greg Berlanti’s most recent ABC series, whose short season had its unforgettable finale just last week. The show in question is Eli Stone, and I honestly didn’t know what to make of this thing during its early weeks. Its insouciant mix of mystical interpretations and George Michael-obsessed musi-

cal numbers (he sang “Faith” — get it?) seemed to be leading somewhere. But maybe not. After all, could one expect a grand spiritual gestalt wrapped in snappy song-and-dance from a network TV show? Well, my friends, after watching the episodes culminating in a boldly resonant finale, the answer is a definite, “Yes.” The ambiguity of whether Eli’s predictions were the result of a diagnosed brain aneurism or the acts of a prophet were answered with a startling earthquake in the penultimate show, and a visitation with God in the last one. (And, yes, he did look like George Michael.) It may sound hackneyed in this nutshell description, but the buildup to the culminating events was so masterfully paced, so beautifully realized, that I was quite the puddle of goo when all was said and danced. So, hats off to spirituality, gayness and the Pope. And Greg Berlanti. And dance numbers. And speaking of dance numbers, longtime Shmedia readers may recall my overriding obsession with a little Fox series called So You Think You Can Dance? Well, it's returning with a new season next month. I am so excited I’m about to go nonverbal. But you know where I’ll be on May 22. ✦ Scott Patrick Wagner can be contacted at www.scottpatrickwagner.com.

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ZODIAC PUB CRAWL Starts this Sunday, April 27 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Help us kick off the monthly celebration... 11:30 CROWNE PLAZA for the Artwalk Breakfast ... Casual breakfast for $17.95 1:00 ALOHA STEAKHOUSE... take in the view of the ocean and a fun cocktail 2:00 ZOEYS CAFE... for a nice glass of wine and music... (no not live..just nice background tunes) 3:00 BERNADETTES... to enjoy the lovely voice of "Kiley Ki" 4:30 STAR LOUNGE... cool jute box and great drinks 5:30 J'S TAPAS... for tapas and a final drink... and maybe a bit of dancing

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F Continued from Page 34 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 Telephone Rd., Ventura. www.countrylovers.com. 647-1893.

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event will feature the Koolest Bike and Koolest Car Contest with a special category for builders 16 and younger. $5 entrance fee. 1419 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 794-4286. CHANNEL ISLANDS BIKE CLUB Monthly meeting on the third Wednesday of the month at Carrow’s restaurant on Harbor Blvd. from 6:30- 8 pm. Weekend rides start at the County Museum parking lot, near the Mission at 8:30 am. www.cibike.org. 648-1426. CAR CAMPAIGN The Boys & Girls Clubs throughout California are running a car donation campaign to support their programs. (800) 246-0493. ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 3-4:30 pm. The Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter is offering a free lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered friendly support group to caregivers. 1339 Del Norte Road, Camarillo. www.centralcoastalz.org. 477-7302. RED CROSS ONLINE TRAINING Ventura County community members can get trained in lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid online. www.arcventura.org. 3392234, ext. 232. CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARKS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS Positions available in the Robert J. Largomarsino Visitor Center in Ventura Harbor. bill_faulkner@nps.gov. 658-5734. WEIGHT CONTROL SUPPORT GROUP 6:30 pm Wednesdays. Featuring occasional guest speakers on mediation, body image and physical fitness. $5 suggested donation. Ojai Valley Women’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 652-1841. FREE TEST PREPARATION RESOURCES The Oxnard Public Library online database “Learning Express” provides more than 300 current practice tests. www.oxnard.org. 385-7532. DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR DISORDER SUPPORT GROUPS 6:30-8 pm Tuesdays and 2-4 pm first and third Wednesday of each month. Confidential, peer-led and self-help support groups. Tuesday meetings at Bible Fellowship Church, 6950 Ralston St., Room 301, Building 300, Ventura. DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com. 201-0619. Wednesday meetings at the Adult Wellness & Recovery Center, 56 E. Main St., Suite 103. DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com. 671-5038. LEARN COMPUTER CONCEPTS Daily. A class to teach keyboarding, Windows, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Internet and email. $15 for 8-week session, free for adults older than 50. Ventura Adult & Continuing Education, Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave. 280-7925. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings daily in the Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara areas. www.oaciig.wordpress.com. (888) 702-0202. LGBT DEPRESSION GROUP Meets weekly at Ventura County Rainbow Alliance to experience the power and magic of group healing in the LGBT Community. Call for free assessment. 339-6344, ext. 301. CANINE ADOPTION AND RESCUE LEAGUE Organization needs foster homes for small to large puppies and dogs until they are adopted. 3004 Telegraph Road. www.carlvc.org. 652-1001. CEDC AIDS STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation offers a home ownership preservation campaign to help local homeowners avoid foreclosure. 659-6868. DOG/PUPPY ADOPTIONS 11 am-4 pm Saturdays. Sam’s Place Adoption Center, 3004 Telegraph Rd., Ventura. www.carlvc.org. 652-1001. FREE BREAST EXAMS AND MAMMOGRAMS ongoing. If you are 40 years or older, low-income, have limited or no medical insurance, are not getting these services through Medi-Cal or other governmentsponsored programs and live in California, you may be eligible. Clinicas del Camino Real, 1200 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai. 640-8293. RED HAT SOCIETY Chapter forming for women 50 and older who just wanna have fun. Group gathers once a month for various adventures to form friendships through laughter. 659-3323. UNITED BLOOD SERVICES SEEKS DONATIONS Blood donations are low. If you are older than 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds, you may be able to donate. www.unitedbloodservices.org/centralcoast. 715-3699. VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY The society holds weekly field trips. Call for current schedule and hikes. 640-0779. CAMARILLO HOSPICE SERVICES Offering supportive care in support groups. 389-6870.


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(April 20-May 20):

"The greatest poverty is boredom," said one of my teachers, Ann Davies. "The greatest hell is not having a goal." Make those ideas your touchstones as you carry out a twofold assignment. First, use all your ingenuity to banish any reasons you might have to feel bored. Second, invoke your craftiest optimism and wildest discipline as you identify a goal whose pursuit will move you ever closer to the state the mystics call heaven-onearth.

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versity ISSUE: of Colorado concluded that love isn't as 2/28/08 popular a topic as it used to be. Bestselling tunes sung by women rarely use words like "care" and "cherish" anymore, and references to love have declined precipitously. Meanwhile, male singers ignore love and obsess on sex far more than they once did, and both genders revel in pain and selfishness at a higher rate. I tell you this, Gemini, as a prelude to announcing your assignment, which is to counteract the trend I just described. For the foreseeable future, be a prolific genius of love, a creator of beautiful collaborations, an unsentimental devotee of sweet and tender intimacy.

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(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

The billboard I saw said, "Develop a recreational habit that won't show up in your urine." I didn't catch what product it was advertising, but there was an image of a hang-glider, so I figure it was promoting outdoor sports as a preferable alternative to taking drugs. The billboard message happens to be excellent advice for you, Virgo. In the coming weeks, you'll be wise to seek liberating adventure and explore new modes of natural fun. Doing so will steer you away from a path that could lead to messy adventure and decadent fun. LIBRA

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Why do people have sex? A study by the University of Texas found that there are 237 reasons, from "I wanted to communicate at a deeper level" to "I wanted to boost my self-esteem" to "I wanted to be closer to God." According to my research, Libra, you're likely to be motivated by as many as 25 of those factors in the coming weeks, way up from your average of eight. We might logically conclude, then, that you may seek out erotic experiences at a rate three times your norm. (Here's more about the 237 reasons: tinyurl.com/24av4j, tinyurl.com/22z9ep, and tinyurl.com/346xxp.) SCORPIO

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"Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge," says educator Bill Bullard. "It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound, purpose-larger-than-the- self kind of understanding." In that spirit, Scorpio, I encourage you to renounce three of your opinions, preferably those that are least-wellinformed and not rooted in first-hand experience. I also challenge you to carry out a week-long experiment based on the following hypothesis: Expanding your capacity for empathy will make you smarter.

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(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Your metaphorical pregnancy has gone on rather long. No reason to panic. I'm sure your brainchild or masterpiece will arrive shortly. But just for fun, maybe you could watch a time-lapse film of a rose opening. That was helpful in expediting the birth process for two new mothers I know. Here are two other tricks to try, even if the blessed event you're about to enjoy is purely symbolic:

Arrange to be in a place where a storm is coming on. Folk tradition says that labor often follows drops in barometric pressure. Or get a hold of rings made from a rattlesnake tail. Early American explorers Lewis and Clark gave them to their Native American guide Sacagawea when it was near her time, and they seemed to magically expedite the baby's arrival. CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

I've got three messages for you. They may seem unrelated, but by this time next week you will see that they are intimately interconnected. 1. Unless you were raised in the woods by badgers, it's a perfect moment to slip into your second childhood. 2. Unless you really can't stand having your mind changed, it's an excellent time to launch a daring project that would have seemed impossible to the person you were a year ago. 3. People unsympathetic to your cause may think you're in the throes of delusions of grandeur, but those of us who have faith in your untapped powers say they're not delusions but viable fantasies. AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

On the San Francisco State University campus, the lampposts shine blue lights. It's not just a decorative touch. Of all the colors, blue best pierces through fog, which is a regular feature in that part of the world. In this spirit, I suggest you install a blue light bulb in a prominent place in your environment for the next two weeks. It will be a symbolic reminder that there may be more mental murk and emotional haze for you to navigate through than usual. With the proper illumination, you won't be deluded or slowed down a bit. PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20):

The Washington Post gave its readers an assignment: Come up with a statement they'd like to sneak on to President Bush's teleprompter during a major speech. Chances would be good that he'd probably just say it, right? The entries included "I shall make it my duty to eat a kitten for breakfast every day," "Global warming can be reversed if everyone just turned his air conditioner around," and "I wish to announce my conversion to Islam." I bring this to your attention, Pisces, because you're in peril of getting into a situation like that. Unless you're careful, you could end up saying things you don't mean or expressing yourself in ways that don't reflect your actual feelings. To make sure that doesn't happen, concentrate hard on communicating with maximum clarity and candor. Homework: For exactly five days, uphold your highest ideal in every little way you can imagine. Report results by going to RealAstrology.com and clicking on "Email Rob."

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My wife and I have been married 10 years and have two young children. Two years ago, we agreed to separate, and I left for Iraq. Two weeks later, she moved a boyfriend into our place. The following year, she ended it with him, and we decided to try to work things out. I bought a house and moved her and our kids in. Two months later, she went back to the boyfriend. A year later, she left him, and we agreed to try again. I moved our family back into the house and gave her power of attorney and my bank account password to prove I was committed. A month later, I had to leave for Iraq again and am still here. Within a month, she had some guy sleeping over nightly. She claims they're just friends; he's there because she doesn't feel safe, and they aren't having sex. She even told our son the guy's doing her a favor and has a bad back, so it's only fair that he sleeps in the bed with her, not on the couch. I'm 99 percent sure our marriage is done, I just wanted your opinion.

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later, after you left for the war, she moved her boyfriend into the family home. Two weeks later? Yes, My boyfriend's leaving the before the exhaust trail from your country for a couple years of milplane to Iraq disappeared from the itary service, and our communisky, she'd already managed a little cation will be limited. We'd like to troop surge of her own: Operation get back together afterward and Screw Daddy Over. Yep, Daddy goes eventually marry. Meanwhile, he off to war and she eases the kids' wants to leave things open "just in minds that he'll be coming back in case" — to save himself heartache one piece by immediately bringing should I meet someone else. I fear, in his replacement. if we aren't totally committed, I'd You aren't "99 percent sure" it's be less likely to hold on. Do I reasover, you're clinging to the fantasy sure him of my devotion and that you'll find a marriage in there make promises? — Troubled, From Iraq somewhere — somewhere amidst — Hopefully Devoted the strange men strolling in and Ever wonder why junkyards out of your kids' lives. Sorry, but if Presumably, the guy is being always have signs like "Beware of you have a choice, take "Needle in a deployed to a war zone, not spendRottweiler," not "Man With Bad haystack for $20." The only reliable ing two years folding sweaters in a Back On Premises!"? thing about your wife is her unrelifaraway Benetton. War can change A woman who wants to protect ability. After all, most guys get one a person. But any two people who herself gets a gun, a burglar alarm, "Dear John" letter. You've got a subare separated for a period of time and a really big dog, not a man scription. So, what are you afraid can change and grow apart. As can Ad Executive: Johnof Potwara (805)did648-2244 with spinal issues to sleep in her ? Admitting your marriage any two people who are sitting bedall while her husband's off to war. work out? It seems preferable to and together on a couch in the burbs nd indicate corrections clearly. You will n't have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, But, say you didn't a house staying it, and having your kidsapproval wondering when the Domino's guy fter the 1st orlet's 2nd Proofs, ADbuy WILL RUN AS IS. Ifinthis proof meets your OF (APPROVED)” box, date andbut sign bottom. in some sleepy suburb, in at thethe see you walked on so much that is coming. You can't commit to conmiddle of Crack Alley, you're practically tread-12/6/07 tinuing to feel a certain way. You 0 NOON THE TUESDAY PRIOR TOwhere THAT ISSUES RELEASE.a human ISSUE: they'll break in to steal the rabbit mill. But, more important, your can only commit to staying in ears off your 1972 black-and-white kids would probably have more statouch and seeing what happens — TV. If a guy's real interest is in ble lives in a "broken home" than a and to letting the other person watching over your wife, not home that keeps breaking up over know pronto if the battle plan rolling over on her, the foyer rug and over again. Setting boundaries changes; say, from "You 'n me should provide both a firm surface takes being honest about what together forever" to "Martyrs or for his aching back and the perfect you're actually dealing with; for Marines, who do you think will get vantage point to keep an eye out for example, asking yourself who's the the virgins?" prowlers. spouse in the truly scary neighborThe firm surface you need to hood. I'm guessing, when the mor(c)2008, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. meet up with is the business end of tar fire gets alarmingly close, you Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 the clue stick. This saga started manage to refrain from turning to Pier Ave., #280, Santa Monica, CA two years ago, when you and your the guy on the next cot and whis90405, or e-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com wife agreed to separate. Two weeks pering, "Pssst! Hold me!" (www.advicegoddess.com)

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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: 200806 110262. 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 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

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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.

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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., 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

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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: 200735610 289. 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,

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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. (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.

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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 vi-

olation 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. 20080404-10004877-0 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

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LEGAL 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 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

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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 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

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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.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080415-10005567-0 The following person is doing business as: COASTAL BRASS ACADEMY, 1375 Tamarix Street, Camarillo, CA 93010, Ventura County, Lynnea C. Mitchell, 1375 Tamarix Street, Camarillo, CA 93010. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: April 15, 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/ Lynnea C. Mitchell, Lynnea C. Mitchell. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 15, 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; 4/24/08, 5/1/08, 5/8/08 and 5/15/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080415-10005558-0 The following person is doing business as: SO. CAL CLEANING, 2767 Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001, Ventura County, Lisa Ann Probst, 2767 Harbor Blvd., 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/ Lisa Probst, Lisa A. Probst This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 15, 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; 4/24/08, 5/1/08, 5/8/08 and 5/15/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080410-10005287-0 The following person is doing business as: 1) INTERNATIONAL SYNERGISTIC DESIGNS, 2) UNIQUE SYNERGISTIC DESIGNS, 9540 Telegraph Rd. #21, Ventura, CA 93004, Ventura County, KarenLee McMurrich, 9540 Telegraph Rd. #21, Ventura, CA 93004, Deborah Turturro, 9540 Telegraph Rd. #21, Ventura, CA 93004. 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/ K-L McMurrich, Karen-Lee McMurrich. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 10, 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; 4/24/08, 5/1/08, 5/8/08 and 5/15/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080416-10005628-0 The following person is doing business as: JUAN’S MAINTENANCE, 111 Leighton Drive, Ventura, California 93001, Ventura County, Juan Antonio Ruiz, 111 Leighton Drive, Ventura, California 93001. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 01-30-08. 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/ Juan Ruiz, Juan A. Ruiz. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 16, 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; 4/24/08, 5/1/08, 5/8/08 and 5/15/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080416-10005620-0 The following persons are doing business as: CALIFORNIA AMERICAN WATER, Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number filed with the California Secretary of State: C0501018, State of incorporation: California, 303 H Street, Suite 250, Chula Vista, CA 91910, San Diego County, California-American Water Company, 303 H Street, Suite 250, Chula Vista, CA 91910. This business is conducted by: a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: April 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/ California-American Water Company, Carrie L. Gleeson, Carrie L. Gleeson, Secretary. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 16, 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; 4/24/08, 5/1/08, 5/8/08 and 5/15/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080417-10005646-0 The following person is doing business as: STALLINGS ENTERPRISES, 2516 Aztec Court, Ventura, Calif. 93001-1423, Ventura County, Glenn F. Stallings, 2516 Aztec Court, Ventura, Calif. 93001-1423, Karen S. Stallings, 2516 Aztec Court, Ventura, Calif. 93001-1423. This business is conducted by: Husband and Wife. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 5/27/87. 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/ Karen S. Stallings, Karen S. Stallings. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 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; 4/24/08, 5/1/08, 5/8/08 and 5/15/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080416-10005635-0 The following person is doing business as: 1) AUTHORIZED KIRBY SALES & SERVICE, 2) VENTURA VAC & SEW, 3) SIMPLICITY, 2474 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93003, Ventura County, Steven Mark Cool, 169 Beverly Dr., Camarillo, CA 93010. This business is conducted by: an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed on: 1017-2007. 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/ Steve Cool, Steve Cool. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 16, 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; 4/24/08, 5/1/08, 5/8/08 and 5/15/08.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20080418-10005740-0 The following person is doing business as: 1) COOLPLATES, 2) COOLPLATES.NET, 771 Seneca St., Unit D-52, Ventura, Ca 93001, Ventura County, Craig Wooton, 771 Seneca St., Unit D-52, 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/ Craig Wooton, Craig Wooton. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 18, 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; 4/24/08, 5/1/08, 5/8/08 and 5/15/08.

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO. 20080418-10005762-0 The following persons have abandoned use to the Fictitious Business Name: THE CAT DOCTOR, located at 760 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. The date on which the fictitious business name being abandoned was filed: 4-15-2004. The file number to the fictitious business name being abandoned: 20040415100065160. The county where the fictitious business name was filed: Ventura. Cat Practices, Inc, 1363 Spinnaker Dr., Slip 38, Ventura, CA 93001. This business is conducted by: a corporation. 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/ Cat Practices, Inc, Valerie Creighton, Valerie Creighton, President. This Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Ventura County on April 18, 2008. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/24/08, 5/1/08, 5/8/08 and 5/15/08.

Legal Notices Display LIEN SALE Lien Sale Channel Island Harbor Patrol, 3900 Pelican Way Oxnard. 5-8-08, 11:00am. Catal CA Hin# CTYL2402M7 6F. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/24/08.

LIEN SALE Lien Sale Channel Islands Landing, 3821 Victoria Ave Oxnard. 5-8-08, 11:00am. Monte CA Hin#RGFP0642E898 & 1998 Trail carri Lic#1HC7201 Vin# 1T) BS1602WS138804 CA Hin#411. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/24/08.

LIEN SALE Sierra Towing, 2651 Lavery Ct #B Newbury Park, CA. To be sold at 10:00 am, on 5/6/2008: 2005 DODG License: 5UDV263 / CA Vin: 1D4GP24RX5B3144 76. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/24/08.

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 prop-

er 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#

COUNTY OF VENTURA 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 the 29th day of May, 2008, and afterwards publicly opened, for EL RIO FOREBAY GROUNDWATER CONTAMINANT ELIMINATION PROJECT (GCEP), EL RIO SEWER COLLECTION SYSTEM RESIDENTIAL/INDUSTRIAL AREA - PHASE 5A, for Specification No. WW08-01, which consists of construction of a gravity sewer line, manholes, laterals and appurtenant work. The estimated cost of construction is $ 6,956,000. 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 $20.19 including tax and shipping, non-refundable ($10.19if 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.countyof ventura.org/eng_services/eng_serv.htm . An abstract of bids received will be available at the same website. For Technical Questions concerning bidding documents, Fax 805-677-8762, or Voice 805-654-3805. Bids must be submitted on the proposal form furnished with said documents. Each bid must be accompa-

nied by a bid guarantee in the amount of not less than 10% of the amount bid, PAYABLE TO THE COUNTY OF VENTURA 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. 4/24/08. CNS1326833#

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.

VENTURA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NO. 56-2008-00316681CU-PT-VTA This statement was filed April 14, 2008, with the Ventura County Superior Court: at Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009, The Ventura Hall of Justice. Petition of: ARTURO GRANT MOLINA FOR CHANGE OF NAME. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: ARTURO GRANT MOLINA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ARTURO GRANT MOLINA to GRANT CASH MOLINA. 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: June 10, 2008. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: 43. 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 14, 2008. /s/ Michael D. Planet, Judge of the Superior Court, Executive Officer and Clerk, By: Debra Hebert. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/24/08, 5/1/08, 5/8/08 and 5/15/08.

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

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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 dirección de la corte es): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF VENTURA, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009. The name, address and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: (El nombre, la dirección y el número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): HARLAN M. REESE & ASSOCIATES, Harlan M. Reese 118226, Joseph M. Pleasant, 179571, 9444 Waples St. Suite 405, San Diego, CA 92121 Phone: (858) 550-0389., (File No. 1059421). Dated (Fecha): September 25, 2007. Signed: Michael D. Planet, Clerk (Secretario), By Maricela Mijares, Deputy (Adjunto). PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/3/08, 4/10/08, 4/17/08 and 4/24/08.

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; 4/17/08, 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08.

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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 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: 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 objec-

tions 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.

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF YUSMANAHWATI KARTASASMITA CASE NO: 56-2008-00316959PR-LA-VTA To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: YUSMANAHWATI KARTASASMITA. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: ESTEL D. RICHARDSON in the Superior Court of California, County of VENTURA. The Petition for Probate requests that: ESTEL D. RICHARDSON 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: May 29, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept. 44. Address of court: Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, 800 South Victoria Ave., Ventura, California 93003, Main Courthouse. 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: Brian L. Fox, 290 Maple Court, Ste. 206, Ventura, CA 93003, (805) 658-9204. PUBLISHED: Ventura County Reporter; 4/24/08, 5/1/08 and 5/8/08. Get Your Advertisement in VCReporter. Ventura County Call Now!

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